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TORRINGTON: “Self Guided Audio Tour of Historic Downtown” onoging
For more information please contact Mark McEachern, Torrington Historical Society, 860-482-8260
The United Congregational Church’s Cookie Palooza/Holiday Homemade Cookie Sale will take place on Saturday, Dec 2 from 11am to 2pm at 1622 Torringford St in Torrington.
Holiday Stroll 11/26
Litchfield’s annual Holiday Stroll and Tree lighting takes place Sunday, Nov 26th from 2:30 to 5pm.
At 2:30, you can make your own holiday ornaments and enjoy holiday cookies at the Litchfield History Museum. There will also be horse and buggy rides, gingerbread cookie decorating, a petting zoo, a chance to meet Santa, caroling and the tree lighting.
For more information, litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org.
PSA – CHRISTMAS VILLAGE PARADE 12/10
Torrington’s Christmas Village opens on December 10th. Their hours will be 1 to 8:30 pm daily with shorter hours on Christmas eve. A parade to kick off the holiday season will take place Sunday, December 10th at 12:30 that proceeds from the Armory along Main St to Mason st to Christmas Village.
For more information, or to volunteer, 860-489-2274.
FESTIVAL OF TREES 11/27
LARC is pleased to present its 16th Annual Festival of Trees, held and hosted by Valerie Manor (1360 Torringford Street). The Festival will be open daily from Friday November 24th through Sunday, December 3rd from 1-7 PM.
For more information, Litchfieldarc.org
HOLIDAY MUSIC 12/9
You are invited to a fun-filled day in Colebrook for the whole family starting at 8:30am on Saturday, December 9th with Breakfast with Santa at the Congregational Church. That’s followed by a traditional Holiday Fair until 2 pm at the Town Hall and Community & Senior Center, 562 Colebrook Rd., Colebrook, CT. This fair will feature unique vendors, Cookie Land, Live Trees and Wreaths for sale, a Children’s Shopping Area with activities, Holiday Café with hot breakfast and lunch specialties, a bake sale and much, much more.
For more information, townofcolebrook.org
JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES 11/28
The NW Regional Workforce Investment board is offering a workshop on “Successful Job Search Strategies” on November 28 in Torrington. Learn job search strategies that will help you successfully secure you next position. Topics include employer research, importance of preparation and organization in the job search, and using social media to establish a digital presence. To register, or for more information, 203- 437-3380.
RESUME WRITING WORKSHOP 11/21
The NW Regional Workforce Investment board is offering a workshop on The Fundamentals of Resume Writing in Torrington on November 21. Learn how to write a focused resume needed to secure job interviews and employment offers. Topics include thinking like an employer, strategies for developing essential parts of the resume, keywords, relevant vs. irrelevant information, formatting and cover letters. To register, or for more information, 860-437-3380.
CONSTRUCTION CAREER WORKSHOP 11/22
The NW Regional Workforce Investment board is offering a workshop on NW Corner Construction Careers in Torrington on November 22nd. This will be an orientation for individuals seeing employment in construction-related fields. Sessions includes a review of pre-employment and job training criteria. To register, or for more information, 203-437-3380.
DISABILITY RESOURCES 12/1
The NW Regional Workforce Investment board has a Disability Resource Coordinator available in Torrington to help you learn how to access the various programs that offer services and supports needed to obtain and maintain employment. The emphasis is on abilities, no disabilities. For more information, 203-574-6974 x442.
IT PROGRAM 12/1
The NW Regional Workforce Investment board is offering information on their ITXpress Program in Torrington. Learn about training, credentials and employment opportunities through the program. Eligible participants can qualify to receive training that will assist them in securing a job in the information Technology field such as software developer, IT security or computer programmer. For more information, 203-574-6974 x465.
SSI WORKSHOP 12/1
The NW Regional Workforce Investment board is offering orientation for persons receiving SSI or SSDI benefits. Information for SSI/SSDI beneficiaries, their families and friends will be offered about the advantages of participating in the Social Security Ticket to Work Program. For more information, 203-574-6971 x442.
TORRINGTON PEARL HARBOR DAY 12/7
The Torrington Veterans Support Committee, and its member groups, invites the public, current military personnel, and veterans, to join them in their Pearl Harbor Day Observance program on Thursday December 7, 2017. The program will be held, rain or shine, at Torrington’s Coe Park and will begin approximately 12:30 PM. In the case of inclement weather the ceremony will be held inside the Coe Park Civic Center.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Please make every effort to join us in paying tribute to the men and women – those who survived, those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country on that day 76 years ago, and their families.
Also, if any organization would like to participate in the program by placing a wreath in observance of the day, please contact the Veteran Service Office at 860 489-2531 by 3:00 PM, Monday December 4, 2017.
LITCHFIELD JAZZ CAMP BENEFIT 12/9
Jingle & Mingle is a festive Holiday dinner party to support Litchfield Jazz Camp, Saturday, Dec 9th at 6:30pm.
The evening includes appetizers, dinner, and dessert and a complimentary signature cocktail. Music will be performed by Litchfield Jazz Campers and Faculty, featuring vocalist Nicole Zuraitis. A cash bar will be available.
All proceeds from this event will benefit music education at Litchfield Jazz Camp.
