BETHANY

Seventh Grade Picnic is Aug. 25

Bethany and Woodbridge residents who are incoming seventh-graders (including private schools) will gather on the Woodbridge Green at 4 Meetinghouse Lane for the annual Seventh Grade Picnic on Thursday, Aug. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The event includes a giant slide, pizza, music, games, dancing, a D.J. and a free raffle. Admission is $5. Register by calling 203-389-3429. Rain location is the Woodbridge Center Building gym.

Parents, grandparents, college students and high school juniors and seniors are encouraged to help. Prizes are needed. Call 203-389-3429 for more information.

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

Lions Flea Market runs at old airport

The Bethany Lions-sponsored Flea Market is open for business Saturdays, until Oct. 29, except in severe weather. Hours of operation are 7 a.m.-1 p.m. at the old Bethany Airport on Amity Road, Route 63. Admission and parking are free.

Set up begins at 6 a.m., with vendors required to supply their own display tables or ground cloths.

The cost is $10 per space, payment to be collected on site. For more information, contact Bruce or Janet Hescock at 203-393-2078 or janbhes@sbcglobal.net.

Open house

at new center

An open house will be held noon-3 p.m. Aug. 7 at Empower Her, a new nonprofit women and girls’ community center at 41 Village Lane.

The event will include an ice cream truck, crafts and face painting. The first 40 people will receive a give-away and all new membership registrants will receive a T-shirt.

The center is designed to connect, encourage and support women and girls to promote their social and emotional well-being. It offers weekly and monthly programs designed to meet the needs of a specific age group.

Danielle Beerli, MSW, is the founder and executive director.

The annual membership costs are: individual $40, two family members $75, three or more $100. Membership is tax-deductible and discounted 10 percent until Aug. 15.

For more information, go to www.empowerherct.org or www.facebook.com/empowerherincct.

MILFORD

Ic cream run, walk

is Aug. 7 at beach

The Milford Boys & Girls Club annual Walnut Beach Ice Cream 5K Run/Walk, USATF 5K certified, is Sunday, Aug. 7, at Walnut Beach.

Registration opens at 7 a.m. Cost is $25 in advance and $30 onsite. For details: www.boysandgirlsclubofmilford.com/5k.

‘Decoding the Civil War’ for teens

Teens are invited to Milford Public Library on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 2 p.m. to collaborate on “Decoding the Civil War.”

Patricia Mulhall will be leading an opportunity for teens to try to decipher and transcribe digitized copies of telegrams and coded messages used by President Abraham Lincoln and the Union Army during the Civil War.

“Decoding the Civil War” is a crowdsourcing project from the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, Zooniverse, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and North Carolina State University’s Digital History and Pedagogy Project.

Thousands of historical documents have been scanned, and the public is needed to help archivists preserve and discover the hidden meaning of these secret communications, written in a code that the Confederate Army could not crack.

Milford Public Library is limiting the session to pre-teens and teens grades 6-12, but any members of the public may join in at decodingthecivilwar.org.

For more information, call Diana in the Young Adult Department at 203-701-4554.

Women in retirement

Women Redefining Retirement will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, at the Margaret Egan Center, Mathew Streeet, Devon.

Maria Tomasetti will present “10 Ways to Love Your Brain.” The Action Committee will be collecting school supplies for children in city schools. Info: womenrr.tripod.com.

Historical society program

The Milford Historical Society, 34 High St., has special events scheduled during the Milford Oyster Festival, Aug. 20. Visitors can have photos taken in stocks, noon-3 p.m.; noon-1 p.m. there will be Colonial games for children, and a quill pen writing workshop will be held 1-2 p.m.

The three 18th-century houses will be open 1-4 p.m.

For information, visit milfordhistoricalsociety.org or visit Facebook.com. Annual membership dues are $5 for students, individuals $20 and families $40. Applications are available at P.O. Box 337, Milford.

NAMI support group meets monthly

A NAMI support group meeting is held 6-7:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at Bridges, a community support system, 949 Bridgeport Ave.

Meetings are set for Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1, Dec. 6.

