Things to Do -  January 2018
January 21-27, 2018

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Pancake Breakfast
Warren Volunteer Fire Co.
7:30-11:00 am
Warren Community Center
Adults $5, Children $2 (under 3)

Exploring Identity in Two 19th Century Novels
with Mark Scarbrough
1:00 - 2:30 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Sundays, January 21 & February 18 ~ 1:00-2:30 pm
Because of imperialism, slavery, the rise of modern psychology,
the growth of the great cities, and a host of cultural factors,
the question of who we are may be the quintessential
nineteenth-century riddle, carried into the twentieth century
and beyond  by theorists, therapists, and writers galore.

Let’s go back to two novels that explore this question near its beginnings
and from either side of the Atlantic: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818)
and Mark Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson (1894). Is it enough to account
for birth, rank, culture, race, and religion? Or is there more lurking below
the surface of this most vexing question? Come join us for
a lively lecture/discussion on these two classic novels.
January 21: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Victor Frankenstein is a young scientist who through a strangely
unorthodox experiment creates a grotesque yet sentient being.
Mark Scarbrough started his professional life as an academic
whose focus was Chaucer and Harriet Beecher Stowe. After several
years teaching, he resigned and moved to New York to write. In New York,
he met and married Bruce Weinstein. Together, they have written
more than two dozen cookbooks, and have appeared
on The Today Show, CBS This Morning and The View.
His website is
Books are available at the library to borrow
 four weeks in advance of the discussion.
 Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

Family Bingo Day
1:00-3:30 pm
Morris Senior Center
109 East St, Unit 21, Morris
Join us for our second annual FAMILY BINGO DAY!
Grab your Bingo chips, dabbers and lucky charms
and head on down to the Community Room
at the Morris Senior Center!
$1.00 admission per person
$1.00 Bingo cards - no limit!
Game Prizes / Door Prize / 50 - 50!
Beverages and Snacks available for purchase!!
Get a group together and reserve a table!
Proceeds to benefit future
Morris Beach & Recreatioin programming.
Kristen Davila,
Director of Community Activities
& Morris Municipal Agent
109-21 East Street
Morris, CT  06763
Phone:  860-567-7437

Monday, January 22, 2018
Continuing Activities - Mondays

Fraud Prevention - How to Protect Yourself
Live, Learn, Lunch
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Matthew Hazen Assistant VP Security Officer at Connecticut Mutual
Holding Company, will cover current frauds, scams, and rip-offs!
Come find out how you can defend your home, investments,
 and identity. Also, find out how to shop, and travel safer.
Monday, Feb. 12: "Road Scholar - Educational Adventures"
Monday, March 19: "Assistive Technology"
* RSVP Requested
Cost: Free
For more info call 860-567-8302

Great Decisions
Current Events Discussion Group
4:00 pm
Goshen Public Library
alternate Mondays, January through April
The Goshen Public Library will be hosting the
this year from January through April on
alternate Mondays starting January 22 at 4:00 pm.  
January 22, February 5, February 19, March 5,
March 19, April 2, April 16, April 30, 2018

This year's topics include:
The waning of Pax Americana?
Russia's foreign policy; China and America:
 the new geopolitical equation;
Media and foreign policy; Turkey: a partner in crisis;
U.S. global engagement and the military;
 South Africa's fragile democracy;
 and Global health: progress and challenges.

This year we are also considering having a second group if there
are interested participants who cannot make it to Mondays at 4 pm
- so please call and leave your name regarding a second group time.

Course books are published by the Foreign Policy Association
and we ask for a donation of $20 to help defray the cost of the program.  
Each session will include a short video clip by subject specialists
 (produced by FPA) and group discussion time based on the articles
that participants read prior to class.  This is an excellent time
 to learn about current events and meet new people.

The Library can be found at 42 North Street in Goshen CT 06756.  
Call to register at 860-491-3234.
The complete list of events can be found
on our website:
Lynn Barker Steinmayer
Library Director

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Continuing Activities - Tuesdays

Connecticut Geology
A Billion Years of Earth History in 5,000 Square Miles
with Brendan Hanrahan
7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Geologists marvel at the incredible diversity of earth history recorded
 in Connecticut’s rocks. This program provides a complete geological
history of the state - illustrated with animations, video clips, maps
and diagrams - and describes how fundamental geological forces worked
over great spans of time to piece together and shape our region.
Learn where continents once collided, how molten rock once flowed over
and through the surface, how glaciers sculpted our modern landscape and more!
Brendan Hanrahan is the publisher of the Road to Discovery Series
of guidebooks of day trips to explore the natural history of Connecticut.
The guides aim to make it easy for anyone to explore local places
where discoveries about geology, dinosaurs and the State’s
native wild places have been made for centuries.
Mr. Hanrahan also produced a series of videos capturing
 the life histories of native amphibians and reptiles.
He is a graduate of Reed College.
 Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

A Workshop for Parents
How can I tell if my child has a serious
problem with depression and/or anxiety.
7:00-8:30 pm
Litchfield Intermediate School Library
35 Plumb Hill Rd., Litchfield
Hosted by Greenwoods Counseling Referrals, Litchfield Prevention Council
and Litchfield Public Schools. For more information please contact

