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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 email@example.com.
Brattleboro: John Hagen will present "American Engagement with Niger: A Case Study on Confronting Violent Extremism in Africa" at the School for International Training, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. Coffee/tea/conversation will precede the talk at 7 p.m.
Dover: On May 17, the Dover Free Library presents the feature film "Joy," starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper. Showtime is 5:30 p.m. Rated PG-13. This event is free and open to the public. Questions: 802-348-7488, or www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.
Walpole, N.H.: "Our Hospitality," one of Buster Keaton's landmark features, will be screened at Walpole Town Hall on May 17 at 7 p.m., as part of the local Grange's annual awards meeting. Admission is free and the show is open to the public. Live music for the screening will be provided by Jeff Rapsis, a New Hampshire-based composer who specializes in silent film scoring.
Peru and Bolivia
Brattleboro: On May 17, at 7 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Library, Lani Wright will present a slideshow on the history, geography and fauna of the Andean cultures. Sponsored by Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society. Free and open to the public
Brattleboro: On May 18 in the Brooks House Atrium, the Intergenerational Chorus will present a free concert featuring students from Oak Grove School in grades 4 to 6, who will join their voices in song with adult volunteers at noon. The concert is free, although donations are always gratefully accepted. Bring a bag lunch and enjoy the music. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department is hosting its annual Summer Program Registration Extravaganza May 18 and 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Conference Room at the Gibson Aiken Center. You will now be able to register for summer programs all at one convenient location. The 2015 Summer Brochure will be distributed to the Brattleboro Elementary Schools, Chamber of Commerce, and the Gibson-Aiken Center. For more information, visit www.brattleboro.org, find the department on Facebook, or call 802-254-5808.
Brattleboro: The Living Memorial Park Swimming Pool will be opening for the season on June 18 at 1 p.m. for general swim. Season passes will be on sale starting May 18 at the Gibson-Aiken Center. Anyone purchasing a pass between now and June 16 will receive a 10 percent discount. After June 16 passes will be available at the swimming pool. The regular rates for Brattleboro residents are $25 students, $35 adults, $65 family, and $10 toddler. The regular rates for non residents are $40 students, $50 adults, $90 family, and $20 toddler. For more information, visit www.brattleboro.org or call 802-254-5808.
Vernon: All Vernon community members are invited to the Vernon Community Visit Day on May 18 to share issues and ideas for the town with state, federal, non-profit, and philanthropic leaders. The day includes a series of forums beginning at 2:30 and a free community spaghetti dinner at Vernon Elementary School at 6 p.m. This is the first event of a three-month process. For more information about topics, times, and locations visit www.vtrural.org or call Jenna at 802-225-6091.
Putney: The Putney Fire Department is hosting an open house on May 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. Come meet the local volunteer firefighters and explore the firehouse. Bring the whole family. Other Putney organizations will be at the open house to share information about their work. Light refreshments will be served.
African drum and dance
Brattleboro: On May 18 from 6:30 to 7:30, African Dance Vermont presents Central African drum and dance class at The Brattleboro Stone Church. $10 for drum class, $15 for dance class. All levels are welcome. Drums are available for those who need one. Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing and bring a water bottle. Class will be accompanied by live drumming. For more information on dance and drum classes, visit www.africandancevt.com or find African Dance VT on Facebook.
Brattleboro: New York City-based Reverend Billy presents his new book and album "The Earth Wants You," at Everyone's Bookstore in Brattleboro on May 19, 7 p.m. and at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center on May 20, 7 p.m. Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir have spread their message, from Occupy Wall Street to the St. Louis offices of Monsanto. Reverend Billy was the subject of Morgan Spurlock's documentary "What Would Jesus Buy?"
Newfane: On May 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Moore Free Library, Bill Betty will present a discussion on mountain lions in New England. Free and open to the public.
Townshend: The community is invited to dinner at noon on May 19 at the Townshend Church. Sponsored by Senior Solutions, the meal is prepared by Chef Stephanie of the Townshend Dam Diner. Suggested donation for people age 60 and up is $3.50; all others $4. Take out meals will be available. Free blood pressure screeening will be offered by the Visiting Nurses Association of VT/NH, starting at 11:30. Everyone is welcome.
Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon on May 20 at the Guilford Community Church. The menu includes tuna noodle casserole, peas and bread and dessert. A suggested donation of $3.50 for seniors and $5 for others is asked. For more information and to make reservations, call 802-254-9774 no later than May 20.
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.
Brattleboro: Centre Congregational Church at 193 Main St. hosts its annual jumble sale on May 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. and May 21 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Spring and summer clothing and accessories, toys, books, household items, games and sporting equipment. All items by donation, no price tags. For information, call 802-254-4730.
Halifax: On May 20, the next Halifax senior meal will be served at noon at the Halifax Community Hall located at 20 Brook Road in W. Halifax. The menu includes fruit with cottage cheese, sweet sausage stroganoff, hot rolls and cake and ice cream. All seniors are welcome. A call to Joan at 802-368-7733 is greatly appreciated. Sponsored by Senior Solutions.
Townshend: Ben Carson will be playing a variety of music on ukulele at the West Townshend Store on May 20. Pizza baking in the outdoor oven will begin at 5 p.m. Build your own, at $10 a pie, from a number of tasty ingredients. Beer, wine and other refreshments are also available. Music will begin at 6:30 p.m. The Windham School Ukulele Payers will open the evening with a few numbers.
Bellows Falls: Women of the Moose host its next Teen Dance on May 20 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Bellows Falls Moose Family Center, 59 Henry St. $3 per person. Food, drinks, and prizes are just a part of the fun. Music, dancing, and Hula hooping.
Dummerston: This month's Transition Dummerston potluck and program will be held on May 20, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the Southeast Vermont Learning Collaborative, at 471 Putney Rd. This month's program is "Gardening to Grow More Food Locally," and will include a showing of parts of the award-wining documentary, "Symphony of the Soil." The program is free and open to the public, and people from surrounding towns are encouraged to come and join in the conversation. Potluck at 6, p.m. For more information, contact Bill at 802-257-1020 or Ken at 802-387-5288.
Dover: The Dover Free Library will be closed for renovations May 20 to 30. The library will re-open for regular business hours on May 31 at 2 p.m. Telephone and email messages will still be received during that time. The outside book drop will remain open and due dates will be adjusted. For additional information, call 802-348-7488 or visit www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.
Brattleboro: May 21 is Kids' Day at the Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market. Youth are invited to set up a table and vend their homemade, handcrafted wares. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Route 9. Email email@example.com for more information.
Grafton: On May 21, Bob Engel will lead an intimate nature walk during the height of spring migration at The Nature Museum in Grafton. For those who would like to carpool, will meet at 7 a.m. to carpool to a remote private property 10 minutes away, which has a brook, pond, meadow and woods. Engel's bird walk will begin at 7:30 and end around 9:30. The Nature Museum is located at 186 Townshend Rd.
Alstead, N.H.: Turkey Buffet at Third Congregational Church, May 21, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Takeout available. Adults age 13 and over $10; children age 6 through 12, $5; children under 6 free. Turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry, potato, peas, carrots, rolls, beverages, dessert. Information: Joanne 603-835-6734 or Myrna 603-835-2939.
Dummerston: The annual Geranium Festival and Book Sale to benefit the Lydia Taft Pratt Library will be held on May 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Dummerston Community Center, 150 West St. The event includes a silent auction. Refreshments will be on sale. For more information call the library at 802-258-9878. To donate books, call Barbara Clark at 802-254-2514.
Dummerston: There will be a community contra dance at the Evening Star Grange on May 21 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Live music with "Jokers Wild." Aidan Murphy on fiddle, Everest Witman on guitar and Alden Witman on Penny whistle. Peter Amidon calling and storytelling. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Potluck supper at 5:30. $4 for children, $7 for adults and $20 for families. Refreshments. Information at 802-257-1819 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brattleboro: Curbside compost carts will be on sale on May 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $10 at the Memorial Park ice skating rink. From 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. there will be information session on trash, recycling and composting.
