BETHANY

Candidates sought by DTC

The Bethany Democratic Town Committee is seeking candidates for citizen of the year.

The person should be someone who has made a significant difference in Bethany and will be recognized at the annual DTC spaghetti supper on March 25. This event is attended by many local, state and national elected officials. Email Peg Foley at yelgep@sbcglobal.net or call 203-988-2155 with the name of the nominee.

The Jewish community will gather in front of Town Hall, 40 Peck Road, for the lighting of a 9-foot menorah and celebration on Monday, Dec. 26 at 4 p.m.

“We are so thankful to the first selectman for her warm support of this project,” said Rabbi Shmuly Druk of Chabad, who will be setting up the menorah and host of the party with his wife and children. “We are gearing up for a great event with lively music, delicious refreshments, crafts for the kids, and an authentic taste of Chanukah for young and old alike.”

Another celebration will take place Thursday, Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. at the Clark Memorial Library, 538 Amity Road, with storytelling, a singalong, crafts and treats.

Events are free.

The Chabad of the Towns, which includes Bethany, was founded this summer. The Chabad movement, with more than 4,000 centers worldwide, is casual and offers Jews of all backgrounds a taste of traditional Judaism in innovative settings that allow everyone to feel welcome. To learn more, visit www.jewishtowns.com, or call 203-936-9880.

During winter vacation, bowling for Bethany and Woodbridge residents in grades 7 and 8 will be held at Amity Bowl, on Selden Street, 1-3 p.m. Dec. 28.

Choices are: $7, bowl and get a bag of chips and soda, plus bowling shoe rental; or $11, bowl and choice of hot dog, grilled cheese, or chicken nuggets and soda.

Sign-up opportunities will be at Bethany Middle School on Tuesdays and Thursdays during lunch or call Woodbridge

Youth Services at 203-389-3429.

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

Volunteers are needed: parents, grandparents, college students, high school juniors and seniors.

Call 203-389-3429 for more information and to register for the event.

A holiday celebration will be held 2-4 p.m. Saturday Dec. 17 at Carolyn’s Creative Child Care, 21 Sperry Road. This free event is recommended for children age 5 and under. It include visits with Santa in the decorated Christmas room, rides on an Icelantic horse, face painting, magic, crafts and refreshments.

Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraiser, a clothing drive, to benefit Bethany Community School’s sixth-grade, will be held 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 28 at Bethany Town Garage.

MILFORD

Wreaths Across America will stop at noon Saturday, Dec. 17, at King’s Highway Cemetery Veterans Circle,

270 Cherry St.

Event sponsors are Mayor Benjamin G. Blake and the Freelove Baldwin Stow Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.

Christmas trees, wreaths and cemetery pieces will be sold at St. Mary School, 72 Gulf St. The trees are 5-9 feet balsam and Fraser firs from Quebec. The sale runs until the trees are gone. Hours are 5:30-9 p.m. weekdays; and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. weekends. All proceeds will benefit the school. Go to www.saintmaryschoolmilford.org.

Milford Animal Hospital, 256 Cherry St., is accepting donations of pet food until Jan. 1 to benefit the Milford Animal Shelter Food Bank, to people unable to afford to feed their pets.

Milford Animal Hospital will be accepting all brands and types of unopened cat and dog food, treats and new bowls.

In addition, Hill’s Pet Nutrition will also be donating pet food.

Milford Animal Hospital is open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays.

For more information, call 203-878-7471.

Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave., will hold the following.

RSVP: 203-783-3292.

• Library listings:

Dec. 20, 2 p.m. - Movie; Dec. 20, 7 p.m. - Evening Book Discussion In the Unlikely Event - Judy Blume. Dec. 21, 6 p.m. - Overdrive. Dec. 22. 10 a.m. - Classic Book Discussion - The Haunted House - Charles Dickens. Dec. 27, 2 p.m. - Movie.

• For kids: snowy craft, Wednesday Dec. 28, 2-3:30 p.m., paper snowmen, sparkly snow-paint snowmen. Magic, juggling with Scott Jameson, Thursday Dec. 29 at 1 p.m. Umbrellas will be plucked from thin air, a drawing will come to life, basketballs will be spun and juggled, and the audience will travel through time. Make new year noisemakers, Friday Dec. 30 at 1:30 p.m.

