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Community News For The Windsor Edition

Taproom Takeover Against Cancer

BLOOMFIELD — Back East Brewing Company is putting the power of beer to work to fight pediatric cancer during September. Throughout the month of September, they will be staging the "Taproom Takeover Against Cancer" featuring the craft beers of eight Connecticut breweries, representing every county in Connecticut. One dollar of every pint or flight sold from these breweries will support the efforts of Connecticut Children's Medical Center in their ongoing fight against pediatric cancer.

Back East, Thomas Hooker, Counter Weight, Half Full, Outer Light, Kent Falls, Black Pond, Cold Creek, and Stubborn Beauty to join with us to help support this great cause." Several of Back East's brews, including Misty Mountain IPA, Porter, Back East Ale, Golden Ale, Intergalactic Lupulinary, Octoberfest, and others will also be on tap.

The Taproom Takeover Against Cancer will be open for customers 21 and over, while supplies last on the following days: Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m., Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. Visit www.backeastbrewing.com for more information.

Kiwanis Prepare Backpacks

WINDSOR — In preparation for the start of another school year, members of the Kiwanis prepared backpacks for students attending Windsor schools. Each backpack was filled with needed school supplies. One hundred packs were prepared for older students and 50 packs for elementary students. Pictured are Kiwanis members packing backpacks with school supplies.

Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month

WINDSOR — September 2017 is designated Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month, an opportunity to raise public awareness about non-pharmacologic options, such as chiropractic care, to safely and effectively relieve acute, subacute and as appropriate, chronic pain. Sponsored by Curry Chiropractic and in collaboration with the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), this month of observances will educate and inform consumers, managed care, state legislators and patient referral sources.

Throughout the September Awareness Month consumer-focused activities include community events: DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative, sports injury day, Pediatrics and Addicted Babies Awareness Day, Remembering our Vets and Honor Day. The Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month observance will be included annually in the American Hospital Association official health care observance calendar.

Democratic Party Meet-And-Greet

WINDSOR — The Windsor Democratic Party will host a meet and greet with Lilly Pad Dairy Bar at 309 Windsor Ave. on Thursday, Sept. 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Candidates for the Town Council, Board of Education and Constables will be introduced.

The Lilly Pad will donate a coupon for 20-percent off ice cream orders for those who make donations to the Democrats.

Evening Recital

WINDSOR — The Loomis Chaffee Music Department will host an evening recital featuring the University of Hartford's Hartt School Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble on Monday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will take place in the Hubbard Performance Hall at The Loomis Chaffee School, located at 4 Batchelder Road. The public is invited to attend and admission is free of charge. Visit https://www.loomischaffee.org for more information.

Windsor Art Center Opens Piece By Piece

WINDSOR — On Saturday, Sept. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m., Windsor Art Center kicks off its 10th anniversary celebration with an opening reception for Piece By Piece: selected works from the Mothers In Art Artist Collective.

This exhibit, which runs from Sept. 16 through Oct, 28, responds to the title question of Jacoba Urist's May 21, 2015 article in The New York Times, "Why Can't Great Artists Be Mothers?"

Artist include: Katherine Tolve, Jess Franks, Cassia Cogger, Kathleen Woodward, Meredith Arcari, and Katrina Russo. Several events/workshops will complement the exhibition.

The opening public family-friendly reception will be followed by Art after dark, surprise entertainment and cocktails from 7 to 9 p.m. There is no cost to attend.

Donation Drive: On behalf of the artists, Windsor Art Center will be accepting donations at the opening, as well as throughout the exhibit, for My Sister's Place, Inc. which provides shelter and services to women. Fifty-percent of sales on a selection of the artworks will be donated to My Sister's Place.

Artist talk/book signing: Sunday, Sept. 17, 2 to 3 p.m. Artist Cassia Cogger will discuss her story circle techniques in watercolor and mixed media and sign copies of her book, "Creating Personal Mandalas." There is no cost to attend.

Free Little Artist Program: Thursday mornings, 10 to 11 a.m., Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 5 and 12.This mini program is intended for children ages 2-5 (older and younger siblings welcome). Children will enjoy listening to stories and will create a craft, led by artist/educator Katherine Tolve. Free

Jess Franks, Live Painting: Saturday, September 23, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. The public is invited to drop by the gallery and watch Jess creating one of her paintings.

