Calendar for Week 02/15 - 02/22
BELLOWS FALLS — A Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce Breakfast and meet the board will begin at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 at their office, 17 Depot St., in Bellows Falls. For more information, contact Doreen Stoodley at (802) 463-4280 or send an email to email@example.com.
WINDSOR — The Cedar Hill Speaker Series continues with “Stroke Awareness for Stroke Survivors, Family Members, and Caregivers,” at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 at The Village at Cedar Hill, 92 Cedar Hill Drive in Windsor. Admission is free, but space is limited and reservations are suggested. Call Barb Greer at (802) 674-2254. The presenter is Michael G. Denmeade, Director of the Therapeutic Recreation Department, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center. _Following the presentation there will be time for questions or comments. Refreshments will be served.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
PUTNEY — The Knit Night group meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 and Wednesday, March 1 at Putney Library, 55 Main St., in Putney. Join an informal and relaxed group for knitting, crocheting, or other handwork this winter at the Putney Public Library. Bring your own project or get help with something you’ve just started. Beginners are welcome! This program is free and open to the public.
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.
PUTNEY — Write, Action ReadOUT! will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16 at the Putney Library, 55 Main St., in Putney. Three writers, Toni Ortner, Terry Hauptman, and Andy Burrows will read the work of African American poets. In addition to well-known poets, like Alice Walker, Dudley Randall, Audre Lorde and Langston Hughes, the group will also read innovative and startling work by Amiri Baraka and rapper Tupac Shakur. The readers are all members of Write Action, a Brattleboro-based nonprofit group that supports writers in New England. A discussion and sharing time will follow the reading. Please bring a favorite poem by an African American poet to share or just come to listen. This event is part of the Putney Public Library’s February series celebrating African American History Month. For a full schedule of events, look online at putneylibrary.org.
LONDONDERRY — Neighborhood Connections will offer the program “Hone Your Computer Skills with Sue Parks,” from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, 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 email@example.com.
ASCUTNEY — Wayne McCutcheon presents a collection of historic American firearms at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb, 17, at the Weathersfield Proctor Library on Route 5 in Ascutney.
WEST TOWNSHEND — A Poetry Open Mic/West Townshend Pizza Night will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the West Townshend Store. Come with your favorite poems, whether they are well-known, little known or original, to share. Or come and listen to an evening of poetry. Poets and lovers of poetry of all ages are encouraged to participate. Come early for pizza, which starts at 5 p.m. Design your own pizza, at $12 a pie, from a variety of sauces and toppings, and watch it bake in the outdoor oven. Other food and refreshments are available at the cafe. Questions, call (802)874-7141 or (802) 874-4800.
WEATHERSFIELD — The Weathersfield Pathfinders Snowmobile Club will be holding its annual poker run Saturday, Feb. 18. Sign up will be from 8 to 10 a.m. Hands are $10 a piece play as many as you'd like. The ride is followed by a barbecue that is by donation only. There will be a 50/50 raffle as well as many great prizes donated by local business. Due to parking restrictions, riders can park at the park and ride in the North Springfield reservoir and follow the signs to the trailmasters shop.
SPRINGFIELD — Make adorable felted penguins with Sue Carey from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Gallery at the VAULT, 68 Main St., in Springfield. You have a choice of your favorite penguin including Gentoo, Rockhopper, King, Emperor and Chinstrap. In this workshop, you will make a 3 to 5 inch tall penguin ornament out of wool by needle felting and wet felting, which involves the matting and compressing of wool fibers. Students will go home with their own penguin sculpture, whether it is a favorite breed or a generic penguin. Students should bring scissors and an old towel. All levels welcome. $30 for members and$35 non-members and a $15 material, Call (802) 885-7111, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.galleryvault.org.
SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Humane Society celebrates the Hallmark Channel’s Kitten Bowl IV by offering 50 percent off all cats over the age of 5 and $20 off all dogs over the age of 5 during the viewing of the Kitten Bowl from 12 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Springfield Humane Society, 401 Skitchewaug Trail in Springfield. Refreshments and giveaways available.
SPRINGFIELD —The Springfield Art & Historical Society will present a program based on the book, "Death by Petticoat, Historical Myths Debunked," by Mary Miley Theobald at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the society’s facility at 65 Route 106 in North Springfield. Notions such as skirts catching fire was the major cause of women’s death in colonial days or, when being painted, gentlemen tucked their hand into their jacket to save money. The 25 or so myths to be presented will include personal, culinary, household and the arts. Come and find out which ones aren’t true or aren’t quite true. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (802) 886-8430.
