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Dummerston: Senior Solutions will sponsor its monthly meal at the Dummerston Grange Hall on Wednesday, beginning at noon. Chefs Larry Lynch and Sallie May will present this week's meal of baked beans and baked ham, with marinated carrots, jellied salad and a rhubarb/cherry dessert. There will be books from the Lydia Taft Pratt Library on loan until the next meal. Prices are $3 for those 60 and over, and $4 for the younger folks. The nurse is expected to be present for blood pressures and information regarding flu shots. No reservations necessary.
Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place on Friday, 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 Wednesday.
Brattleboro: On Wednesday, 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 email@example.com. For more information, visit www.africandancevt.com or find African Dance VT on Facebook.
Brattleboro: On Wednesday 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.
Guilford: Guilford Cares invites seniors to take a walk on the new Weeks Forest Carriage Trail on Wednesday starting at 10:30 a.m. The trail head is on Carpenter Hill Road, across from the one-room schoolhouse and just past the Guilford Free Library. The trail is suitable for all who enjoy walking. It is short, smooth and level. There are three benches along the trail for resting and enjoying the scenery. Limited parking is available at the trail head and more at the library. There will be a bus from the library. Call 802-579-1350 for more information.
Bellows Falls: On Thursday 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, go to rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.
Guilford: On Thursday 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.
Putney: Join author Robin MacArthur at the Putney Library on Thursday 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.
Putney: On Thursday 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.
West Brattleboro: The next monthly meeting of the West Brattleboro Association will be held on Thursday 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.
Bellows Falls: Bill Lockwood will debut his first book, "Buried Gold," at Village Square Booksellers on Thursday at 7 p.m. Call 802-463-9404 or email email@example.com for event and book reservations. Pre-order a signed copy at www.villagesquarebooks.com/product/buried-gold.
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 Thursday 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 accvt.org.
Townshend: Everyone is invited to dinner at noon on Thursday at the Townshend Church. The meal is sponsored by Senior Solutions and prepared by the Townshend Dam Diner's Chef Stephanie. Suggested donation is $3.50 for people 60 years and up; all others $4. Take-outs will be available. Free blood pressure screening will be offered, starting at 11:30 a.m., provided by Vermont and New Hampshire Visiting Nurse and Hospice Association. People of all ages are welcome.
Brattleboro: There will be a free discussion, open to the public, hosted by Tad Montgomery of and sponsored by Brattleboro Area Technologists on Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. about bridging the gap between small-scale farming and consumers, in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room.
'A call to action'
Brattleboro: WKVT Radio will present a live broadcast of a public forum about hunger and homelessness in the community from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday 15 in the Select Board Meeting Room at the Brattleboro Municipal Center. The station's "Call to Action" series brings local and state officials together with individuals and organizations to create awareness around a critical issues and foster greater collaboration in addressing community needs. Light refreshments will be available. Participants and audience members will have a chance to continue discussion on the topic following the broadcast.
Brattleboro: On Friday, between 9:25 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., at the Vermont Agricultural Business Education Center, 11 University Way, No. 5, there will be a panel discussion, "More than milk: Dairy's Impact on Southern Vermont." The discussion features Carolyn Partridge, Peter Cole, Ross Gibson, Adam Grinold, and Rob Wheeler, with special remarks by Peter Welch, Diane Bothfeld, Jenny Nelson, and Ted Brady. The panel will discuss how dairy industry leaders are forming partnerships and collaborating to keep dairy relevant, innovative, and a dynamic part of the local economy now and in the future.
Breakfast with the candidates
Brattleboro: The next Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast will be held Friday 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. 13 by replying by email to Robt.Oeser@gmail.com 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.
Guilford: On Friday 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.
Brattleboro: Ralph Meima will read from his new novel, "Inter States: Emergent Disorder," on Friday 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wardsboro: On Friday at 7 p.m., the Wardsboro Public Library will screen "The Hungry Heart," a film about drug addiction and search for a life of recovery. Running time is 93 minutes and the program is free and open to the public. Sponsored jointly with Wardsboro Public Library and Jamaica Memorial Library. For more information, call 802-896-6988.
Halifax: The next Halifax senior meal will be Friday at the Halifax Community Hall at noon. The menu includes meatloaf, baked potato, vegetable, rolls and dessert. All seniors are welcome. A call to Joan is appreciated at 802-368-7733
Brattleboro: The 18th Annual River Valley Kids Fair is scheduled for Saturday 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 Saturday 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.
