Rid Litter Day Semi-formal dance MILFORD Donations sought Public stargazing Senior Center Job Search Support Bereavement support Family movie night Spring Folk Concert Mohegan Sun trip Food 2 Kids benefit Peace, Love, Music ORANGE Congregational church


Volunteers are needed for Bethany’s annual Rid Litter Day on Saturday, April 22.

People will pick up their streets, then will have a pizza social at noon at the First Church of Christ.

To sign up or to get further details, contact Ruth MacDonald at 203-695-1067 or ruthkmacdonald@comcast.net.

Visit www.facebook.Com/The-Heart-of Bethany

Rain date is Sunday, April 23.

The annual Youth Services semi-formal dance will be held Friday, April 21, in the Woodbridge Center cafeteria, 4 Meetinghouse Lane.

It will include a DJ and games. Photos with fun frames and flowers will be available for $1.

It is open to Bethany and Woodbridge residents in grades 7, 8 including private school students and Amity Middle School-Bethany students.

Event cost is $5, including appetizers, punch, dessert and free raffle.

Tickets in advance will be sold at AMSB during the lunch waves or at Youth Services at 203-389-3429, and receive an extra raffle ticket, or buy your ticket at the door.

To volunteer, chaperone, call 203-389-3429.

The program is sponsored by Woodbridge Youth Services and the town of Bethany.

Donations are sought to send the four city students on the LEGO robotics team to the FIRST LEGO League World Championship.

The event will be held April 26-29 at the America’s Center in St. Louis.

Team Lightspeed is composed of students in grades 6 and 7 from the public schools’ Enrichment Program.

Donations will go to the registration cost of more than $1,000 per team and competition materials.

The team has received a $400 donation from the Milford Education Foundation toward the costs.

A fundraising page has been set up to help the team: https://www.gofundme.com/first-Lego- league-team- Lightspeed.

Contact coaches Amy and Michael at TeamLightspeedFLL@gmail.com.

The Astronomical Society of New Haven invites the public to get a free look at the stars and planets after sunset April 21 at Silver Sands State Park.

Admission and parking are free.

The telescopes will be pointed at Jupiter with its four moons, star clusters, constellations and satellite passes. For directions and cancellation due to weather (including clouds): www.asnh.org or 866-808-ASNH.

The Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive, 203-877-5131. Call Program Director Amanda Berry at 203-877-5131.

AARP Safe Driver Course will be offered, Wednesday, April 19, 9 a.m.-1:15. RSVP: Ed Berry at 203-549-9629.

An Always Best Care representative program, “5 Aging Scenarios We All Should Plan For,” Thursday, April 20, 1 p.m.

Sleepless nights programs, Tuesday, April 25 at 1 p.m. presented by VNA Community Healthcare.

Help for veterans discussion, Wednesday, April 26 at 1 p.m., presented by the Drazen Law Group.

Job Search Support Group will meet Tuesday April 18, at 7 p.m. in St. Mary Church convent basement conference room at 70 Gulf St.

The group is open to Milford and Orange residents. It offers peer-to-peer meeting methodology to review and suggest resume changes, develop a cohesive job search strategy and to network with other professionals.

Participants do not need to be a Catholic to attend.

The St. Mary Bereavement Support Group begins a 10-Thursday program 1-3 p.m. April 20 at St. Mary’s Church hall, 70 Gulf St.

The group is open to anyone coping with the loss of a loved one, whether recent or years ago. To register, call Ellen at 203-283-1934 or Margaret at 203-874-2376.

The movie “Sing” will be screened at a family hot dog and movie night, 6-9 p.m. April 21 at United Church of Christ in Devon, 30 Ormond St.

Enter through the door at the left corner of the building on Pequot Street.

Dinner is $6, $3 for ages 3-5, for a hot dog, chips, dessert, beverage and unlimited fresh-popped popcorn.

Contact: Nancy Zellner rcnjzel@gmail.com, 203-877-3488, http://uccdevonct.com.

United Presbyterian Church’s seventh annual Spring Folk Concert, featuring the Milford Folk Music Society, will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 109 Seaside Ave.

Tickets are $10, with proceeds to benefit community needs.

A trip to Mohegan Sun will be at 9 a.m. April 23, sponsored by Congregation Sinai, 1000 New Haven Ave.

Leave the casino at 4:30 p.m. The casino is giving food and money vouchers. Cost $35pp by April 18. Raffle and snack bags will be provided.

