Newtown Bridge Club will host two series of lessons for aspiring bridge players on Mondays at the Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Station, 34 Hawleyville Road, beginning March 24. Easybridge 1, for beginners and players returning to bridge after some years, will be held Monday mornings from 9:30 to noon. Polishing Your Game, for intermediate and advancing duplicate players, is scheduled for Monday evenings from 6:30 to 9 pm. Players may attend lessons alone or with their bridge partners.
On the eve of his 65th birthday, rocker Eddie Money is hoping all his Connecticut fans will queue up to get their own “Two Tickets To Paradise,” and check out his set at Ridgefield Playhouse March 20. The “Money Man” extended that invitation to readers of The Newtown Bee. During a recent chat ahead of his concert Thursday in Ridgefield, Money jumped at the chance to open things up talking about his Connecticut fan base, and another of his passions: supporting injured and returning veterans.
Workshops are filling quickly for the 5th Parent Empowerment University (PEU) set for Saturday, March 22, from 8 am to 2:30 pm, at Newtown Middle School. Newtown Parent Connection, in partnership with Brookfield CARES, is once again offering the day of education for parents and caregivers who wish to be proactive and learn positive parenting strategies for raising children of all ages. This year’s keynote speaker, Dr Jane Nelsen, EdD, LMFT, will present “How to Empower Your Children & Yourselves.” In a change from previous years, parents will then head to just one afternoon session of their choice instead of two. Children are welcome at the event, which will again include Kids University.
MONROE — The Newtown Republican Town Committee is hosting a live dinner theater presentation of “Murphy’s Wedding…..anything that can go wrong, will go wrong,” as the party’s first fundraiser of the year. Chester Hadlym...
Spring will arrive on March 20, and The Garden Club of Newtown will focus on the new season with “Pruning Flowering Shrubs,” a timely presentation by Nancy Dubrule-Clemente, on Tuesday, March 25. The program will begin at 1 pm at C.H Booth Library. Flowering shrubs have become greatly desired features in today’s home landscape because of their beauty and the fact that they require much less maintenance than many other options. Ms Dubrule-Clemente will offer advice and instructions in shrub selection, appropriate siting, and the importance of good pruning techniques for proper maintenance.
Flagpole Photographers Camera Club has a pair of programs planned during upcoming weeks. On Thursday, March 20, the club will host a general meeting and photo competition beginning at 7:30 pm. March’s assigned subject is “Birds.” Member photographers will be challenged to showcase their creativity for capturing bird photography, as well as in Black & White and Open Color. The public is welcome to join the meeting and hear the critiques of photographs entered into competition. On April 3, the club will host a program night featuring an open discussion and tip and tricks on shooting “Macro and Flowers.” All levels of camera enthusiasts are welcome for this hands-on event.
The Flagpole Radio Café will continues its sixth season on Saturday, March 22, with special guest Sandy Hook resident Mark Barden. The show begins at 7 pm at the Edmond Town Hall Theatre. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and students, and are on sale now. “From our earliest shows, it has always been a goal of The Flagpole Radio Café to showcase accomplished and talented artists from Newtown,” remarked Producer Martin Blanco. “We have wanted to have Mark Barden perform with us for some time. He is an outstanding guitarist, regularly works with some of our ensemble members, and has a strong following. We’re so glad he can join us this month.”
Two Newtown residents will be the special guests during a pair of programs being offered Saturday morning at Newtown’s Multi-Purpose Center, 14 Riverside Road. Karen Pierce will be the reader during the next Book Worms Story House at The Children's Adventure Center. Meanwhile, Dr Robert Grossman will be the featured guest during the next "Ask The Doctor" program hosted by Newtown VNA.
A free seminar series, “The Transition Dilemma: A 4-Part Series on Aging,” is being offered at Maplewood at Newtown, 166 Mt Pleasant Road, to explore the questions, options, challenges, as well as solutions and resources for elder care. Attorney Kathy Boufford, one of the event’s organizers, describes the event as an opportunity for the community to gain a wealth of valuable information in a short period of time. Although the series is taking place at Maplewood at Newtown, event organizers want to emphasis that many types of care for the elderly will be discussed. The seminars will take place Thursdays, March 20 to April 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm each week. Three speakers per evening are scheduled for a total of 12 professional presentations.
Congregation Adath Israel will hold a festival in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Purim on Sunday, March 16. The public event will run from 11:30 am until 2 pm at the synagogue. This festival is open to the community and will include magic by Magic Lee between 11:30 and noon, and a carnival from noon to 2. Food will be available for purchase. Admission is $5 per child; adults are free when accompanied by a child. The admission includes all games and prizes.