Snow Flake Festivities will be held 3-5 p.m. Dec. 18 at Congregation Sinai of West Haven/Milford, 1000 New Haven Ave.

The event includes a silent auction, refreshments, and a performance by magician Brian Miller at 3:30.

Cost is $25 per familyor $12 per person age 10 and older.

RSVP by Dec. 12 to 203-301-0558.

The annual citywide leaf pickup program began Nov. 12.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Senior Center offers daily lunch, activities

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

• The Food Bank needs canned soups, juices, vegetables, spaghetti sauce, fruit and tuna, as well as cereal, which may be dropped off at the center, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call Sharon Brown at 203-877-5131, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. daily.

• The ShopRite Wellness Team will visit Thursday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. Learn how to take your favorite foods from the naughty to the nice list, discover simple tips to keep your blood pressure and sugars in check.

• The Milford Concert Band will present a free concert, Sunday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m., “A Milford Christmas.” Refreshments.

• The Foran High School Choir holiday performance, Monday, Dec. 19 at 12:30 p.m.•

• Preschoolers from the YMCA will perform a Christmas singalong Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 10:30 a.m.

• Thursday, Dec. 22, 12:30 p.m. the Harborside School Chorus will perform.

• The center will be closed, Sunday, Dec. 25 and Monday, Dec. 26.

• Thursday, Dec. 30, a New Year’s Eve party will be held 1:30-3 p.m. with Vinnie Carr’s music and a chicken parmesan dinner catered by Lasse’s Restaurant. Tickets are a nonrefundable $15 and can be purchased at the front office through Friday, Dec. 23.

MILFORD >> Penny Lane, an area Beatles tribute band, will perform a benefit concert 5-7 p.m. Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve, in the sanctuary of the First United Church of Christ, Congregational, 34 W. Main St., to benefit Christian Outreach.

The five-piece band, which performs with authentic costumes and instrumentation, plays material from the entire Beatles catalog from early Beatlemania through the “Sgt. Pepper” and “Abbey Road” eras.

This is the third year the band has played at First Church on New Year’s Eve and have also been seen locally at Center Stage cabaret in Shelton and the Harugari German American Club in West Haven. The show includes a short intermission.

Tickets, no reserved seating, are $15 for Adults, $10 for Seniors/teens and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased during coffee hour after worship services each Sunday and also at the door.

For further information, call 203-530-2012.

A “blue Christmas service” will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 283 Bridgeport Ave.

A “blue Christmas service” sets aside a time to acknowledge the darkness of the loss and pain that are present in people’s lives. For some, the loss is new and immediate; for some, the loss is well-worn with time passing. The contemplative, peaceful service creates a space for memories that may seem out of place this season.

Call 203-874-2701 for information.

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

Children:

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

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

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.

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 15 meets at noon on the first Thursday of each month at the Fowler Memorial Building, 45 New Haven Avenue, next to Milford Library. Parking is at the rear of the building. For details, call 203-915-9911.

ORANGE

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

The group meets 7-9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month.

Email alexy56@hotmail.com for further information.

The Orange Historical Society Academy Antique Shop, 605 Orange Center Road, has antiques and collectibles for sale. It is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays.

For information, call 203-795-3106.

The 20th anniversary 5K Chilly Chili Run to benefit the Amity Teen Center will be held at 10:30 a.m. New Year’s Day.

The 3.1-mile run and 2-mile fitness walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. at High Plains Community Center on Orange Center Road. A hot chili brunch follows. Trophies will be given to the first overall finishers (male and female) and to the top three finishers (male and female) in each age division.

This year, a 90-year-old woman fromWallingford, will be running along with her daughter and two granddaughters. Two men, who are 90-plus years, will also be running.

Register online before midnight Dec. 20 at www.hitekracing.com.

Race registration, through Dec. 17, is $22 for adults, $12 for runners 12 and under and $12 for the fitness walk.

After Dec. 17 and on race day, registration is $27 for adults, $15 for 12 and under, and $15 for the walk.

Applications are available at the Park and Recreation Department office at the High Plains Community Center. Early packet pickup and late registration will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 30 in the community center lobby.

