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DOMESTIC VILOENCE HOTLINE 

Torrington’s Susan B. Anthony Project provides crisis and support services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. All services are confidential, free, and are available 24/7.

You can reach their Crisis Line at 860-482-7133.

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SEXUAL ASSAULT

If you are 13 years of age or older and a victim of a sexual assault that happened in the last 5 days, the Office of Victim Services can help. Their SAFE Program Program has compassionate, specially trained nurses who respond to participating healthcare facilities for victims of sexual assault.  The SAFE nurses do forensic exams to look for injury, collect evidence from the assault, provide for the care of sexually transmitted infections and prevention of pregnancy, and provide referrals for follow-up care.  For more information 800-822-8428.

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Victims Rights 

Crime victims have rights under the Connecticut Constitution, including the right to be heard, the right to be informed, the right to be reasonably protected from the person who hurt you, and the right to request that the offender pay for your crime related expenses. For more information about these rights and other rights of crime victims, the Office of Victim Services is available at 1-800-822-8428.

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Victim Compensation

 If you have been physically injured or lost a loved one because of a violent crime, the Office of Victim Services’ Compensation Program may be able to help pay for certain out-of-pocket expenses not covered by insurance. For more information, 888-286-7347

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JAZZ CAMP EVENT & AUCTION

The Litchfield Jazz Festival & Camp Spring Spiritis is an evening of live jazz, award-winning Spirits, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and an exciting auction.. Proceeds benefit the Litchfield Jazz Camp at its new home, The Gunnery, in Washington, CT.

The evening begins at 7pm with music by renowned saxophonist Albert Rivera & Friends which is followed by the Live Auction featuring lovely jewelry, dinners, guided tours, theater tickets and much more.

Litchfield Jazz Camp, now in its 22nd year serves 350-residential and day students during the month of July.

For tickets or for more information: 860-361-6285.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

FOOD BANK AT FRIENDLY HANDS – there is a desperate need to restock pantry shelves with perishable and non-perishable foods.  Items needed include soups, canned vegetables, mac and cheese, tuna, peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti sauce and pasta.  Hours are 9 to 4 Monday thru Thursday…call 860-482-3338 for info.

JOBS:  The American Job Center at 59 Field Street hosts many workshops for those seeking employment and assistance. Resource room provides Internet access and help with filing online applications.  Often there are lists of available jobs posted there as well.


The Torrington Area Veterans are seeking nominations for marshals for the Memorial Day parade and ceremony.  Your nominee’s name, address and contact info, their branch of service, rank and years served should be sent to the Torrington Veteran’s Support Committee, Honorary Parade Marshal 2018, 140 Main Street, Torrington, CT 06790.  Nominees must have proof of discharge.  Once chosen, the nominee or a family member should prepare a brief biography for the Memorial Day publication.

 

 

   WHITE MEMORIAL CONSERVATION CENTER PROGRAMS:

                Registration information: Call 860-567-0857 or www.whitememorialcc.org.       


TORRINGTON LIBRARY – please contact the library to register for programs – www.torringtonlibrary.org.

                A Reminder – the library community and meeting rooms may be rented by organizations or individuals.  More information on suggested donations as well as schedule an event may be obtained by calling the library.                         

                Coffee Break – all ages – Thursday mornings at 10 – toys for kids to play with while adults enjoy coffee and pastry – pastries provided first week, asking for volunteers for future gatherings.

                WOWBRARY – Check the library website and arrange to receive email with the weekly updates of new books, movies and music at the library.  Be in the know!

                Lunch Break – ages 3 to 5 – Thursdays – continuous walk-in event, no registration – will include storytime, movement and games, books and coloring pages.

Litchfield County Chess Club – meets Thursdays at the library – 5:30 to 7:45 – bring own boards or use those in library.  Membership is free and one can just show up to play.  Adults, teens and older children who are accompanied by adults are welcome.     

               

                KIDSPLAY– MUSEUMS FOR ALL – The local children’s museum has joined a signature program designed to encourage families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly.  This program allows low-income families to visit for a minimal fee of $2 per person with the presentation of a SNAP card.  Families may also visit any museum participating in this program for a minimal fee.

KIDSPLAY CHILDREN’S MUSEUM is offering parenting resources including Early Potty Training; Baby Minds and brain-building games for  your baby; Baby Sign Language Basics; The Parent’s Guide to Speech and Language Problems; and more.   Contact KidsPlay at 860-800-3353 for more information.  This is part of the Community Family Learning Center Resource Library at KidsPlay.

Kidsplay regular hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 10 to 4.  They are closed on Monday and Tuesday                .

