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Brattleboro: The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library is accepting donations of paperback books, CDs and DVDs for the upcoming April 21 to 23 Spring Book Sale. Donations of books and media should be brought to the Library Circulation Desk during open hours. Donations must be in good condition to be accepted by the Library. Funds raised by the Friends will: purchase programs and materials for the Children's Room; support the First Wednesday series and other public programs; purchase 18 free passes to regional museums; update library technology tools for public use, and pay for subscriptions to numerous on-line subscription services such as access to e-books, e-audio, independent films and databases such as Ancestry.com. For more information, call 802-254-5290.
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.
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. 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.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department will offer a "Little Peoples" program for girls and boys ages 3 to 5. The program will be held Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Gibson-Aiken Center. Activities planned include sports and games, arts and crafts, music, story time and more. This five-week program will begin on Feb. 8 and run through March 8. The fee for Brattleboro residents is $35 and $50 for non-residents for one day and $55 and $70 for both days. For more information, call 802-254-5808 or visit www.brattleboro.org.
Dover: On Feb. 8, starting at 6 p.m., the Dover Free Library is screening "The Martian," starring Matt Damon. This event is free and open to the public.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Camera Club meets Feb. 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Brooks Memorial Library. Open to the public.
Brattleboro: Miss VT International 2016, Maddie Shaw, will have her first public speaking event at The Inclusion Center, on Feb. 8, at 12:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, Main Street. The event will be held again on Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. at The Inclusion Center at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Putney Road. At this free event, Shaw will conduct ice breaker activities, educate those attending about Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS), a rare genetic disorder, and offer tips on how to interact with individuals who have special needs. On Feb. 12, Michelle Pulver, a local to Brattleboro, will join Shaw to share her story through song about how one interaction with Miles, Maddi's brother, who was born with CdLS, helped her through her struggles of depression. For more information, contact Julie Tamler at 802-387-5285.
Brattleboro: There will be a community pancake supper to celebrate Fat Tuesday and/or Shrove Tuesday on Feb. 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall at Centre Congregational Church. This is a mini Mardi Gras with food, fun, and music by the West River Wildcats. All are welcome.
Brattleboro: Meet the couple behind one of the Brattleboro Food Co-op's February Producers of the Month, Burke Mountain Confectionery on Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free, in the store.
Dummerston: On Feb. 9, from 7 to 9:20 p.m., there will be a Zen meditation and discussion in Charlie and Miriam's yurt at 24 East West Rd. Beginners welcome. For details visit www.salmonbrookzen.org or call Charlie Laurel at 802-257-7916.
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.
Brattleboro: Made right here in Brattleboro, try these world class chocolates at the Brattleboro Food Co-op on Feb. 10 from 4 to 6 .pm. Free, in the store.
Bellows Falls: Come join the Bellows Falls Union High School Band for a fun-filled evening of dinner and entertainment. The Chili and Chamber Music Concert will be held on Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Bellows Falls Opera House Lower Theater, and will feature a delicious dinner of chili, corn bread, rice, various drinks and a dessert. So skip cooking and come have dinner with us while enjoying the delightful music of the BFUHS band. This is a fundraising event for the 2016 Performing Arts field trip to New York City. General admission $15.00 for advanced purchase tickets, $20.00 at the door. Tickets at the door will be limited. Contact Katy Emond for advanced purchase orders at firstname.lastname@example.org. Doors open at 5:30. This event is sponsored by Smokin' Bowls and Sonnax.
Jr. Iron Chef
Wilmington: The Twin Valley Jr. Iron Chef competition is being held Feb. 10 at the elementary school. Eleven teams will start at 5 p.m. to see which teams will represent Twin Valley at the state competition. Admission is free.
Dummerston: The next lunch sponsored by Senior Solutions at evening star grange will be on Feb. 10 at noon. Because this falls on Ash Wednesday, chefs Larry Lynch And Sallie May will offer a choice of baked tilapia or meat loaf with rice pilaf, marinated carrots,cole slaw with rhubarb peach crisp for dessert. Take outs will be available by calling the Grange that day at 802-254-1138. Books From Lydia Taft Library will be available for loan until the next lunch. In case of inclement weather, the lunch will be held on Feb. 11.
