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

15th Annual Memorial Sweetheart Run & Walk
Saturday, February 11 ~ 11:00 a.m. Start
@ Litchfield Community Center
The 15th Annual Memorial Sweetheart Run & Walk will be held on
Saturday February 11, 2017 at the Litchfield Community Center.
This special family event is organized by the Litchfield Community Center, Inc.
and the Village Striders, in memory of Bob & Peg Andrulis, long time
community activists and supporters of local road races.
All proceeds benefit family and youth programs
at the Litchfield Community Center.
The five mile run and three mile walk will begin at
11:00 a.m. and all ages are welcome to participate.

The course follows a route of varied terrain including the
scenic roads and trails of the White Memorial Foundation.
The first 150 registrants will receive a commemorative t-shirt
and a bag of sweetheart treats at the finish line.  

There will also be a variety of post run & walk refreshments inside
The Community Center for all participants and spectators to enjoy.
Awards will be given to winners of several age divisions,
including youth, senior, and "first couple" prizes.

Advanced registration fee is $25.00 per person.
Day of registration is $30.00.
Cost for children 12 and under is $5
and participants 80 years and older are free.

Applications may be obtained at Sportsmens of Litchfield,
Murphy's Pharmacy, The Community Center
or on the Center's website www.thecommunitycenter.org.  
For more information please call 860-567-8302

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Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA)
Presentation on Electric Suppliers
Tuesday, January 24 ~ 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
Staff from the Public Utilities Regulatory Authorit (P.U.R.A.)
can explain the process and provide information
about licensed electric suppliers, how you may
reduce your monthly electric bill by switching suppliers
 and whether choosing a supplier is right for you.
We encourage you to bring a recent copy of your electric bill
and speak with one of PURA's representatives.
Free!
Contact PURA at 800-382-4586
or visit www.ct.gov/pura
Pre-registration is required
For more info call 860-567-8302

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Music Together
Tuesday, January 24 ~ 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
Classes run from January 10th - March 14th (10 weeks)
Did you know that all children are musical?
Have you ever wondered what you can do to nurture the musical
growth of your child, regardless of your own musical ability?
Experience Music Together and find out
how important--and how fun--your role can be!
Our Music Together classes build on your child's natural
enthusiasm for music and movement. We'll help you provide your
child with the basic musical skills needed to enjoy school and
social musical activities, and to study an instrument
should he or she choose to do so.
For more information
and pricing please visit
For more info call 860-567-8302

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"Hedy Lemarr" History at Play
Thursday, January 26 ~ 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
Join actress and historical interpreter, Judith Kalaora,
as she introduces you to a woman clouded in a fantasy world that
only Tinseltown could create. Watch as this young Austrian refugee
transforms to become the most beautiful woman in the world,
all the while, inventing technology to GPS, WiFi,
and all wireless telecommunication.
Pre-registration is required
Cost: $5.00 per person
For more info call 860-567-8302

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D.A.W.G. Training Classes
Thursday, January 26 ~ 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
January 26th - March 2nd (6 Week Session)
D.A.W.G =
Diagnose the problem.
Address the problem.
Work through the problem.
Go forward.
DonoLou K9 Connection will be starting a 6 week training class!
You will learn proper leash walking,
impulse control, body language and leadership.

Dogs should be 6 months or older and require up to date rabies,
distemper and bordetella in order to attend the class.
This training class is only open to 5 dogs so register ASAP!

For more information or to speak with the trainer
call Chelsea Patenaude @ 203-592-1305,
or email her at chelseaschult@gmail.com
Cost: $185/Dog
Note: $3.00pp credit card processing
fee will be added to your order
For more info call 860-567-8302

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Starry Night's Cafe
Saturday, January 28 ~ 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
For more info please call 860-567-8302

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American Red Cross Blood Drive
Tuesday, January 31 ~ 1:15-6:30 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
Please go to Red Cross website
for all the information.

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"Quilts that Care"
(1st & 3rd Wednesdays)
Wednesday, February 1 ~ 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.
 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

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Women's Forum of Litchfield Presents
"Artisans at Work:
Farm to Table & Buying Local"
Thursday, February 2 ~ 2:30 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
421 Bantam Road, Litchfield
The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes four local businesses creating
 artisanal specialties and writer Joseph Montebello in a conversation
 at the Litchfield Community Center at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield
on Thursday, February 2, beginning at 2:30pm.  The focus of the
discussion will be how their businesses have flourished and,
to illustrate their talents, there will be produce and product for sale.

Savor Fine Foods is a micro-bakery specializing in unique handmade
shortbread cookies, offering a variety of flavors that are “an extraordinary diversity,”
according to owner/founder André Kreft, who grew up in Connecticut,
and lived for many years in the San Francisco Bay Area working as a visual artist.
He redirected his creativity towards food production when he returned to his home state.

