Digital photo class at Amity Middle School
A 10-week introductory digital photography for teens who want to get the most out of their cameras will be held 2:25-3:55 p.m. Thursdays in the middle school. The late bus is available at 4 p.m. Thursdays.
Taught by photojournalist Melanie Stengel, formerly New Haven Register staff photographer, the class begins Oct. 6.
The course will cover camera basics while working through creative assignments on composition, natural and artificial light and color. Students will work in Adobe Photoshop in the computer lab learning professional techniques to maximize their photography. Participants will print their best photos each week to build their portfolios. Weekly projects will allow time for experimentation.Fee is $80 in advance. A discount for siblings and financial assistance may be arranged for qualifying families. If a student does not have access to a camera, arrangements can be made.
For more information, contact Woodbridge Youth Services at 203-389-3429.
The annual Bethany Family Harvest Festival will be held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 1 at the old Bethany Airport on Amity Road.
Parking and admission are free.
There will be food trucks, community organizations, music, rescue copter, weather lab, karate demos, bumper cars, face painting, photo booth, mechanical bull ride, bouncies, duck herding, live reptiles, CT CHIPS Child ID Program, buzz cuts, contests.
for 3 towns
The Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge registrars of voters announce voting information for the presidential election.
Polls will be open 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8.
There are many ways to register to vote. Residents may register in person at a session listed below. Town clerk’s offices, libraries and other agencies also have forms available.
A new online registration system is available at voterregistration.ct.gov.
The deadline for mail-in registration (postmark and online) and in-person is 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1.
After that, the only way to register is on Election Day in all three towns at sites other than the polling places.
The registrars encourage everyone to register before the Nov. 1 cutoff to avoid lines at EDR locations.
A session to complete the preliminary registry list and accept new voter registrations will be held at the registrars’ office Tuesday, Oct. 4.
Hours in Bethany are noon-2 p.m.; in Orange, 10 a.m.-noon, and in Woodbridge, 1-5 p.m.
On the last day to register before the election, Tuesday, Nov. 1, a voter registration session will be held 9 a.m.-8 p.m. at the registrars’ offices in all three towns.
There will be a limited session in all three towns on Monday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m-5 p.m. It is only for people who have reached the age, citizenship or residency after the Nov. 1 deadline.
Applications for absentee ballots should be made through the town clerk’s office in each town. Voters may also download an application from the secretary of the state’s website: sots.ct.gov.
Ballots will be available starting Oct. 7.
The town clerks’ offices are open 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday in Woodbridge and Orange. Bethany’s hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays.
Those interested in working at the polls on Election Day, or who have questions, can contact the registrars in their towns.
• Bethany: 203-393-2100, ext. 121, Town Hall, 40 Peck Road.
• Orange: 203-891-4715, 4716, Town Hall, 617 Orange Center Road.
• Woodbridge: 203-389-3408, 3409, Town Hall, 11 Meetinghouse Lane.
For more information, see each town’s website.
Scott Burrell to headline kickoff
Scott Burrell, retired professional basketball player and current head coach for Southern Connecticut State University men’s basketball, will help kick off the United Way 2016-17 campaign, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Subway World Headquarters, 325 Bic Drive.
Burrell starred at the University of Connecticut. He also played internationally and was a professional baseball player.
He was the first American athlete to be a first-round draft-pick of two major sporting organizations: the NBA and Major League Baseball.
Admission is one box of diapers.
To register, call 203-876-6791 or send email to jsmillie@unitedwayofMilford.org.
Book Discussion Group will meet
The Morning Book Discussion Group will meet Thursday, Oct. 6, 10:30 a.m. at the Ellen Aftamonow Woodmont Library, Dixon Street.
The book is “Orphans Inheritance,” by Alice Ohanesian.
The group meets the first Thursday monthly.
The Nov. 3 book will be “Story Hour,” by Thrity Umrigar.
For more information, call 203-874-5674.
The Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave., presents the following programs. For more information or to register, call 203-783-3312.
• Lego building, Oct. 4, 5:30-7 p.m., ages 5 and up.
• Family Place registration is open for the fall, play group runs Thursdays, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, 10:15-11:30 a.m., for children ages 1-3 and caregiver. Siblings 5 and under may attend.
