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Brattleboro: United Way Windham County is offering two programs that provide free federal and state income-tax preparation services to eligible taxpayers: the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program and MyFreeTaxes.com. United Way is also partnering with libraries and other community sites to provide access to MyFreeTaxes.com on a computer with high-speed internet for the public's use. Call 2-1-1 for location and access information. For more information on these two free tax preparation services, visit the United Way of Windham County's website at www.unitedwaywindham.org or call 802-257-4011.
Brattleboro: The Brooks Memorial Library Board of Trustees is seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated Brattleboro resident and library user to fill an open position on the board. Candidates for this position should have an interest in maintaining a strong and visionary library in town. The board, which numbers nine trustees, meets at the library from 4:45 to 6:45 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month, September through June. Members are also asked to serve on two or more committees that convene monthly or as needed. Those committees are: Asset Development; Technology; Building & Grounds; and Fine Arts. In the coming year, the Trustees and staff will be crafting a new strategic plan (2017-2021) as well as implementing library physical plant improvements funded by a recent bequest. For more information on the library, visit brookslibraryvt.org. Applicants should send a letter or email describing their interests and skills relevant to serving on the Library Board. Submit the document no later than Jan. 30 by 5 p.m. to Trustee Position, Board of Trustees, Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. 05301 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Union High School music department continues to offer the 27th annual Merry Mulch Christmas tree collection service. For a suggested donation of $10, Brattleboro residents can arrange to have their undecorated trees transported from outside their homes to the community garden in West Brattleboro, where they will be chipped into mulch to be used by gardeners. Music department students and parents will be collecting trees on two more Saturdays including Jan. 16 and 23. All proceeds will be used for music department travel in March. Orders can be placed by calling one of these phone numbers: 802-387-4661, 802-254-7724 or 802-451-6748. All calls must be made between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. by the Thursday before the desired pick-up date.
Dover: Help build your library's collection by adopting a book at the Dover Free Library. This annual fundraising program directly enhances the library's collection of books and materials available to the public and provides community members a chance to sponsor books. This is a great opportunity to give back and honor loved ones, family or friends. Come by the library for more information and to see a great selection of books to "adopt" or visit www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.
Putney: Putney Library will be acting as a drop-off point for people wishing to donate to Carry Me Home, a project that is collecting specific children's items for distribution to refugees fleeing the war-torn Middle East. Carry Me Home is collecting used baby carriers in good condition, gently used snow boots, children's winter jackets, hats, gloves, scarfs, sox, lined winter pants (no bibs), small stuffed animals and toy cars. Other area drop-off points include: In The Moment Records at 143 Main St. in Brattleboro, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day; and Natural Beauty Hair Salon, 106 Route 5, Guilford. People wishing to donate money to assist with shipping can do so by contacting Carry Me Home at CarryMeHomeCampaign@gmail.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CarryMeHomeWithLove.
Guilford: On Jan. 15, at 1 p.m., the Guilford Community Church will present "Nobel Hearts," about Vermont's involvement in the Civil War. The movie will begin immediately following Senior Lunch. No charge. Call 802-254-6545 for information.
Grafton: On Jan. 15 at 6 p.m., the Grafton Woodlands Group is hosting Ben Luce, renewable energy expert and professor of physics and sustainability at Lyndon State College, who will speak in the Homestead Room, Grafton Inn, 92 Main St. Luce will speak to the environmental and social impacts of Vermont's current energy plan and discuss more effective ways to develop renewables. The public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. For more information call 802-843-3113, or visit email@example.com, graftonwindhamwind.org, and facebook.com/Grafton-Woodlands-Group.
Brattleboro: In this class, sample three gravlax recipes and make one to take home; in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, Jan. 15, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. $10 for Co-op shareholders, $12 for non-shareholders. Registration required at 802-246-2821 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Townshend: There will be a tribute to Martin Luther King at the West Townshend Pizza Night on Jan. 15, starting at 6:30 p.m. Join to celebrate his birthday with readings from his essays and speeches, and poems or songs that were inspired by his legacy and commitment to peace and justice. Bring a favorite of,your own. Wood fired pizza is available for purchase from 5 to 7 p.m. along with a variety of refreshments.
Halifax: Jan. 15 is the next senior meal in Halifax. Serving at noon at the community hall located at 20 Brook Road. The menu includes baked ham, macaroni and cheese, vegetable, rolls and dessert. All seniors are welcome. A call to Joan at 802-368-7733 is greatly appreciated. Sponsored by Senior Solutions.
