What's happening in Trumbull

Saturday, March 1

Mardi Gras dance — The Armenian Church of the Holy Ascension Church Hall, 1460 Huntington Tpke., in Trumbull, Mardi Gras dance at 7 p.m. A Middle-Eastern music, food and dance event will feature live music by the Harry Bedrossian Ensemble. Tickets are $25. Under 19 free. Food/Mezza, desserts and soft drinks included. For information or reservations, contact Kit Kaolian, kit@prodigy.net.

Film and dance party — Congregation B’nai Torah, 5700 Main St., will be presenting an evening of film, music and dancing at 7:30 p.m. The film, Hava Nagila will be shown followed by a dance party. A documentary on the history, mystery, and meaning of the ubiquitous Jewish standard, Hava Nagila, that follows the around-the-world journey of the song from the Ukraine to YouTube. Open to the community. Admission: $10, refreshments included. Following the film will be a dance party with dance lessons provided by Andrea Rosner. Reservations are requested but not required. Call the office at 203-268-6940 for more information or office@bnaitorahct.org.

Breakfast for single senior women — Widowed Persons/A New Way of Life is sponsoring a breakfast for single senior women at 10:30 a.m., at Old Towne Restaurant, 60 Quality Street, Trumbull. Stop by or call Carol for more info at 203-268-0874. All are welcome.

Monday, March 3

Woman’s Club meet — The Trumbull Woman’s Club will meet promptly at 11 a.m., at the Trumbull Library. Please arrive earlier to participate in the Pennies for Art project which involves getting one’s waist measured, then donating $.05 per inch toward the cash prizes awarded to winners of the GFWC/CT High School Arts Competititon. Those not wishing to be measured are invited to make a cash donation to this worthy project. After the business meeting, Joan Duffy will speak. Women ages 18 and up are invited. March is a brown-bag lunch month, so bring your lunch. Dessert and beverages will be provided. For further information, contact Marcie at 203-261-2882.

Tuesday, March 4

Mardi Gras/Chili Cook-off — Unity Hill United Church of Christ, 364 White Plains Road will host a Mardi Gras/Chili Cook-off at 6:30 p.m. Doors open for the contestants at 6 p.m. Get out your favorite recipes for chili. Three special guests will judge the chili and there will be prizes for the winners. Grand Chili Champion gets $100; Best Decorated Table receives $50. Sign up if you are entering chili by calling the church office at 203-374-8822. Bring your family, friends and neighbors. Free samples.

Community Women meeting with guest speaker — The Trumbull Community Women will hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m., in the Community Room of the Trumbull Library on Quality Street. Breast surgeon Anthy Demestihas will be a guest speaker. The meeting is open to prospective members and refreshments will be served. For further information, visit trumbullcommunitywomen.org.

Reiki healing massage — Free presentation on treatment for dogs at 7 p.m. at Shelton Lakes Apple Rehab, 5 Lake Road. Hosted by Trap Falls Kennel Club. Dogs not allowed due to space limitations. Information: tfkctraining@gmail.com or 203-450-9485 for more information.

Wednesday, March 5

Ashes-to-Go — Ash Wednesday, the priests from the Episcopal churches of Trumbull: Christ Church, Tashua; Grace Church, Main Street and Trinity Episcopal Church, Nichols will be on the sidewalk near the bus stop outside of Starbuck’s in Trumbull Center from 12:30 to 2 p.m., and apply ashes on the foreheads and offer a quick prayer to any passer-by interested in participating in the Christian tradition of Ash Wednesday. “Ashes-to- Go,” is an attempt to reach out to people who may not have time to come into church for the traditional Ash Wednesday service.

Ashes and service — Trinity Episcopal Church, 1734 Huntington Tpke., Ash Wednesday, March 5, at noon and 7 p.m., service of Holy Eucharist with imposition of ashes. Wednesday's throughout Lent, noon Service of Holy Eucharist with Sacrament of Healing in Chapel. Visit trinitynichols.org.

Thursday, March 6

Meeting/artist demonstration — CT Classic Arts will hold its meeting at 1 p.m., in the Trumbull Library Community Room. The artist demonstration will be done by Clayton Buchanan who will paint a pastel portrait of one of the group’s members. For more information, contact Sarah Turechek. 203-268-2995.

Saturday, March 8

Town-wide Poetry Reading Fest — 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Trumbull Library, 33 Quality St. Come read a poem, then watch yourself on Trumbull Community Television during April, National Poetry Month. If you don’t have a favorite poem, pick one from books provided. TCT describes it as a fun family activity.

