Special Events

Day Trip: CT Flower & Garden Show

9:00 am

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Explore the Flower & Garden Show at the Connecticut Convention Center! We have seats available on the LCC VAN or you can purchase discounted tickets to go on your own on any day February 22-25. ** Tickets must be picked up at Litchfield Community Center by Friday 7pm. The Convention Center (Hartford) will be transformed into a breathtaking event for floral and garden enthusiasts, over 300 booths, landscaped gardens & competitions. LCC Van will depart at 9am and arrive at the Convention Center at 10am for the opening of the Flower & Garden Show! You will have from 10am-2pm to explore the show and enjoy any provided presentations on your own. You can view their website using the link below to see all they have to offer! https://ctflowershow.com/ At 2pm the van will make its way back to the community center and arrive at approximately 3:30pm. *Tickets are non-refundable after purchase* Cost includes Transportation and Admission into the Flower & Garden Show. You will be responsible for lunch on your own so please plan accordingly by bringing a bagged lunch or enjoying one of the vendors on site!

Watercolor Class

11:00 am

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This session runs 8 weeks from Feb 8th-March 28th, 2024 Watercolor is the perfect medium to lose oneself, explore color, and 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.

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

Write and Share- Creative Poetry Group

10:00 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 10 am - 11:30 am

Friday Feast & Dancing Feet

12:00 pm

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Menu: Soups, Sandwiches, Salad, Rolls & Dessert Band: NorthEast Country Join us for good food and good company! Don't forget your dancing shoes!

18+ Trivia Night ft. Bar Rated Entertainment

7:00 pm

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18+ Trivia Night! -7:00 Doors Open -7:30 Games Begin BYOB & Snacks to test your knowledge

Mindfulness Meditation

10:15 am

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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

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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.

Margaret Anne Mary Moore Author Talk & Book Signing

6:30 pm

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Join us on Monday, Feb 26 with Margaret Anne Mary Moore to learn more about her book Bold, Brave and Breathless 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Author Talk, Q & A, Book signing Reception with refreshments 7:30-8 p.m. Margaret Anne Mary Moore is the author of the new bestselling disability memoir Bold, Brave, and Breathless: Reveling in Childhood's Splendiferous Glories While Facing Disability and Loss. She is a summer 2022 graduate of Fairfield University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, where she earned a degree in creative nonfiction and poetry. A 2020 magna cum laude graduate who earned membership in Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, holds a bachelor’s degree in English/creative writing with a minor in psychology from Fairfield University. She was the 2019 recipient of Fairfield University’s Mariann S. Regan Award for Outstanding Achievement in English and Creative Nonfiction Essay Award. In 2022, she was the College of Arts and Sciences recipient of the Fairfield University Graduate Student Service Award. Maintaining straight A’s throughout her pursuit of an MFA, Margaret is a summer 2022 graduate of Fairfield University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program with a degree in creative nonfiction and poetry. For more info about this empowering author please visit her website: https://margaretannemarymoore.com/

Antique Appraisal

4:30 pm

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JOIN US TO ASK THE APPRAISER: Wednesday, February 28TH 4:30 PM-7:00 PM For a Special Talk on Antiques and Appraisal with Specialist and Curator Nicholas Thorn of LITCHFIELD COUNTY AUCTIONS Part Adventure, Part History Lesson & Part Treasure Hunt! Feel free to bring 1-2 of the following items: -Flea Market Finds -Family Heirlooms -Attic & Basement Items -Collectables & Antiques FOR A CHANCE TO GET A FREE APPRAISAL OF YOUR ITEMS! Please be mindful that you are not guaranteed an appraisal of your items, Nicholas will get to as many as possible and we appreciate your patience and understanding!

Watercolor Class

11:00 am

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This session runs 8 weeks from Feb 8th-March 28th, 2024 Watercolor is the perfect medium to lose oneself, explore color, and 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.

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

Write and Share- Creative Poetry Group

10:00 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 10 am - 11:30 am

CT Grateful Dead All Stars Acoustic Trio

7:00 pm

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Doors Open at 6:30 PM The show starts at 7:00 PM Join us for a night full of Acoustic Grateful Dead Hits! Feel free to BOYB and Snacks!

Mindfulness Meditation

10:15 am

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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 ~ "Chimney Swifts: Mystery and Magic Revealed"

6:45 pm

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In her talk, Bethany Sheffer from Sharon Audubon answers the conundrum: Bats? Birds? Minions of the Underworld? If you have found strange-looking birds in your fireplace or heard a deafening cacophony of sounds from inside it, congratulations! You likely have Chimney Swifts! Once numerous, these birds have experienced sharp declines in their range across the eastern U.S. due to habitat loss during the last century. Tonight we unravel the mystery behind these unique and fascinating birds while giving you behind-the-scenes footage of Sharon Audubon's work with them through its Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic. Bethany Sheffer, Sharon' Audubon's volunteer coordinator/naturalist, holds a master’s degree in public administration and is a certified environmental educator and beekeeper. She also served as an AmeriCorps member as an environmental educator. 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.

Day Trip: New England Air Museum

10:00 am

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10:00 AM - Depart LCC in LCC VAN 11:15 AM - Lunch on your own at Skooter’s Restaurant, a retro diner. Bring a quarter for the jukebox! 1:00 New England Air Museum- Docent Led Tour 3:30 PM Depart Museum and arrive back to LCC approx. at 4:30.

Living Life to its Fullest: Love, Hope vs. Hate

6:30 pm

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"Living Life to its Fullest" Love, Hope vs. Hate Presented by Endre (Andy) Sarkany, Holocaust Survivor Wednesday, March 6, 2024 6:30-8:30 p.m. includes presentation, followed by Q & A Endre (Andy) Sarkany was born in Budapest, Hungary on October 31, 1936. The building he lived in was located inside the Budapest ghetto which is where he remained during the Holocaust. The building housed a nursery/kindergarten on the ground floor. The school was affiliated with the Jewish Agency of Hungary and was led by Mr. Eugene Polnay. The building also housed on the top floor a dance, acrobat and ballet studio. These facts were significant in Endre’s survival and that of at least 150 orphaned children. Endre’s father was taken to Mauthausen concentration camp in the spring of 1944, fortunately he did survive. After WWII, Hungary became a communist nation. Although Endre graduated high school in 1955, he was not accepted to university because he was deemed an undesirable element of society. This label was given to anyone who owned a business before the communists took over the country. Endre was fortunate to escape Hungary after the October 1956 uprising and was able to immigrate to the United States. He received his bachelor’s degree from Tusculum College in Tennessee and his Master of Science degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Endre worked for both the McDonald Douglas Corporation and the IBM Corporation. At 75 years old, he completed his first triathlon. Over the past 10 years, Endre has been speaking to groups about his personal experiences during the Holocaust, living under the brutality of the Soviet regime in Hungary, and finding a home in the United States. Mr. Sarkany is married, has a daughter and son, and five grandchildren.

Watercolor Class

11:00 am

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This session runs 8 weeks from Feb 8th-March 28th, 2024 Watercolor is the perfect medium to lose oneself, explore color, and 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.

Altogether Dads

6:30 pm

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Peer group of fathers who have lost a child/children. Group is open exclusively to fathers. There is no religious affiliation and ALL backgrounds welcome. It does not matter how the child/children passed. For more information: http://www.altogetherdads.com/

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