Saturday January 12, 2013

In Bellows Falls...

FLU SHOTS: The Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire is providing flu shots at its Bellows Falls office at 1 Hospital Court, on Monday, Jan. 14, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.

The walk-in clinic is open to all adults aged 18 and over. Clients who are under the Medicare Part B plan are asked to bring their insurance card so that insurance may be billed directly. The fee for all others is $25.

For more information, call the VNAVNH at 1-888-300-8853.

In Brattleboro...

LEARNING IRISH: The majority of the population of Ireland spoke a language unrelated to English as recently as 200 years ago. Known by some as "Irish Gaelic," on the island it is simply called "Irish," or in the language itself "Gaeilge."

It is still the first language of a minority of the native population, and the language of choice for a growing number of families. Irish enjoys constitutional status as the national and first official language of the Republic of Ireland. It is an official language of the European Union and an officially recognized minority language in Northern Ireland.

Johnny Lee Conroy, who has ancestors from Contae Lú on the East Coast of Ireland, is hosting an entry-level Irish language class meeting weekly beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 5:30 p.m.


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It will include a balanced examination of grammar, vocabulary and Irish conversation and will use a mix of written and online resources, with guest teachers from time to time.

For more information, e-mail seainin.macconraoi@gmail.com or call 802-254-4609.

In Putney...

LOCAL PREDATORS: Putney Mountain Association will present "The Puzzle of New England Predators" with John Foster at its annual meeting on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 4 p.m. at the Putney Library. The public is invited to join Foster, a naturalist from the New England Naturalist Training Center, for a look at local predators like coyote, fisher, and bobcat. Through slide images and interactive discussion, participants will learn about the animals’ habitats and habits, and debunk common myths about these elusive animals. A brief meeting of the Association will precede the program.

A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

In North Walpole, N.H. Š

SHELTER TRAINING SESSION: The Greater Falls Warming Shelter will hold a training session for volunteers on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 3 p.m. at the shelter at 23 Church St. in North Walpole.

Volunteers are needed to staff the shelter in two nightly shifts from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. or 1 a.m. to 7 p.m. or for the entire evening. Volunteer duties include being awake and available to supervise those sleeping at the shelter and doing some light duties involving the serving and cleanup of the evening meal and snacks. Volunteers can sign up on a regular basis or as their schedules permit. Anyone interested in volunteering or to learn more about the shelter is welcome to attend the training session.

The training will be conducted by Susan Howes and Barbara Ternes, Warming Shelter board members. Further information is available by contacting Howes at SEVCA at 802-722-4575 ext. 124 or Ternes at Parks Place at 802-463-9927, or by e-mailing gfwarmingshelter@gmail.com.

In West Brattleboro...

FREE BREAKFAST: First Congregational Church in West Brattleboro will offer a free breakfast on Sunday, Jan. 13, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the church at 880 Western Ave.

On the menu will be pancakes, sausage, muffins, breakfast casseroles, scrambled eggs, fruit, orange juice and other beverages. The meal is free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary. For information, call 802-254-9767.