January - April 2021
(207) 892-1905
Senior Program Opportunities
"Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.” – Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
A Message from Windham Parks and Recreation:

After the past few months of having to alter the way we deliver our Senior Programs, this winter could pose continued  challenges. While we realize seniors find it difficult to get out and stay active, we are offering you a mix of SAFE activities, unique resources and alternative suggestions with the hope of helping you get through the winter months.
Monthly Curbside Pickup Senior Lunches

Local restaurants have been chosen to prepare lunches one Friday each month for our Senior Lunch program. Registration and payment is required by 4:00 p.m. on the Wednesday before each lunch, and can be done so in person at the Parks and Recreation Dept. or by using the link below. Pull up to the gym door at the end of Town Hall and we will bring lunch to your car.

Lunch Pickup anytime between 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Cost: $10.00
Jan. 22 - Rose's Italian Restaurant
Feb. 19 - Applebee's
March 19 - Duck Pond Variety/Starlight Catering
April 16 - Rustler's Steak House

Limited dine - in seating in the Town Hall gym is available
Meal delivery is available for anyone unable to arrange for pickup
Take Home Holiday Treats with a Twist!
There are two holidays we would like to celebrate with you - Valentine's Day and Easter. The Friday before each holiday, Windham Parks and Recreation will be offering a FREE holiday treat that you will pick up curbside at Windham Town Hall. We will have all the ingredients to take with you to make your "treat" with an extra special FUN surprise to go along with them. We feel this is a great way to stay in touch with our seniors. Registration is required for this FREE program.
Friday Feb. 12 - Decorate your own Valentine Cookies

Friday April 2 - Easter/Spring Root Beer Floats
Car Bingo Scavenger Hunt - Wednesday April 28th
With the long Maine winter behind us, you are invited to get out and ride along with us. This won't be just any ordinary ride, as we'll be playing Scavenger Hunt Bingo. Everyone will get a Bingo card as you board the Parks & Recreation bus and you can enjoy a scenic ride as we search for the items on your card.

Prizes for our Bingo winners, plus an extra
surprise for all!

Leave Town Hall: 1:00 pm Return: 3:00 pm
Cost: $5.00
Month of January
Senior Fitness Challenge
Let's face it, as we get older things don't work like they used to. We don't seem as strong as we once were and balance and falling can be a concern. As a way to help, we are introducing a 4-week fitness challenge, targeting a different goal each week. Registration for this FREE program is required in order to receive the packet you will need and for us to keep track of participants' progress. Weekly prizes will be given away to the top scorers for the week.

Monday Jan. 8 - Friday Jan 29
All who complete the program will be entered in to the
Grand Prize Drawing at the end
Month of February
Let's play BINGO!
For the month of February, Bingo players are needed! Once you register, you will get a "cool" no- need-for-daubers bingo card by mail. We will draw 2 daily numbers (M-F) until someone gets BINGO! When you get a BINGO! you will call or email us to let us know. Once we verify we have a winner, we'll start another game. If we find it's popular, we may keep playing beyond February. Please register for this FREE program by Monday, January 25th in order to start playing on February 1st.

Monday Feb. 1 thru Friday Feb 26

To get the daily numbers: call 207-800-6187 or visit: www.windhamrecreation.com.

There will be PRIZES!!
Month of March
Calling all Artists!!
How many of our seniors are artists - whether oil or watercolor? For the month of March we want to bring all of our artists, artists-in-the-making and "wanna-be" artists together for a Painting Contest. We will supply you with the canvas, and for an extra cost, your paint. A paint by number option will be available for those who would like/need some extra assistance.

Once you have completed your creation, you'll be asked to provide a picture of your "Masterpiece" to us, and you'll have a few chances to win prizes. PLUS - we would like to show off your artwork for the public to enjoy in our "gallery" at Town Hall.

Monday March 1 thru Friday April 2

Canvas Only FREE
Paint by Number $15
Canvas w/ acrylic paint $15
Weekly Shopping - Thursday Mornings

Due to the limited number of people that can be on the bus at one time, you will be required to call in and reserve your spot between Monday—Wednesday of each week. The route will vary week to week. You will receive a phone call with your pick up time Wednesday afternoon. The time that you may have to remain at a given store may vary slightly each week based upon the number of participants involved. Call us at 892-1905 to reserve your spot.

