Special Events

Mindfulness Meditation

10:15 am

Registration appreciated - Walk-ins welcome LEARN MORE

Instruction & Practice Mindfulness Meditation All levels of experience welcome Monday's: With Mindfulness Meditation Teachers: Sheila Klapper and Robert Baruc $5 at the door / Walk-ins welcome Sangha: A community of friends practicing together to maintain awareness

Litchfield Audubon Society Meeting - "Ecuador — The Magic Birding Circuit "

6:45 pm

Go to https://lhasct.org/index.html for more information LEARN MORE

Michael Audette will present a photographic overview of his and his wife Fabienne's trip to Ecuador's San Jorge Magic Birding Circuit Botanical Reserves — Quito, Tandayapa, and Milpe. His photos were taken in three diverse ecosystems in the Andes Highlands, upper tropical rainforest, and cloud forest. The area is home to some 1,600 bird species and over 100 species of hummingbird, wild orchids, waterfalls, and observation decks overlooking the canopy. Michael, an LHAS board member, is a former food marketing executive, now Christmas tree farmer (assistant to wife Fabienne), chair of Flanders Nature Center's Photography Club, and VP and treasurer of the Connecticut Wood Carvers Association. He is a novice birder, outdoor enthusiast, and nature and wildlife lover. Note: Michael is going back to Ecuador in March — and you're invited to join him! See page 7 for details. 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. General meetings and programs are held the first Monday of every month (unless noted differently due to holiday). Go to https://lhasct.org/index.html for more information.

The History of Litchfield Driving Tour

11:00 am

Pre-Registration & Pre-Payment are Required LEARN MORE

Date: Tuesday, February 7th, 2023 Time: 11:00-2:00 Depart from the LCC @ 11am, aboard the LCC Van The Litchfield Community Center and the Litchfield Historical Society are partnering to offer a special driving tour to Celebrate the History of Litchfield! During the tour, we will visit the 5 boroughs of Litchfield - Bantam, East Litchfield, Litchfield Village, Milton, and Northfield – and explore each community’s unique history, character, and contributions to the town. After the tour, you will be able to enjoy lunch on your own at Da Capo! (Lunch is not included in the cost of the trip)

BINGO with Juniper Home Care

12:30 pm

PRE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED BY FEB 2ND LEARN MORE

Join Juniper Home Care for an Afternoon of BINGO. Come win prizes and learn more about the organization and enjoy snacks! Free to play, Pre-registration is required!

Write and Share- Creative Poetry Group

9:30 am

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Calling all poems and writers! All experience levels are welcome, come learn how to write poems or take the time to creatively Bring your previous poems and a pen to write new ones. Come take some time to explore your talent and share it with others. Group meets every Friday from 9:30 am - 11 am

Tykes Indoor Playgroup & Social time (TIPS)

9:30 am

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Happy Times with TIPS Tykes Indoor Playgroup & Social time *Select Fridays Beginning November 4* 9:30 am- 11:30 a.m. No charge & open to all Here's a fun, safe indoor activity for your baby, toddler, or preschooler and you! A chance to meet and socialize with local parents and caregivers. You can BRING YOUR OWN bike/trike/walker etc. Yes! There is plenty of room for your child to safely scoot around. There will also be a small collection of sanitized toys, and creative play items on hand. Packaged snacks are allowed and we will even play happy music on the stereo! With plenty of smooth wooden floors to enjoy and explore, imagine how far your kids will go, the fun that will be had, and the special company shared! The safety of all Community Center users and visitors is a top priority and we follow State & CDC guidelines to ensure it. Caregivers must wear a mask as well as children 3 years old and above. INFORMATION: 860-567-8302 INFO@THECOMMUNITYCENTER.ORG

