Wednesday January 16, 2013

Today

Music/Dance

BMC Celtic Music Sessions: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Advanced. 7-8 p.m., Intermediate. Learn traditional jigs and reels, and other dance music of Scotland, Ireland and New England. Wednesdays. Fee. Instructors: Keith Murphy, Becky Tracy. Information: Brattleboro Music Center, 802-257-4523 or bmcvt.org.

Irish Music Sessions: 6:30-9:30 p.m., J.D. McCliment’s Pub, Route 5, north of Putney Village. Hosted by Roger Kahle and Randy Miller. Bring instrument to join in or just listen. Information: 802-257-9234.

West African Dance Class: 7-8:30 p.m., The Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro. Instructor: Kabisco Kaba, originally of West Guinea. For all levels. Presented by African Dance Vermont. Live drumming. Sliding scale $12-$15, work exchange available for low income. Wear comfortable, loose clothes, bring water. Information: 802-258-6475 or www.africandancevermont.com.

Community Jazz Jam Session: 8-10 p.m., Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, Studio 222, Brattleboro. Every Wednesday. Run by pianist Eugene Uman. For all musicians and instruments. $3 donation requested from players and listeners. Information: 802-254-9088, info@vtjazz.org. Film

Classic Film Series: 7 p.m., Bellows Falls Opera House Cinema, 7 Square, Bellows Falls. January’s theme: "Great Westerns." Every Wednesday. This week: "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly." Admission: Adults, $4; students and seniors over 65, $2.50. Information: 802-463-3964, ext. 120.

Kids

Preschool Playgroup: 9:30-11 a.m., at Early Education Services, 130 Birge St., Brattleboro. For children 0-5 years old with parent or childcare provider. Led by Amanda Hiouas. Sponsored by Early Education Services. Information: 802-368-7872.

Preschool Playgroup: 9:30-11 a.m., Bellows Falls Baptist Church. Birth to age 5. For children and their parents or caregivers. Snacks, stories and seasonally-themed activities. Information: Tracy Binet-Perrin, 603-762-5069.

KidsPLAYce: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 20 Elliot St., under Hotel Pharmacy, Brattleboro. Indoor play space and discover center. Children 0-8 years and adult companion. Children, $6; under 6 months free. Information: 802-254-5212.

Preschool Storytime: 10:15 a.m., Walpole, N.H., Town Library, Ages 2 1/2 to 5. Crafts and stories. Information: 603-756-9806.

Rhyme Time: 10:30-11 a.m., in the Meeting Room next to Children’s Room, Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., Brattleboro. For children under 5. Stories, songs, and fun. Information: 802-254-5290 ext. 110.

Boys & Girls Club: Noon-6 p.m., 17 Flat St., Brattleboro. Programs, activities, special events and use of facilities available for ages 10 to 18. Information: 802-254-5990.

Making Change for Youth: 4-5 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. Support group for youth dealing with substance abuse issues. Sponsored by Turning Point and HCRS. Snacks provided. Information: 802-257-5600.

Free Dinner for Kids: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Boys & Girls Club, Bellows Falls. Ages 9-18. Every first and third Wednesday. Information: 802-460-4400.

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.

Lectures

Swedes of Brattleboro: 7 p.m., Brooks Memorial Library, Meeting Room, 224 Main St., Brattleboro. "Major Valentine’s Swedes: The story of Brattleboro’s Andersons" with Professor Paul Searls. Talk on his research for an upcoming book on Swedish immigration to Vermont in the 19th century focussing on the Swedish families who came to Brattleboro. Presented by the Library. Snowdate: Sat., Jan. 19, 2 p.m. Information: 802-254-5290.

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.

Outdoors/Recreation

Fitness at the Rec: Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. 10:15-11:45 a.m., Gentle yoga. 11 a.m.-noon, Walking for Seniors. 12:10-1:10 p.m., Ongoing Yoga. 5:30-6:30 p.m., Kickbox and Conditioning; 7-9 p.m., Men’s League basketball pickup games. 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. 3-4:45 p.m., Grades K-6. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Meals

Souper Wednesday: Noon-2 p.m., First Congregational Church of Westminster, Route 5, Westminster. Freewill donation appreciated, not necessary.

Miscellaneous

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.

Core Movement Introduction: 5-6 p.m., River Valley Aikido Center, Brattleboro. Core Movement Integration, free introduction class. Sponsored by Core Integration Vermont. Kimi Hasegawa, MS, PT. Information: 802-257-0810.

BCTV Board Meeting: 6 p.m., in Hanna Cosman Meeting Room, Municipal Center, 230 Main St., Brattleboro. The Board of Directors of Brattleboro Community Television, Inc. to hold its monthly board meeting. Members of the public welcome. Information: 802-257-0888.

