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Decorated tabletop Christmas trees and wreaths will be available at the Milford Historical Society’s Christmas Faire, Friday, Dec. 2, 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3 noon-5 p.m. at the historic Bryan-Downs House, 34 High St., near the town dock.
The Eells-Stow House, on the same property, will also be open for self-guided tours. Free admission.
All trees and wreaths were made by society members, particularly those in the Herbcrafters group.
The bake shop will be open for Christmas cookies and breads. Cider will be free.
Friday, Dec. 2 is also the night of Milford’s Lamplight Stroll, and the society is just a stroll away. Follow High Street where it cuts through the center of the Green and go two blocks toward the harbor.
There will also be knitted apparel and handcrafted ornaments; old-fashioned toys, candy and jewelry; history books, map reproductions, early American candlesticks, lavender sachets and scented soaps.
This fair is a major fundraiser for the preservation work being done on the Eells-Stow House, one of the oldest houses in Milford.
For more information, go to milfordhistoricalsociety.org or look on Facebook.
A cookie walk will be held 9:30 a.m. until the homemade cookies are gone, Saturday, Dec. 3, at Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church, 168 Broad St.
The youth group will be selling large chocolate, caramel-covered apples, sugared walnuts, and caramel popcorn drizzled with chocolate.
Call the church office at 203-874-1982.
Christmas trees, wreaths and cemetery pieces will be sold at St. Mary School, 72 Gulf St. The trees are 5-9 feet balsam and Fraser firs from Quebec. The sale runs until the trees are gone. Hours are 5:30-9 p.m. weekdays; and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. weekends. All proceeds will benefit the school. Go to www.saintmaryschoolmilford.org.
An art auction to benefit the Clean Water Fund will be held at 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Milford Arts Council, 40 Railroad Ave. S.
The event will include appetizers, an open bar, silent auction, live music and poetry.
Contributing artists are Rick Senft, Haile King Rubie, Hilary Opperman, Joyce Acebo and Bryan Raguskus.
Poets will be Milford Poet Laurette Mick Theebs, with Antoinette Brim and Joyce Acebo.
Donation is $20. RSVP: email@example.com. Call 203-882-0969.
The Milford Hospital Celebration of Trees will be held Dec. 3-12 in the lobby and balcony.
Visitors can take a chance on winning a themed trees, gift baskets, displays and other items, which will transform the hospital at 300 Seaside Ave. into a holiday wonderland.
The celebration will include prizes donated by local business leaders and community organizations including a Mohegan Sun Getaway, a New York City getaway with limousine service, and electronics for the home.
The schedule is:
• Saturday, Dec. 3, kids day, noon, lunch with Santa, $5 per child, $7 per adult. RSVP: 203-647-6654; 12:30-2:30 Tony the Balloon Man; 1-3 p.m. visits with Santa.
• Sunday, Dec. 4, noon, performance by Milford public schools.
• Tuesday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m., performance by Michael Jovovich, with Dr. Joe Utterback on the piano.
• Friday, Dec. 9, 11 a.m., music by Matinee; 5:30 p.m., tree lighting, memorial ceremony with Mayor Benjamin G. Blake, blessing by the Rev. Father Aiden Donohue, of St. Mary’s Church.
• Saturday, Dec. 10, noon, performance by the Musical Ensemble of the Milford Senior Center.
• Sunday, Dec. 11, 1 p.m., performance by the Coastal Chordsmen featuring Milford Hospital physician Dr. Michael Rudolph; 1-3 p.m. visits with Santa.
• Monday, Dec. 12, 4 p.m. raffle drawing.
For more information, call the auxiliary at 203-647-6654.
Adam Sattig Council 35, Royal and Select Masters, meets at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Masonic Lodge Hall, 59 Broad St., under the direction of Thrice Illustrious Master James Whitaker
Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. for those members who make reservations with the recorder.
At this meeting the two council degrees will be conferred upon a class of candidates.
For information, call the recorder at 203-877-4977.
Lucia Chapter 25, Order of the Eastern Star, will meet at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Masonic Lodge Hall, 59 Broad St., under the direction of Worthy Matron Wendy Dubois Batterton.
For information, call Worthy Matron Debbie Zaleha at 203-734-6008.
Breakfast will be served Dec. 18, at the Masonic Hall, 59 Broad St., 8-10:30 a.m.
For a donation of $8, an omelet, scrambled or fried eggs, pancakes or french toast, and Bacon or sausage are served. Also available are potatoes, toast, orange juice, and coffee, or tea.