Saturday, March 15

Giant indoor tag sale — St. Catherine of Siena will hold a giant indoor tag sale from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Parish Center, 210 Shelton Road. Attic treasures, new vendors, breakfast, lunch and snacks available for purchase from Vazzy’s Café. Also, this year they will feature corned beef and cabbage. Come for a day of fun, browsing and buying. Church sponsored raffle. All proceeds raised benefit the church.

Sunday, March 16

‘Songs from the Heart’ — The Trumbull Arts Commission presents Dr. Joe Utterback, Michael Jovovich, Tony La Vorgna, Brian Coralian , Nick Macri and Eriq Nyquist in “Songs from the Heart,” at 1 p.m., at the Center at 23 Priscilla Place, in a performance of seasonal and love songs. Cabaret seating: Bring your own refreshments , $5 per person. Pre-purchase of tickets is necessary. Call 203-452-5065.

Date change: Purim Carnival — Congregation B’nai Torah, 5700 Main St., Purim Carnival from noon-2 p.m. A family fun day including various skill games, prizes, crafts and face painting by JeriAnn Geller. Arrive in costume and get free game tickets. Refreshments and lunch available. Advance game ticket sales are available at a reduced cost by contacting the office at 203-268-6940 or email: office@bnaitorahct.org.

Thursday, March 20

Fellowship meeting/covered dish luncheon — The Women’s Fellowship of Unity Hill United Church of Christ, 364 White Plains Road, will hold their monthly meeting at noon. Those attending are asked to bring a covered dish or pay $7 at the door. Program to feature decorating a ceramic bunny with a springtime collage with Dawn Brezina (All About Ceramics). The cost is $6.50. Call the church office to make your reservations at 203-374-8822.

Saturday, March 22

Handmade Happening Craft Fair — Long Hill United Methodist Children’s Center, 6358 Main St., in Trumbull, will host a Handmade Happening Craft Fair from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Come support local vendors as they sell their handmade items. Great raffle prizes. 32 vendors in all. Free admission. Call 203-268-8434 for more information.

Wednesday, March 26

American Assoc. of Univ. Women meet — The Bridgeport Area Branch, American Association of University Women will meet at the Trumbull Library at 7 p.m. Speaker will be Jessica Wolf from the Fairfield County Chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby, with a focus on national policies to address climate change. For more information, call 203-375-1284.

Tuesday, April 1

Community Women meet-open to new members — The Trumbull Community Women will hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m., in the Community Room of the Trumbull Library on Quality Street. The meeting is open to prospective members, and refreshments will be served. For further information, visit trumbullcommunitywomen.org.

Wednesday, May 7

Trip planned — Sponsored by St. Theresa Seniors: Culinary Institute in Hyde Park, New York. Includes full course luncheon at Catarina De Medici Restaurant and visit FDR home and library. Price: $81 due by Tuesday, April 1. Call Kathy at 203-268-8256.

Friday, June 20

Yankee Stadium bus trip — A bus trip to Yankee Stadium to see the New York Yankees play the Baltimore Orioles to benefit the CT Fallen Heroes Foundation. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. Cost is $80 per person and includes round trip luxury AC coach bus, ticket to section 205 or 206 and driver gratuity. There will be raffle and prizes on the way to the game. The bus leaves exit 35 commuter lot off I-95 in Milford at 3:30 p.m. sharp. The return bus leaves one half hour after the end of the game. For tickets, call Mark Mihalick at 203-907-5741 or mmihalick@sikorsky.com. For more information, call Mike Mastroni at 203-218-2367 or mmastroni@sikorsky.com.


Aug. 4-6

Trip planned — Sponsored by St. Theresa Seniors: Moses Show at Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster, Penn. Includes: Two nights at Cork Factory Hotel, show and visit to Hershey Chocolate World, as well as two breakfasts, two dinners, sightseeing and admissions. Price includes gratuity. Price $407. Deposit $25 upon reservation. Call Kathy at 203-268-8256.

Wednesday, Nov. 12

Trip planned — Sponsored by St. Theresa Seniors: Westchester Broadway Theatre; Musical South Pacific, includes pre-show lunch and deluxe motorcoach. Price: $95. Deposit $25 upon reservation. Call Kathy at 203-268-8256.


Aqua Zumba class — Hosted by Trumbull Parks and Recreation Department, 5892 Main St., aqua zumba class in the Hillcrest pool, 530 Daniels Farm Road. Led by Renay. Pre-registration required. Call 203-452-5060 for more information or Renay, 203-522-2616, or zumbarenay@gmail.com. Eight-week evening class is 7:30-8:30 p.m., $60, residents only.

