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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.
Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents Central African drum class with Raoul Ombang on June 8 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main St. All levels are welcome. Drums are available for those who need one. The cost is $10. For more information on dance and drum classes, visit www.africandancevt.com or find African Dance VT on Facebook.
Chesterfield, N.H.: The Chesterfield Senior Lunch will be held on June 8, at 12:30 p.m. in the Chesterfield Town Hall. A chicken salad dinner will be served. For reservations, call Joanne at 603-363-8348. Suggested donation is $5. The HCS nurse is available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to take blood pressures.
Dummerston: The next lunch at Evening Star Grange sponsored by Senior Solutions will be on June 8 at noon. Chefs Larry Lynch And Sallie May will prepare either vegetable or meat lasagna, with tossed green salad, garlic bread and homemade gingerbread with real whipped cream for dessert. Take outs will be available by calling the Grange that day at 802-254-1138. Books from Lydia Taft Prat Library will be available to borrow until the next lunch.
Brattleboro: Join The Commons and Groundworks Collaborative for a discussion on addressing homelessness in the community on June 8 at 7 p.m. This community discussion follows up on conversations started at The Works last year. The evening includes a panel discussion with members of the Groundworks Collaborative, the Brattleboro Police Department, the Brattleboro Retreat, and the Downtown Brattleboro Alliance. Bring your questions, participate, and engage with the issues. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Newfane: On June 9 at noon, at noon at the Newfane Congregational Church, there will be dinner for seniors in Newfane and surrounding communities. The menu includes corn pancakes, green salad, pork tenderloin with spinach and ham, roasted potatoes and beets, rhubarb bread and rhubarb squares. The meal is prepared by Winnie Dolan, hosted by Barbara Brooks and served by volunteers from the church and community 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 Winnie Dolan at 802-365-7870 for information.
West Brattleboro: The next monthly meeting of the West Brattleboro Association will be held on June 9 at 6 p.m. in the Hayes Court Community Room on Garfield Drive. After a review of the treasury report and an update on the spring plantings, the BizUp report and other pending issues will be addresses. A report on the results of the recent chicken barbecue over Memorial Day weekend will be given. Other items on the regular agenda to be discussed include the group's response to their letter sent to the Planning Services Department regarding notification to abutters about public hearings when the abutting property is owned by a co-operative or collective. In addition, the group will further discuss the Neighborhoods Fund which helps WBA provide mini-grants to neighborhood groups doing their own service work, improving their grounds, etc. There will also be an update on the neighborhood safety in regards to drug dealing. WBA monthly meetings are open to all residents and business owners, and anyone else interested in West B.
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: Speaking off the cuff will be part of the exercises at this week's meeting of BrattleMasters, the local Toastmasters club. Guests will be welcome to participate in the extemporaneous speaking exercises. Beginning at 6 p.m. on June 9 at the Marlboro College Grad Center, 28 Vernon St., the meeting will include speeches, evaluations, and reports from the ah counter and timer. Toastmaster of the Evening will be Carolyn Handy. For more information, visit brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org.
A new map
Brattleboro: On June 10, at 7 p.m. at the Marlboro College Graduate Center on Vernon St., Peter W. Galbraith will speak on "The New Map of the Middle East: The Disastrous Centennial of the Disastrous Sykes-Picot Agreement." Free and open to the public, starting at 6:30 p.m. with coffee, tea and conversation.
Brattleboro: The Inclusion Center will host an open house on June 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, lower level meeting room. The Inclusion Center invites the community to help celebrate its third anniversary and meet members and staff. Come with your friends and family and enjoy organized dance for all abilities, disability awareness exercises and art activities. View art creations and videos and enjoy presentations by members. Refreshments will be served. Available for purchase will be the The Inclusion Center's T-shirts designed and made by members of The Inclusion Center. The Inclusion Center meets on Mondays at the First Baptist Church from 12:30 to 4 p.m. and on Fridays at St. Michael's Episcopal Church from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. For more information about The Inclusion Center or the open house, contact Julie Tamler at 802-387- 5285.
Ice cream social
Guilford: There will be a free ice cream social and get together on June 10 at the Grange, starting at 5 p.m. Find out what's up with all the solar projects in town? What is the Andrew Weeks Trail going to add to Guilford? What is the project Mr. Kornguth has planned in town? Is there anything happening for summer sports? The Planning Board is interested in what townsfolk think and what would be a good way to communicate information to everyone. For more information, call Michelle Frehsee at 802257-2555 or Jackie Gaines at 802-257-0409.
