With a generous grant from their headlining sponsor, The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation (jamiehulleyartsfund.org), The Spartan Players (Bethany campus) announce their production of Once Upon This Island Jr., Nov. 10 and 11 at 7 p.m.. The Spartan Players look forward to bringing this touching story to life!

The Squarefoot Theatre Company’s Patrick Laffin has once again teamed up with Amity staff member Keith Smolinski to bring this amazing show to the stage! Tickets are available now and you have the option of purchasing online at squarefoottheatre.tix.com or by calling The Square Foot Theatre Box Office at 203-793-7383.

The annual Pumpkin and Holly Bazaar will be held two days at Christ Episcopal Church, 526 Amity Road, Route 63, at the blinking light.

It will be 4-8 p.m. Friday Nov. 17, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday Nov. 18.

Booths include a bakery with Thanksgiving pies, assorted cookies on china plates; needlework and crafts, basket raffles, Granny’s Attic, tree ornaments, kids’ stocking stuffers, women’s upscale new and almost new clothing boutique, new and vintage Christmas décor, cookbooks, and holiday gifts.

The café will serve a light dinner on Friday and lunch Saturday.

Winter Wonderland 5 miler, hosted by the Milford Road Runners, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, Platt Tech High School, 600 Orange Ave., Milford.

8:30, race registration begins; 9:30 race starts; 10:45, Awards and ceremony

Pre-registration is $20; Race Day $25

Pizza, soup and hot chocolate after

http://www.milfordrr.com/wonderland.php

Keeping Milford Warm Founder Kevin McGrath and the Board of Directors of this Milford non profit, organization in conjunction with the Milford Kiwanis Club, announced that the Organizations Annual Holiday fundraiser will be held at Grassy Hill Country Club on Saturday, December 9th , 2017 .

Keeping Milford Warm was established to make sure that no City of Milford resident or Milford Family would ever go without the assistance of heating their residence if they had no funds to pay for heating . The Organization services the whole city of Milford for those in need. The Dec. 9 fundraising event is open to the public and additional information regarding Keeping Milford Warm can be found @ www.keepingmilfordwarm.com , or email keepingmilfordwarm@gmail.com Tickets can also be purchased online through Eventbrite. Tickets are $60.00 per person to include, Dinner, 2 hour open bar, live music, dancing, raffles, door prizes, live and silent auction

The Milford Arts Council presents Open Mic Nites on the second Wednesday of each month, through May 9, 2018, 7-10 p.m. There will be no Open Mic Nites in December. Registration starts at 6 pm. All performing arts are welcome, singers, musicians, comedians, poets, magicians. If you have a talent to present, we want you to come.

Beverages, beer and wine will be available for purchase inside the venue.

There is a door fee of $5.

Open Mic Nites takes place at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Avenue, Milford, CT 06460. For more information call 203-878-6647 or go to www.milfordarts.org.

The last public viewing event for 2017! The Astronomical Society of New Haven is hosting a free stargazing event on Friday November 17th at 7pm at Silver Sands State Park in Milford. Admission and parking are free. Scopes will be pointed at the Andromeda Galaxy and the Hercules star cluster. Members with larger scopes will be trying to find the planets Neptune and Uranus. Directions and cancellation due to weather (including clouds) will be posted to our website, www.asnh.org or call 866-808-ASNH.

The Milford Camera Club welcomes photographers of any age interested in the art of photography. Come and learn how to use your camera, how to take better pictures, and meet people with similar photo experience. Meetings take place at the Margaret Egan Center, 35 Mathew St. at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays from September until late May. .Meetings will include local competitions of member’s digital images and prints judged by members of other local photography clubs. For information go to milfordcameraclub.com or call Josh Goldin at 203 804-3058. Visitors and members under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Please join the Milford Garden Club for our Nov. 14 program. Our speaker, Judy Preston, from the CT Outreach Program for the EPA Long Island Sound will discuss the changing role of gardens for a sustainable future. Our program begins at 1 PM at The DAR, 55 Prospect Street, Milford and there will be a $5 guest fee. Please contact (203) 874-7470 for more information. Potential members are always welcome!

Additional info at: http://milfordctgardenclub.org/

The Milford Masonic Family will present a breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 19 at the Masonic Hall, 59 Broad Street in Milford from 8:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.

For a donation of $8.00 per person you may enjoy Scrambled Eggs or Pancakes with Bacon or Sausage. There will also be Potatoes, Toast, Orange Juice, and Coffee, or Tea.

All proceeds from this breakfast will be donated to the Milford Fire Department for their “Toys for Tots” program.

Special rates available for families with small children.

For further information call 203-877-4977.