Film night, "Indie Kindrid," directed by Jen Lee: Friday, Sept. 29, 6 p.m.; pizza and popcorn. Filmmaker Lee profiles 10 independent artists, who turn friendships and virtual connections into real world collaborations. Free.

Mixed media collage workshop, Through Your Eyes: Sept. 30, 1 to 3 p.m. Create mixed media collage artwork highlighting your neighborhood and create a sense of place with artist Meredith Arcari. Cost: $30 plus material fee of $10.

Intro to Linocut printmaking: Friday, Oct. 13, 2 to 9 p.m. Printmaker Kathleen Woodward takes guests through the process of designing and carving your own linoleum block to create a small edition printed image. Cost: $40 plus material fee of $35.

Embrace yourself mini photo shoot with Katrina Russo: Thursday, Oct. 19; Friday, Oct. 20; Sunday, Oct. 22. Mini photoshoot for women to help engage and embrace their sense of self confidence. Time slots available. Call 860-604-7075.

Windsor Art Center 10th anniversary celebration and last chance to view exhibition: Saturday, Oct. 28, 5 to 7 p.m.

This exhibition is sponsored by The Ensworth Foundation of the Bank of America Philanthropic Solutions. There is no charge to visit the gallery or the onsite gift shop, which features locally made art. Parking is free and easily accessible. Visit www.windsorartcenter.org for more information on scheduled programs and exhibits, membership, and performing or exhibiting in the gallery.

Playing With The Past

WINDSOR — "Playing with the Past: Transmutation and Metamorphosis," an exhibition of work by a diverse group of artists, will be presented in the Sue and Eugene Mercy Jr. Gallery at The Loomis Chaffee School from Sept. 19 through Oct. 26.

The artists featured in the exhibition include Josh and Marta Bernbaum, Clark Derbes, Gerard Ferrari, Ruth Hamilton, Mimi Magyar, Rebecca Morgan, Gwen Murphy, Kathy Stark, Oriane Stender, Venske & Spänle, and David Woolfe. Pictured is "Cobalt Jug" by Rebecca Morgan, courtesy of Asya Geisberg Gallery.

An opening reception will take place in the gallery on Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 6:45 until 8:45 p.m. in the Richmond Art Center of The Loomis Chaffee School, 4 Batchelder Road. The public is invited to attend and admission is free of charge. Visit www.loomischaffee.org/arts/mercy-gallery or call 860-687-6030 for more information.

Senior Center News

WINDSOR — The Windsor Senior Center & Senior Fitness Center open house will be held during the week of Sept. 11 through 15. Free exercise programs will be offered all week, as well as a yoga demonstration and free massages. Dance classes and Pickleball games are always free of charge. For more information, call 860-285-1992.

Are you an adult with Type 2 diabetes, or do you care for someone who does? Come to a free, interactive and fun "Live Well Workshop" that can help you take control of your diabetes or help you in your role as a caregiver. Learn how to manage symptoms so you can get the most out of your life! Workshops begin on Monday, Sept. 18, and continue every Monday, except Oct. 9, through Oct. 30, from 9:15 to 11:45 a.m. in the Senior Center Lounge. Call 860-285-1992 to register.

Foxwoods: The Coach bus leaves the Windsor Senior Center on Friday, Sept. 15 at 8:30 a.m., returning at 4:30 p.m. Cost is $25, which includes transportation, $10 meal coupon, $10 slot play, and a free raffle on the bus. Call 860-285-1992 or sign up in the office or online.

September is National Senior Center Month, and to celebrate, the Movie-of-the-Month will be "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" shown in the Senior Center Lounge on Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 12:45 to 3 p.m. Free, including popcorn and soda! Transportation available. Call 860-285-1992 to sign up.

The Windsor Senior Center presents a Bermuda Cruise on the Norwegian Dawn on April 20-27, 2018. Costs are as follows: Inside state room: $1299 pp; Ocean view: $1459 pp; Balcony: $1799 pp. First deposit due at time of reservation of $450, plus optional travel insurance. Final payment due on February 1, 2018. For additional information, attend a presentation from Tours of Distinction on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 11 a.m., in the Windsor Senior Center. An early savings of $50 is available to those who book within the next two weeks. Call 860-285-1992 for more information.

Dinner dance at September Early Bird Supper: Dom's Restaurant will be catering a meal of chicken Francaise or chicken marsala. Entertainment will be provided by Draper Mathis. The date is set for Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and reservations are required. Cost to attend is $8 per person. Sign up in the Windsor Senior Center office, online, or call 860-285-1992.

