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Musician Piper Higgins will perform at St. Michael's

Martin Luther King  program at St. Michael’s Church
On Sunday, Jan. 20 beginning at 4 p.m., a special tributprogram will be offered at St. Michael’s Church with music from thera of Martin Luther King. Musician Piper Higgins, a student at Williams College, will perform songs by Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead and Brightyes, among others, inviting the audience to sing along. 

Higgins has written and recorded original music, sung in Episcopal choirs, and performed both solo and with a band. She listens avidly to folk, country, and rock 'n' roll and her favorite artists include Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. She grew up in the Greater Boston Area and went to Groton School at age thirteen, where she played soccer, hockey, and crew. Currently at Williams College, she is a coxswain on the men's crew team and intending to major in Classics and English.  In addition to the music, there will be readings of the words and times of Martin Luther King.  A reception will follow the program and all are welcome.   

Veteran of the Month
Saturday, February 2 @ 10:00 a.m.
Bantam Borough Hall
On Saturday, February 2nd American Legion Post 44 of Bantam will be paying tribute to the first woman to be recognized as a United States Veteran and receive a pension for her service. Margaret Cochran Corbin will be the 365th *Veteran of the Month*.
When Margaret=E2=80=99s husband was killed at Fort Washington in 1776, she = took over his canon position until she was severely injured. Margaret was nominated for the *Veteran of the Month* honor by Alice Ridgway, Connecticut Regent, Daughters of the American Revolution.
The ceremony will take place in the Bantam Borough Hall (890 Bantam Road/Route 202) and will start at 10:00 a.m. with retirement of an honor flag for the December *Veteran of the Month*, United States Continental Army Private James Birge, who served with Captain Beebe=E2=80=99s company i= n New York and New Jersey in 1776. Following the tributes all attendees are invited to remain for light refreshments with members of Post 44, members of the Daughters of the American Revolution, members of the Sons of the American Revolution, James Birge descendants, veterans from other organizations and the general public.

Valentine’s Day Craft Workshop
at Litchfield Historical Society
This Valentine’s Day, the Litchfield Historical Society is celebrating 300 years of loving Litchfield with a special family celebration on Friday, February 8, 2019 from 5-7 p.m. Draw inspiration for Valentine’s Day crafts from the Historical Society’s collection of Victorian and early 20th century Valentines. Families and couples of all ages are invited to make Valentine’s Day cards for family and friends, while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies.
This special program is $15 for member families and $20 for non-member families. Space is limited and registration is required. Payment is required with registration. To register, call (860) 567-4501 or email For more information about this or other programs, please visit
The Litchfield Historical Society is located at 7 South Street, Litchfield, CT. The Litchfield Historical Society receives no funding from the town. The museums re-open in April 2019.
Joyful Noise: Sacred Chant Workshop”
Saturday, February 9 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
A Joyful Noise: Sacred Chant Workshop” will be offered by Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center on Saturday, February 9 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.  Marquerite Mullée, Ed.D. will present.
This workshop will help participants experience chant as prayer and meditation practice, learning both its spiritual and technical aspects through singing, listening, and writing. Gregorian notation, modes, rhythms, sight reading, and breath control will be covered. Roman, Orthodox, and Anglican chants will be sampled. The ability to read music is not required.
Dr. Mullée is a graduate of Columbia University where she earned a doctorate in Conducting and Vocal Pedagogy.  She is a Professor of Liturgical Music and Sacred Art at Holy Apostles College & Seminary in Cromwell, CT and the Music Consultant for Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Guildford, CT. Dr. Mullée was awarded a Statement of Recognition for Musical Excellence in Connecticut from Governor M. Jodi Rell.
The cost for the program is $60 and includes lunch. For more information contact Wisdom House at (860) 567-3163, email or visit
Children’s Book Department at Church Book Store
A room devoted to children’s books is open at the Litchfield Congregational Church book store.  Children’s books are a real bargain – 50¢ for soft cover and $1 for hardcover books. Or, for $10, shoppers can fill a box with as many books as will fit and it’s OK if they stick out the top.  A special promotion is available to area teachers to help them stock their classrooms.
The store is open on Saturdays from 10 to 3 and on Sunday afternoons.  It is located in the basement of the church, located on the Green at 21 Torrington Road.
Litchfield Community Café
Senior Lunches ~ Monday–Friday
@ Litchfield Community Center
Over the age of 60, and live in or visiting the Litchfield area? Why not stop in and have lunch at our beautiful Litchfield Community Café located in the Litchfield Community Center? The Litchfield Community Café serves congregate lunch Mondays through Fridays! (Fridays are meatless Fridays!) For a suggested donation of only $4.00, you can enjoy a hot, delicious nutritious meal including milk, coffee or tea and dessert! Reservations required by noon the day before. For the current menu, further information, or to make a reservation, please call 860-567-5746. Hope to see you there! 
The Food Pantry at St. Michael’s 
needs your donations
The Food Pantry at St. Michael’s is a success: since starting this spring, an increasing number of our neighbors come to the Community House the third Saturday of each month. From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., we distribute much-needed canned and packaged food, fresh bread, eggs and vegetables, and frozen meals. In October our neighbors took away over 1200 lbs. of food.
The good news is that the racks are empty. The bad news is that the racks are empty. People needed all the food we had. The Food Pantry is appealing to you to help fill the shelves each month.  The Pantry needs your support to supply our community’s needs.  
The pantry needs: peanut butter, jelly, cereal, oats, rice, tuna, pasta sauce, canned vegetables and fruit, soup, lentils, beans, granola bars, powered drink mix, pasta, juice, condiments, frozen vegetables, chicken, hamburger patties, coffee and tea, dish and clothes detergent, toilet paper and paper towels
We invite you to help provide our neighbors with the food they need. You can donate food, you can donate cash, and you can donate time.  You can help with purchasing, collecting and delivering food, stocking the shelves, or assisting on the third Saturday of each month.  The church is always open, and you can drop off donations any time in the north pews.
You can contact St. Michael’s at 860-567-9465,, and mail checks made out to  St. Michael’s, with “Food Pantry” on the memo line, to PO Box 248, Litchfield, CT  06759. St. Michael's - BZ page

The Veterans of Amrican Legion Post 44
are collecting information on women veterans.
The veterans of American Legion Post 44 in Bantam are collecting names stories and photographs of women who have, or are serving, in the military. This information will be added to the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Women’s Memorial is dedicated to all military women — past, present and future. If you would like to add yourself or a veteran from your family (deceased or living) please see Master Sergeant Linda Searles at the Saturday, December 2nd Veteran of the Month ceremony in the Bantam Borough Hall. The ceremony to honor a veteran starts at 10 am, social and light refreshments will follow. She can also email you the form. Contact Linda at lindaarmyveteran@gmail.

Warren Food Bank
Open 1st & 3rd Tuesdays
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Warren Community Center
Warren residents should contact Leah Pullaro
860-868-7881 ext. 114. for more information.
For more information, please contact
Warren Parks and Recreation
at 860-868-7881 ext 113