Around Windham County



Food & shelter

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.

Brattleboro Area Drop In Center: Open Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 60 South Main St., Brattleboro. Food Shelf Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Tuesday 10 a.m.-noon for seniors and 1-3 p.m. for everyone. Day shelter, shower, fax, phone, food shelf. Information 802-257-5415.

Community dinners: Every 3rd Monday of the month, 5:30 p.m. at The Stone Church/Immanuel Episcopal Church in Bellows Falls. All are Welcome. The dinners hosted by Greater Falls United Network – a collection of social service organizations and churches in the area committed. These dinners are continuing in the memory of Rev. Mary Haas, who hosted them for many years. For more information, contact Telos Whitfield (pronounced "Tee-loss") at 802-376-4977 or

Food Pantry: 6-7:30 p.m., Townshend Church, on the Common, Route 30. For anyone who needs food assistance. Information: 802-365-4348.


Boys & Girls Club: 3-7 p.m., 17 Flat St., Brattleboro. Programs, activities, special events and use of facilities available for ages 10 to 18. 5:30 p.m., Free dinner. Information: 802-254-5990.

Boy Scouts to Meet: 7-8:30 p.m., at St. Michael's School, 48 Walnut St., Brattleboro. Troop 405. New members welcome. For boys in 6th grade and up. Every Monday. Information: Peter Massari, 802-254-8124.

Movin' Into Music: Brattleboro Music Center, 38 Walnut St. Music and Movement, ages 1-5, and Little Strummers Ukulele Club, ages 3-5, Monday mornings with Annie Frelich. Information visit or call BMC at 802-257-4523.

Preschool Story Time: 1:30 p.m., Vernon Free Library. Every other week, call for schedule: 802-257-0150.

Rhyme and Story Hour: 10:30 a.m., Whitingham Free Public Library. Songs, rhymes, stories and crafts for toddlers and preschoolers. Parents and infants welcome. Information: 802-368-7506.

Rhyme Time: 10:30 a.m., Vernon Free Library. Every Monday. For children 0-5 years of age. Information: 802-257-0150.

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

Mind & body

Meditation: 7-9 p.m., Putney Friends Meeting House, Route 5, Putney, just north of Basketville. Mountains and Rivers Mindfulness Community. Sharing group in the tradition of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Newcomers welcome. Wheelchair accessible. Information: Richard Brady, or 802-387-2382.


Benefit Bingo: 6:30 p.m., above People's United Bank, on the Square, Bellows Falls. Every Monday. 5 p.m., Doors open. 6 p.m., Early bird games. Food and beverages available for purchase. Free coffee. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus in Bellows Falls, Council No. 753, benefit for local charities.

Pennywise Pantry: The Brattleboro Food Co-op offers free educational tours to teach you how to shop for the great values we have to offer. These pennywise tools help you stock your kitchen with healthy food no matter how tight your budget. Ongoing, by appointment, Call 802-246-2822.

Rock River Players: Will meet the second Monday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to select a spring show. All are welcome. Questions? Annie Landenberger @348-7156;

Spin class: Every first Monday of the month at Bodhifit, Brattleboro Food Co-op shareholders can take this spin class at no cost with Susie, the BFC Seafood Department manager, at 5:15 p.m. Free for Co-op Shareholders, $15 for Non-Shareholders. 22 High St, Brattleboro.

Technology help: Cal LaFountain, Brooks Memorial Library's Electronic Services Support Specialist, is available for brief, private consultations with half-hour appointments on Mondays, 3-5 p.m. He can help library patrons with basic tasks using computers and mobile devices, such as setting up and using an email account, creating a Facebook account, or downloading e-books or other digital media. The library has computers available, or participants may bring their own tablets, smart phones, or laptops to explore the capabilities of those devices. To book time with Cal, contact him directly at 802-254-5290 x104 or

Turning Point Board: 5:45-7:30 p.m., held at Tyler Conference Room, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. Turning Point of Windham County's monthly board meeting. A recovery center. Public welcome. Fourth Monday each month. Information: 802-257-5600.

Volunteers needed: The Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center in Newfane is in need of volunteers to walk with participants or lead horses in Equine Assisted Activities Program. Training included, horse experience welcome, but not necessary. Call 802-221-4409 or email for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities: United Way of Windham County recruits volunteers to bring HOPE to Windham County through volunteer service in health, prosperity, and education-related programs. Visit and click on "Volunteer" to learn about meaningful volunteer opportunities at local organizations like Youth Services, Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center and West River Valley Thrives. For more information, contact Victoria Chertok, Volunteer Engagement Manager, at 802-257-4011 x111 or

Inclusion Center: 12:30-4 p.m., First Baptist Church, The Inclusion Center is a free, drop-in, activity center for and by all people with disabilities and interested community members. Activities include a writing group, discussion and support group, art, specific projects and more. Visit our website ( for details on each week's activities.


RSVP Volunteer Center: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Windham County has a variety of volunteer positions available with area nonprofits, schools, senior centers, hospitals, and food shelves. Volunteers are needed to visit/call home-bound seniors, deliver meals, provide rides, mentor in schools, tax-return help, food support and blood drives. There is always a need and volunteering makes a huge difference in peoples' lives. RSVP is an active community of seniors (55+) helping seniors and the disabled stay healthy and enjoy living at home longer. For information, call 802-254-7515.

Support groups

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

Adult Children of Alcoholics: (12-step group), Mondays, 6-7 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Room B, off Cafeteria. Information:

Depression Support: 5:30-7 p.m., each Monday, Healing Grace Ministries, 55 Marlboro Road, West Brattleboro. Free. For anyone feeling depressed, isolated or afraid. Information: 802-368-7561.

Healing Discussion Group: 5:30-7 p.m., Sojourns Community Health Clinic, 4923 U.S. Route 5, Westminster. Living Life Now! For anyone with cancer. Meets every Monday. Information: 802-722-4023.

Lupus Support Group of Southeastern Vermont: No meeting at this time. Contact: Lupus Foundation, 802-244-5988.

Parents Together Support Group: 6-7:30 p.m., childcare included. For location and registration: Noreen Oles at 802-254-6686.

Vipassana Group Sitting: 5:30 p.m., Mondays, in Brattleboro. In the tradition of S. N. Goenka. Contact: or 802-869-3246.

Thrift shops

West Townshend Thrift Shop: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon.-Sat., second floor, above, West Townshend Post Office, Route 30. Sponsored by The West River Community Project. Community closet with large selection of men's, women's and children's clothing, footwear; housewares, books, movies and toys.


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