The first charity Wingathlon will be held on Saturday, May 2, at the Fairfield Hills campus. Participants may choose from a Family 5K Run/Walk or a competitive Duathlon (5K run/26K cycle/5K run) event around the scenic roads of greater Newtown. The Wingathlon will benefit Dylan’s Wings of Change, a foundation established to honor the life of Dylan Hockley, who was killed in his classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Dylan had autism and his parents, Nicole and Ian, created Dylan’s Wings of Change in order to help children with autism and other related conditions to achieve their full potential.
While the nation observes Earth Day on April 22, area residents are being invited to continue the celebration at Newtown’s 8th Annual Earth Day Festival on Saturday, May 2. The event will again be held at Newtown Middle School between 10 am and 4 pm rain or shine. Attendees will enjoy a “huge line-up of kids’ activities,” states a recent email from organizers, including Sharon Audubon’s Birds of Prey, a silent auction and litter pick-up, live music/performances, drum circles, T-shirt tie-dying, and “tons of tasty food.” The festival is “the place to be for helping our community become a bit more aware of being green.”
At the Town and Country Garden Club’s annual plant sale on May 9, situated as always in front of The Inn at Newtown, native shrubs will be on sale along with roses, lilacs, member-grown perennials, shade trees, special gifts for Mother’s Day, and more. The plants and shrubs which are in flower usually steal the show at the sale, but this year organizers of the annual sale are recommending a few of those fall-foliage-and-berry plants that beautify other seasons of the year. When winter returns, the birds will be grateful if you take their advice.
On Friday, May 8, at 7 pm, Julian Lage will headline the tenth show in Newtown’s Live at the Edmond Town Hall series. Lage is touring behind his new solo album, "World’s Fair," a musical narrative designed to feature a vast range of timbral and musical possibilities living within a single acoustic guitar. This show was scheduled as a duo show with Punch Brothers guitarist Chris Eldridge, but following a skiing accident, Eldridge will be unable to tour. Stamford-based father-daughter duo Dave and Emma Hart will open.
The next Friday Night Bingo event will be Friday, April 24. Games are played in Monsignor Weiss Gathering Hall, adjacent to St Rose of Lima School, 40 Church Hill Road. Now that the bad weather is behind us, organizers are inviting regular players to return, and to bring their family and friends for a night out featuring Bingo fun and cash prizes.
Who is Ben? What is a Ben’s Bell? Where are Ben’s Bells hung? How are Ben’s Bells made? What is the Be Kind mission all about? Area residents who are interested in learning the who, what, where, how, and why of the Ben’s Bells Project have two opportunities to attend an Advanced Volunteer Orientation this month. The Ben’s Bells Newtown studio, at 17 Church Hill Road, will offer 60-minute presentations on Tuesday, April 28. Sessions will begin at noon and 6:30 pm.
Newtown’s annual Beautiful Baby Photo Contest, coordinated since 2010 by Sandy Hook resident Lois Barber, is kicking off and looking for photos of children, newborn to age 4, to be posted on its voting booth. The contest is a friendly competition/fundraiser that this year will help an American soldier returning home with life-altering injuries receive a free custom handicapped accessible house through the Homes For Our Troops national nonprofit. It is a baby photo contest, not a live pageant. All money raised goes to Homes for Our Troops. The money raised by this year’s contest will be earmarked for a house being built on Long Island for Marine Sergeant Luis Remache, who, due to a grenade blast, was severely injured.
The Newtown Choral Society will perform “The Soul of New Orleans” as its spring concert, Sunday, April 26, at Newtown Meeting House. Two trumpets and a saxophone will accompany the choir with high school band director Kurt Eckhardt on trombone and middle school teacher Bob Nolte on percussion, including the timpani.
For the seventh year, Aquarion Water Company will issue free fishing permits to any unemployed person over the age of 18. Veterans and active duty service members may also receive free permits this year. On Wednesdays, April 22 and May 6, between 8 am to 3:30 pm, qualified anglers can obtain a free fishing permit that will allow the holder access to three Aquarion reservoirs.