Good living

Brattleboro: Local author and publisher Dede Cummings discusses her new book "The Good Living Guide to Beekeeping; Secrets of the Hive, Stories From the Field, and a Practical Guide That Explains it All," May 6 at 6 p.m. at Everyone's Books on Elliot Street. She will be joined by local beekeeper, Gordon Fisher, of West Brattleboro.

Pizza

Townshend: On FMay 6, One Part Luck will be performing at the West Townshend Store Pizza Night. The duo plays traditional and original country folk music. Pizza making begins at 5 p.m. Build your own, at $10 a pie, from a number of tasty ingredients, and watch it bake in the outdoor oven. Beer, wine and other refreshments are also available. Music begins at 6:30.

Tag sale

Brattleboro: All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist will hold its annual Tag Sale on May 6 from 4 to 7 p.m., and May 7 from 8 to 11 a.m. This popular sale will feature clothing for all ages, household items, linens, books, toys and more. The proceeds will support special projects at the church. All Souls Church is located at 29 South St. up the drive way from the West Brattleboro Fire Station.

Fun run

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.


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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.

Passport fair

West Chesterfield, N.H.: On May 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the West Chesterfield Post Office at 913 Gulf Rd. is hosting a passport fair, with light refreshments. Contact Geri Walton or Laurie Williams at 603-256-8854 or travel.state.gov for information about required documentation.

Fishing derby

Saxtons River: The fish will be biting at the Saxtons River Rec Area May 7 when the annual fishing derby gets under way at 8:30 a.m. Free registration for children 4 to 14 begins at 8 a.m. The pond is located 1.3 miles north of the rec area on Pleasant Valley Road. Prizes for the event have been donated by J & H Sporting Goods, and trophies are being funded by private donations. Participation in the derby is free, but the rec area will be conducting a 50/50 raffle and a bake sale to benefit its activities. Volunteers to help with the derby or provide baked goods are needed. This annual spring event is the kickoff of a series of events to celebrate the Rec's 50th anniversary year. Further information is available by contacting Samantha Perry Fletcher at 802-869-1407 or e-mailing srrecreationarea@live.com.

Green Up

Townshend: This year, the Community Hope & Action group of Townshend invites all to come down to the Townshend Common on May 7 to help clean up the streets. Following cleanup will be a celebration, including a free barbecue and a performance by The Bondville Boys. Green Up bags must be used for cleanup and will be available at the town hall or Townshend Elementary prior to the event as well as the day of. For more informatmion, contact wrvthrives@gmail.com or call 802-365-4700 and ask for Kate.

Penny sale

Westminster: The Bellows Falls Rotary Club will be hosting its annual penny sale on May 7 at the Bellows Falls Union High School auditorium. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided by the Bellows Falls Union High School Booster Club. The Penny Sale is the Rotary Club's major fundraiser with proceeds used for community projects and programs such Our Place Drop In Center, Parks Place and the Warming Shelter. Over 300 prizes have been generously donated by area businesses, including a kayak, a bicycle, and a Keurig Coffee Machine. A cash raffle tops off the evening's events with a chance to win $50, $150, $250 or even $500.

Green up

Rockingham: Green Up Day is coming May 7. Families and interested parties can pick up the familiar green bags to clean up neighborhoods, roads, parks and playgrounds. Bags are available at the J&H Hardware store, the Saxtons River Market, Town Clerk's Office, and at Herricks Cove on Sunday, May 1 at the 2016 Wildlife Festival. Once an area is clean, the green bags can be left by the side of the road for town-wide pick-up on May 9 or dropped off at the Saxtons River Fire Department, Rockingham Highway Garage, or the Bellows Falls Garage. For more information, visit www.greenupvermont.org, email Guy Payne at gpayne@gmail.com or leave a message at 802-869-2600.

Spring festival

Townshend: The West River Community Project will be holding a spring festival behind the West Townshend Country Store on May 7 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.

Cuba

Brattleboro: The Friends of the Brooks Library invite the public to a free illustrated presentation about historical perspectives on Cuba and the USA, to be held on May 8 at 3:30 p.m. on the Main Floor of the Brooks Library. Tim Weed, author, explorer, lecturer and Cuba observer, will be the feature speaker.

