2017-04-19 / Lifestyles

Calendar for Week 04/19 - 04/25

APRIL 12

CHESTER — St. Luke¹s Church invites you to participate in a traditional Seder Meal on Wednesday, April 12 in Willard Hall, at 313 Main Street in Chester, beginning at 6 p.m. St. Luke¹s began holding Seders in 2006, as a way of acknowledging our common Jewish biblical roots. The Seder is a
ritual meal that celebrates the Jewish festival of Passover. As we celebrate the Seder at St. Luke¹s, we are mindful and respect the religious significance of the Seder to our Jewish brothers and sisters and have strived to include some of them in the planning and executing of the meal. The Seder is a family-centered affair and children have a significant part to play. It is rich in tradition and a time for joy,
good eating, singing and celebrating God¹s redemption of us all. We hope you will come join us and invite your friends and neighbors. A freewill offering will benefit Kids4Peace. Please make a reservation by calling the Watters at (802) 875-2114 or online at www.stlukesepiscopalvt.org/special-events.

SOUTH LONDONDERRY — Do you have questions about how your computer or tablet works or want to know more about its capabilities? Computer whiz, Marc Fontaine, will be on hand to help you solve the mysteries on Wednesday, April 12 at the South Londonderry Free Library. These classes will begin at 7:15 p.m. Fontaine will provide one-on-one instruction and will encourage participants to help each other out. Do you know that you can download Free e-books and Free audio books on your Kindle or I-Pad through the library? We can help you with doing that also! Signup is encouraged. Please call the library at (802) 824-3371 or stop by.

APRIL 13

SPRINGFIELD — Maundy Thursday will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 33 Fairground Rd. in Springfield, on Thursday, April 13. The Holy Eucharist and Foot Washing will be at 5 p.m. This service is named after an Old English spelling of Commaundment, a reference to the commandment Jesus gave to his friends and disciples the Thursday before Easter at a dinner, in which he washed their feet. The new commandment was that they should love one another as he loved them. Those who wish to do so, may have their feet washed as part of the service, but it’s not obligatory.

SPRINGFIELD — “Weather” or not you want to go solar, Button Up First with Weatherize Upper Valley. Find out more on Thursday, April 13, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Springfield Co-op, member owned since 1992. They are located at 335 River Street, Suite 1 in Springfield. Contractors will attend to answer questions. For more information, please call (802) 885-3363.

TYSON — All are welcome to attend our Maundy Thursday evening meal at 6 p.m. and service at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 13 at the Tyson Congregational Church, located across from the Echo Lake on the Ludlow/Plymouth border, just off Rte 100. For more information, please call (802) 228-4770.

WEST TOWNSHEND — The West River Community Project is holding a workshop on how to make yogurt and yogurt cheese on Thursday, April 13, at 6:30 p.m. Come and learn a simple and efficient way to make your own yogurt. Then learn how to turn plain yogurt into delicious yogurt cheese, flavored with herbs and other tasty additions. The workshop will be held in the WRCP kitchen in the basement of the West Townshend Country Store. For more information and to register, please email sally.newton123@gmail.com.

CHESTER — Maundy Thursday Service will be held on Thursday, April 13, at 7 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall at the Congregational Church of Chester, located at 469 Main Street in Chester.

BELLOWS FALLS — On Thursday, April 13, at 7 p.m., join Laura Gaudette and JoAnne Russo for a presentation and discussion about attracting pollinators to your yard and gardens. They will suggest ways to make your property more attractive while helping bees, butterflies and birds thrive. This program will be presented at the Rockingham Free Public Library. Gaudette gardens in Putney and is an avid naturalist with a particular interest in creating backyard habitats. Russo lives in Rockingham and has participated in the Vermont bumble bee survey and is helping identify the moth species of Vermont. There will be refreshments and door prizes. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, go to rockinghamlibrary.org, call (802) 463-4270, email programming@rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the Library at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls.

