Addiction Awareness Walk
ENFIELD — The 2nd annual Addiction Awareness Walk will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Enfield Town Hall, 820 Enfield St.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Registration is $20. A free T-shirt will be provided while they last. Help lift the stigma of addiction and raise awareness of drug addiction and the epidemic ravaging the community.
A Narcon demonstration and training to those who qualify will take place at 10 a.m. Services will be provided by the Greater Hartford Harm Reduction Coalition, Inc. The event is sponsored by Community Addiction Awareness Project and Enfield Youth services. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
First Day Of School Blessing
ENFIELD — St. Bernard School students received a blessing on the first day of school. After Principal Charlene Mongillo introduced new faculty members and addressed the student body, Rev. John Golas, Pastor of St. Jeanne Jugan Parish warmly greeted students and gave them a blessing.
Pictured are students taking a moment of silence while Golas said the blessing. Also pictured are St. Bernard Junior High School faculty members (left to right) Sean Hughes, Rebekah Vick and Rafael Vargas, with Golas.
Cat Rescue Hosts Fundraiser At Brewery
ENFIELD — The Enfield Community Cat Project will hold a fundraising event at the Powder Hollow Brewery, 504 Hazard Ave., from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23.
Tickets to the fundraiser are available for $25 in advance every Saturday and Sunday at the PetSmart Adopt Spot, 10 Hazard Ave., or they can be ordered online using PayPal and the following email address ECCP16@gmail.com.
Tickets may also be purchased at the Powder Hollow Brewery the day of the event, if they are still available. Admission is limited to the first 100 tickets sold and will include live music, food, and a pint of beer or glass of wine. Soda will also be available, and additional beer can be purchased directly from the brewery. Catering will be provided by Molina's Café and other area restaurants.
A gift basket raffle will take place, featuring Red Sox tickets, movie passes, a bracelet donated by Hannoush Jewelers, gift cards to area restaurants including Acapulcos, Bears BBQ, Enfield Pizza, and Maine Fish Market, and more. This year's fundraising slogan is simply, "Drink Beer, Save Cats," in honor of the brewery.
All proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward the care and veterinary treatment of all rescued cats and kittens. Currently, there are over 100 kittens that have been rescued during the last several months that are in foster care with ECCP members.
Visit https://www.facebook.com/ECCP2016 for more information.
ENFIELD — The K of C Council #14600's 6th annual car show will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at St. Martha Church, 214 Brainard Road.
Registration will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Cost is $10 per vehicle and proceeds benefit St. Martha School. Trophies and door prizes will be awarded.
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 Senior Minor Home Repair Program is a volunteer run program that 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 Enfield Senior Repair Program is scheduled to end Oct. 31 for the season. Seniors who need air conditioners removed and/or gutter cleaning performed or other tasks may submit their requests by calling 860-253-6395 as soon as possible.
How to Avoid the Top IRA and 401K Legacy Planning Mistakes seminar will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 1 p.m., presented by John Dee, President, Wealth Preservation Group. Register at the senior center front desk.
TED Talks will be shown the first and third Thursdays of the month. The next TED Talk will be held on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 10:30 a.m., featuring Alexander Betts – Our Refugee System is Failing, Here's How We Can Fix It.
Enjoy the movie "Fences" on Thursday Sept. 21. Denzel Washington directed and stars, alongside Viola Davis as his wife Rose, in this adaptation of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which centers on a garbage collector named Troy Maxson in 1950s Pittsburgh. Purchase a ticket in advance for $5 which includes movie and a grinder. Food will be served at 5 p.m. and the movie begins at 6 p.m. Movie only tickets can be purchased at the door for $2. Assistive hearing devices are available for the movie.
Trip sign-up for the Thomaston Opera House "It's a Wonderful Life" show on Sunday, Dec. 3, will be on Friday, Sept. 22, at 10 a.m. at the senior center dining room. This trip includes a pre-show lunch at the Black Rock Tavern. The cost is $91 per person.
