Neighborhood Information For The South Windsor Version – Hartford Courant

Gingerbread House Festival

SOUTH WINDSOR — The Wood Library & Museum, 783 Main St, is hosting the sixth annual Gingerbread House Festival through Saturday, Dec. 10. Last year’s festival had over 8,000 visitors who came from all across New England and the New York area to gaze upon over 100 gingerbread houses on display. This year the festival has expanded to include a holiday photo area, more musical guests, and a special appearance by Santa Claus. Ye Olde Gingerbread Shoppe has also expanded to include more holiday themed gifts, more tasty baked goods and even more specialty artisan and craft items for a chance to take home some of the magic. For a schedule visit or call 860-289-1783 for details.

Hartford Evergreen Lodge 88 Donates

SOUTH WINDSOR — Hartford Evergreen Lodge 88 recently donated $370 to the South Windsor Food Bank and 15 bags of groceries and five fully prepared meals for the South Windsor Human Services Thanksgiving program.

Power Of Peace raises $38,000

SOUTH WINDSOR — Bhavana Gunda, a junior at South Windsor High School, is a member of the Power of Peace organization whose mission is to promote peace through community service and inspire kids around the world. After their most recent annual event at the Middle School of Plainville, the Power of Peace group has raised $38,000 in donations for this year. The motto of this group is “For the kids, by the kids” and it seeks to help underprivileged children in Atma Vidya Ashram, Bangalore, India, through its three goals: eradicating hunger, providing better living conditions, and enabling kids to succeed in their future. She has been working for this cause since her sophomore year and have had the opportunity to participate in organizing the community events like these along with her Power of Peace group friends to raise the funds to help the kids in need. This group not only supports kids abroad, but also in their local communities by donating some of their proceeds to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, FoodShare, and the The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.

This group has adopted 10 orphaned kids and improved the living conditions at Ashram by installing solar panels, lockers and a new water tank with the money that they raised last year through fundraising events. The Power of Peace group continues to support these kids with the money raised this year and they are also planning to buy laptops for the kids in the Ashram to establish a personal connection and guide them via Skype.

Juried Winter Craft Show

SOUTH WINDSOR — The fourth annual South Windsor Winter Craft Show at Enes Community Center, 150 Nevers Road, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 9 am to 3 pm Proceeds go to the South Windsor Senior Center’s Community Service Group to support various service projects to benefit the community. Craft items will include: hand thrown pottery, silk florals, original jewelry designs, creative notebooks, children’s items, handwoven scarves, natural soaps, wooden cutting boards, kitchen items, holiday décor, bird houses, pet items, glass work, candles and unique metal sculptures.

Hanukkah Dinner

SOUTH WINDSOR — Temple Beth Hillel, 20 Baker Lane, is holding its annual Hanukkah dinner on Friday, Dec. 30, at 5:30 pm, after dinner we will proceed to the Sanctuary where we can light our Menorahs and welcome in Shabbat. The dinner will be semi-potluck with chopped liver, brisket, chicken, and latkes being provided. We are asking our Temple family and friends to provide one dish to feed 10 people. The cost is $5 per adult and $2.50 per child under age 10. All are welcome to come and celebrate together.

Local Students Recognized

BRISTOL, RI – Johan Marulanda, Samuel Nunes, Lauren Schmidt, and Jeffrey Violette, of South Windsor, have graduated from Roger Williams University.

South Windsor Senior Center

SOUTH WINDSOR — Join the South Windsor Senior Center as we travel to Bushnell Theater in Hartford to see the play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The bus departs the senior center on Thursday, Dec. 29, at 6:30 pm Tickets cost $88. Call Missy at 860-648-6361, ext. 339 to reserve your seat.

Senior Activities at the Enes Community Center, 150 Nevers Road include:

Painting & Crafts: Mondays from 2:30 to 5 pm

Adult Coloring: Tuesdays at 9 am

Memory to Memoir Writing Class: Wednesdays at 2:30 pm to 4 pm, with Susan Omilian, through Nov. 16.

