Community News For The Enfield Edition

Annual Father Daughter Dance At St. Bernard School

ENFIELD — St. Bernard School held its annual Father Daughter Dance in the school gymnasium. The theme of this year's dance was a Hawaiian Luau. The girls enjoyed dressing for the occasion as well as dancing the night away with their friends and shared a special moment with their fathers.

Pictured: Romy Allen-Schubert shares a special dance with her father, Michael Schubert.

Dr. Seuss' Birthday

ENFIELD — Saint Martha School students celebrated the 112th birthday of children's author Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, by holding a read-a-thon Wednesday afternoon. The sixth grade girls, portraying favorite Seuss characters, read to the children in the primary grades.

Pictured from left to right: Eliza McDermott, Jayden Hernandez, Jackie Barrow, Lalitha Iyer and Michael Chittick.

St. Bernard School FIRST Lego League Junior Showcase

ENFIELD — The FIRST Lego League Junior Showcase event took place at St. Bernard School on March 13. Four teams shared their motorized models and research on this year's "Waste Wise" theme to the public. The teams are fortunate to have both the sponsorship and mentoring of St. Bernard School. The program was established and continues to be successful under the direction of Michelle Lavoie and Matthew Ryan.

Pictured, left to right: Emily Birdsey, Jonathan Araujo and Nicholas Difusco share their motorized model on recycling garbage.

Easter Egg Hunt

United Methodist Church of Enfield, 41 Brainard Road, will host its annual Easter egg hunt, for ages 1 through Grade 5 on Sunday, March 27, at 9:15 a.m.

Metropolitan Opera Adventures With Mike Cascia

ENFIELD — If you enjoy opera or would like to learn more about this wonderful art form, join opera enthusiast and teacher Mike Cascia as he shares the eighth presentation in this series, Puccini's "Madama Butterfly," on Thursday, March 31, at the Enfield Public Library.

The title character of Madama Butterfly — a young Japanese geisha who clings to the belief that her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage — is one of the defining roles in opera. The story triggers ideas about cultural and sexual imperialism for people far removed from the opera house, and film, Broadway, and popular culture in general have riffed endlessly on it. The lyric beauty of Puccini's score, especially the music for the thoroughly believable lead role, has made Butterfly timeless.

Cascia will showcase the operas that are being broadcast live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera for the 2015-16 season. The free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library. Cascia will lecture at the Enfield Public Library on Thursday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. The operas will be simulcast on Saturday mornings at the theater. Check with the theater for the exact time of the operas. There is a fee to attend the operas at the Enfield Cinemas.

Register at the Circulation Desk or call 860-763-7512. For more information, visit www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org.

Enfield Community Good Friday Service

ENFIELD — The Enfield Council of Christian Churches will hold its annual Good Friday Service of Remembrance on Friday, March 25, at noon at Calvary Presbyterian Church. The service will consist of prayers, hearing the Crucifixion story as told in the Gospel of Luke, and the sacrament of Holy Communion presided over by clergy from various denominations throughout the city. Calvary Presbyterian is located at 1518 King St. For more information call the church at 860-745-5211.

The Nearly New Shoppe Winter Season Clearance Bag Sale

ENFIELD — The Nearly New Shoppe located at the Enfield Congregational Church, 1295 Enfield St., is having its winter season clearance bag sale. All clothing that can fit in a brown shopping bag is priced at $5. In these economic times everyone appreciates low cost clothing for the family. The Nearly New Shoppe is staffed by volunteers and is open on Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Sale ends March 26.

Enfield Junior Women's Club Scholarships

ENFIELD — The Enfield Junior Women's Club, a member of Connecticut Junior Women, is offering two $300 scholarships to a graduating senior from Fermi High and from Enfield High, who will be continuing their education and demonstrates community spirit. Applications and instructions can be found in each schools guidance office and must be submitted by April 27, 2016 .

Enfield Recreation Department

ENFIELD — The Enfield Recreation Department is offering the following summer programs. For more information or to register for programs, contact the Enfield Recreation Department at 860-253-6420 or visit www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation. The Recreation Office is located at 19 North Main St., with hours of operation Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

TONS-O-FUN SUMMER CAMP — Activities include: fields trips, special events, free swim time, sports and group games, theme weeks, arts and crafts, free play and more. Camp is offered for children entering grades 1 through 10 in September 2016. Participants will register for one of two age groups, entering grades 1 - 4 or grades 5 - 10. Camp activities and field trips will vary to allow for more age appropriate activities. Camp is held at JFK Middle School and the program runs from Monday, June 27 through Friday, Aug. 5, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Before & aftercare extended hours are available as well as a Post Camp session. Extended care hours are 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 – 5 p.m. Post Camp runs Monday — Friday, Aug. 8-12, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Post Camp is held at the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center. Registration currently being accepted. For more information regarding camp including fees, visit www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation.

