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Chester-Andover Family Center Thanks the Community
Posted: November 29, 2019
The Chester-Andover Family Center would like to acknowledge and thank the community for helping us meet our goal to provide turkeys for our Food Shelf recipients. We distributed over 100 turkeys and other food needed to put a bountiful meal on many Thanksgiving tables. The generosity of local businesses and citizens was overwhelming and gives us much to be thankful for.
Whiting Library Presents an Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy
Posted: November 25, 2019
On Saturday, December 14th Whiting Library, on Main Street in Chester, will offer an Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy. Please join us beginning at 11am when we will cover the basics of calligraphy: how to hold a brush, how to write basic strokes, how to write standing. Though methods vary from teacher to teacher within China, there are fundamentals which are common and of great importance. Instructor Jonathan Root will provide extended examples and books detailing the styles of Ou-Yang-Xun and Yan-Zhen-Qing.
Chester-Andover Family Center Kicks Off Annual Appeal
Posted: November 22, 2019
The Chester-Andover Family Center, as a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization, relies on donations from local citizens, friends from "away" and businesses to fund our community-based social programs. Our Food Shelf serves over one hundred families a month, providing nutritious, supplemental food. Our financial assistance program provides heating assistance and help with paying bills for necessities of daily living such as rent, electricity or car repair.
Stop The Alien (Plant) Invasion - Free Information On Non-Chemical Plant Management
Posted: November 1, 2019
STOP THE ALIEN (PLANT) INVASION! Free information on mechanical (non-chemical) management of many of the more noxious plants overtaking our woods, field, riverbanks, and backyards. Property values, human health, quality of life, flood resiliency, water quality, ecological stability, and economic strength are all threatened by problem plants that run rampant in our communities.
Don't Miss St. Luke's Blessing of the Animals
Posted: September 27, 2019
Animal in black or white. Named for a city or town. Big or small. Male or female. Dog or cat. Old or young. Rev. Heidi Edson loves celebrating St. Francis of Assisi on the side lawn of St. Luke's. This year's favorite event will be held Saturday, October 5 at 11 am and Sunday, October 6 at 4 pm. There will be blessings by Rev. Heidi, St. Francis medals, and treats for both any animals or humans. Spread the word and share the joy of these special companions in our everyday lives.
Black River Action Team Conducts 20th Annual RiverSweep
Posted: September 23, 2019
2019 marked the 20th annual RiverSweep, a cleanup of the Black River organized by the all-volunteer Black River Action Team. The effort spanned several days and included work by students at Riverside Middle School in Springfield, Cavendish Town Elementary School, and Ludlow Elementary School. RMS students and volunteer coordinators ventured to the river earlier in the year and fished from the river a range of items, including a bicycle and a large metal pole; Ludlow students, led by teacher Lisa Marks and several adult volunteers, scoured a long stretch of the bank from the fire station on Pond Street to the Shaw's shopping plaza, pulling out quite a bit of smaller garbage in addition to a crushed shopping cart and several pieces of twisted metal.
Posted: September 20, 2019
On Saturday, October 12, 2019, from 10:00-3:00 Columbus Weekend, the Chester Andover Family Center will hold their fourth annual "Christmas Under the Tent" sale. Holiday items for decorating, entertaining and gift giving will be available. We will have toys, gifts, items for your holiday table, artificial trees, Christmas cards and decorations galore. Everything under the tent will be priced from $.25 to $25.
A Nature-Based Program for Preschoolers Begins a New Season in Grafton
Posted: September 17, 2019
Join a local community of parents and budding scientists with The Nature Museum's Mighty Acorns Club. The Mighty Acorns Club provides creative, exploratory preschool programs which celebrate curiosity and encourage a love and respect for the natural world.
The Fairy House Festival: An Imaginative, Nature-Based Tradition In The Forests of Grafton, Vermont
Posted: September 10, 2019
Fairy schools, fairy libraries, fairy pirate ships, and fairy hot air balloons... come walk the trail at the Fairy House Festival and discover a magical village. Each year, The Nature Museum welcomes thousands of visitors from across Vermont, New England, and beyond to the Fairy House Festival, a family-friendly celebration of nature, creativity, inspiration, and community.
Posted: September 6, 2019
On Wednesday, September 18, from 5-7 PM, the Chester Andover Family Center invites the community to join us for an Open House event. While you may have stopped into the thrift shop or food shelf to drop off donations or shop, have you ever wondered how these programs work to serve the community? While you may have heard that we provide financial assistance to help struggling families make ends meet, have you ever wondered about how that program works and how it is connected to our thrift shop and food shelf?
Bonnie's Bundles Dolls
I have a selection of limited edition prints of the Chester Village Green, the Stone Village and historic village vignettes framed and unframed.
Call Lew Watters at 802.875.2114 or email [email protected].
Helps Vermonters put three balanced meals a day on the table. Most households get at least $50 each month for food. If you qualify, you could get a monthly payment that helps you buy more food.
To learn more, visit or dial 2-1-1.

Saturday, December 14
Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy
Whiting Library
Main Street, Chester, Vermont
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