State Representative Mike D’Agostino will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of Hamden Alliance for Trees (HAT) Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Room at Dunbar United Church of Christ located at 767 Benham St.

Representative D’Agostino will provide an update on the newly passed Municipal Tree Act as well as other potential tree legislation to come out of Hartford in the upcoming 2018 session.

Chair of the Hamden Tree Commission, Tom Parlapiano, will provide an update on local tree issues. The potential impact of the results of the local election on our trees will be discussed along with updates on current tree actions. New opportunities to share information with residents at local events will be shared.

The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. Please join us. Together we can make a difference!

Thursday, Nov. 30 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Whitneyville Branch Library, 125 Carleton Street.

Join us for a post-Thanksgiving neighborhood gathering at the library to enjoy poetry reading, light refreshments, and nourishing conversations with your friends and neighbors. This free event is co-sponsored by the Whitneyville Civic Association and Hamden Public Library.

For more information, please contact Michael Ross at mross56@comcast.net.

Hamden’s Department of Recreation with support from the Friends of Brooksvale Park, presents a Wreath Making Workshop on Saturday, Dec. 2.

With assistance from knowledgeable staff and volunteers you will learn how to craft a Christmas wreath made from a variety of fresh-cut greens with baubles and bows to add. Each wreath is unique and both men and women enjoy this annual tradition. Many say this is the start of the Christmas season for them!

Crafting sessions are at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Preregistration Is required as each session is limited to 25 participants. Each handcrafted wreath costs $20.00 with 100% of the proceeds going back into the park for educational purposes. If you have clippers/pruners please bring them as we have a limited number available. Hint: bring some hand sanitizer to help get the sap off when you’re done!

TO REGISTER: Email the park directly at brooksvale@hamden.com or call the park office at 203-287-2669 clearly giving your name, contact information, session you’re registering for and number of participants. Park staff WILL call/email you to CONFIRM you are registered. Each session is limited to 25 participants, no walk-ins can be accommodated. Please note: This workshop is geared towards adults and is not suitable for young children.

If you’d like to bring a sweet treat to share with others, our refreshment table will be set-up and the mulled cider and hot coffee will be ready for you! For info. about FOB or to become a member, go to www.friendsofbrooksvale.org or email us at info@friendsofbrooksvale.org Remember, you must contact the park directly at the email or phone # above to register for the workshop!

The workshop takes place in the Veterans’ Memorial Building at Brooksvale Park, 524 Brooksvale Ave. Hamden CT. Only a wicked winter storm will cancel but if you’re unsure call the park.

Ranger Vinny is on the hunt for fresh (free) greens for the workshop. If you know of someone who has spruce, pine or balsam trees needing trimming, have them contact him, soon!

The Hamden and North Haven Lions Clubs is sponsoring a free event on Nov. 16, Thursday, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hamden Public Library/Miller Memorial Cultural Library, "Eating Our Way to Health:. With a brief overview of diabetes and animals. An introduction to plant-based nutrition, Why its health effects are so powerfull, and who can benefit.

A presentation with Questions and Answers by Cathy Katin-Grazzini, Plant-based Culinary Medicine, Educator and Chef, Matrix Personalized Medicine LLC, Cahty's Kitchen Prescription, LLC.

RSVP Hamdenl@gmail.com

20th Year of Beerfest! Knights of Columbus Carmel Council #3605 will host their annual Beerfest. Featuring Local CT Breweries, Food, Music, and Raffle Prizes. All proceeds will benefit Camp Rising Sun and Carmel Council #3605 Charities.

Date: Nov. 17

Time: 7– 9:30 p.m.

Location: Columbus Lodge Hall, 2630 Whitney Avenue, Hamden

Tickets: $25.00 per person, tickets purchased at the door

*Must be at least 21 years of age to attend

Information: Call Coach Koch (203) 915-7405

295 Benham St., Hamden, CT 06514 203-281-2569

November 20 – 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Twilight Retreat – We invite you to spend an evening in refection, sharing and quiet prayer, centered on a theme proper to the calendar year or liturgical season. Cost: $20

November 29 – 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Pizza and a Movie. “Babette’s Feast. Cost per person: $15. Two sisters take in a French refugee, Babette Hersant, who wins the lottery and wants to repay the sisters for their kindness. Facilitated by Jim Pepitone. You must register in advance prior to November 28.

December 1 – 6:00 – 9:00 pm KIds’ Night Out. December 1, 8, 15. You can drop off your kids and enjoy an evening out! A safe evening for the children who will be served, pizza, snacks, enjoy a movie and crafts. Children should bring a pillow and sleeping bag/mat. Cost $15 per child, $35 for families of 3 or more.

