Cast-iron skillets are sought for the second annual Ladies Cast Iron Skillet Toss to be held at the Bethany Harvest Festival on Oct. 1.

Local eateries will provide gift cards as prizes.

The skillets can break. Unwanted skillets, 8-inch preferred, may be left with Jimmy Valenti at the Bethany Recycle Center; for pickup, call Bruce Loomis at 203-393-2487.

The Bethany Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will present a night of painting 7-10 p.m. Oct. 20 at fire headquarters, 765 Amity Road.

Painting will begin at 8 p.m. A professional artist will assist participants in creating a fall-theme sunflower painting.

Cost of $35 per person will include all painting supplies, tea, coffee "and," paper products and ice. Bring a beverage and snacks. RSVP by Oct. 13 to Joan at 203-627-8874. Walk-ins will be permitted as space allows.

The Bethany Garden Club is celebrating 50 years of gardening, friendship and beautifying the town with a luncheon at noon Oct. 22 at Lakeview Lodge.

Past members who would like to be included in the celebration may contact or Aileen at 203-393-1927.

The Lions-sponsored flea market is open Saturdays, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. until Oct. 28, except in severe weather, at the old Bethany Airport on Amity Road (Route 63). Admission and parking are free.

Set up begins at 6 a.m. Vendors must supply display tables or ground cloths. The cost is $10 per space, payment to be collected on-site.

For more information, contact Bruce or Janet Hescock at 203-393-2078.

Precious Blood Parish is offering:

A bereavement support group to help those coping with the loss of a loved one. The 10-week program begins 1-3 p.m. Sept. 28 in Fr. Cronin Hall, St. Mary Church, 70 Gulf St.

The group meets Thursdays until Dec. 7.

RSVP: call the parish office at 203-878-3571.

The Choir of St. Mary’s began the 2017-18 season with rehearsals at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 in the choir loft. The all-ages choir is open to all the members of Precious Blood Parish. It sings at the 10 a.m. Sunday Mass, and for special services all year. There is no audition. Learn more at www.preciousblood

The Milford Environmental Protection Initiative is selling $3 raffle tickets for a handmade quilt, and will put the proceeds into grants for local projects to protect and enhance Milford’s natural environment.

The quilt is 65-by-67 inches with a multi-color mix of geometric abstract and modern floral fabrics. The raffle drawing will be 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center at Milford Point. Ticket-holders do not need to be present to win.

MEPI’s 2018 calendar with photos of Milford will also be on sale for $12. For more information, call Jeanne Cervin at 203-301- 4250.

MEPI’s volunteer board awards grants to Milford residents, teachers, Scout troops, organizations and clubs. Examples of funded projects include: purchase of books about Long Island Sound by the children’s librarian, installation of bluebird nesting boxes by the Garden Club and Conservation Commission, planting of native plants and pollinator gardens by a Girl Scout troop, and a two-day horseshoe crab workshop by Sacred Heart University. Learn more at

The city will pick up residents’ bulk trash for free, following schedule of the four garbage days: for Mondays, it was Sept. 11; Tuesdays, it was Sept. 18; Thursdays, it’s Sept. 25; Fridays, it’s Oct. 2.

• Items should not be put at the curb earlier than the Saturday before the collection; everything should be at the curb by 6 a.m. on the pickup date.

• The bulky waste must be separated: metal must be apart from burnables; yard waste should be in disposable containers or bags; brush and wood must be cut to 4-foot lengths and tied in bundles.

• No more than four passenger car tires may be included.

• Where possible, similar items should be placed together in containers, which will be discarded.

• The following won’t be picked up: batteries, commercial items, logs and stumps, concrete or cement, anything requiring more than two men to pick up, hazardous waste, liquid waste, oil-based paint, motor oil, propane tanks, grass clippings.

• Sheetrock and demolition materials must be brought to Waste Conversion, 211 Old Gate Lane; it is not accepted at the transfer station.

Call the Public Works office at 783-3265, the Monday before pickup for white goods, such as stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers and hot water heaters.

Collecting car seats

New Haven area residents can recycle used car seats until Sept. 23 at participating Target stores, including Ansonia, Milford and Orange.

The car seats will be recycled through TerraCycle so that each component will see a second life.

In celebration of National Baby Safety Month, a car seat collection box in the front of the Target store or in the baby/kids section. A customer who turns in a used car seat will receive a coupon for 20 percent off the purchase of a new one.

