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Drum and dance

Brattleboro: On Sept. 7, African Dance Vermont presents Central African drum and dance class with Raoul Ombang and Khady Malal Badji. Drum class starts at 6:30 p.m. and dance class starts at 7:30 p.m., at the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main Street. Cost for the drum class is $10; $15 for dance. For more information on drum classes, email

Stephen Daye

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.


Senior lunch

Newfane: On Sept. 8 at noon at the Newfane Congregational Church, there will be dinner for seniors in Newfane and surrounding communities. The menu includes a mini quiche, Waldorf Salad, pot roast with gravy and mashed potatoes, corn and homemade biscuits, and apple cake. 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.

Free Spanish

Brattleboro: On Sept. 8 from 6 to 7 p.m. at 73 Main Street, Express Fluency will offer a free Spanish class. For more info contact at or call 802-275-2694 or visit


Brattleboro: This week's meeting of BrattleMasters, the Brattleboro chapter of Toastmasters, will feature two speech contests. The public is invited to attend but only members may compete. At the Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., at 6 p.m., Sept. 8. In one of the contests, members will have five to seven minutes to deliver a humorous, prepared speech. In the other contest, members will prepare and give a three to five minute evaluation of a speech. The winners of each contest will advance to the next level where they will compete against the winners of clubs in Rutland, Barre, Montpelier, and West Lebanon, N.H. For more information, visit

Kids in Coats

Brattleboro: The next Community Night at Fireworks will be Sept. 8. All profits from the evening will go to the United Way of Windham County's Kids in Coats Fund. The fund provides resources to income-eligible families with children newborn to grade 6 for winter gear to ensure that the county's children are warm and protected from the elements this winter.

Cosmic comedy

Brattleboro: The Strolling of the Heifers is hosting an Evening of Cosmic Comedy with Swami Beyondananda, "the Mark Twain of our times." At the Robert H. Gibson River Garden on Sept. 9. The show is a fund raiser for Strolling of the Heifers. Beginning at 8 p.m., seating is limited to 200. All seats are $15, but Strolling of the Heifers encourages you to consider purchasing a contributor ticket ($25) or sponsor ticket ($40). Sponsors will receive premium seating in front rows. Tickets are available at the River Garden (open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and online at

Drive-in cruise

Northfield, Mass: Now and Then Vehicles Club and Northfield Drive-In are hosting a classic car double feature of "American Graffiti" and "Bullitt" on Sept. 9. All antique and classic cars welcome, or come in your modern car. $9 per person or $20 per carload. Shows start at dusk. Rain date is Sept. 10. Find the club on Facebook for more information or call 603-239-4054.

Healing walk

Williamsville: The Manitou Project will hold a Healing Walk on Sept. 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. This meditative walk on Manitou's Sanctuary Trail will be led by Mary Stowe, and will include poems or other readings, and chances to share about the experience. Rain or Shine. Healing walks will be held every second and fourth Friday of each month until October. The Manitou Project seeks to foster community with nature on its 235 acre land preserve in Williamsville, located at 300 Sunset Lake Rd. For information, contact Mary at 802-246-1152.

Pancakes and issues

Dover: State Representative Laura Sibilia will be hosting a breakfast discussion on current and upcoming Vermont legislative topics on Sept. 10 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Dover Town Hall located at 183 Taft Brook Road. The discussion is free and open to the public. Donations to offset the cost of the breakfast will be accepted. For more information on Sibilia or her re-election campaign, visit

Turkey buffet

Alstead, N.H.: Third Congregational Church is hosting a turkey buffet on Sept. 10 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Takeout available. Adults age 13 and over, $10; children age 6 through 12, $5; children under 6, free. Turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry, potato, peas, carrots, rolls, beverages, dessert. For information, call Joanne at 603-835-6734 or Myrna at 603-835-2939. Volunteers are welcome to help with serving, food prep, running industrial dishwasher and other kitchen duties. Volunteers may call Myrna at 603-835-2939. Food prep at the church Friday, day prior to supper, at 9 a.m.

Rupa Cousins

Brattleboro: On Sept. 10 at 118 Elliot Street at 7:30 p.m., there will be a "barefoot boogie dance to help Rupa Cousins ( with health care costs. DJ mix with guest musicians will play a super-danceable eclectic world beat. Kid friendly, bring your own refreshments to share. Suggested donation is $10 or more. For more information, contact Amy at


Alstead, N.H.: Charles Andros will hold a beekeeping workshop at 18 MacLean Road from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 10. Topics of discussion will include treatment of nosema and mites (including using oxalic acid), winter preparations, protein and carbohydrate supplements, and making beeswax hand creams. Water and sunscreen are also a plus. Registration required at or 603-756-9056.

