Friday November 9, 2012

In Alstead, N.H. ...

HOLIDAY BAZAAR: An annual Holiday Bazaar will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Third Congregational Church UCC, River Street, Alstead, sponsored by the Guild. Area crafters will offer items for sale such as hand braided rag rugs, Christmas decorations, soaps, art work, children’s accessories, sewing projects, needlework, jams and jellies, and Christmas greens, and a variety of items.

Guild will have Granny’s Table, selling gently used items; a raffle table featuring items donated by crafters, and a few home baked goods. The Langdon Community Club will also raffle a quilt.

Lunch and snack items will also be sold by the Guild. The menu will include soup, sandwiches, sweets and beverages.

In Brattleboro...

SKI TOW WORKBEE: Living Memorial Park Snow Sports is looking for volunteers to help ready the hill for the winter season. A workbee is planned for Sunday, Nov. 11, beginning at 10 a.m.

Projects planned include painting the tower and base station, washing the base station and castle windows, cleaning the castle, clearing brush, some chain saw work, greasing both the bullwheel and the groomer.

For further information, contact Ray Blow at 802-380-2977, www.vtsnowsports.org.

COLLECTORS’ EXPO: The Tri Town Coin, Postcard and Sports Card Collector’s Club will hold a special scholarship fundraising committee meeting during its show and collector meetings on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Holiday Inn Express on Chickering Drive in Brattleboro.

Area collectors of all ages are invited to meet various hobbyist. The event, which will offer door prizes, begins at 8 a.m. with a club business meeting during the show’s start up session. After a family fun day of buying and selling collectibles, dealers will join the Tri Town Numismatic Society at 3:30 p.m. for its monthly meeting.

There is no admission charge and anyone looking to sell or trade their collectible items such as coins, comic books, sports/postcards and other interesting items may set up a card table by calling show chairman Joe Fuller at 802-297-1274 or e-mail Pepsijoseph@yahoo.com.

This collector’s expo will be followed by a Dec. 2 fundraising event in Charleston, N.H., and another show in Brattleboro on Dec. 15. In the past five years the group has participated in many charitable events in Southern Vermont, Keene, N.H., and western Massachusetts.

YARD AND TAG SALE: At the First Baptist Church, 190 Main St., Brattleboro on Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 11, 1 until 3 p.m. Featured are small articles of furniture, glassware, dishes, books, interesting bric a brac, clothing. For information call 802-254-9566.

DAFFODIL PLANTING: Volunteers are needed on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 9 a.m. to help plant 1,000 daffodils at Exit 1 off Interstate 91 on Canal Street in Brattleboro.

The Planting of the Daffodils is an effort of the Exit 1 Gateway Project, a new initiative of citizens who recognize the importance of Exit 1 as the first exit in Brattleboro and Vermont, and aim to make it a place of beauty. The group has established three welcome gardens at Exit 1.

It is planned for the daffodils to spread and bloom every spring for years to come and that this will become an annual occasion. It will be a celebration of pride and the vitality of the community. Volunteers will be able to say in future years that they were there when it started.

Those attending may bring family and friends, and a picnic lunch to enjoy on the Exit 1 hillside when they are done. Hot beverages will be available and some surprises for participants to take home.

Anyone wishing to volunteer is asked to contact Martha at 802-254-2331 or martha.ramsey@comcast.net; or Julia at 802-251-8107 or planning@brattleboro.org.

SWAP PROGRAM: The Windham Solid Waste Management District Swap Program on Old Ferry Road is open every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until noon. It is a free 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.

Items brought in must be in usable condition and must be accepted by a staff member before being left. Due to the need to close promptly at noon, large loads of donations may not be accepted after 11:45 a.m. Everyone is welcome to bring in or take out materials. It is not necessary to do both.

Some items that usually are not accepted are appliances, upholstered furniture, carpet, computers, mattresses, clothes and tires. These items may be placed on Freecycle at www.freecycle.org.

Items available this week include: Aluminum crutches, portable electric typewriter, assorted wood chairs, coffee makers, desk, stroller, large suitcase, Safety 1st booster seat, Christmas tree stands, single basin aluminum sink, mirrors, kid’s potty, adding machine, large round table, globe, Scrabble Junior, Yahtzee, sundae dishes, and an ice cream maker.

Swap Program information is available at www.windhamsolidwaste.org, e-mail questions to swapshop@windhamsolidwaste.org.

