4TH OF JULY EVENTS: 9:30 a.m., Bill Powers Memorial Firecracker 4-Miler. Begins at Living Memorial Park, ends at the Common. Information: www.redcloverrovers.com
10 a.m., Parade, Canal to Main Street to Common (children can decorate bikes at 8:30 a.m. at Vermont Inn Pizza on 228 Canal St.)
At Living Memorial Park:
1-9:30 p.m., Food and family activities.
1 p.m., Small Fry baseball All-Star Game.
2-3:30 p.m., Children’s penny carnival with face painting and games.
3 p.m., Swim races.
5:30-7:15 p.m., The local Brattlyn Brothers classic rock band. Information: www.kevinparrymusic.com.
6:30 p.m., Children’s concert with New England entertainer T-Bone. Information: www.t-bonemusic.com.
7:45-9:30 p.m., New England native Peter Miles and his rock/funk/blues/jazz band. Information: www.milessongs.com.
9:30 p.m., Fireworks by Northstar, a Vermont-owned company based in Montpelier.
CHURCH TRIP FUNDRAISER: The Church of Christ at 303 Western Ave. is hosting a fundraiser on Wednesday, July 4, from 10 a.m. until dark to help pay for a youth group trip. The church will be selling hot dogs, chips, Pepsi products, baked goods, real Vermont syrup
ITALIAN NIGHT: An Italian-style public dinner will be served Friday, July 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 190 Main St., in Brattleboro, during Gallery Walk. The dinner features spaghetti with a choice of three different sauces, salad, garlic bread, ice cream with strawberries and beverages.
This fundraiser is to benefit the costs of the ongoing mission programs for feeding the hungry. The church is host to the free community breakfast every Sunday morning from 8:30 to 9:30, Grace’s Kitchen every Wednesday evening, 5:30 to 6:30, and hosts the Overflow-Overnight Shelter during the winter months, late November through April 1.
The cost for the supper is adults $9, children 5 to 12 $5, and under 5 free. For information, call 802-254-9566.
DRIVER SAFETY: The AARP Driver Safety Program, a classroom driver refresher course for mature drivers, will hold a class at the Brattleboro Senior Center on Monday, July 9. The course explains the changes that occur in vision, hearing, and reaction time as we age. Content includes coverage of changes in highways, vehicles, and Vermont state law that affect drivers.
There is a $14 fee for the program, which is reduced to $12 for AARP members. A special Educator Promotion is in effect for classes taken during the months of July and August. All current and former school employees are eligible to take the class for $5.
AARP Volunteer Instructor Elliott Greenblott will offer the course using a combination lecture, discussion, and video presentation which will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at approximately 1 p.m.
SUMMER SOCCER CLINIC: An Adult Co-Ed Summer Soccer Clinic will be offered at the Dummerston Elementary School on three consecutive Thursdays, July 5, 12, and 19, from 6 to 7:45 p.m.
The clinic will teach participants the basic soccer skills and techniques. Age 15 and older, or younger with an adult are welcome to take part.
The school is located on Schoolhouse Road, just off Route 5, north of Walker’s Farm, on the left. The suggested fee will be $15 per session, $40 for three sessions. Those attending should bring soccer cleats or turf shoes (mandatory), a size 5 inflated soccer ball, shin guards (recommended) and water (recommended).
For information and to register, contact Les Kozaczek at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-254-9481, leave a message.
FIREMAN’S AUCTION: The annual Halifax Fireman’s Auction will be held on Saturday, July 7, beginning at 10 a.m. at the fire station in West Halifax.
A few of the items up for auction include a old horse collar, old wooden shoe stretchers, old tools, glass top coffee table, small sectional sofa, nice old kitchen table, large oak kitchen table, end tables one old on small wheels, six bar stools, all nighter wood stove, large marble top vanity, two old dressers, box lots and much more.
Hot dogs and beverages will be offered for purchase. For further information, call Wayne Courser at 802-368-7733 or email@example.com.
In Hinsdale, N.H. ...
STORY HOUR: The Hinsdale Public Library at 122 Brattleboro Road will host a Story Hour and Craft-Making Program, "Dream Big, Read!" on Friday mornings at 11 a.m. during the month of July.
Debra Carrier, a pre-school teacher at the Hinsdale Elementary School, will present the program, which is appropriate for elementary school students, ages 8 and younger. Parents should accompany pre-school children to the event.
For more information or to register, call the librarian, Mary Major, at 603-336-5713.
In Saxtons River...
JULY 4TH CELEBRATION: With a theme of "Growing Together in Vermont," Saxtons River will kick off its annual Independence Day celebration Wednesday, July 4, with a 5K Firecracker road race, sponsored by Pleasant Valley Brew Pub, at 8:30 a.m., followed by a parade at 9:30 a.m.
There will be a street fair highlighted by water polo, a hula hoop contest and music on the bandstand. Miniature golf, an egg toss, a pie contest, and baseball games featuring a match between the Saxtons River Pirates and the Bellows Falls Legion.
Afternoon activities at the Saxtons River Recreation Area will include swimming, square dancing and old-time fiddling with Andy, Laurie and Friends, and music for dancing with the Shakin’ All Over band. Fireworks are planned at dusk. There will also be glow-sticks, popcorn and cotton candy on sale.
This year’s T-shirt was designed by fabric designer Kathy Traugott of Westminster, who has created a colorful image of a diverse group of young people in honor of the community that supports them as they mature. T-shirts will be on sale from 9 a.m. to noon the morning before the Fourth in front of the Village Market and at the parade.
Information and updates are available at the Saxtons River Fourth of July page on Facebook.
4TH OF JULY STREET FAIR AND PARADE: The 63rd Annual Fourth of July Street Fair and Parade will be held in Wardsboro on Wednesday, July 4. The event is an old-fashioned, fun day to celebrate the country’s independence with a street fair beginning at 9 a.m. and the parade of uniquely designed floats, marchers, old time cars and fire and rescue equipment starting at 10 a.m. The parade travels up and down Main Street past some of Vermont’s craftiest vendors, the library’s book sale, an art show at the Red Barn, hamburger booth, a white elephant table, quilt display in the Methodist Church, and famous homemade strawberry shortcake in the Methodist church vestry.
After the parade, a chicken barbecue with many sides will be served under the big tent. Entertainment will be offered by Ted Lawrence, a one-man circus. A pirate ship with pirates and many other activities are also planned.
At the Wardsboro’s History House there will be a display depicting sugaring in Vermont, then and now.