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Chesterfield, N.H.: The Chesterfield Senior Lunch will be held on May 11, at 12:30 p.m. in the Chesterfield Town Hall. A Swedish meatball dinner will be served. For reservations call Joanne at 603-363-8348. Suggested donation is $5. Chief Chickering of the Chesterfield Police Department will speak to the group about scams that are currently affecting many seniors. The HCS nurse will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to take blood pressures.
Jamaica: The Jamaica Senior Luncheon will be held at noon on May 12 at the Jamaica Community Church on Main Street. Lunch is sponsored by Senior Solutions and Jamaica Benefit Association. Food is prepared by Stephanie of the Dam Diner. Price is $3.50 for over 60 years old and $4 for all others. Reservations not required and all are welcome.
Grafton: Spring rains summon an astounding variety of wild medicinal mushrooms and greens. Join The Nature Museum on a spring mushrooming and wild edible adventure: "Spring Wildcrafting: Medicinal Mushrooms and Greens," on May 21. Ari Rockland-Miller, will give a colorful presentation to introduce you to foraging safety, strategy, and ethics. The Nature Museum is offering two "Spring Wildcrafting: Medicinal Mushrooms and Greens," programs in one day. Participants may choose between a morning walk from 9:30 a.m. to noon, or an afternoon walk from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $25 when purchased by May 13, $30 after that date. To register, visit www.nature-museum.org/programs/adults.
African drum and dance
Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents Central African drum and dance class with Raoul Ombang on May 11, preceded at 6:30 p.m. drum class, with dancing from 7:30 to 9, at the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main St. $10 for drum class; $15 for dance class. All levels are welcome. Drums are available for those who need one. Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing and bring a water bottle. Class will be accompanied by live drumming. For more information, visit www.africandancevt.com or find African Dance VT on Facebook.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro American Legion Concert Band's 26th annual Spring Concert will be held on May 11 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Linden Street American Legion. This is a free "Pops" concert open to the general public and features a wide variety of musical styles. In addition to a number of patriotic selections, the program includes a medley of songs from the Broadway musical Chicago, theme music from Star Wars and Captain America, a fun rendition of Cotton-Eyed Joe, some popular chanties from the "high seas" and even some rock-n-roll from the 70s.
Dummerston: The next lunch at Evening Star Grange In Dummerston sponsored by Senior Solutions will be on May 11 at noon. Chefs Larry Lynch Jr And Sallie May will prepare chicken a la king served over rice or noodles, butternut squash, cole slaw with bread pudding with vanilla ice cream for dessert. Take outs will be available by calling the Grange that day at 802-254-1138. Books from Lydia Taft Library will be available to borrow until the next lunch
Newfane: On May 12 at noon at the Newfane Congregational Church, there will be dinner for seniors in Newfane and surrounding communities. The menu includes cheese puffs, gelatin salad, chicken with stuffing and gravy, cranberry sauce and peas, breadsticks and a brownie sundae. The delicious meal is prepared by Winnie Dolan, hosted by Barbara Brooks and served by hard working volunteers from the church and community and sponsored by Senior Solutions. The suggested donation for this meal is $3.50 for age 60 and over and $4 for under age 60. Call Winnie Dolan at 802-365-7870 for information.
West Brattleboro: The regular monthly meeting of the West Brattleboro Association will be held on May 12 at 6 p.m. at the New England House, 254 Marlboro Road. After a review of the treasury report, spring plantings, the last BizUp meeting and other issues, the WBA will discuss details of the chicken barbecue coming up on Saturday, May 28. The WBA will have an important discussion concerning potential re-purposing of the current West B fire station once the new station is built. The town plans to demolish the current one, so the association will need to come up with a very solid re-use plan and the money to carry it out. Community center? "Maker" space? People should bring their ideas and thoughts.
Guilford: Registration is now being taken for an animal communication class hosted by Marta Williams from July 9 to 12. Space is limited. To register, visit martawilliams.com or call Megan Littlehales 802-254-6955.
