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Saxtons River: The Village Early Learning Center will host an open house on June 13 from 6 to 7 p.m. Families and their children are invited to come learn about the morning preschool program and full-day childcare offerings beginning in the fall. Staff will be available to answer questions and children will be welcome to explore the classrooms. VELC is located at 24 Main St. on the lower level of Christ's Church directly across from the Saxtons River Village Market. For more information, call 802-869-5437.
Dover: On June 13, the Dover Free Library presents "My Afternoons with Margueritte," starring Gerard Depardieu and Gisele Casadesus, starting at 5:30 p.m. This movie is not rated. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-348- 7488 or visit www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.
Lt. Governor debate
Bellows Falls: Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor of Vermont will participate in a forum on June 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the American Legion at 42 Rockingham St. The event is sponsored by the Windham County Democratic Committee and is open to the public. Expected to appear are Rep. Kesha Ram, Speaker of the House Shap Smith and Sen. David Zuckerman. The forum will be moderated by a panel of local journalists and a local Vermont-NEA member.
Brattleboro: On June 14 at 5:30 p.m., at Duo on Main Street, Dave Evans will host a discussion on starting a coworking space in Brattleboro. Attendees should plan on sharing how they might use a coworking space, their requirements, what they would be prepared to pay and how they might contribute to launching a coworking space in Brattleboro.
Dover: On June 14, the Dover Free Library presents "A Little Chaos," starring Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Alan Rickman and Stanly Tucci, starting at 5 p.m. Rated R. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-348- 7488 or visit www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.
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.
Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place on June 17 at the Guilford Community Church. The menu includes beans and hot dogs,cole slaw, chips and pickles with rhubarb pudding cake 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 15.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-348-7891 for more information.
Call to action
Brattleboro: WKVT Radio will present a live broadcast of a public forum about child welfare in the community from 11 a.m. to1 p.m. on June 16 in the Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room. The station's "Call to Action" series brings local and state officials together with individuals and organization to create awareness around a critical issues and foster greater collaboration in addressing community needs. Panelists include Rep. Mike Mrowicki, Susan O'Brien and Alyssa Todd, executive director of Windham County Safe Place and Child Advocacy Center. Members of the public who attend are also be given ample opportunity to comment and asks questions. Brattleboro Community Television will be taping the forum to air at a later date on their cable channels as well as archive it online at brattleborotv.org.
Bellows Falls: On June 16 at noon, the Rockingham Library will begin its summer Brown Bag Book Talks. Bring one or two book recommendations, a brown bag lunch and be ready to expand your reading horizons. Fiction, nonfiction, classics, graphic novels and poetry are all fair game. The library will also provide lists of recommended books. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-463-4270, visit rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.
Townshend: The Townshend Farmers Market is located on the lawn of the historic West Townshend Country Store. The Townshend Farmers Market will run every Friday through Oct. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. On June 17, shop between 4 and 5 p.m. and receive a $2 discount on any purchase of $10 or more from participating vendors. Vendors include Wild Shepherd Farm and Sitting Tree farm, West Townshend Botanicals, Taft Hill Farm and Meadows Bee Farm, FinAllie Ferments, Bread From the Earth, Moose Robe, Nomadic Roots, Susan's Lemonade, Jersey Girl's Dairy, The Crooked Farm, Jamie's Jammin' Gifts, and Grafton Road Confections. Thai food offerings by Thai Hut and will be joined again by Yalla VT, offering fresh pita, hummus, and falafel. And from 4 to 7 p.m., wood-fired pizza, with a selection of local, seasonal toppings and Against the Grain gluten free pizza crust will be offered. Music for the evening will be performed by Shelving Rock.
Bellows Falls: The Bellows Falls Farmers' Market will be held every Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. continuing through Sept. 16. On June 17, fresh produce, prepared foods, arts and crafts and more will be available for purchase, accompanied by family-friendly activities in the Hetty Green Park, just off Westminster Street and behind TD Bank on the corner of Church and School streets. Music by Jimmy Gordon and band. For more information, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.bffarmersmarket.com.
Brattleboro: Duo Restaurant on Main Street is hosting a weekly mingle for poets, writers, and readers every Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. The Book Lounge is curated by the editors of The Hopper literary magazine. On June 16, Jaimie Scanlon and Ellen Tumavicus will discuss "Ralph Flies the Coop." On June 23, meet book agent/author/publisher Dede Cummings. On June 30, Anna Alter, the author of "Sprout Street Neighbors" will be on hand. And on July 7, Abigail Gehring, publisher at Skyhorse Publishing, will be in attendance.
West Brattleboro: On June 17, the Vermont Land Trust is partnering with Polatin Ecological Services to present a free workshop for people who manage private land that is infested with invasive plants. The field workshop will happen on land owned by the Vermont Land Trust. Participants will learn how to identify common invasive plants, map infestations, and control their growth and spread through demonstrations of tools and techniques. The workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 97 Meadowbrook Rd. Refreshments will be available at the beginning of the workshop, but please bring your own lunch. Space is limited. To register, contact Pieter van Loon, Director of Forest Stewardship at the Vermont Land Trust at 802-246-1502 or email@example.com.
Wilmington: On June 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Boyd Family Farm on East Dover Road is hosting a "Tonka Truck Mud Bog. Bring your Tonka, monster or favorite truck and experience the best mud Vermont has to offer. Washtubs provided for children and machines before the trip home. Pack a lunch and a change of clothes for the children and chairs for the parents are suggested. For more information, visit www.boydfamilyfarm.com or call 802-464-5618.
Wilmington: On June 18 and 19, the Boyd Family Farm on East Dover Road is hosting a discussion on fruit trees and berry bushes. For more information, visit www.boydfamilyfarm.com or call 802-464-5618.
Brattleboro: What is the secret of relationships and what are the spiritual purpose behind our connections with others? All are welcome to an open discussion on "Spiritual Insights into Relationships," on June 18 at 3:30 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Library. Hosted by Eckankar. All are welcome. For more information go to www.eckankar-vt.org or call 800-772-9390.
Guilford: On June 18, there will be auditions for the Guilford Center Stage's October production of "A Battle of Wits," between 10 a.m. and noon at the Broad Brook Grange.
East Dover: On June 18, the East Dover Baptist Church hosts its annual Strawberry Supper from 5 to 7 p.m. The menu includes a ham dinner with all the fixings and strawberry shortcake with real whipped cream for dessert. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 10; preschool and younger, free.
Vernon: On your mark, get set, read at the Vernon Free Library begins June 18. Stop in and sign a reading contract. For more information contact the library at 802-257-0150, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.vernonfreelibrary.org.
Brattleboro: In honor of Vermont's very own Social Democrat, Bernie Sanders, Latchis Arts presents a trio of films from Scandinavia on weekends in June. All films in the series are by donation, with proceeds benefiting Latchis Arts. On June 18, the feature will be "Good Things Await," and on June 25, the feature will be "Kon Tiki." All shows begin at 4 p.m. Proceeds from donations to the films benefit Latchis Arts. For information, visit latchisarts.org.
Walpole, N.H.: On June 19 from 1 to 4 p.m., at Distant Hill Gardens, Sam Jaffe of the Caterpillar Lab in Keene, will lead a discussion about some of the more important native host plants and the colorful and interesting caterpillars that need them to survive. The workshop will start with a short indoor presentation followed by an exploration of the forests, fields, and wetlands of Distant Hill Gardens in search of some of the many beautiful and ecologically important caterpillars found there. There is a suggested donation of $15 at the door. Space is limited; registration is recommended at email@example.com or 603-756-4179. This workshop is designed for adults. There is a child-friendly Caterpillar Lab event at Distant Hill Gardens on July 7. For more information, visit www.distanthill.org.
Putney: On June 19, starting at 7:30 p.m., Landmark College hosts Brock Eide and Fernette Eide, who will present "How Should We Think About Learning Differences? Why It's Time For a New Approach." Landmark College invites local and regional educators, professionals, community members, parents, and adults and teens who learn differently to attend. The talk will be the keynote address for the 26th annual Landmark College Summer Institute. The event is free, accessible, and open to the public. For more information, call 802-387-1662 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Father's Day brunch
Guilford: On June 19, there will be a Father's Day Brunch at the Broad Brook Grange from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The menu includes all-you-can-eat eggs and omelettes made to order; pancakes, French toast, Guilford maple syrup, fruit salad and homemade baked goods. $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for ages 2 to 12; free for those under 2. No reservations necessary. For more information, call 802-257-1961.
West Brattleboro: The Compassionate Friends of Brattleboro, a national self-help organization for families that have had a child die, will hold its next monthly meeting June 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the West Village Meeting House, 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.
Candidates for governor
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Auto Mall, Brattleboro Ford/Subaru, the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, the Brattleboro Retreat, Brattleboro Savings & Loan, Green Mountain Leadership Center, Hampton Inn, Sam's Outdoor Outfitters, The Works Bakery Café, Vermont Country Deli, WKVT and BCTV are hosting a Vermont Gubernatorial Candidates Forum featuring Matt Dunne (D), Peter Galbraith (D), Sue Minter (D), Bruce Lisman (R), and Phil Scott (R), on June 28 starting at 7:15 a.m. at the American Legion on Linden Street. The $12 admission includes a full buffet breakfast, but non-chamber members must pay in advance. RSVP required by Friday, June 24 at email@example.com or 802-254-4565. The forum will be moderated by Chris Graff.
Drewsville, N.H.: The Walpole Seniors will meet at the Pickering's in Drewsville at noon on June 20 for their annual potluck picnic. In case of rain, it will be at the First Congregational Church in Walpole. Everyone is asked to bring a main course dish or a salad to share with the members. A lawn chair would be helpful. Dessert and beverages will be provided.
Chesterfield, N.H.: Registration is now being taken for "Honoring Our Wisdom: Manifesting Our Dreams," a day-long retreat for women on June 25, starting at 9 a.m. at Hallelujah Farm, a retreat center. Fee is $85 and includes continental breakfast and lunch) The retreat is limited to 12 women. More Information and to register, visit www.revdvorah.com or call 603/762-3311.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Retreat will begin hosting a weekly outdoor farm stand on the front lawn of the hospital's campus starting June 21. The farm stand will be open to the public and will be held throughout the growing season on Tuesdays from 2:30 to 5:30 pm. Fresh vegetables from New Leaf Community Supported Agriculture farm located in Dummerston will be for sale. This new venture was spearheaded by Retreat CEO Dr. Louis Josephson and New Leaf CSA farmer Elizabeth Wood. For more information, call 802-254-2531 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dinner and a movie
Putney: On June 23, Next Stage Arts Project and The Gleanery host dinner and a movie featuring "Beasts of the Southern Wild," with special guest host Joe Rudge. The chefs at the Gleanery will serve a special Louisiana-themed menu at 5:30 p.m., in time for diners to make it to the hosted 7 p.m. film screening around the corner at the newly-renovated and air-conditioned Next Stage. Prices for the dinner and movie combination are $23. For reservations call 802-387-3052. Limited seating available.
Brattleboro: On June 24, the Brattleboro Police Department and the Women's Freedom Center are hosting a free community lunch at the Whetstone Walkway from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The menu includes hot dogs and hamburgers. The lunch is an opportunity to meet with members of the local police department.
Vernon: On June 25 starting at 9:30 a.m., Vernon residents are invited to the town's annual picnic and firefighters' muster. From 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., there will be a softball game between Vernon residents and town employees. At noon, the Vernon Fire Department will take on members from area fire departments in the muster. The fire department will also prepare a barbecue lunch. There will be a penny carnival from 3 to 5 p.m. and a town potluck from 5 to 7 p.m. Dance to a DJ at the pavilion and stay to watch the fireworks. For more information on how you or your business or organization can be involved, contact Josh Unruh at 802-380-2875.
Hinsdale, N.H.: On June 25, from 5 to 7 p.m., the North Hinsdale Community Church is hosting a barbecue chicken dinner at 105 Meeting House Rd. The menu includes barbecue children, applesauce, baked beans, homemade coleslaw, rolls, and strawberry shortcake. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children older than 7. Advanced tickets at $5 and $3 are available by calling 603-256-6930 or emailing email@example.com.
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.
Wilmington: On June 26, the Boyd Family Farm on East Dover Road is hosting a discussion on roses. For more information, visit www.boydfamilyfarm.com or call 802-464-5618.
Brookline: On June 26 starting at 10 a.m., West River Stables is hosting Cowboy Mounted Shooting, a sport that combines elements of old-time Wild West, along with the elements of equestrian skills; all done while using two .45 caliber single action revolvers, loaded with five rounds each of black powder blanks to shoot ten balloon targets set in a special random pattern. Free and open to the public. Lunch prepared by the Horse Crazed 4-H Group available for purchase. For more information, contact Christine Boudreau at 802-353-0554 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Brattleboro: From noon to 1:45 p.m. on June 26 at the West Brattleboro Baptist Church at 979 Western Ave., there will be a community meal featuring barbequed chicken, homemade potato salad, watermelon, Italian bread, dessert, and beverage of choice. All are welcome!
Wilmington: The Annual Deerfield Valley Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks will take place on July 2 (Rain date, July 3) from 6 to 9 p.m. at Hayford Field. In addition to fireworks, there will be bouncy houses for kids, the Jacksonville Blues Band, and hot dogs, burgers, pizza, and much more to feast on during the pre-fireworks festivities. Fireworks display begins at 9:10 p.m.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, Pokey Lyman at 365-7964 or email@example.com, or Lauri Miner at 802-365-4194 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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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