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Community News For The Enfield Edition

St. Bernard School Holds Assembly About Respect

ENFIELD - During the Lenten Season, St. Bernard School had a special visit from Jedlie. Jedlie's motivational assembly focused on the theme "We Choose Respect." The program is all about motivating students to wake up every morning and make the choice to respect everyone (including themselves) every day and everywhere. The program was an exciting mix of interactive illusions, comedy, storytelling, original music and movement to grab students' attention and inspire them to join together to say "we choose respect."

Pictured is Aaliyah Mangus posing with host Jedlie while discussing what she is most thankful for in her life.

Little Angels Catholic Preschool Celebrates Pajama Day

ENFIELD - Little Angels Catholic Preschool celebrated Pajama Day on Friday, Feb. 26. Students and faculty dressed up in their pajamas, and librarian Joan Duggan from the Enfield Central Library visited and read stories to the students.

Pictured is Joan Duggan reading to the children

Be Your Own Fairy Godmother: The Power of Personal Transformation

ENFIELD - The Enfield Junior Women's Club is sponsoring a community workshop titled "Be Your Own Fairy Godmother: The Power of Personal Transformation." This program will be held on Thursday, March 17, at 7 p.m. at the Enfield Public Library and will be conducted by Tracy Knofla of High Impact Training.

This uplifting program will help you stop your reliance on others to solve your problems and provide the tools to begin the process of personal change. The interactive session will help you understand the need to take care of yourself, provide you with ideas on how to nurture your spirit and help you to develop a plan to make your own dreams come true.

Come join us for a night of inspiration and humor. Refreshments will be served.

All programs at the Enfield Public Library are free and all are welcome. To register for this program, visit the circulation desk, or call 860-763-7512. For more information on library events, visit www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org.

'And Then There Was One' Murder Mystery Dinner And Auction

ENFIELD – The 13th Annual Asnuntuck Community College Foundation Murder Mystery Dinner and Auction will feature "And Then There Was One," a takeoff of Agatha Christie's famous stage mystery. The event will take place on Friday, March 18, at 6 p.m., at the Holiday Inn in Enfield. Proceeds benefit scholarships and student aid for students attending Asnuntuck Community College.

The comedy is about 10 people who are brought together by a mysterious invitation to the "mansion." Not one of them knows the host, who is nowhere to be found. Still he has left an ominous recording that bodes evil for the guests. Like chocolate soldiers that inexplicably disappear from the mantel one by one and guests who begin to die one by one.

Sponsorships are available, which include a variety of marketing opportunities. For more information, call event organizer Chris Casey of Chris Casey Concepts at 860-698-6267 or email cwsmcasey@gmail.com. To sponsor and/or attend the event, go to www.asnuntuck.edu/donate.

Programs At The Enfield Public Library

ENFIELD – The Enfield Public Library, 104 Middle Road, is offering the following programs for kids. Call 860-763-7518 or 860-763-7512 for more details or visit the library's website: www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org.

Join us for spring stories, finger plays, songs and a craft on Saturday, March 19, at 10 a.m. This drop-in program is for children ages 3-7. Don't forget to bring your favorite adult.

Horizon Wings and their raptors will be at the library on Tuesday, March 22, at 6:30 p.m. Experience the thrill of being up close to a magnificent eagle, hawk, falcon or owl. Free tickets for kids ages 5 and up are available.

The Woman's Club Of Enfield High School Scholarships

ENFIELD - GFWC/The Woman's Club of Enfield is offering scholarships to graduating senior girls from both Enfield High School and Fermi High School. To qualify for these scholarships, a girl must have attended one of the high schools for her entire senior year, be in the upper 20 percent of her class and been accepted at a four-year college or university.

Also being offered is the Marion Ferguson Memorial Scholarship; the qualifications are the same as above except that she must have been accepted at either a two-year or four-year college.

The Phyllis Berger Memorial Scholarship is offered to business students only. The qualifications are the same as above except that she must have been accepted at either a two-year or four-year business school.

Scholarship applications may be obtained from the guidance office at either high school and must be returned to that office by April 5. If further information is needed, contact Nancy Smyth at 860-745-2913.

Woman's Club Of Enfield Scholarship Information

ENFIELD - The Woman's Club of Enfield announces that application forms for the Carolyn B. Jackson Music Scholarship are available at Enrico Fermi High and Enfield High schools.The scholarships are awarded to seniors who will further their education in the field of music. Previous recipients must reapply each year. Applications must be returned by March 22.

For more information call Florence 860-745-5869.

