Tuesday December 11, 2012

Today

Music/Dance

Waltz Dance Series: Brattleboro Ballroom at the Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro. Final class of a five-week series. Technique, turns, partnership, combinations. Beginners: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Intermediate: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Drop-in, $10 for one class; $15 drop-in for both. Carry dance shoes. Information: 802-579-9990 or ray@shallwedance.biz.

Nowell Sing We Clear: 7:30 p.m., Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., Brattleboro. Tony Barrand, John Roberts, Fred Breunig and Andy Davis present 38th annual celebration of mid-winter season. Cost: $20, $17 for seniors and children under 12. Information: 802-254-1109. 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., Saxtons River Elementary School, in the gym. Birth to age 5. For children and their parents or caregivers. Snacks, stories and seasonally-themed activities. Information: Tracy Binet-Perrin, 603-762-5069.

Playgroup: 10-11:30 a.m., Athens Community Church. Free and open to ages 0-5.


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Led by Early Education Outreach Coordinator. Information: 802-258-1673.

Story and Craft Time: 10:30 a.m., Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls. Singing or a craft after stories. Free. Information: 802-463-4270.

Storytime: 10:45 a.m., Guilford Free Library, Guilford. Laura Lawson Tucker presents a program of songs, fingerplays, books and activities for babies, toddlers and older siblings. No charge. Information: 802-254-6545.

Infant/Toddler Social Time: 11 a.m., Putney Public Library. Every Tuesday. For parents and caregivers of children under 2. Information: 802-387-4407.

Boys & Girls Club: Noon-6 p.m., 17 Flat St., Brattleboro. Programs, activities, special events and use of facilities available for 10-18 year olds. 6-9 p.m., The Junction, Older youth drop-in, 15-22 years old. Information: 802-254-5990.

InterPlay: 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Cascading Brook Studio, 216 Williams St., Brattleboro. Information: Judith Reichsman, 802-254-1149, or Stephanie Petkanas, stephaniepetkanas@att.net, rgsart@sover.net or 802-380-4241. Rooted in the transformational power of play, combining movement, storytelling and voice. Wear comfortable clothing. First class is free.

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.

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.

Outdoors/Recreation

Gentle Yoga for Seniors: 9-10 a.m., Putney Cares Activities Barn, 54 Kimball Hill Road, Putney. Tuesdays, $7 per class, with Eva Greene. Classes focus on alignment, balance, and self-acceptance. Information: 802-387-2125.

Fitness at the Rec: Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. Ongoing: 12:10-1:10 p.m., Pilates; 6-8 p.m., Running Fist Kung Fu; 7-9 p.m., Adult indoor soccer. 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 7-12. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Qi Gong in Putney: 4:30-6 p.m., second floor

above Front Porch Cafe, in the center of Putney. Learn simple self healing exercises to improve health. Benefit from group healing energy. Tuesdays. Fee. Information or to register: bonniebloom1@gmail.com.

Meals

Congregate Breakfast: 7:45-8:15 a.m., Brattleboro Senior Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. Menu: Vegetable frittata, home fries, yogurt, fruit, juice, muffin. Suggested donation for seniors over 60, $3.50. All others, $6. Information: 802-257-1236.

Putney Senior Lunch: Noon, Putney Cares Activities Barn, 54 Kimball Hill Road, Putney. Holiday music by Steve Damon. Menu: Roasted turkey (or vegetarian alternative), cranberry sauce, roasted root vegetables, Orchard Hill bread, Apple Crostata, coffee and tea. Prepared by Pamela Cubbage. Sponsored by Putney Cares and Senior Solutions. Information or reservation: 802-387-5593.

Miscellaneous

Rotary Christmas Trees: 11 a.m.-7 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 Clinics: 11:30 a.m.-noon, Baptist Church, Main Street, Readsboro. Sponsored by the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Vt. & N.H.

Book Club for Adults: 6-7 p.m., Pettee Memorial Library, 6 South Main St., Margare Greene Room, Wilmington. Discussion of "Storyteller" by Leslie marmon Silko. Refreshments. Information: 802-464-8557, petteelibrary@yahoo.com, or petteelibrary.org.

German Lesson/Conversation: Community Room, Dover Free Library. Weekly German Club hosted by the Library. 6:30 p.m., beginners’ lesson. 7 p.m., Fluent speakers and beginners participate in social conversational German. Information: 802-348-7488.

