Bethany, Milford, Orange, Woodbridge Bulletin Board
The Lions-sponsored flea market will be open Saturdays 7 a.m.-1 p.m. May 6-Oct. 28, except in severe weather, at the old Bethany Airport on Amity Road (Route 63). Admission and parking are free.
Set up begins at 6 a.m. Vendors must supply their own display tables or ground cloths. The cost is $10 per space, payment to be collected on-site. For additional information, contact Bruce or Janet Hescock at 203-393-2078.
The 58th Annual Bethany Lions Club Memorial Day Parade will be held Monday, May 29.
To march, contact email@example.com, or go to http://www.bethanyctlions.com/ or Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/BethanyCTLions. Provide the organization name and contact information.
Parade is rain or shine and lineup is at 9 a.m. with kick-off at 10 a.m. from the old Bethany Airport Route 63, south to Town Hall, Peck Road.
A ceremony honoring veterans will follow at Town Hall.
Traffic access for parade drop-off at the main airport entrance on Route 63 will be one-directional; exit on the north driveway by fire headquarters onto Route 63.
The Bethany Library Association, which runs the Clark Memorial Library, is among the nonprofits that will benefit from the 36-hour Great Give, May 2-3.
The online event is sponsored by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and Valley Community Foundation.
Go to: thegreatgive.org.
The Conservation Commission will name and present an award to the “Conservationist of the Year” just before the opening of the Annual Town Meeting at about 7 p.m. May 15.
The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Fair will be held at Christ Church, 526 Amity Road, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 13, the day before Mother’s Day.
Dessert booths are Peppermint Patty’s Pies and Pastries, and Good Ol’ Charlie Brown’s Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Lunch will be available at Lucy’s Luncheonette.
There will be 15 booths, and vendors Lu La Roe Clothing, Mary Kay Cosmetics and Olive Oil Factory; new and vintage jewelry, girls’ clothing, tag sale, country store, Mother’s Day gifts, raffles, games and Peanuts collectibles.
Women Reinventing Retirement will meet at 7 p.m. May 8 at the Golden Hill Health Care Center, 2028 Bridgeport Ave.
Speaker will be Lorie Appleby, VP of specialty sales for InterSource, a distributor for artisan and specialty cheese producers in the U.S. She will be introducing cheeses, and the food and drink they can be paired with.
Food donations will benefit the Beth El Center.
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Mayor Benjamin G. Blake will join Milford Speaks Out for a Q & A at 3:30 p.m. May 7 at the Fowler Memorial Building, 45 New Haven Ave.
Milford Living Magazine’s 11th annual Kite Fly will be held noon-3 p.m. May 6 at Walnut Beach.
The Connectikiters will bring their kites and provide hints for novice fliers.
Go to https://m.facebook.com/milford-living-106909629376147/ or call 203-283-5290.
Milford Low Vision support group meets, 10:30 a.m. May 8 at the Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive. Call Eileen Torow at 203-878-8904.
The Astronomical Society of New Haven will present a free family night to look through telescopes and binoculars and see the sky.
Those with a telescope they don’t know how to use can get help from the members.
The free event starts after sunset May 5 at Silver Sands State Park, which will stay open for the event. The events usually end 10-11 p.m., depending on interest.
Bring a jacket and mosquito repellent. For more information or cancellation, go to www.asnh.org or call 866-808-ASNH.
The Friends of Milford Cemetery will conduct a tour of Milford Cemetery of the art and symbols on tombstones of the 1690s-1940s at 1 p.m. May 6, rain date May 20.
Tickets are $5, children under 12 with a paying adult are free. Tickets are available at Canvas Patch, 5 River St. and the cemetery office, 35 Gulf St., or in the Freelove Baldwin Stow DAR parking lot the day of the tour. The tour starts from the DAR parking lot, 55 Prospect St. Call 203-877-1851 for more information.
Chapter 15, DAV, will sponsor a DAV national service seminar for veterans and families on benefits and services claim issues at the Fowler Memorial Building, 45 New Haven Ave., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 9 and Aug. 29.
Richard “Rick” George will receive the National Daughters of the American Revolution Community Service Award for his work as Santa Claus for area nonprofits on Thursday, May 11 at 7 p.m. at the Freelove Baldwin Stow, DAR, Chapter House, 55 Prospect St.
To be added to the program as a speaker about George, call 203-877-1851.
The award was established in 1993 for local chapters to honor volunteers in cultural, humanitarian, patriotic, historical and citizenship endeavors or in environmental conservation.
The ninth annual Mackenzie’s Beach Clean Up will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 6.
The event was started when Mackenzie, then-4, noticed that the beaches were dirty and she wanted to clean the trash.
There will be check-in tables at Walnut Beach and Silver Sands State Park.
The event is co-sponsored by the Walnut Beach Association, Save the Sound and the Stratford Home Depot.
Bags and gloves will be provided, and there will be free ice cream for the first 100 volunteers, compliments of Walnut Beach Creamery.
Check out www.facebook.com/mackenziesbeachcleanup.
Chapter 49 Royal Arch Masons will meet at 7:30 p.m. May 9, in the Masonic Lodge Hall, 59 Broad St., under the direction of the High Priest Craig Nelson
Dinner will be served in the banquet hall at 6:15 for those who reserve with the secretary at 203-877-4977.
