Amity

Wine tasting

The Orange Lions Club's 6th Annual Wine tasting event will be on Friday Jan. 22, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m . at the High Plains Community Center on Orange Center Rd in Orange. The event is sponsored by Forest Package Store of West Haven (Tracey Bonoff-manager) and there will be many wines to taste with light hors d'oeurves, Craig Calistro will be playing the keyboard for your entertainment! Tickets are $20 each and can obtained by calling 203 799-6526 or from Forest Package Store on Forest Rd in West Haven, or by sending your check made to Orange Lions Club at P.O. Box 1162 Orange, Ct. 06477.

Coachman Square to Host Memory Loss Seminar

Individuals and families involved in caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other memory impairments are invited to attend “Understanding Memory Loss,” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at Coachman Square located at 21 Bradley Rd. , in Woodbridge .

The discussion will be led by Dianne Davis, RN, MSN, of Alder Geriatric Assessment Center . She will discuss how to learn about memory loss, discover the difference between Alzheimer’s and other dementias and how to recognize the signs and where to turn for help. Come learn helpful tips for caring for a loved one with memory loss, ways to cope and about resources that can make a difference in your loved one’s world.

The program is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by calling Coachman Square at Woodbridge at 203-397-7544.

Coachman Square at Woodbridge offers assisted living and the Harbor Program, which provides specialized care for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory impairments.

Elm City Winds to Perform at OCC

The Orange Congregational Church is pleased to announce Elm City Winds will perform a benefit concert in the sanctuary on Sunday, Jan. 17, at 3 p.m. Elm City Winds is an active woodwind quintet which is well known in the New Haven area for its delightful performances of music ranging from light favorites to serious classical chamber music. The Quintet is comprised of dedicated musicians who represent a range of occupations, many of whom have played together for over 15 years.

Benefits from the concert will be used to support the renovation of the Woodruff Memorial Pipe Organ. The church is currently engaged in a capital fundraising campaign to raise $315,000 to renovate the 60-year-old organ.

Tickets for the performance are available at the church office at 205 Meetinghouse Lane in Orange. The adult ticket price is $10. Children under age 12 are free. A reception with light refreshments will follow the performance. For tickets or more information, contact the church office at 203 795 -9749

Spay/Neuter Now program launched

Amity Animal Rescue Fund, Inc. is introducing a spay/neuter program for Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge felines starting Jan. 1. AARF has partnered with several local veterinarians to offer a dramatically reduced rate of $65 per cat which also includes a rabies inoculation. The program is for both domestic and feral cats.

For information call 203-389-1996 or e-mail Amityarf@yahoo.com.

Relay for Life

Save the date May 22, 23 for the Amity Relay for Life. This year to be held once again at High Plains Community center, the location of the first Amity relay for Life.

To learn more about the upcoming event email bowrelayforlife@gmail.com.

Resolve to Take Care of Your Health

How? Try yoga. Yoga as a system of preventive health has worked for hundreds of years and today is recommended by many doctors. Yoga develops strength, flexibility, balance, emotional well-being, and proper breathing to increase oxygen supply to tissues.

Woodbridge Recreation offers new 7- week sessions of Gentle Yoga classes starting. Monday classes are at 10:30 a.m., 5:30, or 7 p.m. Wednesday classes are at 10:30 a.m. or 4:30 p.m. All classes are75 minutes and are held in Room 16 of the former Center School, on Meetinghouse Lane in Woodbridge (next to the library.) 7 classes: $52 -resident; $57 non-resident. Call the Recreation Department at 203 389-3446 to register or for more information, or call the instructor, Diane King, 203 397-0640.

Go Green!

In honor of Tu B’shvat (New Year for Trees), the Jewish Women’s Circle of Chabad of Orange/Woodbridge, invites you to turn over a new leaf! Join us on Tuesday, Jan.26, 7 p.m.at the home of Nelly Rabinowitz, 172 Carrington Road in Bethany, the first silver LEED certified “green” home in Connecticut. Learn about non-toxic products, indoor air quality, recycling, composting, BPH in plastic, and more! Make your own “green” housecleaning products and find out how Tu B’shvat is relevant in our daily lives.

RSVP is required as space is limited. Please call Bluma Hecht, 795-7095 or e-mail info@chabadow.org.

Earth day

Bethany is looking for Earth Day volunteers to help with planning and advertising. Earth Day in Bethany will be on Saturday, May 22. Help is needed from people that have skills with spreadsheets for entering data and maintaining the database of participants, for advertising the event, soliciting sponsors, decorations, etc. If you or someone you know wants to make a difference to improve our environment, visit our website to see the activities from our 2009 Earth Day. "http://sites.google.com/site/bethanyearthday/" or send an email to Nelly at bethanyearthday@googlemail.com. This could qualify as a community service activity for High School or Scouts.

