Upcoming Events

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 Meeting: League of Women Voters of Litchfield County, Inc. Go to League of Women Voters for more information.

First and Third 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.

Classes run from Feb 24 - April 20 (No Class April 13) Classes are 100% hands-on. Students will explore new techniques and flavors and build their culinary confidence while having fun. In this 8-week course, students will be learning to prepare meals from: Thailand, India, Costa Rica, Mexico, Italy, France, Germany, USA. Transportation from school to LCC is available on LCC van.

Class runs Mondays March 2 – April 6, 2020 (Grades 6-9) An introduction to web development for intermediate or advanced coders in Grades 6-9. Students will be introduced to web page development using HTML and CSS. Starting from building their very first web page, students will work on 14 different hands-on practical do-it-yourself projects and programming challenges. Finally, they will build a phot gallery and their own version of Instagram to complete this course. To be successful in this course, students should be comfortable with text entry and block-coding. Transportation provided from Litchfield Intermediate School provided by LCC van.

The Litchfield Hills Audubon Society (LHAS), was chartered in 1955 as a local Connecticut chapter of the National Audubon Society, a non-profit organization serving Litchfield County and surrounding areas. This Month: Frogs and Salamanders with John Foley On cold and rainy spring nights, specialized amphibians, such as Wood Frogs and Spotted Salamanders, undertake their annual migration to small ephemeral woodland pools called vernal pools, where they will breed. Join Great Hollow Nature Preserve naturalist John Foley for a presentation about the characteristics of vernal pools, how to identify them, and the natural history of the unique species that depend on them. We’ll also discuss the conservation challenges facing these special habitats and how to adequately protect them from development and other threats. John, the naturalist and preserve steward at Great Hollow Nature Preserve & Ecological Research Center in New Fairfield, CT, has been passionate about native turtles as well as amphibians all his life and has done much research on these essential and endangered creatures. General meetings and programs are held the first Monday of every month, 7:00 PM, (unless otherwise noted). Go to http://lhasct.org/www.lhasct.org/LHAS_Home.html for more information.

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

CONNECTING WITH BALANCE Tuesdays 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. | April 7 - June 16 (no class May 5) 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

SilverSneakers can help seniors live their best lives. Participants may experience greater energy, increased strength and improved balance and flexibility. The benefit is included in 60+ Medicare plans. This “all skill level” class includes chairs, hand weights, tubing and balls. Instructor: Janice Connor, Certified Instructor. Class fee is covered by most Health Plans. If you are not covered, class is $8.00 pp. Go to SilverSneakers to check for eligibility.

Weekly game of Bingo played Tuesdays at 1pm.

For 4th-5th-6th graders Classes are 100% hands on. Students will explore new techniques and flavors and build their culinary confidence while having fun. During this 8 week course, the kids will learn to bake, make real buttercream frosting, ganache, decorating techniques. They will also learn to make a gourmet brownie and individual French tart. Price includes all ingredients. Transportation from school to LCC is available on the LCC van. Instructor: Chef Ziria McNulty

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.

The nations first and largest classroom refresher course for motorists 55+. Learn how to avoid driving hazards, no tests. Auto insurance available in most states. Pre-registration is required. Payment is made directly to AARP instructor, by checks only.

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.

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

Enjoy a relaxing meal and social time! Menu: TBA 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.

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. Ive 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. Ive 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

A Registered Nurse is available to check your blood pressure.

Closed Group

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

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

Music Historian Jeffrey Engel presents 6 talks on The Metropolitan Opera. These lectures will coincide with the live stream of the opera being performed at the Metropolitan Opera! Jan. 10: Wozzeck Composer: Alban Berg One of the emblematic achievements of the thriving artistic forces in Germany and Austria during the brief period between world wars, Wozzeck was a sensation and a scandal at its premiere. Remarkably, it has lost none of its power to fascinate, shock, and engage audiences and its status as one of the defining musical works of the 20th century has not blunted its vitality. Jan. 22: Porgy and Bess Composer: The Gershwins Porgy returns to the Met for the first time in nearly 30 year. James Robinson's stylish production transports audiences to Catfish Row on the Charleston waterfront, vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion and heartbreak of its inhabitants. David Robinson conducts a dynamic cast, featuring the sympathetic duo of Eric Owens and Angel Blue in the tital roles and an all-star ensemble that includes Golda Schultz, Latonia Moore, Denyce Graves, Frederick Ballentine, Alfred Walker and Ryan Speedo Green. Feb. 28: Agrippina Composer: George Frederic Handel Handel's take of intrigue and impropriety in ancient Rome receives its first Met performances, with star mezzo-soprano Joyce DeDonato as the controlling power-hungry Agrippina and Harry Bicket conducting. Sir David McVicar's production ingeniously reframes the action of this black comedy about the abuse of power to "the present", where it should loudly resonate. The all-star cast features mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey as Agrippina's son and future emperor Nerone, soprano Brenda Rae as the seductive Poppea, countertenor Iestyn Davies as the ambitious officer Ottone, and bass Matthew Rose as the weary emperor Claudius. March 12: Der Fliegende Hollander Composer: Richard Wagner Der Fliegende Hollander is the earliest of Wagner's operatic creations to remain in the repertory. The two lead roles represent archetypes to which the composer would return, in one form or another, in most of his later works: the "otherworldly stranger" and the women who sacrifices herself for his salvation. The work's unearthly ambiance is impressive but only one aspect of it: both the world of nature and of the supernatural are magnificently evoked in the score. April 9: Tosca Composer: Giacomo Puccini Puccini's melodrama about a volatile diva, a sadistic police chief and an idealistic artist has offended and thrilled audiences for more than a century. Critics, for their part, have often had problems with Tosca's rather grungy subject matter, the directness and intensity of its scare, and the crowd-pleasing dramatic opportunities it provides for its lead roles. But these same aspects have made Tosca one of a handful of iconic works that seem to represent opera in the public imagination. Tosca's popularity is further secured by a superb and exhilarating dramatic sweep, a driving score of abundant melody and theatrical shrewdness and a career-defying title role. May 8: Maria Stuarda Composer: Gaetano Donizetti A searingly dramatic setting of Friedrich Schiller's play about Mary, Queen of Scots, and her political and personal rivalry with Wueen Elizabeth I of England, Maria Stuarda had a troubles genesis, despite its musical and theatrical brilliance, and only recently achieved a place in the repertory. These two fearsome rivals embody different perceptions of royalty, which were very much in direct conflict at that moment in time, and the opera's drama is true to history in a way the facts are not.

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/

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

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