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Winter break

Dover: The Dover Free Library offers a number of free programs for kids and families during the Winter Break Fun Week, Feb. 15 to 20. Some programs may require registration. All programs are free and held at the library. Visit our website www.doverfreelibrary1913.org , call the library at 802-348-7488 or stop by and pick up a schedule for more details and to register. Events include storytime, a pizza party, a wildlife tracking workshop, a Lego Challenge, a Star Wars movie event and open table games.

Energy efficiency

Bellows Falls: On Feb. 17 at 7 p.m., Mark Kelly of Efficiency Vermont will speak about PACE, including providing the capital and processing of all applications, billing and payments, at the Rockingham Public Library. Laurie Fielder and Lisa Di Bernardo of Vermont State Employee Credit Union will speak to the benefits of the Heat Saver Loan. For more information, call 802-463-4270, email programming@rockinghamlibrary.org, go to www.rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the Library at 65 Westminster St.

African dance

Brattleboro: On Feb. 17, from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m., African Dance Vermont presents West African dance class with Raoul Ombang at 74 Cotton Mill Hill, No. 346. Sliding scale cost $8 to $20. For more information, visit sobodance.com/contact-us. For more information on dance and drum classes, visit www.africandancevt.com and find African Dance VT on Facebook.

Permaculture

Dummerston: Transition Dummerston hosts an encore presentation of "Inhabit: a Permaculture Perspective," on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Southeast Vermont Learning Collaborative. First of a two part series, with discussion to follow on Feb. 26. For information, call Bill at 802-257-1020 or Susal at 802-275-7449.

Maya Angelou

Bellows Falls: The Rockingham Public Library will host a discussion of the life and works of Maya Angelou on Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. with Vermont Humanities Council Scholar Deborah Lee Luskin. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-463-4270 or email programming@rockinghamlibrary.org.

Pre-Town Meeting meeting

Guilford: The Guilford pre-town meeting and meet the candidates event is Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. School Board and Selectboard present their budgets and answer questions about proposed articles. Meet the candidates for town and school boards, including possible write-in candidates. Refreshments. Sponsored by and held at Broad Brook Grange.

Exploring herbs

Brattleboro: Kids can become an herbal tea taste-tester with herbalist Susan E. Stanton at the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom on Feb. 18. Free, registration required at 802-246-2821 or msbfc@sover.net. Choose between 1 to 2 p.m. or 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Tech meeting

Brattleboro: Michael Knapp, CEO of Green River, will speak at the Feb. 18 meeting of Brattleboro Area Tech. The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. and is hosted by Green River in its offices at 167 Main Street, Suite 103. Green River builds software for sustainability, environmental protection, school improvement, and public health. For more information, contact Bob Lawson at bob@lawsontechconsult.com, 802-490-8409 or Caleb Clark, Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies, at 917-703-5580 or cclark@gradschool.marlboro.edu.

Senior lunch

Townshend: Everyone is invited to dinner at noon on Feb. 18, at the Townshend Church. The meal is sponsored by Senior Solutions. Suggested donation for people 60 years and up is $3.50; all others $4.50. Take-outs will be available. Free blood pressure screening will be provided by the VT-NH Visiting Nurses Associaion, starting at 11:30. All are welcome.

Veterans disability

Brattleboro: Katelyn Atwood, of the Vermont Veterans Legal Assistance Project and Tom French, a local attorney, will give a talk on Veterans' disability claims at the American Legion Post No. 5 on Linden Street on Feb. 18 starting at noon. They will go over the basic components of a service-connected disability claim, as well as how to file, what forms to fill out, and what evidence to gather to make a case. They will also talk briefly about how a disability claim moves through the Veterans Administration. They will also talk about non-service connected pension, which is available to low to moderate income veterans who have disabilities not connected with their military service. Pension is filed through different offices in the VA than a disability claim, so they will give the basics of who is eligible, how to file, and where to file. The talk is open to the public.

Senior meal

Halifax: Senior meal is Friday Feb. 19 at the community hall located at 20 Brook Road in W. Halifax. Lunch is served at noon and the menu is: Peach or Pear with cottage cheese, beef stew, johnny cake, rolls and a Valentine dessert. All seniors are welcome. A call to Joan is appreciated, 802-368-7733.

