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.

Guilford Food Pantry: 5-6 p.m., Guilford Cares Food Pantry, at Broad Brook Grange, 3490 Guilford Center Road. Pantry now open every Thursday. Information: Pat Haine, Director, 802-257-0626.

Putney Meadows Food Distribution: 9-9:45 a.m. the fourth Thursday of each month, at Putney Meadows, white building across from Co-op and Fire Station. All welcome, no questions asked. Vermont Foodbank brings a truck of fresh produce and other non-perishable items. Everyone welcome. Bring own shopping bags. For anyone in the community.


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.

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

Preschool Stories and Crafts: 11 a.m., Putney Public Library, with Susan Hessey, long-time Putney Central School librarian. Every Thursday. For ages 2 and up. A circle of fun and learning. Information: 802-387-4407.

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

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

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

No Putney Walk-in Clinic: There is no free clinic anymore. Area residents and visitors are urged to continue to call Putney Family Services at 802-387-2120 for information and assistance regarding access to health care services and access to health insurance coverage.


Geneology: Join genealogy enthusiast Wayne Blanchard on a quest to discover your family roots every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Rockingham Free Public Library. Both beginners and seasoned genealogists are welcome. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-463-4270, email or go to

Job Hunt Helper: During the months of March and April Community College of Vermont (CCV) Job Hunt Helper Ben Howe will be available at the Brooks Memorial Library for six hours a week to offer career services to library patrons and job seekers. Job Hunt Helpers can help you find employment opportunities in your area, write a resume and cover letter, apply for jobs online, assess your skills and interests, use the internet to explore career options, and learn about education and training programs. The library is located at 224 Main Street in Brattleboro. Howe will be available from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays. For more information, contact the library at 802-254-5290.

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.

Southern Vermont Scrabble Club: 6-10 p.m., Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., Brattleboro. Fun, friendship, competitive play. All equipment provided. Fee $3. First-timers play free. Every Thursday. Information: Ed at or 971-344-8730.

Toastmasters Club: Meets twice a month on Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., 2nd floor, Brattleboro. BrattleMasters is for people who want to improve their public speaking and leadership skills. Guests welcome. Refreshments. Information:

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


Brattleboro History Room: 2-4 p.m., Brattleboro Historical Society, 230 Main St., Third Floor, Municipal Center, Brattleboro. Also, open and Sat. 10 a.m.-noon and by appointment. Call 802-258-4957;;

Brattleboro History Center: 2-4 p.m., Brattleboro Historical Society's new History Center, 196 Main St., Masonic Center. Enjoy handmade dolls, specially crafted wooden truck, train. Glimpse Rudyard Kipling through Mary Cabot's journal entries; view her photo albums, author of The Annals of Brattleboro, 1681-1895; more exhibits. Information: 802-258-4957 or

Museum passes: Brooks Memorial Library has 19 passes to regional museums that offer free or reduced admission fees. These museums include: Eric Carle Picture Book Museum; MASS MoCA;Bennington Museum; Smith College Museum of Art; Hildene; Magic Wings Butterfly Museum; Shelburne Museum; Vt. Institute of Natural Science. To reserve a pass go to, or call 802-254-5290, press 0.Tasha Tudor Museum: First floor at 974 Western Ave., West Brattleboro. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Tasha's birth, "Longings Fulfilled: Tasha at Home in New England." Children's area. Open Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through Oct. 31. Information: 802-258-6564,


Funk Night: 9:30 p.m., Metropolis, Elliot Street, Brattleboro. Live band playing funk, hip hop, Motown, soul and rhythm and blues. Free. Every Thursday.

Open Mic: 7-10 p.m., Marina Restaurant, Route 5, Brattleboro. Hosted by Kevin Parry. Every Thursday. Free. Participating musicians receive 50 percent off of their meal. To sign up call 802-257-7563. Information:

Zumba: The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department is offering Zumba Classes Thursday evenings through April 28, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Gibson Aiken Center. The cost of the program is $5 per class for residents and $7 per class for non-residents; also new this year is a 10-session punch card for $50 and $75. For more information, call 802-254-5808 or visit


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.

Senior Bowling: 9 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. Cost: $3 per class; $5 for two. Instructor: Cyndy Gray. Information: 802-257-7570.

Support groups

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

Dedicated Dads Making a Difference: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Early Education Services, 130 Birge St., Brattleboro. Free fathers support group. Dinner and child care provided. Information: Dave 802-254-3742, ext. 127.

Joining Our Youth: Youth Services is launching a support group for parents and caregivers of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Windham County region, in collaboration with Green Mountain Crossroads, a local LGBTQ nonprofit dedicated to connecting rural LGBTQ people. The meetings are held at Youth Services at 32 Walnut St. in Brattleboro. Free and open to the public, the group's mission is to build community while offering support and resources. For more information contact Rosie Nevins-Alderfer of Youth Services at (802) 257-0361 or email

Thrift shops

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.

West Townshend Thrift Shop: 10 a.m.-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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