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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.

Benefit Yard Sale AT UU Church

On Saturday, May 28, the Change the World Kids will host a big yard sale to benefit their work in the community. Sale hours are from 10:00 – 3:00 in front of the UU Church in Woodstock. Come and find some treasures and bargains! Donations of good to excellent items are gratefully welcomed by Wednesday, May 25. Leave items by the green door on the left front side of the Woodstock UU Church (not main entrance). Call 457-2622 for information, and before dropping off very large or valuable pieces. No computers, damaged electronic equipment, office equipment or large appliances.

Thompson Center Happenings
Call the Center for information on classes in French, Italian, Spanish, Chair Yoga, T’ai Chi, and Strength and Fitness.
Thurs. June 2, at 1 p.m. – Navy Heroes talk. Learn about Operation Neptune-Overlord, or D-day, and the monument raised in Normandy recognizing this operation.
Friday, June 3, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. – Clean up/Green up Day. Bring rakes and other tools.
Tues. June 7, 1 p.m. – Lester Hirsch music. A multi-talented musician plays a variety of music styles on the harmonica, guitar and and Irish frame drum.
Wed. June 8, 1 p.m. – VNA & Hospice talk. Jeanne McLaughlin, Visiting Nurse and Hospice of VT and NH President and CEO. Learn about how healthcare reform affects home care and hospice options.
For more information on these and other programs for adults of all ages, call The Thompson Center at (802) 457-3277.

Events At Billings Farm And Museum
2nd Annual Cows and Camembert Weekend will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
National Dairy Month With Ice Cream Sundays – June 5, 12, 19 and 26.
Call for information (802) 457-2355 or

Youth Hockey Registration May 25 & 26
Registration Night for all Woodstock Travel hockey and Colts House League teams will be together on May 25 and 26 from 5pm to 7pm at the Union Arena Community Center in Woodstock, VT. Travel teams and House League teams will be fielded for the following age levels (age as of Dec., 31, 2011): Mite (age 8 and under), Squirt (9-10), Pee Wee (11-12), Bantam (13-14). Information on Learn To Play Hockey and Girls program will be announced later.
All teams are coed. Teams will have regular practice times at Union Arena with optional additional skills and game sessions available throughout the winter season. Call for Fee Information or go to or call (802) 457-2500 x-11.

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.

American Red Cross Blood Drive
There will be an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, June 3 at the Woodstock Union Arena. Begins at 12:30 p.m. and continues through 5:30 p.m. All presenting donors will receive a free blood donor shirt. You must be 17 and weight 110 pounds, and be in general good health. All donors will be eligible to win a chance to become a Blood Donor Of The Game Held On the Field at Fenway Park.

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 seatings: 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 restaurants. Adults: $15.00 Children 12 and under: $7.50. For reservations 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.

WUHS Class Of 1981 Reunion
You are invited to celebrate with all the familiar faces you have missed. On June 11, 2011. Join us for a night of food, fun, music and much more. Party starts at 5 p.m. $10 per person. Party held at Audie and Lisa (Robinson) Bellimer House in Bridgewater Center. RSVP to Deanne Carvalho.

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!

Classical Music Concert Performed
On Sunday, May 29th at 2 PM, International Tchaikovsky Competition gold medal winning cellist Sergey Antonov will perform at the Woodstock UU (457 2257). He will play pieces by Schumann, Brahms and Rachmaninov. Admission is free, but contributions are welcome.

Annual Meeting Of OCP
Ottauquechee Community Partnership (OCP)’s Annual Meeting will be held June 7th from 5-7pm in the WUMS/HS Teagle Library. All community members are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact or 457-2679.

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 its annual meeting on Tuesday, June 14th at 7:00 p.m. 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 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Parish Hall will be open for the sale. All profits are to go to two charities. The Woodstock 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: Sixty percent to the artist and forty percent to the two charities, to be divided equally. Noted local artists such as Annette Compton, Neil Drevitson, Wiliam B. Hoyt, Carolyn Egeli, Frank Peabody, Jane Curtis, Ellison Lieberman, Mary Church and many others will participate. The public is invited.

