Things to Do -  July 2017
July 16-22, 2017

Thursday, July 20, 2017
Continuing Activities - Thursdays

Barker Museum Day Trip
 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Fun for Kids and Adults!
Barker Character, Comic, and
Cartoon Museum ~ Cheshire, CT
& Brass Mill Center
9:30am - Depart from the Center
10:30am -Guided Tour of Barker Character,
Comic, and Cartoon Museum
12:00noon - Depart for Brass Mill Center
12:30-3:00pm - Lunch, and shopping
on own at Brass Mill Center
3:00pm - Pick up at Brass Mill Center
* Pre-registration is required.
Cost: $10 pp
Transportation on LCC Van
Note: $3.00 pp credit card processing
fee will be added to your order
For more info call 860-567-8302

OWL Staff Visits Senior Center Café
11:15 am
Litchfield Community Center
421 Bantam Road, Litchfield
The Oliver Wolcott Libraryís Adult Services Librarian,
Audra MacLaren, will be visiting the Senior Center Café
to assist with checking out books, audio books, and DVDís.
All materials can be checked out during
your visit and returned at the next one!
The Senior Center Café Lunch is generously sponsored
by the Litchfield Hills/Northwest Elderly Nutrition Program
and hosted at the Litchfield Community Center
at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield,
and is open to anyone 60 years of age
or older and their spouse.

Open Recreation
1:00-4:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Open Recreation! Come to the Litchfield Community Center
to play all sorts of games ~ Ladder Ball, Corn Hole,
Pool, Table Tennis, Nuke'em, and more!
At 2pm the Rolling Video Game Truck will be here as well!
FREE * Drop in!
For more info call 860-567-8302

Video Game Truck
2:00-4:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
30 feet of spacious luxury infused with the most amazing electronics
available...Four HUGE LG(R) 47? 3D High-Definition LCD TV's displaying
 the latest and greatest in video game titles...we feature the best in video game
 consoles including the all new Wii U, PS4, Xbox 360 and XBOX ONE !
Fully climate-controlled, our Mobile Game Theater is a true Gamer's Oasis,
no matter what the weather. A whisper-quiet generator provides
all our power, so there's no need for electrical outlets.
We're self-contained, self-powered and all-entertaining.
Our Mobile Game Theater arrives at your party destination
with a trained professional Game Coach. The Game Coach keeps
 all your guests comfortable, informed and entertained. Fully knowledgeable
 in all areas of both gaming and the Game Theater, it's your on-scene liaison to fun!
FREE * RSVP Today!
For more info call 860-567-8302

OWL Staff Visits Bantam Falls
3:00 pm
Bantam Falls Community Room
130 Doyle Road, Bantam
The Oliver Wolcott Libraryís Adult Services Librarian,
Audra MacLaren, will be visiting the Senior Center Café
to assist with checking out books, audio books, and DVDís.
All materials can be checked out during
your visit and returned at the next one!
Bantam Falls is located at 130 Doyle Road in Bantam.

2017 Summer XC Series
Litchfield Parks and Recreation
6:30 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
It's time to dust off your racing shoes for the 2017 Summer Cross Country Series
 with Litchfield Parks and Recreation. The White's Woods Cross Country Series
will kick off on Thursday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m. at White Memorial.
This popular series of races offers 2K, 3K,  4K and  5K races for all ages.
The races are run on the trails and fields of White Memorial.
The races start and finish in the large
"activity field" near the rear of the museum.
It's a great way to stay in shape and have fun with the friends and family.
And it's very affordable with the entry fee being $2.00 per event.
The races will be held every Thursday, weather permitting, through August.
The age groups are: 8 and under, 9-11, 12-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39,
 40-49, 50-59, 60 and over for male and females!!!
Parking for the event will be at a premium, so please arrive early!
Marathon Bob & 5k Dave

The Red Bandanna
A Life, A Choice, A Legacy
with Alison Crowther
7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Please join us for this special event co-sponsored
 with St. Anthony of Padua of Litchfield.
What would you do in the last hour of your life? 
This is the true story of Welles Crowther, whose actions on 9/11
offer a lasting lesson on character, calling and courage.  
Alison Crowther, the mother of Welles, will
discuss his life, his choices and his legacy. 
On September 11, 2001 when the attacks on the World Trade Center began,
Welles was no longer an equities trader. He became a firefighter. 

The survivors didnít know his name, but despite the smoke and panic,
one of them remembered a single detail clearly: the man was wearing
a red bandanna. Eyewitnesses report that the man spoke calmly,
with authority, and was obviously well trained.
He is reported to have saved many lives that day.
Tom Rinaldiís The Red Bandanna is about a fearless choice,
about a crucible of terror and the indomitable spirit to answer it.
Examining one decision in the gravest situation, it celebrates the difference
one life can make. Please join us for this special evening as the
mother of Welles, Alison Crowther, discusses his life and legacy.
For more information about St. Anthony of Padua,
visit their website at
A wine & cheese reception will follow.
The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for sale & signing.
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

Friday, July 21, 2017
Continuing Activities - Fridays

Carnival Day
1:00-3:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Our annual open house for kids! Face painting,
balloon animals, bounce house, axe throwing demo,
backyard games, table games, prizes, popcorn, and more!
Stop on by the Center any time between 11am and 3pm for fun, fun, fun!
11am-1pm Professional Axe Thrower Shannon Strong will
demonstrate her skill! More live entertainment to be announced!
FREE * Family Fun!
For more info call 860-567-8302

