BETHANY

Amity Regional School District 5, as per state guidelines, will be disposing of student special education records.

The records of any student who has received special services are maintained for six years after his or her class graduates.

Former Amity students who were born in 1991 or 1992 and/or who graduated in 2010 and who have received special services at the Amity Middle School, Orange; Amity Middle School, Bethany; or Amity Regional High School may obtain their special education records.

Beginning Nov. 1, the records may be obtained 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays at the Amity District office, Amity High School, 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge.

Call the Office of Pupil Services at 203-397-4820 before claiming records to allow sufficient time to retrieve the records from the archives.

Records that are not claimed by Nov. 30 will be destroyed.

The annual Pumpkin and Holly Bazaar will be held in the Parish House of Christ Episcopal Church in the center of town at 4-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.

It will include Thanksgiving pies and gift basket raffles.

Booths will include Granny’s Upscale Attic Treasures Shop, crafts & needlework, ladies’ clothing, stocking stuffers and crafts, holiday cookies on china plates, new and vintage Christmas ornaments and decorations, and popular houseplants.

The café will sell dinner Nov. 18 and lunch Nov. 19. The small Christmas tree centerpieces at the café will be for sale.

A new cookbook, “Christ Episcopal Church, Cooks and Friends, Past and Present,” will be sold. It has recipes in categories: appetizers and beverages, soups and salads, vegetables and side dishes, main dishes, breads and rolls, desserts, cookies and candy and This & That.

The church is on Amity Road, Route 63, at the blinking light. Information: Mary at 203-393-0066.

The Lions Club is holding its annual “Santa Meet and Greet,” 1-3 p.m. Nov. 26 at Clark Memorial Library, 538 Amity Road. The event with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and his elves is free, but donations are accepted.

MILFORD

Registration for the Milford United Soccer Club winter Little Kicks soccer season is open.

The program is an introduction to soccer fundamentals and exercise designed for children born Jan. 1, 2012-Dec. 31, 2013, in a non-competitive, supportive, co-ed environment.

Visit www.musc.org/registration to register. Email LittleKicks@musc.org for more information.

Breakfast to benefit the Fire Department’s Toys for Tots will be served 8-10:30 a.m. Sunday Nov 20, at the Masonic Hall, 59 Broad St.

For a donation of $8 per person, the menu is fried or scrambled eggs, pancakes, and bacon or sausage.

Also available are potatoes, toast, orange juice and coffee or tea.

Special prices are available for families with young children.

For further information, call 203-877-4977.

Do not bring toys.

Stories about the history of the Red Cross chapter will be the topic of the next meeting of the Milford Historical Society on Monday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. at Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church, 168 Broad St. on the Green. The meeting is free.

Joyce Milne, a retired teacher, who has volunteered with the chapter since the 1970s, will tell the story of its early days and how the agency developed.

Her first volunteer job was making phone calls to get donors for bloodmobiles. Later, she became a first aid class instructor, then took on teaching CPR classes and soon was a board member getting involved in fundraising and even running a golf tournament.

She credits her family for being supportive of her dedication. “It wasn’t unusual for me to have to leave the dinner table and go run a first aid class because the instructor hadn’t shown up,” she said.

There were times she felt she practically lived at the chapter house and that included hours spent in the attic deciding which old records had to be shredded for client privacy issues and which records needed to be preserved as historical documents, she said.

The attic “archives” have notes from Feb. 1, 1917, from the first meeting of the Red Cross Chapter held at the DAR’s Freelove Baldwin Stow headquarters once on Broad Street, now the Milford Bank parking lot.

Old ledgers show much of the early work was sewing and knitting clothes, making layettes, supporting troops in World War I and gearing up for World War II. There are accounts of the numbers of garments, gauze, medical tape, wound dressings and other supplies that were processed and readied for shipment.

In the early days it was the Red Cross that staffed Milford Hospital with volunteers until the auxiliary was founded. And today the chapter is involved with families still trying to get back into their homes after the 2012 Hurricane Sandy. Records show that each decade brings multiple challenges that are met with help of all kinds; Milne has many more stories to share.

