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The headliner of a Jam at the Dam is the duo Keifer and Shawna Thompson of Thompson Square.

MONROE, CT — The Jam at the Dam, a summer concert, will be held at Z-Topia, 1545 Monroe Turnpike, on Saturday, July 15, from 1 to 11 p.m., the site of the former Stevenson Lumber Co.

George Zwally is hosting the concert, which was made possible through the efforts of chief organizers Greg and Peggi Gnandt.

Performers include John Waite, who will take the stage at 6 p.m. performing a catalogue of hits from his 40-year career as a solo artist. The audience will dance to popular songs from the 1980s and ’90s like the No. 1 worldwide hit “Missing You”, The Babys’ song “Isn’t It Time”, and Bad English’s song “When I See You Smile”.

Waite’s performance will include everything from power ballads to new-wave-styled pop.

At 8 p.m., the headliner, Thompson Square, takes the stage. This famous Nashville, Grammy nominated duo of Keifer and Shawna Thompson have won multiple awards and appeared on many primetime TV specials.

Aside from the concert, the event will have a mobile axe throwing truck and goodies like popcorn, candied apples and cotton candy. The event will also have two beer and wine gardens and a wide variety of food trucks.

Tickets, which cost $45 and include full access to the concerts, are available online at https://www.jamatthedam.com and at the gate the day of the event. Kids age 13 and younger are free when accompanied by an adult who bought a ticket.

The cost of axe throwing, food trucks, and the beer and wine garden are not included in the ticket price.  Free parking is available at 421 Old Zoar Road in Monroe.

Holiday closings

The Monroe Town Hall offices, library, Highway Department, Senior Center and Food Pantry will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Normal hours will resume on Wednesday, July 5.

Recycling: All Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday pickup days will be delayed by one day. The Spring Hill Road Transfer Station will be closed on Tuesday.

Think Pink Monroe

Think Pink Monroe has begun the process of receiving and approving applications and disbursing funds to Monroe residents as they focus on their breast cancer treatment and recovery.

If you or someone you know lives in Monroe and could benefit, see the application for assistance at www.thinkpinkmonroe.com.

Rotary Club raises funds for Bicentennial Fireworks

The Monroe Rotary Club will be sell souvenir Stock Certificates as a commemorative souvenir for the town’s Bicentennial Celebration for five dollars each at the Monroe Farmers’ Market on July 7, 14 and 21, and at Arts In the Park on July 7, 21 and 28  at Wolfe Park at 6:30 p.m.

The Farmers’ Market is held on the green in front of Monroe Town Hall on Fridays from 3 to 6 p.m.

The Rotary Club hopes to raise $3,000 to support this town’s Bicentennial Fireworks at Wolfe Park on Aug. 4. For traffic and parking information that day, click here.

The fireworks are organized by the Monroe Bicentennial Committee.

From lawyer to party clown
Robert Markowitz

Robert Markowitz will appear at the Edith Wheeler for a hybrid program on July 11 at 5:45 p.m., both in person and virtually, to deliver the presentation, “How Writers Create Fiction from their Lives.”

His novel, “Clown Shoes”, started out as a memoir of his career change from criminal lawyer to clown to children’s musician. But when Markowitz discovered the deeper meaning of his story, he decided to accentuate it by raising the stakes, incorporating a love affair, condensing the timeline, and creating a redemption arc.

He picked up tips studying how Ernest Hemingway fictionalized his trip to Pamplona, Spain into his novel, “The Sun Also Rises”.

If you’ve ever thought of writing a novel from your life experience or wondered how writers turn their lives into prose, come to the library to see this program.

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.

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:

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.

Monroe Lions Shred Day

The Monroe Lions Club is hosting a paper shredding fundraiser in the Rite Aid parking lot at the corner of routes 25 and 59 on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine.

The cost is a $10 donation per standard computer paper box (18x10x11) or $15 for larger boxes. For information click on this link for a pdf of the flyer.

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