Wind power

Grafton: On Feb. 19, in the Homestead Room, Grafton Inn at 6:30 p.m., Grafton Woodlands Group will host Dr. Sandy Reider, who will present "Wind Turbines and Health Effects." Free and open to the public.

Morning concert

Brattleboro: On Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. at the Gibson Aiken Center, Bill Shontz will present a children's concert. The cost is $3 per person, 60 and older free.

Celtic music

Townshend: There will be Celtic Music at the West Townshend Pizza Night on Feb. 19. Pizza making begins at 5 p.m. Build your own pizza, at $10 a pie, from a number of tasty ingredients. Beer, wine and other refreshments are also available. Music starts at 6:30 and features Fahey's Fields, a group of local musicians playing music of the British Isles.

Environmentalism

Brattleboro: On Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Marlboro Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., the Windham World Affairs Council presents Paul Morgan, Ph.D., who will speak on"The Paris Climate Agreement: Emissions Accomplished?" Coffee/tea/conversation will precede Dr. Morgan's talk at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.windhamworldaffairscouncil.org.

Cabin fever

Brattleboro: On Feb. 19, from 5 to 8 p.m., Strolling of the Heifers presents Cabin Fever — a festive food and drink tasting event to kick off Harris Hill Ski Jump weekend, taking place at the River Garden in downtown Brattleboro. Live music will be provided by Kevin Schnell and The Grave Diggers Union, and the Stroll's art gallery, Gallery at the Garden, will be open, featuring an exhibit of oil and watercolor paintings by Crystal Bartlett, and acrylics by Steven Meyer. Admission is $20 and entitles you to sample all food and drink. (Alcoholic beverage samples are restricted to persons 21 or older.)

Social + Local

Brattleboro: Claire Wheeler presents a one-day workshop open to the public at the Marlboro Graduate Center on "Social Enterprise in Vermont, Using Business for Good." The workshop will introduce basic concepts about various corporate structures, and also include a panel of Marlboro alumni who are local entrepreneurs. They will speak to the overall benefits and limitations of the various legal structures and mechanisms their companies use to deliver their missions, including instances when tension arises between the profit-motive and mission-motive of the company. Panelists include John Tedesco, Stacy Metzger, Noah Fishman, Alex Fischer, and Kevin Lehman. Space is limited, and registration is available now at http://bit.ly/socloc2016. Hillary Boone can be contacted at hboone@marlboro.edu.

Wagging tales

Putney: On Feb . 20, at 2 p.m., the Putney Library will host a reading with dogs session. Meet Gallant, Honey Loring's beautiful and kid-friendly Standard Poodle and Librarian Emily Zervas will read a dog-related story and then kids can take turns reading to Gallant.

Food and fiber

Brattleboro: Learn about eating whole foods, identifying processed foods, and incorporating more fiber in the diet by making simple changes in our daily food choices and also learn how to read and interpret ingredient labels.Taught by Robin Matathias on Feb. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room. Free, registration requested at 802-246-2821 or msbfc@sover.net.

Beef stew

North Hinsdale, N.H.: The North Hinsdale Community Church will host a beef stew dinner on Feb. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children. The church is located at 105 Meeting House Road. For more information, call 603-256-6930 or visit nhcc.hinsdalenh@gmail.com.

Hope and Action

Townshend: The Community Hope and Action group of Townshend will be hosting a free supper and concert on Feb. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Townshend Town Hall. This month's event will feature a performance by the Bills Band and a tasting of syrups from Vermont and beyond. This is an alcohol-free, family friendly event with childcare provided. Bring a potluck appetizer or dessert to share with your friends and neighbors, new and old. Volunteers will provide the main meal and beverages.

Frame by frame

Brattleboro: On Feb. 20, there will be a showing of "Frame by Frame," to benefit the In-Sight Photography Project, at the Latchis Theatre starting at 7 p.m. The suggested donation is $10 in support of In-Sight's Exposures Cross-Cultural Youth Arts Program.

Animal tracking

Marlboro: On Feb. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon, George Leoniak will lead an animal tracking hike on the north side of the Hogback Mountain Conservation Area, looking for animal tracks and other signs of wildlife. Limited to 15 people; sign up in advance by emailing hogbackvt@gmail.com. Children under 14 welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. No dogs. Bring snowshoes if the snow is deep. Meet in the big parking lot on the north side of Route 9 just past the gift shop.

