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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.

WES History Fair

The Woodstock Elementary School 4th Grade History Fair will be held on Thursday, May 12, from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 pm at the Woodstock History Center. Come learn about early surveying, Woodstock’s roads and bridges, the Woodstock Inn, and much more. The Woodstock History Center is located at 26 Elm Street in Woodstock. Admission to the History Fair is free and open to the public. For more information, call (802) 457-1822.

Zack’s Place Musical At Terrace
Woodstock Terrace, an assisted living community in Woodstock, will host a musical theater production performed by members of Zack’s Place, a community enrichment center for people with special needs. The event will take place on Friday, May 13, at 3 p.m. at Woodstock Terrace located at 456 Woodstock Rd, Woodstock, VT 05091. Participants will perform a story using story lines and songs from “The Wizard of Oz”, “Peter Pan”, and “Annie” and is free and open to the public.

Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger
National Association Of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive will be held Saturday, May 14. Place bags filled with nonper-ishable food items next to your mailbox. Your letter carrier will pick them up and deliver them to local food banks. For more info visit

The Three-Day Hundred-Mile Trail Ride
Monday, May 16, at 7:00 p.m. the Woodstock Historical Society will host a showing of the film “On the Trail” followed by a discussion led by Lee Alexander, Barbara Kelley, and film maker Bill Phillips. The program, which will focus on the Three-Day 100-Mile Trail Ride, will be held in the John Cotton Dana Research Library, 26 Elm Street, Woodstock, VT. Woodstock Historical Society members: Free. Fee for non-members. For more information, call: (802) 457-1822.

WUHS Student Art Show
The Woodstock Union High School will hold its annual Student Art Show, opening May 17th in the Middle School Gym on Route 4 West. The show is free and will be open to the public from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday (May 17 and 18) and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday (May 18 and 19) For infor-mation, call (802-457-1317.

Community Dialogue on Public Spaces
Have your voice heard on the topic of “Public Spaces in Wood-stock: Whose? Where? Got Enough?” by joining in a youth-led dia-logue on May 18 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The Community Dialogue process encourages people to share their experiences in a way that all voices are heard and respected. For the past three years, Youth-led dialogues have been successfully used in the Woodstock area to create discussion and action planning on impor-tant topics. The upcoming Community Dialogue will be held down-stairs in the North Universalist Chapel social hall, on the west end of Woodstock Village on route 4. For further information contact: or (802) 457-2679.

Arts and Music Benefit Concert
May 21st, Saturday 1-7 p.m., Woodstock High School Amphithea-tre (Behind School) (Rain Location-Union Arena) Featuring 3 Stu-dent Bands: The Current Flash, Sound Citizen, Hannah Hoffman Band
A senior graduation gift to kick off the summer as a part of WUHSMS Arts Week $5 General Admisson – Free for ages under 12: Concession and Ramuntos Pizza. All Proceeds Benefit the WUHS Music/Arts Program.

Dodge Ball Tournament Benefits Japan
Woodstock Union High School Interact Club is hosting a Dodge-ball Tournament on Wednesday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m. to benefit the Japan Relief Fund. Have great fun helping others. Represent your business, club, organization or simply gather your friends to form a team. 5 Member Team. Participation is $50.00 ($10.00 per player). Sign up early! Space is limited. Audience Admission is $2.00. Call Lea Stephenson at (802)234-5348.

Memorial Day Parade Information
Saturday May 28 at 10:30 a.m. All Veterans are invited to march. Parade forms at Woodstock Elementary at 10:00 a.m. Sponsored by: Ora E. Paul No. 24 American Legion.

Woodstock 911 Address Changes
Address changes for persons to be listed in the upcoming 2011-12 Woodstock Telephone Directory should be sent to Judy Wiggin, Woodstock Learning Trust, PO Box 28, Woodstock, VT 05091 or emailed to JLANE814@GMAIL.COM by June 1, 2011.

Pasta Supper Benefit
The Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the Annual Pasta Supper on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Suicide Six Ski Lodge, Stage Road, Pomfret, VT. There will be three seating: 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. The menu: Pasta with a variety of sauces, bread, salad and dessert all donated by area chefs from local restau-rants. Adults: $15.00 Children 12 and under: $7.50. For reserva-tions call: 802-457-3555.

