Cellphones give nearly everyone the opportunity to make art from everyday life. With this in mind, The Gallery at Still River Editions put out a call for submissions this spring for cellphone photographs taken within Connecticut on any subject. The gallery received responses from 70 contributors — most from around Connecticut, a few from New York, and one from New Mexico. Among those with works on view are Sheryl Fatse of Sandy Hook and Andrea Zimmermann of Newtown. The collection will open on June 13, and remain on view until September 25.
For the 29th consecutive year, Masonicare at Newtown will sponsor free Summer Sounds concerts on its grounds at 139 Toddy Hill Road. Area residents are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy a variety of musical performances given by many of the area's most popular bands.
Sandy Hook-based LOF Adaptive Skiers is inviting area residents to participate or volunteer as the organization enters its 2015 season. LOF hosts adaptive water sports events teaching waterskiing and wakeboarding for children, adults, and veterans with disabilities or special needs. “Our clinics are personal, professional, fun, safe, and designed to enhance independence, confidence and physical fitness through adaptive water sports,” said LOF Executive Director Joel Zeisler. “Whether you’re new to adaptive water sports or a seasoned athlete, you can expect quality programs from great instructors tailored to help you meet and exceed your goals,” Mr Zeisler said.
Newtown Historical Society will host an open house at its headquarters, The Matthew Curtiss House, on Sunday June 14. This month’s living history demonstration will be presented by Thomas Kingsley, of Kingsley Marbles in Trumbull. In addition, Town Historian Dan Cruson will offer a walking tour of the town's oldest cemetery.
The Third Annual Claris Construction Inc Summer Jam Concert Series will kick off this season on June 23 with an energetic performance by the Boston-based Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys, returning to Newtown to open the third annual series in as many years. Parents or guardians are encouraged to pack a blanket and a picnic lunch and take their children to Dickinson Park for the free concerts, which will be presented on Tuesdays beginning at noon. Performances are held at the band shell of the town park at 50 Elm Drive. They are free and suitable for all ages, with a focus on those ages 10 and under.
Misty Morning Children’s Center, 10 Commerce Road, is collecting for the three Macaroni Kid publishers in Fairfield County’s Diaper Drive, which began on May 15, through June 12. Drop off times are weekdays between 7:30 am and 5:30 pm. More than 20 town coordinators between Stamford and Newtown are overseeing the drive. Diapers will be donated to local charities, such as Family & Children’s Aid in Danbury, Operation Hope, The Bridgeport Rescue Mission, The Domestic Violence Crisis Center, The Tiny Miracles Foundation, Homes with Hope, and others.
Families United in Newtown will host its final meeting of the school year on Sunday, June 14, from 3 to 6 pm, at Dickinson Park. The meeting and social activities, themed “Dancing in the Park,” are being held by the basketball courts and new FunSpace. Jodi DiPiazzo will be performing at the June meeting, which is open to newcomers as well as regular and occasional participants of past FUN events.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) will have an oil painting demonstration done with a painting knife by Joan Jardine on Wednesday, June 10, at 7:30 pm. The artist’s subject will be a landscape. This program is open to the public, free of charge, and will be in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street.
A guided hike will take place at the Holcombe Hill Wildlife Preserve, 65 Great Hill Road, on Saturday, June 6, from 12:30 to 3 pm. The hike coincides with the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day, the country’s largest celebration of trails.
Members of Newtown Congregational Church hare “rented” parking spaces for the day so that they participate in a group tag sale on Saturday, June 6, at Newtown Congregational Church. The rental fees will be donated to NCC Youth Group for future projects and mission work. The public is invited to enjoy some shopping between 9 am and 4 pm in the parking lot of Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street. Many of the participants have also promised to donate a portion of their proceeds to local charities or church organizations.