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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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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.

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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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WILDLIFE TRACKING            2/23

Wildlife Biologist Peter Picone will lead participants on a hike to identify

tracks and signs of wildlife at Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area in Burlington.

Saturday, February 23rd at 1:30pm.

Information at 860-424-3000

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TURKEY TALK                    KILL: 2/27

The Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forest invite you to  a presentation about turkey populations in CT and their miraculous comeback on the landscape with Wildlife Biologist Mike Gregonis.

January 27th at 1pm at the Barkhamsted Community Room in Barkhamsted.

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MUSHROOM TALK             3/17

The CT Valley Mycological Society invites you to an enlightening indoor presentation on mushrooms and the field of mycology.    March 17th at 10am at Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area in Burlington.

Information at 860-424-3000

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PASTA BENEFIT               3/1

A pasta benefit for Mason Gero will take place Saturday, March 2nd at 4pm at the Columbia Club, 152 Litchfield St in Torrington.

Tickets at:  860-309-8689

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AN EVENING WITH LINCOLN    2/23

White Memorial Conservation Center Museum

Invites you to An Evening with Abe: 1863 ~ Lincoln’s Remarkable Year.

Being in the presence of Howard Wright as President Abraham Lincoln is an experience you will not soon forget. Dressed in precise period attire and speaking with a Kentucky accent, Lincoln’s mannerisms, speaking style, and humanity flows over the listener with each moving sentence, witty observance, or eloquent description of a tortuous time that was the Civil War.

Saturday, February 23rd at 7pm.

Register at whitememorialcc.org

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LIBRARY MYSTERY EVENT    2/18

The Torrington Library presents a Special Presidents’ Day Mystery Event: Spy Ring: An Interactive.

During this one-of-a-kind event, you and your secret spy ring will try to successfully inform General Washington of the Crown’s plan to ambush newly arrived French aide in Rhode Island. By using ciphers, coded letters, invisible ink and more, you must reach Washington in time!

Monday, February 18th at 11:00am

Register at torringtonlibrary.org.

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PERKY PAIRING             2/21

The Torrington Library invites you to join Kim Larkin as she tells us all about coffee–the history, benefits, famous pioneers in the coffee business, best brewing/roasting methods, fun coffee terminology, and more. PLUS Kim includes chocolate samplings from her commercial workshop, including espresso Belgian chocolate bark, coffee cup chocolates, Italian affogato sample, and more. Lots more perks, a sweet pairing for sure! This is a must for all coffee and chocolate lovers!

Thursday, February 21st at 6:30pm

Register at torringtonlibrary.org.

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MOVIE: A STAR IS BORN       2/28

The Torrington Library invites you to bring your own dinner and see the movie A Star is Born, Thursday, February 28th.

Register at torringtonlibrary.org.

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ARLINIGTON CEMETERY HISTORY         3/7

The Torrington Library invites you to join historian Cindy Parzych as she talks about the history of Arlington National Cemetery, how and why it was established, and about key figures, such as Gen. Robert E. Lee that made the site what it is today. Cindy also talks about the organizations traditions and the people buried there and the tragic events commemorated by some of the monuments.

Thursday, March 7th at 6:30pm.

Register at torringtonlibrary.org.

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TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH        2/28

The Torrington Library invites you to their next “To Your Good Health” presentation, “Put Your Health First” presented by the Community Health & Wellness Center.  Learn strategies for maintaining a healthy life style, utilizing primary care/ getting the most out of your doctor’s visits and understanding your health insurance coverage. Presented by Alison Terjek.

Thursday, February 28th.

Register at torringtonlibrary.org.

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Y NINJA TRAINING          3/1

Registration is now open for the Y’s Ninja Warrior Training Center, with classes for youth, teens and adults set to begin in early March.

Learn more at: YNinja.org

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BASKETBALL PROGRAM      3/15

The Northwest Y will be kicking off its inaugural AAU basketball program this spring.

There will be a parents meeting on March 16th at the Torrington Y.  Tryouts will take place the week of March 25th.

Learn more at NWCTY.org

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5K RUN                   5/3

 The Nortwest Y invites you to enjoy a wonderful 5K run through the beautiful property that is also home to Norbrook Farm! The run has a little of everything, taking runners along the pristine trails of the property and, yes, you guessed it, finishing at the brewery itself. It’s a beautiful way to spend a spring morning.

The run will take place Saturday, May 4th at 11 am.

The Run is the first race in Northwest CT YMCA’s Grand Prix Race Series. All money raised during the series goes to support financial assistance so that everyone has a chance to learn, grow and thrive at the Y!

Information at NWCTY.org

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THE LION KING                2/23

At the Warner Theater’s Main Theater, Disney’s The Lion King Jr. with performances on February 23rd and 24th.

Tickets at warnertheatre.org

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SINGERS WANTED       3/31

The Connecticut Yankee Chorale extends an invitation to those who enjoy singing.  They are welcoming new members during their open rehearsals.  A love of singing is the only requirement.  Rehearsals take place on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Center Congregational Church in Torrington.

Learn more at: 860-482-5743

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VETERANS DAY OBSERVANCE     2/28

A Gulf War Veterans Day Observance will take place on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 12:30 at the Coe Memorial Park Civic Center.  The public, current military personnel, and all veterans, especially those who have served in the continuing War on Terrorism are invited and encouraged to attend.  Please join them to share our gratitude to the men and women who served during the Gulf War era.  Members of the committee will also be on hand to accept worn and torn flags for proper disposal.

For more information: 860-489-2531.

