What's happening in Trumbull — Spotlight listings of events


April 17-19

Plant sale — The annual Easter/Spring Plant Sale at Trumbull High School’s Agriscience and Biotechnology Center opens Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale will feature plants grown by the Agriscience students. The Agriscience Center is located at 536 Daniels Farm Road in Trumbull. For further information, call 452-4200.

Saturday, April 19

Easter egg and scavenger hunt — The Nichols Improvement Association annual Easter egg and scavenger hunt beginning at 10:30 a.m. The event is free for members and $8 for non-members. Bring a non-perishable food item to participate in the Food Drive conducted by the THS Irish Club. Association members may renew for 2014 at the event and pick up their 2014 NIA sticker. You must pre-register by emailing Laura Bouffard at ljbee2001@gmail.com.

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

Treasure or trash? — Have you discovered something interesting in your attic or basement? Found a bargain at a yard sale? inherited a family heirloom? Would you like to know if it’s valuable or just a useless piece of junk? You can find out by bringing it to the Antiques & Collectibles Appraisal Fair between 1 and 5 p.m., in the Community Room of the Trumbull Library. Sponsored by the Trumbull Center Lions Club. The cost for appraising one item is $10, two for $20 and three for $25. The admission for those with no items to appraise and who would like to view the exhibit and appraisals is $5. Visitors to the fair are invited to bring any old or unwanted eyeglasses, prescription sunglasses and hearing aids. These will be refurbished and distributed free of charge by the Lions in impoverished third world countries, where these vital items are not otherwise available. For more info, call Chairman Lee Salzberg at 203-377-2858 or email trumbullcenterlions@yahoo.com.

Saturdays, April 19 and 26

Get ready to get dirty — Trumbull Animal Group (TAG) is looking for volunteers to help with spring clean-up of the shelter dog path, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Trumbull Animal Shelter is located at 324 Church Hill Road. The group is planning to clear overgrown brush and debris from the dog path, and volunteers 18 years and over, or minors accompanied by a parent/guardian, are needed to help. Wear long sleeves and pants. Bring work gloves, rakes and other yard tools. Lunch will be provided. E-mail treasurertag@gmail.com to RSVP or for any questions.

Monday, April 21

Pre-retires workshop — The AAA Southern New England Motor Club will conduct an informational workshop for pre-retires and the general public at the Trumbull Public Library. This workshop ‘Maximize Your Social Security Benefits,” will help participants learn how to make the most out of Social Security and retirement. David Cowan, endorsed AAA retiree advisor, will discuss how to navigate retirement challenges, ways to safeguard retirement savings and how to increase Social Security benefits. Ages 60-66 will benefit most. For more information and to register, call 800-978-7953 or visit aaaretire.com.

Monday, April 28

Garden Design Made Easy — Deborah Kent, landscape designer and garden coach, will be the featured speaker at Long Hill Garden Club meeting at the Trumbull Library. The meeting begins at 11:30 a.m., and the program will start at 12:45 p.m. “Garden Design Made Easy” will give a step-by-step method used in designing a garden. For more information, contact Leslie at 203-892-5644.

Tuesday, April 29

Mohegan Sun bus trip — A bus trip to Mohegan Sun is planned. The price is $25 and includes $15 lunch/$15 free play. Contact Rosemary at 203-268-6992 for reservation.  Bus leaves at 10 a.m. from St. Theresa's Church; expected return is 6 p.m.  All are welcome.

Wednesday, April 30

The ‘Bee’ Hive — The Trumbull Historical Society, 1856 Huntington Tpke., is introducing The “Bee” Hive, starting Wednesday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m., and every last Wednesday of the month. Did you know that a “bee” can mean “a gathering of people for a specific purpose"? Quilting bees, husking bees, spinning bees and others were common in colonial New England, often as a social as well as productive gathering. We will be carrying on the tradition at the Historical Society. We will gather together at the “hive” (THS) to work on existing projects, share ideas and friendship. No need to register, just bring yourself, some handwork, and a friend. Others with experience quilting, knitting, crocheting, etc., will be in the group, so we just may have answers to some of your questions (or know how to get them). Cost: $5 (includes tea+). Call 203-377-6620 for any questions or e-mail Trumbullhistory@gmail.com.

