Things to Do - January 2019
January 6-12, 2019

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Monday, January 7, 2019
Continuing Activities - Mondays

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Oil Painting Classes
“Finding Your Way”
Mondays, Jan. 7, Jan. 28,
Feb. 4, Feb. 11 ~ 2:00-5:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Souby Boski returns to The Litchfield Community Center
on Mondays, Jan. 7, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, Feb. 11, 2019
for her oil painting class:  Various approaches to
painting will be encouraged: experimentation of
techniques and ideas, trial and error.
Personal consultations in each class will cultivate
students' vision. Students will explore the use of
color, mark making, surface quality and composition,
emphasizing their own pictorial language.

Please bring a reference material (photos) for inspiration.
Instructor has provided a suggested supply list.
Students should bring supplies to the first class.
Please go to website for list of needed supplies.
Ages 15 and over. Limited to 10 students.
The classes run from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
and cost $150.00 pp.

Pre-registration and pre-payment is required
by calling The Litchfield Community Center
at 860-567-8302 or

For more info call 860-567-8302

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Monday Scholars:
How Winston Churchill Changed the World
Mondays, January 7, 14, 21, 28
12:30-2:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Monday Scholars is a weekly series that combines
 the best of online learning with classroom discussion.
Each week a new lecture topic is watched together
and then discussed by the group. All you need to do
 is come ready to engage your mind and participate.
Join Adult Services Librarian Patricia Moore
as she facilitates this discussion.

About the course:
The video lecture series of How Winston Churchill Changed
the World will be taught by Professor Michael Sheldon.
 In it, you will enjoy a thorough, multifaceted
exploration of Churchill's life, accomplishments,
complexities, and legacies.

Few individuals personify the tumultuous story
of the 20th century more than Winston Churchill.
Great Britain's most celebrated statesman, Churchill
didn't just live history-he made it. His was a
 fascinating journey that would take him from the
dawn of the Edwardian Age to the dawn of Beatlemania;
from the days when the British Empire ruled the
seas to its twilight as the preeminent global power;
and from the chaos of two world wars to the
equally fraught tensions of the Cold War era.

About the Professor:
On video, Michael Shelden is the professor lecturing
this series. He is Professor of English at Indiana State
University, where he has won the top award for
 excellence in scholarship, the Theodore Dreiser
Distinguished Research/Creativity Award, three times.
 Professor Shelden is the author of six biographies,
 including Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill.
He has also given lectures on Winston Churchill for
The National WWII Museum and the
 International Churchill Society.

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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Spelling Bee Club
For children in Grades 4-6
Mondays, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
January 7 through February 11
Oliver Wolcott Library
The Spelling Club will provide children an opportunity
to gather at OWL to learn the word bank for the
Litchfield Bee in a fun and collaborative setting.
Play word games such as Boggle, Jumble, Roll & Spell,
and Vocab Toss. Listen to excerpts from novels
 that are filled with juicy words to prepare for
the Spelling Bee. Run through practice Bees so
you're ready to compete. Study materials created
by the Scripps National Bee. Participation in
 the Litchfield Spelling Bee is not mandatory!

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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A History of the Christmas Bird Count
(rescheduled from December)
Monday, January 7 ~ 7:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
LHAS member Ray Belding, in his usual jovial style, will tell us about
the history of the CBC, starting with its inception by National Audubon
and covering LHAS's participation in the count since the mid-1950s.
Ray has been involved with the CBC for more than 40 years.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Continuing Activities - Tuesdays

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Bouncing Babies
For babies birth- 24 months
Tuesdays ~ 11:00 am
January 8 through February 26
Oliver Wolcott Library
Join Dr. Caroline for Bouncing Babies!
Enjoy concept and rhyming books, learn finger
plays, and meet other families in this interactive
program. Your child will form a bond with you, develop
listening skills, and begin vocabulary development.
Drop-in. No registration necessary.

