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Historical society

Chesterfield, N.H.: The Chesterfield Historical Society will celebrate is annual pot lock meeting on Wednesday 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 Wednesday, 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

'The Greater Journey'

Guilford: The Guilford Free Library will host a discussion of "The Greater Journey," by David McCullough, on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. No charge. For more information, call 802-254-5561.


Brattleboro: On Wednesday, Brooks Memorial Library will host a discussion about kids about consent and healthy boundaries. How did you learn about consent and what are the messages you send the youth in your life around this topic? This discussion will delve into how we talk to our kids about healthy boundaries and that no matter what age it is never too early to talk about the importance of consent.

Winter Carnival

Brattleboro: The next meeting of the Brattleboro Winter Carnival Committee is Wednesday, at 7 p.m. at the Gibson Aiken Center. The public is invited to attend.

Senior lunch

Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon on Oct. 21, at the Guilford Community Church. The menu includes loaded baked potato casserole, squash bread and pickles, with gingerbread with whipped cream for dessert, The visiting nurse will be doing a flu shots from 10 to 11:30 a.m. A suggested donation of $3.50 for seniors and $5 for others is asked for the lunch. For more information and to make reservations, call 802-254-9774, no later than Oct. 19.

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.

Mighty Acorns

Grafton: The Nature Museum in Grafton offers the Mighty Acorns Club, a pre-school program designed for young explorers to discover the wonders of nature. This club for budding naturalists aged 3 to 5 and their caregivers meets on the third Thursday of every month of the school calendar year. "Brilliant and Beautiful Bats" takes place on Oct. 20 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Nature Museum. The cost per child is $5, and caregivers are free. Children should bring a snack and clothes for outside. Drops-ins welcome. Registration is encouraged but is not required. More information can be found on The Nature Museum Facebook page and at

Senior lunch

Townshend: The community is invited to dinner at noon on Oct. 20, at the Townshend Church. Sponsored by Senior Solutions, the meal is prepared by Chef Stephanie of the Townshend Dam Diner. Suggested donation is $3.50 for people 60 years and up; all others $4. Take-outs will be available. Flu shots will be administered from 10:30 a.m. to noon, provided by Visiting Nurse/Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire. Be sure to bring your insurance/medicare card. Everyone is welcome.


Dummerston: The Dummerston Historical Society will hold its fall quarterly meeting on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Society's Schoolhouse in Dummerston Center. The 7 p.m. business meeting will be followed by a presentation by Dummerston photographer Michael Poster who will discuss his current exhibit "Ashmead's Kernel," a photography exhibit of the Scott Farm apple orchard over a year's time, showing the cycle of work in the orchard. The public is invited, admission is free, and the schoolhouse is handicapped accessible. Information: 802-254-9311.

'Unfinished spaces'

Brattleboro: On Oct. 21 starting at 6:30 p.m., the Windham World Affairs Council will present the second film in its four-part series on understanding Cuba: "Unfinished Spaces." For more information, visit

Senior meal

Halifax: The Halifax senior meal is set for Oct. 21 at noon at the Community Hall at 20 Brook Road. The menu includes chicken and biscuits, gravy, potato, veggie, roll and gingerbread with whipped cream for dessert. All seniors are welcome. A call to Joan is appreciated 802-368-7733.


Marlboro: "Journey to Mutum," a cultural encounter with the Yawanawá of the Brazilian Amazon will be presented Friday at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, visit

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 Monday. 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.


Williamsville: Williamsville Hall on Dover Road will have a Harvest Potluck Dinner on Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. Bring your musical instruments. Coffee, tea and lemonade provided. The Williamsville Hall is ADA compliant.

Tag Sale

West Dummerston: On Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon the Dummerston Community Center will hold the final 2016 tag sale, featuring books, bedding, kitchenware, footwear, toy, clothing and many miscellaneous items. Proceeds will benefit the center's operating and maintenance cost. For information call 802-254-9212 or 802-254-2415.

Line dance

Townshend: Community Hope & Action of Townshend will be kicking off its concert season on Oct. 22 at the Townshend Town Hall. Please join the group for a free supper and line dance, called by Gary and Linda Castini. Dinner will be provided by the Four Columns Inn (6 to 7 p.m.) and the dance will follow (7 to 9 p.m.). Call 802-365-4700 for more information.