Seeking Crafters & Artisans For Annual Spring Bazaar

ENFIELD - The Women's Guild of Holy Family Church will sponsor a rent-a-table bazaar on Saturday, April 16. This indoor event can accommodate 50 crafters. Cost is $25 for an 8-foot table/space. The bazaar will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will be able to set up Friday, April 15, from 4 to 8 p.m. or on Saturday morning, April 16. Respond early to ensure participation.

For information and application, call Carole at 860-741-0485.

Enfield Integrated Preschool Program

ENFIELD - The Enfield Public Schools Integrated Preschool Program has openings for peer partners for the coming 2016-17 school year. If your child will be 3 years of age by April 8 and you are interested in the Enfield Integrated Preschool Program, contact Julie Carroll, director of special education, at 860-253-6519.

Applications are available at any Enfield Public School or at www.enfieldschools.org.

Allied's Attic Thrift Store March Sales And Saturday donations

ENFIELD - Allied's Attic Thrift Store shoppers will find Easter decorations, gifts, baskets, eggs and plenty of rabbit figurines on sale through March 26. The store, operated by Allied Rehabilitation Centers, is located at 294 George Washington Road in Enfield.

The Attic will also accept Saturday donations in March between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Small bags can be brought into the store; large donations will be accepted at the side of the building. Please ring the doorbell for service. Tax forms are available.

Weekday donations are accepted between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. If you have a large amount of clothing or household items and are located within 10 miles of the store, call 860-265-3829 to arrange a pickup.

For more information about Allied's Attic, including hours of operation and a list of acceptable donation items, visit www.alliedsattic.com or call 860-265-3829.

Enfield Senior Center News

ENFIELD - Enfield Senior Center, 299 Elm St., is offering the following programs and trips. Call 860-763-7425 for more information and to register.

Two important evidence-based programs are beginning at the Enfield Senior Center this month. On Mondays beginning March 28, from 1:30 to 4 p.m., we are offering the Live Well Diabetes Self-Management Workshop. Learn about what to eat, foot care, low and high blood sugar, tips for dealing with stress and many more topics. Another six-week workshop will be held on Thursdays starting March 31 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop is for people with health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, depression, arthritis, pain and anxiety or those caring for someone with those conditions. Both workshops are sponsored by the state Department on Aging and the state Department of Public Health. There is no charge for these six-week sessions but registration is required.

Pick up a survey form, complete it, and return it to the front desk. Our annual participant satisfaction survey helps us to see where we can make improvements. If you want to take the survey online, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FMKZJN9.

The Enfield Senior Center is celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a corned beef and cabbage dinner and entertainment by Irish balladeers The Kerry Boys, Friday, March 18, at 5 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $15 per person. Wear your green.

One-on-one technology help is available on Tuesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. through March 22. Bring any questions, your computer, iPad or phone for training or problem solving. We also have help available on Wednesday from 3 to 4 p.m. or Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. Ask the experts any questions you have.

Seminars

Diabetes Nutrition Q & A Forum – Wednesday, March 23, at 1 p.m.

Deciphering Your Medical Lab Test Results – Thursday, March 24, at 1 p.m.

Empowering Women for a Successful Retirement – Thursday, March 24, at 6 p.m.

Day Trips

"Shadows of the 60s at Foxwoods Resort, May 18. Cost $80 per person. Trip sign-up date is March 18.

Captain JP II Cruise on the Hudson River and New York State Museum, June 8. Cost is $99 per person. Trip sign-up date is April 15 at 10 a.m.

Berkshire's Hidden Gems, July 8. Cost is $99 per person. Trip sign-up date is May 6 at 10 a.m.

Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruise, July 21, 2016. Cost is $103 per person. Trip sign-up date is May 20 at 10 a.m.

Combat Feathers To Host Painting Fundraiser

ENFIELD - Combat Feathers is a nonprofit organization that offers financial assistance to service members and veterans. We are holding a painting fundraiser on Friday, March 18, at Mt. Carmel located at 93 Park Ave., Enfield, at 7 p.m. Learn how to paint a dragonfly on a wine glass. No previous experience necessary and all painting supplies, instructions, and two wine glasses will be supplied for each participant. Space is limited to 25.

For reservations, contact Linda Perry at 860-593-5331. BYOB and light snacks will be provided.

50th Annual Arts Festival

ENFIELD - This year's 50th Annual Arts Festival will be held Friday, April 1, 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, April 2, 12 to 3 p.m., at Enfield High School, 1264 Enfield St. Students from kindergarten through 12th grade in the Enfield public schools will be displaying artwork that they have completed throughout this school year. High school seniors who have applied for scholarships will be displaying their portfolio work for judging.

