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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 volunteer@grounworksvt.org.

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 bvd@sover.net.

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 info@windhamorchestra.org.

Senior lunch

Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon on Nov. 20 at the Guilford Community Church. The menu is a harvest dinner and will be by reservation. The cost for seniors is $5. Books will be available on loan from the Guilford Free Library. Blood pressures courtesy of Guilford Cares. For more information and to make reservations, call 802-254-9774 no later than Wednesday, November 18.

Environmental history

Grafton: On Wednesday, Nov. 18, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Grafton Inn, Bruce Post will present "A Retrospective on Vermont Environmental History."

Preservation

Westminster: The Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Westminster West Church will host a panel discussion on "The Challenge of Balancing Recreation and Conservation" Panelists will discuss how to balance conservation goals with the recreational goals of people who enjoy conserved land. For more information, visit www.windmillhillpinnacle.org.

Quinoa

Brattleboro: Sample traditional quinoa dishes and join Tamara Stenn as she tracks quinoa from the Brattleboro Food Co-op to the indigenous farmer in Bolivia. Learn the intricate steps along the way and how the Pachamama (earth mother) plays a key role in Bolivia's quinoa production and culture. Wednesday, Nov. 18, 5 to 7 p.m., in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room. Free, Registration requested at 802-246-2821 or msbfc@sover.net.

Ratepayer input

Brattleboro: The Vermont Public Service Department will host a public meeting in Brattleboro on Nov. 18 to take input on how to improve the structure and effectiveness of the Division for Public Advocacy within the Department. In the multi-purpose room of Brattleboro Union High School from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The department also welcomes written comments from any Vermont residents, by Nov. 30, by email to Wayne.Jortner@vermont.gov.

Open house

Williamsville: Timson Hill Preschool invites all to its Family Fun and Literacy Open House on Nov. 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. Come enjoy a free spaghetti dinner and free books. Louise Sirois from the Newfane Moore Free Library will give a short talk at 5:30 p.m. about literacy, how important reading is, pre-reading activities ideas, what to read and will be giving away books. Louise will also settle down in a corner and read stories to children while families are enjoying the spaghetti dinner. Parents and teachers will be on hand to speak with prospective families about what they feel makes Timson Hill a distinctive preschool experience. Timson Hill, a family cooperative, is a small, private, non-profit, fully licensed, NAEYC accredited preschool and recognized as a five STARS program. For more information, contact Kathie Gatto-Gurney at 802-348-6319 or timsonhill@myfairpoint.net.

Fall concert

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Union High School Music Department will present a fall concert on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in the B.U.H.S. auditorium. No admission will be charged for this event and the public is warmly invited to attend. The jazz workshop will open the concert, directed by Eugene Uman and Robert Freeberg. Madrigals will take the stage second. The group will call Uman back to the stage to accompany their performance of "Moonglow" by Will Hudson and Irving Mills with scat solos by several soloists, followed by the jazz band and the chorsu. The concert band closes the concert. For more information, call 802-451-3511.

'Winds of Change'

Grafton: On Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m., Bruce Post will present "A Retrospective on Vermont Environmental History," in the Homestead Room of the Grafton Inn. Post uses historic photos, maps, recordings and videos to shed light on Vermont's environmental past and asks provocative questions about its present and future.

'The Golden Cage'

Brattleboro: Brooks Memorial Library continues to host the Vermont Humanities Council's Latino-American Film Series on Nov. 18, beginning at 7 p.m., with the PBS documentary, "Episode 6: Latino Americans: Prejudice and Pride." Discussion will be facilitated by Patricia Pedroza González, lecturer, Keene State College.

Warming shelter

North Walpole, N.H.: The Greater Falls Warming Shelter will hold an open house at its facility at 23 Church Street, Nov. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to tour the shelter, meet the board and staff, and learn about volunteer opportunities. Refreshments will be served. Volunteers are also needed to bring in evening meals. The shelter maintains a Facebook page at Greater Falls Warming Shelter and can be reached at bfwarmingshelter@gmail.com.

