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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.
Meet the candidates
Brattleboro: KidsPLAYce is hosting a "Get Out The Vote" event on Saturday, February 27th, from 10 to noon. Brattleboro Selectboard candidates will be available to talk to families about their vision for Brattleboro's future. Learn more about the candidates, the issues that will be voted on Town Meeting Day this year, and how Brattleboro's decision-making process is structured. The event will be informal and family-friendly. Light refreshments will be provided. Kids PLAYce will be free that morning to all who want to attend. We are also offering free admission on Town Election day, March 1st, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vote and play for free! For more information, call Kids PLAYce at 254-5212.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Marlboro: The Annual Mudfling, highlight of mud season in Marlboro, is a night of all you can eat desserts, a raffle and live music, on Feb. 27 at the Meeting House School from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the preschool; admission for the adults only evening is $10 at the door. Whetstone CiderWorks will be serving a cash bar, with all proceeds benefiting the Meeting House Preschool. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit meetinghouseschool.com, or call Erika Korb at 802-251-0772.
Putney: There will be live traditional contra music with Amy Cann and the All Comers Band on Feb. 27 at Pierce's Hall on East Putney Falls Road, starting at 7:30 p.m. with a beginners session followed by dancing until 10:30 p.m. The caller is Steve Howland. $10 suggested donation. For more information, call 802-387-0163.
Putney: Landmark College students present a rollicking one-act comedy set in historic Italy, at the Greenhoe Theater, Feb. 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. Admission free with open seating. General audiences. Directed by Nevada Bromley. Information at 802-387-1685
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 email@example.com. Come anytime during the session between 3 and 5 p.m. at the Broad Brook Grange.
Walpole, N.H.: Distant Hill Gardens is hosting a winter tree and shrub identification workshop on Feb. 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. with Steve Roberge, Forest Resource Specialist with Cheshire County Extension. Bring snowshoes if needed, warm clothes, a hand lens if you have one, and your curiosity. There is a $10 suggested donation. Register at 603-756-4179 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brattleboro: The upcoming Contradance will be held Sunday, February 28, from 7-10 p.m. at a new venue – 118 Elliot Street, across from the downtown Fire Station. There is street parking, as well as parking behind the building and in the transportation center down the block. Caller for this contradance is Dugan Murphy. He will be accompanied by the band "Hey Day." Musicians are Shirley White (fiddle), Jonathan Larkin (accordion), Amy Larkin, and George White (guitar) playing Irish-Cajun Swamp Contra music. All are welcomed. Adults are $10, College students (with ID) are $8 and youth through high school are $5. For more details visit www.brattcontra.org or call 802-258-1723.
Ayotte office hours
Walpole, N.H.: U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., is having a member of her staff hold office hours on Monday, February 29, in Walpole and Westmoreland to assist New Hampshire citizens with official business. Residents who are interested in meeting with a member of the Senator's staff should stop by during the designated times or call Jerry Maslan at 603-851-1603 to schedule an appointment. Office hours will be held at Walpole Town Office, 34 Elm Street, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and at Westmoreland Town Office, 780 Route 63, noon to 1 p.m.
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.
Fairness and diversity
Putney: On Feb. 29, Landmark College will host Curtiss Reed, Jr., from the Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity, who will chronicle how his organization is leading the nation's most rural and least racially diverse state to become the epicenter of inclusive and equitable thought and practice in the United States through its Vermont Vision for a Multicultural Future initiative. Vermont Partnership recently completed year eleven of the anticipated 40-year initiative. This event will be held in the Brooks M. O'Brien Auditorium in the East Academic Building at Landmark College, located at 19 River Road South. Free, accessible, and open to the public. More information is available at www.landmark.edu.
Brattleboro: Experience a new approach to learning a language at Express Fluency on Tuesday, March 1. A free Spanish class will be offered 6-7 p.m., and free French class 7-8 p.m. Express Fluency is located at 73 Main Street, Suite One. For more information visit www.expressfluency.com, or contact Elissa McLean at 802-275-2694 or email@example.com. On Sunday, March 6, "Motorcycle Diaries" starring Gael García Bernal will be playing at the Latchis Theater starting at 4 p.m. By donation, benefitting MANOS and Latchis Arts. To participate in a Spanish class before and after the film, visit www.ExpressFluency.com or call 802-275-2694.
West Brattleboro: Nature Days at Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center Tuesday, March 1, and Monday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for kids in grades 1-5. Participants will romp, stomp and explore as they play and learn. Information, registration and scholarships: www.beec.org 802-257-5785, Members $35/day, Non-members $45/day
Bellows Falls: Family, friends and neighbors of Michael Scott Johnson are invited to a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, at United Church of Bellows Falls to mark the first anniversary of Johnson's death.
Putney: The Four Winds Nature Program at Putney Central School will again be hosting a bake sale at the Putney Town Meeting on March 1. A wide variety of goodies will be available all day long, including coffee, tea, cider, cookies, fruit, muffins, donuts, etc. Donations needed for the bake sale table and can be dropped off the morning of the meeting or in the PCS office the day before. This fundraiser supports continued provision of a fun, hands-on, nature science program for all students in K-5. It is 100 percent taught by parent and community volunteers, who are trained by the Four Winds Nature Institute.
Meet the Candidates
Hinsdale: The Hinsdale Lions Club will be sponsoring a Meet the Candidates Forum commencing at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, at the Millstream Community Center, 19 Main Street, in Hinsdale. Candidates for contested town races are invited to participate. Candidates for uncontested races will be allotted time, as well. Anyone interested in learning about the candidates is also invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. Voters with questions for the candidates may forward them to firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in the discussions. Contested races exist for Selectman Position, Fire Chief, Budget Committee and Library Trustee and Zoning Board and Cemetery Trustee.
Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon on Friday, March 4, at the Guilford Community Church. The menu includes creamy onion lasagna, tossed salad and bread, with peach cobbler for dessert. A suggested donation of $3.50 is asked for seniors, $5 for others. For more information and to make reservations, call 802-254-9774 no later than Wednesday, March 2.
Brattleboro: The Women's Chorus welcomes singers, with the first rehearsals for the spring session open to all women who wish to try out the chorus on March 2 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 118 Elliot St. or March 3, 10 a.m. to noon at Centre Congregational Church, Main Street. More information is available at BrattleboroWomensChorus.org or 802-254-8994.
Brattleboro: Cross-Class Dialogue Circles are a powerful way for people across the class spectrum to come together to talk about their experiences with class, listen to each others stories and perspectives, and then to work together as change makers for economic justice. Engaging with each other across class is empowering, healing and liberating. The next Cross-Class Dialogue Circle will be held on seven Wednesday evenings, 6 to 8:30 p.m., March 9 through June 1. The dialogues are hosted by ACT for Social Justice and take place at The Root Social Justice Center on 28 Williams St. Applications due by March 1st. Complete the application found at www.act4socialjustice.com. Contact Angela for more information at email@example.com or 802-254-3400.
Brattleboro: Brattleboro Time Trade's 2nd Annual Spring Forward Extravaganza will take place on March 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the River Garden. The event is in collaboration with the Arts Council of Windham County; it will be the opening night of the student art show, and it was also chosen to coincide with daylight savings time. The Extravaganza will feature a silent auction, a cabaret stage MC'd by Juggler Tony Duncan, a dessert bar and cafe, a spring plants table, and new member registration. Dosa Kitchen will also be there serving up their delicious South Indian fare. The event is sponsored by Integrated Solar Applications, Brattleboro Savings & Loan, Brattleboro Ford Subaru, and the Brattleboro Retreat. Proceeds from this event will go toward BTT's scholarship fund. Admission is free. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-246-1199.
Dummerston: The Windham Regional Woodlands Association and the Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society are sponsoring an illustrated lecture "The Birds in Your Woods: How You Can Help Them" by Dr Robert E. Engel, a Marlboro College professor of biology emeritus. The welfare of many ground-nesting and other forest-dependent birds — including our State bird, the Hermit Thrush – is increasingly challenged due, in part, to neglect or mismanagement of our forest land. Engel will discuss the important role that woodland birds, including thrushes, warblers, flycatchers, grouse, woodpeckers, owls, and hawks, play in that ecosystem. He also will point out some straight-forward management approaches to help us restore and maintain our local woodlands for these valued birds. The program will be held 7-9 p.m. Friday, March 4, at the Vermont Learning Collaborative, located at 471 Route 5 in Dummerston. The venue is wheelchair accessible, and the event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Arthur Westing at 802-387-2152 or email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or the library at 65 Westminster St.
Dummerston: The Dummerston Community Center's Annual Pampered Chef fundraiser event will be held Saturday, March 5, from 12:55-2:55 p.m. at the Center, 150 West Street in West Dummerston. 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 anjdchef of Entera Catering, join your neighbors in celebrating our little patch of the planet. Bring a strong appetite and be prepared to share or enjoy short tales highlighting the quirky country life of our village and its environs. The menu includes vegetarian and gluten free dishes and is served family style. Adults: $15; kids: $8; ikds under 4, free. Wine for sale by the glass. For information, call Tom Griffith at 802387-5694 or email email@example.com.
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 Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6, 2016, respectively. 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 – 4:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person, or only $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: The Recreation & Parks Department will be offering a Youth Indoor Soccer Program for children in grades K-6 beginning March 7 for five weeks. This program will be held as follows: Mondays 5-6 p.m. Grades K-2 Co-ed; Tuesdays 5-6 p.m. Grades 3 and 4 Co-ed; Wednesdays 5-6 p.m. Grades 5 and 6 Co-ed. Children will be broken up into small groups and pick-up games will be played. The focus will be on having fun. Scores will not be kept and shin guards and sneakers are required. The cost is $15 for residents and $30 for non-residents. For more information call 254-5808, visit www.brattleboro.org or "like" us on Facebook.
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.
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.
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.
Newfane: The 2Second Annual Soup Fest and Silent Auction fund raiser will be held on March 20 at the NewBrook Fire Station. Doors open at 4 p.m. with a $5 admission. The event will help raise funds for the Windham County Historical Society's restoration of the 1880 Newfane Railroad Station as a Museum of the West River Railroad and annex to the Windham County Museum in Newfane. Soup will be provided by Whetstone Station, Top of the Hill Grill, The Eatery, Rick's Tavern, Harmonyville Store, Dam Diner, Bitter Sweet Memories Cafe, D&J Jamaica Grocery, Whiskey Dicks and The New American Grill. Silent Auction bidding and the 50/50 raffle begin at 4 p.m. Soup and bread supper will be served at 5 p.m. followed by desserts. Silent auction bids and the 50/50 raffle will close at 5:30 p.m. The Society welcomes items for the silent auction (goods and/or services) to help make this year's event another success. If you have items you are willing to donate, contact Jane Robinson at 802-896-6102 or Sally Topitzer at 802-365-7698. For information or questions on the March 20 event, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-348-7891.
Jamaica: Jamaica School Club's 16th Annual Penny Sale at Leland & Gray Union High School on April 2 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (802) 297-3151.
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