What's happening in town - Spotlight listings

Now through Saturday, May 10

Mother's Day plant sale — will be held at the Trumbull Agriscience Center, 536 Daniels Farm Road, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and will feature plants grown by the Agriscience students.

Thursday, May 8

Being ‘Pet Prepared’ — Are you “Pet Prepared” for an emergency in your home or a disaster in your town? At 6:30 p.m., in the Trumbull Library Community Room, a presentation by Jon Nowinski, Director of Operations, CT Emergency Animal Response Service (EARS), will discuss how you can be better prepared for emergencies that affect your animals. There will be handouts with helpful tips, supply checklists, and discuss some of the emergency situations that could happen here in Connecticut. Registration is requested at trumbullct-library.org or contact the library at 203-452-5197 for more information.

Friday, May 9

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo — Fiesta del Norte, an interactive Mariachi band on at The Center, 23 Priscilla Place, at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Trumbull Arts, the band performs traditional Mexican folk and popular music on authentic instruments. Cabaret seating, bring your own refreshments. Cost is $5/ticket. For more information, call 203-452-5065.

Saturday, May 10

Farm Fair — A Farm Fair will be held at the Trumbull Agriscience Center, 536 Daniels Farm Road from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and includes The fair will include petting zoo, tractor rides, children’s games, bouncy house and a variety of refreshments. This event also showcases cash and carry arts and craft vendors from the local area, as well as Mother’s Day plants that have been grown in the Agriscience greenhouses. Fun for the whole family.

Tuesday, May 13

Attracting Wildlife to your Garden with Native Plants — The Nichols Garden club monthly meeting at the NIA House , 1773 Huntington Tpke., at 7 p.m. The topic will be Attracting Wildlife to your Garden with Native Plants. A slide show and discussion will be presented by Andy Brand from Broken Arrow Nursery, followed by a meeting in which the nominating committee shall present its slate of officers to be voted on the by the membership. Anyone interested in attending, contact Carole Hans at 203-727-8705.

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

Open house — 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.

Family Fun Day — Meet your local emergency service providers at Trumbull EMS, 250 Middlebrook Ave., from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Bring the kids, play games, win prizes, and learn hand-only CPR and first aid for pets. Take advantage of car seat safety checks and child-friendly 911 practice phones. Come touch-an-emergency truck and experience Trumbull Police’s intoxication simulation ‘beer goggles,” and Conn. State Police’s motor vehicle accident simulator, The Convincer. In addition, Trumbull EMS will be hosting on-site mammogram screenings. The SWIM imaging center of St. Vincent’s Medical Center will be bringing their mobile mammography unit to Trumbull EMS. The digital mobile mammography coach is equipped with a waiting area and two changing rooms, and privacy with the state-of-the-art digital technology. Call 203-576-5500 to schedule an appointment.

Mammography screenings — Digital mammography screenings, by appointment only at Trumbull EMS, 250 Middlebrook Ave., from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Need to bring referral from your physician and your insurance card. Free mammograms for those without insurance, financial limitations and who qualify. To schedule an appointment, call 203-576-5500.

Wednesday, May 21

Men’s Garden Club — Greater Bridgeport Men’s Garden Club is meeting at the Sterling House, 2283 Main St., Stratford, at 7 p.m. Members meet on the third Wednesday of each month to discuss various gardening issues, share in Plant Swaps, speaker presentations, and more. The Club welcomes beginner gardeners and anyone with an interest in gardening, plants, landscaping, etc. Nominal annual dues are $20. Call Joe at 203-339-2701 or Art at 203-261-9771.

Thursday, May 22

Roast beef dinner — Hosted by Stratford Knights of Columbus St James Council #2370, a roast beef dinner at 6:30 p.m., 2252 Main St. Admission is $10 at the door. Open to members and their guests. Menu includes roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, bread and butter, wine, soft drinks, coffee, tea and dessert. Reservation required by calling Chip Krafnick at 203-375-8930 by Monday, May 19; do not call after 7 p.m. Bring a canned good or other non-perishable food item for K of C Food for Families Drive.

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.

Month of May

Fund-raiser — To honor the “dedicated and invaluable” teachers of Monroe, Monroe chiropractor Sharon Weicman will be donating her time and services  for the month of May — Teacher Appreciation Month. Weicman’s practice will donate 100% of its proceeds to benefit Masuk High School and its programs. For a comprehensive consultation/evaluation (including a computerized, non-invasive analysis of the nerve and musculoskeletal systems, digital foot scan, x-rays if needed and a report of findings), services regularly cost up to $525, they will be available for $25 during the month of May. For more information, call 203-261-1790.

Saturday, May 31,

Sunday, June 1

Auditions — The Trumbull Youth Association (TYA) Children of Eden  2014 summer musical.  Audition dates are Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1. Performance dates (two weekends) are July 31-Aug. 3, and Aug. 8-10.  More information on auditions, exact times and locations can be found on TYA's website, trumbullyouth.org.


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.

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.

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.

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.