Enfield Library Events
ENFIELD — The following events will take place at the Enfield Public Library, 104 Middle Road.
Waddling Ones, an early literacy program designed for children ages 12 to 24 months will take place at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 31. The drop-in program features simple stories, songs, fingerplays, open play and art. Caregivers must attend.
A drop-in program for children ages three to seven will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 1. The program will feature stories, fingerplays, songs and a craft. Caregivers must also be present.
Friday Films at the Enfield Public Library will take place from March 31 to May 19, at 2 p.m. on the following Fridays: March 31, April 7, April 21, May 12 and May 19.
Films are free and all are welcome to attend. Registration is not required. For more information, call 860-763-7512 or visit www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org.
Book Donation Request
ENFIELD — Friends of the Enfield Library are seeking donations of adult and children's books, CDs and DVDs for the annual book sale that supports the Enfield Library. The donation shed is on the loading dock of the Enfield Library, 104 Middle Rd.
Any type of books and media in good, clean condition will be accepted: adult, children's, hardcover, paperbacks, fiction and non-fiction. Unacceptable items are textbooks, magazines, encyclopedias, VHS or cassette tapes.
The used book sale will take place June 2 to 4. Anyone with questions may call Betsy Ellery at 860-698-9445.
Walk For Nutmeg Senior Rides
ENFIELD — The Walk for Nutmeg Senior Rides will take place at Enfield Square Mall, 90 Elm St., at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25. Registration opens at 10:30 a.m. and is available online at www.NutmegSeniorRides.org.
Prizes for the teams that raise the most money are a Dell laptop, dinner and a movie and a free carwash and oil change.
STAFFORD SPRINGS — Kara Elizabeth was born to Laura Milvae and Brandon Iavecchia of Enfield on Feb. 7 at Johnson Memorial Hospital.
Scantic Spring Splash
ENFIELD — The Scantic River Watershed Association's 26th annual Scantic Spring Splash Canoe and Kayak Race will take place on Saturday, March 25, at the Powder Mill Barn, 32 South Maple St.
Registration is held from 9 to 11 a.m. The registration fee is $25 per participant (any paddler). The race Committee is again supporting the Enfield Food Shelf by collecting donations of nonperishable food items.
The start for all racers is at Quality Avenue in Somers. Volunteers restrict parking so plan on a quick boat drop and then drive your car to the end-destination of your race.
Race course descriptions, registration forms, and further information is available by checking the website at http://www.scanticspringsplash.org/ or by calling Tim or Rosemary Nutt at 860/531-9727 or emailing email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
The South Maple Street Bridge will be closed to all traffic during the event. Spectators wishing to watch the race from the South Maple Street Bridge area are encouraged to park at the Fermi High School teacher's parking lot at the corner of Moody Road and North Maple Street and take a free shuttle bus provided by Smyth Bus Company. The shuttle bus will begin picking up spectators at Fermi at approximately 11:30 a.m. Both buses will provide transportation from the barn to the Fermi Lot after the race is over.
This year's sponsors of the race are Powder Hollow Brewery, Camerota Truck Parts, Carrollton Properties, Smyth Buss Company and Lil' Buddy's Mini Mart of Enfield.
NCCPBW Regional Scholarship
AREA — North Central Connecticut Professional Business Women is accepting applications for a $1,000 scholarship to be given to a female student returning to school in pursuit of a college education.
The scholarship must be applied to expenses related to attending a college or vocational technical school. The recipient must be at least 25 years of age and a resident of Hartford or Tolland Counties.
The applicant must have completed one term and be accepted into an accredited two or four-year undergraduate degree program at a college or university within the 2017-2018 school year.
The deadline for applications and associated documents must be received by April 30. The scholarship will be awarded by June 30. For additional information or applications, contact Marion Richard at 860-749-6969.
Murder Mystery Dinner
ENFIELD — The Asnuntuck Community College Foundation's 14th annual Murder Mystery Dinner will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, March 31, at the Holiday Inn, 1 Bright Meadow Blvd.
Guest reservations are $60 and include social hour, dinner and the show. Visit www.asnuntuck.edu/donate for more information. Proceeds support student scholarships, academic enhancements and grants.
Under the direction of Michael Helechu, Three Doors to Death is interactive; the audience decides which way the action will go during a rehearsal at a community theatre performance.
Among those starring in Three Doors to Death are Gary Carra, Chad Glabach and Kim Quinn, Asnuntuck Community College; Gary Cote, The Hangman; Lisa Eaton, Valley Repertory Company; Kate Garvey, Weatherby & Associates; Maureen Power, Westfield Bank; Steve Patch, COCC; Suzanne Romano, First National Bank of Suffield.
