What's happening in Trumbull this week - listings

Saturday and Sunday

March 16 and 17

Guest preacher — Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17, Trinity Episcopal Church, 1734 Huntington Tpke., will host Sister Eleanor Francis, Mother Superior at the Convent of the Community of St. John the Baptist in Mendham , NJ. She will conduct a retreat for the Parish Vestry on Saturday and preach the sermons at the 8 and 10 a.m. services on Sunday. The public is invited to either of the Sunday services and to meet Sister Eleanor during the coffee hour after each service.

Sunday, March 17, 24

Exhibit — The Trumbull Historical Society is partnering once again with the Trumbull Library’s One Book One Town program, who has chosen the book Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, the evolution of Apple Inc. through advertisements dating from 1977-2013.

Additionally, the Historical Society has created a new exhibit featuring household items used for cooking, cleaning and electronic entertainment. See how advances in household technology has changed the lives of American families.

View from 2-4 p.m., Trumbull Historical Society, 1856 Huntington Turnpike.

Saturday, March 23 and

Sunday, March 24

Fund-raising mulch sale — Trumbull High School Ice Hockey program fund-raising mulch sale. Orders must be received by Wednesday, March 20. Three-cubic-foot bag of cedar mulch is $6 per bag, with a three bag minimum order; choice of brown, black or red. Nine bags equals one cubic yard. Free curbside delivery for Trumbull residents only. Make checks payable to: Power Play Club, and mail to 929 White Plains Road, Box 410, Trumbull, CT 06611. Order forms available at trumbullps.org/THS. For more information, call 203-449-5743.

Sunday, March 24

Easter Egg Hunt — St Joseph High School Alumni Council, 2320 Huntington Tpke., is sponsoring their annual event, from 2-4 p.m. Egg hunt at 3 p.m., sharp. Join the Easter Bunny, the fire department’s “Touch a Truck,” and a visit from the Trumbull Police Department. Glitter-Toos, games, popcorn and raffles also available. Registration required, last year was a sell out. More information at sjcadets.org Alumni Special Events page or call 203-378-9378, x325.

Tuesday, April 2

Club seeks new members — 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.

Through Friday, April 5

Artwork on display — The works of Carol Racchio are on display at the Town Hall Gallery, 5866 Main St. Racchio is a self taught artist from Orange, working in drawing, oil painting, water color, portraiture and print making, expressing her ideas in monotype prints.

To show at the gallery, contact the Arts office at 203-452-5065.

Friday, April 5

A Big Night Out — Trumbull Early Childhood Education Center (TECEC) PTO announced the return of its third annual fund-raiser, 6-10 p.m, at the McClinch Family Center, 190 Shelton Road, Trumbull. Advance tickets are available via PayPal at https://sites.google.com/site/tececptoabno or by contacting abnotickets@gmail.com, $20/person; hors d’oeuvres. cash bar and boutique-shopping from 50+ specialty vendors. More than 100 raffle and silent auction prizes. Open to the public, 21 years and over. Tickets will also be available at the door for $25/person.

Saturday, April 6

Compost bin sale — Garden Gourmet compost bins and Green Cone Digesters are available for sale to Trumbull residents. The compost bins are $30 and the digesters are $50. Pre-ordering and pre-payment is required and pick-up will be Saturday, April 6, at the Trumbull Nature and Arts Center, 7115 Main St. For an order form and more information, visit trumbull-ct.gov or contact Robin Bennett at 203-452-5056 or email at rbennett@trumbull-ct.gov.

Sundays, April 7, 14, 21, 28

Live longer and get stronger with happy, healthy habits — Seniors and those who love them are invited to attend a four week series at Grace Episcopal Church to meet others, have some fun and hear inspiring stories by adopting a variety of happy, healthy habits.  Held in the Lewis Hall Meeting Room at Grace Church, 5958 Main St. Come to one or all sessions.  Call Maryann at 203-268-2809 to register.  Suggested donation: $3 per session.