‘Rails to Trails’ — Trumbull Historian/Author, Sue DelBianco’s video on the history of The Trumbull Valley when train was king, promoting industry and linking the communities. The video contains captivating historical images of the railroad, trains, ice houses, mills, and Trumbull’s very own amusement park called Parlor Rock. E-mail Sue DelBianco at delbiancosue@yahoo.com or call 203-260-5394.

Trumbull MS support group — Meets at the Trumbull Library, 33 Quality St., from 6:30-8 p.m., on the third Tuesday of each month. For more information, call Amy at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter at 800-FIGHTMS or visit ctfightsMS.org.

Widowed men — Widowed Persons Service (WPS)/A New Way of Life, will sponsor breakfast at Old Towne Restaurant, 60 Quality St., the second and fourth Saturday every month at 9 a.m. Just show up or call Peter at 203-882-8662 for more information. All are welcome.

Caregiver support group — Middlebrook Farms of Trumbull, 2750 Reservoir Ave., offers a caregiver support group for families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, held the first Wednesday of each month from 4:30-6 p.m. Open to the public. RSVP to Lidia Ayala at 203-268-2400 or e-mail layala@benchmarkquality.com.

Divorced Catholics support — “Journey of Hope” program for separated and divorced catholics meets every Saturday, from 10-11 a.m., at Holy Family Parish Office, 700 Old Stratfield Road, Fairfield, 203-336-1835.

Learn about the Bible — ‘The Story’ book group at Grace Church, 5958 Main St., in Trumbull. For those wondering where to begin in learning more about the Bible and what’s in it each week in one of two group meetings; Sunday at 11 a.m., or Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The Rev. Elsa Worth will also focus on the themes of the week’s chapter during the sermon each Sunday in the 9:30 a.m. service. No experience with the bible necessary. For more information or for details on how to get your own books, visit gracetrumbull.org.

Donations needed for animal shelter — Trumbull Animal Shelter, 324 Church Hill Road is in need of the following: Clay litter, rawhide chews, canned cat or canned dog food (any kind) and dog toys for strong chewers (for example, Kongs). Although it is appreciated, soft toys with squeakers and stuffing are discouraged, since the animals can tear them out and get sick. For other items, call the shelter at 203-452-5088 or visit Trumbull Animal Group (TAG) on Amazon.com. Click on Wish List and search for Trumbull Animal Group.

Support group — The Language of Letting Go, a support group based on the book by Melodie Beatty. Discover how to live more authentically from your own center. At Grace Episcopal Church, 5958 Main St., on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. More info at gracetrumbull.org.

Monday night bingo — Monday nights, Congregation B’nai Torah, 5700 Main St., Trumbull; 6:30 p.m.; Special games available, as well as progressive jackpot and door prizes. Public welcome. For more information, call 203-268-6940.

Wednesday night bingo — American Legion Post 141 hosts bingo. Doors open at 5, games begin at 6:30, corner of Whitney Avenue and Teller Road. 20 games including winner take all, 50/50 and progressive jackpot, up to $1,600. Families welcome; George Areson, 203-261-6874; Peter Pappas, 203-268-7904.

Stop & Shop gift cards — Trumbull Animal Group (TAG) is selling Stop & Shop gift cards in any denomination and can be used at any Stop & Shop. For every card sold, they will donate 5% back to TAG, which helps defray costs of medical bills for the animals at the Trumbull Animal Shelter. To purchase gift cards, e-mail jlmiller324@aol.com. When the gift-cards have been received by TAG, the purchaser will receive an e-mail notification that the gift card can be picked up at the Trumbull Animal Shelter, 324 Church Hill Road and payment is made at that time. Checks should be made out to TAG. Also, when you use the Stop & Shop gift card, you will still receive your gas points as long as you scan your Stop & Shop card.

Damsels in Divorce — Support group for women in all phases of divorce; from contemplation to completion, take place on the second and fourth Friday nights of every month from 7-8:30 p.m., at Grace Church, 5958 Main St., Trumbull. Look for the signs to see in which space the meeting will be held in when you arrive. Any questions, contact Jennifer at DamselsInDivorce@aol.com.

Cell phone recycling — B’nai Torah Nursery School, 5700 Main St., is continuing its collection of used/broken/unwanted cell phones, batteries and chargers from locations throughout the Trumbull area for refurbishing and distribution to women in crisis to call 911 in case of emergency. Collection boxes in Trumbull locations: B’nai Torah Nursery School, Trumbull Police Station, Old Towne Restaurant, Trumbull Library, Fairchild Library, CVS on White Plains Road, Minuteman Cleaners, Home Veterinary Services, and Guacamole Grill.

