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Visual arts and shows

PUTNEY "Balinese Buicks": Putney artist, Art Costa, started building toys and tree houses from found materials as a boy on his family's California dairy farm in the late '50s. He contracted a case of car-mania while working on old cars with his dad up through his teens. After getting his art degree at California State University, fast forward to 2000 when Art has a flash of inspiration that Balinese dance masks reminded him of his dad’s old '50s Buicks. A grant by the Vermont Arts Council propelled him through a year of focused whimsy, resulting in the series of wall sculptures, "Balinese Buicks." This series was constructed using cardboard, cereal boxes, and colorful tissue paper "skins" to create striking, human-scale masks. 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sat. Through Saturday, March 31. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro WordPress Meetup: Gutenberg and CSS Grid with John Paganetti and Eben Gilkenson. 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Room 2D. Free. Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. RSVP:

BRATTLEBORO BrattleMasters (local Toastmasters club): "Multi-tasking" is the theme of tonight's meeting. Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders. The public is encouraged to attend. There will be prepared speeches, evaluations, and reports by members. Lee Ives Tice will be the Toastmaster. 6 p.m. Free. Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. Information:

Film and video

PUTNEY "When the Levees Broke": [framed] Documentary Series: Spike Lee’s 2006 film about the devastation of New Orleans, Louisiana following the failure of the levees during Hurricane Katrina. See the first two parts of the four-part series followed by a conversation with the film's archivist, Judith Aley. 7:30 p.m. $10, $12 in advance. (20% discount on entrees at The Gleanery for film attendees.). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program: IRS-certified volunteers provide free tax preparation to eligible households that earn up to $54,000 per year and who live or work in Windham County. . Through Thursday, April 12. Free. Brattleboro Retreat, 75 Linden St. Call 2-1-1 from anywhere in VT for appointment ..

WESTMINSTER Free Tax Return Preparation: Income-eligible Windor and Windham County residents can schedule an appointment for free tax preparation assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, offered by SEVCA in collaboration with Granite United Way. SEVCA has experienced, IRS-certified volunteers trained and ready to prepare tax returns for area taxpayers with household income up to $54,000. Appointments are available in Westminster, White River Junction, and Windsor. Residents of nearby communities in New Hampshire may also make appointments at these sites. . Through Friday, April 13. Free. SEVCA. Appointments: 866-444-4211,

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Nature Explorers Winter Camp: Vacation camp for kids in grades 1 to 4. Discover the wonders of the season and the secrets of the snow: explore winter survival, tracking in the snow, build shelters, make edible art for wildlife, and warming by a fire. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Through Friday, February 23. $45 per day ($35 BEEC members). Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, 1221 Bonnyvale Rd. Register: 802-257-5785,

GRAFTON Brave Bears: An Outdoor Wilderness Camp for Ages 6 to 9: (See 2/21). . Nature Museum. .

BRATTLEBORO Sheep Shearing: Watch as guest expert Andy Rice demonstrates this technical farming skill. Shearing helps our sheep nurse their lambs more easily, plus we'll be using the wool for crafts this summer. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free. Retreat Farm, 350 Linden St. Information: 802-490-2270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Children's Concert starring T-Bone (Tom Stankus): "America’s musical Pied Piper" has entertained thousands of people since 1978. Maybe it's the child in him that enables him to connect so well with his audiences. Maybe it's the energy of a runaway freight train. Before his audiences realize it, they are clapping, dancing, and singing at T-Bone's shows. 10 a.m. $3 per person, free for age 60 and over. Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

GUILFORD Pre-Town Meeting and Meet the Candidates: Town--For each position with terms expiring this year, the incumbent is running again for that position: Selectboard (3-Year);Sheila Morse Selectboard (2-Year) Gordon Little Lister (3-Year) Shaun Murphy Town Agent (1-Year) Patricia Beu Auditor (3-Year) Cathi Wilken. School Directors--There are 3 regularly expiring terms, and one unexpired 3-year term which has a year remaining, resulting in 4 positions open for this election: School Director (3-Year) Kelly Young; School Dirs. (1-Year) 2 Positions available [vote for 2], Brian Robinson, Michael Roberts School Dirs. (Remaining 1-Year of Unexpired 3-Year Term [vote for one], Missy Foster, Joshua Salisbury (sole contest this election). Sponsored by Broad Brook Grange Broad Brook Community Center. 7 p.m. Broad Brook Grange/Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-257-1961.

BELLOWS FALLS The Importance of Hope: "Steps to Help the Community Break the Cycle of Addiction": This forum (Part 2) highlights opportunities to get involved with local prevention/recovery efforts. In order to address the opiate issue, we need all hands on deck right here, right now in big and small ways. Reps from nearly a dozen local organizations helping youth, families, and people experiencing addiction will give a 2 to 3-minute "pitch" about what they're doing and how people can help. Ask questions and sign up to get involved. Michael Johnson of Turning Point and Michael Smith of FACT TV are co-hosts. Richard Carrier, a local father who recently lost a loved one to a substance use disorder, will share his family's story. Discussion focuses on bringing together prevention, treatment, recovery, and law enforcement organizations to take concrete steps towards solutions. A candlelight vigil will honor those we have lost and those who we hope will find a path to recovery. Attendees have the option to participate in a free, 10-minute training on how to administer the opioid overdose reversal drug Narcan. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. Bellows Falls Opera House, Town Hall, 7 Square. Information:,

PUTNEY Free Food Distribution: All are welcome to come for free produce and some non-perishable items distributed by the Vermont Foodbank and the Putney Foodshelf. This event is open to anyone in the community. Please bring your own shopping bags. 9 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. (4th Thurs. of every month). Free. Putney Meadows, 17 Carol Brown Way.


PUTNEY Folk Dancing: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Through Thursday, June 28. Free. Laura Heller Community Barn, 54 Kimball Hill. Sign up: 802-387-5593,


February 2018


  • Folk Dancing
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program
  • Nature Explorers Winter Camp
  • Brave Bears: An Outdoor Wilderness Camp for Ages 6 to 9
  • "When the Levees Broke": [framed] Documentary Series
  • Pre-Town Meeting and Meet the Candidates
  • Sheep Shearing
  • Brattleboro WordPress Meetup
  • Children's Concert starring T-Bone (Tom Stankus)
  • The Importance of Hope: "Steps to Help the Community Break the Cycle of Addiction"
  • Free Food Distribution
  • "Balinese Buicks"
  • Free Tax Return Preparation
  • BrattleMasters (local Toastmasters club)


February 2018