Public school kindergarten registration for the fall is open to children who will be 5 by Dec. 31.
Registration packets are also available at the Bethany Community School main office, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday or at www.bethany-ed.org. Call 203-393-3350 for information.
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.
Two-to-five day programs with varied hours are available. For families to visit the school, call 203-393-3032 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dine Out Milford, the annual Milford Restaurant Week, is taking place through July 23.
Dine Out Milford visitors and local residents can dine in participating restaurants that will offer special prix fixe fare.
Participating restaurants include: Bin 100 Restaurant, Bridge House Restaurant, Eli’s Tavern, Gusto Trattoria/Italian Restaurant, Mexico Tipico, Monty’s River Grille at Great River Golf Club, Reggiano’s Pizza & Pasta Restaurant, Scribner’s Restaurant, Seasons by Jeffrey’s.
Dine Out Milford offers diners: prix fixe dinner prices, $20.95 or $27.95. A prix fixe lunch menu may be available at $17.95. Reservations are suggested.
For more information, visit www.dineoutmilford.com or call 203-878-0681.
The Chamber of Commerce annual Summer Nights by Harbor Lights concerts will be held at 7 p.m. Fridays at the Fowler Field Rotary Pavilion behind the Milford Library on New Haven Avenue.
The schedule: July 21, Midnight Rodeo Band, country; July 28, Kathy Thompson Band, blues, soul; Aug. 4, The Bernadettes, rock, soul; Aug. 11, Rumrunners, pop, covers.
Bring chairs or a blanket. Rain cancellations will be broadcast on WPLR and WICC radio and on the Milford Chamber of Commerce Facebook and Twitter pages.
At the Ellen Aftamonow Woodmont Library, 16 Dixon St.:
• Summer story, songs, craft for preschoolers, with a caregiver, at 10 a.m. Wednesdays, June 14-Aug. 2.
• Morning Book Discussion Group, Aug. 3, at 10:30 a.m. The book is “The Book That Matters Most,” by Ann Hood. September’s book will be “My Name is Lucy Barton” by Elizabeth Stout.
For information, call 203-874-5675
Milford Library, 57 New Haven Ave., milfordlibrary.org. RSVP: 203-783-3292.
• Family painting: July 26, 2 p.m. for ages 5 and up with a caregiver and local artist Gayle Caro. RSVP.
• Tuesday action movies, 2 p.m. Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.
• Natural history of black bears, talk by Steve Johnson, city open space and natural resource agent, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 1, Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave., contact Johnson, 203-878-7812, email@example.com.
• Adults make yarn bowls, supplies included, 2 p.m. Aug. 3, free. RSVP.
Organizers of the 43rd annual Milford Oyster Festival are looking for people of all ages to volunteer a few hours, a day or the weekend.
The event will be held downtown 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 19.
For information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The city has a new partnership with the Elm City Party Bike, a pedaled sightseeing bike.
The Elm City Party Bike offers groups of eight-15 the ability to visit restaurants while viewing architecture, historical sites, the coast and more. Each seat on the bike has a set of pedals, and while an Elm City driver steers the bike, it’s powered by the riders.
Free dates are offered this summer with the hopes the bike becomes permanent next summer.
Schedule: July 29, Woodmont Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Aug. 5, Walnut Beach tour, 6-8 p.m.; Aug. 6, Walnut Beach tour, 6-8 p.m.; Aug. 19, Oyster Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Jonathan Law High School 50th class reunion will be held 6-10 p.m. Aug. 26 at Bridge House, 49 Bridgeport Ave.
Cost is $45pp, with a buffet and cash bar. RSVP: Carol Faruolo at 203-449-4261 or email@example.com by Aug. 5.
Folks on Spokes, ride and walk for suicide awareness, will be 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 17 at Fowler Field, 1 Shipyard Lane, downtown.
Cyclists of all ages, levels follow mapped routes around the shore, 20, 40, 50, 66 miles (Metric Century) or a 5, or 10 mile family fun ride.
Six rest stops along the route will offer water, fruit and snack bars. Rest-rooms are also available. Riders must wear a bicycle helmet and follow safe cycling practices. The walking route follows the shorel from the harbor to Fort Trumbull. Lunch, awards and entertainment follow.
The Boys & Girls Club will hold the Walnut Beach Ice Cream Run at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 6 at Walnut Beach, 113 Broadway. It is a certified USATF 5K course.
Registration starts at 7 a.m.; the kids’ 1-mile race, free, is at 8 p.m.; at 9:30 a.m. are the raffles and awards.
Pre-Registered runners can pick up their bibs and T-shirts starting at 7 a.m. on race day.
