Wednesday April 10, 2013

In Brattleboro...

BRATTLEMASTERS MEET: BrattleMasters, a Toastmasters Club, meets Thursday, April 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Marlboro College Graduate Center, 2nd floor, 28 Vernon St.

A Toastmasters’ meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop where participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere. There is no instructor in the meeting. Members evaluate one another’s presentations. This feedback process is a key part of the program’s success.

The club meets the second and fourth Thursday each month at the same time and location. Guests are welcome. Refreshments are provided. For more information, visit brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org.

LEAF PICKUP FRIDAY: Two dates have been announced for Brattleboro’s curbside spring leaf collection for all residents. They are Friday, April 12, and Friday, April 26. In the past leaf pickup was determined by scheduled day of rubbish pickup, all locations will now be picked up on Fridays.

All leaves and clippings must be in brown paper leaf bags and at the curb by 7 a.m. on scheduled leaf collection days. Acceptable waste includes leaves, grass, clippings, garden waste, twigs, no branches larger than 1 inch in diameter and 2 feet long. No other household trash should be included.

No plastic bags or other containers will be accepted as the materials collected will be used for compost. Brown paper leaf bags are available for purchase at local businesses.

These will be the only days scheduled for curbside leaf pick up.

SPRING BOOK SALE: This year’s Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Big Spring Book Sale will be held on Friday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be thousands of hardcover books, paperbacks, DVDs and audio books available for purchase. Money raised will support the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library activities.

Raffle tickets will be offered for a chance to win the American Girl doll for 2013 based on Jessie Haas’ book, "Saige." Proceeds will benefit services of the Children’s Room. Haas will discuss her book in the Children’s Room on Tuesday, April 16, at 2 p.m. The raffle winner will be chosen on May 1.

For more information, contact Brooks Memorial Library at 802-254-5290, ext. 0.

In Dummerston...

ANIMAL BLESSING: There will be a Blessing of the Animals service at the Dummerston Congregational Church, 1535 Middle Road, in Dummerston Center on Saturday, April 13, at 1:30 p.m. in the lower yard. All are invited to bring pets on a leash or in a cage for a brief time of thanksgiving for all creation and hands-on blessing of pets.

This service is part of the congregation’s observance of the United Church of Christ 4/1 Earth Campaign: 50 Days of Environmental Education and Action. For information, contact Pastor Susanna Griefen, at 802-257-0544, susanna@griefen.com. The rain date will be April 20.

COMMUNITY DANCE: As part of the Village Dance Series an evening of community contra and square dances will take place at the Evening Star Grange in Dummerston Center on Saturday, April 13, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Calling the dance and playing accordion will be Andy Davis and Mary Cay Brass. They will be joined by Lissa Schneckenburger on fiddle. A community potluck will take place at 5:30 p.m.

Prior dance experience is not necessary, as all the dances are taught. Although the dances are geared for school age children, all ages and abilities are welcome. The program includes traditional New England contra dances, square dances, circle mixers, and couple dances. Admission is $4 for children, $7 for adults and $20 for a family.

For more information or directions call Davis at 802-257-1819, or e-mail village@dancingmasters.com.

In Hinsdale, N.H. ...

CHURCH SUPPER: The Hinsdale First Congregational Church will hold a public supper on Saturday, April 13, from 5 until 6:30 p.m. On the menu will be baked beans, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, ham, rolls, and assorted pies for dessert.

The cost for the meal will be adults $8 and children $4.

In West Townshend...

PIZZA AND MUSIC: Pizza Night and Acoustic Open Mic will be held at the West Townshend Country Store on Friday, April 12. The outdoor oven will be fired up and baking pizzas from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. For a $10 donation customers may build their own pizza from an assortment of toppings, then watch while it bakes.

Musicians are asked to bring their instruments and share their music with those attending. Open mic starts at 7:30 p.m.

In Winchester, N.H. ...

COOLIDGE PROGRAM: The Winchester Historical Society in Ashuelot will host a presentation by Jennifer Harville (great-granddaughter of President and Mrs. Calvin Coolidge) on Thursday, April 11, starting at 7 p.m.

Her presentation includes background information about Calvin Coolidge, his wife Grace, and his rise in politics. She describes the Coolidge family tree, talks about the Coolidge’s two sons, and shares how the early demise of Calvin Jr., left her grandfather, John, as the sole Coolidge descendant. She reflects on memories of her grandparents and visiting them in Plymouth, Vt., while she was growing up.

The event will be held at the Winchester School on Parker Street.

In Windham County...

PRE-K PUBLIC FUNDING: Windham Southeast Supervisory Union has announced that school districts in the towns of Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, Putney, and Vernon will be offering limited (10 hours per week) publicly-funded pre-kindergarten services in partner programs for 3- and 4-year-old children who reside in those towns.

Applications for this opportunity are available at area preschools, on the WSESU website, www.wssu.k12.vt.us or by calling Janice Stockman at 802-254-3755.