For more information and to regisster, litchfieldjazzcamp.com
TALES FROM CHRISTMAS PAST 12/6
The Oliver Wolcott Library presents A Christmas Stocking; Three Tales from Christmases Past on Wednesday, Dec 6th.
For more information, owlibrary.org.
GINGERBREAD NATIVITY MAKING 12/2
The Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield is now taking orders for Gingerbread Nativity Making which will take place on Saturday, December 2nd from 10 am to 12 noon in Pilgrim Hall, 50 Montfort Rd., in Litchfield. Come with your little ones (and older ones!) and partake in this enjoyable preparation for the Christmas season. Materials are provided, including gingerbread pre-cut forms, candy & frosting. There is a fee for this activity. Space is limited, for more information or to reserve a space e-mail email@example.com.
Monday Scholars Series 12/5
The Oliver Wolcott Library Monday Scholars Series presents “Stephen’s Story & History of Hitler’s Empire” Mondays in December and January
To register and for more information,
MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM 12/15
Applications are now available for the 2018 Master Gardener Program through the UCONN Extension program. Master Gardener interns will receive horticultural training from UCONN and then share their knowledge with the public through community volunteering and educational outreach efforts. Master Gardener certification will be awarded upon successful completion of coursework. For more information contact UConn Extension at 860-570-9023.
YANKEE CHORAL 12/10
Connecticut Yankee Chorale, under the musical direction of William Atwood, is a nonprofit community chorus based in Torrington. Their annual holiday concert is scheduled for 4 p.m. on December 10. For more info, contact Mary at 860-482-5743.
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR 11/25
Drakeville Volunteer Fire Department will host their annual Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, November 25, at Coe Memorial Park Civic Center from 10 to 2 p.m. This event coincides with the annual Shop Small Saturday in downtown Torrington, a great holiday shopping experience. Vendors who are interested in participating should contact the Drakeville Ladies Auxiliary by calling 860-307-9044.
DRAKEVILL FD VOLUNTEERS 12/15
Drakeville Volunteer Fire Department is welcoming new members. If you would like to join as a potential firefighter or an associate member, please contact them. Visitors are welcome and they would be happy to give you the tour and explain their role in the community. The firehouse is located at the corner of Marshall Lake Road and Norfolk Road.
THE GRINCH STORY 11/30
The library will present Dr. Seuss classic tale The Grinch Story read by Miss Fran. There may be an appearance of the Grinch along with milk and cookies. Fun for all ages. Nov. 30 – 6 p.m. .
For more information, Torringtonlibrary.org.
DVFD CRAFT FAIR 11/25
A holiday craft fair to benefit DVFD will take place in Coe Park on Saturday,November 25 from 10am to 2pm. For more info firstname.lastname@example.org
COAT DRIVE 11/24
Petricones Pharmacy is hosting a Winter Coat Drive and is accepting new and used items through November 24. You can drop off items which must be in good condition and free of stains and rips at Petricones.
All donations will be going to The FISH Shelter.
AUDIBON BIRD COUNT 12/17
Each year, small groups of birders venture out for the sole purpose of counting birds. This free event, known as the Trixie Strauss Christmas Bird Count, occurs on Sunday, December 17th from 12:01 am to midnight. The local count area is a 15 mile circle with its center at Hotchkiss School, thus taking in some of the good birding areas in Sharon, Salisbury, Falls Village, Amenia and Northeast. Teams from all over the state and all over the country take part in Christmas Bird Count, and all of the numbers are compiled and reported to help better understand flock formations and migrations.
For more information, sharon.audubon.org
Unplug and spend the afternoon crafting and creating with The Litchfield Historical Society’s Crafternoons, recommended for children in first through seventh grade.
On Thursday, December 14 the theme will be Lighting the Darkness Bring light to the darkest month with crafts that illuminate the old traditions and new technologies.
To register or for more information, litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org
FOOD DRIVE 12/2
I’d like you to consider for a minute what it would be like to not have enough food for your family this winter, to not have a warm coat or to not have any presents to give your kids this holiday season. For most of us that’s hard to imagine. But for some of our neighbors here in Torrington these things are very real. WAPJ is partnering with our friends at the Drakeville Vol Fire Department to help and we invite you to join us. On Saturday, December 2nd from noon to 4 we’ll be collecting food, toys and coats for Torrington’s Friendly Hands Food Bank right here at the radio station at 40 Water St. You’ll be able to sit in a fire truck, tour the radio station and meet your favorite WAPJ DJs. If you bring a non-perishable food item, a new, unwrapped toy and/or a coat in good condition you’ll also be able record a holiday greeting for us to broadcast later this month if you want.
That’s Saturday, Dec 2 from noon to 4pm right here at 40 Water Street.
HOLIDAY DRAFT SALE 12/2
The Harwinton Public Library’s Holiday Open House and Craft Sale takes place this Saturday, December 2 from 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Handmade Crafts and Gifts, Teacup Auction, and Book Cart Sale.
For more information harwintonpl.org.
MOVIE: A LIGHT IN THE DARK 12/2
At the Scoville Library in Salisbury, Sat Dec 2, the A Light in the Dark: The Art and Life of Frank Mason.
This film explores the legacy of New York artist and educator, Frank Mason, as he reveals the scandal behind art restoration and fights to preserve our cultural heritage.
For more information, scovillelibrary.org