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Litchfield Community Center
421 Bantam Road
Litchfield, CT 06759
phone: 860-567-8302
fax: 860-567-0328

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Special Events and New Classes
(Scroll below to see continuing activities and classes)

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Incrediflix Movie Maker Camps
Monday, June 29 - Thursday, July 2, 2015
9:00 am - 12:00 pm:  "Live Action Flix"
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm:  "Lego Flix"
(Open to ages 7-13)
9:00am - 12:00pm:  "Live Action Flix"  Be guided through the
Hollywood process as you brainstorm, location scout, bring in props
and costumes, act and direct in a collaborative fun movie.
1:00pm - 4:00pm:  "Lego Flix" Create a Lego set with Lego characters
for a movie, storyboard, write, shoot & voice-over in groups.  
Cost:  $150.00 per person/per camp.  
Pre-registration and pre-payment is required.

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Summer Fest Week of Fun Activities
Monday, July 6 - Friday, July 10, 2015  
See our full calendar of classes and special events for all ages!
Below are the individual details for each of our programs being offered....


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Duplicate Bridge Party
Tuesday, July 7 ~ 10:00 am
Join Al Root and his weeky duplicate bridge
game time slot for a challenging game.  
Free lunch for those who register ahead of time.  
Grab and partner and play!
Cost: FREE!  
Pre-registration is required.

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NYC Botanical Gardens & Arthur Avenue Daytrip
Thursday, July 9 ~ 8:30 am-6:30 pm
(FULL, please call)  
First stop is the NYC Botanical Gardens for time on your own to enjoy the
gardens, including special exhibit "Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life".  
Then enjoy lunch on our own in the garden or nearby Arthur Ave. and time to shop.  
Time:  LCC van departs at 8:30am/departs NYC 4:30pm.  
Cost:  $25.00 pp. LCC van is limited to 13.  
Pre-registration and pre-payment is required.

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Potluck Feast & Dancing Feet
Thursday, July 9 ~ 12:00-2:00 pm
Bring your favorite dish to share with 6-8 people.
We provide the desserts and drinks.  Music is provided
by Survivor's Swing Band, playing a variety of classics.
 Cost:  Free with a potluck dish.  
Pre-registration is required.

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Summer Fest Carnival Day
Friday, July 10 ~ 11:00 am-2:00 pm
 Cost: Free!

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Hartford Landmarks Daytrip
Friday, July 10 ~ 11:00 am-5:30 pm
(FULL, please call)  
First stop is Arch Street Tavern for lunch on your own
 (other options close by),
then onto the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Arch for a tour.
Then head to Charter Oak Landing for a 90 minute cruise
of Hartford and Wethersfield waterfronts.  
Time:  Depart 11:00am / Return approx. 5:30pm.  
Cost: Travel provided by NWCT Transit District is free
with a suggested $7.00 donation.  
Please call for more details.  
Pre-registration is required, seats are limited.

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Jeffrey Engel Presents
Instrumental Showpieces Guaranteed to Amaze
Mondays, July 13 & July 20 ~ 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Jeffrey will present a selection of incredibly difficult concert
pieces for solo instruments accompanied by piano or orchestra.
Cost:  $20.00 pp.  
Light refreshments will be served.  
Pre-registration required by July 9.

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IPad Basics Class
Tuesday, July 14 ~ 10:00 am
This class will introduce the basic features and settings of
the device, learn the buttons, how to organize your apps,
the app store and how to download apps.  
Cost:  $10.00 per person.
Pre-registration required.

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Kids Summer Kabobs
~ Kids Cooking Classes
Wednesday, July 15 ~ 11:30 am
Wednesdays, July 15, July 22, July 29, 2015
Includes hands-on experience of sorting, cutting and
creating kabobs with in-season produce including dips.

Certified Holistic Health Coach, Jen Minery
hosts 3 cooking workshops for kids.  .  
Cost:  $30.00 per class / $80.00 for all 3
Pre-registration and pre-payment required.

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SummerFest ~ Cirque du Extraordinaire
Satruday, July 18 ~ 6:00-10:00 pm
Don't miss this event!  
A celebration of our wonderful community featuring  BBQ
by "When Pigs Fly South" circus theme art, live auction,
 raffle and unique, live entertainment!  
Cost: $75.00 pp.  
Pre-registration and pre-payment required.