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GALLERY EXHIBIT                 KILL: 3/1

Five Points Gallery’s newest show is now open.  The East Gallery is presenting the work of Susan Ferarri Rowley with Spatial Delineation; TDP Gallery is hosting Elaine K. Ng’s work, New Threadwork; and the West Gallery features the show Intersections with works by Matthew Best, Cynthia Cooper, Will Holub, Barbara Solomon, and Gerald Wolfe.

Learn more at Fivepointsgallery.org.

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ARTISTS PANEL DISCUSSION   3/1

Five Points Gallery’s Artists Panel Discussion will take place Friday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m.

The Gallery is open to the public for free during regular hours and provides an amazing opportunity for young artists.

Learn more at Fivepointsgallery.org.

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SMALL WORKS EXHIBITION     2/23

Five Points Gallery’s Annex at 17 Water Street is hosting a Small Works Juried Exhibition through Feb. 23.  Gallery hours are Thursday through Monday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Learn more at Fivepointsgallery.org.

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SMART DRIVING COURSE     3/5

The AARP Smart Driver Course is available to people age 50 and older through Torrington’s Sullivan Senior Center.  The 4 hour session must be completed to receive a certificate that entitles the student to a discount on their auto insurance for 2 years.

The next course is March 14th.

Information at: 860-489-2211

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TAX ASSISTANCE            4/1

The United Way of Northwest CT is offering income tax assistance with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for the public.  Free tax prep services for individuals and families with total household income of $54,000 or less.  In addition, they offer service to those with disabilities or limited English-speaking abilities.  IRS-certified volunteers work to help filing returns, claiming refunds, and utilizing additional tax credits to benefit the filers.

More information at: 860-489-4131

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PASTA DINNER BENEFIT      3/1

A pasta dinner to benefit Mason Gero, a local child in need of a heart transplant, will be held on Saturday, March 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Litchfield Street in Torrington.   There will be a raffle and a 50/50 plus music by a DJ.

Tickets will be sold at the door.

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STEM CLASSES                     4/1

Torrington’s Kids Play Museum offers STEM classes every Thursday offering collaborative hands-on experiments and problem-solving.

More information at: 860-618-7700

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KIDSPLAY MUSEUM           

Torrington’s Kidsplay Museum, a hands-on and multi-sensory museum geared for children age 1 to 10, is opens at 10am Wednesday through Sunday.

Kids can experience a ball maze, giant bubble maker, lite-brite table, fire truck, diner, grocery store, lego/puzzle wall, pretend stage, treehouse, and more

Information at 860-618-7700.

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SEED LIBRARY             3/9

The Harwinton Library reminds you that spring is almost here and their Seed Library is now open.

They will be hosting a Seed Library Open House on Saturday, March 9th from10:30 am to 1:30 pm.  Stop in to get your seeds for the 2019 growing season.

Information at harwintonpl.org

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SEED STARTING WORKSHOP     3/9

The Harwinton Library invites you to their Seed Starting Workshop Saturday, March 9th at 11 am. Children ages 12+ are welcome to attend.

Join them for a workshop on starting seeds for your gardens.  It’s fun, inexpensive and rewarding to grow your own plants.  Plus you can grow varieties not found at local nurseries. Two Master Gardeners will lead the session and participants will start some seeds as part of the program. Please bring an empty cardboard egg carton.  All other materials will be provided.

Register at harwintonpl.org

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CHALK PAINTING DEMO      3/11

The Harwinton Library invites you to a Furniture Chalk Painting Demonstration, Monday, March 11th at 6pm. Transform bargains into treasures.   Learn about chalk paint, light and dark waxes and dust of ages for one of a kind look.

Register at harwintonpl.org

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MINDFUL MEDITATION         3/14

The Harwinton Library presents Mindful Mediation with Peter Callahan of the Copper Beech Institute on four Thursdays beginning March 14th at 5:30 pm.

Practice cultivating mindfulness in your daily life, respond more effectively to challenges, reduce stress and manage pain.     For ages 12+

Register at harwintonpl.org

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LEPRECHAUN PARTY          3/16

The Harwinton Library invites you to a special Saint Patrick’s Day craft event to decorate a themed treat! For ages 3 to 12.  Saturday, March 16th at 1 pm

Register at harwintonpl.org

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BOOK DISCUSSION        3/21

The Harwinton Library invites you to their next afternoon book discussion, “The Paris Architect” by Charles Belefour.

Thursday, March 21st @ 1:30 pm

Learn more at harwintonpl.org

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BOOK DISCUSSION          3/18

The Harwinton Library invites you to their Evening Book Discussion, Monday, March 18th at 7 pm.

This month’s book is Little Princes, One Man’s Promise to bring back the lost children of Nepal by Connor Grennan.

Learn more at harwintonpl.org

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VETERAN’S OUTREACH    3/21

A Veterans’ advocate will be available at the Harwinton Library to answer general questions regarding various programs and services for Veterans; referrals to specific agencies will beprovided as needed.  All Veterans are welcome regardless of branch of service or character of discharge. Sponsored by Veterans Strong Community Center.

Friday, March 22nd from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Learn more at harwintonpl.org

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WRITING PROGRAM FOR KIDS     3/30

Mark Twain, Junior Storyteller, a writing program for kids will take place at the Harwinton Library, Saturday, March 30th at 1pm.   Children ages 7  to 12 will work together to create a story using props.

Register at harwintonpl.org

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STUDIO TOUR               3/1

The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council is calling artists and artisans in the towns of Winsted, New Hartford, Colebrook, and Barkhamsted to participate in its 10th annual Open Your Eyes Studio Tour weekend, to be held on June 29th and 30th.

Registration is open through March 1st, 2019. Space is limited to 50 artists/artisans.

Register at (860) 618-0075.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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