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Brattleboro: Monday, Oct. 19, the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club will host a monthly Charity Quiz Challenge from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Brattleboro American Legion Post 5 on Linden Street. Teams comprised of four to six players are invited to compete each month for a cash prize. The entry fee of $20 per person (cash or check) includes a dinner entrée prepared by Entera Artisanal Catering and donation to the charity as determined by the rotary club each month. This month's charity recipient will be Youth Services. For more information or to register your team, visit Ashriver@pdsclaw.com. For more information, visit rotary.org.

Brattleboro: Brattleboro Union High School is hosting "High and Seek," an interactive presentation about substance abuse on Oct. 21. Melissa Fernald, a licensed drug and alcohol counselor, sets up a mock teenage bedroom as part of her presentation. She invites adults to search for 70 items that may indicate a teen is involved in high risk behavior such as underage drinking, substance abuse, cutting, burning, eating disorders, sexual activity and more. Attendees get an up-close look at the items in the room and are shown how they can be used. The presentation reviews the latest drug and alcohol trends, an overview of slang terms, psycho-education surrounding addiction and includes a discussion on techniques for effectively communicating with teens. Doors open at 6 p.m., the presentation begins at 6:30 and lasts for 120 minutes. Childcare can be provided during the event. For more information, contact Hanako Jones, Student Assistance Program Counselor, at hjones@wsesu.org or 802-451-3452 by Oct. 19 to reserve childcare space and/or with questions. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Brattleboro: Solaflect Energy, which has begun construction on its newest Community Solar Park, expected to be commissioned in 2015, will hold a presentation about solar power on Monday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m., in the Community Room at the Brattleboro Co-op. Learn about net metering, federal tax credits, Green Mountain Power's Solar Adder and the benefits of a solar tracker versus fix mounted solar panels. The presentation will be given by Cody Berwick. Space is limited, open to the public. Use the Canal Street entrance to attend the event. For more information email cberwick@solaflect.com or visit www.solaflect.com.

Dummerston: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute lectures, Monday, Oct. 19, at Learning Collaborative, 471 US Route 5, Dummerston. Lectures start at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tom Toleno on post-Colonial Africa and Bob Engel on the chemistry of water. Per lecture fee of $6 to nonmembers. Different levels of membership are available. For more information call 802-257-8600 or 866-889-0042.

Brattleboro: Prepare broccoli and cauliflower tempura in honor of the harvest of the month. We will prep the batter and dipping sauce and practice writing a haiku. Please alert us of any wheat allergies. All ages welcome. Monday, Oct. 19, 3:30 to 5 p.m., in the Brattleboro Food Co-op cooking classroom. Free. Registration required at 802-246-2821, msbfc@sover.net.

Dummerston: The Brattleboro Chapter of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will hold the third in its series of fall lectures, on Monday, Oct. 19. In the morning program, Tom Toleno, will discuss post-colonial Africa. He has lived, traveled, and worked extensively in Africa, particularly in the Republic of Malawi. In the afternoon lectures, Bob Engel, of Marlboro, will take up the chemistry of water and the water molecule. Lectures are held on six successive Mondays. Morning lectures run from 10 a.m. to noon; afternoon lectures, from 1 to 3 p.m. All lectures will be 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.

Bellows Falls: Voters will have a chance to meet Shap Smith, Democratic candidate for Vermont governor, at a meet and greet Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 5:30 p.m. at the Windham Antique Center at 5 Square in Bellows Falls. Members of all parties are welcome to meet the candidate and ask him questions about his reasons for running. The event will be catered by Smokin' Bowls.

Brattleboro: Brooks Memorial Library will present "Furbearers in Vermont" on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. Chris Bernier of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will present Vermont's Furbearer Management Program – Who are the furbearers? Why and how are they managed? What issues do they face in Vermont? Included in the discussion will be marten, beaver, mountain lions, and more.

