Things to Do -  September 2017
September 24-30, 2017

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Monthly Family Breakfast
8:00 - 10:00 am
Goshen Church of Christ Congregational
5 Old Middle St., Goshen
$7.00 per Adult / $3.50 per child under 12
Phone: 860-491-2793
Office Hours: Tues. - Thurs. 10am-12pm

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Silent Auction, Tag and Bake Sale
12:00 -3:00 pm
Milton Congregational Church
548 Milton Road, Milton Center
     Milton Congregational Church of Litchfield
will hold its annual tag and bake sale on
September 22 and September 23 (9:00 am - 3:00 pm)
and September 24 (12:00 noon - 3:00 pm).

Sunday is a real bargain day.  As always, you can
find pretty much everything at the Tag Sale
 from furniture to antiques, from jewelry to linens,
from books to lamps, from tools to toys.  

The ladies of the church will also have their famous homemade jams,
jellies, pickles, relish, and baked goods for sale.  We will feature
door prizes consisting of items donated by local area merchants.
Again this year there is a "Seasonal Celebration" room where you can find
decorations for Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and Thanksgiving festivities.

New this year is a silent auction of antiques,
vintage furniture, and other selected finer items.
The silent auction runs from 9:00 to 11:00 AM Friday September 22,
so review the items and be prepared to bid early and often!
Take time between bids to shop the rest of the tag sale.
We accept cash or checks.
There will be no early access to the tag sale.

Drop by the church located at 548 Milton Road, in Milton center,
a beautiful four-mile country ride from Route 202 in Litchfield
and browse the tastefully displayed treasures and even stop
 to enjoy a gourmet hot dog from Salty Dog Hot Dogs.

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Walk to End Alzheimer's
1:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Registration at 11:30 am
Ceremony at 12:30 pm
Walk at 1:00 pm
Route Length: 2 miles
Walk Help CT
860-828-2828

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VNA Northwest
Complimentary play "Vesta"
2:00-3:30 pm
Litchfield Community Center
VNA Northwest is offering a complimentary (free) play focusing
on end of life issues at the Litchfield Community Center.

The play we have selected "Vesta" offers a warm and
often funny exploration of a family's struggle
with a variety of end of life issues
as they come to terms with the illness
and death of Vesta Pierson, their matriarch.
Vesta is a 90 minutes, seven character play about
the last five years of the character's life.

We are pleased to announce that Lea Dmytryck
(a volunteer board member at VNA Northwest)
will be directing this play and has a wonderful group of actors
from community theatre to play the roles of the characters.
presented in association with
Hospice Foundation of America and
the Litchfield Community Center.
For more information please call 860-567-6000.
For more info call 860-567-8302

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The Lives of Dillon Ripley
with Roger D. Stone
3:00 pm
Litchfield History Museum
Free Book Talk and Reception co-hosted
with the Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Sanctuary
Join the Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy
and the Litchfield Historical Society
on Sunday, September 24 at 3 p.m. for a book
reading and reception with Roger D. Stone,
 author of the newly-released biography
of S. Dillon Ripley, The Lives of Dillon Ripley.

The book reading and short lecture will give an
account of the amazing life and achievements
of S. Dillon Ripley, the founder of the
Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Sanctuary
and former Secretary of the Smithsonian.
This event is free and open to the public.
Please register with the Historical Society.
Call (860) 567-4501,
For more information about this or other programs,

Monday, September 25, 2017
Continuing Activities - Mondays

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Continuing Activities - Tuesdays

Historical Fiction Book 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.
Captains Courageous
by Rudyard Kipling
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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History Comes to Life: Helen Keller
2:00-3:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Helen Keller ~ "Champion of the Disabled"
Sheryl Faye's program is written from Helen's mind eye.
The story is told on a taped voice over as Helen reenacts her full life f
rom her childhood through her discovery of language when she was
 seven years old to the writing of her twelve books. She will show the
audience how she speaks and reads in Braille, and her
story continues through her graduation from college.
Cost: $10 * Get your tickets now!
Note: $3.00 pp credit card processing
fee will be added to your order
For more info call 860-567-8302

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Continuing Activities - Wednesdays

 Wisdom Awards
19th Annual Celebration
5:00-8:00 pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
 
An evening honoring the lives and service of
Mary Ann C. Buchanan (left), as a Creative Educator
and Chris and Marlene Smith, as Promoters of Human Potential.
This award is given by the Daughters of Wisdom through Wisdom House.
For further information call (860) 567-3163

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Weight Loss Surgery Informational Seminar
6:30 -8:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Free Weight Loss Surgery Informational Seminar
Join us for a free weight loss surgery informational seminar
to learn more about a decision that could change your life.
Hear from our team who will explain the steps
 involved in determining if you are eligible.
Cost: Free
* To register, please call 860.585.3339
For more info call 860-567-8302

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Continuing Activities - Thursdays

