Monday February 18, 2013

Monday, Feb. 18 Brattleboro Winter Carnival

-- 9 a.m., Junior Olympics Downhill Ski Races at Living Memorial Park. Registration 9 a.m. sharp.

-- 11 a.m., Winter Carnival Movies at Latchis Theatre, all seats $1. Movie title to be announced. Information: 802-246-1500.

-- Noon-4 p.m., Retreat Petting Farm, Route 30, Ages 12 and older $6, 2-11 $5. Information: 802-257-2240.

-- 1-4 p.m., Sleigh/Hay Rides at Fairwinds Farm on Upper Dummerston Road, Adults $6, 12 under $4.

-- 7 p.m., Variety Show at the BUHS Auditorium, $6 general admission.

-- Info: www.brattleborowintercarnival.org or call the Winter Carnival Hotline at 802-348-1956.

Dance

West Coast Swing Classes: Putney Community Center, 10 Christian Square, Putney. Mondays through March 4. Drop-ins $15. Includes half hour practice after each class. Classes: 6-7 p.m. and 7:30-8:30 p.m. Taught by Beth Duryea and Andre Russo.

Lectures

Osher Institute Lecture: Southeast Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 Route 5, Dummerston. 1:00 -3:00 p.m., Subject is landscape gardening and design, presented by Julie Moir Messervy and associates. Admission $6. Information: 802-257-8600 or toll-free 866-889-0042. Sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Brattleboro Chapter.

Presidents Day Lecture: 7 p.m., First Baptist Church, 190 Main St., Brattleboro. David Sanger, New York Times chief Washington correspondent, discusses the Obama Administration’s use of innovative weapons and new tools of American power to manage rapidly shifting global threats and challenges. Talk rescheduled from Dec. 5. Part of Vermont Humanities Council, First Wednesday

Lecture Series. Information: 802-254-5290.

Film

GMO Film Screening: 6-8 p.m., Marlboro Graduate Center, Room 2 East, 28 Vernon St., Brattleboro. Post Oil Solutions to host a screening of the GMO (genetically-modified organisms) film, Genetic Roulette. Discussion follows. Information: Tim Stevenson, 802-869-2141 or info@postoilsolutions.org.

Kids

Parent/Tot Open Gym: Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department, Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. 10-11:45 a.m., infant through kindergarten. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Movin’ Into Music: 10-10:45 a.m., in Brattleboro. Music & Movement. Sing, dance, clap, tap and make believe. For children 1-5 years and their caregivers. Led by Annie Frelich. Ongoing classes, join any time. Fee. Contact the Brattleboro Music Center, 802-257-4523, or bmcvt.org.

Rhyme and Story Hour: 10:30 a.m., Whitingham Free Public Library. Songs, rhymes, stories and crafts for toddlers and preschoolers. Parents and infants welcome. Information: 802-368-7506.

Boys & Girls Club: Noon-6 p.m., 17 Flat St., Brattleboro. Programs, activities, special events and use of facilities available for ages 10 to 18. Information: 802-254-5990.

Windham County Activities for Youth: See the Youth Services’ H.E.Y.! Help Empower Youth! guide to after school and other activities and programs at www.HelpEmpowerYouth.com.

Outdoors/Recreation

Skiing/Snowboarding at the Park: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Living Memorial Park, Guilford Street, Brattleboro. Winter Carnival Races in morning. $5 charge. Hill maintained and operated by Living Memorial Park Snow Sports. Weather permitting. Information: www.vtsnowsports.org.

Open Gym and Game Room: Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department, Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. 3-5 p.m., Grades K-6. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Fitness at the Rec: Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. Ongoing: Yoga 12:30-1:10 p.m.; Zumba 5:15-6:15 p.m.; Running Fist Kung Fu, 6-8 p.m.; Women’s Basketball pickup games, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Information: Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Dept., 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Museums

Brooks Memorial Library: 224 Main St., Brattleboro. Check out free museum passes to local area museums: Eric Carle, MASS Mocha, Springfield, Shelburne, Norman Rockwell, Bennington, etc. Reserve online at www.brooks.lib.vt.us, click on "Museum Passes" button. Information: 802-254-5290.

Miscellaneous

Free Tax Assistance: Two locations: 1-4 p.m., Brattleboro Senior Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. For appointment, call from 9 a.m.-noon, 802-257-7570. Also, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at VFW, 40 Black Mountain Road, Brattleboro, call 802-257-9509 for an apointment. Both offered by AARP Tax-Aide Program.

