Newtown Parks and Recreation Department and NYA Sports & Fitness Center announce the Mad Dash Adventure Race will be held on Saturday, June 13, with the first flight commencing at 8:30 am. The fourth annual Mad Dash offers the ultimate in fitness adventure in which participants run, jump, crawl, carry, and climb their way through the scenic Fairfield Hills Campus, utilizing both its natural topography as well as manmade structures. This fun but challenging course includes physical challenges, running, and skilled events. Participants may choose from four levels.
The VFW Buddy Poppy program provides compensation to the veterans who assemble the poppies, provides financial assistance in maintaining state and national veterans' rehabilitation and service programs, and partially supports the VFW National Home For Children in Eaton Rapids. Members of Newtown VFW will be set up at local locations to distribute poppies for the three weekends prior to Memorial Day.
Most people already know that life in the Revolutionary War army was harsh and led to disease and injury, but what about the remedies for those conditions? What did one do when a soldier became sick while enduring the brutal Valley Forge winters or was injured in battle? Newtown Historical Society will look at medicinal practices during the Revolution on Monday, May 11, at 7:30. Dr Ray Sullivan will present a program called “Rough Medicine: The Medicine and Surgery of the American Revolution.” The program will take place in the community room of C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street in Newtown. Admission is free.
The 23rd Annual Letter Carriers Food Drive will be held on Saturday, May 9. The drive is a major supplier of food to the Newtown Salvation Army Food Pantry that is located in the office of Newtown Social Services. Organizers say there are several ways the public can help make the food drive a success.
This Mother’s Day weekend, the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary invites local residents and families to join for a nature walk and educational tour, at the future site of the animal sanctuary. Located in the heart of Newtown, the tour will wind through 34 acres of scenic meadows and woodlands. The event is open to the public and will take place Saturday, May 9, at 10 am, starting at the end of Old Farm Road.
C.H. Booth Library will present a six-session writing program, “Epistolary Writing For Adults,” beginning Thursday, May 7. An epistolary story or novel is written as a series of documents, such as correspondence, letters, telegrams and other writings. Examples of contemporary epistolary novels include Bloodline by Kate Cary, 2005; Who Moved My Blackberry? by Lucy Kellaway, also 2005, and Almost Like Being In Love, 2004, and Last Days of Summer, 1998, both by Steve Kluger. The writing program is a Newtown Reads! event, tied in to the library's two-month series of programs connected to "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society."
On Wednesday, May 13, the Town and Country Garden Club of Newtown will present a program by Margery Winters called, “Spring Wildflowers.” The program will begin at 7 pm at Newtown Senior Center, 14 Riverside Road in Sandy Hook.
Town Hall Music will kick off its inaugural season with Newtown High School’s Gold Jazz Ensemble on Saturday, May 16, at 8 pm, in Edmond Town Hall’s Alexandria Room. Proceeds will benefit the Newtown High School Music Program. Produced by Pearl “Town Hall Music” will bring renowned musicians to the iconic building’s Alexandria Room for enjoyment by audiences of up to 150 people. Tickets are $25, and available now.
The next Saturday Pasta Dinner at Newtown United Methodist Church will take place on May 2 in the church’s fellowship hall, 92 Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook. It will be the penultimate dinner of the 2014-15 season, which has been marking 25 years of food and community fellowship. It will not, as organizers had feared earlier this year, be one of the final NUMC Pasta Project dinners. Three members of the church have stepped up to continue running the monthly dinners, and another member has volunteered to take care of coordinating the coffeehouse.