TerraCycle will separate the components of the seats — cloth, plastics, metals — and process them for use in other products.

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

• Party in the Stacks! will be presented by the Friends of the Milford Library, 7-10 p.m. Oct. 21, with a whimsical woodland scene.

The event will feature a puzzle treasure hunt designed by Eric Berlin, author of the Winston Breen mystery series and a New York Times crossword contributor.

There will be music and dancing, appetizers, a photo booth and a silent auction.

Master of ceremonies will be longtime radio personality Brian Smith.

People in costumes inspired by the enchanted forest theme or a favorite book character, can vie in the costume contest.

Tickets are available on the Friends website and at the Library Circulation Desk.

Tickets are $35 for a Friend and $40 for nonmembers. After Oct. 1, tickets will be $50. Attendees must be 21 or older.

Details: or 203-785-3291.

• 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.

• Sept. 26, 7 p.m. Details the steps to becoming a naturalized citizen. Presented by an Immigration Service officer.

• Sept. 27, 7 p.m. How Metro-North went from an award-winning operation to one suffering numerous derailments, slower speeds and deteriorating service, with former chairman of the Metro-North Commuter Council.

• Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-noon, 1-3 p.m. Career Coach, in the parking lot.

• Introduction to Tinkercad, Sept. 16 at 11 a.m., the basics of 3D modeling using Tinkercad, ages 8 to adult. RSVP: 203-783-3292 or email

• Geometric design, Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. Create a masterpiece with geometric designs, acrylic paint, ages 8-12. RSVP: 203-783-3292,

• Exploring Connecticut’s Natural Wonders, Sept. 30 at 10:30 a.m., stories of the natural wonders where natural history comes to life, which are easily explored.

Preschool storytime: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., stories, a craft for ages 3 and up with a caregiver.

Toddler time Thursdays at 10, 11 a.m., finger plays, songs and stories, for ages 2 and under with a caregiver.

LEGO© Buildathon the first Tuesday of every month.

Stories Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. An evening story time for ages 3 and up. Siblings welcome. Dress in your pajamas. Story times are third Wednesday of the month, September-December.

"Getting There - Connecticut’s Daily Commute" will be presented by commuter advocate James Cameron at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave.

Cameron has been writing about commuting issues for more than a decade, first as a member of the Metro-North Commuter Council, later as founder of the Commuter Action Group and most recently as a weekly columnist for the Hearst CT Media newspapers.

Cameron will tell of the woes of Metro-North, spending a day with a state trooper on Interstate 95, nostalgia for the state’s transportation past and technological dreams for the high-speed future.

Topics will include tolls on major highways, fixing Metro-North, speed limit enforcement, and a gasoline tax.

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. The next meeting is Oct. 4.

For information, call the hospital Education Department at 203-876-4000.

Adam Sattig Council 35 Royal and Select Masters will meet at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 in the Masonic Lodge Hall, 59 Broad St., under the direction of Thrice Illustrious Master James Whitaker.

A vote will be taken on whether to merge with Jerusalem Council of Stratford to form a new council.

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.

A tag sale will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 7 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 283 Bridgeport Ave., rain or shine.

The sixth annual Milford Trick or Trot 5K Run/Walk, to benefit the Beth-El Center shelter and soup kitchen, will be held downtown Oct. 28.

Sign-in begins at 7:30 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m. from Lisman Landing, Helwig Street, on Milford Harbor. Halloween costumes are welcome.

Fee is $27 per person for advance registration, $30 the same day. Register at

The annual Garlic Festival will be held by members of the Benson-Crump Memorial Community Gardens Program at 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Gazebo on the Green.

Rain date is Sept. 24.

The family event will include eight varieties of organic garlic.

Also, 12 theme baskets, beekeeper Ralph Harrison will be selling honey and beeswax candles; and seasonal vegetables from Robert Treat Farm.

Also, the Milford Historical Society Herbcrafters, with cookbooks, herb soaps, sachets, dried lavender, bayberry candles, potpourri; Fawn Meadow Orchards apples; Filanowski Farm flowers; Q&A, demonstrations.

Also, refreshments, candy, Halloween pencils, tattoos, face painting and balloons.

Proceeds will benefit the Milford Recreation Department’s Benson-Crump Gardens Program.

