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Senior lunch

Newfane: On April 14, at noon at the Newfane Congregational Church, there will be dinner for seniors in Newfane and surrounding communities. The menu includes antipasto, green salad, lasagna and meatballs, eggplant rollatini, garlic bread, and cream cake. The meal is prepared by Winnie Dolan, hosted by Barbara Brooks and served by hard-working volunteers from the church and community and sponsored by Senior Solutions. The suggested donation for this meal is $3.50 for age 60 and over and $4 for under age 60. Call Winnie Dolan at 802-365-7870 for more information.

Santa's Land

Putney: On April 14 at 7 p.m. in the Putney Fire Station Community Room, C.S. Wurzberger is hosting a presentation on her plans to develop a zoological park at the former Santa's Land on Route 5. For more information, visit

Senior lunch

Jamaica: The Senior Luncheon will be held on April 14 at noon at the Jamaica Community Church on Main Street in Jamaica. Luncheon is sponsored by Senior Solution and food is prepared by Stephanie of the Dam Diner. Volunteers from the Jamaica Benefit Association set tables, clean up and supply juice, coffee and paper goods. Price is $3.50 for Seniors and 4 for others. No reservations required and all are welcome.



Brattleboro: A timer and an ah counter will be monitoring the speeches and other speaking roles during the meeting of BrattleMasters, the local Toastmasters club, April 14 at 6 p.m. at the Marlboro College Graduate Center on Vernon Street. Two speeches and two evaluations are scheduled. Lisa Sieverts of Harrisville, N.H., will be Toastmaster of the Eevening.

Senior meal

Halifax: April 15 is the next Halifax senior meal, held at the community hall at 20 Brook Road in W. Halifax. Serving at noon. The menu includes baked chicken legs, potato salad, Harvard beets,a second veggie, rolls and dessert. All seniors are welcome. A call to Joan 802-368-7733 is appreciated.


Brattleboro: On April. 15, at 7:30 p.m., at the Marlboro Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., The Windham World Affairs Council is presenting Therese Seibert, Ph.D, who will speak on "Post Genocide Peacebuilding and Reconciliation in Rwanda." Coffee, tea and conversation will precede the talk at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit


Townshend: Sunny Lowdown will be singing the blues at the West Townshend Pizza Night concert on April 15. Pizza baking will begin at 5 pm. Build your own, at $10 a pie, from a number of tasty ingredients. Beer, wine and other refreshments are also available. Music begins at 6:30.

Literary magazine

Brattleboro: All-female editorial team debuts new environmental literary magazine, in collaboration with West Brattleboro's Green Writers Press, at the Catherine Dianich Gruver Gallery, 139 Main St., featuring Rose Alexandre-Leach, Jenna Gersie, Sierra Dickey, Anna Mullen, and Dede Cummings of Green Writers Press, on April 15, 6 to 8 p.m. with late night reception to follow.

Talent show

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


Putney: The Windham County Conservation District is hosting a pruning workshop at Green Mountain Orchards on April 16. The cost is $25 per person. All proceeds will go to help with WCCCD's workshops and outreach programs. Learn how to prune raspberry and blueberry bushes, peach and apple trees. Reservations are required. The last date to register is April 13. For more information, call Jolene Hamilton at 802-254-5323, ext. 104, or Andrea Darrow at 802-387-5851.

Bee keeping

Alstead, N.H.: Charles Andros, former New Hampshire and Vermont Apiary Inspector, will hold a beekeeping workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. on April 16 at 18 MacLean Rd. Topics of discussion will be early spring management: locating apiaries, equipment, handling bees, feeding syrup and supplements, making nuclei, reversing, and re-queening. Bring a veil, if you have one. Registration required — email or call 603-756-9056."

Turkey buffet

Alstead, N.H.: There will be a turkey buffet at Third Congregational Church April 16 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Takeout available. Adults age 13 and older at $10; children age 6 through 12, $5; children under 6 are free. The menu includes turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry, potato, peas, carrots, rolls, beverages, dessert. For information, call Joanne at 603-835-6734 or Myrna at 603-835-2939.

Gimme shelter

Brattleboro: A concert to benefit Groundworks Collaborative (the merger of the Drop In Center and Morningside Shelter) will be presented by three local a cappella groups — House Blend, Big Woods Voices, and Singcrony Trio — on April 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hooker Dunham Theatre, Main Street. Donations of $10, $20 and up suggested. All proceeds go to Groundworks. Tickets at the door.

