Saturday November 10, 2012

In Bellows FallsŠ

SENIORS’ RESOURCES INFO: Many Vermonters are unaware of all the help available to them and their aging loved ones. There are resources available to help plan for future care needs, as well as addressing current challenges such as senior depression, loneliness, or caregiver stress.

The staff from the non-profit group Senior Solutions (formerly the Council on Aging) will explain services available on Monday, Nov. 12, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Bellows Falls Area Senior Center, 18 Tuttle St. Information and answers to questions about resources and services for local seniors and their families and unpaid caregivers will be discussed.

There will also be information about volunteer opportunities. Attendees who are not dining with the seniors at 11:30 a.m. are encouraged to bring a bag lunch.

Those who help a loved one with daily necessities, transportation and such, probably are in the category of family caregiver.

The primary family caregiver for a qualified individual may be eligible for respite care to allow attendance at this program. To find out, contact the Senior HelpLine as soon as possible at 1-800-642-5119 or info@seniorsolutionsVT.org.

In Brattleboro...

PARENT/TOT GYM: The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department is offering the "Parent and Tot Open Gym" program for parents and preschoolers ages 5 and under, beginning on Monday, Nov. 12, and running through April 25. This is an unstructured program where the parents are responsible for their child.

The gym will be available for this program Mondays and Thursdays from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Open Gym is a place for parents and tots to go, out of the cold, and enjoy playing with blocks, a playhouse, cars, toys, puzzles, a tunnel, a play kitchen, and big rubber balls. The fee is $1 per child per day.

For more information, call 802-254-5808 or visit www.brattleboro.org.

In Chesterfield, N.H. ...

VETERANS DAY CEREMONY: The Chesterfield Arch Bridge Society will hold its second annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 11, to honor veterans who have served our country.

There will be a brief ceremony at 2 p.m. on the West Chesterfield Old Arch Bridge. Chesterfield American Legion Post No. 86 and Chaplain Dot Hunt will be conducting the remembrance.

The ceremony will be held rain or shine. The public is invited to attend this tribute to those who have served in the armed forces.

In Dummerston...

OSHER LECTURE: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute presents the last in this fall’s six-week series of lectures on Monday, Nov. 12.

In the morning program, Meg Mott discusses food production and politics today. Mott teaches political theory at Marlboro College and is a popular Osher lecturer.

In the afternoon lectures, Bob Engel, also of the Marlboro faculty and also an experienced leader of past Osher programs, describes the neuroendocrine system and reflects on the metaphysics of the human machine.

The morning program begins at 10 and runs until noon. The afternoon program runs from 1 to 3. All lectures take place at the Southeast Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 Vermont Route 5, in Dummerston. Parking and handicapped access are available. Light refreshments are served.

The lectures are produced by the local chapter of The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, now in its ninth year in Brattleboro. The Institute is a nationwide membership organization sponsoring programs for people aged 50 and over who wish to continue their education without tests, papers, or grades. Payment of full dues of $50 entitles members to attend all 12 lectures in the present series. Lectures are also open to non-members of OLLI for a fee of $5 per lecture.

For more information call 802-257-8600 or toll-free 866-889-0042.

COMMUNITY DANCE: An evening of community contra and square dances will take place at the Evening Star Grange in Dummerston Center on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Andy Davis of Brattleboro will be calling the dances. Live music will be provided by "Continuum." A traditional folk tale will be told during the break.

The dance will be preceded by a community potluck supper at 5:30 p.m. Those attending are asked to bring a dish and their own plates and silverware.

"Continuum" of Amherst, Mass., includes Linda Henry on piano, Emma Snope on violin, and Bob Snope on banjo and concertina.

Refreshments will be available. The program will include traditional New England contra dances, square dances, circle mixers, and couple dances. Admission is $4 for children, $7 for adults and $20 for a family. For more information and directions, call Robin or Andy Davis at 802-257-1819, or email village@dancingmasters.com.

HARVEST MEAL: Senior Solutions will sponsor a community Harvest Meal on Wednesday, Nov. 14, beginning at noon in the Evening Star Grange in Dummerston Center.

The menu will include turkey with all the fixings and assorted desserts. The meal will be prepared by Linda Hellus.

Takeouts are available by calling 802-254-1138. A donation of $3 is suggested for those over 60, and $4 for guests under that age. Information the morning of the meal is available at the above number.

Books from the Lydia Taft Pratt Library will be available for borrowing until the next meal.

In Newfane...

HUNTERS’ BREAKFAST: A Hunters’ Breakfast will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, from 4 to 10 a.m. at the NewBrook Fire Station, Route 30, in Newfane.

The breakfast is for everyone, not just hunters, and is a benefit for the NewBrook Auxiliary. The cost will be $8.

In Townshend...

SMOKEOUT: The Great American Smokeout will take place on Thursday, Nov. 15, this year. A display of tobacco cessation programs and products, plus free samples of nicotine replacement products and other giveaways, will be available from 9:30 to 5 p.m. at Grace Cottage Hospital in the hallway near Patient Registration and the Laboratory. Anyone quitting tobacco will be supplied with a cold turkey sandwich. Lung cancer remains the number one cancer killer among men and women.

For information about tobacco cessation programs at Grace Cottage Hospital, call 802-365-3649. The hospital is located at 185 Grafton Road, in Townshend.

In Windham County...

FLU CLINICS: Seasonal flu clinics are being offered around Windham County by the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Vt. and N.H. for people 18 years old and up. The flu shots are free to Medicare Part B recipients (bring card) and $25 for those paying with cash or check.

-- Bellows Falls, Friday, Nov. 16, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Bellows Falls Senior Center.

-- Brattleboro, Monday, Nov. 12, 1 to 3 p.m., Holton Home.

For further info: www.vnavha.org.