BETHANY

The Garden Club plant sale will be held 8 a.m.-2 p.m. May 13 in the Town Hall gym, 40 Peck Road.

For sale will be annuals, perennials, herbs, hanging baskets, members’ plants and gifts.

Proceeds will support the cost of maintaining spots tended by club members, including the library, Historical Society, Butterfly Garden at the Bethany Community Elementary School, Carrington Memorial Stone, Old School House, Russell Homestead, along with the garden therapy program and the scholarship to an Amity student from Bethany pursuing a career in environmental subjects.

The First Church of Christ, Congregational, 511 Amity Road, Route 63, will hold its 98th annual Strawberry Supper buffet, 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday June 7.

The all-you-can-eat dinner will include baked ham, potatoes, vegetables, salad, rolls and fresh strawberry shortcake and whipped cream. There will also be coffee, tea and lemonade to drink.

Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for ages 5-11, and free to kids under 5.

For more information, contact the church office at 203-393-3116, info@bethanyfirstchurch.org, www.bethanyfirstchurch.org or oat www.facebook.com/bethanyfirstchurch.

The Bethany Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps and Auxiliary have a new website: www.bethanyfirect.com.

The site was built by department members, who will maintain it.

The department invites the public to see the all-new look of the website and everything that is the Bethany Fire Department, such as contact information, department history, mission statement and upcoming events.

The department, ambulance corps and auxiliary are seeking new adult members; youths ages 14-17 years can join the Junior Corps.

The Orange Legion Baseball Program will be holding tryouts for high school and middle school players from Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge on May 30, 31 at Brinley Field at the Old Tavern Road Recreation Area, Orange.

Players are to arrive at 5:30 p.m. for a brief meeting. A two-hour tryout follows, primarily for the junior legion program, but players who are done with their high school season may try out for the senior team.

For details, call Bob Mirto at 203-687-8299.

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.

A clothing drive will be held 9-11:30 a.m. May 13 at Amity Middle School, 190 Luke Hill Road.

Clothes, shoes, pocketbooks and small home goods will be accepted.

The event will benefit the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Foundation.

The 58th Annual Bethany Lions Club Memorial Day Parade will be held Monday, May 29.

Organizations wishing to march may contact bethanylionsparade@gmail.com, or go to http://www.bethanyctlions.com/ or Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/BethanyCTLions. Provide the organization name and contact information.

Parade is rain or shine and lineup is at 9 a.m. with parade kick-off at 10 a.m. from the old Bethany Airport Route 63, south to Town Hall, Peck Road.

A ceremony honoring veterans will follow at Town Hall.

Traffic access for parade drop-off at the main airport entrance on Route 63 will be one-directional; exit on the north driveway by fire headquarters onto Route 63.

Public school kindergarten registration for the fall is open to children who will be 5 by Dec. 31.

Registration packets are also available at the Bethany Community School main office, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday or at www.bethany-ed.org. Call 203-393-3350 for information.

The Conservation Commission will name and present an award to the “Conservationist of the Year” just before the opening of the Annual Town Meeting at about 7 p.m. May 15.

The award is presented to a person, persons, group or organization who, in the eyes of the commission, has made a meritorious contribution in an area of conservation, preservation, restoration or other action to improve and foster the “traditional” values, characteristics and landscape of the town.

Bethany Nursery Group, 511 Amity Road, is registering pupils.

The preschool program is for children ages 3-5 years and has operated in town more than 50 years.

The staff goal is to provide a program rich with literature and learning opportunities while still leaving ample time to play, create and explore. It aims to help children with academic, social, fine- and gross-motor skills, with an appropriate balance of structured and self-initiated activities that allow students to develop self esteem and independence.

The program aims to meet the specific developmental needs of each students, and follow the guidelines set up by NAEYC and the Board of Education.

Two-to-five day programs with varied hours are available. For families to visit the school, call 203-393-3032 or email bethanynurserygroup@gmail.com.

The Bethany Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary will hold the 10th annual Car, Truck and Bike Show at noon-4 p.m. June 10.

