2017-06-14 / Lifestyles

Community Calendar Week of 06\14\2017


FREE FILM  The Manchester Public Library will present the film “Fall in Love in the Good Old Summertime,” starring Judy Garland and Van Johnson, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 14. Later, at 7 p.m., the library will present “Vermont vs. Hollywood: 100 Years of Vermont in Film,” in the Hunter Community Room. Admission to both is free. Refreshments served. For more information, call (802) 362-2607.


SPRINGFIELD ALUMNI SOCCER GAMES —  Springfield High School (SHS) Alumni soccer games scheduled for 4 p.m. (ladies) and 6 p.m. (men) on Saturday, June 17 in the Brown Field. Alumni Cost is $15 to play, or just purchase a T-shirt. All former SHS graduates are welcome. For information, call Paul Kendall at (802) 885-2445 or pkendall@lawrenceandwheeler.com, or email Coach Kevin Hoisington at khoisington@ssdvt.org.

SPORTS CAR HILL CLIMB — The Killington Sports Car Club will hold a hill climb on Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18 on the upper portion of the Okemo Mountain Road from the base lodge area to the summit. Road will be closed to public access 8 a.m.-5 p.m.. Climb starts around 8 a.m. for the Killington Sports Car Club time trials. Free and open to the public. For information, call Roy Spaulding at (802) 875-2839.

BREAD BASKET WEAVING WORKSHOP — Green Mountain Academy welcomes Joy Stewart, who will conduct a workshop on weaving a decorative and functional bread basket, on Saturday, June 17. The one-day workshop will take place from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in the Hay Madeira Education Center. Fee of $50 fee includes all materials. Space is limited. To register, call (802) 867-0111 or visit www.greenmtnacademy.org.


WILDLIFE MIGRATION — “Magnificent Migrations,” 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 20 at the Springfield Town Library. Participants can learn about migrating Vermont wildlife and their journeys during the coldest season. Fun facts and a craft are included. Part of Story Time at the library. For more information, call (802) 885-3108 or visit www.nature-museum.org.


STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL —  Plymouth Strawberry Festival, June 21 at Camp Plymouth State Park. Organized by Plymouth Emergency Services, Tyson Church and Tyson Ladies Aid groups.  Face painting, crafts, music by Adam Boyce, raffle, hamburger / hot dog / veggie burger BBQ with homemade salads and baked beans, and strawberry shortcake with homemade whipped cream and ice cream made by the Tyson Ladies Aid. A 'touch a truck' will be on display. Proceeds support the Plymouth Fire and First Response Teams, scholarships for high school seniors from Black River and Woodstock H.S., the Tyson Library, Reach Out Luncheons, a Bethany Birches campership fund, and other community needs.  Free admission. For information, call (802) 236-2683.

FREE COMMUNITY LUNCH — First Congregational Church United Church of Christ will present a free community lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the church at 77 Main Street in Springfield. Menu includes spaghetti pie, French bread, green salad, cupcakes and fruit. Vegetarian options will be available. No take out. All are welcome.


HISTORICAL PHOTO SHARING — The Black River Academy Museum will host an historical photo-sharing evening, 4-8 p.m. Thursday, June 22 at the museum on 16 High Street in Ludlow to bring and share historic photos of Ludlow, and help identify old or unlabeled photos. Light refreshments served at 6 p.m.


MAGICIAN PERFORMANCE — Magician and entertainer Tom Joyce will present a fun-filled show, “Build a Better World with Magic!” at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at the Winhall Memorial Library, 2 Lower Taylor Hill Road in Bondville. Admission is free. For any questions, please email winhalllibrary@comcast.net or call (802) 297-9741.

VISITING AUTHOR — Award-winning author James McBride will discuss the 2013 National Book Award Winner, “The Good Lord Bird,” at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 24 at the Winhall Memorial Library. Copies of the book are available at the library. This is an informal group, all that is needed is a love of books. Refreshments will be served. For any questions, please email winhalllibrary@comcast.net or call (802) 297-9741.

HISTORY OF VERMONT SAYINGS — The Weathersfield Historical Society is sponsoring a public program about old tools and old sayings, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, June 24 at the Weathersfield Center Meeting House. Titled "What Is It? Where'd That Saying Come From," the program will feature old tools from the Historical Society collection and old Vermont sayings collected by Historical Society members. Bring an old tool for identification or an old saying to be clarified.  Dessert will be served.  Call (802) 885-9517 for more information.


