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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.
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.
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.
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.
Townshend: Everyone is invited to dinner at noon on Jan. 21 at the Townshend Church. The meal is sponsored by Senior Solutions. The food is prepared by Chef Stephanie of the Townshend Dam Diner. 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 offered by VT-NH Visiting Nurses Association, starting at 11:30. Everyone is welcome.
Dummerston: On Jan. 21, starting at 7 p.m., the Dummerston Historical Society Annual Meeting features Tristam Johnson, who will share the history of The Landmark Trust, USA. The business meeting will include adoption of the annual budget, election of officers, an update on the completed building addition, plans for celebrating the Society's 40th anniversary in June and the dedication of the new addition. Dummerston Historical Society welcomes all visitors; programs are free of charge and handicapped accessible. For more information, call 802-254-9311.
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.
Brattleboro: Eve Notman will be playing contemporary folk at the West Townshend Pizza Night Concert on Jan. 22. Pizza making begins at 5 p.m. Build your own pizza, at $10 a pie, from a number of tasty toppings and watch it bake in the outdoor oven. Beer, wine and other refreshments are also available. Music is from 6:30 until 8 p.m.
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 Saturday, Jan. 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.
Westminster: The Knights of Columbus hosts its basketball shoot out at Kurn Hattin at 1 p.m. on Jan. 23. Open to all boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 14.
Readsboro: The 7th Annual Hoot-Toot & Whistle 5K Snowshoe Race and Hike is set for Jan. 23; registration is from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Readsboro Central School, Phelps Avenue. Race start time is 10:30 a.m. Parking will be in the school parking lot. No aid stations are available. Free refreshments and prizes will be provided at the school after the race. Minimum snowshoe size — 120 square inch surface. $15 day of only. 65 and older and under 18 are free. For more information, visit www.runwmac.com or contact Bob Dion at 802-423-7537 or email@example.com.
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.
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. 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.
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: The upcoming Brattleboro Dance will feature square dances with caller Will Mentor, with live music by Peter Siegel, Riley Goodemotae and Andy Knuth, on Jan. 24 from 7 to 10 p.m. All dances are taught and prompted. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for college students with ID, $5 for youth. For additional details visit www.brattcontra.org or call Carol at 802-258-1723.
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.
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.
East Dummerston: There will be a free Zen meditation and discussion on Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 7 to 9:20 p.m. at 24 East West Rd. All welcome. For details, visit www.salmonbrookzen.org or call Charlie Laurel at 802-257-7916.
Brattleboro: The Gathering Place will host its annual meeting on Jan. 27 at 30 Terrace St. at 4 p.m.
Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents a West African drum class with Raoul Ombang, Jan. 27, 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., followed by a dance class from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m., at the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main St. The cost for the drum class is $10; the sliding scale cost for the dance class is $8 to $20.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Putney: The Vermont Food Bank and the Putney Foodshelf food distribution at Putney Meadows the fourth Thursday of each month. All are welcome, no questions asked; the food distributions are open to anyone in the community. The Vermont Foodbank, with the Putney Foodshelf, brings a truck of fresh produce and other non-perishable items. Bring your own shopping bags. The next distribution is scheduled for Jan. 28, from 9 to 9:45 a.m.
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: Community Circle dances will be held at the Aikido Studio at 11 Cottage St., on Jan. 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.
South Londonderry: On Jan. 31 at 1 p.m., the First Baptist Church is hosting a sledding party at Cobb's Mill. Free and open to the public. Bring your fastest sleds to race a friend. Hot Chocolate and tea will be provided. Bring along a snack to share.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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