Sundaes on Fridays
6:30-8:30 pm
Warren Congregational Church
Make your own Sundae or Root Beer Float  
Play Games, Sit around a Camp Fire,  
Visit with old friends and make new ones.
There will be outdoor games if the weather permits
or indoor games in case of inclement weather.
Invite your family and friends
What a great opportunity for adults and children of
Warren to meet and have a great evening.
For more information, please contact
Warren Parks and Recreation
at 860-868-7881 ext 113

Saturday, July 22, 2017
Continuing Activities - Saturdays

Summer Wildflower Walk
Litchfield Hills Audubon Society
9:00 am
Boyd Woods Sanctuary
Rt. 254, Litchfield
An interesting, colorful wildflower program presented
by Carol Gracie, is sure to make you want to rush right out to see
some of these local beauties yourself. Our Boyd Woods Sanctuary,
with its meadows and recently clear-cut habitats, is the perfect
 place to discover many beautiful summer flowers in bloom.
Join Debbie Martin on this easy walk through these sunny areas,
and also through the woodlands around the pond to find wetland
and shade-loving species. Ferns, mushrooms,
and nesting birds will also be discussed along the way.
Bring your camera, binoculars,
insect repellent, and water to drink.
No dogs, please!
Meet at the Boyd Woods Sanctuary
 parking area on Route 254 in Litchfield.
Rain date: July 29.
Contact Debbie for more info at
or 860-819-7462.

The Contemplative Art of Ikebana
Living Flowers
10:00 am-1:00 pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
The Japanese art of Ikebana (living flowers) is an artistic endeavor
that can also lead one into a spiritual journey. Participants in the program
 will observe the creation of an arrangement and, using seasonally
available branches and flowers will make one of their own floral arrangement.
Shoko Iwata
Shoko Iwata, born in Tokyo, is past president of the Sogestsu School
of Ikebana, New York Chapter.  She has been an instructor and exhibitor
at the Greater New York Orchid Show at Rockefeller Center,
Brooklyn Botanic Cherry Festival, and The Japanese Stroll Garden,
the Hammond Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.

The leader of this program is trained in the Sogestu School of Ikebana.
Their motto is 'Arrange, Anytime, and Anywhere and with Any Material."
Participants will observe the creation of an arrangement as well as make
one of their own. We will use seasonally available branches and flowers.
Color also will impact the design.
Program fee includes all materials and lunch.
Non-refundable deposit: $30
For further information call (860) 567-3163

 Tall Ships & Pirate Tales
For ages 5-12
A Live Action Story with Sciencetellers
10:30-11:30 am
Oliver Wolcott Library
Ahoy! People don't just build on land. They build on water, too!
Set sail with us on a thrilling action-packed adventure about a crew of
quirky pirates marooned on a deserted island. Throughout the story,
volunteers from the audience will help us explore the incredible science
 behind clouds, flash paper, air pressure, inertia, explosions and more.
Don't miss this refreshing nautical tale with a twist!
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

Warren Town-Wide Picnic
12:00 pm
Warren Town Beach
Come join us for a Town wide picnic at Warren Town Beach.
The Parks and Recreation Department will provide food
from the grill and a DJ to entertain so bring your favorite salad,
dessert etc. and enjoy some community fellowship.
Please refer to the town website for additional information.
Note, the rain date for the event is the next day (Sunday, July 23)
Information will be posted by Wednesday, July 12th.
For more information, please contact
Warren Parks and Recreation
at 860-868-7881 ext 113

Impressionist Summer Garden in Watercolor
with Betsy Rogers-Knox
1:30-4:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
 Enjoy a fun afternoon creating a loose, colorful garden impression
in watercolor. This workshop is designed for all levels and
offers step-by-step instruction and plenty of demos.
All materials are included.
For ages 15 and up.
1:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M., A. B. Ceder Room,
Members: $35.00, Non-members: $45.00,
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Call 860-567-0857 or register online

Taste and See
"Picnic Without the Grill"
2:00-3:30 pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Leave the grill at home.
Chef Margaret Jacobs
Who said it couldn't be done? Create all the elements for an enjoyable
and easily-put-together picnic. Wisdom House Head Chef Margaret
shares her secrets: Cold blueberry soup,sesame flank steak,
ginger lemon chicken, tamari beets, seeded mustard red bliss potatoes,
lemon squares. Finish it all off with a wedge of cheese and wine or seltzer!
Registration closes Friday, July 21, at Noon
Non-refundable deposit: $15
For further information call (860) 567-3163

Celebration for the Bats
7:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Help Gerri Griswold celebrate 25 years of crusading for Bats, our planet's
most extraordinary creature! A lecture featuring a live Big Brown Bat will
begin the evening's festivities. We can then count our bat colony as it
emerges from the Green Barn serenaded by the wildly talented Ian Campbell! Charming bat cupcakes and lemonade
will be served (to humans..not bats..they prefer insects)!
Pack a picnic or BYOB! The event is on rain or shine.
Come out and show your support for bats!  
7:00 P.M, A. B. Ceder Room.
Please call 860-567-0857 to register.
FREEÖ Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.