WOODBRIDGE >> “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.
The program is sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the officer of the u.S. District Attorney and Woodbridge Youth Services.
The discussion will include medical and law enforcement professionals, and recovering opiate addicts.
Parents and community members can educate themselves about the cycle of addiction. The film includes strong language and content and is not appropriate for young people. 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.
The Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will hold its annual Valentine Dance for 21 and older at 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Lakeview Lodge on Route 42.
Bring your own snacks and beverages. Tickets are $25 per couple, $15 single and $125 for a table of 10.
To reserve, call Amy at 203-410-2602 or Joan 203-627-8874.
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 email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Lions’ corned beef dinner, auction
The Lions Club will present its 31st annual auction and corned beef dinner 5-7 p.m. March 12.
Tickets can be purchased at Town Hall or by calling Lion Paul Magda at 203-535-7416.
Prices are $18 for adult and $12 for children. Proceeds will help support the club’s annual Scholarship Fund, which benefits graduating seniors from Bethany.
For more information, visit www.bethanyctlions.com.
The Low Vision Support group will meet at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 9 at the Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive.
For more information, call Eileen Torow at 203-878-8904.
Women Redefining Retirement will meet Monday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. at Golden Hill Health Care Center on Bridgeport Avenue.
Guest speaker will be Linda Ball, director in charge of the Community Gardens of Milford. She will talk about climate change, getting gardens ready for spring and planting tips.
The accessory swap returns, and the food collection is for the Beth-El Center.
State Reps. Pam Staneski, R-119, and Charles Ferraro, R-117, invite Milford residents to join them for coffee and conversation at 8:30-9:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9.
Both will talk on any issues, questions or concerns related to city or state government at the Athenian Diner, 1064 Boston Post Road.
The 2017 legislative session begins Jan. 4 and will primarily focus on the state budget. It will end June 7.
The deadline to submit legislation for 2017 for the lawmakers is Jan. 13.
For more information, contact Staneski and Ferraro at 800-842-1423 or email Charles.Ferraro@housegop.ct.gov or Pam.Staneski@housegop.ct.gov.
The Milford Garden Club will present a program on “How to Grow and Photograph Roses” by John Mattia at 1 p.m. Jan. 10 at the DAR Chapter House, 55 Prospect St.
Mattia is the 2015 recipient of the Guy Blake Hedrick Award for Rose Exhibit Excellence from the American Rose Society.
There is a $5 guest fee.
For details, contact email@example.com and http://milfordctgardenclub.org/.
Lunch for caregivers will be served for free at noon Tuesday, Jan. 10, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 283 Bridgeport Ave.
The event is designed for people who care for a loved one, who sometimes feel isolated and would like to meet others
doing the same.
Items to be discussed will include the possibility of getting together once a month for conversation and support.
To register, call 203-874-2701.
The 29th annual “Reflections: A Tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” will be held at 4 p.m. Jan. 15 in City Hall auditorium, 110 River St.
The event is sponsored by Milford Chapter of The Link, a women’s service organization.
The keynote address will be delivered by the Rev. Dr. Lindsay E. Curtis, president of the Connecticut State Missionary Baptist Convention and pastor of the Grace Baptist Church of Norwalk.
Other invited speakers include U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, both D-Conn.; U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn.; state Sen. Gayle Slossberg, D-Milford; state Rep. Kim Rose, D-Milford; and Mayor Benjamin G. Blake.
Other participants include the Foran Advanced Vocal Ensemble, Bridgeport Boys Choir and the Youth Praise Dancers from First Baptist Church.
A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church at 28 North St.
Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave., will hold the following.
• Jan. 5, 2 p.m., Adult craft - 3D Snowflakes; Jan. 9, 1 p.m., Genealogy - Tips for Organizing Your Files; Jan. 9, 6 p.m., Anime Club; Jan. 10, 11 a.m., Evernote; Jan. 10, 2 p.m., Movie; Jan. 12, 10 a.m., Romance Book Discussion - Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks; Jan. 17, 2 p.m., Movie; Jan. 17, 6:30 p.m., Bernie Siegel - What You Can Learn from Children’s Drawings presented by the Holistic Moms Network; Jan. 17, 7 p.m., Evening Book Discussion - Disclaimer by Renee Knight; Jan. 23, 7 p.m.. Expert Travel Tips - Save money, plan your trip well; Jan. 24, 11 a.m.. The Sharing Economy; Jan. 24, 2 p.m.. Movie; Jan. 25, 7 p.m.. Expert Travel Tips - snow date; Jan. 26, 10 a.m.. Classic Book Discussion - The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane; Jan. 28, 1 p.m.. Big Bad Wolf; Jan. 30, 6 p.m.. Anime Club; Jan. 31, 2 p.m.. Movie.