VISITING AUTHOR Join Malcolm Bell at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 25 at Phoenix Books Misty Valley, 58 Common Street, Chester for a discussion of his book “The Attica Turkey Shoot,” about a cover-up following the slaughter of prisoners at the Attica Correctional Facility. Free and open to all. For more information, visit www.phoenixbooks.biz or call (802) 875-3400.


LEARN ABOUT THE FOREST — “Trees: Tall Storytellers of the Land,” 10 a.m. at Springfield Library. The family program is recommended for children ages 4 and up. With 110 different species of trees and shrubs in Vermont, they tell great stories about Vermont’s natural history. Activities will include a craft. For more information, call (802) 885-3108 or visit www.nature-museum.org.

VERMONT CHALLENGE  — The Vermont Challenge, a four-day bicycle ride on
Aug. 17-20 through central and southern Vermont, supports four food banks in the area, Stratton Mountain Urgent Care and Grace Cottage Hospital. Aug. 17-20. Three daily routes for all levels. Includes scenic valley and mountain routes. For information or to register, visit http://www.vtchallenge.com.



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

BINGO — Thursday night bingo starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Gassetts Grange in Gassetts. Doors open at 5 p.m. Supper, raffle and 50/50 tickets are on sale. For more information, call Donna at (802) 591-4290 or the hall at (802) 875-1051.

CHURCH SERVICES — Old Stone Church (First Universalist Parish of Chester) hold services at 9:30 a.m. Sundays, from September to June, on Rt. 103 (211 North Street) in Chester. A Religious Exploration program is offered for children. Childcare is provided during the service. Fellowship with coffee and refreshments follows. For more information, visit www.chestervtuu.org or call (802) 875-3257.

READING PROGRAM - Children entering grades 4-8 in the fall can take part in Reading Without Walls Bingo, a free summer program at Phoenix Books Misty Valley, 58 Common Street, Chester. Program runs June 1 through Aug. 31, but participants can join throughout the summer. To sign up, call (802) 875-3400 or visit www.phoenixbooks.biz.

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

ROTARY CLUB MEETING — The Chester Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. Thursdays, except the first Thursday, at the Fullerton Inn on the Green in Chester. To become a member, visit http://portal.clubrunner.ca/2919 to RSVP for breakfast.

SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB LUNCHEON Monthly luncheon meeting, 11:30 a.m. Monday, June 19 at the Chester Congregational Church on Main Street. Outdoor games are planned, if weather permits, but bring nickels for Bingo in case of rain.  Please bring a place setting, if possible a dish to share, and a friend. For a ride, call Georgia  at 875-6242.


ARTISTS WELCOME — 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 space is available on a monthly, first come basis. Call Dawn at (802) 297-9741, or email winhalllibrary@comcast.net to reserve a spot.

CHILDREN’S ROOM LIBRARY FUNDRAISER — The public library in Weston is raising money to make much-needed repairs on the children's room and the building, built in the early 1800s. Lbrary 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 pledged to match dollar for dollar all donations up to $2,500. People and local businesses have already given $1,300. For information, visit  gofund.me/Jack-Corby.

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

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

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

LIFE DRAWING GROUP — The Winhall Community Arts Center, at 3 River Road, will continue their Life Drawing Group from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays. 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, call Debbie Peretz at (802) 236- 9114 or email drp@reddotcommunications.com. For more information about other Arts Center programs, call Laura Gianotti at (802) 297-1586.

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

LIONS CLUB MEETING / GLASSES COLLECTION — Londonderry Tri-Mtn Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month at "The Meeting Place" at Neighborhood Connections in Londonderry. All welcome. Lions 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. Glasses are delivered to a Lions recycling center, cleaned, sorted by prescription strength, and packaged for distribution to people in need, and in low- and middle- income communities.

MOM, POP & TOT DROP-IN — A Mom and Pop and Tot Drop-in program takes place 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.