 

SULLIVAN SENIOR CENTER ACTIVITIES: 860-489-2580

                  AARP Smart Driver 4-hour driving course – July 12, Sept. 6 and Nov. 1.  Available to people age 50 and over….completion provides a certificate that entitles students to a discount on auto insurance.  Cost is $15 for members, $20 for non-members.  Registration is required.

                Fundraising campaign underway for new flagpoles at the Sullivan Senior Center and the Bowman Community Gardens.  Also planned are picnic tables and benches for both locations.  Partnering with Oliver Wolcott Technical High School, students are building a new pavilion for the Bowman Community Gardens on Mountain Road.  Donations may be made to the SSC Outdoor Project Fund.

                Bowman Community Garden – all interested in gardening and wishing to be involved in this project may contact Joel Sekorski at 860-489-2211 to reserve your raised garden bed.  Master Gardeners will be back offering classes soon.

                BINGO SATURDAYS –     

                The Sons of Italy on Center Street in Torrington hosts bingo games every Saturday from 5 to 9:30 p.m.  Doors open at 4 p.m. Games begin at 6 p.m.

 

WARNER THEATRE

Sept. 19 – The Million Dollar Quartet -8 p.m.

Sept. 20 – REO Speedwagon – 8 p.m.

Oct. 12 – The Midtown Men – original Jersey boys cast

Oct. 19 – Brian Regan, comedian

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SMART DRIVER COURSE                9/5

The Sullivan Senior Center is offering an AARP Smart Driver 4-hour driving course Sept. 6.  Available to people age 50 and over….completion provides a certificate that entitles students to a discount on auto insurance.

Registration is required. 860-489-2580.

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SMART DRIVER COURSE             10/31

The Sullivan Senior Center is offering an AARP Smart Driver 4-hour driving course Nov. 1.  Available to people age 50 and over….completion provides a certificate that entitles students to a discount on auto insurance.

Registration is required. 860-489-2580.

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FAMILY NATURE DAY           9/22

Saturday, September 22nd is the 37th annual Family Nature Day at Litchfield’s White Memorial Conservation Center featuring

Sky Hunters in Flight, Riverside Reptiles, The Bat Lady & the North American  Porcupine.  Music by the Redwood Hill Band and The Zolla Boys.

For more information, whitememorialcc.org.

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TORRINGTON FARMERS MARKET          8/30

The 2018 Farmer’s Market at St. Paul’s Lutheran church parking lot on the corner of Charles Street and Torringford West is open on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm and on Sundays from 3 to 6 p.m.

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BAKE SALE              8/25

The Four Corners Circle at the First Congregational Church of Torrington

is holding a bake sale Saturday, August 25th from 9am to noon. In addition to the homemade baked goods, there will be handmade blankets and crocheted items for sale.

They’re located on the corner of Riverside Ave and Route 4.

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VENDORS WANTED        9/1

 Torrington’s Community Systems, Inc is looking for vendors for their Fall Festival and Flea Market scheduled for Saturday, September 15th.

For more information: (860) 482-2887

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SANTA RAILROAD EXPRESS    12/15

Tickets are now on sale for the Railroad Museum of New England’s Santa Express.  Children will meet Santa Claus and his helper elves and will take home a special gift of their own.

Both the Santa Express and the museum’s Northern Lights Limited offer a very special 1st class service.

For tickets or for more information: RMNE.org

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REGISTER TO VOTE           11/4

Democracy works best when everyone who is qualified to vote, votes.  Vote.org is a one stop website where you can register to vote,  check to see if you are already registered, find out where you go to vote and get an absentee ballot.  You can ever sign up for email reminders so you don’t miss any important elections.

Vote.org, helping to keep democracy strong.

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NOMINATIONS REQUESTED  9/26

The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council is calling for nominations for awardees of the fifth annual CultureMAX awards, which will recognize established and emerging artists (all disciplines), arts educators, heritage workers, cultural organizations, volunteers, and businesses that have elevated the stature of arts and/or heritage within the region of northwest Connecticut. Nominations for these seven awards should be submitted online through the website CultureMAX.org. The deadline for nominations is September 26, 2018.

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FEED THE BIRDS         10/1

You are invited to feed the birds at Litchfield’s LIvingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy, Saturdays at 10am. Meet some of their residents up close and learn about their birds as you observe the morning feeding routine.

