Bethany, Milford, Orange, Woodbridge Bulletin Board


Applications for new gardeners are being accepted for the Bethany Organic Community Garden’s third and final phase, which is complete.

Raised beds are rented on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications are available by contacting Anne McDonnell at 203-393-3164 or mcdonnellind,

The cost to rent a 4-by-8 foot raised bed at the garden, 90 Pole Hill Road, for the growing season is $25. The cost for seniors 60 and older is $15. Mobility-impaired residents are accommodated.

ORANGE >> A coffee hour with state House Republican Leader Themis Klarides and state Reps. Charles Ferraro and Pam Staneski will be held 8:30-9:30 a.m. Friday, March 10, in the lower level meeting room at Town Hall.

Residents can meet their legislators and discuss the issues that are shaping the 2017 legislative session. They may also discuss any state or legislative issues, including the latest on the state budget.

For more information, call 800-842-1423.

The annual Youth Services semi-formal dance for Bethany and Woodbridge 7th- and 8th-grade residents and all Amity Middle School-Bethany students is planned for Friday, April 21, 7-9:30 p.m. in the Woodbridge Center cafeteria at 4 Meetinghouse Lane.

It will include a DJ, photos for $1, raffles, trivia games, contests.

Cost is $5, including finger foods, punch and dessert. Purchase tickets in advance at AMSB during the lunch wave and receive an extra raffle ticket or buy ticket at the door.

Dressy attire requested; no jeans or shorts.

Volunteers sought; call 203-389-3429.

This program is sponsored by Woodbridge Youth Services and the town of Bethany.

The Lions Club will present its 31st annual auction and corned beef dinner 5-7 p.m. March 12.

Tickets can be purchased at Town Hall or by calling Lion Sue Hurlburt at 203-996-2275.

Prices are $18 for adult and $12 for children. Dinner includes free beer tasting from Stony Creek Brewery. Proceeds will help support the club’s annual Scholarship Fund, which benefits graduating seniors from Bethany.

For more information, visit

A six-week course on fun with digital photography, for Woodbridge and Bethany students in grades 7 and 8, will be held Thursdays, in the Amity Middle School-Bethany computer lab.

This is an introductory class for students who want to get the most out of their digital cameras and improve their photographic skills. Each week, students will learn a new technique to take pictures, including: painting with light through photos, double exposures, zany photos using angles, strange portraits, weird pictures using perspective, and op-art photography with bubbles.

The Lions Club is accepting applications for its annual scholarship for Bethany residents who are high school students and will be attending college. Applications are available at Town Hall, Amity Regional High School Guidance Department, Clark Memorial Library and They are due May 1.

The club will be awarding four $2,000 and one $3,000 scholarship.

A roast beef dinner will be presented by the Republican Town Committee at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at the lodge at Veterans Memorial Park, 265 Beacon Road.

GOP candidates for the May election will be attending.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for ages 12 and younger. BYOB. Call John Grabowski at 203-393-1213, Kim Brinton at 203-393-7387 or Donna Shea at 203-393-2591 for tickets.

The Bethany Nursery Group will hold its annual Pajama Hop fundraiser at 4-6 p.m. Sunday, March 12 in the Town Hall gymnasium.

People are encouraged to wear pajamas.

The meal will include pancakes, bacon, eggs, french toast and sausage, provided by Chip’s Family Restaurant of Orange.

There will be music provided by Frank C.’s Entertainment for the kids. Silent auctions will include tickets for family events, gift cards and baskets.

Proceeds will benefit the Bethany Nursery Group.

Tickets will not be sold at the door. Adults: $15; ages 3-12: $5; under 3: free.

RSVP: 203-393-3032 or

Bethany Nursery

Bethany Nursery Group, 511 Amity Road, is registering pupils.

The preschool program is for children ages 3-5 years and has operated in town more than 50 years.

The staff goal is to provide a program rich with literature and learning opportunities while still leaving ample time to play, create and explore. It aims to help children with academic, social, fine- and gross-motor skills, with an appropriate balance of structured and self-initiated activities that allow students to develop self esteem and independence.

