Tuesday March 12, 2013

In Bellows Falls...

TRIP TO BOSTON: The Friends of the Rockingham Library are planning an excursion to Boston and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on Saturday, April 13. A chartered bus will depart the Bellows Falls Waypoint Center at 7 a.m., returning at 7 p.m. The cost is $95 per person and includes round trip transportation and a museum tour. There will be time for shopping and lunch in addition to the planned museum tour.

Isabella Stewart Gardner was Boston’s renowned patron of the arts, who traveled the world collecting artwork in various formats. The museum’s permanent collection includes more than 2,500 paintings, textiles, furniture, sculpture, drawings, silver, ceramics, archival collections and realia.

The bus trip is part of an annual fundraising tradition; last year the Friends of the Library organized a trip to New York City to see the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall.

Spots are limited, people are encouraged to sign up soon. To reserve a seat or for more information, call or visit the Rockingham Library, 802-463-4270, or rockinghamlibrary.org. The library is located at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls.

More information on the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is available at gardnermuseum.org.

In Brattleboro...

COMMITTEE VACANCIES: Several Brattleboro committees are looking for volunteers to serve. The following is a list of the committees with vacancies: Agricultural Advisory Board, Arts Committee, BASIC (Brattleboro Area Skatepark is Coming), CPCC (Citizen Police Communications Committee), Conservation Commission, Development Review Board Alternate, Fence Viewer (by statute, must be legal voter of the Town), Honor Roll Committee, Inspector, Lumber Shingles & Wood, Police-Fire Facility Committee (application deadline extended to March 22), and Town Service Officer.

Applications and more information about committees can be found on the Brattleboro website, www.brattleboro.org. Any Brattleboro resident interested in serving on a committee should submit their application online to the Town Manager’s office at tmsecretary@brattleboro.org or mail it to: Brattleboro Town Manager, Attn.: Committee Vacancy, 230 Main St., Suite 208, Brattleboro, VT 05301.

The Selectboard will make appointments at its first regular meeting in April. The deadline to submit applications for appointments at that meeting is Friday, March 22, at 5 p.m.

In Dummerston...

SENIOR LUNCH: Senior Solutions will sponsor its senior lunch on Wednesday, March 13, beginning at noon at the Evening Star Grange in Dummerston Center.

The menu will be a complete New England Boiled Dinner with corned beef and cabbage and all the fixings, and dessert. The meal will be prepared by Linda Hellus.

Walk-ins are welcome. For information, reservations or takeout, call 802-254-1138. A donation of $3 is suggested for those 60 and over, and $4 for guests under that age.

Books from the Lydia Taft Pratt Library will be available for borrowing until the next meal.

In GuilfordŠ

SENIOR LUNCH: The Guilford Golden Agers Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at the Guilford Community Church on Friday, March 15, at noon. The menu includes beef stew and egg salad sandwiches, with fruit cocktail and brownies for dessert. Books will be available on loan from the Guilford Free Library. Blood pressures courtesy of Guilford Cares.

For more information and to make reservations, call 802-254-9774, no later than Wednesday, March 13.

In MarlboroŠ

POETRY READING: Poet and University of Vermont professor Major Jackson will read from his personal collection on Wednesday, March 13, at 7 p.m. in the Apple Tree building at Marlboro College, Marlboro.

Jackson is the author of three collections of poetry: "Holding Company" (W.W. Norton, 2010) and "Hoops" (W.W. Norton, 2006), both finalists for a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature-Poetry, and "Leaving Saturn" (University of Georgia, 2002), winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and finalist for a National Book Critics Award Circle.

Jackson is the Richard Dennis Green and Gold Professor at University of Vermont and a core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars.

In NewfaneŠ

SENIOR LUNCH: There will be dinner for seniors in Newfane and surrounding communities on Thursday, March 14, at noon at the Newfane Congregational Church,

The menu will include melon and grapes, corned beef and cabbage, carrots and potatoes, soda bread, ice cream and cookies.

The meal is prepared by Winnie Dolan, hosted by Barbara Brooks and served by volunteers from the church and community and sponsored by Senior Solutions. The suggested donation for this meal is $3.50 for age 60 and over and $4 for under age 60. Call Winnie Dolan at 802-365-7870 for information and reservations.

In Walpole, N.H. Š

SOUP AND SAVOR: The Walpole Unitarian Church will host a winter cooking series on several Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. or 5 p.m. that will offer nourishment for hearts, minds and spirits. Local culinary talents will be highlighted in healthy cooking workshops prepared at Hastings House.

The series began March 7 with Filled Pasta by Hand led by Antonia Andreoli. It will continue on Thursday, March 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with an introduction and lunch on the Secrets of Soup Making with chef-in-training, Lee Carter.

On Thursday, March 21, at 5 p.m., Antonia Andreoli returns to teach how to make Homemade Gnocchi; and on Thursday, March 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bed & Breakfast owner Dorothy Read will teach the delicate art of creating her strawberry truffle cake. The series ends on Thursday, April 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a "no nonsense" approach to casseroles with Stephanie Sears.

Hastings Memorial Parish House is located at 12 Union St. around the corner from Walpole Unitarian Church on Main Street in Walpole. Cooks of all abilities are welcome. A small donation will be accepted to cover the cost of ingredients as well as canned food for the Fall Mountain Food Shelf. Fall Mountain is involved in the Feinstein Challenge through April so every can of food equals $1 of food for their shelves.

For more information, call Rev. Telos Whitfield at 802-376-4977 or visit www.walpoleunitarian.org.