BETHANY

The Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will hold its annual Valentine Dance for 21 and older at 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Lakeview Lodge on Route 42.

Bring your own snacks and beverages. Tickets are $25 per couple, $15 single and $125 for a table of 10.

To reserve, call Amy at 203-410-2602 or Joan 203-627-8874.

A demonstration of hip-hop moves will be presented at 2:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, March 3, right after school in the cafeteria of Amity Middle School-Bethany for residents of Woodbridge and Bethany in grades 7, 8.

The dancer specializes in hip-hop and other urban dances, such as break, dancehall, and hip-hop fusion.

The cost is $5, including pizza. Sign-up sheets will be available at school during lunch. Look for the Youth Services program coordinator or email Youthone@woodbridgect.org for information.

Registration is required. The program is sponsored by Woodbridge Youth Services and the town of Bethany.

Volunteers are sought. Call 203-389-3429 to register.

Amity Regional High School and Woodbridge Youth Services will sponsor a presentation on anxiety and adolescents by Scott Hannan, Ph.D., on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the Media Center at Amity Regional High School, 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge.

Hannan will present strategies to help children cope with anxiety, particularly around school.

Hannan is a psychologist and program manager for the outpatient clinic at the Anxiety Disorders Center and Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

His clinical interests include obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder related to motor vehicle accidents, and the treatment of children and adolescents with anxiety disorders.

Hannan has been a featured expert on the A&E show “Hoarders.”

RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/d2I8KbNpfTe2yPu43.

Parents with questions may call Linda Decesare, ARHS school psychologist, at 203-397-4846.

Nominations are due Feb. 28 for a Conservationist of the Year award, given for meritorious action.

It is presented only when the Bethany Conservation Commission thinks there has been a worthy activity or effort.

Each year the commission reviews conservation/preservation activity in town, looking for a candidate.

Nomination forms will be available at the town clerk’s office or by contacting Bruce Loomis at sabrinabruce,hotmail.com.

They include eligibility criteria, such as environmental action, environmental education/advocacy, resource preservation, improving suburban areas and habitat restoration.

The award is not limited to individuals. It is presented at the annual Town Meeting in May.

The Bethany Democratic Town Committee is seeking candidates for citizen of the year.

The person should be someone who has made a significant difference in Bethany and will be recognized at the annual DTC spaghetti supper on March 25. The event is attended by many local, state and national elected officials.

Email Peg Foley at yelgep,sbcglobal.net or call 203-988-2155 with the name of the nominee.

Applications for new gardeners are being accepted for the Bethany Organic Community Garden’s third and final phase, which is complete.

Raised beds are rented on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications are available by contacting Anne McDonnell at 203-393-3164 or mcdonnellind,comcast.net.

The cost to rent a 4-by-8 foot raised bed at the garden, 90 Pole Hill Road, for the growing season is $25. The cost for seniors 60 and older is $15. Mobility-impaired residents are accommodated.

The Lions Club will present its 31st annual auction and corned beef dinner 5-7 p.m. March 12.

Tickets can be purchased at Town Hall or by calling Lion Paul Magda at 203-535-7416.

Prices are $18 for adult and $12 for children. Proceeds will help support the club’s annual Scholarship Fund, which benefits graduating seniors from Bethany.

For more information, visit www.bethanyctlions.com.

A roast beef dinner will be presented by the Republican Town Committee at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at Town Hall.

GOP candidates for the May election will be attending.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for ages 12 and younger. BYOB. Call John Grabowski at 203-393-1213, Kim Brinton at 203-393-7387 or Donna Shea at 203-393-2591 for tickets.

The Junior Pilgrim Fellowship youth group at the First United Church of Christ will be rocking in rocking chairs for 24 hours, from 11 a.m. Feb. 18 to 11 a.m. Feb. 19 to raise funds to buy recess equipment for a local school.

Junior Pilgrim Fellowship is a service group that consists of middle-school age area youths, not all of whom attend the First United Church.