The benefit will be in the firehouse back parking lot at 765 Amity Road, Route 63.

Show vehicles can enter at 11 a.m. ($10 entry fee). Antique cars, trucks, muscle cars, motorcycles, big trucks will be shown. Judging will be done by people’s choice; trophies and 50/50 raffle announced at 3:30 p.m.

The menu includes sausage and peppers, cheeseburgers, hamburgers, hot dogs and ice cream.

Cost: $10 to park per car; bring chairs and blankets. Info: 203-410-2602, 203-954-859, www.bethanyfirect.com.

The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Fair will be held at Christ Church, 526 Amity Road, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 13, the day before Mother’s Day.

Dessert booths are Peppermint Patty’s Pies and Pastries, and Good Ol’ Charlie Brown’s Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Lunch will be available at Lucy’s Luncheonette.

There will be 15 booths, and vendors Lu La Roe Clothing, Mary Kay Cosmetics and Olive Oil Factory; new and vintage jewelry, girls’ clothing, tag sale, country store, Mother’s Day gifts, raffles, games and Peanuts collectibles.

Target stores nationwide will be collecting car seats to help residents reduce household clutter without sending waste to landfills. The car seats will be recycled through TerraCycle so that each component will see a second life.

Local residents can bring their car seats to participating stores in Ansonia, Milford, North Haven, Orange and Trumbull, and look for the car seat collection box in the front of the store or in the baby/kids section. Customers who turn in a used car seat, will receive a coupon for 20 percent off the purchase of a new one.

TerraCycle will separate the components of the car seats, such as cloth, plastics, metals, and process them for use in other products.

St. Mary Boy Scout Troop 721, Cub Scout Pack 721 will hold its monthly redeemable bottle and can collection at 7:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. May 14 in the parking lot behind Saint Mary Church, Gulf Street.

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.

A breakfast will be served 8-10:30 a.m. May 14 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.

‘Bear Reality’

Master Wildlife Conservationist Felicia Ortner will speak about the state of black bears in the state.

Ortner will try to dispel myths and common misunderstandings about bears at 1 p.m. May 21 at the Coastal Center at Milford Point, 1 Milford Point Road.

Black bear sightings are on the rise in Connecticut. After studying bers for more than 30 years, Ortner has developed an outreach and education program called “The Bear Reality” to present information about sharing our neighborhoods with wild bears. She says accumulated data reveals the black bear is seldom aggressive toward humans, and hopes that education and a better understanding of how to stay safe, will lead to a higher tolerance and strategy for co-existence. Cost: CAS members $5; nonmembers $8. RSVP: 203-878-7440, ext. 502.

More information is available at www.ctaudubon.org/coastal-center-at-milford-point.

United Church of Christ in Devon, 30 Ormond St. Contact: Nancy Zellner rcnjzel@gmail.com, 203-877-3488, http://uccdevonct.com.

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.

Extended Saturday hours at the transfer station runs through mid-December.

The extended hours will be 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Regular weekday hours will remain 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

During the winter, the transfer station was open 7 a.m.-noon Saturdays.

The program is for Milford residents only. The extended hours do not apply to commercial haulers. Visitors to the transfer station will be asked to present their vehicle registration at the gate.

No construction and demolition materials will be accepted at the transfer station. They may be brought to Waste Management, 221 Old Gate Lane, 7 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Residents are responsible for disposal costs. Call 203-882-5840.

The Little Libraries at Gulf Beach, the Milford Y on Orange Avenue, the Firehouse Gallery and the railroad station are open fo the season.

The Little Libraries are a project of the Friends of the Milford Library. They are based on the “take a book, return a book” theory. They are gathering places where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. Each has volunteer stewards, responsible for overseeing and checking on the stock of books.

The Friends of Milford Cemetery will conduct a tour of Milford Cemetery of the art and symbols on tombstones of the 1690s-1940s at 1 p.m. May 6, rain date May 20.

