In Bellows Falls...
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: The Friends of the Rockingham Library will host a holiday open house at the Rockingham Library on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. There will be light refreshments and will feature origami artwork made by children.
The Friends of the Rockingham Library is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and enhance library resources, programs, funding, and volunteers.
Coinciding with this event will be a raffle drawing for two tickets to Roots on the River, a Panasonic Lumix digital camera, and gift certificates to local businesses. There is still time to purchase raffle tickets at the Rockingham Library at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls. Winners do not need to be present.
For further information, call the Library at 802-463-4270.
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: The First Baptist Church at 190 Main St. will hold a Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The bazaar will be held in the first-floor rooms where the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center’s Emergency Overflow Shelter is open every night this winter.
There will be homemade baked beans, doughnuts, pies, fudge, Christmas cookies, and spicy salsa. Children will be able to decorate Christmas cookies to take home free of charge.
The church will raffle a variety of items including an Italian gourmet food basket, a handmade prayer shawl, and gift cards from local businesses. Tickets will be $1 each or six for $5. The winning names will be drawn at 2 p.m.; absent winners will be notified by telephone.
Luncheon items available from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. will feature corn chowder, a selection of sandwiches, pies, and hot beverages, each priced separately.
Locally handmade crafts will be for sale such as knitted socks, scarves, hats, cotton cleaning cloths, hand-sewn seasonal articles, decorations, and apparel. Tabletop evergreen arrangements, potted paperwhite narcissus flowers, and house plants will be available. Other tables will hold assorted holiday decorations and Grandma’s Attic Treasures.
All are welcome to attend. Proceeds will go toward fuel and utility costs to keep the church open for services, concerts, AA, the Brattleboro Pastoral Counseling Center, and the Emergency Overflow Shelter. For information, call 802-254-9566.
PEACE OF MIND: Vermont Insight Meditation Center will offer a sitting and walking meditation practice, led by Kate Wylie, on Sunday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon, in Neighbor’s Hall, Solar Hill, Brattleboro.
This meditation time will be a chance to get a break from some of the excitement of the season and to regain balance and basic sanity. The schedule is simply sitting and walking in silence. A bit of guidance is offered during the sitting periods, and a poem at the beginning and the end.
Everyone is welcome to attend for their own peace of mind.
SWAP PROGRAM HOURS: The Windham Solid Waste Management District Swap Program on Old Ferry Road is now on winter hours. The Swap Program will be open Saturday, Dec. 8, and the second Saturday of each month (weather permitting) from 9 a.m. to noon. Due to the need to close promptly at noon, large loads of donations may not be accepted after 11:45 a.m. Due to space considerations there may be stricter limits on items that can be accepted.
The Swap Program is an outlet for materials that are still usable, but for which there is no traditional re-use program. People are asked to use all other available outlets before bringing items to the Swap Program. Items brought in may be passed along to other non-profit groups. Everyone is welcome to bring in or take out materials. It is not necessary to do both. Items must be accepted by a staff member before being left.
Some items that usually are not accepted are appliances, upholstered furniture, carpet, computers, mattresses, clothes and tires. These items may be placed on Freecycle at www.freecycle.org.
Items available this week include: Bike rack, baby swing, exersaucer, stroller, hose stand, weights, wood table, bathroom sinks, dish drainers, Nordic Track, baskets, books, mugs, picture frames, child’s potty, and Trivial Pursuit.
SANDY FUNDRAISER: Some Like it Hot in Putney will participate in a nationwide fundraiser for Sandy victims lead by fitness professionals and fitness companies holding an event on Saturday, Dec. 8.
At 8 a.m. with a Storm’n Bootcamp lead by Michael and Beth Chevalier, a fun, challenging, yet adaptable full body workout. From 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. a spinning class led Elizabeth Catlin and Julia Jensen will be held, and at 10:30 a.m. Kim Sullivan will lead a Pilates class.
The suggested donation for all three classes is $20 and all funds will go to the Durkin Impact Foundation. All who attend will be entered into a raffle to win on "Monthly Unlimited" class card, valued at $150.
Healthy snacks will be served. For more information, visit www.hotyogavt.com or call 802-376-9020. Some Like it Hot is located at 118 Main St. in Putney.