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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An Introduction to Floral Scanner Photography
Wednesday, December 3 ~ 2:00pm
  Presentation of a 25 minutes slide show about scanning plants from the garden
and demonstration on using a basic photo scanner & software, orientation,
views, arrangement and assembly echniques and options for editing are including.  
Book signing and view/sale of matted photos, cards and silk scarves available.  
Presented by Ellen Hoverkamp; myneighborsgarden.com  
Cost:  $10.00 pp
Pre-registration and pre-payment required.
(Note: a $3 per person service charge for
online ordering will be added to your order)  

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Laughter Yoga
Thursday, December 4 ~ 7:00-8:00pm
 Instructor Barbara Parker will lead you in "exercises"
that will make you laugh, breathe deep and relax.  
Can be done sitting or standing.  
Refreshments will be served.  
Cost: $12.00 pp.  
Pre-registration is required.
by calling Ms. Parker at 80-489-5057.

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Jeffrey Engel Presents:
"What You Don't Know About The Nutcracker"
Friday, December 5 ~ 10:30am-12:00pm
Jeffrey Engel will discuss the genesis of Tchaikovsky's last ballet, as well
as the composer's fixation on those men and women in tights.  
Cost:  $20.00 pp.  
Light refreshments will be served.  
Pre-registration and pre-payment by December 1.  
(Note: a $3 per person service charge for
online ordering will be added to your order)  
Visit Jeffrey's website at www.jeffreyengel.net

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AARP Safe Driver's Course
Wednesday, December 10 ~ 9:00am-1:00pm
The nation's first and largest classroom refresher for motorists 50+
Auto insurance discounts in most states.  
Cost:  $15.00 AARP members/$20.00 non-members.  
Pre-registration is required.

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Hidden History of Litchfield County
Author Book Talk & Signing
Wednesday, December 10 ~ 7:00pm
Author Peter C. Vermilyea explores the hidden history
and obscure tales from the history of Litchfield County.
Cost: Free and open to the public.

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A Christmas Memory
reading by Jerry Geci  
Thursday, December 11 ~ 2:00pm
First published in 1956, this much sought after autobiographical recollection
of Truman Capote's rural Alabama boyhood has become a modern-day classic.
Plus enjoy Bette Geci's homemade fruit cake & tea.
Cost: FREE.  **Please R.S.V.P. by Dec. 8th**

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Christmas in Italy
Thursday, December 11 ~ 6:30-8:45pm
A discussion of the traditions and foods
of the holiday season in Italy.  
Some videos will be shown.  
Presenter: Dona Frauenhofer.  
Coffee and sweets will be served.  
Cost:  $15.00 pp / $12.00 pp for additional family member.  
Pre-registration and pre-payment required.

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Holiday Support Group
Friday, December 12 ~ 9:30-11:00am
 If the holiday season is challenging to get through,
you are not alone.  Come and share with others
~with the skilled guidance of an experienced Facilitator.  
Cost: FREE.
Facilitated by Rev. Eileen L. Epperson.  
This support group is a gift of
"Friends of Hospice, Litchfield"  

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Friday Feast & Dancing Feet
Friday, December 12 ~ 12:00-2:00pm
Join us for a light lunch and
musical entertainment and dancing.
This month: Music by Jerry Carillo Orchesta and
lunch prepared by the Litchfield Community Center.  
Time:  12:00 pm - 2:00 pm.  
Cost:  $7.00 pp.  
Pre-registration required.

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Radio City Music Hall's
Christmas Spectacular
Saturday, December 13 ~ 8:00am-8:00pm
Celebrate the holidays with this unparalleled show
featuring signature ski-high kicks,
 precision choreography and exciting show stopping
numbers that will delight the whole family.  
Time:  depart LCC at 8:00am / show at 11:30am /
enjoy free time from 1:00pm - 6:00 pm /
bus departs at 6:00 pm.  
Cost:  $130.00 per person includes 2nd mezzanine seats.
Limited to 25 seats,
pre-registration & pre-payment required.
(Note: a $3 per person service charge for
online ordering will be added to your order)  

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New York City Daytrip
Saturday, December 13 ~ 8:00am-8:00pm
 "Do As You Please"
We supply the bus to New York City with 3 drop offs:  
Rockefeller Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art,
 Battery Park and 1 pick up: 52nd and Broadway.  
Bus departs LCC at 8:00am and departs NYC at 6:00pm.  
Cost: $39.00 per person.  
(Note: a $3 per person service charge for
online ordering will be added to your order)
Pre-registration & pre-payment is required.
(Please call 860-567-8302)

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Friendly Hands Food Bank Concert
Saturday December 13 ~ 7:00-10:00pm
Litchfield Community Center
A evening of music featuring "The Remnants" with special guest
"Krista Moon" to benefit the Friendly Hands Food Bank.  
Cost: Please bring a non-perishable food or unwrapped toy.

