Talking About Time
SOUTH WINDSOR — The life and work of Daniel Burnap, one of the town's most eminent craftsmen, will be the subject of the Feb. 8 program of the South Windsor Historical Society. The guest speaker will be Carolyn Stearns of Storrs, a combination storyteller, public speaker, farmer, 4-H leader, community activist, and letterboxer.
The program, part of the "History Made Alive" series, will be held at Wood Library & Museum, 783 Main St., at 7 p.m. The library will also have items made by Burnap on display. The recommended donation for adults is $5 and $3 for members of the Historical Society and Wood Library. Refreshments will be served.
Stearns' storytelling takes experiences from all avenues and blends them with a language full of color and mood. She was awarded the 2014 Barbara L. Reed Award for Service to CT Storytelling and the National Storytelling network 2014 Oracle Award for Service and Leadership in the Northeast.
Burnap was born in Coventry in 1759. As a teenager, he apprenticed in Norwich with Thomas Harland, an English born and trained clockmaker who was considered the most prolific maker in 18th century Connecticut and mentor of several top craftsman of the era. In 1786, Burnap moved to East Windsor Hill, the northwest corner of what is now South Windsor. He purchased the home from Smith Bailey, who had repaired watches and made silver spoons at the nearby post office building.
Dollars For Scholars
SOUTH WINDSOR — South Windsor Dollars for Scholars Inc. is a chapter of the Dollars for Scholars® program of Scholarship America®. South Windsor Dollars for Scholars is a 501©3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the furthering of nonprofit scholarship resources and educational opportunities for students who are residents of the town of South Windsor, students educated within the town limits of, but not residents of the town of South Windsor, and/or students meeting the specific residency requirements contained within the criteria of scholarships administered by South Windsor Dollars for Scholars Inc.
Scholarships specifically serviced by South Windsor Dollars for Scholars Inc. will be accessible at SouthWindsor.DollarsforScholars.org through 11:59 p.m. March 15. It is imperative students read the sign-in page prior to beginning the application for important and specific instructions. There is only one application to complete for consideration, though some scholarships do require specific essays or portfolio inclusions. All applications will be required to be submitted electronically through the website. Notification of South Windsor Dollars for Scholars INC scholarship awards will be made in June.
SOUTH WINDSOR — The following activities for seniors will take place at the Charles N. Enes Community Center, 150 Nevers Road. To register for any free program, call Human Services at 860-648-6361, ext. 335. Register in the office for any program requiring payment.
Ballroom Dance Lessons: Lessons are Monday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. To join, contact instructors Laura and Jason Gardiner at 860-875-7150. Couples only. Free.
Men's Morning Group: The men's group will meet the second Thursday of every month at 9 a.m.
Yoga and Beer: Join the adventure club on Sunday, Feb. 11, for yoga and beer. Guests will meet at Connecticut Valley Brewing Company on 765 Sullivan Ave. Enjoy a warm-up beer, then a one hour yoga class, followed by a cool down beer. Cost is $20 per person, payable the day of the event, directly to the brewery. Meet at the Brewery at 10 a.m. Call to register.
Special Bingo: On Thursday, Feb. 15, at 1 p.m. The Ivy of Ellington will be providing prizes and a special snack. No need to sign up, just show up for your chance to win prizes along with regular cash prizes. Bingo cards are 50 cents a card.
New Program, Current Events: 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27. Discuss the latest topics in world, national and local news, as well as science, health and technology advances. Led by Kathy Longo. Call to register. Free.
Valentine's Day Lunch: On Tuesday, Feb. 14. Valentine's Day lunch with entertainment by the High School's Chamber Orchestra. Snacks will be served at 11 a.m. The orchestra will play at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at noon. Register for lunch by 11:30 a.m. the day before. Transportation is available. Cost: $2.50 donation for lunch.
50 Years/50 Visits: The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is coming to the senior center. Join a Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art docent on Friday, Feb. 16, at 1 p.m. Explore art from the Atheneum, an interactive discussion of highlights from the Athenaeum's collections for adults. Free. Call to register.
