Torrington business to host Run/Walk For Your Life in July – Torrington Register Citizen


TORRINGTON — Act Natural Health & Wellness will host the second annual Run/Walk For Your Life – Food is Mood Potluck, on July 11. The event is held to commemorate World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day (W-BAD). A grassroots victim-organized campaign that seeks to raise global awareness about the harms and dangers of prescribed benzodiazepines, W-BAD seeks to raise global awareness about iatrogenic benzodiazepine dependence and the dangers of its adverse effects and associated withdrawal syndrome, which can last years.

Gov. Ned Lamont has signed a Proclamation designating July 11 as World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day in Connecticut, and state Rep. Michelle Cook, D-Torrington, will deliver the Proclamation to Act Natural Health & Wellness on July 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Participants can walk or run a two mile course through downtown Torrington, beginning and ending at Act Natural Health & Wellness, 24 Water Street. A pot luck will be served in the store after the event for all participants who have brought a dish to share. The pot luck is a way to raise awareness of the food/mood connection. Information about the dangers of benzodiazepines will be distributed at the event.

Kava Chocolate (makers of Kava, Kratom, Asian Ginseng and CBD Chocolate), Teeccino, the alternative coffee beverage, a delicious drink without the stimulation of caffeine. Green Roads World CBD Hemp Products. Endoca Unlocking the secret of nature, 100 percent Organic Hemp Oil, Eidon Ionic Minerals liquid minerals for better health. Sponsors will provide product samples for the pot luck as participants return from their walk/run.

Staples of Torrington is sponsoring the event, and all registration fees have been waived. To register, volunteer, donate or bring a pot luck dish, go to Contact Pam at for more information.

Pinto is the U.S. Connecticut Representative for She is helping to raise awareness of the horrors and potential dangers of these drugs as she continues to help her mother withdrawal from benzos. Pinto is also continuing her education through Mad in America, as she has become part of the “first generation” of those seeking to establish a withdrawal protocol. Mad in America offers a Withdrawal Educator CEU Course.

Painting club to meet June 14

NEW HARTFORD — Shades of Northwest Hills will meet June 14 at the South End Firehouse on Antolini Road in New Hartford.Painting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The program for the evening will be painting Freedom Cards, which are hand painted wooden cards that contain a message of support to military personnel and their families.

Members will paint a card of encouragement, sign the back and it will be presented to a veteran or current member of the military who needs a lift. When the recipient is feeling better, he or she can put their name on the back and pass it on to someone else to give them an emotional boost. The card is painted on a wooden surface so it is durable and can be passed on and on, making many lives brighter.

Painters need to bring the usual painting supplies. The club will provide the cards, patterns, and the paints.

Interested painters can contact Lisa at 860-413-9878 for more information.The project and additional information can be found at

Paul Cryan Photo Fundraiser returns

NEW HARTFORD — Photographer Paul Cryan will bring his photo fundraiser to the Beekley Memorial Library, June 17, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

All proceeds from this photo session will be donated by Cryan Photography to the Beekley Community Library. Each child will be given one five-minute appointment. Paul will take about 30 shots of each child, and his staff will select the three best shots and make up a 5 x 7 photo of each one.

Families may buy the package of three photos for $68, package of two photos for $60, or individual photos for $30 each. A digital package of three images in high definition is available on disc for $100, or purchase the disc and three photos for $135. Extra copies in different sizes are also available: 11×14, $56; 8×10, $42; 5×7, $30; 8 wallets, $32; 16 wallets, $49.

Photos will be black and white. The minimum age is 6 months, maximum, 21 years old, and no group shots, only individual portraits

The library has a sign-up sheet. Appointments are required; call 860-379-7235.

St. John’s offers summer theater program

WASHINGTON — St. John’s Church, Washington, will offer a Summer Arts Program for Youth in July. The program, “The Rainy Days and Nights of Mr. and Mrs. Noah,” is a three week musical theater workshop designed for children ages 6 through 11 that will culminate in two performances on July 26-27 at times to be determined.

Directed and produced by outstanding professionals with notable accomplishments, the workshop provides opportunities for artistic growth, self-expression, education, and teamwork by introducing participants to all aspects of a musical theater production such as singing, dancing, acting and fun. No experience is required.

The musical, an original created for this program, was written by St. John’s parishioner, award-winning playwright, novelist, and director, Tom Dulack, whose plays include “Incommunicado” which was awarded The Kennedy Center’s Prize for New American Plays; “Friends Like These,” which won the Kaufman & Hart Prize for New American Comedy, and the long-running Off Broadway hit “Breaking Legs.” A professor of English at UConn, he has also written and directed over 40 Young People’s Concerts at the New York Philharmonic between 2005 and 2016.

Heather Lipson Bell, whom Dulack has been collaborating with since 2008, will be co-directing the musical program. Bell is a Los Angeles-based dancer and choreographer who works nationally and internationally on both stage and screen and specializes in outreach and special needs programs. Since 2008, Bell and Dulack have worked together on nine Young People’s Concerts at the New York Philharmonic, two children’s shows telecast in the Midwest by PBS, two one-act operas staged at Symphony Space in NYC, and Dulack’s adaptation for kids of a Baroque opera which was staged in Munich, Germany, by the Bavarian Radio Orchestra. Lipson Bell has been an assistant director of the Los Angeles Opera Company’s annual production of Benjamin Britten’s opera “Noye’s Fludde,” and that experience has been invaluable, Dulack says, in helping create this new work based very loosely on the Biblical story.

The “The Rainy Days and Nights of Mr. and Mrs. Noah” workshop is $50 per child and will run 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, July 8-26.

Program spots are limited. To register, visit or call 860-868-2527.