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Area Briefs, September 30th, 2010

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Thompson Center Happenings - Sign up now for fall classes at the Thompson Center. Choose from French, Italian, Chair yoga, Strength and Fitness, T’ai Chi, Chorus, many exciting trips and much more. Call 457-3277 to receive our newsletter and learn more about our programs.

To see a listing of coming events for this week click here.

WUHS Endowment Grant Deadline

Grant applications for the WUHS Endowment are due October 15, 2010. Information is available at www.wcsu.net, WUHS Endowment Association.

Actors & Sewers Needed For Sound Of Music

Pentangle Players present the Sound of Music on Oct. 14-24. Actors Are Needed. Non-singing roles currently available: Franz, the butler (40-60 y/o male), Frau Schmidt, the housekeeper (40-60 y/o female)

Herr Zeller, Nazi Sympathizer (30-50 y/o male) Soldiers, Contestants, and other roles also available. Also seeking stage manager, props director, and backstage help to join our production team. Email R. Lee Adams at rleeadams1@gmail.com for more information.

Also a handful of volunteer seamstresses are now very much needed. Call Sara at (802) 484-5097 or Donna at (802) 457-4923 ASAP to help them sleep at night and aid in this wonderful community theater effort.

Donations Needed For Glad Rags Sale

Appeal for donations for 92nd Glad Rags Sale, which will be held Oct. 18th -21st between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. At the Masonic Hall on Pleasant St. Woodstock VT

Donations are Tax deductible. All proceeds benefit local non- profit groups. Donations of quality used clothing, small household items (no TVs or computers please), jewelry, and decorative items. If you need pick up or cannot make the above dates please call Christ Blanchard at: 457-2864 for further information. Non-profits donated to: Ottauquechee Health Center, Woodstock Community Food Shelf, Thompson Senior Center, VNA, & Hospice, Shining Light Mentoring Program.

Windsor Central Community Pep Band

Do you have a trumpet in your closet collecting dust and you want to play again? How about a clarinet, flute, or trombone? If you want to get together with other musicians and play fun music while supporting our local school, come and join the Windsor Central Community Pep Band! 7 PM in the Woodstock Union High School band room. All skill levels, ages, and instruments are accepted. This ensemble, conducted by Woodstock band leader Benjamin Potvin, is free and open to any musician that misses playing with a large group. This ensemble will join the high school band in performing for three home football games throughout the fall and in the winter for basketball season. For more information and to sign up, please e-mail Benjamin Potvin at bpotvin@wcsu.net

Rehearsal and Performance Schedule: Friday, 10/1: Game at 7 PM, Monday, 10/4: 7-8:30, Friday, 10/8: Game at 7 PM, Monday, 10/18: 7-8:30, Monday, 10/25: 7-8:30, Friday; 10/29: Game at 7 PM.

Seasonal Flu Clinics Scheduled

The Ottauquechee Health Center in Woodstock has scheduled a number of seasonal flu clinics in the weeks ahead. The clinics are for adult and pediatric patients and are by appointment only. The schedule: Oct. 13, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Oct. 14, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to noon; Oct. 28, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Nov. 4, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Nov. 11, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Nov. 18, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (802) 457-3030 for information or appointments.


Info For More Woodstock Phone Directory

The 2010-2011 Woodstock Telephone Directory has been distributed to all postal addresses in Woodstock, South Woodstock, Taftsville, South Pomfret and North Pomfret. Anyone who has not received a Directory or would like additional copies may purchase a Directory at either the Woodstock Pharmacy or Shire Apothecary for a cost of $5.00 per book or write to: Judy Wiggin, Woodstock Learning Trust, PO Box 28, Woodstock, VT 05091.

Woodstock Learning Collaborative Fall Schedule

The Woodstock Learning Collaborative (formerly WESAW) will begin its fall schedule in mid-October. It will offer 4 classes: “The Brontes and Jane Eyre” with long-time educator Sarah Mitchell; Margaret Edwards’ “Emerson and his Circle” with a trip to Concord, MA; A history of modern China with Nicholas Clifford of Middlebury, and “The New Science of Aging,” with a group of distinguished lecturers arranged by Candee Christoforides. For more information or for a full fall program, call Nan Bourne at 457-4969.

