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Festival of Lights and Trees at Maplewood Senior Living of Orange

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Dec 052017
 

Maplewood Senior Living of Orange, 245 Indian River Road is sponsoring a Festival of Lights and Trees community event to raise funds for the Orange Community Assistance Programs which provide assistance with Food Bank, Fuel Assistance, Holiday Baskets and Adopt a Family.

For this event, donors are asked to decorate a tree for auction at The Festival of Lights and Trees.

The event will take place at Maplewood on Tuesday, Dec. 5, from 4:30 PM to 7 p.m.

The Community Assistance Programs are vital to assist Orange residents in need and are maintained solely by donations and the generosity of local businesses, organizations, schools, churches and residents. Please decorate a tree, stop by for some culinary delights and support your neighbors in need!

Orange Live will be on hand with the “decorative” lighted Gingerbread Lighthouse raffle. Tickets are $2 each with all proceeds going to the Orange Food Bank. (Drawing to be held on December 12).

Pet Photos With Santa Today In Orange

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Dec 032017
 

Pet Supplies Plus, 471 Boston Post Road, hosts Pet Photos With Santa, today, Sunday, Dec. 3, from noon to 3 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the West Haven Animal Shelter.

Come bring your pet down for a picture with Santa.  All pets are welcome.

For cost and more details, contact the store at 203-799-7387.

Come To The BEST Bake Sale On Earth Today

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Dec 032017
 

How Cute!

It’s almost time for the very best annual bake sale you will ever experience.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host its Christmas Bake Sale at Treat Farm, 361 Old Tavern Road, on Sunday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For years we’ve been praising the baking ability of the Auxiliary women and the delightfully inventive treats they come up with for their guests.

Goodies will include pies, brownies, cookies, cupcakes, and fudge, and we can’t wait to see what else they’ve come up with this year. Hot chocolate and hot cider also will be available for sale.

All proceeds benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

Then head out to the Holiday Festival in the center of town.

Residents Benefit From The Generosity Of The Orange Lions On Thanksgiving Weekend

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Nov 292017
 

The Orange Lions Club hosted its 29th annual Thanksgiving Dinner at High Plains Community Center on Sunday, November 26.

For the 21st consecutive year, Lions Harold Cavallaro and Ann Carollo co-chaired the event.

In addition to the 150 guests, the Orange Lions provided a full Thanksgiving meal to several of its members and Boy Scouts from Troop 925 who were there to help.

Girl Scouts, from Daisies to Cadets provided beautifully decorated placemats for each guest.

As always Selectman Mitch Goldblatt assisted in serving with a smile and Vinnie Carr volunteered his time and talent to entertain everyone in attendance.

The biggest decision anyone had to make was which variety of pie to choose. Instead of all time favorites Apple and Pumpkin, guests had a mind-boggling choice of blueberry, French apple, apple crumb, peach, pumpkin, mince, cherry, strawberry rhubarb and coconut custard. Yet, it went much better than expected, no one complained that their favorite wasn’t offered and everyone left with a full tummy.

Thank You Orange Lions for offering this wonderful event every year.

Islamic Center Makes Generous Donation To Those In Need

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Nov 292017
 

The Town of Orange would like to share the news this very generous $1000 donation they received last week for the Orange Food Pantry from the New Haven Islamic Center, Bull Hill Lane in Orange.

In the spirit of holidays, the folks from the Center came to see First Selectman Zeoli on Tuesday, Nov. 21 to present the check.

First Selectman Jim Zeoli said he was humbled by this donation and is grateful to the New Haven Islamic Center for their thoughtfulness. “Many residents in need will benefit from their kind gift.”

Pictured left to right in each photo is M. Asaf Sheikh, Imam Dr. Bachir Djehiche, First Selectman James Zeoli and Dr. Amir Mohammed.

Here’s A Great Opportunity For Theater Lovers and Supporters Of The Arts

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Nov 272017
 

The Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford is offering special “preview night” fundraisers for Jamie’s Foundation. 

Your donation is the cost of admission – the amount is up to you!!!    

Come see Annie on Thursday evening, Nov. 30. For reservations: e-mail Kathleen Kilian at kmkcpa@optonline.net then pay at the door: cash or checks only.

Amity High School student and Orange resident Ann Driscoll plays Little Orphan Annie. Orange resident and Amity High School student Ethan Selmon also appears in the show.  This is a great opportunity to see one of America’s favorite holiday musicals and support the work of the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation at the same time.

Square Foot Theatre is located at 950 Yale Ave in Wallingford directly off the Wilbur Cross Parkway Exit 66 … it is an intimate BYO cabaret-style venue so bring your favorite food and drinks to enjoy before and during the show. 

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; performance begins at 7:30 p.m.

Look for these future “Jamie’s Foundation” preview nights during the rest of Square Foot Theatre’s exciting 11th season.

“These preview nights are a wonderful thing for Jamie’s Foundation,” said Judy Primavera, founder of the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation. “Square Foot Theatre is ‘giving back’ to us by opening up a preview night and all ticket “sales” go to the foundation.  Normal ticket price is $28 but guests can see the show for whatever donation they wish to give – it is a real bargain!

E-mail jamieart@snet.net to receive announcements for future preview nights and other special offers.

