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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 July 25 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.
Bellows Falls: On July 26 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Rockingham Library, Trish Hanson will lead a program on the biology of the Cerceris fumipennis wasp and its role in helping to protect ash trees from the emerald ash borer in Vermont. If weather is favorable, the indoor library presentation may be followed by a visit to an active wasp nest site for hands-on practice. 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.
Dover: Dover Free Library and the New England Center for Circus Arts present "Clowning Around With Bill Forchion," at the Dover Free Library, July 26 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call at 802-348-7488 or visit www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.
Brattleboro: On July 26 from 2 to 3 p.m., Brooks Memorial Library will host a free introduction to Bollywood style dance class for kids. This class will be taught by Amity DeAngelis who teaches regular dance classes in Brattleboro and Putney. To register, call 802-254-5290, ext. 110, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This class is made possible by the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library.
Brattleboro: On July 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. at 11 University Way, Rigani Pizza at will be at the School Harvest Farm, donating a portion of its proceeds from the evening to Food Connects. Come earlier, at 4 p.m., to help Jonah harvest garlic. For more information, visit www.foodconnects.org.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department, as part of the Arts in the Parks Program, presents "Tropical Sensations" on the Brattleboro Common on Putney Road on July 26 at 7 p.m. This is the fifth and final concert of the Summer Arts in the Park series for 2016. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the American Legion, Post 5 on Linden Street.
Putney: The Putney Library hosts "Relaxed-Alertness" in mind-body for optimal learning, on July 27 at 7 p.m., a science-based technique that has been shown to improve attention, focus, behavior, organizational skills, and academic performance. For more information call Karen at 802-490-3600 or visit www.tm.org.
Drums and dance
Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents Central African drum and dance class with Raoul Ombang on July 27 starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by a dance class at 7:30 p.m., at the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main St. $10 for drum class and $15 for dance class. All levels are welcome. Drums are available for those who need one. Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing and bring a water bottle. Class will be accompanied by live drumming. The Stone Church is air conditioned. For more information, visit www.africandancevt.com and or find African Dance VT on Facebook.
Brattleboro: On July 27, a community conversation and forum will take place on the topic of policing in Brattleboro. The event will be held at the River Garden, 157 Main Street, Brattleboro, from 5 to 7 p.m. with another half hour afterwards for mingling. The event is sponsored by the Brattleboro Community Justice Center, with the support of the town of Brattleboro. A panel will briefly offer viewpoints, and then questions and comments will be accepted from the audience. The panel is expected to include Ken Williams (Interim Dean at the School for International Training), police Chief Michael Fitzgerald, Dan Davis, Esq., Jose Moldando, Orlando Alverez, Darah Kehnemuyi (Brattleboro Community Justice Center), and moderator Patrina Lingard.
Dummerson: Evening Star Grange and Senior Solutions presents their 4th Wednesday Lunch on July 27, beginning at noon. The menu will be chicken cacciatore on rice or spaghetti, broccoli/cauliflower salad, garlic bread with a blueberry dessert. Take-outs will be available, call the Grange Wednesday morning to reserve a meal. Books from the Lydia Taft Pratt Library will be available for borrowing until the next meal. Suggested donation of $3 for those 60 and older and $4 for those under 60.
Brattleboro: BrattleMasters, the local Toastmasters club in Brattleboro, will host its annual potluck picnic at the Kiwanis shelter at the Living Memorial Park on July 28. Socializing begins at 5 p.m., with the regular meeting to follow starting at 6 p.m. The regular meeting will include speeches, evaluations, and reports by members. Guests are welcome to attend, and are also invited to participate in the extemporaneous speaking exercises. Please bring a dish to share. For more information, visit brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org.
Vernon: The Vernon Free Library is planning two floral arranging workshops, to take place on July 28, at 11 a.m. and Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. Learn the basics of floral design with these hands-on workshops. Participation is limited to six people per class, and is open to all. Sign up today by calling the library at 802-257- 0150.
Williamsville: On July 28 at noon at the Williamsville Town Hall, in the downstairs dining room, there will be dinner for seniors. The menu includes ham, mac and cheese, green salad, summer vegetable and blueberry crisp for dessert. The meal is prepared at the Williamsville Town Hall kitchen by Jon Julian owner/chef of Top of the Hill Grill, hosted by Nancy Rysz and Natalie Donovan and sponsored by Senior Solutions. The suggested donation for this meal is $3.50 for age 60 and over and $4 for under age 60. Call Nancy Rysz at 802-348-7729 for information and reservations.
Guilford: Guilford is participating in the Vermont statewide emergency preparedness drill and needs a few volunteers for easy jobs the mornings of July 29 and July 30. Lunch will be catered and you may bring a book or phone for down times. Volunteers living in neighboring towns are welcome. Call Herb Meyer at 802-257-1256 for information.
Brattleboro: At 7:30 p.m., on July 29, the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center will host naturalists JoAnne Russo and Laura Gaudette, who provide an introduction to moth ecology and identification. Meet on the summit of BEEC's Heifer Hill for a twilight stroll along the ridge. For information, visit www.beec.org or call 802-257-5785.
Brattleboro: Matt Dunne and David Zuckerman will be at Everyone's Books at 23 Elliot St., on July 29 starting at 4 p.m. Dunne is running for governor of Vermont and Zuckerman for lieutenant governor. Food and drinks will be provided. Sponsored by the Vermont Political Revolution Fund. For more information, visit www.vtrevolution.org.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department as part of the TGIF morning matinee is presents the magic of Darren Yong at the Living Memorial Park Rotary Theater on July 29 at 10:30 a.m. This show is free and day care groups are welcome to attend. For more information, call 802-254-5808 or visit www.brattleboro.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com to register.
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: Abby@350vt.org.
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 booksThe 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 athogbackvt.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Sankofa Dance Troupe drum and dance workshops on Aug. 3, 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.
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.
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 www.coachpopp.com. Space is limited.
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 email@example.com, Pokey Lyman at 365-7964 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Lauri Miner at 802-365-4194 or email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, call 802-463-4280 or visit www.greatfallschamber.org.
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.
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 www.distanthill.org for more information or call 603-756-4179.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 www.beec.org or call 802-257-5785. Free.
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 thevermontfestival.com.
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 www.brattleboromuseum.org.
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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