Putney: On May 21 at 2:30 p.m., the Putney Cares Board invites the community to the dedication of a Peace Pole, which was donated with generous community contributions spearheaded by Eva Mondon. The planting will take place by the old Ash House in front of the Putney Activities Barn located at 54 Kimball Hill Rd.
Putney: Annamarie Pluhar and Gideon Morse will teach Norwegian Folk Dancing on may 21 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by dancing with Hardanger Fiddle until 10 p.m., at the Putney Cares Barn, 54 Kimball Hill Rd. $10 to $15, by donation. Please bring smooth-soled clean shoes. For information, contact Annamarie at 802-451-1941 or email@example.com.
Westminster: There will be a springtime hike to the largest White Ash in Vermont on May 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The rain date is Sunday May 22. The tree is located on Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association property off Headwaters Trail in Westminster. Forester Arthur Westing will lead hikers and will discuss the characteristics of a Vermont forest and the factors that affect the health of this truly remarkable specimen, which should be on display in all its leafy glory. Participants should wear hiking shoes, bring water, and meet at the Westminster West Church to carpool to the trailhead. For more informatino, visit www.windmillhillpinnacle.org or contact Arthur Westing at 802-387-2152 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plant and bake sale
Guilford: The Guilford Historical Society will hold its Annual Plant and Bake Sale on May 21 from 10 a.m to 2 p.m., rain or shine. The sale will take place in the Algiers section of Guilford at Richmond's Garage at the corner of Route 5 and the Guilford Center Roads. The sale will feature plants that are all moderately priced and that have been locally raised- as well as a variety of baked goods from some of the finest cooks in the Guilford area. Pies, cookies, and other delicacies will be offered. The sale will benefit the Society's work in maintaining the 1822 Guilford Historical Museum, the 1837 Guilford Center Meeting House, and the 1797 Brick One Room School House. Persons willing to donate their plants to the sale are asked to pot them in advance of the sale and then to bring them to Richmond's Garage between 8 and 9 a.m. on May 21. Baked goods should also be brought at that time. For more information, call Mary Sargent at 802-257-0004 or Shirley Squires at 802-254-2468.
Greenfield, Mass.: The Connecticut River Watershed Council joins over 1,500 organizations around the world to celebrate World Fish Migration Day on May 21. World Fish Migration Day is a one-day global celebration to raise awareness about importance of migratory fish and the need for healthy rivers. You are invited to join CRWC at three events they are hosting or co-hosting along the Connecticut River. For details, visit www.ctriver.org/news-events or www.worldfishmigrationday.com/events.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Floral Arts and Garden Club will hold its annual spring plant sale on May 21, starting at 9 a.m. The sale will take place in the Green Mountain Chapel parking lot on Western Ave, next to the Creamery Bridge. Available for purchase are hardy perennials, herbs, and annuals that are well-suited for spring planting. They are all grown locally by members of the Garden Club and are reasonably priced to support community members who are creating or expanding their gardens. The event will take place rain or shine. Come early for the best selection and preview the plants starting at 8:30 am. For more information about the event or about the Brattleboro Garden Club, contact Ann Newsmith, 802-257-4710, email@example.com.
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.
Brattleboro: On May 22, Brattleboro Dance will present a contra dance with caller Chrissy Fowler accompanied by the piano and fiddle duo Audrey Budington and Clayton Clemetson at 118 Elliot Street, from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $10 adults, $8 College students with ID and $5 for youth high school and younger. For additional information, visit www.brattcontra.org or call 802-258-1723.
Saxtons River: Music of the Civil War is the topic of a program May 22 at 7 p.m. at Main Street Arts. Singer and researcher Linda Radtke will share songs from the Vermont Civil War Songbook based on a sheet music collection in the Vermont Historical Society archives of songs that were popular in Vermont during the 1860s. From sentimental songs about the girl back home to satirical ballads, Radtke will trace how the popular song changed from patriotic to more somber tones as the war progressed and Vermont lost more of its bright young men to gunfire and disease. The program is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by MSA and the historical society and is made possible by a grant from the Vermont Humanities Council. Main Street Arts is fully handicapped accessible and the museum has one low step at the entrance.
