BETHANY

The Lions Club is accepting applications for its annual scholarship for Bethany residents who are high school students and will be attending college. Applications are available at Town Hall, Amity Regional High School Guidance Department, Clark Memorial Library and www.bethanyctlions.com. They are due May 1.

The club will be awarding four $2,000 and one $3,000 scholarship.

The annual Democratic Town Committee spaghetti supper and Citizen of the Year Award presentation will be held Saturday, April 29 at 6 p.m. Tickets are available from any member of the Democratic Town Committee or by contacting Carol Goldberg on 203-393-0350. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for children under 12 and $25 for patrons.

The menu includes wine & cheese, all-you-can-eat pasta, meatballs, sausage, salad, garlic bread, dessert, coffee and tea.

The St. Patrick’s Day parade downtown was rescheduled to March 18.

It was due to kick off March 11, but canceled because of cold weather. Parade Committee Chairman Marty Hardiman said it has only been cancelled once before for weather.

Marchers will start at the Daniel S. Wasson Field parking lot, go down West Main Street to River Street and the Green.

St. Patrick’s Day at Club 47 will be held March 18, sponsored by Tinto Council 47, K of C, 240 Naugatuck Ave.

The menu: corned beef sandwiches, noon-5 p.m. $7; corned beef dinners, 6-8 p.m., $15.

For tickets, leave a message at 203-876-9754.

The Friends of Milford Cemetery will hold its annual meeting at 10 a.m. March 18 at the Freelove Baldwin Stow, DAR Chapter House, 55 Prospect St.

The meeting will include elections and planning for the April 22 tombstone cleaning and the May 6 “Arts and Symbols” tour of the cemetery. New members are welcome.

Call 203-877-1851 for more information.

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.

The nonprofit Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is holding a free “walk and talk” with a dietitian 8-9 a.m. March 25 at the Connecticut Post Mall.

To attend the National Nutrition Month event: info@eatrightct.org.

“A Magical Night in the French Quarter” will be held 6-11 p.m. March 25 at the Milford Yacht Club, 131 Trumbull Ave.

The event will include a New Orleans-theme buffet dinner, silent and live auction, bourbon tasting and music. Tickets cost $125 and funds raised will benefit the Maren Sanchez Home Foundation whose mission is to “empower girls to defend themselves against emotional, psychological and verbal manipulation and physical violence.”

For information, contact jcampbell.mshf@gmail.com, http://marensanchezhomefoundation.org/.

A breakfast will be served 8-10:30 a.m. March 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.

Kindergarten registration opened March 15 for children who are 5 by Dec. 31 to enter the public schools in the fall.

The process requires the completion of a packet and reserving an appointment at the school, both at www.milforded.org.

At the school appointment of about 20 minutes, parents will meet with staff while the children visit with teachers, school nurses and other professionals.

The following documents are needed: a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate; for homeowners: mortgage or deed or tax bill; for renters: lease or rental agreement signed by the landlord; two recent utility bills in the same name to the same address; a copy of the student’s latest physical exam and immunization record.

Families who do not have access to a computer may use the computers at the Milford Public Library. For more information, call the child’s school.

ORANGE

The sixth annual Pancakes for Parkinson’s benefit supper will be held at Chips Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, with reserved seatings 4:30-7 p.m. April 11.

Raffle tickets will be sold for gourmet baskets and wine, and all proceeds will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Chips is donating all the food, which includes two pancakes, two eggs, bacon or sausage and coffee or tea.

Tickets, for $12, may be ordered or purchased at the door. Checks should be made out to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, and sent to Team Fox/Jody Culmone, 65 Peck Hill Road, Woodbridge 06525.

For more information, contact Culmone at 203-387-4182 or jvculmone@optonline.net.

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, offers the following:

• The church will explore the mystery of Easter and Jesus’ resurrection for families, with snack, games and stories, 10 a.m.-noon April 8. Suggested donation is $10 per child, $25 per family. RSVP: www.thegoodshepherdorangect.org, 203-795- 6577. Walk-ins are welcome. Contact Jennifer D’Inzeo at jenndinzeo@gmail.com.

For Holy Week the following is planned:

April 9, Palm Sunday, 8 a.m. Holy Eucharist, without music; Re-enactment of the Passion along with music is at 10 a.m.

• Maundy Thursday Holy Eucharist and foot washing will be at 6 p.m. April 13.