Nursery School Accepting Registrations

The Woodstock Nursery School, a morning preschool program for 3 and 4 year olds, is currently taking registrations for the 2010/2011 school years. The program fosters whole-child development through active, age-appropriate exploration of the world around us. For more information please call Andrea Farrington at (802) 457-1439 or email woodstocknurseryschool@gmail.com

Tools For Schools Program At WES

Again this year the Woodstock Elementary School is participating in the “Tools for Schools” program with Price Chopper and looking for your help! Please register your Price Chopper advantage Card either at the information desk in the store or on line at www.pricechopper.com you only need register your card once and each time your card is used Woodstock Elementary School will receive points towards equipment for the school. Our school code is #13984. If you have questions please call Leanne Chynoweth at 457-3454.

Woodstock Community Food Shelf

The Woodstock Community Food Shelf, located at Meadow Maxham Way, is open Mondays from 4-6 p.m., Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Donations of food may be dropped off during those times. Check cans and packages for expiration dates, please, as out-of-date food cannot be used. The telephone number is 802-457-1185.

Woodstock Chamber Seeks Volunteers

The Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers to help staff the Information Booth on the Village Green, 7 days a week from July through October. Flexible shifts. Must enjoy working with the public. Training provided. Please call 457-3555 to apply or email info@woodstockvt.com.

Passes To Six Vermont Institutions

Norman Williams Public Library offers passes to 6 Vermont institutions, allowing free or reduced entry to: American Precision Museum, Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center, the Vermont State Parks, Vermont Historic Sites, Billings Farm and Museum, and the Vermont Historical Library and Museum. Passes are available to library patrons, and may be “checked out” for 3 days, allowing plenty of time to enjoy these outstanding facilities throughout Vermont. Although the passes cannot be “renewed” to allow use for more than 3 days at a time, there is no limit to the number of times patrons may borrow them. Please call or visit the library for additional information.

Opportunities To Sing For ProMusica

ProMusica Chamber Choir, a 16-member advanced choral ensemble specializing in the performance practice of renaissance, baroque, and classical choral repertoires, is interviewing experienced singers for positions in all voice parts, particularly alto, tenor and baritones.

All experienced singers are welcome to contact the director, Robert Lee Adams at robertleeadams@gmail.com for more information and to set up a telephone interview. He is also looking for children and young adults to sing in the St. James’ Boy and Girl Choir. The choir rehearses on most Sundays from 4-6 p.m. with occasional Sunday Morning commitments, and sing-aways or tours.

Singers of all levels are invited to apply.

Free Firewood

Do you need some free firewood to help you heat your home during the upcoming cold days and nights? Call Change the World Kids at 457-2622 and we will help you.

Library Seeks Volunteers

The NWPL needs volunteers to help cover the reference desk on Saturdays as well as volunteers to help plan and put up holiday decorations and other displays throughout the year. We are also looking for teens and adults to write anonymous book reviews to be published on Facebook and in our Between the Stacks newspaper column. Contact our volunteer coordinator, Kathleen, for a volunteer application or Nik for information about Reference Desk work and book reviews. 802-457-2295 or reference@normanwilliams.lib.vt.us

Dana House Museum Open

The Dana House Museum, which interprets Woodstock history and 19th-century village life, will be open Tuesday through Sunday, 12 noon – 4 pm until October 17. Trained staff will be stationed throughout the museum to answer questions and share information about Woodstock and the collection. The Dana House Museum is located at 26 Elm Street, Woodstock, VT. Admission charged for non-members. For more information call: 802-457-1822.

Three Dog Book Club Returns:

The Three Dog Book club (3DBC) will meet at the bookshop on Thursday afternoons beginning in October. Log onto www.yankeebookshop.com or e-mail Donna at donna@yankeebookshop.com or call 457-2411 for details.

Hand In Hand Community Meals

Area residents and visitors are encouraged to join the “Hand In Hand” free community meal each Thursday from 5-7 p.m. in the social hall of the North Universalist Chapel, 7 Church Street, Woodstock. Hand In Hand is dedicated to community growth and development in Woodstock and the surrounding communities. We have different dinner themes weekly. Donations accepted. For information or to volunteer, call 802-457-9272.

