Around Windham County

Saturday April 6, 2013

In Bellows Falls...

GARDEN WORKSHOP: The Greater Falls Community Garden Collaborative will host a 9x12 Garden Workshop with Henry Homeyer, garden expert, on Sunday, April 7, at 1 p.m. at the United Church of Bellows Falls. Homeyer is a Brattleboro Reformer columnist and author of several books.

This will be an opportunity to learn how to grow vegetables and flowers throughout the season on just a 9-by-12 foot plot. Beginners and experts are welcome. Homeyer will answer questions and have his gardening books on sale after the talk.

The workshop is free, although a hat is passed to help support the workshops. Light refreshments will be available. Registration is required as space is limited. Call Tim at 802-869-2141 to register.

A project of Post Oil Solutions, the Collaborative started in 2011 with the purpose of developing greater food security in our region. For further information, contact Collaborative Coordinator, Kari Gypson, 802-282-8669 or

In Brattleboro...

BEEC ANNUAL MEETING: This year the annual meeting for Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center will be a community celebration. All are welcome at this free event to be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden at 157 Main St.

Author of several nature journals, Clare Walker Leslie, will be the featured speaker. The event will feature an auction of art inspired by nature. There will be pottery, paintings, photography, drawings and woodwork by the region’s artists.

Preview of the art and the beginning of the silent auction bidding starts at 3 p.m. At 5 p.m. live music, refreshments and other festivities begin.

Additionally, at 7 p.m. the Stockwell Environmental Award will be presented to a deserving community member working to benefit the health of our bio-region.

For more information, e-mail, call 802-257-5785, or visit

LEADERSHIP SKILLS: An interactive session to explore the behaviors and practices of successful leadership is being offered by the Marlboro College Graduate School. The program is a free Executive Briefing and is designed for leaders in all sectors. It will be held on Tuesday, April 9, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Graduate School, 28 Vernon St., in Brattleboro.

Leading the session will be Ingrid Bredenberg, Grad School faculty member and Strategic Coach, who brings over 25 years experience working with leaders in health care, government, education and the not-for-profit sector.

Each participant will get a Work of Leaders profile which provides personalized information, insights and strategies for effective leadership. This briefing will prepare participants for a three-hour deeper dive into Essential Skills for 21st Century Leaders on May 1 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Executive Briefing attendees receive reduced tuition and free profile. To register, visit mixapril.

In Dover...

MONDAY NIGHT MOVIE: The Dover Free Library will present the feature film "Zero Dark Thirty" on Monday, April 8, at 6 p.m. The film will run for 2 hours and 37 minutes and is rated R.

This event is free and open to the public. For further information, call 802-348-7488.

In Dummerston...

OSHER LECTURE: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s second lecture in its spring series of morning and afternoon lectures is scheduled for Monday, April 8.

In the morning lecture from 10 a.m. until noon, Zeke Hecker, a composer and student of music, will discuss Gershwin’s "Porgy and Bess" and the Broadway musicals of the 1930s.

The afternoon program from 1 to 3 p.m., by Lynette Rummel of Marlboro College, will examine the birth of the Arab Spring in Tunisia.

All lectures will be held at the Southeast Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 Vermont Route 5, in Dummerston. Parking and handicapped access are available. Light refreshments will be served.

The lectures are produced by the Brattleboro Osher Lifelong Learning Institute chapter, now in its 10th year. OLLI is a nationwide membership organization sponsoring programs for people 50 and over who wish to continue their education without tests, papers or grades. Payment of full membership dues ($50) entitles members to attend all 12 lectures in the present series. Couples are welcome to join as full members at a discounted rate of $80. Lectures are also open to nonmembers for a fee of $6 per lecture.

For information, call 802-257-8600 or 866-889-0042; visit; or call the organizers at 802-387-5387 or 802-257-7623.

In Vernon...

HISTORIANS’ WORKSHOP: The Vernon Historians quarterly meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 9, downstairs at the Vernon Town Office. The business meeting will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The program, a local history/genealogy workshop, will follow from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The presenter for the program will be Linda Hay, an author, historian and researcher. She will present her search for documents, methods for digging out the fascinating details from apparently boring statistics and ways of combining the findings to "make history come alive."

This illustrated talk and hands-on workshop is free and open to everyone of all ages.


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