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'God's Pocket'

Dover: On Tuesday, the Dover Free Library presents the feature film "God's Pocket," starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks and John Turturro. Rated R. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-348-7488 or

Senior lunch

Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon on Friday, at the Guilford Community Church. The menu includes ultimate chicken noodle soup and egg salad sandwiches, pickles and dessert. A suggested donation of $3.50 for seniors and $5 for others is asked. A flu clinic will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. For more information and to make reservations, call 802-254-9774 no later than Wednesday.

Ghost hunters

Bellows Falls: On Wednesday at 7 p.m., team members from Vermont Paranormal Investigators will share their paranormal experiences at the Rockingham Library. They'll discuss the history of their team and details from some of their cases. Learn about the theory and science behind ghost hunting and the equipment they use. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-463-4270, email, visit or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.

Science and happiness

Brattleboro: Amherst College professor Catherine Sanderson will discuss what science has to say about happiness in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Her talk, "The Science of Happiness," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-254-5290 or visit

African drum and dance

Brattleboro: On Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., African Dance Vermont presents a Central African drum class with Raoul Ombang, followed by an African dance class, led by Khady Malal Badji, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., at the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main Street. The cost for the drum class is $10 and $15 for dance. If you need a drum please contact Raoul at For more information on dance and drum classes, visit or find African Dance VT on Facebook.

Garden Club

Newfane: The October meeting of the Newfane Garden Club will meet at the Townshend Library at 2 p.m. on Thursday. DeeDee Garofalo, who has vacationed for 32 years in Port Lucaya, Grand Bahama will share her pictures of the flowers of Grand Bahama. The Bahamas is a tropical region with a profusion of color and diversity. Flowers are the sunshine, the food and the medicine to the soul. Come and enjoy. Guests are welcome.


Brattleboro: On Thursday at 7 p.m., Ann Braden of Gun Sense VT, Clai Lasher-Sommers of Everytown for Gun Safety, Game Warden and Vermont Hunter Safety Instructor Kelly Price, and a representative of the Brattleboro Police Department will share their perspectives on guns in our community at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.


Westminster: On Thursday, Trout Unlimited will be sponsoring a presentation by Erin Rogers on stream connectivity. Rogers is the Western New England Culvert Project Coordinator for Trout Unlimited, and will be speaking about the challenges fish and aquatic life face when culverts block their passage. This event is free to all, and will take place at 7 p.m. at the Westminster fire station, 103 Grout Ave. For more information, visit

BCTV party

Brattleboro: Go "Back to the Future" at BCTV's 40th Party and Annual Meeting on Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. at 118 Elliot Street. In honor of BCTV's founding 40 years ago in 1976, there will be a screening of footage from the early years, a light dinner, producer awards, member business, dancing, and retro "Back to the Future" style celebration. RSVP to

Come to dinner

Townshend: Everyone is invited to dinner at noon on Thursday, October 6, at the Townshend Church. The meal is sponsored by Senior Solutions. Chef Stephanie of the Townshend Dam Diner prepares the food. Suggested donation if $3.50 for people age 60 years and up; all others $4. Take-outs will be available. All are welcome.

Language school

Brattleboro: Express Fluency's Open House and Celebration during Gallery Walk, Oct. 7, 5:30-8 p.m. Visit the new location for the language school – 8 Flat Street in Brattleboro. Refreshments and free demo classes. 802-275-2694 or for more information.


West Brattleboro: The West Brattleboro Association and the West Brattleboro First Congregational Church are co-sponsoring a chicken barbecue on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. and lasting until it's all gone. Plan to get to the event in front of the First Congregational Church on Western Avenue in West Brattleboro in plenty of time to enjoy the chicken and fixins. The WBA will be supplying and cooking the chickens and the Church will be supplying the baked beans and coleslaw. The chicken only will cost $7 and the full meal $10. The Church will also be supplying baked goods. Proceeds from the BBQ help defray the expense of the projects undertaken by the West Brattleboro Association and by the First Congregational Church.

Home improvement

Stratton Mountain: Local publisher, Stratton Magazine presents the who, what, and wares Home Improvement Expo on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held in the Stratton Mountain Base Lodge. Local professionals will be present to consult and inspire on everything home. Explore to get ideas or come with specific questions on construction, remodeling, solar, maintenance, landscaping, painting, decorating, pools, heating and cooling, and much more. The Home Improvement Expo will occur in conjunction with the Stratton Mountain Harvest Fest, Brewfest and Chili Cook-Off. For more information, visit


Williamsville: The Manitou Project will be presenting a workshop on the "Work that Reconnects," on Sunday from 12:30 to 5 p.m. The forests of Manitou provide an ideal setting for an afternoon of exploring this powerful process for personal and planetary transformation pioneered by Joanna Macy. The cost for the afternoon workshop is on a sliding scale, $15 to 25. For information, registration and directions, please contact Fred Taylor at or 802-387-2681.

Lunch with Leahy

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce will host a lunch with Senator Patrick Leahy on Oct. 14. Leahy, one of the Senate's most senior members, will discuss the issues facing Congress. The lunch will take place at 11:45 a.m. at the American Legion, 2 Linden Street. The public is invited to attend. Tickets are $25. RSVP is required by Oct.11. Contact or 802)-254-4565 to RSVP or for more information.


Dummerston: The Vermont Learning Collaborative will offer a basic technology troubleshooting workshop on Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to noon. Need some pointers on how to confidently deal with problems that arise when using your devices? Tech troubleshooting basics will give to give you a foundation to help you do just that. The workshop is especially geared toward those who didn't grow up in the digital age, feel tentative in their approach to technology, and would like to become more self-sufficient with their computers and devices. The instructor, Adrienne LaPierre, is a freelance technology consultant who specializes in the design and development of online educational content. For more details or to register, visit or call us at 802-257-8600.

How dinosaurs died

Chester: The Southern Vermont Astronomy Group ( will host guest lecturer, Susan Rolke, a physicist and educator, on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Chester Whiting Library, 117 Main Street. Rolke will present, "Dinos, Asteroids, and Volcanoes — Oh My!", a talk about how dinosaurs died out. She will introduce scientific evidence about the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event, also known as the K-T event, which is believed to have taken place approximately 65.5 million years ago. A discussion with audience participation will follow. All are welcome.

Senior Lunch

Chesterfield, N.H.: The October Chesterfield Senior Lunch will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 12:30 p.m. in the Chesterfield Town Hall. A meatloaf dinner will be served. For reservations please call Joanne at 363-8348. Suggested donation is $5. The Home Health Care nurse will be available to give flu shots from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Bring your insurance or Medicare card. If paying out of pocket the cost is $35.

Pueblo Project

Putney: On Oct. 12, The Pueblo Project will host an evening fundraiser from 6-9 p.m. at the Gleanery at 133 Main Street in Putney. The event will start with appetizers and a silent auction and end with a dessert bar. Liz Johndrow, founder of the organization will give a presentation about the organization's work in rural Nicaragua through the last five seasons, beginning in 2012. The goal of the project is to teach the skills of earthen construction and home improvement to women and youth in these rural communities. All proceeds for the evening directly benefit the programming of The Pueblo Project's upcoming sixth season. Support The Pueblo Project with your donation of $20 and take advantage of the opportunity to have fun and provide additional support during the silent auction. For more information about The Pueblo Project: For more information about this event, call 802.689.0323.


Saxtons River: "Chocolate As You May Not Know It" is the theme of the second in the Main Street Arts Taste of the Arts series, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. Michael Klug will bring his own take on the confection (and perhaps some samples of his craft) when he shares his expertise as chocolatier for L.A. Burdick Chocolates of Walpole, N.H. Reservations are required by Oct. 11 and can be made by contacting MSA at 802-869-2960, e-mailing or at Tickets for the talk and dinner are $24 for adults and $12 for children under 12 accompanied by an adult.

Rummage sale

Brattleboro: The United Methodist Women of the First United Methodist Church will be holding its Fall Rummage Sale on Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon. New and used clothing will be featured. Prices are not marked. Customers may take what they need and pay what they can. Monies received are given to both local and Methodist Mission needs, including the Brattleboro Drop-in Center, Brattleboro Pastoral Counseling Center, Women's Freedom Center, Morningside Shelter, Hospice, Windham Child Care, CHABA, and others. The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive, off Putney Road. The entryway is handicap accessible. There is ample parking. For more information, e-mail or call 802-254-4218.

Scarecrow contest, workshop

Saxtons River: Main Street Arts is holding a scarecrow fest, including a contest Sunday, Oct. 16, at 4 p.m. to pick the best traditional, humorous or celebrity-inspired scarecrows to decorate the village. Those who need inspiration and help can attend a scarecrow-making workshop at Main Street Arts Saturday, Oct. 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. All materials will be provided for a fee of $10 per scarecrow, although participants may bring clothing and other accessories. Families are encouraged to work as a group. Further details and contest rules can be found at the MSA website The cost for the workshop is $10 per scarecrow. Registration is required by contacting MSA at 802-869-2960 or

Enchanted Halloween

Brattleboro: The Neighborhood Schoolhouse invites families to celebrate the magical side of the Halloween season for the sixth year in a row. The school will host its annual Enchanted Halloween event from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, October 16, on the school's campus at 231 Western Ave. The event features a Magical Mansion, which celebrates the fantasy and wonder of the Halloween season and is meant to delight kids of all ages. "It's more Hogwarts and less Amityville," explained Josh Burns, coordinator of the event. Other highlights include a bouncy house, storytelling, face painting, homemade food, and plenty of other fun. Tickets are $5 for kids, $8 for adults, or $25 for a family pass. You can order tickets online by going to Proceeds from the day benefit the independent school's scholarship fund. Learn more about the school at

Retired teachers

Vernon: Windham County Retired Teachers will meet on Monday, October 17, at 11 a.m. for a presentation at Vernon Hall Chapel prior to a luncheon at Vernon Green. For more information, call Mary Laitres at 802-257-0753,

Circle dance

Brattleboro: There will be a community circle dance on Oct. 10 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Aikido Studio at 11 Cottage St., led by Julia Lynam. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated. For more information, contact Parker Huber at 802-257-9108, or Mary Ellen Cannon, 603-631-0768

Clearing for wildlife

Marlboro: On Oct. 10, there will be Hogback Ski Slope Clearing for Wildlife from 9 a.m. to noon. The concept is to increase habitat variety on the mountain by turning back the clock on forest regeneration. This will create more young woody growth that birds and other wildlife thrive in. Meet in the field behind the white A-frame building just west of the gift shop on Route 9. Bring your own favorite tool or borrow one of ours. For more information, email or visit


Vernon: On Oct. 11 at 7 p.m., Connecticut River explorer Annette Spaulding will discuss her diving experiences and her discovery last year, after a 30-year search, of rare and intriguing petroglyphs. The event is sponsored by the Vernon Historians and will be held downstairs in the Vernon Town Office Building, which is handicapped accessible. It is open to the public and free of charge.

Trees and trout

Dummerston: On Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m., the Windham Regional Woodlands Association presents a talk by Vermont State Representative David L. Deen, Chairman of the House Committee on Fish, Wildlife, & Water Resources and Upper Valley River Steward of the Connecticut River Watershed Council. He will explain the inseparable connection between trees and trout. This talk is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible. At the Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471Route 5. For more information, contact Arthur Westing at 802-387-2152 or

Pumpkin festival

Townshend: The 32nd Annual Townshend Pumpkin Festival is on Oct. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the Townshend Common, which is located on Route 30 half way between Brattleboro and Manchester. For the past 32 years the Townshend Business Association has sponsored the Pumpkin Festival with many activities and a very successful craft fair. This year, more than 60 vendors will be offering their many different crafts. In addition to crafters there will be artists displaying their watercolors, oil paintings, other media and many food vendors. In addition there is a scarecrow decorating contest which starts at 10 a.m., plus a pumpkin decorating contest, which starts at 12:30. A free pumpkin is given to each youngster to decorate with magic markers, yarns, and a multitude of other decorations. At 2 p.m. there is a Halloween preview costume parade for youngsters to show-off their many different costumes. Prize ribbons are awarded to winners of each competition. Free pony rides for the kids starting at noon until 3 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For crafters interested in a space, contact Ian Harrison 802-289-2326 or Walter Meyer 802-365-4246 or visit


Wilmington: The annual quilt and craft show will be held at Memorial Hall, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 16 from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Julie Moore at 802-464-3004.

Bear hill

Grafton: On Oct. 15 from 1 to 4 p.m., the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association is offering a hike led by Bill Brown of the Grafton Improvement Association and Camilla Roberts and Paul Wilson of WHPA. Interested hikers should dress warmly, wear sturdy shoes, bring water, and meet and park in the lot opposite The Nature Museum, at 186 Townshend Road, in order to carpool to the start at Turner Hill Road. This free, moderate-to-difficult hike will then go steeply uphill over ledges and through spruce groves and fern glens on a beautiful trail to the summit, which offers a northwest view of Target Rock. Hikers will continue on to Kidder Hill Road, where they will be shuttled back to the parking lot. Because of the necessary car shuttle, registration is required by contacting Camilla Roberts at 802-869-1388 or at

Turkey buffet

Alstead, N.H.: The Third Congregational Church is hosting a turkey buffet supper on Oct. 15, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Takeout available. Adults age 13 and older are $10; children age 6 through 12, $5; children younger than 6 are free. The menu includes turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry, potato, peas, carrots, rolls, beverages and dessert. For more information, call Joanne at 603-835-6734 or Myrna at 603-835-2939. Benefit of Third Church. Volunteers are welcome to help with serving, food prep, running industrial dishwasher and other kitchen duties. Volunteers may call Myrna at 603-835-2939. Food prep at the church Friday, day prior to supper, at 9 a.m. This is the last church supper until April 2017.

