Thursday November 29, 2012

Today Music/Dance

International Gentle Folk Dancing: 4-5:30 p.m., Putney Cares Activity Barn, 54 Kimball Hill Road, Putney. Thursdays through Dec. 13. Led by Melissa Lovell Post. For beginners and elders. Cost: $8 per class. Information: 802-387-4330 or 802-875-4102.

West Swing Lessons: 6-10 p.m., The Putney Inn, Exit 4 off I-91, Putney. Lessons with DanceVermont and Karen Graham. Every Thursday. Information: 802-387-5517.

Live Jazz: 6:30-9:30 p.m., The Restaurant at Burdick Chocolates, 47 Main St., Walpole, N.H. The Carr Uman Rose Trio performs. Jesse Carr, tenor saxophone and vocals; Eugene Uman, piano; Genevieve Rose, bass. No cover charge. Information: 603-756-9058.

Open Mic: 7-10 p.m., Marina Restaurant, Route 5, Brattleboro. Hosted by Kevin Parry. Every Thursday. Free. To sign up for a 20-minute slots, call 802-257-7563. Information: www.kevinparrymusic.com.

Live Music: 7-10 p.m., West Dover Inn, Route 100, West Dover. Jim Flynn plays every Thursday. Free. Information: 802-464-5207.

Live Jazz: 7-10 p.m., Rick’s Tavern, Route 30, Newfane. Information: 802-365-4310.

Kids

Little Peoples Program: 10:30-11:45 a.m., Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department, Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. For ages 3-5. Register by phone, 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Storytime: 10:30 a.m., Westminster West Public Library. Program of books, songs and activities for toddlers and preschoolers. No charge. Information: 802-387-5737 or 802-387-4682.

Preschool Storytime: 11 a.m., Putney Public Library. Every Thursday. For ages 2 and up. Songs, stories, and crafts for little ones and their caregivers. Information: 802-387-4407.

Children’s Story Hour: 11 a.m., Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square, Bellows Falls. Pat Fowler reading. Reservations: 802-463-9404.

Boys & Girls Club: Noon-6 p.m., 17 Flat St., Brattleboro. Programs, activities, special events and use of facilities available for ages 10 to 18. Information: 802-254-5990.

Preschool Storytime: 1:30 p.m., Walpole, N.H., Town Library, ages 2 1/2 to 5. Crafts and stories. Information: 603-756-9806.

Outdoors/Recreation

Senior Bowling: 9:15 a.m., Brattleboro Bowl, Putney Road, Brattleboro. Every Thursday. Bowling for seniors. Information: 802-254-2710 or 802-387-5757.

Strength Training for Seniors: 9:30 a.m., Brattleboro Senior Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. Cost: $3 per class; $5 for two. Instructor: Cyndy Gray. Information: 802-257-7570.

Open Gym and Game Room: Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department, Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. 3-5 p.m., Grades 7-12. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org

Fitness at the Rec: Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. Ongoing: Zumba 5:30-6:30 p.m.; 6-8 p.m., Volleyball; 8-10 p.m., Badminton, for all abilities. Information: Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Dept., 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Miscellaneous

Genealogy Program: 9-10 a.m., Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls. Librarians to demonstrate some of the online genealogical research tools that are accessible from the library. Hands-on class using computers. Basic computer skills necessary. Space is limited. Register at 802-463-4270 or rockref@sover.net.

Rotary Christmas Trees: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., in front of Brattleboro Bowl, Putney Road, Brattleboro. 48th Annual Brattleboro Rotary Club Christmas Tree Fundraiser. Vermont-grown trees of all shapes and sizes.

BHA Program/Annual Meeting: 11 a.m., Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., Brattleboro. Brattleboro Housing Authority to celebrate 50 years of service to the community. Displays and refreshments for the public. BHA’s annual meeting at 12:15 p.m.

Blood Drive: Noon-5:30 p.m., Masonic Temple, 61 Westminster St., Bellows Falls. Appointments: 800-733-2767 or at redcrossblood.org. Must be 17 years of age or 16 with parents permission; weigh at least 110 pounds; in good health. Identification required. Donors names entered into a raffle. Sponsored by the American Red Cross.

Toastmasters Club: 6 p.m., Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., 2nd floor, Brattleboro. BrattleMasters. Guests welcome at no charge. For people who want to improve their public speaking and leadership skills. (Normally meets second and fourth Thursday.) Information: brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org or 413-325-6348.

