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.

Loretta Egan Murphy will join the P.V. O'Donnell Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann traditional Irish music session on Thursday, Oct. 19, at St. Gabriel’s Parish Hall, 26 Broadway, at 7:45 p.m. Admission is free. Musicians, dancers, singers and guests are welcome. BYOB.

Murphy plays the concertina and button accordion, has won numerous awards nationally, and has taught Irish music to hundreds of students in New York and Connecticut. Her CD, “Beyond the Watery Lane,” received critical acclaim both in the U.S. and in Ireland. When she was younger, she and her sister, Monica, played the once bustling Catskills circuit with Irish music every night of the week during the summer at McKenna’s Irish House. She is also a key member of the Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society in Fairfield.

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann was founded in 1951 in Ireland to promote Irish traditional music, song, dance and language. There are 415 branches worldwide and over 2 million people attend Comhaltas functions each year.

For information, call Tim at 203-257-8737.

A concert featuring Jesse Manibusan and the Saint Ann Choir will be presented Saturday Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. and Sunday Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. at Saint Ann Church 501 Naugatuck Ave.

Tickets are available after all Masses or call the church office at 203-874- 0634 to reserve. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. The concert will consist of about 12 never-before-heard choral arrangements of Jesse Manibusan’s music.

For more information, visit www.saintann-parish.com.

A Halloween costume rally at Silver Sands Beach at East Broadway to raise awareness of the controversial buildout of Silver Sands Beach will be held Saturday, Oct. 28, 4 p.m.

Speakers will include Rick Varrone of the city Planning & Zoning Board. There will be prizes for best costumes.

The state wants to spend more than $10 million developing Silver Sands Beach. Residents will be charged for parking and/or admission, and local businesses will not be permitted to provide services.

Milford Hospital will be offering blood pressure, blood sugar and cCholesterol screenings on Monday, Oct. 16, 4-6:15 p.m. at the hospital, 300 Seaside Ave.

Blood pressure and blood glucose testing will be free, there is a $15 fee for cholesterol testing. These are non-fasting, finger prick screening tests. Results and counseling will be available shortly after the test. Appointments are required.

For more information or to schedule an appointment,call the Milford Hospital Community Education Department at 203-876-4004.

It’s the time of year for Halloween celebrations and hearing things that go bump in the night. But don’t be scared! Those bumps, squeaks and shrieks may be the sounds of nocturnal animals living life after the sun goes down.

The Connecticut Audubon Society’s Coastal Center at Milford Point will hold a family event Sunday Oct. 29, 1-2 p.m., with games and hands-on activities to demonstrate how nocturnal animals use their senses of smell and hearing to navigate through the dark. Create your own special creature of the night.

This program is appropriate for families with children age 5 and up. CAS members: $5/person, family maximum $20; nonmembers: $7/person, family maximum $28.

Pre-registration required. The Coastal Center is at 1 Milford Point Road. Call the Coastal Center at 203-878-7440, ext. 502 to reserve your spot.

St. Mary School in Milford is having its annual Fall Brick Sale until Oct. 13. These personalized bricks make a gift to students, alumni and families and a special way to remember a loved one.

Visitors to St. Mary School will see your lasting tribute. Bricks will be installed by Christmas and can be ordered at www.saintmaryschoolmilford.org/purchase-a-brick.

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.

Explore what’s on the beach, in the tide pools and under the rocks at the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Coastal Center at Milford Point. What treasures will be found Oct. 15, 1-2:30 p.m., on a guided outdoor program to explore life along the shoreline and in the tide pools. Dress accordingly, bring rain boots or closed-toed water shoes and a jacket.

Appropriate for adults and for families with children age 5 and up.

Cost: CAS members $5/person, family maximum is $20; nonmembers: $7/person, family maximum is $28. Pre-registration required. Call the Coastal Center at 203-878-7440, ext. 502.

For more information about the Coastal Center at Milford Point, visit www.ctaudubon.org/costal-center-at-milford-point.

Registration for the MUSC Winter 2017-2018 Little Kicks soccer season is currently open. MUSC’s Little Kicks program is a pre-school age introduction into the sport of soccer. This program is specifically designed for three and four-year-old children to learn the base fundamentals of soccer through fun activities and games. During the weekly one-hour session, each child will meet new friends, learn a new sport, and use lots of energy. 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 will begin their meetings on Wednesday, Oct. 18 after taking the summer off. Open to anyone with or caring for a loved one with Parkinson's Disease, this group meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 1- p.m. in Father Cronin Hall at St. Mary Church located at 72 Gulf Street in Milford. The first guest speaker will be Margerita Rogers who is a Parkinsons Support Advocate. Visit www.preciousbloodparishmilford.org to see all of our 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.

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 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.

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.