Members of Newtown Youth Voices took a break from rehearsal last week to respond to the photographs pouring into their Facebook page from kids around the world. In preparing for Within Our Reach, the group’s live-streaming event scheduled for Saturday, June 8, Newtown Youth Voices — the same group of young residents who recorded “My Beautiful Town” earlier this year — has invited kids globally to contribute their artwork giving expression to the event’s simple message of community, hope, and love. Within Our Reach will include Peter Yarrow, poet Martin Espada, singer Vaneese Thomas, The Old Town Hall Band (members of Flagpole Radio Cafe), and many special guests. The event will stream live from Newtown Congregational Church from 9 pm until just past midnight, celebrating Newtown’s commitment to fulfilling The Sandy Hook Promise.
Newtown Youth & Family Service is looking for one youth in Newtown to be awarded an Outstanding Youth Award during NYFS’s 2013 Annual Meeting. NYFS annually recognizes a youth who has shown exemplary leadership skills as well as being a good role model for his or her peers.
Celebrating Connecticut trails day locally on June 1, Newtown Forest Association (NFA) members will conduct a two-mile hike near Sandy Hook Center. The guided two-mile spring hike at the Wasserman Preserve will cover a segment of Al’s Trail and NFA property. Newtown’s hike is one of the more than 250 planned throughout the state that day. Join NFA member Aaron Coopersmith at the footbridge on Dayton Street at 12:30 pm.
HEMMA (High school Elementary Musicianship Mentoring Association) has scheduled a Sunday, June 9, event for a student recital, dinner, and performances by local bands in Newtown High School’s cafetorium. The public is invited to attend any or all three parts of the event, which will include student performances, dinner, and live band performances.
HealingNewtown has scheduled an ongoing series of workshops with Joy Hoffman, and a special performance by The Tennessee Children's Dance Ensemble. Workshop admission is free, and a $5 donation is requested for the performance; the latter will serve as a fundraiser for HealingNewtown.
Dashed onto a canvas in oils is an image of Sabrina Style’s front window, dresses displayed in the pane glass of the Washington Avenue dress shop and boutique. Again with dabs of vibrant oil colors, Main Street and other Newtown and Sandy Hook scenes have come to life thanks to artist and Newtown resident Jim Chillington. Four of the painter’s pieces will be sold or auctioned off during a June 15 Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP) fundraiser and wine tasting event to benefit local businesses. The second annual SHOP fundraiser will benefit Newtown Scholarship Association and FAITH Food Pantry, as well as provide SHOP with future event funding.
It’s a good thing ducks like water. The Great Pootatuck Duck Race may set a record tomorrow. If the rain continues the way it is being predicted, the Pootatuck River in Sandy Hook Center will be moving pretty quickly on Saturday, May 25. Granted, it will be thousands of rubber ducks going for a swim at 2:30 tomorrow afternoon, but they may make the swim from the Church Hill Road bridge to the Dayton Street bridge in record time. Duck Race Chairman Bob Schmidt says the ducks are going for that race, rain or shine.
Taryn and Michael Aiello of Oxford were the first parents to enter their children in this year’s Beautiful Baby Photo Contest. The contest is a charitable fundraiser, this year raising funds for Newtown’s First Responders and the My Sandy Hook Family Fund.
The Joy of Art with Joy Hoffman will be offered on Wednesdays, to June 19, at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street. Sponsored by HealingNewtown Arts Space, 60-minute workshops will be offered each week. Kindergarten students can attend the 11 am...
Organizers of Newtown’s upcoming Lighthouse Festival are excited about the progress being made on a 20-foot tall, custom, interactive lighthouse being built for the event. The working lighthouse, designed by Duane Langenwalter of Thin Air, LLC, will incorporate symbolic references to the lives lost on 12/14 while shining a joyful light on the youth of this town. The June 15 Lighthouse Festival is sponsored by Ben’s Lighthouse, an organization dedicated to long-term support and healing of children and youth in Newtown and surrounding towns. The festival at Trinity Episcopal Church will feature music, artwork and theatrical presentations by local youths and adults as well as by professionals who are generously donating their time. Rooms throughout the church will be filled with activities and crafts for children and parents.