Friday December 21, 2012

Friday

Music/Dance

Into the Silence: 7 p.m., Dummerston Congregational Church, Dummerston Center. "A Service of Contemplative Music for Christmas and the Solstice." Medieval, Celtic and original music by Coracle (Cynthia Hughes, Celtic harp; John Crockett, cello and Celtic whistles). All welcome.

Kevin Parry Performs: 7-10 p.m., at the West Dover Inn, Route 100, West Dover. Kevin Parry takes requests on guitar and vocals. Free. Information: 802-464-5207 or www.kevinparrymusic.com.

Winter Solstice Celebration: Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro. Ballroom and Latin dancing presented by Shall We Dance Brattleboro. 7-8 p.m., Free foxtrot dance lesson. 8-10 p.m., Open dancing. Refreshments. Cost: Singles, $8; couples, $15; teens and seniors, $5. Information: Ray, 802-579-9990; ray@shallwedance.biz. Kids

Preschool Playgroup: 9:30-11 a.m., at Whitingham Elementary School. For children 0-5 years old with parent or childcare provider. Led by Amanda Hiouas. Sponsored by Early Education Services. Information: 802-368-7872.

Stories and Crafts: 10 a.m., Townshend Library, 1971 Route 30, Townshend. Downstairs children’s library. Jolly good story and craft time. Information: 802-365-4039; www.townshendlibrary.org.


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Storytime and Crafts: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Jamaica Memorial Library. Every Friday. Information: 802-874-4901.

Storytime for Preschoolers: 10:30 a.m., Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls. Singing or a craft after stories. Free. Information: 802-463-4270.

Toddler Storyhour: 1:30 p.m., Moore Free Library, 23 West St., Newfane. Stories, songs, crafts for toddlers. Information: 802-365-7948.

Dungeons and Dragons: 5-9 p.m., Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls. Fantasy-based, epic storytelling game. Other games, also. Ages 13 and up. Reservations required. Information: 802-463-4270 or bfyouth@sover.net.

Final Day Ho Ho Hotline: 5-7 p.m., Pine Heights at Brattleboro Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation is serving as a North Pole Substation for the greater Brattleboro area. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be taking calls from children at 1-866-99-SANTA (866-997-2682) toll free.

Friday Teen Night: 6-11 p.m., Boys & Girls Club, 17 Flat St., Brattleboro. Grades 7 through 18 year olds. Bands, DJs, skate jams, and movies. Free meal at 6 p.m., dinner. Information: 802-254-5990.

Windham County Activities for Youth: See the Youth Services’ H.E.Y.! Help Empower Youth! guide to after school and other activities and programs at www.HelpEmpowerYouth.com.

Outdoors/Recreation

Fitness at the Rec: Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. 12:10-1:10 p.m., Ongoing Yoga/Pilates. Information: Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Dept., 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Open Gym and Game Room: Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department, Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. 3-5 p.m., Grades K-6. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Meals

Congregate Breakfast: 7:45-8:15 a.m., Brattleboro Senior Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. Menu: Bavarian waffles with strawberries and whipped cream, ham, yogurt parfait, juice, coffee. Suggested donation for seniors over 60, $3.50. All others, $6. Information: 802-257-1236.

Guilford Senior Lunch: Noon, Guilford Community Church. Menu: Christmas dinner. Library books available, blood pressures taken. Sponsored by Senior Solutions. Hosted by the Guilford Golden Agers. Information: 802-254-9774.

Halifax Senior Meal: Noon, Halifax Community Hall, crossroads of Branch and Brook roads, in West Halifax. Menu: Baked chicken legs, mashed potatoes, peas, rolls and brownie sundae with peppermint ice cream. Sponsored by Senior Solutions. Reservations appreciated, call Joan at 802-368-7733.