Third Wednesday Games Night: 6:30-9:30 p.m., Brattleboro Savings & Loan Association, Community Room, 221 Main St., Brattleboro. Bring a board game and find a player, or bring a player and find a game. Bring snacks to share. No charge. Information: brattleborogames@gmail.com, or 802-365-7891. All welcome. Organized by Vermont Mensa.

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.

Worn Again Thrift Shop: 10 a.m.-4 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.

West Townshend 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.

The Artist in Each of Us: 10 a.m.-noon, Putney Cares Activities Barn, 54 Kimball Hill Road, behind Noyes House, Putney. Every Wednesday. For all interested seniors, regardless of experience. Variety of materials provided. By donation. Co-sponsored by Putney Cares and Westminster Cares. Information: 802-387-5593 or putneycares@svcable.net. Transportation available.

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.

Women’s Network of Strength: Third Wednesdays, Noon-1 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Breast Resource Room, second floor, Richards Building. Lunch and learn. For women with all types of cancer. Information: Kelly McCue, RN, 802-251-8437.

Peer Support Group: Noon-1 p.m., Wednesdays, at Women’s Freedom Center. For women addressing issues of abuse in intimate partner relationships. For directions, 802-257-7364.

Al-Anon: Noon-1 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. For those affected by someone else’s addiction. Information: 802-257-5600.

Free Water Testing: 1-2 p.m., The Home Depot, 22 Ashbrook Road, Keene, N.H. Bring sample. Tested for PH levels, TDS "Total Dissolved Solids," water hardness, and iron. No charge. Information: Dianne, 603-355-2113, ext. 541. Every Wed.

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.

Suicide Loss Support Group: 5:30-7 p.m., Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St., Brattleboro. First and third Wednesdays. Facilitated by Andrea Edwards. Free. Co-sponsored by The Samaritans, Inc., www.samaritansnh.org. Information: Elizabeth or Joyce, 802-257-0775.

Chess Club: 6-9 p.m., Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Overeaters Anonymous: 6:30-7:30 p.m., United Church of Winchester, 97 Main St., Winchester, N.H. Meets Wednesdays. Religious Ed Room, use rear entrance. Handicapped accessible ramp at the parking lot. Door propped open (weather permitting) for easy access. Information: Ann, 603-762-6061.

Changing Tides Mental Health Support Group: 7-8:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Tyler Conference Room. Free confidential peer support for those with mental health conditions. Information: Karen, 802-579-5937.

Meditation Sitting: 7 p.m., Shambhala Meditation Center, 28 Williams St., Brattleboro. All welcome. Information: 802-257-1984. Every Wednesday.

Putney Al-Anon Group: 7 p.m., the Putney Friends Meeting House, Route 5 north of Putney village. For friends and relatives of alcoholics. Every Wednesday. Information: VT 866-972-5266 (toll free); www.vermontalanonalateen.org.

Transcendental Meditation Program: 7:30 p.m., Maharishi Invincibility Center, 24 High St., Midtown Mall, Brattleboro. Free introductory lecture on the TM Program. Every Wednesday and by appointment. Information: 802-246-1020. See www.tm.org and www.davidlynchfoundation.org.

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

BCTV

Brattleboro Channel 8: 7:21 a.m., Community Medical School: Personalized Medicine, The Biological Basis Part 1; 8 a.m., Democracy Now! Live; 9 a.m., Agape Christian Fellowship: Reconciliation; 10:30 a.m., Words of Peace: Your Strengths; 11 a.m., Zero Waste Central:Cassandra Brush and Colin O’Neil discuss waste management; 11:30 a.m., Vigil for the Homeless; 12 p.m., Caring Connections: Advance Health Care Planning; 12:30 p.m., Soldiers Journal Show: December 2012; 1 p.m., Vt. Countryside: Jed Davis, Cabot Creamery’s Sustainability Program; 1:45 p.m., Global Peace Chant; 2 p.m., Shut it Down! a Look at the Famed Affinity Group; 3:25 p.m., 2012 Vermont Arts Council Awards Gala; 5:30 p.m., Drift Wars at Okemo Mountain Resort; 5:45 p.m., 5:45 Live; 6 p.m., Al Jezeera News; 6:30 p.m., Riverbank Church: All I Need for Christmas Pt. 3; 7:30 p.m., Let’s Talk About Mental Health; 8 p.m., Democracy Now!; 9 p.m., Community Medical School: Saving Your Skin; 10 p.m., Sufi Wisdom Series: Time of Severity; 10:15 p.m., Global Peace Chant; 10:30 p.m., Agape Christian Fellowship: Reconciliation.

