Brattleboro Reformer


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Penny sale

Jamaica: Jamaica School Club's 16th Annual Penny Sale at Leland & Gray Union High School on April 2 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (802) 297-3151.

Sugar on snow

Guilford: The Guilford Volunteer Fire Department is hosting its annual Sugar on Snow fundraiser on April 2 with seatings at 5 and 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children younger than 12 and $2 for toddlers. The menu includes ham, homemade baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, deviled eggs, and biscuits, followed by sugar on snow with pickles and doughnuts. To make reservations, call 802-254-6841.


Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Area Interfaith Initiative is hosting an event to raise awareness of the plight of refugees around the world. This free public gathering will take place on April 2 at 7 p.m. at the Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Sami Abdallah and Jennifer Silverstone from Eyes On Refugees will speak about their recent volunteer experience at refugee camps in France. Inga Paluch will give an overview of the work of Carry Me Home, a disaster relief organization based at the Centre Congregational Church. Each organization has an on-line fundraising page at and

Maple festival

Whitingham: The 18th Annual Whitingham Maple Festival, scheduled for April 2 and 3, is an important aspect of Whitingham's economic and cultural heritage. The festival also features a craft fair, maple cooking contest and horse drawn sleigh rides on Saturday and Sunday, pancake breakfasts and luncheons on both Saturday and Sunday and a sugar on snow supper on Saturday evening.

Bean supper

Winchester, N.H.: The United Church of Winchester will hold its 421st monthly Bean Supper on April 2 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the church building at 99 Main St. Served family style, the cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children. The building is accessible to all and the proceeds help to fund our outreach missions. For more information, call 603-239-4465.

Art workshop

Bellows Falls: The Saxtons River Art Guild offers "Working in a Series," Alicia Drakiotes, Saturdays, April 2 through 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the United Church. For more information, visit To register, call Carolyn McDonald at 603-358-6804 or Carolyn Berglund at 603-352-7398.

Making bread

Townshend: The West River Community Project will be holding a workshop on how to make you own bread and butter. Come and learn how to make bread using a simple overnight recipe, and butter using a jar. The workshop will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on April 2. Participants should bring a large bowl and some flour ( white and/ or whole wheat). You will leave with some bread dough ready to use, the knowledge of how to tend and bake it, and some home made butter. For more information, call 802-874-7141.

Eyes of a wolf

Grafton: How are wolves, dogs, and humans different — or alike? Find out at "The Eyes of a Wolf," a spring science program for youth and adults, on April 2, at the Nature Museum, with wolf expert and advocate Adam Katrick of Wolfgard, Neb.; held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grafton Ponds. The cost is $20. Tickets are limited and everyone is encouraged to register by going to the Nature Museum's website, The program is geared to youth over 10 through adults.


Bellows Falls: "A Playground for Empire: Historical Perspectives on Cuba and the U.S.A. at the Rockingham Library," on April 2 at 1 p.m., will be presented by Tim Weed. This talk is free, open to the public, and accessible to those with disabilities. For more information, call 802-463-4270, email, log on to or stop by the Library at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls.

Bag sale

Townshend: On April 2 and April 3, the Thrift Shop at the West Townshend Country Store will be holding a special end-of-winter sale. Customers can fill up bags with items of their choice for $5 per bag. Items include clothing and shoes for men, women and children as well as household items. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds from Thrift Shop sales benefit the non-profit West River Community Project. The Thrift Shop is located on the second floor of the West Townshend Country Store at the intersection of Route 30 and Windham Hill Road in West Townshend.

Civil War

Dummerston: The Brattleboro Chapter of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute hosts a lecture on Vermont's approach to fighting addiction on April 4 with Meg Mott from 10 a.m. to noon at the Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 US Route 5. Parking and handicapped access are available, and light refreshments will be served at the lectures. Payment of full membership dues ($50) entitles members to attend all 12 lectures in the present series. Partial memberships ($30) entitle subscribers to attend six sessions in either morning or afternoon, but not both. Couples are welcome to join as full members at a discounted rate of $80 ($50 for partial membership). Lectures are also open to nonmembers for a fee of $6 per lecture. For more information, contact Julie Lavorgna at 802-365-7278 or

'Devil in the Valley'

Whitingham: The Whitingham Free Public Library and Halifax Community Club are sponsoring a presentation by Vermont author Castle Freeman about his book "The Devil in the Valley." The talk will take place at the Library at 6 p.m. on April 4. For more information, contact Kristine Sweeter at or call 802-368-7506.

Movie night

Dover: On April 4, the Dover Free Library presents the feature film "Trumbo," starring Bryan Cranston, Dianne Lane and Helen Mirren. Showtime at 6 p.m. Rated R.


Dummerston: Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife Fisheries Biologist Kenneth Cox will present "Fish of Dummerston and Surrounding Regions," on April 5, at 7 p.m. at the Learning Collaborative, 471 Route 5, Dummerston. Sponsored by the Dummerston Conservation Commission. For more information, visit

Movie night

Dover: On April 5, the Dover Free Library presents the feature film "Carol," starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Showtime is 5:30 p.m. Rated R.


Westminster West: Twin Birch Woodworking owner Gail Grycel will be offering spring woodworking classes for women. The Beginning Woodworking for Women class is designed for those who have little or no experience working with tools and wood. While learning in a supportive environment, women will have a chance to explore their practical, problem-solving sides, hopefully let go of societal and family messages that women can't work with tools, and learn some skills that can be transferred to other projects after the class is over. Basic machines such as the table saw, jointer, planer, drill press and miter saw will be covered as well as some hand tools, design and safety. Participants will design and make a small project of their choosing. The eight-week beginning class will be held at the TBWW studio in Westminster West on either Wednesday or Thursday evenings starting April 6 or 7. Open Studio sessions will continue for those with some experience and will run on Tuesdays. All classes are limited to four participants each. Grycel has been teaching women for over 23 years. For more information, visit


Putney: April is National Poetry Month and there is no better way to observe it than joining three local poets for a reading on April 6 at 7 p.m. the Putney Public Library. Toni Ortner, Lee Bramble, and Becky Dennison Sakellariou will all be reading from their recent work. Books will be available for sale by the poets. Putney Library is located at 55 Main St. This program is free and open to the public.

'Roll Deep'

Brattleboro: On April 6 at 7 p.m., the Vermont Humanities Council hosts an evening with UVM professor and poet Mark Jackson, who will read from his new book, "Roll Deep," and discusses how poetry not only serves as a record of our existence but also enlarges us as human beings. At the Brooks Memorial Library.

African dance

Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents West African dance class for all levels with Pape Ba on April 6, from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at 74 Cotton Mill Hill, No. 346. All levels are welcome. Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing and bring a water bottle. Class will be accompanied by live drumming. Sliding scale $15 to 20.

Act 46

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Town School Board will talk about Act 46 during its regularly scheduled meeting on April 6, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Academy School Music Room. Information will include the Act 46 law, the possible merger scenarios which the study committee has considered and why, a look at the governance structure and budget approval process, and a timeline if the study committee votes to send the accelerated merger option to voters.

Memoir writing

Walpole, N.H.: Award-winning author Pam Bernard announces the continuation of her popular and ongoing eight-week sessions of writing and reading memoir workshops, to begin the week of April 11. For more information, email, visit or call 603-756-4177.

Potluck and Protest

Dummerston: Potluck and Protest Songs at Dummerston Congregational Church, 1535 Middle Road, on Friday, April 8. The free potluck starts at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m. Ben Grosscup will sing songs of social and ecological justice. Suggested concert donation is $10-$20. Bring a dish to share and visit with your neighbors, or just come for the music. Contact, 802-257-9544, 802-258-2655.

'Peter Pan'

Putney: The Grammar School will present the musical "Peter Pan" with multiple performances April 8 to 10. There will be evening shows beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9. Matinees will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, and Sunday, April 10. Tickets at the door are $5 for children/alumn, $10 for adults, and $25 for families. For reservations call 802-387-5364.


