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Walpole, N.H.: "The Unknown Side of Playing Cards," offers a glimpse into Walpole's past. For centuries, playing cards, which were once printed on just one side, were repurposed and used for hundreds of other tasks. When a deck became incomplete, the remaining cards were utilized in many secondary ways, both practical and creative. Paper was rare and expensive, and these centuries-old "secondary use cards" can today reveal interesting historical insights into past centuries. Because of this, these second-use cards are eagerly collected, analyzed, and studied. Gejus van Diggele is one such collector, scholar, author, and lecturer of second-use cards. He has found 70 cards from towns around the region.
Brattleboro: On Aug. 9 from 2 to 3 p.m. Brooks Memorial Library Children's room will host a Hawaiian Hula dance class for kids and their families. This is a free class. Register by calling 802-254-5290, ext. 110, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. This class is made possible by the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library.
Brattleboro: On Aug. 9 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. the Brooks Memorial Library Children's Room with host a family dance time led by local dance instructor Cyndal Ellis. In this creative dance class for all ages, parents and caregivers can explore movement with their children. Wear your baby or dance alongside your toddler or young child. Participants of all abilities welcome. This is a free class. Call 802-254-5290, ext. 110, or email email@example.com to register. Space is limited. This class is made possible by the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library.
Dover: The Dover Free Library hosts live "Animal Athletes" Aug. 9 at 6:30 p.m. This informative program is presented by the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum with a grant from the Vermont Department of Libraries as part of the Dover Library's "On Your Mark, Get Set, ... READ!" program. Call 802-348-7488 for more information or visit www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.
Brattleboro: The Yankee Male Chorus will perform on Aug. 10 at the First Congregation Church of West Brattleboro, and on Aug. 11 at the Charlestown, N.H., Congregation Church, 71 Main St. The chorus will also perform on Aug. 12 at the United Church of Bellows Falls, 8 School St. Aug. 13 at the First Baptist Church, 80 Main St. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. A free will offering may be taken during intermission at each location. For additional information call Pete Harrison at 802-722-3080 or 802-289-3776 or e- mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drum and dance
Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents Central African drum and dance class featuring Raoul Ombang on Aug. 10 with drum from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by dance 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. 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 on dance and drum classes visit www.africandancevt.com or find African Dance VT on Facebook.
Dummerston: The Dummerston Grange Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will be held on Aug 10, serving at noon. Prepared by Chefs Larry Lynch, Jr., and Sallie May, the menu will be roast pork with mashed potato and gravy, corn on the cobb, cabbage casserole, with Jello poke cake for dessert. Take outs will be available by calling the Grange at 802-254-1136 the day of the meal. Blood pressures will be taken and books will be available from Lydia Taft Pratt Library for loan until the next meal. Cost is $3 for those 60 and over and $4 for the younger folks. No reservations are needed.
Whitingham: Yoga at the Meadowlands, a locally owned studio focused on bringing the benefits and transformative practices of yoga to the community, will be opening its doors on Aug. 10. Founder Alissa Marshall will host a free class on Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. at the studio, located at 949 Brick House Rd. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat. For more information, call 802-368-7707.
Winchester, N.H.: The Winchester Historical Society has received a grant from New Hampshire Humanities to present "A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes." The program will be presented by Adair Mulligan on Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. This program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided after the presentation.
Brattleboro: The 2016 Democratic Campaign Kickoff Celebration will be at 118 Elliot Street on Aug. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. Come celebrate the primary's results with Democratic candidates over drinks and hors d'oeuvres and rally support for Democrats to win the general election in November. Suggested contribution: $25 attendee, $100 Hhost, $250 sponsor. R.S.V.P. suggested but not required to email@example.com or at www.vtdemocrats.org/BrattleboroAugust11.
Bellows Falls: Celia Bohannon and friends will share the vintage game Bali at the Rockingham Library on Aug. 11 at 2 p.m. Bali is a word building game from the 1950s, similar to Scrabble, that uses cards instead of tiles.Because players can see one another's cards, the game takes on a more social bent. Adults and kids (fourth grade and up) are all welcome to attend and play together. 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.
Wilmington: On Aug. 11, from 4 to 5 p.m., the Pettee Memorial Library will host Tech Time, where people can drop in and ask technical questions and get problem-solving help.
