Boy Scouts Open House, library events, high honors …

Boy Scout Troop 203 of Monroe and Trumbull invites young men age 11-18 to join the adventure. An open house is scheduled at Good Shepherd Church in Monroe on Feb. 4.

MONROE, CT — Boy Scout Troop 203 of Monroe and Trumbull is hosting an open house at Good Shepherd Church, 466 Elm St. in Monroe on Sunday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m.

Young men ages 11-18 are invited to become part of the excitement at Troop 203 Monroe-Trumbull. The troop meets weekly on Sunday evenings and camps just about every month, in addition to enjoying a week of summer camp in the Catskills.

Some recent activities of the troop include skiing, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, biking, competitive cooking, safe shooting, bowling and whitewater rafting.

The troop also offers fun activities at its meetings, where members learn outdoor skills, team building and leadership.

To RSVP to the open house, send an email to [email protected].

Take Your Child to the Library Day

The Monroe Lions Club will conduct a touchless vision screening for children during Take Your Child to the Library Day at Edith Wheeler Memorial Library on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 11 a.m.

Take Your Child to the Library Day offers a full day of fun activities  for all ages, beginning with making a beautiful bird craft at 9 a.m. At 10 a.m., join Michele Urban Music for an all-ages concert celebrating Pete the Cat.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monroe and Newtown Lions Clubs’ volunteers will partner with the library to offer vision screening in the Children’s Room using a Welch Allyn Spot Vision Screener.

All day there will be a special Scavenger Hunt, Guess-the-Candies contest, raffles and a community coloring project.

The Vision Screener provides fast data collection for easy evaluation of children aged 6 months through Grade 12. Results are captured in a fraction of a second. Both eyes are tested concurrently, and results are printed out noting if a referral is recommended.

A camera is held approximately three feet from the subject with no touching required. Please note that this screening is not intended to replace a full eye examination by an authorized eye care professional.

Those whose vision measurements are outside accepted limits are advised to contact an eye professional for a follow up.

For information about the Monroe Lions Club’s programs or to attend one of its monthly meetings, call Lion President Frank Bent at 203-650-5632.

February Author Talks

New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey will talk about the launch of her new sports romance about a bad boy professional athlete who falls for his biggest fan in her new book “Fangirl Down” to lead off Edith Wheeler Memorial Library’s Author Talks program this February.

She will discuss her book in an online webinar on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m. To register online, click here.

For a complete schedule of this February’s Author Talks and to register, click here.

High marks for Monroe students

Five Monroe students made the second marking period honor roll at Notre Dame of Fairfield High School, Principal Christopher Cipriano announced:

High Honors

Grade 12: Niah Africot, Gemma Grech, Sarah Lardi

Grade 10: Caitlyn McCloat


Grade 12: Veronica Rrapi

Monroe Food Pantry Fund Raiser

Those attending a “Gab and Dab” fundraiser for the Monroe Food Pantry will create fluid art painting under the guidance of local artist, Susan Wernau, while enjoying conversations and snacks at the Monroe Senior Center, 235 Cutlers Farm Road, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19.

The cost of admission is a $30 donation with the chance to win a door prize. Space is limited to 30 participants. To register, complete the registration form and mail a check by March 5 to: Monroe Food Pantry, 7 Fan Hill Road, Monroe, CT 06468.

Make your check payable to “Monroe Food Pantry” with “Gab and Dab” in the memo line.

If the event is canceled due to inclement weather, it will be rescheduled. Those who cannot make the rescheduled date will have their fee refunded.

For information, call Food Pantry Coordinator Eddie Lui at 203-452-2817 or email him at [email protected].

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