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Exploring wellness

Bellows Falls: On Wednesday, 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, 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 Wednesday, 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.


Opera House

Bellows Falls: Our Place Drop-in Center hopes to fill every seat at the Bellows Falls Opera House with a bag of groceries Thursday. "Overflow the Opera House" is being coordinated by WKVT AM/FM radio as a way to stock the shelves at Our Place with groceries and personal care items, filling every one of the theater's 550 seats in the process. Volunteers will be on hand from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. so donors can drive by and hand off their donations without getting out of the car. WKVT will also be broadcasting live to remind listeners of the event and highlight the work of Our Place. Anyone who can't make it to the Opera House Thursday is encouraged to bring a bag of groceries to Our Place beforehand so they can be counted towards the goal. Items especially needed are tuna, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, soup, crackers, rice, canned meals, canned fruits and veggies, protein items, baby food, juice, cereal, formula and other non-perishable food, plus personal care items such as feminine hygiene supplies, diapers, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, and soap. Information is available by calling 802-463-2217, emailing, visiting or finding Our Place non Facebook.

Book sale

Brattleboro: The annual AAUW Book Sale will be Thursday and Sept. 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

Senior lunch

Dummerston: Evening Star Grange and Senior Solutions present their 4th Wednesday lunch on Wednesday, beginning at noon. Chefs Sallie May and Larry Lynch will present a meal of shake and baked chicken, roasted root vegetables, roasted potato, tossed salad and pineapple upside downcake. Books from the Lydia Taft Pratt Library will be available for borrowing until the next luncheon. Take-outs are available by calling the Grange on Wednesday morning at 802-254-1138.

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


Dummerston: Transition Dummerston's monthly potluck will be on Sept. 30 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the Southern Vermont Learning Collaborative at 471 Route 5, featuring the award-winning film, "Planetary," followed by a discussion. The potluck begins at 6 p.m. (local food encouraged) followed by the film at 7 p.m. The program is free and open to the public, and people from surrounding towns are encouraged to come and join in the conversation. For more information, contact Fred at 802-387-2681.

Candidate forum

Readsboro: Join John Moran, Candidate for State Representative in the Windham-Bennington District, at an hour-long forum on Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Readsboro School Gym. Topics include such issues as an affordable living wage, Act 46 and impact on Taxes, concern for seniors and their health and financial issues as well as other current legislative issues and more. Moran served in the House of Representatives from 2007-2012 and is campaigning to return to this position with your vote. All are welcome.

Farmers market

Townshend: The weekly Farmers Market this Sept. 30. located on the lawn of the historic West Townshend Country Store, runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Music for the evening will be blues by Sunny Lowdown. Shop between 4 and 5 p.m. and receive a $2 discount on any purchase of $10 or more from participating vendors.

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. 1. 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 and click on the "events" tab. For more information, contact Libby at or 802-257-0066, ext. 1101.

Tag sale

Brattleboro: The Visiting Committee of Holton Home is having a tag sale on the porch and lawn of Holton Home at 158 Western Ave. on Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds benefit the residents of the home.


Brattleboro: Join Ari Rockland-Miller of The Mushroom Forager ( for a guided foray introducing gourmet and medicinal wild mushrooms of autumn, exploring the woods of the Brattleboro area on Oct. 1. Participants will receive a ForageCast handout for the region. $25 per person. registration is required. Maximum of 18 participants. Specific location in the Brattleboro area TBA to pre-registered attendees a few days prior to the workshop. To learn more and to register, visit

Bean supper

Winchester, N.H.: The United Church of Winchester will hold its monthly Bean Supper on Oct. 1 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the church building at 99 Main St. The cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children and is served family style. The building is accessible to all and some of the proceeds go toward outreach missions. For more information, call 603-239-4465.


Brattleboro: Trinity Lutheran Church is hosting an Octoberfest dinner on Oct. 1. Menu includes bratwurst, knockwurst, sauerkraut, red potatoes, green beans, bread and dessert. There will be two seatings — 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Make reservations by calling the church office at 802-254-4220.


Dummerston: The opening reception of Michael Poster's photographic exhibit of Scott Farm, "Ashmead's Kernel," is Oct. 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Dummerston Historical Society. The exhibit will also be open during the Apple Pie Festival on Oct. 9 from 10 3 p.m. and additional viewing times will be scheduled. For more information call 802-254-9311.

