Spotlight calendar includes antique cars, pancakes and more

Saturday, June 14

Pet Protectors — Benefit features freshly-made baked goods, dog and cat items, information on rescued animals needing home and more at Pet Supplies Plus on Bridgeport Avenue, 11-3 p.m. For information: 203-330-0255 or PetProtectorsRescue.org.

Bike safety day — The Mohegan School Father’s Club and the Echo Hose Ambulance Corps will present a Bike Safety Day on Saturday, June 14 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Mohegan School parking rear parking lot, 47 Mohegan Road. Children can get their tires inflated, seat and helmet adjusted, and brake pads inspected. There will be an obstacle course and a touch-a-truck with an ambulance.

The event is free to all Shelton elementary and Perry Hill students. Youngsters should bring their bicycles and helmets.  Rain date is June 21; direct questions to [email protected]

Veterans’ benefits —  Benchmark at Split Rock, 708a Bridgeport Avenue, invites the community to a presentation by Jay Cottone to learn more about the Aid and Attendance Benefit available to veterans and their spouses. Event is Satuday, June 14, at 11:30, for a picnic lunch followed by the presentation. For information, call 203-929-1111. RSVP to Theresa [email protected]

Shelton Trails Committee Work Party — Participants will meet at the lower parking area at Sinsabaugh Heights, (Senior Housing) off Meadow Street, at 8:30.

Sunday, June 15

Vintage cars — Take a tour of automobile history during the Shelton Historical Society’s Vintage Vehicles Antique and Classic Car Show on Father’s Day, June 15. Two wheels or four, from Model T’s to muscle cars, there’s bound to be something that will trigger a memory from every visitor. This annual event is being held for the 10th year and will take place at Shelton History Center, 70 Ripton Road, 10-3 p.m.

 

Friday, June 20

Retirement party — St. Joseph School of Shelton will bid a farewell to two lifelong educators, Joseph and Shelley Cavallaro, with a retirement party. Held at the church hall, 50 Fairmont Place. Catered by Twisted Vine. Open to any former student, parent or staff. Cost: $20 for adult, $10 per student. RSVP by June 13 to [email protected]

 

Sunday, June 22

An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast — Sponsored by the White Hills Voluntary Fire Company No. 5.From 7:30-11:30 a.m., guests at the firehouse at 2 School Street, can eat home-cooked food and tour the fire company’s apparatus.

Cost is $7, and $5 for children (those younger than five eat for free). For additional details visit whitehillsfireco.org.

 

Friday, June 27

Summer evening celebration — The Women’s Group of the First United Methodist Church hosts from 6-9 p.m. Appetizers, dessert, entertainment, a silent auction and a floral arranging demonstration. A free-will donation will be collected at the door. No reservations. The church is at 188 Rocky Rest Road. Information: 203-929-3537,  [email protected] or umcshelton.org.

 

Monday, June 30

Summer Playground Series — Shelton Parks and Recreation program for Shelton residents 6-14 through Friday, Aug. 8. Six weeks; Mondays, 10-3 p.m. through Fridays, 9-3 p.m. Registration is at each playground.

 

Monday, July 7

Olde Ripton Garden Club — Meeting at 6:30 p.m., at Plumb Memorial Library, 65 Wooster Street. Guest speaker, Jeffrey Ward of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station will present a five step program for preventing deer damage to plants. For more information call Renee at 203-775-6645 or visit olderiptongardenclub.org.

 

Thursday, July 10

‘Much Ado About Nothing’ — Valley Shakespeare Festival free performances July 10-12, 8 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. Valley Shakespeare Festival is a non-profit, fiscally sponsored organization dedicated to bringing free theater to the communities of the lower Naugatuck Valley.

 

Monday, Aug. 4

Vacation Bible School — First United Methodist Church of Shelton, 188 Rocky Rest Road, invites all children to gear up at Workshop of Wonders: Imagine and Build with God Vacation Bible School. Runs through Aug. 8, from 5:15-8 p.m., beginning with a kid-friendly dinner each night.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 30

Bus trip — The First United Methodist Church of Shelton is offering a bus trip to the Eden Resort in Lancaster, Penn., Tuesday, Sept. 30, through Thursday, Oct. 2. Trip includes tours, an artist talk and shopping. Also Moses at the Sight and Sound Theater.  Cost of the trip is $399 per person/double occupancy and a deposit of $75 per person is being collected now. Information/reservations: 203-929-3537 or [email protected]

 

 Ongoing 

Bridgeport Art League seeks members — Monthly meetings in Shelton featuring local artists and demonstrations. Members come from the area, including Shelton. For more information email Diane Napolitano at [email protected] for information.

