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Mansfield Senior Center

MANSFIELD — The staff at Mansfield Senior Center, 303 Maple Road., will meet new seniors and share all we offer at the center. We are open Monday – Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The center has scheduled the following programs for senior citizens:

Mobile Food Share: Sept. 29, from 11:30 a.m. to noon in Wright's Village parking lot.

Bluetooth Computer Class: Thursday, Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. Call 860-487-9870 to register.

Healthy Eating on a Budget: Sept. 23 at 1 p.m., with dietitian Kittie Spedding at Big Y for a tour of the aisles. Transportation provided by calling 860-487-9870 ASAP.

The Photo Club meets at the center the first and third Friday of every month at 10 a.m. Call Dan at 860-576-1122 for more information.

Call 860-429-0262 for details.

Joshua's Tract Passport Walks Program

MANSFIELD — There will be many special events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Joshua's Tract Conservation and Historic Trust. The passport walks program will have over 25 walks through November, with plenty of opportunities to get a stamps. Collect 18 stamps and receive a string backpack with our logo. Get your passport from any walk leader or at the Trust office at 624 Wormwood Hill Road. Upcoming walks include:

Sunday, Sept. 25, at 1 p.m., come to Pigeon Swamp in Lebanon and find out from Dennis Latchum about this area where "Pigeons Once Flocked". Email Dennis at dlatchum@gmail.com.

Friday, Sept. 30, at 6:30 p.m., join John Morey at the Knowlton Hill Preserve in Ashford for a hilltop tour of the autumn night sky. Bring folding chairs, binoculars, telescopes. If bringing a flashlight, red colored lights are strongly recommended. Email John at jgmorey@yahoo.com.

Programs At Trail Wood

HAMPTON — The Connecticut Audubon Society offers programs at Trail Wood, 93 Kenyon Road.

September Session of the After School Nature Club for students in Grades 1-6: Wednesdays, Sept. 28, and Oct. 5, from 3:15 to 5 p.m. each day.

Autumnal Writer's Workshop: Sunday, Sept. 25, 2-4 p.m., with Alison Davis leading a writing workshop incorporating the writings of Edwin Way Teale.

Call 860-928-4948 or go to ctaudubon.org/trailwood for details.

Joshua's Trust 50th Anniversary Exhibit

MANSFIELD — Joshua's Trust 50th anniversary exhibit, will be held Sept. 24-25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Joshua's Trust headquarters at Atwood Farm, 624 Wormwood Hill Road. Paintings and drawings of the picturesque Atwood Farm and immediate vicinity will be displayed in the historic barn at the farm. Artists are invited to paint on the property any time. Drop artwork off on Friday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and pick up Sunday, Sept. 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. Contact Shauna 860-429-3646 or Nancy 860-933-0159 for details.

Bus Trip To Tenement Museum In NYC

WINDHAM — The Windham Textile & History Museum is sponsoring a bus trip to the Tenement Museum on Saturday, Sept. 24. The trip also includes the Irish Hunger Memorial in New York City. The Lower East Side of Manhattan housed many immigrants who came through Ellis Island and worked in factories, shops, in the streets and on the docks. Stories of the crowded and unsanitary living conditions in Manhattan abound. The Lower East Side Tenement Museum, 103 Orchard St., is a National Historic Site where history is preserved in a former tenement building that was never modernized. The five-story brick tenement building was home to an estimated 7,000 people, from over 20 nations, between 1863 and 1935.

Call 860-456-2178 or visit millmuseum.org for details.

Coventry's Thrift And Gift Shop

COVENTRY — Coventry's Thrift and Gift Shop, a mission of the First Congregational Church, 1364 Main St., is open. Call 860-742-8127.

Softball Warriors Clinic

WILLIMANTIC — The Eastern Connecticut State University softball program will be offering a Warrior for a Day clinic on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Eastern Softball Field. High school players grades nine through 12 are eligible to participate.

Space is limited to the first 50 players. The clinic is under the direction of Eastern head softball coach Diana Pepin, a five-time Little East Conference coach of the year who led the Warriors to six straight conference championships through 2015. The clinic will provide youngsters with an opportunity to experience a college-level practice session through demanding, fast-paced drills. Youngsters will also have an opportunity to interact with current Eastern players.

More information is available by contacting Diana at 860-465-5182 or at pepind@easternct.edu or by visiting www.gowarriorathletics.com/sports/sball/index.