Fill-the-Trailer Food Drive
The Spring Fill-the-Trailer food drive to benefit the Woodstock Community Food Shelf will be held Saturday, June 4 from 10 am to 6 pm at Mac’s Market in Woodstock. This event is organized by Spectrum Teens. Look for the kids passing out shopping lists of essentials needed by the food shelf.

Bottle Drive Schedule
Boy Scout Troop 220 will host its bottle drives on Saturday, July 16 – Saturday, Oct. 15 – Saturday, Jan 21. Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Location: The Jungle in Woodstock. Bring your Vermont recyclable bottles! Thank you for your support. For questions, call Jill Leavitt at (802) 763-3923.

NWPL Annual Gala Fundraiser
The Library’s annual fundraiser Gala is coming up on Sunday, May 15, and all who’d like to share in its fun are welcome. There will be a wine party at the Library at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodstock Inn, and a talk by Marilyn Johnson, author and library enthusiast, based on her book “This Book is Overdue!” The cost for the evening is $100 a person, and reservations can be made by calling Samantha Spaulding at the NWPL, 457-2295, ext. 126, or emailing her at

Book Group At The NWPL
The book group at the Norman Williams Public Library will get to-gether to discuss “The Awakening” by Kate Chopin on Saturday, May 21, at 10:30 am in the library’s history room.
The classic novel, published in 1899, shocked turn-of-the-century sensibilities with its forthright treatment of sex and suicide. Said to be an early feminist novel, The Awakening tells a candid story of the heroine’s adultery with the son of a Louisiana resort owner.
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 cop-ies thru the inter library network or local bookstores can order pa-perbacks. All are welcome for a spirited, informal discussion.

Third Annual Trek To Taste Information
The Third Annual Trek to Taste will be held Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Hosted by the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park in Woodstock, VT Free admission, bring money to spend at the Mount Tom Farmer’s Market. Enjoy three beautiful walks, fun family activities, delicious treats from local farms and chefs, live animals, and live music!

Knitting 101 at St. James
As part of the St. James Outreach, Betty Berlenbach will teach beginning knitting in a three session class in May. The classes are on May 18, and 25, from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Those who attend can expect to learn to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, and decrease, and they will have the opportunity to knit a simple hat and either a scarf or socks. All yarn will be provided. Needles will be lent for the dura-tion of the class. There is no charge for this class, but those who would like to attend must register (ages 8 and over) by calling the St. James Church Office (802) 457-1727 by May 9, so that we can be sure there are enough supplies available.

Artists Potluck, Informal Get-Together
Artists Gathering: Informal get-together open to all artists! Bring a dish to share, something to drink if you like, a sample of art perhaps, and a friend is fine, as well. This meeting will be a potluck, so bring a dish to share and a drink for yourself. Monday, May 23 at 6:15 p.m. at ArtisTree Community Arts Center / Purple Crayon Productions. For more info call Adrian at 802.457.3500 or email

Stone Wall Building Workshop
On Saturday, June 11, from 9:00 – noon, Hector Santos will lead a hands-on stonewall building workshop. Enrollment is limited to 10 people. Fee charged. Workshop will be held on the back lawn of the Woodstock History Center located at 26 Elm Street, Woodstock. For more information or to enroll, call the Woodstock History Center at (802) 457-1822.

Woodstock Ski Runners Meeting
Woodstock Ski Runners will be holding it’s annual meeting on Tuesday, June 14th at 7:00pm in the Ski Runners Lodge at Suicide 6. This meeting is open to the general public.

St. James Art Show and Sale
On June 17 from 5:30 to 8 there will be an opening reception for the first Art Show and Sale at St. James Church on the Green in Woodstock. The following day from 10 to 5 at the Parish Hall will be open for the sale. All profits are to go to two charities. The Wood-stock Food Shelf and the Hand and Hand and dinners at the Unitarian Church in Woodstock. The sales of the artwork will be divided in the following manner: 60 percent to the artist and 40 percent to the two charities, to be divided equally. Noted local artists will participate such as : Annette Compton, Neil Drevitson, Wiliam B. Hoyt, Carolyn Egeli, Frank Peabody, Jane Curtis, Ellison Lieberman, Mary Church and many others. The public is invited.

