BOOK GROUP: The Brattleboro Great Books Group will be discussing two short stories in August, "Lost in the Funhouse" by John Barth and "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and So Forth" by John Updike, on Monday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St.
Copies of the short stories are on reserve behind the front desk of the library.
The book group meets the fourth Monday night of each month. In September, the group will be reading/discussing two short stories: "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver, and "The Man from Mars" by Margaret Atwood.
All Brattleboro Great Books readings for 2013 through 2014 are taken from the Great Books Foundation’s "Short Story Omnibus" available for $32.95 plus shipping and handling from the Great Books Foundation, 35 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60601, or www.greatbooks.org. For information, call Michael N. Landis at 802-257-1851, or 802-275-8418, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
POST OIL SOLUTIONS: Post Oil Solutions will hold its fourth Tuesday of the month Community Meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the Brooks Memorial Library at 224 Main St. in Brattleboro.
The evening will begin with socializing and light refreshments at 6 p.m. From 6:30 to 8:15 p.m., there will be a meeting, and from 8:15 to 8:45 p.m. there will be conversation and clean up.
The agenda will feature a presentation by Abigail Mnookin, a coordinator with the Brattleboro Time Trade. A membership organization, the BTT connects people with others in the community so they can get help and provide help. People earn time credits by using their individual skills and energy to help others. They then use these credits to get help that they need. Meeting attendees will be able to sign up for the BTT. For more information, visit www.brattleborotimetrade.org. In addition, Post Oil will be introducing its new initiative, the Resilience and Resistance Forum.
The agenda is always open to ideas, suggestions and discussion from community participants who would like to initiate or seek support for a project that advances Post Oil’s mission. For more information, contact Tim Stevenson, email@example.com.
MONDAY NIGHT MOVIE: The Dover Free Library will present the feature film "Affliction," starring Nick Nolte and Sissy Spacek at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 26. The film, rated R, is 1 hour and 54 minutes long. The event is free and open to the public. For further information, call 802-348-7488.
FRIENDS OF DUTTON: Friends of Dutton Pines State Park on Route 5 in East Dummerston will hold an organizational meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Southeast Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 Rte. 5 in Dummerston. The meeting is to discuss future possibilities for the park.
Topics to be discussed include community participation and leadership, for example a possible Saturday community picnic in September, and organizational issues.
This meeting is a follow-up to the tour and discussion with Tim Morton, Forester with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, on July 25.
For more information, call 802-257-1020. The public is welcome to attend.
In South Newfane...
PARADE AND FESTIVAL: The Rock River Revival Parade and Festival will be held on Sunday, Aug. 25, from noon to 4 p.m.
This is a celebration of life and recovery along the Rock River on the second anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene. The parade will lead with the banner "Together We’re Stronger." The parade will start at noon on Dover Road (midway between Williamsville covered bridge and Parish Hill bridge) and will end at South Newfane village. The festival will start immediately after the parade. There will be fire trucks on display, a super raffle, live music, rock-building contests, face painting, bake sale, and more.
All proceeds will support the volunteer Fire Departments of Newfane. For more information, call 802-348-7440.
MUM SALE: The Vernon Historians will be having a Mum Sale at the Vernon Historical Museum located at 4201 Fort Bridgman Road this Sunday, Aug. 25, from 2 to 5 p.m. They will have a large assortment of mums for sale from Griffin Gardens.
The museum is open an extra hour until 5 p.m., on that date, to allow those attending the One Room Schoolhouse Reunion from noon to 4 p.m. at the Vernon Recreation Area, to visit the museum. All 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. 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.