Museums

Brooks Memorial Library: 224 Main St., Brattleboro. Check out free museum passes to local area museums: Eric Carle, MASS Mocha, Springfield, Shelburne, Norman Rockwell, Bennington, etc. Reserve online at www.brooks.lib.vt.us, click on "Museum Passes" button. Information: 802-254-5290.

Miscellaneous

Day of the Homeless Vigil: 4 p.m., Pliny Park, corner of Main and High streets, Brattleboro. at 4 p.m. Program, volunteer choir, candles, walk in darkness to shelter for the homeless at First Baptist Church. To practice for choir, meet at Centre Church, 193 Main St. at 3:30 p.m. Bring donations of blankets, sleeping bags and pillows for the shelter. Information: Lise Sparrow, 802-257-2776 or e-mail gccucc@sover.net.

Winter Solstice Celebration: 4:30-6:30 p.m., at Manitou. Songs, led by Luz Elena Morey, readings, "fire eating ceremony," and candles in Mayan tradition. Free, family-friendly event. 4:30 p.m., Meet in parking lot. Dress for short walk in woods and snow. Bring candle and flashlight. Directions: 300 Sunset Lake Rd., 1.4 miles up from Williamsville village, sign on right, or 6.5 miles from Rte. 9 on Sunset Lake Road. Info: Fred Taylor, 802-387-2681, or rtaylor@antioch.edu.

Third Friday Art Walk: 5-8 p.m., Bellows Falls. Sponsored by the Village Square Booksellers and the Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce of Bellows Falls. Stroll through art galleries, shops and art venues of Bellows Falls, for art, music and literary events. Information: 802-463-9404.

Ongoing Events

Crèche Display: More than 1,000 sets of Nativity scenes. Located in Guilford. Call Shirley Squires to set up an appointment: 802-254-2696. All welcome.

Warm Hands, Warm Hearts: Donations needed of winter clothing for adults, children of all ages, including toddlers and infant PJs. Blankets also needed. Collection box on porch, Masonic Center, Main St., Brattleboro, though end of January. Checks accepted, make out to Warm Hands, with "clothing" on the memo line, send to: Warm Hands, P.O. Box 6214, Brattleboro, VT 05301. Information: rfagge@sover.net.

Meditation: 7:30-8:45 a.m., Biologic Wellness Center, Merchants Bank, 205 Main St., Brattleboro (ground floor, basement entrance on right). Mountains and Rivers Mindfulness Community. Free mindfulness class and sharing group in the tradition of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Every Friday. Newcomers welcome. Wheelchair accessible. Information: mountainsandriversmc@myfairpoint.net or 802-387-2382.

Bellows Falls Drop-In Center: Open Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Our Place Drop-In Center, 4 Island St., Bellows Falls. 9-10:30 a.m., free breakfast; 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., food pantry open, except during lunch; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., free lunch. Day shelter, shower, fax, phone, food pantry. Information: 802-463-2217.

Worn Again Thrift Shop: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., St. Edmunds Catholic Church, Saxtons River. Clothing for all; shoes, boots and sneakers; bedding; household articles; toys. Operated by volunteers of West River Mission of Putney and churches in Putney, Townshend, Stratton Mountain and Saxtons River.

Hospice Thrift Shop: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Experienced Goods Thrift Shop for Brattleboro Area Hospice, 77 Flat St., Brattleboro. Selling quality clothing, books, housewares, furniture and more. Seeking donations, 802-254-5200.

Recovery Chat: 2-3 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. Less formal group, conversation, games, sharing. Information: 802-257-5600.

Candlelight AA Meeting: 9-11 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. AA discussion and fellowship with candlelit setting. Information: 802-257-5600.

AA Hotline: Toll free, 1-877-851-0181.

