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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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Kids Irish Step Dance Lessons
Tuesday, September 1 ~ 4:30-5:30 pm
Tuesday & Thursdays, August 25th/27th & Sept. 1st/3rd
Join Eibhilin McKenna, an experienced Irish dancer and teacher of three years,
in four fun-filled beginner level classes. Students will learn the basic techniques
and dances, culminating in a final showcase for family/friends on the last day!
Girls & Boys welcome! Cost: $20pp
Registration and pre-payment required.

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Litchfield's Biggest Loser:
Weight Loss Challenge
Tuesday, September 1 ~ 6:00-7:00 pm
Join a fun ONLINE Weight Loss Challenge to get your body looking
& feeling awesome! Win a cash prize if you are one of the top achievers
in your Challenge! Meet at the beginning and the end and
receive access to an online group page, group support,
free personal coaching and free nutrition classes!
Call 505.369.8136 for more info or to register.
Cost: $45.00pp

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Jeffrey Engel's
"Influence of Jazz on Classical Music"
Wednesday, September 2 ~ 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Community Room ~ Cost: $20.00 pp
Early 20th century composers of serious music
were fascinated by jazz and its' forerunners.
European composers traveled to New Orleans and Harlem
just to hear this new, distinctive American Music.
Jeffrey Engel will explore the jazz influenced
classical repertory and play examples(on CD's) from it.
 Light refreshments will be served.  
Pre-registration required by August 24.

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Music Together
Wednesday, September 2 ~ 11:15 am-12:00 pm
FREE Demo ~ Learning Center ~ Free
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.

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Kids Irish Step Dance Lessons
Thursday, September 3 ~ 4:30-5:30 pm
Tuesday & Thursdays, August 25th/27th & Sept. 1st/3rd
Join Eibhilin McKenna, an experienced Irish dancer and teacher of three years,
in four fun-filled beginner level classes. Students will learn the basic techniques
and dances, culminating in a final showcase for family/friends on the last day!
Girls & Boys welcome! Cost: $20pp
Registration and pre-payment required.

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Norwalk: Sheffield Island & SoNo Shopping
Friday, September 4 ~ 9:00 am-5:30 pm
Cost: NW CT Bus Free with suggested donation of $7pp.
* Pre-registration required, call 860-567-8302 for details

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Aquaturf Club: It's Polka Time!
Tuesday, September 15 ~ 10:00 am-4:30 pm
A trip to the Aquaturf for a luncheon and entertainment!
 Door Prizes *Coffee & Donuts* Complimentary Beverage
 Family Style Luncheon: Soup/Salad/Stuffed Cabbage/
Kielbasa & Kraut/Pierogies/Dessert.
 Registration and pre-payment required.
Cost: $45.00pp
* $3 pp credit card processing fee will be added

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Estate Planning 101
Wednesday, September 16 ~ 10:30-11:30 am
Lounge ~ Free
* Pre-registration required
If you know you need to do some estate planning but don’t
know where to start, this is the lecture for you.
 Presented by Peter Harrison, an estate planning
attorney with Cramer & Anderson LLP

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Hudson River Mansions:
Wilderstein & Staatsburg Mansions
Friday, September 18 ~ 9:30 am-5:00 pm
Come tour historic houses on the Hudson! First stop is the Staatsburg
Historic Site for a tour of the mansion followed by time on your own to
explore the gift shop, grounds, and have lunch. At 1pm the group will
head down the road to the Wilderstein Mansion for a guided tour of the house
followed by more time to explore the grounds and take in scenic views of the Hudson.
 Registration and pre-payment required
Cost: $30.00pp
* $3 pp credit card processing fee will be added

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New York City Daytrip
Wednesday, September 23 ~ 8:00 am - 8:30 pm
"Do As You Please”
There are 3 drop-off: Rockefeller Center,
The Met and Battery Park Area.
 One pick up: 52nd & Broadway.
 Bus departs LCC 8:00am and departs NYC 6:00pm.
 Seats are limited to 39.
 Pre-registration and pre-payment is required.
Cost: $45.00 pp
* $3 pp credit card processing fee will be added

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Health Coaching Workshops
Wednesday, September 23 ~ 9:30-11:00 am
Wednesdays, Sept. 23, 30th, Oct. 7 & 14 ~ Learning Center
Certified Holistic Health Coach, Jen Minery will host four upcoming
workshops on health and weight loss. Jen received her certificate
from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition which is board certified
through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.

Wednesday, Sept. 23rd: Yin/Yang - Finding a Balance - The Yin/Yang concept
has been around for centuries. Learn how to stay true to your nature while
finding a balance. Yin/Yang is prevalent in macrobiotics which is a way of eating
that is balanced and honors all parts of ourselves & nature.
Learn the Yin/Yang of food and how it can benefit your entire body.

Wednesday, Sept. 30th: Problem-solving is good for our Health -
Learn how to problem-solve long-standing issues in your life for
better health and enjoyment. Learn what foods support
your brain function and stabilize your mood.

