Things to Do -  April 2018
April 22-28, 2018

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Morris Earth Day Clean-up
Morris Beach & Recreation
9:00 am-2:00 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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Earth Day Plant Sale
Northwest Conservation District
10:00 am-3:00 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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Vernal Pools
Litchfield Hills Junior Audubon
1:00-2:30 pm
Boyd Woods Sanctuary
 (Rain Date: April 29)
Vernal pools are wetland wonderlands full of amazing species of frogs,
toads, salamanders, egg masses, beetles, bugs, assorted birds,
 and possibly even a snake or turtle. Put on your water boots and get ready
 to get a bit wet and dirty while we discover the wonders
 of vernal pools with naturalist Donna Rose Smith.

Meet at the Boyd Woods Sanctuary
parking area on Route 254 in Litchfield.
contact Donna Rose Smith at 203-706-0474

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Bantam "Then and Now"
 Bantam Historical Society
2:00 pm
Bantam Borough Hall
The Bantam Historical Society will sponsor
 a Sunday afternoon program
"Bantam - Now and Then" on April 22nd at 2 p.m.
 in Bantam Borough Hall, 890 Bantam Road, Bantam.
A Power Point presentation will focus on changes to
historic sites and buildings in present day Bantam.
Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.
For more information please email:

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Free Speech
with Nadine Strossen
3:00 pm
Litchfield Historical Society
Please join the Litchfield Historical Society
in welcoming author Nadine Strossen
for a lecture on the First Amendment  
on Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m.
Debates on free speech and censorship were widespread in the 18th
and 19th centuries, and the discussion continues today. Nadine Strossen,
 president of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) from 1991 to 2008
will be discussing the First Amendment and her newest book,
HATE: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship.
 Local historian John Dasher will lead a Q&A discussion following the lecture.

Nadine Strossen is Professor of Constitutional Law at New York Law School
and the first woman national President of the American Civil Liberties Union,
where she served from 1991 through 2008. A frequent speaker on
constitutional and civil liberties issues, her media appearances
include 60 Minutes, CBS Sunday Morning, Today, Good Morning America,
The Daily Show, and other news programs on CNN, C-SPAN, Fox,
Al-Jazeera, and in Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy,
and Spain. Her op-eds have appeared in The New York Times,
The Washington Post, The Washington Times, and USA Today, among others.
HATE: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship
is published by Oxford University Press.

Free for members and $5 non-members
 or call (860) 567-4501
For more information about this or other programs,

The Litchfield Historical Society is located
at 7 South St., Litchfield, CT.
The exhibits re-open in April 2018.
The Litchfield Historical Society receives no funding from the town.
In an effort to better serve our community, the Litchfield History Museum
and the Tapping Reeve House & Law School offer free admission for all.
Participate in our shared history.

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Goshen Players Present
"It Shoulda' Been You"
3:00 pm
Goshen Old Town Hall
Tickets available at Goshenplayers.org
or call 860.491.9988

Monday, April 23, 2018
Continuing Activities - Mondays

Waking from Winter
Live, Learn, Lunch Series
11:00 am
Litchfield Community Center
LIVE, LEARN LUNCH SERIES presents “Waking Up From Winter”
on Monday April 23, 2018.  Mark Pillsbury, Orthopedic Doctor
 of Physical Therapy at Sharon Hospital, certified in vestibular rehabilitation
with a focus on balance and related issues will be at The Litchfield Community Center
for a fun, interactive lecture that will help community members to identify
environmental factors within the home as well as internal factors like flexibility,
strength and posture within the body to help decrease the chance of fall or injury.

The time for the presentation is 11:00am
with Q & A and light lunch at 11:45am.  
All programs in this series are Free.  
Pre-registration is required for all sessions
 by calling 860-567-8302

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Continuing Activities - Tuesdays

The Can Man, Redeemable Container Drive
7:00 am-3:00 pm
Litchfield Recycle Center
Read the book, The Can Man, then collect redeemables.
Participate as a family or with a civic organization.
Thank you to the East Litchfiled Village Improvement Society
 for sharing their space at the recycle center.
Redeemables collected.

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Tai Chi for Better Balance
10:30 - 11:30 am
Warren Community Center
Tuesdays, April 24 - May 1 & 8
 
These classes are designed on the
Tai Chi principles and will include warm-ups.
Tai Chi uses gentle flowing motions to strengthen
the body, relax the mind and reduce the risk of falls.
CLASSES are FREE!
MUST register with Parks and Recreation office
at 860-868-7881 ext. 113

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

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Spring Soccer for Tots
eight week program for ages 2-4
5:00-5:45 pm
Warren Community Field
Program starts on Tuesday April 24
and will run for 8 consecutive weeks.
Tuesday afternoons ~ 5:00-5:45 pm
This program is run by parent volunteers
and is conducted at the Warren Community Field.
In the event of inclement weather the
 program uses the Warren Community Center.
Cost is $25.00 per child. (includes t-shirt)
Registration form: CLICK HERE
For more information, please contact
Warren Parks and Recreation
at 860-868-7881 ext 113

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Spring Soccer for Tots
eight week program for ages 2-4
5:00–5:45 pm
Morris Beach and Recreation
beginning Tuesday, April 24
Introduce your toddler to the very basics
 of soccer in a fun, recreational format.  
Please contact Morris Beach and Recreation to register.
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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Film: Farmers for America
Wamogo FFA
6:00-8:00 pm
Wamogo HS Auditorium
RSVP Victoria Christian: vchristian@rsd6.org

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Fiction Book Club
7:00-8:00 pm
Morris Public Library
4 North St, Morris, CT 06763
Join our Fiction Book Club group for their
next meeting on Tuesday, April 24, at 7 PM.
The participants will discuss
Weekend Warriors by Fern Michaels.

