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Seherr-Thoss Foundation Spring Grants
Deadline ~ April 1, 2017
Applications for Seherr-Thoss Foundation Spring Grants are currently being accepted. Requests for grants must fit within the stated purpose of the Foundations: to support the cultural, educational, health-related, religious, and civic organizations which serve the people and communities of the town of Litchfield (including Bantam, Milton, Northfield and East Litchfield, Connecticut).
For additional information about submitting an application, please go to the website,, email, or mail your request to Seherr-Thoss Foundations PO. Box 292, Litchfield, CT 06759.  Grant applications may be submitted any time, but they must be postmarked by April 1 for the Spring grant distribution and October 1 for the Fall Distribution.
Day Trip: West Farms Mall
and New Britain Museum of Art
Wednesday, March 29 ~ 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
Start the day shopping with lunch on your own at the West Farms Mall from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Then head to the New Britain Museum of Art where a docent will give you a guided tour of Museum highlights including the Ansel Adams Exhibit from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Enjoy some free time to explore more of the museum on your own from 2:30-3:00 p.m. Depart LCC at 10:00am / depart Museum at 3:00 p.m. Transportation by NW CT Transit is FREE with a suggested donation of $7.00 pp, given to driver, only checks accepted.

Pre-registration is required.
For more info call 860-567-8302

Celebrating 300 Years
of Connecticut’s Remarkable Women
Wednesday, March 29 ~ 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
Join us for an interactive multi-media program by the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame and learn about some of our state's most remarkable women! Be inspired as you learn about well-known figures like Ella Grasso, Katharine Hepburn and Marian Anderson and lesser known heroines like Maria Sanchez, Barbara McClintock and Hannah Watson.
This presentation will introduce you to the Hall, its mission and programs, and give you a panoramic view of some of its 109 Inductees from across all fields of endeavor, from politics and sports to the arts and sciences.
Cost: FREE
For more info call 860-567-8302

The Life of Agatha Christie
with Stuart Barnett
Wednesday, March 29 ~ 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
Despite the days of a "Christie for Christmas" being long past, Agatha Christie remains a cultural force. Yet not enough people know about this notoriously private woman; many people assume she was an old woman who fussed about with tea and scones. Her actual life was nothing like this.
Come and learn more about a woman who defied the norms of her times and led a life that will definitely surprise you. Dr. Barnett spent the last two last summers in England researching Agatha Christie's life, with the assistance of her grandson.
Stuart Barnett is Professor of English at Central Connecticut State University who is currently writing a book on the cultural impact of And Then There Were None.
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Observance
Thursday, March 30 ~ 12:30 p.m.
Torrington’s Coe Park
The Torrington Veterans Support Committee and its member groups invite the public, current military personnel, and all Veterans, especially Vietnam Veterans, to join them in their observance of Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day on Thursday, March 30, 2017. The program will be held, rain or shine, at Torrington’s Coe Park and will begin approximately 12:30 PM.

When the men and women in uniform returned from the Vietnam War - few were truly welcomed home – and far too many were actually insulted or abused. Please make every effort to join us in giving the Veterans of the Vietnam War the same respect, honor, and appreciation we show to all Veterans, and active military personnel, today.

In the case of inclement, or cold, weather the ceremony will be held inside the Coe Park Civic Center. If anyone has an American flag that is torn, faded, or otherwise damaged they may bring it to the ceremony, a member of a Veterans organization will take the flag and see that it is properly retired.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Veteran’s Service Office at (860) 489-2531 by Tuesday March 28, 2017.
"Teddy Roosevelt"
History Comes to Life Series
Thursday, March 30 ~ 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
Actor, Author, Educator Ted Zalewski brings to life one of America's greatest presidents in Teddy Roosevelt: Mind, Body & Spirit. Combining history, drama and fun voice his given to Roosevelt's own words, writings and beliefs.

Cowboy, soldier, naturalist, historian, father, statesman and a winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace, Theodore Roosevelt lived a life that inspires us still. Get ready for a 'bully' time with Teddy Roosevelt!

"History Comes To Life" events:
Cost: $5.00 per person
* Pre-registration is required
For more info call 860-567-8302

1st Annual Retro Dodgeball Tournament
Litchfield Education Foundation
Saturday, April 1 ~ 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Litchfield High School Gym
The Litchfield Education Foundation (LEF) is pleased to announce the 1st Annual “Retro Dodgeball Tournament” on Saturday, April 1st in the gymnasium at Litchfield High School. This fundraising event will feature co-ed teams of six adults (18+ years) battling it out for pride and to benefit Litchfield area children. Admission is free, but donations will be gladly accepted!
Teams will play double-elimination with prizes awarded to “Best Team Costume” and “Last (Wo)Man Standing.”  An after-party will be held at the Litchfield Saltwater Grille @ 5pm with light fare and cash bar with a percentage of all proceeds benefiting LEF.
“This dodgeball tournament is a wonderful way to bring our families and our community together for an afternoon of fun,” states LEF President, Michele Saunders. “All proceeds from this day will go towards educational grants for Litchfield Public Schools as well as for Litchfield-based enrichment programs.”
“We are so grateful to two Litchfield residents with school-aged children – Mr. Matthew Terzian and Mr. Jay Bolton - who approached LEF with the inspired idea to create Litchfield’s first dodgeball competition,” said Ms. Saunders.
Both Mr. Terzian and Mr. Bolton (affectionately branding themselves as “Two Old Dads”*) are devoted fathers with a keen interest in building enrichment opportunities for our town’s children.
“What better way to encourage families, friends and neighbors to come together in support of a great cause than bringing back the glory of a retro dodgeball tournament?” remarks Mr. Terzian. “We are overwhelmed by our town’s enthusiasm thus far for what we hope will be a Litchfield tradition year after year!”
Litchfield Education Foundation (LEF) is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization with a mission: To raise funds in support of school-based and community initiatives that enrich, inspire and empower Litchfield’s children. Since 2004, LEF has awarded $150,000+ in support of a wide-range of experiences and resources that transcend the classroom and engage children in real-life experiences. editor's note ~ The Litchfield Education Foundation (LEF) is a 501c3 non-profit, it is not the same as the Litchfield Education Asociation (LEA) which represents the teachers.
Starry Nights Cafe
Nicole Zuraitis Quartet
Saturday, April 1 ~ 8:00 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
For more info call 860-567-8302

