Things to Do -  May 2017
May 7-13, 2017

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Thrill in the Hills Duathlon
6:30 am
Litchfield High School
Litchfield Parks and Recreation is announcing
The 3rd Annual Thrill in the Hills Duathlon on Sunday, May 7.
The event offers a scenic and yet challenging
course through the Litchfield Hills.
The run portion is a combination of road and trails in and around
the grounds of the White Memorial Foundation.
The bike is a one loop course of rolling hills around Bantam Lake.
The event is great for to work out the winter kinks
and its beginner friendly with a "no pressure" atmosphere.  
Teams or individuals are invited to participate!
Race proceeds will go to benefit the Litchfield Greenway.
Event details and schedule:
Check in opens at Litchfield High School,
14 Plumb Hill Rd, Litchfield CT 06759 at 6:30 a.m.
and will close at 7:45 a.m.
Facilities are available at the high school.
Awards will go to the first over-all male and female,
 and 10 year age-group awards.
Go to www.active.com to sign up. Sign up will soon be available
 at Litchfield Parks and Recreation or by going to the
go to “Registration Forms” and then “Thrill in the Hills.”
See you there! Start training!

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8th Annual Girls Just Wanna Run 5K
Junior Women's Club of Litchfield Hills
10:30 am - Registration
12:00 pm - Race Start
Rt. 202 & North Shore Road, Litchfield

 

Online registration is open!
Day of registration begins
at 10:30 am on race day!

Adults: $30
Girls 12 & Under: $18
 Sign up before March 27th
and receive your free Tek T-Shirt!
 Price increases to $35 on April 15th!
Registration and bib pick up is on
Sunday, May 7 ~ 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Race begins at 12:00 p.m.
 Rain or Shine!

Women and girls of all ages are invited to participate in our 8th annual race!
Prizes awarded to the overall finisher, top three runners in each age group,
Ms. Diva, Most Glam Girl, best group… you get the picture!
Dress up, make it fun and win!

The Girls Just Wanna Run 5k Race is a fundraising charity event
focusing on health and wellness in girls and women. Walkers, joggers,
 runners, girls and women of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate!

Course Information
This is a USATF Certified Race Course (code CT12014JHP).
The start/finish line is located close to the
back entrance of the Litchfield Athletic Club on
Old CT Route 25 (the back access road behind the Club).
Runners & walkers will start down North Shore Road,
along beautiful Bantam Lake.
The course runs to the end of North Shore Road,
turning around and continuing back along North Shore Road;
 turning left back onto Old CT Route 25 to the finish line.

Parking is at the Bantam River Corporate Park,
located next to the Litchfield Athletic Club
on Route 202 in Litchfield.
** No dogs or roller blades/skates.**

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Lecture: “Brass Valley”
with author Emery Roth II
3:00 pm
Litchfield Historical Society
 Join the Litchfield Historical Society in welcoming author Emery Roth II
on Sunday, May 7 at 3 p.m. for a lecture on the steep valley of
Connecticut’s Naugatuck River, known as “Brass Valley.”
Lectures are free for members and $5 for non-members.

During the age when the world ran on steam and bearings,
trolleys and soot, the Naugatuck Valley came to be where most of the
world’s brass manufacturing happened. It was nicknamed “Brass Valley.”
Roth will explore his discoveries about Litchfield’s industrial neighbors,
 sharing experiences from his time spent photographing for his new book,
Brass Valley: The Fall of an American Industry.
The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session and book signing.

Lectures are free for members and $5 for non-members.
Space is limited and registration is required.
Payment is required at time of registration.
To register, call (860) 567-4501
For more information about this or other programs,
The Litchfield Historical Society is located at 7 South St., Litchfield.
The exhibits are currently on view through November 2017.

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Piano Concert
by Gold-Record-Winner Pianist Michael Ford
4:00 pm
St. Michael's, Litchfield
St. Michael’s Parish will present a concert by pianist
Michael Ford on Sunday, May 7, beginning at 4pm,
as part of their First Sundays at Four series.
Michael Ford is an accomplished pianist and self-taught composer.
He has developed a compositional and improvisational style that
draws on many influences but it is rooted in a classical music aesthetic
 that stems from his life dedication to the piano.