'Life, Animated'

Brattleboro: The Latchis Theatre's Off the Beaten Path film series continues Sept. 10 and 11 at 4 p.m. with "Life, Animated," a documentary and coming of age story about a boy and his family who overcame great challenges by turning Disney animated movies into a language to express love, loss, kinship and brotherhood. Rated PG.

Sports cards

Brattleboro: On Sept. 10, the Tri Town Coin, Postcard, Sports Card and Comic Book Collector's Club will hold its next show and collector meetings at the Holiday Inn Express on Chickering Drive. Doors open at 8 a.m. with a club business meeting. Besides the usual group of exhibitors, the club welcomes a Canadian coin expert and a local collector of Brattleboro and Windham County memorabilia. Special vintage Brattleboro and Vermont memorabilia of interest includes theatre and sporting posters from the 1950s. There is no admission charge and anyone looking to sell or trade collectible items such as coins, comic books, sports/postcards and other interesting items may set up a card table by calling show chairman Joe Fuller at 802-297-1274 or e-mail

Summit celebration

Brattleboro: Celebrate 25 years of Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center at top the Jewel of Bonnyvale Road, Heifer Hill, with spectacular 360 views. The theme of our gala celebration is all things celestial — the birds the winds and the stars. On Sept. 10 from 5 to 9 p.m. Free and open to all. More information can be found at

Community fair

Westminster West: The 27th annual Westminster West Community Fair will be held Sept. 10, with a theme of "Book It to Westminster West." Admission to the fair, held in the heart of the village off Westminster West Road, is free. It starts at 8:30 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m., and includes a fun run for kids and 5K race for adults, with prizes ranging from goat cheese and Green Mountain Orchard apples to a Hidden Springs Maple gift certificate; a bake sale; a parade through the village; and music on the church lawn by an old-time string band from Windham County. Proceeds from the fair help support the community use of the Congregational Church of Westminster West building and community suppers held there. Full details and a schedule can be found at

Cub Scouts

Guilford: Cub Scout Pack 447 will host its fall recruiting meeting on Sept. 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Guilford Scout Cabin at the Guilford Fairgrounds. Boys 5 and up are welcome with their families. There will be a scavenger hunt, games, campfires and more. 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

Contra dance

Brattleboro: On Sept. 11, from 7 to 10 p.m., at 118 Elliot Street Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy with caller Ron Blechner will perform at a contra dance. Newcomers welcome; all dances taught and called. Adults, $10 to 12, college students $8, youth $5. Come fragrance-free. For more information, visit or call 518-561-2594.

Nature writing

Williamsville: On Sept. 11 from noon to 4:30 p.m. wander the woods of Manitou with experienced nature writing group leader, Fred Taylor. Explore the outer landscape of Manitou, and see how it resonates with your inner landscape. Time for quiet meditation and writing, as well as group sharing. Suggested donation for the afternoon is $20. Contact Fred at 802-387-2681 or for registration and directions. Meet at the parking lot at noon.

Breakfast with the candidates

Brattleboro: The next Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast will be held Sept. 16 at the Gibson Aiken Center, downstairs, hosted by Senior Meals. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. All state representatives are up for re-election this Nov. 8. All of the Brattleboro candidates for the House have agreed to attend this breakfast, give brief presentations and be available for questions. Valerie Stuart is running unopposed in District 1; Mollie Burke and Adam Salviani will appear on the ballot for the one District 2 Representative seat; and Tristan Toleno is running unopposed in District 3. RSVP no later than Sept. 13th by replying by email to or by calling 518-505-9031. The breakfast will feature a fritata. Cost is $6 for those under 60 years of age. $3.50 is the suggested donation for those over 60 years.

Memoir workshop

Walpole, N.H.: Pam Bernard will host the fall sessions of her memoir workshops, to begin the week of Sept. 12, at her home in Walpole. Bernard, author of four books, is a poet, painter, editor, and adjunct professor at Franklin Pierce University. For more information, email email, visit or call 603-756-4177.

