Community News for the Putnam-Killingly Edition – Hartford Courant

POMFRET – On Sunday, September 18, Quiet Corner NEMBA (New England Mountain Bike Association) will host their second annual Walktober Fun Ride on Pomfret Forest’s new multi-use trail network. QC NEMBA welcomes mountain bikers of all levels, including beginners and families, to enjoy two signposted, self-guided loops that wind through woods and hills.

The trip starts at 9 a.m. The cost is $10 for NEMBA members and $15 for non-members. Visit https://member.nemba.org/event-4937024 to register. Park at 118 Wolf Den Rd, Pomfret Center. The Hungry Lion food truck will be available to buy lunch or visit some of Pomfret’s restaurants and a distillery. Visit www.visitpomfret.com for more information.

Beginner mountain bikers will appreciate the twisty trails with limited elevation and characteristic “turns of the trail”. Advanced mountain bikers will love the fun, hand-crafted challenges like skinnies, bridges, berms, rock ridges and rollers. A guided walk for beginners will be available at 10 a.m. Plus, the Airline Trail is easily accessible for cyclists or walkers to enjoy miles of flat gravel trail.

This event is part of The Last Green Valley’s “Walktober” series (TLGV.org) and the annual fundraiser for this small but active chapter of NEMBA. QC NEMBA has volunteered over 1,200 hours plus the financial support of a $10,000 trail grant since April 2021 to build over 13 miles of trail for all members of the community and region to enjoy.

The Pomfret forest is open to hikers, trail runners, dog walkers (on a leash), mountain bikers and horse riders on marked trails. The 150-acre parcel of land on Wolf Den Road near Gwyn Careg Inn was acquired by the town of Pomfret in 2019. The town partnered with QC NEMBA, whose volunteers built trails in a wooded setting on both sides of the Air Line Trail State Park. Trail users can navigate using the TrailForks.com phone app (search for Pomfret Forest) or just take a stroll and explore the scenic property.

FRANKLIN – Modern Social Square Dancing with Rich Sbadella will take place at the Blue Slope Country Museum, 138 Blue Hill Road, from 7-9:30 p.m. on September 17, October 1, 15 and 29.

Dance in the open barn with lots of air circulation. The cost to attend is $8 per person, $6 per student or $30 per family, per night. Great exercise and learn new dance moves.

Round, square and line dances are included. No partner or experience is necessary. Dress comfortably, wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water. For more information, call Anne at 860-377-8312. Donations to the museum are accepted. Please leave your pets at home.

DANIELSON – Pet Pals Northeast, a local animal welfare organization, will collect cat and dog food, dry or canned, favorite Purina brands, to help homeless and needy pets on Saturday, September 17 at the library Killingly, 25 Westcott Road.

The drive will take place from 10 a.m. to noon. Cash donations are always welcome. For more information, contact PET PALS at 860-317-1720.