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Northfield, Mass.: St. Patricks Church is hosting a lasagna dinner on April 20 at 6 p.m. The menu includes lasagna, salad, rolls, and dessert. Adults are $10 and children 12 and younger are $5. For additional information or to make reservations, call 413-498-2728.

African dance

Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents Central African Dance Class with Raoul Ombang on April 20 from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at 74 Cotton Mill Hill No. 346. Sliding scale of $8 to $20 for dance. All levels are welcome. For more information, visit For more information on dance and drum classes visit or find African Dance VT on Facebook.


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.


Townshend: On April 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in Town Hall, Windham Regional Woodlands Association presents Doug Blodgett, who will discuss the local rattlesnake and its unique contribution to Vermont's native wildlife community. He will share information on the life history of this Vermont native animal at the very northern end of its range in the continental United States. Doug will reveal some interesting results of his research on this endangered species, and discuss the tough challenges it faces.


Bellows Falls: On April 21, bat enthusiast Jerry Schneider will be at the Rockingham Free Public Library at 1:30 p.m. to present "The Wonderful World of Bats," a free program for all ages and a school vacation week event. The program will end with the opportunity to stencil a bat-themed T-shirt. You may bring your own shirt (100-percent white cotton works best) or buy one from Jerry for $4 the day of the program. For more information, call the library at 802-463-4270, email, or go online to


Townshend: The community is invited to dinner at noon on April 21, at the Townshend Church. The meal is prepared by Chef Stephanie of the Townshend Dam Diner and sponsored by Senior Solutions. Suggested donation is $3.50 for people age 60 and younger; all others $4. Take out meals are available. Free Blood Pressure Screening will be available from 11:30, provided by the VT/NH Visiting Nurses Association. Everyone is welcome.

Book sale

Brattleboro: The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library hosts its annual book sale on April 21 through 23. There will be hundreds of brand new non-fiction and fiction paperback books on sale from the publishers of Penguin Books. A wide range of CDs and DVDs will also be on sale. Thursday, 1 to 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Dummerston: Dummerston Historical Society Quarterly Meeting and Program on April 21 at the Historical Society's Schoolhouse in Dummerston Center will feature David Baker of Baker Violin Shop, with a short business meeting at 7 p.m. followed by the program at 7:30 p.m. Dummerston Historical Society welcomes all visitors; programs are free of charge and handicapped accessible. For information, call 802-254-9311.

Energy efficiency

Brattleboro: The HEAT Squad will be in the Community Room of the Brattleboro Food Co-op on April 21 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss investing wisely in the comfort, health, and long-term energy affordability of our buildings and homes, now and into retirement.

Cheshire railroad

Walpole, N.H.: The public is invited to the Walpole Town Hall at 7 p.m. on April 22, when the Walpole Historical Society hosts Alan Rumrill, the Director of the Historical Society of Cheshire County, who will talk about the building of the Cheshire Railroad. Doors open at 6:30, light refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to this free event.

Educational songs

Brattleboro: Jerry Appell, founder and artistic director of Rock In The Classroom, is offering a workshop entitled "Creating Educational Songs and Music Videos," at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden on April 22 at noon. The goal of the workshop is to help educators, life long learners, and home school families discover a variety of ways to use creative arts as learning tools for students of all ages. This event is free and open to the public. Rock In The Classroom is a non-profit organization promoting the application of creative arts in high school, college, and adult education programs. For more information, visit or email


Townshend: Pinedrop will be playing original music, on traditional instruments, at the West Townshend Pizza Night, on April 22. Pizza baking in the outdoor oven begins at 5 p.m. Build your own, at $10 a pie, from a number of tasty ingredients. Beer, wine and other refreshments are also available. Music begins at 6:30.

Teen dance

Bellows Falls: On April 22, from 7 to 10 p.m., the Women of the Moose hosts a teen dance at the Bellows Falls Moose Family Center, 59 Henry St. $3 per person, come and have a great time. Food, drinks, and prizesare just a part of the fun. Music, dancing and hula hooping also.

