Putney: The Putney Public Library will host Brattleboro poet Daniel A. Heller for a reading from his recently published book, "Between the Shadows," on Jan. 12 at 7 p.m.
Newfane: On Jan. 12 at noon at the Newfane Congregational Church there will be dinner for seniors in Newfane and surrounding communities. The menu includes cheese puffs, cranberry jello salad, meatloaf with mashed potatoes, beets, biscuits and gingerbread cake with whipped cream. The delicious meal is prepared by Winnie Dolan, hosted by Barbara Brooks and served by hard-working volunteers from the church and community and sponsored by Senior Solutions. The suggested donation for this meal is $3.50 for age 60 and over and $4 for under age 60. Call Winnie Dolan at 802-365-7870 for information.
Newfane: "Lessons from the Long Trail, or How Twenty-five Days Changed My Life," will be presented by Deborah Lee Luskin on Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Moore Free Library. Free. For more information, call 802-365-7948.
Jamaica: The Jamaica Senior Luncheon will be held on Jan. 12, at noon, at the Jamaica Community Church on Main Street. The luncheon is sponsored by Senior Solutions of Vermont and members of the Jamaica Benefit Association act as volunteers and supply juice, coffee, and tea. Food is supplied by Chef Stephanie of the Dam Diner fame. The sixth graders of the Jamaica Elementary School help serving the food and are a welcome addition to the luncheon. All are welcome, no reservations are required. A suggested donation of $3.50 for seniors and $4 for others is suggested.
Brattleboro: BrattleMasters, the local Toastmasters club, will host its first meeting of 2017 on Jan. 12. The theme of the meeting is "New Year's Resolutions" and Robert Packard is the Toastmaster of the Evening. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon Street in Brattleboro. There will be prepared speeches, evaluations, and reports by members. Guests are welcome and encouraged to attend, and are invited to participate in the extemporaneous speaking exercises. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders. For information about the local Toastmasters club, visit http://brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org
Walpole, N.H.: The Walpole Historical Society will host a presentation on Mines of the Monadnock Region at 7 p.m. on Jan. 13, as part of the museum's speaker series. From mica to feldspar and eventually the addition of beryl, the Monadnock Region has had its share of world famous mines. Join Jim Pecora, the Southwestern New Hampshire Mines and Mining Historian for an informative look at over 200 years of mining history. Pecora's "Show and Tell" multimedia presentation will open doors to a world full of hard work, often by crews of immigrants, who mined within some massive subterranean tunnels beneath our region. For over a hundred years, mica was the money-making mineral in Monadnock. Learn about mica's many ordinary and WWI and II top-secret uses. The audience will also learn about South Acworth's famous Beryl Mountain and the world renowned Big Mine in Alstead. The program is free, and the public is invited to attend at the Walpole Town Hall.
Brattleboro: Brooks Memorial Library and Brattleboro Solidarity will host a special program, "Speak Out!" in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. on Saturday, Jan. 14, 3 to 5 p.m., at the library. Free and Open to the Public. Community open-mic, music, speakers, collective organizing. There will be Soup & Bread. This is a family friendly event ~ kids encouraged to attend. The event will take place in the Main Room of the Library.
Vernon: Aged to Perfection, a Women's Barbershop Group, will perform Jan.14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mountain View Adventist Church located at 1002 Fort Bridgeman Highway. The concert is free of charge and will be followed by light refreshments.
Brattleboro: Has the national political situation got you wondering what happened to your country? On Jan. 14, you can put your money where your mouth is at a benefit concert in Brattleboro for the American Civil Liberties Union. The concert, at the 118 Elliot performance space, will feature three local bands — The OtherWise Band, Blackjack Crossing, and The Elliot Street Alibi. Snacks and raffles will also be available. Music starts at 6 p.m. $10 donation suggested, but no one will be turned away. The event is family-friendly and all profits will go directly to the Vermont Chapter of the ACLU.