Mansfield Advocates For Children's Parent Survey

MANSFIELD — Mansfield Advocates for Children has put together a survey to help determine priorities and activities for the coming school year. The group is seeking feedback on existing policies and programs as well as suggestions for policies and programs that parents would like to see this year. Parents of Mansfield children ages 0-8 are asked to respond to the brief survey so that MAC can be responsive to the needs of Mansfield families. The survey may be accessed at www.mansfieldadvocatesforchildren.org. Contact Maggie FerronMB@mansfieldct.org or 860-429-3338 for details.

Energy Assistance Available

AREAWIDE — Applications for energy assistance for the 2016-17 heating season are now being accepted by the Access Community Action Agency. Program eligibility is determined by total household gross income and is available for all heated households using oil, kerosene, propane, wood, coal, electric, or natural gas heat except motor homes and campers. Residents of Windham and Tolland counties may contact Access in Willimantic at 860-450-7400 or in Danielson at 860-412-1600 to make an appointment to determine eligibility and to find out what documentation they will need to bring to their appointments. Appointments are currently available during the agency's normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Households that have received energy assistance in the past must reapply and bring in updated documentation to be eligible for the new heating season. Each applicant must bring in copies of their documentation and if there is missing documentation they will be rescheduled.

Connecticut Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry

WINDHAM — The Connecticut Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry brings fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, and other items to the parking lot of the First Congregational Church, 199 Valley St., on the fourth Tuesday of each month, from 1 to 2 p.m.

Ride For The Cure

HAMPTON — Lorie Hunt, 48, of East Granby, is participating in the Susan G. Komen Southern New England Farewell Ride for the Cure Quiet Corner on Sunday, Oct. 2, at Twisted Tree Farm in Hampton, raising funds for local breast cancer programs and research. Hunt, owner of local equine facility Wildfire Farm, is a 3-year lymphoma survivor.

Hunt's daughter Sharell started riding horses in second grade and a few short years later, her mom decided to join her after falling in love with an older horse the stables were about to get rid of. This started Hunt's love of riding and wouldn't be the last time a horse stole her heart.

Cashing Checks, the horse that Hunt will be riding, came into their family right around the time of her diagnosis. "It's like animals can sense when something is wrong," she said. "Cash is such a sweet and kind horse, and he was what I needed to help me get through my treatments and gave me strength to continue on."

Ride for the Cure is a unique equestrian event supporting the local fight against breast cancer. Participants may choose between two different course options. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. and riders may start the course between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. For questions, or for information on sponsorship opportunities, contact the Ride for the Cure committee at rfccommittee@yahoo.com.

National School Lunch Program And School Breakfast Program Notice

MANSFIELD — The Mansfield Public Schools and Region 19 has announced the policy for determining eligibility requirements for children who may receive free or reduced price meals served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. To apply for free or reduced-price meals an application should be filled out which are available at the principal's office at each school. Questions regarding eligibility and application process may be answered by calling 860-429-7824.

Windham Theatre Guild

WINDHAM — The Windham Theatre Guild presents "Children's Letters To God," at the Burton Leavitt Theatre, the first show in the guild's history that features only children ranging in ages 9-14 years old. Call 860-423-2245 or go to windhamtheatreguild.org.

Teachers Of Critical Languages Program

COVENTRY — Wenming Gu from China has been awarded the Teachers of Critical Languages Program fellowship to teach Chinese in Grades 6-8 at Capt. Nathan Hale during the 2016-2017 school year. Mr. Gu holds a B.A. in English from Hebei Normal University and a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Methodology from Tianjin Normal University. He has been a teacher of English at Handan No. 2 Senior High School, Hebei Province, since 2005. He is also a Vice-Principal responsible for international affairs and school security.

Hale Middle School has a long history of interest and involvement with Chinese culture and international exchanges with Chinese educators and students. Coventry Public Schools established a sister school partnership with Qingdao No. 57 Middle School in Shandon in 2005, a year that began many exchanges between the two schools allowing for Quindao and Coventry to learn about each other's academic programs, instructional approaches, and opportunities for students. Most recently in 2012 and 2016, Capt. Nathan Hale hosted students and teachers from Qindao. Chinese students attended classes at Hale Middle School.

The Garden Gate Club Of Mansfield

MANSFIELD — The Garden Gate Club will meet on Monday, Sept. 19, in the Buchanan auditorium of the Mansfield Public Library, 54 Warrenville Road, Route. 89, at 7 p.m. and after a brief business meeting will feature a presentation on Photography and Art in Nature by Nancy Cooke Bunnell. Nancy is an award winning local artist and avid gardener with a passion for painting in natural environments. Non-members pay a $5 fee.

Contact Debra at 860-428-2541 or dhultgren@mindspring.com for details.

