Things to Do -  August 2017
August 20-26, 2017

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Continuing Activities - Tuesdays

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Continuing Activities - Wednesdays

Litchfield Summer Concert
"The Kenn Morr Band"
Litchfield Parks and Recreation
6:30 pm
Litchfield Green
Litchfield Parks and Recreation is proud to announce
 the return of the summer concert series to the  
Litchfield Green on Wednesday evenings.
Bring a folding chair, sit back and relax
for a quintessential New England evening.
The concerts are free, no pets are allowed
on the green, unless they are service dogs.
Everyone is urged to take their trash
 off the green after the show.
Concert-goers are reminded that there is no alcohol, open fires,
dogs or other pets on the green. August concerts begin at 6:30 p.m.
Listen to WZBG, FM 97.3 for news on cancellations.
 For more information, please contact
Litchfield Parks and Recreation at (860) 567-7569.

Thursday, August 24, 2017
Continuing Activities - Thursdays

Day Trip: Hammonassett Beach & Lunch
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Litchfield Community Center
 
Enjoy lunch on your own at Bill's Seafood
on the Singing Bridge in Westbrook, then spend the
afternoon reading, walking, fishing or just relaxing
on the beach or visit the newly expanded Nature Center.
Depart on the LCC van at 10:00 am,
lunch from 11:30 am -12:30 pm,
beach time from 1:00 - 4:00 pm,
 return approximately 5:30 pm.
Limited to 14 seats,
pre-registration is required.
Cost: $5.00 per person  
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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Nature's Nursery Series
(Ages 3-6)
4:00-5:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Join us on one Thursday per month for an hour-long
program designed just for children 3-6 years old.
Every session will include a story, an encounter
with a live animal, and an activity or craft.
Bring your young nature lovers out to White Memorial
for a jam-packed hour of hands-on learning.
Parents, we ask that you stay for the duration of the program.
Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 4-5 p.m.
Advanced registration is required.
Space is limited and fills up quickly.
To register, please call 860-567-0857
Members: $7/child per session,
Non-Members $12/child per session

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"Art in Your Heart" ~ Paint & Wine
6:00-8:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Enjoy an evening designed to inspire your creativity!
No experience necessary - we will custooOmize each artist's
journey to create their original masterpiece, while stimulating the
creative process that promotes holistic health, develops
brain function, expresses emotion and awakens the
senses-connecting you to the universe and beyond.
Bring your own design or choose one of ours.
Easy, expert instruction and all supplies provided.
Bring friends, and bring your own wine!
Cost: $35
* Bring your own wine/beverage!
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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2017 Summer XC Series
Litchfield Parks and Recreation
6:30 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
It's time to dust off your racing shoes for the 2017 Summer Cross Country Series
 with Litchfield Parks and Recreation. The White's Woods Cross Country Series
will kick off on Thursday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m. at White Memorial.
This popular series of races offers 2K, 3K,  4K and  5K races for all ages.
The races are run on the trails and fields of White Memorial.
The races start and finish in the large
"activity field" near the rear of the museum.
It's a great way to stay in shape and have fun with the friends and family.
And it's very affordable with the entry fee being $2.00 per event.
The races will be held every Thursday, weather permitting, through August.
The age groups are: 8 and under, 9-11, 12-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39,
 40-49, 50-59, 60 and over for male and females!!!
Parking for the event will be at a premium, so please arrive early!
Timing By: SUNSTROKE TIMING SYSTEMS
Marathon Bob & 5k Dave

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You Don’t Look Your Age…And Other Fairy Tales
with Author Sheila Nevins
7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Sheila Nevins is the best friend you never knew you had. She is your
discreet confidante you can tell any secret to, your sage mentor at work who
helps you navigate the often uneven playing field, your wise sister who has
 “been there, done that,” your hysterical girlfriend whose stories about men
will make you laugh until you cry. Sheila Nevins is the one person who always
tells it like it is. In You Don’t Look Your Age, the famed documentary producer
 finally steps out from behind the camera and takes her place front and center.
In these pages you will read about the real life challenges of being a
woman in a man’s world, what it means to be a working mother, what it’s like
to be an older woman in a youth-obsessed culture, the sometimes changing,
 often sweet truth about marriages, what being a feminist really means, and
that you are in good company if your adult children don’t return your phone calls.
Sheila Nevins has a BA from Barnard and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama,
and is a television producer and the President of HBO Documentary Films.
She has produced over one thousand documentary films for HBO and
is one of the most influential people in documentary filmmaking.
She has worked on productions that have been recognized with
32 Primetime Emmy Awards, 34 News and Doc Emmy Awards,
42 Peabody Awards, and 26 Academy Awards. Nevins has won
32 individual Primetime Emmy Awards, more than any other person. 
A wine & cheese reception will follow.
The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for sale & signing.
Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

Friday, August 25, 2017
Continuing Activities - Fridays

Day Trip: IT Ropes Course
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
 
Adventure Indoor Ropes Course
Enjoy the IT Ropes Course, Zip IT Zip Lines
and Jump IT Free-Fall Simulation.
Afterwards, enjoy lunch at Blaze Pizza
and ice cream at Scoop It.
Depart on LCC van at 9:30 am
and return approximately 3:00 pm.
Youth must be 48" tall to participate.
* Limited to 12, pre-registration
and pre-payment required.
Cost: $45.00 pp  
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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Star Party
(Solar Eclipse)
8:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
This astronomy program is organized by members of the Litchfield Hills
Amateur Astronomy Club and the Mattatuck Astronomical Society.

The Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club will begin its August 25
 star party with a discussion & display of photos of Monday's solar eclipse.
In Connecticut we will only a partial eclipse, but in other parts of the country
 the Sun will be completely obscured (eclipsed) by the Moon for as long
as 2 minutes, 48 seconds.  We'll discuss the eclipse and show photos.  
Members of the public are welcome to bring and show photos as well.

Talk starts in the AB Ceder room at 8:00 PM.
 After the talk there will be stargazing
at the observatory if the weather permits.  
Free and open to the public.  
Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  
Dress warmly, as even in the summer it may be chilly.
The club holds regular star parties at White Memorial.
For more details, see the club calendar at lhastro.org
or email the club at lhaacsec@gmail.com.

You are invited to bring your own telescope or binoculars.
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses

Saturday, August 26, 2017
Continuing Activities - Saturdays

Exploring Spruce Hill and Schermerhorn Hill
with Gerri Griswold
2:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Spend some quality time discovering the beautiful twists and turns,
 stone walls and bridges, and plant and animal life which are so
abundant throughout this beautiful property. Carry a little
afternoon snack and we'll dine alfresco by the stream.
2:00 P.M., Meet in front of the A.B. Ceder Room.
FREE … Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

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Jen Chapin Trio Benefit Concert
to end hunger
7:00 pm
St. Michael's Parish
25 South St, Litchfield
Jen Chapin, singer, songwriter, and activist, will bring her trio,
with Stephan Crump on acoustic bass and Jamie Fox on electric guitar,
to Litchfield to perform a concert to benefit WhyHunger and several
local organizations that are providing food to those in need.  
She continues the work of her late father, Harry Chapin, who founded
WhyHunger in 1975 to end hunger and bring justice to all.

The benefit concert will take place at St. Michael's Parish,
25 South St, Litchfield, on Saturday, August 26 at 7 p.m.  

Admission is $20. Additional donations are welcome.  
All the proceeds of the concert will be shared by
WhyHunger, The Goshen Green Garden, Food Rescue
US NWCT, and the Food Pantry at St Michael's.  
A reception following the concert will offer more information
 about these groups and how to support their work.

WhyHunger champions innovative, community-based solutions
to hunger and poverty.  The Goshen Green Garden grows and donates
fresh food from its garden.  Volunteers from Food Rescue US NWCT
pick up food that would otherwise be wasted, and deliver it to local
food pantries and soup kitchens.  The Food Pantry at St Michael's
opens its doors on the third Saturday of the month to provide non-perishable
 food, frozen meals and fresh baked goods, eggs and vegetables to all in need.

And the need is real.  Even in northwest Connecticut, at least 10%
of our neighbors and 16% of our children are food insecure:  
They have to choose between paying for housing, medicine,
transportation, or food.  Many who receive government food assistance
 run out of the benefits before the end of the month, and many families
that earn too much to qualify for government food assistance programs
still struggle to make ends meet.  Then the food they can afford is
 less nutritious than more costly, healthy food.  So volunteer and faith
based groups are stepping in to address these gaps in the food system.

Jen Chapin's music speaks to these issues:  It expresses her ongoing
passion to learn more about the world, and its emerging pathways to
greater social justice.  It is urban folk soul - story songs that search
for community and shared meaning.   Critics have hailed her work as
 "brilliant.. soulfully poetic" (NPR), "thoughtful … worth-savoring"
(People), "addictive" (Boston Globe), "smart, observant, lyrically deft,
politically aware and emotionally intuitive" (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel).
JazzTimes has called her "a first-rate storyteller" while Relix regards
her as "one of the freshest voices singing today."

To reserve tickets, visit  www.stmichaels-litchfield.org
for an order form, or call St Michael's at 860 567 9465
 to have one sent to you.  Donations may be sent to:
"Goshen Green Garden - Chapin Concert"
ATTN: Goshen Green Garden
Church of Christ Congregational,
5 Old Middle St, Goshen, Ct 06756

To learn more about hunger in the Northwest Corner, read
"Starved for Attention - Food Insecurity in Northwest Connecticut"
For more about Jen Chapin - jenchapin.com
For more about WhyHunger - whyhunger.org
Contact: Barbara Putnam, 860 567 4465

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Warren Outdoor Movie
Beauty & the Beast
Time TBA
Warren Town Beach
Check town website for start time.
For more information, please contact
Warren Parks and Recreation
at 860-868-7881 ext 113