Thursday, Jan. 16 Music/Dance

Gentle International Folk Dancing: 4-5:30 p.m., Putney Cares Activity Barn, 54 Kimball Hill Road, Putney. Led by Melissa Lovell Post. For beginners and elders. This series ends Feb. 14. $8 per class. No experience necessary. Information: Anne, 802-387-4330; or Melissa, 802-875-4102; goodwood@vermontel.net.

Open Mic: 7-10 p.m., Marina Restaurant, Route 5, Brattleboro. Hosted by Kevin Parry. Every Thursday. Free. To sign up for a 20-minute slots, call 802-257-7563. Information: www.kevinparrymusic.com.

Film

Dinner and A Movie Series: 5:30 p.m., dinner at the Gleanery; 7 p.m., film at Next Stage, Putney. Presented by Next Stage Arts, The Gleanery and the Putney Co-op. January film series about food. Film: Pixar classic, Ratatouille, inspires food lovers young and old. Snacks courtesy of the Putney Co-op. Cost: Adults, $23; children under $13. Information: www.nextstagearts.org.

Kids

Preschool Explorers: 10-11:30 a.m., The Nature Museum at Grafton, 186 Townshend Road, Grafton. Nature’s Snowshoers (Mighty Acorns Preschool Explorers). Learn about the unique winter adaptations of snowshoe hares, lynx, and grouse. Ages 3-5 and caregivers. $5 per child. Register at www.nature-museum.org or 802-843-2111.

Storytime: 10:30 a.m., Westminster West Public Library. Program of books, songs and activities for toddlers and preschoolers. No charge. Information: 802-387-5737 or 802-387-4682.

Preschool Storytime: 11 a.m., Putney Public Library. Every Thursdays. For ages 2 and up. Circle of fun and learning for children, parents and caregivers. Free. Information: 802-387-4407.

Children’s Story Hour: 11 a.m., Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square, Bellows Falls. Pat Fowler reading. Reservations: 802-463-9404.

Boys & Girls Club: 3-7 p.m., 17 Flat St., Brattleboro. Programs, activities, special events and use of facilities available for ages 10 to 18. Information: 802-254-5990.

Preschool Storytime: 1:30 p.m., Walpole, N.H., Town Library, ages 2 1/2 to 5. Crafts and stories. Information: 603-756-9806.

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

Brattleboro History Room: 2-4 p.m., Brattleboro Historical Society, 230 Main St., Third Floor, Municipal Center, Brattleboro. Also, open and Sat. 10 a.m.-noon and by appointment. Call 802-258-4957; histsoc@sover.net; brattleborohistoricalsociety.org.

Brattleboro History Center: 2-4 p.m., Brattleboro Historical Society’s new History Center, 196 Main St., Masonic Center, Brattleboro. Enjoy handmade dolls, specially crafted wooden truck, train. Glimpse Rudyard Kipling through Mary Cabot’s journal entries; view her photo albums, author of The Annals of Brattleboro, 1681-1895; more exhibits. Information: 802-258-4957 or histsoc@sover.net.

Brooks Memorial Library: 224 Main St., Brattleboro. Check out free museum passes to 15 local area museums: Eric Carle, MASS MoCA, Smith College, Springfield, Shelburne, Norman Rockwell, Bennington, Echo Lake, VINS, Vt. State Park passes and more. Click on Museum Passes at brookslibraryvt.org/borrow, or call 802-254-5290, ext. 0.

Outdoors/Recreation

Senior Bowling: 9:15 a.m., Brattleboro Bowl, Putney Road, Brattleboro. Every Thursday. Bowling for seniors. Information: 802-254-2710 or 802-387-5757.

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.

Meals

Townshend Community Dinner: Noon, Townshend Church. Suggested donation $3 for over 60, $4 for all others. Take-out meals available. Sponsored by Senior Solutions. Free blood pressure screening by Visiting Nurse Assn. of Vt. and N.H. All welcome.

Gluten Free Potluck: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Brattleboro Food Co-op, Community Room. Share recipes and resources to help make healthy, safe dietary choices. Open to everyone: Celiac, gluten intolerant, and those who would like to learn more about more gluten-free options. Free. Registration requested, 802-257-0236.

Miscellaneous

Reading and Discussion Series: 4-5:30 p.m., Brooks Memorial Library, Meeting Room, 224 Main St., Brattleboro. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: A Reading and Discussion Series. Led by Vermont Humanities scholar Richard Wizansky. This week: "Matryona’s Home." Sponsored by the library. Books available for loan at circulation desk. Information: brookslibraryvt.org, 802-254-5290 ext. 101.