RSVP: Monday-Thursday mornings at 203-301-0558.

A roast beef buffet dinner, catered by Lasse’s Restaurant, will be served at 6:30 p.m. April 21.

It will benefit the church’s Food 2 Kids, which provides food for needy local school children on weekends.

It will be in Fellowship Hall of the First United Church of Christ, Congregational, 34 W. Main St., sponsored by the Plymouth Men’s Club.

Entertainment will be by the Usual Suspects quartet of the a cappella Coastal Chordsmen.

Tickets are $25. RSVP: Harry Byrne at 293-874-1870, or Bill Roots at 203-874-0066.

Colony Grill of Milford presents the third annual Peace, Love and Music From Maren festival 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 29 at Jonathan Law High School field.

The event celebrates the life of Maren Sanchez, a Jonathan Law High School student who was fatally stabbed in 2014.

The festival will include live music, art, food trucks and 20 inflatables. Activities start at 8:30 a.m. with local dignitaries; 9 a.m. 5K; music headliners the Rumrunners, all-day kickball tournament, raffles, food trucks, and activities for kids of all ages.

The field will have representatives from schools, organizations, businesses and crafts vendors.

To participate: www.facebook.com/plmfrommaren.

For more information, go to peaceloveandmusicfrommaren@gmail.com, www.marensanchezhomefoundation.org.

Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meeting House Lane at Orange Center Road will hold the following services:

Maundy Thursday, April 13: service of Tenebrae at 7 p.m. Good Friday April 14: 7 p.m. worship. Easter Sunday, April 16: 6 a.m. sunrise service at Hannah’s Hill, breakfast follows at Chip’s Restaurant. 9, 11 a.m. worship in sanctuary, with music from Junior Choir, Bell Choir and Senior Choirs

Church services

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, has the following planned for Easter:

Maundy Thursday April 13: Holy Eucharist and foot washing, 6 p.m.; Good Friday, April 14: the Youth Group will lead the Stations of the Cross at 3 p.m., with “Walk the Way of the Cross” through the neighborhood; Easter Sunday, April 16: Holy Eucharist without music, 8 a.m. Holy Eucharist with choir, musicians, 10 a.m., followed by Easter egg hunt.

Contact 203-795-6577, thegoodspheherd@optonline.net, www.thegoodshepherdorangect.org, www.facebook.com/cgsorangect.

Applications to the Orange Scholarship Fund Association for 2017-18 are available. Students are eligible if they live in Orange, are a graduating senior at one of the local high schools (public or private), and will be continuing their education at an academic or technical institution.

Applications are due April 15. Visit www.orangescholarshipfund.com.

Case Library, 176 Tyler City Road, offers events for free, except as noted. Call 203-891-2170, http://www.casememoriallibrary.org.

Oscar Film: Moonlight Monday, April 17, 7 p.m. and Wednesday, April 19, 1 p.m.

Earth Day Craft, Wednesday, April 19, 3:45-4:45 p.m. For children in grades K-6. Roll up your sleeves and celebrate Earth Day with a one-of-a-kind mystery craft. Note: Activity may get messy, so please dress accordingly. Registration is required.

The Bookcase Book Discussion Group, Thursday, April 20, 7 p.m., “Everything I Never Told You,” by Celeste Ng, discussion led by Toby Zabinski.

Spring Concert: Belle of the Fall, Saturday, April 22, 1 p.m., presented by the Friends of the Library for 25th anniversary. Registration is required.

Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meeting House Lane, at Orange Center Road, will hold the following services:

Maundy Thursday, April 13: service of Tenebrae at 7 p.m. Good Friday April 14: 7 p.m. worship. Easter Sunday, April 16: 6 a.m. sunrise service at Hannah’s Hill, breakfast follows at Chip’s Restaurant. 9, 11 a.m. worship in sanctuary, with music from Junior, Bell and Senior choirs

Orange Senior Center offers programs. To register, call 203-891-4784.

• 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.

• Kindness Rock Garden: The Orange Arts and Culture Council and Orange Community Services are creating a Kindness Rock Garden. Join in painting rocks with inspirational and motivational sayings Fridays April 21, 28 at 1 p.m. Dedication of the Kindness Rock Garden will be June 21. Bring a rock to paint and a favorite quote.

• End of Life Care & Choices, with VNA and Seasons Hospice, 2-3 p.m. April 20 in the Senior Lounge. Coffee, snack provided. RSVP.