Donations sought — Donate your old but still usable clothing, shoes, sneakers, belts, linens, pillow cases, blankets, curtains or stuffed animals. Grace Episcopal Church, 5958 Main St., now hosts a St. Pauly’s used clothing drop-off shed. Easily accessible, and located in the rear parking lot behind the church. Receipts are available at the shed for your charitable donation. Place donations in plastic bags and tie them up to keep clean and dry. Do no put any rags, fabric scraps, pillows, toys, household goods or electronics in the shed. More information at gracetrumbull.org.

Al-Anon meetings — Al-Anon is a resource for family members and friends affected by alcoholism. Al-Anon meets Monday at 7:30 p.m., and Thursday at 11:30 a.m., at Grace Episcopal Church, 5958 Main St. Thursday at 8 p.m., at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1734 Huntington Tpke. Alateen helps teens age 12-20 and also meets Thursday at 8 p.m., at Trinity Episcopal Church. There are no dues or fees to participate. For information, call 1-888-825-2666. Visit ct-al-anon.org. A free publication is available at Al-AnonFamilyGroups.org.

Bridgeport Art League — The Bridgeport Art League is seeking members. Monthly meetings are in held Shelton, featuring local artists and demonstrations. Members come from Milford, Orange, Stratford, Trumbull, Fairfield, Shelton, Easton and Monroe.

For more information, e-mail Diane Napolitano at napolitanj@comcast.net for information.

Caregiver’s support group — Maefair Health Care Center, 21 Maefair Court, Trumbull, monthly caregiver’s meeting is held the second Tuesday of each month from 2:30-3:30 p.m. For more information, call 203-459-5152 or e-mail outreach@maefairhcc.com. There is no cost to attend and light refreshments will be provided.

Evening prayers — Grace Church, 5958 Main St., on Mondays through Advent at 7 p.m. A quiet half hour of candlelight meditation and prayer accompanied by soft piano music. For more information, visit gracetrumbull.org.

Knitters and crocheters — Meet at Panera Bread in the Trumbull Westfield Mall on Wednesdays from 10-11:30 a.m. Enjoy sharing your craft with others. All levels are welcome.

Men’s Club — Tashua Knolls Senior Men’s Club welcomes new members; open to all men age 60 or older, no residency requirements. Club conducts weekly golf competitions, sponsors two bowling leagues during fall and winter months; 261-2069.

Early morning guided meditation — A time set aside for guided relaxation, centering prayer and meditation every Wednesday morning from 7-7:25 a.m., in the Grace Church chapel. For more information, visit gracetrumbull.org. Located at 5958 Main St.

Recreation classes — For caregivers and children ages 1-4. Toddler classes run Monday and Wednesday mornings. Art classes for preschooler ages 3 and 4, Thursday mornings. Call Trumbull Recreation for more information, 203-452-5060; or register in person at the Rec. office at 5892 Main St.

Addiction meetings — Having a problem with alcohol, substance abuse, compulsive behavior or living with a loved one who has an addiction? Higher Ground Ministry, non-denominational, offers help through biblical precepts Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m., Calvary Evangelical Free Church, 502 White Plains Road; and Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., Frenchtown Elementary School, 30 Frenchtown Road. Meetings are held weekly.

Exercise program — class combines cardiovascular fitness, strength training, agility, balance and coordination for all ability levels, Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Teen Center, Indian Ledge Park; 203-253-3179; bootcamp-ct.com. Presented by Chris Terenzio of In-Home Health & Fitness.

Dog first aid/CPR — Certification through the Red Cross in dog first aid and CPR, 100 Corporate Drive; led by Dawn Lowery, certified Red Cross instructor and dog trainer. Contact Pet Degree Dog Training Center, 203-268-BARK (2275) for class times and information; petdegree@aol.com.

Dog obedience — Classes in all levels of dog training and obedience are offered by Trap Falls Kennel Club in Shelton. For more information, registration and class schedules, call 203-450-9485; e-mail tfkctraining@gmail.com, or visit trapfalls.org/Dog_Training.html.

Trumbull Business Network — Meets every Wednesday, 7:30 a.m., Helen Plumb Building, 6254 Main St.; trumbullbn.com/; shildneck@snet.net; 203-380-0453.

Furniture donations — The nonprofit Greater Bridgeport Furniture Warehouse Collaborative seeks donations of gently used furniture for low income, homeless and/or disabled individuals and families. Pick up may be arranged; donations tax deductible; 203-335-2725; warehouse hours are Tuesday-Friday, 9-2.