Putney Free Health Clinic: Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m., Putney Medical Office, Main Street, Putney. Free, open to all. Information: Putney Family Services: 802-387-2120.

Wildlife Program: 7-8:30 p.m., Dummerston School, 52 Schoolhouse Road, Dummerston. "Rodents I Have Known," naturalist and wildlife rehabilitator Patti Smith shares her fascinating experiences with the "chisel-tooth tribe." Information: 802-254-1343 or www.dummerstonconservation.com.

Ongoing Events

Meditation Sittings: 7-7:45 a.m., Vermont Insight Meditation Center, in the Neighbor’s Hall at Solar Hill, 229 Western Ave., Brattleboro. Information: Drew, 802-257-1213.

Bellows Falls Drop-In Center: Open Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Our Place Drop-In Center, 4 Island St., Bellows Falls. 9-10:30 a.m., free breakfast; 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., food pantry open, except during lunch; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., free lunch. Day shelter, shower, fax, phone, food pantry. Information: 802-463-2217.

Hospice Thrift Shop: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Experienced Goods Thrift Shop for Brattleboro Area Hospice, 77 Flat St., Brattleboro. Selling quality clothing, books, housewares, furniture and more. Seeking donations, 802-254-5200.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Noon, Trinity Lutheran Church, 161 Western Ave., Brattleboro.

Recovery Chat: 2-3 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. Less formal group, conversation, games, sharing. Information: 802-257-5600.

Guilford Food Pantry: 5-6:30 p.m., at Broad Brook Grange, 3490 Guilford Center Road. Pantry is open Thursdays (except the first Thursday of the month).

Spring Forest Qigong: 5-6 p.m., Medicine for the People, 133 Main St., No. 7, Putney. Exercise and meditation class. Meets every Thursday. Details: 802-387-3028, ext. 1.

Bingo: 6:30-9 p.m., Gassetts Grange, Jct. 10 and 103S, Chester. Doors open 5:30 p.m. Every Thursday. Refreshments. Information: 802-875-2637.

Southern Vermont Scrabble Club: 6-10 p.m., Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., Brattleboro. Fun, friendship, while usin rules and customs of competitive play. All equipment provided. Fee $3. First-timers play free. Every Thursday. Information: Ed at ed.liebfried@gmail.com or 971-344-8730.

Dedicated Dads Making a Difference: 6-8 p.m., Early Education Services, 122 Birge St., Brattleboro. Free fathers support group. Dinner and child care provided. Information: Josh Miller, 802-254-3742, ext. 172.

Meditation Group: 7-7:45 p.m., The Center for Mindful Inquiry, 169 Main St., Brattleboro. Entrance in alleyway. Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Group. Each Thursday. All welcome. Cushions and chairs available. Information: 802-257-1984.

Alateen Meeting: 7-8 p.m., Cafeteria Room B, at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 17 Belmont Ave., Brattleboro.

Al-Anon: 7-8:30 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Tyler Conference Center, 17 Belmont Ave., Brattleboro. Information: Toll free, 1-866-972-5266.

AA, Food and Fellowship: 7-10 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. 8 p.m., step meeting. Information: 802-257-5600.

Zen Meditation: 7:30-9 p.m., in Guilford. No charge. Beginners welcome. Information: 802-257-9425.

AA Hotline: Toll free, 1-877-851-0181.

BCTV

Brattleboro Channel 8: 7 a.m., All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist; 8 a.m., Democracy Now! Live; 9 a.m., Agape Christian Fellowship: Hanging on Hard Times; 10:25 a.m., The Rhema Word; 11 a.m., BCTV Open Studio: Project Feed the Thousands 2012; 11:26 a.m., Restoration of a Vt. Dairy Barn; 12 p.m., Brattleboro Citizens Breakfast; 12:45 p.m., The Retreat’s Keep Talking: Dr. White & Kane; 1:30 p.m., BCTV Open Studio: Putney Craft Tour, Fall 2012; 2 p.m., Putney Craft Tour; 2:30 p.m., Marijuana Resolve: Matt Simon, Marijuana Policy Project; 3 p.m., Khrushchev: 50th Ann. of the Cuban Missile Crisis; 3:44 p.m., From Mourning to Night: John Singer Sargent and Black in Fashion; 4:30 p.m., BCTV Telethon; 5:10 p.m., The Draa Hobbs Trio, Jazz Ensemble in Brattleboro; 5:30 p.m., Community Calendar; 5:45 p.m., 5:45 Live: Midweek Report; 6 p.m., BUHS TV; 6:30 p.m., Conversations with Daryl: Turning Point of Windham County; 7 p.m., Burlington Book Fest: Circus Smirkus, 25 Years of Running Home to the Circus; 8 p.m., Democracy Now!; 9:30 p.m., Let’s Talk About Mental Health; 10 p.m., New England Cooks, Robert Dekeersgieter, Spirit of the Ethan Allen; 11 p.m., Burlington Book Fest: Alison Bechdel on "Fun Home"; 11:45 p.m., The Draa Hobbs Trio, Jazz Ensemble in Brattleboro.

