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The event will be July 9 at 7 p.m. The T.J. Thompson Trio has been active since 2014 performing in various clubs and pits in musical theaters throughout Connecticut.

Winner of the IMEA Jazz Artist of the Year for their recent album Take Two: The Sound of Playing, this group plays a combination of originals along with the Soul, Blues, and Jazz of New Orleans, Memphis, and beyond. We cover everything from Jelly Roll Morton, Professor Longhair, Thelonious Monk, Booker T and the MG’s, Jimi Hendrix, The Dead, and more.

Kent Art Association art show, restoration talk

The Best of Show award went to Anna Petranich for herpastel “Lady in Waiting,” Carl Chajet for his oil on wood piece titled “AboutVase 3” and Second Place went to Bill Noonan for his oil painting, “Commercial Street, P-Town” and Honorable Mention went to Diana Voyajolufor oil painting “Blondie.”

On July 9 at 10 a.m. with Paul Gould, learn about art restoration.

Burnham Library in Bridgewater — exhibit by New Milford’s Dennis Stuart

The show’s subject matter is landscapes of the Housatonic Valley and Litchfield Hills. The oil paintings were completed plein air on location as well as in his studio from reference and sketches. The show will run from July 2 through Aug. 27. The Burnham Library is at 62 Main Street South in Bridgewater. For additional information, visit or call 860-354-6937.

Kent Memorial Library to offer summer reading program

All adults are invited to read and fill out a bingo card(s) for a chance to win. How it works: adults (18 and older) can register at the Kent Memorial Library at the front desk. They will receive a bingo card, copies of which will be in a binder at the front desk, along with their registration form. In each square, there is a simple task to complete, related to reading, for example: read a book with a cover you like.

Each time they complete rows on the card, they can put a raffle ticket in the jar. They can complete as many bingo cards as they like! The raffle ticket jar and gift baskets will be at the front desk and the basket will be on display on the DVD shelf.

The baskets will be filled with local gourmet/cooking produce and gift certificates from local businesses, including trail mix, nature books, etc. – all related to Kent and the outdoors. There will be three drawings and winning three baskets: Wednesdays, July 13, August 3, and August 22.

The Library is located at 32 North Main Street, Kent, Connecticut. Visit for more information.

Gaylordsville Historical Society in New Milford to offer scholarship

The Gaylordsville Historical Society is offering a continuing Educational Scholarship, up to $500, open to Gaylordsville residents with a mailing address of 06755.

This scholarship is open to residents of all ages wishing to further their educational experience. This may include a college course for college sophomores, juniors, seniors or graduate students; an enrichment course for senior citizens such as Road Scholar or perhaps an Audubon Society class; a certification course; or an adult education course.

Applications are due by August 15.

Call 860-354-8239 for an application or pick one up at the Gaylordsville Post Office.

Alcoholics anonymous: July 4 Alkathon event in New Milford

Alcoholics Anonymous will be holding a July 4 Alkathon on July 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the John Pettibone Community Center, New Milford. All are welcome. For more information, visit the website at or email [email protected] for more information.

Sherman Library hosting golf tournament fundraiser

The Sherman Library’s third annual Golf Tournament fundraiser will be at the Whippoorwill Country Club, 150 Whippoorwill Road, Armonk, NY on June 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Set on 170 majestic acres, Whippoorwill is regularly ranked in the top 30 best golf courses in New York.

Come out and play a great golf course at this exclusive private club, enjoy on course refreshments, a post round barbeque, socializing, silent auction, and open bar, all while helping to raise money for the Sherman Library at the same time.

There will be many contests to win including hole(s) in one, putting, longest drive, and closest to the pin.

To level the field, the tournament handicaps will be a best ball foursome utilizing players’ handicaps. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., tee off is at 10 a.m.

Tickets are $300 for a single player (who will be matched up with three other players) or $1,200 for a foursome. The price includes 18 holes of golf, on course refreshment, and post round barbeque. Tickets and sponsorship packages can be purchased through the Sherman Library website For more details, please contact the Sherman Library at 860-354-2455 or [email protected]

Magician at Minor Memorial Library in Roxbury

The Minor Memorial Library in Roxbury welcomes magician Cyril the Sorcerer for a magic show for families on Saturday, July 2 at 11 a.m.