Woodstock Winter Farmers’ Market
Spring Greens from Clay Hill will be available at the Winter Market. Come and support your 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.

Fresh Air Fund Looking For 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, contact volunteer coordinator, Amy Kamb at (802) 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 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 is currently taking registrations for the 2011/2012 school year. The program fosters whole-child development through active, age-appropriate exploration of the world around us. We offer a morning preschool program for three and four year olds and a new extended day option including after Kindergarten care for older children. For more information call Clare McFarland at 457-245 or email

TeleCare Program Needs Call Recipients
Green Mountain RSVP and Volunteer Center is looking for you if you live alone and could benefit from receiving a friendly phone call several times each week to make sure you are fine, through our TeleCare program. It is a great way to make a new friend, and it could help you remain in your own home finding comfort in the knowledge that someone cares. We have trained volunteers who are ready and waiting to call you. For more information, call Linda Hus-band in Windsor County at (802) 885-2083, Peter Seares in Wind-ham County at (802) 254-7515, or Susan Armstrong in Bennington County at (802) 447-1545.

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. 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 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.

Norman Williams Library Programs
The Norman Williams 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 (802) 457-3555 to apply or email

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, 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.

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 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.

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 loca-tion. 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.

Mentoring Program Seeks Volunteers
The Shining Light Mentoring Program is a community-based school mentoring program operated by the Ottauquechee Commu-nity Partnership and the Windsor Central Supervisory Union.
The program connects students from Woodstock Union Middle and High School, Bridgewater Village School, and Reading Elemen-tary 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, con-tact 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 and 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. Any-one 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 devel-opment 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 profes-sional positions to the most basic services, from hourly to full time. Check out the WJB at 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

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 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 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

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.

Bingo Held 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.

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.

Bridgewater Congregational Meetings
There will be an 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 informa-tion 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 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 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 Tues-day and Thursday from 3:00 p.m. -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 Held
The Bridgewater Congregational Church is holding Wednesday Prayer Meetings. Bring a Bag lunch to enjoy at noon. Prayers through 1:30 p.m. for our Church community and all people.

Benefit Giant Yard Sale At Community Club Hall

The East Barnard Community Club will have a Benefit Giant Yard Sale for the East Barnard Community Club Hall, held at the historic Hall building at the corner of Broad Brook and East Barnard Roads and area homes (maps available) on Saturday, May 21, 9 am to 4 p.m. Sellers welcome with advance notice. For information, call 763-8627 or 763-7777.

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.

Rummage And Food Sale

On Friday, May 13 from 5-7, rummage only. On Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. rummage, clothing, food and surprises! After 1 p.m. clothes are $1 per bag and everything else half price. White Church on the Park in Bethel. Sponsored by United Circle of the United Church of Bethel.

Events at the Hartland Public Library

Hartland Public Library, P.O. Box 137: 153 US Highway 5, Hart-land, VT 05048. 802-436-2473 –
Tues: 10-6, Wed: 12-8, Thurs: 12-8, Fri: 10-6 and Sat: 9-2
Thursdays, Beginning May 5 through June 9 – 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Community Reading and Discussion Group: Healthy kids, healthy planet. This 6 part course offers people strategies for navi-gating the consumer culture bombarding youth and families. Partici-pants meet weekly to discuss selected articles and consider per-sonal choices as they relate to society as a whole. The first topic in the series is “Cultural Pressures.” Course books are available right now.

Hartland Garden Club Plant Sale
On Memorial Weekend on Saturday May 28 at the Damon Hall 9am to Noon there will be a Plant sale. Perennials, annuals, herbs, heirloom tomatoes, Blueberry bushes and Blueberry Cookbook. Benefits the Hartland Garden Club. Any questions, call Linda 295-1573

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.

