When Heather and Chris Peck first learned about The Fresh Air Fund in a local newspaper, they thought The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family Program would be a terrific opportunity for a New York City child. The Pecks knew they lived in a beautiful neighborhood with ample amounts of fresh air, so in 2012 Heather, Chris, and their children Justin, age 11, and Anna, age 9, decided to open their hearts and Newtown home to a Fresh Air child. The Pecks are among those planning to welcome children into their homes again this summer, through The Fresh Air Fund program. Host families are still being sought for children planning to visit the area in July and August. One group of campers will be arriving in Newtown on July 22, and staying until August 12. Another group will be arriving August 2 and staying until August 9.
Local artist Patricia Barkman will hold her annual Taunton Lakeside Gallery art show and sale on Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8. “A Gallery In The Garden” will take place at 49 Taunton Lake Road from 2 to 4 pm on those days. Submissions this year will also include several works from children.
Earlier this spring Ben’s Lighthouse offered a workshop called “Meet the Animator.” For contractual reasons, the artist’s name and the company he works for were not announced, but it was a lead animator from a major animation studio who visited town that day and offered "an amazing day," according to Ben's Lighthouse Co-Chair Carla Tischio. Following on that success, Ben's Lighthouse will host a free four-week animation series for young adults, scheduled to begin next week.
While car enthusiasts of all ages will have a chance to check out and admire myriad vehicles during a special car show being planned for June 14, FAITH Food Pantry will ultimately benefit from the event. The car show will be presented in the parking lot of of Stop & Shop in Sand Hill Plaza, 228 South Main Street. Store manager Rich Marcucio is organizing the event, which will run from 9 am until 4 pm, to raise funds and food for the food pantry. Rain date is Saturday, June 21. There will not be any formal awards presented, but show attendees will be invited to vote for their favorite vehicles by placing non-perishable food items in boxes located in front of each vehicle. All of the donations, including the vehicle fees, will be delivered to FAITH Food Pantry following the car show.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) will have Paul Batch demonstrating landscape painting in oil at its meeting on Wednesday, May 28, at 1:30 pm. The meeting will be Newtown Meeting House. Admission is free and open to the public.
Friends of Park and Bark are preparing for the Fifth Annual Strutt Your Mutt Dog Walk, scheduled for Saturday, May 31, at 11 am. This year’s event will be at the recently opened dog park on Old Farm Road. After years of fundraising for the dog park and the event being held at Fairfield Hills, this year’s event represents a new location for the fundraiser.
The pool at Newtown High School will be closing for public use on Thursday, May 22, at 7:15 am, for the season. The pool at Treadwell Park, on Philo Curtis Road, and the beach at Eichler’s Cove Beach & Marina, at the end of Old Beach Road, will open for the season on Saturday, May 24.
On Sunday, June 1, at 2 pm, Bob Praver will host a screening of "Hitler’s Children" at Congregation Adath Israel. Mr Praver is the father of Rabbi Shaul Praver, the spiritual leader of the temple, located at 115 Huntingtown Road. The film is about the children and grandchildren of Adolph Hitler’s henchmen: Heinrich Himmler, Hans Frank, Hermann Goering, Rudolf Hoess and Amon Goeth. These offspring have inherited a legacy that permanently associates them with probably the greatest crime in all of history.
Flagpole Radio Café will conclude its sixth season with the celebrated vocalist Mary Fahl serving as the event’s headliner. Singer-songwriter Mary Fahl first achieved fame as lead singer and co-founder of the mid-1990s folk-rock/adult alternative group October Project. As a solo artist, her musical inspirations have expanded to include classical, medieval and world music. The performance, originally to be May 17 at Edmond Town Hall Theatre, will instead by Saturday, May 31, at The Ridgefield Playhouse.
HealingNewtown has cancelled a few of its upcoming programs, including one that was scheduled for this weekend. Creative Storytelling, which was to have taken place Sunday, May 18, has been cancelled. Also off the schedule for the arts program are Asian Brushwork Painting sessions scheduled for Sundays, May 25, June 28, July 13 and August 17. A hands-on ukulele workshop on Sunday, June 1, is also off. Meanwhile, HealingNewtown continues to offer a series of weekly events. It has also added a printmaking workshop and a Painted Table workshop to its schedule.