Not only is there a display of artwork, but there is a Conservation Contest held for second-graders in which they draw posters to indicate that they understand what this year's conservation theme is. This year's theme is "Dwindling Earthly Resources".

The Enfield Public Schools music department will provide entertainment with choral and instrumental groups throughout the festival. The music scholarship applicants will also be performing Saturday afternoon.

For more information, call Kathy at 860-745-9623.

Johnson Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Seeking Logo Design

ENFIELD - Johnson Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is looking for a winning design for its "Seeds of Kindness" project that will raise funds for the Johnson Memorial Cancer Center and its patient assistance fund.

Seeds of Kindness is an initiative lead by a breast cancer survivor to grow acres of cheerful sunflowers that will be harvested in the fall, and then processed and sold at partnering retailers as wild bird food.

College students enrolled in an art/design major are eligible to design the Seeds of Kindness logo and two-sided packaging. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age and submit a participation agreement, which can be found on the auxiliary's website.

One winning design will be selected by members of the Auxiliary, Seeds of Kindness committee and committee on philanthropy. The winner of the contest will be notified in writing and awarded $500. In addition, the artist will be featured on the Seeds of Kindness website, through social media, traditional media outlets and other opportunities.

The University of Hartford and Central Connecticut State University have already expressed interest in participating in the initiative and other colleges, universities and art/design schools are encouraged to submit designs. To learn more about design requirements and the project deadline, please visit www.auxiliaryjmh.com.

Meet The Author, Ethan Rutherford

ENFIELD - Meet author Ethan Rutherford on Tuesday, March 29, at 7 p.m. at the Enfield Public Library. Rutherford was born in Seattle and now lives in the Midwest. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, One Story, American Short Fiction, New York Tyrant, Esopus, Five Chapters and The Best American Short Stories. His work has received special mention in the 2009, 2010 and 2013 editions of the Pushcart Prize and received other awards as well.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library. Refreshments will be served and books will be on hand for sale and signing.

All programs at the Enfield Public Library are free and all are welcome. To register, visit the circulation desk, or call 860-763-7512.

An Evening With Abigail Adams

ENFIELD - On Wednesday, March 30, at the Enfield Public Library, Carol Bielefeld will present a lively portrait of Abigail Adams, one of the most fascinating and remarkable women in our nation's history.

The time is 1801. John Adams has just lost the election for a second term in office. He and Abigail have returned home to their farm in Quincy, Mass. Friends and neighbors have come to hear a little about her early life and her experiences as the wife of the second president of the United States. President John Adams was away much of their married life as Abigail managed the farm, raised their four children, supervised their education, ran a business, bought land, and invested the family's money. In the midst of this, she wrote more than 1,600 letters that describe her life and times in a newsy often tender and emotional way. Her famous "Remember the Ladies" directive to her husband highlights her early push for equal rights under the law.

Summer High School Journalism Workshops

AREAWIDE - The Connecticut Health I-Team (www.c-hit.org) is offering unique, one-week workshops in journalism this summer for high school students interested in refining their multimedia, research and writing skills, while learning about the evolving field of journalism from award-winning writers and editors.

The workshops, now in their sixth year, will be held at Yale University (New Haven) and the University of Connecticut (Storrs). The programs provide select students with the opportunity to spend a week on a university campus, learning the tools of investigative journalism by participating in seminars led by professional journalists; working on stories for publication; and spending a day visiting local newsrooms.

Students ages 16 and older are eligible to apply for the programs, which are led by a team of instructors including: Kate Farrish, formerly an award-winning reporter for the Hartford Courant and now a UConn journalism instructor; C-HIT senior writer and co-founder Lisa Chedekel, formerly an investigative reporter for The Courant, where she won several national awards; and C-HIT Editor Lynne DeLucia, a Pulitzer Prize-winning former Courant editor.

C-HIT's workshop graduates have gone on to study at major universities, have been awarded scholarships through the Dow Jones News Fund, and have secured internships at major newspapers, including the Courant and the Boston Globe.

Camp dates are Yale University, June 26-July 1 or UConn, July 18-22. For information, go to http://c-hit.org/ or contact Lynne DeLucia at delucia@c-hit.org.