Trivia night

Brattleboro: Sunrise Rotary will host Trivia Night to benefit the Brattleboro Literary Festival on Sept. 12 from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. at the Brattleboro American Legion Post 5 on Linden Street. The Sunrise Rotary hosts a monthly trivia night at the Brattleboro American Legion the second Monday of every month. Teams of up to six players are invited to compete each month for a cash prize. The entry fee of $20 each (cash or check) includes a dinner entrée and donation to the charity as determined by the rotary club each month. This month's recipient is the Brattleboro Literary Festival. For more information or to register your team, visit For more information, visit

Racism and privilege

Putney: On Sept. 12 at 7 p.m., Allan G. Johnson will visit Landmark College to talk about race and opportunities to overcome racism in the United States. Johnson's talk, "Unraveling the Knot of Race," is scheduled in the Brooks M. O'Brien auditorium at the East Academic Building and is free, accessible, and open to the public. To learn more about Landmark College's Academic Speaker Series, visit

Retired teachers

Brattleboro: There will be a meeting and program for the Windham County Retired Teachers on Sept. 12 at 11 a.m. at the River Garden. The program speaker will be Patrick Brown, owner of Brown Computer Solutions. He will discuss some of the latest scams targeted at consumers. A special luncheon will be available for $10; reservations required before Sept. 7. Call Mary Laitres at 802-257-0753 for more information or to make a lunch reservation.


Putney: On Sept. 12 at 7 p.m., Next Stage Arts Project and the Vermont Performance Lab will present the Oscar-nominated film "Rams," by director Grímur Hákonarson. This is the first event in the residency program with interdisciplinary and award-winning choreographer Ann Carlson. People are invited to come early for a reception with the artists from VPL's residency program and the Majors featuring Vermont Shepherd cheese. Suggested donation of $5 to $10 and reservations are not required. For more information, contact or call 802-387-0102.

Ham radio

Townshend: The West River Radio Club will offer testing for all level licenses prior to its regular monthly meeting on Sept. 13, at 5 p.m. at Grace Cottage Hospital. Registration is required. Contact Mary Peterson at 802-258-3921 or email at for further details and registration.

Invasive plants

Dummerston: The Dummerston Conservation Commission will host a community panel on invasive plant removal on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at The Learning Collaborative on Route 5. Town residents and friends describe their invasive plant removal efforts and respond to your questions. Information on specific invasive plants and removal contractors will be available.

Senior lunch

Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place on Sept. 16, at the Guilford Community Church. The menu includes pot roast with vegetables, pickles and bread, with impossible cherry pie for dessert. A suggested donation of $3.50 for seniors and $5 for others is asked. For more information and to make reservations, call 802-243-9774 no later than Sept. 14.

African dance

Brattleboro: On Sept. 14, starting at 6:30 p.m., at the Stone Church, African Dance Vermont present Raoul Ombang, who will host a drum class. The cost is $10. Drum class is followed by a dance class starting at 7:30 p.m. The cost for dance is $15. All levels are welcome. If you need a drum, contact Raoul at For more information, visit or find African Dance VT on Facebook.

Core movement

Brattleboro: On Sept. 14 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at Solar Hill, 229 Western Ave., there will be a free class introducing Core Movement Integration, a mindful movement and exercise system that improves ease of movement and posture, and reduces pain and stiffness. Open to both body workers and the general public. Light refreshments at 5:30 p.m. RSVP to 802-246-1092.

'The Hobbit'

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, go to or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.


Guilford: On Sept. 15 at 5 p.m., at the Guilford Free Library, Cathi Wilken will present songs, stories, books for babies, toddlers and their older siblings. Apples and cheese will be provided. No charge. 802-254-6545 for information.

'Half Wild'

Putney: Join author Robin MacArthur at the Putney Library on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. for readings from her new collection of short stories, "Half Wild." Putney Library is located at 55 Main Street. This program is free and open to the public.

Pizza party

Putney: On Sept. 15 starting at 5:30 p.m., the Northeast Organic Farmers Association and the Farmers Veteran Coalition are hosting a pizza party Meadowdale Farm at 16 Spring Hill Road. The farm will provide toppings, salad and drinks, as well as a gluten-free option. To learn more or to RSVP, find Meadowdale Farm on Facebook.