Tickets are $5, children under 12 with a paying adult are free. Tickets are available at Canvas Patch, 5 River St. and the cemetery office, 35 Gulf St., or in the Freelove Baldwin Stow DAR parking lot the day of the tour. The tour starts from the DAR parking lot, 55 Prospect St. Call 203-877-1851 for more information.

Chapter 15, DAV, will sponsor a DAV national service seminar for veterans and families on benefits and services claim issues at the Fowler Memorial Building, 45 New Haven Ave., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 29.

According to the DAV, many injured veterans feel confused about their benefits and services.

Richard “Rick” George will receive the National Daughters of the American Revolution Community Service Award for his work as Santa Claus for area nonprofits on Thursday, May 11 at 7 p.m. at the Freelove Baldwin Stow, DAR, Chapter House, 55 Prospect St.

To be added to the program as a speaker about George, call 203-877-1851.

The award was established in 1993 for local chapters to honor volunteers in cultural, humanitarian, patriotic, historical and citizenship endeavors or in environmental conservation.

The Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce has a Community Event Calendar at www.MilfordCT.com.

Anyone may add to this collaborative calendar of activities and events under the “News & Events” tab.

The Milford Historical Society will hold its 87th annual meeting and dinner at 6:30 p.m. May 16 at Gusto’s Trattoria, 255 Boston Post Road. A brief business meeting will be held. To reserve, call Barbara Santa Barbara, MHS president, at 203-877-2916. The cost is $38 and checks may be made out to the society and mailed to P.O. Box 337, Milford 06460. The deadline for reservations is May 10. The menu will feature chicken francese, pasta, glazed beef tips, vegetables, bread and gelato. For information, go to www.milfordhistoricalsociety.org.

The Milford Chamber of Commerce is holding a competition to design a logo, style guide and tagline that will serve as the visual identity of the chamber.

The logo should be creative, innovative, professional and legible, and should reflect the chamber’s mission to advance the business and local communities. It is open to area businesses and individuals; entrants must be in the state. The logo will be on promotional materials and across all marketing materials. The winner will receive chamber services.

The competition runs until 4:30 p.m. May 26. Entries must include a logo and style guide and can include a tagline. The entries must also be sent as a high-resolution pdf via email with the subject line “Milford Logo Competition Entry” to lgray@milfordct.com.

Entrants should provide their name, address, phone number and email. Details: www.milfordct.com or 203-878-0681.

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.

• 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.

The Milford Public Library and Milford Speaks Out will present a talk by Imam Sami Abdul Aziz on “Understanding Islam- promoting education in these uncertain times.”

The event will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 11 at the library, 57 New Haven Ave.

Aziz is the Muslim chaplain at Wesleyan University and president of Common Ground Services, which provides education, consultation and community outreach of Islamic life and faith. He is also imam of the Bloomfield Muslim Community Center.

Milford Speaks Out is a local group that addresses issues such as environmental protection, immigration, diversity, health care and equal rights. It works with local, state and national political leaders to advance policies that protect and promote the core values of democracy.

The Republican Town Committee is sponsoring a bus trip fundraiser to see the Mets play the Los Angles Angels at 1 p.m.

The bus leaves for New York at 9:45 a.m. May 21 and returns about 6 p.m.

Meet at Interstate 95 Exit 40 lot.

Cost is $60 for the round-trip coach and ticket to the game.

RSVP: daniel.spicer@rocketmail.com or 203-815-8188; there are 35 tickets available.

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 at the Fowler Memorial Building, 45 New Haven Ave., next to Milford Library.

Parking at the rear of the building. For details, call 203-915-9911.

The 60th annual Plymouth Men’s Club White Elephant tag sale will be held 8 a.m.-3 p.m. June 3 at the Plymouth Building of the First United Church of Christ, Congregational, across West Main Street from the City Hall Duck Pond.

Donations of items for the sale are being accepted: household goods, tools, toys, bikes and small furniture are sought; large furniture, couches and old televisions will be accepted.

Items may be brought to the west wing of the Plymouth Building days and evenings May 30-June 2.

For information, call Harry Byrne at 203-874-1870, or Bill Roots at 203-874-0066.

