Spotlight listing of upcoming events
Friday, Dec. 5
Tree lighting — The Town of Trumbull will be holding their annual Holiday Tree Lighting at 6:30 p.m., at the Trumbull Town Hall. The Trumbull Center Lion’s Club will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Trumbull Food Pantry and will have collection boxes set up. There will be musical performances by the Madison Middle School Band and Coastal Chordsman A Capella Chorus, and Santa will be arriving on the Long Hill Fire Truck of Lights.
Friday and Saturday
Dec. 5 and 6
Holiday Boutique — The Nichols Garden Club is preparing for its annual Holiday Boutique which will take place Friday, Dec. 5, from noon-8 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Starkweather House, 1773 Huntington Tpke, in the Nichols area of Trumbull. The club will have fresh decorated wreaths, fresh swags, fresh centerpieces and the ever popular mailbox covers. If anyone would like to reserve a mailbox cover, wreath, swag or centerpiece, contact Martha Lomax at 203-375 8641.
Saturday, Dec. 6
Jingle Bell Run — The 25th annual Jingle Bell Run will be held at the Nichols United Methodist Church in Trumbull. For more information and to register, visit niajinglebellrun.com. For sponsorship or volunteering, e-mail Fred Palmieri at email@example.com.
Holiday Open House — City Line Florist first Holiday Open House from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., launching their new gift shop. It will include holiday arrangements and floral demos, Christmas wreaths, boxwood trees, and Poinsettia plants; gifts including hostess gifts, candles, scout bags, serving plates, frames, jewelry, ornaments, and more. The Local Meatball foodtruck will be in the parking lot with food available for purchase, Sweet Rexie’s cut fruit delights, and raffle prizes all day. Drop off kid’s letters to Santa.
Holiday House Tour — The Trumbull Historical Society annual Holiday House Tour from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This self-guided tour includes five beautiful homes decked out in seasonal decor by local florists, plus a special exhibit at Nichols United Methodist Church. Also, you are invited back to the Trumbull Historical Society to view the holiday exhibits and partake of light refreshments. Save $5 on advance tickets by mail. Print and fill out the ticket reservation form at trumbulltimes.com or trumbullhistory.org, and make checks payable to Trumbull Historical Society, and mail to P.O. Box 312, Trumbull, CT 06611. Tickets ordered by mail can be picked up at the Historical Society Museum, 1856 Huntington Tpke., Trumbull, between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on the day of the tour. Tickets can also be purchased at The Town Clerk’s office in the Trumbull Town Hall, Flourishes Gift Shop at 5665 Main St., and City Line Florist, 2978 Nichols Ave.; both in Trumbull. Tickets purchased day of are $30. Snow date is the following day, Sunday, Dec. 7. Call 203-377-6620, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit trumbullhistory.org.
Saturday, Dec. 6 and
Sunday, Dec. 7
Holiday Craft Fair — The Trumbull Agriscience Center is hosting their annual holiday craft fair and plant sale from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Trumbull Agriscience Center at Trumbull High School, 536 Daniels Farm Road. This event showcases a variety of arts and craft vendors from the local area, as well as holiday plants and wreaths grown by the students in the Agriscience greenhouses.
Saturday, Dec. 6-
Tuesday, Dec. 23
Christmas Village — Bridgeport P.A.L. will hold opening day festivities for their Christmas Village on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 12:30 p.m.
The Christmas Village, located at Bridgeport P.A.L Complex, 2 Quarry Road, (below the Bow Tie Theaters) will be open daily from 1-8 p.m. Visit Santa Claus, enjoy displays and visit the gift shop. Infants and children to age 11 will receive a gift from Santa. Admission is $2 per person; photo with Santa is $10. For more information, call 203-576-7604 or email email@example.com.
Through Dec. 7
Holiday Shop — The Holiday Shop at Trumbull High School’s Agriscience and Biotechnology Center, 536 Daniels Farm Road is now open. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily; with additional hours on Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. There will also be a Craft & Holiday Boutique on Dec. 6 and 7. The sale features wreaths, poinsettias, and other plants. Most items are grown or made by the students. For further information, call 452-4200.
Sunday, Dec. 7
Holiday Movie Night and Food Drive — Sponsored by the Trumbull Youth Department. The movie Frozen will be shown at Madison Middle School, 4630 Madison Ave. at 3 p.m. Free admission. Please bring a non-perishable food item or donation for the Trumbull Food Pantry. Concessions will be available. All proceeds will benefit the Trumbull Food Pantry. For more information, call 203-452-5032.
Monday, Dec. 8 deadline
Letters from Santa/Frosty — Trumbull Community Women is offering personalized letters from either Santa or Frosty the Snowman. Each letter is written on special holiday paper and is available for a $5 donation, and since there are 10 different letters, each child can receive a different message. Requests must be received by Monday, Dec. 8, to ensure delivery the week before Christmas. The application for the letters is available at both libraries and on the group’s website, trumbullcommunitywomen.org.
Tuesday, Dec. 9
CT Classic Arts to meet in the Trumbull Library Community room, featuring Denise Susalka who will produce an acrylic still life. A luncheon will begin at 12:30 p.m., followed by the program at 1:30. The artist has lived and traveled abroad and brings those experiences to her art. Her studio is located at the Nest Arts Factory where she was recently a featured artist on the Bridgeport Art Trail. Her work has been displayed in galleries throughout Connecticut. The meeting is open to the public for a donation of $4. For luncheon reservations contact Sarah Turechek at 203-268-2995.
Saturday, Dec. 13
Fill a Firetruck Toy Drive — The Long Hill Volunteer Fire Department will be holding its annual “Fill a Firetruck” toy drive, from 10 a.m.- 7 p.m., at Long Hill Fire Department Station #3, 4229 Madison Ave. (located 1⁄4 north of the Trumbull Mall). Bring an unwrapped toy to benefit Trumbull Social Services and Yale Children’s Hospital. Visit your local firefighters, see the famous decorated fire truck, take a picture with Santa and much more.
TOPS meetings — TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) Trumbull Chapter meetings are held every Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 1734 Huntington Tpke., next door to Fairchild Nichols Memorial Library. Call Jo-Ann Minishi 203-268-6282 for more information or just show.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 still searching for a few more gardens to add to its tour which takes place the second week in July, 2015, from 4 p.m.-dusk. If you have a lovely or interesting garden, consider being on the tour. It is for a worthy cause, a scholarship for a Trumbull High School senior. Your garden need not be large and look for a variety of styles, including vegetable gardens, organic gardens, perennial gardens, Japanese style gardens or any garden with pretty features, such as a pond, a fountain, a pool , a pergola or outdoor kitchen, etc. If you have such a garden, or you know someone who does, contact Carole Hans at 203-372-4105.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 a.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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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; email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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/; email@example.com; 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.