The Milford Arts Council presents the Small Works Fundraising Auction and Reception on Thursday, Nov. 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Milford Center for the Arts, located at 40 Railroad Avenue, Milford, CT. There will be music, food and drink and a chance to talk to area artists.

The Milford Arts Council sponsors 15 art exhibits each year, both at the Milford Center for the Arts and the Firehouse Art Gallery in the Walnut Beach section of Milford. Nearly all exhibitions are open to area artists to submit and awards are determined by a juror. The MAC is also planning to begin offering art classes and workshops next year, both in drawing and painting.

As with all non-profits, finding funding has become more challenging and this event is to help subsidize our visual arts programming. Area artists have donated small works of art, 5” X 7” or smaller that will be sold at this reception where all artwork will be offered at a $10 starting price with $2 increments during a silent auction.

For further information on upcoming art exhibits, live music or theatre events, please visit www.milfordarts.org or call the Milford Arts Council at 203-878-6647.

Wildermere Beach Church Christmas Bazaar & Cookie Stroll will be held Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., 133 Broadway, Milford. Join us for lunch at the Tinsel Cafe with homemade soups, sandwiches and desserts. Visit our fabulous Cookie Stroll and choose from over 250 dozen cookies. Crafters & vendors, children’s gift shop, music & entertainment. Handicapped accessible. Exhibitor tables available for $10. Call 203-874-9289.

Milford Library, 57 New Haven Ave., milfordlibrary.org. RSVP: 203-783-3292.

Middle school students, grades 6-8, Crunchyroll anime club, 6 p.m. the first Thursday of every month. The young-adult librarian will be showing episodes from Crunchyroll, an anime streaming site, and offering an opportunity for fans to discuss anime, manga and Japan. Refreshments.

ADULT: Debut author Lynne Constantine and her sister and writing partner, Valerie, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m., their thriller has just been published by HarperCollins, The Last Mrs. Parrish. The Internet of Things, Nov. 14 at 11 a.m., options for smarter home. 3D printing basics Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. RSVP. The Golden Age of Hollywood Musicals Nov. 15, film historian Max Alvarez on song-and-dance legends of the 1940s and ‘50s. Evening Book Discussion Nov. 21 at 7 p.m., When All the Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz. Are You Sleeping? Nov. 22 at 7 p.m., Beth Capobianco, from Community VNA, tips on restful night’s sleep. Diabetes: What You Should Know, What You Should Do, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m, registered dietitian/nutritionist and certified diabetes educator. Recharge for the Holidays, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. simple, easy, exercises. Classic Book Discussion Nov. 30 at 10 a.m. Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov. VeraCrypt Encryption Softward on Thursday Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Registration for the MUSC winter 2017-2018 Little Kicks soccer season is open. MUSC’s Little Kicks program is a preschool age introduction into the sport of soccer. This program is designed for 3 and 4-year-old children to learn the base fundamentals of soccer through fun activities and games. Visit www.musc.org for more information and to register. Email LittleKicks@musc.org to learn more about the program.

Low Vision Support group meets, 10:30 a.m., Monday, November 13, Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive, call Eileen Torow 203-878-8904

Precious Blood Parish’s Parkinson’s Support Group meets at 1 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month. Open to anyone with or caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s disease, this group meets in Father Cronin Hall at St. Mary Church, 72 Gulf St. Visit www.preciousbloodparishmilford.org to see all of the group schedules.

Tattered and unneeded flags will be accepted for “retirement” weekdays at the city clerk’s office at the Parsons Government Center, 70 W. River St.

Flags may also be left in a box or bag outside the rear entrance of VFW Post 7788, 422 Naugatuck Ave.

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. Registration not required.

Contact Judy D. at 203-283-3867 or JMdel61@gmail.com or Geralynn at 847-302-9729 or MilfordFA@gmail.com.

The Caring Network, a free, ongoing support group for adults who have lost a loved one through death, meets 6-8 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of every month, at Bridges Healthcare, at 949 Bridgeport Ave.

The group is facilitated by Cynthia Dodd, M. Div, a Bridges counselor, and is sponsored by Bridges Healthcare and Cody-White Funeral Home.

For information, call Cody-White at 203-874-0268 or Dodd at 203-878-6365, ext. 344.

The Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce’s “Table Top Expo” will be 5-7 p.m. Nov. 14 at Grassy Hill Country Club, Orange.

The business expo for the business community and public combined with the chamber’s Business After Hours networking includes appetizers, cocktails and door prizes.

Business participants receive a six-foot clothed table with chairs for $159, which includes electric and admission for two company representatives.

For information on showcasing a business or sponsoring the event, contact Nell Moll at the chamber at 203-878-0681 or nmoll@milfordct.com.

