State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-106/Newtown), along with AT&T, will be a senior technology workshop for residents and friends at Newtown Senior Center on Monday, May 19. The event, presented by representatives from AT&T, will provide basic training for senior citizens on common electronic devices. The goal is to show seniors how they can stay connected with family and friends through the use of their mobile devices.
Newtown Historical Society will host an open house at its headquarters, The Matthew Curtiss House, 44 Main Street, on Sunday, May 18. The event will run from noon until 4 pm. During this month’s event Reggie DeLarm of East Knoll Pottery will set up her potter’s wheel in the backyard of the property. Ms DeLarm will demonstrate the art of making hand-thrown yellowware pottery using historically correct clays, glazes, designs and applications. If the weather does not cooperate, she will be inside demonstrating slip trailing, which is the application of lines to a clay surface using a fine-point dispenser.
Ann’s Place has issued a call to artists. “Lives Interrupted: art by those affected by cancer” will be an exhibition hosted by Ann’s Place cancer support services agency in Danbury. The exhibition will feature work that reflects the artist’s experience with cancer, either as a survivor or as a caretaker to a loved one who is affected by cancer. Anyone age 18 and up, living in western Connecticut or the Hudson Valley, N.Y., can submit work. Works should address the artist’s experience with cancer.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) will welcome Peter Seltzer for an art critique session on Wednesday, May 14, at 7:30 pm. The program will in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House, and admission is free.
The Genealogy Club of Newtown will hold its May meeting at C.H. Booth Library on Wednesday, May 14, beginning at 7 pm. This month’s speaker will be Priscilla Wismar, a former longtime Newtown resident now living in Southbury. Mrs Wismar is very active in the Southbury genealogy club. Her subject will be “Finding Your Family In Graveyards.” Guests will learn about information available in family cemetery plots, on the records relating to those plots, as well as from just viewing a headstone. The meeting will be preceded at 6:45 by a club member offering help in the library’s Genealogy Room.
If you ask what contribution France made to our Revolutionary War nearly all people know that answer: LaFayette. But perhaps even more important to this country’s victory was the Count de Rochambeau, Lieutenant General and commanding officer of the French troops sent to the American theater following the French-American alliance. On Monday, May 14, at 7:30 pm, Newtown Historical Society will host a program by Jini Jones Vail, based on her book, "Rochambeau: Washington’s Ideal Lieutenant (A French General’s Role in the American Revolution)."
The fourth Natyatarang Festival of Arts will take place Sunday, May 18, from 3 to 6 pm, in The Alexandria Room of Edmond Town Hall. This year Natyatarang brings together two disciplines within the Odissi Classical Dance under one roof. Two artists — Rahul Acharya and Anindita Nanda — who have gained popularity in their own genres, will be performing their individual styles side by side and will be collaborating on some pieces which brings those two styles together. The dance recital will have solo and duet performances set to traditional Odissi classical music.
Valerie Culbertson, director of HealingNewtown, has issued a call for entries for “A Celebration of Life,” a collage exhibit to be presented June 27 to August 8, at Newtown Municipal Center. The show will pay tribute to how each person can individually honor and celebrate their lives in a way that brings joy, meaning and fulfillment. Entry deadline is June 1.
On Thursday, May 15, Flagpole Photographers Camera Club will host its May competition with an assigned subject of “Main Street, Newtown.” Members will have to take a photo somewhere between Ram Pasture and Currituck Road to qualify. The public is invited to view these photographs, along with the Open Color and Open Black & White entries, during the meeting and program to be held at C.H. Booth Library. A few days later, the club will celebrate its 2014 Annual Exhibit with an opening reception on Sunday, May 18, from 2 to 4 pm, also in the library’s lower meeting room. The showcase will display over 100 photographs by members of the local photographers club, and it will remain on view until June 25.
The Town & Country Garden Club of Newtown will host “Birds: Their Side of the Story” by John Himmelman on Wednesday, May 14, at Newtown Senior Center. Mr Himmelman will share entertaining stories about birds and and bird watching, “from cuisine to cartoons, ornaments to icons, murmurs to murder.” He is a well known illustrator and naturalist who lectures continuously, and has led field trips in search of various flora and fauna all of the country for many years.