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.
Ski Runners Need Instructors
Woodstock Ski Runners (WSR) is looking for volunteer instructors for its Friday Learn to Ski Program. All levels from beginner to advanced instructors needed. WSR is also looking for beginner level snowboarding instructors. Friday program dates are: January 7,14,21,28, February 4, 11, March 4, March 11. Instructors who volunteer with the program can ski free every Friday the program is in session!
Registration open for all Woodstock Ski Runners’ Programs – Registration is open for all Woodstock Ski Runners’ Programs, including Alpine, Nordic, All Mountain and Friday Program.
If you are interested please contact: Alita Wilson, (802) 457-2971, firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about the Friday program and Volunteer Instructor registration forms can be found at www.skirunners.org.
Woodstock Ski Fundraiser
WSR is having its annual wreath sale that benefits over 400 area children in the racing and Friday “Learn-To-Ski” programs. These gorgeous wreaths come decorated (undecorated at request) with pinecones, berries and a velvet bow in 12″ ($20), 24″, 36″ and 48″ sizes. Garland is available in 10-yard lengths ($54). New this year are paperwhite bulb kits, 4 large bulbs with pot and soil ($10). Place your orders now by calling Melissa at 457-1117 or email@example.com.
King’s Daughters Christmas Project
The King’s Daughters Annual Christmas Project is underway. With generous community support, members of the organization are gathering items to be given to local (Barnard, Bridgewater, Pomfret, Plymouth, and Woodstock) families in need at Christmas time. Gifts of holiday cheer will be given in the form of food boxes of turkey, ham or chicken dinners, toys for the young, gifts for teens, as well as gifts and visits to area shut-ins. Anyone who has reserved a gift box is reminded to pick it up at our new location, the Masonic Temple, in Woodstock on December 22, between 9am and noon, or arrange for someone to pick it up for you. Those wishing to make someone’s holiday a little brighter may contribute to this project by sending a check, payable to King’s Daughters, to help with the project’s expenses. The address is 9104 Dana Road, Woodstock, Vt. 05091
Call Bev Kinne at 457-1078 or Gail Dougherty at 457-2694 with questions.
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.
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
‘Recollections of World War II’
“Recollections of World War II: Veterans from the Woodstock Area” is a compilation of excerpts from over 40 oral history interviews with local veterans. This book is now available at the Woodstock History Center. For further details, call (802) 457-1822.
Life in Windsor County DVD
Interested in learning more about the history of Windsor County? The recently released DVD “Life in Windsor County” is now available at the Woodstock History Center for $15.00. This documentary features historic photographs, local people sharing stories, and much more. For further details, call (802) 457-1822.
Nursery School Taking 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information On 4-H Club
4-H is an awesome learning experience with many opportunities to build public speaking and leadership skills. The Upwey Equestrian 4-H Club is now accepting new members – boys or girls between the ages of 8 and 18. Activities include horses, crafts, stage presentations, quiz bowls, community service, and more. For more information, contact Sonja Blanchard at 457-2608 or Terri DeDell at 457-3773.
Tools For Schools Program
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.12/16 Munich, 12/23 Christmas and 12/30 Happy New Year.
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.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.com or call coordinator Elizabeth Craib at 802-457-3835, Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Or stop in — we’re located on the second floor of the Woodstock Town Hall. The service is free.
Historical Society Dana Library
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 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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inclusive Therapeutic Skating
Free program for all special needs. Rental skates available. Qualified volunteer skaters available for on ice assistance. Will be held at 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.
Skating Club Offering Lessons
Union Arena Skating Club is offering skating lessons for all ages and abilities at the Union Arena Community Center. Please go to www.unionarenaskatingclub.com or call Sarah Dwyer at 802-369-0019 for information. Although lessons have begun at the Union Arena fees will be prorated. All lessons are offered by professional coaches. Come join in the fun!