Brattleboro: The next meeting of BrattleMasters, the local Toastmasters club, will be held Aug. 11 at the Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and will include two prepared speeches, evaluations, and reports by members. Drew Adam will be the Toastmaster of the Evening. Guests are welcome to attend, and are invited to participate in the extemporaneous speaking exercises. For information, visit brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department will host a Mountain Biking Camp for ages 11 to 14. Instructed by Steven Robinson, the camp runs from Aug. 15 to 19, from 9 a.m. to noon, with the center base being Living Memorial Park. Topics include bike maintenance, safety and proper gear as well as riding on trails within the community. The cost of the program is $100 for Brattleboro residents and $115 for non-residents. Register by calling 802-254-5808.
Newfane: On Aug. 11, at noon at the Newfane Congregational Church, there will be dinner for seniors in Newfane and surrounding communities. The menu includes zucchini pancakes, green salad, hamburger zucchini casserole, zucchini bread and zucchini chocolate cake with whipped cream. The meal is prepared by Winnie Dolan, hosted by Barbara Brooks and served by hard working 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.
Jamaica: The Jamaica Senior Luncheon will be held Aug. 11, at noon at the Jamaica Community Church on Main Street. Lunch is sponsored by Senior Solutions. Jamaica Benefit Association supplies juice, coffee, paper goods and volunteer as servers. All are welcome, no reservations required. $3.50 for seniors, $4 others.
Wilmington: On Aug. 12, starting at 10 a.m.. the Pettee Memorial Library will host Go4Life everyday fitness ideas from the National Institute on Aging. Presented by SASH.
Williamsville: On Aug. 12, from 4 to 6 p.m., there will be a meditative walk at the Manitou Reserve, including poems or other readings, and chances to share. Rain or Shine. 300 Sunset Lake Rd. Meet at the parking lot at 4 p.m. For more information, call Mike at 802-258-8598.
Paint and sip
Newfane: Gerda's Animal Aid, a non-profit horse rescue located on Route 30, will be hosting a paint and sip event at the Four Columns Inn, Aug. 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. Donation to paint is $40. Appetizers and cocktails will be available to purchase from the Four Columns Inn. No painting experience is necessary. Find Gerda's Animal Aid on Facebook.
Northfield, Mass.: St. Patrick's Church at 80 Main St., will be holding a summer picnic on Aug. 13 at 5 p.m., right after the 4 p.m. Mass. The menu includes not dogs, hamburgers, salads, chips, dessert and drinks. Cost is $8.
Coins and postcards
Brattleboro: The Tri Town Coin, Postcard and Sports Card Collector's Club will host its next show and collector meeting on Aug. 13 at the Holiday Inn Express on Chickering Drive. Area collectors of all ages are invited to meet other collectors and various hobbyist. The event, which will offer door prizes, begins at 8 a.m. with a club business meeting. After a family fun day of buying and selling collectibles, dealers will join the Tri Town Numismatic Society at 2:30 p.m. for its monthly meeting. There is no admission charge and anyone looking to sell or trade.
Bellows Falls: The 11th annual Black Sheep Radio Block Party and Dance Concert will be held at the Waypoint Center on Aug. 13. Gate opens at 6:30 p.m. The line-up for the event includes Sool, Moxley Union, Willie & The Heartbeats and 3rd Rail. Hotdogs, burgers and picnic food will be for sale, and cash bar available. Ticket cost is $11 in honor of the event's 11th year and can be purchased online at the WOOL website, www.blacksheepradio.org. Online sales stop on August 13, but can be purchased at the gate. Proceeds benefit Bellows Falls community radio station WOOL, Black Sheep Radio. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brattleboro: On Aug. 14, from 7 to 10 p.m., at 118 Elliot Street, there will be a contra dance featuring music by Tempest (Tim Ball on fiddle, Chuck Abell on guitar and mandolin) with caller Rich Goss from Oregon. Newcomers welcome; all dances taught and called. Adults $10 to 12, college students $8, youth $5. For more information, visit brattcontra.org or call 518-561-2594.
Brattleboro: There will be a community circle dance on Aug. 14 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Aikido Studio at 11 Cottage St. Led by Lynn Hartwood and Jane Buchan. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated. For more information, call Parker Huber 802-257-9108 or Mary Ellen Cannon, 603-631-0768.