Book Club: "Out of My Mind" by Sharon Draper. Participants will read the book prior to meeting on Feb. 20, from 1 to 2 p.m. Books are on hold for the group at the public library. Free. Call to register.
Winter Hike: The Oak Grove Nature Center, 269 Oak Grove St., Manchester. The bus will leave the Community Center on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m., and return at 12:30 p.m. Be sure to wear layers to stay warm. Free. Call to register.
Wii Bowling: Second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m. Next date: Feb. 21. Call 860-648-6361, ext. 335, to register. Free.
Smartphone/Tablet Help: Get one-on-one help with your Smartphone, iPad, iPhone or computer with SW High School senior Christian Famiglietti. Bring your device and your questions. Appointments are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday in February from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Call to schedule your 30 minute appointment. Free.
Neck and back pain relief with local chiropractor Dr. Laura Reagan. This program is simple to learn, easy to implement, and designed to have many take-aways: balanced walking, balanced sitting to standing and balanced stair climbing. Program runs 30 minutes; attendees will be able to practice while they learn. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 12:30 p.m. Free. Call to register.
Sexual Harassment Awareness Training: Join retired Human Resources Director MaryAnne O'Neil as she talks about: What is sexual harassment? What types are there, examples of each, how harassment is determined, how to avoid the behavior and what to do if something happens to you or you witness it happening to someone else. Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 1 p.m. Free. Call to register.
Reiki: Reiki is a gentle, non-intrusive, hands-on and hands-off energy practice that supports healing and personal development. Certified Reiki practitioner Mary Ann will hold Reiki 30 minute sessions at the center for $15, payable the day of your appointment. Appointments available Tuesday, Feb. 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call 860-648-6361, ext. 335.
Alzheimer's Support Group
SOUTH WINDSOR — At 3 p.m. Feb. 25, The Village at Buckland Courts, 432 Buckland Road, will be holding its monthly Alzheimer's support group. The group meets the last Sunday of every month and is open to anyone who knows someone with memory impairment.
The meeting will start with a short educational piece on the types of dementia. It will be followed with an open discussion about how your month has been going. The topics of discussion change with the needs of the group. Come and meet new friends and don't feel so alone. RSVP to Sandi Hart at 860-644-7366.
SOUTH WINDSOR — The Friends of the South Windsor Library will sponsor a trip to Tanglewood on Sunday, June 24, for a performance of the Boston Pops, featuring guest soloist Audra McDonald. For more information and to reserve a spot, call Cathy Gallagher at 860-436-4948.
The South Windsor Library will hold a Booked for Lunch at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, upstairs in the library Friends room, featuring Betsy Lerner, author of the memoir "Bridge Ladies." Bring your lunch and the Friends will provide drinks and desserts. Books will be available for signing.
The Friends of the South Windsor Library is featuring a specially priced used book sale that began Feb. 3 and will run until Feb. 27. The sale will take place in the library book sale room, downstairs. Books are buy one get one free, music CDs are two for $1 and small paperback books are 10 cents.
Yiddish For Fun
SOUTH WINDSOR — Temple Beth Hillel will be holding a Yiddish for fun class. This is an intro to Yiddish class and is opened to all. The next classes will meet Feb. 12 and March 19 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Hillel, 20 Baker Lane. Contact Marsha at email@example.com or call 860-282-8466 for more information.
Masquerade Purim Party
SOUTH WINDSOR — Join the Temple Beth Hillel Men's Club for a Masquerade Purim Party on Saturday March 3. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and entertainment starts at 6 p.m. Temple Beth Hillel is a reform synagogue located at 20 Baker Lane.
The evening will feature a bid board, raffle, photo booth, DJ with dancing and a light buffet dinner. Child care will be provided. Tickets are $25 for advanced sales and $30 at the door. Advanced sales run through Feb. 28. To purchase tickets go to TBHSW.org and pre- register, or contact the Temple office at 860-282-8466. Checks can be mailed to Temple Beth Hillel C/O Purim Party 20 Baker Lane South Windsor CT 06074. All are welcome. Contact Ed Widofsky at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Food Drive For Families Displaced by Hurricane Drive
WEST HARTFORD — Thousands of Puerto Rican and other Caribbean individuals and families displaced by Hurricane Maria are expected to come to Greater Hartford to begin a new life. More than 1,300 have already arrived. A food drive is taking place now through Feb. 9.
Organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council, part of Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, the drive especially needs Grace or Goya brand products, including bags of rice, bags of beans, and cans of tomato sauce or tomato paste; spices and seasonings such as sugar, salt, adobo, sazón and garlic powder; Kellogg's brand cereals, Cheerios, Cream of Wheat and Quaker Oats; and coffee or juice, including Bustelo, Pilon or Maxwell brand coffee and Capri Sun brand juice drink.
Seventeen synagogues, schools and Jewish agencies in seven towns are serving as drop-off locations for the drive. They include the Anja Rosenberg Kosher Food Pantry at Jewish Family Services, Beth David Synagogue, Beth El Temple, Chabad House of Greater Hartford, Congregation Beth Israel, The Emanuel Synagogue, Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, the Mandell Jewish Community Center, and Young Israel of West Hartford (all located in West Hartford); The Bess and Paul Sigel Hebrew Academy, B'nai Tikvoh Shalom, and Solomon Schechter Day School (Bloomfield); Beth Sholom B'nai Israel (Manchester); Congregation Kol Haverim (Glastonbury); Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation - Emek Shalom (Simsbury); Temple Beth Hillel (South Windsor); and Temple Sinai (Newington). Donations will be distributed by the Centro de Ayuda Para Nuestros Amigos Caribeños (Relief Center for our Caribbean Friends) in Hartford, managed by the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC).
The food drive is the third phase of JCRC's response effort in collaboration with CREC and other agencies. In late October, Jewish Family Services' Tara's Closet and JCRC joined forces to sort and donate hundreds of winter clothing items to the Relief Center, and a toiletry drive in November collected two SUVs full of hygiene products. JCRC is also coordinating small-scale volunteer opportunities to sort donations at the Relief Center. To learn more or to get involved, contact Alana Butler, Federation's Director of Community Engagement, at email@example.com or 860-727-6152.
Trees Of New England
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. 14.
The guest speaker will be Michael Wojtech, author of "Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of New England." Many people know how to identify trees by their leaves, but what about when those leaves have fallen? The public is invited to attend and light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit www.swgardenclub.org or call 860-644-8165.
Substance Abuse Support Group
WEST HARTFORD — A free open support group for parents concerned about substance abuse will host weekly meetings every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at the offices of The Next Right Thing. LLC, 345 North Main St., Suite 306. Any parent concerned about their late teens' marijuana or other substance use may join and participate in one or more sessions. The group's leader is Julian N. Hartt Jr., MSW, LCSW.
Eugene Policelli Service Awards
SOUTH WINDSOR — Nominations are now being accepted for the 16th annual Eugene Policelli Service Awards. The South Windsor Board of Education invites you to nominate someone who you believe deserves to be recognized for significantly enhancing the quality of life in South Windsor through his or her voluntary service. The service awards were established by the board of education to recognize and honor Dr. Eugene Policelli's service to the town of South Windsor.
Each year as many as three citizens and three South Windsor High School seniors may be selected for this honor. Honorees will have their names inscribed on commemorative plaques placed in the main entrance of South Windsor High School.
Nomination forms can be picked up at South Windsor's board of education administrative offices, the high school guidance department, chamber of commerce, the Charles N. Enes Community Center or the public library. Nomination forms can also be obtained from the school district website http://www.southwindsorschools.org (click on Board of Education tab and select Eugene Policelli Service Awards. If you would like to have a nomination form mailed to you or need additional information, call Cindi Yakoubian at 860-291-1256.
The deadline for nomination applications is March 2. Honorees will be selected and notified by March 22. The ceremony recognizing those selected will be held on May 1 at South Windsor High School, 161 Nevers Road.