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The Recovery of the Naturalist Aristotle in America
Wednesday, December 17 ~ 7:00pm
The editor and contributor Atila Bayat, of "Two Metaphysical Naturalisms"  
will discuss this new book subtitled, "Aristotle & Justus Buchler."  
Cost:  FREE and open to the public.  
Pre-registration required.

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French Discussion Group
Thursdays, December 18, 2014 & January 15, 2015 ~ 6:00pm
Alliance Francaise of NW CT's purpose is to foster global friendships through the
study of French cultures and organized visits to museums, parties and classes.  
Cost:  $5 suggested donation (AFNWCT memebers free)  
For more info call 203-707-0710 or visit www.afnwct.org

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Trip: UConn Women's Basketball Game
Monday, December 29 ~7:30-11:45pm
Dan will take you on the LCC Van to the XL Center in Hartford
to see the defending champs take on Duke Blue Devils.  
Game tips at 9:00pm and will be televised.  
Cost: $40.00 pp includes ticket and transportation/only 3 seats left.  
Time:  Depart LCC 7:30pm/return approximately midnight.  
Pre-registration and pre-payment required.
CALL NOW ~ 860-567-8302

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Continuing Activities & Classes

Mondays

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

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"Litchfield Little" Playgroup
10:00-11:00am
Tuesdays - Time: 10:00-11:00 am
For kids 3 & under & their parents,
expecting Moms welcome too!
The goal is to offer parental support
& encourage early social interaction.
Cost: Donations Welcome

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"Stitch & Chat"
10:30am-1:00pm
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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Monday Afternoon Movie
1:00pm
Enjoy a new release every Monday afternoon.  
Popcorn and beverages are served.  
Cost:  Donations welcome

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24 - "THE JERSEY BOYS"
- R (134 minutes)
Frankie Valli and his friends started out as regular kids from the streets of Jersey.
They banded together to create one of the most memorable music groups of the 1960s:
the Four Seasons.  The relationship between these boys is explored in depth
and Frankie Valli's life is a particularly strong focus.  While they quickly rise
to the top of the charts, they never forget their origins as youths in New Jersey,
and that bond sustains them throughout their whole lives.  
Stars John Lloyd Young,  Erich Bergen,  Michael Lomenda,  
Vincent Piazza,  Christopher Walken

MONDAY, DECEMBER 1 - "A MOST WANTED MAN"
-  R (121 minutes)
An escaped militant's attempt to claim an inheritance gives a German agent the chance
to lay a trap for a well-regarded Muslim scholar who is suspected of financing terrorists.  
Stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Defoe

MONDAY, DECEMBER 8 - "BEGIN AGAIN"
-  R (104 minutes)
When a NYC musician finds the fame and success that he has always wanted, he struggles
to stay true to his old values & falls victim to the trappings of stardom, jeopardizing his relationship
with his girlfriend.  In the meantime, she has a once-in-a-lifetime encounter that gives her the
opportunity to gain independence & explore her own talents, which had been placed on the back burner.  
Stars Keira Knightly, Mark Ruffalo. Adam Levine

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15 - "THE FAULT IN OUR STARS"
- PG-13 (126 minutes)
A teenage girl stricken with cancer falls for a boy in her support group
and the two form a bond as they deal with their illnesses.  
Stars Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern

MONDAY, DECEMBER 22 - "THE 100 FOOT JOURNEY"
- PG (122 minutes)
When the family of an extraordinarily talented culinary ingenue are displaced from their native
India and settle in a quaint French village, they decide to open an Indian eatery.
However, the proprietress of an acclaimed restaurant just 100 feet away, strongly objects.
War erupts between the two establishments, until she recognizes the
 boys impressive epicurean gifts and takes him under her wing.  
Stars Helen Mirren

MONDAY, DECEMBER 29 - "IF I STAY"
- PG13 (107 minutes)
When 17 year old Mia is involved in a car accident leaving her in a coma, she begins to have
out of body experiences that lead her to a difficult decision - should she let go or come
 back to the world she has left behind. Memories as well as the feelings of
those around her play an equally important part in this heartbreaking choice.  
Stars Chloe Grace Moretz.

