Wednesday February 20, 2013

Today Brattleboro Winter Carnival

-- 9 a.m., Junior Olympics Skating Races at the Nelson Withington Skating Facility at Living Memorial Park. Registration 9 a.m. sharp.

9 a.m.-noon, "Friends Ski/Snowshoe Free" at the Brattleboro Outing Club. Information: 802-254-4081.

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

-- 1-2:30 p.m., Co-op Cooking Classes, Make your own Lip Balm. To register call 802-246-2842, free.

5:30-7:30 p.m., Chili Cook-off, at The Marina. Music by The Brattlyn Brothers, $6 for adults, 10 and under $4.

-- For more information, visit: www.brattleborowintercarnival.org or call the Winter Carnival Hotline at 802-348-1956.

Music/Dance

BMC Celtic Music Sessions: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Advanced. 7-8 p.m., Intermediate. Learn traditional jigs and reels, and other dance music of Scotland, Ireland and New England. Wednesdays. Fee. Instructors: Keith Murphy, Becky Tracy. Information: Brattleboro Music Center, 802-257-4523 or bmcvt.org.

Irish Music Sessions: 6:30-9:30 p.m., J.D. McCliment’s Pub, Route 5, north of Putney Village. Hosted by Roger Kahle and Randy Miller. Bring instrument to join in or just listen. Information: 802-257-9234.

Community Jazz Jam Session: 8-10 p.


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m., Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, Studio 222, Brattleboro. Every Wednesday. Run by pianist Eugene Uman. For all musicians and instruments. $3 donation requested from players and listeners. Information: 802-254-9088, info@vtjazz.org.

Film

Classic Film Series: 7 p.m., Bellows Falls Opera House Cinema, 7 Square, Bellows Falls. February’s theme: "Classic Sci-Fi." Every Wednesday. This week: "War of The Worlds" (1952). Admission: Adults, $4; students and seniors over 65, $2.50. Information: 802-463-3964, ext. 120.

Kids

Drama with Poppa/Mama: 9:30-10:30 a.m., New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St., Brattleboro. Teacher: Jessica Callahan Gelter. Mentoring style of Mommy-and-me classes. For parents to participate with their tots in story telling, music, dance, and expression. Rhymes, songs, stories and games. Wednesdays through March 6. Drop-in rate: $14.

Preschool Playgroup: 9:30-11 a.m., at Early Education Services, 130 Birge St., Brattleboro. For children 0-5 years old with parent or childcare provider. Led by Amanda Hiouas. Sponsored by Early Education Services. Information: 802-368-7872.

Preschool Playgroup: 9:30-11 a.m., Bellows Falls Baptist Church. 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.

Preschool Storytime: 10:15 a.m., Walpole, N.H., Town Library, Ages 2 1/2 to 5. Crafts and stories. Information: 603-756-9806.

Preschool Storytime: 10:30 a.m., Dover Free Library. Every Wednesday. Information: Visit www.doverfreelibrary1913.org, or call the library at 802-348-7488.

Rhyme Time: 10:30-11 a.m., in the Meeting Room next to Children’s Room, Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., Brattleboro. For children under 5. Stories, songs, and fun. Information: 802-254-5290 ext. 110.

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.

Making Change for Youth: 4-5 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. Support group for youth dealing with substance abuse issues. Sponsored by Turning Point and HCRS. Snacks provided. Information: 802-257-5600.

Free Dinner for Kids: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Boys & Girls Club, Bellows Falls. Ages 9-18. Every first and third Wednesday. Information: 802-460-4400.

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.

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.

Outdoors/Recreation

Fitness at the Rec: Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. 10:15-11:45 a.m., Gentle yoga. 11 a.m.-noon, Walking for Seniors. 12:10-1:10 p.m., Ongoing Yoga. 5:30-6:30 p.m., Kickbox and Conditioning; 7-9 p.m., Men’s League basketball pickup games. Information: Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Dept., 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Skiing/Snowboarding at the Park: Noon-4 p.m., Living Memorial Park, Guilford Street, Brattleboro. Cost: 35 Cent Day. 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. 3-4:45 p.m., Grades K-6. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Meals

Souper Wednesday: Noon-2 p.m., First Congregational Church of Westminster, Route 5, Westminster. Freewill donation appreciated, not necessary.

Miscellaneous

Free Tax Assistance: Two locations: 9 a.m.-noon, 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 Community Bible Chapel, 107 Atwood St., Brattleboro. Call Alice at 802-257-1594 for appointment. Both offered by AARP Tax-Aide Program.

