The first week of school can be fun, stressful, exciting, nervous and exhilarating all at once, for students, teachers, and parents alike. At the end of the week, everyone needs to unwind, share their stories and — since it is still summer — eat some ice cream. The folks at Ben’s Lighthouse want to help. They have teamed up with Ferris Acres Creamery to provide free ice cream to anyone who visits Trinity Episcopal Church this Saturday afternoon between 1:30 to 4:30. The ice cream will be scooped by some of Newtown’s favorite teachers, town leaders, local clergy and business leaders, and others. In addition, members of Newtown Kindness will provide free lemonade and lemonade stand kits, while A Bead of Roses, CT Music Therapy, Emerald Sketch Art Therapists, Ben’s Bells, and the REACH program will provide activities for kids of all ages. Comfort dogs will be there for hugs and members of Newtown Juggling & Circus Arts Club will provide their unique brand of entertainment.
The American Red Cross will host a blood drive at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street, on Monday, September 16. The event will run from 8:30 am until 6:15 pm. Walk-ins will be welcomed, and appointments are available.
Town Players of Newtown is seeking play submissions from individuals interested in directing at The Little Theatre in 2014. Potential directors are invited to submit up to three scripts for consideration by the theater’s play selection committee. Town Players puts on a variety of shows each season, from farce to period pieces to drama. The only type of show the theater cannot consider is a full-fledged musical due to space restrictions. Town Players is only looking to stage published works by established playwrights. Town Players would also like to hear from anyone interested in directing but who do not have a particular play in mind.
The Little House that Roared, a program of Congregation Adath Israel of Newtown, will present Come Together, an evening of Beatles music performed by the Beatles Tribute band Beatles Faux Sale, at Masuk High School on Saturday, October 12, at 7:30 pm. The group is an authentic Beatles tribute and cover band that re-creates the fun and excitement of the original Fab Four.
Newtown Congregational Church will host its annual Pancakes & Parking event on Monday. Not only is the church, at 14 West Street, offering convenient and ample parking for the Labor Day Parade, but the church is also offering a nice hot pancake breakfast before the big event. All are invited to park in NCC’s lot between 8 and 9:30 am on September 2 and enjoy a delicious breakfast including sides. Requested donation is $6 person, or $20 per family.
On Sunday, September 22, a Scrabble tournament to benefit The Sandy Hook School Support Fund will take place at the Inn at Newtown. Two playing options are available: A three-game unrated tournament for new players and those rated under 1,000, and a seven-game rated tournament for players ready for a longer day. Both tournaments will start at 10 am, with registration at 9:30 am, and include Sunday brunch at 1 pm. There will be a benefit raffle during lunch, and Scrabble equipment and books will be for sale throughout the day. Space is limited, so early registration is being suggested.
EverWonder Experience is reverting back to its “school hours,” effective today. The temporary museum, at 31 Pecks Lane, will now be open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am until 3 pm. Its final Wednesday and Thursday hours were August 21-22. The The museum will not be open this Wednesday and Thursday, as had been previously announced. The EverWonder Experience is a miniature version of what organizers hope to offer in a permanent children’s museum based in Newtown.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) will have James Grabowski painting an abstract in acrylic at its next meeting, on Wednesday, August 28, at 1:30 pm. The program will take place in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House. The public The public is invited to attend, free of charge. James Grabowski speaks of his work as “optimistic celebrations of color.” He loves to paint utilizing color, understanding that each color carries its own weight.
Figurative artist Daryl Zang will celebrate the opening of “Becoming” in New York City on Tuesday, August 27, at Saint Peters Church, Lexington Avenue. The exhibition, represented by Elisa Contemporary Art, will hang 16 large scale oil on canvas paintings, representing the last ten years of the work and life of the Newtown resident. The collection reveals Ms Zang’s personal journey through the challenges and joys of pregnancy, motherhood, wife and being a woman. Tenderness, play, relaxation, exhaustion and despair are rendered as seen through the touch of a mother’s hand, the frustration of caring for a toddler, and cherished private moments spent alone. A special artist’s reception will be held on Thursday, September 12. A portion of all sales from this exhibit will be donated to The EverWonder Children’s Museum in Newtown.