Around the Towns

Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary to host poker tournament

BRATTLEBORO - The Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club will host a seven-card-stud poker tournament on Saturday, Jan. 25, at American Legion Post 5 on Linden Street.

There is an entry fee of $100 per player. All net proceeds from this event will benefit Project Feed The Thousands and other Sunrise Rotary projects. Registration begins at 11 a.m., with the first hand being dealt at noon. Food and beverages will be available.

Registration forms are available at For more information, call Jason at 802-257-4406.

Local forester to hold tree walk in Dummerston

DUMMERSTON - On Saturday, Jan. 25, from 10 a.m. to noon, Lynn Levine will lead a “field trip” to a special place in Dummerston with scores of relic red cedar - which, though they've been dead 40 years, are still standing. Levine will share a clear and concise methodology for identifying trees in winter.

Participation is limited to 15. Please contact Levine to register: Call 802-254-4717 or write [email protected].

Levine received her master's degree in forestry from UMass and became the first female consulting forester in New England. She has worked with private landowners since 1978, managing more than 15,000 acres of land. An environmental educator and author of several books, she is passionate about protecting the integrity of the forest, and has taken thousands of people into the woods to share her love of nature.

This program is sponsored by the Dummerston Conservation Commission. For more information, visit

Osher lectures focus on the war in Yugoslavia

DUMMERSTON - The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) announces the first in its annual midwinter series of three lectures, to be presented on Monday, Jan. 27.

This winter's lectures are titled “War in the Former Yugoslavia: An International Judge Reflects on the Genocide, the War Crimes, the Trials.” The lecturer is Patricia Whalen of Westminster, who served as an international judge for five years, presiding over war crimes and other trials stemming from the conflict in the former Yugoslavia. The first lecture concentrates on the siege of Sarajevo (1992-96).

Lectures will run from 1 to 3 p.m. on three successive Mondays at the Southeastern Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 Vermont Route 5. (Snow date: Feb. 17.) Parking and handicapped access are available. Light refreshments will be served. The per-lecture fee, for OLLI members and nonmembers both, is $6.

The Osher Institute is a membership organization sponsoring programs for people aged 50 and over who wish to continue their education without tests, papers, or grades. For more information, call 802-257-8600 or toll-free 866-889-0042.

Marlboro Grad Center offers free sound recording and editing workshop

BRATTLEBORO - “Audacity: Sound Recording and Editing” will be held at the Marlboro College Graduate Center on Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The workshop is free, but pre-registration is requested at

This presentation focuses on a range of free tools available on the Internet for creating and distributing audio. From recording simple audio and embedding it into Facebook, to editing multiple tracks and adding musical intros and outros, the workshop is designed to be practical. For those who learn by doing, there will be opportunities to roll up your sleeves and try it out.

This workshop, led by Will deBock, is perfect for teachers, small-business owners, artists, communications professionals, and anyone interested in harnessing the power of the Internet. Bring your own laptop and microphone, but observers without computers and microphones are also welcome.

For more information, write Ariel Brooks at [email protected].

Post Oil Solutions hosts Climate Change Café

BRATTLEBORO - Post Oil Solutions hosts its fourth Tuesday of the month Climate Change Café on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 6 p.m., in the Brooks Memorial Library community room, Main Street, Brattleboro. The Café is a supportive, conversational environment for people concerned about climate change.

Light refreshments will be available, and participants are welcome to contribute.

The topic for this month is the campaign to divest universities and colleges, municipalities and states, as well as individual portfolios, of their investments in any company that extracts, produces, or refines fossil fuels. There will also be a screening Bill McKibben's film, “Do the Math,” which explains why 80 percent of known carbon-based fuels must stay in the ground if humanity has any chance of avoiding climate catastrophe.

The evening will then feature a discussion about the campaign in this year's Vermont Legislature to require the state's retirement funds to divest their fossil fuel company stockholdings. SIT students will also speak about their initiative to persuade their school to divest.

For more information, call 802-869-2141 or write [email protected].

Peace Corps to hold recruitment event

BRATTLEBORO - The Peace Corps offers opportunities for volunteer service in more than 70 countries around the globe. For more than five decades, it has been one of the most respected volunteer organizations in international development and citizen diplomacy.

Find out more at a panel discussion, followed by an extensive question-and-answer session, with Peace Corps recruiter Zoe Armstrong and recently returned Peace Corps volunteers at the Marlboro College Graduate Center on Vernon Street on Thursday, Jan. 30, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Zoe Armstrong at [email protected] or 802-829-7111.

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