The Garden Club of Newtown will formally mark its 60th anniversary with a luncheon on Wednesday, April 1, at Rock Ridge Country Club. The featured speaker will be Marta McDowell, who will be discussing her books, including "Emily Dickinson’s Gardens: A celebration of a poet and gardener and "Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life: The plants and places that inspired the classic children’s tales." The public is invited to join the club’s membership for the event, which will begin at 11 am with a social hour and silent auction. Lunch will be served at noon, followed by the speaker’s program at 1. Reservations are required, and must be made by March 18.
The recently formed Plum Blossom Asian Brushwork painting group will hold its next meeting at Cyrenius H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street, on Thursday, March 19. The group is scheduled to meet from 2 to 4 pm in the library’s board room. The group was started by Mary Barrett Anders of Parem Hwah Asian Brushwork at the request of an experienced brushwork artist who was a visitor to Ms Anders’s recent exhibition of paintings at the library.
The public is invited to join Megan Sajovic for a Luck of The Irish Zumba Fitness master class on Tuesday, March 17. The class — which Ms Sajovic promises will be a giant dance party — will begin at 6:45 pm in The Alexandria Room of Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street. Ms Sajovic is a licensed ZIN member. While the class is called a master class, Ms Sajovic says no experience is needed to participate. All levels and ages are welcome.
On Thursday, March 19, Flagpole Photographers Camera Club will host a general meeting and photo competition. March’s assigned subject is “Bridges.” Club members will be challenged to showcase their creativity for capturing various various photography of bridges. There will also be competitions in Digital, Black & White and Open Color. In April, the club will be hosting a unique two-part photography event held on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12. Flagpole Photographers will be hosting a “Black and White” seminar and workshop presented by New England Photo Workshops, with guest speakers Don Toothaker and Bob Ring.
Bestselling author Abby Stokes will be at C.H. Booth Library on Thursday, April 9, to help “digital immigrants” understand the fast-changing world of technology. For those Baby Boomers (and beyond) not born with a keyboard or mouse in their hand, Ms Stokes will comprehensive and jargon-free information with a reassuring and friendly approach.
Congregation Adath Israel will host a night of comedy with Rabbi Sim Glaser, to take place on Sunday, March 15, at 7 pm. Rabbi Glaser has performed at the Twin Cities Jewish Humor Festival for five years running, with sold out shows. He has delighted his synagogue with his own “Late Night with Rabbi Glaser” productions. Sunday's performance will be suitable for adults and older teens.
Just in time for graduations, weddings, and other memorable special events, C.H. Booth Library will offer a three-hour, hands-on workshop “Learn to Shoot & Edit Video With Your Smartphone.” The free program will take place Sunday, April 12, from 1 to 4 pm.
Runners and walkers are invited to flood the streets of Milford on Saturday, March 21, to honor the memory of James Mattioli on the weekend of his birthday. Proceeds from the race will benefit The James R. Mattioli Scholarship Fund, set up by James’s parents, Cindy and Mark Mattioli. Two scholarships will be awarded this spring, at Milford’s two public high schools — Jonathan Law High School and Joseph Foran High School — in memory of James.
The year 1994 marked the foundation of the Henschel Quartett’s international career, when cellist Mathias Beyer-Karlshoj joined the founding members Christoph, Markus, and Monika Henschel, and the quartet devoted itself exclusively to chamber music. Newtown Friends of Music is delighted to host a concert by the quartet at Edmond Town Hall Theatre beginning at 3 pm Sunday, March 15.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown will have Rick Daskam painting a still life setup in oil Wednesday, March 11, beginning at 7:30 pm. The demonstration will take place in the lower lever of Newtown Meeting House, and the public is invited free of charge.