BCTV

Brattleboro Channel 8: 7 a.m., On to the Hoosac, on to the West; 8 a.m., Democracy Now!; 9 a.m., New England Cooks, Nina Lesser-Goldsmith; 10 a.m., Positively Vermont: The Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh; 11 a.m., NH Peace Action: Dr. Joan Roelof; 12:30 p.m., Community Medical School: Treating Irritable Bowel Dissorder; 2:05 p.m., Area Christmas Displays 2011; 2:30 p.m., Exchange Students in Vermont; 3:30 p.m., The Retreat’s Keep Talking: The Emerging Adult; 4 p.m., Words of Peace: In Brazil; 4:30 p.m., Here in Vt.: HIV 101; 5 p.m., Road to Recovery 2012 Showcase of Events; 5:30 p.m., Community Calendar; 5:45 p.m., 545 Live Weekend Report 6 p.m., BUHS TV News; 6:30 p.m., On to the Hoosac, on to the West; 7:30 p.m., Vigil for the Homeless: Brattleboro; 8 p.m., Democracy Now!; 9 p.m., Al Jezeera News; 9:30 p.m., Burlington Book Fest: Peter Gilbert "I Was Thinking"; 10:24 p.m., VT Working Landscape Partnership & Rural Lands Enterprise Fund; 11 p.m., Let’s Talk About Mental Health; 11:30 p.m., Traditional Balinese Music with Boston’s Gamelan Galak Tika.

Brattleboro Channel 10: 7:30 a.m., BUHS Board Mtg.; 9 a.m., Organic Politics: Our Own Money; 9:45 a.m., Community Calendar; 9:58 a.m., 5:45 Live: Midweek Report; 10:15 a.m., BUHS TV Live; 11 a.m., BUHS Board Mtg.; 12:30 p.m., Townshend Selectboard Mtg.; 3 p.m., Guilford Selectboard Mtg.; 3:45 p.m., Putney Selectboard Mtg.; 5 p.m., The David Pakman Show; 6 p.m., Brattleboro Selectboard Mtg.; 9:30 p.m., Vernon Selectboard Mtg.

Saturday

Music/Dance

Kevin Parry Performs: 7-10 p.m., at the Sitzmark, West Dover. Kevin Parry on guitar and vocals. Free. Information: 802-464-3384 or www.kevinparrymusic.com.

Tri-State Dance: 7-11 p.m., ELLM Hall, Durkee Street, Winchester, N.H. Band: William Brothers. Hosted by the Monadnock-Tri State Dance Club. Information: 802-722-9205 or 603-357-0794.

Kids

Windham County Activities for Youth: See the Youth Services’ H.E.Y.! Help Empower Youth! guide to after school and other activities and programs at www.HelpEmpowerYouth.com.

Outdoors/Recreation

Fitness at the Rec: Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. 9-10 a.m., Kickbox/Conditioning. Information: Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Dept., 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Trap Practice: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Sportsmen’s Inc., Creamery Road, Guilford. Every Saturday. Information: 802-579-1587.

Open Gym and Game Room: Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department, Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. 1-4 p.m., Grades 7-12. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Museums

Brooks Memorial Library: 224 Main St., Brattleboro. Check out free museum passes to local area museums: Eric Carle, MASS Mocha, Springfield, Shelburne, Norman Rockwell, Bennington, etc. Reserve online at www.brooks.lib.vt.us, click on "Museum Passes" button. Information: 802-254-5290.

Miscellaneous

Brattleboro Winter Farmers’ Market: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., Brattleboro. Farm products, fresh baked goods, crafts, lunch, live music. Project of Post Oil Solutions. Information: 802-8692141 or farmersmarket@postoilsolutions.org.

Ongoing Events

Thrift Shop: 9 a.m.-noon, Wed. and Sat., second floor, above, West Townshend Post Office, Route 30, West Townshend. Sponsored by The West River Community Project. Community closet with large selection of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, footwear; and toys.

Worn Again Thrift Shop: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., St. Edmunds Catholic Church, Saxtons River. Clothing for all; shoes, boots and sneakers; bedding; household articles; toys. Operated by volunteers of West River Mission of Putney and churches in Putney, Townshend, Stratton Mountain and Saxtons River.

