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What's Up in Windsor - October 2015 - Tina Castelli


What's Up in Windsor - October 2015 - Tina Castelli

by Tina Castelli

Fall is officially here!  The sycamore trees on the Windsor Town Green are turning fall colors and losing their leaves.  Hopefully the extreme heat we have had recently is over and we can come out and enjoy the cooler temperatures while enjoying our community parks.  Did you know Windsor has 21 Community Parks including 3 Regional Parks?  That makes for lots of opportunities to get outdoors and to stay active.  Windsor is a family oriented community, home to just over 25,000 people with 30% of its citizens under the age of 19.  These young citizens are using our parks daily for sports games, hiking, horseback riding and picnics with family and friends.  The Town of Windsor prides itself on keeping these parks up to date with modernized play equipment and water wise irrigation choices.  Attend a Free Planting Workshop on Water Wise Plant Selection and Installation.  Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, October 3rd, 10 – 3 pm at the corner of Foothill Dr. and Arata Ln.  The current Windsor Parks and Recreation Master Plan expires in 2015 and it is in the process of being updated.  Check for more information. 

Windsor is also lucky enough to have a grass roots non-profit foundation known as People4Parks.  This foundation raises funds to improve parks past what is funded by the Town.  Recently they raised over $35,000 to kick-start the renovation and expansion of the Town Green playground.  The upgrades include adding shade structures, a seating wall that includes 140 colorful tiles that were hand painted by the community and new play equipment for physically challenged kids including a little merry-go-round that can be accessed by wheelchair.  The People4Parks recently took over the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove, where 200 trees decorated by local businesses, classrooms and families light up the Town Green from November 29th to January 2nd.  If you would like to decorate a tree this year, the deadline to apply is October 31st.  Applications are available at Powell's Sweet Shoppe and online at

The SafeWise Report just released their current list of, "The 50 Safest Cities in California - 2015" and Windsor was the only city in Sonoma County to make it in the top 50.  Way to go Windsor!   The cities were chosen using FBI Crime Report data on number of violent crimes and property crimes in cities of at least 10,000 residents.  Windsor joins other California cities like Hillsborough, Cupertino, Pacifica and Danville with this honor.  If you would like to see the whole story visit,

It takes a collection of good people to make a safe community and Windsor is full of great people. I have been sharing a story with you each month about a special person in Windsor and how they give to the community.  This month I want to share the giving story of D Graner.    She loves literature, theater and healthy living and that is where you will most often find D volunteering her time each week.  She first came to Windsor in 1993 from St Paul, Minnesota to work as a secretary in the Windsor Town Managers office.  She moved here for the natural beauty of Sonoma County and especially the weather.  She stayed because of the people and the culture; she loves being involved in her community.  She volunteers quietly and behind the scenes, involved in many things, yet you may not have met her.  She works with the Sonoma County Regional Library and is also involved in the Friends of the Windsor Library and the Library Advisory Board.  She is a Sonoma County Master Gardener and the current VP of the Windsor Farmers Market Board.  You might see her at the Sunday Windsor Farmers Market setting up the Book Sale, working the Market Info Table, taking photos or offering gardening advice at the Master Gardeners Table.  D also volunteers with the Windsor Historical Society and she is a member of the Windsor Garden Club and an organizer of the Windsor Community Garden.  I have often seen her volunteering outside during the day and then that night I will see her again volunteering at the theater.  D volunteers for the Sixth Street Playhouse and the SRJC Summer Repertory Theater.  D Graner is a Windsor volunteer you may not know, but believe me, this sweet modest lady is out there working hard to make things more enjoyable for all of us in Windsor.  Thank you “D” Graner!

Save the Date for the Windsor Farmers Market Fall Jamboree on Sunday, October 25th, 10-1 pm.  Celebrate the Fall harvest with Giant Pumpkins, gourds and winter squash, apple pressing, Build a Scarecrow to take home, Pumpkin decorating and Pumpkin Car Races, plus back by popular demand, “The Parade of the Fall Desserts” which ends with the sale of assorted harvest cakes and treats, with all proceeds benefiting the WHS Culinary Program.  Live Music with the 4th St Jazz Band and local Bluegrass youth, The Mighty Chiplings.