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Community News For The Windsor Edition

Naubuc Students Help Mary's Place

GLASTONBURY — Courtney Walker and Lily Gilbert, 5th graders at Naubuc Elementary in Glastonbury, wanted to make a difference in their community. A teacher suggested they consider Mary's Place, a center for grieving center for children and families in Windsor.

After visiting the center's website and learning what Mary's Place does for kids who are grieving, the students decided to support the organization. With their school principal's permission, the girls made posters and collection boxes and went to each classroom to collect money. They also had collection boxes in the lobby of the school for office supplies and other things on the Mary's Place wish list. The girls did most of the work on their own, usually during their recess time.

The two presented the supplies to Brittany Sheehan, executive director of Mary's Place, during a recent visit to the Center. More information about Mary's Place can be found at marysplacect.org.

Team RHAM Special Olympics

WINDSOR — Team RHAM Special Olympics participated in the Special Olympics Connecticut Northern Time Trials on Sunday, March 7, at Loomis Chaffee in Windsor. The team, consisting of athletes and partners from Andover, Hebron, Marlborough, and East Hampton, will participate in the upcoming Summer Games, taking place at Southern Connecticut State University in June.

Calling All St. Gabriel School Alumni

WINDSOR — St. Gabriel School's 60th school year will be celebrated with an alumni weekend. Celebrate the anniversary on Saturday, March 20.

March with St. Gabriel School in the Shad Derby Parade. An 11:30 a.m. kickoff will take place at Windsor High School, 50 Sage Park Rd. The school will have a table on the Windsor Town Green during the Shad Derby Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mass at St. Gabriel Church will take place at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 21, at 379 Broad St. Current students will attend and participate in the mass. Following the mass, all current and past families are invited back to St. Gabriel School for coffee and treats and open tours of the school. Visit www.StGabrielSchool.org/Alumni for more information.

Art Show

WINDSOR — The annual Windsor High School Juried Student Art Show's opening reception will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, at 50 Sage Park Rd. The event is free and open to the public.

Road Race

WINDSOR — The 47th annual Kiwanis Shad Derby 5K Road Race will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20, at Windsor Center, at the corner of Elm and Broad Streets.

The Kiwanis Club of Windsor is the proud sponsor of the 5K road race, which is also accompanied by a 2.5K fun walk. The Kiwanis Club will award racers medallions for the top finishers in individual age/gender categories as well as for the overall men and women's first place finishers.

The Hartford Yard Goats mascots Chompers and Chew Chew will be visiting at the sign-in desk. For more information or to register, visit www.windsorkiwanis.org and click on the "Road Race" button.

Benefit Concert

WINDSOR — At 4 p.m. Sunday, May 21, Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., a benefit concert for survivors of child/teen trafficking entitled "Life After Exploitation," performed by The Tapestry Singers of Simsbury, will take place. A reception will follow the concert.

All donations will be going to LOVE146 in New Haven, a non-profit organization that directly provides survivor care for trafficked and exploited children. For more information, visit www.LOVE146.org.

Preschool Program Students Sought

WINDSOR — The Windsor School Readiness Council is seeking children, three or four years of age, to attend a local National Association for the Education of Young Children accredited full-time preschool program. Windsor families who are interested and meet state median income qualifications may apply.

Windsor School Readiness is a state initiative designed to provide a high quality experience for preschool aged children whose parents are under the state median guidelines. The program helps preschool children develop the social, emotional and academic skills needed for kindergarten and provide subsidies for families who live in Windsor and meet the income eligibility guidelines

Enrollment is ongoing and by appointment only. Preschoolers who are admitted to the program can begin as soon as September of this year.

For more information about the application process or to schedule an appointment, call 860-687-2070, ext. 218

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 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.

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 ctseniorrides@gmail.com. For additional information, call Executive Director Margaret Smith Hale at 860-758-7833.

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.

Fine Art Classes

WINDSOR — The Windsor Art Center Studios, 35 Central St., will offer eight different art classes and a Saturday workshop. 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:

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

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