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Area Briefs, July 21, 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

Call the Center for information on classes in French, Italian, Span-ish, Chair Yoga, T’ai Chi, and Strength and Fitness.
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 a.m. to 3 p.m. Full vision screenings by Dr. Dean Barcelow of EyeCare for You in Bethel. Free. Sign up for 1/2 hour appointments.
Thursday, July 28, 1 PM. Birthday Day Music with the Mill Band. Enjoy bluegrass, country and gospel music in the living room after lunch.
Caregiver Support Group: Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 12:30 p.m. Complimentary lunch and confidential support for those caring for loved ones.
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 30 & 31 – Quilt Exhibition Opening Weekend
July 30-Sept. 25 – 25th Annual Quilt Exhibition
Aug. 7 – Antique Tractor Day
Aug. 20 – Children’s Chicken Day
Aud. 28 – George Houghton – program and book signing
Through Oct. 14 – Foodways Fridays

Summer Workshops & Camps Offered
ArtisTree Community Arts Center and Purple Crayon Productions are offering summer workshops and camps in art and music pro-grams for children and adults. For our class list or to register, call Tayo at (802) 457-3500, email or visit and
Life Drawing (adults) Second Sundays, 5:30pm-8:30pm (July 31, August 14, August 28).
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.

OHC Community Fair
A community fair will be held Saturday, August 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ottauquchee Health Center at 32 Pleasant Street in Woodstock. There will be a magic show, face painting, games, a bouncy castle, firetrucks and a visit from Marko The Magician. For more information, call (802) 457-3030.
Programs For Preschoolers At Billings
Programs offered Wednesday & Thursday mornings from 9 -10:30 a.m.
Can’t Sleep Without Sheep – July 21
Farm Ham – July 27 & 28
To register call 802-457-2355 Limited enrollment.

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 Ele-mentary 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.

Lecture On Woodstock & the Civil War
On Monday, August 1, at 7:00 pm, Civil War historian Jack An-derson will present a slide lecture about Woodstock and the Civil War by looking at artifacts from the Woodstock Historical Society’s new Civil War exhibit. Program will be held in the Woodstock History Center’s library, 26 Elm Street, Woodstock, VT. Members: Free; Non-members: $5.00. or (802) 457-1822

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

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

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 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 occa-sional Sunday Morning commitments, and sing-aways or tours.
Singers of all levels are invited to apply.

Hand In Hand Community Meals
Area residents and visitors are encouraged to join the “Hand In Hand” free community meal each Thursday from 5-7 p.m. in the social hall of the North Universalist Chapel, 7 Church Street, Wood-stock. Hand In Hand is dedicated to community growth and development in Woodstock and the surrounding communities. We have different dinner themes weekly.

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 Softball Game
On Sunday, July 24 – Community-wide softball game will start at 3 p.m. followed by food and refreshments at 5 p.m. free. Outdoor concert by the Upper Valley Community Band at 6 p.m. All ages and abilities. Barnard Academy or Barnard Town Hall if rain. Call (802) 234-4035.

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.

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.

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.

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.

World Film Series At Hartland Library

State of the World Film Series Presents: “Ingredients – The local food movement takes root” on Friday, July 29, 7:30 p.m. at the Hart-land Public Library Community Room. Free Admission. (802) 698-0257 for information.

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 Kill-ington 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.

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.

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 spe-cial events. Consider joining the front lines of the Coolidge Founda-tion’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 involve-ment. 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.

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.

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. 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 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.

Story Time At Quechee Library
Story time at the Quechee Library is held every Wednesday at 10 a.m. for children ages 7 and under with tales and a related craft. Library hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. -6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, 2-7 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dur-ing the summer check the web site at for book discussion dates and special programs, including the weekly “One World, Many Stories” Tuesday series at 4 p.m. for children.

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

Events At The Chandler

Karen Petersen held through Sept. 20 During gallery hours. Free.
Open Mic performance and closing Celebration of Chandler’s Pride Festival held Sunday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m.
July 22 @ 7:30 p.m. Cellist Rachel Mercer in Concert
July 28 @ 7:30 p.m. Violinist Ilmar Gavilan in Concert
Aug. 5 @ 7:30 p.m. The Random Canyon Growlers
Aug. 6 @ 1 p.m. Lyra Summer Music Student Gala Concert
Aug. 23 @ 7 p.m. Gallery Walk and Talk with Karen Petersen
For Tickets and Fee Information: 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. Reg-istration 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 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 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.

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 Roy-alton at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday through August 11 (with the ex-ception of July 21, when the concert will be at the Congregational Church in Royalton). Music will include marches by Souza and oth-ers, 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 addi-tional information, call Dick Ellis at 802-763-8172 or Ellis Music at 802-234-6400.

Old Constitution House Open

The Old Constitution House State Historic Site is located at 16 North Main Street in Windsor. The 2011 season is through 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

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.

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 Wind-sor, Vermont, as interpreted through the eyes of top interior design-ers and landscapers. Through September 5, 2011, Sundays (noon-4pm), Mondays and Tuesdays (10am-3pm) Proceeds benefit six nonprofits including Norman Williams Public Library.

For complete event listings see our calendar here

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