Monday December 17, 2012

Today Kids

Letters from Santa: Final day to order. 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. Supports young entrepreneurs.

Parent/Tot Open Gym: Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department, Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. 10-11:45 a.m., infant through kindergarten. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Movin’ Into Music: 10-10:45 a.m., in Brattleboro. Music & Movement. Sing, dance, clap, tap and make believe. For children 1-5 years and their caregivers. Led by Annie Frelich. Ongoing classes, join any time. Fee. Contact the Brattleboro Music Center, 802-257-4523, or bmcvt.org.

Story Hour: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Pettee Memorial Library, 6 South Main St., Wilmington. Young children and their caregivers invited for themed stories and activites. This week: Santa Visits. Information: 802-464-8557, petteelibrary@yahoo.com, or petteelibrary.org.

Rhyme and Story Hour: 10:30 a.m., Whitingham Free Public Library. Songs, rhymes, stories and crafts for toddlers and preschoolers. Parents and infants welcome. Information: 802-368-7506.


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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.

Ho Ho Hotline: 5-7 p.m., Pine Heights at Brattleboro Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation is serving as a North Pole Substation for the greater Brattleboro area from Dec. 17 to 21. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be taking calls from children at 1-866-99-SANTA (866-997-2682) toll 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.

Outdoors/Recreation

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.

Fitness at the Rec: Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. Ongoing: Yoga 12:30-1:10 p.m.; Zumba 5:15-6:15 p.m.; Running Fist Kung Fu, 6-8 p.m.; Women’s Basketball pickup games, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Information: Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Dept., 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

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

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.

Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors Group: 1-2:30 p.m., first and third Monday each month, Marlboro Technology Center, 28 Vernon St., Brattleboro, second floor (Chill Room). TBI survivors, family members, caregivers and professionals welcome. Share stories, coping strategies and connect with resources. Information: 1-877-856-1772. Sponsored by Brain Injury Association of VT and VCIL (Vermont Council on Independent Living).

Bellows Falls Knitting Group: 5-6:30 p.m., Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls. Knitting group, "Spinning Yarns," meets every Monday. For all ages and levels of experience. Any needle lapwork (crocheting, embroidery, etc.) invited. Sign-up encouraged, but not required. Call the library at 802-463-4270, or e-mail: Lisa Delmar, lkdelmar@gmail.com.

Ongoing Events

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Family Fun Night: 5 p.m., Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls. An early evening of games, book groups, activity or a movie. Information: 802-463-4270 or www.rockingham.lib.vt.us.

Healing Discussion Group: 5:30-7 p.m., Sojourns Community Health Clinic, 4923 U.S. Route 5, Westminster. Living Life Now! For anyone with cancer. Meets every Monday. Information: 802-722-4023.

Depression Support: 5:30 p.m., each Monday, Healing Grace Ministries, 55 Marlboro Road, West Brattleboro. Free. For anyone feeling depressed, isolated or afraid. Information: 413-824-6381 or 802-368-7561.

Vipassana Group Sitting: 5:30 p.m., Mondays, in Brattleboro. In the tradition of S. N. Goenka. Contact: jjjonas@sover.net or 802-869-3246.

Gastric Bypass Support Group: Third Monday, 6-8 p.m., BMH, Tyler Conference Room; Anne Adams, 802-257-7887 days, 603-336-5662 night.

Food Pantry: 6-7:30 p.m., Townshend Church, on the Common, Route 30. For anyone who needs food assistance. Information: 802-365-4321.

Parents Together Support Group: 6-7:30 p.m., childcare included. For location and registration: Noreen Oles at 802-254-6686.

Adult Children of Alcoholics: (12-step group), Mondays, 6-7 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Room B, off Cafeteria. Information: 802-258-0077.

Lupus Support Group of Southeastern Vermont: No meeting at this time. Contact: Lupus Foundation, 802-244-5988.

Self-Healing Program: 6-8 p.m., ongoing on Mondays in Putney. Healing Trauma Without the Drama: Using Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Intuitive Inquiry for self-healing. Led by Seth Lepore, EFT Cert-I. Fee. Information: 802-275-7262 or classes@practicalhealings.com to pre-register.

Support for Grieving Parents: 6-8 p.m., Franklin Baystate Medical Center, Greenfield, Mass., Conference Room A from 6 to 8 p.m. For parents who have lost a teenage or adult child. Third Monday each month. Information: Lorraine, 413-512-9177.

Benefit Bingo: 6:30 p.m., above People’s United Bank, on the Square, Bellows Falls. Every Monday. 5 p.m., Doors open. 6 p.m., Early bird games. 20-game format specials, U-Pick-Em, winner take all, progressive jackpot. Food and beverages available for purchase. Free coffee. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus in Bellows Falls, Council No. 753, benefit for local charities.

Support for Discouraged: 7 p.m., each Monday, Healing Grace Ministries, 55 Marlboro Road, West Brattleboro. Free. For anyone feeling discouraged, unfocused, or overwhelmed. Information: 413-824-6381, 802-368-7561 or healingwaters55@yahoo.com.

Meditation: 7-9 p.m., Putney Friends Meeting House, Route 5, Putney, just north of Basketville. Mountains and Rivers Mindfulness Community. Sharing group in the tradition of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Newcomers welcome. Wheelchair accessible. Information: Richard Brady, mountainsandriversmc@myfairpoint.net or 802-387-2382.

Co-Dependents Anonymous: 7:15-9 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Room B off cafeteria. Contact: Christin Tandy, 603-358-6261.

Al-Anon: 7:30-8:30 p.m., Newfane Congregational Church, on the Common, Newfane. For friends and relatives of alcoholics. Free. Information: 866-972-5266; also, 7:30-9 p.m., in the Parsonage, United Church of Winchester, 97 Main St., Winchester, N.H.

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

Tuesday

Music/Dance

Dance Instruction: Brattleboro Ballroom at the Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro. Special guided practica class. Carry dance shoes. Call for information: 802-579-9990 or ray@shallwedance.biz.

Kids

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. 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.

Nature Play: 3:30-5 p.m., Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, Bonnyvale Road, West Brattleboro. Winter woodlands exploration, games and activities for grades 1-4. Tuesdays. Information: www.beec.org or 802-257-5785.

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. Suggested donation for seniors over 60, $3.50. All others, $6. Information: 802-257-1236.

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.

L&G Food Service Advisory: 2:45-3:30 p.m., Room A-14, at Leland & Gray Union High School, Townshend. Information: Arlene Hanson at ahanson@lelandandgray.org.

Open Knitting Circle: 6-7:30 p.m., Margie’s Muse, Jamaica Healing Arts & Wellness Center, West Jamaica. Bi-weekly on Tuesdays. Directions: 802-874-7201 or Margaret@margiesmuse.com.

Computer Training: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Pettee Memorial Library, 6 South Main St., Wilmington. Recorded Books OneClick Digital. Learn how to download free audio books and transfer them to MP3 player or iPod. Information: 802-464-8557, petteelibrary@yahoo.com, or petteelibrary.org.

Students’ Poetry Readings: 7 p.m., Hilltop Montessori School, Middle School Poetry Cafe, 120 Summit Circle, Brattleboro. The school is conducting an extensive study and practice of poetry including recitation, reading, and writing original pieces. Students to recite their memorized poetry in a festive and formal setting. Public welcome.

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.

Caregivers Support Group: 1-2 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Room B, off cafeteria. Contact: Andy Hall, 802-257-8342.

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.

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.

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.