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Girls on the Run
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club will host the second of its Charity Quiz Challenges on Monday from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. at the Brattleboro American Legion Post 5 on Linden Street. The Sunrise Rotary hosts a monthly trivia night at the Brattleboro American Legion the second Monday of every month. Teams of up to six players are invited to compete each month for a cash prize. The entry fee of $20 each (cash or check) includes a dinner entrée and donation to the charity as determined by the rotary club each month. For more information or to register your team, visit email@example.com.
Brattleboro: On Monday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center will host a nature day for kids in grades K through 5. On this day of no school, drop the kids off to romp, stomp and explore as we play and learn in fields and forests, investigating the chilly changes that are taking place. $45 a day for non-members, and $35 a day BEEC members; scholarships available. Information and registration at www.beec.org or by calling 802-257-5785.
Dummerston: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Brattleboro Chapter, presents Jerry Levy on Humanism and Progress and Felicity Ratte on Islamic art and architecture, at the Southeast Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 Route 5, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Fee is $6 per lecture, or by membership. For more information, call Julie Lavorgna 802-365-7278 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dummerston: The Vermont Learning Collaborative will offer a basic technology troubleshooting workshop on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon. Need some pointers on how to confidently deal with problems that arise when using your devices? Tech troubleshooting basics will give to give you a foundation to help you do just that. The workshop is especially geared toward those who didn't grow up in the digital age, feel tentative in their approach to technology, and would like to become more self-sufficient with their computers and devices. The instructor, Adrienne LaPierre, is a freelance technology consultant who specializes in the design and development of online educational content. For more details or to register, visit www.learningcollaborative.org or call us at 802-257-8600.
How dinosaurs died
Chester: The Southern Vermont Astronomy Group (SoVerA.org) will host guest lecturer, Susan Rolke, a physicist and educator, on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Chester Whiting Library, 117 Main Street. Rolke will present, "Dinos, Asteroids, and Volcanoes — Oh My!", a talk about how dinosaurs died out. She will introduce scientific evidence about the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event, also known as the K-T event, which is believed to have taken place approximately 65.5 million years ago. A discussion with audience participation will follow. All are welcome.
Dover: On Tuesday, the Dover Free Library presents the feature film "Genius," starring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney and Jude Law, at 5:30 p.m. Rated PG-13. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-348-7488 or visit www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.
Chesterfield, N.H.: The October Chesterfield Senior Lunch will be held on Wednesday, at 12:30 p.m. in the Chesterfield Town Hall. A meatloaf dinner will be served. For reservations please call Joanne at 802-363-8348. Suggested donation is $5. The Home Health Care nurse will be available to give flu shots from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Bring your insurance or Medicare card. If paying out of pocket the cost is $35.
Lunch with Leahy
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce will host a lunch with Senator Patrick Leahy on Thursday. Leahy, one of the Senate's most senior members, will discuss the issues facing Congress. The lunch will take place at 11:45 a.m. at the American Legion, 2 Linden Street. The public is invited to attend. Tickets are $25. RSVP is required by Oct.11. Contact Greg@BrattleboroChamber.org or 802)-254-4565 to RSVP or for more information.
Bellows Falls: The 2016 Bellows Falls Fire Prevention Parade will be held on Oct. 16. Line-up begina at noon at the Bellows Falls Fire Station and the parade begins at 1 p.m. Anyone wishing to send apparatus or marching units, RSVP by Oct. 14 at 802-463-4343. Awards and refreshments will follow the parade at the Bellows Falls Fire Station.
Putney: On Oct. 12, The Pueblo Project will host an evening fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Gleanery at 133 Main St. The event will start with appetizers and a silent auction and end with a dessert bar. Liz Johndrow, founder of the organization will give a presentation about the organization's work in rural Nicaragua through the last five seasons, beginning in 2012. The goal of the project is to teach the skills of earthen construction and home improvement to women and youth in these rural communities. All proceeds for the evening directly benefit the programming of The Pueblo Project's upcoming sixth season. Support The Pueblo Project with your donation of $20 and take advantage of the opportunity to have fun and provide additional support during the silent auction. For more information about The Pueblo Project, visit www.nicaraguapuebloproject.org. For more information about this event, call 802-689-0323.
