Gallery 25 in New Milford presenting art shows, more

Gallery 25, Creative Arts Studio in New Milford presenting “Shades of Red and Gold”

There are new autumn paintings, photographs, fused glass, pottery, jewelry and wood working on display throughout the peak of New Milford’s fall foliage. Gallery 25 is also introducing three new members: Annie Sadlon, Barbara Soares and Terrence Tougas. The New Members Show runs to Nov. 14. The opening reception is Oct. 2 from 4-7 p.m.

This will also be the opening of Featured Artist James Fruit. Gallery 25 is located at 11 Railroad Street in New Milford and is sponsored by the New Milford Commission on the Arts. For more information, visit www.gallery25ct.com

Gunn Historical Museum hosts 14th annual Washington Cemetery tour

The tour will take place in person on Friday, Oct. 29, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The tour is produced by the Gunn Museum under the direction of local theater luminaries Doug and Martha Winkel of The Dramalites.

The Washington Cemetery Tour is an annual “living history” event that showcases the rich history of Washington through costumed actors who portray residents from the past. This year’s tour will share new stories highlighting “Residents of The Green” — untold, fascinating accounts of those who lived and worked around Washington Green, a release said. Costumed tour guides with lanterns will lead groups of visitors along a magical path of 1,000 luminaries, spanning a quarter-mile from the Gunn Museum through the shadowy Washington Green Cemetery, where the town's departed citizens will be stationed at their graves to tell their true tales. Free tickets are required to attend and can only be obtained in advance by online reservation by visiting www.gunnmuseum.org.

The Washington Green Cemetery Tour starts at the Gunn Historical Museum, 5 Wykeham Road, Washington. Tours depart every 10 minutes from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and last approximately one hour. The First Congregational Church at 6 Kirby Road, across the street from the museum, will be a stop on the Cemetery Tour this year. The Gunn Library and Museum buildings will not be open during the tour this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

While there is no fee for this event, donations are greatly appreciated. Tour guests are encouraged to bring a flashlight, dress warmly, wear comfortable walking shoes, and carpool since parking is limited.

The Washington Cemetery Tour will adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols; please be mindful of social distancing and we strongly encourage all attendees to wear face masks. The rain date is Saturday, Oct. 30 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Parking is limited. For more information, call 860-868-7756, email, info@gunnhistoricalmuseum.org or visit gunnmuseum.org.

Washington: Virtual Author Talk from Gunn Memorial Library and Hickory Stick Bookshop

The Gunn Memorial Library and the Hickory Stick Bookshop welcome Wendy Gorton for a virtual author talk on her latest book “50 Hikes With Kids: New England” on Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Gorton will share the best hikes for children in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont and help parents and caregivers spark a love of nature in childhood and beyond.

Gorton will discuss technology usage on the trail and highlight the best local adventures, a release said. Every entry in Gorton’s book includes the essential details: easy-to-read, trustworthy directions; a detailed map; hike length and elevation gain; bathroom access; and where to grab a bite to eat nearby.

Full-color photographs and scavenger hunts highlight the fun things to see along the trail. New England kids live in a magnificent natural playground — this adventure companion helps them explore its forests, mountains, beaches, and waterfalls.

For more information, visit hickorystickbookshop.com/ or call 860-868-0525. Register for this event at gunnlibrary.org/programs.

H.O.R.S.E. of Connecticut hosts Horse Care Clinic

The Humane Organization Representing Suffering Equines (H.O.R.S.E. of Connecticut), Connecticut’s oldest equine rescue, celebrating their 40th year, will hold an annual Basic Horse Care Clinic on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Those who are thinking about getting a horse or are a new horse owner, this horse care clinic is the perfect opportunity to learn the basics of horse care, a release said.

Participants will be working hands-on with some of horses while learning about proper handling and grooming, taking a horse’s temperature, worming, hoof and dental care, and diet requirements. There will also be a discussion on fencing and proper shelter as well.

The cost is $10. In addition to the clinic, attendees can take a tour of the farm and meet the horses. They will also meet many of the knowledgeable volunteers who answer questions. The tack shop will also be open for those looking for saddles, blankets and other equipment. H.O.R.S.E. of Connecticut is a non-profit, organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of abused and neglected horses. H.O.R.S.E. is located at 43 Wilbur Road, Washington, CT. For more information, email horsectinfo@gmail.com, visit horseofct.org or call 860- 868-1960.

Greater Washington Coalition for Jewish Life hosting Professor Emeritus of American Civilization

The Greater Washington Coalition for Jewish Life will host Stephen J. Whitfield, award-winning Professor Emeritus of American Civilization at Brandeis University, in a Zoom program Oct. 17 at 10 a.m., titled “Why the Jewish Vote Matters.”