The site used by the Milford Red Cross Chapter House today, at 1 Plymouth Place and Cherry Street, has like the agency itself, served the Milford community in many ways. In 1639 the land was parceled to one of the settlement’s founders, Richard Platt, as Lot #38 on the Original Town Plot. In later years there was a store on that corner; today an historic marker on the lawn reads: “Site of store in which was located an early Post Office. 1824-1841.”

The house today was built and owned in the 1800s by William Strong, Milford’s first judge of probate. In the front room there is a fireplace faced with Milford marble, from a rare green serpentine deposit discovered in 1811 about a mile from the house.

The next owner was David E. Platt, whose daughter, Marguerite, lived there with her husband, Thomas Dewhurst. After his death, Marguerite and her daughter, Carolyn Dewhurst Casagrande, sold the house in 1959 to the Red Cross.

Before the program there will be coffee and a 15-minute business meeting. Free-will donations are accepted. For information, go to milfordhistoricalsociety.org.

The annual citywide leaf pickup program began Saturday, Nov. 12.

Only leaves placed in paper bags will be collected. Leaves in paper bags, which are biodegradable and can be mixed with composted material, should be left at the curb away from regular weekly garbage and recycling bins.

The city will not accept plastic bags. Leaves that are put out in plastic will be left curbside.

City crews will pick up leaves weekly until the first significant snowfall. Those who choose not to bag leaves for pickup, may bring them to the transfer station on Oronoque Road, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Saturday; it is closed noon-12:30 p.m. daily for lunch.

The Recreation Department sponsors a beginner and intermediate walking group that walks three miles Tuesdays and Fridays.

For walkers who choose not to participate in out-of-town trips, an alternate walk will start at the Gazebo on the Green.

For details, contact Bob Hayes at 203-783-3283 or rhayes@ci.milford.ct.us, or Linda Mossorofo at 203-783-3391, lmossorofo@ci.milford.ct.us.

The Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive, 203-877-5131, offers:

• Family Caregiver Education Series at 1 p.m. Mondays in November to help family caregivers deal with challenging medical situations, presented by VNA Community Health Care. RSVP.

• Aetna Medicare Advantage discussion at 1 p.m. Nov. 22, with Jim Lambert of First Choice Consulting.

• Cooking demonstration at 1 p.m. Nov. 29. A former chef will demonstrate how to prepare three simple chicken dishes with healthful versions for each.

• Anthem BC/BS Medicare talk by Traci O’Brien, field sales, 10 a.m. Nov. 30.

• Technology, learn how to use the Internet, tablet or smartphone, 2:30 p.m. Nov. 30 with Lauralton Hall students.

The Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave., presents the following programs. For more information or to register, call 203-783-3312.

Children:

• Preschool storytime: Mondays and Tuesdays at 10 a.m., stories, a craft, for ages 3 and up with a caregiver.

• Toddlertime: Wednesdays at 10 and 11 a.m., fingerplays, songs and stories, for ages 2 and under with a caregiver.

• Buddy Reading 10 a.m.-noon, Nov. 19 for new readers to practice read-aloud skills with a teen reading buddy from the MPL Teen Advisory Group.

• Stay and Play Nov. 17 10 a.m.-noon.

• Children’s Board Game Club, Nov. 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m., for ages 5-10.

• The Jester Jim Show, 2 p.m. Nov. 25. Jim is a juggler, beat-boxer and all-around entertainer with a trunk full of props and a looping machine.

Adults:

• Demonstration of the Brain Station’s 3D printer noon-2 p.m. Nov. 19, sign-up for small group 3D printing instruction.

• Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Camps, 7 p.m. Nov. 21, by author Martin Podskoch. Free.

• Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio” lecture 7 p.m. Nov. 28 by Jeffrey Engel, adjunct professor at Northwestern Community College. Free.

An Old World Christmas market will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 19 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 283 Bridgeport Ave., featuring gifts from England, Germany, Portugal, Italy, China, Japan, Mexico and the U.S.. Breakfast and lunch will be available.

Christ the Redeemer Church Ladies Guild, 325 Oronoque Road, will hold its annual Christmas bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Baked goods, food, Chinese auction and vendors will be there. Vendor tables are available for $30. For details, call Lorraine at 203-874-7059.

