Community News For The South Windsor Edition

Vienna Piano Trio

SOUTH WINDSOR — On Sunday, Nov. 5, the Vienna Piano Trio, featuring violinist David McCarroll, cellist Matthias Gredler and pianist Stefan Mendl, will perform in the South Windsor Cultural Arts concert series.

The program will include Franz Schubert's "Trio in B-flat Major, Sonatensatz, D 28"; Maurice Ravel's "Piano Trio"; and, Johannes Brahms' "Piano Trio in B-Major, Op. 8".

The concert starts at 2 p.m. at Wood Memorial Library, 783 Main St. Doors are open at 1:30 p.m. The concert is free and donations are welcome. This concert is sponsored by Leland Tolo and the Acorn-Alcinda Foundation. For information, call 860-416-6920 or 860-289-1783.

Spaghetti Dinner

SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Lions Club will host its 4th annual spaghetti dinner on Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the South Windsor Firehouse on Ellington Road. Spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, beverages and dessert will be served. Veterans and active military eat for free.

Adults may attend for $10, children for $5. All proceeds benefit the SW Lions Foundation, which supports the local community, eye research, aid for the blind, and international relief. For more information, call 860-474-5442.

Car Raffle Event

SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Chamber of Commerce's car raffle event will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at Mill on the River Restaurant, 989 Ellington Road.

The Chamber will be raffling off a 2017 Ford Mustang at 7 p.m. The event will feature food, networking, chocolate sampling and the car raffle drawing. Admission is free for those who have purchased a raffle ticket and $20 at the door for those who haven't. Join us even if you aren't buying a raffle ticket – enjoy a casual evening of food and networking. RSVP to: gail@southwindsorchamber.org for this event.

Walk & Wheel Ways

SOUTH WINDSOR — New members are welcome to join South Windsor Walk & Wheel Ways, which meets the first Wednesday of each month. The next monthly meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in Wapping School, Room 5, 91 Ayers Road.

SWW&WW is a committee dedicated to making South Windsor a safe and friendly walking and biking community. Visit www.swwww.org for more information.

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.

Pink Ribbon Bagel Benefits Connecticut Cancer Foundation

AREA — Panera Bread has partnered with Rebecca Lobo, basketball analyst, Olympic athlete, former WNBA and UCONN player, to support the Connecticut Cancer Foundation (CCF), formerly the Connecticut Sports Foundation, during its 16th annual 'Pink Ribbon Bagel' promotion.

South Windsor Panera, 100 Hemlock Ave., is one of the participating restaurants. Throughout the month of October, a portion of proceeds from all Pink Ribbon Bagels sold will go toward helping the CCF assist local families battling breast cancer with rent/mortgage, utilities, transportation, medications and more. Patients are referred to CCF through a network of oncology social workers at Connecticut hospitals and cancer centers.

The Lobo partnership, now in its fifth year, kicked off Oct. 1 to commemorate national Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Lobo, a recent inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, is the daughter of RuthAnn Lobo, a long-time breast cancer survivor who lost her battle in 2011 after living with the disease for 18 years. In 2001, Lobo launched the RuthAnn and Rebecca Lobo Scholarship for Hispanic students admitted to the UCONN School of Allied Health. As part of the Panera Bread partnership, the RuthAnn Lobo Award in Social Work was established in 2013 to support educating the next generation of hospital-based social workers working with cancer patients.

During the month-long fundraiser, a portion of the proceeds from every Pink Ribbon Bagel purchased at Panera Bread cafes in Connecticut will go directly to the Connecticut Cancer Foundation. Pink Ribbon Bagels are baked fresh daily in each Panera Bread café, formed by hand into a ribbon shape, and feature dried cherries, cranberries, vanilla, honey and brown sugar.

Participating Connecticut locations are located in Bristol, Canton, Enfield, Farmington, Foxwoods Resort & Casino, Glastonbury, Groton, Hartford, Lisbon, Manchester, Newington, Southington, South Windsor, Waterford, West Hartford, and Wethersfield.

Additional beneficiaries of the Pink Bagel promotion include the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation. Sue Stees, one of Panera Bread's first franchisees and a breast cancer survivor, developed the idea for the Pink Ribbon Bagel in 2001 as a way to help support the cause.

Visit https://www.panerabread.com for more information on the fundraiser and locations of participating restaurants. Visit www.sportsfoundation.org for more information on the CT Sports Foundation.

Garden Club Meets

SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Down to Earth Garden Club will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the Avery Street Christian Reformed Church, 661 Avery St.

The meeting will start at 7 p.m., with Guest Speaker Dr. Michael Dietz, Associate Extension Educator in the UConn Center for Land Use. Dr. Dietz will discuss drought management, water conservation and protecting our surface waters. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit www.swgardenclub.org or call 860-644-8165.