Join The Cub Scouts

First through fifth grade boys are invited to join the fun of Cub Scouting with Pack 220. Activities include hiking, making crafts, camping, playing sports, racing Pinewood Derby cars, fishing, etc. For more information contact Cubmaster Kristopher Blanchard at 484-5539.

Boy Scouts Meet Thursdays

Boy Scouts for boys ages 10-1/2 to 18 meet every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Call Scoutmaster Jeff DeDell at 802-457-3773 for location. For more info and pics, see http://woodstocktroop220.org

Kids Can Help

For help with something around your home or property that you cannot accomplish yourself, the Change the World Kids are ready to assist. This energetic group of teenagers dedicated to making the world a better place, are happy to help for free. Call 802-457-2622 or write changetheworldkids@yahoo.com or ctwk@changetheworldkids.com.

Ora Paul Legion Meeting

The Ora Paul American Legion Post No. 24 members meet Wednesdays from 1-4 p.m. for a social get-together at the Legion House at the corner of Central and High Streets in Woodstock. On the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. the monthly meeting is held. All veterans are welcome. Any questions contact any member or call 802-457-9400 or stop by the Post.

Mentoring Program Seeks Volunteers

The Shining Light Mentoring Program is a community-based school-mentoring program operated by the Ottauquechee Community Partnership and the Windsor Central Supervisory Union. The program connects students from the Woodstock Union Middle School and High School with positive adult roles models from the community. At the moment we more students than we have mentors available. We are interested in having mentors of all ages and of a variety of backgrounds. To learn more about the Shining Light Mentoring Program, contact Jackie Fischer at Ottauquechee Community Partnership, 32 Pleasant Street, 802-457-2679 or via e-mail at slm@ocpvt.org or visit www.ocpvt.org.

HIRS Helps Find Caregivers

The Martha Lussier Health Information & Referral Service (HIRS) matches experienced caregivers with those who are seeking in-home health care. HIRS has a grant to help families in the greater Woodstock area pay for critical short-term in-home care. These funds are intended to help families pay caregivers while they work out longer-term arrangements. Inquiries should be directed to Lynne Tracy, HIRS coordinator, at 457-3478. There is never a charge for information or referrals. Applicants can be assured of privacy.

Thompson Center Services

The Thompson Center offers various activities and classes throughout the week. Call the Thompson Center at 457-3277 or visit www.thompsonseniorcenter.org for more information.

Medical & Shopping Ride Service offered at The Thompson Shuttle Service to Upper Valley Area: This service provides rides to Upper Valley hospitals and shopping centers, supplementing our existing twice-weekly shuttle to Woodstock Village merchants. Anyone can take advantage of this free service. Call Rebecca Griggs at 457-3277 in advance to sign up and for more information.

AA Meetings

AA Fellowship Mondays, 7 p.m. at the Woodstock Universalist Church

AA Beginners Group Fridays, 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Snows Church

AA Discussion Group Meeting Tuesdays, 12 p.m. at St. James Church

Fred A. Doubleday DeMolay Chapter

Young men between the ages of 12 and 21 are invited to join an organization that is about character building and leadership development through a variety of activities and events. This group is youth-led, not adult-led. Contact Dale F. Pushee 802-793-0641. Meetings are the second and fourth Wednesday of each month 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. at the Woodstock Masonic Temple.

Woodstock Area Job Bank

Seeking local employment? Need a qualified employee? Need help with a project? The Woodstock Area Job Bank is the only local source that matches people with jobs. Listings range from professional positions to the most basic services, from hourly to full time. Check out the WJB at www.woodstockjobbank.org or call coordinator Bev Moodie at 802-457-3835, Monday-Friday, 9am to noon. Or stop in, we’re located on the second floor of the Woodstock Town Hall. The service is free.

Historical Society Dana Library Hours

The John Cotton Dana Library at the Woodstock Historical Society is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The library collection includes photo and document archives, newspapers, oral history tapes and transcripts, a video library, local history research materials, and Internet access to census records and map databases. There is no usage charge for WHS members, students and teachers.

Book Donations Always Welcome

The Norman Williams Public Library is seeking donations for its ongoing Foyer Book Sale, which offers a large, constantly changing assortment of used books and other media for sale during Library hours. We gratefully accept donations of good to excellent condition books, audio books, CDs, videos, and DVDs. We are unable to accept textbooks, encyclopedias, or magazines. Please bring donations to the Library Circulation Desk. Please call 457-2295 regarding suitability of potential donations.