Putney: As part of its festivities honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., The Putney School will be screening an award-winning documentary film about the civil rights leader's battle in St. Augustine, Fla., where New Englanders played a major role. The film, "Passage at St. Augustine," focuses on the turbulent civil rights campaign in the Nation's Oldest City in 1963 and 1964 that was pivotal in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The documentary will be introduced by Putney School '78 alumnus and award-winning filmmaker Clennon L. King of Boston, Mass., who wrote, edited and produced the film. The screening is slated for Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. at the Michael S. Currier Center, 418 Houghton Brook Road, The Putney School. A question and answer session will follow the screening that is free and open to the public.
Vernon: The Mountain View SDA Church will host the Cheshiremen Chorus in concert on Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. The Mountain View Adventist Church is located at 1002 Ft. Bridgeman Highway. The concert is free of charge and will be followed by fellowship and light refreshments.
Brattleboro: "The Dinner Game," a French comedy with English subtitles, will be held at the Latchis Theater, Main Street, Brattleboro, on Jan. 17, at 4 p.m. A language class, for advanced-beginner to intermediate French speakers, will be offered at 2 p.m. and after the film at Express Fluency, 73 Main Street. Movie by donation to benefit Latchis Arts and Doctors Without Borders. Preregistration for French class: https://expressfluency.com or 802-275-2694.
Brattleboro: The Root Social Justice Center is partnering with Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform to host a free public forum, "Mass Incarceration and Vermont," at 28 Williams St., from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 17. ASL and childcare are provided. The event is wheelchair accessible and fragrance free. It will also be filmed by BCTV. Donations are appreciated.
Jamaica: Join Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center naturalist Patti Smith on a tracking expedition, following the trail of a wide-ranging mammal, on Jan. 17. This program is dependent on snow conditions, so be sure to register. Call BEEC at 257-5785 or e-mail email@example.com. For more information visit www.BEEC.org. Meet at 8:30 am at the Route 30 covered bridge in Dummerston.
Brattleboro: Try free samples and learn about different families of cheeses with the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cheese Department on Jan. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. Free, in the store. 802-246-2852 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Co-op hosts this monthly forum created by shareholders, for shareholders; open to the general public, all voices honored, Jan 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. Free, in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, email@example.com.
Walpole, N.H.: There will be a candlelight vigil in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan. 17 at 5:30 p.m. on the Walpole Town Common. All are welcome to gather with their own candles. This event is hosted by St. John's Episcopal Church, the First Congregational Church of Walpole, the Walpole Unitarian Church and a group of concerned Walpole citizens.
Brattleboro: Community Circle dances will be held at the Aikido Studio at 11 Cottage St., on Jan. 17 and 31. All dances taught. No partner needed. All are welcome. Donations appreciated. For more information, call Parker Huber at 802-257-9108 or Mary Ellen Cannon at 603-631-0768.
Saxtons River: Main Street Arts and the Saxtons River Historical Society are again pairing for a series of Fireside Chats to highlight the area's history Sundays in January from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. in the dining room of the Saxtons River Inn. On Jan. 17 the topic will be "Gobble! Gobble! Wild Turkeys are Smart and Social," with Lynn Morgan of the Nature Museum at Grafton. Tales of local farmers who walked their turkeys to Boston and how the wild turkey was reintroduced to Vermont in 1969 will be shared. The series concludes Jan. 24 with a talk on "Forests from Glacier to Today: Managing Our Forests Then and Now," with Tim Morton, a forester with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. Attendees are always invited to share their own experiences, photos, artifacts and stories related to the topic of the evening. The series is offered at no charge, with donations accepted. Those attending are invited to bring their own memories and memorabilia to share in this informal setting. The Inn's dining room will be open for dinner after the presentation for further socializing. Reservation are appreciated by calling the Inn at 802-869-2110. In case of inclement weather, cancellation information will be available by contacting Main Street Arts at 802-869-2960.
Brattleboro: The Compassionate Friends of Brattleboro, a national self-help organization for families that have had a child die, will hold its next monthly meeting Jan. 17, at 2 p.m. at 541 Black Mountain Road. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family. Meetings are for all families regardless of race, religious orientation, economic background, or the cause and age of the child at death, from pre-birth up. We welcome all immediate family members including adult siblings.
