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Nature days

On Tuesday, March 3, and Monday, March 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center is hosting "Nature Days," childcare for teacher in-service days and selected holidays, for children in grades 1 to 5. Adventures may include learning how to make snow forts strong enough for winter survival, following the tracks of an animal, and sledding down Heifer Hill. The cost for members is $35 a day and $45 for non-members. For more information and to register viist www.beec.org, email beec@sover.net or call 802-257-5785.

Media exploration

Photographer Evie Lovett will speak at the March New England Adobe User Group about her own work, and the work she does with local students, using media as a tool for exploration of self and community. This event will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, at Marlboro College Graduate Center, 2nd Floor, 28 Vernon Street. There is no fee for attendance. All are welcome to attend. For more information, email Marjorie Ray at codewryter@gmail.com.

State budget

Vermont State Rep. Matt Trieber invites the public to meet with him Tuesday, March 3, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the meeting room of the Rockingham Free Public Library to discuss proposed reductions to the state budget. In a recent meeting of the Vermont House Appropriations committee, the Secretary of Administration and the Commissioner of Finance and Management presented a list of possible areas for cutting. They included $2.8 million from the arts and humanities; $2 million from the veterans' home; $13 million from human services; and $830,000 from education. Funding would be eliminated for the Governor's Institutes, the Vermont Commission on Women, the Vermont Council on the Arts, the Vermont Historical Society and the Vermont Department of Travel and Tourism. In addition, the Vermont state prison at Windsor would be closed. The idea of having toll booths on I-89 has been proposed as a source of revenue. Trieber can be reached at (802) 376-1134 or matrieber@gmail.com.

Community dinner

The community is invited to dinner at noon on Thursday, March 4, at the Townshend Church. The meal is sponsored by Senior Solutions. The suggested donation for people 60 and older is $3.50, all others $4. Everyone is welcome.

Senior lunch

The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon, on Friday, March 6, at the Guilford Community Church. The menu includes creamy ham and noodle casserole, bread and pickles, with impossible cherry dessert. A donation of $3.50 for seniors is asked. Books will be available on loan from the Guilford Free Library. Blood pressure checks courtesy of Guilford Cares. The second installment of the Vermont Story will be shown at 1 p.m. For more information and to make reservations, call 802-254-9774 no later than Wednesday, March 4.

Candidate forum

The Hinsdale Lions Club will be sponsoring a Meet the Candidates Forum starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday March 4, at the Millstream Community Center, 19 Main Street. Candidates for the contested town races are invited to participate. Anyone interested in learning about the candidates is also invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. Voters with questions for the candidates may forward them to hinsdalenhlions@gmail.com for inclusion in the discussions. Contested races exist for one- and two-year Board of Selectman positions, Planning Board positions and Board of Adjustment.

Mental health

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont will sponsor the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program specifically for family members, partners and significant others of individuals with major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The 12-week series of classes will start on March 5, meeting once a week for 12-weeks from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The course is free and is made possible in part by a grant from the Department of Mental Health. For more information or to register, call Carla Vecchione, Program Director at 800-639-6480, ext. 102 or email program@namivt.org.

Good choices

Guiding Good Choices is a free, interactive, five-session, two-hour-long course for parents and caregivers of 4th to 8th grade children. The series provides the tools and strategies to meet the challenges of guiding your child through adolescence. The course covers setting clear guidelines with both positive and negative consequences, controlling and expressing anger constructively, promoting family bonds, and preparing kids with "refusal" skills for the time down the road when trouble may tempt them.

Guiding Good Choices will be held on Wednesdays, March 11 through April 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Brattleboro Area Middle School. Dinner is provided. Childcare is offered upon request. Stipends are provided to those who complete the series. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit WindhamParentingEd.org or call 802-257-2175.

Help the Heat Fund

The Windham County Heat Fund is now in its 11th season. The fund provides fuel for those who need help. The Heat Fund is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit so all donations are tax deductible. Every penny collected is used for the fuel. Checks may be made out to the Windham County Heat Fund and sent to c/o Richard Davis, 679 Weatherhead Hollow Road, Guilford, VT 05301 or make a donation at Brattleboro Savings & Loan, 221 Main St. in Brattleboro.


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