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Brattleboro: The United Way of Windham County is seeking volunteers to prepare tax returns, schedule appointments and greet participants for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program on Nov. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. in its offices at Holstein Place. For more information on becoming a VITA volunteer or to RSVP, contact Victoria Chertok at 802-257-4011, ext. 111, or email@example.com.
Hinsdale, N.H.: 17 Local Vendors are raising money to benefit Adopt-A-Family, an agency that helps local families celebrate and enjoy the holidays. Come out and support your local businesses and families in the community on Nov. 5 at the Hinsdale Community Center, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Jamaica Benefit Association
Jamaica: The Jamaica Benefit Association will have its monthly meeting on Thursday, Nov. 5, at noon at the Jamaica Community Church on Main Street. This is a pot luck luncheon and will be hosted by Pam Reid and Valerie Heisler. Lunch will be served promptly at noon followed at 1 p.m. with a presentation organized Jamaica's librarian, Karen Cawrse. Other guests include Victoria Chertok from the United, Clara Robinson, Guardian ad Litem volunteer for Windham Family Court, Karen Cawrse of JML and Kathy Squires of the Townshend Food Shelf. Amber Thibodeau of the Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center is also tentatively scheduled to attend the meeting. The meeting is open to the public.
Townshend: The community is invited to dinner at noon on Thursday, Nov. 5, 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 meals will be available. Everyone is welcome.
Brattleboro: Brattleboro Solidarity will be showing a"Letters to Al Yarmouk," documenting daily civilian life inside the Al Yarmouk Camp for refugees in Syria. The film will be shown at Centre Congregational Church on Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room. All are welcome.
Barrand and Murphy
Brattleboro: The Friends of the Brooks Memorial Library are hosting folk musicians Tony Barrand and Keith Murphy, who will perform a benefit concert in the Main Reading Room of Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are available at the Library's Main Circulation Desk, or at the door. $10 each and $5 for children under 10.
VA open house
Brattleboro: On Nov. 6, the Brattleboro Community Based Outpatient Clinic at 71 GSP Drive will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
Brattleboro: Folk musicians Tony Barrand and Keith Murphy will perform a benefit concert in the Main Reading Room of Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., on Friday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m., featuring songs and ballads composed by James Atwood and family members during the mid-19th century in West Dover. Advance tickets are available at the Library's Main Circulation Desk, or at the door on the evening of the event. The ticket price is $10 each and $5 for children under 10. For more information, call 802-254-5290.
Brattleboro: On Friday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at 118 Eliot, The Windham World Affairs Council will present Ambassador Carlos Alzugaray speaking on "Cuba and the United States: The Opportunities and Challenges of Normalization," followed by a question & answer period. Alguzaray has been with the Cuban Foreign Ministry representing Cuba all over the world. He is now a Professor of International Relations at the University of Havana and an award-winning author. This event kicks off a weekend of Cuba-related events sponsored by the Brattleboro Film Festival. The WWAC talk is free and open to the public. Coffee, tea, and conversation will precede Ambassador Alguzaray's talk at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.windhamworldaffairscouncil.org.
Wilmington: Rep. Ann Manwaring and Rep. Laura Sibilia are hosting a forum for taxpayers, residents and participants in the Pre-K/12 education delivery and governance community in the towns of Wardsboro, Dover, Wilmington, Whitingham, Halifax, Readsboro, Stamford, Searsburg, Windham Southwest Supervisory Union and open to all neighboring districts including those in the Windham Central Supervisory Union. The meeting is to help community members understand Act 46, the significance of the law, and the work school boards and supervisory unions are undertaking. Chairman of the House Education Committee Dave Sharpe will speak and take some questions. School boards will be invited to briefly share what they are currently working on and considering under Act 46. On Friday, Nov. 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Memorial Hall. For more information, contact Laura Sibilia 802-384-0233 or Ann Manwaring 802-380-0208.
Brattleboro: Come stop by and enjoy free samples throughout the Brattleboro Food Co-op during Gallery Walk, Friday, Nov. 6, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Ukulele Society will be coming to the West Townshend Pizza Night on Nov. 6. Pizza begins at 5 p.m.. Build your own pizza from a number of tasty ingredients, at $10 a pie, and watch it bake on the outdoor oven. Beer, wine and other refreshments are also available at the cafe. Music begins at 6:30 p.m. and is free. Donations are appreciated by the musicians.
Brattleboro: The New England Center for Circus Arts hosts an array of workshops and attendees can pick one or many, fitting their skill level and interest, Nov. 6 through 8. Participation is limited so registration is required by visiting www.necenterforcircusarts.org. For more information, call 802-254-9780.
