In Bellows Falls...
OLD HOME DAYS: The following is a schedule for Saturday, at the Rockingham Old Home Days:
7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., "Bring It Home" 5K Run/Walk Registration at the TDBank parking lot. Registration fee $10. Assisted by Greater Rock Fitness Center. All proceeds support Rockingham Old Home Days.
10 a.m.-noon, Family Fun and Fitness at Hetty Green Park. Bean bag toss, hula hoops, croquet, jump roping, Simon Says, water balloon toss, etc. assisted by Greater Rock Fitness Center.
In the Square: 1:30 p.m., Purly Gates; 3:30 p.m., Loose Few; 4:30 p.m., Milkhouse Heaters; 2:30 p.m., Popolo Deck, Travis Adams and Friends; 6 p.m. until fireworks, The Ride.
3 and 5 p.m., "Madagascar III," rated PG, shown at the Bellows Falls Opera House.
Sidewalk sales at several stores around the town. Food sampling at Popolo throughout the day.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Antique Car Show at the Waypoint Center; Bounce House in the Square; Vermont National Guard Climbing Wall in the Square.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tony Devlin, juggler in the Square; noon-4 p.m., Petting zoo and pony rides and Cheryl the Clown in the Square.
In the Square: 10:30 a.m., Curves Zumba demo and Le Studio dance demo; noon, Dance demo; 12:30-2:30 p.m., Gymnastic demos and contests. Hip Hop class 11 a.m.-noon, in the Lower Theater.
At Village Square Booksellers: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Face Painting, Lego-building table, and TARPS
J and H Dunk Tank in the Square, noon-6 p.m.; Halladays Wine and Cheese Tasting, noon-5 p.m.
11 a.m., Athens pizza eating contest; noon, Dari Joy ice cream eating contest; 12:30 p.m., Drummers Circle and Hula Hoop contest.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Antique Truck Show at Bellows Falls Union High School.
2-4 p.m., Adams Grist Mill Museum, Bellows Falls Historical Society, Mill Street (tentative).
Fireworks at dusk.
The event is sponsored by the Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce, Town of Rockingham, Rockingham Fireworks Fund, and the Bellows Falls Downtown Development Alliance. For more information: www.gfrcc.org or 802-463-4280.
SENIOR MEALS: The menu for the week of Aug. 6 at the Bellows Falls Senior Center is as follows:
Monday: Broccoli and onion quiche, spinach salad with dressing, green beans, wheat bread, chocolate chip cookies.
Tuesday: Chicken and biscuit, mashed potatoes, tossed salad with dressing, Congo bar.
Wednesday: Cold honey ham with Swiss cheese, tossed green leaf salad, red potato salad with dill mustard, oatmeal bread, melon.
Thursday: Pier 17 baked fish, rice and cheese, winter mixed vegetables, wheat bread, grapes.
Friday: Barbecued pork shoulder, rice pilaf, broccoli florettes, wheat bread, peaches.
The Senior Center services Rockingham, Westminster, Grafton, Athens, North Walpole, N.H., and Walpole, N.H. Senior visitors from other surrounding towns are welcome.
The meal is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. A suggested donation of $3 for those 60-plus years of age is requested. Information: 802-463-3907.
SPONSOR A WINDOW: Parks Place, a community resource center dedicated to connecting people to the information, education and resources critical to strengthening lives, is launching a campaign to raise just under $12,000 to replace its 40 windows, most of which date to the early 1900s.
A number of windows are no longer functional and cannot be opened because they remain stuck or because they cannot be fitted with appropriate screens. And each fall volunteers spend significant time attaching plastic to the windows throughout the building to keep out drafts.
The cost to sponsor one window is $275. To date, 10 people have either donated or pledged their support toward this effort. Contributors will be recognized with a decorative, brass plate displaying their family name.
Anyone interested in underwriting windows should contact Margaret Grisczenkow at 802-463-9927, ext. 109 or via e-mail at Margaret@parksplacevt.org.
POOL CLOSING: The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department has announced that the swimming pool at Living Memorial Park will be closing for the season on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 8 p.m.
DROP IN CENTER HOURS: As of Aug. 1, the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center at 60 South Main St. will be changing its hours to close on days other area food shelves are open.
The food shelf will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Community Bible Chapel at 107 Atwood St. is open every Tuesday and the Agape Christian Fellowship, 30 Canal St., is open on Thursdays.
