Around Windham County



Bellows Falls Drop-In Center: Open Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Our Place Drop-In Center, 4 Island St., Bellows Falls. 9-10:30 a.m., free breakfast; 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., food pantry open, except during lunch; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., free lunch. Day shelter, shower, fax, phone, food pantry. Information: 802-463-2217.

Brattleboro Groundworks Drop-In Center: Day Shelter open Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays 7 a.m. to noon. Showers, laundry, phone, mailing address, advocacy, case management, coffee. For information call 802-257-5415. Groundworks Food Shelf is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., plus Tuesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. for seniors only. Seasonal Overflow Shelter open 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. nightly from November through April. Call 802-257-5415 by noon to reserve a space. Groundworks Shelter, 81 Royal Road in Brattleboro, serves families and individuals. Call 802-257-0066 x1109 to be added to the waiting list.

Food Shelf Open: 6-7 p.m., Putney Community Center, Christian Square, Putney. Information or to donate: 802-387-8551.


Boys & Girls Club: 3-6 p.m., 17 Flat St., Brattleboro. Programs, activities, special events and use of facilities available for 10-18 year olds. 5:30 p.m., Free dinner. 6-8 p.m., Older youth drop-in, 15-22 years old. Information: 802-254-5990.

Twin Valley Playgroup: 10-11:30 a.m., at Twin Valley Elementary School, Wilmington. For ages 0-5 and their caregivers. Snack provided. Information: Early Education Services, 802-254-3742 ext. 111.

Athens Playgroup: 10-11:30 a.m., Athens Community Church. Free and open to ages 0-5. Led by Early Education Outreach Coordinator. Information: 802-258-1673.

Townshend Playgroup: 9:30 to 11 a.m., Townshend Public Library, 1971 Route 30. For all children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. This program is sponsored by Early Education Services. For more information contact Sandy Stark at 802-254-3742 or

Vernon Preschool Story Time: 9:30 a.m., Vernon Free Library. Every other week, call for schedule: 802-257-0150.

Saxtons River Preschool Playgroup: 9:30-11 a.m., Saxtons River Elementary School, in the gym. Birth to age 5. For children and their parents or caregivers. Snacks, stories and seasonally-themed activities. Information: Tracy Binet-Perrin, 603-762-5069.

Guilford Storytime: 11 a.m., Guilford Free Library. Cathi Wilken or Laura Lawson Tucker present a program of songs, fingerplays, books and activities for babies, toddlers and older siblings. No charge. Information: 802-254-6545.

Whitingham Playgroup: Whitingham Free Public Library, Jacksonville, Tuesdays 10-11:3 a.m. Parents and children ages 0-5 are welcome to join us for crafts and play and with Naomi from Early Education Services. For more information please call 368-7506.

Windham County Activities for Youth: See the Youth Services' H.E.Y.! Help Empower Youth! guide to after school and other activities and programs at


Brattleboro Walk-In Clinic:
5-6:30 p.m. every Tuesday, 81 Belmont Ave. Free health care to those without health insurance or under insured.

Meditation Sittings: Vermont Insight Meditation Center, 7-7:45 a.m., in the Neighbor's Hall at Solar Hill, 229 Western Ave., Brattleboro. Information and cancellations: Drew, 802-257-1213.

Meditation: 7-8 p.m. every Tuesday, Putney Friends Meeting House, Route 5, Putney. Awakening Through Love, weekly mediation group. Teaching followed by guided meditation. All welcome. Led by Julie Forsythe, a Guiding Teacher in the Foundation for Active Compassion. Handicapped accessible.


Technology help: The Putney Public Library, 55 Main St., is offering free technology help. On Tuesday mornings from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., people can make a one-on-one appointment with Ray Hussey, a library volunteer. Librarian Emily Zervas is also available on Fridays at noon for one-hour slots for computer help. Both are trained in assisting patrons with use of the library's downloadable audiobook and ebook services. While downloadable ebook and audiobook borrowing requires a Putney Public Library card, the technology assistance program is free and open to anyone, regardless of where they live. Call the Library for more information or to make an appointment: 802-387-4407 or email:

Volunteers needed: The Windham County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is seeking volunteers to provide support to emergency responder units such as police and firefighters by aiding in traffic control, disaster relief, communications and medical support. This is a chance to give back to your community. Required training will be provided at no charge. Contact John Borichevsky at 1-802-257-5526 or via email

Volunteer Opportunities: United Way of Windham County provides connections to numerous volunteer opportunities at nonprofits through Get Connected Windham County - visit and click Volunteer to learn more or email

Yoga Locally: 5-6:30 p.m., 118 Elliot, Brattleboro. Vigorous Vinyasa yoga classes, $5-15 suggested donation goes to Brattleboro social service organizations. Information:, Yoga Locally on Facebook or contact Laura Tabachnick - or 802-579-6613.