Cyril the Sorcerer will present “The Wizard of Aquilon,” a fairytale magic show in which a string of characters lead a young shepherd boy to make an epic choice: Should he use his newfound power to control the Aquilon River and help his family or to save the river from the clutches of a scheming alchemist? Goblins, an ogre and even the River herself play roles and share their own magic.

Call the library at 860-350-2181 or visit for more information and directions.

Musician coming to Minor Memorial Library in Roxbury

The Minor Memorial Library in Roxbury is excited to welcome musician Steve Elci for the first Family Saturday event of the 2022 Summer Reading Program on June 25 at 11 a.m.

The performance will be held under the tent behind the library and is free to attend.

Steve Elci writes and performs world-class music for kids. Call 860-350-2181 or visit for more information and directions.

Steep Rock Association in Washington, New Preston — events, volunteer opportunities

Weed and Wine Wednesdays – Every Wednesday through August 17, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Judea Garden at Macricostas Preserve, 124 Christian St., New Preston

Enjoy an evening with fellow gardeners weeding the vegetables in Judea Garden, then enjoy a free glass of wine.

Odonata (Dragonfly & Damselfly) Survey Blitz

A Community Science Project

July 17, Aug. 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hunt dragons with SRA. What odonates (dragonflies and damselflies) inhabit Washington, and what does their presence or absence mean for local and regional conservation? We aim to answer these questions and we need your help. Join our team of “dragon hunters” for an educational and scientific day of sampling odonates in SRA preserves. Location is TBD and inclement weather will postpone to Sunday, June 12.

Summer Saunters with SRA Join Executive Director Brian Hagenbuch on a series of causal walks through Steep Rock’s Preserves.

Dates listed below, 5 p.m.

July 15 – Bronson Field Pollinator Meadow at Hidden Valley Preserve

August 1 – Steep Rock Tunnel

August 15 – Hidden Valley Preserve Bridge Loop

Monthly Trail Work Party

A Volunteer Opportunity

July 17, Aug. 20, Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19 (Every third Saturday through Nov. 19., from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Put your hands (and not just your boots) on the trails this hiking season by joining Steep Rock Association’s monthly trail work party. The work party meets at 9:30 a.m. the third Saturday of every month from through November.

Macricostas in Moonlight

An Exploration in Nature

Macricostas Preserve (124 Christian St., New Preston)

July 13, 8 to 10 p.m.

Explore your nocturnal side with Steep Rock Association this summer for a hike through Macricostas Preserve under a full moon. On July 13, we will be graced by the Buck Moon. If skies are clear, we’ll hike through an illuminated landscape from 8-10 p.m., a special time as the trails are typically closed.

We will meet at the main Macricostas Preserve parking lot (124 Christian St., New Preston) before proceeding over boardwalk, around hayfield, and into forest with the Lookout as a destination.

Planting a Pollinator Meadow

An Exploration in Nature: Management Series

Hidden Valley Preserve Seasonal Parking (Bronson Fields), 287 Sabbaday Lane

Aug. 6 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Pollinators are all the buzz these days and for good reason. Populations are declining due to a variety of factors, with one significant cause being the loss of habitat. Join us on a 1.5-mile round trip hike in Hidden Valley Preserve for the second offering in our new Management Series as we visit our recently established Bronson Fields Pollinator Meadow – our largest habitat creation project specifically targeting pollinating insect conservation.

Judea Garden Open Garden, A Volunteer Celebration

August 20 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Macricostas Preserve (124 Christian Street, New Preston)

Join Steep Rock Association’s Judea Garden for its annual Open Garden at Macricostas Preserve. Explore the garden, enjoy refreshments and learn from our interns. Come by and visit us any time during the event.

