Today 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Saturday

Music/Dance

Bellydance Benefit: The Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro. "Goddess Rising: Bellydance Benefit." 3:30-6 p.m., Workshops. 7:30 p.m., performance. Performance features many different styles of belly dance with live music by Bada Raga. Suggested donation of $10-14 for performance; $15 for one workshop, $25 for two. Sign up for workshops, e-mail Cyndal Ellis at cyndalellis@gmail.com. Benefit for Women’s Freedom Center and Heart Thoughts Midwifery.

Film

Film Screening: 8-10:30 p.m., Horowitz Hall, Vermont Academy Campus, Saxtons River. Public invited to a screening of the film, "Ip Man." Free.

Kids

Boys & Girls Club: 2-7 p.m., 17 Flat St., Brattleboro. Programs, activities, special events and use of facilities available for ages 10 to 18. Information: 802-254-5990.

Outdoors/Recreation

Trap Practice: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Sportsmen’s Inc., Creamery Road, Guilford. Every Saturday. Information: 802-579-1587.

Museums

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

Brattleboro History Center: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Brattleboro Historical Society’s new History Center, 196 Main St., Masonic Center, Brattleboro. Series of changing exhibits. Fort Dummer replica, facts about artifacts; old signs, maps, prescriptions, gowns. Information: 802-258-4957 or histsoc@sover.net.

Miscellaneous

Overflow Shelter Volunteers: 1 p.m., First Baptist Church, 190 Main St. Training session for volunteers interested in staffing Brattleboro’s Winter Overflow Shelter. Must be over 18. Hosted by Brattleboro Area Drop In Center. If interested but unable to attend, e-mail overflow.bratt@gmail.com.

Ongoing Events

Thrift Shop: 9 a.m.-noon, Wed. and Sat., second floor, above, West Townshend Post Office, Route 30, West Townshend. Sponsored by The West River Community Project. Community closet with large selection of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, footwear; and toys.

Food Shelf Open: 9-10 a.m., Putney Community Center, Christian Square, Putney. Information or to donate: 802-387-8551.

Vermont Academy Open House: 9:30 a.m., Horowitz Hall, Vermont Academy Campus, Saxtons River. Free. Information: amillikin@vermontacademy.org.

Turning Point: Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. 9:30-10:30 a.m, Overeaters Anonymous. 5:30-6:30 p.m., All-Recovery Group. 5-10 p.m., Play pool, watch movies, use computers, cook; family-friendly, substance-free setting. Information: 802-257-5600.

Worn Again Thrift Shop: 10 a.m.-4 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.

Winter Farmers’ Market: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., Brattleboro. Indoor farmers’ market. Eggs, bread, greens and potatoes; jams, jellies, pickles and preserves; local wine; pottery, woodworking and jewelry. Lunch, live music by John Hughes 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Project of Post Oil Solutions. Information: 802-869-2141 or e-mail farmersmarket@postoilsolutions.org.

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.

Al-Anon Meeting: 3-4 p.m., St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, corner Bradley Avenue and Putney Road, Brattleboro.

Easy Does It: 8:30-9:40 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Brew Barry Conference Center 2. Information: 802-257-5801.