Things to Do -  April 2018
April 15-21, 2018

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Continuing Activities - Thursdays

Litchfield-Morris Rotary Meeting
12:00 pm
Forman School Dining Facility
Guest Speaker: Jonathan Harris, former state
Consumer Protection commissioner and state senator.
 
Jonathan A. Harris is a proven progressive problem solver
who has consistently delivered results. Jonathan is a former mayor,
state senator, Deputy State Treasurer and Commissioner of
Consumer Protection with a demonstrated record of advocating
 for Connecticut and bringing people together to find creative solutions.

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Henry David Thoreau
History Comes to Life Series
2:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
History Comes to Life series continues at the Litchfield Community Center
on Thursday April 19, 2018 at 2:00 pm with “Henry David Thoreau.”
One person acts highlighting our nation’s greatest contributions.  
A $5.00 donation appreciated at the door is welcome.  
Pre-registration required
by calling 860-567-8302 or visit

For more info call 860-567-8302

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Affordable Housing Plan Presentation
Litchfield Housing Trust
7:00 pm
Bantam Borough Hall
A public information meeting on a plan to create
affordable housing at the former Bantam School will be held
April 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Bantam Borough Hall.

The meeting will allow the Litchfield Housing Trust to
present its plan and answer questions from the public.

The plan calls for the building – with the exception of its gym
and the Bantam post office – to be turned into 14 rental
apartments. On the grounds of the 10.5-acre property,
10 or 12 single-family houses would be built.

The apartments and houses would be for families meeting income guidelines.
Under the plan, the property would be turned over to the housing trust.
Transfer of the property would require approval by voters.

If voters grant approval, it would allow the housing trust
to seek state funding for the rehabilitation of the
 former school and construction of the houses.

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Warren Affordable Housing Forum
7:00 pm
Warren Congregational Church
Parish Hall
The Warren Affordable Housing Corporation has planned to host an
informational public forum to share the results of our survey and our
ideas for creating affordable housing in Warren. If you are interested
in learning more, please join us on Thursday, April 19th, at 7 pm, at
the Warren Congregational Church Parish Hall.

Friday, April 20, 2018
Continuing Activities - Fridays

Earth Day Plant Sale
Northwest Conservation District
9:00 am-6:00 pm
Goshen Fairgrounds
Join us at the Goshen Fairgrounds,
April 20-22, 2018, for NWCD’s
Earth Day Plant Sale.
Friday 9-6, Saturday 9-4, and Sunday 10-3

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Star Party
7:30 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
The 2018 star parties at White Memorial continue on Friday, April 20
with a talk called "Space Rocks!  Is the Sky Falling?".  
In 1807 a large meteorite fell in Weston, CT, interesting, among others,
 former U.S. President Thomas Jefferson.  In this talk we'll discuss
the history of meteorite falls and how ancient and modern peoples
 thought of rocks coming down from the sky.  This is an interactive talk,
with examples of both meteorites and meteor-wrongs for participants to handle.

No prior knowledge of astronomy is required - just curiosity. 
The talk starts at 8:00pm 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.

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,
our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lhastro
or email the club at lhaacsec@gmail.com.

7:30 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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Goshen Players Present
"It Shoulda' Been You"
8:00 pm
Goshen Old Town Hall
Tickets available at Goshenplayers.org
or call 860.491.9988

Saturday, April 21, 2018

NYC Food and Market Tour
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Morris Beach & Recreation
& Warren Parks & Recreation
Calling all Foodies! We have an amazing NYC Foodie tour lined up for you!
We’ll enjoy a GUIDED tour of EIGHT of the tastiest spots to nosh in
Greenwich Village and Chinatown. Our guide will share not only the history
of these varied restaurants, but also of the food culture of The Big Apple.
You’ll be invited to sample foods at each stop, cost on your own.
– eat as much or as little as you like at each stop – no obligation!

Greenwich Village is well-known for its shady, winding streets
with 19th Century houses, for its bohemian roots and historic
Washington Square Park. But the Village’s tree-lined streets are also
 lined with some of the best restaurants and food specialty shops
 in all of the Big Apple. Just ask celebrity chefs of the Food Network,
food critics from the New York Times and thousands of New Yorkers:
Greenwich Village is THE place to find the best of every cuisine.

You’ll crunch your sweet tooth with scrumptious desserts, indulge in
prociutto arancini (rice balls) from a shop 100 years old and eat falafel
 so good that you will understand why New Yorkers wait in long lines
every night at one of the first Middle Eastern establishments
 in the United States. And in a city known for its pizza, you will
try not one but two of the city’s best rated pizzerias.