Tobacco Valley Teachers Federal Credit Union Scholarship

ENFIELD - The Tobacco Valley Teachers Federal Credit Union (TVTFCU) is offering their annual $500 scholarship award to a credit union member who exemplifies scholastic achievement and community service. Applicants must be Tobacco Valley Teachers Federal Credit Union members in good standing who are graduating seniors and will be attending an institution of higher learning in the fall.

Visit www.tvtfcu.org or call 860-253-4780 for information on how to become a member and to obtain a scholarship application. Enfield and Enrico Fermi high school students are automatically eligible for membership. An application must be filled out and returned to the credit union for consideration by May 2.

The credit union is located at 182 South Road in Enfield.

Local Students Earns Degree From University Of New Haven

ENFIELD - Arianna Moore of Enfield , CT, was graduated from the University of New Haven with a bachelor of science in criminal justice from Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences.

The Enfield Garden Club

ENFIELD - The Enfield Garden Club welcomes Judith Dreyer Wednesday, March 23, 6:30 -7:30 p.m., at St. Joseph's residence, 1365 Enfield St. Dreyer will discuss how to decrease lawn and create edible landscapes, while conserving water, soil and improving biodiversity.

For more information, call 860-253-9983 or visit enfieldgardenclub.blogspot.com.

SFere To Perform

ENFIELD - SFere will be performing Sunday, March 20, at the Enfield Shop Rite, 40 Hazard Ave. The jazz quartet's mainstream, blues, funk and Latin-jazz grooves cover a variety of artists and composers from Ellington, Herbie Hancock and Antonio Carlos Jobim, to Weather Report, the Allmans, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. The performance is free, and will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Yard Waste Pickup

ENFIELD - The town of Enfield Public Works Department will begin yard waste pickup on Friday, April 1. Please remember that yard waste must be in the brown yard waste tipper barrels. Barrels should be placed curbside by 7 a.m. on Fridays. Bags will only be picked up in November during leaf season.

Tipper barrels may be purchased for $60 at the Public Works Department, 40 Moody Road, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. You may also purchase a yard waste tipper tag for $12.50 for gray barrels which may be used in addition to a brown barrel.

Visit the town's website at www.enfield-ct.gov for more information and restrictions or call the Public Works Information Line at 860-763-7527.

Enfield Lions Club Rent-A-Space Tag Sale

ENFIELD - The Enfield Lions Club is preparing for its annual Rent - A - Space Sale to be held on Saturday, April 30, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Enfield Street School parking lot rain or shine. Crafters along with tag sale vendors are welcome. Spaces are $25 and fill up quickly. For details or to reserve a space, call 860-745-1141.

Woman's Club of Enfield - Enfield Art Festival

ENFIELD - This year's 50th Annual Arts Festival will be held Friday, April 1, 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, April 2, 12 to 3 p.m., at Enfield High School, 1264 Enfield St. Students from kindergarten through 12th grade in the Enfield public schools will be displaying artwork that they have completed throughout this school year. High school seniors who have applied for scholarships will be displaying their portfolio work for judging.

Not only is there a display of artwork, but there is a Conservation Contest held for second graders in which they draw posters to indicate that they understand what this year's conservation theme is. This year's theme is "Dwindling Earthly Resources".

The Enfield Public Schools music department will provide entertainment with choral and instrumental groups throughout the festival. The music scholarship applicants will also be performing Saturday afternoon.

For more information, call Kathy at 860-745-9623.

Asnuntuck Community College Fall 2015 Dean's List

AREAWIDE – The following students have achieved dean's list status at Asnuntuck Community College for the fall 2015 semester. Full-time students, who are matriculated in a certificate or degree program and who have successfully completed 12 or more credits of work in a semester with a grade point average of 3.4 or above are named to the list. Part-time students who are matriculated in a certificate or degree program are also eligible for such recognition when they have completed 12 or more credits of work with a grade point average of 3.4.