Circle dance

Brattleboro: There will be a circle dance at the Aikido Studio on Feb. 21 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., led by Mary Koon and Floyd Guyette. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated. Information: Parker Huber 802-257-9108 or Mary Ellen Cannon, 603-631-0768.

Shape note

Brattleboro: On Feb. 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, there will be a participatory shape note singing event, open to all ages.

Cheese sampling

Brattleboro: Try free samples and learn about different families of cheeses with the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cheese Department on Feb. 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. Free, in the store.

Type 2 Diabetes

Whitingham: On Feb. 21 the Whitingham Free Public Library and Halifax Community Club host Gretchen Becker, who will discuss "Taking Charge of Your Type 2 Diabetes." The Whitingham Free Public Library is located at 2948 VT Route 100 in Jacksonville. For more information, contact Linda Lyon at LindaALyon@gmail.com or 802-368-2211.

Table Rock

Bellows Falls: The postponed film "The View From Table Rock" at Rockingham Library has been rescheduled for Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. This documentary film by Lyle Sorensen begins with a look at two antique Bird's Eye View lithographs depicting Bellows Falls from Fall Mountain in the 1800s. The film will be followed by a discussion with videographer Sorensen and local resident Marguerite Janiszyn. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-463-4270, email programming@rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the Rockingham Library at 65 Westminster St.

WWII incarceration

Marlboro: Marlboro College presents "Bend," Kim Maeda's multimedia solo performance piece that tells the true story of two men incarcerated in a "Japanese American Relocation Camp" during World War II, on Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Whittemore Theater. Free and open to the public.

Conservation workshop

Dummerston: The Dummerston Conservation Commission and the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center will sponsor a four-part series, "Biological Communities, Their Ecology and Conservation," with biologist Bob Engel, at The Learning Collaborative, 471 Rte. 5. The workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on consecutive Mondays: Feb. 22 and 29, March 7 and 14. Cost for the workshop is $15 a session or $50 for all four. To register, call 802-254-1343 or email janemichaud29@hotmail.com.

Movie night

Dover: On Feb. 22, the Dover Free Library presents the feature film Walk in the Woods, starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte and Emma Thompson, starting at 6:30 p.m. Rated R.

Kids cooking

Brattleboro: Join Karina Rojas-Flores as she shares two of her favorite recipes from her native Peru on Feb. 23 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom. Free, registration requested at 802-246-2821 or msbfc@sover.net.

Auditions

Guilford: There will be auditions on Feb. 23 for Guilford Center Stage 2016 season, opening show one-acts by Michael Nethercott. Male/female actors late teens to 60 and older. Prepare or bring a dramatic reading, 30 seconds to one minute. Stage helpers needed, too. For information, call 802-380-2184 or email micott@comcast.net. Come anytime during the session between 3 and 5 p.m. at the Broad Brook Grange.

Wandering

Putney: On Feb. 23 starting at 7 p.m. at the Putney Public Library, Kathy Torrey will sing and play traditional Hebridean folk songs, tell stories of her travels, and show images and film footage from her journeys. This program is free and open to the public.

End of the line

Brattleboro: The Climate Change Café will screen "The End of the Line" on Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Library. As always, the Café is free, and light refreshments will be available. "The End of the Line" is the true story of citizens successfully opposing fracked gas pipelines. For more information, contact Tim at 802-869-2141 or info@postoilsolutions.org.

Liberty Mill

Bellows Falls: Citizens in Rockingham and surrounding areas are encouraged to come out to a second community forum hosted by the ad hoc citizen's group, Voices for Rockingham on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Wyndham Antique Center on the Square in Bellows Falls. This will be a follow up meeting to discuss the latest developments in the Liberty Mill Justice Center project. Discussion will also center on results of the structural report, alternative ideas/plans for the building or property, and a listing of next steps for the community group.

Share a story

Putney: Do you have a story to tell that involves magic? Kids and adults are invited to tell their kid-appropriate, five-minute story to an appreciative after school audience on Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. at The Putney Public Library. Call or email the library to sign up at 802-387-4407 or putpub@svcable.net. This program is free and open to the public.

African dance

Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents West African dance class for all featuring Pape Ba on Feb. 24 from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at 74 Cotton Mill Hill, No. 346. Sliding scale, $15 to 20. All levels are welcome. Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothingand bring a water bottle. Class will be accompanied by live drumming.

