Ongoing sales, workshops and assistance

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Plant sale

Brattleboro: The Windham Regional Conservation District's annual plant sale is now underway. 2016 offerings include plants for landscape, conservation, regeneration and food value. Trees and shrubs are all bare rootstock. Available wildlife and songbird shrubs and tree selection this year includes: Bearberry, Buttonbush, Cranberry, Hackberry, Sugar Maple and White Flowering Dogwood. New this year — dark purple, red or white Standard Hybrid Rhododendrons. Semi-dwarf apple, cherry, pear, apricot, plum and peach trees along with a large selection of perennials are also available for spring planting. Edibles include blueberries, raspberries,strawberries and currants. Conifers are Balsam and Fraser Fir and Northern White Cedar. Orders will be taken until April 15 and pick up of stock will be Saturday, April 30, in the Natural Resources Department at the Windham Regional Career Center by the Brattleboro Union High School. Order forms and additional information can be obtained from the WCNRCD by email at jolene.hamilton@vt.nacdnet.net, by phone at 802-254-5323, ext. 104, or downloaded from www.windhamcountynrcd.org.

Wags to riches

Brattleboro: The Windham County Humane Society's annual fundraiser, "Wags to Riches," is scheduled for April 2 at the Brattleboro VFW on Black Mountain Road, starting at 6 p.m. The evening includes cocktails, an auction and hors d'oeuvres. Space is limited; reservations at $50 a person need to be made by March 29 at www.wchs4pets.org. Sponsors include Auto Mall, Greater Falls Pharmacy, DMI Paving, Buehler & Annis PLC, White Rose Pet Cemetery, The Communicators Group and the Reformer.

Fool's run

Westminster: On April 2, Southeastern Vermont Community Action will hold its first "Couch-to-5K" event, named the Fools' Run in celebration of April Fools' Day. SEVCA's Wellness Committee conceptualized the event as a way to encourage SEVCA employees and residents of the surrounding community to get active and live healthier. The event will also serve as a fundraiser for SEVCA's housing assistance program, which helps prevent homelessness among at-risk families and individuals and re-house those who are homeless. The Fools' Run is open to the public and will start promptly at 9 a.m. Participants will walk or run at their own pace on a moderately challenging gravel route starting at SEVCA's offices at 91 Buck Drive and proceeding up nearby Henwood Hill. The cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children under 16, and $30 for a family of three. The event's major sponsors are Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) and C&S Wholesale Grocers in Brattleboro. Other sponsors include Westminster Auto Service, Inc., L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates, Massucco Law Office, P.C., and Green Mountain Power. Registrations will be accepted up to and including the morning of the event, but advance registration is recommended. The first 50 registrants will receive a free T-shirt. For more information, call Linda Brooks at 802-722-4575, ext. 105, or visit SEVCA's website, www.sevca.org for a direct link to an online registration form.

Book donations

Brattleboro: The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library is accepting donations of paperback books, CDs and DVDs for the upcoming April 21 to 23 Spring Book Sale. Donations of books and media should be brought to the Library Circulation Desk during open hours. Donations must be in good condition to be accepted by the Library. Funds raised by the Friends will: purchase programs and materials for the Children's Room; support the First Wednesday series and other public programs; purchase 18 free passes to regional museums; update library technology tools for public use, and pay for subscriptions to numerous on-line subscription services such as access to e-books, e-audio, independent films and databases such as Ancestry.com. For more information, call 802-254-5290.

Tax prep

Brattleboro: United Way Windham County is offering two programs that provide free federal and state income-tax preparation services to eligible taxpayers: the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program and MyFreeTaxes.com. United Way is also partnering with libraries and other community sites to provide access to MyFreeTaxes.com on a computer with high-speed internet for the public's use. Call 2-1-1 for location and access information.

Adopt-a-book

Dover: Help build your library's collection by adopting a book at the Dover Free Library. This annual fundraising program directly enhances the library's collection of books and materials available to the public and provides community members a chance to sponsor books. Come by the library for more information and to see a great selection of books to "adopt" or visit www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.

Job hunt

Brattleboro: During the months of March and April, visitors to the Brooks Memorial Library can consult will CCV student intern Ben Howe for help using computer technology for job and career-related tasks. Ben will meet individually with citizens to help them explore careers and online education, prepare resumes, search for jobs, and complete online job applications. Ben's services are provided through a partnership between the Community College of Vermont and the Vermont Department of Libraries, which will place "Job Hunt Helpers" in town libraries in six Vermont communities. Those wishing to make an appointment with Ben may do so by calling the Brooks Memorial Library at 802-254-5290, ext. 109, or by emailing jobhuntbml@gmail.com. Drop-in help will also be provided on a first-come, first-served basis during Ben's library hours: Tuesday evenings, 5 to 8 and Thursday afternoons, 1 to 4.


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