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Volunteers needed

Brattleboro: The Seasonal Overflow Shelter at the First Baptist Church opened on Nov. 15 and is in need of people to staff the 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. and 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. shifts. Those who are interested in helping out, should call Rhianna at 802-257-5415, ext. 104, or email

Photography workflow

Brattleboro: Lee Germeroth, a professional photographer, will host a photography workflow presentation, from shoot to delivery, at the New England Adobe User Group Dec. 1 meeting. He will go over his extensive backup procedures, and Adobe Lightroom tips and tricks to simplify and speed up the workflow process. He will also leave time for a questions and answers, so bring your photography, Lightroom or Photoshop related questions. This workshop will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m., Dec. 1, at Marlboro College Graduate Center, 2nd Floor, 28 Vernon Street. For questions or to RSVP, email


Senior lunch

Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon on Dec. 4, at the Guilford Community Church. The menu includes turkey soup, stuffed salad rolls and cake with nutmeg sauce. A suggested donation of $3.50 for seniors is asked. Books will be available on loan from the Guilford Free Library. blood pressures courtesy of Guilford cares. For more information and to make reservations, call 802-254-9774 no later than Dec. 2.


Putney: The Putney Public Library will be offering a memoir workshop on Dec. 2, at 7 p.m., with author Ann Anderson Evans, a writer and linguist, and was for eight years a professor of writing at Montclair State University. For more information, visit This program is free and open to the public.

The big three

Putney: On Dec. 3, starting at 7 p.m., at the Putney Public Library, Jim Esden, a forester for the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation will give a presentation on three of the invasive insects of greatest concern in Vermont: emerald ash borer, hemlock woolly adelgid and Asian longhorned beetle. This program is free and open to the public.

Senior meal

Townshend: The community is invited to dinner at noon on Dec. 3, at the Townshend Church. The meal is sponsored by Senior Solutions. Suggested donation is $3.50 for people 60 years and up; all others $4. Take out dinners are available. Everyone is welcome.

Brattleboro: The fourth annual Tuba Christmas is scheduled for Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in West Brattleboro. All tuba players are encouraged to participate, arriving at 2 p.m. for a short practice. For more information, call 802-254-4157.

Musical soiree

Williamsville: On Dec. 6, the Williamsville Eatery will host another musical soiree, featuring dinner and a concert. Jazz/gospel vocalist Wanda Houston will be supported by Eugene Uman on piano and David Picchi on bass. Because seating is limited to 25, tickets, at $30, will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Food will be served from 5 p.m. until the concert, which runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Craft beers and wines will be available throughout the evening. To reserve a seat, call 802-365-9600.

Book sale

Brattleboro: The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library will host its annual Holiday Book Sale in the library on Friday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gift quality books and gently used fiction, non-fiction, children's books and CDs will be on sale. There is a selection of holiday theme books and like-new children's books. Non-fiction titles include art, cooking and gardening, history, music, sports and many more subjects. On Saturday, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., the Friends will provide free gift-wrapping for books purchased at the sale and intended as gifts. The Friends of the Library is also selling the very popular Book Lover's Calendar for 2016, which can be purchased at the library front desk for $10 each. All proceeds go to support the Library.

Traveling Spanish

Brattleboro: From Dec. 5 through 7, Express Fluency will host a Spanish for Travelers calls. No prior Spanish experience required. More informatino at or contact, 802-275-2694.

Swedish meatballs

Brattleboro: The community is invited to a Swedish-style dinner on Saturday, Dec. 5 at Trinity Lutheran Church. The meal will include Swedish meatballs and gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetable, pickled beets, applesauce, Swedish bread, with Swedish dessert breads and Sprtiz cookies. There will be two seatings available, at 5:30 and 7 p.m. The suggested donation is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12, and free for those 5 and under. The proceeds will help to fund Trinity's work in this community and beyond. Required reservations can be made by calling 802-254-4220. Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 161 Western Ave. Take-out will be available. Everyone is welcome.