Putney Free Health Clinic: Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., Putney Medical Office, Main Street, Putney. Free, open to all. Information: Putney Family Services: 802-387-2120.

Living History Presentation: 7-8:30 p.m., Brooks Memorial Library, Main Room, 224 Main St., Brattleboro. "Alexander Turner Life Story: A Slave" (1845- 1923). Naima Wade to retell the Life Story of Alexander Turner, fugitive slave and Vermont homesteader. Sponsored by the Library. Information: brookslibraryvt.org, 802-254-5290 ext. 101.

Dummerston Historians: 7:30 p.m., Dummerston Historical Society Schoolhouse, Dummerston Center. Historical Society’s annual meeting and program, SIT Peace Corps Training at Camp Arden, 50 years later, with Tom Zopf and Len Oppenheim. Brief business meeting, adopt budget, elect officers. Free. Handicapped accessible. Information: Gail, 802-254-9311.

Ongoing Events

Meditation Sittings: 7-7:45 a.m., Vermont Insight Meditation Center, in the Neighbor’s Hall at Solar Hill, 229 Western Ave., Brattleboro. Information and cancellations: 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.

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.

Turning Point: 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. 1 p.m., Recovery Wellness Peer Group. 2-3 p.m., Recovery Chat. 7-10 p.m., AA Food/Fellowship. 8 p.m., Step meeting. Information: 802-257-5600.

Guilford Food Pantry: 5-6:30 p.m., at Broad Brook Grange, 3490 Guilford Center Road. Pantry is open Thursdays (except the first Thursday of the month).

Southern Vermont Scrabble Club: 6-10 p.m., Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., Brattleboro. Fun, friendship, competitive play. All equipment provided. Fee $3. First-timers play free. Every Thursday. Information: Ed at ed.liebfried@gmail.com or 971-344-8730.

Dedicated Dads Making a Difference: 6-8 p.m., Early Education Services, 122 Birge St., Brattleboro. Free fathers support group. Dinner and child care provided. Information: Josh Miller, 802-254-3742, ext. 172.

Women’s Spirituality Group: 6-8 p.m., in West Brattleboro. Led by Patty MacDonald, Astrologer/Tarot Reader/Teacher. Sharing stories and spiritual meaning in them. Third Thursday each month. Registration required, 802-732-8004 or toll free at 1-888-772-1395. Women of all ages welcome. Donation, $8.

Alateen Meeting: 7-8 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 17 Belmont Ave., Brattleboro. Downstairs, Room B, on back, right, through the Maple Cafe. For teenagers whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking.

Al-Anon AFG: 7-8:30 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Tyler Conference Center, 17 Belmont Ave., Brattleboro.

Zen Meditation: 7:30-9 p.m., in Guilford. No charge. Beginners welcome. Information: 802-257-9425.

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

Friday, Jan. 17

Music/Dance

Valley Rock Concert: 7 p.m., Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro. Directed by Tony Lechner. 100-plus voice community (non-audition) choir performing rock songs from ‘60s to today with a live band. Tickets at the door and at local book stores. Cost: Adults, $15; seniors and students, $12; children 12 and under free. Information: www.ValleyChoirs.com.

Caravan of Thieves: 7:30 p.m., at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney. Acoustic swing and alt gypsy jazz quartet Caravan of Thieves with fiddler Emma Walsh. Presented by Twilight Music. Tickets $16 advance, $18 at the door. Information: 802-254-9276. Information: www.nextstagearts.org.

Windham Orchestra: 7:30 p.m., Horowitz Hall, Vermont Academy, Saxtons River. Local citizen composer Jan Norris’ "Melting Spring"; Sibelius’ "The Swan of Tuonela" featuring James Adams, English Horn; Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4, "Romantic"; von Suppé’s Overture "Light Cavalry." Directed by Hugh Keelan. Name Your Ticket Price: $5 to $65, call Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4523, or visit bmcvt.org. (Also, Sun., Jan. 19, 3 p.m., Latchis Theatre).

Classic Rock: 8-11 p.m., West Dover Inn, Route 100, West Dover. Kevin Parry plays and sings classic rock requests on guitar and mandolin. Free. Information: www.kevinparrymusic.com or 802-464-5207.

Kids

Community Playgroup: 9:30-11 a.m., at Early Education Services, 130 Birge St., Brattleboro. For ages 0-5 and their caregivers. Snack provided. Information: EES, 802-254-3742 ext. 111.