Walpole, N.H.:Would you like to know what to plant to attract the most number of birds, bees, and butterflies to your garden? This workshop on May 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Distant Hill Gardens will do just that. Michael Nerrie will begin the workshop with an indoor presentation followed by a stroll through the gardens to see first hand the many trees, shrubs, and perennials best suited to attract wildlife to your yard. A large part of the discussion will be pointing out the advantages of using mostly native plants in your design. Suggested donation is$10. Registration is required at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-756-4179.
Hinsdale, N.H.: The Hinsdale and Winchester Farmers Markets will be opening soon. Located downtown at the Millstream Riverfront Park on Route 119, the Hinsdale Farmers Market will be open on Sundays, starting May 22, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., The market will be offering live entertainment and demonstrations in addition to products from local growers, harvesters, prepared food vendors, artisans and crafters. There is ample parking available. For more information or to become a vendor, visit www.hinsdalefarmers.com or www.winchesterfarmersmarketnh.org e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Williamsville: On May 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Thosum Gephelling Institute, Buddhist Nun Amy Miller will lead "Dealing with Difficult People, a Buddhist Perspective." A $10 donation is recommended but no one is turned away for lack of funds. For more information contact Gary Keiser at 802 258 8023 or email@example.com.
Dummerston: On May 23 at 7 p.m., Windham Regional Woodlands Association will sponsor a talk by Vermont State Representative David Deen about the importance of riparian zones at the Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 Route 5. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Arthur Westing at 802-387-2865 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Climate change ethics
Brattleboro: The Climate Change Café will host Marlboro College Professor, William Edelglass for a presentation on "Ethics and Climate Change," on May 24 at 6 p.m. at the Brooks Memorial Library. The event is free, and light refreshments will be available. For further information, contact Tim Stevenson, email@example.com or 802-869-2141.
Brattleboro: Curbside compost carts will be on sale on May 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. for $10 at the Memorial Park ice skating rink. At 6 p.m. there will be information session on trash, recycling and composting.
Brattleboro: On May 25, from 5 to 8 p.m., Sustainable Energy Outreach Network and Brattleboro Climate Protection are hosting a seminar on heat pump water heaters, at the Marlboro Graduate Center, on Vernon Street. Time will be set aside at the beginning and end of the program to meet with vendors. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. there will be a presentation by Marcus Jones of Efficiency Vermont followed by exhibitors speaking to the benefits and features of their products. Given the limited seating capacity, registration is encouraged with a $5 fee at the door to cover costs. To register, or for further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rockingham: Join Greater Falls Connections for a community walk along Minard's Pond on May 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This is a continuation of the community dialogue nights and will feature a discussion on "natural highs" with naturalist Kim Galandak-O'Conner, who will lead a nature walk at the pond. To join the walk, meet at the pump house at Minards Pond at 6 p.m. just north of Bellows Falls, off Route 5 on Pond Road. Food will be provided. Find out more about the work of GFC at www.greaterfallsconnections.org.
Bellows Falls: The Rockingham Arts and Museum Project, Sherwin Art Glass, Flying Canvas Studio and Hunter Studio will host the film, "Mr. Turner," starring British actor Timothy Spall and directed by Mike Leigh on May 25 7:30 p.m. as part of Classic Movie Night at the Bellows Falls Opera House on the Square in downtown Bellows Falls. Admission to the film is $5 which begins at 7:30 p.m. The raffle will be drawn at the end of the Open Studio Weekend and you need not be present to win.
Putney: Are you a parent of a middle school or high school age teenage? Is your teen on social media? Join other parents for an evening of discussion surrounding the tough navigation of social media use, pressures, bullying and the dangers your teen may encounter just through the use of their phone at the Putney Library on May 26 at 7 p.m., facilitated by Anna Mullany, the Youth Advocate from the Women's Freedom Center — the local organization working to end domestic and sexual violence. The event is free and open to the public.
