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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Gut Check: Hope for Ultimate Health with Brenda Watson | New Morning Market | September 27th 6:00-7:30PM

I invite you to join me on Wednesday, September 27th at 6:00 PM at New Morning Market for an eye-opening event on the new research behind H.O.P.E. for Ultimate Health: High Fiber, Omega-3 Oils, Probiotics and Enzymes.  Learn about the best way to incorporate these four nutrients into your diet in order to make sure you reap all the health benefits they offer.  Reserve your spot today! Book tickets here.

For more than 25 years, Brenda Watson C.N.C., has been helping people achieve vibrant health through improved digestion.

As an author of 7 books, a New York Times bestseller and the creator of 6 PBS shows on digestive health, including her newest show airing this March called “Gut Check, HOPE for
Ultimate Health”, Brenda continues the crusade of teaching how the gut is the foundation of your health. Reserve your spot today! Book tickets here.

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Submissions for the 13th Annual Celebration of Young Photographers | ASAP!  

ASAP! is pleased to announce that submissions are open for CYP! Students in grades 6-12 are invited to submit two photographs based on this year’s theme: Curiosity. Join us for an in-person exhibit on Sunday, November 12th, 2023 where the top 60 selected photos will be recognized, and the top four honorees will be revealed. The top two photographers from middle and high school will receive the 2023 Dylan’s Wings Photography Award. This award is presented by Ian Hockley, Executive Director of Dylan’s Wings for Change, to the photographer whose piece most thoroughly embodies the criteria. Submissions are open now and due by Monday, October 2nd, 2023.
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Monarchs, Meadows & More! | Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary Sunday, September 24th 12-2:30PM

Join us as we explore the wonders of butterflies, bees, birds and pollinators, the plants that sustain them, and how to protect these incredible creatures! So, come on down to the sanctuary to enjoy a one-of-a-kind pollinator party and a chance to marvel at the natural environment all around us. Bring the whole family, meet our experts and experience our amazing line up of activities. Free for all ages. All participants must register. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Cancellations due to weather will be posted on our website.

Race for Catherine: 5K for Kindness | Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary Sunday, September 24th 12-2:30PM

The RACE FOR CATHERINE is back and you’re invited to lace up, join in and spread kindness one step at a time! The sanctuary’s 3rd annual “5K for Kindness” takes place in person in Newtown on Sunday, October 15th or virtually from your own corner of the world October 13-15th. Last year, 280 participants from 29 states and two countries joined us, creating a wave of kindness that extended much further than a 5K. Now, it’s time to show once again how compassion wins, kindness heals, and communities come together in health and solidarity. Run/Walk for Catherine – Live or Virtually. Early Bird Registration until 8/15.

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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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Art Show Opening Recepetion: Karen LeSage | Judy Black Park Opening Reception: Saturday September 30th 3-6pm

Join us in welcoming KMR Arts who will be presenting an art exhibit at the park by Beth Rundquist, on view beginning September 29. An opening reception will be held at the park on Saturday, September 30 from 3 to 6 pm, with an artist talk on Sunday, October 8 at 3 pm.

“I am consistently pulled toward full abstraction,” LeSage says of her painting style. “I am intrigued by walking the line between worlds. It mirrors the human experience: we are conceptual creatures living in a physical world.” She often draws inspiration from the bucolic Berkshire Mountains. “They provide color displays that change by the season, the day, the hour,” she says.

This exhibit is on view through Sunday, November 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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Georgia Sheron Commemorative Exhibit | Southbury Public Library | September 2023

The Gloria Cachion Gallery at the Southbury Public Library will showcase the photography of the late Georgia Sheron from Tuesday, September 5, 2023 through Thursday, September 28, 2023. This exhibit is part of a year-long series of special events to celebrate 350 years of community, culture and history (1673-2023) of Southbury. The display will be a retrospective of photographs that Georgia had taken of  John Ludorf also known as “Uncle John”. He was a farmer who had a farm in the Purchase section of Southbury which was about 126 acres. Over many years Georgia would interview and take several photographs of her neighbor, Uncle John. He plowed with horses and milked cows by hand well into his 90’s. Georgia completed a book called “Uncle John: Portraits of a True Yankee Farmer”.         