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

Harvard Forest

Greenfield, Mass.: On April 23, the Windham Regional Woodlands Association is hosting an all-day visit to the Harvard Forest. Meet at the Exit 1 Outlet Center in Brattleboro at 8:45 a.m. for carpooling, or meet the group at Harvard Forest at 10 a.m. Bring our own lunch; return to Brattleboro by about 3:30 p.m. For more information, call or email Marli Rabinowitz at 802-254-8325 or


Bellows Falls: Celebrate Shakespeare Day by attending a staged reading of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," at the Rockingham Free Public Library. A staged reading is a seated dramatic performance with a cast of actors, on April 23 at 2 p.m. For more information and to learn how you can participate in the performance, call 802-463-4270, email, go online to, or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.


Bellows Falls: The Rockingham Library is holding a tournament for players of the card game "Magic: The Gathering," April 23 beginning at 11 a.m. There's no entry fee or ante, but there will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Local tournament organizers will serve as judges and initiates for players who are new to tournament play. Sign-ups are encouraged but players may join on the day of the tournament. Players should bring their own deck with a list of what it includes. For more information about tournament rules and registration, call 802-463-4270 or email

Coffee with a cop

Brattleboro: On April 23, members of the Brattleboro Police Department will be conducting their next Coffee with a Cop community meeting from 9 a.m. to noon at the Brattleboro Food Co-op. For more information, contact Det. Ryan Washburn or Officer Adam Petlock at 802-257-7950.

Great river

Keene, N.H.: On April 23, the Connecticut River Watershed Council will host Adair Mulligan presenting "The Connecticut: New England's Great River." This free program is open to the public and will be held at the Keene Public Library at 1 p.m. CRWC staff will be on hand for questions afterward. To learn more about CRWC, or to join the effort and help protect our rivers, visit


Hinsdale, N.H.: North Hinsdale Community Church hosts its next spaghetti dinner on April 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. at 105 Meeting House Rd. $7 for adults and $5 for children older than 7. For more information, call 603-256-6930 or email

Turkey dinner

Winchester, N.H.: The Ladies Society of The United Church of Winchester is serving a turkey, gravy and biscuit supper on April 23 at 6 p.m. Reserve a ticket by calling Thelma Gomarlo at 603-239-4995. Tickets are $10 for adults and children ages 5 to 10, $5. The menu includes turkey, gravy, biscuits, dressing, vegetables, cranberry sauce, pickles, beverage and dessert.

Ferns and mosses

Putney: On April 23 at 10 a.m. at the Beatrice Aiken Conservation Site, Ramona Lawrence and Sarah Cooper Ellis will lead a walk to identify ferns and mosses. Meet at the Beatrice Aiken kiosk located on Old Route 5 mid-way between Houghton Brook Road and Carol Brown Road.

Tag sale

Brattleboro: St. Michael Roman Catholic Parish is hosting a Giant Tag Sale and Bake Sale on April 23 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 48 Walnut St. Books, movies, collectibles, household goods and lots more. Tag sale is in the school, just follow the signs.

Pinnacle Association

Saxtons River: Pinnacle Association's Annual Meeting, Forest Walk, and Cellar Hole Program is set for April 24. At 2 p.m., forester Silos Roberts and Andy Toepfer, who do natural resource mapping and cartography, will lead a walk entitled the "Whys and Hows of Forest Management for Conservation." Interested hikers should call Silos Roberts at 802-869-1388 for more information and registration. They should dress for walking in the woods at this wet time of year and meet at Main Street Arts, 35 Main St. Hikers will return from the walk in time for WHPA's Annual Meeting and program lecture there. At 4 p.m., the Pinnacle Association will host its annual meeting at MSA. Attendees can enjoy refreshments and view maps and materials. Richard Ewald will present a slide lecture entitled "Looking into Cellar Holes: Foundations of Extremely Local History." For more information, visit

Outreach meal

West Brattleboro: The next West Brattleboro Baptist Church community outreach meal is set for April 24, serving continuously from noon to 1:45 p.m. The menu includes homemade beef stew, biscuits, cole slaw, fruit, dessert, and beverage of choice. All are welcome.