Whitingham: The American Legion Cecil A. Davis Post 17 will be having a dedication ceremony on Aug. 14 on Town Hill in Whitingham at 1:30 p.m. The Legion will be honoring all veterans from town who served from Aug. 24, 1982, to July 13, 1984, from Dec. 20, 1989, to Jan. 31, 1990, and from Aug. 2, 1990, to present. To be eligible these men and women would have to be living in Whitingham at the time of enlistment. A new monument and plaque will be installed next to the existing monuments dedicated to those who served in previous wars and conflicts. The names of the men and women to be on this new plaque are as follows: Derek Allen, Jeannie C. Allen, Shawn Allen, Charlie Bartlett, Bonnie Bolivar, Dustin Brown, Jamie Brown, Henry Corse, Chris Cunningham, Dave Cunningham, Dan Cunningham, Timothy Cunningham, Matthew Degnon, Lisa Dix, Zinna Dix, Lance Filler, Bjorn Galaske, Craig Hammer, Nickolas Hammer Jeffrey Moore, David Snow, Alex Stradecki, Shawn F. Taylor, , Jessie Stewart and Chance Schenetzke. If you know of someone who's name should be on this list please contact Dana Dix at 802-368-7612.
Walpole, N.H.: The Walpole Seniors will meet at the First Congregational Church in Walpole at noon on Aug. 15 for a potluck luncheon. Please bring a dish to share with the members. Judy Francine, Marketing Director of the Hillside Village Retirement Community is the featured speaker. She will report on the status of this project.
Brattleboro: AARP Chapter 763 members and guests will meet Aug. 16 noon at the Senior Picnic Area at Living Memorial Park to enjoy the annual summer picnic. Folks are asked to bring their own plates, silverware and a dish to share.
Dover: On Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m. author and llustrator John Gurney will read his newest book, "Fuzzy Baseball," to be followed by a question and answer session and book signing. Two copies will be awarded as door prizes, other books may be purchased at the event. For more information call the library at 802-348-7488 or visit www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.
Wardsboro: On Aug. 16, at 6 p.m., the Wardsboro Public Library will be welcoming a Children's Literacy Foundation storyteller, Sarah Stewart Taylor. The program will be a fun and entertaining event for the entire family. After the storytelling, every child who attends (ages birth to 14 years) will be able to select two brand new books to keep. This program is sponsored by the library, thanks to a Summer Readers Grant from CLiF. Everyone is welcome to stay after the storytelling program and join Jenn Finaldi, Children's Librarian, for Board Game Night at 7 p.m. Both programs are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Wardsboro Public Library at 802-896-6988.
Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place on Aug. 19, at the Guilford Community Church. The menu includes sweet potato salad, hot dogs and sliced tomatoes and cucumbers, with cream pies 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 Aug. 17.
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.
Brattleboro: Starting at 7 p.m. on Aug. 18, the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center hosts naturalist Patti Smith, who will talk about the musical insects of summer nights.A presentation will be followed by an evening stroll to the top of Heifer Hill to look for singing insects and to enjoy the full moon. For information, visit www.beec.org or call 802-257-5785. Free.
Brattleboro: On Aug. 18, Marlboro College Master's of Arts in TESOL program will host its annual Bridges Conference. Second year students will facilitate interactive presentations that integrate leading theories in English Language Education with their personal theories of teaching practice. MATESOL students come from Saudi Arabia, China, Egypt, Morocco, Costa Rica, Argentina, and Chile. This event is free and open to the public. To learn more or to register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/marlboro-college-matesol-bridges-conference-tickets-26811712554.
Days gone by
Newfane: All are welcome to an evening of food and stories at the Historical Society of Windham County's annual meeting event on Aug. 19 at the NewBrook Fire Station. Following the Society's brief annual meeting, beginning at 5:30 p.m., there will be the pot-luck dinner at 6. Bring a dish to share, drinks will be provided. Beginning at 7 p.m., four residents of Windham County will share their stories of "days gone by" in Vermont: Bill Holiday, of Brattleboro, will share stories on the impact of Interstate 91's construction almost 60 years ago; Marilyn Loomis will share reminisces stories of growing up in Putney; Bill Toomey, of Grafton, has a multitude of 'Believe it or not" stories from the Grafton Inn; and Larry Clark will share anecdotes from Gageville and Bellows Falls. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.historicalsocietyofwindhamcounty.org, call 802-348-7891 or e-mail email@example.com.