Did You Register? Orange Lions’ Thanksgiving Dinner On Sunday

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Nov 252017
 

Each year the Lions Club of Orange hosts a Thanksgiving Dinner for seniors and those in the community who don’t have anyone to share dinner with on Thanksgiving Day.

All are welcome to attend.

This year, the dinner will take place at the High Plains Community Center Gym on Sunday, Nov. 26 at 12:30 p.m. It always includes a wonderful meal and entertainment.

Registration is required to ensure that the Lions can prepare enough turkey, pie and other fixings.

Run Close To Home, The Turkey Trot Tradition Continues

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Nov 202017
 

In what has truly become an annual tradition in the Town of Orange, The Rotary Club of Orange will host its 5th Annual Thanksgiving Day 5k Road Race and 2 Mile Walk on Thanksgiving morning, November 23, 2017.

Whether you are a competitive runner, a casual jogger or just like to go for a nice walk on a beautiful autumn day, this event is sure to be one that you will enjoy participating in. Each of the past four years, the number of participants has grown significantly, making this one of our most important and successful fundraisers.

The race will take place on a scenic USATF certified and sanctioned course and will start at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, and run through Orange with a finish back at the Community Center. 

Race Details

ENTRY INFORMATION
$25.00 by November 17th – $30.00 After and on Race Day

Early Packet Pickup and Late Registration – Wednesday, November 22 at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Rd., Orange, CT  from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Awards: Trophies to the top male and female finishers overall. Medals to the top three male and female finishers in each division. Divisions 5K Run (12 & Under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+).  Finisher Ribbons for Walkers.  Top quality T-Shirts for all PRE-REGISTERED participants.  Refreshments will be served after the race.  There is ample parking.  Timing and Results by FastTrack Timing, LLC. The following are the logistics for signing up and race day information.

5K RUN – 8:00 AM
FUN WALK – 8:05 AM

TO REGISTER – go to www.rotarycluboforange.org  or www.fasttracktiming.com

GPS DIRECTIONS: Enter the following address on your GPS: 525 Orange Center Rd, Orange, CT 06477

Race organizer and tri-athlete Carl Russell (don’t worry, he’s not running in the race) has been the driving force behind this event since its inception five years ago. Thanks to his hard work, leadership, and commitment to the success of the race, it has become a “don’t miss” race for participants from both near and far.

The funds raised from this event will go towards supporting several of the Orange Rotary’s initiatives both locally and abroad. Locally, Rotary provides dictionaries to every third grader in Orange, register area children in the Amber Alert ID Program and make much-needed donations to support the town food pantry, energy assistance programs, and others.

The last five years the Rotary has participated in “Operation Warm” and donated thousands of coats to area schools and shelters to help keep underprivileged kids warm. Additionally, the club awards $6,000 in college scholarships annually to high school seniors from Orange.

Internationally, our fundraising efforts support clean water projects around the globe, donating funds for heart surgeries for hundreds of needy children and the ongoing fight against polio which still represents a threat to populations in many countries.

Please join in to help support this fun and worthy event and get your Thanksgiving Day off to a great start!

Don’t Forget To Drop Off Your Santa’s Helper Gifts Today

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Nov 182017
 

Santa’s Helper HQ

A Reminder From Elf Mama:

Today, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2017, is GIFT DROP OFF DAY For Santa’s Helper from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road (Across from T.G.I. Friday’s).  We ask that the general public arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to the 12:00 start time.  You will have a much shorter wait in line by following these new guidelines.

GIFT RULES AND INFORMATION:  There is a small fee of $18.00 per gift/per household.  Each gift must be INDIVIDUALLY wrapped in your favorite holiday paper with an over-wrap of plain brown paper.  The name and address of the recipient must be clearly printed on the outside of each gift.  PLEASE try not to make the gift too large or too heavy, Santa appreciates that. 

We have a total of 170 delivery spots/visits available.  We encourage you to try to have all the gifts for your delivery stop with you on Gift Drop-Off day.  (For Families with a large party with many gifts, please email Elf Mama at ofdsantashelper@aol.com for special instructions.

Parking for Drop-Off day is in the rear of the Fire Station.  Firefighters will be there to assist you.  The Drop-Off line is located INSIDE the Fire Station. Use the rear door marked ENTER.

Rummage Sale At Church Of The Good Shepherd

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Nov 182017
 

The Church of the Good Shepherd Semi-Annual Rummage Sale

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, Orange, invites the public to visit its semi-annual Rummage Sale on Saturday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to noon. 

Shoppers will find a wide array of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, along with shoes, handbags, scarves, jewelry, accessories, children’s games, puzzles, toys, books, DVDs, housewares, glassware, pictures, linens, etc. 

“There is something for everyone!  Make sure to stop by and peruse our treasures,” said Elaine Swirsky, long-standing Chairperson of this fun event.  “Start your Christmas shopping early, find a special treasure to put under the tree.  All are welcome to stop by.”

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, Orange, Sunday service times includes Rite II Holy Eucharist without music at 8 a.m. and Rite II Holy Eucharist with music @ 10 a.m.  Children’s Christian Faith Formation takes place at 10 a.m. in the Parish Hall. 

For more information about  The Church of the Good Shepherd’s many programs, call the Parish Office at 203-795-6577, e-mail thegoodspheherd@optonline.net visit the website at www.thegoodshepherdorangect.org or check the Facebook page www.facebook.com/cgsorangect for frequent postings.