His 2009 first piano solo release “Dream of the Wind” was nominated for
best contemporary classical album by the Independent Music Awards.
 In 2012, his next piano album "Simple Truth" was also nominated
for best contemporary classical album by the IMA.

His new album titled "Exile," to be released April 2017, is an
intimate suite of 10 original contemplative works for piano.  

His collaboration with children’s book author/illustrator
and songwriter/producer Sandra Boynton has won them three
gold records and one (Philadelphia Chickens) is now platinum.

All are welcome to the concert
with a suggested freewill offering of $20.
A sparkling meet-the-artist reception will follow.

St. Michael's is located at 25 South Street,
 just off the Litchfield Green.
For more information, please call 860-567-9465

Monday, May 8, 2017
Continuing Activities - Mondays

Assistive Technology Demo
Live Learn Lunch
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Litchfield Community Center
The WCAAA will give a free group demonstrations on assistive devices
such as magnifiers, phone amplifiers, vibrating alarm clock,
talking watch and kitchen utensils just to name a few.
This demonstration will enable an individual to make an informed
decision as to which device will work best for their needs.
The items demonstrated may help you or someone you know to live,
work, or play more independently and with more freedom.
Free!
For more info call 860-567-8302

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Continuing Activities - Tuesdays

Day Trip: Lenny & Joe's
Warren Parks & Recreation
8:30 am
Warren Community Center
We're heading to the Connecticut shoreline for a day of fine dining
and fine shopping! First we'll dine at one of the shore's most popular
seafood restaurants-Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale Restaurant! We'll delight in
such lunch offerings as famous fish tale chowder and fish tale platters,
 baked stuffed casseroles, broiled fresh fish fillets and of course,
lobster or crab rolls! There are also plenty of selections for the land lubber.
Following our delicious lunch, we'll travel over to the Clinton Crossing Outlets,
where bargains await us. At this beautiful, spacious,
 outdoor outlet mall, we'll enjoy shopping at
Ann Taylor, Chico's, Talbots, Yankee Candle...and more!
We might stop at the Hammonasset Beach in Madison.
Bus departs  at 8:30 am from the
Warren Community Center.
COST $8.00
For more information, please contact
Warren Parks and Recreation
at 860-868-7881 ext 113

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Spiritual Drumming
1:00-2:30 pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Experience drumming by becoming part of a sacred circle
Susan Strand
Learn and play drum rhythms;
drum with intentionality and create community.
Bring your own drum if you have one.
A few drums and many rhythm instruments will be available.
email Susan for registration: sstrand@snet.net           
Suggested Donation $10
For further information call (860) 567-3163

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Mental Health First Aid Certification
Training Offered to Public
5:30 – 9:30 pm
EdAdvance, Litchfield
The nationally recognized Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training
certification program will be offered on the evenings of May 9 & 11
at EdAdvance (formerly known as Education Connection),
355 Goshen Road in Litchfield.  There is no charge for
this program and the public is invited to participate.  

Participants must attend all 8 hours of training in order to receive certification.  
First Aiders will receive a comprehensive guidebook developed to provide
easy access to mental health information. Training on May 9 & 11 will be
 held both evenings from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.  
Participants may bring dinner.  
Beverages and light refreshments will be served.  

Space is limited and registration is required.  
Those interested in Youth MHFA should register by contacting
 Amanda DelVicario at EdAdvance at (860) 567-0863

Those interested in MHFA training may contact Valerie English Cooper
at Mental Health CT at 860-471-6715 or VEnglishCooper@mhconn.org
or register online through Mental Health Connecticut at

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Cut the Cord
with Tom Borysiewicz
6:30 pm
Goshen Public Library
Please join us on Tuesday, May 9th at 6:30 p.m. in
welcoming Tom Borysiewicz to the Goshen Public Library.