The Drop In Center will be open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for regular business.
TOASTMASTERS: BrattleMasters, the Toastmasters club in Brattleboro, will meet on Thursday, Aug. 9, beginning at 6 p.m. on the second floor of the Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. Guests are welcome and there is no charge to visit.
The club is designed for people who want to improve their public speaking and leadership skills. Members learn by speaking and working with others in a supportive environment. The club is affiliated with Toastmasters International, a non-profit organization incorporated in 1932. For more information, call 413-325-6348.
FITNESS CLASSES: The Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department will be offering Fitness Classes, four days a week at the Gibson Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Cyndy Gray will offer the following classes:
-- Yoga on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:10 to 1:10 p.m. in the Gymnastics Room, beginning on Aug. 13. This is a class based on traditional yoga posture and breath-work designed in a flowing sequence with emphasis on a balanced approach.
-- Pilates will be held on Tuesdays from 12:10 to 1:10 p.m. in the Gymnastics Room, beginning Aug. 14. This class is based on the traditional Pilates exercises to strengthen and stabilize the core. The core consists of the abdominals, hip, back, and shoulder joints.
-- Yoga/Pilates on Fridays from 12:10 to 1:10 p.m. in the Gymnastics Room, beginning Aug. 10. This class is a combination of Yoga and Pilates.
Fees for the Yoga and Pilates Classes are based on a three-week session and are $19 for residents and $29 for non-residents for once a week; twice a week is $23 and $43; three times a week is $28 and $48; and four times a week is $34 and $54. There is a $10 charge to drop in.
Anyone over 18 years old is welcome, and the instructor can accommodate special needs. Sign up at any point and attend any or all classes. The classes can be modified to fit all levels of ability. For more information, call the Recreation and Parks Department at 802-254-5808.
BAND CAMP OFFERED: The Brattleboro Area Band Camp is gearing up to offer young musicians an inspiring opportunity for learning and playing.
The week of Aug. 13, band students entering grades 5 through 8 will come together to form two ability-based bands at Oak Grove School. Mornings will be spent developing ensemble and individual skills, as well as preparing to present a Thursday evening concert.
A Friday morning concert will be performed for a nursing home audience, and standard camp activities like outdoor games and an ice cream party are part of the week’s activities.
An afternoon jazz band session will be offered for those interested in developing skills in that style.
Openings are still available. Call Jim Kurty at 802-254-6997.
ROAD CLOSURE: Townshend Dam Road will be closed for inspection from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Use State Forest road to access the Townshend Lake recreation area during this time.
Townshend Lake remains closed for swimming due to the lingering effects of Tropical Storm Irene nearly a year ago. The problem is thick silt left behind by Irene’s flooding last August. That decreased the swimming area’s depth, leaving it unusable and unsafe.
The park is open for fishing, canoeing, kayaking and picnicking.
In Walpole, N.H. ...
FALL BULB SALE: The Cheshire County Conservation District is taking orders for its annual fall bulb sale. It offers choices in crocus, daffodil/narcissi, hyacinth, tulip, and allium bulbs to ensure a vibrant garden next spring. All bulbs are commercially grown, not collected from the wild.
Purchases help fund conservation programs and hands-on activities within the county.
Orders and payment (check or cash) are due by Wednesday, Sept. 12. Checks should be made out to Cheshire County Conservation District or CCCD and sent with the order form to: Cheshire County Conservation District, 11 Industrial Park Drive, Walpole, NH 03608.
Pickup is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 15, at the CCCD office from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information, call 603-756-2988, ext. 115 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
In West Brattleboro...
YANKEE MALE CHORUS: The Yankee Male Chorus announces its 59th tour, featuring four concerts with 50 to 60 men singing in four-part harmony songs from the sacred, popular, spiritual, Broadway and novelty genres. All men are volunteers from choirs and choral groups throughout New England, New York State and elsewhere. Several local men are members.
The tour begins on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at the First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., in West Brattleboro, followed by stops at the United Methodist Church in Springfield on Thursday, Aug. 9, the United Church in Bellows Falls on Friday, Aug. 10, and on Saturday, Aug. 11, at the White Church in Grafton.
All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, call Pete Harrison at 802-722-3080 or 802-289-3776 (cell) or e-mail email@example.com.
CAR WASH AND BAKE SALE: Turning Point Recovery Center will be holding a car wash and bake sale on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the West Brattleboro Fire Station. For information: 802-257-5600.