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Giddings fundraiser

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 jimgiddingsfirefund@gmail.com by Sept. 22. Monetary contributions payable to the Jim Giddings Fire Fund can be made at the Sept.


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29 event or mailed to the Jim Giddings Fire Fund in care of Brattleboro Savings & Loan, 221 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt., 05301.

Senior lunch

Walpole, N.H.: The Walpole Seniors will meet at the First Congregational Church at noon today for a potluck luncheon. Bring a dish to share. Larry Clark, the speaker, will present "The View from Table Rock."

'Mood Indigo'

Dover: On Tuesday 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.

Legislation update

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Area AARP Chapter No. 763 will meet Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Brattleboro Senior Center. The guest speaker will be the Michael Hebert, representative in the Vermont Legislature, who will present an update on the legislation passed and of legislation pending in the Vermont Legislature. Members, guests and interested persons are welcome to attend. Need a ride to the Senior Center? Call the Brattleboro Taxi two days ahead at 802-254-5119 or 1-800-642-5119.

BMAC discussion

Brattleboro: On Wednesday 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 Friday 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.

Endurance

Guilford: On Wednesday 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.

Lead paint

Brattleboro: Two Essential Maintenance Practices courses on lead-safe renovation will be offered by Lead Safe and Healthy Homes in collaboration with the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board and the Vermont Department of Health. The Vermont Essential Maintenance Practices courses will be offered free of charge from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and on Oct. 19, at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. Vermont law requires that all landlords, property managers, contractors and daycare facility owners follow EMPs to maintain painted surfaces in properties built before 1978. During both courses, participants will learn about state and federal regulations governing lead, the health effects of lead in children and adults, lead-safe work practices, and how to protect themselves from liability. Registration is strongly suggested for both courses due to limited space. Contact Denice Brown at 802-463-9927, ext. 208, or email denice@parksplacevt.org.

Death Cafe

Grafton: On Thursday 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.

Labyrinth walk

Westminster West: The Congregational Church of Westminster West, a United Church of Christ, will host a labyrinth walk in its sanctuary on the autumnal equinox, Thursday. The labyrinth, an 18-square-foot canvas with a Chartres-style path, is new to the church, and the congregation is eager to share it with our neighbors. The Equinox Labyrinth Walk will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of the church, which is located at 44 Church St. Guests are asked to wear socks or to use our foot bath if they prefer to walk barefoot. Anyone who needs to wear shoes for medical reasons will be provided with booties to cover their shoes for the protection of the canvas. There is no fee for the walk, though donations will be accepted. For more information, contact Rev. Susie Webster-Toleno at 802-579-8356 or susiewt@gmail.com.

Vermont Yankee

Brattleboro: The Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel will meet on Thursday, starting at 6 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at Brattleboro Union High School. At the meeting the panel will receive decommissioning updates from the State of Vermont and Entergy, as well as an update on water management issues at the Vermont Yankee site. The panel will also hear a presentation from the state of the Vermont's Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security on the new emergency plan. All meetings of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel are open to the public. The public can submit comments to the Panel by emailing PSD.NDCAP@vermont.gov.

Toastmaster

Brattleboro: The next meeting of BrattleMasters, the local Toastmasters club, will be held Thursday at the Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. Since the meeting falls on the Autumnal Equinox, the theme will be "Equinox." The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and will include prepared speeches, evaluations, and reports by members. Lee Ives Tice 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

Cuba

Brattleboro: "Understanding Cuba Through Film" starts on Friday, 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 windhamworldaffairscouncil@gmail.com.

Vintage camper

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro North KOA Campground on Route 5 in Dummerston is hosting its 10th Vintage Camper Rally Friday to 25. Local residents and visitors are invited to an open house on Today 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.

Writing workshop

Bellows Falls: Sing up early for a writing workshop at Rockingham Public Library, set for Saturday 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 programming@rockinghamlibrary.org, visit www.rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.

Paint run

Bellows Falls: Bellows Falls Union High Class of 2017 will be hosting its 5k Paint Run/Walk on Saturday 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 bfuhspaintrun@wnesu.com or call 802-463-3944, ext. 233.

Johnny Appleseed

Westmoreland, N.H.: The Union Church is sponsoring the first ever Johnny Appleseed Day on Saturday 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.

'Little Sister'

Brattleboro: The Latchis Theatre's Off the Beaten Path film series wraps up on Saturday 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.

