Wednesday November 21, 2012

In Bellows Falls...

ORNAMENT FUNDRAISER: Windham Antique Center is hosting a fundraiser during the holiday season for the Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

Anyone with extra vintage holiday ornaments may donate them or purchase an ornament. All of the proceeds raised by the sale will go to the Vermont Children’s Hospital.

Ornaments may be dropped off or purchased at the Windham Antique Center at 5 The Square, in downtown Bellows Falls, seven days a week, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. or Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information: 802-732-8081.

In Brattleboro...

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING: The annual Brattleboro Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden at 157 Main St. from noon to 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22. This dinner is free for the entire community, and will be served buffet-style.

For over 35 years, whether at the River Garden or at the Common Ground restaurant, the Brattleboro Community Thanksgiving Dinner has been a time to celebrate with family, friends, and neighbors, whether through attendance, volunteering to serve, or donating homemade food. Plenty of turkey and ham with all the trimmings is served, as well as vegetarian fare, and many desserts, including vegan and gluten-free treats.


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Throughout the day, local musicians serenade their fellow guests, while other volunteers drive meals to shut-ins around the Brattleboro area.

TURKEY TROT: The Brattleboro Turkey Trot will be held on Thanksgiving Day, with a one-mile kids’ race at 9 a.m., followed by a three-mile race at 9:15 a.m. Both courses are out-and-back on Upper Dummerston Road, starting and ending near the Brattleboro Country Club.

There is no entry fee, but participants should bring a food item (canned goods, baked goods, dessert, something Thanksgiving related, etc.).

Register by Wednesday, Nov. 21, to be included in the official results. It is not necessary to register to run. Information: www.redcloverrovers.com or Bob Aube at 802-896-9424.

SHELTER TRAINING: The Winter Overflow Shelter is scheduled to open on Sunday, Nov. 25, at 5:30 p.m. As in previous years, the Interfaith Clergy Association with the organization of the Rev. Barbro Hansson has organized all the meals for the shelter clients. Groups that are interested in serving meals should contact Rev. Hansson at overflow.meals@gmail.com.

There will be a training session on Sunday, Nov. 25, at 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church at 190 Main St. for volunteers. The training should last approximately 45 minutes. For more information, call 802-257-5415 or e-mail Rev. Hansson.

The Overflow Shelter is located at the First Baptist Church.

CHRISTMAS TREES: The Brattleboro Rotary Club’s 48th Annual Christmas Tree Fundraiser begins on Saturday, Nov. 24

Since 1965, the Brattleboro Rotary Club has sold Christmas trees. This year, all net proceeds will benefit the Gateway Foundation and fund scholarships for local students.

Vermont-grown trees of all shapes and sizes will be sold in front of Brattleboro Bowl on Putney Road. Sales will continue until the trees are gone.

The average cost of the trees is $40.

During November, trees will be sold beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday, Thursday and Friday. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday sales continue until 7 p.m.

During December, the hours will be: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Thursday and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For information, visit www.brattlebororotaryclub.com.

In Putney...

CLINIC CLOSED: The weekly Putney Free Health Clinic held on Thursday evenings will not be open on Nov. 22 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

In Chesterfield, N.H....

HOLIDAY BAZAAR: The Chesterfield Girl Scouts will be holding a Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Chesterfield Town Hall from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Items for sale will be beaded jewelry, kissing balls, center pieces, wreaths, purses/totes, sun-dyed scarves, alpaca-made clothes, decorative plates, and various other crafts.

The Girls Scouts will be accepting donations of toys and holding a raffle to benefit Operation Toy Drop. For further information, call 603-313-3670.

In Stratton...

SKI AND BOARD SALE: Stratton Mountain School will host its annual Ski and Snowboard Sale on Friday, Nov. 23, and Saturday, Nov. 24.

The sale will feature used race-stock skis and high-end snowboard equipment being sold by SMS athletes and coaches. In addition, five alpine, Nordic, apparel and snowboard retailers from New England will be on site to sell equipment at special discount prices.

There’s a $5-per-adult entry fee (children are free) for the first two hours of the sale on Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. There will be raffles and door prizes both days.

Anyone interested in selling their used, but good condition equipment, apparel or gear is welcome to drop equipment off on Friday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. No "straight" skis or used helmets will be accepted. Staff will be on hand to assist consignees with pricing and equipment evaluation. SMS reserves the right to refuse equipment that is too old or in poor condition.

In Walpole, N.H....

CHRISTMAS CRAFTS FAIR: The Walpole Fire & EMS annual Christmas Crafts Fair will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Walpole Fire Station. There will be over 30 crafters with a variety of handmade items. A handmade queen-sized quilt will be raffled with proceeds going to the Walpole Fire & EMS.

In Westminster...

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: The Women’s Fellowship will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar at the First Congregational Church of Westminster on Saturday, Nov. 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Christmas Shop will be open all day and will include crafts, candles, gifts, handmade items, collectables, and homemade baked goods. At 11 a.m. Santa will visit. Children of all ages are invited to do a craft project and take a photos with Santa. Prints will be available for a donation.

A large Vermont basket will be raffled. All the items in the basket, from candles and pottery to syrup and cheese, are made in Vermont. Tickets may be purchased ahead of time from any of the ladies at the church for $1 each or six for $5. The drawing will be held at 2 p.m.

Also, The Christmas Café will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu will include soup, sandwiches, chips, coffee, tea, cocoa and punch.

In West Brattleboro...

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: The 34th annual Christmas Bazaar at the First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., will be held Saturday, Nov. 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds will go to benefit church projects.

There will be a wide variety of handcrafted and homemade items, including plain or decorated wreaths, partridge berry bowls, Christmas tree ornaments, house decorations, knitted or crocheted gloves, mittens, hats and sweaters and doll clothing that will fit American Girl dolls.

There will be a drawing of 14 items including a rustic raised flower bed, several quilted items, a crocheted afghan, a painting, several table runners, two gift cards for local grocery stores and one for gasoline.

The drawing will be at 2 p.m. There will be a special table where children can purchase inexpensive items for their own Christmas shopping.

The food sale will feature cookies, cakes, muffins, pies, brownies, baked beans , fudge, jams, jellies and preserves. There will be a lunch, featuring the church’s renowned corn chowder, sandwiches, hot dogs, quiche and beverages.

For more information, call the church at 802-254-9767 between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.