Share the Goodness: Community Events

At New Morning Market, not only can you discover new foods, flavors and products, but also a whole community of goodness.


Check out upcoming local events below:


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18th Annual Celebratiton of Young Writers | ASAP! Friday, June 23rd | 5:00PM-6:00PM

Join us in New Preston, for our 18th Annual Celebration of Young Writers. Public, private and homeschooled students from across Connecticut submitted writings for a chance to be recognized for their outstanding work, and read their piece in front of a live audience.  2023 top selected works will be presented at the Spring Hill Arts Gathering (SHAG) Festival on Friday, June 23 2023. Get tickets here.

Summer Camp Registration Open | ASAP! Washington, CT | July 31st -August 11th | M-F 9am-3:30pm 

Registration is now open! Join us in Washington for Summer Camp 2023! Campers in grades 1-6 will experience puppetry, circus, yoga, painting, clay, rock climbing, nature, and athletics while developing lifelong friendships. Campers in grades 7-10 will explore visual arts and music, hike, and hang with friends in their very own space. Professional teaching artists will guide campers in developing their artistic passions, while the ropes course and giant swing instructor will help them discover their courageous side. Families are invited to join us for a festival and exhibit on the last day of camp. Register by April 1st and save $100. Click here to learn more and register.
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Catherine’s Butterfly Party! | Fairfield Hills Campus – Newtown, CT Saturday, June 10 | 12:00PM-4:00PM

Free Family Festival with Super Pet Adoption Event! Saturday, June 10th 12-4pm Catherine’s Butterfly Party is coming back to Newtown and you’re invited to this spectacular FREE FAMILY FESTIVAL WITH SUPER ADOPTION EVENT. Every year, the sanctuary honors Catherine’s birthday and her love of animals…

The CVH Animal Sanctuary is committed to helping animals in need find the loving homes they deserve. Thanks to our sponsors, Catherine’s Butterfly Party always remains FREE to participating rescues AND the public. This allows hard working animal welfare groups to focus on their animals while we take care of everything else.
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Community Rooting Conversations with Farmer Ellie | Green Village Initiative Every Wednesday at 6:30PM on ZOOM 

Learn how you can help GVI secure its farmland on Reservoir Avenue to grow food, knowledge, leadership and community!  Join here

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Celebrate the Watershed | Housatonic Valley Association | Registration opens April 5th! 

Come out and  Celebrate our Watershed! Join us to help protect the waters and lands we love in the Housatonic River Valley. It’s fun, FREE, and easy! With team and solo competitions for paddlers, hikers, bikers, runners, and fun events (details below) now through July 4th, there’s something for everyone! And if you don’t want to compete or join an event but still want to support us, you can always donate!

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Liz Dexheimer Art Show Opening Reception | Judy Black Park | Saturday June 10th 4:00-6:30PM

Join us on Saturday, June 10 from 4 to 6:30 pm for an opening reception to welcome artist Liz Dexheimer and her exhibit, “Serpentine,” featuring paintings and works on paper from her recent body of work in which she explores intricate linear patterns found in the natural environment. This exhibit will be on view through July 4.
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GirlTrek | Neighborhood Housing Services Waterbury Every Saturday 10am
Take a walk. Join a movement. Beyond walking, GirlTrek’s active members support local and national policy to increase physical activity through walking, improve access to safe places to walk, protect and reclaim green spaces, and improve the walkability and built environments of 50 high-need communities across the United States. More details here.

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SHAG Spring Hill Arts Gathering | Spring Hill Vineyards, Washington, CT June 22nd-25th
SHAG is a multi-day event in June at Spring Hill Vineyards in Washington, CT.  Founded in 2021, SHAG’s vision is to welcome artists into the inspiring landscape of the Litchfield Hills, using art and collaboration efforts as catalysts to bring our neighbors together. View schedule + purchase tickets here!

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Improve Your Smartphone Photography  | Southbury Public Library | Tuesday, June 6th 2-3:30PM

Good photographs share information about your business instantly. Learn to recognize the difference between a powerful image and an ineffective photo. Understand the three elements that your photos need to engage the viewer. Simple tools and an inexpensive app on your phone will tweak and improve all your images.