Celebrity Chef Cooking Class for KIDS
(Grades 4-6)  
3:30 -5:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Class runs on Thursdays, Sept. 28, Oct 5, Oct 12
Presented by Chef John Ferrucci as seen on The Celebrity Chef Show,
Cable Access Channel 5. Participate in a hands-on cooking experience
and also learn about kitchen sanitation and food safety.
All materials will be provided and students
will be able to bring home the items they prepared.
Cook a new meal each week!
* Pre-registration/pre-payment is required.
Cost: $20.00 per class / $50.00 for all 3  
Note: $3.00 pp credit card processing
fee will be added to your order
For more info call 860-567-8302

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Irish Step Dancing Classes
Litchfield Parks & Recreation
Ages 4-7: 4:45-5:45 pm
Ages 8 and up: 5:45-6:45 pm
Bantam Gym
Starting September 21, 2017
Irish Step Dancing is coming to Litchfield!
The Thorne Academy of Irish Dance will offer classes
through Litchfield Parks and Recreation
at the Bantam Gym, starting September 21.

Classes for children 4-7 are
Thursdays from 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
and for children 8 and up
the class time is 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.

For more information contact the
Thorne Academy of Irish Dance
For more information, contact Litchfield Parks
and Recreation at (860) 567-7569.

Friday, September 29, 2017
Continuing Activities - Fridays

Lego Club
(Grades K-3)
3:30-4:30 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Fridays, September 29-November 17
Due to school closings, Lego Club
will meet the following Fridays:
9/29, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/17
Calling all engineers and architects! Listen to a short story to inspire
 your creativity, and then build the Lego Challenge of the Week.
Team up with a friend, or build solo. Make sure to sign up with your
 email address so Mrs. Shaia can email a photo of your masterpiece!
Feel free to pack a snack to eat during story time.
All supplies will be provided.
Note: Please leave your personal Legos at home.
This program is generously funded
by the Litchfield Education Foundation.
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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Friday Fun Day
(Grades 4-6)
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Each Month a Litchfield High School student group
hosts an afternoon at the Community Center with
proceeds going towards that group's initiative.
The evening will comprise of open games
- Ping pong, pool, air hockey, foosball, Wii, board games,
group games, music, arts & crafts, and more!
Cost: $5 @ Door
Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.
For more info call 860-567-8302

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Fall Sunset Party
Litchfield Land Trust
5:00-8:00 pm
Arbutus Farm, Litchfield
67 Litwin Road,Litchfield
The Litchfield Land Trust's Fall Sunset Party is scheduled for
Friday, September 29th from 5 until 8 p.m. This year's event will be held at
Arbutus Farm, an iconic New England farm - 265 acres of permanently
conserved farmland, stunning vistas, wildlife habitat and woodlands.  
Attendees are encouraged to stroll the farm's high field offering
panoramic views or meander about to the pond and gardens.   
Regionally crafted beer and spirits, wine and food will be plentiful.
Litchfield's own Western Lands Trio will perform their signature
acoustic folk music.   A silent auction will feature local artists, craftsmen
and special events.  And, as always, the sunset will be perfect...

Arbutus Farm is located at 67 Litwin Road in Litchfield.  
Tickets are on sale now and cost $75 per person.  
Checks may be mailed to the Litchfield Land Trust
at PO Box 712, Litchfield, 06756.  
Tickets paid by check will be held at the door.  
Tickets may also be ordered online at: www.litchfieldlandtrust.org.  
All proceeds support Litchfield Land Trust's conservation efforts.  
For more information:
860-361-9310

Saturday, September 30, 2017
Continuing Activities - Saturdays

Tag Sale Fundraiser
for Little Free Libraries
in the Litchfield Hills
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
St. Michael’s Community House
Little Free Library Stewards Rose Buckens and Jo Ann Jaacks
will host a combined indoor tag sale fundraiser and informational
gathering at St. Michael’s Community House, 23 South Street,
just off the Litchfield green on Saturday, September 30, from 8am to 4pm.
St. Michael’s is offering use of its community house in support
of the event since there is a Little Free Library in front of the church.
Kathy Percoski (L) delivering to Rose Buckens the Little Free Library
 that will be located at the old jail building facing the Litchfield green.
The building, known as 7-North, is undergoing a complete renovation
 that is projected to be open soon for retail spaces and apartments.

The launch for the Litchfield Hills Little Free Library Grass Roots Project
began as a great success with volunteers gathering at filmmaker
Harvey Hubbell’s farm in Litchfield on July 2, 2016. Morris First Selectman
 Tom Weik came to encourage the Morris Boy Scouts, carpenters,
roofers and painters who participated in the building workshop that
produced the first 16 boxes. The boxes were painted by local artists,
 mounted on secure poles, and then distributed throughout Litchfield County.
The mission is to build community, grow literacy and make new friends.

