Things to Do -  December 2017
December 17-23, 2017

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Monthly Breakfast with Santa
Northfield Volunteer Fire Company
7:30 - 11:30 am
Northfield Firehouse
12 Knife Shop Rd., Northfield
Come have breakfast and let the kids visit with Santa from 9 - 10:30.
Choose Eggs any style, Pancakes, or French Toast,
served with Bacon or Sausage, Home fries and Toast.
Regular $6, Children $4, Hungry Man $7.

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Litchfield Hills Audubon Society
Christmas Bird Count
White Memorial Conservation Center
For more information contact

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Goshen Farmers Market
Holiday Markets
1:00 - 4:00 pm
St. Thomas Church Hall
Rt. 63N, Goshen
The Goshen Farmers Market is once again holding Sunday afternoon
Holiday Markets from 1-4 at the St. Thomas Church Hall on 63N in Goshen.  
The market is designed to provide local seasonal produce for
the holidays, as well as quality handcrafted gifts made locally.

Starting on the 19th, they will have all the fixings for a lovely local
Thanksgiving Feast:  potatoes, squash, beets, carrots, brussel sprouts,
garlic, herbs, as well as greenery for holiday decorating. Gift items include
handmade pens, jewelry, soaps, salves, and canned items like relishes
and infused olive oils. Handcrafted fabric and wool items will also be on sale.
Coffee, and hot lunch items will be served, along with holiday goodies
 including our exclusive homemade Lebanese pastries and gourmet shortbreads.
Gluten free granola and muffins will be available for health conscious snackers.

The market will be held every Sunday until December 17.
Some special events in December will include
a Pierogie Making Workshop and a
Healthy Eating Through the Holidays talk.
GFM Holiday Market is still accepting
vendors of quality locally produced items.
See the website for details:  

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Celebration and Reception Honoring
Sister Rosemarie Greco, DW
 2:00-5:00 pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center announces a
celebration of gratitude for 27 years of service to Wisdom House
and the Litchfield Community for retiring Executive Director,
Rosemarie Greco, DW, on Sunday, December 17, 2017 from 2-5 pm.  
There will be a short program from 3:00-3:30 pm.  
            Sister Greco, a native of Brooklyn, NY,  entered the novitiate
of the Daughters of Wisdom in Litchfield in 1963.  She holds an MA
degree in Theology from Manhattan College, NY and completed
Doctoral Studies in Theology at the Pontifical University Marianum,
and the Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton, Ohio.
She studied Liturgical Music composition at Loyola University,
 New Orleans, Louisiana.  In the mid-1960s, she began composing
music for the Catholic liturgy which was later published
and recorded by the Daughters of Wisdom.

            Prior to serving at Wisdom House, she was Diocesan Director
of Religious Education in Pueblo, Colorado, lecturer in church history,
Katigondo National Seminary and Makerere University, Kampala,
Uganda and Catechist Trainer in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY.
Sister Greco’s homily commentaries and scripture reflections have been
published by the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan, Quest (Archdiocese of Hartford),
and other pastoral ministry publications and aired on WJMJ 88.9 FM.
She was the Wisdom Correspondent  for Hartford's Conference
of Churches' program, "Rich Answers" on WRCH 100.5 FM.

            Sister Greco was a member of the Daughters of Wisdom Board of Directors,
the National Advisory Committee for Adult Education and the
National Conference of Diocesan Directors of Religious Education.

           Since beginning her ministry in Litchfield, she has held membership
and board positions with the Community Council of Northwest
Connecticut and the Litchfield County Women’s Network. She joined the
Litchfield Area Business Association, and the Chamber of Commerce
 of Northwest Connecticut. She also has served on the Town of Litchfield’s
Plan of Conservation & Development, its Ethics Committee, and Commission
 for the Aging. Since 1994, she has been a volunteer interfaith
chaplain at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, Torrington.

            Sister Greco held the position of Executive Director at Wisdom House
 from 1990-2017. Wisdom House was the first retreat house in
 Connecticut to have an outdoor labyrinth and a  permanent art gallery
 (Marie Louise Trichet Gallery).  She initiated the installation of solar panels
 at Wisdom House, contemporary chapel art windows, and renovation
of the historic Spruce Brook Barn. In 1999, she introduced the annual
Wisdom Award celebration honoring the lives and service of area volunteers.
During her tenure she has been responsible for making the center an
 inclusive interfaith and intercultural retreat center for organizations
seeking  accommodations and meeting space.  She spearheaded the
evolution of the center as a locus for creative programs in the arts,
interfaith understanding, education in contemporary issues, and
 labyrinth experiences.  Sister Greco also initiated guidelines for
environmental sustainability which affected many facets
of the retreat center’s operations and mission.

The public is invited to attend.
Please RSVP by December 10.
by calling (860) 567-3163
Wisdom House is located at:
229 East Litchfield Rd., Litchfield, CT

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Llama Walk
with Debbie Labbe
from Country Quilt Llama Farm
2:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Come and take a one hour walk with a llama on a beautiful trail!
The cost is $20 per person with a percentage donated
 to the White Memorial Conservation Center.  

2:00 P.M., Meet in the Museum parking lot.
Call Debbie from Country Quilt Llama Farm at 860-248-0355
to pre-register or to schedule your very own private llama walk.