Brattleboro: Remembering Mother's Day, the local Toastmasters club will have a theme of "Moms" at its 6 p.m. meeting on May 12 at the Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., 2nd floor. Toastmaster of the Evening Timothy Maciel says the theme is only a suggestion and "could include mothers-in-law, famous moms in history, or even weird animal moms (e.g. hens, if they don't eat enough calcium for the egg shells of their young, will actually dissolve their own bones to supply calcium to the shells of the embryos.)" The meeting will include three scheduled speeches, evaluations and extemporaneous speaking exercises. Guests are always welcome and refreshments are provided. For more information, visit brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org.
Townshend: Ray Mason will perform at the West Townshend Pizza Night on May 13. Pizza making begins at 5 p.m. Build your own pizza, at $10 a pie, from a number of tasty ingredients, and watch it bake in the outdoor oven. Beer, wine and other refreshments are also available. Enjoy your pizza listening to original rock and roll, and blues. Music begins at 6:30.
Williamsville: There will be a healing walk at the Manitou Preserve on May 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. The meditative walk, includes poems or other readings, and chances to share. Rain or Shine. 300 Sunset Lake Rd. Meet at the parking lot at 4 p.m. For more information, call Mary at 802-246-1152.
Putney: On May 15 at 7 a.m., the Putney Conservation Commission is hosting a wetland birding walk with local bird divas Laura Gaudette of Putney and JoAnne Russo of Saxtons River along Sacketts Brook.
Bernardston, Mass.: The United Church of Bernardston will hold its second-Saturday Roast Beef Supper on May 14. The menu includes roast beef with potato and gravy, vegetable, salad, rolls, beverage and dessert for $10 an adult and $5 for children younger than 12. Reserve for 5 or 6:15 p.m. seating at 413-648-9306.
Westminster West: The Westminster West School is hosting its annual spring plant sale on May 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come early for the best selection, including a wide variety of annuals, perennials, and vegetable starts from some of the area's finest gardeners and farmers. All proceeds support Westminster West School and the Westminster West Public Library.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro American Legion Band Concert Band's 26th annual Spring Concert will be held on May 14, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Linden Street American Legion. This is a free "Pops" concert open to the general public and features a wide variety of musical styles.
Guilford: Sportsmen Inc., a local hunting,fishing and shooting club is hosting its annual Kids Day at the club on May 14. The gate will be open and activities start at 9:30 am. The trout pond will be stocked. Archery, BB gun, trap, and small bore .22 shooting will be available for kids under the age of 15. There will be free hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and beverage served starting at 11:30 a.m. The club is located at 2081 Creamery Rd. Please do not bring any firearms, the club will provide coaches and equipment. Please bring your fishing poles for the pond. There is a three-fish limit per child. For information call Art at 802-257-1248.
Brattleboro: First Baptist Church, 190 Main St., will host a rummage and bake sale on May 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featured will be spring and summer clothing for all ages, household articles,children's books, linens, videos and bric a brac. Bakers will bring pies, breads, baked beans, brownies and other goodies. The sale benefits the Woman's Missionary Society, and their missions work with local, ecumenical, and global good works. For more information, call 802-254-9566.
Brattleboro: The Garland School is hosting its 7th annual May Day fair May 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Celebrate the welcoming of spring with maypole dances, music, craft booths, and a lunch Cafe of local fresh food. The fair will be at The Garland School on Austine Drive. Tickets will be sold for craft booth activities and Cafe lunch and all proceeds go to supporting the schools tuition assistance fund. For more information, call 802-258-9531.
Brattleboro: Come to a Coding with Scratch Workshop at Brooks Memorial Library on May 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. Computers and laptops will be provided, as well as beginning instruction. Come to learn or share things that you already know about coding using the program Scratch. Open to kids and families. Beginners to advanced welcome. Registration required. Call 802-254-5290, ext. 110, or email email@example.com.
Westminster: On May 14 there will be a Roast Pork Supper at the First Congregational Church of Westminster. This family style meal will have two seatings, one at 5 p.m. and one at 6:15 p.m. The menu will include roast pork, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, applesauce, bread and butter pickles and coffee or tea. For dessert there will be homemade brownies, with raspberry drizzle. Dinner will cost $11 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and under 5 eat for free. Take out will be available. Join us for this family friendly event, enjoy the fellowship and no dishes.
