Community events: April 14 through April 20, 2016

For more upcoming events, click here for The Chester Telegraph calendar. To be included in our Upcoming events briefs, email Susan Lampe-Wilson at Photos welcome. No PDFs, please. Notices must be received by noon on Fridays to be eligible for publication the following week.

April 14: Author Isa Oehry shares life-changing adventure 

2.9-Isa-Oehry-reading_signing-at-Norman-Williams-Book-Cover-283x404Author Isa Oehry discusses her life-changing journey, which began under the golden light of a full moon, at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 at Neighborhood Connections at 5700 Mountain Marketplace in Londonderry.

This true story, recounted in her book Under a Blue Moon, hopes to challenge readers to reconsider their own understanding about all that surrounds them and at the same time challenges them to engage in life on a deeper level.

There is no charge to attend this program, but reservations are required, call 802-824-4343 to attend.

Neighborhood Connections is a community-based non-profit social services agency serving individuals and families in the area. Check out their website at

April 15: ‘Beyond the Mask’ screening at Grounded4Life

BTM_Official_PosterScreening at Grounded4Life at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 15, Beyond the Mask is a PG-rated family film that brings history to life in a faith-filled adventure.

The leading mercenary for the British East India Co., Will Reynolds, has just been double-crossed and now is on the run in the American Colonies.

As his past life closes in on him, he must gain the trust and the help of his girlfriend Charlotte — as well as Ben Franklin — while he races against time to defuse a plot of historical proportions.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. There will be a coffee bar and refreshments. Grounded4LIFE is located in the coffeehouse downstairs in the First Baptist Church at 162 Main St. in Chester. Events are always free.

Check out the Grounded4Life Facebook page or contact John Nunnikhoven at

April 15: Edgar May hosts middle school pool party

On Friday, April 15 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., the Edgar May Health and Recreation Center closes to the public and provides activities and entertainment specifically geared toward young teens and pre-teens at the facility at 140 Clinton St. in Springfield.

Middle School Spring Break Night is for area students in grades six, seven and eight. Participants can enjoy group challenges, water games, music and free-swim time.

Pizza, drinks and snacks will be served. The evening is free for members and $5 for non-members. To register, contact the Edgar May at 802-885-2568, online at or by email at

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

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

April 18: Chester Seniors Citizens Club holds luncheon meeting

Join the Chester Senior Citizens Club for their monthly luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, April 18, at the Chester Congregational Church at 462 Main St. This month, the group plans to play bingo. Bingo cards are 5 cents. Bring your place setting, a dish to share, and a friend. If you need a ride, call Georgia 802-875-6242.

April 19: Coloring mandalas at Rock Library

On Tuesday, April 19 at 6 p.m., workshop leader Leslie Lassetter will incorporate Zentangle meditative drawing with Seven Rays of Life and Transformational Kinesiology in an exploration of the ancient art of mandalas.

This event is free and open to the public. To sign up or for more information, call 802-463-4270, visit, email or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls.

April 20: Nature Museum offers youth vacation camps

Brave Bear camper enjoys vacation day camp at The Nature Museum.

Brave Bear camper enjoys vacation day camp at The Nature Museum.

The Nature Museum in Grafton offers two outdoor adventure day camps during the April school vacation for youths. Geared for youth ages 3 to 9, the camp programs are Wednesday and Thursday, April 20–21.

Mighty Acorns Club: Baby Animals and Their Homes
Ages: 3 to 5 years old, plus caregiver
Cost: $5 per child per day; caregiver, free

Meeting 10–11:30 a.m. on both days, 
the Mighty Acorns Club is a creative, exploratory program for preschool aged children and their caregivers. Using stories, games, and forest exploration, the children learn about baby animals and how different creatures live so they can be safe and survive to adulthood.

Brave Bears: Spring Adventure
Ages: 6 to 9 years old
Cost: $30

Brave Bears meets from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Through hands-on experiences, The Brave Bears will nurture your child’s innate sense of wonder and help them build a closer relationship with the natural world.

Inquire for multiple day, sibling discounts, and scholarships. Find more information about the Nature Museum on its Facebook page and on its website.

— By Susan Lampe-Wilson

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