Spiritual healing

Brattleboro: On April 16 at 3 p.m., Eckankar of Vermont hosts Spiritual Perspectives on Health and Healing at Brooks Memorial Library. For more information, visit or call 800-772-9390.

Oregon choices

Putney: On April 16, at 1 p.m., the Putney Public Library is hosting a screening of "How to Die in Oregon," an award-winning documentary that offers a moving portrait of what it means to use medical aid in dying. The Putney Public Library is located at 55 Main St. This events are free and open to the public.

Village dance

Dummerston: An evening of community contra and square dances will take place at the Evening Star Grange on April 16, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Calling the dance will be Louisa Engle of Brattleboro. The music will feature Andy Davis on accordion and Larry Siegel on piano. Prior dance experience is not necessary, as all the dances are taught. All ages and abilities are welcome. There will be a potluck supper before the dance at 5:30. The program includes traditional New England contra dances, square dances, circle mixers, and couple dances. Admission is $4 for children, $7 for adults and $20 for a family. For more information or directions, call Andy Davis at 802-257-1819 or email

Trail maintenance

Chesterfield, N.H.: April trail maintenance at Pisgah State Park is scheduled for April 16. Meet at the Horseshoe trailhead in Chesterfield at 9 a.m. to do some drainage work and clear all trails that will be used for the May 14 5k/10k Run in the Park. Bring gloves, water, lunch and tools or use ours.

Swap program

Brattleboro: The WSWMD Swap Program on Old Ferry Road is a free outlet for materials that are still usable but for which there is no traditional re-use program. People are asked to use all other available outlets before bringing items to the Swap Program. Items brought in may be passed along to other non-profit groups. The Swap Program is open Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Items brought in must be clean and in usable condition and must be accepted by a staff member before being left. Due to the need to close promptly at noon, large loads of donations may not be accepted after 11:45 am. Some items that usually are not accepted are appliances, upholstered furniture, carpet, computers, mattresses, clothes and tires. These items may be placed on Freecycle ( Items available this week include small televisions, VHS cassettes, audio cassettes, books, bathroom sink, flower pots, windows, wooden chairs, office chairs, Christmas decorations, dishes, golf clubs, ice skates, lamps, baskets, toys, toaster ovens. Swap Program information is available at Email questions to

Climate change

Brattleboro: Post Oil Solutions and the Climate Change Café present Naomi Klein's "This Changes Everything," on April 17 at 4 p.m. in the Latchis Theatre. There will be a conversation following the screening.

Underground railroad

Guilford: On April 17, the Guilford Historical Society presents "Vermont's Underground Railroad — Helping Slaves To Freedom," an illustrated lecture by Jane Williamson, director of the Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburg. The lecture will start at 2 p.m. in the Broad Brook Grange building at 2890 Guilford Center Road. Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Circle dance

Brattleboro: On April 17, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., there will be a circle dance at the Aikido Studio at 11 Cottage St., led by Bobbi Bailin. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated. Information: Parker Huber 802-257-9108 or Mary Ellen Cannon, 603-631-0768.

Protest songs

Dummerston: On April 18 from 6 to 9 p.m., the Dummerston Congregational Church is hosting a potluck dinner followed by Ben Grosscup, who will be performing protest songs. There is a suggested donation of $10 to $20. For more information, contact Rev. Susanna Griefen at

Spring camp

Brattleboro: From April 18 to 22, Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center hosts a spring camp, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for children in grades kindergarten through 4. More information, registration and scholarships can be found at or by calling 802-257-5785.

Tax resistance

Brattleboro: The Pioneer Valley War Tax Resisters will have an information table on Tax Day, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Brattleboro Food Coop at 2 Main St. A variety of war tax resistance literature and experienced war tax resisters will be available. For more information, call 802-387-2798.


Dummerston: On April 18, from 10 a.m. to noon, Meg Mott will discuss the Reagan-era drug laws. From 1 to 3 p.m., Joe Rivers will discuss the role Brattleboro played in the Civil War. The lecutres are sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Brattleboro Chapter. Fee: $6 per lecture, or by membership. For more information please call Julie Lavorgna (802) 365-7278 or e-mail At the Southeast Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 Route 5.

Star Wars

Dover: On April 18, the Dover Free Library presents "Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens," starring Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. Showtime is at 5:30 p.m. Rated PG-13. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, 802-348-7488.

