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Brattleboro: United Way Windham County is offering two programs that provide free federal and state income-tax preparation services to eligible taxpayers: the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program and MyFreeTaxes.com. United Way is also partnering with libraries and other community sites to provide access to MyFreeTaxes.com on a computer with high-speed internet for the public's use. Call 2-1-1 for location and access information.
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. 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.
Brattleboro: The Gathering Place will host its annual meeting on Jan. 27 at 30 Terrace St. at 4 p.m.
Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents a West African drum class with Raoul Ombang, Jan. 27, 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., followed by a dance class from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m., at the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main St. The cost for the drum class is $10; the sliding scale cost for the dance class is $8 to $20.
Marlboro: The Hogback Preservation Commission will hold a joint meeting with the Board of the Hogback Mountain Conservation Association on Jan. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Marlboro Town Offices, to explore ideas about undertaking a biodiversity inventory for the conservation area.
Brattleboro: The Board of Directors of Brattleboro Community Television, Inc. will hold its monthly board meeting in the Studio B, Room No. 305 of the Brattleboro Municipal Center on Main Street on Jan. 27, at 6 p.m. Members of the public are welcome to attend. For more information, call 802-257-0888.
Dummerston: Evening Star Grange and Senior Solutions presents the 4th Wednesday Senior Lunch at noon on Jan. 27 at the Grange Hall in Dummerston Center. Chefs Sallie May and Larry Lynch will present their lunch of oven-baked beef stew with artisan breads and a green salad. Dessert will be homemade gingerbread with real whipped cream. Take-outs will be available by calling the Grange at 802-254-1138 on Wednesday morning. A donation of $3 for Seniors 60 and over and $4 for those under 60 is suggested.
Drug abuse prevention
Bellows Falls: On Jan. 27, Greater Falls Connections is hosting a discussion on drug abuse prevention, at 6 p.m. at the Rockingham Free Public Library. Dinner and child care will be provided. Find out more about the work of GFC at www.greaterfallsconnections.org.
Brattleboro: Learn to make Kitchari, a healing soup from the Ayurvedic tradition made from rice and mung dahl, and Congee, a delicious healing Chinese rice porridge. Both use herbs and foods to support specific body systems; Jan. 28, 5:30 to 7 p.m., in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom. $4 for shareholders, $6 for non-Sshareholders. Registration required a 802-246-2821, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brattleboro: The next meeting of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel will be held on Jan. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room at Brattleboro Area Middle School. At the meeting, the panel will receive decommissioning updates from the state of Vermont and Entergy and a presentation on groundwater monitoring. The Panel will also vote on an advisory opinion on the Certificate of Public Good for the second dry cask storage pad at the Vermont Yankee site and discuss the Panel's Annual Report to the Governor and Vermont Legislature. The complete agenda and material can be viewed at publicservice.vermont.gov/topics/electric/nuclear#NDCAP.
Putney: The Vermont Food Bank and the Putney Foodshelf food distribution at Putney Meadows the fourth Thursday of each month. All are welcome, no questions asked; the food distributions are open to anyone in the community. The Vermont Foodbank, with the Putney Foodshelf, brings a truck of fresh produce and other non-perishable items. Bring your own shopping bags. The next distribution is scheduled for Jan. 28, from 9 to 9:45 a.m.
Brattleboro: BrattleMasters practice public speaking on Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. in the Marlboro College Graduate Center. The theme is "choices" according to the Toastmaster of the Evening, Timothy Maciel. Three speeches are scheduled. Club members will try to incorporate the theme into speeches and other speaking exercises throughout the program. Guests are welcome. Free parking and refreshments. For more information, visit Brattleboro.Toastmastersclubs.org.
Brattleboro: "Shall We Dance?" at The Stone Church, 210 Main St., on Jan. 29. Waltz lessons at 6:30 p.m. for beginners; 7:15 p.m. intermediate dancers with Ray Warren and Lucinda Dee-Warren. There will be open dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. Refreshments. Singles, couples, groups, gender friendly. This is a friendly, social (non-competitive) ballroom dance community. New comers welcome. The cost is $10/lesson and dance. Visit www.shallwedance.biz, email email@example.com or call 802-579-9990.
