The Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP), in partnership with Sandy Hook Wine & Liquor and other local distributors, is proud to present the second annual silent auction and wine tasting. This year’s event — Saturday, June 15, beginning at 7 pm — will benefit FAITH Food Pantry and Newtown Scholarship Association. A portion of the event proceeds will also benefit SHOP, which presents block parties and other events in downtown Sandy Hook to support local businesses.
The Northern Fairfield Professionals (NFP), a networking group focusing on people in transition, is meeting Tuesday, June 11, from 5:30 to 8 pm, at the Knights of Columbus building at 46 Church Hill Road behind St Rose church. Professionals are welcome to attend for networking, followed by a presentation at 6:15 pm by Melanie Szlucha on “How to Fix a Broken Resume.”
More than 70 therapy dog teams who have been in the community for months will gather at Fairfield Hills for A Day of Thanks to the Newtown Therapy Dogs, hosted by Newtown Veterinary Specialists, on Saturday, June 22, from 10 am to noon. This event is about learning their stories, taking some pictures, seeing the dogs, and offering heartfelt thanks for all they have done over the past six months.
Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co., Inc will present its 26th Annual LobsterFest on Friday and Saturday, June 7–8. The event returns to the company’s main station, at 18-20 Riverside Road. Dinner will be served on Friday from 5 to 9 pm, and Saturday from 4 to 9 pm, and include a full steak or lobster dinner with plenty of sides and even a drink; surf and turf tickets are also available. Tickets are $24 in advance, until noon Friday (at the firehouse, the fire marshal’s office at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street; and The Newtown Bee’s office, 5 Church Hill Road), and will be $26 at the door. Takeout orders are available.
A family-oriented day of fun, organized by a charity designed to bring emotional and financial support for the police officers who responded to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, will be held Saturday, June 1, from 10 am to 3 pm. Family Fun Day will be at Dickinson Park.
The next Saturday Pasta Dinner at Newtown United Methodist Church will take place on June 1 in the church’s fellowship hall, 92 Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook. The public is cordially invited to join church members for what has become an evening of f...
The wonder and beauty of Redding's New Pond Farm — from distant, rolling hills to closer barnyard scenes — spring to life in the imagination of some 50 regional artists whose will be included in New Pond Farm’s fourth invitational art show, “From Farm to Canvas,” June 1-16. In addition to the works being hung on the gallery walls, visitors will be able to browse through portfolios of agrarian and nature-themed artwork. During the run of the exhibition, visitors can also take advantage of numerous workshops, demonstrations and special events. Admission to the show and all events are free. A portion of all sales will benefit the award-winning educational center and its mission of connecting people to the land.
“Jewish Art in Response to Newtown…,” a collection of contemporary carvings by Harvey Paris, is on display at Easton Public Library through June 30. The exhibit features 20 carvings inspired by Newtown, Peace in the Middle East, the Holocaust and Jewish tradition. The library will host an artist’s reception and talk, open to the public, on Thursday, May 29, from 6 to 8 pm.
In 1959, Chicago born playwright Lorraine Hansberry broke new ground in New York with "A Raisin in the Sun," the first play by a black woman to be produced on Broadway. Based in part on her family’s personal experience in trying to buy a house in a white neighborhood, the show ran for over two years, received prestigious awards, and has been revived, made into movies, and used as part of the curriculum in many schools. Playwright Bruce Norris was introduced to the film version in his seventh grade classroom, in an all white Texas school district specifically formed to avoid its students being bused to integrated Houston schools. It dawned on him that he and his classmates were essentially the people of Hansberry's work. Long Wharf Theatre is producing Norris's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Clybourne Park" for just a few more days, and would be worth a trip to New Haven.
Newtown Bridle Lands Association (NBLA) is planning an evening at McLaughlin Vineyards in Sandy Hook, with its wine tasting and silent auction fundraiser, planned for 6 to 9 pm Friday, May 31. The proceeds from this event will be used to help NBLA continue its mission of preserving trails and open space for horseback riding and other passive uses. Attendees will be served wines made at McLaughlin Vineyards, as well as many hors d’oeuvres. There will be a diverse assortment of prizes on display for bid in the silent auction — everything from fine art to a golf outing and riding experiences.