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Brattleboro: The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library hosts its annual book sale 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.
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.
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 rockintheclassroom.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bellows Falls: On April 22, from 7 to 10 p.m., the Women of the Moose hosts a teen dance at the Bellows Falls Moose Family Center, 59 Henry St. $3 per person, come and have a great time. Food, drinks, and prizesare just a part of the fun. Music, dancing and hula hooping also.
Brattleboro: On the evening of April 22, the public is invited to the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center to celebrate life on this planet. If the weather cooperates, the performances will include the rising full moon from the summit of Heifer Hill, the courtship flights of woodcock, and the chorus of spring peepers from BEEC's frog pond. BEEC staff will be on hand with refreshments, and to guide participants to the finest viewing and listening places. This event is weather dependent, so registration is recommended. Call 802-257-5785 or e-mail email@example.com. Visit www.beec.org for information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com, go online to rockinghamlibrary.org, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.ctriver.org.
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.
Brattleboro: St. Michael Roman Catholic Parish is hosting a Giant Tag Sale and Bake Sale on April 23 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 48 Walnut St. Books, movies, collectibles, household goods and lots more. Tag sale is in the school, just follow the signs.
Ashuelot, N.H.: The Monadnock Happy Trails Association work day is April 23. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Route 119 trail head/parking lot in Ashuelot. Bring gloves, hand tools, drinks, your lunch and bug repellent to help clean up the trail head area as the interior of the park is still quite wet.
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 a.m. Some items that usually are not accepted are appliances, upholstered furniture, carpet, computers, mattresses, clothes and tires. These items may be placed on Freecycle (www.freecycle.org/). Items available this week include weight bench, wood table, kiddie pool, aluminum crutches, dish drainers, wire basket, stroller, toddler swings, Minolta camera, records, Barbie play stove, two-drawer file cabinet, twin bed frame, Nordic Track, snow shovels, plastic sled, basketball hoop and stand.
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 www.windmillhillpinnacle.org.
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 www.brattcontra.org or call 802-258-1723.
Hinsdale, N.H.: On April 24 at 1 p.m., the Hinsdale Historical Society will host a talk presented by Dave Twombly, who has chronicled his great-great-grandfather's role in the Civil War as a volunteer minister, after discovering the personal diary that Alexander S. Twombly kept from May through June 1864.
Putney: Next Stage Arts Project presents Green Writers Press 2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration with readings on April 24, from 5 to 8 p.m. $10, suggested donation to benefit Next Stage's education programs. Information at nextstagearts.org, by calling 802-387-0102 or visiting www.greenwriterspress.com. There will be a wine, cheese, and a book signing immediately following the short presentations.
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 email@example.com. Further information can be accessed on Facebook or at www.mainstreetarts.org.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department is running a new format for the Boys Youth Lacrosse program. Along with a Speed Lacrosse House League the program will focus on skills and drills. This will begin on April 25 and run through June 2. The BUHS Lax coaches and players will be running this program on Mondays and Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. at the high school. The cost of the program is $25 for residents and $40 for non-residents. There is some equipment available for a rental fee and a refundable deposit. Stop by the Gibson Aiken Center to register or call the office with any questions at 802-254-5808.
Dummerston: The Brattleboro Chapter of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will present the fourth in its current series of morning and afternoon lectures, to be held on April 25. The morning lecture, by Meg Mott of Marlboro College, will consider the physical causes of drug addiction. In the afternoon program, Joy Wallens-Penford, coordinator of Brattlboro's monthly Gallery Walk, will discuss the life and work of poet and Lincoln biographer Carl Sandburg. Lectures are held on six successive Mondays. Morning lectures run from 10 a.m. to noon; afternoon lectures, from 1 to 3 p.m. All lectures will be held at the Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 Route 5. For more information, call Julie Lavorgna at 802-365-7278, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Great Books Discussion Group will be discussing three short stories from the Great Books Foundation's anthology "Immigrant Voices: 21st Century Stories," on April 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. Copies are on reserve behind the library's front desk. For more information, call Michael N. Landis at 802-257-1851, or e-mail email@example.com
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 www.dummerstonconservation.com.