Ski sale

Bellows Falls: On Dec. 5, the Bellows Falls Middle School annual ski sale will take place from noon until 3 p.m. in the BFMS Cafeteria. The side entrance to the sale is on Cherry Hill, right off School Street. Skis, boots, poles, snowboards, clothing, goggles, and helmets will be available. Most equipment is suitable for adults and older children. Snacks and drinks (hot and cold) will be available for sale. The sale is sponsored by BFMS Community Supported Activities, a group of parents and community members, and all proceeds from the sale are used to fund enrichment activities at the middle school for students in all grades. For more information, call 802-463-4366.

Bus trip

Saxtons River: The Saxtons River Art Guild will be sponsoring a trip to Bennington on Dec. 10, which will include visits to Bennington Museum, The Bennington Center for the Arts and Vermont Confectionary, with a break before heading home at the Vermont Confectionary for Vermont-made ice cream and hand made specialty chocolate novelties. Cost of the bus is $40 for Saxtons River Art Guild members and $50 for non-members. Admission for the Museums will be $12 and will be collected on the bus. Riders may pack a bag lunch or purchase a box lunch for $10. The bus will pick up passengers in Walpole, N.H., and Brattleboro. Please Contact Greater Falls Travel at 802-463-3919 for more information and to make reservations.

Santa Claus

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department is hosting Santa Claus on Dec. 5. He will arrive at the Gibson Aiken Center on Main Street at 1 p.m. on a tractor provided by the Robb Family Farm and escorted by the police and fire departments. Children can visit with Frosty, Santa and his Elves and have their picture taken for a donation. "Santa's Workshop" will be open for children to decorate Christmas cookies which are donated and made by "The Hideaway" at Brattleboro Union High School and frosting made by Vermont Country Deli. Also, the BUHS Band will be there playing Christmas tunes. This event is for children of all ages. For more information, call 802-254-5808 or "Like" the department on Facebook.

Student dances

Marlboro: On Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Serkin Dance Studio, Marlboro College presents new dances prepared and perfected by students at Marlboro Colleges over the course of the fall semester.

Bean supper

Winchester, N.H.: The United Church of Winchester will hold its 417th monthly Bean Supper on Dec. 5, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the church building at 99 Main Street. Served family style, the cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children. The building is accessible to all and the proceeds help to fund church missions. For more information, call 603-239-4465.

Tree identification

Putney: The Putney Mountain Association hosts a winter tree identification using a dichotomous key, Dec. 5, from 1 to 3 p.m., led by Rich Grumbine, Putney resident and biology faculty at Landmark College. Meet at the Putney Mountain parking lot.

Supper benefit

Guilford: On Dec. 5, there will be a benefit supper and dance to support the Clark Farm and Tom Henry, an injured carpenter, from 5 to 7 p.m., featuring chili, spaghetti, desserts and more. At 7 p.m., there will be a contradance with Andy Davis and Fred Breunig, callers. Admission for the evening is $10 adults; $5 age 5 and under. At the Broad Brook Grange, 3940 Guilford Center Road.

Santa Claus

Dover: Santa Clause is coming to town once again bringing gifts for local children at Dover Free Library's Annual Holiday Event, on Dec. 5 from 3 to 5 p.m. There will be a children's chorus singing traditional Christmas carols and more. Craft activities at the Elf's Workshop and seasonal refreshments will also be offered at this free event. For more information, visit or call 802-348-7488.

Santa Claus

Wardsboro: Santa will arrive by fire truck, complete with sirens, at the Wardsboro Town Hall on Main Street on Dec. 6 at noon. The doors will open at 11 a.m. for those who want to be first in line to buy Christmas cookies from the full selection. Santa invites all children for a photo op while family members select their cookies, sold by the baker's dozen or individually. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Santa and photos from noon to 2 p.m. Donations of cookies will be happily accepted. Sponsored by the trustees of the Wardsboro Public Library.


