Community News For The Enfield Edition

ACC Hosting Event For Trans/Gender Awareness Week

ENFIELD — Asnuntuck Community College's Diversity Committee and Pride Club will host an evening of music as part of Trans/Gender Awareness Week. Acoustic guitarist and composer Dana Merritt will perform on Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 170 Elm St.

The performance will be held in the college's new Tower Lobby and is free of charge.

Visit https://asnuntuck.edu/student-life/lgbtq-resources/ to find Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Resources.

Enfield Senior Center

ENFIELD — The Enfield Senior Center, 299 Elm St., is hosting the following events. For more information, call 860-763-7425

With the colder weather approaching, the senior center is reminding everyone of the cancellation policy. All classes and events are canceled when the Enfield Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather. If there is a weather delay, however, our schedule goes on as usual. Information about closings can be found on WFSB.

Mediterranean Cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's Vision of the Seas: Sept. 22 through Oct. 5, 2018, for 14 days and 12 nights. Cost is $2,999 per person, which includes transportation to and from the airport, roundtrip flights to Barcelona visits to Nice, France, Florence, Pisa, Rome, Amalfi Coast, an overnight onboard in Venice, Bologna, Italy and Kotor, Montenegro.

Reservations are currently accepted for 'It's a Wonderful Life' at the Thomaston Opera House on Dec. 3. A pre-show lunch at the Black Rock Tavern is included. Cost is $91 per person.

The Enfield Department of Social Services is extending hours for CHOICES appointments during Medicare Open Enrollment, which ends Dec. 7. Call Andrea today at 860-253-6396 to make your appointment during extended hours on Nov. 27 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Parkway Pavilion; Nov. 29 from 3 to 6 p.m. at DSS - 110 High St.; Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon at DSS, 110 High St.; or Dec. 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Enfield Public Library on Middle Road.

At 10 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, a new seminar program 'How Things Work in our World Explained in Uncomplicated English,' will take place. The topics for discussion at the Nov. 14 meeting will be the internet, world wide web, the cloud, GPS and use of satellites. No registration is required, just drop in.

'How to Avoid the Greatest Financial Dangers Retirees May Face' seminar on Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. will be presented by John Dee of Wealth Preservation Group. Learn how to map out and protect your assets for your lifetime and to build a bridge to safely guide your assets to your loved ones. This is a broad overview of many estate planning topics you won't want to miss! Register at the front desk.

A movie and meal featuring "The Zoo Keeper's Wife" will take place at 6 p.m. on Nov. 16. Tickets are $5 in advance for the movie and meal or $2 at the door for the movie only.

TED talks will be shown on the first and third Thursdays of the month. The next TED Talk will be held on Nov. 16 at 10:30 a.m., Ellen Dunham-Jones, Retrofitting Suburbia. Award-winning architect Ellen Dunham-Jones teaches at the Georgia Institute of Technology and is a board member of the Congress for the New Urbanism. She shows how design impacts some of the most pressing issues of our times – reducing our ecological footprint and energy consumption while improving our health and communities and providing living options for all ages. No registration required, just drop in.

The Hot Flashes are an exciting and eclectic group of three female vocalists who have made a name for themselves on the New England music scene showcasing their tight vocal harmonies and jazzy acoustic stylings. The Hot Flashes will perform on Nov. 17 at 6 p,m. Tickets are $7 and include dessert and coffee.

Torchlight Parade, Carol Sing

ENFIELD — The Torchlight Parade and Carol Sing will be held Sunday, Dec. 3. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. at Enfield Street School, 1318 Enfield St., and end at the Town Green. The carol sing will begin at 7 p.m. in front of the town gazebo along with the tree lighting and Santa's arrival. There is no rain date for this event.

Library Events

ENFIELD — The Enfield Public Library, 104 Middle Road, is offering the following events. Visit www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org or call 860-763-7518 or 860-763-7512 for more details.

A half-hour of nursery rhymes, songs, and fingerplay will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14. This is a drop-in program that is designed to promote early language skills for ages birth to 24 months, accompanied by parents or caregivers.

Hardware Jewelry Jam: A jewelry making program on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m. Kim Larkin from Klassic Kreations will teach participants the art of making beautiful jewelry from common hardware items. Each participant will leave with a design of their own. For ages 11 and up. Registration required. To register, email kraiche@enfield.org or call 860-763-7517.