Bellows Falls: Voices of Rockingham, a citizens group, will meet on April 26 at 7 p.m. at Windham Antiques on the Square in Bellows Falls and will invite open discussion about the proposed merger of Rockingham and Bellows Falls. The public and elected officials are welcome to attend and offer information about what the merger would mean for residents.
Dover: On April 26, the Dover Free Library presents the feature film "The Revenant," starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, starting at 5:30 P.M. Rated R. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-348-7488 or visit www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.
Brattleboro: The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival "Best of the Fest: 2015 New England Tour," kicks off at the Latchis Theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 26 and 27, with screenings at 7 and 9 p.m., each night. For more details, visit middfilmfest.org.
Putney: Do you need ideas for how to talk with your kids about social justice issues like racism, economic inequality, incarceration, homelessness, and gender? Join Act For Social Justice founder Angela Berkfield for a useful series of discussions about bringing social justice issues into conversations with your children, April 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Putney Library. Light refreshments and childcare. Call or email Angela to RSVP for childcare at 802-254-3400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents Central African dance class with Raoul Ombang on April 27, from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at 74 Cotton Mill Hill No. 346, Sobo Studio at Cotton Mill Hill. Sliding scale of $8 to $20 All levels are welcome. For more information on dance and drum classes visit www.africandancevt.com or find African Dance VT on Facebook.
Bellows Falls: Greater Falls Connections has launched new community dialogue nights and discussions. You are invited to join Greater Falls Connections for this dialogue on April 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Parks Place in Bellows Falls. This meet-up is for anyone who wants to dig deeper into the root causes of substance abuse and get active in building a safe, drug-free community. All are welcome. Find out more at www.greaterfallsconnections.org.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com. No RSVP necessary.
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 www.nextstagearts.org.
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.
Westminster: The Bellows Falls Union High School Drama Department hosts its annual murder mystery dinner theater, "The Wedding Catastrophe," by Eileen Moushey on April 29 in the Bellows Falls Union High School cafeteria and includes dinner and dessert, as well as an elaborate clue hunt. This is a fundraiser for the BFUHS 2016 New York City field trip, sponsored by Sonnax. Purchase tickets in advance at the Bellows Falls Union High School for $16 or $20 at the door.
Bellows Falls: Join Greater Falls Connections for its monthly coalition meeting on April 29 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Parks Place. April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and GFC will be discussing how to prepare for the upcoming prom and graduation season. Lunch will be provided. Find out more about the work of GFC at www.greaterfallsconnections.org.
Guilford: Guilford Community Church, UCC, will hold its annual book sale on April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. An excellent selection of current books will be for sale. This fundraiser aids the church in supporting many human service organizations, both locally and globally. Guilford Community Church is located at 38 Church Drive.
Westminster: Celebrate youth and healthy choices on April 30 at 708 Kurn Hattin Rd. in Westminster, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kurn Hattin Home's Annual Spring Fling. The event provides local youth and their families with a fun filled day celebrating the arrival of spring, while promoting healthy drug-free activities. Admission is free, with free-will offerings accepted to benefit the Kurn Hattin NFCCE Youth Leadership Summit trip to Washington, D.C. New to the Spring Fling this year is the Fahner 5K Fun Run, for walkers and runners of all ages. Registration is from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. with the race kicking off at 8:30 a.m., rain or shine. The entry fee is $20 and the first 75 entries receive a T-shirt. For more information or a registration form, contact Karen Lansberry at 802-7216918 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Townshend: The West River Community Project will be holding a spring festival behind the West Townshend Country Store on May 1 from 2 to 5 p.m. There will be delicious food, old time and bluegrass music, a raffle, and activities for kids. There will be plants for sale, to help get your garden started, and a seed swap. At 3 p.m. there will be a Maypole dance. Instruction will be given and kids and adults are encouraged to participate. The rain date is Saturday, May 7.
