In Brattleboro...

SALAMANDER SOIREE: Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center is hosting a Salamander Soiree at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., Brattleboro, on Saturday, April 5, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The evening will be a kick off for this year’s Salamander Brigades, where BEEC enlists the help of volunteers to assist the salamanders across the roads on the first warm rainy nights in the spring.

To add to the festivities there will be live music by The Otherwise, hors d’oeuvres, and a Salamander Crossing Guard Fashion Show. In addition, there will be a lively presentation by Tom Tyning, author of Stokes’ "Guide Amphibians and Reptiles." The presentation of the Stockwell Award will take place, where BEEC recognizes the work of someone in the community who has contributed to the conservation of the area’s beautiful lands.

Those attending are encouraged to dress for the occasion in funky formal of black and yellow, with polka dots or a fashionable salamander crossing guard.

For further information, contact BEEC at 802-257-5785 or visit www.beec.org.

In Dover...

TEDDY BEAR TEA: Dover Elementary School will hold a Teddy Bear Tea on Thursday, April 3, at 9:30 a.m. for children 5 and under, parents, caregivers, early educators, and teddy bears.

Children are invited to bring their favorite teddy bears (or other favorite stuffed animal) for a short party. Adults, children, and bears will meet staff, hear stories read by the principal or kindergarten teacher, and talk informally with other families.

Teddy Bear Teas are designed to encourage an open and trusting partnership between home and school. The Teddy Bear Teas are co-sponsored by Early Education Services and Windham County elementary schools and are funded in part by Building Bright Futures.

Fourteen other Windham County elementary schools will hold their Teddy Bear Teas during the month of May.

For more information, contact Sandy Stark at Early Education Services, 802-254-3742 ext. 171, sandy_stark@wsesu.org.

In Dummerston...

OSHER LECTURES BEGIN: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will commence its spring series of morning and afternoon lectures on Monday, April 7, with William Edelglass. He will discuss the new science of happiness, describing the results of research focusing on how happiness can be increased, and examining the ways income, relationships, work, and other factors correlate with happiness. Edelglass, who is scheduled to present from 10 a.m. to noon, is Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Marlboro College.

That same day from 1 to 3 p.m., Donlin Foreman presents the history of dance as a performing art and as an ancient and essential expression of our humanity. Foreman is a veteran of the Martha Graham Dance Company and has performed with many dance companies in this country and overseas. He directs the dance performance and educational organization On Common Ground.

The lectures are held at the Southeast Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 Vermont Route 5. Parking and handicapped access are available. Light refreshments will be served.

The lectures are produced by the Brattleboro OLLI chapter, now in its 11th year. OLLI is a nationwide membership organization sponsoring programs for people 50 and over who wish to continue their education without tests, papers, or grades. Payment of full membership dues ($50) entitles members to attend all 12 lectures in the present series. Couples are welcome to join as full members at a discounted rate of $80. Lectures are also open to non-members for a fee of $6 per lecture.

For more information, call 802-257-8600 or 866-889-0042; go to www.learningcollaborative.org; or call the OLLI organizers at 802-387-5387 or 802-257-7623.

In Halifax...

BINGO NIGHT: The Halifax School’s 8th grade class will be holding its annual Bingo Night on Friday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the Halifax School Multi-Purpose Room. The cost will be $9 for adults and $4 for children. Many prizes have been donated from area businesses.

For more information, call 802-368-2888.

In Saxtons River...

SIDE-SPLITTING STORIES: Storyteller Simon Brooks will bring his talent for telling side-splitting stories to Saxtons River on Saturday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. in a performance arranged by Main Street Arts.

The storytelling will take place at Christ’s Church and is sponsored by TMG Enterprises LLC. Tickets for the adult-oriented performance are $15 and are on sale at MSA or at the door on the night of the show.

For information about Brooks, visit www.simonbrooksstoryteller.com. For more information, visit www.mainstreetarts.org, e-mail info@mainstreetarts.org or call 802-869-2960.

In Vernon...

GOSPEL MUSIC CONCERT: Mountain View Seventh-day Adventist Church will host a gospel music concert featuring Jennifer LaMountain and Steve Darmody at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 6.

The church is located at 1002 Fort Bridgman Highway (Route 142) in Vernon. The concert is free of charge and will be followed by fellowship and light refreshments.

In West Dummerston...

OLD-TIME GOSPEL HOUR: An old-time Gospel Hour is planned in West Dummerston on Sunday, April 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dummerston Community Center.

Guitar and vocals will be by GinMillBill. There will be no preacher and no preaching, just music and singing. 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., in West Dummerston, just off Route 30.

Snow date will be April 27, same time etc. The Community Center is handicapped accessible. For information, call Jean at 802-254-9212.

In West River Valley...

LGUHS BUDGET VOTE: All legal voters of the Leland & Gray Union High School District No. 34 will have the opportunity to vote by Australian ballot today, Wednesday, April 2, on the LGUHS budget. The times and locations are as follows:

-- Brookline, 9 a.m., at the Town Offices.

-- Jamaica, 10 a.m., at the Town Offices.

-- Newfane, 9 a.m., at the NewBrook Firehouse, Route 30.

-- Townshend, 9 a.m., at the Town Hall.

-- Windham, 10 a.m., at the Town Offices.

All polls will close at 7 p.m.

In Wilmington...

BURN PERMITS NEEDED: Richard Covey, Vermont Forest Fire Warden in Wilmington, has announced that effective Tuesday, April 15, burn permits will be needed before lighting a fire to burn brush, weeds or grass. Anyone violating this law will be fined up to $200 or imprisoned not more than six months, or both. Also, burning trash or chemically treated wood is illegal at any time.

Burn permits are available at the Wilmington Fire Department Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents may stop by or call the Wilmington Fire Department first at the non-emergency number, 802-464-8022, to see if the fire chief is available to issue the permit. After hours, permits are available by calling Covey at 802-464-7341.

In Windham County...

HOUSING LOANS AVAILABLE: The Windham & Windsor Housing Trust (WWHT) now has funds available to make low cost loans to eligible homeowners to cover the cost of health and safety related repairs to the home.

Loans can be made for electrical or plumbing work, heating system upgrades or repair, wells and septic systems, porches and structural work, weatherization, ADA access modifications, roofs and more. The loans may be made in any town in Windham or Windsor counties.

If a homeowner is eligible for a low cost loan, a WWHT Rehabilitation Specialist will inspect the home to outline the scope of work, will assist the owner to find reliable contractors, and will oversee the construction process.

For more information about the Rehab Loan Fund Program, call 802-246-2116.