Brattleboro: On Jan. 17 at 4 p.m. there will be a celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech will be shown, jazz pianist Franz Robert will play, an intergenerational community choir led by Andy Davis will sing, and Julie Cunningham, Executive Director of Families First will be the featured speaker. New to this year's event is a tribute to the "Hidden Heroes and Heroines" of the Civil Rights Movement, profiling individuals from different faith traditions who were instrumental in the success of the movement and of Dr. King's work. The service will conclude with the traditional lighting of a candle by everyone in attendance. Singers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to come to the church at 3:00 to rehearse songs for the service. This event is sponsored by the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Clergy Association. Following the service, there will be a spaghetti dinner on the lower level of the church, a fundraiser for interfaith youth service trips to South Dakota and Kenya. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available. Fee is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 years old. For more information about these events, contact the Guilford Community Church at 802-257-2776.
Saxtons River: Main Street Arts is again hosting potluck suppers for speakers and would-be speakers of German and Spanish Sundays at 6 p.m. German speakers will meet Jan. 17 and Feb. 21. Spanish speakers meet Jan. 24 and Feb. 28. The informal sessions welcome all levels of proficiency to share food, practice the language and learn something of another culture. Further information is available by contacting at Main Street Arts at 802-869-2960, firstname.lastname@example.org, visiting the Web site www.MainStreetArts.org or finding Main Street Arts on Facebook.
Brattleboro: The Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center hosts Nature Days for children in grades 1 through 5 on Jan. 18 and 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in which kids will play and learn, and benefit from the fresh air and exercise. Information, registration and scholarships at www.beec.org or 802-257-5785. Members $35 a day, non-members $45 a day.
Walpole, N.H.: The Walpole Seniors will meet at the First Congregational Church at noon on Jan. 18 for a potluck luncheon. Everyone is asked to bring a contribution for the Fall Mountain Food Shelf and a dish to share with the members. Lunch will be followed by a discussion about tours available during 2016. Bring your ideas for some outstanding trips, so that this can be a banner year for travel by the Walpole Seniors.
Brattleboro: Find holistic, safe strategies for the physical, social, emotional and communication needs of young people on the autism spectrum, or with ADHD, Asperger's, mitochondrial conditions, and more. Discover long-lasting solutions for you child or young-adult's mind-body health. Jan. 18, 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room. Free, but registration is requested at 802-246-2821 or email@example.com.
Song and dance
Brattleboro: From now through Feb. 23, on Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Robin Morgan will host a musical experience for children infant to 5 years old at KidsPLAYce at 20 Elliot St. This lively class is an enriching musical experience for toddlers and preschoolers, designed to support healthy cognitive, physical, and social development. Children will sing, clap, stomp, dance, and play along with the curriculum of traditional and modern folk songs. Parents will be encouraged to fully sing and participate with their child in the class. A range of props and instruments will be provided. All families participating in this class are invited to stay and play after for free. To register, call 802-254-5212, visit kidsplaycevt.org or find KidsPLAYce on Facebook.
Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon on Jan. 22, at the Guilford Community Church. The menu includes baked beans, hot dog and cole slaw with ice cream and cookie for dessert. A suggested donation of $3.50 is asked for seniors. The movie, "Vermont Challenge," will be upstairs at 1 p.m. For more information and to make reservations, call 802-254-9774 no later than Jan. 20.
Halifax: The Halifax Community Club and the Whitingham Free Public Library are again cosponsoring a Tai Chi class that will be held on Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Halifax Community Hall. The winter session will begin on Jan. 20 and end on March 23. The instructor, Halifax resident Seth Geeslin, has been practicing Tai Chi for more than 20 years and teaching for about 15 years. The Halifax Community Hall, located at 20 Brook Road in West Halifax, is wheelchair accessible and has an accessible bathroom. The class is open to the public, and no registration is required. There is a suggested voluntary donation of $5 per class. All donations will be applied toward a winter heat fund to enable the Club to host Tai Chi classes and other programs year-round in the historic Hall. For more information, contact Linda Lyon at LindaALyon@gmail.com or 802-368-2211.
