The Almanac of Events for September 1

September 1

Performance: Harrybrooke Park, dusk, “The Wizard of Oz.” Harrybrooke will close out the summer with “The Wizard of Oz” shown under the stars and Free to the public. This event is among the trees but no apples will be thrown. The event will be capped at 300 participants and no tickets may be purchased in advance. A rain date is given of September 8, at the dark. The event is sponsored by Bank Street Theater and The Hobby Hangout. For questions, visit Harrybrookepark.org.

September 2

Concert: Twelve Moons Coffee House, 12 Main St., Salisbury, 7-10 p.m., “Featured Artist: Julia Russo.” Twelve Moons Coffee House will feature Julia Russo a singer/songwriter from Avon, Connecticut, who was recently nominated for Folk Artist of the Year. Her freshman album, “Hearts in the Water” received the International Music and Entertainment Association (IMEA) award for “Folk Album of the Year,” in October 2016. She was nominated in six categories by the New England Music Awards (NEMA) and took home the 2017 Singer/Songwriter award. Influenced by an array of Indie/Folk artists, Julia brilliantly engages her audience with thought provoking lyrics. Currently touring since the launch of her album, Julia has been performing throughout New England, Nashville, and London. Twelve Moons Coffee House is held on the first Saturday of each month, from 7-10 p.m. at St. John’s Church. A donation is requested to help cover expenses. The evening features live music, poetry readings, coffee, tea, snacks, social time with friends, and more. The format for the evening is to offer ‘Open Mic’ from 7-8 p.m., the featured performer for a 60 – 75 minute set, and the remaining time as ‘Song Swap.’ Those interested in playing music or reading poems, are welcome to sign up for ‘Open Mic’ at the door. Those interested in becoming a featured performer please contact: TwelveMoonsCoffee@gmail.com. For more information at: tinyurl.com/12Moons

Craft: Scoville Memorial Library, 38 Main St., Salisbury, 1p.m., “Introduction to Origami Making.” In this class, we will go over some of the basic vocabulary and folds in the art of Origami (mountain/valley folds, crimping, etc.). Then, he will demonstrate how to fold a simple and famous model: the Origami crane. Depending on the skill level of the guests, he will also teach you how to make the Sonobe unit. When many of these are assembled, you can make shapes ranging from a cube to crazy icosahedrons. This origami class is for older children, teens and interested adults. All supplies will be provided. Workshop leader Krishna Sivakumar is a junior at Hotchkiss, and has offered to share his passion and skills in the ancient art of paper folding with us.

Dance: Cornwall Town Hall, Cornwall, 7 p.m., “Cornwall Contra Dance.” Sashay into September at the Cornwall Contra Dance. Live old time music by Still, the Homegrown Band and calling by Peter Stix. All dances taught, all ages and left feet welcome. Donation requested to pay the caller. For more information call Jane at 860-672-6101 or go to motherhouse.us.

Fair: Colebrook Center, Route 183 and 182 A., Colebrook, “73rd Annual Colebrook Fair.” Join us at historic Colebrook’s Town Center for a fun day for all ages of outdoor activities and games. Enjoy unique crafters, a variety of vendors, great food, raffles, a flea market and more. Kids can compete in pie eating or frog jumping contests, a pet show or the “make-your-own” Cardboard Boat Regatta. Enjoy face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides, games, the Fire Departments “touch-a-truck” and smoke-house. Our 5th Annual Car Show will feature an incredible array of antique and collectible vehicles. Come see our Community, School and Church organizations and the Camp Jewell YMCA in action. Free admission, free parking and free shuttle service around the fair will be provided. For more information visit our website at www.colebrookfair.weebly.com, our link through www.townofcolebrook.org. See us on Facebook @colebrookctfair, call us at Colebrook Town Hall 860-379-3359 x 201, or email to tocfair@gmail.com.

Road Rally: Merryall Center for the Arts, 8 Chapel Hill Rd., New Milford, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., “Road Rally.” After two years of road rallies, we’re expanding the concept. Trek the beautiful Litchfield Hills in a fun trip. You can pick your mode of transportation — car, bicycle or on foot! While this is a road rally, it is not limited to classic cars or unusual vehicles — drive anything from your 1928 Bentley to your 2017 Subaru. The fun is in the drive and route, not the car. We’re plotting separate routes for cars, bikes and a 5K. Finish-line prizes and refreshments. Listen for the sounds of the Celtic Cross Pipes and Drums. Hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill and a salad bar. Rain date Sept. 3. $ 15 per entry in the rally (includes one lunch); $ 5 per person for lunch if you’re not in the rally. Cost is $ 15 per entry. For more information contact: Gerard Monaghan at info@MerryallCenter.org, call 860-354-7264, or go to www.MerryallCenter.org.

