Things to Do -  June 2017
June 11-17, 2017

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Litchfield Hills Road Race
1:00 pm
Litchfield Center
Some tips:
Runners: Don’t run if you have not trained!
Sign up early -- we expect to sell out again this year!

Spectators: Please leave Fido at home! As much as we love dogs, due to crowds,
 heat and “accidents” we ask that you don’t bring them on race day!

Parking: Plan on getting to the Green early as parking spots become scarce! The banks,
Center School and Town Hall are some great places to park. Also keep in mind that
some local roads are closed around 11:30 am to accommodate our noon
 race and remain closed until after 3:00 pm!

Website: Visit our website at for more info, history, race articles and pictures!
And when you are visiting us online, don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter!

Monday, June 12, 2017
Continuing Activities - Mondays

"Stroke Prevention ~ Time is Brain"
Live, Learn, Lunch
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Melissa Braislin, MS, CCC-SLP, will discuss "what is a stroke?"
how is it diagnosed and treated and most importantly,
how to prevent it. She will handout stroke risk assessments
 for everyone to complete, as well as informational handouts.
Free ~ RSVP for Lunch
 For more info call 860-567-8302

27th Annual Litchfield Open
Golf Tournament
1:00 pm
Torrington Country Club
The 27th Annual Litchfield Open will be held Monday, June 12, 2017
at the Torrington Country Club. The tournament will be played using
a "Scramble Format." There will be a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m..
Buffet lunch is available starting at noon and dinner will follow golf at 5:30 p.m..

Prizes will be awarded for team low gross, team low net, mixed team low net,
senior team low net, closest to the pin and longest drive.

Fee for the tournament is $130.00 per player and
covers greens fee, cart, prizes, lunch and dinner.
Checks should be made payable to the Litchfield Lions Club.

The Litchfield Open benefits the Litchfield Sports Booster Club
and its efforts to fund sports-related projects above
and beyond the scope of the Litchfield Schools' budget.
For information call or email Jon Torrant (860-567-4044);

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Continuing Activities - Tuesdays

New York Botanical Gardens ~ Chihuly Exhibit
 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
* Trip is full ~ Please call for waitlist
New York Botanical Gardens
Chihuly Exhibit
A day in the gardens! The group will take the LCC van to the
 New York Botanical Gardens for a docent lead tour of the Chihuly Exhibit.
Group members will have time to explore the garden themselves
before the docent lead tour begins at 11:30am. Afterwards,
group members will have the day to themselves to explore the
garden more and get lunch on the grounds, or at area restaurants.
Depart from NYBG for Litchfield at 3pm
* Trip is full ~ Please call for waitlist
Cost: $35.00 pp
Note: $3 credit card fee will be
applied to each online ticket purchase
 For more info call 860-567-8302

Spiritual Drumming
1:00-2:30 pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Experience drumming by becoming part of a sacred circle
Susan Strand
Learn and play drum rhythms;
drum with intentionality and create community.
Bring your own drum if you have one.
A few drums and many rhythm instruments will be available.
email Susan for registration:           
Suggested Donation $10
For further information call (860) 567-3163

Introduction to Mosaics
6:00-8:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
8 Week Session ~ Tuesdays, June 13 - August 8, 6-8pm
No class July 4th ~ All Materials Provided
Explore the exciting world of the ancient art of mosaics. This
introductory class will explore the direct method using vitreous glass.

We will discuss the history of mosaics and
 review the mosaic color palette, the importance of tile shape
 and incorporate some of the ancient patterns of laying
the tesserae. Special attention will be placed on the
 step by step process of completing the piece to final grouting.

Instructor, Joanna Micknak is a graduate of Nova Scotia College of Art
and Design in Canada, with a Fine Arts Degree. Viewing some of the
most breathtaking mosaics in Italy compelled her to research and
explore the ancient art form of Mosaics. From that point,
Mosaics became her passion for artistic expression.
* Pre-registration/pre-payment is required.
Cost: $295 pp
Note: A $3.00 processing fee will
be added to each online registrant.
 For more info call 860-567-8302

Childhood Interrupted: 
From Bosnia to America
with Author Jasmina Ceric
7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Through one personal journey, Jasmina Ceric hopes to educate and raise
awareness about ethnic cleansing and genocide. Childhood Interrupted
 is the story of a war survivor in Bosnia, striving for a better future for herself
and her family, and hoping for her father’s release from a concentration camp.
“The shooting continued around us. They asked us where the men were.
The women cried that they didn’t know anything. They said if we didn’t tell
them where the men were, we would all be shot. I was so afraid:
Almina and I just clung to our mama. They might find the men upstairs
 and kill all of us. Then one of the soldiers yelled, ‘We found some more,’
so they left us. The shooting continued around us.”
Jasmina Ceric was born in December of 1981 in the town of
Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina. When the war began in 1991 in Croatia,
 she never imagined it would strike her home. In 1993, after her father
was released from a concentration camp, she came to the U.S.
sponsored by a family in Washington, CT who saw her on the CBS
show Eye on America with Connie Chung and wanted to help.

