Saturday September 29, 2012

In Bellows Falls...

BANNED BOOKS: The Rockingham Free Public Library will be celebrating Banned Books Week, Sept. 30 through Oct. 6, an annual celebration of people’s freedom to read. Drawing on the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment, the local librarians work to ensure that everyone is free to choose from the a diversity of viewpoints and an array of possibilities in selecting reading material.

The library is hosting a display and encouraging community members to visit and check out a banned book. Librarians will be talking about banned books in a program produced for WOOL 100.1fm and FACTV throughout the week.

Sam Maskell, Youth Services Librarian, encourages parents to get involved in what their children are reading. While libraries may argue against book banning they know that there is material publicly available that parents would not want their children to encounter.

A list of the banned books is available at the library. For information, contact the library at 802-463-4270 or visit www.rockinghamlibrary.org.

In Brattleboro...

’FEET’ PAINTING: FEET (Flat Elliot and Elm Triangle) Neighbors is hosting a mural painting on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 11 a.m. until mid-afternoon in the Elliot Street Cafe parking lot. The group will be painting the "FEET" logo and also having two "free art" panels for people to express themselves.

FEET Neighbors began a year ago as a way to make the neighborhood feel safe, welcoming and friendly to everyone who lives and works here.

MOON FESTIVAL: The Asian Cultural Center of Vermont (ACCVT) will presents the 14th annual Moon Festival (Zhongqiu Jie) which is celebrated in China, Korea, Vietnam and other places around the world on Sunday, Sept. 30.

Celebrate the Autumn Moon Festival with crafts, stories, songs, food, t’ai chi, martial arts, and the rope tug. Then watch the harvest moon rise. The celebration will start with a potluck. The festival will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Kiwanis Shelter at the top of the hill at Living Memorial Park in Brattleboro.

The event is for all ages and is free to the public. It will be held rain or shine. For more information call 802-257-7898, ext. 1, or e-mail asianculturalcentervt @gmail.com.

BENEFIT DANCE: The Fraternal Order of Eagles Club, 54 Chickering Drive, in Brattleboro is hosting a dance and raffle to benefit MJ Coyne on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 1 to 5 p.m. Coyne has been unemployed since he almost drowned on the West River in August.

Little Eddy and the Giants will be playing from 2 to 4 p.m., with light food, beverages, (adult beverages available), and family fun. There will be a raffle with many prizes donated by area businesses.

The cost is $5 per person and children under 5 are free. For information, or to make a donation, call Jean Wilde at 802-874-4858.

PAIN MANAGEMENT TALK: Board Certified Anesthesiologist Dr. Margery McCrum will speak about Trigger Point Injections and Neural Therapy for Pain Relief on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Brew Barry Conference Room 3.

Dr. McCrum practices medicine at Sojourns Community Health Clinic focusing on Holistic Medicine and non-pharmacological pain management and is a guest of the Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain Support Group that meets First Tuesdays monthly. If attending, contact Justine Jeffrey, 802-251-0155, or for more information.

In Jacksonville...

CHURCH SALE: A Rummage, Tag and Bake Sale will be held at the Jacksonville Community Church, Route 112, in Jacksonville on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

In West Dummerston...

TERRIFIC TAG SALE: Due to construction at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Brattleboro their annual Fall Terrific Tag Sale will be held at the Dummerston Community Center in West Dummerston this year. The event is planned for Friday, Oct. 5, from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. until noon. The Community Center is located on West Street, off Route 30, six miles north of Brattleboro in West Dummerston.

In Westminster...

COMPUTER WORKSHOPS: Southeastern Vermont Community Action is offering a series of computer skills workshops on Tuesday mornings in October and November in their computer learning lab, located at 91 Buck Drive, Westminster, exit 5 off Interstate 91.

These training workshops will help people apply widely used business software to facilitate their daily work tasks. Instructor Karen DeSerres has over 15 years of experience teaching computer skills to high school and adult learners. The classes will cover basic to intermediate levels of Microsoft Word and Excel for personal and business use.

Topics covered will be:

-- Oct. 9 and 16, Basic Microsoft Excel.

-- Oct. 23, Microsoft Word 1.

-- Oct. 30, Taking MS Word to the Next Level.

-- Nov. 6, Taking Excel to the Next Level.

The workshops will run from 8:45 to 11:45 a.m. and cost $45 each, except the two-session Basic Excel which costs $90. Participants may register for one or several workshops. Registration is required. Contact Denise Mason at dmason @sevca.org or 802-722-4575 ext. 150 for more information and to register.