Milford Library, 57 New Haven Ave., is offering Book Voyagers: Reading Adventures, a book discussion group for grades 3-5 at 6 p.m. Mondays May 15, 22.

The group will take a peek into the lives of four adventurous characters. These books blend of mystery and adventure and the will be given to the children.

The books are available in the Children’s Department: “Chasing Vermeer,” “Frindle,” “Junebug” and “Al Capone Does My Shirts.”

Book Voyagers is a program of the CT Humanities and the CT Center for the Book.

RSVP: in person or at 203-783-3312.

Yale Science Diplomats will present “Eat, Play, Fun: The Science of a Perfect Weekend” at 6:30-7:30 p.m. May 15 at the Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave.

At the final Science in the News seminar of the spring, three Yale scientists will talk about the science of some of the things done for fun.

Travis C. Kitchen VFW Post 7788 Auxiliary, 422 Naugatuck Ave., is selling hanging baskets at its Mother’s Day plant sale noon-6 p.m. May 12, 13.

Congregation Sinai is selling homemade cheese, apple or blueberry blintzes for $1 each.

Orders are taken 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 10 a.m.-noon Fridays at 203-301-0558.

Pickup date is May 25. Orders and payment are due May 17.

Send payment to Congregation Sinai, 1000 New Haven Ave., Milford 06460.

The Fire Department will collect propane tank cylinders, such as from gas grills, at 8 a.m.-1 p.m. May 20, for city residents only.

Proof of residency will be required. The free collection will take place at Fire Station 7, 55 Wheeler’s Farms Road, upper parking lot. Requirements: have proof of residency ready; transport tanks in an upright position; preferable driver-only transporting the tanks; valve must be in the closed position; full, partially filled and empty 20-pound tanks will be accepted.

Do not vent the tank before transporting; tanks should be secured in place to prevent accidental tip-over; tanks should be transported with the vehicle windows open; no smoking during the transport of the tank or in the drop-off area.

For more information, call the fire marshal’s office at 203-874-6321, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.

Sacred Heart University professor Jo-Marie Kasinak will speak about horseshoe crabs and Project Limulus, an ongoing research and monitoring program on horseshoe crab ecology in Long Island Sound. Following the talk, visitors can help find and tag horseshoe crabs.

The event is at 1 p.m. May 28 at the Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center at Milford Point, 1 Milford Point Road.

Horseshoe crabs, described as “living fossils,” are more closely related to spiders than crabs. Although they have been around since before the dinosaurs, little was known about their population dynamics and mating patterns in the Sound. Project Limulus was started in 1998 and through tag and recapture, has done many studies focusing on the life history of the American horseshoe crabs.

The study aims to gain a better understanding about the importance of horseshoe crabs, medically, ecologically and economically.

Cost: CAS members $5; nonmembers $8. Bring waterproof boots.

RSVP: the Coastal Center at 203-878-7440, ext. 502.

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.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, with the Recreation Department, will give free, all-ages fishing lessons.

The basics of fresh-water will be taught.

Classes will be 7-8 p.m. June 1, 2, in Room 159 of the Margaret Egan Center, 35 Mathew St.

Another class will meet at 8 a.m. June 3 at the North Street Duck Pond at Hitching Post Lane.

RSVP: 475-439-6218.

Non-religious day camp will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 14-18 at United Presbyterian Church, 109 Seaside Ave.

Cost is $25 per day or $100 for the week.

Activities will include reading, arts and crafts, science and games.

RSVP: Drop-in or call ​203-874-7088.

Lunch is not provided; children must have their own lunch.

ORANGE

Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meeting House Lane at Orange Center Road, will hold the following:

Sunday worship: 8 a.m. in the chapel; 10 a.m. in the sanctuary, with Sunday school and a church nursery for all birth to pre-K children whose parents or guardians are attending worship service.

• The Pilgrim Fellowship tag sale will be held May 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., rain date May 20, on the Green. To rent a space, without a table $20, with a table is $25. To sign up, call Esther in the church office at 203-795-9749.

