Limrik Fall 2014
Getting the wood in
The wood bank is in need of donations of firewood. Our favorite form is cut-split-delivered, but we can come to your place to cut and haul tree lengths as well. And we’re always looking for volunteers to join the Community Wood Bank Team. People with chainsaws and trucks are especially encouraged, but we could really use volunteers who would like to get a good workout splitting and stacking as well. Call Kristen at 588-2620 to help.
Come play with us
If you enjoy being with young children and have some experience, The Grapevine’s children’s enrichment program might be the right fit for you. We are looking for a weekly volunteer (approximately 3 hours per week) for our morning program. You will be well supported by our great program staff, but enjoyment of active time with young children is a must! Call 588-2620 and ask for Beth to learn more.
Coffee House Open Mic
Thursday September 4 at 7pm—Heard it through The Grapevine Music Series presents a coffee house Open Mic with host featured artist The Kingsnakes at Avenue A, 42 Main Street. Visit the Heard it Facebook page for more on these and upcoming open mics, always on the first Thursday of the month. Adults and teens who wish to play or listen are welcome. $5 donation requested at the door, Parker House Coffee and hors d’oeuvres from Fiddlehead’s and Houghton Farms by donation. All proceeds support Grapevine programs and services. Our thanks to Doug Aborn and Rick Fitzgerald for volunteering their time and expertise to make the music happen.
Guiding Good Choices is coming—If you’re a parent of a 9-14 year old and you missed this workshop last year, you’ll have an opportunity this winter to build the family communication and refusal skills that will help your child steer clear of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. As one parent put it, “This course helped me to talk with my son about drugs and alcohol, and helped him deal with the peer pressure every kid will face.” Space is limited, so call now to let us know you’re interested. This series, a partnership of The Grapevine, Great Brook and Antrim Elementary Schools and their PTOs, has been generously sponsored by Bank of New Hampshire.
Thank you to the many people who supported The Grapevine in so many ways over the summer, including:
- Chris’ Concert organizers, volunteers, and sponsors, who raised $2,200 for The Grapevine! A special “shout out” goes to Doug Aborn and Cheryl Barlow—the core organizing team—for their hard work and dedication, and to Tom Griggs for his valuable contributions.
- Uplift Music Festival organizers, volunteers and bands for a wonderful day of music with proceeds donated to The Grapevine. If you didn’t make the show this year you’ll want to be sure to put it on your calendar for July 2015.
- The many families and shoppers who gave to the Learning Vine Yardsale and Raffle – raising over $800 to support The Learning Vine preschool.
- The talented children and youth who submitted their works of art to the Black Fly Community Art Show, and to Carol Storro for bringing her creativity to design and run the beautiful community art project.
- Our fabulous Avenue A volunteers who spend an occasional Friday evening chaperoning the teens, including Sue Smith, Marcia and Steve Ullman, Dick Loveland, Beth and Arthur Merrill, Dawn Hugron, Dave Kirkpatrick and Sue Conklin.
The People’s Service Exchange
The PSE is a Time Banking Project of The Grapevine, where members get the help they need and share their skills with others. Examples of services exchanged: Help moving, help with firewood, Reiki, tutoring, sewing, massage, financial consulting and light maintenance. It’s easy to join! For more information, contact Nancy O'Brien at 588-2620 or email@example.com, or visit www.pse-nh.org.
Before and After School Clubs 2014-2015
Call The Grapevine to register your Elementary School or Great Brook School student in the Before or After School Club for the coming school year. The programs operate on the Antrim schools campus on school days, with Before School running from 6:45 to 8:45am and After School from 2:15 to 5:15pm. The programs include quiet time to read and finish homework, board games, Legos, and activities outside and in the gym. You may pick up registrations at the Rec Office at the Town Gym or at The Grapevine, or download from www.GrapevineNH.org.
WEEKLY CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS Begin September 9
The Grapevine welcomes all children birth to 5 years of age and their parents to our weekly children’s programs.
- Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 9:30-11:30—Better Beginnings playgroups and parent groups
- Wednesday and Friday 9-11:30—The Learning Vine preschool
- Wednesday 10:00-11:30—Better Beginnings for Babies—expectant parents welcome
Better Beginnings playgroups and parent groups give children an opportunity to play in an enriching environment while parents enjoy time with each other in an adjacent room for coffee and tea, and discussions about child- and family-centered topics with our parenting educators.
Better Beginnings for Babies—New Group Forming!—for infants and their parents. Expectant parents are welcome, too. Parents have found this group a great way to meet other parents while their babies make their first friends. Discussions include infant development, nutrition, crying (and what to do!), sleep for baby and parents, and others of interest. Due to the popularity of this program, this is no longer a “drop in” offering – please call to register.
Learning Vine preschool – One Space Available for the 2014-15 school year! – for children 4 and 5 years old. This hands-on program focuses on social interaction and problem solving skills in a small group setting to help prepare children for school in a fun and engaging environment. The Learning Vine has been taught by Carol Lunan, M.Ed for the past twelve years. Both parent-cooperative and drop-off options are available.
Please call Beth at 588-2620 to sign up for programs, or for more information.
Are you 60 or older and looking for a local, affordable, friendly way to maintain and increase your strength, balance and independence? Call us about Senior Exercise on Tuesdays and Fridays at 1:30.
Services Available at The Grapevine…
- Assistance with applications for food stamps and other State assistance
- Community Wood Bank—Opens November 1, call if you need wood, have wood to donate, or can help cut and split
- Child and family counseling through Monadnock Family Services
- Information and assisted referral for resources to meet basic needs such as housing, home heating, food and prescriptions
The Grapevine is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit family and community resource center located at 4 Aiken Street, behind the Tuttle Library. For more information call 588-2620. We gratefully accept donations, which are tax deductible. No contribution is too small—or too big! Please make your check payable to The Grapevine and mail it to PO Box 637, Antrim 03440.
Avenue A Teen Center
By Heidi Schultz
Greetings from the Avenue A Teen Center on 42 Main Street! Some of you may have noticed that we have a whiter and brighter Avenue A, thanks to fresh paint inside and a power wash outside from our landlords Leslie and Paul Belliveau.
On August 26th, we took an all-day field trip to the New England Sea Aquarium and Quincy Market in Boston with 12 teens, accompanied by three adults. The cost to the teens was only $10, quite a bargain, considering that the cost of admission plus IMAX and transportation was a good bit higher than that even with a group discount. Thank you to Sue Smith for helping to organize and supervise. Look for more field trips like these in the coming year.
In late September and early October we will be organizing an after school program for middle school students that will focus on arts, crafts and nature. Talented volunteers will work with youth, and we hope that we can take advantage of the late bus that leaves from the middle school. We will be providing more specific information on the Great Brook Morning show, on our Facebook page, in the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript community calendar and posted around the area.
Friday night open hours at Avenue A continue from 5-9 pm for teens age 13 to 18. We are looking to revive our open mic and karaoke nights during this time, and are looking for donations of the following: electric piano/keyboard, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and bass guitar, as well as a working karaoke machine. Please contact Heidi at The Grapevine at 588-2620, send a message on Facebook, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, save the date for our annual Halloween party for 13-18 year old teens on October 31st during Friday open hours!
Just as a reminder, tutoring is available in English, math and science, as well as college search and financial aid advice, upon appointment at Avenue A.
Some things currently on our wish list: a digital TV with HDMI hookup, a decent stereo system, a dish rack, lamps, and of course, VOLUNTEERS to staff our Friday night open hours and after school programs. Please get in touch if you can donate or volunteer!
Thanks so much for your support of Avenue A Teen Center. Happy Fall!
Heard It Through The Grapevine
1st Thursday of the Month
Aavenue A Teen Center
Acoustic Open Mic in a coffee house format!
7:00pm Musician Sign-Up
8:45pm Featured Artist
Your $5 donation at the door supports The Grapevine