SENIOR LUNCHEONS — Second Congregational Church, UCC, of Londonderry will hold luncheons for Londonderry area seniors 60 years or older, on the fourth Thursday of each month, May through October. The lunches starting at noon in the church's Friendship Room, except the July lunch, which will be a picnic at Hapgood Pond. All Londonderry seniors are welcome. There will be a freewill offering. Schedule for 2017 lunches: June 22, July 27 (Hapgood Pond picnic), Aug. 24, Sept 28 and Oct. 26 (Halloween celebration). Church is located at 2051 North Main Street in Londonderry (RT 11 west of the blinker at the junction of RT 11 and RT 100). Any questions, or for directions, call (802) 824-6453.

WEST RIVER FARMERS MARKET — Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the junction of Routes 100 and 11 in Londonderry. Vegetables, herbs, local meats and cheeses, eggs, honey, maple syrup, breads, artisan vendors and more.

YOGA — Yoga classes will be offered from 8:30 to 9:40 a.m. Thursdays at the Manchester Public Library in Manchester Center. Class led by Irene Cole. All welcome; please bring own mats and wear clothing that allows movement. Free to attend; suggestion donation of $5-10 per class.

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


BAPTIST CHURCH SERVICES — Cavendish Baptist Church services take place at 10 a.m. Sundays, with activities for children, at 2258 Main St. in Cavendish. A coffee and snack time follows. For more information, visit CavendishBaptist.com or call Pastor Abraham at (802) 226-7131.

EATING BEHAVIOR SUPPORT GROUP — The Green Mountain at Fox Run's Women's Center for Binge & Emotional Eating holds a free support group to help understand struggles with eating behavior. Group meets at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays at 70 Main Street in Ludlow. The group will be led by therapists specializing in eating behavior, for women in the nearby area interested in talking about, learning about and understanding struggles with eating behavior. To join, call (802) 975-0435 or email shiri@fitwoman.com. Note: This is not a therapy group, but a discussion and support group.

ROTARY CLUB — The Ludlow Rotary Club meets weekly, at 12:15 p.m. every Tuesday at DJ’s Restaurant in Ludlow. 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, call or email President Tesha Buss at (802) 245-4746 or tesha@goodcommons.com.


GREATER FALLS FARMERS MARKET — Open from 4 to 7 p.m. on Fridays through Sept. 29, at Hetty Green Park in Bellows Falls. Rain or shine.

FREE TECHNOLOGY HELP — Putney Public Library is offering free technology help sessions. Did you receive a new tablet, phone, or laptop, or need help connecting to the library’s free downloadable e-book or audiobook offerings? Two one-on-one appointment times available Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-noon or noon-1 p.m., with library volunteer Ray Hussey. Librarian Emily Zervas is also available noon-1 p.m. on Fridays for help. The technology assistance program is free and open to anyone, regardless of where they live, at the library at 55 Main St. in Putney. To make an appointment, call (802) 387-4407 or email emily@putneylibrary.org.

GENEALOGY PROGRAM — 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 Library. If you own a laptop, please bring it along. Many free databases available at the library. Beginners and seasoned genealogists are welcome. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (802) 463-4270, email programming@rockinghamlibrary.org or visit www.rockinghamlibrary.org.

OVEREATERS ANON — 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. OA meetings are 7 p.m. Monday evenings at Parks Place, at 44 School Street in Bellows Falls. For more information, call Kathy at (802) 376-4322.

TOWNSHEND FARMER’S MARKET — Open from 4 to 7 p.m. on Fridays through Oct. 6, on the lawn of the historic West Townshend Country Store. Accepts VT3Squares, EBT and Farm to Family coupons.

WARDSBORO YOKED PARISH — Meets at the Congregational Church in South Wardsboro. Service begins at 10 a. m. and will continue through August 2017. All are welcome.

WESTMINSTER FIRE & RESCUE MTGS — Meets 7 p.m. first Tuesday of every month. A combined drill is on the third Tuesday of every month; rescue training is the second Tuesday of the month. Always looking for new members. To volunteer, contact Chief Cole Streeter at 722-3178 or stop by the Firehouse any Sunday morning for an application.


ART GYM — The Springfield Art Gym, now located at 62 Clinton St, is expanding Open Gym hours for the month of June. The Art Gym will be open 4-8 p.m. every Friday night in June for visitors to “exercise creativity.” All materials are free. Volunteers will help get participants started. More information available on Facebook and at springfieldartgym.org.

