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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.

Thompson Center Happenings

Call the Center for information on classes in French, Italian, Span-ish, Chair Yoga, T’ai Chi, and Strength and Fitness.
Memoir Group date and time change: Mondays at 10:30. Ongo-ing. Anyone may join! Relaxed, supportive atmosphere.
Garden Talk: Beyond Red Tomatoes and Green Beans. Wed. May 11, 1 p.m. Althea Derstine, Extension Master Gardener will speak on how to grow a more interesting vegetable garden, new ways to cook with vegetables, and how to preserve/keep them. Door prizes.
Spring Tea. Thursday, May 12. At 1 p.m. The tea will be served instead of our usual noon time meal. Please wear fancy dress or hats if you’d like and sign up in advance.
Jenne Farm DVD and Talk. Tuesday May 17 1:15 p.m. Norm Boynton will show a DVD about the “most photographed farm in the country.” Norm’s mother, Birdie Jenne, grew up on the farm and Norm will share his early memories.
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
Spring Farm Programs for Pre-schoolers – Wednesday mornings in May from 9 a.m. -10:30 a.m. Call to register.
2nd Annual Cows and Camembert Weekend will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 28 & 29, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Call for information (802) 457-2355 or

Help Needed For 45th Class Reunion
Class of 1966 will be celebrating 45th Anniversary from WUHS graduation on June 11. The group will be meeting at the Taftsville Chapel on May 5 at 7 p.m.

Burying Ground Association Meeting
The South Woodstock Methodist Burying Ground Association will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, May 5, 7:00 p.m. at the home of Bob Holt, president. (6501 Densmore Hill Road) Call Bob at (802) 457-4649 for more information.

Green Up South Woodstock Event
Friday the 6th – Our first ever “Not A Potluck Supper” 6:00 p.m.
followed by “The Buskers” from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Firehouse!
Take a break on a Friday evening and let the Community Club cook supper! We will make a choice of soups, stews or chowders (vegetarian included), along with bread, cheese and salad. Please bring a snack or sweet to share but don’t feel you have to cook. Anything you can pick up fast is just fine. Of course if you WANT to cook… well… we won’t stop you! Then stick around and face the music! The Buskers – Concert and More! (Hear them at Folk impurists with a smart, distinct voice and a kitchen sink repertoire of influences from jug band and jazz to roots rock, „The Buskers tap the street music tradition for which they are named, then go much farther, with serious musicianship, a sense of humor, and energy to burn. (Weirs Times) A great evening of food and fun for all ages. Donations appreciated.

Saturday the 7th – Vermont Green Up Day in South Woodstock! 7:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Pick up your bags at the supper on Friday or at the Firehouse on Saturday morning along with a little breakfast on us! Help Green Up your community!

Woodstock Green Up Day Saturday
This year’s Green Up Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 7 and is again being coordinated by the Woodstock Rotary. Harold May-hew, Jim Pierce and Gary Horsman will be in charge and helping out again this year. People and trucks are needed. Meet at 9 a.m. in front of Woodstock Town Hall for assignments and to pick up bags and maps. Photo taken at 8:15 a.m. Call Harold (802) 234-5645 for more information.

Freelance Family Singers Perform
Join the Freelance Family Singers on Saturday May 7th at 7:00 P.M. and on Sunday May 8 at 3:00 p.m. The chorus, directed by Ellen Satterthwaite, will perform at Woodstock’s First Congregational Church, 36 Elm Street. Popular songs will be presented in chorus, small group, solo, and instrumental formats. There is something for all. A guest appearance will be made by the University Chorus of the Upper Valley. The concerts are free and family friendly. Dona-tions of non-perishable food items for the community food shelf are suggested.

Mother’s Day Tea To Be Held
Mother’s Day Tea – St. James Episcopal Church, Woodstock will be held on Sunday, May 8, 2:00-4:00 p.m. $10 adults, $5 children (under 5 free) Reservations appreciated. 457-1727. All are welcome.

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

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, please call: (802) 457-1822.

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 Dia-logue 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.

Half Marathon Pasta Supper
Held at Suicide Six Ski Lodge, Saturday June 4th, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. seating available. For reservations please call the Woodstock Chamber (802) 457-3555.

Bottle Drive Schedule
Boy Scout Troop 220 will host its bottle drives
Next four dates: Saturday, May 7th – 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 recycla-ble bottles! Thank you for your support. For questions, call Jill Leavitt at (802) 763-3923.

‘Saving Songbirds with your Coffee’
Saving Songbirds with your Coffee will be presented by Bill Wil-son at the Billings Farm Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. on May 11. The presentation is open to the public at no charge.
The discussion presented by Mr. Wilson will address threats to the survival of migratory birds created by pesticide-treated coffee beans in Central and Latin America. In response to these dangers, Wilson and a colleague launched the Birds & Beans coffee brand, which produces organic and shade-grown coffee plants. The com-pany’s goal is to help add thousands of hectares shade grown, or-ganic coffee habitat to the farms already producing a sustainable and environmentally responsible crop.
His discussion will also include suggestions to support the birds’ summer habitat in our New England gardens.

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 11th, 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 de-crease, 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 duration 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.

Woodstock Winter Farmers’ Market

Spring Greens from Clay Hill will be available at the Winter Mar-ket. 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.

