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Area Briefs, April 14th, 2011

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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.


Free Oral Cancer Screening
April is the Oral Cancer Foundation’s Oral Cancer Awareness Month, with the week of April 11-15 being the official screening week. Stone Dental of Woodstock is offering free oral cancer screenings in their office on Monday, April 11. Call (802) 457-4464 to schedule a quick, painless, free oral cancer screening. It might save your life.

40th Class Reunion Planning
Come plan the WUHS 40th Reunion. Meeting Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Doug Leonard’s in Woodstock.
Class Of 1966 Reunion Meeting
WUHS Class of 1966 will be having a meeting at Taftsville Chapel on April 14 at 7 p.m. to go over plans for Alumni.

All-You-Can Eat Pancake Breakfast
An all-you-can pancake breakfast will be held Sunday April 17 at 8-11:30 a.m. at the South Woodstock Firehouse All invited. Fare includes Homemade Pancakes with local Maple Syrup. Local sausages, eggs, orange juice, hot chocolate, and of course Really Good Coffee! The new edition of the Fire Department T-Shirt on sale. All proceeds benefit the South Woodstock Fire Department operating fund. Adults- $ 8, Children under 12 years old $4. The Firehouse is located on Rt 106 just south of the South Woodstock village. Last minute volunteers are always appreciated. Contact SWFD for more info.

Free Healthier Living Workshop
The next session of the Healthier Living Workshop has been scheduled to run April 18 to May 23. This is a free six-week program to help individuals manage ongoing health issues such as chronic pain, diabetes, and heart conditions. Like any skill, managing illness must be learned and practiced. The program runs Mondays from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Thompson Senior Center in Woodstock, VT. This workshop will teach you how to deal with symptoms, frustrations, and to better manage your health.
Call Melanie at (802) 674-7450 or email to sign up or for more information.

Book Group Reads Wallace Stegner
The book group at the Norman Williams Public Library will get together on Saturday, April 23, at 10:30am in the library to discuss “Crossing to Safety,” by Wallace Stegner. The last novel by the renowned American author, the book has been called “one of the greatest and most cherished American novels of the 20th century.” Its story traces the lives, loves and aspirations over many years of two couples who live between Wisconsin and Vermont, where Stegner had a home for many years. For the last two years, the group has been reading American classics – books we haven’t read since high school or college, or books we just never got around to reading. The library can get copies thru the inter library network or local bookstores can order paperbacks. All are welcome for a spirited, informal discussion.

93rd Glad Rags Sale
The Glad Rags 93rd Sale will be held Saturday April 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 and 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, 30 Pleasant Street, Woodstock Vermont. All proceeds benefit Local Charities and find us on Facebook.

Events At Billings Farm & Museum
The third annual Family Day will be held April 23 from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Spring Farm Festival Weekend kicks off on April 30 and May 1 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. featuring two day s of traditional spring farm activities, including shearing the farm’s Southdown sheep, plowing programs and demonstrations, wagon rides and more.
Spring Farm Programs for Pre-schoolers – Wednesday mornings in May from 9-10:30 a.m. Call to register.
Call for information (802) 457-2355 weekdays between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Woodstock Winter Farmers’ Market

Spring Greens from Clay Hill will be available at the Winter Market. Come and support local farmers and crafters who will be offering produce, take out and eat in foods, eggs, breads, jams, jellies, sauces, spices, quiches, pies, pastries, cookies, jewelry, baskets, beads, books, photos, yarn, Alpaca fiber, rugs, cards and prints. Unitarian Universalist Church Social Hall, 6 Church St., Woodstock 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The next market will be April 23.

Fresh Air Fund Needs Families

Fresh Air Fund is looking for loving families to host an inner city child for 2 weeks during the summer. The children range from ages 6-14 and come from the NYC area. They are eager to experience our typical Vermont summer: running barefoot in the grass, learning how to swim, driving in a car, helping to plant a garden, taking hikes in the woods- all of the things we take for granted but they’ve never had a chance to experience. If you’d like more information, please contact volunteer coordinator, Amy Kamb at 457-2896.

‘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.

WNS 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

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 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. Price Chopper advantage Cards can be registered 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 Woodstock Elementary School will receive points towards equipment for the school. Our school code is #13984. For more information, 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 as out-of-date food cannot be used. For more information, call 802-457-1185.

