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Sports & Recreation

LHRC Hires New Head Coach/Program Director
It gives us great pleasure to announce that Kristine Johnson will be joining the Litchfield Hills Rowing Club (LHRC) as Head Coach and Program Director. Beginning Wednesday, April 4, she will oversee all rowing activities and facilities for the club's masters and juniors programs.

Kris is a seasoned coach with 10 years of coaching experience ranging from novice juniors to masters. She comes to us from Zimbabwe as Head Coach of both the Chisipte Boat Club and the Zimbabwe Junior National Squad who have recently traveled to Lithuania for the Junior World Championships and South Africa for the South Africa Schools Rowing Championships. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree as well as a British Level 2 Coaching Certificate and is in the process of completing a qualification in Sports Management. In addition, she is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. 

Not only is Kris a top-level coach, she is also an accomplished rower. She has medaled at top regattas such as British Nationals, Henley Women's Regatta and The Metropolitan Regatta all in the United Kingdom and both the South African and Zimbabwean Nationals. Other regattas include the Holland Beker in Amsterdam and various ones throughout Germany and France.

“I am so excited to be coming to join Litchfield. Everything I have heard and seen looks amazing. I can feel the enthusiasm all the way from here in Zimbabwe. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone, to having a good season and moving forward with the Club. See you all soon.” - Coach Kris

If you would like to meet Kris before her arrival in the US, we’ve arranged the following date for a virtual call:
- Saturday, March 24, 8:00 am-9:00 am
- Use either your computer or phone and test in advance.
Please join us. And also, please don’t hesitate to email with any questions, comments or suggestions.  ~
Registration is now open for the 9th annual Girls Just Wanna Run 5K presented by The Junior Women's Club of Litchfield Hills, May 6, 2018. Walkers and runners may register at
Welcome Spring Walk
Litchfield Hills Audubon Society
Saturday, March 24 ~ 2:00 pm
Boyd Woods Audubon Sanctuary
Although the calendar tells us it's spring, the warm days we're longing for don't come quickly enough. Despite the lingering chill, the natural world is waking up and signs of life can be seen and heard in the forest and wetlands at Boyd Woods. On sunny days Mourning Cloak butterflies take flight.
As ice melts, Wood Ducks and Hooded Mergansers appear on the pond. Colorful bluebirds flutter about, looking for a place to raise a family. Tiny magenta blooms burst from the tips of hazelnut twigs. Wandering about, carefully observing, we'll find proof that spring really has arrived at our sanctuary.
This easy 2-hour walk will begin at the Boyd Woods Audubon
 Sanctuary parking lot on Route 254 in Litchfield.
Trails may be wet so boots are recommended.
 No dogs allowed!
 For more information contact Debbie Martin
at or 860-819-7462.
A Chorus Line - Westchester Broadway Theater
Thursday, March 29 ~ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Morris Beach & Recreation
109-21 East Street, Morris
A new Day Trippers offering for 2018!
Join us as we travel to the Westchester Broadway Theater to experience their production of A CHORUS LINE !
The recipient of the Pulizer Prize and nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, A Chorus Line is one of the true masterpieces of live theater. A celebration and true-to-life depiction of performers and their struggle to achieve greatness on the Broadway stage. We'll enjoy a complete three course meal along with beverage service, right on site and then this amazing musical - all from your seat!

Cost: $105.00 all inclusive!
Deluxe motor coach transportation, admission to the theater, complete three course luncheon, driver gratuity and snack
Please contact us for your more
 information and to register!

Kristen Davila
Director of Morris Community Activities,
Morris Senior Center &  Morris Beach & Recreation
109-21 East Street, Morris, CT 06763
Phone:  860-567-7437
Don Murphy
Warren Parks and Recreation Director
Phone: 860-868-7881 ext 113

Litchfield Senior Luncheon
Litchfield Parks and Recreation
Thursday, March 29 ~ 12:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Seniors in the Litchfield community are invited to celebrate the arrival of Spring this year at The Senior Luncheon put on by Litchfield Parks and Recreation at the Litchfield Community Center on Thursday, March 29th at 12:00 noon.
The event will be featuring the very popular local singer-songwriter Ian Campbell. The gala will be catered by the culinary students of Oliver Wolcott Technical School. Lasagna, salad, bread, dessert all-inclusive for just $10
Tickets for the event are on sale now at Murphy’s Pharmacy, Litchfield’s Town Hall Clerk’s office, and at the Litchfield Parks and Recreation office in the Bantam Annex or you can make reservations at the Litchfield Community Center and pay at the door. Admission fee is $10 each. Desserts are always welcomed! For more information, please contact Litchfield Parks and Recreation at (860) 567-7569.

