BETHANY

A college fair will be held Monday, April 3, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Amity High School gymnasium.

More than 100 college representatives will attend.

For a list of the colleges, check the weekly Amity Newsletter on the school website.

For more details: Karen.waterman@reg5.k12.ct.us or paula.vallie@reg5.k12.ct.us.

Boy Scout Troop 59 will hold a food drive to benefit the Connecticut Food Bank on Saturday, April 1.

The Scouts will distribute bags March 25 to all households in town and will collect them curbside April 1 starting at 9 a.m.

Donations may be brought to the town garage, next to the recycling center, on Amity Road, 9:30-11:30 a.m. April 1.

Nonperishable foods, such as canned meats, peanut butter, tuna fish, cereal, canned vegetables and pasta, are accepted. Do not bring food in glass containers.

The collection is part of the troop’s Scouting for Food Good Turn.

The Lions Club is accepting applications for its annual scholarship for town residents who are high school students and will be attending college.

Applications are due May 1. They are available at Town Hall, Amity Regional High School Guidance Department, Clark Memorial Library and www.bethanyctlions.com.

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

Public school kindergarten registration for the fall is open to children who will be 5 by Dec. 31.

An information session will be held Monday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the school gym.

Registration packets are also available at the Bethany Community School main office, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday or at www.bethany-ed.org. Call 203-393-3350 for information.

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 calling Carol Goldberg at 203-393-0350.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for children under 12 and $25 for patrons.

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

Volunteers are needed for Bethany’s annual Rid Litter Day on Saturday, April 22.

People will pick up their streets, then will have a pizza social at noon at the First Church of Christ.

To sign up or to get further details, contact Ruth MacDonald at 203-695-1067 or ruthkmacdonald@comcast.net.

Visit www.facebook.Com/The-Heart-of Bethany

Rain date is Sunday, April 23.

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,comcast.net.

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.

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 bethanynurserygroup@gmail.com.

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 milfordlib.friends@gmail.com or 203-783-3291 by March 13. For more information, call the library at 203-783-3291 or go to milfordlibrary.org.

State Rep. Kim Rose, D-Milford, will be holding a coffee hour with constituents at 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at the Bridgeport Flyer Diner, 249 Bridgeport Ave.

Anyone wishing to chat with Rose about any state issues may stop by the diner. Refreshments will be provided.

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: info@eatrightct.org.

“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 are $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 jcampbell.mshf@gmail.com, http://marensanchezhomefoundation.org/.

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.

Kindergarten registration opened 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 www.milforded.org.

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.

Milford Low Vision support group meets, 10:30 a.m. April 10 at the Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive. Call Eileen Torow at 203-878-8904.

Saint Ann Church, at 501 Naugatuck Ave., will present its free, all-ages Health, Wellness and Information Fair at 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 1.

The growing list of participants includes Acuity Hearing Solutions; Alzheimer’s Association; American Liver Foundation; American Lung Association; American Parkinson’s Disease Association; Arts in CT; Bridges Healthcare; CapTel Captioned Telephones; Caregiver Homes; Ceasar Irby, DPM, Northeast Medical Group; Clelian Adult Day Center, Hamden/Connecticut Association of Adult Day Centers; Congregations Organized for a new CT; state Department of Veterans Affairs, Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, Office of Tourism; Donate Life CT; Epilepsy Foundation; Fairfield University School of Nursing, interactive nutrition activities for elementary school children; Fair Haven Community Health Center, including Access Health CT assist; Get in Touch Foundation; Griffin Hospital (breast wellness, stroke assessments in van, advanced care planning); Griffin Hospital Safe Kids Programs; Tinto Council 47, K of C; registered dietitian/nutritionist; Milford Senior Center; National Multiple Sclerosis Society; Pantochino Productions; Parkinson’s Disease Support Group (St. Mary Church); Rape Crisis Center; St. Ann Parish Nurses (blood pressure screenings); St. Vincent’s Health Services Cardiology (blood sugar screenings - fasting recommended and blood pressure screenings); St. Vincent’s Health Services Family Birthing Center; TEAM; U.I. Home Energy Solutions; Walgreens Pharmacy; Woodruff Family YMCA; Yale New Haven Hospital Lifeline Medical Alert.