Ongoing Events

Meditation Sittings: Vermont Insight Meditation Center, 7-7:45 a.m., in the Neighbor’s Hall at Solar Hill, 229 Western Ave., Brattleboro. Information: Rose, 802-246-1244.

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.

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. Works on building strength on all major muscle groups followed by stretch and relaxation. Information: 802-257-7570.

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.

Scrapbooking Club: Noon-1:30 p.m., Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls. Bring own project and supplies. Every Tuesday. Information and to sign up: Kim Paligo, 802-463-9799 or 802-376-8671.

Al-Anon: Noon, Retreat Healthcare, conference room of Starting Now, Anna Marsh Lane, Brattleboro. Open meeting with flexible format.

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.

Bereavement Support: Brattleboro Area Hospice, Brattleboro. For anyone grieving the death of a loved one. Information: 802-257-0775.

Knit Wits: 5 p.m., Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls. For knitters and crochet enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. Knit Wits, social knitting group. Bring project. Coffee and conversation. Information: 802-463-4270.

Brattleboro Walk-In Clinic: 5:30-7 p.m., 81 Belmont Ave. Free health care to those without health insurance.

Parkinson’s Support Group: 6-7:30 p.m., Brew Barry Conference Room No. 3, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 17 Belmont Ave. Second Tuesday each month. Information: Tia, 603-209-2625, or Tieaz@zehnnaturals.com.

Food Shelf Open: 6-7 p.m., Putney Community Center, Christian Square, Putney. Information or to donate: 802-387-8551.

Overeaters Anonymous: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Brew Barry Conference Center 2, 17 Belmont Ave., Brattleboro. Information: Jain, 802-251-0331.

Paths to Recovery Al-Anon: 6:30-7:30 p.m., every Tuesday, Deerfield Valley Health Center, junction Rt. 9 West and Rt. 100 South, Wilmington.

Meditation: 7-8 p.m., Putney Friends Meeting House, Route 5, Putney. Awakening Through Love, weekly mediation group. Teaching followed by guided meditation. All welcome. Led by Julie Forsythe, a Guiding Teacher in the Foundation for Active Compassion. Handicapped accessible. Every Tuesday.

Augustine (SLAA) Fellowship: Tuesdays 7-8:30 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Tyler Conference Room. Information: 802-236-0096 or gordonslaa@yahoo.com.

West River Radio Club: 7 p.m., Grace Cottage Hospital, Conference Room, Townshend. For ham operators or those who would like to be. Refreshments. Second Tuesday each month.

Nar-Anon Family Groups: 7-8:30 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 17 Belmont Ave., Meeting Room B in the Cafeteria, Brattleboro. For friends and loved ones of drug abusers. Meets every other Tuesday. Information: Susan, 802-257-6915.

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

BCTV

Brattleboro Channel 8: 7 a.m., St. Michael’s Catholic Church Mass; 8 a.m., Democracy Now! Live; 9 a.m., Athens Community Christian Church; 10 a.m., Temple Grandin: Autism; 11:44 a.m., Youth Services Celebrates 40 years Serving Windham Co.; 12 p.m., New England Cooks, Chef Donnell Collins; 1 p.m., Grants Ferry, Author David Chase; 1:30 p.m., Transition Dummerston: A Bushel of Apples; 2:22 p.m., In a Workday: A Video Short ; 2:30 p.m., St. Michael’s Catholic Church Mass; 3:30 p.m., The Stone Valley Byway, Vt. Route 30; 4:15 p.m., Living and Dying, Hospice and the Holidays; 5 p.m., Marijuana Resolve: Sen. Jeanette White with Matt Simon; 5:30 p.m., Community Calendar; 5:45 p.m., 5:45 Live Midweek Report; 6 p.m., BUHS TV News; 6:30 p.m., Exchange Students in Vermont; 7:20 p.m., In a Workday: A Video Short ; 7:30 p.m., Area Christmas Displays 2011; 8 p.m., Should Grandma Smoke Pot?; 8:30 p.m., Democracy Now!; 9:30 p.m., Riverbank Church: Our Stories, Bathsheeba; 10:05 p.m., Conversations on Homelessness; 10:30 p.m., The Retreat’s Keep Talking: The Emerging Adult; 11 p.m., Words of Peace: In Brazil; 11:30 p.m., Grants Ferry, Author David Chase.

