EAST WINDSOR - The East Windsor Garden Club will meet on Tuesday, April 21, starting at 7 p.m. at the Park Hill Community Room off of Windsorville Road in Broad Brook. Deborah Vallides of Agawam, Mass has a collection of hundreds of African Violets. And, to brighten up our evening, she will bring a good amount of her different types and colors of African Violets for her demonstration for us to feast our eyes on. She will also do a hands on demonstration of how to pot the Violets so be ready to dig in and havefun.
Broad Brook Fire Department New Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment Campaign
EAST WINDSOR - This month the Broad Brook Fire Department launches a new volunteer recruitment campaign with support from the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association (CFCA) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). The campaign is part of the Volunteer Workforce Solutions program designed to help Connecticut's fire departments achieve a viable and sustainable volunteer firefighter workforce. The program is funded by a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant awarded to the CFCA by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop a model to enhance the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters.
Fifteen Connecticut fire departments are participating in the 2-year program, designed to address the shortage of volunteer firefighters in the state. The number one issue facing volunteer fire departments today is the ability to maintain adequate staffing levels. Eighty percent of all fire personnel in Connecticut are volunteer firefighters and the majority of departments are experiencing a volunteer shortage.
The Broad Brook Fire Dept. currently has approximately 35 firefighters, and would like to recruit 15-20 additional firefighters. The Broad Brook Fire Department protects a population of approximately 11,160 residents, covering 26.5 square miles and responds to approximately 500 calls for service annually of varying types.
Being a volunteer is a rewarding experience and one of the best ways someone can make a difference in the community. The skills and experience gained as a volunteer firefighter are invaluable and have a positive and lasting impact on the lives of others. Local fire departments need volunteers of all skill levels and abilities who are willing and able to respond to emergencies when needed.
SOMERS - Somers High School Food Service and Management Program presents Horizons Café, a student operated restaurant Thursdays through April 30. It will be closed April 23 for April Vacation.
The students of the Somers High School Food Service Program, prepare and serve such items as Baked Stuffed Shrimp, Filet Mignon, and Chicken Francese.
The café offers a pre-fixed menu for a set price of $20 per person. The menu will include a beverage, soup, salad, entrée, and dessert. A children's menu is also available.
The restaurant, Horizons Café, will be open from 5-8 p.m. and reservations are suggested for they are limited to 75 seats per evening. Reservations may be made by calling instructor Lynn Tracy at 860-749-2270, ext. 4170.
Come and support a nationally recognized program and enjoy a delicious meal at the same time.
Indoor tag sale
SOMERS - Somers Congregational Church, 599 Main St., is holding their Annual Indoor Tag Sale. This event is highly anticipated by bargain hunters and savvy shoppers for the wide variety of thousands of gently used and well-priced items which includes something for everyone. Additionally, Beautiful Things, a local gift boutique, has donated new merchandise. Onsite parking and handicap accessible.
The hours of the sale are Saturday, May 2, from 8-3 and Sunday, May 3, from 11-3. For more information visit http://www.somerscongregational.org or call the office at 860-763-4021.
Book discussion at Somers Library
SOMERS - The next non-fiction book discussion at the Somers Public Library will be "Five Days at Memorial" by Sheri Fink on Tuesday, April 21 at 1 p.m. Copies of the books are available for loan. Call 860-763-3501 to register or for more information. The Somers Public Library is located at 2 Vision Boulevard in Somers.
Somers Library adds Ancestry.com
The Somers Public Library now has a subscription to Ancestry.com - a genealogy research website which can be accessed by using one of the public computers at the library. Introductory classes on this resource will be held on Monday, April 20, 6:30 -7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, April 22, 10 -11 a.m., or Saturday, April 25, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Space is limited, registration is required for any one of these classes.
The Somers Library is located at 2 Vision Boulevard in the Education Complex in Somers. For more information on these or other programs please call the library at 860-763-3501.