Brattleboro: Multicultural identity in the coming elections is the topic of a talk by the Rev. Lise Sparrow, Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church at 190 Main Street. The program is sponsored by the Brattleboro branch of the American Association of University Women and is open to the public. Sparrow will discuss her research on the lives of multicultural women as they differ from those of multicultural men and what role that may play in the upcoming presidential election. Now in its 88th year, the Brattleboro AAUW is a branch of a national organization that seeks to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Local information is available by contacting branch president Vivian Prunier at 802-387-5875 or on the AAUW Brattleboro Facebook page.

Guilford: Guilford Central School is hosting a 5K run on Saturday, Oct. 24. The Creepy-Crawl is a festive race that begins at the school and takes you through the haunted hills of Guilford. Runners are encouraged to wear costumes. Prizes are awarded for all ages. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and the race starts at 9:30 a.m. Race costs $10 per person. Register by Oct. 20 to receive a free T-shirt (courtesy of Olympia sports). for more information contact Lisa at creepycrawlrace@gmail.com.

Brattleboro: Brattleboro AARP CH #763 will meet Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 1:30 p.m. at the Brattleboro Senior Center. Local Historian, Richard Michelman will discuss the history of Brattleboro from his book "Before Our Time." Members, guests and interested people are welcome.

Brattleboro: On Wednesday, Oct. 21, the Boys & Girls Club will hold an Open House, 3-7 p.m., sponsored by Lights on Afterschool at the 17 Flat Street location. There will be a Do-It-Yourself activity to help children prepare for trick or treating. Kids of all ages and ability will be encouraged to transform t-shirts, donated by Experienced Goods in Brattleboro, into their own hand-crafted trick or treating bags.In addition the club will be providing arts and craft supplies to allow each participant to personalize their bags. There will be a variety of kid friendly snacks. Representative from the Brattleboro Police Department will be there to address any questions or concerns families may have regarding safety this Halloween. For more information call the Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro at 802-254-5990 or email bgcbrattleboro@gmail.com.

Putney: Ron Krupp, Vermont gardening guru and author of "Lifting the Yoke: Local Solutions to America's Farm and Food Crisis," will visit Putney Library on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. to discuss his new book, "The Woodchuck's Guide to Gardening." Krupp was one of the founders of the Brattleboro Farmers Market in the 1970s and had ties to the Common Ground Restaurant. This program is co-sponsored by the Putney Conservation Commission. This program is free and open to the public.

Townshend: Grace Cottage is hosting the Vermont Foodbank's free food distribution program at Grace Cottage Hospital on the fourth Thursday of every month, beginning Oct. 22. The event is held 1-2 p.m. at 185 Grafton Road (Route 35), Townshend, and it is open to the entire community. Please bring reusable shopping bags to carry your items. The Foodbank will provide fresh produce and other healthy food items to anyone who attends this event. The food truck will be parked near Grafton Road on the hospital site – look for signs. For more information, call 802-365-9109.

Harvest of the Month

Brattleboro: HOM provides resources to promote the use of local, seasonal foods in schools and the community. Learn how to incorporate the lesson plans into your classroom. Co-op shareholders get working shareholder hours for their time. Thursday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. to noon or 5:50 to 7:30 p.m. in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, Free. Registration requeste at 802-246-2821, msbfc@sover.net.

Bellows Falls: Village Square Booksellers welcomes Howard Frank Mosher on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. to read from and discuss his newest book, "God's Kingdom," which explores the Kinneson family through the coming of age of the heir, Jim, and its rich and complicated history. Call 802-463-9404 for book and event reservations. Village Square Booksellers also hosts Archer Mayor on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.

Putney and Townshend: Food distribution at Putney Meadows (across from the Co-op and Fire Station) will be held Thursday, Oct. 22, 9-9:45 a.m. Grace Cottage Hospital food distribution will be held 1-2 p.m., Oct. 22, at the hospital, 185 Grafton Road in Townshend. The food distributions are open to anyone in the community, no questions asked. The Vermont Foodbank with the Putney Foodshelf and Townshend Community Food Shelf bring a truck of fresh produce and other non-perishable items. Bring your own shopping bags.