Judea Garden

A volunteer opportunity – Ongoing

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to noon through September

Macricostas Preserve (124 Christian Street, New Preston)

Judea Garden, The Giving Garden, grows and distributes organically grown produce to our neighbors in need. Now in our 14th season, we have helped fill plates and bellies with over 43,000 pounds of fresh vegetables. This could not happen without our volunteers. If you would like to join us, please visit or call (860) 868-9131.

Nature Preserve Monitoring Blitz, A Unique Volunteer Experience

Steep Rock House, 116 Christian St., New Preston

Nov. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Did you know that SRA has nearly 30 preserves scattered throughout town? These preserves range from wetlands to mixed hardwood forest; some are old apple orchards while old growth forests and glacial boulder fields dominate others.

The one thing they all have in common is that SRA must walk their boundaries annually, monitoring the preserves for ecosystem health, signs of trespass, and presence of wildlife. This fall, we ask for your help.

Learn how to use your smartphone as a GPS, what to look for as you walk the preserves, and how to mark and record your findings.

To register for programs or for more information, please visit

Artist, art exhibit at Judy Black Park and Gardens in Washington

The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens will host Nicole Alger and her art exhibit, “Animal, Vegetable, Mineral.” Alger’s display will feature inspiring realist paintings on canvas, wood and other materials. The exhibit will be on view July 8 to Aug. 8.

Alger is a realist painter who trained for four years at The Florence Academy of Art in Italy. Since 2020, her still life and figurative work has been included in juried shows at Five Points Gallery in Torrington, twice at The Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art in WI., on with 33 Contemporary Gallery in Chicago, Ill. and the Salmagundi Club in New York City.

Alger’s show at the park will include examples of her unique style and subjects. An opening reception will be held on Friday, July 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. to welcome Alger and her exhibit.

Author Jade Miles at Gunn Memorial Library in Washington

Australian author Jade Miles believes that a slower, simpler life is key to creating a healthier home, environment and a healthier you. Her most recent book, “Futuresteading: Live like tomorrow matters: Practical skills, recipes and rituals for a simpler life details the principles of futuresteading and offers easy-to-understand information and hands-on ideas.”

Miles will be at the Gunn Memorial Library in Washington on July 12 at 6:30 p.m. to talk about her book and some of the practical skills you can implement at home.

Learn to grow delicious food and medicinal plants; share rituals with loved ones through the seasons; feast on healthy home-cooked food for the family; nourish body and soul with outdoor expeditions and moments of rest; and create wonders with your hands.

Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event. Please register for this event by visiting

Candlewood Valley Health in New Milford poetry contest

Candlewood Valley Health and Rehabilitation, located in New Milford, announces a poetry contest designed especially for senior ages 55-plus.

The contest is open until August 30 to Connecticut seniors ages 55 or older. Any style of poem is admissible but it must be an unpublished work. Up to three poems will be accepted per individual. The prizes will be awarded in the form of Visa gift cards ranging in value from $100 to $250. To enter or learn more, email [email protected] or call 860-355-0971, ext. 111.

Trailheads online retailer in Kent presents $500 scholarship to senior

On June 15, TrailHeads co-founders, Stephanie and Ed Raftery presented the recipient of the TrailHeads HVRHS Scholarship with the $500 reward.

The scholarship was awarded to Avery Tripp, who is from Falls Village and will attend the University of Hartford in the fall.

The following programs, events, and happenings are taking place in the greater New Milford area:

Jewish Community Center in Sherman to present “Some of My Songs”

Join the JCC in Sherman June 25 at 7 p.m. for a special performance of “Some of My Songs” starring Mike Latini with special guest Susanna Marker.

Mike Latini developed his craft in New York City and Boston, performing in rock bands and singer song-writer venues throughout the northeast.

His fourth and latest album, “2020 Visions,” written during and largely about the pandemic year, is being released in connection with this show. His earlier collections are available on iTunes and Spotify, and can be heard at

Susanna Marker is a singer-songwriter based in Sherman. She’s performed her original music throughout the region as both a solo act and with several bands.

Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for others, and and can be purchased at

JCC in Sherman is on 9 Route 39 South. For more information, call 860-355-8050 or email [email protected].