Bellows Falls: It's a 70s flashback as the disco ball spins on Saturday 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 www.blacksheepradio.org.
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 Saturday. 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.
West Dummerston: On Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon, the Dummerston Community Center will host a rummage and tag sale, featuring books, bedding, kitchenware, footwear, toys, clothing and many miscellaneous items. Rain or Shine, indoor event. Proceeds benefit the Center's operating and maintenance cost. For information, call 802-254-9212 or 802-254-2415.
Brattleboro: On Saturday and Sept. 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.
Dummerston: There will be a family contra and square dance at the Evening Star Grange on Saturday, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Andy Davis, caller, and music by "Flicker," with special guest Randy Miller. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. $5 for children, $8 for adults and $20 for families. Potluck supper at 5:30. For information, call Andy Davis at 257-1819 or email email@example.com.
Marlboro: Saturday is the 34th Annual Marlboro Fair from 10 to 4 p.m. The Fair is held at the Muster Field on Ames Hill Road where you can gather with friends both old and new, and revel in the talents of our community. Follow the signs from West Brattleboro or Marlboro to Ames Hill Road and the Muster Field. Admission is $5 per person or $20 a family. This year's theme is Birds of a Feather, highlighting the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum with Mike Clough, who will have demonstrations throughout the day where you can learn about our feathered friends (owls, hawks, and more) and see other critters in his current collection. Throughout the day, listen to live music, play games or purchase gifts from our local artisans and organic farmers. A variety of food is available throughout the day including breakfast, lunch, a corn roast, ice cream, and our famous Tea Tent with tea and scones. King Arthur Flour is awarding prizes for the best baked goods. Bring your baked goods before 9:45 a.m. to enter the contest. All baked goods go on sale after the prizes are announced so everyone can share in sweet delights. Entry forms for the Agricultural tent and Baking Contest can be found outside the Marlboro Town Office or Marlboro Post Office or at marlborovt.us/marlboro-fair.
Westminster: On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the First Congregational Church of Westminster will hold a pie sale and yard sale on the front lawn of the church. This event will feature a variety of items for sale including homemade pies, and attic treasures and collectibles. In addition a luncheon cook-out will include, hot-dogs, sausage and pepper grinders as well as other surprises to eat. Come and browses the tables and enjoy lunch.
West Dummerston: On Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, The Dummerston Community Center will host a rummage and tag sale, featuring books, bedding, kitchenware, footwear, toys, clothing and many miscellaneous items. Rain or Shine, indoor event. Proceeds benefit the Center's operating and maintenance cost. For information, call 802-254-9212 or 802-254-2415.
West Brattleboro: On Saturday starting at 5:30 p.m., Circus Minimus, The Human Connection Project and the West Brattleboro Association join their community gathering talents to host a free evening of circus fun for all ages. Buster Keaton's masterpiece "The General" will screen at dusk.
Brattleboro: On Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Marlboro College is hosting an open house for interested people to learn more about its graduate and professional studies offerings. Participants will have an opportunity to talk with faculty and students. Later, eco-philosopher Joanna Macy will speak, at 7:30 p.m. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/marlboro-college-graduate-school-fall-open-residency-weekend-tickets-26646503409.
Blessing of the Animals
Westminster: On Sept. 18 at 10 a.m., the First Congregational Church of Westminster will host a Blessing of the Animals celebration. This began as a Catholic celebration associated with St. Francis of Assisi, but has become extremely popular for people of many traditions. Bring your pet fish, horse, goat, sheep, gerbil, cats and dogs or any other creature for a blessing.
Dover: Join the Vermont Museum of Natural History on Sept. 18 for a celebration of all things outdoors at Mount Snow. Live animals and family activities are featured with a live wolf, coyote and fox presentation headlining the event at 3 p.m. Live birds of prey, reptiles, survival demonstrations and much more will be on view all day long. For more information, call 802-464-0048 or visit www.vermontmuseum.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.
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.
Marlboro: This fall volunteers are clearing the former Great White Way ski slope in the Hogback Mountain Conservation Area. The next work party is Sept. 18. If you can haul brush, wield loppers, or run a chainsaw, you can help. Meet at 9 a.m. in the field behind the white A-frame building just west of the gift shop on Route 9. For more information, email email@example.com or visit hogbackvt.org.