Race day registration begins at 8 a.m. in the gym.

For information, call race director Joe Riccio at 203-481-7453 or race coordinator Jane Opper at 203-795-9351.

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

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

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

Movie of the Month: Friday, Dec. 16, Love and Mercy, 1 p.m. John Cusack, Paul Dano and Elizabeth Banks In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the care of shady therapist Eugene Landy. Popcorn, soda served. RSVP.

Holiday cabaret: Dec. 19, a holiday-theme cabaret, 1:30-3 p.m. Bells of Fire will perform holiday music, $5, in advance from the office.

Free Pilates demonstration: On Dec. 22, at 1:30 p.m. for a free Pilates demonstration with Michele Tenney. RSVP.

The Case Memorial Library and the Orange Senior Center Wellness Book Group at HPCC will return the second week in January, Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. Marianne Pysarchyk, of the library, leads the monthly meeting. RSVP.

The monthly book club will meet Jan. 27, 2-3 p.m. in the senior lounge. January’s book will be The Messiah of Stockholm by Cynthia Ozick.

Turkey Hill School Technology Partnership: The senter and the school have partnered to bring three free technology seminars. Learn from the experts, the kids. RSVP.

Living Treasure Nominations accepted through March 11 for the awards. 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 2017.

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

• Art in the Library December exhibit: Monotypes by Joan Jacobsen Zamore, oils by Violet Nastri, and woolen dolls by Chyeon Lee, on view Dec. 2-29.

• The library will be closed Saturday, Dec. 24 through Monday, Dec. 26 in observance of Christmas as well as Saturday, Dec. 31 through Monday, Jan. 2 in observance of the New Year holidays.

• Weekly Storytimes: 3-5 Year Olds Storytime, Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m., storytelling, books, music, fingerplays, and puppetry at this series especially for ages 3-5. A story-related craft is offered following each session. No storytime on Dec. 26 or Jan. 2.

• 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. We’ll 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, fingerplays, and puppetry together.

Events for Children:

The Prince and the Pauper presented by the Hampstead Stage Company,

• Monday, Dec. 19, 4:30 p.m. for ages 5 and up. An unexpected and thrilling adventure unfolds when two boys - one a poor beggar, the other a prince - trade places in order to see how the other lives. Prince Edward Tudor lives a life of luxury with servants to grant his every wish while Tom Canty spends his days begging on the streets of London. A simple switch of clothing sets them on a path they’d never dreamt possible. Registration is required.

• Drum Making for Children: Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2 p.m. For children ages 5 and up. We’ll rock out with our homemade drums after we make them out of cans, tape and balloons. This program is an introduction for those interested in exploring rhythm and music. Registration is required. Space is limited.

• Diary of a Wimpy Kid “Double Down” Release Party: Wednesday, Dec. 28, 3 p.m. For grades 3-6.

Meet other Wimpy Kids, play some hilarious games and get a goody bag to take home. All materials will be provided. Registration is required.

• Homemade Lava Lamps: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 3:45 p.m. For ages 3 and up. Children who love science will adore this simple craft and story time. All materials will be provided. Registration is required and begins on Jan. 4. Space is limited.

Teens

• STEM Craft: LED Light-Up Boxes: Thursday, Dec. 29, 3-4 p.m., for grades 6-12. Learn about simple circuitry and design a working light-up box using copper tape, batteries, LED lights and an alligator clip. Registration begins Dec. 8. Space is limited.

Adults

FILMS

• Film Buffs: Where to Invade Next, Thursday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m. To learn what the USA can learn from other nations, Michael Moore playfully “invades” them to see what they have to offer. R. 2 hours. Registration is required and begins on Dec. 22.

BOOK DISCUSSIONS

• Wellness Book Group: Wednesday, Jan. 11, 11 a.m. Join Adult Services Librarian Marianne Pysarchyk for a discussion of The Road to Character by David Brooks. Check for copies at the Circulation Desk. This program is held at the Senior Center and is free and open to all ages. Call the Senior Center at 203-891-4784 to register.

• Books & Breakfast: Morning Discussion Group: Tuesday, Jan. 17, 10 a.m. Carol Davidson leads a discussion of A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman. Check for copies at the Circulation Desk. Registration is required and begins on Dec. 27.

