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Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO The Village Closet: Your source for free baby, children, and pregnancy clothing/items. Donations of gently used items accepted. We are collecting new and "like new" children's coats and winter gear for our Kids in Coats partnership with United Way of Windham County. 4-6 p.m. in Croker Hall on Wednesdays (10 a.m.-12 noon on Saturdays), or by appointment. Donations welcome. (Note: On Wednesdays, Everyone Eats distributes free dinners on campus from 3:30-4:30 p.m.). Winston Prouty Campus, 209 Austine Dr. Information: Email for more info.


GUILFORD Tai Chi for Fall Prevention sponsored by Guilford Cares: Introduction to basic tai chi forms along with classes which improve strength and balance. The pace is smooth, slow, and can be done while seated if necessary. Instructor: Leah Gessner is certified by Tai Chi Vermont, Inc. in Fall Prevention Tai Chi. Every Wednesday: 9:30-10:15 a.m. Ongoing Beginners. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Beginners. Donations welcome. Guilford Community Church, 38 Church Dr. off Rte. 5. Information: Leah: 802-579-1350,

Community building

"The Old Barn, Another Look at the Rockingham Meeting House" (via Zoom): Susan Buck, paint sleuth/art conservator specializing in paint and finish analysis for art objects and architecture, offers new clues about the early look of the Rockingham Meeting House. She has been engaged to help prepare a plan for the interior woodwork of this 1798 building and will share her findings today. 7 p.m. This lecture is a collaboration between the Rockingham Historic Preservation Commission and the Rockingham Free Public Library. The paint and finishes analysis project was made possible through funding from the VT Div. for Historic Preservation and the National Park Service. Free. Zoom. Information: For an invite, contact Anne Dempsey: 802-463-4270,

Mutual Aid Fund Round Table (Webinar): Hosted by Out in the Open along with The Root Social Justice Center, Migrant Justice, The Woven Collective, The Pioneer Valley Workers Center, and Youth Seen sharing their learnings, experiences, reflections on opening/running mutual aid funds within their communities. These organizations will share about their mutual aid funds, processes in creating the fund, financial/legal structures, joyous moments, struggles, and what's next for their work. There will be space for community questions and discussion. 6:30-8:30 p.m. ASL, Spanish/English Interpretation, closed captions for panel. "Out in the Open's QTBIPOC/LGBTQ+ Mutual Aid Fund, opened in 2020, has offered continuous learning and experimentation. We were inspired and learned from the mutual aid funds other groups/organizations started at the same time.". Free. Webinar. Questions: Register in advance:

Climate Action Community Forum (via Zoom): Climate Council members Abbie Corse and Chris Campany join Representative Emilie Kornheiser and 350 Brattleboro to talk about the council's recommendations and the work ahead for a just transition. 7 p.m. Zoom. Information: Register in advance:

Community meals

MARLBORO Marlboro Community Food Share: Fill a grocery bag with non-perishables and fresh local produce. No registration or eligibility needed. This weekly opportunity is available to anyone who could use an extra bag of groceries or knows someone who does. Food will be set up in the entry-way to the Marlboro Community Center. For proper social distancing, enter one person at a time. Bring a grocery bag or use ours. Masks required. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wed., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m. -12 noon Fri./Sat. in the main space. Eggs and produce on Thurs. as available. No registration/eligibility required. Leave non-perishable food donations in Marlboro Post Office donation box. Wear masks/wash hands when handling food. Fresh produce can be dropped off at the Community Center on Thurs. btw. 1-4 p.m. (Leftover produce taken to FoodWorks next morning). Free. Marlboro Community Center, 524 South Rd. Information: Deliveries thru Marlboro Cares for those needing assistance: call 802-258-3030 in advance.



January 2022