In Brattleboro...

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., Day with "The Making of a Peacemaker," at Centre Congregational Church on 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 communities and our world.

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.

POKER TOURNAMENT: The Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club will host a seven card stud poker tournament on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the American Legion Post 5 at 32 Linden St. There is an entry fee of $100 per player. All net proceeds from this event will benefit Project Feed The Thousands and other Sunrise Rotary projects.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. with the first hand being dealt at noon. Food and beverages will be available. Registration forms are available online at brattleborosunriserotary.org. For more information, contact Jason at 802-257-4406.

ARTS WORKSHOP: The Arts Council of Windham County is again providing scholarships for Windham County artists and craftspeople for a two-day professional development workshop.

The "Breaking into Business" workshops presented by the Vermont Arts Council focus on business and marketing planning specifically tailored to the needs of artists. The program is open to Vermont artists of all disciplines (visual, performing, media, literary, crafts and traditional) and is facilitated by Maren Brown and Dee Boyle Clapp from the Arts Extension Service at UMass Amherst. One session is offered this year: Feb. 22 to 23 in Montpelier. Space is limited and those interested should apply to VAC as soon as possible.

Those interested in attending should apply directly to the Vermont Arts Council at www.vermontartscouncil.org. The deadline for applications in Jan. 27. ACWC will reduce the fee for the workshops to $50 for Windham County residents and will help to organize carpooling. For more information, contact Doug Cox at dcox@sover.net or 802-257-1024, or visit www.acwc.us.

In Stratton...

WINTER BALL: The Stratton Mountain School Winter Ball will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25, in the Burtscher Fieldhouse. The theme this year is "Dreams of Gold" to celebrate the more than 35 Olympians who have attended SMS over the past 40 years. This year, for the Sochi Olympics, SMS expects seven or eight alumni to be named to the Olympic Team, following final qualification events.

There will be a silent auction featuring more than 75 items, including furniture, home accessories, gift certificates to area restaurants, vacation packages, golf outings, sporting gear and lift tickets.

The event also features a live auction, featuring items including a luxury ski and stay Aspen vacation in a slopeside four-bedroom condo, donated by the Dreimanns; a steel and diamond ring from Von Bargen’s Jewelers; a long weekend at a Connecticut mansion from the Shaws; Madison Square Garden box tickets for 12 from the O’Haras; a private plane charter for four from the Henry/Borg family; a week’s stay at the Whistler Four Seasons by the Davis family; and a rustic timber trestle table by Rob Wadsworth and Vermont Barns.

For tickets, call Wendy Schriebl at 802-856-1101. For information, visit www.gosms.org/dreamsofgold.

In Wilmington...

CHILI AND CHIMES: Chili and Chimes, a Winter Village Stroll event, will take place on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 3 to 6 p.m. in downtown Wilmington.

Experience a winter celebration in the village featuring chili samples and handmade chime displays. The event is free.

Sample chili from downtown restaurants at locations throughout the village. Chili styles range from mild and delightful to wild and adventurous. Look for "spoon chimes" marking locations that have chili or other events. Restaurants and bars will offer hot drink specials for the day.

Ever seen or heard chimes made from ski poles? Surprisingly beautiful in appearance and sound. River Bank Park will have a wind chime "chandelier" on display thanks to the people of Social Art Project. The individual wind chimes that make up the "chandelier" will be sold following the event. Come to the park to reserve one early and help support future village social art projects.

Bartleby’s Books will host an event with Adam Boyce, author of "The Man from Vermont: Charles Ross Taggart: Old Country Fiddler." Stop by to learn more about this historic entertainer. The store will have a fiddler playing after the event.

Stop by the library for winter arts and crafts projects. There will be hot cocoa in River Bank Park and visits from Snowy the Snowman. Shops will be open. Event sponsors include Town of Wilmington and Roseate Creations. For more information, visit www.wilmingtonworksvt.com.

In West BrattleboroĊ 

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. They will investigate the winter world 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.