Chili or chowder

Chesterfield, N.H.: On Oct. 15 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Asbury UM Church of Chesterfield is hosting a chili and chowder cook off at the town hall on Route 63. There will be traditional, vegetarian, and gluten free options, secret family recipes, broth-based or cream-based soups, mild or spicy chili, and chowder. In keeping with our chili cook off tradition, one from each category will be chosen as this year's Best in Chesterfield. $10 per person.

Historical society

Chesterfield, N.H.: The Chesterfield Historical Society will celebrate is annual pot lock meeting on Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Chesterfield's Town Hall. Everyone is invited to participate. Bring a dish to share and a small item for an after-dinner drawing.

Lead paint

Brattleboro: Two Essential Maintenance Practices courses on lead-safe renovation will be offered by Lead Safe and Healthy Homes in collaboration with the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board and the Vermont Department of Health. The Vermont Essential Maintenance Practices courses will be offered free of charge from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 19, at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. Vermont law requires that all landlords, property managers, contractors and daycare facility owners follow EMPs to maintain painted surfaces in properties built before 1978. During both courses, participants will learn about state and federal regulations governing lead, the health effects of lead in children and adults, lead-safe work practices, and how to protect themselves from liability. Registration is strongly suggested for both courses due to limited space. Contact Denice Brown at 802-463-9927, ext. 208, or email

Food co-op

Putney: The Putney Food Co-op will hold an annual member meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 20 at the Putney Community Center.

Ham radio

Brattleboro: The West River Radio Club will offer classes for technician level licensing. Classes will be held on the lower level of the Brattleboro Savings and Loan, 221 Main St. on Oct. 22 and 29; testing will be held on Monday0. The first class will review and explain text materials that the test covers. The second class will be a flashcard-style lesson, focusing on the test materials. Classes begin each day at 9 a.m. and end approximately at 3 p.m.; testing begins at 9 a.m. and should end before 11 a.m. The WRRC asks for a donation of $50, covering the cost of the ARRL's newest text and test fee. Coffee and snacks are provided; lunch is on your own. Registration is required, at or 802-258-3921.

Trivia night

Bellows Falls: Sign up now for the next trivia night at the Rockingham Library on Oct. 22. Space is limited for "Books, Brains & Beer." Sign up for a table (of up to six people) for $75. Or join a pick-up team and register as a single for $15. Enjoy a cash bar provided by Donovan's, complimentary sweet and savory snacks, prizes for the best Halloween costumes and a harvest-themed basket raffle. To register or for more information, call the library at 802)-463-4270, email, go to or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.

Moms meet

Brattleboro: On Oct. 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Root Social Justice Center at 28 Williams St., there will be a meeting of Mother Up! which brings together families to talk about the tough realities of climate change and to participate in the just transition to a healthier and safer world. Snacks, kids activities and childcare provided (best-suited for ages 3 to 12). For more information, email

Circle dance

Brattleboro: There will be a community circle dance Oct. 23 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Aikido Studio at 11 Cottage St., led byMary Koon and Floyd Guyette. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated. For more information, contact Parker Huber at 802-257-9108, or Mary Ellen Cannon, 603-631-0768

Black bears

Grafton: The Nature Museum will present a talk by wildlife biologist Ben Kilham, PhD, on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at the NewsBank Conference Center, 352 Main Street, Chester. Highlighted by amazing images, the presentation will focus on how the social behavior of black bears resembles that of humans. Kilham, his wife Debra and sister Phoebe have rehabilitated some 90 to 100 cubs over the course of his career. They've cared for them and fed them until they're 18 months old — even bringing them into their home — and then helped them to successfully return to the wild. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased on line at Tickets are also available at the door for $10.

'The Commons of Care'

Brattleboro: Didi Pershouse from Thetford, will be speaking at Guilford Community Church, on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. about her new, five-star reviewed book, "The Ecology of Care: Medicine, Agriculture, and the Quiet Power of Human and Microbial Communities." This event is free and open to the public.

Dash to the dam

Townshend: West River Valley Thrives will host a costume 5k run/walk on Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. along the West River Trail in Townshend. Runners will race from the "Old Route 30" trailhead to the Townshend Dam Rec Area. At the finish there will be food, drinks and activities (bobbing for apples, pumpkin painting, etc.). At 11:30, prizes will be handed out to top finishers as well as those with the most creative costumes. Adults pay $20 to race and kids under 13 pay $10. For more information and to register visit Or call Kate Venne at 802-365-4700. This race is a fundraiser for West River Valley Thrives, a youth substance abuse prevention coalition in Townshend, Vermont.


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