More calls are coming into the Estuary Council of Seniors, 220 Main St., in Old Saybrook requesting services through the "Meals on Wheels" program. Last year the Estuary Council provided 70,000 plus hot, nutritious meals to individuals in their nine town district of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Westbrook, plus Madison. Every year Federal, State and local governments are cutting back their budgets. Grant money is becoming more difficult to obtain.

In order to support the Meals on Wheels program, a benefit gala, "Forty and Fabulous" on Sept. 20, is being planned by a fund raising committee under the Co-Chairmanship of Old Saybrook residents President Gerri Lewis and committee member Ruth Yakaitis.

The gala event at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook will honor the Estuary's 40th Anniversary beginning at 6 p.m. The celebration promises to be an evening of wine and hors d'oeuvres under the tent by Coffee's Country Market of Old Lyme, comedy on stage featuring Vincent McElhone and Tony Liberati, the Fred Astaire Ballroom Dancers, Heiko and Vera Leyhausen, music by the Von Zells for listening or dancing, and a silent auction. Tickets are $50 and are available by calling the Estuary Council of Seniors at 860-388-1611.