Brattleboro: There will be a Men's Basketball League organizational meeting on Oct. 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the Gibson Aiken Center, 207 Main Street. A representative from each team must attend the meeting. New board members still needed. If you have any questions or concerns, call a802-254-5808.
Dummerston: Senior Solutions and Evening Star Grange will serve their 2nd Wednesday of the Month Senior Luncheon on Oct. 12, beginning at noon. Chefs Larry Lynch and Sallie May are planning a menu of corned beef hash, Harvard Beets, with apple crisp for dessert. This is also a flu shot clinic sponsored by Home Health Services. Seniors, please bring your Medicare B Card. You do not have to attend the meal to see the nurse and get your shot, but are invited to do so if you wish. No reservation needed. The nurse plans to be in Dummerston about 11:30 a.m. and will stay until 1 p.m. Books from the Lydia Taft Pratt Library will also be available until the next meal. Takeouts are available and may be ordered the morning of the luncheon by calling 802-254-1138.
Saxtons River: "Chocolate As You May Not Know It" is the theme of the second in the Main Street Arts Taste of the Arts series, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. Michael Klug will bring his own take on the confection (and perhaps some samples of his craft) when he shares his expertise as chocolatier for L.A. Burdick Chocolates of Walpole, N.H. Reservations are required by Oct. 11 and can be made by contacting MSA at 802-869-2960, e-mailing email@example.com or at www.mainstreetarts.org. Tickets for the talk and dinner are $24 for adults and $12 for children under 12 accompanied by an adult.
Brattleboro: On Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Marlboro College Graduate Center, the Windham World Affairs Council will host James Galbraith, who will present "Inequality: What Everyone Needs to Know." Free and open to the public. Coffee/tea/conversation will precede the talk at 7 p.m.
Brattleboro: On Oct. 13 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Brooks Memorial Library is hosting a special story time with firefighters. Learn about fire prevention, what to do if there is a fire at your house, and about the equipment and outfits the firefighters wear. Recommended for ages 4 and up. Senior lunch
Jamaica: The Jamaica Senior Lunch will be held at the Jamaica Community Church on Main Street at noon on Oct. 13. Luncheon is sponsored by Senior Solutions and the Jamaica Benefit Association supplies paper goods, juice and coffee. Food is prepared by Stephanie of the Dam Diner. We have the pleasure of having the 6th graders from the Jamaica Elementary School volunteer to help serve and clean up. Senior's lunch is $3.50, for all others lunch is $4. No reservations are required. Take-outs are available. All are welcome. Come to socialize with old friends and come to meet new friends.
Brattleboro: On Oct. 19, Brooks Memorial Library will host a discussion about kids about consent and healthy boundaries. How did you learn about consent and what are the messages you send the youth in your life around this topic? This discussion will delve into how we talk to our kids about healthy boundaries and that no matter what age it is never too early to talk about the importance of consent.
Brattleboro: The United Methodist Women of the First United Methodist Church will be holding its Fall Rummage Sale on Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon. New and used clothing will be featured. Prices are not marked. Customers may take what they need and pay what they can. Monies received are given to both local and Methodist Mission needs, including the Brattleboro Drop-in Center, Brattleboro Pastoral Counseling Center, Women's Freedom Center, Morningside Shelter, Hospice, Windham Child Care, CHABA, and others. The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive, off Putney Road. The entryway is handicap accessible. There is ample parking. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-254-4218.
Chesterfield, N.H.: The Friends of Pisgah will meet at the Horseshoe Trailhead at 10 a.m. on Oct. 15,to rebuild several bridges on the Reservoir Trail. Bring water, lunch, gloves and, if desired, your own tools.
Dummerston: An evening of community contra and square dances will take place at the Evening Star Grange on Oct. 15, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Special guest caller will be Peter Amidon of Brattleboro. He will be joined by The Fogues, featuring Laurie Indenbaum on fiddle, Larry Siegel on piano and Andy Davis on accordion. The group creates the rollicking sound of a seasoned New England contra dance band. There will be a potluck supper before the dance at 5:30 p.m. The program includes traditional New England contra dances, square dances, circle mixers, and couple dances. Admission is $5 for children, $8 for Adults and $20 for a family. For more information or directions call Andy Davis at 802-257-1819, or email email@example.com.