Renter’s Rebate

SOUTH WINDSOR — South Windsor residents who rented an apartment in 2015 and are 65 or older, or those who are on social security disability may apply for renters rebate. For income guideline and other qualifications, call South Windsor Human Services at 860-648-6361 to schedule an appointment.

Winter concert

SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Community Band will present its winter concert in the auditorium at Timothy Edwards Middle School, 100 Arnold Way, on Friday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. Call 860-874-3814 for details.

South Windsor Food Bank

SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Food Bank is in need of food items. Donations can be dropped off at the Community Center in the Human Services Office, 150 Nevers Road. Call Andrea at 860-648-6357 for details.

South Windsor Square Dance Club

SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Square Dance Club invites all area square dancers to an evening of square dancing at the historic Powder Mill Barn, 32 South Maple St., in Enfield, on Friday, Dec. 9, from 7:30 to 10:30 pm, with caller Dave Eno. Square dancing will be Beginning Main Stream and no Round Dancing. The donation is $8 per person and refreshments will be served. Go to or call 860 454-4262 for details.

Birth Announcements

Manchester Memorial Hospital

William Thomas, son, to Erica and Stephen Sadlak, of South Windsor, Oct. 26

Emmitt Joseph, son, to Conchita Troiano and Donald Baker, of South Windsor, Nov. 1.

Madeline Catherine, daughter, to Therése Tripler and Robert Clemens, of South Windsor, Nov. 8.

Seniors & Special Places 2017 Calendar

SOUTH WINDSOR — The 2017 hanging calendar featuring over 40 South Windsor seniors in 12 different locations around town may be ordered by stopping in the Human Services office at 150 Nevers Road for an order form or by contacting Andrea at 860-648-6357 or andrea. [email protected] to order.

Trails Photo Contest

SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Human Relations Commission is seeking entries for its 2017 photo contest, “South Windsor Trails,” which will feature South Windsor’s hiking and biking trails.

The contest is open to photographers of all ages who live or work in South Windsor. Photos must be taken in South Windsor in black and white or colour. All entries must be original work and be appropriate for posting on a public government website, where the winners will appear.

Submissions are limited to four entries per person and must include a release form for each. Photos must be entered separately. The deadline for submissions is Jan 31.

Entry forms are available online at or at the South Windsor Public Library, 1550 Sullivan Ave.

Contact Charlie at 860-644-0697 or email [email protected] for details.

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SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Historical Society invites local parents to bring their children to the Pleasant Valley Schoolhouse Museum, 771 Ellington Rd., for the annual holiday visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus on Sunday, Dec. 11, from noon to 3 pm Photos may be taken with the North Pole couple, and there will be gifts for the children and complimentary refreshments.

Tax Aide Is Seeking Volunteers

LOCAL — The largest volunteer tax preparation program in the nation, the AARP Foundation Tax Aide, is seeking volunteers to give a few hours each week during the tax season to help prepare low-moderate income taxpayers and file their federal and state tax returns ensuring that they receive the tax credits and deductions they deserve. To register as a volunteer, visit or call 888-227-7669.

Operation Fuel Taking Energy Assistance Applications

HARTFORD — Operation Fuel’s statewide winter energy assistance program will start Dec. 1, when the nonprofit’s 107 fuel banks begin taking applications. Families and individuals who are struggling financially and need energy assistance should call 211 to find their closest fuel bank. For more information on Operation Fuel or to make a donation, go to Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Ave., Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT 06106.

Science Center, Wadsworth Associates

HARTFORD — The Connecticut Science Center has joined forces with the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art to offer two unique joint field trip experiences. One trip is geared toward students in grades six through eight, while the other is best for students in grades nine through 12. Reservations for these field trips will only be taken through the science center by calling 860-520-2150 or by visiting CTScienceCenter. org/fieldtrips before Thursday, Dec. 15

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