Tired of paying high prices for channels you don't watch?  
Looking for a solution that will be easier on your wallet
and still give you all the shows that you enjoy?  

Attend the Cut the Cord program and learn how you
 can still get all the programs you want for half the cost.

Join Reference/Technology Librarian Tom Borysiewicz
as he guides participants through the new
and exciting alternatives to cable or satellite television.

 The Goshen Public Library has been serving the residents
of Goshen and the surrounding communities since 1902.  
The Library can be found at 42 North Street in Goshen CT 06756.  

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Continuing Activities - Wednesdays

Lego Challenge
3:00-4:00 pm
Morris Public Library
Join us at the Morris Public Library for a new
exciting LEGO challenge for children in grades 2-6.
You will have a theme to inspire you for the activity,
create a project individually or in a group,
and choose a winner at the end!
Tiffany Catty and her son Charlie (pictured above), enjoyed the first
Lego Challenge event at the Morris Public Library on December 14th.
A group of children, volunteers and parents created their Lego
project and then chose the winner of the Challenge.  
The Library staff and volunteers will help you make your Lego challenge
the most enjoyable, educational and entertaining experience.
Wednesday, May 10 ~ 3:00 -4:00 p.m.
Registration is required.
Children from grades 2-6 can register.
Please call the Library at 860-567-7440.
The Morris Public Library Lego Challenge is held in collaboration
with the Little Free Lego Library Project facilitated
by Morris residents Rose Buckens and Jo Ann Jaacks.

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Picnic at Topsmead
The Cookbook Club
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Meet us at Topsmead State Forest in Litchfield
for a special spring picnic celebration! 
Topsmead State Forest is located on Buell Road
in Litchfield (the first road on the right off Buell Road
 is the entrance drive to Topsmead).
We’ll meet in the main parking lot. There is no cost for
admission and public bathrooms are available.
Borrow one or more of our picnic-themed cookbooks
 that we will have on display a month before. Spend the
 next few weeks experimenting and come to the picnic
ready to chat about your culinary adventures.

For this Cookbook Club only, when you register, we will assign you
a type of food to bring (main dish, side dish, or salad).
This will help us ensure that we have a balanced offering.
But, that’s only a jumping off point. When it comes to the
exact nature of your dish, let your imagination go wild!
Whether it’s a new recipe or a family favorite,
we look forward to eating it and talking about it.

Spring is the perfect time to share a meal with friends and
embrace the beauty of nature, so let’s have a picnic! But if the
weather doesn’t cooperate, we’ll still get together at the library.
Join OWL librarians Audra MacLaren and Patricia Moore
who facilitate the Cookbook Club. Both Audra and Patricia enjoy home
cooking and sharing food with friends and neighbors.
Right now, they are looking forward to trying new picnic fare! 
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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Full Moon Drumming for Peace
7:45 pm
Goshen Church of Christ Congregational
Drumming for Peace at sunset on the evening of the full moon
takes place at Church of Christ Congregational, 5 Old Middle Street,
at the intersection of Routes 4 and 63 in Goshen, CT.
Participants may bring their own drums or use the
 drums and rhythm instruments that will be provided.
Any type of hand drum may be used.
All drummers or people who would like to become
drummers are welcome; no experience is necessary.
Drumming for Peace is a program begun by Drums Around the World.
The concept is that drummers will drum for peace in their time zone for
about an hour sending the energy that is created out into the universe for
world peace and then other drummers will begin drumming in their time zone
and thus pass the drumming around the globe.
Day
Date
Time
Wednesday
May 10, 2017
7:45 pm
Friday
June 9, 2017
8:15 pm
Sunday
July 9, 2017
8:15 pm
Monday
August 7, 2017
7:45 pm
Wednesday
September 6, 2017
7:00 pm
Thursday
October 5, 2017
6:15 pm
Saturday
November 4, 2017
5:30 pm
Sunday
December 3, 2017
4:15 pm
Contact: Susan A. Strand
860-482-6940

