Special Events

15th Annual Harvest Bounty Brewfest

2:00 pm

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Over 22 CT Craft Brewers of beers, wine & spirits from all around the state will bring their best libations for your tasting. Come enjoy a great October day in the Litchfield Hills with your friends and brew pals. Special Glass Guaranteed to the first 150 registrants! 3 Live bands: Stache, Potters Field and Sazerac and 4 Food trucks will fill your body and soul: Bill's Mobile Brick Oven Pizza, Brandywine Living, Rich's Wings & Things and Brits Brand. Lawn games to play and fire pits to relax around Grab your pals and buy your tickets today! Event held rain or shine - we have a large 30 x 60 tent and indoor our Atrium if weather is inclement. Proceeds benefit the Litchfield Community Center's program and activities - a nonprofit organization providing so much good to NW CT and beyond! Participating Brewers as of August 1st include: Hopmeadow Little Red Barn Back East Brewing Two Roads Charter Oak Half Full New Park Reverie Woodbury Alvarium Broad Brook Kinsmen NE Brewing CO Brewery Legitimus Owl's Brew 5th State Distillery Hogan's Cider Mill Norbrook Litchfield Distillery Athletic Brewing Co Haight-Brown Vineyard

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 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.

Litchfield Audubon Society Meeting

6:46 pm

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All About Bald Eagles Bald Eagles were once so endangered that many considered whether to replace them as America’s national symbol. The ongoing story of their recovery as a species and Connecticut’s healthy eagle population is a comeback story worth hearing. Join Ginny Apple, a Master Wildlife Conservationist (MWC) with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, for a talk about these magnificent birds of prey and their valuable contributions to our ecosystem. Ginny will discuss and give a slideshow presentation on the Bald Eagle and its resurging population in Connecticut. As an MWC, she serves as a Bald Eagle interpreter for the Shepaug Dam Eagle Viewing area in Southbury and the Essex Steam Train’s Eagle Flyer, along with many other activities. 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.

Organizing Support Group

1:00 pm

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1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. "Coming Home inside and out". This is a chance to share practical, positive, tips and solutions, exploring what is underneath the clutter with kindness and heart. Come with a project in mind and an intention to get the job done. Please bring a writing pad and pen. This is a drop in group. New participants are always welcome. Instructor Debora Farrington has studied with ICD (Institute for Challenging Disorganization) and was a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). Her focus is to continue to learn new tools from social workers, psychologists, therapists and fellow organizers to be of service, working with special needs clients that are chronically disorganized, as well as the senior population in transition. Creating a positive atmosphere with the practice of non-judgmental and compassionate support is a team effort for her with her clients. Coming Home Holistic Services www.deborafarrington.com 707-787-6228

Quilts That Care 10th Anniversary Celebration

4:30 pm

RSVP: Deb at 860-782-1043 LEARN MORE

You're invited to celebrate with us! Free Admission / Door prizes / Quilt raffle / Quilts on display. RSVP: Deb at 860-782-1043 "Wrapping cancer patients and their families in comfort and hope, one quilt at a time"

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

Teen Night DJ Dance Party

7:00 pm

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CALLING ALL TEENS! THE TEEN CENTER IS BACK! Join us Friday from 7-9pm for a DJ Dance Party! This program is for 6th-9th graders. Come enjoy Music, Dancing, Games, and Fun! Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase! Teens MUST be signed in and have a permission slip signed upon arrival use the link below! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScfVSanYyWgu6pK7_arllXvdKt7c3W0wuakAtuDP9-gkHcarA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

10:00 am

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“Powerful Tools for Caregivers” A Free Six-Week Class Wednesdays, October 12 – November 23rd - 10 a.m.-12 noon (NO session 11/9) Led by trained Co-facilitators: Jackie Miller & Bibby Veerman *Registration is required ~ Class size limited to 15* This special program is designed to give caregivers the tools needed for taking care of themselves while they care for their spouse, parent, friend or neighbor, those near or far. The six classes help caregivers develop self-care strategies to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate feelings, balance their lives, increase abilities to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources. To Register: 860-567-8302 or info@thecommunitycenter.org Questions: 860-491-2734 Sponsored by Litchfield Hills Wellness Resource “One person caring about another represents life’s greatest value.” – Jim Rohn

Culturally Curious Art Lecture Series "The Wyeths: An American Artistic Dynasty"

