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Plant sale

Brattleboro: The Windham Regional Conservation District's annual plant sale is now underway. 2016 offerings include plants for landscape, conservation, regeneration and food value. Trees and shrubs are all bare rootstock. Available wildlife and songbird shrubs and tree selection this year includes: Bearberry, Buttonbush, Cranberry, Hackberry, Sugar Maple and White Flowering Dogwood. New this year — dark purple, red or white Standard Hybrid Rhododendrons. Semi-dwarf apple, cherry, pear, apricot, plum and peach trees along with a large selection of perennials are also available for spring planting. Edibles include blueberries, raspberries,strawberries and currants. Conifers are Balsam and Fraser Fir and Northern White Cedar. Orders will be taken until April 15 and pick up of stock will be Saturday, April 30, in the Natural Resources Department at the Windham Regional Career Center by the Brattleboro Union High School. Order forms and additional information can be obtained from the WCNRCD by email at, by phone at 802-254-5323, ext. 104, or downloaded from

Tax prep

Brattleboro: United Way Windham County is offering two programs that provide free federal and state income-tax preparation services to eligible taxpayers: the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program and United Way is also partnering with libraries and other community sites to provide access to on a computer with high-speed internet for the public's use. Call 2-1-1 for location and access information.

Silent Auction

Dover: Come bid on some ready-to-go Easter baskets and one fantastic bunny/dollhouse as part of the Dover Free Library's spring silent auction fundraiser. Bidding opened on March 11 and closes at noon on March 25. Winners will be contacted immediately following the close of bidding. Library business hours are Mondays and Tuesdays 2 to 8 p.m.; Wednesdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact the library for more information at 802-348-7488 or visit

Guest chef

Brattleboro: Brattleboro Senior Meals will be holding a special "Guest Chef" luncheon on March 31 at the Brattleboro Senior Center. The featured Chef this month is Shana McConnell from Vermont Country Deli. The menu will be Tuscan chicken, tomato Parmesan risotto, grilled asparagus and a Vermont Country Deli signature cookie. The luncheon will start at noon. Entertainment will be provided by Peter and Phil on guitar and saxophone featuring many selections including Broadway Show Tunes. The suggested donation for all seniors is $5. The cost for those under 60 years of age is $15. Reservations for this event will be taken in person at the Senior Center or by phone until Friday March 25 at 1 p.m. at 802-257-1236. The proceeds from this meal will go to support the senior meals programs.


Townshend: The West Townshend Country Store Pizza night concert will feature old time string band music on March 25. The outdoor oven will be ready to bake pizza starting at 5 p.m. Build your own pizza from a number of tasty ingredients, at $10 a pie. Beer, wine and other refreshments are also available. Enjoy your meal while listening to Michael Donahue, Sally Newton and friends, playing traditional fiddle tunes and songs on fiddle, guitar, banjo and mandolin. Music begins at 6:30.

'Frame by Frame'

Brattleboro: On March 25 at 7 p.m., at the Marlboro Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., The Windham World Affairs Council will be screening "Frame by Frame," a celebrated documentary film that follows four Afghan photojournalists as they navigate an emerging and dangerous media landscape — reframing Afghanistan for the world, and for themselves. Coffee/tea/conversation will precede the screening at 6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Teen dance

Bellow Falls: The Women of the Moose Teen Dance is scheduled for March 25 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Bellows Falls Moose Family Center at 59 Henry St. $3; food, drinks and prizes.

Rabies clinic

Wilmington: On March 26 from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Wilmington Fire House, Veterinarian Miles Powers will be providing low-cost vaccinations. Dogs must be leashed; cats must be crated. Dog licensing for Wilmington residents available. Clinic open to all.

Maple Day

Dummerston: The first Dummerston Maple Day will take place on March 26. This celebration of Dummerston's sugarmakers will feature open sugarhouses from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., where you can see traditional and new sugaring techniques, and best of all, taste fresh maple syrup. Participating sugarhouses include Bare Foot Farm, 739 Kipling Rd.; Gilmore Sugarhouse, 385 US Rte. 5; Glabach Maple Farm, 32 Nourse Hollow Rd.; Ken Emery & Family, 270 School House Rd.; Lynch Sugarhouse, 488 East West Rd.; Dwight Miller & Son Orchards, 193 Miller Rd.; Bunker Farm, 857 Bunker Rd.; and Sweet Tree Farm, 1656 US Rte. 5. At 10 a.m., Mike Ephrat will lead a tour of a sugarbush at Bunker Farm to show how a sugarbush is maintained and how sap is tapped. You may pick up a flyer with map of the sugarhouses at any of the farms listed, or at the Dummerston Town Office.

Sugar supper

Dummerston: The Dummerston Fire Department Sugar Supper will round out Maple Day on March 26 at the Dummerston School, 52 School House Rd. Seatings are at 4:30, 5:45, and 7 p.m. Cost for adults is $12, children under 12, $6. For reservations, call Deb at 257-0546.


Grafton: Join Environmental Educator Lynn Morgan on March 26, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at The Nature Museum for a half-hour indoor lesson on salamanders. It will be followed by an hour-long moderate hike to the forests and vernal pools around The Nature Museum. Discover what slithering salamanders and vernal pools can teach us about regeneration this spring. The program is free but donations are appreciated. It will be held both indoors and outdoors. Please dress appropriately for the day's weather and wear shoes suitable for the trail. Please bring a hearty snack and a water bottle.


Dummerston: Join Lynn Levine for a workshop sponsored by the Vermont Woodlands Association on March 26, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on how to identify trees before the leaves come out. All workshop participants will be provided with "Mammal Tracks and Scat: Life-Size Pocket Guide." Registration with payment is required. This workshop is limited to 15 participants. Call the VWA office at 802-747-7900 or email The cost is $20.

CSA fair

Brattleboro: March 26 marks the final week for the 10th season of the Winter Farmers' Market. It is also the 9th Annual CSA Fair hosted at Post Oil Solutions' Winter Farmers' Market. There will be nearly a dozen CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms represented, offering information about farming operations and CSA share options. In addition to the CSA Fair, and the usual delights of the market, Brendan Taaffe will be performing in the lunch café. Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St. For more information, call 802-869-2141 or email

Easter Bunny

Hinsdale, N.H.: On March 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Hinsdale Millstream Community Center is hosting an Easter Bunny Hop. $10 per family ($15 per family with three or more children); price includes picture and dancing with the Easter Bunny and a craft. Food, drinks, and bake goods will be for sale. There will also be games and a Chinese Auction. All proceeds will go towards purchasing Christmas gifts this year for low income families.


Brattleboro: On March 27, at 118 Elliot St., the Brattleboro Dance will be presenting a contradance with caller Steve Zakon-Anderson accompanied by the band "Polaris," with Sam Zakon-Anderson on piano, Rose Jackson on fiddle and Jesse Ball on accordion and mandolin in their debut Appearance at the Brattleboro Dance. Admission is $10 adults, $8 College students with ID and $5 for youth, high school age and younger. For additional details, visit or call 802-258-1723.

Democrat caucus

Putney: Putney Democrats will Caucus on March 28 at 7 p.m. in the Putney Town Hall. This is a required meeting for the Town Caucus to determine delegates to the State Convention and to ascertain if there are Putney Democrats interested in applying to be a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. Delegates must be members of the Democratic party and must have voted in Vermont's presidential primary on March 1 of this year. For more information, call Mike at 802-387-8787 or email


Putney: On Monday, March 28, the Yes Men will come to Landmark College and perform "Making Meaningful Mischief," at 7 p.m. at the Greenhoe Theater in the Fine Arts Building at 7 p.m. "Making Meaningful Mischief" is free, accessible, and open to the public. Learn more at

Teens can cook

Brattleboro: In this class, teens will continue to build confidence in the kitchen by making a delicious yogurt cheesecake. We will pair this creamy sweet cake with an easy winter compote on March 29, 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom. Free, but registration is required at 802-246-2821 or

Act 46

Townshend: The six school boards of the Windham Central Supervisory Union are hosing a discussion of Act 46 on March 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Leland & Gray Union High School library. Guest speaker is Stephen Dale.


Westminster: The Westminster Democratic Post Primary Presidential Town Caucus will be held on March 29 at 7 p.m. at the Westminster Town Hall. For more information, call 802-387-5757 or email

Drum class

Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents West African drum class with Raoul Ombang on March 30 from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main St. Sliding scale of $10 to $20 for dance. All levels are welcome. For more informatino on dance and drum classes, visit or find on Facebook.

Local voices

Newfane: On March 31, starting at 7 p.m. at the Moore Free Library, there will be an open reading, poetry and prose. All new writers are welcome to attend.

