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Scavenger hunt

Brattleboro: During the weekend of Aug. 26 to 28, participate in a photographic scavenger hunt of many locales in Newfane, Dummerston, and especially Brattleboro, that are important sites in the Joe Gunther books penned by local author Archer Mayor. The event begins on Aug. 26 at the KOA Campground on Route 5 at 9 a.m. with a complete pancake breakfast with Mayor ($8 per person). If you have need for lodging or a campsite that weekend, the KOA Campground will have special packages available. For more information, call 802-254 -5908, or visit


Soccer camp

Hinsdale, N.H.: Hinsdale High School will be the location of the Upper 90 Soccer Camp, offered Aug. 1 through 5, directed by Jay Cudworth and Steve Fecto, the current Varsity coaches at the Hinsdale High School. The morning session, which runs from 10 a.m. to noon, is for girls and boys entering the 2nd through 5th grades. The afternoon session, which runs from 1 to 3 p.m. will be for boys and girls entering the 6th through 8th grades. The cost of this camp is $80 and is in association with the Hinsdale Recreation Department. Contact Jay Cudworth at 802-275-7735 for more information.

Free concert

Newfane: Cadillac Envy will play on the Court House Lawn at Newfane Common in a free concert on July 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. (rain location at the Union Hall). Sponsored by Newfane Anew Community Volunteers, dedicated to putting the shire town of Newfane and its three villages on the map. or call 802-365-0265 for more information.

Drum and dance

Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents Central African drum and dance class with Raoul Ombang on July 20. The drum class is 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by the dance class, at the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main St. $10 for drum class; $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. The Stone Church is air conditioned. For more information, visit and or find African Dance VT on Facebook.


Brattleboro: There will be a six-week ukulele for beginners class starting July 20. Learn to play the ukulele from scratch in a small group class. Students will learn tuning, basic chords and strumming techniques, and a bunch of fun easy songs to play. Wednesday evenings from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. in Neighbor's Hall. Sliding scale tuition $140 to 160. Taught by Lisa McCormick. More information and registration at


Bellows Falls: Linda Guzynski will lead "Cycles of Opportunity," a discussion of astrology, on July 20 at 5 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room of the Rockingham Library. For more information, visit

Pet health

Dover: On July 20, at 7 p.m., the Dover Free Library presents "Core Health & Chinese Five Element Theory as It Sees to Your Pet's Health," by Donna Harwood Dvm. This event is free and open to the public. Questions? For more information, call 802-348- 7488 or visit


Brattleboro: On July 20, from noon to 1 p.m., there will be a meeting to discuss a work in progress, "From Brooklyn to Bratttleboro: By the Flatlanders Who Made the Move," at the River Garden. All interested writers and non writers are welcomed.

Hunger Council

Brattleboro: The Hunger Council of the Windham Region will be meeting on July 20 to discuss the state of early childhood education and childcare in the region. Presentations by local experts and practitioners, including the Windham Child Care Association, Let's Grow Kids, and the Promise Communities, will help inform the conversation on ways to support children and their caretakers, and opportunities to elevate nutrition as a critical component in children's development and health. At the Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Spofford Lake

Chesterfield, N.H.: On July 20 at 7 p.m. at the Chesterfield Town Hall, the Chesterfield Historical Society is hosting a screening of the silent film "Memories of Spofford Lake."

Living alone

Townshend: Grace Cottage is hosting a Living Alone Support Group, meeting the third Wednesday of the month, starting July 20. Support group meetings will include an informal group discussion on the challenges of living alone. Topics may include cooking and shopping for one, finding people to help with chores around the house or yard, how to meet others with similar interests, and other topics of interest to the group. Whether you have been living alone for years, or are new to living alone, this group welcomes you and your input. The group meets from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. at the Grace Cottage Community Wellness Center, 133 Grafton Rd.. The facilitator is Alicia Moyer, the Support and Services at Home local coordinator. There is no charge to attend. Call 802-365-3753 to sign up.