Those interested in attending can call 860-868-2434 or email jewishlifect@gmail.com for additional information and to obtain the Zoom link.

Professor Whitfield will trace the movement of the Jewish vote between the Democratic and Republican parties. He will discuss what makes the Jewish vote so singular, the persistence of Jewish liberalism, the impact of FDR on the Jewish vote and will consider whether Israel complicates the pattern of the Jewish vote. Whitfield was awarded two Fulbright professorships and taught in Belgium, Israel, France and Germany. In 2004, he became the first Allianz Visiting Professor at the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich to offer courses in American Jewish studies.

For additional information, email Silky Berger at jewishlifect@gmail.com

Washington: Gunn Memorial Library hosts "Art in Motion" by Gerry Sachs

A new collection of acrylic pour paintings by Connecticut artist Gerry Sachs will be on display at Gunn Memorial Library's Stairwell Gallery in Washington, from Oct. 23 through Jan. 22. There will be a socially-distanced reception to meet the artist Oct. 23 from noon to 2 p.m.

Gunn Memorial Library is located at 5 Wykeham Road at the juncture of Route 47 opposite the Green. For more information, visit gunnlibrary.org/stairwell-gallery, call (860)868-7586 or email gunncirc@biblio.org.

Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy hosts fall events

Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy is hosting a series of guided hikes to enjoy the fall season. All events are free. To attend, send an email to events@ctland.org.

Housatonic Heritage Hike at Macedonia State Park: Join NCLC for an invigorating hike to Cobble Mountain Preserve, accessible from Macedonia Brook State Park. The trail passes along Macedonia Brook and includes a steep ascent to a rocky outcrop on the blue-blazed Macedonia Ridge Trail. The blue-blazed Macedonia Ridge Trail passes through NCLC’s Cobble Mountain Preserve. NCLC has protected 192 acres of land surrounding Macedonia State Park, including 86 acres of ridgeline and the northwestern hillside of Cobble Mountain.

The hike is 2.5 miles and includes a steep climb and descent. It is a challenging and invigorating climb. Be rewarded with amazing views of the Taconic and Catskill Mountain ranges. This hike is part of the annual Housatonic Heritage Hikes offered each fall across the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area. Space is limited. To register, email events@ctland.org. Saturday, October 2 (no rain date) Time: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Distance: 2.5 miles RSVP: events@ctland.org, 159 Macedonia Brook Road. Grand Opening of New Trails at the Mallory Preserve: Join NCLC for a second grand opening of new trails at the Mallory Preserve in Sherman. NCLC will lead hikes of the lower trail (an easier hike) and the newly constructed upper loop (a more challenging hike). Register by emailing events@ctland.org.

Schedule: 10 a.m. - Guided hike of the upper loop, 11 a.m. - Guided hike of the lower loop, Noon- Guided hike of the upper loop, 1 p.m. - Guided hike of the lower loop

Trail maps and fun scavenger hunt ideas will be handed out for those who prefer a self-guided hike.

Day: Sunday, Oct. 10 (Rain date: Monday, Oct. 11) from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Distance: The upper loop is a challenging 3-mile hike. The lower loop is a gentler 2-mile hike. RSVP: events@ctland.org Address: Mallory Preserve, Sherman Town Center, 15 Route 39 North, Sherman

Wildlife Tracking Hike at Kahn and Nostrand Preserves: NCLC for a hike at the Kahn and Nostrand Preserves to learn how to spot the signs of native habitants. Led by NCLC and Summer Hoogenboom, wildlife biologist and NCLC volunteer, participants will take a guided walk and learn the basics of wildlife tracking and general facts about Northwest Connecticut’s animals. Space is limited; email events@ctland.org to save your spot. Day: Sunday, Oct. 24 from 1-3 p.m., 56 Squire Hill Road, New Milford. RSVP at events@ctland.org.

New Milford Public Library hosting adult programs

“If the Broom Fits . . . Halloween & the History of Witches” Thursday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m. on ZOOM.

New Milford Public Library hosts the “Grounded Goodwife.” Join Ehris and Velya Urban as they talk about how the benevolent image of a wise woman transformed into the malevolent figure of the witch riding brooms through the nighttime sky. For the Zoom link, visit newmilfordlibrary.org or email vfisher@biblio.org.

