Things to Do -  May 2017
May 1-6, 2017

Monday, May 1, 2017
Continuing Activities - Mondays

Public Hearing for Litchfield’s
Plan of Conservation and Development
6:00 pm
Litchfield Town Hall Annex Gymnasium
80 Doyle Road, Bantam
The Town of Litchfield updated its Plan of Conservation and Development.
 A Public Hearing will be held on Monday, May 1st, 6:00 p.m.
at the Town Hall Annex Gymnasium at 80 Doyle Road in Bantam.
At this hearing interested persons may appear
and be heard and written comment will be received.
is available here or for review on the Town of Litchfield website
Land Use Department page and at the Land Use office,
80 Doyle Road, Bantam, CT.

   A "Big Day" of Birding
Litchfield Hills Audubon Society
7:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Ever read the book or see the movie "The Big Year?"
starring Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson, the movie
follows the characters as they perform their birding Big Year.

LHAS's Dave Tripp, a team member of the Raven Lunatics,
will entertain you with tales about a Big Day (a one-calendar-day event).
He will explain everything you have to do to accomplish a
Big Day: what a Big Day is and how to do a Big Day. He will also share
stories about his experiences doing Big Days from New Jersey to Connecticut.

He may share some secrets about how the Raven Lunatics
(which also includes team member Fran Zygmont) took over the
longstanding Connecticut record of 186 species on one Big Day, as well as
besting the New England record for the most species recorded in one day.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Continuing Activities - Tuesdays

Lourdes in Litchfield
Pilgrimage Season Begins
Dawn to Dusk
Lourdes in Litchfield
50 Montfort Rd., Rte. 118, Litchfield
Daily Mass at 11:30 am
Click on the picture below to see a short video.
Lourdes in Litchfield
Montfort Missionaries
50 Montfort Rd., Rte. 118, Litchfield
Lourdes in Litchfield is located on Route 118
approximately a half mile to the east
of the Litchfield Green

VNA Northwest
Monthly Blood Pressure Check
11:45 am
Warren Town Hall

Introduction to Mosaics
6:00-8:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Tuesdays, May 2-June 20, 2017
Explore the exciting world of the ancient art of mosaics.
This introductory class will explore the
direct method using vitreous glass.
We will discuss the history of mosaics and review
the mosaic color palette, the importance of tile shape and
 incorporate some of the ancient patterns of laying the tesserae.
Special attention will be placed on the step by step
process of completing the piece to final grouting.
Instructor, Joanna Micknak is a graduate
of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
in Canada, with a Fine Arts Degree.
Viewing some of the most breathtaking mosaics
 in Italy compelled her to research and explore
 the ancient art form of Mosaics.
From that point, Mosaics became
her passion for artistic expression.
8 Week Session
Tuesdays, May 2-June 20, 6-8pm
All Materials Provided.
* Pre-registration/pre-payment is required.
Cost: $295 pp
Note: A $3.00 processing fee will be
added to each online registrant.
For more info call 860-567-8302

"Quilts that Care"
(1st & 3rd Wednesdays)
12:30-2:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Quilts that Care is a dynamic group of volunteers that
make and donate handmade quilts to cancer patients.
These quilts are distributed by the social workers currently
at 8 cancer treatment facilities in CT and growing.
 Currently, quilts are donated to 11 Connecticut Hospitals,
including The Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center, VITAS HealthCare,
Bristol Hospital, New Milford Hospital and Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Donations of fabric shop gift cards, 100 percent cotton fabric, twin-size
quilt backings, cotton flannel and quilting materials are being accepted.
 The donation of an 800-1,000 sq. ft.  work location
with storage would be gratefully accepted.
Fundraising, social media and quilting volunteers
 are being sought. Quilters are especially needed.
Monetary donations can be given through PayPal
 or at P.O. Box 166, Watertown, CT 06795.
 You don't have to be a quilter to join us.
We need volunteers to iron, cut and organize fabric.
All materials are supplied to us.
We have pre-made quilt kits available for those who
cannot make the meetings but would like to participate.
 Subsequent meetings will be held on the
 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month.
 For more info, please call
Deb Van Steenberge at 860-945-0184
For more info call 860-567-8302

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Continuing Activities - Wednesdays

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Continuing Activities - Thursdays

