WINTER SWAP PROGRAM: The Swap Program at the Windham Solid Waste Management District is now on winter hours. The program will be open the second Saturday of each month, weather permitting, from 9 a.m. to noon. The next scheduled opening will be Dec. 8.
SECRET SANTA: The Secret Santa program has kicked off its 13th year. Less fortunate local children write letters to Santa, and Secret Santas in the area fulfill some, if not all, of the wishes on the lists.
Last year over 400 children were served and it is expected that the numbers will rise significantly this year.
Letters can be obtained by calling the office of Dr. Robert Fagelson at 802-257-0557. Letters are available at Baker’s Hallmark, 896 Putney Road; Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters, 74 Main St.; Vermont Artisan Designs, 106 Main St.; and at Curves, 464 Putney Road.
ROTARY DINNER RAFFLE: The Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club kicked off its annual dinner raffle to raise funds for various club projects including Project Feed the Thousands.
First prize will be five $100 gift certificates to area restaurants, including Peter Havens, The Putney Inn, The Marina, New England House and Panda North. Second prize is a gift certificate from Windham Wines, and third prize is a gift certificate from North End Butchers.
A limited number of tickets are available and may be purchased for $5 each or six for $25 through any Sunrise Rotarian, or by calling Jason at 802-380-0848. The drawing will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 5.
In Chesterfield, N.H. Š
HOLIDAY BAZAAR: The Chesterfield Girl Scouts will be holding a Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Chesterfield Town Hall from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Items for sale will be beaded jewelry, kissing balls, center pieces, wreaths, purses/totes, sun-dyed scarves, alpaca-made clothes, decorative plates, and various other crafts.
The Girls Scouts will be accepting donations of toys and holding a raffle to benefit Operation Toy Drop. For further information, call 603-313-3670.
2013 CALENDARS: The 2013 Chesterfield Historical Society calendars feature three of Walter "Winky" Wall’s sketches. The cover is a scene of Centre Village from Wetherbee Hill with a number of recognizable buildings such as the town hall and church.
The Maynard and Grimes Farms as they looked with all their buildings in the 1960s and ‘70s are another special addition. The calendars, a fundraiser for the historical society, have become great keepsakes and collectibles and are often given as gifts.
The calendars are available at Toadstool Bookstore and at the Chesterfield Library and Chesterfield Town Clerk’s Office for $12.
SAFE DRIVING: The AARP Driver Safety Program will be conducting a class at the Grace Cottage Wellness Center on Monday, Nov. 26. The course explains changes that occur in vision, hearing, and reaction time as people age and provides useful driving safety tip for handling these changes. The course also reviews the impact of changes in vehicles and roadways that impact driving safety.
Several major auto insurance carriers in Vermont offer discounts to graduates of the program. For example, AARP’s auto insurance underwritten by The Hartford provides up to a 10-percent discount for a period of three years after taking the course. Interested persons should contact their carrier to see if such a discount is available.
This class is being offered at no cost to veterans, those serving in the military, and their dependents. The regular cost of the class is $14, reduced to $12 for AARP members. AARP Volunteer Instructor Elliott Greenblott will offer the course using a combination lecture, discussion, and video presentation that will begin at approximately12:30 p.m. and conclude at approximately 5 p.m.
In Walpole, N.H. ...
CHRISTMAS CRAFTS FAIR: The Walpole Fire & EMS annual Christmas Crafts Fair will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Walpole Fire Station. There will be over 30 crafters with a variety of handmade items. A handmade queen-sized quilt will be raffled with proceeds going to the Walpole Fire & EMS.
In West Brattleboro...
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: The 34th annual Christmas Bazaar at the First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., will be held Saturday, Nov. 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds will go to benefit church projects.
There will be a wide variety of handcrafted and homemade items, including plain or decorated wreaths, partridge berry bowls, Christmas tree ornaments, house decorations, knitted or crocheted gloves, mittens, hats and sweaters and doll clothing that will fit American Girl dolls.
There will be a drawing of 14 items including a rustic raised flower bed, several quilted items, a crocheted afghan, a painting, several table runners, two gift cards for local grocery stores and one for gasoline.
The drawing will be at 2 p.m. There will be a special table where children can purchase inexpensive items for their own Christmas shopping.
The food sale will feature cookies, cakes, muffins, pies, brownies, baked beans , fudge, jams, jellies and preserves. There will be a lunch, featuring the church’s renowned corn chowder, sandwiches, hot dogs, quiche and beverages.
For more information, call the church at 802-254-9767 between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: The Women’s Fellowship will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar at the First Congregational Church of Westminster on Saturday, Nov. 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Christmas Shop will be open all day and will include crafts, candles, gifts, handmade items, collectables, and homemade baked goods. At 11 a.m. Santa will visit. Children of all ages are invited to do a craft project and take a photos with Santa. Prints will be available for a donation.
A large Vermont basket will be raffled. All the items in the basket, from candles and pottery to syrup and cheese, are made in Vermont. Tickets may be purchased ahead of time from any of the ladies at the church for $1 each or six for $5. The drawing will be held at 2 p.m.
Also, The Christmas Café will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu will include soup, sandwiches, chips, coffee, tea, cocoa and punch.