SPOTLIGHT: Events happening in the Stratford area

Cat adoption events

Stratford Cat Project hosts a cat and kitten adoption and food drive Saturday, April 14, May 5 and 19, from 11-3, at Baldwin’s Corner Adoption Center at H-3 Pet Supply, 475 Hawley Lane (Big Y Shopping Center), Stratford. SCP needs food/supply donations of Friskies canned cat food (turkey pate), scoopable litter, wee wee pads, Purina One dry food and gift cards to H-3 Pet Supply or Walmart;  [email protected].

 

Housatonic River Cleanup

The annual Housatonic River Cleanup and Greensweep event will take place on Saturday, April 21, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Kickoff and registration will be at Birdseye Boat Ramp in Stratford and Sunnyside Boat Ramp in Shelton. Volunteers should bring work gloves. Bags will be provided to help clean up litter from forest to shore. Stay for an hour or stay all day. Are you a student? Use this as a chance to earn some volunteer credits. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided to volunteers. For more information, or to register in advance email [email protected].

 

Pequonnock River Festival

On Saturday, April 21, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Nutmeg Trout Unlimited and Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo are holding the Pequonnock River Festival at Beardsley Park in celebration of World Fish Migration Day. The day starts with tree planting and wraps up with trout fishing in the Pequonnock River. Families are welcome and fly rods will be available to borrow for the casting clinic and fishing sessions.

 

Boating courses

USCG Auxiliary 24-3 also offers a Charts, Navigation and GPS course Saturday, April 21, 8-3, 1 Helwig Street, Milford. To register in advance, visit http://a0142403.uscgaux.info/. Walk-ins welcome. Students will be instructed how to interpret and use information printed on charts as well as chart a course using that information and navigation tools. Cost: $60. Information: 860-663-5505, [email protected].

USCG 24-3 Auxiliary Training Center, 1 Helwig Street, Milford is holding About Boating Safely classes at 8 a.m. on May 5, June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 8 and Oct. 13. Cost is $60. To register and pay online for class go to a0142403.uscgaux.info/. Walk-ins welcome. Information: 860-663-5505, [email protected].

 

Dog wash fund-raiser

A dog wash will be held at Trumbull High School’s Agriscience and Biotechnology Center, 536 Daniels Farm Road, on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The Agriscience students are sponsoring this fund-raising event. Fee is $10 per dog. For more information, call 203-452-4200.

 

Terry Backer dinner

The Stratford Democratic Town Committee (SDTC) announced that Johanne Immacula Cann, Stephen Raguskus and Barbara Heimlich will be honored at this year’s annual Terry Backer Dinner on Sunday, April 29, at noon, at the Blue Goose Restaurant, 326 Ferry Blvd., Stratford. Tickets and information about the journal for the dinner are available by calling Adam H. Brill at 203-727-7620.

 

Square One play

The Square One Theatre Company presents James Lescene’s The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey Thursday, May 3 through Sunday, May 20, at Stratford Academy, 719 Birdseye Street. For tickets and more information, visit squareonetheatre.com or call 203-375-8778.

 

Cleanup at Longbrook Park

On Saturday, May 5, at 8:30 a.m., volunteers will gather at Longbrook Park’s Brewster Pond to help clean and spruce up the park. Bring work gloves, rakes and shears. Sponsored by Second District Councilman Ron Tichy and the Longbrook Park Commission. For further announcements visit Nextdoor.com.

 

Concert to benefit food pantries

On Saturday, May 5, at 7 p.m., local fan favorites, The Four Of Us will be appearing at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1734 Huntington Tpke., in Trumbull, in a concert to benefit area food pantries. The band has been together for about five years, and performs a mixture of British Invasion and multi-decade Classic Rock songs, as well as 60s and 70s Pop Rock such as the Turtles and Simon and Garfunkel. For tickets, at $15 adults, $10 senior (55+)/teens (12+), and $5 children under 12, call 203-878- 7508 or email [email protected], or purchase at the door. Any and all nonperishable food donations also will be accepted.

 

CROP Hunger Walk

The 44th annual Greater Bridgeport CROP Hunger Walk will take place on Sunday, May 6, at 1:30 p.m., with registration at the Park Avenue entrance to Seaside Park in Bridgeport. Those walking are asked to bring healthy, nonperishable food for Thomas Merton Center in Bridgeport and Sterling House Food Pantry in Stratford. For more information, contact Carole Fanslow of Stratford at 203-375-1284.

 

Compassionate Friends meeting

The Bridgeport Chapter of The Compassionate Friends holds its meetings at the Sterling House Community Center, 2283 Main Street, every second Tuesday of each month, 6:45-8:45 p.m. Bring a canned good or nonperishable food item to the meeting for Sterling House’s Food Pantry. The Bridgeport Chapter of The Compassionate Friends is a non-denominational support group for parents, grandparents, and adult siblings who are grieving the death of a child, grandchild, or sibling, tcfbridgeport.org, 475-882-9695; leave a message and your call will be returned.

