Wednesday

Food & Shelter

Bellows Falls Drop-In Center: Open Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Our Place Drop-In Center, 4 Island St., Bellows Falls. 9-10:30 a.m., free breakfast; 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., food pantry open, except during lunch; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., free lunch. Day shelter, shower, fax, phone, food pantry. Information: 802-463-2217.

Brattleboro Area Drop In Center: Open Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 60 South Main St., Brattleboro. Food Shelf Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Tuesday 10 a.m.-noon for seniors and 1-3 p.m. for everyone. Day shelter, shower, fax, phone, food shelf. Information 802-257-5415.

Community Food Pantry: 6:30-8 p.m., Jamaica Wardsboro Community Food Pantry. Second and last Wednesday each month. Questions or emergencies: Elaine Beckwith at 802-874-7234.

Soup supper in Saxtons River: Every Wednesday from October through April, 5:30-6:30 p.m., the neighborhood is invited to Christ's Church for a free soup supper in the church's dining room. Friends and members make three soups each week, with at least one vegetarian and one gluten-free option, which are served with bread and butter. The meal is free, but donations are appreciated, with all donations going to Our Place Drop-in Center in Bellows Falls. Organizer Wanda Salter is looking for volunteers to host, make soups and wash dishes. She can be reached at 802-869-2582. This is a way for high school students to fulfill their community service hour requirement.


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Kids

Boys & Girls Club: 3-7 p.m., 17 Flat St., Brattleboro. Programs, activities, special events and use of facilities available for ages 10 to 18. 5:30 p.m., Free dinner. Information: 802-254-5990.

Free Dinner for Kids: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Boys & Girls Club, 12 Church St., Bellows Falls. Ages 9-18. Every first and third Wednesday. Information: 802-460-4400.

Preschool Playgroup: 9:30-11 a.m., Bellows Falls Baptist Church. Birth to age 5. For children and their parents or caregivers. Snacks, stories and seasonally-themed activities. Information: Tracy Binet-Perrin, 603-762-5069.

Storytime: 11 a.m., Guilford Free Library, Guilford. Cathi Wilken or Laura Lawson Tucker presents a program of songs, fingerplays, books and activities for babies, toddlers and older siblings. No charge. Call 254-6545 for information.

Preschool Storytime: 10:15 a.m., Walpole, N.H., Town Library, Ages 2 1/2 to 5. Crafts and stories. Information: 603-756-9806.

Storytime: Conducted at the Dover Free Library in 8-10 week sessions on Wednesdays beginning at 10:30 am. Storytimes are free, open to the public, and feature a different theme and craft activity each week. For more information about children's programs at the Dover Free Library, visit the library, check the library website: www.doverfreelibrary1913.org or call the librarian – (802) 348-7488.

Windham County Activities for Youth: See the Youth Services' H.E.Y.! Help Empower Youth! guide to after school and other activities and programs at www.HelpEmpowerYouth.com.

Mind & body

Meditation Sittings: Vermont Insight Meditation Center, 7-7:45 a.m., in the Neighbor's Hall at Solar Hill, 229 Western Ave., Brattleboro. Information and cancellations: Paul, 802-258-7035.

Meditation Sitting: 7 p.m., Shambhala Meditation Center, 28 Williams St., Brattleboro. All welcome. Information: 802-257-1984. Every Wednesday.

Transcendental Meditation Program: Free introductory lecture on the TM Program by appointment. Information: 603-924-7426. See www.tm.org and www.davidlynchfoundation.org.AA Hotline: Toll free, 1-877-851-0181. AA Hotline: Toll free, 1-877-851-0181.

Yoga Practice: 5:30-7 p.m. Free; donations welcome. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St., Brattleboro, 802-257 4777.

Miscellaneous

AA Big Book Study: New group forming to study the history of AA and the Big Book with the incorporation of Scripture into the discussion. Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. in the conference room at Trinity Lutheran Church, 161 Western Ave., across from Holton Home in Brattleboro. For more information, call 802-254-4220.

The Artist in Each of Us: 10 a.m.-noon, Putney Cares Activities Barn, 54 Kimball Hill Road, Putney. Every Wednesday. For all interested seniors, regardless of experience. Variety of materials provided. By donation. Co-sponsored by Putney Cares and Westminster Cares. Information: 802-722-3607 or wecares2@sover.net; or 802-387-5593 or putneycares@svcable.net.

