SCHOOL SAFETY FORUM: The Brattleboro Town School Board will hold a forum about school safety for community members, especially parents with children in the elementary schools. This discussion is a response to the recent tragedy in Newtown, Conn., and community members’ requests for additional safety measures.
The forum is planned for Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m. at Academy School in West Brattleboro.
Participants will be able to share their thoughts and opinions on how the district can alter or improve its security protocols and the way it responds to emergencies. Representatives from the school administration and local first responders will be present.
BUHS ANNUAL MEETING: The 2013 Annual Meeting of Brattleboro Union High School District No. 6 will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. at BUHS in the gymnasium on Fairground Road in Brattleboro. All legal voters are welcome and will act on several articles. To read the complete warning for this meeting, see Tuesday’s Reformer, Jan. 8, in the Public Notices section, on page 11.
MERRY MULCH PROGRAM: The Brattleboro Union High School Music Department is offering the Merry Mulch Christmas tree collection service to Brattleboro residents. This program, in its 22nd year, is endorsed by the Vermont Department of Agriculture, as well as the New Hampshire/Vermont Christmas Tree Association.
For a $10 donation, members of the band and chorus will transport undecorated trees from homes to a community garden in West Brattleboro where they will be chipped into mulch to be used by the community.
Since the town does not offer curbside pick-up of trees, the service saves residents the hassle of transporting their own trees. There are still two Saturday pick-up dates available: Jan. 12 and 19. All pick-ups must be prearranged by calling one of the following numbers at least two days prior to the desired date: 802-579-1577, 802-387-3794, or 802-254-3360. Proceeds will benefit a planned trip to New York in May, 2013.
LEGO CHALLENGE: The Dover Library is hosting a Lego Challenge on Friday, Jan. 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the library at 22 Holland Road. Lego builders ages 6 and up can take the challenge. Participants will be provided a limited number of building blocks and set time in which to build a creation to submit as a contest entry if desired. Prizes will be awarded following a jury’s decision.
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SHELTER TRAINING SESSION: The Greater Falls Warming Shelter will be hold a training session for volunteers on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 3 p.m. at the shelter at 23 Church St. in North Walpole.
Volunteers are needed to staff the shelter in two nightly shifts from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. or 1 a.m. to 7 p.m. or for the entire evening. Volunteer duties include being awake and available to supervise those sleeping at the shelter and doing some light duties involving the serving and cleanup of the evening meal and snacks. Volunteers can sign up on a regular basis or as their schedules permit. Anyone interested in volunteering or to learn more about the shelter is welcome to attend the training session.
The training will include a review and update of shelter rules and protocols, plus an update on how plans for the space are progressing.
No experience is needed other than a concern for the homeless in the community who are outside during the winter months. Volunteers will work with a staff coordinator who has overall responsibility.
The training will be conducted by Susan Howes and Barbara Ternes, Warming Shelter board members. Further information is available by contacting Howes at SEVCA at 802-722-4575 ext. 124 or Ternes at Parks Place at 802-463-9927, or by e-mailing email@example.com.
FOLK DANCING: Putney Cares has resumed classes in International Folk Dancing on Thursdays, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Putney Cares Barn located at 54 Kimball Hill Road in Putney. "Gentle Folk Dancing" is geared for beginners and elders.
Classes will run through Thursday, May 23. The charge per 6- or 7-week session will be $40. Scholarships are available. If anyone prefers to come to classes on an individual basis, the charge will be $8 per class. Sessions will run Jan. 3 to Feb. 14, Feb. 21 to April 4, and April 11 to May 23.
Melissa Lovell Post of Chester will teach all dances. She has taught international folk dancing to community groups over the past 30 years and enjoys sharing her knowledge of the dances, languages, and songs with others. Dances will be from Albania, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Greece, Israel, Macedonia, Quebec, Rumania, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, and the United States.
Dancing can be physically, cognitively, socially, emotionally, and spiritually uplifting. No experience is necessary, and no partner is needed. Participants should wear comfortable, supportive shoes, which slide easily on a wooden floor.
For more information, call Anne at 802-387-4330 or Melissa at 802-875-4102.
LOCAL PREDATORS: Putney Mountain Association will present "The Puzzle of New England Predators" with John Foster at its annual meeting on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 4 p.m. at the Putney Library. The public is invited to join Foster, a naturalist from the New England Naturalist Training Center, for a look at local predators like coyote, fisher, and bobcat. Through slide images and interactive discussion, participants will learn about the animals’ habitats and habits, and debunk common myths about these elusive animals. A brief meeting of the Association will precede the program.
This program will begin to dispel the black and white of a predator prey relationship and bring to light the intricacies that support and surround the predator/prey mixture. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.
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VOICE PROJECTION WORKSHOP: "Using Your Voice Without Abusing It" is the topic of a workshop offered by PeggyRae Johnson at Main Street Arts on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
With the aim of increasing a working knowledge of both being heard and understood, the workshop begins with a series of exercises that review the two essential initial steps to safe and effective vocal projection: release and support. The second half of the workshop will focus on increasing specificity through exercising the articulator muscles.
Workshop participants are asked to wear comfortable clothes and shoes that will allow physical freedom, and bring two bath-sized towels, a 24" to 36" length of one-inch thick (or greater) elastic, and a water bottle.
The fee for the workshop is $14 for members and $18 for non-members. Pre-registration is required by contacting MSA at 802-869-2960 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LGUHS ANNUAL MEETING: The 2013 Annual Meeting of Leland & Gray Union High School District No. 34 will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at LGUHS in the gymnasium in Townshend.
There will be a public informational hearing on questions to be decided by Australian ballot on several articles. To read the complete warning for this meeting, see Tuesday’s Reformer, Jan. 8, in the Public Notices section, on page 11.