Dummerston: Transition Dummerston's monthly potluck and program will be on Jan. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Dummerston Congregational Church. The program will be a showing of the film, "Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective," a documentary introducing permaculture: a design method that offers an ecological lens for solving issues related to agriculture, economics, and more. The Potluck will go from 6 to 7 p.m. local food encouraged), and the film will be shown at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Bill at 802-257-1020 or Ken at 802-387-5288.
Townshend: On Jan. 29, One Part Luck will be performing at the West Townshend Pizza Night Concert. The outdoor oven will be ready to bake pizza starting at 5 p.m. Build your own pizza, at $10 a pie, from a number of tasty ingredients. Beer, wine and other refreshments are also available. Music begins at 6:30. John Bye and Peg Cowen, will sing traditional, and more current, country folk, with lots of harmony.
Putney: On Jan. 30, Pierce's Hall will be the location for a contra dance with music by Doug Creighton, melodeon, and Susan Creighton, piano, and caller Jim Fownes. The night starts with a beginners' session at 7:30, with dancing through 10:30. There is a suggested $7 donation. For more information, call 802-387-0163.
Bernardston, Mass.: The Bernardston Kiwanis hosts is monthly chicken pie supper on Jan. 30 from 5 to 6:30pm continuous seating at the United Church of Bernardston, 58 Church St. Price is $10. Take-home frozen pies available for $12. Reservations can be made at 413-648-9306.
Dummerston: Once again Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center is preparing for its 2nd Annual Project Scat, which is BEEC's annual fundraiser to benefit its many camp and environmental education programs. On Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Dummerston Grange kitchen, volunteers will be preparing the delicious chocolate scat for this event. Volunteers needed to roll and box the scat for sale.
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.
Brattleboro: Community Circle dances will be held at the Aikido Studio at 11 Cottage St., on Jan. 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.
South Londonderry: On Jan. 31 at 1 p.m., the First Baptist Church is hosting a sledding party at Cobb's Mill. Free and open to the public. Bring your fastest sleds to race a friend. Hot Chocolate and tea will be provided. Bring along a snack to share.
Putney: There will be a "Souper Karaoke, Baby!" party on Jan. 31 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Putney Cares Activity Barn, 54 Kimball Hill. All ages, by donation. Hearty soup, jasmine rice, gluten-free brownies, sunshine cake, coffee, tea and costume props provided.
Brattleboro: "Heating it up with the Ladies of the Rainbow," on Feb. 6 at the VFW on Black Mountain Road will be this year's major fundraiser for the Windham County Heat Fund. The Heat Fund has no overhead and no administrative expenses. All money used to pay fuel bills is given directly to fuel dealers and deposited into the accounts of people and families receiving donations. Ladies of the Rainbow is a drag show and is not suitable for children. Doors open at 7 and the show begins at 8 p.m. This year's event has been sponsored by the Brattleboro-based New Chapter Inc. There will be a 50/50 raffle and a cash bar. Tickets prices are by donation. Suggested donation is $20 and tickets may be purchased at Vermont Artisans Design in Brattleboro or reserved by calling Richard Davis at 802-254-2240 or Daryl Pillsbury at 802-254-4285 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brattleboro: On Feb. 2 at 2 p.m., Eckankar of Vermont is hosting "Coincidences & Amazing Connections," at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. For more information, visit www.eckankar-vt.org or call 800-772-9390.
Brattleboro: Bob Rondeau is presenting an Adobe Illustrator demo of basic pen skills, drawing/tracing silhouette paths, type design and page layout at New England Abode User Group on Feb. 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Marlboro College Graduate Center, 2nd Floor, 28 Vernon St. There is no fee for attendance. All are welcome to attend.
Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch , sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon on Friday, Feb. 5, at the Guilford Community Church. The menu includes chicken egg noodle casserole, broccoli-cauliflower mix and bread, with pineapple upside down cake for dessert. A suggested donation of $3.50 for seniors is asked. Others are $5. For more information and to make reservations, call 802-254-9774 no later than Feb. 3.
Song and dance
Brattleboro: From now 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.
Brattleboro: Dartmouth professor Allen Koop will discuss the history of America's unique health care system in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library on Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. His talk, "The History of Health Care in the US," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. Koop will discuss how America's health care system has been shaped not only by developments in medicine but also by social forces, economics, politics, and historical surprises.
