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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

Musicians needed

Brattleboro: Musicians sought for Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the River Garden on Thanksgiving Day. Hours of the event are noon to 5. For more information, contact Breeze Verdant at

Come play

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Music Center's Windham Orchestra, under the direction of Hugh Keelan, begins rehearsal for the second concert of its 46th season with an open rehearsal at the River Garden on Main Street in downtown Brattleboro on Nov. 23 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. This is not an audition. All musicians welcome to explore and rehearse Mendelssohn's Fingal's Cave Overture and Schumann's Konzertstuck for Four Horns and Orchestra. The orchestra will perform these works and others on Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Vermont Academy, and then again on Jan. 17 at 3 p.m. at the Latchis. RSVP' and questions are welcome at

Basin plan

Newfane: The Agency Of Natural Resources is hosting a public meeting to discuss its draft tactical basin plan for the West, Williams and Saxtons Rivers and Connecticut River and tributaries. The plan can be obtained at or by calling 802-885-8958. The meeting is scheduled for Nov. 23, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Newfane.

Spanish class

Brattleboro: Experience a new approach to learning a language, Nov. 23, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Express Fluency, 73 Main Street. Free and open to the public. More information at, or contact Elissa McLean at 802-275-2694 or

Movie night

Dover: Nov. 23 at 6 p.m., the Dover Free Library presents "Max: Best Friend. Hero. Marine." Rated PG for action violence, peril, brief language and some thematic elements. This film runs for 111 minutes.

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.

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

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.


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: 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.

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.


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