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Monday

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 telosw@gmail.com.

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

Kids

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 www.bmcvt.org 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 www.HelpEmpowerYouth.com.

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, mountainsandriversmc@myfairpoint.net or 802-387-2382.

Miscellanous

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. To that end, if you have a show you want to see considered, please bring several copies of a scene from it. If you just want to come listen, read and share your two-cents worth, that's fine, too. All are welcome. Questions? Annie Landenberger @348-7156; verbatim@svcable.net

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 cal@brookslibraryvt.org.

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 sovtrc@gmail.com for more information.

United Way of Windham County: Recruiting volunteers for their free tax preparation program (VITA). Greeters, schedulers and tax preparers are needed. For more information, call Kate or Victoria at 802-257-4011 or email kate@unitedwaywindham.org.

Seniors

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 Meeting: 6-7 p.m., First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., West Brattleboro.

Al-Anon Group: 7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, on the green, Rt. 30, Newfane. For friends and relatives of alcoholics. Every Monday. Information: VT 866-972-5266 (toll free); www.vermontalanonalateen.org; also, 7:30-9 p.m., in the Parsonage, United Church of Winchester, 97 Main St., Winchester, N.H.

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: kdm01030@yahoo.com.

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: jjjonas@sover.net 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.

Tuesday

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.

Food Shelf Open: 6-7 p.m., Putney Community Center, Christian Square, Putney. Information or to donate: 802-387-8551.

Kids

Boys & Girls Club: 3-6 p.m., 17 Flat St., Brattleboro. Programs, activities, special events and use of facilities available for 10-18 year olds. 5:30 p.m., Free dinner. 6-8 p.m., Older youth drop-in, 15-22 years old. Information: 802-254-5990.

Community Playgroup: 10-11:30 a.m., at Twin Valley Elementary School, Wilmington. For ages 0-5 and their caregivers. Snack provided. Information: Early Education Services, 802-254-3742 ext. 111.

Playgroup: 10-11:30 a.m., Athens Community Church. Free and open to ages 0-5. Led by Early Education Outreach Coordinator. Information: 802-258-1673.

Preschool Story Time: 9:30 a.m., Vernon Free Library. Every other week, call for schedule: 802-257-0150.

Preschool Playgroup: 9:30-11 a.m., Saxtons River Elementary School, in the gym. Birth to age 5. For children and their parents or caregivers. Snacks, stories and seasonally-themed activities. Information: Tracy Binet-Perrin, 603-762-5069.

Storytime: 11 a.m., Guilford Free Library. Cathi Wilken or Laura Lawson Tucker present a program of songs, fingerplays, books and activities for babies, toddlers and older siblings. No charge. Information: 802-254-6545.

EES playgroup: Whitingham Free Public Library, Jacksonville, Tuesdays 10-11:3 a.m. Parents and children ages 0-5 are welcome to join us for crafts and play and with Naomi from Early Education Services. For more information please call 368-7506.

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.

Mind & Body

Brattleboro Walk-In Clinic: 5:30-7 p.m., 81 Belmont Ave. Free health care to those without health insurance. Every Tuesday.

Meditation Sittings: Vermont Insight Meditation Center, 7-7:45 a.m., in the Neighbor's Hall at Solar Hill, 229 Western Ave., Brattleboro. Information and cancellations: Drew, 802-257-1213.

Meditation: 7-8 p.m. every Tuesday, Putney Friends Meeting House, Route 5, Putney. Awakening Through Love, weekly mediation group. Teaching followed by guided meditation. All welcome. Led by Julie Forsythe, a Guiding Teacher in the Foundation for Active Compassion. Handicapped accessible.

Miscellaneous

Dungeons & Dragons: 5:30 p.m., Vernon Free Library. Every Tuesday. New members welcome. Information: 802-257-0150.

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 (inclusioncenter.webs.com) for details on each week's activities.

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.

Table Tennis: The Brattleboro Area Table Tennis Club will be meeting Tuesday nights on the third floor of the Gibson Aiken Center 6 and 8:30 p.m. through April 26. Players of all skill levels are encouraged to attend. The club will have open games and will occasionally provide lessons. Kids welcome on the first Tuesday of the month. For more information, call Sandy Shriver at 802-257-7244, ext. 114 or email ashriver@pottestewartlaw.com. The cost per night is $2 for Brattleboro residents and $3 for non-residents or there is a new 10-session punch card available for $20 and $45.