Third Wednesday Games Night: 6-9 p.m., Brattleboro Food Co-op, lower Main Street, Brattleboro. (New location.) Bring a board game and find a player, or bring a player and find a game. Bring snacks to share. No charge. Information: brattleborogames@gmail.com, or 802-365-7891. All welcome.

BCTV Board Meeting: 6 p.m., Hanna Cosman Room, Municipal Center, 230 Main St., Brattleboro. Board of Directors of Brattleboro Community Television, Inc. to hold monthly meeting. Public welcome. Information: 802-257-0888.

Talk About Books: 6:30 p.m., Guilford Free Library, Guilford. "Twelve Tribes of Hattie" by Ayana Mathis. A vibrant and compassionate portrait of a family hardened and scattered by circumstance and yet deeply a family. Books available at library. No charge. Information: 802-254-6545.

Ongoing Events

Crèche Display: More than 1,000 sets of Nativity scenes. Located in Guilford. Call Shirley Squires to set up an appointment: 802-254-2696. All welcome.

Windham County Heat Fund: For those either not eligible for current fuel assistance programs or who run out of their assistance allotments. No overhead, all money received goes to buying fuel. Families are presently on the waiting list. Send a tax deductible donation to Windham County Heat Fund, c/o Richard Davis, 679 Weatherhead Hollow Road, Guilford, VT 05301 or visit Brattleboro Savings & Loan Assn., 221 Main St. to donate directly.

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.

Worn Again Thrift Shop: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Edmunds Catholic Church, Saxtons River. Clothing for all; shoes, boots and sneakers; bedding; household articles; toys. Operated by volunteers of West River Mission of Putney and churches in Putney, Townshend, Stratton Mountain and Saxtons River.

West Townshend Thrift Shop: 9 a.m.-noon, Wed. and Sat., second floor, above, West Townshend Post Office, Route 30, West Townshend. Sponsored by The West River Community Project. Community closet with large selection of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, footwear; and toys.

The Artist in Each of Us: 10 a.m.-noon, Putney Cares Activities Barn, 54 Kimball Hill Road, behind Noyes House, Putney. Every Wednesday. For all interested seniors, regardless of experience. Variety of materials provided. By donation. Co-sponsored by Putney Cares and Westminster Cares. Information: 802-387-5593 or putneycares@svcable.net. Transportation available.

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.

Women’s Network of Strength: Third Wednesdays, Noon-1 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Breast Resource Room, second floor, Richards Building. Lunch and learn. For women with all types of cancer. Information: Kelly McCue, RN, 802-251-8437.

Peer Support Group: Noon-1 p.m., Wednesdays, at Women’s Freedom Center. For women addressing issues of abuse in intimate partner relationships. For directions, 802-257-7364.

Al-Anon: Noon-1 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. For those affected by someone else’s addiction. Information: 802-257-5600.

Free Water Testing: 1-2 p.m., The Home Depot, 22 Ashbrook Road, Keene, N.H. Bring sample. Tested for PH levels, TDS "Total Dissolved Solids," water hardness, and iron. No charge. Information: Dianne, 603-355-2113, ext. 541. Every Wed.

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.

Pain Relief Class: 3:30-4:30 p.m., Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro. Stretch class for people of all ages with musculoskeletal pain and related conditions (arthritis, fibromyalgia, trigger points). Every Wednesday. Cost: $15 month; or $5 class for non-patients; patients free. Information: Justine Jeffrey, MTPT and fitness stretchpert; Pain Relief and Education, 802-251-0155.

Suicide Loss Support Group: 5:30-7 p.m., Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St., Brattleboro. First and third Wednesdays. Facilitated by Andrea Edwards. Free. Co-sponsored by The Samaritans, Inc., www.samaritansnh.org. Information: Elizabeth or Joyce, 802-257-0775.

Chess Club: 6-9 p.m., Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Overeaters Anonymous: 6:30-7:30 p.m., United Church of Winchester, 97 Main St., Winchester, N.H. Meets Wednesdays. Religious Ed Room, use rear entrance. Handicapped accessible ramp at the parking lot. Door propped open (weather permitting) for easy access. Information: Ann, 603-762-6061.

Changing Tides Mental Health Support Group: 7-8:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Tyler Conference Room. Free confidential peer support for those with mental health conditions. Information: Karen, 802-579-5937.

Meditation Sitting: 7 p.m., Shambhala Meditation Center, 28 Williams St., Brattleboro. All welcome. Information: 802-257-1984. Every Wednesday.