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Daytrip: Mystic Aquarium
Wednesday, July 22 ~ 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Spend the day in Mystic!  Includes admission to the Aquarium to enjoy the exhibits
and animals but once there, get your hand stamped and leave to walk
around Olde Mystic Village for shopping and lunch on your own.  
Time:  LCC Van departs 8:30am and returns approx 4:30pm.  
Cost:  $35.00 pp.  
LCC Van is limited to 13,
Pre-registration and pre-payment is required.

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Kids Size Sliders & Fries
~ Kids Cooking Classes
Wednesday, July 22 ~ 11:30 am
Make crinkle-cut fries from scratch, prep toppings
and make your own personal sized burgers.

Certified Holistic Health Coach, Jen Minery
hosts 3 cooking workshops for kids.  .  
Cost:  $30.00 per class / $80.00 for all 3
Pre-registration and pre-payment required.

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Food Allergy Friendly Treats
~ Kids Cooking Classes
Wednesday, July 29 ~ 11:30 am
Learn how to make treats that are safe for most common food issues.  
Learn to substitute ingredients to make your favorite
snacks that taste exactly like the originals.

Certified Holistic Health Coach, Jen Minery
hosts 3 cooking workshops for kids.  .  
Cost:  $30.00 per class / $80.00 for all 3
Pre-registration and pre-payment required.

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"The Workman" Informational Session
Thursday, July 30 ~ 10:00 am
Mary Hart, the Administrator of The Workman will be her to answer
questions about the benefits of congregate living for seniors.  
Cost: Free.  
Pre-registration required.

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Daytrip: Ocean Beach State Park
Friday, July 31 ~ 8:00 am-4:00 pm
Spend the day soaking up the sun, swimming or exploring the tidal pools.  
Ocean Beach also offers water slides, a pool, mini gold, arcade, boardwalk and cafe.  
Time:  Depart LCC 8:00am/return approx 4:00pm.  
Cost: Travel provided by NWCT Transit District
 is free with a suggested $7.00 donation.  
Pre-registration is required, seats are limited.

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Continuing Activities & Classes

Mondays

Yoga
9:00am
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
Cost: $12.00
Instructor: Wendy Larsen

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Acoustic Music Jams
10:15 am-12:00 pm
Mondays & Wednesdays ~ beginning April 6, 2015
If you are an area musician or singer looking to get together with others to practice,
harmonize, learn new songs or share your love of music, then join us!
Two options: Mondays 10:15am - 12:00pm
and/or Wednesdays 6:30pm - 8:30pm
All ages are welcome but please note these are not lessons.  
Participants should bring all their own instruments and sheet music.  
No fee, but donations to the Community Center are appreciated.

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Stitch & Chat
10:30 am-1:00 pm
Open to all who love to knit, crochet,
cross stitch, sew, embroider, etc.
Bring your own project & share some time with others.
FREE ~ Light refreshments available.

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Feldenkrais: For Posture & Flexibility
11:00 am
Learn how to improve your posture, become more flexible
and make adjustment in your daily movements to reduce
stress and injury while moving slowly and gently.  
Cost:  $12.00 pp, per class.  
Instructor:  Pat Murphy, NY certified Feldenkrais Practitioner
and Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Psychotherapist.  
Registration required.  

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Monday Afternoon Movie
1:00 pm
Enjoy a new release every Monday afternoon.  
Popcorn and beverages are served.  
Cost:  Donations welcome

MONDAY, JUNE 29 - "WILD"
- Rated R - (115 min)
Adapted from the best-selling memoir of the same name.  A self-destructive
divorcée seeks to conquer her demons by hiking 1100 miles across the Pacific Crest Trail.  
As she begins her arduous journey, those painful memories come flooding back
as she encounters numerous dangers and disheartening setbacks. Meanwhile, the kindness
of strangers helps her summon the courage and endurance she'll need to stay the path.  
Stars Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern

MONDAY, JULY 6 - "SELMA"
 - Rated PG13(128 min)
This historical drama is set during the height of the American civil-rights movement,
and depicts the marches from Selma, AL, to the state capital of Montgomery
to secure voting rights for black people led by Martin Luther King Jr.   
Stars David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding, Jr.