Chesterfield, N.H.: On Jan. 14, Friends of Pisgah will meet at the Horseshoe trailhead at 10 a.m. to put up new signs on the North Ponds, Chestnut Hill and Parker trails. Bring water, lunch and hammer to nail in new signs or use ours. Also a small crow bar might help to remove the old wood signs. Work also includes carrying out the old wood signs, so backpacks or similar would be useful.
Brattleboro: The Tri Town Collectors Club will hold a Coin, Comic Book, Sports and Postcard Family Hobby Show on Jan. 14, at the Holiday Inn Express on Chickering Drive, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dealers and collectors from the tri-state area meet monthly with a daylong series of hobby activities for the whole family. Besides the usual offerings of coins, currency, stamps, sports cards and comic books, more than 30 Martin L King Commerative tokens will be given away. There is no admission charge and anyone wishing to set up a card table to sell their material may do so by calling Joe Fuller at 802-297-1274.
Townshend: On Jan. 14, at 6 p.m., Leland and Gray Union Middle and High School will host the Harlem Superstars in the Leland and Gray gymnasium. The event is designed for fun, to get folks out to see some of their favorite teachers and community members take on some real pros with lots of laughter and good spirit. In addition, the event raises funds for the L&G Booster Club. The team taking on the Harlem Superstars consists of L&G Principal Bob Thibault; district faculty/staff Chris Barton, Paul Paytas, Ruth Ann Dunn, Johanna Liskowsky-Doak, Phoebe Connolly, Mickey Parker-Jennings; community members Robert Backus and Krissy Clark, and students Rachel Borgesen and Jake Wilkins. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at L&G home basketball games or by emailing email@example.com.
Saxtons River: Main Street Arts and the Saxtons River Historical Society continue their series of Fireside Chats to highlight the area's history on Jan. 15 when the topic will be myths in Vermont's history. Local historian John Leppman will share his take on the truth about some of the stories heard about Vermont history. The Chats take place from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. in the dining room of the Saxtons River Inn. Attendees are always invited to share their own experiences, photos, artifacts and stories related to the topic of the evening. The series is offered at no charge, with donations accepted. Those attending are invited to bring their own memories and memorabilia to share in this informal setting. The Inn's dining room will be open for dinner after the presentation for further socializing. Reservation are appreciated by calling the Inn at 802-869-2110.
The political divide
Brattleboro: On Jan. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m., SIT's Office of Diversity, ACT for Social Justice, 350 Brattleboro , and The Root Social Justice Center will host a skill share, "Talking Across the Political Divide," at the School for International Training, IC Dining Room, 1 Kipling Rd. All are invited for this three-hour skill share. Experiential and interactive activities will help attendees learn and practice strategies for creative, compassionate, and courageous communication across the political divide. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments and childcare provided. Do not eat or handle any nuts before of during the event and please come fragrance free. For more information contact Angela Berkfield, Daniel Quipp, or Michelle Cromwell at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Brattleboro: Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center is offering Nature Days for kids in grades 1-5 on Jan. 16 and Jan. 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. On these days of no school, drop the kids off to romp, stomp and explore as we play and learn in fields and forests, investigating what is happening in the natural world around us. The cost is $45/day non-members, $35/day BEEC members. Information, scholarship applications, and registration at www.beec.org 802-257-5785. BEEC is located at 1221 Bonnyvale Road, West Brattleboro.
West Brattleboro: The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family. Meetings are for all families regardless of race, religious orientation, economic background, or the cause and age of the child at death, from pre-birth up. All immediate family members welcomed including adult siblings. Meetings are held every third Sunday, this month on Jan. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the West Village Meetinghouse, 29 South St.