Putney Al-Anon Group: 7 p.m., the Putney Friends Meeting House, Route 5 north of Putney village. For friends and relatives of alcoholics. Every Wednesday. Information: VT 866-972-5266 (toll free); www.vermontalanonalateen.org.

Transcendental Meditation Program: 7:30 p.m., Maharishi Invincibility Center, 24 High St., Midtown Mall, Brattleboro. Free introductory lecture on the TM Program. Every Wednesday and by appointment. Information: 802-246-1020. See www.tm.org and www.davidlynchfoundation.org.

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

BCTV

Brattleboro Channel 8: 8 a.m., Democracy Now!: LIVE coverage; 9 a.m., 10th Annual Collegiate A Cappella Concert: Latchis; 11:13 a.m., Sufi Wisdom Series: Gathering of Abundance; 11:30 a.m., Coma Club: Episode 2, The Oblitorator; 12 p.m., The Rhema Word; 12:30 p.m., Agape Christian Fellowship: The Place of His Presence Pt. 2; 2 p.m., Common Good Vermont: Vermont Nonprofit Legislative Day 2013 Panel 1; 3:30 p.m., Northern Roots Music Festival ‘13; 5:45 p.m., 5:45 Live; 6 p.m., Ernest Ryland Fletcher: Building Granite Pioneer; 7:30 p.m., Equilibrium: A new way of doing business; 8 p.m., Democracy Now!; 9 p.m., Al Jezeera News; 9:30 p.m., Northern Roots Music Festival ‘13; 11:40 p.m., Sufi Wisdom Series: Gathering of Abundance.

Brattleboro Channel 10: 7 a.m., Newfane Selectboard Mtg.; 8:45 a.m., Windham County Legislators Breakfast; 10 a.m., 5:45 Live; 10:25 a.m., Sen. Sanders on Veteran’s Benefits; 11 a.m., Leland & Gray School Board Mtg.; 12 p.m., BUHS Board Annual Mtg; 1:20 p.m., Brattleboro Planning Commission Mtg.; 2:30 p.m., Under The Golden Dome, Week 5; 3 p.m., Guilford Selectboard Meeting.; 3:47 p.m., Montpelier Connection: Webcast, Rep. Tristan Toleno; 4 p.m., The David Pakman Show; 5 p.m., Public Hearing on Governor’s Budget Proposal. at VIT; 8 p.m., Putney Selectboard Mtg.; 8:40 p.m., Montpelier Connection: Webcast, Rep John Moran; 9 p.m., Jamaica Selectboard Mtg.; 9:45 p.m., State House Coverage, Telecommunications Update.

Thursday

Music/Dance

International Gentle Folk Dancing: 4-5:30 p.m., Putney Cares Activity Barn, 54 Kimball Hill Road, Putney. Thursdays. Sessions run Feb. 21-April 4, and April 11-May 23. Led by Melissa Lovell Post. For beginners and elders. Cost: $8 per class; $40 for 6/7-weeks. No experience necessary. Information: Anne, 802-387-4330; or Melissa, 802-875-4102.

Open Mic: 7-10 p.m., Marina Restaurant, Route 5, Brattleboro. Hosted by Kevin Parry. Every Thursday. Free. To sign up for a 20-minute slots, call 802-257-7563. Information: www.kevinparrymusic.com.

Live Music: 7-10 p.m., West Dover Inn, Route 100, West Dover. Jim Flynn plays every Thursday. Free. Information: 802-464-5207.

Live Jazz: 7-10 p.m., Rick’s Tavern, Route 30, Newfane. Information: 802-365-4310.

Film

Benefit Showing: 7 p.m., Bellows Falls Opera House Cinema, 7 Square, Bellows Falls. "E.T." to be shown. Benefit for the Greater Falls Warming Shelter. Hosted by the Classic Film Series. Information: 802-463-3964, ext. 120.

Special Screening: 7 p.m., Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney. Next Stage Arts presents the third film in its "Reeling in American Music" series, Martin Scorsese’s seminal concert film "The Last Waltz" featuring The Band. Full surround sound. Musician and historian Louis Erlanger to lead discussion following the film. $5 suggested donation. Information: nextstagearts.org or 802-387-0102.

Kids

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.

Storytime: 10:30 a.m., Westminster West Public Library. Program of books, songs and activities for toddlers and preschoolers. No charge. Information: 802-387-5737 or 802-387-4682.

