Pirelli World Challenge: Pre Event Test Day--Lime Rock


60 White Hollow Rd., Lime Rock, CT 06039. Phone: 860-435-5000.

In advance of the Memorial Day weekend Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Lime Rock presented by Bentley, which is Friday & Saturday, May 27 & 28, you can come see the big PWC Test Day on the Tuesday before! At least 15 teams and drivers will be here hen: Tuesday, May 24; testing begins at 12:00 noon, ends 6:00 p.m. Just arrive at 60 White Hollow Road (Main Entrance) and sign the standard track waiver and come on in!

Oliver Wolcott Library Program: Gardens at First Light with Author Stacy Bass--Litchfield


160 South Street, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-8030.

On Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 7 to 8PM at the Oliver Wolcott Library Author and Photographer Stacy Bass will talk about her new book:  Gardens at First Light.  Bass offers a rare and privileged glimpse of a range of stunning private gardens in the Northeast.  A wine and cheese reception will follow the event.  Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for sale and signing.  Registration is required. 

Gunn Memorial Library Presents Evan Johnson's '16 Gunn Scholar Project: The Gunnery and Feminism--Washington


5 Wykeham Road, Washington, CT 06793. Phone: 860-868-7756.

Evan Johnson'16 to Present his 2016 Gunn Scholar Project--The Gunnery and Feminism.Evan Johnson, a 2015-2016 Gunn Scholar at The Gunnery, will present his original research on the meaning and implications of gender differentiation in boarding schools and The Gunnery's travels through the three stages of the growth of feminism in the United States in the Wykeham Room of the Gunn Memorial Library at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24. Evan has performed groundbreaking work in the Gunn Scholar program by researching a part of The Gunnery's history where the participants are still living, the eras of coordination with Wykeham Rise, and the transition to coeducation in 1977. He has consulted alumni, teachers, and administrators of that era and researched in the archives of Taft and Andover as well as those at The Gunnery.

Flanders Nature Center Offers Painting Animal Classes--Woodbury


Flanders Rd., Woodbury, CT 06798. Phone: 203-263-3711.

Painting Animal Classes at Flanders--Wednesdays, May 25, June 1, 8, 15, 2016 from 7 - 9 PM--The Studio. Come learn to paint and draw the animal of your choice or your own pet. Accomplished wildlife artist Melody Asbury will guide you through the process, showing basic structure and gesture. Also covered will be keeping an ongoing sketchbook, studying animals you have at hand from your own pets to birds at your feeders. Since it's light longer some field trips to Flanders own barnyard may be included along with bringing some small animals to the studio for those who would like to try drawing from a live animal. All level of students are welcome and any media can be used. Location: the Studio located at the corner of Flanders & Church Hill Road.  Cost: $100 members/ $150 nonmembers.

From Wisdom’s Table: Braised Short Ribs. Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center

05/25/2016 to 05/25/2016

229 E. Litchfield Street, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-3163.

An entrée of braised short ribs with Snow Pea and Mushroom Salad is on the menu. Chef Margaret Jacobs leads the demonstration. (Read more at: www.wisdomhouse.org )

Fee: $30

Non-refundable Deposit: $15


Torrington Historical Society Presentation: Reusing CT's Historic Mills


140 Main St., Torrington, CT 06790.

A free Presentation: Got Mill...a public program presented by the CT Trust for Historic Preservation on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 7PM at City Hall auditorium.  Sponsored by the Torrington Historical Preservation Trust.  This program showcases Connecticut examples of industrial buildings that have been re-purposed for housing, business, manufacturing and more. Learn how re-purposed mills and factories can revitalize neighborhoods, cities and the local economy.  Presented by Wes Haynes of the CT Trust for Historic Preservation. Wes holds a masters degree in Historic Preservation from Columbia University and has previously worked for the New York Landmarks Conservancy, The Preservation League of New York State, and the New Jersey Historic Trust.

Beardsley and Memorial Library Workshop: First-Time Homebuyer


40 Munro Place, Winsted, CT 06098. Phone: 860-379-6043.

First-Time Homebuyer – Learn how to qualify for a mortgage, as well as the other steps along the path to buy your first home. Mortgage expert, Deanna Joyce along with realtors, Dale Savage and Mary Stevens will guide you through the process on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Beardsley and Memorial Library. The presenters will also be available to answer your questions regarding the home-buying process. This program is free and open to the public.

2016 History Bites Lecture Series: Mattatuck Museum: A Forger Makes His Mark: What's in Your Archive?--Waterbury


144 Main St., Waterbury, CT 06702. Phone: 203-753-0381.

Michael Dooling, Archivist at  the Mattatuck Museum will offer a lecture: A Forger Makes His Mark: What's in Your Archive?  Charles Benedict, industrialist and former mayor collected signatures of the founding fathers including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin.  Discover the methods that forger and con artist Robert Spring used to hoodwink Benedict in 1864.  Registration requested but not required. Open to the public free.

Warren Historical Society Celebrates Town's Educational History


50 Cemetery Road, Warren, CT 06754.

The work of the Warren Historical Society will be celebrated during an open house on May 27,2 016 from 6 to 8PM at the Community Center.  The exhibit "Education in Warren's History" will be on display.  All are welcome.

Naugatuck RR Museum Chocolate Decadence Sunset Tour


242 E Main St, Thomaston, CT Phone: (860) 283-7245.

Evening Itinerary 6:00 Reception at the Thomaston Station including live music 6:30 All Aboard! 6:45 Depart the station 7:00 Bubbly toast on the face of the scenic Thomaston dam 7:10 Wine and Chocolate tasting on the train while underway 7:40 – 8:45 Fascia's Chocolate Company Tour and Make Your Own Chocolate; more tasting; purchase your favorites, and enjoy a freshly made chocolate lava cake 9:00 Back to Thomaston Station One ticket includes: Hors d'oeuvres reception, wine (one glass and tasting) fascia's chocolate samples, your own custom bar of chocolate, dessert as well as a scenic train ride along the Naugatuck River. Cost: $75 per person