Running Water for Africa 5k race/walk
Running Water for Africa 5K Race/Walk will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, starting at 9 a.m. at the Walnut Beach Rotary Pavilion.
It will benefit Uganda Farmers Inc., a nonprofit started by a Milford couple, which brings clean, running water to remote villages in Africa.
Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. Specially designed T-shirts will be provided to all pre-registered, and the first 60 registrants on race day.
UFI has brought fresh water to thousands of people in remote villages in western Uganda through fundraisers over the past several years. The proceeds of this year’s event will benefit the village of Nganiko.
Registration: $25, early, $30 day-of; $15 for those 18 and under and 70-plus; free for the kids’ fun run.
Register for the race or give a donation on Running Water For Africa 5K or on hitekracing.com.
Bobby Valentine coming to Milford
Former MLB player and manager Bobby Valentine will be the featured speaker at the second annual Milford National Lou Gehrig Little League pancake breakfast.
The event will be held 8-10 a.m. Oct. 2 at Eli’s Tavern, 21 Daniel St.
Price of $12 per person, includes breakfast and $25 in coupons from the league sponsors. Purchase at http://mnlgll.com/News.asp?org=mnlgll.com#413663 and pick up tickets at the door.
Breakfast will be served by Little Leaguers.
Valentine, “Bobby V,” is athletic director at Sacred Heart University.
‘Nate the Great’
will be honored
The third annual Nate the Great’s 5K Race will be held Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Rotary Pavilion behind Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave.
All proceeds will benefit the SUDC Foundation in memory of Nate Pikul, who died at age 18 months.
This is a chip-timed race. Awards will be given to overall male and female winners and Top 3 in each age group. Snacks, water and juice will be available before and after the race as part of the registration fee.
Post-run beverages will be provided by New Englad Brewing Company for all registered runners and volunteers. The after-party will be held at Stonebridge Restaurant for an extra $30 per person (21 and older), under 21 is free. Ticket includes buffet lunch and drink ticket.
The 5K Run and walk begins at 10 a.m., Kids’ Run begins at 9 a.m,. the after-party begins at 1 p.m.
Fees: 5K Run/Walk (ages 10 and up): $25 (before Sept. 27), $30 (before Oct. 8), $35 day-of; Kids’ Fun Run: $10 (ages 9 and below). After-party $30 (adults 21+) and no charge for 21 and under
Law High School class of 1966 reunion
The Jonathan Law High School class of 1966 reunion will be held 7-11 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Costa Azzurra restaurant. Cost is $60pp, for a buffet, beer, wine and D.J.
High Holy Days
at Temple Emanuel
ORANGE >> Temple Emanuel, 150 Derby Ave., has the following schedule for the High Holy Days:
• Oct. 2, 8 p.m. Erev Rosh Hashanah, Oneg after the service.
• Oct. 3, 9:45 a.m. Rosh Hashanah children’s service, 10 a.m. Rosh Hashanah first day service, Kiddush after the service, followed by Tashlich.
• Oct. 4, 10 a.m. Rosh Hashanah second day service, Kiddush follows.
• Oct. 11, 8 p.m. Kol Nidrei/Erev Yom Kippur service.
• Oct. 12, 9:45 a.m. Yom Kippur children’s service; 10 a.m Yom Kippur morning service, adult study session with Rabbi Steve Steinberg to follow: “Jewish History: The Modern Jew as Converso”; 4 p.m. Mincha/Yom Kippur afternoon service; 5:30 p.m. Yizkor/memorial service; Neilah/concluding service; Havdalah service; break fast to follow.
Children’s High Holy Day services are for preK-Grade 5. Younger children may attend with an adult. Reservations are necessary.
• Oct. 16, 3:30 p.m. Sukkot family program, Sukkah building and potluck dinner in the Sukkah; 6:30 p.m. Erev Sukkot service.
• Oct. 23, 6 p.m. Erev Simchat Torah/consecration service.
Contact the TE office at 203-397-3000 for details and to purchase guest tickets, which are required for security purposes.
