Community News For The Windsor Edition

Artwork On Leather

WINDSOR — An exhibition of artwork on leather by Winfred Rembert will be presented in the Sue and Eugene Mercy Jr. Gallery at The Loomis Chaffee School, 4 Batchelder Rd., from Feb. 21 through April 14.

An opening reception will take place in the gallery on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 6:45 until 8:45 p.m. in the Richmond Art Center of The Loomis Chaffee School. The public is invited to attend and admission is free of charge. For more information about the Mercy Gallery, visit or call 860-687-6030.

A native of Cuthbert, Georgia, artist Winfred Rembert, born in 1945, was raised in the South before the start of the Civil Rights Movement. Rembert paints stories that look back to his youth in the days of segregation.

Despite the grim conditions he encountered as a fieldworker and the perilous circumstances of his years on a prison chain gang, Rembert's work focuses on the joyous aspects of his life and is inspired by the vibrant culture of the African-American community of the South.

The artwork pictured, courtesy of Rembert, is titled "Colored Fields."

Toastmaster's Club

WINDSOR — Jane Yolen, the author of more than 350 books, will share poems from her latest Book, "BEFORE the Vote AFTER" at the Windsor Toastmasters International Club on Monday, Feb. 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Copies of her books will be available for purchase.

The meeting may include a demonstration of Table Topics, where the challenges of communication are explained and ways are shown to become effective through support, practice and information.

Windsor Toastmasters meets at the L.P. Wilson Community Center; 599 Matianuck Ave., every second and fourth Monday night at 7 p.m. Contact Wanda Siemiatkoski at 860-680-5955 for additional information.

Honor Roll

WINDSOR — The Windsor High School Second Quarter Honor Roll for the 2016-17 school year was recently released and can be found at

Dean's List

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — Windsor resident Megan Canoni was named to the fall 2016 dean's list at Marist College, and is majoring in business administration.

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. -- The following Windsor residents were named to the fall 2016-17 dean's list at Western New England University: Brianna Pennant, majoring in social work, and Emily Welch, majoring in mechanical engineering.

Birth Announcement

WINDSOR LOCKS — Natalie Quinn Stanwick was born on Jan. 18, to Tyler and Amy Stanwick of Windsor. Maternal grandparents are Stan and Pat Grigitis of Windsor Locks and paternal grandparents are John and Robin Stanwick of Windsor.

Making Math Fun With Music

WINDSOR — Windsor High School Class of 2005 alumnus Marcus Blackwell Jr. is channeling his former intimidation of mathematics to help students get excited about learning and succeed in the classroom.

Blackwell developed Make Music Count LLC, an award-winning mathematics program, taught by learning music on the piano. Each musical note that is played is derived by solving an algebraic equation. The program is for students in Grades 3 - 9 and covers understanding fractions, algebra, and graphing. This method offers students the opportunity to see how math is applicable to everyday life and other areas of study. The students view learning as fun while strengthening their understanding of mathematics.

As someone who struggled in algebra, Blackwell said a course like this would have helped him tremendously as a student growing up in Windsor. The class is currently offered at Sage Park Middle School as an after-school enrichment program. Students are encouraged to join at any time.

For more information, visit

Fine Art Classes

WINDSOR — The Windsor Art Center Studios, 35 Central St., will offer eight different art classes and a Saturday workshop beginning in April. Classes include cartooning for teenagers, clay sculpture, pastel painting, pen and ink drawing, watercolors, hand-painted collages, oil painting and creating art with gourds.

For additional info, visit or call 860-508-3186.

Senior Center Events

WINDSOR — The Windsor Golden Fellowship Trips depart from the Windsor Senior Center's north parking lot, 599 Matianick Ave. The following trips are offered:

Irish Show at Grand Oakvilla: Family style lunch with wine then Irish variety show, $91 per person, Tuesday, March 21, at 10:15 a.m.

Mohegan Sun Casino: Tuesday, April 22, leaving at 8:30 a.m. and returning 4:30 p.m., bonus $15 food and $15 game play. Cost: $22 per person.

Newport Playhouse Lobsterfest: "Lunch With Mrs Becket" play and cabaret show. Cost: $98 per person, Tuesday, June 27, departs at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 6:30 p.m.

For more info or to sign up, call Pauline at 860-758-7378.

Comfort Touch Massages by Massage Therapist Corinne Zukowski are held at the Windsor Senior Center every Friday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. She will offer full body massage designed specifically for the needs and physiology of seniors.