21st Annual Bob and Peg Andrulis Memorial Sweetheart Run/Walk

11:00 am

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5 MILE RUN ~ 3 MILE WALK **USATF CERTIFIED 5 MILE COURSE #CT13035JHP** START & FINISH LITCHFIELD COMMUNITY CENTER COURSE IS OF VARIED TERRAIN PRE-REGISTRATION: *$30.00 *$10 CHILDREN (10 & UNDER) *80 & OLDER FREE! *$35 AFTER 2/9/23 and Day of Race PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT LITCHFIELD COMMUNITY CENTER T-shirts, "goodie bags", great refreshments and age division prizes *LONG SLEEVE T-SHIRTS GUARANTEED FOR FIRST 150 REGISTRANTS* WALKERS OF ALL AGES ARE WELCOME TO JOIN IN THE FUN! **TO PRE-REGISTER ONLINE PLEASE GO TO: Online Registration **TO REGISTER WITH APPLICATION FORM GO TO: Paper Application Form REGISTRATION DAY OF EVENT 9:00am - 10:45am

Singles Mingle

7:00 pm

Who is Single and Ready to Mingle? LEARN MORE

Join LCC and Find Love...or Friendships Litchfield Community Center is hosting our first-ever Singles Mingle just in time for Valentine's Day! Swing by and play games, speed date and get to know other singles in your area! This event is for individuals 25 and older. Pre-registration is required. Feel Free to BYOB

Mindfulness Meditation

10:15 am

Registration appreciated - Walk-ins welcome LEARN MORE

Instruction & Practice Mindfulness Meditation All levels of experience welcome Monday's: With Mindfulness Meditation Teachers: Sheila Klapper and Robert Baruc $5 at the door / Walk-ins welcome Sangha: A community of friends practicing together to maintain awareness

SMILES Group

5:00 pm

PRE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED VIA PHONE OR EMAIL LEARN MORE

Come join SMILES group from 5pm-7pm! Smiles Making Inclusive Life Essential & Supported This program is for those who are ages 18-45 Pre-registration is required via Phone Call or Email! Please call (860)567-8302 x1003 OR Email hannah@thecommunitycenter.org to register! While registering please let us know if there are any accommodations that may be needed.

"Wattstax" Movie Music Documentary

2:00 pm

Donations Welcome LEARN MORE

Documentary covering a Stax Records-sponsored all-day concert at the 1972 Watts Summer Festival with performances by Stax Records artists such as Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, The Staples Singers, and more.

Healthy Lifestyle- Diabetes Prevention Program

10:00 am

GROUP MEETS EVERY THURSDAY 9AM-10AM LEARN MORE

Come join the Torrington Area Health District every Thursday from 9am-10am in the Community Room and learn how to live a healthier lifestyle in order to prevent type 2 diabetes. The main goals of this program are for the participants to: Lose 5-7% of your starting body weight Work up to 150 minutes of physical activity per week Learn how to eat healthy by tracking daily caloric and fat intake Cut their risk for developing type 2 diabetes in half How is the program set up? Participants will attend 1-hour sessions once per week for 16 sessions and then 1-2 times per month over the course of one year Group sessions will include discussions about: Stress management Coping with food triggers Social pressure Eating away from home Managing negative thoughts

Evening Glow Music Series III

3:30 pm

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EVENING GLOW MUSIC SERIES ~ All are welcome to join us for relaxing and reflective music to close the day. Live Performance 3:30-4:30 P.M. Wine & Cheese reception to follow. Dale Osterman ~ Cello Vanessa Hammond ~ Flute Thursday, Feb. 16: Dale Osterman ~ Cello, Vanessa Hammond ~ Flute Thursday, March 16: Hank Milligan ~ Paino Thursday, April 20: Alyce Bertz ~ Violin, Meg Cognetta Heator ~ Piano Thursday, May 18: Due Alterity ~ Allison Hughes ~ Flute, Joseph Van Doran~ Guitar Thursday, June 8: Rebecca Patterson ~ String Quartet

Write and Share- Creative Poetry Group

9:30 am

Write and Share LEARN MORE

Calling all poems and writers! All experience levels are welcome, come learn how to write poems or take the time to creatively Bring your previous poems and a pen to write new ones. Come take some time to explore your talent and share it with others. Group meets every Friday from 9:30 am - 11 am

Tykes Indoor Playgroup & Social time (TIPS)

