Things to Do -  March 2018
March 11-17, 2018

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Toni Morrison Book Discussion:
"The Bluest Eye"
With Melissa Mentzer
1:00-2:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
In The Bluest Eye and Beloved, we will explore boundaries:
the boundaries of emotional suffering and how we respond to it,
and the boundaries of this world and the spirit world, between remembering
and refusing to remember. The Bluest Eye is a powerful examination
of our obsession with beauty and conformity, and Beloved
is a searing examination of slavery and its long-lasting effects.
Both novelsprovide us with a lens to review, explore
and discuss questions about race, class and gender.

This tragic study of a black adolescent girl's struggle to achieve
white ideals of beauty and her consequent descent into madness
was acclaimed as an eloquent indictment of some of
the more subtle forms of racism in  American society.  

Melissa Mentzer earned her MA and PhD from the University of Oregon
and has been teaching in the English Department at Central Connecticut
State University for 26 years. Her areas of specialty include women writers
and African American literature. She frequently presents at conferences,
and this April will facilitate a panel on Neglected Writers of the Nineteenth Century.
Her current research projects include a book on the poetry of Frances Harper.
 Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
Click here to register.
or call 860-567-8030.

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Waterbury Symphony Day Trip
Waterbury Symphony presents
Master Musician Garrick Ohlsson
2:00-5:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
@ Naugatuck Valley Community College Fine Arts Center
There is no better music to lighten up a dark winter day than Johannes Brahms'
 brilliant Second Piano Concerto, and no better artist to bring this masterpiece
 to life than pianist Garrick Ohlsson. A distant opening horn call invites us
to enter a mysterious, enchanted world. Virtuosity and profound depth of
feeling are required in equal measure in this concerto, traversing a
 passionate scherzo, an intimate dialogue between cello and piano, and a
concluding rondo full of gypsy swagger. Haydn's 100th symphony begins
with a wistful sigh of woodwinds, but soon gives way to music of joy
and exuberance, ending in a literal crash of cymbals brilliant enough
to illuminate even the gloomiest of winter days.
Price includes transportation on LCC Van, and admission for concert
Sunday ~ March 11 ~ $35PP ~ Transportation on LCC Van
Depart LCC at 2:00pm ~ Show Starts at 3pm ~ Return to LCC After Show
At the Naugatuck Valley Community College Fine Arts Center
Pre Registration Required
Cost: $35pp
*Note: $3 processing fee will apply to
each online ticket purchase
*To avoid processing fee, you may
 pay in person at the LCC
For more info call 860-567-8302

Monday, March 12, 2018
Continuing Activities - Mondays

Morris Family Open Gym Basketball
Morris Beach & Recreation
5:30-6:30 pm
James Morris School Gym
Looking for some open gym time to work
 on your child's three-point shot?  
Or to have a friendly family
Free-Throw Contest?  
We've got just the thing!
Family Open Gym Basketball on three upcoming
Monday nights:  February 12, February 26
and March 12 from 5:30 - 6:30 pm.
Held at the James Morris School gymnasium.
FREE!  NO advance registration needed.
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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Heart, Body and Soul Series
6:00-7:30 pm
Litchfield Community Center
A 3 part series for women about healthy, mindful living,
highlighting tips and information from local physicians and experts.
Each evening will be an educational and engaging event of
presentations, discussion, light healthy food, door prizes and more.
Presented by Charlotte Hungerford Hospital.
Monday March 26: Healthy Body, Happy Heart
with Jenna Haley, MS and Carla Angevine, RD
Monday April 9: Why Worry?
An Introduction to Mindfulness Practices with Sheila Sorenson
Cost: Free
Pre-registration is required
by calling 860-496-6719
For more info call 860-567-8302

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Continuing Activities - Tuesdays

Water Conservation and Wise Use of Water
With Twig Holland
3:00-4:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
In 2016 southwest Connecticut experienced the fifth worst drought
 since 1895. To ensure an adequate supply of water for human consumption
and fire protection, Aquarion Water Company worked collaboratively
with local and state officials to increase the water supply to the area,
and to enact mandatory irrigation restrictions by customers in the four
 communities most impacted by the drought. While these measures
and seasonal rainfall resulted in supply improvements in 2017,
"conservation" needs to become part of the water supply
vocabulary to ensure everyone uses water wisely.
Aquarion has prepared an informative presentation on the drought and supply
 conditions, both past and current, and the wise use of water going forward.
This program discusses the newly-enacted irrigation restrictions, and
 illustrates a number of water efficiencies that are easily and inexpensively
 implemented by homeowners, small businesses, and retail shops.
Twig Holland is the Program Coordinator for the Aquarion Water Company,
 the public water supply company in 51 cities and towns throughout
Connecticut and areas of Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
The company is the largest investor-owned water utility in New England.
Based in Bridgeport, it has been in the public water supply business since 1857.
Across its operations, Aquarion strives to act as a responsible steward
of the environment, and to assist the communities it serves in promoting
sustainable practices. Their website is aquarionwater.com.
 Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
Click here to register.
or call 860-567-8030.