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Ice Giants: Uranus & Neptune
with Denis Williamson
Tuesday, January 8 ~ 7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Through slides and lecture, we'll discuss and learn
about the Ice Giants. Plodding along their orbits,
Uranus and Neptune aren't as spectacular and
colorful as Jupiter or Saturn, but they are just as interesting.
The axis of rotation of Uranus and its moons are tipped at an
angle of more than 90 degrees (Earth is tipped 23 and one-half
degrees).  Neptune controls the orbits of hundreds
of other objects, including Pluto.

We'll also discuss the asteroids that occupy space
between Mars and Jupiter. Instead of an orderly
progression of large objects, there are hundreds
of thousands of tiny ones in the main asteroid belt.
The question is why?

Denis Williamson, a member of the Litchfield
Hills Amateur Astronomy Club, organizes the Star Parties
hosted by the club at White Memorial and talks at
other locations. He gives talks on various astronomy
 topics and enjoys stargazing with new and advanced
amateur enthusiasts. Now retired, Denis spends
clear summer days sailing on Bantam Lake
 and clear evenings stargazing.

The Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club,
founded in 1956, promotes amateur astronomy
with regular Star Parties at White Memorial in Litchfield
and operates an observatory there with the Mattatuck
Astronomical Society. Visit their website at lhastro.org.

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Continuing Activities - Wednesdays

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Letters are Characters©
For Children Ages 4-7
A Playful Pre-Reading Program
Wednesdays at 11:00 am
January 9 through February 27
Oliver Wolcott Library
During this fun and interactive program, parents/caregivers
will learn about how children learn to read as well as
how to provide effective, evidence-based support
and instruction and create enriching, lifelong reading habits.
Simultaneously, children will acquire pre-reading skills
through story and hands on, multi-sensory play that
will enable them to begin to break the phonemic code,
 an essential stepping stone in learning to read.
Caroline Ugurlu will lead this program based
on the book she is writing on the subject.

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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½ Day Science Club with Science tellers
For Grades K-6
Wednesday, January 9 ~ 1:30-2:30 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Join us on January 9 for a Storytelling Performance with
Science tellers! Journey to the Wild West, where a
bank-robber is back in town, about to strike again
and two kids must saddle up to foil the great heist.
Throughout this absolutely wild adventure story,
 the audience will help us explore the science behind
chemical reactions, combustion, air pressure,
inertia and more. Don't miss this classic
action-packed western with “notes” of science.

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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LEGO Fun with the Morris Public Library and Friends
Wednesday, January 9 ~ 1:30 pm
Wednesday, February 6 ~ 1:30 pm
Wednesday, March 6 ~ 1:30 pm
Morris Town Hall
Calling all LEGO builders in Grades 1-4!
We are proud to bring back this popular collaborative program with the
Morris Public Library during the scheduled half - days this Winter!

We'll create a new LEGO kit together each week
and you will take the completed kit home with you!
We will escort the kids from JMS over to the Morris Town Hall
on the indicated half-days where we'll build a
 new kit each week and even have a snack!

Registration forms can be found on our website:
Cost is $20.00 per student for the entire series -
checks made payable to "Morris Beach and Recreation"
will be accepted. Very limited space is available -
please do not delay!

Kristen Davila
Director of Morris Community Activities,
Morris Senior Center &  Morris Beach & Recreation
109-21 East Street, Morris, CT 06763
Phone:  860-567-7437

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Mystery Book Club
Wednesday, January 9 ~ 6:30-7:30 pm
Morris Public Library
Join our Mystery Book Club on
Wednesday, January 9, at 6:30 pm
as we discuss Started Early, Took My Dog
by Kate Atkison

Registration is requested: 860-567-7440.
For more information, please visit
or call the Library at 860-567-7440.

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The American Reading Crisis:
What Everyone, Especially
Parents, Need to Know
with Dr. Caroline Ugurlu
Wednesday, January 9 ~ 7:00-8:15 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
More than 60% of American 4th graders are not reaching
 literacy benchmarks. We need to start community
conversations about reading to understand why…beginning
with a discussion about why reading is so important.