'Tick Smart'

Townshend: Come to the Grace Cottage Community Wellness Center in Townshend on July 20, to learn more about preventing Lyme disease and anaplasmosis. Disease-carrying ticks are tiny but mighty when it comes to wreaking havoc with one's health. During this presentation Megan Lynde, Public Health Nurse with the VT Department of Health, will share important information about the cause and symptoms of Lyme disease and anaplasmosis and provide guidance on ways to protect against ticks and prevent infection. This program is offered free of charge. It will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Grace Cottage Community Wellness Center (Heins Building), located at 133 Grafton Rd. No registration is needed to attend.

Book discussion

Bellows Falls: On July 21 at noon, the Rockingham Library is hosting a brown bag book talk. Bring one or two book recommendations and a brown bag lunch. Fiction, nonfiction, classics, graphic novels and poetry are all fair game. The library will also provide lists of recommended books. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-463-4270, visit or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.

Senior lunch

Townshend: The community is invited to dinner at noon on July 21, at the Townshend Church. Sponsored by Senior Solutions, the meal is prepared by Chef Stephanie of the Townshend Dam Diner. Suggested donation is $3.50 for people 60 years and up; all others $4. Take-out meals will be available. Free blood pressure screening will be available from 11:30 a.m., provided by VT-NH VNA. Everyone is welcome.

Morning Matinee

Brattleboro: The Recreation & Parks Department as part of the TGIF Morning Matinee will present "Darren Yong" (Magic), at the Living Memorial Park Rotary Theater on Friday, July 22nd at 10:30 a.m. This is the third performance of the TGIF Morning Matinees. Yong, a critically acclaimed magician, has over 10 years of experience amazing audiences nationwide. Whether it's performing for Fortune 500 companies (Merrill Lynch, Dell, Wells Fargo) or showcasing at universities and libraries year-round, his funny witty style of magic will definitely be the talk of the event. He gives a breath of fresh air for magic. This show is free and Day Care Groups are welcome to attend. If there are special needs required, please call the Recreation & Parks Office at 802-254-5808. In case of rain, the show will be moved inside to the Nelson Withington Skating Facility. For more information, call the office at 802-254-5808 or visit

Saying no

Brattleboro: Malte Herwig, journalist and author, discusses his new book "The Woman Who Says No: Francoise Gilot on Her Life with and without Picasso," an intimate and revealing biography of the talented artist who dared to leave Picasso. On July 22 at 6 p.m. at Everyone's Books on Elliot Street. For more information, call 802-254-8160 or email

Healing walk

Williamsville: On July 22 starting at 4 p.m., Manitou will host a meditative walk to include poems or other readings, and chances to share. Rain or Shine. 300 Sunset Lake Rd. For more information, call Mary at 802-246-1152.

Summer reading

Hinsdale, N.H.: Summer reading at the Hinsdale Public Library begins on July 22 from 11 a.m. to noon and every Friday thereafter. To reserve a spot, call 603-336-5713.

Farmers market

Townshend: The Townshend Farmers Market is located on the lawn of the historic West Townshend Country Store and runs every Friday through Oct. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. Music for July 22 will be performer by The Newton Crew. Shop between 4 and 5 p.m. and receive a $2 discount on any purchase of $10 or more from participating vendors. From 4 to 7 p.m. there will be top-your-own wood-fired pizza, with a selection of local, seasonal toppings, including Against the Grain gluten-free pizza crust.

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 or find Jamaica Old Home Day on Facebook.

Colonial encampment

Hinsdale, N.H.: The Hinsdale Historical Society will be hosting a Colonial Encampment on July 23 on the grounds of the Col. Ebenezer Hinsdale Farm, 609 Brattleboro Rdoad. The house and grounds will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Ebenezer Hinsdale Garrison Company will be demonstrating open hearth cooking, colonial medicine, hand crafts, and children's games. A blacksmith will be on hand to demonstrate his trade. For more information, contact Sharron Smith at 603-256- 6133 or


Grafton: The Nature Museum will host a presentation on night owls, July 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center. Kimberly Galandak-O'Connor, Education Director at The Nature Museum, will give a short presentation. After that, there will be a bonfire and a guided hike at dusk. Admission is by donation for the program. RSVP at or by calling 802-843-2111. Bring snacks, a water bottle and dressed for a moderate hike across uneven terrain.

