In Bellows Falls...
QUILT RAFFLE: The Bellows Falls Woman’s Club is raffling a lace and ladies’ handkerchief quilt made by Barbara Comtois. It is sized to fit the top of a twin-sized bed and is currently on display in a window at Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and are available at the store or from club members. The winning ticket will be drawn at the Dec. 11 club meeting.
Club members will help provide refreshments for the Rotary Club sponsored movie at the Opera House and visit with Santa in the Lower Theater, Town Hall, on Saturday, Dec. 8. Donations of cookies may be left at the town hall by 2 p.m. or may be left at Village Square Booksellers before that time.
For further information, contact Barbara Comtois at 802-344-0025.
E-READER PROGRAM: Librarians at the Rockingham Library will help the public make sense of the growing mobile technology marketplace at a program, "So You Want to Buy an eReader," on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. at the library. They will introduce the various eBook readers that are available and provide unbiased information in a neutral setting, which will help consumers make smart choices. The Library is also partnering with Village Square Booksellers, which is debuting new eReaders being used by independent booksellers. There will be a handful of devices for people to try.
On Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 6 p.m., the Rockingham Library will have a follow up program for all the people who received a new gadget over the holidays. At this program, librarians can answer questions about how to configure your device, connect to wireless Internet, and download books from the Library’s website.
The Rockingham Library has thousands of eBooks and audiobooks that card holders can download to mobile devices and home computers. Contact the Rockingham Library, 65 Westminster St., for more information, 802-463-4270, or visit rockinghamlibrary.org.
FOOD DRIVE: Supreme Fitness is hosting an open house on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon. A food drive will be held and there will be demonstrations of spin class, Zumba, ballet by fitness and CrossFit. Bring in a can of food and receive a free ticket for a spin class.
All donations will go to Project Feed The Thousands. Supreme Fitness is located at 1589 Putney Road in Brattleboro.
HOLIDAY CONCERT: Dummerston School will present its holiday musical, "Snow Biz!," on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 6:30 in the school gymnasium. The snow date will be Thursday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m.
All students in kindergarten through grade 5, and grades 5 through 8 chorus and bands will participate in this musical production.
The vocal music program is directed by Rita Corey. The instrumental program is directed by Mary Harvey Bandish.
The public is invited to attend.
CHANTING AND MEDITATION: Chanting and meditation will be offered on Wednesdays during Advent, Dec. 5, 12 and 19, at the Guilford Community Church. The Rev. Larrimore Crockett will open and close the hour in the sanctuary between 4 and 5 p.m. with chants from the Taizé tradition. Come for some or all of the hour for candlelight, chanting and a time of shared silence.
From 5 to 6 p.m. informal fellowship will focus on the book and film, "The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem," by Adam Hamilton. Discussion will include short films featuring the sites where the Christmas story came to pass and will offer the chance to enter with others into reflections on this journey.
For information call 802-257-2776 or visit guilfordchurch.org. Everyone is welcome.
In Hinsdale, N.H. ...
HINSDALE LIBRARY HOURS (UPDATE): The Hinsdale Public Library has new hours: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday -- noon to 5 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m.; Friday -- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Saturday -- 10 a.m. to noon.
BEAVERS/WETLAND ECOLOGY: The Putney Conservation Commission will sponsor "Beavers, and Wetland Ecology" with Patti Smith on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Putney Public Library.
Smith, who works as a naturalist at the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, has spent years observing the life of a family of beavers in Marlboro. Her Reformer column, "The View from Heifer Hill," regularly updates readers on the activities of that beaver family.
The Putney Conservation Commission is particularly concerned about water levels in the Sand Hill Road wetland complex in Putney, and the recent disappearance of its beaver population. On Nov. 7, the Putney Selectboard voted to protect any returning beavers by closing the town-owned 26-acre "Wilson Wetland," part of the larger Sand Hill Road wetland complex, to hunting and trapping.
OIL SANDS DOCUMENTARY: "Tipping Point: the Age of the Oil Sands," a CBC documentary about the battle of a tiny Canadian Native community with global oil companies, will be shown at Putney Friends Meeting House on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. The film will be followed by a discussion which will include information on the pipeline that passes through the Northeast Kingdom.
The event is co-sponsored by Putney Friends Meeting and Vermont Interfaith Power and Light. For information: www.vtipl.org or 802-434-3397.
"Tipping Point" was directed by Niobe Thompson and Tom Radford for Clearwater Media in association with CBC-TV.
In Saxtons River...
DECEMBER BAG SALE: The Worn Again Thrift Shop at St. Edmund’s Catholic Church in Saxtons River is holding a bag sale on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5, 7 and 8. In addition, free books are being offered to customers. There is a large variety of cookbooks available. Jewelry is not included in the bag sale.
Hours of the thrift shop are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
The shop has an excellent selection of clothing for men, women and children; bedding, knickknacks, and more.
Donations of clothing in good condition may be dropped off during regular business hours. Cans and non-perishable packages of food are accepted to be donated to area food shelves.
The Worn Again Thrift Shop is run by volunteers from the West River Mission of Putney with churches in Putney, Townshend, Stratton Mountain and Saxtons River.
COMMUNITY DINNER: A community dinner will be held at noon on Thursday, Dec. 6, at The Townshend Church on the Common. The meal is sponsored by Senior Solutions. The suggested donation is $3 for people over 60 years, and all others $4. Everyone is invited and welcome.