Veterans Day Events

SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Patriotic Commission is honoring Veterans Day with three separate activities:

There will be a Veterans Day service in front of South Windsor High School on Friday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 a.m. All the students and guests will attend. The guest speaker is LTC Richard Totten, United States Army, Retired.

Also on Friday,veterans will speak of their military service in all of the civic classes. Individuals will speak briefly and entertain questions from the students to help them become more aware of the different aspects military service.The program is called "Veterans in Our Schools" and we are actively seeking Veterans to speak in classes. If you interested in participating, call Kent Carlson at 860-803-2385.

On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, a ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 575 Pleasant Valley Road. The ceremony will include a guest speaker, LTC Valerie Seery of the Connecticut Army National Guard.

Commissions members will be placing wreaths on the monuments and dedicating two new benches in the park. Music will be provided by the South Windsor Community Chorus. A rifle salute and TAPS will complete the service.

If you have any questions, contact Chairman Kent Carlson of the South Windsor Patriotic Commission at 860-803-2385.

Gingerbread House Extravaganza: Call For Bakers

SOUTH WINDSOR — The Wood Memorial Library & Museum, 783 Main St., will host a Gingerbread House Festival and Display this holiday season. Last year's festival showcased over 100 gingerbread houses and nearly 8,000 people visited the exhibit.

The Wood is looking for bakers, experienced and novice alike who would like to show off their talents and submit a house for display. This event is free and open to the public. All bakers are welcome, including professional bakers, businesses, scout troops, churches, families and individuals.

Enter your Gingerbread house into the festival by filling out the entry form on our website. Houses should be delivered to the library on Nov. 16 or 20. Pre-register your entry so we have enough room for everyone. The Gingerbread House Festival begins Nov. 24 and continues through Dec. 10.

Houses may be reclaimed or donated to the festival's silent auction benefitting The Wood Memorial Library & Museum. Sign-up forms and detailed festival information is available on the website. For more information, visit www.woodmemoriallibrary.org or call 860-289-1783.

Craft Fair

SOUTH WINDSOR — The Wapping Community Church, 1790 Ellington Road, is sponsoring its annual craft fair, tag sale and raffle from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4.

There will be a large variety of crafters available, including woodwork, handmade designer pillowcases, knitted and crocheted items, holiday gifts and decor, health/beauty products, jewelry items, Pampered Chef, Party-Lite, Jellies/jams/relishes, photography/art work, glass and stonewares and more.

The raffle provides chances to win gifts from the vendors. The church-sponsored tag sale will offer gently used household items, holiday decorations, tools, books, games, toys, glassware and much more. Wapping Good Baked Potatoes with all the fixings will be available for sale along with beverages.

Buddhism Thursdays

SOUTH WINDSOR — Wapping Community Church, 1790 Ellington Road, is holding Community Conversations on Buddhism every Thursday through Nov. 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. Call 860-644-0833 to register.

South Windsor Community Foundation Seeks Grant Applications

SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications for monies made available through its "Rays of Hope" fund, "Rays Of Hope" grants are made to local non-profit community and civic organizations in order to support their efforts in projects involving social services, education, the arts, culture and recreational initiatives. The mission of the Foundation is to improve the quality of life for South Windsor residents of all ages.

The application deadline is Nov. 15, 2017. Visit www.swfoundation.org for application forms or more information. For further information, call Cile Decker at 860-644-1000.

Holiday Hoopla Craft, Vendor Fair

SOUTH WINDSOR — South Windsor High School Holiday Hoopla craft and vendor fair, presented by South Windsor Operation Graduation, will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, located at SWHS, 161 Nevers Road.

Over 70 booths offering a wide variety of items such as artisan crafts, household decor, holiday decor, pet products, specialty vendor items, fashion, home, health and beauty products, live wreath sale and more will be showcased. Admission is free. Food, refreshments and a bake sale will be available throughout the day. Onsite babysitting services will be provided by high school students. Email swog161@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.

Men's Group

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.

Concert Features Elisabeth von Trapp

SOUTH WINDSOR — Elisabeth von Trapp, grandchild of Maria and Baron von Trapp whose family inspired "Sound of Music," will perform at Wapping Community Church, 1790 Ellington Road, at 4 p.m. Nov. 5. Tickets are $15 and may be obtained by calling 860-644-0833.

Farmers' Market Bonus Days

SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Farmer's Market at the South Windsor Community Center, 150 Nevers Road, will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, through October, with one November date. Bonus market day: Nov 4.

The parking is free. Offerings include strawberries for the first two weeks, vegetables, fruit, breads, pastries, pies, goat cheese, cow cheese, eggs, milk, maple honey, micro-greens, pasta, kettle corn, BBQ sauces; coffee and ice cream.

