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Visual arts and shows

NEWFANE Dara Carleton's "The Peace of Wild Things": Dara takes viewers into our lakes and streams with pictures taken from her kayak and into the lives found in the meadows and woodlands of southern VT. She calls her show "The Peace of Wild Things" after the Wendell Berry poem of the same name. "I offer these as a brief distraction from what is going on in the world right now." Dara has been involved with photography since age 10. She's had solo exhibits and showings locally and has won awards for her wildlife photographs to include being recognized by New Hampshire Audubon. Gallery and Library hours: Tues. 1-5 p.m., Weds. 2-6 p.m., Thur. 1-5 p.m., Fri. 2-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Through Saturday, November 28. Free. Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.


Medicare Open Enrollment: A Senior Solutions local Medicare counselor can: Help you compare your current Medicare health or drug plan with other Medicare plan choices; Help you sign up for a new plan; Help you avoid high-pressure sales tactics. . Through Monday, December 7. Phone Call. Information: 802-885-2669.

Community building

Need Assistance Paying Your Internet Service Bill Due to COVID-Related Economic Hardship? (Online/Phone): If you need help with paying your internet service bill, you may be eligible for a grant from the Vermont COVID-19 Temporary Broadband Subsidy Program (TBS). The program is available to Vermont residential broadband customers who have experienced economic hardship due to the pandemic. The Program is supported with $3 Million in funding from the federal CARES Act, which has provided monies to states to help pay for COVID-19–related costs. The Temporary Broadband Subsidy was developed in conjunction with the Vermont COVID Arrearage Assistance Program. Residents have until 11/30 to apply for funding, and funding can be awarded retroactive to 3/1/2020 to cover unpaid broadband bills. Applicants are eligible for a credit worth up to $40 per month on their broadband bills from 3/1 to 12/30. Through Monday, November 30. Online. More info:,, 800-622-4496,

Artist Development Grants - Call for Applications: Supporting artists at all stages of their careers, these grants can fund activities that enhance mastery of an artist's craft or skills and activities that increase the viability of an artist's business. New this year: Grants can also support teaching artists in developing the skills necessary to provide instruction in K-12 schools remotely during the COVID-19 crisis. Funding may also support aspects of the creation of new work when the activity allows the grantee to accept a rare important opportunity. Who may apply: Artists who have been residents of VT for at least one year prior to the application deadline and are residents at the time the award is granted; are 18 years of age or older at the time of application and have submitted all required reports on any prior Council grants; meet all the above requirements and are applying as a representative of an artist group. Grant amounts range from $250-$1,000. DL this round: 1/11/21. Applications evaluated in 3 areas: impact, planning, and budget. Priority given to first time grantees and proposals for rare or unique opportunities. The Artist Development program has supported 277 VT artists since 2009. For examples of previously funded projects, see list of recent grantees. Through Monday, January 11. Vermont Arts Council. Information: Full details and online application:

Interfaith Thanksgiving Worship Service (via YouTube): Presented by the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Leaders Alliance (BAILA). This is usually an in-person service on the Tuesday night before Thanksgiving, but because of COVID-19 it will be on YouTube. On YouTube by the afternoon of 11/26. Search for: "Interfaith Worship Service by BAILA - 11-26-2020". YouTube.

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

Strolling of the Heifers Announces Fundraising Auction (Online): Bid on awesome gifts, or treat yourself. Our generous donors have provided art, craft, food, tickets and so much more! Do you love the pottery of Laura Zindel? Need lift tickets, museum passes, or a theater at The Latchis all to yourself for a night? This auction has heaps of great Vermont-made products from wellness to cheese. What the fundraiser supports: Since 2002, Strolling of the Heifers has been connecting people with healthy local food, encouraging and facilitating innovation and entrepreneurship in the farm/food sector, and supporting the development of stronger local food systems. 11/25: 10 a.m. - 12/6: 11 p.m. Our annual parade and festival brings thousands of people to Brattleboro to celebrate farms, farmers, delicious local food. Sadly, COVID-19 has put this event, our main fundraiser, on hold for now. We're still at work on our year-round mission and focusing on rebuilding/redirecting our programs to align with "the new normal." This fundraiser will help sustain us while we evaluate ways to continue. Through Sunday, December 6. Online. Information:



November 2020