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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: The Brattleboro representatives from the Act 46 Study Committee will host a community forum on Aug. 24 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Oak Grove School. This will be the final presentation of the proposed articles of agreement to the community, before the Study Committee officially votes on whether or not to send them to the Vermont Board of Education for approval.
Williamsville: On Thursday, August 25th, at noon at the Williamsville Town Hall, in the downstairs dining room, there will be dinner for seniors in Williamsville and surrounding communities. Please join us for: Pulled Pork, cornbread, beans, green salad, and carrot cake for dessert. The meal is prepared at the Williamsville Town Hall kitchen by Jon Julian owner/chef of Top of the Hill Grill, hosted by Nancy Rysz and Natalie Donovan and sponsored by Senior Solutions (Council on Aging, Inc.). The suggested donation for this meal is $3.50 for age 60 and over and $4 for under age 60. Please call Nancy Rysz at 348-7729 for information and reservations.
Brattleboro: The next meeting of BrattleMasters, the local Toastmasters club, will be held Aug. 25 at the Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. To mark and celebrate the end of summer, theme of the meeting will be "Lazy Daze." The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and will include prepared speeches, evaluations, and reports by members. Edwin Sause will be the Toastmaster of the Evening. Guests are welcome to attend, and are invited to participate in the extemporaneous speaking exercises. For information about the local Toastmasters club, visit brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.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: Local author Archer Mayor will soon release his 27th Det. Joe Gunther novel. On Aug. 27 a photographic scavenger hunt of many of the locales in Brattleboro, that are important characters in his books, will have its kick-off. This fun event will begin at the Brattleboro North KOA Campground in Dummerston at 9 a.m. with a complete pancake breakfast ($8 per person, $10 gluten free). Mayor will give one of his very entertaining talks with hints about his next Gunther novel and his real life experience over the last 30 years as firefighter/EMT, a constable, and a death investigator for Vermont's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. He'll also be signing books that will be for sale. Following the breakfast, participants will be given a Gunther map of Brattleboro to find the locales individually or with friends/family along with information about parking and 'friends of the hunt' businesses in Brattleboro. At the friends locations, they will be able to rest, enjoy an event-themed treat, or receive special gifts or discounts. After submitting digital photos of party members or selfies at the locales, participants will be entered to win one of a number of great prizes including Mayors' books, accommodations, meals, and gift certificates. There will be one drawing on Aug. 27 as part of the kick-off and then again on Oct. 3 for later participants. After the kick-off, maps will be available in downtown locations. Participating businesses include Altiplano, Artrageus1 Arts Collective, Beadniks, Brattleboro Books, Brattleboro Food Co-op, Brattleboro North KOA Campground, Centered Healing Therapeutic Massage, Latchis Hotel and Theater, Mystery on Main Bookstore, Persimmon & Rose Holistic Skin Care, Renaissance Fine Jewelry, Sam's Outdoor Outfitters, Vermont Artisan Designs, Vermont Center for Photography and The Works Bakery/Cafe.