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Community News For The Windsor Edition

Evening In The Garden

WINDSOR — On Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the public is invited to visit and sample the mid-summer harvest from the Demonstration Organic Garden at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road.

UConn Extension Master Gardeners and interns from area counties have been hard at work this summer on the first of a multi-year plan to rejuvenate this gem, located across from the community gardens. Recently adopted as a signature project of the Hartford and Tolland county Master Gardeners, the purpose is to introduce would-be gardeners to the variety of crops that can be easily grown organically in the area, as well as to provide specific learning opportunities for all ages.

In the next few years more educational material will be produced to create a small garden library, as well as signage to enhance a self-guided stroll among the dozen raised beds. The Windsor Public Library contributed eye-catching plant labels created by 3-D printing.

Monthly topical presentations and discussions will also be held, as well as plant clinics for those pesky insect and disease problems that can pop up in the best-tended gardens. There will be a plan to incorporate permaculture into the border around the beds as well.

Volunteers are welcome for fall projects. Contact Nancy for more information at 860-212-9596.

Mum Sale

WINDSOR — The Windsor Woman's Club Annual Mums Sale is a sure sign that fall is just around the corner. This year, you can order 9" Connecticut grown mum plants for the bargain price of three for $18, or $7 each.

To purchase and schedule a pickup time for the mum plants, email tgconroy@hotmail.com or awc762@hotmail.com, or call 860-688-4816 or 860-729-5665.

Include your color choice from the following: Yellow, bronze/orange, purple, red or white. Pick-up is between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at 369 Rood Ave.

The Windsor Woman's Club of CT and GFWC is open to women of all ages and meets the second Tuesday of each month, September through April at LP Wilson Community Center.

Visit gfwcwindsorwomansclub.orgprt for more information.

Wine Bottle Bingo

WINDSOR — Windsor Education Foundation invites community members to Wine Bottle Bingo on Friday, Sept. 8, at 5:30 p.m. at the Pavilion at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road.

Wine Bottle Bingo features a night of bingo played for wine-themed prizes. All proceeds from the event will be used to award grants to teachers in the Windsor Public Schools system to start creative learning programs. Other activities at the event will include complimentary wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres, a wine pull and silent auction, and a wine demonstration.

Tickets are $35 for five games of bingo and can be purchased at windsoreducationfoundation.org. Sponsorships are also available starting at $100.

For more information and to buy tickets or sponsor, visit windsoreducationfoundation.org or call 860-922-9286.

Tavern Trot

WINDSOR — In an effort to join the battle against childhood cancer, Union Street Tavern of Windsor will host its 11th Annual Tavern Trot on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 20 Union St.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. and the race begins at 12:30 p.m.

The event will raise funds for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. The Union Street Tavern Trot is a 3.5 mile road and trail race through the historic Windsor Center, USATF-certified #CT0917JHP and Manchester Road Race qualifier. Cash prizes are awarded to top finishers.

The event will feature live entertainment, free refreshments, food and beer. Visit http://unionstreettavern.com/events for more information and registration.

Prosser Library Events

BLOOMFIELD — Prosser Library, 1 Tunxis Ave., is hosting a paper craft and scrapbooking event for adults on Friday, Aug. 18, at 2 p.m. in the Community Room. Paper-based crafts can be made or guests can bring your own blank pages, photos, adhesives, scissors and memorabilia. 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.

Bloomfield Brewery Receives Recognition

BLOOMFIELD — Back East Brewery was recently singled out as the only brewery to have three beers recognized by Draft Magazine in its search for "The 50 best IPAs in America." The annual competition by Draft Magazine featured a blind tasting of nearly 400 IPAs from across the country. The magazine ranked Back East's Ice Cream Man IPA as its #5; its Intergalactic Lupulinary as its #16, and its Rakautra as its #21.

Visit http://draftmag.com/50-best-ipas-america for more on Draft Magazine's rankings of the top 50 IPAs.

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..

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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