In Bellows Falls...
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 by calling 1-800-733-2767 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 form at redcrossblood.org or bring a letter.
All presenting 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.
BCTV BOARD: The Board of Directors of Brattleboro Community Television, Inc. will hold its monthly board meeting in the BCTV Studio at the Municipal Center, 230 Main St. in Brattleboro, on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 6 p.m.
Members of the public are welcome to attend. For further information, call 802-257-0888.
TOASTMASTERS MEET: BrattleMasters, the Toastmasters club in Brattleboro, will meet Thursday, Nov. 29, a departure from the usual dates of the second and fourth Thursday of the month.
Designed for people who want to improve their public speaking and leadership skills, the club is affiliated with Toastmasters International, a non-profit organization incorporated in 1932. Members learn by speaking and working with others in a supportive environment.
Meetings begin at 6 p.m. on the second floor of the Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. Guests are welcome and there is no charge to visit.
For more information, visit http://brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org or call 413-325-6348.
WORLD AFFAIRS TALK: Ken Furst, Director of the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts will speak at the Windham World Affairs Council meeting on Friday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. at the SIT Graduate Institute/World Learning, Rotch Hall, Room 108/109, off Kipling Road in Brattleboro.
Furst’s talk, "Afghanistan: A First-Hand View from Kabul and What the Afghan People Really Say," is free and open to the public. Coffee with the speaker will begin at 6:30 p.m.
HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS: Santa Claus will visit the Gibson-Aiken Center at 207 Main St. on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m. on a tractor provided by The Robb Family Farm and escorted by the Brattleboro Police and Fire Departments.
Children can visit with Frosty, Santa and his Elves and have their picture taken for a donation. "Santa’s Workshop" will be open for children to decorate Christmas cookies which are donated and made by "The Hideaway" at Brattleboro Union High School. Also, the BUHS Band will play Christmas tunes. This event is for children of all ages.
For more information, call 802-254-5808.
MEDITATION WORKSHOP: The Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Center will host a workshop for all meditators called "Mindfulness in the Body: The Alexander Technique" with Rupa Cousins on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Alexander Technique teaches a person how to quiet their body and to release unnecessary tension and effort as they begin to quiet their mind in meditation. This workshop will offer tools to use in meditation practice as well as tips on how to be more physically and mentally mindful in one’s daily life.
Cousins has been teaching the Alexander Technique for over 30 years. There is a suggested donation of $25 to $35. Space is limited so registration is requested. Beginning and experienced meditators are welcome.
The Center is located in the Whetstone Studio for the Arts building at 28 Williams St. It is near the intersection of Elliot, Frost, Union, and Williams streets. For more information or to register, call 802-257-1984 or 802-387-5276 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
SENIOR LUNCH: The Evening Star Grange and Senior Solutions’ will sponsor the senior lunch at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 28. The menu will feature stuffed 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.
COOKIE EXCHANGE: The annual Jacksonville Cookie Exchange will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 1:30 p.m. at the Jacksonville Municipal Center.
Those attending should bring three dozen cookies to swap and some for eating. Coffee and juice will be provided.
The Secret Pal Party will follow at 2:30 p.m. There will be an exchange of gifts and names drawn for next year. For further information, call Jan at 802-368-2947 or Liz at 802-368-7173.
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR: The Annual Vermont Yankee Home for the Holidays Craft Fair and Vernon Elementary School Basket Raffle, Book Fair and Luncheon will be held on Friday, Nov. 30, from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Vernon Elementary School, Governor Hunt Road, Vernon.
Fifty regional artisans will offer beautifully-crafted items for sale. Proceeds will benefit Terril Watson/Linda Watson Masters Scholarship Fund and Vernon Elementary Spirit Club. Admission is free.