Ongoing Events

Bellows Falls Drop-In Center: Open Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Our Place Drop-In Center, 4 Island St., Bellows Falls. 9-10:30 a.m., free breakfast; 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., food pantry open, except during lunch; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., free lunch. Day shelter, shower, fax, phone, food pantry. Information: 802-463-2217.

Scleroderma Support Group of Southern Vermont: No meeting at this time. Contact: Scleroderma Foundation, 802-464-5847.

Hospice Thrift Shop: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Experienced Goods Thrift Shop for Brattleboro Area Hospice, 77 Flat St., Brattleboro. Selling quality clothing, books, housewares, furniture and more. Seeking donations, 802-254-5200.

Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors Group: 1-2:30 p.m., first and third Monday each month, Marlboro Technology Center, 28 Vernon St., Brattleboro, second floor (Chill Room). TBI survivors, family members, caregivers and professionals welcome. Share stories, coping strategies and connect with resources. Information: 1-877-856-1772. Sponsored by Brain Injury Association of VT and VCIL (Vermont Council on Independent Living).

Recovery Chat: 2-3 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. Less formal group, conversation, games, sharing. Information: 802-257-5600.

Bellows Falls Knitting Group: 5-6:30 p.m., Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls. Knitting group, "Spinning Yarns," meets every Monday. For all ages and levels of experience. Any needle lapwork (crocheting, embroidery, etc.) invited. Sign-up encouraged, but not required. Call the library at 802-463-4270, or e-mail: Lisa Delmar, lkdelmar@gmail.com.

Healing Discussion Group: 5:30-7 p.m., Sojourns Community Health Clinic, 4923 U.S. Route 5, Westminster. Living Life Now! For anyone with cancer. Meets every Monday. Information: 802-722-4023.

Depression Support: 5:30 p.m., each Monday, Healing Grace Ministries, 55 Marlboro Road, West Brattleboro. Free. For anyone feeling depressed, isolated or afraid. Information: 413-824-6381 or 802-368-7561.

Vipassana Group Sitting: 5:30 p.m., Mondays, in Brattleboro. In the tradition of S. N. Goenka. Contact: jjjonas@sover.net or 802-869-3246.

Gastric Bypass Support Group: Third Monday, 6-8 p.m., BMH, Tyler Conference Room; Anne Adams, 802-257-7887 days, 603-336-5662 night.

Food Pantry: 6-7:30 p.m., Townshend Church, on the Common, Route 30. For anyone who needs food assistance. Information: 802-365-4321.

Parents Together Support Group: 6-7:30 p.m., childcare included. For location and registration: Noreen Oles at 802-254-6686.

Adult Children of Alcoholics: (12-step group), Mondays, 6-7 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Room B, off Cafeteria. Information: 802-258-0077.

Lupus Support Group of Southeastern Vermont: No meeting at this time. Contact: Lupus Foundation, 802-244-5988.

Self-Healing Program: 6-8 p.m., ongoing on Mondays in Putney. Healing Trauma Without the Drama: Using Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Intuitive Inquiry for self-healing. Led by Seth Lepore, EFT Cert-I. Fee. Information: 802-275-7262 or classes@practicalhealings.com to pre-register.

Support for Grieving Parents: 6-8 p.m., Franklin Baystate Medical Center, Greenfield, Mass., Conference Room A from 6 to 8 p.m. For parents who have lost a teenage or adult child. Third Monday each month. Information: Lorraine, 413-512-9177.

Benefit Bingo: 6:30 p.m., above People’s United Bank, on the Square, Bellows Falls. Every Monday. 5 p.m., Doors open. 6 p.m., Early bird games. 20-game format specials, U-Pick-Em, winner take all, progressive jackpot. Food and beverages available for purchase. Free coffee. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus in Bellows Falls, Council No. 753, benefit for local charities.

Well-Being and Healing Support: 7-8:30 p.m., every other week (weather permitting) for people who want to take responsibility for their well-being and healing. Led by Michael Gigante, Ph.D. and Rupa Cousins, Am SAT. Sponsored by the Northeast Psychoneuroimmunology Institute, a non-profit project of Spectrum Arts. Information: 802-254-8032 and www.nepni.org.

Support for Discouraged: 7 p.m., each Monday, Healing Grace Ministries, 55 Marlboro Road, West Brattleboro. Free. For anyone feeling discouraged, unfocused, or overwhelmed. Information: 413-824-6381, 802-368-7561 or healingwaters55@yahoo.com.

