What's happening in Trumbull - Spotlight listing of events

Friday, Oct. 24

Breast Cancer Luncheon — St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound will host its 19th annual Breast Cancer Luncheon on, Friday, Oct. 24, at the Holiday Inn in Bridgeport. The event will begin with a silent auction at 10 a.m., followed by a champagne lunch at noon. Ticket donations for the luncheon are $125 each. Table sponsorships (10 seats) are available for $1,250.

To register, go to swimacrossthesound.org orcall 203-576-5451.

Saturday, Oct. 25

Pet adoption event — Trumbull Animal Shelter, 324 Church Hill Road, will be hosting an adoption event from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at the shelter. Come check out the dogs and cats/kittens available for adoption.

History Ablaze Halloween Bash — Trumbull Historical Society’s History Ablaze Halloween Bash from 6-9 p.m. Spook-tacular event will feature a town-wide Jack O‘ Lantern contest and display of carved pumpkins, true tales of Trumbull’s haunted history with live storytellers, face painting and festive fall refreshments. Admission: $5 per person. Free admission with each carved pumpkin. Costumes are encouraged. For any questions, call THS at 203-377-6620 or e-mail Trumbullhistory@gmail.com. For more information, visit trumbulltimes.com.

Bink-A-Thon — Benefit to create binkets (comfort blankets) for children born with chronic or terminal illnesses. Held 12-4 p.m. at Christ the King Church, 4700 Madison Ave., Trumbull. Information: ctbinky@gmail.com.

Sunday, Oct. 26

Halloween parade and contest — Nichols Improvement Association (NIA) Halloween parade and Jack-O-Lantern contest at 3 p.m. The Nichols Fire Department truck will lead the marchers from the Nichols United Methodist Church parking lot around the NIA green to the front of the Starkweather House for awards and refreshments. Prizes will be awarded for funniest, prettiest, most original, and scariest in each age group: Infant-preschool, K-2nd and 3rd-6th grade. Costume design by the children is encouraged and will be taken into account during the judging. Contact Heidi Gamma at hsgamma@yahoo.com or Annie Muoio frankmuoio@sbcglobal.net to volunteer. For the Jack-O-Lantern contest, all decorated pumpkins should be brought to the NIA Starkweather House by 2:45 p.m. Name and age should be printed on paper and attached to the bottom of the pumpkin.

Monday, Oct. 27

Bonsai presentation — Todd Hansen will be the featured speaker when the Long Hill Garden Club meets  at the Trumbull Library. Hansen’s presentation “Bonsai, Illusion vs. Reality,” will prove that Bonsai is not difficult. The meeting begins at 11:30 a.m., and the program will start at 12:45 p.m. For more information, contact Leslie at 203-892-5644.

RESCHEDULED Mohegan Sun Bus Trip — Rescheduled date from Oct. 27, St. Theresa’s Seniors will sponsor a Mohegan Sun bus trip on Monday, Nov. 17. Price: $30 includes $15 toward food and $20 in slots. The bus will leave from the parking lot behind St. Theresa Church at 10 a.m. For reservations call Rosemarie at 203-268-6992.


Thursday, Oct. 30

Demo on Google Glasses – The Trumbull Computer Club will hold it’s monthly meeting at 7 p.m., in the Trumbull Library. The speaker will be Heather Staines., demonstrating the new Google Glasses. The meeting is free and light refreshments will be served.

Saturday, Nov. 1

Holiday Happening fair — The Long Hill Children's Center will be holding a Holiday Happening with mostly all local businesses. Come get a jump on your holiday shopping while supporting local businesses at 6358 Main St., in Trumbull , from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission, great raffle prizes. Each shopper gets one free raffle ticket.

Household hazardous waste collection — There will be a household hazardous waste collection for residents of Trumbull, Easton and Monroe from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Indian Ledge Park, 307 Indian Ledge Park Dr. A Connecticut driver’s license is required. Items to bring include oil-based paints, varnishes, pesticides, insecticides and pool chemicals. Do not bring latex paint (can be solidified and thrown in the garbage), alkaline batteries, motor oil, antifreeze and asbestos products. For a complete list, of what to bring, what not to bring and how to transport materials safely, visit trumbull-ct.gov.

Sunday, Nov. 2

Historic nature hike — The Trumbull Historical Society, in partnership with the Trumbull Nature Center, historic nature hike , meeting at Old Mine Park. The hike will begin at noon and explore Parlor Rock Park, Indian Ledge Park and Old Mine Park in that order. Visit the site of the Parlor Rock Amusement Park, an ancient Native American cliff shelter, the ruins of the Radcliffe knit mill and explore the remnants of an old tungsten mining operation. Hikers should dress appropriately, wear suitable footwear and bring a water bottle and snack.

Monday, Nov. 3

Trumbull Woman’s Club meet — Trumbull Woman’s Club regular monthly meeting at 11 a.m., in the Community Room of the Trumbull Library. After the business meeting, a mini-fund-raiser pizza-and-salad luncheon with dessert costing $10 will be served. Reservations for the luncheon must be made in advance by calling Marcie at 203-261-2882 no later than Monday, Oct. 27. At 12:30 p.m., Beth Saboe Mollo will present her program, Be There Travel. Please bring non-perishable food items for the Food Bank.

Club members will be providing assistance during the 7th annual Clothesline Project at the park on the grounds of the library from Friday, Oct. 24-Friday, Oct. 31. They will also assist in providing refreshments at the Vigil in the Community Room of the Library on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. This project seeks to inform the public about the need to eliminate family violence.

Members are reminded to bring baked goods to the library for the Bake Sale and Raffle on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call Marcie at 203-261-2882.