To register and reserve your copy:
860-567-7440
For more information, please visit
or call the Library at 860-567-7440.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Continuing Activities - Wednesdays

KIDS Community Crafts
3:30-5:30 pm
Litchfield Community Center
CRAFTERNOON!
After School Arts and Crafts for ALL Students!
Come to pick your kids up at 5:30 but STAY for dinner!
Stick around for a family dinner at 5:30pm
 immediately following Crafternoons.
Crafternoons presented in part by Artist and Illustrator Rose Petruzzi!
She enjoys teaching art and the creative process to adults and children
 of all levels and abilities. She has illustrated numerous children's
 books and readers, and has been a contributing illustrator
to Herb Quarterly for 22 years. www.rosepetruzzi.com
* Pre-registration appeciated
Cost: FREE!
Note: $3.00pp credit card processing
fee will be added to your order.
For more info call 860-567-8302

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Family Dinner
5:30-7:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Enjoy a relaxing meal and social time!
Tonight's menu: Chicken, vegetables and potato.
FREE!
Hosted by Food Rescue US NW CT
and Litchfield Community Center.
Donations welcome!
For more info call 860-567-8302

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Litchfield Town Budget Hearing
7:00 pm
Litchfield Intermediate School Auditorium
Litchfield voters will have a chance to comment on a proposed
town budget of $31.2 million for 2018-19 at an upcoming public hearing.
The Board of Finance on Monday moved the spending plan to the
public hearing set for April 25. Monday’s meeting saw the board adopt
 proposed education and capital budgets in the wake of a proposed
Board of Selectmen budget being adopted on March 12.

The proposed budget of $31,277,204 is $123,754, or 0.4 percent,
higher than the current budget of $31,153,450 and reflects a successful
effort by town and school officials to keep costs under control.

The proposed Board of Education budget of $18,993,526 shows
an increase of just $60,000, or 0.3 percent, over the current budget
 of $18,933,526. The increase is due to the board’s decision to
 maintain the Spanish program at the intermediate school.

The Board of Selectmen’s proposed budget of $8,152,258 shows no increase
 in spending over the board’s current budget. Proposed capital improvements
 spending of $2.9 million and debt payment totals $4,131,420.

Thursday, April 26, 2018
Continuing Activities - Thursdays

DAWG Training  
6:00-8:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center

 
D.A.W.G =
Diagnose the problem.
Address the problem.
Work through the problem.
Go forward.

DonoLou K9 Connection will be
starting a 6 week training class!
You will learn proper leash walking,
 impulse control, body language and leadership.
Dogs should be 6 months or older and require up to date rabies,
distemper and bordetella in order to attend the class.

This training class is only open to 4 dogs so register here online,
or call call us at 860 567 8302 to reserve your spot.
For info on trainer, you may reach her at -
Chelsea Patenaude to reserve your spot @ 203-592-1305,
or email her at chelseaschult@gmail.com

* PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Cost: $185  
For more info call 860-567-8302

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Warren Open Basketball
6:30-8:00 pm
Warren School
13 and older - This includes adults.
Thursdays, April 26, May 3, 10. 17

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

Friday, April 27, 2018
Continuing Activities - Fridays

Friday Feast and Dancing Feet
12:00-2:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Join us on the 3rd Friday of each month
for a light lunch, music and dancing.
Music this month: Ron Murray
Music made possible by the NW CT Community Foundation
& Litchfield Community Center Music Fund.
* Registration is required.
Cost: $7.00 pp
For more info call 860-567-8302

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28th Annual Museum Sleep-In
5:00 pm
Friday, April 27 ~ 5:00 pm until
Saturday, April 28 ~ 12:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Kids in Grades 4-6: If you enjoy the night sky, exploring the outdoors,
and meeting new friends, then join us for the 28th Annual Museum Sleep-In
at White Memorial. You'll get to sleep near the snakes, turtles, and bees
in the Museum, as well as make nature crafts, scoop for pond critters,
 learn what creatures go bump in the night, and enjoy some yummy food.
You might want to watch out for some special surprises too!
 It will be like a real-life "Night at the Museum!"

Limited space, so don't miss out!
This is a kids-only event made possible
by the Education and Activities Committee.
Meet in the Museum.
The event goes from 5pm Friday night
- 12 noon Saturday morning.

