Saturday May 4, 2013

In Brattleboro...

FOREST PESTS TALK: An informational session on invasive forest pests and how to get ready for them will be held Monday, May 6, at 5:30 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Library, on the second floor, 224 Main St. in Brattleboro.

Jim Esden, forester with the Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation, will be the speaker. The talk is for anyone worried about ash trees as the Emerald Ash Borer approaches or hemlock trees with the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid.

For further information, call 802-579-3084 or e-mail bob@all-about-trees.com.

MEMOIR READING: Author and educator Tony Cape will read from his memoir, "Diamond Highway: A Tibetan Buddhist Path in America" on Thursday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m., at the Shambhala Meditation Center.

Cape will be reading from his book of his life as a first generation Tibetan Buddhist convert. The reading will be followed by discussion.

Born in 1951 in Swansea, Wales, Cape has taught writing at Bard College and Yale University and now teaches at Hartsbrook Waldorf School in Hadley, Mass. He is the author of four works of fiction.

Copies of the memoir will be available for purchase. The event is free. All are welcome.

The Center is located in the Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 Williams St., near the intersection of Elliot, Frost, Union, and Williams streets. For information, call 802-257-1984.

OUTING CLUB SWAP: The annual Brattleboro Outing Club consignment sale/swap is set for Saturday, May 18, in the CF Church Building at 80 Flat St., from noon to 2 p.m, with the swap running from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

Those interested in selling or trading canoes, kayaks, row boats, shells and small sail boats should call 802-254-3666 or e-mail Lmacyak@gmail.com for early drop off. Normal drop-off is Friday, May 17, noon to 2 p.m., or 5 to 7 p.m. Drop off time on Saturday is 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Proceeds from this consignment underwrite the BOC summer paddling program, which is free and open to the public. More information, and the complete schedule of paddle trips, is at www.brattleborooutingclub.org.

In Dummerston...

FRUIT TREE SALE: Scott Farm will hold its 11th annual Fruit Tree Sale on Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, May 5, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The sale will feature the best quality bare root trees available, including apple, plum, peach, pear and cherry. Blueberries figs, rhubarb and ornamentals will also be for sale.

Ezekiel Goodband, the orchardist at Scott Farm, will answer any fruit growing questions and provide sage advice on planting and tree care throughout each day.

For directions or more information, call 802-254-6868 or e-mail scottfrm@sover.net. Scott Farm is located at 707 Kipling Road in Dummerston.

In Hinsdale, N.H. ...

MOUNTAIN DAY: The 13th annual Mountain Day will be held Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The event is planned to celebrate physical activity and recreation. Everyone is welcome to hike Wantastiquet Mountain or enjoy a leisurely walk along the Connecticut River.

A free picnic lunch will be provided for the first 100 hikers. There will be raffle prizes and T-shirts. Healthy snacks and water will be provided to the participants.

Parking is available in the former Wal-Mart parking lot, Route 119. Those attending are asked to leave their bicycles and pets at home.

The Mountain Day is sponsored by the Windham County Advisory Board of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont. Rain date will be May 18.

In Putney...

WILDFLOWERS AND BIRDS: Pat Shields will lead a walk through Putney School Forest and the wetlands along Sand Hill Road in Putney on Sunday, May 5. Wildflowers can be seen celebrating spring and migrating songbirds come to rest, and some to nest.

Those attending should meet at 1 p.m. at the School Forest kiosk by the Putney Pool, the driveway right before Putney Central School. The walk is sponsored by Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society.

In Townshend...

WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM: The Grace Cottage Hospital employees’ "At Work" Weight Watchers Program has several openings for members of the public, offering discounted rates to those who join the 12-week session that begins Wednesday, May 8.

The meetings, held on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Grace Cottage Hospital Community Wellness Center, follows the same format as other Weight Watchers meetings.

To sign up, call Karren Meyer at 802-365-7231.

In Westminster...

PENNY SALE: The Bellows Falls Rotary Club will host its annual Penny Sale on Saturday, May 4, at the Bellows Falls Union High School in the auditorium. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the first round of prizes starts promptly at 6 p.m.

The Penny Sale will include three separate rounds with each round raffling off 100 prizes. Tickets for each round are $1 each or six for $5 and will be on sale that evening.

Area businesses have donated over 300 prizes including stuffed animals, toys, tools, ski passes and gift certificates, a kayak and a bicycle. For further information, contact Hugh Haggerty at 802-463-4159 or Raynie Laware at 802-376-9972.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be provided by BFUHS Project Graduation.