WINTER SWAP PROGRAM: The Swap Program at the Windham Solid Waste Management District is now on winter hours. The program will be open the second Saturday of each month, weather permitting, from 9 a.m. to noon. The next scheduled opening will be on Jan. 12.
COLLECTORS’ EXPO: The Tri Town Coin, Postcard and Sports Card Collectors’ Club will hold a special scholarship fundraising committee meeting during its show and collector meetings on Saturday, Dec. 15, 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 9 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 shows in Brattleboro on the second Saturday monthly beginning on Jan. 12. In the past five years the group has participated in many charitable events in southern Vermont, Keene, N.H., and western Massachusetts.
HO HO HOTLINE: Pine Heights at Brattleboro Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation will serve as a North Pole Substation for the greater Brattleboro area from Dec. 17 to 21. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be taking calls from children from 5 to 7 p.m. at 1-866-99-SANTA (866-997-2682) toll free.
POSITIVE AGING: The Brattleboro Senior Center will offer a program called "Positive Aging: Boosting Brain Power" on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 10:30 a.m. People expect to live longer than their parents. Psychology, the workplace and society have traditionally underestimated the positive aspects of those later years. New information about the brain has dispelled some stereotypes such as "you can’t teach an old dog new tricks." Those attending will learn about the mature mind, how information is processed differently in elders, and positive steps one can take to boost their brain.
Claire B. Halverson, Professor Emeritus, SIT Graduate Institute will present this seminar at the Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St., in Brattleboro.
ELF’S WORKSHOP: Parents with children ages 5 and up are invited to join the Dover library elf for a time of holiday crafts, music, stories and refreshments on Friday, Dec. 14, anytime between 3:30 and 6 p.m., or on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
This will be an opportunity for children to create and wrap personal gifts for their family and friends. This free workshop will be held at the Dover Free Library. To register, call 802-348-7488 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOTALLY SCROOGED!: Comic actor Pickles Reese presents "Totally Scrooged," a saucy solo sendup of Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol" on Friday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at Grafton’s Town Hall auditorium, 117 Main St.
Now in its 20th season, the evening overflows with local color and references as Reese transitions from character to character, and scene to scene with wit and humor, while preserving the story’s timeless message.
The performance is suggested for mature audiences. Admission is by $15 donation. Proceeds help relieve hunger in the community. For more information, call 802-843-1162.
GREEN RIVER CAROL SING: The Green River Church in Green River village will host its 52nd annual Service of Scripture and Carols on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. Michael Mario will lead the service. He will be joined by Carol Jaensen on the organ, and by a brass ensemble led by Bruce Corwin.
The service will be recorded by WTSA-FM for broadcast on Christmas Eve. Refreshments will be served following the service in the vestibule of the church.
This annual service is used as the only fund-raising event of the year. In 2001, the church became a part of the Green River Village Preservation Trust, a local non-profit historic preservation group. For information: 802-254-5910.
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HOLIDAY EVENT: An Old-Fashioned Winter Holiday Event is planned at The Colonel Ebenezer Hinsdale House on Friday, Dec. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 15, from 2 to 8 p.m.
A hearth cooking demonstration will take place on Saturday given by an expert who has recently moved to the area from Gettysburg, Pa.
Tours will be given of the 18th Century home decorated for the holiday with greenery, vintage ornaments, trees hung with old-fashioned trimmings, festive lighting and yuletide samplings.
Admission will be $5, with children under 10 free.
The house is located at 609 Brattleboro Road, Route 119 in Hinsdale. The event is sponsored by the Hinsdale Historical Society.
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MARY’S CLOSET: Mary’s Closet will be open on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon at First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave. in West Brattleboro. New arriving merchandise includes women’s winter coats, dresses, and fleece shirts. There is a nice inventory of men’s and women’s jeans, sweaters, blouses, shirts, all at sale prices, just in time for Christmas shopping.