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What's Up in Windsor - January 2017 - Tina Castelli


What's Up in Windsor - January 2017 - Tina Castelli

by Tina Castelli

It’s a New Year, it’s a new day, time for new ideas and new goals. My daughter asked me today about why there are so many new buildings going up in town? I said because that’s what happens when the economy is in a good place, businesses can afford to grow and new people are able to start new businesses. The signs of growth and new money are popping up everywhere in Sonoma County. Have you seen the gorgeous new American Ag Credit building on Airport Blvd, just outside Windsor’s boundaries? Windsor is growing too with new construction starting along Conde Lane and the recent completion in the Downtown area of the new Vintage Oaks Shopping Center that has a new Oliver’s Super Store and new businesses like Wine Country Veterinary and W Real Estate, plus second locations for Sonoma County.

I see all over national advertising this season a call for love and kindness. When you are searching for your next big move in life, giving more love and kindness is a good place to start. Check out a fabulous new class offered through the Windsor Parks and Recreation Department. Join Upbeat Times columnist Marcia Singer in living a happier, healthier, optimistic 2017. Sustain positive attitudes and goals, be mindful, and have more fun! The class is called “Living the Upbeat Life” and it is Course #14627 in the Windsor Parks and Recreation Guide. Registration is available online at or by calling 707-838-1260. The class meets once a month, January through April on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Windsor Senior Center. Class is open to students 18+ years of age.

There was a new event in Windsor last year and now it’s back! The Windsor Independent Film Festival returns on January 13 and 14, 2017, with a venue change to the larger theater at Windsor High School.

WIFF is dedicated to showing films from young and independent filmmakers, as well as making the culture and art of film approachable to everyone. 

“Last year’s festival showcased the creativity and originality of independent filmmakers from as far away as Taiwan and as close as right here in Windsor,” said George Dondero, one of the founders of the Windsor Independent Film Festival. “This year we will build on that success and encourage local and independent films, while building a community of people who value film as part of the local art scene.”

 Filmmakers are encouraged to upload their films for consideration to the festival at Filmmakers from the North Bay, as well as those who are in school, are especially encouraged to participate. “The Windsor Independent Film Festival isn’t your typical film fest,” says Bethany Browning, board member. “We want to encourage community and voices that aren’t typically represented in film to have a chance to be heard and be a part of it.” Last year’s festival included submissions such as a humorous take on an Australian wedding (“Pint”), an offbeat love story about a man and his egg (“Nester”) and a film-noir send-up with many roles and one actor from a local student (“Tough Case.”) Like last year, many of the filmmakers will be on hand for the festival, giving audience members a chance to say hello and find out more about their creative process. This year’s categories will include Home Grown (local films), Animation, US Live Action, Comedy, Documentary, and International, with awards being given for each and one Best of Fest.

Advance tickets are for sale at the festival website, The fest expects to sell 400+ tickets for the 2017 Festival. All of the films will be screened at the Windsor High School theater, conveniently located just south of thriving downtown Windsor at 8695 Windsor Road in Windsor, California. The Windsor Independent Film Festival is a non-profit event created by Windsor residents to feature the films of local filmmakers, to encourage young Sonoma County residents to get involved in filmmaking and to present films in a range of styles and themes to local audiences.