Birds of prey program

“Wind over Wings,” a program for all ages, will be held at Windham Community Center auditorium on Tuesday, April 17, at 2 p.m., about some local birds of prey. Featured will be a golden eagle, saw-whet owl, red-tailed hawk, and the common raven. If you’ve never seen these birds up close this is your chance. The presenter, Hope Douglas, founded “Wind Over Wings” about 20 years ago. She will share her extensive knowledge of these birds and their importance to our environment. This program sponsored by the Windham Land Trust (776-5760) and Windham Parks and Recreation (892-1905).

Pantry closed

Food Pantry will be closed for the Patriots Day holiday on Monday, April 16. Please make note of this and make your arrangements accordingly.

Tea for You

The popular Tea for You at the Library will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, at Windham Public Library. Call 892-1908 if you have any questions.

101st Alumni Banquet

On Saturday, May 19, Windham Alumni Association will hold its 101st annual banquet and membership meeting at Windham Middle School Cafeteria. Doors open at 4 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The menu is stuffed chicken, baked potato, green beans, cranberry sauce, dessert and beverage. Cost is $10 per person. Proceeds of the banquet provide scholarships for Windham graduates. Make your check payable to Windham High School Alumni Association and mail to Tammy Haskell, Treasurer; 264 Gray Road, Windham, ME 04062. Please RSVP by May 11. Donations of raffle items are being accepted. Contact Norma Rogers at 892-5608.

Free clothes

Windham’s Free Clothes Closet is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. A great selection of clothing for all ages including adults is available including hats, jackets and coats, shoes and women’s handbags; other items include books for all ages, some games and linens. The Clothes Closet is accepting gently used spring and summer clothing for children of all ages, as well as for adults. Due to lack of storage, winter clothing cannot be accepted at this time. For more information, call 892-1931.

All about Medicare

On Tuesday, April 17, the Southern Maine Agency on Aging (SMAA) will offer a Medicare seminar and counseling for the Lakes Region at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church at 919 Roosevelt Trail, Windham. A “Welcome to Medicare” seminar is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 1-800-427-7411 to register.

Benefits for seniors

A one-on-one counseling session with Owen O’Donnell, a volunteer benefit specialist, is available from 10 a.m. to 4 p. m. on Tuesdays at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Find out about tax and rent rebate, Medicare, food stamps, fuel assistance and other benefits you may qualify for. Call Southern Maine Agency on Aging, 1-800-427-7411 to make an appointment.

Programs to save energy

Windham Raymond Adult Education is offering two workshops on Alternative Energy in the Lakes Region – Solar on April 26 and Geothermal on May 3. Each workshop runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $14 for each. For more information and to register visit www.windham.maineadulted.org or call 892-1819. Class size is limited so register early.

Veterans Services

Dr. Clifford Trott, clinical psychologist and combat veteran, from the Portland Vet Center, will offer area veterans mental health services on the first and third Wednesday each month from 9 a.m. to noon. The next session is April 18 at Windham Veterans Center (behind Big Lots). Sessions with Dr. Trott are one-on-one and confidential. Drop-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended by calling 780-3584.

Thrift shop

The North Windham Union Church Thrift Shop, in the basement of the church on Route 302, near the corner of Route 115, is open from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 10 until noon Saturdays. Check out the bargains!

Bingo and more

On Thursday, April 19, Lake Region Senior Center, 40 Acorn Street in Gorham (Little Falls area) offers bingo at 10 a.m. and a special program “How to Shop for Affordable and Nutritious Food,” presented by Hannaford, and followed by a light lunch. Stop in and enjoy the company of other Lakes Region seniors. There is still room for the special four-hour AAA Senior Driving Program, scheduled to be held on Friday, April 20, beginning at 9 a.m. To reserve a place, call Kim Foss, 892-6326. Reservation and $15 fee must be received by April 16, so call today. The senior center is open Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a drop-in center and daily activities are flexible for members.

Please remember your donations are greatly appreciated and help provide many events.

Gunpowder mill program

A gunpowder mill in Windham’s “Gambo” area produced a fourth of all gunpowder used during the Civil War by the Union troops. On Saturday, April 21, a Power Point program on the Gambo Gunpowder Mill will be presented at Windham Historical Society, 234 Windham Center Road. The program begins at 9 a.m. and will be followed by refreshments and a brief business meeting. Those who wish may also participate in a guided tour of the gunpowder mill site, at 1:30 p.m. Co-hosts will be Don Wescott, Presumpscot Regional Land Trust (which owns the site) and David Tanguay, vice president of Windham Historical Society. There is no charge for this public program; donations are gratefully received to further the educational work of the Society. For more information, call David Tanguay at 892-1306 or email [email protected]

Veterans Benefits

Veterans Service Officer Phyllis D’Orsay will be at the Windham Veterans Center on Wednesday morning, April 25, 9 a.m. until noon, to assist veterans, widows of veterans and dependents with questions about benefits and other information. If you have questions of a military nature, stop in and get some answers. The Veterans Center is off Route 302, on Memorial Drive, to the back of Hannaford and right of Lowe’s. No appointment is needed.

Vets Center Schedule

Don Swander has provided a schedule of activities for the Windham Veterans Center. Located on Veterans Memorial Drive, in back of Big Lots in North Windham, the 40×50 hall is available for rent for public functions. It has a capacity of 200; a full kitchen with commercial gas range, round and rectangle tables and folding chairs. Call 310-4891 for more information. The American Legion Post 148 meets on the first Wednesday; VFW Post 10643 meets the second Wednesday; Veterans Advocate is available the second and fourth Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon; VA Clinical Psychologist takes meetings from 9 a.m. to noon on the first and third Wednesdays; Army Recruiter (Future Soldier Training) is at 3 p.m. on Thursdays; Texas Hold ‘em Poker Tournament is at noon on the second Saturday; Bingo is on Mondays, hosted by Standish American Legion Post 128, at 6:30 p.m.

Sue Simonson, Izzy Gilman and Norma Rogers examine plans for Windham Historical Society’s Summerfest program, the first-in-Windham Civil War encampment by reenactors of Company A, 3rd Maine Infantry. The soldiers arrive on Saturday, June 23, and will set up their tents in the field behind Windham Historical Society, Route 202 and Windham Center Road. Ongoing demonstrations will show visitors a glimpse of what life was like for the military – and their families. For more information, call 892-1306 or visit www.windhamhistorical.org. (Courtesy photo)

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