Today Music/Dance

VSO Concert and Fireworks: Concert starts at 7:30 p.m., at Grafton Ponds. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking. 24th annual performance by Vermont Symphony Orchestra. TD Bank 2014 Summer Festival Tour, "Let’s Dance." Anthony Princiotti, conductor. In case of rain: Bellows Falls Union High School. Cost $31 in advance, $36 at the door, children under 18 free with ticket in advance; at the gate $12. Tickets: brattleborotix.com.

Open Mic: 7-10 p.m., Marina Restaurant, Route 5, Brattleboro. Hosted by Kevin Parry. Every Thursday. Free. To sign up for a 20-minute slots, call 802-257-7563. Information: www.kevinparrymusic.com.

Theater

Comedy: 7:30 p.m., The Actors Theatre Playhouse, Corner Brook and Main Street, West Chesterfield, N.H. Donald Margulies’ delightful comedy of remembrance, "Found A Peanut." Directed by Sam Pilo. Tickets $12. Reservations recommended. Toll free box office, 877-666-1855; office, 802-254-4714; actorstheatre2@gmail.com, www.atplayhouse.org.

Kids

Storytime: 10:30 a.m., Westminster West Public Library. Program of books, songs and activities for toddlers and preschoolers. No charge. Information: 802-387-5737 or 802-387-4682.


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Children’s Story Hour: 11 a.m., Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square, Bellows Falls. Pat Fowler reading. Reservations: 802-463-9404.

Boys & Girls Club: 3-7 p.m., 17 Flat St., Brattleboro. Programs, activities, special events and use of facilities available for ages 10 to 18. Information: 802-254-5990.

Preschool Storytime: 1:30 p.m., Walpole, N.H., Town Library, ages 2 1/2 to 5. Crafts and stories. Information: 603-756-9806.

Windham County Activities for Youth: See the Youth Services’ H.E.Y.! Help Empower Youth! guide to after school and other activities and programs at www.HelpEmpowerYouth.com.

Outdoors/Recreation

Senior Tennis: 9-11 a.m., Brattleboro Union High School tennis courts. Information: 802-254-6772. Sponsored by the Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department.

Senior Bowling: 9 a.m., Brattleboro Bowl, Putney Road, Brattleboro. Every Thursday. Bowling for seniors. Information: 802-254-2710 or 802-387-5757.

Strength Training for Seniors: 9:30 a.m., Brattleboro Senior Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro. Cost: $3 per class; $5 for two. Instructor: Cyndy Gray. Information: 802-257-7570.

Meals

Townshend Community Dinner: Noon, at the Townshend Church, on the Common, Route 30. Sponsored by Senior Solutions. Suggested donation: over 60, $3; all others $4. Take outs available. All welcome.

Miscellaneous

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Noon-1 p.m., Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., Brattleboro. Windham Solid Waste Management District. Bob Spencer to talk about new Vermont Recycle Law and the curb-side compost program. Sponsored by Strolling of the Heifers. Free. All welcome. Bring a bag lunch. Info: Stroll office at the River Garden, 802-246-0982.

No Putney Walk-in Clinic: There will no longer be a free clinic. Area residents and visitors are urged to continue to call Putney Family Services at 802-387-2120 for information and assistance regarding access to health care services and access to health insurance coverage.

Medicinal and Wild Edibles Walk: 6-7:30 p.m., The Shining Sun Earth Renewal Center, in Guilford. Second of a four-part series. Presentation by herbalist Justin Garner of Sweet Flag Medicinals. Bring snack for before the walk and a potluck dish if staying for dinner after. Cost $10-$15 sliding scale. Information: Elise Gunzburg, 802-380-8943.

Museums

Tasha Tudor Museum: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 974 Western Ave., West Brattleboro. Information: 802-258-6564, info@tashatudormuseum.org or www.tashatudormuseum.org.

Brattleboro History Room: 2-4 p.m., Brattleboro Historical Society, 230 Main St., Third Floor, Municipal Center, Brattleboro. Also, open and Sat. 10 a.m.-noon and by appointment. Call 802-258-4957; histsoc@sover.net; brattleborohistoricalsociety.org.

Brattleboro History Center: 2-4 p.m., Brattleboro Historical Society’s new History Center, 196 Main St., Masonic Center, Brattleboro. Enjoy handmade dolls, specially crafted wooden truck, train. Glimpse Rudyard Kipling through Mary Cabot’s journal entries; view her photo albums, author of The Annals of Brattleboro, 1681-1895; more exhibits. Information: 802-258-4957 or histsoc@sover.net.

Brooks Memorial Library: 224 Main St., Brattleboro. Check out free museum passes to 15 local area museums: Eric Carle, MASS MoCA, Smith College, Springfield, Shelburne, Norman Rockwell, Bennington, Echo Lake, VINS, Vt. State Park passes and more. Click on Museum Passes at brookslibraryvt.org/borrow, or call 802-254-5290, ext. 0.

Ongoing Events

Brattleboro Area Drop In Center: Open Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 60 South Main St., Brattleboro. Food Shelf Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Tuesday 10 a.m.-noon for seniors and 1-3 p.m. for everyone. Day shelter, shower, fax, phone, food shelf. Information 802-257-5415.