Donations can be sent to First United Church of Christ, Attn. JPF, 34 W. Main St., Milford 06460 or go to http://www.firstchurchofmilford.org/.

The Audubon Society Coastal Center at Milford Point, 1 Milford Point Road, announces all-ages programs.

• School’s Out Fun Day: Friday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Ages 5-8. Indoor activities and crafts, preparing the daily menu for the education animals, and outdoor explorations of the winter beach. Bring peanut- and tree-nut-free lunch and snack, and water bottle. CAS members $ 35, nonmembers $45.

• Animal Camouflage: Sunday, Feb. 19, 2-3 p.m. To help stay safe, many animals use camouflage to blend into their environment; learn about the creatures who are masters of disguise. Children will create their own camouflaged creature to take home. For ages 4-6 years with participating adult. Members $5, family max. $20; nonmembers $ 7, family max. $28.

• Sea Squirts, Creepy, Crawly Critters, Feb. 21, 10-11 a.m. Age 3-5 and adult explore the world of insects, slugs, bugs through a story, nature lesson, and craft. Members $8, nonmembers $10; $5 for additional siblings.

• What’s on the Menu? Sunday, Feb. 26, 2-3 p.m. Explore the simple feeders to make with items from the kitchen. Learn to recognize the hungry diners at the feeder, and make bird food mix for them.

Adults, families with children 6 and up. Members: $5, family max. $20. Nonmembers: $7, family max. $28.

RSVP: 203-878-7440, 502. Info: www.ctaudubon.org/coastal-center-at-milford-point.

The Milford Garden Club aims to install a Blue Star memorial marker to recognize veterans’ service at the Fowler Memorial Building on New Haven Avenue.

The site is next to Founders Walk, which is under construction.

The club will be selling $5 “Blue Star” luminaria with battery-powered tea lights to raise funds.

Tax-deductible checks may be made out to Blue Star Memorial, Milford Garden Club, care of Marilyn Wardell, 395 W. Rutland Road, Milford 06461. An account has been established for the memorial at the Milford Bank.

The city club is joining the National Garden Club ongoing Blue Star Memorial Program, in which markers are placed in a prominent location on America’s highways, byways, cemeteries and other civic locations.

The Milford club has a target date of Memorial Day weekend for a ceremony, with elected officials, Connecticut Federated Garden Clubs officers and the public.

Information: milfordbluestarmemorial@gmail.com.

Milford Chapter 49, Royal Arch Masons, will meet Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Masonic Lodge Hall, 59 Broad St., under the direction of the High Priest James Whitaker.

Dinner will be served in the banquet hall at 6:15 for those members who reserve with the secretary.

The Mark Master Mason Degree will be conferred. The Most Excellent Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Connecticut is expected to attend.

For information, call the secretary at 203-877-4977.

A breakfast will be served 8-10:30 a.m. Feb. 19 at the Masonic Hall, 59 Broad St.

For a donation of $8, the menu is omelet, scrambled or fried eggs, pancakes or french toast, and bacon or sausage. Also available: potatoes, toast, orange juice, and coffee or tea.

Special prices are available for families with small children. Call 203-877-4977.

The Network of Executive Women is accepting scholarships applications until Feb. 28 for undergraduate women residing or attending school in New Haven or Fairfield counties who demonstrate financial need.

Applicants must be returning, continuing or commencing schooling or other types of training to further their educational goals and/or enhance their job skills.

For applications, call Virginia Allen at 203-795-0305. Visit Networkofexecutivewomen.net for information.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 24-3, 1 Helwig St., will present About Boating Safety at 8 a.m. March 4.

Successful completion of this eight-hour class satisfies the state licensing requirements for both boats and personal watercraft.

Cost is $60. Walk-ins are welcome. Contact 860-663-5505, skperrone@hotmail.com.

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

• Mini health fair: Tips for being safe, active and healthy given at an interactive presentation by students in the SCSU Nursing Program, 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Feb. 22. Tips will include blood pressure screening, the importance of vaccinations and healthy bingo.