Helping Women Thrive After Abuse

SOUTH WINDSOR — "Living well is the best revenge" is the theme of the My Avenging Angel Workshop being offered this fall by Susan M. Omilian of West Hartford, the workshop's award-winning originator and facilitator.

Described by participants as "life-changing," the workshop provides a critical next step for women to break permanently out of the cycle of violence and "thrive" after abuse.

Sponsored by the Hartford Hospital Domestic Violence Prevention Program and supported by Connecticut Alliance for Victim of Violence and Their Families Inc. (CT-ALIVE) and the Petit Family Foundation, the workshop is free. It will be held in two sessions on Saturday, Nov. 4 and 11. Participants should plan to attend both sessions of each workshop.

Omilian is an attorney and author who has worked as an advocate for women who have been abused for over 35 years. Her book, "Entering the Thriver Zone: A Seven-Step Guide to Thriving After Abuse" sets forth the motivational guidance she has successfully used in her workshops since 2001.

The workshops help women who have survived domestic violence, sexual assault or other abuse to discover their hidden talents, bring positive energy into their lives and set new, short and long-term goals for themselves and their children, Omilian said. She conducts the workshops in memory of her nineteen-year old niece Maggie who was killed in 1999 by her ex-boyfriend at a college in Michigan.

The Saturday workshop sessions are held from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hartford Hospital Family Health Center, 1559 Sullivan Ave. The workshops are free of charge but advanced registration is required through the Hartford Hospital Health Referral Service at 860-545-1888 or toll-free at 1-800-545-7664.

For more information, contact Susan Omilian at 860-236-2401 or by e-mail at susanom@comcast.net or visit her web sites at www.myavengingangel.com and www.thriverzone.com. More information about CT-ALIVE is at www.ct-alive.org.

Temple Beth Hillel Events

SOUTH WINDSOR — The following events will take place at Temple Beth Hillel of South Windsor, 20 Baker Lane.

An enriching monthly study that brings together adult learners for a lively lunch-hour discussion with Rabbi Jeffrey Glickman will take place at noon on the last Thursday of every month.

Rabbi Jeffrey Glickman is in his 20th year at Temple Beth Hillel. Many of his teachings revolve around the environment and how the opposite of fear is faith. No reservation is required. Soup lunch is provided. For more information contact the Temple at admin@tbhsw.org or 860-282-8466.

Temple Beth Hillel will be holding a Yiddish for fun class. This is an intro to Yiddish class and is opened to all, members and non. The next classes will meet Mondays, Nov. 13, and Dec. 11, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Contact Marsha at marshataback@gmail.com for more information.

SWOG Raffle

SOUTH WINDSOR — Tickets are on sale now for the South Windsor Operation Graduation, or SWOG, 3rd annual $10,000 raffle.

SWOG is a non-profit, volunteer organization committed to providing a safe, substance free, fully supervised, all night graduation night party for the SWHS graduating class. All proceeds benefit the SWHS class of 2018 safe graduation event.

Tickets are $20 each with a maximum of 2,500 for sale. There will be one grand prize of $10,000 awarded. The drawing will take place at noon Saturday, Nov. 11, on the SWHS Football field. The winner need not be present and is responsible for all applicable taxes. Tickets will be sold by emailing SWOG at swograffle@gmail.com, visiting the SW Farmer's Market on Saturdays, or visiting the all-home SWHS Varsity football games.

Food Pantry Needs Donations

SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Food Bank is desperately in need of food. Items most in need are: cereal, tuna, canned chicken, canned pasta, jar spaghetti sauce, crackers, granola bars and other kid snacks, juice, canned fruit, rice, boxed potatoes, paper goods, toiletries, diapers in sizes four and five and feminine products.

Drop off donations to the South Windsor Human Services office, 150 Nevers Road, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 860-648-6361, ext. 319.

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 flkopper@sbcglobal.net or contact Lisa Kopper at 860-644-8588.

Senior Activities

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.

Men's Morning Group: This new Men's group will meet the third Friday of every month at 9 a.m. Enjoy light refreshments and outdoor lawn games. Call to register.

Walkers: If you want to walk outside but don't want to walk alone, join this group as they walk the trails right behind the Community Center. The group meets at the Rotary Pavilion on Chief Ryan Way every Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30 a.m. weather permitting, to walk at a slow pace.

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.

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 sfine@southwindsorfire.org.

Senior Activities

SOUTH WINDSOR — The following activities 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.

Aerobics Summer Program: Linda will be in attendance on Fridays at 8 a.m. Cost is $2 per class; pay that day. No sign-up is needed.

Quilter's Group: The South Windsor Senior Center will be starting it's very first quilting group. Join fellow quilters on Mondays at 2:30 p.m. Call to sign up: 860-648-6361, ext. 335.

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 admin@tbhsw.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 ctseniorrides@gmail.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 aps1144@cox.net.

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 admin@tbhsw.org 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.

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