SPRINGFIELD— North Springfield Baptist Church, 69 Main Street will hold a Ham supper on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. The menu is ham, raisin sauce, mashed potato, carrots, coleslaw, dessert and beverage. Handicapped accessible. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children up to age 12, children five and under free. For more information, please call (802) 886-8107.
SPRINGFIELD — A Hootenanny! Open Mic begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 21 Fairground Road in Springfield. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. This is a family-friendly evening of music and fun. There is no cost to enjoy the music. You will be able to purchase delicious snacks and beverages. Feel free to bring your instrument(s) and your voice and be part of the fun.
SPRINGFIELD — “The Zen of Gardening,” is the 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 service at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 21 Fairground Road in Springfield. The speakers are Sharon Mueller and Lynne Wolf. They have been gardening together off and on for several years. They will reflect on some of the things that they’ve learned along the way, not only about how (or how not!) to grow vegetables, but about themselves. All welcome.
SPRINGFIELD — Interested in learning about how to make videos? SAPA TV and Springfield Town Library are teaming up to offer a fun, three-day class series for kids 10 and up. Attendees will learn how to navigate a camera, how to set up video equipment and learn about the basics of audio recording. If you or your child is interested, e-mail email@example.com or call (802) 885-3108. This class is free and open to the public and will be held at Springfield Town Library, 43 Main St., in Springfield). The class will meet from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Feb. 21 to Feb. 23.
MANCHESTER — “Religious Liberty: Fundamental Right or Nuisance,” will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the Manchester Community Library. Green Mountain Academy will host a talk on religious liberty with Albany Law School Professor Vincent Bonventre. There is an enormous gulf and drastic dilution of the protection of free religious exercise under federal constitutional law, which is unlike any other fundamental constitutional right. This gulf has reduced religious liberty to a second-class right, and transformed First Amendment freedom of religion into fodder for partisan conflicts and callous treatment of religious minorities. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, call (802) 867-0111 or visit greenmtnacademy.org.
LONDONDERRY — A free AARP Fraud Watch will begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 at Neighborhood Connections in Londonderry. This one-hour presentation will discuss fraud trends and behavior, the con artist’s playbook, prevention and resources. For more information, call (802) 824-4343 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MANCHESTER — “The Phemonenon and Experience of Fear,” will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 in the Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy. Green Mountain Academy will host this talk on overcoming fear with Melanie Curtis, a life coach and professional skydiver. This workshop will give you a step-by-step approach for the next time fear, big or small, tries to take the figurative wheel inside you in any situation. There is zero requirement to actively participate but the opportunity is open to those who would like to share and coach real-time for the benefit of themselves and the group. 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. 23, at Springfield Town Library. The discussion will focus on ensuring continuation of government which is trustworthy, open and fact-based at the local level through citizen participation. Rescheduled from Feb. 9. Hot chocolate and marshmallows will be provided. For more information, contact email@example.com.
MANCHESTER — Snowshoe or ski on Mt. Antoine with the Green Mountain Club Manchester Section on Saturday, Feb. 25. Participants should meet at 9 a.m. at Shaw’s in Manchester or at 9:30 a.m. at the Merck Forest (3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont) parking lot. Snowshoe or skin up to Mt Antoine for a great view and return the same way. Bring extra clothing, lunch, snacks, fluids. Round trip of five miles and 820 feet elevation gain. RSVP to Keld Alstrup at (802)362-1422 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The leader can refuse anyone who doesn't show up with appropriate clothing or gear.
WINHALL — A Book Discussion will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Winhall Memorial Library. The book is “Defending Jacob,” by William Landay. Copies of the book are available at the library. This is an informal group and all that is needed is a love of books. Refreshments will be served.
BELLOWS FALLS — "Daisy Turner's Kin," a free program, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Rockingham Library. Vermont folklorist Jane Beck shares the story of the Turner family: a multi-generational saga spanning two centuries, played out across three continents. This saga was related to Jane Beck by Daisy Turner, who had listened to her father, Alec Turner, recount stories of the family past. Her captivating narrative covers the early 19th century British-African trade, shipwreck, birth of a biracial child, slave trading, enslavement, plantation life, escape, Civil War, moving north, battling racism, buying land and settling on a hilltop in Vermont that became a family center. To register or for more information, call (802) 463-4270, go to www.rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls.