Pictured are cast members (left to right) Chad Glabach, Kate Garvey, Steve Patch, Gary Cote, Suzanne Romano, Maureen Power, Kim Quinn and Gary Carra with Director Mike Helechu. Not pictured is Lisa Eaton.
Early Release Day
ENFIELD — Join the Enfield Public Library, 104 Middle Road, as children conduct hands-on experiments to learn about solids, liquids and polymers with the Children's Museum of West Hartford, at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29. The event will take place in the Children's Room of the library.
Children ages 6-12 may attend. Registration will begin on Monday, March 20. Space is limited. Call the library at 860-763-7518 or 860-763-7512 for more details or visit www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org .
Lego At Library
ENFIELD — LEGO® and DUPLO® fans are invited to the Enfield Public Library at 3:45 p.m. Friday, March 24, for a drop-in program.
Call the library at 860-763-7518 or 860-763-7512 for more details or visit www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org.
Services of Healing
ENFIELD — All are welcome at a service of prayer, music and healing, taking place at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26, and Sunday, April 2, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 383 Hazard Ave.
In this peaceful, meditative atmosphere, people may quietly bring their joys, sorrows and longings to God, in a spirit of prayer that is both communal and individually centering. For more info, call 860-749-2722.
Enfield Author Talk
SOUTH WINDSOR — Enfield author Shawn P. Flynn will speak at Book Club Bookstore, 869 Sullivan Ave., Suite 6. The talk will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 25.
Flynn is the author of The Kitty, a book about the meaningful connection with a pet. Attendees are invited to bring a personal cat photo and/or story to share.
ENFIELD — A pajama storytime will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at the Enfield Public Library, 104 Middle Road.
Children ages three to seven may wear pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed animal. Call the library at 860-763-7518 or 860-763-7512 for more details or visit www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org.
Nearly New Shoppe
ENFIELD — The Nearly New Shoppe at Enfield Congregational Church, 1295 Enfield St., is now displaying its spring collection. All items sold are donated from church and community members. The shoppe is open from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Call 860-745-3646 for details.
Parents As Teachers Program
ENFIELD — The Enfield Family Resource Center has openings in its Parents as Teachers program for Enfield residents. This is a free home-visiting program that supports parents in their role as their child's first teacher by providing information, support and resources to parents who are expecting a baby or have children ages birth-five.
For more information, contact the Family Resource Center's Parent Educators at 860-253-4769 or 860-253-6580.
ENFIELD — GFWC/The Woman's Club of Enfield is offering a memorial scholarship to a woman who is accepted at a two- or four-year college to study art. She must be an Enfield resident and be enrolled in an accredited college. This scholarship is offered in memory of Patricia Rackliffe.mThe deadline for turning in an application is April 5. Applications may be obtained from Debbie at 860-745-2864.
High School Scholarships
ENFIELD — GFWC/The Woman's Club of Enfield is offering a scholarship to a graduating senior girl from Enfield High School. To qualify for this scholarship, a girl must have attended
Enfield High School 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 Debbie at 860-745-2864.
ENFIELD — GFWC/The Woman's Club of Enfield announces the application forms for The Carolyn B. Jackson Music Scholarship are available at the Enfield High School Guidance Office.
The scholarship is awarded to seniors who will further their education in the music field, instrumental, voice, education or the technical field. Previous recipients may reapply. The applications must be returned by March 29. For further information, call Florence at 860-745-5869.
ENFIELD — The Enfield Recreation Department's Spring program information is now available online.
The department has a variety of all-ages programs this spring, including field hockey, a trip to see the Boston Red Sox, open gym basketball, soccer, tee ball, basic babysitting safety and more.
Registration for Enfield residents began on Feb. 24. Non-resident registration began Friday, March 3. For more details, contact the recreation office at 860-253-6420 or visit www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation. The recreation office is located at 19 North Main S., with hours of operation Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Senior Center Activities
ENFIELD — The Enfield Senior Center, 299 Elm St., is offering the following activities. The center can be reached at 860-763-7425.
The Usual Suspects are back for an evening of dancing at 6 p.m. Friday, March 24. Cost to attend is $7 per person in the Senior Center office. Coffee and dessert are served at the break.
The Senior Minor Home Repair Program begins on Tuesday, April 4. This volunteer run program assists older Enfield residents with minor repairs such as fixing railings, changing light bulbs, and pretty much anything that does not require a licensed professional. Call 860-253-6395 to schedule an appointment. Residents are not charged for the service, only for the supplies needed.
The Alzheimer's Association holds office hours at the Enfield Senior Center on the fourth Thursday of every month. Make an appointment this month for Thursday, March 23, to talk with an Alzheimer's Association representative to discuss any concerns, address information and referral needs, or any help at all.
