Friday February 1, 2013

In Bellows FallsŠ

TELEVISION CLASSES: Main Street Arts and Jake Stradling of Falls Area Community TV (FACTv) will offer two options in February to learn television production at the FACTv studios in Bellows Falls.

The options are: meet once a week beginning Tuesday, Feb. 5, for five weeks from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; or meet Monday through Friday, Feb. 11 to 15, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Participants will learn how to operate a video camera and get a basic understanding of how the camera functions, working on techniques of framing a shot and composing a scene. They will practice the basics of creating their own movies, including putting together a crew, getting good sound, editing, filming a dialogue scene, creating graphics and adding music.

FACTv is a non-profit Access Management Organization dedicated to serving the public, educational and government sectors of the greater Bellows Falls region. Its studio is located at 1 Hospital Court in the Health Center at Bellows Falls.

The fee for either class is a $10 administrative fee. Registration is required by contacting MSA at 802-869-2960 or info@mainstreetarts.org.

In Brattleboro...

CHILDCARE AT GALLERY WALK: High school girls traveling to Centre Congregational Church’s sister parish in El Salvador on Feb. 16 will offer childcare during Gallery Walk on Friday, Feb. 1, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Centre Church, 193 Main St.

The childcare is for all ages while their parents enjoy the downtown opportunities and events. The Red Cross-trained child caregivers are Kathryn Fecto, Kate Maisner, Haley Marcil, Emma Rueter and Tori Svec.

For more information contact Priscilla or Tori Svec at 802-387-2373.

WINTER SWAP PROGRAM: The Swap Program at the Windham Solid Waste Management District is now on winter hours. The program will be open the second Saturday of each month, weather permitting, from 9 a.m. to noon. The next scheduled opening will be Feb. 9.

Swap Program information is available at www.windhamsolidwaste.org, e-mail questions to swapshop@windhamsolid-waste.org.

CREATIVE ARTS OPEN HEARTS: KidsPLAYce will offer an eight-week literacy-based class that helps children learn reading readiness skills in a fun, whole body experience. The sessions will begin on Feb. 5 and will continue each Tuesday, except for Feb. 19, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at KidsPLAYce.

Creative Arts Open Hearts will be led by Su Eaton of Peaceable Village. The program is for infants through age 5 with their caregivers. Participants are asked to sign up 24 hours in advance to allow for preparation of supplies.

This is a class for both adult and child to interact as playmates. Su as a creative integrated arts educator will be integrating music, movement, stories, themes, art, games, and imagination. There will be familiar songs as well as new ones. Su changes the words to old songs to integrate loving, peaceful, and cooperative language.

Each week will have a different theme to the class, such as colors, numbers, letters, shapes, and more. Su will provide lyrics via email to participants to continue at home learning.

The cost will be $15 for a child with an adult and $5 for each additional child. To register or information: 802-254-5212. Kids-PLAYce is located at 20 Elliot St. in Brattleboro.

FIRST WEDNESDAY LECTURE: University of Vermont professor and lifelong Vermonter, Frank Bryan, will consider the cultural and historical impact of the Interstate Highway System on Vermont on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Library. His talk, "Concrete, Culture, and Community: The Impact of the Interstate Highway on Vermont," is part of the First Wednesday Lecture series sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council and the library.

Bryan is the author of "Real Democracy: The New England Town Meeting and How it Works" and teaches in the Political Science Department at UVM.

The talk is free and open to the public. The library is located at 224 Main St. in downtown Brattleboro. For information, 802-254-5290, ext. 101, or visit www.brookslibraryvt.org.

In DummerstonŠ

OSHER MIDWINTER LECTURES: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) announces its annual midwinter series of three lectures, to begin on Monday, Feb. 4. (This lecture was to have been held on Jan. 28, but was canceled due to snow.)

This winter’s lectures are titled "Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love." Julie Moir Messervy, a landscape gardener and designer in Saxtons River, and her associates Anna Johansen and Jana Bryant Wunderle, will use images, case studies, diagrams, and plans to explain the process of turning any property into the ideal garden -- a home outdoors.

Lectures will run from 1 to 3 p.m. and will take place at the Southeastern Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 Vermont Route 5. Parking and handicapped access are available. Light refreshments will be served. The per-lecture fee, for OLLI members and non-members both, is $6.

The Osher Institute is a membership organization sponsoring programs for people 50 and over who wish to continue their education without tests, papers, or grades.

For more information call 802-257-8600 or toll-free 866-889-0042.

In Westminster...

COMPASS OPEN HOUSE: Compass School will hold an open house for prospective students and their families on Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. The open house will be hosted by current students, staff, and parents and includes a tour of the school, homemade dinner, and a presentation from Rick Gordon, director.

Compass School, which opened its doors in 1999 and educates up to 100 students in grades 7 through 12, offers a purposeful and focused learning environment with opportunity for hands-on and community based learning. The school is committed to supporting academic excellence through personalized learning; learning through a project based curriculum; and connecting school to the real world and the natural environment.

The school is located on Route 5, just south of Bellows Falls. For more information or to register, call Betsy Jaffe, admissions director, at 802-463-2517, e-mail betsy@compass-school.org or visit www.compass-school.org.

In Whitingham...

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 today, 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.

FREE TAX HELP: Free tax assistance through the AARP Tax-Aide Program is once again available in Windham County starting early February and continuing through the week of April 15.

AARP Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service available to all low and middle income taxpayers, but with a special emphasis on those aged 60 and older.

This year tax assistance will be offered at the Bellows Falls Senior Center, the Brattleboro Senior Center, both the VFW and the Community Bible Chapel in Brattleboro, and the Jacksonville Municipal Center. Watch for the calendar listings for exact times and dates.

Tax-Aide volunteers are trained through a joint program with the IRS and must pass a rigorous exam to qualify as a Tax-Aide counselor. Counselors are certified to assist in preparing and filing the 1040 personal income tax forms, including itemized deductions, as well as simple business forms.

All information is strictly confidential and kept using secure means approved by AARP and the IRS. Watch for additional information on specific site locations, scheduling appointments and information to bring to your appointment.