Playground benefit Therapy animals Fire Department site Baseball tryouts Car, truck, bike show Bud Priest Award MILFORD Vessel safety checks Host families sought Milford Public Library Kindergarten sign-up Transfer station hours White Elephant Milford


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. Register by May 26 at

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

The Bethany Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps and Auxiliary have a new website:

The site was built by department members, who will maintain it.

The department invites the public to see the all-new look of the website and everything that is the Bethany Fire Department, such as contact information, department history, mission statement and upcoming events.

The department, ambulance corps and auxiliary are seeking new adult members; youths ages 14-17 years can join the Junior Corps.

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 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,

The Woodbridge Rotary Club is accepting applications for the Bud Priest Memorial Annual Award.

Applications are due June 15. Each October, the club presents $5,000 award to a deserving local recipient. Applicants should be from an organization or program that serves residents of Bethany, Woodbridge or Westville. The goal is to help as many lives as possible. Individual recipients will be considered in extraordinary circumstances.

A letter explaining the mission of the organization or program and how the award would be a benefit should be mailed to the Woodbridge Rotary Club, P.O. Box 4096, Woodbridge 06525.

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 Devon Rotary Club seeks three families willing to host a French high school exchange student whom the club is sponsoring during the 2017-2018 school year.

Each family will have the student in their home for a three-month period, August 2017-June 2018. The student will be attending Jonathan Law High School while she is here.

“It is a short-term opportunity that will provide a lifetime experience to both the family and the student,” said Greyson Schwing, a Rotarian coordinating the visit.

Interested families do not have to be connected with Rotary to participate.

For further information, contact Schwing at 203-306-8844, or Rotarian Tracy Edwards at 203-228-0354,

Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave.,, 203-783-3312.

Build a Better World Summer Reading: with a Children’s Department page to keep track of your books and participate in online challenges beginning June 12. Visit the library for a chance to win weekly prizes beginning June 19.

Toddler Time: Wednesdays at 10, 11 a.m., finger plays, songs and stories, for ages 2 and under with a caregiver.

LEGO Build-athon: Drop-in, the first Tuesday of the month, 5:30-7 p.m., for ages 5 and up, creations may be displayed in the library.

Stay and Play Thursdays: June 8, 29, 10 a.m.-noon, games, build with LEGOs, do a simple art activity.

Chess Club: second Tuesday of every month, June 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m., sponsored by Milford’s Promise and Milford Police Union, for grades K-12 of all skill levels. Sets provided or bring your own. A presentation on fundamentals of chess shown. RSVP.

Al deCant Music for Little Superstars Family Concert: Saturday June 17, 10:30 a.m., sing, move, kick-off the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten early literacy initiative. Families will receive their reading journals and starter books, for ages 0-5.

Music Together: Wednesday, June 21 at 6:15 p.m., ages 0-5, with caregivers, to share music, instruments and movement, for children of all abilities. Space is limited. RSVP.

Sparky’s Puppets: build a better world, Thursday June 22 at 2 p.m. The Three Little Pigs magic wishes build a cottage, a mansion and a castle.

Ct Science Center: family science Monday June 26 at 2 p.m., kids in grades K-5 and their grown-ups explore the ways we use science every day. Discover how to lift a cereal box with just a single sheet of paper, create a musical instrument. RVSP.

No-cook kids’ cooking class: with ShopRite, Tuesday June 27, 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., for ages 6 and up. RSVP.

Creative Writing Club for Tweens: Wednesday June 28, 6-7:30 p.m., ages 9-13. RSVP.

Plant a better world: Thursday June 29 at 2 p.m. for grades K-5, share gardening stories, decorate a pot and plant a flower to take home. RSVP.

Movie: LEGO© Batman, Friday June 30 at 1:30 p.m., free, come dressed as a favorite superhero.

Kindergarten registration opened March 15 for children who are 5 by Dec. 31 to enter the public schools in the fall.

The process requires the completion of a packet and reserving an appointment at the school, both at At the school appointment of about 20 minutes, parents will meet with staff while the children visit with teachers, school nurses and other professionals.

The following documents are needed: a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate; for homeowners: mortgage or deed or tax bill; for renters: lease or rental agreement signed by the landlord; two recent utility bills in the same name to the same address; a copy of the student’s latest physical exam and immunization record.

Families who do not have access to a computer may use the computers at the Milford Public Library. For more information, call the child’s school.

Extended Saturday hours at the transfer station runs through mid-December.

The extended hours will be 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Regular weekday hours will remain 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

During the winter, the transfer station was open 7 a.m.-noon Saturdays.

The program is for Milford residents only. The extended hours do not apply to commercial haulers. Visitors to the transfer station will be asked to present their vehicle registration at the gate.

No construction and demolition materials will be accepted at the transfer station. They may be brought to Waste Management, 221 Old Gate Lane, 7 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Residents are responsible for disposal costs. Call 203-882-5840.

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.

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.

State Rep. Kim Rose, D-Milford, invites residents to Milford Day at the State Capitol at 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 1.

The event is designed to celebrate the organizations and businesses that make Milford.

To participate, contact Jason Knight at 860-240-8568 or Julie Nash at 203-783.-3230. Set-up begins at 9:30 a.m.; meet at the North Lobby of the Capitol Building.

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.

• Marine Biology Art Camp, June 26-30.

• Bird Identification Art Camp, July 5-7.

• Archaeology/Native Culture Camp, Session A, July 10-14, Session B, July 17-21.

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

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.

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.

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 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.


On May 28, the Orange Congregational Church Nursery School will hold its annual bake sale at the parade in Orange.

Starting at 10 a.m. hot dogs, desserts, hot and cold beverages will be sold.

Proceeds support the preschool program for ages 3 and 4 years.

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, will welcome the community for

Youth Sunday, at 10 a.m. June 4.

The young people of the congregation will fill the roles of readers, preachers, and Eucharistic assistants.

• The Rev. Diana Rogers, will speak June 17 at 9 a.m. on walking the church labyrinth, which has been a spiritual exercise for centuries. Come learn more about this enduring spiritual practice. Meet at the labyrinth on the south side of the church off Pryde Drive.

Vacation Bible School returns in July.

Contact the parish office at 203-795-6577 or for information.

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

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 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.

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, or

A fundraiser for One Big Dog Animal Respite Fund for Woodbridge Regional Animal Shelter will be held 4-7 p.m. June 4 at Birchwoods at Oak Lane Country Club, 1027 Racebrook Road. The event will include a buffet, open bar and a DJ. Tickets are $100 at the shelter, 135 Bradley Road, or at 203-389-5991.

Woodbridge Center, 203-389-3430 or

• 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.