Townshend: Aura Shards will be performing on April 8, at the West Townshend Pizza Night. They play original music on tabla and handpan. Pizza baking in the outdoor oven begins at 5 p.m. Build your own, at $10 a pie, from a number of tasty ingredients. Music begins at 6:30.

Human figure

Bellows Falls: The Saxtons River Art Guild hosts "Drawing and Painting a Variety of Figures" April 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with Robert Seaman. For more information, visit To register, call Carolyn McDonald at 603-358-6804 or Carolyn Berglund at 603-352-7398.

Crockpot supper

Westminster: On April 9, the First Congregational Church, Route 5, will hold a Crockpot church supper. Something for everyone from meatballs to goulash to vegetable casserole. Dinner will be accompanied by bread, tossed salad, coffee, tea, milk and a choice of several baked desserts. There will be two seatings, one at 5 p.m. and one at 6:15 p.m.. This fundraiser supper will be $9 for adults, $4 for children and those younger than 5 eat free.

Contra dance

Brattleboro: On April 10, Brattleboro Dance will present a contra dance with caller Will Mentor accompanied by Pete's Posse with musicians Pete Sunderlund on fiddle, Oliver Scanlon on fiddle and Triston Henderson on guitar. The dance will be held at 118 Elliot St., starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 to $12 adults, $8 college students with ID and $5 for youth, high school age and younger. For additional details, visit or call 802-258-1723.


Vernon: Jaime Jorge, violinist, will perform April 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mountain View Adventist Church located at 1002 Fort Bridgman Highway. Concert is free of charge and will be followed by light refreshments.

Kitchen garden

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. For more information about the event, call Parks Place at (802) 463-9927 or visit our facebook page at

Camera club

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Camera Club invites all to attend a presentation by Suzanne Flynt on "The Allen Sisters: Pictorial Photographers 1885-1920," on April 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Library. "The Allen Sisters: Pictorial Photographers 1885-1920," was awarded the Historic New England Book Prize in 2002.

Drug laws

Dummerston: The Brattleboro Chapter of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute hosts the second in its current series of morning and afternoon lectures, to be held on April 11. The morning lecture, by Meg Mott of Marlboro College, will discuss drug laws in history and how they have been used to control certain groups in society. The afternoon lecture, by Fletcher Proctor, will examine the social, political, and theological issues surrounding the Civil War. Fletcher is a Putney attorney with a lifelong interest in Vermont history. Lectures are held on six successive Mondays. Morning lectures run from 10 a.m. to noon; afternoon lectures, from 1 to 3 p.m. All lectures will be held at the Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 US Route 5. Parking and handicapped access are available, and light refreshments will be served at the lectures. For more information, contact Julie Lavorgna at 802-365-7278 or


Townshend: On April 12, Grace Cottage is hosting the AARP Vermont's Fraud Prevention Workshop, starting at 7 p.m. in the Grace Cottage Community Wellness Center. No registration is required. For more information, call 802-365-3649.


Brattleboro: The Vermont Historical Society will be hosting a program to give an update about the impact of counterculture and the influence of the 1970s on Vermont, at Brooks Memorial Library on April 13, starting at 7 p.m. For more information, visit

Senior lunch

Chesterfield, N.H.: The Chesterfield Senior Lunch will be held on April 13, at 12:30 p.m. in the Chesterfield Town Hall. A ham dinner with mac and cheese will be served. Reservations by calling Joanne at 802-363-8348. Suggested donation is $5. The HCS nurse is available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to take blood pressures. ll seniors are welcome.

Talent show

Townshend: The Community Hope and Action group will be putting on a talent show on April 16 at the Townshend Town Hall. The talent show will include a free dinner from 6 to 7 p.m., and the performances will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. This is an alcohol-free, family-friendly event that is appropriate for all ages. Participant registration is now open if you would like to perform. Registration forms are available at the Townshend Public Library, the Townshend Town Hall, and at the Leland & Gray Union Middle/High School front office. Contact Kristin with any questions at 802-365-4700 or via email at


Putney: The Windham County Conservation District is hosting a pruning workshop at Green Mountain Orchards on April 16. The cost is $25 per person. All proceeds will go to help with WCCCD's workshops and outreach programs. Learn how to prune raspberry and blueberry bushes, peach and apple trees. Reservations are required. The last date to register is April 13. For more information, call Jolene Hamilton at 802-254-5323, ext. 104, or Andrea Darrow at 802-387-5851.

Bee keeping

Alstead, N.H.: Charles Andros, former New Hampshire and Vermont Apiary Inspector, will hold a beekeeping workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. on April 16 at 18 MacLean Rd. Topics of discussion will be early spring management: locating apiaries, equipment, handling bees, feeding syrup and supplements, making nuclei, reversing, and re-queening. Bring a veil, if you have one. Registration required — email or call 603-756-9056."

Turkey buffet

Alstead, N.H.: There will be a turkey buffet at Third Congregational Church April 16 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Takeout available. Adults age 13 and older at $10; children age 6 through 12, $5; children under 6 are free. The menu includes turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry, potato, peas, carrots, rolls, beverages, dessert. For information, call Joanne at 603-835-6734 or Myrna at 603-835-2939.

Climate change

Brattleboro: Post Oil Solutions and the Climate Change Café present Naomi Klein's "This Changes Everything, " on April 17 at 4 p.m. in the Latchis Theatre. There will be a conversation following the screening.

Protest songs

Dummerston: On April 18 from 6 to 9 p.m., the Dummerston Congregational Church is hosting a potluck dinner followed by Ben Grosscup, who will be performing protest songs. There is a suggested donation of $10 to $20. For more information, contact Rev. Susanna Griefen at


Bellows Falls: On April 19 at 6 p.m., workshop leader Leslie Lassetter will incorporate Zentangle meditative drawing with the Seven Rays of Life and Transformational Kinesiology in an exploration of the ancient art of mandalas. This event is free and open to the public. To sign up or for more information, call 802-463-4270, visit, email or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.


Bellows Falls: On April 21 at 6 p.m., join the book discussion of "Inside Out and Back Again," by Thanhha Lai. Pick up a copy of "Inside Out and Back Again" at the library's front desk. For more information, call 802-463-4270, visit or stop by the Rockingham Library at 65 Westminster St. This event is free and open to the public.

Preachers, poets

Guilford: On April 21 at 7 p.m. at the Guilford Community Church, Tom Ragle and Don McLean will present their third collaborative reading, featuring English and American poets.

Community Passover

Brattleboro: Join the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community for a community seder on the second night of Passover, April 23, at the West Village Meeting House at 5:30 p.m. Main dishes will be catered by Sharon Myers, and Cantor Kate Judd will be leading us through a traditional Jewish seder. You don't have to be Jewish to share this journey and feast; all families and individuals are welcome. To signup, visit / or call Laura Berkowitz at 802-257-0922 or the BAJC 802-257-1959. Adults, $25; children under 10, $18. Children under 4 are free. Reservations must be paid in full by April 8. Send a check to BAJC, P.O. Box 2353, Brattleboro VT 05303-2353.


Hinsdale, N.H.: The North Hinsdale Community Church is hosting a spaghetti dinner on April 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children older than 7 and $3 children younger than 7. For more information, call 603-256-6930 or email

Grow it

Westminster: Vermont Community Garden Network, in partnership with Charlie Nardozzi, is coming to Westminster this spring for the Grow It! Workshop, on May 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. Visit to register for the workshop and for more details.

Gimme shelter

Brattleboro: A concert to benefit Groundworks Collaborative (the merger of the Drop In Center and Morningside Shelter) will be presented by three local a cappella groups — House Blend, Big Woods Voices, and Singcrony Trio — on April 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hooker Dunham Theatre, Main Street. Donations of $10, $20 and up suggested. All proceeds go to Groundworks. Tickets at the door.


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