Zack’s Place Enrichment Center

Zack’s Place (ZP) is a community enrichment center. Our mission is to empower people with special needs to express themselves through art, music, dance, and athletics while developing lifelong bonds of friendship. Located in the center of Woodstock at 73 Central Street, Woodstock, Vermont 05091 we offer programming Monday through Friday from 12:20 p.m. – 5 p.m., that includes art, dance, music, exercise, life skills and more. We are always in need of volunteers, including those with computer skills, educational skills, artistic and that can work well with people. Please call 802-457-5868 for more information or email us at zacksplace1@gmail.com.

Fall Classes Offered At Purple Crayon and Artistree

Purple Crayon and Artistree Community Arts Center are offering fall classes in art and music programs for children and adults for our class list and to register call Tayo at (802) 457-3500 or email info@artistreevt or ts@purplecrayonproductions.org.



Barnard’s 230th Indian Raid Of 1780 Re-enactment

On Oct. 2 and 3 at Ward’s Field on Route 12 there will be a re-enactment of Barnard’s 230th Indian Raid of 1780. Begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday with Native Americans, British and Colonists at camp. Canon demo at 11:30 a.m. and the battle at 1 p.m. on both days. The cabin will be set on fire by the Native Americans at 1 p.m. on Sunday and there will be an 18th Century cooking demo on Saturday. Sponsored by the Barnard Historical Society.

Homemade Family Breakfast Benefits BEES

On Sunday, October 3 at 8am – 11am At The Barnard Town Hall – A Great Homemade Family Breakfast which includes: pancakes, VT maple syrup, eggs, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit, quiche, baked goods, donuts, coffee, tea, juice. Sponsored by the Barnard Educational Endeavor Society. For information and price contact Louise Blakeney 234-6709.

Barnard Book Club Meeting

The Barnard Book Club will meet on Wed., October 6 at 7p.m. to talk about “What is the What” by Dave Eggers. This is the searing, compelling story of Achak Deng, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. Against overwhelming odds, with immense courage and belief, the boys flee death from a genocidal war. Faced with dangerous animals, disease, starvation and brutality the boys travel from Sudan to Kenya and eventually 4,000 of them come to the U.S. (including Vermont) seeking safety and freedom. This becomes another, sometimes tragic, journey for many of the boys. Deng’s story is frightening, challenging, and ultimately uplifting. Join us for a conversation about survival in the contemporary world.

Free Firewood For The Needy

Firewood Fest – Do you need free firewood to help

Heat your home this winter? Come join Helping Hands

On Saturday, October 23rd starting a 9 (rain date Oct 24th)

At Ward’s logging operation, 2 ¼ miles north of Barnard

on Rt 12. Don’t worry if you don’t have a truck or

can’t split or load wood. Volunteers will help load

and even deliver wood. For more information or if you

would like to help, please call Joanne at 234-9224.

Roast Pork Dinner Benefits Snowmobile Club

The Barnard Mountainviewers snowmobile club will host its annual fund raising dinner on Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Barnard Town Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. for one seating at 6:30 p.m. Chefs Chris and Deb Mumford will dish up another gourmet meal, benefits from which support the Barnard recreational trail system. Tickets are available at the Barnard General Store, Mills Hardware in Bethel, or by calling Lynne Tracy at 234-9785 or Pam Butler at 234-9223. Reserve early for this popular event!


BEES Cookbook Available

BEES Cookbook Fundraiser: Over 100 community and school members’ favorite recipes. Call Barnard Academy at 802-234-9763.

Call For Barnard Book Participants

Filmmaker and Barnard resident Tara Wray is working on putting together a book of informal portraits of the entire population of Barnard. This includes East Barnard and South Barnard, people who work in Barnard but don’t necessarily live there, summer residents, or anyone who in one way or another considers Barnard their home. If interested in participating in this community wide endeavor, contact Wray at 802-457-3465 or e-mail wraywrayt@yahoo.com.