Scarecrow contest, workshop
Saxtons River: Main Street Arts is holding a scarecrow fest, including a contest Oct. 16, at 4 p.m. to pick the best traditional, humorous or celebrity-inspired scarecrows to decorate the village. Those who need inspiration and help can attend a scarecrow-making workshop at Main Street Arts Oct. 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. All materials will be provided for a fee of $10 per scarecrow, although participants may bring clothing and other accessories. Families are encouraged to work as a group. Further details and contest rules can be found at the MSA website www.mainstreetarts.org. The cost for the workshop is $10 per scarecrow. Registration is required by contacting MSA at 802-869-2960 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brattleboro: The Neighborhood Schoolhouse invites families to celebrate the magical side of the Halloween season for the sixth year in a row. The school will host its annual Enchanted Halloween event from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 16, on the school's campus at 231 Western Ave. The event features a Magical Mansion, which celebrates the fantasy and wonder of the Halloween season and is meant to delight kids of all ages. "It's more Hogwarts and less Amityville," explained Josh Burns, coordinator of the event. Other highlights include a bouncy house, storytelling, face painting, homemade food, and plenty of other fun. Tickets are $5 for kids, $8 for adults, or $25 for a family pass. You can order tickets online by going to NeighborhoodSchoolhouse.com/Halloween. Proceeds from the day benefit the independent school's scholarship fund. Learn more about the school at NeighborhoodSchoolhouse.com.
Vernon: Windham County Retired Teachers will meet on Monday, October 17, at 11 a.m. for a presentation at Vernon Hall Chapel prior to a luncheon at Vernon Green. For more information, call Mary Laitres at 802-257-0753,
Brattleboro: There will be a community circle dance on Oct. 10 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Aikido Studio at 11 Cottage St., led by Julia Lynam. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated. For more information, contact Parker Huber at 802-257-9108, or Mary Ellen Cannon, 603-631-0768
Clearing for wildlife
Marlboro: On Oct. 10, there will be Hogback Ski Slope Clearing for Wildlife from 9 a.m. to noon. The concept is to increase habitat variety on the mountain by turning back the clock on forest regeneration. This will create more young woody growth that birds and other wildlife thrive in. Meet in the field behind the white A-frame building just west of the gift shop on Route 9. Bring your own favorite tool or borrow one of ours. For more information, email HMCA@hogbackvt.org or visit hogbackvt.org.
Vernon: On Oct. 11 at 7 p.m., Connecticut River explorer Annette Spaulding will discuss her diving experiences and her discovery last year, after a 30-year search, of rare and intriguing petroglyphs. The event is sponsored by the Vernon Historians and will be held downstairs in the Vernon Town Office Building, which is handicapped accessible. It is open to the public and free of charge.
Trees and trout
Dummerston: On Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m., the Windham Regional Woodlands Association presents a talk by Vermont State Representative David L. Deen, Chairman of the House Committee on Fish, Wildlife, & Water Resources and Upper Valley River Steward of the Connecticut River Watershed Council. He will explain the inseparable connection between trees and trout. This talk is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible. At the Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471Route 5. For more information, contact Arthur Westing at 802-387-2152 or email@example.com.
Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents Central African drum class with Raoul Ombang on Oct. 12, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main St.; $10 for drum class All levels are welcome. If you need a drum please contact Raoul at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on dance and drum classes, visit www.africandancevt.com or find African Dance VT on Facebook.
All payer health
Brattleboro: The Green Mountain Care Board will hold a public hearing on the all payer model waiver on Oct. 12 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Brattleboro Retreat Conference Room. Attendees will be Al Gobeille, Chairman of the Green Mountain Care Board, Lawrence Miller, Chief of Health Care from the Governor's Office, and Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, who will present a draft of the All-Payer Model, Vermont's innovative health care reform proposal.
