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Wilmington: More than 1,500 rubber ducks will take to the Deerfield River on May 29 for Wilmington's 26th annual Great Duck Race to benefit Make-A-Wish Vermont. Prizes include gift certificates and products from the generosity of local businesses, service providers and restaurants. Join in the fun and support Make-A-Wish Vermont. All proceeds will go to help grant wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Festivities will include games, face painting, music, bake sales, The Morris Dancers, local artists and more. If you plan to purchase tickets the day of the race you should be in town by 11 a.m. Ducks will be put in the river around 12:30 p.m.
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 are on sale 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.
Dover: The Dover Free Library will be closed for renovations May 20 to 30. The library will reopen 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: 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 email@example.com.
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.
Dummerston: Evening Star Grange and Senior Solutions will present their 4th Wednesday luncheon on May 25 at the Grange Hall in Dummerston Center, beginning at noon. Chefs Sallie May and Larry Lynch will present a menu of pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, broccoli salad, with yellow cake with common sauce for dessert. Take-outs are available by calling the Grange on Wednesday morning at 802-254-1138. Books will be available from the Lydia Taft Pratt Library until the next meal.
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.
Brattleboro: The next meeting of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel will be held on May 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room at Brattleboro Area Middle School. At the meeting the Panel will receive decommissioning updates from the state of Vermont and Entergy. The Panel will hear a presentation from the state of the Vermont on the comments the state filed in response to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's advance notice of proposed rulemaking for decommissioning of power reactors. The Panel will also discuss the federal taxation of nuclear decommissioning trust funds and consider an amendment to the panel Charter regarding public access to panel meetings.
Townshend: Grace Cottage Hospital is hosting the Vermont Foodbank's free food distribution program the fourth Thursday of every month for those in need. Fresh food items available may include potatoes, carrots, squash, apples, and more. Participants are asked to take only what they need for their own household and to bring reusable shopping bags or boxes. The next distribution is set for May 26 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Grace Cottage's Ambulance Garage. Fro more information, call 802-365-3752.
Williamsville: On May 26 at noon at the Williamsville Town Hall, in the downstairs dining room, there will be dinner for seniors in Williamsville and surrounding communities. The menu includes meatloaf, mashed potatoes, carrots with dill, salad, rolls, and strawberry/rhubarb crisp. The delicious meal is prepared at the Williamsville Town Hall kitchen by Jon Julian owner/chef 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 over and $4 for under age 60. Call Nancy Rysz at 802-348-7729, or Nissa Petrak at 802-348-6301 for information and reservations.
Putney: All are welcome to come for free produce distributed by the Vermont Foodbank and the Putney Foodshelf on May 26 from 9 to 9:45 a.m. This event is open to anyone in the community. Please bring your own shopping bags. The food distribution takes place the fourth Thursday of each month at Putney Meadows on Carol Brown Way.
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.
West Townshend: The Catamounts will kick off the first farmers market in West Townshend on May 27, with lots of bluegrass. The market runs from 4 to 7 p.m. and music starts at 5 p.m. Pizza making will take place during market hours. There will be a Maypole dance at 6 p.m. and a raffle with lots of great prizes.
Townshend: The Townshend Farmers Market is located on the lawn of the historic West Townshend Country Store. The Townshend Farmers Market will run every Friday from May 27 to Oct. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. Music for the evening will be The Catamounts, a local bluegrass band.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Book and plant sale
Putney: Putney Public Library will hold its annual Book and Plant Sale on May 28 from 9 a.m. to noon. Come browse an eclectic assemblage of pre-loved books and pick from wonderful donations of houseplants, perennial, seeds starts, and more. All funds raised will benefit the library's programs. The library will not be open for regular library functions during this special event. Volunteers for helping the day of the sale and donations of plants and books are still being sought. Please bring book donations during open hours (Monday through Friday 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sat 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Contact the library about plant donations or volunteering at 802-387-4407.
Westminster: On May 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Women's Fellowship of the Westminster First Congregational Church, 3470 Route 5, will host a plant, baked goods, crafts and white elephant sale. There will also be pulled pork sandwiches, hotdogs and kraut, chips and drinks for sale.
