In Brattleboro...

TGIF MORNING MATINEE: The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department, as part of the TGIF Morning Matinee, will present "Johnny The K -- Music," at the Living Memorial Park Rotary Theater on Friday, Aug. 1, at 10:30 a.m. This is the fourth performance of the TGIF Morning Matinees.

John Kelleher is a nationally acclaimed and award winning musician and teacher. Along with his 12-string guitar and his unique collection of costumed hats, masks, and disguises, he humorously educates and motivates his audiences through his spirited and interactive style of music.

Throughout the performance, Kelleher's interactive selection of songs, dialogue, musical activities, and audience participation offers students encouragement and a sense of empowerment to improve their own behaviors and living environment.

This show is free and day care groups are welcome to attend. If there are special needs required or for further information, call the Recreation Office at 802-254-5808. In case of rain, the show will be moved inside to the Nelson Withington Skating Facility at the park.

CHRISTMAS VENDORS: Brattleboro American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 5 is now accepting reservations from crafters for tables for its Annual Christmas Craft Fair which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 29, from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The kitchen will be open for refreshments and a Chinese auction will be held.

For more information or to make reservations, call Lori Nelson at 802-380-6179.

CRAFTERS NEEDED: Carl M. Dessaint VFW Ladies Auxiliary No.


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1034 of Brattleboro is now accepting reservations from crafters for tables for its Annual Christmas Craft Fair which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

The kitchen will be open for refreshments and a Chinese auction will be held. For more information or to make reservations, call Kathy Sergeant at 802- 579-1381.

In Dummerston...

TUITION ASSISTANCE: There is tuition money available for any Dummerston resident, through the Juliette Miller Educational Loan Fund, who has completed high school and is going on to pursue some form of higher education. This is not restricted by age or for only college programs but can be used for career changes as well as skills training or enhancement.

This is an interest free loan to be repaid in monthly increments after employment starts. This is administered by the Dummerston Women's Association with information and application forms available through Ruth Barton at 802-254-1128 or rhbarton@myfairpoint.net.

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...

BOOK DISCUSSION: Parents and other adults who live and work with the wonder and challenges of young people with special needs are welcome to participate in a conversation on Sunday, Aug. 24, in Guilford. "Wonder and Challenge," sponsored by Guilford Reads, will be held at noon at the Guilford Community Church. The event is supported by the Vermont Council on the Humanities.

Copies of the book, "Wonder," are available to borrow from the Guilford Free Library, the Guilford Community Church, The Guilford Country Store, and the Guilford Town Office.

For further information, call 802-254-6545.

In Townshend...

GRACE COTTAGE FAIR DAY: The Grace Cottage 64th Annual Hospital Auxiliary Fair Day will be held Saturday, Aug. 2, on the Common in Townshend from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is free.

Activities planned include: 9 a.m., Auction preview; 9:30 a.m., Auction begins, Bagpipers march and play; 10 a.m., Birthday parade; four performances by Nimble Arts will be 11, 11:30 a.m., 12:45 and 1:30 p.m.; 1 to 3 p.m., Free pony rides; 5 p.m., Chicken dinner, raffle prizes, and concert by the Bills Band.

An art show 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.

All day there will be bingo, homemade gourmet food, fried dough, costume jewelry booth, homemade ice cream, book sale, kids' corner and costumes, and face-painting; and 23 bargain booths.

The Fair Day is a major fundraiser that helps the hospital purchase needed equipment. For information: 802-365-4455 or visit www.gracecottage.org/events. No dogs are allowed on the Common.