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FUN Irish Themed Meeting March 20 Moved to Dickinson Pavilion



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UPDATE: This event notice has been updated to reflect the change in location for the March 20 FUN meeting.

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Families United in Newtown (FUN) has relocated its traditional Irish-themed March meeting Saturday from castle Hill Farm to the Dickinson Park pavilion.

The event — open to all local families with one or more children on the autism spectrum, or with special needs — is set for March 20 from 2 to 4 pm.

The nonprofit Families United in Newtown provides individuals with special needs and their families with social opportunities in a caring environment through monthly themed meetings. FUN partners with Newtown High School National Honor Society members to provide helping hands at these events.

All are welcome to come enjoy a FUN time while meeting other families in our community.

On March 1, volunteers were already busy baking shamrock cookies for the event, which will feature an appearance by Craig Ashurst and the Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance performing and then offering a free Irish dance lesson.

Ashurst Academy founders Craig and Christina Dolzall-Ashurst are both former members of Lord of the Dance and Riverdance companies, and have been partnering with FUN on these annual march visits for at least five years. Activities will be held in and around the local park pavilion so attendees can follow appropriate safety guidelines and properly distance.

Non-themed popular music and dancing will be provided before and after the demonstration and lessons, and the final half-hour will include a bonfire, cookies, and hot chocolate for all guests. Attendees will also be able to participate in a St Patrick’s Day card craft activity.

To ensure there are enough supplies and refreshments, anyone planning to attend is asked to contact FUN founder Linda Jones by e-mail at lindajones9763@sbcglobal.net or by phone at 203-512-6284.

For more details about the group, or to support it by volunteering or making a contribution to help defray the cost of its free activities, visit familiesunitedinnewtown.org or check out the group’s Facebook page.

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