Saturday, May 3

Plant sale — The Long Hill Garden Club of Trumbull’s annual plant sale will be held at the Trumbull Library from 8:30 a.m.-noon. For sale will be hundreds of locally grown perennials, native plants, grasses, and shrubs and small trees. Advice from Certified Master Gardeners will be available. Plants will be grouped by sun/shade requirements and will be tagged for easy identification.

Monday, May 5

Meeting and presentation — Trumbull Woman’s Club will meet at 11 a.m., in the Community Room of the Trumbull Library, 33 Quality St. All women age 18 and over are invited to attend. The program will include Janned Sarrano, who will present a history of the Bigelow Tea Company and tell of the health benefits of tea. Program begins at 11:30 a.m. For further information, contact Marcie at 203-261-2882.

Reservation deadline

Thursday, May 15

Cruise around the Boston Harbor — St. Theresa Seniors will host a cruise on the Odyssey around the Boston Harbor, a way to see the harbor from the water on Thursday, June 12. Departure is 7:30 a.m. from St. Theresa Church, 5301 Main St. Estimated return time is 7:30 p.m. Price is $97, due by May 15 and includes a three-course plated meal on board with live music. Also, there will be time to visit Quincy Market following the cruise. Call Kathy at 203-268-8256 for reservations.

Saturday, May 17

Summer camp for kids — The Lakewood-Trumbull YMCA is offering summer camp to give kids and teens an adventurous, active and healthy summer. For more information, visit the day camp during an open house, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., which will be at 204 Stanley Drive, in Monroe, or visit cccymca.org. To ensure that all youth have the chance to experience camp, all branches of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA offer financial assistance to those in need.

Friday, May 23

Golf tournament — The Conn. Fallen Heroes Foundation fourth annual golf tournament benefit at Grassy Hill Country Club, 44 Clark Lane, in Orange. Schedule is 11:30 a.m.-noon, registration; noon, BBQ lunch; 1:30 p.m., shot gun start; 6:30 p.m., buffet and awards ceremony. Each golfer will receive lunch, dinner, 18 holds of scramble tournament play and Fallen Heroes windproof umbrella, with more contests and prizes throughout the day. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded at the dinner that evening to graduating seniors. Sponsorships are available. Contact Mike Mastroni at 203-218-2367 or visit ctfallenheroes.org.

Saturday, May 31

Document shredding — Trumbull Community Women will again sponsor a shredding truck, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Trumbull Nature and Arts Center, 7115 Main St. The event is free and is offered as a community service by Trumbull Community Women, whose slogan is RElove Trumbull. REdiscover our town. For further information, contact Ricki at 203 247-3812 or visit trumbullcommunitywomen.org.

Hazardous waste collection — The town will hold a household hazardous waste collection from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Indian Ledge Park, 307 Indian Ledge Park Drive. Must show Conn. driver’s license. For more information, contact Trumbull Public Works at 203-452-5070.

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.

Saturday, Sept. 13

THS 40th reunion — The location has changed for Trumbull High School class of 1974 40th reunion. It will now be at Tashua Knolls (instead of Molto Bene in Ansonia as originally announced), from 7-11 p.m. For more information, e-mail: THSClass74Reunion@Gmail.com, or on Facebook: Trumbull High School Class of 74 Reunion Group.

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.


Literary Competition — The 36th annual Trumbull Arts Festival Committee is accepting applications for the Literary Competition, which is open to grades three and up, as well as adults. In the past, entries have come from ages up to 91. There is no residency requirement. Categories are poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Winners will be honored at the literary ceremony the day of the Trumbull Arts Festival, on Sunday Sept. 14. Visit trumbull-ct.gov/arts to download applications. For further information, call Emily Areson at the Arts office at 203-452-5065.

Alzheimer’s Support Group —Support group for caregivers and families led by Harbor Care Director, Lidia Ayala. First Wednesday of the month, 4:30-6 p.m. at Middebrook Farms of Trumbull, 2750 Reservoir Ave., Trumbull. Call 203-268-2400 for more information or e-mail layala@benchmarkquality.com.

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.

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.