/*889

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

********************
scroll down to see special events

Continuing Activities - Mondays

Continuing Activities - Tuesdays

Continuing Activities - Wednesdays

Continuing Activities - Thursdays

Continuing Activities - Fridays

****************
Six Flags Youth Trip
(ages 8-16)
Tuesday, August 2 ~ 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
A day at Six Flags. Rides, games, and water park.
Bring your bathing suits! Lunch not included.
Cost: $55pp
or call 860-567-8302

****************
AARP Safe Drivers Course
Wednesday, August 3 ~ 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
The nation's first and largest classroom refresher for motorists 50+.
Auto insurance discounts in most states.
Pre-registration required.
Payment will be collected by instructor before class.
Cost: $15.00 pp (AARP members) / $20.00 pp (non-members)
or call 860-567-8302

****************
Catamount Adventure Park Youth Trip
(ages 8-16)
Wednesday, August 3 ~ 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
different courses for different ages and abilities.
Price includes transportation and supervision.
The park fees vary by age and can be paid the day of the trip.
Cost: $15 pp
or call 860-567-8302

****************
"Quilts that Care"
(1st & 3rd Wednesdays)
Wednesday, August 3 ~ 12:30-2:00 p.m.
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.
 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

****************
Hiking & Jordan's Rope Course Youth Trip
(ages 10-16)
Thursday, August 4 ~ 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
The group will head to Sleeping Giant State Park for a hike.
After the hike, a stop for lunch locally.
After lunch, the group will have the opportunity to
explore the largest indoor ropes course in the world!
Lunch included.
Cost: $50 pp
or call 860-567-8302

****************
Lego Camp - Pre-Engineering
(ages 5 & 6)
Monday, August 8 through Friday, August 12
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGO(R)!
Build engineer-designed projects such as boats, bridges, mazes and
motorized cars, and use special pieces to create your own unique design!
Explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO(R) building system
with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor. This is an ideal
way to prepare young builders for the challenge of Engineering FUNdamentals.
Cost: $160 pp
or call 860-567-8302

****************
Lego Camp - Engineering FUNdamentals
(ages 7-11)
Monday, August 8 through Friday, August 12
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
Power up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies
and tens of thousands of LEGO(R)! Apply real-world concepts in
 physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects
 such as arch bridges, skyscrapers, motorized cars, and the Battletrack!
Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas
 in a supportive environment. An experienced instructor will challenge
new and returning students to engineer at the next level.
Cost: $160 pp
or call 860-567-8302

****************
"Romeo & Juliet" music lecture
Wednesday, August 10 ~ 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Litchfield Community Center
2 sessions: August 10 & August 17
Since the early 18th century, composers have been inspired by the world's
most beloved love story. Some sixty works, including operas, ballets, symphonies,
 incidental music, overtures and songs, have been based on the play.
Only "Hamlet" and "The Tempest" can rival that number.
Jeffrey Engel will present background histories and
 excerpts from popular "Romeo and Juliet" inspired works.
Pre-registration/pre-payment is required.
Cost: $ 20.00 pp
A $3 pp CC processing fee will be added to your order.
or call 860-567-8302

****************
"Sonic Sea"
 film viewing
Wednesday, August 10 ~ 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
Please join hosts Fortunate Blessings Foundation
for a film viewing of "Sonic Sea", about protecting life in our
waters from the destructive effects of oceanic noise pollution.
FREE! ~ Film viewing followed by a short discussion.
Noise Pollution in the Ocean?
Sonic Sea is a 60-minute documentary about the impact of industrial and
military ocean noise on whales and other marine life. It tells the story of a
 former US Navy officer who solved a tragic mystery and changed forever the way
 we understand our impact on the ocean. The film is narrated by Rachel McAdams
and features Sting, in addition to the renowned ocean experts Dr. Sylvia Earle,
Dr. Paul Spong, Dr. Christopher Clark and Jean-Michel Cousteau. Sonic Sea
was produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
and Imaginary Forces in association with the International Fund for
Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Diamond Docs. Learn more at www.sonicsea.org

The Weeden Foundation is co-sponsoring a free August 10 screening
of Sonic Sea from 7 to 9 pm with the Litchfield-based Fortunate Blessings
 at the Litchfield Community Center. A short panel discussion at 8 pm will follow
 the screening on how we can take steps to protect ocean and marine life.