Townshend: The 32nd Annual Townshend Pumpkin Festival is on Oct. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the Townshend Common, which is located on Route 30 half way between Brattleboro and Manchester. For the past 32 years the Townshend Business Association has sponsored the Pumpkin Festival with many activities and a very successful craft fair. This year, more than 60 vendors will be offering their many different crafts. In addition to crafters there will be artists displaying their watercolors, oil paintings, other media and many food vendors. In addition there is a scarecrow decorating contest which starts at 10 a.m., plus a pumpkin decorating contest, which starts at 12:30. A free pumpkin is given to each youngster to decorate with magic markers, yarns, and a multitude of other decorations. At 2 p.m. there is a Halloween preview costume parade for youngsters to show-off their many different costumes. Prize ribbons are awarded to winners of each competition. Free pony rides for the kids starting at noon until 3 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For crafters interested in a space, contact Ian Harrison 802-289-2326 or Walter Meyer 802-365-4246 or visit townshendvermont.org.
Wilmington: The annual quilt and craft show will be held at Memorial Hall, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 16 from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Julie Moore at 802-464-3004.
Grafton: On Oct. 15 from 1 to 4 p.m., the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association is offering a hike led by Bill Brown of the Grafton Improvement Association and Camilla Roberts and Paul Wilson of WHPA. Interested hikers should dress warmly, wear sturdy shoes, bring water, and meet and park in the lot opposite The Nature Museum, at 186 Townshend Road, in order to carpool to the start at Turner Hill Road. This free, moderate-to-difficult hike will then go steeply uphill over ledges and through spruce groves and fern glens on a beautiful trail to the summit, which offers a northwest view of Target Rock. Hikers will continue on to Kidder Hill Road, where they will be shuttled back to the parking lot. Because of the necessary car shuttle, registration is required by contacting Camilla Roberts at 802-869-1388 or at email@example.com.
Alstead, N.H.: The Third Congregational Church is hosting a turkey buffet supper on Oct. 15, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Takeout available. Adults age 13 and older are $10; children age 6 through 12, $5; children younger than 6 are free. The menu includes turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry, potato, peas, carrots, rolls, beverages and dessert. For more information, call Joanne at 603-835-6734 or Myrna at 603-835-2939. Benefit of Third Church. Volunteers are welcome to help with serving, food prep, running industrial dishwasher and other kitchen duties. Volunteers may call Myrna at 603-835-2939. Food prep at the church Friday, day prior to supper, at 9 a.m. This is the last church supper until April 2017.
Chili or chowder
Chesterfield, N.H.: On Oct. 15 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Asbury UM Church of Chesterfield is hosting a chili and chowder cook off at the town hall on Route 63. There will be traditional, vegetarian, and gluten free options, secret family recipes, broth-based or cream-based soups, mild or spicy chili, and chowder. In keeping with our chili cook off tradition, one from each category will be chosen as this year's Best in Chesterfield. $10 per person.
Brattleboro: Discover how a spiritual understanding of your past can help fear loosen its grip during "Gaining Spiritual Insight on Conquering Fear," Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Library. Hosted by Eckankar. At 3:30 p.m., there will be a community chant to HU, an ancient name for God, also in Brooks Memorial Library. For more information go to www.eckankar-vt.org or call 800-772-9390.
Brattleboro: The Hilltop Montessori School is partnering with the Brattleboro Literary Festival and the Catherine Dianich Gallery to present poet Kate Farrell at the 2016 Brattleboro Literary Festival on Oct. 15, 6:30 p.m., at the Catherine Dianich Gallery, 139 Main Street in downtown Brattleboro. Farrell, a Hilltop Montessori School grandparent, is the author of seven books. For more information, visit brattleboroliteraryfestival.org.
Brattleboro: Centre Congregational Church will host a spaghetti dinner and a quilt auction on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m., at 193 Main St. BYOB. Adults $10, teens $5. Children under 6 are free. The company is good, the dinner will be delicious, and the quilts are gorgeous.