Newfane: On Oct. 22, 5:30-7pm. Suzanne d'Corsey will be reading from and talking about her debut novel, "The Bonnie Road," which "magically transposes the old ways of Scotland into 20th century St. Andrews." The reading will be held at Crowell Gallery/Moore Free Library, 23 West Street. Admission is free. Contact the library 802-365-7948 for more information.

Bangladesh

Brattleboro: Local resident Stephen Minkin will talk on "The Tragedy and Destruction of the Bangladesh Floodplain" during a presentation scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at the Marlboro Graduate Center. Minkin has worked on health and environmental issues in Bangladesh over a span of 40 years and was a founder of the Center for Natural Resource Studies in Bangladesh. He will be speaking on the unintended environmental damage caused by major investments in Bangladesh by multinational agencies. Coffee/tea/conversation will precede Minkin's talk at 7 p.m. Presented by the Windham World Affairs Council, this event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit: www.windhamworldaffairscouncil.org.

Brattleboro: At the Brattleboro Food Co-op cooking classroom, on Friday, Oct. 23, 5 to 7 p.m., learn ways to dry, store, and make medicines from roots like burdock, yellow dock, dandelion, Echinacea, and more. We will provide roots for in-class demonstration, but you may bring your own if you contact Susan at 802-246-0832. $7 for Co-op shareholders, $9 for non-shareholders. Registration Required, 802-246-2821, msbfc@sover.net

Brattleboro: The First United Methodist Church will be hosting a turkey supper on Oct. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. The menu will be turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, peas and squash, cranberry sauce, along with rolls, butter, coffee and pumpkin pie for dessert. The cost of the meal is $10 for adults; free for 8 and under with adult. Proceeds will benefit the church's needs. The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive, off Putney Road and is handicap accessible. There is ample parking. For more information, e-mail fumcob@gmail.com or call 802-254-4218.

Brattleboro: Each of us, regardless of our age, has a need to be known, to be remembered, to feel that our lives made a difference and to express our values and our love. Join Brattleboro Area Hospice on Friday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., for the free presentation "Reflections & Gratitude as We Age," at the Brattleboro Retreat Education Conference Center. Presenter Claire Willis will give a talk based on research addressing some of the universal psycho/social/spiritual concerns that emerge as we age such as reviewing our life, expressions of gratitude, living inside hope, making amends and exploring forgiveness, and harvesting our wisdom. No registration is required for this presentation, which is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.brattleborohospice.org.

West Brattleboro: Enjoy an evening theatrical experience along Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center's lamp lit trails in West Brattleboro. This years performance "The Lost Circus" follows as a circus troupe lost in time appears to mortals at this time around Hallows Eve. Performances are Oct. 23 and 24. Shows start at 6:15 p.m. and run every 15 minutes till 8:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Register online at www.beec.org. Questions? Call 802-257-5785. Tickets are $15/$8 nonmembers, $12/$6 members.

South Londonderry: First Baptist Church of South Londonderry is hosting a Work Bee on Oct. 24 starting at 8 a.m. at the church's new building site, 62 Crescent Street. Everyone in the community is invited to help with site work on that day. It would be helpful for those coming to bring shovels, wheelbarrows, and garden rakes. This event is weather permitting. The church is currently rebuilding after its previous building was destroyed by a fire in 2010. For more information about the building, volunteering opportunities, and fundraising efforts visit www.firstbaptistlondonderryvt.org or call 802-856-7266.

Walpole, NH: Join the Walpole Village School for its 4th annual kid-friendly Spooktacula! Halloween comes early so come in your costume, enjoy hands-on Halloween activities, hay rides, contests, face painting, outdoor games and much more. Spooktacula takes place on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Light refreshments and kid friendly lunch will be available for purchase. Tickets are $10 for kids and $5 adults. All proceeds benefit Walpole Village School at 75 Westminster St. For more information visit www.walpolevillageschool.org or contact Director Jody Metcalf at director@walpolevillageschool.org.

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North Hinsdale, N.H.: On Saturday, Oct. 24, from 5 to 7 p.m., the North Hinsdale Community Church at 105 Meeting House Road is hosting a fish fry. The cost is $9 for adults and $5 for children 7 and older. Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children 7 and older. For more information or to buy tickets call 603-256-6930 or email nhcc.hinsdalenh@gmail.com.

