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TORRINGTON LIBRARY        6/21

Learn the basics of essential oils when painting. Where to begin and how to use them.  At the Torrignton Library, Thursday, June 21st.

To register or for more information, torringtonlibrary.org

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LIBRARY MOVIE NIGHT       6/28

The next Bring Your Own Dinner and a Movie  takes place at the Torrington Library, Thursday, June 28th at 6pm with the showing of the darkly comic drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

To register or for more information, torringtonlibrary.org

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DRAKEVILLE FLEA         7/21

The Drakeville Volunteer Fire Department is soliciting vendors for their Flea Market which will be held Saturday, July 21st from 9am to 2pm.

For more information, 860-307-9044.

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BABY FOOD DROP OFF       8/11

The Two Hearts Pregnancy Care Center is hosting a baby food and diaper donation drop off, Saturday, August 11th from 10am to 1pm at the Knights of Columbus, 152 Litchfield St, Torrington.

Needed items include diapers, wipes, baby food and formula and bottles.  THey are also accepting new or gently used changing tables, baby clothing, high chairs, cribs, play pens and blankets among other items.

For more information, 860-459-0677.

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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.       

  

2018 OPEN YOUR EYES STUDIO TOUR, sponsored by the Northwest CT Arts Council, is calling for artists and artisans in Goshen, Cornwall, and Warren to participate in the 9th annual Open Your Eyes Studio Tour weekend, June 30 and July 1.  Participating artists and artisans will open their studios and creative spaces to show their processes and work to the public.  Past events have drawn visitors from 14 states with many visitors returning annually.  To register or for more information call 860-618-0075 or go to alexis@artsnwct.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

June 28 – Boz Scaggs – 8 p.m.

July 28 – August 5 – Disney’s The Little Mermaid – Warner Stage Company

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                  7/11

The Sullivan Senior Center is offering an AARP Smart Driver 4-hour driving course July 12. 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                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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LIGHTHOUSE TOUR                        7/17

The Sullivan Senior Center is hosting a July 18 – Lights and Sights Lighthouse Tour in New London, July 18th.

Travel on a high speed catamaran and dine at the Mystic Diner.

For more information:  (860) 489-2211

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READING PROGRAM             7/8

Torrington Library’s Camp Read S’More for children entering 1st through 5th grade starts on July 9th and runs for a week.  The program is limited to 15 children and a wait list will be available.

For more information, 860-489-6684.

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HEALTH SERIES            7/12

With Ronald O. Berger, M.D., FACS

At the Torrington Library, Thursday, July 12th at 6:00pm, Sun, Skin and Your Eyes, a Solar Reality Check.

Dr. Ronald O Berger, MD will reveal fascinating facts you never knew about how the sun affects your skin and eyes, as well as its impact on this beautiful, fragile planet of ours. The discussion will be followed by a question and answer period.

To register or for more information, torringtonlibrary.org.

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VETERANS REP APPOINTMENTS        6/25

The Connecticut Department of Labor and the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board are offering a variety of free training and employment workshops in June to assist area residents. Events are held at the Torrington American Job Center, 59 Field Street.

Veterans’ Representative appointments are available on numerous dates in June.  For more information:(203) 437-3297.

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RESUME WRITING WORKSHOP     6/26

The Connecticut Department of Labor and the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board are offering a variety of free training and employment workshops in June at the Torrington American Job Center, 59 Field Street to assist area residents.

A Fundamentals of Resume Writing Workshop will be held at the Torrington American Job Center, 59 Field Street on Tuesday, June 26th at 9am.

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: (203) 437-3380.

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EMPLOYMENT WORKSHOP    6/21

The Connecticut Department of Labor and the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board are offering a variety of free training and employment workshops at the Torrington American Job Center, 59 Field Street in June to assist area residents.

A Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act  Information Session will take place Wednesday, June 21st at 9am. Participants can review process and eligibility requirements for funding of job training programs through this federal employment initiative.

No appointment is needed.