Dummerston: On Jan. 17, at 7 p.m., the Dummerston Conservation Commission and the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center are sponsoring a program on Unexplained Astronomical Phenomena at the Learning Collaborative on Route 5 in Dummerston. For more information, contact email@example.com, or 257-0012
Bellows Falls: On Jan. 17 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Rockingham Library, Vermont State Biologist Jim Esden from the Springfield office will lead a program on the elongate hemlock scale. So far, Vermont's colder climate has limited both the scale's and the adelgid's damaging effects on hemlock trees. However, with concerns about global warming, biologists need data on the prevalence of the scale in the state and plan on monitoring it into the future. For the past five winters, Alma Beals has coordinated a survey of hemlock trees in five southern Vermont towns (Rockingham, Westminster, Chester, Springfield and Grafton) for signs of the wooly helmlock adelgid beetle. This survey was originally approved by the Vermont Master Gardener program. This year, her group of volunteers will examine the underside of hemlock branches for signs of both the adelgid beetle and the elongate hemlock scale. Surveys are conducted five times each winter in each of the five towns. New volunteers are always welcome. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-463-4270, visit rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the Library at 65 Westminster St.
Brattleboro: On Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Library, Bob Engel will give us an historical look at our understanding and interpretation of animal intelligence, consciousness, and personality. This will be a semi-formal presentation where interactive elements are welcome. This program is sponsored by Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society.
Dover: On Jan. 17 starting at 5:30 p.m., the Dover Free Library presents "A man called Ove," starring Rolf Lassg rd, Bahar Pars and Ida Engvoll. Rating; PG-13. This event is free and open to the public. Questions: 802-348-7488 or www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.
Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents Central African drum class with instructor Raoul Ombang, Jan. 18, 6 to 7 p.m., at 118 Elliot St. The cost is $10 All levels are welcome. Drums are available for those who need them. For more info. on dance and drum classes: www.africandancevt.com and check out African Dance VT on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AfricanDanceVT/
Brattleboro: On Jan. 18, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the Women's Freedom Center and Brooks Memorial Library will host a forum on what to wear: A discussion around school and dress codes. What kind of messages about females and their bodies do we get — specifically in terms of dress code? This discussion will focus on the policing of girls bodies and sexuality and how this negatively affects both men and women. It will also give concrete ways in which to talk to youth about dress code in supportive and non-blaming ways.
Communication of the heart
Putney: Join board certified Health/Wellness and Life Coach and Psychosynthesis Counselor Robin White for a communication workshop based on Marshall Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication, at the Putney Public Library on Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Communication of the Heart is a forum that is both educational and experiential, in a context that is fun and nourishing, where people walk away feeling more connected to themselves and to the people they love. RSVP for this workshop by contacting Robin at www.refillingyourwell.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-275-2682. Putney Library is located at 55 Main St. This program is free and open to the public.
Halifax: January 20 will be the next Halifax Senior meal, at the Halifax Community Hall, 20 Brook Road in West Halifax. Serving at noon. Menu: Fruit with cottage cheese, corn chowder, johnny cake, rolls and dessert. All seniors are welcome. Sponsored by Senior Solutions. A call to Joan is appreciated 802-368-7733.
Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon on Jan. 20, at the Guilford Comunity Church. The menu includes goulash with meatballs and tossed salad, with fruited jello and cookies for dessert. A suggested donation of $3.50 for seniors is asked. For more information and to make reservations, call 802-254-9774 no later than Jan. 18. A musical will be shown after lunch.
Townshend: On Jan. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m., Community Hope & Action of Townshend will host a free community supper and concert (featuring Ten Gallon Swing). The dinner, cooked by The Harmonyville Store, will be from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Townshend Town Hall; music and dancing will follow upstairs from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, email email@example.com or call 802-365-4700. If you can, please bring a side dish or dessert to share. This event us substance free and is open to people of all ages, from all towns. Thanks to the Ben & Jerry's Foundation for providing the funding for both food and music this month.
An athlete's path
Putney: At the Putney Mountain Association's annual meeting, Zack Caldwell, will discuss "An Athlete's Path to Self-Discovery on Putney Mountain." The meeting is open to the public and is set for Jan. 22 starting at 4 p.m. at the Putney Community Center, 10 Christian Square. Light Refreshments will be served.
