Community events: Through June 21, 2016

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June 15: Spaghetti dinner to benefit Neighborhood Connections

The 5th Annual Spaghetti Dinner to benefit Neighborhood Connections is scheduled from 4 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15 at Jake’s Restaurant and Tavern, 5700 Route 100 in Londonderry.

The dinner will include tossed salad, spaghetti with Jake’s signature spaghetti sauce, a choice of meatballs or sausage, Italian bread and homemade brownies. The cost is $15 per adult; $7 for children 12 and under. Beverages are not included.

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

June 16: Brown Bag Book Talks at Rock Library

The Rockingham Library hosts Brown Bag Lunch Book Talks at noon on the third Thursdays of June, July and August at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls.

The first talk will be on Thursday, June 16. Attendees are asked to bring one or two book recommendations, a brown bag lunch and be ready to expand their reading horizons. The library will provide lists of recommended books.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-463-4270, visit or stop by the library.

June 17: The Book Nook’s 5th Annual Support Your Local Library Sale

The Book Nook hosts its fifth annual in-store book fair to encourage all who support their local libraries to stop by 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday June 17 through 19 at 136 Main St. in Ludlow.

For every book a customer purchases during the sale, the shop donates 20 percent of the purchase price to library of their choice. Individuals can also buy books on their Library’s Wish List, which is then donated to the library along with 20 percent of purchase price. The wish lists for local libraries and other information will be available in the store, on their website or folks can contact the store by phone at 802-228-3238.

Learn about pond life with the Nature Center

Learn about pond life at the Nature Center

June 18: Explore the Secrets of Pond Life

Learn about dragonflies, tadpoles, and the rest of the aquatic ecosystem in the underwater world of the local pond from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, June 18 at the Nature Museum, 186 Townshend Road in Grafton.

Director of education Kimberly Galandak-O’Connor gives a short presentation on pond life, then leads the group on a brief walk to the pond at the museum. Using dip nets, the group will search for and learn about insects, fish, amphibians and pond critters.

The interactive program is geared for all ages and is a good whole family event. Admission is by donation. Reserve a spot at their website or by calling 802-843-2111.

BdayBash-for-Web-1June 18: Celebrate Community at Weston’s Birthday Bash

The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company and tThe Vermont Country Store are commemorating their many years of service with a daylong community celebration on Saturday, June 18.

The Birthday Bash Parade kicks off 11 a.m. with Sen. Patrick Leahy, longtime Weston Company member Sam Lloyd and Vermont Country Store proprietor Lyman Orton at the start, followed by school kids on decorated bikes, community floats, antique tractors, classic cars and more.

At noon, Weston’s Young Company will lead a chorus of “Happy Birthday,” followed by free birthday cake and ice cream.

Daytime activities include a scavenger hunt, face painting, lawn games and opportunities to engage with neighborhood organizations at their booths.

From 1 to 4 p.m. there is live music on the Village Green featuring Roots music duo, Hungrytown, the Blue Flames steel band, and bluegrass trio The Merry Pranksters, plus a YoCo preview of “Schoolhouse Rock, Live.” Daytime events are free and open to the public.

Music schedule (times are approximate):
1 p.m. Blue Flames Steel Band
2:15 p.m. Merry Pranksters
3:30 p.m. Hungrytown

Bring a picnic blanket or grab a seat under the tent for lunch. Food and drink will be available for purchase all day. Enjoy hamburgers and hot dogs from the Weston Village Store, the Weston Rod & Gun Club’s famous pulled pork, and artisan cheeses from Woodcock Farm. There will also be, delicious items from the chefs at JJ Hapgood General Store, The Bryant House, the Inn at Weston, Apple Knoll Inn, the Southern Pie Company and the Weston Women’s Club.

A 7:30 p.m., Weston Playhouse Theatre Company Alumni Performance and Playhouse Party is free to the public, but seating is limited and must be reserved with the Box Office at 802-824-5288. The performance is followed by a 9:30 p.m. Open Mic in the playhouse downstairs Cabaret.

For more info visit Weston Playhouse’s Anniversary events page. Daytime event parking is available at The Vermont Country Store and Walker Farm. Visit for travel suggestions.

Choir to visit the Andover church

Youth Choir to visit the Andover church

June 18: Cross Connection Youth Choir in Andover

Andover Community Church at 928 Andover Road in Chester hosts the Cross Connection Youth Choir of West Chester United Methodist Church in Pennsylvania, at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 18.

The 26-member choir is made up of 6th to 12th grade students. The choir goes on tour every year. The program includes a choral concert with several of the students sharing how music has impacted their faith. The music ranges from classical repertoire to spirituals. A free-will offering will be received during the program to help with travel expenses.


Curling Club

June 19: Curling resumes in Woodstock

The Upper Valley Curling Club invites anyone with an interest in the sport of curling to join the club for some summer fun. Summer curling begins at 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 19 at the Union Arena at 80 Amsden Way in Woodstock.

The group will also meet on Sundays, July 10, 17 and 24. The Upper Valley club is comprised of a variety of men and women of different ages and ability levels that want to share their love of the game.

For those interested in the sport but who lack the experience, curling club members provide on-ice instruction at regular curling clinics. Clinics will be held on June 19 and on July 10 and 17. Space is limited, so interested participants must register in advance at

There is no summer league; players are assigned to teams as they arrive. The charge is $20 for the evening. For those who need it, the club supplies curling equipment.

Union Arena is located on the grounds of the Woodstock Union High School on Route 4, west of the Woodstock village. More information about Upper Valley Curling and the Woodstock Curling Club can be found at

June 20: Chester Seniors Citizens club luncheon meeting

Join the Chester Senior Citizens Club for its monthly luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, June 20, at the Chester Congregational Church on 469 Main St. John Hitchcock and Jay Ducette will perform. Bring a place setting, a dish to share and a friend. If you need a ride, call Georgia at 802-875-6242.

June 20: Getting in step with pedorthics

On Monday, June 20 at 2 p.m., Gretchen Lima, a certified pedorthist, will be at The Meeting Place at Neighborhood Connections 5700 Mountain Man marketplace in Londonderry to discuss how she modifies footwear to help people maintain or regain their mobility.

According to the Pedorthic Footwear Association website, pedorthics is the management and treatment of conditions of the foot, ankle, and lower extremities requiring fitting, fabricating and adjusting pedorthic devices. This lecture is offered at no charge, but reservations are a must, so call 802-824-4343 to attend.

Check out Neighborhood Connections at

Summer reading programs begin at Rockingham Library

Summer reading programs begin at Rockingham Library

June 21: Summer Reading Program at Rock  Library

Join the Rockingham Free Public Library for their “On Your Mark, Get Set… READ” summer program, which kicks off at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21 at 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls with  Dance with Ashley!, a program exploring play, literacy, and creative movement.

Tuesday is also the Eighth Annual Stuffed Animal Sleepover. Kids, teens, and adults are invited to bring a stuffed animal to spend the night in the library. The library then creates a video of what the stuffed animals do overnight.

Children can register now for the program by signing up at the library or by sending an email with the name, age, and phone number to Once registered, the children visit the library at least once a week to update a reading log and enter to win weekly prizes.

In addition to reading, the library holds special programs for children and teens throughout the summer, featuring at least one family event including puppets, storytellers, and live animals.

For more information about the Rockingham Library Summer Reading Program and all of the programs being offered this summer stop by the library, call 802-463-4270, or email

— Susan Lampe-Wilson

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