Community News For The Windsor Edition

Windsor Art Events

WINDSOR — The Windsor Art Center will be hosting a sculpture show entitled Imagers in Conversation, beginning Saturday, Nov. 11. The two sculptors featured in this exhibition are Delois Barnes and James Buxton. Both individually and together, their works spark and engage dialogue around societal issues. For more information, visit www.windsorartcenter.org or call 860-688-2526.

The exhibition opens with a free public reception on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition runs through Dec. 23 at The Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic St. An Artist Talk presented by both artists, discussing their creative journey as sculptors in the 21st century, will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 2 to 3 p.m.

Gallery hours are Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional events during the exhibition: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 11 and 12, from 11 a.m. through 4 p.m.

Art, Jazz, and Food at the Windsor Train Station with resident and visiting artists LeaAnn Cogswell, Cathy Doocy, Andres Chaparro, Joe Sam, Charlene Li, Kassie Huhtanen, and Robert Noreika will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1.

Film Night: An old-fashioned movie night with popcorn and pizza. Free. A film about a renowned master artist who sculpts out of blown glass. Saturday, Dec. 9, from noon to 2 p.m.

Workshop: Cards that Pop, 3-D card-making workshop. Participants take home three handcrafted cards. Class held at the Windsor Art Center Studios. Class size limited to 10. $35 includes materials. Instructor: Meckla Pinnix-Clark.

Buddy Benches

WINDSOR — Windsor Public Schools implemented Buddy Benches at elementary schools to encourage inclusion and kindness. Donations were made by the Rotary Club and the Kiwanis Club to purchase the benches.

The Buddy Bench is a safe spot for a child to sit to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground. The Buddy Bench helps children cope with the following situations: Need a friend to play with (especially if new to the school), Have an idea for a game but is seeking someone to play with, Need a place to cool off (if a child is upset), Need help from a staff member to resolve a conflict, If a child is being bullied.

Clover Street School held a school assembly on Tuesday, Oct. 31, to recognize and present a certificate of appreciation to the Rotary Club and the Kiwanis Club, for their $1,000 donation from each organization to purchase a "Buddy Bench" for all four elementary schools.

All benches are bright yellow with blue posts to be easily identifiable to any child who attends Windsor Public Schools. Pictured are Mike Farr, Warren Cardone, Lauri Miller, Windsor Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Craig Cooke, Karen Andrews, Pam Lupoli and Rich Knickerbocker.

Peter Pan Jr.

WINDSOR — This fall marks 30 years Windsor Youth Theatre has been bringing musical theatre productions to life for local residents and performers. On Nov. 18 and 19, the group will delight all ages with Disney's Peter Pan Jr.

More than 50 elementary and middle schoolers' from age 5 to 14 will perform in Peter Pan Jr. Many of these young people will go on to spend a decade or more with the program, moving through the Pee-Wee group and advancing to the Junior division.

Show dates and times are Saturday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. All shows will be held at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave. Tickets prices at the door are $5 for children under 5, $10 for students/seniors and $12 for adults. The last day to reserve tickets at the $10 price is Nov. 17. Email Kelsey Fitzsimmons at windsoryouth06095@gmail.com to reserve tickets.

Tickets are $10 in advance and are also sold at the door for $12 for students/seniors and $15 for adults. Parking is free and concessions will be available. The show is directed by Kelsey Fitzsimmons, Hannah Blough and Barbara M. Washer.

Food For Health Drive

WINDSOR — Dr. George B. Curry of 15 Central St. will be sponsoring Windsor's 29th annual Food For Health drive on Saturday, Nov. 18, to benefit the Windsor Food Bank.

All services at Dr. Curry's office including spinal examinations, headache evaluation, screening and x-rays (if necessary) will be free of charge from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in exchange for any non-perishable food item.

Call today for an appointment to have your free health examination and feed the homeless at the same time. Call Dr. Curry's office at 688-1218 to reserve your appointment during the above time period.

Woman's Club

WINDSOR — The next Windsor Junior Woman's Club's meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Union Street Tavern, 20 Union St. Social time begins at 7 p.m. and is followed by the business meeting from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

The club is a non-profit organization, comprised of women over the age of 18 that focuses on enriching, helping and giving back to the community. For more information, call Suzanne at 860-683-4229 or sdgaither@comcast.net or Mary at 860-219-1356.

