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Brattleboro: The Brooks Memorial Library Board of Trustees is seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated Brattleboro resident and library user to fill an open position on the board. Candidates for this position should have an interest in maintaining a strong and visionary library in town. The board, which numbers nine trustees, meets at the library from 4:45 to 6:45 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month, September through June. Members are also asked to serve on two or more committees that convene monthly or as needed. Those committees are: Asset Development; Technology; Building & Grounds; and Fine Arts. In the coming year, the Trustees and staff will be crafting a new strategic plan (2017-2021) as well as implementing library physical plant improvements funded by a recent bequest. For more information on the library, visit brookslibraryvt.org. Applicants should send a letter or email describing their interests and skills relevant to serving on the Library Board. Submit the document no later than Jan. 30 by 5 p.m. to Trustee Position, Board of Trustees, Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. 05301 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Union High School music department announces 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 Jan. 9, 16 and 23. All proceeds will be used for music department travel in March. This year, tree pick-up requests can be made in two ways. At the January Gallery Walk on Friday, Jan. 8, students will take orders from a table outside BrattleBurger. Orders can also 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.
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. This is a great opportunity to give back and honor loved ones, family or friends. 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.
Townshend: The community is invited to dinner at noon on Jan. 7 at the Townshend Church. The meal, prepared by Dam Diner Chef Stephanie, is sponsored by Senior Solutions. Suggested donation is $3.50 for people 60 years and older; all others $4. Take-out meals will be available. Everyone is welcome.
Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon on Jan. 8, at the Guilford Community Church. The menu includes ham soup, applesauce and bread, with brownies for dessert. A suggested donation of $3.50 for seniors is asked. For more information and to make reservations, call 802-254-9774 no later than Jan. 6.
Walpole, N.H.: On Jan. 8 and 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.
BizUp West B
West Brattleboro: On Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m., the Community Development Action Team of the West Brattleboro Association will host the first ever BizUp West B! This will take place in the center conference room at 55 Marlboro Road. Connect, Collaborate and Innovate! BizUp events intend to connect our talented local business owners and organizational leaders with one another, providing the possibility of sharing resources, supporting collaboration and sparking innovation. Any businesses from West Brattleboro or nearby are more than welcome to attend. You will be provided a poster board with registration. Register by Jan. 8 by emailing email@example.com. If you have any questions, contact Erin at 808-469-1303.
Brattleboro: Brooks Memorial Library is hosting a Toy Hacking Workshop on Jan. 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in which participants will take apart electronic toys and learn about how circuits work. For ages 9 to 14, or 6 to 9 if accompanied by an adult. Families welcome. Registration required. Materials will be provided. Call the Children's Room at 802-254-5290, ext. 110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Bernardston, Mass.: The United Church of Bernardston at 58 Church St., is having its Second Saturday Roast Beef Supper on Jan. 9; a complete home-cooked meal with all the fixings and dessert for just $10. Seating times are 5 or 6:15 p.m. Reserve a preferred seating time by calling 413-648-9306.
Brattleboro: On Jan. 9, there will be a shared housing meet up and potluck at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Dunham Room, 16 Bradley Ave., from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Led by Annamarie Pluhar, author of "Sharing Housing, A Guidebook for Finding and Keeping Good Housemates." Bring a dish for the potluck.
Brattleboro: The first Brattleboro Contradance for the new year will be held on Jan. 10 at the Stone Church, at the corner of Main Street and Grove Street, from 7 to 10 p.m. Caller for this dance is Steve Zakon-Anderson who will be accompanied by the band Cardinal Direction with Rebecca Bosworth-Clemens, Jon Cannon and Cedar Stanistreet. Admission is adults $10, college students with ID $8, youth $5. All dances are instructed and prompted and all ages are welcomed. For more information, visit www.brattcontra.org or call Carol 802-258-1723.