Council 15870, K of C, is running a bus trip to the UConn vs. Boston College football game Nov. 19 at Boston College Alumni Field. The bus will leave from Christ the Redeemer Church, 325 Oronoque Road. Tickets are $80, including transportation, food and drinks. Call Tony at 203-874-4214.

Travis C. Kitchen VFW Post 7788, 422 Naugatuck Ave., and its auxiliaries will serve their sixth annual Thanksgiving dinner noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 24.

The public is welcome, especially veterans, spouses and empty-nesters. The menu includes roast turkey, ham and all the fixings.

This annual dinner is one way VFW Post 7788

Reservations are required. Call auxiliary President Nancy Paddock at 203-675-7171 to reserve or volunteer.

United Church of Christ, 1000 New Haven Ave., will have its Alternative Gift Fair at noon Nov. 27 and Dec. 4.

The event offers an opportunity to learn about projects around the world that relieve poverty and suffering. We will have gifts from SERRV, alternative gift options from Heifer, Alternative Gifts International and local charities, such as Beth-El, WHEAT, and Milford Food Pantry.

“Alternative gifts” are charitable donations in someone’s honor, such as a share of a goat, school books for Africa or support for the food bank.

St. Ann Parish will hold its Christmas fair 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 3, in the Parish Center, 499 Naugatuck Ave.

The main hall will be the setting for a juried craft show. The fair also includes baked goods, wreath raffle, tabletop trees, gift baskets, a tag sale, a Christmas bake shop and strolling carolers.

For information, call 203-874-0634, ext. 17.

Keeping Milford Warm and the Kiwanis Club annual holiday fundraiser will be held 6:30-11 p.m. Dec. 10 at Grassy Hill Country Club .

Honoree will be Peggy Kelly, program manager of the Milford Family Resource Center. She will be recognized for her years of outstanding service to the community and her help and support in helping to establish Keeping Milford Warm.

The nonprofit Keeping Milford Warm, founded by Kevin McGrath, was begun to ensure that no city resident or family would ever go without help heating their home if they had no funds.

Tickets are $60. The event includes dinner and open bar, live music, door prizes, a silent auction and live auctions.

For more information or tickets, go to www.keepingmilfordwarm.com, keepingmilfordwarm@gmail.com, Eventbrite.

The Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, will present the following:

• At 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, the parish is participating in the annual Orange Interfaith Community Thanksgiving service at the Orange Congregational Church. The Rev. Diana Rogers will be preaching along with other Orange clergy, and Good Shepherd parishioners will sing with the Interfaith Choir.

• Thanksgiving eve service with Holy Eucharist at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23.

Call 203-795-6577 for details.

Holly Hill Childcare and Learning Center, 308 Peck Lane, is accepting teddy bears to be given to children in Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center for the holidays.

New teddy bears or other stuffed animals will be accepted until Monday, Dec. 5.

The Teddy Bears with Love project is the brain-child of the Fairfield University Student Alumni and since its inception 16 years ago, more than 15,000 bears have been collected nationwidie.

For more information, call Debbie Fedorko at 203-799- 6300.

A Christmas bake sale presented by the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3, 4 at Treat Farm, 361 Old Tavern Road.

The Rotary Club’s fourth annual Thanksgiving Day 5K Road Race/2 mile walk on Nov. 24. The certified race will start and end at High Plains Community Center, starting at 8 a.m. Registration is $25 for the 5K and $12 for the walk.

Proceeds benefit club charities.

To register, go to http://hitekracing.com, or http://www.rotarycluboforange.org/turkey-trot/ or on race day.

The Garden Club of Orange Holiday House Tour will be held noon-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11.

Five homes decorated by club members for the holidays will be open.

Tickets are $25. To reserve, call Nancy Becque at 203-795-9425, mail a check to 162 Christian Circle, Orange 06477 or go to http://www.orange-ct.gov/gardenclub.html.

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, 203-799-2341, www.orshalomct.org, offers the following:

• Services: Minyan services, 9 a.m. Sunday, 7:30 a.m. Monday, 7:30 a.m. Thursday; Healing Circle, 7:30 a.m. Wednesday; Shabbat Services 7 p.m. Friday, 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Orange Senior Center holds the following programs. For more information and to register, call 203-891-4784.

