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 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.
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.
Members of the Bethany Community Garden are holding a paint social art evening 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8.
No painting experience is necessary. Easel, paints, instruction, coffee and dessert will be provided. BYOB.
Tickets are $35. Register at www.PaintSocialArt.com. For details, call Aileen 203-393-1927.
Applications for new gardeners are being accepted for the Bethany Organic Community Garden’s third and final phase, which is complete.
Raised beds are rented on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications are available by contacting Anne McDonnell at 203-393-3164 or mcdonnellind,comcast.net.
The cost to rent a 4-by-8 foot raised bed at the garden, 90 Pole Hill Road, for the growing season is $25. The cost for seniors 60 and older is $15. Mobility-impaired residents are accommodated.
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 Bethany Nursery Group will hold its annual Pajama Hop fundraiser at 4-6 p.m. Sunday, March 12 in the Town Hall gymnasium.
People are encouraged to wear pajamas.
The meal will include pancakes, bacon, eggs, french toast and sausage, provided by Chip’s Family Restaurant of Orange. There will be music and fun provided by Frank C.’s Entertainment for the kids. Silent auctions will include tickets for family events, gift cards and baskets.
Proceeds will benefit the Bethany Nursery Group.
Tickets will not be sold at the door. Adults: $15; ages 3-12: $5; under 3: free.
RSVP: 203-393-3032 or Bethanynurserygroup@gmail.com.
Bethany Nursery Group, 511 Amity Road, is registering pupils.
The preschool program is for children ages 3-5 years and has operated in town more than 50 years.
The staff goal is to provide a program rich with literature and learning opportunities while still leaving ample time to play, create and explore. It aims to help children with academic, social, fine- and gross-motor skills, with an appropriate balance of structured and self-initiated activities that allow students to develop self esteem and independence.
The program aims to meet the specific developmental needs of each students, and follow the guidelines set up by NAEYC and the Board of Education.
Two-, three-, four- and five-day programs with varied hours are available. For families to visit the school, call 203-393-3032 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
STRATFORD >> Housatonic Detachment 1129, Marine Corps League, will meet at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at VFW Post 9460, 100 Veterans Blvd.
Veterans and reservists from all armed forces branches may become members. For information, call Mike Donegan at 203-375 2460.
The Junior Pilgrim Fellowship youth group at the First United Church of Christ will be rocking in rocking chairs for 24 hours, from 11 a.m. Feb. 18 to 11 a.m. Feb. 19 to raise funds to buy recess equipment for a local school.
Junior Pilgrim Fellowship is a service group that consists of middle-school age area youths, not all of whom attend the First United Church.
Donations can be sent to First United Church of Christ, Attn. JPF, 34 W. Main St., Milford 06460 or go to http://www.firstchurchofmilford.org/.
Fiddler Brian Conway will join the P.V. O’Donnell Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann session 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at St. Gabriel’s Parish Hall, 26 Broadway.
Admission is free. Musicians, dancers, singers and audience are welcome. BYOB.
Conway is considered a pre-eminent exponent of Sligo-style fiddling in the area, and one of the finest Irish fiddlers of any style. Both his parents, from County Tyrone, Ireland, played the fiddle, and had weekly traditional music sessions at home in the Bronx, N.Y. He has won numerous All-Ireland fiddling competitions, and has taught many students who went on to win All-Ireland fiddle awards.
He has performed all over North America, Ireland and Europe.
He is a founding member of the Irish-American supergroup, The Pride of New York, with musicians Joanie Madden, Billy McComiskey and Brendan Dolan. He also performs with John Whelan in the band Gailfean, and has a Wednesday night Irish session at Dunne’s Pub in White Plains, N.Y., with musicians from the Tri-State Area and Ireland.
For information on the session, call Tim at 203-257-8737.
The CT Master Gardener’s program will present a Coastal Certificate program at the Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center. 1 Milford Point Road.
The classes on four evenings and one weekend morning, March 20-April 3, will explore the environmental issues of the coastal waters and Long Island Sound. Participants agree to provide 10 hours of related outreach activities.
Registration for 35 students is due March 6. Contact Jude Hsiang at email@example.com on available space before mailing in registration.
Fee is $75 for non-Master Gardener and $65 for Master Gardener.
