The West Haven IA will hold its Presidents Ball Dinner Dance on Saturday, May 12, at the club on 85 Chase Lane. A full-course sit-down dinner with dessert and coffee will begin with cocktails at 5:30, followed by the dance music of Sound Alternative until 12:30. The open bar affair is $45 per person. Reservations, along with full payment required by May 8, may be made by calling Ellen Marazzi (203)-933-7740 or Paul Frosolone (203) 887-6089.
Nutmeg Orchestra sets May 13 concert
The Nutmeg Symphonic Pops Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Dino F. Ciaburri, has planned a Mothers’ Day concert for Sunday, May 13 at 2 p.m. in St. Louis Church hall. Thanks to the sponsorship of University of New Haven, this concert will feature soloists, soprano Kristen Smith Gionfriddo and tenor Joseph Stango. A composition for orchestra by a world-renown composer 90-year old James Cohn from Queens, New York will highlight the program. He will be in attendance and will tell the audience how came to write “Homage” for orchestra based on our National Anthem.
No tickets are necessary and admission is free, although a free will offering is solicited to help meet expenses. St. Louis is located at 88 Bull Hill Lane in West Haven. There is plenty of parking and the hall is easily accessible.
WH Garden Club
The West Haven Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, May 3, at St. Louis Church on 89 Bull Hill Road at 11:30 a.m. After the meeting, a luncheon will follow and our program will be a floral design workshop conducted by Trish Manfredi. For further information, please call Iris at (203) 937-1674.
Beef & Beer
The Annawon Lodge Fellow Craft Club’s Beef & Beer Fest is Friday, May 4, from 6–9 p.m. Price is $25 and includes all-you-can-eat roast beef au jus, gravy, NY hard rolls, potato salad, cole slaw, horseradish with all the condiments coupled with ice cold beer on tap. This is a public event. For tickets or more information call Frank, (203) 606-4959 or Dennis, (203) 233-2328.
The Harugari Singing Society, 66 Highland St., is sponsoring its Bavarian Spring Fest on Saturday, April 28, from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. The event features a sauerbraten, speatzel, and red cabbage dinner. Music is by the Austrian Boys. Doors open at 6 and dinner is served at 7. Band plays during dinner and until 11. Price is 20 for members, $25 for non-members. For reservations, call Karen Zamolsky, (203) 375-7050, or the club, (203) 933-9930.
Community Garden plots
The West Haven Community Garden is accepting applications for new members. WHCG is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to helping its members grow organic produce for themselves and their families. It is located behind Molloy School on Meloy Road and is open May 1-Oct. 31. Garden plots (10x10ft) are $30; $20 for seniors 65 and older. Program details and application forms are available at http://whcommunitygarden.org. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
The Rotary Club of West Haven annual auction is Saturday, April 28, at the WHIA Club, 85 Chase Lane. Tickets are $55 per person for open bar and family-style dinner, silent auction and live auction. This year’s paddle auction will benefit the Forest School Playground Project. For information, call (203) 687-8770 or email RotaryAuction18@comcast.net.
The Agency on Aging of South Central CT is sponsoring a self-care education program for family caregivers, designed to provide you with tools and strategies to better handle the unique challenges you face. The free workshop series consists of six sessions held on Wednesday evenings, 6-8:30, May 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20 and 27 at the Agency on Aging of SCC at One Long Wharf Drive, Suite 1L, New Haven. A light dinner will be served. To register, call or e-mail Jan Simmons at (203) 785-8533 ext. 3164, email@example.com. You can also register online at www.aoascc.org/forms/ptc/.
An Al-Anon meeting group invites new members to attend its weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church, 52 George St. For information and details, call (203) 506-1464.
The West Haven Italian-American Civic Association Senior Center is seeking new members to join its Tuesday senior gathering. Come join a group of friendly seniors in an afternoon of good company, with Bingo, cards, trips to casinos and conversations with like-minded people, and more. Meetings are at the club each Tuesday from 11 to 3. The cost is just $3 per week to cover expenses. Refreshments are offered at no additional cost. Call Mickey on (203) 606-0925 for further information.
Senior Center trips
The West Haven Senior Center is offering the following trips:
Aqua Turf Club – Celebrate Italia, Tuesday, July 17, $65 per person; show features popular Italian singer Dominic DePasquale and New England’s top musicians! All entrees served family style (salad, fruit, penne with meatballs and sausage, chicken parmesan, vegetables, dessert). Complimentary coffee & donuts, complimentary glass of beer or wine and complimentary door prizes. Bus leaves Savin Rock Conference Center at 10:00 a.m.;
“The Glen Campbell Experience” – Friday, June 1, at Nelson Hall, Cheshire $64 per person. The man and his music; show features longtime professional entertainer, Jimmy Mazz. Trip will include lunch at the conservatory and the show at Nelson Hall at 2 p.m. Bus leaves 11 a.m. from Savin Rock Conference Center.
Call (203) 937-3507 for more information.
Senior trips offered
F. Seniors and Friends offers the following trips to the public. All trips leave First Avenue commuter lot:
Trip to Atlantic City – May 14-16. Two nights, slot play, four meals, show. $229 per person. To get a flyer or book trips, call Fred Mongillo, (203) 389-5808 or (203) 927-4249.
The Liberty Coin Show is back at the Elks Club, 265 Main St., on the third Sunday of the month. Buy and sell your coins. The organizers invite hobbyists to be part of the many displays. Food and beverages are on the menu. This year’s dates are: Jan. 21, March 18, May 20, June 17, Aug. 19, Oct. 21, and December 16. For more information, call Parry Carpinella, (203) 248-1053.
Balancing the care of a family member, a household and a job is overwhelming. Meet with a representative from VNA Community Healthcare’s Family Caregiver Support Network for a FREE consultation to discuss your personal care-giving issues, receive tips, guidance and explore solutions. Call VNA Community Healthcare’s Helpline at 1 (866) 474-5230 (toll free) to schedule a private in-person or phone session with one of our family caregiver experts. Consultations are held by appointment at several convenient locations including West Haven, Hamden and North Haven.
The Seth Haley Memorial Loan Fund of West Haven provides eligible college students with loans of up to $2500 to help students finish their post high school education. Applicants must be West Haven residents who have completed two or more years of college or post-secondary work or be in their final two years of advanced work. Any West Haven resident attending college or a post high school professional, technical or trade school can be eligible for a loan. Repayments do not begin, and no interest will be charged until one year after graduation. If you are interested in making an application for a loan, please call Mary Radziszewski at (203) 934-0396 or Gert Beckwith at (203) 934-6921 or write to 92 Lake St.