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Volunteers needed

Brattleboro: The Seasonal Overflow Shelter at the First Baptist Church opened on Nov. 15 and is in need of people to staff the 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. and 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. shifts. Those who are interested in helping out, should call Rhianna at 802-257-5415, ext. 104, or email

Local Voices

Newfane: Local Voices is a small group of writers who get together once a month. The next get-together will be Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Moore Free Library (West Street) in Newfane Village. The purpose of the group is to provide writers a safe place to read their writing — whether it be fiction, non-fiction or poetry. It also provides the author with some practice reading in front of a friendly audience. The readings are not critiqued in any way. The group is casual, and the only agreed upon "rule" is to limit readings to 1000 words or 6 minutes. The group usually spends an hour or so depending upon the number of people attending. Writers of all levels are welcome.

The big three

Putney: On Dec. 3, starting at 7 p.m., at the Putney Public Library, Jim Esden, a forester for the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation will give a presentation on three of the invasive insects of greatest concern in Vermont: emerald ash borer, hemlock woolly adelgid and Asian longhorned beetle. This program is free and open to the public.

Senior meal

Townshend: The community is invited to dinner at noon on Dec. 3, 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. Everyone is welcome.

Book sale

Brattleboro: The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library will host its annual Holiday Book Sale in the library on Friday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gift quality books and gently used fiction, non-fiction, children's books and CDs will be on sale. There is a selection of holiday theme books and like-new children's books. Non-fiction titles include art, cooking and gardening, history, music, sports and many more subjects. On Saturday, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., the Friends will provide free gift-wrapping for books purchased at the sale and intended as gifts. The Friends of the Library is also selling the very popular Book Lover's Calendar for 2016, which can be purchased at the library front desk for $10 each. All proceeds go to support the library.

Co-op samples

Brattleboro: Come stop by and enjoy free samples throughout the Brattleboro Food Co-op during Gallery Walk on Dec. 4, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Downtown network

Wilmington: On Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Department of Housing and Community Development along with downtown organizations, state, regional and local officials will share information and discuss topics related to Wilmington's economic recovery efforts since Tropical Storm Irene, utilizing the arts for community engagement, collaborating with the regional planning commission on local revitalization efforts and more. For questions or interest in attending, contact Gary Holloway at

Traveling Spanish

Brattleboro: From Dec. 5 through 7, Express Fluency will host a Spanish for Travelers calls. No prior Spanish experience required. More informatino at or contact, 802-275-2694.

Swedish meatballs

Brattleboro: The community is invited to a Swedish-style dinner on Saturday, Dec. 5 at Trinity Lutheran Church. The meal will include Swedish meatballs and gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetable, pickled beets, applesauce, Swedish bread, with Swedish dessert breads and Sprtiz cookies. There will be two seatings available, at 5:30 and 7 p.m. The suggested donation is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12, and free for those 5 and under. The proceeds will help to fund Trinity's work in this community and beyond. Required reservations can be made by calling 802-254-4220. Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 161 Western Ave. Take-out will be available. Everyone is welcome.

Ski sale

Bellows Falls: On Dec. 5, the Bellows Falls Middle School annual ski sale will take place from noon until 3 p.m. in the BFMS Cafeteria. The side entrance to the sale is on Cherry Hill, right off School Street. Skis, boots, poles, snowboards, clothing, goggles, and helmets will be available. Most equipment is suitable for adults and older children. Snacks and drinks (hot and cold) will be available for sale. The sale is sponsored by BFMS Community Supported Activities, a group of parents and community members, and all proceeds from the sale are used to fund enrichment activities at the middle school for students in all grades. For more information, call 802-463-4366.

Santa Claus

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department is hosting Santa Claus on Dec. 5. He will arrive at the Gibson Aiken Center on Main Street at 1 p.m. on a tractor provided by the Robb Family Farm and escorted by the police and fire departments. Children can visit with Frosty, Santa and his Elves and have their picture taken for a donation. "Santa's Workshop" will be open for children to decorate Christmas cookies which are donated and made by "The Hideaway" at Brattleboro Union High School and frosting made by Vermont Country Deli. Also, the BUHS Band will be there playing Christmas tunes. This event is for children of all ages. For more information, call 802-254-5808 or "Like" the department on Facebook.

Student dances

Marlboro: On Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Serkin Dance Studio, Marlboro College presents new dances prepared and perfected by students at Marlboro Colleges over the course of the fall semester.

Bean supper

Winchester, N.H.: The United Church of Winchester will hold its 417th monthly Bean Supper on Dec. 5, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the church building at 99 Main Street. Served family style, the cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children. The building is accessible to all and the proceeds help to fund church missions. For more information, call 603-239-4465.