Williamsville: The Manitou Project will host a Healing Walk on June 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. This meditative walk on Manitou's Sanctuary Trail will be led by Mary Stowe, and will include poems or other readings, and chances to share about the experience. Rain or Shine. (See writing workshop notice for directions.) Meet at the parking lot at 4 p.m. For information, contact Mary at 802-246-1152.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center hosts "An Evening of Surrealist Games," on June 10 at 7:30 p.m. Over the course of a couple fun-filled hours, participants will learn and play riotous, mind-bending, creative games developed by Andre Breton and his co-conspirators during the 1920s and '30s, the heyday of surrealism. Master of ceremonies Roger Clark Miller will explain and lead the games, and he'll also DJ, providing a surrealistic soundtrack to the evening. Windham Wines will serve beer and wine. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Visit www.brattleboromuseum.org or call 802-257-0124 est. 101.
Williamsville: Spend a day of wandering the woods of Manitou, guided by experienced nature writing group leader, Fred Taylor, at the Manitou Preserve on June 11 from noon to 4:30 p.m. Taylor will guide the afternoon with a series of poems, readings, and writing prompts to help you connect more deeply with the Manitou landscape, free up your imagination, and discover your writing voice. All levels of writing experience welcome. Bring a journal and pen, water and lunch for the trail. Suggested donation for the afternoon, $25. Please contact Fred at 802-387-2681 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Rain date, June 12.
Brattleboro: June 11 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 in Brattleboro. Email email@example.com for more information.
Brattleboro: Latchis Arts debuts a new addition to its series of simulcasts in HD with a presentation of the Berlin Philharmonic Only in Cinema in a program titled "The Beethoven Project," on June 11, at 1 p.m., at the Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Total runtime is 140 minutes with one intermission. General admission is $20; students pay $10. Contact Sharry Manning at 802-257-5717, or firstname.lastname@example.org for advance ticket purchase or questions. For information, visit latchisarts.org.
Brattleboro: In honor of Vermont's very own Social Democrat, Bernie Sanders, Latchis Arts presents a trio of films from Scandinavia on weekends in June, starting on June 11 with "Gnarr." All films in the series are by donation, with proceeds benefiting Latchis Arts. On June 18, the feature will be "Good Things Await," and on June 25, the feature will be "Kon Tiki." All shows begin at 4 p.m. Proceeds from donations to the films benefit Latchis Arts. For information, visit latchisarts.org.
Brattleboro: On June 11, starting at 7:30 a.m., the Southern Vermont Audubon Society will host a birding walk through the Phyllis Marsh, a private reserve with mixed edge, forest and wetland habits and a potential for a wide variety of species on the cusp of their breeding season. Meet in the Hanaford parking lot on Putney Road.
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 12, there will be a community circle dance from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Aikido Studio at 11 Cottage St. Led by Caitlin and Peter Adair. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated. For information call Parker Huber at 802-257-9108 or Mary Ellen Cannon at 603-631-0768.
Wilmington: On June 12 from 10 to 11 a.m., the Boyd Family Farm on East Dover Road is hosting a discussion on landscaping ideas. For more information, visit www.boydfamilyfarm.com or call 802-464-5618.
Dummerston: With construction completed, the Dummerston Historical Society Board of Directors will host an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. on June 12 at the Society's Schoolhouse in Dummerston Center. There will be a formal dedication of the Bunker Addition at 4 p.m. Dummerston Historical Society welcomes all; programs are free of charge and handicapped accessible. For more information, call 802-254-9311.
Brattleboro: The Root Social Justice Center hosts Decolonizing our minds and our spaces on June 12 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Root Social Justice Center. Participants will learn from Abenaki scholars Dr. Lisa Brooks and Judy Dow who have been working to reclaim the history of their ancestors and the Connecticut River Valley. The forum is free and open to the public. Childcare is provided. There will be ASL interpretation and Light refreshments. Please come fragrance free. Come back in the afternoon of June 12 for a workshop from 2 to 5 p.m. on "Mapping Your Story" with artist Judy Dow. Open to 20 participants who wish to assist with telling the story from another perspective. Sliding scale up to $50. Call 802-254-3400 or email email@example.com to register.