For more information, call 203-214-3407, 203-464-4196.

Fall festival tag, vendor, craft sale, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sept. 23, at handicapped-accessible United Church of Christ in Devon, 30 Ormond St., Devon.

Enter through the door at the left corner of the building on Pequot Street.

Also, Kid’s Closet and White Elephant Room and lunch available. Contact Jean Klink at 203-874-6422.

• Family Movie Night, "The Boss Baby," hot dog dinner, unlimited popcorn, 6-7 p.m. Sept. 15, $6, ages 3-5 $3, free under 3, free movie follows.

A three-day carnival will be held on the grounds of St. Mary’s Church, 72 Gulf St.

Times are 6-11 p.m. Sept. 22; 1-11 p.m. Sept. 23, with fireworks at 10 p.m.; 1-5 p.m. Sept. 24.

There will be food, baked goods, rides, 50/50 raffles, live music, and a car raffle ($5 tickets). Wristbands for all-day rides will be $25 per day.

Carnival sponsorships are available. Call Laura Dzialo at 203-877-2886 for information.

Registration is open for the Milford Regional Chamber’s Health & Wellness Council’s seventh annual Step by Step to a Healthier Milford, a six-week self-walking campaign.

The kickoff will be 9 a.m. Sept. 23 at Walnut Beach or call 203-878-0681. Registration is $20.

The event benefits the Milford Chamber Trust scholarship fund.

The Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive, 203-877-5131.

• Italian Cultural Class meets Thursdays, at 11 a.m. in the small conference room, second floor.

• Laughter yoga workshop is Sept. 25 at 9:30 a.m., a session of deep breathing, clapping, playful exercises (no contortions.

• DJ Chuck will be providing music at the sock hop Sept. 26, 1-2:30 p.m. Snacks and root beer floats. Tickets are $5 at the front office through Sept. 22.

• Sept. 28 at 1 p.m., learn the five warnings signs of Alzheimer’s memory loss and what steps can be taken during a program presented by Bridges By Epoch at Trumbull.

Trips, open to members only.

Holidays featuring Nashville Opryland, Memphis Graceland, New Orleans.

Call 203-877-5131, ext. 2119.

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 or Geralynn at 847-302-9729 or

The Ellen Aftamonow Woodmont Library, at the Fannie Beach Center 16 Dixon St., presents:

• Morning Book Discussion Group, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 5 book is "Yanahlossee Riding Camp for Girls," by Anton DiSclafani. The group meets the first Thursday monthly.

• Preschool Story Time Mondays for children accompanied by a caregiver, 10 a.m., songs, finger play and crafts.

Call 203-874-5675.

St. Ann Church, 501 Naugatuck Ave., will hold the following:

• Tag sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 23, 24 indoors, rain or shine, housewares, clothing, toys, furniture.

Call 203-874-0634 or go to

• Crafts vendors are sought for a Christmas fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Parish Center. An 8-foot spot is $40. There will be raffles, Santa and baked goods.

Contact Maureen at for a contract and guidelines.

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.

Congregation Sinai of West Haven/Milford, 1000 New Haven Ave., has tickets for High Holidays services led by Cantor Pharrel Wener on Sept. 20-22, 29, 30.

Cost is $125-$175. Times: Sept. 20 is at 6 p.m.; Sept. 21, 22, at 9:30 a.m.; Sept. 29 at 6 p.m.; Sept. 30 at 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Call the office at 203-301-0558.

Tony Renzoni of Branford, author of "Connecticut Rock ’n‘ Roll: A History," will sign his book at 1 p.m. Sept. 23 at Barnes & Noble, 1375 Boston Post Road.

The restoration of historic houses will be the topic presented by Edd and Karan Oberg at the next meeting of the Milford Historical Society at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church, 168 Broad St. on the Green.

The Obergs became interested in antiques more than 30 years ago when they purchased and started restoring a house in Ashford. They used 18th- and 19th-century architectural elements and filled the rooms with period-appropriate antiques.

Their work was featured in American Country Magazine under the headline: "A Passion for Preserving the Past."

Edd Oberg has recently been working on restoring and preserving the society’s Eells-Stow House, circa 1700, at the society’s headquarters, 34 High St.

The evening starts with coffee and dessert and a 10-minute meeting. For information on joining the society, go to

Members of the Milford Historical Society and the South of the Green Historic District invite the public to take a walk with them to learn the history of the houses and hear about the people who lived long ago.

The 127-house district is Milford’s second, designated in 2007.

The tour will leave from the Milford Historical Society, 34 High St., at 1 p.m. Sept. 30, rain date Oct. 1 at 1 p.m.

No reservations needed.

The district runs roughly from High Street to Noble Avenue. The tour will last about an hour; side street parking is best.

At the end of the tour, participants may return to the Historical Society for lemonade and cookies. The three 18th century houses will be open for docent-led tours until 4 p.m.

For more info: or 203-874-2664.

Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary Unit 15 will be accepting new and gently used winter coats and accessories for men, women and children on Oct. 7.

All sizes may be dropped off, along with gloves, hats, mittens and scarves, at 9 a.m.-noon at the Fowler Memorial Building, next to the Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave., rain or shine.

The Boys & Girls Club will have a new event to kick off the seventh annual Pumpkins on the Pier festivities: Pumpkins Eve at 6-10 p.m. Oct. 6.

Pumpkins on the Pier is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 7, both at Walnut Beach, 113 Broadway.

• Pumpkins Eve, the pumpkin patch will be open, the Rum Runners will be playing music, there will be food trucks, a beach bonfire (weather permitting), and beer from BAD SONS Beer Co.; admission is $5.

• Pumpkins on the Pier, free admission, offers the pumpkin patch, a pumpkin pie eating contest, crafts and activities, games and demonstrations, as well as a pier full of pumpkin displays, created by Pumpkin on the Pier sponsors. With Al DeCant, Curious Creatures, Danny Magic, Lee Lund Studio of Dance, and country artist Jim Crutchfield.

For details, visit

Pumpkins on the Pier rain date is Oct. 8.

Crafters and vendors cost is $40 for a 10-by-10 space. Contact Ralph Harrison at, 203-878-0462 or

The Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce will present "Chow Down Milford," a Milford Restaurant Week kickoff sampler on Oct. 3.

The tasting will offer dishes from restaurants participating in Milford Restaurant Week, as well as other local wines, beers and spirits.

It will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Costa-Azzurra Restaurant on Broadway. Attendees will be able to taste food and drinks from every station.

Participating restaurants include: Bar Louie, Bin 100 Restaurant, Costa-Azzurra, Eli’s Tavern, Fonda La Paloma, Gusto Trattoria/Italian Restaurant, Plan B Burger Bar, Reggiano’s Pizza & Pasta Restaurant, Scribner’s Restaurant and Spirit Brewing.

The kickoff cost is $25 per person through Sept. 30; $30 beginning Oct. 1, and $35 at the door.

RSVP:, 203-878-0681,

Milford Restaurant Week will run Oct. 9-Oct. 15, with more than 10 restaurants offering special prix fixe fare.

Participants: Archie Moores, Bar Louie, Bin 100 Restaurant, Bridge House Restaurant, Eli’s Tavern, Fonda La Palmona, Gusto Trattoria/Italian Restaurant, Garden Grille at the Hilton Garden Inn Milford, Monty’s River Grille at Great River Golf Club, Plan B Burger Bar, Rainbow Gardens, Reggiano’s Pizza & Pasta Restaurant, SBC Restaurant and Beer Bar, Scribner’s Restaurant and Stonebridge Restaurant.

Dinners will be $20.95 or $27.95. Where available, a prix fixe lunch menu will be offered at $14.95 or $17.95. Calls ahead and reservations are suggested.

For information on participating restaurants and menus, visit or call 203-878-0681.

Milford High School class of 1967 will have its 50th reunion 6-11 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Milford Yacht Club, 131 Trumbull Ave.

Cost is $55. Other weekend activities are planned.

For information and payment details, contact Hilda Simon Wilson at 203-929-7188 or

The Knights of Columbus is running a trip to the Mohegan Sun on Nov. 4.

The trip from Club 47 is 5:30-11:30 p.m. The cost is $40, with a 50\50 raffle on the bus. Payment is due Oct. 20. Make check Joseph Lucisano, mail to 93 Berkeley Terrace, Milford 06460. Info: Lucisano at 203-878-834 or

The Devon Rotary Club will hold its 30th annual Oktoberfest at noon-9 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Rotary Pavilion at Fowler Field behind the Milford Public Library. Entrance fee is $10.