Breast cancer support group meets

Free meetings of the Milford Hospital Breast Cancer Support Group are held 6-7:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month in Auditorium A at Milford Hospital, 300 Seaside Ave. For information, call the hospital Education Department at 203-876-4000.

► Morning Book Discussion Group will meetThe Morning Book Discussion Group will meet Thursday, Aug. 4, 10:30 a.m. at the Ellen Aftamonow Woodmont Library, Dixon Street.The book is “Be Frank With ME,” by Julia Johnson. September’s book will be “The Summer Before the War,” by Helen Simonson.The group meets the first Thursday monthly. For additional information, call 203-874-5674. ◄ Walnut Beach concerts are free

The Walnut Beach Association sixth annual free summer concerts are held Sundays, under the Devon Rotary Pavilion at Walnut Beach, East Broadway and Viscount Drive.

The line-up is: Aug. 7, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Freeplay, 4-7 p.m, Pocket Full of Soul; Aug. 14, 4-7 p.m.

Signature Band; Aug. 21, 4-7 p.m., Le’Mixx; Aug. 28, 4-7 p.m. Rumrunners; Sept. 4, 4-7 p.m. Liplok.

Concerts by Milford Harbor are free

The free concert series, Summer Nights by Harbor Lights are 7-9 p.m. at Fowler Field Rotary Pavilion, behind the Milford Library, 57 New Haven Ave.

The series is: Aug. 5, That Band, 1980s party band; Aug. 12, Rumrunners, pop and rock.

Residents may bring chairs or a blanket to sit on.

The Milford Chamber of Commerce Trust series is sponsored by the Annual Milford Oyster Festival.

Milford High School class of 1961 reunion

The Milford High School class of 1961 will hold a reunion Friday evening, Aug. 26, and Saturday morning, Aug. 27. To attend, call Judi Dudding at 203-929-3613.

Children’s programs

at library

The Milford Public Library presents Chess Club Tuesday, Aug. 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Milford’s Promise and the Milford Police Union, for players in grades K-12 of all skill levels.

Sets will be provided or bring your own. A presentation on the fundamentals of chess will be shown. The club meets the second Tuesday of the month. Registration is required. Call 203-783-3312.

Crafters sought for Christmas fair

St. Ann Parish is seeking talented crafters for its Christmas Fair on Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Parish Center, 499 Naugatuck Ave.

The main hall will be the setting for a juried craft show, the centerpiece of the event. The fair also features a raffle, a tag sale, a Christmas bake shop and strolling carolers.

Fee for an 8-foot exhibit space with two chairs is $35. Crafters must submit two photos of their work with their application.

For further information or to obtain a contract, contact MaryJo Downs at maryjodowns@gmail.com or Maureen Hanson at mhanson808@gmail.com. Vendor information and guidelines are also available on the parish website: www.saintann-parish.com.

ORANGE

Greater Orange

Restaurant Week

Twenty-four restaurants in Orange, Milford, West Haven and Woodbridge will be participating in Greater Orange Restaurant Week, Aug. 8-14.

Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Nobel Vines wines and Blue Point Brewing’s Toasted Lager are the official spirits of the week.

Diners will have the chance to win more than $10,000 in prizes by liking the event on Facebook (GreaterOrangeRestaurantWeek) or following it on Instagram @GORestaurantWeek or filling out an entry form at any of the restaurants after a meal.

Prizes include overnight stays, gift cards and gym memberships.

For more information, visit www.GORestaurantWeek.net and “like” the Facebook and Instagram pages.

Lobsterfest fundraiser set for Aug. 13

The Rotary Club’s annual Lobsterfest fundraiser will be held 3:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 at the High Plains Community Center Pavilion, 525 Orange Center Road .

The menu includes a choice of twin lobsters or steak, plus corn on the cob, New England clam chowder, coleslaw, dessert, beer, wine and soft drinks. Tickets are $45; kids’ menu includes a hot dog or hamburger and sides for $7 and can be purchased at the event.

Proceeds will support the Rotary’s initiatives internationally and in the community, such as the Orange Food Bank, the annual Scholarship Program and Operation Warm Coats for Kids.