Wednesday, Oct. 7th: Effective Stress-management - Since stress is a part of life
 and will always be a part of our day, learn how to shift your perception to be
able to view stress through a different lens. Learn how what we eat can
help stabilize our moods, ground us and alleviate the anxiety that accompanies stress.

Wednesday, Oct. 14th: Chronic Health Issues - Sometimes our persistent
health issues are tied into what we are eating and our mindset.
Learn how to look at your food to see what could be
triggering inflammation and other ongoing issues.
Cost: $25.00 pp/$75.00 for all 4

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Daytrip: The Big E
Thursday, September 24 ~ 8:00 am-4:00 pm
Travel via the Community Center van to West Springfield, MA.
to spend the day on your own at the fair!
Registration and pre-payment required
Cost: $25.00pp
* $3 pp credit card processing fee will be added

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CT Partnership for Long Term Care
Thursday, September 24 ~ 6:30-7:30 pm
Learning Center ~ Free
Everyone should know about the financial risks they face when needing
 long term care. Understand how Medicare, Medicaid, health plans and
Long-Term Care Insurance work together, or not? Are your assets protected?
Learn how the CT Partnership for Long-Term Care provides effective
solutions for CT residents who wish to have better options to protect
 their assets should they need long term care in the future.

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Fort Trumbull & Submarine Force Museum
Friday, September 25 ~ 8:00 am-4:30 pm
A daytrip of historical significance! First stop at Fort Trumbull where you
can explore the grounds and join a guided tour. Next, board the bus and
head to Groton Town House American Diner for lunch on your own.
After lunch, cross the bridge to Groton and spend time
discovering the Submarine Force Museum and U.S.S. Nautilus
Cost: NW CT Bus Free with suggested donation of $7pp.
Please call 860-567-8302 for details.

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Age in Place CT: Checklist for Safety
Friday, September 25 ~ 10:30-11:30 am
Atrium ~ Free
Your comfort and independence matter, and safety is the key when trying
to stay in your home as you age. Falling is the number one reason why people
are forced to leave the homes they love. Age in Place CT knows what
you should be looking for, come listen and gain further understanding.

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Health Coaching Workshops
Wednesday, September 30 ~ 9:30-11:00 am
Wednesdays, Sept. 23, 30th, Oct. 7 & 14 ~ Learning Center
Certified Holistic Health Coach, Jen Minery will host four upcoming
workshops on health and weight loss. Jen received her certificate
from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition which is board certified
through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.

Wednesday, Sept. 30th: Problem-solving is good for our Health -
Learn how to problem-solve long-standing issues in your life for
better health and enjoyment. Learn what foods support
your brain function and stabilize your mood.

Wednesday, Oct. 7th: Effective Stress-management - Since stress is a part of life
 and will always be a part of our day, learn how to shift your perception to be
able to view stress through a different lens. Learn how what we eat can
help stabilize our moods, ground us and alleviate the anxiety that accompanies stress.

Wednesday, Oct. 14th: Chronic Health Issues - Sometimes our persistent
health issues are tied into what we are eating and our mindset.
Learn how to look at your food to see what could be
triggering inflammation and other ongoing issues.
Cost: $25.00 pp/$75.00 for all 4

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Music Together
Wednesday, September 30 ~ 11:15 am-12:00 pm
Community Room
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.

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Continuing Activities & Classes

Mondays

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

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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, August 24
THE GAMBLER
(Rated R) – 111 Minutes
Lit professor and gambler Jim Bennett's debt causes him to borrow money
from his mother and a loan shark. Further complicating his situation is his
relationship with one of his students. Will Bennett risk his life for a second chance?
Starring: Mark Wahlberg.

Monday, August 31
THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL
(Rated PG) – 122 Minutes
With plans underway for a second hotel, Evelyn and Douglas venture into the
Jaipur workforce, wondering where their regular breakfast dates will lead.
Meanwhile, Norman and Carol navigate the swirling waters of an exclusive relationship,
as Madge juggles two very eligible suitors, and recent arrival Guy Chambers
finds a muse in Sonny's mother, Mrs. Kapoor for his next novel. As his marriage
 to Sunaina, the love of his life, quickly approaches, Sonny finds his plans for the
new hotel making more claims on his time than he has available. Perhaps the
only one who may know the answers is Muriel, the keeper of everyone's secrets.
As the big day nears, family and guests alike find themselves swept
up in the irresistible intoxication of an Indian wedding.
Starring: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith.

Monday, September 14
KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE
(Rated R) – 129 Minutes
A spy organization recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid
 into the agency's ultra-competitive training program, just as a
global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.
Starring: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson

Monday, September 21
CAKE
(Rated R) – 102 Minutes
Claire becomes fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her chronic pain
support group while grappling with her own, very raw personal tragedy.
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Anna Kendrick

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Strength and Stretch for Seniors
2:00-3:00 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

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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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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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Wii Bowling
10:45 am-11:45 am
Thursdays in the Learning Center
Join others for Wii bowling. Open to the 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 48 lecture course will survey the great moments of European paintings,
sculpture and architecture from Charlemagne to the onset of WWII.  
Cost: Donations welcome.
Attend all or drop in.  
Presented by Prof. William Kloss.

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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

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.

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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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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