The food career of Niles Golovin began in his teens, when he had the
opportunity to work in the dining rooms of the "Borscht Belt" hotels.
After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America,
he moved to New York City and spent the next fifteen
years working in restaurants that were defining the
New American Cuisine.  Then the "Bread Revolution" evolved,
and he wheedled his way into the bakery of Richard Bourdon,
owner of Berkshire Mt. Bakery. He decided to open
his own bakery, which has become a must-visit in Bantam.

Mark Palladino has an accounting and finance background, with an
elementary education degree.  His life took a very different turn when
he became a certified organic farm apprentice in 2000 at Riverbank Farm
in Roxbury and worked part-time with Pratt Nature Center as an
educational instructor.   In 2003 Wild Carrot Farm began, was certified
organic after three years and grew to ten acres of vegetables, flowers,
fruits, and herbs.  WCF became a founding member of the Litchfield and
Collinsville farmers’ markets and employs mostly local teenagers for its labor force.

Joanie Guglielmino, co-owner/operator of Jessie’s Restaurant from 1985-2000,
has always been attracted to the plant world perhaps because both her
mother and her grandfather were avid gardeners. She purchased most
of her produce from Wild Carrot Farm and started working there for her
veggies as a CSA workshare in 2008 when Mark Palladino started up a CSA program.
She came on full-time in 2009 to help Mark manage the farm and has been there ever since.

Kimberly Thorn with last year’s giant chocolate Easter egg.

Kimberly Thorn of Milk House Chocolates in Goshen is proud
that they have been voted “Best in Connecticut” for 2015 and 2016.  
She describes her chocolates “Our Signature flavors are based
 on the fresh milk, cream and butter we make here at Thorncrest Farm.
Pure ingredients equals pure simple pleasures.” She also offers
cheese-making classes that have been well-received.

The event will be open to non-Forum members with a $10 fee
at the door, which includes a High Tea reception.
The contacts for more information are 860-605-7207

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Science Saturdays
Saturday, February 4 ~ 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Litchfield Community Center
* Presented by How Cool Is That?
(Hands-On Science)
Join us for 6 Science Saturdays on
1/21, 2/4, 2/25, 3/11, 3/25, and 4/8.
$20/class, or save by signing up
for all 6, for only $100!

Presented by "How Cool Is That?"
(Hands-On Science)
children will gain knowledge through science
 in a fun, unique, "hands-on" experience.
Velya Jancz-Urban brings to the table,
a CT teaching certification, with
activities aligned to STEM objectives.
All materials are supplied.
Ideal for grades K-5.

Pre-registration is required
Cost: $20/Class or $100 for 6 Classes!
Note: A $3.00 pp credit card
processing fee is added to each ticket.
For more info call 860-567-8302

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Movie, Talk & Music Presentation
with Andrew Schulman
Sunday, February 5 ~ 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
Movie, Talk & Music Presentation
with Guitarist/Author Andrew Schulman
Star of "Andrew & Wendy"
Documentary Film: "Waking the Spirit:
A Musician's Journey Healing Body, Mind and Soul"
Donations accepted at door.
For more info call 860-567-8302

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Celebrity Chef Cooking Class for Kids
(For students in 5th & 6th grade)
Tuesday, February 7 ~ 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
Participate in a hands-on cooking experience and
also learn about kitchen sanitation and food safety.
All materials will be provided and students
will be able to bring home the items they prepared.
Menu includes Chicken Tenders,
applesauce, smoothie and sugar cookies.

Presented by Chef John Ferrucci as seen on
The Celebrity Chef Show (Cable Access Ch 5)
has traveled and worked in many of
the country's popular restaurants.
He has owned and operated his
own business for almost 20 years.

Pre-registration and pre-payment required.
Please call 860-567-8302 to register
$20.00 pp
Transportation from LIS will be provided on LCC van.
NOTE: A $3.00 pp credit card processing
fee will be added to your order.

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15th Annual Memorial Sweetheart Run & Walk
Saturday, February 11 ~ 11:00 a.m. Start
@ Litchfield Community Center
The 15th Annual Memorial Sweetheart Run & Walk will be held on
Saturday February 11, 2017 at the Litchfield Community Center.
This special family event is organized by the Litchfield Community Center, Inc.
and the Village Striders, in memory of Bob & Peg Andrulis, long time
community activists and supporters of local road races.
All proceeds benefit family and youth programs
at the Litchfield Community Center.
The five mile run and three mile walk will begin at
11:00 a.m. and all ages are welcome to participate.

The course follows a route of varied terrain including the
scenic roads and trails of the White Memorial Foundation.
The first 150 registrants will receive a commemorative t-shirt
and a bag of sweetheart treats at the finish line.  

There will also be a variety of post run & walk refreshments inside
The Community Center for all participants and spectators to enjoy.
Awards will be given to winners of several age divisions,
including youth, senior, and "first couple" prizes.