Meditation Sittings: 7-7:45 a.m., Vermont Insight Meditation Center, in the Neighbor’s Hall at Solar Hill, 229 Western Ave., Brattleboro. Information and cancellations: Rose, 802-246-1244.

Bellows Falls Drop-In Center: Open Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Our Place Drop-In Center, 4 Island St., Bellows Falls. 9-10:30 a.m., free breakfast; 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., food pantry open, except during lunch; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., free lunch. Day shelter, shower, fax, phone, food pantry. Information: 802-463-2217.

Hospice Thrift Shop: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Experienced Goods Thrift Shop for Brattleboro Area Hospice, 77 Flat St., Brattleboro. Selling quality clothing, books, housewares, furniture and more. Seeking donations, 802-254-5200.

Turning Point: 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. 1 p.m., Recovery Wellness Peer Group. 2-3 p.m., Recovery Chat. 7-10 p.m., AA Food/Fellowship. 8 p.m., Step meeting. Information: 802-257-5600.

Southern Vermont Scrabble Club: 6-10 p.m., Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., Brattleboro. Fun, friendship, competitive play. All equipment provided. Fee $3. First-timers play free. Every Thursday. Information: Ed at ed.liebfried@gmail.com or 971-344-8730.

Dedicated Dads Making a Difference: 6-8 p.m., Early Education Services, 122 Birge St., Brattleboro. Free fathers support group. Dinner and child care provided. Information: Josh Miller, 802-254-3742, ext. 172.

Mental Illness Support: 6:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, West Brattleboro. On-going support group for individuals whose family members are living with mental illness, the first Thursday of the month. Hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Information: Clare, 802-824-3909.

Alateen Meeting: 7-8 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 17 Belmont Ave., Brattleboro. Downstairs, Room B, on back, right, through the Maple Cafe. For teenagers whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking.

Al-Anon AFG: 7-8:30 p.m., Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Tyler Conference Center, 17 Belmont Ave., Brattleboro.

Zen Meditation: 7:30-9 p.m., in Guilford. No charge. Beginners welcome. Information: 802-257-9425.

AA Hotline: Toll free, 1-877-851-0181.

Friday

Theater

Comedy: 7:30 p.m., The Actors Theatre Playhouse, Corner Brook and Main Street, West Chesterfield, N.H. Donald Margulies’ delightful comedy of remembrance, "Found A Peanut." Directed by Sam Pilo. Tickets $15. Reservations recommended. Toll free box office, 877-666-1855; office, 802-254-4714; actorstheatre2@gmail.com, www.atplayhouse.org.

Miscellaneous

Brattleboro 4th of July:

9 a.m., Bike decorating, at Vermont Inn Pizza.

9:30 a.m., Bill Powers Memorial Firecracker 4-Miler Road Race, Living Memorial Park to the Common.

10 a.m., "By the People: Brattleboro Goes Fourth" parade, Canal to Main Street to the Common.

...At Living Memorial Park:

1-9:30 p.m., Food and family activities; Senior Area end of parking lot, Moon Bounce, obstacle course, T-ball hit. Food vendors.

1:30 p.m., Small Fry Baseball All-Star Game.

2-3:30 p.m., Children’s penny carnival (face painting, games).

3 p.m., Fun swim races.

5:30-7:15 p.m., American Pop, lower field.

6:30 p.m., Children’s concert with T-Bone, playground.

7:45-9:30 p.m., Wyld Nightz, lower field.

9:30 p.m., Fireworks display.

"A Star-Spangled Fourth": Saxtons River. 5K Firecracker road race at 8:30 a.m., parade at 9:30 a.m. Street fair highlighted by the firefighters’ water polo, a hula hoop contest and music on the bandstand. Miniature golf, an egg toss, a pie contest, face painting and a baseball game and much more. 10 a.m.-noon, Main Street Arts to showing of the unique theater curtain. Music and dancing. Food vendors, and Bellows Farmers’ Market. Fireworks at dusk. Info: Saxtons River Fourth of July page on Facebook.

4th of July Street Fair and Parade: Wardsboro. Art Show and Sale. Pie & Bake Shop. 65th anniversary of the Street Fair & Parade. 9 a.m., festivities begin; 10 a.m., parade. Sponsored by the Methodist Church. Auction, about 50 crafters and vendors, food booths, homemade strawberry shortcake, book sale, children’s games, and much more. Information: 802-896-6141 or www.4thofjulywardsboro.com.

Walpole Farmers’ Market: 4-6 p.m., Walpole, N.H., Town Common. Vegetables, produce, breads, cheeses, meats, pickles, mushrooms, jams, jellies and more. Bring blanket or chair, take a break between parade and picnics, fireworks. Information: 603-445-5104 or Holly@Walpolefarmersmarket.com.

Ongoing Events

Brattleboro Area Drop In Center: Open Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 60 South Main St., Brattleboro. Food Shelf Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Tuesday 10 a.m.-noon for seniors and 1-3 p.m. for everyone. Day shelter, shower, fax, phone, food shelf. Information 802-257-5415.

Bellows Falls Drop-In Center: Open Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Our Place Drop-In Center, 4 Island St., Bellows Falls. 9-10:30 a.m., free breakfast; 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., food pantry open, except during lunch; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., free lunch. Day shelter, shower, fax, phone, food pantry. Information: 802-463-2217.

AA Hotline: Toll free, 1-877-851-0181.