Winchester Community Events & News
Please find information on general Winchester events and happenings that may be of interest to Lincoln Elementary School Families. If you have any news or events to add please contact the LSPA Newsletter Team
Winchester Farmers Market Donation Collection
Each week during the Winchester Farmers Market season (June-October), this group will circulate around the market vendors just before the market wraps up (around 1:15) to collect any food that the vendors do not want to pack up (slightly bruised/less than perfect, or an overabundance) and deliver the donated food to the Dwelling Place soup kitchen (523 Main St., Woburn). Food may be collected in whatever containers you have on hand (e.g. paper bags, plastic bins, etc). You may choose to deliver the food directly after the market if that is most convenient OR wait until 5pm when the cooks will be on-site at the kitchen preparing to cook the meal, and recipients of the meal may be gathering. Shelley Ayervais will have the key for the Dwelling Place. The volunteer each week should make arrangements to pick up the key prior to delivering the food and return it after. The key unlocks the black door at the side of the church (accessible via ramp or stairs). Once inside the door you will be in a small lobby with the kitchen door directly ahead. Donations should be left on the table in the center of the kitchen. Anything that needs refrigeration can be left in the kitchen fridge if there is room.
Contact information if you have difficulties
Judy Storeygard (cell 781 640-5760) firstname.lastname@example.org
Shelley's cell (781 864-2486) email@example.com
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Heat Smart: Discounted Clean Cooling and Heating Technologies Through 2019
The Winchester-Arlington Heat Smart program is under way! Are you considering replacing an old heating system? Are you tired of lugging window air-conditioners out of your basement for summer? Does your home use oil or baseboard electric heat?
Take advantage of the Heat Smart program discounts, Mass Save incentives and Federal Tax credits to update and improve your home heating and cooling system during this time-limited campaign supported by town volunteers. Now is a great time to transition to cleaner heating and cooling! www.heatsmartaw.org
With warmer weather rapidly approaching, many people are installing ductless mini-splits to provide comfortable, conditioned air for their homes. But did you know that ductless mini-splits (also known as air-source heat pumps) provide heating even when it is 0°F outside? You can drastically reduce your use of fossil fuels while making your home more comfortable! For more information, check out our Mitsubishi Diamond Elite installer New England Ductless at www.newenglandductless.com.
Ground source heat pumps, “geothermal”, also provide year-round comfort with heat pumps, drawing heat from the earth or returning heat to the earth to bring consistent comfort to your home. Residential installations use a ducted system to distribute warm or cool air throughout your home. With Mass Clean Energy center rebates and a 30% Federal Tax credit, this becomes a wise long-term heating and cooling solution. Learn more from our installer, Energy Smart Alternatives’ website: www.energysmartalternatives.com.
A solar hot water system can provide up to 90% of your home’s hot water needs. Payback is rapid with the great Mass CEC incentives and a 30% Federal Tax credit. Learn more about how you could heat your domestic hot water with the sun. Check out our installer, New England Solar Hot Water at www.neshw.com.
Modern wood heat gives you the opportunity to heat your home without fossil fuels. A modern wood boiler or furnace is no different than a typical boiler or furnace, except that it heats with sustainably sourced wood pellets instead of fossil fuels. Learn more about this sustainable alternative at our installer, Caluwe’s website http://www.woodchipboilersr.us.
To sign up for a free site visit by any of these installers, go to www.heatsmartaw.org. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Heat Smart coach for Winchester at HeatSmartWinchesterCoach@gmail.com. Don’t wait! The Heat Smart program runs through the end of October 2019 to schedule a site visit.
Summer Fun at Kids’ Corner
Hey Parents/Guardians! Do you want your kids to spend their summer break going on adventures, having fun, and making new friends? If so, the Kids’ Corner Summer Program has you covered. Each week is chockfull of morning enrichments (e.g. Top Secret Science, Sports, Drumming, Gymnastics, Art and Theater). Don’t forget about the afternoon excursions to swimming, tennis, and local splash parks, as well as Wednesday field trips and Thursday theme parties. Your kids will have so much fun they won’t even realize how much they are learning and growing.