Stories and Crafts: 10 a.m., Townshend Library, 1971 Route 30, Townshend. Downstairs children’s library. First and third Friday each month. Information: 802-365-4039; www.townshendlibrary.org.

Community Playgroup: 10-11:30 a.m., at Whitingham Public Library. For ages 0-5 and their caregivers. Snack provided. Information: Early Education Services, 802-254-3742 ext. 111.

Storytime and Crafts: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Jamaica Memorial Library. Every Friday. Information: 802-874-4901.

Boys & Girls Club: Noon-6 p.m., 17 Flat St., Brattleboro, ages 10-18. Friday Teen Night, 6-11 p.m., for grades 7 through 18 year olds. Bands, DJs, skate jams, and movies. Information: 802-254-5990.

Lectures

Iditarod Talk: 7 p.m., Halifax Community Hall, intersection of 20 Brook Road and Branch Road, West Halifax. Veterinarian Turner Lewis to show pictures and speak about his adventures in Alaska at the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Discussion follows. Light refreshments. Sponsored by the Halifax Community Club. Information: Joan at 802-368-7733.

Meals

Congregate Breakfast: 7:45-8:15 a.m., Brattleboro Senior Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. Menu: Corned beef hash, scrambled eggs, muffin, fruit, yogurt, juice. Suggested donation for seniors over 60, $3.50. All others, $6. Information: 802-257-1236.

Halifax Senior Meal: Noon, Halifax Community Hall. Menu: Lettuce leaf with peach and cottage cheese, corn chowder, johnny cake, rolls and dessert. Sponsored by Senior Solutions. All seniors welcome. Suggested donation $3. Information: Joan, 802-368-7733.

Guilford Senior Lunch: Noon, Guilford Community Church. Menu: Chicken sausage skillet, tossed salad, breads, with blueberry angel dessert. Sponsored by Senior Solutions. Library books available. Blood pressures taken. Information: 802-254-9774.

Church Dinner: 5-7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 18 Town Crier Drive, Brattleboro. Menu: Roast pork, gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, ice cream sundae and cookies; coffee, tea or lemonade. Cost: $10 adults, children 12 and under free with an adult. Tickets at door. Proceeds benefit Methodist Church Outreach.

Museums

Brattleboro History Center: 2-4 p.m., Brattleboro Historical Society’s new History Center, 196 Main St., Masonic Center, Brattleboro. Play an Estey Field Organ made in Brattleboro. November 1895 Vt. Phoenix weeklies. Video/diorama of West River Railroad. Information on Crosby, Estey, and Moody families. Information: 802-258-4957 or histsoc@sover.net.

Miscellaneous

Artist’s Talk and Reception: The Putney School, Elm Lea Farm, Michael S. Currier Center Gallery, 418 Houghton Brook Road, Putney. Cynthia Hartling, Paintings, 10 a.m., artist talk, Calder Hall. 7-9 p.m., reception.

Winter Farmers’ Market: 4-7 p.m., Bellows Falls, at the Train Station. Third Friday each month, through March. Indoors, local vegetables, breads, cheeses, canned goods, meats, prepared foods, crafts and more. Information: www.bffarmersmarket.com or 802-463-2018.

Third Friday Art Walk: 5-8 p.m., Bellows Falls. Sponsored by the Village Square Booksellers and the Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce of Bellows Falls. Stroll through art galleries, shops and art venues of Bellows Falls, for art, music and literary events. Information: 802-463-9404.

Ongoing Events

Meditation: 7:30-8:45 a.m., Biologic Wellness Center, Merchants Bank, 205 Main St., Brattleboro. Mountains and Rivers Mindfulness Community. Free mindfulness class. Wheelchair accessible. Information: 802-387-2382.

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.

Worn Again Thrift Shop: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., St. Edmunds Catholic Church, Saxtons River. Clothing for all; shoes, boots and sneakers; bedding; household articles; toys. Operated by volunteers of West River Mission of Putney and churches in Putney, Townshend, Stratton Mountain and Saxtons River.

Hospice Thrift Shop: 10 a.m.-7 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.

Turning Point: 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. 1-3 p.m., Game Day. 7-8:30 p.m., Cornerstone M/M Bible Study. 9-11 p.m., AA Candlelight meeting. Information: 802-257-5600.

Acupuncture Clinic: 2-6 p.m., Medicine for the People, 125 Main St., Putney. Community clinic. Call ahead for appointment, 802-387-3028. Sliding scale.