Wednesday December 19, 2012

Wednesday

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 Sessions: 6:30-9:30 p.m., J.D. McCliment’s Pub, Route 5, north of Putney Village. Hosted by Roger Kahle and Randy Miller. Bring instrument to join in or just listen. Information: 802-257-9234.

Music Concert: 7 p.m., Leland & Gray Union High School, in the gymnasium, Route 30, Townshend. Instrumental students from NewBrook, Townshend, Jamaica, Wardsboro, and Dover elementary schools, and Windham Elementary School. Bands: the Cadet Band, the District Band, the Elementary Jazz Band; and combined Chorus. Guest performance by LGUHS Band. Free.

West African Dance Class: 7-8:30 p.m., The Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro. Instructor: Jai Fuller. For all levels. Presented by African Dance Vermont. Sliding scale $12-$15.


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Wear comfortable, loose clothes, bring water. Accompanied by live drumming. Information: 802-258-6475 or www.africandancevermont.com.

Holiday Concert: 7:30 p.m., at the American Legion Hall, 32 Linden St. Brattleboro American Legion Band to perform. No admission charged.

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.

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 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.

Ho Ho Hotline: 5-7 p.m., Pine Heights at Brattleboro Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation is serving 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 at 1-866-99-SANTA (866-997-2682) toll free.

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.

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 pickup 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.

Meals

Souper Wednesday: Noon-2 p.m., First Congregational Church of Westminster, Route 5, Westminster. Freewill donation appreciated, not necessary.

Miscellaneous

Newtown Remembrance: 4-5 p.m., Guilford Community Church, Rte. 5, Guilford (turn left just past the country store). Chant and Taize meditation in remembrance of those whose lives were taken last Friday in the tragedy at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Conn. Led by Rev. Larrimore Crockett. All welcome. Information, 802-257-2776 or www.guilfordchurch.org.

Rotary Christmas Trees: 11 a.m.-7 p.m., in front of Brattleboro Bowl, Putney Road, Brattleboro. 48th Annual Brattleboro Rotary Club Christmas Tree Fundraiser. Vermont-grown trees of all shapes and sizes.

BCTV Board Meeting: 6 p.m., Hanna Cosman Room, Municipal Center, 230 Main St., Brattleboro. Monthly meeting of the Board of Directors of Brattleboro Community Television, Inc. Public welcome. Information: 802-257-0888.

Third Wednesday Games Night: 6:30-9:30 p.m., Brattleboro Savings & Loan Association, Community Room, 221 Main St., Brattleboro. Bring a board game and find a player, or bring a player and find a game. Bring snacks to share. No charge. Information: brattleborogames@gmail.com, or 802-365-7891. All welcome. Organized by Vermont Mensa.

Ongoing Events

Crèche Display: More than 1,000 sets of Nativity scenes. Located in Guilford. Call Shirley Squires to set up an appointment: 802-254-2696. All welcome.

Warm Hands, Warm Hearts: Donations needed of winter clothing for adults, children of all ages, including toddlers and infant PJs. Blankets also needed. Collection box on porch, Masonic Center, Main St., Brattleboro, though end of January. Checks accepted, make out to Warm Hands, with "clothing" on the memo line, send to: Warm Hands, P.O. Box 6214, Brattleboro, VT 05301. Information: rfagge@sover.net.

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. 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.

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.

Women’s Network of Strength: Third Wednesdays, Noon-1 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Breast Resource Room, second floor, Richards Building. Lunch and learn. For women with all types of cancer. Information: Kelly McCue, RN, 802-251-8437.

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-1 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. For those affected by someone else’s addiction. Information: 802-257-5600.

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.

