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.

Food Shelf Open: 6-7 p.m., Putney Community Center, Christian Square, Putney. Information or to donate: 802-387-8551.


Boys & Girls Club: 3-6 p.m., 17 Flat St., Brattleboro. Programs, activities, special events and use of facilities available for 10-18 year olds. 5:30 p.m., Free dinner. 6-8 p.m., Older youth drop-in, 15-22 years old. Information: 802-254-5990.

Community Playgroup: 10-11:30 a.m., at Twin Valley Elementary School, Wilmington. For ages 0-5 and their caregivers. Snack provided. Information: Early Education Services, 802-254-3742 ext. 111.

Playgroup: 10-11:30 a.m., Athens Community Church. Free and open to ages 0-5. Led by Early Education Outreach Coordinator. Information: 802-258-1673.

Preschool Story Time: 9:30 a.m., Vernon Free Library. Every other week, call for schedule: 802-257-0150.


Preschool Playgroup: 9:30-11 a.m., Saxtons River Elementary School, in the gym. 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. Cathi Wilken or Laura Lawson Tucker present a program of songs, fingerplays, books and activities for babies, toddlers and older siblings. No charge. Information: 802-254-6545.

EES playgroup: Whitingham Free Public Library, Jacksonville, Tuesdays 10-11:3 a.m. Parents and children ages 0-5 are welcome to join us for crafts and play and with Naomi from Early Education Services. For more information please call 368-7506.

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

Brattleboro Walk-In Clinic: 5:30-7 p.m., 81 Belmont Ave. Free health care to those without health insurance. Every Tuesday.

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: Drew, 802-257-1213.

Meditation: 7-8 p.m. every Tuesday, Putney Friends Meeting House, Route 5, Putney. Awakening Through Love, weekly mediation group. Teaching followed by guided meditation. All welcome. Led by Julie Forsythe, a Guiding Teacher in the Foundation for Active Compassion. Handicapped accessible.


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.

Table Tennis: The Brattleboro Area Table Tennis Club will be meeting Tuesday nights on the third floor of the Gibson Aiken Center 6 and 8:30 p.m. through April 26. Players of all skill levels are encouraged to attend. The club will have open games and will occasionally provide lessons. Kids welcome on the first Tuesday of the month. For more information, call Sandy Shriver at 802-257-7244, ext. 114 or email ashriver@pottestewartlaw.com. The cost per night is $2 for Brattleboro residents and $3 for non-residents or there is a new 10-session punch card available for $20 and $45.

Skating: The Brattleboro Figure Skating Club will offer classes every Tuesday through March at the Nelson Withington Skating Facility at Living Memorial Park. Classes are as follows: Adult Skating Class and Learn to Skate, 6:15 p.m.; and Production Edge Class, 7:05 p.m.

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 is recruiting volunteers to help bring hope to Windham County through volunteer service in health, prosperity, and education-related programs. One-time and ongoing opportunities available. Visit www.unitedwaywindham.org and click Volunteer. For more information, contact Victoria Chertok, Volunteer Engagement Manager, at 802-257-4011 x111 or volunteer@unitedwaywindham.org.


The Col. Ebenezer Hinsdale House: Open every Tuesday 9-11 a.m., 609 Brattleboro Rd., Hinsdale, N.H. Visitors welcome.

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.


Gentle Yoga for Seniors: 4-5:30 p.m., Putney Cares Activities Barn, 54 Kimball Hill Road, Putney. Tuesdays. Cost: $12 per class. Classes focus on flexibility, balance, and peace of mind. Information: 802-387-5593.

Strength Training for Seniors: 9:30 a.m., Brattleboro Senior Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. Cost: $3 per class; $5 for two. Instructor: Cyndy Gray. Works on building strength on all major muscle groups followed by stretch and relaxation. Information: 802-257-7570.

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

Augustine (SLAA) Fellowship: Tuesdays 7-8:30 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Tyler Conference Room. Information: 802-236-0096 or gordonslaa@yahoo.com.

Bereaved Parents Support Group: 4:30-6:00 p.m., first and third Tuesdays, at Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St. Brattleboro. Information: 802-257-0775.

Bereavement Support: Brattleboro Area Hospice, Brattleboro. For anyone grieving the death of a loved one. Information: 802-257-0775.

Caregivers Support Group: 1-2:30 p.m., Conference Room B, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 17 Belmont Ave. Second and fourth Tuesday each month. Information: Ryan Murphy, 802-257-0775, ext. 106; or Anne Meyer, 802-257-8246 at BMH.

Dedicated Dads Making a Difference: 9:30-11 a.m., Early Education Services, 130 Birge St., Brattleboro. Free fathers support group. Child care provided. Information: Dave 802-254-3742, ext. 127.

Mothers' Circle: A peer-led gathering for mothers with infants up to 12-months old, is held at the Winston Prouty Center for Child Development in Brattleboro on Tuesdays from 10:45 a.m. to noon. Mothers' Circle is confidential and led by a MotherWoman certified facilitator, and offers space to discuss the challenges of being a parent and the realities of motherhood. Free childcare for older siblings is provided, please call ahead if needed. There is no fee and light refreshments will be available. For any questions please call Amanda Pizzollo at 802-251-2102. Mothers' Circle is sponsored by the Winston Prouty Center for Child Development, It Takes a Village, the Brattleboro Retreat, and the Vermont Department of Health.

Easy Does It: 6 p.m., Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro. AA Beginners' meeting. Information: 802-257-5801.

Nar-Anon Family Groups: 7-8:30 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 17 Belmont Ave., Meeting Room B, Brattleboro. Anyone suspecting a problem of drug abuse in their home with a loved one or friend may find this support to be very helpful. Meets every Tuesday. Information: Susan, 802-345-4145.

Overeaters Anonymous: 7-8 p.m., Tuesdays, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Brew Barry Conference Center 2, 17 Belmont Ave., Brattleboro. Information: Jain, 802-251-0331.

Paths to Recovery Al-Anon: 6:30-7:30 p.m., every Tuesday, Deerfield Valley Health Center, junction Rte. 9 West and Rte. 100 South, Wilmington.

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.