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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.
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.
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.
Dover: On Jan. 25, starting at 6:30 p.m., the Dover Free Library presents the feature film "Sophie Scholl." For more information, call 802-348-7488.
Brattleboro: "Shall We Dance?" at The Stone Church, 210 Main St., on Jan. 29. WALTZ lessons at 6:30 p.m. for beginners; 7:15 p.m. Intermediate dancers with Ray Warren & Lucinda Dee-Warren. There will be open dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. Refreshments. Singles, couples, groups, gender friendly. This is a friendly, social (non-competitive) ballroom dance community. New comers welcome. The cost is $10/lesson and dance, $10/dance or lessons only. Visit www.shallwedance.biz or firstname.lastname@example.org, 802 579-9990.
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.
Marlboro: The Hogback Preservation Commission will hold a joint meeting with the Board of the Hogback Mountain Conservation Association on Jan. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Marlboro Town Offices, to explore ideas about undertaking a biodiversity inventory for the conservation area.
Brattleboro: The Board of Directors of Brattleboro Community Television, Inc. will hold its monthly board meeting in the Studio B, Room No. 305 of the Brattleboro Municipal Center on Main Street on Jan. 27, at 6 p.m. Members of the public are welcome to attend. For more information, call 802-257-0888.
Dummerston: Evening Star Grange and Senior Solutions presents the 4th Wednesday Senior Lunch at noon on Jan. 27 at the Grange Hall in Dummerston Center. Chefs Sallie May and Larry Lynch will present their lunch of oven-baked beef stew with artisan breads and a green salad. Dessert will be homemade gingerbread with real whipped cream. Take-outs will be available by calling the Grange at 802-254-1138 on Wednesday morning. A donation of $3 for Seniors 60 and over and $4 for those under 60 is suggested.
Drug abuse prevention
Bellows Falls: On Jan. 27, Greater Falls Connections is hosting a discussion on drug abuse prevention, at 6 p.m. at the Rockingham Free Public Library. Dinner and child care will be provided. Find out more about the work of GFC at www.greaterfallsconnections.org.
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, email@example.com.
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.
Dummerston: Transition Dummerston's monthly potluck and program will be on Jan. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Dummerston Congregational Church. The program will be a showing of the film, "Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective," a documentary introducing permaculture: a design method that offers an ecological lens for solving issues related to agriculture, economics, and more. The Potluck will go from 6 to 7 p.m. local food encouraged), and the film will be shown at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Bill at 802-257-1020 or Ken at 802-387-5288.
Townshend: On Jan. 29, One Part Luck will be performing at the West Townshend Pizza Night Concert. The outdoor oven will be ready to bake pizza starting at 5 p.m. Build your own pizza, at $10 a pie, from a number of tasty ingredients. Beer, wine and other refreshments are also available. Music begins at 6:30. John Bye and Peg Cowen, will sing traditional, and more current, country folk, with lots of harmony.
Putney: On Jan. 30, Pierce's Hall will be the location for a contra dance with music by Doug Creighton, melodeon, and Susan Creighton, piano, and caller Jim Fownes. The night starts with a beginners' session at 7:30, with dancing through 10:30. There is a suggested $7 donation. For more information, call 802-387-0163.
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.
Putney: There will be a "Souper Karaoke, Baby!" party on Jan. 31 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Putney Cares Activity Barn, 54 Kimball Hill. All ages, by donation. Hearty soup, jasmine rice, gluten-free brownies, sunshine cake, coffee, tea and costume props provided.
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.
Brattleboro: Sy's Fund and Monadnock Art Parties are holding a Sunflowers Paint Party Fundraiser on Feb. 3 at Ramunto's Brick Oven Pizza from 5:30 to 9 p.m. No experience necessary. Keene, N.H., artist Kristina Wentzell will guide you step by step through the process of creating your own work of art. All materials are provided and everyone will go home with a painting they can be proud of. To register, visit monadnockart.com and click on events. If you are an area business that would like more information on how you can be a part of this event, contact Terry Bonnette at 802-376-4454.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
Keene, N.H.: On Feb. 6 at Your Kitchen Store on Main Street will host a customer chili cook-off at 11 a.m. sponsored by Le Creuset. Customers who would like to enter the chili contest simply need to bring a pot of chili for a panel to taste. The grand prize winner will receive a $300 Le Creuset Dutch Oven and the two runners up will receive a gift from Le Creuset. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lunar New Year
Brattleboro: The Asian Cultural Center of Vermont presents the Lunar New Year of China, Korea and Vietnam, Feb. 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. at 118 Elliot St. Dance with the Dragon, do group calligraphy, join in a Korean tug-of-war, make a paper lantern or some origami, and sing a New Year's song from East Asia. For more information, contact Director Adam Silver at 802-579-9008 or visit accvt.org.
Pacific Coast Trail
Halifax: The Halifax Community Club and the Whitingham Free Public Library are sponsoring "Wild Spirit Walking" at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7 at the Halifax Community Hall. In 2015, Halifax residents Meggie Stoltzman and Patrick Wilkins took a sabbatical from their organic farm, Hermit Thrush Homestead, to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. The Halifax Community Hall, located at 20 Brook Road, is wheelchair accessible and has an accessible bathroom. The presentation is free and open to the public. There is a suggested voluntary donation of $5 and all donations will be applied toward a winter heat fund to enable the club to host other programs year-round in the historic hall. The hall will be open at 6:30 p.m. of Feb. 7, giving neighbors an opportunity to visit while enjoying hot cider, coffee, and tea. For more information, contact Linda Lyon at LindaALyon@gmail.com or 802-368-2211.
Bellows Falls: Come join the Bellows Falls Union High School Band for a fun-filled evening of dinner and entertainment. The Chili and Chamber Music Concert will be held on Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Bellows Falls Opera House Lower Theater, and will feature a delicious dinner of chili, corn bread, rice, various drinks and a dessert. So skip cooking and come have dinner with us while enjoying the delightful music of the BFUHS band. This is a fundraising event for the 2016 Performing Arts field trip to New York City. General admission $15.00 for advanced purchase tickets, $20.00 at the door. Tickets at the door will be limited. Contact Katy Emond for advanced purchase orders at email@example.com. Doors open at 5:30. This event is sponsored by Smokin' Bowls and Sonnax.
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.
Walpole, N.H.: On Feb. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m., Distant Hill Gardens is hosting a wildlife tracking workshop, led by Jeff Littleton, chief ecologist at Moosewood Ecological and adjunct professor of Environmental Studies at Antioch New England. Bring snowshoes, warm clothes, and your curiosity. If you don't have snowshoes there will be a limited number available to borrow, including a few small pair for children. All ages are welcome. The cost is $10 per adult. To register, call 603-756-4179 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit www.distanthill.org.
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