Saxtons River: Award-winning watercolor artist Robert O'Brien will offer a one-day workshop on painting the vibrant colors of New England's fall at Main Street Arts Oct. 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students will learn how to paint the spectacular fall landscape of New England in its glorious splendor through the layering process. The workshop will include demonstrations, painting time, hands-on assistance and group sharing. All abilities are welcome. Registration is required, at which time a materials list will be provided. The fee is $58 for MSA members and $71 for non-members. Registration is available by calling MSA at 802-869-2960 or e-mailing


Walpole, N.H.: On Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Walpole Village School at 75 Westminster St. will host its annual kid-friendly spooktacular good time. Costume parade, cupcake walk, hayrides, crafts, science activities, face-painting, and a barbecue lunch provide by Phat Racks BBQ Company will be available for purchase at $10 for kids and $5 for adults. For more information visit

Design a plate

Brattleboro: The 35th annual Design-a-Plate workshop will be held at Brooks Memorial Library on Oct. 22. Stop in any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to make a 10-inch melamine plate or 20-ounce melamine bowl. Each item costs $6.00. Cash and checks made out to Brooks Memorial Library are accepted. Plates and bowls will be ready for pickup in December, just in time for holiday gift giving. The workshop will be held in the Meeting Room. For more information, call the Children's Room at 802-254-5290, ext. 110.

Craft fair

Jacksonville: The Whitingham LBS will be hosting its Annual Craft Fair on Oct. 22 from 9 to 3 p.m. at the Municipal Center. Along with local crafters, there will be a Chinese Auction and a homemade food table. Lunch will also be served. For more information, call Becky at 802-368-7110.

NEC meeting

Brattleboro: The New England Coaltion will host its annual meeting at 118 Elliot Street on Oct. 22. Speakers include Ray Shadis, Arne Gudnersen and Anne D. Burt, who will present "Down to Earth Climate Justice." The meeting starts at 1 p.m. and ends at 6:30 with a potluck supper and open mic to share your thoughts, stories, poems, songs. Please RSVP to 802-257-0336.

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

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 by Mary 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.

Trail work

Marlboro: The fourth of five fall workdays for the habitat improvement project on Hogback will be on Oct. 23, 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 23, clearing the former Great White Way ski slope in the Hogback Mountain Conservation Area. 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 and click the ESH Project tab.

Jekyll and Hyde

Jacksonville: On Oct. 23, "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde," the original silent film adaptation of Robert L. Stevenson's classic story, will be shown at the Whitington Free Public Library at 1 p.m.


Brattleboro: "Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe," will be shown Oct. 24, at 7 pm at the Latchis Theatre. This controversial documentary contends the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concealed and destroyed data in a 2004 study that showed a link between the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and autism. "Vaxxed" received attention when it was pulled from the Tribeca Film Festival. Tickets are now on sale at:


Dummerston: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's autumn series of morning and afternoon lectures will reach its midpoint on Oct. 24. The morning lecture, examining humanism and the arts, will be given by Jerry Levy. The afternoon series, presented by Felicity Ratte, will consider figurative imagery in the history of Islamic art. Both presenters are on the faculty of Marlboro College. Morning lectures run from 10 a.m. to noon; afternoon lectures, from 1 to 3 p.m. All lectures are held at the Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 US Route 5. For further information, call Julie Lavorgna at 802-365-7278 or e-mail

Tai Chi/Qigong

Townshend: The Grace Cottage Community Wellness Center will host a Tai Chi/Qigong class on Thursdays from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. The eight-session class runs Oct. 27 to Dec. 22. The Grace Cottage Community Wellness Center is located at 133 Grafton Rd./Route 35. The fee is $5 per class. Class size is limited; register by calling the Grace Cottage Wellness Line at 802-365-3649.

Estate planning

Bellows Falls: On Oct. 24 at 6 p.m., financial advisor Bill Stevens from Edward Jones will offer a presentation on preparing your estate plan. Topics covered will include: What to consider when creating your will; benefits of trusts in estate planning; how to help reduce taxes on your estate; and how insurance can help protect your family. L. Raymond Massucco from Massucco Law Office, P.C. will be available to answer any legal questions. This event is free and open to the public. Sign up is requested for this program. To register or for more information, call -802-463-4270, go to or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.

Battery workshop

Brattleboro: Do you want to safeguard your home (or business) against outages? Would you like to have some reserve power when you need it? If you already have some solar panels, would you like to extend their life? Come to a workshop to learn about one advanced option for on-site battery storage. Learn more about the benefits of Tesla Powerwall batteries at a free informational workshop on Oct. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. Helen Bruno, on the Energy Service Team with Green Mountain Power, will review how the rollout of this technology is going in Vermont. Light refreshments will be provided. The workshop is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and registration is required. To register, or for more information, contact Michael Bosworth at or 802-258-6475.

Great books

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Great Books Discussion Group will discuss selections from "The Federalist Papers," by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay on Monday, Oct. 24, and again on Nov. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the meeting room of the Brooks Memorial Library, Main Street.