The program aims to meet the specific developmental needs of each students, and follow the guidelines set up by NAEYC and the Board of Education.

Two-, three-, four- and five-day programs with varied hours are available. For families to visit the school, call 203-393-3032 or email

HARTFORD >> Applications are being accepted for Operation Fuel’s statewide winter energy assistance program.

The nonprofit’s 107 fuel banks are taking applications from families and individuals who are struggling financially and need energy assistance.

Call 211 to find the closest fuel bank.

For more information on Operation Fuel or to make a donation, go to Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Ave., Suite 2-240, Hartford 06106.

Also, help with winter heating bills is available at TEAM in Derby. Income guidelines apply.

If an applicant is approved for aid, TEAM will make direct payments to the home heat provider.

Homeowners and renters who live in Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Milford, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton and Woodbridge can apply.

For an appointment, call 203-736-5420 and follow prompts for energy assistance, or in Milford, 203-783-3253; Woodbridge, 203-389-3429; Orange, 203-891-4787, and Bethany, 203-393-2100, ext. 124.

The annual Democratic Town Committee spaghetti supper and Citizen of the Year Award presentation will be held Saturday, April 29 at 6 p.m. Tickets are available from any member of the Democratic Town Committee or by contacting Carol Goldberg on 203-393-0350. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for children under 12 and $25 for patrons.

The menu includes wine & cheese, all-you-can-eat pasta, meatballs, sausage, salad, garlic bread, dessert, coffee and tea.

The St. Patrick’s Day parade steps off downtown at 1 p.m. March 11.

Parking will be available at St. Mary Church, 70 Gulf St., starting at 11 a.m. for $5.

Proceeds benefit the patriotic charities of the Fourth Degree Father James Larkin Assembly 3627, K of C, at St. Mary Church.

St. Patrick’s Day at Club 47 will be held March 18, sponsored by Tinto Council 47, K of C, 240 Naugatuck Ave.

The menu: corned beef sandwiches, noon-5 p.m. $7; corned beef dinners, 6-8 p.m., $15.

For tickets, leave a message at 203-876-9754.

Literacy Volunteer of Southern CT’s annual Leprechaun Leap comes to Walnut Beach at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 12.

“Leapers” will collect donations and run, jump or dive into the icy cold water of Long Island Sound.

Proceeds will benefit Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut. The Milford Bank and Milford Kiwanis are the event main sponsors. Other sponsors include Irish Heritage Society of Milford, Orchid Orthopedic Solutions, Great Beginnings Pre School, Milford Consortium for Child Care Iniatives, Kapusta, Otzel and Averaimo.

Go to or get a registration form at the Literacy Center, 16 Dixon St., or call 203-878-4800.

The Friends of Milford Cemetery will hold its annual meeting at 10 a.m. March 18 at the Freelove Baldwin Stow, DAR Chapter House, 55 Prospect St.

The meeting will include elections and planning for the April 22 tombstone cleaning and the May 6 “Arts and Symbols” tour of the cemetery. New members are welcome.

Call 203-877-1851 for more information.

Steve Johnson, resource agent for the city Open Space and Natural Resource Department, will speak on wildlife in the state at a meeting of the Milford Garden Club.

The talk will be at 1 p.m. March 14 at the DAR Chapter House,55 Prospect St.

There is a $5 guest fee. For information: 203-874-7470,

“The No-So-Good Life of a Colonial Goodwife” will be the topic of a March 15 meeting at the Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave., at 6:30 p.m. in observance of Women’s History Month.

Velya Jancz-Urban, of Woodbury, will talk about how women in the Colonial era dealt with such issues as feminine hygiene, birth control, pregnancy and childbirth.

The free program, that is jointly sponsored by the Milford Historical Society, is for adults only.

Jancz-Urban holds a book club at her 1770 farmhouse, and along with her daughter, Ehris, teaches a variety of hands-on holistic workshops.

For more information, call Nancy Abbey at the library at 203-783-3307.

The Friends of the Milford Library will go to Yale’s West Campus (the former Bayer facility in Orange) for a tour of the paper conservation laboratory at 10 a.m. March 24.