Interactive Toy Exhibit for Kids
Builders of all ages are invited to view a unique and beautiful display of Learning Materials Workshop at ArtisTree Gallery through June 5th. Children can make sculptures and play, learn, and create their own building designs at Learning Materials Workshop is a Burlington based company creating high quality block sets. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10am -2pm. For more info call Adrian at 802.457.3500 or email

250th Celebration At Billings Farm
The Town of Woodstock will officially commemorate the 250th anniversary of its founding on Sunday, July 10, 2011, 4-7 p.m. at the 250th Celebration Picnic at the Billings Farm & Museum. Everyone is invited to this community event, which includes live entertainment, brief presentations on the history of Woodstock, admission to the Farm & Museum, horse-drawn wagon rides, and games. Bring your own picnic, or purchase delicious picnic fare: grilled chicken dinners ($3.00) by the Woodstock Fire Dept. and grilled hot dog ($1.00) and hamburger meals ($2.00) by the Woodstock Rec. Dept. Each meal will include: drinks and watermelon provided by the Woodstock Ambulance Squad; coleslaw and potato salad and ice cream cups provided free of charge. For information: Woodstock Chamber of Commerce: 802-457-3555.

Listening To Your Business Workshop
Vermont Small Business Development Center with sponsorship by TD Charitable Foundation, is presenting a dynamic, halfday workshop, “Listening To Your Business” for business owners, managers and key employees on Thursday, June 23 from 2-6 p.m. at TD Bank, 21 Elm St., Woodstock. To register Email Healther Gonyaw at enrollment limited to 12. For directions call MaryBeth DeFalco, VT, Manager, TD Bank (802) 457-6807.

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.

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 Husband in Windsor County at (802) 885-2083, Peter Seares in Windham 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 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.

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 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.

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.

Mentoring Program Seeks Volunteers
The Shining Light Mentoring Program is a community-based school mentoring program operated by the Ottauquechee Community Partnership and the Windsor Central Supervisory Union.
The program connects students from Woodstock Union Middle and High School, Bridgewater Village School, and Reading Elementary School with positive adult role models from the community. We have more students than we have mentors available. We are interested in having mentors of all ages and of a variety of backgrounds.
To learn more about the Shining Light Mentoring Program, contact Krystal Waite at Ottauquechee Community Partnership, 32 Pleasant Street, (802) 457-2679 or via e-mail at 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. 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

Purple Crayon and 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 or visit and
Ongoing Drop-in Classes include: Arts for Tots (2-4 yrs) Wednesdays; 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 problem solve with each student. Major Mess (All Ages)One Saturday a month between 10am-Noon. (see website for dates). Arts and Activities for the Whole Family! Visit website/s for more classes and workshops 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 additions 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.

Book Club Meeting

Book Club meets again Wednesday June 1st at 7 p.m. to discuss “Twin” by Allen Shawn. Mary, Allen’s twin, is suddenly removed and placed in a residence for autistic kids. In the 1950′s little was known about autism, and the wrenching separation creates life-long trauma to the whole family. Though their lives were so extraordinarily different, Shawn acknowledges the similarities and bonds that forever connect the twins. Club discussions are open to all, so join us for tea and talk at the Danforth Library in Barnard. (Heads up! July 6th we meet to discuss “The Translator” by Daoud Hari, a short but powerful story of Darfur.)

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.

Swimming Lessons Offered
Barnard Academy is one again offering swimming lessons at Silver Lake. Session one: July 5-15 and Session two: July 18-29. Call Deb Wood for application/questions. Benefits the BEES.

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 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 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 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.

RSVP Bone Builders
Free RSVP Bone Builders exercise classes are held every Tuesday 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.

Ham and Bean Supper

There will be a ham and bean supper at the Sharon Elementary School from 5-6:30 p.m. on May 28. Benefits Sharon Congregational Church.

Plant, Book and Bake Sale
Plant, Book & Bake Sale, Saturday and Sunday, June 4 & 5 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Baxter Library in Sharon. All proceeds benefit the library. For information to donate, please call (802) 763-7067.

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.