Brattleboro Channel 10: 7:55 a.m., Brattleboro Selectboard Mtg.; 9:50 a.m., Community Calendar; 10 a.m., 5:45 Live: Weekend Report; 10:15 a.m., BUHS TV Live; 11 a.m., VY Relicensing, Public Hearing at VIT; 2:15 p.m., Windham Co. Candidates Forum: Marlboro Grad Ctr.; 3:50 p.m., Public Hearing, Vermont Transportation Board; 5:55 p.m., 2012 Statewide Housing Conf., Keynote Address; 7 p.m., Montpelier Connection: Senior Solutions; 7:30 p.m., Brattleboro Housing Authority Annual Mtg.; 8 p.m., Brattleboro Selectboard Mtg.; 9:50 p.m., Townshend Selectboard Mtg.; 11:10 p.m., 2012 Statewide Housing Conf., Opening Plenary Session with Gov. Shumlin.

Wednesday

Music/Dance

BMC Celtic Music Sessions: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Advanced. 7-8 p.m., Intermediate. Learn traditional jigs and reels, and other dance music of Scotland, Ireland and New England. Wednesdays. Fee. Instructors: Keith Murphy, Becky Tracy. Information: Brattleboro Music Center, 802-257-4523 or bmcvt.org.

Drum Class: 6-7 p.m., Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro. Taught by Namory Keita from Guinea. For all levels. Cost: $10. Presented by African Dance Vermont. Each Wednesday. Information: www.namorykeita.com or 603-654-6042.

Irish Music Sessions: 6:30-9:30 p.m., J.D. McCliment’s Pub, Route 5, north of Putney Village. Hosted by Roger Kahle and Randy Miller. Bring instrument to join in or just listen. Information: 802-257-9234.

Seasonal Music Concert: 7 p.m., Wardsboro Methodist Church. The West River Valley Chorus. Directed by ken Olsson. Selections include: old English carol, "The Holly and the Ivy," and J.S. Bach’s "Sheep May Safely Graze." Townshend Ring-a-Lings handbell choir, audience carol singing. Information: kjo671@yahoo.com.

West African Dance Class: 7-8:30 p.m., The Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro. Instructor: Pape Ba of Senegal, West Africa. For all levels. Presented by African Dance Vermont. Sliding scale $12-$15. Wear comfortable, loose clothes, bring water. Accompanied by live drumming. Information: 802-258-6475 or www.africandancevermont.com.

Community Jazz Jam Session: 8-10 p.m., Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, Studio 222, Brattleboro. Every Wednesday. Run by pianist Eugene Uman. For all musicians and instruments. $3 donation requested from players and listeners. Information: 802-254-9088, info@vtjazz.org.

Kids

Preschool Playgroup: 9:30-11 a.m., at Early Education Services, 130 Birge St., Brattleboro. For children 0-5 years old with parent or childcare provider. Led by Amanda Hiouas. Sponsored by Early Education Services. Information: 802-368-7872.

Preschool Playgroup: 9:30-11 a.m., Bellows Falls Baptist Church. Birth to age 5. For children and their parents or caregivers. Snacks, stories and seasonally-themed activities. Information: Tracy Binet-Perrin, 603-762-5069.

Preschool Storytime: 10:15 a.m., Walpole, N.H., Town Library, Ages 2 1/2 to 5. Crafts and stories. Information: 603-756-9806.

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.

Rhyme Time: 10:30-11 a.m., in the Meeting Room next to Children’s Room, Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., Brattleboro. For children under 5. Stories, songs, and fun. Information: 802-254-5290 ext. 110.

Santa’s Workshop: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Pettee Memorial Library, 6 South Main St., Margaret Greene Room, Wilmington. Half Day Extravaganza. Make holiday gifts for the family. Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Information: 802-464-8557, petteelibrary@yahoo.com, or petteelibrary.org.

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.

Making Change: 4-5 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. Support group for youth dealing with substance abuse issues. Sponsored by Turning Point and HCRS. Snacks provided. Information: 802-257-5600.

