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Book donations

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 For more information, call 802-254-5290.

Tax prep

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 United Way is also partnering with libraries and other community sites to provide access to 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

Refugee crisis

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 or on Facebook at

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 or find KidsPLAYce on Facebook.

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

Wagging tales

Putney: On Feb . 20, at 2 p.m., the Putney Library will host a reading with dogs session. Meet Gallant, Honey Loring's beautiful and kid-friendly Standard Poodle and Librarian Emily Zervas will read a dog-related story and then kids can take turns reading to Gallant.

Food and fiber

Brattleboro: Learn about eating whole foods, identifying processed foods, and incorporating more fiber in the diet by making simple changes in our daily food choices and also learn how to read and interpret ingredient labels.Taught by Robin Matathias on Feb. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room. Free, registration requested at 802-246-2821 or

Beef stew

North Hinsdale, N.H.: The North Hinsdale Community Church will host a beef stew dinner on Feb. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children. The church is located at 105 Meeting House Road. For more information, call 603-256-6930 or visit

Hope and Action

Townshend: The Community Hope and Action group of Townshend will be hosting a free supper and concert on Feb. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Townshend Town Hall. This month's event will feature a performance by the Bills Band and a tasting of syrups from Vermont and beyond. This is an alcohol-free, family friendly event with childcare provided. Bring a potluck appetizer or dessert to share with your friends and neighbors, new and old. Volunteers will provide the main meal and beverages.

Frame by frame

Brattleboro: On Feb. 20, there will be a showing of "Frame by Frame," to benefit the In-Sight Photography Project, at the Latchis Theatre starting at 7 p.m. The suggested donation is $10 in support of In-Sight's Exposures Cross-Cultural Youth Arts Program.

Animal tracking

Marlboro: On Feb. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon, George Leoniak will lead an animal tracking hike on the north side of the Hogback Mountain Conservation Area, looking for animal tracks and other signs of wildlife. Limited to 15 people; sign up in advance by emailing Children under 14 welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. No dogs. Bring snowshoes if the snow is deep. Meet in the big parking lot on the north side of Route 9 just past the gift shop.

Circle dance

Brattleboro: There will be a circle dance at the Aikido Studio on Feb. 21 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., led by Mary Koon and Floyd Guyette. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated. Information: Parker Huber 802-257-9108 or Mary Ellen Cannon, 603-631-0768.

Shape note

Brattleboro: On Feb. 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, there will be a participatory shape note singing event, open to all ages.

Cheese sampling

Brattleboro: Try free samples and learn about different families of cheeses with the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cheese Department on Feb. 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. Free, in the store.

Type 2 Diabetes

Whitingham: On Feb. 21 the Whitingham Free Public Library and Halifax Community Club host Gretchen Becker, who will discuss "Taking Charge of Your Type 2 Diabetes." The Whitingham Free Public Library is located at 2948 VT Route 100 in Jacksonville. For more information, contact Linda Lyon at or 802-368-2211.

Table Rock

Bellows Falls: The postponed film "The View From Table Rock" at Rockingham Library has been rescheduled for Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. This documentary film by Lyle Sorensen begins with a look at two antique Bird's Eye View lithographs depicting Bellows Falls from Fall Mountain in the 1800s. The film will be followed by a discussion with videographer Sorensen and local resident Marguerite Janiszyn. 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.

WWII incarceration

Marlboro: Marlboro College presents "Bend," Kim Maeda's multimedia solo performance piece that tells the true story of two men incarcerated in a "Japanese American Relocation Camp" during World War II, on Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Whittemore Theater. Free and open to the public.

Conservation workshop

Dummerston: The Dummerston Conservation Commission and the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center will sponsor a four-part series, "Biological Communities, Their Ecology and Conservation," with biologist Bob Engel, at The Learning Collaborative, 471 Rte. 5. The workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on consecutive Mondays: Feb. 22 and 29, March 7 and 14. Cost for the workshop is $15 a session or $50 for all four. To register, call 802-254-1343 or email

Movie night

Dover: On Feb. 22, the Dover Free Library presents the feature film Walk in the Woods, starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte and Emma Thompson, starting at 6:30 p.m. Rated R.

Bernie Sanders

Brattleboro: The Bernie Sanders campaign will be holding a Barnstorm event with Katy Hellman, an organizer working in the campaign. The meeting will take place at the River Garden on Main Street on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. This meeting is intended to inform supporters of the Sanders presidential run how to volunteer in the New England region for the primaries taking place on Super Tuesday, March 1, mainly Massachusetts, as well as those taking place after. Contact Nancy Braus for information about this event at

Kids cooking

Brattleboro: Join Karina Rojas-Flores as she shares two of her favorite recipes from her native Peru on Feb. 23 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom. Free, registration requested at 802-246-2821 or


Guilford: There will be auditions on Feb. 23 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.


Putney: On Feb. 23 starting at 7 p.m. at the Putney Public Library, Kathy Torrey will sing and play traditional Hebridean folk songs, tell stories of her travels, and show images and film footage from her journeys. This program is free and open to the public.

End of the line

Brattleboro: The Climate Change Café will screen "The End of the Line" on Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Library. As always, the Café is free, and light refreshments will be available. "The End of the Line" is the true story of citizens successfully opposing fracked gas pipelines. For more information, contact Tim at 802-869-2141 or

Zen discussion

Brattleboro: On Feb. 23, from 7 to 9:20 p.m., at Charlie and Miriam's yurt, 24 East West Rd., there will be a zen meditation and discussion. All welcome. For more information, visit or call Charlie Laurel at 802-257-7916.

Senior meal

Dummerston: Evening Star Grange and Senior Solutions presents its fourth Wednesday lunch on Feb 23 beginning at noon. Chefs Sallie May and Larry Lynch, Jr. are presenting baked chicken thighs or breasts, roasted red potatoes, broccoli-cauliflower-bacon-raisin salad, mixed vegetables and coconut cream cake for dessert. A sugar-free dessert option will also be available. Suggested donation of $3 for those 60 and over and $3.50 for the younger folks. Take-outs are available by calling the Grange at 802-254-1138 on Wednesday morning. If extremely bad weather, the meal will be cancelled. Books from the Lydia Taft Pratt Library will be available for loan until the next luncheon.

Liberty Mill

Bellows Falls: Citizens in Rockingham and surrounding areas are encouraged to come out to a second community forum hosted by the ad hoc citizen's group, Voices for Rockingham on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Wyndham Antique Center on the Square in Bellows Falls. This will be a follow up meeting to discuss the latest developments in the Liberty Mill Justice Center project. Discussion will also center on results of the structural report, alternative ideas/plans for the building or property, and a listing of next steps for the community group.

Share a story

Putney: Do you have a story to tell that involves magic? Kids and adults are invited to tell their kid-appropriate, five-minute story to an appreciative after school audience on Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. at The Putney Public Library. Call or email the library to sign up at 802-387-4407 or This program is free and open to the public.

African dance

Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents West African dance class for all featuring Pape Ba on Feb. 24 from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at 74 Cotton Mill Hill, No. 346. Sliding scale, $15 to 20. All levels are welcome. Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothingand bring a water bottle. Class will be accompanied by live drumming.


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.

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.

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

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


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