ENFIELD – Autumn Allen, Eiby Angeles, Mark Arbogast, Kristina Armstrong, Lauren Attenello, Victoria Barth, Michael Bemont, Aaron Blais, Christopher Blizniak, Eric Bologna, Diane Borkosky, Haley Boyer, Ryan Bridges, Nicole Brown, Samantha Burns, Gabrielle Campanelli, Tyler Carlson, James Carmody, Diana Carrier, Marlene Cintron, Tyler Clokey, Beverly Colon, Silvia Curran, Sydney Daddario, Brittney Daggs, Melissa DiNallo, Anthony Donihee, Pearla Francisco, Alyssa Gabriel, Austin Glidden, Kathryn Hebb, Min Henderson, tephanie Hutchings, Shayna Jones, Izabela Karch, Monica Kedzior, Joshua Keegan, Brandon Keeler, Haley Kierstead, David Kittle, Alec Korpusinski, Robert Kruzel, John Lake, Alex Lavoie, Kellianne LeBlanc, Lisa Lemery, Abigail Litrenta, Vangter Lor, Patricia Marcotte, Christian Mathiason, Alexandra McCrewell, Alexis McDaniel, Sean McNeff, David Miarecki, Ryan Miller, Dominique Miner, Katherine Montalto, Linda Moua, Jason Mule, Ryan Murphy, Ethan Murray, Rachel Murray, Andrew Nolin, Chukwudi Ojei, Elyse Pearson, Samantha Pelletier, Hannah Quinn, Daisy Rainville, Jason Rawlinitis, Rachel Renaudette, DonjetaRexhepi, Lavdim Rexhepi, Rilind Rexhepi, Roberta Richmond, Zachary Ritchie, Kevin Roy, James Russell, Ryan Russin, Brianne Salmon, Benjamin Schadlich, Avery Sherman, Patrice Shirey, James Siatras, Megan Stearns, Jennifer Stone, Jenelle Taliceo, Nicholas Tammaro, Darren Therrien, Richard Toney, David Tuttle, Melissa Urbon, Rachel Vella, Robert Wargo, Luis White, Tammy Wilson, Jack Yang, Jie Zou.

SOMERS - Julia Alexander, Christopher Belmonte, Sean Bray, Melody Bych, Kate Campbell, Nicole D'Angelo, Paul Kennedy, Breanne Knightly, Susan Longo, Kaitlyn Prucker, Matthew Rafala, Daniel Salva, Sarah Schon, Samantha Terrell, ConnorTroy, Olivia Tyler.

EAST WINDSOR – Jessica Gerbutovich, Kathryn Morrell.

Little Sisters Of The Poor Sponsor Trip Ireland

ENFIELD - St Joseph's residence in Enfield is a home for the elderly poor of all denominations housing up to 93 residents run by the Little Sisters of the Poor. They accept elderly persons in need of a place to live in dignity.

In an effort to make the home more energy efficient, they are implementing changes and with the help of Eversource will be making changes to the lighting and are now looking to replace all 500 windows in the home. To this end, they are sponsoring a custom designed trip to Ireland Sept 30 to Oct 9. The cost of $2,863 per person sharing includes land, air (to/from Hartford to Dublin via Air Lingus), taxes, surcharges, travel insurance, daily breakfast including day of arrival, 6 dinners including farewell dinner and Irish Night and admission to listed attractions. The trip includes stops in the Boyne Valley, Connemara Region, Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Killarney, Waterford and of course Dublin.

Space is limited to 42 people. For details, reservations and availability contact Jim Dooley trip coordinator at 860-202-1664 or email him at jim@jamtravelplanners.com

Birth Announcements

Johnson Memorial Hospital

Breanna Michelle, daughter, to Ashley (Forley) and Joseph Swart of Enfield, Feb. 20.

Mariah Eve, daughter, to Samantha Rodriguez and Manuel Mendez of Enfield, Feb. 22.

Fresh Air Fund Seeks Host Families

AREAWIDE - In recognition of the Fresh Air Fund's 140th summer of bringing together New York City children and volunteer host families in Connecticut, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has proclaimed March 20 "Fresh Air Fund Day" throughout the state. This summer, the Fresh Air Fund will once again allow thousands of boys and girls to enjoy the simple joys of summertime fun in the country.

Families who participate in the Fresh Air Fund's Friendly Towns Program open their hearts and homes to New York City children in the summer. This year, we are looking for new host families in central and northeastern Connecticut to celebrate our 140th summer and give children a chance to run barefoot through the grass or gaze at the star-filled skies.

Volunteers simply want to share what they have with city children and introduce them to the joys of suburban or country life. First-time Fresh Air visitors are 7 to 12 years old.

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children since 1877. For more information about hosting this summer, call Nicole Johnston at 212-897-8953 or visit the Fresh Air Fund online at www.freshair.org.

Asnuntuck Alum Holds Heart Healthy Event At The College

ENFIELD - Asnuntuck Community College Alum Ryan Woods, founder of ignite. excite. empower. (I.E.E.); and the Cycle Initiative, is planning a Women's Vascular Health Seminar at the college on Saturday, March 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Keynote speakers include, cardiologist/lipidologist Dr. Brett Nowlan; Dr. Ashley Burkman, who will speak on naturopathy, from Connecticut Natural Health Specialists; and Dr. Elaine Ducharme, a clinical psychologist from Glastonbury. The experts will share information regarding tests that all women should have performed and they will cover current research on diet, basic supplements and lifestyle modification.

