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MONROE, CT — The highly anticipated Jam At The Dam Country Music Festival is coming back to Z-Topia, 1545 Monroe Turnpike, on Friday, July 26, and Saturday, July 27.

Attendees can look forward to a family friendly event with a variety of food trucks offering delectable treats and local vendor tents for a unique shopping experience.

Jam at the Dam will feature performances from outstanding of artists in a vibrant atmosphere.

Friday’s lineup:

  • Brooke Lee
  • Karley Scott Collins
  • Gavin DeGraw

Saturday’s lineup:

  • Chase Wright
  • Taylor Austin Dye
  • Tyler Hubbard

Tickets are on sale now, search “Jam At The Dam” on Eventbrite.com. For information and updates, visit jamatthedam.com or follow the event on social media @JamAtTheDam.

Lions Scholarship Fund

The Monroe Lions Club will “shake the can” for donations towards its Scholarship Fund outside Glen Ro Spirit Shoppe, 487 Monroe Turnpike, this Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27, from 3 to 6 p.m.

The scholarships are awarded to graduating Masuk High School seniors, who want to pursue further education.

Those who cannot stop by, but want to help, can call Lion President Frank Bent at 203-650-5632 to donate.

Spring Blood Drive

The Monroe Lions Club is sponsoring a spring blood drive with the American Red Cross at Monroe Congregational Church, 34 Church Street, on Wednesday, May 1, from 8:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Be sure to drink plenty of water and eat a good breakfast before donating. For an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Poets of the Prairie
Ken Lelen

Poets of the Prairie, a concert combining songs, stories and vintage guitars to examine the cultural impact of popular 20th Century folksingers, songwriters and recording artists from the Great Plains of North America, will be held at Edith Wheeler Memorial Library on Sunday, April 28, at 2 p.m.

Featured singers include Americans Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Phil Ochs, Goebel Reeves, Jimmy Webb and Jimmie Davis, as well as Canadians Buffy Sainte-Marie, Ian Tyson, Gordon Lightfoot and others.

In addition to singing vintage songs, Ken Lelen, who has performed over 2,000 concerts for adults and seniors over the past 25 years, will play vintage acoustic guitars for an authentic, back-in-the-day sound. The guitars were made by Gibson, Martin, Oscar Schmidt, Regal, Larson, Weymann and other U.S. firms.

A reception will follow the concert, which is sponsored by the Friends of Edith Wheeler Memorial Library. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. For information, call the Reference Desk at 203-452-2852.

May Author Talks

Edith Wheeler Memorial Library announced the schedule for its online May Author Talks.

Among the books listed on its new flyer are “The Mysterious Case of Rudolf Diesel” by Douglas Brunt, “Mother-Daughter Murder Night” by Nina Simon and “Yellowface” by R.F. Kuang.

Visit the library’s registration page for information on each event. To register for these and other upcoming talks visit https://libraryc.org/ewml/upcoming.

UMC Paper Shredding Fundraiser

The United Methodist Church of Monroe is hosting a Paper Shredding Fundraiser from 9 a.m. until noon at Rite Aid, 435 Main Street, Monroe, at the corner of Route 25 and Route 59, on Saturday, May 4 — rain or shine.

The event will benefit missions near and far. Individuals and businesses are welcome. No need to exit your vehicle, just pull up, pop open your trunk and church volunteers will take care of the rest.

It costs $10 for a standard archive box (15”x12”x10”) and prices increase by $5 according to container size. Payment can be in cash, checks payable to UMC Monroe with “Paper Shredding” in the memo line, or credit/debit.

The church is working with PROSHRED Security at the event.

For information, send an email to papershredding@umcmonroe.org or call 203-268-8395.

Kentucky Derby Party

The Monroe Women’s Club is having a Kentucky Derby Party fundraiser at Monroe Social, 494 Main St., on Saturday, May 4, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The event will include a live viewing of the Derby Race, a buffet dinner ($60 per person), a mock Derby Race and hat contest, a cash bar and a silent auction.

For information, visit monroewomensclub.org.

The Monroe Women’s Club consists entirely of volunteers who do various projects and fundraisers throughout the year to give back to Monroe and its surrounding communities.

MASBC Golf fundraiser

The Masuk All Sports Booster Club is hosting its annual golf tournament fundraiser at Whitney Farms Golf Course on Wednesday, June 19. Click here to sponsor, donate and play.

The Booster Club’s most recent contribution to Masuk athletics were new indoor batting cages in the Auxiliary gym for its baseball and softball teams. It has also helped Monroe Little League players.

A 50 year reunion for Masuk’s Class of ’74

Masuk High School’s Class of 1974 is celebrating its 50th reunion at Testo’s Restaurant (formerly Roberto’s), 505 Main St., on Saturday, Aug. 31, from 7 until 11 p.m.

It will be a night of dinner, dancing, raffles and reminiscing with classmates. The cost of admission is $75 per person and the event includes a cash bar. RSVP no later than July 31.

Checks should be made payable to Bonnie Goldstein, 37 Flint Ridge Road, Monroe, CT 06468. Venmo and Zelle payments are available, email Bonnie at [email protected]. No payments will be accepted at the door.

In addition to Saturday’s reunion at Testo’s, a casual afternoon will be held at Wolfe Park the following day on Sept. 1. Details will be provided.

Spread the word and reach out to any committee member with questions:

Monroe woman elected officer

The Professional Insurance Agents of Connecticut Inc. elected new officers for 2024-25 during its annual convention at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket on March 27 and 28, including Katie Bailey, ACSR, CLCS, CPIA, of Monroe, as treasurer. Bailey is an agent with The Russell Agency in Southport.

Free homebuying webinar

Union Savings Bank of Danbury, which has a branch in Monroe, is hosting a free webinar on today’s housing market and its challenges. Two USB mortgage experts will offer insights and cover key topics:

  • Their thoughts on the current housing market and mortgage rates
  • Things to consider before committing to a home purchase and a mortgage
  • How to find the right mortgage lender for you

The event will be Thursday, April 25, from noon to 1 p.m. Click here to register.

Spring Plant Sale & Boutique

STRATFORD, CT — The Stratford Animal Rescue Society will host its annual Spring Plant Sale & Boutique to Benefit Shelter Animals. Available for purchase will be annuals, perennials, herbs, garden vegetables, hanging baskets and decorative planters. In addition, there will items for sale in the boutique, such as pet toys and clothing, T-shirts, candles, jewelry and more.

The sale will be held at Stratford Animal Control, 225 Beacon Point Road in Stratford, on Friday, May 3, from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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