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 fundraising 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.