Community News For The Windsor Edition

Breakdancing Shakespeare: As You Like It

HARTFORD — Hartford Stage, in conjunction with the Greater Hartford Arts Council's Neighborhood Studios, has announced the cast for Breakdancing Shakespeare: As You Like It.

The cast of Breakdancing Shakespeare: As You Like It includes Isaiah Artis, 15, Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts in Hartford, as Oliver; Patrick Beebe, 15, Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts in Hartford, as Duke Senior; Kalonji Daley, 15, University High School of Science and Engineering in Hartford, as Silvius; Kateri Fitzsimons, 14, Greater Hartford Classical Magnet School in Hartford, as Adam; Auna Foster, 16, Wethersfield High School, as Celia; Tamara Graham, 16, Bloomfield High School, as Duke Frederick; Asaundra Hill, 18, a Bloomfield High School graduate entering Howard University in the fall, as Touchstone; Emily Langin, 14, Simsbury High School, as Rosalind; Madison Lynch, 14, Simsbury High School, as Forest Dance Company Member; Yashmere Moore, 14, Connecticut International Baccalaureate Academy (CIBA) in East Hartford, as Corin; Alana Morgan, 18, a Global Communications Academy (Hartford) graduate entering Drexel University in the fall, as Jacques; Diego Pichay, 16, South Windsor High School, as Orlando; Noah Pichay, 14, South Windsor High School, as Forest Dance Company Member; Shantall Teran, 15, Wethersfield High School, as Forest Dance Company Member; Jamieson Vick, 14, East Granby High School, as Audley/Forest Dance Company Member; Emma Webb, 18, a Canton High School graduate attending the University of Connecticut, as Phebe; and Travis Wroten, 15, R.J. Kinsella Magnet School in Hartford, as La Beau.

The cast of Breakdancing Shakespeare will create a modern hip-hop telling of this 400-year-old story complete with Shakespeare's original text and contemporary music/dance. The script for Breakdancing Shakespeare: As You Like It is adapted by Scott Bartelson, Hartford Stage Management Associate. Pinchin will helm the production, assisted by former Breakdancing Shakespeare cast members Brandon Couloute as choreographer and Gina Salvatore as stage manager. Arienne Davey is the production coordinator.

Performances of Breakdancing Shakespeare: As You Like It will be at Hartford Stage on Thursday, August 3, and Friday, August 4, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, August 5, at 2 p.m., with a benefit performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 5. General admission tickets for the Thursday evening, Friday evening, and Saturday afternoon performances are $10. Tickets for the Saturday evening benefit performance are $30, $50, and $100. Tickets can be purchased through the Hartford Stage Box Office at http://www.hartfordstage.org/education/bds or call 860-527-5151.

Prosser Library Events

BLOOMFIELD — Prosser Public Library, 1 Tunxis Ave., is hosting the following events.

Paper Crafts/Scrapbooking @ Your Library for adults will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, July 21, and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 26. The library will supply decorative papers, letters, fasteners and stickers for creating memorable pages for a scrapbook. Long-time craft enthusiast and facilitator Becki Colton will guide scrapbookers in creating their own memory books, special occasion cards, and occasionally offer special projects for participants. Limit 12 participants; registration is required.

Mac Users Group will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 22. Join facilitator Marc Edrich for the Mac Users Group, an informal gathering of Apple product users. Bring your iPad, iPhone, or other Apple devices. Ask questions, learn tips and tricks, and share your knowledge. Beginners welcome! Registration is appreciated.

Line Dancing for Beginners will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 24. Delights of Ballet with Jack Brin will take place at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 25. See The Ballet Russes, part two, and The Gay Parisian, part two, and continues the story of The Ballet Russes begun on June 27. Registration is appreciated.

Online Shopping, a workshop on how to safely shop online, will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 27. Each participant will use a library laptop. Space is limited and registration is required.

Chill Out & Knit will take place at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, July 27. New members of all ages and experience are welcome to drop in and join this group of knitters in the Community Room. Knitters will guide one another with creative new projects or tinkering with an old one. No registration is required.

"Strictly Ballroom" Film & Conversation will take place at 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 28. See the film and stay for conversation afterward with film enthusiast Martha Reingold.

Understanding Tremor Disorders

BLOOMFIELD — Duncaster will host a free program about tremor disorders on Thursday, Aug. 10, at 3 p.m. Duarte Machado, MD will present information as part of Duncaster's monthly series, The Art and Science of Graceful Aging.

The program will take place on Duncaster's campus, located at 40 Loeffler Road. The event is open to the public, however, pre-registration is required. Dr. Machado will be discussing what tremor disorders are and ways to manage them. He will also be presenting various surgical options available for some scenarios.

To register or get more information, contact Shelly Lombardo at sLombardo@Duncaster.org or 860-380-5006.

Senior Center Activities

WINDSOR — The Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Ave., is offering the following events. For more information or to register, call 860-285-1992.