Bellows Falls: Village Square Booksellers welcomes author Archer Mayor on Friday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. who will read from and discuss his 26th book, "The Company She Kept." Archer's newest book deals with the gay civil rights issues — Vermont was the first state to offer civil unions for lesbians and gays, but not all Vermonters were open-minded. Call 802-463-9404 for event and book reservations or reserve a book online at www.villagesquarebooks.com.
Halifax: On Nov. 7, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the West Halifax School multipurpose room, there will be a spaghetti dinner and multi-item raffle to benefit Jim Barcomb who is battling stage 4 small cell lung cancer. Dinner includes spaghetti, plain or meat sauce, salad, garlic bread, with cupcakes and ice cream for desert. $8 for adults, $4 for kids, 5 and under free. For more information, call 802-368-2735.
Tracks and scat
Vernon: Lynn Levine will be speaking on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 1 p.m. at the Vernon Free Library. Levine's topic will be "Tracks and Scat."
Brattleboro: Bill Guenther, Windham County Forester, will lead a day long tour to view some of the largest trees in Windham County on Nov. 7 starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Brattleboro Union High School's parking lot. Lunch will be from 12:40 to 1:15 p.m. in Putney Village. The Big Tree Tour is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Windham Regional Woodlands Association. For more information, contact Guenther or Dana Ruppert at 802-257-7967 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saxtons River: Pleasant Valley Hockey Association has teamed up with USA Hockey to offer a "Try Hockey for Free" day on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Vermont Academy. Children are encouraged to bring their own ice skates, although there will be some on hand to borrow. Sticks and other equipment will be provided. No experience is necessary. First time skaters are welcome. To register for USA Hockey's Try Hockey For Free day, go to: tryhockeyforfree.com/register.php?e=5331.
Winchester, N.H.: The United Church of Winchester will host its 416th monthly Bean Supper on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the church building at 99 Main St. Served family style, the cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children. For more information, call 603-239-4465. No advanced ticket sales.
Chesterfield, N.H.: The Chesterfield Senior Lunch will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the Chesterfield Town Hall at 12:30 p.m. A turkey dinner will be served. Make reservations before Monday, Nov. 9, at 802-363-8348. A $5 donation is suggested. The HCS nurse will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to take blood pressures. All veterans are welcome.
Co-op annual meeting
Dummerston: Shareholders of the Brattleboro Food Co-op, come to Scott Farm in Dummerston for the BFC annual meeting. Have brunch, discuss issues with other shareholders, and hear from the general manager and board of directors. Sunday, Nov. 8, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.. Free. 802-246-2821, email@example.com.
Marlboro: The last day of Hogback restoration will be on Sunday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will help clear the former Great White Way ski slope in order to rejuvenate the early successional habitat that developed when the ski area closed in 1986. Volunteers are needed to wield loppers, haul brush, and operate chain saws. Meet in the field behind the white A-frame building on Route 9 just west of the gift shop. More informaton at hogbackvt.org.
Grafton: The Pinnacle Association will host an excursion to large, dark, and quiet spruce swamp in the Athens Dome area on Saturday Nov. 7, 1 to 3 p.m. Camilla Roberts, former chairwoman of the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association, will lead the hike and discuss the area's special characteristics. Participants should dress warmly, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water. Meet at the parking lot opposite The Nature Museum, 186 Townshend Road. From there participants will carpool to the start, traversing a number of connecting roads and trails in the expanded 20-mile Pinnacle Trail System that runs from Putney Mountain to Grafton. Interested hikers should contact Camilla Roberts at 802-869-1388 for more information and registration.
Brattleboro: Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club's Trivia Night on Nov. 9 will benefit Brattleboro Time Trade. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the American Legion, 32 Linden St. $20, including dinner. Teams of four to six people compete for $50 prize. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-246-1199.
Grafton: On Wednesday, Nov. 9, starting at 6:30 p.m., at the Grafton Inn, the Grafton Woodlands Group will host a community reception and information session.
Dummerston: The Brattleboro Chapter of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will hold the final program in its series of fall lectures on Nov. 9. In the morning program, Tom Toleno will discuss education in Africa today, with special attention to his work at Mzuzu University, Malawi. In the afternoon lectures, Joe DeFelice filmmaker and founder of Riverbank Media, in Dorset, will discuss water on film. All lectures are held at the Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 US Route 5. For more information, call 802-257-8600 or toll-free 866-889-0042; or visit www.learningcollaborative.org.