Learn how to create a beautiful painting using acrylic paint at the Enfield Senior Center Paint Party. OBTA Care is sponsoring the Paint Party on Friday, March 31, at 11 a.m. There is a $5 supplies fee that will hold your spot. Register in advance in the Senior Center office.
The Senior Center and Allied's Attic are planning a fashion show for Thursday, May 4, at 6 p.m. Allied's Attic will provide the clothes and accessories. The senior center is looking for volunteer models who will put together an outfit that is both thrifty and attractive. Both male and female models are needed. Sign up in the Senior Center office.
Seminars on clean energy, sleep apnea and the State of CT Public Utilities Regulatory Authority will take place at the senior center.
Day trips and multi-day adventures are offered. For more information, visit www.enfield-ct.gov/seniors.
ENFIELD — A spring vendor fair will take place on May 6 at the United Methodist Church of Enfield, 41 Brainard Road. Tables will be supplied for $25 per table. Anyone interested may call the church office at 860-745-6241.
Women's Club Scholarships
ENFIELD — The Enfield Junior Women's Club is offering two $400 scholarships to graduating seniors from Enfield High School, who will be continuing their education and demonstrate community spirit. Applications and instructions can be found in the school guidance office and must be submitted by April 28.
NYC Bus Trip
ENFIELD — The Dow Jones Retiree's Group has scheduled a trip to New York City on Saturday, April 29. Pick-up and drop off at McDonalds, 350 Burnett Road, Chicopee, Massachusetts, and the Elm Street commuter lot in Enfield.
Cost to attend is $50 per person, including driver gratuity. All are to welcome. For more information, contact Carol at 860-978-1313 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ENFIELD — The Enfield Lions Club is preparing for its annual rent-a-space sale, taking place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Enfield Street School parking lot, 1318 Enfield St. Crafters and tag sale vendors may sign up for two parking spaces, for $25. The event is rain or shine. For details or to reserve a space, call 860-745-1141.
ENFIELD — The Women's Guild of Holy Family Church will sponsor a rent-a-table Spring Bazaar on Saturday, April 29. This indoor event can accommodate 50 crafters. Cost is $30 for an 8-foot table/space. Participants may set up from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 28, or Saturday morning at 8 a.m. For information or an application, call Carole at 860-741-0485.
Enfield Senior Center
ENFIELD — The Enfield Senior Center, 299 Elm St., offers the following events and programs.
Memory Loss: Learn how to improve your memory at workshops offered by the center and Bay Path Occupational Therapy students. The workshops take place 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays, through March.
Day trips are available for sale on or after the trip sign-up date:
• West Point Dress Parade, April 29. Cost: $101 per person. Trip sign-up date is Feb. 24.
• Mamma Mia! Westchester Dinner Theatre, May 24. Cost: $107 per person. Trip sign-up date is March 3.
• The Tall Ships Boston Harbor Cruise, June 21. Cost: $115 per person. Trip sign-up date is April 7.
Multi-Day Adventures: Reservations are being accepted for multi-day adventures.
• Holland, Michigan: Tulip Time, May 9-16. Cost $1,695 pp/double.
• Ogunquit, Maine: June 5-7. Cost $409 pp/double.
• 4-Day Montreal and Quebec City: Aug. 26-29. Cost $779 pp/double.
• Canadian Rockies, Sept. 2-8. Cost $3,259 pp/double.
• Iceland: Oct. 26-Nov. 1. Cost: $2,999 pp/double.
• Caribbean Cruise, Jan. 28-Feb. 9, 2018. Cost $1,649 pp. Trip Presentation: Feb. 23.
Enfield Senior Center Activities
ENFIELD — The Enfield Senior Center, 299 Elm St., is offering the following events and activities. The center can be reached at 860-763-7425.
Creative Stitches: If you enjoy knitting, crocheting or other needlework, join the Creative Stitches group on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon in the craft room. If you like to sew, visit the Sassy Sewers group on Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m.
Zumba on Wednesdays: The cost is $16 for residents and $20 for non-residents. Zumba Gold will continue through March and April.
The Enfield Recreation Department is sponsoring Adult Open Gym Pickleball on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, through April 28, from 9 a.m. to noon. The daily fee is $2 for residents and $2.50 for non-residents. Please call Enfield Recreation at 860-253-6420 with any questions.
If the Enfield Public Schools are closed because of inclement weather, the Senior Center programs are canceled. If there is a school delay, our schedule goes on as usual. The building remains open, in most cases, for drop-in activities including the Prime Fitness Center. Notification of cancellation is posted on WFSB, Twitter, and Facebook.
Tipper Barrel Collection
ENFIELD — Public Works reminds residents on the placement of tipper barrels for refuse and recycling. Per the town ordinance, barrels must be placed at the curb between dusk the day before your scheduled pickup and 7 a.m. the day of pickup. All barrels need to removed from the curb by 8 a.m. on the day after pickup.