A sampling of wines from The Crushed Grape, with raffles, appetizers and a silent auction, will be held at 6-9 p.m. Feb. 9 at Crush Sports Bar, 1015 Bridgeport Ave., to benefit the Jonathan Law Post Prom.
The school-sponsored post-prom event is open to juniors and their dates as well as all juniors not attending prom. The goal is to provide a safe, alcohol-free, fun location following prom.
Tickets are $25.
For more information, call Heidi Rice at 203-996-9085 or Eileen Kelly at 203-500-2154.
The Milford Garden Club aims to install a Blue Star memorial marker to recognize veterans’ service at the Fowler Memorial Building on New Haven Avenue.
The site is next to Founders Walk, which is under construction.
The club will be selling $5 “Blue Star” luminaria with battery-powered tea lights to raise funds.
Tax-deductible checks may be made out to Blue Star Memorial, Milford Garden Club, care of Marilyn Wardell, 395 W. Rutland Road, Milford 06461. An account has been established for the memorial at the Milford Bank.
The city club is joining the National Garden Club ongoing Blue Star Memorial Program, in which markers are placed in a prominent location on America’s highways, byways, cemeteries and other civic locations.
The Milford club has a target date of Memorial Day weekend for a ceremony, with elected officials, Connecticut Federated Garden Clubs officers and the public.
Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave., listings:
• • 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.
• Take your child to the library day Saturday Feb. 4, 11 a.m., Milford author and educator Bonnie Feuer and illustrator Sharai Platt will read and talk about their newest book, “Voice from the Woods.”
Milford Chapter 49, Royal Arch Masons, will meet Tuesday, Feb. 21, 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.
The Mark Master Mason Degree will be conferred. The Most Excellent Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Connecticut is expected to attend.
For information, call the secretary at 203-877-4977.
A breakfast will be served 8-10:30 a.m. Feb. 19 at the Masonic Hall, 59 Broad St.
For a donation of $8, the menu is omelet, scrambled or fried eggs, pancakes or french toast, and bacon or sausage. Also available: potatoes, toast, orange juice, and coffee or tea.
Special prices are available for families with small children. Call 203-877-4977.
The VITA Program will be providing free income tax preparation at the Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive.
VITA offers free tax help to low-to moderate-income people with an annual household income of $54,000 and below, or 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines.
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.
• AARP volunteers will provide free income tax preparation at the Milford Senior Center, 9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, through April 13. RSVP: 203-877-5131.
• In West Haven, the West Haven Senior Center is offering a free tax preparation service to help low- to middle-income taxpayers.
The AARP Tax-Aide program is available by appointment 9-11 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, starting Feb. 1, at the Johnson Community Center, 201 Noble St.
Special attention is given to help those 60 and older fill out federal tax forms.
The service, which includes tax counseling, is offered by trained volunteer tax preparers from AARP, in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service.
For an appointment, call the senior center at 203-937-3507.
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.
The Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive, 203-877-5131.
• The Food Bank seeks 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.
• Mini health fair: Tips for being safe, active and healthy given at an interactive presentation by students in the SCSU Nursing Program, 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Feb. 22. Tips will include blood pressure screening, the importance of vaccinations and healthy bingo.
Call Program Director Amanda Berry at 203 877-5131.
• Closings: The center will be closed Monday, Feb. 13, for Lincoln’s Birthday, and Monday, Feb. 20 for Presidents Day.
• Valentine’s Day party will be held Tuesday, Feb. 14, 1-2:30 p.m. at the center, with dance music by DJ Chuck and snacks. Tickets are $5, at the front office
• Happy and Hearty Cooking Demo: Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. Executive Care demonstrates preparing of eggplant, gluten-free vegetables with rice and penne pasta pomadoro. RSVP: 203-877-5131.
Milford Garden Club meets Feb. 14 for a 1 p.m. program on “Creative Design, Part IV” by Barbara O’Connor, master judge emeritus and former club president at the DAR Chapter House, 55 Prospect St.
There is a $5 guest fee. Information: 203-874-7470, http://milfordctgardenclub.org/.
Women Redefining Retirement will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at Golden Hill Health Care Center on Bridgeport Avenue.
Guest Chris Angeli, Milford Library director, will give an update on the Brain Station. It’s also the annual book, CD, magazine and tape swap and food will be collected for needy.
At the Ellen Aftamonow Woodmont Library, 16 Dixon St.:
• Preschool story time is at 10 a.m. Mondays.
