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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.
Brattleboro: During the months of March and April, visitors to the Brooks Memorial Library can consult will CCV student intern Ben Howe for help using computer technology for job and career-related tasks. Ben will meet individually with citizens to help them explore careers and online education, prepare resumes, search for jobs, and complete online job applications. Ben's services are provided through a partnership between the Community College of Vermont and the Vermont Department of Libraries, which will place "Job Hunt Helpers" in town libraries in six Vermont communities. Those wishing to make an appointment with Ben may do so by calling the Brooks Memorial Library at 802-254-5290, ext. 109, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Drop-in help will also be provided on a first-come, first-served basis during Ben's library hours: Tuesday evenings, 5 to 8 and Thursday afternoons, 1 to 4.
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, email@example.com or the library at 65 Westminster St.
Dummerston: The Dummerston Community Center's Annual Pampered Chef fundraiser event will be held March 5, from 12:55 to 2:55 p.m. at the Center, 150 West Street. Kim Martin will host the show, with new spring products, recipes, demonstrations of many cooking needs, also hands-on cooking and the tasting of spices, sauces and rubs. There will be special drawings through-out the show. Proceeds will assist in operating expenses for the Community Center. For more information, call Kim at 802-257-8602, Ann at 802-254-2415 and Jean at 802-254-9212.
New England boiled dinner
Bellows Falls: The United Church of Bellows Falls, School Street, will host a New England boiled dinner on Saturday, March 5, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The menu will include corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potato, rolls, pickled beets, cake, and beverages. Cost: adults $11, ages 5-12 $6, under 5 free. Take out available. For advanced reservations, call Janice Manning 802-463-3485. The church hall is accessible to all. Please enter from the back of the building.
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 and chef 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sugar on snow
Guilford: On March 5, the Guilford Annual Sugar on Snow Supper will be held at the Broad Brook Grange with three seatings: 5, 6 and 7 p.m. The menu includes ham, baked beans, deviled eggs, potato salad, cole slaw, rolls, sugar on snow, donuts, pickles, coffee, tea or milk. $12 adult; $5 ages 5 to 12; $2 kids 4 and younger. To make a reservation, call 802-257-5359.
Indoor Mini-Golf Tournament
Brattleboro: Winston Prouty Center for Child Development is hosting its 2nd Annual Indoor Mini-Golf Tournament for adults and families on March 5 and March 6. The two-day "FUN-raiser" is open to the public. Saturday's tournament for adults is a black-tie optional evening that will feature light dinner fare and a cash bar. The tournament will be from 6 to 9 p.m. and tickets are $25 per person. Sunday's family fun day will take place from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person, or $12 for a foursome if you bring your Saturday night scorecard. Both events will take place in Vermont Hall on the former Austine School Campus in Brattleboro. Winston Prouty Center recently purchased the campus with a vision of collaborating with other nonprofits that might need space. All proceeds from the event will go towards the capital campaign. Winston Prouty Center for Child Development, incorporated in 1969, provides inclusive education and family support to promote the success of children and families. For more information about the two-day Indoor Mini-Golf Classic, call Winston Prouty at 802-257-7852 or visit its website, www.winstonprouty.org.
Brattleboro: Discover how to satisfy your sweet tooth with delicious and local sweeteners, as well as making substitutes for your sugary favorites. The average American now consumes as much as 150 pounds of refined sugar each year. Participants will learn about the refining process, as well as land-use issues, environmental impact, and disease. Taught by Robin Matathias, who teaches Environmental Studies at Keene State College, on March 5, 1 to 3 p.m, in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room. Free but registration is required at 802-246-2821 or email@example.com.
Winchester, N.H.: The United Church of Winchester will hold its monthly Bean Supper on March 5 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the church building at 99 Main St. Served family style, the cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children. The building is accessible to all and the proceeds help to fund the church's missions. For more information, call 603-239-4465.
Marlboro: Join Marlboro College senior Chris Pratt for a staged reading of his original screenplay of "Hurry Up and Wait," part of his Plan of Concentration. This satirical black comedy film centers around four cranberry bog workers who must search for new meaning in life after being fired from their job. The performance, held on March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Marlboro College's Ragle Hall, will be followed by a Q&A with the author.
