Around Windham County
FOOD & SHELTER
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 Area Drop In Center: Open Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 60 South Main St., Brattleboro. Food Shelf Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Tuesday 1-4 p.m. for seniors only. Day shelter, shower, fax, phone, food shelf. Information 802-257-5415.
Community dinners: Every 3rd Monday of the month, 5:30 p.m. at The Stone Church/Immanuel Episcopal Church in Bellows Falls. All are Welcome. The dinners hosted by Greater Falls United Network - a collection of social service organizations and churches in the area committed. These dinners are continuing in the memory of Rev. Mary Haas, who hosted them for many years. For more information, contact Telos Whitfield (pronounced "Tee-loss") at 802-376-4977 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food Pantry: 6-7:30 p.m., Townshend Church, on the Common, Route 30. For anyone who needs food assistance. Information: 802-365-4348.
Boys & Girls Club: 3-7 p.m., 17 Flat St., Brattleboro. Programs, activities, special events and use of facilities available for ages 10 to 18. 5:30 p.m., Free dinner. Information: 802-254-5990.
Boy Scouts to Meet: 7-8:30 p.m., at St. Michael's School, 48 Walnut St., Brattleboro. Troop 405. New members welcome. For boys in 6th grade and up. Every Monday. Information: Peter Massari, 802-254-8124.
Movin' Into Music: Brattleboro Music Center, 38 Walnut St. Music and Movement, ages 1-5, and Little Strummers Ukulele Club, ages 3-5, Monday mornings with Annie Frelich. Information visit www.bmcvt.org or call BMC at 802-257-4523.
Storytimes: Dover Free Library offers seasonal storytimes in the children's room, 2:30 p.m. on Mondays. Includes a sampling of some classic children's books as well as fantastic new releases. Following the read-aloud, children are invited to participate in a hands-on craft activity related to the theme of stories presented. The Spring session continues through May 8. For more information about children's programs at the Dover Free Library, visit the library, check the library website: www.doverfreelibrary1913.org or call the librarian at 802-348-7488.
Preschool Story Time: 1:30 p.m., Vernon Free Library. Every other week, call for schedule: 802-257-0150.
Rhyme and Story Hour: 10:30 a.m., Whitingham Free Public Library. Songs, rhymes, stories and crafts for toddlers and preschoolers. Parents and infants welcome. Information: 802-368-7506.
Rhyme Time: 10:30 a.m., Vernon Free Library. Every Monday. For children 0-5 years of age. Information: 802-257-0150.
Storytime: Seasonal storytimes are at the Dover Free Library. Each storytime begins at 2:30 p.m. in the children's room and includes a sampling of some classic children's books as well as new releases. Following the read-aloud, children are invited to participate in a hands-on craft activity related to the theme of stories presented. The Winter session runs through Monday, February 27. For more information about children's programs at the Dover Free Library, visit the library, check the library website: www.doverfreelibrary1913.org or call the librarian at 802-348-7488.
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 www.HelpEmpowerYouth.com.
MIND & BODY
Meditation: 7-9 p.m., Putney Friends Meeting House, Route 5, Putney, just north of Basketville. Mountains and Rivers Mindfulness Community. Sharing group in the tradition of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Newcomers welcome. Wheelchair accessible. Information: Richard Brady, email@example.com or 802-387-2382.
Meditation Sitting: Vermont Insight Meditation Center, 7-7:45 a.m. Mondays in Neighbors Hall, Solar Hill, 229 Western Ave., Brattleboro. Information and cancellations: Rose 802-246-1244
Benefit Bingo: 6:30 p.m., above People's United Bank, on the Square, Bellows Falls. Every Monday. 5 p.m., Doors open. 6 p.m., Early bird games. Food and beverages available for purchase. Free coffee. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus in Bellows Falls, Council No. 753, benefit for local charities.
Inclusion Center: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., The Gathering Place, 30 Terrace Street. A free drop-in activity center for and by all people with disabilities and interested community members. Discussion, art and creating videos among activities. Visit our web site (inclusioncenter.webs.com) for details on each week's activities.
Rock River Players: Will meet the second Monday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to select a spring show. All are welcome. Questions? Annie Landenberger @348-7156; firstname.lastname@example.org
Spin class: Every first Monday of the month at Bodhifit, Brattleboro Food Co-op shareholders can take this spin class at no cost with Susie, the BFC Seafood Department manager, at 5:15 p.m. Free for Co-op Shareholders, $15 for Non-Shareholders. 22 High St, Brattleboro.
Turning Point Board: 5:45-7:30 p.m., held at Tyler Conference Room, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. Turning Point of Windham County's monthly board meeting. A recovery center. Public welcome. Fourth Monday each month. Information: 802-257-5600.
Volunteers needed: The Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center in Newfane is in need of volunteers to walk with participants or lead horses in Equine Assisted Activities Program. Training included, horse experience welcome, but not necessary. Call 802-221-4409 or email email@example.com for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Opportunities: United Way of Windham County provides connections to numerous volunteer opportunities at nonprofits through Get Connected Windham County - visit www.unitedwaywindham.org and click Volunteer. We offer free tax preparation services provided by our VITA Program. Call 2 - 1 - 1 from anywhere in Vermont, to schedule an appointment for income eligible Windham County residents.
RSVP Volunteer Center: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Windham County has a 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-plus) helping seniors and the disabled stay healthy and enjoy living at home longer. For information, call 802-254-7515.
AA Hotline: Toll free, 1-877-851-0181.
Adult Children of Alcoholics: (12-step group), Mondays, 6-7 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Room B, off Cafeteria. Information: email@example.com.
Depression Support: 5:30-7 p.m., each Monday, Healing Grace Ministries, 55 Marlboro Road, West Brattleboro. Free. For anyone feeling depressed, isolated or afraid. Information: 802-368-7561.
Healing Discussion Group: 5:30-7 p.m., Sojourns Community Health Clinic, 4923 U.S. Route 5, Westminster. Living Life Now! For anyone with cancer. Meets every Monday. Information: 802-722-4023.
Lupus Support Group of Southeastern Vermont: No meeting at this time. Contact: Lupus Foundation, 802-244-5988.
Parents Together Support Group: 6-7:30 p.m., childcare included. For location and registration: Noreen Oles at 802-254-6686.
Vipassana Group Sitting: 5:30 p.m., Mondays, in Brattleboro. In the tradition of S. N. Goenka. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-869-3246.
West Townshend Thrift Shop: 10 a.m. to 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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