Spotlight listing of upcoming events
Through Sunday, April 17
Rotary Carnival — The Trumbull Rotary Carnival takes place on the grounds of Hillcrest Middle School, with rides, food and fun for all. Ride-all-day Wristbands are available.
By Monday, April 18
Scholarship — The Trumbull Rotary Club applications are now being taken for the Len Germano Service-above-Self Scholarships. A total of $16,000 will be awarded to high school seniors who live in Trumbull. “Emphasis will be placed on participation in volunteer activities,” notes Rotary Club President Deborah Cox. “However, the committee will also consider academic performance and financial need.” The minimum scholarship is $1,000. Applications are available at the Trumbull Rotary website, TrumbullRotary.com. Select “Scholarships” under the About Rotary tab. The deadline for submission is Monday, April 18. This year, Trumbull Rotary Club will be celebrating its 50th year of community service in town. Scholarship winners will be among 50 students who will be recognized over the next 12 months.
By Tuesday, April 19
Scholarship — The Long Hill Garden Club is offering one $1,000 scholarship to a resident of Trumbull who is graduating from high school and is 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, along with a letter of requirements are available at each area high school’s guidance office or on the school scholarship website. For more information, call 203-261-3945 or email Anng.firstname.lastname@example.org. Completed application must be received by the club’s Scholarship Chairman, Ann Germano, 30 Natalie Rd., Trumbull, CT, 06611 by April 19.
By Wednesday, April 20
Scholarship — Nichols Garden Club has announced the Jean Demchak Horsey Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 will be presented to a graduating student at Trumbull High School who meets the following criteria: A Trumbull resident (preferably), attending a college/university in the fall of 2016 having GPA of 3.0 or better and is pursuing a degree in the natural sciences, landscaping design, forestry, botany, agriculture, aquaculture, wildlife biology, environmental protection or floral design. The deadline to submit the THS scholarship application is April 20. Contact Trumbull High guidance office for additional information.
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 April 20 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.
Saturday, April 23
Tidy Up Trumbull — Do you or someone you know need community service hours, or would you just like to do something good for your community? Consider volunteering with Trumbull Community Women at their annual Tidy Up Trumbull event. Volunteers will meet at Twin Brooks Park at 9 a.m., and groups will be sent out to pick up trash at various Trumbull locations such as parks, parking lots and roadsides. Afterwards, there will be a thank you luncheon for volunteers at the pavilion in Twin Brooks. For more information, contact Liz Thomas at 203 261-2644 or .
Friday, April 29
Bus trip to Citi-Field — A benefit for the CT Fallen Heroes Foundation bus trip to Citi-Field is planned for Friday, April 29; San Francisco Giants vs. New York Mets. The bus leaves exit 35 commuter lot off I-95 in Milford at 3:30 p.m., with the game starting at 7:05.
Price is $80 per person and includes luxury coach, ticket and Mets t-shirt.
For more information or for tickets, call Mark at 203-907-5741.
Sunday, May 1
Humorous presentation on The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Housewife — It’s no secret that colonial women didn’t have it easy. At 2 p.m. the Trumbull Historical Society, 1856 Huntington Tpke., will host a presentation by Velya Jancz-Urban, author of The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Housewife. In her funny and frank presentation, Jancz-Urban reveals what life was really like for New England's colonial women as they dealt with menstruation, sex, birth control, childbirth, sickness and medicine. Requested donation $3 members, $5 non-members. Space is limited, so reserve a spot by calling 203-377-6620 or .
Concert — Connecticut Chamber Choir and Orchestra, will present the American premiere of Donald Fraser’s stunning new setting of Sir Edward Elgar’s Sea Pictures for chorus and string orchestra at St. Theresa Church, 5301 Main St., at 4 p.m. British composer-arranger Donald Fraser will be on hand for a pre-concert talk starting at 3:15. Conductors, singers, and voice or choral students of high school age and beyond are invited to participate in an experiential sing immediately following the premiere. Contact CCC (email@example.com) in advance for a copy of the choral score and to register for the “group sing” with CCC members disbursed among the audience. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to secure a choral score or more information. Student ticket price, $5; adults, $20; seniors, $15. Children under 12 accompanied by a paying adult are free. Tickets are available by contacting email@example.com, or by telephone, 203-459-1496, or at the door.
Saturday, May 7
Plant sale — The Long Hill Garden Club of Trumbull’s annual Plant Sale takes place at the Trumbull Library, 33 Quality St., from 8:30 a.m.-noon. For sale will be hundreds of locally grown perennials, native plants, grasses, shrubs and small trees, Mother’s Day flower and herb baskets, heirloom tomato plants, and Bee Happy products. Advice from Certified Master Gardeners will be available.
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 plain 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 .
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.
Trip planned — Lancaster, Pa. Two nights at Cork Factory Hotel, two dinners, two breakfasts and show at Sight and Sound Theatre, "Samson" Guided Amish tour and explore Kitchen Kettle Village. Price $441 double, $541 single. Deposit $150 by March 1; final payment by April 1. Bus leaves from St. Theresa Church, 5301 Main St., in Trumbull. For reservations, call Kathy at 203-268-8256.
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.
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 no 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.