Things to Do -  July 2017
July 23-29, 2017

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Outing Club Hike
1:00 pm
Northfield Brook Lake
Rt. 254, Northfield/Thomaston Line
Outing Club -  July 23  hike at the Northfield Dam
followed by a potluck picnic hosted by Robyn and Russ.
We'll meet at the entrance of Northfield Brook Lake (US Army Corps)
off Route 254 at the Litchfield/Thomaston line at 1:00.

1,  We'll hike around the grounds and nature trails
and see the remains of an old gristmill, sawmill and
 textile mill. 1.7 mile hike, half along the brook.
2, After the main hike, a very short drive, less than a mile,
 to see the beautiful waterfalls where the
Northfield Knife Shop was located in the mid-1800's
3, Off to Russ' home a few miles away, for bonfire, picnic and plenty
of landscape to look at. Oh, yes, and free gifts for everyone.
Don't miss this one!  Bring a chair and  a casserole, salad or side dish to share.
 Call Robyn at 860 459-2155 (cell) or leave a message at her home # 860 567-3774
to let her know what you would like to share for the potluck.

Outing Club activities are open to all single and married persons.  
Children are also welcome accompanied by an adult.
Outing Club activities are non-smoking, non-alcohol and no pets.
If weather is questionable,
please check your email around 10:00 the
morning of the hike for updates. If weather is rainy,
we'll do games and food at Robin's house at 3:00.

Monday, July 24, 2017
Continuing Activities - Mondays

A Civil War Experience
(For ages 8-14)
9:00 am-12:00 pm
Litchfield History Museum
Monday, July 24 through Friday, July 28, 2017
Embark on a journey back in time with the
Litchfield Historical Society's
summer adventures for history-lovers!
During the week-long Civil War Experience, participants
will assume the identities of soldiers who fought with the
2nd CT Heavy Artillery during the Civil War and learn about life
during wartime while playing games and making crafts.
Registration and payment required by July 10.
$80 members; $100 non-members.
To register your child, call (860) 567-4501
You can also register online here.
For more information about this or other programs,
The Litchfield Historical Society is located at 7 South St., Litchfield, CT.
The exhibits are currently on view through November 2017.

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Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Classes
(Ages 8-14)
Litchfield Parks & Recreation
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Litchfield Town Beach
Monday, July 24 to Friday, July 28
The Litchfield County Paddler is again teaming up with
Litchfield Parks and Rec and will be hosting
stand-up paddle boarding on Bantam Lake.
Come out and learn how to properly use
this equipment in a fun and safe manner.  
Show up and learn, we supply all of the equipment.
We are offering SUP CAMP for children 8 through 14,
from Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
at Litchfield Town Beach, 98 Lennox Hill Road.  
The cost of the camp is $130.
A pre-requisite to the camp
is that you must be able to swim!
To learn more please contact the Litchfield Parks
 & Recreation Department at 860-567-7569.
There is on line information at www.townoflitchfield.org
 fill out the standard registration form and make the check to
Litchfield County Paddler LLC and mail it to:
 Litchfield Parks and Rec, P.O. Box 12, Bantam, CT 06750
or by calling the Litchfield County Paddler
at 860-480-0714

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Goshen Summer Day Camp
Session 4
Pre-K & K: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Gr. 1-6: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Camp Cochipianee, Goshen
(No camp on July 4)
Open to residents and non-residents of Goshen.
Goshen Recreation, Town of Goshen
Colleen Finn, Recreation Director
Cell: 860-601-6089
Office: 860-491-2249
Fax: 860-491-6028

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Summer Story Hour
2:30 pm
Gilbert Library
38 Main Street, Northfield
Begins Monday, July 10 & ends Monday, August 14
Join us at 2:30 p.m. for stories and crafts
geared for the Pre-K thru 1st grade child.
Gilbert Library has many of the books
on the Summer Reading Lists from
Center, Intermediate and the High Schools.
Come check us out!
The library is open Mondays 2-7 pm,
Wednesdays 2-7 pm and Fridays 2-5 pm
For more information:
call the library at 860-283-8176

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Region 6 Special BOE Meeting
Topic: District policy for concealed weapons
7:00 pm
Wamogo HS Auditorium
During the 2016-2017 school year the Region 6 Board of Education
began an important process to address security in our schools.
This work included reviewing exterior entrances, planning for new access locks,
and consideration of security cameras in the halls of WAMOGO.