Members of the community are invited to come also on Friday afternoon,
Sept. 29, to learn more about the trending phenomenon of Little Free Libraries.  
When the global nonprofit Little Free Library was honored by
The Library of Congress for Creating Communities of Literacy,
Founder Todd H. Bol of Wisconsin said, “For an organization that builds
some of the smallest libraries around, it’s quite an honor
 to be recognized by the largest library in the world.”

Rose Buckens and Jo Ann Jaacks have also “planted” a Little Free
Legos Library at Morris Town Hall which was featured on the littlefreelibrary.org
website and on news anchor Ann Nyberg’s show “Connecticut Newsmakers.”  
There are Little Free Libraries in Woodbury at New Morning Market
and on nature trails; at Morris town beach and at the four corners
 of Rte. 63-S and Rte. 109 that is shared by Cardinal Grill and
Bella Luna Gift Shop; in Goshen at the school and a yoga studio;
a private school in Waterbury; in front of Litchfield Pet Supply
and inside Makery Go-working space in New Milford, among many more.

Those wishing to learn more about Little Free Libraries in the Litchfield Hills
are invited to contact Rose Buckens at 203-770-4156
or come to the tag sale fundraiser on September 30.

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Special Needs Kids' Fishing Derby
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Morris Beach & Recreation
Come and enjoy the old time sport of
 fishing in our beautiful small town
- all families of special needs
 kids are welcomed to join us!
The Morris Volunteer Fire Department
will be on hand for "touch a truck" and more!
Hot dogs / hamburgers will be served
by the Woodbur /Southbury Rod & Gun Club.
Registration is required by calling or emailing
Morris Beach & Recreation 860-567-7437
At the time of registration, details will
be provided to the location of the
Woodbury/Southbury Rod & Gun Club property.
Please bring your fishing pole if you have one
- if not, no worries! There will be some to borrow, too.
The best part is that the event is FREE!
Co-Sponsored by:
Woodbury/Southbury Rod & Gun Club,
the Morris Volunteer Fire Department
and Morris Beach & Recreation.
Morris Community Activities
Phone:  860-567-7437

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Nature as Mentor
with Marlow Shami
10:00 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
The wisdom of earth-based peoples as well as recent empirical research
in the fields of eco-psychology, environmental psychology,
 mindfulness based stress reduction, and energy medicine
 provide the foundation of this community journey.
The program opens with a beautifully illustrated Keynote talk after
which we partake in a captivating Nature as Mentor out-of-door activity.
We complete our time together with a stirring guided meditation.

Expect to acquire knowledge and experience designed to deepen
access to nature's guidance and restoration on a daily basis.
Marlow Shami distills 20 years of personal and professional
investigation into her presentations. Her focus is in deepening the
 healing relationship between humans and the natural world.
10:00 A.M., A. B. Ceder Room
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses

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Warren 5K Cider Run/Walk
Co-Sponsored by Warren Parks & Recreation
and The Warren Land Trust
10:00 am
Warren Woods
251 Brick School Road, Warren
Warren Parks and Recreation and the Warren Land Trust will hold
the 9th annual Cider 5K Run/Walk on September 30th  at 10:00am,
with a Kids Fun Run at 9:45am, to benefit their Wamogo Scholarship
Fund Endowment with Connecticut Community Foundation.

This event is truly a unique experience for the whole family.
The race features a fast out and back USATF certified course through
 the autumn foliage of Warren, CT starting and ending at Warren Woods Park
on Brick School Road. The race offers delicious treats such as apple cider donuts,
apple cider, an assortment of fruit and more. After the KIDS FUN RUN
 for kids 12 and under, participants can enjoy free pumpkins painting.
The race features chip timing for fast efficient results as well as music
 for your entertainment. Prizes given to the first three overall
male and female finishers, and first finishers in each age group.
Register online: fasttracktiming.com
Contact: Carla Angevine
860-806-3789
For more information, please contact
Warren Parks and Recreation
at 860-868-7881 ext 113

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Architecture Walking Tour
10:00 am
Litchfield Historical Society
The Litchfield Historical Society’s Saturday morning
walking tours are exploring new sites in town.
The walk will cover architectural features of the homes and
 businesses along North and South streets in Litchfield.
Sheldon Tavern
Each tour lasts about an hour—make sure to bring
 a bottle of water and wear comfortable shoes!
We meet at the Litchfield History Museum
at 10:00 a.m. for each tour.
Registration is required for walking tours.
Why does the center of Litchfield have such a large green and so many
white homes? Take a walk with a Litchfield Historical Society education
staff member and learn how the history and stories of old Litchfield are
preserved in the architecture of the town. The walk will begin at the
 Litchfield History Museum and cover North and South Streets.
Walking tours are free for members and $5 for non-members.
Space is limited and registration is required.
Payment is required at time of registration.
To register, call (860) 567-4501
For more information about this or other programs,
The Litchfield Historical Society is located at 7 South St., Litchfield
The exhibits are currently on view through November 2017.