Book Club Bookstore Events
SOUTH WINDSOR — Book Club Bookstore, 869 Sullivan Ave., is hosting the following events. For more information, visit bookclubct.com or call 860-432-7411.
Young adult fantasy author Liz Delton: Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 6 to 7 p.m. She will talk about the first book in the Arcera Triology, "Meadowcity." This is a free event with light refreshments. Signed books are for sale.
Book Club Bookstore welcomes three Connecticut authors on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meet Connie Bombaci, author of "Hogan's Hope," and her therapy dog; Shawn Flynn, author of "The Kitty;" and Penny Goetjen, author of "The Empty Chair."
Craft, Specialty Foods Show
SOUTH WINDSOR — The 5th annual Craft and Specialty Foods Show will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the South Windsor Senior Center, 150 Nevers Road.
In addition to a new variety of unique, quality, handmade crafts, the popular Grandma's Holiday Cupboard, a room filled with specialty foods, is available. Admission is free.
Hand Strength Exercise Classes
SOUTH WINDSOR — Hand strength exercise classes will take place at South Windsor Senior Center, 150 Nevers Road, at 2:30 p.m. every Tuesday. Cost to attend is $2 per class.
In this class, the focus will be on improving strength and dexterity of the hands. All fitness levels are encouraged, and everybody will learn techniques that will instantly increase hand strength as well as decrease hand pain. Proper form will be emphasized, and participants will discover how the correct placement of the hands will increase all lifting potential. All equipment will be supplied by the instructor. To register or with questions, call 860-648-6361.
Toy Drive For Puerto Rico
SOUTH WINDSOR-VERNON — Nevinna, a fourth grader at Orchard Hill, wanted to make sure children in Puerto Rico have a present for this upcoming holiday season.
A toy drive will take place on Saturday, Dec. 9. Drop-off locations are at the Berkshire Hathaway South Windsor and Vernon offices until Dec. 15. Items in need are toys for all ages, school supplies and Toys 'R' Us, Target or Walmart gift cards. Email RSVanity@gmail.com for more information or ways to help.
Friendly Shopper Volunteers Available
SOUTH WINDSOR — South Windsor's Adult and Senior Services has volunteers available to help South Windsor residents with grocery shopping. If you have trouble navigating the grocery store on your own, let one of our screened volunteers assist. Volunteers are able to help you or can get groceries for you. Call Lindsey for more information to see if you are eligible. This is not a service based on financial need; rather based on physical need. Call 860-648-6361, ext. 319.
Gingerbread House Festival
SOUTH WINDSOR — The Wood's 7th annual Gingerbread House Festival opened Friday, Nov. 24, and will close Sunday, Dec. 10, at 783 Main St.
This year, the festival has partnered with several local authors to celebrate A Storybook Holiday. Children and young adult book authors will read their books and lead young visitors in special activities and crafts. Adult book authors will be on hand to answer questions about their books and sign copies which will be available for purchase in the gift shop.
Storybook characters, musical guests, and special appearances by Santa Claus will be scattered throughout the festival. Ye Olde Gingerbread Shoppe has also expanded to include the authors' books, holiday themed gifts, tasty baked goods as well as specialty artisan and craft items for a chance to take home some of the magic. Visit www.woodmemoriallibrary.org for a detailed schedule.
Community Action Agencies Accepting Energy Assistance Applications
AREA — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services just released $67,255,113 in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding. This amount is 90-percent of LIHEAP funds allocated for the State of Connecticut.
Connecticut residents struggling to pay their utility bills this winter can apply for home heating assistance through Connecticut's Community Action Agency Network. The Community Action Agencies (CAAs) are the only nonprofit agencies administering LIHEAP, which provides home heating assistance to Connecticut's most vulnerable residents. Each CAA has application intake sites throughout their service regions. Some sites may include local town halls, and customers should check with their local CAA for a complete site listing.
In Connecticut this program is called the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) and is housed under the Department of Social Services (DSS). The state's Community Action Agencies administer the $74M+ program locally in all 169 cities and towns. CAAs are now accepting CEAP applications for the 2017-2018 winter season and expect more applications in the coming weeks, especially as temperatures begin to drop. Homeowners and/or renters may apply, and funds may be used to pay for whatever source of heating residents have in their homes. This includes wood, electric, oil, kerosene, or natural gas.