Kids will gather around 7:45 a.m. for a stretch prior to the race.
To register: https://runsignup.com/Race/CT/Milford/WalnutBeachIceCream5K
To donate online: https://runsignup.com/Race/Donate/CT/Milford/WalnutBeachIceCream5K
For additional details: www.boysandgirlsclub.com/5k.
The DMBA will present four, free, family-friendly movies at the Rotary Pavilion at Fowler Field, behind the Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave. The events open at 6 p.m., the movies start at 8 p.m. The line-up is: July 20, “Grease”; July 27, “Hairspray”; and Aug. 3, “Mama Mia!” Food trucks will be selling food. Bring chairs, blankets.
The Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive, 203-877-5131.
• Christmas in July tag sale, July 31, 9 a.m.-noon to benefit center.
• Renter’s Rebate Program presented by outreach staff from city Department of Human Services at center, July 23 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Bring all 2016 rent and utility receipts and all 2016 income verification including SSA-1099 and 2016 federal fax return, if filed.
• Luau Dance, July 26, 1-2:30 p.m., dance music by Airborne Jazz, snacks, dessert, $5 at the front office until July 21.
The Archdiocese of Hartford’s Pastoral Plan to reconfigure its 212 parishes has affected two in Milford.
As of June 29, St. Agnes and St. Mary churches were two that came together to form Precious Blood Parish, which covers the eastern two-thirds of Milford. While there is a new parish name, both buildings retain their names as St. Agnes Church and St. Mary Church, and St. Mary School’s name will also stay the same.
A new website, signage, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts are designed to communicate all news and events. Visit www.preciousbloodparishmilford.org or call the parish office at 203-878-3571 to stay informed.
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. No registration is required.
Contact Judy D. at 203-283-3867 or JMdel61@gmail.com or Geralynn at 847-302-9729 or MilfordFA@gmail.com.
Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meeting House Lane at Orange Center Road, will hold the following:
Summer worship service at 9 a.m. in the sanctuary. Summer church school will be twice a month: July 23, Aug. 6, Aug. 27. The Crib Room will continue open Sundays during summer.
Temple Emanuel will hold Shabbat on the Beach at 7-8 p.m. July 28 at Walnut Beach, 113 E. Broadway, Milford.
Bring a beach chair or blanket. Participants will sing together and greet Shabbat by the shore at this free event. Rain moves Shabbat services to Temple Emanuel, 150 Derby Ave.
For more information, contact Temple Emanuel at 203-397-3000 or visit www.templeemanuel-gnh.org.
Orange Senior Center offers programs. For more information and to register, call 203-891-4784.
• AARP Smart Driving Course, Thursday, Aug. 3, $15 for AARP members, $20 nonmembers. RSVP.
• Summer Picnic in the Pavilion, $15, is Tuesday Aug. 15 5-8 p.m. The Elderly Brothers will perform.
• Hot lunch is 11:30 am.-noon weekdays; a $3 donation is suggested. RSVP: 203-891-4765 before 1 p.m. the day before.
• Cribbage Club is Mondays, 1-3 p.m. Mark Halliday of Assisted Living Services will instruct students on how to play cribbage for an hour. The second hour will be time to play. RSVP: 203-891-4784.
• Movie of the Month, Friday, Aug. 11 “Lion,” 1 p.m. Div Patel and Nicole Kidman star in story of a 5-year-old boy’s 25-year journey to return home, armed with only his memories and Google Earth. Popcorn, soda served. RSVP.
• Monthly book club, Friday Aug. 28. The next book will be A Long Way Home: A Memoir by Saroo Brierley
• Pacific Northwest slide show trip presentation, Sept. 11 at 3:30 p.m. for trip April 23-30, 2018.
• 2017 Trips
Thimble Islands cruise Aug. 9, with lunch at the Chowder Pot, $50pp, $60pp.
The Songs of Frankie Valli, at the Aqua Turf. Share a bus, Aug. 17, family style food, $92pp.
Boston Pops at Tanglewood with conductor John Williams, Aug. 19, dinner, $147pp.
?Mystery? Sept. 13, with three one-act plays, lunch, river cruise, $99pp.
Chocolate sunset tour, Sept. 29, depart from Thomaston Station, Frasia Chocolate with Haight-Brown wine tasting. sunset toast, visit Fascia Chocolate Co., $80pp, $90pp.
• Twin lobsters with Rod Stewart tribute, July 19, $89pp. Block Island, July 25, $131pp.
Organizers of the annual Orange Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival are seeking volunteer help for the main food tent Thursday-Sunday Aug. 3-6. High school students looking for community service hours, businesses and others are sought to assist for a few hours.