Food Shelf Open: 9-10 a.m., Putney Community Center, Christian Square, Putney. Information or to donate: 802-387-8551.

Overeaters Anonymous: 9:30-10:30 a.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. Information: 802-257-5600.

Hospice Thrift Shop: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Experienced Goods Thrift Shop for Brattleboro Area Hospice, 77 Flat St., Brattleboro. Selling quality clothing, books, housewares, furniture and more. Seeking donations, 802-254-5200.

Al-Anon Meeting: 3-4 p.m., Brew Berry Conference Center #1, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 17 Belmont Ave., Brattleboro.

Easy Does It: 8:30-9:40 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Brew Barry Conference Center 2. Information: 802-257-5801.

AA Hotline: Toll free, 1-877-851-0181.

Sunday

Music/Dance

Dance Your Prayers: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Putney Community Center. A weekly, all-ages dance jam to nourish tribal consciousness, sacred connection, and heart-openings through music, dance and celebration. Suggested donation, $5. Presented by Tribal Mystics. Every Sunday. Information: marcellaeversole@yahoo.com or http://tinyurl.com/7gxsgng.

Community Solstice Circle Dance: 3:30-5:30 p.m., Aikido Studio, 11 Cottage St., Brattleboro. Dance to honor the darkness of winter and the beginning of the return of the light. Ancient and recent dances, candle dances. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated, not required. Information: Lucia Wilson, 802-380-3291 or Parker Huber, 802-257-9108.

Compassion Flow Yoga Benefit: 4 p.m., Currier Center Dance Studio at The Putney School. Instructor Diana Whitney to teach all levels vinyasa flow. Beginners welcome. Challenging poses offered for experienced students. Pay what you can. Benefit Project Feed the Thousands. Information: Diana Whitney, diana@coreflowyoga.com or 802-257-4032.

Kevin Parry Performs: 7-10 p.m., at the West Dover Inn, Route 100, West Dover. Kevin Parry takes rock ‘n’ roll requests on guitar and vocals. Free. Information: 802-464-5207 or www.kevinparrymusic.com.

Kids

Teen Get-Together: 6:30 p.m., Bethel Chapel, 28 Birge St., Brattleboro. High School/Teen Group for grades 7-12 and for young adults up to 20 years old. Information: 802-254-6687.

Outdoors/Recreation

Speed Skating: 7:30-8:30 a.m., Nelson Withington Skating Facility, Living Memorial Park, Brattleboro. For ages 7 and up. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Miscellaneous

Sitting and Walking Meditation Practice: 10 a.m.-noon, Vermont Insight Meditation Center, Neighbor’s Hall, Solar Hill, 229 Western Ave., Brattleboro. Led by Claire Stanley. Her talk: "Whole-Hearted Life, Nothing Left Out," on her "daily life retreat" she recently completed.

Christmas Program: During 10:30 a.m. service at the Third Congragational Church of Alstead, River Street, Alstead, N.H. Presented by The Good News Club and the Sunday School. All welcome. Candlelight service at 6 p.m. at the church.

Panel Discussion About Life: 12:30-2 p.m., Guilford Community Church. Topic: "College, Work and Life After High School." Panel of graduates. For all current high school juniors and seniors and their parents. Directions: I-91 to Exit 1 (Brattleboro), south on Route 5, just past the country store, left on Bee Barn Road, left again on Church Drive.

Outdoor Pageant: 6 p.m., Dummerston Congregational Church, Dummerston Center. The Youth Group, young adults and children in 5th grade and older, move from setting to setting to tell the Nativity Story. Dress warmly. Cookies, cocoa and a visit from Santa. Information: susanna@grifen.com, 802-258-0544.

Ongoing Events

Alcoholics Anonymous: 10-11 a.m., The Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro. Eye Openers.

Alcoholics Anonymous: 6-7 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. Back to Life AA program. Information: 802-257-5600.

AA Hotline: Toll free, 1-877-851-0181.