Thanksgiving

Grafton: On Saturday, Oct. 24, at Grafton Farms, The Nature Museum is hosting a Native American Thanksgiving, an autumnal science program for youth and families. The cost for youth 7-14 is $25 for the two-part program and $10 per person for Part 2. Part 1 will explore Abenaki traditions, beliefs and the Abenaki relationship to the natural world. Youth will discover what tools, skills and resources were needed by the Abenaki the native people of Vermont. Part 2 will feature "The Circle of Giving and Receiving" for youth and families from 6 to 8 p.m. Michael Caduto storyteller and ecologist will explore the true nature of Thanksgiving as practiced by Native Americans. Register early at nature-museum.org.

Wardsboro: On Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wardsboro hosts the 13th Annual Gilfeather Turnip Festival. At Town Hall and the big and small tents, all on Main Street, attendees can find turnip soup and turnip recipe "tastings" at the Turnip Café, an outdoor soup kiosk, afarmer's market, craft vendors, 1,000-plus pounds of turnips, turnip seeds, turnip cookbooks, festival T-shirts, turnip-theme gifts, live music and entertainment. Enter a Gilfeather in the turnip contest from 10 a.m. to noon, with awards for the largest Gilfeather turnip grown from seed or seedling, in or out of town, most creative name, wicked-weirdest (decorate or dress it up) and "Grand Champion." Come meet Tracey Medeiros, Ccelebrity judge at the turnip contest, author of "Dishing Up Vermont" and "The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook" and contributor to Edible Green Mountains Magazine. More information at 802 896-3416 or www.friendsofwardsborolibrary.org.

Northfield, Mass.: It will be a ghoulish good time on the morning of Oct. 24 as runners, riders and walkers dodge zombies and rush headlong through an old (haunted?) cemetery at the annual 5K Monster Dash, sponsored by the First Parish of Northfield, Mass. The family fun run and ride will begin at 9 a.m. at Town Hall, 69 Main St. The race route will follow a looping, mostly flat course through this historic and picturesque New England town. Runners, bicyclists and walkers of all ages are welcome. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes. Registration is from 7:30 to 8:50 a.m. and the first 50 entrants will receive a free T-shirt. The first 70 to sign up will enjoy a home-cooked breakfast in First Parish Church, across from Town Hall, immediately after the race. Registration is $18 for individuals and $30 for families, with proceeds benefiting First Parish. Register at www.active.com/northfield-ma/running/distance-running-races/the-northfield-monster-dash-5k-run-walk-or-bike-2015?int=.

Saxtons River: The hearty smells of chili will waft through the air Saturday, Oct. 24, as the Saxtons River Rec hosts its annual chili contest from noon to 2 p.m. on Main Street. For a $5 fee, participants are entitled to endless samples of the chili entries, cornbread to cleanse their palates, and a ballot to choose their favorites in the individual and business categories. Proceeds benefit the Rec and its youth soccer program. Businesses and individuals may register to participate in the contest by contacting Samantha Fletcher at 802-869-1407. The event features live music, a bake sale and other fundraising activities. Rain site is the basement of Christ's Church.

Brattleboro: Community Circle Dance will be held Sunday, Oct. 25, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., at Aikido Studio, 11 Cottage St. Led by Mary Koon and Floyd Guyette. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated. Information: Parker Huber 802-257-9108, or Mary Ellen Cannon, 603-631-0768.

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Dance presents the next Contradance, to be held on Sunday, Oct. 25, 7-10 p.m. at the Stone Church on the corner of Main and Grove streets. Dance Caller Guillaume Sparrow Pepin will instruct and call the dances. He will be accompanied by the band Mavish that includes Jaige Trudel and Adam Broom, who will accompany dancers with live music. All ages and experience level dancers are welcome. Adult fee is $10, college students with ID are $8 each, and admission for junior and senior high school students is $5. For more details check the web site: www.brattcontra.org or call Carol at 802-258-1723.

