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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. 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.

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.

Gingerbread

Brattleboro: Come to the Brattleboro Food Co-op kitchen to make traditional gingerbread people to decorate and eat right away, or to package beautifully to offer as gifts for friends and family for the holidays. Dec. 23, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom. Free. Registration required, at 802-246-2821 or msbfc@sover.net.

African dance

Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents West African drum class with Raoul Ombang on Dec. 23 from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m., followed by a dance class from 7:15 to 8:45. At the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main Street. $10 drum class; Ssliding scale of $8 to $20 for dance. All levels are welcome. Drums are available for those who need one. For more information, visit www.africandancevt.com or find African Dance VT on Facebook.

Hogback programs

Marlboro: This vacation week there are lots of things to do at the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum and Hogback Conservation Area. The formal programming starts at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 30 with the return of Wolfgard Northeast (www.wolfgardne.org), who will present "Wolf Age, Before the World Falls: Wolf Myths from Europe." This program looks at some of the cultural views of wolves and how these views influence us today. Best for adults and older children. On New Year's Eve, Diana Todd of the Hogback Mountain Conservation Association will lead a Sunset Hike to the fire tower on Mount Olga. See the last sunset of the year with a knowledgeable guide and accomplished local historian. Diana will meet the group on Dec. 31 at 3:30 p.m. at the Alpenglo parking lot west of the scenic overlook. The following morning, Michael Clough of the Museum will lead the annual First Day Hike. Meet on Jan. 1 at 10 a.m. at the VAST lot on Hogback for an informal stroll through the Conservation Area. Topics will be participant driven but will likely include tracking, winter wildlife and an exploration of the black bear habitat on the mountain. Hikers for both programs should dress for the weather and be prepared for winter conditions, including possible ice and snow. From Dec. 23 through Jan. 3, the Museum will also be featuring regular live animal demonstrations. Contact the Museum for details at 802-464-0048 or find the museum on Facebook.

Hockey

Saxtons River: Come see the annual Nick Grout Memorial PVA Vermont vs. New Hampshire Alumni Hockey Game on Dec. 26 starting at 7 pm at the Vermont Academy Ice Rink. Donations will be collected at intermission to benefit the hockey scholarship program. For more information, visit www.pvahockey.org.

Circle dance

Brattleboro: There will be a community circle dance on Dec. 27 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Aikido Studio at 11 Cottage Street. "Turning of the Year" candle dances with Lucia Wilson and friends. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated. Information: Parker Huber 802-257-9108 or Mary Ellen Cannon, 603-631-0768.

Pizza

Townshend: Pizza Night at the West Townshend Store will be on Dec. 26 this week. Pizza making begins at 5 p.m. Build your own pizza, at $10 a pie and watch it bake in the outdoor oven. Beer, wine and other refreshments are also available. Music this week is Antje, Alan and Alison, playing Celtic fiddle tunes, and begins at 6:30.

Downton Abbey

Brattleboro: Vermont PBS and the Latchis Hotel & Theatre are hosting a free sneak preview of the first episode of Downton Abbey, Season 6, on Dec. 27, at 4 p.m., at the Latchis. People will enjoy the first hour of episode one, followed by a discussion and audience reaction. Raffles and door prizes will also be included. Registration is requested. To register, visit vermontpbs.org/downton.

Sober celebration

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.

Spiritual experiences

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.

Bean supper

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.

Timber harvest

Wilmington: On Jan. 8, from 1 to 3 p.m., State Forester Tim Morton will lead a tour of an active timber harvest at Molly Stark State Park in Wilmington. The harvest uses a combination of harvest machine felling and hand cutting designed to improve snowshoe hare habitat while being sensitive to trails and park infrastructure. Dress for winter conditions; bring snowshoes. RSVP to tim.morton@vermont.gov.

Annual meeting

Brattleboro: The Gathering Place will host its annual meeting on Jan. 27 at 30 Terrace St. at 4 p.m.


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