BURLINGTON — The 9th annual Shine On 5K Race will be held Sunday, May 19, 11 a.m. at the Lewis Mills High School track.
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The certified 5K race/walk will begin and end at Lewis Mills High School in Burlington. The one mile fun run (13 and under) will begin at 10:40. The ¼ mile Dolphin Dash begins on the Lewis Mills track at approximately 11:45.
Thanks to the money raised at the race, the Karen DuCotey Fund For Kids (operated by The Main Street Community Foundation) donated more than $2,500 to children and families in need in the Region 10 area last year. This year, more than $3,500 is available for grants. In the past few years the Fund for Kids has provided warm winter coats, school supplies, camp opportunities, clothing, basic needs, driver’s education courses and license expenses, yearbooks, after school opportunities, prescription assistance, field trip payment, prom tickets, tuxedo rentals and groceries for children and families in Burlington and Harwinton. Funds from the race were also used for The Karen DuCotey Memorial Award which is given annually to a college bound Lewis Mills senior interested in becoming an elementary educator.
For online race registration visit www.myburlingtonrec.com Online registration May 15. Registration forms can also be submitted to the Burlington Park and Rec by mail or in person at the Park and Rec office. To download a registration form for mailing in please visit www.shineon5k.com. Race Day registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Those who register by April 29 receive a free T-shirt.
Torrington offers summer programs
TORRINGTON —The Parks and Recreation Department is offering the Summer Action and Adventure Program, open to children 4 years old to children entering 8th grade in the fall.
The Action Program is for children in grades K-3, and will be based at Pleasant View Park on Durand Street.
The Adventure Program is for children entering grades 4-8 in the fall and will be based at Major Besse Park on Riverside Avenue.
Programs run for 8 weeks, June 24-Aug. 16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and come with the option of before care and/or after care for an additional fee. There are several affordable packages available to meet the varying needs of our participants and families. Parents can sign up for two-week sessions of camp or select a package that covers the whole summer and saves you money. Each two-week session includes all activities, visits to the municipal pool, and field trips to various destinations. Daily onsite activities will include arts and crafts, sports, group games, onsite visits from local organizations, visits to the municipal pool, and so much more.
The Summer Action and Adventure Registration Forms, list of fees, and calendar of activities is available on the Parks and Recreation Website at https://torringtonct.myrec.com.
For more information call 860-489-2274.
Hunt Homegrown Plant Sale coming in May
FALLS VILLAGE — The David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village will host its annual Hunt Homegrown Plant Sale on the weekend of May 18 and 19, 9a.m. .-2 p.m. both days. Falls Village’s own growers, gardeners, and CSAs will provide a wide variety of vegetable plants including all sorts of tomatoes plus annuals, perennials, and house plants.
A Plant Sale Café will be held Saturday morning featuring fresh coffee and snacks. Also, on hand will be a selection of gardening books as well as planting pottery by Joey Jablonski of Funkware Pottery.
During the plant sale weekend, patrons can take a chance at winning two weekend tickets to the Memorial Day Weekend Races at Lime Rock Park. Valued at $250, the winning ticket will be drawn at noon on Sunday May 19 and the winner immediately notified.
All proceeds will benefit the library. David M. Hunt Library is located at 63 Main Street in Falls Villag. For more information, call the library at 860-824-7424 or visit huntlibrary,org David M. Hunt Library is located at 63 Main Street, Falls Village, CT 06031.
Use Lynda.com at the Torrington Library
TORRINGTON — The Torrington Library has added a free online service, Lynda.com , a LinkedIn Company and online educational site that includes more than 5,700 courses (and more than 180,000 videos) in web design, web development, IT, education/instruction, media production, and business. Experts create and deliver all courses as well as provide supplemental materials like exercise files and relevant work samples. Lynda.com is free to all Torrington Library card holders. All that’s needed is a library barcode and PIN, which is the last four digits of the library card. One logged in to Lynda.com, users must create accounts in order to track course progress, create playlists of potential coursework, and keep course notes.
Lynda.com is sponsored in part by Torrington Savings Bank. To access Lynda.com, visit the library’s website at www.torringtonlibrary.org. For questions, call the library at 860-489-6684.
Therapy dog class enrollment open
TORRINGTON — The Parks and Recreation Department is offering therapy dog classes, taught by Heart of Golf Canine, LLC.
Therapy Dog Course will run on Saturdays, June 1-July 13, with no class on June 8, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at Coe Memorial Park. From working with children who need help learning to read, to visiting Senior Citizens living in assisted living communities, sharing the love and affection of your dog improves the lives of others in so many more ways than we can begin to comprehend. Basic Obedience II class is a prerequisite for this course or other training methods and level has been evaluated and considered comparable. This class is $300 per session and is open to dogs 1 year or old.
To register for one of these programs, stop by the Parks and Recreation Department or log on to our Website at https://torringtonct.myrec.com. For more information, call 860-489-2274.