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Plant sale

Brattleboro: The Windham Regional Conservation District's annual plant sale is now underway. 2016 offerings include plants for landscape, conservation, regeneration and food value. Trees and shrubs are all bare rootstock. Available wildlife and songbird shrubs and tree selection this year includes: Bearberry, Buttonbush, Cranberry, Hackberry, Sugar Maple and White Flowering Dogwood. New this year — dark purple, red or white Standard Hybrid Rhododendrons. Semi-dwarf apple, cherry, pear, apricot, plum and peach trees along with a large selection of perennials are also available for spring planting. Edibles include blueberries, raspberries,strawberries and currants. Conifers are Balsam and Fraser Fir and Northern White Cedar. Orders will be taken until April 15 and pick up of stock will be Saturday, April 30, in the Natural Resources Department at the Windham Regional Career Center by the Brattleboro Union High School. Order forms and additional information can be obtained from the WCNRCD by email at jolene.hamilton@vt.nacdnet.net, by phone at 802-254-5323, ext. 104, or downloaded from www.windhamcountynrcd.org.

Wags to riches

Brattleboro: The Windham County Humane Society's annual fundraiser, "Wags to Riches," is scheduled for April 2 at the Brattleboro VFW on Black Mountain Road, starting at 6 p.m. The evening includes cocktails, an auction and hors d'oeuvres. Space is limited; reservations at $50 a person need to be made by March 29 at www.wchs4pets.org. Sponsors include Auto Mall, Greater Falls Pharmacy, DMI Paving, Buehler & Annis PLC, White Rose Pet Cemetery, The Communicators Group and the Reformer.

Book donations

Brattleboro: The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library is accepting donations of paperback books, CDs and DVDs for the upcoming April 21 to 23 Spring Book Sale. Donations of books and media should be brought to the Library Circulation Desk during open hours. Donations must be in good condition to be accepted by the Library. Funds raised by the Friends will: purchase programs and materials for the Children's Room; support the First Wednesday series and other public programs; purchase 18 free passes to regional museums; update library technology tools for public use, and pay for subscriptions to numerous on-line subscription services such as access to e-books, e-audio, independent films and databases such as Ancestry.com. For more information, call 802-254-5290.

Tax prep

Brattleboro: United Way Windham County is offering two programs that provide free federal and state income-tax preparation services to eligible taxpayers: the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program and MyFreeTaxes.com. United Way is also partnering with libraries and other community sites to provide access to MyFreeTaxes.com on a computer with high-speed internet for the public's use. Call 2-1-1 for location and access information.

Adopt-a-book

Dover: Help build your library's collection by adopting a book at the Dover Free Library. This annual fundraising program directly enhances the library's collection of books and materials available to the public and provides community members a chance to sponsor books. Come by the library for more information and to see a great selection of books to "adopt" or visit www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.

'High & Seek'

Townshend: Are you a parent or guardian in the Windham Central Supervisory Union? Do you want the chance to explore a mock teenage bedroom to look for signs of risky behavior? If so, please attend "High & Seek," an interactive presentation to raise awareness of signs of teenage substance use, self-harm and sexual activity. This event, a collaboration between Leland and Gray and West River Valley Thrives, will be held on March 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Leland and Gray Middle and High School library. This event is free to the public. Childcare can be provided upon request. Please contact Jaclyn Bristol, Leland and Gray Student Assistance Professional, at 802-365-7355, or Kate Venne, Project Coordinator for West River Valley Thrives, at 802-365-4700 with questions.

Wind versus water

Grafton: On March 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Grafton Elementary School gymnasium, Geoffrey Goll, civil and environmental engineer, and vice-president of Princeton Hydro, will discuss the Saxtons River watershed and the impact of the industrial wind project proposed for Grafton and Windham. The focus will be based on his direct relevant experience with other wind projects and the impacts of Vermont's high elevation headwater sources of water for people and the ecology. The talk is sponsored by the Grafton Woodlands Group and Friends of Windham. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served.

