BETHANY

Paint 4 Play Pottery Paint Night will be held at 7 p.m. June 3 at Town Hall to raise funds for a handicapped-accessible playground at Bethany Community School.

Cost: $25 per adult, $45 per couple, which includes one pottery dish and refreshments.

Register by May 26 at http://bethanypublicschooldistrict.formstack.com/forms/paint4play.

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.

Therapy animals

Meet a therapy horse, donkey and goat at an event that includes refreshments, pony rides and pet adoption at 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. May 29, Red Skye, 110 Hatfield Hill Road. Admission is free. Go to www.redskye.org.

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 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.

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.

‘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.

USCG Auxiliary 24-3 Milford Flotilla is offering free vessel safety checks at 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 28 at Village Marina, 40 Bridgeport Ave., Devon. Boaters may dock at the marina for the check. The flotilla will have a display on the basics of the safe operation of recreational boating, seamanship and safe personal watercraft operation.

The fifth annual Milford Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20, at Walnut Beach.

It will include entertainment, refreshments, raffle and silent auction.

Meet at the Rotary Pavilion. Participants will walk a 3-mile route, which is handicapped- and stroller-accessible.

Registration is at 9 a.m. Cost is $50, $60 day of event.

Proceeds will go to the Lustgarten Foundation.

To register: 2017milfordwalk.kintera.org.

The Milford Road Runners’ Courtney Honda Independence Day 3000 Road Race will be held at 9 a.m. July 1 at Foran High School, 80 Foran Road.

Registration starts at 7:30 a.m.

Cost is $20, or $25 day-of. Proceeds go to the community or local charities.

Raffle, food, goodie bags are included. Go to: Milford Road Runners: Courtney Honda Independence Day 5000.

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. On June 1, the book is “A Piece of the World,” by Christina Baker Kline. The book for July is “The Girl Before,” by Rena Olsen.

• 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 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.

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.

The Junior Woman’s Club will present touch-a-truck, face painting, food trucks and vendors, will be available 11 a.m.-3 p.m. June 4 at Eisenhower Park on North Street. Shuttles will be provided from designated parking areas.

Cost: $5 per person, at entry. Children ages 2 and under are free. Some activities cost extra.

More information: MilfordJuniors.org, jwcmilford@gmail.com.

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

The Milford Marine Institute will have an open house 9-11 a.m. Saturday, May 27, at the Gulf Pond Museum, 38 Shadyside Lane.

Rare Acheulean hand tools, including a butchering cleaver and a hand axe recently donated to the institute, will be shown. These tools were made by Homo erectus and are more than 1 million years old.

For 34 years the institute has offered “hands-on” camps in marine biology, archaeology/Native culture, and birds by sharing marine specimens, artifacts, and animals from the museum collections. The institute has a collection of large marine mollusks.

• Marine Biology Camp, June 19-23. Campers will learn the nine marine habitats and the cetaceans, pinnipeds, sea turtles, sharks, mollusks, fish and other marine species. After handling large and unusual mollusks, learning the carnivores from the herbivores, campers will collect and label a Long island Sound marine mollusca collection with common and Latin names of each species. They will learn to seine and to set up a temporary aquarium.

• Marine Biology Art Camp, June 26-30, campers will learn the marine habitats and species and will choose a favorite marine animal, draw it on a piece of pine, have it cut out, sand it and paint it. Many campers do two and even three works of art.

• Bird Identification Art Camp, July 5-7. Campers learn to identify birds from live species seen at the observatory, from mounted specimens, from field guides and from walks along trails. Each chooses a favorite bird, draws it on a piece of pine, has it cut, sands and paints it to take home. Many campers paint more than one bird.

• Archaeology/Native Culture Camp, Session A, July 10-14, Session B, July 17-21. Campers learn about the ancient people who lived along the “River of Lost Name,” hold ancient artifacts from the city and the state, and participate in an archaeological dig at an ancient Paugussett village. Campers are taught scientific excavation techniques and find old pieces left in the ground for centuries by people who lived at the village long before Europeans arrived in Milford.

Call the institute at 203-874-4000 for more information.

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.

The Milford Garden Club invites the public to the dedication of the Blue Star Memorial at noon May 28 in front of the Fowler Memorial Building, 45 New Haven Ave.

Blue Star is a National Garden Club initiative intended to pay tribute to veterans who have served, are serving and who will serve in the U.S. military.

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.

ORANGE

Cancer survivors, caregivers, volunteers and community members will unite at the Relay For Life of Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge from noon Saturday, May 20, to 8 a.m. Sunday, May 21, in an effort to fight cancer.

This event will be held Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road.

It is one of nine relays in Connecticut this weekend.

Funds raised help the American Cancer Society provide free information and support for people facing the disease today, and fund cancer research to help protect future generations. During relays, members of each team take turns walking or running around a track or path. Teams participate in fundraising in the months leading up to the event.

Contact: Hayley Foster, 203-521-9224, www.relayforlife.org/bowct.

May 20 events: opening ceremony, 6 p.m., survivor lap, 6:30; survivor reception, 6:30 p.m.; luminaria ceremony, 9 p.m.

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

Chinmaya Saraswati Ashram, 393 Derby Ave., will hold a free, inspirational discourse (Pravachan) on Chapter X - Vibuthi Yoga of the Bhagavad Gita by the Swami Shantanandaji.

Discourse times: 7-8:30 p.m. June 2; and 9-10:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m.-noon, 3-5 p.m. June 3. Lunch is 12:40-1:30 p.m.

For more information, visit chinmayafairfield.org.

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: “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 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 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.

Annual meeting

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 refreshments will be served.

The Democratic Town Committee is seeking volunteers interested in becoming nominees for appointment to town boards and commissions.

Appointments for four-year terms beginning July 1 will be made by the Board of Selectmen to boards including Conservation, Economic Development, Human Services, Inland Wetlands, Library, Recreation, Finance, and Town Plan and Zoning.

The WDTC’s Nominating Committee co-Chairwomen Karen Baldwin Kravetz and Sheila McCreven will hold interviews beginning in early June. To be considered for a spot, call 203-936-9336 or email to woodbridgeCTdems@gmail.com.

The selectmen will vote on appointments at a special meeting in late June at Town Hall.

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. For more information about activities or to RSVP for programs, call 203-389-3430 or e-mail to jglicksman@woodbridgect.org.

• 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.

• 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.

Family event

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.