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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, Bob Lawson, Internet Consultant at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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