Meditation: 7-9 p.m., Putney Friends Meeting House, Route 5, Putney, just north of Basketville. Mountains and Rivers Mindfulness Community. Sharing group in the tradition of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Newcomers welcome. Wheelchair accessible. Information: Richard Brady, mountainsandriversmc@myfairpoint.net or 802-387-2382.

Co-Dependents Anonymous: 7:15-9 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Room B off cafeteria. Contact: Christin Tandy, 603-358-6261.

Al-Anon: 7:30-8:30 p.m., Newfane Congregational Church, on the Common, Newfane. For friends and relatives of alcoholics. Free. Information: 866-972-5266; also, 7:30-9 p.m., in the Parsonage, United Church of Winchester, 97 Main St., Winchester, N.H.

AA Hotline: Toll free, 1-877-851-0181.

Tuesday, Feb. 19

Music/Dance

Foxtrot Dance Series: Brattleboro Ballroom at the Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro. Technique, step patterns, partnership, dance etiquette. Second week of five-week series. 6:30-7:30 p.m., Beginners; 7:30-8:30 p.m., Intermediate. Cost: $40 per series; $60 both classes. Drop-in: $10; $15 for both classes. Carry dance shoes. Offered by Shall We Dance? To register or for information: 802 579-9990; ray@shallwedance.biz.

Kids

Winter Explorers Vacation Camp: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, West Brattleboro. Feb. 19-22. For children grade 1-4. Register at beec.org, beec@sover.net, 802-257-5785.

Preschool Playgroup: 9:30-11 a.m., Saxtons River Elementary School, in the gym. Birth to age 5. For children and their parents or caregivers. Snacks, stories and seasonally-themed activities. Information: Tracy Binet-Perrin, 603-762-5069.

KidsPLAYce: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 20 Elliot St., under Hotel Pharmacy, Brattleboro. Indoor play space and discover center. Children 0-8 years and adult companion. Children, $6; under 6 months free. Information: 802-254-5212.

Playgroup: 10-11:30 a.m., Athens Community Church. Free and open to ages 0-5. Led by Early Education Outreach Coordinator. Information: 802-258-1673.

Story Time: 10:30 a.m., Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls. For toddlers and preschoolers. Free. Information: 802-463-4270.

Storytime: 10:45 a.m., Guilford Free Library, Guilford. Cathi Wilken or Laura Lawson Tucker present a program of songs, fingerplays, books and activities for babies, toddlers and older siblings. No charge. Information: 802-254-6545.

Infant/Toddler Social Time: 11 a.m., Putney Public Library. Every Tuesday. For parents and caregivers of children under 2. Information: 802-387-4407.

Boys & Girls Club: Noon-6 p.m., 17 Flat St., Brattleboro. Programs, activities, special events and use of facilities available for 10-18 year olds. 6-9 p.m., The Junction, Older youth drop-in, 15-22 years old. Information: 802-254-5990.

Lectures

Alaska Talk: 7 p.m., Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., in the Community Room. Photographer Bob Angell to speak about his visit to Walrus Island, Alaska, including the icy waters of the Bering Sea and a unique sanctuary for the marine mammals.

Outdoors/Recreation

Gentle Yoga for Seniors: 9-10 a.m., Putney Cares Activities Barn, 54 Kimball Hill Road, Putney. Tuesdays, $7 per class, with Eva Greene. Classes focus on alignment, balance, and self-acceptance. Information: 802-387-2125.

Skiing/Snowboarding at the Park: Noon-4 p.m., Living Memorial Park, Guilford Street, Brattleboro. Cost: $5. Hill maintained and operated by Living Memorial Park Snow Sports. Weather permitting. Information: www.vtsnowsports.org.

Fitness at the Rec: Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. Ongoing: 12:10-1:10 p.m., Pilates; 6-8 p.m., Running Fist Kung Fu; 7-9 p.m., Adult indoor soccer. Information: Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Dept., 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Open Gym and Game Room: Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department, Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. 3-5 p.m., Grades 7-12. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Qi Gong in Putney: 4:30-6 p.m., second floor

above Front Porch Cafe, in the center of Putney. Learn simple self healing exercises to improve health. Benefit from group healing energy. Tuesdays. Fee. Information or to register: bonniebloom1@gmail.com.

Free Trapeze and Aerial Fabric Class: 6-7 p.m., New England Center for Circus Arts, 74 Cotton Mill, #300, Brattleboro. For ages 7 to adult. Try out trapeze and aerial fabric. All abilities invited, beginners encouraged. Registration encourageed, call 802-254-9780. Information: www.necenterforcircusarts.org.