 

Prescription medication disposal — The Greater Valley Abuse Action Council (VSAAC) in collaboration with the area police department have launched an initiative to help residents safely dispose of unused and unneeded medications. A secure drop box for expired and unused prescription medications is in the lobby of the Shelton Police Department, 85 Wheeler Street. Residents may walk in and discard their medication in the secure drop box at anytime, no questions asked. Syringes will not be accepted.

 

Shelton Trails Committee volunteers — Volunteers are needed to help with trail maintenance second and fourth Saturday of the month. Information: [email protected]; [email protected]

 

Shelton Jaycees — Seeks a group of volunteers between 21 and 40 years of age. They are a registered non-profit 501C-4 and they run dozens of community events each year. Members volunteer as much or as little as they like based on their interest in the event. For a more detailed list of Shelton Jaycees events and to learn how to get involved, visit www.sheltonjaycees.org.

 

Sutter-Terlizzi American Legion Post 16 — Meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Any veteran interested in joining should visit the post at 295 Bridgeport Avenue or call 203-924-9887. More information at legionctpost16.org.

 

Venturing Crew 16 — Group promotes adventure, outdoor skills, community service, leadership development, as well as basic and advanced life-saving skills. Open to males and females, ages 13 to 21. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 16, 295 Bridgeport Avenue. Information: Russell Shimer at 203-513-2678.

 

MS support — The Shelton MS support group meets second Monday of the month, 2-3:30, Plumb Library, 65 Wooster Street; 1-800-344-4867; ctfightsMS.org.

 

Gamblers Anonymous — Meets Saturdays, 7 p.m., 100 Bank Street, Seymour. For more information, call Steve, 203-362-5234.

 

Marine Moms of Connecticut — Connecticut Marine moms, a support group, meets the last Friday of each month. Destination at Harbor Park Restaurant in Middletown, Friday, 3 p.m. Information: Anna Florczak, 203-922-1068; Yahoo Groups ctmarinemoms.

 

Trap Falls Kennel Club — Offers AKC Puppy STAR, targeting dogs one year and younger in focusing and obedience; Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Prep Class; Family Manners Class, beginning and intermediate/advanced. All classes are held in Shelton at Pawz for Wellness. Call 203-450-9485 or email [email protected] for more information.

 

Volunteers wanted — Wesley Village is seeking volunteers who can help play instruments, work in the library, visit patients, give manicures, help play video games, play card or word games, bingo and more. For volunteers 12 and older. Information: 203-944-8292.

 

Compassion for Cats — The Shelton-based nonprofit volunteer organization that assists homeless, stray and feral cats, is requesting donations to defray expenses for spaying, neutering, vaccinating and feeding needy felines. Send donations to Compassion for Cats, 8 Huntington Street, Suite 182, Shelton, CT 06484. Information: 203-929-7909.

 

Addiction support group — Are you dealing with an addiction in your life or the life of a family member? Higher Ground Ministry is non-denominational offering help through biblical truths. Weekly meetings are held where one receives support, encouragement and spiritual guidance. Meetings are Mondays, 7:30-9 p.m., Huntington Chapel, 177 Ripton Road, and Fridays, 7-8:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 178 Leavenworth Road. Information: 203-888-9974; highergroundministry.org.

 

Volunteers needed — The Interfaith Caring Connections Program facilitated by Jewish Family Service, seeks volunteers to help seniors in the Greater Bridgeport area with medical transportation, grocery shopping, friendly visits and telephone reassurance calls. Donate an hour a week; 203-366-5438, Ext. 219.

 

Al-anon — Weekly meetings held Wednesdays at the Spooner House, 30 Todd Road, 1 p.m., and Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 25 Church Street. Group supports family members of those effected by drinking.

 

Overeaters anonymous — Free 12-step program for compulsive eaters, meets Mondays, Fridays, noon-1, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 25 Church Street; 203-454-6607.

 

Lions Club — Shelton Community Lions Club meetings are held the first and third Monday of the month, 7 p.m., Shelton Community Center, 41 Church Street; 203-924-9849; [email protected] New members and anyone interested in learning about the club is welcome.

 

MOMS Club of Huntington — International nonprofit support group for stay-at-home mothers; meetings second Wednesday a month, 10 a.m.; 203-922-0152.

 

Sikorsky Retirees Friendship Club — Meets the second Friday of each month. The meetings are held at St. Joseph’s National Catholic Church, 1300 Stratford Road, in the Lordship section of Stratford. All Sikorsky retirees are invited to join. For more information call Rich at 203-735-2982.

 

Furniture donations sought — Greater Bridgeport Furniture Warehouse Collaborative seeks donations of gently used furniture for low income, homeless and/or disabled individuals and families. Organization works with 20 local social service agencies. Pick up may be arranged; donations tax deductible; 203-335-2725. Warehouse hours: Tuesday-Friday, 9-2.

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