Brattleboro: On June 12 at 2 p.m. on the Common, The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department presents the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, a pioneering symphonic brass ensemble. Bringing the military tradition of brass and percussion to the concert stage, Heritage Brass presents programs that are both exhilarating and intimate. In the event of rain the concert will be performed in the Brattleboro Union High School Auditorium. Made possible by American Legion Post No. 5. For more information, call 802-254-5808.
Saxtons River: The Village Early Learning Center will host an open house on June 13 from 6 to 7 p.m. Families and their children are invited to come learn about the morning preschool program and full-day childcare offerings beginning in the fall. Staff will be available to answer questions and children will be welcome to explore the classrooms. VELC is located at 24 Main St. on the lower level of Christ's Church directly across from the Saxtons River Village Market. For more information, call 802-869-5437.
Brattleboro: On June 14 at 5:30 p.m., at Duo on Main Street, Dave Evans will host a discussion on starting a coworking space in Brattleboro. Attendees should plan on sharing how they might use a coworking space, their requirements, what they would be prepared to pay and how they might contribute to launching a coworking space in Brattleboro.
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.
Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place on June 17 at the Guilford Community Church. The menu includes beans and hot dogs,cole slaw, chips and pickles with rhubarb pudding cake 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 15.
Townshend: On June 16 at 7 p.m. at Townshend Town Hall, Neil Pelsue, a former UVM milk marketing economist, will present "Got Milk? Milk Bottles and Bottlers in Windham County." He will explain a bit of the history of milk marketing in the region, noting some of the substantial changes that have taken place from the early 1900s to today. He will also bring along some of his favorite bottles used in Vermont and other places. Sponsored by the Historical Society of Windham County. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-348-7891 for more information.
Call to action
Brattleboro: WKVT Radio will present a live broadcast of a public forum about child welfare in the community from 11 a.m. to1 p.m. on June 16 in the Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room. The station's "Call to Action" series brings local and state officials together with individuals and organization to create awareness around a critical issues and foster greater collaboration in addressing community needs. Panelists include Rep. Mike Mrowicki, Susan O'Brien and Alyssa Todd, executive director of Windham County Safe Place and Child Advocacy Center. Members of the public who attend are also be given ample opportunity to comment and asks questions. Brattleboro Community Television will be taping the forum to air at a later date on their cable channels as well as archive it online at brattleborotv.org.
East Dover: On June 17, the East Dover Baptist Church hosts its annual Strawberry Supper from 5 to 7 p.m. The menu includes a ham dinner with all the fixings and strawberry shortcake with real whipped cream for dessert. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 10; preschool and younger, free.
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 through Oct. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. This week, shop between 4 and 5 p.m. and receive a $2 discount on any purchase of $10 or more from participating vendors. Vendors include Wild Shepherd Farm and Sitting Tree farm, West Townshend Botanicals, Taft Hill Farm and Meadows Bee Farm, FinAllie Ferments, Bread From the Earth, Moose Robe, Nomadic Roots, Susan's Lemonade, Jersey Girl's Dairy, The Crooked Farm, Jamie's Jammin' Gifts, and Grafton Road Confections. Thai food offerings by Thai Hut and will be joined again by Yalla VT, offering fresh pita, hummus, and falafel. And from 4 to 7 p.m., wood-fired pizza, with a selection of local, seasonal toppings and Against the Grain gluten free pizza crust will be offered. Music for the evening will be performed by Shelving Rock.
Wilmington: On June 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Boyd Family Farm on East Dover Road is hosting a "Tonka Truck Mud Bog. Bring your Tonka, monster or favorite truck and experience the best mud Vermont has to offer. Washtubs provided for children and machines before the trip home. Pack a lunch and a change of clothes for the children and chairs for the parents are suggested. For more information, visit www.boydfamilyfarm.com or call 802-464-5618.
Wilmington: On June 18 and 19, the Boyd Family Farm on East Dover Road is hosting a discussion on fruit trees and berry bushes. For more information, visit www.boydfamilyfarm.com or call 802-464-5618.
Brattleboro: What is the secret of relationships and what are the spiritual purpose behind our connections with others? All are welcome to an open discussion on "Spiritual Insights into Relationships," on June 18 at 3:30 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Library. Hosted by Eckankar. All are welcome. For more information go to www.eckankar-vt.org or call 800-772-9390.