Brattleboro Channel 10: 9 a.m., Preview, Vt. State Plan for Independent Living; 9:45 a.m., Community Calendar; 10 a.m., 5:45 Live: Midweek Report; 10:15 a.m., BUHS TV Live; 11 a.m., Vermont State Board of Education; 2:51 p.m., Vt. Workers Center & Vt. Leads Discussion on Healthcare; 4:30 p.m., Guilford Special Town Mtg.; 6:30 p.m., Sen. Sanders: Budget Deficit Deals; 7 p.m., Jamaica Selectboard Mtg.; 9:30 p.m., Brattleboro Planning Commission Mtg.

Friday

Music/Dance

Ballroom and Latin Dance: Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro. A night of ballroom and Latin dancing presented by Shall We Dance Brattleboro. 7-8 p.m., Free Salsa, LA Smooth Style, dance lesson. 8-10 p.m., Open dancing. Refreshments. Cost: Singles, $8; couples, $15; teens and seniors, $5. Information: Ray, 802-579-9990; ray@shallwedance.biz.

Kevin Parry Performs: 7-10 p.m., at The West Dover Inn, Route 100, West Dover. Kevin Parry takes requests on guitar and vocals. Free. Information: 802-464-5207.

Benefit Performance: 7:30 p.m., Next Stage, Kimball Hill, Putney. Guitarists Will Ackerman, Scott Ainslie, and David Surette celebrate Vt. instrument maker Michael Millard and his Froggy Bottom Guitars. "Music from Froggy Bottom" moderated by musician, songwriter and guitar teacher Lisa McCormick. Tickets: General, $20; students/seniors $18 at Offerings Jewelry at www.nextstagearts.org. Part of the Community Artist Performance Series curated by Next Stage Arts Project.

Theater

Opening Night: 7:30 p.m., Evening Star Grange, Dummerston Center. Vermont Theatre Company presents "Moon Over Buffalo" by Ken Ludwig. A family of jaded traveling actors struggle to move from the stage to movies. Admission: General, $12; Seniors and Students, $10. Information: FaceBook, Vermont Theatre Company; Twitter@officialvtc.

Film

Family Movie Night: 6-8 p.m., Pettee Memorial Library, 6 South Main St., Wilmington. Free movie. Film rated PG. Description: Big budget remake of the classic cartoon about a creature intent on stealing Christmas. Information: 802-464-8557, petteelibrary@yahoo.com, or petteelibrary.org.

Kids

Preschool Playgroup: 9:30-11 a.m., at Whitingham Elementary School. For children 0-5 years old with parent or childcare provider. Led by Amanda Hiouas. Sponsored by Early Education Services. Information: 802-368-7872.

Storytime and Crafts: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Jamaica Memorial Library. Every Friday. Information: 802-874-4901.

Storytime for Preschoolers: 10:30 a.m., Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls. Singing or a craft after stories. Free. Information: 802-463-4270.

Toddler Storyhour: 1:30 p.m., Moore Free Library, 23 West St., Newfane. Stories, songs, crafts for toddlers. Information: 802-365-7948.

Friday Teen Night: 6-11 p.m., Boys & Girls Club, 17 Flat St., Brattleboro. Grades 7 through 18 year olds. Bands, DJs, skate jams, and movies. Free meal at 6 p.m., dinner. Information: 802-254-5990.

Dungeons and Dragons: 5-9 p.m., Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls. Fantasy-based, epic storytelling game. Other games, also. Ages 13 and up. Reservations required. Information: 802-463-4270 or bfyouth@sover.net.

