The Milford Senior Center Gospel Chorus, under the direction of Debra Fellenbaum, will present a holiday gospel concert, Sunday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive. The Gospel Chorus\u2019 annual concert, entitled \u201cThe Light of the World\u201d is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. 203 877-5131 The Winter Wonderland 5 miler, hosted by the Milford Road Runners, takes place Sunday, Jan. 28, at Platt Tech High School, 600 Orange Ave., Milford. Rrace registration begins at 8:30 a.m.; 9:30 race starts; 10:45, awards and ceremony. Pre-registration is $20; Race Day $25 Pizza, soup and hot chocolate after http:\/\/www.milfordrr.com\/wonderland.php Keeping Milford Warm Founder Kevin McGrath and the board of directors of the Milford non profit, conjunction with the Milford Kiwanis Club, have announced that the organization\u2019s holiday fundraiser will take place at Grassy Hill Country Club on Saturday, Dec. 9. Keeping Milford Warm was established to make sure that no Milford resident or Milford family would ever go without the assistance of heating their residence if they had no funds to pay for heating . The Organization services the whole city of Milford for those in need. For information on Keeping Milford Warm visit www.keepingmilfordwarm.com , or email email@example.com Tickets can also be purchased online through Eventbrite. Tickets are $60 and includes, dinner, 2two- hour open bar, live music, dancing, raffles, door prizes, live and silent auction The Milford Arts Council presents Open Mic Nites on the second Wednesday of each month, through May 9, 2018, 7-10 p.m. There will be no Open Mic Nites in December. Registration starts at 6 pm. All performing arts are welcome, singers, musicians, comedians, poets, magicians. If you have a talent to present, we want you to come. Beverages, beer and wine will be available for purchase inside the venue. There is a door fee of $5. Open Mic Nites takes place at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Avenue, Milford, CT 06460. For more information call 203-878-6647 or go to www.milfordarts.org. The Milford Camera Club welcomes photographers of any age interested in the art of photography. Come and learn how to use your camera, how to take better pictures, and meet people with similar photo experience. Meetings take place at the Margaret Egan Center, 35 Mathew St. at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays from September until late May. .Meetings will include local competitions of member\u2019s digital images and prints judged by members of other local photography clubs. For information go to milfordcameraclub.com or call Josh Goldin at 203 804-3058. Visitors and members under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Wildermere Beach Church Christmas Bazaar & Cookie Stroll will be held Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 133 Broadway, Milford. Have lunch at the Tinsel Cafe with homemade soups, sandwiches and desserts. Visit the fabulous Cookie Stroll and choose from over 250 dozen cookies. Crafters and vendors, children\u2019s gift shop, music and entertainment. Handicapped accessible. Exhibitor tables available for $10. Call 203-874-9289. Precious Blood Parish\u2019s Parkinson\u2019s Support Group meets at 1 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month. Open to anyone with or caring for a loved one with Parkinson\u2019s disease, this group meets in Father Cronin Hall at St. Mary Church, 72 Gulf St. Visit www.preciousbloodparishmilford.org to see all of the group schedules. Tattered and unneeded flags will be accepted for \u201cretirement\u201d weekdays at the city clerk\u2019s office at the Parsons Government Center, 70 W. River St. Flags may also be left in a box or bag outside the rear entrance of VFW Post 7788, 422 Naugatuck Ave. Families Anonymous is a free, self-help, 12 Step support group for adults concerned about the drug, alcohol, or related behavioral problems of a relative or friend. The group meets Tuesdays, 7:30-9 p.m. at St. Andrew\u2019s Episcopal Church Hall, 283 Bridgeport Ave. Registration not required. Contact Judy D. at 203-283-3867 or JMdel61@gmail.com or Geralynn at 847-302-9729 or MilfordFA@gmail.com. The Caring Network, a free, ongoing support group for adults who have lost a loved one through death, meets 6-8 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of every month, at Bridges Healthcare, at 949 Bridgeport Ave. The group is facilitated by Cynthia Dodd, M. Div, a Bridges counselor, and is sponsored by Bridges Healthcare and Cody-White Funeral Home. For information, call Cody-White at 203-874-0268 or Dodd at 203-878-6365, ext. 344. The Milford Concert Band is beginning its 26th season as the official band of the city. Rehearsals are Mondays at 7:30 p.m. at the Fowler Memorial Building next to the library, 57 New Haven Ave. it is open to musicians of all ages and talents. Go to the MCB Facebook page. Conductor is Duane Berge. The schedule is: the annual \u201cA Milford Christmas\u201d concert at City Hall, Dec.16; Milford Senior Center, Dec. 17; and Trinity Episcopal Church in Trumbull on Dec. 18. The citywide weekly leaf pickup has begun. Only leaves in paper bags will be collected. 