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Saxtons River: The Saxtons River Art Guild will be sponsoring a trip to Bennington on Dec. 10, which will include visits to Bennington Museum, The Bennington Center for the Arts and Vermont Confectionary, with a break before heading home at the Vermont Confectionary for Vermont-made ice cream and hand made specialty chocolate novelties. Cost of the bus is $40 for Saxtons River Art Guild members and $50 for non-members. Admission for the Museums will be $12 and will be collected on the bus. Riders may pack a bag lunch or purchase a box lunch for $10. The bus will pick up passengers in Walpole, N.H., and Brattleboro. Contact Greater Falls Travel at 802-463-3919 for more information and to make reservations.
Brattleboro: The next meeting of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel will be held on Dec. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room at Brattleboro Area Middle School. At the meeting the panel will discuss the NRC's recent request for public comment on the Notice of Advance Proposed Rulemaking regarding decommissioning and discuss and take action on an advisory opinion on the Certificate for Public Good for the second dry cask storage pad at the Vermont Yankee site. The Panel is seeking written comments from the public on the CPG advisory opinion that will be discussed and voted on at the Dec. 10 meeting and all other proposed draft opinions. Written comments may be emailed to the Panel at PSD.NDCAP@vermont.gov.
Newfane: On Dec. 10 at noon at the Newfane Congregational Church, there will be dinner for seniors in Newfane and surrounding communities. The menu includes apple slices with peanut butter, green salad with bacon chips and oranges, roast pork with kielbasa, roasted potatoes and peas, sauerkraut and corn bread and rice pudding. The delicious 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 (Council on Aging, Inc.) 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: This month the Brattleboro Co-op is highlighting some of the local producers from the housewares department. Come to the store and meet Bronna Zlochiver of Pacem Pottery. Dec. 10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free, in the store. For more information call 802-246-2821 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brattleboro: This three-hour workshop will give you inspiration, confidence, and practical skills to speak up for causes you care about and create the change you seek. This free event includes yummy, nutritious snacks and a citizen activist toolkit. Please RSVP at www.ruralvermont.org, and with Shareholder Services at the Co-op at 802-246-2821 or email@example.com. Dec. 10, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Senior Center and The Brattleboro Senior Meals Program will host the December Birthday Luncheon Celebration on Dec. 10 at 11:30 a.m. at the Gibson Aiken Center, 207 Main Street. The menu includes appetizers, punch, barbequed chicken, brussels sprouts, sweet potato wedges, cake and ice cream. Those with birthdays in the month of December are invited to celebrate the occasion by sitting at the birthday table and waiving their donation for the day. They may invite one guest to sit with them; however that guest is encouraged to make the regular donation. The suggested donation for seniors 60 years of age and over is $4 and $6 for all others. Entertainment will be provided. Make reservations at 802-257-1236 or 802-257-7570.
Jamaica: A senior luncheon sponsored by Senior Solutions will be held on Dec. 10 at the Jamaica Community Church at noon. Food is prepared by Stephanie from the Dam Diner. $3.50 for seniors, $4 for others. All invited; no reservations required. Miscellaneous items and volunteers are provided by the Jamaica Benefit Association and church members.
Brattleboro: Winter holidays will be the theme for BrattleMasters, the Brattleboro chapter of Toastmasters, this week. Club members may incorporate the theme into speeches, impromptu speaking exercises and other activities Dec. 10, 6 p.m., at the Marlboro College Graduate Center, 2nd floor, 28 Vernon St. The public is invited. For more information, visit brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org.
Brattleboro: The First Congregational Church at 880 Western Ave. is hosting an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 13. The menu includes scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, french toast, pancakes, served with Vermont maple syrup, fresh fruit, juice, coffee, tea, cocoa. All are invited, and welcome.
Beer and wine
Brattleboro: Discover incredible wines and beers, eat luscious appetizers, and listen to lovely music at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center. Sample over 40 wines and over 15 varieties of craft beers. Proceeds benefit Groundworks Collaborative. Dec. 11, 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Brattleboro Museum and Arts Center; $20, purchase in advance at the Co-op, or at the door. For more information, call 802-246-2821 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brattleboro: On Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Marlboro Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., The Windham World Affairs Council is presenting Hon. Patricia Whalen, who will talk on "Proving Genocide." Judge Whalen served on the War Crimes Chamber of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo from 2007-2012. She will give a brief background on the events leading up to the Srebrenica Massacre, and will then focus on the investigation of the crime. Coffee, tea and conversation will precede Patricia Whalen's talk at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.windhamworldaffairscouncil.org.
Townshend: Aura Shards will be playing for the West Townshend Pizza Night and Concert on Dec. 11. The outdoor oven will be ready for baking pizza at 5 p.m. Build your own pizza, at $10 a pie, from a number of tasty ingredients. Beer, wine and other refreshments are also available. Music begins at 6:30.
Grafton: On Dec. 11, starting at 6:30 p.m. Windham Residents Jerry and Nancy Dyke will share their personal observations by sharing photos and discussions with folks who live in the area of the Hardscrabble Wind Project in Fairfield, N.Y. In the Homestead Room of the Grafton Inn.
Newfane: Starting Dec. 11, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, the Moore Free Library is hosting an all-level drawing group. Bring your own drawing supplies. Free. Call 802-365-7948 for more information.
Newfane: On Dec. 12, at 10:30 a.m., Santa will be at the Moore Free Library to read a story and hand out gifts to children. Free. Call 802-365-7948 for more information.