Beatles For Sale will perform on Friday, Oct. 20, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $7 per person, with coffee and dessert served at the break.
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.
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.
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.
ENFIELD — The American Legion Post 80 is hosting a tag sale at 566 Enfield St. on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spaces are available for $20. Call Phil at 860-916-3788 or the American Legion Post 80 at 860-745-8817 for additional information or to reserve a space.
ENFIELD — Free pony rides will take place from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Enfield Historical Society's Old Town Hall Museum, 1294 Enfield St. Visit www.enfieldhistoricalsociety.org or e-mail email@example.com for more information.
ENFIELD — Celebrate National Play-Doh Day at the Enfield Public Library, 104 Middle Road, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. Guests can make their own Doh. Organizers ask that participants bring their own mixing bowls. All other ingredients will be provided.
Visit www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org or call the library at 860-763-7518 or 860-763-7512 for more details.
Piedmont Art Show
SOMERS — The Somers Cultural Commission is presenting the 25th annual regional juried Piedmont Art Show from Sept. 17 through Oct. 1 at Piedmont Hall, 204 Main St.
Visit www.somersct.gov/board-and-commissions/cultural-commission for additional information.
Hiking Bald Mountain
SOMERS — Hike with the Northern CT Land Trust on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 10 a.m. The land trust will walk the ridgeline of Bald Mountain in Somers on trails linking the state of CT, town of Somers and two land trust properties.
The pace will be leisurely, steep in some places and is appropriate for children over eight. Well-behaved leashed dogs are welcome. Sturdy footwear and water are required. Meet at the parking lot behind Somers Town Hall, 600 Main St., at 9:45 a.m., then carpool to the trailhead by 10 a.m. An optional post-hike social at a local pizza shop will take place.
For more information, visit www.northernctlandtrust.org or call 860-623-5487.
Garden Club Meeting
BROAD BROOK — The East Windsor Garden Club will welcome CHS member, author and horticulturist Thomas Christopher, who will present a program on ecological garden maintenance at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept.19.
The public is invited to attend for a minimal donation. The meeting will take place at Park Hill Community Room. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 860-627-5277.
Tag Sale Benefits Grad Party
EAST WINDSOR — The East Windsor Safe Grad Committee is holding its annual fall tag sale in the East Windsor High School cafeteria, 76 South Main St., from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30.
Items will include home decor, furniture, books/DVDs, toys, household goods and more. Proceeds will benefit the 2018 Safe Grad Party in June. Donated items for the tag sale may be dropped off at the high school on Friday, Sept. 29, from 3 to 7 p.m.
Food Pantry Needs Donations
EAST WINDSOR — The end of the summer is near and the shelves at Five Corner Cupboard Food Pantry are looking pretty empty. The many thousands of pounds of donations received last fall and this spring are long gone.
The pantry is need of the following items: pinto and refried beans, dried fruits, soups of all kinds, applesauce, canned oranges and pineapple, ramen noodles and dry soup mixes, mayonnaise, jellies, jams & preserves, peanut butter (chunky and creamy), canned meats, tuna and other canned fish, pancake syrup, coffee, cold cereals, hot chocolate, 100-percent juices, boxed potatoes, meal helpers, canned pasta, crackers and cookies and snacks. Paper goods, personal care, cleaning products and pet foods are all appreciated.
Five Corner Cupboard is a mission of and is located on the campus of First Congregational Church of East Windsor, 124 Scantic Road, at the site of the former Growing Tree Child Development Center.
Donations can be brought to the Cupboard Monday mornings and all day Tuesdays. There is a tote on the front porch for after hours donations as well as donation boxes at various places in East Windsor, including Geisslers, Warehouse Point Library, Broad Brook Post Office, At the Dam restaurant and Windsor Federal Bank. Monetary (tax deductible) donations can be sent to 124 Scantic Road, East Windsor, 06088. Checks should be made to Five Corner Cupboard.
