Battle for Native Woodlands: Invasive Eradication and Landscape Preservation in Salisbury and beyond


Main Street, Salisbury, CT Phone: (860) 435-0566.

10 am.  Wardell Room. Scoville Memorial Library. This illustrated talk is about the curtailment of invasive plant impact on Northeast Woodlands. Using Washinee Park Restoration as a case history, Zetterstrom shows the reversal of forest collapse and the return of balance, beauty, and public access to this historic landscape, Salisbury's first park. Tom Zetterstrom is a tree preservationist and photographer. Todd Mervosh was a weed scientist for The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.

Gunn Memorial Library Exhibit: Faith Stewart-Gordon Paintings-Washington CT

05/02/2015 to 06/13/2015

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

HITHER, THITHER AND YON: People and Places, Real and Imagined. The Stairwell Gallery at Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, CT is delighted to announce the opening of a new show of acrylic paintings by local artist, Faith Stewart-Gordon. The exhibit will be up from May 2 through June 13 and may be viewed during normal library hours. Reception scheduled for Saturday, May 2 from 12pm – 2pm. This gallery showing marks Faith's eighth solo show since she returned to painting in 2009 after a six-decade hiatus. She has previously shown her work in Montesarchio, Italy, where her theme was the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, as well as at the Richard Stein Salon in New York City. Her work has been exhibited locally and is also on view at "The Upper Crust" restaurant in New Milford, CT. She studies with artist and teacher Banjie Nicholas. "Of course, every artist wants to leave a footprint," Faith says; "you leave it in your work, getting to the essence of the subject you're painting, be it a landscape, a person or a building – finding its animating spirit, its soul." Faith began formal painting instruction at age 7 with nationally recognized portrait painter, Grace Dupré.

McLaughlin Vineyards WINE & CHIME Workshop


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

2:30 - 4: 30. Local artist, Kelly Makuch of Kelly Makuch Studio joins us once again to help you create a whimsical wine bottle wind chime to adorn your summer garden while tasting wine.

Warner Theatre Presents Young Actor Series Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr.--Torrington

05/02/2015 to 05/03/2015

68 Main St., Torrington, CT 06790. Phone: 860-489-7180.

WTCAE Young Actor Series presents Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr. on May 2 & 3, 2015 in the Nancy Marine Studio Theatre. The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film and new music, Roald Dahl's WILLY WONKA JR. is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth!

2nd Annual Ridgefield Gone Country BBQ Fest

05/02/2015 to 05/03/2015

316 Main St., Ridgefield, CT 06877. Phone: 203-438-5090.

2nd Annual Ridgefield Gone Country BBQ Fest--Saturday, May 2, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm and Sunday, May 3, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. Downtown Ridgefield will be filled with savory aromas, authentic barbecue, live blues & Southern rock music, and the sights & sounds of real "pit bosses" at the Second Annual Ridgefield Gone Country BBQ Festival! Join us at the two-day festival organized and benefitting local charities. Family fun for all - dozens of food vendors, carnival rides & attractions (even a mechanical bull!), LIVE music all weekend long. PLUS! International BBQ competitions from the KCBS & NEBS. COST: $10 for adults, $5 students, children under 12 FREE.

Warner Theatre Presents Hello Dolly!--Torrington

05/02/2015 to 05/10/2015

68 Main St., Torrington, CT 06790. Phone: 860-489-7180.

The Warner Stage Company's 2014-2015 season continues with the delightful musical comedy Hello, Dolly!, on the main stage May 2-10, 2015. Hello, Dolly! is an ebullient and irresistible story of the joy of living, glittering with happy songs, shining with loving scenes and alive with the personality of one of the most fabulous characters on the musical stage...Dolly Gallagher Levi! Memorable songs include Put On Your Sunday Clothes, Ribbons Down My Back, Before the Parade Passes By, and Hello, Dolly! We are off on a whirlwind race around New York at the turn of the twentieth century, as we follow the adventures of America's most beloved matchmaker! Performances are Saturday, May 2 & 9, at 8 pm, Sunday, May 3 & 10 at 2 pm and Friday, May 8 at 8 pm. Tickets are $18-26. Check the website for ticket information.

Seven Angels Theatre Presents A Century of Sinatra--Waterbury

05/02/2015 to 05/03/2015

Plank Rd., Waterbury, CT 06705. Phone: 203-757-4676.

Tony DeSare and Tom Santopietro return May 2 & 3, 2015 with A CENTURY OF SINATRA at Seven Angeles Theatre.  Check the website for ticket information.

Litchfield History Museum - Walking Tours


Corner of East & South St., Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-567-4501.

The Litchfield Historical Society’s annual slate of walking tours begins on Saturday, at 10:00 am. During each tour, a museum educator or guest tour guide offers participants a new way to look at their surroundings with themed walks through Litchfield’s history. Each tour lasts about an hour—make sure to bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable shoes! All ages, Free for members; $10 for non-members. Need to register: Visit the website for more information.

Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center: Invitation to Mindfulness

05/02/2015 to 05/02/2015

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

Are you dwelling on the past or obsessing about the future? This program is an opportunity for you to live in the present moment and use new ways to work with life’s challenges as well as savor life’s joys. Learn to connect with your calm spiritual center and refresh yourself throughout your day. Enhance your ability to cope with stress, pain, illness, or worry.

Presenter: Sharon Gutterman, Ph.D.

Fee: $40 (includes lunch) Non-refundable deposit: $15

6th Annual "Girls Just Wanna Run 5K"--Litchfield


Route 202, Litchfield, CT 06759.

The Girls Just Wanna Run 5k Race is a fundraising charity event focusing on health and wellness in girls and women. Walkers, joggers, runners, girls and women of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate! This is a USATF Certified Race Course (code CT12014JHP). The start/finish line is located close to the back entrance of the Litchfield Athletic Club on Old CT Route 25 (the back access road behind the Club). Runners & walkers will start down North Shore Road, along beautiful Bantam Lake. The course runs to the end of North Shore Road, turning around and continuing back along North Shore Road; turning left back onto Old CT Route 25 to the finish line. Parking is at the Bantam River Corporate Park, located next to the Litchfield Athletic Club on Route 202 in Litchfield. ** No dogs or roller blades/skates.** Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015; Time: 12:00pm (check-in 10:30-11:30)
Location: North Shore Drive, Litchfield. Registration Fee: Early Registration: $20 (before April 21st) Standard Registration (after April 21st): $25 Girls 12 & Under: $15. Online Reg. closes at Midnight on May 1st
Divisions: Child: 9 and Under; Youth: 10-12; Teen: 13-19 Open: 20-29 Submaster: 30-39 Master: 40-49 Grandmaster: 50-59 Senior: 60-69; Exalted: 70 and up! Music! Give-aways!