Shelton Spotlight: Calendar includes dances, parties and support groups

Sixth grade spring dance

Friday, May 9 — Teen (Tween) Center holds event 7:30-9:15 p.m. at the Shelton Intermediate School gym. Music provided by a DJ and a snack bar will be available. Reservations not necessary. Admission: $6 at the door for both programs. Contact Dee Kopec at 203-924-9862 or for more information.

Clothing drive

Saturday, May 10  — Mohegan School, 47 Mohegan Road, will be collecting clothing from 9 a.m.-noon to benefit the school's PTO and local Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Model T and Model A

Saturday, May 10 — Cars on display at Beardsley's Cider Mill, 278 Leavenworth Road, 9-3 p.m. Free. Cars on display and parts on sale.


Saturday, May 10 —  The annual Treasures, Talents and Tastes Auction at the Huntington Congregational Church is set for Saturday, May 10, at 6 p.m. Registration fee is $10, and the event includes a live auction, silent auction and bag auction.

For more information, contact Bob or Linda Sember at 203-929-5853. The church is at 19 Church Street.

Meatballs for dinner

Saturday, May 10 — All are invited to The First United Methodist Church ziti, Meatballs and Sausage dinner on Saturday, May 10 from 5 until 7. The church is located on the corner of Long Hill Avenue and Rocky Rest Road.  On the menu will be salad, bread, minestrone soup, ziti, meatballs, Italian sausage, beverages and dessert.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for Seniors and children 12 and under are $5. Proceeds will be used for the missions and ministries of the church. For additional information contact the church  or 203-929-3537. More

 Fidelco Guide Dog presentation

Monday, May 12 — Shelton Community Lions Club presents a Fidelco Guide Dog presentation Monday, May 12 from 6-8 p.m. at Center Stage Theatre, 54 Grove St. The presentation is free and open to the public. Attendees will learn how the animals are trained, what their trainers experience during that process, and how this activity assists other people to live more productive lives. Puppies in training will be at the event, and families are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Center Stage Theatre is located in the former Lafayette School, off Route 110 just south of downtown Shelton.

Post Prom

Saturday, May 17  — Volunteers and donations needed to help make event possible. Free to eligible students. Runs 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. Donations can be mailed to SHS PTSO, Inc. /Post Prom, c/o Shelton High School, 120 Meadow Street. Questions on volunteering or donations can be directed to Stephanie at or 203-530-0887.

Bridgeport Art League meeting

Monday, May 19  — Award-winning artist Alain J. Picard will demonstrate pastel portraits at the next Bridgeport Art Leage meeting. Held 11:45 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Parish Center, 25 Church Street. Coffee and dessert served. Free; public welcome. Information: Diane Napolitano at 203-924-6074.

Shelton Senior Songsters

Tuesday, May 20  — Perform with pianist David Scrimentti at the Shelton AARP Chapter 3240 meeting at 1:30 p.m. at the Shelton Senior Center, 81 Wheeler St. Guests invited and refreshments served. For information call Jim Kelly, 203-925-1200, or go to

Author visits

Friday, May 30 — Claude Clayton Smith, author of Red Men in Red Square, will share recollections of his trip to Russia with Chief Big Eagle of the Golden Hill Paugusett tribe. They meet with Indianites — a group of Russians who study, preserve and live Native American culture. Presentationoffered by the Shelton Reading Circle, 7-8:30 p.m. Held at the Wilson Barn, 70 Ripton Road. Refreshments served. Copies of the book can be reserved at 203-925-1803.

Car wash

Sunday, June 1 — Boy Scout Troop 19 holds a car wash and collection drive 8.-2 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, 50 Fairmont Place. Cost: $5. Will collect gently-used stuffed animals, clothes, towels, linens, handbags and toys (dolls, cars, complete board games, hard plastic items). Items should be put in black garbage bags. Rain or shine.

Alumni picnic

Saturday, June 7 — The St. Joseph School of Shelton Home School Association will host an all-grade alumni picnic 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. on the school grounds (rain or shine). All St. Joseph graduates can attend by completing registration online under the “Alumni” tab at the school website, Information:

Retirement party

Friday, June 20  — 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

 ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ 

Thursday, July 10 — 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.

 Bus trip

Tuesday, Sept. 30 — 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


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 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:;

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

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

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;

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 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;

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; 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.