Tuesday January 22, 2013

In Bellows Falls...

ISLAND CHARRETTE: Community members are invited to take part in a charrette to discuss the future of the Bellows Falls Island area -- to re-imagine the area and help shape its future. This meeting will be held Thursday, Jan. 24, at 5:15 p.m. in the Lower Theater at Town Hall.

Pedestrian walkability and lighting, building design, traffic flow, landscaping, and use of land will be part of the discussion. Three draft alternative scenarios have been developed and will be a starting point for discussion. These can be viewed in the lobby at Town Hall prior to the charrette.

Mullin Associates of Pelham, Mass., is the project consultant and will conduct a charrette at the get-together. A charrette is a hands-on planning and design exercise where planners, property and business owners and other interested persons work together to discuss issues and potential solutions, create alternatives, and finally settle on a preferred plan for the future of the area.

Anyone interested in the development of the Bellows Falls Island is encouraged to attend the charrette and to share their vision for the future of the Island.

In Brattleboro...

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.

PAIN RELIEF STRETCH CLASS: A stretch class for people of all ages with musculoskeletal pain and related conditions (arthritis, fibromyalgia, trigger points) will begin Wednesday, Jan. 23. The class will run weekly on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Stone Church, 210 Main St.

The class is planned to help eliminate pain from accidents, work, surgery or trauma, for those just beginning to move again, and for improving elite (or not) athletic performance.

Bare- or stocking feet -

No shoes will be allowed on the wood floor, so plan on having bare or stocking feet. Participants may want a towel or pad for the floor stretches and meditation. The program will work from sitting to standing to laying down. There are padded pews for those people who cannot get up and down.

The cost will be $15 a month or $5 a class for non-patients; patients free. For further information, contact Justine Jeffrey, MTPT and fitness stretchpert; Pain Relief and Education at 802-251-0155.

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.

LGBTQ LAUNCH PARTY: Green Mountain Crossroads, a new organization for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer community, has formed and will hold an official launch party on Friday, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m. at the Backside Café.

Green Mountain Crossroads is a non-profit organization with a mission of supporting the local rural LGBTQ community in being visible and connected with each other. Based in Brattleboro, GMC will feature community events, news and information from the tri-state area of southeastern Vermont, southwestern New Hampshire, and northwestern Massachusetts.

One of the groups primary goals is to keep the local LGBTQ community informed of events and activities of interest, and maintain information on resources for LGBTQ individuals. GMC hosts an interactive Community Calendar at its website, www.greenmountaincrossroads.org.

The official launch party is a public event, open to the LGBTQ community and straight allies alike. Refreshments will be served and drawings for door prizes will take place. The snow date will be Friday, Feb. 1.

For information visit www.greenmountaincrossroads.org or greenmountaincrossroads@gmail.com.

In DoverĊ 

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: The Dover Free Library will show "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" on Friday, Jan. 25, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The film is rated PG for some rude humor. It is approximately 90 minutes in length and will be shown for free. Popcorn and door prizes will be included.

For more information, call the library at 802-348-7488. The library is located at 22 Holland Road in East Dover.