Due to unforeseen circumstances, Friends Church, Route 202 in Windham will not be holding the semi-annual baked bean supper in May. We hope to see you at our fall supper on Oct. 2, 2010.
Firearms safety course
On Saturday, May 15, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Windham-Gorham Rod & Gun Club, 8 Towpath Road, Gorham, an NRA-certified course, Personal Protection in the Home, will be taught. Participants must be 18 or older, have some shooting experience and be comfortable with a hand gun. Cost is $120, which includes the class and range instruction plus a copy of the NRA Guide to Basics of Personal Protection in the Home. Participants must register at the Windham Parks and Recreation Office, 8 School Road, Windham, by May 12. The course is sponsored by Windham Parks and Recreation and Windham-Gorham Rod and Gun Club. For more details, call 892-1905.
Roast beef dinner
On Saturday, April 24, a traditional roast beef dinner will be served at Windham Hill United Church of Christ, 140 Windham Center Road, from 5-6:30 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children under 12.
Cancer support group
On Monday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. at Windham Public Library, the Windham Cancer Support Group welcomes massage therapist Larry DeHof as guest speaker. For directions or questions, call 892-7750. The group provides support and education for all cancer victims, cancer survivors, and caregivers of anyone dealing with cancer. For more information, check out the Web site, http://windhamcancersupport.webs.com.
Garden open house
Windham Community Garden invites everyone to an Open House on Saturday, May 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; if it’s rainy, it will be held at the same time on Sunday. It’s on Route 202 (Gray Road) next to the Public Safety Building and Skate Park. The garden will be dedicated, primary school students will be planting seedlings and children can receive seeds to plant in a container to take home. Applications will be available for anyone interested in a garden plot for the upcoming season. Members will be on hand to answer questions. Whether you’re a gardener or just interested in what’s going on in your community, stop by and check it out and bring any used or new gardening tools you would like to donate!
Memorial Day events
Honoring our veterans is what it’s all about. The parade begins at 9:15 a.m. on Monday, May 31, followed by ceremonies at the high school and a public rededication of Field Allen school. Community members and organizations who wish to join Windham veterans and the town may contact Don McCormack (Myngame@aol.com) or Dave Tanguay (892-1306). Parade organizers are looking for military service members, veterans, individuals, groups, and organizations including scout groups, youth groups, civic and social groups and any others who would like to help celebrate Memorial Day. They are also looking for color guards, marching units, theme floats and groups in period costume. Antique car, truck and tractor club participation is also most welcome.
Win a kayak
In order to help offset the cost of the DARE program in Windham, a DARE Stimulus Raffle is being held. Prizes are two $350 oil cards, two $300 grocery cards, two $250 gas cards and a Perception Prodigy recreational 12-foot kayak! All proceeds will go directly to the DARE program and the raffle winners will be drawn on homecoming weekend at the high school. Prizes have been donated by State Farm Windham office (Tricia Zwirner), Westbrook Auto Service (across from the Prides Corner Drive-in) and Cobb’s Collision and tickets can be obtained from any of those places. Each ticket costs $10. and you do not have to be at homecoming in order to win. For more information, contact Mark Cobb at 892-5795 or Mcobb@accidentinspection.com.
Thrift shop open
North Windham Union Church runs a thrift shop downstairs in the church building on Route 302, North Windham. Everything is very neatly organized and reasonably priced. Hours are Saturday 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday and Thursday from 1-3 p.m.
The Community Garden Committee meets every Monday at 6 p.m. in the room behind the cafeteria at Windham High School to discuss start-up of this new group. Anyone interested in gardening is welcome. Plans are to start the garden in the spring on an acre of town land near the skate park on Route 202 (Gray Road). For more information, call Marge Govoni at 310-4117 or 892-7192 or Paul Tringali at 831-1395 or 892-2878.
Yard Sale time
The 4th Annual Yard Sale to benefit the Food Pantry will be held on May 8. The sale will offer small appliances, kids games and puzzles, dish sets, cooking dishes, small furniture items, lamps — just anything a family can pick up at little cost. Donations will be accepted through April 30.
On Monday, April 26, a program on the old schools of Windham will be presented at the Windham Historical Society, Windham Center Road. The 7 p.m. PowerPoint presentation was prepared using photos obtained from old slides and pictures tucked away in the archives. The public is welcome to attend. There is no charge, but donations are always needed to continue the vital work of preserving history.
Windham Public Library opens at 9:30 a.m. every day Monday-Saturday and is open until 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. From June through August, Saturday hours are 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
April is National Poetry Month! Celebrate by coming in to the library to see local resident Bob Clark’s wonderful display of his own poetry. The framed poems will be on display in the adult section of the library for the entire month.
The library Book Group will be discussing Maine author Joe Coomer’s book “Pocketful of Names” on Thursday, April 29, at 6:15 p.m. New members are always welcome!
High school alumni
Did you attend Windham High School? As a member of the alumni, you may be interested in joining the Windham High School Alumni Association, the oldest organization in Windham. Formed in the early 1920s, the group continues to meet and plans a banquet each May, in addition to providing scholarships and support for the high school. If you’d like to join, and/or attend the banquet, contact Sam or Sue Simonson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planning a reunion?
The Windham Veterans Center (in back of the Windham Mall) has a beautiful facility available to rent for a variety of functions including parties, banquets, receptions, graduation parties, reunions, workshops, auctions, and more. For more information, call 892-1159 and leave a message or Don Swander at 892-7242 or 838-1455.