White Memorial Conservation Center Mushroom Identification with Mike Bok


80 Whitehall Road, Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-567-0857.

Join Mike Bok of Illuminating Roots Wilderness Programs for a mushroom talk and walk! Discuss the different types of fungus among us, learn how to identify them, where, and how they grow. Learn about their importance to the ecosystem, as well as to us. After a brief classroom discussion, we will head out for a walk to see what types of fungus we can find and identify. PLEASE NOTE: Foraging on WMF property is prohibited! http://www.illuminatingroots.com/ 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., A. B. Ceder Room, Members: $15.00 Non-members: $25.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required by calling: 860-567-0857 or register below.

White Memorial Conservation Center An Ethereal Autumn Walk to Apple Hill, Cat Swamp, and Laurel Hill


80 Whitehall Road, Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-567-0857.

Rise and Shine! Begin the day with a brisk hike during peak foliage season along the colorful forest paths and wetland boardwalks of Laurel Hill and Cat Swamp to the jewel of all White Memorial Foundation summits, Apple Hill. Let's hit Patty's for breakfast afterwards! 7:00 a.m., Meet in front of the A. B. Ceder Room. Rain or shine! FREE... Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

The Silo Comfort Food Demo – Soups


Upland Road, New Milford, CT Phone: 860-355-0300.

11 am-2:30 pm. As cold weather approaches, nothing is more comforting than a hot bowl of soup. Serve a small salad alongside and you have a soul-satisfying and easy dinner. Prepare yourself now for the smiles you will put on the face of friends and family when they come in from the cold and you present them with a hot bowl of soup. Guests will enjoy a generous tasting of each soup along with a small salad and dessert.

Audubon Miles Wildlife Sanctuary


18 Main St, Sharon, CT Phone: 860-364-5688.

On Saturday, October 14 from 10 am to 1 pm Ed Kirby will be leading a tour of the Audubon Miles Wildlife Sanctuary. This 1-mile walking tour, presented by the Sharon Historical Society, will give you the chance to take in the preserve's beautiful landscape, while hearing about the history of the estate once owned by artist and poet Emily Winthrop Miles. Ed will talk about growing up there as well as explore the unique geology and ecology of the sanctuary. Tickets are $20, and can be purchased at sharonhist.org or by mailing a check to the Sharon Historical Society, P.O. Box 511, Sharon. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event, but please reserve a spot by emailing director@sharonhist.org or calling 860-364-5688. Meet at the Sharon Historical Society, 18 Main St. in Sharon, at 9:45 am, the bus leaves at 10:00 am.

New England Carousel Museum - Harvest Dance


95 Riverside Ave, Bristol, CT Phone: 860-585-5411.

A Fall Harvest Ball featuring the Al Fenton Big Band will be held on Saturday, October 14th, 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM at the New England Carousel Museum. Tickets are $15 and pre-paid tables of 8 or more may be reserved ahead of time. This is a BYOB event and snacks and set-ups will be available for purchase. Dress to impress and come experience the beautiful, large wooden dance floor in our ballroom as you swing, dip and jive to the live music.

Audubon Sharon Birding 101


325 Cornwall Bridge Rd, Sharon, CT

10 am - 12 noon. If you like birds and are interested in learning more about how to bird, then this is the program for you! Our Birding 101 program will teach you what you need to know to get started in birding or just appreciating birds in general. We will practice bird identification, review how to use and adjust binoculars, birding ethics, and a few old-fashioned tricks to finding birds. Please bring binoculars (if you have them,) a hat and shoes for walking.

Flanders Nature Center “Art in the Making” “A Tour Of The Autumn Night Sky”


Church Hill Road , Woodbury, CT Phone: 203-263-3711.

7 pm On Saturday, October 14, the public is invited to come out to Flanders to enjoy an evening of exploring the Autumn Sky by telescope. The program is being led by Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy club members Russ Leonard and Jim Kandefer. Learn more about the constellations, enjoy the best views of the rings of Saturn since 2003. Rain date Oct. 20

Litchfield Community Center Harvest Bounty Brewfest


421 Bantam Rd, Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-567-8302.

2-6 pm. $30 advance, $35 @ door/$15 driver. Lots of craft beer, wine & spirits to enjoy! Live band music! with Potter's Field, Switch Factory & Stache. Food trucks! Snowden's BBQ, The Whey Station, The Farm Truck by Winvian & Love Hearts Bakery.
Tasting glasses to first 200! 21 & older welcome ~ bring photo ID!

Environmental Learning Centers of CT Take a Ride to the Wild Side Car Show


175 Shrub Rd, Bristol, CT Phone: 860-583-1234.

10:00am to 3:00pm Birds of Prey Show, Reptiles & Amphibians, Guided Trail Hikes, Raffles, Food, Music FREE Admission Show Cars $10/per car. No cut off year. All are welcome. Award & Dash plaques. Location: Barnes Nature Center.

Ansonia Nature Center ROPE MAKING: The Ancient Way


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

1 pm. A beginner's chance to learn a skill practiced long ago. Learn which native plants have been used to make rope. Children must be accompanied by an adult who will assist in creating a sample to take home. FEE: $6 per person. Please call to register.