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In Bellows Falls...
WILDLIFE AT THE LIBRARY: Many animals are specially adapted to survive winter. While some animals hibernate, others have evolved to thrive in the Vermont cold. To learn more about adaptation and survival, the Rockingham Library is hosting a talk with Peter Smith, mammalogist, about smaller winter wildlife on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m.
Minks, weasels, and fisher cats are a few of the lesser known smaller mammals that Smith will cover in this special school vacation week program. There will not be live animals, only "study skins" on display.
This program is free and open to people of all ages with light refreshments provided. The Library is located at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls. For more information, call 802-463-4270, visit rockinghamlibrary.org, or connect on Facebook at facebook.com/RockinghamLibrary.
AUTISM SUPPORT: The Autism Support Group that had been meeting the third Thursday of each month at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital will be taking the winter months off. It will be starting up again in the spring.
BCTV MEETING: The Board of Directors of Brattleboro Community Television, Inc. will hold its monthly meeting in Hanna Cosman Room of the Municipal Center at 230 Main St. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. Members of the public are welcome to attend. For information, call 802-257-0888.
BHA CLOSED: The offices of the Brattleboro Housing Authority will be closed on Thursday, Feb. 21, until 1:30 p.m.
COIN CLUB ENDS: The Tri-State Coin & Currency Club which normally meets the third Thursday of each month at the Brattleboro Savings & Loan has been canceled for the month of February and will be canceled indefinitely.
For further information, call Jim at 802-380-2319.
LIBRARY EVENTS: The Dover Free Library’s programs planned for the Winter Break Fun Week at the Library through Feb. 22 include:
-- Mad Science Radical Robots. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 6:30 p.m., This "Mad Science" workshop is a hands-on science experience for the budding scientist. Explore the world of robotics with experiments and take home science treasure as part of this program designed for ages 6 and up. Although the program is free, registration is required, space is limited.
-- Pajama Party Storytime, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 10:30 a.m. Wear pajamas and bring a favorite teddy bear to this story and craft time designed for children ages 3-9. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Milk and cookies provided. The spring preschool storytime program will continue every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. through April 10.
-- Crafternoon at the Library will be held Wednesday, Feb. 20, 1 to 3 p.m. Crafters ages 9 and up, call to register to reserve a spot.
-- Family Movie Night: "Peter Pan," Friday, Feb. 22, at 6:30 p.m. Disney’s re-release of "Peter Pan," rated G, will be shown in the library’s Community Room on the big screen. Door prizes and popcorn will be provided. Those attending may come dressed as their favorite character.
Some programs may require registration. All programs are free and held at the library. Visit the website, www.doverfreelibrary1913.org, or call the library at 802-348-7488.
ONE-DAY MUSEUM CAMPS: The Nature Museum at Grafton will offer three one-day school vacation camps on Feb. 19, 20, and 21, for children ages 3 to 11.
Six- to 8-year-olds will explore the subnivean world with "The Snow’s My Home" on Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities will start indoors, then move outdoors for some fast-moving animal games. Bring a bag lunch and a refillable water bottle. This camp costs $38 for Nature Museum members and $40 for non-members.
Find out how the food chain changes as snow carpets the ground with "Where, Oh Where, Is My Dinner?" on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eight- to 11-year-olds will experience the winter hunting techniques of local predators. Bring a bag lunch and refillable water bottle. Nature Museum members pay $38 and non-members pay $40 for this camp.
On Thursday, Feb. 21, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., preschoolers will learn about "Cozy Winter Homes." The group will hear "The Mitten" by Jan Brett, discover where animals sleep in winter through indoor and outdoor games, and build their own fairy igloo castles. This Mighty Acorns Preschool Explorers Club program is for children ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers. It is free to Museum members and costs $7 per child for non-members.
Dress for the outdoors for all of these camps. Advance registration is required by visiting www.nature-museum.org or calling The Nature Museum at 802-843-2111.
COMMUNITY DINNER: A dinner for the community will be held at noon on Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Townshend Church, sponsored by Senior Solutions. The suggested donation is $3 for people over 60 years, $4 for all others.
Free blood pressure screening will be available from 11:30 a.m. provided by Visiting Nurses of VT/NH. Everyone is invited and welcome.
In West Brattleboro...
WINTER CAMP: Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center in West Brattleboro is hosting its Winter Explorers Vacation Camp from Feb. 19 to 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All students in grades 1 through 4 are welcome. Attend for one day or all four. Topics include: Exploring and building winter shelters; creating edible crafts for wild animals at BEEC and near your home; becoming a nature detective by tracking winter animals; and exploring animals’ winter survival strategies.
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