At the Ellen Aftamonow Woodmont Library, 16 Dixon St.:
• Mother’s Day card making, snacks, Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m.-noon, free for kids of all ages.
For further information, call 203-874-5675.
The Milford Public Library and Milford Speaks Out will present a talk by Imam Sami Abdul Aziz on “Understanding Islam- promoting education in these uncertain times.”
The event will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 11 at the library, 57 New Haven Ave.
Aziz is the Muslim chaplain at Wesleyan University and president of Common Ground Services, which provides education, consultation and community outreach of Islamic life and faith.
He is also imam of the Bloomfield Muslim Community Center.
Milford Speaks Out addresses issues such as environmental protection, immigration, diversity, health care and equal rights.
It works with local, state and national political leaders to advance policies that protect and promote the core values of democracy.
Milford Library, 57 New Haven Ave., is offering Book Voyagers: Reading Adventures, a book discussion group for grades 3-5 at 6 p.m. Mondays May 8, 15, 22.
The group will take a peek into the lives of four adventurous characters. These books blend of mystery and adventure and the will be given to the children.
The books are available in the Children’s Department: “Chasing Vermeer,” “Frindle,” “Junebug” and “Al Capone Does My Shirts.”
Book Voyagers is a program of the CT Humanities and the CT Center for the Book.
RSVP: in person or at 203-783-3312.
Parishioners going to U.N. to statue
Parishioners from St. Ann and St. Gabriel churches will be taking the train to New York City to the United Nations International Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima.
The statue can be seen at the U.N. at 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 12. Reservations are due May 9.
• Prayers will be said for the nation at the Fatima Anniversary Rosary Rally at noon May 13 on the steps of City Hall.
To attend the U.N. event, or for more information, call Rose Cox at 203-878-6427.
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, will hold a rummage sale 1-6 p.m. Friday, May 12, and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 13.
For sale will be clothing, shoes, handbags, scarves, jewelry, children’s games, puzzles, toys, books, DVDs, housewares, glassware, pictures, linens.
Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meeting House Lane at Orange Center Road, will hold the following:
• The Pilgrim Fellowship tag sale will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 13, rain date May 20, on the Green. To rent a space, without a table $20, with a table is $25. To sign up, call Esther in the church office at 203-795-9749.
Donations to the sale can be dropped off to the church after May 7.
The Housatonic River Job Network meets May 11 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.
Mark Troncone, PMP IT project manager, senior IT business analyst, will speak on “How to Create an Effective Marketing Plan.”
The group meets 7-9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. The next meeting will be June 1.
Email alexy56,hotmail.com for further information.
The Orange Senior Center will hold its the 13th annual Living Treasure Awards ceremony, dinner (formerly Pasta Festa!) on Friday, May 5, 5-8 p.m. at Birchwood at Oaklane Country Club, Woodbridge.
Awards will be presented to Elaine Capecelatro, Susan Clark and Anita Pol for their hard work and community support over the years. Tickets are $30 and are on sale at the Orange Senior Center.
Donations of items for raffle baskets are accepted and program ad space is available. For details, call the office at 203-891-4788.
The fire marshal’s office has free carbon monoxide alarms available for Orange residents.
Carbon monoxide is a “silent killer” as it is an invisible, colorless, odorless gas that is created when fuels do not burn completely. CO can result from faulty furnaces or other heating appliances, portable generators, water heaters, clothes dryers, fireplaces, blocked chimneys, or cars that are left running in garages.
Contact the office at 203-891-4711 or www.orangefiremarshal.com.
The Orange Police Department and Beyond Fitness are teaming up for a Zumba fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut at Peck Place School gymnasium, 500 Peck Lane, 6:15-7:15 p.m. May 18.
The suggested donation is $10 for the adults-only class.
For more information, call Heather LaRock at 203-891-2130 or Nancy Allen at 203-891-2136.
Woodbridge Senior Center, 203-389-3430 or email@example.com.
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.
• Pickleball is now a daily option. Friday group play is 2-3:30 p.m.
Self-scheduled hours are available for those who have paid annual fee of $20, 2:30-2:15 p.m. Monday-Thursday; the gym is available 2:30-3:30 p.m. Fridays.
The equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
• 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.
Kids Unplugged, After School on the Farm is offered 4-6 p.m. Mondays until 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.
The JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road, will hold its annual Family Fun Day featuring touch-a-truck 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, June 4.
Entrance and parking are free with some fee-based activities.
The day will include music, games, activities, more than 20 trucks on display, train rides, pony rides, food, bounce houses, crafts, and vendors.
Vendor spaces and event sponsorships are available. Contact Eliana Sugarman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 203-387-2424, ext. 228.
Heavy rain cancels; go to www.jccnh.org.
Applications for the Renters Program may be filed with the town assessor at Town Hall until Sept. 29.
It is available to full-time town residents age 65 by Dec. 31, 2016; whose total income does not exceed 35,200 for a single person or 42,900 for a married couple.
People on Social Security Disability are exempt from the age requirement.
Proof of all 2016 income and Social Security earnings is required, along with receipts, cancelled checks of 2016 rent and utilities, excluding phone and cable.
Applications can be filed 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays. Call the assessor’s office at 203-389-3416.
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.
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, 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, call Judi Young, town Senior Services social worker, at 203-389-3429.