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Helping others in Litchfield during the holiday season
Do you want to help local families during the holiday season? There are several local organizations helping to support Litchfield families in need. (The town of Litchfield includes Bantam, Northfield, Milton and East Litchfield.)
 
Gifts - "Wish List Stars"
How it works: Take a "wish list tag," purchase the item, place the unwrapped item (with the wish list tag attached) back under the tree where it was originally located. Christmas trees are located at Litchfield Town Hall, St. Anthony of Padua Church on South Street, Room to Grow (preschool, Rt. 202, near Litchfield Community Center) and At the Cormer. The collection deadline is Thursday, December 13. They will be distributed to the families on Sunday, December 16. Gift cards (for teenagers) to Target, Walmart, Kohls and Game Stop are always appreciated. Community members may also contact Lisa Heuschkel (Social Worker for the Litchfield Public Schools) heuschkell@litchfieldschools.org or 860-567-7530) at Litchfield High School if they would like to provide support for an entire family.
 
Winter Clothing
The Litchfield Children's Fund provides new clothing for children in need. Donations (checks) can be forwarded to the Litchfield Children's Fund, Box 774, Litchfield, CT 06759. The Litchfield Children's Fund was started over 60 years ago by school administrators and nurses in the public schools after seeing numerous children without adequate clothing during the winter months. Teachers, administrators and staff members continue to be strong supporters of the fund. There are also many loyal community supporters who have supported the fund for years including the Junior Women's Club of Litchfield Hills, Civic Family Services, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Chruch, St. Paul's Episcopal Church Altar Guild, and Ephrain Kirby Masonic Chapter 75. The Litchfield Children's Fund does not accept previously worn clothing. The Clothes Tree in Bantam does accept slightly worn clothing contributions. The Clothes Tree is managed by Civic Family Services and provides clothing for area residents at very affordable prices. Proceeds are donated back to other local service organizations including the Litchfield Children's Fund. Questions? Contact Doug Parker editor@Litchfield.bz or 860-567-2204.
 
Holiday Food Baskets
Morgan-Weir American Legion Post #27 Auxiliary in Litchfield provides veterans and local families in need with a food basket that includes a turkey, fresh food and some canned items. Financial donations are also accepted toward the purchase of food items. Gift cards to Stop & Shop and Bantam-Northville Markets are also graciously accepted. Food donations are collected at American Legion Post 27 (418 Bantam Rd. in Litchfield). Drop off can be any time after 4:00 p.m. in the lower level. Food items and gift cards (i.e. Stop & Shop/Bantam Market) can be donated until Saturday, December 15. All of the holiday food will be distributed to the families on Sunday, December 16. Questions? Contact Barbara Spring 860-567-2077 or Jane Bonville janebon@aol.com.
 
Family Assistance
The Litchfield Community Services Fund is a small, private, non-profit group funded by the community and managed by Rose Brooks (a qualified social worker) and a Board of Directors. The fund provides temporary assistance to those who have no other resources. Its mission has never changed although the focus has moved with the times. Originally struggling senior citizens, unwed mothers and medical emergencies were major concerns. As society changed, today's focus often shifts to the problems of single parents, heating and rental assistance, day care help and special needs children. If you or anyone you know needs assistance or information, please contact 860-567-0480. Tax deductible donations should be made to LCSFUND and mailed to Treasurer LCSF, Box 819, Litchfield, CT 06759. Questions? Contact Rose Brooks rosebrooks@optonline.net.
 
  
Forman School Coat Drive
Sunday, December 9 ~ 12:00-4:00 pm
@ The Forman School 
Forman School will be hosting a coat drive on Sunday, December 9th from 12pm-4pm. Stop by for cocoa and coffee while you donate your gently used items. Thanks in advance for anything you might be able to offer and remember...each small effort makes a big difference!
 
 
American Voices: The Poems of Mary Oliver
With Jim Kelleher
Sunday, December 9 ~ 1:00-2:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Join Jim Kelleher as he explores the works of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver. The New York Times recently acknowledged Oliver as “far and away, this country’s best-selling poet.”

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.
 