Skating: The Brattleboro Figure Skating Club will offer classes every Tuesday through March at the Nelson Withington Skating Facility at Living Memorial Park. Classes are as follows: Adult Skating Class and Learn to Skate, 6:15 p.m.; and Production Edge Class, 7:05 p.m.

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 sovtrc@gmail.com for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities: United Way of Windham County is recruiting volunteers to help bring hope to Windham County. Visit www.unitedwaywindham.org and click on Volunteer for opportunities. Information: Victoria Chertok, Volunteer Coordinator, 802-257-4011 or volunteer@unitedwaywindham.org.

United Way of Windham County: Recruiting volunteers for their free tax preparation program (VITA). Greeters, schedulers and tax preparers are needed. For more information, call Kate or Victoria at 802-257-4011 or email kate@unitedwaywindham.org.

Museums

The Col. Ebenezer Hinsdale House: Open every Tuesday 9-11 a.m., 609 Brattleboro Rd., Hinsdale, N.H. Visitors welcome.

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 http://bit.ly/BMLpasses, or call 802-254-5290, press 0.

Seniors

Gentle Yoga for Seniors: 4-5:30 p.m., Putney Cares Activities Barn, 54 Kimball Hill Road, Putney. Tuesdays. Cost: $12 per class. Classes focus on flexibility, balance, and peace of mind. Information: 802-387-5593.

Senior Tennis: 9-11 a.m., at Brattleboro Union High School. All abilities welcome. Offered by the Brattleboro Senior Center. Information: Ruth Lane, 802-254-6772.

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.

RSVP Volunteer Center: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Windham County has a wide 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

Al-Anon: Noon, Brattleboro Retreat (Central Conference Room, through the Main Entrance), Anna Marsh Lane, Brattleboro. For friends and relatives of alcoholics. Every Tuesday. Information: VT 866-972-5266 (toll free); www.vermontalanonalateen.org.

Augustine (SLAA) Fellowship: Tuesdays 7-8:30 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Tyler Conference Room. Information: 802-236-0096 or gordonslaa@yahoo.com.

Bereaved Parents Support Group: 4:30-6:00 p.m., first and third Tuesdays, at Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St. Brattleboro. Information: 802-257-0775.

Bereavement Support: Brattleboro Area Hospice, Brattleboro. For anyone grieving the death of a loved one. Information: 802-257-0775.

Caregivers Support Group: 1-2:30 p.m., Conference Room B, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 17 Belmont Ave. Second and fourth Tuesday each month. Information: Ryan Murphy, 802-257-0775, ext. 106; or Anne Meyer, 802-257-8246 at BMH.

Coming Off Psych Drugs: A mutual support group for anyone thinking about, in the process of, or with experience of withdrawing from or lowering amounts of psychiatric drugs. Meets the first and third Tuesday of every month, 7-8:30 p.m., at The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., Brattleboro. For more information email bratthive@gmail.com, call 802-43-BUZZ-3 or visit hivemutualsupport.net

Dedicated Dads Making a Difference: 9:30-11 a.m., Early Education Services, 130 Birge St., Brattleboro. Free fathers support group. Child care provided. Information: Dave 802-254-3742, ext. 127.

Mothers' Circle: A peer-led gathering for mothers with infants up to 12-months old, is held at the Winston Prouty Center for Child Development in Brattleboro on Tuesdays from 10:45 a.m. to noon. Mothers' Circle is confidential and led by a MotherWoman certified facilitator, and offers space to discuss the challenges of being a parent and the realities of motherhood. Free childcare for older siblings is provided, please call ahead if needed. There is no fee and light refreshments will be available. For any questions please call Amanda Pizzollo at 802-251-2102. Mothers' Circle is sponsored by the Winston Prouty Center for Child Development, It Takes a Village, the Brattleboro Retreat, and the Vermont Department of Health.

Easy Does It: 6 p.m., Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro. AA Beginners' meeting. Information: 802-257-5801.

