Stratford Rotary Club Delirious BINGO Night!

Friday, February 3rd
Virtual Zoom from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Stratford Rotary will have a virtual Bingo night on Friday February 3rd.

Join us for the Rotary Delirious BINGO Party!!  Instructions on how to play practice session begin at 7:00 p.m.  The first game will commence promptly at 7:30 p.m.  You must be over 18 to play.

Play 6 games on-line in your PJs, sweats, or favorite casual wear – no winter coats, hats, or mittens needed. (No nudity please!!! )  $500 in prizes.

Zoom link will be posted within 24 hours of the event.

All proceeds to support Rotary Club’s charitable projects.

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Saturday, January 21st from 12:30 – 3:30 P.M.: Paper-making with Invasive Plants Sterling House Community Center

Saturday, January 22nd Stratford Library Lovell Room: The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland is a 2002 oral history of the small town of Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada in the wake of the September 11 attacks written by journalist Jim DeFede It is the first book authored by DeFede. For further information call the Library at 203-385-4162.

Wednesday, January 25th from 11a.m. – 3 p.m.: Did you know Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking???? In recognition of Radon Awareness Month in January, the Stratford Health Department will be at the Stratford Library to provide free Radon Test Kits as well Radon Education to increase awareness.

Wednesday, January 25th, Stained Glass class from Stratford/Trumbull Continuing Education from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. You can register for the 12 week course at Stratford.Coursestorm.com

Wednesday, January 25th to February 15th, Pickle Ball, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., Birdseye Complex Gym: Calling all Stratford Seniors join the latest exercise craze – 4 week courses on Pickle Ball. In partnership with Stratford Recreation and the Baldwin Center, SHCC will be conducting Pickle Ball classes that teach the basic rules, skills, and techniques. There will be short drills, practice time and friendly scrimmages.

Thursday, January 26th, Community Blood Drive: Raymond T. Goldbach VFW, from 1-6 p.m. To register go to RedCrossBlood.org

Stratford/Trumbull Continuing Education Spring Semester begins January 23rd. For information on signing up for your high school diploma, a GED, American Citizenship, and English as a Second Language (ESL) go to : www.stratfordk12.org/page/continuing-education.

Are you a Military Veteran? or have a loved one who served our country during the holidays? Did your family save any letters or memorabilia? The Stratford Veterans Museum would like to display Christmas cards, letters, pictures and any communications between a veteran and family or friends during the Christmas season.We would like to create a display in our Museum during the month of December. All materials will be returned to you. Contact Bob Mastroni bmaastroni@gmail.com

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Winter Sports for All Ages

Sterling House Community Center

Yoga: Gentle Kripalu Yoga begins on Monday, January 23rd at SHCC.  The 10 week course is taught from 6:15 – 7:25 p.m.  Chair Yoga began on January 17th.  Chair Yoga also runs for 10 weeks, and there is still openings for a $75 punch card good for 5 classes of your choice.  For more information go to: www.sterlinghousecc.org.

Pickle Ball:  Calling all Stratford Seniors join the latest exercise craze – 4 week courses on Pickle Ball. Wednesday, January 25th to February 15th, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., Birdseye Complex Gym In partnership with Stratford Recreation and the Baldwin Center, SHCC will be conducting Pickle Ball classes that teach the basic rules, skills, and techniques.  There will be short drills, practice time and friendly scrimmages

All classes will be on Wednesdays.  Session 1 will be from January 25th to February 15th.  Session 2 is from March 8th – March 29th.  $20 for four weeks, $5 per drop in class.

Safesitters Classes:  Learn how to be safe when watching younger siblings or babysitting.  Safesitter classes for ages 11+ on Saturday, January 28th from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Register today at: www.sterlinghousecc.org

2023 Spring Lacrosse with the Stratford Storm can be found at:

www.stratfordstorm.com  Registration is now open and ends March 1st.  Games begin April 1st.

 

Why choose Stratford Storm Lacrosse?

-Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing youth sports in America

-Stratford Storm Lacrosse offers programs for boys and girls in grades K through 8

-Stratford Storm Lacrosse does its best to give back to its families with added events such as free clinics throughout the year, and a season ending banquet

 

Visit the Stratford Storm Lacrosse You Tube page.  If you’ve never played or watched the game of lacrosse, here is your chance to see what it looks like:

Stratford Storm Lacrosse – YouTube

Facebook – Stratford Storm Lacrosse

Instagram – storm_lacrosse2002

Soccer:  Winter off-season soccer skills clinic.  Co-ed classes on Saturday’s in Erin’s Gym.  Led by advanced soccer training coaches, players will work on agility, foot skills, shooting tactics, game IQ and teamwork.

Session 2, runs from February 25th – April 1st.

