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Morris Senior Center
109-21 East Street
Morris, CT   06763
Phone: 860-567-7437
Web: www.townofmorrisct.com/senior-center
 
Flea Market – Saturday, October 5; 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (no early birds, please); table rental $20.00; Morris Senior Center. Time for Fall cleaning! Rent a table and earn some cash for your unwanted items! We’ll also have a Gold & Silver Guy on site to take all of your unwanted gold and silver off of your hands. Contact us to make your table reservation – 860-567-7437.
 
Potluck & Trivia – Tuesday, October 8; 12:00 pm; favorite dish or $5.00. Join us and guess what’s for dinner and what the answer is to your trivia question! A friendly competition with your neighbors complete with prizes, of course! Call us to register – 860-567-7437.
 
Lunch & Learn – Tuesday, October 15, 12:00 pm, FREE! This month’s Lunch & Learn topic: Five Wishes program. This national program will be presented by Catherine Vlasto from the New Milford VNA and teaches you how to convey your final wishes to your loved ones. This is a BROWN BAG lunch event; beverage and dessert provided courtesy of the Morris Senior Center. Advance registration required by contacting the Morris Senior Center at 860-567-7437.
 
Flu Clinic – Tuesday, October 15; 11:00 am – 12:00 pm; Morris Senior Center. NO appointment necessary. Please bring your Medicare Part B / Aetna / Connecticare / Anthem BCBS insurance card. Open to everyone over the age of 19. Please wear short sleeves!
                       
Halloween Luncheon and Costume Party! – Thursday, October 31; 12 Noon; FREE but advance reservations REQUIRED. Come dressed in costume to the Morris Senior Center’s Senior Café! We’ll enjoy a delicious lunch, prizes, entertainment and CANDY!! Please call the Center to make your reservation – 860-567-7437
 
BUNCO Fundraiser! – Sunday, November 3; Doors open at 12:00 pm / Games begin at 1:00 pm; $15.00 per person. Cost includes appetizers upon your arrival; desserts at intermission. Raffles along with way too much fun with a pair of dice! Call us to reserve your space – 860-567-7437.
 
 
White Memorial Conservation Center Calendar of Events
 
October 2019
 
September 28 – October 4
Museum Children Free Week
Courtesy of Joan and Jack Benham honoring Wesley D. Parcell. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.
 
After School Adventures:
 Tuesdays & Wednesdays in October (except 29th and30th)
October 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23
Grades 1-3: Tuesdays in October
Grades 4-6: Wednesdays in October
After-School Adventures

Bring your kids out to White Memorial for programs designed to awaken curiosity and foster an appreciation for the natural world. Every session brings a new adventure, whether it’s exploring a new part of White Memorial property, meeting a live animal, or taking part in an outdoor activity. Join us for an afternoon of experiential learning in the outdoors. Parents/Guardians are welcome to stay, but it is not necessary. Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 3:45-5pm. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Please call 860-567-0857 or visit whitememorialcc.org to register. Space is limited! Members: $9/child per session or $40/whole series, Non-Members: $13/child per session or $60/whole series
October 3
Nature’s Nursery
Join us on the first Thursday of each month September - December for an hour-long program designed just for your young nature lovers. Every session will include a story, an encounter with a live animal, and an activity or craft. Bring your kids out to White Memorial for a jam-packed hour of hands-on learning. Parents/Guardians, we ask that you stay for the duration of the program. Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 4-5pm. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Please call 860-567-0857 or visit whitememorialcc.org to register. Space is limited! Members: $8/child per session, Non-Members: $12/child per session
 
October 5
Fall Mushroom Foray with Mushroom Marlene
Spend time with popular mycologist Marlene Snecinski aka Mushroom Marlene as she leads you on a lovely foray to collect and identify edible mushrooms. Return to the A. B. Ceder Room with your treasures. A presentation and mushroom tasting will follow the walk! Class is limited to 20! Register soon! 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Meet in the A. B. Ceder Room. Members: $15.00, Non-members: $30.00 Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online www.whitememorialcc.org
 
October 5
Llama Walk with Debbie Labbe from Country Quilt Llama Farm
Come and take a one hour walk with a llama on a beautiful trail! The cost is $20 per person with a percentage donated to the White Memorial Conservation Center. 
10:00 A.M., Meet in the Museum parking lot. Call Debbie from Country Quilt Llama Farm at 860-248-0355 to pre-register or to schedule your very own private llama walk.
 
October 5
Art 2 Nurture Your Nature: Jan Lyon Art Opening and Reception
The potential for Art is hidden in each of us.  In today’s fast-paced lifestyle, surrounded by bio-hazardous waste and global disasters looming, we have little space and time to explore our creativity.  We stay guarded in our “fight-flight” reactionary worlds, forgetting or perhaps never having discovered, a place inside ourselves, of inner peace.  Art 2 Nurture Your Nature touches that place of peace, bringing it to consciousness, where feelings can be validated.  In this space and time, one can discover the peace within, describe and define it artistically, bring it to view for others to share or keep it sacred to treasure alone.  If you have ever been moved by a glorious sunset; a hillside of sheep awakening at dawn; witnessed a nest of barn swallows being fed; or listened to songbirds at daybreak: You have been at that place where your heart finds peace.  Jan invites you to be introduced to that place you cancapture, hold it in your hand, take it with you and remember why you are here.
 