Programs At NWPL
The Norman Williams Public Library is announcing new expanded hours: they are now open Monday through Saturday at 9 a.m. and open till 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Story Times at The Norman Williams Public Library are:
Mondays at 10:30 a.m. is Baby Story time, Songs and finger plays from birth to age 2. Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. is Toddler Story time and Craft, age 2 to 5 Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. is Toddler Story time and Craft age 3 to 6. These will run weekly until July 31. The library is closed all major holidays. For more information, call Tracey at 457-2295, ext. 102.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

Volunteer As A Mentor
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 or visit

Caregiver Referrals
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 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.

AA Meetings
AA Fellowship meets Mondays at 7 p.m. at the Woodstock Universalist Church.
AA Beginners Group meets Fridays at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Snows Church
AA Discussion Group meets Meeting Tuesdays at noon at St. James Church

Course in Miracles
“A Course in Miracles,” will be held Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. at the Woodstock Universalist Church Annex.
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 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

Rainbow Taking Registrations
Rainbow Playschool is now accepting registrations for summer and fall enrollment for children ages 18 months-PreK. Spaces are available Mondays through Fridays. Contact director Dawn Gieseke at (802) 457-3629 or email for more information.

Progressive Club Potluck

The Barnard Silver Lake Progressive Club potluck and meeting will be held April 27 at noon at the Ward’s Hall. Free. All welcome. Speakers on Living with Herbs.

Barnard Book Club Meeting
Barnard Book Club will meet again on Wed., May 4 at 7p.m. to discuss “Saturday” by Ian McEwan. On a lot of ‘best books’ lists, this is the story of one extraordinary day in the life of a London doctor who must deal with his own ego, age, family surprises, and the odd happenings that can shape a modern life. Join us for talk and tea at the Library.

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

Playgroup At Danforth Library
New playgroup is now meeting on Friday mornings from 10 a.m.- noon in the Danforth Public Library. This is a parent-run gathering that will include a story, activity and snack. Families with infants through pre-K welcome for social time and community support. A second playgroup time possibly forming earlier in the week if there’s enough interest. For more info call Linda at (802) 234-6980.

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.

Post 11 Annual Meeting

Bridgewater’s Geno-Robinson American Legion Post # 11 will be holding its 2011 Annual Meeting at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, May 10 at the Historic Old Red School House. This is the 92nd anniversary of the American Legion in Bridgewater. Officers will be elected, and we will have honored guests from the Vermont American Legion. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. Burial Services for our departed Members and Veterans will be planned, as well as our Memorial Day activities. Patriotic music will be played, and military and naval films and books will be available from our free lending library. All Veterans who have served our country are invited and will be welcome to attend this enjoyable evening with good friends.

Easter Services
The Bridgewater Congregational UCC Church will be open Good Friday from12 oon-4 p.m. with prayers, readings and silence. At 3 pm. The Christ Candle will be extinguished, symbolizing the death of Jesus. Resurrection of Jesus Christ will be celebrated on Easter Sunday, April 24 at 11 a.m. Everyone welcome. Coffee and Conversation at 10:30 a.m.

Bingo At Bridgewater Grange

Bingo – Saturday nights, Bridgewater Grange, Route 100A. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., games begin at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments available.

Historical Society Meetings
The Bridgewater Historical Society meets the last Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Old Brick Schoolhouse, Located at 12 North Bridgewater Road. All welcome.

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.

Bridgewater Congregational Meetings
There will be a Overeaters Anonymous Meeting Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Congregational Church on Route 4 in Bridgewater. Sunday: 6:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting Bridgewater Congregational Church, Route 4, Bridgewater.

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.

Underground Youth Group
Underground – Break The Chains, Music, games and grub held Tuesday nights from 6 p.m. -8 p.m. at the Oak Chapel. Two miles onto Bridgewater Center Rd., ages 13 and up. Operated by Joseph Rogers, Casey Mispel and speaker Nate Mispel. For more information call (802) 779-3838.

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.

Social Half-Hour
The Bridgewater Congregational Church UCC invites one and all to their social gathering at 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. each Sunday morning before the regular church service. The “Social Half-Hour” includes coffee, tea, muffins, doughnuts, etc., but more importantly a chance to meet and “chat” with friends, both old and new. All area towns are welcome.

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.

Wednesday Prayer Meetings
The Bridgewater Congregational Church is holding Wednesday Prayer Meetings. Bring a Bag lunch to enjoy at 12 noon. Prayers through 1:30 p.m. for our Church community and all people.

Community Club Meetings

The East Barnard Community Club will on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 7 p.m. at the East Barnard Hall or in members’ homes. Call (802-763-8819] for location or for information regarding club activities. New members are always welcome to attend.

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.

Events Held At Hartland Library
See our website for details. Free (donations welcome).
Hartland Public Library, P.O. Box 137, 153 US Highway 5, Hartland, VT 05048. 802-436-2473 or
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.

