The Milford Historical Society's next program will be about the Historical Archives of Igor Sikorsky, the genius behind Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford. Join us on Monday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church, 168 Broad St., on the Green.

The speaker will be Dan Libertino, president of the Archives since 2004, who will tell the story of the three aviation careers of Sikorsky: The Russian Years 1889-1918, The American Years 1919-1938, and The Helicopter Years from 1939 until his death in 1972.

Libertino has a 66-year association with Sikorsky helicopters. He started his career with the United States Air Force in 1951 as a helicopter mechanic and upon discharge in 1954, he spent a few years with Petroleum Helicopters. Then in 1956 he started working at Sikorsky Aircraft.

During his 41-year tenure with Sikorsky he spent 30 years (17 of that overseas) in the field as a technical representative, work that involved logistics management and sales. Eventually, he headed General Management for Sikorsky Operations in Australia, Korea and Turkey.

Since retirement in 1997, he has volunteered in the Archive program (founded in 1995) and has been its president since 2004.

The Sikorsky Family has provided many articles for the archives, including a gold and diamond watch given Igor by Czar Nicholas II.

Sikorsky was an aviation pioneer, pilot, designer, university engineering lecturer and entrepreneur. He was also a very religious man, and in 1942 he wrote a book titled “The Message of the Lord’s Prayer.”

His last letter was dictated on October 25, 1972 and includes the words: “I always believed that the helicopter would be an outstanding vehicle for the greatest variety of life-saving missions and now, near the close of life, I have the satisfaction of knowing that this proved to be true.” He died the next morning at age 83 at his home in Easton, CT and is buried in Saint John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Cemetery in Stratford.

All Milford Historical Society programs are open to the public at no charge, however donations are gratefully received. Visit milfordhistoricalsociety.org, go to the Society’s Facebook page or call (203) 874-2664.

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, Dec. 9.

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, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. 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.

The Milford Masonic Family will present a breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 19 at the Masonic Hall, 59 Broad Street in Milford from 8 . 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 Ave. 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 nonprofits, finding funding has become more challenging and this event is to help subsidize visual arts programming. Area artists have donated small works of art, 5 inches by 7 inches 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 Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 133 Broadway, Milford. Have lunch at the Tinsel Cafe with homemade soups, sandwiches and desserts. Visit the fabulous Cookie Stroll and choose from over 250 dozen cookies. Crafters and vendors, children’s gift shop, music and 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: 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.

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 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 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.

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.

Future meetings will be held:

Thursday — December 14: Speaker and topic TBD.

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

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.

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 from 1-6 p.m. and Saturday 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,” said Elaine Swirsky, longtime chairwoman 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 at 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 at 203-795-6577, email thegoodspheherd@optonline.net, visit www.thegoodshepherdorangect.org, and check www.facebook.com/cgsorangectfor frequent postings.

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.

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd is pleased to host Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, offering their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings at The Church of the Good Shepherd on Wednesday, Dec. . Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6450 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/advantagemembers.

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 at 9:30 a.m. For more information about the Church of the Good Shepherd’s many other programs please call the Parish Office at 203-795-6577, email thegoodspheherd@optonline.net, visit www.thegoodshepherdorangect.org, and check www.facebook.com/cgsorangect for frequent postings.

Retirement Reception in Honor of Library Director Meryl Farber

Thursday, 5-7 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate Meryl's 18 years of service to the Orange community. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Drama Workshop with Ingrid Schaeffer: Turkey Trouble

Saturday, 2-3:30 p.m.

For children ages 5-10. Join Ingrid Schaeffer as we re-enact this silly Thanksgiving story! Participants will also complete an art activity based on the book. Registration is required. This drama workshop is generously funded by a grant from the Orange Foundation Trust U/A, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.

Books & Breakfast Morning Book Discussion Group

Tuesday, November 21, 10 a.m.

Inspired by the marriage between Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin traces the romance between a handsome young aviator and a shy ambassador’s daughter whose relationship is marked by wild international acclaim. Discussion led by Carol Davidson. Check for copies at the Circulation Desk. Refreshments will be served.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted.

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.

• The library provides Long Wharf Theatre passes for two free standby tickets to one performance of a regular season Long Wharf production. It will begin issuing passes for all performances of each production open at least two weeks in advance of the show’s opening night as follows: Firelies: through Nov. 5; The Chosen: Nov. 22-Dec. 17, beginning Nov. 6; Office Hour: Jan. 17-Feb. 11, beginning Dec. 18; Baskerville: Feb. 28-March 25, beginning Feb. 12; 1rowns: April 18-May 13, beginning March 26.

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

• 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.

2018 Trips: South Pacific Wonder, March 13-27; Pacific Northwest, California, April 23-30; Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights, Oct. 30-Nov. 5.

Members of the Garden Club of Orange have begun planning for the Osborne Museum & Homestead’s holiday celebration.

Every year the museum has a theme and area garden clubs and organizations transform the home into a holiday showcase. For this year’s theme, “A Holiday at the Opera,” the rooms will be decorated with scenes from some of the world’s famous operas.

The Garden Club of Orange will be transforming the library using the opera “Faust,” as its inspiration.

Holiday tours are Thursday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 24-Dec. 17. Twilight tours are Dec.1. 8, 15 4-7 p.m.

Call the museum at 203-734- 2513. For club membership information, call Joanne Friedrichs at 203-795-4266.

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 kbyrd@orange-ed.org or 203-891-8028, ext. 1113.

The Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road.

For more information about the church, contact 203-795-6577, thegoodspheherd@optonline.net,

www.thegoodshepherdorangect.org, and www.facebook.com/cgsorangect.

First Lutheran Church, 52 George St, West Haven, will hold its annual fall festival on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9-2 p.m. There will be vendors, baked goods, white elephant, raffles and refreshments.