Alzheimer's Help
 10:30-11:30 am
Litchfield Community Center
FREE ~ Walk-ins Welcome!
First Thursday of every month, come talk
with Tina Hogan, of the Alzheimer's Association
about your questions and concerns.
Learn about education programs.
Understand more about memory loss.
Get connected with other experiencing
challenges associated with memory loss.
Discover resources available in your community.
For more info call 860-567-8302

Goshen Garden Club
Luncheon Meeting
12:00 pm
Goshen Church of Christ Congregational
5 Old Middle St. Goshen CT
Luncheon ~ 12pm
Business Meeting ~ 1pm
Program: Pruning Our Shrubs
Speaker: Cathy Beauregard of Horticultural Services
"It hurts me more than it does you" is what we
say to our shrubs when we prune them back."
Cathy takes the mystery out of pruning
and says plants actually like it!

A $5 donation is suggested from non-members.
For more information go to
or call 860-618-0267.

Lunch at Hopkins Inn
Warren Parks & Recreation
12:00 pm
Hopkins Inn, Warren
Have lunch with friends at the Hopkins Inn high above the
northern shore of Lake Waramaug taking in expansive views
 of the lake, vineyard, and surrounding foothills. A little light
entertainment is planned as well. Our special price can't be beaten.
Don't miss this delightful afternoon. Join us!
For more information, please contact
Warren Parks and Recreation
at 860-868-7881 ext 113

Celebrity Chef Kids Cooking Class
(for students in Gr. 5-6)
3:30-5:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Presented by Chef John Ferrucci as seen on
The Celebrity Chef Show Cable Access Ch 5.
He has traveled and worked in many of the
country's popular restaurants.
 He has owned and operated his
own business for almost 20 years.
Participate in a hands-on cooking experience a
nd also learn about kitchen sanitation and food safety.
All materials will be provided and students
will be able to bring home the items they prepared.
Menu includes Chicken Tenders,
applesauce, smoothie and sugar cookies.
Pre-registration and pre-payment required.
Cost: $22.00pp
NOTE: A $3.00 pp credit card processing
fee will be added to your order.
For more info call 860-567-8302

Nature's Nursery Series
4:00-5:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Thursdays, May 4, June 1, July 6, and August 24
Join us one Thursday per month from May-August for an hour-long
 program designed just for children 3-6 years old. Every session will
include a story, an encounter with a live animal, and an activity or craft.

Bring your young nature lovers out to White Memorial
 for a jam-packed hour of hands-on learning.
Parents, we ask that you stay for the duration of the program.
Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 4-5pm.
Advanced registration is required.
Space is limited and fills up quickly.
To register, please call 860-567-0857
Members: $7/child per session or $25/whole series,
Non-Members: $12/child per session or $45/whole series

Artist Reception
Carol T. Moore ~ Mixed Media
5:00-7:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Jamie Gagarin Community Room and Gallery
Exhibit: May 4 - June 29
Carol Moore is a lifelong resident of Litchfield, currently residing
 in Bantam. She is well-know in the area for her colorful,
 energy-charged paintings and pottery. Carol has always been
drawn to the negative spaces apparent in industrial sites and
street scenes and her paintings reflect this keen interest.
Plein air (painting on location) landscapes and florals
 are also a favorite in pastel, oil, acrylic, and watercolor mixed media.
Her membership to the Renaissance Artists has lead to a series of figure
drawings in ink with intriguing backgrounds that can be seen at her studio in Bantam.
Travel is a way of painting new, exciting places which adds to her
many collections. Carol paints her way through life creating memories
of her many trips. She also creates one-of-a-kind pottery planters,
wall decorations, wall sconces, and functional pieces at her home studio
 and teaches weekly classes in pottery and painting there.
Carol has received numerous awards and prizes and her works are
displayed in collections throughout the United States.
She has a MA from Wesleyan University and attended the University
of Hartford Graduate Studies Art Program, as well as the University
of Connecticut and Northwestern Connecticut Community College.
She is a member of many art societies, including Artwell, Inc.,
Washington Art Association, Kent Art Association, The Rogues,
and the Connecticut Pastel Society.
You can visit her website at:

Friday, May 5, 2017
Continuing Activities - Fridays

Cinco De Mayo Party
hosted by Miles to Mexico student group
5:00-8:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Miles to Mexico is 15 students from Litchfield HS and Wamogo HS
volunteering with Operation Wallacea to assist with university level
biodiversity research in Akmual and Calakmul. In Akmual,they be
monitoring sea turtle populations and coral reef fish diversity
 in addition to other field research in Calakmul. They will be measuring
 biomass of forest and quantifying carbon sequestration.
The goal is to assist in the acquisition of field-based data
which will help to inform environmental sustainability
and resource management decisions.
For more info call 860-567-8302