Jasmina attended Washington Montessori, Shepaug Valley High School
and UCONN for undergraduate and graduate studies, focusing on international
affairs and conflict resolution. For the past 20 years she has traveled
educating audiences on genocide and ethnic cleansing awareness,
helping to sponsor over 20 families through churches and private families. 
A wine & cheese reception will follow.
The author 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.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Continuing Activities - Wednesdays

AARP Safe Drivers Course
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
The nations first and largest classroom refresher course for motorists 55+.
Learn how to avoid driving hazards, no tests.
Auto insurance available in most states.
Pre-registration is required.
Cost: $15.00 AARP members/$20.00 non members
Payment is made directly to AARP instructor, by checks only.
 For more info call 860-567-8302

Shoreline Day Trip  
10:00 am - 5:30 pm  
Litchfield Community Center
Start your day with lunch on your own at Bill's Seafood on the
Singing Bridge in Westbrook from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Then enjoy time on the Hammonasset Beach from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
reading, walking the shore, fishing off the jetty,
take a dip or visit the newly expanded Nature Center.

Transportation by NW CT Transit is FREE
with a suggested donation of $7.00 pp,
 given to driver, only checks accepted.
Limited to 14, pre-registration is required.
For more info call 860-567-8302

CT Poet Laureate
Robert Rennie McQuilkin
2:00-3:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Mr. McQuilkin has taught English and Creative Writing ay many
secondary schools as well co-founded the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival.
His poetry has appeared in numerous publications, received a number
 of poetry awards and is author to 15 poetry collections. He will be reading
selections from his new book "North of Eden: New & Collected Poems."
Pre-registration is required.
Cost: $5.00 suggested donation
For more info call 860-567-8302

Thursday, June 15, 2017
Continuing Activities - Thursdays

OWL Staff Visits Senior Center Café
11:15 am
Litchfield Community Center
The Oliver Wolcott Library's Adult Services Librarian, Audra MacLaren,
 will be visiting the Senior Center Café Lunch to check out books, audio books,
and DVD's. 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.

OWL Staff Visits Bantam Falls Community Room
3:00 pm
Bantam Falls Community Room
The Oliver Wolcott Library's Adult Services Librarian, Audra MacLaren,
 will be visiting the Bantam Falls Community Room to check out books,
 audio books, and DVD's. 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.

Scripture Talks
7:00 – 8:15 pm
Lourdes in Litchfield
Grotto Chapel
Fr. Richard Schebera, SMM, retired Professor
at St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO
& a member of the summer staff
 at the Shrine will offer three talks:
Reading and Praying Scripture:
 JESUS: “Who do you say I am?”
Thursdays, June 8, 15, 22, 2017 ~ 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
in the air-conditioned Grotto Chapel on the Shrine grounds.
No registration is required and a free-will offering will be appreciated.
For further information, call 860-567-1041

Friday, June 16, 2017
Continuing Activities - Fridays

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Icelandic National Day
4:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Let's spend a few hours celebrating our closest European neighbor!
Join Gerri Griswold and Tom Alena on a photographic and geological journey
 to the Land of Fire and Ice. Tom will begin the program with a survey of
Iceland's volcanoes. Hands on experiments will allow you to understand
how volcanoes work! Griswold will follow with a photographic journey of her
45 visits to her second home. Master Falconer, Brian Bradley, will fly
Iceland's National Bird, the Gyrfalcon! Later we'll sit under the stars by the
fire and listen to the music of some of our favorite Icelandic recording artists
while devouring a wonderful Icelandic cod and potato dish called Plokk Fiskur
 and indulge in a delicious Icelandic Birthday Cake, (Vinarterta)
washed down with glorious Icelandic coffee.

BYOB and your own place setting!
4:00 p.m. ~ A. B. Ceder Room,
The programs are free.
Icelandic treats by the fire:
Members: $10.00  Non-members: $20.00
Pre-registration is only required for the weenie roast.
Call 860-567-0857
or register online: