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 BGC.GoldenAnniversary@gmail.com 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.

Free Flu Shots To Be Offered at Physician Meet and Greet event. From walk in and urgent care to surgical intervention, Milford Hospital has proudly been your community healthcare partner for nearly 100 years. Learn why our patients consistently rank us among the top hospitals in Connecticut in patient experience measures. Get to know our physician specialists and surgeons, ER doctors and nursing staff at Meet & Greet sessions on Oct. 9 from 8:30 11:00 a.m. and Oct. 10 from 3:30- 5:30 p.m. at the Milford Hospital Urgent Care Center, 831 Boston Post Road. The first 50 adults, aged 18 and over, to attend will receive a free seasonal flu vaccine. For help finding a physician, please call (203)876-4500. For more information on the Meet and Greet, please call Milford Hospital Community Relations (203)876-4060

St. Mary School in Milford is having their Annual Fall Brick Sale until Oct. 13. These personalized bricks make a great gift to students, alumni and families and also a special way to remember a loved one. All visitors to St. Mary School will see your lasting tribute, so please consider being a part of the St. Mary School Commemorative Brick Walk. Bricks will be installed by Christmas and can be ordered via the school website at www.saintmaryschoolmilford.org/purchase-a-brick.

The Junior Woman’s Club of Milford is hosting a Comedy Night at the Orange Ale House in order to raise funds to help our local community and would love your support! We appreciate your time and hope you can share this information.

Featuring Comedian John Romanoff! Voted one of New England’s Funniest Comics.

Date: Friday

Time: 7 (Doors Open)

Location: Orange Ale House

517 Boston Post Road

Orange, CT

Price: $40 per ticket - Includes a drink ticket, appetizers and show!

50/50 Raffle

Tickets Available online at http://bit.ly/2wEVaRa or available at the door, if not sold out.

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 www.mepimilford.org..

Milford Library, 57 New Haven Ave., milfordlibrary.org. 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: partyinstacks.

milfordlib@gmail.com 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.

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.

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. Saturday 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 www.milfordtrickortrot.com.

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 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.

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.

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

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. Friday.

Pumpkins on the Pier is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 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 www.pumpkinsonthepier.org.

Pumpkins on the Pier rain date is Sunday.

Crafters and vendors cost is $40 for a 10-by-10 space. Contact Ralph Harrison at harrisonrw@aol.com, 203-878-0462 or https://patch.com/connecticut/milford/an--pumpkins-on-the-pier.

Milford Restaurant Week will run Monday-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 MilfordRestaurantWeek.com 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 hildaswilson@comcast.net.

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 lucejk@aol.com.

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 amay47@sbcglobal.net or any member of the club.

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., VFWcmdr7788@yahoo.com or Nancy Paddock, auxiliary past president, nancyapaddock@hotmail.com, 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 www.PCUSAmilford.org.

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 groups of eight or 10, contact Lucisano to reserve a table at 203-878-8343 or lucejk@aol.com

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 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.

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. Saturday, 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.

The "Starry Night Quilt Show" will be held 5-8:30 p.m. Friday, 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. Friday.

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 www.OrShalomCT.org.

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

For the first time since 2011, the Greater New Haven Columbus Day Parade sails into the shore of West Haven’s deep-rooted Italian-American community at 1 p.m. Oct. 8 with the largest procession of its kind in New England, featuring 80 marching units and 25 bands.

The city takes over the Columbus Day Committee of Greater New Haven’s rotating parade from last year’s host, Hamden, assuming site duties for the annual procession that celebrates the intrepid spirit of Christopher Columbus, the Italian navigator who discovered the New World 525 years ago and charted a course for millions of Italian sons and daughters who followed his crossing to America.

The 1.5-mile parade route steps off, weather permitting, at Captain Thomas Boulevard and flows up Campbell Avenue to Center Street as Italian flags line the way.