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Look here for local non-profit organizations to announce their events and information as well as ongoing activities in the area. For complete event listings see our calendar here.

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, trips, evenings out and more. Call 457-3277 to receive our newsletter and learn more about our programs for adults of all ages.

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, con-ducted by Woodstock bandleader 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 per-forming 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
Rehearsal and Performance Schedule: Monday, 10/25: 7-8:30, Friday; 10/29: Game at 7 PM.

Membership Drive: Woodstock
Historical Society

The fall membership drive is underway. New members purchasing a Woodstock Historical Society membership (at the family level or higher) before November 1 will be entered into a drawing for a free parking lot space for one year in the Historical Society’s Elm Street parking lot. For more details, call (802) 457-1822 or visit our website at

Six Week Grief Education & Support Group Offered

A Grief Education and Support Group is being offered for those who have experienced the death of a loved. This six-session group is free, open to residents of Woodstock and the surrounding communities, and will begin on Sunday, November 7, from 4 -6 p.m. The group will meet at the North Universalist Chapel Society, 7 Church St., Woodstock, on Nov. 7, 14, 21, and December 5, 12, and 19. This program will provide small group support as well as education about the nature of grief and its effect on our lives. Facilitators are Susan Jantos, MSW, and Ann LaRocque, LCMHC. To register please call 802-457-1786.

Zack’s Place 4th Annual Turkey Trot
November 25 at 10 a.m. Thanksgiving Day – starts at the Woodstock Elementary School and finish at the Woodstock Village Green: Awards ceremony with refreshments and live music will be held on the green. Register online recommended at: or Pre-register and pick up race packets at the Woodstock Elementary school on Nov.24 from 4-6 pm. Register the day of the race from 8:30am-9:30a.m at the Woodstock Elementary School. Parking: behind the Creamery, or behind Woodstock Elementary School. Registration Fees: $25 for pre-registered, after Nov. 20 for $30. All pre-registered participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt, prizes and medals will be awarded to top racers. For more information visit our website at or Email or call Zack’s Place 802-457-5868

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 addi-tional copies may purchase a Directory at either the Wood-stock 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.
The following listings should be added or corrected in
this year’s Directory:
Steve and Paige Hiller, 19 Mountain Ave. 457-9203
Fred & Mary Hundertmark, Rt 4 West Woodstock 457-3309 and 457-4039
John and Patsy (Patricia) Mathews, 10 North St. 457-2087
Krit Maxham- delete computer line 457-2499
Fred & Peggy Merrill, 25 High Street 457-3332
H & P Schwenk, 40 Elm St. 457-2031 and Totman Hill, So. Pomfret 457-2033

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 pro-gram 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

Tools For Schools Program At WES
Again this year the Woodstock Elementary School is participating in the “Tools for Schools” program with Price Chop-per and looking for your help! Please register your Price Chopper advantage Card either at the information desk in the store or on line at you only need register your card once and each time your card is used Wood-stock Elementary School will receive points towards equip-ment 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

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 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

Three Dog Book Club Returns:

The Three Dog Book club (3DBC) will meet at the book-shop on Thursday afternoons beginning in October. Log onto or e-mail Donna at 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 Kristo-pher Blanchard at 484-5539.

Boy Scouts Meet Thursdays

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

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 or

Mentoring Program Seeks Volunteers

The Shining Light Mentoring Program is a community-based school-mentoring program operated by the Ottau-quechee 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 or visit

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 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.

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 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 tran-scripts, 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 12:20PM-5PM, that includes art, dance, music, exercise, life skills and more. We are always in need of volunteers, includ-ing 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

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

Inclusive Therapeutic Skating
Free program for all special needs. Rental skates available. Qualified volunteer skaters available for on ice assistance. Will be held Union Arena in Woodstock on Tuesdays, 4:20-5:10 p.m. now through March 8. No ice Dec. 28, Feb. 15 & March 1. For more info call Anita Rogerson (802) 457-4092.

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.

Barnard Book Club Continues

The Barnard Book Club will meet Wed. Nov. 3 at the Dan-forth Library to discuss “Celestine: Voices from a French Village” by Gillian Tindall. Join us for tea and talk at the library.
Heads Up!! Wed., Dec. 1, we will talk about “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese-a rich story of Indian twins who become doctors.

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 partici-pating in this community wide endeavor, contact Wray at 802-457-3465 or e-mail

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 inter-views 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 or call 802-223-7222.

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.

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.

Events Held At Hartland Library

Film series has begun and will continue through November. Join us Friday nights at 7 p.m. See our website for details. Free (donations welcome). Contact: 802 698-0257.
Baby-Toddler Story time continues on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Stories, finger plays and songs for infants to age 2 and their caregivers.
Preschool story time has started up again. Preschoolers and their caregivers are welcome for stories, songs and crafts on Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
After school Club is back! Fridays from 3-4 p.m. for kids K-8. Parents are welcome. Create incredible crafts and eat yummy snacks while listening to a riveting story.

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.

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 pro-gram. This program is supported by federal, state and local funds and provides screening on such areas of communica-tion, 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.

Quechee Community Church

Celebrates Music Sunday
The Quechee Community Church will celebrate Music Sunday on October 31 at the 10 a.m. worship service. There will be special choir music, vocal ensembles and solos, hymn singing, music by the Youth Strings and handbell trio music. Ellen Satterthwaite is music director; Jo Shelnutt-Melendy is pastor. Come and join us in this musical celebration service.

VINS Nature Center Program and Events

Live Bird Programs daily through Sunday, Oct. 31 from 11 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
Six-Week Yoga Series – through-Nov. 18 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Hoots and Howls on Saturday, Oct. 30 from, 5:30-8 p.m.
Preserving the Harvest: Keeping Our Food Dollars Local. Pre-registration Deadline: Monday, Nov. 1.
Additional program can be scheduled for groups of special events such as holiday and birthday parties.
Visit or call (802) 359-5000 for full details of programs and special events.

Events Held At Quechee Library

Call 295-1232 for information or visit

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

GAL Program Needs Volunteers
Windsor County GAL Program needs volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children in the Family Court. Con-tact 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 or contact Kat at: 603-448-5922 or

3rd Annual Reading Bazaar Looking For Ventors

The Reading Friends and Neighbors Foundation is sponsoring the 3rd annual Reading Bazaar on November 20, 2011. Any vendors interested in selling your items, please contact Shiri Macri at 802-484-9930 or . We would like to feature as many local products as possible, so preferable items are handmade, homemade, or home grown.

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, 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.

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;; 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.

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

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

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 sup-port, and have questions answered. Call Kathy Shaban at 802-674-7306 to reserve a spot.

Two Trees Sculpture Garden Held In Windsor
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.

Look here for local non-profit organizations to announce their events and information as well as ongoing activities in the area. For complete event listings see our calendar here.

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