Brattleboro: Sy's Fund and Monadnock Art Parties are holding a Sunflowers Paint Party Fundraiser on Feb. 3 at Ramunto's Brick Oven Pizza from 5:30 to 9 p.m. No experience necessary. Keene, N.H., artist Kristina Wentzell will guide you step by step through the process of creating your own work of art. All materials are provided and everyone will go home with a painting they can be proud of. To register, visit monadnockart.com and click on events. If you are an area business that would like more information on how you can be a part of this event, contact Terry Bonnette at 802-376-4454.
Brattleboro: On Feb. 3, from 7 to 8:45 p.m., African Dance Vermont hosts Raoul Ombang at Cotton Mill Hill, No. 346, the Sobo Studio, who will present a workshop on African dance. The cost is a sliding scale of $8 to $20. All levels are welcome. Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing and bring a water bottle. Class will be accompanied by live drumming. For more information, visit www.africandancevt.com and check out African Dance VT on Facebook.
Brattleboro: On Feb. 27, from 7:30 to 11 p.m., the Southern Vermont Young Professionals will be throwing a Creative Black Tie Gala for its first ever community wide fundraiser. In partnership with Mondo Mediaworks and the Brattleboro Museum and Arts Center, the Southern Vermont Young Professionals promise to bring a new, creative twist to the traditional non-profit gala. The Creative Black Tie Gala is the first event of its kind in Southern Vermont that brings together community members of ALL ages to celebrate and support our young professionals; all of the proceeds from the event will be used to expand and enrich the programs and networks they've worked so hard to create. Tickets are available for purchase online through eventbrite at youngprosgala.eventbrite.com. Single admission tickets are $10, and double admission tickets are $15. The ticket price covers the entire event, including access to the galleries, food, and music. There will be a cash bar, and those who intend to drink alcohol at the event must bring ID. For more information, find the Southern Vermont Young Professionals on Facebook or visit www.mondomediaworks.com.
Bellows Falls: The Keene Jazz Orchestra and Bellows Falls Union High School Jazz Ensemble will be presenting a concert on Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. at the BFUHS auditorium. The music for the evening will be traditional Big Band Swing as well as contemporary big band jazz music. All proceeds go to the BFUHS Instrumental Music Scholarship Fund. The suggested donation is $5 to $25. Students are free. Tickets are available at Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls and at the door. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.keenejazzorchestra.com.
Brattleboro: KidsPLAYce is hosting a paper airplane contest on Feb. 5 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The admission fee is $8 for children ages 5 to 12 and $10 for 12 and up; families are $20. Register throughout the month of January for $5 at KidsPLAYce on Elliot Street or by calling 802-254-5212. The fee includes hot dogs, chips, ribbons for all and trophies. Trophies are awarded for best flyer, distance and accuracy, most complicated, most beautiful and best name. Winners will be announced at 6:15 p.m.
Brattleboro: A midwinter celebration to raise funds for local nonprofit, MANOS, teaching neonatal resuscitation to Nicaraguan health care providers is scheduled for Feb. 6 from 7 to 11 p.m. at 118 Elliot St. This Mardi Gras themed event will feature Bayou X, led by Pete and Linda Simoneaux. The event features red beans and rice, a cash bar, raffle prizes and a dance lesson. For more information, visit www.manosoutreach.org, or contact Leah Nussbaum at 802-380-4179 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keene, N.H.: On Feb. 6 at Your Kitchen Store on Main Street will host a customer chili cook-off at 11 a.m. sponsored by Le Creuset. Customers who would like to enter the chili contest simply need to bring a pot of chili for a panel to taste. The grand prize winner will receive a $300 Le Creuset Dutch Oven and the two runners up will receive a gift from Le Creuset. For more information, email email@example.com.
Lunar New Year
Brattleboro: The Asian Cultural Center of Vermont presents the Lunar New Year of China, Korea and Vietnam, Feb. 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. at 118 Elliot St. Dance with the Dragon, do group calligraphy, join in a Korean tug-of-war, make a paper lantern or some origami, and sing a New Year's song from East Asia. For more information, contact Director Adam Silver at 802-579-9008 or visit accvt.org.
