The Reformer publishes calendar submissions as a courtesy on a first-come, first served basis. Calendar submissions must be limited to the bare facts. Submit calendar listings to at least a week ahead of the date of publication. Due to limited space in the newspaper, readers are urged to visit for an extended calendar.

Volunteers needed

Brattleboro: Come dine and come help at the Brattleboro Community Annual Thanksgiving Dinner this Thursday, Nov. 26, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden. For more information call Dan at 802-380-1369

Thanksgiving for kids

Brattleboro: Come for the whole time or just drop your kids off while you shop. Kids will learn how to make carrot or other vegetable juice and how to say "thank you" in five different languages. Tuesday, Nov. 24, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, free, registration requested at 802-246-2821 or


Putney: On Nov. 24, the Putney Library is hosting an origami workshop from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This is a free workshop for children, ages 7 and up, teens, and adults of all ages. For more information, call the library at 802-387-4407.

Food distribution

Putney: The next Putney Meadows Food Distribution is scheduled for Nov. 24, 9 to 9:45 a.m. at Putney Meadows. All are welcome, no questions asked: the food distributions are open to anyone in the community. The Vermont Foodbank, with the Putney Foodshelf, brings a truck of fresh produce and other non-perishable items. Bring your own shopping bags. Another food distribution is scheduled for Dec. 22 from 9 to 9:45 a.m.

Interfaith Thanksgiving

Brattleboro: On Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church on Main Street there will be an interfaith gathering to include music, readings and ceremonies from various faith traditions. Special music will be offered. A free-will offering of non-perishables or monetary contributions will be accepted at the door to benefit the Brattleboro Drop In Center and Overflow Shelter.

Board games

Dover: Celebrate National Game and Puzzle Week with a round of your favorite board games at the Dover Free Library on Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. This tournament style activity is for participants ages 8 to adult. A round robin of old and new (but slightly modified) board games will include games like checkers, monopoly, trivial pursuit, etc. Awards ceremony will follow with prizes being awarded for first, second and third places in both adult and child categories.

River stories

Brattleboro: On Nov. 24, at 7 p.m., at Brooks Memorial Library, the Connecticut River Watershed Council and Art for Water is creating a "river of words" to draw attention to five major hydro-operations on the river. The government is in the process of making decisions about how these dams will operate over the next 30 to 40 years. To learn more about the presentation call 413-772-2020, ext. 206.


Northfield, Mass.: First Parish at Main and Parker is hosting a free community Thanksgiving dinner at 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 26. All are invited. For information or to donate food or volunteer, call Tammy Pelletier at 413-834-7151.

Work party

Marlboro: Help get the backcountry ski slopes in the Hogback Mountain Conservation Area ready for winter on Nov. 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. On this work day, volunteers will be checking several lines for blow-downs and cutting back some intrusive growth here and there.


Brattleboro: The Downtown Brattleboro Alliance invites everyone to the Downtown De-Lights Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Festivities on Nov. 27, at 6 p.m. This annual event is a fun, family-friendly way to kick off the holidays. Pliny Park and the Brooks House, along with many storefronts downtown, will display all their finery in bright white lights. It's a bit of traditional New England magic in the heart of Brattleboro. For more on the Downtown Brattleboro Alliance, and other holiday happenings in Downtown, visit


Townshend: There will be Celtic Music, played by Alan Partridge, Antje Ruppert and Alison Schantz, at the West Townshend Pizza Night concert on Nov. 27. The outdoor oven will be ready to bake pizza at 5 p.m. Build your own, at $10 a pie, from a number of tasty ingredients. Beer, wine and other refreshments are also available. Music begins at 6:30.


Brattleboro: Short stories by famed Russian author, Anton Chekhov, will be discussed on Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room. This is the third in the Vermont Humanities Council reading and discussion series with a focus on short stories. Books are available at the Library Circulation Desk.

Miss Representation

Dover: On Dec. 30 and Nov. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Women's Freedom Center is hosting screenings of "The Mask You Live In" and "Miss Representation," which explore the profound impact of gender norms and media-fueled pressure on us all. All are welcome. For more information, call 802-257-7364. The Women's Freedom Center will also present the films at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro on Dec. 1 and 14 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Photography workflow

Brattleboro: Lee Germeroth, a professional photographer, will host a photography workflow presentation, from shoot to delivery, at the New England Adobe User Group Dec. 1 meeting. He will go over his extensive backup procedures, and Adobe Lightroom tips and tricks to simplify and speed up the workflow process. He will also leave time for a questions and answers, so bring your photography, Lightroom or Photoshop related questions. This workshop will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m., Dec. 1, at Marlboro College Graduate Center, 2nd Floor, 28 Vernon Street. For questions or to RSVP, email

The Putney Public Library will be offering a memoir workshop on Wednesday, December 2nd, at 7pm with author Ann Anderson Evans.

Ann Anderson Evans is a writer and linguist, and was for eight years a professor of writing at Montclair State University.

Besides teaching classes on memoir writing, she is the author of DARING TO DATE AGAIN, a memoir, and has appeared in bookstores, on numerous radio shows, and at the Tucson Festival of Books.

"After years of teaching and writing, I have concluded that everyone has a story. It's just devilishly challenging to get that story onto the page, and an hour or so of instruction and practice can go a long way toward getting you started."

Your story deserves to be written; it's time to learn how!

Ann's website and blog are at

Putney Library is located at 55 Main Street in Putney, VT. This program is free and open to the public.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Please Contact Greater Falls Travel at 802-463-3919 for more information and to make reservations.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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

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.


If you'd like to leave a comment (or a tip or a question) about this story with the editors, please email us. We also welcome letters to the editor for publication; you can do that by filling out our letters form and submitting it to the newsroom.

Powered by Creative Circle Media Solutions