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Brattleboro: The Brooks Memorial Library Board of Trustees is seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated Brattleboro resident and library user to fill an open position on the board. Candidates for this position should have an interest in maintaining a strong and visionary library in town. The board, which numbers nine trustees, meets at the library from 4:45 to 6:45 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month, September through June. Members are also asked to serve on two or more committees that convene monthly or as needed. Those committees are: Asset Development; Technology; Building & Grounds; and Fine Arts.
Brattleboro: The Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center hosts Nature Days for children in grades 1 through 5 on Jan. 18 and 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in which kids will play and learn, and benefit from the fresh air and exercise. Information, registration and scholarships at www.beec.org or 802-257-5785. Members $35 a day, non-members $45 a day.
Guilford: At 11 a.m. on Jan. 5, the Guilford Free Library will host a program of songs, fingerplays, books and activities for babies, toddlers and older siblings. No charge. 802-254-6545 for information.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Union High School music department announces the 27th annual Merry Mulch Christmas tree collection service. For a suggested donation of $10, Brattleboro residents can arrange to have their undecorated trees transported from outside their homes to the community garden in West Brattleboro, where they will be chipped into mulch to be used by gardeners. Music department students and parents will be collecting trees on Jan. 9, 16 and 23. All proceeds will be used for music department travel in March. This year, tree pick-up requests can be made in two ways. At the January Gallery Walk on Friday, Jan. 8, students will take orders from a table outside BrattleBurger. Orders can also be placed by calling one of these phone numbers: 802-387-4661, 802-254-7724 or 802-451-6748. All calls must be made between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. by the Thursday before the desired pick-up date.
Dover: Help build your library's collection by adopting a book at the Dover Free Library. This annual fundraising program directly enhances the library's collection of books and materials available to the public and provides community members a chance to sponsor books. This is a great opportunity to give back and honor loved ones, family or friends. Come by the library for more information and to see a great selection of books to "adopt" or visit www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.
Putney: Putney Library will be acting as a drop-off point for people wishing to donate to Carry Me Home, a project that is collecting specific children's items for distribution to refugees fleeing the war-torn Middle East. Carry Me Home is collecting used baby carriers in good condition, gently used snow boots, children's winter jackets, hats, gloves, scarfs, sox, lined winter pants (no bibs), small stuffed animals and toy cars. Other area drop-off points include: In The Moment Records at 143 Main St. in Brattleboro, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day; and Natural Beauty Hair Salon, 106 Route 5, Guilford. People wishing to donate money to assist with shipping can do so by contacting Carry Me Home at CarryMeHomeCampaign@gmail.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CarryMeHomeWithLove.
Song and dance
Brattleboro: Starting Jan. 5 and running through Feb. 23, on Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Robin Morgan will host a musical experience for children infant to 5 years old at KidsPLAYce at 20 Elliot St. This lively class is an enriching musical experience for toddlers and preschoolers, designed to support healthy cognitive, physical, and social development. Children will sing, clap, stomp, dance, and play along with the curriculum of traditional and modern folk songs. Parents will be encouraged to fully sing and participate with their child in the class. A range of props and instruments will be provided. All families participating in this class are invited to stay and play after for free. To register, call 802-254-5212, visit kidsplaycevt.org or find KidsPLAYce on Facebook.
Westminster: Souper Wednesday will be returning to the First Congregational Church, 3470 U.S. Route 5, for the seventh consecutive year, on Jan. 6, from noon to 2 p.m. Come for a hot bowl of soup and conversation with your neighbors. There is no charge for the simple soup lunch other than free will donation.
Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents a West African drum class led by Raoul Ombang on Jan. 6, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. at the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main Street. The cost is $10 and all levels are welcome. Drums are available for those who need one. For more information on dance and drum classes, visit www.africandancevt.com or find African Dance VT on Facebook.
Brattleboro: Art historian Carol Berry will consider the influences upon the work of 19th-century painter Vincent Van Gogh in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro on Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. Her talk, "Vincent Van Gogh: What Influenced Him and His Influence on Art," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. Brooks Memorial Library is sponsored by Brattleboro Camera Club, Brattleboro Retreat, Brattleboro Savings & Loan, Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, New Chapter, and Windham World Affairs Council.
Townshend: The community is invited to dinner at noon on Jan. 7 at the Townshend Church. The meal, prepared by Dam Diner Chef Stephanie, is sponsored by Senior Solutions. Suggested donation is $3.50 for people 60 years and older; all others $4. Take-out meals will be available. Everyone is welcome.
Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon on Jan. 8, at the Guilford Community Church. The menu includes ham soup, applesauce and bread, with brownies for dessert. A suggested donation of $3.50 for seniors is asked. For more information and to make reservations, call 802-254-9774 no later than Jan. 6.