GOP caucus

Rockingham: The Republican Town Caucuses in Windham County will be held in Rockingham on April 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Rockingham Free Public Library; in Brattleboro on April 19 at 7 p.m. at Brattleboro Savings & Loan; and in Westminster on April 21 at 6 p.m. at the Westminster Institute. For other town GOP caucuses in Windham County see public notices posted at your town clerk's office.


Bellows Falls: On April 19 at 6 p.m., workshop leader Leslie Lassetter will incorporate Zentangle meditative drawing with the Seven Rays of Life and Transformational Kinesiology in an exploration of the ancient art of mandalas. This event is free and open to the public. To sign up or for more information, call 802-463-4270, visit, email or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.


Dover: On April 19, the Dover Free Library presents the feature film "Brooklyn," starring Saoirse Roan, Domhnall Gleason, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters. Showtime is at 5:30 p.m. Rated PG-13. For more information, call 802-348-7488.


Northfield, Mass.: St. Patricks Church is hosting a lasagna dinner on April 20 at 6 p.m. The menu includes lasagna, salad, rolls, and dessert. Adults are $10 and children 12 and younger are $5. For additional information or to make reservations, call 413-498-2728.

African dance

Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents Central African Dance Class with Raoul Ombang on April 20 from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at 74 Cotton Mill Hill No. 346. Sliding scale of $8 to $20 for dance. All levels are welcome. For more information, visit For more information on dance and drum classes visit or find African Dance VT on Facebook.


Bellows Falls: On April 21 at 6 p.m., join the book discussion of "Inside Out and Back Again," by Thanhha Lai. Pick up a copy of "Inside Out and Back Again" at the library's front desk. For more information, call 802-463-4270, visit or stop by the Rockingham Library at 65 Westminster St. This event is free and open to the public.

Preachers, poets

Guilford: On April 21 at 7 p.m. at the Guilford Community Church, Tom Ragle and Don McLean will present their third collaborative reading, featuring English and American poets.


Townshend: On April 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in Town Hall, Windham Regional Woodlands Association presents Doug Blodgett, who will discuss the local rattlesnake and its unique contribution to Vermont's native wildlife community. He will share information on the life history of this Vermont native animal at the very northern end of its range in the continental United States. Doug will reveal some interesting results of his research on this endangered species, and discuss the tough challenges it faces.


Bellows Falls: On April 21, bat enthusiast Jerry Schneider will be at the Rockingham Free Public Library at 1:30 p.m. to present "The Wonderful World of Bats," a free program for all ages and a school vacation week event. The program will end with the opportunity to stencil a bat-themed T-shirt. You may bring your own shirt (100-percent white cotton works best) or buy one from Jerry for $4 the day of the program. For more information, call the library at 802-463-4270, email, or go online to


Townshend: The community is invited to dinner at noon on April 21, at the Townshend Church. The meal is prepared by Chef Stephanie of the Townshend Dam Diner and sponsored by Senior Solutions. Suggested donation is $3.50 for people age 60 and younger; all others $4. Take out meals are available. Free Blood Pressure Screening will be available from 11:30, provided by the VT/NH Visiting Nurses Association. Everyone is welcome.

Book sale

Brattleboro: The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library hosts its annual book sale on April 21 through 23. There will be hundreds of brand new non-fiction and fiction paperback books on sale from the publishers of Penguin Books. A wide range of CDs and DVDs will also be on sale. Thursday, 1 to 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Dummerston: Dummerston Historical Society Quarterly Meeting and Program on April 21 at the Historical Society's Schoolhouse in Dummerston Center will feature David Baker of Baker Violin Shop, with a short business meeting at 7 p.m. followed by the program at 7:30 p.m. Dummerston Historical Society welcomes all visitors; programs are free of charge and handicapped accessible. For information, call 802-254-9311.

Cheshire railroad

Walpole, N.H.: The public is invited to the Walpole Town Hall at 7 p.m. on April 22, when the Walpole Historical Society hosts Alan Rumrill, the Director of the Historical Society of Cheshire County, who will talk about the building of the Cheshire Railroad. Doors open at 6:30, light refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to this free event.

Educational songs

Brattleboro: Jerry Appell, founder and artistic director of Rock In The Classroom, is offering a workshop entitled "Creating Educational Songs and Music Videos," at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden on April 22 at noon. The goal of the workshop is to help educators, life long learners, and home school families discover a variety of ways to use creative arts as learning tools for students of all ages. This event is free and open to the public. Rock In The Classroom is a non-profit organization promoting the application of creative arts in high school, college, and adult education programs. For more information, visit or email

Community Passover

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 / 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.