Brattleboro Channel 10: 8 a.m., BUHS Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Spaulding; 9:30 a.m., Hunger Free Vermont: Earned Income Tax Credit’s connection to 3SquaresVT; 10 a.m., 5:45 Live; 10:30 a.m., Putney Selectboard Mtg.; 12:10 p.m., Celebrating Teachers with Tong Chen, 2012 Teacher of the Year, Leland & Gray; 1 p.m., Vernon Selectboard Mtg.; 4 p.m., The David Pakman Show- From This Week; 5 p.m., Dummerston Selectboard Mtg.; 8:30 p.m., Brattleboro Special Selectboard Mtg.; 11:30 p.m., Under the Dome: Vermont Workers’ Center 2013 Legislative Kick Off Rally and Press Conference.

Thursday

Music/Dance

International Gentle Folk Dancing: 4-5:30 p.m., Putney Cares Activity Barn, 54 Kimball Hill Road, Putney. Thursdays. Sessions run Jan. 3-Feb. 14, Feb. 21-April 4, and April 11-May 23. Led by Melissa Lovell Post. For beginners and elders. Cost: $8 per class; $40 for 6/7-weeks. No experience necessary. Information: Anne, 802-387-4330; or Melissa, 802-875-4102.

West Swing Lessons: 6-10 p.m., The Putney Inn, Exit 4 off I-91, Putney. Lessons with DanceVermont and Karen Graham. Every Thursday. Information: 802-387-5517.

Live Jazz: 6:30-9:30 p.m., The Restaurant at Burdick Chocolates, 47 Main St., Walpole, N.H. The Carr Uman Rose Trio: Jesse Carr, tenor saxophone and vocals; Eugene Uman, piano; Genevieve Rose, bass. No cover charge.

Open Mic: 7-10 p.m., Marina Restaurant, Route 5, Brattleboro. Hosted by Kevin Parry. Every Thursday. Free. To sign up for a 20-minute slots, call 802-257-7563. Information: www.kevinparrymusic.com.

Live Music: 7-10 p.m., West Dover Inn, Route 100, West Dover. Jim Flynn plays every Thursday. Free. Information: 802-464-5207.

Live Jazz: 7-10 p.m., Rick’s Tavern, Route 30, Newfane. Information: 802-365-4310.

Film

January Film Series: 7 p.m., Next Stage, Main Theater, Kimball Hill, Putney. Next Stage Arts Project series, "Films with Taste." Curated and hosted by Putney School Executive Chef Marty Brennan-Sawyer of Putney. First of four films. This week: "Like Water for Chocolate." Admission by donation, $5 suggested. Information: 802-387-0102 or nextstagearts@gmail.com.

Kids

Preschool Explorers: 10-11:30 a.m., Nature Museum at Grafton, 186 Townshend Road, Grafton. Mighty Acorns Preschool Explorers Club."Big Feet, Little Feet," identify tracks and trails left in the snow or mud; snowshoeing or hiking. Dress for outdoors. For preschoolers (ages 3-5) and their caregivers. Meets third Thursday each month. Members free, non-members $7 per child. Register at 802-843-2111 or at info@nature-museum.org.

KidsPLAYce: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 20 Elliot St., under Hotel Pharmacy, Brattleboro. Indoor play space and discover center. Children 0-8 years and adult companion. Children, $6; under 6 months free. Information: 802-254-5212.

Storytime: 10:30 a.m., Westminster West Public Library. Program of books, songs and activities for toddlers and preschoolers. No charge. Information: 802-387-5737 or 802-387-4682.

Preschool Storytime: 11 a.m., Putney Public Library. Every Thursday. For ages 2 and up. Songs, stories, and crafts for little ones and their caregivers. Information: 802-387-4407.

Children’s Story Hour: 11 a.m., Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square, Bellows Falls. Pat Fowler reading. Reservations: 802-463-9404.

Boys & Girls Club: Noon-6 p.m., 17 Flat St., Brattleboro. Programs, activities, special events and use of facilities available for ages 10 to 18. Information: 802-254-5990.

Preschool Storytime: 1:30 p.m., Walpole, N.H., Town Library, ages 2 1/2 to 5. Crafts and stories. Information: 603-756-9806.

Outdoors/Recreation

Senior Bowling: 9:15 a.m., Brattleboro Bowl, Putney Road, Brattleboro. Every Thursday. Bowling for seniors. Information: 802-254-2710 or 802-387-5757.

Strength Training for Seniors: 9:30 a.m., Brattleboro Senior Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. Cost: $3 per class; $5 for two. Instructor: Cyndy Gray. Works on building strength on all major muscle groups followed by stretch and relaxation. Information: 802-257-7570.