Theresa Fairbanks-Harris, senior paper conservator in the Conservation Laboratories at the Yale Art Museums, will show how museum works are cared for.

The tour is free to members of the Friends; $15 to nonmembers, which includes a one-year membership.

Register at or 203-783-3291 by March 13. For more information, call the library at 203-783-3291 or go to

The nonprofit Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is holding a free “walk and talk” with a dietitian 8-9 a.m. March 25 at the Connecticut Post Mall.

To attend the National Nutrition Month event:

“A Magical Night in the French Quarter” will be held 6-11 p.m. March 25 at the Milford Yacht Club, 131 Trumbull Ave.

The event will include a New Orleans-theme buffet dinner, silent and live auction, bourbon tasting and music. Tickets cost $125 and funds raised will benefit the Maren Sanchez Home Foundation whose mission is to “empower girls to defend themselves against emotional, psychological and verbal manipulation and physical violence.”

For information, contact,

Milford Library, 57 New Haven Ave., programs include:

• James Griffin, Western author and storyteller visits at 2 p.m. March 13. A New Englander, Griffin has been a student of the frontier West for many years, and has visited many frontier towns.

• Yale Science Diplomats, at 6:30 p.m. March 13, return for the second of a four-part series about science in the news. Yale University graduate students will present “Our Future in the Cosmos — Living Beyond Earth.”

• The OverDrive eBook collection at library explained, bring mobile device, 11 a.m. March 14.

• Discussion of gluten-free diets, 7 p.m. March 14, with Heather Jacobsen, author of “Going Gluten-Free: 7 Surprising Facts You Should Know If You Want To Achieve Dietary Success.”

• Velya Jancz-Urban will talk about life in the Colonial era at 6:30 p.m. March 15. In 2011, Jancz-Urban and her family bought a foreclosed farmhouse in Woodbury, which became the spark for her novel, “Acquiescence.”

Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave., listings:

RSVP: 203-783-3292.

The Yale Science Diplomats return for the second of the four-part Science in the News with “Our Future in the Cosmos - Living Beyond Earth” at 6:30 p.m. March 13 at the Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave.

Lucia Chapter 25, Order of the Eastern Star, will meet Thursday March 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Masonic Lodge Hall, 59 Broad St., under the direction of Worthy Matron Debbie Zaleha.

Refreshments will be served in the banquet hall after the meeting.

For information, call Worthy Matron Debbie Zaleha at 203-734-6008.

The Low Vision support group meets at 10:30 a.m. March 13 at the Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive. For details, call Eileen Torow at 203-878-8904.

Garden Club meeting

The Garden Club will meet March 14 for a 1 p.m. program on last-minute flower arrangements at Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road.

The club project of planting native butterfly milkweed seeds to attract monarch butterflies is at 10:30 a.m. Refreshments are at 11:30; a businesses meeting is 12:15 p.m.

For more information, call Joanne Friedrichs at 203-795-4266.

Kindergarten registration opens March 15 for children who are 5 by Dec. 31 to enter the public schools in the fall.

The process requires the completion of a packet and reserving an appointment at the school, both at

At the school appointment of about 20 minutes, parents will meet with staff while the children visit with teachers, school nurses and other professionals.

The following documents are needed: a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate; for homeowners: mortgage or deed or tax bill; for renters: lease or rental agreement signed by the landlord; two recent utility bills in the same name to the same address; a copy of the student’s latest physical exam and immunization record.

Families who do not have access to a computer may use the computers at the Milford Public Library. For more information, call the child’s school.

The VITA Program will be providing free income tax preparation at the Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive.

VITA offers free tax help to low-to moderate-income people with an annual household income of $54,000 and below, or 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines.

The service is noon-4 p.m. Sundays and 5-8 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 29-April 11. Register by calling TEAM at 203-736-5420, ext. 206.

• AARP volunteers will provide free income tax preparation at the Milford Senior Center, 9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, through April 13. RSVP: 203-877-5131.

• In West Haven, the West Haven Senior Center is offering a free tax preparation service to help low- to middle-income taxpayers.

The AARP Tax-Aide program is available by appointment 9-11 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Johnson Community Center, 201 Noble St.