Mother's Day breakfast

Hinsdale, N.H.: The Hinsdale Lions will be hosting a Mother's Day Breakfast on May 8 at the Mill Stream Center on Main Street in Hinsdale. Serving time will be from 7 to 11 a.m. and cost is $6 for advanced tickets $7 at the door, under 10 free. Menu includes scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes juice, toast and coffee. Profits benefit the Hinsdale Lions Charities. Tickets may be purchased from any Hinsdale Lions Club member, or at the Mill Stream Center or contact hinsdalenhlions@gmail.com.

Mother's Day Brunch

Guilford: On May 8, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Broad Brook Grange is hosting a Mother's Day Brunch, featuring all-you-can-eat eggs and omelettes, pancakes, French toast, Guilford maple syrup, fruit salad and homemade baked goods. $12 adults; $10 seniors; $5 age 2-12 and under; free for under age 2. No reservations necessary. Broad Brook Grange, 3940 Guilford Ctr. Rd. For more information, call 802-257-1961.

Mother's Day brunch

Williamsville: The Williamsville Hall on Dover Road presents the 6th Annual Mother's Day Brunch on May 8 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Blueberry and plain pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, toast, fruit and home baked goods, along with coffee, tea, milk or juice will be available. Adults, $8, children 10 and younger, $5.Proceeds go to the Williamsville Hall fund. Contact slevine@svcable.net for questions.

Senior lunch

Jamaica: The Jamaica Senior Luncheon will be held at noon on May 12 at the Jamaica Community Church on Main Street. Lunch is sponsored by Senior Solutions and Jamaica Benefit Association. Food is prepared by Stephanie of the Dam Diner. Price is $3.50 for over 60 years old and $4 for all others. Reservations not required and all are welcome.

Roast beef

Bernardston, Mass.: The United Church of Bernardston will hold its second-Saturday Roast Beef Supper on May 14. The menu includes roast beef with potato and gravy, vegetable, salad, rolls, beverage and dessert for $10 an adult and $5 for children younger than 12. Reserve for 5 or 6:15 p.m. seating at 413-648-9306.

Plant sale

Westminster West: The Westminster West School is hosting its annual spring plant sale on May 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come early for the best selection, including a wide variety of annuals, perennials, and vegetable starts from some of the area's finest gardeners and farmers. All proceeds support Westminster West School and the Westminster West Public Library.

Zero energy

Brattleboro: Learn how you can cut energy costs in your home or business by 50 to 100 percent while taking advantage of up to $7,500 in incentives, on Monday, May 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Marlboro College Graduate School, 28 Vernon St. Zero Energy Now is a new, comprehensive energy improvement program, providing efficiency upgrades to your building along with renewable heating (such as heat pumps and biomass), and solar photovoltaics. You can move your home or business toward using zero energy at little or no monthly cost, with energy savings paying for financing. By doing so, you will increase your comfort, cut your carbon emissions, and eventually have virtually no energy costs at all. As an added bonus, up to $7,500 in incentives are available to program participants located in former Central Vermont Public Service territory. For more information, visit www.zeroenergynowvt.com. To register for the May 16 informational session, contact Paul Cameron at 802-251-8135 or pcameron99@gmail.com.

No walls

Brattleboro: Oak Meadow's Brattleboro School Without Walls will have an opening in September. In advance, there will be information sessions on May 17 at 1 p.m., May 18 at 5:30 p.m. and May 21 at 11 a.m., in its offices in the Brooks House. For more information, visit oakmeadow.com or email info@oakmeadow.com.

Common Cause

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.

Change

Brattleboro: On May 22, from 3 to 5 p.m., the Root Social Justice Center, at 22 Williams St., hosts "Change Takes Everyone, 'Joanna Macy and the Great Turning.'" Parents Exchange for Change, a campaign of 350Vermont, in building solidarity amongst parents by taking action to protect the health and safety of the collective future. There will be a 26-minute film followed by a discussion. Kids activities and childcare available. Free. Contact Abby@350vt.org.

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 dkameden@svcable.net or find Jamaica Old Home Day on Facebook.