Community events: July 13 through July 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.

July 13: Stingrays Swim Team summer season begins

The Edgar May Health and Recreation Center’s youth swim team, the CRV Stingrays, begin their summer season on Wednesday, July 13 at 140 Clinton St. in Springfield. The summer swim season is perfect for experienced swimmers or for youth interested in trying swimming. The Stingrays celebrate both individual and team accomplishments in an environment that develops responsibility, respect, honesty, and caring. The youth swim team is open to children ages 6–18.

The Stingrays practice at the center pool on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons, with the more experienced swimmers also swimming on Thursday evening.

The cost of the Stingrays swim team is less than $4 an hour averaged out over the season. They also offer scholarships for swimmers who need financial assistance.

For more information about the swim team or to register, stop by the center or call swim team coach Christian Avard, at 802-885-2568 or visit

Grounded entertains at barbeque

Grounded entertains at barbecue

July 15: Free music, barbecue at Chester Baptist

Enjoy a free family event with music, hot dogs, drinks and chips. Sponsored by Grounded4Life, the barbecue starts at 6:30 p.m. outside Chester Baptist Church at 162 Main St. in Chester.

Grounded4Life’s house band Grounded will play at this outdoor event. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Check out the Grounded4Life facebook page and share it with your friends. For information visit website.

July 15: Norwich offers Girls Summer Inventors Camp

Norwich University in Northfield offers a day camp for middle school girls interested in learning about constructing habitable structures; garment design; design engineering; coding and cryptography; and digital electronic musical instruments.

Held Aug. 1–5, students will be taught by faculty in the College of Professional Schools and can enroll for three or five days. A free GMTA bus is available to and from campus from Montpelier, with stops at Shaw’s and People’s Bank.

The cost to participate is $75 for a three-day session and $100 for the five-day session. Scholarships are available. To apply for a scholarship, email Tamela Browning at

Browning is a local engineer serving as the logistical camp counselor who will take girls to and from the Norwich campus on the bus and lead girls at lunch and transition times. Students are responsible for bringing a packed lunch to campus.

The idea for the camp came from a need for more technical opportunities for local girls.
To register, email the following information by Friday, July 15 to

• Session Choice with Student’s Name, Address, and Date of Birth
• Grade in Middle School and Name of School
• Parent or Guardian’s Name and Address and Emergency Contact Information

Session I (3 days)
Monday, Aug. 1–Wednesday, Aug. 3
Habitable Structures, Garment Design and Design Engineering

Session II (3 days)
Wednesday, Aug. 3–Friday, Aug. 5
Design Engineering, Coding & Cryptography and Digital Electronic Instruments

Session I + II (5 days)
Monday, Aug. 1–Friday, Aug. 5
includes all five listed workshops

July 16: 48th Anniversary for Bonnie’s Bundles

Celebrate with the Bundles

Celebrate with the Bundles

At 48 year old, with 14,000 dolls sold and more than 400 designs, Bonnie’s Bundles Dolls shares its history in timeline, pictures, stories, documents and special doll exhibits at 250 North St. in Chester’s Stone Village.

Meet Eliza, the first original design, and meet Sophie, the newest doll of the collection. The exhibit will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17, during Chester’s 250th celebration.

Refreshments will available. For more details, visit:

July 16: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church celebrates its history

stLukesAs part of the 250th Chester Celebration, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will hold Open House tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 16 and noon until 2 p.m. on Sun., July 17 at 313 Main St. in Chester.

Docents will greet visitors to share the church’s history. There will be photo displays and refreshments. A family Scavenger Hunt is offered on Saturday.

St. Luke’s Church was founded in 1868 and the building consecrated in 1871 through the generosity and leadership of the Frederick Fullerton Family. Details can be found on the church website:

July 18: Stories, free books at Rock Library

On Monday, July 18 at 5 p.m., the Rockingham Free Public Library welcomes a Children’s Literacy Foundation storyteller who will present an entertaining program for the whole family at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls. After the storytelling, every child who attends will be able to select twonew books to keep, thanks to a Summer CLIF Readers’ grant.

CLIF awards Summer Readers grants to organizations serving kids to help prevent the “summer slide” in literacy skills. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Rockingham Library at 802-463-4270, email, or go online to

July 18: Neighborhood Connections holds Annual Meeting

Neighborhood Connections’ Annual Meeting is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, July 18 at the Meeting Place at Neighborhood Connections at 5700 The Mountain Marketplace, next to the Londonderry Post Office. The Annual Meeting is an opportunity to hear from the Board of Directors and staff as they review the organization’s accomplishments and challenges in 2015 as well as plans for the future.

Call 802-824-4343 or e-mail, if you plan on attending.

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 their website at

July 18: Medicare Boot Camp in Bellows Falls

Senior Solutions staff provides information about the Medicare system at Medicare Boot Camp from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, July 18. This free class will be held in Bellows Falls. The class is for Vermonters who are new to Medicare, and their family members.

Medicare has strict enrollment periods, and the Boot Camp prepares participants to make timely decisions about drug plans and supplemental plans as well as other topics.

Space is limited, call the Senior helpline in advance to register and receive detailed location information: 1-800-642-5119. More classes are listed at Senior Solutions seeks volunteers to help with their Medicare department and outreach.

July 18: Chester Seniors Citizens Club holds annual picnic

The Chester Senior Citizens Club holds its annual picnic at 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 18, at the Ethier residence. Bring a dish to share. For directions and additional information, call 802-875-6242

July 20: Sit, Sip and Paint at 103 Artisans Marketplace

Learn to paint sunflowers with artist Pierce

Learn to paint sunflowers with artist Pierce

The 103 Artisans Marketplace hosts a Sit, Sip and Paint party from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20 at the Marketplace, 7 Pinewood Drive in Chester.

The evening’s “painting party” is painting sunflowers, and participants will learn to paint an acrylic artwork of sunflowers and leave with a completed painting. No previous painting skills required.

Students are advised to wear old clothes or a smock/apron. The instructor will provide materials for a 12-inch x 12-inch acrylic painting.

The class fee is $35, which includes materials. Wine, beer and snacks will be available in the Greenleaf Café.

Space is limited. Contact Lisa Murray by calling 802-463-4487 or emailing to register.

— Susan Lampe-Wilson

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