Shops and foods we experience on the Greenwich Village portion
of our NYC Food Tour: Mamoums Falafel, Artichoke pizza, Bantum Bagels,
Faiccos Rice Balls, Bleecker Street Pizza, Molly’s Cupcakes and much more!

At the food stops, you will choose what treats you would like
to sample (or eat in whole). Try them all or none at all.
All recommended items are less than $4.00.
Suggested amount to bring for snacks is $7-10,
depending on your appetite! Vegetarian and
vegan options available at several shops.

Following our guided tour, we’ll enjoy free time on our own to
explore the renowned EATALY – a vibrant Italian marketplace.

COST: $80.00 per person
 – includes your personally guided food tour,
deluxe motor coach transportation,
driver gratuity and snacks on the bus
Please contact us for your more
 information and to register!
860-567-7437

Kristen Davila
Director of Morris Community Activities,
Morris Senior Center &  Morris Beach & Recreation
109-21 East Street, Morris, CT 06763
Phone:  860-567-7437

Don Murphy
Warren Parks and Recreation
at 860-868-7881 ext 113

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Morris Earth Day Clean-up
Morris Beach & Recreation
8:00 am -4:15 pm
Morris Town Green & Morris Town Beach
In honor of Earth Day, please consider cleaning up litter and debris
in the areas surrounding your property, at the Town Green or at the
Morris Town Beach. Bring the bagged litter and debris to the
Morris Transfer Station on Saturday and / or
Sunday April 21 and 22 during regular business hours.
For each bag of litter you drop off, you'll be given a
 raffle ticket for a great prize in recognition of your efforts!
Prize drawing will be held on Wednesday, April 25.
Thank you for your help in keeping Morris beautiful!

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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Forman School Open House
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
The Forman School
12 Norfolk Rd., Litchfield
Please join us for an exciting and informative Spring Open House
at Forman School. Visit our beautiful campus in scenic Litchfield,
Connecticut and get to know administrators, students, parents,
and teachers to find out more about the Forman Difference
and our Summer Program. Forman School is an independent,
coeducational, college preparatory school for boarding
and day students with identified learning differences.

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Earth Day Plant Sale
Northwest Conservation District
9:00 am-4:00 pm
Goshen Fairgrounds
Join us at the Goshen Fairgrounds,
April 20-22, 2018, for NWCD’s
Earth Day Plant Sale.
Friday 9-6, Saturday 9-4, and Sunday 10-3

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Walk in Beauty:
Celebrating the Gifts of the Earth
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Renew yourself this spring....
Reawaken your senses to the beauty of the spring season as you
recharge your creative spirit and rejuvenate in this experiential workshop.
Affirm your deep connection with the natural world through explorations
 in music and creative writing and walking the Wisdom House outdoor labyrinth.
Please bring a notepad.  
 
Thomasina Levy & Leslie Johnson

Thomasina Levy
Award winning musician and Connecticut State Troubadour (2005/2006).
Teaching Artist for the Connecticut Office of the Arts where she assists
fellow artist, educators, schools and museums incorporate the arts
 into their programs. Facilitator of Music Improvisation. Her music has been
 aired in over twenty countries across the globe and she has created
recordings and instructional books for children and adults.

Leslie Johnson
Award winning writer whose short stories have been awarded the Pushcart Prize
with the Pushcart Press publication. Her fiction has been broadcast on NPR,
appeared in Norton's Best of the West Anthology and published in a wide
variety of magazines and literary journals. Teaching artist of
Connecticut Office of the Arts where she leads interactive
writing workshops and professional development seminars.

For further information call (860) 567-3163

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 Spirituality of Teilhard de Chardin - Session 2
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Teilhard de Chardin’s mysticism is one of action in and through the world.
It calls us to a covenant relationship with God and with creation.
As a scientist, his mysticism encompasses the Cosmic, the Human,
and the Christic dimensions of life. Teilhard’s legacy is clearly present
 in the spirituality of ecology, feminism, and interfaith dialogue. He offers
us new and creative ways of understanding our roles as contemplative
and participatory members of the earth community.
Rescheduled from an earlier date....