SWIM LESSONS — Swim lessons will be held at the JFK Middle School Pool on Saturdays beginning April 2 for 6 weeks. For more information regarding swim lessons including dates, times, and fees, you can call the Recreation Office, or visit www.enfield-ct.gv/recreation. Pre-registration is required for swim lessons. Spaces are limited.

PLAYGROUP — Children enjoy free play and exploration with other children while enjoying toy stations throughout the gym. Parents exchange parenting knowledge and experience while supervising their children. Program is held Wednesdays, through June 1, 9 – 11 a.m. at Angelo Lamagna Activity Center Gym. There is no fee to participate. Program is canceled on April 20. Pre-registration is not necessary but a waiver must completed the first day of attendance. This program is open to Enfield Residents only. There is no play group when school is delayed or closed due to weather. For more information, call the Recreation Department.

SATURDAY OPEN SWIM TIME

The Enfield Recreation Department is offering Saturday afternoon Open Swim time at the JFK Middle School Pool April 2 – May 14 (no swim time on April 23), 1:45 – 3:45 p.m. All regular pool rules apply. Visit the Recreation home page for complete details before attending open swim. www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation.

BOSTON RED SOX TRIP — Travel to Boston on Saturday, July 23, to be part of America's favorite pastime as the Red Sox take on the Minnesota Twins. Trip includes round trip motorcoach transportation, game ticket in the bleachers section and free time for shopping or dining. The bus will depart the Enfield Town Hall Parking Lot at 2 p.m. and will arrive in Boston at approximately 4:30 p.m. Game time is tentatively scheduled to begin at 7:10 p.m. The bus will leave immediately following the game and will be back to Enfield at approximately 12:30 a.m.. Fee is $75 per person. Registration is required for this trip. Spaces are limited.

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 these high schools for her entire senior year, be in the upper 20 percent of her class and have been accepted to 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 Continuing Education Scholarship

ENFIELD — GFWC/The Woman's Club of Enfield is offering a $1,000 Continuing Education Scholarship to any young woman presently enrolled at a four-year accredited college. She must be an Enfield resident and completed one full year of college. This scholarship is being offered in memory of Rose Helene Boulanger. Deadline for turning in an application is May 1. Applications may be obtained from Nancy Smyth at 860-745-2913.

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.

GriefShare Seminar

ENFIELD — GriefShare is a special weekly seminar and support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to them. With GriefShare you will learn how to walk the journey of grief and be supported on the way. It is a place where grieving people find healing and hope.

This group meets at Calvary Presbyterian Church 1518 King St., Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. For more information call Joan at 860-745-5211 ext. 203.

Enfield Integrated Preschool Program

ENFIELD — The Enfield Public Schools Integrated Preschool Program has openings for peer partners for the upcoming 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 pick-up.

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 CT State Department on Aging and the CT Department of Public Health. There is no charge for these six-week sessions but registration is required.

Fill out a survey form and return it to the front desk. The annual Participant Satisfaction Survey helps the center to see where we can make improvements. If you want to take the survey online, go to www.surveymonkey.com/r/FMKZJN9.

One-on-one technology help is available on Tuesdays in March from 4 to 7 p.m. 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

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

Albany Tulip Festival, May 7. Cost is $84 per person.

"Shadows of the '60s at Foxwoods Resort, May 18. Cost $80 per person.

Captain JP II Cruise on the Hudson River & NY 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.

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 school system will be displaying art work 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 art work, 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.

Meet The Author, Ethan Rutherford

ENFIELD — Meet the author Ethan Rutherford 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 1600 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.

Tobacco Valley Teachers Federal Credit Union Scholarship

ENFIELD — The Tobacco Valley Teachers Federal Credit Union (TVTFCU) is offering its 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 High School 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.

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. – 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 towns 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 School System will be displaying art work 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 art work, 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.

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 – Oct. 9. The cost of $2,863 per person sharing includes land, air (to/from Hartford to Dublin via Aer 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.

Enfield Lions Club

ENFIELD — The Enfield Lions Club is preparing for their annual Rent-A- Space Sale to be held on Saturday, April 30, from 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.