Brattleboro: On Jan. 19 starting at 7 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Library, Bob Engle will present a program on the three U.S. deserts: Chihuahuan, Sonoran, and Mojave. This program is sponsored by the Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Music Center offers Singing Strong, for seniors interested in chorus. Six sessions, Tuesdays, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., starting Jan. 19 and ending March 1 with a second offering from March 8 through April 12. The cost is $40, with sessions held at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Avenue. For information, contact the Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4523 or visit bmcvt.org.
Guilford: On Jan. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Guilford Free Library, there will be a discussion of Richard Russo's "Empire Falls." No charge. Call 802-254-5561 for information.
Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents West African drum class with Raoul Ombang on Jan. 20, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. at the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main Street, The cost is $10 drum class. The drum class is followed by dancing, at a cost of $8 to $20, on a sliding scale. For more information on dance and drum classes, visit www.africandancevt.com or find African Dance VT on Facebook.
Dummerston: The Dummerston Conservation Commission will sponsor a program for landowners and would-be landowners on Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Dummerston Congregational Church. This program will focus on conservation easements as a way to conserve land into the future. Five panelists will share their conservation experience: John Evans, Stewart McDermet, Karen Falk Sugden, Greg Moschetti, and Mary Lou Schmidt. Joan Weir of the Vermont Land Trust will then explain how a conservation easement works and how a landowner can conserve land in this way. Q&A and discussion will follow the presentation. Handouts on conservation easements and related subjects will be provided. For more information, contact Bill Schmidt at 802-257-0233 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brattleboro: Kids will make healthy Congo Bars with nuts and dried fruit plus talk about animals and their role in the circle of life specifically the gorillas of the Virunga Forest; Jan. 21, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, Free, but registration is requested at 802-246-2821 or email@example.com.
Jacksonville: The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department has scheduled a public informational meeting to discuss a range improvement grant for Deerfield Valley Sportsman's Club on Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. at the Jacksonville Municipal Center. Deerfield Valley Sportsman's club is the proposed recipient of a department grant to improve safety and security at the facility, including security cameras, fencing and berm enhancements. The department is interested in hearing from all citizens interested in the range improvements. The range is located in Whitingham.
Walpole, N.H.: On Jan. 22 and Feb. 26, the Mazziott Bake Shop at 40 Main St., will host a five-course dinner with the Carr Uman Rose jazz trio playing from 6 to 9 p.m. Reservations are required as seating is limited. For more information, call 603-439-1655.
Herbs for health
Brattleboro: This panel of local herbal practitioners is sure to stimulate neurons as they share tips for continual cognitive competence. Free and open to all; Jan. 22, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room. 802-246-2821 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saxtons River: Area storytellers will be sharing their insights, experiences and secrets at a special presentation of "A Night of True Stories" at Main Street Arts on Jan. 22. The show will begin at 7:30. Tickets are $16 in advance, $18 at the door. In this all-new show, inspired by public radio's "The Moth," presenters will share a short story about an event in their life that story-tellers such as Rick Cowan hope will "provide excitement, insight and laughter."
Brattleboro: On Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m., at the Marlboro Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., the Windham World Affairs Council is presenting Thomas M. White, who will talk on "The Power of Place: Encountering Auschwitz 70 Years After Liberation." White is the Coordinator of Educational Outreach for the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College. Coffee/tea/conversation will precede White's talk at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit: www.windhamworldaffairscouncil.org.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Recreation& Parks Department is hosting a new beginning sewing class for children that will begin on Jan. 22 in the Gibson Aiken Center, 207 Main St. This six-week program will run Fridays from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. until Feb. 26. All materials will be provided and there is no experience necessary. Participants will learn to sew in a friendly, non-judgmental atmosphere, while making some fun and practical projects. The instructor is Michele Lucy. The cost of the program is $150 for residents and $165 for non-residents. Registration is required and can be done at the Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department or by calling 802-254-5808.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department is hosting a new getting to know your sewing machine class for adults that will begin on Jan. 22 in the Gibson Aiken Center, 207 Main St. This program will be offered on Fridays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Do you own a sewing machine? Do you know how to use it? Do you want to learn how to sew? This 90-minute class is designed to help you feel more comfortable with your sewing machine and basic sewing skills, or give you an opportunity to try sewing without having to purchase a machine. There is no experience necessary. The fee for this class is $30 for residents and $35 for non-residents. The instructor, Michele Lucy, encourages registration at the Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Office, but it is not required. Call 802-254-5808 for more information.
