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Lions Flea Market runs at old airport

The Bethany Lions-sponsored Flea Market is open for business Saturdays, until Oct. 29, except in severe weather. Hours of operation are 7 a.m.-1 p.m. at the old Bethany Airport on Amity Road, Route 63. Admission and parking are free.

Set up begins at 6 a.m., with vendors required to supply their own 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 or


Club registering participants

Open enrollment for the Milford Boys & Girls Club began Aug. 1.

The membership fee covers participation in the club’s core programs: after-school homework help, computers; social, cultural, sports and recreational activities; and enrichment programs. To register, visit

• Afterschool programs are: Simon Lake Clubhouse: 3-6 p.m. weekdays; West Shore Teen Center: 2-8 p.m. weekdays.

They are open to ages 6-18, membership fee is $100 a year, transportation fee $250 a year.

• Payment plans and scholarships are available for those who qualify. Inquire at the club front desk for information.

Fees are nonrefundable. Registration must be completed by 6 p.m. Aug. 24 in order for a child to ride the bus in the first week of school.

• Busing will be available from Pumpkin Delight, John F. Kennedy, Mathewson and Meadowside elementary schools. If transportation is not provided from a child’s school, the child can be a member, there is just no transportation.

Historical society Oyster Fest program

The Milford Historical Society, 34 High St., has special events scheduled during the Milford Oyster Festival, Aug. 20.

Visitors can have photos taken in stocks, noon-3 p.m.; noon-1 p.m. there will be Colonial games for children, and a quill pen writing workshop will be held 1-2 p.m.

The three 18th century houses will be open 1-4 p.m.

For information, visit or visit Annual membership dues are $5 for students, individuals $20 and families $40. Applications are available at P.O. Box 337, Milford.

Business networking at Italian restaurant

The Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Orange Chamber of Commerce will meet for business networking at La Famiglia Vincenzo Italian Restaurant, 1573 Boston Post Road in Milford, 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24. Cost is $16 advance, $20 at door, or $25 prospective member.

Advance registration is required; call 203-878-0681, register at or

Transfer station will be open 2 Sundays

The transfer station will be open two Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 21, 28 for Milford residents only.

No commercial haulers will be allowed.

Walnut Beach concerts are free

The Walnut Beach Association sixth annual free summer concerts are held Sundays, under the Devon Rotary Pavilion at Walnut Beach, East Broadway and Viscount Drive.

The line-up is: Aug. 14, 4-7 p.m. Signature Band; Aug. 21, 4-7 p.m., Le’Mixx; Aug. 28, 4-7 p.m. Rumrunners; Sept. 4, 4-7 p.m. Liplok.

Last free concert by harbor is by Rumrunners

The last free concert is the series, Summer Nights by Harbor Lights is 7-9 p.m. Aug. 12 at Fowler Field Rotary Pavilion, behind the Milford Library, 57 New Haven Ave.

The Rumrunners will perform pop and rock.

Residents may bring chairs or a blanket to sit on.

The Milford Chamber of Commerce Trust series is sponsored by the Annual Milford Oyster Festival.

Milford High School class of 1961 reunion

The Milford High School class of 1961 will hold a reunion Friday evening, Aug. 26, and Saturday morning, Aug. 27. To attend, call Judi Dudding at 203-929-3613.

Senior Center events

The Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive, presents programs.

The center is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Mondays, 6-8 p.m. Members can play cards, pool and games. For more information, call Amanda Berry, program director, at 203-877-5131 or visit

• Aug. 15, at 1 p.m., Connecticut Audubon Society program on the beach, birds and beyond.

• AARP Safe Driver Class, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 9 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Call Rick Lendroth at 203-888-0092 to register.

• Aug. 18, 10 a.m., the Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive, Lee Rumley discussion on “Chiropractic can add more years to your life and more life to your years.”

• Super bingo, Aug. 22, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. with an hour for lunch.

• Aug. 22, 1 p.m., Traci O’Brien from Anthem BCBS answers questions, explains options about Medicare, Medicare Savings Program and Connecticut Medicaid.