Brattleboro: The AARP Driver Safety Program, a classroom driver refresher course, will be offered at two locations in Windham County in March. The course explains changes that occur in vision, hearing, and reaction time as we age and provides useful driving safety tip for handling these changes. The course also reviews the impact of changes in vehicles and roadways that impact driving safety. On March 5 at 9 a.m. the program is offered in the Brew Barry Conference Room at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and on March 12 the program will be presented at 9 a.m. in the Grace Cottage Hospital Heins Building. The cost of the four-hour class is $20 but AARP members receive a $5 discount. Some major auto insurance carriers in Vermont offer discounts to participants in the program. Call 802-251-8604 to register for the class at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital; 802-365-3649 to register for the Grace Cottage class. Classes are informal. No food will be available on sale at either location but participants may bring food and or beverages of their own.
Brattleboro: Try free samples and learn about different families of cheeses with the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cheese Department on March 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. Call 802-246-2852 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Newfane: To support the businesses of Newfane's Creamery building, please join Newfane Anew Community Volunteers at the Four Columns on March 6, from 4 to 7 p.m. Family-style appetizers will be provided. Ten percent of the proceeds of the purchase of beverages and meals will go directly to those displaced as a show community concern and love. This fund is dedicated to offering financial support for those who were recently displaced and lost their employment due to the catastrophic fire that destroyed the Newfane Creamery building. Newfane Anew Community Volunteers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and donations are tax deductible
Dover: On March 7, the Dover Free Library presents "A Secret," starring Cecile De France, Patrick Bruel and Ludivine Sagnier. Showtime is at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Dummerston: On March 8, from 7 to 9:20 p.m., there will be a Zen meditation and discussion at 24 East West Road. For directions or more information, visit www.almonbrookzen.org or call Charlie Laurel 802-257-7916.
Chesterfield, N.H.: The Chesterfield Senior Lunch will be held on Wednesday, March 9, at the Chesterfield Town Hall at 12:30 p.m. A pork chop dinner will be served. A $5 donation is suggested. Reservations are required. Please call Joanne at 363-8348. After lunch Steve Taylor will speak to the group about "Cows and Communities." The Home Health Care nurse will be available to take blood pressures from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All seniors are welcome.
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 1. Complete the application found at www.act4socialjustice.com. Contact Angela for more information at email@example.com or 802-254-3400.
Bellows Falls: On March 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rockingham Library, master diver Annette Spaulding will discuss her recent petroglyph find along the Connecticut River in Brattleboro. This is one of two petroglyph sites known to have been submerged under water after the creation of the Vernon Dam over 100 years ago. Spaulding is the first to locate one of the two petroglyph sites. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-463-4270, email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the Rockingham Library at 65 Westminster St.
Brattleboro: On March 9 from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m., African Dance Vermont presents a West African dance class with Raoul Ombang at 74 Cotton Mill Hill No. 346. Sliding scale of $10 to $15 for dance. All levels are welcome. Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing and bring a water bottle. Class will be accompanied by live drumming. For more information on dance and drum classes, visit www.africandancevt.com or find African Dance VT on Facebook.
Dummerston: The Dummerston Senior Solutions Lunch will be held on March 9 beginning at noon at the Grange in Dummerston Center. Chefs Sallie May and Larry Lynch, Jr., will serve a meal of baked chicken, roasted red potatoes, broccoli-cauliflower-bacon-raisin salad, mixed vegetables with coconut cream cake for dessert. A sugar free dessert option will be available. A donation of $3 for those 60 and over and $4 for the younger set is suggested. Takeouts are available by calling the grange at 802-254-1138 Wednesday morning. In case of severe weather, this meal will be cancelled.
Newfane: On March 10 at the Newfane Congregational Church there will be dinner for seniors in Newfane and surrounding communities. The menu includes tomato juice and celery, corned beef with cabbage, carrots, and potatoes, soda bread and ice cream and cookies. The 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: Learn how to do make lip balm from scratch. Each participant will get to bring home a tube and a tin of lip balm in a flavor they choose on March 10, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room. $5 for Co-op shareholders, $7 for non-shareholders. Registration required at 802-246-2821 or email@example.com.
Wine and appetizers
Brattleboro: Come sample wines at the Brattleboro Food Co-op from its large selection, paired with delicious appetizers. Free to patrons over 21 with a valid ID, on March 11, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 802-246-2821 or emalil firstname.lastname@example.org.
Townshend: Kim and Sharon will be performing at the West Townshend Pizza Night Concert on March 11. Their songs are in the Appalachian Americana tradition and they accompany themselves on guitar and mandolin. Pizza baking begins at 5 p.m. Build you own pizza, at $10.00 a pie, from a number of tasty ingredients. Beer, wine and other refreshments are also available. Music begins at 6:30 and is free, though donations are appreciated by the musicians.
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 email@example.com, or stop by the Library at 65 Westminster St.