Baby Story Time: 10:30 a.m., Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls. For up to 24 months. Free. Information: 802-463-4270.

Preschool Storytime: 11 a.m., Putney Public Library. Every Thursday. For ages 2 and up. Songs, stories, and crafts for little ones and their caregivers. Information: 802-387-4407.

Children’s Story Hour: 11 a.m., Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square, Bellows Falls. Pat Fowler reading. Reservations: 802-463-9404.

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.

Preschool Storytime: 1:30 p.m., Walpole, N.H., Town Library, ages 2 1/2 to 5. Crafts and stories. Information: 603-756-9806.

Lectures

Meditation Talk: 7:30 p.m., Shambhala Meditation Center, 28 Williams St., (Whetstone Studio for the Arts building), Brattleboro. Talk: "Contentment and Discontentment in Everyday Life" by Joe Arak. Discussion follows. All welcome. Information: 802-257-1984.

Outdoors/Recreation

Senior Bowling: 9:15 a.m., Brattleboro Bowl, Putney Road, Brattleboro. Every Thursday. Bowling for seniors. Information: 802-254-2710 or 802-387-5757.

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.

Skiing/Snowboarding at the Park: 3-9 p.m., Living Memorial Park, Guilford Street, Brattleboro. $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 7-12. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org

Fitness at the Rec: Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. Ongoing: Zumba 5:30-6:30 p.m.; 6-8 p.m., Volleyball; 8-10 p.m., Badminton, for all abilities. Information: Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Dept., 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Meals

Townshend Community Dinner: Noon, The Townshend Church. Sponsored by Senior Solutions. Suggested donation $3 for over 60 years, $4 for all others. Free blood pressure screening from 11:30 a.m., provided by Visiting Nurses of VT/NH. Everyone welcome.

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 Clinic: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Townshend Congregational Church. Sponsored by the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Vt. & N.H.

Putney Free Health Clinic: Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., Putney Medical Office, Main Street, Putney. Free, open to all. Information: Putney Family Services: 802-387-2120.

Guilford Pre-Town Meeting and Meet the Candidates: 7 p.m., Broad Brook Grange, Guilford Center. School Board and Selectboard present their budgets and answer questions about proposed articles. Meet the candidates for town and school boards, including possible write-in candidates. Refreshments. Sponsored by the Grange.

Ongoing Events

Meditation Sittings: 7-7:45 a.m., Vermont Insight Meditation Center, in the Neighbor’s Hall at Solar Hill, 229 Western Ave., Brattleboro. Information and snow cancellation: Rose, 802-246-1244.

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.

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.

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.

Guilford Food Pantry: 5-6:30 p.m., at Broad Brook Grange, 3490 Guilford Center Road. Pantry is open Thursdays (except the first Thursday).

Spring Forest Qigong: 5-6 p.m., Medicine for the People, 133 Main St., No. 7, Putney. Exercise and meditation class. Meets every Thursday. Details: 802-387-3028, ext. 1.

Bingo: 6:30-9 p.m., Gassetts Grange, Jct. 10 and 103S, Chester. Doors open 5:30 p.m. Every Thursday. Refreshments. Information: 802-875-2637.

Southern Vermont Scrabble Club: 6-10 p.m., Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., Brattleboro. Fun, friendship, while usin rules and customs of competitive play. All equipment provided. Fee $3. First-timers play free. Every Thursday. Information: Ed at ed.liebfried@gmail.com or 971-344-8730.

Dedicated Dads Making a Difference: 6-8 p.m., Early Education Services, 122 Birge St., Brattleboro. Free fathers support group. Dinner and child care provided. Information: Josh Miller, 802-254-3742, ext. 172.

Women’s Spirituality Group: 6-8 p.m., in West Brattleboro. Led by Patty MacDonald, Astrologer/Tarot Reader/Teacher. Sharing stories and spiritual meaning in them. Third Thursday each month. Registration required, 802-732-8004 or toll free at 1-888-772-1395. Women of all ages welcome. Donation, $8.

Alateen Meeting: 7-8 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 17 Belmont Ave., Brattleboro. Downstairs, Room B, on back, right, through the Maple Cafe.

Al-Anon AFG: 7-8:30 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Tyler Conference Center, 17 Belmont Ave., Brattleboro.

AA, Food and Fellowship: 7-10 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. 8 p.m., step meeting. Information: 802-257-5600.

Zen Meditation: 7:30-9 p.m., in Guilford. No charge. Beginners welcome. Information: 802-257-9425.