Community announcements: March 5

Community Announcements

Water and sewer plans presentation
NEW HARTFORD — A presentation on plans for the town’s water and sewer assets will be held at the New Hartford Elementary School on Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m.

Diabetes workshop
WINSTED — The public is invited to register for a free, interactive six-week Live Well with Diabetes workshop. This program helps people with diabetes or prediabetes and their family members or caregivers learn new skills to help manage diabetes. The workshop takes place at Carriage Maker Place, 19 Gay Street in Winsted on Tuesday mornings, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and April 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participants will learn about healthy eating, being active, blood sugar goals, how to treat low blood sugar, taking medications, communicating with healthcare providers, basic foot care, and sick day guidelines. Other topics include creating sample menus, learning about stress management and difficult emotions, developing action plans and avoiding complications. To sign up, call the Winsted Senior Center at 860-379-4252 ext. 1.

Regional part-time faculty job fair
Asnuntuck, Naugatuck Valley, Northwestern Connecticut, and Tunxis Community Colleges will hold a combined Regional Part-Time Faculty Job Fair on Thursday, March 5 starting at 6 p.m. The event will be held at Tunxis Community College in the 600 Building, Tunxis Room. In case of inclement weather, check for closing announcements. The snow date is Thursday, March 12.

Civil AIr Patrol event
TORRINGTON — The Northwest Hills Squadron Civil Air Patrol Cadets Program will be hosting the Air Force JROTC and the Air Force Academy on Thursday, March 12, at 7 p.m. This event is open to the public. The Civil Air Patrol is a youth development program that falls under the United States Air Force. The Northwest Hills Squadron, based out of the Torrington Armory, meets each Thursday from 6:15-8:45 p.m. The organization provides the cadets with leadership skills and aerospace education. Cadets have the opportunity to fly Cessna’s and gliders, learn cyber security, earn ranks, be eligible to enter the military with an E-3 grade, earn scholarships for college, and learn life skills to prepare them to successfully enter the workforce after high school..
This is a co-ed program open to youths age 12+. Senior Members can join at 21+.
For more information call Gina at 860-307-6617 or email

When there were trains in Barkhamsted
BARKHAMSTED — The Barkhamsted Historical Society will be holding a presentation with railroad enthusiast Scott Johnstone on Friday, March 13 at 7 p.m. at the Barkhamsted Senior Center, located at 109 West River Road. Johnstone will be discussing the history of trains in town including an incident in 1892 when a train exploded. Admission is free for the event and for more information call 860-738-1152.

Blood pressure clinic
COLEBROOK — A blood pressure clinic at Colebrook Town Hall will be held on Tuesday, March 17 from 8:40 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.

Football player to speak at NCCC
WINSTED — Austin Calitro, outside linebacker and special team player for the Jacksonville Jaguars, will be speaking at Northwestern Connecticut Community College on Tuesday, March 24 at 12 p.m. at Founders Hall Auditorium. The event is open and free to the public. For tickets contact Andrew Wetmore, Director of Student Activities at 860-738-6344 or email

“Bids for Kids” auction
WINSTED — St. Anthony School will be holding its 18th annual “Bids for Kids” auction on Saturday, March 28 at the Franciscan Center, located at 31 Oak Street starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person. For tickets RSVP by calling 860-379-5410 by March 16.

Autism support group
TORRINGTON — The next meeting of the monthly autism support group will be held on Thursday, April 9 at 6 p.m. at the Torrington Library.

Plant and seed swap
WINSTED — A plant and seed swap event will be held on Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26 at the Whiting Mills Spring Open Studios event.

Comedy fundraiser
WINSTED and TORRINGTON — Winsted Cub Scouts Pack 1027, in conjunction with the Winsted Lion’s Club, is holding a Comedy Show Fundraiser on Saturday, March 28, 6 p.m. at Chatterley’s Banquet Hall, located at 371 Pinewoods Road in Torrington. The event will help support the pack’s gold-status scouting program and the community service efforts of the Winsted Lions Club. Tickets can be purchased for $35 and includes dinner and the show. A cash bar and raffle will also be onsite. To purchase tickets go to For more information email or call Gina at 860-307-6617

First time home buyer seminar
TORRINGTON — A first time home buyer seminar will be held on Thursday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Torrington Library. The seminar will be led by Torrington Savings Bank mortgage experts, Realtor Chris Gueniat, Attorney Jim Steck, and home inspector Dave Muirhead.

Lunch and learn gardening series
TORRINGTON — The Torrington Library will be holding 10 Tips for First Time Gardeners, a lecture with Linettte Branham, on Thursday, March 26 at 12 p.m. Branham will go over useful tips to begin a successful garden such as soil preparation, fertilizer needs, and proper watering.

Palm Sunday Breakfast
WINSTED — The Winsted Lions Club will be holding its annual Palm Sunday Breakfast on Sunday, April 5. The breakfast runs from 8:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. Breakfast is $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12 and includes french toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, homemade muffins, milk, coffee, and orange juice. The breakfast will be held at The Pearson School, located at 2 Wetmore Avenue in Winsted.

86th annual Laurel Festival
WINSTED — The 86th annual Laurel Festival will be held on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7. The Laurel Ball will be held on June 6 at East End Park, while The Laurel Crowning will be held on June 7. Laurel Contestants will be first seen at the merged Laurel Parade and Pet Parade on Saturday, May 16 at 2 p.m. This year there are six scholarships being offered totalling $6,000 for winning contestants. Candidates must be enrolled in 11th or 12th grade and reside in Winsted. Entries are due on April 1. Laurel candidate registration packets can be downloaded from the town’s website, picked up at The Gilbert School’s Main Office, or picked up at the town clerk’s office at Town Hall.

American Mural Project’s summer programs
WINSTED — The American Mural Project (AMP) is offering several programs for children over the summer. Programs include: five different week-long summer camps for children ages 7 to 12 years-old, two weeks of outdoor design and building instruction for youth ages 12 to 16 years-old, and a two-week digital story work internship program for young adults ages 17 and older. All programs will take place on AMP’s campus at 90 Whiting Street. For information about the programs go to and for information about internship programs go to