Bellows Falls: Central Elementary School will be hosting its second annual Rockin'Ham 5K on April 2. The 5K will begin and end at the Rockingham Recreation Area on Playground Road, Bellows Falls. Runners may register online at https://g2racereg.webconnex.com/rockinham5k2016, or paper registrations may be downloaded at www.ceshome.org or picked up at Central School, 50 School Street Extension, Bellows Falls. Same-day registration will begin at 9 a.m. on April 2, and the race start time is 10:30 a.m.
Williamsville: Spring will be welcomed in Williamsville this year with the annual Williamsville/Newfane Talent Show on April 2 at 7 p.m. in the Williamsville Hall. A decades-old tradition, the show will feature a range of talented area performers, young and older. Many delightful area performers have already signed up, but there is certainly room for more. Want to sing? Act? Dance? Juggle? Read fiction? Verse? Memoir? Tame lions? Contact Annie Landenberger at email@example.com. Admission is by suggested donation of $5/$15 per family and refreshments will be available, also by donation. Proceeds will benefit both the Leland and Gray Players and the Williamsville Hall.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Area Interfaith Initiative is hosting an event to raise awareness of the plight of refugees around the world. This free public gathering will take place on April 2 at 7 p.m. at the Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Sami Abdallah and Jennifer Silverstone from Eyes On Refugees will speak about their recent volunteer experience at refugee camps in France. Inga Paluch will give an overview of the work of Carry Me Home, a disaster relief organization based at the Centre Congregational Church. Each organization has an on-line fundraising page at www.gofundme.com/childrenofcamps and www.generosity.com/emergencies-fundraising/carry-me-home-support-refugee-children--2.
Guilford: The Brattleboro Interfaith Teens, representing five local faith communities, are hosting a chicken barbecue and concert at the Guilford Community Church on April 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to help fund their return service trip in July to the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. The dinner menu — to eat in or take out — includes barbecue chicken, potato salad, vegetarian chili, macaroni and cheese, green salad and apple crisp with ice cream. The price is $15 for the dinner and concert or $12 for the dinner only. Visit www.kristengraves.com for more information on the night's entertainment. Tickets can be purchased at BrownPaperTickets.com or at the door.
Wags to riches
Brattleboro: The Windham County Humane Society's annual fundraiser, "Wags to Riches," is scheduled for April 2 at the Brattleboro VFW on Black Mountain Road, starting at 6 p.m. The evening includes cocktails, an auction and hors d'oeuvres. Space is limited; reservations at $50 a person need to be made by March 29 at www.wchs4pets.org. Sponsors include Auto Mall, Greater Falls Pharmacy, DMI Paving, Buehler & Annis PLC, White Rose Pet Cemetery, The Communicators Group and the Reformer.
Westminster: On April 2, Southeastern Vermont Community Action will hold its first "Couch-to-5K" event, named the Fools' Run in celebration of April Fools' Day. SEVCA's Wellness Committee conceptualized the event as a way to encourage SEVCA employees and residents of the surrounding community to get active and live healthier. The event will also serve as a fundraiser for SEVCA's housing assistance program, which helps prevent homelessness among at-risk families and individuals and re-house those who are homeless. The Fools' Run is open to the public and will start promptly at 9 a.m. Participants will walk or run at their own pace on a moderately challenging gravel route starting at SEVCA's offices at 91 Buck Drive and proceeding up nearby Henwood Hill. The cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children under 16, and $30 for a family of three. The event's major sponsors are Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) and C&S Wholesale Grocers in Brattleboro. Other sponsors include Westminster Auto Service, Inc., L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates, Massucco Law Office, P.C., and Green Mountain Power. Registrations will be accepted up to and including the morning of the event, but advance registration is recommended. The first 50 registrants will receive a free T-shirt. For more information, call Linda Brooks at 802-722-4575, ext. 105, or visit SEVCA's website, www.sevca.org for a direct link to an online registration form.
Brattleboro: Spiritual Songs and contemplative Improvisations will be a benefit concert on April 3, at 2 p.m., at the Shambhala Meditation Center by saxophonist, composer, Bob Stabach and Eugene Uman, Director of the Vermont Jazz Center on keyboard, with special guest Stephan Brandstatter. Concert to aid the meditation center in meeting operating expenses. The Shambhala Meditation Center is located at the Whetstone Studio for the Arts at 28 Williams St. For more information, call 802-257-2984.
Bellows Falls: The Rockingham Free Public Library will be hosting its annual book sale on April 9 through 30 and donations are welcome now. Relieve those overflowing shelves, free up some space and support your local library. The Friends of the Library will be hosting a special book sale on April 8, just for Friends members. Join the Friends to get early access to the Library book sale. Donations can be made during Library hours. Books of all kinds are welcome, with the exception of encyclopedias, textbooks and musty books. DVD's and audiobooks are also welcome. All proceeds from the book sale will benefit the Rockingham Free Public Library. For more information, call 802-463-4270, visit rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the Library at 65 Westminster St.
