In response to the tragedy and loss suffered by the people of Newtown, Connecticut Choral Society will perform a free concert, “In Memoriam,” on Sunday, June 23. The concert will begin at 7 pm and will be at Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown. Admission is free, and open to everyone. The New Jersey Choral Society, the choir of historic St Malachy’s-The Actors’ Chapel, and Keystone State Boychoir will also be participating in the event, which will include works of Rutter and Durufle on its program.
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.”
The Animal Center will hold a Meet and Greet Dog/Puppy Adoption Event at Choice Pet Supply, 535 Monroe Turnpike in Monroe, on Saturday, June 8, from 10 am to 3 pm. The event will include free nail trimmings for dogs and a bake sale to benefit the Animal Center’s dog program. A trainer will be on hand to answer questions attendees may have on their adopted dog or puppy.
Newtown police and Garner Correctional Institution staffers will be running in the Newtown leg of the annual Special Olympics of Connecticut Torch Run on Friday, June 7. Police encourage Newtown residents to come out and cheer for them along the Newtown leg of the event, which will come into town from Bethel on Route 302, travel across Glover Avenue, onto Queen Street, and then down Church Hill Road before heading into Southbury to continue its route into Hamden and New Haven.
The Hat City Cyclists’ 21st Annual CycleFest charity ride will be held on Sunday, June 9, and includes routes through Newtown. The club invites participant to join them on this self-paced charity ride, where riders have their choice of routes of that cover 13, 23, 53, 81 and 105 miles. All rides will all kick off from Bethel Middle School, with start times are staggered between 7:30 and 9:30 am. Proceeds will benefit Danbury Youth Services’ Earn-A-Bike program, which focuses on helping at-risk children develop positive and healthy social skills as they work together to rebuild and fix bicycles.
For the 27th consecutive year, Masonicare at Newtown will sponsor free Summer Sounds concerts on its grounds at 139 Toddy Hill Road, Newtown. Area residents are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy a variety of wonderful musical performance by many of the area's most popular bands. Concerts will be on Wednesday evenings, with rain dates the following nights.
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.