Alena Dillon will celebrate the release of her debut book, "I Thought We Agreed To Pee In The Ocean: And Other Amusings from a Girl Wearing Sweatpants," on Sunday, September 29, from 4-6 pm, at Arezzo Ristorante in Westport. The book is a collection of humor essays, which will be available on Amazon in paperback ($15) and e-book ($5.99). The collection, published by Martlet & Mare Books, captures life’s absurdities through the perspective of an every-woman. The reception will feature appetizers, half-price drinks for purchase, door prizes, readings, and a book signing. A portion of the profits from book sales will benefit HealingNewtown Through the Arts.
Poets, professors, musicians and others will join together at Western Connecticut State University on Saturday, September 28, for the daylong event, “100,000 Poets for Change — Rally Against Gun Violence.” Among those who will participate are current Connecticut Poet Laureate Dick Allen and former Connecticut Poet Laureate Marilyn Nelson. September 28 will mark the third annual global event for 100 Thousand Poets for Change (100 TPC), a grassroots organization that brings communities together to call for environmental, social, and political change within the framework of peace and sustainability. An event that began primarily with poet organizers, 100 TPC has grown into an interdisciplinary coalition with year round events which includes musicians, dancers, mimes, painters and photographers from around the world.
The Pyramid Shriners Car Club will hold its annual car show at the Orange Fairgrounds on Sunday, September 29. Proceeds will benefit Sandy Hook children, among other recipients. Following 12/14, club members decided to contribute to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. “Given the fact that many members of our club live in or grew up in Sandy Hook, it was important to support the community in its time of need,” said Club President Will Anjone. “The support of the membership was unanimous.” “So many of us are from Sandy Hook or Newtown, we felt strongly that we wanted to help the community,” said Roy Krueger, a resident and another member of the clubd. “Our funds are for children’s hospitals but we felt this was a way to support the kids and the community in a time of need.”
Cub Scout Pack 270 will be holding its annual Cub Scout Recruitment Night on Thursday, September 19, at 7 pm, at Middle Gate School. All boys in grades 1-4 and their families are invited to attend, and learn more about Scouting. Boys will engage in age-appropriate activities, and parents will learn during a short orientation about the values of Scouting and the local Pack's activities.
For those who want to live a more engaged and balanced life, there is a way of being and doing that allows one to live life more fully through the practice of mindfulness. Mindfulness is a human quality, a way of learning to pay wise attention to what is happening in the present moment, with non-judgmental awareness. Sound (Center for Music, Creative Arts & Mindfulness), a renovated historic chapel at 31 Hawleyville Road, will host a free “Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)” program on Monday, September 23, at 6:30 pm.
Newtown Lions Club is encouraging everyone to start thinking about the club’s favorite use for pumpkins: turning them into pumpkin racers. The Fourth Annual Great Pumpkin Race will return to the parking lot behind Edmond Town Hall on Saturday, October 19. This year’s event will run from 10 am to 2 pm. The pumpkin races will be arranged by age category, including one category for ages 18 and older. There will be heats and run offs. Children and dads are encouraged to make their own racers. The day will also include pumpkin decorating, pumpkin bowling, bobbing for apples, and a treasure hunt in bales of hay. Community will explain their missions or offering things for sale. And a medieval style trebuchet will be rolled out once again to occasionally fire off pumpkins.
Calling her play O Heavy Lightness “intense,” actress and playwright Newtown resident Jan Neuberger recalls that it was her passion for Shakespeare that led her to imagine the aftermath of the deaths of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet as experienced by two of that iconic tragedy’s secondary characters. The play will receive a reading on Monday, September 16, at 7 pm, in The Alexandria Room of Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street in Newtown. The event is part of seven days of programs that will lead into the 2nd Annual Newtown Arts Festival, September 21-22 at Fairfield Hills.
The first Ridgefield Writers Conference, organized by development editor Adele Annesi of Word for Words, LLC, and author and teacher Chris Belden, both of Ridgefield, will take place Saturday, September 28, in the North Hall of St Stephen’s Episcopal Church.Joining Mr Belden and instructors Pete Nelson and Steve Otfinoski are Newtown residents Rachel Basch, author, who teaches creative fiction and nonfiction for the low-residency MFA program at Fairfield University, and creative writing in the liberal graduate studies at Wesleyan; and published poet Carol Ann Davis, who teaches poetry, writing, and publishing at Fairfield University and is on the faculty at Fairfield University for the MFA program.A third Newtown writer will not be presenting a workshop, but The Newtowner literary magazine Editor and Founder Georgia Monaghan will take part in the Publishing Panel.
NYA Sports & Fitness Center is offering a free community fitness program specifically for seniors. The goal of this program is to provide a safe, fun, and informative environment to help seniors improve their levels of fitness. Led by certified staff at NYA, the program will incorporate walking sessions along with bodyweight and fitness band exercises utilizing the beautiful Fairfield Hills campus (weather permitting) and within NYA. The program will address balance, flexibility, aerobic and strength training along with basic nutrition to help participants increase their energy, coordination, and overall strength. It is free for Newtown's senior citizens. An optional lunch is also available each week for $3
Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue added two trophies to its collection recently. The company was presented with Best Overall Fire Unit and Best In Show honors following the Bridgewater Fair Firemen’s Parade on August 16. In addition, other residents received honors for their efforts during the annual three-day event presented on Bridgewater Fairgrounds the weekend of August 16-18.