Skiing/Snowboarding at the Park: 3-9 p.m., Living Memorial Park, Guilford Street, Brattleboro. $5 charge. Hill maintained and operated by Living Memorial Park Snow Sports. Weather permitting. Information: www.vtsnowsports.org.

Open Gym and Game Room: Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department, Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. 3-5 p.m., Grades 7-12. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Gymnastics Registration: 3:30-6 p.m., Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department, Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. Session III registration. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Fitness at the Rec: Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. Ongoing: Zumba 5:30-6:30 p.m.; 6-8 p.m., Volleyball; 8-10 p.m., Badminton, for all abilities. Information: Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Dept., 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

Meals

Townshend Senior Meal: Noon, Townshend Church, on the Common, Townshend. Dinner for the community. Sponsored by Senior Solutions. Suggested donation: $3 for over 60, $4 for all others. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Blood pressure screening sponsored by VT/NH Visiting Nurse Association. All welcome.

Miscellaneous

Blood Pressure Clinic: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Townshend Congregational Church. Sponsored by the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Vt. & N.H.

LifeSkills Workshop: 1-3 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. Offered by Turning Point and Phoenix House. Final of four-part series designed to help people job hunting. Information: 802-257-5600.

Fun with French: 2:30 p.m., Guilford Free Library, Guilford. Fun with the language through the use of games, poems, songs and activities. Cost $5. For further information or to enroll: 802-254-6545.

Putney Free Health Clinic: Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., Putney Medical Office, Main Street, Putney. Free, open to all. Information: Putney Family Services: 802-387-2120.

Coin and Currency Club: 6:30 p.m., at Brattleboro Savings & Loan Assn., 221 Main St. (use the rear door, ring bell). Tri-State Coin & Currency Club. Everyone interested in coins, currency and collectibles, etc., is welcome. Meets third Thursday every month. Buying, selling, trading, sharing knowledge, informal auction. Free attendance. Information: Jim at 802-380-2319 or MrCashMan@hotmail.com.

Dummerston Historians: 7:30 p.m., Dummerston Schoolhouse in Dummerston Center. Annual membership meeting and program of the Dummerston Historical Society. Program: "Old Time Sayings" (colloquialisms). Free. Covered Bridge T-Shirts and 2013 Dummerston Scenes Calendar available. Handicapped accessible, refreshments. All welcome. Information: 802-254-9311.

Ongoing Events

Meditation Sittings: 7-7:45 a.m., Vermont Insight Meditation Center, in the Neighbor’s Hall at Solar Hill, 229 Western Ave., Brattleboro. Information and snow cancellation: Rose, 802-246-1244.

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.

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.

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.

Guilford Food Pantry: 5-6:30 p.m., at Broad Brook Grange, 3490 Guilford Center Road. Pantry is open Thursdays (except the first Thursday of the month).

Spring Forest Qigong: 5-6 p.m., Medicine for the People, 133 Main St., No. 7, Putney. Exercise and meditation class. Meets every Thursday. Details: 802-387-3028, ext. 1.

Bingo: 6:30-9 p.m., Gassetts Grange, Jct. 10 and 103S, Chester. Doors open 5:30 p.m. Every Thursday. Refreshments. Information: 802-875-2637.

Southern Vermont Scrabble Club: 6-10 p.m., Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., Brattleboro. Fun, friendship, while usin rules and customs of competitive play. All equipment provided. Fee $3. First-timers play free. Every Thursday. Information: Ed at ed.liebfried@gmail.com or 971-344-8730.

Dedicated Dads Making a Difference: 6-8 p.m., Early Education Services, 122 Birge St., Brattleboro. Free fathers support group. Dinner and child care provided. Information: Josh Miller, 802-254-3742, ext. 172.

Women’s Spirituality Group: 6-8 p.m., in West Brattleboro. Led by Patty MacDonald, Astrologer/Tarot Reader/Teacher. Sharing stories and spiritual meaning in them. Third Thursday each month. Registration required, 802-732-8004 or toll free at 1-888-772-1395. Women of all ages welcome. Donation, $8.

Alateen Meeting: 7-8 p.m., Cafeteria Room B, at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 17 Belmont Ave., Brattleboro.

Al-Anon: 7-8:30 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Tyler Conference Center, 17 Belmont Ave., Brattleboro. Information: Toll free, 1-866-972-5266.

AA, Food and Fellowship: 7-10 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. 8 p.m., step meeting. Information: 802-257-5600.

Zen Meditation: 7:30-9 p.m., in Guilford. No charge. Beginners welcome. Information: 802-257-9425.