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White Memorial Conservation Center Calendar of Events
 
August 2019
 
August 3 - 9
Museum Children Free Week
Courtesy of Joan and Jack Benham in honor of Brianna R. Parcell. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.
 
August 3
Things That Go Bump in the Night
Join Gerri Griswold for a night walk. Learn to identify all of those insect, owl, and frog voices that lend such beautiful ambience to a summer evening. Watch for beavers at Little Left and LISTEN to bats (with an ultrasound detector of course!) 8:00 P.M., Meet in front of the A.B. Ceder Room, Members: FREE Non-Members: $5.00 Pre-registration is required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online: www.whtememorialcc.org
 
 August 6
“Wee Discoverers” Summer Nature Camp
This weekly two-hour series for 4 & 5 year-olds features stories, songs, crafts, games, and outdoor adventures that introduce young ones to the wonders of nature! Sign up by session or for all 5 sessions. Meet in Nature Museum Children’s Corner.9:30 - 11:30am. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Space is limited! Subject to availability. Members: $15/session, Non-members: $25/session  
 
August 7
Yoga in the Garden
 In the garden behind the White Memorial museum, we will practice gentle, Vinyasa yoga as we listen to the birds, feel the morning breezes, and celebrate the warmth of the summer sun. Class will be followed by a brief guided meditation for those who would like to participate. This is an all levels, all ages program and requires no prior yoga or meditation experience! Recent studies have shown the benefits of yoga, which include stress reduction, improvement in strength, flexibility, and balance.
 Please bring a mat and water (and sunscreen/bug repellant if desired). Each class is $10. Come to one, several, or all!! A portion of these proceeds will go to the White Memorial Conservation Center. 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. For information, Please call 860-309-9489.
 
Judith Ehrman-Shapiro, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, RYT is a Board Certified movement therapist, nationally certified counselor, and a registered yoga teacher. She is a 27 year employee of Waterbury Hospital and an adjunct faculty member in dance at NVCC. She owns and operates the Evolving Center, a private practice, in Litchfield.
 
August 10
Smart Phone Photography (Part 2) with Gerri Griswold
This is a follow up program to our first popular class last May. All are welcome even if you did not attend Part 1. After a brief PowerPoint presentation, you will be unleashed outdoors with your camera. Each participant will take three photos which we will edit and share in the classroom. In the event of hideous weather, we’ll do our field work in the Museum. 2:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room, Pre-registration and prepayment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org. Members: FREE, Non-members: $5.00
 
August 10
An Evening of Jazz with South Lake
Bring a picnic and BYOB. Settle down for a sultry summer evening of soothing jazz standards from the American Songbook and more South Lake is. Jon Concilio: Double Bass, Brendan Walsh: Guitar, Mik Mitnik: Drums, and Allan Becker: Soprano, Alto, and Tenor Sax, Flute, and Keyboards. Special guest vocalist Gerri Griswold will be sitting in for some tunes. Nobody writes music like this anymore! 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Activity Shed. All tickets: $15.00
Please pre-register by calling 860-567-0857 or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org
 
August 13
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.
 
August 14
Yoga in the Garden
In the garden behind the White Memorial museum, we will practice gentle, Vinyasa yoga as we listen to the birds, feel the morning breezes, and celebrate the warmth of the summer sun. Class will be followed by a brief guided meditation for those who would like to participate. This is an all levels, all ages program and requires no prior yoga or meditation experience! Recent studies have shown the benefits of yoga, which include stress reduction, improvement in strength, flexibility, and balance.
 Please bring a mat and water (and sunscreen/bug repellent if desired). Each class is $10. Come to one, several, or all!! A portion of these proceeds will go to the White Memorial Conservation Center. 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. For information, Please call 860-309-9489.
 
Judith Ehrman-Shapiro, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, RYT is a Board Certified movement therapist, nationally certified counselor, and a registered yoga teacher. She is a 27 year employee of Waterbury Hospital and an adjunct faculty member in dance at NVCC. She owns and operates the Evolving Center, a private practice, in Litchfield.
 
