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Newfane: On Dec. 12, at 10:30 a.m., Santa will be at the Moore Free Library to read a story and hand out gifts to children. Free. Call 802-365-7948 for more information.

Beaten path

Brattleboro: The Latchis Theatre's December Off the Beaten Path film series concludes this weekend with "Coming Home," which will be shown on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12 and 13, at 4 p.m. It is Rated PG-13. For more information about Off the Beaten Path, visit

Gun violence

Brattleboro: Gun Sense Vermont is hosting a vigil at Pliny Park on Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. to noon to in honor of the victims of gun violence.



Brattleboro: The Windham Solid Waste Management District Swap Program on Old Ferry Road is now on winter hours. The Swap Program will be open the second Saturday of each month (weather permitting) from 9 a.m. to noon. Large loads of donations may not be accepted after 11:45 a.m. and there may be stricter limits on items that can be accepted. The Swap Program is an outlet for materials that are still usable but for which there is no traditional re-use program. People are asked to use all other available outlets before bringing items to the Swap Program. Items must clean, usable condition and must be accepted by a staff member before being left. Some items that usually are not accepted are appliances, upholstered furniture, carpet, computers, mattresses, clothes and tires. These items may be placed on Freecycle ( Items available this week include: cribs, small televisions, baby swing, napkin dispenser, punch bowl and glasses, hanging light fixture, table lamps, ice skates, Lakewood electric heater, artificial Christmas trees, umbrella strollers, foam noodles, Little Tykes hanging swing, tricycle, gazelle, suitcases.

Estate sale

Brattleboro: There will be an estate sale to raise money for the Winter Overflow Shelter at First Baptist Church on Main Street in Brattleboro from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12. Items include brand-new and slightly used gifts such as Waterford, Fenton, Staffordshire, Ironsstone, Austerling, goblets, vaseline glass, exquisite teapots, a Titanic collection, an autoharp, a Civil War flag, 12-place setting of Royal Doulton "Twilight Rose" with serving pieces. The First Baptist Church is located at 190 Main St.

Trail work

Hinsdale, N.H.: The Friends of Pisgah is hosting trail maintenance on Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. Meet at the Kilburn Trailhead on Route 63 and bring gloves, water, lunch and tools or use tools supplied by the Friends. For more information, call John Herrick at 603-256-6301.


Brattleboro: The First Congregational Church at 880 Western Ave. is hosting an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 13. The menu includes scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, french toast, pancakes, served with Vermont maple syrup, fresh fruit, juice, coffee, tea, cocoa. All are invited, and 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.


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.

Candle lighting

Brattleboro: The local Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting is scheduled in Brattleboro at Pliney Park on Dec. 13 from 7 to 8 p.m. The Compassionate Friends lights candles in the memory of deceased sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren. For more information, call 802-490-2326.

Holiday party

West Brattleboro: On Dec. 14 at 6 p.m., the West Brattleboro Association will host its annual Holiday Party at The New England House, 254 Marlboro Road. This is a time for people and businesses in West Brattleboro to get together socially and to celebrate the Association's numerous accomplishments in this past year. The evening will feature a cash bar with hors d'oeuvres prepared by the restaurant. The WBA suggests a voluntary donation of $5 toward the food, although no one will be turned away. Board president Michael Bosworth will give a brief "state of the association" report after which the group will present the West Brattleboro Community Leader of the Year to a deserving person or entity.

Movie night

Dover: Hosted by The Women's Freedom Center on Dec. 14 at 6 p.m., the Dover Free Library presents "Miss Representation," followed by a frank and inspiring community conversation that explores the profound impact of gender norms and media-fueled pressure on us all. "Miss Representation" highlights mainstream media's harsh and distorting influence on women and girls, restricting their full potential as well. For more call Dover Free Library 802-348-7488 or visit

Food safety

Brattleboro: There will be an overview and discussion of three final Food Safety Modernization Act rules on produce safety, preventive controls for human food, and preventive controls for animal food. FDA subject matter experts will provide information on what the new rules cover and who must comply, as well as major requirements of the rules. All stakeholders throughout the Northeast are invited to attend this informational event and will have opportunities to ask questions of FDA subject matter experts. The forum will be held on Dec. 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Latchis Theatre on Main Street.

Senior lunch

Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon on Dec. 18, at the Guilford Community Church. The menu will be a ham dinner. A suggested donation of $3.50 for seniors and $5 for others is asked. Books will be available on loan from the Guilford Free Library. For more information and to make reservations, call 802-254-9774 no later than Wednesday, Dec. 16.