Putney: On May 28, at Pierce's Hall on Putney Falls Road, there will be a contra dance with Amy Cann, fiddle, Lauri Indembaum, fiddle, Carol Compton, piano, and the All Comers Band, starting with a beginner's session at 7:30 p.m. followed by dancing until 10:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation.
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.
West Chesterfield, N.H.: On May 29 at 10 a.m. at the first Universalist Church of West Chesterfield, guest lecturer and published author of "Matrix for Assassination," Richard Gilbride, will give a talk and slide show presentation on the missing pieces of the Texas book repository and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. This is a free event. Donations are encouraged.
Brattleboro: On May 31 from 5 to 7 p.m., there will be a community briefing and outdoor celebration to unveil a new vision for Harmony Place. The location is outside the back entrance to the Brook House, a space currently occupied by the old Frankie's Pizza building. In case of rain, the event will take place in the Brooks House Atrium. The celebration is free and open to the public featuring food, music and surprises.
Putney: Putney Cares and the students at Putney Central School will host a lunch on May 31, from 11:30 a.m. to noon, prepared by the Putney Central kitchen staff. The menu includes barbecued pulled pork sandwiches, Carolina slaw and fruit. RSVP to email@example.com or 802-387-5593.
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. at the Grafton Elementary School. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. www.graftonwindhamwind.org.
Drum and dance
Brattleboro: On June 1, there will be a Central African drum class from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., featuring Raoul Ombang, followed by a dance class until 9 p.m. at the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main St. $10 for drum class and $15 for dance class. All levels are welcome. Drums are available for those who need one. 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 and or find African Dance VT on Facebook.
Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon on June 3, at the Guilford Community Church. The menu includes sweet barbecued pork chops, mashed potato, broccoli-cauliflower mix, applesauce and bread, with fruited Jello for 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 June 1.
Bellows Falls: The Rockingham Library is looking for people interested in playing games this summer. Scrabble, chess, cribbage or bridge are options, but the possibilities are endless. If you have an interest or any other game ideas, please give the library a call by June 4 at 802-463-4270 or email Anne at firstname.lastname@example.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.
Guilford: On June 3, 4 and 5, at the Guilford Center Stage, Broad Brook Grange, there will be a presentation of "The Lace Jury & Nocturne Titanica," one-act plays by Michael Nethercott, at 7:30 p.m. $10 general admission. Advance tickets at bpt.me/2533572 or 800-838-3006.
Grafton: On June 4 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Richard Warren will lead a walk to some intriguing ruins from the small settlement of Old Grafton. Participants on this free Pinnacle Association program are encouraged to wear waterproof shoes and bring along a camera and water. They should meet at the parking lot opposite The Nature Museum, 176 Townshend Rd., to carpool. Register by calling Beverly Major at 802-387-5737.
Vernon: The Vernon Historical Museum, located at 4201 Fort Bridgman Road in Vernon, will open for the season on June 5. The Museum is open each year from June through September on Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m. and also by appointment. The Vernon Historians will hold a pie sale again this year on the museum's opening day to raise funds for the work of their organization. The Historians are requesting donations of pies of any variety from members and non-member friends of the organization. Pies may be dropped off at the museum on the day of the sale, beginning at 1:30 p.m., or donors may call Peg Frost at 802-254-2263 or Nancy Gassett 802-257-4675 to make other arrangements.
Bellows Falls: The Bellows Falls Area Senior Center will hold its Annual Jamboree at the Moose Family Center, 59 Westminster St., on June 5 from noon. to 5 p.m. Bring your friends and family and dance, eat and win some great prizes donated by local businesses and individuals all while supporting the Senior Center. There will be a 50/50 raffle, The Jamboree Cash Raffle (only 100 tickets sold and you need not be present to win; giving away $1,000 in cash prizes) and the Great Prize Raffle. Doors open at 11 a.m. Entrance fee is $5; open to the public and people of all ages. Live music by "The Illusion." Lunch from the grill and baked sale goodies available from noon to 4 p.m. Sponsors include The Moose Family Center, Rotary Club of Bellows Falls, Chroma Technology, Inc., Durand Toyota Ford, Savings Bank of Walpole, Joy Wah and Silver Forest of Vermont, Inc. Purchase of cash raffle tickets or additional information is available by calling the Center at 802-463-3907.