• Money Management meets at 9:30 a.m. April 18, when the Drazen Law Firm presents “My Spouse’s Health Crisis: How to stay out of the poor house?”

• Movie: Friday, April 21 “Deepwater Horizon,” 1 p.m. Popcorn, soda served. RSVP.

• Book Club meets Friday March 24, “Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead.

The Woodbridge Town Library, 10 Newton Road, offers programs. To register, www.woodbridgetownlibrary.org, 203-389-3433.

• Art in the New Century with Marcie F. Slepian, April 19 at 2 p.m. Talk on well-known artists of the early 20th century such as Childe Hassam, Maurice Pendergast and George Bellows, works 1910-25 will be discussed, and major cultural events. Lecture will cover themes and artists from the exhibit “It Was a New Century: Reflections on Modern America,” at the Yale Art Gallery through June 4.

• REMEMBER film screening, part of the JCC of Greater New Haven’s Beckerman Jewish Film Series, April 20, 7 p.m. R, drama, mystery. At 86, Auschwitz survivor Zev Guttman, voyages across the Atlantic to bring his family’s killer to justice.

Ann Nyberg: “Remembering Katharine Hepburn: Stories of Wit and Wisdom About America’s Leading Lady,” April 22 at 1 p.m., free. RSVP.

Outdated Ads: Memories from a Less-Than-PC-Era, with Stephen Spignesi, April 26 at 7 p.m.

LION screening, April 27 at 7 p.m. PG-13, drama. Saroo, 5, gets lost on a train that takes him thousands of kilometers across India.

Future Classics Discussion with Mark Schenker, featuring “A God in Ruins” by Kate Atkinson, May 2, 7 p.m., the life of Teddy Todd, would-be poet, heroic World War II bomber pilot, husband, father and grandfather.

Series Club: Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, April 20, 6:30 p.m. grades 2-4. RSVP online,detectives, play games, and make a craft.

A free National Healthcare Decision Day program on end of life decisions will be held by Ingrid Harrison at 6-7:30 p.m. April 17 at Woodbridge Public Library, 10 Newton Road.

Woodbridge Senior Center, 203-389-3430 or jglicksman@woodbridgect.org.

The Woodbridge Senior Center provides health, wellness, nutrition, education and social activities for residents 60 years and older. It offers lunch, as well as transportation.

• Pickleball is now a daily option. Friday group play is 2-3:30 p.m. Self-scheduled hours are available for those who have paid annual fee of $20, 2:30-2:15 p.m. Monday-Thursday; the gym is available 2:30-3:30 p.m. Fridays. The equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

•Lunch Bunch begins with a visit to Gusto Trattoria in Milford, April 17, for lunch out with friends with transportation provided by the Senior Center van. RSVP. Participants self-pay at the restaurant.

The town and the Economic Development Commission invite local business representatives to Business After Hours on April 19 at Woodbridge Social, 12 Selden St.

Happy hour specials will be offered 5-6:30 p.m.

The goal is to bring the business community together to learn about and from each other. To attend, contact Assistant Administrative Officer Betsy Yagla at byagla@woodbridgect.org.

To learn more about town business news and events, go to www.tinyurl.com/WoodbridgeCTBiz.

Woodbridge Be The Match 5K, with food, entertainment and awards, will be held April 15 on the Green, Meetinghouse Lane.

The event, Give A Spit, is held in honor of resident Nicole Donzello, who battled leukemia but recently found a transplant match. All proceeds benefit Be The Match, a nonprofit that matches cancer patients with donors and helps families afford life-saving bone marrow transplants.

On-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The children’s fun run begins 9:45, the 5K begins at 10.

Adult sign-up is $25. Sign-up for kids at the 5K is $20; the fun run is $15.

Register at www.bethematchfoundation.org/WoobridgeBeTheMatch5K and email Lillian Zhang at giveaspit@gmail.com for sponsorships.

The Woodbridge Rotary Club is planning its fourth annual wine tasting and silent auction for 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 20 at the Birchwoods at the Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane, 1027 Racebrook Road.

The event will feature homemade-wine makers serving their wines and light fare.

Proceeds will benefit the Alliance for Prevention.

Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. For tickets, visit www.Woodbridge Rotary.org or contact Buddy DeGennaro at 203-710-2548 or buddy.degennaro@gmail.com, or Tony Anastasio at 203-980-9373 or tonya33@optonline.net.