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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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Family Turbo Kick
Monday, March 30 ~ 5:30-6:15pm
(FREE Class)
Classes start Mondays April 13- April 27
Get in shape with a martial arts inspired kickboxing workout mixed
with hip hop moves for a cardio calorie blast designed for the whole families
with children 8 years or older (accompanied by an adult,
teens (7th grade and older) and adults.
$15 single participant / $20 parent, child combo

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Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery
Wednesday, April 1 ~ 6:30pm
INFORMATION SEMINAR
Join Bristol Hospital Development Foundation for a free
weightloss surgery informational seminar to learn more
about adecision that could change your life.
For more information or to register, please call Tammy Gangloff
at 860.585.3339 or email tganglof@bristolhospital.org

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Pub Trivia Night
Saturday, April 4 ~ 7:00-10:00pm
Pub style trivia, sign up as a team or as a free agent.  
Prizes will be awarded to the winners.
Must be 21 or older to participate.
Proceeds will benefit Litchfield Community Center.  
Complimentary soda, coffee, tea & water.
BYOB Food & drink.  
Cost: $20.00 pp - Teams of 6-8 players.
(Note: a $3 per person non-refundable service charge
 for online ordering will be added to your order)  
Pre-registration & pre-payment is required.

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Acoustic Music Jams
Monday, April 6 ~ 10:15am-12:00pm
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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Live, Learn, Lunch Series
"Understanding Memory Loss"
Monday, April 6 ~ 11:00am
Dr. Peter Rudzinskiy will provide an overview of the signs,
symptoms and treatment options available for
Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease, followed by Q &A.  
Free ~ Registration required
This program is brought to you through a collaboration of
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, Brandywine Senior Living
and the Litchfield Community Center.

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AARP Safe Drivers Course
Wednesday, April 8 ~ 9:00am-1:00pm
The nation's first and largest classroom refresher course for motorist 50+
Auto insurance available in some areas.  
Cost: $15.00 pp (AARP members) / $20.00 pp (non-members)  
Pre-registration required.

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Acoustic Music Jams
Wednesday, April 8 ~ 6:30-8:30pm
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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New York City Daytrip
Wednesday, April 15 ~ 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: $45.00 per person.  
(Note: a $3 per person non-refundable service charge
 for online ordering will be added to your order)
Pre-registration & pre-payment is required.

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Litchfield Garden Club
Open Meeting
Thursday, April 16 ~ 5:00pm
Dr. Diane Lewis will speak on "The Great Healthy Yard Project,"
an environmental non-profit organization working to improve
and protect the quality of our drinking water
in order to help our families lead healthier lives.  
FREE and open to the public.  
Go to www.tghyp.com for more info.

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French Discussion Group
Thursday, April 16 ~ 6:00pm
Alliance Francaise of NWCT invites you to this newly formed group
that fosters global friendships through the study of
French cultures through lectures, films, group and visits.  
Cost: $5.00 suggested donation
(AFNWCT members free)  
R.S.V.P. 203-707-0710

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Friday Feast & Dancing Feet
Friday, April 17 ~ 12:00-2:00pm
Join us for a light lunch and musical entertainment and dancing.
This month: Music by "Lew & the Good Time Guys"
 and lunch prepared by the Litchfield Community Center.  
Cost: $7.00 pp
Pre-registration required.

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Jumpin' & Jivin'
featuring "The Groove"
Saturday, April 18 ~ 7:00-10:00pm
The band will play some of the best hits from 70's and 80's,
so dress in your best retro robes for a throwback evening.  
Open to adults 21 years of age and older.  
BYOB ~ Coffee, Tea, Sodas complimentary.  
Cost: $10.00 pp
(Note: a $3 per person non-refundable service charge
for online ordering will be added to your order)  
Pre-registration & pre-payment is required

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Serenade with Enzo
Friday, April 24 ~ 1:00pm
This program examines the musical history and evolution
of the serenade from ancient times to present day.  
A variety of songs will be performed and well as sing-alongs
and participation in some activities.  
Presented by Vincenzo Boscarino.  
Cost: $5.00 pp
Pre-registration required.

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Nation's Only "Victorian Magic-Lantern Spring Show"
Saturday, April 25 ~ 2:00pm
@ Litchfield Community Center
presented by the Litchfield Historical Society
and Litchfield Community Center
Join the Litchfield Historical Society and the Litchfield Community Center
for a special performance by The American Magic-Lantern Theater of their
"Magic-Lantern Spring Show" on Saturday, April 25 at 2:00 p.m.
 at the Litchfield Community Center.

In this gay nineties show, Sally O'Grady does battle with a rambunctious goat.  
Highlanders do battle with their King in Scott's "The Lady of the Lake."  

Spring lovers sing that their "love is like a red, red, rose."  And an animated clown,
 suffering a very severe case of hay fever, blows till his nose explodes.
 From an age before TV and before movies, Victorians mixed boisterous
fun and touching pathos in their entertainment.

Image credit: American Magic Lantern Theater
Terry Borton, Magic-Lantern Showman, uses an 1890s magic
 lantern to project the pictures in the Magic-Lantern Show

The show uses an antique "magic-lantern" -- the multi-media
projector of 100 years ago. The lantern rapidly projects spectacular
color slides on a full-size movie screen.  The slides, many of them animated,
illustrate Victorian stories, songs and comedy of Spring.  They're dramatized
by a costumed showman, singers, and musicians -- and by the audience, which
provides the sound effects, claps, stomps, and joins in chants and sing-alongs.
To learn more about The American Magic Lantern Theater,

Tickets are $5 for an individual member,
$10 for an individual non-member and
$15 for a family group (2+ people)

Space is limited. Registration is required.
Payment is required at time of registration.
To register, please call (860) 567-4501

The Litchfield Historical Society and Litchfield Community Center
are co-sponsoring the event. It is also made possible with
generous support from the Connecticut Humanities.

