Gyms across the country will this week be honoring Charlotte Bacon, a young victim of 12/14, with an event called Fitness for Kindness to commemorate her birthday. The Fitness For Kindness fundraiser event can occur any time during the week leading up to what would have been Charlotte’s ninth birthday on February 22. Newtown Kindness is encouraging people and gyms to schedule their events for a day and time between February 15 and February 22. Crossfit Hook’d, at 7 Turnberry Lane in Sandy Hook, will host its Fitness for Kindness event on Sunday, February 22, beginning at 9 am. Crossfit Hook’d, at 7 Turnberry Lane in Sandy Hook, will host its Fitness for Kindness event on Sunday, February 22, beginning at 9 am.
St John’s Episcopal Church, 5 Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook, will hold its 58th annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on February 17. From 5 to 7 pm in the church hall, members of the church will be serving all-you-can-eat dinners of pancakes, applesauce, and beverages. After a one year hiatus, Bruce Moulthrop’s home-style corned beef hash will return to the menu. Diners can opt for the hash or sausage as their side.
The next offering of Friday Bingo Night will be this weekend at St Rose of Lima School. Games will be played on Friday, February 13, in the Monsignor Weiss Gathering Hall, 46 Church Hill Road. Doors open at 5:45 pm, and games run from 6:30 until approximately 9:30 pm. The per-person admission fee of $17 covers all regular and some special games. All ages are welcome.
The Harlem Wizards are coming back to Newtown for a comedy basketball game on Sunday, February 22. The game will be played at Newtown High School beginning at 3 pm. The Wizards will take on a team of Newtown teachers and school staff as they have done in the past.
Girl Scouts in Troop 50113 are set to host an event on Monday, February 23, at 7 pm, for children in third through sixth grade to participate in making Hearts of Hope. Participants will paint clay hearts that will be donated to a worthy cause through Hearts of Hope, a volunteer-driven nationwide community service program that has a chapter in Newtown. Members of the local Girl Scout troop are working through their Girl Scout Gold Award requirements.
Margaret Miner, the director of Rivers Alliance of Connecticut, will be the guest speaker for The Town & Country Garden Club on Wednesday, February 11. Ms Miner will cover three topics during her program: landscaping and buffers to protect water quality, pesticides, and statewide water planning. The free program will be offered at Newtown Senior Center.
The work of Mary Barrett Anders, who presented Asian brushwork classes at HealingNewtown, is the focus of an exhibit of her work at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street in Newtown. Located in the showcase outside the children’s library, the exhibit — a collaboration between the library and Newtown Cultural Arts Commission — will be on display through March 1 during regular library hours.
Newtown Kindness is hosting its first-ever Nice Bucket Challenge, a pay-it-forward initiative to spread kindness this February, which the organization has named Kindness Month. Inspired by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Nice Bucket Challenge participants commit to an act of kindness and then challenge friends to pass it on. The event coincides with the birth month of Charlotte Bacon, one of the children killed on 12/14 and in whose memory Newtown Kindness was founded.
The next Saturday Pasta Dinner at Newtown United Methodist Church will take place on February 7 in the church’s fellowship hall, 92 Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook. The public is cordially invited to join church members for what has become an evening of fellowship and community spirit over dinners. Dinner is followed by a performance of bluegrass, country, and folk music played by Roger Sprung & Friends.
The Genealogy Club of Newtown will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, February 11, in the meeting room of C.H. Booth Library. The meeting will start at 7 pm, but club members will also be arriving early to converse with other genealogists, and offer help with research problems for guests and attendees. This month’s speaker will be club chair Toni McKeen, who will discuss “The Immigrant Experience.”