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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.
Brattleboro: Turning Point of Windahm County hosts its annual alcohol-free "Rocking Recovery" on Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. This is a family friendly event at Turning Point's new facility at 38 Elm St. Ralph Sherman and friends will provide the music, snacks will be provided, and everyone will be able to watch the countdown to New Year's at midnight. Donations are gratefully accepted, but not required. Contact Turning Point at 802-257-5600 for more information.
Brattleboro: Have you ever had the experience of seeing spiritual light, listening to an inner sound, had strong intuitions or deja vu, dreams of flying, past life recall, or an out-of-body experience? This open discussion on Jan. 2 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Library is a chance to explore and share your experiences. Hosted by Eckankar, the religion of the Light and Sound of God, a spiritual teaching that provides simple exercises for people of all faiths, traditions, and walks of life to develop and deepen a conscious and practical relationship with spirit. All are welcome. For more information, visit www.eckankar-vt.org or call 800-772-9390.
Winchester, N.H.: The United Church of Winchester will hold its monthly Bean Supper on Jan. 2 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. For more information, call 603-239-4465.
Townshend: The West Townshend Store will hold the first pizza night concert of the New Year on Jan. 2, so as not to conflict with the holiday. Pizza baking begins at 5 p.m. in the outdoor oven. Build your own pizza from a number of tasty ingredients, at $10 a pie. Beer, wine and other refreshments are available. Music begins at 6:30 with Kim and Sharon, playing Appalachian Americana songs on guitar and mandolin.
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.
Dummerston: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) announces its midwinter series of three lectures on the future of American politics. The lecturer will be Michael Krasner, of the political science faculty at Queen's College, State University of New York. Professor Krasner will consider the state of our political life in what promises to be a momentous election year. This winter's lectures will begin on Jan. 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. The first lecture will consider American politics since the New Deal. Successive lectures will be held on Jan. 11 and 18, with Jan. 25 as designated snow date. All lectures are held at the Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 Vermont Route 5. The fee for the lectures is $6 per lecture. Light refreshments will be served. For further information, call the Learning Collaborative at 802-257-8600, or toll-free 866-889-0042.
Song and dance
Brattleboro: Starting Jan. 5 and running 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.
Westminster: Souper Wednesday will be returning to the First Congregational Church, 3470 U.S. Route 5, for the seventh consecutive year, on Jan. 6, from noon to 2 p.m. Come for a hot bowl of soup and conversation with your neighbors. There is no charge for the simple soup lunch other than free will donation.
Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents a West African drum class led by Raoul Ombang on Jan. 6, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. at the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main Street. The cost is $10 and all levels are welcome. Drums are available for those who need one. For more information on dance and drum classes, visit www.africandancevt.com or find African Dance VT on Facebook.
Brattleboro: Art historian Carol Berry will consider the influences upon the work of 19th-century painter Vincent Van Gogh in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro on Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. Her talk, "Vincent Van Gogh: What Influenced Him and His Influence on Art," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. Brooks Memorial Library is sponsored by Brattleboro Camera Club, Brattleboro Retreat, Brattleboro Savings & Loan, Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, New Chapter, and Windham World Affairs Council.
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 email@example.com to register.
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.
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.
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.
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