Special rates available for families with small children.
For further information, call 203-877-4977.
Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave., will be a part of a large learning event, The Hour of Code, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 10.
It is part of Computer Science Education Week Dec. 5-11.
The hour is a global movement reaching more than 100 million students in more than 180 countries. It is an introduction to computer science. All ages, from kindergarten and up, may choose from a variety of activities.
Activities are available in over 45 languages. Code.org’s own activities include Minecraft, Star Wars, Disney’s Frozen, Angry Birds, and Plants vs. Zombies. Lesson plans and activities can be used to inspire students in many different classes, such as math, physics, history and English.
Why computer science? Computer science is foundational. Every 21st-century student should have the opportunity to learn how to create technology. Computer science is changing every industry on the planet. The basics of computer science also help nurture creativity and
problem-solving skills, and prepare students for any future career.
Middle school students in grades 6-8, are invited to Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave., at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 for the first meeting of a new Crunchyroll anime club.
The young adult librarian will be showing episodes from Crunchyroll, an anime streaming site, and will be offering an opportunity for fans to discuss anime and manga.
The library has been granted a premium account through Crunchyroll’s outreach program.
RSVP: the Reference Desk at 203-783-3292.
For more information, call Diana in the Young Adult Department at 203-701-4554.
• Library listings:
Dec. 1, 2 p.m. - Adult craft - Felt Christmas ornaments - RSVP. Dec. 3, 2 p.m. - Family craft with the 3D printer. Dec. 5, 1 p.m. - DNA and Genealogy. Dec. 6, 11 a.m. - Internet of Things; Dec. 6, 2 p.m. - Movie; Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m. - Cookies & Coloring. Dec. 8, 10 a.m. - Romance Book Discussion - The Mistletoe Inn by Richard Paul Evans; Dec. 10, 10 a.m. - Hour of Code; Dec. 10, 2 p.m. - Michael Clark, book signing for his book Milford, Then and Now. Dec. 11, 2 p.m. - A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Dec. 13, 2 p.m. - Movie; Dec. 13, 7 p.m.- The Coastal Chordsmen. Dec. 20, 2 p.m. - Movie; Dec. 20, 7 p.m. - Evening Book Discussion In the Unlikely Event - Judy Blume. Dec. 21, 6 p.m. - Overdrive. Dec. 22. 10 a.m. - Classic Book Discussion - The Haunted House - Charles Dickens. Dec. 27, 2 p.m. - Movie.
• For kids: snowy craft, Wednesday Dec. 28, 2-3:30 p.m., paper snowmen, sparkly snow-paint snowmen. Magic, juggling with Scott Jameson, Thursday Dec. 29 at 1 p.m. Umbrellas will be plucked from thin air, a drawing will come to life, basketballs will be spun and juggled, and the audience will travel through time. Make new year noisemakers, Friday Dec. 30 at 1:30 p.m.
Snow Flake Festivities will be held 3-5 p.m. Dec. 18 at Congregation Sinai of West Haven/Milford, 1000 New Haven Ave.
The event includes a silent auction, refreshments, and a performance by magician Brian Miller at 3:30.
Cost is $25 per familyor $12 per person age 10 and older.
RSVP by Dec. 12 to 203-301-0558.
The annual citywide leaf pickup program began Nov. 12.
Only leaves placed in paper bags will be collected. Leaves in paper bags, which are biodegradable and can be mixed with composted material, should be left at the curb away from regular weekly garbage and recycling bins.
The city will not accept plastic bags. Leaves that are put out in plastic will be left curbside.
City crews will pick up leaves weekly until the first significant snowfall. Those who choose not to bag leaves for pickup, may bring them to the transfer station on Oronoque Road, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Saturday; it is closed noon-12:30 p.m. daily for lunch.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or Linda Mossorofo at 203-783-3391, email@example.com.
The Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive, 203-877-5131.
• The Food Bank needs 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.
• Insurance specialist Jim Birarelli from Biarelli Insurance Agency will discuss Aetna Medicare Advantage plans for 2017 Thursday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. at the center.
• Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 1 p.m. “What is Normal Aging?” will be discussed by Dr. Susan Varano, MD, a Yale-trained physician who is board- certified in geriatrics and internal Medicine. She will present a lighthearted look at the ups and downs of aging.
• Learn the 52 potential allergens both seasonal and chronic people suffer from and how to avoid and/or treat them, Wednesday, Dec.