Foundations of Investing will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 25, with presenter Marty McMahon, a certified financial planner of Edward Jones. Refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

Trip to Foxwoods: A Coach bus leaves the Windsor Senior Center on Friday, July 28, at 8:30 a.m., returning at 4:30 p.m. Cost is $25 which includes transportation, $10 meal coupon, $10 slot play, and raffle on the bus. Call 860-285-1992 or sign up in the office or online.

On Saturday, July 29, the center is taking a trip to the largest local food truck festival, featuring nearly 30 of the best trucks from around New England. Cost to attend is $5, payable at the door. Sign up now as seats will go quickly. The bus leaves from the Windsor Senior Center at 10 a.m. and will return at 2 p.m.

Registration has begun for our Annual 55+ Tomato Growing Contest! The contest will be held at the Windsor Senior Center on Thursday, August 10, at 1 p.m. Music will be provided by Pedro Espinoza. Registration forms available in the Senior Center office and must be returned to the office by August 3. Cash prizes will be awarded. One winner per household. The contest is sponsored by Homewatch CareGivers.

Holiday Hill Senior Picnic: Sign up now until August 12. The picnic will feature an unlimited breakfast buffet, ice cream trucks, heated pools, bocce and bingo games, raffles with great prizes, entertainment, dancing, and more. There is a limited number of tickets. Those who attend must be 55 or older. Cost to attend is $37 per person.

The Windsor Senior Center presents a Bermuda Cruise on the Norwegian Dawn on April 20-27, 2018. For more information, contact Millicent Gill in the senior center office at 860-285-1992.

Golden Fellowship Club Trips

WINDSOR — The Golden Fellowship Club is offering the following trips. All trips depart from the Windsor Senior Center north parking lot, 599 Matianuck Ave. For more information, call Pauline at 860-758-7378 or Donna at 860-335-7069.

Aug. 12: Neil Diamond tribute show, Twin lobsters or prime rib of beef lunch at the Hu Ke Lau Chickapee Mass. Departs 10:30 a.m. $89 per person.

Sept. 12- Foxwoods Casino, includes food coupon and $15 slot play. Departs at 9 a.m. Cost: $22 per person.

Oct. 24: Fall foliage and mystery trip with lunch and a show. Departs at 9 a.m. Cost: $91 per person.

April 21 - 29: 2018 Celebrity Caribbean cruise on Celebrity Summit. Fly to San Juan and spend eight nights on board. Visit St Maarten, St Thomas and Bermuda onboard activities. Cost to attend is $1,299 per person.

Mobile Mammography

WINDSOR — The Town of Windsor Health Department and Hartford Hospital's Partnership for Breast Care will be sponsoring Hartford Hospital's Mobile Mammography Program, to provide digital screening mammograms on Thursday, Aug. 17, at the Windsor Town Hall, 275 Broad St. Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and appointments must be made by Tuesday, Aug 8.

Those eligible are women age 40 and over who have not had a mammogram in the past 12 months and one day. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call Sharon Enot, R.N., Windsor Health Department at 860-285-1824 or the main number, 860-285-1823.

Most insurance are accepted, co-pays and deductibles are the responsibility of the patient and if you do not have insurance Hartford Hospital has donated funds to pay for your screening mammogram.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

WINDSOR — Are you a grandparent raising or caring for your grandchildren? Windsor Social Services is interested in hearing from you concerning your experiences and challenges. Staff are aware of many blended families in town and would like to offer support and assistance if needed. Do you have specific needs that are not being met? Social Services can help. Call Deb Sheldon at 860-285-1839.

Lost Keys

WINDSOR — Two black Honda car keys were reported lost in the Windsor area. Store tags are attached. Call 860-690-3003.

Windsor Schools Thanks Community

WINDSOR — Windsor High School held their Senior Scholarship and Awards Night on June 1. Seniors received $118,000 in scholarships from the Windsor community.

Superintendent Dr. Craig Cooke, along with the entire Windsor Public Schools district, would like to extend their thanks to the community for the generous scholarships provided to the Windsor High School Class of 2017 graduating seniors.

The support shown throughout the years to the Windsor Public Schools is most appreciated by the Board of Education, our families, and schools. With this help, many deserving students are given the financial assistance in the continuation of their education.