Some of the 2019 Wednesday field trips include a ferry ride to Spectacle Island, Southwick Zoo, Crane Beach, and the Salem Willows
We have expanded our rosters so space is still available in most weeks from June 24th to August 28th (except the week of July 1st). We are open to all school aged children (based on grade completed). Basic schedule is 9am-5pm with extended day options available. Early drop-off is 8am and late pick-up is 6pm. There is also an option to purchase lunch daily.
Visit our website, www.KidsCornerWinchester.org to register. If you have any questions, please call 781.721.1514.
Registration Begins May 20 for Fall Music Classes
Registration begins Monday, May 20 for fall music classes at Winchester Community Music School. We have more classes than ever this year, with several new offerings for kids including Meet the Notes, Piano & Violin Intensive, and Music Theory Fundamentals. Other group classes for kids include guitar, keyboard, percussion, ukulele, Singing for Children, and several Dalcroze Eurhythmics classes that introduce children to rhythm, movement, and a variety of age-appropriate instruments such as recorder and melodica. Some classes have as few as 4 students and fill quickly, so register early to ensure your spot. For fall private lessons, submit your inquiry now to be added to the queue. Scheduling begins in June on a first-come, first-served basis. WCMS is a non-profit school; financial aid is available. For more information, call 781-721-2950 or visit www.winchestermusic.org. 407 Highland Avenue, Winchester.
Thank you for your efforts to reduce Winchester’s use of plastic bags!
As you may know, Phase 2 of Winchester’s Plastic Bag Reduction bylaw takes effect on May 1, 2019 when all retailers say “Goodbye” to disposable plastic checkout bags. So please remember to bring your reusable bag to not just the grocery store but to all stores in town. (Several local stores sell small reusable bags that easily fit into purses and backpacks). By using reusable bags, we can continue to reduce litter in town, protect our local wildlife, and help out local merchants. Remember, the bylaw only applies to disposable plastic checkout bags. Plastic bags for meats, vegetables, bulk food, dry cleaning and newspapers can still be provided.
Make the switch to reusable bags
Does this mean a switch from plastic to paper bags? We hope not. The best option is to switch to reusable bags, not paper. Reusable bags are light, durable, washable, and can carry three to four times the amount of weight of a disposable bag. Using reusable bags conserves energy, reduces waste, lessens litter, and promotes a cleaner Winchester.
How can I help?
Be a role model to others by using reusable bags. Here are some steps to help you make the transition:
Keep your reusable shopping bags in a location where you will remember them as you leave the house, i.e., on the door knob or in your car.
Get in the habit of keeping a small foldup reusable bag in your purse or backpack. That way you’ll always have it.
Think beyond the grocery. Bring a reusable bag to all stores, not just when food shopping.
Once at the store:
Bring two more reusable bags than you think you’ll need into the store.
Let the shop keeper know that you have a reusable bag.
If you have just one or two items, go bag-less.
If you’re buying more items than you can carry without a bag, ask the retailer to use as few bags as possible.
Remember: this is a community effort. If you remember your reusable bag, others will too! Thank you!
Cool Science Club is Back!
Cool Science Club Summer Registration is now open for ages PreK-13 years old, with 2 week long options. For further information and registration form click here.
HOW TO SAY “NO” EFFECTIVELY By Dr. Delaney Ruston
Excerpted from SCREENAGERS, sponsored by the Winchester Coalition for a Safer Commununity. There are so many reasons why for many youth screen time has crowded out activities and interactions that would benefit them—in other words, why they are experiencing excessive screen time. Perhaps you have been wanting to set new limits, Here are some tips: Prepping to say the “no”
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What IS Winchester ABC anyway?
It's our own chapter of A Better Chance, a national non-profit organization that provides academically talented students of color with an opportunity to attend outstanding public and private secondary schools throughout the United States. For 47 years now, the residents of Winchester have, through private donation, made it possible for more than 95 young men to graduate from our fine high school and go on to college. Each one, in his four years here, has become a true member of our community. Volunteers support the scholars through serving as host families, providing rides, and organizing events. Would you like to learn more about how to become involved in the ever-growing Winchester ABC family? Click "contact" on our website winchesterabc.org - and while you're there, catch the video!