Registration is $99. Enter the coupon code "EDUCATE" to receive 25 percent off. Asnuntuck students can register for free (thanks to support from sponsors First National Bank, Bellucci Chiropractic, Artioli Dodge and United Insurance Group) by emailing Woods, at ryan.woods@igniteexciteempower.com.

Visit http://igniteexciteempower.com/events2/upcomingevents/ to register.

East Windsor Parks & Recreation News

EAST WINDSOR – The East Windsor Parks and Recreation Department events and news. For more information on these and other events call 860-627-6662.

Summer job openings: The East Windsor Parks and Recreation Department is looking for applicants interested in working in the snack bar/gatehouse, as a camp counselor, as a lifeguard. Applicants must be 16 years of age and older. Interested candidates should download an application from the town website at www.eastwindsorct.com or pick one up at the first selectmen's office located in town hall, 11 Rye St. Broad Brook or at the parks and recreation office located in the East Windsor High School. Application will be accepted until positions are filled.

Spring yoga: Classes will be held at the East Windsor High School in room D-4 from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Monday classes will be held March 28 to May 23 with no class on April 11. Wednesday classes will be held March 30 to May 25. The cost of this program is: residents $30 once a week or $45 twice a week; Nonresidents $35 once a week or $50 twice a week. Registration is through the parks and recreation office or at class with Diane Ross.

Spring Zumba: Classes are being held at the Town Hall Annex from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday classes will be held from March 28 to May 16. Wednesday classes will be held from March 30 to May 18. Registration is through the parks and recreation office or at class with Kim Goulet. The cost of this program is: Residents $35 once a week or $60 twice a week; Nonresidents $40 once a week or $65 twice a week; daily walk-ins are $5.

Breakfast With The Easter Bunny

EAST WINDSOR - The East Windsor Parks and Recreation Department, along with the East Windsor Rotary Club are sponsoring Breakfast with the Easter Bunny to be held on Saturday, March 19, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the East Windsor High School. Breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, fruit, juice milk and coffee.

Cost of the breakfast is $3 per child and $6 per adult. Tickets will be sold at the door the day of the event. Pictures with the Easter Bunny will be taken for a small donation of $3 per photo. Children will make a frame to go with their photo. Proceeds from this year's event will go toward scholarships for the Summer Fun Camp and to The Rotary Club. East Windsor Rotary Club proceeds benefit general community projects; High School Senior Scholarships, Adopt A Family Program; Shop with a Cop Program; as well as holiday baskets.

For questions or additional information, contact the East Windsor Parks and Recreation at 860-627-6662.

East Windsor Senior News

EAST WINDSOR - The East Windsor Senior Center is located at 125 Main St., Broad Brook above the Broad Brook Fire Department. To sign up for the following programs, call 860-292-8262.

SHOPPING

Shopping at Big Y or Walmart, East Windsor, every Monday, 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Grocery shopping at Geisslers, East Windsor, every Wednesday, 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Mobile Foodshare at St. Catherine's Parking Lot, Friday, from 1:45 to 2:30 p.m.

FITNESS/ HEALTH (Drop-ins Welcomed!)

Fitness Class, every Monday (except March 21), with Lynne Miller, CYT at 10:30 a.m., Cost: $3/Class

Chair Yoga, every Tuesday (except March 22) with Yoga instructor Lynne Miller, CYT at 12:30 p.m. , cost is $3.

Walking Club (Enfield Mall) – Wednesday, March 23 and March 30, from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Wii Zumba with Melissa Maltese, Wednesday, March 23, 30, at 12:30 p.m. – free.

ART

Art with Tex, every Monday at 12:30 p.m. Free.

Jewelry Making with Janice – Thursday, March 17 and 31 at 10:30 a.m., Cost: $10 per class.

BOOK CLUB

Monday, March 28, at 10:30 a.m. – The Kitchen House" by Kathleen Grissom, free.

IN-HOUSE MOVIE

"The Martian," March 18, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free.

MONTHLY SOCIAL

The monthly social will be on Thursday, March 24, at 12 p.m. Entertainment will begin at 12:30 p.m. and will feature Maggie Carchrie. She will perform music and dance of the Scottish Highlands. Free.

EVENTS AND PROGRAMS at the East Windsor Senior Center

FREE Tax Assistance - Every Monday through April 11 (except Feb. 15), 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Call 860-292-8262 to schedule an appointment.

