Community news: New Milford River Trail bike ride, other events

Yoga offered at The Silo in New Milford

CK Community Donation Yoga for Good will be held at The Silo, 44 Upland Road, New Milford, in the Field Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

All donations are paid forward to local causes and charities. So far, YFG has donated over $32,000, a release said. Please bring a mat, props, towels, water, etc., though there are extras as needed.

Pre-registration is required: Venmo @CarolineKinsolving the donation ($20 suggested, but $1 is OK) before class to secure a spot. Or, watch on Zoom.

For more information, email: CKinsolving@mac.com or visit CarolineKinsolving.com IG:

Annual Kent Pumpkin Run on Oct. 31 at noon

The five-mile event is Kent run is its largest one-day community event. The first 400 registered runners receive a commemorative performance Tee-shirt. The Pumpkin Run, hosted by the Kent Chamber of Commerce, travels along one of the most scenic courses in Connecticut. Costumed runners are encouraged.

Prizes will be given to the top five most creative costumes. Designer mugs will be awarded in all age divisions and the top three finishers overall, male and female, will win prize money. For more information, to register online, or for a mail-in registration form, go to kentpumpkinrun.com. Registration fees are $27 until Oct. 22 and $32 on race day.

Deer Pond Farm in Sherman offering activities

There will be a nature hike Saturday, Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon. There is no fee. Join for fresh air, exercise and good company. Hike to an overlook on the western trails while learning the seven principles of Leave No Trace, designed to support minimum impact practices for anyone visiting the outdoors.

Bird walks — Fall is the perfect time to explore the fields and food plots of Deer Pond Farm. In addition to resident birds, migrating birds can be seen resting and refueling here. This includes a variety of sparrows that enjoy seeds from the millet and sorghum.

Learn how to identify different sparrow species and to better understand their food and habitat preferences. Saturday, Oct. 9 from 1-3 p.m. with Stefan Martin, Oct. 17 from 9-11 a.m. with Angela Dimmitt Oct. 21 from 9-11 a.m. with Miley Bull

Trees along the trail walk: Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Why do leaves change color? What effect does weather have on fall foliage and how does this impact wildlife? How do trees adapt to the approach of winter? Enjoy the crisp autumn air as we share this information during our tree identification walk.

Conservation walk Saturday, Oct. 16 1-3 p.m.

Conservation can mean different things and it may be undertaken in different ways by private landowners, land trusts, and environmental organizations. On this collaborative walk and talk event, Julie Hart from Dutchess Land Conservancy and Jim Arrigoni of Connecticut Audubon will share how their organizations achieve a variety of conservation objectives. Check out habitat enhancement projects and discuss options that you can employ in your home habitat, whether you live on a farm, a quarter acre lot, or even a city apartment.

Story time and activity Oct. 17 from 1-2 p.m. No Fee. Join for Am I Like You?, a story about exploration, observation and how we connect to nature. Learn about identification and data collection apps iNaturalist and Seek after the program. All on site programs are held outside. Registration is required at ctaudubon.org. $10 adult members. Child members get in free. $15 adult non-members. $5 child non-member. No fee when noted. Children under 18 must be with an adult. Inclement weather cancels.

Bring binoculars, camera, water, and walking stick. Trails are open to the public dawn to dusk daily. Visitor parking and guided programs at: 57 Wakeman Hill Road, Sherman. Call 860-799-4074. See kiosks for trail and conservation information.

Bridgewater Hilltop Center offering activities

For additional activities, visit bridgewater-ct.gov and search “Bridgewater Hilltop Center.”

There will be a flu vaccination clinic Friday, Oct. 8 at from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. by appointment. It’s provided by RVNA Health. Both the Quad and High Dose vaccines will be offered.

There is Bingo on Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. The RVNA Health will be at the center Oct. 19 for a blood pressure clinic at 1 p.m. library program. Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. Meet with Chris Fisher from the Burnham Library at the senior center. He will be available to teach downloadable audio books, eBooks and free movies.

The center is now considered a Burnham Library’s Satellite Library. Oktoberfest - Oct. 21, at noon. A traditional German fare will be served and music by Anita and her accordion. American Coin Picker, Blair Soucy will do a coin presentation on Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring any coins or currency to get an idea of value and rarity.

Merwinsville Hotel in Gaylordsville offers 34th annual arts, fine crafts show, gala

Celebrating its 50th anniversary of restoration, the two-weekend show will launch with a gala preview party Friday, Oct. 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Red Hots will return to perform live music with classic jazz standards, old blues tunes and feisty originals with their blend of unique vocals and ukulele/guitar mix with driving organic percussion.

The band includes vocalists Cynthia Preston and Petra Herceg backed by Russell Preston on guitar and blues harp and Jay Margolin on percussion. Hors d’oeuvres, desserts and drinks will be served. Gala attendees will be able to browse and purchase artwork before the general public, in the historic structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places. All gala attendees are being asked to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.