Seaside Escapes: The Art & Architecture of the New England Coast | Southbury Public Library | Friday, September 22nd 2-3:30PM

Join us for a virtual program about the art and architecture of the New England coast. From artist colonies to robber baron “summer cottages,” the New England shoreline has inspired countless creative works. Join us as we explore seascapes by beloved American artists including Winslow Homer and Edward Hopper as well as the over-the-top elegance of Newport, RI summer homes designed for the titans of industry in the nineteenth century. Gloucester’s eccentric summer retreat Beauport is also featured.

Jane Oneail is an independent scholar and holds a Master’s in Art History from Boston University and a Master’s in Art in Education from Harvard University. Jane is a New Hampshire native and has worked at some of the state’s most esteemed cultural institutions, including the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, where she served as Executive Director, and the Currier Museum of Art, where she held the role of Senior Educator. Register here.

Memory Tips | Southbury Public Library | Thursday, September 28th 2-3:30PM

Join us for a virtual program about improving your memory. Did you know that a recent study from Stanford University suggests that the techniques used by memory athletes can be taught, learned, and create changes in the brain that enhance memory skill? Come learn about the tips and techniques used by memory athletes.

A graduate of Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Hurwitz helps organizations and individuals achieve peak performance by enhancing vitality and wellness. Dr. Hurwitz has provided training for AT&T, Unilever, Lowe Worldwide, the FDNY, and has been an invited guest speaker at the United Nations. Register here.

Open House Make or Take Craft | Southbury Public Library | Saturday, September 23rd, 30th

Stop by the Youth Services department on Saturdays this month to make a thematic craft. Make it here or bring it home. Crayons and glue available in the library. Available while supplies last.

Drop-In Storytime | Southbury Public Library | Monday, September 25th

Monday, September 11, 18, 25 from 10:00-10:30am and 11:00-11:30am in the Storytime Room. Join Miss Jennifer for stories, rhymes, and a small craft every Monday except Labor Day. All ages welcome. No registration required.

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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American Surrealist Kay Sage | Woodbury Public Library | Tuesday, October 10th 6:30PM

Women surrealist painters are uncommon in the history of art yet a Connecticut resident, Kay Sage, became a well-known surrealist artist. She and her second husband would make Woodbury, CT home starting in the 1940s.  Join Historian and author John Cilio and learn about the fascinating life of Kay Sage, her Woodbury connections, and her now famous paintings, at the Woodbury Public Library on Tuesday, October 10 at 6:30 PM. 

Her life was extraordinary and often dramatic. Born in New York, she married early, gaining the title, Her Royal Highness but the role proved too confining and she was too independent to compromise.   A late 1930s Paris painting exhibition of her works would change her life forever.   She would marry again to fellow artist Yves Tanguy, inspiring a new artistic identity and became a noted surrealist painter and poetry artist. At the start of World War II she helped numerous surreal painters of her circle escape from Europe to New York.

John Cilio is a historical storyteller, author and researcher who has brought historical stories back to life for over 15 years. A member of the Organization of American Historians and the Association for the Study of Connecticut History, he retired from IBM corporate marketing communications. He has published seven historical books and numerous articles for national and regional periodicals. His book about helicopters, whose foreword was written by a son of Igor Sikorsky, is a listed reference source at the Smithsonian Institution. Register for this program on the Woodbury Library’s website or call 203-263-3502 for more information.

All About Assisted Living | Woodbury Public Library | Thursday, October 12th 6:30PM

Join Liz Cornish, owner of New Season in Life, LLC, for a presentation that explains the differences between Skilled Nursing Homes, Independent and Assisted Living Communities, Continuing Care Retirement Communities, and Memory Care Communities at the Woodbury Public Library on Thursday, October 12 at 6:30 PM. The talk will focus specifically on Assisted Living and Memory Care Communities and explain how these communities can differ in care and amenities. Also provided will be information regarding questions that families should ask and things to look for in an Assisted Living or Memory Care Community.  Learn how and when to start a conversation with your family member about transitioning to an assisted living or memory care community and different ways to pay for Memory Care or Assisted Living. Registration is preferred for this program; visit the Library’s website or call 203-263-3502 for more information.

