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The Clothes Tree
A non-profit consignment and gift shop located at 902 Bantam Road in Bantam fills a huge need for Litchfield County and supports over 20 annual grants from Civic Family Servies. Donations of gently used clothing are welcomed. Shoppers are also encouraged to support their efforts.
Christmas in July Sale
Friday, July 20 ~ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
& Saturday, July 21 ~ 12:00-4:00 pm
Clothes Tree Thrift Shop
902 Bantam Road, Bantam
Refreshments and live entertainment!
Sounds of Frank
Warren Parks and Recreation
Friday, July 20 ~ 6:30-7:30 pm
Warren Town Beach
Fronted by the incredibly talented John Cooper, The Sounds of Frank will take you back to the glory days of music, when the emotion and expression of great songs really mattered. Close your eyes and suspend reality for a moment and you will literally hear Frank's inflections and emotions in John's voice. All the songs are both sung and performed with integrity and honesty, just as Frank and his band performed them. John will be accompanied by Pete Hickey on keyboard.
For more information, please contact
Warren Parks and Recreation
at 860-868-7881 ext 113
Ikebana: The Freestyle Flower Arrangement
- Sketching and Arranging
Saturday, July 21 ~ 12:00-4:00 pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Learn the art of Free Style Ikebana flower arrangement...
Participants in this workshop will be led in creating a piece in the Free Style Arrangement of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. This will include a sketching of the arrangement to better understand the search for balance between opposites and our search for beauty. The goal of Ikebana is to make compositions with full awareness of line, color, and mass, emphasizing the beautiful lines of the stems and the flowers. The uniqueness of your arrangement is the focus of this workshop. It is making the connection of you (the self) and Ikebana (nature).
Containers, flowers, and live/branch
materials of the season will be provided.
Shoko Iwata
Past president of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, New York Chapter. Born in Tokyo. Instructor and exhibitor at the Greater New York Orchid Show at the Rockefller Center, Brooklyn Botanic Cherry Festival, the Japanese Stroll Garden, the Hammond Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC).
Sign Up By Friday, July 20 at Noon
For further information call (860) 567-3163
From Wisdom's Table:
Behold the Blueberry!
Saturday, July 21 ~ 2:00 -3:30 pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Celebrate these delicious berries of summer....
Summer is a time to celebrate the delicious
selection of berries Mother Nature offers us.
This cooking demonstration and tasting will celebrate the Blueberry! Blueberry sorbet, blueberry cobbler, blueberry vinaigrette, and lemon-blueberry cake will sit proudly on our menu. Some of the health benefits of eating blueberries will also be included in our conversation.  Recipes will be given.  
Chef Margaret Jacobs
Margaret Jacobs is the Head Chef at Wisdom House. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY; Trained by Austrian and French chefs, Antoine Linda and Michael Carrier. She has worked at the United Nations Plaza Hotel in New York City and as Executive Chef at EF Barrett & Co., NYC. Over 30 years of cooking, baking and business experience in the culinary arts.
Sign Up By Thursday, July 12 at Midnight
For further information call (860) 567-3163
SummerFest Gala 2018
Saturday, July 21 ~ 6:00-10:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Roll up your jeans, polish your saddle shoes, fluff up your poodle skirt, dust off your varsity jacket. It's time for Rockin' & Boppin' the Fabulous 50's.
Restaurant, Tilden's Seafood
Dessert includes: Brits Brand
Starlight Bar includes: Litchfield Distillery.
Entertainment by Eight to the Bar
and Hot Rods showing off in the parking lot.
"The Best Night of the Summer"
Cost: $85.00 pp
* Pre-registration/pre-payment is required.
For more info call 860-567-8302
8th Annual Celebration for the Bats
Saturday, July 21 ~ 7:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Help Gerri Griswold celebrate 26 years of crusading for Bats, our planet's most extraordinary creature! A lecture featuring a live Big Brown Bat will begin the evening's festivities. We can then count our bat colony as it emerges from the Green Barn! Charming bat cupcakes and lemonade will be served (to humans..not bats..they prefer insects)!
Pack a picnic or BYOB!
The event is on rain or shine.
Come out and show your support for bats!
7:00 P.M, A. B. Ceder Room.
