WOODBRIDGE NEWS BRIEFS
Halloween Hoot will be held at school
Halloween Hoot will be held 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 15, rain or shine, at Beecher Road Elementary School, 40 Beecher Road. Entry is free.
It will include costumes, games, crafts, a haunted hallway, a prize booth and a bake sale. Food and activities have a cost. Beecher Road students can buy a wristband in advance at www.brspto.org.
House will be open for tours
Medicare open enrollment
Medicare’s annual open enrollment, which allows recipients to make changes to their health and drug plans, is Oct. 15-Dec. 7. For assistance, call Judi Young, senior service social worker for the town and CHOICES counselor, at 203-389-3429.
Rotary Club accepting clothing, blankets
The Rotary Club will be accepting blankets, winter coats, and clothing in good condition in all sizes through Oct. 31.
Donations will be distributed by the First Church of God to families in need in Greater New Haven.
Coats, clothing and blankets can be dropped off at the following Woodbridge sites: JCC, 360 Amity Road; Massaro Farm, 41 Ford Road; Woodbridge Senior Center, 4 Meetinghouse Lane; and Woodbridge Town Library, 10 Newton Road.
The club has breakfast meeting 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.
Woodbridge Town Library events
The Woodbridge Town Library, 10 Newton Road, offers the following:
• Stephen King & The Art of Darkness lecture with Stephen Spignesi Tuesday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m. Spignesi is a University of New Haven professor and author. Spignesi will present facts about the life, work, and legacy of America’s Boogeyman and Master of Horror. Entertainment Weekly calls Spignesi “the world’s leading authority on Stephen King.” Register at the Circulation Desk, at 203-389- 3433, or www.woodbridgetownlibrary.org.
• Medicare 101: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 6-7:30 p.m. in the Senior Center Lounge. Learn about: Medicare basics, enrollment opportunities, coverage choices, eligibility requirements, and coverage limits. This information session is sponsored by AAA. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP: 203-389-3430.
• Film Screening: Me Before You, Thursday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m. A girl in a small town forms an unlikely bond with a recently paralyzed man she’s taking care of. Rated PG-13, drama, romance, 1 hour, 50 minutes.
• Getting the Most out of Social Security Retirement Income, Monday, Oct. 24, 6 p.m. at the Woodbridge Town Library. Learn about how new Social Security Laws could affect you with David Cowan, an AAA-endorsed retirement adviser. Visit AAARetire.com to register or call Katherine Ward at 203-389-3466.
• Healthy Halloween with Robin Glowa, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m. Glowa teaches how to make tasty tricks and treats for healthy ghosts and goblins. RSVP: 203-389-3433, www.woodbridgetownlibrary.org.
• Film Screening: Our Kind of Traitor, Thursday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. Two people find themselves lured into a Russian oligarch’s plans to defect, and are soon positioned between the Russian Mafia and the British Secret Service, neither of which they can trust. Rated R, thriller, 1 hour 48 minutes.
• Drop in Tech Help: Wednesday Oct. 28, 3-4 p.m. Bring questions about how to use iPhone, iPad, laptops or something else to the Teen Tech Team in the library meeting room.
• You Wrote a Book, Now What? Saturday, Nov. 5, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., with literary agent Jan Kardys. Topics include developing a concept, writing a manuscript, finding a literary agent, negotiating a publishing agreement, self-publishing vs. traditional publishing. RSVP: at the Circulation Desk, 203-389-3433, www.woodbridgetownlibrary.org.
• Teen Tech Support Meets Last Wednesday of Every month, sometime, 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.
• Grand reopening with magician Ed Popielarczyk, free balloon animals, Saturday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
• Eager Reader’s Book Group (grades K-2), Monday, Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m., “Little Red’s Autumn Adventures” by Sarah Ferguson.
• Series Club: Goosebumps, (grades 2-3), Thursday, Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m. Books available at the program.
• Horror Movie Matinee, Friday Oct. 21, 3-5 p.m. (ages 13 and up), The Others (PG-13) screening.
• Halloween Kitty Craft (grades K-3), Saturday, Oct. 22, 2 p.m., turn a mini-pumpkin into a kitten using felt, buttons, paper.
• It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (grades K-3), Monday, Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m., storytelling, a craft, pumpkin fun and a treat.
• The Woodbridge Town Library will be partnering with Long Wharf Theatre involving the Steve Martin play “Meteor Shower.”
Senior Day at JCC
Tower One/Tower East and all senior citizens may have a free lunch at Senior Days at the JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road, 12:30-2 p.m. Oct. 21 and Nov. 17. RSVP to Grace Koo at 203-387-2522, ext. 228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids Cook will be free
In celebration of Food Day, Massaro Community Farm and Kidalicious will present “Kids Cook” at 4-5 p.m. Oct. 21, upstairs in the barn, 41 Ford Road.
Registration is limited to 15 kids ages 8 and older.
Vendors 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.
Woodbridge Senior Center activities
The Woodbridge Senior Center, 203-389-3430, will hold:
• Free smartphone class is 2:45-3:45 p.m. Oct. 19 in Room 11 in the Center Building, with upperclassmen from Amity High School guiding participants. RSVP.
• Medicare 101, 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Senior Center Lounge, sponsored by AAA.
• Favorite Film Fridays after lunch: Oct. 28 is “How Green Was My Valley,” starring Walter Pidgeon and Maureen O’Hara.
• Holiday Fair committee seeks donations of goods and services for the raffle, basket items for the silent auction, new and vintage jewelry, tag sale items such as sporting equipment, toys, jigsaw puzzles, tools, holiday items, baked goods. To help, contact the Senior Center. The center will be accepting orders for pies from Julia’s bakery. Orders must be paid for by Oct. 28 and picked up Nov. 5.
• Antiques road show: 6-8 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Senior Center cafeteria. Bring one item of interesting background and significance for review by local historians and appraisers. Free, with wine and appetizers. Call 203-389-3430.
• 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.
• 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.
Woodbridge Job Bank has teens to hire
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.