Thursday, May 11, 2017
Continuing Activities - Thursdays

Non-Fiction Book Discussion Group
2:00-3:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War
by Susan Southard
Published 70 years after the bombing, the book spans from the
morning of the bombing to the city today, telling the first-hand
experiences of five survivors, all teenagers at the time of the devastation.
The author interviewed hibakusha (“bomb-affected people”)
 and researched the challenges of post-atomic life. Dramatic eyewitness
accounts are woven with analysis of the censorship and denial in the
reporting of the bombing both in the United States and Japan.
Moderated by Dick

Non-Fiction Book Discussion Group
Second Thursday of each month from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
New members welcome!
Come to one or all meetings.
Books are available at the front desk.
Where:  The Jamie Gagarin Community Room & Gallery
Facilitated by:  Caitlin Costa ccosta@owlibrary.org

Oliver Wolcott Library Book Groups
Book discussions are free and open to the public.
Join us for stimulating conversation and new friendships.
Copies of the books selected are available the month prior
to discussions at the Oliver Wolcott Library circulation desk.

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Fiction Book Discussion Group
3:30-5:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Still Alice
by Lisa Genova
(Movie will be discussed too)
A 50-year-old professor with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease learns
 that her worth is comprised of more than her ability to remember.
Alice is proud of the life she worked so hard to build: an expert in
cognitive psychology and with a husband and three children.
When she becomes forgetful, her life and her relationship
with her family and the world are changed forever.
Moderated by Jean

Fiction Book Discussion Group
The Fiction Book Group has been meeting since 2002.
New members welcome!
Come to one or all meetings.
Books are available at the front desk.
Second Thursday of each month from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Where:  The Jamie Gagarin Community Room & Gallery
Facilitated by:  Caitlin Costa ccosta@owlibrary.org

Oliver Wolcott Library Book Groups
Book discussions are free and open to the public.
Join us for stimulating conversation and new friendships.
Copies of the books selected are available the month prior
to discussions at the Oliver Wolcott Library circulation desk.

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Mental Health First Aid Certification
Training Offered to Public
5:30 – 9:30 pm
EdAdvance, Litchfield
The nationally recognized Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training
certification program will be offered on the evenings of May 9 & 11
at EdAdvance (formerly known as Education Connection),
355 Goshen Road in Litchfield.  There is no charge for
this program and the public is invited to participate.  

Participants must attend all 8 hours of training in order to receive certification.  
First Aiders will receive a comprehensive guidebook developed to provide
easy access to mental health information. Training on May 9 & 11 will be
 held both evenings from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.  
Participants may bring dinner.  
Beverages and light refreshments will be served.  

Space is limited and registration is required.  
Those interested in Youth MHFA should register by contacting
 Amanda DelVicario at EdAdvance at (860) 567-0863

Those interested in MHFA training may contact Valerie English Cooper
at Mental Health CT at 860-471-6715 or VEnglishCooper@mhconn.org
or register online through Mental Health Connecticut at

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"Growing up in Litchfield"
6:30 pm
Litchfield Historical Society
A series of Community Conversations will be held to discuss aspects
of Litchfield's history. On Thursday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m. the Historical Society
 is hosting the first conversation to address the topic of "Growing up in Litchfield."

The program will be facilitated by historian Rachel Carley, and the Historical
Society invites local residents to participate. This larger discussion will
focus on what it was like growing up in all areas of Litchfield
and explore how the town has changed over the years.

This event is free and open to the public.
Kindly R.S.V.P. by Tuesday, May 9 by calling (860) 567-4501
Litchfield Historical Society
Prepares for Town's 300th Anniversary Celebration
The town of Litchfield, Connecticut will be celebrating its 300th Anniversary
 in 2019. Litchfield encompasses the center village, Bantam, Northfield, Milton,
East Litchfield, and Morris (pre-1856), and the Litchfield Historical Society
seeks to document all areas of town. A Common Heritage grant awarded
to the Society by the National Endowment for the Humanities
will fund these projects held to prepare for the anniversary.
Additional programming will be held throughout the next
 two years to prepare for the anniversary celebration in 2019.