Museum passes: Brooks Memorial Library has 19 passes to regional museums that offer free or reduced admission fees. These museums include: Eric Carle Picture Book Museum; MASS MoCA;Bennington Museum; Smith College Museum of Art; Hildene; Magic Wings Butterfly Museum; Shelburne Museum; Vt. Institute of Natural Science. To reserve a pass go to, or call 802-254-5290, press 0.


Strength Training for Seniors: 9:30 a.m., Brattleboro Senior Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. Cost: $3 per class; $5 for two. Instructor: Cyndy Gray. Works on building strength on all major muscle groups followed by stretch and relaxation. Information: 802-257-7570.

Gentle Yoga for Seniors: 4-5:30 p.m., Putney Cares Activities Barn, 54 Kimball Hill Road, Putney. Tuesdays. Cost: $12 per class. Classes focus on flexibility, balance, and peace of mind. Information: 802-387-5593.

RSVP Volunteer Center: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Windham County has a wide variety of volunteer positions available with area nonprofits, schools, senior centers, hospitals, and food shelves. Volunteers are needed to visit/call home-bound seniors, deliver meals, provide rides, mentor in schools, tax-return help, food support and blood drives. There is always a need and volunteering makes a huge difference in peoples' lives. RSVP is an active community of seniors (55+) helping seniors and the disabled stay healthy and enjoy living at home longer. For information, call 802-254-7515.


Augustine (SLAA) Fellowship:
Tuesdays 7-8:30 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Tyler Conference Room. Information: 802-236-0096 or

Bereaved Parents Support Group: 4:30-6:00 p.m., first and third Tuesdays, at Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St. Brattleboro. Information: 802-257-0775.

Bereavement Support: Brattleboro Area Hospice, Brattleboro. For anyone grieving the death of a loved one. Information: 802-257-0775.

Caregivers Support Group: 1-2:30 p.m., Conference Room B, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 17 Belmont Ave. Second and fourth Tuesday each month. Information: Ryan Murphy, 802-257-0775, ext. 106; or Anne Meyer, 802-257-8246 at BMH.

Dedicated Dads Making a Difference: 9:30-11 a.m., Early Education Services, 130 Birge St., Brattleboro. Free fathers support group. Child care provided. Information: Dave 802-254-3742, ext. 127.

Mothers' Circle: A peer-led gathering for mothers with infants up to 12-months old, is held at the Winston Prouty Center for Child Development in Brattleboro on Tuesdays from 10:45 a.m. to noon. Mothers' Circle is confidential and led by a MotherWoman certified facilitator, and offers space to discuss the challenges of being a parent and the realities of motherhood. Free childcare for older siblings is provided, call ahead if needed. There is no fee and light refreshments will be available. For any questions call Amanda Pizzollo at 802-251-2102. Mothers' Circle is sponsored by the Winston Prouty Center for Child Development, It Takes a Village, the Brattleboro Retreat, and the Vermont Department of Health.

Easy Does It: 6 p.m., Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro. AA Beginners' meeting. Information: 802-257-5801.

Nar-Anon Family Group: Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Tuesdays at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Susan, 802-345-4145.

Overeaters Anonymous: 7-8 p.m., Tuesdays, Turning Point, corner of Elm and Frost streets, Brattleboro. Information: Jain, 802-251-0331.

Paths to Recovery Al-Anon: 6:30-7:30 p.m., every Tuesday, Deerfield Valley Health Center, junction Rte. 9 West and Rte. 100 South, Wilmington.


Hospice Thrift Shop:
10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Experienced Goods Thrift Shop for Brattleboro Area Hospice, 77 Flat St., Brattleboro. Selling quality clothing, books, housewares, furniture and more. Seeking donations, 802-254-5200.

West Townshend Thrift Shop: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Sat., second floor, above, West Townshend Post Office, Route 30. Sponsored by The West River Community Project. Community closet with large selection of men's, women's and children's clothing, footwear; housewares, books, movies and toys.


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