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.

Community Service Awards

The Sherburne Women’s Club is pleased to announce that it will again be awarding a $1000 Community Service and Volunteerism Award to a deserving Killington high school senior for outstanding volunteerism and/or community service during his or her time in high school. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and a resident of Killington for their final two years of high school. Students who attend private high schools are eligible if their primary home is located in Killington. Selection will be based on volunteerism/community service, extracurricular activities and dedication to others. Applications can be obtained from guidance offices at all area high schools or by contacting Jennifer Iannantuoni (422-5402). Applications must be sent to the Sherburne Women’s Club, PO Box 68, Killington, VT 05751 and must be postmarked by April 15th, 2011.

Maundy Thursday Service
Maundy Thursday Service will be held April 21 at the Sherburne UCC Church in Killington. 6 p.m. potluck supper, 7 p.m. church service. Join us in Celebrating Christ’s Last Supper.

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.

Tyson Church Maundy Thursday Meal & Service

The Tyson Church Maundy Thursday meal & service will be held on 4/21 at 6:00 It will be a simple meal, consisting mainly of soup. The service part will be held upstairs this year, however, immediately afterward. Everyone is welcome to join us for this meaningful time together when we consider the final days before the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus. For add’l information, call Margo at 228-5114.

Developmental Screening

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.

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.

Nancy Wright To Speak

Local Cyclist, Nancy Wright will talk and share a slide show about her bicycling trip around the perimeter of the USA, plus tips for your own adventures! Baxter memorial Library, RT 14, Main St., Sharon on April 29 at 7 p.m. Free. For more information (802) 763-2875.

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, call The Pomfret School at (802) 457-2067.
Saturday Nights at the Observatory
On the first Saturday of each month at 7:30 p.m., the Horizons Observatory presents free programs covering a wide variety of astronomy topics. Each presentation will conclude with a night sky tour of that month’s celestial highlights. Programs will be followed by stargazing (weather permitting) using the observatory’s telescopes. Visit the Horizons Observatory web site,, for a listing of each month’s program topics.
Storytime at Abbott Library
Preschool story hour takes place every Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome for stories, poems, songs, fingerplays and a seasonal craft.

VIN Programs

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 Raptors Up Close – 2:00 p.m. – Weekends (Saturday and Sundays) in April. Included with the price of admission
To register for the course, or for more information, call (802) 359-5001 ext 223 or (802) 295-1232.

Hartford Project Grad Car Wash
Hartford Project Graduation is holding a car wash fundraiser to help raise money to pay for the many activities (i.e. entertainers, casino games, auction prizes , food & more) offered at it’s “drug & alcohol free lock-in event”, the night of graduation. The Class of 2011 will be your friendly washers. The Car Wash will be held Saturday April 16, 2011 (canceled if raining) will be held at Bob’s Service Center (across from the V.A. in WRJ) from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Hope to See You There!

Montshire Spring Events
Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich will hold special spring programs, lectures and more.
For more information, call 802-649-2200, email or see
Museum open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Roast Turkey Supper
Roast Turkey Supper will be held Saturday, April 16
at the Greater Hartford United Church of Christ Route 14, Hartford, Vermont. Servings are at 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Menu: Roast Turkey, mashed potato, gravy, dressing, green beans, boiled onions, coleslaw, homemade rolls and pies. Served family style. Adults $10.00 Children under 12 $4.00 Pre-schoolers ate free..

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 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

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 volunteer advocate training service. 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

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

Toastmasters Meetings
Toast of the Valley: Practice + Encouragement = Confident Speakers. Dates: Second & Fourth Tuesday of each month. Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Location: VA Medical Center, Veterans Drive, White River Junction.

Free Reiki Clinics

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

Preschool Story Hours, Crafts

The Reading Public Library will host a free series of preschool story hours with crafts at 10:30 a.m. on the following Thursdays: April 14. Children ages 0-5 and their caregivers are welcome to participate. The library is located at 717 Rte. 106. Call the library at 484-5588 if you need more information.

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.

Public Library Needs 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, 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
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

Bronze Sculpture Exhibit

This exhibit is free and open to public. 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; 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.

Ascutney Trails Association

Annual meeting of the Ascutney Trails Association on April 17th, 2011 at the Old South Church on Main Street in Windsor, Vermont. Business meeting starts at 6pm and regular meeting at 7pm. Our speaker will be Don Whitney, long time director of the Ascutney Trails Association, who will talk about the history of the Ascutney Trails Association and show slides. Meeting is free and open to the public. Any questions contact 802-674-2326

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 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.

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