September 3

Concert: Richter House, 100 Aunt Hack Rd., Danbury, 3 p.m., “Outdoor Band Concert.” Richter Association for the Arts invites you to an outdoor band concert by the Danbury Brass Band on the grounds of Richter House. This popular band, under the direction of Alan Raph, has been part of the Greater Danbury area’s celebration of the Labor Day weekend for many years. Visitors should bring a lawn chair or blanket and a picnic if they wish. Free will donations are gratefully accepted. In case of rain, the program will take place inside Richter House. Parking in the adjoining golf course lot. Handicap parking in front of the House. Partially funded by the Danbury Cultural Commission. For more information, call 203-798-6319.

September 5

Lecture: South Canaan Meetinghouse, 12 Route 63, Falls Village, 7 p.m., “Tim Abbott: Place Names in Canaan’s Land.” Tim Abbott will be the final speaker for the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society’s 1st Tuesday at 7 Summer Lecture Series. Mr. Abbott’s talk is called “Place Names in Canaan’s Land; Myths and Forgotten Origins.” Ever wondered why North Canaan has a locality called Sodom, or why the bridge over the Housatonic between Salisbury and North Canaan is still known as Dutcher’s Bridge? What about Gallow’s Hill, Squabble Brook, Pine Grove and the Konkapot River? Join Tim Abbott to explore the origins of these and other places in our area, some of which remain obscure today. Tim Abbott lives in Canaan, by which he means the village that rose up when the railroad came in the 1840s, not the town of Canaan to the south with the locality that the railroad named Falls Village even though that name used to belong to Amesville in Salisbury. He is the Regional Land Conservation and Greenprint Director for the Housatonic Valley Association. An avid student of local history, his research concerning about the route and encampments of Burgoyne’s Convention Army in Connecticut has been accepted for inclusion in the collections of the David Library of the American Revolution. The talk is open to the public, with no admission charge, however donations are greatly appreciated. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 860-824-5607 or 860-824-8226.

September 6

New Milford Public Library, 6:30 p.m., “Author Sherry Horton.” Join author, Sherry Horton at New Milford Public Library, as she recounts the story of marriage as well as a gallant journey into loss. Her book, Witness Chair, is both a beautifully written personal memoir and a compassionate guidebook to the art of living in the face of suffering and death. In his last years, artist Christopher Horton, the author’s husband worked on the design of sixteen “chair” marquettes in preparation for an art installation to commemorate the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. In reflecting on her long marriage and the difficult months before her husband’s death from leukemia, author Sherry Horton draws on the unsettling yet powerful significance of the various chairs, seeing her life and the death of her husband through the concepts of accusation, displacement, rumor, captivity and heaven. Books will be available for signing. Registration is preferred at 860-355-1191 x 2 or online at newmilfordlibrary.org.

Ongoing Events

Book: Thomaston Public Library. Longtime history teacher and local historian Walter Robinson’s two-volume exploration of “Connecticut Vignettes and Visits” is available for purchase at the Thomaston Public Library. Volume one contains stories of witchcraft in Colonial Connecticut, British prison ships, English convicts as a source of labor, Litchfield’s courageous Revolutionary War soldiers and the Hartford Convention. Volume two includes stories of the Thomaston Opera House, Wadsworth Atheneum, the Thimble Islands, the Foreign Mission School of Cornwall and the Amistad mutiny. The books may be purchased together or separately, at a special price of $ 20 per volume. Stop by the library and pick up your copies; call 860-283-4339 for information.

ESL Classes: Registration for free GED and English as a Second Language classes will take place September 11-14. Classes Beginning the week of September 18. Registration will be held at various locations in Torrington, Thomaston, Falls Village, Winsted, Woodbury, Southbury. Call 1-800-300-4781 for more information.

Event: Bridewater Pavilion, Sarah Sandford Rd., Bridgewater, 6-10 p.m., “Little Britches Benefit.” Save the evening of September 16 for music, dancing, great food and fun—all to benefit Little Britches Therapeutic Riding, a local nonprofit that helps kids and adults with special needs discover their strengths though horseback riding. The high-energy band Hazzard County will be on hand with modern country sounds to get people dancing. Windover BBQ & Catering of Newtown will dish up barbecued ribs, chicken and brisket with sides. A silent auction will offer scores of items, including: Disney park day passes, theater tickets, paintings contributed by Connecticut artists, and much more. Little Britches, based in Roxbury, has been helping individuals with disabilities since 1979. The organization currently serves roughly 80 riders from 28 area towns. The Connecticut Community Foundation has offered a matching grant to help stage the event. Other sponsors include Dobson Pools of New Milford and Maple Bank Farm of Roxbury. Tickets are $ 50 per person. The event is BYOB, but mixers and soft drinks are included. To buy tickets or learn more, go to the group’s website www.littlebritchesct.org, or call Alice Daly at 203-598-2595.

Instructors Needed: Foothills Adult & Continuing Education, a program of EdAdvance in Litchfield, is looking for instructors to share their talents and teach our evening adult enrichment classes September through December for sites in: Falls Village, Winsted, Torrington, Danbury, Litchfield, Plymouth, Woodbury, and Southbury. You do not have to be a certified teacher, just need the know-how and have the ability to teach it to other adults. Please call 800-300-4781 for more information.