Students will perform “It’s Only a Play” as their fall production at Jonathan Law High School, 20 Lansdale Ave.

Performances are 7 p.m. Nov. 10, and at 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 11 Tickets are $12, general admission and $7 for senior citizens, children and students with a valid ID. At the matinee, senior citizens are admitted for free.

Story: It’s the opening night of “The Golden Egg” on Broadway, and wealthy producer Julia Budder is throwing a lavish party in her lavish Manhattan townhouse. Downstairs the celebrities are pouring in, but the real action is upstairs in the bedroom, where a group of insiders have staked themselves out to await the reviews. The group includes the excitable playwright; the possibly unstable wunderkind director; the leading lady, treading the boards after becoming infamous in Hollywood; and the playwright’s best friend, for whom the play was written but who passed up this production for a television series. Add to this a drama critic who’s panned the playwright in the past and a new-in- town aspiring singer, and you have a prime recipe for the narcissism, ambition, childishness, and just plain irrationality that infuse the theater — and for comedy. But don’t worry: This play is sure to be the hit they have all been hoping for.

The cast includes Justin Amaro as Peter Austin, Rosalie Filippone as Julia Budder, Berat Celik as Ira Drew, Luke McDonald as Frank Finger, Emma Hudd as Virginia Noyes, Carlos Acosta as James Wicker, and Joseph Soto as Gus P. Head.

For more information,contact the director Christina Kalafut at ckalafut@milforded.org.

The 13th annual city Scouts’ Thanks-for-Giving Food Drive to benefit local families will be held noon Friday, Nov. 10 to noon Sunday, Nov. 12.

Scouts will be camping at Daniel S. Wasson Field on West Main Street, accepting, sorting and delivering frozen turkeys, nonperishable foods and money donated by residents. They will also be staffing tables at Stop & Shop, ShopRite and Adams supermarkets.

But there is no need to wait: Local businesses are providing early drop-off points for food and money.

The Scouts this year have been asked to support additional charities including Beth El Shelter, the Milford Food Bank, Cornerstone Food Pantry and the John Wrigley Food Pantry.

The early drop-off sites include: People’s United Bank, 190 S. Broad St., and 636 Boston Post Road; YMCA, 631 Orange Ave.; Give the Dog a Bath, 284 Boston Post Road; Adams Supermarket, 1391 New Haven Ave.; Aquinas Consulting, 601 Boston Post Road; Colonial Toyota, 470 Boston Post Road; City Hall, 110 River St.; City clerk’s office, Parsons Government Center, 70 W. River St.; Mathnasium, 201 Cherry St.

Over the past 12 years, the drive has collected $21,000 and more than 85,000 pounds of food, including more than 3,300 turkeys, to help feed local families.

Last year’s 388 volunteers included Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Venturers, and their families.

Connect with the program at Facebook @thx4givingfood, ThanksforGiving Fooddrive, twitter: @thx4givingfood, fooddrive@aquinasconsulting.com.

The Milford Concert Band is beginning its 26th season as the official band of the city.

Rehearsals are Mondays at 7:30 p.m. at the Fowler Memorial Building next to the library, 57 New Haven Ave. it is open to musicians of all ages and talents. Go to the MCB Facebook page.

Conductor is Duane Berge.

The schedule is: the Gazebo on the Green before the Veterans Day parade on Nov. 5 (rain location, City Hall); the mayoral inauguration Nov. 20; with Santa at the Gazebo, DJ Sheila, Nov. 24; the annual “A Milford Christmas” concert at City Hall, Dec.16; Milford Senior Center, Dec. 17; and Trinity Episcopal Church in Trumbull on Dec. 18.

The citywide weekly leaf pickup will begin Saturday, Nov. 11.

Only leaves in paper bags will be collected. Paper bags , which are biodegradable and can be mixed with composted material, should be left at the curb away from regular weekly garbage and recycling bins. The city will not accept plastic bags; leaves in plastic will be left curbside.

City crews will pick up leaves until the first significant snowfall. Leaves may be bought to the transfer station on Oronoque Road, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Saturday. It is closed noon-12:30 p.m. daily for lunch.

An open group dedicated to those underemployed or in transition to meet, share leads, hear guest speakers, and obtain quality information for their job search.

Next meeting: Thursday, Nov. 9 @ 7pm

Guest Speaker: Andy Ancel — Customer Relationship Management Consultant, Southwest Community Health Center & Social Enterprise Director at Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust

Topic: “Networking 2 Referrals”

Job seekers are told to devote 70-75% of their time to networking; however, networking can be an enigma. How should target contacts be approached? How do you maintain top of mind awareness? What can you do if you meet with a target contact and nothing of substance comes from it? Details such as these are often missing from the resources that encourage you to network.

