Friday December 7, 2012

Today

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 East Coast Swing 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 or www.kevinparrymusic.com.

Big Band Gala and Dance: 8 p.m., Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, Brattleboro. 10th annual gala and dance, featuring Houston Person. General admission, $25; with table seating,$28. Sponsored by Jon and Kathryn Thatcher, Jeff Teitel, The Hampton Inn of Brattleboro, Vt. Arts Council and VPR and WFCR. Tickets at www.vtjazz.org or VJC ticket line at 802-254-9088, ext. 1. General admission tickets at the door.

Christmas at Christ Church: 8-9 p.m., in Algier’s, Route 5, Guilford, corner of Melendy Hill Road. Theme: "Christmas Cometh Caroling." BUHS Brass Quartet, Guilford Chamber Singers conducted by Tom Baehr; choirs and choruses in the area. Don McLean tells Dylan Thomas story, "A Child’s Christmas in Wales.


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Live Comedy: 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.

Kids

Letters from Santa: Personalized letters offered by the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) at Windham Regional Career Center. Order forms at www.wrccvt.com. Leave a message with the elves at 802-451-3930. Deadline for ordering Dec. 17. Cost $7. Supports young entrepreneurs.

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.

Stories and Crafts: 10 a.m., Townshend Library, 1971 Route 30, Townshend. Downstairs children’s library. First and third Friday each month. For more information: 802-365-4039; www.townshendlibrary.org.

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.

DCF Book Club: 3-5 p.m., Pettee Memorial Library, Children’s Room, 6 South Main St., Wilmington. Discuss this year’s Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award nominee, "Waiting for the Magic," by Patricia MacLachlan. Treats and a fun activity. Recommended for grades 4-8. Information: 802-464-8557, petteelibrary@yahoo.com, or petteelibrary.org.

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.

Santa at KidsPLAYce: 5:30-8 p.m., at KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St., Brattleboro. Santa Claus to visit with children and have their picture taken with him. Free admission. Hot cocoa and treats for sale. Photos wit Santa, $10, benefit KidsPLAYce.

Annual Kids’ Craft Fair: 5:30-8 p.m., Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., Brattleboro. All children under 18 invited to show and sell their creations. To register in advance, contact Gia Neswald at 802-869-3062, ext. 2, or at fleurdelalune@earthlink.net. Sponsored by Oak Meadow and Vermont Wilderness School.

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.

Windham County Activities for Youth: See the Youth Services’ H.E.Y.! Help Empower Youth! guide to after school and other activities and programs at www.HelpEmpowerYouth.com.

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: Corned beef hash, scrambled eggs, muffin, fruit, juice, yogurt and coffee. Suggested donation for seniors over 60, $3.50. All others, $6. Information: 802-257-1236.

Guilford Senior Lunch: Noon, Guilford Community Church. Menu: Goulash, tossed salad, and bread with fresh fruit crisp. Sponsored by Senior Solutions. Library books available. Blood pressures taken. Information: 802-254-9774.

Athens Community Supper: 6 p.m., in the basement of Athens Community Church. Sponsored by Grafton Cares. First Friday of the month. No charge, but donations welcome. Information: Dennis and Karen, 802-869-2674.

Museums

Brooks Memorial Library: 224 Main St., Brattleboro. Check out free museum passes to local area museums: Eric Carle, MASS Mocha, Springfield, Shelburne, Norman Rockwell, Bennington, etc. Reserve online at www.brooks.lib.vt.us, click on "Museum Passes" button. Information: 802-254-5290.

Miscellaneous

Holiday Book Sale: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Brooks Memorial Library, Main Room, 224 Main St., Brattleboro. Friends of Brooks Memorial Library to sponsor the Seventh Annual Holiday Book Sale. "Like new" titles. Remaining books on sale through Dec. 21. Information: 802-254-5290, ext. 0.

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.

Blood Pressure Clinic: 11:30 a.m.-noon, Guilford Community Church. Sponsored by the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Vt. & N.H.