3:00 pm

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Presenter Jane O’Neail curated and delivers art appreciation programs to audiences throughout New England. She will present 4 separate lectures: Wednesday April 13: “Sunflowers and Starry Nights: The Genius of Vincent Van Gogh. The life, work and tragic death of one of the world’s most beloved artists. Vincent Van Gogh is one of the world’s most famous artists. This interactive program will look at his life and work, exploring his influences, his innovations and his incredible legacy. Wednesday May 11: “Frenemies: the Art World’s Greatest Rivalries” Learn about rivalries between da Vinci and Michelangelo, Constable and Turner and Matisse. This program will examine the ways some of the world’s greatest artists challenged and competed with each other for commissions, sales and status. Learn about rivalries between da Vinci and Michelangelo, Constable and Turner and Matisse and Picasso and decide who history has treated most kindly. Wednesday Sept. 14: “Norman Rockwell and Evolving Views on Rave” The artist who helped define American culture paints the Civil Right era. Norman Rockwell is heralded for depicting and defining American life. He often captured bittersweet images of people experiencing universal and relatable feelings of being left out or left behind. Yet, as an artist working in the 20th century, his works are curiously devoid of America’s rich cultural and racial diversity. Toward the end of his career, Rockwell painted several poignant works about race in America that can be seen as an extension of his earlier sense of the power of inclusion and exclusion. Wednesday Oct. 12: “The Wyeths” An American Artistic Dynasty” Explore the style of painting and illustration established by N.C. Wyeth in the early 1900’s and his children, primarily Andrew Wyeth, and his grandson Jamie Wyeth. The Wyeth family of artists is known for their somber realism and subtle storytelling. This program will explore the style of painting and illustration established by N.C. Wyeth in the early 1900s and passed on and re-interpreted by his children, primarily Andrew Wyeth, and his grandson Jamie Wyeth. Learn more about their favorite subjects, their influences and their enduring impact in the art world. *This series is made possible with the generous support of the Jackie Mott Charitable Trust*

Family Dinner

5:30 pm

Pre-registration is required by Oct. 10 LEARN MORE

Family Dinner Menu: Pasta, Salad & Garlic Bread Pre-registration is required by Oct. 10 Donations Appreciated!

American Financial Education Alliance

6:30 pm

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Social Security Benefit Options Education Seminar For more information and to register, visit AFEA

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

Wine ~ From Farm to Bottle

5:30 pm

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Lecture and tasting experience! Learn about: farming practices, the sulfite debate, histamines & headaches. Enjoy: blind tasting of 5-6 wines. 21yrs and older welcome to attend. Limited to 25 participants. (includes crackers and cheese too) Pre-registration is required. Donna Pace, President, Gathering Harvests Wines. Donna founded the only woman owned and operated wine distribution/wholesale company in Connecticut in 2008. She brings in wineries that are family owned & operated, practice organic/sustainable farming and have a strong history of winemaking known to its terroir. She resides in Bantam, is active and supports many organizations in our community.

American Financial Education Alliance

6:30 pm

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Social Security Benefit Options Education Seminar For more information and to register, visit AFEA

Senior Luncheon "Oktoberfest"

12:00 pm

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Enjoy an afternoon outside under the big tent with a light lunch, music and dancing. Menu: "Oktoberfest" Celebration. Brauts and sauerkraut, German potato salad and desert. Music: The Good Time Band Pre-registration is required by NOON on Oct. 11th

Family Game Night

5:00 pm

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Join Litchfield Community Center and the Litchfield Prevention Council for a FREE Family Game Night on Friday, October 14th from 5PM-7PM. Pizza will be provided thanks to the Litchfield Prevention Council! Please register online spaces are limited! PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED BY FRIDAY MORNING :)

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 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.

Medicare 2023 Informational Presentation

10:00 am

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MEDICARE 2023 Medicare is poorly understood and puzzling to many seniors ! The basics of Medicare will be explained, you will learn and understand the different Medicare plan choices and hear about Aetna™s new Advantage plans for 2023. Additional dates: November 16th at 2pm December 1st at 2pm Steve Ardussi, a licensed health insurance broker who is approved to sell Medicare plans offered by all the major carriers in Connecticut, will make the presentations. He has been helping clients for more than 10 years understand their Medicare options and enroll in the plan that best suits their needs. If you prefer not to attend a presentation, please leave your name and phone number and Mr. Ardussi will contact you to answer your Medicare questions and provide any other assistance you may need to select your Medicare plan for 2023.

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