More information at lrwc.net

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BIKE TOUR          10/6

White Memorial Conservation Center Museum’s Tour des Farms bicycle ride through Connecticut’s picturesque northwest hills takes place Saturday, October 6th at 8am

This event is designed to raise awareness and funding to implement agricultural and conservation projects. Ride this scenic route, with your choice of 16 or 26 miles, during the height of fall foliage, and visit farms that offer produce, pumpkins, chocolates, and wine. A van travels to the farms, picks up your purchases, and delivers them back to you at the starting point. This fundraising event will conclude with a Pie Fest, music, and activities at the beautiful White Memorial Conservation Center.

More information at: whitememorialcc.org

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FAMILY NATURE DAY         9/22

Saturday, September 22nd is Family Nature Day at Litchfield’s White Memorial Conservation Center.  The event runs from 11am to 5pm and includes Skyhunters in Flight, Riverside Reptiles, a North American Porcupine, the Bat Lady AND music by The Zolla Boys and The Redwood Hill Band.

Horse drawn wagon rides, crafts for kids, guided walks and demonstrations along with booths and exhibits and a silent auction round out the day.

Members and kids under 12 free.

More information at: whitememorialcc.org

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CONCERT & CONTRA DANCE      9/1

Litchfield’s White Memorial Conservation Center invites you to a live concert and contra dance featuring Robert Messore and O’Wryly, Saturday, September 1st at 7pm.

To register: whitememorialcc.org

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MEADOW VISIT         9/8

Litchfield’s White Memorial Conservation Center invites you to A Visit to Slab Meadow with Marlo Smami, Saturday, September 8th at 10am.  This is a free event during which you will explore one of the foundation’s newest parcels and see vernal pools, oak stands, spring peepers and lots of frogs.

More information at: whitememorialcc.org

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911 TRIBUTE           9/11

Litchfield’s White Memorial Conservation Center invites you to Let Freedom Ring, an afternoon event remembering the victims of September 11, 2001 on the anniversary of that tragedy.

This special tribute features live music and the unfettered beauty of falconry with Brian Bradley, at the top of Apple Hill. 2-3pm, weather permitting.

To register: whitememorialcc.org

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SHARON AUDUBON       

Many injured and orphaned animals call the Sharon Audubon Center home. Help care for these animals with a donation to assist with the cost of food, veterinary visits, and shelter maintenance.

More information at: Sharonaudubon.org

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WINSTED BOOKSTORE

The non profit Winsted Community Bookstore offers a range of books from local authors’ works, books on civic activism, non-fiction novels, and more.

The bookstore is volunteer run with hundreds of brand new books.

More information at winstedbookstore.com

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GOLF TOURNAMENT         9/22

In memory of firefighter Robert Corso, the Winsted Fire Dept Union Hose Company 1 is holding a golf tournament fundraiser to support the scholarship fund.

Proceeds from the event are given back to local students. Saturday, September 22nd at 10 am at the Green  Woods Country Club in Winsted.

To register for the event, make a raffle prize donation or contribute as a sponsor: (860) 379-0854

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DOG RESCUE FUNDRAISER       8/25

The CT Dog Gone Recovery Volunteer Network is having a  fundraiser on August 25th at 12 noon.  Their motto is “We bring dogs home”.

More information at ctdgrv.org

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CAREER TRAINING             9/1

Career training is being offered by the Northwestern CT Community College in Winsted.

A partial list of the courses available include CNA, manufacturing solderer, EMT, pharmacy technician and CNC machining.    SNAP recipients may receive training at no cost.

Information at 860-738-6419.

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PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP                 8/23

TORRINGTON AREA PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP will sponsor the 7th annual “Walk In The Woods” at White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield on Sunday, August 23.  Registration begins at noon and the walk will begin at 1 p.m. There are three routes ranging from half mile to 2 miles.  Families are welcome to picnic on the grounds.  There will be local talent, family activities, baked goods, raffle drawings, a performance by the Forbes Flyers, face painting, and the Litchfield Fire Department will be on hand.

More information: whitememorialcc.org

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PET WORKSHIP                                   9/23

The Drakeville VFD is hosting Tom Rinelli of Paws n Claws 911, Sunday, September 23rd from noon to 4 p.m. at the fire house on Marshall Lake Road.  There will be a lecture, demo, hands on skills practice.  The registration fee includes a handbook, certification, and an emergency muzzle.  Some of the proceeds will benefit the Fire Department.

More information: 631-721-8129

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WOW FORUM                                  10/5

The Northwest CT Chamber Education Foundation has announced the date of this year’s WOW Forum.  The event will take place all day at the Carole and Ray Neag Performing Arts Center at the Warner Theatre on Oct. 5.  The theme is Women of Strength and Courage.