2010 Calendar

The 2010 beautiful Bethany calendar is now on sale at Amity Garden Center (720 Amity Rd) and Bethany Town Hall. The calendar includes photos from Bethany photographers Catherine Champagne, Barrie Tait Collins, Bart Piccirillo, Nellie Rabinowitz, Kassandra Rainey, and Chris Silvestri. Send your photos for next year's calendar to amy.arnsten@yale.edu. The calendar is a fundraiser for the Bethany Clean Energy Task Force, which encourages people to sign up for Clean Energy, to save the environment and economy.

Railroad display

A small display of historic railroad items is on display in the Academy Building. The items were found along the right-of-way at the Turkey Hill area where the train went across the road.

Woodbridge job bank

Woodbridge Youth Services is gearing up its Job Bank for the fall season. The program matches Woodbridge teenagers looking for work with Woodbridge residents who wish to hire local teens to perform jobs like raking leaves, yard work, snow shoveling, babysitting, housecleaning, pet care, party help, etc. Young people have the opportunity to earn some money, while residents find some relief from household duties. Residents may call 389-3429 to inquire. Teens between 12 and 16 years of age may join the Job Bank by calling Woodbridge Youth Services at 389-3429.

OACC seeks young performers

Young musicians (groups, solo instrumentalists, singers etc) are invited to participate in a special concert to be given this fall, fulfilling OACC’s (Orange Arts and Cullture Council) commitment to showcase promising young performers. In June, a very successful concert featuring local young artists was held at the Eastbound Theater in Milford. Performers included Jonathan Chang, cellist: Jenny Liu, violinist; Peter Yoo, pianist; Mira Sadigh, pianist; Amanda Robles and Chris Behmke, vocalists. The date and venue for the forthcoming concert has yet to be determined. Jazz, folk, pop and classical artists are encouraged to send CDs/tapes to Marian Drobish, 489 Summit Drive, Orange, CT 06477. Arrangements can also be made for young artists to be heard by the OACC Concert Committee. For more information, call 799 2641 or 397 8915.

Gentle yoga

Woodbridge Recreation offers several gentle and slow yoga classes, including two new evening classes "For Those Who May Not be Able to Touch Their Toes." These classes are for those who wish to learn yoga's ancient lessons with safe modifications for those with physical limitations. New evening classes are Mondays from 7 to 8:15 p.m. and Tuesdays from 8 to 9:15 p.m. Morning classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. There are also two classes, "Yoga for All" that accommodate beginners but will be more dynamic than the other classes. These classes meet Mondays 5:30to 6:45 p.m. and Wednesdays 4:30 to 5:45 p.m.

All classes are held in Room 16 of the Woodbridge "Center, next to the Woodbridge Town Library on Meetinghouse Lane. Each session is 8 weeks, $60. for residents and $65. for non-residents.

Register through the Woodbridge Recreation Department, 389-3446. Checks are payable to Woodbridge Recreation and can be mailed to 11 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge, CT 06525. You may call the instructor, Diane King, at 397-0640 if you have questions about the classes.

Friday evening ballroom dancing

At the JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road (Rte. 63), Woodbridge.

Dance to Ballroom Music by DJs David and Sherie Innis every Friday evening.

Free group lesson at 7:15 p.m.. Beautiful 3,000 sq. ft. parquet dance floor, complimentary refreshments

Admission $12 per person; $10 Collegiate and USA Dance Members

Sponsored by Connecticut Ballroom Society.

Contact David and Sherie Innis at 203-526-6843 or e-mail ctballroom@aol.com for further information. www.Ctballroomsociety.com

Wedding consortium

A new marketing group has been formed as a part of the Orange Chamber of Commerce. The Wedding Consortium is comprised of members of the Orange Chamber that have knowledge and experience to assist brides in the planning of their wedding. The Wedding Consortium includes businesses that offer services ranging from invitations to honeymoon planning - everything a couple needs to ensure their wedding is truly their special day.

The fusion marketing strategy involves complementary businesses teaming up to form a business alliance and referral program. For more information concerning the wedding Consortium, contact co-chairs Leslie Marsh at 203-799-2367, leslie@getreadytocruise.com, or Tyyne Catapano at 203-882-9453, questions@wildexpressionsflorist.com.

Many Hands Make Light Work

One of the many activities of The Garden Club of Orange’s Civic and Conservation Committee is the maintenance of public spaces, including the Town Green, the Clark Building, Wright’s Pond and the Racebrook Tract. During the fall and winter the Club decorates the Case Memorial Library and makes wreaths for all the public buildings. If you are interested in learning more about the Garden Club, please visit the Web site at http://www.orange-ct.gov/gardenclub.html Or contact Teresa Evangeliste at 795-3195.

