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Grafton: Mitch Frankenberg, a member of the West Rutland Select Board and author of the new book, "Twists, Turns, and Yellow Brick Roads: A Declaration of Independence, Empathy and Self-Control," will speak about why Vermont and land throughout the world is targeted for large-scale build-outs of wind, solar and gas and why as citizens we need to pay attention. At the next meeting of the Grafton Woodlands Group, June 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Grafton Elementary School. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. www.graftonwindhamwind.org.
Drum and dance
Brattleboro: On June 1, there will be a Central African drum class from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., featuring Raoul Ombang, followed by a dance class until 9 p.m. at the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main St. $10 for drum class and $15 for dance class. All levels are welcome. Drums are available for those who need one. Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing and bring a water bottle. Class will be accompanied by live drumming. For more information on dance and drum classes visit www.africandancevt.com and or find African Dance VT on Facebook.
Saxtons River: The Worn Again Thrift Shop at St. Edmunds Catholic Church on Main Street is having a bag sales on June 1, 3 and 4. This is a $3 bag sale and does not include jewelry. The shop has a variety of women's, men's and children's clothing, and footwear. The shop has an excellent selection of clothing for men, women and children, shoes, boots and sneakers, caps, socks, and other wearing apparel for all ages. In addition there are sheets and pillow cases, blankets, bed spreads, pillows, and fabrics, many books, coffee mugs, and knickknacks.
Townshend: People of all ages are invited to dinner at noon on June 2 at the Townshend Church. The meal is sponsored by Senior Solutions. Chef Stephanie of the Townshend Dam Diner prepares the food. Suggested donation is $3.50 for people 60 years and up; all others $4. Take out meals will be available. All are welcome.
Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon on June 3, at the Guilford Community Church. The menu includes sweet barbecued pork chops, mashed potato, broccoli-cauliflower mix, applesauce and bread, with fruited Jello for dessert. 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 June 1.
Bellows Falls: The Rockingham Library is looking for people interested in playing games this summer. Scrabble, chess, cribbage or bridge are options, but the possibilities are endless. If you have an interest or any other game ideas, please give the library a call by June 4 at 802-463-4270 or email Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walpole, N.H.: On June 3, the Walpole Historical Society will host Greg Gathers and Marguerite Mathews, who will discuss "New England Utopia: Transcendental Communities," at 7 p.m. in the Walpole Town Hall. The New Hampshire Humanities Council is also a sponsor for this event. Doors open at 6:30; light refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to this free event.
Guilford: On June 3, 4 and 5, at the Guilford Center Stage, Broad Brook Grange, there will be a presentation of "The Lace Jury & Nocturne Titanica," one-act plays by Michael Nethercott, at 7:30 p.m. $10 general admission. Advance tickets at bpt.me/2533572 or 800-838-3006.
Brattleboro: On June 3, "Mountain Echoes, River Voices" presents an artists multi-media take on Brattleboro at 118 Elliot, the culmination of David and Tara Gladden's intensive artist residency — a unique and entertaining multimedia installation and performance that combines field recordings with original music compositions and large scale projections that reflect a creative 'outsider' take on the environment, history and culture of Brattleboro. The approximately 45 minute performances will be held at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The event is free. See www.118Elliot.com for details.
Townshend: On Friday, Michael Donahue, Sally Newton and Bob Naess will be playing old-time fiddle tunes and songs at the Farmers' Market in West Townshend. The market is located behind the West Townshend Store and runs from 4 to 7 p.m.
Grafton: On June 4 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Richard Warren will lead a walk to some intriguing ruins from the small settlement of Old Grafton. Participants on this free Pinnacle Association program are encouraged to wear waterproof shoes and bring along a camera and water. They should meet at the parking lot opposite The Nature Museum, 176 Townshend Rd., to carpool. Register by calling Beverly Major at 802-387-5737.
Winchester, N.H.: The United Church of Winchester will hold its 423rd monthly Bean Supper on June 4, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the church building at 99 Main St. The cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children and is served family style. The building is accessible to all and some of the proceeds go toward the church's outreach missions. For more information, call 603-239-4465.
Brattleboro: On June 4, at the Hooker Dunham Theatre & Gallery at 8 p.m., Jerry Levy presents "The Third Coming: Marx Returns," as a benefit for the Women's Freedom Center. Sliding scale donations, $8 to $30. Tickets sold at the door only.
Jamaica: The Jamaica Arts Council begins the summer concert season on June 4 with Sunny Lowdown's Dance Party. The doors of Jamaica's Town Hall open at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m. $10 at the door.