PlantPure

Brattleboro: Bring a totally plant-based dish to share (no meat, fish, dairy or eggs), and, if possible, a place setting to reduce waste to the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room on Feb. 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Marilyn Chiarello, of A Taste of Light, will also demonstrate a very quick, easy, non-dairy cheese sauce that can be made in minutes. Free.

Senior awareness

Dover: On Feb. 25, Dot's of Dover will be hosting The Gathering Place, Windham County's only Adult Day program, which will be celebrating Senior Awareness Day with a special tribute to the life and work of Joe Reagan at Betsey's Dot's of Dover, 2 Mountain Park Plaza between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Members of the community are invited to come by for a visit, to meet with friends, volunteers, caregivers and staff members old and new. Donations are encouraged and proceeds will benefit The Gathering Place.

Decom meeting

Brattleboro: The next meeting of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel will be held on Feb. 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room at Brattleboro Union High School on 131 Fairground Road. At the meeting the Panel will receive decommissioning updates from the state of Vermont and Entergy. The panel will also act on two draft advisory opinions on the Certificate of Public Good for the second dry cask storage pad at the Vermont Yankee site and discuss two draft advisory opinions on the future of groundwater monitoring at Vermont Yankee. The complete agenda and material for the meeting can be viewed at http://publicservice.vermont.gov/electric/ndcap.

Fat facts

Brattleboro: Learn how to make healthy fat choices and how to minimize the unhealthy fats. Discover why some foods contain more unhealthy fats today than they did in the past. Taste easy ways to substitute healthy fats for unhealthy ones. Taught by Robin Matathias on Feb. 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room. Free, registration requested at 802-246-2821 or msbfc@sover.net.

Love songs

Northfield, Mass.: The First Parish of Northfield on Main Street is hosting "Love Songs Through the Decades," at 4 p.m. on Feb. 27. Sanctuary, a duo of singer/guitarist Gayle Craig and pianist/singer Mark Ellis, will present a concert of classic and modern love songs, from the classics of the 30s and 40s to the pop ballads of today. Suggested donation is $10. Parking is free.

Mudfling

Marlboro: The Annual Mudfling, highlight of mud season in Marlboro, is a night of all you can eat desserts, a raffle and live music, on Feb. 27 at the Meeting House School from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the preschool; admission for the adults only evening is $10 at the door. Whetstone CiderWorks will be serving a cash bar, with all proceeds benefiting the Meeting House Preschool. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit meetinghouseschool.com, or call Erika Korb at 802-251-0772.

West Brattleboro: The West Brattleboro Baptist Church's free community outreach meal is scheduled for Feb. 28 from noon to 2 p.m. The menu includes meat loaf, mashed potato, gravy, green beans, carrots, Italian bread, homemade cake, choice of beverage. This meal is free and the pubic is invited.

Auditions

Guilford: There will be auditions on Feb. 28 for Guilford Center Stage 2016 season, opening show one-acts by Michael Nethercott. Male/female actors late teens to 60 and older. Prepare or bring a dramatic reading, 30 seconds to one minute. Stage helpers needed, too. For information, call 802-380-2184 or email micott@comcast.net. Come anytime during the session between 3 and 5 p.m. at the Broad Brook Grange.

Tree identification

Walpole, N.H.: Distant Hill Gardens is hosting a winter tree and shrub identification workshop on Feb. 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. with Steve Roberge, Forest Resource Specialist with Cheshire County Extension. Bring snowshoes if needed, warm clothes, a hand lens if you have one, and your curiosity. There is a $10 suggested donation. Register at 603-756-4179 or distanthillgardens@gmail.com.

Medical marijuana

Brattleboro: Medical Marijuana, an informative talk by Dr. Nitya Eisenheim, a local naturopath, will be presented on Feb. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Library on Main St. For more information, contact Dr. Eisenheim at Windhorse Naturopathic Clinic at 802-246-4282 or Dr.NityaJess@gmail.com.

Book sale

Putney: The Four Winds Nature Program at Putney Central School will again be hosting a bake sale at the Putney Town Meeting on March 1. A wide variety of goodies will be available all day long, including coffee, tea, cider, cookies, fruit, muffins, donuts, etc. Donations needed for the bake sale table and can be dropped off the morning of the meeting or in the PCS office the day before. This fundraiser supports continued provision of a fun, hands-on, nature science program for all students in K-5. It is 100 percent taught by parent and community volunteers, who are trained by the Four Winds Nature Institute.