Windsor Library Events

WINDSOR — The following events will take place at the Windsor Public Library, 323 Broad St.

Tween Escape Room: Wednesday, Nov. 22. Can you solve the clues and break the codes of the Tween Escape Room? Kids ages 8 to 11 may attend from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Registration is required. Call 860-285-1914 or stop in to sign up.

Edward Leonard's Fun with Rhythms: Wednesday, Nov. 29. The Windsor Public Library Kidspace is excited to present Edward Leonard "Fun with Rhythms" from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is for children ages 5 to 11 years old. This is an educational drum and music circle will include playing interactive rhythm games with drums and other handheld percussion instruments. Registration is required; call 860-285-1914 or stop in to sign up.

Special Needs Hockey Team Recruiting New Players

AREA — The Connecticut Chasers, an ice hockey team for individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities, is recruiting new players for the 2017-18 season, running from Nov. 4, through March 10, 2018.

Weekly practices are at Simsbury Farms Skating Rink in Simsbury from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The team is looking for players of all abilities and skill levels ages 8 and up. "Learn to Skate" sessions are offered for those new to the ice.

Prospective players and their families are invited to attend a practice to see the fun for themselves. Some equipment is available to borrow for anyone who wants to try a practice session before joining.

Athletes from throughout the Greater Hartford Area and beyond are welcome. Current players are from Avon, Canton, Ellington, Farmington, Glastonbury, Simsbury, South Windsor, and Windsor.

The Chasers were founded in 1997 by former Hartford Whaler Kelly Chase and the Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress to provide a team experience for the players while helping them improve their self-esteem, social skills, gross motor skills and coordination. The team is a proud member of the American Special Hockey Association and Special Hockey International.

Last season, the Chasers had the honor of serving as "Blue Line Buddies" for the Hartford Wolf Pack, standing on the ice with the team during the National Anthem before a game at the XL Center. The Chasers are looking for similar opportunities this season.

The team also has scrimmages with the Southern Connecticut Storm of Bridgeport and the East Coast Jumbos of Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Email Ctchasershockey@gmail.com for more information.

Assessment Scores Workshop

WNDSOR — Windsor Public Schools is hosting an upcoming workshop for families to better understand their child's assessment scores at Sage Park Middle School, 25 Sage Park Road.

SBAC, STAR, & PSAT Assessment Family Workshop (Grades 6-8): Thursday, Nov. 9, at Sage Park Middle School from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Visit http://bit.ly/FamilyWorkshop_Nov9 to register. Food and childcare will be provided.

Phipps And Schoelzel Scholarships

AREA — The GFWC Windsor Woman's Club, on behalf of the General Federal of Women's Clubs in Connecticut, is now accepting applications for both the Phipps Memorial Scholarship and the Dorothy E. Schoelzel Scholarship. These funds are available to enable Connecticut women to pursue advanced courses of study in accredited institutions of learning.

Phipps Scholarship candidates must have completed two or more years of undergraduate work, matriculating for a Bachelor's degree or a postgraduate degree with a 3.0 grade point average or better.

Candidates for the Schoelzel Scholarship must have completed three or more year's undergraduate work in an accredited institution of higher learning with a 3.0 grade point average or better. This scholarship is intended for those matriculating for a Bachelor's degree or a postgraduate degree in the field of Education.

For an application for either scholarship, please call Mary at 860-683-0347 before Feb. 1, 2018.

C.A.R.E.S Socktober

WINDSOR — C.A.R.E.S. is collecting new winter socks to be distributed this holiday season to those in need. New socks can be dropped off at Social Services at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave. Anyone with questions may call Deb at 860-285-1839.

Food Waste Talk

BLOOMFIELD — A lecture and 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 Nov. 16.

The topic is "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.

The lecture is $10. Refreshments are provided. To register, send a check to Jay Poliner, 53 Juniper Lane, West Hartford, CT. 06117. Indicate which lecture 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.

Senior Center News

WINDSOR — The Windsor Senior Center released the following information. For more information, call 860-285-1992.

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. Call 860-285-1992 for more information.

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.

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.

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.

Golden Fellowship Club Trips

WINDSOR — The Golden Fellowship Club is offering the following trip. 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.

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.

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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