Bulletin Board for 4 local towns
The Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will hold its annual Valentine Dance for 21 and older at 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Lakeview Lodge on Route 42.
Bring your own snacks and beverages. Tickets are $25 per couple, $15 single and $125 for a table of 10.
To reserve, call Amy at 203-410-2602 or Joan 203-627-8874.
Nominations are due Feb. 28 for a Conservationist of the Year award, given for meritorious action.
It is presented only when the Bethany Conservation Commission thinks there has been a worthy activity or effort.
Each year the commission reviews conservation/preservation activity in town, looking for a candidate.
Nomination forms will be available at the town clerk’s office or by contacting Bruce Loomis at sabrinabruce,hotmail.com.
They include eligibility criteria, such as environmental action, environmental education/advocacy, resource preservation, improving suburban areas and habitat restoration.
The award is not limited to individuals. It is presented at the annual Town Meeting in May.
The person should be someone who has made a significant difference in Bethany and will be recognized at the annual DTC spaghetti supper on March 25. This event is attended by many local, state and national elected officials. Email Peg Foley at yelgep,sbcglobal.net or call 203-988-2155 with the name of the nominee.
Members of the Bethany Community Garden are holding a paint social art evening 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8.
No painting experience is necessary. Easel, paints, instruction, coffee and dessert will be provided. BYOB.
Tickets are $35. Register at www.PaintSocialArt.com. For details, call Aileen 203-393-1927.
Applications for new gardeners are being accepted for the Bethany Organic Community Garden’s third and final phase, which is complete.
Raised beds are rented on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications are available by contacting Anne McDonnell at 203-393-3164 or mcdonnellind,comcast.net.
The cost to rent a 4-by-8 foot raised bed at the garden, 90 Pole Hill Road, for the growing season is $25. The cost for seniors 60 and older is $15. Mobility-impaired residents are accommodated.
Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraiser, a clothing drive, to benefit Bethany Community School’s sixth-grade, will be held 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 28 at Bethany Town Garage.
The Lions Club will present its 31st annual auction and corned beef dinner 5-7 p.m. March 12.
Tickets can be purchased at Town Hall or by calling Lion Paul Magda at 203-535-7416.
Prices are $18 for adult and $12 for children. Proceeds will help support the club’s annual Scholarship Fund, which benefits graduating seniors from Bethany.
For more information, visit www.bethanyctlions.com.
Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave., listings:
• Jan. 26, 10 a.m.. Classic Book Discussion - The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane; Jan. 28, 1 p.m. Big Bad Wolf; Jan. 30, 6 p.m.. Anime Club; Jan. 31, 2 p.m. Movie.
• Middle school students’ Anime Club, 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 30. The librarian will be showing episodes from “Crunchyroll,” an anime streaming site, and will offer an opportunity for fans to discuss anime and manga. Open to grades 6-8. RSVP: 203-783-3292. Info: Diana in the Young Adult Department at 203-701-4554.
• Preschool storytime: Mondays, Tuesdays at 10 a.m., stories, a craft, for ages 3 and up with a caregiver.
• Toddlertime: Wednesdays at 10, 11 a.m., fingerplays, songs and stories, for ages 2 and under with a caregiver.
• Stay and Play Thursdays Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-noon.
• Take your child to the library day Saturday Feb. 4, 11 a.m., Milford author and educator Bonnie Feuer and illustrator Sharai Platt will read and talk about their newest book, “Voice from the Woods.”
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 24-3, 1 Helwig St., is holding an About Boating Safety class at 8 a.m. Jan. 28.
Successful completion of the eight-hour course satisfies the state licensing requirements for both boats and personal watercraft.
Cost is $60. Walk-ins are welcome.
For information, contact 860-663-5505 or skperrone,hotmail.com.
The VITA Program will be providing free income tax preparation at the Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive.
VITA offers free tax help to low-to moderate-income people with an annual household income of $54,000 and below, or 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines.
The service is noon-4 p.m. Sundays and 5-8 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 29-April 11. Register by calling TEAM at 203-736-5420, ext. 206.
In West Haven, the West Haven Senior Center is offering a free tax preparation service to help low- to middle-income taxpayers.
The AARP Tax-Aide program is available by appointment 9-11 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, starting Feb. 1, at the Johnson Community Center, 201 Noble St.