To register go to: sterlinghousecc.org/soccer

Channel Your Inner Artist:  Opportunity to learn the fundamentals of art from begging to end. Youth and Teen classes will be held on Saturdays with the following schedule:

Beginners: ages 6-12, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Advanced, ages 10-12, 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Teens, ages 13-19, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Session starts February 18th for 5 weeks

 

Adult Art Classes: Thursday evenings from 7:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.  Session starts February 16th for 5 weeks.  To register online go to: sterlinghousecc.org/art

 

Holy Name of Jesus Food Pantry

Monday, January 23rd
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Connecticut Food Bank

Please note that there have been changes made to the Holy Name food pantry.

The food pantry will be sponsored by the Connecticut Food Bank, the Stratford Department of Health, and the YMCA

The Food Bank will now take place on every other Monday, and there is also a time change, it will now be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., and they are asking that cars line up on College Street.

You are also asked to bring your own reusable bag.  There will be 1 bag per household distributed.  Please bring identification if a second household is in the car.

Baldwin Center Announcements

Dancing, Art Show, Fuel Assistance

Our 3rd Baldwin Gallery opened last Friday.  The local artist is Charles Marqua and we will be featuring his paintings through March 3rd.  Charles Marqua is a Connecticut-based artist.  His ‘Beaux Arts’ education in Architecture and Art, his career in Architecture, and his travels inform his work.  Dr. Marqua explores his personal sense of place and time in his current series.

The Personal Places Series includes the Florida, Canada, Great Salt Marsh, Long Island Sound, Arizona, and Flora works.  The medium for these originals are either watercolor on paper or acrylic on canvas.  Sizes vary.  Giclée canvas wrapped prints can also be ordered in many custom sizes.  The artist may also be commissioned to interpret your own personal place.

New Activity:  “The Senior Connection Dance Party” on Friday, January 20th at 1 p.m.  We supply music, refreshments and dance the afternoon away!!

Important:  The elevator is not working and we just missed the 3 year warranty window.  The repair company is very busy so we do not have a start date for the repairs.  We are reviewing scheduled classes/activities to try and move as many as we can to the first floor.

Operation Fuel’s winter season has started.  They have increased the financial guideline and are allowing anyone to receive up to $1000 in oil even if they have already been awarded oil from Energy Assistance.

We have a new roof!!

Mark Your Calendar

Saturday, January 14th: Morgan Morse Benefit Concert for the Triangle Community Center will feature a night of original music by Singer/Songwriter Morgan Morse. The concert will be Saturday, January 14th at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Stratford from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $15. MASKS ARE REQUIRED. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Triangle Community Center in Norwalk, Fairfield County’s leading provider of programming and resources to nurture growth and connection within the LGBTQ community.

Sunday, January 15th: Come celebrate the Second Anniversary. Here we go again! It all started 2 years ago and we are looking forward to another great year of markets at the Shakespeare property! This Sunday 10 a.m. til 2 p.m.

Stratford/Trumbull Continuing Education Spring Semester begins January 23rd. For information on signing up for your high school diploma, a GED, American Citizenship, and English as a Second Language (ESL) go to : www.stratfordk12.org/page/continuing-education.

Are you a Military Veteran? or have a loved one who served our country during the holidays? Did your family save any letters or memorabilia? The Stratford Veterans Museum would like to display Christmas cards, letters, pictures and any communications between a veteran and family or friends during the Christmas season.We would like to create a display in our Museum during the month of December. All materials will be returned to you. Contact Bob Mastroni bmaastroni@gmail.com

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Martin Luther King Day 2023

A Morning of Discussion and Service
Celebrate, Honor, and Learn

Monday, January 16th
Beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Last year, Sterling House Community Center decided to shift how we honor Martin Luther King Day from a day off to a day on – in service and discussion.

Martin Luther King Day will be celebrated in Stratford this year beginning with multiple events.

The Morning  @ The Baldwin Center, 1000 W Broad Street

9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Breakfast and Panel Discussion

MLK Panel: Our Panelists will discuss what MLK Day means to them and how it plays a part in their everyday lives.

Featuring the following and more…

Yvonne Temple, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Professional

John Ramos II, Assistant Principal at Bunnell High School

Donald Smart, Licensed Attorney, leader of 2022’s discussion on Critical Race Theory

Ashley Hampton, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Member of Sterling House Community Center

Jeffrey Fletcher, President of The African American Collections, Inc. as well as Executive Director of The Ruby and Calvin Fletcher African American History Museum.

Need childcare?

We have you covered! We are offering free childcare from 9:30 – 11:30 for our Panel and Discussion attendees. Your child will enjoy MLK coloring and activities while you participate in our discussion.

**Please be sure to mark that you need childcare while registering and we will be in touch with additional confirmation and information.

