Learn How to Make your Indoor Plants Happy

Do you ever wonder why your indoor plants start to look a little sad and tired during the winter months? Have a question about why some of your plants aren’t doing well? If so, bring in your questions, plant samples or even an entire house plant to the January 11 meeting of the Garden Club of Orange and Rose Hiske of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station will help diagnosis what ails them. Presentation topics include how to transition from outdoor gardening to indoor gardening and how to keep your plants happy indoors. Hiske, who holds a B.S. in Agriculture from the University of Illinois and a M.S. in Plant Science from the University of Connecticut, is ready to share her 20 plus years of green industry expertise with you..

The meeting will be at Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road and starts at 11:30 a.m. with a light lunch, followed by a brief business meeting and then Hiskes presentation. Guests are welcome!

If you are interested in learning more about the Club, visit their website at http://www.orange-ct.gov/gardenclub.html or contact Teresa Evangeliste at 203-795-3195.

Meditation

Take control of mind, body, and spirit through daily meditation in 6-week ongoing series of evening classes on Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30, starting Jan 5. Sponsored by Woodbridge Rec Dept, $30 /6-week series, Rm 16, 4 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge, taught by Marcia Nelken, 203-387-8390.

Pre school event

Congregation Or Shalom of Orange is sponsoring Kinder Kreations, a free pre-school event for children. Kinder Kreations will take place at the synagogue, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road in Orange, one Sunday per month from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m.

Patti Hollander, a synagogue member who leads the program, said that each session will include a story, arts and crafts, and a snack. The next class is Jan. 30.

Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus, spiritual leader of Congregation Or Shalom, also will lead the children in singing. Kinder Kreations is available at no cost. Children of synagogue members and non-members may participate in the program. The purpose of the program is to "provide three and four-year-olds with the sights, sounds and sensations of Judaism.”

Information about Kinder Kreations and other programs at Congregation Or Shalom is available by contacting the synagogue at 203-799-2341.

Job Bank Teens Need Babysitting Work/Snow Shoveling

The Woodbridge Job Bank has numerous teenagers who are looking for work. Many of the teens are experienced in babysitting, and some have completed the American Red Cross Babysitters Training Course. There are kids waiting for the opportunity to shovel walkways after winter snow storms. If you are a Woodbridge resident and would like more information about the Job Bank, call Woodbridge Youth Services at 203-389-3429.

Woodbridge Job Bank

The Woodbridge Job Bank is looking for teens between the ages of 13 and 17 who are interested in earning some money. If you want to shovel snow, babysit, do yard work, office work, pet care, housework, or party help, call us 203-389-3429 to set up a Job Bank interview. Woodbridge Youth Services will help you find work with Woodbridge residents who need a hand around the home or office. It’s a great way to gain work experience close to home. Our students often receive great references for other jobs or for college.

Orange Kindergarten Registration

If your child is turning five on or before Jan. 1, 2012, it is time to register for kindergarten. Contact Mary L. Tracy School byJan.7 to receive a kindergarten registration packet: Telephone - 203-891-8028 or email - kregistration@orange-ed.org

If you are leaving a telephone message, or sending an email, be sure to give your child’s name, date of birth, address, and telephone number.

Deli on Derby nights in Orange

Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy is pleased to announce the school’s winter schedule for Deli on Derby Nights. Join in for the best Glatt Kosher Delicatessen food in the area. Enjoy delicious hot soups, pastrami and corned beef sandwiches along with chopped liver, schnitzels, potted beef, knishes, Israeli salads and much more.

Everyone is welcome to eat, relax, schmooze with friends and enjoy the ambience at the deli located in the lower level of the school at 261 Derby Avenue in Orange. Call 203-795-5261 for a take out menu or more information. All proceeds to benefit SCHA.

Deli on Derby will be open 4:30 to 8 on the following Thursday nights -Jan. 13, and 27, Feb. 10, and 24 and March 10.

Pre school event

Congregation Or Shalom of Orange is once again sponsoring Kinder Kreations, a free pre-school event for children. Kinder Kreations will take place at the synagogue, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road in Orange, on Sundays from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m.

Patti Hollander, a synagogue member who leads the program, said that each session will include a story, arts and crafts, and a snack.

Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus, spiritual leader of Congregation Or Shalom, also will lead the children in singing. Kinder Kreations is available at no cost. Children of synagogue members and non-members may participate in the program. The purpose of the program, according to Hollander, is to "provide three and four-year-olds with the sights, sounds and sensations of Judaism.”

Information about Kinder Kreations and other programs at Congregation Or Shalom is available by contacting the synagogue at 203 799-2341.

Bethany Republican Town Committee

The Bethany Republican Town Committee is searching for candidates to run for municipal offices in the May 2011 election. Any fiscally conservative and/or Tea Party candidate is encouraged to apply. Candidates must be registered with the Republican party in order to be considered. Contact Chairman Walter Briggs at 393-1256.

Clark Memorial Library 2010 Fund Drive

The Bethany Library Association is reaching out to all patrons of Clark Memorial Library to assist in making the 2010 Library Fund Drive a success. Your contribution will allow the library to update and enhance its selection of books, CD’s, DVD’s, books on tape, reference materials and computers. Consider contributing a tax deductible donation to the Bethany Library Association and mail it to the Clark Memorial Library.

