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Lost in the vicinity of Westerdale Road a black and white sheltie named Pepper. She is small approx 13 inches at the shoulder and has a distinctive white streak in front of her right rear hind leg. If you have information regarding Pepper please call: 802 457 1842 or 603 6649536

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

Hunter Education Safety Course

Offered on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 10 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. depending on class size. Prosper Community House Building, Route 12, Woodstock. Bring a lunch both days. Call Doug Leonard 457-3577.

Thompson Center Happenings
Call the Center for information on classes in French, Italian, Spanish, Chair Yoga, T’ai Chi, and Strength and Fitness.
Thursday, Aug. 18, 1 p.m. – How to Adapt with Low Vision. Vermont Association for Blind and Visually Impaired discusses services.
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
Hidden Spaces, Unique Places – Sunday. Aug. 28 @ 2:30 p.m. Fee charged. Meet at Carriage Barn
Appalachian Trails & Tales – Sunday, Aug. 28 @ 10:30 a.m. Free. Meet at Billings Farm.
Junior Ranger Program – Thursday, Aug. 18 @ 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20 @ 10:30 a.m. & Thursday, Aug. 25 @ 2:30 p.m. Free ages 6-12. Meet at Carriage Barn
Conservation Through the Artists Eye – Sunday, Aug. 21 @ 2:30 p.m. Fee charged. Meet at Carriage Barn
Causes & Consequences, the Civil War Home Front in Woodstock, VT. Saturday, Aug. 27 @ 2 p.m. Fee charged. Meet at Billings Farm
Fallout: The Atomic Age & the Emergence of the Modern Environmental Movement. Saturday, Aug. 20 @ 2:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 28 @ 2 p.m. Fee charged. Meet at Carriage Barn
Lost Big Trees Of Eastern America – Saturday, Aug. 27 @ 10:30 a.m. Free. Meet at Carriage Barn.
Call for reservations (802) 457-3368 ext. 22.

Events At Billings Farm And Museum
Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Call for information (802) 457-2355 or www.billingsfarm.org
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 info@artistreevt.org or visit www.artistreevt.org and www.purplecrayonproductions.org.
Life Drawing (adults) Second Sundays, 5:30pm-8:30 p.m. (August 28).

Central Vermont Chamber Concert
The Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival will perform on Sunday, Aug. 21 at 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Woodstock. Free, donations appreciated.

Willard Sterne Randall On Ethan Allen
Willard Sterne Randall will discuss Ethan Allen’s Life on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 4 p.m. at the Woodstock History Center. Call 457-2411. Free. Books on sale and signed.

George Houghton Program
George Houghton: Vermont’s Civil War Photographer, program and book signing will take place Sunday, Aug. 29 at 3 p.m. at the Billings Farm & Museum Theater. Free and open to public.

Western Wind Concert and Workshop
On Friday September 2 the Western Wind a capella vocal masters will give a concert at 8 pm at the North Universalist Chapel Society, 7 Church St. Tickets are $15, $10 for students and seniors. They will also be offering a workshop over that weekend (September 2-5); further information on the workshop and registration can be obtained at www.westernwind.org.

Free Art Of Mediation Classes
The Art of Meditation, a free series of four weekly classes, will begin Thursday, September 8 at 7 p.m. at the North Universalist Chapel Society in Woodstock. Offered by Akankha Perkins, long-time student of Spiritual Leader Sri Chinmoy, the topics will include self awareness, creativity, physical fitness, health and spirituality in relation to meditation. The classes will continue September 15, 22 and 29. All are welcome. Kindly register by calling Akankha at 457-1273.

Stone Wall Building Workshop
Hector Santos will lead a hands-on workshop on Saturday, Sept. 10. Enrollment limited to 10 people. Fee charged. Back lawn of Woodstock Historical Society. Call (802) 457-1822.

NWPL Book Club Reading
On Saturday, Sept. 17 at 10:30 a.m. the book group of the Norman Williams Library will discuss Washington Square, a Henry James novel. Open to all.

Market On The Green Is Now Open
Market on the Green is now open on the Woodstock Green on Wednesday’s, 3-6 p.m. 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 4 p.m. EBT and Debit cards accepted. Music will be featured weekly. Through Oct 5.

Woodstock History Center/Museum
Come learn about Woodstock’s history and 19th century life at the Woodstock History Center, 26 Elm Street, Woodstock, VT. The museum is open 1 pm – 5 pm, Tuesday – Saturday; 11 am – 3 pm, Sunday. Collections include art, furniture, toys, textiles, clothing, and more. Special exhibits include “Woodstock and the Civil War” and “Two Hundred Years of Art and Fashion.” Admission charged for adults; students 16 and under: Free. www.woodstockhistorical.org.

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 Woodstockgunclub.com 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 Jefferson.R.Tucker@gmail.com.

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 woodstocknurseryschool@gmail.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.

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.
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 info@woodstockvt.com.

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 robertleeadams@gmail.com, 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.

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 location. For more info and pics, see http://woodstocktroop220.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 changetheworldkids@yahoo.com or ctwk@changetheworldkids.com.

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 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 kwaite@ocpvt.org or visit www.ocpvt.org.

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 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.
Caregiver Support Group: New day and time. Third Wednesday of each month at 12:30 p.m.
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 Universalist 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 development 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 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.

Billings Farm & Museum Now Open
One of the finest Jersey farms in America and a museum of Vermont’s rural past: dairy farm, award-winning 1890 Farm House, engaging farm life exhibits. Daily livestock programs and hands-on activities, afternoon milking, audiovisual presentations, museum shop, dairy bar. May- Oct., 10-5; weekends Nov.-Feb., & Christmas & Feb. vacation weeks 10-3:30. 802-457-2355. Rte. 12N, Woodstock.

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 zacksplace1@gmail.com.

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 rainbowwcps@myfairpoint.net for more information.

Danforth Library Book Club Meeting

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.

The Pretentious Young Ladies Play
The First Universalist Church in Barnard is excited to bring you a play by the Imaginary Beasts production company Moliere’s The Pretentious Young Ladies, and is a comedic satire, on Saturday, August 27 at 7 p.m. Wine, cheese, and chocolate reception begins at 6 p.m. For tickets contact Anne Marie Donegan at 802-234-9113, or write to imaginarybeasts@gmail.com, or go to the website www.imaginarybeasts.org. benefits the church.

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.

Donations Needed For Church Benefit
Donations are needed for The Bridgewater Congregational U.C.C. Church yard sale benefit. Donations may be left at the church on Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m. and Wednesdays form noon-4 p.m. Call Natalie: 457-1958 or Joan 672-3308 or the church 672-5211.
No donations after Aug. 20 please.

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.

Volunteer Heritage Weaving Studio
The Heritage Weaving Studio located on the 2nd floor of the Bridgewater Mill is welcoming volunteers and apprentices. The program is free and run by a group of volunteers. 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.

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.

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 morning before the regular church service. The “Social Half-Hour” includes 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.

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.

Smorgasbord Supper Benefit

Annual Smorgasbord supper at the East Barnard community Hall on will be held Saturday, August 27th. Supper at 5:00 -730pm
Housekeepers table with other items at 4 pm on Attic auction at 6:00, and quilt raffle at the end of the activities. Benefit the East Barnard Community Club.

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.

Event Held At Hartland Library

The Hartland Library will sponsor a State of the World Film Series Phil Ocks: There But For Fortune on Friday, Aug 26 at 7:30 p.m. Free.

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.

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 hartlanddir@vermontel.net 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.

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 education@calvin-coolidge.org 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.

North Pomfret Church Barn-Yard Sale

11th Annual North Pomfret Congregational Church Barn-Yard Sale will be held Saturday, Aug. 27 from 9 am-1 pm. Location: The Conklin Barn, Pomfret Rd. Pomfret, VT (1/2 mile from the Pomfret School–look for signs) A barn full of stuff- furniture, collectibles, art, sail boat, senior scooter, knick knacks for home, garden and office. Dave 802-234-5021.

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.

Events at the Montshire Museum
Robot Zoo Exhibition at the Montshire Museum: Join us daily from 10:00 – 5:00 for Robot Zoo, the nationally touring exhibition, reveals the magic of nature as a master engineer. Visit the Montshire Museum through September 11, 2011, and explore the biomechanics of complex animal robots to discover how real animals work. Call 802-649-2200 or visit online at www.montshire.org.

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.

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 available 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 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 volunteer@wiseoftheuppervalley.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.

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.
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 reading.public.library@comcast.net, 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 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 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.

Controlling Weeds Workshop

There will be a Free Controlling Weeds Workshop at the house of Jenny Kimberly , 221 Estey Lane, Windsor on Aug. 30 from 1-3 p.m. Rain date Aug. 31. If you have a weed to have identified bring in a plastic bag. Call Larry Kasden 457-9221 larrykasden@hotmail.com

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

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 www.WCPartners.org.

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 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

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Area Briefs, August 18, 2011 Reviewed by on . LOST DOG, Lost in the vicinity of Westerdale Road a black and white sheltie named Pepper. She is small approx 13 inches at the shoulder and has a distinctive wh LOST DOG, Lost in the vicinity of Westerdale Road a black and white sheltie named Pepper. She is small approx 13 inches at the shoulder and has a distinctive wh Rating:
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