Affordable housing

Putney: On March 31 at 7 p.m. at the Puntey Fire Station, the Putney Affordable Housing Committee will host an informational meeting to learn about the new project proposed by the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust . Connie Snow of the Housing Trust and Bob Stevens of Stevens & Associates Engineering will be on hand to present the plans and answer questions. The project proposes the construction of new housing on the Newman Hall lot, which is located between Depot Street and Putney Landing Road, as well as the rehabilitation of the Noyes House on Kimball Hill. The plan would include a mix of family and smaller apartments for a total of 18 apartments with a combination of townhouses and accessible flats.

'Control Room'

Putney: On March 31 at 7 p.m. at the Gleanery, Peter Galbraith will host a screening of "Control Room," about al-Jazeera's coverage of the Iraq War. The screening is preceded by a dinner at 5:30 p.m. The price for the dinner and screening is $23.

Racial justice

Brattleboro: On March 31, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., Lost River Racial Justice is having its first open community meeting for those interested in getting more involved with racial justice organizing in the tri-state area. The Root is wheelchair accessible. Please come fragrance free to make this space accessible to as many folks as possible. Childcare provided as needed — please contact us at by March 24 if you would like childcare.

Senior lunch

Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon on April 1 at the Guilford Community Church. The menu will be a New England boiled dinner. A suggested donation of $3.50 for seniors and $5 for others is asked. For more information and to make reservations call 802-254-9774 no later than March 30.

Gallery Walk

Brattleboro: Come meet the farmers from Tanglebloom Flower Farm in Brookline and Up the Road Farm of Guilford at Hermit Thrush Brewery, 29 High St., during Gallery Walk (5:30 p.m.) on April 1. The farms will have information and sign-ups for their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs, which offer flower and vegetable shares for pick up at the brewery this summer. For more information, contact Melissa at

Modern anesthesia

Walpole, N.H.: On April 1, starting at 7 p.m. at the Walpole Town Hall, the Walpole Historical Society will host Patti Seymour, who will share her knowledge of the man who once resided in her present home, Horace Wells. As a young man, Wells also attended the Walpole Academy, an esteemed institute for young scholars in the area in the early 1800s. With this local connection as a backdrop, listeners will discover that Wells' life path led him to be recognized as the "discoverer of modern anesthesia." Free and open to the public.


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

Summer camp

Brattleboro: Youth Services will host its Annual Summer Camp Fair on April 1, on Gallery Walk Night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the River Garden. Parents will be able to pick up information about and register their children for nearly two dozen summer camp programs at the Camp Fair and children receive free balloons while they last. For more information, call Youth Services at 802-257-0361 or visit

Museum expansion

Wilmington: The Southern Vermont Natural History Museum will be holding the first of a series of informational meetings at 6:30 p.m. on April 1 at the Twin Valley Elementary School. The museum plans to expand well beyond what the current Hogback Overlook site can accommodate, including an expanded wildlife center and many outdoor resources. Child care will be provided at the school and light refreshments will be available. Museum Director Ed Metcalfe and Assistant Director Michael Clough will share a short presentation and field questions from the audience. This presentation will be sharing some details about the project and how it will benefit Southern Vermont. For more information, attend the meeting, or to contact Ed or Mike at the Museum during regular business hours, call 802-464-0048 or visit

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.

Rockin'Ham run

Bellows Falls: Central Elementary School will be hosting its second annual Rockin'Ham 5K on April 2. The 5K will begin and end at the Rockingham Recreation Area on Playground Road, Bellows Falls. Runners may register online at, or paper registrations may be downloaded at or picked up at Central School, 50 School Street Extension, Bellows Falls. Same-day registration will begin at 9 a.m. on April 2, and the race start time is 10:30 a.m.

Talent show

Williamsville: Spring will be welcomed in Williamsville this year with the annual Williamsville/Newfane Talent Show on April 2 at 7 p.m. in the Williamsville Hall. A decades-old tradition, the show will feature a range of talented area performers, young and older. Many delightful area performers have already signed up, but there is certainly room for more. Want to sing? Act? Dance? Juggle? Read fiction? Verse? Memoir? Tame lions? Contact Annie Landenberger at Admission is by suggested donation of $5/$15 per family and refreshments will be available, also by donation. Proceeds will benefit both the Leland and Gray Players and the Williamsville Hall. The Williamsville Hall is on Dover Road in Williamsville.

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.

'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.

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


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.

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


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.

'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.

Community bike

Bellows Falls: The BF Community Bike Project is hosting a Silent Auction Fundraiser on April 9 from 6 to 10 p.m. at 33 Bridge St. Enjoy live music by local musicians Don Dawson, Jesse Peters and the Milkhouse Heaters. Light food, cash bar and a 50/50 raffle will add to the festivities. For more information, or call 802-460-0662.

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

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.

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.

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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