• Holiday Door Decorating Contest: Clubs, community groups, civic organizations, schools and town departments may decorate a hallway door at the Community Center for the annual Contest. Entry forms are available at the Community Services office. The entry deadline is Nov. 23. Doors must be decorated by Dec 2. Voting will be Dec. 5-16. The winner will be announced at the Holiday Cabaret Dec. 19.

• Holiday Dinner Dance: At the Birchwoods at Oak Lane at noon-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, with the Frank Porto Band. Meal choice: Chicken Florentine, stuffed sole or prime rib, $30, with cash bar. Make checks payable to “Treasurer, Town of Orange.” Tickets go on sale Nov 2.

Case Library, 176 Tyler City Road, offers free events, except as noted. Call 203-891-2170, http://www.casememoriallibrary.org.

• Diary of a Wimpy Kid “Double Down” Release Party, Thursday, Nov. 17, 3:15-4:30 p.m. Meet other Wimpy Kids, play some games, and grab a goody bag, best for grades 3-6. All materials will be provided. Registration is recommended.

The town’s annual holiday festival and tree Lighting will be held Sunday, Dec. 4 on and around the Green, 3-6 p.m.

• Visitors may tour the Stone-Otis House to learn what a Victorian Christmas was like. The Academy Building and the antiques shop will be open and the New Haven to Derby line model railroad is available in the lower level 3-5 p.m.

• The Orange Congregational Church Bell Choir will perform a hand bell concert and sing carols in the church sanctuary 4-5 p.m., and there will be alternative giving opportunity for Heifer International, a cookie sale and crafts for the kids, 3-5 p.m.

• Case Memorial Library will present Al deCant, of Half Moon Music, who will perform a children’s musical program 3:30-4 p.m. and the Amity Chamber Singers, who will perform 4:15-4:30 p.m. Guess who many candies in the jar at the library and win a prize, write a letter to Santa Claus and make a craft in the craft room. The library will be open 3-5 p.m.

• The annual gingerbread contest will be held in the Clark Building. Gingerbread entries must be dropped off at the building 2-3 p.m. Dec. 4 and picked up 5:30-6 p.m. The winner will be invited to light the Christmas tree.

• An ice-carving demonstration will be in front of the Clark Building, 3-5 p.m.

• Santa Claus will arrive at 5 p.m. The tree lighting will be at 5:30. Children can visit with Santa on the Green.

Tower One/Tower East and all senior citizens may have a free lunch at Senior Day at the JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road, 12:30-2 p.m. Nov. 17. RSVP to Grace Koo at 203-387-2522, ext. 228 or gracek@jccnh.org.

Medicare’s annual open enrollment, which allows recipients to make changes to their health and drug plans, is until Dec. 7.

For assistance, call Judi Young, senior service social worker for the town and CHOICES counselor, at 203-389-3429.

The Amity and Woodbridge Historical Society will hold a free holiday open house 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Thomas Darling House, 1907 Litchfield Turnpike.

Society members will serve baked goods, mulled cider and punch. The early Colonial reception will be held in the decorated 18th century home. There will be a live carol sing, with vocals by the Amity Chamber a cappella group, and baked goods sold.

Visit www.woodbridgehistory.org for more information or email info@woodbridgehistory.org.

The Rotary Club has breakfast meetings at 7:30 a.m. the first and third Fridays of each month at the Country Corner Restaurant, 756 Amity Road, Bethany.

Also, at 12:15 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays of each month at Woodbridge Social, 12 Selden St., Woodbridge.

For more information, call Anna Dickerson at 203-710-0223.

The 13th annual Craft & Gift Fair will be held Sunday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road. The event will include more than 70 artisans, crafters and vendors from New England; free admission and free parking.

Gift selections include pottery, home décor, jewelry, glass works, skin care and clothing.

Contact 203-387-2522.

It is time to register for recreation winter programs including youth, junior high and high school basketball leagues, swim lessons, bowling, basketball, indoor soccer, gymnastics, chess, floor hockey, tae kwondo, indoor tennis, piano lessons, Kumon, Little Scientists, and meditation. Adult programs, including badminton, yoga, t’ai chi, and meditation are also available.

