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Rockingham: Community Spanish Conversation Classes, led by Roci Franco from Universidad of Cadiz (Spain), will soon begin at the Rockingham Library. All Franco needs to know is what time and day of the week are best for interested individuals. Please call the Library's front desk 802-463-4270 to log your preferred day and time or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Classes should begin in mid-July. Participants are not required to be fluid speakers, although bringing a few basic skills could be helpful. Don't feel intimidated if you are a beginner. Franco says, "Remember, those of us who are more advanced were once beginners.
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.
Westminster: The William Czar Bradley Law Office and the Westminster Historical Museum will both open for the summer on July 3 from 2 to 4 p.m., and will be open Sundays until Sept. 4. The museum is located on the second floor of the Westminster Town Hall on Route 5. The law office is two doors south of Town Hall. The featured exhibit at the museum is the churches of Westminster, which includes the oil portrait of Rev. Sage, who was ordained in 1790 and served for 35 years. The law office is a two-room structure appearing much as Bradley left it in 1858. Free admission. For more information, call 802-387-5778.
Brattleboro: The Moondog Trio will perform original guitar music by Dante Corsano from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market. The market is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Route 9 in Brattleboro.
Dummerston: The Dummerston Grange, East-West Road at Middle Road, will host a Contra, Square and English Country Dance on Sunday, July 3, 3-6 p.m. The featured band is Calliope – The New England Megaband. Callers are Colin Hume and Tony Parkes. For more Information contact email@example.com
Dover: On Tuesday, July 5, the Dover Free Library presents the feature film "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot," starring Tina Fey, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina, Billy Bob Thornton and Margot Robbie. Showtime is 5:30 p.m. and the movie runs 111 minutes. Eager for a new professional challenge, TV reporter Kim Baker (Tina Fey) decides to serve as a foreign correspondent in Afghanistan, where she is embedded with a Marine unit. During her time abroad, she is forced to contend with a fiery U.S. general (Billy Bob Thornton), and befriends a fellow reporter (Margot Robbie) and a British photographer (Martin Freeman). Alfred Molina, Josh Charles, and Christopher Abbott co-star. Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot was adapted from journalist Kim Barker's memoir The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Rated: R. This event is open and free to public. Questions: 802-348-7488 or visit www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.
The Stockwell Brothers
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department, as part of the Arts in the Parks Program, will pleased present The Stockwell Brothers on the Brattleboro Common on Putney Road, on Tuesday, July 5th at 7 p.m. This is the second concert of the Summer Arts in the Park series for 2016. Bruce, Barry, Alan and Kelly Stockwell's music spans traditional and progressive styles, but their trademark acoustic sound features new singer/songwriter material recast with banjo, alternative rhythms and three-part harmonies. They cover straight ahead bluegrass songs, finger picked acoustic guitar ballads, full tilt breakdowns and traditional mandolin tunes mixed in with more unusual fare – Americana melodies riding world beat grooves and Celtic, jazzy, even neo-classical instrumentals. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the American Legion, Post 5 on Linden Street. This performance is made possible by the Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department. For more information please call the office at 802-254-5808 or visit our website for a complete listing/description of events at www.brattleboro.org.
Wilmington: The Pettee Memorial Library Cookbook Book Club will be cooking up Lebanese dishes from "Rose Water and Orange Blossoms" and sharing them in the library at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6. The cookbook is available in the library. Please sign up to share a dish in advance. Contact Allison Maynard, 464-8557 or petteelibrary.org.
Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents Central African drum class with Raoul Ombang on July 6, 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.
Brattleboro: On July 6 at 7 p.m. at the Centre Congregational Church on Main Street there will be a community reading and discussion of the 4th of July speech given by the 19th century orator and abolitionist, Frederick Douglass. The event is free and open to the public and it is sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council, Brattleboro Community Justice Center, Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity, Community Change, Inc., Brattleboro Area Interfaith Initiative, Brattleboro Area Interfaith Clergy Association and Centre Congregational Church. For more information, contact Claire Halverson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-254-6098.
Wilmington: Learn the basics of downloading free e-books from the Pettee Memorial Library during Tech Time at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 7. Contact Allison Maynard, 464-8557 or petteelibrary.org.
Brooks Memorial Library
Brattleboro: Healthy Habitats! On Thursday, July 7 from 3-5 p.m. come to the library to learn about where animals live and what keeps them healthy. Listen to a story, explore animal homes, make a craft. For ages 4 and up and their families. Please call 802-254-5290 x110 or email email@example.com to register. This program is sponsored by the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center.
Bellows Falls: Celia Bohannon and friends will present the vintage game Bali at the Rockingham Library on July 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. Bali is a word building game from the 1950s. More Bali games are planned for July and August. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802 463-4270, visit rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.
Spend Smart, Eat Smart
Wilmington: Learn how to eat well on a budget, sample baked oat muffins, and learn the recipe during a Spend Smart, Eat Smart program at Pettee Memorial Library at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 8. This program is sponsored by SASH. Contact Allison Maynard, 464-8557 or petteelibrary.org.
