Community events: Feb. 10 through Feb. 17, 2016

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Feb. 10: Ash Wednesday at St. Luke’s

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will hold two services for Ash Wednesday on Feb. 10, in its sanctuary at 313 Main St. in Chester. The services will be held at noon and 6 p.m. Both will include the spoken Eucharist and disposition of ashes.

Feb. 12: Art classes for kids in Chester

The Community Art Garden, 295 Main St. in Chester, is offering a variety of art experiences this month.

From 3–6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, CAG offers a needle-felted hearts class. Cost for this workshop is $5–10 per artist per hour on a sliding scale. Registration is recommended.

From noon–1:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday Feb. 16 and 17, a sensory art camp will be held for children ages 3 to 8. Crafts include play-dough, seed starting, painting and open studio time. Cost is $30.

For the older kids ages 8 and up, creative arts camp is from noon–3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 18 and 19. Crafts are process oriented and varied including rainbow scratch art, lanterns, sock puppets and yarn/wool crafts as well as open studio time. Cost is $60.

Registration is required. All camps are offered with a sliding scale or sibling discount when needed. Contact Emily at 802-289-3071 or

Community Art Garden offers drop in Open Studio art opportunities: Monday and Friday 3–6 p.m., Saturday noon–2 p.m., and every other Sunday for $5–10 per hour per artist on sliding scale. Visit its Facebook page. 

Feb. 12: Dwelling returns to Grounded4Life

Dwelling at Grounded 4 Life coffeehouse

Dwelling at Grounded4Life coffeehouse

Dwelling performs again at Grounded4Life, the coffeehouse downstairs at Chester Baptist church, at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12 at 162 Main St., Chester.

Dwelling is a Christian band from upstate Vermont led by Alison McHugh, the the lead singer and songwriter.

The band will present a mixture of original and other current music.

Admission is free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with food, coffee, fellowship and conversation. Check out the Grounded4Life Facebook page or contact John Nunnikhoven at

Feb. 13: Zentangle workshop in Bellows Falls

Saturday morning Zentangle workshop in Bellows Falls

Saturday morning Zentangle workshop in Bellows Falls

Immanuel Retreat Center presents a Saturday morning Zentangle workshop at 10 a.m. on Feb. 13 at Currier Hall, 12 Church St. in Bellows Falls.

Sadelle Wiltshire, a certified Zentangle teacher, will teach the class. Anyone with some previous experience with Zentangle is welcome.

Participants will learn tips and tricks to improve their artwork, as well pick up new patterns. Shading, ink tricks, shading with color and a touch of highlights will be explored in depth. Students are encouraged to bring in some of their existing work, as well as create new pieces in class.

For more information or to register for Zentangle 802, call 802-460-0110 or visit  More information on Wiltshire can be found at

Feb. 13: Wilder Library hosts Valentine’s  project

Come to Wilder Memorial Library and create homemade Valentine’s Day cards at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 24 Lawrence Hill Road in Weston.

Join the library’s creative volunteers, Carlene and Donna, for cookies and hot cocoa and all the supplies to make Valentines suitable for adults, children and families.

For more information: email or call 802-824-4307. Library hours are Tuesdays & Thursdays 2–6 p.m., Wednesdays and Saturdays 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Feb. 13: Free Community Meal at Congo Church

The public is invited to a Free Community Meal to be held at noon on Saturday, Feb. 13, at Chester Congregational Church at 469 Main St. in Chester.

Community Meals are not affiliated with any religious organization but designed as an opportunity for people to gather and socialize while enjoying a meal. Attendees are encouraged to bring their friends. For further information, contact Georgia Ethier at 802-875-6242.

Enjoy fellowship and a round of bingo at the Senior Citizens meeting

Enjoy fellowship and a round of bingo at the senior citizens meeting

Feb. 15: Chester Seniors Citizens Club hosts luncheon

Join the Chester Senior Citizens Club for its monthly luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 15, at the Chester Congregational Church on 469 Main St. in Chester.

The group plans to play bingo. Bingo cards are 5-cents each. Bring a place setting, if possible a dish to share, and a friend. If you need a ride, call Georgia at 802-875-6242.

Feb. 16: Wilderness programs for kids

This month, the Nature Museum at 186 Townshend Road, Grafton is offering unique outdoor adventures for young Vermonters during winter school vacation.

The camps offer hands-on experiences that bring children outside and exercise their minds and bodies.

The Nature Museum offers unique outdoor adventures for children during winter vacation

The Nature Museum offers unique outdoor adventures for children during winter vacation

Wild Walkers: “Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost”
Tuesday, Feb. 16; 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration by is $40. Participants must bring their own snowshoes.

Wayfinding encompasses the ways in which people and animals orient themselves in the environment and navigate from place to place. Youths ages 10 to 14 explore finding their way without map and compass, as well as studying topographic maps and compass to find locations and plan journeys.

The group will participate in a cross-country course on snowshoes, building skills for self-sufficiency, and hazard avoidance in the wild.

Brave Bears: “Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost”
Wednesday, Feb. 17: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is $30 per student for one five-hour program. Snow Date is Feb. 19.

Brave Bears, children ages 6- to 9-years old will experience an age-appropriate version of the class as described above for the “Wild Walkers.”

They will learn about way, finding and orienteering. Youth will follow an outdoor course for a treasure hunt on snowshoes. The Nature Museum loans snowshoes for young participants who reserve them ahead.

Register online for Wild Walkers and/or Brave Bears at or call 802-843-2111.

Scholarships are available. Inquire for multiple day and sibling discounts. Kids should bring a hearty bagged snack and lunch, a water bottle, and appropriate winter clothing and gear to this winter camp.

Information about other upcoming events can be found on The Nature Museum at Grafton’s Facebook page. and on their website

–Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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