Tag sale

Wardsboro: The Wardsboro History Group's annual tag sale is being held on Oct. 1 and 2, at the history house in downtown Wardsboro at the junction of Route 100 and Main Street, starting at 10 a.m. Items include Tubbs of Vermont snowshoes and two side chairs, white sewing machine with wooden cabinet and coffin, Singer sewing machine with wooden cabinet and coffin, weedwacker, hiking/camping equipment, small furniture, knick-knacks, Sears vacuum cleaner, clothes for all including winter jackets and sweaters, dishes, CDs, records and DVDs, books, baby rollies, a few tools, etc.

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 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, call 802-254-3400 or email

Paddle trip

Somerset: The Brattleboro Outing Club will host its last paddle trip of the season Oct. 2 on Somerset Reservoir. All BOC paddle trips are free and open to the public. Meeting at the "Coffee House" in Wilmington, at 9 a.m or at the launch site at 9:30 a.m. This is an all-day paddle trip; bring lots of water, and lunch. For more information, visit or call Larry at 802-254-3666.


West Chesterfield, N.H.: On Oct. 2 at 2 p.m., Donna Roscoe of the New Hampshire Fish and Game presents a program at the First Universalist Church of West Chesterfield on the local black bear. This program is an effort to help the general public in understanding resident bears. It includes information about the natural history of black bears, habitat needs and research findings for future management.

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


Dover: On Oct. 3, the Dover Free Library presents the feature film "Trainwreck," starring Amy Schumer, Bill Hader and Tilda Swinton. Rated R. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-348-7488 or visit

Transcendental meditation

Brattleboro: There will be a free talk on Transcendental Meditation by certified TM Instructors, Jack and Karen Sugden, at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., on Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. For more information, call 802-490-2600 or email

'God's Pocket'

Dover: On Oct. 4, the Dover Free Library presents the feature film "God's Pocket," starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks and John Turturro. Rated R. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-348-7488 or

Senior lunch

Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon on Oct. 7, at the Guilford Community Church. The menu includes ultimate chicken noodle soup and egg salad sandwiches, pickles and dessert. A suggested donation of $3.50 for seniors and $5 for others is asked. A flu clinic will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. For more information and to make reservations, call 802-254-9774 no later than Oct. 5.


Saxtons River: "Chocolate As You May Not Know It" is the theme of the second in the Main Street Arts Taste of the Arts series, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. Michael Klug will bring his own take on the confection (and perhaps some samples of his craft) when he shares his expertise as chocolatier for L.A. Burdick Chocolates of Walpole, N.H. Reservations are required by Oct. 11 and can be made by contacting MSA at 802-869-2960, e-mailing or at Tickets for the talk and dinner are $24 for adults and $12 for children under 12 accompanied by an adult.

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, visit or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.

Science and happiness

Brattleboro: Amherst College professor Catherine Sanderson will discuss what science has to say about happiness in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. Her talk, "The Science of Happiness," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-254-5290 or visit

African drum and dance

Brattleboro: On Oct. 5 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., African Dance Vermont presents a Central African drum class with Raoul Ombang, followed by an African dance class, led by Khady Malal Badji, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., at the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main Street. The cost for the drum class is $10 and $15 for dance. If you need a drum please contact Raoul at For more information on dance and drum classes, visit or find African Dance VT on Facebook.


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

BCTV party

Brattleboro: Go "Back to the Future" at BCTV's 40th Party and Annual Meeting on Oct. 6 from 6 to 10 p.m. at 118 Elliot Street. In honor of BCTV's founding 40 years ago in 1976, there will be a screening of footage from the early years, a light dinner, producer awards, member business, dancing, and retro "Back to the Future" style celebration. RSVP to

Tag sale

Jacksonville: The Jacksonville Community Church will be having its annual fall rummage, tag and bake sale on Oct. 7 and 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 96 Vermont Route 112. There will be four rooms of clothing and home goods, plus a huge indoor tag sale. Make sure to stop by the bake sale for some delicious goodies.

Bake sale

Brattleboro: Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Auxiliary's annual bake and tag sale is set for Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Brattleboro Elks Home, 75 Putney Road. Plenty of baked goods and apple pies for sale, as well as furniture, house wares, antiques, records, toys and tools, something for everyone. Proceeds benefit departments at BMH, high school scholarships, and more.

Tag sale

Brattleboro: A yard, tag and bake sale will be held at First Baptist Church, 190 Main St. on Oct. 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. (no bake sale) and Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Items include electric organ, piano, vintage sheet music, wardrobes, bookcases, children's books, children's play furniture, baby crib and dresser, and clothing for all ages,and much more. Baked goods include baked beans, pies, breads, cookies and brownies. For information, call 802-254-9566.