 

Homeless shelter holds benefit

The ‘Light the Way’ annual Spring Gala to benefit Beth-El Center homeless shelter and soup kitchen in Milford will take place on Saturday, June 2, from 6-10 p.m., at the Mill River Country Club in Stratford. The event will include dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions. Tickets are $100. To secure reservations, visit bethelmilford.org or call 203-876-0747.

 

Head start open enrollment

The Trumbull/Monroe Regional Head Start Center, 240 Middlebrook Ave., (behind Middlebrook Elementary School), in Trumbull, is enrolling children for the 2018-19 school year. To enroll, the child must be 3- or 4-years-old by Dec. 31. The center serves Trumbull, Monroe, Stratford, Fairfield, Bridgeport and Easton. The program, which is federally funded, is free for children of income-eligible families. The program also meets the needs of children with disabilities. Children attend the program Monday through Friday 8:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m., with a full day option of 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., for those families that meet the criteria. In addition to kindergarten, preparation for the child, health care, child development, social services and nutrition information and services are available for families. For more information call 203-452-4504.

 

Artists sought

The Trumbull Arts Commission is seeking artists and photographers to display their works at the Trumbull Town Gallery for a period of six weeks. Nonresidents are welcome. For more information, contact Emily Areson at 203-452-5065 or email [email protected]

 

Notre Dame High 50th reunion

Notre Dame High School (boys and girls) Class of 1966 is planning a 50th reunion for spring 2017. If interested in working on the Class of 1966 Reunion committee or to receive more information, contact the Notre Dame Alumni Office at [email protected] or 203-372-6521, ext. 242.

 

SHS class of ’58 reunion

Stratford High School class of 1958 will celebrate their 60th reunion on Sept. 21 and 22, 2018. For more information, call Natalie, 203-831-8713 or Mary, 203-375-8724.

 

Bereavement support

Are you grieving the loss of a loved one? Please join us commencing on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 4-5:30 p.m., at St. Stephen’s Church, Trumbull. For more information and to register, call 203-268-6217.

 

Toastmasters

The Park City Toastmasters Club meets every Tuesday, 7:30-9 p.m., at Lord Chamberlain Nursing Facility, 7003 Main St., Stratford. The club helps people become effective communicators, building on presentation and impromptu speaking skills. All are welcome to attend to see what Toastmasters is all about; parkcitytoastmasters.com.

 

Nutmeg Stamp Club

The Nutmeg Stamp Club meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 7 p.m. in the all purpose room at Atria Stratford, 6911 Main Street. A small auction and presentation usually occur. Refreshments are served. Dues of $10 per year will be collected for anyone who would like to become a member. Ed Corfini. 203-384-8197.

 

Bereavement Ministry

The Bereavement Ministry at St. Mark’s Church, 500 Wigwam Lane meets for 10 consecutive Tuesdays from 9:45-11:15 a.m. The program is based on a structured format. The New Day Journal, whose primary focus is on medication, prayer, bible readings and sharing of feelings. All are welcome. Information: Susan Monk, 203-257-6999.

 

Caregiver support

Sunset Shores Adult Day Health Centers, 720 Barnum Avenue Cutoff, Stratford hosts a caregiver support group the second Monday of the month, 5-6 p.m. Groups help to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers. RSVP to Mary Pruzinsky, 203-380-1228.

 

Retirees Friendship Club

The Sikorsky Retirees Friendship Club meets the second Friday of each month, at 1 p.m., at St. Joseph’s National Catholic Church, 1300 Stratford Road, Lordship. Coffee and pastry at every meeting, and throughout the year, lunches, a picnic and a Christmas party. All Sikorsky retirees and spouses welcome. Information: Alton R. Donofrio, 203-380-1940.

 

Bingo

Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 289 has bingo every Sunday, at 1 p.m., at 44 Dodge Avenue, Stratford. Admission: $12; 203-581-6948.

Stratford Knights of Columbus St. James Council #2370 holds weekly bingo Mondays at their council hall, 2252 Main St., across from Sterling House. Doors open at 5 p.m., first game at 6:45. Progressive jackpot. Snacks and beverages available. No smoking.

Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., St. John’s Orthodox Church, 600 Silver Lane. Free beverages and snacks. Information: Carole, 203-375-2621; or on Wednesday evenings, call 203-386-8889.

 

Diabetes prevention

Free diabetes prevention program Thursdays, 6 p.m., Stratford Health and Wellness Center Francis R. Scifo, MD Community Education Room, 3272 Main Street. To register, call 203-375-5844, ext. 32.

 

Looking to the skies

The Boothe Memorial Astronomical Society meets for observing the first and third Friday of each month, and at posted times for special events. Details may be found at bmas.org or the group’s Facebook page. The group may be contacted by email at [email protected] or by calling Mark Holden at The Holden Agency, 203-261-2521.

 

Al-Anon meetings

Al-Anon is a resource for family members and friends affected by alcoholism. More than 14,000 Al-Anon Family Groups meet every week throughout the U.S. and Canada. There are no dues or fees to participate. For information about groups in Connecticut, call 1-888-825-2666. For more information about Al-Anon, visit ct-al-anon.org. A free publication is available at Al-AnonFamilyGroups.org.

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