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Community News For The Windsor Edition

Passport To Summer Fun

WINDSOR — The Windsor Chamber of Commerce hosts Passport to Summer Fun until Aug. 31. Pick up a passport at the Chamber office, 261 Broad St., or at any of the participating restaurants, shops or attractions.

Register your Passport online or by phone. Passports must be registered to win. Go to the restaurants, shops and attractions in the Passport and get the Passport stickers. Bring your passport to the WCC Tourist Information Center to be entered into the prize drawing.

Get all the stickers and get a $10 Chamber Gift Certificate. Winners will be notified in early September and will be posted on the website. (The deadline to enter the drawing is Sept. 2.

Visit https://www.windsorcc.org/visitors/calendar/passport_to_summer for more information.

Preschool Opportunities Provide Subsidies

WINDSOR — The Windsor School Readiness Council is seeking children, three or four years of age, to attend First Church Early Learning Center, which is a National Association for the Education of Young Children accredited preschool program.

School Readiness is a state initiative designed to provide children with a high quality preschool experience and support their social, emotional and academic development. Windsor families who meet income eligibility guidelines may apply for subsidized full time preschool placements that are available for the fall of 2017.

Applications for Windsor's School Readiness program are accepted on an ongoing basis. They encourage families to apply as soon as possible, as opportunities are limited. For more information or to make an appointment, email JCogswell@windsorct.org..

Free Concert; Food Collection

WINDSOR — On Thursday, Aug. 10, at 6:30 p.m., the family and staff of Carmon Community Funeral Homes invite all Greater Hartford residents to a free Farmington Valley Band concert on the Windsor Town Green.

The performance on the Windsor Town Hall lawn on Broad Street is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and people can bring lawn chairs or blankets. The event is part of the Windsor Town Green concert series presented by the Windsor Chamber of Commerce and First Town Downtown.

Before and during the concert, the Windsor Houses of Worship civic association will host a food collection drive for the Windsor Food and Fuel Bank. Concert-goers can bring canned and boxed nonperishable food items and several types of personal care products to WHOW volunteers located at the Carmon Community Funeral Homes table on the grass near the stage.

The Windsor Food & Fuel Bank reports its most needed items include: peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti sauce and pasta, macaroni and cheese, canned meats, crackers, cereal, baked beans, canned vegetables, canned fruit, fruit juice, coffee, tea and hot chocolate, and condiments such as ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise. The Food Bank also seeks personal care items such as paper towels, facial tissues, toilet paper, and diapers and baby wipes.

Visit www.windsorfoodbank.org for more information.

Woman's Club Open House

WINDSOR — The Windsor Woman's Club of Connecticut is looking for new members. A membership open house will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Windsor Public Library's main branch, 323 Broad St.

Weekend Wheels Backpack Program

WINDSOR — The Windsor Hunger Action Team Weekend Wheels program distributes supplementary food to children and families in need in Windsor throughout the school year. Children from eligible families will receive a backpack filled with nutritious foods each Friday to bring home for the weekend.

This program is being offered to children enrolled at Clover Street School, John F. Kennedy School, Oliver Ellsworth School and Poquonock School. Homeschooled families may also apply. Registration for the 2017-18 school year is open. If your child receives free or reduced school meals, then you automatically qualify for this program. The number of participants is limited. To register for the program, or if interested in becoming a donor or sponsor, call Susan Nunes of Windsor Social Services at 860-285-1839.

Canoe Adventure

WINDSOR — Visit Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road, on Saturday, Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon for a canoe adventure. Learn about local waterways and the plants and animals that call them home. No canoeing experience is necessary; there will not be a staff member in your canoe.

Staff will be available before and during canoeing to observe and assist with paddling abilities. Canoes, paddles and PFDs will be provided. The event is for people ages 6 and above. Cost to attend is $15 per Windsor resident and $20 per non-resident.

Registration is required. Visit townofwindsorct/recreation to register or call 860-285-1886.

Letter: CT Democrats Outdo Trump

To the Editor — So Trump, a madman with an ongoing war with the corporate media, proposed a military/defense budget for 2018 with an increase of $54 billion. Obviously, this takes money away from all programs for the poor, the elderly, and immigrants. Also, less money for schools, the environment, and all infrastructure needs.

This past week, not to be outdone, our House of Representatives boosted this same Pentagon budget by $70 billion. See HR 2810. A majority of politicians from both parties approved. All five CT Democratic Representatives vote aye. Trump is more moderate. Who knew?

The total authorized for the Pentagon in 2018 is $695.9 billion (not including our costly nuclear weapons and VA Care expenditures). We need another war real soon to justify the nuttiness.

Guy Blais, Windsor

Prosser Library Events

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

"1944" film from Estonia: Friday, Aug. 4, 1:30 p.m., Prosser Public Library Community Room. See the film and stay for casual conversation afterward. No registration necessary.

Art of Home Staging with Annika Moore-Tillman: Monday, Aug. 7, at 6:30 p.m., Community Room. Participants will learn the art of home staging with tips, before and after pictures, real life stories and statistics. Moore-Tillman is a principal designer at Defined Interior Spaces, LLC and a Certified Home Staging Professional. Registration is appreciated.

"Before the Flood" documentary: Wednesday, Aug. 9, 6 p.m., Community Room. Registration is appreciated.

How Facebook Works: Thursday, Aug. 10, 11 a.m.,Community Room. Find out about Facebook friends, photos, news feeds, status updates, and more. Facebook account security and privacy will also be discussed. Registration is required.

Chill Out & Knit: Thursday, Aug. 10, 3:45 p.m., Community Room. 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 required.

Mac Users Group: Saturday, Aug. 12, 11 a.m., Community Room. Join facilitator Marc Edrich for the Mac Users Group, an informal gathering of Apple product users. Bring your iPad, iPhone, or other Apple devices. Beginners are welcome. Registration is appreciated.

Ancestry Library Edition Demo: Tuesday, Aug. 15, 11 a.m., Community Room. Bring one person's name to research in class, along with all the identifying information you already have on that person, like birth date, town of residence, spouse name, etc. Register, as class space is limited.

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop

BLOOMFIELD — A seven-week workshop on diabetes self-management workshop with registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator Paula Kellogg Leibovitz will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Oct. 17, Nov. 2, Nov. 9, and Nov. 16, at the Prosser Public Library, 1 Tunxis Ave.

Topics covered include meal planning and holiday food choices, label reading, glucose monitoring and target blood glucose levels, medications and exercising safely. The sessions are interactive and questions from the audience will be answered.

There is no class the week of Oct. 23. Registration is required; call West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District at 860-561-7900, ext. 0.

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, Aug. 3, and Friday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 5, at 2 p.m., with a benefit performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 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.

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.

Holiday Hill Senior Picnic: Sign up now until Aug. 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.

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: Aug 7-11; and Aug 14-18. Call 860-983-8202 with questions or visit windsorartcenter.org/wowart to register or pay online.

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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