For  more information please contact:
Megan Olver Siok, Education Assistant and Visitor Services Coordinator
to learn more about these and future programs and events.
The Litchfield Historical Society is located at 7 South St., Litchfield, CT.

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Folk Music of the 1960's
with The Western Lands Trio
7:00-8:00 pm 
Oliver Wolcott Library
The Western Lands Trio was formed when friends Mike Delay,
Jerry Geci and John Fulkerson got together over chili and corn bread
five years ago to play folk music of the 1960s. Since then they have
performed on stage at many venues including the Earth Day Festival
 in Hartford and the Warner Theater. They have a carefully crafted
program of folk music from the 60s, and will add bits of history and some
anecdotes that make the event lively, interesting and fun for the audience. 
Influenced by Pete Seeger, Mike Delay became interested in the
5 string banjo in the ‘60s. He frequented coffee houses around central
 Florida in ‘70s and ‘80s and joined in with musician friends playing folk,
Irish and mountain songs. After moving to Connecticut in 1996 his
 music went somewhat dormant until John Fulkerson introduced
 him to Jerry Geci and they formed a musical bond.

Although singing and harmonizing started early with aunts and uncles
 for Jerry Geci, it wasn’t until he became a part of a folksinging trio in
college that he began playing the guitar. He has kept adding to his
 repertoire with songs that fit his evolving family life.
Jerry says, “As with life, the trio is all about harmony.”

John Fulkerson started playing the acoustic guitar and singing folk
music with friends in the 1960s, later playing in a small folk group with
 Tim Cromwell, Roger Parker and Buzzy Mann. He was fortunate
to know Frank Warner, a noted folk music collector and play
 with his sons Jeff and Garrett Warner as well as
New England folk musician Jeff Davis. 
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

Friday, May 12, 2017
Continuing Activities - Fridays

Friday Fun Day
4:00-6:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Open to 4th - 6th Graders
Each Month a Litchfield High School student group
hosts an evening at the Community Center
 with proceeds benefiting various causes.
Open games! Ping pong, pool, air hockey, Foosball,
Wii, board games, group games, music, arts & crafts!
Snacks and beverages available for purchase.
Cost: $5 pp @ door
For more info call 860-567-8302

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DJ Dance
7:00-9:30 pm
Litchfield Community Center
* Open to 7th & 8th grade students from
Litchfield, Morris, Goshen and Warren
Monthly DJ Dance! Open to 7th & 8th grade students
from Litchfield, Morris, Goshen, and Warren.
Permission Slip must be filled out by an adult and passed into
the Center upon arrival if not already done in December 2016.
Slips are good for entire 2016-2017 school year,
 and need to be filled out only once.
Cost: $7.00 pp @ Door
For more info call 860-567-8302

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Morris Town-Wide Tag Sale
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Morris Firehouse
15 South Street, Morris
Maps available at the Morris Firehouse
starting at 8:30 a.m.
To register or for more information
Please contact Marilyn 860-567-8626
Or call MVFD 860-567-7441
Donations accepted at the firehouse
during the month of April

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East Litchfield Depot
Spring Clean-Up
9:00-11:00 am
East Litchfield Train Depot
Rt. 118 and Thomaston Rd.
Please bring tools for clearing brush and small trees, buckets
for trash and metal, eye protection, gloves and drinking water.
Rain date is May 20.

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Spring Migrants Bird Walk
with Marie Kennedy
9:00-11:00 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
Join Audubon CT Director and Litchfield Hills Audubon Society
Treasurer Marie Kennedy on International Migratory Bird Day
 for a guided 1-mile walk in search of warblers and other birds making
 their way through our area in their beautiful spring plumage.
We'll make a lap around the main area outside the Museum, then head
around Ongley Pond and into the woods, eventually
 making it out to the Bantam Lake Overlook.
All ages and experience levels welcome.
Bring binoculars if you have them;
otherwise, they will be provided.
9:00 -11:00 a.m.
Meet in the Museum parking lot.
FREE, however donations can be made, which
will be split between the Conservation Center
and Litchfield Hills Audubon.