Waddling Ones: Enjoy simple stories, songs, fingerplays, open play and art for your one-year-old at the Enfield Public Library on Friday, Nov. 17, at 9:30 a.m. This new drop-in program is an early literacy program designed for you and your child ages 12 to 24 months.

Cars 3 will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17. Bring your own snacks.

On Wednesday, Nov. 22, at 10 a.m., children are invited to attend a kids only Bingo. This drop-in program is for children ages five and up who have knowledge of how to play the game.

Church Events

SOMERSVILLE — The Congregational Church of Somersville, 22 Maple St., is hosting the following events. For more information, call 860-749-7741.

The annual family style turkey supper will be held Saturday, Nov. 11, with sittings at 5 and 6:15 p.m. Reservations should be made in advance by contacting the church office at 860-749-7741 or emailing somcong@aol.com; cost is $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-10. The menu includes roast turkey breast, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, salad, cranberry sauce, winter squash, homemade breads and rolls, beverage and pumpkin pie. The dining hall of the church is handicap accessible.

The annual bake sale will be taking place on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the social room. Pumpkin and apple pies, breads, cookies, and homemade goodies will be for sale. Along with baked goods, there will be gently used Christmas items and attic treasures available. Proceeds help benefit the Ladies Aide Society.

All friends of the Somers community are invited to attend a community Thanksgiving service on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. Come and give thanks to God followed by a friendly reception afterwards in the social hall.

Advent Services: Wednesdays, Nov. 29 and Dec. 6, 13, 20; from 7 to 7:30 p.m. These half hour services are contemplative in tone and are designed to highlight important Advent themes.

Turkey, Food Drive

ENFIELD — Rich's Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning will host its 10th annual turkey drive on Saturday, Nov. 18. Rich's staff will be on-hand to collect turkeys, as well as hams and non-perishable food items which will be delivered to area food shelves. Email customerservice@richs-oil.com or call 860-763-2015 for more information.

Anyone wishing to donate can bring their items to Rich's Oil, 12 Moody Road, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or anytime throughout the week. The Rich's Turkey Drive, in its 10th year, has donated more than 1,000 turkeys to help ensure every family enjoys a holiday meal. Rich Tkacz, owner of Rich's, and his staff are gearing up for this year's drive.

The Enfield Food Shelf is suggesting turkeys that are 12 to 15 pounds, boxes of instant potatoes, canned veggies and yams, as well as pickles, olives and other condiments.

Marine Corps Breakfast

EAST WINDSOR — American Legion Post 80 of Enfield is hosting a Marine Corps breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 9 a.m. The purpose of this event is to bring local veterans, reserve, active duty service members, and their supporters together in support of each other and the community.

The event begins with an informal breakfast catered by Maneeley's of East Windsor, 65 Rye St., followed by a semi-formal ceremony to recognize those who served our country.

Proceeds from this event will go to Toys for Tots, a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children for Christmas. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $20 available at the American Legion Post 80 lounge, 566 Enfield St., Enfield. Call 860-745-8817 for more information.

Christmas Bazaar

ENFIELD — Little Sisters of the Poor St. Joseph's Residence will host a Christmas bazaar from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 18 at 1365 Enfield St. A Christmas tag sale, cookie booth, raffles, angel booths, a jewelry sale, gift shop, instant winner games, balloon popping games and more are part of the offerings.

Combat Feathers Vendor And Craft Fair

SOMERS — The 3rd annual Combat Feathers Vendor and Craft Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at Joanna's Banquet Hall, 145 Main St.

All proceeds from this fair go to help local veterans in financial need. Vendors and crafters include Avon, Aeroponic Gardening, beads and baubles, JR Watkins, hand crafted ornaments, hand felted items, hand painted wooden items, hand crafted jewelry, Lularoe, Tastefully Simple, Thirty One and Tupperware will be in attendance. Spaces are still available to vendors and crafters at $30. Visit http://www.combatfeathers.org to find out more about Combat Feathers. Contact Linda Perry at 860-593-5331 or by email at lperry@combatfeathers.org for more information or an application.

Somers Piedmont Coffee House Concert

SOMERS — Drive & VOCE a cappella singers will perform as part of the Somers Piedmont Coffee House Concert, taking place from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at Piedmont Hall, 604 Main St.