BAPTIST CHURCH SERVICES — The North Springfield Baptist Church meets at 10 a.m. Sundays for a praise and worship service followed by a fellowship time. Children's classes follow the children's time in worship. Adult class is before worship, at 9 a.m. All ages and all people are welcome, and most of our activities are planned for all ages. Located at 23 Main St. in North Springfield. A Bible Study takes place from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at The Maples on South St. For more information, visit www.nsbcvt.org or call (802) 886-8107.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP — 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 group meets 5 to 6:30 p.m., the third Wednesday of every month, at Springfield Hospital Library, Level D in Springfield. 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, call (800) 272-3900 or visit www.alz.org/Vermont.

FARMERS MARKET — Springfield Farmers Market is open for the season, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at its new location on lower Clinton Street, on the grassy area near the Toonerville trailhead. Open every Saturday except Alumni Day, June 17. Benches and canopy-covered table and chairs available. New vendors are joining the market in a few weeks and along with past vendors will offer a wide range of products including meats, eggs, fresh local honey and maple syrup, produce, artisan breads and other baked goods, fresh doughnuts, pickles and preserves, perennials and house plants, and a variety of handcrafts. For information, call (802) 885-4096 or visit springfieldvtfarmersmarket.com

FOOD SHELF — The Reading-West Windsor Food Shelf, at 3456 Tyson Rd. in South Reading, serves the towns of Reading, West Windsor, Plymouth, Proctorsville and Cavendish. It is open to those in need, 2 - 4 p.m. Mondays and 4 - 6 p.m. Thursdays. Closed on holidays. The food shelf is looking to buy (or be given) a used, full-sized working refrigerator. Please call at (802) 484-5097. A clothing shelf is also open for anyone to use during Thursday hours. Non-expired donations of non-perishable food (e.g. canned and boxed food, peanut butter, jelly, etc.) are always welcome.

MAGIC: THE GATHERING — Come to the Springfield Town Library on Monday afternoons to play, trade and discuss The Magic: The Gathering TCG. Older children 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. The program is free and open to all.

OPEN PLAY — 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. Climbing, jumping, running and throwing balls inside is encouraged. For children ages 6 months through 5 years old. Free for EdgarMay members, $5 per visit for non-member drop-in, or $40 for 10-visit punch card. To become a member or to apply for a scholarship, call (802) 885-2568 or email Sarah Tilden Gramling stilden@myreccenter.org.

SPRINGFIELD WRITERS CLUB — The Springfield Writers Club meets at 5:30 p.m. every fourth Monday, upstairs in the Springfield Town Library. Free to attend, and all are welcome.

STORY TIME — The Springfield Town Library, at 43 Main St. in Springfield, holds story time at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays for children age 5 and younger.

WHEELCHAIR COLLECTION — Life Fellowship Church in Charlestown is collecting manual wheelchairs, footrests, walkers, canes and crutches. Wheels for the World, a program of Joni and Friends, provides a free wheelchair, along with the gospel, to children and adults affected by disability in developing countries worldwide. WFW representatives can provide tax-deduction receipts for donated equipment. For more information, call Casey or Darlene Strand at (802) 886-1208.


AL-ANON — 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, call (866) 972-5266 (toll free) or visit www.vermontalanonalateen.org.

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

RSVP WINDHAM COUNTY — Volunteers are needed in Windham County to visit/call home-bound seniors, deliver meals, help with errands and provide rides, reading and mentoring in schools, food pantry support and blood drives. The Retired and Senior Volunteers (RSVP) of Windham County is part of a nationwide program 270,000 strong under the National Senior Corps., helping 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, with a big effect on quality of life. Many types of volunteer positions available with nonprofits, schools, senior centers, hospitals, and food shelves. For information, call the RSVP volunteer coordinator at (802) 254-7515.

RSVP WINDSOR COUNTY — Retired and Senior Volunteers (RSVP) of Windsor County is seeking volunteers. Green Mountain RSVP Volunteer Program of Windsor County recruits, matches and supports volunteers 55 and older, matching people who want to make an impact in their community through local nonprofits who need help. To find out how to help, call Corey Mitchell at the Green Mountain RSVP Windsor County office, (802) 674-4547.

Please email calendar items to mftwmail@gmail.com. Deadline for submissions is Friday at noon.

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