Call Program Director Amanda Berry at 203 877-5131.

• Closings: The center will be closed Monday, Feb. 20 for Presidents Day.

• Valentine’s Day party will be held Tuesday, Feb. 14, 1-2:30 p.m. at the center, with dance music by DJ Chuck and snacks. Tickets are $5, at the front office

• Happy and Hearty Cooking Demo: Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. Executive Care demonstrates preparing of eggplant, gluten-free vegetables with rice and penne pasta pomadoro. RSVP: 203-877-5131.

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 15 meets at noon on the first Thursday of each month, beginning March 2, at the Fowler Memorial Building, 45 New Haven Ave., next to Milford Library. Parking is at the rear of the building. For details, call 203-915-9911.

ORANGE

Orange Congregational Church Nursery School is accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year for the 3- and 4-year-old programs.

The school runs 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for age 3; and Monday, Wednesday, Friday for age 4. There is a five-day option for returning students.

The program is open for children of all faiths.

To schedule a visit, contact 203-795-9749, ext. 305 or occns@yahoo.com.

The Housatonic River Job Network meets at Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road.

It is open to those underemployed or in transition between professional opportunities to meet, share leads, hear guest speakers and get information for their job search.

The group meets 7-9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. The next meeting is March 9.

Email alexy56,hotmail.com for further information.

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, 203-799-2341, www.orshalomct.org, offers the following:

• Services: Minyan services, 9 a.m. Sunday, 7:30 a.m. Monday, 7:30 a.m. Thursday; Healing Circle, 7:30 a.m. Wednesday; Shabbat services 7 p.m. Friday, 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

• Wednesday Coffee and Learn with Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus: Class devoted to the ancient texts and the light they shed on current issues, 11 a.m.-noon.

• Shabbat Across America: 7 p.m. March 3, Shabbat foods and their origins in the Social Hall. RSVP by Feb. 24.

• Paint ‘n’ Sip: All ages, March 5, 2-4 p.m., $45 supplies, refreshments. RSVP: http://paintsocialart.com/eventcalendars/ctevents/.

• Zumba gold drop-in: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. Contact: Robin at zumbarobin@gmail.com, 203-314-8176, 203-799-2341.

Case Library, 176 Tyler City Road, offers free events, except as noted. Call 203-891-2170, http://www.casememoriallibrary.org.

• Weekly Storytimes: Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m., storytelling, books, music, fingerplays, and puppetry at this series especially for ages 3-5. A related craft is offered following each session.

• Lapsit Storytime: Tuesdays, 10:30-11 a.m. Little ones from birth up to age 2 and their caregivers are invited to this high-energy storytime with Ms. Michelle. Practice nursery rhymes, sing and move together, plus explore touch-and-feel books.

• 2-Year-old Storytime: Thursdays, 10:30-11 a.m. Audience participation is encouraged at this storytime session. Enjoy books, stories, music and movement, finger plays, and puppetry together.

• Homemade Lava Lamps: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 3:45 p.m. For ages 3 and up. Children who love science will adore this simple craft and story time. All materials will be provided. Registration is required and begins on Jan. 4. Space is limited.

• An Afternoon with Nat “King” Cole: Saturday, Feb. 18, 1 p.m. The Jim Scianna Trio, bassist Jim Scianna, vocalist Atla DeChamplain, and pianist Matt DeChamplain, presents songs and arrangements in the style of vocalist, pianist and bandleader Cole. RSVP.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register in person or by telephone.

Contact: 203-891-2170, http://www.casememoriallibrary.org.

• Battery Motor Making, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 11 a.m. For grades 4 to 6. RSVP.

• Paint by Numbers, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m. For grades 6-12.

• Art in the Library Reception, Thursday, Feb. 23, 5-7 p.m. In honor of the February exhibit: watercolors and colored pencil drawings by Suzanne Wagner and mixed media by Barbara Dierolf, on view Feb. 2-27.

