Trails promote physical activity, fitness, and health. Studies in association with The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that 64 percent of the US population is clinically overweight, with more than 31 percent considered obese. Paula Burton, a member of the Newtown Trails Committee, will be leading trail building sessions at Pole Bridge Preserve for two upcoming weekends. The public is invited to join Ms Burton on Saturday, October 13, and/or Saturday, November 9. Trail building will be ongoing from 9 to 11 am each day.
Newtown Congregational Church, a member of the United Church of Christ, will sponsor an authentic shrimp boil, in partnership with Back Bay Mission, on Saturday, November 2. The special event will be at the church, 14 West Street. Dinner will be served at 6:30 and a program will follow at 7:30. The evening will feature a dinner of shrimp, seasoned with Back Bay’s special spices. As an alternative for those who do not eat shrimp, chicken with BBQ sauce from The Shed, a popular restaurant in Ocean Springs, Miss. (and a show on Food Network), will also be served. Garlic bread, salad and a dessert of Mardi Gras King Cake will round out the meal.
Friends of Counted Embroidery meets on the second Thursday of each month, September through June, from 10 am until 2 pm, at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 85 Mt Pleasant Road. The group is dedicated to furthering the knowledge and enjoyment of a variety needlework arts. It hosts instructional programs on a monthly basis with either “stitch-ins,” seminars, lectures or open meetings on different types of needle arts. New members are welcome whether they are novice or expert needle workers.
The Newtown Bridle Lands Association will hold an open meeting on Tuesday, October 15, at 7:30 pm, at Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street. Olympic horsewoman and renowned trainer Lendon Gray will speak on the subject of “Fairness in Training Our Horses,” which which will apply to all equestrian disciplines.
As the weather begins to cool, volunteers at The EverWonder Experience have some special events planned for residents of all ages. All are free. Volunteers from the museum will be participating in The Great Pumpkin Race presented by Newtown Lions Club on Saturday, October 19, so the museum will be closed that day. A Halloween Celebration, with morning and afternoon sessions, will be offered on October 30, however. Monthly play dates will begin in November, and weekly Cabin Fever Wednesday events will also begin next month.
The annual Society of Creative Arts of Newtown 2013 Fall Art Show and Sale will be held at Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street, Friday through Sunday, October 18-20. The show will be open, free of charge, each day from 10 am to 5 pm. The annual Society of Creative Arts of Newtown 2013 Fall Art Show and Sale will be held at New-town Meeting House, 31 Main Street, Friday through Sunday, October 18-20. The show will be open, free of charge, each day from 10 am to 5 pm.
The exhibition and sale will benefit the Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN), a regional non-profit arts organization that provides training and advocates for member artists, and connects the community to the arts. The art show and sale will feature original works by members of SCAN. Artists will be presenting framed works as well as unframed pieces in portfolios. The public is invited to the opening reception on Friday, October 18, from 6 to 8 pm.
The Town Players of Newtown will host a special, limited engagement, black-box production of David Mamet’s "Oleanna," featuring the Actors’ Lab Repertory Theater. A professor. A student. A failing grade. Two lives unravel. Whatever side you choose, you're wrong. The limited engagement will be offered Friday and Saturday, October 11-12, at 8 pm, and Sunday, October 13, at 2 pm, at The Little Theatre on Orchard Hill Road.
Your Healthy Pet, at 224 South Main Street, will host The Animal Center’s next cat/kitten adoption event on Saturday, October 19, from noon to 2 pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to adopt a cat or kitten, learn about volunteer opportunities, or donate cat related items during the two-hour event.
Brian DeLuca, director of ArtStreet at the University of Dayton, has notified The Newtown Bee that on Tuesday, September 24, the first of the three-part “BULLET: Who Pulled the Trigger” exhibit opened with a Sandy Hook/Newtown perspective. The focus of this part is an installation by New York artist S.B. “Suzy” Woods, “Mediation on Mourning,” of eight prone female figures crafted from muslin, ash, marble dust, and polyurethane. Ms Woods recently donated the sculptures to Newtown Action Alliance (NAA), a grassroots organization devoted to educating the public about common sense gun laws. NAA in turn has decided to loan the sculptures to the BULLET exhibit, until a decision is reached on permanent housing of the piece or sale of the piece. The opening of the temporary exhibit in Ohio was initiated by a visit from two Miami (Ohio) University students, who are recent Newtown High School graduates.
Noting that he was dedicating a sculpture “in honor of the children and teachers who lost their lives trying to protect them” on 12/14, renowned sculptor Peter Rubino recently delivered an original, terra cotta, one of a kind, 2½-foot sculpture with bronze patina, mounted on a custom marble base to HealingNewtown. HealingNewtown, sponsored by Newtown Cultural Arts Commission (NCAC), has been offering exhibits, workshops, performances, benefit events and art projects since January. Its mission has always been to help NCAC “manage the overwhelming response by artists, arts organizations, stakeholders, and the overwhelming number of creative contributions being offered to help Newtown” since 12/14. The dual symbolism of “Guardian” — teacher as angel — and contemporary artistic style “conveys a timeless emotion of eternal love,” the artist said.