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Kindergarten registration

Vernon: Registration for the 2016-2016 kindergarten class at Vernon Elementary School will be held on April 6, beginning at 8:15 a.m. Children are eligible to enter kindergarten if they are 5 years old before Sept. 1. Any Vernon resident with a child of kindergarten age should contact the school at 802-254-5373 as soon as possible. Individual appointment times for the April 6 registration day will be mailed approximately two weeks before that date.

Bag sale

Saxtons River: The Worn Again Thrift Shop at St. Edmunds Catholic Church on Main Street is hosting a bag sale on March 12. This is a $2 bag sale except for jewelry and a 50 cents each rummage sale for lady's clothing on the upper level of the church. For those who wish to donate clothing or other thrift shop goods, donations may be dropped off during regular business hours. The Worn Again Thrift Shop is run by volunteers from the West River Mission of Putney with churches in Putney, Townshend, Stratton Mountain and Saxtons River.


Silent auction

Dover: Come bid on some ready-to-go Easter baskets and one fantastic bunny/dollhouse as part of the Dover Free Library's spring silent auction fundraiser. Bidding opens at noon on March 11 and closes at noon on March 25. Winners will be contacted immediately following the close of bidding. Library business hours are Mondays and Tuesdays 2 to 8 p.m.; Wednesdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact the library for more information at 802-348-7488 or visit

Brains and beer

Bellows Falls: Join Rockingham residents and others on March 12 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Rockingham Library for the second Friends of the Library Books, Brains & Beer pub trivia night, with a St. Patrick's Day theme. In celebration of the Irish theme of the night, the Friends will hold a raffle for a basket of Irish goodies. Register for $75 per team of up to six people, or join a pick-up team for $12, by calling 802-463-4270, email, or stop by the Library at 65 Westminster St.


Brattleboro: Learn how to make sustainable choices when it comes to fish, and discover the pros and cons of aquaculture. Learn about the many health benefits of consuming sea vegetables, and taste some easy ways to incorporate them into your diet. Taught by Robin Matathias, who teaches Environmental Studies at Keene State College, on March 12, 1 to 3 p.m, in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room. Free but registration is required at 802-246-2821 or

Classical piano

Vernon: The Mountain View SDA Church presents Ilana Joyce Cady in a classical piano concert on March 12 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.


Bellows Falls: Join master pastelist Robert Carsten on March 12 at the United Church from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for this workshop opportunity. True to the season, and working from photos of this time of year, this workshop will concentrate on imbuing a sense of atmosphere and season into our landscapes. Barns or other farm buildings add interest, but the real subject is the "feel" of anticipating spring. Please bring photos. Robert will have some as well. Find out more about Robert at To register for this workshop, contact Carolyn McDonald at 603-358-6804, or Carolyn Berglund at 603-352- 7398. This workshop is sponsored by the Saxtons River Art Guild, a non profit with membership throughout the Connecticut River Valley dedicated to the advancement and encouragement of the fine arts.

Sugar on snow

West Brattleboro: On March 12, First Congregational Church, 880 Western Avenue, will hold its annual Sugar on Snow Supper with a menu of ham, baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, deviled eggs, rolls, sugar-on-snow, homemade donuts, pickles, coffee, tea, and milk. There will be two sittings: 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Prices for adults are $12 each; children ages 5 to 12, $6 each; ages 4 and under , $3 each. For reservations, please call 802-257-7557.

Pet clinic

East Dover: The East Dover Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor a pet vaccination clinic at the firehouse in East Dover on March 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dr. Miles A Powers will be vaccinating both dogs and cats. This clinic is open to anyone. Fees will be $10 for rabies and $20 for a distemper-complex vaccine for either a dog or cat or $25.00 for both vaccinations. Please have dogs on a leash and cats in a carrier. For further information , call 802-348-7918.

Swap program

Brattleboro: The Windham Solid Waste Management District Swap Program on Old Ferry Road is open the second Saturday of each month (weather permitting) from 9 a.m. to noon. Due to the need to close promptly at noon, large loads of donations may not be accepted after 11:45 a.m. Due to space considerations 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 brought in may be passed along to other non-profit groups. Everyone is welcome to bring in or take out materials. It is not necessary to do both. 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 Litter Maid, bathroom sink and cabinet, floor lamps, dishes, assorted bottles, table fans, basketball hoop, records, baby bath, Step 2 kids easel, small round table, laundry baskets, shutters, small metal cart, window fan, photo albums, wrapping paper, electric heater.

Free breakfast

Brattleboro: First Church at 880 Western Avenue is hosting its monthly free breakfast, March 13 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The menu includes but is not limited to, scrambled eggs, home fries, French toast, apple pancakes, fresh maple syrup, sausage, fresh fruit, orange juice, coffee,tea and hot chocolate. All are welcome to join this hearty breakfast. Donations accepted.


Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Contradance will be presenting music by Dancing Enforcement Agency with caller Dugan Murphy on March 13 at 7 p.m. at 118 Elliot St. Dancing Enforcement Agency includes Everest Witman on guitar, Autumn Rose Lester and David Kaynor, both on fiddles playing live music for all the dances with instructing by the caller. Admission is $10 adults, $8 College students with ID and $5 for youth, high school age and younger. For additional details, visit or call 802-258-1723.

Collectors club

Keene, N.H.: The Brattleboro Collectors Club will join the Keene, N.H., club hosting a Coin, Sports Card and Postcard Show at the Keene Knights of Columbus on March 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Many dealers and collectors from the tri-state area meet monthly with a day-long series of hobby activities that is packed with fun for the whole family. Free and open to the public. For more information, call Jim at 802-379-2353.

Circle dance

Brattleboro: There will be a community circle dance from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on March 13 at the Aikido Studio at 11 Cottage Street. Led by Linda Blake. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated. Information: Parker Huber 802-257-9108, or Mary Ellen Cannon, 603-631-0768.

'Rock the Casbah'

Dover: On March 14, the Dover Free Library presents the feature film "Rock the Kasbah," starring Bill Murray, Leem Lubany, Zooey Deschanel and Kate Hudson, starting at 6 p.m.


Brattleboro: On March 15 at 7 p.m. in the Brattleboro Library conference room, photographer Gene Parulis will present "Under the Great Wall: Rambles in China," a journey through Imperial Chinese history and contemporary dynamism, as well as an intimate look at five small villages under the Great Wall. This program is sponsored by Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society and is free and open to the public.

Kids cooking

Brattleboro: Participants make the classic Greek dish "spanikopita," paired with a beet tzadziki, which is an herbed yogurt sauce featuring the Harvest of the Month: Beets, on March 16, 3:30 to 5 p.m, in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom. Free but registration is required at 802-246-2821 or

Tax assistance

Bellows Falls: On March 16 at Rockingham Library, the AARP tax assistance program will be providing free tax preparation help to low and moderate income residents. Registration is required. AARP Tax-aide counselors are volunteers who are trained each year on state and federal tax regulations and are certified by the IRS to provide free tax preparation services. These counselors will be available at the Library on March 16 from 1 to 6 p.m. Appointments are required for this service. To register or for more information, call 802-463-4270, email or stop by the Rockingham Library at 65 Westminster St.

Corned beef

Northfield, Mass.: St. Patrick's Parish, 88 Main Street, will have a corned beef and cabbage dinner on March 16 at 6 p.m. Menu includes corned beef and cabbage, rolls, dessert and coffee or tea. Adults $10 and children 12 and under $5. Reservations are strongly suggested. For additional information or to make reservations call the Rectory at 413-498-2728

Social justice

Putney: Do you need ideas for how to talk with your kids about social justice issues like racism, economic inequality, incarceration, homelessness, and gender? Join Act For Social Justice founder Angela Berkfield on March 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Putney Library for a useful series of discussions about bringing social justice issues into conversations with your children. These interactive chats will highlight books at the Putney Public Library and other helpful resources. Light refreshments and childcare provided. Call or email Angela to RSVP for childcare: 802-254-3400

Drum class

Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents a West African drum class with Raoul Ombang on March 16 from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at 74 Cotton Mill Hill, No. 346. Sliding scale of $10 to $20. All levels are welcome. Drums are available for those who need one. For more information, visit

Vermont Yogurt Co.

Brattleboro: Stop by and meet the folks of Vermont Yogurt Company and taste their delicious yogurt straight from their Jersey cows in Orwell on March 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free, at the Brattleboro Food Co-op. 802-246-2821.

Tech group

Brattleboro: The March Brattleboro Area Tech group meeting will be on March 17, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the River Garden, 157 Main St. This month's guest is Paul Sliva of Valley Venture Mentors who will give a brief talk about free resources to help you build a scalable startup, with plenty of time for questions. Anyone working with or interested in technology in the Brattleboro area is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Caleb Clark, Marlboro College Graduate School at 917-703-5580 or, Bob Lawson, Internet Consultant at or Paul G. Silva at 413-667-9886.

Irish dinner

Townshend: The community is invited to a meal at noon on March 17 at the Townshend Church. A traditional Irish dinner, prepared by Townshend Dam Diner's Chef Stephanie, will honor St. Patrick's Day. The meal is sponsored by Senior Solutions. Suggested donation is $3.50 for people 60 years and up; all others $4. Take out meals will be available. Free blood pressure screening will be available, starting at 11:30, sponsored by VT/NH Visiting Nurses Association. Everyone is welcome.

