BRAILLE CALENDARS: The National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut has 2021 Braille calendars free of charge. For more information, call 860-289-1971 or email info@nfbct.org.

WRITING GROUP: Tween Writing Group, for ages 11-16, Fridays, 4 p.m. For writers of any genre or topic: poetry, fanfic, nonfiction, memoir. To register, email Abbey at agallagher502@gmail.com. Check out or join this supportive, long-term group of young writers.

TOYS FOR TOTS: The Railroad Museum of New England in Thomaston is holding a Toys for Tots Collection train event in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps Reservists, noon-4 p.m. Nov. 28. Residents can drop off unwrapped gift donations to “stuff” a train car. Curbside dropoff is available.

MEMBERS ART SHOW: The Housatonic Valley Art League, one of the area’s oldest and largest non-profit art organizations, will be having its Members End-of-Year Art Show, Nov. 15-Jan. 3, online at www.hvart.org.

ARTISAN MARKETPLACE: Decked out in festive style, the Van Vleck House is the setting for Flanders Nature Center’s annual Artisan Marketplace, opening at 10 a.m. Nov. 14 and open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m-4 p.m. until Dec. 23. The Van Vleck house is located at the corner of Flanders and Church Hill Roads in Woodbury.

DECORATING CONTEST: The Winsted Lions Club is holding a Christmas House-Decorating Contest. To enter, send your name, address, contact information and a $10 entry fee to PO Box 241, Winsted, CT 06098. Forms must be postmarked on or before Dec. 19. Houses being judged must be in Winsted or Winchester. Winners will be selected by Dec. 24. First, second and third place will be awarded. For more information contact Gina at 860-307-6617 or gsartirana@yahoo.com.

GIFT SHOP OPEN: The Auxiliary Gift Shop, 120 Willow St., Winsted, is open for the holidays, Nov. 16 through Dec. 19, open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 9:30 a.m.-noon on Saturdays. All money is donated to the communities in our area.

WALKING TOURS: The Litchfield Historical Society is continuing its walking tours. To ensure responsible social distancing, tour groups are small and fill up fast. Visit litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org for details and reservations. Holiday walking tour, 2 p.m., Nov. 28; 1 p.m., Nov. 29; Holiday Lantern Tour, 6 p.m., Dec. 11, and 5 p.m. Dec. 13. If the tour you are interested in sells out, email registration@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org to be put on a waiting list and notified if extra times are added.

CORNWALL READS: Cornwall Reads Cornwall returns at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 28 on Zoom. Cornwall readers will share selections from notable Cornwall writers of the past, as well as entries from two winners of a special contest. For a chance to be included, submit a short/sweet/humorous/delightful story of life in 2020. Contact Carla Herman (Landy) for details at carla.e.herman@gmail.com.

ACCORDING TO GERRI: The World According to Gerri (Griswold) of the White Memorial Conservation Center, sharing her photographs from trips through Europe, Russia, and South America, 2 p.m. Nov. 28, free on Zoom and Facebook Live. Preregister at https://rb.gy/ushqpz

GROTTO GIFT SHOP: Starting Nov. 28, The Grotto Gift Shop at the Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield, 50 Montfort Rd., Rte. 118, Litchfield will now be open on Saturdays as well as Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Advent and Christmas inspirational items are available as well as cards, rosaries, bibles, medals and religious jewelry. For more information, call 860-567-0891.

HOLIDAY MARKET: New Holiday Market, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Nov. 28 at RT Facts 8 Old Barn Road in Kent Barns. Shoppers will find holiday arrangements, bulbs, gifts, Christopher Spitzmiller's containers, unique amaryllis and narcissus in special holiday wrapping, books for gardeners and designers from House of Books and dwarf Alberta Spruce with trimmings. For a list of vendors visit www.kentbarnsct.com

GARDEN AUCTION: UConn Master Gardener online auction offers a variety of plants, home & garden accents, tools, gift baskets, art, jewelry, excursions, books, equipment, bird feeders and other gifts. The auction, sponsored by White Flower Farm, begins at 9 a.m. Nov. 28 and continues to Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. Register to bid at www.charityauction.bid/uconnmastergardener or text “Register” to 860-777-1246. For more information Sarah.Bailey@uconn.edu or 860-409-9053.

GOSHEN BUSINESS SATURDAY: The Goshen Business Circle will promote activities in the Goshen area for Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28. The GBC website will feature all our local businesses and products available through the holidays. Visit www.goshenbusinesscircle.com for details. Covid health guidelines for social distancing and wearing masks will be observed.

HANDCRAFTS SALE: Kent Affordable Housing will host live and online sales of handcrafted items made by and for Kent citizens and friends, including knit items, artwork by local artists, seasonal decorations and wooden creations, with more treasures are added every day. Visit the Holiday Hut, 5 Kent Barns, off Maple Street, Kent, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 27-29 and Dec. 18-20, make a donation or shop online at www.ebay.com/usr/kentaffordablehousing .

WALKING TOURS: The Litchfield Historical Society is continuing its walking tours. To ensure responsible social distancing, tour groups are small and fill up fast. Visit litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org for details and reservations. Holiday walking tour, 2 p.m., Nov. 28; 1 p.m., Nov. 29; Holiday Lantern Tour, 6 p.m., Dec. 11, and 5 p.m. Dec. 13. If the tour you are interested in sells out, email registration@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org to be put on a waiting list and notified if extra times are added.