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. 10:15-11:45 a.m., Gentle yoga. 11 a.m.-noon, Walking for Seniors. 12:10-1:10 p.m., Ongoing Yoga. 5:30-6:30 p.m., Kickbox and Conditioning; 7-9 p.m., Men’s League basketball pickp games. 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. 3-4:45 p.m., Grades K-6. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Meals

Dummerston Senior Meal: Noon, Evening Star Grange, Dummerston Center. Sponsored by the Senior Solutions. Prepared by Linda Hellus. Menu: pork roast, onion sauce, oven potatoes, cabbage casserole, succotash, and cake with everyday sauce. Suggested donation: $3, 60 and over; $4, under 60. Take-outs available, walk-ins welcome. Library books available. Information, reservations or take-outs: 802-254-1138.

Souper Wednesday: Noon-2 p.m., First Congregational Church of Westminster, Route 5, Westminster. Freewill donation appreciated, not necessary.

Miscellaneous

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.

Blood Pressure Clinics: 10-11 a.m., Bellows Falls Senior Center; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Dummerston Center Grange; and 1-1:30 p.m., Elliot Street High Rise, Brattleboro. Sponsored by the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Vt. & N.H.

Rotary Christmas Trees: 11 a.m.-7 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.

Community Conversations: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Brattleboro Food Co-op, Community Room, Brattleboro. 6 p.m., socializing begins. Free. Sponsored by Transition Brattleboro. Hear about the latest incentives to save energy and money on home heating and electricity. Bring own food or food/snacks to share. Information: www.transitionbrattleboro.org; or Bea Blake, 802-579-1174.

Join the Conversation: 7 p.m., Brooks Memorial Library, Meeting Room, second floor, 224 Main St., Brattleboro. Book discussion series about Farms and Gardens. Led by Richard Wizansky. Discussion of Jane Brox’ "Here and Nowhere Else." Sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. Information: 802-254-5290, ext. 0.

Ongoing Events

Worn Again Thrift Shop: 9 a.m.-3 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.

West Townshend Thrift Shop: 9 a.m.-noon, Wed. and Sat., second floor, above, West Townshend Post Office, Route 30, West Townshend. Sponsored by The West River Community Project. Community closet with large selection of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, footwear; and toys.

The Artist in Each of Us: 10 a.m.-noon, Putney Cares Activities Barn, 54 Kimball Hill Road, behind Noyes House, Putney. Every Wednesday. For all interested seniors, regardless of experience. Variety of materials provided. By donation. Co-sponsored by Putney Cares and Westminster Cares. Information: 802-387-5593 or putneycares@svcable.net. Transportation available.

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.

Peer Support Group: Noon-1 p.m., Wednesdays, at Women’s Freedom Center. For women addressing issues of abuse in intimate partner relationships. For directions, 802-257-7364.

Al-Anon: Noon-1 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. For those affected by someone else’s addiction. Information: 802-257-5600.

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.

Spouse/Partner Loss Support Group: 5-6:30 p.m., Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St., Brattleboro. Second and fourth Wednesdays. Led by Cheryl Richards. Information: 802-257-0775.

Chess Club: 6-9 p.m., Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Overeaters Anonymous: 6:30-7:30 p.m., United Church of Winchester, 97 Main St., Winchester, N.H. Meets Wednesdays. Religious Ed Room, use rear entrance. Handicapped accessible ramp at the parking lot. Door propped open (weather permitting) for easy access. Information: Ann, 603-762-6061.

Changing Tides Mental Health Support Group: 7-8:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Tyler Conference Room. Free confidential peer support for those with mental health conditions. Information: Karen, 802-579-5937.

Meditation Sitting: 7 p.m., Shambhala Meditation Center, 28 Williams St., Brattleboro. All welcome. Information: 802-257-1984. Every Wednesday.

Putney Al-Anon Group: 7 p.m., the Putney Friends Meeting House, Route 5 north of Putney village. For friends and relatives of alcoholics. Every Wednesday. Information: VT 866-972-5266 (toll free); www.vermontalanonalateen.org.

Transcendental Meditation Program: 7:30 p.m., Maharishi Invincibility Center, 24 High St., Midtown Mall, Brattleboro. Free introductory lecture on the TM Program. Every Wednesday and by appointment. Information: 802-246-1020. See www.tm.org and www.davidlynchfoundation.org.