Senior lunch

Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon on March 18 at the Guilford Community Church, The menu includes mac and cheese soup, and a bread, with fruited Jello for dessert. Books will be available on loan from the local library. Starting at 1 p.m., "Vermont Memories" will be screened. For more information and to make reservations, call 802-254-9774 no later than Wednesday.

Culture of peace

Brattleboro: On March. 18, 7:30 p.m., at the Marlboro Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., The Windham World Affairs Council presents Dr. David Adams, PhD, who will talk on "The Culture of Peace." Adams' approach is based on his experience as an expert on both the brain mechanisms of aggressive behavior and on peace psychology. He has been a director of UNESCO and a member of the New Haven City Peace Commission and publishes a monthly Internet bulletin and blog devoted to the culture of peace. Coffee/tea/conversation will precede Dr. Adams's talk at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.windhamworldaffairscouncil.org.

Pizza

Townshend: Ben Carr will be playing ukulele for the West Townshend Pizza Night concert on March 18. His performance includes original music, classical, jazz and reggae. Pizza making in the outdoor oven begins at 5 p.m. Build your own from a number of tasty ingredients, at $10 a pie. Beer, wine and other refreshments are also available. Music begins at 6:30 and is free. Tips are appreciated by the musicians.

National reading month

Brattleboro: Come celebrate National Reading Month at Brattleboro Nursery School on March 18 from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. There will be a read-aloud and craft and each child will leave with a free, quality book. Located at St. Michaels Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Ave.

Senior meal

Halifax: The monthly Halifax senior meal is March 18 at the West Halifax community hall located at 20 Brook Rd. Lunch is served at noon. All seniors are welcome. A call to Joan is greatly appreciated 802-368-7733. The menu includes New England boiled dinner, corned beef, cabbage, potato, onion, carrots, turnip and beets served with johnny cake, crusty bread and a dessert.

Food and music

Townshend: The Community Hope and Action group of Townshend will be hosting on a free supper and concert on March 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Townshend Town Hall This month's event will feature a square and contra dance led by Sally Newton, Michael Donahue, Alicia Moyer, Bob Naess and Colin Blazej. This is an alcohol-free, family friendly event with childcare provided. Bring a potluck appetizer or dessert to share with your friends and neighbors, new and old. Volunteers will provide the main meal and beverages.

Aquaculture

Brattleboro: Learn how to make sustainable choices when it comes to fish, and discover the pros and cons of aquaculture. Learn about the many health benefits of consuming sea vegetables, and taste some easy ways to incorporate them into your diet. Taught by Robin Matathias, who teaches Environmental Studies at Keene State College, on March 19, 1 to 3 p.m., in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room. Free but registration is required at 802-246-2821 or msbfc@sover.net.

Sugar on snow

Guilford: The Sugar-on-Snow Supper at Guilford Community Church will be held on March 19. There are three seatings to choose from, at 4:30, 5:45, and 7 p.m. Prices are $11 adults, $5 children age 11 and under, and $3 for preschoolers. For reservations, call 802-254-9562 or email guilfordchurchsupper@gmail.com.

Variety show

Wardsboro: The Trustees of the Wardsboro Public Library are hosting its annual variety show in the Wardsboro Town Hall, March 19 at 7 p.m. Handicap accessible. Contact Nancy at 802-896-6141.

Purimpalooza

Brattleboro: On March 19, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at the Vermont Jazz Center, join the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community for a musical variety show and costume party to celebrate Purim, the community's happiest holiday. Come in your most inventive or extravagant costume (Purim-themed or not). Jewish or not, all are welcome. The BAJC will provide amazing baked goods, beer from Hermit Thrush Brewery, bagels by Bruegger's, a photo booth, a mask making station, musical acts, and much more. The highlight of the evening will be a set of Jewish songs by renowned jazz and R&B singer Wanda Houston and pianist Eugene Uman. All-age admission is by free-will donation. Please bring a non-perishable food item to benefit Groundworks Collaborative. Visit BAJC online or call 802-257-1959.