Also, speakers on hearing tests and loss; VA pension; medication safety.

For more information, contact Maria Tomasetti, atomasetti@snet.net or 203-988-8598.

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 JMdel61@gmail.com or Geralynn at 847-302-9729 or MilfordFA@gmail.com.

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 15 meets at noon on the first Thursday of each month 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.

The library is at 57 New Haven Ave.

A free showing of “Hometown Habitat - Stories of Bringing Nature Home” will be Tuesday, March 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Through its profile of seven hometown habitat heroes, the film illustrates how even small steps can result in big changes for the good. The narrative is provided by entomologist Douglas Tallamy, Ph.D., whose research, books and lectures about the use of non-native plants in landscaping sound an alarm about habitat and species loss.

The film covers the basics of ecosystem services, water conservation and other sustainable practices, as well as showing how art and even an interfaith environmental movement help herald the message of alternative gardening and landscaping.

The Father Berean Assembly, K of C, 240 Naugatuck Ave., will hold a dinner dance, with a DJ, at 6:30 p.m. April 29.

The cost is $25. The buffet includes london broil, chicken francese, eggplant rollatini, cavatelli with broccoli, oil and garlic sauce,

cake, coffee and tea.

Send check to K of C Father Berean Assembly, Joseph Lucisano, 93 Berkeley Terrace, Milford 06460. Contact 203-878-8343 or lucejk@aol.com.

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.

ORANGE

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.

For more information, contact Culmone at 203-387-4182 or jvculmone@optonline.net.

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, offers the following:

• 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: www.thegoodshepherdorangect.org, 203-795- 6577. Walk-ins are welcome. Contact Jennifer D’Inzeo at jenndinzeo@gmail.com.

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, thegoodshepherd@optonline.net, www.thegoodshepherdorangect.org, www.facebook.com/cgsorangect.

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 www.orangescholarshipfund.com, 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 meetings will be April 27 and May 11.

Email alexy56,hotmail.com 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.

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

• For the Sake of the Country: Female Spies in the Civil War, March 25, 1 p.m. Military historian Matthew Bartlett tells how four women played a part in the extensive spy networks that were formed on both the Union and Confederate sides.

• Oscar Film: Hacksaw Ridge, Monday, March 27, 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 29, 1 p.m., 2 hr. 19 min. R. WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.

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.

• 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 zumbarobin@gmail.com, 203-314-8176, 203-799-2341.

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

• 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.

• How to Connect with Friends & Family with Devices, Feb. 6, 10 a.m.• Beginner’s Pickleball, Tuesday Feb. 7, free, with Diane Sullivan of Apex Pharmacy. 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.

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 OrangeEDC.com/events_activities 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.

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.

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

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

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.

“This is Your Brain on Gaming: The Realities of the Virtual World” will be presented 7-8 p.m. Monday, April 3 at the Woodbridge Town Library, 10 Newton Road.

Science in the News speakers will explore the physics, biology and psychology of video games. Following a discussion of how video game designers (and our own eyes) bring Mario out of the 2D screen world and into the 3D world, there will be a deep look at the overall impact of video games on physical health, as well as cognitive, emotional and social states.

The program is presented by the Yale Science Diplomats, a group of Yale graduate students and post-docs dedicated to science communication, policy and outreach.

For information: tinyurl.com/SITN2017.

Woodbridge Senior Center, 203-389-3430 or jglicksman@woodbridgect.org.

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

• 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. Class runs Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m. and began March 15.

• 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.” RSVP.

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

• Become a friendly visitor to elderly members of the community. Contact Judi Young at 203-389-3429 on training.

Beecher Road School has scheduled kindergarten orientation and registration.

• 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 woodbridge.k12.ct.us/registration.

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

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 www.massarofarm.org 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.

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

Adult sign-up is $25. Sign-up for kids at the 5K is $20; the fun run is $15.

Register at www.bethematchfoundation.org/WoobridgeBeTheMatch5K and email Lillian Zhang at giveaspit@gmail.com 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 Rotary.org or contact Buddy DeGennaro at 203-710-2548 or buddy.degennaro@gmail.com, or Tony Anastasio at 203-980-9373 or tonya33@optonline.net.

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.

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

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