Wednesday November 7, 2012

Today

Music/Dance

BMC Celtic Music Sessions: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Advanced. 7-8 p.m., Intermediate. Learn traditional jigs and reels, and other dance music of Scotland, Ireland and New England. Wednesdays. Fee. Instructors: Keith Murphy, Becky Tracy. Information: Brattleboro Music Center, 802-257-4523 or bmcvt.org.

Drum Class: 6-7 p.m., Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro. Taught by Namory Keita from Guinea. For all levels. Cost: $10. Presented by African Dance Vermont. Each Wednesday. Information: www.namorykeita.com or 603-654-6042.

Irish Music: 6:30-9:30 p.m., J.D. McCliment’s Pub, Route 5, north of Putney Village. Hosted by Roger Kahle, Lissa Schneckenburger and Ethan Hazzard-Watkins. Bring instrument to join in or just listen. Information: 802-257-9234.

West African Dance Class: 7-8:30 p.m., The Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro. Instructor Abdou Sarr. For all levels. Presented by African Dance Vermont. Live drumming. Sliding scale $12-$15. Wear loose clothes, bring water. Information: 802-258-6475 or www.africandancevermont.com.

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. Kids

Preschool Playgroup: 9:30-11 a.m., at Early Education Services, 130 Birge St., Brattleboro. For children 0-5 years old with parent or childcare provider. Led by Amanda Hiouas. Sponsored by Early Education Services. Information: 802-368-7872.

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.

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: 10:30 a.m., Dover Free Library. Each Wednesday different theme and craft activity. Free, open to the public. Information: doverfreelibrary1913.org or 802-348-7488.

Rhyme Time: 10:30-11 a.m., in the Meeting Room next to Children’s Room, Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., Brattleboro. For children under 5. Stories, songs, and fun. Information: 802-254-5290 ext. 110.

Boys & Girls Club: Noon-6 p.m., 17 Flat St., Brattleboro. Programs, activities, special events and use of facilities available for ages 10 to 18. Information: 802-254-5990.

Making Change: 4-5:30 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. Support group for youth dealing with substance abuse issues. Sponsored by Turning Point and HCRS. Snacks provided. Information: 802-257-5600.

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

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.

Lectures

First Wednesday Lecture: 7-9 p.m., Main Room, Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., Brattleboro. "The Unseen Alistair Cooke," Alistair Cooke’s daughter, Susan Cooke Kittredge, speaks about her father and his life away from the public eye. Presented by Vermont Humanities Council. Information: Jerry Carbone, Library Director, 802-254-5290, ext. 101.

Museums

Brooks Memorial Library: 224 Main St., Brattleboro. Check out free museum passes to local area museums: Eric Carle, MASS Mocha, Springfield, Shelburne, Norman Rockwell, Bennington, etc. Reserve online at www.brooks.lib.vt.us, click on "Museum Passes" button. Information: 802-254-5290.

Outdoors/Recreation

Fitness at the Rec: Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. 10:15-11:45 a.m., Gentle yoga. 11 a.m.-noon, Walking for Seniors. 12:10-1:10 p.m., Ongoing Yoga. 5:30-6:30 p.m., Kickbox and Conditioning; 7-9 p.m., Men’s League basketball pickp games. Information: Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Dept., 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Open Gym and Game Room: Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department, Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. 3-4:45 p.m., Grades K-6. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Miscellaneous

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.

Worn Again Thrift Shop: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Edmunds Catholic Church, Saxtons River. Reopens Nov. 7 after renovations. 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. Also, Fri. and Sat., 9-6.

Case Management Help: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. HCRS at Turning Point, outreach post for community-based case management. Extra assistance in housing, budgeting, community integration, etc. Information: 802-257-5600.

"Know Your Money!" Workshops: 12:30 to 2 p.m., Vermont Center for Independent Living at Marlboro Graduate Center, Room 2 North East, 28 Vernon St., in Brattleboro. Series of three free workshops, Nov. 7, 14 and 21. This week: Balancing Your Checking Account. Presented by Brattleboro Housing Authority and River Valley Credit Union. Registration required: Candace, 802-254-6851.

Make-A-Plate: 1-5 p.m., Moore Free Library, Newfane. Annual "make a plate" drop-in event during library hours through Nov. 10. All ages welcome. Cost: $6, includes postage. Information: 802-365-7948.

Live Webcast with Author: 1-2 p.m., Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., Meeting Room, Brattleboro. Author Lois Lowry in a webcast from the Maurice J. Tobin K-8 School in Boston. Two-time Newbery medalist discusses her newest book in the trilogy, "Son," the sequel to "The Giver." Information: Jerry Carbone, Library Director, 802-254-5290 Ext. 101.

Guilford Middle School Meeting: 7-9 p.m., Guilford Grange. Community-wide information meeting to discuss pros and cons of moving Guilford Central School’s 7th and 8th graders to Brattleboro Area Middle School.

Ongoing Events

West Townshend Thrift Shop: 9 a.m.-noon, Wed. and Sat., second floor, above, West Townshend Post Office, Route 30, West Townshend. Sponsored by The West River Community Project. Community closet with large selection of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, footwear; and toys.