Nominations Of Extraordinary CT Residents Over Age 60 Now Open
BLOOMFIELD — Nominations for the 2018 Class of 60 Over 60 are now open. For the second year, the 60 Over 60 awards are looking for 60 Connecticut individuals over age 60 who make a difference with their businesses; in their communities and for their families.
Duncaster created this award-winning program in 2017 as a way to recognize the state's movers and shakers over the age of 60. Last year's honorees came from 26 towns across the state of Connecticut. They included leaders in the fields of business, medicine, sports and nonprofit organizations; activists; artists; inventors; politicians; volunteers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Those wishing to nominate someone or themselves can go to the Duncaster website at www.Duncaster.org/60-Over-60; to nominate by email, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a nomination form. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 13 at midnight.
A panel of judges, including three of last year's recipients, will pick the members of the 2018 Class of 60 Over 60. Winners will be notified by the end of March. They will be featured in a special statewide newspaper supplement, showcased on the Duncaster site and honored at a celebration in May.
For the second year, we are launching a search for 60 people over age 60 who best represent the doers and dreamers of Connecticut; those whose everyday acts of kindness or achievements make an impact on the lives of others, said Carol Ann McCormick, Duncaster's Vice President of Sales and Marketing. McCormick was recognized by LeadingAge Connecticut for creating the program in 2017.
Anyone may nominate someone who is age 60 or better by Feb. 13. Nominees must live in the state of Connecticut at least five months a year. Nominators need not be from Connecticut. Self-nominations and multiple nominations are encouraged. For more information, see Duncaster.org or call 860-380-5006.
Lap Quilts For Wounded Heroes
SOUTH WINDSOR — The First Church "Sewin4Servicemen" is hosting the 5th annual Stitch Lap Quilts for Our Heroes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following Saturdays: Feb. 24, March 24 and April 28, 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 pre-wound bobbins and a brown bag lunch.
Organizers 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 Firstchurchsw@gmail.com, Borre@cox.net or Judy at 860-528-7992.
Free Braille Calendars
AREA — The Community Outreach Office of the National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut has 2018 Braille calendars, free of charge. For more information, contact email@example.com or 860-289-1971.
Hand Strength Exercise Classes
SOUTH WINDSOR — Hand strength exercise classes will take place at South Windsor Senior Center, 150 Nevers Road, at 2:30 p.m. every Tuesday. Cost to attend is $2 per class.
In this class, the focus will be on improving strength and dexterity of the hands. All fitness levels are encouraged, and everybody will learn techniques that will instantly increase hand strength as well as decrease hand pain. Proper form will be emphasized, and participants will discover how the correct placement of the hands will increase all lifting potential. All equipment will be supplied by the instructor. To register or with questions, call 860-648-6361.
Friendly Shopper Volunteers Available
SOUTH WINDSOR — South Windsor's Adult and Senior Services has volunteers available to help South Windsor residents with grocery shopping. If you have trouble navigating the grocery store on your own, let one of our screened volunteers assist. Volunteers are able to help you or can get groceries for you. Call Lindsey for more information to see if you are eligible. This is not a service based on financial need; rather based on physical need. Call 860-648-6361, ext. 319.
SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Public Library, 1550 Sullivan Ave., is offering the following events.
Family Stories are offered at South Windsor Public Library on most Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. This half-hour of stories and activities is presented by the Children's staff and no registration is required. Family Stories is geared toward children ages 3 and up with at least one adult member of their family.
Students age 10 and up are invited to register for the Amazing Animators Club at South Windsor Public Library. The Club meets on the 4th Saturday of the month. The group meets in the Computer Lab in the Children's Department and works on stop motion animation films that will be uploaded to the library's YouTube account. Space is limited. Call 860-644-5404 if you have any questions.
Older elementary readers are invited to join the Nutmeg Book Review at South Windsor Public Library; registration is necessary. Guests may register by calling 860-644-5404 or coming into the Children's Department at the library.
Special Needs Hockey Team Recruiting New Players
AREA — The Connecticut Chasers, an ice hockey team for individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities, is recruiting new players for the 2017-18 season, running from Nov. 4, through March 10, 2018.
