Community News For The Windsor Edition

Forever Home Opens

BLOOMFIELD — After nearly a decade of waiting, CREC Museum Academy finally has a permanent home. The interdistrict pre-k to grade five magnet school, which has moved three times and had recently been located at two temporary sites, celebrated the opening Wednesday of its new facility on the site of the former J.P. Vincent School property in Bloomfield. CREC leaders, school staff, students and parents attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony, toured the 79,722 square foot building, and applauded during a dedication ceremony for the J.P. Vincent School Library.

CREC Construction Services oversaw the $55.3 million project, which was funded by grants from the State of Connecticut. In addition to the library, the new school features a museum theme room and an exterior porcelain rain screen panel. CREC Museum Academy has operated as an interdistrict magnet school since 2008. While waiting for construction of a permanent facility, the school moved buildings three times and, until recently, preschool and kindergarten students attended school at a temporary facility in Bloomfield while students in grades one through five went to class in Windsor.

Joseph P. Vincent was the first Bloomfield High School alumnus to serve on the Bloomfield Board of Education as a member and chairman. The library at CREC Museum Academy was named after him in recognition of his commitment to education in the Town of Bloomfield.

Food Waste Talk

BLOOMFIELD — Three lectures with discussion to educate the public about the global food waste crisis will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at AuerFarm, 158 Auer Farm Road, on the following days.

The first lecture on Sept. 21 will feature an overview of food waste and will set out the connection between food waste, economics, the environment, and social issues. The talk will be presented by John Mandyck, Chief Sustainability Officer, United Technologies Corporation, and co-author of "Food Foolish."

The second lecture on Oct. 19 is titled "Landfill Alternatives for Food Waste" and will feature three local experts: Brian Paganini from Quantum Bio Power, Southington; Samuel King, from Blue Earth Compost, West Hartford; Chris Prosperi, owner of Metro Bis Restaurant, Simsbury.

The third lecture on Nov. 16 is titled "Impacts of Food Waste Strategies on Hunger" and will be led by Lucy Nolan, Director of End Hunger, CT and Karen Franczyk, Green Mission Coordinator of Whole Foods.

Each lecture is $10 or guests may attend all three for $25. Refreshments are provided. To register, send a check to Jay Poliner, 53 Juniper Lane, West Hartford, CT. 06117. Indicate which lecture(s) you will be attending and your email for confirmation. No refunds are available and a portion is tax deductible. Email Jenny at riggsja@comcast.net with questions.

Northwest Park Adult Education Series

WINDSOR — Northwest Park's Adult Educational Series is geared towards adults who want to learn more about the natural world. Presentations are appropriate for any adult audience. Northwest Park is located at 145 Lang Road.

Gain in-depth knowledge from subject matter experts who take participants from informational seminars to hands-on field studies. Light refreshments will be provided. The series runs each Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 21 until Oct. 12.

The subjects are Sept. 21, Experiencing Nature as a Healer; Sept. 28, Connecticut's Changing Landscape; Oct. 5, Mushroom ID for Beginners; Oct. 12, Reptiles and Amphibians of Connecticut.

The cost is $10 per Windsor resident and $15 per non-resident, per session. To attend the entire series, the cost is $35 per Windsor resident or $50 per non-resident. Registration is required. For more information, visit townofwindsorct.com/recreation or call 860-285-1886.

Duncaster Art Gallery Exhibit

BLOOMFIELD — The paintings of husband and wife Tom and Margah Lips will be displayed at the Duncaster Art Gallery during the month of October. There will be an opening reception on Oct. 1. "Art from New England to Mexico" will be displayed until Friday, Nov. 3. The exhibit is open to the public on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free.

Attendance for the opening reception on Oct. 1 is free and open to the public; however, advanced registration is required. For more information or to make a reservation to attend the opening reception, contact Shelly Lombardo at sLombardo@Duncaster.org or 860-380-5006.

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.

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 — The Windsor Art Center kicks off its 10th anniversary celebration with Piece By Piece, selected works from the Mothers In Art Artist Collective.

This exhibit, which runs 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.

Donation Drive: On behalf of the artists, Windsor Art Center will be accepting donations 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.

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 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.

Visit www.loomischaffee.org/arts/mercy-gallery or call 860-687-6030 for more information.

Senior Center News

WINDSOR — The Windsor Senior Center released the following information. 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 began 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.

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.

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.

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

Prosser Library Events

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

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.

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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