Looking for some fun?

Come on down to the Woodbridge Senior Center to play Bocce. The group is looking for Bocce players to join in and have fun on Tuesday mornings at 11 a.m. Anyone interested, call Phyllis at 389-3430.

Family night every Wednesday

400 Burnt Plains Rd., Milford, 874-8928. If you would like to come for dinner and you are not a member or regular attendee, call the church to sign-up.

Dinner - $2 per person, $10 per family, 5 to 6 p.m.

Bridge Players

The Woodbridge Senior Center is looking for bridge players on Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. For information, 389-3430.

Milford

The Irish Heritage Society of Milford’s monthly meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. (new time) at the Daniel Street Club, 21 Daniel St., Milford, CT. A social get-together will start at 7 pm. Visit the clubs Web-site milfordirish.org.

Family Movie Night

The United Church of Christ in Devon, will hold a Family Movie Night on Friday, Jan. 15, 6 p.m. The movie will be Disney Studio’s, “Santa Buddies” and is rated G. Disney's irresistible talking puppies return in a heartwarming all-new holiday adventure! The cost is $6.00 for visitors over 5 years old and $3 for children between 3 and 5 years of age. This charge gets visitors a hot dog, potato chips, pickles, dessert, a beverage, and unlimited popcorn. The movie is free and the family fun is priceless! Call 874-6422 for more information.

Eastern Star Chapter to meet

Lucia Chapter #25, Order of the Eastern Star will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday Jan. 14 in the Milford Masonic Lodge Hall 59 Broad Street under the direction of the Worthy Matron Jeanne Dubois.

At this meeting a special program will be presented .

All members of Lucia Chapter are urged to attend this important meeting. Visiting Eastern Star members are always welcome.

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

For information call the Worthy Matron at 203-878-7052.

Can and bottle drive

The Jonathan Law High School Marching Band and Color Guard will be having its monthly redeemable can and bottle drive on Jan. 16, from 9am to 11a.m. in the schools student parking lot at 20 Lansdale Ave, Milford .

Speaker on herbs

The Milford Garden Club will have Kathrine Neville speak on "The Prominence Of Herbs During The Elizabethan Era" in her special way of enlightening with the most interesting information that can be put to use. She is well known for her accomplishments including being a Master Gardener; chairwoman of Horticulture for the Federated Garden Clubs of Ct; on the teaching staff of New York Botanicall Gardens; and CEO of Kathrines' Gardens, a landscape design company. The meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 9, the program is at 1:15 p.m. at the Freelove Baldwin Stow DAR Building, Milford. There is a $5 fee for non members. For further information call 932-4511

Lions club

The Milford Lions Club meets on the first and third Monday of every month at Chips Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Rd., Orange at 7 p.m.

For additional information, call President Maryann Moffitt 203-882-8159.

12 day trip to Israel

Ever wanted to see Israel? Want to walk the stone alleyways of Jerusalem? See the miracle of modern day Israel? Relax by the Mediterranean Sea?

A group is forming for a 12 day trip to Israel in November 2010. This trip is geared for active adults. In 10 days on land you will visit the holy sites of Old Jerusalem such as the Western Wall, visit historical sites such as Akko and Caesaria, experience the salt sea and mud baths of the Dead Sea, hike in the nature reserve of Ein Gedi, tour the vineyards of the North, and celebrate Shabbat in Jerusalem. There will be opportunities to go out on your own, and those who are interested in staying on or adding an excursion may do so.

To learn more about the trip call 203-301-0558 congsinai@aol.com.

INDOOR YOUTH TENNIS INSTRUCTION

The Milford Recreation Department is currently accepting registrations for its winter indoor tennis lessons on a first come first serve basis at the Recreation office in the Parsons Complex. The youth tennis lessons will be held in the Parsons Gymnasium.

Instructor Dave Kardas and his staff will offer instruction for students 3 to 8 years old and classes will be held on Fridays. The 3 to 5 year-old Pee Wee group will be held from 3 to 3:45 p.m. and cost $50 a session. The 6-8 year-old juniors will play from 4 to 5 p.m. and cost $90 a session. There is a $5 fee for all non-residents.

For more information, please call Bill Garfield at 783-3388 or at bgarfield@ci.milford.ct.us

Rent-A-Kid Program

Residents of Milford looking for assistance with a job within their home may “rent-a-kid” from Milford Youth and Family Services. The Rent-A-Kid program targets youth between the ages of 12 to 17 interested in temporary, part-time job jobs such as yard work, raking, gardening, snow shoveling, childcare and other needs.