Open Mic for Writers and Readers | Woodbury Public Library | Thursday, October 19th 6:00PM

Woodbury Public Library will celebrate the marvels of autumn with an open mic for writers and readers on Thursday, October 19, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Woodbury Public Library.  The event is free and open to the public.Woodbury’s Poet Laureate Sandy Carlson will moderate the event.  The evening’s featured poets are Julie Cook and Betty Lou Bowles of Woodbury, Faith Vicinanza of Southbury, and Karen J. Ciosek of Wallingford.  Julie Cook  has been a music educator for more than 30 years. A published poet and fiction writer, she also composes songs and choral works. Ms. Cook is a Music for People certified improvisation facilitator who fosters creativity and wellness through the arts.   Betty Lou Bowles has enjoyed taking pictures of nature since she acquired her first smartphone.  She says she is grateful for the opportunity to share her work and hopes to be an inspiration for others to seek and share their own voices.  Faith Vicinanza has been deeply involved in Connecticut poetry for years and has published widely.  Currently she is Poet Laureate of Southbury.  Karen Ciosek is a retired teacher who lives in Wallingford. Guests are welcome to share their own work or the work of a favorite writer.  All are welcome to join this literary celebration.  To register for this event, visit the Library’s website or call 203-263-3502 for more information.

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Senior Resource Event | Woodbury Senior Community Center | October 14th 10am-4pm

“Thrive: Resources for Aging Well in the Community” will welcome the public at the Woodbury Senior Community Center, 281 Main Street South, on Saturday, October 14 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. “We’ve been working on this for six months,” says Cathy Monckton, chair of the Commission for Seniors organizing committee. “It will showcase 22 state and local organizations with programs and services for older adults, their families, and friends.” Among those present will be Connecticut Community Care, New Opportunities, Western CT Area Agency on Aging, Western CT Mental Health Network (Waterbury), and financial advisor Edward Jones. The town of Woodbury will be represented by its new Friendly Visitor Program, the Community Services Council, the town Municipal Agent and Social Services director, the Office of Emergency Management, the Public Library, the Senior Community Center, and the Helping Hands Ministry of the Woodbury United Methodist Church. Representatives from two local veterans’ organizations will also man a table, and the Friends of the Woodbury Senior Community Center will have copies of their latest “Services Supporting Seniors” brochure to hand out. Housatonic Valley Health District will offer free blood pressure screenings, and a podiatrist will advise on foot care. 

Presentations in the O&G Community Room will kick off at 11:00 am, starting with Lois Nelson of Nelson Senior Consulting Services talking about Planning for Aging Challenges. The 12:00 noon presentation will be by Brass City Harvest dietitian Nicole Teixiera discussing Fabulous Foods for Adults. At 1:00 pm Jeanne Di Minno of the Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri law firm will speak on When to Call an Elder Lawyer. At 2:00 pm, financial advisor Kristina Matwijec of Edward Jones will advise on Financial Scams, followed at 3:00 pm by Maria Tomasetti representing the Alzheimer’s Association, speaking on the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s. A Meals in Motion food truck from New Opportunities will offer a choice of toasted veggie or pulled chicken paninis, water, and assorted fruit beverages. Coffee, tea, and water will be available in the Senior Center. 

 The one-day event will also feature a drawing for a gift basket of chocolates, wine, theater tickets, and other luxury items. Tickets for the grand prize are free on entry and sign-in.

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Museum Children Free Week | White Memorial Conservation Center | September 28 – October 4

Courtesy of Joan and Jack Benham. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.Grades 1-3: Tuesdays in October (Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24)  
Grades 4-6: Wednesdays in October (Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25) After-School Adventures – Sponsored by the Torrington Savings Foundation 3:45-5:00pm
Bring your kids out to White Memorial for programs designed to awaken curiosity and foster an appreciation for the natural world. Every session brings a new adventure, whether it’s exploring a new part of White Memorial property, meeting a live animal, or taking part in an outdoor activity. Join us for afternoons of experiential learning in the outdoors. Parents/Caregivers are welcome to stay, but it is not necessary. Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 3:45-5pm. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Please call 860-567-0857 or visit to register. Space is limited. Admission is FREE thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Torrington Savings Foundation.

Nature’s Nursery | White Memorial Conservation Center | October 5th

Join us on the first Thursday of each month from September – December for an engaging 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. Some of our activities might be outside, so dress for the weather and wear good walking shoes. 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

Forestry in Practice with Jeff Ward and WMF Forest Manager Mike Berry | White Memorial Conservation Center | October 7th

We offer this stellar opportunity to learn about forestry practices in the Five Ponds area of the Foundation with Dr. Jeff Ward and WMF Forest Manager Mike Berry. After meeting your hosts at the trail head, walk past Beaver Pond and learn about the 2020-2021 harvest to learn about tree species that live in a young forest. You’ll then be guided to an area of the shelterwood cut in 1984 followed by the over storey removal in 200-2001. Learn about the wildlife in the area and how they benefit from forestry practices and what a clear cut area looks like 23 after it was harvested. There’s even more! You’ll visit 3-year old, 23-year old, and 39-year old stands. In the end you’ll walk through unmanaged forests to experience the difference. 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Meet at the trailhead at the intersections of Routes 63 and 61. The program is FREE but you must pre-register by calling 860-567-0857 or online:  Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.