Donations to the sale can be dropped off to the church after May 7.

The Housatonic River Job Network meets May 11 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.

Mark Troncone, PMP IT project manager, senior IT business analyst, will speak on “How to Create an Effective Marketing Plan.”

The group meets 7-9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. The next meeting will be June 1.

Email alexy56,hotmail.com for further information.

Edward A. Barros family C4C Team Alex, of Orange, joins Sharon’s Ride, Run, Walk for the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut on May 13 in West Haven.

Cyclists go from West Haven to Orange and then back along the Milford shore.

There will be a 50-mile cycle, at 7:30 a.m. West Haven High School, $50; a 20-mile cycle, at 10:30 a.m. Old Grove, $35; and a walk at 10:30 a.m. Old Grove, $35, 860-346-1924, www.epilepsyct.com/sharon.php.

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.

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

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

• 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.

• Hot lunch is offered Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-noon. A $3 donation is suggested for age 60 years and older. RSVP by 1 p.m. the day before. Friday lunches will be provided by various programs for seniors. RSVP the week before.

• Introduction to Computers, with Frank Marini, five weeks started April 27, 9:30-11:30 a.m., for $25. Sign up at the office.

• Trips

Treasures of NYC, May 18, visit the Metropolitian Museum of Art, lunch on your own, walk along Fifth Avenue to some of the highlights of Central Park, $73pp. Includes transportation, admission, driver gratuities.

“Lunch with Mrs. Baskin,” Newport Playhouse, May 25, Although she has no intentions of buying anything Mrs. Baskin continuously sets up appointments with salespeople solely for lunch, conversation, $100pp, includes transportation, lunch, show, driver gratuities.

The Garden Club will hold its annual May Market plant and bake sale at 8:30 a.m.-noon May 13 on the Green at Orange Center Road.

The club will sell locally grown perennials, annuals, home-baked goods and aprons.

Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions as to where best to plant the plants.

To learn more about the club call Chairwoman Joanne Friedrich at 203-795-4266.

The Orange Police Department and Beyond Fitness are teaming up for a Zumba fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut at Peck Place School gymnasium, 500 Peck Lane, 6:15-7:15 p.m. May 18.

The suggested donation is $10 for the adults-only class.

For more information, call Heather LaRock at 203-891-2130 or Nancy Allen at 203-891-2136.

The Orange Legion Baseball Program will be holding tryouts for high school and middle school players from Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge on May 30, 31 at Brinley Field at the Old Tavern Road Recreation Area, Orange.

Players are to arrive at 5:30 p.m. for a brief meeting. A two-hour tryout follows, primarily for the junior legion program, but players who are done with their high school season may try out for the senior team.

For details, call Bob Mirto at 203-687-8299.

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 be 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.

Vendors are: Amity Insurance & Financial Services, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, Casanova Remodeling, Crunch Fitness, Floman Depaola Law Firm, Morgan Stanley, StateFarm Insurance and University of New Haven.

The Rotary Club has breakfast meetings at 7:30 a.m. the first and third Fridays of each month at the Country Corner Restaurant, 756 Amity Road, Bethany.

Also, at 12:15 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays of each month at Woodbridge Social, 12 Selden St.

For more information, call Anna Dickerson at 203-710-0223.

The fire marshal’s office has free carbon monoxide alarms available for Orange residents.

Carbon monoxide is a “silent killer” as it is an invisible, colorless, odorless gas that is created when fuels do not burn completely. CO can result from faulty furnaces or other heating appliances, portable generators, water heaters, clothes dryers, fireplaces, blocked chimneys, or cars that are left running in garages.

Contact the office at 203-891-4711 or www.orangefiremarshal.com.

The Academy Museum and Antique Shop, 605 Orange Center Road, is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. For information, call 203-795-3106.

Pancake breakfast

The Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will hold its 18th annual pancake breakfast Saturday, June 3, 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the fire station, 355 Boston Post Road.

Menu: scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, potato patties and all you-can-eat “Chips” pancakes prepared by the firefighters. Orange juice, milk, coffee and tea are included.