Atlantic City Trip: Oct. 29 to 31. Package includes $25 slot play, two $30 meal credits, a $5 meal voucher and a show. Also included are the motorcoach transportation and hotel stay, for $229 per person. Total payment is due on Oct. 1. Call 860-285-1992 for reservations and more information.

Hike with the Happy Hikers: Sept.8 and Sept. 18. Both hikes begin at 9 a.m. Call the Senior Center for locations at 860-285-1992.

Every Tuesday morning until the end of October, join the Windsor Trail Riders to bicycle on nearby trails. Call the Senior Center for times and locations of rides, 860-285-1992. Helmets must be worn.

The Senior Health Fair & Flu Shot Clinic will be held at the LP Wilson Community Center/Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Ave., on Thursday, Oct. 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Windsor residents age 50 and over, and disabled adults age 18 and over, will be able to receive their flu shot, as well as a variety of health related free screenings and tests, such as blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, vision and hearing screenings, massage, information on senior living, home care, weight loss, and medical equipment and supplies. Forms and information on insurance coverage for the flu shot may be picked up in the Health Services Department at the Windsor Town Hall.

The Windsor Senior Center is located at 599 Matianuck Ave. and can be reached at 860-285-1992. Visit www.townofwindsorct.com/seniorservices for more information.

Art Center Classes

WINDSOR — Registration for fall classes is now open and all classes are held at the Windsor Art Center Studios, 35 Central St. Information and registration can be found at www.windsorartcenter.org or by calling 860-508-3186.

Clay Sculpture: The Figure in Terracotta, with award winning artist, LeaAnn Cogswell, begins Oct. 2 and runs for five Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a live model. The last class is for firing preparation. All levels are welcome. Tuition for sculpture class: $265. Model fee is additional and divided among students. Clay is approximately $30 and firing is an additional fee. Class size is limited due to space. Register by calling 860-614-0583 or 860-508-3186.

Oil Painting with award winning artist William Simpson, begins Thursday, Oct. 5 and runs for five Thursdays from 9:30 to noon. All levels are welcome. Tuition: $220, Windsor Art Center members receive a 10-percent discount. Maximum class size is 7 so register early. Supply list provided upon registration. Visit www.windsorartcenter.org to register.

Democratic Primary

BLOOMFIELD — A Democratic Primary will be held in each of the five voting districts on Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Only registered Democrats will be allowed to vote in this primary.

The deadline for registering and/or enrolling to vote in the primary by mail is Thursday, Sept. 7. The deadline to register or enroll in person will be noon on Sept. 11. In order for anyone to vote in the Democratic Primary, the resident must be enrolled in that party. Bloomfield residents who are U.S. Citizens and will turn 18 by November 7, 2017, qualify to register.

Unaffiliated voters who wish to register in the Democratic party in order to vote in the primary must enroll by mail on or before Sept. 7 and, in person, by noon on Sept. 11.

The Registrar's regular office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Anyone with questions may contact the Bloomfield Registrars of Voters at 860-769-3540.

Police Cadets Seeking Role Players

WINDSOR — The Windsor Police Cadets are seeking paid role players to assist at law enforcement training classes from September through May, as needed on evenings and weekends. Role players shall be compensated as follows: $25 for three to four hours and $50 for six hours.

To be considered, candidates must be a minimum 18 years of age. Advisors, members, and parents/guardians of members are ineligible. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Senior Cadet Patrick Dowd at 860-593-7808. A criminal history check and waiver are required

Northwest Park Country Fair

WINDSOR — Now is the time to start planning for Northwest Park Country Fair's kitchen, garden, crafts and flower competitions. The fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at 145 Lang Road. The contest is open to all ages.

Kitchen categories include baked goods, jams and jellies. Garden categories include vegetables, fruit, flowers and miscellaneous items such as gourds, pumpkins and sunflowers. Judges will award ribbons in each category. Junior gardeners and bakers through age 16 will be judged separately in each category.

All entries must be in place and will be judged prior to the 10 a.m. opening of the fair. Visit www.northwestpark.org and click on "Friends' Events" for more information.

The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 17, from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $3 for children and $4 per adult, or $12 maximum per family and free for children under three. Parking is free.