Hinsdale, N.H.: The North Hinsdale Community Church is hosting a spaghetti dinner on April 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children older than 7 and $3 children younger than 7. For more information, call 603-256-6930 or email

Harvard Forest

Greenfield, Mass.: On April 23, the Windham Regional Woodlands Association is hosting an all-day visit to the Harvard Forest. Meet at the Exit 1 Outlet Center in Brattleboro at 8:45 a.m. for carpooling, or meet the group at Harvard Forest at 10 a.m. Bring our own lunch; return to Brattleboro by about 3:30 p.m. For more information, call or email Marli Rabinowitz at 802-254-8325 or


Bellows Falls: Celebrate Shakespeare Day by attending a staged reading of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," at the Rockingham Free Public Library. A staged reading is a seated dramatic performance with a cast of actors, on April 23 at 2 p.m. For more information and to learn how you can participate in the performance, call 802-463-4270, email, go online to, or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.


Bellows Falls: The Rockingham Library is holding a tournament for players of the card game "Magic: The Gathering," April 23 beginning at 11 a.m. There's no entry fee or ante, but there will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Local tournament organizers will serve as judges and initiates for players who are new to tournament play. Sign-ups are encouraged but players may join on the day of the tournament. Players should bring their own deck with a list of what it includes. For more information about tournament rules and registration, call 802-463-4270 or email

Coffee with a cop

Brattleboro: On April 23, members of the Brattleboro Police Department will be conducting their next Coffee with a Cop community meeting from 9 a.m. to noon at the Brattleboro Food Co-op. For more information, contact Det. Ryan Washburn or Officer Adam Petlock at 802-257-7950.

Great river

Keene, N.H.: On April 23, the Connecticut River Watershed Council will host Adair Mulligan presenting "The Connecticut: New England's Great River." This free program is open to the public and will be held at the Keene Public Library at 1 p.m. CRWC staff will be on hand for questions afterward. To learn more about CRWC, or to join the effort and help protect our rivers, visit


Hinsdale, N.H.: North Hinsdale Community Church hosts its next spaghetti dinner on April 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. at 105 Meeting House Rd. $7 for adults and $5 for children older than 7. For more information, call 603-256-6930 or email

Turkey dinner

Winchester, N.H.: The Ladies Society of The United Church of Winchester is serving a turkey, gravy and biscuit supper on April 23 at 6 p.m. Reserve a ticket by calling Thelma Gomarlo at 603-239-4995. Tickets are $10 for adults and children ages 5 to 10, $5. The menu includes turkey, gravy, biscuits, dressing, vegetables, cranberry sauce, pickles, beverage and dessert.

Ferns and mosses

Putney: On April 23 at 10 a.m. at the Beatrice Aiken Conservation Site, Ramona Lawrence and Sarah Cooper Ellis will lead a walk to identify ferns and mosses. Meet at the Beatrice Aiken kiosk located on Old Route 5 mid-ay between Houghton Brook Road and Carol Brown Road. The walk is sponsored by the Putney

Pinnacle Association

Saxtons River: Pinnacle Association's Annual Meeting, Forest Walk, and Cellar Hole Program is set for April 24. At 2 p.m., forester Silos Roberts and Andy Toepfer, who do natural resource mapping and cartography, will lead a walk entitled the "Whys and Hows of Forest Management for Conservation." Interested hikers should call Silos Roberts at 802-869-1388 for more information and registration. They should dress for walking in the woods at this wet time of year and meet at Main Street Arts, 35 Main St. Hikers will return from the walk in time for WHPA's Annual Meeting and program lecture there. At 4 p.m., the Pinnacle Association will host its annual meeting at MSA. Attendees can enjoy refreshments and view maps and materials. Richard Ewald will present a slide lecture entitled "Looking into Cellar Holes: Foundations of Extremely Local History." For more information, visit

Outreach meal

West Brattleboro: The next West Brattleboro Baptist Church community outreach meal is set for April 24, serving continuously from noon to 1:45 p.m. The menu includes homemade beef stew, biscuits, cole slaw, fruit, dessert, and beverage of choice. All are welcome.