MONDAY, JULY 13 - "UNBROKEN"
- Rated PG13 (137 min)
Angelina Jolie directs this true-life tale of Louis Zamperini, the Olympic track star
who survived a plane crash in World War II, only to fight for his life against nature
and eventually as a prisoner of war. "If you can take it, you can make it" - he must live
up to that adage under the most extreme circumstances after his plane is shot down,
he is stranded at sea for more than a month, and forced to endure constant
physical abuse at the hands of a Japanese sadistic prison-camp guard,
 who wants to break Louis' indomitable spirit.

MONDAY, JULY 20 - "BIG EYES"
- Rated PG13 (106 min)
This is the true story of painter Margaret Keane's life in obscurity while her husband
gleaned the notoriety for being the face of her work.  In late 1950s, Margaret marries
an artist and part-time real-estate broker who shows great interest in her unique paintings.
Before long, she begins to realize that he's little more than a smooth-talking scam artist.  
Margaret gains confidence to reclaim her works, even when doing so entails going before the judge
and proving that she and she alone created the enchanting children with the big eyes.  
Stars Amy Adams, Krysten Ritter and Christoph Waltz.

MONDAY, JULY 27 - "STILL ALICE"
 - Rated PG13 (99 min)
Happily married with three grown children, Alice Howland is a renowned linguistics
professor at Columbia University who starts to forget words. When she receives the
devastating diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer's, Alice and her family find their bonds tested.  
Star Julianne Moore, Kate Bosworth, Alec Baldwin

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Tuesdays

Community Artists' Group
formerly "Paint with Friends"
9:30 am-12:00 pm
Come join together with local people who love to draw and paint.
Anyone is welcome to participate
regardless of their level of expertise.
There is no fee to join, but artists must bring
their own paints, equipment and talent!

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Dance Exercise
9:30-10:30 am
Class will utilize dance technique forms
to stretch & tone the body.
Please bring mat.
Instructor: Rosemary Tindall-Gibson
Cost: $8.00 per class. On-Going, pay as you go.

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Duplicate Bridge
10:00 am
Instructor Al Root oversees this
weekly game of Duplicate Bridge
Bring a partner!
If you're a single, the best effort will be made
to accommodate you with a partner.
Come and go as you please.
Cost: $4.00 pp

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Bingo
1:00 pm
Free admission, cards available for nominal fee

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Zumba
5:30-6:30 pm
A dance-fitness class that blends upbeat world rhythms
with easy-to-follow moves to create a total body workout.  
Cost: $10.00 per class
Instructor: Ashley Greco

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Sculpt & Tone
7:00-8:00 pm
Tuesdays & Thursdays
A strength training class that includes stretching,
abdominal work & muscle isolation for a full body workout
Instructor: Dean Roberts  
Cost: $8.00 per class
Bring: hand weights, mat or towel

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Wednesdays

Yoga
9:00 am
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
Cost: $12.00
Instructor: Wendy Larsen

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Tai Chi
10:30-11:15 am
Warm-ups and First Form" for improved flexibility
All Ages Welcome
Cost: FREE. No experience necessary,
dress in comfortable clothes

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Cribbage
12:00 pm
New & experienced players welcome!
Cost: FREE ~ all ages welcome

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Bridge for All
1:00 pm
Come and play bridge with others in a relaxed atmosphere
There is no instruction or lessons, just free play
Cost: Free, come and go as you please

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Acoustic Music Jams
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Mondays & Wednesdays ~ beginning April 6, 2015
If you are an area musician or singer looking to get together with others to practice,
harmonize, learn new songs or share your love of music, then join us!
Two options: Mondays 10:15am - 12:00pm
and/or Wednesdays 6:30pm - 8:30pm
All ages are welcome but please note these are not lessons.  
Participants should bring all their own instruments and sheet music.  
No fee, but donations to the Community Center are appreciated.