Wilmington: On Aug. 20, starting at 8 p.m., Historic Memorial Hall will host the Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley Jazz Concert Series with a concert benefiting The Gathering Place. Pianist Chris Bakriges is joined by vocalist Bidi Dworkin, guitarist John Kozinski, bassist Mark Dunlap, and drummer Denny Ray Pelletier. Admission by donation at the door. Food and drinks will be for sale. Sponsored by Twice Blessed and Dot's of Dover. For more information, call Twice Blessed at 802-464-7500.
Vernon: The annual "Mums and More Sale" will be held on Aug. 21, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Vernon Historical Museum, at 4201 Fort Bridgman Road in Vernon. The sale is a fundraiser for the Vernon Historians and will feature a nice selection of mum plants from Griffin Gardens.
Brattleboro: There will be a community circle dance on Aug. 21 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Aikido Studio at 11 Cottage St. Led by Diana Moore. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated. For more information, call Parker Huber 802-257-9108 or Mary Ellen Cannon, 603-631-0768.
Alstead, N.H.: On Aug. 23 from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Orchard Hill Breadworks will host a pizza night to benefit Brattleboro Time Trade. Sauce, cheese, and crust for $8 or $10, gluten-free. Bring your own toppings and bake it in an outdoor wood-fired oven. Live jazz music. Rain or shine. Free admission. More info at www.brattleborotimetrade.org.
Brattleboro: Whether you're thinking of building a tiny house of your own, just curious, or have building experience to share, Tiny House Fest Vermont brings the experts to the interested, with talks and panels on building technologies, off-grid living, wastewater solutions, zoning, and eight tiny houses to explore. Music, house tours, kids' teeny tiny maker station, and more. The all-day festival is Sept. 4 in downtown Brattleboro. Pre-fest tiny house building and design workshops Aug. 28 to Sept. 1. Local Tiny House Tours on Sept. 5. For full schedule go to facebook.com/tinyhousefestvermont. To buy a festival pass, local art and tiny house swag go to www.indiegogo.com/projects/tiny-house-fest-vermont.
Bondville: The Bondville Fair is the oldest continuously operating Fair in the state of Vermont. This year the Bondville Fair will take place on Friday through Sunday, Aug. 26, 27 and 28. The Craft and Artisan section of the Bondville Fair also begins on Friday and runs through Sunday. As in the past, set-up time will be Friday morning from 8 until 10 a.m. when all vehicles must be in their parking spots. Anyone requesting a Thursday night set up, please contact me at 802-375-4831 before hand to arrange a time. The registration fee for the August Bondville Fair, for a 10-by-10 space is $65. If you desire electricity, there is an additional charge of $15 for the three days of the fair. An Application covering the Bondville Fair is immediately following this one. Space will be allotted on a first come first served basis. For an application, contact Estelle M. Schwartz at 802-375-4831.
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 brattleborokoa.com.
West Brattleboro: West Brattleboro Baptist Church at 979 Western Avenue hosts a community lunch on Aug. 28 from noon to 1:45 p.m. featuring grilled roasted pork, rice pilaf, garden veggies, watermelon, Italian bread, dessert, and beverage of choice. All are welcome.
Community tag sale
Brattleboro: Morningside Commons Annual Yard Sale will be held on Sept. 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Morningside Commons is located on Royal Road. This will be a multi-unit sale. No early birds please.
Brattleboro: The 18th Annual River Valley Kids Fair is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17, on the Brattleboro Common from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The children's entertainment slate is now set, and one of the acts for this year's circus-themed Kids Fair is "On Her Majesty's Secret Circus." Representatives of non-profit organizations that would like to be a part of the Kids Fair, can have a space for free. Call Bob Furman at 802-251-3683 to reserve a space.
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 thevermontfestival.com.
Brattleboro: On Sept. 21 at 7 p.m., the Brattleboro Museum and Arts Center will feature a discussion of its exhibit, "Taking Stock of Guns," with Linda Bond, whose art is featured in the display. Bond's "A Gun Show" will be performed at the New England Youth Theatre on Sept. 23 and 24. Joe Quint, a photographer whose project, "It Takes Us," explores the impact of gun violence on survivors and friends and family of victims, will also discuss how guns influences his art. $5 for adults, free for BMAC members, students, youth 18 and under. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit www.brattleboromuseum.org.
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.