Things to Do - October  2018
October 21-27, 2018

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Northfield Volunteer Fire Company Breakfast
Sunday, October 21 ~ 7:30-11:00 am
Northfield Firehouse
The Northfield Volunteer Fire Company will be having a Breakfast
on Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 7:30am-11:00am at the
Northfield Firehouse. You can choose any of the following three
breakfasts: all you can eat at $7, a regular breakfast at $6,
or a children’s breakfast for $4. The Fire Company will be serving pancakes,
french toast, eggs, sausage, and homefries. The Northfield Firehouse
 is located on 12 Knife Shop Road, Northfield CT 06778. Any questions
 please call the Northfield Firehouse at (860)283-9303.

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Cars for Kids Automobile Show
Sunday, October 21~ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR)
On Sunday, October 14, the Valley Collector Car Club (VCCC),
and the Litchfield Hills Historical Automobile Club (LHHAC) will
collaborate with the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) in presenting
the 6th Annual Cars for Kids Automobile Show.  This event will be held
on the Junior Republic's Litchfield Campus on Route 63, from
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, with gates opening at 8:00 AM for exhibitors.  
The rain date for the event is Sunday, October 21.  

Exhibitor bags will be provided for the first 200 show car registrants.  
The first 100 exhibitors to register will also receive a dashboard plaque.  
Show car entries are $10 per car.  More than 20 trophies and awards will be
presented at approximately 2:15 PM.  Spectator admission is $5 per car.

A variety of breakfast items and a luncheon consisting of a choice
of a pulled pork or breaded chicken breast sandwich plate will be
served in CJR's D'Assern Dining Room.  A Food Court will offer a variety
 of foods to "eat on the go," including hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn,
pretzels and ice cream sandwiches.  The Litchfield Aid of CJR will offer
home-baked cakes, cookies and other delicious items at its Bake Sale.

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Semi-annual Tag Sale
Sunday, October 21 ~ 11:30 am
(after Mass) until 2:00 pm
Lourdes in Litchfield
 Donated items may be dropped off at Pilgrim Hall
on Tues. & Wed., Oct. 16 & 17, 9am to 4pm.
All donated items must be in good condition
 & all electronic items must be in working order.  
NO UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE
OR MATTRESSES will be accepted.

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Lecture: The Legal Philosophy of
Judge Tapping Reeve:
Founder of America's First Law School
By Boston College Law School
Research Scholar Ronald Chester
Sunday, October 21 ~ 3:00 pm
Litchfield History Museum
Ronald Chester of Boston College Law School will give a talk on
The Legal Philosophy of Tapping Reeve at the Litchfield Historical Society.
Professor Chester has taught and written about American Legal History
and Legal Thought at various law schools. In his lecture, he discusses
Reeve's importance as a transitional figure in the movement of early
American law. He will highlight Reeve's progressive, activist views
concerning the rights both of married women and of enslaved people,
 as evidenced in Reeve's publication The Law of Baron and Femme and
 through his work on Elizabeth Freeman's (Mum Bett) case for her freedom.

Free for members; $5 non-members
Reception to follow.
Registration is required.
Payment is required with registration.
Register by emailing the Historical Society
 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.

Monday, October 22, 2018
Continuing Activities - Mondays

Warren Lunch and Learn
What I Need to Know About My Electric Choices   
Monday, October 22  ~ 11:00 am
Warren Community Center
This session is designed to offer groups of any age a chance to learn
about their own individual choices when it comes to electric suppliers in CT.
Participants are asked to bring their electric bills to the session so they
 may review and understand its components. Participants will then
 learn how to make informed decisions based on their own unique
situations and where to go for the most reliable
CT electric supplier information and data.
Session starts at 11:00 AM and will run for 45 minutes.
After the program we will lunch.

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

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Cognition Ignition
Live, Learn, Lunch  
Monday, October 22 ~ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm  
Litchfield Community Center
Cynthia Hamel from the Lutheran Home will present Cognition Ignition.
This session focuses on self-care for the aging brain. It is a brief
educational piece on keeping your brain active. All attendees will also
 take home a large print puzzle book. The program is designed to
provide information for keeping your brain healthy,
 and active, along with tips for the care of others.