Get To Know Your Library: Noon-12:30 p.m., Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., Brattleboro. "Tours and Tips for New and Experienced Library Users" with reference Librarian Jeanne Walsh. Tour of the adult section. First Friday of every month. Meet at the Reference Desk; no registration required. Information: 802-254-5290 ext. 109 or asklibrarian@brooks.lib.vt.us.

Gallery Walk: 5:30-8 p.m., downtown Brattleboro and nearby locations. Features close to 40 exhibits open in galleries, cafes and other venues. Artists’ receptions and live music, dance and other performances. Guide available at participating venues. Information: Gallery Walk Coordinator Joy Wallens-Penford, info@gallerywalk.org, or 802-257-2616.

Ongoing Events

Scleroderma Support Group of Southern Vermont: No meeting at this time. Contact: Scleroderma Foundation, 802-464-5847.

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. Bag sale and free books. 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.

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

BCTV

Brattleboro Channel 8: 7 a.m., I Breathe: Lily’s Legacy, National Mill Dog Rescue; 8 a.m., Democracy Now!; 9 a.m., Athens Community Christian Church; 9:45 a.m., Living and Dying Interview, Hospice and the Hol; 10:30 a.m., RIverbank Church: Our Stories, Peter; 11:15 a.m., Temple Grandin: Autism: My Sensory-Based World; 1 p.m., The Stone Valley Byway, Vt. Route 30; 1:45 p.m., Burlington Book Fest: Alison Bechdel on "Fun Home"; 2:30 p.m., Shirley Squires, A Touch of Heaven; 3:30 p.m., New England Cooks, Chef Donnell Collins; 4:30 p.m., Marijuana Resolve: Sen. Jeanette White with Matt Simon; 5 p.m., Conversations on Homelessness Pt 2; 5:30 p.m., Community Calendar; 5:45 p.m., 545 Live Weekend Report: Live; 6 p.m., BUHS TV News; 6:30 p.m., Burlington Book Fest: Circus Smirkus, 25 Years; 7:15 p.m., Community Medical School: Managing Burn Injuries; 8 p.m., Democracy Now!; 9 p.m., Al Jezeera News; 9:30 p.m., Transition Dummerston: A Bushel of Apples; 10:30 p.m., BCTV Open Studio: Project Feed the Thousands 2012; 11 p.m., Grants Ferry, Interview with Author David Chase; 11:30 p.m., 1st Wednesdays: The Unseen Alistaire Cook.

Brattleboro Channel 10: 7 a.m., Guilford Special Town Mtg.; 9 a.m., Preview, Vt. State Plan for Independent Living; 9:45 a.m., Community Calendar; 9:58 a.m., 5:45 Live: Midweek Report; 10:15 a.m., BUHS TV Live; 11 a.m., The David Pakman Show; 12 p.m., Public Hearing, Vermont Transportation Board; 2:10 p.m., Windham County Candidates Forum: Marlboro Grad Ctr.; 3:45 p.m., Jamaica Selectboard Mtg.; 3:57 p.m., Brattleboro Planning Commission Mtg; 6 p.m., Brattleboro Selectboard Mtg.; 9:30 p.m., Vernon Selectboard Mtg.

Saturday

Music/Dance

Poetry in Motion II: The Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro. A multifaceted, multidimensional event with dancers including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop and belly dance; local artist doing live painting, chair massage, poetry and retail wares. Pre-show festivities at 3 p.m.; dance performance at 4 p.m. Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, available at Brattleboro Books. Information: 802-257-7777.

Evening of Dance: The Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro. Guest instructor Faye Grearson. Intermediate 2-step "workshop" from 6-7:15 p.m.; free beginner mini-lesson 7:30-8 p.m.; open dancing 8-10 p.m.. Cost: Workshop, $10; dance, $10; $20 both. Mix of rhythms, Country 2-step and West Coast Swing. Presented by Grand Monadnock Ballroom and Shall We Dance? Information: Brendan McClure, 603-203-0613, brendan@dance-host.com.