Brattleboro: Learn how to make sustainable choices when it comes to fish, and discover the pros and cons of aquaculture. Learn about the many health benefits of consuming sea vegetables, and taste some easy ways to incorporate them into your diet. Taught by Robin Matathias, who teaches Environmental Studies at Keene State College, on March 12, 1 to 3 p.m, in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room. Free but registration is required at 802-246-2821 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vernon: The Mountain View SDA Church presents Ilana Joyce Cady in a classical piano concert on March 12 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.
Bellows Falls: Join master pastelist Robert Carsten on March 12 at the United Church from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for this workshop opportunity. True to the season, and working from photos of this time of year, this workshop will concentrate on imbuing a sense of atmosphere and season into our landscapes. Barns or other farm buildings add interest, but the real subject is the "feel" of anticipating spring. Please bring photos. Robert will have some as well. Find out more about Robert at www.robertcarsten.com. To register for this workshop, contact Carolyn McDonald at 603-358-6804, or Carolyn Berglund at 603-352- 7398. This workshop is sponsored by the Saxtons River Art Guild, a non profit with membership throughout the Connecticut River Valley dedicated to the advancement and encouragement of the fine arts.
Sugar on snow
West Brattleboro: On March 12, First Congregational Church, 880 Western Avenue, will hold its annual Sugar on Snow Supper with a menu of ham, baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, deviled eggs, rolls, sugar-on-snow, homemade donuts, pickles, coffee, tea, and milk. There will be two sittings: 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Prices for adults are $12 each; children ages 5 to 12, $6 each; ages 4 and under , $3 each. For reservations, please call 802-257-7557.
Brattleboro: First Church at 880 Western Avenue is hosting its monthly free breakfast, March 13 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The menu includes but is not limited to, scrambled eggs, home fries, French toast, apple pancakes, fresh maple syrup, sausage, fresh fruit, orange juice, coffee,tea and hot chocolate. All are welcome to join this hearty breakfast. Donations accepted.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Contradance will be presenting music by Dancing Enforcement Agency with caller Dugan Murphy on March 13 at 7 p.m. at 118 Elliot St. Dancing Enforcement Agency includes Everest Witman on guitar, Autumn Rose Lester and David Kaynor, both on fiddles playing live music for all the dances with instructing by the caller. Admission is $10 adults, $8 College students with ID and $5 for youth, high school age and younger. For additional details, visit www.brattcontra.org or call 802-258-1723.
Brattleboro: Participants make the classic Greek dish "spanikopita," paired with a beet tzadziki, which is an herbed yogurt sauce featuring the Harvest of the Month: Beets, on March 16, 3:30 to 5 p.m, in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom. Free but registration is required at 802-246-2821 or email@example.com.
Bellows Falls: On March 16 at Rockingham Library, the AARP tax assistance program will be providing free tax preparation help to low and moderate income residents. Registration is required. AARP Tax-aide counselors are volunteers who are trained each year on state and federal tax regulations and are certified by the IRS to provide free tax preparation services. These counselors will be available at the Library on March 16 from 1 to 6 p.m. Appointments are required for this service. To register or for more information, call 802-463-4270, email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the Rockingham Library at 65 Westminster St.
Northfield, Mass.: St. Patrick's Parish, 88 Main Street, will have a corned beef and cabbage dinner on March 16 at 6 p.m. Menu includes corned beef and cabbage, rolls, dessert and coffee or tea. Adults $10 and children 12 and under $5. Reservations are strongly suggested. For additional information or to make reservations call the Rectory at 413-498-2728
Vermont Yogurt Co.
Brattleboro: Stop by and meet the folks of Vermont Yogurt Company and taste their delicious yogurt straight from their Jersey cows in Orwell on March 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free, at the Brattleboro Food Co-op. 802-246-2821.
Brattleboro: The March Brattleboro Area Tech group meeting will be on March 17, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the River Garden, 157 Main St. This month's guest is Paul Sliva of Valley Venture Mentors who will give a brief talk about free resources to help you build a scalable startup, with plenty of time for questions. Anyone working with or interested in technology in the Brattleboro area is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Caleb Clark, Marlboro College Graduate School at 917-703-5580 or email@example.com, Bob Lawson, Internet Consultant at firstname.lastname@example.org or Paul G. Silva at 413-667-9886.
Townshend: The community is invited to a meal at noon on March 17 at the Townshend Church. A traditional Irish dinner, prepared by Townshend Dam Diner's Chef Stephanie, will honor St. Patrick's Day. The meal is sponsored by Senior Solutions. Suggested donation is $3.50 for people 60 years and up; all others $4. Take out meals will be available. Free blood pressure screening will be available, starting at 11:30, sponsored by VT/NH Visiting Nurses Association. Everyone is welcome.
