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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.
Guilford: "People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks will be up for discussion at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Guilford Free Library. Call 802-254-5561 for information.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Senior Center is hosting its Annual Cookie Swap at the Gibson Aiken Center, 207 Main Street on Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. Bring a couple of dozen home-made cookies and take home a plate full of a variety of scrumptious home-made cookies. Each person participating will leave with the same number of cookies they came with! Call the Senior Center with questions 802-257-7570.
Putney: "Putney Stories," short films by Putney Central School 8th grade students about long-time Putney community members, will show at Next Stage Arts Project on Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Brattleboro: There will be discussion by the Brattleboro Town School Board of Act 46 on Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. at Green Street School.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Community Decommissioning Meeting will be held on Dec, 16 from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Brattleboro Food Coop Meeting Room at 7 Canal Street. All who wish to expedite decommissioning of Entergy's Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power plant in Vernon are welcomed to come and discuss concerns, strategies and planning for as rapid decommissioning as possible, to benefit the community and the environment. For addition information, contact Carol 802-258-1723.
Saxtons River: The Worn Again Thrift Shop on Main Street is having a Toy & Bag Sale on Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Dec. 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Included will be a wide variety of toys and clothing including sweaters, blouses, skirts, men's pants, jackets, coats and footwear such as shoes and boots and belts, hats, underwear and gloves. Jewelry is not included in the bag sale. For those wishing to donate items, the shop is in need of infants and children's clothing and queen and king sized sheets and ladies and men's jeans. The thrift shop accepts donations of clothing, shoes, boots, kitchen utensils, small appliances, blankets and sheets, towels, and knickknacks. Donations may be dropped off during store hours. The Thrift Shop is also collecting personal care items for residents of the Bennington Veterans Home. These can also be dropped off during shop hours. The Thrift Shop is not accepting donations of television sets and infants car-seats.
Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon on Dec. 18, at the Guilford Community Church. The menu will be a ham dinner. A suggested donation of $3.50 for seniors and $5 for others is asked. Books will be available on loan from the Guilford Free Library. For more information and to make reservations, call 802-254-9774 no later than Wednesday, Dec. 16.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or 802-258-6475.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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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