Community News For The South Windsor Edition

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.

Ukulele Concert: Enjoy a fun concert on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. The Glastonbury Ukulele band will be performing some of your favorite hits. Free, call to register.

Memory Screenings: On Thursday, Nov. 9, starting at 10 a.m., the Hartford Healthcare Center for Healthy Aging will be conducting memory screenings. A memory screening is a simple and safe evaluation tool that checks memory and other thinking skills. It can indicate whether additional follow up with a qualified healthcare professional is needed. This takes about 10 minutes, consists of a series of questions, and is conducted face-to-face in a private setting. Call for an appointment.

Computer Classes: Learn to be confident on your computer: learn how to copy, paste, save photos, email, the internet and more. Classes held at Timothy Edwards Middle School from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. Beginner's class starts Tuesday, Nov. 14; Intermediate Class starts Friday, Nov. 10. Intermediate class will cover Windows 10, cell phones and tablets. Prerequisite for Intermediate class is completion of Beginners Class. Call to register. The instructor will call and assign you to the appropriate class. Fee: $40 (6 weeks, residents); $50 non-residents payable to the Town of SW the first day of class.

Make Your Own Non-Toxic Cleaner: Want to clean your home with non-toxic cleaners? Come spend the afternoon learning what you can use to clean your house with simple non-toxic ingredients. We will make an all-purpose cleaner and laundry detergent, which you can take home and use. These items can also be given away as gifts. If you have any pint size mason jars with lids or plastic wide mouth jars, please bring them with you. Date and time: Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $5. Register and pay in the office any time.

Insects in the News: Thursday, Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. Join Steve from the town's Parks and Rec Grounds crew to learn about insects concerning trees. Learn about recent invaders of trees and what the federal government's response is. Free, but call to register.

Stress, Anxiety and Sadness During the Holiday Season: Stress, anxiety and sadness (SAS) during the holiday season can profoundly affect your health. Being realistic, planning ahead and seeking support can help ward off SAS. Join JoAnn Harrison Becker for this talk which will include: facts about holiday stress, anxiety and sadness; what causes the holiday blues, what are risk factors, signs and symptoms and 20 Tips to help prevent and cope with stress, anxiety and sadness associated with the holiday season. Friday, Nov. 17, at 10:30 a.m. Free. Call to register.

SafeTEA: The South Windsor Triad for Senior Safety presents Angela DeLeon from People's United Bank for an afternoon tea. She will present information on how to keep your personal information safe from scams and will provide tea. Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 1 p.m. Free. Call to register.

Food Safety 101 Thanksgiving: Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m. for a food safety program. Thanksgiving is one of the riskiest days of the year for food-borne illness. Keep your friends and families safe this Thanksgiving by attending a "Food Safety 101 Thanksgiving" training program. This training put on by the USDA will teach you how to properly prepare a Thanksgiving dinner and reduce the risk of bacteria and foodborne illnesses.

Homemade Chocolate Demonstration: Jane Kinsley, a South Windsor local, has been making her own homemade chocolates for over 40 years. Thursday, Nov. 30, at 10:30 a.m. Samples will be provided. Free, but donations for the South Windsor Food and Fuel Bank will be accepted. Call to register.

Self-healing/Pain management: Learn how to treat pain effectively without using drugs. You will learn about meditation; introduction of hand-off techniques; how to handle ginger, ginger powder, etc.; how to make lighter heating pad to cover larger surfaces; how to find/use tools to administer self-massage and more in this 6 week session. Join Li-yun Hsu, a volunteer who has researched over 120 hours of online information as she shares what she has learned. Tuesdays, Nov. 14 through Dec. 19 at 3 p.m. Call to register. Free.

Art Class: Join professional artist Christine MacClintic to create a vibrant acrylic painting depicting two cats under a willow tree with one night sky and one day sky. No experience needed. All materials are provided. Classes held Mondays, Nov. 20 and 27, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Class size is limited to 12. Cost: $15 for residents; $25 for non residents.