Barnard Helping Hands

Don’t hesitate to call Barnard Helping Hands for a helping hand. Volunteers are ready and willing to help free of charge. If you wish you could do something that needs to be done, but no longer can, contact them and use the resources they have available. Call Margot at 802-234-5320 or e-mail

Barnard Helping Hands Fund Raiser

Barnard Helping Hands is selling yellow plastic posted signs for $1.50 each or $1.25 for 10 or more. The sign reads: No Hunting, Fishing or Trapping except by permission of owner. Walkers and skiers welcome. Many of us are unhappy using available signs that treat trespassing as a crime and are happy to share our land with walkers. They are on sale at the Barnard General Store.



Rural Vermont’s Activist Farmers

Rural Vermont’s Activist Farmers: Photos and Stories are on display at the Bethel Public Library through the month of November. Exhibit features professional photos and interviews telling the stories behind Rural Vermont’s farmer-activist Board of Directors. Free reception with refreshments and live storytelling about the farmers and foods sustaining rural communities. For more info, visit www.ruralvermont.org or call 802-223-7222.



Bridgewater Congregational Meetings

Sunday: 4:30 p.m. Overeaters Anonymous Meeting Bridgewater Congregational Church, Route 4, Bridgewater, VT

Sunday: 6:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting Bridgewater Congregational Church, Route 4, Bridgewater, VT.

Thrift Store Now Open Seven Days

The newly enlarged Bridgewater Sustainable Earth Foundation’s thrift store is now open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located in The Bridgewater Mill’s third floor. The store will accept donations of new and gently used clothing, small furniture and house wares. Call 802-672-1990 for more information.

Oak Chapel Food Shelf

The Oak Chapel Food Shelf is open every Wednesday from 3-4 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Donations of food are also appreciated. For emergency needs or questions call Julie at 802-952-8571.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Inc. has set up a special fund to assist local residents of Bridgewater and surrounding towns to help pay for fuel, utilities, and food this winter. Both individuals and families are eligible. First priority will be given to the elderly and those on fixed incomes. Names of individuals requesting assistance will be held in strict confidence. Please leave a message at 802-672-1818 and we will return your call ASAP, or write to PO Box 39, Bridgewater, VT 05034.



Community Club Meetings

The East Barnard Community Club meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the East Barnard Community Hall or in members’ homes. Call 802-763-7036 for location or for information about “Neighborhood Cooking” featuring recipes by club members. New members and visitors are always welcome.



Famous Roast Beef Supper Benefit

The famous roast beef supper will be held Saturday, Oct. 9 from 5-7 p.m. at the Hartland Congregational (Brick) Church. Roast beef served family style, homemade rolls and pies. Benefits the Church’s Ladies Benevolent Society. For further info call Patricia Richardson 457-2674.


Hartland Memorabilia On Display

The Hartland Historical Society Museum displays Hartland memorabilia at its Route 12 location in Hartland Three Corners on Mondays, 1-4 p.m. and Fridays, 9-11 a.m. Call 802-436-1703.

VT Humanities Council Meets Monthly

A Vermont Humanities Council event will be hosted by the Hartland Public Library The group meets Wednesday a month beginning at 6:30 p.m. Discussions led by Rachael Cohen, Vermont Humanities Scholar and Hartland Resident. For people who love books and love to either talk about them or only listen to what others have to say. Copies of the books are available to loan at the library.

Memorable Memoirs: Take Two Memoirs come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: They are not autobiographies. Rather than a straight chronology of the author’s life, memoirs hone in on a specific feature of that life.



Teen Center Events

The Killington Teen Center is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays for an open gym. Donations are welcome. Stationary bicycle, weight systems, treadmill, punching bag and Wii fit system are available for use. Time: 3:30-5:30 p.m.



Tyson Library Book Sale And Quilt


Tyson Ladies Aid – Tyson Library Fall Book Sale & Quilt Raffle will be held Saturday, October 2 from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Library is near Tyson Church and Echo Lake Inn. For more information call Paige Harlow (802)-259-3543

Coolidge State Historic Site Events

The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation has planned an exciting season of special events at the Coolidge Site, including Plymouth Cheese & Harvest Festival (September 19). Back by popular demand are the Grace Coolidge Musicales, a series of recitals for piano, voice, violin, and cello. The recital is held October 3.

The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site is open through October 17, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., daily. For further information, contact the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, 802-672-3773, or visit the state-owned historic sites online at www.HistoricVermont.org/sites

Plymouth Historical Society Plans A Hike

Plymouth Historical Society Hike to Five Corners Cemetery scheduled for Sunday October 3, 2010. Meet at the Plymouth Historical Society Building at 1:00pm

Activities to include; Stone rubbings (supplies provided), meanings of monument symbols, cemetery history, etc. come join our members for a free day out.

