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Brattleboro: If you're sick of feeling tired, run down, and on edge, you're not alone. If you're ready to feel better, come and learn about the benefits of the ancient practice of spring cleansing. Master Herbalist Cindy Hebbard, with over 30 years of experience, will share simple steps you can take right now to begin to feel better on March 21, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room. Free, but registration is required at 802-246-2821 or email@example.com.
Dummerston: On March 21 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Dummerston Center Church, Bill Guenther, Windham County Forester, will present insights on non-native invasive insects impacting our woodland resources. Refreshments available. A free event presented by the Windham County Farm Bureau.
Walpole, N.H.: The Walpole Seniors will meet at the First Congregational Church in Walpole at noon on March 21 for a potluck luncheon. Please bring a dish to share with the members. Everyone is asked to bring a craft project they are working on or a hobby collection to share with the members. Discussion will continue on ideas for some outstanding trips for 2016. Bring a friend and enjoy some great food and fellowship.
Dover: On March 21, the Dover Free Library will screen "Bridge of Spies," starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance and Alan Alda, at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Brattleboro: The Climate Change Café will screen "What in the World are They Spraying?" a film about crisscrossing streaks of white clouds trailing behind jet aircraft, on March 22, 6 p.m., at Brooks Memorial Library. As always, the Café is free, and light refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Tim at 802-869-2141 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brattleboro: On March 22 from 1 to 3 p.m., the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation is hosting a Vermont PTAC Professional Capabilities Statement Writing Workshop. A capability statement will help market your business to government contracting officials and prime contractors. The workshop will also include an overview of how to utilize the SBA Dynamic Small Business Search to your advantage. Discussion topics include: Importance of a capability statement; required information on capability statement; how to use your capability statement to market your business; and importance of the SBA Dynamic Small Business Search Profile. To register, visit http://vtptac.ecenterdirect.com/events/427.
'Children of the Chalet'
Bellows Falls: On March 23 at 6:30 p.m., the Rockingham Free Public Library will host Vermont author Elayne Clift, who will read from her latest book, "Children of the Chalet: New & Selected Stories," which won First Prize for Fiction in the Greyden Press 2014 Book Competition and was published in 2015. For more information, call 802-463-4270, email email@example.com, log on to rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the Library at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls. This event is free and open to the public.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Union High School Music Department will present an Early Spring Concert on March 23 at 7 p.m. in the BUHS. auditorium. No admission will be charged for this event. Featured ensembles include the concert band, jazz band, jazz workshop and Madrigals. The concert band will open with a planetary-themed program, followed by the Jazz Workshop. Madrigals will add a vocal music component to the concert. Jazz Band will close the concert. Stephen Rice directs the concert and jazz band, Patty Meyer leads Madrigals and Eugene Uman and Robert Freeberg direct jazz workshop.
Brattleboro: On March 23 at 2 p.m., USDA Rural Development will host a Rural Business Development Grant Application Webinar. In this webinar, Rural Development staff will walk you through the RBDG application and review the scoring process. Hear application tips from the business specialists who will ultimately be scoring your application and make your project proposal as competitive as possible. To register, visit https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=59ulc0t1sef2.
Dummerston: The 4th Wednesday lunch sponsored by Evening Star Grange and Senior Solutions will be held on March 23 at noon. Chefs Larry Lynch and Sallie May will serve a traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage, with turnip, carrots and onions, Irish soda bread with pistachio breeze for dessert. Takeouts will be available by calling the Grange at 802-254-1138 on Wednesday morning. Cost is $3 for those over 60 and $4 for the younger folk. Books will be available from the Lydia Taft Pratt Library for borrowing until the next lunch.
Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents West African drum class with Raoul Ombang on March 23 from 7:15 to 8:45 at the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main St. All levels are welcome. Drums are available for those who need one. For more information on dance and drum classes, visit www.africandancevt.com or find African Dance VT on Facebook.