Barnard Book Club Held
New Year, New Book! The Barnard Book Club will meet at the Danforth Library on Wednesday, January 5 at 7 p.m. to discuss the novel “Cost” by Roxana Robinson. Robinson tells the story of a reserved New England family confronted with the reality of aged parents and a heroin addicted son. Shame, guilt, sadness, regret all become a part of the cost for the mother who needs to understand the medical and psychological ramifications of treating Alzheimer’s and drug addiction. Yet, Robinson’s novel is also uplifting and even funny at times. Her extensive research into heroin addiction gives us all a chance to enter into the world of the addict. Join us for a talk about style and substance over a cup of tea! And looking ahead, read “Redemption Falls” by Joseph O”Connor for Feb. 2.
BEES Cookbook Available
BEES Cookbook Fundraiser: Over 100 community and school members’ favorite recipes. Call Barnard Academy at 802-234-9763.
Call For 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 email@example.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.
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.
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
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 Church Candlelight Service
Tyson Congregational Church Sunday, December 19 at 7 p.m. Please join us for our annual Christmas celebration (across from the Echo Lake Inn)
Come sing timeless carols together as we celebrate our Savior’s birth with song & hear the story of the backward king. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service. All are welcome to attend (handicapped accessible).
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 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 at 228-8354 or contact Rachel Lynds at the Plymouth Town Clerk’s office at (802) 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 at 228-3308, Melissa Lynds @672-3547, Naomi Moyer @672-5233, Elaine Gambone at 672-3493, or Margo Marrone at 228-5114. All information will be kept strictly confidential.
Church Holiday Schedule
Sunday, Dec. 19, Worship at 10 am
Fourth Sunday in Advent = NO STRESS CHRISTMAS PAGEANT, All welcome Mitten Tree Collection, Special collection for the Sharon Food Shelf
Friday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Candle Lighting Service of Carols and Readings at 5 p.m.
Families and friends invited
Tuesday, Dec. 30, Monthly dinner delivered to the families at the Upper Valley Haven Shelter
Please contact Nancy Heidt @ 457-3937 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pomfret School Helps Food Shelf
The Pomfret School Leadership Team has a collection box in the foyer of the school. It will be there the whole school year. Please bring in what the Food Shelf might need most like spaghetti sauce, pasta, canned food and diapers. Make sure none of the food is expired! We would be very grateful if you could donate to the food shelf. The Pomfret School Leadership team will deliver it to our local food shelf regularly. Help us help the needy by donating to the food shelf!
Readying For Kindergarten
The Pomfret School is beginning to make plans for next year’s kindergarten. If you have a child who will be ready for kindergarten in the fall, please call The Pomfret School at 457-2067.
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 email@example.com.
Reading Giving Tree And Xmas Project
Since 2000, Reading has been brightening the season of Reading families and citizens from neighboring towns with gifts of food, pet food, toys, books, gift certificates, poinsettias, and more. Each year, this project is launched by the joint efforts of many organizations. If you would like to financially donate to this worthy project, please make a check out to “Reading Seniors,” write “Xmas project” in the memo section, and mail the check to Reading Town Office, P.O. Box 72, Reading, VT 05062. Questions? Call (802) 484-5097. Another way to donate to a specific teen or a family is to visit the Giving Tree outside of the town clerk’s office inside the Reading Town Hall.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
22nd Annual Lights Of Christmas
The 22nd Annual “Lights of Christmas” will be open to the public. Lights and nativity animals through Jan. 9. Refreshments in the residence. Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial Historic Site, 357 LDS Lane, South Royalton, VT 802-763-7742.
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; email@example.com open 9 a.m. -7 p.m. Mon. through Sat.; 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. Free refreshments in residence Friday through Sunday. Call for special showings.
VIA December Senior Lunches
The December schedule for senior lunches has been announced for Hartland, Ascutney and Windsor. Volunteers in Action is organizing the Congregate Reservations must be made in advance for the lunches, which are held at noon. The suggested donation ranges from $3 to $4. The schedule:
Windsor: Thursday, Dec. 23 at The Station Restaurant (Roasted Chicken). Sign up or call for reservations. Call Volunteers in Action, 802-674-5971, to make a reservation. The luncheons fill up, so ViA asks that callers leave a number so they can call them back and confirm availability.
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 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. until 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For information or questions, call the library at 802-674-2556.
For complete event listings see our calendar here.