Pacific Coast Trail
Halifax: The Halifax Community Club and the Whitingham Free Public Library are sponsoring "Wild Spirit Walking" at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7 at the Halifax Community Hall. In 2015, Halifax residents Meggie Stoltzman and Patrick Wilkins took a sabbatical from their organic farm, Hermit Thrush Homestead, to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. The Halifax Community Hall, located at 20 Brook Road, is wheelchair accessible and has an accessible bathroom. The presentation is free and open to the public. There is a suggested voluntary donation of $5 and all donations will be applied toward a winter heat fund to enable the club to host other programs year-round in the historic hall. The hall will be open at 6:30 p.m. of Feb. 7, giving neighbors an opportunity to visit while enjoying hot cider, coffee, and tea. For more information, contact Linda Lyon at LindaALyon@gmail.com or 802-368-2211.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department will offer a "Little Peoples" program for girls and boys ages 3 to 5. The program will be held Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Gibson-Aiken Center. Activities planned include sports and games, arts and crafts, music, story time and more. This five-week program will begin on Feb. 8 and run through March 8. The fee for Brattleboro residents is $35 and $50 for non-residents for one day and $55 and $70 for both days. For more information, call 802-254-5808 or visit www.brattleboro.org.
Brattleboro: There will be a community pancake supper to celebrate Fat Tuesday and/or Shrove Tuesday on Feb. 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall at Centre Congregational Church. This is a mini Mardi Gras with food, fun, and music by the West River Wildcats. All are welcome.
Bellows Falls: Come join the Bellows Falls Union High School Band for a fun-filled evening of dinner and entertainment. The Chili and Chamber Music Concert will be held on Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Bellows Falls Opera House Lower Theater, and will feature a delicious dinner of chili, corn bread, rice, various drinks and a dessert. So skip cooking and come have dinner with us while enjoying the delightful music of the BFUHS band. This is a fundraising event for the 2016 Performing Arts field trip to New York City. General admission $15.00 for advanced purchase tickets, $20.00 at the door. Tickets at the door will be limited. Contact Katy Emond for advanced purchase orders at firstname.lastname@example.org. Doors open at 5:30. This event is sponsored by Smokin' Bowls and Sonnax.
Walpole, N.H.: On Feb. 12, from 6 to 9 p.m., there will be a pizza and game night at the Mazziott Bake Shop at 40 Main St. From chess and checkers to Settlers of Catan, there will be a variety of games going on. All are invited to bring their favorite games.
Keene, N.H.: On Feb. 12, Michael Nerrie of Distant Hill Gardens in Walpole will lead a workshop on how to design landscaping to benefit local wildlife, birds and pollinators. Downstairs in the Kay Fox Room at the Keene Public Library from 1 to 3 p.m. There is no fee but donations are appreciated. To RSVP or learn more, email Sharlene@cheshireconservation.org or call 603-756-2988, ext. 115.
Walpole, N.H.: On Feb. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m., Distant Hill Gardens is hosting a wildlife tracking workshop, led by Jeff Littleton, chief ecologist at Moosewood Ecological and adjunct professor of Environmental Studies at Antioch New England. Bring snowshoes, warm clothes, and your curiosity. If you don't have snowshoes there will be a limited number available to borrow, including a few small pair for children. All ages are welcome. The cost is $10 per adult. To register, call 603-756-4179 or email email@example.com. For more information, visit www.distanthill.org.
Cupcakes and cookies
Townshend: The Community Hope & Action group of Townshend is partnering with the Calvary Chapel this Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, to put on an afternoon of cookie and cupcake decorating at Townshend Village Pizza. Anyone is welcome to bring homemade cookies or cupcakes to decorate and trade with neighbors. Coffee and tea will be provided. The swap will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. This event is completely free.
Drawing from nature
Marlboro: The Southern Vermont Natural History Museum's annual President's Day Open House on Feb. 15 will focus on the art of nature. Come for a free afternoon of live animals and local artists. The event will feature an exhibit of local photographers painters and craftspeople as well as an opportunity for you to have a photoshoot or drawing session with some of the Museum's education animals. Kids' crafts and activities will include a scavenger hunt and activity table from the Pettee Library. The day starts at noon with a guided hike on the Hogback Conservation Area and then the doors open for free museum admission from 1 to 4. For more information, follow the museum on facebook www.facebook.com/vermontmuseum or call 802-464-0048.
Dover: On Feb. 26, Dot's of Dover will be hosting The Gathering Place, Windham County's only Adult Day program, which will be celebrating Senior Awareness Day with a special tribute to the life and work of Joe Reagan at Betsey's Dot's of Dover, 2 Mountain Park Plaza between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Members of the community are invited to come by for a visit, to meet with friends, volunteers, caregivers and staff members old and new. Donations are encouraged and proceeds will benefit The Gathering Place.