Easter Egg-stravaganza!
(Okay, it’s an Easter Egg Hunt!)
Friday, March 30 ~ 10:00 am
Litchfield Community Field
Litchfield’s Community Field will again be the site of the annual Easter Egg Hunt set for Friday, March 30th with the “hunt” beginning at 10:00 a.m. sharp! This is a BYOB affair! Bring Your Own Basket! The Easter Bunny is hoping (or is that hopping?) to be here for the event! You can just feel the egg-citement. The town’s annual Easter Egg Hunt is sponsored by Litchfield Parks and Recreation, The Litchfield Candy Company and WZBG radio.
Litchfield children aged nine and under are invited to participate in the Easter Egg Hunt which will take place at Community Field in the Playscape and the Ripley and Porter Baseball Fields. The event is free to the public. Don’t forget your Basket! Bring your “thinking cap” as there will be a “guess the number of candies in a jar” contest with the winner keeping the candy and getting a free dental exam and cleaning from Dr. Kim  of Litchfield Family Dental. For more information please contact Litchfield Parks and Recreation at (860) 567-7569.
American Red Cross Babysitting Course
(Recommended for ages 11 to 15)
hosted by Morris Beach & Recreation &
Warren Parks & Recreation
Saturday, March 31 ~  9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Morris Senior Center
109-21 East Street, Morris
Created by industry-leading experts, the American Red Cross' Babysitting Basics class covers a wide range of information that can help new babysitters gain the skills and confidence needed to care for infants and children.

The course includes information on:
- How to care for infants and children
- What to do in an emergency and how to stay safe
- Choosing activities that are age appropriate
- Recognizing, understanding and handling certain behaviors
- Starting your babysitting business

Please bring a bagged lunch!
$65.00 per person
Course held at the Community Room at the Morris Senior Center, 109-21 East Street, Morris.

Co-sponsored by Morris Beach & Recreation and Warren Parks & Recreation. Please contact your Recreation Department for registration information!

Kristen Davila
Director of Morris Community Activities,
Morris Senior Center &  Morris Beach & Recreation
109-21 East Street, Morris, CT 06763
Phone:  860-567-7437

Don Murphy
Warren Parks and Recreation Director
Phone: 860-868-7881 ext 113

Arthritis Foundation's Walk with Ease Program
Morris Senior Center
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings
from 10:00 am - 11:00 am
@ James Morris School
We are thrilled to collaborate with the Torrington Area Health District and the Arthritis Foundation to offer you this free community program: WALK WITH EASE.
One of the best ways to manage ongoing health conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure is simply with walking! Enjoy reduced pain and stiffness; increased energy and confidence.

This program will meet for one hour, three times per week for six weeks while walking INDOORS with trained peer leaders. A helpful workbook / journal will also be provided for you along with a pedometer!

Our group will be meeting at the James Morris School at 10 East Street in Morris to walk in their gym on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings from 10:00 am - 11:00 am beginning on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

This program is FREE but registration is required by contacting Anastasia at the Torrington Area Health District at 860-489-0436You owe it to yourself to invest in your good health!

Kristen Davila
Director of Morris Community Activities,
Morris Senior Center &  Morris Beach & Recreation
109-21 East Street
Morris, CT  06763
Phone:  860-567-7437
LPR Strength and Conditioning Class
For middle and high school students
Mondays & Wednesdays ~ 2:45-3:45 pm
Litchfield Athletic Club
Litchfield Parks and Recreation is teaming up with the Litchfield Athletic Club to offer a strength and conditioning class to middle and high school students.
The class meets twice a week at the Litchfield Athletic Club on Monday’s and Wednesdays from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. This program benefits all fitness levels from athletes to first time gym goers! You will benefit from learning proper form, building strength and endurance to condition all participants including sports specific exercise. This class builds self-confidence and will help those in the class to achieve a here level of fitness, setting up a good foundation for a lifetime of fitness.
Sign up for 10 weeks at a time and a Litchfield Athletic Club membership will come with it for those weeks! Total coals is $179.73. Make checks payable to Litchfield Athletic Club. Contact the club for more information at (860) 567-3510.
Warren Parks & Recreation Basketball  
Open Gym for basketball enthusiasts
Thursdays ~ 6:30-8:00 pm
Warren School
 Ages 13 and older.
This includes adults!
For more information, please contact
Warren Parks and Recreation
at 860-868-7881 ext 113
Color & the Keurig
Every Friday ~ 1:00 pm
until Mar 30, 2018
Morris Senior Center
109 East St, Unit 21, Morris
By now you have heard or read about the benefits of coloring for adults - such a calming activity - so relaxing! No one cares if you go out of the lines! Really, they don't! We have ALL of the supplies you could possibly want for this activity, i.e. coloring books galore, colored pencils, thin markers and even crayons!
Kristen Davila
Director of Morris Community Activities,
Morris Senior Center &  Morris Beach & Recreation
109-21 East Street
Morris, CT  06763
Phone: 860-567-7437