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'Rock the Casbah'
Dover: On March 14, the Dover Free Library presents the feature film "Rock the Kasbah," starring Bill Murray, Leem Lubany, Zooey Deschanel and Kate Hudson, starting at 6 p.m.
Brattleboro: On March 15 at 7 p.m. in the Brattleboro Library conference room, photographer Gene Parulis will present "Under the Great Wall: Rambles in China," a journey through Imperial Chinese history and contemporary dynamism, as well as an intimate look at five small villages under the Great Wall. This program is sponsored by Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society and is free and open to the public.
Brattleboro: Participants make the classic Greek dish "spanikopita," paired with a beet tzadziki, which is an herbed yogurt sauce featuring the Harvest of the Month: Beets, on March 16, 3:30 to 5 p.m, in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom. Free but registration is required at 802-246-2821 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Putney: Do you need ideas for how to talk with your kids about social justice issues like racism, economic inequality, incarceration, homelessness, and gender? Join Act For Social Justice founder Angela Berkfield on March 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Putney Library for a useful series of discussions about bringing social justice issues into conversations with your children. These interactive chats will highlight books at the Putney Public Library and other helpful resources. Light refreshments and childcare provided. Call or email Angela to RSVP for childcare: 802-254-3400 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents a West African drum class with Raoul Ombang on March 16 from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at 74 Cotton Mill Hill, No. 346. Sliding scale of $10 to $20. All levels are welcome. Drums are available for those who need one. For more information, visit sobodance.com/contact-us.
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 email@example.com, Bob Lawson, Internet Consultant at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Keene, N.H.: The local Nar-Anon family group will be holding an awareness and resource sharing day at the Cheshire Medical Center on March 17 at 2 p.m. This is a first-time attempt of this kind at community education in Keene, it is free and all are invited to attend. Many community groups including Nar-Anon Family Group will be coming together providing resources to help educate and raise awareness of addiction and recovery. From 2 to 5:30 p.m. will be a resource fair, following by a screening of "The Opiate Effect," at 6 p.m. and a training and discussion at 6:30. To register, contact Tricia Wadleigh at 603-354-5454 or email@example.com.
'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.
Wind versus water
Grafton: On March 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Grafton Elementary School gymnasium, Geoffrey Goll, civil and environmental engineer, and vice-president of Princeton Hydro, will discuss the Saxtons River watershed and the impact of the industrial wind project proposed for Grafton and Windham. The focus will be based on his direct relevant experience with other wind projects and the impacts of Vermont's high elevation headwater sources of water for people and the ecology. The talk is sponsored by the Grafton Woodlands Group and Friends of Windham. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served.
Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon on March 18 at the Guilford Community Church, The menu includes mac and cheese soup, and a bread, with fruited Jello for dessert. Books will be available on loan from the local library. Starting at 1 p.m., "Vermont Memories" will be screened. For more information and to make reservations, call 802-254-9774 no later than Wednesday.
Culture of peace
Brattleboro: On March. 18 7:30 p.m., at the Marlboro Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., The Windham World Affairs Council presents Dr. David Adams, PhD, who will talk on "The Culture of Peace." Adams' approach is based on his experience as an expert on both the brain mechanisms of aggressive behavior and on peace psychology. He has been a director of UNESCO and a member of the New Haven City Peace Commission and publishes a monthly Internet bulletin and blog devoted to the culture of peace. Coffee/tea/conversation will precede Dr. Adams's talk at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.windhamworldaffairscouncil.org.
Townshend: Ben Carr will be playing ukulele for the West Townshend Pizza Night concert on March 18. His performance includes original music, classical, jazz and reggae. Pizza making in the outdoor oven begins at 5 p.m. Build your own from a number of tasty ingredients, at $10 a pie. Beer, wine and other refreshments are also available. Music begins at 6:30 and is free. Tips are appreciated by the musicians.
National reading month
Brattleboro: Come celebrate National Reading Month at Brattleboro Nursery School on March 18 from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. There will be a read-aloud and craft and each child will leave with a free, quality book. Located at St. Michaels Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Ave.
Food and music
Townshend: The Community Hope and Action group of Townshend will be hosting on a free supper and concert on March 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Townshend Town Hall This month's event will feature a square and contra dance led by Sally Newton, Michael Donahue, Alicia Moyer, Bob Naess and Colin Blazej. 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.
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.
Wardsboro: The Trustees of the Wardsboro Public Library are hosting its annual variety show in the Wardsboro Town Hall, March 19 at 7 p.m. Handicap accessible. Contact Nancy at 802-896-6141.
Brattleboro: On March 19, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at the Vermont Jazz Center, join the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community for a musical variety show and costume party to celebrate Purim, the community's happiest holiday. Come in your most inventive or extravagant costume (Purim-themed or not). Jewish or not, all are welcome. The BAJC will provide amazing baked goods, beer from Hermit Thrush Brewery, bagels by Bruegger's, a photo booth, a mask making station, musical acts, and much more. The highlight of the evening will be a set of Jewish songs by renowned jazz and R&B singer Wanda Houston and pianist Eugene Uman. All-age admission is by free-will donation. Please bring a non-perishable food item to benefit Groundworks Collaborative. Visit BAJC online or call 802-257-1959.