'High & Seek'
Townshend: Are you a parent or guardian in the Windham Central Supervisory Union? Do you want the chance to explore a mock teenage bedroom to look for signs of risky behavior? If so, please attend "High & Seek," an interactive presentation to raise awareness of signs of teenage substance use, self-harm and sexual activity. This event, a collaboration between Leland and Gray and West River Valley Thrives, will be held on March 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Leland and Gray Middle and High School library. This event is free to the public. Childcare can be provided upon request. Please contact Jaclyn Bristol, Leland and Gray Student Assistance Professional, at 802-365-7355, or Kate Venne, Project Coordinator for West River Valley Thrives, at 802-365-4700 with questions.
Brattleboro: Learn how to make sustainable choices when it comes to fish, and discover the pros and cons of aquaculture. Learn about the many health benefits of consuming sea vegetables, and taste some easy ways to incorporate them into your diet. Taught by Robin Matathias, who teaches Environmental Studies at Keene State College, on March 19, 1 to 3 p.m., in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room. Free but registration is required at 802-246-2821 or email@example.com.
Sugar on snow
Guilford: The Sugar-on-Snow Supper at Guilford Community Church will be held on March 19. There are three seatings to choose from, at 4:30, 5:45, and 7 p.m. Prices are $11 adults, $5 children age 11 and under, and $3 for preschoolers. For reservations, call 802-254-9562 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newfane: The Second 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 email@example.com or call 802-348-7891.
Brattleboro: Try free samples and learn about different families of cheeses with the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cheese Department on March 20, 2 to 4 p.m. Free. For more information, call 802-246-2852 or email 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. March 20, 5 to 7 p.m. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room. For more information, email email@example.com.
Brattleboro: If you're sick of feeling tired, run down, and on edge, you're not alone. If you're ready to feel better, come and learn about the benefits of the ancient practice of spring cleansing. Master Herbalist Cindy Hebbard, with over 30 years of experience, will share simple steps you can take right now to begin to feel better on March 21, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room. Free, but registration is required at 802-246-2821 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dummerston: On March 21 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Dummerston Center Church, Bill Guenther, Windham County Forester, will present insights on non-native invasive insects impacting our woodland resources. Refreshments available. A free event presented by the Windham County Farm Bureau.
Walpole, N.H.: The Walpole Seniors will meet at the First Congregational Church in Walpole at noon on March 21 for a potluck luncheon. Please bring a dish to share with the members. Everyone is asked to bring a craft project they are working on or a hobby collection to share with the members. Discussion will continue on ideas for some outstanding trips for 2016. Bring a friend and enjoy some great food and fellowship.
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 March 24, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Marilyn Chiarello, of A Taste of Light, will also demonstrate how to make hemp seed milk and chocolate chia seed pudding. Free, but registration is required at 802-246-2821 or email@example.com.
Teens can cook
Brattleboro: In this class, teens will continue to build confidence in the kitchen by making a delicious yogurt cheesecake. We will pair this creamy sweet cake with an easy winter compote on March 29, 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom. Free, but registration is required at 802-246-2821 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walpole, N.H.: On April 1, starting at 7 p.m. at the Walpole Town Hall, the Walpole Historical Society will host Patti Seymour, who will share her knowledge of the man who once resided in her present home, Horace Wells. As a young man, Wells also attended the Walpole Academy, an esteemed institute for young scholars in the area in the early 1800s. With this local connection as a backdrop, listeners will discover that Wells' life path led him to be recognized as the "discoverer of modern anesthesia." Free and open to the public.
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.
Bellows Falls: Central Elementary School will be hosting its second annual Rockin'Ham 5K on April 2. The 5K will begin and end at the Rockingham Recreation Area on Playground Road, Bellows Falls. Runners may register online at https://g2racereg.webconnex.com/rockinham5k2016, or paper registrations may be downloaded at www.ceshome.org or picked up at Central School, 50 School Street Extension, Bellows Falls. Same-day registration will begin at 9 a.m. on April 2, and the race start time is 10:30 a.m.
Townshend: The Community Hope and Action group will be putting on a talent show on April 16 at the Townshend Town Hall. The talent show will include a free dinner from 6 to 7 p.m., and the performances will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. This is an alcohol-free, family-friendly event that is appropriate for all ages. Participant registration is now open if you would like to perform. Registration forms are available at the Townshend Public Library, the Townshend Town Hall, and at the Leland & Gray Union Middle/High School front office. Contact Kristin with any questions at 802-365-4700 or via email at email@example.com.
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