Prices are: $8 for adults; $6 for ages 6-12; 5 and under are free.

Save $1 per person by buying advance tickets from any auxiliary member or at Knight’s Inc. 286 Boston Post Road.

For further information, contact Lynn Knight at 203-795-5882, lmk415@yahoo.com or www.orangevfd.com.

HAMDEN >> The Jewish Coalition for Literacy, a program of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, will hold its free Volunteer Reading Partner Appreciation event, at 9:30 a.m. May 17, at Congregation Mishkan Israel, 785 Ridge Road.

Deborah Freedman, children’s book author, architect, artist and illustrator will be introduced by JCL’s team leader and reading partner, Hedda Kopf. Freedman majored in art history at Yale University and architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design.

She will showcase her books and how to make the most of them when reading with students.

With about 175 JCL reading partners volunteering in seven New Haven public schools, JCL’s group spans different faiths, educational backgrounds and experiences. Each volunteer commits one hour a week to read one-to-one with assigned students, sharing the pleasures of reading, learning and conversation, and giving the child the opportunity to express themselves to an interested adult.

Educators from the public schools and other local children’s literacy advocates may attend the event to honor JCL reading partners for donating their time and for sharing their love of reading and learning with students.

For more information, contact Brenda Brenner at bbrenner@jewishnewhaven.org or 203-387-2424, ext. 308.

The Garden Club’s annual plant sale will be 9 a.m.-noon May 13 in the grove behind the old firehouse in the center of town.

The perennials have been donated by club members from their own gardens, including native species. Bad weather moves event to the Beecher Road School South Assembly Room.

The Amity and Woodbridge Historical Society will have an annual meeting 2-4 p.m. May 21 at the Parish house at the First Church of Christ, 5 Meetinghouse Lane.

Speaker will be Connecticut College professor Glenn Dryer, whose topic will be the Notable Tree Project Initiative in town.

The event is free and freshments will be served.

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

• The center provides health, wellness, nutrition, education and social activities for residents 60 years and older. It offers lunch, as well as transportation.

• The center’s 40th anniversary celebration program and dinner is May 24. Wine and appetizers will be served at 5:30 p.m.; the program, dinner and entertainment by Pierce Campbell Jazz Trio will start at 6:15 p.m. Dinner choices are baked stuffed shrimp and baked stuffed chicken. Tickets are $25. Transportation for seniors and disabled residents will be provided. There will also be a celebration luncheon Tuesday, May 23 with family-style antipasti, chicken marsala, rice pilaf and julienne vegetables. RSVP.

• Pickleball is daily. F• Lunch Bunch continues May 15 at Crave in Ansonia with optional transportation provided by the Woodbridge Center van. RSVP. Participants self-pay at the restaurant.

• Art class starts May 31, if minimum class numbers are met. It runs 10 Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon in the Center Café. The class, taught by local artist Graham Dale, is $60. Participants are asked to bring their own supplies; for a list and to register, contact the center.

The JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road, will hold its annual Family Fun Day featuring touch-a-truck 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, June 4.

Entrance and parking are free with some fee-based activities.

The day will include music, games, activities, more than 20 trucks on display, train rides, pony rides, food, bounce houses, crafts, and vendors.

Vendor spaces and event sponsorships are available. Contact Eliana Sugarman, elianas@jccnh.org, 203-387-2424, ext. 228.

Heavy rain cancels; go to www.jccnh.org.

Applications for the Renters Program may be filed with the town assessor at Town Hall until Sept. 29.

It is available to full-time town residents age 65 by Dec. 31, 2016; whose total income does not exceed 35,200 for a single person or 42,900 for a married couple. People on Social Security Disability are exempt from the age requirement. Proof of all 2016 income and Social Security earnings is required, along with receipts, cancelled checks of 2016 rent and utilities, excluding phone and cable.

Applications can be filed 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays. For details, call the assessor’s office at 203-389-3416.

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.

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, 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, call Judi Young, town Senior Services social worker, at 203-389-3429.