Meals

Congregate Breakfast: 7:45-8:15 a.m., Brattleboro Senior Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. Menu: Stuffed egg with sausage gravy, scone, potato pancake, fruit, juice, yogurt. Suggested donation for seniors over 60, $3.50. All others, $6. Information: 802-257-1236.

Miscellaneous

Free Tax Assistance: 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Bellows Falls Senior Center, 3 Hyde St. For appointment, call 802-463-3907. Offered by AARP Tax-Aide Program.

Blood Pressure Clinics: 10-11 a.m., Samuel Elliot Apartments, 107 Elliot St., Brattleboro; and 1-2 p.m., Melrose Terrace Community Room, West Brattleboro. Sponsored by the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Vt. & N.H.

Winter Wildlife: 6 p.m., Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls. Family fun night for all ages. Learn about minks, weasels, fisher cats, and more with Peter Smith, mammalogist and instructor at Green Mountain College. Information: 802-463-4270.

Ongoing Events

Meditation Sittings: Vermont Insight Meditation Center, 7-7:45 a.m., in the Neighbor’s Hall at Solar Hill, 229 Western Ave., Brattleboro. Information and snow cancellation: Drew, 802-257-1213.

Bellows Falls Drop-In Center: Open Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Our Place Drop-In Center, 4 Island St., Bellows Falls. 9-10:30 a.m., free breakfast; 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., food pantry open, except during lunch; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., free lunch. Day shelter, shower, fax, phone, food pantry. Information: 802-463-2217.

Strength Training for Seniors: 9:30 a.m., Brattleboro Senior Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. Cost: $3 per class; $5 for two. Instructor: Cyndy Gray. Works on building strength on all major muscle groups followed by stretch and relaxation. Information: 802-257-7570.

Hospice Thrift Shop: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Experienced Goods Thrift Shop for Brattleboro Area Hospice, 77 Flat St., Brattleboro. Selling quality clothing, books, housewares, furniture and more. Seeking donations, 802-254-5200.

Scrapbooking Club: Noon-1:30 p.m., Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls. Bring own project and supplies. Every Tuesday. Information and to sign up: Kim Paligo, 802-463-9799 or 802-376-8671.

Al-Anon: Noon, Retreat Healthcare, conference room of Starting Now, Anna Marsh Lane, Brattleboro. Open meeting with flexible format.

Caregivers Support Group: 1-2 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Room B, off cafeteria. Contact: Andy Hall, 802-257-8342.

Recovery Chat: 2-3 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. Less formal group, conversation, games, sharing. Information: 802-257-5600.

Bereavement Support: Brattleboro Area Hospice, Brattleboro. For anyone grieving the death of a loved one. Information: 802-257-0775.

Knit Wits: 5 p.m., Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls. For knitters and crochet enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. Knit Wits, social knitting group. Bring project. Coffee and conversation. Information: 802-463-4270.

Brattleboro Walk-In Clinic: 5:30-7 p.m., 81 Belmont Ave. Free health care to those without health insurance.

Food Shelf Open: 6-7 p.m., Putney Community Center, Christian Square, Putney. Information or to donate: 802-387-8551.

German Lesson/Conversation: Community Room, Dover Free Library. Weekly German Club hosted by the Library. 6:30 p.m., beginners’ lesson. 7 p.m., Fluent speakers and beginners participate in social conversational German. Information: 802-348-7488.

Overeaters Anonymous: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Brew Barry Conference Center 2, 17 Belmont Ave., Brattleboro. Information: Jain, 802-251-0331.

Paths to Recovery Al-Anon: 6:30-7:30 p.m., every Tuesday, Deerfield Valley Health Center, junction Rt. 9 West and Rt. 100 South, Wilmington.

Meditation: 7-8 p.m., Putney Friends Meeting House, Route 5, Putney. Awakening Through Love, weekly mediation group. Teaching followed by guided meditation. All welcome. Led by Julie Forsythe, a Guiding Teacher in the Foundation for Active Compassion. Handicapped accessible. Every Tuesday.

Augustine (SLAA) Fellowship: Tuesdays 7-8:30 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Tyler Conference Room. Information: 802-236-0096 or gordonslaa@yahoo.com.

Nar-Anon Family Groups: 7-8:30 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 17 Belmont Ave., Meeting Room B in the Cafeteria, Brattleboro. For friends and loved ones of drug abusers. Meets every other Tuesday. Information: Susan, 802-257-6915.