What's canceled in Southern Vermont
Updated March 31, 2020.
-- Arlington Garden Club events canceled until further notice.
-- Bennington Catholic Parish announced Faith Formation classes and activities at the Parish Center have been canceled for this weekend. Monday’s Lenten program Wild Goose at St. John the Baptist has also been canceled.
-- Bennington County Habitat for Humanity has canceled its construction programs and closed its ReSale Store through April 30, 2020.
-- Bennington Museum is suspending all public programs, group tours and school programs and closing its galleries through April 30.
-- Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro closed while schools are closed.
-- Brattleboro Recreation and Parks programs (youth, adult and senior) and facilities have been canceled/closed until further notice.
-- Brattleboro Winter Farmers’ Market will be open for those vendors wishing to connect with their regular customers March 21 and 28 from 10-2 at 80 Flat St., Brattleboro. However, they are now treating the market as an essential grocery shopping access point, not as the typical community and social gathering place it is. There will be no musicians, the Kid’s Room will be closed, no community groups doing outreach.
-- The CA$H Coalition of the Greater Capital Region is suspending in-person tax preparation services at all VITA sites effective close of business Friday, March 13 through March 27.
-- Experienced Goods Thrift Store for Brattleboro Area Hospice is closed until further notice.
-- Green Mountain Club organized in-person events have been canceled for the remainder of March and for the month of April.
-- Groundworks Drop-In Center has closed and they have moved to 24/7 operation of our Seasonal Overflow Shelter.
- Guilford Cares has canceled Falls Prevention Tai Chi classes until further notice; is suspending in-home visits; Medical Equipment Loan service is open; The Food Pantry is open as usual.
-- Guilford Community Church: Services are canceled until further notice.
-- Hooker-Dunham Theater and Gallery is suspending upcoming March and April shows.
-- Hoosick Falls Senior Center (N.Y.) is closed until further notice; meal delivery still on.
-- John G. McCullough Free Library is open, all events are canceled through March.
-- Merck’s property and trails will remain open to the public from dawn until dusk, but all buildings at MFFC including the Visitor Center, sap house, barns and cabins, will be closed until further notice.
-- Mountain View Seventh-Day Adventist Church: All services are canceled until further notice. The concert scheduled for Saturday evening has also been canceled as well as the Bags of Love quilting group on Sunday morning.
-- As decided by the NewBrook Fire & Rescue Department Board of Trustees, all Saturday night bingo and NewBrook hall rentals and functions are canceled until further notice.
-- New England Center for Circus Arts will be suspending programming until further notice.
-- New England Youth Theatre has decided to suspend all programming, events and performances. Programs that students are currently enrolled in will be rescheduled.
-- Next Stage has decided to temporarily pause all Next Stage public programming through April 30.
-- All events at Northshire Bookstore canceled.
-- Pawlet Community Church is suspending services and suppers until further notice.
-- The Putney Foodshelf intends to remain open at the usual times, on Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9-10 a.m., but the following changes in procedure are intended as precautions: During open hour times, shoppers will drive to the Putney Community Center but remain in their cars. Volunteers will greet each car and determine what is needed. Then a bag will be prepared for each household.
-- Sandglass Theater is temporarily suspending all programming at home and on tour.
-- Southern Vermont Arts Center is closed, and has canceled all public programs and group events until further notice.
-- Strolling of the Heifers and The River Garden is postponing all scheduled Brown Bag Lunch events until further notice.
-- SVCOA’s Bennington and Rutland offices are closed to public visitors, including clients. If a client, community partner, service representative etc. needs to contact the agency, they are asked to do so via telephone or email. For SVCOA’s HelpLine, call: 1-800-642-5119 or 802-786-5990. To contact the Rutland office, call: 802-786-5990. To contact the Bennington office, call: 802-442-5436. To contact SVCOA by email, send to: email@example.com. All SVCOA staff and volunteers have ceased home visits to clients. Services to clients will continue to be provided to the greatest extent possible using various technologies and alternative methods. SVCOA staff are required to conduct all meetings with community partners via telephone or videoconferencing. Services to clients that are provided through third-party contract organizations may be affected. Questions relative to these services should be directed to these specific organizations. Similar to many community organizations, SVCOA has been continuously adjusting its internal operational policies and protocols for the last few weeks based on updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Vermont Department of Health, the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, and Governor Scott. These adjustments will continue regularly as additional guidance is provided. SVCOA Case Management and Options Counseling Services, like other SVCOA services, have ceased home visit operations, and will continue to provide services to clients via telephone, email, videoconferencing etc. SVCOA’s Home Delivered Meals Program (Meals on Wheels) will continue to operate and serve clients under the following revised protocol: Meal delivery drivers will be screened regularly using the Vermont Department of Health Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) screening tool, and will be exercising a number of precautions during meal delivery, including wearing personal protective equipment such as gloves, maintaining safe distancing from clients, regularly using sanitizer etc. Meal preparation practices also include a number of stringent precautions, as well as proper screening of meal preparation workers. SVCOA is also continually identifying current clients who may need to receive meal delivery through adjusted protocol to limit potential risks to both the Meals on Wheels delivery driver and the client. Anyone who wishes to sign up for Meals on Wheels should call 802-786-5990. All clients who are new and are signing up for Meals on Wheels will be screened using the most current Vermont Department of Health Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) screening tool. Should anyone answer yes to the following questions, clients will be provided meals using the following procedure: Meals will be delivered once a week (7 meals). Volunteer driver will ring the doorbell, leave meals at the doorstep and will proceed to wait in their vehicle to confirm that the client has received the meals. If the client does not come to the door within 15 minutes, the volunteer will bring the meals back to facility (this is to prevent any foodborne illness outbreaks).