Weekly practices are at Simsbury Farms Skating Rink in Simsbury from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The team is looking for players of all abilities and skill levels ages 8 and up. "Learn to Skate" sessions are offered for those new to the ice.
Prospective players and their families are invited to attend a practice to see the fun for themselves. Some equipment is available to borrow for anyone who wants to try a practice session before joining.
Athletes from throughout the Greater Hartford Area and beyond are welcome. Current players are from Avon, Canton, Ellington, Farmington, Glastonbury, Simsbury, South Windsor, and Windsor.
The Chasers were founded in 1997 by former Hartford Whaler Kelly Chase and the Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress to provide a team experience for the players while helping them improve their self-esteem, social skills, gross motor skills and coordination. The team is a proud member of the American Special Hockey Association and Special Hockey International.
Last season, the Chasers had the honor of serving as "Blue Line Buddies" for the Hartford Wolf Pack, standing on the ice with the team during the National Anthem before a game at the XL Center. The Chasers are looking for similar opportunities this season.
The team also has scrimmages with the Southern Connecticut Storm of Bridgeport and the East Coast Jumbos of Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Email Ctchasershockey@gmail.com for more information.
Silver Sneakers Exercise Classes
SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Senior Center, 150 Nevers Road, is now a member of the Silver Sneakers FLEX Community and can now offer Silver Sneakers Exercise Classes at the center.
Silver Sneakers are exercise classes that are offered to seniors with certain insurance plans, for free. Don't have silver sneakers insurance? You can still enjoy these classes for a fee of $2 per class, drop in. If you aren't sure if your insurance plan includes Silver Sneakers, call the center at 860-648-6361.
The new Silver Sneakers classes being offered include cardio on Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., muscle madness on Monday and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., circuit on Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m., and classic on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m.
SOUTH WINDSOR — A new men's group will meet the second Thursday of every month at 9 a.m. at South Windsor Human Services, 150 Nevers Road.
Enjoy light refreshments and meet new friends. Organizers are open to and look forward to suggestions on how guests want this group to run. Call 860-648-6361, ext. 335, to register anytime.
Girl Scout Recruitment
SOUTH WINDSOR — 'Make New Friends' is the theme for South Windsor Girl Scouts this year. Troops are forming for Girl Scout Daisies (grade K-1); Brownies (grades 2-3); Juniors (4-5); Cadettes (6-8); Seniors (9-10); and Ambassadors (grades 11-12).
Troops generally meet twice a month at local schools to plan activities that encourage cooperation, friendship, community service, and skill building. Adult volunteers are needed. No prior experience is required and training and support are provided. For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Lisa Kopper at 860-644-8588.
Fire Department Recruiting New Members
SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Volunteer Fire Department is currently recruiting new members of all ages and abilities who possess a desire to help and a passion for service, as well as a sense of pride and tradition.
Positions include firefighter, fire police, fire explorer for youth ages 14 to 17, support staff and fire and life safety. All training and equipment is included. For more information, please visit www.southwindsorfire.org or contact Deputy Chief Scott Fine at 860-463-0500 or via email at email@example.com.
Lunch With Rabbi
SOUTH WINDSOR — Lunch With Rabbi, a monthly study for adult learners with Rabbi Jeffrey Glickman meets the last Thursday of every month at Temple Beth Hillel at noon. No reservation is required.
A soup lunch is provided. For more information, contact the Temple at 860-282-8466 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Temple Beth Hillel is located at 20 Baker Lane.
FISH Seeking Volunteers
SOUTH WINDSOR — South Windsor FISH (Friends In Service Here) is seeking additional volunteers for their transportation and telephone rosters. Volunteers serve only one weekday a month, either providing transportation to doctor's appointments or recording appointment requests. Call Phyllis Oswald at 860-644-2910 for more information.
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 email@example.com. For additional information, call Executive Director Margaret Smith Hale at 860-758-7833.
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 United States.
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 860-648-1711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 afterward and talk to friends and make new ones. All are welcome. For more information, contact the office at 860-282-8466, email email@example.com or visit TBHSW.org.
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.