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Area Briefs, July 14, 2011

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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

Toy Museum Trip. Monday, July 18, 10:30. A nostalgic look at vintage toys from 1860-2000 at the Toy Museum in Quechee followed by lunch at Dana’s by the Gorge. Please sign up.
Remember When? with Kathy Wendling. Thursday, July 21, 1 PM. Share your favorite gardening stories.
Wellness Clinic. Tuesday, July 26. Blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol screening with Doug Davies, RN.
Free Vision Screenings. Wednesday, July 27, 8:30 AM to 3 PM. Full vision screenings by Dr. Dean Barcelow of EyeCare for You in Bethel. Free. Sign up for 1/2 hour appointments.
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
Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Call for information (802) 457-2355 or
July 15-Oct. 14 – Foodways Fridays
July 17 – National Ice Cream Day
July 30 & 31 – Quilt Exhibition Opening Weekend
July 30-Sept. 25 – 25th Annual Quilt Exhibition

Summer Saffron Celebration Dinner
On Thursday, July 14 at 6:30PM, a special chefs’ tasting plate dinner will be held at the Blue Horse Inn. It will celebrate the return of Buddhist monk Venerable Somnieng, and will support the Children’s Development Village orphanage he runs with the monks of Wat Damnak in Siem Reap Cambodia. The dinner will feature appetizers, entrees and desserts from ten of the region’s finest chefs, and ALL funds raised will go directly the orphanage to benefit the six children supported by North Universalist Chapel Society. The fee per person charge is fully tax-deductible, and includes an evening of fine food, wine, music, and fun. For information, price or reservations call 457-2557 Ext.3.

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

Summer Workshops & 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 or visit and
Film Making Camp (ages 14-18) Week long camp. July 11 through 15 from 9am – 12pm.
3rd Annual Summer Fest! (All ages) Saturday July 16 from 3pm – 7:30pm. FREE.
Life Drawing (adults) Second Sundays, 5:30pm-8:30pm (July 17, July 31, August 14, August 28).
Into to Papermaking (12-adults) Monday July 18 from 5:30-8:30pm.
Major Mess (All Ages) Saturday July 23 (One Saturday a month) between10am-Noon.
“A Puppet Story” Camp (ages 5-12) Week long camp. July 25-29 from 9am to 12pm.Upcoming Exhibit: Alan Bull. Through July 16.
Artists Gathering monthly – Open to all artists. Bring a dish to shareTuesday, July 19 at 6:15.
Call to Artists: unbound – creations by artists that challenge the concept of “the book”.

Come Learn To Skate Clinic
Learn to skate clinic will be held Sunday, July 17 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Union Arena in Woodstock. For ages 4-12. Call (802) 457-2500 with any questions. Skates available Helmets recommended.

Programs For Preschoolers At Billings
Programs offered Wednesday & Thursday mornings from 9 -10:30 a.m.
Hurry – July 13 &14
Can’t Sleep Without Sheep – July 20 & 21
Farm Ham – July 27 & 28
To register call 802-457-2355 Limited enrollment.

Band Concert and Ice Cream Social
On Friday, July 15, at 7:00 p.m., come listen to old-time favorites played by Dick Ellis and the South Royalton Town Band while you enjoy ice cream made by the Mountain Creamery (of Woodstock). Bring a blanket or chair on which to sit. Event will be postponed in the event of rain. Held on the back lawn of the Woodstock Historical Society, 26 Elm Street, Woodstock, VT. Admission by donation. or (802) 457-1822

Events at National Park
Saturday, July 16
Green Ideas at Work – 10:30 a.m. Free. Meet at Carriage Barn
Causes & Consequences, The Civil War Home Front In Woodstock – 2 p.m. Fee charged. Meet at Billings Farm
Spirituality and the Environment – 2:30 p.m. fee charged. Meet at Carriage Barn
Sunday, July 17
Hidden Spaces, Unique Places – 10:30 a.m. fee charged. Meet at Carriage Barn
Conservation Through the Artists Eye – 2:30 p.m. Fee charged. Meet at Carriage Barn.
To reserve space call (802) 457-3368 ext. 22.

Juried Summer Exhibition At AVA
AVA Gallery and Art Center is having their 18th annual Juried Summer Exhibition. Four individuals from Woodstock were accepted into the show. It is running through July 29th.

Blood Drive Held At WES
The Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at the Woodstock Elementary School on Friday, July 29 from 12:30-5:30 p.m. Walk-in or for an appointment, visit or call 1-800-Red Cross.

Market On The Green On Wednesdays
Market on the Green is now open on the Woodstock Green on Wednesday’s, 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. Free parking after 4pm! EBT and Debit cards accepted. Music will be featured weekly. Through Oct 5.

Gun Club Offers Trap Shooting
Woodstock Gun Club of South Woodstock, Church Hill Rd. Trap every Tuesday night 5:30 p.m. $5/string non-members. Field Clay shooting on select Wednesdays and Saturdays. See for complete details.

Boy Scouts Selling First Aid Kits
The Boy Scouts of Troop 220 will be selling first aid kits. These kits are great for your home, office, or car. We are selling two types of kits: an auto kit($18) and a home kit($25). An optional CPR mask may be added to any first aid kit for an additional $5. If you are interested in purchasing a first aid kit or have any questions about the contents feel free to talk to any local boy scout you know, or contact me, Jefferson Tucker, at

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.

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.

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

Book Club Meeting

Book Club meets again August 3 meeting to discuss “Boyd: the fighter pilot who changed the art of war” by Robert Coram.

Community Art
Barnard residents and friends will be painting and decorating 250 sticks to celebrate the town’s 250th. The sticks will be layered together to create an arch-shaped stick sculpture and wind chime. Donations of wind-engaging decorations for the sticks: fabric ribbon, bottle caps, coins – anything that might move and sound nicely in the wind. Drop by at Barnard Store.

30TH Annual CDA Flea Market

The 30th annual CDA flea market will be held Saturday, July 16 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Bethel Common. Table space available 234-9794 or 728-9237. All space is $15 regardless of size. Sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

Legislative Review and Discussion

State Representative Jim Eckhardt will be at the Bridgewater Grange on Route 100A on Thursday, July 14th at 7:30 pm to review and discuss this year’s Legislative Session and how the bills passed will effect the people and businesses of Vermont. Refreshments will be served.

Community Garden Space Available
Oak Chapel Christian Fellowship has community garden space available to anyone that would like to use it. Contact Robert Griggs @ 802-672-5569 with any questions.

Essay Contest For Ages 10 to 19
The Bridgewater Historical Society is sponsoring an essay contest for Bridgewater residents who are full time students ages 10 to 19. The essay topic is the oral history of Bridgewater. Essay winners will receive a $250 U.S. Savings Bond and will read their essay at the Bridgewater 250th Birthday Celebration August 20, 2011. Contest rules are available by contacting Jeannette Sawyer 672-3745, Sue Kancir 672 1521 or pick up a copy at the Bridgewater Town office.

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.

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 Gary Parker at (802) 672-5188.

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

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.

Killington Wine Festival

The 10th Annual Killington Wine Festival will be from July 22 through 24 on Killington Mountain. For information contact Killington Chamber of Commerce (802) 773-4181, (800) 337-1928 or

Gatsby Gala Benefits Horse Rescue
20’s themed Gatsby Gala will be Aug. 5 at Summit Lodge in Killington from 6-10 p.m. Benefits Spring Hill Horse Rescue. For tickets or more information visit or call (802) 282-3387 or the Summit Lodge.

Memory Tree Offers Financial Help

The Plymouth Memory Tree offers limited financial assistance to area residents. Contact one of the following Committee members with your concerns: Elaine Gambone 672-3493, Naomi Moyer 672-5233, or Al Poirier 228-3308, or write to PO Box 47, Plymouth, VT 05056 All information will be kept in strict confidence.