9:30 am

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Happy Times with TIPS Tykes Indoor Playgroup & Social time *Select Fridays Beginning November 4* 9:30 am- 11:30 a.m. No charge & open to all Here's a fun, safe indoor activity for your baby, toddler, or preschooler and you! A chance to meet and socialize with local parents and caregivers. You can BRING YOUR OWN bike/trike/walker etc. Yes! There is plenty of room for your child to safely scoot around. There will also be a small collection of sanitized toys, and creative play items on hand. Packaged snacks are allowed and we will even play happy music on the stereo! With plenty of smooth wooden floors to enjoy and explore, imagine how far your kids will go, the fun that will be had, and the special company shared! The safety of all Community Center users and visitors is a top priority and we follow State & CDC guidelines to ensure it. Caregivers must wear a mask as well as children 3 years old and above. INFORMATION: 860-567-8302 INFO@THECOMMUNITYCENTER.ORG

Kids Early Dismissal Aquarium Trip (4th-6th Graders ONLY)

12:30 pm

TRIP IS FULL LEARN MORE

4th-6th Graders! Join us during your early dismissal day for a fun-filled field trip to Maritime Aquarium! LCC Van will pick the children up at Litchfield Intermediate School upon dismissal! We will make a quick pit stop for some lunch before enjoying all the Aquarium has to offer even a 4D Movie! at 5:00 we will begin our journey back to the Center! Pick-up will be at 6:00pm. All children must have a permission slip signed before getting onto the LCC Van. Once you have registered your child a copy of the permission slip will be emailed to you before the trip for your convenience! You may email a copy back to hannah@thecommunitycenter.org or bring a printed copy with you on the day of the trip. IF YOU ARE UNABLE to fill the permission slip out in advance please arrive at least 10 minutes early to do so. Tickets are non-refundable after purchase.

Beyond Basic Smartphone Camera Workshop

1:00 pm

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Join Smartphone photographer Thad Kubis and go to the next step and fully embrace the many creative options your Smartphone camera system can provide. As a group and some individual instruction, we will work with exposure, aperture, focus, depth of field, filters, optional lenses, macro, the portrait mode, Burst, editing apps, and much more. Using a series of props, we will experiment with composition, filters, unique and supportive Smartphone apps. Each exercise is designed to move you one step closer to a full creative relationship with your Smartphone camera system. Join Thad at The Litchfield Community Center on Friday, February 17 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm for this unique learning experience.

Mystery Book Club

3:00 pm

contact Pat at pad44ct@gmail.com for more info on how to join LEARN MORE

This is a book group focused on mysteries, for the most part, books that have some international flavor. Group meets 3rd Tuesday of each month. Group size is limited to please contact Pat at pad44ct@gmail.com for more information on how to participate.

Live, Learn and Lunch: Beyond the Amistad: Black History at the Connecticut Historical Society

12:00 pm

Pre-registration is required LEARN MORE

Beyond the Amistad: Black History at the Connecticut Historical Society In this program, we’ll take you on a tour of items from our collection representing a spectrum of the Black experience in CT. You’ll learn about a Harlem Renaissance writer, Ann Petry, who carefully preserved artifacts chronicling the black community of Saybrook. Examine daguerreotypes by Augustus Washington, who abandoned a successful Hartford photography business to build a new nation in Africa. Browse through the photo album of a Hollywood actress who became a champion of labor rights for black entertainers. Marvel at the gorgeous costumes created by CT’s West Indian community for their annual MAS celebration, and see artifacts documenting the Civil Rights movement in our state. Includes Light Lunch ~ Donation welcome Presented by: Natalie Belanger, Adult Programs Manager Connecticut Historical Society Natalie is the Adult Programs Manager at the Connecticut Historical Society. She holds a B.A. in history from Smith College and an M.A. in women’s history from the University of Maryland. She has worked in museum education for most of her career, and also teaches history courses at Manchester Community College.

Joint Pain & Inflammation Presentation

4:00 pm

FREE, pre registration is appreciated LEARN MORE

Join Connect Physical Therapy before Family Dinner on February 22nd to learn more about Joint Pain and Inflammation! Dr. Weronika Lewkowicz for an informational talk on hip and knee pain as well as natural anti-inflammatory treatments!

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