APRIL 14

PITTSFORD — The “Spring for the Animals” auction is almost here. Starting on Friday, April 14, at 8 a.m., to April 24, at 10 p.m., the Rutland County Humane Society will be hosting an online auction. There will be a number of fun and unique items for you and your pets, plus gift certificates for shops, restaurants, lodging, travel and more. All of the money we raise goes towards the care of homeless animals in our community. For more information or to donate an item, please email jen@rchsvt.org or call the Humane Society at (802) 483-9171. You can link to our auction through our website online at www.rchsvt.org.

ANDOVER — On Friday, April 14, registered yoga teachers Lila and Ida Mae Specker will lead a Yoga Class Series at the Andover Town Hall. From 9 to 10 a.m. each of these Fridays, the Specker Sisters will lead a Vinyasa Flow Class. For this class, please wear comfortable clothing and bring your own yoga mat or rug. All are welcome and no previous yoga experience is required. This class, focusing on coordinating breath with movement, will feature a mild to moderate level of activity. Immediately following, on each of these same Fridays from 10 to 10:45 a.m., the instructors will switch gears and lead an exuberant Kids Yoga & Movement Class Series with live music featuring both familiar and made up nursery rhymes and songs. All children of all ages are welcome to join in with a caregiver. All classes are "by donation." For questions, please email lila.specker@gmail.com or call (802) 922-3067.

TYSON — It's the time of year many residents and visitors look forward to — the annual Tyson Ladies Aid (TLA) Easter Bake Sale. Local, freshly baked scrumptious delights of all kinds are made by our highly skilled TLA bakers just for you to make your holidays even more special. Goodies range from pies, cakes, cookies, brownies, breads, deviled eggs and a few very cool surprises. Join us at the Shaws Shopping Plaza from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 14. 100 percent of the money earned by the TLA by this bake sale goes toward supporting our communities through high school senior scholarships at Black River High School and Woodstock High School, support of the free and historical Tyson Library, Reach Out Luncheons and various other charitable activities throughout the year. For more information, please call Sue Poirier at (802) 228-3308.

SPRINGFIELD — St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 33 Fairground Rd. in Springfield, will hold a service on Good Friday, April 14, at noon. The Good Friday service includes a reading of the passion story, prayers, and communion from the reserved sacrament.

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Senior Center and Green Mountain RSVP are co-hosting an exclusive showing of Irving Berlin’s “Easter Parade” on Friday, April 14, at 12:30 p.m. at the Senior Center. Strolling along 5th Avenue or going on the bum as a couple of swells, Judy Garland and Fred Astaire lead a parade of music and gotta dance fun in this never ending delight co-starring Ann Miller and Peter Lawford. Free popcorn, drinks and door prizes.

BARTONSVILLE — On Friday, April 14, from 5 to 7 p.m., the Bartonsville Grange will hold their monthly dinner. They are located off Route 103 in Rockingham across from what was the Vermont State Police Barracks. The menu will be Shake N’ Bake chicken with all the fixings and a variety of desserts. Cost is $10 per person ages 12 and up, $5 per child ages 5-11 and children under the age of 5 are free.

APRIL 15

WINDSOR — The Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center Auxiliary are holding an Easter Bake Sale on Saturday, April 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the American Legion Hall on State Street in Windsor.

MANCHESTER — Manchester Makers and IoT Enthusiasts meet every other Saturday, from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Manchester Community Library. The next meeting is Saturday, April 15. This meetup is for anyone interested in do-it-yourself electronics projects using Arduino or Raspberry Pi boards. This includes everyone from newbies who've never built a DIY electronics project, to experienced makers who've built lots of projects and who would like to describe and show them. For more information, please call Mike at (508) 733-7780.

MANCHESTER — Alexandra Langstaff will lead children ages five and older in the last of her four-part Yoga for Kids series on Saturday, April 15, at 10:30 a.m., in the Craft Room at the Manchester Community Library. Enjoy a morning of yoga fun that is great for balance, strength and confidence.

SOUTH LONDONDERRY — Do you have questions about how your computer or tablet works or want to know more about its capabilities? Computer whiz, Marc Fontaine, will be on hand to help you solve the mysteries on Saturday, April 15 at 11 a.m. Fontaine will provide one-on-one instruction and will encourage participants to help each other out. Do you know that you can download Free e-books and Free audio books on your Kindle or I-Pad through the library? We can help you with doing that also! Signup is encouraged. Please call the library at (802) 824-3371 or stop by.

SPRINGFIELD — There will be a coffeehouse featuring Woodchucks’ Revenge on Saturday, April 15 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 21 Fairground Rd. in Springfield. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m. Formed in front of the fire on a winter's night in 1990, Woodchucks' Revenge brings together as a performing group three friends who have combined their lifelong love of music to offer their audiences an eclectic and refreshing mix of traditional and contemporary folk songs played with spirit and an old time country sensibility. This is a family-friendly evening of music and fun. There is no cost to enjoy the music, but there is a “free-will” offering and any money collected goes directly to support the featured performers. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.

APRIL 16

LONDONDERRY — A sunrise service will be held on Easter Sunday, April 16 at Second Congregational Church, located at 1005 Landgrove Road in Londonderry. Easter morning snacks will follow. Easter Worship is in the Church Sanctuary at 9:30 a.m., with special music. Following worship is our 5th annual Easter Egg Hunt. For more information, please call (802) 824-6453.

SPRINGFIELD — St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 33 Fairground Rd. in Springfield, will hold Easter service on Sunday, April 16, at 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. This service celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, with a quiet said service at the earlier service and Festival Sung Eucharist at the later service. A festive reception will follow the later service.

CHESTER — Easter Services will be held on Sunday, April 16 at the Congregational Church of Chester, located at 469 Main Street in Chester. Easter Coffee hour will start at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall then the Easter Service will begin at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary.

SPRINGFIELD — There will be a “A Celebration of Easter and Spring” Sunday service at 10 a.m. with Rev. M’ellen Kennedy. When things are tight or desperate, there is something in us that grasps for a way out, for hope. Around us a the natural world begins to awaken, breaking out of winter’s grasp, let’s open our hearts for spiritual renewal as well. Join us for a celebration of the glory of Spring, including special music by the choir. Held at the Unitarian Universalist Church, located at 21 Fairground Road in Springfield.

TYSON — The Tyson Congregational Church will hold a Resurrection Worship Service on Easter, Sunday, April 16, at 10:30 a.m. and enjoy our flower-laden cross. We are located across from the Echo Lake on the Ludlow/Plymouth border, just off Rte 100. For more information, please call (802) 228-4770.

APRIL 17

CHESTER — Please join the Chester Senior Citizens Club for their monthly luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, April 17, at the Chester Congregational Church on Main Street. A Chinese Auction is planned so bring those “treasures” you have around your home. Please also bring your place setting, if possible a dish to share, and a friend. If you need a ride, please call Georgia at (802) 875-6242.

APRIL 18

MANCHESTER — On Tuesday, April 18, at 10:30 a.m., the Manchester Community Library will hold a Pre-K Story Time that will feature a screening in the Hunter Room of an episode of the new PBS Kids! Series, “Splash and Bubbles.” The film will be followed by a craft in the Kids Barn Craft Room.

APRIL 19

SPRINGFIELD — Celebrate poetry and bookmaking with Diane Kemble from the Gallery at the Vault. If you like to fold, sew, stamp, draw, decorate, write…this is the place for you on Wednesday, April 19 at 10 a.m. The Springfield Town Library is a great place to enjoy school vacation. This program is designed for children ages 6 and up, is free and open to the public. For additional information, please visit online at www.springfieldtownlibrary.org or call (802) 885-3108.