 
Morris Tree Lighting Celebration
Sunday, December 9 ~ 5:00 pm
Morris Town Green
Join us in helping Santa Claus to light our Holiday Tree on the Morris Town Green.  Followed by caroling, hot chocolate, treats, crafts for the kids and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Morris Reading Room.  FREE!

Kristen Davila
Director of Morris Community Activities,
Morris Senior Center &  Morris Beach & Recreation
109-21 East Street, Morris, CT 06763
Phone:  860-567-7437
 
 
Politics of the Dollar
With Mark Albertson
Monday, December 10 ~ 3:00 pm
Goshen Public Library
“Making Society Work for the Few”
The machinations of the American Corporate
Socialist State: Paul Warburg and the
Federal Reserve; FDR and Wall Street; eradication
of Glass-Steagall; 2008 Mortgage Crisis and
suborning of Middle Class wealth;
Citizens' United . . .

Goshen Public Library
42B North Street
Goshen, CT 06756
Lynn Barker Steinmayer, Director
860-491-3234

A Christmas Memory Reading
By Jerry Geci
Tuesday, December 11 ~ 1:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Jerry Geci returns to The Litchfield Community Center on Tuesday, December 11 at 1:00 pm for at his annual reading of Truman Capote's “A Christmas Memory.”  Holiday Sweets and Tea will be served.  
This event is FREE.  
Pre-registration is appreciated by calling
The Litchfield Community Center at 860-567-8302

For more info call 860-567-8302
 
 
The Cookbook Club:
Holiday Cookie Swap Party
Wednesday, December 12 ~ 6:30-7:30 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
The OWL Cookbook Club wants to simplify your holiday baking with a Holiday Cookie Swap Party. Bring a batch of your holiday favorite cookies or brownies. We will sample our delicious treats, then swap and package some to take home.

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

Holiday Sound Meditation Gong Bath
Thursday, December 13 ~ 9:45-10:45 am
Litchfield Community Center
Rose Petruzzi will be at The Litchfield Community Center on Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 9:45-10:45 am for her Holiday Sound Meditation Gong Bath.  The sound of the gong reaches the body on a cellular level, encouraging integrated healing of the body, mind and spirit and the more gong sessions a student attends, the better the results.  You can receive the gong meditation by either sitting or lying a yoga mat.  Please bring anything you would like to be very comfortable while in the practice:  yoga mat, blanket, water, pillow or bolsters.  

This event runs from 9:45 to 10:45 am
and cost $5.00 pp.  
Pre-registration is required by calling
The Litchfield Community Center
at 860-567-8302

For more info call 860-567-8302

 
Non-Fiction Book Group
Thursday, December 13 ~ 2:00-3:15 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Musicophilia: Tales of Musica and the Brain
by Oliver Sacks
Oliver Sacks explores the place music occupies in the brain and how it affects the human condition. He shows us a variety of musical misalignments: a man struck by lightning who suddenly desires to become a pianist at the age of 42; an entire group of children with Williams syndrome, who are hypermusical from birth; people with “amusia,” to whom a symphony sounds like the clattering of pots and pans; and a man whose memory spans only 7 seconds - for everything but music.
Moderated by Margaret

New members welcome!
Come to one or all meetings.
Books are available at the front desk.
Second Thursday of each month from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Where: The Jamie Gagarin Community Room & Gallery
Facilitated by: Caitlin Costa ccosta@owlibrary.org

 
Fiction Book Group
Thursday, December 13 ~ 3:30-5:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles
This is a story involving only a few main characters and one location – the Metropol Hotel in Moscow. In this 30-year saga, the Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov is placed under house arrest in Moscow in 1922 in the hotel’s isolated 6th floor. The relationships he forms with staff and guests, his handling of twists of fate, his moral rectitude and his perseverance to go on in the face of his lifelong imprisonment for being a Former Person make for a compelling tale.
Moderated by Charlene

New members welcome!
Come to one or all meetings.
Books are available at the front desk.
Second Thursday of each month from 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Where: The Jamie Gagarin Community Room & Gallery
Facilitated by: Caitlin Costa ccosta@owlibrary.org

 
Have a Jazzy Holiday
With The Pierce Campbell Duo
Thursday, December 13 ~ 7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
The Pierce Campbell Jazz Duo will perform classic holiday songs for the Christmas season from artists like Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Jose Feliciano, Tony Bennett and the Peanuts Gang. Guaranteed to have you smiling and singing along!

