In Bellows Falls...
FIRE PREVENTION PARADE: The 126th annual Bellows Falls Fire Prevention Parade will be held on Sunday, Oct. 14. Bands, departments and enthusiasts are invited to participate.
Anyone wishing to send apparatus or marching units are asked to contact the Bellows Falls Fire Department by Friday, Oct. 12, at 802-463-4343.
Line-up will take place at the Bellows Falls Fire Station at noon with the parade beginning promptly at 1 p.m.
Refreshments and the awarding of trophies will follow at the Bellows Falls Fire Station.
FALL LEAF PICKUP: The Brattleboro curbside fall leaf pickup dates are scheduled for all residents on Fridays, Oct. 26 and Nov. 9.
All leaves and clippings must be in brown paper leaf bags and at the curb by 7 a.m. on scheduled leaf collection days. Acceptable waste includes leaves, grass, clippings, garden waste, twigs, no branches larger than 1-inch diameter and 2-feet long. No other household trash is to be included.
No plastic bags or other containers will be accepted. Brown paper leaf bags are available for purchase at local businesses.
These will be the only days scheduled for curbside leaf pick up this year. There will be no Saturday pickups scheduled.
OPEN HOUSE: The Gathering Place will hold an open house at 30 Terrace St. in Brattleboro on Thursday, Oct. 11, between 4 and 8 p.m. The public is invited to take a guided tour of the refurbished facility. Refreshments will be provided.
LITERARY FESTIVAL: The 11th annual Brattleboro Literary Festival starts with a Civil War or two at Brooks Memorial Library.
Vermont Reads, the statewide reading and dialogue program of the Vermont Humanities Council has chosen two Civil War-related books as its highlighted titled for 2012 -- "Bull Run" by Paul Fleischman and "Red Badge of Courage" by Stephen Crane. The first two events of the festival focus on these selections.
On Wednesday, Oct. 10, there will be a screening of the film "Red Badge of Courage" and a discussion at 7 p.m., at the Brooks Memorial Library, Meeting Room. The film runs 69 minutes. After the film, join BUHS English Department Chairwoman Nancy Olson for a discussion.
On Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m., the New England Youth Theatre Players will present a staged reading of "Bull Run" in the Main Room of Brooks Memorial Library directed by NEYT Stephen Stearns.
For information, contact the Library at 802-254-5290 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS: Brattleboro Community Conversations will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Socializing will begin at 6 p.m.
The group meets in the Community Room at the new Co-op building on the second Wednesday of each month. Enter the Co-op building from Canal Street side at the brown awning for 7 Canal St.
The goals for conversations this month are "Talking about our lives/living our lives, meeting each other and feeling met, listening and being heard." Participants may bring their own food or bring food/snacks to share. The group is sponsored by Transition Town Brattleboro.
Parking at the Transportation Center is recommended since the Co-op reserves its parking spaces for current shoppers. These gatherings are free and newcomers are encouraged to attend.
APPLE PIE WORKSHOP: The Nature Museum at Grafton will host an apple pie making workshop on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will make apple pies assembly line-style and will each take home two pies to bake or freeze. The workshop will be held in the kitchen of The Chapel, next to The Brick Church, at 2 Main St.
Award-winning poet, farmer, and VPR commentator Diana Lischer-Goodband will read her poem "Dreaming of Apples" and lead an in-depth discussion of heirloom apples during lunch.
All pie baking materials will be provided, but bakers may bring their own rolling pin and pie dishes if they wish. Participants should pack a brown bag lunch. Freshly baked pie and coffee will be served.
Participants must register and pay no later than Monday, Oct. 15. To register, visit www.nature-museum.org or call The Nature Museum at 802-843-2111. This workshop costs $18 for Nature Museum members and $20 for non-members.
SENIOR LUNCH: There will be dinner for seniors in Newfane and surrounding communities on Thursday, Oct. 11, at noon at the Newfane Congregational Church. On the menu will be pinwheels, waldorf salad, pot roast with gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, biscuits, and molasses cookies.
The meal is prepared by Winnie Dolan, hosted by Barbara Brooks, and served by volunteers from the church and community and sponsored by Senior Solutions (Council on Aging, Inc.). The suggested donation for this meal is $3.50 for age 60 and over and $4 for under age 60. For information or reservations, call Winnie Dolan at 802-365-7870.
In Walpole, N.H. ...
GENEALOGY WORKSHOP: A free Genealogy Workshop sponsored by the Walpole Historical Society will be offered Thursday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon. Sharing information about how to start or how to solve problems will be Jeanne and Peter Jeffries with over 30 years of research experience. Resources of the Historical Society will be available for review. Reservations are required, call 603-756-2933.
In West Brattleboro...
WEST B ASSOCIATION.: The West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Sunny’s Deli on Western Avenue. The Association has been busy in recent months with the West Brattleboro Village Day in June, participation in both the town’s traffic safety study as it regards Route 9 through West Brattleboro and the TriPark housing situation since Tropical Storm Irene, along with a concerted effort to help its recently burned-out neighbors, the Diamondstones.
In addition to a review of recent events including the Association’s chicken barbecue on Columbus Day weekend, this month’s agenda includes discussion of the Housing Authority Alternative Site Study (for the senior housing flooded in Irene), information about the Stockwell Trail and the Brattleboro Town Plan, and a discussion about newly-proposed signage for West Brattleboro.
The meetings (which are held on the second Thursday of the month at this time and venue alternately with an evening meeting held at the New England House) are open to all residents.