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 Seherr-Thoss Foundation Grants
The Seherr-Thoss Foundation and Charitable Trust are currently accepting applications for grants from not-for-profit organizations to fund projects that directly serve the people and community of Litchfield, CT. Grant applications for the Spring disbursement period must be postmarked by Feb. 1, 2018.  For additional information and instructions for submitting an applications, please go to the website www.,, email, or mail your request to The Seherr-Thoss Foundations, PO Box 292, Litchfield, CT 06759.
Drone Videography Event
featuring the work of Peter Tavino
Thursday, January 18 ~ 2:00-3:00 pm
Brandywine Living
Brandywine Living is proud to host “Litchfield from the Air,” an exciting presentation by drone videographer Peter Tavino from 2:00–3:00pm on Thursday, January 18, 2018. This event will be held in the Brandywine Living Community located at 19 Constitution Way in Litchfield.

Peter Tavino is a professional civil engineer and Litchfield resident. His latest enterprise is capturing aerial images with his quadcopter drone as a Federal Aviation Administration part 107 certified small Unmanned Aircraft System Remote Pilot. Peter has published a continuing education course Drones for Engineers and works for Realtors to help sell properties. His video collection of Brandywine Living, neighboring sites, and community activities will be exhibited. With each of the video clips presented, he will tell the short story about recording it, and then answer questions about this technology. The drone will be shown, but not flown. The event is free and open to all members of the local community.

RSVP to Nanette or Amber
by January 16, 2018 at 860-567-9500.
Light refreshments, prepared by Brandywine Living’s exceptional chefs, will be served.
Magic of Communication
Thursday, January 18 ~ 6:30 pm
Morris Public Library
Join the former illusionist and the master communicator Gregory Dwyer for his presentation Magic of Communication: Influencing Yourself and Others to Live the Life of Your Dreams (snow date – January 25)
TO REGISTER: 860-567-7440.
Do you suffer from negative self-talk or low self-esteem? Are you frustrated with others and would like to improve your relationships? How one communicates with self and others is the key to a fulfilled life. Former illusionist Greg Dwyer will share secrets with you on how to create real magic in your life. Based on neuroscience and a little storytelling, Greg will entertain and educate you on the magic of communication.
In this dynamic presentation on communication, Greg Dwyer, will teach you 3 powerful secrets to live the life of your dreams.
- Discover the secret power of focus
- Discover the secret power of non-verbal communication
- Discover the secret power of written goals
All using the power of your mind in a way
that you have never experienced before.
For more information, please visit
or call the Library at 860-567-7440.
Friday Feast and Dancing Feet
Friday, January 19 ~ 12:00-2:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Join us on the 3rd Friday of each month for a light lunch, music and dancing. Music made possible by the NW CT Community Foundation & Litchfield Community Center Music Fund.
* Registration is required.
Cost: $7.00 pp
For more info call 860-567-8302

Exploring Identity in Two 19th Century Novels
with Mark Scarbrough
Sundays, January 21 & February 18 ~ 1:00-2:30 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Because of imperialism, slavery, the rise of modern psychology, the growth of the great cities, and a host of cultural factors, the question of who we are may be the quintessential nineteenth-century riddle, carried into the twentieth century and beyond  by theorists, therapists, and writers galore.

Let’s go back to two novels that explore this question near its beginnings and from either side of the Atlantic: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) and Mark Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson (1894). Is it enough to account for birth, rank, culture, race, and religion? Or is there more lurking below the surface of this most vexing question? Come join us for a lively lecture/discussion on these two classic novels.

January 21: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Victor Frankenstein is a young scientist who through a strangely unorthodox experiment creates a grotesque yet sentient being.
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 are available at the library to borrow four weeks in advance of the discussion.
Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.
"Fraud Prevention - How to Protect Yourself"
Live, Learn, Lunch
Monday, January 22 ~ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
LIVE LEARN LUNCH series presents:
"Fraud Prevention - How to Protect Yourself!"
Matthew Hazen Assistant VP Security Officer at Connecticut Mutual Holding Company, will cover current frauds, scams, and rip-offs! Come find out how you can defend your home, investments, and identity. Also, find out how to shop, and travel safer.
Monday, Feb. 12: "Road Scholar - Educational Adventures"
Monday, March 19: "Assistive Technology"
* RSVP Requested
Cost: Free
For more info call 860-567-8302
"Great Decisions"
Current Events Discussion Group
Monday, January 22 ~ 4:00 pm
Goshen Public Library
alternate Mondays, January through April
The Goshen Public Library will be hosting the Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Series this year from January through April on alternate Mondays starting January 22 at 4:00 pm on January 22, February 5, February 19, March 5, March 19, April 2, April 16, April 30, 2018
This year's topics include:
- The waning of Pax Americana?
- Russia's foreign policy; China and America:
- The new geopolitical equation;
- Media and foreign policy; Turkey: a partner in crisis;
- U.S. global engagement and the military;
- South Africa's fragile democracy and
- Global health: progress and challenges.

This year we are also considering having a second group if there are interested participants who cannot make it to Mondays at 4 pm - so please call and leave your name regarding a second group time.