Haunted Corn Maze At Hale Homestead

COVENTRY — The Nathan Hale Homestead, 2299 South St., will host a haunted Corn Maze on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $10 per person; $30 per family. The corn maze, without the ghosts and goblins, is open through Oct. 3 on Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m., and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, or $15 for families.

Created by The Young Friends of Hale, this annual event features a different maze every year. Connecticut Landmarks enlisted the help of local dairy farmer David Buscaglia to seed a full acre of the Hale property with animal-feed corn. The CTL maze-masters carefully plotted the course directly on the ground with spray paint. As the corn grew, seedlings in the pathways were pulled and kept clear, to create the elaborate maze. For information call 860-742-6917; or email hale@ctlandmarks.org.

Fall Puppet Family Friendly Productions

STORRS — The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at UConn will host its Fall Puppet Performance Series on four Saturdays through December:

Sept. 24: The Pirate, the Princess and the Pea by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre.

Oct. 15: Rumpelstilskin by Dream Tale Puppets.

Nov. 5: The Doubtful Sprout by Liz Joyce & A Couple of Puppets.

Dec. 3: The Snowflake Man by Puppetkabob.

For more information about these performances, visit bimp.uconn.edu or call 860-486-8580.

ECSU Election Events Planned

WILLIMANTIC —Eastern Connecticut State University has created a series of education events:

Panel Discussion: Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. in Fine Arts 103, with Oren Cass, Tim Murphy and Fernando Pizarro; moderated by Lucy Nalpathanchil of WNPR.

Vice Presidential Debate: Tuesday, Oct. 4. A live viewing in the Student Center Theater, beginning at 9 p.m.

For a complete listing of open classrooms and other "Democracy at Work" events, visit www.easternct.edu/democracyatwork.

Changing Lives One Step At A Time

WINDHAM — Changing Lives One Step At A Time, with Patty Flubacher, flex instructor with Healthways/Silver Sneakers, will be held Monday, Oct. 3, from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., at the Windham Senior Center, 47 Crescent St. Healthways Silversneakers Flex Strength, Balance and Stability classes are free with qualifying Medicare insurance. Check eligibility at www.silversneakers.com/tools/eligibility or call 866-584-7389.

Willimantic Downtown Country Fair

WILLIMANTIC — The Willimantic Downtown Country Fair will take place at Jillson Square on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join The UConn League

WINDHAM - The University of Connecticut League is a social and charitable group founded in 1966 which grew out of the University's Newcomers Club started in 1946. Originally an organization for UConn faculty wives, its membership now includes both retired and active UConn faculty and staff as well as members of the general community with no past or present affiliation with UConn. Membership is open to anyone from any town. The League is an excellent way to meet people with a variety of interests and is ideal for newcomers to the community.

The long-standing interest groups of the League are: Book Group, Play Readers, Fitness, Day-tripping, Walking, Golf, Mahjong, Kayaking, Stitch in Time: knitting and crocheting, Reel to Real: film discussions, Marathon Bridge Fundraiser, Four Seasons Dining and Wine-Tasting. The nominal dues support two UConn scholarships and several local charities. Visit uconnleague.com.for details.

Nightmare on Main St. Is Oct. 21-23

WILLIMANTIC - "Nightmare on Main: The Horror of Confinement, a look at 19th century asylums, prisons, hospitals and sanitariums," will be held the weekend of Oct. 21-23 at Windham Textile & History Museum, 411 Main St. Visitors will learn about some real life stories that led to the reform of these often dark and dismal places. Call 860-456-2178 for details.

Hampton's Fall Festival Is Oct. 1

HAMPTON - Hampton's Fall Festival will take place on Main Street, around Town Hall, the Green and the Community Center. Various town organizations have assembled a fun filled day featuring live music, agricultural exhibits with live animals, a Family Fun Run, contests for the best jams and jellies, children's games and pumpkin painting, hay rides, a tag sale and the Fletcher Memorial Library book and bake sale in a new and expanded location in the lower level of Town Hall. Hamburgers, hot dogs and We-Lik-It ice cream will be served up by members of the Hampton Fire Company. Find a full schedule of events at www.hamptonct.org, call Anne at 860 455-9979 or email hamptonfallfest@gmail.com.

Access To Receive Grant

WILLIMANTIC - Access Community Action Agency has been awarded a grant by Staples Foundation which will be used for Access's newly launched Access to Employment Program. Access Community Action Agency is the federal and state designated anti-poverty agency for Windham and Tolland Counties. For more information about Access' services, call 860-450-7400 in the Willimantic area, 860-412-1600 in the Danielson area, or visit www.accessagency.org.