The Afternoon  @ Sterling House Community Center, 2283 Main Street

11:30 – 1:00 p.m.

Service Opportunities: Help Stratford’s Largest Food Pantry with Resource Connection Director, LeAnne Reynolds.

Storytime: Discover the wonder of a tale with professional storyteller, Laconia Therrio.

MLK Read Aloud: The read aloud with Dr. O is back! Follow along with an MLK Day-inspired storytime.

Art Exhibit: Visit Art Alliance’s Strength in Colors Art Exhibit- artists were asked to show us what unites us, rather than what divides us.

Featuring the following and more…

Dr. Uyi Osunde, Superintendent of Stratford Public Schools

LeAnne Reynolds, Director of Resource Connection for Sterling House Community Center

Laconia Therrio, A therapist, a chaplain, and the Director of Behavioral Science of Stamford Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency Program

Community Discussion Activity: Reflect on your own experience with members of your community through an interactive activity.

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Saturday, January 7th: Bunnell Stratford Marching Band and Color Guard Can and Bottle drive. Eli Whitney School drop off loop. 9 a.m. to noon.

Sunday, January 8th Stratford Library continues “Sunday Afternoon Talks”, its series of informative and entertaining talks featuring prominent local guest speakers. On Sunday, January 8th, historian Eric Chandler will present “Cloak and Dagger – The Revolution’s Secret War”. The talk will be presented live in the Library’s Lovell Room from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Monday, January 9th, Monday Matinees at noon in the Stratford Library Lovell Room. “The Woman King” is the true story of the Agojie, the all-female unit of warriors who protected their kingdom in the 1800s with skills and a fierceness unlike anything the world has ever seen. Viola Davis stars. PG-13, 135 minutes

Are you a Military Veteran? or have a loved one who served our country during the holidays? Did your family save any letters or memorabilia? The Stratford Veterans Museum would like to display Christmas cards, letters, pictures and any communications between a veteran and family or friends during the Christmas season.We would like to create a display in our Museum during the month of December. All materials will be returned to you. Contact Bob Mastroni bmaastroni@gmail.com

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Mark Your Calendar

Friday, December 9th, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 406 White Plains Road, Trumbull at 7:00 p.m. Coastal Mix Barbershop Chorus Annual Holiday Concert:
Hear Jim Farrell, Geralene Valentine, Marybeth Johnson, Steve Fians, & Jennifer Volturno under the direction of Director Christopher Hope to see you there!

Sunday, December 11th at 2 p.m. in the Lovell Room. The New England Guitar Society, a favorite of Stratford Library audiences, offers the best of classical guitar in a seasonal mood for the December 11th concert. The New England Guitar Society is one of the committees under the umbrella of the Milford Arts Council. The concerts, held in the Library’s Lovell Room at 2 pm each Sunday, are free and open to the public.
It is sponsored this year by the Janice Daponte Memorial Fund.
For further information call the library at: 203-385-4162 or visit its website at: www.stratfordlibrary.org.

Monday, Town Council Meeting:

Stratford Toy Initiative: Stratford Non-Profits Step Up for Tots (and older)
Stratford Professional Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 998, will be collecting new unwrapped toys at each fire station, to support the Toys for Tots program. Donations are accepted at the locations listed below through December 21st:
Fire Headquarters (rear entrance): 2750 Main Street
Huntington Road Station #2: 1415 Huntington Road
Lordship Station #3: 21 Prospect Drive

Are you a Military Veteran? or have a loved one who served our country during the holidays? Did your family save any letters or memorabilia? The Stratford Veterans Museum would like to display Christmas cards, letters, pictures and any communications between a veteran and family or friends during the Christmas season.We would like to create a display in our Museum during the month of December. All materials will be returned to you. Contact Bob Mastroni bmaastroni@gmail.com

Stratford YMCA and Bridgeport Islanders toiletry drive. All fans who donate are entered to win a Bridgeport Islanders puck and 4 tickets to a Bridgeport Islanders game of their choice.

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Final Fall Feature For Stratford Library Film Series

Monday Matinees

Top Gun: Maverick with Tom Cruise
Monday, December 12th at noon

Top Gun: Maverick on Monday, December 12th, shown uncut and on widescreen in the Lovell Room.

After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him.  Blockbuster sequel to “Top Gun”.   PG-13, 131 minutes.

“Top Gun: Maverick” was named best picture by the National Board of Review, the organization announced Thursday.  Cruise’s legendary career has seen him earn three Academy Award nominations across 40 years of acting and producing, the films he’s produced have taken in a staggering $11 billion total. With Maverick, he’s also largely responsible for saving the business of blockbusters after the pandemic throttled the theater industry. His latest was the mark of a return to normalcy and the film industry as a whole is better for it.

For information call: 203.385.4162