The Litchfield Community Center is located at 421 Bantam Road, Litchfield, CT.
The Litchfield Historical Society is located at 7 South St., Litchfield, CT.
For more information about this or other programs,
please see www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org or call (860) 567-4501

Image credit: American Magic Lantern Theater
Image caption: Terry Borton, Magic-Lantern Showman, uses an 1890s magic lantern
to project the pictures in the Magic-Lantern Show

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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
10:15am-12:00pm
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"
10:30am-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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Feldenkrais: For Posture & Flexibility
11:00am
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
1:00pm
Enjoy a new release every Monday afternoon.  
Popcorn and beverages are served.  
Cost:  Donations welcome

MONDAY, MARCH 30 - "BIRDMAN"
- R (119 minutes)
A fading actor best known for his portrayal of a popular superhero attempts to mount a
comeback by appearing in a Broadway play. As opening night approaches, his attempts
to become more altruistic, rebuild his career, and reconnect
with friends and family prove more difficult than expected.  
Stars Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, and Edward Norton.

MONDAY, APRIL 6 - "GONE GIRL"
- Rated R - (149 min)
This twisting tale of a missing woman and the husband whom authorities believe is
behind her disappearance, soon reveals the dark secrets of her time away from
the marriage as well as the steps she is willing to take to hide her decisions from the public.
When he discovers the truth and the plan to set him up for the crime, he is
forced to make a choice that will change his life forever.  
Stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris.

MONDAY, APRIL 13 - "NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB"
- Rated PG13 (97 min)
The 3rd outing of the series, Larry returns for more after-hours mayhem.
When the magic that brings the exhibits to life begins to fade,
 Larry rallies his historical friends for a trip to London and the adventure of a lifetime.  
Stars Ben Stiller, Robing Williams, Owen Wilson,
Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, and Rebel Wilson.

MONDAY, APRIL 20 - "FADING GIGOLO"
- Rated R (98 min)
Fading Gigolo centers on an elderly New York bookstore owner who becomes a
pimp when he turns his middle-aged friend into a gigolo hoping to raise
enough money when it looks like their store is going to close.  
Eventually, they begin to make more money than they ever expected.  
Stars Woody Allen, John Turturro, Sofía Vergara,
Sharon Stone, Liev Schreiber.

MONDAY, APRIL 27 - "THE JUDGE"
- Rated R - (141 min)
A big city lawyer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge,
 is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and,
along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.  
Stars Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga.

MONDAY, MAY 4 - "WHIPLASH"
 - Rated R - (106 min)
Determined to make a name for himself no matter what it takes, a talented young jazz
drummer enrolls in a prestigious east coast music conservatory where his talent quickly
catches the attention of an esteemed music teacher who's notorious for his caustic
approach in the classroom, giving the ambitious young drummer a shot
at true greatness, if his methods don't drive him to madness first.  
Stars JK Simmons, Miles Teller.

MONDAY, MAY 11 - "INTO THE WOODS"
- Rated PG13 (124 min)
Inspired by a choice selection of Brothers Grimm fairy tales, this plot centers on a
baker and his wife who incur the wrath of a witch while attempting to start a family.  
Subsequently cursed by the vengeful hag, the hapless couple finds their fates linked with
those of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack of Jack and the Beanstalk.  
Stars Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick.

MONDAY, MAY 18 - "THE IDENTICAL"
- Rated PG (147 min)
Identical twin brothers are separated at birth during the Great Depression.
Their parents cannot afford to give them both a life beyond poverty, so one is
adopted by a loving family. Despite their very different upbringings, the boys'
shared passion for music causes their lives to unknowingly intersect as they
experience a powerful and mysterious connection often felt by twins. One of the boys
becomes the most famous rock 'n' roll legend in the world, Drexel Hemsley,
while the other, Ryan Wade, struggles to find balance between his love for music
and trying to please his evangelist father and his devoted mother
who have very different plans for his life in the ministry.  
Stars Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Seth Green.

MONDAY, MAY 25 - CENTER CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY

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Tuesdays

Litchfield Artists' Group
formerly "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
5:30-6:30pm
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
7:00-8:00pm
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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Beginner Bridge Classes
 10:30am-12:30pm
Wednesdays, March 4 - May 6, 2015
Instructor Al Root will teach this class to help players gain a basic
understanding of the game and how to play.  Each week a different lesson
will be taught and then the group will play games to apply the lesson.  
Cost:  $110.00 pp.  
Pre-registration and pre-payment required.

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

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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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Acoustic Music Jams
6:30pm - 8:30pm
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
9:30-10:30am
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"
10:45am-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
10:45 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 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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Knitting Lessons
6:00-7:00pm
Thursdays, April 2-June 4, 2015
(Adults)  
Learn to knit or crochet with a master
knitter and accessory designer.  
All levels welcome, limited class size.  
Cost: $110. 00 for 10 week session.
Pre-registration and pre-payment required.

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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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Chair Yoga
10:30-11:30am
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
12:00-3:00pm
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