SPOTLIGHT: Events in the Stratford area

Book sale

Christ Church, 2000 Main Street will hold a final book sale of used books May 17, 18, 19 and 20, from 10-2, in the Parish Hall. All books are in excellent condition. Hardcovers, paperbacks, cook books, children’s books, self help books, puzzles and more.

 

Pierogi and potato pancake dinner

The Holy Name Society of the Holy Name of Jesus Church parish will sponsor a Pierogi and Potato Pancake Dinner on Friday, May 18, from 4:30-7 p.m., in the parish hall at 50 College Street. The dinner features pierogies, potato pancakes, applesauce, dessert, and beverage. Free will donation for eat in. Cooked take-out dinners available for $6. Potato pancakes for take-out available at $.50 each. Advance orders for uncooked pierogies, at $4 per dozen, will be taken by calling Paul Scioletti at 203-377-2397. Uncooked pierogies may be picked up on Friday, May 18, after 3 p.m.

 

Square One play

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

 

Cat adoption event

Stratford Cat Project hosts a cat and kitten adoption and food drive Saturday, May 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].

 

Boothe Park Opening Day

Boothe Memorial Park Opening Day and Antique Car Show will be held on Sunday, May 20, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

 

Colossal Kielbasa Food Stand

St. Joseph’s Church, 1300 Stratford Road will host their Colossal Kielbasa Food Stand on Sunday, May 20, from noon-5:30. Proceeds benefit church and local youth programs. Menu includes colossal kielbasa grinder (grilled), fried pierogi with special sauce, polish hamburger, lemons to love lemonade stand, cold drinks and more. Picnic area, takeouts, kids menu available. Information: 203-377-9901, [email protected]

 

Redeemable drive

St. Mark School, 500 Wigwam Lane hosts a redeemable bottle and can drive, rain or shine on Saturday, June 2, from 10-2. Drop off redeemable bottles and cans in front of the Parish Center entrance.

 

Literary competition

The 40th annual Trumbull Literary Competition, sponsored by the Trumbull Library, is coming soon. Open to grades 3 through 12 and adults. Poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and creative writing categories. No residency requirement. Awards will be given at the Trumbull Arts Festival on Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Trumbull Library, 33 Quality Street. Deadline for submissions is Friday, June 1. Rules, details, and applications are at trumbullct-library.org/literary%20competition.

 

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.

 

Boating courses

USCG 24-3 Auxiliary Training Center, 1 Helwig Street, Milford is holding About Boating Safely classes at 8 a.m. on 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].

 

Sister Cities Chorus concert

The Stratford Sister Cities Chorus will take the stage with the barbershop harmony ensemble, the Coastal Chordsmen for Catch the Wave concert on Sunday, June 10, at 3 p.m., at Flood Middle School, 490 Chapel Street. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. For tickets, at $12 adults; $10 seniors/students; free for one child under 12, with purchase of adult ticket, call 203-218-1934 or email [email protected].

 

Scholarship awards ceremony

Stratford Old Timers Athletic Association will be awarding six $1,000 scholarships to students from Bunnell and Stratford high schools on Tuesday, June 12, at 8 p.m., in the Christ Church Hall, 2000 Main Street, Stratford.

 

Juried crafts, art and jewelry show

The 2018 Downtown Market: Stratford, a juried crafts, art, and jewelry show, accompanied by music, activities for children, and theater will take place on Sunday, Aug. 26, from 10-4, in the Colonial Square parking lot, 2420 Main St. The show, in its third year, is sponsored by Stratford’s Economic Development Commission Stratford Art’s Commission and the Stratford Historical Society. Free parking is available at Stratford Railroad Station. One section of the show will be devoted to 18th century crafts and art. For more information, visit downtownmarket-ct.com.

 

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.

 

Kennedy Center Auxiliary thrift store

The Kennedy Center Auxiliary New and Nearly New Thrift Store, 2323 Barnum Avenue offers a large selection of women’s dresses, skirts, jackets and separates, as well as jewelry, shoes and accessories. Hours are Monday-Saturday, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call 203-377-5669.

 

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. For more information, call 203-375-8724 or 203-378-8739.

 

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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