Saxtons River: Christ's Church in Saxtons River is hosting a Covered Dish Supper on Sunday, Oct. 25, at 5 p.m. Dinner will include a variety of casseroles, baked beans, salads and carrot cake for dessert. The dining room is located in the basement of the building and is easily accessed from the back (River Street) entrance. Tickets will be sold at the door – $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12. The supper is a fundraiser with proceeds going to the fuel assistance program of Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA).

Williamsville: Learn more about the Slow Food Movement at the Williamsville Eatery on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 5-8 p.m. Williamsville Eatery is the 5th Vermont restaurant to receive the "Snail of Approval" by Slow Food Vermont. A short presentation and toast will be followed by an evening with Hermit Thrush Brewery. The night's special menu will feature beer friendly food focusing on the bounty from Windham County.

Compassionate Friends

Brattleboro: Anyone who has had a child die in their family is invited to an informal meeting, Sunday, Oct. 25, with the intent of eventually establishing a local chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a non-profit, self-help bereavement support organization for families that have experienced the death of a child. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or daughter, a brother or sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family. The nearest chapter to Brattleboro is in Westminster, Mass. The meeting will be from 4 to 6 p.m. at 541 Black Mountain Road. For more information, call Beverly at 802-490-2326 or 802-251-5598. To learn more about The Compassionate Friends, visit www.compassionatefriends.org.

West Brattleboro: The West Brattleboro Baptist Church, 979 Western Avenue, is hosting a free community luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. on Oct. 25. The menu includes homemade chili or corn chowder, egg salad sandwich, potato chips, and homemade apple crisp for dessert. All are welcome.

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Great Books Discussion Group will be discussing Thomas Hardy's "Far From The Madding Crowd," on Monday, Oct. 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the meeting room of Brooks Memorial Library, Main Street. November's discussion will be Thomas Doig's "English Creek." For more information, contact Michael Landis at emagicmtman@gmail.com.

Saxtons River: The Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association and Rockingham Conservation Commission are organizing an informational meeting for people interested in the possibility of creating a new trail from the western edge Rockingham, near Route 35 in Athens, to Saxtons River. The meeting will take place on Tuesday Oct. 27, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Main Street Arts, 35 Main Street. For more information, call Silos Roberts at 802-869-1388 or visit www.windmillhillpinnacle.org.

Brattleboro: The Climate Change Café will host a special "Evening of Solidarity" on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 6 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Library, with citizen-activists and activist singer/musicians who are resisting both Kinder Morgan's proposed Northeast Energy Direct (NED) fracked gas pipeline just over our Massachusetts & New Hampshire borders, and the proposed compressor station that is part of the project on Gulf Road in Northfield, Massachusetts. As always, the Café is free and light refreshments will be available. For more information contact Tim at 802-869-2141 or info@postoilsolutions.org.

Brattleboro: The next Brattleboro Community Decommissioning meeting, sponsored by New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution, will be on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This meeting will be at the Brattleboro Food Coop Community Room, which is accessible through No. 7 Canal Street. This monthly meeting is open to all. For more information, call Clay Turnbull at 802-380-4462 or Carol Levin at 802-258-1723.

Putney: Join Vermont's incoming Poet Laureate, Chard deNiord at Putney Library on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. He will read from his newest collection, "Interstate," as well as other recent work, including his interviews with other notable American poets. Copies of "Interstate" will be available for signing and sale the evening of the reading. A longtime resident of Westminster West, deNiord is the author of five books of poetry and is currently a professor of English at Providence College. This program is free and open to the public.

Brattleboro: Gruesome, healthy, and fun foods to prepare and share with the ghosts and fairies out on the town. Come to the Brattleboro Food Co-op cooking classroom in costume to practice for Halloween night. Allergies? Let us know. Friday, Oct. 30, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free. Registration Required at 802-246-2821, msbfc@sover.net.

Dover: Family Fright Movie Night will be held at the Dover Free Library, Friday, Oct. 30, beginning 6:45 p.m. on the Community Room's big screen. Come for "The Teacher (and Librarian) from the Black Lagoon", an animated narration of the popular children's book by Mike Thaler. This animated short film (20 minute episode) is perfect for young trick-or-treaters. This year's feature film is Disney/Pixar's "Monster's Inc." This event includes popcorn and door prizes. For more information, contact the library at 802-348-7488 or www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.

