In Bellows Falls...
TAX VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: For the past six years, AARP Tax-Aide volunteers in Bellows Falls and the surrounding communities have helped residents prepare their federal and state tax returns. To continue this free service, AARP is seekin new volunteers for the coming tax season, especially people to work at the Bellows Falls Senior Center or Rockingham Library.
AARP can provide anyone who has four hours per week available to participate between Feb. 1 and April 15 with the skills necessary to assist people with their taxes. This is an opportunity to give back to the community and is especially important now when so many people are stressed and concerned about money. Participants do not have to be an AARP member or tax accountant to apply.
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jean Cornish at 802-365-7222.
VACATION EVENTS: The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department will sponsor several special events during the Christmas vacation listed below.
Winter Mini Camp: Friday, Dec. 28, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Gibson Aiken Center for children 5 to 11. A snack will be provided. Join the Rec & Parks Staff for a fun-filled morning packed with games, sports, activities, arts and crafts, skating and more.
Bowling Day: Friday, Dec. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Brattleboro Bowl on Putney Road. This day is for children and adults of all ages. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. The cost of the program is $7. (The price includes two games, shoes, a hot dog and a drink). For more information call the Rec & Parks Dept at 802-254-5808.
Hockey Clinic: Friday, Dec. 28, at the Nelson Withington Skating Facility at Living Memorial Park. Registration can be found at The Gibson-Aiken Ctr. 207 Main St. For more information visit www.pridehockey.com or call 802-254-5808.
Public skating hours at the rink Friday, Dec. 28, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Also, on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
Holiday schedule for open gym and game room - The open gym and game room will be open Friday, Dec. 28, and Monday, Dec. 31, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. for all ages. There will be no open gym and game room on New Year’s Day.
WINTER SWAP PROGRAM: The Swap Program at the Windham Solid Waste Management District is now on winter hours. The program will be open the second Saturday of each month, weather permitting, from 9 a.m. to noon. The next scheduled opening will be Jan. 12.
MERRY MULCH PROGRAM: The Brattleboro Union High School Music Department is once again offering the Merry Mulch Christmas tree collection service to Brattleboro residents. This program, in its 22nd year, is endorsed by the Vermont Department of Agriculture, as well as the New Hampshire/Vermont Christmas Tree Association.
For a $10 donation, members of the band and chorus will transport undecorated trees from homes to a community garden in West Brattleboro where they will be chipped into mulch to be used by the community.
Since the town does not offer curbside pick-up of trees, the service saves residents the hassle of transporting their own trees. Three Saturday pick-up dates are being offered: Jan. 5, 12 and 19. All pick-ups must be prearranged by calling one of the following numbers at least two days prior to the desired date: 802-579-1577, 802-387-3794, or 802-254-3360. Proceeds will benefit a planned trip to New York in May, 2013.
In Chesterfield, N.H. ...
2013 CALENDARS: The 2013 Chesterfield Historical Society calendars feature three of Walter "Winky" Wall’s sketches. The cover is a scene of Centre Village from Wetherbee Hill with a number of recognizable buildings such as the town hall and church.
The Maynard and Grimes Farms as they looked with all their buildings in the 1960s and ‘70s are another special addition. The calendars, a fundraiser for the historical society, have become great keepsakes and collectibles and are often given as gifts.
The calendars are available at Toadstool Bookstore and at the Chesterfield Library and Chesterfield Town Clerk’s Office for $12.
MOVIE MARATHON: The Dover Free Library will host a Movie Marathon on Friday, Dec. 28, from 1 to 6 p.m. Movies will be picked via viewers’ choice from a list of classics and new Disney features. The event is "Rated G," but children, 8 and under, must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free. Pizza will be served after 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 802-348-7488.
CALENDARS AND T-SHIRTS: The 2013 Scenes of Dummerston Calendar featuring color photographs by 11 talented photographers is now available. The calendar contains scenes from East Dummerston to the West River.
Also available is the new black, short-sleeved Dummerston T-shirts with a graphic of the West Dummerston Covered Bridge. The writing on the shirt says "Dummerston ... the longest one in Vermont."
Calendars are $10 and T-shirts are $18 for M-XL and $20 for XXL. Both will make great gifts for family and friends, near and far, and are available at the Dummerston Town Office or by calling Muriel at 802-257-9358 or Gail at 802-254-9311.
MUSIC NIGHT: The Old Schoolhouse in South Newfane will host a special "Music Nite" on Friday, Dec. 28. Local resident Dan DeWalt will be joined by Dan and Bruce Rosow, with special guest Lizzy Mandell, for an evening of family-friendly tunes.
Music starts at 7:30 p.m. There is no cover charge. The Old Schoolhouse is located in the village of South Newfane at the intersection of Dover Road and Auger Hole Road. Parking is free along Auger Hole Road. Guests are encouraged to bring drinks and snacks.
In West Brattleboro...
MARY’S CLOSET: Mary’s Closet, the thrift shop run by First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave. in West Brattleboro, will be open on Saturday, Dec. 29, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Newly arriving, gently used men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing will be on sale, including coats, ski jackets, scarfs, warm sweaters, fleece jackets, dresses, jeans, slacks, and blazers. The public is welcome to browse and see what is available.
FREE OUTREACH MEAL: West Brattleboro Baptist Church will continue its Community Outreach Meal Ministry at 979 Western Ave. on Sunday, Dec. 30.
The free community luncheon will be held from noon to 2 p.m. The menu will include macaroni and cheese with ham, fresh carrots, peas, applesauce, roll and beverage of choice. There will be homemade cookies with ice cream for dessert.
For further information, or for a ride, call the church office at 802-257-0187, leave message. All are welcome to attend.