The Milford Preservation Trust will be opening the Minuteman House, aka John Downs House at 139 North Street on Thursday, Dec. 21 to mark the Winter Solstice sometimes called “The longest Night” beginning at 4 P.M. and ending at 7 P.M. Look for ancient cauldrons with crackling embers. Old iron tools will be on display and nuts will be available to toss into the cauldrons which represent doing away with any negative thoughts/happenings during the year. Park in back. Event cancelled if rain or snow.

Mayor Benjamin B. Blake and the Freelove Baldwin Stow Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will conduct the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony on Saturday.

On National Wreaths Across America Day, which always takes place in December, volunteers place wreaths on veterans' graves in over 1,200 locations throughout the U.S., including ceremonies at sea, and at each of the U.S. national cemeteries on foreign soil.

The Milford observance will take place at noon in the King’s Highway Cemetery’s Veterans Circle, 270 Cherry St., Milford.

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

For a donation of $8 per person you may enjoy an Omelet, Fried or Scrambled Eggs, French Toast, or Pancakes with Bacon or Sausage. There will also be Potatoes, Toast, Orange Juice, and Coffee, or Tea.

Special rates available for families with small children.

For further information call 203-877-4977.

The Jonathan Law High School (Milford) Post Prom Committee is currently seeking donations from the community in order to hold a safe, alcohol free event for the junior class following their prom on May 11. The committee is seeking both monetary donations as well as donations of items gift cards, etc, to be used as raffle prizes for students or adults at a fundraising event to be held on February 1st. Anyone interested in donating should contact the Post Prom Committee at jlhspp2017@gmail.com or call Sherri Franzman at 203.306.7081. The Committee will be holding a Chipotle Fundraiser on Dec. 20 from 5 to 9 p.m. Dine at the Chipotle on the Post Road in Milford, mention the Jonathan Law Post Prom and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Post Prom. The committee has other events in the works and urges community members to follow their Facebook and Twitter Feeds for more Information @jljrprom.

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

Race registration begins at 8:30 a.m.; 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

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 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 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.

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 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 annual “A Milford Christmas” concert at City Hall, Saturday; Milford Senior Center, Sunday; and Trinity Episcopal Church in Trumbull on Monday.

The citywide weekly leaf pickup has begun.

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.

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd welcomes the community to take a break from your busy holiday preparations and join us at our Paint Social “Fun”raiser. Please join us on Sunday, Dec. 10 from 2-4 p.m. in the Parish Hall. No experience required & beginners encouraged! Just follow along while our Paint Social Art painting Instructor guides you step-by-step through the selected painting in just about two hours. We provide all the painting supplies (16”x20” canvas, acrylic paint, brushes, easels, aprons) for a fun night out with your friends. At the end of the night, you go home with your completed painting ready to hang. Refreshment will be served. If interested please reserve your spot at paintsocialart.com or contact the parish office at 203-795-6577 or email to thegoodshepherd@optonline.net

The current exhibition and sale of handcrafted jewelry by the Bethany Brass Band at the Clark Memorial Library, 538 Amity Road, Bethany, will continue through Jan. 5.

There is a wide variety of styles, in silver and brass, often using internationally sourced beads with them, by the well known area six-women group.. Their jewelry includes earrings, necklaces and bracelets. The styles vary from more dramatic pieces to delicate styled jewelry.

The Band is a jewelry-making cooperative of six current members whose roots date back to 1968, when a group of young mothers wanted to contribute attractive items to the Bethany Community School fall PTA sale.Through the years the group met in each other's homes, often with preschoolers in tow in the early years. Most members are now grandmothers.

The Band's unique name derived from the sound of jewelry hammers tapping on small anvils when most members worked in brass. Since then, silver and other materials have been added to the group's repertoire of styles.Their work is also on display and sale at the Creative Arts Workshop holiday celebration of American crafts in New Haven.

Artists represented in the Bethany show are; Connie Richardson, Lenore Gottlieb, Dotti Dierolf, Sue Rossner, Ditas Johnson and Barrie Collins. Two of the members, Gottlieb and Collins, are "originals."

The exhibit is located on the first floor of the library and is open to the public.

The city is accepting applications for the federally financed Connecticut Energy Assistance Program in the human resources office on the second floor of City Hall, 355 Main St.

Appointments for all heating sources can be made by calling 203-937-3572.

The city will process applications by appointment Mondays through Thursdays. No walk-ins will be accepted.

Applicants who have difficulty speaking English are asked to bring a translator.

Eligibility for assistance is based on the income and assets of an applicant’s household. To qualify, applicants must provide pay stubs, including monthly Social Security benefits and pension checks, for the last four weeks for all household members 18 and older.

Applicants must also provide documentation of assets — recent bank account statements for all accounts for all household members — along with a current electric bill for all heating sources and a current gas bill for those who heat with gas, as well as Social Security numbers and birthdates for all household members.

Programs at the West Haven Library, Main Branch, 300 Elm St., include:

Preschool Story Time Mondays 10:15 -11 a.m., Graham Room, ages 3-5, stories, songs and a craft

Baby Time Wednesdays 11:15 a.m.-noon, Connie Sacco Room, up to 18 months, music, movement and stories

Toddler Time Thursdays 11:15 a.m.-noon, Connie Sacco Room 18 months-2 years, stories, songs and a craft.

To register, click on EVENTKEEPER at www.westhavenlibrary.org or call 203-937-4233. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Drop in Craft, stop in and make a special take home craft, Tuesdays 4-5 p.m. Nov. 21, Graham Room, for kids of all ages. Registration is not required.

Woodbridge Human Services Department is scheduling appointments for town residents for the 2017-2018 Connecticut Energy Assistance Program administered by TEAM. Income eligibility requirements must be met.

Verification of income and assets must be submitted with the application. This includes copies of the last bank statement(s) or check(s) for: a) pay stubs (last 4), or income verification from the individual’s employer, b) Social Security benefits notice, c) Supplemental Security Income, d) pension, e) unemployment, f) alimony/child support, g) interest and dividend income, h) and utility bill. In addition, the names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers of all members residing with the applicant are required.

For more information or an appointment, call Mary Ellen LaRocca or Judi Young at 203-389-3429.

The Amity Teen Center, 10 Selden St., opened the nonprofit Medical Loan Closet.

It is a business was started last year by teens to learn how to start and run a business, and the benefits of giving back to the community.

Gently used medical equipment, such as hospital beds, wheelchairs, walkers, are collected and loaned out to people in the community that need them. There are no restrictions on residence, age or income.

Woodbridge Human Services’ Warm Hearts, Warm Homes Campaign to accept donations for the Town Fuel/Food Fund runs through Dec. 31. A need of $5,000 for the Fuel Bank and $2,000 for the Emergency Food Fund is expected.