Community events: Dec. 8-Dec. 22, 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.

Dec. 8, 15 & 22: Young families invited to drop in

Regina Downer, the community nurse at Neighborhood Connections, invites moms, dads and their toddlers to join Neighborhood Connections from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays, Dec. 8, 15 and 22 for supervised play and socialization.

Neighborhood Connections is located at 5700 Vermont Route 100 in Londonderry’s Mountain Marketplace. For more information, call 802-824-4343.

Dec. 9: BMC Music School hosts open house

The Brattleboro Music Center’s Music School, this year marking its 40th year, hosts an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, at the BMC at 38 Walnut St. in Brattleboro. A variety of sweets and savories—musical and edible—will be served. For more information visit

Dec. 9: Wantastiquet Rotary hosts Christmas tree lighting

Santa visits

The Wantastiquet Rotary Club co-sponsors the annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Dec. 9 at the Market Place Plaza at 5700 Mountain Marketplace in Londonderry along with Neighborhood Connections.

Santa and his elf will arrive at 5:30 p.m. to greet children on his sleigh.

The Nordic Harmoni Swedish Singers will lead Christmas carols. Neighborhood Connections will also hold an Open House.

Also part of their fundraising efforts, the club’s holds annual 250 Club ticket sales. These go on sale in November and December of each year and drawings are held each month in the following year with six tickets winning money.

Dec. 10: Shop for Cause at Marimekko Outlet

On Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Marimekko Outlet offers 15 percent off* storewide with 10 percent of proceeds from the day going back to Neighborhood Connections. Marimekko is located at 4746 Main St. in Manchester Center.

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 its website at

*15 percent off in-store merchandise only and may not be applied to previous purchases. Cannot be combined with any other sale, promotion or coupon. Excludes children’s collection, stationary, paper napkins and clearance items. Valid all day Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016.

Dec. 10: Chester hosts annual Christmas dinner for seniors

christmas-dinnerThe Chester community will host its annual Christmas dinner for senior citizens, consisting of a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings and a few surprises as well.

The free event will be held at noon on Saturday, Dec. 10 at Chester-Andover Elementary School, 72 Main St. If you are unable to make the dinner, please call Georgia at 875-6242 or Pat at 875-2626 for dinner delivery.

Dec. 10 & 11: Santa, book signings at the Vermont Country Stores

Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus in at the Vermont Country Stores in Rockingham and Weston.

Bring your Christmas list and tell Santa your holiday wishes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 at both locations. The Weston store is at 657 Main St. and the Rockingham store is at 1292 Rockingham Road.

good-night-honey-bunnieswLocal author Sandy Wilbur and illustrator Kimberley Ray meet customers and sign copies of their children’s book, Goodnight My Honey Bunnies, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Weston.

This children’s book is designed soothe babies and children up to age 7. A free, downloadable lullaby album is included with purchase.

On Sunday, Dec. 11 author and photographer John Churchman signs copies of his Sweet Pea & Friends children’s books The SheepOver and Brave Little Fin. The event takes place at the Weston location from noon to 1:30 p.m. and at the Rockingham shop from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Dec. 12: Beekeeping for homeowners

Learn about the importance bees and how to care for your own hive

Learn about the importance bees and how to care for your own hive

If you are interested in keeping bees in your backyard join the Meeting Place at Neighborhood Connections at a lecture from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 12 by Steve and Carol MacLaury of Peabody Mountain Apiaries.

Since January is the ideal time to order honeybees, the MacLaurys will discuss what you need to get started and talk about manufacturing end products from bee production.

There is no charge to attend, but registration is necessary. Call 802-824-4343 to reserve a seat.

Neighborhood Connections located at 5700 Vermont Route 100. Check out its website at

Dec. 13: Southern Vermont Astronomy Group meets

Learn about the evening sky with SoVerA

Learn about the evening sky with SoVerA

Long time Southern Vermont Astronomy member Rick Bates will present  Around the World in 360 Degrees, a brief look at the history of navigation, how and when humans conquered the challenges of latitude and longitude at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at the Whiting Library, 117 Main St. in Chester.

A brief discussion follows the lecture.

SoVerA, the Southern Vermont Astronomy Group,  is a non-profit science education organization that helps reinforce and sustain knowledge of the physical universe, shares knowledge with others and improves their astronomy skills.

Meetings are typically held on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Whiting Library. The public is welcome. More information may be found at

— Susan Lampe-Wilson

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