7 at 1 p.m. Glenda Ortiz, CLS, from 203 Urgent Care will present the program.
• A holiday craft fair will present a large assortment of handmade items, Thursday, Dec. 8, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
• “The Life and Loves of Rosie the Riveter” presentation Thursday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m.
• Christmas tree will be trimmed on Friday, Dec. 9 at 1 p.m., with the center’s band, The Note Ables, and the Choral Group. Refreshments.
• The center’s Gospel Chorus will present the annual Christmas concert, Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. under the direction of Debra Fellenbaum. Free.
• A Yale research study to assess the mental state in patients with Parkinson’s disease and age-matched controls will take place Tuesday, Dec. 13. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The study involves a one-time, 30-minute interview with a researcher. Call Christopher Chow to schedule a time, 203-785-6894 and say you are calling from the Milford Senior Center. Additional information, call Program Director Amanda Berry at 203-877-5131.
• Dec. 14, Karen Wagner will entertain with her magnetic showmanship Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 12:30 p.m.
203-877-5131 for details.
• The ShopRite Wellness Team will visit Thursday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. Learn how to take your favorite foods from the naughty to the nice list, discover simple tips to keep your blood pressure and sugars in check.
• The Milford Concert Band will present a free concert, Sunday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m., “A Milford Christmas.” Refreshments.
• The Foran High School Choir holiday performance, Monday, Dec. 19 at 12:30 p.m.•
• Preschoolers from the YMCA will perform a Christmas singalong Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 10:30 a.m.
• Thursday, Dec. 22, 12:30 p.m. the Harborside School Chorus will perform.
• The center will be closed, Sunday, Dec. 25 and Monday, Dec. 26.
• Thursday, Dec. 30, a New Year’s Eve party will be held 1:30-3 p.m. with Vinnie Carr’s music and a chicken parmesan dinner catered by Lasse’s Restaurant. Tickets are a nonrefundable $15 and can be purchased at the front office through Friday, Dec. 23.
The Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave., presents the following programs. For more information or to register, call 203-783-3312.
• Preschool storytime: Mondays and Tuesdays at 10 a.m., stories, a craft, for ages 3 and up with a caregiver.
• Toddlertime: Wednesdays at 10 and 11 a.m., fingerplays, songs and stories, for ages 2 and under with a caregiver.
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.
United Church of Christ, 1000 New Haven Ave., will have its Alternative Gift Fair at noon-1:30 p.m. Dec. 4.
The event offers an opportunity to learn about projects around the world that relieve poverty and suffering. We will have gifts from SERRV, alternative gift options from Heifer, Alternative Gifts International and local charities, such as Beth-El, WHEAT, and Milford Food Pantry.
“Alternative gifts” are charitable donations in someone’s honor, such as a share of a goat, school books for Africa or support for the food bank.
St. Ann Parish will hold its Christmas fair 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 3, in the Parish Center, 499 Naugatuck Ave.
The main hall will be the setting for a juried craft show. The fair also includes baked goods, wreath raffle, tabletop trees, gift baskets, a tag sale, a Christmas bake shop and strolling carolers.
For information, call 203-874-0634, ext. 17.
Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut’s Winter Sprinter will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 4, from the Parsons Government Center gymnasium off West Main Street, West River Street and Darina Place.
Registration is at 9:30-10:45 a.m. The event will include Santa, holiday music, candy and cookies. The rain or shine, timed 3-mile challenge will begin at 11:15 and end at the gym with awards for runners and walkers for fastest/best costumes/best time and more. There will also be a 1-mile challenge at 11 a.m.
The course is mostly flat with two small hills.
Registration is $30. Children under 5 are free. Everyone will receive a goodie bag.
Milford Fire Department will be collecting unopened and unwrapped children’s toys for Toys for Tots until Dec. 16.
Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut aims to provide free services to anyone who wishes to learn English or enhance their reading, writing, speaking and math skills necessary to lead productive lives. The programs reach more than 100 adults each year and more than 1,200 children.
To learn more, visit www.lvsct.org, call 203-878-4800 or go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keeping Milford Warm and the Kiwanis Club annual holiday fundraiser will be held 6:30-11 p.m. Dec. 10 at Grassy Hill Country Club .
Honoree will be Peggy Kelly, program manager of the Milford Family Resource Center. She will be recognized for her years of outstanding service to the community and her help and support in helping to establish Keeping Milford Warm.
