Community News For The Colchester Edition

Colchester Woman In Need

COLCHESTER — A 64-year-old Colchester woman with a rare form of leukemia is in need of a stem cell transplant and presently has no match in the national or international banks.

A donor drive took place at The Colchester Federated Church in January, but anyone who could not attend may register at https://www.dkms.org/en and the organization will send a swab kit in the mail.

Students Donate To Charity

COLCHESTER — Jack Jackter Intermediate students in the JACKTER (Jackter Arts and Crafts Kids: Teaming, Encouraging, Recycling) Production Company are doing a great deed with the profits from their business.

The student entrepreneur group, directed by teachers Jennifer Totten and Helen Desrochers, are making and selling crafts to the community. At a recent school concert, JACKTER sold crafts and earned enough money to donate half of the proceeds to a charity of their choice, keeping the other half to invest back into supplies. The students chose the Connecticut Humane Society after seeing the need on their website.

Chocolate And Romance

COLCHESTER — Kim Larkin, from Klassic Kreations Gourmet, presents Mighty Aphrodite: Pairing Chocolate and Romance, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at Cragin Memorial Library, 8 Linwood Ave. Space is limited for this free event. Registration is required.

Larkin will talk about romantic dynamic duos throughout history, the history of chocolate, poetry and more. Samples of reputed aphrodisiac foods, including dark chocolate, will be offered.

For additional info, contact the library at 860-537-5752.

Pack 109 Tigers Earn Awards

COLCHESTER — Cub Scout 109 held its December pack meeting at the Westchester Congregational Church in Colchester. In addition to a carnival organized by the Bear Den, awards were given to hard-working scouts.

Pictured are Cubmaster Kevin Winicki and Den Leader Elizabeth Locke with three members of the Tiger Den who earned "Tigers in the Wild" and "Tiger Bites Adventure" awards: Harrison Winicki, Hunter Locke, and Rocco Cusano. Not pictured is William Paradis.

The annual Pinewood Derby Race and next pack meeting will take place at JJIS in Colchester on Jan. 20. For more info, visit pack109ct.org or call the Cubmaster 860-884-4830.

Jazz & Wine

SOUTH WINDSOR — Quintessential, a student-organized and directed jazz combo of five from the Hebron RHAM High School, for Friday Night at The Wood: Jazz & Wine, taking place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Wood Memorial Library, 783 Main St. The snowdate is Saturday, Jan. 28.

Quintessential gives their own flair to the jazz classics of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and other greats. The talented band members from local towns include Garrett Masotti on piano, Olivia Knightly on bass, Jacob Ouellette on drums, Aaron Ouellette on trumpet, and Paul Tamburro on trombone.

Cassidy Hill Vineyard, a local Coventry winery, will provide a sampling of their well-rated wines for tasting. Light refreshments will be served.This event is for adults only. Pre-registration is required. The fee for this event is $15 per person or $25 per couple, payable in advance to Wood. Payment can be made by cash, check, Visa or MC.

To register, call 860-289-1783 or visit the library on Mondays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Start Smart Parent Meeting

COLCHESTER — Colchester Parks and Recreation is now accepting registrations for preschool start smart multi-sport where children rotate through four stations and skills become more challenging each week. Register online colchesterct.gov/rec or call 860-537-7297.

Cragin Memorial Library

COLCHESTER — The Cragin Memorial Library, 8 Linwood Ave., has scheduled the following programs:

Flicks @ Six, a free series of films shown on Wednesday evenings: Jan. 25: The Birth of a Nation.

Programs for Children:

Game On Game Club: Wednesdays, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., for children in grades 3-5.

Call 860-537-7201 for details.

New Year, New You

COLCHESTER — A new year means a new start on resolutions about your health, diet, and exercise. On Thursday, Jan. 19, at 6:30 p.m., the Women of Wellness will share some suggestions to help you reach your New Year's intentions at the Cragin Memorial Library, 8 Linwood Ave. WOW is a local group of Certified Holistic Health coaches. Call 860-537-5752 for details.

2017 Calendars

COLCHESTER — The Colchester Historical Society 2017 calendars are filled with historic Images of Colchester's inns, hotels and resorts. The Colchester Historical Society 2017 Calendars may be purchased locally at Colchester Parks and Recreation office, Copies Plus, Cragin Memorial Library, Louie's Seafood Market, Mark's United Auto Parts, Nathan Liverant and Son Antiques and Tim's Bistro.

Calendars may be ordered and sent by mail. To have your calendar mailed, please send a check for $14.50 to: Colchester Historical Society, Box 13, Colchester, CT 06415 or place an order via email mail@colchesterhistory.org or by phone, 860-537-3588.

Westchester Congregational Church

COLCHESTER — Westchester Congregational Church, 449 Westchester Road, Route 149, has announced the upcoming schedule.

Adult Bible Studies, led by Pastor Ron, meet every Thursday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The Gospel of Matthew is the point of discussion for the advent season.

D-Day History Program

EAST HAMPTON — The East Hampton Public Library will host historian Kelvin W. Cole for a free, comprehensive two part program about D-Day, Invasion of Normandy.

This two part series began Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 6:30 p.m. Cole discussed the prelude to D-Day, describing the fall of Western Europe to the Nazis and the construction of their defenses and the Atlantic Wall in their bid to keep it.

Part two of this series will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18. Cole will discuss the "Perfect Storm" of events that descended upon the Nazi's "Fortress Europe," the Allied victory and the collapse of the Nazi's and German surrender 11 months later.

Contact the library for seating: 860-267-6621 or sign up online at http://www.easthamptonct.gov/pages/easthamptonct_library/index.

Gentle Yoga Classes

EAST HAMPTON — The Middlesex YMCA and the East Hampton Senior Center are offering a Gentle Yoga Class. This will be an eight week course every Monday at 1:45 p.m. Perfect for all levels and is a great way to relax from head to toe. The class includes sitting and standing yoga moves that are directed by a Certified YMCA Instructor. Classes are $5 per class or $40 for the 8 week session. Payment due at sign up or each session you attend. If you are a YMCA member or have Silver Sneakers with your insurance, the classes are free. For more information call 860-267-4426.

Meals On Wheels Volunteers

EAST HAMPTON — East Hampton Senior Center and Community Renewal Team are in need of volunteers to deliver meals. At 11:30 a.m. the meals are delivered to the senior center at 105 Main St. and are then disbursed to the volunteers who will then deliver them to Homebound Seniors within town. If you are interested in volunteering, call JoAnn at 860-267-4426.

East Hampton Senior Center

EAST HAMPTON — East Hampton Senior Center, 105 Main St., now has current events, trips and lunch menus at easthamptonct.gov.

The Middlesex YMCA and the senior center are offering a Gentle Yoga Class started on Monday, Jan. 2, at 1:45 p.m. The 8-week course includes yoga moves that are directed by a Certified YMCA Instructor. Classes are $5 per class. For more information call the center.

Senior Center is selling a special cookbook just in time for gift buying with proceeds going to the senior center. Purchase the cookbook at the Senior Center for $10 during business hours.

Call 860-267-4426 for details.

Dean's List

KEENE, N.H. — Colchester student Matthew Rakowski was one of 1,400 students named to the Keene State College's fall 2016 dean's list.

Energy Assistance Applications

HARTFORD — Operation Fuel's statewide winter energy assistance program has begun taking applications. Families and individuals who are struggling financially and need energy assistance should call 211 to find their closest fuel bank. For more information on Operation Fuel or to make a donation, go to operationfuel.org. Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Ave., Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT 06106.

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