Sally Campbell Woodhall
Former director of Guild for Spiritual Guidance; holds an MA in Theology,
 Fordham University; Founding head of the Woodhall School,
 Bethlehem, CT, author of Teilhard de Chardin: Pilgrim, Prophet, Mystic.
  Early Registration $60.00. After April 14 Fee is $75.00
Sign Up By Friday, April 20 at Midnight
For further information call (860) 567-3163

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 Spiritual Drumming
10:00-11:30 am
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Drumming provides the perfect focus for a meditative experience.
Each gathering starts with the setting of our intentions for the session,
flows into using a chant with drumming to center the group, and creates
the energy of community. Drum rhythms for the use of personal meditation
and quieting the mind will also be explored. Participants may bring
any type of hand drum – i.e. djembes, bohrans, frame drums,
Native American drums – or they may use one of the drums
 or rhythm instruments that will be available.

Susan Strand
Graduate of the Women's Leadership Institute at Hartford Seminary;
organist at the Church of Christ Congregational in Goshen, CT; ling time
 experience playing African drums and rhythms and drumming
programs at Wisdom House. Susan has a background of sharing
 her belief that all drumming is spiritual.

A meditative and community experience...
Program held in the Marie Louise Carriage House.
To register: sstrand@snet.net
Donation: $5 payable in class
Location: Marie Louise Carriage House

For further information call (860) 567-3163

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Warren Town Wide Clean-up
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Warren Community Center
Rain date is Sunday, April 22, 2018
Come to the Community Center to get your garbage bags and rubber gloves.
You select the stretch of road you would like to clean. A dumpster
will be located at the Warren Town Garage for the garbage you collect.
 Refreshments will be available at the Community Center.
 This event is co-sponsored by the Warren Land Trust
and Warren Parks and Recreation.
For more information, please contact
Warren Parks and Recreation
at 860-868-7881 ext 113

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Mystery Animal Meet and Greet
3:30 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Did you know that White Memorial has a variety of live education
animals just waiting to meet YOU? Join us on Saturdays in April in the Museum
for your chance to get up close and personal with one of our animal ambassadors.
Will it be Corny the Corn Snake, Shakespeare the Barred Owl,
Sally the Salamander, or some other mystery creature?
Come and find out!

Members: FREE, Non-members: $6.00 per adult,
 $3.00 per child (admission to Museum)

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The Science of Joy
3:30 pm
St. Michael’s Community House
David Pavlick will lead a session expanding on the science
 presented in The Book of Joy. Join with other readers of the book
in learning more about what happens in our brain when we are joyful.
Interested participants who have not read the book are welcome.
Wine and cheese reception to follow.

David Pavlick is a Clinical Social Worker
and Therapist specializing in neurofeedback.
Favorite nonperishable pantry items for The Food Pantry
at St. Michael’s will be collected at this event.

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“Requiem for Being: An Installation”
by East Hartford artist Cate Bourke
3:30-5:30 pm
Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
The Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery at Wisdom House Retreat
and Conference Center will open an exhibit “Requiem for Being:
An Installation” by East Hartford artist Cate Bourke
on Saturday, April 21 from 3:30 pm -5:30 pm.

An artist’s lecture will take place on Saturday, June 23 at 3:30 pm
and is open to the public. It will be followed by a reception.

Taking bee colony collapse disorder as a point of departure,
this ceramic art installation will be a meditation
on otherness, ambivalence and disconnectedness.
 
The exhibit corresponds with the creation of a Pollinator Habitat Project
at Wisdom House this spring. The goal of the project is to attract
and support pollinators as well as benefit the larger ecosystem.

Ms. Bourke holds and MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts
and has been an Artist in Residence at East Hartford High School
as well as a teacher of pottery.  She has had solo exhibits in
Vermont, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Visit Cate Bourke’s website at:  www.catebourke.weebly.com

An artist’s lecture will take place on Saturday, June 23 at 3:30 pm
and is open to the public. It will be followed by a reception.
The exhibit will run through August 18.  
The gallery hours are Monday through Saturday
from 10 AM-4 PM.

For further information call (860) 567-3163

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Tracking the Timberdoodle in Literature
and Nature with Gerri Griswold
6:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Our evening begins by the fire (weather permitting) with a cozy potluck
supper and a beautiful story about the American Woodcock entitled,
 "Philohela" by avian artist Rex Brasher,  read by Gerri Griswold. After dinner
we'll head out onto the property in hopes of catching the divine mating
ritual of this "lover of bogs". Bring a pot luck dish, serving utensils,
and your own place setting! BYOB. Dessert and soft drinks will be provided.

6:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room,
Members: $15.00 Non-members: $30.00.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Call 860-567-0857 to register
or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org

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Goshen Players Present
"It Shoulda' Been You"
8:00 pm
Goshen Old Town Hall
Tickets available at Goshenplayers.org
or call 860.491.9988