Gunn Memorial Library in Washington announces July programs

The Gunn Memorial Library’s monthly book club will meet July 7 at 6:30 p.m. on site to discuss Clare Pooley’s The Authenticity Project. Copies of the book are available at the front desk of the library. Registration and more information can be found on Call 860-868-7586 ot email [email protected]

The Gunn Memorial Library is at 5 Wykeham Road.

Gunn Memorial Library, Hickory Stick Bookshop welcome Shapiro, Maum

The authors will have a conversation about Maum’s latest book, “The Year of the Horses.” Both authors will be at the library July 14 at 6:30 p.m. and signed copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.

Maum’s memoir captures a woman’s journey out of depression and the horses that guide her, physically and emotionally, on a new path forward, a release said.

Registration is required and can be found at Purchase copies of both books at the Hickory Stick Bookshop or at

Gunn Memorial Library offering storytime programs

This summer, the Junior Library at Gunn Memorial Library is offering a variety of story time programs, summer reading, and programs focused on nature, conservation, and our role in our local environment.

All programs are free and open to the public. Register by calling 860-868-2310 or emailing [email protected]

Toddler Story Time and Bilingual story time offered.

Exploring agriculture and 4-H-Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. starting June 28.

Explore the various aspects of planting & growing, fishing, sewing, and eating the foods most familiar to Connecticut natives. Registration is required. Call 860-868-2310 or email [email protected]

Build the Forest Community with White Memorial Conservation Center, July 23 at 1 p.m.

White Memorial Conservation Center will discuss the interconnectedness of all life in a forest community. Kids will learn about this connection firsthand as they construct a community of forest creatures out of sticks, a release said.

To register, email [email protected] or call 860-868-2310.

“Explorations and Interactions” exhibit at Roxbury library

James Stanton’s exhibit of paintings, “Explorations & Interactions,” will be at Minor Memorial Library, 23 South St., beginning July 2, from 10 p.m. to 4 p.m. The show will continue through Aug. 12.

The artist’s paintings of landscapes, gardens and botanicals bring together technique and composition to convey a variety of colorful, exuberant art.

Paradice Cruiser Thanksgiving in July car show to benefit New Milford Food Bank

The show is July 9 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. It’s at

route 202 & 109 Union Savings Bank. Cars, trucks and motorcycle are welcome with a $10 entry fee. It’s free to spectate. Please bring non-perishable food.

Coping with grief group to begin at Sherman Church

A coping with grief guided discussion group will meet June 30 from 9 a.m. to noon in the parlor of the Sherman Church, 6 Church Road. It will be led by the Revs. Drs. Barbie and Dan Morton of South Kent. There will be a one-time fee of $45 and participants will be provided instruction, handouts and a renewal of their faith in God.

Reservations for the group sessions may be made through the Sherman Church office at 860-354-6114 or by emailing [email protected]

Artist Dennis Stuart’s artwork at Kent Memorial Library

The artwork will be on display until the end of June in “Paintings of the Litchfield Hills.”

Stuart is from Litchfield County. His painting career spans 45 years. A portion of sales will benefit the library.

Kent Memorial Library is at 32 North Main St., Kent. Call 860-927-3761. Visit for more information and to see the online gallery with current and past artists.

Sherman Library: Summer Reading Bingo is July 1 to Aug. 12: Visit or email [email protected] for further information.

New art exhibit examines Faces of Kent

Faces of Kent: Portraits by Kent’s Modern Day Limners will be presented in the gallery above House of Books on weekends through July 3.

Each Saturday from 2-5 p.m., visitors can watch as one of the artists paints a live portrait of a Kent resident. For more information, visit or call 860-927-4587.

New Milford library: The History of Pride: June 28, 7 p.m. on Zoom

Learn why LGBTQ+ matters, how far back it goes, how it has shaped the world, and who some of the most interesting individuals from it are. Sarah Prager is the author of three books on LGBTQ+ history: Queer, There, and Everywhere, Rainbow Revolutionaries, and Kind Like Marsha.

To register and get the Zoom link, visit the New Milford Public Library website at For assistance, call 860-355-119.