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.

Summer Reading Program Library

Kids’ Craft and Game Time, for ages 5 and above, will take place on Tuesdays in July from 2 – 4 pm. Snack provided. Please sign up by visiting or calling the Library at 457-2236.
Library hours: Tuesday 10 – 6, Thursday 10 – 8, Saturday 10 – 2.

Vacation Bible School Offered
North Pomfret Congregational Church is hosting Vacation Bible School for children ages 3 – 12 years. August 1-5. 9:00am-11;30 am. Come have some fun! For information or registration call the Church at 802-457-3259

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.

Listening To your Business Workshop

Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC), with sponsorship provided by TD Charitable Foundation, is presenting a dynamic, half-day workshop, “Listening To Your Business” for business owners, managers and key employees Tuesday July 19th from 2 pm to 6 pm at the Town of Hartford Municipal Building, 171 Bridge Street, Room 204, White River Junction. To register: email Limited to 12. (802) 295-4230.

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, contact Betsy Cantlin at 802-431-0204 or

Events At The Chandler
Shelby’s Vacation held Friday, July 15 & Saturday, July 16.
Karen Petersen held July 15-Sept. 20 During gallery hours. Free.
Open Mic performance and closing Celebration of Chandler’s Pride Festival held Sunday, July 217 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets available after July 4: 802-728-6464 or online at or for more information.

Free Summer Reading Program

Reading Public Library is hosting a series of free summer reading programs for children. Snacks, crafts, and stories will be provided. An estimation jar will also be on hand. Best guess gets a prize. Registration is not necessary, but call 484-5588 if more information is needed. The library is located at 717 Rte. 106. Program dates are the following Tuesdays: July 12, 19, and 26. Programs start at 3:30 P.M.

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.

White River Valley Historical Fair

Historical Societies and friends of the towns of the White River Valley: Barnard, Bethel, Braintree, Brookfield, Granville, Hartford, Randolph, Rochester, Royalton, Sharon, Stockbridge-Gaysville, Tunbridge and Woodstock will be held Saturday, August 20, 2011, 9:00 ~ 4:00 at the South Royalton School Gymnasium. Join us for an exciting day of history and hands on activities, food and fun.
Rochester’s White River Valley Players will perform highlights from their successful production of the Civil War play, Ransom, and DVD’s will be available for purchase. The South Royalton Captains Advisory Council will provide refreshments throughout the day.
Free Admission, but donations will be gratefully accepted.

South Royalton Bandstand
The South Royalton Band, led by well-known teacher and musician Dick Ellis, will perform in the bandstand on the Green in South Royalton at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday through August 11 (with the exception of July 21, when the concert will be at the Congregational church in Royalton). Music will include marches by Souza and others, Broadway show medleys, solos, trios, and novelties, plus patriotic and other pieces. Admission is free. Rain location is the South Royalton Middle School gym at 223 South Windsor Street. For additional information, call Dick Ellis at 802-763-8172 or Ellis Music at 802-234-6400.

Writing Group Therapy

Writing Group for those touched by Cancer and other Life-Threatening Illnesses – Thursdays, through 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

Old Constitution House Open
The Old Constitution House State Historic Site is located at 16 North Main Street in Windsor. The 2011 season is May 28 – October 10, Saturday – Sunday and Monday holidays, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For further information call 802-672-3773, or visit the state-owned historic sites online at

New England Living Showhouse
Unique opportunity to get a glimpse into the life and times of the Evarts family, one of the most influential and powerful American dynasties. Tour their colonial revival home, Juniper Hill Inn in Windsor, Vermont, as interpreted through the eyes of top interior designers and landscapers. May 28 through September 5, 2011, Sundays (noon-4pm), Mondays and Tuesdays (10am-3pm) Proceeds benefit six nonprofits including Norman Williams Public Library.

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