Mimes and magic

Bellows Falls: The Rockingham Free Public Library will present "Mime! Magic! And Illusions!" a special story time event on Oct. 25 at 10:30 a.m. Chris "Hoopoe" Yerlig, will blend silent pantomime comedy, movement illusions, sleight of hand magic tricks and balloon wizardry, to create an original vaudeville show that is funny, imaginative, and full of surprises for families and young children. The unexpected is to be expected when audience volunteers are invited to join him on stage to assist with illusions. This program 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.

Climate change

Brattleboro: The October Climate Change Café on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Library, will host Connie Baxter, the Bereavement Program Coordinator at Brattleboro Area Hospice, who will talk about grieving and its importance to coming to terms with climate change. 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 or 802-869-2141.

Maple meeting

Brattleboro: The Windham County Maple Association will host its annual meeting on Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Brattleboro Savings and Loan located at 221 Main St. Guest Speaker Jim Esden, a forester with the Vermont Deptartment of Forests, Parks & Recreation, will discuss the biology and life cycle, detection, predicting defoliation, and control methods for the Forest Tent Caterpillar.

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.

'The Commons of Care'

Brattleboro: Didi Pershouse from Thetford, will be speaking at Guilford Community Church, on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. about her new, five-star reviewed book, "The Ecology of Care: Medicine, Agriculture, and the Quiet Power of Human and Microbial Communities." This event is free and open to the public.

In Vermont

Brattleboro: Renowned jazz and blues vocalist Samirah Evans will perform a benefit concert for the Brooks Memorial Library on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Library. The program is titled "How the Heck Did I Get to Vermont? A Musical Memoir of Samirah Evans' Life from Childhood to the Present." Evans will be accompanied by pianist Eugene Uman of the Vermont Jazz Center, bassist Wayne Roberts and members of the NOLABratts choir. Concert tickets can be purchased at the Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., and are priced on a sliding scale to accommodate all. Choose your donation ($12, $15, or $25). Or you can call to reserve tickets at 802-254-5290.

'All of Me'

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Retreat is presenting the local debut of "All of Me," a new Kingdom County Productions documentary film on eating disorders by award-winning filmmaker Bess O'Brien. The film will be shown at the Latchis Theatre on Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. "All of Me" centers on the lives of women, girls, and boys in Vermont who are caught in the downward spiral of eating disorders and their struggle to regain a sense of self-compassion and healing. The film also focuses on the parents of children who struggle with this devastating disease. While the film focuses primarily on bulimia and anorexia, it also touches on the underlying issues of other eating disorders and takes an in-depth look into the often pervasive ways that food, dieting, and body image affect all of us on a daily basis. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for youth, available at the door only. Advance tickets will not be sold.

Rummage sale

Brattleboro: Centre Congregational Church at 193 Main St. is hosting a jumble sale with fall and winter clothing and sporting goods, plus toys, housewares, bedding, etc., all by donation, on Oct. 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. and Oct. 29 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Taste of the arts

Saxtons River: Main Street Arts rounds out its food-themed Taste of the Arts, Tales of a Community series Nov. 3 with a visit with the creators of Blake Hill Preserves. The presentation will be preceded by a locally-prepared dinner at 6 p.m. Reservations are required by Nov. 1 and can be made by contacting MSA at 802-869-2960 or e-mailing Tickets for the talk and dinner are $24 for adults and $12 for children under 12 accompanied by an adult.


Brattleboro: Back by popular demand, Lisa McCormick and Parks and Plazas, Inc. are presenting a Halloweeny Ukulele Flash Mob on Oct. 28, 6 p.m. sharp, in the Atrium of the Brooks House. The Halloweeny Ukulele Flash Mob is open to all players at any level. Happy music making is the goal. Come to play, sing along, or listen and enjoy. Music will be provided. Bring your own chair and music stand if you have one. The Atrium at the Brooks House is handicapped accessible and the event is free of charge.

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. 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.

Native ways

Grafton: On Oct. 29 at 10 a.m., The Nature Museum will present "Native Ways & Giving Nature Thanks," to be held at The Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center. This autumnal program for families will explore native peoples' traditions of living in balance with Earth and each other. This hands-on harvest time adventure will highlight the interdependence of all living things in nature and explore gratitude as taught by native cultures found throughout North America. Presented by Kimberly Galandak-O'Connor, The Nature Museum's Education Director. RSVP is required as space is limited. Register for this program by going to or by calling 802-843-2111.


Walpole, N.H.: On Oct. 29, the Walpole Historical Society will host its Library Book Sale in the middle school from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be fall and holiday gift items, including Christmas cards, napkins, candles, scarves and beaded necklaces, mittens, painted glassware, ornaments, little bags of sweet tiny candy for stocking stuffers, mugs and wine glasses, and coloring books.