Please call 860-567-0857 to register
 or register online:
Members: FREE, Non-members: $5.00
 Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Digging and Dugout Canoe Rides
at Lake Waramaug
Sunday, July 22 ~ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Warren Town Beach
For thousands of years, the Native inhabitants of the Eastern Woodlands were able to make dugout canoes using natural materials found in their environment. Travel back in time with IAIS staff at Warren Town Beach on Lake Waramaug. Learn about the traditional techniques required to make a dugout canoe as you dip your paddles into the past!

While you are at the Lake, check out the Litchfield Hills Archaeology Club, who will be  excavating nearby on North Shore Road. Get your hands dirty as you dig into the science behind excavations and understand the processes archaeologists use to learn about people of the past! Please note, there will be no digging on Saturday, July 28.
Free Event! Reservations  appreciated; call (860) 868-0518 or email  mail to: for more information. Additional dates include Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, August 1

For more information, please contact
Warren Parks and Recreation
at 860-868-7881 ext 113
Governor Malloy Proclaims July 15 through 21
Connecticut Lakes Awareness Week
Lake Advocates Applaud Proclamation and
Encourages Lake Enthusiast to Spread Message
The Connecticut Federation of Lakes (CFL) welcomed Governor Malloy’s signing of the Procla-mation of Lake Awareness Week, Sunday, July 15th through Saturday, July 21st, and urged its 500+ members across the State to take advantage of this event as an opportunity to educate the public on the issues facing their lakes. Connecticut's 3,200+ lakes, ponds, and reservoirs are val-uable environmental, recreational, and economic assets for the State.
Lakes are important to the State, municipalities, and communities for many reasons. They pro-vide habitat for a wide range of plant and animal life. Their beauty and the recreational opportunities they provide (fishing, swimming, and boating) improves quality of life for all Connecticut residents. Lakes also generate significant economic value for the State and municipalities through tourism, recreational commerce, and through the impact of higher valuation of lake area homes on local Grand Lists.
According to the CFL, the two key issues lakes face are Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) and Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB). Most often AIS are introduced into Connecticut lakes by boaters that unknowingly transport invasive aquatic plant fragments on boat propellers, in bilges, or on trailers. HABs, also known as cyanobacteria or "blue-green algae," are often a result of increased human nutrient pollution. Blooms are unsightly and in some cases are detrimental to human and pet health.
The Gubernatorial Proclamation came at the request of State Representative David Arconti who represents the 109th District which includes the portions of the City of Danbury surrounding Candlewood Lake. Rep. Arconti, who sits on the State’s Legislative Environment Committee, also serves as an advisor to the CFL. He has long been aware of the values CT lakes provide.
“In western Connecticut and across the State our lakes, ponds, and reservoirs are some of our most important natural resources,” said Rep. Arconti. “It is important that we find more ways to support them and groups like the CFL who do a great job advocating on behalf of our inland wa-ter resources.
The CFL will mark Lake Awareness Week 2018 on Candlewood Lake, the largest lake in the State. Phyllis Schaer, Chairman of the Candlewood Lake Authority will host an on-the-water meeting. CFL board members Constance Trolle and Larry Marsicano, and representatives from several lakes will brief Rep. Arconti and other legislators on the current status of these issues and on the efforts locally to address them.
The CFL urges its members to take action to educate community members during Lakes Aware-ness Week and reminds all who love Connecticut's lakes that everyone can help Save our Lakes! Stop the spread of invasive plant species by following the "Clean, Drain, Dry" protocols after moving your boat from one lake to another and be sure your fellow boaters do the same. Support Low Impact Development (LID) in lake watershed areas and work with your Town to minimize storm water runoff from roadways and personal property. Ensure that septic systems are well-maintained and pumped regularly. The CFL also supports local citizen science groups and encourages neighbors to get more involved in water quality monitoring and education.
For more information about Connecticut lakes and the Connecticut Federation of Lakes go to Also visit  Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Lakes and Ponds
Contacts: Constance Trolle at (917) 856-3339 or Larry Marsicano at (203) 794-4395.
 Ceremony Observing Anniversary of Korean War Armistice
The Torrington Veterans Support Committee and its member groups invite the public, those currently serving, and all Veterans, especially Korean War Veterans, to join them in their ceremony observing the Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice on Friday, July 27, 2018. The program will be held, rain or shine, at Torrington’s Coe Park and will begin approximately 12:30 PM.
Please join us in remembering, honoring, and showing our appreciation to the men and women who served, those who were injured, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Korean War.
In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside the Coe Park Civic Center. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Veteran Service Office at (860) 489-2531 by Tuesday July 24, 2018. 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.