Brattleboro: Brooks Memorial Library is hosting a Toy Hacking Workshop on Jan. 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in which participants will take apart electronic toys and learn about how circuits work. For ages 9 to 14, or 6 to 9 if accompanied by an adult. Families welcome. Registration required. Materials will be provided. Call the Children's Room at 802-254-5290, ext. 110 or email email@example.com to register.
Bernardston, Mass.: The United Church of Bernardston at 58 Church St., is having its Second Saturday Roast Beef Supper on Jan. 9; a complete home-cooked meal with all the fixings and dessert for just $10. Seating times are 5 or 6:15 p.m. Reserve a preferred seating time by calling 413-648-9306.
Brattleboro: On Jan. 9, there will be a shared housing meet up and potluck at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Dunham Room, 16 Bradley Ave., from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Led by Annamarie Pluhar, author of "Sharing Housing, A Guidebook for Finding and Keeping Good Housemates." Bring a dish for the potluck.
Brattleboro: The first Brattleboro Contradance for the new year will be held on Jan. 10 at the Stone Church, at the corner of Main Street and Grove Street, from 7 to 10 p.m. Caller for this dance is Steve Zakon-Anderson who will be accompanied by the band Cardinal Direction with Rebecca Bosworth-Clemens, Jon Cannon and Cedar Stanistreet. Admission is adults $10, college students with ID $8, youth $5. All dances are instructed and prompted and all ages are welcomed. For more information, visit www.brattcontra.org or call Carol 802-258-1723.
Brattleboro: The First Congregational Church at 880 Western Ave. is hosting a free breakfast on Jan. 10 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. 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. Donations accepted.
Brattleboro: Community Circle dances will be held at the Aikido Studio at 11 Cottage St., on Jan. 10, 17 and 31. All dances taught. No partner needed. All are welcome. Donations appreciated. For more information, call Parker Huber at 802-257-9108 or Mary Ellen Cannon at 603-631-0768.
Putney: The Putney Historical Society will hold its Annual Meeting on Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. with a free program on "Strong Women of Putney." The meeting will be held in the newly renovated Next Stage, home of the Putney Historical Society and Next Stage Arts at 15 Kimball Hill. There will be a potluck dinner at 6. Please bring something to share. After the dinner, there will be a brief business meeting followed by the "Strong Women of Putney" program, celebrating several women from Putney's past who accomplished great things for the town and beyond. Event is free and open to the public.
Walpole, N.H.: The Walpole Historical Society's first speaker of the year will be Gary Speed, who will discuss New Hampshire wildlife species and changes in wildlife populations over the past decades, including the bobcat, the bear and the chipmunk, on Jan 14 at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
Guilford: On Jan. 14, at 9 a.m. at the Guilford Country Store, there will be a meeting of the Guilford Gazette to finalize its February issue. Call 802-257-4603 for information.
Guilford: On Jan. 15, at 1 p.m., the Guilford Community Church will present "Nobel Hearts," about Vermont's involvement in the Civil War. The movie will begin immediately following Senior Lunch. No charge. Call 802-254-6545 for information.
Vernon: The Mountain View SDA Church will host the Cheshiremen Chorus in concert on Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. The Mountain View Adventist Church is located at 1002 Ft. Bridgeman Highway. The concert is free of charge and will be followed by fellowship and light refreshments.
Brattleboro: The Root Social Justice Center is partnering with Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform to host a free public forum, "Mass Incarceration and Vermont," at 28 Williams St., from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 17. ASL and childcare are provided. The event is wheelchair accessible and fragrance free. It will also be filmed by BCTV. Donations are appreciated.
Halifax: The Halifax Community Club and the Whitingham Free Public Library are again cosponsoring a Tai Chi class that will be held on Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Halifax Community Hall. The winter session will begin on Jan. 20 and end on March 23. The instructor, Halifax resident Seth Geeslin, has been practicing Tai Chi for more than 20 years and teaching for about 15 years. The Halifax Community Hall, located at 20 Brook Road in West Halifax, is wheelchair accessible and has an accessible bathroom. The class is open to the public, and no registration is required. There is a suggested voluntary donation of $5 per class. All donations will be applied toward a winter heat fund to enable the Club to host Tai Chi classes and other programs year-round in the historic Hall. For more information, contact Linda Lyon at LindaALyon@gmail.com or 802-368-2211.
Guilford: On Jan. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Guilford Free Library, there will be a discussion of Richard Russo's "Empire Falls." No charge. Call 802-254-5561 for information.
Brattleboro: The Gathering Place will host its annual meeting on Jan. 27 at 30 Terrace St. at 4 p.m.
West Brattleboro: West Brattleboro Baptist Church continues to provide a free community meal at 979 Western Avenue the last Sunday of each month. On Jan. 31, from noon to 2 p.m., the menu includes Chicken Parmesan, tossed salad with dressing, Italian bread, dessert, and choice of beverage. All are welcome.