Zumba fun

By popular demand, Congregation Or Shalom of Orange located at 205 Old Grassy Hill Rd. announces the addition of another night of ZUMBA Gold fun. Starting in October ZUMBA Gold will be officered on Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. Zumba is a fusion of Latin and International music and dance themes. ZUMBA Gold routines are fun, simple and easy to follow. This class is designed for beginners and no experience is necessary. For more information, call Robin at 203-314-8176.

Job bank

The Woodbridge Job Bank is looking for young residents between the ages of 12 and 16 who are interested in earning some money. If you want to do yard work, office work, child care, pet care, housework, or party help, call 389-3429 to join the Job Bank. We’ll help you find work with Woodbridge residents who need a hand around the home or office. It’s a great way to gain work experience close to home.

Attention Woodbridge Residents

Are you looking for babysitters, animal care, or yard help? Do you have a household project that needs an extra set of hands? Would you like help with computers, typing, filing, or light office work?

Woodbridge Youth Services Job Bank matches Woodbridge youths ages 12 to16 with Woodbridge residents who want to hire someone to assist with odd jobs. Contact the job bank at 203-389-3429 for more information.

CleanEnergy@orange-ct.gov.

The Orange Clean Energy Task Force was launched in 2005 by the Board of Selectmen to help the town switch to acquiring 20 percent of its energy from clean sources by 2010.

Friendly visitors needed

The town of Woodbridge offers a volunteer Friendly Visitor Program for seniors who reside in town. The program is coordinated with Interfaith Caregivers which trains the volunteers, who also have their references checked before starting. There is no charge. A friendly Visitor typically visits once a week for an hour or two to offer friendly conversation and to share in the seniors hobbies. For additional info call 203-389-3429.

Spay/Neuter Now program

Amity Animal Rescue Fund, Inc. has introduced a spay/neuter program for Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge felines. AARF has partnered with several local veterinarians to offer a dramatically reduced rate of $65 per cat which also includes a rabies inoculation. The program is for both domestic and feral cats. Persons with financial concerns are encouraged to utilize this program.

For information call 203-389-1996 or e-mail Amityarf@yahoo.com.

Resolve to Take Care of Your Health

How? Try yoga. Yoga as a system of preventive health has worked for hundreds of years and today is recommended by many doctors. Yoga develops strength, flexibility, balance, emotional well-being, and proper breathing to increase oxygen supply to tissues.

Woodbridge Recreation offers new 7- week sessions of Gentle Yoga classes starting. Monday classes are at 10:30 a.m., 5:30, or 7 p.m. Wednesday classes are at 10:30 a.m. or 4:30 p.m. All classes are75 minutes and are held in Room 16 of the former Center School, on Meetinghouse Lane in Woodbridge (next to the library.) 7 classes: $52 -resident; $57 non-resident. Call the Recreation Department at 203 389-3446 to register or for more information, or call the instructor, Diane King, 203 397-0640.

Railroad display

A small display of historic railroad items is on display in the Academy Building. The items were found along the right-of-way at the Turkey Hill area where the train went across the road.

Gentle yoga

Woodbridge Recreation offers several gentle and slow yoga classes, including two new evening classes "For Those Who May Not be Able to Touch Their Toes." These classes are for those who wish to learn yoga's ancient lessons with safe modifications for those with physical limitations. New evening classes are Mondays from 7 to 8:15 p.m. and Tuesdays from 8 to 9:15 p.m. Morning classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. There are also two classes, "Yoga for All" that accommodate beginners but will be more dynamic than the other classes. These classes meet Mondays 5:30to 6:45 p.m. and Wednesdays 4:30 to 5:45 p.m.

All classes are held in Room 16 of the Woodbridge "Center, next to the Woodbridge Town Library on Meetinghouse Lane. Each session is 8 weeks, $60. for residents and $65. for non-residents.

Register through the Woodbridge Recreation Department, 389-3446. Checks are payable to Woodbridge Recreation and can be mailed to 11 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge, CT 06525. You may call the instructor, Diane King, at 397-0640 if you have questions about the classes.

Friday evening ballroom dancing

At the JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road (Rte. 63), Woodbridge.

Dance to Ballroom Music by DJs David and Sherie Innis every Friday evening.

Free group lesson at 7:15 p.m.. Beautiful 3,000 sq. ft. parquet dance floor, complimentary refreshments

Admission $14 per person; $10 Collegiate and USA Dance Members

Sponsored by Connecticut Ballroom Society.

Contact David and Sherie Innis at 203-526-6843 or e-mail ctballroom@aol.com for further information. www.Ctballroomsociety.com

Many Hands Make Light Work

One of the many activities of The Garden Club of Orange’s Civic and Conservation Committee is the maintenance of public spaces, including the Town Green, the Clark Building, Wright’s Pond and the Racebrook Tract. During the fall and winter the Club decorates the Case Memorial Library and makes wreaths for all the public buildings. If you are interested in learning more about the Garden Club, please visit the Website at http://www.orange-ct.gov/gardenclub.html Or contact Teresa Evangeliste at 795-3195.

Looking for some fun?

Come on down to the Woodbridge Senior Center to play Bocce. The group is looking for Bocce players to join in and have fun on Tuesday mornings at 11 a.m. Anyone interested, call Phyllis at 389-3430.

Family night every Wednesday

400 Burnt Plains Rd., Milford, 874-8928. If you would like to come for dinner and you are not a member or regular attendee, call the church to sign-up.

Dinner - $2 per person, $10 per family, 5 to 6 p.m.

Bridge Players

The Woodbridge Senior Center is looking for bridge players on Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. For information, 389-3430.