Prosser Library Events

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

Paper Crafts/Scrapbooking at Your Library: Friday, Sept. 15, 2 p.m., Prosser Public Library Community Room. Special paper based crafts can be made or bring your own blank pages, photos, adhesives, scissors and memorabilia to a do it yourself scrapbooking time. 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. Fun for adults to create and play. Limit 12 participants, register is required.

Mac Users Group will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. 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.

A hiking talk, followed by a hike, will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17. Those who attend this program will be treated to a modern day adventure. In March last year, Sam Ducharme set out on a 2,180-mile, 14-state backpacking trip from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mt. Katahdin Maine. Come join him as he takes you through the trail towns, over the mountaintops and through the backcountry. The images and stories will leave you with a renewed awe of the beauty of our country and its people. You will also see his gear, how he cooked, and hear what it is like sleeping in a hammock for six months through three seasons.

Ducharme is a retired K9 Officer and a lifelong resident of Connecticut. Following the talk, there is an opportunity to take a hike in the area, led by members of the Wintonbury Land Trust. Registration is appreciated.

Art Appreciation with Dolores Howard and Gwen Lewis will take place at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18. Registration is appreciated.

NAMI Book Discussion: "The Option," Monday, Sept. 18, 6:30 p.m.,Prosser Public Library at Community Room. Meet the Author, Karin Stahl and discuss her book, "The Option," a memoir of suicide, mystery and finding our way. The book discussion is sponsored by the library and NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Copies of the book are available prior to the discussion date.

Rowing Lesson at Riverside Park, a one book event, will take place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 19, at the Boathouse in Hartford's Riverside Park, 20 Leibert Road.

The book is "The Boys in the Boat," written by Daniel James Brown. In addition to reading and discussing the book, a rowing lesson will take place. Space is limited and registration is required. Copies of the book are available at the library for the discussions in October.

Microsoft Word Level 3 Class: Thursday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m., Prosser Public Library Community Room. This class will feature special topics in Microsoft Word 2010, including spell check, header/footer, and ruler features. Prerequisite: Familiarity with a computer, keyboard, and mouse. Each participant will use a library laptop. Register, as class space is limited.

Prosser Book Discussion: "A Map of Betrayal," by Ha Jin; Wednesday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m. Prosser Public Library Community Room. All readers are welcome. Copies of the book are available at the library. Registration is appreciated.

Diabetes Workshop: Thursday, Sept. 28, 10:30 a.m., Prosser Public Library at Community Room. Have you been diagnosed with diabetes and don't know what to do or what to eat? This 7-week workshop will clear up the confusion. The sessions are interactive, so bring questions.

The workshops will take place mostly on Thursday mornings, Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12 , Tuesday Oct. 17, Nov. 2 and 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Prosser Public Library in the Community Room. Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator Paula Kellogg Leibovitz will facilitate the workshops. This series is sponsored by the library and the West Hartford/Bloomfield Health District.

Chill Out & Knit: Thursday, Sept. 28, 3:45 p.m., Prosser Public Library 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.

Microsoft Excel Level 1: Thursday, Sept. 28, at 6 p.m., Prosser Public Library Community Room. Learn how to navigate Microsoft Excel 2010 and get an overview of its basic tools. Prerequisite: Familiarity with a computer, keyboard, and mouse. Each participant will use a library laptop. Register, as class space is limited.

Talk: Acid Reflux Treatment

BLOOMFIELD — Duncaster, 40 Loeffler Road, will host a free program about treatment options for those suffering from acid reflux on Monday, Sept. 18 at 3 p.m. Kenneth Schwartz, M.D. will be presenting on the topic as part of Duncaster's monthly series, The Art and Science of Graceful Aging. The event is open to the public, however, pre-registration is required.

Dr. Schwartz will be presenting new, minimally invasive surgical interventions that are helping people find relief for acid reflux. To register or get more information about Duncaster's Art and Science of Graceful Aging presentations contact Shelly Lombardo at sLombardo@Duncaster.org or 860-380-5006.

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.

Windsor Library Events

WINDSOR — The Windsor Public Library, 323 Broad St., is hosting pajama storytime. Find more information at www.windsorlibrary.com or call 860-285-1914.

Pajama Storytime will take place from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, for children ages 0 to 11 and their families. Bedtime stories, songs and a simple craft. No registration required.

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.

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. The next meeting will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Sept. 25.

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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