SPRINGFIELD — On Wednesday, April 19 there will be a free community lunch at the First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, 77 Main Street in Springfield, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The menu will be ham, veggie, rice with cheese sauce, green salad, rolls and frosted pineapple cake. No take outs. All are welcome.

MANCHESTER — “All About Eve” will be held at the Manchester Community Library on Wednesday, April 19, at noon. Dartmouth religion professor Susan Ackerman considers both traditional and contemporary interpretations of the Adam and Eve story and how recent scholarship on women and the Bible pushes us to rethink our common assumptions about Eve.

BELLOWS FALLS — The Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce holds their 2017 Annual Dinner and Person of the Year on Wednesday, April 19 at the Loyal Order of Moose, located at 59 Westminster in Bellows Falls. There will be dinner, dancing, auction and announcement of the 2017 Person of the Year. There is still time to sponsor a table. For more information, please call Doreen Stoodley at (802) 463-4280, email doreen. gfrcc@gmail.com or visit online at www.gfrcc.org.

APRIL 21

ANDOVER — On Friday, April 21, registered yoga teachers Lila and Ida Mae Specker will lead a Yoga Class Series at the Andover Town Hall. From 9 to 10 a.m. each of these Fridays, the Specker Sisters will lead a Vinyasa Flow Class. For this class, please wear comfortable clothing and bring your own yoga mat or rug. All are welcome and no previous yoga experience is required. This class, focusing on coordinating breath with movement, will feature a mild to moderate level of activity. Immediately following, on each of these same Fridays from 10 to 10:45 a.m., the instructors will switch gears and lead an exuberant Kids Yoga & Movement Class Series with live music featuring both familiar and made up nursery rhymes and songs. All children of all ages are welcome to join in with a caregiver. All classes are "by donation." For questions, please email lila.specker@gmail.com or call (802) 922-3067.

SPRINGFIELD SAPA-TV and Springfield Town Library will be hosting a Stop Motion Crash Course on Friday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to noon. We will explore stop motion and time-lapse video creation in this Intro to Video workshop. The Springfield Town Library is a great place to spend time during school vacation. This program is designed for youth ages 8 and up, is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit online at www.springfieldtownlibrary.org or call (802) 885-3108.

MANCHESTER — On Friday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m., the Manchester Community Library will host its second annual Poetry Salon. Claire North will serve as the emcee. Poets from the local area and beyond are invited to come and read their work, and the community is invited to come and listen. The Community Poem will be read aloud with copies of it available. A reception will follow, giving everyone a chance to mingle and celebrate poetry. To reserve your place to read your 2-3 minute poem(s), please email events@mclvt.org.

ONGOING

CHESTER

CHESTER — AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free tax preparation help to anyone. If you’re 50 and older and can’t afford a tax preparation service. Appointments are on Wednesday mornings at NewsBank in Chester. To make an appointment, please call Elizabeth at (802) 463-1985.

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. 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.

WINDHAM — Zumba Gold will be offered at the Windham Elementary School on Tuesdays, at 4:30 p.m. Fun Latin-based dance fitness classes for beginners, the 45+ fitness crowd and people re-entering into an exercise regiment. To register or for more information, please email paulinebob@hotmail.com or call (802) 376-5397.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

ASCUTNEY — AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free tax preparation help to anyone. If you’re 50 and older and can’t afford a tax preparation service. Appointments are on Tuesdays at Ascutney Martin Memorial Hall. To make an appointment, please call (802) 885-3933.

SPRINGFIELD — AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free tax preparation help to anyone. If you’re 50 and older and can’t afford a tax preparation service. Appointments are on Tuesdays at the Springfield Town Library. To make an appointment, please call (802) 885-3108. Appointments on Thursdays are at the Springfield Senior Center. To make an appointment, please call (802) 885-3933.

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 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.

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.

Wednesday, 7 p.m. – Putney, Friends Meeting House, Rte. 5 North of Basketville, next to the cemetery.
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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