Brattleboro: Bring a totally plant-based dish to share (no meat, fish, dairy or eggs), and, if possible, a place setting to reduce waste to the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room on March 24, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Marilyn Chiarello, of A Taste of Light, will also demonstrate how to make hemp seed milk and chocolate chia seed pudding. Free, but registration is required at 802-246-2821 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brattleboro: The next meeting of Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel will be held on March 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room at Brattleboro Union High School on 131 Fairground Rd. At the meeting the Panel will receive decommissioning updates from the state of Vermont and Entergy. The panel will receive a presentation from Entergy and the state on the water management issues at the Vermont Yankee site. The panel will also discuss an advisory opinion on groundwater monitoring at Vermont Yankee and receive an overview of the federal taxation of decommissioning trust funds. The complete agenda and material can be viewed at http://publicservice.vermont.gov/electric/ndcap. All meetings of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel are open to the public.
Townshend: On March 24 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Grace Cottage Hospital is hosting the Vermont Foodbank's free food distribution program for those in need. Food items available may include squash, potatoes, carrots, kale, apples, yogurt, and more. Pallets of fresh and frozen food will be unloaded in the ambulance garage behind Grace Cottage Hospital, 185 Grafton Rd. Participants are asked to take only what they need for their own household and to bring reusable shopping bags or a cardboard box as plastic bags may not be available. For more information, call 802-365-9109.
Dover: Come bid on some ready-to-go Easter baskets and one fantastic bunny/dollhouse as part of the Dover Free Library's spring silent auction fundraiser. Bidding opened on March 11 and closes at noon on March 25. Winners will be contacted immediately following the close of bidding. Library business hours are Mondays and Tuesdays 2 to 8 p.m.; Wednesdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact the library for more information at 802-348-7488 or visit www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.
Townshend: The West Townshend Country Store Pizza night concert will feature old time string band music on March 25. The outdoor oven will be ready to bake pizza starting at 5 p.m. Build your own pizza from a number of tasty ingredients, at $10 a pie. Beer, wine and other refreshments are also available. Enjoy your meal while listening to Michael Donahue, Sally Newton and friends, playing traditional fiddle tunes and songs on fiddle, guitar, banjo and mandolin. Music begins at 6:30.
Wilmington: On March 26 from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Wilmington Fire House, Veterinarian Miles Powers will be providing low-cost vaccinations. Dogs must be leashed; cats must be crated. Dog licensing for Wilmington residents available. Clinic open to all.
Dummerston: The first Dummerston Maple Day will take place on March 26. This celebration of Dummerston's sugarmakers will feature open sugarhouses from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., where you can see traditional and new sugaring techniques, and best of all, taste fresh maple syrup. Participating sugarhouses include Bare Foot Farm, 739 Kipling Rd.; Gilmore Sugarhouse, 385 US Rte. 5; Glabach Maple Farm, 32 Nourse Hollow Rd.; Ken Emery & Family, 270 School House Rd.; Lynch Sugarhouse, 488 East West Rd.; Dwight Miller & Son Orchards, 193 Miller Rd.; Bunker Farm, 857 Bunker Rd.; and Sweet Tree Farm, 1656 US Rte. 5. At 10 a.m., Mike Ephrat will lead a tour of a sugarbush at Bunker Farm to show how a sugarbush is maintained and how sap is tapped. You may pick up a flyer with map of the sugarhouses at any of the farms listed, or at the Dummerston Town Office.
Dummerston: The Dummerston Fire Department Sugar Supper will round out Maple Day on March 26 at the Dummerston School, 52 School House Rd. Seatings are at 4:30, 5:45, and 7 p.m. Cost for adults is $12, children under 12, $6. For reservations, call Deb at 257-0546.
Grafton: Join Environmental Educator Lynn Morgan on March 26, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at The Nature Museum for a half-hour indoor lesson on salamanders. It will be followed by an hour-long moderate hike to the forests and vernal pools around The Nature Museum. Discover what slithering salamanders and vernal pools can teach us about regeneration this spring. The program is free but donations are appreciated. It will be held both indoors and outdoors. Please dress appropriately for the day's weather and wear shoes suitable for the trail. Please bring a hearty snack and a water bottle.