Bats in Art and Culture with Gerri Griswold | White Memorial Conservation Center | October 14th

Are they the demons portrayed in western art or the Swallows of the Night and symbols of goodness in eastern cultures? Gerri Griswold takes you on a journey through eastern and western art to illustrate how bats have been perceived through world  art history dating back 1000 years.10:00 a.m., ZOOM , Members: FREE  Non Members: $10.00. Pre-registration is required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online:

Our Lady of Gasteromycetes: The Mushrooms of Violetta White Delafield with David Rose | White Memorial Conservation Center | October 14th

Violetta White Delafield (1875–1949), sister of Alain and May White, was an American botanist well-known for her horticultural pursuits at Montgomery Place, the ancestral estate of the Delafield and Livingston families of the Hudson Valley. Delafield was also an accomplished mycologist, the author of important papers on a group of fungi known as gasteromycetes. Her watercolor illustrations of mushrooms and contributions of fungal specimens to the herbaria of The New York Botanical Garden and New York State Museum retain significant scientific value to this day. This talk will explore her career as one of the early female workers in the field of mycology. Call 860-567-0857 or register online:

Babies in Backpacks with Kelly Orr | White Memorial Conservation Center | October 19th 10-11AM
Children ages 6 months through 2 years can explore the great outdoors with us on the third Thursday of every month from September – December. This is a place for caretakers to learn about being outside in all safe weather with babies and toddlers, to try out different hiking carriers, swap suggestions on gear, and help encourage each other to be outside more! The very flexible schedule will typically be a half hour of walking and a half hour of outdoor sensory exploration. Having fun is our only expectation! Bring any milk, snacks, and supplies you will need, but we won’t go too far from your car. Dress for the weather! We will go out in snow, rain, and sun, as long as it is safe! Caretakers must stay for the duration of the program. Meet in the Pollinator Garden. 10-11am. Advanced registration required. Register at or call 860-567-0857. 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 

Star Party | White Memorial Conservation Center | October 20th

This astronomy program is organized by members of the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club and the Mattatuck Astronomical Society. Weather permitting; there will be star gazing after the program. 7:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room. 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.

Fungus Among Us with Dave Paton | White Memorial Conservation Center | October 21st

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 Foundation property.

Camping with Kids | White Memorial Conservation Center | October 21st

Join Kelly Orr for some tips and tricks she has learned to make camping with kids realistic, simple, and fun! Kelly has been camping her whole adult life, and that now includes her two-year-old son.  As a family they often camp, road trip and explore the outdoors.  This program will be a fireside chat covering simple family friendly cooking, basic campsite safety and cold weather sleep set ups.  This can be done with a wide range of gear, for any budget.  All you need is the desire to have fun! You can bring your tent and set it up to pretend camp and help get your family comfortable with your gear.  There will be a tent set up for you to check out if you don’t have one of your own! Whether you have never been camping or consider yourself a pro, this will be a super fun afternoon! Come chat, make a S’More, and some hot cocoa, and share the wonders of camping with your kids! Dress for the weather, bring a chair or blanket, meet at Pine Grove II. FREE…2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Pre-registration required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online:  Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.

Museum Children Free Week | White Memorial Conservation Center | October 26th – November 1st 

In Memory of Ron Hummel from His Family and Friends. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult

Hitting White Memorial’s Peaks with Gerri Griswold | White Memorial Conservation Center | October 28th

It’s not as difficult a feat as it may sound! Today we’ll hike up Windmill Hill, Wheeler Hill, Apple Hill, Laurel Hill, and Schermerhorn Hill! We’ll drive from point to point and discover some interesting features and (hopefully) signs of wildlife along the way! Plan on a 4 hour outing. Dress for the weather. Bring snacks and water, wear sturdy hiking boots. A walking stick or hiking pole might even come in handy! 8:00 a.m., Meet in front of the A. B. Ceder Room. Please pre-register by calling 860-567-0857 or register online:

FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.



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