Bellows Falls: The BF Community Bike Project is hosting a Silent Auction Fundraiser on April 9 from 6 to 10 p.m. at 33 Bridge St. Enjoy live music by local musicians Don Dawson, Jesse Peters and the Milkhouse Heaters. Light food, cash bar and a 50/50 raffle will add to the festivities. For more information, www.bfbike.org/ or call 802-460-0662.
Newfane: A fundraising event to benefit Timson Hill Preschool in Williamsville, will be held on April 9 at 9 a.m. The Rabbit Run will begin at Newbrook Elementary School in Newfane. This scenic route will take runners along the West River, across a historic iron bridge and through quiet picturesque roads in Brookline. Come join this fantastic event and support an amazing preschool while supporting wellness in our community. To register for this event visit find Rabbit Run Half Marathon on Facebook. For more information, contact Kathie Gatto-Gurney at 802-348-6319 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul Stone donates "painting to Youth Services' April silent auction
Brattleboro: Vermont artist Paul Stone has donated his framed oil painting, "Late Afternoon" to Youth Services. The painting will be sold via silent auction with the winner announced after intermission at the Storytellers on a Mission event benefiting Youth Services (presented by The HATCH) at the Latchis Theater on April 9. The bidding is at $700. The winner need not be present. A former dentist who has been painting for 50 years, Paul Stone's work, reflecting his mastery of color and light, is displayed in galleries along the East Coast from Maine to Florida. His works are held in numerous public and private collections. Paul Stone's 23-by-29 donated artwork reflects the artist's fascination with the rural landscape and its structures. Employing a bold palette of fuchsia, lavender and electric green, his precisely painted buildings coexist with ambiguous foregrounds, clouds and trees. "Late Afternoon," valued at $2,600, can be viewed in the Brattleboro Chamber window on Main Street. Place a bid by calling Youth Services at 802-257-0361 or emailing email@example.com.
Walpole, N.H.: Come to the Parks Place Community Resource Center's 6th Annual Garden Event on April 10th from 2 to 5 p.m. at Alyson's Orchard. This year the theme is, "The Art of Growing Food," featuring Ellen Ecker Ogden, the author of "The Complete Kitchen Garden," and co-founder of "The Cooks' Garden" seed catalog. June Lupiani will also demonstrate creative ways to prepare foods from your kitchen garden. She is a registered dietitian and co-owner of MKT Grafton, a modern general store and eatery in Grafton. Admission to the event is by donation. The silent auction items can be previewed at 1:30 p.m. the day of the event. Refreshments will be provided. All contributions go to support Parks Place. Sponsors and supporters of the event include Burtco, Inc., Cota & Cota, Durand Toyota, Greater Falls Insurance, Harlow Farms, MJS Landscape, Savings Bank of Walpole, Silver Forest, SoVerNet, Vermed, Inc., The Vermont Country Store, and the Whitney Blake Company, The Richards Group, Brianne Dunleavy, Nancy and James McAuliffe, James Malley, Miriam and Larry Lanata, Dr. Timothy Johnson, and Vermont's Local Banquet Magazine. Parks Place provides access to a wide-array of health and human service programs in the Greater Falls Area. For more information about the event, call Parks Place at 802-463-9927 or find Parks Place on Facebook.
Brattleboro: Sean Gaskell will give a Friends of the Library fund-raising concert on the Kora, an ancient 21-stringed harp from West Africa, in the Brooks Memorial Library on April 15 at 7 p.m. The performance will feature traditional songs that are the heart and soul of the Kora's musical repertoire in addition to some of Gaskell's personal compositions. Tickets are $10 or $8 for members of the Friends of the Brooks Memorial Library. They are available at the Brooks Library Front Desk, at the door or on-line at friendsofbrookslibraryvt.org. Proceeds from this Friends of the Library concert will go to support the library's public programs, services, museum passes, equipment and on-line subscriptions. For further information, call 802-254-5290.
Brattleboro: The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library is accepting donations of paperback books, CDs and DVDs for the upcoming April 21 to 23 Spring Book Sale. Donations of books and media should be brought to the Library Circulation Desk during open hours. Donations must be in good condition to be accepted by the Library. Funds raised by the Friends will: purchase programs and materials for the Children's Room; support the First Wednesday series and other public programs; purchase 18 free passes to regional museums; update library technology tools for public use, and pay for subscriptions to numerous on-line subscription services such as access to e-books, e-audio, independent films and databases such as Ancestry.com. For more information, call 802-254-5290.
Dummerston: The Lydia Taft Pratt Library is accepting donations of hardcover and paperback books, CDs and DVDs for its annual Geranium Festival/Book Sale on May 21. All donations should be in good, saleable condition. No textbooks, please. Bring all books, CDs and DVDs to the library, located in the Dummerston Community Center, 150 West St., West Dummerston, during library hours: Tuesdays, 2:30 to 7 p.m., Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to noon 12. For more information, call 802-258-9878.
Dover: Help build your library's collection by adopting a book at the Dover Free Library. This annual fundraising program directly enhances the library's collection of books and materials available to the public and provides community members a chance to sponsor books. Come by the library for more information and to see a great selection of books to "adopt" or visit www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.