Contact info: Melissa Lynds 802-672-3547 erl_booty@vermontel.net

World Communion Sunday Observed

Tyson Congregational Church will be observing World Communion Sunday on Oct. 3with a special service. We would like to have “God loves all the people of the world” said in as many different languages as possible. We hope to communicate our connection through faith in Jesus by celebrating the Lord’s Supper together, while at the same time appreciating the diversity of people who share our faith. Please consider joining us for our 10:30 Worship Service & possibly wearing or bringing something that relates to your heritage or a different culture. For additional information, please call Margo Marrone at 228-5114. Come a few minutes early to become comfortable with our setting & plan to stay for a time fellowship following the service, as well!


Developmental Screening Available

If you have a three- to five-year-old child and you have questions about his or her development, you can have the child screened through the Essential Early Education program. This program is supported by federal, state and local funds and provides screening on such areas of communication, vision, hearing, movement, social, self-help skills or learning. To schedule a preschooler, call the Rutland-Windsor Supervisory Union at 802-228-7785.

Plymouth Republicans Are Needed

We are in need of your help. Please volunteer to be a “Justice of the Peace.” This is an immediate appointment. The Governor will make these changes now. Please call Republican Town Chair. Richard North @ 228-8354 or contact Rachel Lynds at the Plymouth Town Clerks office 672-3243.

SEVCA Offers Textile Recycling

SEVCA offers textile recycling at Plymouth, Ludlow &

Cavendish recycling/transfer stations.

Look for the little red sheds and donate your unwanted clothing, shoes and linens for reuse or recycling. All items should be clean, dry and bagged – we ask that shoes be bagged separately.

SEVCA’s staff sorts the textiles that we collect to ensure that wearable clothes ─ especially cold weather clothes ─ are available for your neighbors who need them. All items that are not re-usable due to rips or stains will be recycled.

Limited Financial Assistance Offered

The Plymouth Memory Tree fund offers limited financial assistance to area residents in need as well as support coordinating with outside sources of funding. Please address concerns to one of the following Memory Tree Committee members: Al Poirier @228-3308, Melissa Lynds @672-3547, Naomi Moyer @672-5233, Elaine Gambone @672-3493, or Margo Marrone @228-5114. All information will be kept strictly confidential.



36th Annual Harvest Supper Benefit

The 36th Annual Harvest Supper to benefit the Pomfret School will be on Saturday, October 2nd at the Pomfret Town Hall. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and cleanup will be until 10 p.m.


Saturday Nights at the Observatory

On the first Saturday of each month at 7:30 p.m., the Horizons Observatory presents free programs covering a wide variety of astronomy topics. Each presentation will conclude with a night sky tour of that month’s celestial highlights. Programs will be followed by stargazing (weather permitting) using the observatory’s telescopes. Visit the Horizons Observatory web site, www.horizonsobervatory.org, for a listing of each month’s program topics.



Rusty DeWees Fall 2010 Tour

Fresh ShowBellows Falls Opera House, October 8 and 9, tickets brattleborotix.com, Village Sqaure Booksellers, and Lebanon Opera House, October 15, and 16, tickets, lebanonoperahouse.org. All shows 8 pm, all tickets $20.00.

Harvest Bake Sale and Upscale Resale

Saturday October 9, 2010 from 9 AM to 2 PM at the UUCUV Meeting House 320 Rt 5 South, Norwich, VT 05055

Bake sale from our fall bounty and a better-than-average yard sale. Proceeds to benefit Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Upper Valley and our outreach efforts.

Contact information: Lori A. Fortini 603-448-2936 or la14e@valley.net

Soupathon Benefit

Friday October 22, 2010 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the UUCUV Meeting House, 320 Rt 5 South, Norwich, VT 05055

Homemade soups, bread, and desserts – all-you-can-eat. Bring your appetite and friends to a great night of fellowship and good comfort food. Adults $8.00, children 6 to 12 $4.00, children 5 and under no charge, and take home $8.00.

Proceeds to benefit Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Upper Valley and our outreach efforts.

