Spotlight listing of upcoming events
Sunday, May 15
Bike ride through the Valley — Trumbull Historian, Sue A. DelBianco, will host an annual historical bike ride on Sunday, May 15, at 11 a.m. Meeting will be at the commuter parking lot on Tait Road in Trumbull. Admission is free. DelBianco will bring cyclists along the rail-trail where a railroad was once housed, promoting industry and linking the communities. Along the rail-trail, Sue will show the cyclists many historical points-of-interest: A foundation of an ice house and a knit mill, a cow tunnel, a fountain pool from Parlor Rock Amusement park, site of a train wreck in 1901, site of a plane crash in World War II, an Indian Ledge, which Indians used as shelter during hunting and fishing seasons and Hannah Crannah's gravesite and much more. Any questions, e-mail .
Fund-raising car wash — From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, located right on 6523 Main St., (across from Marissa's), is hosting a car wash fund-raiser for Sunshine Kids, an organization dedicated to children with cancer. We need 10-15 volunteers to hold posters and wash cars. All volunteers should contact me at .
Effective May 15
Park stickers now available — Trumbull Parks and Recreation Department has announced that 2016 park stickers are now available at 5892 Main St., during regular business hours. Park stickers are available to Trumbull residents at no charge. A copy of the current motor vehicle registration is required. Non-residents may purchase a park sticker for $112. The 2016 park stickers will be required for all Trumbull parks properties effective Sunday, May 15.
Wednesday, May 18
Men’s Garden Club meeting — 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. Special guest speaker on May 18 will be Lee Ganim, That Garden Guy. The club welcomes beginner gardeners and anyone with an interest in gardening, plants, landscaping, etc. Call Joe 203-339-2701 or Art 203-261-9771.
Thursday, May 19
Farmers Market opens — The Trumbull Farmers Market will open on Thursday, May 19, 3:30-6:30 p.m., with most of the same vendors returning as well as a few new ones. Also, there are some guest vendors. It will take place Thursdays at the Nichols Improvement Association, 1773 Huntington Tpke., in Trumbull.
Saturday, May 21
Pet adoption day — The Trumbull Animal Group (TAG) will hold a pet adoption day on Saturday, May 21, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Trumbull Animal Shelter, 324 Church Hill Road.
Come visit the dogs and cats available for adoption. They will also have a bake sale and will be selling Trumbull Animal Group t-shirts.
Document shredding event — Trumbull Community Women will once again sponsor a document shredding event to be held from 9 a.m.-noon, at the Trumbull Nature & Arts Center, 7115 Main St. The event has proved popular 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. The event is free and is being offered as a community service by Trumbull Community Women, whose slogan is RElove Trumbull. REdiscover our town. For more information, contact Lucille at 203-459-0371 or visit trumbullcommunitywomen.org.
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 is Friday, May 27. For more information, call 203-452-5065.
Monday, May 30-
Pay tribute to honor memory of loved one — Show your patriotism this Memorial Day through July 4th. Purchase a US Flag which will be flown along Main Street in Trumbull. Each sponsor will be recognized in the Trumbull Times and social media. You can choose to add your own name or pay tribute to honor the memory of a loved one or friend. The cost of each US Flag is $50. Checks should be made payable to the Town of Trumbull and can be mailed to Town of Trumbull, Attn: Barbara Whetstone, 5866 Main St., Trumbull, CT 06611. Include with your check how you would like name to read in Trumbull Times and social media sites. For example: In Memory of John Smith, US Army. Questions can be directed to Barbara Whetstone at 203-452-5005.
Saturday, June 4
Rabies clinic/Dog licenses — A Rabies Clinic will be held from 10 a.m.-noon at the Trumbull Highway Department, 366 Church Hill Road. Must bring a rabies certificate of prior vaccination to receive a 3-year vaccination. $20 cash only for rabies vaccination. Dogs must be on leashes’ cats in carriers. Call the Trumbull Animal Shelter for more information at 203-452-5088. Also, the Town Clerk will be at the Town Hall to sell dog licenses; $8 for altered dogs/$19 for unaltered dogs from 9 a.m.-noon.
Monday, June 6
Golf outing — Trumbull Rotary Golf Outing at Tashua Knolls Golf Course. This year's event kicks off their 50th anniversary celebration and features food, beverages and a fun-filled day. All proceeds benefit community service that helps seniors, students, veterans and the hungry. For details, go to TrumbullRotary.com or emailTrumbullRotaryCT@gmail.com.
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: $99.00.
Thursday, July 14
Seeking gardens for garden tour — The Nichols Garden Club is searching for a few more gardens to add to their tour from 4 p.m. to dusk. They are seeking 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. If you have a garden that you are proud of, consider being on the tour. Proceeds of the tour fund an annual scholarship which benefits a graduating Trumbull High School senior. For more information, contact Karen Moyher at 203-380-2697.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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.