Brattleboro: The First Congregational Church at 880 Western Ave. is hosting a free breakfast on Jan. 10 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The menu includes scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, french toast, pancakes, served with Vermont maple syrup, fresh fruit, juice, coffee, tea, cocoa. All are invited and welcome. Donations accepted.
Brattleboro: Community Circle dances will be held at the Aikido Studio at 11 Cottage St., on Jan. 10, 17 and 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.
Putney: The Putney Historical Society will hold its Annual Meeting on Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. with a free program on "Strong Women of Putney." The meeting will be held in the newly renovated Next Stage, home of the Putney Historical Society and Next Stage Arts at 15 Kimball Hill. There will be a potluck dinner at 6. Please bring something to share. After the dinner, there will be a brief business meeting followed by the "Strong Women of Putney" program, celebrating several women from Putney's past who accomplished great things for the town and beyond. Event is free and open to the public.
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 begins Jan. 10 with "Chairs, Tables and Cabinets: On the Prowl for Early Vermont Furniture," led by William Hosley. On Jan. 17 the topic will be "Gobble! Gobble! Wild Turkeys are Smart and Social," with Lynn Morgan of the Nature Museum at Grafton. Tales of local farmers who walked their turkeys to Boston and how the wild turkey was reintroduced to Vermont in 1969 will be shared. 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.
Dover: On Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. the Dover Free Library presents "Death at a Funeral," rated R. This event is open and free to the public. For questions, call 802-345-7488, or visit www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.
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.
Dummerston: The Senior Solutions meal will be held on Jan. 13 at the Grange Hall in Dummerston Center beginning at noon. Chefs Larry Lynch and Sallie May will present a dinner of chicken pie, mashed potato, corn pudding, marinated carrots, cole slaw and lemon breeze for dessert. Takeouts are available by calling the Grange on Wednesday morning at 802-254-1138. Donations of $3 for seniors 60 and over and $4 for the younger folks are greatly appreciated. In case of bad weather, this meal will be postponed until Jan. 27.
Ski and snowboard
Brattleboro: Living Memorial Park Snow Sports and Mount Snow's Ski School will offer free ski and snowboard lessons again this year. The lessons will be held at the Park Hill which is maintained and operated by Living Memorial Park Snow Sports, a completely volunteer non-profit organization. The lessons will be 6-7:30 p.m. and run for three consecutive Thursday evenings: Jan. 14, Jan. 21 and Jan. 28 with a possible make up on Feb. 4. Sign in by 5:45 p.m. at the base station. You must have your own equipment. A $5 lift ticket is required if you will be riding the T-bar. Register online at vtsnowsports.org (by Monday of that week's lesson). This is the only way to register.
Walpole, N.H.: The Walpole Historical Society's first speaker of the year will be Gary Speed, who will discuss New Hampshire wildlife species and changes in wildlife populations over the past decades, including the bobcat, the bear and the chipmunk, on Jan 14 at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
Guilford: On Jan. 14, at 9 a.m. at the Guilford Country Store, there will be a meeting of the Guilford Gazette to finalize its February issue. Call 802-257-4603 for information.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center presents a screening of the documentary film "Ceremony," followed by a discussion with filmmaker Sas Carey, on Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door, free for BMAC members and children under 18. A project ten years in the making, "Ceremony" sheds light on the mysterious spiritual life of shamans in northern Mongolia, specifically focusing on one particular ceremony that few outsiders have ever witnessed, let alone filmed.
Newfane: On Jan. 14 at noon at the Newfane Congregational Church, there will be dinner for seniors in Newfane and surrounding communities. The menu includes deviled eggs, cranberry Jello salad, shepherd's pie with corn and peas, rolls and cherry cake. The delicious 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 (Council on Aging, Inc.) 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.