Sunday, April 7

Walk to help fight Lyme disesase — Fight against Lyme and other tick-borne diseases at the fifth annual Walk/Run to Bite Back For a Cure on behalf of the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance on Sunday, April 7, rain or shine at Sherwood Island State Park, Westport. Registration and check in begins at 9:30 a.m. Includes 5K and 10K run, and 1 1/2 mile and 3-mile walk within the park. Early registration fees are $25/person and $70/family. Guaranteed free T-shirt with early registration by March 15. Onsite registration fees: $35/person and $80/family. For more information, to volunteer and to register, visit tbdalliance.org/walks; Orna Grand, 203-454-4024; ornag55@gmail.com.

Through Thursday, April 11

Artwork on display — Fourteen students from Sacred Heart University, will exhibit their artwork at The Watermark, 3030 Park Ave., Bridgeport, including Vincent Ramaglia of Trumbull, until Thursday, April 11.

The art gallery is open to the public Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Through Tuesday, April 16

Long Hill Garden Club — The club is offering one $1,000 scholarship to a resident of Trumbull who is graduating from high school and planning to major in one of the following fields: botany, conservation, ecology, environmental science, forestry, horticulture, landscape design, land management and/or related subjects. Applications, letter of requirements available at each area high school’s guidance office. For further information, call 261-3945 or email Anng.natureandarts@charter.net. Completed application must be received by the club’s Scholarship Chairman, Ann Germano, 30 Natalie Rd., Trumbull, CT, 06611 by Tuesday, April 16.

Saturday, April 20

History for Children — Trumbull Historical Society, 1856 Huntington Tpke., children ages seven and up, to learn about Nero Hawley, Trumbull’s Revolutionary War Hero, 2 p.m. Nero Hawley went from a slave to a solider in Washington’s army, to a free man. There will be crafts that will help you learn more about Hawley’s life. Cost: $5 for members; $10 for non-members. Email Trumbullhistory@gmail.com to register. For more information, call 377-6620.

Document shredding event — Trumbull Community Women is sponsoring a document shredding event, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Trumbull Nature & Arts Center, 7115 Main St., available both for residents wanting to safely discard old files and tax returns, and businesses that have large quantities of information that need to be disposed of safely and securely. Free, and is being offered as a community service by Trumbull Community Women. For more information, contact Ricki at 203-247-3812. The group’s website is trumbullcommunitywomen.org.


April 22-27

Tidy Up Trumbull — Trumbull Community Women has announced the annual event that gives town residents the opportunity to make a difference in beautifying parks, trails, roadsides and parking areas, will be held this year the week of Earth Day and Arbor Day. More than 100 residents come forward to participate, including scouts, town and civic organizations, teens needing community service hours, school groups, sports teams, church youth groups, families and Trumbull businesses. All volunteers are welcome and appreciated. Anyone wishing to participate or have questions, call Monica Leggett at 203-209-5462, or email CoachMonicaLeggett@gmail.com.

Through Monday, May 27

Memorial Day Parade Committee — Seeking volunteers to honor our fallen heroes by coordinating participation in our Memorial Day parade. The primary focus is to encourage local schools, youth groups and organizations to participate in the parade and related activities. For more information or to volunteer, contact Committee Chairman George Areson, at 203-261-6874.

Saturday, June 1

Household Hazardous Waste Day — 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Indian Ledge Park. Help to Reduce, Re-use and Recycle. For more information, contact Robin Bennett, Recycling Coordinator, at 203-452-5056 or rbennett@trumbull-ct.gov.

Wednesday, July 10

Upcoming trip — St. Theresa’s Seniors are sponsoring the following trip. Call Kathy for reservations, 203-268-8256. Little Italy in Providence, R.I. Trip included’s Scallo’s Bakery known for their bread and pastry. Lunch at Gepetto’s Pizzeria, five course meal, Stroll Venda’s Ravioli Emporium to shop for fine Italian foods. To complete the day with a riding tour of Providence . Price $75; payment due by June 1.

Tuesday, Sept. 24

Upcoming trip — St. Theresa’s Seniors are sponsoring the following trip. Call Kathy for reservations, 203-268-8256. Tuesday Sept. 24 — Grand Oak Villa, Performer Vincent Talarico; Included’s family style lunch and wine on every table. Price $77.

Thursday, Nov. 14

Upcoming trip — St. Theresa’s Seniors are sponsoring the following trip. Call Kathy for reservations, 203-268-8256. Westchester Broadway Theatre; Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, includes pre-show lunch. Price $90. Deposit $25 by April 16; balance of $65 by Sept. 17.


