Family beach party Aug. 1

If a beach party with a DJ, burgers and hot dogs, games for the whole family, and a contest for the craziest flip flops sounds like fun, then organizers say mark your calendar and attend the Friends with Flip Flops’ family beach party.

The party will be at Pavilion One at Short Beach, Thursday, Aug. 1, from 5-8 p.m., and is sponsored by The Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County, which is opening a satellite office July 29 at Town of Stratford Community Services, Birdseye Municipal Complex, 468 Birdseye St.

Everyone is invited to attend. To park for free, go to and download the event flyer. Show it to the guard at the booth and parking is free.

Price per adult, which includes dinner, is $15. For kids younger than 18, the cost is $5, and for those younger than 5 it is free. To reserve your spot, RSVP to Mary Ann Mencel at or 203-334-6154, ext. 34. Payment in cash or check, will be made at the event.

“The Center has always offered crises services for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault in Stratford,” says Deb Greenwood, CEO and president of the Center for Women and Families. “But now, instead of having to travel to Bridgeport, Stratford residents can drop by the satellite office to get the help and services they need. We currently have satellite offices in Fairfield, Monroe and Trumbull; Stratford is our fourth. This event is our way to introduce The Center and the work we do, to the town.”

The Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County Inc. has been helping those in crisis for 116 years, providing free, confidential, bilingual services to victims of domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault. Additionally, each year, The Center teaches more than 7,000 children and teens about how to build healthy relationships, prevent dating violence, and avoid the dangers of bullying.