The Milford Preservation Trust will open the Minuteman House, aka John Downs House, at 139 North Street on Thursday to mark the Winter Solstice from 4 to 7 p.m. Look for ancient cauldrons with crackling embers. Old iron tools will be on display. Park in back. Event canceled if rain or snow. The Jonathan Law High School (Milford) Post Prom Committee is seeking donations in order to hold a safe, alcohol free event for the junior class following their prom on May 11. The committee is seeking monetary donations as well as donations of items gift cards, etc, to be used as raffle prizes for students or adults at a fundraising event on Feb. 1. To donate, contact the Post Prom Committee at email@example.com or call Sherri Franzman at 203-306-7081. The committee urges community members to follow their Facebook and Twitter Feeds for more Information @jljrprom. The Winter Wonderland 5 miler, hosted by the Milford Road Runners, takes place Jan. 28, at Platt Tech High School, 600 Orange Ave., Milford. Race registration begins at 8:30 a.m.; 9:30 race starts; 10:45, awards and ceremony. Advance registration is $20; race day, $25 Pizza, soup and hot chocolate after. Go to milfordrr.com\/wonderland.php The Milford Arts Council presents Open Mic Nites on the second Wednesday of each month, through May 9, 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. There is a door fee of $5. Open Mic Nites take place at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave. For information, call 203-878-6647 or go to 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. 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. An open group dedicated to those underemployed or in transition to meet, share leads, hear guest speakers, and obtain GREAT information for their job search. Next meeting: Thursday, Jan. 11 @ 7pm Guest Speaker: Rob Thomas - President, Rob Thomas CT LLC Topic: "Is Your Networking Working?" Networking is the cornerstone of finding profitable business connections. Why do even the most seasoned professionals hate it? They don\u2019t know how to find the best connections, or how to turn them into profitable and enjoyable relationships. But Rob Thomas, the Principal of Rob Thomas CT and the creator of the Rob Thomas Method (RTM) of Networking, does. What makes Rob Thomas\u2019s unique methodology so different? His strategy gives professionals a new perspective on how to use the Who, What and Where of networking to cultivate business. How? First: it\u2019s about identifying your best prospects. Second: having warm, strategically focused conversations. Third: by holding meetings in places that represent the heartbeat of America (you might be surprised). Networking is the cornerstone of finding like-minded business connections. In this eye-opening presentation Rob divulges his underlying networking mindset and breaks down the simple and strategic rules for going beyond the business card exchange in order to find and foster profitable business relationships. Rob will share the backbone principles of his method and his most successful secrets and success stories. The next meeting isFeb. 1. Speaker and topic TBD. 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. 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. The exhibition and sale of handcrafted jewelry by the Bethany Brass Band at the Clark Memorial Library, 538 Amity Road, Bethany, will continue through Jan. 5. There is a wide variety of styles, in silver and brass, often using internationally sourced beads with them, by the well known area six-women group.. Their jewelry includes earrings, necklaces and bracelets. The styles vary from more dramatic pieces to delicate styled jewelry. The Band is a jewelry-making cooperative of six current members whose roots date back to 1968, when a group of young mothers wanted to contribute attractive items to the Bethany Community School fall PTA sale.Through the years the group met in each other's homes, often with preschoolers in tow in the early years. Most members are now grandmothers. The Band's unique name derived from the sound of jewelry hammers tapping on small anvils when most members worked in brass. Since then, silver and other materials have been added to the group's repertoire of styles.Their work is also on display and sale at the Creative Arts Workshop holiday celebration of American crafts in New Haven. Artists represented in the Bethany show are; Connie Richardson, Lenore Gottlieb, Dotti Dierolf, Sue Rossner, Ditas Johnson and Barrie Collins. Two of the members, Gottlieb and Collins, are "originals." The exhibit is located on the first floor of the library. 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 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 birth dates 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 westhavenlibrary.org or call 203-937-4233. Walk-ins are also welcome.