Spotlight on area events

drama and artsLions Club bonfire

Join the Easton Lions Club on Halloween night for the 47th annual bonfire at Samuel Staples Elementary School, not the Helen Keller Middle School T ball field as previously publicized. The bonfire starts at approximately 7 p.m on Thursday, Oct. 31.

Music and snacks will be provided. The Lions Club and Easton Parks and Recreation Department invite you to come down with your costumes and enjoy some bonfire fun.

This free event is open to all ages and includes, music, doughnuts, cider and apples. Prize ribbons will be awarded in three costume categories: Funniest, prettiest and most original for different age groups.

Trunk or treat

Easton Trunk or Treat, sponsored by the Easton Parks and Recreation Department and Girl Scout Troop 31173, is set for Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Samuel Staples Elementary School parking lot. Adults, seniors and groups decorate cars and hand out treats from their trunks. Children go from car to car, collecting candy while enjoying the creativity.

Kids and parents are invited to help create the Easton neighborhood and enjoy this sweet event. Trunk set up takes place at 6 p.m. There is no cost for this popular family event.

Sandy Hook tribute

An exhibit at the Easton Library will be displayed in honor of the Sandy Hook children and adults until Nov. 30. The exhibit features 26 hand-knit miniature dogs and cats of various breeds designed with each child and adult in mind. Knit designer Luecella M Tondreau has displayed this popular exhibit in various libraries in the region. Visit https://sites.google.com/site/ydycnewtown121412/

Mental health

One in four adults, approximately 61.5 million Americans, struggle with mental illness, including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or post-traumatic stress disorder. The public is invited to participate in a conversation about mental health in our community.

Fairfield’s chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will host two evenings of conversation, on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 6-9 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 148 Beach Road, in Fairfield Light refreshments will be served. To register, go to healthymindsct.org.

Haiti benefit

Christ Church will host a live concert by the Casey Family of northern Connecticut to benefit Haiti on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7:30. The Casey Family will be performing to raise money for the Holy Trinity Foundation in La Saline Trouen, Haiti.

Following the concert, refreshments will be available with an opportunity to meet Rose Rhinvil and learn more about the Holy Trinity Foundation. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Christ Church is located at 59 Church Road, Easton.

Solar open house

Local homeowners with an existing solar installation invite you to come see their working residential system. This will also be an opportunity to meet the Sunlight Solar team and learn more about Solarize Easton-Redding-Trumbull. The open house is Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to noon at 12 Blanchard Road, Easton.

Artist reception

As a new board member of the Easton Arts Council, Joseph P. Kochiss  has 19 of his portraits on exhibit at the Easton Public Library now through November.  An artist’s reception will take place Saturday, Nov. 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the library. The public is invited to attend.

Art exhibit

The Aspetuck Land Trust will hold a fund-raising exhibition focusing on the work of nearly 40 regional artists and marking 47 years since the land trust began acquiring and preserving open space in Westport, Weston, Easton and Fairfield.

Work by local artists in the arts program will be exhibited in the Weston Public Library from Friday, Nov. 8 to Saturday, Nov. 30. Participating artists have agreed to donate a portion of the proceeds of exhibit sales to benefit the land trust’s conservation and education programs. A public reception and silent auction from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday Nov. 8 will kick off the exhibition. Aspetuck Land Trust members are invited to a special private preview from 5 to 6 p.m.

Tails, trails & tales

Hike with Connecticut Audubon Society’s Senior Director of Science & Conservation Milan Bull and Edge, his dog, as well as dog trainer Jason Hoffman. Hike will take place on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 to noon. Terrain: Easy (2 miles on Blue/White Trail). Important: At the request of hike leaders and to avoid chaos, do not bring your dog to this education event.

Parking available at the Woodland Drive dead end/trail entrance, Easton. Rain date, Sunday, Nov. 10 from 10-noon. RSVP to [email protected]

Support group

The support and networking group for parents of adults and older teens on the aspergers/autism spectrum will meet Monday, Nov. 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Jesse Lee Methodist Church, 25 Flat Rock Road, Easton.

Frank Caparulo will be guest speaker. He has an master’s degree in special education and health education and has been practicing as a sex educator and sex therapist for more than 30 years.

If you have any questions or are interested in attending contact the group facilitator Michelle Wendt at [email protected]

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