What’s going on in Monroe this week?

Edith Wheeler Memorial Library is at 733 Monroe Turnpike.

Here’s what’s happening in Monroe from Dec. 9 through 15.

Monday, Dec. 9

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Holiday Gift Workshop – Beary Sweet Treat at Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
733 Monroe Tpke., Monroe
All Ages.  Decorate a metal bucket with Sharpies, stickers, and other embellishments, then fill it with a small stuffed teddy bear and some candy. Keep it for yourself or gift it to someone else. Registration is not required.  While supplies last.  Location:  Ehlers Meeting Room. 

Tuesday, Dec. 10

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Stay & Play at Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
733 Monroe Tpke., Monroe
All ages with a caregiver. Join us for a brief storytime, followed by playtime, socializing, and refreshments. Early literacy fun for the kids and a meet-up for the grownups.  Registration is not required. Location: Children’s Story Room

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Creative Kids at Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
733 Monroe Tpke., Monroe
All ages. Drop by to unleash your creative side. We’ll have all the materials to make a beautiful craft. Please note: caregiver assistance may be needed. Registration is not required. Location: Children’s Room

2:30 – 3 p.m.
Story Time at Turning The Page Bookstore
477 Main St., Monroe
Join Ms. Ledina and Oscar (the cutest bookstore dog) for Story Time. Selected stories will be most appropriate for children (ages 3-5) and their accompanying adults.

5 – 8 p.m.
Adult Board Game Cafe at Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
733 Monroe Tpke., Monroe
Join us in the new Monroe Lions Coffee Lounge for an evening of adult board games.  Come and enjoy one of the modern classic board games such as Catan or Ticket to Ride or learn how to play some of the latest popular games. Don’t know how to play?  Not a problem. We will have staff and community volunteers on hand who can explain the rules. Bring your favorite board games and share them with new friends. Registration is not required for this event.

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Masuk High School Winter Athletics Parents/Coaches Meetings
Masuk High School, 1014 Monroe Tpke., Monroe

Wednesday, Dec. 11

10 – 11 a.m.
Career Wednesdays:  Free Computer Productivity Tools at the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
733 Monroe Tpke., Monroe
Suzanne Cincotta of the Goodwill Career Center will be available to help you in your career development. This month: Free Computer Productivity Tools:  An introduction on various digital tools that are openly available and designed to assist with organization and productivity. Learn about the all that Google has to offer, including gmail and Google Docs. Registration is required for this event and there were 10 spots available as of 12/9. Location: Rotary Room

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Play Cafe at the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
733 Monroe Tpke, Monroe
Ages birth through six with a caregiver. Kids can enjoy our train table, Duplo table, play house, puzzles, puppets, and other toys while caregivers get to know other adults in our community. We’ll have a fun activity set up in our Craft/Storyhour Rooms. Spontaneous storytimes, bubbles, musical instrument fun, and other activities will vary from week to week. Be sure to check out books and other library materials to take home to enhance this early learning experience. Registration is not required.

5 – 8 p.m.
Stargazing at Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
733 Monroe Tpke, Monroe
All ages.  Join us in the upper parking lot for an evening of stargazing through our new library telescope.  Weather permitting, we will be able to view the Moon, Saturn and other night-sky objects. No registration required.

7 p.m.
2020-2030 Plan of Conservation & Development (POCD) Kickoff Meeting at Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
Come have a say in where you’d like to see Monroe looks like in the future.  The Town of Monroe under the direction and coordination of the Planning and Zoning Commission is in the process of reviewing and updating the Town’s current 2010 Plan of Conservation and Development.  In accordance with Connecticut State Statutes, the POCD is required to be reviewed and updated at least every 10 years – meaning the POCD must be updated before the end of 2020.  The POCD is an extremely important planning document, consisting of a statement of goals, policies, and actions addressing the physical (including both built and natural conditions), cultural, and economic development of the Town.  It establishes a common vision for our future and contains policies and recommended actions to achieve that vision.  POCD goals and recommendations to be effective must reflect consensus of what is desirable for Monroe into the future.  The Town has engaged the services of professional planning consultants Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc. to assist in the review, public participation activities and preparation of the updated POCD.  Preparation of the updated POCD will involve participation by Town departments, Town and School commissions and boards, emergency services, property and business owners, institutional groups and organizations, and the members of the public.  The updated POCD will assess past accomplishments of the last decade, the changes that have and are occurring, and then look forward in the setting of a vision and course of action for the next 10 years.  Along the way, there will be a series of public meetings, as well as varied opportunities and activities seeking much wanted public input and participation.  The POCD is a Town-wide endeavor, inclusive of all.  The first step in the update process will be this POCD Kick-Off Meeting.  http://www.monroect.org/2020-POCD-Update