Knights of Columbus Council 50 Annual Wine Tasting

ENFIELD — The Knights of Columbus Council 50 is holding its annual wine tasting event on Friday, April 8, at 6:30 p.m. at their 370 Washington Road, Enfield location. The evening will consist of a wine tasting, variety of hors d'oeuvres and fantastic raffle prizes. Tickets for the event are $20 per person and can be purchased by contacting Bob Sample at 860-978-7084. For more information about the event visit the Knights of Columbus website at www.kofc50.com.

Established in January 1889, the Knights of Columbus, Council #50 has provided 125 years of active service to the community, focusing on Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. In keeping with that focus, this year proceeds from the event will be donated to Julie's Safe House at The Network. The Network provides free services to domestic violence victims and their families. For more information on The Network visit their website at www.thenetworkct.org.

Little Sisters Of The Poor To Sponsor Two Fundraisers In April

ENFIELD - The Little Sisters of the Poor of Enfield will sponsor two fundraisers in April; a Rock-A-Thon and a Jazz Brunch.

The Rock-a-Thon will be held April 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Little Sisters of the Poor Residence located at 1365 Enfield St. The event will feature special performances: Dave Colucci (Sinatra Impersonator) at 10 a.m., Ray Guillemette Jr. (Elvis Impersonator) at 2 p.m. There will be baked goods for sale and raffles. All proceeds go to benefit the residents of the home.

On Sunday, April 17, the Little Sisters of the Poor will hold the second annual Jazz Brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event will take place at the Holiday Inn, 1 Bright Meadow Lane in Enfield. There will be a Silent Auction, Lady Bugs (Instant Winner and much more). All proceeds go to benefit the residents of the home.

For more information on either of these events, contact Christina Gordon, development secretary, at 860-741-0791.

Too Dual For School Duathlon

ENFIELD — The Enfield Foundation for Excellence in Education, Inc. (EFEE), Enfield's non-profit education foundation, in conjunction with Healthtrax Fitness and Wellness, will host the "Too Dual for School" duathlon for education on April 9.

Join fellow local athletes (new and experienced) in a "super sprint" distance event sweating to raise funds for innovative programs in the Enfield Schools. Participants will complete a 20-minute treadmill run (or walk), a 20-minute spin bike, followed by a 20-minute treadmill run (or walk). Whether this is the jump start to your exercise routine, a test of your fitness, or a training run for the Shamrock Duathlon, we welcome athletes of all abilities in this climate-controlled (and intensity-controlled) event we can all be proud to support.

To register for the event, or find more information, visit the event Web page at: www.eventbrite.com/e/too-dual-for-school-efee-duathlon-for-education-registration-22049384302, or contact the event coordinator at: sroberto1@cox.net.

Registration is limited to 66 participants and will close on March 29 at 6 p.m.

The Little Sisters Of The Poor Host Annual Ham Drop

ENFIELD - The Little Sisters of the Poor will be holding their annual "Ham Drop" on Saturday, March 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1365 Enfield St. The event will include dropping off hams and Easter candy at the front entrance of the home. Sisters and residents will be there to accept donations. All proceeds go to benefit the residents of the home.

For more information, call Christina Gordon, development secretary, at 860-741-0791.

Vendor/ Craft Fair

EAST WINDSOR - The East Windsor Youth Center, 147 Main St., will hold a vendor and craft fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 26. The center provides a safe and substance free environment for middle-high school aged children in the community and relies solely rely on donations and fundraising.

East Windsor Parks & Recreation News

EAST WINDSOR – The East Windsor Parks & 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 & 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; Non-Residents $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; Non-Residents $40 once a week or $65 twice a week; daily walk-ins are $5.

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 Wal-Mart, East Windsor, every Monday, 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Grocery shopping at Geissler's, 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 16, 23, 30, at 12:30 p.m. – free.

Foot care is offered on Tuesday, March 15 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. There is a $29 charge for foot care. Call for appointment.

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.

TRIPS

Log Cabin Trip-Holoyoke Mass., Gerry and the Lads Entertainment, Wednesday, March 15, 10:45 a.m.-4 p.m. - $48 per person.

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.

Lunch and Learn-Care for Me at Home & Encompass Insurance Solutions – Lunch provided by October Kitchen, Friday, March 11, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Free.

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.

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'oeuvres, 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 P.O. 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.

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 Road (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 through 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.