Saturday, May 6, 2017

  Wildflower Wanderings
Litchfield Hills Audubon Society
9:00 am
Boyd Woods Sanctuary
Delicate, beautiful wildflowers are plentiful at Boyd Woods during spring.
On a similar walk at this time last year, we saw 24 species.
We'll also hear, see, and identify many songbirds, so bring your binoculars.
This will be an easy walk that allows time for picture-taking.
Meet at the Boyd Woods parking area
on Route 254 in Litchfield.
No dogs allowed! Rain date: May 13.
For more information contact Debbie Martin,
or 860-819-7462.

Book & Tag Sale
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
United Methodist Church of Litchfield
The United Methodist Church of Litchfield will hold a "Books & Bargains"
tag sale of gently used items and books on Saturday, May 6, from 9:00am until 1:00 pm.  
The church is at 69 West St., near the western end of the Litchfield town green.  
Stock up for summer reading or hunt for useful household gadgets and gear!  
For more information, please visit
our web site at
or call the church at 860-567-5022.

Veteran of the Month Ceremony
World War II, United States Army Veteran
 Private Eugene Freund
10:00 am
All Wars Memorial, Bantam
Rt. 202, Bantam
Post 44 of the American Legion of Bantam invites the general public
to attend its monthly Veteran of the Month ceremony as they
celebrate the life of World War II, United States Army Veteran
 Private Eugene Freund, late of East Canaan, Connecticut.

Join area veterans, family and friends on May 6th at 10:00 AM
at the All Wars Memorial Route 202 (Bantam Cemetery) in Bantam.
 In case of inclement weather the ceremony will be held in the
Bantam Borough Hall, 809 Bantam Road (Route 202) In Bantam.  

The ceremony will start with members of a flag detail retiring the
honor flag of World War II, United States Navy Veteran Chester Wright,
 late of Winsted and Bantam Connecticut. Chester was honored
as Post 44’s 342nd Consecutive Veteran of the Month for April 2017.

Following the retirement of Wrights flag, Post 44, aided by other
veteran organizations, will honor Army Medic Eugene Freund and
recount his story of service to his country and to his community.
 Eugene devoted his life to agriculture and dairy farming
 in East Canaan. His family continues that legacy today.

Following the celebration Post 44 will provide lite refreshments
and encourages attendees to enjoy fellowship
and comradeship at the Bantam Borough Hall.   

Walk, Don't Run!
Tackling the Litchfield Hills Road Race
with Gerri Griswold
10:00 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
Are you up to this 7.2 mile challenge??? Join Gerri Griswold as we take it slow
and conquer this epic course together! Walk the "downtown" streets of Litchfield,
sojourn through the sports fields at Litchfield High School, traverse the
 pleasant paths of White Memorial, and dream of making it up grueling
Gallows Lane before you triumphantly cross the finish line!

We'll be taking our time making stops along the way.
Wear appropriate clothing, shoes,
and bring plenty of water to drink!
No dogs please.
The course should take approximately 3.5 hours
to complete at a reasonable pace.

We'll attempt this rain or shine unless
there is a monsoon forecasted. 10:00 A. M.,
Park your car in the Municipal Parking Lot.
Meet "At the Corner"
Please pre-register by calling 860-567-0857
or register online:
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

Connecticut’s Cyber Security Czar to Speak
at League of Women Voters International Luncheon
12:00 pm
Litchfield Country Club
The League of Women Voters of Litchfield County will welcome Arthur House,
the state's Chief Cyber Security Risk Officer, responsible for enhancing
cyber-security prevention and protection to speak at the
 International Luncheon on May 6 at the Litchfield Country Club.
House, appointed to safeguard our cyber systems and critical infrastructure
 in an ever-evolving threat landscape, will examine global and national
cyber-security threats and how they affect Connecticut.  He will review
Connecticut’s strategy and action plan to protect the state’s critical
 infrastructure and then discuss creation of a cyber-security strategy,
with special attention on state and municipal government,
private business, higher education and law enforcement.
Since 2012, House was Chairman of the Connecticut Public Utilities
 Regulatory Authority (PURA), and played an extensive role in developing
the Cyber-security Action Plan, which identified solutions for enhanced
cyber-security across the state, specifically within the electric, natural gas,
and water sectors. House has a background in National Security,
having served as Director of Communications in the Office
of the Director of National Intelligence and as Chief of the Communications
Group for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
The luncheon will be held at the Litchfield Country Club
at 12:00 p.m., 256 Old South Rd, Litchfield, CT 06759.
Tickets are $35.00.
RSVP: lwvoflc@gmail or call 860-491-9099.
Please send check to
LWV of LC, Box 899, Litchfield, CT, 06759

