In Alstead, N.H. ...

RECIPES SOUGHT: A church fundraiser is being led by Linda Wood, assisted by Mimi Ward, to put together a cookbook featuring favorite recipes of friends and family of Third Congregational Church.

At this time forms are available to be completed and sent to Third Congregational Church, Cook Book Recipes, P.O. Box 614, Alstead, N.H. 03602. Forms may be picked up in the Fireplace Room or call the church, 603-835-6358 (leave your name, address and phone) on which recipes should be submitted.

The recipes can be your favorites or family favorites. Hopefully all recipes will be submitted before the end of July so the book can be compiled and ready for sale as soon as possible.

In Brattleboro...

SOUTHERN GOSPEL QUARTET: The Green Mountain Chapel will host The Called Out Quartet, originally based in Henderson, Tenn., on Thursday, July 24, at 7 p.m. They are described as "real music touching real people." There is no deeper tradition in Southern Gospel than the all-male quartet, and it is in that tradition that Called Out Quartet sings today.

For more information about the quartet look for them on YouTube or at their website at calledoutquartet.com.

The Chapel is located at 480 Western Ave. in Brattleboro. The concert is free and a love offering will be received.


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TGIF MORNING MATINEE: The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department, as part of the TGIF Morning Matinee program, will present Chris Yerlig with his Mime and Magic Illusion Show at Living Memorial Park at the Rotary Theater on Friday, July 25, at 10:30 a.m. This is the third performance of the TGIF Morning Matinees.

In his show, Yerlig blends silent pantomime comedy, movement illusions, sleight of hand magic tricks and balloon wizardry, to create an original vaudeville show that is funny, imaginative and full of surprises.

This show is free and day care groups are welcome In case of rain, the show will be moved inside to the Nelson Withington Skating Facility at the park. For more information or if there are special needs, call the Recreation & Parks office at 802-254-5808.

SWAP PROGRAM: The Windham Solid Waste Management District Swap Program on Ferry Road is open every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

This is a free outlet for materials that are still usable, but for which there is no traditional re-use program. Items brought in must be clean and in usable condition and must be accepted by a staff member before being left.

Items available this week include: Manual treadmill, three-ring binders, artificial Christmas trees, stands and decorations, televisions, bird cages, small humidifier, Green Thumb spreader, four-drawer file cabinet, child's play kitchen, small bike, baby swing, assorted chairs, child's booster seat, Juice Man Jr., automatic crepe maker, suitcases, mugs, VHS movies, table lamps, lawn chair, Dell keyboard, paper shredder.

Information: www.windhamsolidwaste.org or swapshop@windhamsolidwaste.org.

In Dover...

SCIENCE AT THE LIBRARY: The Dover Free Library will present the mysteries of science with Kurt Valenta, mechanical engineering technologist, on Friday, July 25, starting at 6 p.m. Valenta, who is an instructor for elementary school science programs and founder and president of Exordium Inc., will offer an hour-long program for ages 5 to adults.

For more information, call 802-348-7488 or visit www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.

ROAD CLOSURE: As part of the Blueberry Festival on Saturday, July 26, there will be a parade on Route 100 in West Dover starting at 11 a.m. The parade will start just south of the intersection of Route 100 and Dorr Fitch and go north to the intersection of Route 100 and Country Club Road.

Expect delays between 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Handle Road and Cold Brook Road can be used as an alternate route during this time.

In Putney...

EMPTY BOWLS TICKETS: The 10th Annual Empty Bowls Dinner, a benefit for the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 11, with two seatings at 5 and 6:30 p.m. in the dining hall at Landmark College in Putney.

For a $25 donation, guests will be served a simple, nutritious meal of soup, bread, cheese, apples, beverage and dessert, and will enjoy live music.

Afterwards, guests are invited to keep the bowl from which they ate as a reminder that while their bellies may be full, there are many who go hungry each day throughout our county.

For reservations, call 802-257-5415, ext. 103, or 800-852-4286, ext. 103. Tickets are also on sale in Brattleboro at the Shoe Tree, and Everyone's Books and in Putney at Offerings Jewelry.

In Saxtons River...

CHILD'S PLAY: The Main Street Arts children's theater camp will present "Pumpkin Fiesta" on Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27, at 2 p.m. at the Hepburn/Ostebo barn at 27 Pleasant St.

The dramatization of Caryn Yacowitz's fable follows a week of daily practice by the 9- to 13-year-old theater campers under the direction of Mary Hepburn and Gordon Korstange. The children will also create the props and set pieces, and learn original songs written by Hepburn.

"Pumpkin Fiesta" is the tale of the competition between Old Juana and Foolish Fernando to raise the biggest pumpkin in San Miguel.

Admission to the performances is by donation. More information is available at 802-869-2960, by e-mailing info@mainstreetarts.org, or by visiting the Main Street Arts Facebook page.

In Walpole, N.H. ...

GENEALOGY WORKSHOP: The Walpole Historical Society will sponsor a free genealogy workshop on Thursday, July 24, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Beginners as well as experienced persons are welcome to attend. Hints regarding research sources as well as stone walls will be shared. Call for reservation at 603-756-2933. For more information visit walpolehistory.org.

In Williamsville...

SENIOR LUNCH: There will be a dinner for seniors in Williamsville and the surrounding communities on Thursday, July 24, at noon at the Williamsville Town Hall in the downstairs dining room.

The menu will be barbecued chicken, pulled pork, coleslaw, corn bread, and beans, with blueberry pie for dessert.

The meal is prepared at the Williamsville Town Hall in the kitchen by Jon Julian, owner/chef of Top of the Hill Grill. The meal is sponsored by Senior Solutions. The suggested donation for this meal is $3.50 for age 60 and over and $4 for under age 60.

For information or reservations, call the hosts of the dinner, Nancy Rysz at 802-348-7729 or Nissa Petrak at 802-348-6301.

HEALING WALK: The Manitou Project will hold a Healing Walk on Friday, July 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. This meditative walk on Manitou's Sanctuary Trail will be led by Ryan Murphy, and will include 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 Rd. For information, contact Fred Taylor at 802-387-2681.