Chili cook off
Townshend: The West River Community Project is holding its annual Harvest Festival and Chili Cook off on Oct. 16 from 2 to 6 p,m. Along with the chili cook off there will be cider pressing, live music, pizza by the slice, a potluck supper and lots of fun kids activities. Kids can try their hands at pumpkin painting, scarecrow making, recycling t-shirts into bags, gourd bowling and cooking apple crisp. The thrift store will be open and presenting a fall fashion walk about. The festival will be held on the grounds of the West Townshend Store, a benefit for Rescue Inc. Suggested donation is $5 per person, with a chili or potluck contribution, $15 for a family, and $10 per person without a food contribution, $20 for a family. Kids 12 years and under are free. For more information call 802-874-4800.
Dummerston: The second in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's autumn series of morning and afternoon lectures will be held on Oct. 17. The morning lecture, examining how schools support and constrain the humanistic impulse, will be given by Jerry Levy. The afternoon series, presented by Felicity Ratte, will consider the Mosque and the Five Pillars of Islam. Both presenters are on the faculty of Marlboro College. Morning lectures run from 10 a.m. to noon; afternoon lectures, from 1 to 3 p.m. All lectures are held at the Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 US Route 5. For more information, call Julie Lavorgna at 802-365-7278 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Not Without Peril'
Brattleboro: On Oct. 18 at 1:30 p.m. a presentation on local history and a review of the book "Not Without Peril" will be given at the Brattleboro Senior Center, 207 Main St. True stories of our persevering and resilient forebears remind us that the "retired persons" in AARP can also stand for "Real Possibilities." So besides learning how to cope with what happens as we age, we can also consider what we will make happen: in our lives, our community, and our extended world. All persons over 50, friends and guests, are invited to attend.
Chesterfield, N.H.: The Chesterfield Historical Society will celebrate is annual pot lock meeting on Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Chesterfield's Town Hall. Everyone is invited to participate. Bring a dish to share and a small item for an after-dinner drawing.
Brattleboro: Two Essential Maintenance Practices courses on lead-safe renovation will be offered by Lead Safe and Healthy Homes in collaboration with the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board and the Vermont Department of Health. The Vermont Essential Maintenance Practices courses will be offered free of charge from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 19, at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. Vermont law requires that all landlords, property managers, contractors and daycare facility owners follow EMPs to maintain painted surfaces in properties built before 1978. During both courses, participants will learn about state and federal regulations governing lead, the health effects of lead in children and adults, lead-safe work practices, and how to protect themselves from liability. Registration is strongly suggested for both courses due to limited space. Contact Denice Brown at 802-463-9927, ext. 208, or email email@example.com.
'The Greater Journey'
Guilford: The Guilford Free Library will host a discussion of "The Greater Journey," by David McCullough, on Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. No charge. For more information, call 802-254-5561.
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.
Brattleboro: On Oct. 21 starting at 6:30 p.m., the Windham World Affairs Council will present the second film in its four-part series on understanding Cuba: "Unfinished Spaces." For more information, visit windhamworldaffairscouncil.org.
Brattleboro: The West River Radio Club will offer classes for technician level licensing. Classes will be held on the lower level of the Brattleboro Savings and Loan, 221 Main St. on Oct. 22 and 29; testing will be held on Monday0. The first class will review and explain text materials that the test covers. The second class will be a flashcard-style lesson, focusing on the test materials. Classes begin each day at 9 a.m. and end approximately at 3 p.m.; testing begins at 9 a.m. and should end before 11 a.m. The WRRC asks for a donation of $50, covering the cost of the ARRL's newest text and test fee. Coffee and snacks are provided; lunch is on your own. Registration is required, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-258-3921.
Bellows Falls: Sign up now for the next trivia night at the Rockingham Library on Oct. 22. Space is limited for "Books, Brains & Beer." Sign up for a table (of up to six people) for $75. Or join a pick-up team and register as a single for $15. Enjoy a cash bar provided by Donovan's, complimentary sweet and savory snacks, prizes for the best Halloween costumes and a harvest-themed basket raffle. To register or for more information, call the library at 802)-463-4270, email email@example.com, go to rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.
Williamsville: Williamsville Hall on Dover Road will have a Harvest Potluck Dinner on Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. Bring your musical instruments. Coffee, tea and lemonade provided. The Williamsville Hall is ADA compliant.