Climate change

Brattleboro: St. Michael's Episcopal Church is sponsoring a morning retreat on contemplative approaches to climate change on July 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the church's Meeting Room. The retreat, "Reclaiming Our Intimate, Co-Creative Relationship with the Natural World," will be led by Dr. Robert Jonas. Free and open to all. St. Michael's Episcopal Church at 16 Bradley Ave. is fully accessible.

Baked ham

Chesterfield, N.H.: On July 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 there will be a baked ham dinner featuring baked beans, summer salads and blueberry desserts! $10 per person and $5 for kids. Takeout available. 504 Route 63 in Chesterfield.

Yard sale

Brattleboro: On July 23, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 161 Western Ave., will host a yard sale. Rain or Shine.

Community cookout

Walpole, N.H.: The Savings Bank of Walpole is hosting a Community Appreciation Cookout as a way to say thank you to both its customers and the community. This year's event will be held on July 24 beginning at 5 p.m. on the Green in Walpole. The cookout will be followed by an evening of music featuring The Temple Band, one of the Banks' Concerts on the Green Series performances. The show will begin at 6:30 p.m. and run until 8 p.m.

Circle dance

Brattleboro: There will be a community circle dance on July 24 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Aikido Studio, 11 Cottage St. Led by Linda Blake. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated. Information: Parker Huber 802-257-9108 or Mary Ellen Cannon, 603-631-0768.

Square dance

Brattleboro: Brattleboro Dance presents a Square Dance at 118 Elliot Street on July 24, from 7 to 10 p.m. New England Caller David Millstone is be accompanied by the musical trio Julie Metcalfe, Rebecca Bosworth-Clemens and Kate Barns playing fiddle, piano and guitar. Admission is $10 Adults, $8 college students, $5 youth. For additional information, visit or call 802-258-1723. Country Dance and Song Society is partial sponsor for this square dance.

Great books

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Great Books Discussion Group will be discussing "A Tale of Two Cities," by Charles Dickens on July 25 starting at 7 p.m. in the meeting room at the Brooks Memorial Library. For more information, call Michael N. Landis at 802-257-1851, or e-mail him at

Vigilant Guard

Brattleboro: Local and State emergency responders will team up with federal counterparts in a full-scale emergency exercise in Vermont later this month. Operation Vigilant Guard will stretch from July 25 through Aug. 2 in several areas of Vermont. The exercise will involve 4,000 emergency responders, members of the National Guard, and partners in emergency response.


Dover: On July 25, at 5:30 p.m., the Dover Free Library presents "Race," staring Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons and William Hurt. The film is rated PG-13 and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-348-7488 or visit

Ash borer

Bellows Falls: On July 26 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Rockingham Library, Trish Hanson will lead a program on the biology of the Cerceris fumipennis wasp and its role in helping to protect ash trees from the emerald ash borer in Vermont. If weather is favorable, the indoor library presentation may be followed by a visit to an active wasp nest site for hands-on practice. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-463-4270, visit or stop by the Library at 65 Westminster St.

Clowning around

Dover: Dover Free Library and the New England Center for Circus Arts present "Clowning Around With Bill Forchion," at the Dover Free Library, July 26 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call at 802-348-7488 or visit

Bollywood dance

Brattleboro: On July 26 from 2 to 3 p.m., Brooks Memorial Library will host a free introduction to Bollywood style dance class for kids. This class will be taught by Amity DeAngelis who teaches regular dance classes in Brattleboro and Putney. To register, call 802-254-5290, ext. 110, or email This class is made possible by the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library.

Food Connects

Brattleboro: On July 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. at 11 University Way, Rigani Pizza at will be at the School Harvest Farm, donating a portion of its proceeds from the evening to Food Connects. Come earlier, at 4 p.m., to help Jonah harvest garlic. For more information, visit

Transcendental Meditation

Putney: The Putney Library hosts "Relaxed-Alertness" in mind-body for optimal learning, on July 27 at 7 p.m., a science-based technique that has been shown to improve attention, focus, behavior, organizational skills, and academic performance. For more information call Karen at 802-490-3600 or visit

Drums and dance

Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents Central African drum and dance class with Raoul Ombang on July 27 starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by a dance class at 7:30 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. Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing and bring a water bottle. Class will be accompanied by live drumming. The Stone Church is air conditioned. For more information, visit and or find African Dance VT on Facebook.