Retirement Investing and
Avoiding Bear Market Losses
7:00-8:30 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Tuesdays, January 23 to February 2
Instructor Charlie Enz will conduct a 6 week course on successful
retirement investing beginning Tuesday, January 23 to February 27
from 7-8:30pm. ALL 6 COURSES ONLY $20!
"When the facts change I change my opinion, what do you do?"
John Maynard Keynes
Successful investing is not rocket science or luck but
 requires attention to methods that create success.
Four Course Goals: 1. To show the majority of what has been taught
about investing is ineffective for the individual investor. 2. Offer alternative
approaches to significantly increase ultimate wealth using fact based
 investing (vs judgment, experience, or expert opinion). 3. Show how
this can be achieved while controlling risk, minimizing taxes, and short-term volatility.
4. Provide a framework to accomplish these objectives while beating
 the S&P 500, sleeping soundly at night, avoiding common behavioral
investing errors, and having a life. I bring to the class stories of my failures
and successes in investments and investment strategy. Backed by an extensive
 list of readings, resources, and recommendations for a variety of investment styles.
Pre-registration is required.
Call Center with any questions or to register.
Cost: $20 FOR ALL 6 CLASSES!
For more info call 860-567-8302

Fiction Book Club
7:00-8:00 pm
Morris Public Library
Join us for our next Fiction Book Club on
Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at 7 pm as we discuss
The Reading Group by Elizabeth Noble.
Call us at 860-567-7440 to reserve your copy.
For more information, please visit
or call the Library at 860-567-7440.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Continuing Activities - Wednesdays

Thursday, January 25, 2018
Continuing Activities - Thursdays

Winter Potluck and Trivia
12:00 pm
Morris Senior Center
109 East St, Unit 21, Morris
We always have such a great time at all of our gatherings -
 we hope you'll join us and share your cooking talents at our
Winter Potluck and Trivia! Fire up your favorite appetizer, salad,
main entree, vegetable or dessert - be sure to give us a call
to let us know what you'll be bringing. You might want to
consider packing a few copies of your recipe - it's
bound to be a favorite for a few of your friends!
Favorite dish OR $5.00
Cooking not your thing?
A $5.00 donation per person will also be accepted.
Beverages and tableware will be provided.
Volunteers to set up / clean up are appreciated!
After we've feasted on everyone's culinary delights,
we'll have a friendly game of TRIVIA! We'll break up
 into teams and enjoy an amicable competition
against your friends' and neighbors' teams.
Prizes provided, of course! SO fun!
Kristen Davila,
Director of Community Activities
& Morris Municipal Agent
109-21 East Street
Morris, CT  06763
Phone:  860-567-7437

Friday, January 26, 2018
Continuing Activities - Fridays

Movie Matinee Friday
1:00-3:00 pm
Morris Senior Center
109 East St, Unit 21, Morris
Second and fourth Fridays of each month (except Holidays!)
are Movie Matinee Days at the Morris Senior Center.
Showtime is 1:00 pm
Popcorn, soft drinks, movie, great company—all FREE!
January 26 - Battle of the Sexes (drama / comedy), PG-13
February 9 - Victoria & Abdul (drama / biography), PG-13
February 23 - The Glass Castle (drama / biography), PG-13
Kristen Davila,
Director of Community Activities
& Morris Municipal Agent
109-21 East Street
Morris, CT  06763
Phone:  860-567-7437

Saturday, January 27, 2018

DEEP CARE Family Ice Fishing Workshop
9:30-11:30 am
Ice Fishing (Conditions permitting) 12:00–3:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection,
Fisheries Division sponsors this program for the seventh consecutive year.
Families and individuals age nine and up are welcome to attend this unique event
which is part of the DEEP’s CARE (Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education) program.
The class is taught by certified volunteer instructors and it’s FUN!!!
All fishing tackle and course materials are provided ABSOLUTELY FREE!
To learn more log onto the CT DEEP’s website: and type in “CARE”
BRING LUNCH! Classroom (mandatory participation)
Ice Fishing (Conditions permitting) 12:00–3:00 pm
 A.B. Ceder Room.
Pre-registration is required. Call 860-567-0857.
Or register online

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:

Film: From Billions to None
The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction
2:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
 From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction,
reveals the compelling story of the unlikely extinction of the passenger pigeon
and explores the pigeon's striking relevance to conservation issues today,
such as the alarming depletion of shark species worldwide. For centuries,
the sleek long-distance flyer was the most abundant bird in North America
and perhaps the world. It was hunted to extinction in a matter of decades.
On September 1, 1914, Martha, the last passenger pigeon in captivity,
died in the Cincinnati Zoo, marking the end of the species,
 and the upcoming centenary of the extinction event.

From Billions to None recreates the breathtaking natural phenomenon
 of massive flocks of passenger pigeons with cutting edge CGI animation.
Created by talented students at the Tribeca Flashpoint Academy, Chicago,
audiences can experience what it was like to stand
beneath a surging flock of hundreds of millions of birds.

A key animated sequence recreates a passenger pigeon flock estimated
to be at least one billion birds by a then unknown John James Audubon.
In 1813, while traveling in Kentucky, Audubon wrote, "The air was literally
 filled with pigeons. The light of the noonday was obscured as by an eclipse.
 The pigeons passed in undiminished number, and continued to do so for three days."

The film's sound designer had a particular challenge recreating the sound
of many millions of birds; among the combined sound effects: a tornado,
a herd of buffalo, an earthquake and an industrial dryer. In addition,
 remote control quadcopters equipped with
small HD cameras captured astonishing aerials.
2:00 pm, A. B. Ceder Room,
FREE … Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.