Guided hike

Chesterfield, N.H.: On Saturday, 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.

Lasagna

Brattleboro: The Daughters of Isabella will host a silent auction and lasagna supper on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. in Msgr. Rand Hall at St Michaels School, 47 Walnut St. $7, adults and $4, children.

Insect cinema

West Brattleboro: On Saturday, 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.

Lasagna

Northfield, Mass.: St. Patricks Church at 88 Main Street will be hosting a lasagna dinner on Saturday 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.

Yard sale

Bellows Falls: The Bellows Falls Woman's Club will hold a yard sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Masonic Temple, Westminster Street, rain or shine. Contact Dianne Potter at 802-376-3211, Betty Haggerty at 802-463-4159, or Sally McGaffigan at 603-445-2527 for information, and/or pickup of items. No clothing. Proceeds benefit the many community outreach projects of the club, including a high school scholarship.

Contra dance

Putney: There will be a contra dance in Pierce's Hall on East Putney Falls Road on Saturday, starting with a beginner's session at 7:30 p.m. and dancing until 10:30 p.m. Music will be provided by Mary Lauren, fiddle, Kevin Blanchard, mandolin, and Becky Hollingsworth, piano, and the caller will be Steve Howland. $10 suggested donation. For more information, call 802-387-0163.

Flowers

Vernon: The Vernon Free Library will hold a floral arranging workshop Saturday at 10 a.m. Fee is by donation. Registration is required. Call the library at 802-257-0150 or email vernonfreelibrary@comcast.net.

Contra dance

Brattleboro: In celebration of Centre Church's bicentennial, there will be a contra dance on Saturday starting at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall at Centre Church. This is a family friendly event for all ages and levels and experience, taught and called by Andy David, with accordion and fiddle. Refreshments served. Admission $5.

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.

Fracking

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 abby@350vt.org.

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.

Social justice

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.

Contra dance

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.

'Indian Rock'

Brattleboro: On Sept. 25 at 2 p.m., Brattleboro Historical Society and Historical Society of Windham County will co-sponsor a talk and video program on "Mystery of the Cove," and Brattleboro Indian Rock, at the Brattleboro History Center in the Masonic Building at 196 Main Street. The presenter will be underwater diver Annette Spaulding of Belllows Falls who has recently rediscovered one of two petroglyphs submerged by the Connecticut River since building of the Vernon Dam over 100 years ago. The program is free and open to the public. For information, call 802-254-8398.

Paul Revere

Rockingham: On Sept. 25 at 3 p.m. at the Rockingham Meeting House, Portland, Maine, based gospel, bluegrass and blues-influenced folk-hollar band will perform an afternoon all-accoustic concert. Tickets are $20 ($10 for children under 12) and are available in advance from tinyurl.com/ghost925. Partial proceeds to benefit The Rockingham Meetinghouse Association.

Great books

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Great Books Discussion Group will discuss "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man," by James Joyce on Sept. 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the History Room in Brooks Memorial Library. For more information, contact Michael Landis at 802-257-1851 or emagicmtman@gmail.com.

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 bereal@vermontel.net or 802-869-2141.

Top the Truck

Putney: Putney Public Library and the Putney Foodshelf present "A Kickoff to Top the Truck: Everything you've ever wanted to know about the Putney Foodshelf but never asked," on Sept. 27, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Evie Lovett will speak about the Hunger Story Circle Project she is doing with the Vermont Foodbank and the Vermont Folklife Center and others from the Putney Foodshelf will present about the role of the Foodshelf in our community. 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.

Community cafe

Vernon: The Vernon Community Café makes its debut Sept. 27 between 9 a.m. and noon in the Town Hall foyer. Developing a store and café has been outlined as one of the goals in the Vermont Council on Rural Development community visit process. Volunteers will be serving coffee, tea and baked goods prepared by town residents, with donations to defray the costs accepted. It is hoped, depending on the response, that the café will take place on a regular basis until a new store and café are up and running.

Exploring wellness

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.

Community forum

Bellows Falls: The Bellows Falls Promise Community will be holding a community forum to discuss what it takes to make a difference in the lives of young children on Sept. 28, at 5:30 p.m. at Central Elementary School. The forum is open to all community members. Light refreshments and quality childcare will be provided.

