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Ideas and education

BELLOWS FALLS DNA Test Results Meet the Family Tree (In-Person/Zoom): "DNA testing companies are heavily promoting their products by offering sales for the holidays, which means that many more matches will be coming to those who have already tested. Those testing for the first time now have many more possibilities than in the past. Testing companies have made changes to their websites. Today, we'll focus on how to get the most out of your test results and talk about how to take advantage of features offered on each company's website. Testing alone is not enough. To be useful for genealogy, a family tree needs to be uploaded or created to connect the results of the person who took the test to the profile card in their family tree. Then, it's possible to connect matches who are known relatives to their profiles on the tree. New tools and enhancements to existing tools provide a way to sort through matches to identify common ancestors. It's possible to make connections with cousins who may not be known in person but can help provide information about ancestors others are also researching."  . 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. More info: Register: Zoom links will be emailed to registrants.

Film and video

PUTNEY Film Screening, "The Reverend," and Concert featuring Rev. Vince Anderson & His Love Choir: "The Reverend" follows the spiritual and musical journey of Rev. Vince Anderson. After coming to New York in the '90s to enter the seminary, Vince dropped out to follow his second calling – music. With his band The Love Choir, he's played a now-legendary weekly show for over 20 years. Reconnecting with his faith and using his intense soulful music, he began to preach a type of spirituality that meets people where they are. He's deeply involved in social activism, working with other progressive faith leaders at home and around the country to build inclusive communities. 2 p.m. Featuring Questlove and members of TV On The Radio, "The Reverend" is a rocking concert film and an intimate portrait of Rev. Vince's inspiring personal and spiritual life. Q&A with director Nick Canfield follows screening. Next Stage provides beer, wine, cocktail cash bar. $20 in advance, $24 at door. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: Tickets:

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market: Weekly diverse indoor farmers market. Local farm produce, meats, syrup, fresh baked goods, fruits, cider, preserves, handmade jewelry, pottery, soaps, and more. SNAP shoppers turn $10 into $40 each week! . 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through March 25 in the gymnasium. Through Saturday, March 25. Brattleboro Winter Farmers Market, 60 Austine Dr. Information:, 802-275-2835.


BRATTLEBORO Food Choices with Robin Matathias: Whole Foods and Fiber: Learn how the human body acts like an ecosystem and how imbalances can make us sick. Discover how to prevent the top killers in the US through diet and lifestyle changes. This class will focus on eating whole foods, identifying processed foods, and incorporating more fiber in the diet by making simple changes in our daily food choices. We will also read and interpret ingredient labels. Register by 1/6. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Information: Register:

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Merry Mulch Christmas Tree Collection Service offered to Brattleboro residents: Offered by the BUHS Music Department for the 31st year and endorsed by the Vermont Department of Agriculture as well as the New Hampshire/Vermont Christmas Tree Association. Members of the band and chorus will transport undecorated trees from homes to a community garden in West Brattleboro where they will be chipped into mulch to be used by the gardeners. Since the town does not offer curbside pick-up of trees, the service saves residents the hassle of transporting their own trees. Pickups are also offered for 1/14 and 1/21. $10 donation. Brattleboro Union High School. Information: All pick-ups must be pre-arranged. Call at least two days prior to your desired date: 802-579-2362 or 408-693-4588.

W. MARLBORO Winter Tree Exploration: Come for an up-close look at some of the area's winter trees. Learn how to identify them without the assistance of leaves. Each participant will leave with a basic guide to the buds and twigs of the area. We'll be walking off trail but do not expect to cover significant distances due to the diversity of trees at the Center. 1 p.m. Meeting location: The Museum's Mountainside Center - Adams Cross Road in Marlboro, VT. Southern Vermont Natural History Museum. Information: 802-464 -0048,



January 2023