Square dance

Brattleboro: On April 24, Brattleboro Dance will host square dancing with caller Will Mentor, accompanied by an all woman's band with musicians Lisa Schneckenburger (fiddle), Mary Lea (fiddle) and Linda Henry (piano). The dance will be held at 118 Elliot St., starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 adults, $8 College students with ID and $5 for youth, high school age and younger. For additional details, visit or call 802-258-1723.

Volunteers needed

Saxtons River: Main Street Arts is hosting an information session for potential volunteers May 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. with the bonus of creating a do-it-yourself garden treasure. While they learn about volunteer opportunities and enjoy refreshments, participants will be taken through the process of embedding some of their personal treasures into a cement circle to create a garden stepping stone to take home. Materials will be supplied. The event is limited to 20, and reservations are needed by April 29 by calling MSA at 802-869-2960 or e-mailing Further information can be accessed on Facebook or at

Invasive plants

Dummerston: The Dummerston Conservation Commission will sponsor a presentation by ecologist Chris Polatin on "Removing Invasive Plants Around Your Home," on April 26, at 7 p.m. at the Learning Collaborative, 471 Route 5. For more information, visit

Italian dinner

Chesterfield, N.H.: On April 27, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., the Chesterfield Central School will host its 8th Grade Italian Dinner. The menu includes chicken Parmesan, Italian sausage, or meatballs. $10 per person, $5 for all Chesterfield students. No family will pay more than $30.

'Barton Fink'

Putney: The Gleanery and Next Stage are teaming up to offer a movie and dinner on April 28, featuring "Barton Fink" with host Tim Metcalfe. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the movie at 7 p.m. The cost for dinner and the movie is $23; $5 to $10 for the movie only. To make a reservation, call 802-387-3052. Limited seating available.

Senior lunch

Williamsville: On April 28, at noon at the Williamsville Town Hall, in the downstairs dining room, there will be lunch for seniors in Williamsville and surrounding communities. Lunches will take place every fourth Thursday of the month, April through October. The meals will be prepared at the Williamsville Town Hall kitchen by Jon Julian chef/owner of Top of the Hill Grill, hosted by Nancy Rysz and Nissa Petrak, and sponsored by Senior Solutions. The suggested donation for this meal is $3.50 for age 60 and older and $4 for those younger than 60. Call Nancy Rysz at 802-348-7729 for more information.


Halifax: On April 29, the 8th grade class from Halifax School will be holding its annual bingo night from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the school's multi-purpose room. Basic admission is $9 for adults and $5 for kids.

Journey East

Townshend: On April 29 at 7 p.m., Journey East 2016 students perform "Dare to Dream," a musical theater production in the Leland and Gray Main Gym. This public intercultural performance will be immediately followed in Dutton Gym by a celebration of Journey East co-founder and program director Tom Connor. Please bring a potluck dessert and your stories of collaborating with Tom, our Chinese guests, and travels with Journey East. For more information, contact Carol Young at 365-7355 or No RSVP necessary.

Youth bands

Putney: Next Stage Arts Project will host two young bands, Nomad vs. Settler, and Beated Rags, on April 29 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be $10 at the door. For more, visit


Putney: The Streetfeet Women, a Boston-based writer/performers' ensemble, will present a reading of poems and prose pieces, "What Does It Mean to be Human?" on April 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Putney Public Library. The program includes Mary McCullough's 10-minute play, "Twilight Time," Christina Liu's "Surrogate," poetry by Mary Birnbaum, fiction by Andrea Humphrey, and nonfiction by Elena Harap, exploring ways in which we see, or do not see, one another as full human beings. From various points of view, this reading raises questions about class, color, gender, and belief. The audience is invited to join a conversation following the program. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. Material is not appropriate for children. For more information, contact Elena Harap Dodd at 802-246-7037 or call 802-387-4407.

Ham dinner

Walpole, N.H.: The First Congregational Church of Walpole is having a Ham Supper on April 30 at 6 p.m. The menu includes baked ham, macaroni and cheese, peas, salad, rolls, and apple crisp and ice cream for dessert. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available in Walpole at Joanie Joan's Bakery and Galloway Real Estate. They will also be on sale at the door that evening.

Safe streets

Brattleboro: If you are interested in the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians on Brattleboro's roads, you are invited to the Brattleboro: Safer Streets Forum on May 5 at the River Garden from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The goals of the forum are to inform residents of ongoing work and projects that relate to bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and will also be an opportunity for residents to bring their concerns directly to the various groups who work on these issues. A light supper will be provided. For more information, send an email to or

Grow it

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 to register for the workshop and for more details.