In Brattleboro...

AARP PICNIC: AARP Chapter No. 763 will celebrate the 2014-2015 year of AARP meetings with the annual potluck picnic on Tuesday, Aug. 19, from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Senior Picnic Area (lower level) at Living Memorial Park.

Those attending are asked to bring a main dish, a salad, or a dessert. Coffee and beverages will be provided. Also, bring a lunch plate and silverware. Members are all invited, and friends are also welcome. Ken and Cal Heile will provide musical entertainment.

AUDUBON PROGRAM: There will be a program called "Tibet: Journey Around Mt. Kailas: Tibet's Sacred Mountain" on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Library in the Meeting Room, 224 Main St. The presenter will be Lani Wright. She will recount her trek through far western Tibet.

The program is sponsored by Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society.

SOLIDARITY GROUP: Brattleboro Solidarity with Palestine is hosting another event Thursday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. at Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., in downtown Brattleboro.

With concern for Gaza growing since they are still under siege, the local group will gather to further educate themselves on United States military support for Israel. They will analyze other ways in which citizens in the United States might be aiding the Israeli occupation and continued violence in Palestine. This study will then inform the individual and collective actions that the group will take.


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HARVEST LESSONS: Members of the Brattleboro Food Co-op who would like to earn shareholder hours by providing nutrition education to local schools should attend a Harvest of the Month and Harvest Lessons training on Thursday, Aug. 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m. or 5 to 6 p.m. For more information contact shareholder services at msbfc@sover.net or 802-246-2821.

DRIVER SAFETY: The AARP Driver Safety Program, a classroom driver refresher course, will be offered in Brattleboro at multiple locations. The course explains changes that occur in vision, hearing, and reaction time as people age and incorporates recent brain study. Useful driving safety tips are presented with focus on changes in vehicles and roadways that impact driving safety. Content was completely revised in 2014 to address recent changes in Vermont law.

Three four-hour classes are scheduled: Saturday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m. at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital; Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 5 p.m. at Brattleboro Savings & Loan; and Friday, Sept. 12, at 9:30 a.m. at the Brattleboro Senior Center.

The fee for the class is $20 ($15 for AARP members). Some major auto insurance carriers in Vermont offer discounts to participants in the program. Participants may also wish to register for AARP Carfit, an educational program that offers the opportunity to see how well their personal vehicles "fit" them.

Persons interested in taking the course, participating in Carfit, or having questions regarding the AARP Driver Safety Program should call or e-mail Elliott Greenblott at 802-254-4489 or egreenblott@gmail.com.

In Dover...

MOTORCYCLE RIDE: Deerfield Valley Food Pantry's 4th Annual Benefit Motorcycle Ride will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23. Registration is from 9 to 10:30 a.m. with an After the Event Party scheduled from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Valley View Saloon, Route 1, in West Dover.

A $20 per participant registration donation or $25 per participant donation on the day of the event includes the one-plus mile scenic, self-guided ride through the Green Mountains, an event T-shirt and a barbecue meal at the After the Event Party.

A Blessing of the Bikes will occur at 10 a.m. ZZ Sewing, Pipewrench Motorcycle Trailers & Accessories, Crowley Cheese, Tana Rotola Jewelry and Boxer Rescue Vt. will be on-site, all day and a silent auction will be held during the After the Event Party. All donations benefit the Deerfield Valley Food Pantry. For further information, visit bikeride@deerfieldvalleyfoodpantry.org. This event is sponsored by Valley View Saloon, Catamount Environmental and Valley Tees.

In Dummerston...

ELYSIAN HILLS WALK: Bill Schmidt will lead a walk at Elysian Hills on Tuesday, Aug. 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The 4- to 5-acre site where plantation red pine have been harvested will be explored.

State Wildlife Biologist Mary Beth Adler will talk about the area's value for wildlife, and Elysian Hill's forester, Ian Martin, will discuss future land management, including control of invasives.

Elysian Hills is located on Knapp Road in Dummerston, and is now owned and stewarded by the Manix family of Walker Farm. The rain date for the walk is Wednesday, Aug. 20. For more information, contact Schmidt at 802-257-0233 or elysian2@sover.net.

In Townshend...

DINNER AND GAMES: Following the Senior Solutions-sponsored community dinner at noon on Thursday, Aug. 21, people are invited to stay for a time of games. Those attending are asked to bring cards, cribbage boards, scrabble, etc. Game time will start after 1 p.m.

Suggested donation for the meal is $3 for people 60 years and older, and $4 for all others. Take out meals are available.

Free blood pressure screening will be available from 11:30 a.m., sponsored by the Visiting Nurses of VT/NH. Everyone is welcome to the meal and the games that follow.

5K WALK/RUN FUNDRAISER: NewBrook Volunteer Fire and Rescue will host its first 5K Walk/Run fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 23. Meet at Ellen Ware Road and Route 30 in Townshend. Registration will be from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

The registration fee is adults $20, Fire and EMS personnel $15, and children 12 and under $10. The first 50 adults to register will get a free tote bag. The first 100 will get a free water bottle.

Water and snacks will be provided. All proceeds go to the NewBrook Fire Department for equipment and training.

In West Brattleboro...

FREE MOVIE: The West Brattleboro Association will present its first free movie night on Thursday, Aug. 21. "Triplets of Belleville" (appropriate for families) will be shown at dusk outdoors next to the West Brattleboro Fire Station. There will be movie shorts beginning at 7:30 p.m. followed by the main feature at 8 p.m.

At 7 p.m., bike-powered smoothies from the Bellows Falls Community Bike Project will be offered for sale. There will be music and circus toys. There will also be ice cream donated by the Chelsea Royal Diner and free popcorn.

Those attending should park in the school parking lot to the left of the fire station, and should bring their own chairs. Seating will be on the gravel parking lot to the left of the station.

OFFICE CLOSED: The office of Brattleboro Housing Authority will be closing at noon on Friday, Aug. 22, due to a staff event. The office will reopen on Monday, Aug. 25, at 8 a.m.

In Westminster...

TRAIL RUN: Bellows Falls Union High School senior Willie Moore will be hosting a 5K Trail Run as part as his senior project. The event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 23, at 9 a.m. at the Bellows Falls Union High School.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. All proceeds will benefit The Animal Rescue and Protection Society. Look for signs on driveway for race registration and location. Cost is $10 per person, and $5 for children under 12. There is a 1.5-mile loop for children. Prizes to top finishers. TARPS is a non-profit, all volunteer animal shelter in Chester.