In Bellows Falls...
OLD HOME DAYS: Events happening on Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Rockingham Old Home Days will begin with the "Bring It Home" 5K Run/Walk. Registration will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the TD Bank parking lot. Registration fee is $15.
There will be food courts on the Square and at the Waypoint Center, sidewalk sales, and fun family activities.
Contests taking place in the Square will be: 11:30 a.m., Hula Hoop; noon, Athens Pizza Eating; 1 p.m., Dari Joy Ice Cream Eating; and 3 p.m., Shona Grill Hot Dog Eating.
Activities In The Square will include live Wool 100.1 Radio; 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Rockingham Library Facepainting and Lego-building, Find Waldo Scavenger Hunt, and Tarps Animal Shelter.
From 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the Vermont National Guard Climbing Wall; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Windham Antiques Flea Market and Geology Tents; 11 a.m., Curves Zumba Demo; 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Strand Style Studio manicures; noon-4 p.m., Cheryl the Clown; noon-5 p.m., Strolling Circus Performers; 1-3 p.m., VINS Raptor Encounter; noon-6 p.m., Dunk Tank at J&H Hardware; noon-5 p.m., Halladays Wine and Cheese tasting, and Rockingham Rec Center's wet sponge, bean bag and ring toss.
From 1-4 p.m., Strategy Games at Village Square Booksellers; 2 p.m., Find Waldo Local Party at Village Square Booksellers; and 1-3 p.m., Adams Grist Mill Museum, Mill Street. Wandering during the afternoon will be the Bird Puppet and Shona Grill Hot Dog Man.
Activities at the Waypoint Center include: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Bounce Houses; noon-5 p.m., Petting Zoo, Roaming Railroad, Glowstick Vendors, Santa's Land; from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.,
The Antique Truck Show will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Bellows Falls Union High School on Route 5 in Westminster.
Music for the day includes: 1-3 p.m., TBD, on the Square; 3-5 p.m., Break Maids, on the Square; 5-7 p.m., Spectris, at Waypoint Center; and 7-9 p.m., Intercept, at Waypoint Center.
Fireworks will be shown at dusk (after 9 p.m.).
For further information, contact the Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce, 5 Westminster St., Bellows Falls, www.gfrcc.org, 802-463-4280.
Sponsors of the event are TransCanada, Town of Rockingham, Durand Auto, Rockingham Fireworks Fund, Cota Oil, and Vermont Country Store.
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.
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. Ducks are $5 each, five ducks for $20 or 50 ducks for $100.
For more information, call 802-254-5990, ext. 4.
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 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.
In West Townshend...
FARMERS' MARKET: The West Townshend Farmers' Market is open every Friday until Oct. 10 at the West Townshend Country Store from 4 to 7 p.m. Vendors include West Townshend Botanical, Keep It Real Organics, Wild Shepherd Farm, Meadows Bee Farm, Pioneer Beans, Griffin Gardens, Rebecca Lepkoff and Family, and Taft Hill Farm, Fin-Allie Farm, Ferment and Tracy Berchi massage.
In addition, Thai food and wood fired top-your-own pizzas will be available.
On Friday, Aug. 1, live music will be provided by Ralph Sherman and at 7 p.m. and actors from Talya Klein's adaptation of "Much Ado About Nothing" will be performing. Singer/songwriter Meghan Andrews will be accompanied by a group of singers for continued entertainment throughout the night.