Drum Away the Blues with Craig Harris | Southbury Public Library | Tuesday, June 13th 2:00-3:30PM

Join percussionist, author, and Washington, DC radio host Craig Harris for a fun-filled, stress-relieving mix of songs, stories, and participatory music-making. 

Music historian, educator, storyteller, percussionist, photographer, and Bluegrass Country Radio show host, Craig Harris is the author of Crossing Borders: My Journey in Music, the memoir of Max Baca of the Grammy-winning Los Texmaniacs (2021), Bluegrass, Newgrass, Old-time and Americana Music (2018), The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music (2014/2017), Heartbeat, Warble, and the Electric Powwow: American Indian Music (2016), The New Folk Music (1993), and the forthcoming Rise Up Indigenous Music (scheduled for Spring 2023). 

Let’s Make Oobleck! Science with Dr. Seuss | Southbury Public Library | Thursday, June 15th 24:30-5:30PM

Let’s Make Oobleck! Science with Dr. Seuss – Thursday, June 15 from 4:30-5:30pm in the Storytime Room. Inspired by Dr. Seuss’ Bartholomew and The Oobleck, we will be conducting a science experiment and creating the mysterious green substance known as Oobleck, which has both solid and liquid properties!

Juneteenth: The History | Southbury Public Library | Thursday, June 15th 2-3:30PM

Join us as we explore the history and origins of America’s most recent addition to our national holiday schedule. It’s the 11th national holiday and the first authorized in the 21st century. 

Brian Gillie’s “The Roots of Rock n Roll” | Southbury Public Library | Friday, June 16th 2-3:30PM

Join us for an afternoon of interactive retro-groove of singing, dancing, history, stand-up piano playing, original sound bites, radio commercials, impersonations and attitude.  Explore the story of rock’s first fifteen years and its evolution through gospel, rhythm & blues and country and western. Meet the singers and rock groups from doo-wop, Motown, girl groups, surfin’, soul music, novelty songs and more; Little Richard to Coasters, Chuck Berry to Beatles, Elvis to Four Seasons. 

In Their Own Words: Songs of Our Seafaring Traditions | Southbury Public Library | Saturday, June 17th 1:00-3:00PM

Join us for a performance of music from the English-speaking maritime world during the period from the 1790s to the 1930s.  Mariners developed sea chanteys to coordinate shipboard work and composed songs to sing at leisure. In doing so they described their lives and expressed their thoughts and opinions.  Learn more about the lives of deep-water sailors, fishermen, whalers and others who made their living at sea. 

Give My Regards to Broadway | Southbury Public Library | Friday, June 23rd 2:00-3:30PM

Sit back and enjoy a musical journey down “the Great White Way” as jazz pianist John Brighenti performs a selection of iconic Broadway tunes.  

For a full list of Southbury Public Library’s Classes & Events (including Children’s Activities) please visit the library’s website

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Nature’s Nursery Series | White Memorial Conservation Center | June 1, July 6, August 3 | 4-5PM

Join us on the first Thursday of each month from May-August for an hour-long program designed just for your young nature lovers. Every session will include a story, an encounter with a live animal, and an activity or craft. Parents/Caregivers, we ask that you stay for the duration of the program. Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 4-5pm. Advanced registration is required. To register, please call 860-567-0857 or visit Space is limited. Please inquire about financial aid as needed. Members: $9/child per session or $30/whole series, Non-Members: $13/child per session or $50/whole series

Bats Count! Bat Cam to Be Launched | White Memorial Conservation Center | Friday, June 16th

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Wildlife Division and White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield are working together to establish a series of Bat Cams in a barn at White Memorial where female big brown bats give birth to and raise their young every year. Join us as we share videos, images, updates, and data from this long-established maternity colony and also celebrate bats through several public events focused on bats and the Bat Cam. The Bat Cam installation is almost complete, in time for the big brown bats to emerge from their hibernacula and take up residence in the barn as the females prepare to give birth to their pups. On Friday, June 16, 2023, a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Bat Cam will be held at White Memorial Conservation Center. Attend this evening ceremony as we unveil the Bat Cam and meet the bats that call White Memorial home. Have the opportunity to watch the bats fly from the barn at dusk as they embark on their nightly feeding frenzy. Noted speakers and fun activities are planned. Follow the DEEP website for more details as June approaches. To register for this Family Friendly FREE event…click here: BATS COUNT REGISTRATION

