Saturday January 19, 2013

In Bellows Falls and BrattleboroŠ

AARP NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: For the past six years, AARP Tax-Aide volunteers in Bellows Falls and Brattleboro have helped residents prepare their Federal and State tax returns. New volunteers are being recruited for the coming tax season. People are needed to work in Bellows Falls at the Senior Center or Rockingham Library as well as at positions in Brattleboro.

It is not necessary to be an AARP member nor a retiree. Experience doing basic tax returns and familiarity with computers are both helpful. Training is provided and ongoing support is offered at each site.

Anyone who has four hours per week between Feb. 1 and April 15, can be provided with the skills necessary to assist people with their taxes and the opportunity to give back to the community. Last year over 130 volunteers helped more than 5,000 Vermont taxpayers across the state. This year the need will be even greater.

For more information about becoming an AARP Tax-Aide volunteer, e-mail jeancornish @svcable.net or call Cornish at 802-365-7222.

In Brattleboro...

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Overnight volunteers are needed for the Winter Overflow Shelter at the First Baptist Church at 190 Main St. The hours of the shifts are 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. or 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. Contact the Drop In Center at overflow. bratt@gmail.com or call 802-257-5415.

SCHOOL SAFETY FORUM: The Brattleboro Town School Board will hold a forum about school safety for community members, especially parents with children in the elementary schools. This discussion is a response to the recent tragedy in Newtown, Conn., and community members’ requests for additional safety measures.

The forum is planned for Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m. at Academy School in West Brattleboro.

Participants will be able to share their thoughts and opinions on how the district can alter or improve its security protocols and the way it responds to emergencies. Representatives from the school administration and local first responders will be present.

OPEN SCHOOLHOUSE: Neighborhood Schoolhouse at 231 Western Ave. will host an open house on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m. This will be an opportunity to visit the classrooms and experience a typical day. During the evening session, faculty will provide tours of the school and discuss the philosophy of Neighborhood Schoolhouse.

The Neighborhood Schoolhouse serves children ages 3 to 12 in the preschool, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, elementary and before/after school care programs. Financial aid is available and child care subsidy and Vermont state public Pre-K program funding are accepted.

Childcare will be provided for the evening session. For reservations or further information, call 802-257-5544 or visit www.neighborhoodschoolhouse.com.

In Dover...

MONDAY NIGHT MOVIE: The Dover Free Library will present the feature film "Red Dog" on Monday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. The film will run for 92 minutes and is rated PG.

"Red Dog" is based on a story by Louis de Bernières (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin). It is about a red dog which roams the Australian outback and unites the disparate, multi-racial local community.

This event is free and open to the public. For further information, call 802-348-7488.

In Dummerston...

CALENDARS AND T-SHIRTS: The 2013 Scenes of Dummerston Calendar featuring color photographs by 11 talented photographers is now available. The calendar contains scenes from East Dummerston to the West River.

Also available is the new black, short-sleeved Dummerston T-shirts with a graphic of the West Dummerston Covered Bridge. The writing on the shirt says "Dummerston ... the longest one in Vermont."

Calendars are $10 and T-shirts are $18 for M-XL and $20 for XXL. They are available at the Dummerston Town Office or by calling Muriel at 802-257-9358 or Gail at 802-254-9311.

In Putney...

BOOK GROUP: The Putney Public Library book group will meet Sunday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. to discuss Barbara Kingsolver’s novel "The Lacuna."

The book scheduled for discussion on Feb. 17 is "Being Dead" by Jim Crace. The group will be making selections for future discussions at the January and February meetings.

The group is open to all interested readers and meets the third Sunday of each month at 7 p.m. at the library and welcomes new members at any time. Discussion is low-key, friendly and stimulating. Information about the group is available by calling 802-387-5548 or e-mailing lgarfield@myfairpoint.net.

SENIOR LUNCH: Putney Cares and Senior Solutions will sponsor a senior lunch on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at noon at the Putney Cares Activities Barn. Friends and neighbors are invited for the lunch and conversation.

On the menu will be sage, tomato, and white bean soup; focaccia; chocolate crazy cake; and coffee and tea. The lunch will be prepared by Pamela Cubbage.

For further information or to make a reservation, call 802-387-5593. The Activities Barn, is located at 54 Kimball Hill Road in Putney.