• Walgreens Pharmacy Manager Victor Addorisio answers questions about medications, immunizations, Aug. 25, 10-11:30 a.m., 15-minute consultations.

• “Joy” screened, Aug. 26, 1 p.m.

• Luau dance 1-3 p.m. Aug. 29, music by Airborne Jazz, Lasse’s roast pork dinner, $15 at the office until Aug. 26.

Crafters sought for Christmas fair

St. Ann Parish is seeking talented crafters for its Christmas Fair on Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Parish Center, 499 Naugatuck Ave.

The main hall will be the setting for a juried craft show, the centerpiece of the event. The fair also features a raffle, a tag sale, a Christmas bake shop and strolling carolers.

Fee for an 8-foot exhibit space with two chairs is $35. Crafters must submit two photos of their work with their application.

For further information or a contract, contact MaryJo Downs at or Maureen Hanson at Vendor information is available at

Artisans, crafters sought for fair

Travis C. Kitchen VFW Post 7788 Auxiliary, 422 Naugatuck Ave., Devon, seeks crafters, artisans for an arts and crafts fair set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 22. The indoor fair is not open for tag sale, flea market tables and or commercial vendors.

Nonrefundable table rental is $35, plus a donation of an item from the table.

Photo of items is required with the application. For an application, contact Denice Green at


Greater Orange

Restaurant Week

Twenty-four restaurants in Orange, Milford, West Haven and Woodbridge are participating in Greater Orange Restaurant Week, through Aug. 14.

Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Nobel Vines wines and Blue Point Brewing’s Toasted Lager are the official spirits of the week.

Diners will have the chance to win more than $10,000 in prizes by liking the event on Facebook (GreaterOrangeRestaurantWeek) or following it on Instagram @GORestaurantWeek or filling out an entry form at any of the restaurants after a meal.

Prizes include overnight stays, gift cards and gym memberships.

For more information, visit and “like” the Facebook and Instagram pages.

Lobsterfest fundraiser set for Aug. 13

The Rotary Club’s annual Lobsterfest fundraiser will be held 3:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 at the High Plains Community Center Pavilion, 525 Orange Center Road .

The menu includes a choice of twin lobsters or steak, plus corn on the cob, New England clam chowder, coleslaw, dessert, beer, wine and soft drinks. Tickets are $45; kids’ menu includes a hot dog or hamburger and sides for $7 and can be purchased at the event.

Proceeds will support the Rotary’s initiatives internationally and in the community, such as the Orange Food Bank, the annual Scholarship Program and Operation Warm Coats for Kids.

Tickets can be purchased at

Church of the Good Shepherd events

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

• Summer bingo Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.-noon, in the Parish Hall.

• Saturday, Aug. 20, at 9 a.m., labyrinth walk with the Rev. Diana Rogers. Used for spiritual. Meet at the labyrinth on the south side of the church off Pryde Drive.

• Prayer Shawl Ministry meets Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Anyone interested in knitting or crocheting a prayer shawl may join year-round. The shawls are blessed and distributed by parishioners to friends, neighbors and family members in need and at area hospitals.

• 7 p.m. on Wednesday Aug. 31, Monthly Healing Prayer with Holy Eucharist service in the church, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31.

• Good Shepherd Sunday, Sept. 11, 9:30 a.m., with a blessing of students’ backpacks, and an expanded coffee hour.

For more information, call 203-795-6577, email, visit,

Orange Senior Center offers programs

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

• Hot and cold lunches: Hot lunch is offered 11:30 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday. On Tuesdays and Thursdays a cold lunch option is also available. No meals are available Saturday or Sunday. A $3 donation is accepted for anyone 60 years and older. To register, call 203-891-4765.

• Summer picnic in the High Plains pavilion will be held Monday Aug. 16, 5-8 p.m., rain date Aug. 17. The Elderly Brothers will perform. Tickets, $15.

• Bocce: Wednesdays at 9 a.m. at High Plains Community Center. Call 203-891-4784.

• Weeklong iPhone classes in August: Aubry will teach iPhones Aug. 15-19, 9-11 a.m. The cost is $25. Pre-registration is required, minimum of seven students.