• Middle school students’ Anime Club, 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 9, 30. The librarian will be showing episodes from “Crunchyroll,” an anime streaming site, and will offer an opportunity for fans to discuss anime and manga. Open to grades 6-8. RSVP: 203-783-3292. Info: Diana in the Young Adult Department at 203-701-4554.
• Preschool storytime: Mondays, Tuesdays at 10 a.m., stories, a craft, for ages 3 and up with a caregiver.
• Toddlertime: Wednesdays at 10, 11 a.m., fingerplays, songs and stories, for ages 2 and under with a caregiver.
Milford Chapter 49, Royal Arch Masons, will meet Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Masonic Lodge Hall, 59 Broad St., under the direction of the High Priest James Whitaker.
Dinner will be served in the banquet hall at 6:15 for those members who reserve with the secretary.
At the meeting, the Mark Master Mason Degree will be conferred.
For information, call the secretary at 203-877-4977.
Lucia Chapter 25, Order of the Eastern Star, will meet Thursday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Masonic Lodge Hall, 59 Broad St., under the direction of Worthy Matron Wendy Dubois Batterton.
Refreshments will be served in the banquet hall after the meeting.
For information, call Worthy Matron Debbie Zaleha at 203-734-6008.
A breakfast will be served 8-10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at the Masonic Hall, 59 Broad St.
For a donation of $8, diners can get an omelet, scrambled or fried eggs, pancakes or french toast, and bacon or sausage. There will also be available potatoes, toast, orange juice, and coffee or tea.
Special rates will be available for families with small children.
For more information, call 203-877-4977.
The Knights of Columbus, 240 Naugatuck Ave., will have its annual ziti dinner Jan. 21.
Tickets are available at the bar. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children, due Jan. 13.
The Milford Recreation Department is offering Aqua Zumba at the McCann Natatorium, 70 Park Circle, led by Renay.
The eight-week class will be held 7:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays or Wednesdays, beginning Monday, Jan. 23, and Wednesday Jan. 25.
Cost is $60 for residents and $65 for nonresidents for eight classes or $120 for residents and $130 nonresidents for 16 classes.
Register at www.milfordrecreation.com or contact Renay at 203-522-2616 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 24-3, 1 Helwig St., is holding an About Boating Safety class at 8 a.m. Jan. 28.
Successful completion of the eight-hour course satisfies the state licensing requirements for both boats and personal watercraft.
Cost is $60. Walk-ins are welcome.
For information, contact 860-663-5505 or email@example.com.
Christ the Redeemer Council 15870 Knights of Columbus is running the following bus trips.
• Savannah, Parris, Jekyll and St. Simon’s islands, April 30-May 6, $625.
• Boston, June 10-12, $299, tour Boston, Lexington and Concord and more.
• Canadian Island of Coudres, Sept. 5-10 with tours of Montreal, Quebec City and visit St. Ann De Beaupre Shrine, $719.
• Memphis, Oct. 7-15, $743, admission to Graceland, Sun Studio and Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum.
Call John Benard at 203-877-2737 for information.
The VITA Program will be providing free income tax preparation for all ages and low-income families at the Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive.
The service is noon-4 p.m. Sundays and 5-8 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 29-April 11. Register by calling TEAM at 203-736-5420, ext. 206.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or Linda Mossorofo at 203-783-3391, email@example.com.
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.
• Sunday, Jan. 8, the center is open until 4 p.m. for cards and bingo, billiards and special program events. The pool room is open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Hot dogs are $1.50 each.
The Milford Road Runners Winter Wonder Land 5-mile road race will be held Jan. 29.
The race starts at 9:30 a.m., with registration starting at 8:30 at Platt Technical High School, 600 Orange Ave.
