The second annual “Helping Is Healing” disaster relief mission trip is on its way to Fort Collins, Colo., next week to help families recover from the horrendous flooding that destroyed homes, neighborhoods, and communities last fall. In a trip that is fully funded by Ben’s Lighthouse, 20 Newtown teen volunteers will spend the week framing, installing drywall, rebuilding decks, clearing debris, landscaping, and whatever else is needed to help some families whose homes were ravaged by the floods.
Kyle Watkins of Newtown will appear in the Youth CONNection’s upcoming production of "Les Miserables" under the direction of Gary Scarpa. Performances will be in the Percy Kingsley Auditorium at Shelton High School, July 25 to August 2. Curtain is Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, and also 2 pm Saturday, August 2. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students.
Ben’s Bells Newtown will be at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo on Sunday, August 3, from 10 am until 3 pm. There will be a number of special events that day including a bell making workshop, bead sculpting, and Kindness Coins being handed out.
Art in Residence, a fine art gallery located within the home at 12 Lake Road in Newtown, will host a weekend opening reception for its next show, “Kaleidoscope.” The public is invited to join hosts Rosemary and Robert Rau on Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27, from 1 to 6 pm each day, to enjoy “a feast for the eyes art show.” The exhibition will then remain on view until September 7. It can be viewed by appointment.
The Newtown Cultural Arts Commission will be awarding two grants of up to $1,000 each within the next few months. One grant will be awarded to an individual artist living in Newtown and one grant to an arts organization based in Newtown.
“Connecticut’s Got Talent” is a talent competition open to anyone ages 5 to 105 with a desire to bring their family friendly talent to the stage. The competition, scheduled for August 5 at Newtown High School, will also serve as a fundraising event for The 12.14 Foundation, which is dedicated to honoring those who lost their lives in the events of 12/14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Organizers are looking for performers from all genres including dancers, singers, musical acts, and anything else that is interesting and exciting. Krysta Rodriguez (SMASH, First Date) will be one of the judges, and there will be prizes. There are two ways to audition for the event.
Jugglers, spin art, and the fruits of one shopaholic’s many retail purchases will be among the things drawing visitors to a first of its kind parking lot festival and tag sale this weekend. The EverWonder Children’s Museum will be the beneficiary of proceeds from the Pecks Lane Festival & Community Tag Sale coming up Saturday, July 19, from 9 am to 4 pm, at 31 Pecks Lane.
Cary Grant, so dashing and debonair, was one of Hollywood’s consummate leading men. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Cary Grant the second “Greatest Male Screen Legend.” On Sunday, July 27, Edmond Town Hall Theatre will screen his 1939 feature film, Gunga Din, as part of the 2014 Sunday Cinema Series presented by the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission. Screenings are planned for 1, 4 and 7 pm. Tickets for all shows are $2.
A benefit event for Newtown resident and brain cancer patient Brian Tomasulo, “It Takes A Village,” is scheduled for Friday, July 18, at 5 pm, at The Spot in Bethel. Guests can enjoy music, food, raffles, and more; $10 suggested donation. Brian graduated from Newtown High School in 1999, where he was part of the wrestling team. He is a personal trainer at Triumph Fitness in Bethel, and currently lives with his father Peter in Newtown.
Sabrina’s Encore Productions announced Summer Follies 2014, starring the youth of Newtown and neighboring towns, will be performed in Edmond Town Hall Theatre on Friday and Saturday, July 25-26. More than 75 cast members will bring to life numbers from 12 Broadway hits, including "A Chorus Line," "Matilda," "Les Miserables," "Mary Poppins" and "Newsies" during three live performances.