Tree identification

Putney: The Putney Mountain Association hosts a winter tree identification using a dichotomous key, Dec. 5, from 1 to 3 p.m., led by Rich Grumbine, Putney resident and biology faculty at Landmark College. Meet at the Putney Mountain parking lot.

Supper benefit

Guilford: On Dec. 5, there will be a benefit supper and dance to support the Clark Farm and Tom Henry, an injured carpenter, from 5 to 7 p.m., featuring chili, spaghetti, desserts and more. At 7 p.m., there will be a contradance with Andy Davis and Fred Breunig, callers. Admission for the evening is $10 adults; $5 age 5 and under. At the Broad Brook Grange, 3940 Guilford Center Road.

Santa Claus

Dover: Santa Clause is coming to town once again bringing gifts for local children at Dover Free Library's Annual Holiday Event, on Dec. 5 from 3 to 5 p.m. There will be a children's chorus singing traditional Christmas carols and more. Craft activities at the Elf's Workshop and seasonal refreshments will also be offered at this free event. For more information, visit or call 802-348-7488.

Beaten path

Brattleboro: The Latchis Theatre's Off the Beaten Path film series continues this weekend, with screenings of the period drama "Jimmy's Hall" on Dec. 5 and 6, at 4 p.m. The series, presented in collaboration with the Brattleboro Film Festival, continues Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m., through Dec. 12 and 13. For more information about Off the Beaten Path, visit

Santa Claus

Wardsboro: Santa will arrive by fire truck, complete with sirens, at the Wardsboro Town Hall on Main Street on Dec. 6 at noon. The doors will open at 11 a.m. for those who want to be first in line to buy Christmas cookies from the full selection. Santa invites all children for a photo op while family members select their cookies, sold by the baker's dozen or individually. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Santa and photos from noon to 2 p.m. Donations of cookies will be happily accepted. Sponsored by the trustees of the Wardsboro Public Library.

Musical soiree

Williamsville: On Dec. 6, the Williamsville Eatery will host another musical soiree, featuring dinner and a concert. Jazz/gospel vocalist Wanda Houston will be supported by Eugene Uman on piano and David Picchi on bass. Because seating is limited to 25, tickets, at $30, will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Food will be served from 5 p.m. until the concert, which runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Craft beers and wines will be available throughout the evening. To reserve a seat, call 802-365-9600.


Jacksonville: The annual Jacksonville Cookie Exchange is scheduled for Dec. 6 at the home of Bill and Gail Eleck on Route 8A. To participate, bring three dozen cookies to swap and some for munching. Coffee and juice will be provided. The event starts at 1:30 p.m., followed by a Secret Pal Party at 2:30. For more information, call 802-368-2947 or 802-368-7173.

Cheese sampling

Brattleboro: On Dec. 6, 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

Christmas concert

Wesminster: On Dec. 6 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. the Westmoreland Town Band will present a Christmas Musical Extravaganza at the First Congregational Church, Route 5. A selection of Christmas music will be performed upstairs in the church. In addition, the Jolly O' Elf from the North will make a guest appearance. After the concert refreshments will be served and there will be a chance to meet Santa, the band, purchase a CD and visit with friends and neighbors.

Edgar Allen Poe

Brattleboro: Short stories by Edgar Allen Poe will be discussed on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room at the Brooks Memorial Library. This is the last in the Vermont Humanities Council reading and discussion series with a focus on short stories. Dr. Richard Wyzanski, VHC scholar, has facilitated the short story reading and discussion series. Books with the Poe stories are available at the Library Circulation Desk. This series has been made possible through the generosity of The Vermont County Store.


Townshend: Ray Mason is coming to the West Townshend Store Pizza Night on Friday, Dec. 7. Pizza making begins at 5 p.m. Build your own, at $10 a pie, from a number of tasty ingredients And watch it bake in the outdoor oven. Beer, wine and other refreshments are available at the cafe. Music begins at 6:30. Ray Mason will be singing original songs in the classic rock and roll style, accompanying himself on his Silvertone guitar.

Movie matinee

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Senior Center will showing "White Christmas" on Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. at the Gibson Aiken Center, 207 Main Street. For more information, call 802-257-7570.


Brattleboro: On Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m., students in Marlboro College's Speech Matters program will discuss how they are reframing the problem of addiction. In Room 2E of the Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon Street.

Holiday support

Brattleboro: On Dec. 8, Atamaniuk will host a Holiday Support Program and A Service of Remembrance for bereaved families and friends at the Carl M. Dessaint V.F.W. Post Home, 40 Black Mountain Road, at 7 p.m. The public is invited free of charge. The program is open to everyone, not just families that were served by Atamaniuk. Featured speaker will be Dr. Anne Black, a local grief therapist who is the founder and executive director of The Warrior Connection since 2010. Her business provides therapy for combat veterans concentrating on resolving loss, healing moral injury and mitigating and reducing PTSD symptoms. To learn more, contact Michael Atamaniuk at call 802- 254-8183. For those families who plan on attending, reservations are requested since seating may be limited. R.S.V.P by Monday, Dec. 7.

Time trade

Brattleboro: This month the Brattleboro Co-op is highlighting some of the local producers from the housewares department. Come to the store and meet the makers of Time Trade gift bags and Greentree Designs Cards; Dec. 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Free, in the store. Fore more information, call 802-246-2821 or email

Holiday cordials

Brattleboro: Learn two methods of making medicinal cordials, a type of medicinal tincture that incorporates herbs, fruits, brandy, and honey or sugar. All of the ingredients and supplies will be provided. Kids must be accompanied by parent. Dec. 8, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room. $15 for shareholders, $20 for non-shareholders, Registration required at 802-246-2821 or

Act 46

Dummerston: On Dec. 8 at 6:45 p.m. at the Dummerston School, the Dummerston Town School Board will hold its next community forum on Act 46. The goal of this forum will be to provide information and resources for learning more about Act 46, to share and discuss the thoughts and concerns of our community, and to understand the work of the Act 46 Study Committee.

Speech matters

Marlboro: The way we talk about an issue determines how we respond to it. That's the assumption behind a semester-long course at Marlboro College called "Speech Matters: Reframing the National Debate Around Addiction." For the past 12 weeks, 10 students have been traveling to Montpelier to learn how to de-stigmatize addiction and what it would take to legalize marijuana. On Dec. 8, at 7:30 at the Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Center, participants in the Speech Matters program will present various ways that the addiction crisis is currently being framed and what solutions might emerge were it to be reframed. They will also speak to the art of reframing and how a simple shift in terms can allow for more human dignity. The event is free and open to the public.

Estate planning

Wardsboro: On Dec. 8, at 7 p.m., the Wardsboro Public Library is hosting an overview of estate planning, in which Jonathan D. Secrest will address the most important aspects of estate planning, including wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, and advance directives for healthcare. Information will include, tax issues, how to properly title your assets, providing for children with special needs, and planning for long-term care in order to avoid having your assets pass to a nursing home or the state. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments. Contact 802-896-6988


Marlboro: On Dec. 9, at 4 p.m., in the campus center of Marlboro College, Vermont Performance lab will present a culmination of student work in the Politics of Change class, in which students explored the so-called "long 1970s" through conducting oral histories with area residents who participated in radical movements, broadly defined, during that era.


Putney: On Dec. 9 at 7 p.m., at the Putney Public Library, Sadelle Wiltshire will lead a program on the use of labyrinths, whether as a quieting, healing form of walking meditation or a place for respite. After an overview and historical slide show there will be a labyrinth available to walk indoors as community. Bring a concern or joy to release into the labyrinth. Putney Library is located at 55 Main Street. This program is free and open to the public.

Senior lunch

Chesterfield, N.H.: The Chesterfield Senior Lunch will be held on Dec. 9, at 12:30 p.m. at the Chesterfield Town Hall. A pot roast dinner will be served. A $5 donation is suggested. Please make a reservation to 603-363-8248. Bring a gift to exchange. he HCS nurse will be available to take blood pressures from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Guilford Gazette

Guilford: There will be a meeting of the Guilford Gazette at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 at the Guilford Country Store, Call 802-257-4603 for information.

Senior lunch

Dummerston: The Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions will be held at Evening Star Grange on Dec. 9 beginning at Noon. The menu, prepared by Larry Lynch and Sallie May, includes roast pork and gravy, scalloped potato, squash, green bean casserole with pineapple upside down cake for dessert. Takeouts will be available by calling the Grange at 802-254-1138 on Wednesday morning. There will be books from Lydia Pratt Taft Library for take-out until the next meal. This is the only senior meal scheduled at the Grange in December.

Bus trip

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.

Vermont Yankee

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

Senior meal

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.

Pacem Pottery

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

Speaking out

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, and with Shareholder Services at the Co-op at 802-246-2821 or Dec. 10, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom.

Birthday luncheon

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.

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

War crimes

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


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 or call Carol at 802-258-1723.

Candle lighting

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.

Carbon pollution

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 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

Book people

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.

Cookie Swap

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.

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.

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

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

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


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


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