Spotlight: Pet fundraiser, what's that plant?, festivals and more

calendarSaturday, Aug. 30

Pet Protectors — Fundraiser to benefit group at Pet Supplies Plus, 675 Bridgeport Avenue, 11-3 p.m. There will be fresh-banked goods, dog and cat items and more. Information: petprotectorsrescue.org or 203-330-0255.

Saturday, Sept. 6

Down by the River Festival — Features the Bike for Hope, music, a chili cook-off, beer garden, arts and crafts vendors and family activities at Veterans Memorial Park (the Riverwalk). Raises funds for MovingWithHope, a non-profit organization that helps survivors of brain and spinal cord injuries and diseases. Bike ride starts at 7:30. Cost is $35, which includes an event T-shirt. Volunteers may call 203-513-8424. For information, visit dbtr.org.

Monday, Sept. 8

A ‘Plant Mystery’ — Olde Ripton Garden Club will test their plant skills by identifying fruits and nuts, flowers and foliage plants and ornamental plants. Also a plant swap. Meeting starts at 10 a.m. at Plumb Memorial Library. Refreshments served. Public and new members welcome. Information: olderiptongardenclub.org or Renee at 203-775-6645.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Shelton League of Women Voters — Planning meeting at 7 p.m., at 1 Corporate Drive, in the first floor meeting room. All registered voters — male and female — are encouraged to attend. Group meets second Wednesday of the month. Information: [email protected] or Erica at 203-244-8373.

Thursday, Sept. 11

Dog training — Trap Falls Kennel Club will hold dog obedience training classes in the evening at 109 Old Mill Road. A STAR puppy class runs for six weeks and costs $140. A Canine Good Citizen class runs for eight weeks, includes the test and costs $190. Information: [email protected] or 203-450-9485.

Saturday, Sept. 13

Fall fair — The Church of the Good Shepherd, 186 Coram Avenue, hosts annual event, 10-4 p.m. on the church grounds. Vendors, crafters and a raffle. A portion of the proceeds from the raffle will go to help the church’s outreach program.

Monday, Sept. 15

Blood drive — Held at R.D. Scinto Towers, 2 Corporate Drive, 8-1:45 p.m. For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Travel talk — Jay and Hilkka Bhandary will present their travel experiences and show slides of Costa Rico and the Panama Canal at the upcoming meeting of AARP Chapter 3240, 1:30 p.m., at the senior center, 81 Wheeler Street. Refreshments served. Guests invited. Information: Dot Ward at 203-924-0460.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Food Trucks in the Valley — From 4-8 p.m., at the Riverwalk, to benefit the programs and services that serve children and families. Free admission, with 10% of proceeds from vendors go toward PCRC.

Rain date Sept. 23. Information on sponsoring or becoming a vendor: Veronica Parsloe at [email protected] or 203-954-0543 ext. 130.

Sunday, Sept. 21

Children’s Health and Safety Fair  — Family carnival theme, providing free food, games and more. There will also be a variety of health, wellness and safety programs and displays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley, 1 Positive Place. Free bike helmets will be available for the first 400 children and there will be free CPR training (call Cathi at 203-732-1337 to register). For more information: 203-732-1337.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Senior health and wellness fair — State Sen. Kevin Kelly and his staff hosts at the Shelton Senior Center, 81 Wheeler Street. State and local organizations will be on site to provide health screenings and  information about programs available to the senior population. More details as they come available.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Fall festival — Mohegan School hosts 10-4 p.m. Vendors are needed. For more information, contact Cindy Kavasansky at [email protected] or 203-954-7120 .

Sunday, Oct. 5

Shelton Day — Vendors needed for annual event, 11-5 p.m. Sponsored by the Derby-Shelton Rotary Club. Information: 203-567-0252.

Saturday, Oct. 11

Tag sale and flea market — Held at the First United Methodist Church, 9-6 p.m.  Vendor space is available for $20 a table. The church is located on the corner of Long Hill Avenue and Rocky Rest Road. Proceeds will benefit the ministries of the church. Information: 203-929-3537 or [email protected]

Saturday, Oct. 25

Wesley Village 5k Road Race and Fun Walk — Event has a Halloween theme. Organizers are joining forces with JB Sports to put together the 2014 event. Online registration at wesleyvillage-ct.org. Contact Carlene Rhea at 203-225-5020 or [email protected] for information.

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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