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Cellist, Pianist To Perform

SOUTH WINDSOR — Cellist Julian Schwarz and pianist Marika Bournaki will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at Wood Memorial Library, 783 Main St. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Come early for the best seats. There is no cost to attend. Donations will be accepted.

South Windsor Cultural Arts is pleased to welcome back Schwarz and Bournaki, who met as students at the Aspen Music Festival in 2006 and reconnected as students at Juilliard School. They began their musical collaboration in 2014 and made their debut together in recital at the Austrian Embassy in Washington D.C. for the Embassy Series, and have subsequently performed at international festivals and concert halls.

The duo released its first recording, the complete music for cello and piano of Ernest Bloch, in 2015 for the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music, and recorded Bright Sheng's "Northern Lights" in summer 2016 for future release on Naxos. In November 2016, the duo won first prize in the Boulder International Chamber Music Competition, "The Art of the Duo".

The program will include Beethoven's 7 Variations on Mozart's Magic Flute "Bei Mannern Welche Liebe Fullen"; Brahms' Sonata in E Minor, Op. 38; Richard Strauss' Romance; Danzi's Variations on Mozart's Don Giovanni "La ci darem la mano"; and, Chopin's Introduction and Polonaise Brillante Op 3.

The concert is sponsored by The Rotary Clubs of South Windsor and East Hartford. For information, call 860-416-6920 or 860-289-1783.

Jazz & Wine

SOUTH WINDSOR — Quintessential, a student-organized and directed jazz combo of five from the Hebron RHAM High School, for Friday Night at The Wood: Jazz & Wine, taking place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Wood Memorial Library, 783 Main St. The snowdate is Saturday, Jan. 28.

Quintessential gives their own flair to the jazz classics of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and other greats. The talented band members from local towns include Garrett Masotti on piano, Olivia Knightly on bass, Jacob Ouellette on drums, Aaron Ouellette on trumpet, and Paul Tamburro on trombone.

Cassidy Hill Vineyard, a local Coventry winery, will provide a sampling of their well-rated wines for tasting. Light refreshments will be served.This event is for adults only. Pre-registration is required. The fee for this event is $15 per person or $25 per couple, payable in advance to Wood. Payment can be made by cash, check, Visa or MC.

To register, call 860-289-1783 or visit the library on Mondays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Square Dancing, Round Dancing Nights

ENFIELD — The South Windsor Square Dance Club invites all area square dancers to a evening of square dancing at the Powder Mill Barn, 32 South Maple St., on Friday, Jan. 13, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., featuring caller Dave Eno. Square dancing will be Class Level Main Stream and no Round Dancing. Donation is $8 per person and refreshments will be served.

An evening of square dancing and round dancing will take place at the Powder Mill Barn, 32 South Maple St., from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27. The square dance will feature caller Bill Mager and cuer Lee Fremault.

Square dancing will be alternating Main Stream and Plus with Round Dancing. Donation is $8 per person and refreshments will be served. The historical Powder Mill Barn is located in Hazardville section of Enfield. For more information, call 860 454-4262 or visit the South Windsor Dance Club website: http://fhrick.net/SWSDC/SWSDC.htm.

Fashion and FestiviTea Fundraiser

VERNON — A Fashion and FestiviTea Fundraiser will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Arts Center East, 709 Hartford Turnpike, (Route 30).The snow date is Sunday, Jan. 29.

Enjoy tea, elegant sweets and savories and a show of men and women's fashions from Zahner's Clothiers and Uptown Consignment of South Windsor. Older children are welcome. Advance registration is required. Organizers note that last year's FestiviTea sold out.

Tickets are $15 if purchased before Jan. 16. If purchased between Jan. 17 and 23, tickets are $20. No tickets will be sold at the door. Anyone with questions may contact Arts Center East at 860-871-8222.

Friday Night Services

SOUTH WINDSOR — Temple Beth Hillel of South Windsor, 20 Baker Lane, is inviting the community to join them for Friday night services. Temple Beth Hillel is a reform Synagogue that has a social driven community.

Services led by Rabbi Jeffrey Glickman start Friday evenings at 7 p.m., with music by Cantor Scott Harris. Stay afterwards for an oneg and talk to friends and make new ones. All are welcome. "Temple is a better place with you in it," said Rabbi Jeff Glickman.

For more information, contact the office at 860-282-8466, email admin@tbhsw.org or visit TBHSW.org.

Master Plan

SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Senior Advisory Council, a representative organization of community residents and participants of adult and human service programs, has announced its unanimous endorsement of Phase II of the South Windsor Public Schools' Elementary Facilities Master Plan.

At a recently held meeting, the Senior Advisory Council voted to support the second phase, which includes a new build for Philip R. Smith Elementary and Eli Terry Elementary schools, as part of the 10-year timeline to reconstruct aging town elementary school facilities.

The plan is to bring the new schools, replacing the old schools in a 1-2-1 timeline format, into compliance with state and federal requirements, as well as offer enhanced school security features, modern technology, educational space designed for student needs, improved air quality, and safer traffic patterns, all within an environmentally conscious design.

The anticipated referendum date to be set by the South Windsor Town Council is Tuesday, March 21.

Free Economic Update Workshop

SOUTH WINDSOR — Thrivent Financial South Windsor Office, 828 Sullivan Ave., will be hosting free hour-long economic update workshops on changes in the economy and markets and what they mean to your financial strategy.