PUTNEY — "Green Burial and the Vermont Law,” a free program, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at Putney Library, 55 Main St., in Putney. Green burial is an internment practice that seeks to minimize the negative impacts of burial while at the same time benefiting the environment. Many Vermonters are surprised to learn that green burial is not an option in Vermont. However, a new bill introduced at the state house could change that by changing the mandatory minimum burial depth. This program is hosted by end-of-life specialist and green-burial-educator Michelle Acciavatti and wildlife biologist and green-burial-educator Carl Anderson. It includes a screening of the short documentary, “Dying Green,” followed by a brief presentation about green burial in Vermont and a discussion. For more information visit vermontgreenburial.wordpress.com and direct questions to email@example.com
MANCHESTER — “Enduring Legacies: The Social and Political Constructs of Colonial Spanish America,” a four-part course, will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 27, March 6, March 13 and March 20 in the Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy. Green Mountain Academy will host this course on Colonial Spanish America with Mark Szuchman, Professor Emeritus at Florida International University. A great many of the principles that have organized the political and social features of Spanish America throughout much of its history are found in its formative stages during the late 15th and 16th centuries. This course will explore constitutional and institutional frameworks, religious and moral precepts, and racial and social principles that guided Spaniards and their descendants as they adjusted to and shaped the world of Spanish America. These foundational features proved to be hard to leave behind and reinvent in a postcolonial era, explaining the hybrid nature of Spanish American modernity. Registration is $60 for all four sessions or $20 for a single session. For more information or to register, call (802) 867-0111 or visit greenmtnacademy.org.
ROCKINGHAM — Join the discussion on “Pushing the Limits of Survival,” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Rockingham Library's top floor Meeting Room. “Pushing the Limits,” is a four-part reading, viewing and discussion program funded by the National Science Foundation. This program brings together books and video featuring authors, scientists and everyday people who thrive on exploring the natural world. February’s topic of discussion will be Pushing the Limits of Survival as developed in Paolo Bacigalupi’s novel “The Water Knife,” and explored in video clips with the author and everyday people. To register or more information, go to rockinghamlibrary.org, call (802)463-4270, email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the Library at 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls.
MANCHESTER — Green Mountain Academy will host a talk on the controversial topic of eugenics at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 5:30 p.m. with Dr. Scott Tenenbaum of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute. The talk will be held at Burr and Burton Academy in the Hunter Seminar Room. By definition, eugenics is the science of improving a human population by controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics. Dr. Tenenbaum will talk about the field of eugenics, which has had a long and sordid past, in which the United States played a significant role. He will discuss the history of the eugenics movement, as well as its implications on our current genomic age and how this could impact our society. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, call (802) 867-0111 or visit greenmtnacademy.org.
MANCHESTER — “The Art of Fiction Writing,” Green Mountain Academy will host this five-part fiction-writing course with writing instructor Christopher Dant. The sessions will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Burr and Burton Academy Library. As anyone who has ever tried to write a compelling story can tell you, creating captivating short fiction is hard work. In this course, they will examine what goes into a story that strongly draws people and stands out from the rest. This is a dynamic, interactive five-week class examining the elements of fiction writing for those with little to no fiction writing experience but with a strong desire to write. Students will learn how to build memorable characters, use different points of view, create dynamic and exciting dialogue, produce a vivid scene and place, and put it together in a short piece. Class size is limited. Registration is $110 for the five-part course. For more information or to register, call (802) 867-0111 or visit greenmtnacademy.org.
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 — 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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 email@example.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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 — 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 email@example.com.
CAVENDISH — Cavendish Baptist Church, 2258 Main St., in Cavendish: People from all sorts of spiritual journeys come together as a branch of God's family on Sundays at 10 a.m. with activities for children, followed by a coffee and snack time. More info and links to Facebook and YouTube at CavendishBaptist.com or call (802) 226-7131 to chat with Pastor Abraham.
BELLOWS FALLS — Pre-register by March 1 to reserve a table at the Rockingham Library for the third annual Books, Brains & Beer Pub Trivia Night with a St. Patrick’s Day Theme, which is being held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11. Friends of the Library thank Donovan's for providing a cash bar, serving soft drinks, beer and wine. The Trustees and Friends will provide complimentary sweet and savory treats. John Bohannon will be the Master of Ceremonies. In celebration of the Irish theme of the night, the Friends will also raffle off a basket of Irish goodies. A trivia night is an evening of fun, friends and trivia questions. Each team table (of up to 6 people at $15 per person) competes with other team tables to come up with the most correct answers to trivia questions covering such topics as sports, art, history, music, food, current events and local lore. It is the team table that answers the questions, not the individual. Pre-registration is required before March 1. To pre-register or for more information, call the library at (802) 463-4270, email firstname.lastname@example.org, go to rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Library.
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: email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.