Special attention is given to help those 60 and older fill out federal tax forms.

The service, which includes tax counseling, is offered by trained volunteer tax preparers from AARP, in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service.

For an appointment, call the senior center at 203-937-3507.

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,, or Linda Mossorofo at 203-783-3391, lmossorofo,

Women Redefining Retirement will meet at 7 p.m. March 13 at Golden Hill Health Care Center, 2026 Bridgeport Ave.

Members will be assembling and filling Easter baskets for Covenant of Care children.

Contributions of individual wrapped candy and favors for the baskets are accepted.

Also, the group is collecting food to benefit the Beth El Center.

At the Ellen Aftamonow Woodmont Library, 16 Dixon St.:

• Preschool story time is at 10 a.m. Mondays.

• The Morning Book Discussion Group meets at 10:30 a.m. the first Thursday monthly.

• Knitting: Fridays, 2-4 p.m. Bring a project.

• Mah jong: Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning, afternoon and Thursday evening.

For further information, call 203-874-5675.

Families Anonymous is a free, self-help, 12 Step support group for adults concerned about the drug, alcohol or related behavioral problems of a relative or friend.

The group meets Tuesdays, 7:30-9 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Hall, 283 Bridgeport Ave.

Contact Judy D. at 203-283-3867 or or Geralynn at 847-302-9729 or

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 15 meets at noon on the first Thursday of each month, beginning March 2, at the Fowler Memorial Building, 45 New Haven Ave., next to Milford Library.

Parking is at the rear of the building. For details, call 203-915-9911.

Free meetings of the Milford Hospital Breast Cancer Support Group are held the first Wednesday of every month, 6-7:30 p.m. in Auditorium A at Milford Hospital, 300 Seaside Ave.

For information about meetings, call the hospital Education Department at 203-876-4000.


The sixth annual Pancakes for Parkinson’s benefit supper will be held at Chips Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, with reserved seatings 4:30-7 p.m. April 11.

Raffle tickets will be sold for gourmet baskets and wine, and all proceeds will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Chips is donating all the food, which includes two pancakes, two eggs, bacon or sausage and coffee or tea.

Tickets, for $12, may be ordered or purchased at the door. Checks should be made out to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, and sent to Team Fox/Jody Culmone, 65 Peck Hill Road, Woodbridge 06525.

Orange Congregational Church Nursery School is accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year for the 3- and 4-year-old programs.

The school runs 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for age 3; and Monday, Wednesday, Friday for age 4. There is a five-day option for returning students.

The program is open for children of all faiths.

To schedule a visit, contact 203-795-9749, ext. 305 or

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, is starts its second service at 10 a.m. starting March 5.

Faith Formation for Children also meets at 10 a.m. in the Parish Hall. Early worship continues at 8 a.m.

• The church will explore the mystery of Easter and Jesus’ resurrection for families, with snack, games and stories, 10 a.m.-noon April 8. Suggested donation is $10 per child, $25 per family. RSVP:, 203-795- 6577. Walk-ins are welcome. Contact Jennifer D’Inzeo at

For Holy Week the following is planned:

April 9, Palm Sunday, 8 a.m. Holy Eucharist, without music; Re-enactment of the Passion along with music is at 10 a.m.

• Maundy Thursday Holy Eucharist and foot washing will be at 6 p.m. April 13.

• Good Friday, April 14, the Youth Group will lead the Stations of the Cross starting at 3 p.m., including a “Walk the Way of the Cross” through the neighborhood.

• Easter Sunday, April 16 has two services: Holy Eucharist without music at 8 a.m.; at 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist with the choir accompanied by musicians, followed by an Easter egg hunt.

Contact 203-795-6577,,,

Applications to the Orange Scholarship Fund Association for 2017-18 are available.

Students are eligible for consideration if they live in Orange, are a graduating senior at one of the local high schools (public or private), and will be continuing their education at an academic or technical institution.

Awards are made on the basis of need, scholarship, and service to the community.

Applications must be entirely filled out, with all references and required information supplied, and submitted by April 15.

Late or incomplete applications are not considered.

Visit, to download application forms and find out where to submit them.

