Kevin’s Community Center will conduct its eighth annual major fundraiser, “Mozart, Merlot and Mums,” on Saturday, October 10, from 4 to 7 pm. This year’s community gathering featuring a wine tasting, live music and local fare will take place at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street. Kristin Adams Santilli, a well known soprano, will be performing at the KCC fundraiser.
"The Joy of Art" with artist Joy Hoffman invites all children and families to join in an annual pumpkin picking hay ride on Wednesday, October 7, from 4 to 5 pm, at Castle Hill Farm, 25 Sugar Lane.Donations will be accepted, with all then forwarded to The Avielle Foundation.
The Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity will present the Fifth Annual Passport to Sandy Hook on Saturday, October 10, from 11 am to 4 pm. More than 36 merchants have contributed toward this year’s prize packages. To be eligible to win one of the three prize packages, valued at more than $3,550, visitors must have their passports stamped at all 31 participating locations. Locations are within walking distance of the Church Hill Road-Glen Road-Riverside Road-Washington Avenue intersection. The event will run rain or shine. In addition, Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue will be conducting a stuff-a-truck to benefit FAITH Food Pantry. Donations of nonperishable food, or monetary donations, will be collected at the fire truck behind 102 Church Hill Road.
Masonicare at Newtown, 139 Toddy Hill Road, will be hosting a food drive for the entire month of October. All members of the community are asked to consider donating any non-perishable food items to benefit the Salvation Army Food Bank. Donations of any size can be dropped off in the main lobby of Masonicare at any time.
The 26th season of Saturday Pasta Dinners at Newtown United Methodist Church will continue on October 3, the church’s fellowship hall, 92 Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook. Dinner is served from 5 to 7:30 pm with donation being $10, $9 for seniors, and $3.50 for children. Dinner is followed at 7:45 pm by a performance of bluegrass, country, and folk music played by Roger Sprung & Friends.
Team Ryan will host a Poker Run on Sunday, October 11, in Danbury, to continue its fundraising efforts for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Team Ryan is named for young Sandy Hook resident Ryan Costa, who was diagnosed in 2014, at age 2½, with Pre-B Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). His family has been fundraising to find a cure for the disease, which is common in boys, according to his doctors. Pre-B ALL is treatable with a three-plus year protocol.
Due to anticipated rain showers Saturday, October 3, Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity is relocating its free California Dreamers concert from the park in Sandy Hook Center to Newtown Congregational Church. This final show in the 2015 concert series will still take place from 1 to 3 pm.
After careful consideration and weighing the risks of possible severe weather, organizers of the Newtown’s 22nd Annual Health & Public Safety Fair have decided to cancel the inflatable MEGA Body exhibit that had been planned to take over much of the front lawn at 11 Queen Street. They are still expecting all other activities at the event to happen as planned, however. The free community health showcase and informational event is set for Saturday, October 3, from 9 am to 1 pm, at Newtown Middle School. Most events will be set up inside the school's gymnasium. Dozens of health and safety organizations and agencies have committed to this year’s event, from local first responders, Social Services, Parks & Recreation and Public Works representatives, to those who will be offering acupuncture, flu shots, posture analysis, cardio screenings, and more.
Ski Newtown, a water sports event for Newtown children, took place September 19 on Lake Zoar. The LOF Adaptive Skiers and Newtown Parks & Recreation Department co-hosted the event, which was designed to teach Newtown children how to waterski or wakeboard and help intermediate skiers/boarders advance to the next level.
The C.H. Booth Library Board of Trustees is calling all gardening volunteers for a library grounds beautification project, Friday, October 9, from 8:30 to 11 am; and Sunday, October 11, again from 8:30 to 11 am. Come one day, or both. Bring gardening gloves and hand tools for weeding, trimming and general cleanup.