In Brattleboro...

MAD SCIENCE CAMP: The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department is hosting a "Mad Science -- Eureka Invention Week" for children ages 6 to 12. Each day students will be given a series of challenges they must overcome using basic materials, simple machines, tips from world famous inventors and the most important thing of all -- their minds. Because of the team-based approach to problem solving these challenges, this program is never the same twice. Participants will make their own light sabers, a marshmallow shooter, and much more. The camp will take place at the Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St., from July 28 to Aug. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $119 for Brattleboro residents and $134 for non-residents.

If special needs are required or information is needed, call the office at 802-254-5808 or visit www.brattleboro.org or westnewnegland.madscience.org.

DISCOUNTED PARK TICKETS: The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department have discounted tickets on sale to Six Flags of New England located in Agawam, Mass.; The Great Escape/Splashwater Kingdom in Lake George, N.Y.; and Bromley's Adventure Park located in Peru.

Six Flags of New England offers fun for all ages. The ticket price of $38 provides access to all rides and attractions, including shows, street action, animations, plus the Hurricane Harbor Water Park, and park facilities.


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Children under 2 are free. The park is open daily and on-site parking is available for $20 a day. For more information about Six Flags visit www.sixflags.com/newengland or call 413-786-9300 ext. 0.

The Great Escape/Splashwater Kingdom is only three hours from Brattleboro and is located in Lake George. A ticket to this attraction is $35 for all ages. Children age 2 and under are free. The ticket price provides access to all rides and water fun at the park. 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.

Tickets are available to Bromley's Adventure Park, located six miles east of Manchester. All-day passes are $28. For more information about Bromley's Sun Mountain Adventure Park visit www.summer.bromley.com or call 802-824-5522.

If planning a summer outing to any of these attractions, and wishing to save money plus avoid the long ticket lines, purchase discount tickets at the Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Office, 207 Main St., Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Only cash or money orders will accepted as payment.

BOOK DISCUSSION: The Brattleboro Great Books Discussion Group will be discussing the novel "Crossing to Safety" by Wallace Stegner (325 pp., Modern Library Edition) on Monday, July 28, from 7 to 10 p.m., in the upstairs Meeting Room at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., in Brattleboro.

"Crossing to Safety" is a 1987 semi-autobiographical novel which gained broad literary acclaim and commercial popularity. It is Stegner's exploration into the mysteries of friendship, an eloquent and deeply moving meditation on the idealism and spirit of youth.

The Aug. 25 Great Books meeting will discuss Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Blithedale Romance" (156 pp., Dover Thrift Edition).

For further information, call Michael N. Landis at 802-257-1851, or e-mail emagicmtman@gmail.com.

ACROBATICS CLASS: Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies invites young professionals from southern Vermont to unleash their inner acrobat on Thursday, July 31, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at New England Center for Circus Arts in the Cotton Mill. The event includes a free circus class and refreshments and culminates with a circus performance.

NECCA is a school, facility and community where circus arts are available to the general public and to inspire students of all skill levels, ages, abilities and aspirations. Participants should wear comfortable clothing, but no jeans.

For more information about programs at www.necenterforcircusarts.org; contact Jan at jcoplan@brattleborodevelopment.com or 802-257-7731, ext. 226.

In Dummerston...

CHILDREN'S LUNCH PROGRAM: Alice's Lunch Program, which provides supplemental food to children and youth for the summer, has begun at Dummerston Congregational Church. It is not too late to sign up. Dummerston families with school-aged children who are eligible for reduced-priced or free school lunches are encouraged to participate.

For an application, or further information about these twice monthly boxes of food for lunches, call the church office at 802-257-0544 or e-mail Sallie May, the new church secretary, at dccsecretarysjm@gmail.com.

In Hinsdale, N.H. ...

SUMMER READING: Every Friday, from 10 to 11 a.m., the Hinsdale Public Library hosts its summer reading program, open to all. This includes stories and crafts. The library is located on Route 119, just across the street from Hinsdale High School. For more information, call 603-336-5713.