Walpole, N.H.: On June 19 from 1 to 4 p.m., at Distant Hill Gardens, Sam Jaffe of the Caterpillar Lab in Keene, will lead a discussion about some of the more important native host plants and the colorful and interesting caterpillars that need them to survive. The workshop will start with a short indoor presentation followed by an exploration of the forests, fields, and wetlands of Distant Hill Gardens in search of some of the many beautiful and ecologically important caterpillars found there. There is a suggested donation of $15 at the door. Space is limited; registration is recommended at email@example.com or 603-756-4179. This workshop is designed for adults. There is a child-friendly Caterpillar Lab event at Distant Hill Gardens on July 7. For more information, visit www.distanthill.org.
Drewsville, N.H.: The Walpole Seniors will meet at the Pickering's in Drewsville at noon on June 20 for their annual potluck picnic. In case of rain, it will be at the First Congregational Church in Walpole. Everyone is asked to bring a main course dish or a salad to share with the members. A lawn chair would be helpful. Dessert and beverages will be provided.
Chesterfield, N.H.: Registration is now being taken for "Honoring Our Wisdom: Manifesting Our Dreams," a day-long retreat for women on June 25, starting at 9 a.m. at Hallelujah Farm, a retreat center. Fee is $85 and includes continental breakfast and lunch) The retreat is limited to 12 women. More Information and to register, visit www.revdvorah.com or call 603/762-3311.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Retreat will begin hosting a weekly outdoor farm stand on the front lawn of the hospital's campus starting June 21. The farm stand will be open to the public and will be held throughout the growing season on Tuesdays from 2:30 to 5:30 pm. Fresh vegetables from New Leaf Community Supported Agriculture farm located in Dummerston will be for sale. This new venture was spearheaded by Retreat CEO Dr. Louis Josephson and New Leaf CSA farmer Elizabeth Wood. For more information, call 802-254-2531 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dinner and a movie
Putney: On June 23, Next Stage Arts Project and The Gleanery host dinner and a movie featuring "Beasts of the Southern Wild," with special guest host Joe Rudge. The chefs at the Gleanery will serve a special Louisiana-themed menu at 5:30 p.m., in time for diners to make it to the hosted 7 p.m. film screening around the corner at the newly-renovated and air-conditioned Next Stage. Prices for the dinner and movie combination are $23. For reservations call 802-387-3052. Limited seating available.
Vernon: On June 25 starting at 9:30 a.m., Vernon residents are invited to the town's annual picnic and firefighters' muster. From 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., there will be a softball game between Vernon residents and town employees. At noon, the Vernon Fire Department will take on members from area fire departments in the muster. The fire department will also prepare a barbecue lunch. There will be a penny carnival from 3 to 5 p.m. and a town potluck from 5 to 7 p.m. Dance to a DJ at the pavilion and stay to watch the fireworks. For more information on how you or your business or organization can be involved, contact Josh Unruh at 802-380-2875.
Hinsdale, N.H.: On June 25, from 5 to 7 p.m., the North Hinsdale Community Church is hosting a barbecue chicken dinner at 105 Meeting House Rd. The menu includes barbecue children, applesauce, baked beans, homemade coleslaw, rolls, and strawberry shortcake. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children older than 7. Advanced tickets at $5 and $3 are available by calling 603-256-6930 or emailing email@example.com.
Brattleboro: On June 26 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. there will be a community circle dance at the Aikido Studio, 11 Cottage St. Led by Mary Koon and Floyd Guyette. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated. For information, call Parker Huber at 802-257-9108 or Mary Ellen Cannon at 603-631-0768.
Wilmington: On June 26, the Boyd Family Farm on East Dover Road is hosting a discussion on roses. For more information, visit www.boydfamilyfarm.com or call 802-464-5618.
Brookline: On June 26 starting at 10 a.m., West River Stables is hosting Cowboy Mounted Shooting, a sport that combines elements of old-time Wild West, along with the elements of equestrian skills; all done while using two .45 caliber single action revolvers, loaded with five rounds each of black powder blanks to shoot ten balloon targets set in a special random pattern. Free and open to the public. Lunch prepared by the Horse Crazed 4-H Group available for purchase. For more information, contact Christine Boudreau at 802-353-0554 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wilmington: The Annual Deerfield Valley Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks will take place on July 2 (Rain date, July 3) from 6 to 9 p.m. at Hayford Field. In addition to fireworks, there will be bouncy houses for kids, the Jacksonville Blues Band, and hot dogs, burgers, pizza, and much more to feast on during the pre-fireworks festivities. Fireworks display begins at 9:10 p.m.
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.