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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 Ancestry.com. 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 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.

Adopt-a-book

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.

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 CarryMeHomeCampaign@gmail.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CarryMeHomeWithLove.

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.

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 youngprosgala.eventbrite.com. 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 www.mondomediaworks.com.

Candidate's forum

Brattleboro: The next Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast will be held Feb. 12 at the Gibson Aiken Center, downstairs, hosted by Senior Meals. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. Brattleboro Selectboard candidates will give brief presentations and be available for questions: Kate O'Connor is running unopposed for a three year term; Richard DeGray, David Gartenstein and Avery Schwenk are running for two one-year terms. RSVP by no later than Feb. 9 to Robt.Oeser@gmail.com or at 518-505-9031.

Wine and appetizers

Brattleboro: Come sample wines at the Brattleboro Food Co-op paired with delicious appetizers. Free to patrons over 21 with a valid ID, on Feb. 12 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Pizza night

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.

Wildlife landscaping

Keene, N.H.: On Feb. 12, Michael Nerrie of Distant Hill Gardens in Walpole will lead a workshop on how to design landscaping to benefit local wildlife, birds and pollinators. Downstairs in the Kay Fox Room at the Keene Public Library from 1 to 3 p.m. There is no fee but donations are appreciated. To RSVP or learn more, email Sharlene@cheshireconservation.org or call 603-756-2988, ext. 115.

Open mic

Townshend: There will be an open mic at the West Townshend Pizza Night on Feb. 12. The outdoor oven will be fired up and 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. The open mic will start at 6:30 p.m. Local and visiting musicians are encouraged to come and share their music.

Spaghetti dinner

Bellows Falls: On Feb. 13, The Bellows Falls Rotary Club hosts its Annual Spaghetti Dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Bellows Falls Moose Club. The menu includes homemade spaghetti sauce and homemade meatballs, freshly made crisp salad with a balsamic maple dressing, bread, dessert and beverage. There is vegetarian sauce also available. Adults are $8, Children $5 and kids under 5 are free. Takeout is also available. Tickets will be sold at the door or you may ask a Rotarian. All proceeds support Rotary sponsored community projects, scholarships for graduating students, sponsorship of foreign exchange students and specific local programs such as Our Place, Parks Place and numerous other organizations.

Pamper Me Party

Brattleboro: Come treat yourself to a hands-on demo of the Badger face care line. All participants will be entered into a raffle for a Badger face care set of their choice, on Feb. 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room. $3 for Co-op Shareholders, $5 for Non-Shareholders. Registration required at 802-246-2821 or msbfc@sover.net.

Wildlife tracking

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 distanthillgardens@gmail.com. For more information, visit www.distanthill.org.

Discovery in the woods

Halifax: On Feb. 13, Lynn Levine will present a workshop on winter animal tracking. Registration is required since there is a maximum of 15 participants. The workshop starts at 9:30 a.m. Early-bird registration (on or before Feb. 9) is $50 per person (workshop only) or $55 (workshop plus lunch). After that, if any spaces remain available, registration will be $55 per person (workshop) or $60 (workshop and lunch). There will be no registration on the day of the event. To sign up, email HalifaxConservation@gmail.com.

Music

Vernon: The Mountain View SDA Church presents Michelle Liechti and Bruce Griffin in a violin and piano classical concert on Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. The Mountain View Adventist Church is located at 1002 Ft. Bridgeman Highway in Vernon. The concert is free of charge and will be followed by fellowship and light refreshments.

Roast beef

Bernardston, Mass.: The United Church of Bernardston's Second Saturday Roast Beef Suppers continue on Feb. 13. $10 adult. Two-seatings at 5 and 6:15 p.m. Reservations for a preferred seating time or information, call 413-648-9306. Take-out meals available. The United Church of Bernardston is located at 58 Church St.

Shared housing

Brattleboro: Explore how sharing housing might work for you during a meet up and potluck on Feb. 13 at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Dunham Room, 16 Bradley Ave., from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. For ore information, call 802-451-1941, email Annamarie@sharinghousing.com or visit www.sharinghousing.com.

Fancy Footwork

Brattleboro: On Feb. 13, at 4 p.m., the Latchis will feature "Hairspray," admission by donation, as part of the theater's celebration of music and dance, Fancy Footwork February. On Feb. 20, at 4 p.m., the Latchis will screen "Ballet 422," and on Feb. 27, at 4 p.m., "Thoroughly Modern Millie." For more information, visit www.latchisarts.org.