While this facility-based work continues during the 2017-2018 year the
Board is holding a special meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 24, 2017,
 in the WAMOGO auditorium. This meeting will be solely for consideration
of formal approval of a district policy for the Director of Security to
carry a concealed weapon. This matter, brought forward last year, is
under consideration based on the geographic distance and location of
our four schools. The travel between sites, the isolation of buildings,
coupled with potential response time should a crisis arise led for this
recommendation. This is considered a preventative measure for
additional security and not in direct response to any threats.

It is acknowledged that the topic of an approved concealed weapon
in a school could be polarizing and it is important for the Board to hear
from community members on the matter.  The meeting is being held
 in the summer to limit potential distractions to our mission of educating
our children and also allow for the district administration to plan accordingly.

Should you have further questions about this meeting please do not
hesitate to contact Christopher G. Leone, Superintendent of Schools
at 860.567.7400 or via email at cleone@rsd6.org.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Continuing Activities - Tuesdays

"Wee Discoverers"
Summer Nature Camp
Weekly two-hour series for 4 & 5 year-olds
9:30 - 11:30 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
This weekly two-hour series for 4 & 5 year-olds features
stories, songs, crafts, games, and outdoor adventures
 that introduce young ones to the wonders of nature!
Sign up by session or for all 5 sessions.
Meet in Nature Museum Children's Corner. 9:30 - 11:30am.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Please call 860-567-0857
Space is limited!
Members: $15/session,
Non-members: $25/session

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Historical Fiction Book Discussion Group
2:00-3:30 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Join us as we explore and discuss historical fiction.
Books are available at the front desk.
The Killer Angels
by Michael Shaara
                         
Historian James McPerson wrote,
"As my favorite historical novel...a superb
 re-creation of the Battle of Gettysburg,
but its real importance is its insight into
what the war was about, what it meant."
Historical Fiction Book Discussion Group
 Last Tuesday of each month from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
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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Litchfield Republican
Town Committee Caucus
7:00 pm
Bantam Borough Hall
All registered Litchfield Republicans
are invited to attend and participate.
For further information please contact Hugh Schoelzel
at 860-567-8518 or Helen Bunnell at 860-567-9576.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Continuing Activities - Wednesdays

Day Trip: Block Island
Warren Parks & Recreation
Come aboard the fastest ferry from the mainland at New London,
Connecticut to be transported to Block Island in an hour and fifteen
 minutes. Enjoy the peaceful patchwork of fields bordered by old
stone walls, saltwater farms with views rolling down to the sparkling
ocean, the Southeast Lighthouse perched atop majestic Mohegan Bluffs,
panoramic views across the tranquil island to the Block Island Sound,
and bird-filled maritime scrubland to butterfly filled meadows
 that make Block Island a world unto itself.
For more information, please contact
Warren Parks and Recreation
at 860-868-7881 ext 113

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Block Island
Morris Senior Center
$43.00 per person
Bus leaves from the Morris Senior Center.
We'll enjoy a ferry ride from New London over to this picturesque
 island followed by free time to enjoy the sights and sounds!  
Cost includes bus cost and round trip ferry tickets.
Morris Community Activities
Phone:  860-567-7437