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: 7 a.m., Exchange Students in Vermont; 8 a.m., Democracy Now!; 9 a.m., Youth Services "Battle of the Bands 2012"; 11:14 a.m., Youth Services Celebrates 40 years Serving Windham County; 11:30 a.m., Let’s Talk About Mental Health; 12:10 p.m., RIverbank Church: Our Stories, John and JAnice; 1 p.m., Aralyn’s Quest: Episode 3; 2 p.m., Bratt Lit Fest ‘12, Embrace Your Inner Italian; 3:25 p.m., The Rhema Word; 4 p.m., Sustainable Aging: Advance Directives; 5 p.m., The Retreat’s Keep Talking: The Emerging Adult; 5:30 p.m., Community Calendar; 5:45 p.m., 5:45 Live: Midweek Report; 6 p.m., Area Christmas Displays 2011; 6:30 p.m., BUHS "Poetry Out Loud" 2012; 7:05 p.m., Ceremony for Departed Comrades: Brattleboro Post 5; 7:30 p.m., Let’s Talk About Mental Health; 8 p.m., Democracy Now!; 9 p.m., Al Jazeera News; 9:30 p.m., Agape Christian Fellowsh: A Better Perspective; 11 p.m., Aralyn’s Quest: Episode 3.

Brattleboro Channel 10: 7 a.m., Guilford Selectboard Mtg.; 7:40 a.m., Representative Peter Welch: Medicare Open Enrollment; 8 a.m., Montpelier Connection: Rep. Tristan Toleno; 8:30 a.m., Jamaica Selectboard Mtg.; 9:45 a.m., Community Calendar; 10 a.m., 5:45 Live: Midweek Report; 10:30 a.m., The David Pakman Show; 11:30 a.m., VSNAP Mtg. on Vermont Yankee’s Discharge Permit; 2 p.m., Leland and Gray School Board Mtg.; 4:30 p.m., Gov. Shumlin Press Conf. at Emergency Food Shelf; 5 p.m., The David Pakman Show; 6 p.m., Organic Politics: Our Own Money; 6:30 p.m., Brattleboro Housing Authority Annual Mtg.; 7 p.m., Organic Politics: Our Own Money; 7:30 p.m., Montpelier Connection: Rep. Tristan Toleno; 8 p.m., Leland and Gray School Board Mtg.; 10:30 p.m., Representative Peter Welch: Medicare Open Enrollment; 11 p.m., Newfane Selectboard Mtg.

Thursday

Music/Dance

Community Christmas Carol Sing: 6 p.m., Meet at Third Congregational Church of Alstead, River Street. Groups to go to different locations then return to church for cookies and cocoa. All welcome.

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

December Film Series: 7 p.m., Next Stage, Main Theater, Kimball Hill, Putney. Next Stage Arts Project series, "Thursdays with Jimmy." Third of four films celebrating the work of screen icon Jimmy Stewart. This week: "You Can’t Take it With You." Admission, $5 suggested. Information: www.nextstagearts.org.

Kids

Preschool Explorers: 10-11:30 a.m., Nature Museum at Grafton, 186 Townshend Road, Grafton. Mighty Acorns Preschool Explorers Club. Learn abut birds. Dress for outdoors. For preschoolers (ages 3-5) and their caregivers. Meets third Thursday each month. Members free, non-members $7 per child. Register at 802-843-2111 or at info@nature-museum.org.

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.

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

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

Community Christmas Dinner: Noon, The Townshend Church, on the Common, Townshend. Sponsored by Senior Solutions. Suggested donation: $3 over 60 years, $4 for all others. 11:30 a.m., Blood pressures taken. All welcome.

Miscellaneous

Rotary Christmas Trees: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., in front of Brattleboro Bowl, Putney Road, Brattleboro. 48th Annual Brattleboro Rotary Club Christmas Tree Fundraiser. Vermont-grown trees of all shapes and sizes.

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

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.

Tri-State Coin Club: 6:30 p.m., at Brattleboro Savings & Loan Assn., 221 Main St. (use the rear door, ring bell). Tri-State Coin Club. Everyone interested in coins, currency and collectibles, etc., is welcome. Meets third Thursday every month. Buying, selling, trading, sharing knowledge, informal auction. Free attendance. Information: Jim at 802-380-2319 or MrCashMan@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.

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. Pantry is open Thursdays (except the first Thursday of the month).

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.

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.

Women’s Spirituality Group: 6-8 p.m., in West Brattleboro. Led by Patty MacDonald, Astrologer/Tarot Reader/Teacher. Sharing stories and spiritual meaning in them. Third Thursday each month. Registration required, 802-732-8004 or toll free at 1-888-772-1395. Women of all ages welcome. Donation, $8.

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: 7-10 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. 8 p.m., step meeting. Information: 802-257-5600.

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