Cupcakes and cookies

Townshend: The Community Hope & Action group of Townshend is partnering with the Calvary Chapel this Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, to put on an afternoon of cookie and cupcake decorating at Townshend Village Pizza. Anyone is welcome to bring homemade cookies or cupcakes to decorate and trade with neighbors. Coffee and tea will be provided. The swap will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. This event is completely free.

Breakfast

West Brattleboro: The First Congregational Church is hosting its monthly free breakfast on Feb. 14 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The menu includes but is not limited to, scrambled eggs, home fries, french toast, apple pancakes, sausage, fresh fruit, orange juice coffee and other hot beverages. All are welcome.

Drawing from nature

Marlboro: The Southern Vermont Natural History Museum's annual President's Day Open House on Feb. 15 will focus on the art of nature. Come for a free afternoon of live animals and local artists. The event will feature an exhibit of local photographers painters and craftspeople as well as an opportunity for you to have a photoshoot or drawing session with some of the Museum's education animals. Kids' crafts and activities will include a scavenger hunt and activity table from the Pettee Library. The day starts at noon with a guided hike on the Hogback Conservation Area and then the doors open for free museum admission from 1 to 4. For more information, follow the museum on facebook www.facebook.com/vermontmuseum or call 802-464-0048.

Winter break

Dover: The Dover Free Library offers a number of free programs for kids and families during the Winter Break Fun Week, Feb. 15 to 20. Some programs may require registration. All programs are free and held at the library. Visit our website www.doverfreelibrary1913.org , call the library at 802-348-7488 or stop by and pick up a schedule for more details and to register. Events include storytime, a pizza party, a wildlife tracking workshop, a Lego Challenge, a Star Wars movie event and open table games.

Domino toppling

Brattleboro: On Feb. 15 starting at 5 p.m., the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center will host the 9th Annual Domino Toppling Extravaganza. Veteran domino toppler and YouTube superstar Lily Hevesh and other domino whiz kids will arrive in Brattleboro 48 hours in advance to begin setting up the big show. Correctly guess how many dominoes are set up, and you could start the entire chain reaction. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Reservations are not necessary. Free for children 8 and under, $3 for BMAC members, $5 for all others.

Junior Olympics

Brattleboro: On Feb. 15 at 9:30 a.m. and 17 at 2:30 p.m., Young Olympians of the future are invited to participate in the Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department Jr. Olympic Races. On Feb. 15, downhill races will be held at Living Memorial Park and on Feb. 17, skating races will be held at the ice rink. Students from school grades 1-12 are eligible and are encouraged to enter the events. All events are free of charge. Each event will have a boy's division and girl's division. Ribbons will be awarded to the first five winners in each division and participation ribbons to all. Register for each event the morning of the event. These events are co-sponsored by the Recreation and Parks Department and Winter Carnival.

Relaxation and mindfulness

Brattleboro: Using principles of Tai Chi and energy medicine, instructor Dan Foster will teach a simple ABC technique for easily integrating relaxation and mindfulness into your daily routineon Feb. 15 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room. Free, registration requested at 802-246-2821 or email msbfc@sover.net.

Open house

Marlboro: The Southern Vermont Natural History Museum will host a free afternoon of live animals and local artists on Feb. 15 from noon to 4 p.m. See the art of local photographers painters and craftspeople and get a chance to meet them. The Museum's live education animals will be out for you to photograph or draw. Kids' crafts and activities will include a scavenger hunt and activity table from the Pettee Library . Discounted museum family memberships will be available and scavenger hunt participants and people who dress up as their favorite animal can get a free gift. The day starts at noon with a guided hike led by Carol Berner of Smith College and then the doors open for free museum admission from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information find the museum on Facebook or call 802-464-0048.

Presidents' Day

Brattleboro: Al Town offices will be closed on Feb. 15, with the exception of emergency services. Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Feb. 14 and 15. All other violations will be enforced. Brooks Memorial Library will be closed on Feb. 14 and 15. Trash, recycling, and composting are not affected by the holiday. Collections will take place on the normal schedule.

Kids' Winter Carnival

Brattleboro: Cozy up with a cup of hot cocoa and hot pretzels, made by you, at the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom on Feb. 16, with two times — 1 to 2 p.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free, registration required at 802-246-2821 or msbfc@sover.net.