Special attention is given to help those 60 and older fill out federal tax forms.
The service, which includes tax counseling, is offered by trained volunteer tax preparers from AARP, in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service.
For an appointment, call the senior center at 203-937-3507.
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.
The Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive, 203-877-5131.
• The Food Bank seeks canned soups, juices, vegetables, spaghetti sauce, fruit and tuna, as well as cereal, which may be dropped off at the center, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Call Sharon Brown at 203-877-5131, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. daily.
The Milford Road Runners Winter Wonder Land 5-mile road race will be held Jan. 29.
The race starts at 9:30 a.m., with registration starting at 8:30 at Platt Technical High School, 600 Orange Ave.
There will be an awards ceremony inside the gym at 10:45. All those who pre-register will receive a race T-shirt and goody bag as long as supplies last. Post-race food donor include Subway and Dunkin’ Donuts.
Also, warm cookies, hot chocolate, soup and fruit.The post-race raffle will have many prizes. Pre-registration is $20, day-of is $30.
An open house will be held at 9-11 a.m. and 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 31 at St. Mary School, 72 Gulf St.
Snow date is Feb. 7.
Visitors can meet teachers, tour the building, and talk to parents and alumni.
For details, contact 203-878-6539 or www.saintmaryschoolmilford.org.
The Morning Book Discussion Group will meet Thursday, Feb. 2, 10:30 a.m. at the Ellen Aftamonow Woodmont Library, 16 Dixon St.
The book is “A Man Called Ove,” by Fredrik Backman.
The group meets the first Thursday monthly.
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 transfer station has resumed regular Saturday hours of 7 a.m.-noon as of Jan. 14. Extended Saturday hours will again resume in the spring.
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 15 meets at noon on the first Thursday of each month, beginning March 2, at the Fowler Memorial Building, 45 New Haven Ave., next to Milford Library. Parking is at the rear of the building. For details, call 203-915-9911.
“Learn How to Lower Your Electric Bill” will be held 6-7 p.m. Jan. 31 at High Plains Community Center cafeteria, 525 Orange Center Road.
The workshop for Milford and Orange residents is sponsored by state Reps. Themis Klarides, R-114, Charles Ferraro, R-117, and Pam Staneski, R-119.
Electric rate specialists from Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority will guide residents through the process.
Attendees are asked to bring a recent copy of their electric bill.
For more information, call 800-842-1423 or send email to Themis.Klarides@housegop.ct.gov, Charles.Ferraro@housegop.ct.gov Pam.Staneski@housegop.ct.gov.
Orange Congregational Church Nursery School is accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year for the 3- and 4-year-old programs.
The school runs 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for age 3; and Monday, Wednesday, Friday for age 4. There is a five-day option for returning students.
The program is open for children of all faiths.
To schedule a visit, contact 203-795-9749, ext. 305 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Housatonic River Job Network meets at Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road.
It is open to those underemployed or in transition between professional opportunities to meet, share leads, hear guest speakers and get information for their job search.
The group meets 7-9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. Future meetings will be held Feb. 9 and March 9.
Email alexy56,hotmail.com for further information.
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.
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, is offering Five Life Line health screenings Feb. 15 to scan for potential health problems related to blocked arteries, abdominal aortic aneurysms, hardening of the arteries in the legs, atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat and bone density, for men and women. A Wellness Package includes four vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. To register and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, call 888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/advantagemembers.
For more information, contact 203-795-6577, thegoodspheherd,optonline.net, www.thegoodshepherdorangect.org, www.facebook.com/cgsorangect.
Case Library, 176 Tyler City Road, offers free events, except as noted. Call 203-891-2170, http://www.casememoriallibrary.org.
• Weekly Storytimes: 3-5 Year Olds Storytime, Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m., storytelling, books, music, fingerplays, and puppetry at this series especially for ages 3-5. A story-related craft is offered following each session.
• Lapsit Storytime: Tuesdays, 10:30-11 a.m. Little ones from birth up to age 2 and their caregivers are invited to this high-energy storytime with Ms. Michelle. Practice nursery rhymes, sing and move together, plus explore touch-and-feel books.