Reading informs us, inspires us, and literally transports
us when we read deeply. Reading deepens our connection
and strengthens our empathy and we, and our children,
need it to navigate the trials and tribulations of life.
But how does this uniquely human activity happen?
 How do we become readers?

During this talk, we'll learn and discuss:
- How reading happens in the brain
- How to examine the path to literacy so that we can
ensure that all children read to their highest potential
- What parents and caregivers can do to proactively
ensure reading success for their little ones
- Why we need to read deeply… and how you can ensure
 that the children in your life will become deep readers
How digital reading differs from reading books and
how this is changing how we process what we read

Caroline Wilcox Ugurlu, Ph.D., is a researcher, teacher,
and OWL's library assistant with a focus on early literacy.
 She has spent the last four years studying reading
 including the neurological processes involved in
reading and the sociological, psychological and cultural
aspects of reading acquisition and its opposite -
failure to acquire reading fluency.  She has developed
a method to help children ages 4 - 7 break the phonemic
code in a fun and playful way and has authored
a book on the subject (in publication).

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

Thursday, January 10, 2019
Continuing Activities - Thursdays

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Preschool Storytime - For Ages 2-5
Thursdays at 11:00 am
January 10 through February 28
Oliver Wolcott Library
Join Miss Kathy for Preschool Storytime!
Enjoy new and classic picture books, learn movement
activities, and build pre-literacy skills such as
phonological awareness and comprehension.
Stories will be read that encourage participation and comment.
Drop-in. No registration necessary

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OWL's Non-Fiction Book Group
Thursday, January 10 ~ 2:00-3:15 pm
Blue Nights by Joan Didion
Oliver Wolcott Library
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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OWL's Fiction Book Group
Thursday, January 10 ~ 3:30-5:00 pm
Transatlantic by Colum McCann
Oliver Wolcott Library
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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Meaning Making in the Literary Arts:
A Spirituality and Literature Discussion Group
Thursday, January 10 ~ 7:00-8:30 pm
    Wisdom House Retreat & Conference Center
EVERY OTHER THURSDAY. January 10 & 24,
February 7 & 21, March 7 & 21, April 11 & 25.

“The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions that
have been concealed by the answers,” James Baldwin wrote.
This reading and discussion group will endeavor to
 lay bare the questions we find in literature, particularly
 in the contemporary novel. Our first book will be
Marilynne Robinson's Home. In what has been
called a Prodigal Son story, we will be able to
 surface questions of exile, spiritual affliction, grace,
and forgiveness. We will choose future works
 as a group. Bring a notebook for writing, your ideas,
and the book we are discussing. Book not included in fee.

Sherri Reed holds a Master of Arts in Religion degree
 from Yale University with a concentration in
Religion and Literature. A published essayist and poet,
she seeks to understand how we make meaning in
 and through the arts. She has facilitated discussion
around a variety of texts including novels, poetry,
and essay, and continues her scholarship at
Yale through participation in the Christian Poetics
Initiative. Part of the Berkeley Divinity School
community for several years, Sherri led prayer
and worked on a worship team to develop services.
Creating a core group makes for a fulfilling experience,
but attendance at each week is not required.

Suggested donation at the door: $5
(This is a free program,
but registration is required.)

For more information call: 860-567-3163,

Friday, January 11, 2019
Continuing Activities - Fridays

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Teddy Bear Picnic
For 3-5 year olds
Friday, January 11 ~ 11:00 am
Oliver Wolcott Library
It's time for a Teddy Bear Picnic at Oliver Wolcott Library!
Bring your favorite teddy bear and a picnic blanket
 to this very special Storytime. We will listen
to books, sing songs, and create a special
teddy bear themed craft to take home.

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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Storytime STEM  
Grades K-3
Friday, January 11 ~ 3:30-4:15 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
This exciting and hands-on program will include
a read aloud of a popular children's picture book
along with correlating STEM (Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Mathematics) crafts, activities,
and/ or whole group science demonstrations.