Legion lunch

Brattleboro: AARP Chapter No. 763 is hosting a "Hearts and Flowers" luncheon at the American Legion, Linden Street, on Feb. 16 noon. The menu includes roast pork with all the timings. There is also a vegetarian dinner. The cost is $8 per person. For reservations, mail a check payable to AARP CH #763 to Mrs. Edna Fletcher, 525 Sunset Lake Road, Brattleboro, VT 05301, or call 802-254-2583. Entertainment will be provided by a trio of musicians from the Brattleboro Music Center. Members, guests and interested persons are welcome.

Senior lunch

Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon on Feb. 19, at the Guilford Community Church. The menu includes chicken egg noodle casserole, broccoli-cauliflower mix, and bread, with pineapple upside down cake for dessert. A suggested donation of $3.50 for seniors is asked. $5 for others. For more information and to make reservations, call 802-254-9774 no later than Feb. 16.

Hooker horror

Brattleboro: On Feb. 16, the Hooker-Dunham Theater and Gallery begins a new monthly film series, Horror at the Hooker, at 7:30 p.m., with a screening of the shorts "The Meeting and "Doll Parts," followed by the full-length "Evangeline." Event tickets are $5 (suggested donation). Cash only.

Energy efficiency

Bellows Falls: On Feb. 17 at 7 p.m., Mark Kelly of Efficiency Vermont will speak about PACE, including providing the capital and processing of all applications, billing and payments, at the Rockingham Public Library. Laurie Fielder and Lisa Di Bernardo of Vermont State Employee Credit Union will speak to the benefits of the Heat Saver Loan. For more information, call 802-463-4270, email programming@rockinghamlibrary.org, go to www.rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the Library at 65 Westminster St.

African dance

Brattleboro: On Feb. 17, from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m., African Dance Vermont presents West African dance class with Raoul Ombang at 74 Cotton Mill Hill, No. 346. Sliding scale cost $8 to $20. For more information, visit sobodance.com/contact-us. For more information on dance and drum classes, visit www.africandancevt.com and find African Dance VT on Facebook.

Maya Angelou

Bellows Falls: The Rockingham Public Library will host a discussion of the life and works of Maya Angelou on Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. with Vermont Humanities Council Scholar Deborah Lee Luskin. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-463-4270 or email programming@rockinghamlibrary.org.

Pre-Town Meeting meeting

Guilford: The Guilford pre-town meeting and meet the candidates event is Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. School Board and Selectboard present their budgets and answer questions about proposed articles. Meet the candidates for town and school boards, including possible write-in candidates. Refreshments. Sponsored by and held at Broad Brook Grange.

Exploring herbs

Brattleboro: Kids can become an herbal tea taste-tester with herbalist Susan E. Stanton at the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom on Feb. 18. Free, registration required at 802-246-2821 or msbfc@sover.net. Choose between 1 to 2 p.m. or 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Tech meeting

Brattleboro: Michael Knapp, CEO of Green River, will speak at the Feb. 18 meeting of Brattleboro Area Tech. The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. and is hosted by Green River in its offices at 167 Main Street, Suite 103. Green River builds software for sustainability, environmental protection, school improvement, and public health. For more information, contact Bob Lawson at bob@lawsontechconsult.com, 802-490-8409 or Caleb Clark, Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies, at 917-703-5580 or cclark@gradschool.marlboro.edu.

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.

Wind power

Grafton: On Feb. 19, in the Homestead Room, Grafton Inn at 6:30 p.m., Grafton Woodlands Group will host Dr. Sandy Reider, who will present "Wind Turbines and Health Effects." Free and open to the public.

Morning concert

Brattleboro: On Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. at the Gibson Aiken Center, Bill Shontz will present a children's concert. The cost is $3 per person, 60 and older free.

Celtic music

Townshend: There will be Celtic Music at the West Townshend Pizza Night on Feb. 19. Pizza making begins 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 starts at 6:30 and features Fahey's Fields, a group of local musicians playing music of the British Isles.

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 msbfc@sover.net.

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 nhcc.hinsdalenh@gmail.com.

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.

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 LindaALyon@gmail.com 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 programming@rockinghamlibrary.org 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 janemichaud29@hotmail.com.

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 msbfc@sover.net.

Auditions

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

Wandering

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.

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 putpub@svcable.net. 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.

PlantPure

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.

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 msbfc@sover.net.

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.

Outreach meal

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.

Auditions

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 micott@comcast.net. 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 distanthillgardens@gmail.com.

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 Dr.NityaJess@gmail.com.

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, programming@rockinghamlibrary.org or the library at 65 Westminster St.


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