Litchfield’s Barbara Putnam to guide gardening workshop at Knowledge Home


LITCHFIELD – Wisdom House invited interested gardeners to a practical workshop with Barbara Putnam, Planting Seeds, on March 20th at 9:30 am. “It offers the opportunity to view the activities of the garden as metaphors that apply to the seasons of our lives. Make sense of creating simple personal rituals that you can take with you in the coming growing season. Prepare to work with seeds and soil. Bring a journal. Worksheets, seeds, pots and soil are provided, ”a statement said.

Putnam was an architect and gardener and is a yoga teacher. She designed the maze of the house of wisdom and taught courses on organic horticulture and led workshops on starting seeds. As a member of St. Michaels Episcopal Church in Litchfield and a practicing yogi, she is fascinated by the role of rituals and metaphors in creating the conditions for spiritual growth. She lives, gardens and teaches yoga in East Litchfield.

The workshop costs $ 35 and includes lunch. To register for the workshop, visit Wisdom House is located at 229 East Litchfield Road.

For more information on Putnam’s yoga classes, visit

Destroy records

LITCHFIELD – Public school officials plan to destroy the accumulated health records of 2012-2014 graduating students in June 2021.

In addition, the health records of students who attended Litchfield Schools with these classes but did not graduate will also be destroyed.

Confidential records are destroyed six years or after they become irrelevant to the provision of educational services or after graduation. Anyone interested in receiving their records or their children’s records should write their request to Theresa Simaitis, 14 Plumb Hill Road, PO Box 110, Litchfield, CT 06759.

Register now for the girls’ virtual hackathon

Random Hacks of Kindness Jr. is hosting a virtual hackathon with a focus on gender equity in STEM. Science and gender equality are both critical to achieving internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

At Random Hacks of Kindness Junior, attendees will design and code apps that address girls’ place in the STEM space. Together with mentors, participants will have the opportunity to create apps that, according to a statement, highlight the importance of inspiration and engagement by women and girls in science, technology, engineering and math.

The program from 1 pm to 12 noon on March 13 is aimed at students in grades 4 to 8. This event is open to the public and does not require any prior programming knowledge. Using Zoom, students work in pairs with mentors (CCSU Computer Science Club students) to prototype smartphone apps using’s APP LAB online app block programming language.

RHoK Jr. is a great opportunity for high school and college students studying computer science, mentoring and inspiring young students, and giving nonprofit groups a technology boost, it said.

Random Hacks of Kindness Jr. Inc. was created by Patrice Gans as an opportunity to empower and inspire teenagers to use technology for social welfare. Gans, a technology educator, organized the first Random Hacks of Kindness Jr. event at the Fraser Woods Montessori School in Newtown in May 2013. Since then, nearly 1,500 students from across Connecticut have come together to create apps for nonprofits in their communities.

Pre-registration is required. The registration fee for the event is $ 10. Participants can register on the RHoKJr website at https // For more information, please contact Patrice Gans at

Grant applications now available

HARWINTON – The Harwinton Historical Society awards a US $ 1,000 scholarship to a Harwinton resident or community member. Applicants must have an interest in history and / or social sciences through academic achievements and / or experience. High school graduates and students currently in post-secondary education are encouraged to apply.

Applications are available from the advisory departments at Lewis Mills, Wamogo and Oliver Wolcott Technical High School. or requested online at Applications must be postmarked by April 15, 2021.

The Northwest Kids Rock Contest starts on Friday

TORRINGTON – The Department of Parks and Recreation for the City of Torrington hosts their annual Northwest Kids Rock Contest. This event is open to youngsters ages 7-14 from Torrington and other surrounding cities. Past Northwest Kids Rock winners are not eligible. Foreplay videos were due on March 5th.

The auditions will be reviewed on March 6th. Participants will be notified on March 8th after the auditions if they have been selected for the finals. The finale will take place on March 19th at 7pm at Coe Memorial Park, hosted by Casey McKenna with music from Vin Avallone Productions. The prizes will be given to the best finalists.

“We will monitor state and local guidelines in the run-up to the finale. We will notify participants who qualify for the finals if we switch to a “virtual finals” according to a statement.

For more information, call 860-489-2274.