Spotlight on Shelton: Calendar includes fish meals, happiness and more

‘Happiness in a Box’

Thursday, March 20 — Smiles Within A Village Happiness Club meets at 3 p.m., at Crosby Commons Assisted Living, 580 Long Hill Avenue, at 3 p.m. Celebration of United Nations International Happiness Day. Free. Open to the public. Information, RSVP: Mary Ann Milano at 203-225-5018. Light refreshments served.


Annual fish fry

Friday, March 21 — First United Methodist Church Lenten fish fry dinners, Friday nights, through April 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Menu is baked or fried fish, choice of potato, pasta, homemade coleslaw, dessert and beverage. Cost: $15 for adults, $13 for seniors (60 and older) and $5 for children 12 and under. No reservations needed. Dine in or take out. The church is at 188 Rocky Rest Road. Proceeds will support the church’s ministries and missions. Details: 203-929-3537 or

Lenten fish fry

Friday, March 21  — St. Joseph School in Shelton hosts dinners through April 11. The weekly meals, open to the public, will take place from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in the lower level hall of St. Joseph Church, 50 Fairmont Place. A variety of food is offered and no reservations needed. Dine in or take out. Proceeds will support the parochial school. Details: 203-924-4669 or

Safe sitter class

Saturday, March 29 — Shelton Youth Service Bureau class for youth ages 11-14 from 9:30-3:30 p.m. at Plumb Memorial Library, 65 Wooster Street. Cost is $50, which includes all needed materials. For more information, contact Sally Schwaller at 203 924-7614 or

Easter Bunny visits

Saturday, March 29 — Free event at Here’s The Party!, 549 Howe Avenue. Games, crafts, refreshments and a visit from the Easter Bunny, 1-3 p.m.

Choir performance

Sunday, April 6 — Theodore Dubois’ oratorio, “The Seven Last Words Of Christ,” by The St. Cecilia Society Choir, 7:30 p.m. at St. Lawrence Church, 505 Shelton Avenue. Although the concerts are free and open to the general public, free-will donations will be accepted.

Mohegan Sun Casino

Saturday, April 12 — Bus trip leaving from Long Hill School, 565 Long Hill Avenue, at 4 p.m. Sponsored by Pine Rock Fire Department. Cost: $30 per person in advance, which includes a $20 voucher. For more information and tickets: Al at 203-583-1591, Jack at 203-395-9397 or

AARP Chapter 3240

Tuesday, April 15 — Meets at the Shelton Senior Center, 81 Wheeler Street, at 1:30 p.m. TEAM representative will tell what records should be shred, saved or how long to keep them for. Guests invited. Refreshments served. For more information, call Jim Kelly at 203-925-1200, or visit

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.

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 affected 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.