Upcoming events: Free personal finance class; lecture on Black River and its fish; learn about BF’s fine architecture; Helmholz gallery springs into spring; culinary garden design lesson; Part 3 of Vermont film; young artists’ show at Baptist Church; historian Coffin on the Civil War; Okemo food drive; and Seders at St. Luke’s, First Universalist Parish

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.

March 25: Personal finance lesson at Fletcher Library

Black River Good Neighbor Services Inc. and Berkshire Bank have partnered to offer a free interactive learning session on managing personal finances. The class will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25 at the Fletcher Memorial Library, 88 Main St. in Ludlow.

The course will cover a variety of finance related subjects including budgeting, checking account management, and interest. No previous training is required. A lunch will follow the class. The program is free. Call 802-228-3663 or visit the BRGNS thrift store at 37B Main St., Ludlow if you plan to attend. For more information about the program, call Audrey at 802-228-3663.

March 25: Lecture on Black River and fish

The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association will host a lecture as part of its Walk and Talk Series of nature and conservation presentations. Fish Friendly — A Talk About the Black River  will be presented at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 at the Cavendish town office meeting room on High Street in Cavendish.

Kelly Stettner of the Black River Action Team, and Kenneth Cox, a fisheries biologist with the Vermont Department of Fish and will discuss efforts to monitor the health of fish and their habitat in the Cavendish portion of the Black River.

The Walk and Talk Series consists of lectures and demonstrations aimed at presenting various aspects of our natural world in a learning environment. All talks center the topic in Vermont and as much as possible in Cavendish.

This is a free event although donations to defray costs are welcome. For more information about this event, or about other upcoming Walk and Talk events, call Robin Timko at 802-226-7736.

March 25: Bellows Falls’ historic architecture discussion at Rock Library

Award-winning architect Dan Scully will discuss the historic architecture of Bellows Falls’ downtown at the Rockingham Library on at 6:30 p.m. March 25 at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls. Using the design of the local Waypoint Center, Scully will explain how a modern design, which retains a sense a community’s history, can tell a story and create a sustainable vision for the future.

This event is free, open to the public and accessible to people with disabilities. It is co-sponsored by the Rockingham Historical Commission, the library, the National Park Service and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation. For more information, contact anne@rockinghamlibrary.org, call 802-463-4270 or stop by the library.

Shoji screen on view at Helmholz Fine Art in Manchester

Shoji screen on view at Helmholz Fine Art in Manchester

March 25: Helmholz Fine Art’s Butterfly! Spring Party

Lisa Helmholz-Adams, founder of Helmholz Fine Art in Manchester, is hosting “Butterfly… Spring Party!” from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25 at 203 Depot St., Manchester. The event is a celebration of the latest artworks. Live music, photo-entertainment, refreshments, and “home-to-table” food will entertain attendees. People are invited to bring something healthy to share with others—a community table is provided.

The gallery features more than 100 works of art from national award winning artists. In addition to food and music another event experience will entertain guests—a Green Screen Photo-Studio. Guests will be able to choose from a selection of 10 works of art from the gallery to be used as a background to their portrait.

Visit www.helmholzfineart.com to learn more and share the event at www.facebook.com/helmholzfineart. Call Lisa Helmholz-Adams at 802-855-1678 for more information.

March 26: Culinary garden design lecture

Wilder Memorial Library will host a garden design lecture specifically for vegetable gardeners.

At 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 26 will be “The Art of Growing Food,” a garden design lecture with professional garden designer Ellen Ecker Ogden. Participants will discover fresh ideas for how to combine classic design with practical technique to enhance their own design for an elegant edible garden. Donations will be accepted for the library’s ongoing Garden Beautification Project.

March 27: Part 3 of Vermont film at Weston Playhouse

On Friday, March 27 at 6:30-8:30 p.m. the screening and discussion of Part 3 of “Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie; Refuge, Reinvention and Revolution” at the Weston Playhouse, 703 Main St. in Weston. The discussion will be lead by Nora Jacobson, the film’s executive director, supervising editor and Vermont Humanities Council speaker. Part 3 tells the story of the mid-20th century, how political pioneers challenged the Cold War and how Gov. Phil Hoff rose to take the lead in state politics.