August 17 – 23
Museum Children Free Week
Courtesy of Tara and Arthur Diedrick in honor of Ann and Arthur Diedrick. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.
 
August 17
Animal Adaptations with Gerri Griswold
Why is a vulture’s head bald? Why are porcupines so slow? Why does an Opossum play possum? These and answers to your many other questions will be revealed in an hour long program. Animal Adaptations uses natural props, animal mounts, and a couple of surprise guests to illustrate the definitions of both structural and behavioral adaptations, and how adaptations help animals survive in different environments. Participants will be able to guess how certain “mystery props” could be used as adaptations for animals. This is a great program for kids and adults! 2:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room, Pre-registration and prepayment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org. Members: FREE, Non-members: $5.00
 
August 21
Yoga in the Garden
In the garden behind the White Memorial museum, we will practice gentle, Vinyasa yoga as we listen to the birds, feel the morning breezes, and celebrate the warmth of the summer sun. Class will be followed by a brief guided meditation for those who would like to participate. This is an all levels, all ages program and requires no prior yoga or meditation experience! Recent studies have shown the benefits of yoga, which include stress reduction, improvement in strength, flexibility, and balance.
 Please bring a mat and water (and sunscreen/bug repellant if desired). Each class is $10. Come to one, several, or all!! A portion of these proceeds will go to the White Memorial Conservation Center. 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. For information, Please call 860-309-9489.
 
Judith Ehrman-Shapiro, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, RYT is a Board Certified movement therapist, nationally certified counselor, and a registered yoga teacher. She is a 27 year employee of Waterbury Hospital and an adjunct faculty member in dance at NVCC. She owns and operates the Evolving Center, a private practice, in Litchfield.
 
August 22
Nature’s Nursery Series
Join us on one Thursday per month for an hour-long program designed just for children 3-6 years old. Every session will include a story, an encounter with a live animal, and an activity or craft. Bring your young nature lovers out to White Memorial for a jam-packed hour of hands-on learning. Parents, we ask that you stay for the duration of the program. Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 4-5pm. Advanced registration is required. Space is limited and fills up quickly. Subject to availability. Members: $8/child per session, Non-Members: $12/child per session

August 23
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. 8:00 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
 
 
 
August 24
An Evening at Little Pond with Gerri Griswold
Join Gerri Griswold in search of Wood Ducks, herons, shore birds, muskrats, beavers, frogs and whatever else Mother Nature decides to dish out at dusk on Little Pond! Group size is limited to 20. Please call 860-567-0857 to pre-register. 6:00 P.M., Meet at the White’s Woods Road entrance to Little Pond. Rain or shine! FREE … Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.
 
August 31
Contra Dance with O’Wryly!
Strap on yer dancin’ shoes, pack a picnic or a snack, BYOB, and kick off Labor Day weekend with Conservation Center favorite Robert Messore and his colleagues! Tonight our Activity Shed will undulate with the gleeful sounds of Contra!
 
Contra is danced to Celtic, Quebecois, Old Time, New England, Southern Appalachian, Jazz, Blues, and all sorts of other music played by live bands, either from Atlanta or elsewhere. In a contra dance, parallel lines of dancers stand opposite -- or "contra to" -- their partners. A dancer and his/her partner form a couple.
Through the caller’s instructions, each couple interacts with the couple next to them to form a four person "set" and each set interacts with the sets on either side of them. Over the course of a dance each couple moves up and down the hall, interacting with every other couple in their multi-set "line."
 
There is no fancy footwork involved (that is the other sort of line dancing) but the instructions given by the Caller do form a series of repeating figures that dancers eventually memorize. As this happens, the Caller provides fewer and fewer prompts until he drops out entirely; leaving you, your partner, and the others in your line to finish the dance, accompanied only by the exciting, lilting, haunting, and/or pulse pounding music provided by the band.
 
Dancing is not mandatory this evening but we DARE you to stay seated!
 
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Activity Shed, All Tickets: $15.00. Preregistration and prepayment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org .
 
 
 
  
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
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