December 2 – Advent Day of Retreat: Praying the Icons of Advent and Christmas. 9:30 am – 3:00. The signs and symbols that we see often communicate to us in a much more profound manner than texts that we simply read. Presenter: Fr. Jordan Lenagham, OP. Cost: $50 per person, includes lunch. Full payment due by November 20.

December 4 – Words of Wisdom – 9:30 – 11:30 am – Pax (Sara Pennypucker) Book Club for those interested in exploring classic contemporary works that contain a spiritual dimension. Free will offering.

December 4- Twilight Retreat in the Taize Tradition. 7:00 – 9:00 pm. An Advent theme focusing on the type of contemplative, centering prayer done in the Taize tradition of sun, uncomplicated, repetitive sons that all the mystery of God to become tangible through the beauty of simplicity. Cost: $20.

To register for these programs, please call the Caritas Christi Center at 203-281-2569.

The annual Holly Berry Festival, a 2-day juried craft fair to benefit the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Retirement Fund, it takes place each year the Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Crafters interested in participating this year on Nov. 17 and 18, should visit www.ascjus.org\hollyberry.

The fair takes place Nov. 17 from 3 to 8 p.m. and Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It will take place in the Philip Paolella Recreational Center at Sacred Heart Academy 265 Benham St., Hamden.

Friday, Nov. 17 - Pasta Dinner — 5-7 pm (Adults $10/Children $5)

Saturday, Nov. 18 - Food Court 11 am – 1 pm -- Baked Goods, Children’s Crafts, Christmas Tree Lane, Raffles and more!

For information, call 203-248-4225, extension 406, or visit: www.ascjus.org/hollyberry

The Community Services office for the Town of North Haven would like to announce that North Haven residents will be welcome to reserve their names for the 2017 Thanksgiving food distribution.

Food distribution will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 21 from 1-4 p.m. at the Town Hall Annex Building, 5 Linsley St. Please contact Kim Bracale in the Community Services office any time between 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday through Friday at 203-239-5321 x502 to sign up. Requests must be received no later than 4:30pm on Thursday, Nov. 16.

The Food Distribution Program is intended for income eligible North Haven families. Families must present a driver’s license or photo ID. First time participants must sign and complete a one page application upon arrival.

Note to those interested in donating turkeys: Due to storage limitations, the Department asks that turkey donations be delivered on Monday, November 21st between 8:30am and 12:30pm. Currently, there is a need for: instant mashed potatoes, stuffing, turkey gravy, cornbread, canned cranberries and canned yams. Monetary donations are gladly accepted. Beyond Thanksgiving, the food bank has a constant need for: Mayo ,ketchup, mustard, coffee, tea, tuna, soup, any Chef Boyardee products, instant mashed potatoes, cookies, crackers, macaroni and cheese, protein bars, granola bars, trail mix, nuts, jerky, peanut butter crackers, graham crackers, dried fruit, fruit roll ups, fruit snacks, fruit cups, applesauce, pudding cups, peanut butter, jelly, pop tarts, cereal, oatmeal, pancake mix, syrup, fruit juice boxes and canned fruit.

These items can be dropped off to the Department of Community Services office, at the Town Hall Annex Building, 5 Linsley St., from Monday through Friday, between 8:30am and 4:30pm, from now until Nov. 20.

If you would like to sign up, receive further information or have any questions regarding these programs, please contact the Department of Community Services at 203-239-5321 x500.

Once again this year members of The North Haven Garden Club will be selling handmade Birdseed Wreaths that would make a wonderful gift for that someone who loves birds or for that hard to buy person in your life. The wreaths measure 10 inches in diameter and come with a festive decorative bow for easy hanging. They are priced at $15 each. Order deadline is Nov. 30. Wreaths can be picked up at Parks and Rec Center on Thursday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Snow day - just in case - will be Friday, Dec. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. Pre payment is required and checks should be made out to North Haven Garden Club. Wreaths can be delivered for an additional charge of $5. To place an order please contact Cindy Golia at 203-239-6792 (leave a message), at nhgccindyg@yahoo.com. or a message can be left on our Facebook page and you will be contacted.

Don't forget to check us out on Facebook at The North Haven Garden Club and like our page!

The North Haven Garden Club is a member of The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, The New England Garden Club and The National Garden Clubs Inc.

