In Brattleboro...

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.

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.

MUSIC ON THE COMMON: The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department, as part of the Arts in the Parks program, will present Tropical Sensations on the Brattleboro Common on Park Place on Tuesday, July 29, at 7 p.m. This is the fifth concert of the Summer Arts in the Park series for 2014.

The band, directed by Elaine Merrifield, is comprised of a variety of sizes of steel drums from the smaller lead to a full set of basses.

In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the American Legion Post 5 Hall, 32 Linden St.

For more information, call the Recreation Dept. office at 802-254-5808.

SENIOR TENNIS: The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department sponsors the senior tennis program at Living Memorial Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m. However, for the summer months, the seniors will be using the Brattleboro Union High School tennis courts.

All are welcome to join this energetic and fun group.


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It is not necessary to be an expert or a senior to participate.

For further information, call Ruth at 802-254-6772.

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 Dover...

MOVIES: On Tuesday, July 29, starting at 6 p.m., the Dover Free Library is hosting a nature movie night for children 6 years old and older. Craft or activity, door prizes and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact the library at 802-348-7488 or www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.

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 Guilford...

SENIOR LUNCH: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon on Friday, Aug. 1, at the Guilford Community Church. The menu will include sweet barbecued meatballs over rice, zucchini muffins, with pineapple cream pie for dessert.

A suggested donation of $3.50 for those 60 and over is asked, $5 for all others.

For more information and to make reservations, call 802-254-9774 no later than Wednesday, July 30.

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 Townshend...

GRACE COTTAGE FAIR DAY: The 64th Annual Grace Cottage Hospital Fair Day will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the Townshend Common, rain or shine.

The fair features activities for the whole family: a live auction, bargain booths, bingo, pony rides, face painting, jewelry, food, children's games, a costume booth for children, a dunking booth, the Baby Parade for those born at Grace Cottage (led by bagpipers and the Grace Cottage stork), a chicken barbecue dinner, music by the Bills Band, and more.

This year, the fair is bringing back the art show which will be held in the Townshend Church. All fine art and crafts pieces in the show will be for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit Grace Cottage Hospital. Artists may also donate one piece to be sold in the auction tent. Participants may deliver their pieces to the church on Aug. 1, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information about the art show, call Lois Phoenix, at 802-365-7568, or Pokey Lyman, at 802-365-7964.

The Grace Cottage Hospital Auxiliary Fair Day is a major fundraiser that helps the hospital purchase needed equipment. All of the other proceeds from the day go directly to the hospital. There is no admission fee and parking is free.

For information about Fair Day, call 802-365-4455 or 802-365-9109.