The Housatonic River Job Network meets at Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road.

It is open to those underemployed or in transition between professional opportunities to meet, share leads, hear guest speakers and get information for their job search.

The group meets 7-9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. The next meeting is March 9.

Guest speaker will be Cindy Torres, Indeed client support specialist, national accounts, whose topic will be “ One Search, All Jobs.”

Bring your laptops. Future meetings will be April 27 and May 11.

Email alexy56, for further information.

The Lions Club will hold a “Spring Tasting” in St. Barbara’s Church hall, 480 Racebrook Road, 7-10 p.m. Friday, March 24.

There will be variety of wine and beer vendors, as well as appetizers, desserts and a raffle.

Tickets are $35, at the door or by calling 203-795-0134. Proceeds will benefit Orange Lions charities.

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, 203-799-2341,, 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.

• Wednesday Coffee and Learn with Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus: Class devoted to the ancient texts and the light they shed on current issues, 11 a.m.-noon.

• Zumba gold drop-in: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. Contact: Robin at, 203-314-8176, 203-799-2341.

Case Library, 176 Tyler City Road, offers free events, except as noted. Call 203-891-2170,

• Weekly Storytimes: Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m., storytelling, books, music, fingerplays, and puppetry at this series especially for ages 3-5. A related craft is offered following each session.

• Lapsit Storytime: Tuesdays, 10:30-11 a.m. Little ones from birth up to age 2 and their caregivers are invited to this high-energy storytime with Ms. Michelle. Practice nursery rhymes, sing and move together, plus explore touch-and-feel books.

• 2-Year-old Storytime: Thursdays, 10:30-11 a.m. Audience participation is encouraged at this storytime session. Enjoy books, stories, music and movement, finger plays, and puppetry together.

• Art in the Library reception, Thursday, March 9, 5-7 p.m., in honor of the March exhibit: watercolors by Susan Wolanic and abstract mixed media by Betsy Ratner, on view March 1-30.

• Members preview night, spring book sale, Thursday, March 16, 5-7 p.m., nonmembers may join at the door.

• Friends’ semiannual Great Basement Book Sale, Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., thousands of new and gently used books including hardcover and paperback fiction and nonfiction for adults, children, and teens as well as vinyl records, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks.

Events are free, except as noted. Register in person or 203-891-2170.

The Rotary Club will hold its second annual Artisan Festival at 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 6 at High Plains Community Center.

The event will include food, music and a door prize. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 at, or for $12 at the door.

Proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club of Orange Foundation.

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

• Living Treasure nominations accepted through March 11.

Nomination forms are available in the Orange Community Services office, Town Hall, and on the town’s website. The three individuals chosen will be honored at the Senior Center’s Pasta Festa! in May.

• Cribbage Club, Mondays, 1-3 p.m. Mark Halliday of Assisted Living Services will teach students on how to play cribbage for the first hour. The second hour will be for play. RSVP.

• AARP tax preparation services Wednesdays, Feb. 8-April 12. Bring last year’s tax returns, Social Security card for everyone on the return and a photo ID. RSVP.

2017 Trips

St. Patrick’s Day at the Aqua Turf, March 14. Entertainment by Padraig Allen and the Maclean Avenue Band, corned beef lunch, free glass of wine or beer. The cost is $77pp. Includes transportation, lunch, show, driver gratuities.

The Economic Development Corp. will present the 15th annual Orange Business and Community Expo on Wednesday, June 14, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road.

The event is free to the public. There will be product demonstrations, activities, raffles, food and an anniversary celebration.

Participants can showcase a business, products or service, sell products, and network with vendors and attendees. Vendor space is limited to 56 booths.

Cost is $300 for an 8-foot booth, which includes pipe and drapery, linen-topped skirted table and a chair. All vendors receive their business information listed in the program, their business marketing materials included in event welcome bags, their company name listed in OrangeLife Magazine, an entry into the vendor/sponsor appreciation raffle, exhibitor lanyards, and activities.

Some booths may be provided with electricity for another $100.

To become a vendor, register at or call 203-891-1045.

