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Brattleboro: Non-profit organizations that would like to be part of the 2016 River Valley Kids Fair on Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Brattleboro Common should contact Bob Furman at 802-251-3683 to reserve a space. Along with a free BBQ, free popcorn and cotton candy and free admission, there will be several demonstrations, including from Wildlife Encounters.
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.
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.
Townshend: The Townshend Farmers Market is located on the lawn of the historic West Townshend Country Store and is open from 4 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 12. Music for the evening will be Ray Mason's "One man with his Silvertone." Shop between 4 and 5 p.m. and receive a $2 discount on any purchase of $10 or more from participating vendors.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department, as part of the TGIF Morning Matinee, will present "Circus Minimus," at the Living Memorial Park Rotary Theater on Aug. 12 at 10:30 a.m. From Kevin O'Keefe's suitcase an entire circus emerges — tent, band, lights, the boisterous ringmaster Steve Fitzpatrick, the officious Mervin Merkle, the incredible Bumbilini Family, the Magician to the Stars Clyde Zerbini, and Keefer — an innocent trying to run away and join the circus. This show is free and day care groups are welcome to attend. For more information, call 802-254-5808 or visit www.brattleboro.org.
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: The WSWMD Swap Program on Old Ferry Road is a free outlet for materials that are still usable but for which there is no traditional re-use program. People are asked to use all other available outlets before bringing items to the Swap Program. Items brought in may be passed along to other non-profit groups. The Swap Program is open Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Items brought in must be clean and in usable condition and must be accepted by a staff member before being left. Due to the need to close promptly at noon, large loads of donations may not be accepted after 11:45 a.m. Items available this week include books, VHS cassettes, toys, speakers, toaster oven, coffee makers, records, baskets, lamps, dishes, pool ladder, windows, flower pots and suitcases.
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.
Wilmington: On Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. at Memorial Hall, there will be a screening of "Tough Love," which chronicles the separate journeys of two people as they fight to make their families whole again after their children were taken from them due to neglect.
Wilmington: On Aug. 17 at 6 p.m., the Pettee Memorial Library will host a discussion of "The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry," by Garielle Zevin. Books are available at the library. The discussion is open to the public. Free refreshments.
Guilford: On Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m., the Guilford Free Library will host a discussion of "Not Without Peril," by Marguerite Allis. Copies are available at the library. No charge. Call 802-254-5561 for information.
Guilford: On Aug. 18 at 5 p.m., the Guilford Free Library will host Cathi Wilken, who will present songs, stories, books for babies, toddlers and their older siblings. Apples and cheese, too. No charge. Call 802-254-6545 for information.
Wilmington: On Aug. 18 at 4 p.m., Tech Time at the Pettee Memorial Library will focus on the use of Universal Class, a free online learning resource available through the library.
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.
Brattleboro: Fieldtone continues its monthly exploration of modern experimental music and video at 118 Elliot with Bobby Cseshack, Chance McNiff and Olivia Wilkins-Becker on Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. By donation. For more information, visit 118Elliot.com.
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. 19 at 10 a.m., the Pette Memorial Library will host Sunny's Deep Cleaning Tricks and Homemade Cleaning Products. Learn tricks to get your home cleaner than ever, using your own homemade products.
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.
Brattleboro: The Retreat Farm will host Vermont non-profit Farm to Ballet Project as they perform an original outdoors ballet celebrating the seasonal story of a Vermont farm featuring live Vivaldi. All ages are invited to come enjoy food from local food trucks and tour our new educational garden beginning an hour before the show. Tickets are free for children 12 and under and $15 for adults (13 and up). More details and tickets for sale at retreatfarm.org/ballet. Ticket proceeds will benefit the Barnyard and the Farm to Ballet Project. At the Harris Hill Ski Jump on Cedar Street, Aug. 20, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Saxtons River: On Aug. 20 starting at 7:30 p.m. at Main Street Arts, Illusionist Ben Pratt will bring his magic to the stage. His illusions include sleight of hand, birds, humans materializing out of nowhere and walking through a solid glass mirror. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. The suggested audience for this PG show is age 10 and older. For more information, call 802- 869-2960, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.mainstreetarts.org or find Main Street Arts on Facebook.
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.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Great Books Discussion Group will be discussing the novella "Daisy Miller," by Henry James on Aug. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the meeting room of the Brooks Memorial Library. The September discussion is on "Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man," by James Joyce, and for October and November, participants will be discussing selections from "The Federalists Papers," by Madison, Hamilton and Jay. For MORE information, call Michael N. Landis at 802-257-1851, or e-mail email@example.com.
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.
Guilford: Cub Scout Pack 447 will host its fall recruiting meeting on Sept. 8 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Guilford Scout Cabin at the Guilford Fairgrounds. Boys 6 and up are welcome with their families. And on Sept. 22, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Pack 447 will host a meeting at the First Congregational Church, West Brattleboro. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: On Sept. 8 at 7 p.m., there will be a presentation about Brattleboro's Stephen Daye Press in the Brattleboro History Center at 196 Main St. This event is open to the public and admission is free. Founded in 1932 by John S. and Marion R. Hooper, the Stephen Daye Press published books about New England. It is considered the first in the field of regional publishers in the United States. Children of the SDP founders, John, Mary Ann and Steve Hooper, all formerly of Brattleboro, will give a talk about the Stephen Daye Press. In addition, there will be a display of SDP books, photos, tools of the trade, original promotional materials and other items. The Brattleboro Historical Society and the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library are sponsoring the SDP presentation and exhibit. The event is part of the Historical Society and Friends collaboration to tell the story of Brattleboro's important and distinguished publishing and printing history.
Bellows Falls: On Sept. 15 at 6 p.m., join a book discussion of "The Hobbit," by J. R. R. Tolkien at the Rockingham Library. Come prepared to play some icebreaking games and solve some riddles — all related to Bilbo's adventures. Dressing up as a favorite character is encouraged but optional. Make and bring along a troll home or an elf hut — just for fun. All ages are invited to attend. Pick up a copy of "The Hobbit" at the library's front desk today. Audiobook and graphic novel formats are also available. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-463-4270, email email@example.com, go to rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.
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.