Irish Step Dancers, Thursday, March 17, 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Free.

Focus Group, Tuesday, March 22, 10 to 11 a.m. Free.

Food for Thought, Tuesday, March 22, 11 to 11:30 a.m. Free.

Trivia with Teresa, Tuesday, March 29, 10 to 11 a.m. Free.

Auction at the East Windsor Senior Center, Thursday, March 31, 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free.

Keep Jeff's Dream Alive Benefit Dinner

EAST WINDSOR - The Jeff Braun Foundation is holding its 11th Annual "Keep Jeff's Dream Alive" benefit dinner and auction on April 23 at the Golden Gavel Auctions in East Windsor. The auction will start at 7 p.m. preceded by a beer and wine tasting event with a variety of hors d'oeuvres. Tickets for the event are $10 per person.

The Jeff Braun Foundation honors a Stafford resident who died in the Iraq war. He was adopted from Honduras as a baby. When Jeff graduated from Stafford High School, he was looking into trying to help other orphans in Honduras by building an orphanage for them. After he died, a number of Stafford residents took up his cause; and over the years, Stafford has raised $178,000 for the orphanage in Honduras.

The Foundation is seeking items or services for the auction or cash donations. Send all donations to Jeff Braun Foundation, c/o Preschool of the Arts P.O. Box 775, Ellington, CT 06029. With any questions, email susanleavitt@sbcglobal.net.

Take The Chill Out Of Winter Fundraiser

EAST WINDSOR – The "Take the Chill out of Winter" Fundraiser to benefit The East Windsor Chamber of Commerce and the 5 Corner Cupboard (the local food bank) will be held at Broad Brook Brewery, Sofia's Plaza North Road in East Windsor, on March 30, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. There will be craft beers or flights, hor d'ouervres, live music with the enjoyable "Just Jeannie " Jeannie Pomeroy and a chance to win door prizes.

Tickets are $30 per person (includes 2 draft craft beers or flights). For tickets, contact Event Chair Lois Noble of JR Russo & Associates at 860-623-0569 or email lnoble@jrrusso.com .

Sponsorships for this events ad booklet are available, call or email Lois Noble for more information.

Ambulance Association Seeks Donations To Purchase Medical Equipment

EAST WINDSOR - East Windsor Ambulance Association seeks donations in Medical Equipment Fundraiser for a needed additional CPR compression device. The goal is $14,000. Send your tax deductible donation to East Windsor Ambulance Association PO Box 188 East Windsor CT 06088. For more information on the East Windsor Ambulance Association, or if you have any questions, contact Emergency Medical Services Chief Thomas Clynch at 860-654-0515.

Auction To Benefit East Windsor Lions Charities

EAST WINDSOR – An auction to benefit The East Windsor Lions Charities Inc. will be held March 19. Event is sponsored by the Lions in association with Golden Gavel Auctions. Please contact Event Chairman Peter Nevers at 860-604-8538 for more information, pre-auction diner tickets or to donate an item to this worthy cause.

Non Perishable Food Drive

EAST WINDSOR - Non Perishable Food Drive to benefit the 5 Corner Cupboard will be held March 26 at Geissler's Supermarket Plaza, 94 Bridge St. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This drive is being presented by the East Windsor Chamber of Commerce.

Easter Bunny To Visit Connecticut Trolley Museum

EAST WINDSOR – Opening Day at the Connecticut Trolley Museum, 58 North Rd (RT 140) East Windsor is Friday, March 25, hours 10 a.m. -3:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 26 is Easter Bunny Fun Day. The Bunny will be on the grounds from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with the last trolley ride leaving at 4:30. Each child with receive a goody bag with their paid admission which includes a small sand art that they can do in the Visitors Center. There will also be face painting and temporary tattoos and refreshments will be sold.

At 1 p.m. a young group of violinists from the Hartt School Community Division will be playing in the theater for everyone to enjoy.

All mentioned is included with your admission price along with as many trolley rides as you would like. You will be riding in authentic trolley cars operated by period dressed motormen. They will give you a little history of the car you are riding in and explain how the museum began.

On the same grounds is the Connecticut Fire Museum complete with antique fire trucks and apparatus. Entrance is also included with your admission.

There are picnic tables on the grounds so pack a lunch and relax awhile as you watch the trolleys arrive and depart from North Road Station.

The museum will also be open weekends in April along with Wednesday thru Friday (April 13-15 and 20-22) for school vacations.

