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
Call the Center for information on new classes in French, Italian, Spanish, Chair Yoga, T’ai Chi, and Strength and Fitness at 457-3277.
Woodstock Learning Collaborative
The Woodstock Learning Collaborative (The Learning Lab for short) will begin its Winter Schedule in mid-January. It will offer 6 classes: “Ralph Waldo Emerson: The Texts” and “Finally Getting It Down: An Introduction To Memoir Writing” with Margaret Edwards; “Improving Your (Digital)
Photography” with award-winning photographer Sherman Howe, assisted by Emily Jones; “Overture; Opening To Wonder,” with writer and teacher Judith Taylor; “The Goddess: Origins, Loss and Return of the Mother Archetype,” with Nan Bourne; and our perennial political discussion seminar “Great Decisions,” led by Nan Bourne and Bill Boardman. For more information or for a winter program, call Nan Bourne at 457-4969.
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 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, con-tact 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 tele-phone 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 oc-casional 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.
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 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 Woodstock Union Middle and High School, Bridgewater Village School, and Reading Elementary School with positive adult role models from the community. We have more students than we have mentors available. We are interested in having mentors of all ages and of a variety of back-grounds.
To learn more about the Shining Light Mentoring Program, contact Krystal Waite 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.
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 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 p.m. -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 Meetings
Barnard Book Club meets Wed. Feb 2 at 7 pm to discuss “Redemption Falls” by Joseph O”Connor. To be Irish in America right after the Civil War ends: love and justice, resentment and grace, passions and ignorance all come together in the characters who finally meet up in the western town of Redemption Falls, where they have a chance to find that very thing sought and fought after-redemption and all it means! This is a long tale, written with a Joycean style on ‘a grand polyphonous canvas’.
Heads up for March 2 read “Montana 1948″ by Larry Watson. This is a short novel with a big punch! Tea and Talk at the Library, all are welcome!
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.
Volunteer Heritage Weaving Studio
The Heritage Weaving Studio located on the 2nd floor of the Bridgewater Mill is welcoming volunteers and apprentices. The program is free and run by a group of volunteers – expert weavers and novices alike – who carry on this centuries-old weaving craft on generously donated looms, some of them historic. The goal of the program is to revive the art of rag-rug weaving by using recycled clothing and fabrics from The Bridgewater Sustainable Earth Foundation Thrift Store, a not-for profit organization committed to providing opportunities for environmental initiatives, historic preservation and sustainable living. Studio hours: Thursday, Fri-day, Sunday from 11 a.m – 3 p.m. & Saturday from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
For more information and to schedule school visits please call: (802) 672 1990.
Thrift Store 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 wel-come. 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.
Annual Ice-Out Contest
This winter our fundraising effort is an Ice-Out Contest on the Grist Mill Pond. The object of the contest is for the ticket purchaser to guess the month, day, hour, minute and second that the ice will ‘go out’ on the pond. The moment of Ice-Out is determined when a 72-pound concrete block drops through the ice. A timing device will determine the exact moment of Ice-Out. To Enter Ice-Out Contest Entries are $1.00 each. Read the contest/rules on the ticket found at Killington locations & complete the required information. Place your ticket & money in the envelope and deposit in the entry box slot. Make checks payable to Killington-Pico Rotary.
Mail-in tickets may also be obtained by visiting Killington-Pico Rotary web site www.KillingtonPicoRotary.org
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 p.m. – 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 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. Concerns can be addressed to one of the Memory Tree Committee members: Al Poirier 228-3308, Naomi Moyer 672-5233, Elaine Gambone 672-3493, Margo Marrone 228-5114, or by writing to Plymouth Memory Tree, PO Box 47, Plymouth, VT 05056. All information will be kept strictly confidential.
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.
Rehearsals For University Chorus
The University Chorus of the Upper Valley, a mostly men’s chorus based in Hanover, will begin rehearsals for Spring concerts on Mondays from 4 to 5:30 pm in Rollins Chapel at Dartmouth. Rehearsals will continue until the end of February. After a March break, rehearsals will begin again. If you like to sing, come to a rehearsal; there are no auditions. For more information, phone 802-457-3980.
Vermont Institute of Natural Science
Hours and Program Schedule for Fall/Winter – through April 15 – Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 7 days a week. Call 802-359-5000 or visit www.vinsweb.org.
Raptors Up Close – 2:00 p.m. – Weekends (Saturday and Sundays) in January, February, March and April plus Winter Break in February (14-18 and 21) Included with the price of admission
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 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Located on Route 4 just west of the Quechee Gorge. Call 802-359-5000 or visit www.vinsweb.org for details.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com, 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 Memo-rial Historic Site, 357 LDS Lane, South Royalton, VT; 801-763-7742; firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.