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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 through May 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.
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.
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.
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.
Winchester, N.H.: The United Church of Winchester will hold its 423rd monthly Bean Supper on June 4, 2016 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the church building at 99 Main St. The cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children and is served family style. The building is accessible to all and some of the proceeds go toward the church's outreach missions. For more information, call 603-239-4465.
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.