Brattleboro: Singer/songwriter and guitar instructor Lisa McCormick is offering a brand new Women's Easy Acoustic Music Ensemble Class, beginning June 7, in Brattleboro. The class invites women to experience playing acoustic folk and boomer classic songs together, in a fun easygoing group ensemble. Women with basic functional skills on an acoustic instrument are encouraged to join. Instruments may include guitar, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bass, keyboards, and others. Singing is optional, and encouraged. Class will run for six weeks, at the Marlboro Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., featuring off-street parking and wheelchair accessibility. Class time is 7 to 8:15 p.m. Tuition is a sliding scale between $140 and $160. A $50 deposit is required to reserve a spot, as class size is limited. Visit www.bit.ly/AcousticWomen for more information.
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 4, at the Hooker Dunham Theatre & Gallery at 8 p.m., Jerry Levy presents "The Third Coming: Marx Returns," as a benefit for the Women's Freedom Center. Sliding scale donations, $8 to $30. Tickets sold at the door only.
Brattleboro: The Windham County Retired Teachers Association will hold a meeting on June 6 at the Gibson Aiken Senior Center at noon. The cost of the ravioli meal will be $3.50. For any additional information or reservations, call Mary Laitres 802-257-0752. Elliott and Pam Greenblott will give a presentation of their recent trip to South Africa.
Vernon: On June 8, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., all Vernon community members are invited to Step 2: Setting Priorities for the Future of the Community. The Community Visit program is produced by the Vermont Council on Rural Development, a non-profit dedicated to helping Vermonters access the resources they need to make their towns vibrant and sustainable. For more information, visit www.vtrural.org or call Jenna at 802-225-6091.
Dummerston: The Brattleboro North KOA Campground on Route 5 is hosting its ninth Vintage Camper Rally from June 9 through 12. Local residents and visitors are invited to an open house on June 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. A re-purposed 1969 Banner trailer, known as the Vintage Kitchen, will be open for lunch and snacks. Children can visit with our goats and ponies. There is no charge for the open house and cameras are welcome. Please leave dogs at home. For further information, call 802 254-5908.
Brattleboro: Brattleboro Dance will host a contra dance, June 12, with caller Nils Fredlund, accompanied by live music of Becky Tracy and Keith Murphy and their music students in Celtic Music at the Brattleboro Music Center. At the Stone Church at the corner of Main Street and Grove Street, from 7 to 10 p.m. Adults, $10, college students with ID, $8, and youth, high school and younger, $5. For additional information visit www.brattcontra.org or call 802-258-1723.
Putney: On June 12, Putney Mountain Association will celebrate the opening of a whole new trail network on the southern end of the group's reserve. The trails, Dine, Hannum, High Road, and Hinton are located between Holland Hill and Putney Mountain Roads. Visit the new Hannum Trail kiosk on Holland Hill at 1 p.m. for an official ribbon cutting, coupled with light refreshments, and go on to explore the new trails. None are difficult and the terrain is gentle; loop distances range from 1.2 to 4.5 miles.
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 email@example.com or find Jamaica Old Home Day on Facebook.
Townshend: The Grace Cottage Hospital Auxiliary Fair Day is continuing a wonderful tradition. The Aug. 6 event will again include an art show. Area artists and craftspeople are encouraged to display their works in this show, which will be held in the Townshend Church on the Townshend Common throughout Fair Day. The artwork and crafts pieces in the show will be for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit Grace Cottage Hospital. Those interested in exhibiting in the show should contact Lois Phoenix at 802-365-7568 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Pokey Lyman at 365-7964 or email@example.com, or Lauri Miner at 802-365-4194 or firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Space is limited. The Grace Cottage Hospital Auxiliary Fair Day is a major fundraiser that helps the hospital purchase needed equipment. This year's Fair Day begins at 9 a.m. and goes until 6 p.m. on August 6. For more information about Fair Day, call 802-365-9992 or 802-365-9109.