Thursday, Dec. 12

10:30 – 11 a.m.
Sing-Along Stories at the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
733 Monroe Tpke., Monroe
Walkers – age 5 with a caregiver.  Stop by to sing songs, hear stories, and have some fun with Ms. Michelle. Registration is not required. Location: Ehlers Meeting Room

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.
Preschool Lab at the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
733 Monroe Tpke., Monroe
Ages 3 – 5. Stop by for a program of learning and exploration. We’ll practice the skills needed for Kindergarten while learning about a variety of topics through stories, socializing, exploring, creating, and having fun. Registration is not required. Location:  Children’s Story Room

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
College Admissions Seminar for Juniors
Masuk High School Auditorium, 1014 Monroe Tpke., Monroe

8 p.m.
Live Music Featuring Jay Schod from Remember September at Carl Anthony’s Trattoria

477 Main St., Monroe

Friday, Dec. 13

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Lynn Lewis and Santa at the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
All Ages.  It will be a Holly Jolly musical morning when Lynn Lewis visits the library with holiday songs and a visit from Santa. Bring your cameras for a photo opportunity with your child sitting on Santa’s lap after the concert.  Registration is not necessary for this event.  Free tickets will be available 15 minutes before the show and will be limited to 150 participants. Location: Ehlers Meeting Room.

5 – 8 p.m.
Friday Family Supper Night – Taco Night Sponsored by El Coyote to benefit the Monroe Playground Foundation at Rexford House at the Monroe Congregational Church
34 Church St, Monroe
Tickets available at the door:  $12/person.  Kids under 5:  $2.  $45 for families 4+

Advanced tickets:  $10/person.  Kids under 5:  Free.  $40 for families 4+.
For more details and advanced tickets, please view the website:

5:30 – 9 p.m.
Crazy Taco Mex Food Truck at Veracious Brewing Company
246 Main St., Monroe

6:30 p.m.
Karaoke Night at Veracious Brewing Company
246 Main St., Monroe

8 p.m.
Karaoke Night at Monroe Social
494 Main St., Monroe

Saturday, Dec. 14

10 – 11:15 a.m.
Yoga for Adults at the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
733 Monroe Tpke., Monroe
Learn the basics of yoga. Bring a yoga mat and a water bottle. Wear appropriate workout wear (comfortable but not restricting). Class is limited to 25 people.  Attendance is first come, first served. Location: Ehlers Meeting Room

1 – 8:30 p.m.
Crazy Taco Mex Food Truck at Veracious Brewing Company
246 Main St., Monroe

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Live Music Featuring Dan from the Thirsty Band at Veracious Brewing Company
246 Main St., Monroe

7:30 p.m.
The Monroe Historical Society Presents the Yale Whiffenpoofs Holiday Concert
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 175 Old Tannery Road, Monroe
The Yale Whiffenpoofs are a collegiate a cappella singing group. Established at Yale University in 1909, it is the oldest such group in the United States. The line-up is completely replaced each year: the group is always composed of rising seniors, who often take a year leave of absence from the university to tour the United States and internationally.  Tickets are $25/person and can be bought at the Monroe Town Hall/Town Clerk’s Office or Edith Wheeler Memorial Library or online at www.showtix4u.com.

7:30 p.m.
Masuk Boys Varsity Ice Hockey vs. Staples HS at Shelton Sports Center
784 River Rd, Shelton

Sunday, Dec. 15th

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monroe SEPTA (Special Education Parent Teacher Association) Fundraiser at Lakeside Nutrition & Turning The Page Bookstore
477 Main Street, Monroe
Monroe SEPTA, Lakeside Nutrition and Turning the Page have partnered up for Monroe SEPTA’s first fundraiser.  Come shop local all day on December 15th at Lakeside Nutrition & Turning the Page. A percentage of your purchase will be donated to Monroe SEPTA.
Pictures with Santa – Santa will be available for visits and pictures at Lakeside Nutrition from 2-4pm.

Sensory Friendly Santa pictures will be from 4-5pm. Bring your camera.  We are asking a small donation be made for a picture with Santa.

12 – 2 p.m.
Santa & Stories Part 2 at Turning The Page Bookstore
477 Main St., Monroe
Stop by for a special Story Time with Santa and the chance to take your own photos with the jolly old elf, and do a little holiday shopping for everyone on your list… and those in the community who could use a little extra cheer this holiday season.  15% all sales will benefit SEPTA (Special Ed Parent Teachers Association) of Monroe.

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