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After School Adventures
Grades 1 -3
3:45-5:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
School is out, but those minds still want to be engaged! Bring your kids out
to White Memorial for programs designed to awaken curiosity and foster
an appreciation for the natural world. Every session brings a new adventure,
whether it's exploring a new part of White Memorial property, meeting
a live animal, or taking part in an outdoor activity. Join us for an
afternoon of experiential learning in the outdoors.
Parents are welcome to stay, but it is not necessary.
Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 3:45-5pm.
Advanced registration is required.
To register, please call 860-567-0857
Members: $9/child per session or $30/whole series,
Non-Members: $13/child per session or $48/whole series

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"The Opioid Epidemic in Northwest Connecticut:
Defining the issue - Developing the response."
6:30 pm
Goshen Public Library
"The Opioid Epidemic in Northwest Connecticut:
Defining the issue - Developing the response."
The overall goal of this program is to increase awareness of the multiple
factors that created our addiction dilemma and to make a case for
cultural, political and personal change. This is a personal, community
 and national issue, unless everyone pitches in, we will only address
parts of the issue and suffering will persist for many.

This program is being presented by the Litchfield County Opiate Task Force
and the McCall Center for Behavioral Health.  From their website,
Litchfield County Opiate Task Force, "Litchfield County communities have
joined together to turn the tide of increased addiction and overdoes from
opiate drugs. The Litchfield County Opiate Task Force, formed
 in December of 2013, is led by the McCall Center and Charlotte
 Hungerford Hospital. It has more than 60 members."

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.  
Call to register at 860-491-3234.  
This and other events can be found on
 our website: www.goshenpublib.org

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Continuing Activities - Wednesdays

After School Adventures
Grades 4 - 6
3:45-5:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
School is out, but those minds still want to be engaged! Bring your kids out
to White Memorial for programs designed to awaken curiosity and foster
an appreciation for the natural world. Every session brings a new adventure,
whether it's exploring a new part of White Memorial property,
meeting a live animal, or taking part in an outdoor activity.
Join us for an afternoon of experiential learning in the outdoors.
Parents are welcome to stay, but it is not necessary.
Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 3:45-5pm.
 Advanced registration is required.
To register, please call 860-567-0857
Members: $9/child per session or $30/whole series,
Non-Members: $13/child per session or $48/whole series

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Family Chicken Dinner
5:30-7:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center

Enjoy a relaxing meal and social time!
Hosted by Food Rescue US NW CT
 and Litchfield Community Center.
Cost: Free
Donations welcome!
For more info call 860-567-8302

Thursday, March 15, 2018
Continuing Activities - Thursdays

St. Patrick's Day Senior Luncheon
for Warren & Morris Seniors
12:00 pm
Warren Congregational Church
4 Sackett Hill Rd., Warren
 
We are ALL a little Irish on Saint Patrick's Day, of course!
Let's celebrate Ireland's patron Saint by eating some delicious
corned beef and all the trimmings! If you love corned beef as much
as we do you need to come to our Saint Patrick's Day celebration!

We'll enjoy a delicious catered complete corned beef dinner,
an amazing dessert and fabulous company! Who can forget
LIVE entertainment, treats and raffle prizes! Wooo hooooo!
We will be enjoying the holiday celebration
with our friends from Morris in the Parish Hall
at the Warren Congregational Church.
Seating is limited-please do not delay!
Don't forget to wear green and watch for leprechauns!
TICKETS: $15.00 on sale now
For more information, please contact
Warren Parks and Recreation
at 860-868-7881 ext 113
FREE bus transportation from the Morris Senior Center.  
Tickets available for purchase from the
Morris Senior Center, 109-21 East Street, Morris.
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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Louis 'The Coin' Colavecchio,
World's Greatest Counterfeiter
@ Litchfield-Morris Rotary Meeting
12:00 pm
Forman School Dining Facility
Louis 'The Coin' Colavecchio -- whose counterfeiting prowess was featured
on The History Channel and the BBC -- will be the guest speaker for the
Litchfield-Morris Rotary on Thursday, March 15 at noon at Forman School.
 This event originally was scheduled for Jan. 4, but it was
postponed because of a blizzard and frigid temperatures.
"I'm always happy to visit Connecticut to see old friends and make
new ones," Colavecchio said. "I also appreciate the work of
Rotary Club members who serve others all year round. I'm just an average,
hard-working guy with tenacity. Unlike many people, if I have
 a goal I never quit. Of course it helps if your goal is legal."
The event is open to the public [Rotary members and guests].
Contact Chuck Conn, 860-806-1550 / cbcthree@aol.com
or Andy Thibault, 860-690-0211 / tntcomm82@cs.com.
Colavecchio will be introduced by retired Connecticut State
Police Detective Sergeant Jerry Longo, who arrested him.
Following his presentation Colavecchio will sign
copies of his memoir, "You Thought It Was More."