More information can be found at www.ct-trolley.org or by calling 860-627-6540.

St. Patrick's Day At The Somers Public Library

SOMERS - Let's Get Green for St. Patrick's Day at the Somers Public Library, 2 Vision Boulevard, Thursday, March 17, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a story and craft. Kids can also decorate a cookie. For ages 4 and older. For more information or to register for programs, call 860-763-3501.

Crazy Whist Card Party

SOMERS - The Somers Women's Club will hold a Crazy Whist Card Party on Tuesday, March 29, in the Somers Town Hall Basement, 600 Main St. (rear of the building). The doors will open at noon and the games will begin at 12:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided along with a raffle and prizes.

Whether you're a novice or experienced card player, the continued partner change and imaginative variations to the rules will provide you with a stimulating and enjoyable afternoon.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door. Call 860-218-0865 for tickets or information. If you prefer, you may send a payment to Somers Women's Club, P.O. Box 38, Somers, CT 06071, and tickets will be held in your name.

This event is a fundraiser, and all profits will be directed to the Somers Women's Club Scholarship Fund or used for community assistance projects.

Somers Senior Center News

SOMERS - The Somers Senior Center is located at 19 Battle St. The following events and trips are being offered. Sign-up is required for all events. To register or for more information, call 860-763-4379, or visit www.somersct.gov.

Join us on Sunday, April 24, travel to the Thomaston Opera House to see "Sister Act" and for a pre-show lunch at the Black Rock Tavern. Cost if $80 per person due at sign-up includes deluxe motor coach, theater ticket, and lunch. Open to both Somers residents and non-residents.

Time is running out to sign up for the Autumn Repositioning Cruise. Oct. 28 – Nov. 1. This 15 day excursion includes stops in San Juan, Bonaire, Curacao, Aruba, Jamaica, and Mexico! PPDO staterooms: inside $1999, ocean view $2353, or balcony $2859!

Take advantage of a limited time offer to try your first class of Zumba Gold or Qigong free. Qigong (regularly $5) has a new time on Fridays at 11 a.m. Zumba Gold is held on Mondays at 2:30 p.m. for $4 residents/$5 non-residents. Chair Aerobics on Mondays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. free of charge (done with an instructional video). Bingo takes place on Thursdays from 12-3:30 p.m. The Knitting Group meets on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. Join us for a game of Pitch (Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 1 p.m.), Pinochle (Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m.), Wii Bowling or Dominoes (both held Wednesdays at 1 p.m.)

Pre-Easter Bake Sale

SOMERS - The Board of Missions of the Congregational Church of Somersville will host a pre-Easter bake sale from 9 a.m. to noon in the church social room on Saturday, March 26. There will be a variety of treats including bars, cookies, candy, cakes, pies, breads. A modest selection of flowers will also be offered.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit various local missions outreach programs. The church is located at 22 Maple St. For more information, call Yvonne (missions board member) at 860-749-774.

Connecticut College Dean's List

SOMERS - Caitlin Leale, class of 2018 at Connecticut College, has been named to the Dean's List for the 2015 fall semester, achieving Dean's Honors. Leale's major is undeclared.

Somers Public Library Used Book Collection

SOMERS - The Friends of the Somers Public Library will be collecting used books on Saturday, April 2. Books can be donated at the Somers Public Library, 2 Vision Blvd. from 9 a.m. to noon. Donations of good used books, CD's, DVDs, and audio books are accepted. The book sale is scheduled for the weekend of April 8-10. For additional information, call the Somers Library at 860-763-3501.

Governor Malloy Proclaims March 20 Fresh Air Fund Day

STATEWIDE - In recognition of The Fresh Air Fund's 140th summer of bringing together New York City children and volunteer host families in Connecticut, Gov. Dannel Malloy has proclaimed Sunday, March 20 "Fresh Air Fund Day."

Families who participate in The Fresh Air Fund's Friendly Towns Program open their hearts and homes to New York City children in the summer.

"Participants are given the opportunity to explore new environments, meet people from different cultures, and have enriching experiences," said Fatima Shama, Executive Director of The Fresh Air Fund. "On Fresh Air visits, children may visit a farm, milk a cow, engage in the arts, go swimming, learn about the wonders of the nighttime sky, and pick vegetables from a garden. Our participants discover and learn in an outdoor setting, building skills that can be utilized year-round, and unlock their limitless potential."

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children since 1877. For more information about hosting this summer, please call Nicole Johnston at 212-897-8953 or visit The Fresh Air Fund online at www.freshair.org.

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