BETHANY

“Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict,” a documentary screening and panel discussion, will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11 at Amity Regional High School John J. Brady Center for Performing Arts, 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge.

The program is sponsored in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the

Office of the U.S. District Attorney, and Woodbridge Youth Services.

The discussion will include medical professionals, law enforcement professionals, and recovering opiate addicts. Parents and community members can educate themselves about the cycle of addition. The film includes strong language and content and is not appropriate for young viewers. Viewers 16 and older are encouraged to attend and participate in the panel discussion.

“Drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of injury death in the United States, ahead of motor vehicle deaths and firearms (deaths).” Of the nearly 50,000 annual drug-related deaths, more than half are caused by prescription drugs and heroin,” according to the DEA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nominations are due Feb. 28 for a Conservationist of the Year award, given for meritorious action.

It is presented only when the Bethany Conservation Commission thinks there has been a worthy activity or effort.

Each year the commission reviews conservation/preservation activity in town, looking for a candidate.

Nomination forms will be available at the town clerk’s office or by contacting Bruce Loomis at sabrinabruce@hotmail.com.

They include eligibility criteria, such as environmental action, environmental education/advocacy, resource preservation, improving suburban areas and habitat restoration.

The award is not limited to individuals. It is presented at the annual Town Meeting in May.

More details are available on the nomination form.

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.

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

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. 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.

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.

• 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 wwheld 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.

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.

The Morning Book Discussion Group will meet Thursday, Jan. 5, 10:30 a.m. at the Ellen Aftamonow Woodmont Library, 16 Dixon St.

The book for January is “As Close to Us As Breathing,” by Elizabeth Poliner.

The book for February is “A Man Called Ove,” by Fredrik Backman.

The group meets the first Thursday monthly.

For further information, call 203-874-5675.

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.

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.

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,

• 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 began 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 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 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 will hold its second annual family New Year’s Eve at Congregation B’nai Jacob, 75 Rimmon Road, with face painting, crafts, a DJ dance party, games, and a “toast,” 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31.

The event was moved from the JCC after a fire that put the building out of use during repairs.

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:

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

6:45 p.m.: PJ library Hanukkah story, 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.

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.

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.

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 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.