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

Act 46

Jamaica: There will be a special school board meeting to discuss the impact of Act 46 on the Jamaica community, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Jamaica village school. This meeting will bring together members of the Jamaica Valley School Board, Leland & Gray Union High School and WCSU administration, community members, and representatives from the Vermont Legislature to discuss the impact and changes that Act 46 will bring to our local community schools.

Book people

Guilford: "People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks will be up for discussion at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Guilford Free Library. Call 802-254-5561 for information.

Cookie Swap

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Senior Center is hosting its Annual Cookie Swap at the Gibson Aiken Center, 207 Main Street on Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. Bring a couple of dozen home-made cookies and take home a plate full of a variety of scrumptious home-made cookies. Each person participating will leave with the same number of cookies they came with! Call the Senior Center with questions 802-257-7570.

Putney stories

Putney: "Putney Stories," short films by Putney Central School 8th grade students about long-time Putney community members, will show at Next Stage Arts Project on Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Act 46

Brattleboro: There will be discussion by the Brattleboro Town School Board of Act 46 on Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. at Green Street School.

Vermont Yankee

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Community Decommissioning Meeting will be held on Dec, 16 from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Brattleboro Food Coop Meeting Room at 7 Canal Street. All who wish to expedite decommissioning of Entergy's Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power plant in Vernon are welcomed to come and discuss concerns, strategies and planning for as rapid decommissioning as possible, to benefit the community and the environment. For addition information, contact Carol 802-258-1723.

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.


Putney: Are your children interested in electronics and robots? Then this class at the Putney Public Library, led by Rouge Maker Tenaya Hurst, on Dec. 17 from 3:30 to 4 p.m., is for them. Ages 6 and older and parents welcome. Space is limited because of materials so sign up is required: at 802-387-4407 or in person.

Days gone by

Guilford: On Dec. 18, at 1 p.m., at the Guilford Community Church, there will be a screening of "In Days Gone By," in which Vermonter share memories of living before electricity came to rural areas. The movie will begin immediately following Senior Lunch. No charge. Call 802-254-6545 for information.

Chinese foods

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, Dec. 18, 3:30 to 5 p.m. In the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom. Free, registration required at 802-246-2821 or

African dance

Brattleboro: There will be an African dance party on Dec. 18 from 8 to 11 p.m. at 118 Elliot Street. There is a suggested donation of $10 to $100 to help fund the funeral for Raoul Ombang's younger brother, Songolo Tresor. The party will continue at Metropolis until 2 a.m., Brattleboro Reggae Nigh,t with guest DJ LionBird. For more information on dance and drum classes visit, find African Dance VT on Facebook or contact Naomi Lindenfeld at or 802-258-6475.

Director retiring

Brattleboro: The public is invited to an open house at the Brooks Memorial Library on Friday, Dec. 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. to celebrate Jerry Carbone's 37 years with the library. The event will be held in the Main Room of the library and will be a time to recognize his work for and wish him well in his new ventures. Chris Bakriges and his trio will provide music. Light refreshments will be served.

Senior meal

Halifax: The Halifax senior meal is Dec. 18, at the Community hall in West Halifax at 20 Brook Road, serving at noon. The menu includes a cup of beef barley soup, a meal of meatballs, potato, veggie, rolls and dessert. All seniors are welcome. Sponsored by Senor Solutions. A donation of $ 3 is suggested. A call to Joan would be greatly appreciated at 802-368-7733.


Townshend: The Sugar Daddies in Recovery will be performing at the West Townshend Store Pizza Night Dec. 18. The outdoor oven will be ready for baking at 5 p.m. Build your own pizza from a number of tasty ingredients, at $10 a pie. Music begins at 6:30. Enjoy folk music with a rock and roll heart played by T.Breeze Verdant on acoustic guitar, stomp box and vocals, Joe Chagnon on electric lead guitar and Stephen Brandstatter on percussion.

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.

Cheese sampling

Brattleboro: On Dec. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m., 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. For more information, call 802-246-2852 or email

Shareholder forum

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Co-op hosts this monthly forum created by shareholders, for shareholders; open to the general public. All voices honored. Dec. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. Free, in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room. Email


Brattleboro: Come to the Brattleboro Food 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. Dec. 23, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom. Free. Registration required, at 802-246-2821 or

Spiritual experiences

Brattleboro: Have you ever had the experience of seeing spiritual light, listening to an inner sound, had strong intuitions or deja vu, dreams of flying, past life recall, or an out-of-body experience? This open discussion on Jan. 2 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Library is a chance to explore and share your experiences. Hosted by Eckankar, the religion of the Light and Sound of God, a spiritual teaching that provides simple exercises for people of all faiths, traditions, and walks of life to develop and deepen a conscious and practical relationship with spirit. All are welcome. For more information, visit or call 800-772-9390.