Tickets can be purchased at www.rotaryclubororange.org.

► Stone-Otis House will open for visitorsAn open house will be held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at the Stone-Otis House, 615 Orange Center Road. The 1830 house was restored to its original family look with an attached store. Admission is $3, with children under 12 free. For information, call 203-795-3106. ◄

Orange Senior Center offers programs

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

• Hot and cold lunches: Hot lunch is offered 11:30 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday. On Tuesdays and Thursdays a cold lunch option is also available. No meals are available Saturday or Sunday. A $3 donation is accepted for anyone 60 years and older. To register, call 203-891-4765.

• Orange Community Services offers free rides to free outdoor concerts at the OEDC Farmers’ Market in the Gazebo. Transportation is available to Orange seniors or disabled residents for the Thursday night events. Call 203-891-4788 for a ride.

• Summer picnic in the High Plains pavilion will be held Monday Aug. 16, 5-8 p.m., rain date Aug. 17. The Elderly Brothers will perform. Tickets, $15.

• Bocce: Wednesdays at 9 a.m. at High Plains Community Center. Call 203-891-4784.

• Weeklong iPad and iPhone classes in August: Aubry will teach iPhones & iPads in one week: iPad Aug. 8-12, 9-11 a.m., and iPhone Aug. 15-19, 9-11 a.m. Each class is $25. Pre-registration is required, minimum of seven students.

• Yoga dance: Thursdays, 10-11 a.m. RSVP to the office.

Church of the Good Shepherd events

The Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, holds summer bingo on Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.-noon, in the Parish Hall.

Call 203-795-6577.

Housatonic River Job Network meets

Housatonic River Job Network, an open group dedicated to those underemployed or in transition to share leads, hear guest speakers, and obtain good quality information for their job search, meets the second Thursday of the month.

The next meeting is Thursday, Aug. 11, 7 p.m., with Melanie Szlucha, topic TBD, at Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, Orange. On Sept. 8, Linda Van Valkenburgh, “How to Stay Organized in Job Search.”

► Guest Mark Troncone, PMP IT project manager, senior IT business analyst, will speak on “Creating an Elevator Speech that WOWs.” Troncone’s approach to winning the game called “Find a Job” is a seven-point step-by step-plan to zero in on what skills are needed to achieve maximum results for those seeking employment. Creating a practical elevator speech to assist in networking is an important step. His interactive presentation includes the following topics: What is an elevator speech? Elevator speeches to avoid. How to create an elevator speech.F ◄ Questions? Email alexy56@hotmail.com.

WOODBRIDGE

A Taste of Israeli Cuisine in 5 classes

Students can explore the regions of Israel through their culinary identity with local chefs Sahar Yahav and Lara Thomas of the MILLA Project.

Students will learn cooking techniques, talk about the regions, and eat the food.

Classes will be held 7-8:30 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month at the JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road.

The schedule is: Aug. 30, Tel Aviv; Sept. 28, Jerusalem; Oct. 26, Haifa; Nov. 30, Galilee; Dec. 28, Nazareth.

Cost: JCC members, $18 per class; $80 for five classes. Community members, $21 per class; $90 for series.

Space is limited. RSVP to Program Associate Grace Koo at gracek@jccnh.org or 203-387-2522, ext. 228.

Crafters sought for craft, gift fair

Vendors are sought for the 13th annual Craft & Gift Fair on Sunday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road. The event will feature over 70 artisans, crafters and vendors from New England, free admission and free parking.

Gift selections include pottery, home décor, jewelry, glass works, skin care and clothing.

Contact 203-387-2522.

Woodbridge Senior Center activities

The Woodbridge Senior Center, 203-389-3430, will hold tai ji quan, a free 12-class regimen designed for older adults to improve strength, balance, mobility and daily functioning, and prevent falls.

The focus is on older adults and people with a history of falls, balance disorders, leg muscle weakness, abnormal gait or walking difficulty.

The program can accommodate people with a mild level of mobility difficulty, such as those who use a cane, walker and wheelchair.

Classes are held Wednesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m. RSVP.