FEB/MAR/APRIL at the CENTER

Yoga with Nicole will continue through Feb. 19th. Two Monday classes, 4:30 and 5:45. $10/class. Then we’ll take a little break, but be ready to start up again in March for another round of Monday evening classes! More info coming soon!

February Vacation Camp  – still time to register. Feb. 26th week, plus Monday, March 5th – 6 full fun-packed days for kids 5-12. Online registration HERE

ART from the CENTER – a new program for adults and “older kids” – introductory workshops on Saturdays beginning March 10th and running through the middle of April. Painting, drawing, printmaking, photography! More information and registration HERE. Just $15/class per person, materials included.

Anyone interested in Tai Chi classes? Join us at 11 (before lunch) on March 13th, and we’ll see a demonstration by Mary Schwartz, try a few of the “forms” and talk about whether we’d like to get a regular class going!

Sap Run Boogie – So exciting! This year the 8th Annual Sap Run Boogie will be sponsored in part by, and located at The Abbey in Sheldon! Friday, April 13th,  6 – 10 p.m.  Spaghetti Dinner at 6, then dance the night away with The Starline Rhythm Boys – Vermont’s favorite honky-tonk dance band!  Ticket info coming soon!

 

KEEP US IN MIND WHILE SHOPPING ONLINE!

For those of you who shop online this holiday season, consider signing up with Smile.Amazon.com. Every time you purchase something, .05% of your purchase goes to the charitable organization of your your choice, which you can specify once you’ve created your account. It’s not a LOT of money, but if everyone who shops online would list The Fairfield Community Center as their charity of choice, it would add up!

Many thanks, and Happy Holidays!

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FCCA receives Vermont Community Foundation Grant

The Fairfield Community Center recently received a $2,000 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation’s Small and Inspiring grant program. The grant will help further the FCCA’s mission of bringing local (in this case very local!) fruit and vegetables to its food shelf clients, senior meal program and kids’ camps by helping to expand its Community Garden.

“We’re thrilled to be able to continue work on our “Edible Landscape,” said Nance Shaw, Program Director at the Center. “This will allow us to plant blueberries and raspberries and more fruit trees, and build more raised beds.”

The program began a few years ago with 6 raised beds and 2 apples trees. This growing season has yielded approximately 3 bushels of apples and 250 pounds of squash, onions, broccoli, corn, beans and peppers. “We’re looking forward to expanding our garden area to offer greater quantities of fresh produce and to be able to utilize the space for teaching,” explained Shaw. “Instilling good eating habits should start early, and a big part of our summer camp curriculum focuses on gardening, cooking and preserving local food.”

If you’d like to be involved in the Edible Landscape Project, call us (802-827-3130) or email us at fccvt.info@gmail.com. We can always use extra hands in the garden!

HAPPY FALL!

And what a glorious fall it’s starting out to be! Our apple trees are overloaded, the sunflowers in the garden are 10 feet tall, and the popcorn is ready to pick. A few highlights of the last couple of months:

Tuesday Lunches have been gaining in popularity lately and we’re now serving an average of 32 folks each week! Welcome to our new cook, Candie Dezotelle.  Lunch is served at noon every Tuesday. Suggested donation is $4 for anyone 60 or older, and $6 under 60. On October 3 we’ll enjoy the music of Dale and Darcy on guitar and fiddle after lunch. Join us if you’re in the neighborhood!

Food Shelf is going strong – serving around 150 folks a month. Open every Tuesday 3-5, and every 2nd Friday of the month from 10-noon. Thanks to our stellar volunteers who run the food shelf with such passion, efficiency and kindness. Stop by for some APPLES from our trees!

And don’t forget B-I-N-G-O! on Tuesday nights at 6:30. All are welcome!

We also welcome Nance Shaw as program director and and Becky Cassel as administrative director of operations at the Center. They’ll be working together to insure more “open” hours at the Center, and are planning some new programs and events for the coming year. They invite you to stop in and visit.

Are you an Amazon.com shopper? Did you know that since August 2017, over $62 MILLION DOLLARS have been received by charities like ours all over the world. Go to Smile.amazon.com and name The Fairfield Community Center Assn Inc as the charity of your choice. A percentage of your purchase price will be donated each time you place an order on Amazon.com!

There’s also a more direct way to donate to the Center. Just click on the DONATE button on this page!

Cheers! Be well until next time!

Black Creek Adventure Camp starts June 26th!

Ready for camp? Now’s the time to register for 8 weeks of fun beginning June 26th! We’ve got lots of great activities planned – beach trips, hikes, science experiments, art projects, gardening, fishing, and lots more fun for kids 5-12. Find the online form HERE, ask at school or call 802-827-3130 to request a paper form to fill out and mail.

Here are some fun photos from years gone by…recognize anyone?

Clean up Day and Wood Fired Pizza!

Come join us for pizza and cleaning

11am-2pm Sunday, May 28th, 2017

As the weather warms up it is time to clean up, organize, and enjoy a good meal among friends! Please come join us over Memorial Day Weekend to clean out the cobwebs, weed the garden, and spruce up the Fairfield Community Center!

Volunteer Clean-up Day and Pizza!

We’ll be cleaning outside and inside, including testing out the pizza oven for the first time this season! Bring the whole family and your friends for some light work and good food and company.