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What's Up in Windsor - June 2015


What's Up in Windsor - June 2015

by Tina Castelli

It’s Graduation time!  

Windsor is a family Town which means there are many families who have kids graduating this time of year. My favorite is a child’s first graduation from Kindergarten. They are so sweet and innocent heading into first grade. Graduation from Grammar school, depending on the school may happen after 5th or 6th grade. This is a tender age when so much change is taking place in a child’s brain and body. I love this age, life curiosities and leadership skills are forming. Graduation from middle school is a big deal for a kid. They see it as the first step to being an adult, to being taken seriously, to gaining their independence. Windsor is proud of their High School, as they should be. Windsor High School is a California Distinguished School and was chosen by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as “One of the Ten Most Promising High Schools in California”. The beautiful, award-winning campus provides a carefully designed modern infrastructure with expansive science facilities, five computer labs, a performing arts center, a culinary arts institute, a state of the art two story digital media center and an agricultural center where students have hands on vineyard management classes. Windsor High School graduated 380 seniors this year on Saturday, May 30th in the High School Quad. Of those 380 students, 68 graduated with a GPA of 3.80 or higher. Quite an accomplishment Windsor High School!

What are all these kids going to do for the summer?

The Windsor Parks and Recreation has a full summer of camps and activities for kids of all ages, including an early childhood program that start at 2.5 years old and youth sports starting at 4 years old.

Some that stand out to me are: the new Irish Step Dance Class, Junior Golf Camp, a Mud Rebels Camp for 8-12 year olds who love to get dirty, and co-ed volleyball. The Summer Camps at Windsor Park & Rec are fantastic. Starting at 5.5 years old they have morning care all the way up to full-day camps. There is a camp for every kid, what is your kid into? Time Travel, Cartoons, Hawaii, Science, the Wild West and even Teen Excursion camps where 11-14 year olds go to places like Armstrong Woods, Discovery Kingdom, Canopy Tours and a Giants game in one week. Register early as these popular camps fill up, go to  

Girls interested in basketball can attend a one week Basketball Camp with WHS Basketball Coach, Jeff Paul. This is a camp where young girls can work on improving their skills.  The Camp is at WHS Gym on June 15-19, for an application email 

Windsor Bowling Center has a Kids Bowl Free Program starting June 1st, check it out at

Are you into local art? Do you love flowers? 

Teaming up together this year is the 19th Annual Fine Art Show put on by the Town of Windsor and the Windsor Art Council and newly added, Windsor Flower Show by the Windsor Garden Club. This is a 3-day show held in the Huerta Gym on the Windsor Town Green, June 5, 6 and 7, 10-4 pm. It is going to be quite a colorful event with some amazing original art from Windsor Area artists and gorgeous flower bouquets from Windsor Area florists and amateurs. There is an Opening Night reception on Thursday, June 4th, 6-8 pm, when all the winners will be unveiled with appetizers from the Windsor Farmers Market and music from WHS String Quartet.

Father’s Day at the Windsor Town Green 

Bring Dad and Grandpa out to the Windsor Farmers Market for Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21st, 10-1pm. Start your morning with a yummy Pancake Brunch with the Windsor Kiwanis Club. Come see the famous pancake making machine invented by the Kiwanis and enjoy eggs, ham and fresh fruit on the beautiful Town Green. The Market also has Dad’s Tractor Show going on with a collection of tractors from local farmers. Kids can climb on and dream of owning their own organic farm, honk the horn, what fun. Dad and Grandpa will love to check their wits with the annual “What the Heck is it?” Game, a guessing game where you have to identify vintage home, garden and farm tools and gadgets. Get them all right and win $5 in Market Bucks. This is the perfect day for the whole family with something to enjoy for all generations.

Tina Castelli-Beard loves Windsor and loves living in Sonoma County.