SOMERS - Tickets are now on sale for the Somers Village Players Spring production of "The Psychic" by Sam Bobrick. This award winning "mystery of sorts" will play at Joanna's Banquet Facilities, 145 Main Street, Somersville, April 17, 18, 24, 25 May 1 and 2. Tickets are $35 for all performances and include a buffet dinner. To purchase tickets go to somersvillageplayer.org or call 860-265-3342 to leave a message for reservations. Online prices include 1$ per ticket convenience fee. When ordering by phone include any special requests, such as special seating for a party or for a hearing-impaired or wheelchair.
The Village Players moved their dinner theater to Joanna's in 2007, and have been active in Somers for 44 years. In addition to producing plays and musicals, they support other local groups and provide annual scholarships to students in the performing arts. For more information about the Players, visit their website at http://www.somersvillageplayers.org.
SOMERS – Kids age 6 and older can play BINGO for prizes Wednesday, April 22, from 2 - 3 p.m. Children should have knowledge of how to play the game. Registration is required. Call the library at 860-763-3501 for more information. This is a school vacation week activity.
Jeepers Creepers presented by Riverside Reptiles
SOMERS - Riverside Reptiles presents Jeepers Creepers at the Somers Public Library on Thursday, April 23, at 1:30 p.m. Encounter some creepy-looking creatures. See and touch a variety of reptiles, amphibians, arachnids, insects and more. Free tickets available. Call the library at the 860-763-3501 for more information. This is a school vacation week activity.
Gene Pitney Commemorative Golf Tournament
SOMERS - The Gene Pitney Commemorative Committee will be holding their 3rd Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 2, at Cedar Knob Golf Course in Somers, to benefit the scholarship and music fund. The $100 entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart fee, buffet dinner, plus a chance at 3 separate hole-in-one prizes including a 2015 Ford Fusion from Ray Seraphin Ford, a Classic Jukebox from New England Jukebox and Amusements, and a set of taylor made irons from Golfer's Warehouse. Additional prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin, lowest score, will be awarded in addition to many raffle prizes. To sign up go to http://www.tournevents.com/gpcc or contact Emily at 860-716-2942.
Proceeds benefit the Gene Pitney Scholarship and Music Education Fund. A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a Rockville High School senior and a $1,000 scholarship to a Somers High School senior.
East Windsor Senior news
The East Windsor Senior Center is located at 125 Main St., Broad Brook above the Broad Brook Fire Department. To sign up for the following programs, call 860-292-8262.
INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE
AARP will provide electronic federal and state income tax assistance on Mondays through April 6. Call 860-292-8262 to schedule a one hour appointment at 9, 10 or 11 a.m. No charge for this service.
Shopping at Big Y or Walmart, East Windsor, every Monday 9 - 11 a.m.
Grocery shopping at Geisslers, East Windsor every, Wednesday at 9 a.m.
Mobile Food Share at St. Catherine's Parking Lot – Friday, April 10 and April 24 from 1:45 - 2:30
Wii Bowling, every Monday at 12:30
Wii Zumba, every Wednesday at 12:30
Free blood pressure and sugar screening Thursday, April 2, from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Foot care is offered on Tuesday, April 21, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m..
There is a $29 charge for foot care. Please call for appointment.
Art with Tex every Monday at 12:30 p.m.
JEWELRY MAKING WITH JANICE
Jewelry making with Janice, every other Friday at 10:30 a.m., April dates: April 10 and April 24, $10 payable directly to Janice.
Book discussion is scheduled for Monday, April 27, at 10:30 a.m. Book Selection: "The Language of Flowers" by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
TBD, Friday, April 17, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
The monthly social will be on Thursday, April 30 at 12:00. Featured entertainment will be: The Humble Bees
Yankee Candle with Lunch at Chandlers, Friday, April 10 at 10 a.m. Bring money for lunch
Huke Lau, Friday, April 17, at 10 a.m. Bring money for lunch
Christmas Tree Shop, Manchester, Tuesday, April 28, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
EVENTS AND PROGRAMS at the EW Senior Center
Jewish Family Services presents "Relationships with Adult Children," Thursday, April 16, at 11 a.m.
Focus Group, Tuesday, April 21, 10 - 11 a.m.
Food for Thought, Tuesday, April 21, 11 - 11:30 a.m.
AARP Safe Driver Course, Thursday, April 23, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members.