Masonicare at Newtown invites the community to join the fun at the fall Pumpkin Fest to be held on Saturday, October 19, from 9:30 am to noon. The festival will be on the grounds of Masonicare at Newtown. There will many enjoyable events that day that will please young and old alike, including hayrides in a tractor drawn wagon, pumpkin decorating, and a variety of fun games. A Pumpkin Fairy will be on hand to create a balloon decoration for every kid (of all ages) to keep as a reminder of the day. Complimentary apple cider, delicious donuts, coffee and tea will be served. Children are urged to wear their Halloween costumes that day, and adults are welcome to debut their Halloween attire as well.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown will have Charles Ray painting in acrylic at its next meeting, on Wednesday, October 9, at 7:30 pm. The program will be in the lower meeting room of Newtown Meeting House. Mr Ray, a resident of Redding, will be offering a demonstration on portrait painting.
The FrameWorks Gallery (Koenig FrameWorks) is issuing a call for artist submissions for its upcoming show, “Small Works, Inside The Box.” All mediums, including but not limited to acrylic, oil, watercolor, mixed media, pen and ink, charcoal, pastel, etchings, photography and monoprint will be accepted. Sculpture and three dimensional art will not be accepted. The gallery will be turned into a grid of 12-inch squares. Each piece of artwork, including framing, cannot exceed a 12- by 12-inch square. “Small Works, Inside The Box” will open on Saturday, November 2, with a reception from 1 to 4 pm. It will remain on view through December 24.
Newtown United Methodist Church will present its annual juried Fall Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday, October 19, from 10 am to 4 pm, at Reed Intermediate School, 3 Trades Lane. Thirty-five professional artisans will offer a variety of handcrafted items including jewelry, quilts, doll clothes, knitted items, quilled ornaments and pictures, fine art, folk art, floral pieces, photography, holiday decorations, and more.
A new season of St Rose Friday Bingo Nights has begun, and the second event will be offered on October 11 in the St Rose School Gathering Hall. Doors open at 5:45 pm, and Bingo games run from 6:30 until approximately 9:30 pm. Designed for the Bingo enthusiast, evenings feature substantial cash prizes for all games, as well as door prizes. A concession offers dinner items and homemade baked goods, as well as complimentary coffee. The per-person admission fee of $17 covers all regular and some special games. All ages are welcome.
A free workshop, “Chill & Spill: Powerful/Powerless,” will be offered on Sunday, October 6, from 2 to 4 pm, at Newtown Congregational Church. Presented by Art with Heart and geared for tweens and teens, participants will be encouraged to express what is in their heart through collage art. Pizza will be served. The first 50 young adults who register will also be given a Chill & Spill journal to take home. Chill & Spill is a therapeutic guided journal designed to help youth ages 10 and up articulate and transform difficult issues with which they are dealing. It offers a combination of 20 creative writing and artistic expression activities with enough blank pages to explore both head and heart and to talk, yell, cry, boast, dream, and evolve.
The Foundation 4 Orphans, a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve the educational, emotional, physical and spiritual needs of orphans, will host a fundraiser in Sandy Hook on September 27 for the construction of a new orphanage in Mozambique. All proceeds will go toward the construction of the new orphanage. The event will be held at McLaughlin Vineyards in Sandy Hook, from 7 to 10 pm. A $50 donation includes wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and live music. There will also be a silent auction.
The Al Hedaya Islamic Center will hold a Winter Coat Drive on Saturdays, September 28 and October 5, both from 11 am to 4 pm. The center will be collecting coats, scarves, hats and mittens, as well as monetary donations. A donation box placed at the center during both coat drive dates. Donated items will be distributed locally.
The Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard will hold a Battalion Review on the scenic grounds of the Horse Guard State Military Reservation, 4 Wildlife Drive, on Sunday, October 6, beginning at 11 am. The event is open to the public. This formal military review will include all four state militia units and will demonstrate the pageantry and history of Connecticut’s militia under the command of the governor’s office and the Connecticut Army National Guard.