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Williamsville Hall offers a community breakfast

WILLIAMSVILLE – Come and enjoy free baked goods, coffee, tea, juice and free Wi-Fi at Williamsville Hall, 35 Dover Road, Thursday, August 18, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

On site or to take away ; donations are welcome. Note that Depot Road remains closed while the Arch Flange is repaired, so use the Grimes Hill Road detour. Williamsville Hall is on the left on Dover Road, just past the construction site.

Brooks Memorial Library Sci-Fi Reading Group Begins August 22

BRATTLEBORO – Join other sci-fi fans for the Brooks Memorial Library Sci-Fi Reading Group. The band will dive into some of the best new books the genre has to offer.

The group will kick off at the library on Monday, August 22 at 7 p.m., with a discussion on All Red Systems by Martha Wells, her first novel Murderbot Logs series.

A synopsis of the short story reads: “In a corporate-dominated space future, a self-aware security unit hacks into its own governor module while tracking a team of scientists performing surface tests on a planet. distant. Disgusted with humans, he might lash out and live up to his self-assigned nickname, Murderbot, but honestly, he’d rather watch TV on repeat. All Murderbot wants is to spend the day. That is, until something else threatens to kill humans.

Beginning in September, meetings will be held on the third Monday of each month. For more updates, visit brookslibraryvt.org.

Senior meal served in Dummerston

DUMMERSTON – Evening Star Grange and Senior Solutions will present their fourth Wednesday lunch of the month for area seniors on Wednesday, August 24, with take-out available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on-site dining available at noon.

Reservations can be made by calling 802-254-1138 and leaving your name, phone number, and number of meals desired by August 23, if possible, so an adequate amount of food can be prepared.

The menu will include goulash, with a vegetarian option of cheese tortellini and spinach bake, with corn on the cob, gelatin salad and fruit cobbler or crisp for dessert. A donation of $3 per meal for seniors over 60 and $4 for younger people is suggested.

Library seeks public input in planning for the future

BRATTLEBORO — Brooks Memorial Library will host two community forums, one in-person and one via Zoom, to gather civic input on the future of the library.

“It is important to periodically review our services and resources to determine how best to serve our community,” Library Director Starr LaTronica said in a press release. “The voice of the public is essential in determining our direction and priorities as we begin to formulate a new service plan. The library is there for everyone, and we want to make sure we hear the hopes, wishes, dreams, and needs of our users and potential users. This is an opportunity to assess what is working well in the library, what can be improved and even to have great ideas for the future.

The in-person forum will be held Wednesday, August 24 at 7 p.m. in the Main Reading Room at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main Street. The place is wheelchair accessible.

People can join the Zoom event on Thursday, August 25 at 7 p.m. at bit.ly/677-brooks. For more information, call 254-5290 ext. 1201 or visit brookslibraryvt.org.

Free monthly products available

PUTNEY – The Vermont Food Bank and the Putney Foodshelf will be co-sponsoring the next monthly drop in free produce and select non-perishable items on Thursday, August 25 from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at Putney Meadows, 17 Carol Brown Way (the white building across Putney Food Co-op and the fire station).

Everyone is welcome. Due to COVID-19, please stay in your car when picking up and volunteers will bring bags.

Guilford Chamber Singers are looking for singers for their Christmas concert

GUILFORD – The Guilford Chamber Singers, under the auspices of the Friends of Music of Guilford (FOMAG), are looking to reenact for their traditional Christmas music concert the second weekend in December. COVID-19 has prevented them from happening since 2019.

All voices are welcome for singers with choral experience. The repertoire will be quite varied, ranging from traditional to modern decors. Rehearsals will be weekly from September, masked, evenings suitable for singers; in the past it was on Monday evenings, but they will explore other possibilities as they are recruited.

A rehearsal location is yet to be determined. In the past, it was in West Brattleboro, and it is possible that it continues to be there.

The band performed for many years at Christ Church in Guilford, but are undergoing renovations this year and will not be playing. The nearby recently refurbished Broad Brook Community Center is available as an alternate venue.

Interested singers should contact artistic director Tom Baehr at [email protected] or 802-387-2796, or call the FOMAG office at 802-254-3600.

Meals on Wheels needs drivers

BRATTLEBORO – Green Mountain RSVP, which helps recruit senior volunteers (55 and older) for local nonprofits, is looking for four people to deliver meals on wheels once a week on several routes in the city – West Brattleboro , Samual Elliott Apartments, Red Clover Commons and Mountain House Park.

Volunteers will pick up the meals at the senior center at 11 a.m. and spend 1-2 hours delivering them. Green Mountain RSVP provides additional auto and medical liability insurance during volunteer hours. Mileage compensation is not currently available and a background check is required. Call 802-254-7515 for more information.


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