BETHANY

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, dance hall, 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.

The 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.

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 Sue Hurlburt at 203-996-2275.

Prices are $18 for adult and $12 for children. Dinner includes free beer tasting from Stony Creek Brewery. 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 the lodge at Veterans Memorial Park, 265 Beacon Road.

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 Bethany Nursery Group will hold its annual Pajama Hop fundraiser at 4-6 p.m. Sunday, March 12 in the Town Hall gymnasium.

People are encouraged to wear pajamas.

The meal will include pancakes, bacon, eggs, french toast and sausage, provided by Chip’s Family Restaurant of Orange.

There will be music provided by Frank C.’s Entertainment for the kids. Silent auctions will include tickets for family events, gift cards and baskets.

Proceeds will benefit the Bethany Nursery Group.

Tickets will not be sold at the door. Adults: $15; ages 3-12: $5; under 3: free.

RSVP: 203-393-3032 or Bethanynurserygroup@gmail.com.

The St. Patrick’s Day parade steps off downtown at 1 p.m. March 11.

Parking will be available at St. Mary Church, 70 Gulf St., starting at 11 a.m. for $5.

Proceeds benefit the patriotic charities of the Fourth Degree Father James Larkin Assembly 3627, K of C, at St. Mary Church.

“Shabbat Across America and Canada” dinner will be held 6-7:30 p.m. March 3 at Congregation Sinai, 1000 New Haven Ave.

Free services will follow.

The dinner is $18 for adults and $10 per child.

To attend, call the office at 203-301-0558 or email congsinai@aol.com.

Steve Johnson, resource agent for the city Open Space and Natural Resource Department, will speak on wildlife in the state at a meeting of the Milford Garden Club.

The talk will be at 1 p.m. March 14 at the DAR Chapter House, 55 Prospect St.

There is a $5 guest fee. For information: 203-874-7470, http://milfordctgardenclub.org/.

“The No-So-Good Life of a Colonial Goodwife” will be the topic of a March 15 meeting at the Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave., at 6:30 p.m. in observance of Women’s History Month.

Velya Jancz-Urban, of Woodbury, will talk about how women in the Colonial era dealt with such issues as feminine hygiene, birth control, pregnancy and childbirth.

The free program, that is jointly sponsored by the Milford Historical Society, is for adults only.

Jancz-Urban holds a book club at her 1770 farmhouse, and along with her daughter, Ehris, teaches a variety of hands-on holistic workshops.

For more information, call Nancy Abbey at the library at 203-783-3307.

The Friends of the Milford Library will go to Yale’s West Campus (the former Bayer facility in Orange) for a tour of the paper conservation laboratory at 10 a.m. March 24.

Theresa Fairbanks-Harris, senior paper conservator in the Conservation Laboratories at the Yale Art Museums, will show how museum works are cared for.

The tour is free to members of the Friends; $15 to nonmembers, which includes a one-year membership.

Register at milfordlib.friends@gmail.com or 203-783-3291 by March 13. For more information, call the library at 203-783-3291 or go to milfordlibrary.org.

Milford Library, 57 New Haven Ave., programs include:

• Adult craft workshop at 2 p.m. March 2 to make coffee filter flowers, instruction,materials provided. RSVP: 203-783-3292.

• Cookies & Coloring for Grown-ups March 7, coloring pages, pencils, markers, crayons, cookies provided.

• James Griffin, Western author and storyteller visits at 2 p.m. March 13. A New Englander, Griffin has been a student of the frontier West for many years, and has visited many frontier towns.

• Yale Science Diplomats, at 6:30 p.m. March 13, return for the second of a four-part series about science in the news. Yale University graduate students will present “Our Future in the Cosmos — Living Beyond Earth.”

• The OverDrive eBook collection at library explained, bring mobile device, 11 a.m. March 14.

• Discussion of gluten-free diets, 7 p.m. March 14, with Heather Jacobsen, author of “Going Gluten-Free: 7 Surprising Facts You Should Know If You Want To Achieve Dietary Success.”

Lucia Chapter 25, Order of the Eastern Star, will meet Thursday March 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Masonic Lodge Hall, 59 Broad St., under the direction of Worthy Matron Debbie Zaleha.

Refreshments will be served in the banquet hall after the meeting.

For information, call Worthy Matron Debbie Zaleha at 203-734-6008.

The VITA Program will be providing free income tax preparation at the Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive.

VITA offers free tax help to low-to moderate-income people with an annual household income of $54,000 and below, or 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines.

The service is noon-4 p.m. Sundays and 5-8 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 29-April 11. Register by calling TEAM at 203-736-5420, ext. 206.

• AARP volunteers will provide free income tax preparation at the Milford Senior Center, 9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, through April 13. RSVP: 203-877-5131.

• In West Haven, the West Haven Senior Center is offering a free tax preparation service to help low- to middle-income taxpayers.

The AARP Tax-Aide program is available by appointment 9-11 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Johnson Community Center, 201 Noble St.

Special attention is given to help those 60 and older fill out federal tax forms.

The service, which includes tax counseling, is offered by trained volunteer tax preparers from AARP, in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service.

For an appointment, call the senior center at 203-937-3507.

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 Recreation Department sponsors a beginner and intermediate walking group that walks three miles Tuesdays and Fridays.

For walkers who choose not to participate in out-of-town trips, an alternate walk will start at the Gazebo on the Green. For details, contact Bob Hayes at 203-783-3283 or rhayes,ci.milford.ct.us, or Linda Mossorofo at 203-783-3391, lmossorofo,ci.milford.ct.us.

At the Ellen Aftamonow Woodmont Library, 16 Dixon St.:

• Preschool story time is at 10 a.m. Mondays.