• Yoga dance: Thursdays, 10-11 a.m. RSVP to the office.

Housatonic River Job Network meets

A group open to those underemployed or in transition between professional opportunities to meet, share leads, hear guest speakers, and obtain quality information for their job search.

The next meeting is Thursday, Aug. 11, 7 p.m. with Melanie Szlucha, MBA, owner of RedInc., LLC. She will talk about “Ending Sweaty Palms and Awkward Answers - A Better Way of Preparing for Job Interviews”

On Thursday, Sept. 8, Linda Van Valkenburgh will talk about how to stay organized in a job search.

Case Memorial Library offers programs

Registration is required for most chilren’s programs and opens three weeks in advance of the program date.

• Ninja Headband Craft: Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2 p.m. Children ages 4-8 may raid the stash of fabric markers and embellishments to make customizable ninja headbands to transform ordinary cotton T-shirts into stealthy summer reading gear. Space is limited to 20 participants.

• Magic Show with Ed Popielarczyk: Friday, Aug. 19, 11 a.m.

Children ages 3 and up can watch Popielarczyk as he weaves storytelling and magic together at this family-friendly show.


2016 Oscar Film Series

Registration is required in person or by telephone for all Oscar films and opens three weeks in advance of the program date.

• The Hateful Eight, Monday, Aug. 15, 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 17, 1 p.m.

In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters. R. 3 hour 7 minutes.

• Trumbo, Monday, Aug. 29, 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, 1 p.m.

In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood’s top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.

R. 2 hours 4 minutes.


Volunteers sought to read with children

WOODBRIDGE >> Information and orientation for volunteers with Children Seeking Reading Partners will be held at 9 a.m. Sept. 20 at the JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road.

Program volunteers offer help to children in local elementary schools one hour per week.

The Jewish Coalition for Literacy, a nondenominational/nonsectarian program, recruits, trains and places volunteer reading partners for reading and conversation, one-to-one with a child who can benefit from the attention of a caring adult.

The reading partner chooses the day, time, specific school and grade of the student.

No experience is needed. Contact Brenda Brenner at or 203- 387-2424, ext. 308 for further information.

JCL is a project of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven.

A Taste of Israeli Cuisine in 5 classes

Students can explore the regions of Israel through their culinary identity with local chefs Sahar Yahav and Lara Thomas of the MILLA Project.

Students will learn cooking techniques, talk about the regions, and eat the food.

Classes will be held 7-8:30 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month at the JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road.

The schedule is: Aug. 30, Tel Aviv; Sept. 28, Jerusalem; Oct. 26, Haifa; Nov. 30, Galilee; Dec. 28, Nazareth.

Cost: JCC members, $18 per class; $80 for five classes. Community members, $21 per class; $90 for series.

Space is limited. RSVP to Program Associate Grace Koo at or 203-387-2522, ext. 228.

Crafters sought for craft, gift fair

Vendors are sought for the 13th annual Craft & Gift Fair on Sunday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road. The event will feature over 70 artisans, crafters and vendors from New England, free admission and free parking.

Gift selections include pottery, home décor, jewelry, glass works, skin care and clothing.

Contact 203-387-2522.

Woodbridge Senior Center activities

The Woodbridge Senior Center, 203-389-3430, will hold the following:

• Tai ji quan, a free 12-class regimen designed for older adults to improve strength, balance, mobility and daily functioning, and prevent falls. The primary focus is on older adults and people with a history of falls, balance disorders, leg muscle weakness, abnormal gait or walking difficulty. The program can accommodate people with a mild level of mobility difficulty, such as those who use a cane, walker and wheelchair. Classes are held Wednesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m. RSVP.

• Painting for Pleasure is taught by artist, muralist and designer Graham Dale for those interested in working with acrylic, oil or watercolor. This class is for any level of experience, from beginner to established artist. It will be held in the Senior Center on Wednesdays for 10 weeks, starting Sept. 7. The cost is $60 for 10 classes. Students bring their own supplies. RSVP.