Sam Chang, CFA, will speak on economic headlines, investments, financial strategies, economic risks and opportunities and answer questions from attendees. There are four opportunities to attend: 3 or 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, and 3 or 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2. All are welcomed to attend.

Seating is limited. RSVP by Monday, Jan. 30, to reserve your spot. Contact Sam Chang at 860-474-3601 or email Sam.Chang@Thrivent.com.

Meals On Wheels Volunteers Needed

SOUTH WINDSOR — Meals On Wheels is seeking volunteers to deliver to homes in South Windsor. Commitment can be as little as once a month. Training available. Call South Windsor Human Services at 860-648-6361 for details.

South Windsor Senior Center

SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Senior Center has the perfect gift for those family members that have everything, a Senior Center Gift Certificate! They are available in any denomination and can be used for any program or trip the South Windsor Senior Center offers. Stop in the office at 150 Nevers Road to get a gift certificate today. For questions call 860-648-6361.

Senior Activities at the Enes Community Center, 150 Nevers Road include:

Painting & Crafts: Mondays from 2:30 to 5 p.m.

Adult Coloring: Tuesdays at 9 a.m.

Memory to Memoir Writing Class: Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., with Susan Omilian, through Nov. 16.

Trails Photo Contest

SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Human Relations Commission is seeking entries for its 2017 photo contest, "South Windsor Trails," which will feature South Windsor's hiking and biking trails. The contest is open to photographers of all ages who live or work in South Windsor. Photos must be taken in South Windsor in black and white or color. All entries must be original work and be appropriate for posting on a public government website, where the winners will appear. Submissions are limited to four entries per person and must include a release form for each. Photos must be entered separately. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 31. Entry forms are available online at southwindsor.org/human-relations-commission or at the South Windsor Public Library, 1550 Sullivan Ave. Contact Charlie at 860-644-0697 or email cjmargolis@snet.net for details.

Human Resources Roundtable

SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Chamber will be starting a Human Resources Roundtable in January! We are looking to identify the HR individual at your company to include them in this new group Email tina@crvchamber.org or call the Chamber at 860-659-3587 for details.

Senior Activities

SOUTH WINDSOR — The following free senior activities will be held at the Charles N. Enes Community Center, 150 Nevers Road:

Early Bird Dinner and Entertainment Fundraiser: Thursday, Jan. 12 at 4 p.m., followed by entertainment by the Brothers Band

Exercise for People with Parkinson's: Fridays 3 p.m., Jan. 20-Feb. 17.

Social Security 101: Monday, Jan. 23 at 11 a.m., with Robert Rodriguez.

Jeff the Plant Man- Marijuana: Monday, Jan. 30 at 10 a.m.

Chinese Culture Education Series: The History of China: Friday, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m.; Chinese Customs and Culture: Friday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m.; Chinese Language: Friday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m.

Computer Classes: Beginner's start Tuesday, Jan. 10 and the Intermediate class begins Friday, Jan. 13, at Timothy Edwards Middle School from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. Call 860-648-6361, ext. 335.

Overcoming Absent-Mindedness: Friday, Jan. 27, at 10 a.m., with Jo Anne Harrison Becker.

Art Party: Friday, Jan. 20 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., with instructor Elise.

Bridge Lessons: Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m. with Jason Gardiner.

Developing a Healthy Lifestyle - Session Two: The Symphony of Nutrition: Monday, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m., with Dr. Andrew Paterna.

To register for any free program, call 860-648-6361 ext. 335. Register in the office for any program requiring payment.

Lap Quilts For Wounded Heroes

SOUTH WINDSOR — The First Church "Sewin4Servicemen" is hosting the 4th annual Stitch Lap Quilts for Our Heroes, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, Jan. 28, Feb. 25, March 25, and April 22, 2017 at First Congregational Church, 993 Main St. Quilters, Stitchers, crafters, cutters and ironers are welcomed to join in making wheelchair sized, lint-free quilts. No quilting experience is necessary. Fabric and beverages will be provided. Bring your sewing machine with wound bobbins and a brown bag lunch. We are hoping to surpass the previous number of participants and quilts made. The quilts are distributed to veterans in local facilities with the assistance of American Legion Post #133. For information or to register contact Judy at 860-528-7992 or firstchurchsw@gmail.com or borre@cox.net.

Facilities Master Plan

SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Senior Advisory Council, a representative organization of community residents and participants of adult and human service programs, has announced its unanimous endorsement of Phase II of the South Windsor Public Schools' Elementary Facilities Master Plan. At a recently held meeting, the Senior Advisory Council voted to support the second phase, which includes a new build for Philip R. Smith Elementary and Eli Terry Elementary schools, as part of the 10-year timeline to reconstruct aging town elementary school facilities. The plan is to bring the new schools into compliance with state and federal requirements. The anticipated referendum date is Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

Tax Aide Is Seeking Volunteers

LOCAL — The largest volunteer tax preparation program in the nation, the AARP Foundation Tax Aide, is seeking volunteers to give a few hours each week during the tax season to help low-moderate income taxpayers prepare and file their federal and state tax returns ensuring that they receive the tax credits and deductions they deserve. To register as a volunteer, visit aarp.org/taxaide or call 888-227-7669.

Operation Fuel Taking Energy Assistance Applications

HARTFORD — Operation Fuel's statewide winter energy assistance program has begun taking applications. Families and individuals who are struggling financially and need energy assistance should call 211 to find their closest fuel bank. For more information on Operation Fuel or to make a donation, go to www.operationfuel.org. Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Ave., Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT 06106.

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