MERRY MULCH: The Brattleboro Union High School Music Department is once again offering the Merry Mulch Christmas tree collection service to Brattleboro residents. This program, in its 23rd 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 gardeners. Since the town does not offer curbside pick-up of trees, the service saves residents the hassle of transporting their own trees.
The final Saturday pick-up date is Jan. 18. Pickups must be prearranged by calling one of the following numbers at least two days prior to Saturday: 802-722-3335, 802-254-3360 or 802-254-5624.
Proceeds will benefit a trip to the Heritage Music Festival in Washington, D.C., in March.
LIBRARY FRIENDS NEEDED: The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Board of Directors is seeking two new board members. The mission of the Friends is to support the library through advocacy, public relations and fundraising to provide the highest quality library services to the community.
Annually, the Friends host three major book sales, produce public concerts, such as last fall’s "A Night of Jazz and Dancing with Chris Bakriges Quartet," and community events, most recently a trivia contest. Proceeds from Friends’ productions go to support a wide range of library materials and services including the First Wednesday lecture series, public access computers, Children’s Room resources and events, free museum passes and the purchase of print and digital materials.
The board invites individuals who are interested in advocating for the library or working on public relations initiatives and fundraising activities to apply for a three-year term on the board. The Friends meet monthly on the third Wednesday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. To apply for a board position, send a letter of interest and current resume to President, Friends of the Library, 224 Main St., Brattleboro, VT 05301. Applications are due by Jan. 31. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
IRELAND TALK: Michael Cerulli Billingsley of Brattleboro will give an illustrated talk about the work of the Irish Spiritual Heritage Associate on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 6:30 p.m., at the Brattleboro Savings & Loan Community Room.
Working with Irish folklorists, historians and folklorists, Billingsley has found a consistent thread to old histories, some of which yielded physical structures in the landscape previously unnoticed under the grass.
The illustrated talk and discussion will last until 9 p.m. and will be preceded by a short social time with wheat-free snacks and hot beverages. Volunteer members of the previous field research from 2003 through 2012 are invited to bring edited photo shows of up to 15 minutes to show after the mid-break.
For more information about the event, or to inquire about the next field research trip, contact Michael Cerulli Billingsley at email@example.com or write the Irish Spiritual Heritage Association at 440 Canal St., Brattleboro, VT 05301.
This public event is free. Donations toward the work of ISHA are welcome.
STUFF THE BUS: At this time of year, area food shelves are running low on provisions to hand out to individuals and families in need, and donations by the public are especially appreciated. In what has become an annual tradition on Martin Luther King weekend, Green Mountain RSVP volunteers will be inviting shoppers at Hannaford on Putney Road this Saturday and Sunday to add an extra item or two to their basket for distribution to area food shelves. The Current bus line will park a bus in the parking lot each day, and the challenge is to Stuff the Bus.
Food shelves benefitting from the food drive include Brattleboro Area Drop-in Center, Loaves and Fishes, Brigid’s Kitchen, Agape Church, Guilford Food Pantry and Putney Food Shelf. For more information, contact Green Mountain RSVP and Volunteer Center at 802-254 7515.
PRESCHOOL EXPLORERS: This year’s pre-school programs includes "Nature’s Snowshoers" on Thursday, Jan. 16, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Children will learn about the unique winter adaptations of snowshoe hares, lynx, and grouse. For children ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers, at The Nature Museum at Grafton, 186 Townshend Road. Register at www.nature-museum.org or 802-843-2111. $5 per child.
SENIOR MEAL: The Halifax Senior Meal will be held at noon on Friday, Jan. 17, at the Halifax Community Hall. On the menu will be lettuce leaf with peach and cottage cheese, corn chowder, johnny cake, rolls and dessert.
The meal is sponsored by Senior Solutions. All seniors are welcome. A donation of $3 is suggested. For information, call Joan at 802-368-7733.
IDITAROD TALK: Veterinarian Turner Lewis will show pictures (DVD) of his adventures in Alaska, at the Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Friday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Halifax Community Hall.
Lewis has been one of the vets that care for the dogs each year at the famous race. The pubic is invited to come and see these exciting events and hear Turner’s comments on the annual event in the wilds of Alaska.
There will be a question and answer time with Turner and light refreshments.
The event is sponsored by the Halifax Community Club. The Halifax Community Hall is located at the intersections of 20 Brook Road and Branch Road in the village of West Halifax. For information, call Joan at 802-368-7733.
VENDORS SOUGHT: The Jacksonville Ladies Aid will be holding an Indoor Flea Market on Saturday, Feb. 22. Anyone with crafts or attic treasures to sell or clothing that no longer fits is welcome to set up a table.
The event will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Whitingham Municipal Center. A space will include an 8-foot table for $15. If interested, contact Gail Eleck at 802-368-2213 or Judy Bernard at 802-368-2912. Spaces need to be reserved by Feb. 7.
TOWN OFFICERS: The following positions are open for the town and school district offices in Putney: Auditor for three years, Auditor for two years, Cemetery Commissioner for three years, Town Grand Juror for one year, Town Grand Juror for one year, Lister for three years, Moderator for one year, School Director for three years, three School Directors for one year, Selectboard member for three years, Town Agent for one year, Town Clerk for three years and Treasurer, Town and School District for three years.
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RECORDER AND VIOLIN: Main Street Arts is offering two musical instrument classes this winter, one that explores the recorder and the other focused on the Suzuki violin technique.
Adults and teens are invited to join recorder group lessons for beginners with Jacob Mashak beginning Thursday, Jan. 16, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and continuing for 10 weeks. The fee is $120 for members and $150 for non-members.
Paul Ruscak is offering group Suzuki violin lessons for children 8 to 11 that began Jan. 3 and continue for 12 weeks from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The class is a continuation of the fall session. The fee is $144 for members and $192 for non-members. There are also private half-hour session beginning at 4:45 p.m. for ages 5 to 11. The fee is $180 for members and $204 for non-members. The semi-private rate is $108 and $132.
For information, contact Main Street Arts at 802-869-2960.