September 2020
Useful News from Windham Parks & Recreation
Youth and Family Programs
Creative Kiddie Craft Time
Children ages 2-5 and their adult caregivers are invited to craft and create together! This is spinoff of the previous popular “Seasonal Creations” program, updated to allow us to comply with health protocols. Moms and dads, grandparents, babysitters, aunts and uncles… All are welcome to join us at Town Hall for simple craft projects with all supplies provided.

Space is limited by our facility capacity; participants will need to wear masks to enter and exit, but masks are not required while seated at your family’s craft table.
Dates: Wednesday September 16 &
Thursday September 17
Time: 10 am - 11am
Location: Windham Town Hall Gym
Fee: $5 per child
2020 Windham Geocache Adventure!
Looking for a fun activity to try during your next hike on Windham's trails? Let’s go geocaching! Geocaching is a real-life treasure hunting game that uses GPS-enabled devices and GPS coordinates to find hidden treasures called geocaches.

We’ve hidden geocaches at four local parks and preserves: Donnabeth Lippman Park, Lowell Preserve, Mountain Division Trail, and Black Brook Preserve. Each cache contains location-specific wooden nickels. Hit the trail and see if you can find them all!

What do you need?

  • A GPS-enabled smart phone or other GPS device
  • Coordinates for a geocache (found at www.geocaching.com) or by scanning the QR code below
  • Suitable footwear and clothing for the terrain
  •  A sense of adventure!

How do I participate?

  • Create an account at www.geocaching.com and identify the coordinates for your first cache. (Account required to view coordinates.)
  • Find a cache and take a nickel. (1 nickel per party, please.)
  • Once you’ve found all 4 nickels, turn them in at the Parks & Recreation office at Town Hall to receive your prize.

Geocache Adventure begins Tuesday September 8.
Family Bicycle Club
We've partnered with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine to offer this new virtual "after school" program for families of all ages!

Family bicycle rides are great fun and offer terrific opportunities to learn safe cycling skills together. We'll help you plan and prepare so that good memories can be made.
Participating families will receive weekly "assignments" via email to help learn effective and safe bicycling techniques and recreate together while following pandemic guidelines. Each week consists of a brief video, plus on and off the bike activities, and a suggested family-friendly riding location in southern Maine.

Family Bicycle Club assignments will be sent out weekly on Mondays starting September 21st. You may choose the day of the week that works best for your family's schedule, and get outside to ride!

Please note: there is no cost to participate in Family Bicycle Club, but you MUST register in order to receive assignments via email.
Senior Programs
Two Lights State Park
A visit to Two Lights State Park with lunch at the Lobster Shack. We didn't get to have our Lobster bake this summer, so here's a chance to have a little "taste of Maine."Lunch will be on your own. Curbside option only- we will find a nice spot to sit and eat our lunch. You may want to think about bringing a chair or blanket because depending on how many other visitors, we can't be sure of enough picnic tables.
Date: Tuesday September 8
Depart: 10 am
Return: 2 pm
Cost: $12
Weekly Shopping
Thursday Mornings
Many of you have made the request to resume the Senior Shopping Program to North Windham on Thursdays, so we will be resuming on Thursday, September 10th with the first pick-up occurring at 9:00 am. Due to the limited number of people that can be on the bus at one time, people will be required to call in and reserve your spot between Monday - Wednesday of that week. The route and the times that you may have to remain at a given store may vary slightly each week based upon the number of participants that reserve a spot. Call us at 892-1905 to reserve your spot. 
Thompson's Apple Orchard
We're off to Thompson's Apple Orchard in New Gloucester to do some Apple Picking. Freshly baked goodies and a craft fair also available.
Date: Wednesday September 30
Depart: 10:30 am
Return: 12:30 pm
Cost: $6
Monthly Lunches
Due to the limitations caused by COVID-19, we know you have been missing the opportunity to “get out and about” with Windham Parks and Recreation, so we are going to bring the entertainment and good food to you! In addition to providing a meal from one of our local restaurants, we will be providing some type of program as well. There will be a maximum number of people allowed in the gym for the in-person option (with safety measures being in place) or we are offering curb-side “to go” meals with the pick-up location being at Town Hall, outside the gym door. Registration is required for both options, with the in-person option being a greater fee due to the cost of the entertainment being provided.

You'll have a hard time not singing along with the Lighthouse Jubilees, who have been singing Gospel and Golden Oldies for nearly 24 years!

Meal provided by the Elbow Room
Date: Friday September 18
Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm - Meal to be served or picked up any time after 11:30 am. Entertainment begins at noon
Cost: $16 (with entertainment)  
$10 (curbside pick-up)
Location: Windham Town Hall Gym