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 To Meet
A Vermont Humanities Council event will be hosted by the Hartland Public Library. The group meets one Wednesday a month be-ginning 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.

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, May 15 at 3:30 at Spike’s Place on Route 100A. Call Melissa at 672-3547 or e-mail 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 and Cavend-ish recycling/transfer stations. Look for the little red sheds and do-nate 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.

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 as-tronomy 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, finger-plays and a seasonal craft.

Tag Sale Benefits Camp

Young Life Tag Sale (all proceeds help send Upper Valley kids to Young Life camp this summer). Date of Sale: May 14th – Time: 8 a.m. to 3 pm. Location: Green Mountain Physical Therapy, South Main St. in West Lebanon, right after Subway plaza. Donations can be made on Thursday May 12th or Friday May 13th. We can assist in picking up any larger items. Contact Wes Leuthauser at 603-276-8718 or Dave Corbin at (603) 298-9861. Young Life is a non-profit, faith based organization that works to build positive relationships with adults and teenagers. Please contact Wes Leuthauser for more info.

Hartford Agricultural Heritage Day
Saturday, May 14, 12-5 pm at the Historic 1786 Theron Boyd Homestead in Quechee. Hartford Barn Census Program at 2:00 pm, House Tours, Old Agricultural Tools, Food. 75 Hillside Road, Quechee (Parking off Quechee Main St. just south of Hillside Road) Free and open to the public (not handicap accessible) Sponsored by the Vermont Division of Historic Preservation, the Hartford His-toric Preservation Commission and the Hartford Historical Society 250th Committee.

Cancer Survivors Day Celebration
Join us in Celebrating Cancer Survivors Day at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Lebanon. Sunday May 15th 1 – 4:30 pm. Enjoy Songs and Stories, Learn new Tips for Surviving and Thriving! Light Refreshments served. No registration required. Enter through the Cancer Center entrance. Parking available in the parking garage. For more information: 800-639-6918 or visit

Abenaki History in Hartford and the White River Valley with a Focus on 1761
Wednesday, May 18, 7 pm at the Greater Hartford United Church of Christ, 1721 Maple St., Hartford Village. Presented by Donna Roberts Moody, Abenaki Elder and Director of the Winter Center for Indigenous Traditions and John Moody, Ethnohistorian and Projects Coordinator for the WCIT. Free and open to the public, handicap accessible, refreshments. Sponsored by the Hartford Historical Society and the WCIT.

Seminar Held At CCV Campus In WRJ
The Vermont Small Business Development Center is running a seminar on the dynamics of applying for and winning SBIR grants from the Federal Government. Our press release is attached. Please run it as soon as possible and please feel free to call me with any questions or comments that you would like to accompany the article. Our seminar will be held at the CCV campus in WRJ on May 19th.

Montshire Announces Spring Events
Montshire Museum of Science, One Montshire Road, Norwich, Vermont 05055.
(802) 649-2200.;,
Museum open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Daily activities at the Montshire Museum
Saturday, May 14 at 11 a.m. Color Mixing (for preschoolers and their families) Mix it up by experimenting with primary colors and seeing what new colors can be created. 3 p.m. Microscopic Investi-gations. Use microscopes to magnify items and you will discover that there is more to see than with the naked eye.
Sunday, May 15 at 11 a.m. Parachutes. Construct a miniature parachute and learn how air resistance works to slow down a falling object. 3 p.m. Cells (Lab Coat Investigation for those ages 9 and up) Compare plant and animals cells using a microscope. You may get a chance to see your own cells!
Saturday, May 21 at 11 a.m. Kitchen Chemistry. Explore chemical reactions as you combine common household products and get some unexpected results. 3 p.m. Mirror Mirror. Use mirrors to inves-tigate symmetry. You will turn simple shapes into complex and inter-esting patterns.
Sunday, May 22 at 11 a.m. Leafcutter Ants. Our Leafcutter ant colony is a community of “insect fungus farmers” that grows its own food. Help us provide the colony with its morning supply of leaves and get a close look at these amazing insects. 3 p.m. Cells (Lab Coat Investigation for those ages 9 and up) Compare plant and animals cells using a microscope. You may get a chance to see your own cells!
Saturday, May 28 at 11 a.m. Gearing Up (Lab Coat Investigation for those ages 9 and up) You will build machines with gears and find out how different types of gears can change how something moves.
3 p.m. Creeping Colors. Watch as capillary action causes water to creep up your paper strip. As it creeps you will see it separate the dyes from markers into a rainbow of colors.
Sunday, May 29 at 11 a.m. Who Sank the Boat? Can your boat withstand the challenge? You will build a boat and see if it can sur-vive the journey. 3 p.m. Straw Oboe Sounds are all around us. You will experiment with how sounds are created and create your own miniature instrument.
Monday, May 30 at 11 a.m. Pocket Kites. Build a simple kite and experiment with its design to get it to fly high! 3 p.m. Leaf Cutter Ants The Leafcutter ant colony is a community of “insect fungus farmers” that grows its own food. Help provide the colony with its morning supply of leaves and get a close look at these amazing insects.

