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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.
Brattleboro: Experience a new approach to learning a language at Express Fluency on Tuesday, March 1. A free Spanish class will be offered 6-7 p.m., and free French class 7-8 p.m. Express Fluency is located at 73 Main Street, Suite One. For more information visit www.expressfluency.com, or contact Elissa McLean at 802-275-2694 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Sunday, March 6, "Motorcycle Diaries" starring Gael García Bernal will be playing at the Latchis Theater starting at 4 p.m. By donation, benefitting MANOS and Latchis Arts. To participate in a Spanish class before and after the film, visit www.ExpressFluency.com or call 802-275-2694.
West Brattleboro: Nature Days at Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center Tuesday, March 1, and Monday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for kids in grades 1-5. Participants will romp, stomp and explore as they play and learn. Information, registration and scholarships: www.beec.org 802-257-5785, Members $35/day, Non-members $45/day
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce is offering a workshop on "The Key Leadership Skill for Business Leaders: 'Multiplication,'" led by Ross Gibson. The workshop will be held March, 2, 8 to 10:30 a.m., at the Brattleboro Retreat Education Center. Prospective and current employers across the region are acutely worried about both the lack of talent and deep recruitment pools. With this daunting challenge, business leaders must take the lead in helping to 'multiply' talent, skills and leaders to be able to be successful. Workshop participants will explore the multiplication skills and tools necessary for all business leaders. The cost of the program is $20 for Chamber members; $25 for non-members. A continental breakfast will be served. To sign up for the event call the Chamber at 802-254-4565 or email email@example.com.
Meet the Candidates
Hinsdale, N.H.: The Hinsdale Lions Club will be sponsoring a Meet the Candidates Forum commencing at 7 p.m. on March 2, at the Millstream Community Center, 19 Main Street, in Hinsdale. Candidates for contested town races are invited to participate. Candidates for uncontested races will be allotted time, as well. Anyone interested in learning about the candidates is also invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. Voters with questions for the candidates may forward them to firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in the discussions. Contested races exist for Selectman Position, Fire Chief, Budget Committee and Library Trustee and Zoning Board and Cemetery Trustee.
Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents West African drum class with instructor Raoul Ombang on Wednesday March 2, 7:15 to 8:45 p.m., at 74 Cotton Mill Hill #346, Sobo Studio at Cotton Mill Hill in Brattleboro. Sliding scale of $10 – $15 for dance. All levels are welcome. Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing and bring a water bottle. Class will be accompanied by live drumming.
Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon on Friday, March 4, at the Guilford Community Church. The menu includes creamy onion lasagna, tossed salad and bread, with peach cobbler for dessert. A suggested donation of $3.50 is asked for seniors, $5 for others. For more information and to make reservations, call 802-254-9774 no later than Wednesday, March 2.
Brattleboro: The Women's Chorus welcomes singers, with the first rehearsals for the spring session open to all women who wish to try out the chorus on March 2 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 118 Elliot St. or March 3, 10 a.m. to noon at Centre Congregational Church, Main Street. More information is available at BrattleboroWomensChorus.org or 802-254-8994.
Townshend: Everyone is invited to dinner at noon on March 3, 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. Take out meals will be available.
Brattleboro: The Strolling of the Heifers and the Brattleboro Area Tech group are hosting "Tech Salad," a farm-food-tech business workshop on March 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden. The goal is of the workshop is to explore opportunities for ways in which these sectors can collaborate and solve problems, including new methods, new markets, new products, and potentially whole new businesses. The meetup will be facilitated by Nadav Malin, president of BuildingGreen, Inc., a Brattleboro consultancy that gathers, organizes and publishes information about green building technologies for building industry professional and policy makers. Participants are asked to register via www.strollingoftheheifers.com/techsalad.
Townshend: Unified String Theory will be playing classic rock covers at the West Townshend Pizza Night on March 4. The outdoor oven will be ready to bake pizza at 5 p.m. Build your own pizza, at $10 a pie, from a number of ingredients. Beer, wine and other refreshments are also available. Music begins at 6:30 p.m. and is free, but donations are appreciated by the musicians.
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 email@example.com or call 802-246-1199.
Dummerston: The Windham Regional Woodlands Association and the Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society are sponsoring an illustrated lecture "The Birds in Your Woods: How You Can Help Them," by Robert E. Engel, a Marlboro College professor of biology emeritus. The welfare of many ground-nesting and other forest-dependent birds — including our State bird, the Hermit Thrush – is increasingly challenged due, in part, to neglect or mismanagement of our forest land. Engel will discuss the important role that woodland birds, including thrushes, warblers, flycatchers, grouse, woodpeckers, owls, and hawks, play in that ecosystem. He also will point out some straight-forward management approaches to help us restore and maintain our local woodlands for these valued birds. The program will be held 7 to 9 p.m., March 4, at the Vermont Learning Collaborative, located at 471 Route 5 in Dummerston. The venue is wheelchair accessible, and the event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Arthur Westing at 802-387-2152 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brattleboro: Come stop by and enjoy free samples throughout the Brattleboro Food Co-op during Gallery Walk, March 4, 5 to 6:30 p.m. 802-246-2822, email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or the library at 65 Westminster St.
Dummerston: The Dummerston Community Center's Annual Pampered Chef fundraiser event will be held March 5, from 12:55 to 2:55 p.m. at the Center, 150 West Street. Kim Martin will host the show, with new spring products, recipes, demonstrations of many cooking needs, also hands-on cooking and the tasting of spices, sauces and rubs. There will be special drawings through-out the show. Proceeds will assist in operating expenses for the Community Center. For more information, call Kim at 802-257-8602, Ann at 802-254-2415 and Jean at 802-254-9212.