Farmers Coffee

EAST WINDSOR — The East Windsor Agricultural Commission will hold its second annual Farmers Coffee on April 2 at the Melrose Historic District School, 9 to 11:30 a.m. All local farmers are invited to attend. Free coffee and doughnuts. Local and state information available, with representatives on hand to answer any questions.

2016 East Windsor Soccer

EAST WINSOR - The East Windsor Soccer Club will be holding weekly intramural games for all levels of players. The objective is for both returning and new players to get out and start brushing up skills for the fall season in late summer. This is purely an in-town event, with no travel required.

Spring Intramurals are free for returning players from the fall 2015 season. Players who were not registered for the 2015 fall season must register (for insurance purposes). Cost will be $15 (new players only). Registration, Medical and Concussion Awareness forms will be available on our website: www.ewsoccer.com or will be provided at the first session. Online registration is strongly encouraged and deadline to register is April 1. For questions, contact ewsoccer1@gmail.com.

A Pirate's Life For Me

SOMERS - Students at Mabelle B. Avery Middle School will be traveling back in time, to a world where pirates ruled the seas and plundered islands in search of the sweet trade. On Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9 the students will present "A Pirate's Life for Me," at the Percoski Auditorium at Somers High School. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Performances begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the MBA office and at the door.

For additional information, contact MBA drama advisor, Mr. Mark Maciolek: mark.maciolek@somers.k12.ct.us

Events At The Somers Public Library

SOMERS — The following events will be held at the Somers Public Library, 2 Vision Blvd.. For more information or to register for programs, call 860-763-3501.

The Bear Reality — Master Wildlife Conservationist Felicia Ortner will present a program on black bears at on Tuesday, March 29, at 6:30 p.m. Through her program "The Bear RealitY," Ortner will help dispel some of the myths and common misunderstandings associated with black bears and encourage the audience to become more "Bear Aware."

Introduction to Investing Class — If you are interested in investing but not sure where to start, the Somers Public Library will be offering a series of free classes Tuesday nights, April 5, 12, 19 and 26, from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.. Some of the topics to be discussed include how to read a stock chart, how to place a trade, brokerage accounts, free online resources, and much more. A full description of the class is available at the library.

Somers Meals On Wheels Program Needs Volunteers

SOMERS — The Town of Somers Meals on Wheels Program is in need of volunteers to deliver Meals on Wheels to elderly, homebound residents. Meals are delivered Monday-Saturday. You can volunteer for one day a month, one day a week, or as your schedule permits. This valuable program cannot run without the help of volunteers. Contact Christina Cenac at 860-265-7551 or Ccenac@somersct.gov.

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.

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 and 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.

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, CDs, 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.

Somers Homeowners May Qualify For Home Improvement Loan

SOMERS — If you are a lower income household, (for example, a family of four may earn up to $65,800) you may be eligible for financial assistance from the Ellington Regional Housing Rehabilitation Program. This assistance is provided as a 0-percent loan that is repaid only if you sell your home. The loan can be used for roofing, septic, well, plumbing, heating, electrical, handicap accessibility, asbestos/lead abatement, carpentry and other repairs on single- and multi-family structures of up to four units.

To request more information or to obtain an application, call 860-870-3132 on Tuesdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., or leave a message with your name and address, download the application on the Town of Ellington's website: www.ellington-ct.gov/192/Housing-Rehabilitation-Program.

Horizons Café

SOMERS — Somers High School Food Service and Management Program presents Horizons Café, a student operated restaurant. It begins March 31 and operates each Thursday through April 28. It will be closed April 21 for school vacation.

The students of the Somers High School Food Service Program, prepare and serve such items as baked stuffed shrimp, filet mignon, and chicken francese. The café offers a prix-fixe menu for a set price of $20 per person. The menu will include a beverage, soup, salad, entrée and dessert. A children's menu is also available.

The restaurant, Horizons Café, will be open from 5-8 p.m. and reservations are suggested for they are limited to 75 seats per evening. Reservations may be made by calling instructor Lynn Tracy at 860-749-2270, ext. 4170.

Come and support a nationally recognized program and enjoy a delicious meal at the same time.

Somers Women's Club Scholarships

SOMERS — The Somers Women's Club is offering two $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school students. Applicants must be residents of Somers and accepted at an accredited two- or four-year college or university. The applications will be available in the Somers High School Guidance Office. Residents of Somers who attend other schools may request applications by calling Deb at 860-749-9580 and leaving a message which gives contact name and telephone number.

Completed applications, including recommendation letters and high school transcripts, must be received by April 22. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

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