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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“Finding a Rhythm to Walk in:
A Contemplative Weekend Retreat”
Friday, January 11  ~ 6:00 pm (dinner) to
Sunday, January 13 ~ 11:45 am (lunch)
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Linda Chidsey will be presenting.
Participants will have the opportunity to discover a
way to spiritually maneuver their way through
these hurried, uncertain times by gathering in silence
and contemplative practice. During the retreat,
 there will also be time to experience individual and
corporate prayer and meditation, devotional reading,
group spiritual reflection, journaling, and handwork.

Linda Chidsey is a Recorded Minister in the
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers),
leading retreats and workshops on spirituality.
She has served as Presiding Clerk of New York Yearly
Meeting and on the NY State Council of Churches.
She is currently Elder to the board of the School
of the Spirit, a Quaker ministry offering programs
on spiritual nurturance and contemplative retreats.

For more information call: 860-567-3163,

Saturday, January 12, 2019

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Winter Tree Identification
with Lukas Hyder
Saturday, January 12 ~ 10:00 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
It's much easier to ID trees when
they have foliage all over them!
Step up your game and allow the
Master to teach you a thing or two!
10:00 A.M., Meet in the Museum parking lot.
FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

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Winter Wildlife Tracking
with Andy Dobos: The Forest Wolf
Saturday, January 12 ~ 10:00 am-12:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Andrew Dobos takes you on a wildlife tracking
walk through the winter woods. There are always
clues left behind by the animals for us to decipher,
telling a story of their habits and lives. Get to
know our beloved wildlife that much better.
Children should be accompanied by an adult and
all should dress extra warm and wear good boots!
You never know where the animals have been.

10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Meet in the Museum.
Members: $10.00
Non-Members: $20.00,
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Call 860-567-0857 or register online:

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Litchfield Hills Farm-Fresh Indoor Market
Saturday, January 12 ~ 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Over 15 vendors offer seasonal field-fresh and
cold-stored fruits, vegetables, herbs; mushrooms;
hydroponic greens; local eggs; pasture fed beef,
chicken and pork, artisanal breads and baked goods
regular and gluten free; pies, cider doughnuts and biscotti;
salsas made from local ingredients; award winning
cow cheese; honey; maple syrup and goat milk soaps.
Each week a local chef brings ready to take home foods.
A recipe tasting each week. Music, guest artists, local
nonprofits and a free gardening and cookbook exchange.

For more information and to see what's
on the agenda for market day go to

For more info call 860-567-8302

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From Wisdom's Table:
The Envelope Please: Cooking En Papillote
Saturday, January 12 ~ 2:00-3:30 pm
Wisdom House Retreat & Conference Center
The results are in: Cooking en papillote proves that simple
can be sophisticated, healthy can be heavenly, and low in
 fat can be high in flavor. In this cooking demonstration,
Chef Margaret Jacobs will share the method and
philosophy of cooking in an envelope of parchment paper.
Sealed in paper and cooked in its own juices, food is more
 flavorful than through ordinary steaming. This haute
cuisine is ideal for clean and healthy eating, and within
the reach of everyone. All are welcome.
No prior cooking experience required.
Recipes and samples included.

Chef Margaret Jacobs is the Head Chef at
 Wisdom House. A graduate of the Culinary Institute
of America, Hyde Park, New York, she was trained
by Austrian and French chefs, Antoine Linda
and Michael Carrier. She has worked at the
United Nations Plaza Hotel in New York City
and as Executive Chef at EF Barrett & Co.
 in New York City. Her more than 30 years
of cooking, baking and business experience
 in the culinary arts are apparent in her dedicated
following of locals with sated appetites.

For more information
860-567-3163

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Art Opening and Reception: Pat Morris
Saturday, January 12 ~ 7:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Come have a glass of wine and a nibble and
meet Pat Morris, our featured artist for the
winter quarter. Pat's beautiful works depicting
birds and mammals painted on feathers
and bark will be hanging in the
A. B. Ceder Room through March 2019!

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room,
The opening reception is free but please register
by calling 860-567-0857 or register online: