2017-02-08 / Misc

Calendar for Week 02/08 0 — 02/14

FEBRUARY 8

LONDONDERRY — An AARP Safety Driver Course will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 at Neighborhood Connections in Londonderry. This is a four-hour course with a lunch break around noon. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Refreshments will be served. Depending upon your insurance company, you may be eligible for an auto discount upon completion of the course. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Call Estelle Schwartz at (802) 375-4831 to register. 

BELLOWS FALLS — A public meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Bellows Falls Opera House. This meeting will allow the general public to meet the team involved in the replacement of the I-91 Rockingham bridges, learn about the construction plan and ask questions.

WALPOLE — The Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce Wine and Cheese February Mixer will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 at Walpole Interiors, 604 Whitcomb Road in Walpole. 

CHESTER — A Book Discussion will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Whiting Library in Chester. The book is “The Nightingale,” by Kristen Hannah.

FEBRUARY 9

MANCHESTER — Green Mountain Academy will host a talk on Bulgarian folk music with violinist Joana Genova from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Manchester Community Library. Known for its unique asymmetrical rhythms, Bulgarian folk music has its roots in aural traditions that predate musical notation in Bulgaria. Heavily influenced by neighboring Greek, Romanian and Macedonian rhythms, Bulgaria’s folk heritage is rich and varied. This talk will explore the history of folk music in Bulgaria and attendees will listen to recordings as well as some examples played on the violin. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, call (802) 867-0111 or visit greenmtnacademy.org.

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Peace and Justice Group invites the public to discuss “How to Ensure Local Democracy in Times of National Plutocracy,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 at the Springfield Town Library. The discussion will focus on ensuring continuation of a government which is trustworthy, open and fact-based at the local level through citizen participation. Hot chocolate and marshmallows will be provided. For more information, contact rrtl@sover.net. 

FEBRUARY 10

LUDLOW — A Senior Bingo Fundraiser will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, in the gym of Black River High School. The cost is $20 for 20 games and $1 for a dotter. Prizes includes cash and gift cards. Dinner and snacks available for sale.

WALPOLE —The Walpole Historical Society’s Speaker Series continues with “12,000 Years in the Granite State,” at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at the Walpole Town Hall. Anthropologist Dr. Robert Moody will share with the audience how, by the end of the Ice Age, archeological evidence discovered in Keene proves that people have lived in our region for12,000 years. This is a free event, sponsored by the Walpole Historical Society and supported by the New Hampshire Humanities Council, and the public is invited to attend. 

MOUNT HOLLY — A Mount Holly PTSA Bingo Fundraiser will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 at the Mount Holly School Gym. Prizes will include tickets and gift certificates from local businesses, and a cash grand prize. For more information, please call Tamara at (802) 417-7188. 

FEBRUARY 11

CHESTER — “Human Design — The Science of Differentiation,” a workshop, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Dream Barn Hollow, 2868 Route 11 in Chester. Human Design combines and synthesizes the ancient wisdom of Astrology, I Ching, Chakras and Kabbalah with the modern sciences of astrophysics, biochemistry and genetics. The cost is $50. This workshop, brought to you by SPACE Inc. is led by Dan Arseneau and includes handouts and a light vegetarian lunch. To register, call (802) 875-1717 or send an email dreambarnhollow@gmail.com.

SOUTH LONDONDERRY — The South Londonderry Free Library is celebrating the coming of Valentine's Day with a special workshop for children at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. There is nothing so special as a handmade valentine, and art teacher Casey Junker Bailey has collected lovely fabric, lace, calligraphy and hand-decorated papers for making beautiful gallery-style cards. Children (and their grown-ups too) are invited. The program is free of charge and appropriate for children of all ages. For more information, call the library at (802) 824-3371.

WEST TOWNSHEND — A Slow Moving Sound Healing Yoga Workshop will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Up the Hill Yoga, 254 Lawrence Drive in West Townshend. The cost is $20. Brattleboro musician, Gong Specialist and Sound Alchemist Stephan Brandstatter will workshop will guide students through a slow moving gentle practice and two or three 15-minute meditation restorative poses, properly supported and individualized while Brandstatter fills the sacred space with the positive healing vibrational soundscape which he calls the “Spirit, Energy & Power of the Gong.” RSVP. Register at upthehillyoga.com.

NORTH SPRINGFIELD — “Create Your Own Valentines,” a free program, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the North Springfield Baptist Church, 69 Main St., in North Springfield. A wide assortment of supplies and refreshments are provided for free and all ages are invited to participate. This is a great event for singles and families to create custom cards for your loved ones or for someone you would like to have for your loved one. For more information, call (802) 886-8107.

MANCHESTER — National Theatre Live, the best of British theater broadcast to cinemas around the world, comes to Burr and Burton Academy’s Riley Center for the Arts at Saturday, Feb. 11. Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning is excited to offer the screening of “Amadeus,” the story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, who arrives in Vienna determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealously, he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and $9 for students. Tickets may be purchased online at bbatickets.com. 

SPRINGFIELD — The United Methodist Church Free Second Saturday Supper will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the church, located at 10 Valley St., in Springfield. The menu is shepherd’s pie, salad, rolls, beverage and dessert. Everyone is welcome.

DORSET — From 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, the Long Trail Parents Association Friends of Athletics is hosting a Pulled Pork Dinner with baked beans, coleslaw, potato chips and pie. The dinner will take place in the Whalen Common Room at Long Trail School in Dorset. Reservations are requested as the dinner precedes the school’s popular Airband event. Prices are $12 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens. Proceeds will benefit the fund for a new Hunter Field scoreboard. Make your dinner reservations through Chelley Tifft at ctifft@longtrailschool.org or (802) 867-5717 ext. 190.

WINHALL — A free movie will be shown at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Winhall Community Arts Center. The Winhall Memorial Library and the Winhall Community Arts Center will be hosting a free showing of the documentary based on the book “Life, Animated,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Suskind. They would appreciate a count beforehand to ensure seating. Call (802) 297-9741 or email: winhalllibrary@comcast.net to RSVP.

HARTLAND — Windsor County Partners hosts a Pasta Dinner and Improv Comedy Benefit will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, at Damon Hall, 1 Quechee Road in Hartland. The dinner is $10 for teens and adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. The comedy show is by donation.

PERU — A Snowshoe/Ski Over Bromley Mountain with the Green Mountain Club will be held Saturday, Feb. 11. Meet at the Bromley Ski Area at the east end of the main parking lot at 6 p.m. Leave some cars there and carpool to the Vt 11/30 Long Trail winter parking lot. Snowshoe or ski up the Long Trail by head lamp to the summit of Bromley Ski Area, stop in at the ski patrol building to warm up and have a snack, then ski or snowshoe by moonlight together on the designated ski trail for us. Bring extra clothing, snacks, fluids, headlamp with spare batteries, hand warmers. Climb 3 miles with 1,460 feet of elevation gain and then the ski or snowshoe down the ski trail. Moderate to difficult trip depending on snow depth. Bring microspikes for the climb if icy. RSVP to Katie Brooks at (516) 978-4016. 

FEBRUARY 12

SPRINGFIELD "Celebrating Interfaith Harmony: A Tribute to Huston Smith," will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 21 Fairground Road in Springfield. In 2010 a UN resolution declared the first week of February as a time to promote understanding and harmony among all people regardless of their faith. What better way to celebrate than by honoring Huston Smith, one of the greatest leaders in interfaith understanding? Smith passed away in December at the age of 97 and was a significant inspiration to many of us working on interfaith dialogue, including for Rev. M’ellen. In these times when religious tolerance is a national and international issue, what can we learn from the life and teachings of Huston Smith to enhance national and global harmony? 

DORSET — HeART and Bowls, an Empty Bowls event, will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Long Trail School. Stacey Gates of Manchester Arts Studio and Gallery will offer fun for the whole family. In addition to a Valentine craft with Stacey, attendees will be able to make bowls from clay slabs or try their hand at throwing pottery on the potter’s wheel. Suggested donation is $5. All bowls will be added to the Empty Bowls at Long Trail School event on March 25 to support local hunger-related charities. For more information, contact Courtney Callo at ccallo@longtrailschool.org or (802) 867-5717 ext. 141. 

FEBRUARY 13

BELLOWS FALLS — On Monday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m., take part in a public participatory reading of Frederick Douglass’s famous Fourth of July Address at the Rockingham Library’s Top Floor Meeting Room.Forty-four readers are needed in all to read short consecutive sections of Douglass’s speech which challenges the audience, “What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Thirty minutes is all that is needed to read this abridged version of the speech outloud as a community. Pick up a printed section of the speech at the Rockingham Library’s front desk today and then join other community members in a shared reading. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (802) 463-4270, email programming@rockinghamlibrary.org or go to www.rockinghamlibrary.org.

FEBRUARY 14

CHESTER — The Southern Vermont Astronomy Group (SoVerA) will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the Whiting Library in Chester to discuss the celestial highlights of 2017. These include the Aug. 21 solar eclipse as well as other celestial objects that can be seen with the naked eye, binoculars or telescopes. The venue is ADA accessible and the public is welcome.

FEBRUARY 15

SPRINGFIELD — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Springfield Elks Club, 49 Park St., in Springfield. Make an appointment by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or visiting redcrossblood.org. Donors are urgently needed.

SPRINGFIELD — A Free Community Lunch will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the First Congregational Church, 77 Main St., in Springfield. The menu includes chicken and vegetable casserole with rice, coleslaw, rolls and gingerbread with whipped cream or fruit. All are welcome

BELLOWS FALLS — From 3 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Rockingham Library, the AARP tax assistance program will be providing free tax preparation help to low and moderate income residents. Pre-registration is required. AARP Tax-aide counselors are volunteers who are trained each year on state and federal tax regulations and are certified by the IRS to provide free tax preparation services. Appointments are required for this service. Please bring to the appointment: your photo identification, your social security number, any Homestead Declaration forms or Landlord Rental Certificates and any other tax forms.To register or for more information, call (802) 463-4270, email programming@rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the Rockingham Library at 65 Westminster St., in Bellows Falls.

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Town Library will host The Nature Museum at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, for a program on “Winter Animal Adaptations.” When the temperature drops, snow covers the ground and food becomes hard to find animals must work extra hard to survive this harsh season. Do they migrate, hibernate or stay awake during winter? Lots of hands-on items, time with one of The Nature Museum's naturalists and a craft will teach all about how animals have adapted to survive our cold Vermont winters. This program is aimed at younger children but all ages are welcome to attend. Free and open to the public. For more information, call (802) 885-3108.

CHESTER — A free Learn to Knit class will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Whiting Library in Chester. Taught by the staff of the Six Loose Ladies Fiber Shop. Yarn and needles provided. Sign-up required due to limited space. Call (802) 875-2277.

FEBRUARY 16

BELLOWS FALLS — The Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Brown Bag Lunch Series continues with “Instagram 101,” with Stacey Nachajski, marketing consultant and owner of Great Brook Media at 12 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16 at their office, 17 Depot St., in Bellows Falls. Bring your smartphone or tablet, notebook and your questions. The cost is free for members and $10 for non-members. For more information, call (802) 463-4280 or www.gfrcc.org.

SPRINGFIELD — “Essential Oils: DIY Recipes,” a free program, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Springfield Town Library. Would you like to learn how to make your own toxin-free, all-natural household and personal products? Morriah Signor will demonstate, and all products made at the event will be raffled off to the audience. Sponsored by the Friends of the Springfield Town Library. Call the Springfield Town Library at (802) 885-3108 for more information. 

ONGOING

CHESTER

CHESTER — The Southern Vermont Astronomy Group meets on the second Tuesday of the month, at 7 p.m., at the Whiting Library in Chester. The meetings are to continue the growth of our new astronomy, research and education capabilities. For more information, please visit online at www.sovera.org.

CHESTER— On the first Thursday of the month, the Chester Rotary Club hosts a speaker at their meeting, which is held from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. at the Fullerton Inn on the Green in Chester. The public is welcome. For information about the speaker, please visit online at http://portal.clubrunner.ca/2919.

GASSETTS — Thursday night bingo is held at the Gassetts Grange. Bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. and doors open at 5 p.m. Supper, raffle and 50/50 tickets are on sale. For more information, please call Donna at (802) 591-4290 or the hall at (802) 875-1051.

CHESTER — The Chester Rotary Club meets Thursdays, except the first Thursday, at 7 a.m. at the Fullerton Inn, located on the Green in Chester. If you’re interested in becoming a member, please visit http://portal.clubrunner.ca/2919 to RSVP for breakfast.

CHESTER — Services are held at the Old Stone Church on Rt. 103 (211 North Street) in Chester on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. from September to June. A Religious Exploration program is offered for children and childcare is provided during the service. Fellowship with coffee and refreshments follows the service. Unitarians celebrate those human values which inspire growth, creativity and social responsibility in all people and welcome everyone to join us. For more information, please visit online at www.chestervtuu.org or call (802) 875-3257.

LONDONDERRY

LONDONDERRY — AARP Free Tax Aide will be held from 12 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays until April 11 at Neighborhood Connections in Londonderry. Trained tax-preparers will offer free tax preparation to anyone of any age. There are two appointments every hour. Call (802) 824-4343 to schedule an appointment

LONDONDERRY — A Mom and Pop and Tot Drop-in program is held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursdays at Neighborhood Connections in Londonderry. Organized fun and games. For more information, call (802) 824-4343 or send an email to info@neighborhoodconnectionsvt.org.

LONDONDERRY — Active Parenting is a free six-week workshop for parents of kids of any age, especially tweens and teens. The workshop runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 26 to March 9 (except Feb. 23) at The Collaborative, 91 VT Route 11, Londonderry, behind Flood Brook School. Participants will learn skills to help with clear communication, new ways to handle online safety and set screen times, conflict management and mindfulness techniques. Facilitator Loretta Murphy is an educator and mental health therapist. This six-week workshop is free and each participant receives a workbook. Dinner and childcare provided with preregistration by calling The Collaborative at (802) 824-4200. 

BONDVILLE — The Winhall Memorial Library, 2 Lower Taylor Hill in Bondville would like to share their display space with local artists for works of various media, such as paintings and photography. The library is currently showcasing the photography of Joel Bluming and poetry of Linda Kurtz Beher through the month of January. The space is available on a monthly, first come basis. Call Dawn at (802) 297-9741, or email winhalllibrary@comcast.net to reserve a spot.

LONDONDERRY — The Wantastiquet Area Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at 8 a.m. in the Friendship Room of the Second Congregational Church, located on Main Street in Londonderry. They serve the communities of Jamaica, Landgrove, Londonderry, Peru, Weston, Windham and Winhall. For more information, please call Chip Raymond at (802) 875-3389.

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Community Library offers Pre-k Storytime on Tuesdays, at 10:30 a.m. The free program features stories, songs, music, movement and crafts for children ages 4 to 5 years old. On Thursdays, at 10:30 a.m., join them for Rhyme Time for Tots. The free program is for infants and toddlers to three years old and emphasizes the rhythm of language through stories, songs, action rhymes and music.

JAMAICA — The Jamaica Memorial Library offers "Little Ones Story Time" on the first and third Tuesdays of every month at 2 p.m. for preschoolers and hosts grades pre-k through 6 from Jamaica Village School throughout the school year for story times and borrowing. 

WINHALL — The Winhall Community Arts Center, located at 3 River Road, will continue their Life Drawing Group this fall on Wednesdays, from 6 to 9 p.m. The cost to participate is $20. Chairs and some easels are available but please bring your own materials. Model will be unclothed. There will be no instruction. If you are interested, please call Debbie Peretz at (802) 236- 9114 or email drp@reddotcommunications.com. For more information about other programs at the Center, visit our Facebook page or call Laura Gianotti at (802) 297-1586.

MANCHESTER — The Knitting Club meets every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library. Come swap tips, knit and socialize with others who share your passion for knitting. Free and open to those who knit. Bring your own needles, yarn and knitting project. For more information, please call (802) 362-2607.

LONDONDERRY— Londonderry Tri-Mtn Lions Club meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at "The Meeting Place" Neighborhood Connections in Londonderry at 7 p.m. We welcome anyone to attend and see what we are all about. Lions are first in sight, we have collection boxes for used glasses at the following: Weston Post Office, Peru Town Center, Winhall Town Office, Windham Town Office, Mtn Valley Health Center and Green Mountain Pharmacy. After the glasses are collected they are delivered to a Lions recycling center, then cleaned, sorted by prescription strength and packaged. The recycled glasses are distributed to people in need and low and middle income communities where they will have the greatest impact.

LONDONDERRY — Don Tretler of the Vermont Association of Business, Industry and Rehabilitation (VABIR) agency will be at Neighborhood Connections every fourth Friday of the month from 10 to 11 a.m. to assist Vermonters who need help finding a new or better-paying job. Tretler will discuss where to look for jobs, will offer help filling out applications, creating a resume, will give interviewing tips and offer advice on starting a new job off on “the right foot.” This is offered at no charge. Call (802) 824-4343 if you would like to attend a Friday Job Club. VABIR is a statewide private nonprofit agency working to assister Vermonters who face barriers to employment in finding gainful employment. 

SOUTH LONDONDERRY — 12-year-old Piper Chapman will be presenting Kids Storytime and Crafts every Saturday from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Children ages 3 to 5 are invited for a fun story time and some craft-making. The South Londonderry Free Library is located at 15 Old School Road in South Londonderry. For more information, please call (802) 824-3371.

LONDONDERRY — Neighborhood Connections will offer the program “Hone Your Computer Skills with Sue Parks,” from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Fridays, February 10 and Feb. 17. Currently this class is closed, but they are taking names for a waiting list. For more information, call (802) 824-4343 or send an email to info@neighborhoodconnectionsvt.org.

BONDVILLE — The Winhall Memorial Library, 2 Lower Taylor Hill in Bondville, would like to share display space with local artists for works of various media, such as paintings and photography. The space is available on a monthly, first-come basis. Call Dawn at (802) 297-9741 or email winhalllibrary@comcast.net to reserve a spot. 

WESTON — The public library in Weston is raising money to make much needed repairs on the children's room and the very old building (built in the early 1800s). The library staff were inspired by 8-year-old twins, Jack and Corby, who raised $41.10 at their lemonade stand and selflessly gave it all to their beloved library. They need at least $10,000 to make all the improvements. The Vermont Country Store has generously pledged to match dollar for dollar all donations up to $2,500. Wonderful people and local businesses have already given us $1,300. Please visit online at gofund.me/Jack-Corby to learn all about Jack & Corby and how they will use the money the raise to improve the library.

MANCHESTER — Members of the Manchester Community Library may borrow an iPad or MacBook from the library for a three-day period, free of charge. Library members 16 years and older are eligible. Loans are on a first-come, first-served basis. Conditions apply. For more information, please call (802) 362-2607.

LUDLOW

LUDLOW — The Ludlow Rotary Club meet weekly every Tuesday at DJ’s Restaurant in Ludlow at 12:15 p.m. The club is active locally and internationally with various projects to help community citizens and friends of the world. New members are welcome. For more information, please call or email President Tesha Buss at (802) 245-4746 or tesha@goodcommons.com.

ROCKINGHAM

PUTNEY — Did you receive a new tablet, phone, or laptop as a gift this holiday season? Do you need help connecting to the library’s free downloadable e-book or audiobook offerings? Anyone seeking technology assistance can now receive free help at two different times each week at Putney Public Library, 55 Main St., in Putney. On Tuesday mornings from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. people can make a one-on-one appointment with Ray Hussey, a library volunteer. Two one-hour time slots are available one at 11 a.m. and one at 12 p.m. Librarian Emily Zervas is also available on Fridays at 12 p.m. for one-hour slots for computer help. Their technology assistance program is free and open to anyone, regardless of where they live. Call the library for more information or to make an appointment at (802) 387-4407 or email: emily@putneylibrary.org.

BELLOWS FALLS — Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step recovery program that offers fellowship and hope to those who are suffering from overeating, obesity, bulimia and anorexia. There are no fees. Overeaters Anonymous Meetings are Monday evenings, at 7 p.m. at Parks Place, located at 44 School Street in Bellows Falls. For more information, please call Kathy at (802) 376-4322.

WESTMINSTER — The Westminster Fire & Rescue Department holds their monthly meetings at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month and a combined drill on the third Tuesday of every month. Rescue training is the second Tuesday of the month. 

BELLOWS FALLS — The Abenaqui Snowmobile Club, which is responsible for all the trails in the towns of Rockingham and Athens, is holding their regular business meetings at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month September through May at the Bellows Falls Fire Department. Their small group of volunteers are in need of some major volunteer resurgence to keep them operational. This sport, locally, statewide and nationally, relies heavily on the ability of volunteers to maintain the trail systems through trail maintenance, landowner relations, and most importantly grooming. It is their fear that without a few more individuals stepping up to help out in a little more formal fashion, they will not be able to keep our trails open. Please come and check out what they are all about and how you can help. For more information, call George Berube, Trails Master at (802) 869-2593

BELLOWS FALLS — Join genealogy enthusiast Wayne Blanchard on a quest to discover your family roots on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Rockingham Free Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. If you own a laptop, please bring it along. With the many free databases available at the library, it's hard to tell what you might find. Both beginners and seasoned genealogists are welcome. For more information, please call (802) 463-4270, email programming@rockinghamlibrary.org or visit online at www.rockinghamlibrary.org.

WARDSBORO — The Wardsboro Yoked Parish meets at the Methodist Church in downtown Wardsboro on Main Street. Service begins at 10 a.m. and will continue through February 2017. All are welcome.

SPRINGFIELD

SOUTH READING — The Reading-West Windsor Food Shelf, located at 3456 Tyson Rd. in South Reading serves the towns of Reading, West Windsor, Plymouth, Proctorsville and Cavendish. The food shelf is open to those in need on Mondays from 2 to 4 p.m. and on Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. We are closed on holidays. The food shelf is currently looking to buy (or be given) a used full sized working refrigerator. Please call at (802) 484-5097 a.s.a.p. if you have one to offer or sell. Come and visit us when we are open. We have a clothing shelf for anyone to use during the Thursday hours. Non-expired donations of non-perishable food (e.g. canned and boxed food, peanut butter, jelly, etc.) are always welcome.

SPRINGFIELD — Come to the Springfield Town Library on Monday afternoons to play, trade and discuss The Magic: The Gathering TCG. Older kids and adults are welcome, as are both veteran and newer players. For more information, call the library at (802) 885-3108 and ask for Zach. This program is free and open to all.

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Writers Club meets every fourth Monday at 5:30 p.m., upstairs in the Springfield Town Library. There is no charge and all are welcome.

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Town Library, located at 43 Main St. in Springfield, holds story time for children under five years old on Tuesdays at 10 a.m.

SPRINGFIELD — The Edgar May Health and Recreation Center will hold “Open Play,” a playgroup for parents and caregivers of young children, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Open Play time is where climbing, jumping, running and throwing balls inside is acceptable — and encouraged — for children ages 6 months through 5 years old. Open Play is free for EdgarMay members, $5 per visit for non-member drop-in, or $40 for 10-visit punch card. If interested in becoming a member or applying for a scholarship, call the EdgarMay at (802) 885-2568 or email Sarah Tilden Gramling stilden@myreccenter.org.

SPRINGFIELD — A Caregiver Support Group (formerly Alzheimer's Support Group) is available to help enhance the lives of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Presented by Alzheimer's Association, Vermont Chapter, the Caregivers Support Group meets the third Wednesday of every month, 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Springfield Hospital Library, Level D in Springfield. The meeting is facilitated by Janet Beauchain from Springfield Area Adult Day Services, jbeauchain@springfieldmed.org, and Erin Wells from Springfield Health and Rehabilitation, Erin.Wells@reveraliving.com. For more information, please call (800) 272-3900 or visit www.alz.org/Vermont.

NORTH SPRINGFIELD — Sundays at 10 a.m. join the North Springfield Baptist Church for a praise and worship service followed by a fellowship time. Children's classes are after the children's time in worship. Adult class is before worship at 9 a.m. All ages and all people are welcome to worship with us and most of our activities are planned for all ages to participate together. The church is located at 23 Main St. in North Springfield. On Fridays, there is a Bible Study at The Maples on South St. from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. For more information, please go online at www.nsbcvt.org or call (802) 886-8107. 

CHARLESTOWN — You can make a difference and help people in developing countries experience the gift of mobility. Wheels for the World, a program of Joni and Friends, provides a free wheelchair, along with the gospel of Jesus Christ to children and adults affected by disability worldwide. Life Fellowship Church in Charlestown is collecting manual wheelchairs, footrests, walkers, canes and crutches. Chair Corps representatives of Wheels for the World will be available to provide tax-deduction receipts for the donated equipment. For more information, call Casey or Darlene Strand at (802) 886-1208.

AREA

AREA — Does someone else’s drinking bother you? Al-Anon Family Groups for family and friends of alcoholics can help. Local weekly meetings:

Sunday, 7 p.m. – Claremont, Valley Regional Hospital, Buckley Conference Room.

Monday, 6:30 p.m. – Charlestown, Charlestown Congregational Church, Main St.

Tuesday, 6 p.m. – Ascutney, Ascutney Union Church, Rte 5.

Tuesday, Noon – Springfield, Congregational Church, 77 Main St.

Wednesday, 10 a.m. – Weston, Weston Priory, Visitors Center.

Thursday, Noon – Springfield, Congregational Church, 77 Main St.

Saturday, 9 a.m. – Proctorsville, Gethsemane Episcopal Church, community room, 89 Depot St.

For additional information, please call (866) 972-5266 (toll free) or visit online at www.vermontalanonalateen.org.

AREA — Unpaid family caregivers of those diagnosed with dementia often find it difficult to meet their own needs while caring for their family member. For this reason, Senior Solutions (Council on Aging for Southeastern Vermont) provides Dementia Respite Grants to help caregivers get a break. These grants, funded by the State of Vermont, help family caregivers pay for respite opportunities. Primary, unpaid caregivers in Windsor and Windham counties may qualify. Eligibility is based on the elder’s income. The limit is $2,917 per month for an individual or $3,932 per month for a couple. For more information, please call the Senior HelpLine at (800) 642-5119, and ask to speak to the grant manager. Additional resources are described at www.seniorsolutionsvt.org.

WINDHAM COUNTY — The Retired and Senior Volunteers (RSVP) of Windham County is part of a nationwide program 270,000 strong under the National Senior Corps. We are a growing community of seniors helping our fellow seniors and the physically-challenged to stay healthy, independent and enjoy living at home longer. Most volunteers give just two hours of service each week and it has a big effect on quality of life. There are many types of volunteer positions available with area nonprofits, schools, senior centers, hospitals, and food shelves. Volunteers are needed to visit/call home-bound seniors, deliver meals, help with errands and provide rides, reading and mentoring in our schools, food pantry support and blood drives. There is always a need and volunteering makes a huge difference in people's lives. RSVP is an active community of seniors (55+) helping fellow seniors and the disabled. For information, please call the RSVP volunteer coordinator at (802) 254-7515.

WINDSOR COUNTY — Love driving? Enjoy visiting with friends? Would you like to see everyone in your town have enough to eat? Do you want to help a student succeed in school? Maybe you’d like to help the Red Cross at a local blood drive. Or, maybe you have another idea about how you’d like to help. Let’s talk about it. Call Corey Mitchell at the Green Mountain RSVP Windsor County office, (802) 674-4547, and find out how you can help. Green Mountain RSVP Volunteer Program of Windsor County recruits, matches and supports volunteers 55 and older. We match people who want to make an impact in their community through local nonprofits who need help. Last year, we worked with 22 nonprofits, our volunteers contributed over 4,700 hours, with a total economic impact of $104,555 to Windsor County. For every dollar we get from local funding, we give back $13 in volunteer contribution by supporting programs that provide transportation and meals to seniors. Your contribution will make a lasting impact on our community.

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