Flander's Nature Center Offers Natural Soap-Making Demonstration--Woodbury


5 Church Hill Rd., Woodbury, CT 06798. Phone: 203-263-3711.

Learn the ancient art of soap-making, using pure, natural ingredients from instructor Lisa Agee, who began making soap to provide a safe product for her son who had allergies. Lisa will provide the skills and techniques necessary for those enrolled in the class to make soap to use at home or to give as gifts to friends and family. Sunday, February 19, 1:00 – 2:30 pm. Welcome Center, Van Vleck Farm and Nature Center. Donation: $12 for Flanders' members and $15, non-members. Call to register.



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

1:00 PM. Bill Betty, a knowledgeable mountain lion speaker and advocate with more than a dozen personal sightings and close encounters with one of America's shiest Big Cats, will present photographs and cover all aspects of mountain lion behavior, from reproduction to predation, from life span to habitation.  Learn more about maintain lions and their returning presence in Southern New England. Space is limited, please call for reservations. Fee:  $10 Adults; $8 IAIS Members; $5 Kids

Puppets & parables at Instriture for American Indian Studies


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

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Stories are fun! But they can teach lessons too. Native Americans have told stories for centuries, not only for entertainment, but also as a way of passing down history and explaining natural phenomena. Join IAIS Edu- cators as we create our own woodland animal puppets. Then kids are invited to use their puppets to act out a traditional Native American story. Limited space. Please call for reservations. Fee: $8 Kids; $5 Adults (regular museum admission)

New Morning Store Hosts Lecture by Alison Birks: Health Benefits of Chocolate--Woodbury


738 Main Street South, Woodbury, CT 06798. Phone: 203-263-4868.

On Tuesday, February 21, 2012 from 5:300PM to 6:30PM at the Woodbury Public Library New Morning Natural and Organic Store will host a lecture:Health Benefits of Chocolate with Alison Birks MS, AHG, CNS. Are you a chocoholic?  Does eating chocolate really confer any health benefits or is this just nutritional hype? Find out how chocolate can fit into a healthy diet and why eating it may be a great asset to your health. Join Alison in this insightful review of the history and nutritional science on chocolate – one of the most beloved foods of all time! Free. Classes support living a natural lifestyle and are open to the public, however registration is required due to space limitations. Registration can be done online at www.newmorn.com, by calling Julie at 203-263-0673 ext. 317, or in person by stopping into the store in Woodbury.

Flanders Nature Center Program: Animan Tracking with Russ Naylor--Woodbury


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

Animal Tracking with Russ Naylor--Adults. Take a walk in the winter woods and learn how to identify the tracks left behind by the animals that share our local surroundings. We will meet at The Studio where naturalist Russ Naylor will introduce us tot eh world of animal tracking. Then, we will search for and identify tracks on the trails at Flanders. We'll look for tracks left by coyotes, fox, bobcats¸ rabbits, skunks, raccoons, opossum, weasels and local wildlife. Please dress for the weather. In case of extremely wet weather or treacherous driving, we will meet on Sunday, February 24, 1 – 3 pm. Date/Time: Saturday, February 23/ 10 am
Location: The Studio. Cost: $12 members/ $15 nonmembers. Children under 13 are free. Call to register.

Book Interview and Signing -- Joseph Montebello will interview Wally Wood, Author of ‘Getting Oriented’


5 WYKEHAM ROAD , Washington, CT Phone: (860) 868-7586.

6:30pm in the Wykeham Room of the Gunn Memorial Library as Joseph Montebello conducts a lively and in-depth interview with Wally Wood, the author of 'Getting Oriented: A Novel about Japan'. Light refreshments will be served. (Snow date: Thursday, March 1st at 6:30)

A Contemplative Retreat in the Quaker Tradition at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center

02/24/2012 to 02/26/2012

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

Learn about solitude in community through simple practices. Retreat to be led by Linda Chidsey and Carolyn Moon. Fees: $160 (shared room, hall bath), $200 (private room, hall bath), $230 (private or shared room with bath), $130 commuter. Non-refundable deposit: $50. Scholarships available. For more information, call Wisdom House 860-567-3163 or visit www.wisdomhouse.org.

Learn to play the Indian Love flute at Institute for American Indian Studies


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

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm The courting flute is one of the oldest known instruments in the world. As the name suggests, these flutes were played in courting rituals by a young man serenading his intended. Ojibway artist and musician Allan Madahbee will teach participants basic songs and sounds while learning the history and process of how these handcrafted instruments are made. Bring your own flute, use a flute provided by Allan or you may purchase one from Allan. No musical background is required.    CT may earn .1 CEUs Limited space. Please call for reservations. Fee: $ 25Adults; $ 20 IAIS Members.

50th Annual Chicken Barbecue--Harwinton Congregational Church


Rte.4 and North Road, Harwinton, CT 06791. Phone: 860-485-1836.

On Saturday, the Annual Chicken Barbecue sponsored by the Harwinton Congregational Church will take place with seatings at 4:45PM, 6PM and 7PM. Take out between 4:45PM and 7:15PM. Adults $14. Under 12 years $8. Call to reserve your dinners. Proceeds from the barbecue support The Soup Kitchen in Torrington, Susan B. Anthony and countless deserving groups in the area.Call for further information.

Lenten Reflection Day at Lourdes Shrine--Litchfield


53 Montfort Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-1041.

A LENTEN REFLECTION DAY: Who Do You Say That I Am?, will be held at the Montfort Retreat House, 53 Montfort Rd. Rte. 118, Lourdes in Litchfield, on Saturday, February 25th, 9am – 4pm. Offering: $35, which includes lunch. Call for more information or to register.