Henry James: A Book Discussion
Led by Mark Scarbrough
Sunday, April 23, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
Regarded as one of the key figures of 19th century literary realism, Henry James's work is valued for his psychological and moral realism. In this series, we'll explore two of his novels.
Mark Scarbrough started his professional life as an academic whose focus was Chaucer and Harriet Beecher Stowe. After several years teaching, he resigned and moved to New York to write. In New York, he met and married Bruce Weinstein. Together, they have written more than two dozen cookbooks, and have appeared on The Today Show, CBS This Morning and The View. His website is Books will be available to borrow four weeks in advance.
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.
Litchfield Housing Trust
Seeking Executive Director
The Litchfield Housing Trust has begun a search for its first executive director. The Trust, a volunteer-run, nonprofit affordable housing organization based in Litchfield, CT, has provided affordable housing in the Litchfield area for 28 years.
The mission of the Trust is to provide housing that will help make Litchfield affordable to a diverse population so that people who work in the town can live in the town and so that families, young and old, will not have to leave the town to find affordable housing.
The Trust’s board of trustees decided to establish the position of executive director because the tasks of administering the Trust’s programs, leading new project development, and executing its strategic plan had become too complex for the volunteer-led organization.
The position of executive director will be part-time with a flexible work schedule of approximately 20 hours per week. Among other qualifications, the person chosen for the position will relate exceptionally well to others and will have strong management and public speaking skills. In addition, he or she must convey the mission of the Trust to its varied stakeholders, and, equally important, consistently convey his or her own passion for the accomplishment of that mission. Finally, the executive director will be knowledgeable of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to the non-profit sector.
To learn more, the full job description, qualification requirements and information about the Litchfield Housing Trust is available at the Litchfield Housing Trust Website:
Please submit a resume and cover letter via email to:
Or by mail to:
Executive Director Position
Litchfield Housing Trust
P.O. Box 1121
Litchfield, CT 06759
To ensure consideration please submit your application package by 5:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, April 6, 2017Please, no phone-calls or inquiries.
Morris Public Library
NEW!  Story and Music Time
The Morris Public Library is now offering a new and enhanced Story and Music Hour for young participants, ages 0-4 at our usual time on Tuesdays, at 10 am.  The new Story Time leader Ms. G. will offer stories, rhymes, music and movement at this weekly event. Games, craft and playtime will be the additional activities to follow.
Registration requested860-567-7440.
The Library is located at 4 North Street, Morris, CT.

Friends of the Litchfield Community Greenway, Inc.
Seeking a new secretary (volunteer)
Responsibilities include: Record meeting minutes, work with President to create agendas and schedule meetings, mail correspondence as needed, send out thank you letters for donations, keep email listing, and check email account.  Meetings are the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at E.J. Murphy Realty, 39 West Street, Litchfield. New members are always welcome!
If interested please email or call Chuck Conn (860-806-1550) or Gwen Burgess (860-480-0560).
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program
The United Way of Northwest Connecticut is proud to introduce the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, program to the public for the upcoming tax season.  The VITA program offers free tax preparation services to individuals and families with a total household income of $54,000 or less, in addition to offering service to individuals with disabilities or limited English-speaking abilities.  IRS-certified volunteers will work with families and individuals in need of assistance, including help with filing tax returns, claiming refunds, and utilizing additional tax credits to benefit those filing. 
Those seeking to utilize this program must first meet the following qualifications: a total household income of $54,000 or less; must file either 1040EZ or 1040-A tax form; cannot own a home; cannot own a small business; cannot have itemized return; cannot complete prior year’s tax returns at this appointment.  Anyone who has income between up to $64,000 and does not meet the above qualifications can visit  This site is a partnership between H&R Block and United Way.  For additional information on the VITA program or My Free Taxes please contact our office at 860-489-4131.
At the time of an appointment, an individual should bring with them: valid picture ID; copies of all W-2, 1098, 1099, and 1095B forms and the amount of other income received; tax identification number (SSN) for yourself, spouse, and anyone else listed on tax return; provider’s address and tax identification number for child/dependent care credit; and a copy of prior year’s tax return (if possible).
Appointments are available on Thursday evenings from 5pm to 8pm, beginning February 2 and continuing through April 6 at the United Way of Northwest Connecticut, 333 Kennedy Drive in Torrington.  Call (860) 489-4131 to schedule an appointment.