The panelists are:
- Paul Anderson, PhD, Research Scientist at Mystic Aquarium

- Peter Auster, PhD, Research Professor Emeritus of Marine Sciences,
Science Director of the Northeast Underwater Research Technology;
Education Center at the University of Connecticut at Avery Point,
and Senior Research Scientist at Mystic Aquarium

- Sam Mackiewicz, Communications Associate
at World Oceans Day and The Ocean Project

-  Lisa Piastuch, Research Assistant at the
National Undersea Research Center

- Paul Winter, 7-time Grammy® winner with a wide range of experience
 in musical traditions and natural environments of the Earth

For its 40 years of existence, the Weeden Foundation’s primary mission
has been to protect biodiversity.  It has helped preserve more than 6 million
acres of biologically important habitat worldwide.  The Foundation financed
 the first debt-for-nature swap in Bolivia in 1992, a strategy that
 is now widely used by international conservation organizations.

From its 1963 inception, the Weeden Foundation embraced the protection
of biodiversity as its priority. Organizations supported range from
those that protect ecosystems and wildlife to those working
towards population stabilization and sustainable consumption.

For more than 35 years the Fortunate Blessings Foundation a non-faith based,
non-profit has offered education in this country and abroad on
 well-being for the individual, the community and the planet.
Interwoven is a concern to bring public awareness of environmental issues
 that impact all species globally. The recent Huffington Post article,
“Concern for Ocean Noise Pollution Still Falls on Deaf Ears” by
Fortunate Blessings Foundation Founder, William Spear, provides background.

For more information: call 860-567-8801

****************
Lego Action Flix Camp
(ages 7-13)
Monday, August 15 - Friday, August 19
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
We know you love Legos and can create incredible Lego worlds,
 now it s time to bring those worlds to life in Lego stop-motion
animated flix! We provide the Legos, and you provide your imagination.
 Students will create a Lego set with Lego characters for a movie they
 storyboard, write, shoot, and voice-over in age-appropriate groups.
*All flix downloadable within a month after camp ends.
Cost: $190
Call 860-567-8302 to register.

****************
Live Action Flix Camp
(ages 7-13)
Monday, August 15 - Friday, August 19
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
Do you want to have a blast making a movie? You don't have to be an actor
to star in these movies that you make from "Action" to "That's a wrap."
We'll guide you through the Hollywood process as you brainstorm,
location scout, bring in props and costumes, act and direct in a
collaborative movie that will be fun for the entire audience.
*All flix downloadable within a month after camp ends.
Cost: $190
Call 860-567-8302 to register.

****************
"Romeo & Juliet" music lecture
Wednesday, August 17 ~ 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Litchfield Community Center
Since the early 18th century, composers have been inspired by the
world's most beloved love story. Some sixty works, including operas,
 ballets, symphonies, incidental music, overtures and songs,
have been based on the play. Only "Hamlet" and "The Tempest"
can rival that number.Jeffrey Engel will present background histories
and excerpts from popular "Romeo and Juliet" inspired works.
Cost: 20.00 pp
* Pre-registration/pre-payment is required.
A $3.00 pp CC processing fee will be added to your order.
or call 860-567-8302

****************
"Quilts that Care"
(1st & 3rd Wednesdays)
Wednesday, August 17 ~ 12:30-2:00 p.m.
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.
 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

****************
Hiking & River Tubing
(ages 10-16)
Tuesday, August 23 ~ 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
 
In the morning, the group will hike
Talcott Mountain State Park to the tower.
After, a stop for lunch which is included.
After lunch we will head to the river for
tubing down the Farmington River.
Cost: $50 pp
or call 860-567-8302

****************
Hiking and Laser Tag
(ages 8-16)
Wednesday, August 24 ~ 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
The group will hike a section of the Mattabesett Trail
 in Middletown in the morning.
After, lunch in Middletown which is included.
After the lunch the group will have three
games of laser tag at Laser Quest.
Cost: $50 pp
or call 860-567-8302

****************
Hammonasset Beach Youth Trip
Friday, August 26 ~ 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
 
A day at the beach!
First stop at Lenny & Joe's for lunch then beach time
from 12-4pm before packing for Litchfield.
Transportation provided by NWCT Transit.
Suggested donation of $7 payable to driver.
Checks only.
or call 860-567-8302

********************
Continuing Activities & Classes

Mondays

Yoga with Wendy
9:00-10:00 am
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
Cost: $12.00
Instructor: Wendy Larsen