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Thursdays

Blood Pressure Check
9:30-10:30 am
by Registered Nurse
Cost: Free of charge

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Dance Exercise
9:30-10:30 am
Class will utilize dance technique forms
to stretch & tone the body.
Please bring mat.
Instructor: Rosemary Tindall-Gibson
Cost: $8.00 per class. On-Going, pay as you go.

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Free Game Play Time
10:45 am-12:00 pm
Thursdays & Fridays
Table Tennis, Pool and the latest craze,
Wii games: Bowling, Tennis and more
Open to public

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Table Tennis Club
10:45 am
New Members always welcome.
Come play in a great social environment and meet other enthusiasts.
Join for USATT benefits, tournament notices, membership and TT tips!
FREE and open to the public.

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Art DVD Course
History of European Art
1:30 pm
This course is the powerful and engrossing look at this grand master, the intriguing
world he inhabited and shaped, and the legacies he left behind for us.
This 36-lecture course-packed with illustrations and animations brings you closer
than ever before to Leonardo's paintings, sculptures, sketches, and notebooks.  
Cost: Donations welcome.
Attend all or drop in.  
Presented by Prof. George R. Bent

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Sculpt & Tone
7:00-8:00 pm
Tuesdays & Thursdays
A strength training class that includes stretching,
abdominal work & muscle isolation for a full body workout.
Instructor: Dean Roberts  
Cost: $8.00 per class
Bring: hand weights, mat or towel.

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Fridays

Yoga
9:00 am
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
Cost: $12.00
Instructor: Wendy Larsen

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Chair Yoga
10:30-11:30 am
Improve balance, circulation, flexibility & mobility.
Cost $10 per class - drop ins welcome
Contact Andrea Lake Meharg
ALakeYoga@gmail.com / 860-459-6944

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Mah Jongg Free Play
12:00-3:00 pm
Spend the afternoon with fellow players and brush up on your skills
playing the ancient, fascinating and challenging game of Mah Jongg.
Cost: FREE

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The Watercolor Journal
12:30-2:30 pm
Fridays, May 15 - July 3, 2015
Journaling is a powerful way to express, share, feel and experience our "Selves."
Come uncover and discover your creativity and being in the moment.  
Cost:  $140.00 (8 week session)  
(Note: a $3 per person non-refundable service charge
 for online ordering will be added to your order)  
Individual class /$17.50
Instructor: Rose Petruzzi.  Bring your materials to class.  
for a list of suggested materials.  
Pre-registration and pre-payment required.

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Big celebration ends community center Summerfest
Litchfield.bz (07-21-14)
Above, Mike Delay, left, and Ron Leal, co-chairman of Saturday night's gala
fundraiser at the Litchfield Community Center. Below, Father Tucker and Joan Gill.
~ BZ photos and Mary Ellen Birdsall photos

Summerfest at the Litchfield Community Center
concluded with a Saturday night gala called "Our Town."

Three hundred supporters of the community center gathered for the
fundraiser and to drink beer and wine, enjoy a clam bake, and participate
 in a live auction of furniture painted by 10 Litchfield artists.

The artists were Liza Oneglia, Mary DuLude, Susan Newbury, Joan Morosani, Laurie Sweet,
Kerry McDevitt, Jennifer Sabella, Bill Sanders, Faith Ohms, Kathy Murray, Darrin Ronning
 and Travis Messenger, Ella Crampton Knox and Emily Kennedy.

Nancy DePecol and Clifford Cooper created the artwork that went with the "Our Town" theme.
There was also a raffle of gifts donated by several local businesses.
Party planner extraordinaire Ron Leal was co-chairman of the event with Martha Bernstein.

Local sports celebrity Brent Hawkins and his wife, Mary.

John McKenna with Darcey Markelon, left, and Kate Sileo.

Nicole Genereaux and John Acerbi

Janet Baker and her always stylish husband, John.

Dave Skonieczny, left, and Perley Grimes

 
Ray Gibney and Matt Karpas

From left, Gib Keten, Charlie Gill, Bill Smith and Marathon Mary Smith

Ed and Nancy Schuler

Marathon Mary Smith and her husband, Bill.

From left, Susan Kendall, Dale Ryan and Jeannine Cooper.

Matt and Laurie Sweet

Summer Fest - Carnival Day
Thursday, July 17, 2014 ~ BZ photos