Time is running out to cast a vote in the 13th annual Festival of Lighthouses Contest at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. The creative display of 24 large model lighthouses made by local artists, amateurs and students will close on Monday, January 19, and winners will be announced during a reception three nights later. One Newtown resident is hoping her creation will be at the top of the list.
On Sunday, January 18, Seth Barrett, a local Boy Scout from Troop 370, will be hosting an item drive for his Eagle Scout project. The event will be held in the front horseshoe of Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street, from 10 am to 4 pm. Seth is hoping to collect new items including as backpacks, T-shirts, socks, winter gloves, hats, scarves, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, hand wipes and combs/brushes to donate to Operation Hope of Fairfield.
The Genealogy Club of Newtown will return to C.H. Booth Library for its first meeting of the year, scheduled for Wednesday, January 14. Many of last year’s club meetings were held in Ridgefield, for a number of reasons, but the club is back at the library, 25 Main Street, again this month. Marian Wood, a member of the club and a longtime researcher and textbook writer, will present “Using Facebook for Genealogy.”
On Thursday, January 15, Flagpole Photographers Camera Club will host its first general meeting and photo competition of the new year. January’s assigned subject is “Animals (non-domesticated).” On Thursday, February 5, the club will host its next program night. “Getting To Know Your Camera” will featuring an open discussion on photography tips and tricks.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown will have Christine Ivers of Meriden demonstrating in pastel on Wednesday, January 14, at 7:30 pm. Her subject will be a landscape. This meeting is open to the public, free of charge.
Newtown Hikers is an open group welcoming anyone interested in hiking and the outdoors. There is no membership fee. Hikes are held Saturday mornings, with the group leaving from the lower rear parking lot of Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street in Newtown. The group's current season began January 3, but continues weekly until March 14.
Attention young musicians, poets, singers, magicians, and other entertainers: the monthly Saturday Night Open Mic, for youth in grades 5-12, will return Saturday, January 17, from 7:30 to 9:15 pm. The event takes place in The Great Room at Newtown Congregational Church.
Before it was a television channel, the word “nickelodeon” meant a performance that cost a nickel: juke box, player piano, and especially a movie theater. On Monday, January 12, at 7:30 pm, Town Historian Daniel Cruson will give his annual lecture, this year looking at “A Night At The Nickelodeon.” The program will take place in the lower meeting room of C.H. Booth Library. This year's program by Mr Cruson will include a number of short films, with commentary between many of them. While historical society programs are usually free of charge, this one will be slightly different. In keeping with the evening's theme, attendees will be asked to pay 5 cents each.
Ben’s Lighthouse will sponsor a free after-school program at Newtown Middle School for all local seventh and eighth grade students, on Mondays from 2:15 to 3 pm, from February 4 to March 16. The program will offer students the opportunity to tell stories, like favorite memories or achievements, by talking about the importance of life lessons, lessons learned, and sharing influences in their lives.