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, Spanish, Chair Yoga, T’ai Chi, and Strength and Fitness.
Thursday, July 28, 1 PM. Birthday Day Music with the Mill Band. Enjoy bluegrass, country and gospel music in the living room after lunch.
Tuesday Aug. 9, 1 p.m. Scarf Tying, Part 2 with Beda Lavigne.
Caregiver Support Group: Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 12:30 p.m. Complimentary lunch and confidential support for those caring for loved ones.
Wednesday, Aug. 19, 1 p.m. OCP “Be a Buddy,” Mentoring informational session.
For more information on these and other programs for adults of all ages, call The Thompson Center at (802) 457-3277.
Events Held At National Historical Park
Junior Ranger Program – Ages 6-12 on July 28 at 2:30 p.m. Free. Meet at Carriage Barn.
Landscape History: A Walk through Time – Saturday, July 30 at 10:30 a.m. Free. Meet at Carriage Barn.
Conservation Through The Artists Eye – Sunday, July 31 at 2:30 p.m. Fee Charged. Meet at Carriage Barn.
Call for reservations (802) 457-3368 ext. 22.
Workshop: Land Owners In Vermont
Crop Tree Management Workshop will be held at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park on Saturday, July30 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Contact Kyle Jones at (802) 457-3368 x 30 or email@example.com
Events At Billings Farm And Museum
Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Call for information (802) 457-2355 or www.billingsfarm.org
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 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.
Life Drawing (adults) Second Sundays, 5:30pm-8:30pm (July 31, August 14, August 28).
Newmont Military Band Returns To Perkins Academy
Back by popular demand, this historical brass band plays museum-quality instruments and pre-1900 music while dressed in period uniforms. Come to this free concert on Saturday, Aug. 6, at 3:30 p.m., at the Green Mountain Perkins Academy, five miles south of Woodstock via Route 106. Call 802-457-3609 or email us at www.greenmountainperkinsacademy.org for more information.
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, fire trucks 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.
Farm Ham – July 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 Elementary School on Friday, July 29 from 12:30-5:30 p.m. Walk-in or for an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-Red Cross.
Lecture On Woodstock & the Civil War
On Monday, August 1, at 7:00 pm, Civil War historian Jack Anderson 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. Attendees are invited to bring their own family Civil War artifacts to show. Program will be held in the Woodstock History Center’s library at 26 Elm Street in Woodstock. Members: Free; Charge for non-members. www.woodstockhistorical.org or (802) 457-1822
Diabetes Support Group At OHC
Nancy McCullough, RN and Virginia Morse, RD of Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health care will be the presenters on August 11, 2011 from 12 noon to 1pm at the Ottauquechee Health Center. Contact Susan Jantos, MSW to register/space is limited. Call (802) 457-3030 x203 by August 5. Light refreshments will be served.
Market On The Green Is Now Open
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.
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 Jefferson.R.Tucker@gmail.com.
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 (802) 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 (802) 457-2608 or Terri DeDell at (802) 457-3773.
Woodstock Community Food Shelf
The Woodstock Community Food Shelf, located at Meadow Maxham Way, is open Mondays from 4-6 p.m., Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Donations of food may be dropped off during those times. Check cans and packages for expiration dates as out-of-date food cannot be used. For more information, call 802-457-1185.
Norman Williams Library Programs
The Norman Williams Library is announcing new expanded hours: they are now open Monday through Saturday at 9 a.m. and open till 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Story Times at The Norman Williams Public Library are:
Mondays at 10:30 a.m. is Baby Story time, Songs and finger plays from birth to age 2. Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. is Toddler Story time and Craft, age 2 to 5 Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. is Toddler Story time and Craft age 3 to 6. These will run weekly until July 31. The library is closed all major holidays. For more information, call Tracey at 457-2295, ext. 102.
Chamber Seeks Volunteers
The Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers to help staff the Information Booth on the Village Green, seven days a week from July through October. Flexible shifts. Must enjoy working with the public. Training provided. Call (802) 457-3555 to apply or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, and (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.
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.
Danforth Library 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.
On Sept. 7 read “Open City” by Teju Cole.
Get your maps out and follow along, then join us for tea and talk at the Danforth Library.
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.