• Good Friday, April 14, the Youth Group will lead the Stations of the Cross starting at 3 p.m., including a “Walk the Way of the Cross” through the neighborhood.

• Easter Sunday, April 16 has two services: Holy Eucharist without music at 8 a.m.; at 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist with the choir accompanied by musicians, followed by an Easter egg hunt.

Contact 203-795-6577, thegoodshepherd@optonline.net, www.thegoodshepherdorangect.org, www.facebook.com/cgsorangect.

Applications to the Orange Scholarship Fund Association for 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 Lions Club will hold a “Spring Tasting” in St. Barbara’s Church hall, 480 Racebrook Road, 7-10 p.m. Friday, March 24.

There will be variety of wine and beer vendors, as well as appetizers, desserts and a raffle.

Tickets are $35, at the door or by calling 203-795-0134. Proceeds will benefit Orange Lions charities.

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

• Members preview night, spring book sale, Thursday, March 16, 5-7 p.m., nonmembers may join at the door.

• Friends’ semiannual Great Basement Book Sale, Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., thousands of new and gently used books including hardcover and paperback fiction and nonfiction for adults, children, and teens as well as vinyl records, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks.

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

• Oscar Film: Manchester by the Sea, March 20, 7 p.m. and March 22, 1 p.m., 2 hours 17 minutes R. An uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies.

• Books & Breakfast Morning Book Discussion Group, March 21, 10 a.m. “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by Matthew Desmond, most poor renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers. Discussion led by Carol Davidson. Check for copies at the Circulation Desk. Refreshments.

• For the Sake of the Country: Female Spies in the Civil War, March 25, 1 p.m. Military historian Matthew Bartlett tells how four women played a part in the extensive spy networks that were formed on both the Union and Confederate sides.

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

Film screening, “Loving,” Thursday, March 16 at 7 p.m. Loving celebrates the real-life

“Music and Medicine: The Curse of the Mendelssohns,” lecture with pathologist Dr. Gus Davis, March 20, 2 p.m., a review of the life, music, death of composer.

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. with lepidopterist and specimens.

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.

Free diabetes prevention program from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with Griffin Hospital’s Community Outreach and Parish Nursing Department. This 16-week program is designed to assist participants reduce their body weight by 7% and increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week to help prevent Type 2 diabetes. Monthly support will be provided for one year. The 16 week class runs Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m. and began March 15.

Free Antiques Roadshow, Wednesday, March 22, 6-8 p.m. at the Senior Center cafeteria. Bring one item of interesting background and significance for review by local historians and appraisers.

Wine and hors d’oeuvres provided.

Senior Bridge, Humana social worker Lisa Navarra will coordinate a 6-week support group beginning March 24 from 10-11 p.m. every other week in the center lounge. The focus is “Loss of Independence.”

Beecher Road School has scheduled kindergarten orientation and registration.

• 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.

Parents registering children are asked to bring the completed registration packet, proof of residence, the child’s birth certificate and immunization record.

Parents must present a picture identification, such as a driver’s license, state ID card or passport.

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.

Woodbridge Be The Match 5K, with food, entertainment and awards, will be held April 15 on the Green, Meetinghouse Lane.

The event, Give A Spit, is held in honor of resident Nicole Donzello, who battled leukemia but recently found a transplant match. All proceeds benefit Be The Match, a nonprofit that matches cancer patients with donors and helps families afford life-saving bone marrow transplants.

On-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The children’s fun run begins 9:45, the 5K begins at 10.

Adult sign-up before March 20 is $20, after it’s $25. Sign-up for kids at the 5K is $20; the fun run is $15.

Register at www.bethematchfoundation.org/WoobridgeBeTheMatch5K and email Lillian Zhang at giveaspit@gmail.com for sponsorships.

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 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.

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.

Children who meet the following criteria are eligible:

• Must be 3 before Oct. 1.

• Must have age-appropriate language skills.

• Must demonstrate age-appropriate play skills.

• Must be toilet trained.

• Must be a town resident.

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.

A mandatory visit for the children will be held in the classroom on March 10.

To schedule an appointment, call and leave a message.

Applications will be available on the day of the visit. The child must be attend the visit in order to be a part of the lottery system for choosing typical peers.

The preschool team is a resource to town families regarding the development of young children.

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.