In Bellows Falls...

PULLED PORK DINNER: The United Church of Bellows Falls, 8 School St., will host a pulled pork dinner on Friday, Aug. 1, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

On the menu will be barbecued and Hawaiian pulled pork, rolls, coleslaw, corn-on-the-cob, baked beans, applesauce, blueberry dessert/ice cream, and beverages. The cost for the meal is adults $10, ages 5-12 $6, and under 5 free. Take out meals will be available.

For reservations, call Janice Manning at 802-463-3485. The building is accessible to all, enter from the back.

In Brattleboro...

LATE OPENINGS: Several Brattleboro town staff members will be required to attend an in-service training this morning from 8:30 to 10.

The opening time for the following offices will be delayed until 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 30: Town Manager, Finance, Treasurer, Planning Services, Assessment office, and Town Clerk.

All other offices, including emergency services, will open and operate during regular business hours. For more information, call the Town Manager's office at 802-251-8151.

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.


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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.

NON-DENOMINATIONAL PROTEST: An ad-hoc group, "Jews and non-Jews Concerned about Violence in Gaza and Israel," will gather in a protest vigil in front of the Post Office on Main Street in Brattleboro on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The idea for the protest came from some Brattleboro area residents of Jewish descent distressed by the recent eruption of violence and the enormous casualties in Gaza as well as in Israel.

Anyone wishing to stand together with others for peace and an end to the conflict is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Richard Evers at 802-254-1017 or Rupa Cousins at 802-387-5276.

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 have 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: Desk chairs, mugs, golf clubs, plastic sleds, artificial Christmas trees, baby swing, 2-, 3- and 4-drawer filing cabinets, assorted chairs, manual treadmill, antique wood camera tripod, VHS movies, electric coffee pot, and desk chairs.

For information: www.windhamsolidwaste.org or swapshop@windhamsolidwaste.org.

In Dover...

BIRD PROGRAM: The Dover Free Library will host the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum's "The Physics of Flight" and "Birds of Prey" on Saturday, Aug. 2, starting at 11 a.m. For more information, contact the library at 802-348-7488 or www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.

CLASSIC MOVIE: The Dover Free Library will present the classic film, "All Quiet on the Western Front," start Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim and Slim Summerville on Monday, Aug. 4, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The film is 2 hours and 12 minutes long and is not rated.

"All Quiet on the Western Front" (1930) is the first major anti-war film of the sound era, faithfully based upon the timeless, best-selling 1929 novel by Erich Maria Remarque (who had experienced the war first-hand as a young German soldier).

This event is free and open to the public. For information, call 802-348-7488.

In Newfane...

GARDEN CLUB: The Newfane Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Aug. 7, at 2 p.m. at the Newfane Congregational Church. This month, Bill Guenther, the Windham County Forester for the Vermont State Department of Forests and Parks, will speak about trees in the home landscape and their care.

Guenther will also speak about invasive plant species and insect threats to the hemlock, ash and other trees in the area.

Additional information about the Newfane Garden Club may be found at www.newfanegardenclub@webs.com. The public is welcome to attend.

In Townshend...

BRIDGE CLOSED: The Townshend Lake Bridge off of Route 30 will be closed for inspection on Wednesday, Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. to noon. Access to the lake during the closure can be made via State Forest Road.

In Walpole, N.H. ...

CONCERT ON THE GREEN: Brattleboro's American Legion Band will perform on Sunday, Aug. 3, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the Green in Walpole. The concert is free and open to the public. The summer concerts are sponsored by the Savings Bank of Walpole.

Those attending should bring a blanket or lawn chair. In event of rain, the concert may be canceled.

OPEN GARDEN: Distant Hill Gardens in Walpole and Alstead will be hosting an "Open Garden" on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The two-acre fragrant, native garden of Common Milkweed will be in full bloom. Visitors may stroll through the cultivated gardens, walk the narrow boardwalk across the quaking Cranberry Bog, and let the kids explore "White-Rock Woods," a work-in-progress nature-based play area.

From 10 a.m. until noon there will be a Tree Identification Walk led by Steve Roberge, the Cheshire County Cooperative Extension forester. He will introduce a number of native trees and teach participants how to identify new species.

A suggested $5 donation per adult includes entry to the gardens and the Tree ID Walk. All proceeds will to toward completion of an accessible hiking trail, already under construction.

For directions and more information go to: www.distanthillgardens.org or call 603-756-4179.

In West Brattleboro...

HEBREW SCHOOL REGISTRATION: Congregation Shir Heharim, the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community, will begin once-a-week Hebrew school classes on Sept. 8 for youngsters starting at age 6. The curriculum includes Hebrew language, as well as Jewish studies -- culture, history, music, prayers, beliefs, and customs. The school meets on Monday afternoons from 3:45 to 5:45 at the synagogue at 151 Greenleaf St. in West Brattleboro.

Although designed for the children of members, the school will accept new students for one year even if their parents are not yet members. Students planning to become bar- or bat-mitzvah need to be enrolled in the school for at least one full year prior to their bar/bat mitzvah year.

Registration forms and a $100 deposit must be sent in by the end of July to guarantee admission. For more information and for registration forms, contact Faith Schuster at 802-464-2632 or faith@bajcvermont.org.