Things to Do -  June 2017
June 18-24, 2017

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Day Trip: Sail Boston, Boston Harbor
Warren Community Center
We'll enjoy a tour of the Boston Harbor aboard
The Provincetown II viewing all of the Tall Ships from the water.  
Free time to explore the ships in the Harbor along with fine food and
shopping opportunities at Faneuil Hall Marketplace (Quincy Market).
Cost: $85.00 per person
For more information, please contact
Warren Parks and Recreation
at 860-868-7881 ext 113

Day Trip: Sail Boston, Boston Harbor
Morris Town Hall
Enjoy a tour of the Boston Harbor aboard
The Provincetown II viewing all of the tall ships.  
Free time to explore the ships in the Harbor along with fine food
and shopping opportunities at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
$85.00 per person;
bus departs from the Morris Town Hall.  
 Phone:  860-567-7437

Monday, June 19, 2017
Continuing Activities - Mondays

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Continuing Activities - Tuesdays

Mini-Adventures in Sports
1:00-3:00 pm
Litchfield History Museum
Tuesday, June 20 through Friday, June 23, 2017
Families are invited to drop by the History Museum Tuesday, June 20
through Friday, June 23 between 1 and 3 p.m. for games to get you moving,
crafts to take home, and historic connections to explore!
Suggested $3 donation to cover supplies.
For more information about this or other programs,
Please call 860-567-4501

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Continuing Activities - Wednesdays

New York City Day Trip
 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Enjoy a "Do As You Please" day trip to NYC.
3 stops-Metropolitian Museum of Art,
Rockefeller Center or Battery Park area.
1 pick up - 52nd and Broadway
Bus departs LCC at 8:00 a.m .
and departs NYC at 6:00 p.m.
Transportation provided by Kelly Transit.
* Pre-registration/pre-payment is required.
Cost: $45.00
Note: $3.00pp credit card processing
fee will be added to your order
For more info call 860-567-8302

"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.
 Currently, quilts are donated to 11 Connecticut Hospitals,
including The Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center, VITAS HealthCare,
Bristol Hospital, New Milford Hospital and Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Donations of fabric shop gift cards, 100 percent cotton fabric, twin-size
quilt backings, cotton flannel and quilting materials are being accepted.
 The donation of an 800-1,000 sq. ft.  work location
with storage would be gratefully accepted.
Fundraising, social media and quilting volunteers
 are being sought. Quilters are especially needed.
Monetary donations can be given through PayPal
 or at P.O. Box 166, Watertown, CT 06795.

 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

Reading Outside the Box
Staff Book Talk
7:00-8:30 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Join Patricia Moore and Audra MacLaren for recommended
reads to get you going for your summer reading challenges.
Join us as we share our recommendations to help you
navigate the challenges we have created for you.
Light refreshments will be served.
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

Thursday, June 22, 2017
Continuing Activities - Thursdays

Notes on a Banana:
A Memoir of Food, Love & Manic Depression
A Conversation with Author David Leite
7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Notes on a Banana has been described as a candid,
courageous, and at times laugh-out-loud funny story
of family, food, mental illness, and sexual identity.

David Leite grew up in the 1960's in a devoutly Catholic, blue-collar,
food-crazed Portuguese home in Fall River, Massachusetts.
With a vivid imagination and a flair for the dramatic, “Banana” as his
mother endearingly called him, yearned to live in a middle-class house
with a swinging kitchen door just like the ones on television, and fell in love
with everything French. But David also struggled with the emotional
devastation of manic depression. Until he was diagnosed in his mid-thirties,
David found relief from his wild mood swings in learning
about food, watching Julia Child, and cooking for others.
Join Joseph Montebello as he facilitates
 this conversation with David Leite.
David Leite is a food writer, cookbook author, and web publisher.
In 2006, he had the distinction of being the first winner of a James Beard Award
for a website, a feat he repeated in 2007. His writing has appeared
 in the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit,
Food & Wine, Pastry, Men’s Health, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Sun-Times,
and the Washington Post. He has also appeared on Beat Bobby Flay and
The Today Show. His first book, The New Portuguese Table, explored
 the food of his heritage and won the IACP’s 2010 First Book: Julia Child Award.
Visit his website at
A wine & cheese reception will follow.
The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for sale & signing.
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

Scripture Talks
7:00 – 8:15 pm
Lourdes in Litchfield
Grotto Chapel
Fr. Richard Schebera, SMM, retired Professor
at St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO
& a member of the summer staff
 at the Shrine will offer three talks:
Reading and Praying Scripture:
 JESUS: “Who do you say I am?”
Thursdays, June 8, 15, 22, 2017 ~ 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
in the air-conditioned Grotto Chapel on the Shrine grounds.
No registration is required and a free-will offering will be appreciated.
For further information, call 860-567-1041