Other options: For $75, marketing materials will be included in the welcome bags, which go to all attendees and vendors. An ad may be placed in the program; sizes and prices vary. Call the office.

Vendors are: Amity Insurance & Financial Services, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, Casanova Remodeling, Crunch Fitness, Floman Depaola Law Firm, Morgan Stanley, StateFarm Insurance and University of New Haven.

Woodbridge Youth Services, in collaboration with First Selectman Ellen Scalettar, is seeking nominations for the First Selectman’s Youth Award.

The annual award will be presented to a resident who has made a significant contribution to a Woodbridge community member, organization, or the town itself.

The presentation will be made at the Human Services Department’s Annual Volunteer Tea on April 20.

Call 203-389-3429 for the nomination form or visit the town website. Submit nominations by March 10 to Woodbridge Youth Services, 11 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge 06525.

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.

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

Teen Tech Support, 2:45 p.m., last Wednesday of every month. Contact Teen Librarian Kyle Litscher at Klitscher, to join.

Pysanka egg-making workshop, Saturday, March 11, 2-4 p.m., with Sharon Leonard of Newington, free. RSVP. Participants must be at least 8 years.

Author Adina Hoffman: “Till We Have Built Jerusalem,” part of the JCC Jewish Author Series, register online, March 15 at 7 p.m.

Film screening, “Loving,” Thursday, March 16 at 7 p.m. Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving, who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown.

“Music and Medicine: The Curse of the Mendelssohns,” lecture with pathologist Dr. Gus Davis, March 20, 2 p.m., a review of the life, music, death of composer.

Meet Ann Nyberg, Saturday, March 18 at 1 p.m. WTNH news anchor, author Ann Nyberg present her book, Remembering Katharine Hepburn: Stories of Wit and Wisdom About America’s Leading Lady. From tales from Fenwick in Connecticut to her time as an actress. Copies will be available for sale.

Butterflies in my Backyard, Thursday, March 23 at 7 p.m. Explore the wonders of Connecticut’s butterflies in gardens and meadows with lepidopterist of Redding and specimens from the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.

Weekly Programs

Storycraft (grades K-3) Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.; Baby Rhyme Time (0-18 months) Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.;

Ready to Read (18-36 months) Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.; Preschool Storycraft (ages 3-5) Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

A free open house will be held by the Amity and Woodbridge Historical Society at 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 19, at the historic Thomas Darling House, 1907 Litchfield Turnpike.

For more information, visit

Woodbridge Senior Center, 203-389-3430 or

The Woodbridge Senior Center provides a program of health, wellness, nutrition, education and social activities for residents 60 years and older. It offers a luncheon program as well as transportation.

Chef Elaine Marcucio offers meals on Tuesdays, Fridays at 12:15 p.m.

Pickleball at 2 p.m. in the Center Gym, ongoing exercise program, with a yearly fee of $20.

The St. Patrick’s Day luncheon will be held at noon Tuesday, March 14, corned beef and cabbage, $6. RSVP.

15-minute, private, free, memory screenings with Dr. Susann Verano, geriatrician with Hamden Health Care and Rehab Center, Monday, March 13, 12:30-2:30 p.m. RSVP.

Free diabetes prevention program from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with Griffin Hospital’s Community Outreach and Parish Nursing Department. This 16-week program is designed to assist participants reduce their body weight by 7% and increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week to help prevent Type 2 diabetes. Monthly support will be provided for one year. The 16 week class runs Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m. and begins March 15.

Free Antiques Roadshow, Wednesday, March 22, 6-8 p.m. at the Senior Center cafeteria. Bring one item of interesting background and significance for review by local historians and appraisers. Wine and hors d’oeuvres provided.

Senior Bridge, Humana social worker Lisa Navarra will coordinate a 6-week support group beginning March 24 from 10-11 p.m. every other week in the center lounge. The focus is “Loss of Independence.”

The center’s 40th anniversary celebration program and dinner, 5:30 p.m. May 24.

Seniors often experience limitations in their ability to get out and about as they age. Make a difference and become a friendly visitor to elderly members of the community. Contact Judi Young at 203-389-3429 on training.

The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program, administered by TEAM, is helping qualified Connecticut residents with their fuel costs.