* FREE! Walk-ins welcome ~ Pre-reg for lunch!
Join us for a light lunch and enlightening presentations
on healthy living topics to benefit you and/or someone you love!
Free & Open to the Public
Pre-registration required to be included in lunch count
*Presentation 11:00 a.m. *Lunch with Q & A 11:45 a.m.

For more info call 860-567-8302

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Region 6 Town Tour
Monday, October 22 ~ 6:00 pm
Morris Town Hall
 Goal: To share district information.
Agenda topics :
1) Academic Performance for 2018
2) Capital Improvement Updates
3) Q & A
There is great district success to celebrate, important news to share,
and a conversation to continue. These tours are one of my favorite
events during the year. I look forward to seeing old friends, meeting
new friends, and seeing as many people as possible in the coming tour.
~ Regards, Chris Leone, Region 6 Superintendent

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Continuing Activities - Tuesdays

Region 6 Town Tour
Tuesday, October 23 ~ 6:00 pm
Warren Town Hall
 Goal: To share district information.
Agenda topics :
1) Academic Performance for 2018
2) Capital Improvement Updates
3) Q & A
There is great district success to celebrate, important news to share,
and a conversation to continue. These tours are one of my favorite
events during the year. I look forward to seeing old friends, meeting
new friends, and seeing as many people as possible in the coming tour.
~ Regards, Chris Leone, Region 6 Superintendent

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The Last Thunk
with Author Gerard Farrell
Tuesday, October 23 ~ 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
THUNK! It’s the sweet sound an ad-packed magazine makes when it’s
dropped on a table. At glitzy Carlyle Nash Media, it’s the sound of success.
And star publisher Mitch Blake has been happily hearing it for a decade.

But when the heavily hyped debut issue of World Magazine gets
panned in the press and advertisers start to flee, Mitch must control
 the damage. Can he right the ship and protect his reputation? Or will
both be sunk by Paul Cavanaugh, a hard-drinking, paranoid,
stress-prone staffer who has stolen an item Mitch needs
 back to avert disaster: a miniature beach ball.

One part pre-recession satire, one part diary of a marketing
man coming undone, The Last Thunk is a story of betrayal and friendship,
 love and survival in the crazy, gritty, glamorous world of magazine
 advertising...as told by the beach-ball thief himself.

Gerard Farrell has worked in the magazine industry since the late 90s
for brands including The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Allure, and the
 ill-fated business magazine Condé Nast Portfolio. His short humor has
appeared in the literary anthology The Man Who Ate His Book,
 and he is a frequent contributor to the literary webzine Ducts.
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.

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Town of Litchfield Public Hearing
Tuesday, October 23 ~ 7:00 pm
Bantam Borough Hall
$7.6 million plan to convert the former Litchfield County Courthouse
 into a town hall and a proposal to give the former Bantam School
to the Litchfield Housing Trust. Presentations will be made by the
Greater Litchfield Preservation Trust and the Litchfield Housing Trust.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Continuing Activities - Wednesdays

Family Dinner
Wednesday, October 24 ~ 5:00 - 6:45 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Cost: Free
For more info call 860-567-8302

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Full Moon Drumming for Peace
Wednesday, October 24 ~ 5:45 - 6:45 pm
Goshen Church of Christ Congregational
Drumming for Peace at sunset on the evening of the full moon
takes place at Church of Christ Congregational, 5 Old Middle Street,
at the intersection of Routes 4 and 63 in Goshen, CT.
Come and join us as we send the energy created
by our drumming out into the universe for world peace.
Bring your own drum/s or use one of the drums
or rhythm instruments that will be available.

Participants may bring their own drums or use the
 drums and rhythm instruments that will be provided.
Any type of hand drum may be used.
All drummers or people who would like to become
drummers are welcome; no experience is necessary.

