Oliver Ellsworth Principal
WINDSOR — The Windsor Board of Education has selected Virginia Hoerle to be the new principal for Oliver Ellsworth School. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Craig Cooke recommended Hoerle's appointment to the board at a special meeting that was held on April 4.
Hoerle has served as an educator in Windsor Public Schools for 18 years. She has spent her entire tenure at JFK Elementary School in Windsor. She started as a classroom teacher for 15 years; first as a fourth grade teacher, then fifth grade. She also served in many other leadership roles enroute to her current role as Vice Principal, which she has held since 2014.
Hoerle earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Roger Williams College, her Masters of Early Childhood from the University of Hartford, and her Sixth Year Certificate in Educational Administration from the University of Connecticut.
Hoerle will assume her new position as principal of Oliver Ellsworth School in July 2017.
WINDSOR — A joint elementary and middle school PTO meeting including Oliver Ellsworth, Poquonock, JFK, Clover Street, and Sage Park Middle Schools will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at Sage Park Middle School Library, 25 Sage Park Road.
Superintendent Dr. Craig Cooke, BOE President Cristina Santos, and BOE Finance Chair Leonard Lockhart will share information on the 2017-18 budget. There will be time for questions. Call Betsey Lepak at 860-687-2000, ext. 272, if you need childcare. Refreshments will be served.
Junior Farm Apprentice
WINDSOR — Join the staff at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road, for Junior Farm Apprentice, a six-week program that runs each Friday afternoon from April 21 through May 26, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
The program offers an opportunity for students ages 8-12 years old to experience a connection between raising healthy livestock, growing a variety of plants and eating well. Students will learn homesteading skills such as feeding livestock, collecting eggs, spinning wool, growing and harvesting vegetables and cooking. The cost is $65 for Windsor residents and $75 for non-residents.
Teen Center Open House
WINDSOR — The Windsor Teen Center Open House will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 24, at 330 Windsor Ave. There is no cost to attend.
The Teen Center is open Monday through Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. for Windsor residents ages 12 to 18. Teen Center membership is $10 a year or $1 a day. The Teen Center offers drop-in basketball and volleyball, two vintage arcade machines, two 55" flat screen TV's, XBOX ONE, air hockey, ping pong, foosball, and pool tables. The open house celebration will include free dinner, a live DJ, the "wrecking ball" inflatable, a photo booth, gift card giveaways and more.
Contact Youth Services Bureau Coordinator Sarah at 860-285-1990 with any questions.
BLOOMFIELD — The Kiwanis Club of Windsor is presenting the Shad Derby Golf Tournament on May 13. Sponsors are sought for the event. Support can be given through cash donations, raffle items, and goodie bag handouts. All sponsors will be recognized in event publications.
The tournament will be held at Wintonbury Hills Golf Club in Bloomfield. All golfers are welcome to participate. If you want to be a sponsor or have questions, contact John D'Agata at 860-558-1649 or Email at John@D'Agatagranite.com. For more information about the Kiwanis Club of Windsor, visit www.WindsorKiwanis.org
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 email@example.com. For additional information, call Executive Director Margaret Smith Hale at 860-758-7833.
"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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited.
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.
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 email@example.com or call/text 860-205-1688.