Course books are published by the Foreign Policy Association and we ask for a donation of $20 to help defray the cost of the program.  Each session will include a short video clip by subject specialists (produced by FPA) and group discussion time based on the articles that participants read prior to class.  This is an excellent time to learn about current events and meet new people. 

The Library can be found at 42 North Street in Goshen CT 06756.  
Call to register at 860-491-3234.
The complete list of events can be found
on our website:
Connecticut Geology
A Billion Years of Earth History in 5,000 Square Miles with Brendan Hanrahan
Tuesday, January 23 ~ 7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Geologists marvel at the incredible diversity of earth history recorded in Connecticut’s rocks. This program provides a complete geological history of the state - illustrated with animations, video clips, maps and diagrams - and describes how fundamental geological forces worked over great spans of time to piece together and shape our region. Learn where continents once collided, how molten rock once flowed over and through the surface, how glaciers sculpted our modern landscape and more!
Brendan Hanrahan is the publisher of the Road to Discovery Series of guidebooks of day trips to explore the natural history of Connecticut. The guides aim to make it easy for anyone to explore local places where discoveries about geology, dinosaurs and the State’s native wild places have been made for centuries. Mr. Hanrahan also produced a series of videos capturing the life histories of native amphibians and reptiles. He is a graduate of Reed College.
 Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.
Winter Potluck and Trivia
Thursday, January 25 ~ 12:00 pm
Morris Senior Center
109 East St, Unit 21, Morris
We always have such a great time at all of our gatherings - we hope you'll join us and share your cooking talents at our Winter Potluck and Trivia! Fire up your favorite appetizer, salad, main entree, vegetable or dessert - be sure to give us a call to let us know what you'll be bringing. You might want to consider packing a few copies of your recipe - it's bound to be a favorite for a few of your friends!
Favorite dish OR $5.00
Cooking not your thing?
A $5.00 donation per person will also be accepted. Beverages and tableware will be provided.
Volunteers to set up / clean up are appreciated! After we've feasted on everyone's culinary delights,
we'll have a friendly game of TRIVIA! We'll break up into teams and enjoy an amicable competitio against your friends' and neighbors' teams. Prizes provided, of course! SO fun!
Kristen Davila,
Director of Community Activities
& Morris Municipal Agent
109-21 East Street
Morris, CT  06763
Phone:  860-567-7437
Film: From Billions to None
The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction
Saturday, January 27 ~ 2:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction, reveals the compelling story of the unlikely extinction of the passenger pigeon and explores the pigeon's striking relevance to conservation issues today, such as the alarming depletion of shark species worldwide. For centuries, the sleek long-distance flyer was the most abundant bird in North America and perhaps the world. It was hunted to extinction in a matter of decades. On September 1, 1914, Martha, the last passenger pigeon in captivity, died in the Cincinnati Zoo, marking the end of the species, and the upcoming centenary of the extinction event.

From Billions to None recreates the breathtaking natural phenomenon of massive flocks of passenger pigeons with cutting edge CGI animation. Created by talented students at the Tribeca Flashpoint Academy, Chicago, audiences can experience what it was like to stand beneath a surging flock of hundreds of millions of birds.

A key animated sequence recreates a passenger pigeon flock estimated to be at least one billion birds by a then unknown John James Audubon. In 1813, while traveling in Kentucky, Audubon wrote, "The air was literally filled with pigeons. The light of the noonday was obscured as by an eclipse. The pigeons passed in undiminished number, and continued to do so for three days."

The film's sound designer had a particular challenge recreating the sound of many millions of birds; among the combined sound effects: a tornado, a herd of buffalo, an earthquake and an industrial dryer. In addition, remote control quadcopters equipped with small HD cameras captured astonishing aerials.

2:00 pm, A. B. Ceder Room,
FREE … Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.
A Walk in Starr-Light:  
The Life and Times of Reverend Peter Starr  
Sunday, January 28 ~ 2:00 pm
Warren Town Hall
Lower Level Conference Room
In conjunction with the 200th anniversary celebration of the Warren Congregational Church, the WHS theme for 2018 is Religion. In our first event of the year, WHS Board Member Heather Forstmann will give a presentation on Peter Starr, the church's second and longest-serving minister (from 1772 -1829). Mrs. Forstmann is transcribing our collection of Starr’s sermons (WHS and Yale’s Bienecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library are the only repositories), and has made some very interesting discoveries! Come learn more about this influential man of the cloth and about Warren in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Refreshments will be served.
The Reverend Peter Starr, est. circa 1795
“I’d rather walk in Daylight than in Starlight.” - Abigail Osborn, widow of the Warren Church’s first minister, in response to court paid her by both  Peter Starr and New Preston minister Jeremiah Day.
 Contact Ellen Paul :

Nonprofits Receive $135,965 in Late Fall Grants
The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation has awarded grants to 36 area nonprofit organizations, totaling $135,965 during its third grant cycle of 2017. The Community Foundation awards discretionary grants to Northwest Connecticut charities three times a year: early spring, late June and late fall. Click here for details.