Bag sale

Saxtons River: The Worn Again Thrift Shop on Main Street is having a $3 bag sale on Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The bag sales will be for all 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 is also collecting personal care items for residents of the Bennington Veterans Home. These can also be dropped off during shop hours.

Thanksgiving lunch

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Senior Center and Brattleboro Senior Meals will be hosting their annual Thanksgiving Luncheon on Nov. 19. The menu includes appetizer trays, roast tom turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, butternut squash, assorted bread and assorted pies. Appetizers will be served at 11:30 a.m. Suggested donation for seniors over 60 is $4 and for all others is $6.50. Make your reservations early as seating is limited to the first 150 callers. For reservations, call 802-257-1236 or 802-257-7570.

South Korea

Brattleboro: A cooking class for kids featuring foods of South Korea will take place at the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom. Participants will make vegetable yaki mandoo and Korean dumplings featuring kale, the Vermont Harvest of the Month vegetable. Nov. 19, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free, but registration requested at 802-246-2821 or msbfc@sover.net.

Poetry

Guilford: On Nov. 19, Don McLean and Tom Ragle will read poems by Donne, Keats, Wordsworth, Vermont Poets, and more, starting at 7 p.m. at the Guilford Community Church, 38 Church Drive. Admission free, donations welcome.

Community lunch

Townshend: The community is invited to dinner at noon on Nov. 19, 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. Free blood pressure screening will be offered by VT-NH Visiting Nurses Association, starting at 11:30. Take-out meals will be available. Everyone is welcome.

Being mortal

Bellows Falls: A discussion of Atul Gawande's "Being Mortal" will be held on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Rockingham Library at 65 Westminster St. For more information, contact Patty Dunn, Hospice Program Coordinator, at 802-257-0775 or 802-460-1142.

Children's literacy

Bellows Falls: John Steven Gurney, Brattleboro-based illustrator and author, will visit the Rockingham Central Elementary School at 8:30 a.m. and the Rockingham Free Public Library at 10:30 a.m. for storytelling events on Nov. 19. This event is presented by the Children's Literacy Foundation as part of the Year of the Book grant awarded to Central School. Children who attend the Rockingham Free Public Library event will also be able to choose a brand-new, free book to keep. For more information, contact Kate Kane at 802-463-4346 or Sam Maskell at 802-463-4270.

Homemade food

Brattleboro: Come make soup and two breads including a gluten free option during this class at the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom. Nov. 20, 4 to 6 p.m. $8 for shareholders, $10 for non-shareholders. Registration requested at 802-246-2821 or msbfc@sover.net.

CCV breakfast

Brattleboro: On Nov. 20, starting at 8 a.m., Vermont State Colleges will host a breakfast event for Vermont middle-and high-school counselors. At the event, representatives from all five member colleges of the VSC will be present to talk about their academic programs, student life, and opportunities for high school students at their colleges. School counselors, community leaders and the media are invited to these events to hear brief presentations, meet admissions directors, talk with representatives from the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, and have their questions answered. The events will highlight the wide range of academic and experiential learning opportunities across the VSC system. For more information or to register, contact Tricia Coates at Tricia.coates@vsc.edu or 802-793-1417.

Senior meal

Halifax: Nov. 20 is the next Halifax senior meal, serving at noon at the Halifax Community hall at 20 Brook Road. The menu includes turkey, stuffing, potato, gravy, vegetable, rolls and dessert. All seniors are welcome. Call Joan at 802-368-7733 to let her know you are coming.

Surviving

Dummerston: Transition Dummerston's monthly potluck and program will be on Friday, Nov. 20, from 6 to 9:00 p.m. at the Dummerston Community Center, screening "The Wisdom to Survive." The Potluck will go from 6 to 7 p.m. (local food encouraged) and the film will be shown at 7 p.m., with discussion to follow. For more information, contact Fred at 802-387-2681 or Susal at 802-275-5098.

