Upcoming events: Health Connect info meeting in Springfield; Chess Club at Rock Library; Kurn Hattin director speaks at Rotary; Christmas flick at coffeehouse; architecture exhibit unveiled at SVAC; St. Luke’s hosts annual tea and sale; and Heifer shares offered for purchase

For more upcoming events, click here for The Chester Telegraph calendar. To be included in our Upcoming events briefs, email Susan Lampe-Wilson at calendar@www.chestertelegraph.org. Photos welcome. No PDFs, please.

Dec. 2: Vermont Health Connect enrollment info meeting

Valley Health Connections, a certified navigator organization for Vermont Health Connect, will be hosting a   meeting to provide the public with health insurance enrollment information. The meeting is free and open to the public.

It will be held on Tuesday Dec. 2nd from 6:30to 7:30 pm at the Springfield Hospital Meeting House, located on the hill directly opposite the hospital at 25 Ridgewood Road, Springfield, VT.

While the open enrollment period for Vermont Health Connect runs through Feb. 15, 2015, the deadline is Dec. 15, 2014 for anyone wanting coverage to become effective Jan. 1, 2015.

If you have patients, family members, friends or others in the community asking questions about the new insurance plans being offered on Vermont Health Connect and how to enroll, or who may have questions about health insurance eligibility, please ask them to plan to attend.

Other questions about Vermont Health Connect and the enrollment process may be referred to Valley Health Connections at 802-885-1616 for more information.

Dec. 4: Chess Club at Rockingham Library

Learn the basics of chess or enjoy a challenging game with someone on your own level. Rockingham Free Public Library invites the public to join others from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, for its weekly chess club. All levels are welcome for this relaxed group. Players will be matched to others of their skill level.

The library is located at 65 Westminster St., Bellow Falls. For more information call 802-463-4270.

Kim Fine of Kurn Hattin school to speak at Chester Rotary meeting

Kim Fine of Kurn Hattin school to speak at Chester Rotary meeting

Dec. 4: Kurn Hattin’s Kim Fine speaks at Rotary

Kim Fine, Westminster’s Kurn Hattin School director of development, will speak at the First Thursday Chester Rotary Meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4 at the Fullerton Inn, 40 The Common, Chester. There is no charge to attend the meeting.

Fine has just celebrated 12 years of working with children and their families at the school.

Each year, the Chester Rotary Club organizes gift-giving for the children at Kurn Hattin School. Community members help out providing gifts for approximately 100 individual children as well as “Grinch” gifts. Santa, Mrs. Santa and the Grinch accompanied by many Chester Andover area Elves will deliver the gifts at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18 at the school.

Kurn Hattin is a charitable, year-round, residential school with 120 years of serving disadvantaged children in grades 1 to 8. Admission is based on a child’s potential to benefit from a structured and supportive residential and educational program, not on the family’s ability to pay.  For more information, contact Nancy Davis at 802-875-5905.

Best ChristmasDec. 5: Grounded4Life screens Christmas flick

Grounded4Life will present the 1983 movie The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at 7 p.m.  Friday, Dec. 5. Grounded4Life, a coffeehouse, is located in the lower level of the Chester Baptist Church, 162 Main St., Chester.

When the nastiest kids in the neighborhood decide they want to be in this year’s Christmas pageant, everyone is sure it will be a disaster. But when the curtain finally goes up, a miracle happens, making it the best ever. Loretta Swit stars in this adaptation of the classic book. Bring friends and family to view this holiday classic.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with food, coffee, fellowship and conversation. Program begins at 7 p.m. with free admission. For more information, visit Grounded4Life’s Facebook page or contact John Nunnikhoven at john4ns@fastmail.fm

The" Archistream "ready for its SVAC debut, Dec. 6.

The Archistream is ready for its SVAC debut6.

Dec. 6: American Institute of Architecture’s  Archistream rolls onto SVAC campus

The Southern Vermont Arts Center is hosting a 1969 Airstream “Globetrotter” Trailer, and it rolls onto SVAC’s campus at 930 SVAC Drive, Manchester, to coincide with the opening of the 22nd Annual Winter Members’ Exhibition, on Saturday, Dec. 6.

The American Institute of Architects Vermont and Architecture students from Norwich University recently transformed the iconic vehicle, rechristened  Archistream, into a mobile architectural resource and gallery encouraging curiosity and creativity in design and architecture. Outfitted with iPads and multi-media displays, Archistream  is designed to educate the curious of all ages about the role architecture plays in environmental design, community planning, historic preservation and disaster mitigation in an interactive, playful, hands-on way.

Archistream will be in residence at SVAC through March and will be open to the public, free of charge, on weekends, and for planned school visits and other activities during the week. The Southern Vermont Arts Center Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., Sunday. For more information, call 802-362-1405 or email info@svac.org. Or visit svac.org.

Dec. 6: St. Luke’s Holiday Tea and Sale

This year’s Annual St. Luke’s Christmas Tea and Sale is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, having a long tradition featuring the best of St. Luke’s creativity, hospitality and food. The church is located at 313 Main St. in Chester. Admission is free.

Handcrafted items made by members of the congregation including Advent calendars, tree skirts, table runners, and ornaments will be available for purchase. An all-you-can-eat luncheon table will be full of sandwiches and dessert items to go with coffee, tea and mulled cider will be provided for $6.

Dec. 7: Heifer International shares sold at First Universalist Parish

The children at First Universalist Parish, 230 North St. in Chester’s Stone Village, offer an alternative to traditional, wrapped gifts during this holiday season, the “Passing On The Gift” program.

The children of First Universalist Parish are offering Heifer International shares for sale.

The children of First Universalist Parish are offering Heifer International shares for sale.

Visit the social hall after worship on Sunday Dec. 7 or 14 to purchase a flock of chicks, ducks or geese or shares of bees, rabbits, goats, sheep or even a water buffalo. Share prices begin at $10 for smaller creatures and up to $500 for a heifer.

A special ornament, made by the children in gratitude for your support, is available to anyone participating while the supply of ornaments lasts. Cards will be available for every donation of $10 or more so you can let your gift recipients know about the gift you have given.

On Sunday, Nov. 23 the children held a “Heifer Market” to support Heifer International, and raised over $700. Shares of livestock were sold through Heifer International as well as an array of interesting foods to sample, music and special ornaments made by the children. Heifer International works with local community groups in Asia, Africa and the Americas to train families in animal well-being and sustainable agricultural practices. Participating families are given livestock and the training to care for them, and these families in turn, agree to pass on the first female offspring of their livestock to another family that will also receive appropriate training. The original gift just keeps on giving and helps poverty-stricken families to become self-reliant.

For more information or to purchase shares, contact Meg Minehan at 802-875-2487 or Nancy Davis at 802-875-5905.

— Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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