Friday December 14, 2012

Today

Music/Dance

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.

Irish/Scottish Music: 7:30 p.m., Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St., Brattleboro. Twilight Music presents evening of Irish, Scottish and American folk music by Long Time Courting, and fiddler and singer, Lissa Schneckenburger. Cost: $16 general, $14 for students and seniors. Information: 802-254-9276.

Contra and Square Dance: 7:30 p.m., Old West Townshend Country Store, Route 30, West Townshend. Music and calling by Sally Newton, Michael Donahue and Friends. 6-8 p.m., Pizza for sale, bring salad or dessert to share. Information: 802-874-7141. Donations accepted for West River Community Project.

Argentine Tango Milonga: Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro. "Shall We Dance?" will co-sponsor Aparicion de Tango for an Argentine Tango Milonga. Lesson at 7:30 p.m. Dancing from 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Traditional and Neo Tango music. Information: Sally Wright at sally.brat.tango@gmail.com or 603-923-9743. Theater

Circus Nutcracker: 7 p.m., The New England Center for Circus Arts, Cotton Mill, Brattleboro. Holiday show with a circus spin on classic Nutcracker tale, "The Flying Nut: A Dark & Stormy Night.


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Youth Theater: 7 p.m., New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St., Brattleboro. New England Youth Theatre presents classic musical "Annie." Cost: $14, $12 for students. Information: www.neyt.org or 802-246-6398.

Holiday Benefit Performance: 7:30 p.m., Grafton Town Hall, 117 Main St., Grafton. Comedian Pickles Reese presents "Totally Scrooged," a comedic send-up of "A Christmas Carol," for mature audiences. Benefit community hunger relief efforts. Cost: $15 donation. Information: 802-843-1162.

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.

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.

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: Eggs Benedict with ham on an English muffin, potato pancake, fruit, juice, yogurt. Suggested donation for seniors over 60, $3.50. All others, $6. Information: 802-257-1236.

Free Dinner: 5-7 p.m., The Community Church of Whitingham. Free dinner on the second and fourth Friday of each month. Join neighbors in fellowship and food.

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

Crèche Display: More than 1,000 sets of Nativity scenes. Located in Guilford. Call Shirley Squires to set up an appointment: 802-254-2696. All welcome.

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.

Warm Hands, Warm Hearts: Donations needed of winter clothing for adults, children of all ages, including toddlers and infant PJs. Blankets also needed. Collection box on porch, Masonic Center, Main St., Brattleboro, though end of January. Checks accepted, make out to Warm Hands, with "clothing" on the memo line, send to: Warm Hands, P.O. Box 6214, Brattleboro, VT 05301. Information: rfagge@sover.net.

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. 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.

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., Shirley Squires, A Touch of Heaven; 8 a.m., Democracy Now!; 9 a.m., Athens Community Christian Church; 10 a.m., Temple Grandin: Autism; 11:55 a.m., In a Workday: A Video Short ; 12 p.m., Literacy in Science: Teacher Presentation BEEC; 1:30 p.m., Transition Dummerston: A Bushel of Apples; 2:30 p.m., 1st Wednesdays: The Unseen Alistair Cooke; 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., 545 Live Weekend Report; 6 p.m., BUHS TV News; 6:30 p.m., Exchange Students in Vermont; 7:30 p.m., Area Christmas Displays 2011; 7:54 p.m., In a Workday: A Video Short ; 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 a.m., Jamaica Selectboard Mtg.; 9:45 a.m., Community Calendar; 10 a.m., 5:45 Live: Midweek Report; 10:15 a.m., BUHS TV Live; 11 a.m., Public Hearing, Vermont Transportation Board; 1:10 p.m., Townshend Selectboard Mtg.; 2:30 p.m., VY Relicensing, Public Hearing at VIT; 5:40 p.m., Gov. Shumlin Press Conf. at Emergency Food Shelf; 6 p.m., BUHS Board Meeting.; 7 p.m., Guilford Selectboard Mtg.; 9:30 p.m., A Public Forum on the State Budget.

Saturday

Theater

Circus Nutcracker: 1 and 5 p.m., The New England Center for Circus Arts, Cotton Mill, Brattleboro. Holiday show with a circus spin on classic Nutcracker tale, "The Flying Nut: A Dark & Stormy Night." Cost: $12, $8 for children under 12, under 2 free. Tickets: www.necenterforcircusarts.org. Information: 802-254-9780.

Youth Theater: 2 and 7 p.m., New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St., Brattleboro. New England Youth Theatre presents classic musical "Annie." Cost: $14, $12 for students. Information: www.neyt.org or 802-246-6398.

Kids

Gingerbread Craft Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Brooks Memorial Library, Meeting Room, second floor, 224 Main St., Brattleboro. Make houses out of graham crackers, icing and candy. Free. Under 7 must be with responsible person. Materials provided by The Friends of the Library. Registration recommended, call 802-254-5290, ext. 110.

Santa’s Arrivial/Flag Parade: 3 p.m., Stratton Village. Traditional flag parade to celebrate the holidays around the world, Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by dog sled. 3:30 p.m., Tree lighting and caroling. Hot cocoa, roasted marshmallows in the Courtyard next to the Clocktower. Free. 4-5 p.m., pictures with Santa.

Teen Book Club: 6-9 p.m., Pettee Memorial Library, 6 South Main St., Wilmington. Casual discussion of "Maximum Ride" by James Patterson. Pizza and a movie. Information: 802-464-8557, petteelibrary@yahoo.com, or petteelibrary.org.

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

Holiday Bake Sale: 9-11:15 a.m., in front of Post Office, Walpole, N.H. Sponsored by the Walpole Unitarian Church. Holiday cookies boxed for gift giving; yeast breads including special holiday breads and cinnamon rolls; preserves, candies, cakes, pies and more.

Mary’s Closet: 9 a.m.-noon, First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., West Brattleboro. New arriving merchandise includes women’s winter coats, dresses, fleece shirts.. Men’s and women’s jeans, sweaters, blouses, shirts, at sale prices.

Collectors’ Club: 9 a.m., Holiday Inn Express, Chickering Drive, Brattleboro. The Tri Town Coin, Postcard and Sports Card Collectors’ Club, scholarship fundraising committee meeting during and show. Collectors of all ages invited. Door prizes. Buying and selling collectibles. No admission charge. Information: Joe Fuller at 802-297-1274 or Pepsijoseph@yahoo.

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.

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.

Ongoing Events

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.

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.

Food Shelf Open: 9-10 a.m., Putney Community Center, Christian Square, Putney. Information or to donate: 802-387-8551.

Overeaters Anonymous: 9:30-10:30 a.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. Information: 802-257-5600.

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.

Al-Anon Meeting: 3-4 p.m., Brew Berry Conference Center #1, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 17 Belmont Ave., Brattleboro.

Easy Does It: 8:30-9:40 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Brew Barry Conference Center 2. Information: 802-257-5801.