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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Christ The King Lutheran Church, at 85 Mount Pleasant Road in Newtown, will be hosting a retriever reunion of sorts on Saturday, August 31. From 10 am until 1 pm, the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs will be returning, just in time for the Annual Newtown Labor Day Parade. Everyone is invited to this family friendly, furry, and free event being hosted by the church. The event will serve as a kickoff to Newtown Comfort, Christ the King’s new K-9 Ministry. The public is invited to join church members in welcoming back the teams and highly trained service dogs that have served our community since their arrival on December 15, including comforting the students and staff at Sandy Hook School each day since Chalk Hill opened its doors. One of the service dogs, Maggie, will be formally adopted by the church with a Passing of the Leash Ceremony on Sunday morning.
The Sandy Hook Sole Sisters are sponsoring a fundraising tag sale at Newtown Middle School on Saturday, August 24, from 9 am to 3 pm. The event will support their participation in the 40-mile Avon Breast Cancer walk October 19-20 in New York City. All money raised going to breast cancer research, testing and support.
Continuing a longstanding tradition, Town Players of Newtown is pleased to announce the opening of another fast-paced British farce, Tom, Dick And Harry on Saturday, September 14, at The Little Theatre. (The show is opening on a Saturday due to the observance of Yom Kippur on Friday, September 13.) Performances will run September 14 to October 5. Curtain times are 8 pm Fridays and Saturdays, with 2 pm matinees on Sundays, September 15, 22 and 29. Tickets are $20 for evening shows, $15 for matinee performances. Friday, September 20 is a benefit performance; call the theater for details about those tickets.