Pizza

Townshend: On Friday, Nov. 20, the Turkey Buzzards will playing for the Pizza Night Concert at the West Townshend Store. At 5 p.m. the outdoor oven will be fired up,and ready for baking. Build you own pizza, from a number of tasty ingredients, at $10 a pie. Beer, wine and other refreshments are also available. Music begins at 5 p.m., and is free, though tips are appreciated by the musicians.

Singers needed

Brattleboro: Any girl or woman who has sung with the Brattleboro Women's Chorus in the past 20 years is invited to sing a song with the chorus during its 20th anniversary concerts on Nov. 21 and 22. Contact Becky at ragtime@sover.net or 802-254-8994.

Village dance

Dummerston: An evening of community contra and square dances at the Evening Star Grange in Dummerston Center on Nov. 21, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Andy Davis will be the caller and music will be provided by the band, Flicker. There will be a traditional folk tale midway through the evening. The program will include traditional New England contra dances, square dances, circle mixers, and couple dances. The dance will be preceded by a community potluck supper at 5:30 p.m. Bring a dish to share. Refreshments will be available. Admission is $4 for children, $7 for Adults and $20 for a family. For more information, contact Andy Davis at 802-257-1819, or village@dancingmasters.com.

Fit body

Westminster: On Nov. 21, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., there will be a Fit Body Boot Camp, free and open to the public. More information at www.expressfluency.com, or contact Elissa McLean at 802-275-2694 or info@expressfluency.com.

International games

Putney: On Nov. 21, the Putney Library is hosting International Games Day, when people of all ages can come by to enjoy one of the many board and card games the library has or bring a game of their own to share with others. Games will be available from noon to 3 p.m. For more information, call 802-387-4407.

Shared housing

Brattleboro: For people who are interested in exploring the option of sharing a home for the benefits of economy or companionship, there will be a potluck on Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Dunham Room of St. Michael's Episcopal Church. A place to meet others who are interested, to talk about the idea and to learn more. Lead by Annamarie Pluhar, author of "Sharing Housing, A Guidebook for Finding and Keeping Good Housemates." For more information, call 802-451-1941.

Women's chorus

Brattleboro: On Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m., the Brattleboro Women's Chorus presents its 20 Anniversary Concert at the First Baptist Church on Main Street. Tickets at the door. More informatino at BrattleboroWomensChorus.org or 802-254-8994. And on Nov. 22, at 3 p.m., the Women's Chorus is hosting its 20th Anniversary Concert and CD Release Celebration.

Eagles

Marlboro: Meet New England's eagles with wildlife photographer Bill Dean, who has spent the last eight years studying the eagles of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, on Nov. 21 at 5 p.m. This presentation is free and will be livestreaming to the Cutloose Wildlife Photography website. For more information, call 802-464-0048. The Southern Vermont Natural History Museum is located on Route 9 on the Hogback.

Swap program

Brattleboro: The Windham County Solid Waste District's Swap Program on Ferry Road is open every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Items this week include books, file cabinet, strollers, kids bikes, flower pots, doors, windows, Christmas decorations, golf clubs, toys, VHS cassettes, audio cassettes, records, kids easel.

Contra dance

Brattleboro: Brattleboro Dance presents the next contra dance Nov. 22, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Stone Church on the corner of Main Street and Grove Street. Musicians are Rebecca Bosworth Clemens, Rachel Clemens and Amy Englesberg and they will provide live music for all the dances. All ages and experience level dancers are welcome. Adult fee is $10, college students with ID are $8 each, and youth are $5 each. For more details, visit www.brattcontra.org or call Carol at 802-258-1723.

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 www.watershedmanagement.vt.gov 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 www.expressfluency.com, or contact Elissa McLean at 802-275-2694 or info@expressfluency.com.

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 msbfc@sover.net.

Origami

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.

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.

Chekhov

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 laurabriedis@gmail.com.

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 www.ExpressFluency.com or contact info@expressfluency.com, 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.

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.

Cookies

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.

Tubas

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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