Contact information: Lori A. Fortini 603-448-2936 or la14e@valley.net

Rusty DeWees Fall 2010 Tour

Fresh ShowBellows Falls Opera House, October 8 and 9, tickets brattleborotix.com, Village Sqaure Booksellers, and Lebanon Opera House, October 15, and 16, tickets, lebanonoperahouse.org. All shows 8 pm, all tickets $20.00.


Events Held At Quechee Library

Call 295-1232 for information or visit www.quecheelibrary.org

Ongoing Events At VINS Nature Center

VINS Nature Center Exhibits and Nature Store is open daily 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. Located on Route 4 just west of the Quechee Gorge. Call 802-359-5000 or visit www.vinsweb.org for details.

Historical Open House

The Hartford Historical Society hosts a regular open house at the Garipay House, located at 1461 Maple Street, Hartford Village on the first Tuesday of the month from 6-8 p.m. and on the second Sunday of the month from 1:30-4 p.m. Visits can also be arranged by appointment. Items from the Society’s collection are on display and volunteers are available to answer any questions. For more information call Pat Stark at 802-295-3077 days or 802-296-2192 evenings.

Women’s Barbershop Chorus

Valley Chords Women’s Barbershop Chorus rehearsals are held Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. in Hartford. Call Darlene 649-2656 for more information or visit our website at www.valleychords.org.

GAL Program Needs Volunteers

Windsor County GAL Program needs volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children in the Family Court. Contact Charles Hacker at 802-295-8865.

Volunteer At WISE Training

Become part of the WISE direct service team through Wise Volunteer Advocate Training. The WISE 24-hour, toll-free crisis line is available to victims of domestic and sexual violence, thanks to empathetic and dedicated community members, like you, answering calls every hour, every day. To learn more about the fall volunteering at WISE starting on October 5th, visit www.wiseoftheuppervalley.org or contact Kat at: 603-448-5922 or volunteer@wiseoftheuppervalley.org.

Story Time At Quechee Library

Story time at the Quechee Library is held every Wednesday at 10 a.m. for children ages 7 and under with tales and a related craft. Library hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, 2-7 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. During the summer, check the Web site at www.quecheelibrary.org for book discussion dates and other special events, including the “Be Creative” Tuesday series for older children.

Toastmasters Meetings Held Monthly

Toast of the Valley: Practice + Encouragement = Confident Speakers

Dates: Second & Fourth Tuesday of each month. Time: 6-8 p.m. Location: VA Medical Center, Veterans Drive, White River Junction.



Free Reiki Clinics

Free Reiki clinics from a team of volunteer professionals are held at Gifford Medical Center. Experience this ancient form of energy healing at one of these free sessions, which will be held on the first Thursday of each month from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Gifford Conference Center, 44 S. Main St., Randolph. Call Kelly at 802-746-8834 for more information.



Reading Public Library Looking For Volunteers

The Reading Public Library is looking for folks who’d like to volunteer on occasion during regular library hours or with upcoming projects. This might mean helping out with a children’s program, baking cookies for a special event, filling in for the librarian, or lending a hand during a fundraiser. There’s no binding commitment. If you’re interested, call the library at 484-5588, send an e-mail to reading.public.library@comcast.net, or drop in at 717 Rte. 106.

Reading Food Shelf

Located in the Old Stone Schoolhouse on Tyson Road in South Reading, the Food Shelf is open Mondays 2-4 p.m. and Thursdays 4-6 p.m. Call Dianne Bennett at 484-7410 or call Sue Joyal at (802) 484-9792. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to: Reading Food Shelf, Inc. P.O. Box 384, Brownsville, VT 05037.



IRS Workshop For Non-Profits

Vermont Law School will host an IRS workshop for small and medium-sized non-profit organizations in northern New England from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 12. The workshops, presented by experienced IRS Exempt Organizations specialists, will explain what 501(c)(3) organizations must do to keep their tax-exempt status and comply with tax obligations. The workshops are designed for administrators and volunteers who are responsible for an organization’s tax compliance. Workshop topics will include benefits and responsibilities of tax-exempt status, unrelated business income, employment issues, the redesigned 990 forms and required disclosures.

Pre-registration is required for the VLS workshop, which is open to the public. To register online, go to: http://forms.vermontlaw.edu/nonprofits/ For more information or to register by phone, contact Judy Hilts at jhilts@vermontlaw.edu or 802-831-1264. Vermont CPE and CLE credit are available.