Nar-Anon Family Groups: 7-8:30 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 17 Belmont Ave., Conference Room One, Brattleboro. Anyone suspecting a problem of drug abuse in their home with a loved one or friend may find this support to be very helpful. Meets every Tuesday. Information: Susan, 802-345-4145. There will be no meeting Tuesday, Nov. 24 due to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. The next meeting will be Dec. 1.

Overeaters Anonymous: 7-8 p.m., Tuesdays, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Brew Barry Conference Center 2, 17 Belmont Ave., Brattleboro. Information: Jain, 802-251-0331.

Paths to Recovery Al-Anon: 6:30-7:30 p.m., every Tuesday, Deerfield Valley Health Center, junction Rte. 9 West and Rte. 100 South, Wilmington.

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.

Wednesday

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 Food Pantry: 6:30-8 p.m., Jamaica Wardsboro Community Food Pantry. Second and last Wednesday each month. Questions or emergencies: Elaine Beckwith at 802-874-7234.

Soup supper in Saxtons River: Every Wednesday from October through April, 5:30-6:30 p.m., the neighborhood is invited to Christ's Church for a free soup supper in the church's dining room. Friends and members make three soups each week, with at least one vegetarian and one gluten-free option, which are served with bread and butter. The meal is free, but donations are appreciated, with all donations going to Our Place Drop-in Center in Bellows Falls. Organizer Wanda Salter is looking for volunteers to host, make soups and wash dishes. She can be reached at 802-869-2582. This is a way for high school students to fulfill their community service hour requirement.

Kids

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.

Free Dinner for Kids: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Boys & Girls Club, 12 Church St., Bellows Falls. Ages 9-18. Every first and third Wednesday. Information: 802-460-4400.

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.

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

Storytime: Conducted at the Dover Free Library in 8-10 week sessions on Wednesdays beginning at 10:30 am. The winter session will begin November 18 and continues through January 6. Storytimes are free, open to the public, and feature a different theme and craft activity each week. For more information about children's programs at the Dover Free Library, visit the library, check the library website: www.doverfreelibrary1913.org or call the librarian – (802) 348-7488.

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.

Mind & body

Meditation Sittings: Vermont Insight Meditation Center, 7-7:45 a.m., in the Neighbor's Hall at Solar Hill, 229 Western Ave., Brattleboro. Information and cancellations: Paul, 802-258-7035.

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

Transcendental Meditation Program: Free introductory lecture on the TM Program by appointment. Information: 603-924-7426. See www.tm.org and www.davidlynchfoundation.org.AA Hotline: Toll free, 1-877-851-0181. AA Hotline: Toll free, 1-877-851-0181.

Yoga Practice: 5:30-7 p.m. Free; donations welcome. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St., Brattleboro, 802-257 4777.

Miscellaneous

AA Big Book Study: New group forming to study the history of AA and the Big Book with the incorporation of Scripture into the discussion. Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. in the conference room at Trinity Lutheran Church, 161 Western Ave., across from Holton Home in Brattleboro. For more information, call 802-254-4220.

The Artist in Each of Us: 10 a.m.-noon, Putney Cares Activities Barn, 54 Kimball Hill Road, 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: 802-722-3607 or wecares2@sover.net; or 802-387-5593 or putneycares@svcable.net.

Knitting Group: 1 p.m., Vernon Free Library. Every Wednesday. Information: 802-257-0150.

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.

Trans Night: 6-8 p.m., at The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., Brattleboro. For trans and gender non-conforming folks of all ages. Facilitated conversation and gathering space. Every last Wednesday of the month. Coordinated by Green Mountain Crossroads. Contact HB Lozito hb@greenmountaincrossroads.org for 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 sovtrc@gmail.com for more information.

United Way of Windham County: Recruiting volunteers for their free tax preparation program (VITA). Greeters, schedulers and tax preparers are needed. For more information, call Kate or Victoria at 802-257-4011 or email kate@unitedwaywindham.org.

Museums

Museum of Windham County: Noon-5 p.m., Wed., Sat., Sun., Museum of the Historical Society of Windham County, Route 30, Newfane Village. Special 2015 exhibit: Covered Bridges by Arthur G. Burton. Ongoing exhibits: Civil War, West River Railroad, The General Store, early settlement of Windham County, also genealogical resources. Free. Information: 802-365-4148, www.historicalsocietyofwindhamcounty.org.