WBA meeting

West Brattleboro: The next monthly meeting of the West Brattleboro Association will be held on Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Hayes Court on Garfield Drive. After a review of the treasury report there will be an update on several agenda items and information on the upcoming BizUp event to be held on Sept. 27 at the New England Country Deli Market on Marlboro Road. WBA monthly meetings are open to all residents and business owners, and anyone else interested in West B.

'Buried Gold'

Bellows Falls: Bill Lockwood will debut his first book, "Buried Gold," at Village Square Booksellers on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. Call 802-463-9404 or email for event and book reservations. Pre-order a signed copy at

Moon festival

Brattleboro: The Asian Cultural Center of Vermont presents the 17th annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, which is celebrated in China, Korea, Vietnam and other places around the world. Celebrate the Autumn Moon Festival with crafts, songs, food, t'ai chi, paper lanterns, Chinese exercises, the Korean rope tug and more. The Moon Festival will be held Sept. 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Kiwanis Shelter atop Memorial Park Drive. All ages, free to the public, rain or Sshine. For more information, call 802-579-9088 or visit


Guilford: On Sept. 16 starting at 1 p.m., at the Guilford Community Church, there will be a screening of "Vermont Memories, Part 3." The movie will begin immediately following Senior Lunch. No charge. Call 2802-54-6545 for information.

'Emergent Disorder

Brattleboro: Ralph Meima will read from his new novel, "Inter States: Emergent Disorder," on Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. at Everyone's Book. This event is free and open to the public. For more information call 802-254-8160, or email

Kids fair

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

Disco party

Bellows Falls: It's a 70s flashback as the disco ball spins on Sept. 17 when Studio 33, WOOL-FM's first annual Disco Dance Party, complete with light show and Soul Train streaming video, comes to the wooden dance floor of the Moose Lodge, 59 Westminster St. DJ Skar, direct from Chicago, will mix the beat of your favorite disco, funk, soul and hip hop classics. All proceeds support WOOL-FM, 91.5 Black Sheep Community. Cash bar, raffles and food available for purchase from the Moose Lodge and Jamaican Jewelz Catering. Dress to impress encouraged. Door opens at 7:30 p.m. for seating. Ticket cost is $8 in advance, $10 at the door. 18-plus only unless accompanied by adult. For tickets and more information, visit

Christmas in September

Walpole, N.H.: The Walpole Historical Museum Gift Shop celebrates Christmas in September from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 17. New Christmas cards and napkins from Caspari will be available as will be locally crafted note cards , ornaments, framed pictures, candles, Ray Boas' book about Walpole, mugs and wine glasses and little bags of sweet tiny candies.

'Captain Fantastic'

Brattleboro: On Sept. 17 and 18 at 4 p.m., the Latchis Theatre's Off the Beaten Path film series features "Captain Fantastic," a comedy-drama-romance set in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, where a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent. Rated R.

Writing workshop

Bellows Falls: Sing up early for a writing workshop at Rockingham Public Library, set for Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with Elayne Clift, who will offer "Making Meaning of Memory — Without Falling Down the Rabbit Hole." Registration is required. Free and open to the public, but seats are limited. To register or for more information, call 802-463-4270, email, visit or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.

Circle dance

Brattleboro: On Sept. 18 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., there will be a community circle dance at the Aikido Studio, 11 Cottage St., led by Bobbi Bailin. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated. For information, call Parker Huber at 802-257-9108 or Mary Ellen Cannon at 603-631-0768.


Guilford: On Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Guilford Free Library, there will be a discussion about Caroline Alexander's "The Endurance." Visit for information about the book. Copies are available at the library. No charge. Call 802-254-5561 for information.

BMAC discussion

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


Brattleboro: "Understanding Cuba Through Film" starts on Sept. 23, the first Windham World Affairs Council event of the year, starting with a Cuban dinner by donation at 6:30 p.m. The film screens at 7 p.m. At 118 Elliot Street. RSVP at

Paint run

Bellows Falls: Bellows Falls Union High Class of 2017 will be hosting its 5k Paint Run/Walk on Sept. 24 starting at 9:30. Proceeds will benefit the classes Project Graduation which is a substance free celebration the night of graduation. The run will begin at the Waypoint Center at 17 Depot St. Free 5k Kid Fun Run for Children of registered runners/walkers at 8:45 a.m.. Entry fee is $10 for 9 and younger, $20 for junior high and high school students and $25 for adults. No Strollers allowed). Register by Sept. 10 to guarantee a T-shirt, sunglasses and color packet. Registration information at or call 802-463-3944, ext. 233.