TOYS FOR KIDS: Brattleboro Detachment and Auxiliary Unit 798, Marine Corps League will began scheduling appointments for the Toys for Kids project on Nov. 5. The program helps families in need of assistance for their children at Christmas.

Appointments will be taken between 4 to 7 p.m. only, weekdays only, now through Nov. 21. No appointments will be made after Nov. 21.

Those wishing to participate in this program must call 802-257-0001 on the specified dates only between 4 to 7 p.m. time. Do not call the American Legion, as they cannot make appointments.

When calling, participants must have Social Security or Medicaid numbers for their children, ages 12 and under, and when coming for the scheduled appointment, they must bring their cards with them.

This program is only for those families who have a genuine need for assistance.

ROTARY DINNER RAFFLE: The Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club kicked off its annual dinner raffle to raise funds for various club projects including Project Feed the Thousands.

First prize will be five $100 gift certificates to area restaurants, including Peter Havens, The Putney Inn, The Marina, New England House and Panda North. Second prize is a gift certificate from Windham Wines, and third prize is a gift certificate from North End Butchers.

A limited number of tickets are available and may be purchased for $5 each or six for $25 through any Sunrise Rotarian, or by calling Jason at 802-380-0848. The drawing will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

SECRET SANTA: The Secret Santa program has kicked off its 13th year. Less fortunate local children write letters to Santa, and Secret Santas in the area fulfill some, if not all, of the wishes on the lists.

Last year over 400 children were served and it is expected that the numbers will rise significantly this year.

Letters can be obtained by calling the office of Dr. Robert Fagelson at 802-257-0557. Letters will also be available beginning Thanksgiving week at Baker’s Hallmark, 896 Putney Road; Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters, 74 Main St.; Vermont Artisan Designs, 106 Main St.; and at Curves, 464 Putney Road.

In MarlboroĊ 

WREATH SALE: The Marlboro Alliance will offer locally made wreaths for sale to benefit local causes. The costs of the wreaths will be: 14-inch, $18; 22-inch, $24; and 30-inch, $35. Orders may be sent to Marlboro Alliance, P.O. Box 42, Marlboro, VT 05344. Include name and phone number with the order.

All orders must be received by Monday, Nov. 21. Wreath pick up will be at the Marlboro Post Office on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information e-mail marlboroalliance@gmail.com.

In Saxtons RiverĊ 

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: The 56th annual Christmas Stocking Bazaar, featuring a wide variety of handmade gifts, food pantry, attic treasures, linens, and holiday cheer, will be held at Christ’s Church on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Handmade clothing and decorative items, attic treasures, homemade candy, baked goods (including frozen, ready-to-bake pies for the holidays), preserves, and Christmas ornaments will be offered this year.

Living gifts from the Time and Talents table, such as a special meal cooked, babysitting, grocery shopping, a custom sweater, or a serenade, will be available for sale.

Activities for children include cookie decorating and holiday crafts at Santa’s Land. A snack or lunch of sandwiches, soups, and dessert will be available in the Tea Room on the lower level. Christmas piano music will be played by Eric Robinson.

Sponsored by the Women’s Fellowship of Christ’s Church, the bazaar includes a raffle of 150 gallons of heating oil or propane oil from Cota and Cota (within delivery area), a quilt made by Pat Bellows, and numerous "surprise" items. Drawings for the raffles will be at 1 p.m. Raffle tickets are available for purchase from church members and at the bazaar.

Handicapped access to the Tea Room and arts and crafts area is from the parking lot behind the church.

In Vernon...

MUSICAL RECITAL: Mountain View Seventh-day Adventist Church will host a concert at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. Mme. Stoddart will sing a recital of "Songs of Prayer and Praise" and will be accompanied on the piano by William Ness. Composers include Beck, Bonds, Dvorak, Fauré, Gounod, H. Johnson, R. King.

The Mountain View Adventist Church is located at 1002 Ft. Bridgman Road, Route 142, in Vernon. The concert is free of charge and will be followed by fellowship and light refreshments.

In Westminster...

PAYING FOR COLLEGE: The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, in collaboration with Bellows Falls Union High School, has scheduled a Paying for College presentation at the school on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m.

The session is free and open to the public. The presentation, which normally runs about one-and-a-half to two hours, provides students and their parents with information on financial aid and other resources available to pay for college. Time is allotted for questions.

Among the topics covered are types of financial aid, ways to apply, how family contribution is calculated, how financial aid is awarded, student and parent loans, and alternative payment options.