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 http://bit.ly/BMLpasses, or call 802-254-5290, press 0.

Music/Dance

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.

Drum class: African Dance Vermont presents a West African drum class with instructor Raoul Ombang on Wednesdays, 6:15-7:15 p.m. at the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main Street. The cost is $10 and all levels are welcome. Drums are available for those who need one. For more information on dance and drum classes visit www.africandancevt.com and check out African Dance VT on Facebook.

Seniors

RSVP Volunteer Center: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Windham County has a wide 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

Al-Anon: Noon, Turning Point of Windham County, 39 Elm St., Brattleboro (park in the New England Youth Theatre parking lot across the street). For friends and relatives of alcoholics. Every Wednesday. Information: VT 866-972-5266 (toll free); www.vermontalanonalateen.org.

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: Sandra, 802-579-5937.

National Association of Mental Illness: First Wednesday of the month, 6:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., West Brattleboro.

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. Information: Ann, 603-762-6061.

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.

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.

Spouse/Partner Loss Support Group: 5-6:30 p.m., Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St., Brattleboro. Second and fourth Wednesdays. Information: 802-257-0775.

Women's AA: The women's AA group has reformed under new leadership. The group meets Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. in the conference room at Trinity Lutheran Church, 161 Western Ave., across from Holton Home in Brattleboro. For more information, call 802-254-4220.

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.

Worn Again Thrift Shop: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Edmund's 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.

Thursday

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., 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.

Kids

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 www.HelpEmpowerYouth.com.

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.

Miscellaneous

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.

Skating: The Brattleboro Figure Skating Club will offer classes every Thursday through March at the Nelson Withington Skating Facility at Living Memorial Park. Classes are as follows: Learn to Skate, 5:30 p.m.; Freestyle Ice Time, 6:20 p.m.; and Production Edge Class, 7:10 p.m.

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 ed.liebfried@gmail.com 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: brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org.

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 sovtrc@gmail.com for more information.

United Way of Windham County: Recruiting volunteers for their free tax preparation program (VITA). Greeters, schedulers and tax preparers are needed. For more information, call Kate or Victoria at 802-257-4011 or email kate@unitedwaywindham.org.

Museums

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; histsoc@sover.net; brattleborohistoricalsociety.org.

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 histsoc@sover.net.

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 http://bit.ly/BMLpasses, 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, info@tashatudormuseum.org.

Music/Dance

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: www.kevinparrymusic.com.

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 www.brattleboro.org.

Seniors

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.

Senior Tennis: 9-11 a.m., at Living Memorial Park, courts next to skating rink, Brattleboro. All abilities welcome. Offered by the Brattleboro Senior Center. Information: Ruth Lane, 802-254-6772.

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

Al-Anon: 7 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Tyler Conference Center, 17 Belmont Ave. For friends and relatives of alcoholics. Every Thursday. Information: VT 866-972-5266 (toll free); www.vermontalanonalateen.org.

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.

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.

Friday

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.

Kids

Boys & Girls Club: 3-6 p.m., 17 Flat St., Brattleboro, ages 10-18. 5:30 p.m., Free dinner. Friday Teen Night, 6-11 p.m., for grades 7 through 18 year olds. Bands, DJs, skate jams, and movies. Information: 802-254-5990.

Community Playgroup: 10-11:30 a.m., at Whitingham Public Library. For ages 0-5 and their caregivers. Snack provided. Information: Early Education Services, 802-254-3742 ext. 111.

KidsPlayce Healthy Snack & Story Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m. every Friday, 20 Elliot Street, with a volunteer from the Brattleboro Food Co-op. Free and open participation during the Co-op hour, but KidsPlayce fees apply if you want to stay and play.

Putney Playgroup: 10:30 a.m.-noon, Putney Public Library, 55 Main St., Putney. For parents or caregivers with children ages 0-2. Storytime, songs. Every Friday. Free. Offered by the Library in partnership with Putney Family Services. Information: 802-387-4407 or putpub@svcable.net.

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

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.