Nature’s Nursery Series | White Memorial Conservation Center | June 1, July 6, August 3 4-5PM

Join us on the first Thursday of each month from May-August for an hour-long program designed just for your young nature lovers. Every session will include a story, an encounter with a live animal, and an activity or craft. Parents/Caregivers, we ask that you stay for the duration of the program. Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 4-5pm. Advanced registration is required. To register, please call 860-567-0857 or visit Space is limited. Please inquire about financial aid as needed. Members: $9/child per session or $30/whole series, Non-Members: $13/child per session or $50/whole series

Connecticut Trails Day | White Memorial Conservation Center | June 3

Trails Day is a two-day national event (the first weekend in June) that pays tribute to all the wonderful trails our country has to offer. If there was ever a time to celebrate our amazing Connecticut trails, 2022 is it! Trails and open spaces have become the places to escape to and enjoy in recent challenging times.

A Hike Along the Lake Trail to Butternut Brook | White Memorial Conservation Center | June 3rd 10-11:30AM

Join White Memorial Staff ,Kelly Orr and Mike Berry, as they lead you down the beautiful Lake Trail to visit the old ice house ruins then over to Butternut Brook in search of otter tracks, beaver signs, the calls of frogs , and any other treasures Nature can provide! The hike is easy and mostly level but you should bring a hiking pole and sturdy shoes. Dress for the weather! Approximately 2.5 miles. 10:00 a.m – 11:30 a.m., Meet in the Gift Shop. FREE…donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s operating expenses

Yoga in the Garden | White Memorial Conservation Center | June 7th, 21st, 28th

In the garden behind the White Memorial Museum, we will practice gentle, Vinyasa yoga as we listen to the birds, feel the morning breezes, and celebrate the warmth of the summer sun. Class will be followed by a brief guided meditation for those who would like to participate. This is an all levels, all ages program and requires no prior yoga or meditation experience! Recent studies have shown the benefits of yoga, which include stress reduction, improvement in strength, flexibility, and balance. Please bring a mat and water (sunscreen/bug repellant if desired). Each class is $10 (with $1 of each going to White Memorial). Come to one, several, or all! For information and to check in event of rain, please call 860-309-9489 for more information.

Connecticut Open House Day | White Memorial Conservation Center | June 10th 9AM-5PM

Please join us from 9 am until 5pm as we celebrate Connecticut Open House Day with FREE ADMISSION all day! Now in its 19th year, Connecticut Open House Day is an annual event held on the second Saturday of June. Its purpose is to inspire Connecticut residents to learn about all of the tremendous the experiences they can enjoy in their own backyard, anticipating that this will convert them into ambassadors who will recommend these experiences to other visitors. We look forward to seeing you and sharing our beautiful Museum with you on Open House Day!

Amphibian Amble with Pam Velez | White Memorial Conservation Center | June 10th 2-3:30PM

Join Pam Velez on a jaunt to find those sleek and slimy creatures we call amphibians. We’ll look under rocks and boards and visit a pond armed with dip nets in order to reveal as many frogs, toads, and salamanders as we can. After identifying and marveling at these cool critters, all amphibians will be safely returned to their hiding spots. Wear long pants and shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy! 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room for a brief introduction on our native amphibian species before we head out on the property. FREE…donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.

Babies in Backpacks with Kelly Orr | White Memorial Conservation Center | June 15th 10-11AM

Come and explore the great outdoors in a way that your child can get excited about! The third Thursday of every month we will enjoy a hike with your child in a babywearing carrier or follow their pace if they are mobile.  There will only be expectations of exploring the world around us, not of a mile mark or speed.  Depending on the energy level of the group we will use our bodies to move in nature for 30 minutes, followed by an activity.  We will read books about the outdoors, enjoy touch and feel stations, use sand and water bins and more! This will be a year-round program. The goal is to encourage family time outdoors in all seasons.  We will still play outside in rain, snow, heat, and cold.  Unsafe weather will push us indoors.  Plan to get a little dirty, and come with weather appropriate clothing, sunscreen and bug spray as needed.  Caretakers must stay for the duration of the program. Please park in the horse trailer parking and meet in the Pollinator Garden.  