Advanced registration required.
To register, please call 860-567-0857
Registration begins March 15
and must be received by April 20.
Members: $60/child, Non-Members: $120/child

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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 28, 2018

The Can Man, Redeemable Container Drive
 7:00 am-3:00 pm
Litchfield Recycle Center
Read the book, The Can Man, then collect redeemables.
Participate as a family or with a civic organization.
Thank you to the East Litchfiled Village Improvement Society
 for sharing their space at the recycle center.
Redeemables collected.

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Litchfield Earth Day Clean-up
9:00 am-12:00 pm
White Memorial
The Rotary Club of Litchfield-Morris is sponsoring the
annual Earth Day cleanup in conjunction with the Town of Litchfield,
 the Litchfield Recycling Committee and the Litchfield Energy Task Force.
 Any volunteers that want to help clean up Litchfield,
can meet at the White’s Woods Mott-Van Winkle Barn to pick up maps,
safety vests, garbage bags and disposable gloves.
At noon, everyone can meet back at the barn to enjoy hot dogs,
sodas and fellowship as we celebrate Earth Day in Litchfield!
More info: 860-567-7575

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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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Craft Fair
Morris Congregational Church
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Morris Community Center
East Street, Morris
Morris Congregational Church will hold its first ever craft fair on
Saturday, April 28 from 10-3 at the Morris Community Center.
A wide variety of items will be offered for sale, including,
but not limited to baskets; quilts; jewelry; fairy gardens;
candles; paintings; doggie items and woodworking.

A homemade soup and sandwich luncheon will be
offered for purchase during the fair.  A tag sale will be
included across the parking lot in the Fellowship Hall
of the Morris Congregational Church.  

You will find bargains galore at that stop.
Come celebrate spring with us.
  For more information, please call
Zoe Greenwood 860-567-9182

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Springtime Stroll through Catlin Woods
with Marlow Shami
10:00 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
Wander over Chickadee Bridge and across White's Woods Road into the
Old Growth Forest of Catlin Woods. Marlow will lead you down a
decommissioned trail to a world often filled with natural treasures.
 Be on the lookout for mink, otter scat, and beavers. Listen for all of
the beautiful birds which fill this lovely forest in springtime.

10:00 a.m.  Meet in front of the Museum.
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
 the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

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8th Annual Shane Kinsella
Memorial Road Race
to Benefit SIDS Awareness
11:00 am
Camp Cochipianee, Goshen
For the eighth year, the Kinsella-Hooper families will host
their annual fundraiser for First Candle.  First Candle is a national
organization committed to research on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
and other infant deaths. It also provides parents and families
with key information and support after the loss of a baby.  First Candle
 is committed to promote safe pregnancies and the survival of babies.  
Shane Morehouse Kinsella died in May 2008 of SIDS, which still remains
the cause of death to more than 2,300 babies a year for no explainable reason.

Pre-Registration:
Individual ~ $20
Family ~ $50
After 4/22/18
individual registration is $25
T-shirts & prizes

April 28th will include a timed 5 mile run and a 2 mile walk starting
 at 11 AM at Camp Cochipianee on Beach Street in Goshen.
Registration can be done on line at http://aratrace.com
or by mail or on race day starting at 9:30 AM.

There will be activities for children as well as a free
Goshen Recreation sponsored Kids' Fun Run starting at 10 AM.
We hope you will bring a picnic and stay after the race to celebrate
 Shane's life and the life of the great community of Goshen.
Contact: Britton Kinsella at 860 618-2487

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Walk to End Alzheimer's Kick-Off
11:00 am-2:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
For more info call 860-567-8302

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International Lunch
League of Women Voters of Litchfield County
"Putin's Wars: Grand Strategy and Creative Chaos"
Guest Speaker: Dr. James Hatt, PhD
12:00 pm
Litchfield Country Club
256 Old South Road, Litchfield
Dr. James Hatt, will explore how President Putin is using bombs,
bots and psych ops to compel us to attack each other and doubt
the values of our democratic republic.  These methods are not new.  
Dr. Hatt experienced them personally, during his 20 years of working
to set up the telephone system in the former Soviet bloc states.
He had dealings with many Russian officials including
 Vladimir Putin, who was then mayor of St Petersburg.

Currently, Hatt is writing “Playing Chess with Putin: Memoir of an Accidental Spy.”  
Using excerpts from his manuscript, and adapting his powerful knowledge
to current events as they evolve, Hatt will enlighten us on Russian strategies,
past and present, and how they affect our democracy.
Hatt resides in the Berkshires, and has been consulting with
companies to help them overcome difficulties doing business in Russia.

$35.00 ~ Please Reserve by April 19
Send check: LWV of LC, Box 899, Litchfield, 06759
Contact: Jackie Miller 860-491-2734
The League of Women Voters of Litchfield County is a grassroots,
nonpartisan political organization of women and men.

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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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Comedy Nite
Live on Stage
8:00 pm
St. Thomas of Villanova Church
North Street, Goshen
Veronica Mosey will be hosting the event featuring Dave Konig
 and headliner Ross Bennett with music by Joe Varveri.
Show starts at 8:00 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm.
Bring your own food and beverage.
 Compiementary coffee and mixers will be provided.
For tickets contact Don Nardozzi 860-491-3286.

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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