WRITING PROGRAM: A writing program, “Writing Body, Spirit, and Voice: A Weekend Writing Retreat” will be presented by Sonya Huber, MFA, at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center on Friday, March 8, 6 p.m., to Sunday, March 10. For further information visit, www.wisdomhouse.org, email, progams@wisdomhouse.org , or call, (860) 567-3163.

TAVERN RESTORATION: The Barkhamsted Society will host a program and slide show on the restoration of Squire’s Tavern March 8, 7 p.m. at the Barkhamsted Senior Center. The society is also planning on stabilizing and preserving Merrill Tavern in the historic histrict near the Congregational church and Center schoolhouse. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. For information, call 860-738-1152

PAINTING CLUB: Shades of Northwest Hills Decorative Painting Club will meet on Friday, March 8, 6:30p m at the South End Firehouse on Antolini Road in New Hartford. Former club member and local painting artist June Seiser will present a technique for creating a wooden look on a 16 x 20 canvas and her original design of a spray of forsythia. Painters should bring their regular painting supplies and small round and flat brushes. Shades will provide the canvas and paints for the project. Guests pay $5. For more information contact Lori at 860-583-7540 or lorithib40@yahoo.com

FAMILY DINNER, MOVIE: Friday, March 8 at 6 p.m. Family Dinner and a Movie! “Ralph Breaks the Internet” (PG) Bring a picnic dinner (or grab a pizza from next door!) and come enjoy this new release. Please register. Not a drop off for kids under 12. Kent Memorial Library, 32 North Main Street, Kent. 860-927-3761. https://bit.ly/2o9bGEK

CAN YOUR FINES: The Thomaston Public Library is promoting “Can” Your Fines for the months of March and April. Bring in a non-perishable food item and your late DVD fines will be waived. One item is equal to one dollar in fines. All donations will go the the Thomaston Food Pantry. All donations are welcome, however, peanut butter and jelly are the most needed items. For further information contact the library 860-283-4339.

STEAM VENT: Steam Vent Coffee House kicks off its 2019 Spring Season on Saturday, March 9 at First Church of Winsted, 95 N. Main Street in Winsted. Performances begin at 6 p.m. with open mic, followed by Jim Paradis, Jim Moore, Bill Benson, Dave Kenna, Breathless Charm, Roger & Lenny and Tom Sheely. Dinner from 6-8 p.m., with Italian Night. Admission is free; dinner for a fee. For information or to sign up for open mic, email info@firstchurchofwinsted.org

ART SHOW: Kathy Wismar: Spring Thaw, featuring Paintings and Pottery, March 9-April 13, opening reception March 9, 4-6 p.m., free; salon talk, March 16 3 p.m., free. David M. Hunt Library, 63 Main Street, Falls Village, 860-824-7424, www.huntlibrary.org

DAY OF RECOLLECTION: A Lenten Day of Recollection will be held at the Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield, Montfort House, 83 Montfort Rd., Litchfield, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Learn to approach Lent through the art of contemplation with Fr. Donald LaSalle and Lisa Hudkins, Spiritual Director. Cost $35, with lunch. For reservations, call 860-567-1041 by March 6 or email: lourdesshrine@gmail.com.

TORRINGTON SYMPHONY: The Torrington Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maurice Steinberg, conductor, will present “All That Jazz ll “ featuring Grammy nominated vocalist, pianist and songwriter, Nicole Zuraitis, March 9, 8 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 70 Litchfield Street, Torrington. General admission is $22 with a cash bar and snacks available for purchase. Reservations are encouraged; call 860-214-3347. Tickets limited at the door.

WILDLIFE TRACKING: Winter Wildlife Tracking with Andy Dobos: The Forest Wolf, March 9, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at White Memorial Conservation Center, Litchfield. $10 members, $20 guests, children should be with an adult. Dress for the weather. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org

NATURE TRIVIA NIGHT: 3rd Annual Nature Trivia Night, March 9, 7 p.m. at White Memorial Conservation Center, A.B. Ceder Room, Litchfield. Teams of up to 6 in costume forming, or join one when you arrive. Cost $10 members, $25 guests includes a chili supper with dessert, coffee and soft drinks. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required; visit www.whitememorialcc.org or call 860-567-0857.

IRISH DINNER: An Irish Dinner at St. Peter/St. Francis School. 360 Prospect St., Torrington, March 9, 4-7:30 p.m. Enjoy corned beef with boiled cabbage, red bliss potatoes, sweet carrots and Irish soda bread or lamb stew with baked bread. Home baked desserts and beverages. Adults $13, children $9, free under age 5, in advance or at the door. To purchase tickets, call SP/SF School at 860-489-4177.

