Upcoming events: Ministry in pottery; Katz on dogs and second chances; Thanksgiving dinner at Legion; Stuff a Bus; Follies rehearsals



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Michael Ferris at grounded4Life

Michael Ferris at grounded4Life

Nov. 22: Counselor and potter at grounded4LIFE

Michael Ferris, pastor, professor and potter, will be working the potter’s wheel at grounded4LIFE at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22 at Chester Baptist Church, 162 Main St. , Chester, sharing his insights and his craft.

Ferris is ordained with the Christian and Missionary Alliance and serves as an adjunct professor at the Alliance Theological Seminary and the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling located in Rockland County, N.Y., where he teaches counseling at the masters level.

Grounded4LIFE offers a free weekly get-together that is open to the public. It is located on the lower level of the Chester Baptist Church. Guests and programs vary from week to week. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., offering refreshments and coffee. Featured programs for the evening start at 7.

For more information, visit its facebook page or website at http://grounded4lifevt.org.

Nov. 24: Jon Katz rounds out MVB’s Vermont Voices

Marie Wulf and Jon Katz

Marie Wulf and Jon Katz

At 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, author Jon Katz will present his recent book, Second Chance Dog, at the First Universalist Church in Chester’s Stone Village.

Katz’s new book is a memoir of finding love against all odds, and the power of second chances for both people and dogs. In 2007, a few years after purchasing Bedlam Farm in upstate New York, Katz met Maria Wulf, an artist hoping to rekindle her creative spark. Jon was a writer struggling to find his purpose. He felt a connection with her immediately, but a formidable obstacle stood in the way: Maria’s dog, Frieda.

A book signing and reception will follow the event, which is free of charge. For more information call Misty Valley Books at (802) 875-3400 or visit www.mvbooks.com.

Nov. 28: Free Thanksgiving dinner at Chester Legion

The Chester-Andover Family Center Food Shelf is partnering with the Chester American Legion to offer a free Thanksgiving dinner beginning at noon on Thursday, Nov. 28 at Chester’s American Legion Post #67, 637 VT Route 103S, for community members who are alone or are unable to prepare a meal. If you would like to help with set up, serving or cleanup, the legion would welcome your assistance.

For more information, call Chester-Andover Family Center (802) 875-3236, email: cafc302@gmail.com, or visit its website www.chester-andoverfamilycenter.org.

Nov. 30: Stuff a Bus for holiday needs

Black River Good Neighbors will hold a “Stuff-A-Bus” food drive on Saturday, Nov. 30th to collect food and gift items for a full holiday dinner and gifts to those in need. Estimates are that 135 families from the immediate and surrounding towns will be helped this holiday season.

Audrey Bridge, executive director of BRGN, said, “This is one of our most important food drives of the year.” The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the parking lot of the Shaw’s Shopping Center in Ludlow.

Food shelf volunteers will be handing out holiday dinner menus and asking shoppers to help with the foods most needed: canned fruit, cranberry sauce, pickles, olives, macaroni and cheese, hot chocolate, cookies, tea, cereal including oatmeal, candy, carrots and peas, gravy, stuffing, margarine, corn, green beans, yams and coffee. Donations of money are always welcome.

Volunteers are needed to sort the food as it comes in. For more information, call Bridge at BRGN’s Food Shelf and Thrift Store, 228-3663 or visit 37B Main St. in Ludlow to ask how you can get involved.

Tesha Buss and Linda Thomson performing in the 2013 FOLA Follies.

Tesha Buss and Linda Thomson performing in the 2013 FOLA Follies.

Dec. 4: Rehearsals for 2014 FOLA Follies

Friends of Ludlow Auditorium, FOLA, announced that “FOLA Follies of 2014” first rehearsal will be held 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4 at Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium, 37 Depot St. This year’s follies will concentrate on music from Hollywood. Anyone interested in participating is invited to attend this first workshop for the show. For information, call 802-228-7239.

— Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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