Litchfield’s Barbara Putnam to lead gardening workshop at Wisdom House – Torrington Register Citizen

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LITCHFIELD — Wisdom House invited interested gardeners to a hands-on workshop at 9: 30 a.m. March 20 with Barbara Putnam, Planting Seeds. “It offers the opportunity to view the activities of gardening as metaphors that apply to the seasons of our lives. Find meaning in creating simple personal rituals to carry with you during this coming growing season. Come prepared to work with seeds and soil. Bring a journal. Worksheets, seeds, pots, and soil will be provided,” according to a statement.Putnam has been an architectural designer and a market gardener, and is a yoga teacher. She designed the Wisdom House labyrinth and has taught classes on organic gardening and led seed starting workshops. As a member of St Michael’s Episcopal Church in Litchfield and a practicing yogi, she says she is intrigued by the role of ritual and metaphor in setting the stage for spiritual growth. She lives, gardens, and teaches yoga in East Litchfield.

The workshop is $35 and includes lunch. To register for the workshop, visit https://www.wisdomhouse.org/program-calendar/2021/3/16/planting-seeds . Wisdom House is located at 229 East Litchfield Road.

For more about Putnam’s yoga classes, visit eastlitchfieldyoga.com

Records to be destroyed

LITCHFIELD — Public school officials are planning to destroy cumulative health records of students belonging to the graduating classes 2012 – 2014 in June of 2021.

Additionally, the health records of those students who attended Litchfield schools with those 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 his or her records or the record of their children should make their request in writing to Theresa Simaitis, 14 Plumb Hill Road, P.O. Box 110, Litchfield, CT 06759.

Register now for virtual ‘hackathon’ for girls

Random Hacks of Kindness Jr. is hosting a virtual hackathon focusing on Gender Equity in STEM. Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

At Random Hacks of Kindness Junior, participants will design and code apps addressing girls’ place in the STEM field. Together with mentors, participants will have the opportunity to create apps that highlight the importance of inspiring and engaging women and girls in science, technology, engineering and math, according to a statement.

The program from 9 a.m.-noon on March 13 is for students in grade 4 through 8. This event is open to the public and requires no prior coding experience. Using Zoom, students will work in pairs with mentors (students from CCSU’s Computer Science Club) to create prototype smartphone apps, using the online app block programming language, APP LAB from Code.org.

RHoK Jr. is a great opportunity for high school and college students studying computer science to mentor and inspire young students while giving non-profit groups a technological boost, according to the statement.

Random Hacks of Kindness Jr. Inc, was developed by Patrice Gans as an opportunity to empower and inspire youth to use technology for social good. 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 close to 1500 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 may register by going to RHoKJr’s website at https//rhokjr.org. For additional information contact Patrice Gans at [email protected]

Scholarship applications now available

HARWINTON — The Harwinton Historical Society will give a $1,000 scholarship to a Harwinton resident or an individual active in the society. Applicants must show an interest in history and/or the social sciences through coursework and/or experiences. Graduating high school seniors and students currently pursuing post-secondary education are encouraged to apply.

Applications are available from the guidance departments of Lewis Mills, Wamogo, Oliver Wolcott Technical High School; or requested on line at [email protected] Applications must be postmarked by April 15, 2021.

Northwest Kids Rock Contest starts Friday

TORRINGTON – The City of Torrington Parks & Recreation Department is holding its annual Northwest Kids Rock Contest. This event is open to youth ages 7-14 from Torrington and other surrounding towns. Past Northwest Kids Rock winners are not eligible to participate. Audition videos were due March 5.

Auditions will be reviewed March 6. Contestants will be notified March 8 following the auditions if they have been chosen to move on to the finals. Finals will be held at 7 p.m. March 19 at Coe Memorial Park, hosted by Casey McKenna, with music provided by Vin Avallone Productions. Prizes will be awarded to the top finalists.

“We will be monitoring state and local guidelines leading up to the Finals. We will notify contestants that are advancing to the finals if we to shift to a “Virtual Finals’,” according to a statement.

For more information call 860-489-2274.

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