ONE-ON-ONE TECH ADVICE: Saturday, March 9 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Need help with your iPad, iPhone, or Mac? Have questions about: iCloud, iTunes, your Apple ID, Siri, Apps — or something else? Let our technology tutor and former Apple store specialist allow you the opportunity to get individualized one-on-one instruction. These practical, hands-on sessions are designed to help you solve problems, learn new techniques, and discover tips and tricks. Bring your iPhone, iPad, MacBook — and your questions! Must register, only room for 4-5 registrants. 20-minute sessions. APPLE PRODUCTS ONLY. Kent Memorial Library, 32 North Main Street, Kent. 860-927-3761. https://bit.ly/2o9bGEK

BRIDGE 2.0: Saturday March 9 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Want to get to the next level of Bridge? After attending Bridge 1.0 in February, where you learned how to bid a hand, understand the basics of the game and tally the score, you will be ready to advance to the next level. Your instructor is experienced Bridge player, Kent’s own, Robert Norton. Reading Room. Please register. Kent Memorial Library, 32 North Main Street, Kent. 860-927-3761. https://bit.ly/2o9bGEK

JEWELRY MAKING: March 9, 1:00, for ages 9-Adult. Come join us and learn how to make beautiful jewelry. You will learn crimping, stringing, design, attaching clasps, tool usage, and more. We will use all semi-precious beads and findings. $20. each necklace, where else can you find a deal like that? So, grab a friend, a sister, a brother, or the whole family and come learn to bead, or sharpen your skills. This is for all levels. Call to register (860) 354-4318. Village Center for the Arts, 12 Main Street, New Milford.

SEED LIBRARY OPEN HOUSE: Harwinton Grows. Saturday, March 9th, 10:30 am — 1:30 pm. Spring is almost here and the Seed Library is open! Stop in to get your seeds for the 2019 growing season. Harwinton Public Library, 80 Bentley Drive, Harwinton. 860-485-9113

SEED STARTING WORKSHOP: Saturday, March 9th @ 11 am. Please register, (children ages 12+ are welcome to attend) Join us for a workshop on starting seeds for your gardens. It’s fun, inexpensive and rewarding to grow your own plants. Plus you can grow varieties not found at local nurseries. Two Master Gardeners will lead the session and participants will start some seeds as part of the program. (Please bring an empty cardboard egg carton. All other materials will be provided.) Harwinton Public Library, 80 Bentley Drive, Harwinton. 860-485-9113

INTRO TO HARMONICA: with John Wick. Saturday, March 9 at 11:00 (part 1), Saturday, March 23 at 11:00 (part 2). Woodbury Public Library, 269 Main Street South Woodbury. An anonymous donor gave Hohner Special 20 C harmonicas (with free online lessons) to the State Library to share with Connecticut libraries. The Woodbury Library was the lucky recipient of some of the harmonicas to share with the community. Woodbury resident, musician and harmonica enthusiast John Wick will offer a two-part introductory lesson for people aged 12 & up who are interested in learning to play the harmonica. The lessons, offered on Saturday March 9 and Saturday, March 23 at 11:00 am also include a FREE Hohner Special 20 harmonica to take home and master! Space is limited, registration is required. To register visit the Library’s website www.woodburylibraryct.org or call 203-263-3502 for more information.

FOOD SENSITIVITIES: A growing Epidemic.11 am to 12 pm on March 9. New Morning Market, 129 Main St North, Woodbury. Learn about the growing issue of how food sensitivities have created a critical impact on people’s lives. Many people suffer from symptoms and illnesses without being able to determine the cause. As research continues, it has become apparent that the foods we eat today are major culprits. Dr. Caskey will discuss many of the foods that have become detrimental to our health, how they affect our overall physiology, and what you can do about this issue. Register in store or by calling 203.263.4868

TRIVIA NIGHT: Burnham Library and Bridgewater Recreation, Saturday, March 9, 6:00 - 8:30. The Burnham Library and Bridgewater Recreation will host our third Trivia Night. Bring your “A” game and get your trivia on! This event features a professional trivia master, prizes, and is open to anyone 21 or over. BYOB and BYOS (snacks). Team or individual registration is required in advance and space is limited. A $10 per-person entry fee is payable at the door. Register via Eventbrite at www.burnhamlibrary.org or through our Facebook page. For more information, please call 860.354.6937 or email cfisher@burnhamlibrary.org.

CORNED BEEF DINNER: St. Mark’s Church, 5 Main Street South, Bridgewater,will host a Corned Beef Dinner on Saturday, March 9TH from 5:00 — 7:00 PM. Adults $15, Child $8, Family $45. For information call: Carol Wilbur at 203-648-3415 or the Parish Office at 860-354-8269.

ACCORDION STORIES: Angelo Paul Ramunni of Canaan, of his recently-published book “Accordion Stories From The Heart”, will present a book signing and mini-concert hosted by Rowley Grill & Tap at 19 Rowley Street in Winsted, March 10, 2-3 p.m. Admission is free to the event. No reservations are necessary but seating is limited. Rowley Grill & Tap is located at 19 Rowley Street in Winsted, www.rowleygrill.com, 860-238-4999.

CONCERT: Music For A King: Bach & FRIENDS, a concert by and for 18th century royals, will be presented by the Salisbury Sinfonietta Sunday, March 10 at 3:00 pm in the Congregational Church in Salisbury. The concert planned by Sinfonietta Maestro Jack Bowman premieres a newly-discovered symphony by Frederick the Great, the King of Prussia who loved war, music and his flute. The Congregational Church at 30 Main Street across from the Salisbury Town Hall is an elegant building completed in 1800. Tickets are available at the church door: adults $25, students and youth $10; under 12 admitted free. Cash and checks only. For additional information, email jack.bowman.dma@gmail.com. Or phone 612-226-7944.