'High & Seek'

Townshend: Are you a parent or guardian in the Windham Central Supervisory Union? Do you want the chance to explore a mock teenage bedroom to look for signs of risky behavior? If so, please attend "High & Seek," an interactive presentation to raise awareness of signs of teenage substance use, self-harm and sexual activity. This event, a collaboration between Leland and Gray and West River Valley Thrives, will be held on March 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Leland and Gray Middle and High School library. This event is free to the public. Childcare can be provided upon request. Please contact Jaclyn Bristol, Leland and Gray Student Assistance Professional, at 802-365-7355, or Kate Venne, Project Coordinator for West River Valley Thrives, at 802-365-4700 with questions.

Wind versus water

Grafton: On March 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Grafton Elementary School gymnasium, Geoffrey Goll, civil and environmental engineer, and vice-president of Princeton Hydro, will discuss the Saxtons River watershed and the impact of the industrial wind project proposed for Grafton and Windham. The focus will be based on his direct relevant experience with other wind projects and the impacts of Vermont's high elevation headwater sources of water for people and the ecology. The talk is sponsored by the Grafton Woodlands Group and Friends of Windham. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served.

Senior lunch

Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon on March 18 at the Guilford Community Church, The menu includes mac and cheese soup, and a bread, with fruited Jello for dessert. Books will be available on loan from the local library. Starting at 1 p.m., "Vermont Memories" will be screened. For more information and to make reservations, call 802-254-9774 no later than Wednesday.

Culture of peace

Brattleboro: On March. 18 7:30 p.m., at the Marlboro Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., The Windham World Affairs Council presents Dr. David Adams, PhD, who will talk on "The Culture of Peace." Adams' approach is based on his experience as an expert on both the brain mechanisms of aggressive behavior and on peace psychology. He has been a director of UNESCO and a member of the New Haven City Peace Commission and publishes a monthly Internet bulletin and blog devoted to the culture of peace. Coffee/tea/conversation will precede Dr. Adams's talk at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit


Townshend: Ben Carr will be playing ukulele for the West Townshend Pizza Night concert on March 18. His performance includes original music, classical, jazz and reggae. Pizza making in the outdoor oven begins at 5 p.m. Build your own from a number of tasty ingredients, at $10 a pie. Beer, wine and other refreshments are also available. Music begins at 6:30 and is free. Tips are appreciated by the musicians.

National reading month

Brattleboro: Come celebrate National Reading Month at Brattleboro Nursery School on March 18 from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. There will be a read-aloud and craft and each child will leave with a free, quality book. Located at St. Michaels Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Ave.

Food and music

Townshend: The Community Hope and Action group of Townshend will be hosting on a free supper and concert on March 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Townshend Town Hall This month's event will feature a square and contra dance led by Sally Newton, Michael Donahue, Alicia Moyer, Bob Naess and Colin Blazej. This is an alcohol-free, family friendly event with childcare provided. Bring a potluck appetizer or dessert to share with your friends and neighbors, new and old. Volunteers will provide the main meal and beverages.


Brattleboro: Learn how to make sustainable choices when it comes to fish, and discover the pros and cons of aquaculture. Learn about the many health benefits of consuming sea vegetables, and taste some easy ways to incorporate them into your diet. Taught by Robin Matathias, who teaches Environmental Studies at Keene State College, on March 19, 1 to 3 p.m., in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room. Free but registration is required at 802-246-2821 or

Sugar on snow

Guilford: The Sugar-on-Snow Supper at Guilford Community Church will be held on March 19. There are three seatings to choose from, at 4:30, 5:45, and 7 p.m. Prices are $11 adults, $5 children age 11 and under, and $3 for preschoolers. For reservations, call 802-254-9562 or email

Variety show

Wardsboro: The Trustees of the Wardsboro Public Library are hosting its annual variety show in the Wardsboro Town Hall, March 19 at 7 p.m. Handicap accessible. Contact Nancy at 802-896-6141.


Brattleboro: On March 19, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at the Vermont Jazz Center, join the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community for a musical variety show and costume party to celebrate Purim, the community's happiest holiday. Come in your most inventive or extravagant costume (Purim-themed or not). Jewish or not, all are welcome. The BAJC will provide amazing baked goods, beer from Hermit Thrush Brewery, bagels by Bruegger's, a photo booth, a mask making station, musical acts, and much more. The highlight of the evening will be a set of Jewish songs by renowned jazz and R&B singer Wanda Houston and pianist Eugene Uman. All-age admission is by free-will donation. Please bring a non-perishable food item to benefit Groundworks Collaborative. Visit BAJC online or call 802-257-1959.