More information at nwctchamberofcommerce.org

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FOOD COOP                                9/6

At the Torrington Library, Thursday, September 6 at 6:30pm,  Mad River Market and You: Help write the story – a food co-op is coming together to serve the NW corner with plans for a full-service grocery store in Winsted. Learn about how food co-ops work, this particular project, and share what you would like to see included. There will be Q and A and discussion following the presentation.

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LIBRARY MOVIE           9/27

Torrington Library presents the movie “Book Club” starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda and Candace Bergen, four women who read 50 Shades of Gray and make some decisions that turn their lives upside down.

Bring your own dinner and enjoy the movie.

Thursday, September 27th at 6p.m.

More information at Torringtonlibrary.org

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THRIFT SHOP BAG SALE               8/20

The Park Avenue Thrift Shop is having a bag sale from August 20 through the 31st. Fill a bag with clothing/shoes for $7.  Can’t fill a bag? Any clothing/shoes outside a bag as well as purses are 50% off!

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AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE       9/5

An AARP Smart Driver 4-hour driving course is being offered by the Sullivan Senior Center on September 6th. Available to people age 50 and over….completion provides a certificate that entitles students to a discount on auto insurance. Registration is required.

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COE PARK PICNIC                      9/12

The Sullivan Senior Center’s annual picnic will take place at Coe Memorial Park on Wednesday, September 12th from 10:30am to 3pm.

Opening with drums and percussion by Conga J followed by a return of the Tune Dusters.   Door prizes, box lunches.  Rain or shine, they’ll move inside the Civic Center if rain. Tickets available in the Senior Center office until September 6.

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FIVE POINTS EXHIBITS                      8/23

New exhibits at Torrington’s Five Points Gallery will be opening on August 23 with the opening reception on Friday, August 24 from 6 to 9pm.

The West Gallery will feature “Personal Identities”, a multi-artist collaboration. In the TDP Gallery will be Jack Rosenberg’s “I. D. Entity” and the East Gallery will feature Gig Lavery’s “Creatures.”

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OPIATE AWARENESS DAY              8/31

August 31  A community resource fair and vigil focusing on Opiate Overdose Awareness will take place  at Coe Memorial Park on Friday, August 31st from 5 to 7 pm.  Participating organizations include CHH, Family Strides, McCall Center for Behavioral Health, Greenwoods Counseling, Home Visiting Family Services, Ed Advance and more.  There will be booths with information and refreshments. At 7 p.m. there will be a traditional vigil including speakers, music, prayer and the lighting of candles.

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FOOD BANK                   8/30

Friendly Hands Food Bank at 50 King Street is accepting donations of backpacks, 3-ring binders, paper, notebooks, pens, pencils, markers, crayons, rulers and more until August 30.  Items may be dropped off between 9 and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  Backpacks will be distributed by appointment only.

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DRAKEVILLE CROP            9/29

The Drakeville VFD Women’s Auxiliary annual Fall Crop event will take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, September 29 at the First Congregational Church on Riverside Avenue.  The registration includes meals and snacks throughout the day as well as your own space to be creative.  There will be raffles, onsite vendors, and more.

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COUNTY FAIRS

The Bridgewater County Fair takes place August 17th through August 19th.

Terryville’s County Fair starts August 23rd.

The Goshen Fair is September 1st through 3rd.

Bethlehem’s Fair is September 7th through the 9th.

Harwinton’s Country Fair takes place October 5th through the 7th.

And the Riverton fair takes place October 12th, 13th and 14th.

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TORRINGTON HISTORY                  10/3

“Factory Life in the Gilded Age” is the name of a presentation at the Torrington Historical Society, Wednesday, October 3rd at 6:30pm.

During the 19th and early 20th centuries, Torrington was a prosperous factory town.  This program will explore the life and times of the factory workers.

More information at torringtonhistoricalsociety.org

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AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY                 10/17

The Torrington Historical Society explores Native American Stone Culture, Wednesday, October 17th at 6:30pm.

Lucianne Lavin, Director of Research and Collections at the Institute for American Indian Studies will explain the features and ceremonials landscapes that were originally thought to be Euro-American but are indeed Native American creations.

More information at torringtonhistoricalsociety.org

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TORRINGTON WW1 HISTORY            11/14

At the Torrington Historical Society, November 14th at 6:30, “Never Forgotten: the story of Torrington Doughboy Paul Maynard”.

Maynard was killed on the final day of World War I – Sunday, November 11, 1918.  Rick Maynard will share the compelling story of his grandfather as well as the discovery of approximately 3 dozen letters written from the battlefield.  There will also be a video documentary entitle “Never Forgotten”, by the American Battle Monuments Commission.

More information at torringtonhistoricalsociety.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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