Walpole, N.H.: On May 27 from 3 to 5 p.m., Michael and Kathy Nerrie host a tour of their Distant Hill Gardens. Many of the plantings over the past 20 years have been purchased through the Cheshire County Conservation District Annual Fedco Plant Sale. The Bloom tour will feature these plantings giving participants a rare opportunity to see them full grown and flowering. RSVP by calling 603-756-2988, ext. 115, or by email to Sharlene@cheshireconservation.org.
Williamsville: The Manitou Project will hold a Healing Walk on May 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. This meditative walk on Manitou's Sanctuary Trail will be led by Fred Taylor, and will include poems or other readings, and chances to share about the experience. Rain or Shine. Healing walks will be held every second and fourth Friday of each month until October. The Manitou Project seeks to foster community with Nature, on its 235 acre land preserve. For information, contact Fred at 802-387-2681.
Williamsville: Timson Hill Preschool will host its Annual Spring Festival on May 28, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. This popular, family-friendly event includes fun activities for everyone, including a petting zoo, pony rides, a bounce house, a fire engine, a variety of arts and crafts and indoor activities, an outdoor playground, as well as hamburgers, hotdogs, and baked goods. Admission is $5 per person or $10 per family, and all proceeds go to celebrating and fostering continued success of this preschool program. For more information, call Kathie at 802-348-6319, email email@example.com, or visit www.timsonhillpreschool.org.
Brattleboro: Curbside compost carts will be on sale on May 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $10 at the Memorial Park ice skating rink. From 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. there will be information session on trash, recycling and composting.
Winchester, N.H.: The Ladies Society of The United Church of Winchester, at the corner of Main Street and Parker Street, will host a craft fair and flea market on May 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. A broad variety of Ccrafters including homemade soaps, jewelry, dips, jams and jellies and flea marketers will be available. Coffee and muffins available in the morning and lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
West Brattleboro: A chicken barbecue will be sponsored by the West Brattleboro Association on May 28 starting at 11 a.m. and lasting until it's all gone, in front of the First Congregational Church on Western Avenue. Desserts will also be available. For $6 you can get half a barbecued chicken, or you can enjoy it with sides of baked beans and coleslaw for $10. Proceeds from the barbecue help defray the expense of the projects undertaken by the West Brattleboro Association.
Guilford: A spring tradition, the Memorial Day Weekend Pie Sale of the Guilford Community Church, will be held on May 28 from 9 a.m. to noon at the corner of Route 5 and Guilford Center Road. In addition to homemade apple, strawberry rhubarb, pecan, pumpkin and specialty pies, the church's famous baked beans and potato salad will be sold, a great addition to any holiday barbecue or picnic. All proceeds benefit the church, which actively supports over 15 local programs that serve the community including Hospice and Meals on Wheels.
West Brattleboro: On May 29, from noon to 1:45 p.m., West Brattleboro Baptist Church hosts its free Community Outreach meal. The menu includes homemade baked beans, hot dogs, tossed salad, fruit, dessert, and beverage of choice.
Grafton: Mitch Frankenberg, a member of the West Rutland Select Board and author of the new book, "Twists, Turns, and Yellow Brick Roads: A Declaration of Independence, Empathy and Self-Control," will speak about why Vermont and land throughout the world is targeted for large-scale build-outs of wind, solar and gas and why as citizens we need to pay attention. At the next meeting of the Grafton Woodlands Group, June 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the Homestead Room. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. www.graftonwindhamwind.org
Walpole, N.H.: On June 3, the Walpole Historical Society will host Greg Gathers and Marguerite Mathews, who will discuss "New England Utopia: Transcendental Communities," at 7 p.m. in the Walpole Town Hall. The New Hampshire Humanities Council is also a sponsor for this event. Doors open at 6:30; light refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to this free event.
Jamaica: The Jamaica Arts Council begins the summer concert season on June 4 with Sunny Lowdown's Dance Party. The doors of Jamaica's Town Hall open at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m. $10 at the door.
Brattleboro: On June 15 at 6:30 p.m. there will be an information session on trash, recycling and composting in the Select Board meeting room. This will also be broadcast live on BCTV and later re-broadcast.
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.