Dummerston: Join Lynn Levine for a workshop sponsored by the Vermont Woodlands Association on March 26, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on how to identify trees before the leaves come out. All workshop participants will be provided with "Mammal Tracks and Scat: Life-Size Pocket Guide." Registration with payment is required. This workshop is limited to 15 participants. Call the VWA office at 802-747-7900 or email email@example.com. The cost is $20.
Hinsdale, N.H.: On March 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Hinsdale Millstream Community Center is hosting an Easter Bunny Hop. $10 per family ($15 per family with three or more children); price includes picture and dancing with the Easter Bunny and a craft. Food, drinks, and bake goods will be for sale. There will also be games and a Chinese Auction. All proceeds will go towards purchasing Christmas gifts this year for low income families.
Brattleboro: On March 27, at 118 Elliot St., the Brattleboro Dance will be presenting a contradance with caller Steve Zakon-Anderson accompanied by the band "Polaris," with Sam Zakon-Anderson on piano, Rose Jackson on fiddle and Jesse Ball on accordion and mandolin in their debut Appearance at the Brattleboro Dance. Admission is $10 adults, $8 College students with ID and $5 for youth, high school age and younger. For additional details, visit www.brattcontra.org or call 802-258-1723.
Teens can cook
Brattleboro: In this class, teens will continue to build confidence in the kitchen by making a delicious yogurt cheesecake. We will pair this creamy sweet cake with an easy winter compote on March 29, 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom. Free, but registration is required at 802-246-2821 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Putney: On March 31 at 7 p.m. at the Puntey Fire Station, the Putney Affordable Housing Committee will host an informational meeting to learn about the new project proposed by the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust . Connie Snow of the Housing Trust and Bob Stevens of Stevens & Associates Engineering will be on hand to present the plans and answer questions. The project proposes the construction of new housing on the Newman Hall lot, which is located between Depot Street and Putney Landing Road, as well as the rehabilitation of the Noyes House on Kimball Hill. The plan would include a mix of family and smaller apartments for a total of 18 apartments with a combination of townhouses and accessible flats.
Putney: On March 31 at 7 p.m. at the Gleanery, Peter Galbraith will host a screening of "Control Room," about al-Jazeera's coverage of the Iraq War. The screening is preceded by a dinner at 5:30 p.m. The price for the dinner and screening is $23.
Brattleboro: On March 31, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., Lost River Racial Justice is having its first open community meeting for those interested in getting more involved with racial justice organizing in the tri-state area. The Root is wheelchair accessible. Please come fragrance free to make this space accessible to as many folks as possible. Childcare provided as needed — please contact us at LostRiverRJ@gmail.com by March 24 if you would like childcare.
Walpole, N.H.: On April 1, starting at 7 p.m. at the Walpole Town Hall, the Walpole Historical Society will host Patti Seymour, who will share her knowledge of the man who once resided in her present home, Horace Wells. As a young man, Wells also attended the Walpole Academy, an esteemed institute for young scholars in the area in the early 1800s. With this local connection as a backdrop, listeners will discover that Wells' life path led him to be recognized as the "discoverer of modern anesthesia." Free and open to the public.
Westminster West: Twin Birch Woodworking owner Gail Grycel will be offering spring woodworking classes for women. The Beginning Woodworking for Women class is designed for those who have little or no experience working with tools and wood. While learning in a supportive environment, women will have a chance to explore their practical, problem-solving sides, hopefully let go of societal and family messages that women can't work with tools, and learn some skills that can be transferred to other projects after the class is over. Basic machines such as the table saw, jointer, planer, drill press and miter saw will be covered as well as some hand tools, design and safety. Participants will design and make a small project of their choosing. The eight-week beginning class will be held at the TBWW studio in Westminster West on either Wednesday or Thursday evenings starting April 6 or 7. Open Studio sessions will continue for those with some experience and will run on Tuesdays. All classes are limited to four participants each. Grycel has been teaching women for over 23 years. For more information, visit www.twinbirchwoodworking.com.
Jamaica: Jamaica School Club's 16th Annual Penny Sale at Leland & Gray Union High School on April 2 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (802) 297-3151.