Brattleboro: The Latchis Theatre's December Off the Beaten Path film series concludes this weekend with "Coming Home," which will be shown on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12 and 13, at 4 p.m. It is Rated PG-13. For more information about Off the Beaten Path, visit www.latchis.com.
Brattleboro: Gun Sense Vermont is hosting a vigil at Pliny Park on Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. to noon to in honor of the victims of gun violence.
Brattleboro: The Windham Solid Waste Management District Swap Program on Old Ferry Road is now on winter hours. The Swap Program will be open the second Saturday of each month (weather permitting) from 9 a.m. to noon. Due to the need to close promptly at noon, large loads of donations may not be accepted after 11:45 a.m. Due to space considerations there may be stricter limits on items that can be accepted. The Swap Program is an outlet for materials that are still usable but for which there is no traditional re-use program. People are asked to use all other available outlets before bringing items to the Swap Program. Items brought in may be passed along to other non-profit groups. Everyone is welcome to bring in or take out materials. It is not necessary to do both. Items must clean, usable condition and must be accepted by a staff member before being left. Some items that usually are not accepted are appliances, upholstered furniture, carpet, computers, mattresses, clothes and tires. These items may be placed on Freecycle (www.freecycle.org/). Items available this week include: cribs, small televisions, baby swing, napkin dispenser, punch bowl and glasses, hanging light fixture, table lamps, ice skates, Lakewood electric heater, artificial Christmas trees, umbrella strollers, foam noodles, Little Tykes hanging swing, tricycle, gazelle, suitcases.
Brattleboro: There will be an estate sale to raise money for the Winter Overflow Shelter at First Baptist Church on Main Street in Brattleboro from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12. Items include brand-new and slightly used gifts such as Waterford, Fenton, Staffordshire, Ironsstone, Austerling, goblets, vaseline glass, exquisite teapots, a Titanic collection, an autoharp, a Civil War flag, 12-place setting of Royal Doulton "Twilight Rose" with serving pieces. The First Baptist Church is located at 190 Main St.
Hinsdale, N.H.: The Friends of Pisgah is hosting trail maintenance on Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. Meet at the Kilburn Trailhead on Route 63 and bring gloves, water, lunch and tools or use tools supplied by the Friends. For more information, call John Herrick at 603-256-6301.
Brattleboro: The fourth annual Tuba Christmas is scheduled for Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in West Brattleboro. All tuba players are encouraged to participate, arriving at 2 p.m. for a short practice. For more information, call 802-254-4157.
Brattleboro: The next Brattleboro Contradance will be held Dec. 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Stone Church on the corner of Main Street and Grove Street. Caller for the dances is Ron Blechner with musicians Rachel Bell, Julie Valmont and Audrey Knuth. All dances the contradances are instructed and prompted with live music throughout. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for college students, $5 youth. Please bring indoor soft soled shoes to dance in to protect the floor. All dances are taught and prompted with live music accompaniment. All dancers, beginners and experienced, are welcomed. For additional information, visit www.brattcontra.org or call Carol at 802-258-1723.
Brattleboro: The local Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting is scheduled in Brattleboro at Pliney Park on Dec. 13 from 7 to 8 p.m. The Compassionate Friends lights candles in the memory of deceased sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren. For more information, call 802-490-2326.
West Brattleboro: On Dec. 14 at 6 p.m., the West Brattleboro Association will host its annual Holiday Party at The New England House, 254 Marlboro Road. This is a time for people and businesses in West Brattleboro to get together socially and to celebrate the Association's numerous accomplishments in this past year. The evening will feature a cash bar with hors d'oeuvres prepared by the restaurant. The WBA suggests a voluntary donation of $5 toward the food, although no one will be turned away. Board president Michael Bosworth will give a brief "state of the association" report after which the group will present the West Brattleboro Community Leader of the Year to a deserving person or entity.
Dover: Hosted by The Women's Freedom Center on Dec. 14 at 6 p.m., the Dover Free Library presents "Miss Representation," followed by a frank and inspiring community conversation that explores the profound impact of gender norms and media-fueled pressure on us all. "Miss Representation" highlights mainstream media's harsh and distorting influence on women and girls, restricting their full potential as well. For more call Dover Free Library 802-348-7488 or visit www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.
Brattleboro: There will be an overview and discussion of three final Food Safety Modernization Act rules on produce safety, preventive controls for human food, and preventive controls for animal food. FDA subject matter experts will provide information on what the new rules cover and who must comply, as well as major requirements of the rules. All stakeholders throughout the Northeast are invited to attend this informational event and will have opportunities to ask questions of FDA subject matter experts. The forum will be held on Dec. 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Latchis Theatre on Main Street.
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.
Brattleboro: The Climate Change Café will host a presentation by Walt Gustafson, VPIRG Field Organizer, about placing a price on carbon emissions in Vermont through a carbon pollution tax.in an effort to deal with climate change, on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m., at Brooks Memorial Library, Main Street. For further information, contact Tim Stevenson at 802-869-2141 or email@example.com.
Jamaica: There will be a special school board meeting to discuss the impact of Act 46 on the Jamaica community, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Jamaica village school. This meeting will bring together members of the Jamaica Valley School Board, Leland & Gray Union High School and WCSU administration, community members, and representatives from the Vermont Legislature to discuss the impact and changes that Act 46 will bring to our local community schools.
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.
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.
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 Nigh,t 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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