Monday, Nov. 3

Get lost for a cause — Get lost at Plasko’s Farm for a good cause. This year, each trip through the Connecticut’s Corsair Corn Maze, 670 Daniels Farm Road, will generate $1 for St. Vincent’s Swim Across the Sound. Since the first corn maze in 2001, the Plasko’s have donated more than $90,000 to the “Swim.” Last year, the maze attracted more than 5,000 visitors. The maze is cut into four acres of cornfields in 12 feet high corn by a maze designer from Iowa, using a GPS for navigation. After the maze is cut, workers clear the one and one half miles of paths and rope them off. The object of the maze is to find 6 stations marked on your card, and located on posts, punch your card and then find the way out. There will be “corn cops” on hand to help people locate the nearest exit. Open to the public Fridays from 3 p.m. to dusk; Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 10 a.m. to dusk until Monday, Nov. 3. Schools, organizations and groups of 12 or more may book a time slot from Monday to Friday at 2 p.m. Call or email plaskosfarm@aol.com for rates and bookings. For more information, call the farm at 203-268-2716, or log onto plaskosfarm@aol.com.

Tuesday, Nov. 4

‘Tiffany Cow’ artist — CT Classic Arts to feature ‘Tiffany Cow’ artist Adele Moros.  An artist and teacher for 25 years will paint a watercolor scene with a waterfall in the Trumbull Library Community Room. There will be a Meet and Greet and Eat at 1 p.m., with the program at 1:30.  The meeting is open to the public with a $4 fee.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) — TOPS, a non-profit organization, has a new chapter in Trumbull. The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 10:30 a.m., at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1734 Huntington Tpke., next door to Fairchild Nichols Memorial Library. Membership is $28 per year which includes a monthly magazine; weekly dues are $2. For more information, call Jo-Ann Minishi at 203-268-6282.

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

Thursday, Nov. 6

Wine and beer tasting — The annual Trumbull Rotary Wine and Beer Tasting event at 5:30 p.m., at the Tashua Knolls Restaurant. Guests will enjoy a wide array of wines from Stepney Wines, select craft beers and a selection of hors d’oeurves. All proceeds from this year’s event will go to the Center for Family Justice, a local organization that provides counselling, advocacy and support for victims of domestic violence and abuse. For more information and to register, select Events at TrumbullRotary.org.

Friday, Nov. 7

Open house at Agriscience Center — An open house for 8th graders from Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Milford, Monroe, Orange, Shelton, Stratford and Trumbull is being held at the Trumbull Regional Agriscience and Biotechnology Center located at Trumbull High School. Eighth graders and their parents will learn about the Regional four-year high school program specializing in animal science, floral and landscaping design, biotechnology, equine science, natural resources and much more. You are welcome to attend during one of the following sessions: 5:30-6:30 p.m. or 7-8 p.m., at the Agriscience Center at 536 Daniels Farm Road. For more information, call 452-4200.

Lions Club Wine Tasting event — Old favorites and exotic new varieties of wines, as well as some microbrew beers, available for sampling, savoring and selecting at the 13th annual Trumbull Center Lions Club Wine Tasting from 6:30-9 p.m. The event, which is being coordinated by Bottom Line Liquors, will feature the wares of more than 20 wineries. It will take place at the St. Catherine of Siena Family Center, 210 Shelton Road, Trumbull. Wines ordered that night will arrive in time for holiday gift giving, home entertaining and your personal pleasure. $25 donation includes hot and cold hors d'oeuvres provided by Vazzi's and desserts. Proceeds of the event will benefit the Lions' many community and humanitarian service projects and will provide funding for eye research to prevent blindness. Tickets at Bottom Line Liquor on Quality St. or Mark at 203-452-7385, Tom at 203-268-7306 or at the door.

Tuesday, Nov. 11

Honor our Veterans — The veterans of American Legion Post 141 and VFW Post 10059 join with Trumbull’s education community to celebrate Veterans Day at 8:30 a.m., in the Trumbull High School auditorium, 72 Strobel Road. Veterans of Trumbull and surrounding towns are encouraged to attend; there will be refreshments for veterans and their guests in the auditorium lobby beginning at 7:30 a.m. Join with our veterans in honoring those who have served, and continue to serve in war and in peace, to preserve the freedom we enjoy as Americans. For more information, call Veterans’ Day Chairman, George Areson, at 203-913-1276.

Monday, Nov. 17

RESCHEDULED Mohegan Sun Bus Trip — Rescheduled date from Oct. 27, St. Theresa’s Seniors will sponsor a Mohegan Sun bus trip on Monday, Nov. 17. Price: $30 includes $15 toward food and $20 in slots. The bus will leave from the parking lot behind St. Theresa Church at 10 a.m. For reservations call Rosemarie at 203-268-6992.

Tuesday, Dec. 2

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


Pilates classes — Regular pilates class runs Wednesdays, 9 a.m.; Pre-natal pilates class, Wednesdays, 10 a.m., at the NIA Starkweather House, 1773 Huntington Turnpike, Trumbull; $10/class NIA members; $12/class non-members. To register, email pilatesft@gmail.com.

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.

Seeking gardens — The Nichols Garden Club is seeking gardens to be part of their Garden Tour for the summer of 2015. The Garden Tour funds a scholarship program awarded to Trumbull High School seniors who plan to major in environmental sciences or horticulture. It is vitally important to the scholarship fund to keep the garden tour going. If you have a nice garden, either flower, vegetable or herb, or any combination of these and are willing to open your garden for a worthy tour, contact Carole Hans at 203-727-5108 or chans@earthlink.net.

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.

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

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.