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MONROE, CT — Monroe Pride held an Arts & Crafts Night outside Edith Wheeler Memorial Library for students of all ages on May 1 and the organization will host a Pride Flag Raising outside Monroe Town Hall on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. until noon.

Connecticut State Treasurer Erick Russell will speak on inclusivity, acceptance and overcoming adversity and others will share their stories. All are welcome.

The theme of the event, held during LGBTQ+ Pride Month, is “Because Hate Truly Has No Home Here!”

Monroe Lions Club Scholarships
Monroe Lions at the fundraiser at Glen Ro Spirit Shoppe, from left, are Len Berger, Dave Porado, Mary Walsh, Don Whiteley, Ray Giovanni and Nicole Cignoli.

Monroe Lions Club members collected donations toward scholarships for Masuk High School graduates during their Shake the Can fundraiser outside Glen Ro Spirit Shoppe on April 26 and 27.

The 72-year-old civic organization has contributed over $100,000 to grants for students who’ve excelled in academic excellence, personal achievement, and/or community service for the past four decades.

Ray Giovanni is the project chairman. To learn more about this fundraiser or the Club’s other commitments to the community, send an email to the Lions at [email protected].

Lions president receives service award
Monroe Lions Club President Frank Bent, right, with his wife, Johanne.

Monroe Lions Club President Frank Bent received a Melvin Jones Fellowship for his outstanding service to the community on Sunday, April 21.

It is the highest award given by this civic organization, which has approximately 1.2 million members from 220 countries.

Melvin Jones founded the Lions Clubs in 1917. Its motto is “We Serve”.

During the past decade, Bent served for eight years as president and was instrumental in doubling the Monroe Lions’ membership. He also led the Club’s efforts in donating $105,000 toward the replacement of the children’s playground at Wolfe Park.

For information contact the Monroe Lions at [email protected].

Wine, whiskey, beer tasting fundraiser

The Knights of Columbus Assembly 119 and the Saint John XXIII Columbiettes of St. Jude Church in Monroe will host a wine, whiskey and beer tasting fundraiser presented by 574 Wines of Monroe on May 17.

The event will be held in the Msgr. Sabia Social Hall at St. Jude Church, 707 Monroe Turnpike, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m.

Admission is $25 per person and payments will be at the door via a credit card, cash or check. Seating is limited. To RSVP online, click here. Attendees must be age 21 and older and I.D.’s will be checked.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the various charitable efforts of the Knights and Columbiettes.

Those in attendance will have a pasta dinner, dessert and a tasting of various wines, whiskeys and beers presented by 574 Wines, which will take orders on the night of the event. Alcohol will not be sold and only samples will be available.

For information, call 203-258-3354 or send an email to [email protected].

Jam at the Dam

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.

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 hereto 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:

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 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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