Drumming for Peace is a program begun by Drums Around the World.
The concept is that drummers will drum for peace in their time zone for
about an hour sending the energy that is created out into the universe for
world peace and then other drummers will begin drumming in their time zone
and thus pass the drumming around the globe.
MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH
Contact: Susan A. Strand
860-482-6940

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The Cookbook Club
Halloween Appetizer & Dessert Potluck
Wednesday, October 24 ~ 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Do you have any recipes that look spooky but taste delicious?
“Devilish Eggs?” “Jalapeno Mummies?” How about a “Blue Cheese Brain Bowl?”
We are overflowing with fun ideas if you need some recommendations
 and we will also have a display of Halloween-themed
cookbooks beginning a month before the program.

Join Librarians Jordan McCorison and Patricia Moore for an entertaining
potluck dinner of delicious food and delightful conversation.
We encourage you to bring a dish to share, but if you run out of time
 to cook, never fear, just bring yourself - there is always more than
enough food to go around. We cannot wait to share a fun, food-filled
evening with you. After all, we are just amateur cooks who love books.

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

Thursday, October 25, 2018
Continuing Activities - Fridays

Day Trip to IKEA
Warren Senior Day Trip
Thursday, October 25 ~ 9:30 am
Warren Community Center
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered a wide range
of home furnishings and accessories of good design and function,
at low prices so that the majority of people can afford them.
The monstrous store consists of a showroom, market hall and restaurant.
 The showroom is a huge home furnishing exhibition-stretch out on
 a bed or More Senior Activities for You see how many people you can
 fit on a sofa! The market hall is just what it sounds like, many different
specialty shops gathered together-you'll find everything from rugs
to linens to picture frames and clocks, along with everything you need
for your kitchen. In the restaurant, you'll find healthy Swedish and local
 dishes at affordable prices. Swedish meatballs, anyone? Don't forget
to grab a $1.00 ice cream cone on your way out! We're heading to the
 IKEA in New Haven where we'll enjoy a one-stop shop
 for everything, including lunch and dessert!
9:30 AM departure from Warren Community Center
Cost: $5.00 per person  REGISTRATION FORM

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

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Family Barbeque Fundraiser
Litchfield Republican Town Committee
Thursday, October 25 ~ 5:00 - 6:45 pm
Litchfield Distillery
Meet Republican State Sen. Craig Miner
State Rep. David T. Wilson and others.

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Region 6 Town Tour
Thursday, October 25 ~ 6:00 pm
Goshen Center School
 Goal: To share district information.
Agenda topics :
1) Academic Performance for 2018
2) Capital Improvement Updates
3) Q & A
There is great district success to celebrate, important news to share,
and a conversation to continue. These tours are one of my favorite
events during the year. I look forward to seeing old friends, meeting
new friends, and seeing as many people as possible in the coming tour.
~ Regards, Chris Leone, Region 6 Superintendent

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You Are Not Alone Our Loved Ones
Are Here…You’re Just Not Listening,
with Sydney Sherman, author,
medium, paranormal investigator
Thursday, October 25 ~ 6:30 pm
Morris Public Library
Acclaimed Connecticut  Paranormal Author, Sydney Sherman,
 is continuing her successful book tour and speaking forums throughout
Connecticut and New England sharing her life experiences and book,  
You Are Not Alone: Our Loved Ones Are Here…You’re Just Not Listening.

The author encourages all of us to consider
the possibilities of connecting to the other side.  
Sherman’s book outlines her passage from confusion
 to acceptance of her relationships with the many
 spirits who inhabit her everyday world.  

You Are Not Alone approaches the paranormal with a healthy
 dose of common sense and encourages rational skepticism.  
The author looks at why and what we believe about the paranormal
and the afterlife.  Her book draws distinctions between myths and the
paranormal and recounts numerous experiences with spirits.  She offers
hints to avoid falling prey to the frauds in the paranormal field.  The author
educates readers on how they too can continue their relationship
with their loved ones. With step by step advice, Sherman encourages people
 to think about the potential the paranormal holds for all of us.  Sydney hopes
 readers will come to the same understanding ---they are not gone;
they are still very much here with us....we just need to start listening.

Sydney Sherman has two grown sons
and lives with her husband in Connecticut.
The presentation is sponsored by
 the Friends of the Morris Public Library.
Reservations are required
for the FREE event
860-567-7440
For more information, please visit
or call the Library at 860-567-7440.