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Her Words Changed the World:
Harriet Beecher Stowe
With Chelsea Farrell
7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Harriet Beecher Stowe was born June 14, 1811 here in Litchfield.
She was a member of one of the 19th century's most remarkable families.
The daughter of the prominent Congregationalist minister Lyman Beecher
and the sister of Catharine, Henry Ward, and Edward, she grew up in
an atmosphere of learning and moral earnestness that culminated in her
novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. With sales of over 300,000 copies in the first year,
the book exerted an influence equaled by few other novels in history,
helping to solidify both pro- and anti-slavery sentiment.
It is cited among the causes of the American Civil War.  
Chelsea Farrell from the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford comes
 to OWL with a dynamic presentation, "Her Words Changed the World,"
exploring the life and impact of anti-slavery novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe.
The talk will cover Stowe's life - her childhood, family, education,
marriage and motherhood - as well as her inspiration to write Uncle Tom's Cabin
and the lasting impact of its message. She will also expound
upon the current mission and work of the Stowe Center.
Chelsea has worked at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center since 2016,
where she leads interactive, dialogue-based tours of Stowe's historic
 Hartford home and facilitates public conversations in the award-winning
Salons at Stowe discussion series. Prior to joining the Stowe Center,
she worked for the Simsbury Historical Society, and for two
years taught English-language courses in South Korea.
 Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
Click here to register.
or call 860-567-8030.

Friday, March 16, 2018
Continuing Activities - Fridays

Friday Feast and Dancing Feet
12:00-2:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Join us on the 3rd Friday of each month
for a light lunch, music and dancing.
Music this month: Tony C
Music made possible by the NW CT Community Foundation
& Litchfield Community Center Music Fund.
* Registration is required.
Cost: $7.00 pp
For more info call 860-567-8302

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Star Party
7:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
This astronomy program is organized by members of the Litchfield Hills
Amateur Astronomy Club and the Mattatuck Astronomical Society.
Weather permitting, there will be Star gazing after the program.
7:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room.
Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
You are invited to bring your own telescope or binoculars.
 FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Litchfield Hills Farm-Fresh Indoor Market
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
421 Bantam Road, Litchfield
Over 15 vendors participate offering seasonal field-fresh fruits,
vegetables and herbs. Also offered are local eggs; pasture fed beef,
chicken and pork, artisanal breads and baked goods; pies,
cider doughnuts and biscotti; jams, jellies, chutney, pickles,
 sauces and hot sauce made from local ingredients; award winning goat
and cow cheese; honey; maple syrup and goat milk soaps.
A recipe tasting each week.
Music, guest artists, chef demonstrations, 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:

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Dabbling Around Duck Pond
with Gerri Griswold
2:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Spend part of your Paddy's Day exploring the trails around Duck Pond
including our ethereal Pine Island Trail and Mallard Marsh.
2:00 P.M., Meet in the A. B. Ceder Room.
Free...Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation center's programming expenses.

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Teen Bingo Night
7:00-9:00 pm
Morris Senior Center
109-21 East Street, Morris
Grab a bunch of your friends and reserve your table
for a fun St. Patrick's Day TEEN ONLY Bingo Night!
$1.00 admission.  
Cool prizes and raffles - concessions available for purchase!  
Event held at the Community Room at the
Morris Senior Center, 109-21 East Street, Morris.  
A fundraising effort by Morris Beach & Recreation
 to install a kitchen at the Morris Town Beach Pavilion.
Kristen Davila
Director of Morris Community Activities,
Morris Senior Center &  Morris Beach & Recreation
109-21 East Street
Morris, CT  06763
Phone:  860-567-7437