Admission is free. Donations are welcome. Coffee and refreshments will be served at intermission.

Safe Grad Auction

EAST WINDSOR — The East Windsor High School Safe Grad Committee's annual Auction of Goods and Services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11, in the East Windsor High School cafeteria, 76 South Main St.

A preview will begin at 5 p.m. and the live auction will begin at 6 p.m. The evening also includes a teacup raffle and silent auction. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Cash and checks are accepted as payment. Proceeds will benefit the 2018 Safe Grad Party in June.

Book Sale

EAST WINDSOR — The Friends of the Warehouse Point Library will be holding a bag sale in November starting Saturday, Nov. 18, through Thursday, Nov. 30, during library hours.

The bag is $6 and can be filled with as many books as possible. If you already have a Friends of Warehouse Point yellow mesh library bag, the cost is $5. The bag sale will take place at 107 Main St. Call 860-623-5482 with any questions.

Trustee's Auction

EAST WINDSOR — The First Congregational Church of East Windsor Annual Trustee's Auction will be held on Nov. 11 in the parish hall at 124 Scantic Road.

The inspection of items is 2 to 3 p.m. and the auction will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Items include furniture, soft goods, antiques, treasures, and theme gift baskets. Admission is free. Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase. To donate an item or for further information, email the church at scanticsecy@fccew.necoxmail.com or call 860-654-05990 to leave a message.

Warming Center Needs Volunteers

ENFIELD — Enfield Safe Harbor Warming Center is in need of volunteers. The warming center is a safe place for people spend the night out of the cold from Jan. 15 to March 31.

For information, contact Lorraine Creedon at 860-749-0931. If you would like to make a donation, checks can be made payable to "Enfield People for People", on the memo line, please write "Warming Center," and send your donation to P.O. Box 165, Enfield, CT 06083.

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.

Annual Holiday House Lighting Contest: The Enfield Recreation Department, in conjunction with Panera Bread, is sponsoring a house lighting contest. Have a great time lighting up your home and decorating it in the holiday spirit. Official entry forms are available at the Recreation Office, online at www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation or you can email RecreationSupervisor@enfield.org with your entry.

Judging will take place Monday, Dec. 11, through Wednesday, Dec. 13. Organizers ask for lights to be left on from 5 to 9 p.m. All entry forms must be turned into the Recreation Department by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8.

This contest is for Enfield residents only. Participants who won last year are not eligible for a prize this year but may participate if they wish. Prizes will be awarded for the following categories: Best Overall, Most Spirited, Most Creative and Brightest.

The Enfield Recreation Department hosts Open Gym Basketball time for adults 20 and over. Participants must show proof of age and residency to participate in addition to having a program waiver on file at the gym. The program will be held October 2 – March 3; check website for no program dates. Daily fee is $2 for residents and $2.50 for non-residents.

Playgroup: Playgroup is an ongoing program, so registration is not necessary, however you must be an Enfield resident to participate. Please note that a participant waiver must be on file with the instructor which can be filled out the first day you attend. There is no play group when school is delayed or closed due to weather. The program runs Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, October 2 through December 22 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center. There is no cost for this program.

Other activities include open gym volleyball for adults, open gym pickleball for adults and high school open gym volleyball.

Elks Hoop Shoot Basketball Contest: In conjunction with the Elks Lodge #2222, the Enfield Recreation Department is hosting a Hoop Shoot Basketball Contest on Saturday, Dec. 9, at JFK Middle School. Hoop Shoot is a free event for Enfield residents ages 8 to 13 years old as of April 1, 2018. Pre-registration is required by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, at the Recreation Office. For complete information, visit www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation or call 860-253-6420.

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 Aug. 25 for Enfield residents and Sept. 8 for non-residents.

Basketball: A co-ed instructional program for boys and girls in grades 1 and 2 will be held on Sunday afternoons at JFK Middle School beginning on Jan. 7. Parent volunteers are sought to help supervise stations.

Registration will be limited to 80 participants (40 per session) and will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. Registration began on Oct. 13. This program is for Enfield residents only. The fee is $35 per participant. Contact the Enfield Recreation Dept. at 860-253-6420 or visit www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation for more information or to register.