Working Together for Windham
We have joined forces with Windham Social Services to make sure our seniors have access to food and medicine during these challenging times. Please call 892-1905 if you need assistance with these essentials.
Simply call our office at 892-1905 and someone will take your order over the phone (available items include pasta, fruit, protein, and more) and the Parks & Recreation van will deliver the food to you at home. This service is available on Monday - Wednesday only from 8 am - 3:30 pm. Please share this with any neighbors you know who may not be able to get to the grocery store and may benefit from this service!
If you need medicine, please call your pharmacy to have your prescription filled and ready for pickup. We will pick up at the pharmacy and deliver it to you. 
Things to consider: 

· Payment over the phone
· Increase amount of refill
· Does the Pharmacy mail out prescriptions?
How to Register for Programs
There are actually a few ways to register for our programs:
Online: www.windhamrecreation.com
If you use the internet - Please create an account at www.windhamrecreation.com. This is the fastest and easiest way to register for any Windham Parks and Rec program or activity. By creating an account with us, you will also receive email notifications and information from Windham Parks and Recreation. You can also view a complete listing of our events, programs, and offerings, as well as register online using your account.
Walk-in: We are located on the 1st floor of the Town Hall.
Mail:   Windham Parks and Recreation
            8 School Road
            Windham ME 04062

Town Hall Hours: 8:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Parks & Rec Office: 892-1905

Phone and fax registrations are secured when paid.
Policies: *First paid, first served for all: Registrations and payments must be received before attending any program.

   *Non-resident fees may apply.
Program Modifications to be expected
In order for us to offer senior programming, there are changes that we have had in place throughout the pandemic. We are working with the CDC’s recommended safety guidelines, which include:
· No more than 5 passengers per bus.
· Wearing of masks required
· Local excursions only
· Temperature taken before boarding
Additional program information:
· No group rates may result in higher fees (please consider the Senior Voucher program if you qualify)
· Possibility of multiple days to the same destination for trips that may have a waiting list
· Lunch spots will be hard to secure and may not be able to happen regularly.
Senior Voucher Program
Windham residents ages 55+ are eligible for funding based on income and need. In order to maximize the number of seniors we can assist, partial scholarships consisting of vouchers will be awarded for 50% or 75% off the program fee. Fee will be adjusted at the time of registration.
In order to be eligible for this ongoing scholarship program, you must complete an application and meet with Windham Social Services to be approved. Submitting an application does not guarantee that you will be awarded a voucher; however, if you are awarded a voucher, it will apply for a full year for participation in any Windham Parks and Recreation senior trips or activities.
In order to complete your application, you will need to schedule a meeting with Windham Social Services by calling 892-1906. If you have no means of transportation, this interview can be an ADA phone interview with the General Assistance Manager, Rene’ Daniels. You will need to bring with you:
  • Proof of residency (utility bill or lease or mortgage statement)
  • Proof of Income (Avesta Housing residents automatically qualify, so you’ll only have to indicate the Avesta Housing Complex in which you reside.)
To print the application click here, you may also pick one up a paper application in the Parks & Recreation office, or you may call us at 892-1905 and we will mail one to you.
How would you like to receive your Senior Newsletter?
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More activities from the comfort of your home
How would you like to go to a concert where you can see your favorite artist perform live or watch a real show from Broadway? How about visiting a museum or any of the Wonders of the World right from the comfort of your living room? Below are some links to interesting online places and things to do to help pass the winter months.
Song Kick Live Concerts - Click Here

Vivid Seats - Click Here
Live Broadway Theater - Click Here
Guggenheim Museum - Click Here

National Gallery of Art -
Washington DC - Click Here

J Paul Getty Museum - Click Here

New York Times - Places to go - Click Here

Over 50 places around the world to visit
Life Long Learning:

University of Maine: Click Here

Residents of Maine who are at least 65 years old can take undergraduate classes at any college in the University of Maine System tuition-free. Seniors can either audit classes or take them for credit, but only if space is available.