Newtown High School’s Odyssey of the Mind Team, coached by Robin Fitzgerald, is set to host the annual Bunny Watch on Friday, April 3, and Saturday, April 4, at Glander Field on the Fairfield Hills Complex. This is the fifth year the Bunny Watch will be held to raise funds for a high school Odyssey of the Mind Team to attend the World Finals.
The Society of Creative Arts in Newtown Art About Town series is a partnership between SCAN and local businesses, offering members of the community the opportunity to enjoy the arts as they go about daily chores. This year’s host business is The Bottle Stop Wine & Spirit Superstore on Queen Street. For the opening season show, SCAN will present the works of Newtown artist Roberta Shea, March 26 to April 8. Ms Shea will be exhibiting works including oil painting and original monotype collections.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown will have an oil painting demonstration by nationally known artist Kathy Anderson at its next meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, beginning at 1:30 pm. The demonstration, which is free and open to the public, will take place at Newtown Meeting House.
The public is invited to join the Men’s Breakfast Club at Newtown Senior Center, 14 Riverside Road, the first Thursday of every month, at 9 am. Breakfast sandwiches can be preordered by calling 203-270-4310, by noon the day before each program, at a cost of $2 per sandwich. Breakfast camaraderie is followed by a guest speaker at 9:30. On April 2, the club will welcome retired USMC Major Mike Zacchea, who will talk about veterans issues and what is happening on the ground in Iraq now. On May 7, Dr Charles Yarish of the University of Connecticut Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology will be the guest speaker.
The Tuesday, March 24 meeting of The Garden Club of Newtown will feature Judy Grabarz, owner of Newtown Florist, with an informative and inspiring presentation entitled “Demystifying Flower Arrangements.” The program will take place in the lower meeting room of C.H. Booth Library. The public is invited; there is a guest fee of $5 for non-members of the club.
Long Wharf Theatre has crowned a new box office champ during its 50th anniversary season. "Bad Jews" has supplanted "Satchmo at the Waldorf" as the highest grossing show in Stage II history. The show, written by Joshua Harmon directed by Oliver Butler, has become the highest grossing play since Stage II opened during the 1977-78 season. Newtown native Keilly McQuail is starring as Daphna in the production, which has been extended to March 29. "Bad Jews" represents her Long Wharf debut.
Friday, March 20 will be “Luck of the Irish” night at St Rose Bingo. Bingo lovers of all ages will get lucky winning cash prizes, and enjoying dinner concession, homemade dessert treats and complimentary coffee. The evening will also feature a free raffle with exciting prizes. In addition, those who wear something green will receive a surprise gift at the door.
International and National Puppetry Day falls on the first full day of spring this year, March 21. To celebrate, Sova Dance and Puppet Theater of CT will offer a frog puppet-making workshop at Sticks and Stones Farm from 2 to 5 pm Saturday afternoon. “Frog Puppets Make Me Hoppy,” a family event, will take place in the farm’s Stone Barn. All ages are welcome to participate in the spring celebration.
The EverWonder Children’s Museum will reopen for business on Saturday, April 4, rather than on the previously scheduled March 21 date. Snow accumulation and water damage have delayed their opening, museum staff said this week. The reopened museum will begin regular hours on Saturday, April 4, but will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 5. The museum will then be open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; and Sundays from noon to 5 pm.
One local business owner is collecting prom dresses for any local girls who are not able to afford to buy one for the prom. Christine Ruzek, the owner of Labels + Tags, at 10 Glen Road in Sandy Hook, is collecting gowns in “excellent used condition," she said. The gowns will then be given to girls who need them.