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, 24 High St. in Brattleboro.
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 is Friday, Feb. 1.
Books from the Lydia Taft Pratt Library will be available for borrowing until the next meal.
Suggested donations are $3 for people 60 and over, and $4 those under 60.
The Grange is located at 1008 East-West Road in Dummerston Center. All are welcome.
WINTER BALL FUNDRAISER: The Stratton Mountain School’s Let It Snow Winter Ball will take place on Saturday, Jan. 26, in the Burtscher Fieldhouse on the SMS campus, beginning at 6 p.m. For more than 40 years, the Winter Ball has raised scholarship money to support the dreams of local winter athletes.
The Winter Ball includes a sit-down dinner, live and silent auctions and dancing. Elizabethan Fare and Hub’s Catering will cater the event, the Jeff Tuohy Band will perform, and wine and cheese will be provided by Arthur Schuman Company.
The live auction will feature a Hawaiian vacation home in Kona, a ski trip to Steamboat, a diamond necklace from Von Bargen’s, and a week in Whistler, among other items. The silent auction will feature 75 items from local and national vendors, ranging from golf packages, to ski equipment, to furniture and trips.
Tickets are available by calling 802-856-1101. Stratton Mountain School is a ski and snowboard academy located at the base of Stratton Mountain. SMS serves students in grades 7-12.
FLU SHOT CLINIC: Flu shots will be available for members of the public at Grace Cottage Family Health, Route 35, on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. No advance appointment is needed; walk-ins are welcome. Flu shots are also available during weekday hours. Call 802-365-4331 for an appointment.
The flu shot cannot be given to anyone with an allergy to eggs.
The cost of the shot, if not covered by health insurance, is $32. For more information, call 802-365-4331.
For more information about flu shots or the flu in general, visit the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov, the Vermont Department of Health at www.healthvermont.gov, or call the Vermont helpline at 2-1-1.
In Walpole, N.H. Š
ROAST BEEF DINNER: There will be a roast beef dinner on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 5:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Walpole. On the menu will be tossed beet and candied walnut salad, roast beef, roasted potatoes, green beans with almonds, homemade rolls, gravy, and gingerbread with maple cream topping for dessert. The cost of the meal will be $12.
For tickets in advance, call 603-445-5101, 603-756-4075, or 603-445-5637.
In West Brattleboro...
THRIFT STORE: Mary’s Closet will be open on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by and located at First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., Mary’s Closet is a thrift shop selling gently used and new clothing for men and women. The January sale will be the start of a winter clearance and sweaters, jerseys, fleece jackets, slacks, outer ski jackets, hats and scarfs will all be on sale.
COMMUNITY MEAL: West Brattleboro Baptist Church will continue its Community Outreach Meal Ministry at 979 Western Ave. on Sunday, Jan. 27.
The free community luncheon will be held from noon to 2 p.m. The menu will include homemade chicken potpie with biscuits, coleslaw, and a beverage of choice. For dessert there will be homemade brownies and ice cream.
For further information, or for a ride, call the church office at 802-257-0187, leave message. All are welcome to attend.
FLEA MARKET: Anyone interested in setting up a table at the Jacksonville Ladies Aid Indoor Flea Market on Saturday, Feb. 23, is welcome.
Anything goes at this flea market. Consider selling crafts or attic treasures or clothing that no longer fits.
The market will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Whitingham Municipal Center. An 8-foot table will be available for $15.
For further information or to register, contact Gail Eleck at 802-368-2213 or Judy Bernard at 802-368-2912. Spaces need to be reserved by Feb. 1.
In Windham County...
HEAT FUND DONATIONS: The Windham County Heat Fund presently has families on the waiting list for fuel. The program is for those either not eligible for current fuel assistance programs or who have run out of their assistance allotments.
There is no overhead, all money received goes directly to buying fuel.
Tax deductible donations may be sent to the Windham County Heat Fund, c/o Richard Davis, 679 Weatherhead Hollow Road, Guilford, VT 05301 or stop by at Brattleboro Savings & Loan Assn., 221 Main St. to donate directly.