What's happening in Trumbull

Saturday, Oct. 12

Jonathan Trumbull’s birthday — Trumbull Community Women will be celebrating the 303rd birthday of Jonathan Trumbull, the first governor of Connecticut and the man who gave his name to our town. The volunteer group will be serving birthday cake at both libraries, from 12:30-2 p.m. Information about the Governor’s life will also be available.

Sunday, Oct. 13

Open House — Nichols Fire Department’s annual Open House, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at 100 Shelton Road, Trumbull. Events include CT Child Identification Program, fire house squirt, fire safety trailer, vehicle accident “Jaws of Life,” room fire demonstration and many other demonstrations and events. Also, win a ride to school (in Trumbull) in a fire truck raffle. Refreshments, along with pumpkins given to all children in attendance.

Scarecrow Festival — Free admission at Plasko’s Farm, 610 Daniels Farm Road, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Features corn roast, games, crafters, booths, apple cider donut ice cream sandwiches. Also, corn maze, with a portion of each admission donated to Swim Across the Sound. For more information, call 203-268-2716.

Wednesday, Oct. 16

Rails To Back Trails — Trumbull Historian/Author, Sue A.DelBianco slide presentation at 6:30 p.m., at the Fairchild- Nichols Memorial Library, 1718 Huntington Tpke. It tells the story through captivating images on slides of the then-and-now of railroad history through Bridgeport, The Trumbull Valley, Monroe, Newtown all the way to Pittsfield, Mass. Today, the abandoned rail corridor from Trumbull-Monroe is abandoned and has become one of Connecticut’s best recreational trails. Free, limited seating. Must make a reservation by calling 203-452-5196 or visit trumbullct-library.org.

Thursday, Oct. 17

Trumbull Community Television Studio Open House will be held from 4-8 p.m., at Trumbull High School.

Saturday, Oct. 19

Four Seasons Ball — Kennedy Center 49th annual Four Seasons Ball, 7 p.m., at the Patterson Club, 1118 Cross Highway, Fairfield. The gala will honor the DiMatteo family for their generous support of the community, including The Kennedy Center through their Family Foundation. Black tie optional and elegant attire is requested. Social hour with hors d’oeuvres, followed by a full-course dinner and dancing to Veronica Martell Entertainment, featuring Jay Stollman and his band. Proceeds will benefit The Kennedy Center‘s residential services for people with disabilities. Call 203-365-8522 ext. 213 or visit thekennedycenterinc.org to order tickets online. Cost is $200 per person.

Sunday, Oct. 20

The Great Pumpkin Classic — To be held this year on the Trumbull High School campus 5K run, a two mile Health Walk and a Kids Fun Run. Visit GreatPumpkinClassic.com.

The Chris Coogan Quintet — will perform at The Center at 23 Priscilla Place at 2 p.m. Presented by the Trumbull Arts, the Chris Coogan Quintet is a jazz group that involves the audience with a variety of musical styles. The show features interplay between the trumpet, sax, piano, vocals, bass and drums. The Quintet will play from Dixieland to Swing, from Bebop to Boogie Woogie and beyond. Cabaret seating, bring your own refreshments; tickets $5 per person. Call for 203-452-5065 for reservations.

Thursday, Oct. 24

Roast beef dinner — Hosted by Stratford Knights of Columbus St James Council #2370 6:30, 2252 Main Street. $10 at the door. Open to all. Menu includes roast beef, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, bread & butter, wine, soft drinks, coffee, tea and desert. Reservation only please by calling Chip Krafnick, 203-375-8930 by Monday Oct. 21. 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.

Saturday, Oct. 26

History Ablaze — Celebrate Halloween at the Historical Society,1856 Huntington Tpke., featuring a town-wide Jack-o’-Lantern contest and display of carved pumpkins on the grounds of the Abraham Nichols Park (behind the Historical Society), true tales of Connecticut’s haunted history with live storytellers, and festive fall refreshments. The event is from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person and sold at the door, day of. Carve a pumpkin to display at the event. Prizes will be awarded for various categories. All pumpkins must come with a non-flame light. No limit to the number of entries. Entries may be by an individual or represent a group/organization. For more information, email trumbullhistory@gmail.com, or call 203-377-6620.