Newfane: On Feb. 11, at noon at the Newfane Congregational Church, there will be dinner for seniors. The menu includes fruit, green salad, baked ham, sweet potatoes, string beans, rolls and carrot cake. The delicious meal is prepared by Winnie Dolan, hosted by Barbara Brooks and served by hard-working volunteers from the church and community and sponsored by Senior Solutions. The suggested donation for this meal is $3.50 for age 60 and over and $4 for under age 60. For information, call Winnie Dolan at 802-365-7870.
Brattleboro: Children should bring their own special tea cup to the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom and help make scones and little sandwiches to celebrate Valentine's Day, British style on Feb. 11, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Registration requested at 802-246-2821 or email@example.com.
Brattleboro: WKVT and Brattleboro Community Television will co-produce a candidate's forum on Feb. 11 for voters to learn more about the three candidates vying for two seats on the Brattleboro Selectboard. Current Chairman David Gartenstein, former chairman Richard DeGray and businessman Avery Schwenk are all seeking election to one-year terms when Brattleboro residents go to the polls on March 1. No other elected position in the town has more than one candidate. The one-hour forum will take place at 7 p.m. in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. Admission is free and open to the public. The forum will be broadcast live on both BCTV Channel 10 and WKVT 100.3 FM/1490AM. Both media outlets will also re-air the forum prior to the March 1 Town Meeting Day elections and make them available on wkvtradio.com and brattleborotv.org. To submit a question for consideration of use during the forum, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jamaica: The Jamaica Monthly Senior Luncheon will be held at noon on Feb. 11 at the Jamaica Community Church on Main Street. Luncheon is sponsored by Senior Solutions and The Jamaica Benefit Association. No reservations are required, all are welcome. $3.50 for seniors and $4 for all others. Food is prepared by Stephanie of the Dam Diner.
Brattleboro: On Feb. 27, from 7:30 to 11 p.m., the Southern Vermont Young Professionals will be throwing a Creative Black Tie Gala for its first ever community wide fundraiser. In partnership with Mondo Mediaworks and the Brattleboro Museum and Arts Center, the Southern Vermont Young Professionals promise to bring a new, creative twist to the traditional non-profit gala. The Creative Black Tie Gala is the first event of its kind in Southern Vermont that brings together community members of ALL ages to celebrate and support our young professionals; all of the proceeds from the event will be used to expand and enrich the programs and networks they've worked so hard to create. Tickets are available for purchase online through eventbrite at youngprosgala.eventbrite.com. Single admission tickets are $10, and double admission tickets are $15. The ticket price covers the entire event, including access to the galleries, food, and music. There will be a cash bar, and those who intend to drink alcohol at the event must bring ID. For more information, find the Southern Vermont Young Professionals on Facebook or visit www.mondomediaworks.com.
Wine and appetizers
Brattleboro: Come sample wines at the Brattleboro Food Co-op paired with delicious appetizers. Free to patrons over 21 with a valid ID, on Feb. 12 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
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.
Keene, N.H.: On Feb. 12, Michael Nerrie of Distant Hill Gardens in Walpole will lead a workshop on how to design landscaping to benefit local wildlife, birds and pollinators. Downstairs in the Kay Fox Room at the Keene Public Library from 1 to 3 p.m. There is no fee but donations are appreciated. To RSVP or learn more, email Sharlene@cheshireconservation.org or call 603-756-2988, ext. 115.
Bellows Falls: On Feb. 13, The Bellows Falls Rotary Club hosts its Annual Spaghetti Dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Bellows Falls Moose Club. The menu includes homemade spaghetti sauce and homemade meatballs, freshly made crisp salad with a balsamic maple dressing, bread, dessert and beverage. There is vegetarian sauce also available. Adults are $8, Children $5 and kids under 5 are free. Takeout is also available. Tickets will be sold at the door or you may ask a Rotarian. All proceeds support Rotary sponsored community projects, scholarships for graduating students, sponsorship of foreign exchange students and specific local programs such as Our Place, Parks Place and numerous other organizations.
Pamper Me Party
Brattleboro: Come treat yourself to a hands-on demo of the Badger face care line. All participants will be entered into a raffle for a Badger face care set of their choice, no Feb. 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room. $3 for Co-op Shareholders, $5 for Non-Shareholders. Registration required at 802-246-2821 or email@example.com.
