Community News: Teacup creations, Passover, free financial workshops

The Monroe Women's Club is selling Teacup Bird Feeders and Teacup Gardens for a fundraiser. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Monroe EMS.

Teacup Bird Feeders, Gardens

MONROE, CT — Townspeople shopping for gifts for Easter and Mother’s Day may want to consider the Monroe Women’s Club’s teacup creations.

The club, whose members are dedicated to community service, is selling $15 Teacup Bird Feeders and $20 Teacup Gardens. A portion of the proceeds from fundraiser will benefit the Monroe Volunteer Emergency Medical Service.

The one-of-a-kind gifts are made from vintage/recycled teacups and saucers, coming in a variety of different styles, patterns and colors. The Teacup Bird Feeder includes five ounces of wild birdseed.

To order, fill out the form, make out a check payable to Monroe Women’s Club, and mail it to Monroe Women’s Club c/o Veronica Condon, 9 Stable Ridge Road, Monroe, 06468.

Delivery to Monroe homes is free. Pickups must be arranged for out-of-town orders. The fundraiser runs from March 14 to May 31. For information, call 203-331-6662 or send an email to [email protected].

Food drive, Passover services

TRUMBULL, CT — Congregation Mishkan Israel in Trumbull, 77 Mount Pleasant Drive, is seeking volunteers to assemble food packages for distribution to those in need during the Jewish holidays of Passover, from March 27 to April 4.

In a year corresponding to 5781 on the Hebrew calendar, the holidays celebrate the freedom of the ancient Israelites from bondage and commemorate Jewish deliverance.

To volunteer for the food drive, send an email to the congregation at [email protected].

With the easing of Covid-19 restrictions on religious assemblies, a stronger turnout for services is anticipated. Reservations are required for in-person Seders (Passover meals) at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, and Sunday, March 28.

Under the leadership of Rabbi Joseph Torenheim for more than three decades, Mishkan Israel serves the communities of Trumbull, Easton, Fairfield and Monroe, providing spiritual services, youth activities and a summer day camp for children.

Workshops on budgeting, buying a home

Connex Credit Union is offering two free virtual workshops this month. The topics are how to create a monthly budget and the fundamentals for buying a home. All are welcome to participate, even those who are not members of the credit union.

The first workshop, “How to Create a Budget,” will be held on Tuesday, March 16, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. A private Zoom link will be emailed to registrants.

The workshop is designed to help individuals who find themselves running out of money before the monthly bills are paid. It will feature the Connex Budgeting Worksheet as the basis for creating a working budget.

Participants will learn how to clarify their long- and short-term financial goals and determine the priority for each of those goals. Connex Branch Manager Hannah Dewey will host.

The second virtual workshop, “Buying Your First Home,” will be held Wednesday, March 24, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. It will cover the basics of the home buying process from start to finish and what potential buyers can expect when buying their first home.

Topics include determining readiness to purchase a home, down payment needs, home shopping, pre-qualification vs. pre-approval and more. Connex Home Loan Consultant Mark Frank will host this webinar. A private Zoom link will be emailed to registrants.

Though the seminars are free, registration is required. To register, visit connexcu.org or call 1-800-CR-UNION (1-800-278-6466).

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