“Understanding Your Aura with Sydney Sherman” Oct. 14, 6:30 p.m. on Zoom: This guided presentation gets to the core of the importance of aura. Sydney Sherman discusses the study of auras and how knowing details about an individual’s personal aura can drastically change their life. She will identify the different colors of auras and explain what distinct personality traits and characteristics can be attributed to these colors. Topics include how aura color can identify illnesses, stress, and emotional disturbances … even cancer; how the energies from others can affect one’s aura negatively or positively; and how to protect one’s aura and even see auras in others. For the Zoom link, visit newmilfordlibrary.org or email vfisher@biblio.org.

“Coloring for All” series Wednesday, Oct. 20, 6 p.m. This program is held at the Marsh Parish House and masks are required. Registration is required by calling 860-355-1191, ext 2 or email ingvfisher@biblio.org.

“The Truth Behind Psychic Phenomena” on Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m. on ZOOM: Revisit real paranormal case studies where using combined scientific, investigative and mediumship abilities to find the truth. For a ZOOM link, email vfisher@biblio.org.

“Pop Up Yoga with Dawn Delpha: Delpha is a certified yoga instructor who guides participants through a practice to reduce stress and build the immune system. Weather permitting, filming is at various parks around New Milford, and patrons are invited to join in. The classes are also posted on the Library Facebook page. Call the library at 860-355-1191, ext. 2 for the next location and time.

Collecting for the Seed Library: Patrons are encouraged to save seeds from harvesting and donate them back to the library for others to enjoy. The library welcomes all non-GMO seed donations. Drop off seeds in a labeled envelope at the front door of the library during curbside hours.

For questions, email vfisher@biblio.org.

Gunn Memorial Library in Washington offering garden volunteer clean up opportunity

Join Judea Garden Oct. 23 from 9 a.m.-noon and Oct. 24 from noon-3 p.m. to lend a hand and learn how to clean up plant debris, prep beds and plant seeds. All are welcome to participate no matter one’s skill or age. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Judea Garden, The Giving Garden, grows and distributes organically grown produce to people in need. Register at https://steeprockassoc.org/events-programs/ and complete the 2021 volunteer registration form. Send an email to denise.arturi@steeprockassoc.org with any questions.

Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington hosting author/poet talk on “The Limits of Light”

Poet Susan A. Katz of Washington will give a talk on “The Limits of Light” Oct. 17 at 3 p.m. at The Hickory Stick Bookshop, 2 Green Hill Road, Washington Depot. There is free admission.

Katz will read from her just-published book “The Limits of Light,” a collection of narrative poems which explore how the tales of Greek Mythology compare to the challenges, and failures, of contemporary life.

Face masks are required. For information on Katz and “The Limits of Light,” visit https://poetladykatz.com. To contact The Hickory Stick Bookshop, call 860-868-0525 or visit www.hickorystickbookshop.com.

Washington Art Association’s “Ways of Seeing” exhibition features works of photographers

From Oct. 23-Nov. 12, works of photographers Lazlo Gyorsok, Sallie Ketcham, Catherine Noren, and Vi Owens will be featured.

The photographers come from distinctly different backgrounds and approach their work from varied perspectives, a release said. Many of the images in this exhibition are landscape or nature photos that evince a strong interest in the play of atmosphere upon the land. Nevertheless, four different ways of seeing are discernible in this exhibition, the release said.

The Washington Art Association & Gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon-4 p.m. There will be an opening reception for “Ways of Seeing” Oct. 23 from 4-6 p.m. For additional information, visit www.washingtonartassociation.org or call 860-868-2878.

New Milford Senior Citizens Advisory Board holding Penny auction

The New Milford Senior Citizens Advisory Board, Inc. is holding its annual Penny Auction Saturday, Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New Milford Senior Center, 40 Main St. Admission is free and lunch and desserts will be available for purchase. Drawings will begin at 1 p.m. and 100 percent of proceeds will go directly to senior services. For questions or more information, contact the New Milford Senior Center at 860-355-6075.

Bridgewater Hilltop Center hosting October events

Body Conditioning exercise class will be in person at the center Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m.

The Municipal Agent, Dawn MacNutt, will be at the center Tuesdays 9 a.m.-noon.

The center will be closed on Monday, October 11, in observance of Columbus Day. Massage with Jill, Oct. 6 and 27 from 1-2 p.m. By appointment only. Enjoy a seated complimentary 10-minute light, gentle neck and shoulder massage with Jill, a licensed massage therapist.

The RVNA Health will be at the center Oct. 19 for a blood pressure clinic at 1 p.m.

Oktoberfest - Oct. 21, noon, a traditional German fare will be served.

American Coin Picker, Blair Soucy will do a coin presentation Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. Bring any coins or currency for Blair to look at and get an idea of value and rarity.

For more information and events, visit the Town of Bridgewater website and search “Bridgewater Hilltop Center.”