Andy will discuss in his presentation the fundamentals of networking, and explain why networking is so important to the job search. He will also demonstrate how to create your own “networking 2 referrals” program to help your search move forward.

Finally, he will cover other important topics including: how can you keep top-of-mind-awareness without being a pest, and how often should you contact someone you’re networking with. He will discuss what can be done if you do network with someone and nothing comes of it.

He is a highly motivated operations professional with expertise in networking and building professional relationships; additionally, he has prior background in account management, project management and finance administration. Andy has recently transitioned into non-profit work, so his presentation is extremely relevant for the new and long-term unemployed, as well as part-time and contract workers.

Future meetings will be held:

Thursday — December 14, 2017: Speaker and Topic TBD.

Location: Case Memorial Library - 176 Tyler City Road - Orange, CT.

Day/Time: Monthly on Thursday nights from 7-9 pm for the 2017 season.

Questions: email

alexy56@hotmail.com for further information.

Location: Case Memorial Library - 176 Tyler City Road - Orange, CT.

Day/Time: Monthly on Thursday nights from 7-9 pm for the 2017 season.

Questions: Email alexy56@hotmail.com for further information.

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd invites the public to visit our semi-annual Rummage Sale on Friday, Nov. 17 from 1-6 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon. Shoppers will find a wide array of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, along with shoes, handbags, scarves, jewelry, accessories, children’s games, puzzles, toys, books, DVDs, housewares, glassware, pictures, linens, etc. “There is something for everyone! Make sure to stop by and peruse our treasures”, says Elaine Swirsky, long-standing Chairperson of this fun event. Start your Christmas shopping early, find a special treasure to put under the tree. All are welcome to stop.

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd is located on 680 Racebrook Road, Orange. Sunday service times include Rite II Holy Eucharist without music at 8 a.m. and Rite II Holy Eucharist with music @ 10 a.m. Children’s Christian Faith Formation takes place at 10 am in the Parish Hall. For more information about The Church of the Good Shepherd’s many other programs please call the Parish Office @ (203) 795-6577, email us @ thegoodspheherd@optonline.net, visit our website @ www.thegoodshepherdorangect.org, and of course, check our Facebook page www.facebook.com/cgsorangectfor frequent postings.

Temple Emanuel, 150 Derby Ave., will hold the second annual musical celebration to honor the memory of the late Rabbi Emeritus Jerry Brieger at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11.

The event will feature Alan Goodis, a touring Jewish musician. In 2014, he released a full-length studio album “This Place.”

The celebration will include a reception presented by TE’s bakers.

Goodis will be Temple Emanuel’s musician-in-residence for the weekend. He will lead Friday night and Shabbat morning services with Rabbi Michael Farbman, and teach Sunday school students music, songs and inspiration, and together they will perform a short concert for the school and parents.

Tickets for the Saturday event can be purchased on the TE website or at the door: $20 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under, and $40 for families (max of 2 adults and unlimited kids).

For more information, go to www.templeemanuel-gnh.org, or call the temple office at 203-397-3000.

The Orange Historical Society Academy Museum and Antique Shop, 605 Orange Center Road, is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. For information, call 203-795-3106.

Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, is open 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.

Library events are free, except as noted. Register in person, 203-891-2170 or http://www.casememoriallibrary.org.

New movies/TV on DVD: Absolute Power, The Boss Baby, The Exception, I Am Not Your Negro, In the Heat of the Night, Paris Can Wait, Rocky IV, The Siege of Firebase Gloria, The Space Between Us, The Toll of the Sea.

New music on CD: Arcade Fire, Everything Now; George Colligan, More Powerful; Haim, Something to Tell You; Jupiter & Okwess, Kin Sonic; Kesha, Rainbow; Stanton Moore, With You in Mind; Public Service Broadcasting, Every Valley; Tomasz Stanko, December Avenue; TLC, TLC; Washed Out, Mister Mellow.

New audiobooks: Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale; Michael Connelly, The Wrong Side of Goodbye; Dorothea Benton Frank, Same Beach Next Year; Elin Hilderbrand, Identicals; Debbie Macomber, Any Dream Will Do; Sheryl Sandberg. Option B; Ruth Ware, The Lying Game.

Monthly drama workshops, theater games, improvisational exercises, costumes, for ages 5-10 with Ingrid Schaeffer; Nov. 18, 2-3:30 p.m., Turkey Trouble; Dec. 2, 2-3:30 p.m. The Magical Toy Shop; Feb. 20, 2018: 1:30-3 p.m. The Fir Tree; April 21, 2018: 2-3:30 p.m.: The Rainbow Fish.

Call the library or stop at the children’s desk to register.