Thursday December 20, 2012

Today Music/Dance

Community Christmas Carol Sing: 6 p.m., Meet at Third Congragational Church of Alstead, River Street, Alstead, N.H. 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.


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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 10-18. 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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 using 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.

AA Hotline: Toll free, 1-877-851-0181.

BCTV

Brattleboro Channel 8: 7 a.m., Athens Community Christian Church; 8 a.m., Democracy Now!; 9 a.m., Agape Christian Fellowsh: A Better Perspective; 10:30 a.m., Sustainable Aging: Advance Directives; 11:30 a.m., Brattleboro Citizens Breakfast; 12:05 p.m., Vigil for the Homeless: Brattleboro; 12:30 p.m., The Rhema Word; 1:05 p.m., RIverbank Church: Our Stories, John and JAnice; 2 p.m., Literacy in Science: Teacher Presentation BEEC; 3:30 p.m., Bratt Lit Fest ‘12, Embrace Your Inner Italian; 4:37 p.m., Ceremony for Departed Comrades: Brattleboro Post 5; 5 p.m., For the Animals: Jane E. King & Oliver; 5:30 p.m., Community Calendar; 5:45 p.m., 5:45 Live: Midweek Report; 6 p.m., BUHS TV fromToday; 6:30 p.m., Let’s Talk About Mental Health; 7 p.m., BUHS "Poetry Out Loud" 2012; 7:35 p.m., Youth Services Celebrates 40 years Serving Windham County; 8 p.m., Democracy Now!; 9 p.m., Al Jezeera News; 9:30 p.m., The Retreat’s Keep Talking: The Emerging Adult; 10 p.m., Shirley Squires, A Touch of Heaven; 11 p.m., Breaking The Taboo: Exposing Global Drug Policy.

Brattleboro Channel 10: 8:15 a.m., 2012 Statewide Housing Conf., Keynote Address; 9:45 a.m., Community Calendar; 10 a.m., 5:45 Live: Midweek Report; 10:15 a.m., BUHS TV Live; 11 a.m., Newfane Selectboard Mtg.; 2 p.m., 2012 Statewide Housing Conf., Opening Plenary Session with Gov. Shumlin; 3:41 p.m., Representative Peter Welch: Medicare Open Enrollment; 4 p.m., Brattleboro Housing Authority Annual Mtg.; 4:30 p.m., BUHS Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Hartford; 7 p.m., Townshend Selectboard Mtg.; 9:30 p.m., BUHS Board Mtg.; 11 p.m., Brattleboro Special Selectboard Mtg: Town Plan.

Friday

Music/Dance

Christmas Carol Service: 6:30 p.m., West Dummerston Baptist Church, in the village of West Dummerston, 7 miles north of Brattleboro, off Route 30. Light refreshments served. All welcome.

Into the Silence: 7 p.m., Dummerston Congregational Church, Dummerston Center. "A Service of Contemplative Music for Christmas and the Solstice." Medieval, Celtic and original music by Coracle (Cynthia Hughes, Celtic harp; John Crockett, cello and Celtic whistles). All welcome.

Kevin Parry Performs: 7-10 p.m., at the West Dover Inn, Route 100, West Dover. Kevin Parry takes requests on guitar and vocals. Free. Information: 802-464-5207 or www.kevinparrymusic.com.

Winter Solstice Celebration: Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro. Ballroom and Latin dancing presented by Shall We Dance Brattleboro. 7-8 p.m., Free foxtrot dance lesson. 8-10 p.m., Open dancing. Refreshments. Cost: Singles, $8; couples, $15; teens and seniors, $5. Information: Ray, 802-579-9990; ray@shallwedance.biz.

Kids

Preschool Playgroup: 9:30-11 a.m., at Whitingham Elementary School. For children 0-5 years old with parent or childcare provider. Led by Amanda Hiouas. Sponsored by Early Education Services. Information: 802-368-7872.

Stories and Crafts: 10 a.m., Townshend Library, 1971 Route 30, Townshend. Downstairs children’s library. Jolly good story and craft time. Information: 802-365-4039; www.townshendlibrary.org.

Storytime and Crafts: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Jamaica Memorial Library. Every Friday. Information: 802-874-4901.

Storytime for Preschoolers: 10:30 a.m., Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls. Singing or a craft after stories. Free. Information: 802-463-4270.

Toddler Storyhour: 1:30 p.m., Moore Free Library, 23 West St., Newfane. Stories, songs, crafts for toddlers. Information: 802-365-7948.

Dungeons and Dragons: 5-9 p.m., Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls. Fantasy-based, epic storytelling game. Other games, also. Ages 13 and up. Reservations required. Information: 802-463-4270 or bfyouth@sover.net.

Final Day 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. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be taking calls from children at 1-866-99-SANTA (866-997-2682) toll free.

Friday Teen Night: 6-11 p.m., Boys & Girls Club, 17 Flat St., Brattleboro. Grades 7 through 18 year olds. Bands, DJs, skate jams, and movies. Free meal at 6 p.m., dinner. Information: 802-254-5990.

Outdoors/Recreation

Fitness at the Rec: Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. 12:10-1:10 p.m., Ongoing Yoga/Pilates. 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. 3-5 p.m., Grades K-6. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Meals

Congregate Breakfast: 7:45-8:15 a.m., Brattleboro Senior Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. Menu: Bavarian waffles with strawberries and whipped cream, ham, yogurt parfait, juice, coffee. Suggested donation for seniors over 60, $3.50. All others, $6. Information: 802-257-1236.

Guilford Senior Lunch: Noon, Guilford Community Church. Menu: Christmas dinner. Library books available, blood pressures taken. Sponsored by Senior Solutions. Hosted by the Guilford Golden Agers. Information: 802-254-9774.

Halifax Senior Meal: Noon, Halifax Community Hall, crossroads of Branch and Brook roads, in West Halifax. Menu: Baked chicken legs, mashed potatoes, peas, rolls and brownie sundae with peppermint ice cream. Sponsored by Senior Solutions. Reservations appreciated, call Joan at 802-368-7733.

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.

Miscellaneous

Day of the Homeless Vigil: 4 p.m., Pliny Park, corner of Main and High streets, Brattleboro. at 4 p.m. Program, volunteer choir, candles, walk in darkness to shelter for the homeless at First Baptist Church. To practice for choir, meet at Centre Church, 193 Main St. at 3:30 p.m. Bring donations of blankets, sleeping bags and pillows for the shelter. Information: Lise Sparrow, 802-257-2776 or e-mail gccucc@sover.net.

Winter Solstice Celebration: 4:30-6:30 p.m., at Manitou. Songs, led by Luz Elena Morey, readings, "fire eating ceremony," and candles in Mayan tradition. Free, family-friendly event. 4:30 p.m., Meet in parking lot. Dress for short walk in woods and snow. Bring candle and flashlight. Directions: 300 Sunset Lake Rd., 1.4 miles up from Williamsville village, sign on right, or 6.5 miles from Rte. 9 on Sunset Lake Road. Info: Fred Taylor, 802-387-2681, or rtaylor@antioch.edu.

Third Friday Art Walk: 5-8 p.m., Bellows Falls. Sponsored by the Village Square Booksellers and the Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce of Bellows Falls. Stroll through art galleries, shops and art venues of Bellows Falls, for art, music and literary events. Information: 802-463-9404.

Ongoing Events

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.-6 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.

Hospice Thrift Shop: 10 a.m.-7 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.

Candlelight AA Meeting: 9-11 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. AA discussion and fellowship with candlelit setting. Information: 802-257-5600.