Below is a list of contributing organizations and families: American Legion Auxiliary-Gray Dickinson Unit #59 Scholarship; Andrew J Butterfield Leadership Award; Dr. Roberta Garceau, Great New Smile Scholarship; Beverly Pearson Scholarship; Carmon Funeral Homes Inc. Scholarship In Memory of Frank W. "Bill" Carmon, III; Carmon Funeral Homes Inc.Scholarship in Memory of Frank W. Carmon,Jr.; Casabella Family Foundation Scholarship Christopher C. Szulc Memorial Scholarship; Diane Pagano Memorial Art Scholarship; Dorothy A. Richards Scholarship; Washington Lodge A.F. & A.M:; Edward R. Goslee Scholarship Washington Lodge # 70 AF & AM; Joseph Vozzola Washington Lodge # 70 AF & AM Scholarship; Leland B. & Hazel H. Granger Memorial Scholarship Washington Lodge #70 AF & AM Scholarship; Order of Eastern Star Eureka Chapter # 56 Scholarship; Exchange Club of Windsor - A.C.E. Award; Exchange Club Scholarship in Memory of: John F ."Jack" Shaughnessy; Exchange Club Scholarship In Memory of: Robert L. "Bob" Field; Judy Urban Memorial Scholarship; Francis (Skip) McDermott Memorial Scholarship; Fred Weisher-Windsor Little League Scholarship; John and Ann Bartash Essay Prize Award; Kiwanis Club Scholarship; Kiwanis Key Club Scholarship; Leadership Council Scholarship in Memory of Christopher C. Szulc; Lloyd & Virginia Saxton Memorial Scholarship; Marsha Cassells Memorial Scholarship; Nerice S. Bloomfield Memorial Scholarship; Norman Edwards Memorial Scholarship; Oliver Ellsworth PTO In Memory of Terry Smith; Patricia A. Boyle Memorial Scholarship; Paul Cody Memorial Scholarship; Paul J. Sorbo, Jr. Scholarship; Poquonock Fire Company Scholarship; Poquonock Fire Company Scholarship In Memory of John Katelinas; Poquonock/Clover PTO Scholarship; Richard Maynard Memorial Scholarship by the Wilson Fire Department; Rotary Club of Windsor Charitable Trust; Trinity Educational Development Scholarship; Sage Park Middle School "Dollars for Scholars" Scholarship; Sage Park Student Council Max Coyer Memorial Art Scholarship; Alice (Alse) Young & Lydia Gilbert Justice Award; Stephen A. Formanek Memorial Scholarship; Terry Smith Scholarship Donated by the Staff of Oliver Ellsworth School; Warrior Award; ''William J. Clayton Memorial Scholarship Presented by: Windsor Police Cadets, Windsor Police; Employee Association & the Clayton Family; Windsor Administrative Professionals Scholarship; Windsor Democratic Town Committee "Tudan, Griffin Memorial Scholarship;" Windsor Diamond Club; Windsor Education Association Scholarship; Windsor Garden Club; Windsor Giants Scholarship; Windsor High School Alumni Fund Scholarship; Windsor High School Culinary Arts Program Scholarship; Windsor High School National Honor Society Scholarship; Windsor Jaycees; Windsor Junior Woman's Club Scholarship; Windsor Lions Club Scholarship; Windsor Palette & Brush Club Scholarship; Windsor School Administrators and Supervisors Association Scholarship; Windsor Soccer Club Scholarship; Windsor Warriors Football Alumni Academic Scholarship; Windsor Woman's Club Scholarship; Jaylen D. Berry Scholarship Award Windsor High School Class of 1966; John F. Kennedy PTO Scholarship; and Team Paragon Robotics Team Scholarship.

Art Classes

WINDSOR — The Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic St., is offering WOW art classes, an art immersion program for children ages 6 and up, incorporating daily arts and crafts projects. The member cost is $175 a week; and non-members' cost is $195 a week.

Registration is still open for the following weeks: July 17-21; July 24-28; Aug 7-11; and Aug 14-18. Call 860-983-8202 with questions or visit windsorartcenter.org/wowart to register or pay online.

Community Block Party

WINDSOR — The Windsor Youth Services Bureau and Windsor Police Department invite families to come to its annual community block parties series. The first block party will take place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 14, at Sharshon Park, off Skitchewaug Street. Admission is free.

Enjoy carnival games, arts and crafts, face painting, a live DJ, bounce-house, and free food. This event is created by youth in the Summer Teen Employment Program to promote family fun and community spirit in a substance free environment. For more information, call the Windsor Youth Services Bureau at 860-285-1990.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Operation Fuel Offering Energy Assistance

HARTFORD — Operation Fuel's statewide network of fuel banks started taking energy assistance applications on Wednesday, July 5, from households that are in financial crisis and are in danger of having their utility services terminated.

Individuals who need energy assistance should call 211. The annual winter moratorium, which prevents households from having their electricity and gas shut off, ended on May 1 and will not resume until November 1, 2017.

Energy affordability is a year-round problem for more than 322,000 Connecticut households. Operation Fuel is Connecticut's only statewide nonprofit energy assistance program. For the fiscal year, which ends June 30, Operation Fuel has provided over $3.3 million in energy assistance to more than 7,830 households. This includes $2.1 million in energy assistance for the 2017 winter program and $1.2 million in energy assistance last summer.

Now in its 40th year, Operation Fuel is a statewide nonprofit program that provides emergency energy assistance year-round to lower-income working families and individuals, the elderly, and disabled individuals who are in financial crisis.

For more information on Operation Fuel or to make a donation, go to www.operationfuel.org. Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Avenue, Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT, 06106.

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