North Haven Camera Club will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m., at Hope Christian Church, 211 Montowese Ave., North Haven. This meeting will include the monthly photography competition and critique session.

North Haven Camera Club welcomes new members at all bi-weekly Tuesday meetings. The club offers workshops, field trips and competitions at all skill levels. Many workshops are conducted by professional photographers with decades of work experience.

For more information, visit NorthHavenCameraClub.com.

If you like going to the movies, plus the opportunity to meet new friends who also have an interest in film, then consider joining our club. Similar to a book club concept, our adult members are assigned two movies to view each month on their own playing at local theaters. Then meet 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at The North Haven Park&Rec building, 7 Linsley Street North Haven. Our discussions cover a wide range of topics such as the story, actors, and costume deign set design, makeup, locations, music, extras etc. Movies we’ve reviewed so far this year were: Sully, Manchester By The Sea, The Dress Maker, La La Land, Lovers, Florence Jenkins, The Zookeeper’s Wife, Fences, Gifted, Kong Skull Island, Moonlight, Beauty and The Beast, Wonder Woman, Kidnapped, The Mountain Between Us, Brad’s Status and Battle of the Sexes. For information call Rich Ziemba (203) 494-3002 or email him at bedfordgroup 24@sbcglobal.net

The North Haven Historical Society and Museums is pleased to announce "Holidays at the Tavern" - a holiday open house at the Rising Sun Tavern. The Tavern, now a private home in North Haven, will be open to the public on Sunday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no cost for this event, but the society asks that visitors donate at the door to benefit the restoration of the Martha Culver House. The tavern will be decorated for the holidays, with different rooms representing the various centuries of the home's existence. Volunteers from the historical society will be on hand to answer questions and share stories about the tavern's history. The tavern is not handicapped accessible, and does have some steps leading to the front entrance. There is parking on-street. Light refreshments will be served. Please join us as we usher in the holiday season! For more information, please call the society at 203-239-7722.

The Rising Sun Tavern will be open to the public on Sunday, December 3, 2017!

Visitors are welcome from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Tavern is located at 1 Old Tavern Lane in North Haven.

Donations to benefit the restoration of the Martha Culver House will be accepted at the door - please be generous!

The Animal Haven’s 2017 Holiday Fair will take place on Saturday, Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the North Haven Congregational Church, 28 Church Street (across from the Town Green) in North Haven.

Admission is Free. All proceeds benefit The Animal Haven of North Haven.

There will be handmade goods and gifts, a bake sale, refreshments and the ‘spin the roulette wheel’ prize game. Come and see some of our finest local crafters. This years’ raffle prize is a hand-made afghan.

Donations of canned & dry cat & dog food will be accepted at the fair.

Volunteers are needed to work at the fair, or to donate new handmade items or baked goods to sell. Baked goods should be wrapped for individual sale.

To volunteer or donate contact Chris, Chairperson, at chriskat32@aol.com or 203-484-9648

The Animal Haven is a private, nonprofit, 501(c) (3) charitable organization serving the greater New Haven area since 1948. It is a no-kill shelter whose mission is to provide a temporary, safe, caring and humane refuge for homeless, adoptable cats and dogs, and to subsequently place those animals in quality, adoptive permanent homes.

North Haven's Annual Holiday Food Drive has begun. Non-perishable food items can be donated directly to the Food Pantry at the North Haven Congregational Church any weekday morning between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Collection bins are located at North Haven Town Hall, Town Hall Annex, North Haven Senior Center, North Haven Memorial Library, Arnold's Jewelers – the North Haven Diamond Center, Connex Credit Union (North Haven Branch), United Bank, Bank of America, People’s Pharmacy, Bonesse’s Pizza, Inferno Pizza, Mary's Helpers, Minotti’s Music Center, Mio Salon, Ron's Barber Shop, Quinnipiac University School of Law, Paul Mitchell’s North Haven Academy, Besomebody Fitness and Pilates, Feldman Orthodontist, Quinnipiac Physical Therapy and North Haven Dialysis Center. The Boy Scouts will be collecting on November 11. Gift certificates or cash donations can be made. Checks should be payable to North Haven Congregational Church, food drive in the memo line.

Food for the Thanksgiving food boxes will be packed Nov. 17 for delivery on the morning of Nov. 18. Food for the Christmas food boxes will be packed Dec. 15 for delivery on the morning of Dec. 16. Of course, food items delivered at all times will be added to the North Haven Food Pantry to be given to needy families in the region.

For more information and a list of specific food items needed, and if you want to participate, please call the North Haven Congregational Church at 203-239-5691.