Food Donation Challenge
ENFIELD — Enfield Food Shelf's annual appeal is halfway to the target of donations needed and is seeking assistance from individuals, local businesses and organizations. The monetary and food donations received from March to May help further the mission of ensuring no Enfield family in need is without food assistance.
Enfield Food Shelf provides grocery-style food assistance to 350 to 400 families per week. Food assistance allows families to self-select items needed to make meals and eat at home; pack lunches for school-age children; and provide food to children when school is closed during the summer months.
All food donations are accepted Monday through Thursday. Monetary donations may be made on-line at www.enfieldfoodshelf.org or by mail at Enfield Food Shelf, 96 Alden Ave., Enfield, CT 06082. For more information, to visit the facility or to volunteer, contact 860-741-7321.
Somers Library Events
SOMERS — The Somers Public Library, 2 Vision Boulevard, is offering the following events. Call 860-763-3501 for more information.
Adult Coloring Club: This fall, the Adult Coloring Club will meet every Friday morning from 10 a.m. to noon. Colored pencils and books are provided, or you can bring your own.
Connecticut Rock 'N' Roll: A History: Thursday, Sept. 14, at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a brief video presentation about some of the most famous rock 'n' roll artists from Connecticut with author, Tony Renzoni. After the presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase their very own copy of the book, "Connecticut Rock 'N' Roll: A History," and have it signed by the author. Renzoni collected both stories and rare photographs of artists both performing and relaxing at home. Call 860-763-3501 to register for this program.
Book Discussions: Friday, Sept. 16, at 1:30 p.m. "The Ruthless River" by Holly FitzGerald;
Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m. Quarterly Cookbook Club East Coast Challenge; Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 2:30 p.m. "Snow Falling on Cedars" by David Guterson. Copies of all books are available at the library. Call to register for each discussion.
Enfield Recreation Events
ENFIELD — The Enfield Recreation Department is hosting the following events. For more information, visit www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation or call the Enfield Recreation Department at 860-253-6420.
The Enfield Recreation Department's Fall/Winter program information will be available online at www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation as of Friday, Sept. 8. Registration for Enfield residents begins on Friday, Sept. 15, at 9 a.m. Non-resident registration begins Friday, Sept. 22, at 9 a.m.
The Dolphins Swim Team is hosted by the Enfield Recreation Department for boys and girls ages 5-18 years old as of December 31, 2017. The team swims at the Fermi High School Pool, 124 North Maple St., Enfield. Staff will not take any additional registrations for new or returning swimmers after Friday, Oct. 27, at 5 p.m.
Returning Swimmer Registration: A limited number of spots are available for this program. Early registration is highly recommended. Participation in previous seasons does not guarantee a spot. Registration began on Friday, Aug. 25, at 9 a.m. for Enfield residents and Friday, Sept. 8, at 9 a.m., for non-residents.
New Swimmer Evaluations are held to make sure that swimmers are safe in the water and ready to be on swim team. Evaluations for new swimmers will be held on Sept. 18 and 19, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Fermi Pool. Those interested in joining the swim team must attend one of the two try-out nights. Those trying out will need to bring their bathing suits to demonstrate skills to the coaches. A minimum skill and endurance level is required to participate in the program. Parents will also be provided with information about the team, time commitment, required fees and more. New swimmers cannot register until after they tryout.
Picnic Pack Rentals: The Enfield Recreation Department offers picnic packs which are available for Enfield residents to use for a maximum of three days. Payment and proof of residency is required to secure your reservation. Reservations must be made in person at the Recreation Department at least 24 hours in advance of equipment pick up. Payment is by cash or check only. Fee: $12 plus a $20 refundable deposit. Rental equipment includes: Croquet, Badminton, Wiffleball, Lawn Games, Horseshoes, Frisbee, Sports Balls, Throw Down Bases, Volleyball/Badminton Net. Picnic packs will be available for rent until Oct. 2. For more details, visit www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation or call 860-253-6420.