Hours would be 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday; 11 a.m. or 4 p.m. Saturday; and noontime Sunday, when it doesn’t go into the night. The carnival is held at Orange Country Fairgrounds on Orange Center Road, rain or shine, but it could be called off because of dangerous weather. Fireworks are on Friday and Saturday night.
Contact Denise Mirto at 203-464-9972 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As of June 5, Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, is open the following hours: Monday: noon-8 p.m. Tuesday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday: noon-8 p.m. Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Case Library events are free, except as noted. Register in person, 203-891-2170 or http://www.casememoriallibrary.org.
• Square One Theatre staged reading of “Kalamazoo” Monday, July 24, 7 p.m., a romantic comedy about life’s second act and learning you’re never too old for love. RSVP.
• Teen Cooking Class: Sweet and Savory Dips Wednesday, July 26, 2:30-3:30 p.m., for eight students entering grades 6-12. Make, eat a seven-layer dip, hummus, and a dessert dip with registered dietitian at ShopRite of Orange. Space is limited to 8 participants per session. Notify library of any food allergies at registration. RSVP.
The Housatonic River Job Network will meet at 7-9 p.m. Aug. 10 at Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road.
Guest speaker will be Melanie Szlucha, MBA, owner of RedInc LLC. Her topic will be “5 Things You’re Doing Wrong In Your Job Search - And How to Fix Them”
She will cover the most frequent tips she gives clients: easy ways to customize a resume, how a good cover letter looks, networking outside the box, sealing the deal in the job interview, and following up without stalking.
Contact email@example.com for further information.
The Orange public schools will have rolling registration for new students.
To begin, visit the registration page at www.oess.org for the child’s school and fill out the online registration forms. Prepare the documents listed and a representative will contact parents to set up an appointment. On July 10-Aug. 3, registration appointments will be held at Mary L. Tracy School, 650 School House Lane, on Mondays, Wednesdays, noon-2 p.m., and Tuesdays, Thursdays, 9-11 a.m. Before July 10 and after Aug. 3 appointments will be held at the child’s school.
Bring child’s original birth certificate, proof of residency, physical and immunization records to the meeting.
Registration at Amity Middle School, 100 Ohman Ave., for students who are new to Amity Regional District 5 will be held Aug. 21.
Call Amity Middle School at 203-392-3200 for an appointment.
The Woodbridge Library Farmers’ Market will run 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays in July and August on the Green.
Woodbridge Center, 203-389-3430 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The center’s programs include intergenerational events, arts and educational classes, entertainment, ongoing health and wellness opportunities a café and transportation for town residents 60 years and older.
• July 25, Annual indoor barbecue, $6, at noon in the Center Café with entertainment by Jim Sheehan, co-sponsored by the Police Department. RSVP.
Massaro Community Farm, 41 Ford Road, is presenting the following:
• Wild plant and fungi foraging, July 22, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., with the 3 Foragers, slide show, walk.
• Fermenting at the farm, Aug. 24, 6-7:30 p.m., with Sara Servin, suggested donation of $10 person.
• Dinner on the Farm, Sept. 3, 4:30-9 p.m., $150, all-local meal prepared by chef Denise Appel, outside at the Massaro Farm, a former family dairy farm, tour with farmer Steve Munno, open bar, appetizers, interactive exhibits, silent auction. Proceeds support the farm’s commitment to education and the thousands of pounds of produce donated each season to those in need.
• Woodbridge Job Bank teens will work for Woodbridge residents who want to hire someone to assist with odd jobs like yard work, party help, cleaning, tutoring, and moving furniture or boxes.
Call 203-389-3429 for more information.
• The Job Bank in Woodbridge offers jobs to teen residents who would like to work to earn some extra cash. The application process offers a chance to learn about the interview process, safety on the job, and how to negotiate pay. Types of jobs may include yard work, babysitting, animal care, house work, and snow shoveling. Call Youth Services to join at 203-389-3429.
• Job readiness at Amity Continuing Ed: July 10, 11, 10 a.m.-noon, high school and young college students to attend a two-day workshop about job or internship preparation. Each student will complete a resume, work through an application, and experience the interview. Class will also discuss proper attire and conduct. Preparation for work, part- or full-time, is the focus. Students will take a completed resume home on their flash drives. Call 203-389-3429.
Minimum grade level: 9. Course includes: flash drive, workbook and materials. Fee: $10. Register at http://www.amityregion5.org/ Click on “Continuing Ed.”
• Seventh-grade picnic: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 24. Residents of Woodbridge and Bethany may attend the 18th annual 7th Grade Picnic to meet friends, with pizza, music, games and an inflatable on the Woodbridge Green, $5. Call 203-389-3429 to sign up.