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

Wreaths Across America Event
Saturday, December 15 ~ 12:00 pm
All Wars Memorial, Bantam
Each December on Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Renew, Honor and Teach is carried out by conducting ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery as well at more than 1400 additional locationsin all 50 states and at sea and abroad. We continue to remember the fallen, honor those who still serve and teach our children the value and price of freedom.

 
Gala Feast & Song
Goshen Festival Singers
Saturday, December 15 ~ 6:00 pm
Warren Congregational Church
4 Sackett Hill Rd.
This year’s December 15th performance will benefit the Warren Congregational Church organ restoration fund.  The antique pipe organ in the church is in need of some long overdue repairs and renovations.  This dinner concert is one of many fundraising activities that will be held in order to raise money for the necessary work on the instrument.  Phase one of the organ restoration project, which is to replace/correct/update the blower and wind system is currently underway under the direction of S.L. Huntington Co. in Stonington, CT.  

This year’s gala is being presented by the Warren Congregational Church’s Music committee, along with our cooperate sponsor, Litchfield Distillery.  The dinner concert will be held on Saturday, December 15 at 6:00 P.M in the Warren Congregational Church parish hall, on 4 Sackett Hill Rd. in Warren.  

The event will include a four course, gourmet dinner and a performance by the Goshen Festival Singers singing a variety of holiday tunes.  The group will be directed and accompanied by Cindy Iffland on piano. Also accompanying the choir is instrumentalist Diane Taylor, from New Milford on the flute.  

Tickets are $25.00.  
Seating is limited and reservations are required.
Reservations must be made by calling
the Warren Congregational Church
office at 860 868-7106.

The Goshen Festival Singers, based in Litchfield County, is made up of singers from Litchfield, Goshen, Bethlehem, Harwinton, New Milford, Torrington, Warren and Watertown.  They are best known for their performances at the Goshen Congregational Church’s Annual Feast and Song, where they delighted audiences with their music for several years. They have performed at churches, assisted living and nursing home facilities, and many community events.   In the past they have also held very successful benefit performances for Project Main Street, a non-profit organization helping patients and families living with ALS, for the Torrington Area Parkinson’s support group to fund exercise programs for area patients living with Parkinson’s, for Goshen Hospice and for the CT Department of Developmental Services Activity Fund, for adaptive bicycles.

 
Jingle & Mingle
Holiday Fundraiser for Litchfield Jazz Camp
Saturday, December 15 ~ 6:30-9:30 pm
Litchfield Community Center
421 Bantam Rd, Litchfield
Jingle & Mingle, is back! Set for December 15 at Litchfield Community Center, this holiday fundraiser supports Litchfield Jazz Camp and salutes 2018 Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame Honoree, Litchfield Performing Arts Founder, Vita Muir.  The event was a sellout last year-despite a snow storm-so we suggest responding early.

Music for the evening is provided by Nicki Parrott Ensemble with guest stars from Litchfield Jazz Camp and Litchfield Jazz Fest and star jazz campers. An Aussi by birth, Nicki Parrott got her break in America with a stint with the Les Paul Trio. That “stint” lasted 10 years, until Les' passing in 2009. Now a star on the international stage, Nicki has performed with artists like Michel Legrand, Billy Taylor, Dick Hyman, Bucky Pizzarelli and many others.

The evening begins with a 6:30 pm cocktail party offering treats like lobster, shortrib canapes and small batch drinks generously provided by Litchfield Distillery. A delicious buffet dinner follows. Catered by Ciesco Catering, it features filet mignon, chicken breast with artichokes, vegetarian options and homemade pies and ice cream. Mrs. Muir's award will be presented by Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame Executive Director, Sarah Lubarsky. Music continues throughout the evening. Dancing is encouraged as is dressing fabulously!

Proceeds support Litchfield Jazz Camp need-based scholarships.
Event space is limited. Order tickets at jingle2018.eventbrite.com
or call Litchfield Performing Arts at 860-361-6285.
Tickets are $85 (50% is tax deductible).
Contact: Tegan Ryan 860-361-6285

 
$67,000 Awarded for Northwest Corner Critical Needs
The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation through the Draper Foundation Fund, the Marion Wm. and Alice Edwards Fund, and through gifts made anonymously through a donor-advised fund, has awarded 52 charitable organizations serving some of the area’s most economically distressed residents grants totaling $67,000. Grants will help provide the most basic of necessities – food, warm clothing and shelter.
 