****************
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.

****************
Movie Mondays
1:00 -3:00 pm
Enjoy a new release every Monday afternoon.  
Popcorn and beverages are served.  
Cost:  Donations welcome

****************
Strength and Stretch
1:30-2:30 pm
Increase muscle mass, range of motion & circulation,
 reduce stress and improve overall well-being.
Mondays at 2:00 pm / Thursdays at 11:30 am.
Pre-registration required.
Location: Community Room
Cost: $75.00 for 4 weeks (8 sessions)
Contact instructor Shannon Strong,
certified personal trainer at

****************
Tuesdays

BNI
7:00 am
BNI stands for Business Networking International and it is the world's largest
 referral organization with over 185,000 members in over 60 countries.
Last year members of BNI passed thousands of referrals, which generated
over 6 billion dollars worth of business for each other! BNI provides a positive,
supportive, and structured environment for the development and exchange
 of quality business referrals. It does so by helping you build personal
relationships with dozens of other qualified business professionals.
Here is a link to our website, bnict.com

****************
Struttin' Soles Walking Group
9:00-11:00 am
Ongoing every Tuesday and Thursday!
Open to anyone interested in sharing in the joy
and health benefits of group walks.
Meet at LCC parking lot to start and all are welcome to come
back in for coffee/tea after finishing walk.
Wear comfortable clothing/shoes.
Walks will be taken along local roads/
trails based on the group's interest and ability.
Call 860-567-8302 or email to sign up.
Be sure to include your t-shirt size.

****************
Community Artists' Group
formerly "Paint with Friends"
9:00 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!

****************
Dance Exercise
9:30-11:00 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.

****************
Duplicate Bridge
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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

****************
Bingo
1:00 -3:00 pm
Free admission, cards available for nominal fee

****************
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

****************
Wednesdays

Yoga with Wendy
9:00 -10:00 am
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
Cost: $12.00
Instructor: Wendy Larsen

****************
Tai Chi with Eileen
10:30-11:00 am
All Ages Welcome
FREE ~ No experience necessary,
dress in comfortable clothes
Eileen Rindos leads a light Tai Chi exercise each week
focusing on reflexology and meditation.
This class is free and no registration is necessary.

****************
Table Tennis
11:30 am-2:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Table Tennis is played weekly on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Drop in. New or experienced players welcome! Paddles available.

****************
"Quilts that Care"
(1st & 3rd Wednesdays)
12:30-2:00 pm
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.

 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

****************
Bridge for All
1:00-3:00 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

****************
Thursdays

Struttin' Soles Walking Group
9:00-11:00 am
Ongoing every Tuesday and Thursday!
Open to anyone interested in sharing in the joy
and health benefits of group walks.
Meet at LCC parking lot to start and all are welcome to come
back in for coffee/tea after finishing walk.
Wear comfortable clothing/shoes.
Walks will be taken along local roads/
trails based on the group's interest and ability.
Call 860-567-8302 or email to sign up.
Be sure to include your t-shirt size.

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

****************
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.

****************
Wii Bowling
10:45 am-12:00 pm
Thursdays in the Learning Center
Join others for Wii bowling. Open to the public

****************
Table Tennis Club
10:45 am - 2:00 pm
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.

 ****************
"Art Across the Ages" DVD course
2:00-3:30 pm
In Art across the Ages, Professor Ori Z. Soltes has crafted a course in
Western visual art that serves as both a mind-broadening survey and
an essential introduction. It is designed to give anyone interested in Western art
a firm familiarity with its basics, acquainting you with major artists and styles
in various media and providing a broad foundation for deeper exploration.

 By giving you a ready grasp of the substance and significance of a vast range
of artists and their work, along with a solid knowledge of how those artists and
their work fit within art's continuum, this course will add immeasurably to your
next visit to a museum or exhibition or simply enhance
your pleasure in the art you encounter in your life.
 48 Lectures include: 30 minutes each
Cost: Donations accepted

****************
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.

****************
Fridays

Yoga with Wendy
9:00 - 10:00 am
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
Cost: $12.00
Instructor: Wendy Larsen

****************
Grief Support Group
9:30-11:00 am
Lounge ~ Free
Come just as you are, you have companions who are
also walking through the confusion and deep grief.
Learn what to expect and how to navigate the journey.
 This group is a gift from the Friends of Hospice.
For more information, call Rev. Eileen Epperson at 860-435-0288.

****************
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

****************
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

****************

Carnival Day ~ BZ photos
Friday, July 10, 2015
 

 

   

 

****************
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