Billings Film Festival Winter Series
Runs select Saturday afternoons through April at the Billings Farm in partnership with the Environmental Film Festival in the Na-tion’s Capital. All films are open to the public and accessible to peo-ple with disabilities. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door, seating permitting: six-film packages: $50 or $10/film.
Call (802) 457-2355 for daily activities and programs and a list of seasonal events, or visit the museum’s web site at

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, please 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 & 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 volun-teers 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.

Free Firewood
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 (802) 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.

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 & 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.

AA Meetings
AA Fellowship meets Mondays at 7 p.m. at the Woodstock Uni-versalist 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 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 Soci-ety 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 Cen-tral Street, Woodstock, Vermont 05091 we offer programming Mon-day 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 volun-teers, 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 & 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) 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 & Activi-ties 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 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.

Barnard Green-Up Day Announced

Barnard’s Green-Up Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 7th and will be coordinated by Helping Hands. Trash bags will be available for pick up at the Barnard General Store any time after 8 AM on the 7th. Participants will receive a voucher, good for that day only, for a BGS cup of coffee and a mini muffin. There will be a dump trailer at the BGS. Full bags can be taken to either the BGS or the recycling center. If you have any questions, please call Mary at 234-5541.

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.

American Legion Annual Meeting

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

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.

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 morn-ing before the regular church service. The “Social Half-Hour” in-cludes coffee, tea, muffins, doughnuts, etc., but more importantly a chance to meet and “chat” with friends, both old and new. All area towns are welcome.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Inc. has set up a special fund to assist local residents of Bridgewater and surrounding towns to help pay for fuel, utilities, and food this winter. Both individuals and 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.

RSVP Bone Builders
Free RSVP Bone Builders exercise classes are held every Tues-day and Thursday from 3:00-4:00 p.m. on the second floor of the Bridgewater Mill. All are welcome. For more information call (802) 672-3384.
Wednesday Prayer Meetings 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.

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, Hart-land, VT 05048
802-436-2473 –
Tues: 10-6, Wed: 12-8, Thurs: 12-8, Fri: 10-6 & Sat: 9-2
Thursdays, Beginning May 5 through June 9 – 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Community Reading & 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 “Cul-tural Pressures.” Course books are available right now.

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, Hart-land, VT 05048. 802-436-2473 or
Baby-Toddler Story time continues on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Sto-ries, 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 Hart-land 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.

Green Up Held In Plymouth

Saturday, May 7, we will once again be joining in the statewide Green Up efforts. Please meet behind the Plymouth Municipal Building at 8AM. Wear gloves, sturdy shoes, and bring a water bottle. There will be free goodies for every volunteer. Come early for the best selection! Sign in, pick up your official GreenUp bags, and establish your route. Also, pick up trucks are needed to haul the collected trash to the transfer station. Please bring a dish to share at our pot luck lunch at noon. Beverages will be provided. Please mark your calendars for the morning of May 7. All ages are wel-come. We appreciate your past volunteerism and need your help once again to keep our roads looking good. Come help beautify our town! For more information, call Eric or Elaine at 672-3493 or email them at You can also visit the web:

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 & 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.

Green Up Day Held In Pomfret

Pomfret Green Up Day is Saturday May 7, 2011 and the commu-nity will be out along the town’s roadsides picking up trash. Please join us for this annual event. The trash collection point will again be located at the town garage. This is also the place to get your trash bags on Saturday morning and pick out a section of the town’s roads to clean-up. The collection point will be staffed from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm although the trucks will be parked outside the garage all day long for trash collection. Come on out and help us keep Pomfret the beautiful community that it is! For additional information call Stephen Johnson at 457-1093.

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 am 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. Please contact Wes Leuthauser at 603-276-8718 or Dave Corbin at (603) 298-9861. Young Life is a non-profit, faith based organiza-tion that works to build positive relationships with adults and teenag-ers. Please contact Wes Leuthauser for more info.

Montshire Announces Spring Events
Montshire Museum of Science, One Montshire Road, Norwich, Vermont 05055.
Museum open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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 & 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% commission on any work that is sold. Works may be submit-ted 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. 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
Open Mic Night will be held Friday, May 6 at 7 p.m. $5 at door.
Lyra Music Faculty Presents a Mother’s Day Concert, Saturday May 7 at 7 p.m. All proceeds go toward student scholarships and program costs.
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.

250th Birthday Food Drive 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


Green Up Day in Windsor May 7th

This year’s Green Up Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 7 . Meet at 9 am at the Fire Station to enjoy some bagels and pick up Green Up bags and assignments. Bring work gloves and wear sturdy shoes. Burgers and hot dogs served starting at 11 am. Green Up bags will be available the week before at the Town Office. For more information or to sign up for a route, call Ham Gillett at 802-674-5409. 

Facts Behind Risk-Taking In Teens
Why does my smart kid do stupid things? Learn the physical facts behind risk-taking in teens, and ways to talk with them about it. By Sara De Gennaro, MA, psychotherapist and counselor. FREE, with food and childcare. On May 9 at 5:30 – 7 PM, Mt. Ascutney Hospital & Health Center boardroom, Windsor. Please call ahead for child care or more info: 802-674-7089. Hosted by Mt Ascutney Prevention Partnership (

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 Satur-day.

Benefit for Old South Church Ceiling
Saturday, May 14, Coffee House, 7 pm 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.

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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