Newfane: The next storytime at Moore Free Library is set for June 4 at 10:30 a.m. with a focus on books dedicated to Newfane and Brookline babies born in 2015.
Brattleboro: On June 4, from noon to 2 p.m., Clyde's on Fire from, Asheville, N.C., will play live bluegrass at the Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market, which is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saxtons River: Main Street Arts is hosting a barn dance and potluck supper, June 4 at 27 Pleasant St. beginning at 6 p.m. The barn dance, featuring the Main Street Arts String Band, with Andy Toepfer as caller, gets underway at 7 p.m. All ages are welcome to join in the fun. Additional lawn chairs will be appreciated. The event is free, with donations to Main Street Arts appreciated.
Vernon: The Vernon Historical Museum, located at 4201 Fort Bridgman Road in Vernon, will open for the season on June 5. The Museum is open each year from June through September on Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m. and also by appointment. The Vernon Historians will hold a pie sale again this year on the museum's opening day to raise funds for the work of their organization. The Historians are requesting donations of pies of any variety from members and non-member friends of the organization. Pies may be dropped off at the museum on the day of the sale, beginning at 1:30 p.m., or donors may call Peg Frost at 802-254-2263 or Nancy Gassett 802-257-4675 to make other arrangements.
Bellows Falls: The Bellows Falls Area Senior Center will hold its Annual Jamboree at the Moose Family Center, 59 Westminster St., on June 5 from noon. to 5 p.m. Bring your friends and family and dance, eat and win some great prizes donated by local businesses and individuals all while supporting the Senior Center. There will be a 50/50 raffle, The Jamboree Cash Raffle (only 100 tickets sold and you need not be present to win; giving away $1,000 in cash prizes) and the Great Prize Raffle. Doors open at 11 a.m. Entrance fee is $5; open to the public and people of all ages. Live music by "The Illusion." Lunch from the grill and baked sale goodies available from noon to 4 p.m. Sponsors include The Moose Family Center, Rotary Club of Bellows Falls, Chroma Technology, Inc., Durand Toyota Ford, Savings Bank of Walpole, Joy Wah and Silver Forest of Vermont, Inc. Purchase of cash raffle tickets or additional information is available by calling the Center at 802-463-3907.
Brattleboro: The 18th annual Memorial Planting Service sponsored by Brattleboro Area Hospice will be June 5 at 4 p.m. at the Brattleboro Area Hospice Memorial Garden, Living Memorial Park, Guilford Street. For more information, or to request that a name be read, call Connie Baxter at(802-257-0775, ext. 104.
Brattleboro: There will be a community circle dance on June 5 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Aikido Studio on 11 Cottage St. Led by Diana Moore. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated. For information: Parker Huber 802-257-9108, or Mary Ellen Cannon, 603-631-0768.
Brattleboro: Singer/songwriter and guitar instructor Lisa McCormick is offering a brand new Women's Easy Acoustic Music Ensemble Class, beginning June 7, in Brattleboro. The class invites women to experience playing acoustic folk and boomer classic songs together, in a fun easygoing group ensemble. Women with basic functional skills on an acoustic instrument are encouraged to join. Instruments may include guitar, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bass, keyboards, and others. Singing is optional, and encouraged. Class will run for six weeks, at the Marlboro Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., featuring off-street parking and wheelchair accessibility. Class time is 7 to 8:15 p.m. Tuition is a sliding scale between $140 and $160. A $50 deposit is required to reserve a spot, as class size is limited. Visit www.bit.ly/AcousticWomen for more information.
Brattleboro: The Windham County Retired Teachers Association will hold a meeting on June 6 at the Gibson Aiken Senior Center at noon. The cost of the ravioli meal will be $3.50. For any additional information or reservations, call Mary Laitres 802-257-0752. Elliott and Pam Greenblott will give a presentation of their recent trip to South Africa.
Rivers and streams
Brattleboro: Staff of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation will speak on "Understanding Rivers and Streams" and describe the state's new approach to flood mitigation. Tuesday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Putney Fire House. John Broker-Campbell, Flood Plain Manager, and Marie Caduto, Watershed Coordinator, from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources' Department of Environmental Conservation will help people set up "Stream Table" experiments beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Brattleboro: Jil Mac presents a two-hour workshop on "Using Google Tools for Productive Collaboration," which will include: Creating a Google site; incorporating Google Calendar; and working with Google documents. On June 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Marlboro College Graduate Center, on Vernon St.
Vernon: On June 8, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., all Vernon community members are invited to Step 2: Setting Priorities for the Future of the Community. The Community Visit program is produced by the Vermont Council on Rural Development, a non-profit dedicated to helping Vermonters access the resources they need to make their towns vibrant and sustainable. For more information, visit www.vtrural.org or call Jenna at 802-225-6091.
Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents Central African drum class with Raoul Ombang on June 8 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main St. All levels are welcome. Drums are available for those who need one. The cost is $10. For more information on dance and drum classes, visit www.africandancevt.com or find African Dance VT on Facebook.
Chesterfield, N.H.: The Chesterfield Senior Lunch will be held on June 8, at 12:30 p.m. in the Chesterfield Town Hall. A chicken salad dinner will be served. For reservations, call Joanne at 603-363-8348. Suggested donation is $5. The HCS nurse is available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to take blood pressures.
A new map
Brattleboro: On June 10, at 7 p.m. at the Marlboro College Graduate Center on Vernon St., Peter W. Galbraith will speak on "The New Map of the Middle East: The Disastrous Centennial of the Disastrous Sykes-Picot Agreement." Free and open to the public, starting at 6:30 p.m. with coffee, tea and conversation.
Dummerston: The Brattleboro North KOA Campground on Route 5 is hosting its ninth Vintage Camper Rally from June 9 through 12. Local residents and visitors are invited to an open house on June 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. A re-purposed 1969 Banner trailer, known as the Vintage Kitchen, will be open for lunch and snacks. Children can visit with our goats and ponies. There is no charge for the open house and cameras are welcome. Please leave dogs at home. For further information, call 802 254-5908.
Brattleboro: Brattleboro Dance will host a contra dance, June 12, with caller Nils Fredlund, accompanied by live music of Becky Tracy and Keith Murphy and their music students in Celtic Music at the Brattleboro Music Center. At the Stone Church at the corner of Main Street and Grove Street, from 7 to 10 p.m. Adults, $10, college students with ID, $8, and youth, high school and younger, $5. For additional information visit www.brattcontra.org or call 802-258-1723.
Putney: On June 12, Putney Mountain Association will celebrate the opening of a whole new trail network on the southern end of the group's reserve. The trails, Dine, Hannum, High Road, and Hinton are located between Holland Hill and Putney Mountain Roads. Visit the new Hannum Trail kiosk on Holland Hill at 1 p.m. for an official ribbon cutting, coupled with light refreshments, and go on to explore the new trails. None are difficult and the terrain is gentle; loop distances range from 1.2 to 4.5 miles.
Brattleboro: On June 12, there will be a community circle dance from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Aikido Studio at 11 Cottage St. Led by Caitlin and Peter Adair. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated. For information call Parker Huber at 802-257-9108 or Mary Ellen Cannon at 603-631-0768.
Brattleboro: On June 15 at 6:30 p.m. there will be an information session on trash, recycling and composting in the Select Board meeting room. This will also be broadcast live on BCTV and later re-broadcast.
Townshend: On June 16 at 7 p.m. at Townshend Town Hall, Neil Pelsue, a former UVM milk marketing economist, will present "Got Milk? Milk Bottles and Bottlers in Windham County." He will explain a bit of the history of milk marketing in the region, noting some of the substantial changes that have taken place from the early 1900s to today. He will also bring along some of his favorite bottles used in Vermont and other places. Sponsored by the Historical Society of Windham County. Contact email@example.com or call 802-348-7891 for more information.
Brattleboro: On June 26 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. there will be a community circle dance at the Aikido Studio, 11 Cottage St. Led by Mary Koon and Floyd Guyette. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated. For information, call Parker Huber at 802-257-9108 or Mary Ellen Cannon at 603-631-0768.
Old Home Day
Jamaica: Vendors now needed for Jamaica Old Home Day, which is set for July 23. Artists, crafters, homesteaders, gardeners, self-sustaining entrepreneurs and vendors. For more information and to get an application, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or find Jamaica Old Home Day on Facebook.
Townshend: The Grace Cottage Hospital Auxiliary Fair Day is continuing a wonderful tradition. The Aug. 6 event will again include an art show. Area artists and craftspeople are encouraged to display their works in this show, which will be held in the Townshend Church on the Townshend Common throughout Fair Day. The artwork and crafts pieces in the show will be for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit Grace Cottage Hospital. Those interested in exhibiting in the show should contact Lois Phoenix at 802-365-7568 or email@example.com, Pokey Lyman at 365-7964 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Lauri Miner at 802-365-4194 or email@example.com as soon as possible. Space is limited. The Grace Cottage Hospital Auxiliary Fair Day is a major fundraiser that helps the hospital purchase needed equipment. This year's Fair Day begins at 9 a.m. and goes until 6 p.m. on August 6. For more information about Fair Day, call 802-365-9992 or 802-365-9109.
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