Jan Lyon has a Masters degree in Education from Antioch University, a Bachelors in Psychology minoring in Art Therapy from West Virginia Wesleyan College and the University of MD.  She has worked professionally for over 40 years in human services, developing and implementing a variety of programs and supports for children and families.  Her expertise lies in a great love for the gifts in each person’s special needs, ranging from sensory, cognitive, emotional, physical and health-related early challenges; to those that life brought later in life by chance, or by fate.  Jan is the adoptive parent of two children born with special needs, and is currently raising her grandson.  She has used the arts to overcome her own obstacles and renew drained energy.  She is a native of CT, an avid nature-lover, owning a farm in New Hartford for 35 years where she raised horses, sheep, goats and a variety of birds.  Now a resident of Prospect, Jan hopes to retire and continue to explore the creative arts.  She enjoys the natural life that graces each day with new sights and sounds, smells and tastes, that let us know “The Nature of Our Self.” Limited individual or group art exploration sessions are available by request. Email:   Jan-lyon@sbcglobal.net  
 
Jan is currently the Director of Outreach and Children's Services for Brooker Memorial in Torrington. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room, The reception is free but you must pre-register by calling 860-567- 0857 or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org
 
October 8
Monthly Bird Walk Series with Kristi Dranginis
Join birder Kristi Dranginis on the second Tuesday of each month for a golden opportunity to explore the rich and varied habitats of White Memorial while learning how to identify birds on an educational walk. Kristi is the founder of Bird Mentor: www.BirdMentor.com
 
In the words of Kristi, “If you are looking for a walk where the leader gives you all of the answers, this is probably not for you. If, on the other hand, you are ready to learn how to distinguish and deeply connect with what you are seeing and hearing, then please join us!”  
 
The walks will average about 2 hours, but feel free to head out whenever you need to. Open to all experience levels. Dress for the weather! Will take place rain or shine! 8:00 – 10:00 a.m., Meet in front of the A. B. Ceder Room. FREEDonations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.
 
October 12 – 18
Museum Children Free Week
In memory of Tish Samponaro from her husband, Philip G. Samponaro. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.
 
October 12
Autumn Meditation and Restorative Forest Wandering with Marlow Shami
Meditation and Nature create the perfect healing partners for anyone seeking a calm place of rest and guidance. Open your heart and mind to the wisdom of your inner nature and the life of the countryside awaiting your attention. The synergy of our collective intention provides you the opportunity to deepen your relationship and the restoration found within our magnificent extended family we call Nature.
 
Enjoy a special guided meditation designed for this important season in our life, then embark on a quiet woodland reunion where Marlow will provide a simple nature activity to help you on your healing journey.
 
Meet in the A.B. Ceder room at 10:00 am. Bring a mat (or sit on a chair) for meditation. Dress for the weather. Please do not wear fragrances as some attendees have chemical sensitivities. Free for WMCC members, $5.00 nonmembers. Pre-registration required. Register online www.whitememorialcc.org or by calling: 860-567-0857
 
October 14
COLUMBUS DAY
Museum Closed
 
October 19
Group Reading of The Bat Poet by Randall Jarrell with Gerri Griswold
There was once a little brown bat who couldn’t sleep days – he kept waking up and looking at the world. Before long he began to see things differently from other bats, who from dawn to sunset never opened their eyes. The Bat Poet is a story of how he tried to make the other bats see the world his way.
 
This charming story is perfect for kids of all ages. It is beautifully illustrated by Maurice Sendack. Each participant will receive a copy of The Bat Poet. We’ll enjoy a cozy pot luck supper and read this shining jewel of a book to each other! A Powerpoint presentation of Sendack’s illustrations will accompany the reading.
 
This program is limited to 12. Bring a dish, BYOB, and your own place setting. Dessert and Cider will be provided and of course your very own copy of The Bat Poet to take home and cherish! 6:00 pm, A. B. Ceder Room, Members: $15.00, Non-members: $30.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org
 
October 20
Llama Walk with Debbie Labbe from Country Quilt Llama Farm
Come and take a one hour walk with a llama on a beautiful trail! The cost is $20 per person with a percentage donated to the White Memorial Conservation Center. 
2:00 P.M., Meet in the Museum parking lot. Call Debbie from Country Quilt Llama Farm at 860-248-0355 to pre-register or to schedule your very own private llama walk.
 
October 25
STAR PARTY!
This astronomy program is organized by members of the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club and the Mattatuck Astronomical Society. Weather permitting, there will be star-gazing after the program. 7:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. You are invited to bring your own telescope or binoculars. FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.
 
October 26 – November 1
Museum Children Free Week
In Memory of Ron Hummel from His Family and Friends. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.
 
October 26
Spooky Halloween Dog Walk with Gerri and Bradley
Celebrate Halloween by dressing up yourself and your four-legged best friend for a stroll along the Pine Island Trail to Little Pond and then onto the Litchfield Greenway via Gallows Lane (chills) passing the cemetery (BOO!) and finishing up at Mallard Marsh. Look for signs of life and a good deal of pointing and staring along the way! All dogs must be on leads! Spooky treats for everybody after the walk! This hike will be about 3 miles on flat terrain but small dogs may find the footing along the Boardwalk a bit precarious. 2:00 P.M., Meet in front of the A. B. Ceder Room! Members: FREE Non-members: $5.00 You must pre-register by calling 860-567-0857 or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org
 
October 29
Staff Meeting
MUSEUM CLOSING AT 12:00 p.m.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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