• The Morning Book Discussion Group meets at 10:30 a.m. the first Thursday monthly. March 2, the book is “They Don’t Mean To But They Do” by Cathleen Schine.
• Knitting: Fridays, 2-4 p.m. Bring a project.
• Mah jong: Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning, afternoon and Thursday evening.
Families Anonymous is a free, self-help, 12 Step support group for adults concerned about the drug, alcohol or related behavioral problems of a relative or friend.
The group meets Tuesdays, 7:30-9 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Hall, 283 Bridgeport Ave.
Contact Judy D. at 203-283-3867 or JMdel61@gmail.com or Geralynn at 847-302-9729 or MilfordFA@gmail.com.
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, beginning March 2, at the Fowler Memorial Building, 45 New Haven Ave., next to Milford Library. Parking is at the rear of the building. For details, call 203-915-9911.
Orange Congregational Church Nursery School is accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year for the 3- and 4-year-old programs.
The school runs 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for age 3; and Monday, Wednesday, Friday for age 4. There is a five-day option for returning students.
The program is open for children of all faiths.
To schedule a visit, contact 203-795-9749, ext. 305 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free lunch for caregivers will be served at noon Feb. 14 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 283 Bridgeport Ave.
Items to be discussed will include the possibility of getting together once a month for conversation and support.
The Housatonic River Job Network meets 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.
On Feb. 9, Anne Graney, Metro New York office administrator for Robinson & Cole LLP, will speak on “How to Impress Employers in Today’s Job Market.”
Graney has experience interviewing candidates and looking at prospective hires. She will address subjects such as how to get through the screening and best prepare for an interview, what interviewers are looking for, how to increase the chances for getting an offer, and how to follow up after an interview.
The group meets 7-9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. The next meeting is March 9.
Email alexy56,hotmail.com for further information.
Religious school students and teachers, rabbis, cantors, cantorial soloists and instrumentalists from five area synagogues will come together at 10 a.m. Feb. 12, for a concert in memory of the music and legacy of Debbie Friedman, z’’l.
The sixth annual free event will take place at Tower One Tower East, 18 Tower Lane, New Haven.
Participants are Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, New Haven; Congregation Mishkan Israel, Hamden; Temple Beth David, Cheshire; Temple Beth Tikvah, Madison, and Temple Emanuel of Greater New Haven in Orange.
In addition to several iconic songs by Friedman, who died in 2011, traditional tunes and songs by two generations of musicians who were influenced and inspired by her ability to bring a woman’s voice and perspective into late 20th century Jewish music, and to write accessible songs combining liturgy and social commentary, will be performed.
For more information, go to www.templeemanuel‐gnh.org or call the Temple Emanuel office at 203-397-3000.
The Garden Club will celebrate Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14 with “A Cinematic Garden Tour” at Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road.
Lunch is at 11:30 a.m., meeting at 12:15 p.m., program at 1.
A traditional design for a “table for two” will be exhibited.
Members are encouraged to bring horticulture, potted treasures, cactus and succulents, flowering plants, viningplants, plants grown for foliage, or any meritorious specimen.
To learn more, call Joanne Friedrichs at 203-795-4266.
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.
• Wednesday Coffee and Learn with Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus: Class devoted to the ancient texts and the light they shed on current issues, 11 a.m.-noon.
• Adult Education Movie: 2 p.m. Feb. 12,“Dough,” starring Jonathan Pryce. A warmhearted and humorous story about overcoming prejudice and finding redemption in unexpected places. 94 minutes, brief discussion
• Shabbat Across America: 7 p.m. March 3, Shabbat foods and their origins in the Social Hall. RSVP by Feb. 24.
• Paint n’ Sip: All ages, March 5, 2-4 p.m., $45 supplies, refreshments. RSVP: http://paintsocialart.com/eventcalendars/ctevents/.
• Zumba gold drop-in: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. Contact: Robin at email@example.com, 203-314-8176, 203-799-2341.
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, is offering Five Life Line health screenings Feb. 15 to scan for potential health problems related to blocked arteries, abdominal aortic aneurysms, hardening of the arteries in the legs, atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat and bone density, for men and women. A Wellness Package includes four vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. To register and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, call 888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/advantagemembers.
For more information, contact 203-795-6577, thegoodspheherd,optonline.net, www.thegoodshepherdorangect.org, www.facebook.com/cgsorangect.