Beecher Road School has scheduled kindergarten orientation and registration.

• Orientation for parents will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 9 in the school cafeteria. Parents will receive a registration packet.

• Registration for the 2017-2018 school year will be held 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3 p.m. April 4-6 in the North School conference room.

Use the school entrance and upon entering, check in at the visitors’ window.

Kindergarten students must be 5 by Jan. 1, 2018.

Parents registering children are asked to bring the completed registration packet, proof of residence, the child’s birth certificate and immunization record.

Parents must present a picture identification, such as a driver’s license, state ID card or passport.

Forms are accessible at For more information, call the North School office at 203-389-2195, ext. 100.

The endorsed 2017 Republican slate, TeamTony17, will hold a benefit at 7-10 p.m. March 18 at Birchwoods at Oak Lane.

Dinner, an open bar with beer and wine, DJ, dancing and silent auction are $75.

RSVP by March 11 to or call Joe at 203-727-4512.

Kids Unplugged, After School on the Farm is offered 4-6 p.m. Mondays, March 27-May 22, at Massaro Community Farm, 41 Ford Road.

Kids can explore farm fields, woods and wetlands, plant and harvest in the garden, care for the chickens and bees, and prepare and enjoy farm snacks.

A bus will take students from Beecher Road School to the farm. The program is offered in partnership with the Recreation Department. Visit to register.

Woodbridge Be The Match 5K, with food, entertainment and awards, will be held April 15 on the Green, Meetinghouse Lane.

The event, Give A Spit, is held in honor of resident Nicole Donzello, who battled leukemia but recently found a transplant match. All proceeds benefit Be The Match, a nonprofit that matches cancer patients with donors and helps families afford life-saving bone marrow transplants.

Onsite registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The children’s fun run begins 9:45, the 5K begins at 10.

Adult sign-up before March 20 is $20, after it’s $25. Sign-up for kids at the 5K is $20; the fun run is $15.

Register at and email Lillian Zhang at for sponsorships.

The Woodbridge Rotary Club is planning its fourth annual wine tasting and silent auction for 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 20 at the Birchwoods at the Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane, 1027 Racebrook Road.

The event will feature homemade-wine makers serving their wines and light fare provided by the Birchwoods.

Donations are being sought for the silent auction of sports and theater tickets, gift cards and baskets and other goods and services.

Also, the club is seeking sponsors for the ad book. Ads are $100 for a full page, $50 for half page and $25 for business-size ads.

Proceeds will benefit the Alliance for Prevention.

Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. For more information or tickets, visit www.Woodbridge or contact Buddy DeGennaro at 203-710-2548 or, or Tony Anastasio at 203-980-9373 or

Homemade-wine makers should also contact DeGennaro.

Woodbridge Job Bank teens will work for town residents who want to hire someone to assist with odd jobs such as yard work, 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 town 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.

The NAEYC-accredited Beecher Road School Preschool Program has openings for 2017-18 for children who do not have special needs.

This reverse mainstream program, serving children with special needs in Woodbridge, has a few openings for typically developing 3-year-old peers, who join the program as role models.

Peers are chosen by lottery system.

The 3-year-old class meets 8:25-10:55 a.m. Monday-Thursday. Parents must provide transportation.

Children who meet the following criteria are eligible:

• Must be 3 before Oct. 1.

• Must have age-appropriate language skills.

• Must demonstrate age-appropriate play skills.

• Must be toilet trained.

• Must be a town resident.

An informational meeting, for parents only, will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 8 in the preschool classroom.

To attend, call the preschool classroom at 203-389-2195, ext. 141.

A mandatory visit for the children will be held in the classroom on March 10.

To schedule an appointment, call and leave a message.

Applications will be available on the day of the visit. The child must be attend the visit in order to be a part of the lottery system for choosing typical peers.

The preschool team is a resource to town families regarding the development of young children.

Parents with concerns about their preschooler’s development, may call the preschool at 203-389-2195, ext. 141.

Volunteers are sought to make a difference and become a friendly visitor to elderly members of the community.

For information about the program, call Judi Young, town Senior Service social worker, at 203-389-3429.