Saxtons River: On Oct. 29, the evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with the lighting of the Diwali lamps and an invocation by Prachi Dalal, followed by a short demonstration of Indian music by Do One Thing, the duo of Gordon Korstange on south Indian flute and Joel Eisenkramer on north Indian slide guitar. Dalal will then present movement and rhythms from the classical dance repertoire of Kathak, a dance form that evolved in Northern India through the confluence of Hindu and Islamic aesthetics, and conclude by leading the audience in a circle folk dance. The ceremony and dance will be followed by an Indian dinner prepared by The Spice Chambers Indian restaurant of Keene, N.H. Tickets for the event are $15, with children under 8 free, and the dinner an additional $12 per plate, with reservations recommended. Reservations can be made by contacting Main Street Arts at or 802-869-2960.

Contra dance

Putney: On Oct. 29, at Pierce's Hall, on East Putney Falls Road, there will be a traditional New England contra dance, with live band and caller, starting with a beginners session at 7:30 p.m. and dancing from 8 to 10:30 p.m. All dances taught and no partner necessary.$10 suggested donation. Contact: 802-387-0163.


Putney: The East Putney Community Club will be hosting its annual kids' Halloween Party and Family Costume Contra Dance on Oct. 29, starting at 4 p.m. with Robin Morgan, presenting a participatory music show and songs for the kids as they parade across the stage. Games and a treasurer hunt with treats will follow. From 8 to 10:30 p.m., there will be a family contra dance, preceded by a beginners' lesson at 7:30. The kids party is free; a $10 donation is suggested for the contra dance.

Forest of Mystery

Brattleboro: Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center opens its trails for the Forest of Mystery on Oct. 28 and 29. Hear the scurrying of something in the dark. Reach into the unknown. There is something else out there, something that shouldn't be — The Invaders envisioned by James and Jessica Gelter. Because the audience moves through in groups of 20 at a time, reservations are essential to reserve your tickets for particular a time. Visit to buy tickets online or call 802-257-5785 to make reservations. Groups move through the forest every 15 minutes starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, and 6:15 p.m. on Saturday night. Performances are not recommended for children younger than 6 years. Tickets are $10 adults/$6 children for members and $15 adults /8 children for non-members.

Letting go

Brattleboro: From the Academy Award Nominated Director of "Gasland," Post Oil Solutions presents Josh Fox's Latest Film "How to Let Go of the World (and Love All Things That Climate Can't Change)," on Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. at the Latchis Theatre. Admission by Donation

Trick of treat

Guilford: There will be trick or treating in Guilford Center and at the Guilford Free Library, starting at 5 p.m. on Oct. 31, followed by a party at the library at 6 p.m. Stories, songs, cider, doughnuts, and a book for a treat. Most appropriate for children 7 or younger. No charge. 802-254-6545 for information.

Trunk or treating

South Londonderry: The community is invited to attend the seventh annual Haunted Firehouse at the South Londonderry Fire Station on Oct. 31. This year will also include trunk-or-treating next to the fire station sponsored by the First Baptist Church of South Londonderry. The firehouse will be open starting at 4:30 p.m. on Halloween night for kids and adults alike. There will be free food and drinks, while they last, as well as opportunities to tour the fire station and gather around the campfire. Kids of all ages are welcomed to walk through the haunted portion of the firehouse. For adults who like to have trick-or-treaters but live on one of the many rural roads that is not frequented by trick-or-treaters this is an opportunity to treat lots of kids, only from car trunks instead of from front doors. Members of the community are invited to park their cars next to the firehouse and set up at 4 p.m., open their trunks, and hand out treats to children, starting at 4:30 p.m. Dressing up and decorating trunks or around the car is fun but not mandatory. For those who would like to donate candy to this event, it can be dropped off at the Londonderry Town Office (The Twitchell Building) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Chris Blackey at 802-856-7266.

Staying safe online

Putney: Fearless Computing's Steve West will present "Viruses, Scams and Flim-flams in the 21st Century," at the Putney Library on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. West will cover commonly discussed threats like viruses, and go deeper into spyware, ransomware and other kinds of electronic pests that can go far beyond merely annoying and into dangerous. This program is free and open to the public.

Endangered alphabets

Bellows Falls: On Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. the Rockingham Library presents a Vermont Humanities Council program, "Endangered Alphabets, Cultural Erosion and the Future of the Written Word," by Tim Brookes, an associate professor at Champlain College in the Division of Communication and Creative Media. This talk is free, open to the public and accessible to those with disabilities. For more information, call 802-463-4270, go to or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.

Great books

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Great Books Discussion Group will discuss selections from "The Federalist Papers," by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay on Nov. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the meeting room of the Brooks Memorial Library, Main Street.