Jacksonville: The annual Jacksonville Cookie Exchange is scheduled for Dec. 6 at the home of Bill and Gail Eleck on Route 8A. To participate, bring three dozen cookies to swap and some for munching. Coffee and juice will be provided. The event starts at 1:30 p.m., followed by a Secret Pal Party at 2:30. For more information, call 802-368-2947 or 802-368-7173.

Edgar Allen Poe

Brattleboro: Short stories by Edgar Allen Poe will be discussed on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room at the Brooks Memorial Library. This is the last in the Vermont Humanities Council reading and discussion series with a focus on short stories. Dr. Richard Wyzanski, VHC scholar, has facilitated the short story reading and discussion series. Books with the Poe stories are available at the Library Circulation Desk. This series has been made possible through the generosity of The Vermont County Store.


Townshend: Ray Mason is coming to the West Townshend Store Pizza Night on Friday, Dec. 7. Pizza making begins at 5 p.m. Build your own, at $10 a pie, from a number of tasty ingredients And watch it bake in the outdoor oven. Beer, wine and other refreshments are available at the cafe. Music begins at 6:30. Ray Mason will be singing original songs in the classic rock and roll style, accompanying himself on his Silvertone guitar.


Brattleboro: On Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m., students in Marlboro College's Speech Matters program will discuss how they are reframing the problem of addiction. In Room 2E of the Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon Street.

Holiday support

Brattleboro: On Dec. 8, Atamaniuk will host a Holiday Support Program and A Service of Remembrance for bereaved families and friends at the Carl M. Dessaint V.F.W. Post Home, 40 Black Mountain Road, at 7 p.m. The public is invited free of charge. The program is open to everyone, not just families that were served by Atamaniuk. Featured speaker will be Dr. Anne Black, a local grief therapist who is the founder and executive director of The Warrior Connection since 2010. Her business provides therapy for combat veterans concentrating on resolving loss, healing moral injury and mitigating and reducing PTSD symptoms. To learn more, contact Michael Atamaniuk at call 802- 254-8183. For those families who plan on attending, reservations are requested since seating may be limited. R.S.V.P by Monday, Dec. 7.


Marlboro: On Dec. 9, at 4 p.m., in the campus center of Marlboro College, Vermont Performance lab will present a culmination of student work in the Politics of Change class, in which students explored the so-called "long 1970s" through conducting oral histories with area residents who participated in radical movements, broadly defined, during that era.


Putney: On Dec. 9 at 7 p.m., at the Putney Public Library, Sadelle Wiltshire will lead a program on the use of labyrinths, whether as a quieting, healing form of walking meditation or a place for respite. After an overview and historical slide show there will be a labyrinth available to walk indoors as community. Bring a concern or joy to release into the labyrinth. Putney Library is located at 55 Main Street. This program is free and open to the public.

Drum class

Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents West African drum class with Raoul Ombang on Dec. 9, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. followed by a dance class from 7:15 to 8:45, at the the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main Street. The cost for the drum class is $10 and a sliding scale of $8 to $20 for the dance class. For more information, visit or find African Dance VT on Facebook.

Vermont Yankee

Brattleboro: The next meeting of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel will be held on Dec. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room at Brattleboro Area Middle School. At the meeting the panel will discuss the NRC's recent request for public comment on the Notice of Advance Proposed Rulemaking regarding decommissioning and discuss and take action on an advisory opinion on the Certificate for Public Good for the second dry cask storage pad at the Vermont Yankee site. The Panel is seeking written comments from the public on the CPG advisory opinion that will be discussed and voted on at the Dec. 10 meeting and all other proposed draft opinions. Written comments may be emailed to the Panel at


Brattleboro: The fourth annual Tuba Christmas is scheduled for Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in West Brattleboro. All tuba players are encouraged to participate, arriving at 2 p.m. for a short practice. For more information, call 802-254-4157.