Friday, October 26, 2018
Continuing Activities - Fridays

Jung, Intuition and Spiritual Creativity
Friday, Oct ober 26 ~ 5:00 pm  through
Sunday, October 28 ~ 1:00 pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
“Jung, Intuition and Spiritual Creativity” will be offered
at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
on Friday, October, 26 (6 pm dinner)
 to Sunday, October 28 (11:45 am lunch).
 Don Bisson, FMS will be presenting.

This program will explore creativity at its source.
Through talks, sharing, and creative expression,
participants will use a Jungian lens to view intuition
and its role in feeding the wellspring of human creativity.

Don Bisson, FMS is known internationally as a lecturer on
Christian spirituality and Jungian psychology. He holds graduate
degrees in liturgy, spirituality, and transpersonal psychology as
well as a Doctor of Ministry from Pacific School of Religion specializing
 in Spiritual Direction and Jungian Psychology. Bisson is a Marist
brother based in Esopus, NY.  Visit: www.donbisson.com

For further information call (860) 567-3163

Saturday, October 27, 2018
Continuing Activities - Saturdays

Open House
Friends of the Litchfield Community Greenway
Saturday, October 27 ~ 12:00-3:00 pm
Bantam Borough Hall
*Friends of the Litchfield Community Greenway*
Hope you will join us forsome fun at our
First Annual Open House, October 27, 12-3 PM
at the Bantam Borough Hall.

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Friends of Topsmead State Forest
Inaugural Annual Meeting
Saturday, October 27 ~ 2:30 -3:45 pm
Litchfield Community Center,
Please join us at the inaugural, annual meeting of the Friends of
Topsmead State Forest, Inc. on Saturday, October 27 from 2:30 - 3:45 pm
at the Litchfield Community Center, 421 Bantam Road, in Litchfield.

Last October a small group of motivated volunteers began work
to formally establish a new non-profit called the Friends of Topsmead
State Forest (FTSF). Through the winter and spring the volunteers wrote
a set of by-laws and navigated the legal steps required to create
The Friends of Topsmead State Forest Inc. - officially established on
August 3rd as a 501(c3).  An interim Board of Directors are guiding the fledgling
organization until the first annual meeting is held Saturday October 27th.

The agenda will include election of officers for the coming year.  
Current members with dues paid 10 days prior to the meeting (October 17)
are eligible to vote.  We hope you'll choose to become a member of the
 Friends of Topsmead State Forest.  Membership fees and donations help
 support projects, educational programs and events.  Tax deductible
memberships are available through our Facebook page at Friends of
Topsmead State Forest@Topsmead.  Memberships will also be available
following the meeting - with a cash or check payment.

Also on the agenda will be an opportunity for the audience to offer their i
deas in key topic areas such as membership, educational programs,
social media/website, and fundraising events.

Forward this message to your friends who love Topsmead State Forest
as much as you do!  A strong membership will ensure a great start
for our new organization.  Mark your calendars and plan to attend.  
Refreshments will be served after the formal meeting concludes.

For more info call 860-567-8302

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Group Reading of The Bat Poet
by Randall Jarrell with Gerri Griswold
Saturday, October 27 ~ 6:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
There was once a little brown bat who couldn't sleep days - he kept waking
up and looking at the world.  Before long he began to see things differently
from other bats, who from dawn to sunset never opened their eyes.
The Bat Poet is a story of how he tried to make the other bats see the world his way.

This charming story is perfect for kids of all ages. It is beautifully illustrated
 by Maurice Sendack. Each participant will receive a copy of The Bat Poet.
We'll enjoy a cozy pot luck supper and read this shining jewel of a book
to each other! A Powerpoint presentation of
Sendack's illustrations will accompany the reading.

This program is limited to 12.
Bring a dish, BYOB, and your own place setting.
Dessert and Cider will be provided and of course your
very own copy of The Bat Poet to take home and cherish!

6:00 pm, A. B. Ceder Room,
Members: $20.00, Non-members: $40.00,
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Call 860-567-0857 or register online: