Thursday March 28, 2013

In Bellows Falls...

TRIP TO BOSTON: The Friends of the Rockingham Library are planning an excursion to Boston and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on Saturday, April 13. A chartered bus will depart the Bellows Falls Waypoint Center at 7 a.m., returning at 7 p.m. The cost is $95 per person and includes round trip transportation and a museum tour. There will be time for shopping and lunch in addition to the planned museum tour.

Isabella Stewart Gardner was Boston’s renowned patron of the arts, who traveled the world collecting artwork in various formats. The museum’s permanent collection includes more than 2,500 paintings, textiles, furniture, sculpture, drawings, silver, ceramics, archival collections and realia.

The bus trip is part of an annual fundraising tradition; last year the Friends of the Library organized a trip to New York City to see the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall.

Spots are limited, people are encouraged to sign up soon. To reserve a seat or for more information, call or visit the Rockingham Library, 802-463-4270, or rockinghamlibrary.org. The library is located at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls.

More information on the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is available at gardnermuseum.org.

In Brattleboro Area...


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HOST FAMILIES NEEDED: PAX, the Program of Academic Exchange, is currently interviewing families interested in hosting the international exchange students who will be attending Brattleboro Union High School starting in August.

This experience offers a great opportunity to learn first-hand about another culture and to share your life with a student who is eager to discover life in America.

PAX students come from over 70 different countries, including Spain, Germany, Italy, China, Japan, and Thailand. They are between the ages of 15 and 18 and have studied English for at least three years.

Since the school deadline for exchange student applications is April 1, families who apply now will have the best selection of students. A PAX coordinator can help match students to fit a host family’s interests and lifestyle.

The main requirement for host families is to be warm, welcoming and willing to share daily life with the student. Students do not need a private bedroom and they have spending money for personal expenses, as well as medical insurance. Young couples, single parents, and retirees are encouraged to apply.

Families interested in knowing more about hosting can contact Ann Newsmith at 802-257-4710 or email exchangevt@gmail.com. PAX is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing mutual respect among the people of the world. More information is available at www.pax.org.

In Guilford...

ALGIERS MEETING: The quarterly meeting of the Algiers Fire District No. 1 will be held on Wednesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. at the Guilford Church on Church Drive.

HUNTER EDUCATION COURSE: There will be a Vermont Combination Bow Hunter and Firearms Education Course at Sportsmen Inc. beginning on Monday, April 1, and continuing for a total of six evenings. Class dates are as follows: April 1, 3, 5, 8, 10 and 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. (earlier some evenings).

All students must pre-register and any student under 12 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The club’s facilities are located on Creamery Road, off Guilford Street Extension. For more information or to register call Don Rosinski at 802-257-5442 after 6 p.m. Class size is limited, so register early.

In Walpole, N.H. ...

MARKET VENDORS NEEDED: The Walpole Farmers Market is accepting applications from vendors who would like to participate in the market during the upcoming summer season. The mission of the market is "to support the production and consumption of local agricultural products, increase awareness of the value of these products, expand the market for them, and help foster sustainable practices." It is a grower/producer-only market. The market will be held Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m. on the Walpole Town Common beginning on May 10 and running through Oct. 11.

Shoppers at the market have requested beverages and more prepared foods, so vendors who make these products from locally sourced ingredients are encouraged to apply.

Interested vendors may visit the website, www.walpolefarmersmarket.com for further information and an application form or call 603-756-3168.

In West Brattleboro...

COMMUNITY GARDEN: The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department is taking reservations for the Stockwell Drive Community Garden Site. The fee for returning gardeners is now $35. New gardeners can sign up beginning April 1 for $25, but after May 1 it will increase to $35.

Space is limited to 17 100-square-foot garden plots. Reservations will be on a first-come first-served basis. To reserve a garden plot, stop by the Recreation & Parks office at 207 Main St. in Brattleboro, weekdays between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon and 1 and 4 p.m.

For information, contact the Recreation & Parks Department at 802-254-5808; the garden overseer, Peter Gaskill at 802-257-9346; or mispeat@comcast.net.