• 2-Year-old Storytime: Thursdays, 10:30-11 a.m. Audience participation is encouraged at this storytime session. Enjoy books, stories, music and movement, finger plays, and puppetry together.
Events for Children:
• Valentine crafts, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 3:30-4:30 p.m., For ages 5-12. Choose a valentine craft or two. Make a heart wreath (choose from two styles) or write a special message on a scratch-off valentine. RSVP.
• Take Your Child to the Library Day, Bach to Rock: The Science of Sound Saturday, Feb. 4, 11:30 a.m.
For children of all ages. Join electric violinist Caryn Lin as she makes music come to life; stop by the Children’s Room to make a kazoo using common household items. RSVP.
Events are free, except as noted. Pre-register in person or 203-891-2170; http://www.casememoriallibrary.org.
Orange Senior Center offers programs. For more information and to register, call 203-891-4784.
• The monthly book club will meet Jan. 27, 2-3 p.m. in the senior lounge. The book will be The Messiah of Stockholm by Cynthia Ozick.
• Turkey Hill School Technology Partnership: The center and the school are bringing three free technology seminars. RSVP.
• Living Treasure nominations accepted through March 11 for the awards. Nomination forms are available in the Orange Community Services office, Town Hall, and on the town’s website. The three individuals chosen will be honored at the Senior Center’s Pasta Festa! in May.
• How to Connect with Friends & Family with Devices, Feb. 6, 10 a.m.
• Lunch & Fun, noon Thursday, Jan. 26, Janet Barrett discusses her book They Call Me Reckless: A True Story of War, Love and One Extraordinary Horse. This is a story of the power of the human-horse connection, bring lunch for 11:30 a.m., coffee and dessert supplied. RSVP.
• 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.
• How to Connect with Friends & Family with Devices, Feb. 6, 10 a.m.
• Beginner’s Pickleball, Tuesday Feb. 7, free, with Diane Sullivan of Apex Pharmacy. RSVP.
• AARP tax preparation services Wednesdays, Feb. 8-April 12. Bring last year’s tax returns, Social Security card for everyone on the return and a photo ID. RSVP.
• Wellness Book Club, Feb. 8, “Sacred Contracts: Awakening your Divine Potential” by Caroline Myss. RSVP.
• Wellness with ShopRite Orange registered dietitian, seminar and recipes Feb. 13. RSVP.
• Movie of the Month: 1 p.m. Feb. 17 “The Light Between Oceans,” popcorn, soda. RSVP.
• Monthly book club, Feb. 24, book is “The Marriage of Opposites” by Alice Hoffman.
• Introduction to computers for newbies with Frank Marini. This five-week class starts Feb. 2, 9:30-11:30 a.m., for $25. Sign up at office.
• Lions Club Pizza Party Brazilian Carnival Cabaret, Feb. 6, 1:30—3 p.m. with Jose Paulo. RSVP.
Full payment due at registration. No minimum trips.
UConn vs. SMU Basketball at Gampel Pavilion, Saturday, Feb. 11. Cost $56pp, transportation and tckets to the game.
Ct Flower Show and lunch. Feb. 23, snow date Feb. 24. “The Spirit of Spring” at the Connecticut Convention Center with a lunch stop. Cost $80pp. Includes transportation, lunch, admission.
Mohegan Sun AAC Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship Game. March 6-7, overnight, $229pp double, $315 single, $214pp triple. Includes transportation, hotel accommodations, ticket, taxes, gratuity, baggage handling.
St. Patrick’s Day at the Aqua Turf, March 14. Entertainment by Padraig Allen and the Maclean Avenue Band, lunch including corned beef & cabbage, baked scrod, and all the fixings, topped off with carrot cake. Also, a free glass of wine or beer. Cost: $77pp. Includes transportation, lunch, show, driver gratuities.
The town owns several parcels of open fields that are available for lease. Some of the land is suitable for haying, while other is appropriate for planting of silage corn or other crops.
Any Woodbridge farmer who is interested in leasing town-owned land for the 2016 growing season should may Gerry Shaw in the selectman’s office at email@example.com or to Attn. Gerry Shaw, Woodbridge Town Hall, 11 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge 06525.
Letters of interest are due 4:30 p.m. Feb. 3.
Woodbridge Youth Services, in collaboration with First Selectman Ellen Scalettar, is seeking nominations for the First Selectman’s Youth Award.