Brattleboro: The next Brattleboro Contradance will be held Dec. 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Stone Church on the corner of Main Street and Grove Street. Caller for the dances is Ron Blechner with musicians Rachel Bell, Julie Valmont and Audrey Knuth. All dances the contradances are instructed and prompted with live music throughout. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for college students, $5 youth. Please bring indoor soft soled shoes to dance in to protect the floor. All dances are taught and prompted with live music accompaniment. All dancers, beginners and experienced, are welcomed. For additional information, visit or call Carol at 802-258-1723.

Carbon pollution

Brattleboro: The Climate Change Café will host a presentation by Walt Gustafson, VPIRG Field Organizer, about placing a price on carbon emissions in Vermont through a carbon pollution an effort to deal with climate change, on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m., at Brooks Memorial Library, Main Street. For further information, contact Tim Stevenson at 802-869-2141 or

Senior meal

Townshend: The community is invited to dinner at noon on Thursday, December 17, at the Townshend Church. The meal is sponsored by Senior Solutions. Suggested donation is $3.50 for people 60 years and up; all others $4. Take out dinners are available. Free blood pressure screening, starting at 11:30, will be available, provided by the Visiting Nurses Association of Vermont/NewHampshire. Everyone is welcome.

Christmas carols

Guilford: On Sunday, Dec. 20, there will be a Christmas Carol Service at 7 p.m. at the Green River Church. Refreshments following the service. For more information, call 802-254- 5910.

Pennywise Pantry

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Food Co-op offers free educational tours to teach you how to shop for the great values we have to offer. These pennywise tools help you stock your kitchen with healthy food no matter how tight your budget. Ongoing, By Appointment, Call 802-246-2822.

Free Lunchtime Yoga for Co-op Shareholders

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Food Co-op offers this yoga class to all co-op shareholders at no cost. All levels, please bring a yoga mat. First come, first serve (space is limited). Every Wednesday,12pm-1pm in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room,, 802-246-2821.

Kidsplayce Healthy Snack & Story Time

Brattleboro: Come join us at Kidsplayce where we'll read a story (or a few) and a make a healthy snack, together with a Brattleboro Food Co-op volunteer. Free and open participation during the Co-op hour, but Kidsplayce fees apply if you want to stay and play. Every Friday, 10:30-11:30am, 20 Elliot St, Brattleboro, VT, 254-5212,

Gallery Walk Sampling

Brattleboro: Come stop by and enjoy free samples throughout the Brattleboro Food Co-op during Gallery Walk. Friday, Nov. 6, 5:00-6:30pm.

Side-By-Side Cheese Sampling

Brattleboro: On Sunday, Dec. 6, from 2 to 4 pm, the Brattleboro Food Co-op is offering free samples of different families of cheeses, and the opportunity to learn about these cheeses. Free, in the BFC Cheese Department, 802-246-2852,

Spin Class at Bodhifit with Susie

Brattleboro: Every first Monday of the month at Bodhifit, Brattleboro Food Co-op shareholders can take this spin class at no cost with Susie, the BFC Seafood Department manager. Monday, Nov. 2, 5:15pm. Free for Co-op Shareholders, $15 for Non-Shareholders. 22 High St, Brattleboro, VT.

Meet & Greet Brattleboro Time Trade and GreenTree Designs

Brattleboro: This month the Brattleboro Co-op is highlighting some of the local producers from our Housewares department. Come to the store and meet the makers of Time Trade gift bags and Greentree Designs Cards! Tuesday, Dec. 8, 11:00am-1:00pm, Free, In the Store, 802-246-2821,

Holiday Cordial Making with Justin Garner

Brattleboro: Learn two methods of making medicinal cordials, a type of medicinal tincture that incorporates herbs, fruits, brandy, and honey or sugar. All of the ingredients and supplies will be provided. 21+, kids must be accompanied by parent. Tuesday, Dec. 8, 5:30-7:00pm, Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, $15 for Shareholders, $20 for Non-Shareholders, Pre-Registration Required, 802-246-2821,