'Little Sister'

Brattleboro: The Latchis Theatre's Off the Beaten Path film series wraps up on Sept. 24 and 25 with "Our Little Sister," a comedy-drama from Japan which revolves around three sisters who live in their grandmother's home and the arrival of their 13-year-old half sister.

Community meal

Brattleboro: The West Brattleboro Baptist Church, 979 Western Ave., will host its monthly community outreach meal on Sept. 25 from noon to 1:45 p.m. The menu features homemade baked beans, hot dogs, homemade cole slaw, bread, fruit, dessert, and beverage of choice. All are welcome.


Brattleboro: On Sept. 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. Abby Mnookin and Mother Up! will be at The Root Social Justice Center, presenting the story of five families from across Vermont traveled to the Pennsylvania Shalefields to bear witness to the impacts of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. For more information, email

Circle dance

Brattleboro: On Sept. 25 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., there will be a community circle dance at the Aikido Studio, 11 Cottage St., led by Doris Schload. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated. For information, call Parker Huber at 802-257-9108 or Mary Ellen Cannon at 603-631-0768.

Compassionate creativity

Brattleboro: On Sept. 30 at 6 p.m., at Everyone's Books, Kali Quinn will read from her new book "I Am Compassionate Creativity." For more information, call 802-254-8160 or email

Louisa May

Walpole, N.H.: The Walpole Historical Society will present "Duty's Faithful Child: A Visit With Louisa May Alcott," a monodrama written by Peter R. Nadolny and Performed by Jeanne L. Austin at 7 p.m. on Sept. 30, at the Walpole Town Hall. Famous as the author of "Little Women" and other books for young people, Louisa May Alcott was raised in the intellectual and philosophical center of Concord, Mass. Based on her journals and writings, the life of this remarkable woman, who supported her family from the age of seventeen, has been shaped into an exciting theatrical experience. For more information, visit or email


Brattleboro: On Oct. 6 at 7 p.m., Ann Braden of Gun Sense VT, Clai Lasher-Sommers of Everytown for Gun Safety, Game Warden and Vermont Hunter Safety Instructor Kelly Price, and a representative of the Brattleboro Police Department will share their perspectives on guns in our community at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.

Pumpkin festival

Townshend: The 32nd Annual Townshend Pumpkin Festival is on Oct. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the Townshend Common, which is located on Route 30 half way between Brattleboro and Manchester. For the past 32 years the Townshend Business Association has sponsored the Pumpkin Festival with many activities and a very successful craft fair. This year, more than 60 vendors will be offering their many different crafts. In addition to crafters there will be artists displaying their watercolors, oil paintings, other media and many food vendors. In addition there is a scarecrow decorating contest which starts at 10 a.m., plus a pumpkin decorating contest, which starts at 12:30. A free pumpkin is given to each youngster to decorate with magic markers, yarns, and a multitude of other decorations. At 2 p.m. there is a halloween preview costume parade for youngsters to show-off their many different costumes. Prize ribbons are awarded to winners of each competition. Free pony rides for the kids starting at noon until 3 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For crafters interested in a space, contact Ian Harrison 802-289-2326 or Walter Meyer 802-365-4246 or 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.

Black bears

Grafton: The Nature Museum will present a talk by wildlife biologist Ben Kilham, PhD, on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at the NewsBank Conference Center, 352 Main Street, Chester. Highlighted by amazing images, the presentation will focus on how the social behavior of black bears resembles that of humans. Kilham, his wife Debra and sister Phoebe have rehabilitated some 90 to 100 cubs over the course of his career. They've cared for them and fed them until they're 18 months old — even bringing them into their home — and then helped them to successfully return to the wild. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased on line at Tickets are also available at the door for $10.

Dash to the dam

Townshend: West River Valley Thrives will host a costume 5k run/walk on Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. along the West River Trail in Townshend. Runners will race from the "Old Route 30" trailhead to the Townshend Dam Rec Area. At the finish there will be food, drinks and activities (bobbing for apples, pumpkin painting, etc.). At 11:30, prizes will be handed out to top finishers as well as those with the most creative costumes. Adults pay $20 to race and kids under 13 pay $10. For more information and to register visit Or call Kate Venne at 802-365-4700. This race is a fundraiser for West River Valley Thrives, a youth substance abuse prevention coalition in Townshend, Vermont.