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Tag Sale Fundraiser
for Little Free Libraries in the Litchfield Hills
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Stonehill, Morris
118 West Street (Rte. 109) in Morris
On Saturday, May 13, from 9am to 4pm, Little Free Library Stewards
Rose Buckens and Jo Ann Jaacks will host a combined tag sale fundraiser
and painting party for several more lending library boxes at Rose's home,
 StoneHill, at 118 West Street (Rte. 109) in Morris.
Pictured are Rose Buckens with volunteer Irene Budd of Woodbury, who helped
with the previous fundraiser held last September at Little Free Library at StoneHill.

The launch for the Little Free Library building workshop series was a
 great success with volunteers gathering at filmmaker Harvey Hubbell’s
farm in Litchfield on July 2. Morris First Selectman Tom Weik came to
encourage the Morris Boy Scouts, carpenters, roofers and painters.
Those first sixteen boxes have been painted by artists, mounted
on secure poles, and then distributed throughout Litchfield County.
The mission is to build community, grow literacy and make new friends.

The public is invited to come on May 13 to learn more about this
 trending phenomenon. When the global nonprofit Little Free Library
was honored by The Library of Congress for Creating Communities of Literacy,
Founder Todd H. Bol said, “For an organization that builds some of the
smallest libraries around, it’s quite an honor to be recognized by the
 largest library in the world.”  There are currently over
50,000 Little Free Libraries around the world.

Those wishing to learn more about The Litchfield Hills Little Free Library
 Grass Roots Project, or to donate books for adults and children
are invited to contact Rose Buckens at 203-770-4156
or rosebuckensdesigns@yahoo.com or bring books that day.

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Walking Tour
Architecture in Litchfield
10:00 am
Litchfield History Museum
The Litchfield Historical Society’s Saturday morning walking tours
are back for 2017! Each tour lasts about an hour—make sure to bring
a bottle of water and wear comfortable shoes! We meet at the
Litchfield History Museum at 10:00 a.m. for each tour.
Registration is required for walking tours.

Architecture in Litchfield
Why does the center of Litchfield have such a larger green
and so many white homes? Take a walk and learn how the
history and stories of old Litchfield are preserved in the
architecture of the town. The tour will begin at the Litchfield
History Museum and cover North and South streets.

Walking tours are free for members and $5 for non-members.
Space is limited and registration is required.
Payment is required at time of registration.
To register, call (860) 567-4501
For more information about this or other programs,
The Litchfield Historical Society is located at 7 South St., Litchfield

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Experiences of Emerging Church
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Breathing Under Water:
Spirituality and the Twelve Steps
Peggy Richard
Calling the 12-step program the "..great American contribution
to the history of spirituality," Richard Rohr challenges his listeners
to master the denials, deceptions and illusions of not just our
personal addictions but the addictive nature of our entire culture. 
In this audio series, Richard Rohr offers hope
and practical suggestions from many sources,
including Bill Wilson's, Big Book and Scripture.
Themes of Talks:
1. The Big Book and The Gospel,
2. Addictive Thinking,
3. Wounds as Trophies,
4. Rituals and Life Summary. 
Donation: $5
For further information call (860) 567-3163

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Litchfield Hills Farm-Fresh Indoor Market
10:00 am -1:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
 Free and open to the public
Bella Alpaca - alpace wool clothing
Bantam Bread - artisanal breads
Beltane Farm - goat cheese
Berry Ledges Apiary - honey products
Brookside Farm II - maple syrup
Cato Corner Farm - artisanal cow cheeses
Goatboy Soaps - soaps, lotions, lip balm
Good Doggy Treats - chicken breast dog treats
Laurel Ridge Farm - grass fed beef, pork and lamb
March Farm - lettuces, basil, arugula, baked goods
Oliva Cafe - dips, sauces, flatbreads
Penfield Farm - grass fed emu, pork, lamb
Plum Brook Chocolate - artisanal chocolates
Savor cookies - savory cookies
Sugar Water Farm - hydroponic greens and herbs 
Troy Brook Bakery - artisanal baked goods
Twin Pines Farm - pickles, cheese, jams
Wave Hill Breads - three grain pain de campagne,
ciabatta, garlic bread
Z Farm - chickens,turkeys, duck,eggs 
For more information, please go to

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"Taste and See: Everything to Do with Strawberries"
2:00-3:30 pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Discover ways to enjoy this summer fruit....