Sean Macauley, MFT, Program Coordinator of Milford Youth and Family Services, has compiled a list of young people interested in participating in the program. If you would like more information on this program and on how to rent a kid, please contact Sean Macauley at 783-3253.

Portrait painting group

Space is still available for the adult portrait painting group. This is not a class but an opportunity to meet people with a passion for painting. The group meets Thursday 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Margaret Egan Center in Room 136. Cost of each session is $3 with Models provided.

Actor students accepted

Milford actor’s workshop is currently accepting new students for the spring acting programs. Classes are for ages 8 to 15 and will be held at the Margaret Egan Center on Mondays from 4:30 to 6 p.m., $20 per session. The program features monologue and commercial technique, improve and scene study, all emphasizing self-esteem building in oral presentation. Contact Laurie, 203-876-0234, or email www.milfordactors@yahoo.com

Stratford

Sunday afternoon talks

The Stratford Library will present Sunday Afternoon Talks, its monthly series of informative and entertaining talks featuring prominent local guest speakers, on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2 p.m. with Housatonic College Professor Dave Koch. The popular program invites notable locals to speak in an informal atmosphere on a wide range of topics. Koch will discuss Connecticut in the Civil War at the library event. Sunday Afternoon Talks is free and open to the public.

Nutmeg stamp club

The Nutmeg Stamp Club, based in Stratford is seeking to increase its membership.

Anyone who is interested in postage stamp collection is invited to attend meetings which are the second and fourth Wednesday of the month 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Atria, 6911 Main St. Stratford across from Sikorsky.

All are welcome.

West Haven

Free tax preparation offered to seniors

The West Haven Senior Center is offering a free tax-preparation service to help low- to middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 and older, fill out their federal tax forms.

The AARP Tax-Aide service, by appointment, runs from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, starting Feb. 4, in the senior center at the Robert A. Johnson Community Center , 201 Noble St .

The service 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.

Learn to skate

The Recreation Department is registering residents and nonresidents ages 4 and older for its “Learn to Skate” program at West Haven High School.

The seven-week program will meet Mondays at Bennett Rink.

Boys and girls will learn basic figure skating and hockey skills, as well as full-ice power skating.

Also, the department is offering an after-school soccer clinic at Pagels Elementary School, 26 Benham Hill Road , for city boys and girls in grades one to eight. For details, call the recreation office at 203-937-3651.

Online registration is available for both programs at www.whparkrec.com.

Exhibit

KCK Art Gallery, 397 Campbell Ave. Exhibit runs through March 31.

Info sought

The West Haven Black Heritage Committee and the West Haven Historical Society seek information, historical memorabilia, photographs and news articles about West Haven African Americans. These material will be included in an exhibit celebrating Black History Month in February.

All materials submitted will be returned after the exhibit closes. Call 932-0088 or 933-9540 for further info.

Basketball program offered in W. Haven

The Recreation Department is offering an open gym basketball program for residents.

The program, which runs through March 31, meets 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Carrigan Middle School gym, 2 Tetlow St. , for those ages 17 and younger and 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Forest Elementary School gym, 95 Burwell Road , for those ages 18 and older.

The nightly fee is $1 for the youth program and $3 for the adult program. Participants must show proof of West Haven residence.

The program does not meet on holidays or when there is a Board of Education function. For more details, call 937-3651.

Writing workshop aims to record life stories

The West Haven Senior Center will offer a Written Legacies Workshop to give participants an opportunity to write about their life experiences.

The seven-week workshop will meet 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Robert A. Johnson Noble Community Center, 201 Noble St.

Hartford Courant columnist Marlene Clark will teach writing and memory-jogging techniques that can help students remember their stories.

The fee is $35 for residents and $45 for nonresidents. Class size is limited.

To register, call the senior center at 937-3507.

Applications will be available for fuel assistance

The city will accept walk-in residents for the federally financed Connecticut Energy Assistance Program, which began Oct. 5 for oil, gas and electric customers, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in the human resources office on the second floor of City Hall, 355 Main St .

The city serves the first 12 residents each day. Appointments will be scheduled on a limited and individual basis on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Eligibility for assistance is based on the income and assets of an applicant’s household.

To qualify, applicants must provide pay stubs, including monthly Social Security benefits and pension checks, for the last four weeks for all household members ages 18 and older.

Applicants also must provide documentation of assets — recent bank account statements for all accounts — for all household members, must provide a current utility bill, and must provide Social Security numbers and birth dates for all household members.

Additional information will be posted on the city’s Web site, www.cityofwesthaven.com, or call the Energy Assistance Information Line at 937-3572 for more deta