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.
Reserve Your Community Garden Plot
Sustainable Woodstock is sponsoring community gardens in four locations this year. Organic vegetable plots are available to any area resident in gardens at King Farm in West Woodstock, Billings Farm in Woodstock, Shepherd’s Hill Farm in Taftsville and Chippers in Pomfret. There will be plenty of help and free advice along with special gardener events. To reserve your space or for more information, please call Sally Miller at (802) 457-2911 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by April 12. Reserve early as the gardens have limited space.
‘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 call Andrea Farrington at (802) 457-1439 or email email@example.com.
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, contact Sonja Blanchard at (802) 457-2608 or Terri DeDell at (802) 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. Price Chopper advantage Cards can be registered 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. For more information, call Leanne Chynoweth at (802) 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 as out-of-date food cannot be used. For more information, call (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, seven days a week from July through October. Flexible shifts. Must enjoy working with the public. Training provided. Call 457-3555 to apply or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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 backgrounds.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ocpvt.org.
Requests for referrals to in-home caregivers should be directed to the Community Care Coordinator, Susan Jantos. She can be reached at her office in the Ottauquechee Health Center at (802) 457-3030 ext 203.
Grants are available to help qualified families in the greater Woodstock area pay for critical short-term assistance while they seek longer-term solutions to health-related problems.
Thompson Center Services
The Thompson Center offers various activities and classes throughout the week. Call the Thompson Center at (802) 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 Jen Bloch at (802) 457-3277 in advance to sign up and for more information.
Memoir Club, ongoing on Thursdays @ 1:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
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 at (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 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. Call (802) 457-5868 for more information or email us at email@example.com.
Barnard Book Club Meetings
Heads-Up for April 6: Read “Half-Broke Horses” by Jeannette Walls. This is a memoir/novel about her grandmother growing up super woman in the old Southwest. All welcome for a relaxed, fun talk.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, Friday, Sunday from 11 a.m – 3 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. For more information and to schedule school visits 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 p.m.- 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. Leave a message at (802) 672-1818 and we will return your call ASAP, or write to PO Box 39, Bridgewater, VT 05034.
RSVP Bone Builders
Free RSVP Bone Builders exercise classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00-4:00 p.m. on the second floor of the Bridgewater Mill. All are welcome. For more information call (802) 672-3384.
Hartland Garden Club Event
Patty Talbot will be talking about her travels on April 3 at 3 p.m. at Damon Hall in Hartland. Hosted by the Hartland Garden Club. All welcome.
Dog Obedience Classes
The Hartland Recreation Department will offer an eight week obedience course beginning April 19 at 6 p.m. This will be a positive reinforcement class teaching the basics and helping with individual problems. Class size is limited. Call Pat Rosson at (802) 436-2772 to register. Benefits Rec. Center.
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. The Center will be open from 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 screening, call the Rutland-Windsor Supervisory Union at (802) 228-7785.
Plymouth Republicans Needed
We are in need of your help. Volunteer to be a “Justice of the Peace.” This is an immediate appointment. The Governor will make these changes now. 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. bring in The Food Shelf needs things 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 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 (802) 457-2067.
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 (8020) 359-5000 or visit www.vinsweb.org. Raptors Up Close – 2:00 p.m. – Weekends (Saturday and Sundays) in February, March and April plus Winter Break in February (18 and 21) Included with the price of admission
Menu for the Future Discussions presented by the Quechee Library & the Ottauquechee Community Partnership – Every Thursday, through Feb 17; 7:00-8:30pm. To register for the course, or for more information, call (802) 359-5001 ext 223 or (802) 295-1232.
Rehearsals Set For Spring Concerts
The University Chorus of the Upper Valley, a men’s chorus based in Hanover, will resume rehearsals for their Spring concerts on Monday, April 4, from 4-5:30pm, in Rollins Chapel at Dartmouth College. If you like to sing, come to a rehearsal; there are no auditions.
Contact director Ellen Satterthwaite at (802) 457-3980 for more information.
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.
Women’s Barbershop Chorus
Valley Chords Women’s Barbershop Chorus rehearsals are held Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. in Hartford. Call Darlene at (802) 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.
250th Anniversary T-Shirt Design Contest
The Reading 250th Anniversary Committee is sponsoring a T-Shirt Design Contest for the upcoming celebrations of the town’s founding in 1761. The theme for the contest is “250 Years of Reading History: People, Places and Events.” Designs should be submitted by April 15 to either Reading Elementary School or the Reading Town Clerk. The selected design will receive a cash prize and will be featured on commemorative t-shirts to be sold at Reading Old Home Days in July, among other events. For more information, call Lisa Kaija at 484-9038.
Avon Walk Sponsorship
A Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction will be held April 9 at the Reading Elementary School in the multi purpose room from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. as part of the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. The drawing for the auction items will start at 7:00 p.m. The cost of the dinner will be $5 for ages 12 and up, $3 for under 12 and the little ones under 3 are free.
The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is a 501 (c)(3) public charity. If you have a business or a craft and would like to donate to the auction or if you are unable to attend the auction but would like to make a donation, log onto www.avonwalk.org/goto/crystal.millard For more information or questions, please contact Crystal Millard at (802) 484-0151.
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 (802) 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 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. and Thursdays from 4 p.m. -6 p.m. Call Dianne Bennett at (802) 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.
250th Birthday Food Drive Project
My name is Madison Moore and I am coordinating a 250th Birthday Food Drive for Reading. This is part of my 6th grade community project. I am trying to collect 250 pounds of food for the Reading food shelf to help support people from my community. I have collection boxes at the Town Hall, Reading Greenhouse, Bill’s Store and Reading Elementary school. It is a big goal and I could use all the help I can in achieving it. For further information contact me at Reading Elementary school from 8-2 M-F. Thanks for all you help. Madison Moore
Community Forum on Single Payer
What are the barriers to single payer healthcare in Vermont? What is your vision of healthcare reform? What is the proposal currently before the state legislature? Join an in-depth discussion of these and other issues in the transition to a single payer system. Panelists include Steve Kimbell, Commissioner of BISHCA, Peg Franzen, President of the Vermont Workers Center, and Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, Representative from Orange County. Free and open to the public. Lunch provided. Presented by the Vermont Law School Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. Free. April 2 from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm. Location: South Royalton School, South Royalton, VT. Contact Paul Furlong at 410-245-3175 or email@example.com
Bronze Sculpture Exhibit
This exhibit is free and open to the 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; (802) 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.
All-You-Can-Eat Brunch For Church
On Sunday, April 3rd at St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 State St in Windsor, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be an All-You-Can-Eat Brunch. The brunch features pancakes with real maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit, home fries, soup, casseroles, home made breads & desserts, several beverages and more! The cost is $6.00 and $3.00 for preschool. All proceeds will benefit the Church’s Building Fund. For more info, call 802-674-6461 or e-mail email@example.com.
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. until 8 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. For information or questions, call the library at (802) 674-2556.
For complete event listings see our calendar here.