Bellows Falls: A meeting for concerned citizens to discuss the direction town management is taking the village. Come to share concerns on Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. at Windham Antiques in the Square. Thoughts and ideas about the Liberty Justice Center proposal, the TLR buildings and other issues of concern are welcome. Questions, views, visions and planning will take place at this meeting. Bring ideas for inspired uses of village/town buildings for the future of Bellows Falls and Rockingham. This will be an initial brainstorming meeting to consolidate Rockingham residents thoughts and aspirations for a community-based vision. Economic development does not have to be destructive, it can be empowering. The Rockingham Town Plan and the Bellows Falls Workbook will be available.
Guilford: On Jan. 15, at 1 p.m., the Guilford Community Church will present "Nobel Hearts," about Vermont's involvement in the Civil War. The movie will begin immediately following Senior Lunch. No charge. Call 802-254-6545 for information.
Grafton: On Jan. 15 at 6 p.m., the Grafton Woodlands Group is hosting Ben Luce, renewable energy expert and professor of physics and sustainability at Lyndon State College, who will speak in the Homestead Room, Grafton Inn, 92 Main St. Luce will speak to the environmental and social impacts of Vermont's current energy plan and discuss more effective ways to develop renewables. The public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. For more information call 802-843-3113, or visit email@example.com, graftonwindhamwind.org, and facebook.com/Grafton-Woodlands-Group.
Vernon: The Mountain View SDA Church will host the Cheshiremen Chorus in concert on Jan. 16 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.
Brattleboro: The Root Social Justice Center is partnering with Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform to host a free public forum, "Mass Incarceration and Vermont," at 28 Williams St., from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 17. ASL and childcare are provided. The event is wheelchair accessible and fragrance free. It will also be filmed by BCTV. Donations are appreciated.
Jamaica: Join Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center naturalist Patti Smith on a tracking expedition, following the trail of a wide-ranging mammal, on Jan. 17. This program is dependent on snow conditions, so be sure to register. Call BEEC at 257-5785 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit www.BEEC.org. Meet at 8:30 am at the Route 30 covered bridge in Dummerston
Brattleboro: The Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center hosts Nature Days for children in grades 1 through 5 on Jan. 18 and 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in which kids will play and learn, and benefit from the fresh air and exercise. Information, registration and scholarships at www.beec.org or 802-257-5785. Members $35 a day, non-members $45 a day.
Walpole, N.H.: The Walpole Seniors will meet at the First Congregational Church at noon on Jan. 18 for a potluck luncheon. Everyone is asked to bring a contribution for the Fall Mountain Food Shelf and a dish to share with the members. Lunch will be followed by a discussion about tours available during 2016. Bring your ideas for some outstanding trips, so that this can be a banner year for travel by the Walpole Seniors.
Halifax: The Halifax Community Club and the Whitingham Free Public Library are again cosponsoring a Tai Chi class that will be held on Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Halifax Community Hall. The winter session will begin on Jan. 20 and end on March 23. The instructor, Halifax resident Seth Geeslin, has been practicing Tai Chi for more than 20 years and teaching for about 15 years. The Halifax Community Hall, located at 20 Brook Road in West Halifax, is wheelchair accessible and has an accessible bathroom. The class is open to the public, and no registration is required. There is a suggested voluntary donation of $5 per class. All donations will be applied toward a winter heat fund to enable the Club to host Tai Chi classes and other programs year-round in the historic Hall. For more information, contact Linda Lyon at LindaALyon@gmail.com or 802-368-2211.
Guilford: On Jan. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Guilford Free Library, there will be a discussion of Richard Russo's "Empire Falls." No charge. Call 802-254-5561 for information.
Brattleboro: The Gathering Place will host its annual meeting on Jan. 27 at 30 Terrace St. at 4 p.m.
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.
Walpole, N.H.: On Jan. 22 and Feb. 26, the Mazziott Bake Shop at 40 Main St., will host a five-course dinner with the Carr Uman Rose jazz trio playing from 6 to 9 p.m. Reservations are required as seating is limited. For more information, call 603-439-1655.
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