Bronze Sculpture Exhibit

This exhibit is free and open to public. It’s a great way to celebrate the true meaning of Easter. Come see the bronze sculpture exhibit, “The Healing Power of Jesus Christ, ­” by Angela Johnson. Incredible detail makes this moving exhibit of scriptural events in the life of Jesus a must see. Located at the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial Historic Site, 357 LDS Lane, South Royalton, VT; 801-763-7742; josephsmithmemorial@gmail.com; open 9 a.m. -7 p.m. Mon. -Sat.; 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. Free refreshments in residence Friday through Sunday. Call for special showings.



All-You-Can-Eat Brunch and Book Sale

On Sunday, October 4 at St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 State St in Windsor, there will be an All-You-Can-Eat Brunch and Book Sale starting at 11 a.m. and ending at 1 p.m. The brunch will feature pancakes with real maple syrup, eggs, home fries, fruit, sausage, homemade soup, homemade breads, casseroles, desserts and several beverages. The cost is $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for preschool. We have lots & lots of books to choose from and are 4/ $1.00. All proceeds will benefit the Church’s Building Fund. For more information, call Betty at 802-885-2253 or e-mail dubberuss@comcast.net.

Downtown Windsor Will Host Harvest 2010

Harvest 2010, Friday October 8. 5:00 – 10:00 p.m., downtown Windsor. For more information, call Windsor Downtown Program at 802-674-9447 or see www.harvestvermont.org.

Rummage And Bake Sale Benefit

Rummage & Bake Sale will be held on Friday, Oct. 8 from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Oct. 9 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Brownsville Town Hall in West Windsor. Benefits the West Windsor Fire Dept. and Mt. Ascutney Christian Center Women’s Ministries. (802) 245-4215. (bag sale on Sat.)

Re-enactors at Old Constitution House

The Old Constitution House, “The Birthplace of Vermont,” is open for the 2010 season.

The Old Constitution House State Historic Site is located at 16 North Main Street in Windsor. The 2010 season runs through October 11 on Saturday, Sunday and Monday holidays, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

For further information call 802-672-3773, or visit the state-owned historic sites online atwww.HistoricVermont.org/sites.

West Windsor Historical Society’s

Annual Meeting

‘Fiddling Around: Adam Boyce with Ron Neronsky – Music From Our Past” will be the evening’s program at the West Windsor Historical Society Annual Meeting on Friday, Oct. 15 at the West Windsor Town Hall in Brownsville at 8 p.m. Evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a social time, followed by a pot-luck supper from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Please bring your own place settings. Call Genevieve Lemire 484-5718 or Leone Bushkin 484-1235.


Mentors Needed

Windsor County Partners, a youth mentoring organization, is seeking caring adult volunteers to mentor area youth ages 10-17. For more information, call 802-674-5101 or visit www.WCPartners.org.

Download Books at Windsor Library

Windsor Public Library is proud to announce that they are part of Listen Up! Vermont, a downloadable audio book service. Listen Up! Vermont allows library patrons to download audio books from the comfort of your home or office 24/7. The library is open Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For information or questions, do not hesitate to call the library at 802-674-2556 or send an e-mail to www.woodstockjobbank.org.

Cancer Support Meeting

A cancer support group is forming at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor. Inpatients, outpatients, family members and caregivers are all invited. The group runs from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., and will continue every Tuesday. Organizers said participants would receive helpful hints, advice and support, and have questions answered. Call Kathy Shaban at 802-674-7306 to reserve a spot.

Sculpture Garden By Herb Ferris

Two Trees Sculpture Garden, in Windsor, VT features “Sky Flower” by sculptor Herb Ferris. The 50 foot tall by 20 foot wide sculpture is constructed of bamboo and granite. Herb Ferris is an internationally known artist now residing in Windsor. This new outdoor sculpture garden, located at the corner of Main St. and State St., will have changing seasonal exhibits. Privately owned; free to the public. 802-674-6880. While in Windsor, enjoy The Cornish Colony Museum, the new Nuance Art Gallery, the Windsor Gallery, The American Precision Museum, The Old Constitution House, the Path of Life Garden and the longest covered bridge in America.

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