The Artist in Each of Us: 10 a.m.-noon, Putney Cares Activities Barn, 54 Kimball Hill Road, behind Noyes House, 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: 802-387-5593 or putneycares@svcable.net. Transportation available.

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.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Noon, Trinity Lutheran Church, 161 Western Ave., Brattleboro.

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.

Al-Anon: Noon, Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. For those affected by someone else’s addiction. Information: 802-257-5600.

Free Water Testing: 1-2 p.m., The Home Depot, 22 Ashbrook Road, Keene, N.H. Bring sample. Tested for PH levels, TDS "Total Dissolved Solids," water hardness, and iron. No charge. Information: Dianne, 603-355-2113, ext. 301. Every Wed.

Recovery Chat: 2-3 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. Less formal group, conversation, games, sharing. Information: 802-257-5600.

Breast Cancer Support Group: First Wednesday, 5-6:30 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Breast Resource Room, Second Floor, Richards Building. Information: Kelly McCue, RN, 802-251-8437.

Suicide Loss Support Group: 5:30-7 p.m., Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St., Brattleboro. First and third Wednesdays. Facilitated by Andrea Edwards. Free. Co-sponsored by The Samaritans, Inc., www.samaritansnh.org. Information: Elizabeth or Joyce, 802-257-0775.

Chess Club: 6-9 p.m., Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

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. Door propped open (weather permitting) for easy access. Information: Ann, 603-762-6061.

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: Karen, 802-579-5937.

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

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.

Transcendental Meditation Program: 7:30 p.m., Maharishi Invincibility Center, 24 High St., Midtown Mall, Brattleboro. Free introductory lecture on the TM Program. Every Wednesday and by appointment. Information: 802-246-1020. See www.tm.org and www.davidlynchfoundation.org.

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

BCTV

Brattleboro Channel 8: 8 a.m., Democracy Now! Live; 9 a.m., Protest Movements and Social Change; 10:50 a.m., BASIC Skatepark Workshop at the Crowell Lot; 12 p.m., Words of Peace: Life: Playing One Key at a Time; 12:30 p.m., Mongolian Music & Dance at Leland & Gray; 1:45 p.m., World Learning 80th Anniv. Symposium; 3:30 p.m., Bratt Literary Festival 2012: Howard Frank Mosher; 4:30 p.m., BASIC Skatepark Design Meeting; 5:45 p.m., 5:45 Live: Midweek Report; 6 p.m., Lawrence Lessig on VT’s First Amendment Weekend & Citizens United; 7:28 p.m., Brattleboro Citizens Breakfast; 8 p.m., Democracy Now!; 9 p.m., Al Jazeera News; 9:30 p.m., Asian Long Horn Beetle Awareness; 10:15 p.m., World Learning 80th Anniv. Symposium.

Brattleboro Channel 10: 7 a.m., Leland and Gray Political Party Forum; 8:35 a.m., Guilford Selectboard Mtg.; 10 a.m., 5:45 Live: Midweek Report; 10:30 a.m., The David Pakman Show; 1:27 p.m., Vermont State Board of Education Mtg. Pt. 2; 3:24 p.m., Vermont State Board of Education Mtg. Pt. 3; 4:24 p.m., Brattleboro Planning Commission; 7 p.m., Newfane Selectboard Mtg.; 9:30 p.m., Brattleboro Special Selectboard Mtg.

Thursday

Music/Dance

International Gentle Folk Dancing: 4-5:30 p.m., Putney Cares Activity Barn, 54 Kimball Hill Road, Putney. Thursdays through Dec. 13 (not Thanksgiving Day). Led by Melissa Lovell Post. For beginners and elders. Cost: $8 per class. Information: 802-387-4330 or 802-875-4102.

Belly Dance Classes: 5:15-6:30 p.m., at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. Fun, beginner and beyond class. Fee. To register: 802-257-8877.

West Swing Lessons: 6-10 p.m., The Putney Inn, Exit 4 off I-91, Putney. Lessons with DanceVermont and Karen Graham. Every Thursday. Information: 802-387-5517.

Open Mic: 7-10 p.m., Marina Restaurant, Route 5, Brattleboro. Hosted by Kevin Parry. Every Thursday. Free. To sign up for a 20-minute slots, call 802-257-7563. Information: www.kevinparrymusic.com.

Live Music: 7-10 p.m., West Dover Inn, Route 100, West Dover. Jim Flynn plays every Thursday. Free. Information: 802-464-5207.

Live Jazz: 7-10 p.m., Rick’s Tavern, Route 30, Newfane. Information: 802-365-4310.

Film

Brattleboro Film Festival Winner: 6:30 p.m., Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., Brattleboro. Audience-chosen "Best in Fest" winner: "Chasing Ice," to be shown. Photographer James Balog’s time-lapse documentation of the disappearance of the earth’s major glaciers. Paul Cameron of Brattleboro Climate Protection to lead discussion after the film. Tickets: Adults, $8.50; students and seniors, $6.50; children 12 and under, $5, at the door. Description of film and information: www.brattleborofilmfestival.org.