West Brattleboro: The Compassionate Friends of Brattleboro, a national self-help organization for families that have had a child die, will hold its next monthly meeting Sept. 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the West Village Meetinghouse, 29 South St. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family. Meetings are for all families regardless of race, religious orientation, economic background, or the cause and age of the child at death, from pre-birth up. All immediate family members including adult siblings are welcome to attend. Meetings are held each month the third Sunday of the month.
Walpole, N.H.: On Sept. 19, the Walpole Seniors will meet at the First Congregational Church at noon for a potluck luncheon. Bring a dish to share. Larry Clark, the speaker, will present "The View from Table Rock."
Dover: On Sept. 18 at 5:30 p.m., the Dover Free Library presents the feature film "Legend," starring Tom Hardy and Paul Anderson. Rated R. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-348-7488 or visit www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.
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 guilfordfreelibrary.blogspot.com/ for information about the book. Copies are available at the library. No charge. Call 802-254-5561 for information.
Dover: On Sept. 20 at 5:30 p.m., the Dover Free Library presents the feature film "Mood Indigo," starring Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou. No rating. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802 348 7488 or visit www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.
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.
Grafton: On Sept. 22 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Brattleboro Area Hospice will host a Death Café at The Chapel on Main Street. This free event is part of an international movement begun in Europe (www.deathcafe.com), and is dedicated to taking death out of the closet in order to discuss it publicly. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend, but space is limited. RSVPs are required at 802 257 0775, ext. 108, or 802 460 1142, ext. 108.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro North KOA Campground on Route 5 in Dummerston is hosting its 10th Vintage Camper Rally Sept. 23 to 25. Local residents and visitors are invited to an open house on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. About 50 fully restored and outfitted campers, including Air Streams, Scottys, Shastas, and others will be open to walk through. Their proud owners look forward to sharing their search and restoration stories. Some will have vintage items and crafts available for sale. The campsite's re-purposed 1969 Banner trailer, known as the Vintage Kitchen, will be open for lunch and snacks. There is no charge for the open house and cameras are welcome. Please leave dogs at home. For further information, call 802 254-5908.
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 email@example.com or call 802-463-3944, ext. 233.
Westmoreland, N.H.: The Union Church is sponsoring the first ever Johnny Appleseed Day on Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the town field on Route 12 in the East Village. The day will feature more than 15 children's games, home made apple crisp, ice cream, hot dogs and hamburgers, hay rides, a petting zoo, face painting, live bands, pie eating contests, kids crafts and much much more. Admission is free and the day will go on rain or shine.
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.
Chesterfield, N.H.: On Sept. 24, Public Lands Day, the Friends of Pisgah will host a guided hike to an old growth forest stand in the North Round Pond area. Meet at the Horseshoe parking lot, a mile behind the Chesterfield Elementary School at 9 a.m. The walk in to the stand of old growth trees is nearly three miles, so the round trip will be nearly six miles in total. Bring a lunch and plenty of water so you'll have plenty of energy and will remain well hydrated.
Brattleboro: The Daughters of Isabella will host a silent auction and lasagna supper on Sept. 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Msgr. Rand Hall at St Michaels School, 47 Walnut St. $7, adults and $4, children.
West Brattleboro: On Sept. 24, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center and the West Brattleboro Association join superpowers to host an outdoor cinema event "Insect Cinema." Join your friends and neighbors for a free, all-ages evening of insect education, art, games and a movie. Activities begin at 5:30 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the spectacular film "Microcosmos" at dusk.
Northfield, Mass.: St. Patricks Church at 88 Main Street will be hosting a lasagna dinner on Sept. 24 at 5 p.m. The menu includes lasagna, salad, rolls, and dessert. Adults are $10 and children 12 and under are $5. For additional information or to make reservations, call 413-498-2728.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Putney: Parenting for Social Justice Chats at the Putney Public Library are three Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Sept. 25, Oct. 30, and Dec. 4. Come join a conversation that is designed to connect us and grow us as parents and as people. The goal of these conversations is to contribute to successful communities by equipping parents with tools for engaging their children on social justice topics. Free and open to the public. Coffee and bagels. Childcare is provided for kids ages 3 and up. RSVP to reserve a spot for your kids at Angela@act4socialjustice.com or 802-254-3400.
Brattleboro: On Sept. 25 from 7 to 10 p.m., there will be a contra dance at 118 Elliot Street with live music by Heathen Creek, with Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin calling. Newcomers welcome; all dances taught and called. Adults, $10 to $12; college students, $8; youth, $5. Come fragrance-free. For more information, visit brattcontra.org or call 518-561-2594.
