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Community News For The Windsor Edition

Celtic Fire Performance

WINDSOR — Celtic Fire, performed by The City Singers of Hartford, will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 180 Park Ave. For additional info on The City Singers of Hartford, visit www.citysingers.org.

Cost to attend is $10 per adult and tickets are available at the door. Children may attend for free. A reception will follow the concert.

Poquonock School's Helping Hands

WINDSOR — In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Poquonock School used their helping hands to make a difference in their school, home, community, and world. Kind deeds were written on hands and together made a symbol of peace.

Windsor Schools Receive Funds

WINDSOR — Windsor Education Foundation awarded a total of $15,909 in grants to fund 13 projects proposed by teachers in Windsor Public Schools, including a $1,000 science grant from The Christine Gasparino Foundation. All Windsor Public Schools certified staff were eligible to apply for the grants.

Clover Street School received two grants. One grant allows the students to work with a visiting author to write a biography and create a bound book. The second will pay for assembly of math bags containing manipulatives that students can use during Math Workshop and check out to work on at home with their families.

John F. Kennedy School's funding will allow students to pair up with students from other countries for a course from Level-Up Village that explores the human genome.

Two grants were awarded to fund two clubs: Technology Education Student Association (TSA) Club and Sage Park Leaders: A Young Men and Women Leadership Group.

Five grants will pay for a variety of innovative learning activities at Windsor High School, including Give a Helping Hand, a program for alternative education students to engage them in service to their communities; The WHS Gay/Straight Alliance, to purchase materials and bring in speakers to raise awareness about LGBTQ issues and advocate for a safe and inclusive environment in the schools and community; Windsor's Team Paragon FIRST Robotics team, to buy a new digital position readout to enable precision metal cutting for their robots and building an electric-powered vehicle to compete in the Connecticut Electrathon Challenge; and Peer Mediators, who will be trained to help peacefully resolve conflicts between WHS students.

WHS seniors will serve as campaign consultants to each fifth grade class in the district as they develop candidates for the Connecticut Kid Governor Program.

Breakout EDU Experience, an escape game where students solve clues for core subject areas to win a challenge, will be introduced in grades three through 12.

Team 130 – Blazing Spirits robotics team will purchase supplies to create and put into competition an autonomous robot.

Windsor's Environmental Planner

WINDSOR — The Windsor Garden Club Program, 'Tom Hazel and his Role as Environmental Planner and Wetlands Agent" for the Town of Windsor,' will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 13, at L. P. Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave.

Hazel will have open discussions regarding his current role. Come and learn how he administers and enforces the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission regulations and as liaison in reviewing plans for environmental impacts, as well as administers environmental education and conservation programs.

Anyone interested in this program or learning more about his role and The Windsor Garden Club are welcome to attend this meeting at no charge. Guests who would like to attend this program may contact Judy Linton at 860-298-9550 for reservations.

Windsor Schools Receive Grant

WINDSOR — The Windsor Public Schools district is beginning to see an increase in student achievement thanks in part to a Family and Community Partnership Plan funded by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. This initiative, funded with $393,100 from the Hartford Foundation this year, is designed to help the district partner with families and community stakeholders in support of raising student success.

Since the inception of the initiative, the Windsor Public Schools Office of Family and Community Partnership has implemented research-based strategies that are family and community "links to learning" including "Teachers and Parents as Partners (PARTNER) meetings" for parents of children in grades PK-5, new student-led parent conferences in grades 3-5, an early development instrument (EDI) project, and a home visit pilot project.

The mission of the home visit pilot project is to build the foundation of a trustful and collaborative relationship between teachers and families to effectively support learning and healthy development at school as well as at home.

Last year, Windsor's new home visit pilot project included 36 teachers visiting a total of 111 families. Based on a recent survey, 95-percent of the parents indicated the home visit improved their relationship with their child's teacher. One hundred percent of parents and teachers stated they would recommend home visits to peers. Eighty-one percent of teachers indicated they have seen improvement in the student's performance since the home visits.

Kiwanis Club Celebrates 50 Years

WINDSOR — The Kiwanis Club of Windsor's 50th anniversary celebration kicked off with an anniversary banquet held at Vito's on the Water. In attendance was Mayor Don Trinks and Congressman John Larsen. On January 20, 2016, a U.S.. Flag was flown over the capitol in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the official 50th anniversary. This flag was presented to Windsor Kiwanis at their anniversary dinner celebration by Congressman Larson. A proclamation was also presented to the club by Windsor Mayor Donald Trinks.

Four sponsors of Kiwanis events were recognized with bricks that were installed on the Windsor Green. The sponsors were D'Agata Granite, Carmon Funeral Homes, Windsor Federal Savings and the Rabbett Insurance Agency. The club sponsored a Back to School Bar-B-Que.

A $175 donation was made toward the purchase of a bike for the Book Cycle Program. A $1,000 donation was made to the Windsor Educational Foundation to support teacher training. A $6,000 donation was made to purchase playground equipment for the Clover Street school. Granite benches have been ordered and will soon be installed on the Windsor Green.

Parents Supporting Educational Excellence

WINDSOR — The Windsor Public School district, in collaboration with the Connecticut Center for School Change, and Connecticut Commission on Women, Children and Seniors (formerly Connecticut Commission on Children), will be offering free classes to individuals interested in learning more about leadership skills and becoming more actively engaged in the educational process.

PSEE participants learn how to create and engage in partnerships with personnel throughout the district and in schools. These partnerships help to drive school improvement and increase student achievement. The curriculum has been retooled to be delivered in a 6-week time frame beginning with a 3-hour retreat.

The sessions will run on Tuesday evenings beginning March 7 through April 25, with no class during Spring Break week in April.

Free classes begin with the retreat on March 7 at the J. F. Kennedy School, 530 Park Ave., from 5 to 8:30 p.m., in the Library Media Center. Each class will be held on Tuesday evenings.

Dinner and childcare will be provided each week at no charge for all participants. All participants must register for Parents SEE training by completing and submitting an application. Applications can be obtained at each school or are located online at www.windsorct.org. Contact the Parents SEE Coordinator at 860-687-2000, ext. 232, or email mbilotta@windsorct.org. Space is limited.

Winter Windsorland Festival

WINDSOR — The Winter Windsorland Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at the 330 Windsor Ave. Community Center. Cost to attend is a donation to the Windsor Food Bank.

A magic show will begin at 1 p.m. Other activities include an indoor playground, bounce house obstacle course, professional face painting, carnival games with prizes, music by D.J. Riddimtion, balloon twisting, arts and crafts and gift card giveaways. Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase.

For more information, call the Recreation and Leisure Services Office at 860-285-1990.

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 Road, from Feb. 21 through April 14.

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.

For more information about the Mercy Gallery, visit www.loomischaffee.org/arts/mercy-gallery or call 860-687-6030.

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 http://www.windsorartcenter.org 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.

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.

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 http://www.townofwindsorct.com/recreation. 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 townofwindsorct.com/seniorservices/ 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 windsorartcenter.org 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 marysplacect.org 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 windsorkiwanis.org.

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 aarp.org/taxaide 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 operationfuel.org. Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Ave., Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT 06106.

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 prez798@aol.com or call/text 860-205-1688.

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