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What's Up in Windsor - May 2016 - Tina Castelli

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What's Up in Windsor - May 2016  - Tina Castelli

by Tina Castelli

A Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove

Windsor People4Parks step up and produce the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove. The Windsor People4Parks organization has committed to coordinating the popular Windsor annual event for their second year. People4Parks is a charitable organization put together by local folks who love Windsor’s parks and wants to help see them grow. They desire “to make Windsor’s parks the most inclusive, innovative and inviting play spaces in Sonoma County”. People4Parks was started in 2012 by many local leaders including past Mayor Warin Parker, local attorney Michael Brook (both still on the Board today) and Steve Lehman from the Windsor Museum & Historical Society. The People4Parks first project was to raise funds to help expand the playground structures at the Windsor Town Green. They began their fundraising with a “Forever Founder” campaign where they had early supporters who now all have their names on their website as a Forever Founder. Then they sold bricks and hand painted tiles that will appear in a new wave shaped sitting bench that will stretch all along the East side of the playground. The tiles were sold, hand painted by the owners and then fired, it will certainly be a fun bench to walk along and see all the images created by local people. The bricks were sold and are engraved with family names and business names and will be embedded in a new extension of the “Time Line” walk way that will connect the new playground. The new playground is slated to begin construction in early September and be completed by Spring of 2017, it will include new shade structures and ADA rated equipment for physically challenged kids.

People4Parks last year had the opportunity to delve into their first real fundraising project when they were asked if they would be interested in coordinating the 6th Annual Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove. The creators of the event and long time coordinators Karen Alves and Michael Powell decided to hang up their Christmas lights and with a big commitment from new Event Chair, Karen Getz the People4Parks Board agreed to take on the event. There are 100’s of hours involved in putting on this event and the group called out to family, friends and the community for help. They had two big work days during set-up, with a good group of volunteers to help. They had WHS students who came and helped during the clean up with another group of local volunteers, Board members said they couldn’t have done it without them. The community loved the event this year and the group received lots of accolades for their first year. The Board has committed again to produce the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove for 2016. They have new help from the Town of Windsor Electrical Department who will be helping with extension cords to all the trees and power outages that can happen when there are storms. But, they still need more help from the community for this next year. They need help raising funds to bring back the “nightly snow fall”. They need sponsors to help make sure the Grove is gorgeous with piped in live caroling, the new rainbow icicle lights and their popular “Family Fridays” events in December. And, they especially need volunteers. Sign up for set up day the weekend before Thanksgiving with the whole family, they need adults who can use screw guns and those of any age or ability to distribute bolts and stands. “It takes all of us to make this event the pride of Windsor it has become.” said Co-Event Chair Michael Brook. If you would like to volunteer for the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove for 2016 or if you would like to see your business name in their advertising or on the radio contact windsorpeople4parks@gmail.com. People4Parks would like to grow as Windsor is growing and they are looking for local folks who are interested in improving local parks or just love the Charlie Brown Tree Grove to serve on their Board. Send your interest to olemen@townofwindsor.com. 

2 Big Events at the Windsor Farmers Market in May

Mother’s Day Cookie & Tea Tasting, Sunday, May 8th, 10-1 pm, Windsor Town Green. Teas from Tea & Trumpets and cookies from the Market bakeries, Costeaux Bakery, BurtoNZ Bakery, Cookie...take a Bite! and Grizzly Bear Toffee

Kidz Day on the Farm, Sunday, May 22nd, 10-1 pm, Fun day for kids with planting activities, cooking classes, LEGO Barn Building Contest, farm animals, country games and prizes. This is the same day as the Windsor Marathon so come early for best parking. Marathon runners leave before Market opens and return through the finish line on the Town Green throughout the afternoon.

All events at the Windsor Farmers Market are family friendly and FREE and there is always Live Music, Brunch and BBQ in addition to some of the best local produce and preserved foods.

Eat from the Farmers Market if you know what’s good for ya’.