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, will present “Holiday Classics” featuring the Elm City Girls’ Choir, Friday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

The choir is based in New Haven and has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for seniors/students. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $15 for adults and $10 for seniors/students. Advance tickets may be purchased after church services on Sundays or by calling the church at 203-795-6577. Proceeds from all ticket sales benefit the choir scholarship program. For questions on the choir, call 203-787-1244 or email to info@unitedchoir.com.

The Advent and Christmas seasons will be celebrated at the Church of the Good Shepherd.

The annual Christmas pageant and wassail party will take place Sunday, Dec. 28 at the 9:30 a.m. service. Early worshippers can attend the 8 a.m. service on that day. On Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, the choir will begin singing at 4:30 p.m. and the service will begin at 5 p.m.

Regular Sunday services will take place on Christmas Day at 8 and 9:30 a.m.

Contact the parish office at 203-795-6577 or thegoodspheherd@optonline.net with questions.

WOODBRIDGE

Boy Scout Troop 63 will be selling fresh balsam pine Christmas trees until all trees are sold.

The troop offers free local delivery and set-up.

The trees are up to 12 feet tall. Also available are locally made 16- or 48-inch wreaths, kissing balls and baskets.

The sale will be behind the old firehouse in Woodbridge on Center Road. Hours are 3-7 p.m. Monday -Thursday; Friday 3-8 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

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

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

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

The Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road, will hold its second annual family New Year’s Eve event, with face painting, crafts, a DJ dance party, games, and a “toast,” 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31.

With Hanukkah arriving later than usual, potato latkes, candle lighting, and festive games are added this year. Families will have an opportunity to make noise and throw confetti before heading home ahead of the masses. The schedule will be:

5-6 p.m.: Free swim in the pool.

6 p.m.: DJ, dancing, food, games.

6:30 p.m.: Hanukkah candle-lighting.

6:45 p.m.: PJ library Hanukkah story in the living room, optional.

7 p.m.: Dreidel tournament begins.

8 p.m.: Ice cream sundae bar opens.

8:45 p.m.: Ball drop and “toast.”

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The fee includes entry, food and soft drinks, as well as giveaways.

Prices: adults and children 13-plus, $10 in advance, $15 at the door, children 12 and under $5, children 2 and under free. Family maximum is $30 in advance, $40 at the door. For tickets: jccnh.org/rsvp.

For information, contact Eliana Sugarman, youth programs and family events coordinator at the JCC, at elianas@jcc.org, 203-387-2522, ext. 306, or visit jccnh.org.

To become a business sponsor, contact Mara Balk, JCC program director, at marab@jccnh.org; 203-387-2522, ext. 300.

The Woodbridge Senior center has the following programs.

On Tuesday, Dec. 20 Pierce Campbell will entertain following the lunch program at 12:45 p.m.

The New Year’s party is Dec. 27 with entertainer John Paolillo.

Drop-in events include the exercise program Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. for $2 per class or a game of pinochle, bridge or mahjong. Call for details.

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

Southside with You Thursday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. rated PG-13, biography, drama, romance, 1 hr, 24 min. Chronicles the summer 1989 afternoon when the future president of the United States of America, Barack Obama, wooed his future first lady on an epic first date across Chicago’s South Side.

Children and Teen Programs

• Teen Tech Support, 2:45 p.m., last Wednesday of every month, sometimes more often, to provide help on topics such as: email, smart phones, Facebook, downloading pictures and tablets & e-readers to the community. Contact Teen Librarian Kyle Litscher at Klitscher@lioninc.org to join.

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

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

Republicans seek residents to run for office

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

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

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

Woodbridge Youth Services will process applications for Toys 4 Kids until Dec. 15. Any Woodbridge families in need who wish to apply for toys for children age 12 and younger may contact Youth Services at 203-389-3429 or contact TEAM at 203-736-5420.

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

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

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

Also, there are teenagers who are experienced in babysitting. Many have completed the American Red Cross babysitter training course. The service is for Woodbridge residents. Teen residents who would like to work to earn some extra cash are sought. The application process offers a chance to learn about interviews, safety on the job, and how to negotiate pay. Call 203-389-3429 for more information.