Missed pick-ups and callbacks waste precious resources and cost the town extra money, Public Works officials say. All residents received a magnet with important collection information. If you misplaced your magnet, need additional information or want more information about the recycling program, visit the website at http://enfield-ct.gov/405/Regular-Trash-Collection or call the DPW hotline at 860-763-7527 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Volunteer Hearing Officer Sought
ENFIELD — The town of Enfield is seeking a civic-minded resident to become a volunteer hearing officer. If interested contact the office at 860-253-6300 for an interview.
Somers Fire Department Seeks Volunteers
SOMERS — Local volunteer firefighters are counting on residents to add one more New Year's resolution to the list: Join the Somers Fire Department and become an everyday hero. The Somers Fire Department fire division works primarily on a scramble crew system - members receive notice of a call via pager or a text to their cell phone. They then respond to the station to get the fire apparatus. Training and uniforms are provided.
The EMS division staffs the ambulance. Once personnel have completed mandatory entry requirements and attend local drills and meetings, they are eligible to attend outside training to increase their skill levels. Training and uniforms are provided by the Department.
In addition, the Somers Fire Department offers a cadet program which is managed in two phases, from ages 14-15 and 16-17 years old. Training and uniforms are provided and members in good standing are eligible to receive a quarterly stipend.
Both the fire and EMS side offer a stipend of $250 per quarter for those who meet minimum requirements - members can earn up to $2,000 a year. Aside from a $2 reimbursement per each call for gas, the Department also contributes to a small pension system. Members in good standing receive dress and working uniforms and the Department covers all training.
Send an email to email@example.com or call 860-749-7626. The membership director will reply with an application and answers to any questions.
Free Income Tax Help
AREA — Now through April 18, VITA's IRS-certified financial volunteers will again help eligible taxpayers prepare and electronically file their state and federal income tax forms at no charge. Refunds are available in seven to 10 days.
Free, in-person help is available by appointment to individuals and families with household incomes up to $54,000 at VITA sites in Hartford, Enfield, Manchester, New Britain, Vernon, West Hartford, Windsor Locks, and the Windham region.
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 www.operationfuel.org. Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Ave., Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT 06106.
Race For College Scholarships
STATEWIDE — The Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program recently launched the Dr. Marc Eisen Scholarship Award, a statewide indoor cycling competition for high school students that will award the male and female champion a scholarship to college.
The CCAP will be traveling to schools around Connecticut and host indoor school cycling events on stationary trainers. To earn a chance to win the Dr. Marc Eisen Scholarship Award, check with your cycling club to learn the time the CCAP will be holding races in your school. The championship event will take place in May 2017 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.
The fastest male and female high school student from each indoor school cycling competition throughout the season will earn a spot in the season championship finals at the end of the school year.
The season championship finals will bring together all of the fastest riders from around the state. The male and female winners that record the fastest time that day will be awarded a $500 scholarship for college.
The winner's school club will also receive a separate $125 award to encourage continued success of the club. All students are eligible for a $250 leadership award, including students who do not reach the season finals. All finalists must submit a one-page essay prior to the season championship finals event describing their participation in their CCAP school club. Essays must describe the student's regular season participation in club practices and race events, demonstrate a commitment to team success and illustrate an impact cycling has made on the student.
For more information, visit CTCyclingadvancement.org.
Softball Umpires Sought
STATEWIDE — The North Central Connecticut Board of Softball Umpires is seeking new members for the 2017 season. Our board provides services to schools, youth and adult recreational leagues in the greater Hartford area. No experience necessary, training is provided and classes begin in mid-January. For more information or to join, contact Al at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 860-205-1688.
STATEWIDE — The Wethersfield-based Connecticut Funeral Directors Association is accepting applications from across the state for its 2017 college "Family Support Services Scholarship" program.
The CFDA scholarship awards support graduating high school seniors who are pursuing careers in a profession that provides emotional or medical support for families. This includes fields such as counseling, social services, psychology, psychiatry, nursing, medicine, social work, gerontology, or funeral service. A total of eight $500 college scholarships will be presented, one to a student in each of the state's eight counties.
To be eligible for the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association's Family Support Services Scholarship program, candidates must be a high school senior who will graduate in June 2017, be a legal resident of the State of Connecticut, be pursuing a career that provides emotional, medical or physical support for families, and have maintained at least a B grade point average in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades.
All candidates must submit the application form and a current high school transcript and essay responding to the question: Why did you decide to pursue a profession that supports families? The application form must be neat and legible, and filled out completely.
The deadline for applications for the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association's Family Support Services Scholarship program is Friday, April 14.
To download an application and get contest rules, go to www.CTFDA.org. Anyone with questions may call the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association at 860-721-0234 or 800-919-2332.