Mind & Body

Acupuncture Clinic: 2-6 p.m., Medicine for the People, 125 Main St., Putney. Community clinic. Call ahead for appointment, 802-387-3028. Sliding scale.

Healing Walk: 4-6 p.m., Manitou. Meditative walk includes poems or other readings, and chances to share. Rain or shine. 300 Sunset Lake Road, go 1.4 miles up Sunset Lake Road from Williamsville Village, sign on right; or approximately 5 miles over the top on Sunset Lake Road from Rt. 9. Meet at the parking lot at 4 p.m. Information: Fred Taylor at rtaylor@antioch.edu, or 802-387-2681.

Meditation: 7:30-8:45 a.m., Biologic Wellness Center, Merchants Bank, 205 Main St., Brattleboro. Mountains and Rivers Mindfulness Community. Free mindfulness class. Wheelchair accessible. Information: 802-387-2382.

Meditation Sitting: Vermont Insight Meditation Center, 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. Fridays, in Neighbors' Hall, Solar Hill, 229 Western Avenue, Brattleboro.

Miscellaneous

Inclusion Center: 12:30 - 4 p.m., St. Michael's Episcopal Church. The Inclusion Center is a free, drop-in, activity center for and by all people with disabilities and interested community members. Activities include creating music videos, presentations on a wide range of topics, games, art and silliness. Visit our website (inclusioncenter.webs.com) for details on each week's activities.

Friday Night Group: 7-8:30 p.m., at The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., Brattleboro. For LGBTQ-identified youth ages 13-22. Facilitated by two trained LGBTQ adults. Last Friday each month. Free pizza. Sponsored by Green Mountain Crossroads in collaboration with Outright Vermont.

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.

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 sovtrc@gmail.com for more information.

United Way of Windham County: Recruiting volunteers for their free tax preparation program (VITA). Greeters, schedulers and tax preparers are needed. For more information, call Kate or Victoria at 802-257-4011 or email kate@unitedwaywindham.org.

Museums

Brattleboro History Center: 2-4 p.m., Brattleboro Historical Society's new History Center, 196 Main St., Masonic Center. Play an Estey Field Organ made in Brattleboro. November 1895 Vt. Phoenix weeklies. Video/diorama of West River Railroad. Information on Crosby, Estey, and Moody families. Information: 802-258-4957 or histsoc@sover.net.

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 http://bit.ly/BMLpasses, or call 802-254-5290, press 0.

Seniors

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.

Thrift shops

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.

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.

Worn Again Thrift Shop: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., St. Edmund's 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.

Saturday

Food & Shelter

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

Kids

Boys & Girls Club: 2-7 p.m., 17 Flat St., Brattleboro, ages 10-18. 5:30 p.m., Free dinner. Information: 802-254-5990.

Craft and Story Time: Whitingham Free Public Library in Jacksonville, Saturdays at 11 a.m. Children of all ages are welcome to join Amanda, Youth Service Librarian, for crafts, stories, games and other activities. For more information please call 368-7506.

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

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

Miscellaneous

Free fix it service: Reduce – re-use – recycle – REPAIR. We all have tools and skills to share. Bring something broken and we'll see. In any case, the work is FREE. (That part at least, I guarantee!). Bring something that needs fixing, stick around to talk or help. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon, maybe later, at 16 Washington Street, Brattleboro.

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.

Swap Program: The Swap Program at the Windham Solid Waste Management District is open every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Information: www.windhamsolidwaste.org, e-mail questions to swapshop@windhamsolidwaste.org.

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 sovtrc@gmail.com for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities: United Way of Windham County is recruiting volunteers to help bring hope to Windham County. Visit www.unitedwaywindham.org and click on Volunteer for opportunities. Information: Victoria Chertok, Volunteer Coordinator, 802-257-4011 or volunteer@unitedwaywindham.org.

museums

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

Brattleboro History Center: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Brattleboro Historical Society's new History Center, 196 Main St., Masonic Center. Series of changing exhibits. Fort Dummer replica, facts about artifacts; old signs, maps, prescriptions, gowns. Information: 802-258-4957 or histsoc@sover.net.

