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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.

Senior awareness

Dover: On Feb. 25, 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: An "Ah Counter" will be one of the roles taken by BrattleMasters on Thursday, Feb. 25, as Toastmasters try to speak without using filler words. In addition to "ah," the Ah Counter keeps track of um, you know, so, and other filler words used inappropriately. The club meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., Brattleboro. Lindsay Cox will be the Toastmaster of the Evening. Three speakers are scheduled to present short speeches. Guests are welcome. For more information, visit

Decom meeting

Brattleboro: The next meeting of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel will be held on Feb. 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room at Brattleboro Union High School on 131 Fairground Road. At the meeting the Panel will receive decommissioning updates from the state of Vermont and Entergy. The panel will also act on two draft advisory opinions on the Certificate of Public Good for the second dry cask storage pad at the Vermont Yankee site and discuss two draft advisory opinions on the future of groundwater monitoring at Vermont Yankee. The complete agenda and material for the meeting can be viewed at

Local voices

Newfane: On Feb. 25, starting at 7 p.m. at the Moore Free Library, there will be an open reading. All new writers are welcome to attend.


Dummerston: Transition Potluck and Program will be held 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at the Southeast Vermont Learning Collaborative, at 471 Putney Rd. The program will include a discussion of Permaculture, following up on the two recent showings of the Film "Inhabit." The program is free and open to the public, and people from surrounding towns are encouraged to come. Potluck at 6 p.m., (local food encouraged) Discussion from 7-9 p.m. For more information call Bill at 257-1020 or Susal at 275-7449.


West Townshend: On Friday, February 26, the Turkey Buzzards will be playing bluegrass at the West Townshend Country Store Pizza Night. Pizza making begins at 5 p.m. Build your own, at $10 a pie. Beer, wine and other refreshments are also available. Music begins at 6:30 p.m.

Meet the candidates

Brattleboro: Kids PLAYce 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.

Black tie

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 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

Fat facts

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

Love songs

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, or call Erika Korb at 802-251-0772.

Contra dance

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.

Scarlet Heart

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 Come anytime during the session between 3 and 5 p.m. at the Broad Brook Grange.

Tree identification

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


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 or call 802-258-1723.

Medical marijuana

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

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

Nature Days

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: 802-257-5785, Members $35/day, Non-members $45/day

Candlelight vigil

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.

Book sale

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 for inclusion in the discussions. Contested races exist for Selectman Position, Fire Chief, Budget Committee and Library Trustee and Zoning Board and Cemetery Trustee.

Women's chorus

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 or 802-254-8994.

Cross dialogue

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 Contact Angela for more information at or 802-254-3400.

Spring forward

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 or call 802-246-1199.

Bird lecture

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

Snowshoe hike

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, or the library at 65 Westminster St.

Pampered Chef

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.

Cabin fever

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

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.


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 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, or stop by the Library at 65 Westminster St.

Soup festival

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 or call 802-348-7891.

Penny sale

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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