Job Training: Torrington American Job Center, 59 Field St., Torrington, “September Employment and Training Workshops.” The Connecticut Department of Labor and the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board are offering a variety of training and employment workshops to assist area residents in September. Please contact the phone numbers listed to register. Advance registration is encouraged due to space limitations. In addition to these workshops, the Resource Room continues to offer job-related Internet access and online application assistance. The following workshops are now being offered:

Veterans’ Representative appointments: Eligible veterans can receive veteran-specific re-employment services. Department of Labor Veterans’ Representative Lina Marte is available, by appointment, to meet with customers by contacting her at lina.marte@ct.gov or 203-437-3297. Appointments can be scheduled: September 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.

Successful Job Search Strategies: Learn job search strategies to help you successfully secure your next position. Topics include employer research, the importance of preparation and organization in the job search, networking and using social media to establish a digital presence. Call 203-437-3380 to register. September 5 and 26, from 9 – 11:30 a.m.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Information Session: Participants can review process and eligibility requirements for funding of job training programs through this federal employment initiative. No appointment is needed. September 7, 14, 21 and 28, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Interviewing Strategies and Techniques: Learn how to strategically prepare for critical job interview questions. Topics include company research, developing a candidate message, questions to ask the employer, closing the interview and following up. Call 203-437-3380 to register. September 12, from 9 – 11:30 a.m.

Health Professions Opportunity Grant Orientation: September 14, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Learn about careers in the healthcare field through the Careers Advancement Project. Eligible participants can receive training that will assist them in securing a job (and advance along a career) in the healthcare field. Contact Joyce Liljedahl at joyce.liljedahl@nrwib.org or 203-574-6971 x461.

Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS): September 15, from 10-10:30 a.m., This workshop offers a 30-minute group orientation, followed by a one-hour one-on-one-on appointment with BRS staff to review services/eligibility and learn about the many services available at the AJC. Call (860) 496-3500 to register for the orientation.

Fundamentals of Résumé Writing: September 19, 9-11:30 a.m. Learn how to write a focused résumé needed to secure job interviews and employment offers. Topics include thinking like an employer, strategies for developing essential parts of the résumé, keywords, relevant vs. irrelevant information, formatting and cover letters. Call 203-437-3380 to register.

Northwest Connecticut Construction Careers: An orientation for individuals seeking employment in construction-related fields. The session includes a review of pre-employment and job training criteria. Call 203-574-6971 x434 to register.

Computers Basics: September 18, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Learn to use the mouse, keyboard, practice typing, navigate websites, set-up an email account, and learn about employment resources available through the Department of Labor website. Microsoft tutorials available. Call (860) 496-3500 to register.

Disability Resource Coordinator: September 29, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Meet with a staff person to learn how to access the various programs that offer services and supports needed to obtain and maintain employment. The emphasis is on abilities, not disabilities. Contact Gary Madison at gary.madison@nrwib.org or 203-574-6971 x442.

ITXpress Program: Learn about training, credentials and employment opportunities through the TechHire ITXpress Program. Eligible participants can qualify to receive training that will assist them in securing a job in the Information Technology field (software developer, IT security, or computer programmer). Contact Angelo Santa Maria at angelo.santamaria@nrwib.org or 203-574-6971 x465.

Ticket to Work – Orientation for Persons receiving SSI or SSDI benefits (NRWIB): Information for SSI/SSDI beneficiaries, their friends and families, about the advantages of participating in the Social Security Ticket to Work Program. The job center is an approved Ticket Employment Network. There is no obligation. Call Gary Madison at 203-574-6971 x442 or gary.madison@nrwib.org to register.

Raffle: The Kent Memorial Library has chosen a 1998 Porsche Boxster as this year’s annual fundraising raffle car. This arena red with gray interior has very low mileage. Tickets are $ 20. Raffle tickets are being sold in the Library and during the annual Library Book Sale. The car will be parked in front of the Library. The winning ticket will be drawn on at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 29 at the conclusion of the 41st Annual Kent Pumpkin Run. Information is available on the Library’s website. Ticket holders need not be present to win.

Raffle: The Friends of the Bakerville Library are selling raffle tickets for a 2017 Dodge Challenger R/T in Octane Red, named Ruby. Tickets are $ 100 each, and only 550 have been printed. The drawing will take place September 30, 2017 at the Bakerville Library. You need not be present to win. Watch for Ruby displayed at businesses around the area and at local car shows and other events. Tickets may be purchased at these events, as well as at the Bakerville Library, 6 Maple Hollow Rd. in New Hartford, or from any Friend. For more information, call 860-307-3243, or visit bakervillelibrary.org. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Bakerville Library, including the continuing improvement on the library Annex.

Volunteers Wanted: New Milford Public Library is seeking Digital Literacy Volunteers to help patrons with basic technology skills. Volunteers must be patient, enjoy teaching others, and be proficient in general computer operations and internet searching. This person would be available for at least one two-hour time slot each week to work one-on-one with patrons. A stable and reliable schedule is a must. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, contact Rachael Schuster at 860-355-1191 x206. The New Milford Public Library has been an invaluable resource for the community for over a century, providing information, education and resources. For more information, call 860-355-1191 x206.

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