CAAs will certify oil deliveries starting Wednesday, Nov. 15, for those who heat with oil, propane, and deliverable fuels. May 1, 2018, is the last day households can apply for benefits unless the household is utility heated and has a shut off notice for its primary source of heat. May 15, 2018 is the last day a utility heated household with a shut off notice for its primary source of heat can apply for benefits.
Another protection for Connecticut's struggling families is the utility moratorium, or winter hardship, which provides protection for eligible households against heat source shut-offs between November 1st and May 1st. Gas and electric utilities cannot be shut off (summer or winter) if lack of the utility creates a life-threatening situation. If a customer is having trouble paying their utility bills during the winter moratorium period, Community Action Agencies will work with them on affordable utility payment programs, including the Matching Payment Program (MPP) and Below Budget Payment Plans. MPP is a payment incentive program that allows eligible utility customers to maintain year-round electric and gas service and pay an agreed-upon amount each month to pay down the balance on their heating bill. If customers cannot afford the utility payment plan, CAAs work with the customer and can submit a Below Budget Payment Plan based on the household income and expenses.
A CEAP benefit to a household automatically makes that household eligible for weatherization services. So, in addition to heating assistance, CAAs will refer customers to those agencies providing weatherization services, which helps minimize energy-related costs and fuel usage in homes through retrofits and home improvement measures. Additionally, there are funds available this year through the CAA for heating system repair and replacement if such services are deemed necessary and as the amount of funds allocated allow. Lastly, when a customer comes to a CAA for energy assistance, the agency will also assist customers in accessing other benefits for which they may be eligible including SNAP and other food programs, financial counseling, child care, and case management.
Connecticut's poorest families struggle each and every year to heat their homes in this a state with one of the highest utility rates in the country; customers many times having to choose between heating and eating or heating and paying for their medicines. CEAP allows them to not only cover high home energy costs and keep warm during the cold winter months, but gives low-income families the opportunity to address other critical, basic needs, rather than having to choose between them. Any resident who needs help paying their heating bill this winter should contact their Community Action Agency immediately.
For more information on Connecticut's Energy Assistance Program, how to find your local CAA to apply, or to make a donation, visit www.cafca.org or contact the Connecticut Association for Community Action (CAFCA), 144 Clinton Street, New Britain, CT, 06053, 860-832-9438.
SOUTH WINDSOR — The following activities for seniors will take place at the Charles N. Enes Community Center, 150 Nevers Road. To register for any free program, call Human Services at 860-648-6361, ext. 335. Register in the office for any program requiring payment.
Men's Morning Group: This new Men's group will meet the third Friday of every month at 9 a.m. Enjoy light refreshments and outdoor lawn games. Call to register.
Walkers: If you want to walk outside but don't want to walk alone, join this group as they walk the trails right behind the Community Center. The group meets at the Rotary Pavilion on Chief Ryan Way every Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30 a.m. weather permitting, to walk at a slow pace.
Ballroom Dance Lessons: Lessons are Monday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. To join, contact instructors Laura and Jason Gardiner at 860-875-7150. Couples only. Free.
Self-healing/Pain management: Learn how to treat pain effectively without using drugs. You will learn about meditation; introduction of hand-off techniques; how to handle ginger, ginger powder, etc.; how to make lighter heating pad to cover larger surfaces; how to find/use tools to administer self-massage and more in this 6 week session. Join Li-yun Hsu, a volunteer who has researched over 120 hours of online information as she shares what she has learned. Tuesdays, Nov. 14 through Dec. 19 at 3 p.m. Call to register. Free.
Holiday Swag Workshop: Create your very own holiday decoration for your home on Friday, Dec. 8, at 9:30 a.m. Join Cathy from Container Crazy CT Workshops as she gives step-by-step instructions to help you create your own masterpiece. Cost: $15 includes instruction and a beautiful mix of fresh greens to create this beautiful swag. Please bring holiday décor, such as ornaments or ribbon from home to add to your piece.
SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Public Library, 1550 Sullivan Ave., is offering the following events.
Family Stories are offered at South Windsor Public Library on most Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. This half-hour of stories and activities is presented by the Children's staff and no registration is required. Family Stories is geared toward children ages 3 and up with at least one adult member of their family.
Students age 10 and up are invited to register for the Amazing Animators Club at South Windsor Public Library. The Club meets on the 4th Saturday of the month. The group meets in the Computer Lab in the Children's Department and works on stop motion animation films that will be uploaded to the library's YouTube account. Space is limited. Call 860-644-5404 if you have any questions.
