What's happening in and around Trumbull
Thursday, Aug. 1
Friends with Flip Flops beach party — Sponsored by The Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County at Pavilion One at Short Beach in Stratford, from 5-8 p.m. The Center is opened a satellite office July 29 at Town of Stratford Community Services, Birdseye Municipal Complex, 468 Birdseye St. Anyone can attend the beach party. Download and print the event flyer: www.cwfefc.org/docs/calendar/friendswithflipflops.pdf. Show it to the guard at the booth and parking is free. Price per adult for the beach party, which includes dinner, is $15; ages younger than 18, the cost is $5; and those younger than 5 are free. To reserve your spot, RSVP to Mary Ann Mencel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-334-6154, ext. 34. Payment, in cash or check, will be made at the event.
Saturday, Aug. 3
Blueberry Festival — The annual Long Hill United Methodist Church, the town’s largest blueberry festival, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the church 6358 Main St., (Rt. 111 next to Corner Deli), rain or shine. The women have spent the past several weeks making over 200 blueberry pies, along with blueberry muffins, and blueberry coffee cakes. Pies will be sold by the slice, or you can purchase entire pies to take home. Some of the pies will be freshly baked, while others have been frozen. This allows you to bake them at home at your convenience. Also, hot dogs, hamburgers, cheesburgers, veggie burgers, chicken salad and blueberry sandwiches on criossants, blueberry ice cream sundaes, and beverages. Crafters on site, as well as a children’s area. Plenty of parking on the church grounds plus at nearby Saint Joseph’s Manor. For further information, call 203-954-9691.
Through Sunday, Aug. 4
‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ — Trumbull Youth Association’s production will take place Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 1-3, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 4, at 2 p.m., in the Trumbull High School auditorium, 72 Strobel Road. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. More information, call 203-452-5032.
Saturday, Aug. 10
Pet adoption event — The Trumbull Animal Group (TAG) pet adoption event from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Trumbull Animal Shelter, 324 Church Hill Road. Cats, dogs, bunnies and more. Call 203-452-5088 for more information. TAG is a non-profit that pays for the animal’s medical bills. Donations are accepted and tax deductible. Donate your extra change, as no donation is too small. All support and donations provide the best care for the pets. Visit and “Like” them on Facebook. Also, see some animals available at petfinder.com/shelters/CT18.html.
Trumbull Animal Group T-shirts will be available for sale at the adoption event for $12 each in sizes S-XL. Colors available are red or blue.
Saturday, Aug. 24
Slices of Life Day — Ann Marie Companik, owner of Townhouse Salon and Joanna M. Leone, Trumbull author of Slices of Life Italian-American Stories, announce a Slices of Life Day at the salon, located at 8 Lake Ave., from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., to chat with Joanna about her book. Also, enjoy complimentary Italian refreshments and 10% off all hair products and hair cuts that day. Leone’s book contains collective memoirs about Italian-Americans from Connecticut and throughout the northeast who shared their memories about traditions, culture, celebrations, struggles, family love, devotion and travel. Her book will be available for purchase and signing, or you can grab a complimentary book mark and share your memories with her.
Saturday, Sept. 7
Alumni Run and Kids Fun Run — St. Joseph High School 3rd annual Alumni Run at 10:30 .m., rain or shine, at St. Joseph High School, 2320 Huntington Tpke., on the cross country trails behind the school. Meet in the back parking lot. The Kid’s Fun Run is at 10 a.m., and is free. The 5K run is sponsored by the Boys Cross Country Team to benefit the running programs at St. Joseph. Fee is $20 which includes T-shirt and refreshments. Register at sjcadets.org.
Saturday, Sept. 14
Vendors Wanted — Trinity Church Arts and Crafts Fair at Trinity Church, 1734 Huntington Tpke., Route 108. Call 203-268-2117 for information.
Sunday, Sept. 15
Trumbull Arts Festival — The 35th annual Trumbull Arts Festival takes place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., on the Historic Town Hall Green, 5866 Main St., rain or shine, featuring more than 65 juried fine artists and crafters from the tri-state area, day long entertainment, a Children’s Creative Center and food booths. Sponsored by the Trumbull Arts Department. For more information or to exhibit, call the Arts office at 203-452-5065.
Tuesday, Sept. 24
Upcoming trip — St. Theresa’s Seniors are sponsoring the following trip. Call Kathy for reservations, 203-268-8256. Tuesday Sept. 24 — Grand Oak Villa, Performer Vincent Talarico; includes family style lunch and wine on every table. Price $77.
Sunday, Oct. 20
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, Nov. 14
Upcoming trip — St. Theresa’s Seniors are sponsoring the following trip. Call Kathy for reservations, 203-268-8256. Westchester Broadway Theatre; Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, includes pre-show lunch. Price $90. Deposit $25 upon reservation; balance of $65 by Sept. 17.
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.
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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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/; firstname.lastname@example.org; 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.