Bellows Falls: Central Elementary School will be hosting its second annual Rockin'Ham 5K on April 2. The 5K will begin and end at the Rockingham Recreation Area on Playground Road, Bellows Falls. Runners may register online at https://g2racereg.webconnex.com/rockinham5k2016, or paper registrations may be downloaded at www.ceshome.org or picked up at Central School, 50 School Street Extension, Bellows Falls. Same-day registration will begin at 9 a.m. on April 2, and the race start time is 10:30 a.m.
Williamsville: Spring will be welcomed in Williamsville this year with the annual Williamsville/Newfane Talent Show on April 2 at 7 p.m. in the Williamsville Hall. A decades-old tradition, the show will feature a range of talented area performers, young and older. Many delightful area performers have already signed up, but there is certainly room for more. Want to sing? Act? Dance? Juggle? Read fiction? Verse? Memoir? Tame lions? Contact Annie Landenberger at email@example.com. Admission is by suggested donation of $5/$15 per family and refreshments will be available, also by donation. Proceeds will benefit both the Leland and Gray Players and the Williamsville Hall. The Williamsville Hall is on Dover Road in Williamsville.
Sugar on snow
Guilford: The Guilford Volunteer Fire Department is hosting its annual Sugar on Snow fundraiser on April 2 with seatings at 5 and 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children younger than 12 and $2 for toddlers. The menu includes ham, homemade baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, deviled eggs, and biscuits, followed by sugar on snow with pickles and doughnuts. To make reservations, call 802-254-6841.
'Devil in the Valley'
Whitingham: The Whitingham Free Public Library and Halifax Community Club are sponsoring a presentation by Vermont author Castle Freeman about his book "The Devil in the Valley." The talk will take place at the Library at 6 p.m. on April 4. For more information, contact Kristine Sweeter at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-368-7506.
Eyes of a wolf
Grafton: How are wolves, dogs, and humans different — or alike? Find out at "The Eyes of a Wolf," a spring science program for youth and adults, on April 2, at the Nature Museum, with wolf expert and advocate Adam Katrick of Wolfgard, Neb.; held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grafton Ponds. The cost is $15 until March 23; $20 after March 23. Tickets are limited and everyone is encouraged to register by going to the Nature Museum's website, www.naturemuseum.org/upcomingevents. The program is geared to youth over 10 through adults.
Putney: The Grammar School will present the musical "Peter Pan" with multiple performances April 8 to 10. There will be evening shows beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9. Matinees will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, and Sunday, April 10. Tickets at the door are $5 for children/alumn, $10 for adults, and $25 for families. For reservations call 802-387-5364.
Townshend: The Community Hope and Action group will be putting on a talent show on April 16 at the Townshend Town Hall. The talent show will include a free dinner from 6 to 7 p.m., and the performances will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. This is an alcohol-free, family-friendly event that is appropriate for all ages. Participant registration is now open if you would like to perform. Registration forms are available at the Townshend Public Library, the Townshend Town Hall, and at the Leland & Gray Union Middle/High School front office. Contact Kristin with any questions at 802-365-4700 or via email at email@example.com.
Brattleboro: Join the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community for a community seder on the second night of Passover, April 23, at the West Village Meeting House at 5:30 p.m. Main dishes will be catered by Sharon Myers, and Cantor Kate Judd will be leading us through a traditional Jewish seder. You don't have to be Jewish to share this journey and feast; all families and individuals are welcome. To signup, visit /www.signupgenius.com/go/904044ea8aa22a46-bajc or call Laura Berkowitz at 802-257-0922 or the BAJC 802-257-1959. Adults, $25; children under 10, $18. Children under 4 are free. Reservations must be paid in full by April 8. Send a check to BAJC, P.O. Box 2353, Brattleboro VT 05303-2353.
Westminster: Vermont Community Garden Network, in partnership with Charlie Nardozzi, is coming to Westminster this spring for the Grow It! Workshop, on May 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. Visit www.vcgn.org to register for the workshop and for more details.