The nonprofit Keeping Milford Warm, founded by Kevin McGrath, was begun to ensure that no city resident or family would ever go without help heating their home if they had no funds.
Tickets are $60. The event includes dinner and open bar, live music, door prizes, a silent auction and live auctions.
For more information or tickets, go to www.keepingmilfordwarm.com, email@example.com, Eventbrite.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church invites guests to a free lunch for caregivers on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at noon, 283 Bridgeport Ave.
Items to be discussed will include the possibility of getting together once a month for conversation and support.
RSVP at 203-874-2701.
Chapter 49 Royal Arch Masons will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Masonic Lodge Hall, 59 Broad St.
A vote will be taken on whether to disband and join with another chapter.
Dinner will be served in the banquet hall at 6:15 for members who make reservations with the secretary.
For information, call the secretary at 203-877-4977.
Women Redefining Retirement will meet Monday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at Golden Hill Health Care Center on Bridgeport Avenue. There will be a holiday celebration with short inspirational stories from members. Money will be collected to support Adopt A Family. Contact womenrr.tripod.com.
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 15 meets at noon on the first Thursday of each month at the Fowler Memorial Building, 45 New Haven Avenue, next to Milford Library. Parking is at the rear of the building. For details, call 203-915-9911.
Holly Hill Childcare and Learning Center, 308 Peck Lane, is accepting teddy bears to be given to children in Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center for the holidays.
New teddy bears or other stuffed animals will be accepted until Monday, Dec. 5.
The Teddy Bears with Love project is the brain-child of the Fairfield University Student Alumni and since its inception 16 years ago, more than 15,000 bears have been collected nationwidie.
For more information, call Debbie Fedorko at 203-799-6300.
A Christmas bake sale presented by the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3, 4 at Treat Farm, 361 Old Tavern Road.
The Housatonic River Job Network 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 at Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road.
The group meets 7-9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. Its next meeting is Dec. 1.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
The Garden Club of Orange Holiday House Tour will be held noon-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11.
Five homes decorated by club members for the holidays will be open.
Tickets are $25. To reserve, call Nancy Becque at 203-795-9425, mail a check to 162 Christian Circle, Orange 06477 or go to http://www.orange-ct.gov/gardenclub.html.
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.
Orange Senior Center offers programs. For more information and to register, call 203-891-4784.
Holiday Dinner Dance: At the Birchwoods at Oak Lane for annual Senior Center Holiday Dinner Dance on Sunday, Dec. 4, noon-3:30 p.m. The Frank Porto Band will entertain 12:30-3:30. Meal choice: chicken florentine, stuffed sole, or prime rib, cash bar, $30. Payment and meal choice must be made at the time of reservation. Make checks payable to “Treasurer, Town of Orange.”
Wellness with ShopRite registered dietitian, Dec. 5. RSVP.
Blue Holiday Memorial: Orange Community Services and Seasons Hospice will partner to bring “blue” holiday memorial Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. in the senior lounge. Coffee and dessert will be served. RSVP.
Vein Health Wellness Seminar rescheduled to Dec. 12, 1-2 p.m. with regional community outreach coordinator with the Center for Vein Restoration. RSVP.
Movie of the Month: Friday, Dec. 16, Love and Mercy, 1 p.m. John Cusack, Paul Dano and Elizabeth Banks In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the care of shady therapist Eugene Landy. Popcorn, soda served. RSVP.
Holiday cabaret: Dec. 19, a holiday-theme cabaret, 1:30-3 p.m.. Bells of Fire will perform holiday music, $5, in advance from the
Free Pilates demonstration: On Dec. 22, at 1:30 p.m. for a free Pilates demonstration with Michele Tenney. RSVP.
The Case Memorial Library and the Orange Senior Center Wellness Book Group at HPCC will return the second week in January, Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. Marianne Pysarchyk, of the library, leads the monthly meeting. RSVP.
The monthly book club will meet Jan. 27, 2-3 p.m. in the senior lounge. January’s book will be The Messiah of Stockholm by Cynthia Ozick.
Turkey Hill School Technology Partnership: The senter and the school have partnered to bring three free technology seminars. Learn from the experts, the kids. 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 2017.
• Holiday Dinner Dance: At the Birchwoods at Oak Lane at noon-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, with the Frank Porto Band. Meal choice: Chicken Florentine, stuffed sole or prime rib, $30, with cash bar. Make checks payable to “Treasurer, Town of Orange.”
