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 informa-tion, call Sally Miller at 457-2911 or email email@example.com by April 12. Reserve early as the gardens have limited space.
Free Healthier Living Workshop
The next session of the Healthier Living Workshop has been scheduled to run April 18th to May 23rd. 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 pm to 4:30 pm at the Thompson Senior Center in Wood-stock, 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 Melanie.firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or for more information.
‘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 inter-views with local veterans. This book is now available at the Wood-stock 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 fea-tures 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 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 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 457-3454.
Woodstock Community Food Shelf
The Woodstock Community Food Shelf, located at Meadow Max-ham 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 expi-ration dates as out-of-date food cannot be used. For more informa-tion, 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 en-semble specializing in the performance practice of renaissance, baroque, and classical choral repertoires, is interviewing experi-enced singers for positions in all voice parts, particularly alto, tenor and baritones
All experienced singers are welcome to contact the director, Rob-ert 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 occa-sional 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 dur-ing 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, Wood-stock. Hand In Hand is dedicated to community growth and devel-opment 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 inter-ested 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 Shut-tle Service to Upper Valley Area: This service provides rides to Up-per Valley hospitals and shopping centers, supplementing our exist-ing 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.
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 profes-sional positions to the most basic services, from hourly to full time. Check out the WJB at www.woodstockjobbank.org or call coordina-tor 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 mis-sion 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.
Purple Crayon & Artistree Events
ArtisTree Community Arts Center and Purple Crayon Productions are offering spring and summer classes in art and music programs for children and adults. For our class list or to register, call Tayo at (802) 457-3500, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.artistreevt.org and www.purplecrayonproductions.org.
Ongoing Drop-in Classes include: Arts for Tots (2-4 yrs) Wednes-days; 10-11am. Class combines music, movement, free play and art into an hour of quality time and creative entertainment for everyone.
After-School Open Art (5-10 yrs) Thursdays; 3-5pm. This is a block of supervised; loosely structured time where school aged children can explore, create and have a blast with a wide variety of art materials. Teen Open Studio (13-18 yrs) Tuesdays; 3-5pm. Each student is encouraged to work on projects of their choice. This class is unstructured but the instructor will monitor, help direct and prob-lem solve with each student. Major Mess (All Ages)One Saturday a month between 10am-Noon. (see website for dates). Arts & Activities for the Whole Family! Visit website/s for more classes and work-shops registering now!
Woodstock Telephone Directory
The directory will be distributed in August/September 2011. White page listings have been purchased from Fairpoint Communications so should confirm correct listing. Anyone having changes or addi-tions or just wish to confirm listing contact Judy Wiggin at (802) 295-2336 or email email@example.com by June 1. NOTE: numerous errors in last years purchased listings email asap. Also if interested in purchasing space in the yellow pages contact Judy by June 1.
Rainbow Accepting 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 Bar-nard. 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, con-tact 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 pro-gram is free and run by a group of volunteers – expert weavers and novices alike – who carry on this centuries-old weaving craft on gen-erously donated looms, some of them historic. The goal of the pro-gram is to revive the art of rag-rug weaving by using recycled cloth-ing 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 ap-preciated. 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 fami-lies 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, Bridgewa-ter, VT 05034.
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.
HES Presents ‘Compose Yourself’
Hartland Elementary School Third and Fourth Graders presents “Compose Yourself” Admission by donation. On April 13 at 7 p.m. at the Hartland Elementary School.
Hartland Memorabilia On Display
The Hartland Historical Society Museum displays Hartland memo-rabilia at its Route 12 location in Hartland Three Corners on Mon-days, 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 Hart-land Public Library. The group meets Wednesday a month beginning at 6:30 p.m. Discussions led by Rachael Cohen, Vermont Humani-ties 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.
Sherburne Womens Club Raffle Benefit
The Sherburne Womens Club is selling raffle tickets and having a party at ‘On The Rocs’ on Saturday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m. With support from community members like you, the Sherburne Womens Club has given away over $75,000 to local organizations over the past 40 years and we are looking forward to funding two scholarships and giving away even more money in 2011.
Thanks to the support of many generous area business owners, over $5000 in prizes will be included in this year’s raffle. Prizes include two 2011-2012 Pico season passes and gift certificates to many area restaurants and stores. Tickets are $10 each, and sup-porters need not be present to win. All proceeds benefit the Sher-burne Women’s Club, which annually awards two scholarships to high school seniors and supports local projects and local organiza-tions. Entrance to the party will be free with a cash bar.
To buy tickets, contact any SWC member; Jennifer Iannantuoni (422-5402) or Linda Kropp (779 4487) or buy your tickets at The Greenbrier Gift Shop, Killington.
Community Service & Volunteerism Award Applications Available
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, extra-curricular activities and dedication to others. Applications can be obtained from guidance offices at all area high schools or by contact-ing 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.
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.
Help Celebrate Plymouth’s 250th
The Plymouth Historical Society is organizing events, archival displays, the sale of commemorative souvenirs and seeking oral histories to celebrate Plymouth’s 250th anniversary over July 4th weekend and throughout the month. Help plan the celebrations! Come to our next meeting on Sunday, April 3 at 3:30 at Spike’s Place on Route 100A. Call Melissa at 672-3547 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
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 assis-tance 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 regu-larly. 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.
Community Forum, Dinner, Discussion
A community Forum, Free Dinner and Discussion will be held April 7 from 6-8 pm. At the Hotel Coolidge, White River Jct., across from the Depot. Call 295-3118 for directions. RSVP to Jeff Coy 241-2392 email@example.com
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.valley-chords.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Read-ing History: People, Places and Events.” Designs should be sub-mitted by April 15 to either Reading Elementary School or the Read-ing 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
My name is Crystal Millard. I am participating in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer that is taking place this May in Boston. The event consists of walking 26 miles on Saturday and 13 miles on Sunday. On top of having all this fun, I have committed to raise a minimum of $1800. It involves major physical training and fundraising, but I be-lieve in my self and in the support of my friends, family and community.
As part of my fundraising efforts, on April 9, 2011 I am hosting a Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction. The event will take place at the Reading Elementary School in the multi purpose room. From 5:00 to 7:00 pm, you can enjoy a spaghetti dinner with homemade meat-balls, ceaser salad, rolls and yes, even dessert. During this time you can browse the auction items and place your tickets in the bags of your choice. The drawing for the auction items will start at 7:00pm. The cost of the dinner will be $5 for ages 12 and up, $3 for under 12 and the little ones under 3 will be 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 Auc-tion, call me. 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 ques-tions, contact me at (802) 484-0151.
Public Library Looking For Volunteers
The Reading Public Library is looking for folks who’d like to volun-teer on occasion during regular library hours or with upcoming pro-jects. 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 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 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 Community Project
My name is Madison Moore and I am coordinating a 250th Birth-day 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 collec-tion 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 Read-ing 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. It’s a great way to cele-brate 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.
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.WCPart-ners.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.