Lectures

World Affairs Talk: 7 p.m., SIT Graduate Institute/World Learning, Rotch Hall, Room 108/109, off Kipling Road in Brattleboro. Ken Furst, Director of the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts to speak at the Windham World Affairs Council meeting. Furst’s talk, "Afghanistan: A First-Hand View from Kabul and What the Afghan People Really Say." Free, public welcome. Coffee with the speaker at 6:30 p.m.

Outdoors/Recreation

Fitness at the Rec: Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. 12:10-1:10 p.m., Ongoing Yoga/Pilates. Information: Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Dept., 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Open Gym and Game Room: Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department, Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. 3-5 p.m., Grades K-6. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Meals

Congregate Breakfast: 7:45-8:15 a.m., Brattleboro Senior Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. Menu: Scrambled eggs with boursin and spinach, vegetable hash with celeriac, turnip and carrots, scone and fruit, juice, yogurt. Suggested donation for seniors over 60, $3.50. All others, $6. Information: 802-257-1236.

Miscellaneous

World AIDS Day Commemoration: Noon-1 p.m., Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., Brattleboro. The AIDS Project to commemorate World AIDS Day. 10-min. candlelight vigil, followed by program of local and international speakers, music by song-writer and musician Damaris; donation of a quilt for a person living with HIV/AIDS handmade by local residents. Light snacks available. Community invited to honor those affected by HIV/AIDS and those who work to combat AIDS worldwide. Information: 802-254-4444.

Rotary Christmas Trees: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., in front of Brattleboro Bowl, Putney Road, Brattleboro. 48th Annual Brattleboro Rotary Club Christmas Tree Fundraiser. Vermont-grown trees of all shapes and sizes.

Craft Fair, Basket Raffle and Book Fair: 4-8 p.m., Vernon Elementary School, Governor Hunt Road, Vernon. Annual Vermont Yankee Home for the Holidays Craft Fair and Vernon Elementary School Basket Raffle, Book Fair. 50 regional artisans will offer beautifully-crafted items for sale. Benefit Terril Watson/Linda Watson Masters Scholarship Fund and Vernon Elementary Spirit Club. Admission is free.

Tree Lighting: 5:30 p.m., Pliny Park, corner of Main and High streets, Brattleboro. Hosted by Building a Better Brattleboro. Holiday decorations downtown, window displays, seasonal music.

Benefit Auction for Lexy: 6 p.m., B.P.O.E. 1499 Lodge, 75 Putney Road, Brattleboro. Benefit for Lexy Giallella. Also, Chinese auction and silent auction. Many donated items. Elks Lodge selling pan pizzas. Lexy, 14, was recently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Cash donations (checks payable to Cherish or Randy Clark) may be sent to Ruth Gorham Houle, 89 Meadowbrook Road, Brattleboro VT 05301. Monetary donations may also be dropped off at the Elks Lodge.

Ongoing Events

Meditation: 7:30-8:45 a.m., Biologic Wellness Center, Merchants Bank, 205 Main St., Brattleboro (ground floor, basement entrance on right). Mountains and Rivers Mindfulness Community. Free mindfulness class and sharing group in the tradition of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Every Friday. Newcomers welcome. Wheelchair accessible. Information: mountainsandriversmc@myfairpoint.net or 802-387-2382.

Bellows Falls Drop-In Center: Open Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Our Place Drop-In Center, 4 Island St., Bellows Falls. 9-10:30 a.m., free breakfast; 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., food pantry open, except during lunch; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., free lunch. Day shelter, shower, fax, phone, food pantry. Information: 802-463-2217.

Worn Again Thrift Shop: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., St. Edmunds Catholic Church, Saxtons River. Clothing for all; shoes, boots and sneakers; bedding; household articles; toys. Operated by volunteers of West River Mission of Putney and churches in Putney, Townshend, Stratton Mountain and Saxtons River.

Hospice Thrift Shop: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Experienced Goods Thrift Shop for Brattleboro Area Hospice, 77 Flat St., Brattleboro. Selling quality clothing, books, housewares, furniture and more. Seeking donations, 802-254-5200.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Noon, Trinity Lutheran Church, 161 Western Ave., Brattleboro.

Recovery Chat: 2-3 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. Less formal group, conversation, games, sharing. Information: 802-257-5600.

Candlelight AA Meeting: 9-11 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. AA discussion and fellowship with candlelit setting. Information: 802-257-5600.