Case Library, 176 Tyler City Road, offers free events, except as noted. Call 203-891-2170, http://www.casememoriallibrary.org.
• 2016 Oscar Shorts: Live Action & Animated, Monday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7, 1 p.m.
Screening of the 2016 Oscar-nominated shorts — both live action and animated — including Ave Maria, Shok, Alles Wird Gut, Stutterer, Day One, Bear Story, Prologue, World of Tomorrow, and Sanjay’s Super Team. 2 hours 28 minutes. Registration required.
• Art in the Library Reception: Thursday, Dec. 8, 5-7 p.m. In honor of the December exhibit: Monotypes by Joan Jacobsen Zamore, oils by Violet Nastri, and woolen dolls by Chyeon Lee, on view Dec. 2-29.
• The Bookcase Book Discussion Group: Thursday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m. Join Bookcase leader Toby Zabinski for a discussion of The Hours Count by Jillian Cantor. Check for copies at the Circulation Desk.
The town’s annual holiday festival and tree Lighting will be held Sunday, Dec. 4 on and around the Green, 3-6 p.m.
• Visitors may tour the Stone-Otis House to learn what a Victorian Christmas was like. The Academy Building and the antiques shop will be open and the New Haven to Derby line model railroad is available in the lower level 3-5 p.m.
• The Orange Congregational Church Bell Choir will perform a hand bell concert and sing carols in the church sanctuary 4-5 p.m., and there will be alternative giving opportunity for Heifer International, a cookie sale and crafts for the kids, 3-5 p.m.
• Case Memorial Library will present Al deCant, of Half Moon Music, who will perform a children’s musical program 3:30-4 p.m. and the Amity Chamber Singers, who will perform 4:15-4:30 p.m. Guess who many candies in the jar at the library and win a prize, write a letter to Santa Claus and make a craft in the craft room. The library will be open 3-5 p.m.
• The annual gingerbread contest will be held in the Clark Building. Gingerbread entries must be dropped off at the building 2-3 p.m. Dec. 4 and picked up 5:30-6 p.m. The winner will be invited to light the Christmas tree.
• An ice-carving demonstration will be in front of the Clark Building, 3-5 p.m.
• Santa Claus will arrive at 5 p.m. The tree lighting will be at 5:30. Children can visit with Santa on the Green.
Boy Scout Troop 63 will be selling fresh balsam pine Christmas trees until all trees are sold.
The troop offers free local delivery and set-up.
The trees are up to 12 feet tall. Also available are locally made 16- or 48-inch wreaths, kissing balls and baskets.
The sale will be behind the old firehouse in Woodbridge on Center Road. Hours are 3-7 p.m. Monday -Thursday; Friday 3-8 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
A free Christmas choir concert will be performed 4-5 p.m. Dec. 5 at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 81 Center Road, right around the corner from Amity High School.
It will be presented by the adults’ and children’s choirs,
A Community Carol Sing will be held Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. in the First Church of Christ sanctuary, Meetinghouse Lane. A reception will follow in the Parish House.
Medicare’s annual open enrollment, which allows recipients to make changes to their health and drug plans, is until Dec. 7.
For assistance, call Judi Young, senior service social worker for the town and CHOICES counselor, at 203-389-3429.
The Amity and Woodbridge Historical Society will hold a free holiday open house 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Thomas Darling House, 1907 Litchfield Turnpike.
Society members will serve baked goods, mulled cider and punch. The early Colonial reception will be held in the decorated 18th century home. There will be a live carol sing, with vocals by the Amity Chamber a cappella group, and baked goods sold.
Visit www.woodbridgehistory.org for more information or email email@example.com.
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 13th annual Craft & Gift Fair will be held Sunday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road. The event will include more than 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.
The Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road, will hold its second annual family New Year’s Eve event, with face painting, crafts, a DJ dance party, games, and a “toast,” 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31.
With Hanukkah arriving later than usual, potato latkes, candle lighting, and festive games are added this year. Families will have an opportunity to make noise and throw confetti before heading home ahead of the masses. The schedule will be:
5-6 p.m.: Free swim in the pool.
6 p.m.: DJ, dancing, food, games.
6:30 p.m.: Hanukkah candle-lighting.
6:45 p.m.: PJ library Hanukkah story in the living room, optional.
7 p.m.: Dreidel tournament begins.
8 p.m.: Ice cream sundae bar opens.
8:45 p.m.: Ball drop and “toast.”