Knitting Group: 1 p.m., Vernon Free Library. Every Wednesday. Information: 802-257-0150.

Pennywise Pantry: 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.

Trans Night: 6-8 p.m., at The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., Brattleboro. For trans and gender non-conforming folks of all ages. Facilitated conversation and gathering space. Every last Wednesday of the month. Coordinated by Green Mountain Crossroads. Contact HB Lozito hb@greenmountaincrossroads.org for information.

Volunteers needed: The Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center in Newfane is in need of volunteers to walk with participants or lead horses in Equine Assisted Activities Program. Training included, horse experience welcome, but not necessary. Call 802-221-4409 or email sovtrc@gmail.com for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities: United Way of Windham County recruits volunteers to bring HOPE to Windham County through volunteer service in health, prosperity, and education-related programs. Visit www.unitedwaywindham.org and click on "Volunteer" to learn about meaningful volunteer opportunities at local organizations like Youth Services, Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center and West River Valley Thrives. For more information, contact Victoria Chertok, Volunteer Engagement Manager, at 802-257-4011 x111 or volunteer@unitedwaywindham.org.

Museums

Museum passes: Brooks Memorial Library has 19 passes to regional museums that offer free or reduced admission fees. These museums include: Eric Carle Picture Book Museum; MASS MoCA;Bennington Museum; Smith College Museum of Art; Hildene; Magic Wings Butterfly Museum; Shelburne Museum; Vt. Institute of Natural Science. To reserve a pass go to http://bit.ly/BMLpasses, or call 802-254-5290, press 0.

Music/Dance

Community Jazz Jam Session: 8-10 p.m., Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, Studio 222, Brattleboro. Every Wednesday. Run by pianist Eugene Uman. For all musicians and instruments. $3 donation requested from players and listeners. Information: 802-254-9088, info@vtjazz.org.

Drum class: African Dance Vermont presents a West African drum class with instructor Raoul Ombang on Wednesdays, 6:15-7:15 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 and check out African Dance VT on Facebook.

Seniors

RSVP Volunteer Center: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Windham County has a wide variety of volunteer positions available with area nonprofits, schools, senior centers, hospitals, and food shelves. Volunteers are needed to visit/call home-bound seniors, deliver meals, provide rides, mentor in schools, tax-return help, food support and blood drives. There is always a need and volunteering makes a huge difference in peoples' lives. RSVP is an active community of seniors (55+) helping seniors and the disabled stay healthy and enjoy living at home longer. For information, call 802-254-7515.

Support groups

Changing Tides Mental Health Support Group: 7-8:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Tyler Conference Room. Free confidential peer support for those with mental health conditions. Information: Sandra, 802-579-5937.

National Association of Mental Illness: First Wednesday of the month, 6:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., West Brattleboro.

Overeaters Anonymous: 6:30-7:30 p.m., United Church of Winchester, 97 Main St., Winchester, N.H. Meets Wednesdays. Religious Ed Room, use rear entrance. Handicapped accessible ramp at the parking lot. Information: Ann, 603-762-6061.

Peer Support Group: Noon-1 p.m., Wednesdays, at Women's Freedom Center. For women addressing issues of abuse in intimate partner relationships. For directions, 802-257-7364.

Putney Al-Anon Group: 7 p.m., the Putney Friends Meeting House, Route 5 north of Putney village. For friends and relatives of alcoholics. Every Wednesday. Information: VT 866-972-5266 (toll free); www.vermontalanonalateen.org.

Spouse/Partner Loss Support Group: 5-6:30 p.m., Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St., Brattleboro. Second and fourth Wednesdays. Information: 802-257-0775.

Thrift Shops

Hospice Thrift Shop: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Experienced Goods Thrift Shop for Brattleboro Area Hospice, 77 Flat St., Brattleboro. Selling quality clothing, books, housewares, furniture and more. Seeking donations, 802-254-5200.

West Townshend Thrift Shop: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Sat., second floor, above, West Townshend Post Office, Route 30. Sponsored by The West River Community Project. Community closet with large selection of men's, women's and children's clothing, footwear; housewares, books, movies and toys.

Worn Again Thrift Shop: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Edmund's Catholic Church, Saxtons River. Clothing for all; shoes, boots and sneakers; bedding; household articles; toys. Operated by volunteers of West River Mission of Putney and churches in Putney, Townshend, Stratton Mountain and Saxtons River.