Dummerston: At 7 p.m. on Nov. 9 in the Dummerston Community Center, located in West Dummerston, Archer Mayor will read from and discuss his new book, "The Company She Kept." Books will be available for purchasing and for autographs. The Community Center is handicap accessible. For information, call 802-254-9212 or 802-254-2415.
Putney: On Nov. 9, at 7 p.m., Jennifer Allaway will present "Sexism and Whiteness in Gaming: Beyond the Boys' Club," at Landmark College. Allaway is a graduate student, social researcher, and game developer. The event will be held at the Brooks M. O'Brien Auditorium in the East Academic Building at Landmark College. Part of the Landmark College Academic Speaker Series, this talk is free, accessible and open to the public. For more details, visit www.landmark.edu/speakers.
Westminster: On Nov. 10, at 7 p.m., at the Westminster Insitute on Main Street, Trout Unlimited will host Annette Spaulding, an underwater explorer, who will present some slides of her dives to the bottom of the Connecticut River.
Vernon: On Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Vernon Elementary School, the Vernon Planning Commission discuss the possibility of a gas-fired electricity plant located in Vernon, which will be connected to the fracked gas pipeline proposed by Kinder Morgan through Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
West Chesterfield, N.H.: Veterans' Day event, 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11, on the Justice Stone Pedestrian Bridge, Route 9. Presented by the American Legion Post 86. Speaker will be Chaplain John Burge. All are welcome.
Brattleboro: On Nov. 11, 23 and 24, Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center offers nature days for kids in grades 1 through 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $35 a day for members and $45 for non-members. For more information and to register, call 802-257-5785 or visit www.beec.org.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Senior Center and The Brattleboro Senior Meals Program are hosting their November Birthday Luncheon Celebration on Nov. 12 at 11:30 a.m. at the Gibson Aiken Center, 207 Main Street. The menu inlcudes appetizers, punch, baked ham, scalloped potatoes, turnip and carrots, cake and ice cream. Those with birthdays in the month of November 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.
Vernon: The next meeting of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel will be held on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Vernon Elementary School on Governor Hunt Road. At the meeting the panel will receive decommissioning updates from the state of Vermont and Entergy, including a status report from Entergy on the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Decommissioning Trust Fund and the Spent Fuel Management Plan. The Panel is seeking written comments from the public on the advisory opinions that will be discussed and voted on at the Nov. 12 meeting. Written comments may be emailed to the panel at email@example.com.
Newfane: On Thursday, Nov. 12, at noon, at the Newfane Congregational Church, there will be dinner for seniors in Newfane and surrounding communities. The menu includes cheese balls, green salad, meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy, beats, rolls, pumpkin bread, apple cake and ice cream. The meal is prepared by Winnie Dolan, hosted by Barbara Brooks and served by 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.
Townshend: On Nov. 12, from 4 to 6 p.m. Grace Cottage Family Health will host an open house, with five new providers who are now accepting new patients at Grace Cottage Family Health. Specializing in primary care, women's health, integrative medicine, psychiatric issues. All welcome to meet the new staff, refreshments served.
Brattleboro: Brattleboro Solidarity will be hosting a discussion of "Letters to Al Yarmouk," which was shown Nov. 5. The discussion will take place by Skype in the Fireside Room at Centre Congregational Church on Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. The format will allow for questions and answers from Ques Saed who spent one year inside Al Yarmouk while it was essentially under seige. He was with the Jafra foundation trying to set up media outlets and searching for daily food within the camp. All are welcome.
Wine and appetizers
Brattleboro: Come sample wines from the Co-op's large selection, paired with delicious appetizers. Free to patrons over 21 with a valid ID. Friday, Nov. 13, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-246-2822.
Perspectives on Addiction
Marlboro: What if the pain that leads a person to addiction is seen as the defining quality of being human? Religion professor Amer Latif will give a talk on "An Incurable Pain: Islamic Perspectives on Addiction" at Marlboro College at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13. He will present ways in which Muslim sages, like Rumi, embody a vision of the human being as the bearer of an incurable pain. Within the Islamic tradition, this acute pain is shared through poetry, sound, and dance in vibrant and healing gatherings. Join us for this last lecture in the series titled "Reframing the National Debate on Addiction," presented in association with the Speech Matters semester intensive.
