In Brattleboro...

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, Jan. 18 and 19, 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 benefiting 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.

SHELTER TRAINING: The Brattleboro Area Drop In Center is hosting a training session for volunteers interested in staffing Brattleboro’s Winter Overflow Shelter on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 190 Main St.

Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to attend this training session. If wishing to be involved with the shelter as a volunteer, but unable to attend Saturday’s training session, contact the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center at overflow.bratt@gmail.com.

MLK DAY: The Brattleboro Area Interfaith Clergy Association is celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.


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, Day with "The Making of a Peacemaker," at Centre Congregational Church on Monday, Jan. 20.

Activities begin with a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m., with proceeds going to support a mission trip to El Salvador. Following dinner, music will be provided by children from area schools, the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus and the Chorus of the Community.

Woven through the music will be a short video and interactive conversation, encouraging participants to become peacemakers and justice seekers in our lives, our communities and our world.

WINTER SWAP PROGRAM: The Swap Program at the Windham Solid Waste Management District is now on winter hours. The program will be open the second Saturday of each month, weather permitting, from 9 a.m. to noon. The next scheduled opening will be Feb. 8.

Swap Program information is available at www.windhamsolidwaste.org, e-mail questions to swapshop@windhamsolidwaste.org.

AUDUBON PROGRAM: Susan Whittemore, Professor of Biology at Keene State College, will be the guest speaker at the Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 21. She will discuss the phenomenon of endocrine disruption, or how certain man-made chemicals are interfering with normal hormone function, with an emphasis on the detrimental impacts on wildlife.

This program will be presented at 7 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Library, in the Community Room, 224 Main St., in Brattleboro. The program is sponsored by Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society. The public is welcome.

In Saxtons River...

WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP: Watercolor artist Robert O’Brien will offer a one-day winter landscape workshop at Main Street Arts Saturday, Jan. 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The workshop will cover various techniques used to capture New England’s snow when painting in the watercolor medium, including glazing techniques, wet on wet technique, wet on dry, color mixing, perspective and color, use of color, value study, and composition. Value patterns and their importance in a composition will also be addressed. The artist will do a quick demonstration to review the topics discussed and explain use of light and shadow and introduce the dry brush technique.

Registration is required, at which time a materials list will be provided. The fee is $58 for MSA members and $71 for non-members. Registration is available by calling MSA at 802-869-2960 or e-mailing info@mainstreetarts.org.

LEARN SPANISH: Main Street Arts is offering two conversational Spanish classes this winter beginning Monday, Jan. 20. The 10-week classes will meet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Spanish for the Novice Speaker will be led by Greenough Nowakoski, and Aristides Nogueron will lead Conversational Spanish for the Intermediate Speaker.

The fee for the class is $80 for members and $100 for non-members, plus the cost of the text book and audio material. Registration is required. Scholarship assistance is available.

For information, contact Main Street Arts at 802-869-2960, info@mainstreetarts.org, or visit www.MainStreetArts.org.

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NATURE DAYS: Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center will offer Nature Days, childcare for teacher-in-service days, for all children in grades 1 through 5.

Nature Days are planned for Monday, Jan. 20 and Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children may enjoy their days out of school playing and learning in the fields and forests of Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center. Investigate the winter world surrounding them through games, activities and exploration. The adventures may include learning how to make snow forts strong enough for winter survival, following the tracks of an animal, and sledding down Heifer Hill.

The cost for members is $35 a day, and non-members $45 a day. For more information and to register: www.beec.org or 802-257-5785.