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After School Arts Programs (ASAP)
ASAP is back for another exciting year
at the Litchfield Community Center!
Join us on Mondays from 3:30–5:00pm for grades 1-6
ASAP and LCC will provide transportation for
children who attend Litchfield Public Schools.
Financial Aid is available.
Register on-line at www.afterschoolartsprogram.org.

Grades 1-3
Hip Hop & Break Dance with Emil Serrano, Jr.
Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15
Moving and grooving is the heart of this non-stop, action filled series.
Emil’s energetic, interactive class teaches participants fun, easy to
follow dance moves and line dances to current Hip Hop music.
Party games that incorporate creative dancing and freedom of expression
further encourage participants to build confidence while having a blast.
The final class will end with a party and
showcase for friends and family to enjoy.
8 Sessions: $120
Register on-line at www.afterschoolartsprogram.org.
Transportation is available from Litchfield Center School to LCC.

Grades 4-6
Rock & Roll All Stars with Joe Burcaw
Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15
Take your love of music to the stage in real rock and roll style!
This program introduces the fun of collaboration into music instruction.
Students will rehearse together to learn harmonies, musicianship, and how to
perform in an authentic rock show environment. Students will have a blast honing
their skills while preparing to perform some of the best-created
songs in rock and roll history for their family and friends.
8 Sessions: $120
Register on-line at www.afterschoolartsprogram.org.
Transportation is available from Litchfield Intermediate School to LCC.

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Tuesdays

Paint with Friends
9:30am-12:00pm
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
9:30-10:30am
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
10:00am
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
1:00pm
Free admission, cards available for nominal fee

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Zumba Infused With Toning Class
5:30-6:30pm
Zumba fused with Zumba Toning,
Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves
Cost: $10.00 per class
Instructor: Ashley Greco

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Sculpt & Tone
7:00-8:00pm
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
9:00am
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
Cost: $12.00
Instructor: Wendy Larsen

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Tai Chi
10:30-11:15am
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
12:00pm
New & experienced players welcome!
Cost: FREE ~ all ages welcome

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"Call the Midwife Series"
12:00-2:00pm
Wednesdays, October 1 - December 17 ~ 12:00-2:00pm
Join us for viewing the BBC's highly acclaimed series and experience a moving,
funny and true to life story of midwifery and families in 1950's
East End London based on the best selling memoirs.
Bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy during the show!

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Bridge for All
1:00pm
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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Thursdays

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

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Dance Exercise
9:30-10:30am
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"
10:30am-12:00pm
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
10:45am
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 Lectures: Dutch Masters
1:30pm
DUTCH MASTERS: The Age of Rembrandt ART DVD LECTURES  
Another of our Great Courses DVD lecture series.
In these 36 intellectually rewarding and visually dazzling lectures, they introduce you
to the art of 17th-century Holland. It traces the development of this renowned,
 independent school of painting, and the great seafaring nation that produced the new
society that would be reflected in that new art. The course concludes with the
achievements of Holland's greatest and most versatile genius, Rembrandt, whose
range of work-including his remarkable etchings-claims the final seven lectures..
Cost: Donations welcome.
Attend all or drop in.  
Presented by Prof. William Kloss.

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Sculpt & Tone
7:00-8:00pm
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
9:00am
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
Cost: $12.00
Instructor: Wendy Larsen

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Grief Support Group
9:30-11:00am
Come and be exactly the way you are and
experience companionship along the way.
This is an informal meeting with no facilitator.  
Cost: Free and open to the public.  
(The next session with facilitator Rev. Eileen Epperson
will be starting September 5.)
Call Rev. Epperson for more information at 860-435-0288.)

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"Free Game Play Time"
10:30am-12:00pm
Thursdays & Fridays
Table Tennis, Pool and the latest craze,
Wii games: Bowling, Tennis and more
Open to public

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Chair Yoga
10:30-11:30am
"Enjoy the benefits of a traditional yoga practice using the chair for support and stability.
Yoga relaxes the body and mind, improves circulation and balance, increases
strength and flexibility, and elevates overall health and well-being.
Chair Yoga is ideal for those with injury, illness or age related challenges."
Cost: $10.00 per person/per session  
Instructor: Call Andrea Lake Meharg
for more info at 860-489-6462

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Mah Jongg Free Play
12:00-3:00pm
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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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