Holiday Swag Workshop: Create your very own holiday decoration for your home on Friday, Dec. 8, at 9:30 a.m. Join Cathy from Container Crazy CT Workshops as she gives step-by-step instructions to help you create your own masterpiece. Cost: $15 includes instruction and a beautiful mix of fresh greens to create this beautiful swag. Please bring holiday décor, such as ornaments or ribbon from home to add to your piece.

Library Programs

SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Public Library, 1550 Sullivan Ave., is offering the following events. South Windsor Public Library will be closed on Friday, Nov. 10, for Veteran's Day.

Robot Rampage: Nov. 29 at 3 p.m. in the Computer Lab. This program is open to girls and boys in grades 3-5. They will be able to play with some cool robots and learn some simple programming. Registration is required as space is limited. The two programs require separate registration. Please call 860-644-5404 for more information or to register.

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.

Miss Sarah's Superstar Readers will meet at South Windsor Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. This month we're discussing "The Critter Club: Amy and the Missing Puppy," by Callie Barkley. Copies of the book are available in the library. Registration is necessary for this early elementary book club. Pick up a copy of the book to read before the meeting.

Chess Club is back at South Windsor Public Library. Meetings will be held in the Children's Program Room on Mondays, Nov. 13, 20 and 27, at 6:30 p.m. Beginners are welcome and no registration is necessary. The meeting will begin will a lesson and will be followed by game play.

Wear your pajamas for Sleepytime Stories at South Windsor Public Library on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m. Stories and activities are geared toward children ages 3 and up; siblings and family members are welcome to join. No registration is necessary.

Members of TAG, the South Windsor Public Library Teen Advisory Group, are reminded that there will be a meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. Snacks will be provided.

The LEGO™ Junior Makers Club will meet at South Windsor Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. Children must be ages four and up; no registration is required. Children make whatever they'd like using the library's bricks, give it a name and then staff display it in the glass cases until the next meeting.

Registration for the next session of Children's Programs, which will begin on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 2 p.m. in person and after 3 p.m. by phone. For more information, call the Children's Department directly at 860-644-5404.

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 next meeting is 2 p.m. Nov. 25. 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.

Men's Club Pasta Fa Shul

SOUTH WINDSOR — Registration is open for Temple Beth Hillel Men's Club Pasta Fa Shul, to be held on Saturday, Nov. 11, at Temple Beth Hillel, 20 Baker Lane. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m.

In addition to the dinner, a 50-50 raffle will take place and a movie will follow dinner. All attendees will get a vote as to which movie. The event is BYOB. All are welcome to attend. There is no cost for the event. Gluten free food is available.

RSVP to Glenn Zinn at gzinn@tbhsw.org; for more information, contact the office at 860-282-8466.

Blood Drive

SOUTH WINDSOR — The American Red Cross is sponsoring a blood drive from 1:15 to 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Temple Beth Hillel, 20 Baker Lane. To make appointments, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767.

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

SOUTH WINDSOR — Temple Beth Hillel, 20 Baker Lane, will be hosting the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20. All local congregations have been invited. The interfaith service will consist of spiritual leaders from a wide variety of congregations leading different portions of the Thanksgiving Service. All are welcome. For more information, visit tbhsw.org or call 860-282-8466.

Poetry Reading

MANCHESTER — A free poetry reading featuring the Connecticut State Poet Laureate, Rennie McQuilken, together with various Connecticut town poets laureate, including Julia Paul, Manchester; Alexandrina Sergio, Glastonbury; Davyne Verstanding, Washington; Rhonda Ward, New London; Julie Choffel, West Hartford; Dr. Daniel Donaghy, Windham County; Tarn Granucci, Wallingford; Joan Hofmann, Canton, Charles Margolis, South Windsor; and Virginia Connors and Christine Beck, West Hartford (emeriti), will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. at historic Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road.

The event is sponsored by the Manchester Arts Commission and the CT Coalition of Poets Laureates. Refreshments will be available. Contact Julia Paul at julia.paul@cox.net for more information.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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