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
The fee includes entry, food and soft drinks, as well as giveaways.
Prices: adults and children 13-plus, $10 in advance, $15 at the door, children 12 and under $5, children 2 and under free. Family maximum is $30 in advance, $40 at the door. For tickets: jccnh.org/rsvp. For information, contact Eliana Sugarman, youth programs and family events coordinator at the JCC, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 203-387-2522, ext. 306, or visit jccnh.org.
To become a business sponsor, contact Mara Balk, JCC program director, at email@example.com; 203-387-2522, ext. 300.
The Woodbridge Senior center has the following programs.
On Dec. 2 the Rotary Club will sponsor the holiday luncheon. Lunch is served at 12:15 p.m., and there is no charge, but reservations are required. Call 203-389-3430, seating is limited. Entertainment will be provided by Karin Wagner.
On Monday, Dec. 5, the center will offer “Diabetes 101” at 6-7 p.m. This class will be taught by certified diabetes instructor Mary Swansiger, of Griffin Hospital’s Community Outreach and Parish Nursing Department. The discussion will cover different types of diabetes, symptoms, risk factors, treatment options and prevention. RSVP.
On Tuesday, Dec. 6 the Beecher Road School choir will be at the center for lunch and a performance, the program starts at 11 a.m. Lunch is $3.
On Thursday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Young At Heart will present an event on healthful living in the gymnasium.
The center will have the VNA program, “Managing your Medications” on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 12:45 following the lunch program. Lunch is $3.
On Tuesday, Dec. 20 Pierce Campbell will entertain following the lunch program at 12:45 p.m.
The New Year’s party is Dec. 27 with entertainer John Paolillo.
Drop-in events include the exercise program Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. for $2 per class or a game of pinochle, bridge or mahjong. Call for details.
It is time to register for recreation winter programs including youth, junior high and high school basketball leagues, swim lessons, bowling, basketball, indoor soccer, gymnastics, chess, floor hockey, tae kwondo, indoor tennis, piano lessons, Kumon, Little Scientists, and meditation. Adult programs, including badminton, yoga, t’ai chi, and meditation are also available.
Most programs begin the week of Dec. 5.
For registration information, contact the Recreation Department at 203-389-3446, or register at www.woodbridgect.org. Click on the online registration link at the bottom of the page.
The Woodbridge Town Library, 10 Newton Road, offers programs. To register, www.woodbridgetownlibrary.org, 203-389-3433.
• 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.
• SAT practice test Dec. 10. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. ACT practice test, Jan. 21, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Library, with Princeton Review, offers free full-length practice tests for area high school students under the same testing conditions as the actual exams. Students will receive detailed feedback from Princeton Review within three weeks. Seating is limited. RSVP online.
The Woodbridge Senior Center, 203-389-3430, will hold:
• Volunteers sought to assist with lunch Tuesdays and Fridays, provide support for the Holiday Fair, help with the Friendly Visitor and Reassurance Program or teach a class. Call 203-389-3430.
The Woodbridge Republican Committee is seeking Republican and Independent members of the community to run for political office in Woodbridge. Woodbridge is one of the few towns in Connecticut that still hold local elections in May of the odd-numbered years.
Republican candidates will be chosen in January. The elected offices in Woodbridge are: first selectman, Board of Selectmen, Beecher Board of Education, Amity Board of Education, Zoning Board of Appeals, ZBA alternate and Board of Assessment Appeals.
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The Human Services Department seeks sponsors for the Adopt-A-Family Program, which provides food baskets for the December holidays to Woodbridge families in need.
“Due to the economy, we are getting more referrals for families and seniors who need holiday baskets,” said Mary Ellen LaRocca, director of Human Services. Distribution of holiday baskets will be Dec. 15. To sponsor a family, contact Woodbridge Human Services at 203-389-3429. Monetary donations can be made payable to Woodbridge Human Services, 11 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge 06525.
Woodbridge Youth Services will process applications for Toys 4 Kids until Dec. 15. Any Woodbridge families in need who wish to apply for toys for children age 12 and younger may contact Youth Services at 203-389-3429 or contact TEAM at 203-736-5420.
Eligibility requirements must be met. TEAM will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for families in need residing in Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton and Woodbridge.
A collection box will be placed at the Woodbridge Town Library.
Woodbridge Job Bank teens will work for town residents who want to hire someone to assist with odd jobs such as yardwork, 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 Woodbridge 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.