Is Youth Services’ Helicopter Golf Ball Drop Raffle a Perfect Father’s Day Gift?

Youth Services’ Helicopter Golf Ball Drop, a hallmark of Youth Services’ Annual Golf Tournament, is a game of chance with incredible odds, according to Cathy Coonan, Chair of the Youth Services’ Board of Directors. Coonan described the $100 balls as a perfect gift for a Dad on Father’s Day, as no assembly is required and a $3000 cash pot putting a smile on anyone’s face.

Balls numbered 1-100 are purchased, Coonan said, loaded into a bucket and transported by helicopter over the 9th fairway at Brattleboro Country Club where they are dropped from a 20 feet height. The owner of the numbered ball which lands closest to the pin collects $3000 cash.


VFW Operation Homefront’s Shower Update

Brattleboro VFW Post #1034 was proud to be a drop off point for Operation Homefront’s Star Spangled Babies Shower. Operation Homefront is a nonprofit that assists low-income military families. The Vermont National Guard is facing its biggest deployment in 15 years, where service members are leaving behind their families for a year or longer. A lot of the family members left behind are new mothers and some are first-time mothers.


Rock the Boat by Sandglass Theater featured in this week’s Winter Sunshine Series

This week’s virtual Winter Sunshine Series features “Rock the Boat” by Sandglass Theater. It is a puppet show for young audiences that explores themes of migration, refugees, inclusion and respectful curiosity. It aims to get young audiences thinking about relocation, displacement and the interconnectedness of racial, climate and social justice. The production addresses attitudes about acceptance of those who come from other countries and cultures, and provides a narrative in which there is room for everyone in an inclusive society.


Town of Brattleboro Halloween Event & Safety Tips    

The Town of Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department in collaboration with the Brooks Memorial Library is excited to announce we will be hosting drive-thru Trick-or-Treating at the Municipal Center Parking Lot.   This event will be held on Saturday October 31ST between 4:00 – 6:00 PM.   We ask all ghouls and goblins to enter the Municipal Center Parking Lot from the Grove Street entrance.  There will be a walk-up table for those who wish to walk vs drive.    A special thanks goes out to the Brattleboro Police and Fire Departments for their assistance with the event.


Boys & Girls Club Programming Update

The Boys & Girls Club Brattleboro will be operating two program sites this fall.

The Boys & Girls Club Brattleboro and Retreat Farm and are delighted to jointly deliver Kids Club, a licensed after school care program that supports healthy social-emotional development, outdoor skills, and respect for the planet and each other. This program begins September 8, 2020 and will operate at Retreat Farm. Learn more: https://bgcbrattleboro.com/programs/after-school-care/

The Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro is making plans to reopen its doors on September 14. The Club has been closed since March due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


Tanglewood Marionettes at Sandglass Theater March 7

Putney- Sandglass Theater’s Winter Sunshine Series continues its 13th season of puppet shows for young audiences with The Fairy Circus by Tanglewood Marionettes on Saturday, March 7th at 11am and 2pm. The Fairy Circus features over twenty turn-of-the-century-style trick puppets. The puppets dance, play instruments, juggle, contort, transform, and fly through the air with the greatest of ease, all to the best-loved music of favorite composers. This show is sure to delight young children and family audiences alike.


Go Home Tiny Monster by The Gottabees

The Gottabees are a Boston-based ensemble dedicated to creating inspirational, engaging, and empowering theater for family audiences. Our company is known internationally for uniting simple-but-elegant visual theater with astonishing technique.

After a sudden storm, Sylvie and her loving family of homespun creatures find themselves in need of a new home. Luckily, they have an audience full of people who can help them out! Go Home Tiny Monster is a wildly creative theatrical ode to a community’s generosity.


Santa Claus Coming To Brattleboro

The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department is pleased to announce: SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN! Saturday, December 7th, 2019. Santa Claus will arrive at the Gibson Aiken Center on Main Street at 1:00 p.m. on a tractor provided by The Robb Family Farm and escorted by the Police and Fire Departments.


Puppets in Paradise, Performances, Music, Food and Animals!

Puppets in Paradise, Sandglass Theater’s most beloved community event and biennial fundraiser, returns for its 8th edition. Now in partnership with Retreat Farm in Brattleboro, this year welcomes an exciting roster of first-time and returning performers including Joshua Holden, Chad Williams, Finn Campman, Liz Joyce, Faye Dupras, Rose Friedman and Justin Lander, Honey Goodenough, Cynthia Parker-Houghton, Eva Lansberry, Elena Day, Julia J. Slone and Sandglass co-founders Eric Bass and Ines Zeller Bass. Each company will perform four times and the puppet parade will process three times throughout each day. Please allow 2 hours to experience all of the shows.


