Saxtons River: Main Street Arts is hosting an information session for potential volunteers May 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. with the bonus of creating a do-it-yourself garden treasure. While they learn about volunteer opportunities and enjoy refreshments, participants will be taken through the process of embedding some of their personal treasures into a cement circle to create a garden stepping stone to take home. Materials will be supplied. The event is limited to 20, and reservations are needed by April 29 by calling MSA at 802-869-2960 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information can be accessed on Facebook or at www.mainstreetarts.org.
Bellows Falls: The Rockingham Free Public Library is hosting its annual book sale through April 30. 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.
Stock your pond
Brattleboro: Stock your pond with trout from Windham Conservation District. Rainbow and brook trout are once again available for stocking private ponds through the Spring Fish Stocking Program and will be available for pick up at the Agway parking lot on May 13. Last date to order is May 6. For more information, email email@example.com or visit www.windhamcountynrcd.org.
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.
Winchester, N.H.: The Ladies' Society of The United Church of Winchester is seeking crafters and flea market vendors for its annual fair on May 28 at the church on the corner of Main Street and Parker Street, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more details, information and reservations, contact Marion at 603-239-6802 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Thelma at 603-239-4995. Rental deadline is May 23.
Books and plants
Putney: The Putney Public Library seeks book donations to support its annual Book and Plant Sale, which will take place on Saturday, May 28. Books of all kinds are welcome, with the exception of encyclopedia sets, magazines, textbooks, Reader's Digest condensed books and anything that is musty, moldy, or in poor condition. DVDs and audiobooks are also welcome donations for the book sale. Please bring donations during library hours only — Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information visit the Putney Public Library at 55 Main St., call 802-387-4407 or email email@example.com.
West River Trail Run
South Londonderry: Celebrate National Trail Day by participating in the fourth annual West River Trail Run Saturday, June 4. Known as "11 Miles of Trouble" after the infamous 36 miles of trouble along the West River, the railroad from South Londonderry to Brattleboro, because of its narrow gauge and winding route leading to undependable service. Luckily for trail run participants that means a moderately challenging, beautiful race through various terrain. Woods, waterfalls, and switchbacks will be seen throughout the 11 miles from South Londonderry's Depot to Jamaica State Park. The first 200 individuals to register will receive a T-shirt, goodie bag filled with locally donated products, and free entrance to Jamaica State Park for the day. The race begins at South Londonderry's Depot at 9 a.m., and ends at Jamaica State Park. Register online $45 for single participants for the 11 mile run, $75 for relay teams, $20 for 5K participants. Registration will be open until the day of the race with no guarantee for a t-shirt or goodie bag after May 15th. This annual event supports The Collaborative's community efforts to provide fun, healthy educational programs for youth in the Northshire and Mountain communities. Sponsors and partners include Four Seasons Sotheby's International Reality Manchester & Stratton offices, The Mountain Goat, Real Sports, Elm Counseling Services, Clark's IGA, Cota & Cota, LuxBrush, Southern Vt Tech Rescue Inc, C & J Stoddard, Crystal Rock, Vew-do Balance boards, Friends of the West River Trail, Jamaica State Park, & Ball Mountain/Townsend Lake. Grandma Millers, Rutland Regional Medical Center, VT Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, Real Sports and Maggie's Farm.
Brattleboro: The Vermont African American Heritage Trail has started a GoFundMe.com campaign to design and launch a mobile application that will enhance the experience of visitors, particularly school groups. The VTAAHT and its 20 sites across the state promote the exploration of black history in Vermont through cultural tourism. Vermont Partnership for Fairness & Diversity in collaboration with the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing launched the Vermont African American Heritage Trail in January 2013. For more information, call 802-254-2972, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.vermontpartnership.org.