Thursday

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 p.m. and Tuesday 1-4 p.m. for seniors only. Day shelter, shower, fax, phone, food shelf. Information 802-257-5415.

Guilford Food Pantry: 5-6 p.m., Guilford Cares Food Pantry, at Broad Brook Grange, 3490 Guilford Center Road. Pantry now open every Thursday. Information: Pat Haine, Director, 802-257-0626.

Putney Meadows Food Distribution: 9-9:45 a.m. the fourth Thursday of each month, at Putney Meadows, white building across from Co-op and Fire Station. All welcome, no questions asked. Vermont Foodbank brings a truck of fresh produce and other non-perishable items. Everyone welcome. Bring own shopping bags. For anyone in the community.

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.


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Children's Story Hour: 11 a.m., Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square, Bellows Falls. Pat Fowler reading. Reservations: 802-463-9404.

Preschool Storytime: 1:30 p.m., Walpole, N.H., Town Library, ages 2 1/2 to 5. Crafts and stories. Information: 603-756-9806.

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: 7-7:45 a.m., Vermont Insight Meditation Center, in the Neighbor's Hall at Solar Hill, 229 Western Ave., Brattleboro. Information and cancellations: Rose, 802-246-1244.

Zen Meditation: 7:30-9 p.m., in Guilford. No charge. Beginners welcome. Information: 802-257-9425.

No Putney Walk-in Clinic: There is no free clinic anymore. Area residents and visitors are urged to continue to call Putney Family Services at 802-387-2120 for information and assistance regarding access to health care services and access to health insurance coverage.

Miscellaneous

Genealogy: Join genealogy enthusiast Wayne Blanchard on a quest to discover your family roots every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Rockingham Free Public Library. Both beginners and seasoned genealogists are welcome. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-463-4270, email programming@rockinghamlibrary.org or go to www.rockinghamlibrary.org.

Gentle Folk Dancing: At the Putney Cares Activities Barn, Kimball Hill, Putney, Thursdays, Sept. 8 through early June, 4-5:30 p.m. Beginning to intermediate level international folk dancing, taught by Melissa Lovell Post. No partner or experience necessary. Cost is $8 per class, with the first class free of charge.

Southern Vermont Scrabble Club: 6-10 p.m., Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., Brattleboro. Fun, friendship, competitive play. All equipment provided. Fee $3. First-timers play free. Every Thursday. Information: Ed at ed.liebfried@gmail.com or 971-344-8730.

Toastmasters Club: Meets twice a month on Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., 2nd floor, Brattleboro. BrattleMasters is for people who want to improve their public speaking and leadership skills. Guests welcome. Refreshments. Information: brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org.

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 initiatives. Visit www.unitedwaywindham.org and click on "Volunteer" to learn about our upcoming Day of Caring which takes place on Saturday. For more information, call 802-257-4011, ext. 111 or email volunteer@unitedwaywindham.org.

Museums

Music/Dance

Funk Night: 9:30 p.m., Metropolis, Elliot Street, Brattleboro. Live band playing funk, hip hop, Motown, soul and rhythm and blues. Free. Every Thursday.

Open Mic: 7-10 p.m., Marina Restaurant, Route 5, Brattleboro. Hosted by Kevin Parry. Every Thursday. Free. Participating musicians receive 50 percent off of their meal. To sign up call 802-257-7563. Information: www.kevinparrymusic.com.

Zumba: The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department is offering Zumba Classes Thursday evenings through April 28, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Gibson Aiken Center. The cost of the program is $5 per class for residents and $7 per class for non-residents; also new this year is a 10-session punch card for $50 and $75. For more information, call 802-254-5808 or visit www.brattleboro.org.

Seniors

Tennis: Come and join a dedicated group of seniors who enjoy the sport of tennis, every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Brattleboro Union High School tennis courts. Open to men and women of all levels. For more information, call Ruth Lane at 802-254-6772. Senior tennis is sponsored by the Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department.

RSVP Volunteer Center: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Windham County has a 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.

Senior Bowling: 9 a.m., Brattleboro Bowl, Putney Road, Brattleboro. Every Thursday. Bowling for seniors. Information: 802-254-2710 or 802-387-5757.

Strength Training for Seniors: 9:30 a.m., Brattleboro Senior Center, 207 Main St. Cost: $3 per class; $5 for two. Instructor: Cyndy Gray. Information: 802-257-7570.

Support groups

AA Hotline: Toll free, 1-877-851-0181.

Dedicated Dads Making a Difference: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Early Education Services, 130 Birge St., Brattleboro. Free fathers support group. Dinner and child care provided. Information: Dave 802-254-3742, ext. 127.

Joining Our Youth: Youth Services is launching a support group for parents and caregivers of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Windham County region, in collaboration with Green Mountain Crossroads, a local LGBTQ nonprofit dedicated to connecting rural LGBTQ people. The meetings are held at Youth Services at 32 Walnut St. in Brattleboro. Free and open to the public, the group's mission is to build community while offering support and resources. For more information contact Rosie Nevins-Alderfer of Youth Services at (802) 257-0361 or email info@youthservicesinc.org

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.