HAMDEN — Residents seeking information on how to plan for future long-term care costs are invited to a public forum, “The Missing Link in Retirement Planning - Why and When to Consider Long-Term Care Insurance.” The forum will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Keefe Community Center, 11 Pine St., Hamden.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The State of Connecticut, in conjunction with the Keefe Community Center, will present this free, two-hour session. The program is open to the general public. No insurance sales will be given.

Those who will benefit are between age 40-65 years of age and have, or plan to have, assets of at least $75,000, excluding car and home. Gain a better understanding ot the state’s program, The Connecticut Partnership for Long-Term Care, and how it can add to long-range financial security; the risks and costs associated with nursing home and home care use and why it’s important to consider these long-term care factors in retirement planning; and what you need to know before buying long-term care insurance.

To register, call 800-547-3443 or register online at www.ctpartnership.org and click on the Public Forum link.

Coast Guard holding class

MILFORD — USCG Auxiliary Milford Flotilla is holding an About Boating Safety Class Oct. 5. Successful completion of this 8-hour ABS course satisfies the Connecticut licensing requirements for both boats and Personal Watercraft (PWC). The cost is $60 per person; to register and pay online, go to http://a0142403.uscgaux.info/ The class begins at 8 a.m. Walkins are welcome the day of the class, which will be held at USCG Auxiliary Milford Flotilla, One Helwig St., Milford. Phone: (860) 663-5505 Email: USCGAUX243@gmail.com

All students must have a State of CT Conservation ID Number before taking the ABS/PWC class. For a free ID number, go to https://www.ct.wildlifelicense.com/internetsalesxxx

Mae’s Closet lends medical equipment

HAMDEN — Mae's Closet, a place where residents can borrow durable medical equipment, is now open in Hamden. The closet was started by local residents Marilyn Bergen and Ann Levison who saw the need for such a program, and runs under the auspices of Interfaith Volunteer Care Givers of Greater New Haven. Seed money was granted by the Hamden Rotary.

Residents can borrow walkers, canes, commodes, bath stools and other items for $1. People can also donate equipment that they no longer use and make it available to another person.

To reach Mae's Closet either to borrow equipment or to donate, call 475-414-8333, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday through Friday, or email maesclosetct@gmail.com

United Way fundraiser set in Shelton

SHELTON — Valley United Way hosts the Third Annual Communitini, at 5:30 p.m., Oct. 10 at Center Stage Theater, 54 Grove St., Shelton. This year’s theme will focus on the magic of New York City. All proceeds raised will go toward funding efforts to combat food insecurity through support of local pantries, nutrition education, and the Valley-wide “Grow Your Own” garden program.

With just under 20 area restaurants participating this year, there is plenty for attendees to sample and judge. A People’s Choice and Critic’s Choice award will be given to the best restaurants in the areas of “Fine Dining” and “Pub Style.” Throughout the night, there will be live music by local band Lionfish, a silent auction and the ever-popular costume contest, all influenced by the New York, New York theme. Stratford’s Whiskey Barrel is hosting a whiskey tasting “Speakeasy” room for an additional $30. Guests will have exclusive access to this area with owner Samantha Mauro, and staff members.

Tickets are $70 per person, or $100 for access to the Whiskey Tasting, and can be purchased online at www.valleyunitedway.org or by calling 203-538-6343.

Veterans invited to Stand Down 2019 event

NEW HAVEN — Military veterans will be offered workforce assistance, including employment and training guidance, from the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Veteran Services staff during Stand Down 2019 on Friday, Sept. 20 at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs main campus.

More than 30 government agencies and social service organizations will take part in Stand Down 2019, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 287 West Street, Rocky Hill campus.

More than 200,000 veterans in this state are eligible to participate. They will be able to receive education, workforce, legal and motor vehicle assistance, housing referrals, state and VA benefits information, medical, dental and mental health screenings. Free clothing will also be distributed.

Veterans needing transportation to Stand Down 2019 can obtain free bus service provided by the Connecticut Department of Transportation from a number of locations around the state. Bus stops will be in Bridgeport, Bristol, Danbury, Danielson/Killingly, Derby, East Hartford, Ellington, Enfield, Hartford, Manchester, Middletown, Milford, Naugatuck, New Britain, New Haven, New London, Newington, Norwalk, Norwich, Orange, Stamford, Suffield, Terryville/Plymouth, Torrington, Vernon/Rockville, Wallingford, Waterbury, Westport, West Haven and Willimantic.

For further information and the transportation schedule, visit www.portal.ct.gov/DVA/Pages/Veterans-Stand-Down or call 860-616-3803.

EHHS graduates can take part in show

EAST HAVEN — East Haven High School graduates who make art are invited to submit their work for a fall show at Gallery 35 at the high school, an art space that rotates the work of professional and student artists.

The exhibit runs Nov. 1-Dec. 15, with a reception at 6 p.m. Nov. 13. To submit your work, visit https://tinyurl.com/EHHSAlumniArtShow. The submission deadline is Oct. 15.

For more information, email Matthew Stevens at mstevens@east-haven.k12.ct.us.