The Princess, The Pirate and The Pea by Crabgrass Theatre

Sandglass Theater’s beloved Winter Sunshine series concludes the 12th season of family puppet shows with The Pirate, The Princess and The Pea by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre on Saturday March 30th at 11 am and 2 pm at Sandglass Theater.

A special event for the whole family, Winter Sunshine is an experience unique to this area. Munch on cookies and sip Burdick’s hot chocolate in the lobby as you peruse the Sandglass gift shop, and then cozy in the theater for a colorful adventure.


Caring For Our Own

Calling on Brattleboro community spirit!  A loyal friend to Brattleboro needs her people!

Teeth are not only for pretty.  They are an essential piece of our overall health.  Please, don’t let Laura Austan go without them!


Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department Offers Mini Camp

The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department is pleased to announce they will be offering a Mini Camp for children 5-11 year old (maximum 25 participants).  The camp will be held on Wednesday – Friday, December 26th – 28th from 8:30am to 1:30 pm at the Gibson Aiken Center. (Children may stay for Open Gym at 1:30 which is also a supervised program). 


16th Annual Heirloom Apple Day at Scott Farm Orchard

Heirloom Apple Day at Scott Farm Orchard in Dummerston, VT beckons apple lovers of all ages to celebrate its many varieties of heirloom apples at this free annual event on Sunday, October 7 from 10am-4pm. Come visit the 571-acre historic farm and orchard and experience heirloom apples fresh, baked and squeezed!

In addition to the popular apple talks and tastings, hard cider tastings by Whetstone Ciderworks of Marlboro, VT, and food vendors, new activities are in store for families. Enjoy fiddle music by Molly Durling of Putney from 10AM-2PM, an art station for kids, and dry stone wall tours, at 11AM, 1 & 3PM, led by The Stone Trust of the Master Features Park and the stonewalls that enhance the grounds.


Mid-Autumn Moon Festival of China, Korea and Vietnam

Asian Cultural Center of Vermont (ACCVT) presents the 20th annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival (Zhongqiu Jie) which is celebrated in China, Korea, Vietnam and other places around the world. Celebrate the Autumn Moon Festival with crafts, songs, food, t’ai chi, paper lanterns, Chinese exercises, the Korean rope tug and more. Hear the story of The Goddess of the Moon, Chang’e; the great archer Hou-Yi; and the Elixir of Immortality.


Brattleboro Food Co-op Announces 2nd Annual Ice Cream Social

The Brattleboro Food Co-op Staff and Board of Directors are pleased to announce the 2nd annual Ice Cream Social, to be held on Saturday, July 28th on the Whetstone Pathway, across from the Co-op, from 12 – 3 p.m. This community-building event was a great success last year, generating awareness and support of local kid-centered organizations. Stop by for a free bowl of ice cream from Walpole Creamery, and enjoy some family-friendly entertainment.


The Compassionate Friends of Brattleboro

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) of Brattleboro, a national self-help organization for families that have had a child die, will hold its next monthly meeting Sunday, June 17th, at 2:00 PM at The West Village Meetinghouse, 29 South Street, West Brattleboro, VT. Meetings are held each month the third Sunday of the month at the same time and location.


Windham County Childcare Survey

Child Care Counts is a task force dedicated to stabilizing and increasing the number of available slots for high quality child care in Windham County. Recognizing that access to child care is a critical economic and workforce development issue, we seek to engage a broad range of partners invested in the issue. We are seeking input from our community members on their experiences as a employers, employees and caregivers.


April Break Week Events for Kids at Brooks Memorial Library

Looking for something fun for the kids to do over spring break? The Children’s Room has a full week of free events for kids of all ages.

The events kick off on Monday April 16 at 1:00 p.m. with our Monday Movie Matinee. Bring a lunch or snack for and enjoy the movie based on a bestselling book. (Copyright laws prohibit us from advertising the movie title in the paper. Please call the Children’s Room for movie information).


Youth Services’ Summer Camp Fair Held During April Gallery Walk

Brattleboro, VT- Youth Services will host their Annual Summer Camp Fair on Friday, April 6, on Gallery Walk Night from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the River Garden in downtown Brattleboro.

Many summer camp providers will supply activities and entertainment for the children. The public is encouraged to take advantage of this great opportunity to arrange a fun-filled summer while being entertained. To entice the public to stop in, Youth Services is holding a free drawing for $100 credit toward a camp of the winner’s choice and giving out free balloons.


Childcare Will Be Provided At This Year’s Representative Town Meeting

Town Meeting representatives, WSESU officials, and Town officials have collaborated to offer free childcare services at this year’s Representative Town Meeting on March 24. This is intended to remove a barrier for parents of children between the ages of 4 and 13 who had previously declined to participate in Representative Town Meeting due to childcare concerns. Plans are still being finalized and this year’s service is considered a “trial run” for potentially providing this service for future meetings. Here are the details: