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On Jan. 22, there will be a Community Resource Meet & Greet at the Winchester Public Library, 80 Washington St., in the large meeting room, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with Winchester Public Health Nurse Karen DaCampo, RN. COURTESY PHOTO/WIKICOMMONS MEDIA

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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


Community Resource Meet & Greet

On Jan. 22, there will be a Community Resource Meet & Greet at the Winchester Public Library, 80 Washington St., in the large meeting room, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with Winchester Public Health Nurse Karen DaCampo, RN.

Come learn about local mental health programs, substance-use treatment, and recovery, and family and domestic support.

The team will also be providing free nasal Narcan and Narcan training.

RSVP at the


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. 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.


Jazz in the Sanctuary series holds Thelonious Monk concert Jan. 26

On Friday, Jan. 26, Winchester Unitarian Society’s Jazz in the Sanctuary 2024 spotlights the music of legendary jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, beginning at 8 p.m., in the sanctuary, 478 Main St. The concert will be live streamed.

The program includes some of Monk’s best known and most recorded works, including “’Round Midnight,” “Straight, No Chaser,” “Blue Monk,” and “Ruby, My Dear.”

Music will be performed by John Kramer on piano, Dino Govoni on saxophone, Rick McLaughlin on bass, and Bertram Lehmann on drums.

Suggested donations at the door are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $5 for students. Masks are optional. The venue is handicapped accessible, and street parking is available. For a link to the live-streamed concert, go to For more information, call 781-729-0949.


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. 10, 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


Send us your garden photos

Send us your garden photos

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Hank Wonder returns to Ripley Chapel on April 27

Hank Wonder returns to Ripley Chapel on April 27

The following was submitted by Ripley Chapel: On Saturday, April 27, Ripley Chapel is pleased to welcome back Hank Wonder – a dynamic trio of musicians who return with their special blend of songcraft and music making, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 21 Church St. Somewhere

The Griffin wants YOUR photos

The Griffin wants YOUR photos

A few years ago, the Arthur Griffin Museum of Photography was part of a national exhibit called The Photoville Fence.  That has morphed into a different exhibit and Museum Director Crista Dix is looking for photographs from Winchester residents. For the second year, “Our Town” will assemble a collection of

Helpers Among Us — Oxfam

Helpers Among Us — Oxfam

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