Events at the Hartland Public Library

Hartland Public Library, P.O. Box 137: 153 US Highway 5, Hartland, VT 05048. 802-436-2473 –
Tues: 10-6, Wed: 12-8, Thurs: 12-8, Fri: 10-6 and Sat: 9-2
Thursdays, 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 navigating the consumer culture bombarding youth and families. Participants meet weekly to discuss selected articles and consider personal 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 Farm Fest With Governor
The fourth annual Hartland Farm Fest will take place on Sunday, May 29, 2011 from 11 AM – 3 PM at the Hartland Recreation grounds, located on VT Route 12, one mile north of I-91, Exit 9. The Hartland Farm Fest is a celebration of local farms, food and arts. All are welcome. No admission charge.
This year over thirty local producers and farmers will be displaying their local products, plants and animals. There will be an abundance of local food and music, pony and wagon rides, traditional children’s activities and a raffle with great prizes. Demonstrations will feature traditional farming skills. Many of the participating farms have been handed down in families for generations while others are relatively new, diversified enterprises promoting value-added products such as Cobb Hill artisan cheese, Solstice Seeds, and several CSA’s (community supported agriculture). VT Governor Peter Shumlin will be speaking at 2 PM.

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

Killington Stage Race Public Service

The Killington Stage Race, a three day bike race, will be held on area roads over the Memorial Day Weekend, May 28-30. Affected roadways will be:
On Saturday, May 28 – Route 4 east from West Bridgewater to Bridgewater Corners; Route 100A south; and Route 100 north from Plymouth to West Bridgewater from 8am to 4pm.
On Sunday, May 29 – Route 4 west from Bridgewater Corners to the town of Killington, from 8:30am to 3:30pm.
On Monday, May 30 – Route 4 west from West Bridgewater to Route 100 north; Route 100 north to Stockbridge; Route 107 east to Bethel; North Road south to Barnard; Route 12 south to Woodstock; Route 4 west to West Bridgewater; East Mountain Road south to the Killington ski area, from 9-:15am to 1pm.
No roads will be closed, and not all motorists will experience delays during the affected time periods. The race organizers suggest you use alternate routes where possible or plan for extra travel time. You will get to where you are going. The race organizers thank you for your patience.

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, June 5, at 3:30 at the Plymouth Historical Building on Route 100. Call Melissa at 672-3547 or e-mail for further details.

President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site
Wednesday Afternoons with Farmer Fred. Spend a fun and informative afternoon with Plymouth’s own Fred DePaul. Fred, well known for his engaging humor, will demonstrate a variety of historic farming activities such as sheep shearing, grain flailing, log cutting, and wagon rides. Call ahead for the weekly program.
Every Wednesday through October 12, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tales of The Notch. Join site administrator Bill Jenney for a special guided tour of Calvin Coolidge’s Plymouth Notch. This leisurely walk through the village and surrounding fields will offer unique insights into the man who became our nation’s 30th President. Held weekly through October 14; call ahead for day and time.
Tales of The Notch June schedule: June 2 (2:00)
June 7 (2:00) June 16 (2:00) June 21 (2:00) June 30 (2:00)

Openings for History Enthusiasts

Could you spare some mornings during May, June, September, and October to explore the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth, VT with students? If so, consider volunteering as a docent for the Coolidge Foundation’s History Exploration Programs. Docents receive informational materials and training and also learn the details of leading groups by shadowing experienced docents. Dates are known well in advance and docents have the option of choosing the dates that work for them. Docents also assist at special events. Consider joining the front lines of the Coolidge Foundation’s Education Program by becoming a docent. Contact Education Director, Diane Kemble at or by calling the office at 802-672-3389. We’d love to have your involvement. Thank you.

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 Cavendish recycling/transfer stations. Look for the little red sheds and donate your unwanted clothing, shoes and linens for reuse or recycling. All items should be clean, dry and bagged – we ask that shoes be bagged separately. SEVCA’s staff sorts the textiles that we collect to ensure that wearable clothes ─ especially cold weather clothes ─ are available for your neighbors who need them. All items that are not re-usable due to rips or stains will be recycled.

Limited Financial Assistance Offered
The Plymouth Memory Tree fund offers limited financial assistance to area residents in need, as well as support coordinating with outside sources of funding. Concerns can be addressed to one of the Memory Tree Committee members: Al Poirier 228-3308, Naomi Moyer 672-5233, Elaine Gambone 672-3493, Margo Marrone 228-5114, or by writing to Plymouth Memory Tree, PO Box 47, Plymouth, VT 05056. All information will be kept strictly confidential.