Advanced registration fee is $25.00 per person.
Day of registration is $30.00.
Cost for children 12 and under is $5
and participants 80 years and older are free.
Applications may be obtained at Sportsmens of Litchfield,
Murphy's Pharmacy, The Community Center
or on the Center's website www.thecommunitycenter.org.  
For more information please call 860-567-8302

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Live Learn Lunch Series
"Feeling Great With Music"
Monday, February 13 ~ 11:00 a.m.  - 12:30 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
The use of music within healthcare practices has
existed for centuries and exists around the world.
This workshop will include live, interactive music
experientials and information on how to use music
within your day to day life to improve overall wellness.
Come ready to make some music!
A Lite Lunch and a Q&A session will follow the lecture.

About the presenters:
Jona Jeffcoat is a board certified music therapist and the
Director of Services/founder of Infinity Music Therapy Services.
Jona works with a diverse clientele using music to bring about positive
developmental, mental, and health changes in children and adults.
She is a frequent presenter at local and national levels presenting
on the therapeutic use of music at home, schools, and across environments.

Kelsey Kaplan is a music therapy intern at Infinity Music Therapy Services.
She is a singer/ songwriter from Berklee College of Music and is
currently completing her Bachelor's degree in music therapy.

FREE! ~ Pre-registration is required
For more info call 860-567-8302

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Bridge Lessons
Tuesday, February 14 ~ 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Litchfield Community Center
Tuesdays, Feb. 14th -March 14th
Learn to play Duplicate Bridge
with Martin Hutton
Intermediate Level Classes
Intent: To enable players of rubber/Chicago/party
bridge to feel comfortable (and not overwhelmed)
playing duplicate bridge.

Prerequisites: An basic understanding of bridge bidding
and play (which I will review to assess pupil's capabilities)

Course: Differences in play & strategy between rubber & duplicate bridge
Terminology and Equipment (table cards, boards,
bidding boxes, scoring etc.). Etiquette & dispute resolution.
Bidding & Play - Standard American Yellow Card and variants, leads, discards
Martin will be illustrating lessons with actual equipment, handouts,
and/or arranged hands (these especially during the second half of the course).

Pre-registration is required
$55 for 5 weeks, 1 and a 1/2 hour sessions
*Note: A $3.00 pp transaction fee
will be added to credit card registration
For more info call 860-567-8302

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"Quilts that Care"
(1st & 3rd Wednesdays)
Wednesday, February 15 ~ 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.
 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

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Friday Feast and Dancing Feet
Friday, February 17 ~ 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
 
Join us on the 3rd Friday of each month
for a light lunch, music and dancing.
Pre-registration is required
$7.00 pp
For more info call 860-567-8302

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Long Term Care Insurance
Tuesday, February 21 ~ 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
Nancy Simm, CLTC, LTCP, CSA is a knowledgeable professional
who can discuss your options. Join her for a presentation and
Question and Answer at the Litchfield Community Center.
In addition to your specific questions she will address:
Traditional LTC Products - the pros and Cons
Asset-based LTC Products- the pros and Cons
Hybrid LTC Products- the pros and Cons
FREE! Register to RSVP
For more info call 860-567-8302

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CT Flower & Garden Show Daytrip
Thursday, February 23 ~ 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
Travel to the CT Convention Center in Hartford for the
36th Annual CT Flower & Garden Show.
Explore over 300 booths, view landscaped gardens
and visit the Federated Garden Clubs of CT design & horticulture
competition based on this year's theme "Woodland Enchantment."

Over 80 hours of seminars and demos are included in your ticket.
This year's guest is the host of PBS's "The Victory Garden" Roger Swain.
Lunch on your own with choice of food vendors or bring bag lunch.

Pre-registration and pre-payment due by Feb. 21, 2017.
Tickets are non-refundable after purchase.
Pre-registration/pre-payment is required.
$21.00 pp
Note: A $3.00pp credit card processing
fee will be added to your order.
For more info call 860-567-8302

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Science Saturdays
Saturday, February 25 ~ 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Litchfield Community Center
* Presented by How Cool Is That?
(Hands-On Science)
Join us for 6 Science Saturdays on
1/21, 2/4, 2/25, 3/11, 3/25, and 4/8.
$20/class, or save by signing up
for all 6, for only $100!

Presented by "How Cool Is That?"
(Hands-On Science)
children will gain knowledge through science
 in a fun, unique, "hands-on" experience.
Velya Jancz-Urban brings to the table,
a CT teaching certification, with
activities aligned to STEM objectives.
All materials are supplied.
Ideal for grades K-5.

Pre-registration is required
Cost: $20/Class or $100 for 6 Classes!
Note: A $3.00 pp credit card
processing fee is added to each ticket.
For more info call 860-567-8302

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New York City Day Trip
Next Date TBA
8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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 8:00am and departs NYC at 6:00pm
Transportation provided by Kelly Transit.
* Pre-registration/pre-payment is required.
Cost: $45.00
* Note: A $3.00 pp processing fee
will be added to your credit card.
For more info call 860-567-8302

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Carnival Day ~ BZ photos
Friday, July 10, 2015
 

 

   

 

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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