The following nonprofits received critical needs grants:
EdAdvance
Goshen Community Care and Hospice
Goshen Good Neighbor Fund
Junior Women's Club of Litchfield Hills
Litchfield Community Center
Litchfield Hills Chore Service
Litchfield Hills Northwest Elderly Nutrition Program
Saint Michael's Litchfield (Food Pantry)
Town of Warren
VNA Northwest
Warm the Children
 
Established in 1969, the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation serves 20 towns in Northwest Connecticut. Its total endowment, comprised of more than 280 funds, has grown from initial assets of $15,000 to more than $110 million. Last year, combined grants and scholarships totaled more than $3 million.
 
 
SEHERR-THOSS FOUNDATION AND 
CHARITABLE TRUST AWARDS ~ FALL 2018
The Seherr-Thoss Foundation and Charitable Trust were established by Sonia P. Seherr-Thoss and her husband, Hans C. Seherr-Thoss to fund projects that directly support the people and communities of Litchfield, Ct. Grants totaling $350,429.00. were awarded in October to the following non-profit organizations:
 
BOROUGH OF LITCHFIELD$200,000.00 for improvements to the Litchfield Green sidewalks
 
EAST LITCHFIELD FIRE DEPARTMENT$12,586.00 to purchase a washer and dryer system to clean firefighters protective equipment
 
GOSHEN PLAYERS$6,200.00 to partially fund the complete replacement of the roof of the theater
 
LITCHFIELD CEMETERY ASSOCIATION$18,000.00 to clean the pond, restore the edges and repair the spillway
 
LITCHFIELD CENTER SCHOOL$15,739.00 to purchase equipment and materials for the Art, Music, Library Media Technology and Physical Education specialty team collaborative programs.
 
LITCHFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY$28,700.00 to install several features to the Tapping Reeve Meadow that have been identified as critical needs after the first complete season of programming
 
LITCHFIELD LAND TRUST$12.300.00 to expand and upgrade the Litchfield Community Garden
 
LITCHFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS$26,028.00 to purchase musical instruments and risers for the Litchfield Public Schools
 
LIVINGSTON RIPLEY WATERFOWL CONSERVANCY$30,000.00 to build an innovative system to harvest, store and recycle water, focusing on the reverse bog and man made wetland
 
PLUMB HILL PLAYING FIELDS$875.00 to purchase an automated external defibrillator.
 
Grants are awarded twice yearly in March and October. Applications may be submitted at any time but must be postmarked by February 1 for the spring distribution and September 15th for the fall distribution.  For additional information about submitting an application, please go to the Seherr-Thoss website www.seherr-thoss.org, email secretary@seherr-thoss.org, or mail your request to the Seherr-Thoss Foundations, PO Box 292, Litchfield, CT 06759.
 
 
300 YEARS OF ARCHITECTURE
2019 OPEN HOUSE & GARDEN TOUR IN LITCHFIELD, CT
PLANNED IN CELEBRATION OF LITCHFIELD’S TERCENTENNIAL YEAR
A historic Open House Tour on July 12 and 13, 2019 is being planned by The Litchfield Aid of the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) in celebration of the Town of Litchfield’s tercentennial.  The Aid’s Sixty-Seventh Open House Day will be a rain or shine, one-mile walking tour within the Borough of Litchfield, a National Historic Landmark District.  The Tour will benefit the Connecticut Junior Republic, a Litchfield-based nonprofit organization that helps children, youth and families in 12 locations across Connecticut.  Click for details. 
 
 
Litchfield 300th Anniversary Committee
On May 19, 2019 Litchfield will be celebrating 300 years since its incorporation. Any organization that is planning an event to celebrate, or that is interested in partnering with another organization in celebrating, is asked to coordinate their efforts with the 300th Anniversary Committee. Businesses interested in sponsoring an event are also asked to contact the committee. Please contact Lisa Losee at llosee@townoflitchfield.org