85th Annual Salisbury Invitational and U.S. Eastern Ski Jumping Championship

02/11/2011 to 02/13/2011

Satre Hill, Rte. 44, Salisbury, CT 06068. Phone: 860-435-0019 .

Salisbury Winter Sports Association will be hosting the Salisbury Invitational Jumpfest Feb. 11 -13th. On Fri.: Night Target Jumps. On Sat. Nordic Kids - Invitational Championships and Snow Ball: Wake Robin Inn.  All are invited.   On Sunday U.S. Easter Ski Jumping Championships - Junior Olympics, Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined.  For more information visit the website or call.

Second Annual Beer & Wine Tasting at Litchfield History Museum

02/11/2011 to 02/11/2011

7 South Street, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860- 567-4501.

Sixteen distributors of international wine and beer will offer a variety of over 50 tasting choices. Purchase a $10 ticket and choose one of 50 bottles in brown bags. Each bottle is worth at least $10 and some worth more! The event is sponsored by The Cork Fine Wine & Spirits.

Barkhamsted Historical Society Winter Lecture Series;"The Wild and Scenic Farmington"

02/11/2011 to 02/11/2011

109 West River Rd, Barkhamsted, CT 06063. Phone: 860 738 1152.

Learn about this beautiful River that is only one of four in New England designated as a National Wild and Scenic River. The Barkhamsted Historical Winter Lecture Series begins with Liz Lacy of the Farmington River Coordinating Committee speaking on "The Wild and Scenic Farmington".  Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

19th Annual Western New England Home Show - Danbury

02/12/2011 to 02/13/2011

Western Connecticut State University Westside Campus, 43 Lake Ave., Danbury, CT 06810. Phone: 860-563-2111.

On Sat. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m. to  5 p.m. at the O'Neill Center. Over 150 Exhibiors for yur home, condo or apt. Admission: $6 Adults, $5 Seniors, Children 12 and under free. For more information call.

6th Annual Valentine Chocolate Fest - Washington


American Legion Hall, 6 Bryan Hall Plaza, Washington, CT 06794. Phone: 868-868-7715.

On Sat. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature chocolate treats by the plateful, door prizes, a childre'ns contest and a raffle.  Tickets $5 for adults, $2 for children, and will be available at the door. A portion of the proceeds wll benefit the Village Improvement Society in memory of Peg Addicks.  Event is sponsored by The Republican Town Committee. For more information call.

BACK TO BASICS: Natural Cleaning and a Healthy House at Ansonia Nature & Recreation Center


10 Deerfield Rd., Ansonia, CT 06401. Phone: (203) 736-1053.

2 pm. There's no need-to use harsh cleaners with deadly chemicals to keep your living space looking and smelling its best. Join Ranger Dawn to discover the safe and gentle cleaning ingredients you have in your own cupboards that won't need to be disposed of on Hazardous Waste Collection Day! Bring an empty spray bottle so you can take some home to use. Please register in advance. FREE.

Wine Education Class at McLaughlin Vineyards


14 Albert's Hill Road, Sandy Hook, CT Phone: 203-426-1533.

6:00-8:30. FROM PROSECCO TO PORT - A CHOCOLATE AND WINE FEAST! Chocolate is wonderful alone but it can become a true culinary experience when savored with different foods and beverages. The range of flavors that complement chocolate is amazing! Some combinations are classic-coffee, almonds, caramel, and WINE!  It's fun to experiment with taste profiles and figure out what combinations you like best, so at this class we will sample a variety of wines with different chocolates to find some new favorite combinations. Bring a friend, or your valentine, and join us for an evening of delicious fun  as we learn how to pair chocolates with wines starting with aperitifs and working our way through to dessert wines. Reservations required. Limited seating. $55pp.

Valentine's Day Dance at Shrine of Lourdes--Litchfield


50 Montfort Road, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-485-0279.

On Saturday, February 12, 2011 from 7PM to 10PM a Valentine's Day Dance will be held at the Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield.  Hors d'oeuvres and soda will be provided; BYOB.  Donation $25 per couple, $13 Single.  All poceeds to benefit The Shrine.  Call for reservations or email gbuchas@snet.net.

Family Art Adventures: Capturing Movement in Portrait Form at Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

02/12/2011 to 02/12/2011

258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877. Phone: 203.438.4519 x40.

12 noon to 5 pm, workshop starts at 2 pm FREE with the price of admission; children 18 years old and under always enter FREE. Capture movement in your portraiture with our unique dance and portrait workshop. Artist Elizabeth Taylor and dancer Eve Agush work together to show participants how to express themselves through art and dance, capturing elaborate movements and emotions in portrait form. Eve Agush has been teaching flamenco, tap dance, and yoga in the Boston community for the past eighteen years, specializing in instructing children. Elizabeth Taylor is an accomplished Boston artist with a studio in the South End; she teaches many workshops and facilitates drawing in the galleries at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Winter Film Festival at the Institute for American Indian Studies - Washington

02/12/2011 to 02/13/2011

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

Shawnee warrior Tecumseh rose to become one of the greatest American leaders of all time. With his brother, the prophet Tenskwatawa, Tecumseh organized the most ambitious pan-Indian resistance movement ever mounted to defend the American Indian way of life. The second episode of American Experience five-part miniseries, “We Shall Remain”, Tecumseh’s Vision is a story of strength, pride, and pronounced courage.   Run time: 90 minutes. Fee: Included in regular museum admission; IAIS Members Free.