Brattleboro: On Oct. 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Root Social Justice Center at 28 Williams St., there will be a meeting of Mother Up! which brings together families to talk about the tough realities of climate change and to participate in the just transition to a healthier and safer world. Snacks, kids activities and childcare provided (best-suited for ages 3 to 12). For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brattleboro: There will be a community circle dance Oct. 23 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Aikido Studio at 11 Cottage St., led byMary Koon and Floyd Guyette. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated. For more information, contact Parker Huber at 802-257-9108, or Mary Ellen Cannon, 603-631-0768.
Mimes and magic
Bellows Falls: The Rockingham Free Public Library will present "Mime! Magic! And Illusions!" a special story time event on Oct. 25 at 10:30 a.m. Chris "Hoopoe" Yerlig, will blend silent pantomime comedy, movement illusions, sleight of hand magic tricks and balloon wizardry, to create an original vaudeville show that is funny, imaginative, and full of surprises for families and young children. The unexpected is to be expected when audience volunteers are invited to join him on stage to assist with illusions. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-463-4270, email email@example.com, visit rockinghamlibrary.org, or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.
Grafton: The Nature Museum will present a talk by wildlife biologist Ben Kilham, PhD, on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at the NewsBank Conference Center, 352 Main Street, Chester. Highlighted by amazing images, the presentation will focus on how the social behavior of black bears resembles that of humans. Kilham, his wife Debra and sister Phoebe have rehabilitated some 90 to 100 cubs over the course of his career. They've cared for them and fed them until they're 18 months old — even bringing them into their home — and then helped them to successfully return to the wild. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased on line at www.nature-museum.org/upcoming-events/2016/10/26/the-social-black-bear. Tickets are also available at the door for $10.
'The Commons of Care'
Brattleboro: Didi Pershouse from Thetford, will be speaking at Guilford Community Church, on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. about her new, five-star reviewed book, "The Ecology of Care: Medicine, Agriculture, and the Quiet Power of Human and Microbial Communities." This event is free and open to the public.
Dash to the dam
Townshend: West River Valley Thrives will host a costume 5k run/walk on Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. along the West River Trail. Runners will race from the "Old Route 30" trailhead to the Townshend Dam Rec Area. At the finish there will be food, drinks and activities (bobbing for apples, pumpkin painting, etc.). At 11:30, prizes will be handed out to top finishers as well as those with the most creative costumes. Adults pay $20 to race and kids under 13 pay $10. For more information and to register visit www.runreg.com/dash-to-the-dam. Or call Kate Venne at 802-365-4700. This race is a fundraiser for West River Valley Thrives, a youth substance abuse prevention coalition in Townshend.
Trick of treat
Guilford: There will be trick or treating in Guilford Center and at the Guilford Free Library, starting at 5 p.m. on Oct. 31, followed by a party at the library at 6 p.m. Stories, songs, cider, doughnuts, and a book for a treat. Most appropriate for children 7 or younger. No charge. 802-254-6545 for information.
Trunk or treating
South Londonderry: The community is invited to attend the seventh annual Haunted Firehouse at the South Londonderry Fire Station on Oct. 31. This year will also include trunk-or-treating next to the fire station sponsored by the First Baptist Church of South Londonderry. The firehouse will be open starting at 4:30 p.m. on Halloween night for kids and adults alike. There will be free food and drinks, while they last, as well as opportunities to tour the fire station and gather around the campfire. Kids of all ages are welcomed to walk through the haunted portion of the firehouse. For adults who like to have trick-or-treaters but live on one of the many rural roads that is not frequented by trick-or-treaters this is an opportunity to treat lots of kids, only from car trunks instead of from front doors. Members of the community are invited to park their cars next to the firehouse and set up at 4 p.m., open their trunks, and hand out treats to children, starting at 4:30 p.m. Dressing up and decorating trunks or around the car is fun but not mandatory. For those who would like to donate candy to this event, it can be dropped off at the Londonderry Town Office (The Twitchell Building) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Chris Blackey at 802-856-7266.
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