Proceeds directly benefit the club’s activities including scholarships, grants and charitable giving.

There will be 15 Oktoberfest and craft beers on tap, German and American foods, merchandise, including mugs, German hats, T-shirts, and Das Boot available for purchase, raffle prizes, including a big-screen LCD.

The entertainment will feature a German oompah band headliner and locals the Rum Runners.

For further information, contact Rotarian Al May at or any member of the club.

Christ the Redeemer, Council 15870, K of C, is sponsoring a bus trip to see Boston College vs. Central Michigan football on Sept. 30. Price of $80 includes ticket, bus, food and drink.

Call Tony at 203-874-4214.

The Travis C. Kitchen VFW Post 7788 and Auxiliary are sponsoring three scholarship programs for city students in grades 6-12.

Awards are progressive, with winning entries moving from local to district, state and national levels. Entries may earn more than $30,000 to further the student’s education.

• Patriot’s Pen: essay, for grades 6-8, the theme is "America’s Gift to My Generation," apply by Oct. 31.

• Voice of Democracy: oral presentation, for grades 9-12, topic is "American History: Our Hope for the Future," apply by Oct. 31.

• Young American Creative Patriotic Art Awards: artwork to express patriotism, for grades 9-12, apply by March 31, 2018.

For information, contact Cmdr. Joseph Razzaia Jr., or Nancy Paddock, auxiliary past president,, or the schools’ guidance office.

The eighth annual Fall Folk Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at the United Presbyterian Church, 109 Seaside Ave, featuring the Milford Folk Music Society.

Tickets are $10. There will be a bake sale; canned food donations will be accepted for the Milford Food Bank.

Contact 203-874-7088 or

Father Berean Assembly, K of C, will hold a dinner dance Oct. 14 at 240 Naugatuck Ave.

Dinner will be 6:30-8 p.m., followed by the dance with a DJ.

Cost is $25, received by Oct. 12.

The buffet dinner includes carved London broil, chicken picatta, eggplant rollatini, penne ala vodka, garden salad, roasted potatoes, cake, coffee and tea.

Make check to K of C Father Berean Assembly and mail to Joseph Lucisano, 93 Berkeley Terrace, Milford 06460.

For group of eight or 10, contact Lucisano to reserve a table at 203-878-8343 or

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.

Case Library events are free, except as noted. Register in person, 203-891-2170 or

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.

2017 Oscar Shorts: Live-Action Nominees: Sept. 25, 7 p.m., Sept. 27, 1 p.m. Nominees include Sing, Silent Nights, Timecode, Ennemis intérieurs, La Femme et le TGV. 2 hr. 14 min.

Learn to Draw Like Paul Klee, Sept. 27, 3:45-4:45 p.m., for grades 2-6, learn about Klee and transform a simple line into a picture full of eye-catching colors in unique combinations. RSVP.

Orange Senior Center offers programs. For more information and to register, call 203-891-4784.

• 1980s tribute concert in the Gazebo with food trucks, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 7, after the farmers market.

• Ping-pong, Monday at 11 a.m. and Wednesday at noon; billiards meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m., Fridays at 10 a.m.; bocce meets Wednesdays at 10 a.m.; chess plays Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.

• Hot lunch is 11:30 a.m.-noon weekdays; $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 the first hour. The second hour is time to play. RSVP: 203-891-4784.

Chocolate sunset tour, Sept. 29, depart from Thomaston Station, Frasia Chocolate with Haight-Brown wine tasting, sunset toast, visit Fascia Chocolate Co., $80pp, $90pp.

Girl Scouts of Connecticut is recruiting members at 6-730 p.m. Sept. 21 at High Plains Community Center Cafeteria on Orange Center Road.

Activities will center around friendship, sisterhood and outdoor fun.

To join:, 800-922-2770.

The Chinmaya Mission Fairfield-New Haven will celebrate the Festival of Navaratri by holding its fourth annual Raas-Garba (traditional Indian folk dances) at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road.

The Garba will be accompanied by music by Devangi Dharani and group. There will also be Indian food. Bring dandiyas or rent them for $2.

Tickets: adults $10, children $5. Contact Deepa Sinha, 203-623-0506; Prashanti Reddy, 203-654-1847 or Devangi Dharani, 203-676-6201.

For more information, visit

The "Starry Night Quilt Show" will be held 5-8:30 p.m. Oct. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meeting House Lane, Orange.