Six Flags New England: The Enfield Recreation Department is selling discounted day tickets to Six Flags New England. One day passes cost $38 each and are good for any day during the 2017 season. All tickets are non-refundable and will be available while supplies last. Day tickets must be purchased by Oct. 20. Cash is the only form of payment accepted No refunds are given for lost, stolen, unwanted, or unused tickets.
ENFIELD — Join the EDTC at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 93 Park St., for a night of comedy at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30.
Headliner Darren Rivera was a finalist in the Funniest Comic in New England. Phillip Anthony is a fast rising comedian and co-founder of Laughing Latinos Comedy. Recently ranked one of the Top 10 Funniest Comics on the East Coast. Round 2 winners of the Comics at Hartford Funny Bone.
Tickets are $20 each and a table of ten is $160. Each ticket includes five raffle tickets and the event is BYO-food and drink! Purchase tickets on line at http://www.enfieldctdemocrats.com/events; for more info email EDTCEventinfo@yahoo.com or call Tom Arnone at 860-716-1280.
Walk To End Alzheimer's
ENFIELD — The Alzheimer's Association is inviting residents of Enfield and the surrounding area to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Enfield Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's. The Walk to End Alzheimer's will take place on Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Enfield Senior Center, 299 Elm St. Registration for the walk begins at 8 a.m.
The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's participants will complete a two mile walk and will learn about Alzheimer's disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer's Association. Walk participants will also join in a tribute ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease, beginning at 9 a.m.
Changing Lives Episode
ENFIELD — Asnuntuck Community College Dean of Academics Michael Stefanowicz hosted a recent Changing Lives episode. Guests for the show include ACC's Allied Health Coordinator Michele Howard-Swan and Asnuntuck student Lisa Gonzalez. The topic for September's show is Asnuntuck's Registered Medical Assistant program.
Asnuntuck Changing Lives programs are produced by volunteers and air on PATV 15 on Thursdays at 8 p.m. and Fridays at 11 a.m. It can also be viewed online by going to the website www.patv15.com-Enfield-Schedule – Asnuntuck Changing Lives.
September's episode of Asnuntuck Community College's Changing Lives program is hosted by ACC Dean of Academic Affairs Michael Stefanowicz. The episode focuses on Asnuntuck's Registered Medical Assisting Program. Guests include Asnuntuck student Lisa Gonzalez and ACC's Allied Health Coordinator Michele Howard-Swan.
The program focused on the topic of ACC's RMA program. The content included RMA history, the medical assisting career, transition from noncredit to credit courses and programs, and the program format for both the RMA certificate and Associate's degree. The trio discussed the job outlook for careers in this field, and also information regarding the American Medical Technologist certification exam.
Gonzalez has completed her registered Medical Assistant (RMA) certificate at ACC and has moved on to ACC's RMA Associate's degree. She is currently interviewing for medical assistant positions in the area.
For more information on the career certificate programs, call 860-253-3066. Visit www.asnuntuck.edu for more information on all programs.
Somers Senior Center Events
SOMERS — The Somers Senior Center is located at 19 Battle St. and can be contacted at 860-763-4379, found online at www.somersct.gov or on facebook under "Somers Senior Center." Sign-up is required for all events.
The Somers Senior Center's David Gwilliam Mohegan Sun Casino bus trip will take place on Friday, Sept. 22. You do not have to be a senior or a resident of Somers for this trip. The bus will leave promptly at 8:30 a.m. from the Somers Senior Center and will return at approximately 5:30 p.m. The trip cost of $25 per person includes round trip deluxe motor coach, two $10 gambling vouchers, a $15 food voucher, and the driver's gratuity. A non-refundable payment is due upon sign-up.
On Saturday, Dec. 9, the Winter Wonderettes are returning to the Stageloft Theater in Sturbridge, Mass., for a performance featuring '60s versions of great holiday classics. Guests will enjoy lunch at the Salem Cross Inn, a restored 18th century farmhouse rich with history nestled on 600 acres of New England countryside. Lunch will include a choice of chicken pot pie or yankee pot roast. All are welcome. Cost to attend is $90 per person, due upon sign-up, and includes motor coach transportation, lunch, theater ticket, taxes and gratuity.