Cross dialogue

Brattleboro: Cross-Class Dialogue Circles are a powerful way for people across the class spectrum to come together to talk about their experiences with class, listen to each others stories and perspectives, and then to work together as change makers for economic justice. Engaging with each other across class is empowering, healing and liberating. The next Cross-Class Dialogue Circle will be held on seven Wednesday evenings, 6 to 8:30 p.m., March 9 through June 1. The dialogues are hosted by ACT for Social Justice and take place at The Root Social Justice Center on 28 Williams St. Applications due by March 1st. Complete the application found at www.act4socialjustice.com. Contact Angela for more information at angela@act4socialjustice.com or 802-254-3400.

Spring forward

Brattleboro: Brattleboro Time Trade's 2nd Annual Spring Forward Extravaganza will take place on March 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the River Garden. The event is in collaboration with the Arts Council of Windham County; it will be the opening night of the student art show, and it was also chosen to coincide with daylight savings time. The Extravaganza will feature a silent auction, a cabaret stage MC'd by Juggler Tony Duncan, a dessert bar and cafe, a spring plants table, and new member registration. Dosa Kitchen will also be there serving up their delicious South Indian fare. The event is sponsored by Integrated Solar Applications, Brattleboro Savings & Loan, Brattleboro Ford Subaru, and the Brattleboro Retreat. Proceeds from this event will go toward BTT's scholarship fund. Admission is free. For more information, contact brattleborotimetrade@gmail.com or call 802-246-1199

Snowshoe hike

Bellows Falls: On March 5, from 9 a.m. to noon, State Forester and Saxtons River resident Tim Morton will lead a snowshoe hike through the Bellows Falls Watershed Forest. Registration is required at 802-463-4270, programming@rockinghamlibrary.org or the library at 65 Westminster St.

Cabin fever

Westminster West: The 11th Annual Fundraising Dinner sponsored by the Westminster West Congregational Church will be held March 5 at 6 p.m. at the church. Over a hearty meal provided by Tristan Toleno, owner anjdchef of Entera Catering, join your neighbors in celebrating our little patch of the planet. Bring a strong appetite and be prepared to share or enjoy short tales highlighting the quirky country life of our village and its environs. The menu includes vegetarian and gluten free dishes and is served family style. Adults: $15; kids: $8; ikds under 4, free. Wine for sale by the glass. For information, call Tom Griffith at 802387-5694 or email tgriffith@hilltopmontessori.org.

Brains and beer

Bellows Falls: Join Rockingham residents and others on March 12 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Rockingham Library for the second Friends of the Library Books, Brains & Beer pub trivia night, with a St. Patrick's Day theme. In celebration of the Irish theme of the night, the Friends will hold a raffle for a basket of Irish goodies. Register for $75 per team of up to six people, or join a pick-up team for $12, by calling 802-463-4270, email programming@rockinghamlibrary.org, or stop by the Library at 65 Westminster St.

Soup festival

Newfane: The 2Second Annual Soup Fest and Silent Auction fund raiser will be held on March 20 at the NewBrook Fire Station. Doors open at 4 p.m. with a $5 admission. The event will help raise funds for the Windham County Historical Society's restoration of the 1880 Newfane Railroad Station as a Museum of the West River Railroad and annex to the Windham County Museum in Newfane. Soup will be provided by Whetstone Station, Top of the Hill Grill, The Eatery, Rick's Tavern, Harmonyville Store, Dam Diner, Bitter Sweet Memories Cafe, D&J Jamaica Grocery, Whiskey Dicks and The New American Grill. Silent Auction bidding and the 50/50 raffle begin at 4 p.m. Soup and bread supper will be served at 5 p.m. followed by desserts. Silent auction bids and the 50/50 raffle will close at 5:30 p.m. The Society welcomes items for the silent auction (goods and/or services) to help make this year's event another success. If you have items you are willing to donate, contact Jane Robinson at 802-896-6102 or Sally Topitzer at 802-365-7698. For information or questions on the March 20 event, email info@historicalsocietyofwindhamcounty.org or call 802-348-7891.

Penny sale

Jamaica: Jamaica School Club's 16th Annual Penny Sale at Leland & Gray Union High School on April 2 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (802) 297-3151.


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