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.

CONNECTING WITH BALANCE Tuesdays 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. | Sept. 24 - Nov. 26 (no class Oct. 22) Connecting with Balance is a series of one-hour workshops tailored to helping seniors reconnect with their bodies and environment. Exercises in movement and balance guide participants to maintain and improve balance, think creatively, and build community through social engagement. This class is open to all levels of ability - even to those who remain seated throughout. Cost: $5.00 per class

Facilitated by Martin Hutton, a certified duplicate bridge instructor

Weekly game of Bingo played Tuesdays at 1pm.

Grades 4-6 ~ runs Tuesdays 10/1, 10/8 10/15, 10/22, 10/29 (make-up date will be 11/12) This 5 week series enables students to explore a variety of topics in STEM and design. Each week will include an engineering design challenge or topic in physics, mechanics or energy that includes hands-on activities. This is a screen-free program: all topics are hands-on with no computer use involved and focused on problem solving, learning new skills, concepts and vocabulary and interaction with peers. Made possible by our partnership with Litchfield Education Foundation and Litchfield Community Center.

Dementia and Caregiving: Focusing on the Person while Understanding the Disease Progression Are you caring for someone with dementia? Do you want to learn more about the progression of the disease and good communication tips? Would you like to be able to recognize common behaviors and know how to respond? Join us for this free five-week series: Tuesdays, September 17, 24 & October 1, 8, 15 Litchfield Community Center 421 Bantam Road Litchfield, CT 06759 6:00-7:30pm 9/17 - Overview of Dementia 9/24 - Basics of Good Communication and Understanding Behaviors 10/1 - Safety in the Environment and how to structure a day with activities 10/8 - Taking Care of the Caregiver and Care Options 10/15 - Legal and Financial RSVP Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging at CHH: 860-496-6240 or Jennifer.labrie@hhchealth.org

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.

Closed Group

Here is an opportunity during the annual “National Medicare Education Week” to learn the basics of Medicare and its various plans and options! This event is strictly educational focusing on learning the basics of Medicare, enrollment and the types of Medicare plans. Literature will be distrusted to each attendee that will be an excellent guide for further Medicare study. Presenter: Steve Ardussi, a health insurance and Medicare plan broker licensed in CT, MA and NY. Mr. Ardussi has more than 9 years of experience helping seniors understand the details of Medicare, the enrollment process and selecting the most appropriate Medicare plan.

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

Drop-in for a game or two of Beginner Bridge.

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

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.

Closed meeting

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

6 week session dates: Sept. 19 through Oct. 24, 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

This is a closed group. For more information, please call LCC.

Music Historian Jeffrey Engel presents 4 talks on The Metropolitan Opera. Oct. 3 – Turandot: Several opera composers saved their best or near best for last. It is certainly true for Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot. It is marked by pageantry, adventurous harmonies, rich orchestral sound, one of the most demanding roles for dramatic soprano and a beloved aria that has been sung by every tenor. Oct. 17 – Manon: Composer Jules Massenet takes on the quintessentially French tale of the beautiful young woman who is incapable of forsaking both love and luxury. Oct. 31 – Madama Butterfly: A young Japanese geisha who clings to the belief that her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage – is one of the defining roles in opera by composer Giacomo Puccini. Nov. 21 – Akhnaten: Another masterpiece by composer Philip Glass, the pharaoh, the revolutionary ruler who transformed ancient Egypt, with the his wife Nefertiti. All the above opera talks will coincide with the Met Opera’s live simulcast of each production.

Grades 2-3 / Runs Thursdays 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, Friday Nov. 1, Thurs. 11/7 (make-up date will be 11/21) This 5 week series involves problem solving and creative thinking while students learn about the world around them. We will investigate mechanics, colors, fractals, engineering design and other topics each week. All activities are hands-on

TANGO STEPS FITNESS Instructor: Olga Zvesdina 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.

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/

Closed Group

Sessions run for 8 week: Sept. 6 through Nov. 1, 2019 (NO meeting Oct. 25) When you are grieving, your mind-body-spirit are in distress. Be gentle with yourself. Join others going through loss. You may be feeling many emotions. Everyone grieves differently, and you are not alone. This group is a gift from the Friends of Hospice. For more information, call Rev. Eileen Epperson at 860-605-6576.

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.

Join us on the 3rd Friday of each month for a light lunch, music and dancing. Menu: Farewell to Summer BBQ! BBQ Chicken, potato salad, cucumber/tomato salad, baked beans Music by: Lew and the Good Time Band Music made possible by the NW CT Community Foundation Litchfield Community Center Music Fund.

This session runs 8 weeks from Sept. 13 through Nov. 8, 2019 (no class Oct. 25) Watercolor is the perfect medium to lose oneself, explore color, serendipitous occurrences, and share experiences. Instructor: Rose Petruzzi. Bring what materials you have to class. Email Rose at rose4444@icloud.com for a list of suggested materials.

Closed Meeting

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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.

Closed Group

First Monday of each month! Join us for instruction, support & practice in Insight Meditation with Sheila Klapper, meditation teacher and certified Kripalu Yoga instructor. All levels of experience welcome. Bring cushions or mediation benches if preferred. See www.viewpointmeditation.com. Pre-registration appreciated/walk-ins welcome.

Bring your own project to work on. Social group offers tips, tricks, and gossip!

Enjoy a new release movie with free popcorn and beverages. THE HUSTLE – PG13 (94 min) An unlikely female duo of con artists cooperate to beguile and deceive rich men for money. Hilarity ensues after a worldly and sophisticated schemer decides to induct her lowbrow and inexperienced counterpart into the upper leagues of feminine deception. Stars: Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson

Closed Board Meeting

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