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Songs of World War II
Wednesday, May 24 ~ 12:00 p.m.
@ Goshen Public Library
Join Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuehle for a musical program on Wednesday, May 24th at noon. The popular music of the Second World War was influenced by many different cultural traditions. Tin Pan Alley, Vaudeville, Swing, Country, Jazz, Blues and Big Band music were blending in a diverse and dynamic way to form the soundtrack of the period.

"Songs of WWII" is a program that combines some of the most entertaining and popular songs of the 1940's along with background information on the War and the music that it inspired.
Sponsored by the Connecticut Community Foundation.
Lunch will be provided.
Please call to register at 860-491-3234
The Library can be found at 42 North Street in Goshen CT 06756.  
Call for more information at 860-491-3234
"Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the World"
History Comes to Life  Series
Thursday, May 25 ~ 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
Actress Sheryl Faye brings Eleanor Roosevelt to life! After suffering through an unhappy childhood, and losing her parents and one of her brothers, she figured out where she fit in and could make a difference. She grew up and became an American politician, the longest-serving First Lady of the United States.

She was the first presidential spouse to hold press conferences, write a syndicated newspaper column, and speak at a national convention. She advocated for expanded roles for women in the workplace, the civil rights of African Americans and Asian Americans, and the rights of World War II refugees. She became one of the first delegates to The United Nations. One of the top ten most admired people of the 20th century.

* Pre-registration is required
Cost: $5.00 per person  
 For more info call 860-567-8302
Bombs Have No Eyes:
Stories from Japan in Support of Peace Education
with Marina Outwater
Thursday, May 25 ~ 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
Japanese school children visit Nagasaki and Hiroshima’s peace parks and museums in order to fully understand the complexities of war and the damaging effects of nuclear weapons. Japanese schools teach peace curriculums, even at the university level. And yet, in many American classrooms, children do not receive a similar education. Our students often have a limited understanding of the events of World War II in general and typically know even less about Japan’s involvement. Click here for more details.
Goshen Green Garden
Grant Opportunity
Dear Fellow Gardeners and Friends of the Goshen Green Garden,

Our Goshen Green community garden is a treasure and we want to sustain it for our community for decades. The provision of a reliable source of water is essential to maintain the garden and we now have the opportunity to get one.

After years of diligently working on the grant process, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering an 80% grant to our garden to drill a well, install a pump and several hydrants. The Goshen Agricultural Society graciously offered to bring the electricity to run the pump across the road to a new pole. Estimates from two well drillers were obtained. Estimates are dependent on the depths of the well and may need to be adjusted. 
There is a deadline in the next two weeks to indicate to the USDA our full commitment to the project. To make this happen, we need monies to hire an electrician to connect the pump to the pole, meeting town ordinances, and cover the percentage not covered by the grant. An additional $4,000.00 is needed and we are asking for your help.

We would gratefully accept any financial assistance you could provide large or small, but also any ideas you might have to help with this time sensitive project. We do not need the “cash” right now, but rather a concrete commitment to help until we obtain the final word on the grant in early July.

Kindly send any gift (tax exempt) or pledge of support to:
Goshen Church of Christ Congregational
Box 216
Goshen, Ct 06756
The Goshen Green Garden distributed 978 lbs of fresh organic vegetables to Goshen seniors and local food banks during the 2016 season and provided opportunity of healthy, fresh air and community fellowship.
OWL’s Adult Summer Reading Program
Read Outside the Box
June 1 - August 7, 2017 
Oliver Wolcott Library
Join us as we challenge you to Read Outside The Box! 
Read Outside the Box: Adult Summer Reading Program will challenge you to broaden your reading horizons and discover new books with 12 reading challenge categories. Don’t panic…we’ve designed this for success including some two-for-one title tips to help you cross off two challenge categories with one book. To help inspire and encourage you, we have also planned book displays, recommended reading lists, and special events.
Everyone who completes at least one category will be entered to win a special prize. Follow us on Facebook for weekly book give-aways and more tips. And, if you complete eight or more challenge categories, you will be invited to attend an Exclusive After-hours Celebration Gathering at OWL.
Register at OWL beginning June 1
to start Reading Outside The Box! 
Call 860-567-8030.

Connecticut Junior Republic Announces Campus Tours
The Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) recently announced that monthly tours of its Litchfield Campus will be offered for those interested in learning more about its programs and services.  Tours will be offered throughout the year on the following Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. on May 25, June 22, July 27, August 24, September 21, October 26, November 30, and December 21, 2017

The Junior Republic's 150-acre campus is located 2.5 miles north of the center of Litchfield on Route 63.  Tours will include the Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center, the Michael P. Mortara Family Center and Wellness Center for Children, Youth and Families, the Bertha M. Wheeler Gymnasium and Pool Complex, the Robert W. Loomis Agricultural Center (CJR Farm), and a cottage residence.

Reservations for each tour date are requested and may be made by calling the CJR Development Office (860-567-9423, ext. 252) no later than the Tuesday afternoon preceding each tour date.  Click here for more details.
Nonprofits Receive $92,450 in Spring Grants
The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation has made awards to 27 area nonprofit organizations, totaling more than $92,450 during its first grant cycle of 2017. The Community Foundation awards discretionary grants to northwest Connecticut charities three times a year: early spring, late June and late fall.  Click here for details.