Book sale

Brattleboro: The annual AAUW Book Sale will be Sept. 29 and 30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon, at Centre Congregational Church at 193 Main St. Book donations will be accepted from the public on Saturday and 28, 9 a.m. to noon. Bring books to the door under the fire escape on the north side of the church. Clean books in good condition only, no textbooks, dictionaries, encyclopedias or Readers Digest Condensed Books please. For additional information or to make other arrangements for book delivery, call 802-380-2805 or email amblerj@sover.net.

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 everyonesbks@gmail.com.

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 www.walpolehistory.com or email blackberryslump@gmail.com.

Book sale

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.

Hike for the Homeless

Hinsdale, N.H.: Groundworks Collaborative is hosting its annual Hike for the Homeless On Mount Wantastiquet on Oct. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. for a 10 a.m. and noon for a 12:30 p.m. hike to the summit or along the river trail. Raise funds individually ($50) or as a team ($250). All proceeds benefit Groundworks Collaborative. Refreshments will be available for all registered participants, and great prizes will be awarded to our top fundraising hikers. For links to register and set up an online fundraising page, visit GroundworksVT.org and click on the "events" tab. For more information, contact Libby at lbennett@GroundworksVT.org or 802-257-0066, ext. 1101.

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.

Invasive plants

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.

Social justice

Brattleboro: Celebrate The Root Social Justice Center's 3rd Anniversary on Oct. 2 from 3 to 7 p.m. At the fundraiser party, there will be dancing, eating, drinking, giving awards, sharing our vision for racial justice organizing in our community, and raising funds to keep the doors of this volunteer-run space open for years to come. The event is free and open to the public. Donations encouraged. The Root Social Justice Center is located at 28 Williams St. For more information, visit www.therootsjc.org, call 802-254-3400 or email therootsjc@gmail.com.

Photo walk

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.

Ghost hunters

Bellows Falls: On Oct. 5 at 7 p.m., team members from Vermont Paranormal Investigators will share their paranormal experiences at the Rockingham Library. They'll discuss the history of their team and details from some of their cases. Learn about the theory and science behind ghost hunting and the equipment they use. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-463-4270, email programming@rockinghamlibrary.org, visit www.rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.

Guns

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.

Connectivity

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.

Fall festival

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.

Craft fair

Westmoreland, N.H.: Maplewood of Cheshire County will hold its annual indoor Craft Fair on Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., featuring an array of handcrafted goods throughout the first floor rooms and hallways. Staffed by local artisans, tables offer handmade preserves, candies, soaps, jewelry, artworks, ornaments, fabrics, quilted, and knitted goods, pet toys, and a wide assortment of novelties and stocking stuffers. Hotdogs and home-baked snacks are available for purchase from the Maplewood Auxiliary Association to benefit Maplewood residents. For more information on the craft fair or to enter as a vendor, call Pam at 603-399-7375.

Heritage festival

Newfane: The Sixth Annual Newfane Heritage Festival is set for Oct. 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., including 90-plus juried arts, crafts and speciality products, homemade applie pie and crisp, a raffle, books and music. Free admission; on the common. For more information, call 802-365-4079.

Cemetery tour

Walpole, N.H.: On Oct. 8, the old Walpole Cemetery will once again be visited by spirits of years past. The Walpole Historical Society has been producing these tours since 2002, and each one has a different cast of characters from Walpole's past anxious to talk about their lives with the audience. The tour will meet at the Walpole Middle School front lawn at 2 p.m. There is no admission. Refreshments will be served. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, and come prepared for all weather — the tour goes on rain or shine.

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 townshendvermont.org.

Historical society

Chesterfield, N.H.: The Chesterfield Historical Society will celebrate is annual pot lock meeting on Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Chesterfield's Town Hall. Everyone is invited to participate. Bring a dish to share and a small item for an after-dinner drawing.

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.

Ham radio

Brattleboro: The West River Radio Club will offer classes for technician level licensing. Classes will be held on the lower level of the Brattleboro Savings and Loan, 221 Main St. on Oct. 22 and 29; testing will be held on Oct. 30. The first class will review and explain text materials that the test covers. The second class will be a flashcard-style lesson, focusing on the test materials. Classes begin each day at 9 a.m. and end approximately at 3 p.m.; testing begins at 9 a.m. and should end before 11 a.m. The WRRC asks for a donation of $50, covering the cost of the ARRL's newest text and test fee. Coffee and snacks are provided; lunch is on your own. Registration is required, at vtdoves@gmail.com or 802-258-3921.

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 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.