In Bellows Falls...
AARP DRIVER SAFETY COURSE: There will be an AARP driver safety course on Friday, Aug. 23, at the Bellows Falls Senior Center. The cost is $12 for AARP members, and $14 for non-members.
The driver safety course will offer information on the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate vehicles more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. Even the most experienced drivers can benefit from brushing up on their driving skills.
Call the Bellows Falls Senior Center at 802-463-3907 to sign up, space is limited.
MUSHROOM WORKSHOP: Ari Rockland-Miller and Jenna Antonino DiMare, co-founders of the website and blog "The Mushroom Forager," will lead a walk/workshop called "The Wild World of Mushrooms" on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
They will teach participants how to safely and fruitfully forage wild mushrooms. Workshop members will discover how to best cook the fruits of the forest, and everyone will get a taste of these wild delectables following the foray.
This workshop is presented by The Nature Museum at Grafton and will take place at Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center at 783 Townshend Road in Grafton. Participants will begin at the Grafton Ponds meeting room for a slide show before heading out into the adjacent woods. Local mushroomer and artist Amy Mosher will come along on the walk to add her knowledge and insights.
Participants should dress for a summer hike on uneven terrain and bring a water bottle. This workshop costs $15 (or $13 for Nature Museum members). Pre-registration is required, as space is limited. Register at www.nature-museum.org or call The Nature Museum at 802-843-2111.
HUNTERS’ SAFETY COURSE: There will be a traditional Vermont Hunter Safety Course offered this September at the Sportsmen’s facility in Guilford.
Class dates will be: Sept. 3, 5, 6, 9, 11 and 13. Students under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Pre-registration is required by all. To register or for further information, contact Don Rosinski at 802-257-5442 after 6 p.m.
MOTHER-DAUGHTER TEA: The Jacksonville Ladies Aid is once again hosting a tea party. This year, Jessie Haas of Westminster will be the guest speaker. She is the author of this year’s book "Saige," the American Girl Doll of the year. This Southwestern-themed event will take place on Sunday, Aug. 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Sunday School Building at 96 Vt. Route 112 in Jacksonville.
Tea sandwiches, beverages, and teacakes will be served. There will also be a doll clothes boutique where handmade doll outfits may be purchased. There will be two raffles this year, besides Saige, an 18" doll wearing a handmade wedding dress will also be raffled.
Reservations are required. Admission is $10 per person. Call Gail at 802-368-2213 or Merrillyn at 802-368-2455 by Wednesday, Aug. 21.
BICYCLE CARE CLINIC: The final in a series of Bicycle Care Clinics will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 9 a.m. at the West Hill Shop in Putney.
This week’s clinic, Road Riding Skills Building, is designed for road cyclists who are new to group road riding or ready to take the next step in road riding proficiency. Coaching will include tips on descending, climbing, shifting, drafting, pace line, group etiquette and safety. The clinic is limited to 10 riders and sponsored by the Putney Bicycle Club.
The clinic is free, but participants should sign up in advance by calling 802-387-5718 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIBRARY OPENS: The target date to open the Wardsboro Public Library is Saturday, Aug. 24. The renovation of the reception area and the Children’s Room is finished with the help of many volunteers in the community.
Programs for the remainder of August include:
-- Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 10 a.m., Pet Rocks for ages 4 and up;
-- Thursday, Aug. 22, at 1 p.m., Beading ages 11 and up;
-- Saturday, Aug. 24, at 6 p.m., Summer Wrap-Up Party. Children of all ages and their caregivers are welcome.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Westminster Historical Society’s special exhibit this year has featured Early Childhood in Westminster during August.
This Sunday, Aug. 25, is the final day the museum will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. Linda Wilson and Linda Fawcett will share samplers, some old and some they are working on now. Samplers provided a way for girls to practice their handwork skills in preparation for all the sewing that would be necessary for young women to know.
Also on exhibit are Barbara Greenough’s paintings that replicate some photographs from the recent "Westminster Vermont Township Number One 1735-2000" history book by Jessie Haas.
The Bradley Law Office of 1756 will be open for viewing on Sundays of Labor Day and Columbus Day weekends.
TAG AND RUMMAGE SALE: The Whitingham Ladies Benevolent Society will be holding a tag and rummage sale on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Whitingham Community Church.
There will be baked goods available and donated items/clothing are still being accepted. For more information, call Becky at 802-368-7110 or Joanne at 802-368-2663.
HEALING WALK: The Manitou Project will hold a Healing Walk on Friday, Aug. 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. This meditative walk on Manitou’s Sanctuary Trail will be guided by Kirsten Edelglass, including poems or other readings, and chances to share about the experience. Healing Walks will be held every second and fourth Friday until the middle of October.
The Manitou Project seeks to foster community with nature on its 245-acre land preserve in Williamsville, located at 300 Sunset Lake Road. Directions: Go 1.4 miles up Sunset Lake Road from Williamsville Village, sign on right or approximately 5 miles over the top on Sunset Lake Road from Route 9 in West Brattleboro. Participants should meet at the parking lot at 4 p.m. For information, contact Edelglass at 802-579-4496.