East Windsor Community Day
BROAD BROOK — The 29th annual East Windsor Community Day will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at East Windsor Park & Reservoir on Reservoir Ave.
Nominated by the community are the following people, who will be honored on Sept. 23 at 10 a.m., during the grand opening ceremony: Paul Anderson, Lori Gabriel, Brenda Crockett, Marie DeSousa, Jason Bowsza, Bob Leach, Marisa Prior, Melissa Maltese, Sgt. Steven Andrusko, East Windsor Sportsman Club Inc., 5 Corner Cupboard Pantry, Pauline's Stock Pot Kitchen, Stoecker Family Farm, Reichle Farms, Veterans Commission, and American Legion Barry Poulter Post 140.
The parade was cancelled due to lack of participation by marchers and a band. Email email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Tag And Bake Sale
EAST WINDSOR — The first fundraising event of the fall at the First Congregational Church of East Windsor, 124 Scanic Road, is a tag and bake sale taking place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. Contact 860-654-0590 or email@example.com to rent a space for $15.
EAST WINDSOR — East Windsor began road reconstruction of School Street in Warehouse Point on or about Aug. 21. Expect heavy traffic delays. This project is expected to take about two months.
"Working" Opening At Opera House
BROAD BROOK — Opera House Players, Inc. proudly presents "Working" as its season opener, running through Sept. 24. "Working" is a musical based on the best-selling 1974 book of the same name by oral historian and radio commentator, Studs Terkel.
The Opera House is located at 107 Main St. Performances will take place at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are available by visiting www.operahouseplayers.org or calling the box office at 860-292-6068.
Tickets are $21 for adults and $17 for children under 12 and over 60. Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more. Opening night tickets are $17. Student rush tickets for $15 are available in limited quantities 10 minutes before curtain.
Religion, Refugees And Reactions
ENFIELD — Asnuntuck Community College's Great Discussions course, "Religion, Refugees and Reactions" is an eight week course that seeks to help establish a foundation to better understand what is happening in our communities, our nation, and our world.
Asnuntuck Community College is experimenting with a course that has academic students and continuing education students enrolled in a single seminar. The rigor for academically enrolled students is significantly higher but also seeks to empower students to lead discussions and delve deeper into each of these topics. Meanwhile, the combined class will bring community and academic interests together for more meaningful conversations. Combining these constituents has the potential to benefit both groups.
Great Discussions: Religion, Refugees and Reactions began Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., and runs through Oct. 25. To register for the Continuing Education Course, call Jessica at 860-253-3066.
THOMPSONVILLE — Enfield's 4th Community and Farmers Market is now open each Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. in downtown Thompsonville next to Freshwater Pond.
Rick Ouellette and Faith the goat of Shaker Farm Market and Vinnie's Little Acre are returning, along with other farmers. Jeff Strong from Kettle Corn, Carmen's Bakery, Silvia from Silvia's Restaurant, and crafters that will be showcasing their specialties quilts, crochet and sewing items, jewelry, handmade soaps, candles, lip balm and more. Bruce Yelle from Falcetti Music will perform live each week.
There is no fee to be a vendor. Parking is free. Food trucks are welcome. Many of the farmers accepted SNAP food vouchers. Any vendors who will be selling or supplying samples of prepared foods are to display a Board of Health License or Temporary Food Permit from the North Central District Health Department. To find out how to obtain a permit, vendors should contact Deb Caronna at the NCDHD at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-745-0383.
Senior Center Events
EAST WINDSOR — East Windsor Senior Center 125 Main St., is offering the following events. For more information, call 860-292-8262.
Shopping trips to Big Y, Walmart, Geissler's and the mobile foodshare at St. Catherine's parking lot take place at various times. Call for more information.
Fitness/Health: Drop-ins are welcome. Fitness Class, every Monday at 10:30 a.m.; Chair Yoga, every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $5 per class.
WII Bowling every Monday at 12:30 p.m.; Wii Zumba with Melissa, every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.
