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


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

by Tina Castelli

Windsor Hometown Heroes

The Town of Windsor introduced the Hometown Heroes Banner Program back in November of 2013.  Since its inception 44 Banners have been hung on the lamp posts around the Windsor Civic Center area.  Each banner honors a home-grown active-duty service man or woman.  This program was created to recognize and honor Windsor residents and their immediate family members who are serving our country in the United States Armed Forces.  The banners display the program logo as well as a photo of the Hometown Hero, their name and military department. 

The next banner ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, November 1, 2015, 1:00 p.m., Huerta Gymnasium, 9291 Old Redwood Highway, Building 200, Windsor.  The program is ongoing, and applications and donations continue to be accepted.

Learn how to save up El Nino Rain Water over the Winter

Current conditions point to a 95% chance that we’re in for a strong El Niño this year. 

According to the folks at Daily Acts, “When it comes to rain, we don’t have a shortage issue; we have a storage issue. Did you know that 1” of rain on a 1,000 square-foot roof yields over 600 gallons?”  How can we harness this water and keep it feeding our farms and gardens?  Join Daily Acts and the Windsor Garden Club for a talk where you’ll discover opportunities for storing rainwater, including rain tanks, swales, rain gardens, and

more.  This talk is free and open to anyone interested in saving rain water.  Join them on Tuesday, November 17th, 7:00 pm at the Windsor Senior Center.  The Windsor Garden Club holds “Third Tuesdays” garden education seminars each month immediately following their monthly Member Meeting.  Speakers come from all over to share their gardening and farming secrets.  Consider becoming a Windsor Garden Club Member, come to the meeting early, 6:30 and share your passion for plants with a great group of folks.

Winter Wine Walk benefits the Windsor Service Alliance

The Windsor Winter Wine Walk is scheduled for Thursday, November 19th this year from 5-8 pm.  The event is a whirlwind of tasting and sampling some of Sonoma Counties finest wines and food tidbits from local chefs and caterers while visiting all the businesses in the Old Downtown Windsor area.  It is a happy event with all the wines and the food being paired together in advance making each stop a delightful tasting experience.  Tickets are only $40 per person, all food and wine are donated so all proceeds from this event go to fund the Windsor Service Alliance who in addition to other things delivers food to needy local families every Friday. 

The Windsor Service Alliance is a cooperative, volunteer effort among groups and individuals who share a common concern for the well-being of all the citizens of our community.  You can check them out at  The popular Windsor Winter Wine Walk event sells out early every year so get your tickets now online at or in person at Pages Bookstore and Images on the Town Green and like the event on Facebook.

Windsor Farmers Market – Open through December 13th

Don’t forget the Windsor Certified Farmers Market is happening every Sunday, Rain or Shine 10-1 pm at the beautiful Windsor Town Green through December 13th.  There’s always live music, Brunch, BBQ and some of Sonoma Counties finest fresh produce and preserved foods.  Starting Sunday, November 1st you will see more local artists and crafters joining the Market.  This year decide to buy your Holiday gifts locally.  There are some beautiful things available and giving handmade gifts, even if you didn’t make it yourself, makes it special.  When you buy from an artist at the Market you are buying from the maker themselves.  Talk to them and learn about the item you are buying, maybe simple things can be revised or you can order in a different color? 

That’s the beauty of buying direct, you get exactly what you want and you know right where it came from and what you are getting.  We’ve recently learned of the suspected contamination in toys and other products from China and we’ve all heard the horror stories of labor in overseas factories.  Let’s turn those dollars right around and keep them right here in Sonoma County.  At the most basic level, when you buy local more money stays in the community.  Research shows twice the money stays in the community when folks buy locally.  For a great story on the subject visit, “Buying Local:  How it Boosts the Economy” by Judith D. Schwartz.