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 for details.

Hartford Historical Society Open House
The Hartford Historical Society will be hosting a regular Open House at the Garipay House, located at 1461 Maple Street, Hartford Village starting in May on the 1st Tuesday of the month from 6-8 pm (through Oct.) and the 2nd Sunday of the month from 1:30-4 p.m. (through Sept.) Visits can also be arranged by appointment. Items from the Society’s collection are on display and volunteers are avail-able to answer any questions. For more information call Pat Stark at (802) 295-3077 days.

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 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 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., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dur-ing the summer check the web site at for book discussion dates and special programs, including the weekly “One World,Many Stories” Tuesday series at 4 p.m. for children.

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

Chandler Gallery Call to Area Artists!

Chandler Gallery’s Area Artist Show will take place from May 28 – July 10. Work from artists will be accepted on Tuesday, May 24 from 3 – 7 pm and Wednesday, May 25 from 9 am -12 noon. The opening reception for artists will be held on Saturday, May 28 from 7 – 9 pm and the artists and community are invited to come enjoy the wide diversity of art on display and participate in this vital gallery tradition.
This year’s exhibit theme is “eARTh”. Artists may submit up to three pieces in any size or media. There is a small participation fee of $10 to cover advertising and reception expenses. Chandler takes a 30 percent commission on any work that is sold. Works may be submitted that are not for sale. All work should all be framed or sub-mitted in a way that allows them to be easily hung or dis-played. Please do not submit works that have been shown at the Chandler Gallery in the past. Gallery hours are Thursday 4-6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 1 – 3 pm. For more information, please contact Betsy Cantlin at 802-431-0204 or

Events Held At Chandler For May
Swing Noir will be held Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket information.
The Next Generation will be held Friday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m.
For further information and Ticket info call (802) 728-6464 or

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 Con-ference Center, 44 S. Main St., Randolph. Call Kelly at (802) 746-8834 for more information.

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, 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.

Rummage And Bake Sale Benefit

A Rummage and Bake Sale will be held Friday, May 13 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday, May 14 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Brownsville Town Hall. Benefits: West Windsor Fire Department and Mt. Ascutney Christian Center Womens Ministry. Bag sale on Saturday.

Benefit for Old South Church Ceiling
Saturday, May 14, Coffee House, 7 p.m. at Old South Church, Main St., Windsor, VT. Open mike, local talent, refreshments. Do-nations appreciated for Old South Church ceiling repair fund. For info call 802-356-7093.

Benefit for Ascutney Union Church
The Ascutney Union Church will be having a Spring Rummage Sale on Thursday, May 19 from 5:30-7 p.m., Friday, May 20 from 9 a.m.-noon and Saturday, May 21 from 9 a.m. – noon. 5243 Route 5 Ascutney. For more info call (802) 674-2484.

Writing Group Therapy
Writing Group for those touched by Cancer and other Life-Threatening Illnesses – Thursdays, June 9 – July 14th 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Windsor Public Library 43 State Street, Windsor, VT. No prior writing experience needed! Space is limited. Please contact the Norris Cotton Cancer Center to register for this free class: 800-639-6918 or

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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