Monday, December 18, 2017
Continuing Activities - Mondays

Evaluating Senior Living Options
10:00-11:00 am
Litchfield Community Center
Keystone Place at Newbury Brook will be on hand to answer
questions about everything from the variety of available
senior housing options to how to determine the right fit.
Allen S. Miloff, Director of Community Relations will be presenting.
Continental breakfast will be provided.
Cost: Free and open to the public
* Pre-registration is required
For more info call 860-567-8302

Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Continuing Activities - Tuesdays

Tools and Tips for Living With Chronic Pain
Lunch & Learn ~ FREE!
12:00 pm
 Morris Senior Center
This month's Lunch & Learn is being sponsored by VNA NW.  
Topic: Tools and Tips for Living With Chronic Pain.  
Catered lunch provided.
 Registration required by contacting the
 Morris Senior Center at 860-567-7437.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Continuing Activities - Wednesdays

Quilts that Care
(1st & 3rd Wednesdays)
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Quilts that Care is a dynamic group of volunteers that
make and donate handmade quilts to cancer patients.
These quilts are distributed by the social workers currently
at 8 cancer treatment facilities in CT and growing.
 You don't have to be a quilter to join us.
We need volunteers to iron, cut and organize fabric.
All materials are supplied to us.
We have pre-made quilt kits available for those who
cannot make the meetings but would like to participate.
 Subsequent meetings will be held on the
 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month.
For more info, please call
Deb Van Steenberge at 860-945-0184
For more info call 860-567-8302

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Earth Film & Soup Supper
 6:30 pm Soup ~ 7:00 pm Film
Goshen Church of Christ Congregational
5 Old Middle St., Goshen, CT
FREE! ~ Film: “A Time To Choose”
TIME TO CHOOSE also delivers a clear message to audiences:
we can take action to stop this global threat. It is the first major
film to offer compelling stories of the innovators, leaders and average
people fighting on the front lines for a cleaner, more sustainable world.

Its scope is truly global, with footage and interviews from five continents.
The film’s investigation of the true costs of fossil fuels and industrialized
agriculture takes audiences inside the drivers of these global phenomena.
Audiences meet Appalachian residents suffering from coal-poisoned waters,
descend into the dangerous coal pits of China, see the red night skies
of Nigeria’s oil and gas lands, and hear from courageous officials fighting
corruption and deforestation in Indonesia. Through these portraits
and more, Ferguson shows the toll the status quo is
taking on human lives and the world around us.

But TIME TO CHOOSE also features world-renowned entrepreneurs, innovators,
and thought leaders who point the way to a better world. Lyndon Rive,
CEO of SolarCity and Nobel Prize winner Muhammed Yunus show viewers
how citizens around the globe are accessing affordable renewable energy,
while Dr. Jane Goodall connects climate to the places and animals we love.
Governor Jerry Brown urges leaders to join the path to sustainability
and Chinese wind and solar manufacturers discuss how they’ve built
some of the largest renewable energy installations in the world. Plus,
 regular people from around the world talk about winning fights to save
 their communities from the effects of fossil fuels and industrial agriculture.

TIME TO CHOOSE leaves audiences understanding not only
what is wrong, but what needs to be done to fix it. It looks squarely
at our unique common moment on earth, with an eye
 to helping change the course of human history.
Phone: 860-491-2793
Office Hours: Tues. - Thurs. 10am-12pm

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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, December 21, 2017
Continuing Activities - Thursdays

CJR Campus Tour
10:00 am
Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR)
The Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) recently announced that
monthly tours of its Litchfield Campus will be offered for those interested
 in learning more about its programs and services.

The Junior Republic's 150-acre campus is located 2.5 miles north of the
 center of Litchfield on Route 63.  Tours will include the Cable Academic
and Vocational Education Center, the Michael P. Mortara Family Center
 and Wellness Center for Children, Youth and Families, the Bertha M. Wheeler
Gymnasium and Pool Complex, the Robert W. Loomis
Agricultural Center (CJR Farm), and a cottage residence.

Reservations for each tour date are requested
and may be made by calling the CJR Development Office
(860-567-9423, ext. 252) no later than the Tuesday
afternoon preceding each tour date.
 For further information, please contact Hedy Barton,
Director of Development and Public Relations
 (860) 567-9423, extension 252;
 or by email: hbarton@cjryouth.org.

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"Blue Christmas" Ceremony
7:00 pm
Litchfield United Methodist Church
The United Methodist Church of Litchfield will hold an
interfaith service of hope and remembrance
 at 7:00 pm on Thursday, December 21.  
For those who find rejoicing to be hard, this service
offers hope and courage for the season.  

The church is at 69 West Street in Litchfield,
at the western end of the Green.  
For more information, please visit the church's
web site at litchfieldumc.org
or call the church at 860-567-5022.

Friday, December 22, 2017
Continuing Activities - Fridays

Saturday, December 23, 2017

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:

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Holiday Local Craft Sale
12:00-5:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Cost: Free and open to the public
Kick off the holidays with original pieces just in time for the holidays!
Original prints and drawings by Dan Antonucci.
Handmade woodworking by Jim Moore.
Open bar and appetizers, most prices under $100.00.
Free hugs
For more info call 860-567-8302