• Bookcase Book Discussion Group, Thursday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m., with Toby Zabinski, discussion of “The Marriage of Opposites” by Alice Hoffman.

Events are free, except as noted. Register in person or 203-891-2170. http://www.casememoriallibrary.org

The Rotary Club will hold its second annual Artisan Festival at 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 6 at High Plains Community Center.

The event will include food, music and a door prize. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 at www.rotarycluboforange.org/artisanfestival, or for $12 at the door.

Proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club of Orange Foundation.

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

• The monthly book club will meet Jan. 27, 2-3 p.m. in the senior lounge. The book will be The Messiah of Stockholm by Cynthia Ozick.

• Turkey Hill School Technology Partnership: The center and the school are bringing three free technology seminars. RSVP.

• Living Treasure nominations accepted through March 11. Nomination forms are available in the Orange Community Services office, Town Hall, and on the town’s website. The three individuals chosen will be honored at the Senior Center’s Pasta Festa! in May.

• Lunch & Fun, noon Thursday, Jan. 26, Janet Barrett discusses her book They Call Me Reckless: A True Story of War, Love and One Extraordinary Horse. This is a story of the power of the human-horse connection, bring lunch for 11:30 a.m., coffee and dessert supplied. RSVP.

• Cribbage Club, Mondays, 1-3 p.m. Mark Halliday of Assisted Living Services will teach students on how to play cribbage for the first hour. The second hour will be for play. RSVP.

• AARP tax preparation services Wednesdays, Feb. 8-April 12. Bring last year’s tax returns, Social Security card for everyone on the return and a photo ID. RSVP.

• Wellness with ShopRite Orange registered dietitian, seminar and recipes Feb. 13. RSVP.

• Movie of the Month: 1 p.m. Feb. 17 “The Light Between Oceans,” popcorn, soda. RSVP.

Book Club

• Monthly book club, Feb. 24, book is “The Marriage of Opposites” by Alice Hoffman.

• Introduction to computers for newbies with Frank Marini. This five-week class starts Feb. 2, 9:30-11:30 a.m., for $25. Sign up at office.

• Lions Club Pizza Party Brazilian Carnival Cabaret, Feb. 6, 1:30—3 p.m. with Jose Paulo. RSVP.

2017 Trips

Full payment due at registration. Ct Flower Show and lunch. Feb. 23, snow date Feb. 24. “The Spirit of Spring” at the Connecticut Convention Center with a lunch stop. Cost $80pp. Includes transportation, lunch, admission.

Mohegan Sun AAC Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship Game. March 6-7, overnight, $229pp double, $315 single, $214pp triple. Includes transportation, hotel accommodations, ticket, taxes, gratuity, baggage handling.

St. Patrick’s Day at the Aqua Turf, March 14. Entertainment by Padraig Allen and the Maclean Avenue Band, corned beef lunch, free glass of wine or beer.

The cost is $77pp. Includes transportation, lunch, show, driver gratuities.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will hold its eighth annual pancake supper on Monday, March 6, at Chip’s Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road.

Menu includes pancakes, eggs, bacon or sausage and beverage.

There will be seatings at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Prices are $12 for adults, $6 for children 10 and under, gratuity included.

Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Tickets may be purchased from any auxiliary member or at Knight’s, 286 Boston Post Road.

All proceeds benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

For further information, email Lynn@ LMK415@yahoo.com or visit www.orangevfd.com.

Woodbridge Youth Services, in collaboration with First Selectman Ellen Scalettar, is seeking nominations for the First Selectman’s Youth Award.

The annual award will be presented to a deserving young Woodbridge resident who has made a significant contribution to a Woodbridge community member, organization, or the town itself.

Call 203-389-3429 for the nomination form or visit the town website for Youth Services’ announcements.

Submit nominations by March 10 to Woodbridge Youth Services, 11 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge 06525.

The Woodbridge Town Library, 10 Newton Road, offers programs. To register, www.woodbridgetownlibrary.org, 203-389-3433.