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Members: $9/child per session or $30/whole series, Non-Members: $13/child per session or $50/whole series Pre-registration is required by calling 860-567-0857 or register online here:  Space is limited. Please inquire about financial aid as needed.

Star Party | White Memorial Conservation Center | June 16th 8PM

Members of the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club and the Mattatuck Astronomical Society organize this astronomy program. Weather permitting; there will be star gazing after the program. 8:00 P.M, MOTT VAN WINKLE CLASSROOM, Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. You are invited to bring your own telescope or binoculars. FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.

Icelandic National Day: Iceland Through My Heart with Gerri Griswold | White Memorial Conservation Center | June 17th

Today is Iceland’s Independence Day! A week ago, Gerri Griswold returned from her 55th visit to the Land of Fire and Ice! Today she’ll take you on a pictorial journey through Iceland’s rugged, romantic, and often otherworldly landscapes. Meet the people who define the nation that captivated Griswold over 20 years ago. You’ll learn many secrets the armchair tourist is clueless about…Like how to pronounce BREIDAMERKURSANDUR and EINA PYLSUR MED OLLU! Family Nature Day Raffle Tickets go on sale today! You could win a ten-day trip for two to Iceland’s West Fjords in June 2024! 12:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room and ZOOM. Members: $5.00, Non-Members: $10.00. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online:

Rock Around Iceland’s Ring Road: Geology with Tom Alena | White Memorial Conservation Center | June 17th

Tom and Gerri have collaborated four times escorting well-mannered adults who behave like children, around Iceland’s Ring Road. Along the way, Alena interprets geology while Griswold controls the candy bag. Route 1 or the Ring Road, runs around the island and connects most of the inhabited parts of the country. The total length of the road is 821 miles. Some of Iceland’s most significant geosites (including waterfalls, glaciers, and black sand beaches) are found on or just off the Ring Road. The road was completed in 1974, coinciding with the 1,100th anniversary of Iceland’s settlement. Join Tom and Gerri as they take a geological trip down memory lane recapping their tours in 2012, 2015, 2017. and 2023!! 3:00 p.m., ZOOM, Members: FREE, Non-Members: $10.00. Pre-registration is required:  A ZOOM link to the presentation will be emailed to you on June 16.

Sunday Guided Museum Tour with Tom Saunders | White Memorial Conservation Center | June 17th

You’ll learn so much more about Alain and May White and their generous gift to us, by spending time with Museum Docent, Tom Saunders! Tom is available to give tours on the first and third Sundays of every month at 2:00 pm or by appointment. Admission is FREE to Members and $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for children ages 12 – 6. There is free admission for children under the age of 6.

The Fungus Among Us: Mushroom Identification Walk with Dave Paton | White Memorial Conservation Center | June 17th

Dave Paton is just plain giddy about mushrooms and wants to share his enthusiasm with you! Spend a couple of hours in the forest with Dave learning do’s and don’ts, basic identification, and stories behind all of the fungus among us! The program begins with a brief introduction in the Ceder Room to view some specimens. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room, Dress for the weather! Members: $15.00, Non-members: $30.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online: Class is limited to 20 participants! Sign up early! Foraging is not allowed on White Memorial property.

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PJ Character Club Story Time | Woodbury Public Library | Thursdays May 25th-June 29th 6PM

Children of all ages are encouraged to visit the Library in their pajamas during this special evening story time! Each week will include stories and a craft all about a special character. Register here.

Juneteenth | Woodbury Public Library | June 8th 6:30PM

Join Historian and author John Cilio as he shares the history and origins of America’s most recent addition to our national holiday schedule, Juneteenth, at the Woodbury Public Library. Juneteenth is the 11th national holiday and the first authorized in the 21st century.It’s also a holiday recognized in all 50 states with Texas being the first state to legislate it as a state paid holiday. Juneteenth is a portmanteau word for June and nineteenth. It commemorates the June 19, 1865 Federal Government’s announcement in Texas that emancipated the last enslaved African-American people of the Confederate South. Juneteenth, originally known as Jubilee Day, is a special holiday celebrating the promise of tomorrow that freedom provides every citizen.  Register for this program on the Library’s website or call 203-263-3502 for more information.

