Saturday November 24, 2012

In Bellows Falls...

ORNAMENT FUNDRAISER: Windham Antique Center is hosting a fundraiser during the holiday season for the Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

Anyone with extra vintage holiday ornaments may donate them or purchase an ornament. All of the proceeds raised by the sale will go to the Vermont Children’s Hospital.

Ornaments may be dropped off or purchased at the Windham Antique Center at 5 The Square, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. or Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information: 802-732-8081.

FORKS OVER KNIVES: The Greater Falls Community Food and Film Collaborative will offer a free screening of the film, "Forks Over Knives" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Bellows Falls Recreation Center, 10 Playground Road.

"Forks Over Knives examines the claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even several forms of cancer, could almost always be prevented, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods and by adopting, instead, a whole-foods, plant-based diet. Throughout the film, cameras follow "reality patients" who have chronic conditions from heart disease to diabetes. Doctors teach these patients how to adopt a whole-foods plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments -- while the challenges and triumphs of their journeys are revealed There will be light refreshments and a discussion after the film.

BLOOD DRIVE: The American Red Cross will hold a Blood Drive at the Masonic Temple in Bellows Falls on Thursday, Nov. 29, from noon to 5:30 p.m. All current eligible and new donors can schedule an appointment to donate blood by calling 800-733-2767 or by visiting redcrossblood.org.

Individuals who are at least 17 years of age or 16 with parents permission, weigh at least 110 pounds and in good health may be eligible to donate blood. Identification is required at the time of donation. Parents of 16-year-olds may download a Red Cross consent format at redcrossblood.org or bring a letter from parents.

All donors at November drives will be eligible to enter to win a Godin 5 Avenue Kingpin P90 Cognac Burst Guitar and Tric Case. Also, enter to win a $ 200 gift card that can be used toward the cost of heating fuel courtesy of Suburban Propane.

In Brattleboro...

SHELTER TRAINING: The Winter Overflow Shelter is scheduled to open on Sunday, Nov. 25, at 5:30 p.m. As in previous years, the Interfaith Clergy Association with the organization of the Rev. Barbro Hansson has organized all the meals for the shelter clients. Groups that are interested in serving meals should contact Rev. Hansson at overflow.meals@gmail.com.

There will be a training session on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church at 190 Main St. for volunteers. The training should last approximately 45 minutes. For more information, call 802-257-5415 or e-mail Rev. Hansson. The Overflow Shelter is located at the First Baptist Church.

FOOD FOR YOUTH: The Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro at 17 Flat St. is offering free dinners to youth and their families four nights a week. The club serves youth ages 6 to 18 in the greater Brattleboro area. Members and prospective members of the club are invited to enjoy a free meal with their families on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, visit bgcbrattleboro.com or call Beth Baldwin at 802-254-5990, ext. 109, or Ricky Davidson at ext. 102; or email Beth Baldwin at bgcbdirector@gmail.com.

GREAT BOOKS DISCUSSION: The Brattleboro Great Books Discussion Group will discuss two short stories, "The Real Thing" by Henry James and "A Lady with the Dog" by Anton Chekov, on Monday, Nov. 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Meeting Room at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. in Brattleboro.

Copies of the readings are on reserve behind the library’s front desk. There will be no Great Books meeting in December. Meetings will resume on Monday, Jan. 28, when "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and "Her First Ball" by Katherine Mansfield will be discussed.

For further information, call Michael N. Landis at 802-257-1851, or e-mail emagicmtman@gmail.com.

In Dummerston...

SENIOR LUNCH: The Evening Star Grange and Senior Solutions’ senior lunch for Wednesday, Nov. 28, will feature stuff cabbage, golumpki, either meat-filled or vegetarian, glazed carrots and green bean casserole, with appropriate condiments and Cherry Delight for dessert. Lydia Taft Pratt Library will have books on display for loan until the next luncheon. A donation of $3 for seniors over 60 and $4 for those under 60 is requested for the meal. Take-outs are available by calling the Grange at 802-254-1138.

In West Brattleboro...

FREE BREAKFAST: First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., will offer a free breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 25, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. On the menu are pancakes, sausage, pastries, breakfast casseroles, fruit, orange juice and other beverages. It is free and open to the public; no reservations are needed. For information, call 802-254-9767.

In WestminsterĊ 

SOUPER WEDNESDAY: The First Congregational Church of Westminster will begin offering their seasonal "Souper Wednesday" lunches on Nov. 28 from noon to 2 p.m. There will be a variety of soups to choose from, as well as hot rolls and butter. There is no set charge, this is by donation only.

DRIVER SAFETY: Westminster Cares is sponsoring the AARP Driver Safety course at the Westminster fire house on Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program is the nation’s first and largest driver safety course designed for drivers 50 and older to help people live more independently as they age and covers defensive techniques, rules of the road, and normal changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time -- including practical ways to compensate for these changes.

AARP volunteer instructor Dick Miller will be presenting this course through a combination of group discussion and video tape/vcr. There are no tests. The cost for this four-hour course is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members and for the month of November all military personnel and veterans are free. For more information or to register for the course, call Westminster Cares at 802-722-3607.

In Wilmington...

INTERSECTION DISCUSSION: The Town of Wilmington and the Windham Regional Commission will hold a meeting to provide the public with an opportunity to discuss the affects of traffic associated with the Rte. 9/Rte. 100 intersection on those who live and work in the area. This meeting will be held on Monday, Nov. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wilmington Town Hall, 2 East Main St., in the Meeting Room.

The goal is to look beyond vehicle counts and other statistics to hear from the public about what the traffic means. How does it affect the quality of life as a resident? Does it help business or hurt it? This is a chance to explain the good, the bad, and the indifferent. The public’s input will help developers understand the impacts of traffic in their future applications.