In Bellows Falls...

REPUBLICAN CAUCUS: The Rockingham Republican Town Caucus to select justice of the peace candidates for the Town of Rockingham will be held on Monday, Aug. 4, at 6 p.m. at the Town Clerk's office in the Town Hall. George Kuusela is the Republican Town Chairman.

In Brattleboro...

ARTS IN THE PARK: 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.

DUCK DERBY: The Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro and the Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department are hosting its annual Duck Derby on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Living Memorial Park, starting at 4 p.m. There will be face painting, cardboard boat building and race, free swimming, music, dinner provided by The 99 Restaurant, and the Duck Pluck just before 6 p.m.

"Adopt" a duck at Brattleboro Savings & Loan, River Valley Credit Union and The Boys & Girls Club on Flat Street. Ducks will also be available to "adopt" that afternoon at the park.


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Ducks are $5 each, five ducks for $20 or 50 ducks for $100.

For more information, call 802-254-5990, ext. 4.

BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL: The First United Methodist Church will hold its annual Blueberry Festival, rain or shine, on Saturday, Aug. 9. Festivities will begin at 7 a.m. with a family-style blueberry pancake breakfast until 10:30 a.m. The cost is $7. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served for lunch at $5/$6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event continues through 2:30 p.m.

Featured outside will be crafts of jewelry, homemade chocolates, baby items, wood items, gift baskets, cloth items, glass edge. Fresh blueberries, baked blueberry items, pies and ice cream may be purchased at the Blueberry Pavilion. Other festivities include a silent auction and music by three different bands.

Interest crafters are invited to be a part of this festival by calling the church office at 802-254-4218 or e-mail at fumc@sover.net. The crafter's table fee will be $25, paid in advance. Checks may be made payable to First United Methodist Church with the notation "Table fee."

The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive, off Putney Road, across from Cota and Cota. There is ample parking and the entryway is handicap accessible. For further information, visit gbgm-umc.org/Brattleboro or contact fumc@sover.net or 802-254-4218.

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 Hinsdale, N.H. ...

COL. EBENEZER HINSDALE HOUSE: The Col. Ebenezer Hinsdale House is open every Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. The house, built in 1759, is located at 609 Brattleboro Rd. this Colonial Home has seven fireplaces, wide pine floors and original wood paneling.

The public is invited to stop by for a tour. For group tours, contact Hinsdale Historical Society, P.O. Box 194, Hinsdale, N.H. 03451.

In West Brattleboro...

YANKEE MALE CHORUS: The Yankee Male Chorus returns to the area on its 61st tour. The four concerts they give each year consist of 40-plus men singing in four-part harmony songs from the sacred, popular, spiritual, Broadway, and novelty areas of music. All men are volunteers from choirs and choral groups throughout the New England region, New York state and other areas. Several local men are members of the chorus.

The chorus gets together on Wednesday afternoon for their only rehearsal and goes public that night for four consecutive evening concerts.

Their first performance will be on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the First Congregational Church of West Brattleboro, 880 Western Ave.; followed by: Thursday, Aug. 7, Charlestown, N.H., Congregational Church, 71 Main St.; Friday, Aug. 8, the Walpole, N.H., First Congregational Church, 15 Washington Square; and the final concert on Saturday, Aug. 9, at the White Church in Grafton.

All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

There are no tickets to be purchased. A free will offering may be taken at intermission at each location. All four locations are handicap accessible.

For additional information call Pete Harrison at 802-722-3080, 802-289-3776 or e-mail studebaker99@comcast.net.