Events in the Community: Jan. 7 to Jan. 14

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New winter session classes begin at Main Street Arts

New winter session classes begin at Main Street Arts

January: Main Street Arts winter 2016 class line-up

Main Street Arts offers four sessions of classes each year and has released its line up for their winter session.

Within each season, there are classes for adults, teens and youth. Classes range in length from one class to weekly classes for multiple weeks.

Registration is required, with full payment received before attending classes. A minimum number of participants are needed to run most classes. If insufficient enrollment results in class cancellation, registration fees will be refunded. For tuition information, or to register, visit e-mail or call 802-869-2960.

Jan. 7: Genealogy group meets

Join genealogy enthusiast Wayne Blanchard on a quest to discover your family roots every Thursday from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the Rockingham Library, 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls. Both beginners and seasoned genealogists are welcome.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-463-4270, e-mail or go to

Jan. 7: On Turkey: Where east meets west

The Rotary Club of Chester welcomes Lisa Mobus, Riverside Middle School English and social studies teacher, as the First Thursday speaker on Thursday, Jan. 7, 5:30–6:30 p.m. at the Fullerton Inn on the Green in Chester.

Mobus will speak about her experiences in Turkey while traveling on a two-week study tour in July 2013. The evening is free and open to the public.

Jan. 8: Sibling duo at Grounded4Life

The Hambletts return to Chester coffeehouse.

The Hambletts return to Chester coffeehouse.

At 7 p.m. on Friday Jan. 8, siblings Ben and Rebekah Hamblett return to Grounded4Life at First Baptist Church at 162 Main St., Chester with their laid back and genuine approach to contemporary Christian music.

Join in the singing as the duo features some familiar and some original praise choruses.

There will also be a presentation of Skating for Grace, a novel by Chester’s own Anne Perrault. Check it out at

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and music begins at 7 p.m. with an evening of fellowship, food and encouragement. The coffee bar and refreshments will be ready when you arrive. The program is free.

Visit the Grounded4Life Facebook page or contact John Nunnikhoven at for information on this and other events.

Jan. 9: Workshop on writing for children

Kay Kudlinski, author of "Boy, Were We Wrong about Dinosaurs" teaches class at Springfield Town Library.

Kay Kudlinski, author of ‘Boy, Were We Wrong about Dinosaurs,’ teaches class at Springfield Town Library.

Bring a pencil and paper and your dreams to this writing workshop led by children’s author Kay Kudlinski at 12:30–2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9 at Springfield Town Library, 43 Main St. in Springfield.

The class will cover picture books to young adult novels. A sign-up is required for this free workshop, call the library at 802-885-3108, e-mail or visit

Jan. 9: SoVerA to hold beginning astronomy workshop

Chester’s Whiting Library and the Southern Vermont Astronomy Group will host Astronomy in Vermont, an afternoon workshop on the basics of backyard stargazing. Talks and hands-on demonstrations will be provided and all are welcome. Presentations will cover:

  • sovera imageAtmospheric phenomena, like sundogs, moondogs, sprites and rainbows. Learn what causes them and how to look for them.
  • How to get started in the field of astronomy as a kid or as a grown up.
  • Learning the basic constellations, using star charts and a “planisphere.”
  • Using a cellphone or computer to learn about astronomy, to see what’s going to be visible and what the weather might be for observing on a given night.
  • Delving deeper: with a basic binocular and a little careful hunting, how you can find deep sky celestial objects. Their light has traveled for millions of years.
  • Telescopes will be available to learn about. The Whiting Library’s telescope, which may be checked out like other library materials, will be demonstrated. If the skies are clear, there may be observing afterwards.

The event will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9  at the Whiting Library, 117 Main St., regardless of weather. Admission is free and refreshments will be available. For more information, call 802-875-6464

Jan. 10: Chat series begins with searching for Vermont furniture

Fireside chats at the Inn in Saxtons River

Fireside chats at the Inn in Saxtons River

Join others in relaxing evenings celebrating the stories of Saxtons River Village and the local community, both past and present.

The Fireside Chats meet at 5:30–6:45 p.m. on Sundays, Jan. 10, 17 and 24 at the Saxtons River Inn at 27 Main St. in Saxtons River. Jan. 10’s group will discuss, “Chairs, Tables, Cabinets: On the Prowl for Early Vermont Furniture.” Resident Bill Hosley will moderate.

The gatherings are co-sponsored Main Street Arts and the Saxtons River Historical Society. A listing of other chats can be found at Main Street Arts website at Open to the public. Free admission but donations are welcome.

Jan. 12 & 14: Learn tai chi at SRCC

Tai chi with John Bohannon, focusing on the form developed by Cheng Man-ch’ing, will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursday. The Tuesday class begins 10–11 a.m. on Jan. 12 and the Thursday class at 5–6 p.m. on Jan. 14.

The classes are ongoing at Saxtons River Community Building at Christ’s Church 24 Main St. in Saxtons River. The tai chi class is part of the Community center’s wellness program. Tai chi is an ancient Taoist exercise system of moderate strenuousness that emphasizes balance, body awareness, health, and breathing. These are beginners’ classes although experienced tai chi practitioners are welcome. Cost is $10 per class with all fees going to support the Saxtons River Community Building programs; donations are accepted from those unable to pay the full fee. If interested, contact Bohannon at or call 802-869-2961.

— Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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