More than 100 original quilts by artists Phil and Julie Gold will be displayed. One quilt will be raffled.

Hand-made quilts and blankets will be shown, many that will be donated to the Fairy Mission of Greater New Haven.

A cafe will serve snacks and cider.

Meet the artists at 7-8 p.m. Oct. 6.

A $5 donation at the door will go to the Fairy Mission.

Call 203-795-9749.

Groups of concerned Catholics will meet in public squares nationwide at noon Oct. 14 for the Public Square Rosary, to recite a rosary for peace and the welfare of the country.

The event is celebrated annually on the second Saturday of October.

For details, people in Greater New Haven who wish to participate may contact: Orange: Mary Ann, 203-799-2518; Milford: Margaret, 203-877-2860; West Haven: Eva, 203-933-7141; Cheshire: Steve, 203-843-1771; Hamden: Louise, 203-248-9678; Wallingford: Lori, 203-213-7973.

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, will have its third annual Comedy Night presented by TreeHouse Comedy Productions, "... 3 Guys Walk Into a Bar ...," starring Joey Novick, Pat Oates and Goumba Johnny.

The event will be Oct. 14. Doors open at 7 p.m., a cocktail reception will be at 7:15, the comedy show is at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets include appetizers, a choice of two: beer, wine or soft drink.

Tickets are $36, and $54 for VIP seating. Call 203-799-2341 or

The life-saving, selfless deeds of Marion Pritchard will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Nov. 5 at the 11th annual Kristallnacht Commemoration.

The free event will be held at Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road.

Pritchard protected the lives of 150 Dutch Jews during World War II, mostly children, using whatever means were at hand.

"By 1945 I had lied, stolen, cheated, deceived, and even killed," she said.

Although imprisoned and tortured by the Nazis for her resistance work, she survived. In addition to participating in scores of short-term rescue operations, she sheltered an entire family, including newborn Erica Polak, for three years. In the course of that undertaking, a Dutch Nazi collaborator discovered Marion’s hidden family and was on the verge of informing on them to the Nazi authorities. In that moment, Pritchard did something that would haunt her the rest of her life.

Throughout her life Pritchard was an advocate for children, first as a social worker and then as a practicing psychoanalyst. Israel made her an honorary citizen in 1991. At Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the Holocaust, she is among those designated as Righteous Gentiles.

Guest speakers at the event will include U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.; Marion Pritchard’s son, Arnie Pritchard; professor Deborah Dwork, of Clark University; the "baby," Erica Polak; and Aviva Slesin, an Academy Award documentarian.

Marion Pritchard was studying to become a social worker when Germany invaded the Netherlands in May 1940.

At the beginning of 1942, the Germans started concentrating Jews in Amsterdam, and many were forced to relocate from the countryside.

The growing Jewish population was then confined to certain areas of the city. July of that year marked the beginning of mass deportations to the killing centers in occupied Poland, mainly to Auschwitz.

One day Marion Pritchard, a 22-year-old student, witnessed Germans throwing young Jewish children onto a truck for deportation. It was a shocking sight, and she was overwhelmed with rage. She decided then that she would do whatever she could to rescue Jewish children.

Kai Byrd, principal of Mary L. Tracy School, 650 School House Lane, is the Title IX officer for the school district.

The Title IX federal law was passed in 1972 to ensure that male and female employees and students in educational settings were treated equally and fairly. It protects against discrimination based on gender and requires that each school district have at least one person designated as the Title IX officer.

Anyone who feels discriminated against may contact Byrd at or 203-891-8028, ext. 1113.

Savin Rock amusements

"Memories of Savin Rock Amusement Park," a three-person panel discussion, will be held 6-8 p.m. Sept. 28 at the West Haven Public Library, 300 Elm St.

The free event, with Mayor Edward M. O’Brien and refreshments, is presented by the Columbus Day Committee of Greater New Haven and the Sons and Daughters of Italy Lodge 37. West Haven is the host city for the 2017 Columbus Day celebration.

The West Haven Italian American Civic Association will host an Italian Night dinner, dance and open bar at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at 85 Chase Lane.

Dance music by Vinnie Carr will be 8 p.m.-midnight. Tickets are $45. Call Pat Sirocco at 203-933-0626, Ellen Marazzi at 203-7740 or Frank Consorte at 203-676-6379 by Oct. 4.