Bethany, Milford, Orange, Woodbridge Bulletin Board
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.firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
The Lions Club will hold a document shredding day 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 8 at the town recycling center, 755 Amity Road, rain or shine.
ProShred-Connecticut, Wallingford, will provide a truck for shredding on-site. Lions members will help unload vehicles.
The service is free; a nominal donation amount will be suggested to help Lions charities.
Clark Memorial Library, Amity Road, will have “Long Wharf Night,” at 6:30-8 p.m. April 12.
A representative of Long Wharf Theatre will speak on “The Most Beautiful Room in New York,” which will premiere May 3-28 at Long Wharf.
The play is based on a book by The New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik.
The cost is $10, with French-style appetizers and dessert. The proceeds support Library Friends activities.
RSVP: 203-393-2103 by April 7.
Boy Scout Troop 59 will hold a food drive to benefit the Connecticut Food Bank on Saturday, April 1.
The Scouts were to 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 email@example.com.
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.
The Connecticut Epilepsy Advocate will hold its seventh annual Strike Out Epilepsy fundraiser noon-2:30 p.m. April 2 at Milford Lanes
1717 Boston Post Road.
Entry fee is $30. It includes unlimited pizza, nachos and soda. Call 203-878-6458.
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.
Participants include: 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-988-8598.
United Presbyterian Church’s seventh annual Spring Folk Concert, featuring the Milford Folk Music Society, will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 109 Seaside Ave.
Tickets are $10, with proceeds to benefit community needs.
Colony Grill of Milford presents the third annual Peace, Love and Music From Maren festival 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 29 at Jonathan Law High School field.
This citywide event celebrates the life of Maren Sanchez, a Jonathan Law High School student who was fatally stabbed in 2014.
The festival is a joint partnership with the Ana Grace Project and the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement, named for children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.
The festival will include live music, art, food trucks, 20 inflatables, and more — all the things Maren loved.
Activities start at 8:30 a.m. with comments from local dignitaries; 9 a.m. Colony Grill/PLM All You Need Is Love 5K; music headliners are the Rumrunners, all-day kickball tournament, raffles, food trucks, and activities for kids of all ages.
The field will be filled with representatives from Milford schools, organizations, businesses, and craft vendors.
The PLM Committee is looking for business and corporate sponsors to sponsor theme raffle baskets, food truck and craft vendors, and volunteers to help during the event. Go to www.facebook.com/plmfrommaren.
For details, go to email@example.com, www.marensanchezhomefoundation.org.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The seventh annual “Run for the Roses” Kentucky Derby Live, 4-7 p.m. May 6.
Watch the sport on a 20-inch screen at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave. S.
Silent auction and festivities begin at 4 p.m. Live broadcast is at 6 p.m.
At 4-6 p.m., there will be food, cash bar with mint juleps, wine and designer beers, with a silent auction items including wines, small-batch bourbons, cocktail cruise, lottery tree and jewelry.
Entertainment will be by Emmy Award-winning composer and pianist Rex Cadwallader. Radio personality Brian Smith will be host of the evening, and Milford’s own Santa Claus Rick George will provide a photo-op with his restored 1931 Ford Model A Coupe.
Prizes awarded for best hat/dressed woman, man and couple.
Tickets are $45, $50 at the door. Visit www.milfordarts.org or call 203-878-6647.
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.
For more information, contact Culmone at 203-387-4182 or email@example.com.
The Orange Land Trust will be leading a free, guided walk and eagle watch at the Housatonic Overlook area on Saturday, April 8. People should meet at 9:30 a.m. at the end of High Ridge Road, off Derby-Milford Road.
The walk should take about two hours. This event will include a viewing of the Housatonic River from atop Tucker’s Ridge, which is about 200 feet above the river, and a walk through the easy to moderately difficult trails in this area.
Those who choose may stay at the overlook for an eagle watch. Bring binoculars.
The hike will go through rocky, wooded landscape. The Orange CERT Emergency Communications Team will serve as trail assistants.
Wear appropriate footwear as there are some rocky areas and some “ups and downs” in the trail. Park along the end of road.
For information, call Chris at 203-397-7599.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com, 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.
Applications must be submitted by April 15.
Case Library, 176 Tyler City Road, offers events for free, except as noted. Call 203-891-2170, http://www.casememoriallibrary.org.
Art in the Library Reception, Thursday, April 6, 4-6 p.m. In honor of the April exhibit: Art by the children of Orange elementary schools, on view April 2-28.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
• 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.
• Social Tea on April 13, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. as Velya Jancz-Urban presents “Pudd’nhead: Childhood in Colonial America” in the Senior Lounge. Cost is $10. RSVP.
• Kindness Rock Garden The Orange Arts and Culture Council and Orange Community Services are creating a Kindness Rock Garden. Join in painting rocks with inspirational and motivational sayings Fridays April 21, 28 at 1 p.m. Dedication of the Kindness Rock Garden will be June 21—Summer Solstice. Bring a rock to paint and a favorite quote.
• Friday lunches will be provided by various programs for seniors. RSVP the week before. April 7: Comfort Keepers, April 14: closed, April 21: Maplewood of Orange, April 28: Carriage Green.
• End of Life Care & Choices, with VNA and Seasons Hospice, 2-3 p.m. April 20 in the Senior Lounge. Coffee, snack provided. RSVP.
• Living Treasure Awards Ceremony (formerly Pasta Festa), Friday, May 5, 5-8 p.m. annual Living Treasure Award ceremony at Birchwoods at Oak Lane, 1027 Racebrook Road, Woodbridge. Tickets on sale Friday, April 1 for $30.
• Introduction to Computers, with Frank Marini, five weeks starting April 27, 9:30-11:30 a.m., for $25. Sign up at the office.
• Free Senior Prom at Peck Place School on Friday, April 28, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., with a buffet, music and dancing. RSVP.
• Wellness seminar on whole grains, food tasting with ShopRite of Orange dietitian, April 3, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
• Wellness Book Club, with Marianne Pysarchyk of Case Memorial Library at High Plains Community Center, April 12 at 11 a.m., “Rising Strong: The Reckoning, the Rumble, the Revolution” by Brene Brown. Coffee, snack provided. RSVP.
A free job preparation workshop for high school students will be held 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 13 at the Woodbridge Library meeting room by Woodbridge Youth Services.
The goal is to land a job or internship for summer or beyond high school. Learn how to prepare a resume, complete an application, and list references for the job search. Proper attire will be discussed, and there will be practice for an interview.
Bring your laptop, although some will be available. Morning snack, materials, flash drive and a workbook are provided. Bring lunch.
RSVP: 203-389-3429 or email@example.com.
The Democratic Town Committee will have a fundraiser brunch 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 2 at the home of supporters to benefit the slate of candidates, including Beth Heller for first selectman, for the municipal election May 1.
The Honorary Host Committee includes U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, and U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, all D-Conn., who will attend if their schedules permit.
Donations will be accepted.
The town candidates will focus on working across the aisle on local issues.
To attend the event, go to WoodbridgeCTdems@gmail.com.
“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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Beecher Road School has scheduled kindergarten orientation and registration.
• Registration for next 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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or Tony Anastasio at 203-980-9373 or email@example.com.
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.
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 Services social worker, at 203-389-3429.