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In Alstead, N.H. ...
HARVEST AUCTION: The Third Congregational Church of Alstead on River Street will hold a Harvest Auction on Saturday, Oct. 6, beginning at 5 p.m.
Some of the items to be auctioned will include: Four-burner gas range, cord of firewood, canoe, furniture, fresh turkey, heavy duty blower, paintings, collectible dish inspired by Thomas Kincade, gift certificates, home baked goods, fresh vegetables, and many other items.
There will also be raffles and Stella’s Chocolate Chip Cookies. The Guild will sell refreshments from the kitchen. To donate to the auction or further information, call Phil Warren at 603-835-2490.
COLUMBUS DAY: In observance of Columbus Day, all Brattleboro Town offices will be closed on Monday, Oct. 8, with the exception of emergency services.
Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Sunday, Oct. 7, and Monday, Oct. 8. All other violations, including extended parking, will be enforced.
Brooks Memorial Library will be closed on Sunday, Oct. 7, and Monday, Oct. 8.
Trash and recycling will operate on its normal schedule.
The BeeLine Bus will run its normal schedule on Monday, Oct. 8. As of Oct. 1, the bus no longer operates on Sundays. Any questions should be directed to The Current (formerly Connecticut River Transit) at 802-460-7433.
SKATING RINK PASSES: Season passes to the Nelson Withington Skating Facility at Living Memorial Park are currently on sale. The passes are only available at the Recreation & Parks Department office at 207 Main St. in Brattleboro. Discounted passes will be on sale through Oct. 18. The passes will not be sold at the rink this year
The skating rink is scheduled to open Saturday, Oct. 20, and close on Sunday, March 3.
For further information, contact the Recreation Department at 802-254-5808.
SWAP PROGRAM: The Windham Solid Waste Management District Swap Program on Old Ferry Road is open every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until noon. It is a free outlet for materials that are still usable, but for which there is no traditional re-use program. People are asked to use all other available outlets before bringing items to the Swap Program. Items brought in may be passed along to other non-profit groups.
Items brought in must be in usable condition and must be accepted by a staff member before being left. Due to the need to close promptly at noon, large loads of donations may not be accepted after 11:45 a.m. Everyone is welcome to bring in or take out materials. It is not necessary to do both.
Some items that usually are not accepted are appliances, upholstered furniture, carpet, computers, mattresses, clothes and tires. These items may be placed on Freecycle at www.freecycle.org.
Items available this week include: Television trays, speakers, white board, hanging folder frame, large television, VHS tapes, exercise bikes, weights and bar, blender, travel iron, picnic table and benches, Nordic Track, Igloo cooler, baskets, and a Panasonic VHS camera.
OSHER LECTURES: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) will open this fall’s six-week series of lectures on Monday, Oct. 8.
In the morning programs, Meg Mott will present "The Politics of Eating," an investigation of how food production and consumption pertain to the right ordering of society. Mott teaches political theory at Marlboro College and is a popular OLLI lecturer.
The afternoon lectures, "The Marvelous Machine: The Workings of the Human Body," will be presented by Bob Engel, also of the Marlboro faculty and also an experienced leader of past OLLI programs. Engel will discuss the body considered as a machine, emphasizing that bodily systems must work in loose concert for the machine to function.
The morning programs will begin at 10 a.m. and run until noon. The afternoon programs will run from 1 to 3 p.m. All lectures take place at the Southeast Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 Vermont Route 5, in Dummerston. Parking and handicapped access are available. Light refreshments are served at all lectures.
The lectures are produced by the local chapter of The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, now in its ninth year in Brattleboro. The Institute is a nationwide membership organization sponsoring programs for people aged 50 and over who wish to continue their education without tests, papers, or grades. Payment of full dues ($50) entitles members to attend all 12 lectures in the present series. Lectures are also open to non-members of OLLI for a fee of $5 per lecture.
For more information call 802-257-8600 or toll-free 866-889-0042.
MEDIEVAL FAIRE: The Grammar School campus in Putney will transform into a Medieval village as it hosts its 24th Annual Medieval Faire on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. King Arthur and his royal court will preside over games, feasts, and peasant frivolity.
Traditional highlights include: Merlin the Wizard, climbing walls, archery, a candy-throwing catapult, haunted dungeon, dunking booth, pony rides, slay-the-dragon pinata, scavenger hunts, and knightings by King Arthur.
Admission to the Medieval Faire is free. All-day or individual game and ride passes are available with proceeds benefiting the student scholarship fund. Those attending are invited to dressed as brave knights or fair damsels if they wish.
For additional information contact The Grammar School at 802-387-5364 or visit www.thegrammarschool.org. The school is located at 69 Hickory Ridge Road South in Putney; take a left on Westminster Road, and left again on Hickory Ridge South.
In Saxtons River...
THRIFT SHOP CLOSED: The Worn Again Thrift Shop in Saxtons River has temporarily closed for renovations. The shop, which offers a variety of summer and winter clothing and other items, is run by volunteers from the West River Mission, with churches in Putney, Townshend, Stratton Mountain and Saxtons River.
In West Dummerston...
TERRIFIC TAG SALE: Due to construction at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Brattleboro their annual Fall Terrific Tag Sale will be held at the Dummerston Community Center in West Dummerston this year. The event is planned for Friday, Oct. 5, from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. until noon.
The Community Center is located on West Street, off Route 30, six miles north of Brattleboro in West Dummerston.
MOVIE NIGHT: Williamsville Hall presents a free movie night for children and families on Friday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments to be offered for sale include fresh popcorn, water, soda and candy.
The movie will be "Flicka" (2006) rated PG. It is loosely based on the 1941 novel "My Friend Flicka" by Mary O’Hara. It features Alison Lohman as Katy a young woman who claims a wild mustang as her own in order to prove to her father, played by country musician Tim McGraw, that she is capable of one day taking over the family ranch.
ANIMAL FROLICS: The Manitou Project will hold an outdoor session of the Animal Frolics Qigong on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 11 a.m. to noon, taught by Joey Carroll. This system was developed over 1,800 years ago by Hua T’o, one of China’s greatest physicians, modeled on the movements of five animals: the Tiger, the Deer, the Bear, the Monkey and the Crane. This session will focus on the Bear and the Crane. The emphasis of this teaching is on the union of spirit, breath and movement and offers a system for long term health and longevity. The session is appropriate for adults, and for children over the age of 10.
All are welcome, experience with Qigong is not necessary. Carroll is a T’ai Chi Ch’uan/Qigong instructor. Manitou is located 1.4 miles up Sunset Lake Road from Williamsville Village, sign on right; or approximately 5 miles over the top on Sunset Lake Road from Route 9. For information, contact Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-257-8673.
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