Most programs begin the week of Dec. 5 . For registration information, contact the Recreation Department at 203-389-3446, or register at www.woodbridgect.org. Click on the online registration link at the bottom of the page.

The Woodbridge Town Library, 10 Newton Road, offers programs. To register, www.woodbridgetownlibrary.org, 203-389-3433.

Adult Events

• Teen Tech Support, 2:45 p.m. Nov. 30, last Wednesday of every month, sometimes more often, to provide help on topics such as: email, smart phones, Facebook, downloading pictures and tablets & e-readers to the community. Contact Teen Librarian Kyle Litscher at Klitscher@lioninc.org to join.• During November, town residents are encouraged to become reacquainted with their library. The library will be giving out candy bars to anyone who registers for a library card or renews their expired card.

Children and Teen Events

• Book Club: Magic Tree House, grades 2-4, Thursday, Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m. RSVP online.

• Crazy 8’s Math Club: Daring Darts, Nov. 19, 2 p.m. Learn how to play and score a game of darts, grades K-2. Space is limited to 12 participants. RSVP online.

• Wampanoag Indian Facts and Fun, craft, Nov. 19, 3 p.m. for grades 1-4. Space is limited to 12 participants. RSVP online.

• The Singing Principal Al Decant, Nov. 26, 2 p.m. for ages 1-5, singing, dancing and clapping with some new songs and some old familiar favorites.

• SAT practice test Dec. 10. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. ACT practice test, Jan. 21, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Library, with Princeton Review, offers free full-length practice tests for area high school students under the same testing conditions as the actual exams. Students will receive detailed feedback from Princeton Review within three weeks. Seating is limited. RSVP online.

The Woodbridge Senior Center, 203-389-3430, will hold:

• Antiques road show: 6-8 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Senior Center cafeteria.

Bring one item of interesting background and significance for review by local historians and appraisers. Free, with wine and appetizers. Call 203-389-3430.

• Volunteers sought to assist with lunch Tuesdays and Fridays, provide support for the Holiday Fair, help with the Friendly Visitor and Reassurance Program or teach a class. Call 203-389-3430.

The Woodbridge Republican Committee is seeking Republican and Independent members of the community to run for political office in Woodbridge. Woodbridge is one of the few towns in Connecticut that still hold local elections in May of the odd-numbered years.

Republican candidates will be chosen in January. The elected offices in Woodbridge are: first selectman, Board of Selectmen, Beecher Board of Education, Amity Board of Education, Zoning Board of Appeals, ZBA alternate and Board of Assessment Appeals.

For information, contact Spencer Rubin at spencerrubin91@gmail.com.

The Human Services Department seeks sponsors for the Adopt-A-Family Program, which provides food baskets for the December holidays to Woodbridge families in need.

“Due to the economy, we are getting more referrals for families and seniors who need holiday baskets,” said Mary Ellen LaRocca, director of Human Services.

Distribution of holiday baskets will be Dec. 15. To sponsor a family, contact Woodbridge Human Services at 203-389-3429. Monetary donations can be made payable to Woodbridge Human Services, 11 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge 06525.

Woodbridge Youth Services will process applications for Toys 4 Kids between Nov. 14-Dec. 15.

Any Woodbridge families in need who wish to apply for toys for children age 12 and younger may contact Youth Services at 203-389-3429 or contact TEAM at 203-736-5420.

Eligibility requirements must be met.

TEAM will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for families in need residing in Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton and Woodbridge.

A collection box will be placed at the Woodbridge Town Library.

Woodbridge Job Bank teens will work for town residents who want to hire someone to assist with odd jobs such as yardwork, party help, cleaning, tutoring, and moving furniture or boxes.

Also, there are teenagers who are experienced in babysitting. Many have completed the American Red Cross babysitter training course.

The service is for Woodbridge residents.

Teen residents who would like to work to earn some extra cash are sought. The application process offers a chance to learn about interviews, safety on the job, and how to negotiate pay.

Call 203-389-3429 for more information.