Square dance

Brattleboro: On April 24, Brattleboro Dance will host square dancing with caller Will Mentor, accompanied by an all woman's band with musicians Lisa Schneckenburger (fiddle), Mary Lea (fiddle) and Linda Henry (piano). The dance will be held at 118 Elliot St., starting at 7 p.m. 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.

Civil War

Hinsdale, N.H.: On April 24 at 1 p.m., the Hinsdale Historical Society will host a talk presented by Dave Twombly, who has chronicled his great-great-grandfather's role in the Civil War as a volunteer minister, after discovering the personal diary that Alexander S. Twombly kept from May through June 1864.

Volunteers needed

Saxtons River: Main Street Arts is hosting an information session for potential volunteers May 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. with the bonus of creating a do-it-yourself garden treasure. While they learn about volunteer opportunities and enjoy refreshments, participants will be taken through the process of embedding some of their personal treasures into a cement circle to create a garden stepping stone to take home. Materials will be supplied. The event is limited to 20, and reservations are needed by April 29 by calling MSA at 802-869-2960 or e-mailing Further information can be accessed on Facebook or at


Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department is running a new format for the Boys Youth Lacrosse program. Along with a Speed Lacrosse House League the program will focus on skills and drills. This will begin on April 25 and run through June 2. The BUHS Lax coaches and players will be running this program on Mondays and Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. at the high school. The cost of the program is $25 for residents and $40 for non-residents. There is some equipment available for a rental fee and a refundable deposit. Stop by the Gibson Aiken Center to register or call the office with any questions at 802-254-5808.


Dummerston: The Brattleboro Chapter of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will present the fourth in its current series of morning and afternoon lectures, to be held on April 25. The morning lecture, by Meg Mott of Marlboro College, will consider the physical causes of drug addiction. In the afternoon program, Joy Wallens-Penford, coordinator of Brattlboro's monthly Gallery Walk, will discuss the life and work of poet and Lincoln biographer Carl Sandburg. 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 Route 5. For more information, call Julie Lavorgna at 802-365-7278, or e-mail

Invasive plants

Dummerston: The Dummerston Conservation Commission will sponsor a presentation by ecologist Chris Polatin on "Removing Invasive Plants Around Your Home," on April 26, at 7 p.m. at the Learning Collaborative, 471 Route 5. For more information, visit

Rockingham voices

Bellows Falls: Voices of Rockingham, a citizens group, will meet on April 26 at 7 p.m. at Windham Antiques on the Square in Bellows Falls and will invite open discussion about the proposed merger of Rockingham and Bellows Falls. The public and elected officials are welcome to attend and offer information about what the merger would mean for residents.

Italian dinner

Chesterfield, N.H.: On April 27, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., the Chesterfield Central School will host its 8th Grade Italian Dinner. The menu includes chicken Parmesan, Italian sausage, or meatballs. $10 per person, $5 for all Chesterfield students. No family will pay more than $30.

Social justice

Putney: Do you need ideas for how to talk with your kids about social justice issues like racism, economic inequality, incarceration, homelessness, and gender? Join Act For Social Justice founder Angela Berkfield for a useful series of discussions about bringing social justice issues into conversations with your children, April 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Putney Library. Light refreshments and childcare. Call or email Angela to RSVP for childcare at 802-254-3400 or

African drum

Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents Central African dance class with Raoul Ombang on April 27t, from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at 74 Cotton Mill Hill No. 346, Sobo Studio at Cotton Mill Hill. Sliding scale of $8 to $20 All levels are welcome. For more information on dance and drum classes visit or find African Dance VT on Facebook.

'Barton Fink'

Putney: The Gleanery and Next Stage are teaming up to offer a movie and dinner on April 28, featuring "Barton Fink" with host Tim Metcalfe. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the movie at 7 p.m. The cost for dinner and the movie is $23; $5 to $10 for the movie only. To make a reservation, call 802-387-3052. Limited seating available.

Senior lunch

Williamsville: On April 28, at noon at the Williamsville Town Hall, in the downstairs dining room, there will be lunch for seniors in Williamsville and surrounding communities. Lunches will take place every fourth Thursday of the month, April through October. The meals will be prepared at the Williamsville Town Hall kitchen by Jon Julian chef/owner of Top of the Hill Grill, hosted by Nancy Rysz and Nissa Petrak, and sponsored by Senior Solutions. The suggested donation for this meal is $3.50 for age 60 and older and $4 for those younger than 60. Call Nancy Rysz at 802-348-7729 for more information.


Halifax: On April 29, the 8th grade class from Halifax School will be holding its annual bingo night from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the school's multi-purpose room. Basic admission is $9 for adults and $5 for kids.

Journey East

Townshend: On April 29 at 7 p.m., Journey East 2016 students perform "Dare to Dream," a musical theater production in the Leland and Gray Main Gym. This public intercultural performance will be immediately followed in Dutton Gym by a celebration of Journey East co-founder and program director Tom Connor. Please bring a potluck dessert and your stories of collaborating with Tom, our Chinese guests, and travels with Journey East. For more information, contact Carol Young at 365-7355 or No RSVP necessary.

Youth bands

Putney: Next Stage Arts Project will host two young bands, Nomad vs. Settler, and Beated Rags, on April 29 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be $10 at the door. For more, visit


Putney: The Streetfeet Women, a Boston-based writer/performers' ensemble, will present a reading of poems and prose pieces, "What Does It Mean to be Human?" on April 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Putney Public Library. The program includes Mary McCullough's 10-minute play, "Twilight Time," Christina Liu's "Surrogate," poetry by Mary Birnbaum, fiction by Andrea Humphrey, and nonfiction by Elena Harap, exploring ways in which we see, or do not see, one another as full human beings. From various points of view, this reading raises questions about class, color, gender, and belief. The audience is invited to join a conversation following the program. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. Material is not appropriate for children. For more information, contact Elena Harap Dodd at 802-246-7037 or call 802-387-4407.

Murder mystery

Westminster: The Bellows Falls Union High School Drama Department hosts its annual murder mystery dinner theater, "The Wedding Catastrophe," by Eileen Moushey on April 29 in the Bellows Falls Union High School cafeteria and includes dinner and dessert, as well as an elaborate clue hunt. This is a fundraiser for the BFUHS 2016 New York City field trip, sponsored by Sonnax. Purchase tickets in advance at the Bellows Falls Union High School for $16 or $20 at the door.

Ham dinner

Walpole, N.H.: The First Congregational Church of Walpole is having a Ham Supper on April 30 at 6 p.m. The menu includes baked ham, macaroni and cheese, peas, salad, rolls, and apple crisp and ice cream for dessert. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available in Walpole at Joanie Joan's Bakery and Galloway Real Estate. They will also be on sale at the door that evening.

Book Sale

Guilford: Guilford Community Church, UCC, will hold its annual book sale on April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. An excellent selection of current books will be for sale. This fundraiser aids the church in supporting many human service organizations, both locally and globally. Guilford Community Church is located at 38 Church Drive.


Brattleboro: Author and Jungian analyst Polly Young-Eisendrath will look at the Buddhist perspective on engaging with daily life in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro on May 4 at 7 p.m. Her talk, "What the Buddhists Teach: Finding Clarity in Everyday Life," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Retired teachers

Westminster: The Windham County Retired Teachers will have a meeting on May 4 at Kurn Hattin. The meeting will start at 11 a.m. followed by luncheon and entertainment by the students.

Safe streets

Brattleboro: If you are interested in the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians on Brattleboro's roads, you are invited to the Brattleboro: Safer Streets Forum on May 5 at the River Garden from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The goals of the forum are to inform residents of ongoing work and projects that relate to bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and will also be an opportunity for residents to bring their concerns directly to the various groups who work on these issues. A light supper will be provided. For more information, send an email to or

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.


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