The Al Hedaya Islamic Center will hold a Winter Coat Drive on Saturdays, September 28 and October 5, both from 11 am to 4 pm. The center will be collecting coats, scarves, hats and mittens, as well as monetary donations. A donation box placed at the center during both coat drive dates. Donated items will be distributed locally.
The Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard will hold a Battalion Review on the scenic grounds of the Horse Guard State Military Reservation, 4 Wildlife Drive, on Sunday, October 6, beginning at 11 am. The event is open to the public. This formal military review will include all four state militia units and will demonstrate the pageantry and history of Connecticut’s militia under the command of the governor’s office and the Connecticut Army National Guard.
Newtown Historical Society will host its Annual Children’s Day at The Little Red School House on the grounds of Middle Gate School, 7 Cold Spring Road, on Sunday, October 6, from noon until 2 pm. Costumed docents will conduct “class” inside the schoolhouse for ages 5-10, and then recess activities will take place outside. Docents will teach and organize colonial games, such as Graces, Trundling a Hoop, Sack Races, and Tug of War. In the event of rain, class will still be held, but outside events will be cancelled.
Newtown’s own Solid Gold Times Two (Bob and Josie Schmidt) will headline a special Cabaret Night at C.H. Booth Library being planned for Friday, October 11. Doors will open at 6 pm, and the show will begin at 7. Requested donation is $10 per person, ...
The Treehouse, Connecticut’s first full-time producer of live comedy, has announced it will present a 30th anniversary show starring five comics who got their comedy careers started at the Treehouse. Johnny Rizzo, Billy Winn, Dom Fig, Vince McElhone, and Jane Condon will all take the stage at Edmond Town Hall on Saturday, October 5. The show will not only feature stand-up comedy but will also bring back a little Treehouse history and behind-the-scene events. Tickets are $25-$35 and are on sale now, and can be purchased by calling 203-268-5857 or visiting TreehouseComedy.com.
HealingNewtown has announced its next series of workshops, which are now being offered in the classrooms at Newtown Congregational Church. Weaving Workshops with Janna Roehers and The Joy of Art with Joy Hoffman are both continuing into the fall, with new hours. On Sunday, October 6, HealingNewtown will be joined by three additional local groups to present Chill & Spill, which will encourage local tweens and teens to express their feelings through art. All workshops are free, but registration is requested for each.
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.