Brattleboro: The Hive Mutual Support Network presents Creative Maladjustment Day, part of a worldwide, week-long celebration of "maladjusted" pride, on July 9, with free workshops from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and a pay-what/if-you-can concert from 7 to 11 p.m. For more information, visit www.hivemutualsupport.net or the Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/bratthive.
Newfane: The Moore Free Library, 23 West Street, will host an Artists Reception, for the Robert L. Crowell Art Gallery, on July 9, 1-3 p.m. Featured artist will be Rich Ray "Mixed Media Abstracts, female figures and faces." The public is welcome. For more information visit www.moorefreelibrary.wordpress.com or call 802-365-7948.
The Stockwell Brothers
Putney: Twilight Music continues its 14th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk, world beat, rock, jazz, zydeco, Celtic, swing, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, July 10, with contemporary bluegrass and folk music quartet The Stockwell Brothers Band. The seven-concert series continues every other Sunday through August 21. All concerts begin at 6 p.m. on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain. The series is sponsored by the Town of Putney, Soundview Paper Company, The Putney Food Co-op, Green Mountain Well, The Stockwell Brothers and many other Putney businesses and organizations. The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available. For more information, call 802-387-5772 or visit www.twilightmusic.org.
Re-Think Hinsdale's Streets
Hinsdale, N.H.: Join us Downtown on July 10th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Millstream Riverfront Park to see what Hinsdale's streets could look like. For one day only, we will be transforming part of Main Street into a more walkable, bikeable, vibrant and active public space. Come see an example of a Complete Streets roadway design. This event is free and open to all.
Brattleboro: The acoustical trio "Three Way Street" will be performing at Brattleboro Common Art in the Park, concert series, on Tuesday July 12, from 7-8:30 p.m. (Rain location: American Legion Hall, 32 Linden St. Brattleboro). Sponsored by the Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department and Brattleboro Savings and Loan, the concert is free and open to the public.
Bellows Falls: Join the Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce on July 13, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for its annual mixer, "A Taste of the Great Falls Region," at the Waypoint Welcome Center, 17 Depot St. New, existing and prospective members are invited to experience the welcome center, designed with historical and interpretive area photographs. Enjoy local foods, microbrews and networking. Door prizes include the chance to win a free one-year Chamber membership worth $300. For more information, contact Deb or Doreen at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 802-463-4280 or visit www.greatfallschamber.org
Brattleboro: Eighteen youth from all over the country have come to Vermont for In-Sight Photography Project's Exposures Cross-Cultural Youth Arts Program this summer. Exposures is a three-week immersion in the study of photography, culture, and diversity, using the photographic arts as a language, common to youth from diverse communities and cultures. Participants come from partnering organizations in Arizona, California, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Vermont and range in age from 15 to 21. From late June to mid-July, the Exposures participants engage with their host community. Exposures culminates in an exhibition of the photographs produced, along with a celebratory potluck community dinner. This year's dinner will be held Friday, July 15, at 5 p.m. on Winston Prouty's new campus on Maple Street, formerly the Austine School, in the dining room of the Vermont Hall. The public is invited to bring a potluck dish which has significance on either a personal, community, or cultural level. To RSVP for this potluck community dinner, please call 802-251-9960 or email email@example.com. For more information, please call 802-251-9961 or visit www.insight-photography.org.
Newfane: Cadillac Envy will heat up the Court House Lawn at Newfane Common in a free concert on Wednesday, July 20, from 6-8 p.m. (rain location at the Union Hall). Cadillac Envy is a young, exciting, retro influenced band with roots in 1950s. Rockabilly, early Rock & Roll and Rhythm & Blues with a pinch of punk thrown in for good measure. Their high octane groove is known to get even the wallflowers to dance. Enjoy this free live concert, sponsored by Newfane Anew Community Volunteers, dedicated to putting the shire town of Newfane and its three villages on the map. Emailinfo@newfaneanew.com or call 802.365.0265 for more information.
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.
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 email@example.com, Pokey Lyman at 365-7964 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Lauri Miner at 802-365-4194 or email@example.com 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.
Old Home Day
Bellows Falls: The 40th annual Rockingham Old Home Days will be held on Aug. 6, at the Waypoint Center. The Chamber is currently seeking craft, food, and flea market vendors to participate in this celebrated, family-friendly community event. Many new events have been added this year, including performances by the finalists of Southern Vermont Idol, and a record crowd is anticipated. For more information, contact Deb or Doreen at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 802-463-4280 or visit www.greatfallschamber.org
Brattleboro: Join author Adam Krakowski as he discloses the tumultuous side of Vermont's temperance movement in a presentation on "Vermont Prohibition: Teetotalers, Bootleggers, and Corruption," to be held Thursday, Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m., at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center. Vermont became the nation's second dry state in 1853. But some locals refused to comply, and inept law enforcement led to ineffective consequences. What was intended to increase wholesomeness forced a newly carved detour toward crime and corruption. Early laws, such as the Liquor Law of 1853, targeted distilled spirits while conveniently protecting cider. As regulations tightened, morals loosened. Without legalized booze, smugglers imported liquor from Canada, and bootleggers ensured that domestic speakeasies kept the liquor flowing. Crime ran so rampant that Newport, Richford and Lyndonville residents relocated to escape rum-running gangs. Admission is free for BMAC members, students, and children 18 and under; $5 for non-members.