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EMPLOYMENT WORKSHOP    KILL: 6/28

The Connecticut Department of Labor and the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board are offering a variety of free training and employment workshops at the Torrington American Job Center, 59 Field Street in June to assist area residents.

A Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act  Information Session will take place Wednesday, June 28th at 9am. Participants can review process and eligibility requirements for funding of job training programs through this federal employment initiative.

No appointment is needed.

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INTERVIEW STRATEGIES WORKSHOP             6/19

The Connecticut Department of Labor and the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board are offering a variety of free training and employment workshops at the Torrington American Job Center, 59 Field Street.

A workshop on Interviewing Strategies and Techniques will take place Tuesday, June 19th at 9am.  Learn how to strategically prepare for critical job interview questions. Topics include company research, developing a candidate message, questions to ask the employer, closing the interview and following up.

To register or more information: (203) 437-3380.

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CONSTRUCTION CAREER WORKSHOP        6/27

The Connecticut Department of Labor and the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board are offering a variety of free training and employment workshops at the Torrington American Job Center, 59 Field Street.

On Wednesday June 27th at 9am the workshop topic is Northwest Connecticut Construction Careers. This workshop is an orientation for individuals seeking employment in construction-related fields. Session includes a review of pre-employment and job training criteria.

To register or more information: (203) 574-6971 x434.

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COMPUTER BASICS WORKSHOP         6/29

The Connecticut Department of Labor and the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board are offering a variety of free training and employment workshops at the Torrington American Job Center, 59 Field Street.

On Friday, June 29th they are offering a workshop on Computer Basics. Learn to use the mouse, keyboard, practice typing, navigate websites, set-up an email account, and learn about employment resources available through the Department of Labor website. Microsoft tutorials are available.

To register or more information:   (860) 496-3500.

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GED CLASSES             6/25

The Connecticut Department of Labor and the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board are offering a variety of free training and employment workshops.

Free GED Classes are available at the Torrington American Job Center, 59 Field Street Monday and Wednesday afternoons at 1pm.

To register or for more informaton:  (860) 567-0863.

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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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NATURALIST TALK          7/21

The Peoples State Forest Nature Museum is open Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer from 10:30am to 4:30 pm and admission is free.

On Saturday, July 21st at 1pm the museum will present Master wildlife Conservationist Paul Benjunas talking about “Reptiles of Connecticut” and the presentation includes live reptiles.

To RSVP or for more information 860-882-9632.

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NATURALIST TALK            8/18

The Peoples State Forest Nature Museum is open Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer from 10:30am to 4:30 pm and admission is free.

On Saturday, August 18th at 1pm the museum will present naturalist Juan Sanchez, Jr.  talking about “Why we love Lichens”.

To RSVP or for more information 860-882-9632.

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LOCK MUSEUM               7/30

The Lock Museum of America houses the largest collection of locks in the US and is located in nearby Terryville, CT.

Their collection includes thousands of antique locks, keys and other items related to lock making.  If you like history and appreciate fine craftsmanship you are encouraged to explore the Lock Museum.

They offer periodic adventures which include puzzles, riddles and codes to open locks and antique safes to solve mysteries.

For more information, lockmuseumadventurel.org

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SUMMER CRAFTS & GAMES   6/28

The Litchfield Historical Society is celebrating the start of summer vacation with a week of FREE afternoon crafts and games for families at the Tapping Reeve Meadow.  Tuesday, June 26 through Friday, June 29 between 3 and 5 p.m. families are invited to stop in throughout the week for activities such as painting, planting, making sundials, playing colonial games, and more.

No registration necessary.  For more information: (860) 567-4501

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REVOLUTIONARY WAR WALK    6/30

Join the Litchfield Historical Society for a Revolutionary Way walking Tour.
Saturday, June 30th at 10am.

Litchfield was a hotbed of activity during the Revolutionary War.  Prisoners of war were jailed in the town, a military presence guarded stores and provisions, and families were divided by those seeking their independence  from the British crown.