Kids

Storytime: 10:30 a.m., Westminster West Public Library. Program of books, songs and activities for toddlers and preschoolers. No charge. Information: 802-387-5737 or 802-387-4682.

Preschool Storytime: 11 a.m., Putney Public Library. Every Thursday. For ages 2 and up. Songs, stories, and crafts for little ones and their caregivers. Information: 802-387-4407.

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

Boys & Girls Club: Noon-6 p.m., 17 Flat St., Brattleboro. Programs, activities, special events and use of facilities available for ages 10 to 18. Information: 802-254-5990.

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

Lectures

Carceral Power in Chicago: 7 p.m., Whittemore Apple Tree, Marlboro College. Rashad Shabazz, a geography professor at UVM, discusses the racial and sexual politics that informed the rise of "carceral" power in black Chicago during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Free. Public welcome. Information: 802-251-7644. In case of inclement weather: 802-451-7151.

Outdoors/Recreation

Senior Bowling: 9:15 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., 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.

Open Gym and Game Room: Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department, Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. 3-5 p.m., Grades 7-12. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Gymnastics Registration: 3:30-6 p.m., Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department, Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. Session II registration. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Fitness at the Rec: Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. Ongoing: Zumba 5:30-6:30 p.m.; 6-8 p.m., Volleyball; 8-10 p.m., Badminton, for all abilities. Information: Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Dept., 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Meals

Newfane Senior Meal: Noon, Newfane Congregational Church. Menu: Celery and olives, roast turkey and dressing, potatoes, turnips, and carrots, cranberry and pumpkin bread, and apple crisp and ice cream. Sponsored by Senior Solutions. Suggested donation: $3.50 for 60 and over, $4 for others. Information or reservations: 802-365-7870.

Miscellaneous

Blood Pressure Clinic: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Newfane Congregational Church. Sponsored by the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Vt. & N.H.

Case Management Help: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. HCRS at Turning Point, outreach post for community-based case management. Extra assistance in housing, budgeting, community integration, etc. Information: 802-257-5600.

Make-A-Plate: 1-5 p.m., Moore Free Library, Newfane. Annual "make a plate" drop-in event during library hours through Nov. 10. All ages welcome. Cost: $6, includes postage. Information: 802-365-7948.

Toastmasters Club: 6 p.m., Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., 2nd floor, Brattleboro. BrattleMasters. This month: Nov. 8 and 29. Guests welcome at no charge. For people who want to improve their public speaking and leadership skills. Information: brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org or 413-325-6348.

Putney Free Health Clinic: Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m., Putney Medical Office, Main Street, Putney. Free, open to all. Information: Putney Family Services: 802-387-2120.

Pampered Chef Fundraiser: 6:30 p.m., at Guilford Fire Station, Guilford Center Road. Hosted by the Guilford Fire Department Auxiliary. Great for holiday gifts.

Windham County CERT Meeting: 7 p.m., Putney Firehouse. Civilian Emergency Response Team meeting. New volunteers welcome. Refreshments. Information: Gaila Gulack at ggulack@hotmail.com.

Ongoing Events

Meditation Sittings: 7-7:45 a.m., Vermont Insight Meditation Center, in the Neighbor’s Hall at Solar Hill, 229 Western Ave., Brattleboro. Information: Drew, 802-257-1213.

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.

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.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Noon, Trinity Lutheran Church, 161 Western Ave., Brattleboro.

Recovery Chat: 2-3 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. Less formal group, conversation, games, sharing. Information: 802-257-5600.

Guilford Food Pantry: 5-6:30 p.m., at Broad Brook Grange, 3490 Guilford Center Road.

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group: Second Thursday, 5-6:30 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Tyler Conference Room. Information: Bruce Gilman, 802-251-0928.

Spring Forest Qigong: 5-6 p.m., Medicine for the People, 133 Main St., No. 7, Putney. Exercise and meditation class. Meets every Thursday. Details: 802-387-3028, ext. 1.

Narcotics Anonymous: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. Information: 802-257-5600.

Bingo: 6:30-9 p.m., Gassetts Grange, Jct. 10 and 103S, Chester. Doors open 5:30 p.m. Every Thursday. Refreshments. Information: 802-875-2637.

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

Dedicated Dads Making a Difference: 6-8 p.m., Early Education Services, 122 Birge St., Brattleboro. Free fathers support group. Dinner and child care provided. Information: Josh Miller, 802-254-3742, ext. 172.

Meditation Group: 7-7:45 p.m., The Center for Mindful Inquiry, 169 Main St., Brattleboro. Entrance in alleyway. Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Group. Each Thursday. All welcome. Cushions and chairs available. Information: 802-257-1984.

Alateen Meeting: 7-8 p.m., Cafeteria Room B, at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 17 Belmont Ave., Brattleboro.

Al-Anon: 7-8:30 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Tyler Conference Center, 17 Belmont Ave., Brattleboro. Information: Toll free, 1-866-972-5266.

AA, Food and Fellowship: 7-11 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. 7-8 p.m., potluck dinner; 8-9 p.m., step meeting; 9-11 p.m., fellowship and sharing. Information: 802-257-5600.

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

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