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Guilford Cares begins new Tai Chi class

GUILFORD - Guilford Cares presents a new Tai Chi Class starting Thursday, Oct. 5, at 10:30 a.m., at Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd.

Clàudia Prat is the instructor for this class. In these sessions, participants will learn some of the basics of tai chi chuan (also known as tai chi), an ancient Chinese martial art that provides extensive health benefits, and practice some of the moves of the Yang style, 24 Form, to develop balance, coordination, and strength.

There is no charge, but donations are welcome. For more information, contact Guilford Cares at 802-579-1350 or [email protected]. Also, the ongoing Guilford Cares Fall Prevention classes are still meeting on Wednesdays at Guilford Community Church at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., and on Thursdays at Broad Brook Community Center at 9:30 a.m.

Prouty Center hosts Bingo Night fundraiser

BRATTLEBORO - The Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development will hold a Bingo Night fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 6. Doors open at 5 p.m., and games begin at 6 p.m. The event will be held in Thomas Hall on the Winston Prouty Campus, 209 Austine Drive.

The $25 entry fee ($30 at the door) includes cards to play each round of bingo. Additional sets of cards can be purchased for $5. Bingo daubers will be available. Players can expect Bingo classics like 4 corners, Crazy T, postage stamps, picnic table, and cover-all.

Cash prizes total $400, and there will be a set of games that award gift cards to local stores and restaurants. There will also be a cash bar, a light dinner for sale, door prizes, and a 50/50 raffle.

Proceeds support the nonprofit organization's mission to provide inclusive education and family support to promote the success of children and families. Tickets and more information are available at

Annual book sale on Oct. 7

GUILFORD - Guilford Community Church, UCC, is holding a book sale on Saturday, Oct. 7. Current books will be available by donation from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. If more than $25 is donated, donors receive a complementary hardcover bestseller. Coffee and baked treats are available for purchase.

For more information, contact 802-257-0994.

Design-A-Plate at Brooks Library

BRATTLEBORO - It is time for the annual Design-A-Plate workshop at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Stop by the library's Children's Room to pick up a Design-A-Plate packet, which includes four paper templates and instructions. Participants create their drawings at home, then return the packet to the library by Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m.

Design-A-Plate is great for all ages and makes a great gift for the holidays. Choices include an 8-inch melamine plate, a 10-inch melamine plate, or 12-ounce melamine bowl. To make this affordable to everyone in our community, this is a pay-what-you-can event. The suggested price is $6 per item, and payment should be included when the completed drawings are dropped off at the library. Checks payable to Brooks Memorial Library and cash are accepted.

The finished plates and bowls will be ready for pickup around Thanksgiving. Brooks Memorial Library is open Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library will be closed on Oct. 9 for Indigenous Peoples Day. For more information, call the Children's Room at 802-254-5290, ext. 1210, or visit

Edible Brattleboro offers PYO apples

BRATTLEBORO - Many orchards around Windham County suffered 90–95% loss of their apple crop as a result of freezing temperatures on May 18. The Edible Brattleboro orchard survived that night, and the orchard is now open for community members to pick one/give one. Visitors are limited to one 5-gallon bucket's worth of apples to take, and asked to pick a second bucket to share with community members through the Share the Harvest Stand and FoodWorks.

There is also a need for much fall work to do to prepare new beds for spring, so interested volunteers should let them know they can offer help in the field. Any amount of time would be appreciated. Visitors at the site can learn about ways Edible Brattleboro is working with nature to improve soil and resiliency to flooding and drought while touring several projects that are supporting the transformation of the property into a thriving food forest ecosystem.

The orchard is located in West Brattleboro and open by appointment only. Volunteers should email [email protected] with their availability and contact number. Edible Brattleboro is a nonprofit organization that grows public help-yourself gardens and offers educational programs in growing, preparing, and preserving food. All offerings are free, and donations are accepted with gratitude.

Free Covid tests, N95 masks available

PUTNEY - With Covid cases on the rise, there is a rising demand for Covid antigen tests and N95 masks. Several Putney locations will offer them.

• The Putney Foodshelf, 10 Christian Square, 802-387-8551: during open hours, Fridays and Saturdays.

• The Putney Public Library, 55 Main St., 802-387-4407: during open hours Monday-Saturday.

• Putney Community Cares, 54 Kimball Hill, 803-387-5593: by appointment.

NewBrook Fire and Rescue gets ready for annual Silent Auction

NEWFANE - The 21st Annual NewBrook Fire and Rescue Department's Silent Auction will go live Saturday, Nov. 25 through Monday, Dec. 4. The Silent Auction Committee is seeking donations for this year's event. Donations may be in the form of gift certificates for goods or services, gift baskets, new or gently used items, furniture, household items, handmade crafts, antiques or collectibles, art, and holiday items. Gently used items must be in working order.

NewBrook Fire and Rescue is an all-volunteer fire department that serves the towns of Newfane and Brookline and is a member of Mutual Aid. All funds raised through the auction are being earmarked toward the cost of a new fire truck the department has ordered.

To donate and schedule a drop-off/pick-up, or to get more information, call Samantha Wilson (802-258-0614), Lauri Miner (802-365-4194), Angela Litchfield (802-579-3143), or Ruth Daigneault (802-258-1898), or email [email protected].

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