Meet & Greet Pacem Pottery

Brattleboro: This month the Brattleboro Co-op is highlighting some of the local producers from our Housewares department. Come to the store and meet Bronna Zlochiver of Pacem Pottery! Thursday, Dec. 10, 11:00am-1:00pm, Free, In the Store, 802-246-2821,

Stand Up & Speak Out: Practical Tools for Effective Citizen Activism

Brattleboro: This three hour workshop will give you inspiration, confidence, and practical skills to speak up for causes you care about and create the change you seek. This FREE event includes yummy, nutritious snacks and a citizen activist toolkit. Please RSVP at, and with Shareholder Services at the Coop at 802-246-2821 or Thursday, Dec. 10, 5:30-8:30pm, Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom.

Holiday Beer and Wine Tasting

Brattleboro: Discover incredible wines and beers, eat luscious appetizers, and listen to lovely music at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center. Sample over forty wines and over fifteen varieties of craft beers. Proceeds benefit local charity Groundworks Collaborative. Friday, Dec. 11, 5:30-8:00pm, Brattleboro Museum and Arts Center, $20, purchase in advance at the Co-op, or at the door, 802-246-2821,

Fun Foods from Around the World: China

Brattleboro: Kids learn how to make traditional scallion pancakes and sweet sesame pancakes with Jiamei Lin, visiting Brattleboro with her family for one year from China. Friday, Dec. 18,, 3:30-5:00pm, Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, Free, Pre-registration required,


Side-By-Side Cheese Sampling

Brattleboro: On Sunday, Dec. 20, from 2 to 4 pm, the Brattleboro Food Co-op is offering free samples of different families of cheeses, and the opportunity to learn about these cheeses. Free, in the BFC Cheese Department, 802-246-2852,

Brattleboro Food Co-op Shareholder Forum

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Co-op hosts this monthly forum created by shareholders, for shareholders; open to the general public. All voices honored! Sunday, Dec. 20, 5:00-7:00pm. Free, Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room,

Gingerbread for Eating and Gifting

Brattleboro: Join us in the Co-op kitchen to make traditional gingerbread people to decorate and eat right away, or to package beautifully to offer as gifts for friends and family for the holidays. Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1:30-3:00pm, Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, Free, Pre-registration required, 802-246-2821,



The workshop, entitled "Stand Up & Speak Out: Practical Skills for Effective Citizen Activism," is the final installment of a six-part series hosted by Rural Vermont

Montpelier, VT - Rural Vermont will host an informative and interactive workshop designed to provide participants with the inspiration, confidence, and practical skills to be effective advocates for the causes they care about. The workshop—to be held at the Brattleboro Food Co-Op on December 10th, 5:30 - 8:30pm—is free and will include a citizen activist toolkit and hearty snacks. The workshop is open to the public, but space is limited so an RSVP is strongly encouraged.

During the training, the professional staff and farmer board members from Rural Vermont will provide an overview of the many situations in which citizen voices can affect real and durable change. From town boards and city councils, to our state legislature and the U.S. Congress, participants will learn how policies are made, and how citizens can effectively influence them. Using personal stories, fun interactive activities, and the opportunity to meet other aspiring activists, this workshop will provide simple and important tools for citizen action.

RSVP online at, or by calling the Rural Vermont office at (802) 223-7222. Please reserve your space at least 24 hours before the workshop - space is limited.

Rural Vermont is a non-profit organization representing Vermont's community of family farmers, neighbors and citizens committed to supporting and cultivating a vital and healthy rural economy and community. Rural Vermont believes family farms and the local food that they provide are at the heart of thriving communities and environmental sustainability. Economic justice for family farmers is the foundation of a healthy rural economy. Towards this end, Rural Vermont strives for fair regulation for farmers and works to counter corporate consolidation of agriculture and our food system.


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Caitlin Elberson and Olivia Baronas practice calling their legislators at Rural Vermont's citizen activist workshop in Burlington.

Rural Vermont Executive Director Andrea Stander speaks with citizen activists in Burlington.