Upcoming events: Christian band at Baptist Church; evening event in Saxtons River; new work premieres in Weston; Chester Election Day bake sale; free film for Women’s History Month; rabies clinic in Londonderry; and beekeeping workshop for all

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Feb. 28: Calvary Road at grounded4LIFE

Calvary Road will be playing at grounded4LIFE at the Chester Baptist Church.

Calvary Road will be playing at grounded4LIFE at the Chester Baptist Church.

Calvary Road, a Claremont, NH, band offering contemporary Christian music, will be performing at grounded4LIFE, the weekly coffeehouse at the Baptist Church at 162 Main St. in Chester.

The free concert will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

Calvary Road began as a venture of four members of Calvary Baptist Church in Claremont and became a longstanding part of that church’s monthly coffeehouse.  Grounded4Life is a weekly coffeehouse, open at 6:30 p.m. every Friday  in the basement of the Chester Baptist Church.  There is  no cover charge and no dress code.

Feb. 28: Blue Lights closing event in Saxtons River

The culminating event for Blue Lights for Winter Nights in Saxtons River will be held on from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28. Attendees are asked to dress in blue as they gather to chase away the winter blues with music and good food.

The Saxtons River Market and the River Artisans Cooperative are extending their hours. The market will serve free hot cider and River Artisans will have blue dot specials as well as door prizes. The Worn Again resale shop will keep its doors open offering half price on blue tags and all blue clothing. The Saxtons River Inn will award prizes based on customers’ blue clothing and will host live music, including the blues by Triology.

Pleasant Valley Brewing will host Rocky Roberts and Friends at 8 p.m., with music is described as “real country with bluesy overtones.” The chef will offer some blue themed specials and blue drinks will be offered at the bar.  Everyone is invited to this event. For more information, call 802-869-2729.

Heidi Blickenstaff (along with Aaron Ramey) played a lead role in Weston's 2013 production of “Next to Normal”. Photo credit: Tim Fort

Heidi Blickenstaff (with Aaron Ramey) played a lead in Weston’s 2013 production of “Next to Normal.” Photo  by Tim Fort

March 1: Broadway performs new work at Weston Playhouse concert

Weston Playhouse Theatre will light up a winter night with a free concert of songs from a new musical performed by top Broadway talent, including Weston alum Heidi Blickenstaff. String, a new musical, will be presented in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 1 at the Weston Playhouse, 12 Park St. Weston. A brief reception with the writers and performers will follow the concert. No reservations are necessary.

Written by Sarah Hammond and Adam Gwon, String is the winner of the Weston Playhouse Theatre Co.’s 8th annual New Musical Award, which supports new work by writers of notable promise, chosen from a group of national nominations. The writers, along with a music director and a cast of five, will be in Weston to rehearse and perform selections from the piece prior to a concert and recording session in New York City.

Book writer Hammond and composer/lyricist Gwon describe String as “an original musical about the Greek Fates in the modern city.” For more information, call 802-824-8167 ext.104.

March 4: CAFC annual bake sale during Chester town elections

The Chester-Andover Family Center Election Day Bake Sale is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at the 2nd floor of the Chester Town Hall, 556 Elm St. Delicious baked good prepared by community members will be available to purchase and you don’t have to be a Chester voter to buy.

Money raised during this event is used to support the center’s Food Shelf and its emergency financial assistance program. As of Jan 31, 90 families have been enrolled in the Food Shelf with 217 individuals provided with supplemental nutritious food.

Reach the center at 908 VT Route 103 South (P. O. Box 302), Chester, VT 05143; 802-875-3236, email: cafc302@gmail.com, website www.chester-andoverfamilycenter.org and www.facebook.com/chesterandoverfamilycenter

March 4: Film celebrates Women’s History Month

To celebrate Women’s History Month a free showing of Arise is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4 at the Stone Church at 211 North St., Chester. Arise is a film that captures stories of extraordinary women around the world who are coming together to heal the injustices against Earth. It weaves together poetry, music, art and stunning scenery to create a hopeful and collective story. A discussion and refreshments will follow the showing. The movie is sponsored by the Climate Action Team of the First Universalist Unitarian Parish of Chester. For more information, call Laurel Green at 802-275-4646.

Youth Class at the Helen Day Art Center. photo by Kelly Holt

Youth Class at the Helen Day Art Center. photo by Kelly Holt

March 5: Art center promises endless fun and boundless creativity

The Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St. in Stowe, is accepting registrations for a full slate of new classes for artists of every skill level. There will be day, evening and weekend art offerings for youth, teens and adults, with classes beginning March 5.

Youth classes (for children ages 3 to 12) include yoga, sculpture, photography, mixed media and illustration, as well as school break camps comprise a full week for young artists. April spring break camp features Stop Motion Animation with Clay. The studio will be open every second Saturday this spring for youth workshops, beginning with Snowboard Design in March.

Adults and teens can explore watercolors with artist Robert O’Brien, rustic furniture making, stop-motion animation and more. Teens are welcome to take adult classes and get the run of the studio twice a month at Teen Art Studio, a free offering where teens meet visiting artists and enjoy open studio time with peers.

The Helen Day Art Center encourages everyone to explore their artistic side. Scholarships make classes accessible for anyone needing financial assistance and art center members get $25 off each class. Class schedules, registration and information are available at www.helenday.com or by calling 802-253-8358 or emailing education@helenday.com.

March 13: Open rabies clinic in Londonderry

Londonderry's rabies clinic is open to all.

Londonderry’s rabies clinic is open to all.

The Town of Londonderry is sponsoring a rabies clinic for all cats and dogs on March 13 at the Town Office, 100 Old School St. in South Londonderry.  Green Mountain Veterinary will be in the large meeting room for rabies shots from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. You do not have to be a Londonderry resident to attend the clinic. All are welcome.   Shots for cats are $20 and shots for dogs are $15.  Also, Londonderry residents can register their dogs while attending the rabies clinic. The deadline for dog license renewal is April 1, 2014.

March 15: Organic Beekeeping Workshop wants to create a buzz

Vermont beekeeper Ross Conrad will offer an organic beekeeping workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 15. The workshop is presented by the Nature Museum at Grafton and will take place at NewsBank Conference Center at 352 Main St. in Chester.

Register by Wednesday, March 5, to receive the early bird price of $40 for this eight-hour workshop. After March 5 or at the door, the price will be $45. Visit www.nature-museum.org or call (802) 843-2111 to register. Participants should bring a brown bag lunch.

Vermont beekeeper Ross Conrad

Vermont beekeeper Ross Conrad

Conrad will offer practical information on everything beekeepers need to know from beekeeping equipment to the basics of bee biology, Varroa mite and disease control to overwintering hives. This intermediate to advanced workshop will provide a comprehensive survey of natural beekeeping appropriate for small-scale commercial apiculturists as well as hobbyists. Conrad, author of Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture, is a former president of the Vermont Beekeepers Association, as well as a regular contributor to Bee Culture: The Magazine of American Beekeeping. His business, Dancing Bee Gardens, supplies honey, candles and other bee-related products and also provides bees for Vermont apple pollination in spring.
This talk is part of the Nature Museum at Grafton’s 2014 community program series The Birds and The Bees.

The Nature Museum is offering a full year of programs about birds and bees, including a free presentation by Vermont Center for Ecostudies researcher Sara Zahendra on native bumblebees. That will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 20 at the Rockingham Free Public Library, 35 Westminster St., Bellows Falls.

– Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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