LEAF, WASTE PICKUP: Leaf and yard waste pickup for Torrington residents starts Nov. 9 and ends Dec. 4, weather permitting. Leaves and yard waste, such as grass clippings, in biodegradable paper bags, should be placed curbside on garbage pickup day. Don’t mix with garbage. Do not call to schedule pickup.

JUST DANCE: Just Dance via Zoom with the Scoville Memorial Library, Salisbury, 45 minutes of movement for 6-10 year-olds, 6:30 p.m. Mondays. Hotchkiss student Katerina will screen-share "Just Dance" and move to the beat. Email msalisbury@biblio.org for the Zoom link.

AUTHOR Q&A: Virtual Q&A with writer Ibram X. Kendi, discussing Kendi's book "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix", for young adults, 7 p.m. Nov. 30, with the Scoville Memorial Library, Salisbury Details at scovillelibrary.org

DECORATING CONTEST: The Winsted Lions Club is holding a Christmas House-Decorating Contest. To enter, send your name, address, contact information and a $10 entry fee to PO Box 241, Winsted, CT 06098. Forms must be postmarked on or before Dec. 19. Houses being judged must be in Winsted or Winchester. Winners will be selected by Dec. 24. First, second and third place will be awarded. For more information contact Gina at 860-307-6617 or gsartirana@yahoo.com.

YOGA CLASS: Contemplative Yoga with Judith Ehrman-Shapiro, Virtual, with the White Memorial Conservation Center, Litchfield, 4:30 p.m., no registration required, $10 per person on Venmo to @Judith-Ehrman-Shapiro. Note “White Memorial”, and $1 will to be donated to WMCC for each class. Other payment, call Judith at 860-309-9489. To join class, use https://rb.gy/aroals Meeting ID: 998 133 6171, Passcode: 365gifts

YOGA CLASS: Yoga with Wendy, 2 p.m. Tuesdays with the Sullivan Senior Center. To register, contact Wendy directly bendywendy100@gmail.com

ZUMBA GOLD CLASS: Zumba Gold with Joan, 11 a.m. Tuesdays with the Sullivan Senior Center on Zoom. Sign up by calling Joan at 860.496.9637.

CONTEMPLATIVE YOGA: Contemplative Yoga with Judith Ehrman-Shapiro on Zoom with the White Memorial Conservation Center, Litchfield 4:30 p.m., Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. $10 per person, Venmo to @Judith-Ehrman-Shapiro. No registration required. Zoom information at www.whitememorialcc.org.

BOOK TALK, SIGNING: House of Books and Kent Memorial Library are excited to announce a book talk and virtual signing by author, theatre critic and longtime Broadway columnist for the New York Post, Michael Riedel, 7 p.m. Dec. 2 on Zom. He will be interviewed by author Tom Santopietro as they discuss this newly published book about “Broadway, Singular Sensation.” To register go to kentmemoriallibrary.org

STORY TIME: Zoom story time with Miss Molly, Scoville Memorial Library, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Toddler + preschool sing, talk, read. To register and for the Zoom link, go to scovillelibrary.org.

CHESS CLUB: The Pawnbrokers Chess Club, Scoville Memorial Library, Salisbury. Learn and play chess online for kids age 7-13, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays. To register and for the Zoom link, go to scovillelibrary.org.

ARCHAEOLOGY TALK: The Torrington Historical Society presents “And So the Tomb Remained”, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 on Zoom, with Nicholas Bellantoni, PhD, Emeritus CT State Archaeologist. A registration link for this program will be available soon. www.torringtonhistoricalsociety.org

BOOK DISCUSSION: The Devil and the Dark Water Book Discussion with Author Stuart Turton, 7 p.m., Dec. 2, free with the Oliver Wolcott Library, Litchfield, on Zoom. For more information about these programs, go to www.owlibrary.org and click on "Programs & Events." o attend the events, click on the Zoom link provided at the time of the event.

DOCS AND DIALOG: “One Earth, Our Earth Film Series” Docs & Dialog, a film series honoring the 50t anniversary of Earth Day, at the Litchfield Community Center. Bring a brown bag dinner; hot beverages and a snack provided. 6-8 p.m. Dec. 2, “The True Cost”; Jan. 6, “A Simpler Way” and Feb. 3, “A Time to Choose.” Free, donations welcome. Space limited. To register call 860-567-8302 or visit www.thecommunitycenter.org.

BRAILLE CALENDARS: The National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut has 2021 Braille calendars free of charge. For more information, call 860-289-1971 or email info@nfbct.org.

GIFT SHOP OPEN: The Auxiliary Gift Shop, 120 Willow St., Winsted, is open for the holidays, Nov. 16 through Dec. 19, open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 9:30 a.m.-noon on Saturdays. All money is donated to the communities in our area.

LEAF, WASTE PICKUP: Leaf and yard waste pickup for Torrington residents starts Nov. 9 and ends Dec. 4, weather permitting. Leaves and yard waste, such as grass clippings, in biodegradable paper bags, should be placed curbside on garbage pickup day. Don’t mix with garbage. Do not call to schedule pickup.

WRITING GROUP: T/ween Writing Group, for ages 11-16, Fridays, 4 p.m. For writers of any genre or topic: poetry, fanfic, nonfiction, memoir. To register, email Abbey at agallagher502@gmail.com. Check out or join this supportive, long-term group of young writers.

LEARN D&D: Learn Dungeons & Dragons, 7 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 6, 13, 20, Dec. 4, 11, 18. For grades 7-12, on Zoom. Oliver Wolcott Library, Litchfield. Sign up at owlibrary.org/Programs & Events/Teens.

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