There will be an awards ceremony inside the gym at 10:45. All those who pre-register will receive a race T-shirt and goody bag as long as supplies last. Post-race food donor include Subway and Dunkin’ Donuts. Also, warm cookies, hot chocolate, soup and fruit.The post-race raffle will have many prizes. Pre-registration is $20, day-of is $30.
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.
Fran Trelease, president of Boomer Den, will discuss “Navigating a Mid-Life Career Change in 8 Steps.” at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at the next meeting of the Housatonic River Job Network.
The meeting will be 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.
Trelease, an interviewer, writer and editor, will discuss ways to determine if a career change is the best choice for you as you begin 2017. She will discuss the eight areas to focus on to see if “your expectations meet reality.”
Boomer Den is a service that matches midlife professionals (ages 40-plus) with short-term internships to help them explore new careers under the guidance of a business owner. It is an adult intern placement service where professionals can test out a new or desired second career in a safe, mentoring environment.
The group meets 7-9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. Future meetings will be held Feb. 9 and March 9.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Case Library, 176 Tyler City Road, offers free events, except as noted. Call 203-891-2170, http://www.casememoriallibrary.org.
• 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.
• 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,
• 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.
• 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 began Dec. 22.
• 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 began Dec. 27.
Orange Senior Center offers programs. For more information and to register, call 203-891-4784.
• The Case Memorial Library and the Orange Senior Center Wellness Book Group at HPCC will return 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. The book will be The Messiah of Stockholm by Cynthia Ozick.
• Turkey Hill School Technology Partnership: The center and the school are bringing three free technology seminars. 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.
• Return of Pilates, Jan. 5, at 1:30 p.m. Pilates class with Michele Tenney begins, 10 weeks for $50. Sign up in the office.
• Cribbage Club Jan. 9, Mondays,1—3 p.m. Mark Halliday of Assisted Living Services will instruct students on how to play cribbage for the first hour. The second hour will be for play.
• Gmail and Google Hangouts—Stay Connected with Friends & Family, Jan. 9, 10 a.m.
• How to Connect with Friends & Family with Devices, Feb. 6, 10 a.m.
• Movie of the Month Friday, Jan. 20 “Sully,” 1 p.m. firected by Clint Eastwood, starring Tom Hanks. The story of Chesley Sullenberger, an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight’s passengers and crew. Popcorn, soda served. RSVP.
• Lunch & Fun, noon Thursday, Jan. 26, Janet Barrett discusses her book They Call Me Reckless: A True Story of War, Love and One Extraordinary Horse. This is a story of the power of the human-horse connection, bring lunch for 11:30 a.m., coffee and dessert supplied. RSVP.
• Introduction to computers for newbies with Frank Marini. This five-week starts Feb. 2, 9:30-11:30 a.m., for $25. Sign up at office.
• Lions Club Pizza Party Brazilian Carnival Cabaret, Feb. 6, 1:30—3 p.m. with Jose Paulo. RSVP.
Full payment due at registration. No minimum trips.
Escape to Some Sun at Mohegan Sun, Jan. 25-26, with an indoor seven-story waterfall, planetarium dome and the Wombi Rock. Cost $163pp double, $228 single, $153pp triple. Round-trip transortation, hotel accommodations.
UConn vs. SMU Basketball at Gampel Pavilion, Saturday, Feb. 11. Cost $56pp, transportation and tckets to the game.
Ct Flower Show and lunch. Feb. 23, snow date Feb. 24. “The Spirit of Spring” at the Connecticut Convention Center with a lunch stop. Cost $80pp. Includes transportation, lunch, admission.
Mohegan Sun AAC Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship Game. March 6-7, overnight, $229pp double, $315 single, $214pp triple. Includes transportation, hotel accommodations, ticket, taxes, gratuity, baggage handling.
St. Patrick’s Day at the Aqua Turf, March 14. Entertainment by Padraig Allen and the Maclean Avenue Band, lunch including corned beef & cabbage, baked scrod, and all the fixings, topped off with carrot cake. Also, a free glass of wine or beer. Cost: $77pp. Includes transportation, lunch, show, driver gratuities.
The 2017 slate of candidates will be selected at the Republican Town Committee caucus 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, in the Center School senior cafe, 4 Meetinghouse Lane.
All registered Republican voters in town may vote for the slate.
For details, contact Spencer Rubin at Spencerrrubin91@gmail.com.
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 Woodbridge Senior center has the following programs.
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.
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.