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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.

Fahner 5K

Westminster: Celebrate youth and healthy choices on April 30 at 708 Kurn Hattin Rd. in Westminster, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kurn Hattin Home's Annual Spring Fling. The event provides local youth and their families with a fun filled day celebrating the arrival of spring, while promoting healthy drug-free activities. Admission is free, with free-will offerings accepted to benefit the Kurn Hattin NFCCE Youth Leadership Summit trip to Washington, D.C. New to the Spring Fling this year is the Fahner 5K Fun Run, for walkers and runners of all ages. Registration is from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. with the race kicking off at 8:30 a.m., rain or shine. The entry fee is $20 and the first 75 entries receive a T-shirt. For more information or a registration form, contact Karen Lansberry at 802-7216918 or email at


Westminster West: On April 30 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Libby Mills and Carol Westing will lead their annual off-trail forest stroll to discover ephemeral spring wildflowers. These seemingly delicate flowers are hardier than one might think and emerge, bloom, and set seed before larger overhead trees have fully leafed out. Every year these knowledgeable hike leaders scout potential properties to locate the most evident varieties of seasonal beauties on display on the chosen program weekend. The earlier hour this year should catch plants looking eastward for the morning sun. Participants should meet at Westminster West Church to carpool to the start. Contact Libby Mills at 802-387-5596 or Carol Westing at 802-387-2152 to register. The rain date is Sunday May 1.

Swap program

Brattleboro: The WSWMD Swap Program on Old Ferry Road is a free outlet for materials that are still usable but for which there is no traditional re-use program. People are asked to use all other available outlets before bringing items to the Swap Program. Items brought in may be passed along to other non-profit groups. The Swap Program is open Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Items brought in must be clean and in usable condition and must be accepted by a staff member before being left. Due to the need to close promptly at noon, large loads of donations may not be accepted after 11:45 a.m. Some items that usually are not accepted are appliances, upholstered furniture, carpet, computers, mattresses, clothes and tires. These items may be placed on Freecycle ( Items available this week include kids easel, books, small television, baskets, dishes, toys, flower pots, weight bench, plastic coat hangers, Christmas decorations, bathroom sinks, golf clubs, toaster ovens, four-drawer file cabinet. Swap Program information is available at; email questions to; items may be placed on Freecycle (

Herrick's Cove

Rockingham: If you're a wildlife enthusiast itching for spring then be sure to check out the seventeenth annual Herrick's Cove Wildlife Festival on May 1. Herrick's Cove, on the Connecticut River, hosts one of the most popular festivals in the area, with organizers reporting more than 2,000 people attending last year's event. The festival includes nature walks and live animals such hawks, owls, mammals, and reptiles. Activities are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The suggested donation is $2 for an individual and $5 for a family. Pets are not allowed. Herrick's Cove is located just off Route 5, less than three miles north of Bellows Falls. For more information, visit the Herrick's Cove Wildlife Festival's Facebook page or

Lending library

Brattleboro: The Root Radical Lending Library will be celebrating its one year anniversary with a party on May 1, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St. Its unique collection features books, zines, and other materials focusing on activist and social change movements. There will be snacks, an outdoor book sale, and introduction to its brand-new Seed Library, with a seed and plant swap, and a fun for the whole family seed ball making activity. This event is open to everyone, and the space is wheelchair accessible. Please come scent free. Contact with any questions or visit

May Day

Brattleboro: On May 1 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., there will be dancing and readings on the Brattleboro Common to celebrate May Day/International Labor Day. The activites also include a Maypole and a soapbox, open to the public. For information, contact Peter or Jessy Diamonstone at 802-254-9403 or 802-257-7250.

Flea market

Walpole, N.H.: The Walpole Unitarian Church is hosting its annual May Day Fair and Flea Market on May 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event includes a May Pole, Morris Dancers, a book sale and a potluck brunch of salads. All are welcome to participate, and table space is available. Call 802-463-9333 for more information.


Brattleboro: On May 1, from 2 to 5 p.m., the Marina Restaurant is hosting the annual Plunge for Charity. This year's recipient is the local oncology department. The Plunge is at 3:30 p.m.


Dummerston: The Brattleboro Chapter of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will present the fifth in its current series of morning and afternoon lectures, to be held on May 2. The morning lecture, by Meg Mott of Marlboro College, will look at twelve-step programs' role in fighting addiction today. In the afternoon program, starting at 1 p.m., Fletcher Proctor will examine the Vermont home front in the Civil War. All lectures will be held at the Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 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

A testament

Dover: On May 2, the Dover Free Library presents the feature film "Testament of Youth," starring Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington. Showtime is 5:30 p.m. the movie is rated PG-13. For more information, call 802-348-7488 or visit

'Son of Saul'

Dover: On May 3, the Dover Free Library presents the feature film "Son of Saul," starring Geza Rohrig. Showtime is 5:30 p.m. The movie is rated R. For more information, call 802-348-7488 or visit

Senior lunch

Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon on May 6, at the Guilford Community Church. The menu includes meatloaf, potato salad and pickled beets with brownies and ice cream 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 May 4.


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.

African dance

Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents Central African dance class with Raoul Ombang on May 4, starting with a drum class from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. followed by dance from 7:15 to 8:45, at the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main St. $10 for drum class; $15 for dance clas. 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 or find African Dance VT on Facebook.

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


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