The Learning Experience of Newtown will host a Halloween-themed Neighborhood Trunk-or-Treat Friday, October 30, from 5:30 to 7 pm. The event is free and open to the community. Children should dress in costume for the alternative event to the traditional door-to-door “trick-or-treating” version of Halloween.
The Newtown/Danbury unit of Church Women United is planning its annual World Community Day celebration. This year’s event will be Friday, November 6, in The Great Room of Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street. All are invited. Coffee and light refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm, and the evening’s keynote will begin at 7. Chris George, executive director of Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS), will be the guest speaker. Newtown Congregational Church will then host another program, “Global World: Global Church” on Saturday, November 22. A conversation on displacement and the refugee crisis will be led by United Church of Christ Global Ministries Intern Ariel Royer.
Winterset Ski Cub of Newtown is inviting everyone to get ready for the ski season with a free screening of Warren Miller’s 2014 movie "No Turning Back," on Wednesday, November 4, at 6:45 pm. The movie will be at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street. Members will be on hand before the show to share information about the club.
“Howl-o-ween,” a canine costume party to benefit the Friends of Newtown Park and Bark, Newtown’s off-leash dog park, will be held Saturday, October 31, from 11 am to 1 pm at the park at 21 Old Farm Road in Newtown. A costume contest will kick off at 11:45 am with prizes to be awarded for most original costume, scariest costume, funniest costume, dog and owner look-alike, and a voter’s choice best in show. This fun family event is sponsored by Newtown Parks and Recreation.
St Rose of Lima School will host a “Monster” Book Fair in its Gathering Hall on Saturday, November 7, from 4 to 7 pm, and Sunday, November 8, from 7 am until 1:30 pm.
The fair is also open to the public. The school is at 40 Church Hill Road.
The Scholastic Book Fair will kick off the school’s “All For Books” Campaign, which will collect donations for the school and Scholastic will donate a book for each dollar donated to the school to either the Kids in Need Foundation and Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc. This national program will provide up to one million books, according to the school; this is the tenth year that St Rose is participating in the campaign.
Among the programs author Velya Jancz-Urban has scheduled this season are two that Newtown Bee readers may want to note: the first will be Thursday, November 5, at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street in Newtown; while the other, on Tuesday, November 10, will be at her 1770 home in Woodbury, which served as the primary setting of her novel, "Acquiescence."
Mel Brooks’s 1974 comedy "Young Frankenstein" will be shown on Wednesday, October 28, at 1 and 7 pm, at the Edmond Town Hall Theatre. Pre-show entertainment for the evening show will be offered by students of Lathrop School of Dance. To add to the fun, audience members are encouraged to dress in costume as Dr Frankenstein, Igor, or any other character from the film, to win a prize. Tickets are $2 for all seats.
This year’s My Favorite Scarecrow Sculpture Contest entries are scheduled to go on display at Newtown Middle School this weekend, starting the evening of October 23, on the front lawn of the school, 11 Queen Street.
Each year NMS eighth grade students are challenged to design and create a larger-than-life scarecrow that can withstand the elements. Students and community members cast their votes for their favorites in dollar donations. The money generated during the voting period is then split among the three top vote-getters and donated to the charities of the winners’ choice.
Scarecrow entries will be installed between the evening of Friday, October 23, and the morning of Saturday, October 24.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown will host an acrylic demonstration by Frank Federico on Wednesday, October 28, beginning at 1:30 pm. The free program will be in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House.
Newtown MediSpa will host “A Night of Pink” and “Wine Selection” on Thursday, October 29, from 7 to 9 pm. It will be special night celebrating strength and survival with guest speaker and cancer survivor Jodie Natale. Guest connoisseur Jeff Cryder will also share some of his knowledge and expertise on the proper selection of wines. Admission is free. There will be raffle prizes and silent auction items, with all proceeds to benefit the Praxair Cancer Center at Danbury Hospital.