Keene, N.H.: On May 14, at 3 p.m. at the Christian Science Society of Keene, 74 Washington St., former Brattleboro resident Linda Snork presents "The Healing Power of Stillness." For more information, call 603 363-4934 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brattlebotro: The Compassionate Friends of Brattleboro, a national self-help organization for families that have had a child die, will hold its next monthly meeting May 15, at 2 p.m. at the West Village Meetinghouse, 29 South St. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.
Brattleboro: Learn how you can cut energy costs in your home or business by 50 to 100 percent while taking advantage of up to $7,500 in incentives, on Monday, May 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Marlboro College Graduate School, 28 Vernon St. Zero Energy Now is a new, comprehensive energy improvement program, providing efficiency upgrades to your building along with renewable heating (such as heat pumps and biomass), and solar photovoltaics. You can move your home or business toward using zero energy at little or no monthly cost, with energy savings paying for financing. By doing so, you will increase your comfort, cut your carbon emissions, and eventually have virtually no energy costs at all. As an added bonus, up to $7,500 in incentives are available to program participants located in former Central Vermont Public Service territory. For more information, visit www.zeroenergynowvt.com. To register for the May 16 informational session, contact Paul Cameron at 802-251-8135 or email@example.com.
Bellows Falls: On May 16 at 7 p.m., poet John Woods will read a selection of his poetry at the Rockingham Free Public Library. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 802-463-4270, visit rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the Rockingham Library at 65 Westminster St.
Dover: On May 16, the Dover Free Library presents the feature film "Secret in Their Eyes," starring Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidd and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Showtime is 5:30 p.m. Rated PG-13. This event is free and open to the public. Questions: 802-348-7488, or www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.
Brattleboro: Oak Meadow's Brattleboro School Without Walls will have an opening in September. In advance, there will be information sessions on May 17 at 1 p.m., May 18 at 5:30 p.m. and May 21 at 11 a.m., in its offices in the Brooks House. For more information, visit oakmeadow.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brattleboro: John Hagen will present "American Engagement with Niger: A Case Study on Confronting Violent Extremism in Africa" at the School for International Training, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. Coffee/tea/conversation will precede the talk at 7 p.m.
Dover: On May 17, the Dover Free Library presents the feature film "Joy," starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper. Showtime is 5:30 p.m. Rated PG-13. This event is free and open to the public. Questions: 802-348-7488, or www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.
Brattleboro: On May 18 in the Brooks House Atrium, the Intergenerational Chorus will present a free concert featuring students from Oak Grove School in grades 4 to 6, who will join their voices in song with adult volunteers at noon. The concert is free, although donations are always gratefully accepted. Bring a bag lunch and enjoy the music. For more information, email email@example.com.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department is hosting its annual Summer Program Registration Extravaganza May 18 and 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Conference Room at the Gibson Aiken Center. You will now be able to register for summer programs all at one convenient location. The 2015 Summer Brochure will be distributed to the Brattleboro Elementary Schools, Chamber of Commerce, and the Gibson-Aiken Center. For more information, visit www.brattleboro.org, find the department on Facebook, or call 802-254-5808.
Brattleboro: The Living Memorial Park Swimming Pool will be opening for the season on June 18 at 1 p.m. for general swim. Season passes will be on sale starting May 18 at the Gibson-Aiken Center. Anyone purchasing a pass between now and June 16 will receive a 10 percent discount. After June 16 passes will be available at the swimming pool. The regular rates for Brattleboro residents are $25 students, $35 adults, $65 family, and $10 toddler. The regular rates for non residents are $40 students, $50 adults, $90 family, and $20 toddler. For more information, visit www.brattleboro.org or call 802-254-5808.
Vernon: All Vernon community members are invited to the Vernon Community Visit Day on May 18 to share issues and ideas for the town with state, federal, non-profit, and philanthropic leaders. The day includes a series of forums beginning at 2:30 and a free community spaghetti dinner at Vernon Elementary School at 6 p.m. This is the first event of a three-month process. For more information about topics, times, and locations visit www.vtrural.org or call Jenna at 802-225-6091.
Putney: The Putney Fire Department is hosting an open house on May 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. Come meet the local volunteer firefighters and explore the firehouse. Bring the whole family. Other Putney organizations will be at the open house to share information about their work. Light refreshments will be served.
African drum and dance
Brattleboro: On May 18 from 6:30 to 7:30, African Dance Vermont presents Central African drum and dance class at The Brattleboro Stone Church. $10 for drum class, $15 for dance class. All levels are welcome. Drums are available for those who need one. Please 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 or find African Dance VT on Facebook.
Brattleboro: New York City-based Reverend Billy presents his new book and album "The Earth Wants You," at Everyone's Bookstore in Brattleboro on May 19, 7 p.m. and at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center on May 20, 7 p.m. Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir have spread their message, from Occupy Wall Street to the St. Louis offices of Monsanto. Reverend Billy was the subject of Morgan Spurlock's documentary "What Would Jesus Buy?"
Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon on May 20 at the Guilford Community Church. The menu includes tuna noodle casserole, peas and bread and 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 20.
Brattleboro: The fourth annual Camp for a Common Cause is set for May 20. For the past three years this event has been a joint fundraiser for Morningside Shelter and the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center; however the two organizations merged last June creating Groundworks Collaborative. The family-friendly one-night campout continues to successfully raise awareness around homelessness in the greater Brattleboro area. Groove Prophet (a local favorite rock and R&B cover band) returns to provide live music from 6 to 8 p.m., and festival food will be available for purchase starting at 6 p.m. All are welcome to enjoy the food and music, whether camping or not. Participating Campers are asked to raise a suggested minimum of $100 per person, or $250 per team to support Groundworks' efforts to house our neighbors experiencing homelessness. All contributions are fully tax-deductible. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers. Campers may begin setting up tents on the Common from 4 p.m. on Friday, May 20, and are asked to pack up by 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, after a light breakfast. Campers, and those wishing to make a contribution to a participating camper or team, should visit GroundworksVT.org. Donations can also be mailed to Groundworks Collaborative, PO Box 370, Brattleboro, VT 05302 (with checks payable to Groundworks Collaborative – please write Camp in the subject line.) For more information, contact Libby at lbennett@groundworksVT.org or 802-257-0066, ext. 1101.
Brattleboro: Centre Congregational Church at 193 Main St. hosts its annual jumble sale on May 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. and May 21 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Spring and summer clothing and accessories, toys, books, household items, games and sporting equipment. All items by donation, no price tags. For information, call 802-254-4730.
Halifax: On May 20, the next Halifax senior meal will be served at noon at the Halifax Community Hall located at 20 Brook Road in W. Halifax. The menu includes fruit with cottage cheese, sweet sausage stroganoff, hot rolls and cake and ice cream. All seniors are welcome. A call to Joan at 802-368-7733 is greatly appreciated. Sponsored by Senior Solutions
Grafton: On May 21, Bob Engel will lead an intimate nature walk during the height of spring migration at The Nature Museum in Grafton. For those who would like to carpool, will meet at 7 a.m. to carpool to a remote private property 10 minutes away, which has a brook, pond, meadow and woods. Engel's bird walk will begin at 7:30 and end around 9:30. The Nature Museum is located at 186 Townshend Rd.
Alstead, N.H.: Turkey Buffet at Third Congregational Church, May 21, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Takeout available. Adults age 13 and over $10; children age 6 through 12, $5; children under 6 free. Turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry, potato, peas, carrots, rolls, beverages, dessert. Information: Joanne 603-835-6734 or Myrna 603-835-2939.
Dummerston: The annual Geranium Festival and Book Sale to benefit the Lydia Taft Pratt Library will be held on May 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Dummerston Community Center, 150 West St. The event includes a silent auction. Refreshments will be on sale. For more information call the library at 802-258-9878. To donate books, call Barbara Clark at 802-254-2514.
Dummerston: There will be a community contra dance at the Evening Star Grange on May 21 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Live music with "Jokers Wild." Aidan Murphy on fiddle, Everest Witman on guitar and Alden Witman on Penny whistle. Peter Amidon calling and storytelling. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Potluck supper at 5:30. $4 for children, $7 for adults and $20 for families. Refreshments. Information at 802-257-1819 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brattleboro: Curbside compost carts will be on sale on May 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $10 at the Memorial Park ice skating rink. From 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. there will be information session on trash, recycling and composting.
Brattleboro: On May 22, from 3 to 5 p.m., the Root Social Justice Center, at 22 Williams St., hosts "Change Takes Everyone, 'Joanna Macy and the Great Turning.'" Parents Exchange for Change, a campaign of 350Vermont, in building solidarity amongst parents by taking action to protect the health and safety of the collective future. There will be a 26-minute film followed by a discussion. Kids activities and childcare available. Free. Contact Abby@350vt.org.
Brattleboro: On May 22, Brattleboro Dance will present a contra dance with caller Chrissy Fowler accompanied by the piano and fiddle duo Audrey Budington and Clayton Clemetson at 118 Elliot Street, from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $10 adults, $8 College students with ID and $5 for youth high school and younger. For additional information, visit www.brattcontra.org or call 802-258-1723.
Saxtons River: Music of the Civil War is the topic of a program May 22 at 7 p.m. at Main Street Arts. Singer and researcher Linda Radtke will share songs from the Vermont Civil War Songbook based on a sheet music collection in the Vermont Historical Society archives of songs that were popular in Vermont during the 1860s. From sentimental songs about the girl back home to satirical ballads, Radtke will trace how the popular song changed from patriotic to more somber tones as the war progressed and Vermont lost more of its bright young men to gunfire and disease. The program is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by MSA and the historical society and is made possible by a grant from the Vermont Humanities Council. Main Street Arts is fully handicapped accessible and the museum has one low step at the entrance.
Walpole, N.H.:Would you like to know what to plant to attract the most number of birds, bees, and butterflies to your garden? This workshop on May 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Distant Hill Gardens will do just that. Michael Nerrie will begin the workshop with an indoor presentation followed by a stroll through the gardens to see first hand the many trees, shrubs, and perennials best suited to attract wildlife to your yard. A large part of the discussion will be pointing out the advantages of using mostly native plants in your design. Suggested donation is$10. Registration is required at email@example.com or 603-756-4179.
Dummerston: On May 23 at 7 p.m., Windham Regional Woodlands Association will sponsor a talk by Vermont State Representative David Deen about the importance of riparian zones at the Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 Route 5. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Arthur Westing at 802-387-2865 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Climate change ethics
Brattleboro: The Climate Change Café will host Marlboro College Professor, William Edelglass for a presentation on "Ethics and Climate Change," on May 24 at 6 p.m. at the Brooks Memorial Library. The event is free, and light refreshments will be available. For further information, contact Tim Stevenson, email@example.com or 802-869-2141.
Brattleboro: Curbside compost carts will be on sale on May 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. for $10 at the Memorial Park ice skating rink. At noon, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. there will be information session on trash, recycling and composting.
Putney: Are you a parent of a middle school or high school age teenage? Is your teen on social media? Join other parents for an evening of discussion surrounding the tough navigation of social media use, pressures, bullying and the dangers your teen may encounter just through the use of their phone at the Putney Library on May 26 at 7 p.m., facilitated by Anna Mullany, the Youth Advocate from the Women's Freedom Center– the local organization working to end domestic and sexual violence. The event is free and open to the public.
Williamsville: Timson Hill Preschool will host its Annual Spring Festival on May 28, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. This popular, family-friendly event includes fun activities for everyone, including a petting zoo, pony rides, a bounce house, a fire engine, a variety of arts and crafts and indoor activities, an outdoor playground, as well as hamburgers, hotdogs, and baked goods. Admission is $5 per person or $10 per family, and all proceeds go to celebrating and fostering continued success of this preschool program. For more information, call Kathie at 802-348-6319, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.timsonhillpreschool.org.
Brattleboro: Curbside compost carts will be on sale on May 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $10 at the Memorial Park ice skating rink. From 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. there will be information session on trash, recycling and composting.
West Brattleboro: On May 29, from noon to 1:45 p.m., West Brattleboro Baptist Church hosts its free Community Outreach meal. The menu includes homemade baked beans, hot dogs, tossed salad, fruit, dessert, and beverage of choice.
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.
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 email@example.com or find Jamaica Old Home Day on Facebook.
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