THOMPSONVILLE — Michael Ciriello, Director of the Town of Enfield Development Services, said the upcoming farmers' market is seeking vendors, including but not limited to farmers, bakers, crafters, specialty makers, food vendors, authors, food trucks or community services.
Bruce Yelle from Falcetti Music will provide weekly live performances. There is no fee to be a vendor and free parking. The market is held each Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. in downtown Thompsonville, next to Freshwater Pond. Many of the farmers accepted SNAP food vouchers.
Any vendors who will be selling or supplying samples of prepared foods are to display a Board of Health License or Temporary Food Permit from the North Central District Health Department (NCDHD). To find out how to obtain a permit, vendors should contact Deb Caronna at the NCDHD at email@example.com or 860-745-0383. Permits take a couple of weeks to process from date of application so time is of the essence.
Bottle Up Against Hunger
ENFIELD — Enfield Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen is hosting a bottle and cans fundraiser. Anyone may drop off recycle bottles and cans at Enfield Loaves and Fishes during September at 28 Prospect St., at the back door on Thompson Court. Other drop of areas, are Enfield Fire Dept. 200 Phoenix Ave., Enfield Fire District 1, 199 Weymouth Rd., Thompsonville Fire Dept. 35 North Main St., North Thompsonville Fire Dept. 439 Enfield St., and Shaker Pines Fire Dept. 37 Bacon Rd. Enfield CT.. Any questions, call Priscilla at 860-741-0226 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ENFIELD — Enfield Hockey Association's Learn to Skate Summer Skate Program will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Enfield Twin Rinks, 1 Prior Road.
Teacher Grant Program
ENFIELD — The Tobacco Valley Teachers Federal Credit Union is offering two grant awards, of up to $500 each, to members of the credit union. The funds can be used for implementation of a new or improved program or project which can include equipment, supplies, materials and training. Educators who are TVTFCU members and are employed at a school in the towns of Enfield, East Windsor, Windsor, Windsor Locks, Somers and Suffield may apply. Anyone who is employed at a school in the aforementioned towns and not currently a member can become a member by opening a Savings Account at the credit union.
Application packets may be downloaded from the credit union's website, or a packet may be picked up at the credit union, located at 182 South Road. For more information, visit www.tvtfcu.org or call 860-253-4780.
Enfield Rec Events
ENFIELD — The Enfield Recreation Department is offering the following events and can be reached at 860-253-6420 or www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation.
Picnic Pack Rentals: The Enfield Recreation Department offers picnic packs which are available for Enfield residents to use for a maximum of three days. Payment and proof of residency is required to secure your reservation. Reservations must be made in person at the Recreation Department at least 24 hours in advance of equipment pick-up. Payment is by cash or check only. Fee: $12 plus a $20 refundable deposit. Rental equipment includes croquet, badminton, wiffleball, lawn games, horseshoes, frisbee, sports balls, throw down bases, volleyball/badminton net. Picnic packs will be available for rent through Oct. 2.
Summer Sunshine: Summer Sunshine is designed specifically for children ages 3 to 6 years old. Activities include crafts, games, sports and more. With limited space, your child will have a lot of one-on-one attention. The program is held Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. through noon. The program will be held at the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center. The fee is $49 for residents and $61.25 for non-residents. Pre-registration is required for this program. Registration can be done online or in person at the Recreation office.
Swim Lessons: The Enfield Recreation Department offers a variety of swim lessons including preschool swim lessons, progressive swim lessons and adult swim lessons. Swim lessons will be held at either the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center Pool or at the JFK Middle School Pool, depending on your class. Classes are held in two week sessions.
Nearly New Shoppe Sale
ENFIELD — The Nearly New Shoppe at Enfield Congregational Church, 1295 Enfield St., is having its' half-priced sale. All spring clothing and accessories for men, women and children are included in the sale. The shoppe is open on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Chamber Of Commerce Events
EAST WINDSOR — The East Windsor Chamber of Commerce is offering East Windsor Community Day on Sept. 23. Email email@example.com for more information.