Walpole, N.H.: Flapper dresses and boater hats are being dug out of the depths of closets or fashioned from thrift store finds as preparations begin for the Roaring Twenties dance March 19 to benefit Our Place Drop-in Center. The Bluebird Orchestra will play at the Walpole Town Hall beginning at 7 p.m., with doors open at 6:30 p.m. Bluebird members Donald Saaf, guitar and vocals, Matthew Sharff, standup bass, and vocals, Rick Contino, pedal steel and banjo, Riley Goodemote, trombone, and Paul McTaggart, drums, have appeared extensively throughout the area. Tickets at $20 for adults and $15 for students will be on sale at the door. It's BYOB for adults, with munchies provided. Prizes will be given for the outfits that best carry out the Roaring Twenties theme of flappers, mobsters, good-time Charlies, Gatsby-esque dudes and other fun-loving characters. Further information is available by contacting Our Place at 802-463-2217, on line at www.ourplacevt.org, on Facebook or at firstname.lastname@example.org. The dance will provide funds for the work of the daytime shelter and food pantry located at 4 Island Street whose mission is to connect people to food and each other. It serves families in Rockingham and the surrounding area and in Walpole and North Walpole, N.H.
Northfield, Mass.: The sanctuary of First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church will come alive with music and storytelling at 7 p.m. March 19 as the church presents an old-fashioned cabaret as part of its Music in the Meetinghouse series. This event will feature home-grown talent performing musical numbers from over the centuries, from the American songbook to folk to modern. There will also be classic storytelling. The suggested donation for the concert is $10. There will be homemade refreshments and beverages available in the Webster Room at the conclusion. Parking is available on Parker Avenue and across Main Street behind Town Hall.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Brattleboro: There will be a community dialogue about food justice on March 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room. There will be a panel discussion with Sabine Rhyne, Vicky Senni, Rhianna Kendrick, Howard Prussack, and Chris McAvoy.
Brattleboro: There will be a community circle dance from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on March 20 at the Aikido Studio at 11 Cottage Street. Led by Anja Daniel and friends. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated. Information: Parker Huber 802-257-9108, or Mary Ellen Cannon, 603-631-0768.
Northfield, Mass.: The Rev. Sarah Pirtle, director of Youth and Family Education at First Congregational Church of Ashfield, will give a talk titled "Pete Seeger and Soul Force," at First Parish Unitarian, Main and Parker, on March 20 starting at 10 a.m. A friend of the late folksinger, Rev. Pirtle will discuss how Seeger's music connects people to a larger impulse of truth-telling and love for the earth. For more information, call 413-498-5566.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: The Climate Change Café will screen "What in the World are They Spraying?" a film about crisscrossing streaks of white clouds trailing behind jet aircraft, on March 22, 6 p.m., at Brooks Memorial Library. As always, the Café is free, and light refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Tim at 802-869-2141 or email@example.com.
'Children of the Chalet'
Bellows Falls: On March 23 at 6:30 p.m., the Rockingham Free Public Library will host Vermont author Elayne Clift, who will read from her latest book, "Children of the Chalet: New & Selected Stories," which won First Prize for Fiction in the Greyden Press 2014 Book Competition and was published in 2015. For more information, call 802-463-4270, email firstname.lastname@example.org, log on to rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the Library at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls. This event is free and open to the public.
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 email@example.com.
Dover: Come bid on some ready-to-go Easter baskets and one fantastic bunny/dollhouse as part of the Dover Free Library's spring silent auction fundraiser. Bidding opened on March 11 and closes at noon on March 25. Winners will be contacted immediately following the close of bidding. Library business hours are Mondays and Tuesdays 2 to 8 p.m.; Wednesdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact the library for more information at 802-348-7488 or visit www.doverfreelibrary1913.org
Wilmington: On March 26 from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Wilmington Fire House, Veterinarian Miles Powers will be providing low-cost vaccinations. Dogs must be leashed; cats must be crated. Dog licensing for Wilmington residents available. Clinic open to all.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Williamsville: Spring will be welcomed in Williamsville this year with the annual Williamsville/Newfane Talent Show on April 2 at 7 p.m. in the Williamsville Hall. A decades-old tradition, the show will feature a range of talented area performers, young and older. Many delightful area performers have already signed up, but there is certainly room for more. Want to sing? Act? Dance? Juggle? Read fiction? Verse? Memoir? Tame lions? Contact Annie Landenberger at email@example.com. Admission is by suggested donation of $5/$15 per family and refreshments will be available, also by donation. Proceeds will benefit both the Leland and Gray Players and the Williamsville Hall. The Williamsville Hall is on Dover Road in Williamsville
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.
Brattleboro: Join the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community for a community seder on the second night of Passover, April 23, at the West Village Meeting House at 5:30 p.m. Main dishes will be catered by Sharon Myers, and Cantor Kate Judd will be leading us through a traditional Jewish seder. You don't have to be Jewish to share this journey and feast; all families and individuals are welcome. To signup, visit /www.signupgenius.com/go/904044ea8aa22a46-bajc or call Laura Berkowitz at 802-257-0922 or the BAJC 802-257-1959. Adults, $25; children under 10, $18. Children under 4 are free. Reservations must be paid in full by April 8. Send a check to BAJC, P.O. Box 2353, Brattleboro VT 05303-2353.
Westminster: Vermont Community Garden Network, in partnership with Charlie Nardozzi, is coming to Westminster this spring for the Grow It! Workshop, on May 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. Visit www.vcgn.org to register for the workshop and for more details.
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