Washington Art Association and Gallery Summer Solstice Festival to return

The event is June 25 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Abdo Ballester will orchestrate a feast for all senses. There will be Cuban music and performances by Thelma Ladiera and her Brazillian Dancers — along with a feast of foods produced and provided by over 20 chefs.

Usher in this long awaited festival and summer at the “FESTA” pop up space by Washington Town Hall, a release said.

To purchase tickets for Summer Solstice 2022, call 860-868-2878 or email [email protected]. Tickets are $75 advance purchase or $100 at the door.

Photography retrospective of work by late Robert Gumpper on display in Bridgewater

The Burnham Library will have a photography retrospective with pieces by the late Robert T Gumpper (1928-2005) of Bridgewater.

This display has been curated by his daughter, Valerie Gumpper.

Bob Gumpper was influenced mostly by the pictorial movement and the photo secessionists, a release said. He also produced prints in a wide range of antique processes, namely Bromoil and Bromoil Transfer.

The photography may be viewed during library hours at the Burnham Library, 62 Main St. South, Bridgewater.

The show will run through June 30. For additional information, visit or by calling 860-354-6937.

Work by Gumpper on display at Washington library through July 30

Valerie Gumpper shares a collection of photographs by her father, Robert Gumpper, showing a wide range of antique processes. Gumpper’s photographs will be on display at the Gunn Memorial Library through July 30.

Gunn Memorial Library is located at 5 Wykeham Road at the juncture of Route 47 opposite the Green in Washington.

Kent: House of Books celebrates homecoming

House of Books celebrates its Homecoming Summer with authors, events, and all things Connecticut. It moved back to its home, at 10 North Main St.

Among the event highlights are: ● Connecticut historians Eric D. Lehman and Amy Nawrocki explore their newest book Connecticut Farms and Farmers Markets on July 9 ● Local pastry cook Brian Levy teaches us how to bake with naturally sweet (and delicious) ingredients in his new cookbook, Good & Sweet, launching July 30 ● Author and editor Catie Marron discusses her time learning to garden in Connecticut in her new book Becoming a Gardener on Aug. 13.

All of these upcoming events are free to attend. To learn more about House of Books’ event schedule, visit

Art exhibit in Washington to feature abstract watercolor paintings

The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens welcomes Susan Harris and her art exhibit, “Life Patterns.”

Harris’s display will feature abstract watercolor paintings. The exhibit will be on view through July 5.

Deer Pond Farm in Sherman announces programs for the month of June

All onsite programs are held outside. Visitor parking and programs meet at: 57 Wakeman Hill Road, Sherman, Call 860-799-4074. All programs are held outside. Registration is required at

Cost is $5 for adults members and free for children, and $10 for others, and $5 for children.

Fern id walk will be June 29, 10 a.m. to noon. There is no fee. Enjoy a shady stroll along the trails of Deer Pond Farm and discover the various ferns common to Connecticut. Meet at 57 Wakeman Hill Road, Sherman. Call 860-799-4074.

Botanist and Connecticut Audubon Society Master Naturalist Jim Cortina and Connecticut Audubon Society Master Naturalist Diane Nizlek will co-lead this two mile hike, during which they will share the basics of fern identification and reproduction.

Learn a few fun facts on some of the oldest plants on our planet and how they support local birds. Please keep track of your nature observations.

Visitor parking and guided programs meet at 57 Wakeman Hill Road, Sherman. Call 860-799-4074.

Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required for all programs. Please visit

Minor Memorial Library in Roxbury to bring back summer concert series

The Minor Memorial Library in Roxbury is excited to bring back our Summer Concert Series on the library’s lawn, a release said.

The library’s second summer concert will be on Aug. 6 at 3 p.m. and will feature “Restless Mountain Band” and the third summer concert will be on Sept. 3 at 3 p.m. with the band “Roxbury Station.”

Call the library at 860-350-2181 or visit for more information and directions.

New Milford Public Library adult events

Foreign Film Fridays — a series at The Maxx from 4-6 p.m. for the first three Fridays in June. Popcorn and drinks will be served.

