On Saturday, April 5, naturalist and author “Wildman” Steve Brill, America’s go-to guy for foraging, will lead one of his world-famous wild food and ecology tours at Sticks and Stones Farm in Newtown. This 60-acre stone masonry farm and retreat features a wide variety of habitats — a mountain, meadows, woods, cultivated areas, fields, and wetlands — all loaded with their associated wild plants and mushrooms. Early spring shoots and greens are in season now. Those who join Mr Brill for his April program will be looking for chickweed, daylily shoots, dandelion greens, spicy hairy bittercress, shepherd’s purse, lemony sheep sorrel, and garlic-flavored field garlic.
One of the most prolific wild vegetables will be garlic mustard.
Girl Scout Troop 50166 and the Reed Intermediate School PTA has launched Sheets From Home: Sheets Drive 2014. The groups are collecting new sheets for children who are in hospitals for a lengthy period of time. Their hope is to bring a smile to their faces while they undergo some tough health situations. Donated sheets must be new. The public is invited to help the groups achieve their school goal of 100 sheet sets. Collection bins have been set up near the security desk in the main lobby of the school, at 3 Trades Lane, and will remain in place until April 4.
The Newtown Woman’s Club (GFWC), Inc will host an informal coffee/tea in the meeting room of C.H. Booth Library on Friday, April 11, beginning at 1 pm. The club invites all women in Newtown who think they might have an interest or just a curiosity about the organization and its activities. The officers and chairpersons of the different committees will be present to explain their projects and answer questions.
The Resiliency Center of Newtown will offer a children’s storytelling event with Joan Almon on Thursday, March 27. The program will begin at 3:15 and is recommended for children ages 5 and up. The program had originally been planned for a 4:15 start. Stephanie Cinque, founder and director of the center, announced the change on Friday, March 21. The decision to start the program early was made in part due to an early dismissal of Newtown’s public schools, she said.
The Brookfield Arts Commission and The Friends of the Arts, Inc., will present their 6th Annual Brookfield Film Festival, “Shorts and to the Point.” For the second year the festival will be held in The Alexandria Room at Edmond Town Hall. Screening this year will be on the evenings of April 3-5, and the afternoon of April 6. The films being featured in this year's festival were announced o March 19, and include the first documentary short for the event.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) will host an acrylic demonstration by Frank Federico on Wednesday, March 26, beginning at 1:30 pm. The program will be in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street. The public is invited, free of charge. Mr Federico considers himself to be a colorist and a contemporary impressionist. He looks for the essence in a landscape or a figure, while applying emotional and aesthetically crafted content.
The Resiliency Center of Newtown will offer a children’s storytelling event with Joan Almon on Thursday, March 27. The program will begin at 3:15 and is recommended for children ages 5 and up. Ms Almon will share a medley of stories and verses with the help of her puppets. She is a former Waldorf early childhood educator who fell in love with story telling and puppetry while teaching young children. The program will end with a fairy tale about the power of good over evil. There is no charge for the program, but reservations are requested.
The Volunteers, the United States Army Field Band, is set to perform a free concert at Newtown High School on Thursday, March 27, starting at 7:30 pm. Since its inception in 1981, The Volunteers has been telling the Army story through rock, pop, country, and patriotic music. The Volunteers tour more than 100 days each year, bringing a powerful message of patriotism and support to communities large and small. Members are passionate about representing their fellow soldiers through music. The performance at Newtown High School is free but tickets are required for entry.
Attention young poets, jugglers, singers, comics, musicians and other entertainers: share your talents at the next monthly Saturday Night Open Mic For Newtown Youth. The next event, for entertainers in grades 5-12, will be Saturday, March 29, from 7 to 9 pm, at Newtown Congregational Church. Adult family members attending are invited to bring a drink or snack to share. All ages are welcome to attend the fun community event.
Newtown youth are invited to a free Ben’s Lighthouse event on Saturday, March 29, from 2 to 4 pm, at Trinity Church, 36 Main Street. A Lead Animator from a major animation studio will demonstrate techniques used to create the popular animated movies he has helped to develop and and will give the audience a hands-on lesson in creating a favorite character. (For contractual reasons, the studio has asked that its name not be used. It is, however, a major studio with a few huge hits to its credit.) The presentation will be geared toward youth in grades 7-12.