-- SVMC practices and inpatient departments have postponed non-urgent visits and procedures beginning Thursday, March 19 until at least Sunday, April 5.
-- The '62 Center for Theatre and Dance at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., will be canceling performances until further notice. The theater hopes to be able to reschedule its programs. Those who have purchased tickets will be contacted directly by the Box Office about reimbursement.
-- The Meadows Educational Center, the BRIDGES program, and the Mulberry Bush Independent School at the Brattleboro Retreat will be closed beginning Monday, March 16 until Monday, April 6.
-- Turning Point in Brattleboro is temporarily closed to the public.
--The United Church of Bernardston monthly Roast Beef Supper for this Saturday has been canceled until further notice.
-- Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department has postponed all Hunter, Bowhunter and Trapper Education courses.
-- Vermont Humanities is postponing all public events through May 15.
-- Vermont Insight Meditation Center has decided to move all sittings, retreats and classes to an online forum, for the coming month.
-- Vermont schools closed to in-person instruction through the end of the school year.
-- Vernon Recreation Department: Daytime activities will be continuing. Vernon Rec will not be holding any programs during evening hours where individuals who would not otherwise be in the building participate. This includes Open Gym, Gym Rentals, Fitness Class, Volleyball, and the Drama Club evening show scheduled for March 27th. Preschool, After School Program, and After School Drama Club will continue to operate. This is effective through the month of March.
-- VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region community foot and blood pressure clinics and support groups canceled effective immediately until further notice.
-- West River Community Project has cancelled the West Townshend Country Store Pizza Night for the next few weeks. However they will be baking pizza for take out on Friday night.
-- All events scheduled for the Williamsville Hall have been postponed and/or canceled.
-- Winhall Memorial Library is canceling all programs for two weeks, including Senior Drop-in on Wednesday morning and AARP tax preparation.
-- WSESU and Vernon Elementary: Schools are still open but “large gatherings that bring in people from outside the school” are canceled.
-- Yoga Locally has suspended yoga class offerings for at least two weeks.
-- Zion Episcopal Church, in Manchester is closed for all worship services and meetings until further notice.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1
-- The Elks Benefit Dinner in Bennington is cancelled.
FRIDAY, APRIL 3
-- St. Patrick's Church in Cambridge, N.Y. has canceled their fish fry all parish activities including weekend services.
-- The poetry showcase and open mic at Everyone’s Books is postponed.
SATURDAY, APRIL 4
-- Vermont Arts Exchange has canceled the Basement Music Series event with Beard and Glasses Record Release Party.
--The Hatch is postponing Comics on a Mission.
-- The Mentoring at UCS Bowlathon at Bennington Lanes and Babbling Brooke's indoor golf has been postponed.
-- The Center for Communication in Medicine has canceled SpeakSooner: A Patient’s Guide to Difficult Conversations Facilitator Training Workshop scheduled for April 4 and will reschedule.
SUNDAY, APRIL 5
-- The Hoosick Township Historical Society annual meeting has been postponed to April 21.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8
-- Kurn Hattin 2020 Jazz Invitational canceled.
SATURDAY, APRIL 11
--Guilford Volunteer Fire Department has decided to cancel the scheduled Sugar on Snow dinner.
SUNDAY, APRIL 12
-- Marlboro Meeting House Easter sunrise service has been canceled.
SUNDAY, APRIL 19
-- Bennington Baroque concert canceled.
SATURDAY, APRIL 25
-- Dorset Church Rummage Sale canceled.
-- Salem (NY) Area Women’s Club Women's Health Day has been postponed. Lois Sheaff, Chairman of the event, declared her hope that a reschedule date may be announced in September.
MONDAY, APRIL 27
-- Great Books meeting at the Brooks Memorial Library has been canceled.
TUESDAY APRIL 28
-- Southwestern Vermont Chamber of Commerce Coffee and Conversation at the Manchester Community Library has been canceled.
SATURDAY, MAY 2
-- The Arlington Community House's Annual Spring Fundraiser to raise funds for the care of this historic house, which has benefited Arlington for many decades. Please instead mail your donations to: Arlington Community Club, PO Box 525, Arlington, VT 05250
FRIDAY, MAY 15
-- Chris Smither’s show at Next Stage Arts, in Putney has been rescheduled to Saturday, Dec. 12.
SATURDAY, MAY 16
-- Keene Cheshireman Chorus spring show is canceled.
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