Older elementary readers are invited to join the Nutmeg Book Review at South Windsor Public Library; registration is necessary. Guests may register by calling 860-644-5404 or coming into the Children's Department at the library.
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.
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.
Silver Sneakers Exercise Classes
SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Senior Center, 150 Nevers Road, is now a member of the Silver Sneakers FLEX Community and can now offer Silver Sneakers Exercise Classes at the center.
Silver Sneakers are exercise classes that are offered to seniors with certain insurance plans, for free. Don't have silver sneakers insurance? You can still enjoy these classes for a fee of $2 per class, drop in. If you aren't sure if your insurance plan includes Silver Sneakers, call the center at 860-648-6361.
The new Silver Sneakers classes being offered include cardio on Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., muscle madness on Monday and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., circuit on Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m., and classic on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m.
SOUTH WINDSOR — A new men's group will meet the second Thursday of every month at 9 a.m. at South Windsor Human Services, 150 Nevers Road.
Enjoy light refreshments and meet new friends. Organizers are open to and look forward to suggestions on how guests want this group to run. Call 860-648-6361, ext. 335, to register anytime.
Food Pantry Needs Donations
SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Food Bank is desperately in need of food. Items most in need are: cereal, tuna, canned chicken, canned pasta, jar spaghetti sauce, crackers, granola bars and other kid snacks, juice, canned fruit, rice, boxed potatoes, paper goods, toiletries, diapers in sizes four and five and feminine products.
Drop off donations to the South Windsor Human Services office, 150 Nevers Road, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 860-648-6361, ext. 319.
Girl Scout Recruitment
SOUTH WINDSOR — 'Make New Friends' is the theme for South Windsor Girl Scouts this year. Troops are forming for Girl Scout Daisies (grade K-1); Brownies (grades 2-3); Juniors (4-5); Cadettes (6-8); Seniors (9-10); and Ambassadors (grades 11-12).
Troops generally meet twice a month at local schools to plan activities that encourage cooperation, friendship, community service, and skill building. Adult volunteers are needed. No prior experience is required and training and support are provided. For further information, email email@example.com or contact Lisa Kopper at 860-644-8588.
Fire Department Recruiting New Members
SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Volunteer Fire Department is currently recruiting new members of all ages and abilities who possess a desire to help and a passion for service, as well as a sense of pride and tradition.
Positions include firefighter, fire police, fire explorer for youth ages 14 to 17, support staff and fire and life safety. All training and equipment is included. For more information, please visit www.southwindsorfire.org or contact Deputy Chief Scott Fine at 860-463-0500 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lunch With Rabbi
SOUTH WINDSOR — Lunch With Rabbi, a monthly study for adult learners with Rabbi Jeffrey Glickman meets the last Thursday of every month at Temple Beth Hillel at noon. No reservation is required.
A soup lunch is provided. For more information, contact the Temple at 860-282-8466 or email@example.com. Temple Beth Hillel is located at 20 Baker Lane.
FISH Seeking Volunteers
SOUTH WINDSOR — South Windsor FISH (Friends In Service Here) is seeking additional volunteers for their transportation and telephone rosters. Volunteers serve only one weekday a month, either providing transportation to doctor's appointments or recording appointment requests. Call Phyllis Oswald at 860-644-2910 for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, call Executive Director Margaret Smith Hale at 860-758-7833.
Blue Star Family Members Sought
SOUTH WINDSOR — South Windsor American Legion Post 133 wishes to recognize family members residing within the town who have relatives currently serving as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Family members, defined as spouse, parent, sibling, or other close relative, are eligible to receive recognition as a Blue Star Family member. Post 133 would like to present a Blue Star pin to any South Windsor family member in honor of a currently serving relative. Anyone who believes he or she qualifies is asked to contact Art Sladyk at 860-648-1711 or email@example.com.
Friday Night Services
SOUTH WINDSOR — Temple Beth Hillel of South Windsor, 20 Baker Lane, is inviting the community to join them for Friday night services. Temple Beth Hillel is a reform Synagogue that has a social driven community.
Services led by Rabbi Jeffrey Glickman start Friday evenings at 7 p.m., with music by Cantor Scott Harris. Stay afterward and talk to friends and make new ones. All are welcome. For more information, contact the office at 860-282-8466, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit TBHSW.org.
Meals On Wheels Volunteers Needed
SOUTH WINDSOR — Meals On Wheels is seeking volunteers to deliver to homes in South Windsor. Commitment can be as little as once a month. Training available. Call South Windsor Human Services at 860-648-6361 for details.