OWTS OPEN HOUSE: Oliver Wolcott Technical High School will hold an open house for prospective students and their families on Monday, March 11, 6- 8 p.m. at 75 Oliver Street, Torrington. The open house event will provide prospective students with information about academics and the 12 trade areas offered by the technical school. For more information about the open house call OWTS at 860-496-5300 and ask for the main office. Visit wolcott.cttech.org to download an application.

MONDAY MATINEE: “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Monday, March 11, @ 1pm “In Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer (and cat lover) who made her living in the 1970’s and 80’s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estée Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee found herself unable to get published because she had fallen out of step with the marketplace, she turned her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant). R / 1h 47min. Gunn Memorial Library, 5 Wykeham Road, Washington.(860) 868-7586. www.gunnlibrary.org.

FURNITURE CHALK PAINTING DEMONSTRATION: Monday, March 11th @ 6 pm. Please register. Transform Bargains into Treasures! Traci Selinske of The Post Pear in Cheshire will teach you to use: chalk paint, light and dark waxes, dust of ages for one of a kind look. Harwinton Public Library, 80 Bentley Drive, Harwinton. 860-485-9113

BIRD WALK: Monthly Bird Walk Series with Kristi Dranginis, March 12, 8 a.m., White Memorial Conservation Center, Litchfield. Dress for the weather, rain or shine. Meet at the A.B. Ceder Room. Free, donations welcome.

AFTER SCHOOL ADVENTURES: After School Adventures: Grades 1 —3, March 12, 3:45 p.m., White Memorial Conservation Center, Litchfield. Parents are welcome to stay, but it is not necessary. Advanced registration is required. To register, call 860-567-0857 or visit whitememorialcc.org. Members: $9/child per session, Non-Members: $13/child per session

HISTORY OF BLUEGRASS: Woodbury Public Library, 269 Main Street South, Woodbury. 203-263-3502. The author/photographer of Bluegrass, Newgrass, Old-time, and Americana Music, Craig Harris has covered roots music for newspapers and magazines for more than four decades. His passion for music, however, goes beyond the written word. A highly respected percussionist, he’s appeared in concert and/or on recordings with Rod MacDonald,Jonathan Edwards, Greg Brown, Don White, Melanie, and Rick Danko (The Band). Join us for a musically inspired evening at the Woodbury Public Library on Tuesday, March 12 at 7:00pm. Registration is requested.

AFTER SCHOOL ADVENTURES: After School Adventures: Grades 4-6, March 13, 3:45 p.m., White Memorial Conservation Center, Litchfield. Parents are welcome to stay, but it is not necessary. Advanced registration is required. To register, call 860-567-0857 or visit whitememorialcc.org. Members: $9/child per session, Non-Members: $13/child per session

HEMP DERIVED CBD: Just the Facts 6 to 7 pm on March 13. New Morning Market, 129 Main St North, Woodbury. Hemp-derived cannabidiol, or CBD, is receiving attention for its benefits on human health. Hemp CBD supplements are even being recognized amongst the medical community as key supplements to improving quality of life. What exactly is hemp CBD? Join us for an informative lecture about the discovery of CBD and its sources, including the difference between agricultural hemp and high-THC cannabis plants. Discover how CBD interacts with the body via the human endocannabinoid system (ECS), and how it is related to overall wellbeing. Register in store or by calling 203.263.4868

SQUADRON MEETING: The Northwest Hills Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol Auxiliary of the United States Air Force meets Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. at the Torrington Armory South Main Street. For information, call Cmdr. Tim Ceritello at 860-620-3670 or email timceritello@gmail.com.

CHESS CLUB: The Litchfield County Chess Club meets Thursdays at the Torrington Library, 12 Daycoeton Place, Torrington, from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursdays. The informal club has held several meetings. Membership is free — just show up and play. Adults, teens and older children with an adult are welcome. There are plenty of boards and pieces, or bring your own. For information, call Alan at 850-430-9317.

MINDFUL MEDITATION: With Peter Callahan of the Copper Beech Institute. Four Thursdays beginning March 14th @ 5:30 pm. Please register, Ages 12+. Practice cultivating mindfulness in your daily life, respond more effectively to challenges, reduce stress and manage pain. Harwinton Public Library, 80 Bentley Drive, Harwinton. 860-485-9113

ITALIAN GENEALOGY WORKSHOP: Free. Thursday, March 14, 6:30-8:30 pm. Presenter: Alessandro Bovino, President & CEO, Bella Italia Genealogy. St. Peter’s Hall, 109 East Main Street, Torrington. Learn how to research your Italian roots! Highlights of this program include a brief history of Italian immigration to the United States; an introduction to various online and onsite resources and information about heritage tours in Italy. For those who might be eligible, Bovino will share details about the process of claiming dual citizenship. Refreshments will be available. TO REGISTER, please RSVP by March 11 to torringtonhistorical@snet.net or rbarredo01@snet.net

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