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Vermont writers featured at Putney library

PUTNEY - The Putney Public Library will hold a series of Zoom events featuring the poetry and fiction of writers in Vermont.The series will be on the first Thursday of every month from 7 to 8 p.m., starting Nov. 4.

Toni Ortner, whose latest books are Daybook I and Daybook II by Deerbrook Editions and Daybook III by Ardent Writer Press, will host the readings.

Kicking off the series will be Vincent Panella, author of a memoir, The Other Side: Growing Up Italian in America, as well as three other books - Cutter's Island, Lost Hearts, and Sicilian Dreams - as well as Ed (Ea) Burke, whose novel Christine, Released was published by Running Wild Press.

To receive the Zoom link, email [email protected].

Community Closet reopening in BF

BELLOWS FALLS - The Community Closet at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St., will have an open house on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. to noon. All merchandise is free, and donations are welcome.

The Closet specializes in clothing for children and adults, but for this event, a number of other items will be available, including dish sets and selected other glassware, Christmas decorations, and many one-of-a-kind items.

In January, the Community Closet will announce a grand reopening with regular hours. Donations of clothing will once again be accepted.

Free class to quit tobacco

BELLOWS FALLS - Join a free quit-tobacco class, starting Monday, Nov. 8, at Parks Place, 44 School Street Ext.

The classes, on Mondays from 6 to 7 p.m., will be led by Sarah Doyle, who brings experience, a great sense of humor, and a lot of compassion to her work as a quit coach and class facilitator.

Come talk about smoking, quitting, staying quit, and all the challenges in between in a non-judgmental, friendly environment. Dinner is included. Call or text Doyle at 802-289-0045 or email [email protected].

Baroque music presented in West Dover

WEST DOVER - Amphion Baroque will present 18th-century French and German chamber music on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 3 p.m., at West Dover Congregational Church, 104 Route 100.

Amphion Baroque is a group of world-class musicians specializing in music of the baroque, using historically informed techniques and instruments of the period. They say they aspire “to capture the true spirit and sounds of the 18th century, music of passion and style.”

The ensemble features Jesse Lepkoff on baroque flute and recorder, Dana Maiben on harpsichord and organ, Christien Beeuwkes on soprano and cello, and Mollie Glazer on the viola da gamba. They will play works by Handel, Janitsch, Couperin, Hotteterre, Marais, Bach, and Telemann.

Admission is $10 to $20, sliding scale. For more information, contact Lepkoff at 802-254-2273 or visit

SEON presents virtual Sustainable Home Tour

BRATTLEBORO - On Saturday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon, the Sustainable Energy Outreach Network (SEON) will hold its annual Sustainable Home Tour showcasing homes and the design/construction teams whose work demonstrates a commitment to high performance building, sustainable materials, durability, indoor air quality, and renewable energy.

SEON calls this online event “a show-and-tell opportunity where you'll be taken on a virtual tour of the home and sustainable features and learn about the technologies and processes that make these homes sustainable.”

There will be an opportunity to ask questions of the builders. This free event requires registration at This link will also give you information on the three homes being highlighted.

Hunter's Supper benefits Wardsboro Fire & Rescue

STRATTON - A takeout Hunter's Supper will be served on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Stratton Town Hall, 9 West Jamaica Rd.

A minimum donation of $10 gets you a meal with roast turkey with dressing and gravy, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, coleslaw, and homemade rolls, with homemade pie for dessert. Proceeds benefit Wardsboro Fire & Rescue.

Meals can be reserved by calling 802-896-6081 or emailing [email protected]. Indicate how many meals you'd like, when you'll pick them up, and a good callback number where you can be reached.

Winter clothing collection at Whitingham Free Public Library

JACKSONVILLE - Through Nov. 20, the Whitingham Free Public Library at the Municipal Center on Route 100 is accepting used winter clothing in good condition suitable for children of ages ranging from infant to age 17.

Organizers are accepting coats, boots, snow pants, hats, gloves, and scarfs during the library's operating hours on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays from 2 to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Donations will be given to the Vermont Department for Children and Families for distribution.

Donors are asked to not leave items outside of the Library or the Municipal Building.

Call 802-368-7506 for more information.

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