Crabgrass Puppet Theatre Performs Sept. 24

STORRS - As part of its Fall Puppet Performance Series, the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the UConn will present The Pirate, the Princess and the Pea by UConn alumni Jamie Keithline and Bonny Hall of Crabgrass Puppet Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 24, with two showings, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., in the Ballard Institute Theater located at 1 Royce Circle. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 860-486-8580, or online at http://bimp.ticketleap.com/.

Storrs MS Support Group

STORRS - The Storrs MS Support Group meets at the Mansfield Senior Center, 303 Maple Rd., at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Contact Joan at 860-429-7271 for details.

Munchies And Music

WINDHAM - An End of Summer Dance Party will be held at the Guilford Smith Memorial Library, 17 Main St., on Saturday, Sept. 24, from noon to 4 p.m.

Coventry Lake

COVENTRY - The Town of Coventry will begin lowering the level of Coventry Lake to winter level to accommodate the replacement of the failing lake gate. It is planned to reach typical winter level by October 1, which is six weeks early. The lake will continue to be lowered to the extent possible, about a foot more, after that date to the level reached during sewer construction on Woodland Road about ten years ago. This will assist in assuring the work can be completed this season to get the lake refilled for next spring and summer. The schedule was developed to minimize the impact to the lake user community during the height of the summer season. For additional information contact the Office of the Town Manager at 860-742-6324.

Ned Smith Memorial Alumni Concert Is Sept. 24

COVENTRY - A Memorial Alumni Concert will be held in honor of Ned Francis Smith on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Auditorium of the Coventry High School. Alumni is encouraged to participate. Contact Mr. Susi at tsusi@coventryct.org to obtain music for the performance.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group

WILLIMANTIC - The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group meet the fourth Wednesday of the month, September through May, from 5:30 – 7 p.m., at First Congregational Church, 199 Valley St. Light meal and childcare provided. Call Jaclyn at 860-861-4522 or Valerie at 860-423-6827 for details.

Entwyned Early Music Performance Is Sept. 30

MANSFIELD - An Entwyned early music presentation will be held in the Buchanan Auditorium at Mansfield Public Library, 54 Warrenville Rd, on Friday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. Entwyned Early Music features lutes, voice, Baroque flute and viola da gamba. Three professionally trained and personable musicians will perform a truly delightful repertoire of music from 1600-1750. The performers will also share the historical, social, and aesthetic contexts of the music and information about their instruments.

Student Short Film Festival

STORRS - The first UConn School of Fine Arts Student Short Film Festival will be held September 23 through September 25 at von der Mehden Recital Hall located on UConn's Main Campus at 875 Coventry Rd. The festival will present works by young UConn student filmmakers. Visit sfa.uconn.edu/sfa-film-festival or contact Robyn at robyn.genzano@uconn.edu for details.

Comedy Night Fundraiser Is Oct. 6

STORRS – A Comedy Night fundraiser presented by Franco's Comedy for your Cause will be held on Thursday, Oct. 6, at UConn's Von der Mehden Recital Hall, 875 Coventry Rd. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the raffle table and show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call Roslyn at 860-450-7122 for tickets. Proceeds benefit the behavioral health agency Perception Programs.

Mansfield Appoints Fire Chief

MANSFIELD - The Town of Manfield has announced the appointment of Fran Raiola to the position of Fire Chief .

Windham Theatre Guild's Donation Drive Sept. 24

WINDHAM - Community members are invited to donate clothing and household items at the Windham Theatre Guild's first Donation Drive, to be held Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 to 2 p.m., at the Burton Leavitt Theatre, 779 Main St.

Connecticut Audubon Society At Trail Wood

HAMPTON - The Connecticut Audubon Society at Trail Wood, 93 Kenyon Rd., will hold the following programs;

Bird Walk: Thursday, Oct. 6, at 8 a.m., with Andy Rzeznikiewicz as he points out bird species.

Second Sunday Walk: Sunday, Oct. 9, at 2 p.m. Bring binoculars and camera.

Full Moon Walk: Sunday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m.

After School Nature Club October Session, for children in grades 1-6, is held Wednesdays, Oct. 12, 19, 26 & Nov. 2, with sessions running from 3:15 – 5 p.m.

Call 860-928-4948 or go to www.ctaudubon.org for details.

Local Students Recognized

WINDHAM - John Becker and Rachel Chirico of Coventry and Roberto Rosado of Windham were named to the Dean's List at Eastern Connecticut State University.

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