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 in plastic will be left curbside. City crews will pick up leaves until the first significant snowfall. Leaves may be bought 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. Dec. 15, 6:00PM, followed by dinner. $10 per person, $25 for family. Bring your own Chanukkiah and candles, and let\u2019s fill the sanctuary with light on this very special Chanukah Shabbat! Enjoy music with our very own Temple Emanuel inter-generational band. After the service, enjoy a family-style meal in our beautiful social hall. There will be fun activities for younger children. Temple Emanuel of Greater New Haven, 150 Derby Avenue, Orange. For more information and register to attend, please visit our website: http:\/\/tegnh.org\/ or call 203-397-3000. Non-members Welcome! Drama Workshop with Ingrid Schaeffer: "The Magical Toy Shop" Saturday, Dec. 2, 2-3:30 p.m. For children ages 5-8. Step inside \u201cThe Magical Toy Shop,\u201d a place where enchanted toys secretly come to life while the shop owner sleeps through the night. Ingrid Schaeffer will read this charming tale aloud and provide costumes and props. Then, we\u2019ll re-enact the story together! Participants will also complete an art activity based on the book as part of the workshop. Registration is required in person or at 203-891-2170. Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register in person or by telephone. Phone: 203-891-2170 http:\/\/www.casememoriallibrary.org An open group dedicated to those underemployed or in transition to meet, share leads, hear guest speakers, and obtain quality information for their job search. Future meetings will be held: Thursday \u2014 December 14: Speaker and topic TBD. Location: Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, Orange.Day\/Time: Monthly on Thursday nights from 7-9 pm for the 2017 season. Questions: email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. Location: Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, Orange. Day\/Time: Monthly on Thursday nights from 7-9 pm for the 2017 season. Questions: Email email@example.com for further information. The Orange Historical Society Academy Museum and Antique Shop, 605 Orange Center Road, is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. For information, call 203-795-3106. Orange Senior Center offers programs and hot lunch. For more information and to register, call 203-891-4784. \u2022 Ping-pong, Monday at 11 a.m. and Wednesday at noon; billiards meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m., Fridays at 10 a.m.; bocce meets Wednesdays at 10 a.m.; chess plays Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. \u2022 Hot lunch is 11:30 a.m.-noon weekdays; $3 donation is suggested. RSVP: 203-891-4765 before 1 p.m. the day before. \u2022 Cribbage Club is Mondays, 1-3 p.m. Mark Halliday of Assisted Living Services will instruct students on how to play cribbage for the first hour. The second hour is time to play. RSVP: 203-891-4784. 2018 Trips: South Pacific Wonder, March 13-27; Pacific Northwest, California, April 23-30; Iceland\u2019s Magical Northern Lights, Oct. 30-Nov. 5. Members of the Garden Club of Orange have begun planning for the Osborne Museum & Homestead\u2019s holiday celebration. Every year the museum has a theme and area garden clubs and organizations transform the home into a holiday showcase. For this year\u2019s theme, \u201cA Holiday at the Opera,\u201d the rooms will be decorated with scenes from some of the world\u2019s famous operas. The Garden Club of Orange will be transforming the library using the opera \u201cFaust,\u201d as its inspiration. Holiday tours are Thursday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through Dec. 17. Twilight tours are Dec.1, 8, 15 4-7 p.m. Call the museum at 203-734- 2513. For club membership information, call Joanne Friedrichs at 203-795-4266. Kai Byrd, principal of Mary L. Tracy School, 650 School House Lane, is the Title IX officer for the school district. The Title IX federal law was passed in 1972 to ensure that male and female employees and students in educational settings were treated equally and fairly. It protects against discrimination based on gender and requires that each school district have at least one person designated as the Title IX officer. Anyone who feels discriminated against may contact Byrd at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-891-8028, ext. 1113. The city is accepting applications for the federally financed Connecticut Energy Assistance Program in the human resources office on the second floor of City Hall, 355 Main St. Appointments for all heating sources can be made by calling 203-937-3572. The city will process applications by appointment Mondays through Thursdays. No walk-ins will be accepted. Applicants who have difficulty speaking English are asked to bring a translator. Eligibility for assistance is based on the income and assets of an applicant\u2019s household. To qualify, applicants must provide pay stubs, including monthly Social Security benefits and pension checks, for the last four weeks for all household members 18 and older. Applicants must also provide documentation of assets \u2014 recent bank account statements for all accounts for all household members \u2014 along with a current electric bill for all heating sources and a current gas bill for those who heat with gas, as well as Social Security numbers and birthdates for all household members. Programs at the West Haven Library, Main Branch, 300 Elm St., include: Preschool Story Time Mondays 10:15 -11 a.m., Graham Room, ages 3-5, stories, songs and a craft Baby Time Wednesdays 11:15 a.m.-noon, Connie Sacco Room, up to 18 months, music, movement and stories Toddler Time Thursdays 11:15 a.m.-noon, Connie Sacco Room 18 months-2 years, stories, songs and a craft. To register, click on EVENTKEEPER at www.westhavenlibrary.org or call 203-937-4233. Walk-ins are also welcome. Drop in Craft, stop in and make a special take home craft, Tuesdays 4-5 p.m. Nov. 21, Graham Room, for kids of all ages. Registration is not required. The annual Christmas Concert performed by Our Lady of the Assumption combined Adults\u2019 and Children\u2019s Choirs and Instrumentalists will be held at the church on 81 Center Road in Woodbridge on Sunday, Dec. 3. Admission is free.