The annual award will be presented to a deserving young Woodbridge resident who has made a significant contribution to a Woodbridge community member, organization, or the town itself.
The presentation will be made at the Human Services Department’s Annual Volunteer Tea in April. Call 203-389-3429 for the nomination form or visit the town website for Youth Services’ announcements.
Submit nominations by March 3 to Woodbridge Youth Services, 11 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge 06525.
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., Woodbridge.
For more information, call Anna Dickerson at 203-710-0223.
The Woodbridge Town Library, 10 Newton Road, offers programs. To register, www.woodbridgetownlibrary.org, 203-389-3433.
Children and Teen Programs
• Teen Tech Support, 2:45 p.m., last Wednesday of every month, sometimes more often, to provide help on topics such as: email, smart phones, Facebook, downloading pictures and tablets & e-readers to the community. Contact Teen Librarian Kyle Litscher at Klitscher,lioninc.org to join.
• Adult Events
Winter Reading Program through Feb. 24, Anyone 18 years or older may participate.
Film Screening: The Light Between Oceans, Thursday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m. PG-13 drama, romance, 132 mins.
Connecticut Made: Homegrown Products by Local Craftsmen, Artisans, and Purveyors with author Cynthia Parzych, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m. Books will be available for signing.
Film Screening: Sully, Thursday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m. PG-13, biography, drama, 96 min.
Film Screening: The Accountant, Thursday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m. Rated R, action, crime, drama, 128 min.
Film Screening: The Magnificent Seven, Thursday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m. Rated PG-13 action, adventure, western, 133 min.
Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame Presents Talks on the Road: Celebrating 300 Years of Connecticut’s Remarkable Women Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m. An interactive multi-media program on some of the state’s most remarkable women, such as Ella T. Grasso, Katharine Hepburn and Marian Anderson and lesser-known Maria Sanchez, Barbara McClintock and Hannah Watson.
Film Screening: War Dogs Thursday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m. Rated R comedy, crime, drama | 116 mins.
Children and Teen Events
Chinese New Year, Saturday, Jan. 28, 3 p.m. for ages K and up, to commemorate the Year of the Rooster featuring a story, craft. RSVP.
Bubbleology: Saturday, Feb. 4, 2 p.m. grades K-5. RSVP.
Monday, Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m. Valentine’s craft for families and adults. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Woodbridge Senior Center, 203-389-3430 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The center will change its newsletter in February. It will be available as a two-page informational sheet for the next month during the transition to the new format. Copies will be available at the Senior Center, Town Hall and the Woodbridge Library.
The Woodbridge Senior Center provides a program of health, wellness, nutrition, education and social activities for residents 60 years and older. It offers a luncheon program as well as transportation.
Chef Elaine Marcucio will offer meals on Tuesdays, Fridays at 12:15 p.m., such as Mediterranean baked tilapia Jan. 24.
Coffee, Cookies and Conversation about elder care with CareMatch America, Feb. 8, 6-7 p.m., a free service and not a referral agency, designed to help in the search for the appropriate and individualized care.
On Monday, 6-7 p.m. Jan. 30, the center will offer “Diabetes 101” taught by certified diabetes instructor Mary Swansiger, of Griffin Hospital’s Community Outreach and Parish Nursing Department. Discussion will cover different types of diabetes, symptoms, risk factors, treatment options as well as prevention. RSVP.
Pickleball begins Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. in the Center Gym. This ongoing exercise program has a yearly fee of $20.
Low vision specialist Michele Tarantino, of Brookdale Home Health Services, offers free program in the Senior Center cafeteria following lunch at 12:45 p.m.
Sign-ups accepted for Feb. 23 trip to the CT Flower Show. Cost is $80 and includes transportation, lunch at the Chowder Pot in Hartford and entrance to the show.
All programs are at the Woodbridge Senior Center unless otherwise noted.
Beecher Road School has scheduled kindergarten orientation and registration.
• Orientation for parents will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 9 in the school cafeteria. Parents will receive a registration packet.
• Registration for the 2017-2018 school year will be held 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3 p.m. April 4-6 in the North School conference room.
Use the school entrance and upon entering, check in at the visitors’ window.
Prospective 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.
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 for more information.
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 visitation 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.