A cooking demonstration, “Taste and See:
Everything to Do with Strawberries,” will be held at
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 2:00 pm-3:30 pm.  
Wisdom House Head Chef Margaret Jacobs will lead the session.

 Participants in the program will observe how to create uncommon
offerings using strawberries such as: five ingredient strawberry ice cream,
curried spinach, chicken, strawberry, goat cheese salad and,
and cream cheese strawberry-stuffed bread among others.
 Samplings of the fare will be offered and recipes given.

Chef Margaret Jacobs
Chef Jacobs is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of American, Hyde Park, NY.
 She has worked at the United Nations Plaza Hotel and has over 30 years
of cooking, baking and business experience in the culinary arts.

The cost for the program is $25 per person.  
Pre-registration is required.
Registration closes Friday, May 12, at Noon
Non-refundable deposit: $15
For further information call (860) 567-3163

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Family-Style Roast Beef Dinner
4:30-7:00 pm
Morris Congregational Church
The Morris Congregational Church will sponsor a family-style Roast
Beef Dinner on Saturday, May 13 from 4:30 -7:00 p.m. in the
Morris Community Hall. (Intersection of Rt.61 & Rt.109)

This ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT menu includes roast beef, mashed
potatoes, 3 bean salad, vegetables, rolls and beverage.
Homemade pies and desserts will follow dinner.

Prices are $14.00 for adults and
$4.00 for children 12 and under.
For further information   
Please call  860-567-3769

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Litchfield Democratic Wine Tasting Fundraiser
5:00-7:00 pm
17 Mike Road, Litchfield
The Litchfield Democratic Town Committee will hold a Wine Tasting Fundraiser
on Saturday, May 13th from 5-7 p.m. at 17 Mike Road, Litchfield.
Tickets are $30 per person and feel free to bring a dish to share.
The event will also be honoring Former Litchfield
Democratic Town Committee Chairman William A. Conti.
For further information contact
Chairman Darlene Clouther at 860-480-3426
or Vice Chairman Joe Manes at 860-482-3732

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William Burt: "Water Babies:
The Hidden Lives of Baby Wetland Birds"
Lecture and Book Signing
7:30 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
A presentation by William Burt -- naturalist, photographer and writer,
followed by a book signing reception in the White Memorial's museum.
This program is co-sponsored by White Memorial Conservation Center,
Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust and The Litchfield Hills Audubon Society
-- all organizations which are committed to the conservation and
preservation of land, nature and wildlife, through programming that educates
and inspires a better understanding and appreciation of the natural world.  

 The "babies" are the downy young of ducks, grebes, gallinules and shorebirds,
 herons, and the other birds of wetlands - those that get their feet wet,
as it were - and challenging they are, to birder and photographer alike:
quick-footed, wary, and well-camouflaged, to say the least. They are endearing,
from the comic-monster herons to the fuzzy ducklings and stick-legged
sandpipers, these tots have personality, and spunk.  
 You'll see the parent birds of wetlands in this presentation, too.  
Each downy chick is juxtaposed with the adult it will become.

 William Burt is a naturalist, writer, and photographer with a passion for
wild places and elusive birds - especially marshes, and the shy birds within.  
His feature stories are seen in Smithsonian, Audubon, National Wildlife,
and other magazines, and he is the author of 3 previous books.  Burt's photo
exhibitions have showed at some 35 museums across the U.S.
and Canada.  He lives in Old Lyme, Connecticut.
Lecture, 7:30 p.m., Carriage House,
Book signing and reception: 9:00 p.m., Museum
Members of WMCC, LHAS, and Flanders Nature Center:
Members: $10.00 Non-members: $15.00
You must pre-register for this program
by calling 860-567-0857
or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org