Brattleboro: On Oct. 30, from 6 to 9 p.m., at 55 Marlboro Road, Rouleau-Holley's Tae Kwon Do is hosting a Halloween party. Try your skills at free board breaking and other martial arts games as well as 50-cent carnival games. If folks wear costumes, they will also get a ticket. Outside, several of the club's adult students will be decorating the trunks of their vehicles and dressing up and the kids can come through and trick or treat. Snacks and drink will also be available.

Bellows Falls: Women of the Moose will hold a Halloween Teen Dance Friday, Oct. 30, 7-10 p.m., at the Bellows Falls Moose Family Center, 59 Henry St. Prizes to be given out for the best costumes and there will be snacks and drinks. Come and enjoy three hours of spooky fun.

Bellows Falls: The Central Elementary School will be hosting their annual Halloween Parade Friday, Oct. 30. Students and adults, most in costumes, will start their parade on George Street, walk down Atkinson Street, to Oak Street, Church Place and back to the Central School. They will be led by the Bellows Falls Middle School Marching Band and escorted by the Bellows Falls Police and Fire Departments. The festivities start at 1:30 pm and we welcome anyone — costumed or not.

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department will hold the Annual Horribles Parade on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 6 p.m. All "Ghosts, Goblins, Witches, Scarecrows, and What-Have-Yous" should meet down in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Parking lot; on the Whetstone Pathway. Please park in the public lots/garage on Flat Street. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. sharp and go up Main Street to the Gibson Aiken Center for costume judging, prizes, goodie bags, and more. This fun, free event is co-sponsored by the Brattleboro Police Department and Brattleboro Recreation and Parks. For more information regarding this event, or if any special needs are required, call the Recreation and Parks Department at 254-5808.

Guilford: The Guilford Free Library will host a trick or treat party at 6 p.m. on Oct. 31. Refreshments include cider and doughnuts. Most appropriate for children 7 or younger. No charge. For more information, call 802-254-6545 for information.

Putney: Putney Cares and Putney Family Services will co-sponsor a Halloween pit stop at the Putney Cares Activities Barn, l54 Kimball Hill, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Halloween, Oct 31. The pit stop is a place for trick-or-treating children and families to take a break to sit, re-group, use the bathroom, or rest. Apple cider and cider donuts will be served.

Brattleboro: Cold climate heat pumps have emerged as a promising technology for Vermont. Come to a workshop to learn about heat pump options for both hot water and space heating to see if they make sense for your home, business, or rental property. These devices provide heat and domestic hot water using 25 to 50 percent less energy than conventional systems. They are environmentally-friendly as well – 87 percent free of carbon emissions when the electricity comes from Green Mountain Power. Heat pumps can also be combined with solar electric panels to provide 100 percent renewable energy. A free informational workshop will be held Monday, November 9, 5:30– :30 p.m. at the Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon Street. Matt Sargent, energy consultant with Efficiency Vermont will review the latest in heat pump technologies, the relative economics of using heat pumps versus other fuel sources, successful case studies, and other resources. Heat pump distributors will be on-site to share information. The doors open at 5 p.m., and light refreshments will be provided. The workshop is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, or for more information, contact Paul Cameron at pcameron@brattleboro.org or 802-251-8135. The workshop is sponsored by Brattleboro Climate Protection, the Brattleboro Energy Committee, Efficiency Vermont, and the Marlboro College Graduate School.

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 or to ask how you can help call Amanda at 802-368-2735.

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 (November 14, 21, and December 5) at the Rockingham Free Public Library, at 65 Westminster Street in Bellows Falls. This program combines entertaining 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. Both are experienced parents and well seasoned professionals. Pre-registration is required by November 10. Quality childcare will be provided with advanced notice. Lunch and coffee will be provided. For more information about this program and/or to register- Visit WindhamParentingEd.org, call Deb Witkus at 802-463-9927 x212, or email deb@greaterfallsconnections.org.


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