Upcoming events: Lisai’s 20th anniversary; chess club; benefit for fire victims; Safety Dance in Rutland; ‘Mud Season’ At Misty Valley; Diabetes program; SoVera meeting; music in Saxtons River

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March 5-8: Lisai’s Chester Market celebrates 20 years


isai’s Chester Market, at 526 Depot St., is celebrating its 20th anniversary this week with prizes and other customer appreciation events.

Over the course of  four days — Wednesday, March 5 through Saturday, March 8 — more than 100 prizes will be awarded to Lisai’s customers entered in an inhouse drawing. Happen to notice that jar full of enter-to-win-slips by check-out? It’s not too late to enter into the drawing as well. The grand prize is a $500 shopping spree at the store. Other prizes include a $100 gift certificate, Keurig Coffee Brewing Machine, a snowboard  and more.

Customers can also look forward to special sales on their favorite groceries, dairy products, choice meats, produce and household supplies. Flyers detailing such can be found at the store.

The last two days of the celebration include:

Friday, March 7: A lunch bulkie special. For only $3 you can get a made-to-order bulkie sandwich, a bag of chips and a soda. Also be sure to check out the Taylor Cheese tasting.

Saturday, March 8: Brent’s Famous BBQ. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. enjoy a free BBQ hot dog or hamburger, a bag of chips and a soda. Guests may also savor samplings from the hot food bar and a Crowley Cheese tasting.

March 6: Chess club begins at Rockingham Library

A chess group is forming Thursday, March 6 beginning at 2 p.m. at Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls. Join long-time recreational chess player David DeRusha for a fun, drop-in chess game, learn the basics or enjoy a challenging game.

All levels are welcome for this relaxed group. Players will be matched to others of their skill level.
This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 802-463-4270, email rockref@sover.net, or go online to rockinghamlibrary.org.

Grounded4LIFE fund-raiser for Kelly Parent

Grounded4LIFE fund-raiser for Kelly Parent

March 7: Oldies music to raise funds after fire

The Achenbachs will play oldies for a fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. on Friday March 7 at grounded4LIFE, the coffeehouse of the First Baptist Church of Chester. Donations go to Kelly Parent, whose Trebo Road house was destroyed in a recent fire. Bell-bottoms and tie-dyed shirts welcome but not required. Grounded4LIFE  is located in the basement of the Baptist church at 162 Main St. in Chester. Doors are open and the espresso machine is on every Friday at 6:30 p.m. Call 802-875-2638.

March 8: International Women’s Day Safety Dance in Rutland

In celebration of International Women’s Day and in support of the mission to end domestic violence and sexual assault in the community, the Rutland County Women’s Network and Shelter is hosting a Safety Dance on Saturday, March 8 at the Submuloc Lounge at 121 Merchants Row in downtown Rutland.
A social hour, snacks and cash bar will start at 6:30 pm; dancing starts at 7:30 p.m. with music provided by the DJ from 2KUL. There will be door prizes and 50/50 raffle.

Tickets are $20 per person and are available in advance or at the door; for more information call Nicole at 786-5662 or Kate at 775-6788 x 20, and check out the RCWNS Facebook page.

Author Ellen Stimson

Author Ellen Stimson

March 9: Mud Season opens at Misty Valley Books

Meet writer Ellen Stimson at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 9 at Misty Valley Books, 58 Common St. when she will discuss Mud Season. After a getaway in the Green Mountain State, Stimson and her family made up their minds: “We’re moving to Vermont!” The reality, they quickly learned, was a little muddier than they’d imagined.

Most of what she writes in Mud Season, says Stimson, is true. In a self-deprecating fashion, Mud Season chronicles Stimson’s transition from city life to rickety farmhouse. When she then decided she wanted to own and operate the village store in Dorset, she learned the hard way that “improvements” are not always welcomed by folks who like things just fine the way they’ve always been. Can the citified newcomer turn the tide of mistrust before she ruins the business altogether?

A book signing and reception will follow Stimson’s presentation, which is open to the public and free of charge. For more information call Misty Valley Books at 802-875-3400 or visit www.mvbooks.com.

March 11: Openings in YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

Springfield Health Center is partnering with the Vermont Blueprint for Health and the Greater Burlington YMCA to offer the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-led National Diabetes Prevention Program. This yearlong program will be held at the Springfield Health Center at 100 River St. in Springfield from 6 to 7 p.m. beginning Tuesday, March 11, and will be facilitated by trained lifestyle coach, Lara Peck from Springfield Health Center.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program will be offered, free of charge, to help adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes reduce their risk for developing the disease by taking steps that will improve their overall health and well-being.

For more information, or to register, please contact the community health team at 802-886-8946 or email cht@springfieldmed.org.

March 11: SoVerA monthly meeting

The Southern Vermont Astronomy Group will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 11 at Magic Mountain Lodge, 495 Magic Mountain Access, in Londonderry. The meeting is for people at all levels of observing, from novice to expert. The group will help you learn about eyepieces, how to identify objects in the sky, how to use a sky chart or even binoculars. The event is free. For more info or directions, please visit its website at www.sovera.org.

March 15: Living Roominators play Saxtons River

The Living Roominators will bring their “living room” rock-blues-funk-soul music to Pleasant Valley Brewing, 16 Main St., Saxtons River from 8 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 15 (the Ides of March). The band consists of Mark Grieco on acoustic guitar and vocals, Howard Weiss-Tisman on electric guitar, Eric Rhomberg on bass and vocals and Johnny Yuma on drums. There is no cover. For information, call 802-869-4602.

– Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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