Hi newcomers and neighbors. I’m Genie Wilmarth, the chair of Civic Concerns. I am new to this position and am searching out places where our group might make a difference in the lives of Simsbury residents – collectively or one at a time.
Causes I am interested in: persons with disabilities, animal welfare, loneliness in our elderly population and food scarcity. How about you? What ideas do you have for us to help our community? Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-202-3791 (cell) with ideas.
Here’s what I have found, so far:
Election Day is November 5th. Polling locations are: Henry James Memorial School (District 1), Latimer Lane School (District 2), Tootin Hills School (District 3) and Tariffville School (District 4). If you are not sure of your district, go to http://portaldir.ct.gov for registration lookup. A sample ballot for the local election can be found on http://simsbury-ct.gov .
Simsbury’s 350th anniversary is in 2020. Organizers are looking for volunteers to donate a few hours to help make events associated with the 350th a success. Here’s a link where you can sign up: http://simsbury350.com/ . After you sign up, someone will get back to you with options of where you can get involved.
River Day 350 - Part of Simsbury’s 350 year history is our connection to the Farmington River. From a means of transportation to a means of recreation today, the river has been an important asset to the town. River Day will be celebrated on June 9th and volunteers are needed. I am looking forward to seeing what is planned as many Simsbury residents have fished, canoed, kayaked, or sculled for the SHS Crew Team on the Farmington River. Maybe an essay or poetry contest?
Jack Bannan’s Turkey Trot is the week before Thanksgiving, November 27th. Donations of a turkey or cash can be made at Fitzgerald’s Stop and Shop, Big Y, Geissler’s and other local grocery stores. Watch for the signs around town.
Gifts of Love is in desperate need of boys’ clothing, sizes 3T-14. Gently used or new clothing can be dropped off in the box outside the Wilmarth & Associates office (914 Hopmeadow Street) in Simsbury Town Shops, next to Ava Grace. They also always need toiletries, such as toilet paper, toothpaste, deodorant, soap. You can drop them off in the box as well.
Simsbury Social Services is starting a holiday gift program for elderly and disabled adults. In addition to purchasing gifts for children in low-income families, they would like to start a holiday gift program for some of our low-income seniors and disabled adults. More about this program to come.
Holiday Craft Fair
Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, 9am-3pm
St. Catherine of Siena Church
265 Stratton Brook Rd
West Simsbury, CT 06092
Soldier’s Quilts and Charity Sewing at the Simsbury Public Library
Next meeting is November 12th, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Pam Palmer is the contact.
Friday Night Supper
Friday, November 22nd from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
First Church of Christ, Palmer Hall
689 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury
You are Invited to a FREE Community Meal!
From 4:30 to 6:30 pm we will be serving a community meal prepared by enthusiastic volunteers from First Church. We invite not only the hungry and those on fixed budgets but anyone who wants a break from making dinner to come to Palmer Hall for a delicious meal prepared and served with love.
Please consider being a part of our congregation that welcomes others to the table.
The meal is free. No reservations needed.
Donations accepted will benefit The ABC House.
Contact: Sara Batchelder
The Simsbury Rocks Project
Join Simsbury Girl Scouts to paint some of the 350 rocks that will become part of a town-wide scavenger hunt in celebration of Simsbury’s 350th Anniversary in spring 2020! This intergenerational project is sponsored by the organization For All Ages. Monthly painting sessions are in the Craft Room at Eno Memorial Hall on Mondays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 18, Dec. 9, Jan. 13, Feb. 10, Mar. 9, and Apr. 6.
Please sign up in advance. 860-658-3273 - FREE!
Freedom Pen Project
Join Simsbury High students during their annual 22-hour Freedom Pen-a-Thon to make custom, handcrafted pens that are given to veterans and service members and then sold locally with proceeds benefitting veterans’ support groups. This community service event is open to the public.
Drop in to the woodworking shop in the back of Simsbury High School any time from 4 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 7, talk with students, and make a pen! No experience is necessary; Deb and Gary from For All Ages will be there to greet you. FREE!
Simsbury Chairs For All Ages
For the two volunteer opportunities below, volunteer applications are available at www.forallages.org/volunteer or ask Senior Center Coordinator Kathy Marschall for a copy to fill out and return to her. A $19 background check is required (easy to authorize on-line) to work with the youth.
THE BUILD Mentor Simsbury High students at SHS as they build 10 Adirondack chairs this fall. Chairs will be placed throughout Simsbury next spring. Weekly 9:15-10:45 a.m. Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Oct. 31, Nov. 7, Nov. 14, Nov. 21, Dec. 5, and Dec. 13. Join any time for a few or all weeks.
COMING IN JANUARY – DESIGN & PAINT Join Simsbury High National Art Honor Society students at SHS to design and paint the chairs. From 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. weekly for 10 weeks. (Dates to be determined.) If interested, let Kathy know, as slots will fill quickly!
Happy All Saint’s Day, and Thanksgiving blessings, Genie