Walpole, N.H.: A series of writing and reading workshops for those interested in transforming the deep exploration of experience into a convincing and compelling story. This workshop is not a competitive sport. Each member is encouraged to participate at his or her own pace and comfort level. The winter session begins Jan. 24. For more information, call 603-756-4177 or visit pambernard.com.
Putney: The speaker for the Putney Mountain Association Annual Meeting will be John Anderson, drawing upon his extensive hawk watching experience over the decades. There will be a brief business meeting with an update on the Buckthorn grazing project and a review of the year's events, as well as light refreshments. The meeting will start at 4 p.m. on Jan. 24 at the Putney Community Center, 10 Christian Square.
Brattleboro: There will be additional public skating hours at the Nelson Withington Skating Rink on Jan. 25 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. In addition, the Gibson Aiken Center on Main Street will have additional open gym and game room hours, from 1:30 to 5 p.m., for all ages. For more information, call 802-254-5808.
Brattleboro: The Gathering Place will host its annual meeting on Jan. 27 at 30 Terrace St. at 4 p.m.
Brattleboro: Learn to make Kitchari, a healing soup from the Ayurvedic tradition made from rice and mung dahl, and Congee, a delicious healing Chinese rice porridge. Both use herbs and foods to support specific body systems; Jan. 28, 5:30 to 7 p.m., in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom. $4 for shareholders, $6 for non-Sshareholders. Registration required a 802-246-2821, email@example.com.
Brattleboro: The next meeting of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel will be held on Jan. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room at Brattleboro Area Middle School. At the meeting, the panel will receive decommissioning updates from the state of Vermont and Entergy and a presentation on groundwater monitoring. The Panel will also vote on an advisory opinion on the Certificate of Public Good for the second dry cask storage pad at the Vermont Yankee site and discuss the Panel's Annual Report to the Governor and Vermont Legislature. The complete agenda and material fcan be viewed at http://publicservice.vermont.gov/topics/electric/nuclear#NDCAP.
West Brattleboro: West Brattleboro Baptist Church continues to provide a free community meal at 979 Western Avenue the last Sunday of each month. On Jan. 31, from noon to 2 p.m., the menu includes Chicken Parmesan, tossed salad with dressing, Italian bread, dessert, and choice of beverage. All are welcome.
Brattleboro: On Feb. 2 at 2 p.m., Eckankar of Vermont is hosting "Coincidences & Amazing Connections," at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. For more information, visit www.eckankar-vt.org or call 800-772-9390.
Brattleboro: Dartmouth professor Allen Koop will discuss the history of America's unique health care system in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library on Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. His talk, "The History of Health Care in the US," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. Koop will discuss how America's health care system has been shaped not only by developments in medicine but also by social forces, economics, politics, and historical surprises.
Bellows Falls: The Keene Jazz Orchestra and Bellows Falls Union High School Jazz Ensemble will be presenting a concert on Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. at the BFUHS auditorium. The music for the evening will be traditional Big Band Swing as well as contemporary big band jazz music. All proceeds go to the BFUHS Instrumental Music Scholarship Fund. The suggested donation is $5 to $25. Students are free. Tickets are available at Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls and at the door. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.keenejazzorchestra.com.
Brattleboro: KidsPLAYce is hosting a paper airplane contest on Feb. 5 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The admission fee is $8 for children ages 5 to 12 and $10 for 12 and up; families are $20. Register throughout the month of January for $5 at KidsPLAYce on Elliot Street or by calling 802-254-5212. The fee includes hot dogs, chips, ribbons for all and trophies. Trophies are awarded for best flyer, distance and accuracy, most complicated, most beautiful and best name. Winners will be announced at 6:15 p.m.
Brattleboro: A midwinter celebration to raise funds for local nonprofit, MANOS, teaching neonatal resuscitation to Nicaraguan health care providers is scheduled for Feb. 6 from 7 to 11 p.m. at 118 Elliot St. This Mardi Gras themed event will feature Bayou X, led by Pete and Linda Simoneaux. The event features red beans and rice, a cash bar, raffle prizes and a dance lesson. For more information, visit www.manosoutreach.org, or contact Leah Nussbaum at 802-380-4179 or email@example.com.
Walpole, N.H.: On Feb. 12, from 6 to 9 p.m., there will be a pizza and game night at the Mazziott Bake Shop at 40 Main St. From chess and checkers to Settlers of Catan, there will be a variety of games going on. All are invited to bring their favorite games.
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