Bridgewater 250th Celebration
On Aug. 20th Bridgewater’s 250th year Celebration Firemen’s Muster games start at 7 a.m. at Rec. Field. Parade at 11:30 a.m. from Mill Mall to Rec. field. Chicken barbeque at noon. Events all day. Fireworks close out the evening. Yard sale tables available. Also looking for baking contest entries. Call 672-1818 for more info.
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.
RSVP Bone Builders
Free RSVP Bone Builders exercise classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on the second floor of the Bridgewater Mill. All are welcome. For more information call (802) 672-3384.
Wednesday Prayer Meetings Held
The Bridgewater Congregational Church is holding Wednesday Prayer Meetings. Bring a Bag lunch to enjoy at noon. Prayers through 1:30 p.m. for our Church community and all people.
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 Hartland Public Library Community Room. Free Admission. (802) 698-0257 for information.
Events Held At Hartland Library
See our website for details. Free (donations welcome).
Hartland Public Library, P.O. Box 137, 153 US Highway 5, Hartland, VT 05048. 802-436-2473 firstname.lastname@example.org or www.HartlandLibraryVT.org.
Baby-Toddler Story time continues on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Stories, finger plays and songs for infants to age 2 and their caregivers.
Preschool story time has started up again. Preschoolers and their caregivers are welcome for stories, songs and crafts on Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
VT Humanities Council To Meet
A Vermont Humanities Council event will be hosted by the Hartland Public Library. The group meets one Wednesday a month beginning at 6:30 p.m. Discussions led by Rachael Cohen, Vermont Humanities Scholar and Hartland Resident. For people who love books and love to either talk about them or only listen to what others have to say. Copies of the books are available to loan at the library.
Memorable Memoirs: Take Two — Memoirs come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: They are not autobiographies. Rather than a straight chronology of the author’s life, memoirs hone in on a specific feature of that life.
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 springhillrescue.com 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 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 email@example.com or by calling the office at (802) 672-3389. We’d love to have your involvement. Thank you.
Limited Financial Assistance Offered
The Plymouth Memory Tree fund offers limited financial assistance to area residents in need, as well as support coordinating with outside sources of funding. Concerns can be addressed to one of the Memory Tree Committee members: Al Poirier 228-3308, Naomi Moyer 672-5233, Elaine Gambone 672-3493, Margo Marrone 228-5114, or by writing to Plymouth Memory Tree, PO Box 47, Plymouth, VT 05056. All information will be kept strictly confidential.
Pomfret Pull Planned
The Pomfret Pull is Sunday, July 31 at Suicide Six parking lot in Pomfret. Pull starts at 10 a.m. Food and fun for the family. Call (802) 763-7820 for more info.
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 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, www.horizonsobervatory.org, for a listing of each month’s program topics.
Quechee Scottish Festival Planned
The 39th Annual Quechee Scottish Festival will be Saturday, Aug. 27 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Polo Fields. Benefits St. Andrew’s Society Scholarship Foundation. No dogs please.
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 www.vinsweb.org for details.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Story Time At Quechee Library
Story time at the Quechee Library is held every Wednesday at 10 a.m. for children ages 7 and under with tales and a related craft. Library hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. -6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, 2-7 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. During the summer check the web site at www.quecheelibrary.org for book discussion dates and special programs, including the weekly “One World, Many Stories” Tuesday series at 4 p.m. for children.
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 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 www.chandler-arts.org or for 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.
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 DVDs 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. 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.
All-You-Can-Eat Brunch Buffet Benefit
On Sunday, August 7th at St Paul’s Episcopal Church, State St, Windsor, VT there will be an All-You-Can-Eat Brunch Buffet starting at 11AM and ending at 1PM. We’ll be serving pancakes with real maple syrup, sausage, homefries, eggs, fruit, assorted casseroles, baked beans, homemade breads and pastries, desserts, several beverages and more. The cost is $7.50 and $3.00 for ages 8 and under. All proceeds will benefit the Church’s building fund. For more info, call (802) 674-6461 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.HistoricVermont.org/sites
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 www.WCPartners.org.
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. Through September 5, 2011, Sundays (noon-4pm), Mondays and Tuesdays (10am-3pm) proceeds benefit six nonprofits including Norman Williams Public Library. www.newenglandlivingshowhouse.com
For complete event listings see our calendar here