By Friday, June 10
Literary competition — Writers from elementary grade 3 to adult of all ages are invited to submit previously unpublished works in the categories of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Once received, the entries are sorted and distributed to the panel of judges with the names of the authors removed for anonymity. All winning entries will be published in the 2016 edition of PENWORKS, the literary magazine of the Trumbull Arts Festival. Every year the winning writers have the pleasure of becoming published authors. The winners of the 2016 competition will be honored during the awards ceremony to be held in the Community Room of the Trumbull Library, 33 Quality St., on the day of the Trumbull Arts Festival, Sunday Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. Applications can be downloaded at , or on the Trumbull Arts Commission page. Deadline has been changed to Friday, June 10. For more information, call 203-452-5065.


Wednesday, June 15
The Greater Bridgeport Men's Garden Club is meeting at the Sterling House, 2283 Main St., Stratford, at 7 p.m. Members normally meet on the third Wednesday of each month to discuss various gardening issues, share in plant swaps, speaker presentations, etc.  The Club welcomes beginner gardeners and anyone with an interest in gardening, plants, landscaping, etc. For additional information, call Joe 203-339-2701 or Art 203-261-9771.


Saturday, June 18
Beer talk on tap at historical society — The Trumbull Historical Society will welcome Will Siss, author of Connecticut Beer: A History of Nutmeg State Brewing, for a beer talk at 4 p.m. Siss, who writes the Beer Snob column for the Waterbury Republican-American, will give a presentation on Connecticut's rich brewing tradition, from the Revolutionary times up until today. Following the talk, Tess and Mark Szamatulski of Veracious Brewing Company in Monroe, will pour samples of their beer and talk about the different beer styles. Admission is $3 for members; $5 for non-members. Space is extremely limited, so reserve your spot by calling 203-377-6620 or email: .

Comedy Night benefit — The Trumbull High School Golden Eagle Marching Band will have another town wide fundraiser at Marisa's Restaurant at 7 p.m. Tickets are limited and cost $50 each, including a full meal and a night of entertainment with four comedians — Courtney Fearrington, Lance Weiss, Brendan Fitzgibbons, and Meghan Hanley. All proceeds go to help defray the costs of travel and new uniforms for the marching band as they prepare for the Fiesta Bowl Parade on Dec. 31 and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in November 2017. In addition to Comedy Night, Marisa’s will host a silent auction. Must buy tickets in advance. Email staceykwieraga@hotmail.com or  for tickets.

Fishing Extravaganza — The Nichols Improvement Association (NIA),Fishing Extravaganza on their grounds, 1773 Huntington Tpke. Check in at 10:30 a.m.; fishing from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with awards/raffles at 2 p.m. Cost is $15 to cover the expense of stocking the pond. Fishing licenses are required for all fishermen 16 and older must have a Connecticut fishing license. Fishing licenses can be purchased at most bait and tackle shops, Bass Pro Shops or online. Fishing license for senior citizens are free. All children must be accompanied by a licensed carrying adult. Pre-register on the website at


Monday, June 27
Trip planned — Enjoy a great Lobsterfest which features broiled lobster, shrimp cocktail, clam chowder, wide variety of salads, pasta, meat dishes, desserts and beverage. After dining see a show Play It Again Sam, and after the play enjoy a Cabaret Show. $25 deposit upon reservation and balance May 20. Price: $99.


Monday, July 4
Reading of the Declaration of Independence on Trumbull Town Hall steps — Join friends and neighbors at the fifth annual Reading of the Declaration of Independence on the Trumbull Town Hall steps at 10 a.m. Sponsored by the Trumbull Arts Commission. This historic portrayal features citizen volunteers reading the Declaration. This year, John Adam's speaks to the Second Constitution Congress. This event is for the entire family, and Colonial costumes are encouraged. Bring your flags and your chairs. In case of rain, the reading will be held in the courtroom at Town Hall. For more information, call Emily Areson, Arts Office at 203-452-5065 or email arts@trumbull-ct.gov.


Thursday, July 14
Garden Tour — The Nichols Garden Club's annual Garden Tour will be held with five private gardens, available for the public to tour. The Nichols Garden Club in Trumbull, funds the scholarship with the proceeds from its annual Garden Tour. Tickets are available for $20, advance purchase through July 9, and $25 from July 10 through day of tour. For more information or for tickets, call Kathleen at 203-381- 0583.


Thursday, Sept. 15
Trip planned — Westchester Broadway Theatre, show "Saturday Night Fever;" pre-show lunch. Price :$100. Bus leaves from St. Theresa Church, 5301 Main St., in Trumbull. For reservations, call Kathy at 203-268-8256.


Thursday, Oct. 6
Trip planned — Essex Steam Train and Riverboat; three course lunch aboard restored 1920 Pullman Diner then a riverboat sightseeing excursion. Price: $90. Bus leaves from St. Theresa Church, 5301 Main St., in Trumbull. For reservations, call Kathy at 203-268-8256.


ONGOING
Trumbull Business Network — Trumbull Business Network is one of the longer running networking groups in Trumbull meeting every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m., at the Helen Plumb building on Church Hill Road. Visitors are welcome. For more information, visit trumbullbn.com.

Substance abuse support group — The Community Addiction & Recovery Education & Support (C.A.R.E.S.) Group provides a free, weekly drop-in support group for parents and other concerned family members whose loved ones are using or abusing mind-altering substances. The C.A.R.E.S. Group's mission is to provide education, support, access to resources, and hope for individuals and families struggling with substance abuse or addiction. C.A.R.E.S. meets every Tuesday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1734 Huntington Tpke., Trumbull, from 7-9 p.m. For additional locations and information, call 1-855-406-0246 or visit www.thecaresgroup.org.

Monday night bingo — Congregation B'nai Torah, 5700 Main St., Trumbull, hosts bingo on Monday evenings. Card sales begin at 6 p.m., and the games start at 7 p.m. Special games available, as well as a progressive jackpot and door prizes, in a nonsmoking facility. Public welcome. Call 203-268-6940 for more information.

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.

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.

Seeking volunteers/donations — The Trumbull Animal Group (TAG) is seeking volunteers, or if anyone would just like to make a donation, you can mail to P.O. Box 110090, Trumbull, CT 06611. To become a member, cost is $10 per year and you will be added to their email list and be involved in all activities throughout the year.

Networking group meets — Join Fairfield County Leads Exchange networking group for small business owners. They meet every Thursday from 7:30-8:30 a.m., at the Trumbull Nature & Arts Center, 7115 Main St. For information, call Jeffrey Kunkel 203-395-3944.

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, David Fife. Third Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Hosted at Middebrook Farms of Trumbull, 2750 Reservoir Ave., Trumbull. Call 203-268-2400 for more information or e-mail dfife@benchmarkquality.com.

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.

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 not put any rags, fabric scraps, pillows, toys, household goods or electronics in the shed. More information at gracetrumbull.org.

Sikorsky Retirees Friendship Club — Meets the second Friday of every month at 1 p.m., at St. Joseph National Catholic Church, 1300 Stratford Road, Lordship, in Stratford. Coffee and pastry at every meeting, and throughout the year, lunches, a picnic and a Christmas party. All of Sikorsky retirees and spouses can join. For more information, call Alton R. Donofrio at 203-380-1940.

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.

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.

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.

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.