Art for Aid: 6:30-9:30 p.m., Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., Brattleboro. Marlboro College Financial Aid Task Force invites public to celebrate the release of a new CD of Marlboro students’ work. Live music by Marlboro musicians, a raffle, a silent art auction. All proceeds used for financial aid at Marlboro College. Information: Marlboro College Public Relations department, 802-251-7644 or pr@marlboro.edu.

Tri-State Dance: 7-11 p.m., Elm Hall, Durkee Street, off Parker Street, Winchester, N.H. Band: Rachel and Western Partners. Admission: Members, $8; non-members, $10. Coffee and pastry provided. Hosted by the Monadnock-Tri State Dance Club. Information: Pauline, 603-903-0773.

Kevin Parry Performs: 7-10 p.m., at the Sitzmark, West Dover. Kevin Parry on guitar and vocals. Free. Information: 802-464-3384 or www.kevinparrymusic.com.

Live Jazz: 7:30 p.m., Open Music Collective, Suite 335, Cotton Mill, Brattleboro. Harvey Diamond, Hannah Rose Diamond. Father-daughter jazz piano, vocal duo, with Claire Arenius and Jamie MacDonald. Cost: $10. Information: 802-254-5054 or info@openmusiccollective.org.

Christmas at Christ Church: 8-9 p.m., in Algier’s, Route 5, Guilford, corner of Melendy Hill Road. Theme: "Christmas Cometh Caroling." BUHS Brass Quartet, Guilford Chamber Singers conducted by Tom Baehr; choirs and choruses in the area. Don McLean tells Dylan Thomas story, "A Child’s Christmas in Wales." Carol sing. Admission free, donations shared between Friends of Music and the church’s preservation fund. Information: Friends of Music, 802-254-3600 or office@fomag.org; www.fomag.org.

Theater

Live Comedy: 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.

Outdoors/Recreation

Fitness at the Rec: Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. 9-10 a.m., Kickbox/Conditioning. Information: Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Dept., 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Trap Practice: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Sportsmen’s Inc., Creamery Road, Guilford. Every Saturday. Information: 802-579-1587.

Open Gym and Game Room: Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department, Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. 1-4 p.m., Grades 7-12. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Miscellaneous

Christmas Bazaar: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., First Baptist Church, 190 Main St., Brattleboro. Homemade baked beans, doughnuts, pies, fudge, Christmas cookies, and spicy salsa. Decorate Christmas cookies. Raffle, tickets $1 or six for $5. Luncheon, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., corn chowder, sandwiches, pies, and hot beverages. Handmade crafts, evergreen arrangements, holiday decorations, treasures. Benefit for fuel and utility costs at the church. Information: 802-254-9566.

Rotary Christmas Trees: 9 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.

Holiday Cookie Sale: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Newfane Congregational Church, on the Common, Newfane. Select assortment of homemade holiday cookies, sold by the pound. Gift boxed and tied with a festive ribbon. Complimentary coffee offered. Sponsored by the Ladies Aid Society of the Church.

Holiday Book Sale: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Brooks Memorial Library, Main Room, 224 Main St., Brattleboro. Friends of Brooks Memorial Library to sponsor the Seventh Annual Holiday Book Sale. "Like new" titles. Remaining books on sale through Dec. 21. Information: 802-254-5290, ext. 0.

Brattleboro Winter Farmers’ Market: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., Brattleboro. Farm products, fresh baked goods, crafts, lunch, live music. Project of Post Oil Solutions. Information: 802-8692141 or farmersmarket@postoilsolutions.org.

Holiday Open House: 1-3 p.m., Rockingham Library, 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls. Features origami artwork made by children. Free. Light refreshments. Hosted by The Friends of the Rockingham Library. Raffle drawing, tickets at the library. Information: 802-463-4270.