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Year-End Critical Needs Grants Now Available
The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation has allocated up to $60,000 to distribute to public charities and faith-based organizations in its 20-town service area* for year-end critical-needs grants. Grants are made possible through the Draper Foundation Fund, and the Marion Wm. & Alice Edwards Fund, and through gifts made by an anonymous local donor family.
The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation is accepting applications for year-end critical-needs grants for local organizations serving some of the area’s most economically distressed residents and providing the most basic of necessities—food, warm clothing, fuel assistance and shelter.
Organizations that provide critical human services can apply for grants online through the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation website, Select “Year-End Critical Needs Grants
Applications are due by Friday, October 13, 2017. Grants will be awarded in December 2017.
Established in 1969, the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation serves 20 towns in Northwest Connecticut (Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Canaan (Falls Village), Colebrook, Cornwall, Goshen, Hartland, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington, Warren, Washington, and Winsted). Its total endowment, comprised of more than 250 funds, has grown from initial assets of $15,000 to more than $94 million. Last year, combined grants and scholarships totaled more than $3 million.
The Other Alcott
A Conversation with Author Elise Hooper
Wednesday, September 20 ~ 7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
We all know the story of the March sisters, heroines of Louisa May Alcott’s Little WomenBut while everyone cheers on Jo March, based on Louisa herself, Amy March is often the least favorite sister. Now, it’s time to learn the truth about the real “Amy,” Louisa’s sister, May. Elise Hooper’s debut novel conjures the fascinating, untold story of May Alcott - Louisa’s youngest sister and an artist in her own right.

Outgoing and creative, May Alcott is a talented artist who took lessons in Boston and faced scorn for entering what was a man’s profession. When Louisa’s Little Women is published, its success eases the family’s financial burdens, but May is struck by the portrayal of selfish, spoiled “Amy March” and embarks on a quest to discover her own true identity, as an artist and a woman. From Boston to Rome, London, and Paris, this brave, talented, and determined woman forges an amazing life of her own, making her so much more than merely “The Other Alcott.”

Martha Hall Kelly, author of Lilac Girls, will facilitate the conversation. Martha and Elise will be discussing the importance of telling women’s stories, as well as the challenges and opportunities of writing historical fiction.

A New Englander by birth, Elise now lives with her husband and two young daughters in the Pacific Northwest’s Puget Sound. When not writing, she teaches American history and literature to high school students. She’s drawn to historical figures, especially women, who linger in the footnotes of history books yet have fascinating stories waiting to be told. The Other Alcott is Elise’s first novel.

A wine & cheese reception will follow. The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for sale & signing.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

Connecticut Junior Republic Announces Campus Tours
The Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) recently announced that monthly tours of its Litchfield Campus will be offered for those interested in learning more about its programs and services.  Tours will be offered throughout the year on the following Thursdays at 10:00 am on September 21, October 26, November 30, and December 21, 2017

The Junior Republic's 150-acre campus is located 2.5 miles north of the center of Litchfield on Route 63.  Tours will include the Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center, the Michael P. Mortara Family Center and Wellness Center for Children, Youth and Families, the Bertha M. Wheeler Gymnasium and Pool Complex, the Robert W. Loomis Agricultural Center (CJR Farm), and a cottage residence.

Reservations for each tour date are requested and may be made by calling the CJR Development Office (860-567-9423, ext. 252) no later than the Tuesday afternoon preceding each tour date. Click here for more details.

Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles
Across America
with Author Andrew Forsthoefel
Thursday, September 21 ~ 7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time is a memoir of one young man’s coming of age on a journey across America - told through the stories of the people of all ages, races, and inclinations he meets along the way.
At 23, Andrew Forsthoefel headed out the back door of his home in Pennsylvania, with a backpack, an audio recorder, his copies of Whitman and Rilke, and a sign that read “Walking to Listen.” He had just graduated from Middlebury College and was ready to begin his adult life, but he didn’t know how, so he decided to take a cross-country quest for guidance, one where everyone he met would be his guide.

In the year that followed, he faced an Appalachian winter and a Mojave summer. He met beasts inside: fear, loneliness, doubt. But he also encountered incredible kindness from strangers. Thousands shared their stories with him, sometimes confiding their prejudices too. Often he didn’t know how to respond. How to find unity in diversity? How to stay connected, even as fear works to tear us apart? He listened for answers to these questions, and to the existential questions every human must face, and began to find that the answer might be in listening itself.
Andrew Forsthoefel is a writer, radio producer, and public speaker. He facilitates workshops on walking and listening as practices in personal transformation, interconnection, and conflict resolution. His year walking across the U.S. was the greatest privilege and blessing of his life. A wine & cheese reception will follow. The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for sale & signing.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

36th Annual Family Nature Day
Saturday, September 23 ~ 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Our annual celebration of Mother Nature is a must for folks of all ages. This 36th edition is chock full of the greatest presenters! Brain Bradley will be here with his beautiful free-flying hawks and falcons.
Learn about our beloved bats and prickly porcupines with Gerri Griswold!  Riverside Reptiles' Brian Kleinman is perhaps the greatest mind in reptiles in our state. Come visit the many friends he'll be bringing along. Meet a Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, and more with Horizon Wings Raptor Rehabilitation and Education Center! Cyril the Sorcerer will whip up environmental magic for kids of all ages!

The Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club will host a solar viewing event during Family Nature Day at White Memorial Club members will have telescopes with solar filters for safe viewing of sunspots and solar prominences, if any are visible. If you didn't get your fill of seeing the Sun during the eclipse, come and look some more! The event will not take place if the weather is bad or cloudy.

Music provided by musical wunderkinds, The Zolla Boys. The day is filled with live animals, guided nature walks, information booths, horse drawn wagon rides, and yummy food provided by The Litchfield Lions Club and AmandaBakes. Shop until you drop at the artisans market. Get in a bidding war at our silent auction. Lots of nature crafts for the kiddies too! Will you be the winner of a trip for two to Iceland with Gerri Griswold in January?  That's the first prize in our raffle courtesy of Krummi Travel LLC! 
So much to do! Feed your mind, body, and soul!
11:00 am - 5:00 pm ~ Admission: $6.00
Center Members and children under 12 are FREE!

The Lives of Dillon Ripley
with Roger D. Stone
Sunday, September 24 ~ 3:00 pm
Litchfield History Museum
Free Book Talk and Reception co-hosted
with the Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Sanctuary
Join the Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy
and the Litchfield Historical Society
on Sunday, September 24 at 3 p.m. for a book
reading and reception with Roger D. Stone,
 author of the newly-released biography
of S. Dillon Ripley, The Lives of Dillon Ripley.

The book reading and short lecture will give an
account of the amazing life and achievements
of S. Dillon Ripley, the founder of the
Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Sanctuary
and former Secretary of the Smithsonian.
This event is free and open to the public.
Please register with the Historical Society.
Call (860) 567-4501,
For more information about this or other programs,

History Comes to Life: Helen Keller
Tuesday, September 27 ~ 2:00-3:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Helen Keller ~ "Champion of the Disabled"
Sheryl Faye's program is written from Helen's mind eye.
The story is told on a taped voice over as Helen reenacts her full life f
rom her childhood through her discovery of language when she was
 seven years old to the writing of her twelve books. She will show the
audience how she speaks and reads in Braille, and her
story continues through her graduation from college.
Cost: $10 * Get your tickets now!
Note: $3.00 pp credit card processing
fee will be added to your order
For more info call 860-567-8302

 Wisdom Awards
19th Annual Celebration
Wednrsday, September 27 ~ 5:00-8:00 pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
An evening honoring the lives and service of Mary Ann C. Buchanan (left), as a Creative Educator and Chris and Marlene Smith, as Promoters of Human Potential. This award is given by the Daughters of Wisdom through Wisdom House.
For further information call (860) 567-3163

Fall Sunset Party
Litchfield Land Trust
Friday, September 29 ~ 5:00-8:00 pm
Arbutus Farm, Litchfield
67 Litwin Road,Litchfield
The Litchfield Land Trust's Fall Sunset Party is scheduled for Friday, September 29th from 5 until 8 p.m. This year's event will be held at Arbutus Farm, an iconic New England farm - 265 acres of permanently conserved farmland, stunning vistas, wildlife habitat and woodlands.  
Attendees are encouraged to stroll the farm's high field offering panoramic views or meander about to the pond and gardens. Regionally crafted beer and spirits, wine and food will be plentiful.
Litchfield's own Western Lands Trio will perform their signature acoustic folk music. A silent auction will feature local artists, craftsmen and special events. And, as always, the sunset will be perfect...

Arbutus Farm is located at 67 Litwin Road in Litchfield. Tickets are on sale now and cost $75 per person. Checks may be mailed to the Litchfield Land Trust at PO Box 712, Litchfield, 06756. Tickets paid by check will be held at the door. Tickets may also be ordered online at: All proceeds support Litchfield Land Trust's conservation efforts.
For more information:

Nature as Mentor
with Marlow Shami
Saturday, September 30 ~ 10:00 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
The wisdom of earth-based peoples as well as recent empirical research in the fields of eco-psychology, environmental psychology, mindfulness based stress reduction, and energy medicine provide the foundation of this community journey.
The program opens with a beautifully illustrated Keynote talk after which we partake in a captivating Nature as Mentor out-of-door activity. We complete our time together with a stirring guided meditation.

Expect to acquire knowledge and experience designed to deepen access to nature's guidance and restoration on a daily basis. Marlow Shami distills 20 years of personal and professional investigation into her presentations. Her focus is in deepening the healing relationship between humans and the natural world.
10:00 A.M., A. B. Ceder Room
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses

Architecture Walking Tour
Saturday, September 30 ~ 10:00 am
Litchfield Historical Society
The Litchfield Historical Society’s Saturday morning walking tours are exploring new sites in town. The walk will cover architectural features of the homes and businesses along North and South streets in Litchfield.
Sheldon Tavern
Each tour lasts about an hour—make sure to bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable shoes!We meet at the Litchfield History Museum at 10:00 a.m. for each tour. Registration is required for walking tours.
Why does the center of Litchfield have such a large green and so many white homes? Take a walk with a Litchfield Historical Society education staff member and learn how the history and stories of old Litchfield are preserved in the architecture of the town. The walk will begin at the Litchfield History Museum and cover North and South Streets.
Walking tours are free for members and $5 for non-members.
Space is limited and registration is required.
Payment is required at time of registration.
To register, call (860) 567-4501
For more information about this or other programs, please visit www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.orgThe Litchfield Historical Society is located at 7 South St., Litchfield. The exhibits are currently on view through November 2017.