► Hindi language
classes for kidsThe Chinmaya Saraswati Ashram, 393 Derby Ave., will have an open house and start Hindi language classes for children Sept. 11. The open house will be held at 9 a.m. Classes run 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sundays, September to June. Children age 5 to 16 will be taught to speak, write and read following the Hindi USA Syllabus, which includes illustrated workbooks and flash cards. Adult Hindi classes are in the works. The ashram is looking for volunteer teachers for adults. To register or get more information, contact Mousumi at email@example.com. ◄ Church of the Good Shepherd events
The Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, holds the following:
• Oct. 2, blessing of the animals, leashed or in carriers, stuffed animals, pictures at 8:30, 9:30 a.m. services. The Rev. Diana Rogers will also bless animals at 1 p.m. in front of the church on Racebrook Road.
Tag sale at the Academy
A tag sale will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Academy, 605 Orange Center Road. 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.
Columbus Cabaret: Friday Cabaret, 1:30-3 p.m. Oct. 7, with Ashly Cruz, $5 at the center office.
Amity Hall of Honor,
The 2016-2017 Amity Academic Hall of Honor and Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Oct. 6 at Grassy Hill Country Club in Orange at 5:30 p.m.
Class of 2003, Hilary Austin, stage manager, Radio City Music Hall; class of 1999, Darren Haynes, ESPN sports announcer; Debbie Davis, Unified Sports coach and Amity physical education teacher; class of 1985, Victor W. Hurst (posthumously), research scientist and instructor, Wyle Labs, NASA; Jeffery Lassen, baseball and basketball; class of 2002, Chrissy (Parmelee) McVeety, volleyball, basketball, and softball.
Also, class of 2005, Gina Mondo, softball; Theresa Napolitano, field hockey and softball coach; class of 1982, Joseph Natarelli, partner-in-charge, Marcum LLC; class of 1982, Ambassador Derek J. Mitchell, CEO of Shwe Strategies, LLC, former envoy to the Republic of Myanmar; class of 1975, Joseph Seymour, ice hockey.
Dinner tickets are $45 by Sept. 29. No tickets will be sold at the door. Make checks made payable to the Amity Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame and send to Amity High School Athletic Department, attention Lori Bonney 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge, 06525.
For Academic Hall of Honor tickets, make checks made payable to the Amity Hall of Honor and mail to Amity District Office, attention Carol Lange, 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge 06525.
► Kids’ yoga class
has Jewish themesJoyfully Jewish with Kidding Around Yoga will meet 1-2 p.m. Sept. 19, in Studio II at the JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road.The PJ Library of Greater New Haven and local Torah Yoga teacher Sherry Sosensky, of Kidding Around Yoga, will present the program designed for children ages 3-8. It will meet every third Sunday until Nov. 20. Class themes will cover Jewish holidays such as Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Hanukkah and Shabbat. Cost is $10 per family. RSVP to PJ library professional Stacey Battat at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-387-2424, ext. 317. ◄ Rotary accepting clothing, blankets
The Rotary Club will be accepting blankets, winter coats, and clothing in good condition in child, teen and adult sizes, Oct. 1-31.
Donations will be distributed by the First Church of God to families in need in Greater New Haven.
Coats, clothing and blankets can be dropped off at the following Woodbridge collection sites: JCC, 360 Amity Road; Massaro Farm, 41 Ford Road; Woodbridge Senior Center, 4 Meetinghouse Lane; and Woodbridge Town Library, 10 Newton Road.
Also, clothing can be dropped off 1-5 p.m. Oct. 8 at Massaro Farm’s Family Fun Day.
For more information, call Anna Dickerson at 203-710-0223.
Woodbridge Senior Center activities
The Woodbridge Senior Center, 203-389-3430, will hold:
• Free smartphone classes are 2:45-3:45 p.m. Oct. 5 and 19 in Room 11 in the Center Building, with upperclassmen from Amity High School guiding participants. RSVP.
Women Redefining Retirement will meet
Women Redefining Retirement will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at Golden Hill Health Care Center, 2028 Bridgeport Ave.
Victoria Manning will speak about Kisses for Katie, a nonprofit providing resources to critically ill children, their families and caregivers. Pillows made by WRR will be presented to Manning. Winter clothing, socks and nonperishables collected. Contact womenrr.tripod.com.