Around Windham County
In Bellows FallsŠ
YOUTH PROGRAMS: The Rockingham Library has announce several youth programs beginning in February. The library hosts weekly storytimes Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. for toddlers and preschoolers, and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. for babies up to 24 months. Lego Club is a monthly get together for children of all ages to practice building projects around different themes. Family Fun Nights are evening programs for the whole family.
For teens, a weekly game night is held on Fridays at 5:30 p.m. for ages 13 and up. In March, the library is holding a Teen Tech Week Digital Scavenger Hunt, where participants can win prizes for completing web-based tasks.
There are also monthly meetings of the Teen Advisory Council, so teens themselves can determine what programs the library offers. To participate in any of the upcoming teen programs, contact youth services librarian Sam Maskell at 802-463-4270 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pick up a calendar of upcoming events on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the library’s celebration of the Second Annual "Bring Your Child to the Library Day," where there will be games, puzzles, Lego Club, and face painting.
For further information, visit rockinghamlibrary.org, the library’s Facebook page, or sign up for the library’s monthly email newsletter.
TIME TRADE: Brattleboro Time Trade will meet on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Room 2 East of the Marlboro Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St.
The meeting will feature the election of the Time Trade Board for 2013 by its members. It will also include a keynote address by Marlboro College instructor, Meg Mott. She will speak about the comparisons between Time Trade and the localvore movement and how they return us to very simple transactions that perhaps can replace exploitative relationships with ones of interdependence.
In addition to BTT members, the public is also welcome to attend this free event to learn more about the progress of the BTT over the past year. There will be light refreshments, and Time Trade members are welcome to bring a finger food offering in exchange for Time Trade hours.
For more information, call the Time Trade office 802-246-1199. Office hours: Monday, 9 a.m to 6 p.m., Wednesday, noon to 6 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
PROGRAMMING FOR KIDS: "Teaching Kids to Program" is an introductory workshop for teachers, parents and librarians who aren’t programmers. The workshop will be held at Marlboro College Graduate School in Brattleboro on Tuesday, Jan. 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Use of the participants’ own computers is encouraged, but not necessary. This workshop is free to the public. Children under 13 require parental supervision. To register, visit hotjanuary.eventbrite.com.
Will DeBock will facilitate this hands-on-workshop and will demonstrate a number of different programming platforms including MIT’s Scratch, Carnegie Mellon’s Alice, and Codecademy.com. He is a Marlboro College double alumnus. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Marlboro College in 1987 and his master’s degree in Technology Management from Marlboro’s Graduate School in 1998. Since then he has worked for Marlboro, been a vice president for Kaplan University and the founder of its Innovations Lab. Currently, DeBock is a Senior Instructional Designer at Southern New Hampshire University.
MONDAY NIGHT MOVIE: The Dover Free Library will present the feature film "In Darkness" on Monday, Jan. 28, at 6 p.m. The film will run for 2 hours and 24 minutes and is rated R.
Directed by Agnieszka Holland, "In Darkness" is based on a true story. Leopold Socha, a sewer worker and petty thief in Lvov, a Nazi occupied city in Poland, one day encounters a group of Jewish people trying to escape the liquidation of the ghetto. He hides them for money in the labyrinth of the town’s sewers beneath the bustling activity of the city above. The film is also an extraordinary story of survival as these men, women and children all try to outwit certain death during 14 months of ever increasing and intense danger.
This event is free and open to the public. For information, call 802-348-7488.
ZENTANGLE WORKSHOP: Discover Zentangle: Art as Meditation Workshop in Putney on Sunday, Jan. 27. Zentangle is an easy-to-learn method of creating beautiful images from structured patterns. Zentangle helps increase focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of personal well being and calm.
A practice for both the non-artist and artist alike, if a person can write their name, they can create magical art. This will be an opportunity to take a class and experience this meditative art form.
The workshop will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Putney Cares Barn, 54 Kimball Hill Road, in Putney.
The cost is $35 per person and will include a starter materials kit. To register or to learn about Zentangle call 802-451-9291 or contact Ann Coakley at www.tanglevermont.com or email@example.com.
In Saxtons River...
UKULELE WORKSHOP: Ben Carr is offering a ukulele workshop at Main Street Arts Sunday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fans of the "jumping flea" of all skill levels are welcome, with the workshop geared towards the beginner and intermediate. Participants will learn about the history of the instrument, basic playing techniques, tuning, strumming, chords and fingerings.
Carr is a southern Vermont-based musician and music educator. He is currently involved in the second year of the James Hill "Ukulele Initiative" teacher certification program.
The fee for the workshop is $24 for members and $32 for non-members. Registration is required. Call 802-869-2960 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Windham County...
FREE TAX HELP: Free tax assistance through the AARP Tax-Aide Program is once again available in Windham County starting early February and continuing through the week of April 15.
AARP Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service available to all low and middle income taxpayers, but with a special emphasis on those aged 60 and older.
This year tax assistance will be offered at the Bellows Falls Senior Center, the Brattleboro Senior Center, both the VFW and the Community Bible Chapel in Brattleboro, and the Jacksonville Municipal Center. Watch the calendar listings for exact times and dates.
Tax-Aide volunteers are trained through a joint program with the IRS and must pass a rigorous exam to qualify as a Tax-Aide counselor. Counselors are certified to assist in preparing and filing the 1040 personal income tax forms, including itemized deductions, as well as simple business forms.
All information is strictly confidential and kept using secure means approved by AARP and the IRS. Watch for additional information on specific site locations, scheduling appointments and information to bring to your appointment.
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