Potluck picnic

Brattleboro: BrattleMasters, the local Toastmasters club in Brattleboro, will host its annual potluck picnic at the Kiwanis shelter at the Living Memorial Park on July 28. Socializing begins at 5 p.m., with the regular meeting to follow starting at 6 p.m. The regular meeting will include speeches, evaluations, and reports by members. Guests are welcome to attend, and are also invited to participate in the extemporaneous speaking exercises. Please bring a dish to share. For more information, visit

Hitchcock movies

Brattleboro: On July 30, the Latchis Theatre presents "North by Northwest," at 4 p.m., and On July 31, also at 4 p.m., "Vertigo." The screenings feature "pearls of wisdom" by two Hitchcock scholars.

Chicken barbecue

Walpole, N.H.: On July 31, the First Congregational Church of Walpole will host the annual chicken barbecue before the band concert on the common. Take-out half chickens or meals will be available from 5 to 6 p.m. A meal consists of half chicken, potato salad, veggie sticks, rolls, cranberry sauce and lemonade. Donation is $6 for half chicken or $10 for meal. The meal is served inside in the event of rain. Tickets are available at Galloway Real Estate or by calling 603-445-5637.

Social Justice

Brattleboro: The Root social Justice Center at 22 Williams Street will present a special program on Aug. 3, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Join Mother Up!: Parents Exchange for Change, a campaign of 350Vermont, in building solidarity amongst parents by taking action to protect the health and safety of our collective future. We'll show a one-hour clip of Gasland 2 followed by a discussion. Kids activities and childcare available. A simple meal will also be provided. Potluck dishes welcome, but not required. Free. Contact:

Lost ski area

Wilmington: On Aug. 3 starting at 7 p.m. at the Wilmington Memorial Hall, The Hogback Mountain Conservation Association hosts "Lost Ski Areas of Southern Vermont," an illustrated lecture by ski historian Jeremy Davis, who will describe the factors that led to the closing of so many once-vibrant ski areas. Doors open at 6:30 for a chance to meet the speaker and have him autograph your copy of his booksThe program is free and open to the public.Donations will be accepted to support the trails and programs at the Hogback Mountain Conservation Area in Marlboro. For more information, visit or email

'Half Wild'

Brattleboro: On Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. at 118 Elliot Street, Robin MacArthur will discuss her new book, "Half Wild." In addition to the reading, there is a CD release for Red Heart the Ticker (Robin MacArthur and Tyler Gibbons) and a cash bar from Whetstone CiderWorks. Free and open to the public. For more information, call Everyone's Books at 802-254-8160.

Basketball camp

Saxtons River: Vermont Academy will be hosting a basketball skills camp this summer for boys ages 10 to 17, directed by Vermont Academy's head basketball coach, Alex Popp. The camp will run from Aug. 8 to 11, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Lucy Gym on Vermont Academy's campus. To download the brochure and register, go to Space is limited.

Fair Day

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, Pokey Lyman at 365-7964 or, or Lauri Miner at 802-365-4194 or 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, call 802-463-4280 or visit


Winhall: The Winhall Memorial Library, located at Route 30 and Kendall Farm Road, will hold its annual Friend-Raiser picnic on Aug. 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. Come and enjoy the live music of the Merry Pranksters with Bob & Kim Ray and John Wright. In addition to the usual menu of free hot dogs and chips the ice cream truck will be returning to the delight of the children and their parents. This year we will honor Connie Guttroff, the retiring librarian, and welcome the new Librarian, Dawn Santos. The event will be held rain or shine.

Vermont Prohibition

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 Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m., at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center. Admission is free for BMAC members, students, and children 18 and under; $5 for non-members.

Wine and harvest

West Dover: Vermont wineries, distilleries, artisans, craft and food vendors will be tented at Mt. Snow Resort during the Vermont Wine and Harvest Festival on Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year's Festival is book-ended by week-long events with the Wine Stroll-Soup Contest on July 15 and the Vermont Wildlife Festival on July 18. For more information, visit

Food co-op

Putney: The Putney Food Co-op will hold an annual member meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 20 at the Putney Community Center.