• Adult Events

Winter Reading Program through Feb. 24, anyone 18 years or older may participate.

Film Screening: The Magnificent Seven, Thursday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m. Rated PG-13 action, adventure, western, 133 min.

Film Screening: War Dogs Thursday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m. Rated R comedy, crime, drama | 116 mins.

Children and Teen Events

Adult Programs

Celebrating 300 Years of Connecticut’s Remarkable Women with the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, RSVP,

Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. Learn about some of the state’s most remarkable women in this interactive multi-media program: Ella T. Grasso, Katharine Hepburn and Marian Anderson and lesser knowns like Maria Sanchez, Barbara McClintock and Hannah Watson. This presentation will introduce the hall, its mission and programs, and give a panoramic view of some of its inductees from across all fields of endeavor.

Drop-in Tech Help: Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2:45-3:45 p.m., questions, help with laptop, smartphone or other device by Teen Tech Team.

Intro to Skype, Friday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. or Wednesday, March 1 at 11 a.m. Film Screenings

Feb. 23: War Dogs (R, 116 mins);

Pysanka Egg-Making Workshop, Saturday, March 11, 2-4 p.m., with Sharon Leonard of Newington, free. RSVP. Participants must be at least 8 years.

Butterflies in my Backyard, Thursday, March 23 at 7 p.m. Explore the wonders of Connecticut’s butterflies in gardens and meadows with lepidopterist of Redding and specimens from the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.

Children and Teen Programs

Eager Readers Book Group (grades K-2) Monday, Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP. Read the ale of George Washington’s Teeth by Deborah Chandra and Madeleine Comora, and join us at the library for a book discussion, fun and a mixed media craft. Pick up a copy of the book at the library.

Series Club: The Boxcar Children (Grades 2-4), Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP. Learn the story of four orphaned children, and their home and adventures in an abandoned boxcar in the forest and their grandfather’s backyard. Games, craft, and snack.

Crazy 8s Math Club (grades K-2) RSVP. Saturday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. Space and supplies are limited to 12 participants.

Woodbridge Senior Center, 203-389-3430 or jglicksman@woodbridgect.org.

Sign-ups are accepted for Feb. 23 trip to the CT Flower Show. Cost is $80 and includes transportation, lunch at the Chowder Pot in Hartford and entrance to the show.

Beecher Road School has scheduled kindergarten orientation and registration.

• Orientation for parents will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 9 in the school cafeteria. Parents will receive a registration packet.

• Registration for the 2017-2018 school year will be held 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3 p.m. April 4-6 in the North School conference room.

Prospective kindergarten students must be 5 by Jan. 1, 2018.

Forms are accessible at woodbridge.k12.ct.us/registration.

For more information, call the North School office at 203-389-2195, ext. 100.

Kids Unplugged, After School on the Farm is offered 4-6 p.m. Mondays, March 27-May 22, at Massaro Community Farm, 41 Ford Road.

Kids can explore farm fields, woods and wetlands, plant and harvest in the garden, care for the chickens and bees, and prepare and enjoy farm snacks.

A bus will take students from Beecher Road School to the farm. The program is offered in partnership with the Recreation Department.

Visit www.massarofarm.org to register.

The NAEYC-accredited Beecher Road School Preschool Program has openings for 2017-18 for children who do not have special needs.

This reverse mainstream program, serving children with special needs in Woodbridge, has a few openings for typically developing 3-year-old peers, who join the program as role models.

Peers are chosen by lottery system.

The 3-year-old class meets 8:25-10:55 a.m. Monday-Thursday. Parents must provide transportation.

An informational meeting, for parents only, will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 8 in the preschool classroom. To attend, call the preschool classroom at 203-389-2195, ext. 141.

Parents with concerns about their preschooler’s development, may call the preschool at 203-389-2195, ext. 141.

Volunteers are sought to make a difference and become a friendly visitor to elderly members of the community.

For information about the program, call Judi Young, town Senior Service social worker, at 203-389-3429.