BMAC Exhibits Open: Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 10 Vernon St., Brattleboro. "Jim Dine: People, Places, Things"; "Art & Computer/Time"; "Close to Home: New Pastels" by Ray Ruseckas; "Threaded Dances" by Debra Bermingham; and "Expanded Forms" Rodrigo Nava. Through Oct. 25, except "Art & Computer/Time." Members: Free, Adults: $8, Seniors: $6, Youth 18 and under: Free, Students: $4. Open daily 11 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Tuesdays. Information: 802-257-0124, www.brattleboromuseum.org.

Brooks Memorial Library: 224 Main St., Brattleboro. Check out free museum passes to 16 local area museums: BMAC, Tasha Tudor, MASS MoCA, VINS, Eric Carle, Smith College, Shelburne, Bennington, Echo Lake, Vt. State Park passes and more. Click on button "Tixkeeper Museum Passes" at http://brookslibraryvt.org/borrow/museum-passes or call 802-254-5290, ext. 0.

Gift shop: The Walpole Historical Society Museum and Gift Shop are open every Saturday noon to 4 p.m. This year's exhibits center on "Walpole Short Stories." The piano in the museum's main gallery is the one lent to Louisa May Alcott when her family summered here. The bicycle of Dr. William Tatem, a country doctor who made house calls any time day or night, is upstairs on display. Visitors will also see a photograph of Walpole's turn of the century fire department. Located on Main Street with parking up the hill behind the Museum.

Museum of Windham County: Noon-5 p.m., Wed., Sat., Sun., Museum of the Historical Society of Windham County, Route 30, Newfane Village. Special 2015 exhibit: Covered Bridges by Arthur G. Burton. Ongoing exhibits: Civil War, West River Railroad, The General Store, early settlement of Windham County, also genealogical resources. Free. Information: 802-365-4148, www.historicalsocietyofwindhamcounty.org.

Seniors

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

Al-Anon: 3 p.m., St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Ave. at Putney Road (side entrance to lower level), Brattleboro. For friends and relatives of alcoholics. Every Saturday. Information: VT 866-972-5266 (toll free); www.vermontalanonalateen.org.

Debtors Anonymous: For people that suffer from compulsive spending, chronic under earning. constant credit card debt, IRS problems, terminal vagueness about money and other financial issues. Debt coaches available. Meets every Saturday, 10 a.m., at the Turning Point at 39 Elm in Brattleboro. Coffee is free.

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.

Worn Again Thrift Shop: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Edmund's 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.

Sunday

Food & Shelter

Free meal: The West Brattleboro Baptist Church continues to provide a free community meal on the last Sunday of each month, from noon to 2 p.m. This is open to the public and all are welcome to attend at 979 Western Avenue, West Brattleboro.

Mind & Body

Sitting and Walking Meditation Practice: 10 a.m.-noon, Vermont Insight Meditation Center, in Neighbor's Hall, Solar Hill, Brattleboro. For everyone. Paul Rodrigue will lead the practice.

Miscellaneous

Hinsdale Farmers' Market: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Millstream Riverfront Park, Route 119, downtown Hinsdale, N.H. Live entertainment and demonstrations. Products from local growers, harvesters, bakers, prepared food vendors, artisans and crafters. Information or to become a vendor, visit www.hinsdalefarmers.com or e-mail hinsdalefarmers@gmail.com.

Volunteer Opportunities: United Way of Windham County is recruiting volunteers to help bring hope to Windham County. Visit www.unitedwaywindham.org and click on Volunteer for opportunities. Information: Victoria Chertok, Volunteer Coordinator, 802-257-4011 or volunteer@unitedwaywindham.org.

Museums

Museum of Windham County: Noon-5 p.m., Wed., Sat., Sun., Museum of the Historical Society of Windham County, Route 30, Newfane Village. Special 2015 exhibit: Covered Bridges by Arthur G. Burton. Ongoing exhibits: Civil War, West River Railroad, The General Store, early settlement of Windham County, also genealogical resources. Free. Information: 802-365-4148, www.historicalsocietyofwindhamcounty.org.

Vernon Historical Museum: 2-4 p.m., 4201 Fort Bridgman Road (Rte. 142). Open Sundays through September and by appointment. Information: Peg Frost, 802-254-2263.

Seniors

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

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


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