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. If you are interested in an adoptable pet, visit the Trumbull Animal Shelter at 324 Church Hill Road. To become a member of TAG, make a donation, have any time to volunteer, or looking for an up-to-date listing of adoptable pets, visit tag.petfinder.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, The Corner Deli, Minuteman Cleaners, Guacamole Grill and Mackenzie’s Pharmacy.

Middlebrook Farms of Trumbull Caregiver Support Group — For families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, held the first Saturday of each month at 2750 Reservoir Ave., from 1:30-3:30 p.m.  Open to the public. RSVP to Lidia Ayala at 203-268-2400 or email layala@benchmarkquality.com.

New drop-off location; 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 8pm at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1734 Huntington Tpke. Alateen helps teens age 12 -20  and also  meets Thursday @8pm at Trinity Episcopal Church. There are no dues or fees to participate. For information, call 1-888-825-2666. Vvisit ct-al-anon.org. A free publication is available at Al-AnonFamilyGroups.org.

Trumbull Arts Festival — The 35th annual Trumbull Arts Festival Committee is now accepting applications for the juried Arts and Crafts as well as the Literary Competition. The Literary Competition 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. Visit trumbull-ct.gov/arts to download applications. For further information, call Emily Areson at the Arts office at 203-452-5065.

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.

Children’s book drive — Jane Ryan Elementary School is collecting new or gently used children’s books to be donated to Read to Grow, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting early literacy. The book drive will be held all year long and a collection box will be located in front of the media center.

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.

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. Eight-week evening class is 7:30-8:30 p.m., $60, residents only.

Seeking gardens for tour — The Nichols Garden Club is planning next summer’s Garden Tour after this year’s record-breaking attendance and seeking anyone who is interested in showing their garden or knows of anyone who has a lovely garden, to contact Carole Hans at either 203-372-4105 or at carole.hans@nmfn.com. The date for the tour is set for July 11.

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 Saturday of each month from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Open to the public. RSVP to Lidia Ayala at 203-268-2400 or e-mail layala@benchmarkquality.com.

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.

Hebrew School — Talmud Torah, the Hebrew school of Congregation B’nai Torah, 5700 Main St., is accepting applications for the 2012-2013 school year. Open to Jewish children in kindergarten through grade 8. Classes meet Sundays and Tuesdays. Call 203-268-6940 weekdays or leave a message.

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.

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.

Donations to animal shelter — Anyone interested in donating, the Trumbull Animal Shelter is in need of the following items for the animals at the shelter: clay litter, dry cat food (any brand), and dog toys for strong chewers (for example, Kongs). Donations can be dropped off at the shelter, located at 324 Church Hill Road. Visit the animals up for adoption or call 203-452-5088 for more information.

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.

Monday night bingo — Monday nights, Congregation B’nai Torah, 5700 Main St., Trumbull; doors open at 6, games, 7; Special games available, as well as progressive jackpot and door prizes in an air conditioned, non-smoking facility. 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.

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.

Preschool registration — Congregation B’nai Torah Nursery School, 5700 Main St. Toddler class meets Tuesday and Thursday from 9-11/11:30 a.m. Class for 3-year-olds meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon; and class for the 4-year-olds meets daily from 9 a.m. to noon. There is a lunch bunch option, noon to 1 p.m., and special enrichment classes in drama, science, art, cooking, and physical fitness are offered from 1-1:55 p.m.

For a tour of the school or more information, call school director, Joan Watnick at 203-268-0227 or visit bnaitorahct.org/nursery.

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 program — Local chapter of Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based program with a complete curriculum for those with addictions meets every Friday, 7-9 p.m., White Oak Baptist Church, 5344 Main St., Stratford; 203-381-0559.

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.

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

Quota International of New Haven — Service club focusing on the deaf and disadvantaged women and children, meets first Thursday of the month, 6, The Graduate Club, 155 Elm St., New Haven; 203-732-3200; quotainternationalofnewhaven.org.

Volunteers needed — The Interfaith Caring Connections Program facilitated by Jewish Family Service, seeks volunteers to help seniors in the Greater Bridgeport area with medical transportation, grocery shopping, friendly visits and telephone reassurance calls. Donate an hour a week; 203-366-5438, Ext. 219.

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.