HOST FAMILIES NEEDED: PAX, the Program of Academic Exchange, is currently interviewing families interested in hosting the international exchange students who will be attending Brattleboro Union High School starting in August.
This experience offers a great opportunity to learn first-hand about another culture and to share your life with a student who is eager to discover life in America.
PAX students come from over 70 different countries, including Spain, Germany, Italy, China, Japan, and Thailand. They are between the ages of 15 and 18 and have studied English for at least three years.
Since the school deadline for exchange student applications is April 1, families who apply now will have the best selection of students. A PAX coordinator can help match students to fit a host family's interests and lifestyle.
The main requirement for host families is to be warm, welcoming and willing to share daily life with the student. Students do not need a private bedroom and they have spending money for personal expenses, as well as medical insurance. Young couples, single parents, and retirees are encouraged to apply.
Families interested in knowing more about hosting can contact Ann Newsmith at 802-257-4710 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. PAX is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing mutual respect among the people of the world.
VY PARADE AND RALLY: A "Leaks, Lies & Lawyers Parade & Rally" is planned for Saturday, March 30, in Brattleboro. The parade will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the Harris Place parking lot, go to the Common, down Linden and Main Street for the rally at 4:30 p.m. at the Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St.
The parade will be led by Bread & Puppet, with floats, banners and bands to the rally at Latchis for a program of speakers, skits and music.
People wanting to participate in the Bread & Puppet portion of the parade are urged to arrive at 2:30 p.m. to rehearse.
TRAVEL SEMINAR: The Brattleboro Senior Center is sponsoring a travel seminar to select interesting and fun-filled trips for 2013 and 2014. People are invited to attend and discuss trips that will appeal to a variety of area residents, from young adults to retirees, on Thursday, March 21, at 1:30 p.m. at the Gibson-Aiken Center. The meeting will be held in the conference room on the second floor, which is accessible by an elevator.
There is no obligation and no membership fee, just the desire to travel at the best prices available and to have a good time. Those attending are asked to bring any information and ideas they may have to be discussed at the meeting.
Bill Allen from Best of Times Travel will speak to the group at 2 p.m. regarding ways to more easily fill the bus by joining other groups from the Interstate 91 corridor.
Light refreshments will be served.
LEGO TEAM CHALLENGE: The Dover Library Lego Team Challenge will be held Friday, March 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Library, 22 Holland Road in East Dover. Lego builders ages 6 and up may take the Library Lego Team Challenge. Participants will be provided a Lego set to build as part of a randomly selected team. Teams will compete in several categories including best time, most accurate, best teamwork, etc. Prizes to be awarded.
To sign-up in advance, visit the library or call the 802-348-7488. Space is limited. Registration may also be done by e-mail at email@example.com on or before March 20. For further information: www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.
BENEFIT SPAGHETTI SUPPER: Friends of Music at Guilford will hold a fundraising pasta supper on Thursday, March 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Guilford Central School, 374 School Road in Guilford Center.
The menu will include pasta with a gluten-free option, a vegetarian sauce made from scratch, homemade meatballs, green salad, bread (both plain and garlic), beverages, desserts and a sundae bar. A pasta-counting contest, 50-50 raffle and tag sale add to the fun.
Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children 5 to 16, free for under 5, and $22 as a family maximum. For information, call 802-254-3600, www.fomag.org.
Friends of Music at Guilford has been providing the Guilford Central School with a Music Enrichment Program for the past five seasons, with partial funding from the Max Y. Seaton Trust. The balance of the budget is raised by a dinner and concert evening in a Brattleboro venue featuring the program's residency artists and for the past two seasons by this spaghetti supper.
TAX ASSISTANCE: AARP Tax-Aide will offer free tax counseling to middle- and low-income taxpayers in Jacksonville at the Municipal Center on Thursdays, March 21 and April 4, from 9 a.m. until noon. Those attending should bring: last year's tax return and all tax related documents for this year including W2 forms, unemployment compensation statements, Social Security statements, all 1099 forms, pension statements, receipts and canceled checks if itemizing deductions, and Social Security cards or other official documentation for themselves and all dependents.
For information or to make an appointment, call Nancy at 802-368-7567.
COMMUNITY DINNER: A dinner for the community will be held at noon on Thursday, March 21, at The Townshend Church, sponsored by Senior Solutions. The suggested donation is $3 for people over 60 years, $4 for all others.
Free blood pressure screening will be available beginning at 11:30 a.m. provided by Visiting Nurses of Vermont/New Hampshire. Everyone is welcome.
In West Townshend...
PIZZA NIGHT: A Pizza Night is planned for Friday, March 22, at the West Townshend Store, followed by square and contra dancing. The outdoor bake oven will be fired up and ready to bake pizza starting at 5:30 p.m. Donations of $10 per pizza are appreciated to support the West River Community Project, the organization that is sponsoring changes at the old store and post office.
Dancing will begin around 7:30 or 8 p.m. depending on when people are finished eating. Music and calling will be provided by Sally Newton, Michael Donahue, Bob Naess and Alex Scala. All dances will be taught. Beginners and children are welcome. For information, call 802-874-7141.