Case Library, 176 Tyler City Road, offers free events, except as noted. Call 203-891-2170, http://www.casememoriallibrary.org.
• Weekly Storytimes: Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m., storytelling, books, music, fingerplays, and puppetry at this series especially for ages 3-5. A 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. 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, finger plays, and puppetry together.
• Cookies and Coloring for Adults: Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2 p.m. RSVP.
• Art in the Library reception: Feb. 9, 5-7 p.m. in honor of the February exhibit, watercolors and colored pencils by Suzanne Wagner, on view Feb. 2-27.
• An Afternoon with Nat “King” Cole: Saturday, Feb. 18, 1 p.m. The Jim Scianna Trio, bassist Jim Scianna, vocalist Atla DeChamplain, and pianist Matt DeChamplain, presents songs and arrangements in the style of vocalist, pianist and bandleader Cole. RSVP.
Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register in person or by telephone.
The Rotary Club will hold its second annual Artisan Festival at 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 6 at High Plains Community Center.
The event will include food, music and a door prize. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 at www.rotarycluboforange.org/artisanfestival, or for $12 at the door.
Proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club of Orange Foundation.
Orange Senior Center offers programs. For more information and to register, call 203-891-4784.
• 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. 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.
• 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.
• Cribbage Club, Mondays, 1-3 p.m. Mark Halliday of Assisted Living Services will teach students on how to play cribbage for the first hour. The second hour will be for play. RSVP.
• How to Connect with Friends & Family with Devices, Feb. 6, 10 a.m.
• Beginner’s Pickleball, Tuesday Feb. 7, free, with Diane Sullivan of Apex Pharmacy. RSVP.
• AARP tax preparation services Wednesdays, Feb. 8-April 12. Bring last year’s tax returns, Social Security card for everyone on the return and a photo ID. RSVP.
• Wellness with ShopRite Orange registered dietitian, seminar and recipes Feb. 13. RSVP.
• Movie of the Month: 1 p.m. Feb. 17 “The Light Between Oceans,” popcorn, soda. RSVP.
• Monthly book club, Feb. 24, book is “The Marriage of Opposites” by Alice Hoffman.
• Introduction to computers for newbies with Frank Marini. This five-week class 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.
The town owns several parcels of open fields that are available for lease. Some of the land is suitable for haying, while other is appropriate for planting of silage corn or other crops.
Any Woodbridge farmer who is interested in leasing town-owned land for the 2016 growing season should may Gerry Shaw in the selectman’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Attn. Gerry Shaw, Woodbridge Town Hall, 11 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge 06525.
Letters of interest are due 4:30 p.m. Feb. 3.
Woodbridge Youth Services, in collaboration with First Selectman Ellen Scalettar, is seeking nominations for the First Selectman’s Youth Award.
The annual award will be presented to a deserving young Woodbridge resident who has made a significant contribution to a Woodbridge community member, organization, or the town itself.
The presentation will be made at the Human Services Department’s Annual Volunteer Tea on April 20. Call 203-389-3429 for the nomination form or visit the town website for Youth Services’ announcements.
Submit nominations by March 10 to Woodbridge Youth Services, 11 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge 06525.
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 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.
• Adult Events
Winter Reading Program through Feb. 24, Anyone 18 years or older may participate.
Film Screening: The Light Between Oceans, Thursday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m. PG-13 drama, romance, 132 mins.
Connecticut Made: Homegrown Products by Local Craftsmen, Artisans, and Purveyors with author Cynthia Parzych, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m. Books will be available for signing.
Film Screening: Sully, Thursday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m. PG-13, biography, drama, 96 min.
Film Screening: The Accountant, Thursday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m. Rated R, action, crime, drama, 128 min.
Film Screening: The Magnificent Seven, Thursday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m. Rated PG-13 action, adventure, western, 133 min.
Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame Presents Talks on the Road: Celebrating 300 Years of Connecticut’s Remarkable Women Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m. An interactive multi-media program on some of the state’s most remarkable women, such as Ella T. Grasso, Katharine Hepburn and Marian Anderson and lesser-known Maria Sanchez, Barbara McClintock and Hannah Watson.
Film Screening: War Dogs Thursday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m. Rated R comedy, crime, drama | 116 mins.