Living Dragons: Summer Reading Kickoff Presented by River Reptiles | Woodbury Public Library | Saturday June 17 11AM

Kids of all ages will be able to kick off our Summer Reading program by encountering many different species of lizards: geckos that can climb glass, skinks with bright blue tongues, a legless lizard, a cousin of the komodo dragon, and a snake-with claws?! Register here

Life in the Wild | Woodbury Public Library | Wednesday June 21 11AM

Children will learn about the amazing adaptations animals have for thriving in their habitats, meet some animal ambassadors and see zoo artifacts. Register here

Chess with Charlie Tyrell | Woodbury Public Library | Saturday June 24th & Saturday July 22nd 2PM

Children are welcome to join local chess enthusiast Charlie Tyrrell as he teaches chess tips & moderates chess matches. No experience necessary. All chess levels of experience are welcome. Registration is available online. 

Summer of Agriculture: Presented by 4H | Woodbury Public Library | Saturday June 27-July 25

4-H interns will present 4 weeks of educational, agricultural themed programs for children in grades K-5. Register here.

Letters Are Characters | Woodbury Public Library | Wednesday June 28th 

Letters Are Characters is an 8 week, learn at home program designed to ensure that emerging readers get what they need to succeed. An Alphabet Story Time to kick off this session will take place on Wednesday, June 28th @11:00 in the Children’s Department. Participants will receive the program supplies at the story time, led by creator Caroline Ugurlu. At home learning takes place July 5th- August 23rd. More information about the program can be found at

“The Birds of Ecuador” | Woodbury Public Library | Thursday, June 29 6:30PM

Join photographer Micheal Audette for “The Birds of Ecuador” and travel to the beautiful country of Ecuador through his photographs at the Woodbury Public Library on Thursday, June 29 at 6:30 PM.  The presentation represents a colorful collection of bird and landscape photos taken by Mr. Audette on two recent tours of the Magic Birding Circuit Botanical Reserves in Ecuador.  He visited six diverse ecosystems in the West Andes highlands and Tropical Rain Forest and Cloud Forest to the East Andes Slope, Paramo, Sub-tropical Cloud Forest and Amazonian Rainforest.   Ecuador – no larger than Colorado with 20% of the world’s bird population — is considered the most bio-diverse country in the world – and is home to some 1,600 bird species and 132 species of hummingbird, hundreds of mammals, wild orchids, and 25 waterfalls at the reserves.  Please register for this program at or call 203-263-3502 for more information.

Outdoor Walk & Tone with Jill Patterson, RDN | Woodbury Public Library | Thursday, June 22 6:30PM

Jill Patterson, RDN, offers Outdoor Walk & Tone, a workshop that focuses on a total body workout at the Woodbury Public Library on Thursday, June 22 at 6:30 PM.  In this class, participants will tone up, release tension from their bodies, boost their immune system, speed up their metabolism, connect with others, enjoy the outdoors, and feel their best!  According to the Mayo Clinic, there are 5 components of a well-rounded fitness routine: cardiovascular endurance, strength training, core exercises, balance training, and flexibility.  In this active outdoor class, participants will learn how to incorporate these 5 elements of fitness into their walking routine.  Join Jill and walk, stretch, and target tone the arms, legs, and abs (without getting on the ground)! Register for this program at or call 203-263-3502 for more information. 

Lyme Disease Prevention: What You Need to Know | Woodbury Public Library | Saturday, June 24 2PM

Join Rika Keck, FDN-P, NY Integrated Health, ILADS member/ former Global Lyme Alliance Ambassador Program for a conversation about Lyme Disease, Ticks, and what you need to know to avoid them both at the Woodbury Public Library on Saturday, June 24 at 2:00 PM.

At this talk, learn how to protect yourself, children, and pets against a tick bite, and what to do if you find a tick.  You will also learn about the various co-infections and viral activation that can keep many Lyme-sick individuals misdiagnosed with other illnesses.  Ms. Keck will discuss some of the newest (controversial) treatment guidelines posted November 30, 2020 in this 90-minute presentation that includes 30-minutes of Q and A. This program is open to all interested people; registration is requested at 203-263-3502 or

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