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DEEP's CARE Family Fishing Course
5:30-6:30 pm
Morris Town Beach
Fishing is a great way to spend time outdoors
with family and friends while getting some fresh air!
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)
- Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) program
is offering a FREE fishing course at:
Morris Town Beach on Bantam Lake
Wednesday, July 26 ~ 5:30-6:30 p.m.
at the Morris Town Beach Pavilion      
Fishing Trip immediately following
on Bantam Lake until dark
 PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Please call 860-567-7437 to register
The CARE program's introductory fishing courses are held around the state
 and will teach you everything you need to know to get started fishing
 - where to go, how to tie a strong knot, what baits to use,
how to identify and care for your catch, and much more.
Courses are designed for people age 8 and up, and consist of an hour
of classroom instruction and a fishing field trip to a local waterbody!
You will learn from the best, our passionate state certified fishing Instructors.
For a schedule of additional courses that is constantly updating,
visit our website www.ct.gov/deep/care or call 860-663-1656.
*Note: While CT DEEP does not charge a fee
for materials or instruction, some communities may
charge a small fee to cover administrative costs.  
Morris Community Activities
Phone:  860-567-7437

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Estate Planning for Young Families
6:00-7:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Janie McDermott, Associate at Carmody
Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP,
will explore the myths surrounding estate
planning and the probate process,especially for
parents with children still living at home.  
She will also introduce attendees to the three most important
documents every adult should own, and how each
provides protection when faced with death or disability.

The presentation will be from 6-7pm, free and open
to the public and refreshments will be provided.
For more information and to RSVP,
please contact Chelsea Geffert
cgeffert@carmodylaw.com or 203-784-3114.
For more info call 860-567-8302

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Litchfield Summer Concert
"The Apricot Brandy"
Litchfield Parks and Recreation
7:00 pm
Litchfield Green
Litchfield Parks and Recreation is proud to announce
 the return of the summer concert series to the  
Litchfield Green on Wednesday evenings.
Bring a folding chair, sit back and relax
for a quintessential New England evening.
The concerts are free, no pets are allowed
on the green, unless they are service dogs.
Everyone is urged to take their trash
 off the green after the show.
Here’s the line-up:
July 26 – The Apricot Brandy
Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. in August
August 2 – Last Fair Deal
August 9 – The Loft
August 16 – Switch Factory
August 23 – The Kenn Morr Band
Concert-goers are reminded that there is no alcohol, open fires,
dogs or other pets on the green. August concerts begin at 6:30 p.m.
Listen to WZBG, FM 97.3 for news on cancellations.
 For more information, please contact
Litchfield Parks and Recreation at (860) 567-7569.

Thursday, July 27, 2017
Continuing Activities - Thursdays

Litchfield Senior Picnic
12:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Come celebrate summer!
The annual Senior Picnic sponsored by Litchfield Parks and Recreation Department
is set for noon on Thursday, July 27th at the Litchfield Community Center.
Food, fun, games and music are the rule of the day with the music provided
by the Litchfield Jazz Band. Admission to the picnic/dance will be $10.00.

Hotdogs and sauerkraut, hamburgers, chicken, salads, watermelon,
and soft drinks are all on the menu. And cookies for dessert.
To make reservations or pick up tickets for the event
please call Litchfield Parks and Recreation at 567-7569.
If you care to bring a dessert,
you certainly are welcome to come.

Tickets are available at Murphy's Pharmacy, Litchfield Parks
and Recreation Office, and the Litchfield Town Hall.
 If you would like to offer transportation
to a senior who would not normally be able to attend,
you show of kindness gets you free admission to the picnic.
 For more information, please contact
Litchfield Parks and Recreation at (860) 567-7569.

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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!
Timing By: SUNSTROKE TIMING SYSTEMS
Marathon Bob & 5k Dave

Friday, July 28, 2017
Continuing Activities - Fridays

Star Party
"Saturn - the real Lord of the rings"
8:00 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.

The Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club will begin its July 28
star party with a talk called "Saturn - the real Lord of the rings."
The Cassini spacecraft, which has been orbiting Saturn since 2004,
has made many amazing discoveries about the planet and its rings.
To prevent accidental contamination of one of the moons or another
object by Earth microorganisms the spacecraft will be destroyed by
burning up in Saturn's atmosphere on September 15, 2017.  We'll discuss
some of Cassini's discoveries as well as the planet, its moons and rings.