Roaring 20s

Walpole, N.H.: Flapper dresses and boater hats are being dug out of the depths of closets or fashioned from thrift store finds as preparations begin for the Roaring Twenties dance March 19 to benefit Our Place Drop-in Center. The Bluebird Orchestra will play at the Walpole Town Hall beginning at 7 p.m., with doors open at 6:30 p.m. Bluebird members Donald Saaf, guitar and vocals, Matthew Sharff, standup bass, and vocals, Rick Contino, pedal steel and banjo, Riley Goodemote, trombone, and Paul McTaggart, drums, have appeared extensively throughout the area. Tickets at $20 for adults and $15 for students will be on sale at the door. It's BYOB for adults, with munchies provided. Prizes will be given for the outfits that best carry out the Roaring Twenties theme of flappers, mobsters, good-time Charlies, Gatsby-esque dudes and other fun-loving characters. Further information is available by contacting Our Place at 802-463-2217, on line at www.ourplacevt.org, on Facebook or at ourplace@sover.net. The dance will provide funds for the work of the daytime shelter and food pantry located at 4 Island Street whose mission is to connect people to food and each other. It serves families in Rockingham and the surrounding area and in Walpole and North Walpole, N.H.

Cabaret

Northfield, Mass.: The sanctuary of First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church will come alive with music and storytelling at 7 p.m. March 19 as the church presents an old-fashioned cabaret as part of its Music in the Meetinghouse series. This event will feature home-grown talent performing musical numbers from over the centuries, from the American songbook to folk to modern. There will also be classic storytelling. The suggested donation for the concert is $10. There will be homemade refreshments and beverages available in the Webster Room at the conclusion. Parking is available on Parker Avenue and across Main Street behind Town Hall.

Pet clinic

Newfane: The NewBrook Fire Department will sponsor a pet vaccination clinic at the firehouse on Route 30 in Newfane on March 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dr. Miles A. Powers of East Dover will be vaccinating both dogs and cats. This clinic is open to anyone. Fees will be $10 for rabies and $20 for a distemper complex vaccine for either a dog or cat, or $25 for both vaccinations. Please have dogs on a leash and cats in a carrier. For further information or questions about additional vaccines, call 802-348-7918.

Dummerston

Community dance: An evening of community contra and square dances will take place at the Evening Star Grange on March 19 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Calling the dance will be Andy Davis, who will be joined by the band 'Flicker' made up of longtime Village Dance regulars Hilary Weitzner (12), Avery Witman (12), and Ellery Witman (14), with guest guitarist, Everest Witman. There will be a potluck supper before the dance at 5:30. The program includes traditional New England contra dances, square dances, circle mixers, and couple dances. Admission is $4 for children, $7 for Adults and $20 for a family. For more information or directions, call Andy Davis at 802-257-1819, or email village@dancingmasters.com.

Nowrooz

Brattleboro: Nowrooz, a Persian New Year celebration will held on March 19 at the Mahalo Art Center, 972 Western Ave., from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The celebration will include Persian music, poetry and a potluck dinner. For assistance with directions and accessible parking, call 802-579-9088.

Pisgah hike

Hinsdale, N.H.: The friends of Pisgah are meeting at the Kilburn Trailhead this March 19 at 10 a.m. Hikers will walk the proposed "John Summer's Trail" around Kilburn Pond and check out the proposed bridge site below the dam and the trail on the east side of the pond.

Soup festival

Newfane: The Second Annual Soup Fest and Silent Auction fund raiser will be held on March 20 at the NewBrook Fire Station. Doors open at 4 p.m. with a $5 admission. The event will help raise funds for the Windham County Historical Society's restoration of the 1880 Newfane Railroad Station as a Museum of the West River Railroad and annex to the Windham County Museum in Newfane. Soup will be provided by Whetstone Station, Top of the Hill Grill, The Eatery, Rick's Tavern, Harmonyville Store, Dam Diner, Bitter Sweet Memories Cafe, D&J Jamaica Grocery, Whiskey Dicks and The New American Grill. Silent Auction bidding and the 50/50 raffle begin at 4 p.m. Soup and bread supper will be served at 5 p.m. followed by desserts. Silent auction bids and the 50/50 raffle will close at 5:30 p.m. The Society welcomes items for the silent auction (goods and/or services) to help make this year's event another success. If you have items you are willing to donate, contact Jane Robinson at 802-896-6102 or Sally Topitzer at 802-365-7698. For information or questions on the March 20 event, email info@historicalsocietyofwindhamcounty.org or call 802-348-7891.