The sessions are anywhere from 15 minutes to 60 minutes, your choice. Cost to attend is $1 per minute. Appointments can be made by calling the center at 860-285-1992.

Stop in the Windsor Senior Center for Savvy Senior Tech Help for free one-on-one technical assistance offered by Loomis Chaffee students on Monday afternoons from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. Learn tips and ask questions about email, smartphones, iPads and other tables, e-book downloads, Facebook, Twitter, and more! Registration is required.

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, a trip for dinner at delicious J's Crab Shack in Hartford will take place.The bus leaves the Windsor Senior Center at 4:15 p.m. Transportation is available from your home; cost of meals are your responsibility.

A Valentine's Day party will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the Senior Center café. Live entertainment will take place, by the Airborne Jazz Trio. Refreshments are available and a raffle will take place. Cost to attend is $5 per person. Sign up by calling 860-285-1992.

A trip to IKEA in Newington will take place Saturday, Feb. 11. The trip will depart at 9 a.m. and return after 1:30 p.m. Lunch will take place at the store. Call 860-285-1992 to sign up.

Celebrate Valentine's Day at the Windsor Senior Center at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the Senior Center café. Wear your red or pink and join a 'Sweet Treat Exchange.' Whip up a batch or buy a favorite sweet treat and bring enough to share with the group. Lunch will be provided. There is no cost to attend.

The next trip to the Mohegan Sun Casino will be Friday, Feb. 17. The bus will leave the senior center at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 4:30 p.m. Cost to attend is $22 and includes transportation via bus, a $10 meal coupon and a $10 slot play.

A luncheon will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, at the Log Cabin Banquet Facility overlooking Mt. Tom. Enjoy a delicious luncheon, then listen to songs from the golden age of country music showcased by a talented and professional local country band.

The package includes the matinee show, Songs of The Grand Ole Opry, the luncheon, meal taxes and gratuities. The bus leaves the Windsor Senior Center at 10 a.m. and returns by 6 p.m.

Cost is $83 with a deposit of $45, due Feb. 10, with the balance due March 15. Limited seating so reserve soon. To sign up, please call 860-285-1992.

The Windsor Senior Center presents a trip to Las Vegas in May. Call 860-285-1992 to sign up or for more information. Informational flyers are available in the Senior Center office.

Windsor School Readiness Search

WINDSOR — Windsor School Readiness is looking for NAEYC accredited and/or Head Start programs that are interested in becoming program providers for School Readiness children and families.

If you are interested in becoming a School Readiness program provider, call Amanda Racht at 860-687-2070, ext. 229.

Medical Staff Scholarship

STAFFORD SPRINGS — Johnson Memorial Hospital is accepting scholarship applications for its Medical Staff Scholarship Program.

Applications can be obtained by contacting Kate Sullivan Vaghini, development associate, at 860-684-8162 or at

The $1,000 scholarships provide financial support to students pursuing studies in health or human services related fields. High school students may apply if they will graduate in 2017 and reside in Ellington, Enfield, Somers, Stafford, or Tolland. JMH volunteers or individuals who have a parent employed at JMH but live outside the designated geographic area may also apply.

Students pursuing higher education in health or human services may apply if they are a JMH employee, JMH adult volunteer or were a recipient of this award in the previous three years.

Scholarships will be awarded to a student in each category based on set criteria developed by the medical staff. The deadline for submitting applications is March 17, 2017.

Have A Heart

WINDSOR — In February, watch for pink hearts at area businesses, where you can make a donation to Mary's Place. Mary's Place is a non-profit center in Windsor providing a safe atmosphere for children, teens and families who are experiencing grief after the death of a loved one.

There is no cost for participants. Programs are funded by donations and fundraising events. Any businesses or organizations interested in participating in the Have a Heart campaign may contact or call 860-688-9621.

Mother-Daughter Circle

WINDSOR — The rescheduled winter session of Mother-Daughter Circle will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Thursday evening through April 4, at 330 Windsor Ave. The purpose of the circle is to promote a healthy and sustaining bond between mothers/guardians and their daughters during the transitional years from girlhood to young womanhood.

The program is free and includes dinner and childcare upon request. The session is for mothers/guardians and daughters in grades six through nine. Pre-registration is required in person at L.P. Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave., or online at Space is limited. Those seeking additional information may call 860-285-1990.