Vernon: On Jan. 22 at 1:30 p.m., the Vernon Historians will hold a brief business meeting at the Vernon Town Office Building (lower level). Immediately following the meeting, at 2 p.m., Sandy Williams Morrison will present a program about the Williams Farm, the property where Vermont Yankee was built. The program will include a brief history of the Williams Farm, personal stories, and memories of growing up on the farm as a child. The program is free and open to all, and refreshments will be served. For more information, visit Vernon Historians, Inc. on Facebook.
The limits of nature
Bellows Falls: Join the discussion on Pushing the Limits of Nature on Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Rockingham Library's top floor Meeting Room. "Pushing the Limits" is a four-part reading, viewing and discussion program funded by the National Science Foundation. This program brings together books and video featuring authors, scientists and everyday people who thrive on exploring the natural world. Jan.'s topic of discussion will be "Pushing the Limits of Nature," as developed in T. C. Boyle's novel "When the Killing's Done," and explored in video clips with the author and everyday people. Community discussion around science themes is the goal of this program. Retired marine biologist Peter Bergstrom will facilitate the discussion. A light meal will be provided by Lisai's Deli. Space is limited and registration is encouraged. Pick up a copy of "When the Killing's Done" by T.C. Boyle at the Library's front desk today. To register or more information, please go to rockinghamlibrary.org, call 802-463-4270, email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the Library at 65 Westminster St.
Brattleboro: The Sustainable Energy Outreach Network will host a panel presentation for the public on "What to Know Before you Build: Expert Tips for Homeowners Planning Renovation or New Construction Projects," on Jan. 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Marlboro Graduate Center. Topics will include: Choosing an architect or designer; selecting a contractor; project delivery methods and contract types; the design and planning process; construction loans and financing; state-wide energy efficiency incentives and savings, construction budgets and estimating, contractor best practices, and more. Time for Q & A will be available following the presentations. Individuals presenting on financing and state-wide incentives will be available from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and after the presentation for individual conversations. Registration is recommended because of space limitations. Contact email@example.com or 802-376-9262 to register or if you have further questions. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is by donation.
Brattleboro: On Jan. 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St., there will be a monthly meet-up of Mother Up! which brings together families to talk about the tough realities of climate change and to participate in the just transition to a healthier and safer world. A simple vegetarian meal and childcare for ages 8 and under will be provided. For ore information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brattleboro: The Climate Change Cafe will be hosting an interactive, community building presentation, "Heartful Conversations, " on Jan. 24, 6 p.m., Brooks Memorial Library. As always, the event is free, and light refreshments will be available. Following the December Caf , which emphasized the theme of the localization movement as a sane and viable alternative to corporate globalization and the climate crisis that has come in its wake, the January Caf will expand upon this by providing a format for community building that is facilitated through heartful conversation. This Caf will be facilitated by Wendy Webber. For further information, contact Tim Stevenson, email@example.com or 802-869-2141.
West Brattleboro: The West Brattleboro Association hosts its next BizUp event Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. at the new MamaSezz business, 127 Marlboro Road. Participants will use the "pecha kucha" format, showing 20 slides for 20 seconds each. To participate, contact Michael Bosworth know at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-258-6475.
Brattleboro: The next meeting of the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel will take place on Jan. 26, from 6 to 9 p.m., in the multipurpose room at the Brattleboro Area Middle School.
West Brattleboro: West Brattleboro Baptist Church at 979 Western Ave. hosts a community outreach lunch on Jan. 29 from noon to 1:45 p.m. The menu includes chicken parmesan, tossed salad and dressing, Italian bread, dessert, and choice of beverage. All are welcome.
Bellows Falls: On Feb. 15 at the Rockingham Library, the AARP tax assistance program will be providing free tax preparation help to low and moderate income residents. Registration is required. AARP Tax-aide counselors are volunteers who are trained each year on state and federal tax regulations and are certified by the IRS to provide free tax preparation services. To register or for more information, call 802-463-4270, email email@example.com or stop by the Rockingham Library at 65 Westminster St.
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