Children and Teen Events
Chinese New Year, Saturday, Jan. 28, 3 p.m. for ages K and up, to commemorate the Year of the Rooster featuring a story, craft. RSVP.
Bubbleology: Saturday, Feb. 4, 2 p.m. grades K-5. RSVP.
Monday, Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m. Valentine’s craft for families and adults. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Woodbridge Senior Center, 203-389-3430 or email@example.com.
The center will change its newsletter in February. It will be available as a two-page informational sheet for the next month during the transition to the new format. Copies will be available at the Senior Center, Town Hall and the Woodbridge Library.
The Woodbridge Senior Center provides a program of health, wellness, nutrition, education and social activities for residents 60 years and older. It offers a luncheon program as well as transportation.
Chef Elaine Marcucio will offer meals on Tuesdays, Fridays at 12:15 p.m., such as Mediterranean baked tilapia Jan. 24.
Coffee, Cookies and Conversation about elder care with CareMatch America, Feb. 8, 6-7 p.m., a free service and not a referral agency, designed to help in the search for the appropriate and individualized care.
On Monday, 6-7 p.m. Jan. 30, the center will offer “Diabetes 101” taught by certified diabetes instructor Mary Swansiger, of Griffin Hospital’s Community Outreach and Parish Nursing Department. Discussion will cover different types of diabetes, symptoms, risk factors, treatment options as well as prevention. RSVP.
Pickleball begins Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. in the Center Gym. This ongoing exercise program has a yearly fee of $20.
Low vision specialist Michele Tarantino, of Brookdale Home Health Services, offers free program in the Senior Center cafeteria following lunch at 12:45 p.m.
Sign-ups accepted for Feb. 23 trip to the CT Flower Show. Cost is $80 and includes transportation, lunch at the Chowder Pot in Hartford and entrance to the show.
All programs are at the Woodbridge Senior Center unless otherwise noted.
The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program, administered by TEAM, is helping qualified Connecticut residents with their fuel costs.
Verification of income and assets must be submitted with the application. That includes copies of the last statements or checks from pay stubs, Social Security, SSI, pension, unemployment, alimony/child support, interest and dividend income, and a utility bill. In addition, the names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers of all family members residing with the applicant are required.
Residents may call Judi Young, Department of Human Services, 203-389-3429, for an appointment.
Beecher Road School has scheduled kindergarten orientation and registration.
• Orientation for parents will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 9 in the school cafeteria. Parents will receive a registration packet.
• Registration for the 2017-2018 school year will be held 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3 p.m. April 4-6 in the North School conference room.
Use the school entrance and upon entering, check in at the visitors’ window.
Prospective kindergarten students must be 5 by Jan. 1, 2018.
Parents registering children are asked to bring the completed registration packet, proof of residence, the child’s birth certificate and immunization record.
Parents must present a picture identification, such as a driver’s license, state ID card or passport.
Forms are accessible at woodbridge.k12.ct.us/registration.
For more information, call the North School office at 203-389-2195, ext. 100.
Woodbridge Job Bank teens will work for town residents who want to hire someone to assist with odd jobs such as yard work, 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 town 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.
The NAEYC-accredited Beecher Road School Preschool Program has openings for 2017-18 for children who do not have special needs.
This reverse mainstream program, serving children with special needs in Woodbridge, has a few openings for typically developing 3-year-old peers, who join the program as role models.
Peers are chosen by lottery system.
The 3-year-old class meets 8:25-10:55 a.m. Monday-Thursday. Parents must provide transportation.
Children who meet the following criteria are eligible:
• Must be 3 before Oct. 1.
• Must have age-appropriate language skills.
• Must demonstrate age-appropriate play skills.
• Must be toilet trained.
• Must be a town resident.
An informational meeting, for parents only, will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 8 in the preschool classroom. To attend, call the preschool classroom at 203-389-2195, ext. 141.
A mandatory visitation for the children will be held in the classroom on March 10.
To schedule an appointment, call and leave a message.
Applications will be available on the day of the visit. The child must be attend the visit in order to be a part of the lottery system for choosing typical peers.
The preschool team is a resource to town families regarding the development of young children.
Parents with concerns about their preschooler’s development, may call the preschool at 203-389-2195, ext. 141.
Volunteers are sought to make a difference and become a friendly visitor to elderly members of the community.
For information about the program, call Judi Young, town Senior Service social worker, at 203-389-3429.