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En Ka Society membership information session

On Wednesday, Jan. 10, the En Ka Society Membership Committee is hosting an informational session at the Winchester Public Library, 80 Washington St., at 7 p.m., Wednesday,

Anyone interested in learning more about En Ka and/or being a member, is encouraged to come by to chat.


Ripley Chapel presents chamber concert on Jan. 19

On Friday, Jan. 19, “Contemporaneous Kaleidoscope: Music of our time,” featuring strings, oboe, flute, bassoon and piano in a stirring chamber concert will be life and live streamed, beginning at 7:30 p.m., from Ripley Chapel at First Congregational Church, 21 Church St.

Tickets are $20 (in-person or live stream):

For more information about the concert, visit

Town focus groups to improve public communication

The Town of Winchester is continuing its work with the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management on the development of a Communication Plan.

The online survey, which wrapped up Dec. 8, 2023, elicited more than 1,000 survey responses. Staff from the Collins Center has also completed stakeholder interviews and will be holding a series of focus groups in January as noted below:

Jan. 16, 5:30 p.m., (Virtual) – How the Town Can Improve Communications

Jan. 18, 5:30 p.m., (Virtual) – Town Website Improvements

Jan. 23, 1 p.m. (In-person at the Jenks Center) – Town Website Improvements

Jan. 23, 5:30 p.m., (In-person at Town Hall) – How the Town Can Improve Communications

Visit the Town’s website to sign-up for one of these events. Spaces are limited.

 Schools Integrated Preschool Lottery applications due Jan. 26

The Winchester Integrated Preschool is now accepting applications for the lottery through Jan. 26 for the 2024-2025 school year. 

Visit Winchester Preschool's website to learn more about the preschool program and the application process, as well as to complete and submit an application form for the lottery. 

Please email Sarah Casey,, with any questions.

WFFE Trivia Bee

On Wednesday, Feb. 7, the Winchester Foundation for Educational Excellence will hold its 21st Annual Trivia Bee, beginning at 7 p.m. at Winchester Town Hall, 71 Mount Vernon St.

Gather a team of three and complete in one of Winchester’s favorite traditions.

“Bee” in costume. There is a prize for the “Best Dressed” team.

Queen Bee sponsors for the event are PDA Dental Group, Barrett, Sotheby’s International Realty and Moriarty.

To register for the event, log on at or email

Grieving in the Community

First Congregational Church will hold Grieving in Community, a support group for the spectrum of loss, on the third Tuesday and second and fourth Wednesdays at the church, 21 Church St., beginning at 6 p.m.

All sessions are in person.

Sessions will be held on the following dates: Jan. 16, Jan. 24, Feb. 14, Feb. 20, Feb. 28, March 13, March 19, March 27, April 10, April 16, April 24, May 8, May 14 and May 22.

To attend a gathering or to meet one-on-one, email Rev. Maeve Hammond at


Jenks talks on environmental issues

Jenks talks on environmental issues

Jenks speakers address optimization of major decision making and current events shaping the Commonwealth’s energy and environmental future. By John Brown, Ron Latanision, and Walter Hubbard  On March 8, Rich Adler, founder of DecisionPath, joined us to follow up on his February 2023 presentation, speaking this time on “Revisiting

How well do you know Winchester?

How well do you know Winchester?

Last time was very tricky but our all-time champ, Michael Arwe, gets honorable mention for figuring out what it was (with a hint from yours truly). See last week’s to refresh your memory. Arwe emailed, “I did the Main Street bridge, the Waterfield Road bridge, the Mt. Vernon Street

Pony rides on Winchester Common

Pony rides on Winchester Common

The following was submitted by Preschool Social Academy: On Saturday, April 27, get ready to have some fun with pony rides on Winchester Common, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the corner of Church Street and Waterfield Road. The event will happen either rain or

Health Department to host tent for Safe Disposal Day, April 27

Health Department to host tent for Safe Disposal Day, April 27

The following was submitted by the Health Department: On Saturday, April 27, the Health Department and the Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community will have a tent outside the Transfer Station gate, 15 McKay Ave., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Safe Disposal Day, or DEA National