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.
Market On The Green Opens June 8
Market on the Green opens June 8th on the Green from 3-6 PM. This year 30 vendors will sell a variety of locally grown meats, vegetables, mushrooms, eggs, berries; baked goods, jams, jellies, pickles, pasta, cheese and prepared foods and local crafts. American Fiddle Music player, John Specker will be performing. Free parking after 4pm! EBT and Debit cards accepted.
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.
WUHS Class of 1966 Reunion Planned
Please call Mary Blake Fullerton @ 457-3721 and let her know if you will attend the class dinner at Spooner’s Restaurant on Alumni Day June 11 @ 6:30 p.m. Good times guaranteed!
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.
King’s Daughters Annual Meeting
The King’s Daughters will have their annual meeting Monday, June 13th 12;00 at the Unitarian Universalist Church. Please bring a sandwich and an item for the raffle. Beverage and dessert will be provided.
Summer Workshops and Camps Offered
ArtisTree Community Arts Center and Purple Crayon Productions are offering summer workshops and camps in art and music programs for children and adults. For our class list or to register, call Tayo at (802) 457-3500, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.artistreevt.org and www.purplecrayonproductions.org.
Drop-in Open Mosaic Art Studio (All Ages), Weds & Thurs from June 1 through 23; 10am to 4pm. Participation is free when your art mosaic is donated to our silent auction on July 16th.
Intro to Papermaking: (12-adult) Saturday June 11; 9am–12pm or June 20; 5:30-8:30pm.
Beginning Cake Decorating: (14-adult) Tuesday June 14; 5:30-8:30pm.
Tie-Dyeing Extravaganza!: (16+) Sunday June 26; 3-5pm.
Major Mess (All Ages) One Saturday a month between 10am-Noon. (See website for dates). Arts & Activities for the Whole Family!
Life Drawing (Adults) Second Sundays, 5:30pm–8:30pm. Bi-monthly.
Call to Artists: unbound – creations by artists that challenge the concept of “the book”. Deadline extended to June 23 (postmarked) and June 27 (emailed).
Flannery O’Connor Book Discussion
The book group at the Norman Williams Public Library will discuss Flannery O’Connor’s novel, Wise Blood, on Wednesday, June 22, at 10:30 am in the library’s history room.
The first of only two novels written by the celebrated Southern author, Wise Blood is a haunting and astonishing classic of 20th century American literature. It’s been called a tale of redemption, retribution, false prophets, blindness and wisdom with one of the most riveting characters in American fiction.
For the past two years, the book group has been reading American classics – books we haven’t read since high school or college, or books we just never got around to reading. The library can get copies thru the inter library network or local bookstores can order paperbacks. All are welcome.
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 email@example.com.
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 www.pricechopper.com you only need register your card once and each time your card is used Woodstock Elementary School will receive points towards equipment for the school. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or visit www.ocpvt.org.
Requests for referrals to in-home caregivers should be directed to the Community Care Coordinator, Susan Jantos. She can be reached at her office in the Ottauquechee Health Center at (802) 457-3030 ext 203.
Grants are available to help qualified families in the greater Woodstock area pay for critical short-term assistance while they seek longer-term solutions to health-related problems.
Thompson Center Services
The Thompson Center offers various activities and classes throughout the week. Call the Thompson Center at (802) 457-3277 or visit www.thompsonseniorcenter.org for more information.
Medical 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.
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 www.woodstockjobbank.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com for more information.
Book Club Meeting
Book Club meets again Wednesday July 6 at 7 p.m. to discuss “The Translator” by Daoud Hari, a short but powerful story of Darfur Club discussions are open to all, so join us for tea and talk at the Danforth Library in Barnard
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.
Plant Sale Benefits After School Program
Purchase local perennial plants for your garden on Friday June 10 from 3:00 – 5:30 pm at the Bridgewater Village School. A variety of perennials will be available on site, and prices are quite reasonable. All funds raised support the Bridgewater After School Program.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the office at 802-672-3389. We’d love to have your involvement. Thank you.
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.
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.
Women’s Barbershop Chorus
Valley Chords Women’s Barbershop Chorus rehearsals are held Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. in Hartford. Call Darlene at (802) 649-2656 for more information or visit our website at www.valleychords.org.
GAL Program Needs Volunteers
Windsor County GAL Program needs volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children in the Family Court. Contact Charles Hacker at (802) 295-8865.
Volunteer At WISE Training
Become part of the WISE direct service team through WISE Volunteer Advocate Training. The WISE 24-hour, toll-free crisis line is available to victims of domestic and sexual violence, thanks to empathetic and dedicated community members, like you, answering calls every hour, every day. To learn more about the fall volunteering at WISE starting on October 5th, visit www.wiseoftheuppervalley.org or contact Kat at (603) 448-5922 or email@example.com.
Chandler Gallery Call to Area Artists
Chandler Gallery’s Area Artist Show will take place through July 10. 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. www.chandler-arts.org
Movie Night At Reading Public Library
Reading Public Library will host a family movie night on Saturday, June 11, starting at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend a free showing of the classic animated adventure story about the legendary English outlaw of Sherwood Forest who was a hero to the common folk. Kids are encouraged to bring pillows and sleeping bags or blankets. They can attend in their jammies if they like and bring a stuffed animal or dolly. Popcorn and lemonade will be served. Call 484-5588 if you need more information.
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 email@example.com, or drop in at 717 Rte. 106.
Reading Food Shelf
Located in the Old Stone Schoolhouse on Tyson Road in South Reading, the Food Shelf is open Mondays from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. and Thursdays from 4 p.m. -6 p.m. Call Dianne Bennett at (802) 484-7410 or call Sue Joyal at (802) 484-9792. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to: Reading Food Shelf, Inc. P.O. Box 384, Brownsville, VT 05037.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For complete event listings see our calendar here