Cheese sampling

Brattleboro: Try free samples and learn about different families of cheeses with the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cheese Department on March 20, 2 to 4 p.m. Free. For more information, call 802-246-2852 or email bfccurds@sover.net.

Shareholder Forum

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Co-op hosts this monthly forum created by shareholders, for shareholders; open to the general public. All voices honored. The forum on March 20, 5 to 7 p.m., will focus on community justice. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP appreciated, but not necessary at bfcshareholderforum@gmail.com.

Circle dance

Brattleboro: There will be a community circle dance from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on March 20 at the Aikido Studio at 11 Cottage Street. Led by Anja Daniel and friends. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated. Information: Parker Huber 802-257-9108, or Mary Ellen Cannon, 603-631-0768.

Pete Seeger

Northfield, Mass.: The Rev. Sarah Pirtle, director of Youth and Family Education at First Congregational Church of Ashfield, will give a talk titled "Pete Seeger and Soul Force," at First Parish Unitarian, Main and Parker, on March 20 starting at 10 a.m. A friend of the late folksinger, Rev. Pirtle will discuss how Seeger's music connects people to a larger impulse of truth-telling and love for the earth. For more information, call 413-498-5566.

Detoxification

Brattleboro: If you're sick of feeling tired, run down, and on edge, you're not alone. If you're ready to feel better, come and learn about the benefits of the ancient practice of spring cleansing. Master Herbalist Cindy Hebbard, with over 30 years of experience, will share simple steps you can take right now to begin to feel better on March 21, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room. Free, but registration is required at 802-246-2821 or msbfc@sover.net.

Invasives

Dummerston: On March 21 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Dummerston Center Church, Bill Guenther, Windham County Forester, will present insights on non-native invasive insects impacting our woodland resources. Refreshments available. A free event presented by the Windham County Farm Bureau.

Senior lunch

Walpole, N.H.: The Walpole Seniors will meet at the First Congregational Church in Walpole at noon on March 21 for a potluck luncheon. Please bring a dish to share with the members. Everyone is asked to bring a craft project they are working on or a hobby collection to share with the members. Discussion will continue on ideas for some outstanding trips for 2016. Bring a friend and enjoy some great food and fellowship.

Movie night

Dover: On March 21, the Dover Free Library will screen "Bridge of Spies," starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance and Alan Alda, at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Spraying what?

Brattleboro: The Climate Change Café will screen "What in the World are They Spraying?" a film about crisscrossing streaks of white clouds trailing behind jet aircraft, on March 22, 6 p.m., at Brooks Memorial Library. As always, the Café is free, and light refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Tim at 802-869-2141 or info@postoilsolutions.org.

Statement writing

Brattleboro: On March 22 from 1 to 3 p.m., the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation is hosting a Vermont PTAC Professional Capabilities Statement Writing Workshop. A capability statement will help market your business to government contracting officials and prime contractors. The workshop will also include an overview of how to utilize the SBA Dynamic Small Business Search to your advantage. Discussion topics include: Importance of a capability statement; required information on capability statement; how to use your capability statement to market your business; and importance of the SBA Dynamic Small Business Search Profile. To register, visit http://vtptac.ecenterdirect.com/events/427.

'Children of the Chalet'

Bellows Falls: On March 23 at 6:30 p.m., the Rockingham Free Public Library will host Vermont author Elayne Clift, who will read from her latest book, "Children of the Chalet: New & Selected Stories," which won First Prize for Fiction in the Greyden Press 2014 Book Competition and was published in 2015. For more information, call 802-463-4270, email programming@rockinghamlibrary.org, log on to rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the Library at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls. This event is free and open to the public.

Spring concert

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Union High School Music Department will present an Early Spring Concert on March 23 at 7 p.m. in the BUHS. auditorium. No admission will be charged for this event. Featured ensembles include the concert band, jazz band, jazz workshop and Madrigals. The concert band will open with a planetary-themed program, followed by the Jazz Workshop. Madrigals will add a vocal music component to the concert. Jazz Band will close the concert. Stephen Rice directs the concert and jazz band, Patty Meyer leads Madrigals and Eugene Uman and Robert Freeberg direct jazz workshop.

Grant webinar

Brattleboro: On March 23 at 2 p.m., USDA Rural Development will host a Rural Business Development Grant Application Webinar. In this webinar, Rural Development staff will walk you through the RBDG application and review the scoring process. Hear application tips from the business specialists who will ultimately be scoring your application and make your project proposal as competitive as possible. To register, visit https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=59ulc0t1sef2.

Senior lunch

Dummerston: The 4th Wednesday lunch sponsored by Evening Star Grange and Senior Solutions will be held on March 23 at noon. Chefs Larry Lynch and Sallie May will serve a traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage, with turnip, carrots and onions, Irish soda bread with pistachio breeze for dessert. Takeouts will be available by calling the Grange at 802-254-1138 on Wednesday morning. Cost is $3 for those over 60 and $4 for the younger folk. Books will be available from the Lydia Taft Pratt Library for borrowing until the next lunch.

Drum class

Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents West African drum class with Raoul Ombang on March 23 from 7:15 to 8:45 at the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main St. All levels are welcome. Drums are available for those who need one. For more information on dance and drum classes, visit www.africandancevt.com or find African Dance VT on Facebook.

PlantPure

Brattleboro: Bring a totally plant-based dish to share (no meat, fish, dairy or eggs), and, if possible, a place setting to reduce waste to the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room on March 24, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Marilyn Chiarello, of A Taste of Light, will also demonstrate how to make hemp seed milk and chocolate chia seed pudding. Free, but registration is required at 802-246-2821 or msbfc@sover.net.

Vermont Yankee

Brattleboro: The next meeting of Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel will be held on March 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room at Brattleboro Union High School on 131 Fairground Rd. At the meeting the Panel will receive decommissioning updates from the state of Vermont and Entergy. The panel will receive a presentation from Entergy and the state on the water management issues at the Vermont Yankee site. The panel will also discuss an advisory opinion on groundwater monitoring at Vermont Yankee and receive an overview of the federal taxation of decommissioning trust funds. The complete agenda and material can be viewed at http://publicservice.vermont.gov/electric/ndcap. All meetings of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel are open to the public.

Fresh produce

Townshend: On March 24 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Grace Cottage Hospital is hosting the Vermont Foodbank's free food distribution program for those in need. Food items available may include squash, potatoes, carrots, kale, apples, yogurt, and more. Pallets of fresh and frozen food will be unloaded in the ambulance garage behind Grace Cottage Hospital, 185 Grafton Rd. Participants are asked to take only what they need for their own household and to bring reusable shopping bags or a cardboard box as plastic bags may not be available. For more information, call 802-365-9109.

Silent auction

Dover: Come bid on some ready-to-go Easter baskets and one fantastic bunny/dollhouse as part of the Dover Free Library's spring silent auction fundraiser. Bidding opened on March 11 and closes at noon on March 25. Winners will be contacted immediately following the close of bidding. Library business hours are Mondays and Tuesdays 2 to 8 p.m.; Wednesdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact the library for more information at 802-348-7488 or visit www.doverfreelibrary1913.org

Rabies clinic

Wilmington: On March 26 from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Wilmington Fire House, Veterinarian Miles Powers will be providing low-cost vaccinations. Dogs must be leashed; cats must be crated. Dog licensing for Wilmington residents available. Clinic open to all.

Maple Day

Dummerston: The first Dummerston Maple Day will take place on March 26. This celebration of Dummerston's sugarmakers will feature open sugarhouses from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., where you can see traditional and new sugaring techniques, and best of all, taste fresh maple syrup. Participating sugarhouses include Bare Foot Farm, 739 Kipling Rd.; Gilmore Sugarhouse, 385 US Rte. 5; Glabach Maple Farm, 32 Nourse Hollow Rd.; Ken Emery & Family, 270 School House Rd.; Lynch Sugarhouse, 488 East West Rd.; Dwight Miller & Son Orchards, 193 Miller Rd.; Bunker Farm, 857 Bunker Rd.; and Sweet Tree Farm, 1656 US Rte. 5. At 10 a.m., Mike Ephrat will lead a tour of a sugarbush at Bunker Farm to show how a sugarbush is maintained and how sap is tapped. You may pick up a flyer with map of the sugarhouses at any of the farms listed, or at the Dummerston Town Office.

Sugar supper

Dummerston: The Dummerston Fire Department Sugar Supper will round out Maple Day on March 26 at the Dummerston School, 52 School House Rd. Seatings are at 4:30, 5:45, and 7 p.m. Cost for adults is $12, children under 12, $6. For reservations, call Deb at 257-0546.

Easter Bunny

Hinsdale, N.H.: On March 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Hinsdale Millstream Community Center is hosting an Easter Bunny Hop. $10 per family ($15 per family with three or more children); price includes picture and dancing with the Easter Bunny and a craft. Food, drinks, and bake goods will be for sale. There will also be games and a Chinese Auction. All proceeds will go towards purchasing Christmas gifts this year for low income families.

Contradance

Brattleboro: On March 27, at 118 Elliot St., the Brattleboro Dance will be presenting a contradance with caller Steve Zakon-Anderson accompanied by the band "Polaris," with Sam Zakon-Anderson on piano, Rose Jackson on fiddle and Jesse Ball on accordion and mandolin in their debut Appearance at the Brattleboro Dance. Admission is $10 adults, $8 College students with ID and $5 for youth, high school age and younger. For additional details, visit www.brattcontra.org or call 802-258-1723.

Teens can cook

Brattleboro: In this class, teens will continue to build confidence in the kitchen by making a delicious yogurt cheesecake. We will pair this creamy sweet cake with an easy winter compote on March 29, 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom. Free, but registration is required at 802-246-2821 or msbfc@sover.net.

Affordable housing

Putney: On March 31 at 7 p.m. at the Puntey Fire Station, the Putney Affordable Housing Committee will host an informational meeting to learn about the new project proposed by the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust . Connie Snow of the Housing Trust and Bob Stevens of Stevens & Associates Engineering will be on hand to present the plans and answer questions. The project proposes the construction of new housing on the Newman Hall lot, which is located between Depot Street and Putney Landing Road, as well as the rehabilitation of the Noyes House on Kimball Hill. The plan would include a mix of family and smaller apartments for a total of 18 apartments with a combination of townhouses and accessible flats.

'Control Room'

Putney: On March 31 at 7 p.m. at the Gleanery, Peter Galbraith will host a screening of "Control Room," about al-Jazeera's coverage of the Iraq War. The screening is preceded by a dinner at 5:30 p.m. The price for the dinner and screening is $23.

Modern anesthesia

Walpole, N.H.: On April 1, starting at 7 p.m. at the Walpole Town Hall, the Walpole Historical Society will host Patti Seymour, who will share her knowledge of the man who once resided in her present home, Horace Wells. As a young man, Wells also attended the Walpole Academy, an esteemed institute for young scholars in the area in the early 1800s. With this local connection as a backdrop, listeners will discover that Wells' life path led him to be recognized as the "discoverer of modern anesthesia." Free and open to the public.

Woodworking

Westminster West: Twin Birch Woodworking owner Gail Grycel will be offering spring woodworking classes for women. The Beginning Woodworking for Women class is designed for those who have little or no experience working with tools and wood. While learning in a supportive environment, women will have a chance to explore their practical, problem-solving sides, hopefully let go of societal and family messages that women can't work with tools, and learn some skills that can be transferred to other projects after the class is over. Basic machines such as the table saw, jointer, planer, drill press and miter saw will be covered as well as some hand tools, design and safety. Participants will design and make a small project of their choosing. The eight-week beginning class will be held at the TBWW studio in Westminster West on either Wednesday or Thursday evenings starting April 6 or 7. Open Studio sessions will continue for those with some experience and will run on Tuesdays. All classes are limited to four participants each. Grycel has been teaching women for over 23 years. For more information, visit www.twinbirchwoodworking.com.

Penny sale

Jamaica: Jamaica School Club's 16th Annual Penny Sale at Leland & Gray Union High School on April 2 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (802) 297-3151.

Rockin'Ham run

Bellows Falls: Central Elementary School will be hosting its second annual Rockin'Ham 5K on April 2. The 5K will begin and end at the Rockingham Recreation Area on Playground Road, Bellows Falls. Runners may register online at https://g2racereg.webconnex.com/rockinham5k2016, or paper registrations may be downloaded at www.ceshome.org or picked up at Central School, 50 School Street Extension, Bellows Falls. Same-day registration will begin at 9 a.m. on April 2, and the race start time is 10:30 a.m.

Talent show

Williamsville: Spring will be welcomed in Williamsville this year with the annual Williamsville/Newfane Talent Show on April 2 at 7 p.m. in the Williamsville Hall. A decades-old tradition, the show will feature a range of talented area performers, young and older. Many delightful area performers have already signed up, but there is certainly room for more. Want to sing? Act? Dance? Juggle? Read fiction? Verse? Memoir? Tame lions? Contact Annie Landenberger at verbatim@svcable.net. Admission is by suggested donation of $5/$15 per family and refreshments will be available, also by donation. Proceeds will benefit both the Leland and Gray Players and the Williamsville Hall. The Williamsville Hall is on Dover Road in Williamsville.

Sugar on snow

Guilford: The Guilford Volunteer Fire Department is hosting its annual Sugar on Snow fundraiser on April 2 with seatings at 5 and 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children younger than 12 and $2 for toddlers. The menu includes ham, homemade baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, deviled eggs, and biscuits, followed by sugar on snow with pickles and doughnuts. To make reservations, call 802-254-6841.

'Devil in the Valley'

Whitingham: The Whitingham Free Public Library and Halifax Community Club are sponsoring a presentation by Vermont author Castle Freeman about his book "The Devil in the Valley." The talk will take place at the Library at 6 p.m. on April 4. For more information, contact Kristine Sweeter at whitingham@vals.state.vt.us or call 802-368-7506.

Eyes of a wolf

Grafton: How are wolves, dogs, and humans different — or alike? Find out at "The Eyes of a Wolf," a spring science program for youth and adults, on April 2, at the Nature Museum, with wolf expert and advocate Adam Katrick of Wolfgard, Neb.; held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grafton Ponds. The cost is $15 until March 23; $20 after March 23. Tickets are limited and everyone is encouraged to register by going to the Nature Museum's website, www.naturemuseum.org/upcomingevents. The program is geared to youth over 10 through adults.

'Peter Pan'

Putney: The Grammar School will present the musical "Peter Pan" with multiple performances April 8 to 10. There will be evening shows beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9. Matinees will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, and Sunday, April 10. Tickets at the door are $5 for children/alumn, $10 for adults, and $25 for families. For reservations call 802-387-5364.

Talent show

Townshend: The Community Hope and Action group will be putting on a talent show on April 16 at the Townshend Town Hall. The talent show will include a free dinner from 6 to 7 p.m., and the performances will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. This is an alcohol-free, family-friendly event that is appropriate for all ages. Participant registration is now open if you would like to perform. Registration forms are available at the Townshend Public Library, the Townshend Town Hall, and at the Leland & Gray Union Middle/High School front office. Contact Kristin with any questions at 802-365-4700 or via email at wrvtdirector@gmail.com.

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 /www.signupgenius.com/go/904044ea8aa22a46-bajc 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.

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 www.vcgn.org to register for the workshop and for more details.


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