June 28, 7 p.m. on Zoom The History of Pride Join author Sarah Prager as she shares stories from LGBTQ+ history. Learn why LGBTQ+ matters, how far back it goes, how it has shaped the world, and who some of the most interesting individuals from it are, a release said.

June Programs with New Milford Public Library will be on Zoom, The Marsh Parish House, 36 Main Street, New Milford, or on The New Milford Town Green.

Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens, Washington, movies series

The movie screenings will be held at the park, at 1 Green Hill Road. There are four Friday evenings

All events are BYO chairs, blankets, food and beverages. Leashed pets are allowed. Movies start at dusk.

The schedule is:

July 1—In the Heat of the Night, sponsored by Rod Pleasants & Steve Godwin

Aug. 5—The Secret Life of Pets (animated), sponsored by Depot Dog Boutique

Sept. 2—The Proposal, sponsored by Ericson Insurance Advisors

Sherman Players will present “Stepping Out”

The production will run July 1 to 23 at the Sherman Playhouse. Stepping Out is a rollicking comedy about the attempts of a misfit bunch to overcome their inhibitions and left feet in a low-rent dance studio.

Face masks will continue to be required to be worn at all times while inside the theater. Stepping Out runs July 15, 16, 21 and 23 at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. There will be two 2 p.m. Sunday matinees on July 10 and 17. Tickets are $24 for adults and $12 for students.

On June 30, all patrons are invited to attend a “Half-Price Preview Night” at 8:00 p.m., where tickets at the door are only $12. Students may see any performance for $12 if they carry a valid student ID. Reservations can be made at or by calling (860) 354-3622. The Sherman Playhouse is at 5 Route 39 North (next to the firehouse).

New Milford: Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio to present “Wild and Domestic” show

Gallery 25 presents “Wild and Domestic” featuring interpretations of this title by member artists. The show includes fresh new paintings, photographs, fused glass, ceramics, jewelry and woodworks based on the theme. The show runs to July 17.

In addition, as part of the gallery’s monthly Featured Artist Program, which hosts nonmembers for a month, painter Ed Arrabis will be presenting a showing of lively still lifes to June 26.

Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio New Milford Commission On the Arts is at 11 Railroad St., New Milford. Visit

June young adult events at New Milford Public Library

These are events for grades 6-12. Most events are in person at the Marsh Parish House unless otherwise indicated. RSVP for all programs by emailing [email protected] or register at

Nature Journaling—Learn how to take time in nature and create a journal — June 24 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Movie matinees at Washington library this June

June Movie Matinees at the Gunn Memorial Library are as follows:

Monday, June 27 at 1 p.m.- Everything, Everywhere, All at Once- An aging Chinese immigrant is swept up in an insane adventure, where she alone can save the world by exploring other universes connecting with the lives she could have led. R 2h 19m.

Register in advance for these showings at

Music Lineup for Washington’s 2020 Music on the Green Series

Music on the Green will take place Friday nights from 6:30 to 8 p.m. through July 29 (except July 8) on the Washington Town Green.

The series will feature a variety of musical styles and genres. This year’s series is sponsored by Wright Electrical Company and is free to attend.

June 24 – Eva Millay Evans: Original songs with an old-soul Joni Mitchell feel and a modern Taylor Swift take on love

July 1 – Jerry Phelps: Pianist/vocalist performing Broadway tunes, pop, and R&B

July 15 – Kayla Barone: Vocalist with guitar accompaniment performing an indie pop set of originals and upbeat popular songs

July 22 – Kevin Vidou & Daniel Varghese: Acoustic/vocal duet performing original works and popular covers

July 29 – Ron Castonguay: A one-man-band performing smooth jazz; polished tracks featuring saxophone

Bring a blanket and chairs. Food and treats will be served at The Po Café on The Green.

For more information, follow @thepocafe on Instagram or Facebook.

Sherman, New Fairfield — Great Hollow Juried Painting and Photography Show

Sponsored by the Great Hollow Photographers Club, this year’s show features over 100 selected works of art by 40 different artists that depict beautiful scenes of nature within and near the preserve, a release said.

The show is online to June 30. Visit

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