Tree Bark Identification Workshop
with WMCC Research Director James Fischer
1:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Many trees in our area lose their leaves every autumn, which means
that one of the most useful ways people distinguish between tree species
 is no longer available for many months of the year.  There are other ways
 to identify trees and one is always present; that is by the bark.
 Learn how to identify trees by their bark and how tree
bark changes over the lifespan of the tree.  
Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

1:00 P.M.,   A. B. Ceder Classroom,
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

"A Thirst for Home"
with author Christine Ieronimo
1:00 pm
Morris Public Library
Author Christine Ieronimo will present a program based on
her book “A Thirst for Home” at the Morris Public Library
(4 North Street, Morris, CT) on Saturday, May 6, at 1:00 p.m.
The presentation will be followed by a reception and book signing.
Participants ages 7 and up are asked to register at 860-567-7440.
In 2008 Christine traveled to Ethiopia to adopt her daughter,
who was 2 ½ then.  Upon their return, she found her
daughter drinking from a puddle in the driveway.  
Christine is a nurse and lives in Terryville, CT with her family.

That inspired the author to write" A Thirst For Home,
A Story Across the World." Christine wanted to share the
problems of unclean water across the world with children here.  

She was also inspired by the older sister that her daughter
 left behind.  Traveling back to Ethiopia to find the sister was
one of the most meaningful things Christine has ever done.  
Water is Life. Christine is committed to helping their
daughter's family in Ethiopia and also her community.
Education for girls is a priority.  We are all connected.

A Thirst For Home is a Notable Social Studies Book.  
It is listed on the Premier's Summer Reading Challenge
for 2016 and 2017 in Australia and was rereleased
 in soft cover by Scholastic Education in 2016.
To register or for more information,
please call the Library at 860-567-7440.

"Horses and Hats in the Hills"
Kentucky Derby Event
to Benefit Connecticut Junior Republic
4:30-9:30 pm
Tavern Off the Green
in The Litchfield Inn
432 Bantam Road, Litchfield
The event, which will be held from 4:30 to 9:30 PM at
The Tavern Off the Green in The Litchfield Inn, 432 Bantam Road, Litchfield,
will include watching the 143rd Kentucky Derby, a buffet dinner, open bar,
music and dancing, and a special performance by The Nutmeg Dancers.  

The evening will also include a live auction and a 50/50 horse race raffle.  
This year's event, in keeping with its fashionable predecessors,
 High Stakes in the Hills (2016) and High Style in the Hills (2015),
will feature a hat contest and participants are
asked to don their finest Derby-inspired attire.

Funds raised at Horses and Hats in the Hills will benefit CJR,
a Litchfield-based private nonprofit agency founded in 1904.  
CJR is committed to serving the most vulnerable children and families in
Connecticut and to utilizing effective, family-focused and strength-based
 treatment and education models to help young people achieve
their full potential as contributing members of their homes, schools
and communities.  CJR's combined residential and community-based
programs serve nearly 2,000 boys, girls and families
annually in 11 locations throughout Connecticut.  

Litchfield Aid of CJR's website:  
Participation is limited, therefore prompt reservations are advised.  
To request an invitation, please contact the
Connecticut Junior Republic Development Office:
860-567-9423, ext. 278.
For further information, please contact Hedy Barton,
CJR Director of Development and Public Relations:
(860) 567-9423, ext. 252; or by email:

"Bunco Comes to Bantam"
Bantam Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary
5:00 pm
Bantam Firehouse
Call 860-361-6247 to register.

Spring Ham Dinner
& Family Fun Bingo Night
hosted by Friends of Warren School
5:00 pm
Warren Community Center
Friends of Warren School proudly offers a…
Spring Supper & Bingo Night on
Saturday, May 6th at the Warren Community Center
Dinner served 5-7pm
Bingo played 7-9pm
Menu features delicious baked ham.