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Community News For The Windsor Edition

Elm Tree Restoration

WINDSOR — On Sunday, May 21, the Ellsworth Memorial Association, the Abigail Wolcott Ellsworth Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service celebrated the planting of seven disease resistant American elm saplings at the historic Oliver Ellsworth Homestead.

Ellsworth had planted 13 American elms, symbolizing the 13 American colonies, on his property in Windsor and named his home "Elmwood." Unfortunately, Ellsworth's historic elm trees did not survive Dutch elm disease. The Nature Conservancy's ecologist and researcher, Dr. Christian Marks, directed the tree planting, contributing to the ongoing restoration of river floodplain areas throughout the Northeast.

Pictured left to right are Dr. Christian Marks; Beth Witham, AWE Chapter Regent; Valerie Chase, CTDAR State Conservation Committee Chair; Jane Broderick Louis, AWE Chapter and Elm Tree Restoration Chair; and Alice E. Ridgway, State Regent of the CTDAR and President of the Ellsworth Memorial Association. Photo credit: Margaret Findley, AWE Chapter.

Senior Center News

WINDSOR — The Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Ave., is offering the following events. Visit http://www.townofwindsorct.com/seniorservices/ or call 860-285-1992 for more information.

Mohegan Sun Casino Trip: Coach bus leaves the Windsor Senior Center on Friday, June 16, at 4 p.m., returning at midnight. Cost is $22, which includes transportation, a $10 meal coupon and a $10 slot play.

Trip: New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks on Thursday, June 22. Bus leaves the Windsor Senior Center at 10: a.m. and returns after the informative tour. Cost: $11.50 per person. Limit 14.

This month's early bird supper will be held on Tuesday, June 27, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Senior Center café. Menu: Beef Bourguignonne over parsley noodles, tossed salad, dinner rolls, coffee, tea, with sheet cake and ice cream for dessert. Hosted by Stonebrook Village at Windsor Locks. Sign up in the office, online, or call 860-285-1992. Sign up by June 22. Cost is $8.

June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. On Thursday, June 29, from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., Kate Bartelmo, MSW, of Kimberly Hall, will present the informative program "Oops I Lost My Keys." Learn the signs of memory loss that come with age as well as symptoms of Alzheimer's dementia. Learn how to make lifestyle changes to help with memory. Call 860-285-1992 to sign up. There is no cost to attend.

The next AARP Driver Safety Class will be held on Monday, July 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Senior Center Lounge. You may qualify for discount on your insurance after completing this class. Call 860-285-1992 to register. Cost to attend is $15 for AARP member and $20 for non-members. Limited to 20 students.

It's not too early to start thinking about entering the annual 55+ tomato growing contest. Registration has begun and the contest will be held at the Windsor Senior Center on Thursday, August 10, at 1 p.m. Registration forms available in the Senior Center office and must be returned to the office by August 3. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded, one winner per household. Call 860-285-1992 for more information or stop in the office for a registration form.

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.

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.

Rotary Dinner

EAST WINDSOR — The East Windsor Rotary announced that its Citizen of the Year is Andrew Hoffman. On Thursday, June 15, Hoffman will be honored with a dinner at the Nutmeg Restaurant, 297 South Main St.

Friends, family, and members of the public are invited to join the Rotary in honoring Hoffman.The evening will begin with cocktails at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $30 at At The Dam Restaurant, 100 Main St., Broad Brook; and Joe's Fine Wines, 149 N. Road, East Windsor.

For questions or to purchase tickets, call Rotarian Peter Campbell at 860-299-4945.

Call To Artists

WINDSOR — Windsor Art Center's third annual Members' Exhibition 2017 is open to all current members, who may submit up to two pieces of art. Work must be hand delivered on Saturday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center is located at 40 Mechanic St.

A cash prize for best in show will be awarded at the opening along with an Honorable Mention and Young Participant Recognition. The juror of award is Amy Kurtz Lansing, curator of the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.

The exhibition is on view from June 24 to July 29 and opens with a free reception on Saturday, June 24, from 5 to 7p.m.

For more information on how to become a member to submit work and to download the required forms, visit www.windsorartcenter.org and click on the "Exhibits & Events" tab.

Summer Youth In Action

WINDSOR — Summer Youth in Action is a summer program designed specifically for teens to help them gain a greater appreciation of themselves and the world around them. All activities have a focus on decision making, problem solving, self-identity, and critical thinking skills to help youth on their road to the future, as well as academic skills specific to each week's theme.

Each week includes field trips to enhance learning. Enrichment and social learning activities are included on all field trips, as well as summer fun activities and swimming on some days at Goslee Pool. This program takes place Monday through Friday beginning July 3 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at 330 Windsor Ave. Community Center. The fee is $105 per week. For more information, contact Youth Services Bureau Coordinator Sarah Maffiolini at 860-285-1946.

Putting On The Dog For Cats

WINDSOR — CT Cat Connection is hosting 'Putting on the Dog for Cats,' from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road.

The event is an opportunity for dog lovers and cat lovers to come together and help support CT Cat Connection and other pet focused organizations.

The main event is a contest for the pooches with a $50 prize awarded for each category: Best Dog Trick, Cutest Costume and Dog that Looks Most Like Owner. Register early to reserve a spot for your pooch. Space is limited to the first 25 entrants in each category and there is a $5 entry fee per dog. To register your dog for the contest or for more information, contact happytails@ctcatconnection.

The event will feature vendor and information tables, food and beverages for purchase, food trucks, entertainment from Windsor Fife and Drum and Enfield's Dance Craze, a teacup raffle, pet psychic, balloon animals and more.

Entry to the park is free; organizers ask for a donation of canned pet food.

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.

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.

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.

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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