Upcoming events: The Vermont Movie Part 2 at Wilder Library; Skiers & Snowboarders at Grounded4Life; free early literacy program; free parenting classes in Chester; presentation on German energy efficient villages; genealogy workshops

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Feb. 20: Part 2 of Vermont Movie at Weston library

Wilder Memorial Library in Weston will be offering screenings of all six parts of “Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie” throughout 2015. The screening of Part Two “Under the Surface” will be shown from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 at the library at 24 Lawrence Hill Road. It will be followed by a facilitated discussion. Call 802-824-4307 or email wilderweston@gmail.com to reserve your seat, as space is limited.

“Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie” is a six-part collaborative documentary produced by Vermont-based filmmakers. Using cinema verite, personal stories, rare footage, compelling interviews and original re-enactments they’ve created a living testament that explores the history and contemporary culture of the Green Mountain State.

“Part Two” digs beneath the surface of Vermont’s bucolic image to explore labor wars, eugenics experiments, the McCarthy era, and progressive Republicanism. It covers over a century—from pre-Civil War to 2009—in Vermont’s history. For more information about future screenings of “The Vermont Movie” documentary parts visit www.wildermemoriallibrary.org, @wilderweston, or its Facebook page.

G4L coffee house invites shredders to join them Saturday

G4L invites shredders to attend Friday’s coffee house.

Feb. 20: Skiers and Snowboarders for Christ at Grounded4Life

Grounded4Life invites shredders and skiers as they host a return visit from local representatives of Skiers and Snowboarders for Christ at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20 located in the coffee house at the First Baptist Church at 162 Main St., Chester. Young and old will find this to be an enlightening evening.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation will begin at 7 p.m. The coffee baristas will be ready to make your favorite java and there will be other refreshments too. Check out the Grounded4Life Facebook page or email John Nunnikhoven at john4ns@fastmail.fm.

Rockingham Library brings back its Little Lit: a free early literacy program for families.

Rockingham Library brings back its Little Lit: a free early literacy program for families.

Feb. 21: Little Lit literacy program for families

The Rockingham Free Public Library and the WNESU Early Education Center are teaming up to present Little Lit: More Than Feelings, a free evening with books and activities to promote early literacy and social-emotional development of children at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the WNESU building at 25 Cherry Hill St. in Bellows Falls.

Families with children aged birth through 5 are welcome to take part in this program. Participants will receive free books and lots of practical, every-day activities for their children. Free dinner and childcare will be available; families that need childcare, should call in advance.

For more information and to arrange childcare, call the library at 802-462-4270, email sam@rockinghamlibrary.org, or visit rockinghamlibrary.org/littlelit.html.

Feb. 23: Free Guiding Good Choices parenting classes set

Parents may feel they don’t have much sway over their kid’s behavior, but research shows just the opposite. Youth report that parents (caring adults or guardians) are the No. 1 influence on their decision to stay substance free.

To promote positive communications and cooperation between parents, caregivers and teens and to give parents a skill set to support their child to make healthy decisions, The Collaborative with the Vermont Department of Health are offering Guiding Good Choices, a series of six classes from 6 to 8 p.m. starting Monday, Feb. 23 running consecutive Mondays through March 30.

Nancy Pennell, director of Aloha Camp and facilitator of local parenting groups, will lead the series. The workshop is free and open to parents, caring adults and guardians and will be held at Whiting Library, 117 Main St. in Chester.

This workshop is recommended for families with children aged 9–14. Topics covered include setting consequences, managing conflict, strengthening family bonds and increasing youth’s skills to resist peer pressure and make healthy decisions.

Participants will receive workbook materials, a parent resource packet and a certificate of completion. Space is limited. Call The Collaborative at 802-824-4200 to register. Childcare is available upon registration.

Feb. 23: Presentation of Germany’s energy self-reliant villages

At 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 23 local resident Andrew Dey will discuss Germany’s citizen-led bioenergy movement at the Rockingham Free Public Library at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls. Using renewable resources, more than 150 German villages generate more energy than they consume. The success of these  bioenergy villages is based on decentralized, community-owned renewable energy systems called Energiewende, or Energy Transformation. The primary resource is biomass from local fields and forests.

Dey spent a year in Germany studying the country’s transition from fossil fuel and nuclear power to renewable energy. The presentation features two communities at the forefront of Germany’s growing bioenergy village movement. Dey’s presentation will touch on the technologies, challenges and achievements of these villages, the process that such communities typically follow in their journey toward energy self-sufficiency, the economic benefits and the challenges of translating the bioenergy village model to New England.

Co-sponsored with the Rockingham Conservation Committee and the Sustainable Energy Outreach Network, this presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-463-4270, email anne@rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the library.

Feb. 28: Genealogy research workshop at Rock Library

On Saturday, Feb. 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Rockingham Library will offer a genealogy research workshop at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls. The library subscribes to several Internet databases to help people research their family history. Wayne Blanchard will lead the workshop illustrating how to use these valuable tools. To help you get started right away with your own research, bring a laptop computer or tablet. If you don’t have a computer the library’s computers will be available after the presentation to begin your search.

Blanchard is not a professional genealogist but has done extensive research on his own family tree, and participated in workshops offered by the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston. He has experience using the genealogy databases at Ancestry, American Ancestors, and Heritage Quest and can help you get started with your own search. Register for this free workshop by calling 802-463-4270, emailing anne@rockinghamlibrary.org or by stopping by the library.

— Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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