In the creation of the interstate highways we see the pros and cons of the highways and the high price of eminent domain. It also covers the realities of communal life and the counter-culture movement that established roots in Vermont. This Vermont Humanities Council program is hosted by Wilder Memorial Library and is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the VHC.
Space is limited. To register for either program, call 802-824-4307.

Young person's art show at Grounded4LIFE

Young people’s art show at Grounded4LIFE

March 27: Grounded4Life hosts young artists’ show

Grounded4Life invites the public to attend an art show featuring young artists from the Chester area. On exhibit will be a wide variety of art including paintings, drawings, photography and crafts. Attendees will have an opportunity to vote for show favorite.

The showing will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 27. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Grounded4LIFE is located in the coffee house down under at the First Baptist Church at 162 Main St., Chester. The program is free and a coffee bar and refreshments will be available.

Check out the Grounded4Life Facebook page or contact John Nunnikhoven at john4ns@fastmail.fm.

Company E, 6th Vermont Infantry at Camp Griffin in  Virginia

Company E, 6th Vermont Infantry at Camp Griffin in Virginia

March 28: Historian Coffin to discuss Vermont and Civil War

The Rockingham Free Public Library will host Howard Coffin’s special presentation about the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 28 at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls.

Though the battles of the Civil War were fought far to the south, the Civil War required an incredible effort from, and took an incredible toll on, those at home. More than 28,000 Vermonters served in state regiments in the American Civil War from 1861 to 1865, and nearly 6,000 died.

Howard Coffin is the author of four books about Vermont’s contributions to the Union cause, his most recent title is Something Abides: Discovering the Civil War in Today’s Vermont. He will focus his presentation on the final year of the war as it impacted Vermonters in blue uniforms and those left at home to carry on.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 802-463-4270, or visit rockinghamlibrary.org.

vcsPRAsset_519621_107908_94e63b86-9748-4e23-b4ee-938aab4d0c3c_0March 29: Okemo Cares and Shares Food Drive

On Sunday, March 29, Okemo Mountain Resort will host its spring Cares and Shares Food Drive. On that day, skiers and snowboarders who donate at least five non-perishable food items will receive a discount on the entire day of skiing and riding at Okemo. Lift tickets will cost $39 with donation instead of the usual adult day ticket price of $82–92.

Okemo’s Mountain Ambassadors along with Miss Rutland County Collegiate 2016 Sara Stryhas will be accepting food and cash donations, which will go to The Black River Good Neighbor Services Food Shelf.

Okemo typically hosts two Cares and Shares Food Drives each winter: one prior to the holidays in December and another in the spring. For more information about Okemo Mountain Resort, please call 802-228-1600 or visit okemo.com.

April 1: Seder celebrated at St. Luke’s Church

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will offer a traditional Seder meal, 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1 in Willard Hall at 313 Main St. The Haggadah, the order and procedures of the Seder, will include songs, readings and responses, along with explanations of the various symbolic foods that are used to tell the Exodus story. Following the symbolic meal, a dinner of roast lamb, chicken, goat, vegetables, macaroons and meringues will be served.

The Passover Seder marks the night when the Israelites were passed over by the angel of death during the 10th and final plague, which was death to all firstborn children in Egypt.

There will be no charge for the Seder meal, but a freewill offering will be taken to benefit Kids for Peace. The Seder is a family-centered affair and children have a significant part to play. It is rich in tradition and a time for joy, good eating, singing and celebrating God’s redemption of us all. Reservations are recommended since space is limited. Call Lew and Bonnie Watters at 802-875-2114 to reserve seats.

April 3: Passover Seder at the First Universalist Parish

A Seder will be held at the First Universalist Parish at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 3 at 211 North St. Community members are invited to join with the congregation as they celebrate the beginning of Passover. They will retell the ancient story of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt keeping in mind the struggles for freedom today. Learn about some of the Jewish rituals and why this night is different from all other nights. Steve Crofter will lead the Seder and participants will share in the Haggadah. Participants are asked to bring an unleavened dish to share. For questions and reservations, contact Crofter at 802-275-4646.

— Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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