AARP driver safety program offered at Grace Cottage

TOWNSHEND >> Grace Cottage is hosting an AARP driver safety program on Saturday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program is a refresher course for mature drivers, addressing changes that may occur in vision, hearing, and reaction time due to aging, and providing useful driving safety tips for handling these changes. The program also reviews the impact of changes in vehicles, new laws that may impact senior drivers, and alternatives available when driving is not safe or practical.

Some drivers may be eligible for insurance discounts upon completing the course; consult your insurance agent for details. AARP membership is not required before taking the course.

A $20 fee covers the cost of materials ($15 for AARP members). The class is informal. Feel free to bring your own lunch. The program will be held in the Grace Cottage Wellness Center, 133 Grafton Rd. For more information or to register for the group, call 802-365-3649.

Be a hero and donate blood during Red Cross Month

BRATTLEBORO >> During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross invites individuals to become everyday heroes by giving blood.

March has been recognized as Red Cross Month by every U.S. president since 1943. Red Cross Month is a celebration of supporters who are the face of the Red Cross in their communities, helping to prepare for and bringing help and hope after emergencies.


Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Locally, blood donations are being taken in Brattleboro at Clear Choice MD on Putney Road on March 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; in Bellows Falls at the Bellows Falls Community Center, 8 School Street, March 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and in Putney, on March 31, at Landmark College, 19 river Road South from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

New yoga studio opens in town

BRATTLEBORO >> Emily Jo Wiadro recently announced the opening healiyoga studio of located at 452 South Main St.

Wiadro, a lifetime dancer, began practicing yoga in 1999. The practice enhanced her skill as a dancer, and awakened, strengthened and healed her in so many ways. She realized that yoga can be a path toward healing for anyone who chooses to practice. By 2006 Wiadro pursued her 200 hour teacher training and continued with 500 hours of yoga therapy training with Integrative Yoga Therapy. Her mission is to provide a safe and sacred place for people to quiet their minds, find space in their bodies, and explore the healing path that yoga provides. While Wiadro enjoys teaching Vinyasa classes as the flow feeds her inner dancer, her real passion is teaching a therapeutic version of yoga which she has cultivated to be accessible and benefitial to all bodies.

Last winter, she and her fiancé, Walter Hagedorn, renovated the small cottage at the corner of South Main Street and Cotton Mill Hill. The space is warmed by radiant floor heating and is sunny and welcoming. Having been designed specifically as a yoga space, lighting is indirect and there are a myriad of props available to make all participants safe. Mats are available free of charge. There is unmetered off street parking in the lot by the cottage entrance off of King Place. A handicap accessible ramp will be completed this summer. First class attended is always free.

At healixyoga, Wiadro focuses on safe alignment and proper support for her students to ensure the fullest benefits of the yoga practice. Propping and modifications are her area of expertise. The "Therapeutic Yoga for All" classes are a 75-minute practice which begins with a gentle warm up focusing on loosening up joints and connecting to ones breath. Students continue through a series of strengthening poses, with opportunities to improve balance and flexibility. Finally, the practice concludes with a series of restorative poses and guided meditation. One is certain to float out the door with the newfound space and energy. No yoga experience necessary and the class is open to all bodies, regardless of physical challenges.

Wiadro is interested in forming a Snack Yack 'n Yoga program for teens. There is no better time to be introduced to yoga than during adolescence, and she would like to to offer some time for the local students to join her for tea and a healthy after school snack while discussing life and yoga. After 30 minutes of down time teens will enjoy a simple yoga practice together, exploring all aspects of poses, breath work, and even mudras (hand seals). An understanding of the tools of yoga can be most empowering to young adults as they muscle through the teen years. At this time, the class is not meeting due to lack of enrollment, and Wiadro would love to hear of interest from parents with teens.

For more information and a schedule of classes, visit or call 203-233-8288.