Walpole, N.H.: On Feb. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m., Distant Hill Gardens is hosting a wildlife tracking workshop, led by Jeff Littleton, chief ecologist at Moosewood Ecological and adjunct professor of Environmental Studies at Antioch New England. Bring snowshoes, warm clothes, and your curiosity. If you don't have snowshoes there will be a limited number available to borrow, including a few small pair for children. All ages are welcome. The cost is $10 per adult. To register, call 603-756-4179 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit www.distanthill.org.
Discovery in the woods
Halifax: On Feb. 13, Lynn Levine will present a workshop on winter animal tracking. Registration is required since there is a maximum of 15 participants. The workshop starts at 9:30 a.m. Early-bird registration (on or before Feb. 9) is $50 per person (workshop only) or $55 (workshop plus lunch). After that, if any spaces remain available, registration will be $55 per person (workshop) or $60 (workshop and lunch). There will be no registration on the day of the event. To sign up, email HalifaxConservation@gmail.com.
Vernon: The Mountain View SDA Church presents Michelle Liechti and Bruce Griffin in a violin and piano classical concert on Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. The Mountain View Adventist Church is located at 1002 Ft. Bridgeman Highway in Vernon. The concert is free of charge and will be followed by fellowship and light refreshments.
Cupcakes and cookies
Townshend: The Community Hope & Action group of Townshend is partnering with the Calvary Chapel this Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, to put on an afternoon of cookie and cupcake decorating at Townshend Village Pizza. Anyone is welcome to bring homemade cookies or cupcakes to decorate and trade with neighbors. Coffee and tea will be provided. The swap will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. This event is completely free.
West Brattleboro: The First Congregational Church is hosting its monthly free breakfast on Feb. 14 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The menu includes but is not limited to, scrambled eggs, home fries, french toast, apple pancakes, sausage, fresh fruit, orange juice coffee and other hot beverages. All are welcome.
Drawing from nature
Marlboro: The Southern Vermont Natural History Museum's annual President's Day Open House on Feb. 15 will focus on the art of nature. Come for a free afternoon of live animals and local artists. The event will feature an exhibit of local photographers painters and craftspeople as well as an opportunity for you to have a photoshoot or drawing session with some of the Museum's education animals. Kids' crafts and activities will include a scavenger hunt and activity table from the Pettee Library. The day starts at noon with a guided hike on the Hogback Conservation Area and then the doors open for free museum admission from 1 to 4. For more information, follow the museum on facebook www.facebook.com/vermontmuseum or call 802-464-0048.
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.
Brattleboro: On Feb. 15 starting at 5 p.m., the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center will host the 9th Annual Domino Toppling Extravaganza. Veteran domino toppler and YouTube superstar Lily Hevesh and other domino whiz kids will arrive in Brattleboro 48 hours in advance to begin setting up the big show. Correctly guess how many dominoes are set up, and you could start the entire chain reaction. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Reservations are not necessary. Free for children 8 and under, $3 for BMAC members, $5 for all others.
Brattleboro: On Feb. 15 at 9:30 a.m. and 17 at 2:30 p.m., Young Olympians of the future are invited to participate in the Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department Jr. Olympic Races. On Feb. 15, downhill races will be held at Living Memorial Park and on Feb. 17, skating races will be held at the ice rink. Students from school grades 1-12 are eligible and are encouraged to enter the events. All events are free of charge. Each event will have a boy's division and girl's division. Ribbons will be awarded to the first five winners in each division and participation ribbons to all. Register for each event the morning of the event. These events are co-sponsored by the Recreation and Parks Department and Winter Carnival.
Relaxation and mindfulness
Brattleboro: Using principles of Tai Chi and energy medicine, instructor Dan Foster will teach a simple ABC technique for easily integrating relaxation and mindfulness into your daily routineon Feb. 15 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room. Free, registration requested at 802-246-2821 or email email@example.com.
Kids' Winter Carnival
Brattleboro: Cozy up with a cup of hot cocoa and hot pretzels, made by you, at the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom on Feb. 16, with two times — 1 to 2 p.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free, registration required at 802-246-2821 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com, go to www.rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the Library at 65 Westminster St.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 email@example.com. Choose between 1 to 2 p.m. or 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or stop by the Rockingham Library at 65 Westminster St.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. Come anytime during the session between 3 and 5 p.m. at the Broad Brook Grange.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. This program is free and open to the public.
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.
Dover: On Feb. 26, 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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Come anytime during the session between 3 and 5 p.m. at the Broad Brook Grange.
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.
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