Rockingham: If you're a wildlife enthusiast itching for spring then be sure to check out the seventeenth annual Herrick's Cove Wildlife Festival on May 1. Herrick's Cove, on the Connecticut River, hosts one of the most popular festivals in the area, with organizers reporting more than 2,000 people attending last year's event. The festival includes nature walks and live animals such hawks, owls, mammals, and reptiles. Activities are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The suggested donation is $2 for an individual and $5 for a family. Pets are not allowed. Herrick's Cove is located just off Route 5, less than three miles north of Bellows Falls. For more information, visit the Herrick's Cove Wildlife Festival's Facebook page or www.nature-museum.org/herricks-cove-festival.
Dummerston: The Brattleboro Chapter of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will present the fifth in its current series of morning and afternoon lectures, to be held on May 2. The morning lecture, by Meg Mott of Marlboro College, will look at twelve-step programs' role in fighting addiction today. In the afternoon program, starting at 1 p.m., Fletcher Proctor will examine the Vermont home front in the Civil War. All lectures will be held at the Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 Route 5. Parking and handicapped access are available, and light refreshments will be served at the lectures. For more information, contact Julie Lavorgna at 802-365-7278 or email@example.com.
Brattleboro: Author and Jungian analyst Polly Young-Eisendrath will look at the Buddhist perspective on engaging with daily life in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro on May 4 at 7 p.m. Her talk, "What the Buddhists Teach: Finding Clarity in Everyday Life," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.
Westminster: The Windham County Retired Teachers will have a meeting on May 4 at Kurn Hattin. The meeting will start at 11 a.m. followed by luncheon and entertainment by the students.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Chesterfield, N.H.: On May 7, starting at 9 a.m., the Chesterfield Elementary School hosts its annual fun run/walk. The course consists of one mile, 5k, 10k and a fun fitness challenge, which includes sack races, tire runs, army crawls, pogo jumping, soccer kicks, jump roping and hula hooping. For more information, visit chesterfieldnhfunrun.org or find Chesterfield School Fun Run on Facebook.
Bellows Falls: The Friends of the Rockingham Library are seeking donations for its annual plant sale coming up on Saturday, May 7. Donations of houseplants, landscaping plants, bulbs, perennials, annuals, fruit and vegetable starts are all welcome. Herb plants, ground covers, trees and ornamental grasses donations will also be gladly accepted. Please, no invasive plants. The Friends are looking for volunteers to help before and after the event and for donations of empty pots. It's easy to donate. Place plants in pots or plastic bags. and label them to the best of your ability (including name and light preference). Then drop them off at the Library between May 2 and May 6 during regular business hours. Please call the library for more information. To purchase some of the area's finest plants at great prices, stop by The Friends of the Rockingham Library Plant Sale on Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the front lawn of the Library.
Brattleboro: The fourth annual Camp for a Common Cause is set for May 20. For the past three years this event has been a joint fundraiser for Morningside Shelter and the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center; however the two organizations merged last June creating Groundworks Collaborative. The family-friendly one-night campout continues to successfully raise awareness around homelessness in the greater Brattleboro area. Groove Prophet (a local favorite rock and R&B cover band) returns to provide live music from 6 to 8 p.m., and festival food will be available for purchase starting at 6 p.m. All are welcome to enjoy the food and music, whether camping or not. Participating Campers are asked to raise a suggested minimum of $100 per person, or $250 per team to support Groundworks' efforts to house our neighbors experiencing homelessness. All contributions are fully tax-deductible. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers. Campers may begin setting up tents on the Common from 4 p.m. on Friday, May 20, and are asked to pack up by 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, after a light breakfast. Campers, and those wishing to make a contribution to a participating camper or team, should visit GroundworksVT.org. Donations can also be mailed to Groundworks Collaborative, PO Box 370, Brattleboro, VT 05302 (with checks payable to Groundworks Collaborative – please write Camp in the subject line.) For more information, contact Libby at lbennett@groundworksVT.org or 802-257-0066, ext. 1101.
Old Home Day
Jamaica: Vendors now needed for Jamaica Old Home Day, which is set for July 23. Artists, crafters, homesteaders, gardeners, self-sustaining entrepreneurs and vendors. For more information and to get an application, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or find Jamaica Old Home Day on Facebook.