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.


West Brattleboro: On Oct. 8, the West Brattleboro Association will host its annual Columbus Day weekend chicken barbecue at 11 a.m. and lasting until gone. The event will be held in front of the First Congregational Church on Western Avenue. There will also be a bake sale (and maybe more) sponsored by the Church. The half barbecued chicken, which uses a barbecue sauce recipe from the Guilford Fair Fireman's Barbecue, will be available with a pickle for $7. Proceeds from the event help the West Brattleboro Association with its many activities for the community.

Tag sale

Grafton: On Oct. 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be a tag sale to benefit the Grafton Volunteer Fire Department, with coffee, pastry and grilled food at the Grafton Firehouse, 711 Route 121 East.

Hunger walk

Walpole, N.H.: Walpole Community CROP Hunger Walk will Oct. 8. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and walk begins at 9:30 a.m. With the aim of "Ending hunger one step at a time," the Walpole Community CROP Hunger Walk has set a goal of 50 Walkers and hopes to raise $5,000 to help stop hunger and poverty here in our community and around the world, through self-help initiatives. A portion of the funds raised in Walpole will go to the Fall Mountain Food Shelf. Registration and donation information is available at or by contacting Ellie Shaw at 603-756-4866.

Apple pies

Guilford: A fall tradition, the Homemade Pie Sale of the Guilford Community Church will be held on Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon at Richmond's Auto, at the corner of Route 5 and Guilford Center Road. In addition to homemade apple, pecan, raspberry, rhubarb, pumpkin and specialty pies, the church's famous baked beans and potato salad will be sold. Proceeds go to support the work of the church in the community.

Organ recital

Brattleboro: On Oct. 8 at 7 p.m., there will be an Estey Organ recital by Hans Hielscher at the First Baptist Church, 190 Main Street. $15 donation accepted at the door.

Medieval Faire

Putney: On Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Grammar School will transform its campus into a medieval village. Enjoy the festivities while the King and his royal court preside over the Faire. Kids can ride a flying dragon, battle a knight, and watch a joust with medieval riding games. Fairgoers can also shop for goods in the village market and watch extravagant entertainment, including live music and a puppet show. You can even be knighted by the King himsel. Other highlights this year include: Birds of prey from the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum; fencing demonstrations; archery and slingshot ranges; climbing walls; Sir Lancelot's flying horse; pony rides; giant chess; games for younger children at Merlin's Midway; candy-throwing catapult; and a scavenger hunt. Admission is free. All-day ride passes and individual tickets are available. Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund. For more information, call 802-387-5364.

Comedy at the Moose

Bellows Falls: Wade the Great Entertainment presents Comedy at the Moose on Oct. 8 at the Moose Lodge, 59 Westminster St. Five veteran comedians bring their own brand of humor to the stage. Crosby Kenyon is a hometown boy from Bellows Falls, Nicholas Sartini is Italian-born and influenced by stories from the old country, Naomi Stone brings her world traveler feminine sensibility, Andrew Mayer is a 12-year veteran in the comedy scene and has performed throughout New England, and Wade Garrett is the consummate host who knows how to make you smile. Food and drink will be served. Door at 6 p.m., show 7 to 9 p.m. Adults 19 and older. Tickets $10 at the door. For more information, contact Garrett at 802-757-6957 or

Book sale

Townshend: there will be a book and bake sale to benefit the Friends of the Townshend Library on Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Townshend Town Hall, Route 30.


Dummerston: On. Oct. 9, from 7 to 11:30 a.m., the West Dummerston Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting its annual pancake breakfast, featuring plain, apple and berry panckages, Vermont maple syrup, sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy, applesauce, coffee, hot cocoa and cold cider, orange juice and milk. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Farm day

Walpole, N.H.: On Oct. 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Great Brook Farm & Milk House at 437 County Road, is hosting an open house. Great Brook is a member of the Cabot Creamery Co-operative and is opening its gates to show appreciation for their neighbor's support. Every participating farm features different activities, such as hayrides, scavenger hunts and games for families.

Harvest breakfast

Hinsdale, N.H.: The Hinsdale Lions will be hosting a harvest breakfast on Oct. 9 at the Mill Stream Center on Main Street. Serving time is from 7 to 11 a.m. and cost is $6 for advanced tickets $7 at the door, younger than 10 are free. The menu includes scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes juice, toast and coffee. Profits benefit the Hinsdale Lions Charities. Tickets may be purchased from any Hinsdale Lions Club member, or at the Mill Stream Center or contact

Circle dance

Brattleboro: There will be a community circle dance Oct. 9 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Aikido Studio at 11 Cottage St., led by Juniper Talbot. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated. For more information, contact Parker Huber at 802-257-9108, or Mary Ellen Cannon, 603-631-0768.