Pomfret School Helps Food Shelf

The Pomfret School Leadership Team has a collection box in the foyer of the school. It will be there the whole school year. Bring in The Food Shelf needs things like spaghetti sauce, pasta, canned food and diapers. Make sure none of the food is expired. We would be very grateful if you could donate to the food shelf. The Pomfret School Leadership team will deliver it to our local food shelf regularly. Help the needy by donating to the food shelf.

Readying For Kindergarten
The Pomfret School is beginning to make plans for next year’s kindergarten. If you have a child who will be ready for kindergarten in the fall, 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.

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
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 survive 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.

Free Acoustic Concert Performed
On Tuesday, June 7 at 7 p.m., Patti Casey and Susannah Blachly will perform at the Quechee Library in a free acoustic concert sponsored by the Friends of the library. Enjoy these dynamic musicians as they perform their mix of traditional Americana and original music. Voice, fiddle, and guitar will be featured, immediately following the Friends’ brief annual meeting. The performers’ well-reviewed CDs are available for borrowing or purchasing. Casey’s The Heart of A Waiting Boy”, widely played on the worldwide folk music circuit this year, includes bluegrass and Quebecois influences. Blachly has released four CDs of all original material and has twice ranked on the Top Ten Best VT CDs of the Year in Seven Days. The Vermont singer/song writers have been playing to sold-out audiences recently.

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 available 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. During 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 submitted in a way that allows them to be easily hung or displayed. 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, contact Betsy Cantlin at 802-431-0204 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 Conference Center, 44 S. Main St., Randolph. Call Kelly at (802) 746-8834 for more information.

National Trails Day Held

Reading community members of all ages are invited to participate in National Trails Day (June 4th) by assisting with cleanup and construction of the trail in the Reading Community Recreational Space behind the Reading Elementary School playground. The project begins on Friday afternoon, June 3rd, from 1:00-2:30 pm, when students, parents, faculty and staff will work to weed and rake the existing trail. On Saturday morning, June 4th, from 8:00-11:00 am, the remainder of the trail loop will be constructed. Bring work gloves, garden tools, shovels, metal rakes, wheelbarrows and anything else that might be useful. Refreshments and community camaraderie will be provided. For more information call 484-7230.

Public Library Looking For Volunteers

The Reading Public Library is looking for folks who’d like to volunteer on occasion during regular library hours or with upcoming projects. This might mean helping out with a children’s program, baking cookies for a special event, filling in for the librarian, or lending a hand during a fundraiser. There’s no binding commitment. If you’re interested, call the library at (802) 484-5588, send an e-mail to, 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.

Yard Sale to Benefit St. Paul’s Church

On May 27th & May 28th, there will be a Yard Sale at 32 Ascutney St in Windsor, VT from 9am to 5pm both days. There will be coffee & donuts for sale in the morning. This is a rain or shine event. All proceeds benefit St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Windsor, VT. No early birds. For more info, e-mail or call 802-674-6461.

New England Living Show House
The New England Living Show House is a unique design house that uses the historic Juniper Hill Inn in Windsor, VT as the setting. The project hopes to raise $1M for 7 charities. The gala event ($250 tix) will be held Friday, May 27th from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at the Juniper Hill Inn ( The Show House opens to the public on May 28th until June 6th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and then from June 19th through Labor Day, September 5, 2011on Sundays from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. and Mondays and Tuesdays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets for the hours tours are $25 which include a Show House Magazine and Resource Guide, and a shopping certificate toward any purchase at participating Show Town stores.

Ascutney Trails Association’s Annual Hike/Picnic
The Ascutney Trails Association’s Annual Hike/Picnic. Saturday May 28, 2011. Hike any of our three trails and lunch will be served from 11 am to 2pm by the directors of the ATA. Keep dogs on leash at lunch site. Thank you. Questions. Call 802-674-2326

All-You-Can-Eat Brunch and Book Sale
On Sunday, June 5th, there will be an All-You-Can-Eat Brunch & Book Sale at St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 State St. in Windsor, VT from 11AM to1PM. The brunch features pancakes with real maple syrup, eggs, sausage, homefries, fruit, casseroles, homemade breads & desserts, several beverages and more. The cost is $7.50 and $3.00 for ages 8 and under. All books are 4 for $1.00 and bargain table books are ten cents. All proceeds benefit the Church’s Building Fund. For more info, call 802-674-6461 or e-mail

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. 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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