Community events to brighten holidays Dec. 5 – Dec. 11

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Dec. 5: 2nd annual Cavendish Abundance Swap

cavendish swapCavendish Connects is sponsoring its yearly abundance swap at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 at Cavendish Town Elementary School Route 131 in Proctorsville. An alternative to holiday shopping, the Cavendish Abundance Swap celebrates the bounty of the holiday season by giving and receiving.

The process is simple:

  • Pick 3 to 5 items from your home, shop or office that someone else might enjoy as a gift. These should be in good shape and of new or nearly new quality. Children are encouraged to bring gently-used toys.
  • Drop off the items and stay. The group invites those who’d like to bake to bring cookies to share.
  • From 10 to 11:30 a.m., people in attendance will select presents for themselves or someone on their holiday giving list from the donated items.

For more information, call 802-226-7807 or e-mail

Dec. 6: River Artisans Coop hosts open house

River Artisans Coop invites the public to it Holiday Open House 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6 at the shop located at 26 B Main St. in Saxtons River. The public can meet member artists and learn about their work as well as shop for holiday gifts. The event is free. There will be a raffle, door prizes and light refreshments. For information call 802-869-2099 or stop in the shop.

Dec. 6: Saxtons River holds tree lighting tree

Join the town in celebrating the season at a tree lighting at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6 at the traffic circle on Main Street in front of the Saxtons River Historical Society building. Santa will make an appearance at the family event.

Dec. 9: Skill trading info meeting at Rock Library

Skill TradeNancy Schaefer from Brattleboro Time Trade will hold an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at the Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls.

Hoping to create interest in a Rockingham Time Trade, Schaefer will explain the details of setting up and utilizing the bartering system. The program allows for the exchange of time credits, a type of community currency that members can earn by using their time, energy and skills to help others in exchange for other members’ abilities. Businesses and nonprofits can also utilize this service.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information on the program, call 802-463-4270, email, go to or stop by the library. For information on the Brattleboro Time Trade visit

— Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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