Exploring Catholic Culture: Racism, Tribalism, and Xenophobia -- Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center

06/11/2010 to 06/12/2010

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

Program co-sponsored by the Center for Catholic Studies at Fairfield University. Facilitator: Dawn Nothwehr, OSF. June 11th - June 12th. Friday 6 pm (dinner) to Saturday 3:30 pm. For fees and more information, call Wisdom House 860-567-3163 or visit www.wisdomhouse.org.

31st Annual Assumption Greek Orthodox Church Festival - Danbury

06/11/2010 to 06/13/2010

Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Clapboard Ridge Rd.,, Danbury, 06804. Phone: (203) 748-2992.

Come experience traditional Greek Food and pastries; events include folk dancing, live band, tours of the church, cultural activities, and art activities. Fri. 5-ll, Sat. 12-11, and Sun. 12-9. Free.

MEET THE COMPOSER - Jamie Begian at Hunt Hill Farm

06/12/2010 to 06/12/2010

44 Upland Rd., New Milford, 06776. Phone: 860-355-0300.

Renowned Jazz composer Jamie Begian is a guitarist and modern day big band leader. The artist is also Assistant Professor of Music, Jazz Studies Program Coordinator at Western Connecticut State University. In a free flowing format, Begian will play musical examples, discuss his latest recordings and process influences to his compositions, and talk about how his music draws upon and stands apart from legendary big bands of the past. Meet the Composer takes place at 5 p.m. in the main gallery of The Silo. Tickets prices are $10 each and $5 for students. Reservations are required.

Since 1998, Jamie Begian directs and composes for The Jamie Begian Big Band, his own 17-piece �labor of love � ensemble based in New York City, which performs both locally and internationally. TimeOut NY praises the band as "...a crack large ensemble...", while All About Jazz labeled it "... a rigorous encounter with the entire history of eclectic big band composition..." In 2001 Begian was the winner of the "Charlie Parker Award," presented by the prestigious BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, for his piece Fuzzy Math; the same award he was nominated for in 2000 with his piece Oops!

Originally from Connecticut, Jamie received his undergraduate degree from the University of Hartford's Hartt School of Music in 1983. During that time Jamie sought to move beyond his �classic rock� guitar influences and into the realm of Jazz. Later Jamie moved to New York City where he enrolled in the Manhattan School of Music for his graduate work. There he was encouraged to go his own direction musically, not worrying about which style or tradition his music adhered to. Upon completion of his Masters Degree, the musician continued his study of composition by joining the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop in 1993.

Kayaking 101--White Memorial Conservation Center

06/12/2010 to 06/12/2010

Route 202, Litchfield, 06759. Phone: 860-567-0857.

On Saturday, June 12, 2010 from 1PM to 3:30PM Dave and Cheryl Faber, CT Outdoors, LLC will offer a basic outdoor class at White Memorial Conservation Center -- Kayaking 101 -- for people who do not own a kayak. Pre register by calling 860-567-0857. Members: $10 Non-members $14.

Annual BBQ Bash at Hunt Hill Farm's Silo Cooking School

06/13/2010 to 06/13/2010

44 Upland Rd., New Milford, 06776. Phone: 860-355-0300.

11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Celebrity chef, cookbook author, food expert Rick Rodgers returns with his annual BBQ Bash and another spectacular BBQ! Menu featuring recipes from his upcoming book, "Spring Gatherings". Don't miss this popular class! Grilled Asparagus with Green Goddess Dip; Spiced and Smoked Beef Brisket with Chipotle BBQ Sauce; Fully Loaded Potato Salad with Bacon and Cheese; Marinated Seven-Vegetable Slaw; Root Beer Baked Beans; Strawberry-Rhubarb Cobbler. (Demonstration). $85 per person or $160 for two Contact Cooking School Director Chef Mary Kravec for more information. Call or book online to reserve your spot.


06/13/2010 to 06/13/2010

286 Whisconier Road, Brookfield, 06804. Phone: 203-775-4526.

Sunday, 1:00-4:00pm Join us for the 9th Annual BowlFest fund raiser and silent auction, All guests will receive their choice of handcrafted works created in clay, glass, fiber, metal or wood by our gifted faculty, experienced students, and the talented members of the Nutmeg Woodturners League. This fun and festive event directly supports our education programs and improvements to our studio facilities. In addition to a fun afternoon of food, drinks and live music, attendees will enjoy a special fine craft auction, which showcases the extraordinary creativity of established artists in all craft mediums. Auction items will be on display for silent bidding online and in the Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery in the Mill Building. And our annual Student/Faculty Pottery and Glass Sales will also be going on that weekend...lots to enjoy!

Animal Menagerie

06/13/2010 to 06/13/2010

38 Curtis Road, Washington, 06793. Phone: 860-868-0518.

Animal life in its diversity is astounding! Sharon Audubon returns to IAIS with a menagerie of live birds, reptiles, insects and more. Learn about each group of animals with an experienced Audubon educator as she compares the biology, behavior, ecology, and adaptations of these wild creatures. Time: 1pm. Fee: $8 Adults; $6 Kids

Litchfield Garden Club Open Meeting--Chris Giftos--A Bouquet of Memories from the Met

06/17/2010 to 06/17/2010

Route 202, Litchfield, 06759. Phone: 860-567-2270.

On Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 2PM at the Litchfield Inn, Route 202, Litchfield the Litchfield Garden Club invites you to join a flower arrangement demonstration, A Bouquet of Memories from the Met, by Chris Giftos. Giftos for thirty three years was Master Floral Designer and former Manager of Special Events at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and Honorary Member of the Garden Club of America. Reservations: Lecture and Flower arrangement demonstration $40 per person. Prime sponsor seating $75 per person which includes the first three rows. Call or email for reservations.

MAURITIUS, by Theresa Rebeck.

06/18/2010 to 06/20/2010

TheatreWork, 5 Brookside Ave., New Milford, 06776. Phone: (860) 350-6863.

The stakes are high when half-sisters inherit a book of rare stamps that may include the "crown jewels" of the stamp-collecting world and could be worth millions. The battle for possession takes a dangerous turn when three rival collectors enter the sisters? universe, willing to go to any lengths to stake their claim on the find. MAURITIUS is under the direction of Sonnie Osborne of New Milford. MAURITIUS runs June 18, 19, 20, 25 and 26. Curtain time is 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and a 2:00 p.m. for the matinee on Sunday, June 20. Tickets for all shows are $20 for reserved seating. Reservations can be made online at WWW.THEATREWORKS.US or by calling the box office

SCCA - Sports Car Club of America - Lime Rock Park

06/18/2010 to 06/19/2010

Lime Rock Park, 60 White Hollow Road, Rt. 112, Lakeville, 06039. Phone: 1-800-Race-LRP.

The Sports Car Club of America is the quintessential grassroots motorsports program, from open-wheel formula cars to big-bore production machines and everything in between. The SCCA has been providing thrills for fans and participants alike for over fifty years. Lime Rock Park has long been a proud host to the SCCA, staging events for the New England, Northern New Jersey, New York and Mohawk-Hudson Regions of the SCCA. Often described as "amateur road racing at its best," the SCCA races are a perfect setting for weekend warriors. The SCCA, which boasts over 100 different chapters around the country, also provides aspiring racers a way to turn their dreams into the best thing possible to brag about come Monday at the office. The SCCA will visit Lime Rock Park June 18-19 New England Region Regional Oct 1-2 NARRC Runoffs - New York Region