Saturdays, Oct. 26-Nov. 23

Broadway 101 — Trumbull Youth Department Broadway 101, Saturdays, Oct. 26, Nov. 2, 9,16, 23, at Daniels Farm School, 710 Daniels Farm Road. Grades 1-3, 9:30-10:45 a.m. Fee: $65 (non-residents $80); Grades 4-5, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fee: $75 (non-residents $90). Registration forms may be found on-line at trumbullyouth.org and at the Recreation Department located across from Town Hall, 5892 Main St., Trumbull. Please register in-person. If you have questions, contact the Youth Department at 203-452-5032 or e-mail: trumbullyouth@gmail.com.

Tuesday, Nov. 5

Trumbull Community Women — will hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m., in the Community Room of the Trumbull Library on Quality Street. The meeting is open to prospective members, and refreshments will be served. For further information, visit trumbullcommunitywomen.org.

Thursday, Nov. 7

Agriscience Open House — For 8th graders is being held at the Trumbull Regional Agriscience and Biotechnology Center located at Trumbull High School, 536 Daniels Farm Road. Eighth graders and their parents will learn about the Regional 4 year high school program specializing in animal science, floral and landscaping design, biotechnology, equine science, natural resources and much more. All are welcome to attend during one of the following sessions: 5:30-6:30 p.m.; or 7-8 p.m. For more information, call 452-4200.

Friday and Saturday

Nov. 8 and 9

25-year-runion — Trumbull High School class of 1988 25th reunion events starting Friday, Nov. 8, at the Trumbull High School football game at 7 p.m., at Jerry McDougall Stadium, 72 Strobel Road. Meet at the main entrance at 6:15 p.m., before the game and get a tour of the high school renovations since 1988.

Then on Saturday, Nov. 9, a Black and Gold cocktail party at The Stone Barn, Whitney Farms Golf Course, 175 Shelton Road, in Monroe, from 7-11 p.m. Cost: $50 per person/$100 per couple. Cash bar; guests welcome.

Visit THS88.reunionmanager.com to register for the events. Any questions, email Alison Corda 626geza@gmail.com or Michael Zeidel at Michael.Zeidel@skadden.com.

Sunday, Nov. 17

‘Holiday Wishes’ — Michael Jovovich and Dr. Joe Utterbach will perform at the Center at 23 Priscilla Place at 1 p.m., joined by Tony LaVorgna on sax, with Brian Corolian and Nicholas Macri, rounding out the quintet. Presented by the Trumbull Arts, the group will perform holiday songs, as well as other “surprises.” Cabaret seating, bring your own refreshments; tickets $5 per person. Call 203-452-5065 for reservation.


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; begins Sunday, Sept. 22 at 11 a.m., or Wednesday, Sept. 25 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). 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.

‘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.

Support group — The Language of Letting Go, a support group based on the book by Melodie Beatty. Discover how to live more authentically from your own center. At Grace Episcopal Church, 5958 Main St., on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. More info at gracetrumbull.org.

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 in an air conditioned facility. 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.

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.

Outdoor fitness class — Trumbull Recreation Department and personal trainer, Chris Terenzio are offering an outdoor fitness class at Twin Brooks Park to help you lose weight, firm up and look and feel better, according to Terenzio. It’s also a chance to meet great people and have fun while getting fit, he said. Classes are offered Tuesday at 6 p.m., Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. All classes are at Twin Brooks Park. Contact Chris at 203-253-3179 or e-mail him at chris@bootcamp-ct.com. Visit his website at bootcamp-ct.com.

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.

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, The Corner Deli, Minuteman Cleaners and Guacamole Grill.

Middlebrook Farms of Trumbull Caregiver Support Group — For families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, held the first Saturday of each month at 2750 Reservoir Ave., from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Open to the public. RSVP to Lidia Ayala at 203-268-2400 or e-mail layala@benchmarkquality.com.

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.

Trumbull Arts Festival — The 35th annual Trumbull Arts Festival Committee is now accepting applications for the juried Arts and Crafts as well as the Literary Competition. The Literary Competition 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. Visit trumbull-ct.gov/arts to download applications. For further information, call Emily Areson at the Arts office at 203-452-5065.

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.

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. Eight-week evening class is 7:30-8:30 p.m., $60, residents only.

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.

Donations to animal shelter — Anyone interested in donating, the Trumbull Animal Shelter is in need of the following items for the animals at the shelter: clay litter, dry cat food (any brand), and dog toys for strong chewers (for example, Kongs). Donations can be dropped off at the shelter, located at 324 Church Hill Road. Visit the animals up for adoption or call 203-452-5088 for more information.

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.