Loaves And Fishes Needs Help
ENFIELD — The Enfield Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen is in need of garden vegetables. Organizers are asking people to plant an extra one or two plants to share. Drop-off is at 28 Prospect St., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Anyone with questions may call Priscilla at 860-741-0226.
Meals On Wheels Needs Help
SOMERS — The Town of Somers Meals on Wheels program has been operating continuously for 36 years independently of support from federal, state or local government funds.
The program provides meals six days a week, 52 weeks a year. It not only provides needed meals but also is a daily wellness check for frail, elderly clients, many of whom live alone. The program was, for many years, completely run by volunteers but now is coordinated by the Town of Somers Human Services Department.
The cost of the meals ($4 for a hot meal, $3 for a cold meal) is set on a sliding scale. If the client has a financial need, there is a MOW subsidy program to assist. The fund is totally supported by local churches, organizations and individuals and has been sufficient, until now. The number of clients has increased and the fund is running low. Government funding for MOW programs is being cut back or eliminated so government help is not an option at this time.
The town is asking for helping replenishing the Somers MOW fund. Donations can be sent to: Town of Somers Meals on Wheels Program, Attn: Assistant Finance Director, 600 Main St., PO Box 308, Somers, CT 06071.
East Windsor Community Garden
BROAD BROOK — The East Windsor Community Garden has tilled plots available. A 15' x 10' plot is $15 and a 15' x 20" plot is $25. Sign up in person or by mail at the town hall planning office, 11 Rye St. For information, call 860-623-6030 or 860-623-5487.
Nutmeg Senior Rides
AREA — Nutmeg Senior Rides provides door through door transportation for seniors and the visually impaired in North Central Connecticut, and now has the online capability for volunteers to pick the rides that fit their schedule.
Volunteer drivers help riders shop and pick out their items, go to doctor appointments, bingo, lunch with friends and more. Mileage for drivers is reimbursed at 40-cents per mile.
Volunteer drivers are needed for expanded service in Bloomfield, East Granby, East Windsor, Enfield, Granby, Somers, South Windsor, Suffield, Windsor, and Windsor Locks.
Applications to become a driver are available at www.NutmegSeniorRides.org or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, call Executive Director Margaret Smith Hale at 860-758-7833.
Ladies' Leisure Golf League
ENFIELD — The Ladies Leisure Golf League is starting its 2017 season at Grassmere Country Club, in Enfield. Dues are $40 and allow one to play each week on Monday and/or Wednesday between the hours of 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. All experience levels are invited. Anyone with questions may call Kay Richards at 860-533-0086 or Sandy Hamel at 860-752-8897.
East Windsor's Anniversary
EAST WINDSOR — East Windsor's 250th anniversary celebration is taking place in 2018 and organizations interested in being a part of the nine month celebration are asked to email email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-749-7626. The membership director will reply with an application and answers to any questions.
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. For more information or to join, contact Al at email@example.com or call/text 860-205-1688.
Operation Fuel Offering Energy Assistance
HARTFORD — Operation Fuel's statewide network of fuel banks started taking energy assistance applications on Wednesday, July 5, from households that are in financial crisis and are in danger of having their utility services terminated.
Individuals who need energy assistance should call 211. The annual winter moratorium, which prevents households from having their electricity and gas shut off, ended on May 1 and will not resume until November 1, 2017.
Energy affordability is a year-round problem for more than 322,000 Connecticut households. Operation Fuel is Connecticut's only statewide nonprofit energy assistance program. For the fiscal year, which ends June 30, Operation Fuel has provided over $3.3 million in energy assistance to more than 7,830 households. This includes $2.1 million in energy assistance for the 2017 winter program and $1.2 million in energy assistance last summer.
Now in its 40th year, Operation Fuel is a statewide nonprofit program that provides emergency energy assistance year-round to lower-income working families and individuals, the elderly, and disabled individuals who are in financial crisis.
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 Avenue, Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT, 06106.