Climate change cafe
Brattleboro: On Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. in the community room of the Brattleboro Food Co-op, Post Oil Solutions will host Elizabeth Sawin, co-director of Climate Interactive, who will give a presentation on approaching climate change solutions from a systemic perspective. As always, the Cafe is free, and light refreshments will be available. The Climate Change Café is a project of Post Oil Solutions, and is intended to educate and engage citizens around the climate crisis. For more information, contact Tim Stevenson at email@example.com or 802-869-2141.
Top the Truck
Putney: On Sept. 28 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Next Stage on Kimball Hill the Putney Foodshelf will host its Top Truck Food Drive. Rain or shine.
Bellows Falls: On Sept. 28, Certified Wellness Coach Carol Jean Jones will lead an interactive presentation about wellness at the Rockingham Free Public Library. Take this opportunity to share healthy mind, body and spiritual practices, that have helped you set obtainable goals and continue to maintain them. Adults and families with children 7 and older are welcome to participate. For more information, call 802-463-4270, visit rockinghamlibrary.org, or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.
Brattleboro : Friends of local artist and gallery owner Jim Giddings are planning a Sept. 29 benefit to help him rebuild after a recent fire destroyed his studio and four decades of paintings. The fundraiser, planned for 5:30 to 9 p.m. at 118 Elliot St. in Brattleboro, will begin with refreshments and a silent auction of art donated by local artists and collectors, followed by a live auction of more work at 7 p.m. Proceeds will support Giddings' effort to rebuild his Brattleboro studio. Artists interested in donating work for the auction should email firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 22. Monetary contributions payable to the Jim Giddings Fire Fund can be made at the Sept. 29 event or mailed to the Jim Giddings Fire Fund in care of Brattleboro Savings & Loan, 221 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt., 05301.
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 email@example.com.
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 www.walpolehistory.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newfane: On Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Friends of the Moore Free Library will be hosting its annual book sale at Union Hall. All proceeds go toward the library's community mission. For more information, call 802-365-7948.
Toys for kids
Brattleboro: On Oct. 2, VFW Post 1034 will host a Toys For Kids Jamboree from 1 to 6 p.m. There is a $5 admission at the door, which opens at noon. Playing Possum will perform. Food and raffle available.
Walpole, N.H.: On Oct. 2 from 1 to 3 p.m., Distant Hill Gardens will host a workshop on invasive plants and how to control them, whether by hand pulling, tractor winch removal, chemical spray, and "Cut Stump" herbicide application. Suggested donation of $5, which includes the Solar Open House and entry to the gardens. No registration is required For more information, visit www.distanthill.org or call Michael at 603-756-4179.
Brattleboro: On Oct. 3, Tom Singleton will be leading a photo walk in conjunction with Scott Kelby's worldwide photo walk. Meet at 9 a.m. in the parking lot on Flat Street next to Dunklee Machinery. The walk will last approximately tw-and-a-half hours and end with lunch at the Whetstone Station. The walk is open to all ages and photo experience. Walkers should wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather; rain or shine. There will be a photo contest for walkers and the winner will receive a one year membership to Scott Kelby's magazine, video tutorials and other benefits. To register, visit kelbyone.com/photowalk/walk/brattleboro-vt-united-states.
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.
Westminster: On Oct. 6, Trout Unlimited will be sponsoring a presentation by Erin Rogers on stream connectivity. Rogers is the Western New England Culvert Project Coordinator for Trout Unlimited, and will be speaking about the challenges fish and aquatic life face when culverts block their passage. This event is free to all, and will take place at 7 p.m. at the Westminster fire station, 103 Grout Ave. For more information, visit tuconnriver.weebly.com.
Alstead, N.H.: Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue, New England's only non-profit donkey and mule rescue, is holding its 8th Annual Donkey and Mule Fun Show and Benefit on Oct. 8 at Milot Green from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come for donkeys and mules on parade, confirmation and showmanship, coon jumping and costume classes, obstacle courses and driving class. Mammoth, Standard and Miniature donkeys, as well as mules, will all be in attendance. There will also be a parade of rescue alumni. Come for lunch and purchase early holiday gifts at well-stocked merchandise table with wonderful, fun items for kids and adults. This year there will be craft vendors and a tack sale, music and face painting, and donkey kisses from Louise, SYA's resident social butterfly donkey.
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 townshendvermont.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.
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 www.nature-museum.org/upcoming-events/2016/10/26/the-social-black-bear. 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 www.runreg.com/dash-to-the-dam. 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.