New England boiled dinner
Bellows Falls: The United Church of Bellows Falls, School Street, will host a New England boiled dinner on Saturday, March 5, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The menu will include corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potato, rolls, pickled beets, cake, and beverages. Cost: adults $11, ages 5-12 $6, under 5 free. Take out available. For advanced reservations, call Janice Manning 802-463-3485. The church hall is accessible to all. Please enter from the back of the building.
Westminster West: The 11th Annual Fundraising Dinner sponsored by the Westminster West Congregational Church will be held March 5 at 6 p.m. at the church. Over a hearty meal provided by Tristan Toleno, owner anjdchef of Entera Catering, join your neighbors in celebrating our little patch of the planet. Bring a strong appetite and be prepared to share or enjoy short tales highlighting the quirky country life of our village and its environs. The menu includes vegetarian and gluten free dishes and is served family style. Adults: $15; kids: $8; ikds under 4, free. Wine for sale by the glass. For information, call Tom Griffith at 802387-5694 or email email@example.com.
Sugar on snow
Guilford: On March 5, the Guilford Annual Sugar on Snow Supper will be held at the Broad Brook Grange with three seatings: 5, 6 and 7 p.m. The menu includes ham, baked beans, deviled eggs, potato salad, cole slaw, rolls, sugar on snow, donuts, pickles, coffee, tea or milk. $12 adult; $5 ages 5 to 12; $2 kids 4 and younger. To make a reservation, call 802-257-5359.
Indoor Mini-Golf Tournament
Brattleboro: Winston Prouty Center for Child Development is hosting its 2nd Annual Indoor Mini-Golf Tournament for adults and families on March 5 and March 6. The two-day "FUN-raiser" is open to the public. Saturday's tournament for adults is a black-tie optional evening that will feature light dinner fare and a cash bar. The tournament will be from 6 to 9 p.m. and tickets are $25 per person. Sunday's family fun day will take place from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person, or $12 for a foursome if you bring your Saturday night scorecard. Both events will take place in Vermont Hall on the former Austine School Campus in Brattleboro. Winston Prouty Center recently purchased the campus with a vision of collaborating with other nonprofits that might need space. All proceeds from the event will go towards the capital campaign. Winston Prouty Center for Child Development, incorporated in 1969, provides inclusive education and family support to promote the success of children and families. For more information about the two-day Indoor Mini-Golf Classic, call Winston Prouty at 802-257-7852 or visit its website, www.winstonprouty.org.
Brattleboro: Discover how to satisfy your sweet tooth with delicious and local sweeteners, as well as making substitutes for your sugary favorites. The average American now consumes as much as 150 pounds of refined sugar each year. Participants will learn about the refining process, as well as land-use issues, environmental impact, and disease. Taught by Robin Matathias, who teaches Environmental Studies at Keene State College, on March 5, 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.
Winchester, N.H.: The United Church of Winchester will hold its monthly Bean Supper on March 5 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the church building at 99 Main St. Served family style, the cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children. The building is accessible to all and the proceeds help to fund the church's missions. For more information, call 603-239-4465.
Brattleboro: Try free samples and learn about different families of cheeses with the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cheese Department on March 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. Call 802-246-2852 or email email@example.com for information.
Dover: On March 7, the Dover Free Library presents "A Secret," starring Cecile De France, Patrick Bruel and Ludivine Sagnier. Showtime is at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Chesterfield, N.H.: The Chesterfield Senior Lunch will be held on Wednesday, March 9, at the Chesterfield Town Hall at 12:30 p.m. A pork chop dinner will be served. A $5 donation is suggested. Reservations are required. Please call Joanne at 363-8348. After lunch Steve Taylor will speak to the group about "Cows and Communities." The Home Health Care nurse will be available to take blood pressures from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All seniors are welcome.
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 1. Complete the application found at www.act4socialjustice.com. Contact Angela for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-254-3400.
Bellows Falls: On March 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rockingham Library, master diver Annette Spaulding will discuss her recent petroglyph find along the Connecticut River in Brattleboro. This is one of two petroglyph sites known to have been submerged under water after the creation of the Vernon Dam over 100 years ago. Spaulding is the first to locate one of the two petroglyph sites. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-463-4270, email email@example.com or stop by the Rockingham Library at 65 Westminster St.
Brattleboro: On March 9 from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m., African Dance Vermont presents a West African dance class with Raoul Ombang at 74 Cotton Mill Hill No. 346. Sliding scale of $10 to $15 for dance. All levels are welcome. Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing and bring a water bottle. Class will be accompanied by live drumming. For more information on dance and drum classes, visit www.africandancevt.com or find African Dance VT on Facebook.
Newfane: On March 10 at the Newfane Congregational Church there will be dinner for seniors in Newfane and surrounding communities. The menu includes tomato juice and celery, corned beef with cabbage, carrots, and potatoes, soda bread and ice cream and cookies. The 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. 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.
Brattleboro: Learn how to do make lip balm from scratch. Each participant will get to bring home a tube and a tin of lip balm in a flavor they choose on March 10, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room. $5 for Co-op shareholders, $7 for non-shareholders. Registration required at 802-246-2821 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wine and appetizers
Brattleboro: Come sample wines at the Brattleboro Food Co-op from its large selection, paired with delicious appetizers. Free to patrons over 21 with a valid ID, on March 11, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 802-246-2821 or emalil email@example.com.
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.
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 12, 1 to 3 p.m, in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room. Free but registration is required at 802-246-2821 or email@example.com.
Vernon: The Mountain View SDA Church presents Ilana Joyce Cady in a classical piano concert on March 12 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: 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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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