Upcoming events include wine tasting and craft fair

Friday, November 21

Wine tasting — Fellowship, fine wines and ales, artisan cheese and gourmet food at Lauralton Hall Friday, Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Sample and learn about wines and boutique beers from the experts in the field — the nuances of flavors that go into each wine or lager, and even the wine/ale-making processes. Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, raffle, silent auction and live music. Advance reservations required, $45, with checks payable to Lauralton Hall. Or register online at lauraltonhall.org. For more information, contact 203-877-2786, ext. 114.

November 15 and 16

Craft fair — The Women's Fellowship of the First United Church of Christ (Congregational) will hold its Holiday Craft Fair Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church, 34 West Main Street, near the lower duck pond. Handmade and unique crafts including jewelry, knitted items, baby items, dog toys, and Christmas ornaments will be offered. A children's craft area, face painting, and pumpkin painting activities are included.

Sunday, November 16

Toys for Tots breakfast — The Masons will hold a breakfast Sunday, Nov. 16, at the Masonic Hall, 59 Broad Street from 8 to 10:30 a.m. All proceeds will go to the Milford Fire Department’s Toys for Tots campaign. Please do not bring toys. Buffet, $8, includes scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon and/or sausage, plus potatoes, toast, orange juice, and coffee, or tea.   Special prices for families with young children.           For information call Bob Sherrick at 203-877-4977.

Friday, November 21

Movie night — On Friday, Nov. 21, The United Church of Christ in Devon will show the movie “Maleficent.” According to the new plot, Maleficent was once a fairy, with wings, who lived peacefully in the kingdom of fairies. But, she fell in love with a human and that’s where everything went wrong. Rated PG. Doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner is 6 to 7 p.m. and includes a hot dog, chips, dessert, beverage and unlimited fresh popcorn. Dinner is $6, Ages 3-5 $3, under 3 is free. The movie follows and is free at the United Church of Christ in Devon, 30 Ormond Street.

Saturday, November 22

Christmas Bazaar — Christ the Redeemer Church Ladies Guild, 325 Oronoque Road, is seeking vendors for its annual Christmas Bazaar Saturday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Vendor tables are available for $30. For further information, call Mary Ellen, 203-874-6369.

Holiday dinner, auction — St. Mary Guild of Milford will hold their Annual Holiday Dinner and Auction Saturday, Nov. 22 in the Saint Mary School auditorium.  Featured will be a catered dinner including wine, beer, soda, coffee and dessert. Tickets are $25. Co-chairpersons Janet Montalbano and Ellen Richetelli announced there will be both silent and live auctions, door prizes and a raffle. For tickets call Virginia Hoagland at 203-874-0434 or Barbara Ortoleva at 203-874-0035. No tickets will be sold at the door. The proceeds help keep their scholarship program running for girls in the St. Mary Parish.

Thursday, December 4

Book discussion — The Morning Book Discussion Group will meet Thursday, Dec. 4, 10:30 a.m. at the Ellen Aftamonow Woodmont Library, 16 Dixon Street. The book for December is Care and Management of Lies, by Jacqueline Winspear. The book for January is Invisible Wall, by Harry Bernstein. The group meets the first Thursday monthly. All are welcome. For more information, call 203-874-5675

Saturday, December 6

Christmas spectacular — The public is invited to the Saint Ann Christmas Spectacular on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Parish Center, 499 Naugatuck Avenue. Visitors will enter a charming Dickens Village where talented crafters will offer their wares and Victorian-clad choristers will carol through the lanes. Ye Olde Bake Shoppe will offer treats and take home desserts. Auction, raffles, etc. For information call 203-874-0634.

Christmas fair — The United Church of Christ in Devon at the corner or Pequot and Ormond Streets will hold its 73rd annual Christmas fair Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Handmade gifts, personalized ornaments, baked goods, tea cup raffle, pictures with Santa, tag sale and cookie walk. Luncheon is available, plus coffee and cake. Call the church office: 203-878-4685 or Jean Klink at 203-874-6422 for additional information. The Kids Corner Clothes Closet will also be open.

Goods, services auction — Saint Gabriel School will present its 24th Annual Goods & Services Auction Saturday, Dec. 6, at Vazzano’s Four Seasons, 337 Kenyon Street, Stratford. A silent auction will start at 6 p.m., followed by a live auction at 8:15 p.m. Participants can bid on vacation packages, tickets to area attractions, theater and sporting events, jewelry, restaurant gift certificates and more. Tickets are $45 per person and include one bidder number, two drink tickets, dinner and non-alcoholic beverages. A cash bar is available. Proceeds benefit Milford student tuitions, scholarships and more. Tickets are available online at stgabrielschool.com/ways-to-give/2014-sgs-auction or by calling the school at 203-874-3811. Tickets will not be sold at the door. For information call 203-874-3811 or email margo.cupole@stgabrielschool.com.

Christmas Bazaar — Saturday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wildermere Beach Church,133 Broadway, Christmas Bazaar & Cookie Stroll featuring the Wildermere Beach Tinsel Cafe and Santa's Craft Workshop. The Tinsel Cafe lunch menu features homemade soups, sandwiches, chili and cornbread, hot dogs, hot apple cider, hot chocolate and more. Enjoy music and entertainment while shopping at vendor tables. Children can visit Santa's Craft Workshop. Vendor tables are available for $10 with proceeds donated to the Senior Fuel Assistance Program. Call Paula at 203-988-1087 for more information.

Sunday, December 7

Breakfast with Santa — Have breakfast with Santa on Sunday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Saint Ann Parish Center Hall, 499 Naugatuck Avenue. Pancakes, music of the Pumpkin Delight School Choir, and meet the Bridgeport Sound Tiger.  The event will also feature a variety of games and activities. Tickets are $5, $20 per family, free for children under 3. Advance reservations at 203-710-0471. Tickets will also be available at the door. For information call 203-874-0634.


Bingo — St. Gabriel School has weekly bingo, Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 6 p.m. Full dinner available. Doors open at 4. Church gives away more than $3,000 in prizes each night, with two progressive pots and two winner-takes-all; free coffee.

Grace Baptist — Family Night - Wednesday, 6:30 to 8 p.m.; Kiddie Care (Infant to age 3); GBC Kids Club (PreK - gr.4); Tree House Club (gr.5 & 6); Turn it Up Youth Group (Gr. 7-12); Adult Bible Study (adults); Impact Young Adults Group (18-30) meets every Tuesday 7-9 p.m.

Kids Club — Beginning Sept. 10 Grace Baptist Church, 400 Burnt Plains Road will be starting their GBC Kid’s Club on Wednesday evenings, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., for children from Preschool through 4th grade. Open to the public, this FaithWeaver Friends program is offered free of charge. For further information, contact Grace Baptist Church at 203-874-8928.

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