Windsor Senior Center

WINDSOR — The Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Ave., is offering the following weekly and special events.

Stop by the Windsor Senior Center weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to check out exercise classes including yoga, zuma, Tai Chi/QiGong, Shape Up and Work Out, Sit Stretch and Groove, and Posture Strength and Beginner Yoga. All classes are held during the day.

A Water Fitness Class takes place in the evening at the Windsor High School indoor pool. Line dancing, tap dancing, square dancing and multicultural dance are also offered.

Learn to speak French every first and third Friday each month from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Free Memory Screenings: 20-minute screenings are available between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. every third Wednesday of each month at the senior center.

Senior Tech Help: Monday afternoons beginning Jan. 9 from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. Get one-on-one technical assistance offered by Loomis Chaffee students.

Visit the website at or call 860-285-1992 for details.

Young Naturalists Program

WINDSOR — A free young naturalists program will take place from 10 to 10:45 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month, from February to April, at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road.

The program is for children ages three to five. Caregivers must be present. Each session includes storytime, meeting a live animal and crafttime. Pre-registration is suggested. Contact 860-285-1886 for more information.

Windsor Art Studio Classes

WINDSOR — The Windsor Art studios at 35 Central St. is offering the following art session.

Painting Collage with a Jazz Twist - Session II: Saturdays, March 4-April 8 with Chaparro focusing on combing paint and collage for a finished art piece

Call 860-508-3186 or visit at for details on tuition, curriculum and registration.

Bereavement Support Group

WINDSOR — Mary's Place, A Center for Grieving Children & Families, 6 Poquonock Ave., has free support groups that meet twice a month. Visit or call Brittany at 860-688-9621 for details.

Kiwanis Club Meetings

WINDSOR — The Kiwanis Club of Windsor, a service organization which brings aid to children in need, meets every Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Jim's Pizza, 124 Poquonock Ave. in Windsor. Visit

Dementia Caregivers Support Group

BLOOMFIELD — The Dementia Caregivers Support Group, held at Duncaster on the last Monday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon, meets in the Hospitality Room at Duncaster, 30 Loeffler Road. Facilitators are Michelle Wyman, LSW, CDP, and Sara Therion, MSW. For more information or to register, call Michelle at 860-276-5399, ext. 4404 or Sara at 860-380-5012.

Tax Aide Seeking Volunteers

AREAWIDE — The largest volunteer tax preparation program in the nation, the AARP Foundation Tax Aide, is seeking volunteers to give a few hours each week during the tax season to help low-moderate income taxpayers prepare and file their federal and state tax returns ensuring that they receive the tax credits and deductions they deserve. To register as a volunteer, visit or call 888-227-7669.

Energy Assistance Applications

HARTFORD — Operation Fuel's statewide winter energy assistance program has begun taking applications. Families and individuals who are struggling financially and need energy assistance should call 211 to find their closest fuel bank. For more information on Operation Fuel or to make a donation, go to Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Ave., Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT 06106.

Race For College Scholarships

STATEWIDE — The Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program recently launched the Dr. Marc Eisen Scholarship Award, a statewide indoor cycling competition for high school students that will award the male and female champion a scholarship to college.

The CCAP will be traveling to schools around Connecticut and host indoor school cycling events on stationary trainers. To earn a chance to win the Dr. Marc Eisen Scholarship Award, check with your cycling club to learn the time the CCAP will be holding races in your school. The championship event will take place in May 2017 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.

The fastest male and female high school student from each indoor school cycling competition throughout the season will earn a spot in the season championship finals at the end of the school year.

The season championship finals will bring together all of the fastest riders from around the state. The male and female winners that record the fastest time that day will be awarded a $500 scholarship for college.

The winner's school club will also receive a separate $125 award to encourage continued success of the club. All students are eligible for a $250 leadership award, including students who do not reach the season finals. All finalists must submit a one-page essay prior to the season championship finals event describing their participation in their CCAP school club. Essays must describe the student's regular season participation in club practices and race events, demonstrate a commitment to team success and illustrate an impact cycling has made on the student.

For more information, visit

Softball Umpires Sought

STATEWIDE — The North Central Connecticut Board of Softball Umpires is seeking new members for the 2017 season. Our board provides services to schools, youth and adult recreational leagues in the greater Hartford area. No experience necessary, training is provided and classes begin in mid-January. For more information or to join, contact Al at or call/text 860-205-1688.

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