An introductory basketball program for youth in Kindergarten will be held on Sunday afternoons at JFK Middle School beginning on Jan. 7. Parent volunteers are sought to help supervise stations. Contact the Enfield Recreation Dept. at 860-253-6420 or visit www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation for more information or to register.

Eastern Coyotes Talk

ENFIELD — People Enjoying People will hold its monthly luncheon at noon Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 1518 King St. Speaker Paul Colburn is a graduate of Master Wildlife Conservationist Program and is a certified Master Wildlife Conservationist.

The Eastern Coyotes in Connecticut presentation focuses on the history of coyotes in Connecticut, an overview of coyote habitat, diet, behavior, and reproduction. It also provides practical recommendations for optimum coexistence with the coyote population. Coyote artifacts are shared with the audience. Anyone with questions may call 860-745-5211, ext. 203.

Christmas Bazaar

ENFIELD — A Christmas bazaar at St. Joseph's Residence, 1365 Enfield St., will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 18.

Bible Study

ENFIELD — A monthly Bible Study at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 383 Hazard Ave., will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13. The title for this month is "The Case of the Grateful Samaritan" and the group will be studying Luke 17:11-19; the story of the Thankful Leper.

A potluck supper will take place at 6 p.m. The Bible Study will start at 6:45 p.m. Prior Bible experience is not necessary. This event is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend. For more information, contact the church office 860-749-3912.

Images Of America: East Windsor

EASTS WINDSOR — An author signing event for "Images of America, East Windsor" with authors Ceil Donahue and Jessica Bottomley will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 11, at the Museums on the Green, home of the East Windsor Historical Society, 115 Scantic Road.

All proceeds from the sale of the book at this event will go to benefit the East Windsor Historical Society. The Academy Museum will also be featuring a newly expanded military exhibit in time for Veteran's Day. Patrons can help identify some of the uniforms and veterans in older photographs. Perhaps find a picture of a loved one that served our nation. The Osborn house will also be open for tours along with the Barber Shop and Probate Court. Visit www.eastwindsorhistory.wordpress.com for more information.

NaNoWriMo Programs

SOMERS — National Novel Writing Month is an annual creative writing project that takes place during the month of November, challenging participants to write 50,000 words (the minimum for most publishers) from Nov. 1 until the deadline at 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 30.

The goal of the Somers Public Library's NaNoWriMo writing series is to build on the spirit of community and support from NaNoWriMo while helping aspiring local authors through the writing marathon in November.

During November, we have 'Come Write In' writing prompt sessions and a Writing Workshop led by a local published author where you can meet up with other local NaNoWriMo participants to keep motivated.

A write-in will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20. A NaNoWriMo Writer's Workshop with Dawn Metcalf will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 15. A NaNoWriMo Celebration will take place from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 30.

To sign up for any of these activities or to ask any questions, call the Somers Public Library at 860-763-3501. The library is located at 2 Vision Boulevard in the education complex in Somers.

Town Seeking Recording Secretaries

ENFIELD — The Town of Enfield is seeking recording secretaries to type minutes of meetings for several boards and commissions that meet on a regular evening schedule in the Town Hall. Meeting attendance is not mandatory but is highly recommended for those that meet in an untelevised location. Rate of pay is determined on meeting length. Minutes typed should be completed within seven days and turned in prior to the commission or committee's next meeting.

The following Commissions have openings: Planning and Zoning Commission, First and third Thursday of each month; Historic District Commission, Fourth Wednesday of each month; Inland Wetland and Watercourse Agency, Third Tuesday of each month; and Zoning Board of Appeals, Fourth Monday of each month.

Visit https://www.youtube.com/user/EnfieldTelevision to watch a meeting and visit www.enfield-CT.gov to review meeting minutes. Anyone interested may send a letter of Interest to the Town Manager's Office, 820 Enfield Street, Enfield, CT 06082.

Enfield CT Open Forum Food Drive

ENFIELD — Five years ago, the Enfield CT Open Forum was quite a small group established by Kevin and Doreen Kibbe. This group provided a safe place on Facebook for open discussions of many topics without negativity. Kevin, being a diehard Red Sox fan, decided to have some fun with the forum members by challenging the group to donate one item per person for every Red Sox win during the 2012 season.

