DISCOUNTED TICKETS: The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department has discounted tickets on sale to Six Flags of New England in Agawam Mass., The Great Escape/Splashwater Kingdom in Lake George, N.Y., and Bromley’s Sun Mountain Adventure Park.
The ticket price of $36 for Six Flags of New England offers access to all rides and attractions, including shows, street action, animations, plus the Island Kingdom Water Park, and park facilities. Children under 2 are free. The park is open daily and on-site parking is available for an additional fee. For more information about Six Flags www.sixflags.com/newengland or call 413-786-9300 ext. 0.
The Great Escape/Splashwater Kingdom is three hours from Brattleboro. Tickets are $35 for all ages. Children age 2 and under are free. The ticket offers all rides and water fun at the park. The park is open everyday. On-site parking passes are available for $15, a savings of $5. For more information about The Great Escape visit www.sixflags.com/greatescape or call 518-792-3500.
All day passes to Bromley’s Sun Mountain Adventure Park, located six miles east of Manchester, are $27, (regular gate price is $34 on weekdays and $39 on weekends). For more information visit www.summer.bromley.com or call 802-824-5522.
Tickets may be purchased at the Brattleboro Recreation & Parks office, 207 Main St., Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 4 p.m. Only cash or money orders will accepted as payment.
SWAP PROGRAM: The Windham Solid Waste Management District Swap Program on Old Ferry Road is open every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until noon. It is a free outlet for materials that are still usable, but for which there is no traditional re-use program. People are asked to use all other available outlets before bringing items to the Swap Program. Items brought in may be passed along to other non-profit groups.
Items brought in must be in usable condition and must be accepted by a staff member before being left. Due to the need to close promptly at noon, large loads of donations may not be accepted after 11:45 a.m. Everyone is welcome to bring in or take out materials. It is not necessary to do both.
Some items that usually are not accepted are appliances, upholstered furniture, carpet, computers, mattresses, clothes and tires. These items may be placed on Freecycle at www.freecycle.org.
Items available this week include: Bread box, Eureka upright, child’s bike, Brother PC-301 ink cartridge, Kenmore vacuum U bags, three-ring binders, suitcases, hangers, back pack, window quilts, cat scratch post, exercise equipment, puzzles, hair dryer, water bath canner, and an ironing board.
HYPERTUFA WORKSHOP: Newfane Greenhouse will offer an opportunity to learn how to make a hypertufa (man-made stone) trough, stepping stone, or sphere for the garden on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Greenhouse, 391 Vt. Rte. 30 in Newfane.
This hands-on workshop, sponsored by the UVM Extension Master Gardener (EMG) Program, will teach the techniques of making various hypertufa items. Each participant will make, and take home, an item of his/her choice. Materials will be provided, but participants must bring their own mold, a sturdy pair of rubber gloves, and a dust mask. Beginners are welcome.
The fee is $25 ($20 for EMGs). The instructor is Claire Johns, a veteran Master Gardener volunteer. To register, respond by Saturday, Aug. 24, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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OLD-TIME GOSPEL MUSIC: An old-time Gospel Hour is planned in West Dummerston on Sunday, Aug. 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Dummerston Community Center.
Guitar and vocals will be by GinMillBill. There will be no preacher and no preaching. Songbooks will be available.
Light refreshments will be available. Donations will be accepted for the Community Center’s heating and maintenance fund.
The Community Center is located at 150 West St., West Dummerston, just off Route 30. For further information, call Jean at 802-254-9212.
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.
SACRED SOUND CIRCLE: The Manitou Project will offer an unusual opportunity to commune with the land through sacred sound led by David Kuhn on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 11 a.m. The intention of this circle will be to connect with the Elemental spirits and play sacred sounds with the trees and plants of the land. Manitou’s sacred land has been inspirational for many musicians, dowsers and sound healers, and this promises to be a unique opportunity to experience that spirit.
Kuhn describes his work as "My sound practices are rhythmic group meditations, or ‘sound baths,’ that explore a full range of frequencies and intention with voice, gongs, drums, singing bowls and other rare musical instruments." To learn about his work visit soundweaving.com.
Participants should meet in the parking lot at 11 a.m. sharp.
Today from 4 to 6 p.m. a 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. For information, contact Edelglass at 802-579-4496.
The Manitou Project is located in Williamsville 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.