Rockingham: Greater Falls Connections and Windham County Partnership for Success will offer the new Active Parenting of Teens program for parents/caregivers of children ages 11-18. The three-session video and discussion program will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays (Nov. 14, 21, and Dec. 5) at the Rockingham Free Public Library, at 65 Westminster Street in Bellows Falls. This program combines video and discussion to help parents learn how to raise children who are cooperative, responsible and able to resist peer pressure. It also guides parents in dealing with sensitive issues such as drugs, sexuality and violence. The program will be led by Don Tretler and Michelle Sacco. Registration is required by Nov. 10. Quality childcare will be provided with advanced notice. Lunch and coffee will be provided. For more information and/or to register, visit WindhamParentingEd.org, call Deb Witkus at 802-463-9927 ext. 212, or email email@example.com.
Saxtons River: Cellist and composer Eugene Friesen will give a tour Inside the Cello at Main Street Arts Friday, Nov. 13, as part of the Taste of the Arts, Tales from a Community series. The award-winning musician's talk will be preceded by a dinner at 6 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling MSA at 802-869-2960, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or at mainstreetarts.org. Tickets are $24 for adults and $12 for youth 12 and younger.
Purpose of yoga
Brattleboro: Spiritual scholar and international speaker Ravi Ravindra will give a talk, "The Heart & Purpose of Yoga: Toward a Deeper Practice," at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center on Friday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Purchase online at www.brattleboromuseum.org or call 802-257-0124, ext. 101.
Brattleboro: On Nov. 13, starting at 7 p.m. at Cafe 1 at SIT Graduate Center, there will be a workshop on Turkish calligraphy art with Turkish coffee. Calligraphy Artist Aydin Cayir will be performing live demonstrations and will talk about history, techniques, styles of calligraphy art At the end of the event, personalized calligraphy works will be given to the participants. There is no cost, but please RSVP to email@example.com.
NewBrook: The NewBrook Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary is hosting its annual Hunters Breakfast on Nov. 14, 2015 from 4 to 10 a.m. at the NewBrook Fire House on Route 30. The menu includes scrambled eggs, pancakes, smoked bacon, sausage, home fries, homemade donuts, coffee and orange juice.
Brattleboro: Stephen Batchelor, an internationally known meditation teacher and best-selling author, is set to speak in Brattleboro on Nov. 14. Batchelor, a former monk in the Tibetan and Zen traditions, is a contributing editor of Tricycle magazine has authored nearly a dozen books, including such provocative titles as "Buddhism without Beliefs," "The Faith to Doubt" and the soon-to-be-released "After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age." People are encouraged to register early for his talk — set for Saturday, Nov. 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Centre Congregational Church in Brattleboro — by logging onto www.vermontinsight.org, by calling 802-254-7077 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brattleboro: Susan Hebson, a certified Tai Chi instructor, is offering a series of six classes this fall at the Gibson-Aiken Recreation Center. This slow-paced 60-minute class is very accessible for students of all levels and is especially beneficial for seniors. Classes will start on Monday, Nov. 16 and continue until Dec. 21, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the third floor blue room. For information, contact Susan at email@example.com or call 802-257-9425.
Townshend: On Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Grace Cottage Wellness Center is hosting Elliott Greenblott, who will lead the AARP Driver Safety Course. The cost is $20, or $15 for AARP members. For more information, call 802-257-8877
Brattleboro: On Sunday, Nov. 15, 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. 802-246-2852, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Co-op hosts this monthly forum created by shareholders, for shareholders, but open to the general public. Sunday, Nov. 15, 5 to 7 p.m. Free, in the Co-op Community Room, email@example.com.
Walpole, N.H.: The Orchard School hosts its 20th Annual Craft Fair on Nov. 20 and 21 in the Walople Town Hall. The theme of this year's fair is "Building and celebrating a strong local economy." The Orchard School and Community Center is a place where children are encouraged to express their individuality through the arts. The fair will be held Nov. 20, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and Nov. 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A sampling of the crafted work includes silver jewelry, wool items, handmade wooden toys and crafts, pottery, fine beaded jewelry, traditional straw ornaments, flannel & wool shirts & dresses, woodwork, metal work, carvings and more — and all of it made within 40 miles of our Fall Mountain Region. For a complete list of vendors, visit www.TheOrchardSchool.org/ community-events/crafts-fair-and-cafe. Call 603-835-2495 or visit www.theorchardschool.org for more information about the school or the Craft Fair.
Londonderry: The Agency Of Natural Resources is hosting public meetings 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. Meetings are scheduled for Nov. 17 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Londonderry and on Nov. 23, also from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Newfane.
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."
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. he 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.email@example.com or 802-793-1417.
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