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Community News For The Windsor Edition

Writing Contest Winners

WINDSOR — Sage Park Middle School students were named state winners in the Neag School of Education's 2017 CT state Letters about Literature contest, a nationwide writing contest sponsored by the Library of Congress for elementary, middle, and high school students.

Sage Park Middle School students Hope McCann (Out of My Mind, by Sharon Draper) won first place and Araya Miller (The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak) took second place in the Level II (grades 7-8) division for their award winning letters. McCann's award-winning letter has now advanced to the national level of the competition.

The Letters about Literature competition asks students to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally.

"House Of Sand And Fog" Author Talk

WINDSOR — Andre Dubus III, author of six books, including House of Sand and Fog, will be the English Colloquium speaker at The Loomis Chaffee School, 4 Batchelder Road, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20.

The public is invited to attend Dubus's talk and reading, which will take place in the Hubbard Performance Hall. Admission to the talk is free of charge and Dubus's books will be available for purchase at a book signing session following his presentation.

Memory Walk

WINDSOR — The 5th annual Memory Walk to benefit Mary's Place, a center for grieving children and families, will take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Sunday, May 7, on the Windsor Town Green. The walk honors the memory of loved ones who have died.

The family friendly event features music, crafts, snacks, raffles and more. Cost to attend is $20 per adult and $10 per child under 13. Registration forms are available at MarysPlaceCt.org. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, call 860-688-9621.

Road Race

WINDSOR — The 7th annual 1040EZ Run, a 5K road race to benefit the Windsor Police Cadets, presented by The Hartford and Integrity Graphics, Inc, will be held rain or shine on Saturday, April 22, at Oliver Ellsworth School, 730 Kennedy Road. Walkers are welcome.

The race starts at 10:40 a.m. Registration is from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $20 to pre-register and $25 after April 15.

Race highlights include chip timing, easy online registration, free injury assessment and pre/post-race massages, goodie bags for the first 100 to register, music, a pre-race warm-up, refreshments, and T-shirts for the first 50 to register.

Awards will be given to the Best Overall Male and Female, as well as, the "Top 3 Individuals" in each age division. For more information, visit www.windsorpolicecadets.org.

Beer And Wine Tasting

WINDSOR — The Windsor Woman's Club Of Connecticut and GFWC is holding its annual beer and wine tasting and silent auction as part of the town Shad Festival activities. The event will be held Saturday, April 22, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the St. Gabriel's Church Hall, 379 Broad St.

Hot and cold hors d'oeuvres and a nice selection of home baked desserts are available throughout the event. All proceeds from this event will benefit Windsor seniors, as scholarships.

Egg Hunt

WINDSOR — Northwest Park's 'Whose Egg Is It?' egg hunt will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at 145 Lang Road.

Guests will take a short hike and search for brightly colored eggs filled with treats, as well as decorated and camouflaged eggs that resemble wild bird eggs, carefully hidden along the trails. With the help of an egg chart, guests can identify the bird eggs and place them in the appropriate artificial nest.

Cost to attend is $3 per Windsor resident and $5 per non-resident. Visit townofwindsorct/recreation to register.

Community Garden Rentals

WINDSOR — Beginning Monday, April 10, community garden plots are available at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Rd. Plots are 36' x 36,' are pre-harrowed and marked. The cost is $35 for Windsor residents and $45 for non-residents. Registration must take place at the Nature Center.

Professional Development Experts Sought

WINDSOR — Windsor School Readiness is looking for highly trained, degreed individuals with an expertise in hands-on math and science lesson planning for the preschool-aged child.

This individual would make on-site center visits to assist with implementing standard based math and science activities in centers within classrooms, provide tailored professional feedback and ideas to use in the classroom and arrange for a follow-up professional development training for staff. Must have own transportation and a flexible schedule.

Interested parties can send a resume to ARacht@windsorct.org.

Groceries To Go

WINDSOR — Groceries To Go is a supplemental grocery program for seniors. Participants can choose from a variety of easy to prepare and nutritious food items and educational materials every other Friday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Ave.

Applicants must be 60 or older, reside in a household that meets income guidelines, and be a resident of the town of Windsor. For more information or to fill out an application, contact Windsor Social Services at 860-285-1839. Those who are homebound may contact Deb Sheldon at Windsor Social Services at the above number.

Youth Services Bureau

WINDSOR — The Windsor Youth Services Bureau is offering babysitter's training, first aid, and CPR training for youth and a home alone safety class. Contact the Youth Services Coordinator at 860-285-1990 with any questions.

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 through April 25, with no class during Spring Break week in April. 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.

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, 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:

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.

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.

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, Zumba, 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 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.

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. For more information or to join, contact Al at prez798@aol.com or call/text 860-205-1688.

Scholarships Available

STATEWIDE — The Wethersfield-based Connecticut Funeral Directors Association is accepting applications from across the state for its 2017 college "Family Support Services Scholarship" program.

The CFDA scholarship awards support graduating high school seniors who are pursuing careers in a profession that provides emotional or medical support for families. This includes fields such as counseling, social services, psychology, psychiatry, nursing, medicine, social work, gerontology, or funeral service. A total of eight $500 college scholarships will be presented, one to a student in each of the state's eight counties.

To be eligible for the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association's Family Support Services Scholarship program, candidates must be a high school senior who will graduate in June 2017, be a legal resident of the State of Connecticut, be pursuing a career that provides emotional, medical or physical support for families, and have maintained at least a B grade point average in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.

All candidates must submit the application form and a current high school transcript and essay responding to the question: Why did you decide to pursue a profession that supports families? The application form must be neat and legible, and filled out completely.

The deadline for applications for the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association's Family Support Services Scholarship program is Friday, April 14.

To download an application and get contest rules, go to www.CTFDA.org. Anyone with questions may call the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association at 860-721-0234 or 800-919-2332.

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