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Ciara O'Driscoll, 12, speaks at Ciara's Butterfly Bash, left, and with her mother, Lori, at her fifth grade graduation, right.

Ciara’s Light 5k/12k

MONROE, CT — Ciara’s Light Foundation’s annual Chasing Ciara’s Light 5k/12k Trail Races and Kids Run is this Saturday, Sept. 17, at Great Hollow Lake at 8:15 a.m.

The event is in honor of the memory of Ciara O’Driscoll, of Monroe, who touched many lives, while raising awareness of Dravet syndrome, a rare, drug-resistant epilepsy that begins in infancy or early childhood, causing seizures while inhibiting development.

The race raises money for scholarships for Masuk High School graduates planning to pursue careers in special education at a four-year college.

Register at CiarasRun.org. Those who register by Sept. 16 have fees of $12  per person for the Kids Fun Run, $30 for the 5k for ages 18 and younger, $35 for the 5k, $35 for the 12K for ages 18 and younger, and $40 for the 12k.

Race Day Registration is: $15 for the Kids Fun Run, $35 for the 5k for ages 18 and younger, $40 for the 5k, $40 for the 12K for ages 18 and younger, and $45 for the 12k.

Shop ‘n Eat Flea Market and Food Truck Festival

The Monroe Food Pantry is hosting its first annual Shop ‘n Eat Flea Market and Food Truck Festival, to be held at Masuk High School on Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is two dollars per car.

The food trucks will include Backwoods Dawgz & Catering and The Coop.

Businesses interested in being a food truck vendor or in having a flea market booth should email Food Pantry Director Julie Banks, [email protected], or call her at 203-452-2817 or 203-606-3071. Applications are available on the Monroe Food Pantry’s Facebook page.

“Food trucks just have to get registered with the town of Monroe through its Health Department,” Banks said. “While we are not charging them an extra fee, we would appreciate a donation.”

Monroe Lions Shred Day

Residents can safely dispose of sensitive documents they no longer need during Shred Day, a Monroe Lions Club event to be held from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Oct. 22.

The event will take place in the Rite Aid parking lot at 435 Main St., at the corner of Routes 25 and 59. Participants can watch an Oakridge Massive Mobile Shredder tear their boxes of paper to shreds.

The cost is $10 per box and copy paper sizes of 18 x 10 x 11 will be accepted. Larger boxes will be $5 extra. All money collected will be donated by the Monroe Lions Club to support local needs.

The Lions Club asks participants not to bring binders, binder clips, spiral notebooks or Pendaflex® folders.

For information, write to Len Berger at [email protected]

Monroe Historical Society events

The Monroe Historical Society has a full slate of upcoming events:

Saturday, Oct. 29: The Legend of Hannah Cranna: Alleged Witch of Monroe, a family friendly event featuring tales by legendary storyteller Sue Selk, 2 p.m., 31 Great Ring Road. Admission is free, but seating is limited. To preregister, email Karen Cardi, the historical society president, at [email protected]

Nov. 6: The Shoreline Ringers: A Connecticut Handbell Ensemble at Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, 2 p.m. The ringers will teach the history of bells, techniques used when playing and perform songs is a show with audience participation. Tickets are limited and will be available soon.

Saturday, Dec. 17, The Shoreline Ringers: A Connecticut Handbell Ensemble at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 7 p.m. Featuring music, from Bach to the Beatles. Tickets are limited and available soon.

Dec. 2, 3, and 4: Christmas Fair, East Village Meeting House, 433 Barn Hill Road, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas and holiday decor, new and vintage ornaments, wreaths, baked goods, Monroe historical collectibles and more.

Saturday, Dec. 10: Holiday House Tour, featuring houses and churches in Monroe. A tour is $30 per person. Email Karen Cardi, [email protected]

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