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Attending the Monroe Lions dinner meeting is, from left, Richard Zappone, Raymond Giovanni, Nicole Cignoli and Len Berger.

The Monroe Lions Club recently inducted two new members, Nicole Cignoli who is director of the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, and Raymond Giovanni, branch manager and associate vice president of Union Saving Bank.

They were formally inducted by Lion 1st Vice-District Governor Richard Zappone.

Cignoli and Giovanni are both active in the community. Cignoli introduced many programs into the library’s adult and children’s activities. And Giovanni serves as president of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce and as chairman of the Monroe Economic Development Commission.

Both new members have already participated in the Lions Annual Scholarship Fundraiser.

In its more than 40 year history, the Monroe Lions Club has donated in excess of $60,000 to provide scholarships to Masuk High School’s graduating seniors. This year, in spite of financial constraints from the impact of Covid-19, the club is donating two $1,500 scholarships to a pair of Masuk students who completed the school’s STEM program.

To learn more about the Monroe Lions Club or to become a member, visit during one of its bi-monthly dinner meetings. Call Lion President Frank Bent at 203- 650-5632.

Open Mic Night

On June 9, the Harmony Grange will host its first Acoustic Open Mic night to take place on stage at its historic performance hall, 103 Hurd Ave., from 7 to 9 p.m.

Audience members will be treated to local talent, showcasing their mastery of acoustics, both voice and instrumental.

The Grange is hoping to make this a recurring event, with shows featuring young talent to comedians. All ages are welcome and refreshments will be available for purchase.

A five dollar donation is requested at the door and refreshments available for purchase.

Acoustical performers are needed. Those who are interested should contact Jim Ritter, 203-895-8556 or [email protected]. Online signups are here.

Northbrook Community Tag Sale

Northbrook is hosting a Community Tag Sale to be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11, from 9-3.

Enter the condo complex from either Main Street (Route 25) or Pepper Street.

SOS Bicentennial Celebration
The Save Our Stepney Task Force (SOS) in celebration of the Town of Monroe’s Bicentennial will host a Stepney Bicentennial Celebration on the Stepney Green, at the corner of Main and Green streets, Saturday, June 10, from 1 to 7 p.m.  and Sunday, June 11, from 2 to 6 p.m.

For information, or to be apart of the Stepney Green Bicentennial celebration, contact Kathie Loehr at 203-261-7892. Follow the Save Our Stepney Task Force on Facebook.

MCC Strawberry Festival

Monroe Congregational Church’s annual Strawberry Festival will be held June 17-18.

The festival features over 100 crafters selling their wares on the green at the corner of Route 111 and Fan Hill Road, live entertainment, the church food tent and homemade strawberry-flavored items, including jams, pies and shortcakes.

The event will have a bounce house and facepainting for children and more.

Musical entertainers include live bluegrass from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and country band Gunsmoke from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 17. Sunday, June 18, features the award-winning Silver Steel Band from 1 to 3 p.m.

Textile Recycling

An Earth Day Textile Recycling Event, where people can drop off their used textiles and learn more about this recycling program, will be held in the Monroe Town Hall parking lot, near Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, on Saturday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pollinator Pathway seed packets will be given away as a thank you for all donations, while supplies last.

The event is sponsored by Monroe’s Economic Development Department and the Conservation & Water Resource Commission, in conjunction with Bay State Textiles.

Every year, 25 billion pounds of textiles are thrown away in the United States, 45 percent can be reused, 30 percent can be turned into wiping cloths, and 20 percent can be recycled into new products. Turning this problem around can start in your community with recycling bins.

All proceeds go to Monroe’s SustainableCT Fund for future sustainability efforts.

All clothing and home linen textiles will be accepted in any condition. However, the town will not accept mattresses and pads, carpet remnants and furniture upholstery. For a complete list of acceptable items, click here.

Wiffle Ball Fun Day

The Monroe Food Pantry’s fourth annual Wiffle® Ball Fun Day is coming to Wolfe Park on Saturday, June 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a rain date of Sunday, June 18.

The day will consist of tournament play and contests for the longest hit and pitching accuracy, while money is raised and food donations are collected to assist local families in need.

The Wiffle Ball tournament is sponsored by Newtown Savings Bank and Jensen Tire & Auto Marine LLC.

Registration forms can be found on the Monroe Food Pantry’s Facebook page. For information, call 203-452-2817 or send an email to Eddie Lui, food pantry coordinator, at [email protected].

Summer Book Sale

A summer book sale will be held at the Friends of the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library Book Shop at the library, 733 Monroe Turnpike, on Saturday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The sale is a great way to buy an inexpensive book, DVD or CD to bring to the pool, beach or summer vacation.

Can’t make the sale? Visit the shop during regular library hours. It is in the left rear corner of the Children’s Library.

Concerts on the Hill

Christ Church, 59 Church Road in Easton, is hosting Concerts on the Hill Sundays at 6 p.m.

Admission costs $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and children get in for free.

The events include food trucks, BYOB picnics, leashed dogs are welcome. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and rain dates are Mondays.

The lineup of performers include:

June 18: The Carters: Carl and Florisca

June 25: Symphonic Bodega and Laura Schuler

July 2: Amber Anchor

July 9: Benny Mikula

July 16: Hitch & Giddyup

July 23: The Low Darts

July 30: CT Grateful Dead All Stars

The concerts are sponsored by Tidewater Electronics, Inc.

Chamber Golf Tournament

The Monroe Chamber of Commerce is having its annual Golf Tournament at Whitney Farms Golf Course, 175 Shelton Road, on Tuesday, July 11.

The tournament needs golfers and sponsors. This year’s title sponsor is Clarkson’s Shipping Services.

Proceeds raised fund scholarships for Monroe high school seniors.

A $175 registration includes green fees, lunch, a golf cart, refreshments, dinner and awards.

Sponsorship opportunities include a $1,000 donation to be a dinner sponsor, $750 to be a lunch sponsor, $750 to be a golf cart sponsor, $500 for the longest drive, $500 for closest to the pin, $500 for a hole-in-one, $125 for a tee, $75 for the buffet dinner only, a $450 golf special for two players and a tee sponsor (a $25 savings).

For a registration and sponsorship form, click here. Registration can be done by mail or online.

The day of the tournament begins with a 10 a.m. check in and registration, followed by lunch in the afternoon.

There is an 11 a.m. shotgun start. A cocktail hour will follow the golf and there will be a 5:30 p.m. awards dinner.

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