To register or for more information: (860) 567-4501.

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DRAKEVILLE FLEA MARKET        7/21

The Drakeville Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Flea Market takes place on Saturday, July 21st from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the event field across from the fire house located at 1349 Marshall Lake Road in Torrington. For more information: 860-307-9044

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PHOTOGRAPHY LECTURE             7/8

Saturday, July 8th at 7pm at Torrington’s Five Points Gallery, a free lecture, “What I Talk About When I Talk About My Work” by Laurie Simmons,

One of the leading figures in contemporary conceptual photography.

For more information fivepointsgallery.org.

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TRUE CRIME LECTURE           7/10

  1. William Phelps, true crime investigator, returns to the Goshen Public Library

At the Goshen Pulbic Library, Tuesday, July 10th at 6:30 PM, M. William Phelps, a murder and serial killer expert and creator and former host of the Investigation Discovery series DARK MINDS.

To register or more information, goshenpl.org

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WALKING TOUR          6/30

Join the Litchfield Historical Society for Saturday morning walking tours exploring new themes and areas of the town. Walking tours last about an hour and begin at the Litchfield History Museum at 10 a.m.

On Saturday, June 30th the theme of the walking tour is The Revolutionary War.

Litchfield was a hotbed of activity during the War. Prisoners of war were jailed in town, a military presence guarded stores and provisions, and families were divided by those seeking their independence from the British crown.

To register or more information, www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org.

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WALKING TOUR        7/14

Join the Litchfield Historical Society for Saturday morning walking tours exploring new themes and areas of the town. Walking tours last about an hour and begin at the Litchfield History Museum at 10 a.m.

On Saturday, July 14th the theme will be Social Lives at the Litchfield Female Academy.

Learn more about America’s original co-ed college town with a special walking tour about the social lives of students who attended the Litchfield Law School and Litchfield Female Academy. Hear more about their activities, social events, and even romances between students.

To register or more information, www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.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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TRANSITION SCHOOL                  6/30

Arc of Litchfield County is now accepting referrals for the fall Transition School to Community program.  Space is limited.  This program helps special needs teens age 18 and over who are still in high school and provides a positive path to adulthood.  Special education counselors in the high school can provide the necessary referrals.  Go to larc.ct.org for more information or speak to your student advisor.

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TRAIL CENSUS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED           6/23

The Torrington Trails Network is seeking volunteers who would be willing to assist with the annual CT Trail Census on the Sue Grossman Trail.   They will be conducting this anonymous survey of trail users on Saturday, June 23rd and on Tuesday, June 26th. If you are a trail enthusiast, please consider contacting the Torrington Trails Network via their Facebook page.

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WAPJ MAKES MUSIC            6/21

The summer solstice will bring together people of all ages and skill levels to make music during Make Music Connecticut on June 21st.  This event, which is expected to be the largest global music event to date, features all genres of music including classical and folk, hip hop, punk rock, Latin jazz and more.  Events will be taking place on sidewalks, in parks and on porches, sidewalks, plazas, and all manner of public places.

WAPJ we will be hosting a free sing along on the steps of Trinity Episcopal Church, 220 Prospect St at 12:30 p.m.  on the 21st. Bring along your voices, instruments and join us for an impromptu celebration.

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LIBRARY READING PROGRAM         7/7

June 18 is the beginning of registration for the summer reading program at Torrington Library for children PreK through Grade 12. Children may register and pick up packets which include a reading log; now through July 7.

The challenge is to see how many books can be read and prizes, special awards, and programs are planned.

For more information, torringtonlibrary.org

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SUMMER ARTS PROGRAM FOR KIDS     6/30

WARNER THEATRE has announced that enrollment is now open for the Summer Arts Program which begins in July.  There are three exciting opportunities for arts education and enrichment for young people ages 5 – 15.

Students can learn all about the ins and outs of theatre and have an opportunity to perform in one of the summer productions.

860-480-7180 x 148 or visit warnertheatre.org.

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