No prior knowledge of astronomy is required - just curiosity.  
The talk starts at 8:00 pm in the A. B. Ceder Room at White Memorial
Conservation Center in Litchfield.  Afterwards, weather permitting,
there will be planet and star gazing at the observatory.  This year
Saturn's rings, always a spectacular sight, are particularly visible.

The club holds regular star parties at White Memorial.  
Events are free and open to the public.  
Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  
For more details, see the club calendar at lhastro.org
or email the club at lhaacsec@gmail.com.

8:00 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

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Sandy Beach Triathlon
5:00 pm
Sandy Beach
East Shore Rd., Morris
Distances: .5 mile swim / 10 mile bike / 3.1 mile run
Start time - 5:00 p.m.
Day of Registration & package
pick-up to begin at 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 29, 2017
Continuing Activities - Saturdays

Blueberry Unbaked Pie
Pickup Day
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Goshen Church of Christ Congregational
5 Old Middle Street, Goshen
at the intersection of Rt 4 and Rt 63
Call ahead to order pies ($15.00 each)
Phone: 860-491-2793
Office Hours: Tues. - Thurs. 10am-12pm

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Democratic Bantam Lake Outing
12:00 pm
Morris Town Beach
East Shore Road, Morris
"To raise awareness for the environment in NW CT"
Suggested donation $15
Invited guests: Gov. Malloy, Lt. Gov. Wyman,
U.S. Sen. Blumenthal, U.S. Sen. Murphy,
U.S. Rep. Esty, CT Attorney General George Jepson

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Film: The Eagle Huntress
2:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
The Eagle Huntress follows the story of Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl from Mongolia,
 as she attempts to become the first female eagle hunter to compete in the
 eagle festival at Ulgii, Mongolia, established in 1999. She belongs to a
family of nomads that spend their summers in a yurt in the Altai Mountains
and their winters in a house in town. The men in her family have been eagle
hunters for seven generations, and she wants to follow in their footsteps.

With her father Nurgaiv's help, she learns how to train golden eagles,
and then captures and trains her own eaglet. Although she faces some
disbelief and opposition within the traditionally male tradition, she becomes
the first female to enter the competition at the annual Golden Eagle Festival.
She ends up winning the competition, and her eaglet
 breaks a speed record in one of the events.

After the competition, she takes the final step toward becoming an eagle hunter
by traveling with her father to the mountains in the winter to hunt foxes,
braving snowy conditions and extreme cold. After some initial misses,
her eaglet successfully kills its first fox and she returns home.
The film's dialog is in Kazakh; the narration is in English.
2:00 P.M., A. B. Ceder Room,
FREE…donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

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Warren Annual Chicken BBQ
4:30-7:00 pm
Warren Woods
Join us as we partner with the Warren Parks and Rec to bring
you our Annual Chicken BBQ as you enjoy the Magical Sounds of
the Truck Stop Troubadours on July 29th at Warren Woods

We will serve dinner from 4:30–7:00 p.m.  
Our Delicious Menu includes:   
½ chicken, roll, corn on the cob,  
special coleslaw/macaroni salad,
desserts and drinks. Cost: $15.00  

For more information, please contact
Warren Parks and Recreation
at 860-868-7881 ext 113

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Warren Summer Concert Series
"Truck Stop Troubadours"
5:30 - 8:30 pm
Warren Woods
 Performing in a retro country style pulling influences from "Sun Records"
and the legendary "Bakersfield Sound" covering classics by legends
 like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson,
Waylon Jennings, Dwight Yokam, Chuck Berry, Elvis, and Del Shannon
to name a few. Their outspoken outlaw attitude is in direct correlation
to the slickly produced records coming out of Nashville that have made them
"The Thorn" in the side of Modern Country Radio. Their live performance
 is fresh, full of swagger with an edge. Truck Stop Troubadours
 are a tried and true "Genuine Country Band."
 Accept no substitutes for the real deal.

Our concerts are presented by the Warren Parks
and Recreation Department and partially funded by a
 grant from the Connecticut Community Foundation.  
Although all concerts are free, donations
will be accepted and go to fund future concerts.

For more information, please contact
Warren Parks and Recreation
at 860-868-7881 ext 113