READ WITH ME: Turning Point of Windham County will offer a two-part reading program, Read with Me, sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. The Winston Prouty Center for Child Development is co-hosting this program. The program is ideal for parents who have children from newborn to 6 years old. Childcare will be available, and snacks will be provided. Parents will receive three books, provided by Vermont Humanities Council, at the completion of the program.
The group will meet twice, Friday, Oct. 5, and Friday, Oct. 12, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. To register, call Turning Point 802-257-5600, email@example.com stop at 112 Hardwood Way to speak to a volunteer or facilitator about the program.
MEET SUSAN LINDAUER: QC Magazine will present "An Evening with Susan Lindauer," former CIA asset and author of "Extreme Prejudice" on Friday, Oct. 5, from 8 to 10 p.m., at the Hooker-Dunham Theater and Gallery, 139 Main St.
As a U.S Intelligence Asset, Lindauer covered anti-terrorism at the Iraqi Embassy in New York from 1996 up to the invasion. Her prophetic warnings to leaders in Washington about the war with Iraq led to her arrest as an "Iraqi agent."
This will be an opportunity to hear her story and ask questions. Lindauer’s book will be available for purchase. Refreshments will be available.
FALL FOLIAGE FESTIVAL: The Grafton Firefighters Fall Foliage Festival, featuring a huge tag sale each year, will be held at the Firehouse, 711 Route 121, just east of Grafton Village on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Included in the sale will be furniture, toys, linens, books, recordings, jewelry, housewares, small appliances, and many other items.
This sale is a major fundraiser for the Grafton Volunteer Fire Department. Joining with the firefighters will be the Grafton Elementary School Parent Teachers Group who will offer hot coffee and pastries, barbecued hamburgers, hot dogs and other food specialties.
PIE SALE: A fall tradition, the Columbus Day Weekend Pie Sale of the Guilford Community Church, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to noon at the corner of Route 5 and Guilford Center Road.
In addition to homemade apple, pecan, pumpkin and specialty pies, the church’s famous baked beans will be sold.
All proceeds will benefit the church, which actively supports over 15 local programs that serve the community. The sale will be located on Route 5 south of Brattleboro, just past the Guilford Country Store.
APPLE BRUNCH: Broad Brook Grange will present its 16th annual Columbus Day Weekend Apple Brunch on Sunday, Oct. 7, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Grange hall in Guilford Center. The proceeds from the event will allow for continued renovations of the historic building and support of its community programs,
The all-you-can-eat brunch features eggs and omelets, any style, made to order; apple and regular pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon and home fries, with Guilford maple syrup; home-baked apple muffins, coffee cakes, pies, fresh apple/fruit salad, and bread for toasting. A selection of juices, including cider, will be available, along with coffee, teas and milk.
No reservations are necessary for the meal, which is priced at $10 for adults; $8 for seniors, and $5 for ages 2-12. Children under 2 are free.
This event is the last brunch of 2012. Broad Brook Grange is at 3940 Guilford Center Road, 4 miles west of the Guilford Country Store. For information, call 802-257-1961.
In Hinsdale, N.H. Š
HIKE FOR THE HOMELESS: Morningside Shelter will hold its second annual Hike for the Homeless fundraising event on Saturday, Oct. 6 (with a rain date of Oct. 7) on Wantastiquet Mountain in Hinsdale.
Participants may begin their hike at the Mountain Road trailhead (an immediate left after the second bridge on Route 119 when coming from downtown Brattleboro) anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The event will feature spectacular fall foliage views of downtown Brattleboro, with options to hike to the summit of the mountain or walk along the river trail at its base. All proceeds will benefit Morningside Shelter in Brattleboro.
Those who wish to participate in the Hike for the Homeless, whether by fundraising, hiking, or by supporting a participant with a contribution, should visit Morningside’s fundraising website at www.firstgiving.com/MorningsideShelter/hikeforthehomeless2012. For further information, contact Libby Bennett, firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-257-0066 ext. 101.
FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL: The Hinsdale Historical Society will hold a Fall Harvest Festival, Yard Sale and Craft Fair on Saturday, Oct. 6, at The Colonel Ebenezer Hinsdale House on Route 119 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be food tables with beans, hot dogs, corn bread, pies, cookies, cupcakes, cider, coffee, tea and more.
The Historical Society will have yard sale items such as old tools, old pine lumber, lawn mowers, Christmas Nut Crackers, small antique style decorative villages, postcards, wooden toys and much more available for purchase. There will also be craft vendors and independent tag sale vendors. The event is open to the public and picnicking on the grounds is welcome.
ANNUAL PIE SALE: The Annual Pie Sale, sponsored by the Jacksonville Ladies Aid, will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Jacksonville Community Church, 96 Vt. Route 112. There will be apple, pumpkin and blueberry pies and apple crisp.
HERITAGE FESTIVAL: The Newfane Heritage Festival will take place on Columbus Weekend, Oct. 6 and 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Newfane Common on Route 30, rain or shine. Booths of photography, pottery, jewelry, furniture, and much more, blend with the aromas and sounds of local food and music.
A raffle of an arm’s length of tickets for $5 offers winners a chance at quilts, gift certificates, books and other unique pieces. Attic treasures, collectibles, used books, and toys can be found at the flea tent.
The Church Deli will be offering soups, pizzas, baked potatoes with toppings, and other foods, and the outdoor food booth will serve hot dogs, hamburgers, chili, and sandwiches. There will be apple pies and warm apple crisp topped with ice cream.
The Heritage Festival’s other activities include a children’s corner, live music, a farmer’s market, popcorn and caramel apples, and freshly made doughnuts.
The festival is organized by the Newfane Congregational Church and its many volunteers.
For information www.newfaneheritagefestival.org or Ted Colligan 802-365-7317.
In Walpole, N.H. ...
RUMMAGE AND FOOD SALE: A Fall Rummage and Food Sale will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, on the Common, in Walpole.
Good quality used clothing, household and tag sale items, and a variety of food will be offered for sale. A popular bag sale begins at noon. All that can be stuffed into a paper bag will cost $1 or a plastic trash bag for $2.
In West Dummerston...
TERRIFIC TAG SALE: Due to construction at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Brattleboro their annual Fall Terrific Tag Sale will be held at the Dummerston Community Center in West Dummerston this year. The event is planned for Friday, Oct. 5, from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. until noon.
The Community Center is located on West Street, off Route 30, six miles north of Brattleboro in West Dummerston.
BOOK SALE: The Trustees of the Whitingham Free Public Library will hold their annual Colossal Columbus Book Sale on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Book donations in good condition may be dropped at the Whitingham Library during operating hours. No encyclopedias, text books, etc. will be accepted. Volunteers are needed. For more information, call 802-368-7506.
PIE AND BAKE SALE: A Pie and Bake Sale to benefit the South Newfane-Williamsville Volunteer Fire Department will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Firehouse in Williamsville. Pies, baked goods, chili, doughnuts, coffee and many other items will be offered.
In Winchester, N.H. ...
BEAN SUPPER: The United Church of Winchester will hold its monthly Bean Supper on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the church on Main Street in Winchester. Served family style, the cost is $8 for adults, $3 for children, and $20 for up to five family members (adults with children).
The church is handicapped accessible. For more information, call 603-239-4465. There are no advanced ticket sales.