SOUTH WINDSOR — Enjoy some free school vacation fun for the whole family at Timothy Edwards Middle School, 100 Arnold Way, at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16.
Magician Matt Roberts will perform a whole new "Laughs and Illusions" show, featuring audience participation, music, a Harry Potter-themed illusion and more. The event is co-sponsored by Wood Memorial Library and Museum, the South Windsor Recreation Department and the South Windsor Community Women.
Admission is free to the public, but donations to the Ann Masi Memorial Fund are welcome. No registration is required. In case of inclement weather, visit www.woodmemoriallibrary.org on the morning of the event.
Fathom Art Exhibit
SOUTH WINDSOR — The art exhibit Fathom is taking place at the Wood Library and Museum, 783 Main St., from Jan. 30 to May 1. Fathom consists of photographs of artistic multimedia constructions created by New Haven based artist, Kevin Van Aelst.
A reception will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 24. For additional information, visit www.woodmemoriallibrary.org.
Blue Star Family Members Sought
SOUTH WINDSOR — South Windsor American Legion Post 133 wishes to recognize family members residing within the town who have relatives currently serving as a member of the Armed Forces of the U.S.
Family members, defined as spouse, parent, sibling or other close relative, are eligible to receive recognition as a Blue Star Family member. Post 133 would like to present a Blue Star pin to any South Windsor family member in honor of a currently serving relative. Anyone who believes he or she qualifies is asked to contact Art Sladyk at 860-848-1711 or email@example.com.
Temple Beth Hillel
SOUTH WINDSOR — Temple Beth Hillel, 20 Baker Lane, is offering adult education classes each Sunday from 11 a.m. to noon, featuring trained educators Rabbi Jeffrey Glickman, Rabbi Alan Lefkowitz and Cantor Scott Harris.
On Feb. 2 and 12, the topic is Jewish Personalities, taught by Glickman and Lefkowitz. There is no cost to attend. For additional information or to sign up, contact the Temple at 860-282-8466 or Admin@Tbhsw.org.
SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Down to Earth Garden Club will hold its February meeting at the South Windsor Public Library, 1550 Sullivan Ave., at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8.
Cathy Testa, owner of Container Crazy CT, will discuss six design tips for container gardens. The public is invited to attend and light refreshments will be served.
For more information, call 860-644-8165 or visit www.swgardenclub.org.
Food Alliance Events
SOUTH WINDSOR — The following events, co-sponsored by the South Windsor FOOD Alliance, South Windsor Public Library, Senior Center and Parks and Recreation Department, will take place at 6:30 p.m. on the following Thursdays, in the Friends Room at the South Windsor Public Library, 1550 Sullivan Ave.
Cost to attend is food or cash donations for the South Windsor Food and Fuel Bank. To register, visit the senior center or email SouthWindsorFood@gmail.com.
Improve Cholesterol Without Medication will take place on Feb. 16, with Bradley Biskup, Physician Assistant at UConn Health's Center for Lifestyle Medicine.
On March 2, two events will be offered: Yoga Off the Mat with Sydnie and Paul Cote, Kripalu-certified yoga instructors, and Learning About Natural Herbs with Brenda Sullivan,owner at Thompson Street Farm
Growing Healthy Food From Seeds with Bill Marshall & Dave Starr, Master Gardeners with the SW FOOD Alliance, will take place on March 16.
On March 30, Biskup will speak on diabetes and lifestyle medicine.
Young Artist Workshop
SOUTH WINDSOR — Doris Mrugala, instructor at the Connecticut Art School in South Windsor, will lead a young artist workshop from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Wood Memorial Library, 783 Main St.
Children ages seven to 12 may create a mixed media masterpiece featuring jungle leopards and a collage overlay of leaves and flowers. The snow-date is Sunday, Feb. 5. Pre-registration is required. The fee is $14 per child, payable in advance. Payment can be made by cash, check, VISA or MC. All materials are included.
To register, contact the library at 860-289-1783 or visit the library in person.
Wine And Beer Tasting
MANCHESTER — The South Windsor Community Women's Club is hosting a wine and beer tasting fundraiser with the Enfield Junior Women's Club and the Bolton Women's Club from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road.
Tickets are $25 each and include appetizers, desserts, wine and beer tasting and a silent auction. Tickets are limited. Call 860-573-8897 for tickets or if you are interested in donating an item for the silent auction.
First Tee Of Connecticut
HARTFORD — The First Tee of Connecticut honored three Board of Director members who were founding members of the Connecticut chapter, and welcomed seven new board members at their December 6th year-end board meeting.
Newly appointed board member Manu Mazumdar is the former president of Arrowpoint Technologies and is currently a consultant based in South Windsor. Also appointed were: Ken Baldwin, Esq., partner at Robinson & Cole, LLP of Hartford; Tim Bunt, senior vice-president and chief risk officer of CBRE in Norwalk; Jeffrey L. Cohen, M.D., chief physician officer with Hartford HealthCare Medical Group in Wethersfield; incoming board chair David Dixon. Senior vice-president and regional manager of People's United Bank in Hartford; Bill Flood, PGA, director of instruction at Ridgewood Country Club in Danbury; Peter Joyce, general manager of Wampanoag Country Club in West Hartford; and David Marks, CFA, a senior financial advisor based in West Hartford.
Edwin ("Ted") H. May, III (current board chair), Paul Mersereau, Esq., (current board secretary) and Gary Reynolds (PGA member and former First Tee of Connecticut coach), were elevated to Emeritus Director status after providing over 15 years of guidance and support, which helped the chapter grow from its beginning as a small clinic in Hartford in 2007 with just under 100 children to now serving over 70,000 children statewide.
TROY, NY — South Windsor resident Andrew Feder was named to Hudson Valley Community College's fall 2016 dean's list. He is studying in the business-marketing academic program.
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 an evening of square dancing and round dancing 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. For more information, contact the office at 860-282-8466, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit TBHSW.org.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Chamber at 860-659-3587 for details.
SOUTH WINDSOR — The following free senior activities will be held at the Charles N. Enes Community Center, 150 Nevers Road:
Exercise for People with Parkinson's: Fridays 3 p.m., Jan. 20-Feb. 17.
Jeff the Plant Man- Marijuana: Monday, Jan. 30 at 10 a.m.
Chinese Culture Education Series: Chinese Language: Friday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m.
Overcoming Absent-Mindedness: Friday, Jan. 27, at 10 a.m., with Jo Anne Harrison Becker.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.