• The Morning Book Discussion Group meets at 10:30 a.m. the first Thursday monthly. March 2, the book is “They Don’t Mean To But They Do” by Cathleen Schine.

• Knitting: Fridays, 2-4 p.m. Bring a project.

• Mah jong: Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning, afternoon and Thursday evening.

For further information, call 203-874-5675.

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.

Contact Judy D. at 203-283-3867 or JMdel61@gmail.com or Geralynn at 847-302-9729 or MilfordFA@gmail.com.

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.

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.

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

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.

Applications to the Orange Scholarship Fund Association for the academic year 2017-18 are available.

Students are eligible for consideration if they live in Orange, are a graduating senior at one of the local high schools (public or private), and will be continuing their education at an academic or technical institution.

Awards are made on the basis of need, scholarship, and service to the community.

Applications must be entirely filled out, with all references and required information supplied, and submitted by April 15.

Late or incomplete applications are not considered.

Visit www.orangescholarshipfund.com, to download application forms and find out where to submit them.

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.

Guest speaker will be Cindy Torres, Indeed client support specialist, national accounts, whose topic will be “Indeed.com: One Search, All Jobs.”

Bring your laptops. Future meetings will be April 27 and May 11.

Email alexy56,hotmail.com for further information.

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

• 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.

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.

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.

An open house will be held noon-1:30 p.m. March 5 in the classrooms at Orange Congregational Church Nursery School, 205 Meetinghouse Lane.

Balloons will mark the way.

For more information about this, or the 3- and 4-year-old programs for next year, contact occns@yahoo.com, 203-795-9749, ext. 305.

Visit orangecongregationalchurchnurseryschool.com.

Snow date is March 12.

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

• 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.

• 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.

2017 Trips

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.

The Economic Development Corp. will present the 15th annual Orange Business and Community Expo on Wednesday, June 14, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road.

The event is free to the public. There will be product demonstrations, activities, raffles, food and an anniversary celebration.

Participants can showcase a business, products or service, sell products, and network with vendors and attendees. Vendor space is limited to 56 booths.

Cost is $300 for an 8-foot booth, which includes pipe and drapery, linen-topped skirted table and a chair. All vendors receive their business information listed in the program, their business marketing materials included in event welcome bags, their company name listed in OrangeLife Magazine, an entry into the vendor/sponsor appreciation raffle, exhibitor lanyards, and activities.

Some booths may be provided with electricity for another $100.

To become a vendor, register at OrangeEDC.com/events_activities or call 203-891-1045.

Other options: For $75, marketing materials will be included in the welcome bags, which go to all attendees and vendors. An ad may be placed in the program; sizes and prices vary. Call the office.

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 resident who has made a significant contribution to a Woodbridge community member, organization, or the town itself.

The presentation will be made at the Human Services Department’s Annual Volunteer Tea on April 20.

Call 203-389-3429 for the nomination form or visit the town website. 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.

Teen Tech Support, 2:45 p.m., last Wednesday of every month. Contact Teen Librarian Kyle Litscher at Klitscher,lioninc.org to join.

Film Screenings

March 7, Life After Life: A Future Classics Book Discussion with Mark J. Schenker, Tuesday, 7-8:30 p.m. Woodbridge Town Library, Kate Atkinson is an award-winning English writer. Her novel, Life After Life, will be available for loan at the circulation desk.

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.

Meet Ann Nyberg, Saturday, March 18 at 1 p.m. WTNH news anchor, author Ann Nyberg present her book, Remembering Katharine Hepburn: Stories of Wit and Wisdom About America’s Leading Lady. From tales from Fenwick in Connecticut to her time as an actress. Copies will be available for sale.

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.

A free open house will be held by the Amity and Woodbridge Historical Society at 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 19, at the historic Thomas Darling House, 1907 Litchfield Turnpike.

For more information, visit www.woodbridgehistory.org.

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

The Woodbridge Senior Center provides a program of health, wellness, nutrition, education and social activities for residents 60 years and older. It offers a luncheon program as well as transportation.

Chef Elaine Marcucio offers meals on Tuesdays, Fridays at 12:15 p.m.

Pickleball at 2 p.m. in the Center Gym, ongoing exercise program, with a yearly fee of $20.

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.

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.

The endorsed 2017 Republican slate, TeamTony17, will hold a benefit at 7-10 p.m. March 18 at Birchwoods at Oak Lane.

Dinner, an open bar with beer and wine, DJ, dancing and silent auction are $75.

RSVP by March 11 to www.woodbridge17.com/events or call Joe at 203-727-4512.

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 Woodbridge Rotary Club is planning its fourth annual wine tasting and silent auction for 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 20 at the Birchwoods at the Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane, 1027 Racebrook Road.

The event will feature homemade-wine makers serving their wines and light fare provided by the Birchwoods.

Donations are being sought for the silent auction of sports and theater tickets, gift cards and baskets and other goods and services.

Also, the club is seeking sponsors for the ad book. Ads are $100 for a full page, $50 for half page and $25 for business-size ads.

Proceeds will benefit the Alliance for Prevention.

Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. For more information or tickets, visit www.Woodbridge Rotary.org or contact Buddy DeGennaro at 203-710-2548 or buddy.degennaro@gmail.com, or Tony Anastasio at 203-980-9373 or tonya33@optonline.net.

Homemade-wine makers should also contact DeGennaro.

Woodbridge Job Bank teens will work for town residents who want to hire someone to assist with odd jobs such as yard work, party help, cleaning, tutoring, and moving furniture or boxes.

Also, there are teenagers who are experienced in babysitting.

Many have completed the American Red Cross babysitter training course. The service is for town residents. Teen residents who would like to work to earn some extra cash are sought.

The application process offers a chance to learn about interviews, safety on the job, and how to negotiate pay.

Call 203-389-3429.

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.