Kevin aimed high and the first collection weighed in at 320 pounds of much needed food, household and personal items. This total grew to 1,100 pounds the second year and the third drive was even more amazing, a grand total of 2,248 pounds. The fourth year took a huge hit due to the economic downfall. Now in its fifth year, donations are underway.

Drop-off sites are placed around town and the collection partnered with Shop-Rite in Enfield, where a complete list is displayed. Information can also be gotten at ecoffooddrive@yahoo.com or by calling 860-794-3061.

Combat Feathers Vendor, Craft Fair

SOMERS — The 3rd annual Combat Feathers Vendor and Craft Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at Joanna's Banquet Hall, 145 Main St.

All proceeds from this fair go to help local veterans in financial need. Vendors and crafters include Avon, Aeroponic Gardening, beads and baubles, JR Watkins, hand crafted ornaments,hand felted items, hand painted wooden items, hand crafted jewelry, LulaRoe, Tastefully Simple, Thirty One, Tupperware and more.

Spaces are still available to vendors and crafters at $30 per table. Visit http://www.combatfeathers.org/ to find out more about Combat Feathers. Contact Linda Perry at 860-593-5331 or by email at lperry@combatfeathers.org for more information or an application.

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.

Enfield Library Events

ENFIELD — The Enfield Public Library, 104 Middle Road, is hosting the following events. Visit www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org or call the library at 860-763-7518 or 860-763-7512 for more details. All programs at the Enfield Public Library are free and all are welcome.

Time for Twos will meet either 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays or 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays. A caregiver must accompany each child. Terrific Threes will meet on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Fantastic Fours and Fives will meet on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. Marvelous Threes & Fours will meet on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

Sign-up will be for one session only and for only one storytime per week. Storytimes begin the week of Nov. 6 and end the week of Dec. 11.

Volunteer Hearing Officer Sought

ENFIELD — The town of Enfield is seeking a volunteer hearing officer. Are you attracted to interpreting the law? Are you seeking meaningful ways to serve your community? Do you have a passion for impartial application of ordinances?

Anyone interested may send a letter of interest detailing why they feel they are qualified to become a hearing officer to Townmanager@enfield.org or to the Town Hall, Town Manager's Office, 80 Enfield St., Enfield CT 06082.

Young Parents Support Group

ENFIELD — The Family Resource Center invites parents between the ages of 18 and 21 to join its new Young Parent Support Group. This group will provide the opportunity for young parents to come together in a safe place to exchange ideas, share experiences and receive information. Children are welcome to attend and participate in age-appropriate activities during the group.

The group will meet weekly from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. for eight consecutive weeks at the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center, 19 North Main St. The group began meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17. For more information or to register, contact Tracy Roche at troche@enfield.org or 860-253-5214.

Friday Films

ENFIELD — Friday Films at the Enfield Public Library, 104 Middle Road, will take place on Friday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. For more information on the movie shown, visit www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org or call 860-763-7512. The showings are free and registration is not required.

Fall Story Times

EAST WINDSOR — Fall story times at the Warehouse Point Library, 107 Main St., still has limited space available. Programs with available openings are: Times for Twos on Tuesday mornings from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.; Books Before Bed for 4- to 6-year-olds on Monday evenings at 6:15 p.m., and Club Read, a reading group for 7- to 10- year-olds the first Tuesday of each month. For more information or to register, call the library at 860-623-5482 or in person.

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.

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.

Food Pantry Needs Donations

EAST WINDSOR — The Five Corner Cupboard Food Pantry is in 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 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.

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.

Farmers Market

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 dcaronna@ncdhd.org or 860-745-0383.

To sign up as a vendor, visit www.thinkenfield.com and click on Enfield's Community & Farmers Market or contact Development Services at developmentservices@enfield.org or call 860-253-6350.

Farmers Market

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 dcaronna@ncdhd.org or 860-745-0383. Permits take a couple of weeks to process from date of application so time is of the essence.

To sign up is easy and free, go to www.thinkenfield.com and click on Enfield's Community & Farmers Market or contact Development Services at developmentservices@enfield.org or call 860-253-6350.

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 pbelf@aol.com

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.

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.

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 ctseniorrides@gmail.com. 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 ew250@eastwindsorct.com.

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 membership@somersfire.org or call 860-749-7626. The membership director will reply with an application and answers to any questions.

Copyright © 2017, CT Now
49°