Friday, June 23, 2017
Continuing Activities - Fridays

Daniel Berrigan: Priest, Poet, and Peacemaker
6:00 pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Friday, June 23 - 6pm through Saturday, June 24 - 3pm
An activist and peacemaker for today....
Robert Ellsberg
This retreat will consider the life and witness of Daniel Berrigan (1921-2016),
the Jesuit priest, poet, and modern-day prophet, who did so much,
 through his writings and courageous actions, to elevate
 the Christian conscience on the subject of war and peace.  
This event is co-sponsored by Fairfield University's Center for Catholic Studies.
Registration closes Thursday, June 22, at Midnight
Non-refundable deposit: $50
For Saturday only commuter rate please call us.  
For further information call (860) 567-3163

Star Party
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.  
Weather permitting; there will be star gazing after the program.
 8:00 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.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Red Cross Babysitting Course
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Camp Coch, Goshen
Goshen Recreation
Colleen Finn, Recreation Director
Cell: 860-601-6089
Office: 860-491-2249

Waking Up is Hard to Do!
with  Marlow Shami
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
We are a part of nature, not apart from nature. This concept is easy to
grasp in theory, but difficult to embody. Academic achievement, accumulation
of cool stuff, an ever growing personal factoid database, social status -
these are the crown jewels of what our society bases personal value upon.  
If these areas of endeavor are habitually visited without pause, reflection
and checking in with our gut, they usually act as a surrogate. This proxy,
 blind to our authentic needs, morphs under the radar into a numbing insulation.
A gap grows between our little self and infinite self - the web-of-life, our planetary kin.

So many of the chronic problems unique to our amazing species are
environmentally rooted physiological problems. A robust body of empirical
research underlines the imperative nature of this connection.
I've spent the better half of my adult life personally and professionally
 investigating this disconnect, having grappled with many a challenges
rooted in this dis-union myself. Homo-sapiens are the only species with
the cognitive ability to choose to cooperate, or not, with the rest of our
ecosystem. Interspecies cooperation is homeostasis in action. Nothing is
static in nature, hence the need to check-in with our personal inner
compass often. How else to stay on an authentic course? The distractions
 of a consumer culture are infinite. As you build your knowledge base of
what is needed to be healthy and awake, discernment frees you! You can
draw your life outside the box, cherry picking your genuine goals,
 friendships, stuff, and social accoutrements.

The strategy of re-calling our relationship within this fantastic family of plant,
 animal and all the elements that comprise our world, is simple and complex.
Earth calls us to pay attention. To what? How so? Those chronic ailments
endemic to our society: depression, anxiety, obesity, high blood pressure,
heart disease, drug addiction, are more often than not, rooted in this
sensory disconnect. These maladies communicate to us just like a compass
does to a lost sailor if we pay attention. Sickness can also be guidance.
Nature is not a panacea to our ills. It will, however, provide a personal road map
to what we need in order to live a full and joyful life. When we set our intention
and attention to the job of noticing what is going on within our whole body
and the world holding us at that very moment, we notice the sensory anchors
that tether us to earth. Our mind alone cannot do this for us. Our many sensory
anchors, once welcomed into our consciousness as valid and real,
 paradoxically open our mind and heart to what it is that we truly need.

Navigating the constantly shifting landscape of our lives
 requires our inner compass to awaken. We do this by simply
paying attention without judgement or expectation.
Join me in an experiential Wake-Up  program this spring.
Enjoy a meditation, activity to enhance the Waking UP process,
 group discussion, and nature-connection.

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ~ Meet in the A. B. Ceder Room
FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

Wild Edible Plants
with Andy Dobos
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
White Memorial Conservaion Center
We all know that locally grown organic food is what is best for us.  
No unwanted chemicals, more healthy nutrients, less wasteful
by products of large scale farming and long distance transportation.  
Having your own garden is even better of course.

What about wild plants?  They're right there, some in great abundance.  
Some non-native species are in too much abundance, out competing their
native neighbors.  Many of these we can eat and it is becoming quite well
documented that they are better for us, containing higher and more complete
amounts of the nutrients we need to be healthy within the same volume of food.   
Three Red Trees School of Natural Living's Andy Dobos will help you learn
some common, easily identifiable edible wild plants and how to
 responsibly harvest and prepare them.  We will walk through field,
 forest and wetland edge, all almost within sight of each other.

We have special permission to pick plants on WMCC property, something
that is not normally allowed, which gives us an incredible opportunity to
 do this in a most beautiful setting.  All the plants we cover will be species
 one could find in their back yard or old farmland or wood lot so
 no excuses for not making future use of what you will learn.

Bring notebook, camera, and protection from the elements.  
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ~  Meet in front of the Museum.
Maximum of 20 people
Members: $10.00 Non-members: $20.00,
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Call 860-567-0857
or register online: