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Vigilant Guard

Brattleboro: Local and State emergency responders will team up with federal counterparts in a full-scale emergency exercise in Vermont later this month. Operation Vigilant Guard will stretch from through Aug. 2 in several areas of Vermont. The exercise will involve 4,000 emergency responders, members of the National Guard, and partners in emergency response.

Hitchcock movies

Brattleboro: On July 30, the Latchis Theatre presents "North by Northwest," at 4 p.m., and On July 31, also at 4 p.m., "Vertigo." The screenings feature "pearls of wisdom" by two Hitchcock scholars.

Tag sale

West Dummerston: On July 30, from 9 a.m. to noon, the Dummerston Community Center will host a rummage and tag sale, featuring books, bedding, kitchenware, footwear, clothing and many miscellaneous items. Rain or shine, indoor event. Proceeds benefit the Center's operating and maintenance cost. For information, call 802-254-9212 or 802-254-2415.

Contra dance

Putney: On July 30, in Pierce's Hall on East Putney Falls Road, there will be a contra dance with Louisa Engle, on fiddle, and friends and Jacob Le Grone as caller. The dance starts with a beginner session from 7:30 to 8 p.m., with dancing until 10:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. All dances taught and no partner necessary. For more information, call 802-387-0163.

Energy fair

Windham: The Windham Energy Committee invites is hosting an energy fair from 1 to 4 p.m. on July 30 at 1275 Old Cheney Road, in South Windham. The main focus is on weatherization, energy efficiency and production of renewable energy. The event will include presentations on the following topics: Energy audits, insulation for energy efficiency, cold climate heat pumps, pellet stoves, solar PV and SHW installations (rooftop, ground and community), Efficiency Vermont (and tax credits), and Zero Energy Now. Presenters will be from local companies and Efficiency Vermont.

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 Items available this week include: books, small tvs, dishes, records, audio cassettes, flower pots, coffee makers, pool ladders, wooden chairs, windows, exercise equipment and baskets.

Chicken barbecue

Walpole, N.H.: On July 31, the First Congregational Church of Walpole will host the annual chicken barbecue before the band concert on the common. Take-out half chickens or meals will be available from 5 to 6 p.m. A meal consists of half chicken, potato salad, veggie sticks, rolls, cranberry sauce and lemonade. Donation is $6 for half chicken or $10 for meal. The meal is served inside in the event of rain. Tickets are available at Galloway Real Estate or by calling 603-445-5637.


Guilford: Alex Melamid, one of the most brilliant artists to come out of the late 20th century, will speak at the Organ Barn at Guilford — the featured guest kicking off the Kopkind Colony's summer session for journalists and activists. The title of his talk is "Against Fear!" July 31 at 5:30 p.m., starting with a potluck outdoor supper at 158 Kopkind Road in Guilford. Free and open to the public. For more information or directions, call 802-254-4859 or email or

Act 46

Vernon: The Vernon Elementary School Board will be hosting an Act 46 forum on Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. to provide information on the vote to no longer be a member district of BUHS No. 6. The date to vote on Article 1 is Aug. 9.

Rumble strips

Chesterfield, N.H.: On Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. at the Chesterfield Town Hall, there will be public forum on the rumble strips installed by the N.H. Department of Transportation on Route 9. Representatives from DOT will be at the meeting.


Brattleboro: On Aug. 2, from 2 to 3 p.m., Brooks Memorial Library will be offering a free yoga class for kids and their families led by instructor Cyndy Gray. This class is recommended for ages 5 and up, and made possible by the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library. To register, call 802-254-5290, ext. 110 or email to register.

Mad Science

Dover: On Aug. 2 at 6:30 p.m., kids can learn and experience the physics behind their favorite sports with the help of Mad Science. For more information or to register, call 802-348-7488.

Civil War

Wilmington: On Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. at Memorial Hall, Linda Radtke will present "Civil War Song Book," a journey back to the Civil War era through the songs of the time. Radtke will be accompanied by Arthur Zorn, utilizing the sheet music collection from the Vermont Historical Society to provide an accurate portrayal of the era. They also share letters from Vermonters during the Civil War.

Social Justice

Brattleboro: The Root social Justice Center at 22 Williams Street will present a special program on Aug. 3, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Join Mother Up!: Parents Exchange for Change, a campaign of 350Vermont, in building solidarity amongst parents by taking action to protect the health and safety of our collective future. We'll show a one-hour clip of "Gasland 2" followed by a discussion. Kids activities and childcare available. A simple meal will also be provided. Potluck dishes welcome, but not required. Free. Contact:

Lost ski area

Wilmington: On Aug. 3 starting at 7 p.m. at the Wilmington Memorial Hall, The Hogback Mountain Conservation Association hosts "Lost Ski Areas of Southern Vermont," an illustrated lecture by ski historian Jeremy Davis, who will describe the factors that led to the closing of so many once-vibrant ski areas. Doors open at 6:30 for a chance to meet the speaker and have him autograph your copy of his books. The program is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to support the trails and programs at the Hogback Mountain Conservation Area in Marlboro. For more information, visit or email

Senior lunch

Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon on Aug. 3, at the Guilford Community Church. The menu includes chicken, scalloped potato, cauliflower casserole and pickles, with watermelon 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 Aug. 3.

Drum and dance

Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents drum and dance workshops on Aug. 3, hosted by Raoul Ombang, starting with drum at 6:15 p.m., followed by dance at 7:15 p.m., at the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main St. $10 to $12 for drum class and $15 to $20 for dance class. 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. The Stone Church is air conditioned.

China Travel

Grafton: China studies major and University of Vermont graduate, Mary Carta, will give a presentation at the Grafton Public Library on Wednesday, August 3 at 6:30 p.m. about the semester she spent studying and traveling in China. This program is appropriate for ages middle school to adult, is free of charge and accessible.

Cookbook Club

Wilmington: On Aug. 3 at 6 p.m., Pettee Memorial Library will feature "Dishing Up Vermont." Stop by the library to pick up a copy of the book and sign up for a dish. On Wednesday evening, bring your culinary creation to the library to share.

Democratic caucus

Bellows Falls: The Rockingham Town Democratic Committee will hold a caucus to nominate candidates for justice of the peace Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 5:15 p.m. at the Windham Antique Center, 5 The Square, Bellows Falls. Any Democrat interested in being nominated is invited to attend or contact committee chair Matt Trieber at The meeting will be followed at 6 p.m. by a meet and greet with Kesha Ram, candidate for Vermont's lieutenant governor.

Civil War

Grafton: On Aug. 4, starting at 4 p.m. at the Brick Meeting House, Thomas E. Fontaine will speak on Civil War families in Grafton, sponsored by the Grafton Historical Society. The public, especially area families with children, are invited to attend the presentation, which will immediately follow a short annual meeting of the Grafton Historical Society. For more information about the meeting and presentation contact the Grafton Historical Society at or 802 843 2584.


Wilmington: On Aug. 4 at 4 p.m., Pettee Memorial Library's librarian, Allison Maynard, will present Tech Time to explore Facebook at a beginning to intermediate level. She will discuss safety and security, as well as connecting with friends and family.


Brattleboro: The town of Brattleboro invites citizens and interested persons to attend a ground-breaking ceremony celebrating the rebuilding of the West Brattleboro Fire Station on Aug. 4, at 4 p.m.

'Half Wild'

Brattleboro: On Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. at 118 Elliot Street, Robin MacArthur will discuss her new book, "Half Wild." In addition to the reading, there is a CD release for Red Heart the Ticker (Robin MacArthur and Tyler Gibbons) and a cash bar from Whetstone CiderWorks. Free and open to the public. For more information, call Everyone's Books at 802-254-8160.

Old Home Day

Bellows Falls: As part of Rockingham's Old Home Days, the United Church of Bellows Falls is hosting an art show and picnic on Aug. 5 from 4 to 7 p.m., featuring wraps, chips, blueberry dessert and beverages for $5. On Aug. 6, the ongoing art sale will be open at the church on School Street from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., with music from 3 to 5 p.m. A continental breakfast will also be available on Aug. 6, from 7:30 to 9 a.m., featuring fruit cup, muffins and pastries, hot and cold beverages, by donation. On Aug. 7, the art show will be open from 9 to 10 a.m., with worship to follow.

Basketball camp

Saxtons River: Vermont Academy will be hosting a basketball skills camp this summer for boys ages 10 to 17, directed by Vermont Academy's head basketball coach, Alex Popp. The camp will run from Aug. 8 to 11, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Lucy Gym on Vermont Academy's campus. To download the brochure and register, go to Space is limited.

Fair Day

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, Pokey Lyman at 365-7964 or, or Lauri Miner at 802-365-4194 or 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.

Old Home Day

Bellows Falls: The 40th annual Rockingham Old Home Days will be held on Aug. 6, at the Waypoint Center. The Chamber is currently seeking craft, food, and flea market vendors to participate in this celebrated, family-friendly community event. Many new events have been added this year, including performances by the finalists of Southern Vermont Idol, and a record crowd is anticipated. For more information, contact Deb or Doreen at, call 802-463-4280 or visit

Bean supper

Winchester, N.H.: The United Church of Winchester will hold its monthly Bean Supper on Aug. 6 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the church building at 99 Main St. The cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children and is served family style. The building is accessible to all and some of the proceeds go toward outreach missions. For more information, call 603-239-4465.

Open garden

Walpole, N.H.: On Aug. 6 and 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Distant Hill Gardens will hold its monthly Open Garden Weekend. All of the 58-acre property will be open to explore including the extensive ornamental gardens with dozens of whimsical metal sculptures hidden throughout, a quaking cranberry bog boardwalk and 40-foot-long log bridge. Wheelchairs and strollers are welcome. Suggested donation: is$5. Visit for more information or call 603-756-4179.

Milton Avery

Jamaica: The Jamaica Historical Foundation presents "Milton Avery's Summers in Jamaica, Vermont," at 5 p.m., on Aug. 6, with Jamie Franklin, curator of the Bennington Museum exhibit "Milton Avery's Vermont." The exhibit will be on view 4 to 7 p.m. at the Hefflon House, 3751 Route 30, next to the Jamaica Town Hall. Following the event, a concert of the Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival will take place in the Jamaica Town Hall at 7 p.m.


Winhall: The Winhall Memorial Library, located at Route 30 and Kendall Farm Road, will hold its annual Friend-Raiser picnic on Aug. 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. Come and enjoy the live music of the Merry Pranksters with Bob & Kim Ray and John Wright. In addition to the usual menu of free hot dogs and chips the ice cream truck will be returning to the delight of the children and their parents. This year we will honor Connie Guttroff, the retiring librarian, and welcome the new Librarian, Dawn Santos. The event will be held rain or shine.


Rockingham: The 110th annual pilgrimage to the Rockingham Meeting House will be held Aug. 7, beginning with welcoming bagpipe music and a picnic at 11 a.m. at the historic landmark structure. The program, "Memento Mori: Early Gravestones in Rockingham," will be led by Jamie Franklin, the curator of the Bennington Museum. The presentation will include a tour of relevant gravestone examples. The surrounding burial ground contains over one thousand graves, the oldest dating from around 1776, with some of the finest gravestone art found in New England.

Playing cards

Walpole, N.H.: "The Unknown Side of Playing Cards," offers a glimpse into Walpole's past. For centuries, playing cards, which were once printed on just one side, were repurposed and used for hundreds of other tasks. When a deck became incomplete, the remaining cards were utilized in many secondary ways, both practical and creative. Paper was rare and expensive, and these centuries-old "secondary use cards" can today reveal interesting historical insights into past centuries. Because of this, these second-use cards are eagerly collected, analyzed, and studied. Gejus van Diggele is one such collector, scholar, author, and lecturer of second-use cards. He has found 70 cards from towns around the region. Van Diggele will present a lecture and slideshow, free and open to the public on Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

Hula hoops

Brattleboro: On Aug. 9 from 2 to 3 p.m. Brooks Memorial Library Children's room will host a Hawaiian Hula dance class for kids and their families. This is a free class. Register by calling 802-254-5290, ext. 110, or emailing This class is made possible by the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library.

Family dance

Brattleboro: On Aug. 9 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. the Brooks Memorial Library Children's Room with host a family dance time led by local dance instructor Cyndal Ellis. In this creative dance class for all ages, parents and caregivers can explore movement with their children. Wear your baby or dance alongside your toddler or young child. Participants of all abilities welcome. This is a free class. Call 802-254-5290, ext. 110, or email to register. Space is limited. This class is made possible by the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library.

Male chorus

Brattleboro: The Yankee Male Chorus will perform on Aug. 10 at the First Congregation Church of West Brattleboro, 880 Main St. and on Aug. 11 at the Charlestown, N.H., Congregation Church, 71 Main St. The chorus will also perform on Aug. 12 at the United Church of Bellows Falls, 8 School St. Aug. 13 at the First Baptist Church, 80 Main St. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. A free will offering may be taken during intermission at each location. For additional information call Pete Harrison at 802-722-3080 or 802-289-3776 or e- mail

Cellar holes

Winchester, N.H.: The Winchester Historical Society has received a grant from New Hampshire Humanities to present "A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes." The program will be presented by Adair Mulligan on Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. This program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided after the presentation.

Paint and sip

Newfane: Gerda's Animal Aid, a non-profit horse rescue located on Route 30, will be hosting a paint and sip event at the Four Columns Inn, Aug. 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. Donation to paint is $40. Appetizers and cocktails will be available to purchase from the Four Columns Inn. No painting experience is necessary. Find Gerda's Animal Aid on Facebook.

Contra dance

Brattleboro: On Aug. 14, from 7 to 10 p.m., at 118 Elliot Street, there will be a contra dance featuring music by Tempest (Tim Ball on fiddle, Chuck Abell on guitar and mandolin) with caller Rich Goss from Oregon. Newcomers welcome; all dances taught and called. Adults $10 to 12, college students $8, youth $5. For more information, visit or call 518-561-2594.

Vermont Prohibition

Brattleboro: Join author Adam Krakowski as he discloses the tumultuous side of Vermont's temperance movement in a presentation on "Vermont Prohibition: Teetotalers, Bootleggers, and Corruption," to be held Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m., at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center. Admission is free for BMAC members, students, and children 18 and under; $5 for non-members.


Brattleboro: Starting at 7 p.m. on Aug. 18, the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center hosts naturalist Patti Smith, who will talk about the musical insects of summer nights.A presentation will be followed by an evening stroll to the top of Heifer Hill to look for singing insects and to enjoy the full moon. For information, visit or call 802-257-5785. Free.

Scavenger hunt

Brattleboro: During the weekend of Aug. 26 to 28, participate in a photographic scavenger hunt of many locales in Newfane, Dummerston, and especially Brattleboro, that are important sites in the Joe Gunther books penned by local author Archer Mayor. The event begins on Aug. 26 at the KOA Campground on Route 5 at 9 a.m. with a complete pancake breakfast with Mayor ($8 per person). If you have need for lodging or a campsite that weekend, the KOA Campground will have special packages available. For more information, call 802-254-5908, or visit

Wine and harvest

West Dover: Vermont wineries, distilleries, artisans, craft and food vendors will be tented at Mt. Snow Resort during the Vermont Wine and Harvest Festival on Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year's Festival is book-ended by week-long events with the Wine Stroll-Soup Contest on July 15 and the Vermont Wildlife Festival on July 18. For more information, visit

BMAC discussion

Brattleboro: On Sept. 21 at 7 p.m., the Brattleboro Museum and Arts Center will feature a discussion of its exhibit, "Taking Stock of Guns," with Linda Bond, whose art is featured in the display. Bond's "A Gun Show" will be performed at the New England Youth Theatre on Sept. 23 and 24. Joe Quint, a photographer whose project, "It Takes Us," explores the impact of gun violence on survivors and friends and family of victims, will also discuss how guns influences his art. $5 for adults, free for BMAC members, students, youth 18 and under. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit

Food co-op

Putney: The Putney Food Co-op will hold an annual member meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 20 at the Putney Community Center.


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