Upcoming Events

All ages are invited each Tuesday morning for a gathering a local artists, crafters and creators. Bring your latest project to work on and share in a leisurely and social environment.

Tuesdays—Dance Exercise II—Mat work A sculpting and toning workout, using floor mat and dance exercises. Please bring a mat. Available at Center if you do not have one.

Facilitated by Martin Hutton, a certified duplicate bridge instructor

Weekly game of Bingo played Tuesdays at 1pm.

A strength training class that includes stretching, abdominal work & muscle isolation for a full body workout. Instructor: Dean Roberts.

Visit Wendy @ Yoga With Wendy Classes are Mondays and Wednesdays. A yoga class conducted in a casual, practical, fun atmosphere. Students are encouraged to breathe and stretch to their potential that day. Modifications are always offered. Suitable for people who are beginners to experienced in a yoga practice.

Marie Boyens leads a light Tai Chi exercise each week focusing on reflexology and meditation. This class is free and no registration is necessary.

Table Tennis is played weekly on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Drop in. New or experienced players welcome! Paddles available.

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. (check for special summer dates) For more info, please call Deb Van Steenberge at 860-782-1043 or email at quiltsthatcare.deb@gmail.com

Enjoy a relaxing meal and social time! Summer Barbecue! Hot Dogs on the Grill with Beans & Potato Salad Plus Buns, Relish and Sauerkraut Ice Cream for Dessert Hosted by Food Rescue US NW CT and Litchfield Community Center. Donations welcome!

Thursday's Dance Exercise: Standing Core work Building strength and cardiovascular health through movement based in the discipline of dance. Ballet and jazz that incorporates traditional fitness exercise. Please bring a mat. Available at Center if you do not have one.

A Registered Nurse is available to check your blood pressure.

2 Part Lecture Series Thursday—August 8 & 22 FREE 10:30—11:30am Register: www.thecommunitycenter.org Or Call 860—567—8302 Walk-ins welcome Jeffrey Engel will present a program of  Leroy Anderson. Leroy Anderson(1908-1975) was a master composer of popular orchestral miniatures. Still remembered today are works like “The Syncopated Clock” and “Sleigh Ride.” During the 1950’s he was performed  by American orchestras more often than any other  native composer! Jeffrey Engel will detail his life and play numerous examples of his still beloved music.  Jeffrey Engel has been giving lectures devoted to music history for more than twenty years. He believes that such lectures should be entertaining as well as informative. To that end, his explanations are never too technical and he infuses his material with amusing anecdotes and musical illustrations.

Table Tennis is played weekly on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Drop in. New or experienced players welcome! Paddles available.

8 week session dates: June 6 & 13, July 11 & 25, Aug. 1, 15, 22 & 29, 2019 Pilates is an integrated method of exercise that targets your core muscles with the ultimate goal of increasing your fitness, flexibility, strength and balance. Using conscious attention to breathing, together with fluid movements focusing on form, the Pilates method is a proven path to achieving your personal fitness goals. Instructor: Marion Farrell of Mind-Body Connection Marion has been teaching Pilates since 2010. I have two comprehensive certifications, the first from Balance Body Pilates and the second from Pilates Method Alliance, better known as PMA. PMA is the only international and national certification recognized by CREP. I’ve owned, operated and instructed at Mind-Body Connection Pilates in New Milford, CT since 2011. I work with all ages, teaching athletes, everyday folks as well as senior. I’ve been teaching Senior Pilates at the senior Center in Washington, CT for 7 years. I love helping people connect their mind and bodies to create physical and mental strength. Pilates is an incredibly powerful method that extends beyond the physicality. Mind-Body Connection Website

Sound Meditation: Gong Bath with Rose Petruzzi Second, and fourth Thursdays of every month from 5:30-6:30pm And third Friday of every month from 9:00-10:00am fee: $10.00 - walk-in ~ pay at the door You can receive the gong meditation by either sitting or lying on a yoga mat. Please bring anything you would like to be very comfortable while in the practice. Some suggestions are: o Yoga mat o Blanket o Water o Pillow or bolsters for knees or head What are the benefits of Sound Meditation with the Gong? - Creates deep relaxation and clears the mind - Immediate reduction of stress and anxiety - Stimulates the glandular system & improves function - Stimulates circulation - Aids in breaking addictive behavior - Regenerates the nervous system - Opens and aligns the chakras - Clears the subconscious mind of negative thought patterns - Strengthens the parasympathetic nervous system - Helps to repair damage to the nervous system caused by stimulants and stress The sound of the gong reaches the body on a cellular level, encouraging integrated healing of the body, mind, and spirit, and the more gong sessions a student attends, the better the results. (There is one caveat when it comes to the gong. Once you enter the gong healing sound experience, you may never want to leave!) From: Akalsukh Singh, founder & executive director of Aquarian Yoga Center in Montclair, NJ. Link to more information:http://www.spiritvoyage.com/blog/index.php/the-healing-power-of-gong-yoga/

TANGO STEPS FITNESS Instructor: Olga Zvesdina Classes run Thursdays July 25 - September 5, 2019 (no class August 29) An essential part of mindful self-care & joy. By moving your body with the right rhythm you will combine the best of physical fitness, concentration, meditation, stretching, and mindfulness at the same time! And by practicing it you will learn the steps of a real Argentine Tango!

A strength training class that includes stretching, abdominal work & muscle isolation for a full body workout. Instructor: Dean Roberts.

This 4 part series on Shamanism and the Shamanic Journey will teach participants the background of shamanism and participate in various shamanic journeys. August 2: Introduction to Shamanism and the “Shamanic Journey” August 9: Entering the Lower World and Contacting My Power Animal August 16: Journey in the Middle World August 23: Journey to the Upper World Participants should bring a notebook and something to lie on and wear comfortable clothing. Lecturer: Jan Dow, Professor Emeritus at Western CT State University. Pre-registration is required.

Enjoy the benefits of Yoga using a chair for support and stability. Classes include seated and standing postures, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. Suitable for all abilities, especially appropriate for those with illness, injury or age related challenges. Instructor: Andrea Lake Meharg. Contact her at 860-459-6944 or email alake@optonline.net

Spend the afternoon with fellow players and brush up on your skills playing the ancient, fascinating and challenging game of Mah Jongg.

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