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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.

Senior meal

Townshend: The community is invited to dinner at noon on Thursday, December 17, at the Townshend Church. The meal is sponsored by Senior Solutions. Suggested donation is $3.50 for people 60 years and up; all others $4. Take out dinners are available. Free blood pressure screening, starting at 11:30, will be available, provided by the Visiting Nurses Association of Vermont/NewHampshire. Everyone is welcome.

Electronics

Putney: Are your children interested in electronics and robots? Then this class at the Putney Public Library, led by Rouge Maker Tenaya Hurst, on Dec. 17 from 3:30 to 4 p.m., is for them. Ages 6 and older and parents welcome. Space is limited because of materials so sign up is required: at 802-387-4407 or in person.

Winter concert

Townshend: The Leland and Gray Union Middle and High School Music Department presents its annual winter concert on Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. The high school and middle school ensembles will be performing an eclectic mix of works, from high-adrenaline contemporary band pieces to folk music from around the world to big band jazz standards and beyond. In addition to the concert, the L&G Art Department will display students' visual work across all media in a winter art show. Doors to the art show open at 6 p.m., and will remain open for viewing throughout the evening. All are welcome; admission is free. Refreshments will be sold by the Leland and Gray Friends of Music. The Rebels' artists promise to have tunes, visual treats and baked goods to suit every taste. Contact Riley Goodemote at rgoodemote@lelandandgray.org or 802-365-7355 for more information.

Days gone by

Guilford: On Dec. 18, at 1 p.m., at the Guilford Community Church, there will be a screening of "In Days Gone By," in which Vermonter share memories of living before electricity came to rural areas. The movie will begin immediately following Senior Lunch. No charge. Call 802-254-6545 for information.

Chinese foods

Brattleboro: Kids learn how to make traditional scallion pancakes and sweet sesame pancakes with Jiamei Lin, visiting Brattleboro with her family for one year from China, Dec. 18, 3:30 to 5 p.m. In the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom. Free, registration required at 802-246-2821 or msbfc@sover.net.

African dance

Brattleboro: There will be an African dance party on Dec. 18 from 8 to 11 p.m. at 118 Elliot Street. There is a suggested donation of $10 to $100 to help fund the funeral for Raoul Ombang's younger brother, Songolo Tresor. The party will continue at Metropolis until 2 a.m., Brattleboro Reggae Night with guest DJ LionBird. For more information on dance and drum classes visit www.africandancevt.com, find African Dance VT on Facebook or contact Naomi Lindenfeld at naomilin@sover.net or 802-258-6475.

Director retiring

Brattleboro: The public is invited to an open house at the Brooks Memorial Library on Friday, Dec. 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. to celebrate Jerry Carbone's 37 years with the library. The event will be held in the Main Room of the library and will be a time to recognize his work for and wish him well in his new ventures. Chris Bakriges and his trio will provide music. Light refreshments will be served.

Senior meal

Halifax: The Halifax senior meal is Dec. 18, at the Community hall in West Halifax at 20 Brook Road, serving at noon. The menu includes a cup of beef barley soup, a meal of meatballs, potato, veggie, rolls and dessert. All seniors are welcome. Sponsored by Senor Solutions. A donation of $ 3 is suggested. A call to Joan would be greatly appreciated at 802-368-7733.

Pizza

Townshend: The Sugar Daddies in Recovery will be performing at the West Townshend Store Pizza Night Dec. 18. The outdoor oven will be ready for baking at 5 p.m. Build your own pizza from a number of tasty ingredients, at $10 a pie. Music begins at 6:30. Enjoy folk music with a rock and roll heart played by T.Breeze Verdant on acoustic guitar, stomp box and vocals, Joe Chagnon on electric lead guitar and Stephen Brandstatter on percussion.

Farmers market

Bellow Falls: On Dec. 18 at 33 Bridge Street from 4 to 7 p.m., the Bellows Falls Farmers Market will host its holiday celebration with vendors who include Vermont Botanical Beverages, Livewater Farm & Dairy, Harlow Farm, Sawyers Artisinal Cheese, J & B's Splitrock Farm, Pioneer Bean Company, Jamaican Jewelz Catering, Sherri's Garden, Joe Muzzi Pizza and The 1780 Farm and more. There will be live music with Jimmy Gordon and the Nature Museum of Grafton will feature its Feathers, Furs, and Bones exhibit.

Silent vigil

Putney: There will be a silent vigil for the victims of gun violence at Putney Center on Dec. 19 from 11 a.m. to noon.

Christmas carols

Guilford: On Sunday, Dec. 20, there will be a Christmas Carol Service at 7 p.m. at the Green River Church. Refreshments following the service. For more information, call 802-254- 5910.

Cheese sampling

Brattleboro: On Dec. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m., the Brattleboro Food Co-op is offering free samples of different families of cheeses, and the opportunity to learn about these cheeses. Free, in the BFC Cheese Department. For more information, call 802-246-2852 or email bfccurds@sover.net.

Shareholder forum

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Co-op hosts this monthly forum created by shareholders, for shareholders; open to the general public. All voices honored. Dec. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. Free, in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room. Email bfcshareholderforum@gmail.com.

Solstice celebration

Williamsville: The Manitou Project will hold its annual celebration of the Winter Solstice on Dec. 20, from 4 to 6 p.m. This is an occasion for marking the darkest day of the year, and celebrating the movement toward the return of the light. This is a family-friendly event and children are welcome. It's free and open to the public, concluding with a potluck supper at 6 p.m. at the Manitou Gate House, so if you'd like to stay for that, please bring food to share. Meet at the Manitou parking lot by 4 p.m. to walk to the Hogan; dress appropriately for a short walk through the woods. Bring a candle and flashlight, and feel free to also bring a favorite poem, reading, song or other offering to share in the spirit of solstice. For information please contact Fred Taylor at 802-387-2681, or rtaylor@antioch.edu.

Mountain hike

Putney: On Dec. 20, meet at the Putney Co-op parking lot at 8:30 a.m. for a 1.2-mile hike on Putney Mountain. Sponsored by the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center. Information at www.beec.org or 802-257-5785.

Contradance

Brattleboro: The Holiday Brattleboro Contradance will be held on Dec. 20 at the Stone Church, at the corner of Main Street and Grove Street. This special contradance is from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Caller for this dance is Mary Wesley who will be accompanied by the band Nor'Easter. There will also be a dessert pot luck at intermission along with story telling and singing. Admission is adults $10, college students with ID $8, and youth $5. All dances are instructed and prompted and all ages are welcomed. For additional information, visti www.brattcontra.org or call 802-258-1723.

Community dinner

Bellows Falls: Greater Falls Connections is hosting a community dinner on Dec. 21 at 5 p.m. at The Stone Church (Immanuel Episcopal) on School Street. For more information, visit www.greaterfallsconnections.org.

Vermont Yankee

Brattleboro: The advisory opinion working group, a sub-committee of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel, will hold a meeting on Dec. 21 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Windham Regional Commission, 139 Main Street. The committee will discuss and NDCAP advisory opinion regarding the Certificate of Public Good for the construction of a second dry cask storage pad on the Vermont Yankee Site. This meeting is open to the public.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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