Tickets for the gala party are $25 in advance and $30 at the door; hotel members are $20 each. Purchase tickets at merwinsvillehotel.org. The show has been a long tradition during the Columbus Day weekend (Oct. 9-11) and the show continues the following weekend, Oct. 15-17. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all days.

Those looking for gifts of original artwork by local artists will find a great variety of framed oil paintings, watercolors and photography.

The fall show also features the work of artisans in glass, jewelry, woodwork, pottery and more. A $2 donation per person to the show is suggested. Children under 10 are admitted for free. Members are admitted for free. The Merwinsville Hotel is located at 1 Brown’s Forge Road in Gaylordsville. For further information, call 860-350-4443.

North East Watercolor Society holds 45th International Show in Kent

At the Kent Art Association Gallery, So. Main St., in Kent, the North East Watercolor artists (over 100+) are back with the 45th International Exhibition opening with a reception on Oct. 10 from 2-4 p.m. The show will run until Oct. 24 (with a last look until noon on Oct. 24). It is open Monday through Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.)

The judge of this year’s exhibit will be Sarah Yeoman, a signature member of the American Watercolor Society who recently showed with the North American Watercolor Association at the Columbian Watercolor Tricentennial in South America. For more information, call 860-927-3989 www.kentart.org

Gunn library in Kent hosting artistic life of Kay Sage

Local artist Kay Sage (1898-1963) is known for her surrealist works, focusing on architecture and unique perspectives, according to a release. The Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury has the largest collection of Sage’s work and representatives from the museum will join Oct.14 at 6:30 p.m. to explore Sage’s work in art and poetry throughout the course of her life, from her early days to her marriage to a prince to her life on town farm in Woodbury. They will showcase, study and discuss some of Sage's artwork.

This program will be offered in hybrid format. Limited seating will be available in-house and the program will be live streamed over Zoom. Registration is required and available at www.gunnlibrary.org/programs. This program is free and open to the public. The Gunn Memorial Library is at 5 Wykeham Road, P.O. Box 1273, Washington. Call 860-868-7586 or email:gunnprograms@biblio.org. Visit www.gunnlibrary.org

Sherman Library holding program on bats

The Sherman Library will be offering “Bats Are Good Guys,” a presentation by Gerri Griswold October 13 at 7 p.m. This is a remote program via Zoom. Griswold will present a lavishly illustrated talk that touches on the basics of one of the most beneficial and maligned animals on our planet-the bat, a release said.

How many species of bats are there? Where do they live? Why are they so important to us? What is harming them? Those questions and so much more will be discussed. She is the director of administration and development at the White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield and is a bat specialist. This program is free and is offered by the Sherman Library remotely through Zoom. For more information and to register, email SLprograms@biblio.org.

Roxbury library presenting program on witches

The Minor Memorial Library in Roxbury welcomes Peter Vermilyea as he presents “Witches in Litchfield County” Oct. 20 at 5:30 p.m. in the library and on Zoom. There is no charge for this program, but registration is required. RSVP online at minormemoriallibrary.org to receive the Zoom link. While many cast aspersions at the history of the supernatural, it is indisputable that our Litchfield County ancestors believed that they lived alongside witches.

In most cases, the women who were accused of witchcraft fell outside what society expected from their gender, a release said. In this talk, author and historian Vermilyea will discuss the lives of four 18th century residents of Litchfield County who were accused of witchcraft. He will explain their alleged activities and the possible motivations behind the accusations they faced.

Vermilyea teaches history at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village. Masks are required to attend in person in the library. Call the library at 860-350-2181 or visit minormemoriallibrary.org for more information and directions. Minor Memorial Library is at 23 South St. Roxbury.

New Milford River Trail Association hosting bike ride

The New Milford River Trail Association will be hosting their last bike ride of the season Oct. 17. Please meet at the parking area on the corner of Route 7 and Boardman Bridge in New Milford at 11 a.m. Head north along River Road to Gaylordsville via quiet backroads. Bring a helmet, water bottle, a snack or money to purchase one. There will be a stop in Gaylordsville for a break. The ride is approximately 12 miles long. Any questions please email srosati999@gmail.com or call (203) 448-7895.

New Milford Public Library closed Oct. 11 in observance of Columbus Day

Curbside pickup will not be available. Curbside pickup will resume Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. Book drops will close at 3 p.m. Oct. 8, and reopen Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 10 p.m.

McCarthy Observatory Second Saturday Stars Saturday

The Second Saturday Stars event will be Oct. 9 from 7-9 p.m. at the McCarthy Observatory, behind New Milford High School. There is a free star party. Masks are required. Visit mccarthyobservatory.org

If the weather cooperates, volunteers will guide visitors around the autumn sky. Several telescopes, including a 160-year-old antique, will also allow guests close-up views of Jupiter and Saturn.