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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com, go to www.rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the Library at 65 Westminster St.
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.
Dummerston: Transition Dummerston hosts an encore presentation of "Inhabit: a Permaculture Perspective:," on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Southeast Vermont Learning Collaborative. First of a two part series, with discussion to follow on Feb. 26. For information, call Bill at 802-257-1020 or Susal at 802-275-7449.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 email@example.com. Choose between 1 to 2 p.m. or 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 802-490-8409 or Caleb Clark, Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies, at 917-703-5580 or email@example.com.
Townshend: Everyone is invited to dinner at noon on Feb. 18, at the Townshend Church. The meal is sponsored by Senior Solutions. Suggested donation for people 60 years and up is $3.50; all others $4.50. Take-outs will be available. Free blood pressure screening will be provided by the VT-NH Visiting Nurses Associaion, starting at 11:30. All are welcome.
Halifax: Senior meal is Friday Feb. 19 at the community hall located at 20 Brook Road in W. Halifax. Lunch is served at noon and the menu is: Peach or Pear with cottage cheese, beef stew, johnny cake, rolls and a Valentine dessert. All seniors are welcome. A call to Joan is appreciated, 802-368-7733.
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.
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.
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.
Brattleboro: On Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Marlboro Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., the Windham World Affairs Council presents Paul Morgan, Ph.D., who will speak on"The Paris Climate Agreement: Emissions Accomplished?" Coffee/tea/conversation will precede Dr. Morgan's talk at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.windhamworldaffairscouncil.org.
Brattleboro: On Feb. 19, from 5 to 8 p.m., Strolling of the Heifers presents Cabin Fever — a festive food and drink tasting event to kick off Harris Hill Ski Jump weekend, taking place at the River Garden in downtown Brattleboro. Live music will be provided by Kevin Schnell and The Grave Diggers Union, and the Stroll's art gallery, Gallery at the Garden, will be open, featuring an exhibit of oil and watercolor paintings by Crystal Bartlett, and acrylics by Steven Meyer. Admission is $20 and entitles you to sample all food and drink. (Alcoholic beverage samples are restricted to persons 21 or older.)
Social + Local
Brattleboro: Claire Wheeler presents a one-day workshop open to the public at the Marlboro Graduate Center on "Social Enterprise in Vermont, Using Business for Good." The workshop will introduce basic concepts about various corporate structures, and also include a panel of Marlboro alumni who are local entrepreneurs. They will speak to the overall benefits and limitations of the various legal structures and mechanisms their companies use to deliver their missions, including instances when tension arises between the profit-motive and mission-motive of the company. Panelists include John Tedesco, Stacy Metzger, Noah Fishman, Alex Fischer, and Kevin Lehman. Space is limited, and registration is available now at http://bit.ly/socloc2016. Hillary Boone can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the Rockingham Library at 65 Westminster St.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. This program is free and open to the public.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 meetinghouseschool.com, or call Erika Korb at 802-251-0772.
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 email@example.com. Come anytime during the session between 3 and 5 p.m. at the Broad Brook Grange.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Brattleboro: Cross-Class Dialogue Circles are a powerful way for people across the class spectrum to come together to talk about their experiences with class, listen to each others stories and perspectives, and then to work together as change makers for economic justice. Engaging with each other across class is empowering, healing and liberating. The next Cross-Class Dialogue Circle will be held on seven Wednesday evenings, 6 to 8:30 p.m., March 9 through June 1. The dialogues are hosted by ACT for Social Justice and take place at The Root Social Justice Center on 28 Williams St. Applications due by March 1st. Complete the application found at www.act4socialjustice.com. Contact Angela for more information at email@example.com or 802-254-3400.
Brattleboro: Brattleboro Time Trade's 2nd Annual Spring Forward Extravaganza will take place on March 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the River Garden. The event is in collaboration with the Arts Council of Windham County; it will be the opening night of the student art show, and it was also chosen to coincide with daylight savings time. The Extravaganza will feature a silent auction, a cabaret stage MC'd by Juggler Tony Duncan, a dessert bar and cafe, a spring plants table, and new member registration. Dosa Kitchen will also be there serving up their delicious South Indian fare. The event is sponsored by Integrated Solar Applications, Brattleboro Savings & Loan, Brattleboro Ford Subaru, and the Brattleboro Retreat. Proceeds from this event will go toward BTT's scholarship fund. Admission is free. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-246-1199
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, email@example.com or the library at 65 Westminster St.
Brains and beer
Bellows Falls: Join Rockingham residents and others on March 12 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Rockingham Library for the second Friends of the Library Books, Brains & Beer pub trivia night, with a St. Patrick's Day theme. In celebration of the Irish theme of the night, the Friends will hold a raffle for a basket of Irish goodies. Register for $75 per team of up to six people, or join a pick-up team for $12, by calling 802-463-4270, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the Library at 65 Westminster St.
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