Contra dance

Brattleboro: There will be a contra dance at 118 Elliot Street with music by the Dead Sea Squirrels (Cathy Mason, Craig Edwards, and Henry Yoshimura), with Bob Livingston calling, on Oct. 9 from 7 to 10 p.m. 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.

Circle dance

Brattleboro: There will be a community circle dance Oct. 23 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Aikido Studio at 11 Cottage St., led byMary Koon and Floyd Guyette. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated. For more information, contact Parker Huber at 802-257-9108, or Mary Ellen Cannon, 603-631-0768

Circle dance

Brattleboro: There will be a community circle dance Oct. 30 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Aikido Studio at 11 Cottage St., led by Julia Lynam. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated. For more information, contact Parker Huber at 802-257-9108, or Mary Ellen Cannon, 603-631-0768

Clearing for wildlife

Marlboro: On Oct. 10, there will be Hogback Ski Slope Clearing for Wildlife from 9 a.m. to noon. The concept is to increase habitat variety on the mountain by turning back the clock on forest regeneration. This will create more young woody growth that birds and other wildlife thrive in. Meet in the field behind the white A-frame building just west of the gift shop on Route 9. Bring your own favorite tool or borrow one of ours. For more information, email or visit


Vernon: On Oct. 11 at 7 p.m., Connecticut River explorer Annette Spaulding will discuss her diving experiences and her discovery last year, after a 30-year search, of rare and intriguing petroglyphs. The event is sponsored by the Vernon Historians and will be held downstairs in the Vernon Town Office Building, which is handicapped accessible. It is open to the public and free of charge.

Trees and trout

Dummerston: On Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m., the Windham Regional Woodlands Association presents a talk by Vermont State Representative David L. Deen, Chairman of the House Committee on Fish, Wildlife, & Water Resources and Upper Valley River Steward of the Connecticut River Watershed Council. He will explain the inseparable connection between trees and trout. This talk is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible. At the Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471Route 5. For more information, contact Arthur Westing at 802-387-2152 or

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


Wilmington: The annual quilt and craft show will be held at Memorial Hall, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 16 from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Julie Moore at 802-464-3004.

Bear hill

Grafton: On Oct. 15 from 1 to 4 p.m., the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association is offering a hike led by Bill Brown of the Grafton Improvement Association and Camilla Roberts and Paul Wilson of WHPA. Interested hikers should dress warmly, wear sturdy shoes, bring water, and meet and park in the lot opposite The Nature Museum, at 186 Townshend Road, in order to carpool to the start at Turner Hill Road. This free, moderate-to-difficult hike will then go steeply uphill over ledges and through spruce groves and fern glens on a beautiful trail to the summit, which offers a northwest view of Target Rock. Hikers will continue on to Kidder Hill Road, where they will be shuttled back to the parking lot. Because of the necessary car shuttle, registration is required by contacting Camilla Roberts at 802-869-1388 or at

Turkey buffet

Alstead, N.H.: The Third Congregational Church is hosting a turkey buffet supper on Oct. 15, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Takeout available. Adults age 13 and older are $10; children age 6 through 12, $5; children younger than 6 are free. The menu includes turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry, potato, peas, carrots, rolls, beverages and dessert. For more information, call Joanne at 603-835-6734 or Myrna at 603-835-2939. Benefit of Third Church. 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. This is the last church supper until April 2017.

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.

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 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

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 or 802-258-3921.

Trivia night

Bellows Falls: Sign up now for the next trivia night at the Rockingham Library on Oct. 22. Space is limited for "Books, Brains & Beer." Sign up for a table (of up to six people) for $75. Or join a pick-up team and register as a single for $15. Enjoy a cash bar provided by Donovan's, complimentary sweet and savory snacks, prizes for the best Halloween costumes and a harvest-themed basket raffle. To register or for more information, call the library at 802)-463-4270, email, go to or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.

Moms meet

Brattleboro: On Oct. 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Root Social Justice Center at 28 Williams St., there will be a meeting of Mother Up! which brings together families to talk about the tough realities of climate change and to participate in the just transition to a healthier and safer world. Snacks, kids activities and childcare provided (best-suited for ages 3 to 12). For more information, email

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.