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Brattleboro: On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Sustainable Energy Outreach Network will host its First Annual Sustainable Home Tour featuring seven homes in Windham County. Homes are located in Guilford, Brattleboro, West Dummerston, Putney, and Saxtons River. The tour is self-guided and open to the public. Tickets may be purchased in advance by noon on Oct. 14 either online or at one of these locations: Village Square Booksellers (Bellows Falls); Friends of the Sun (Brattleboro); Everyone's Books (Brattleboro). Advance tickets $12 or 2/$20; tickets at the door $15 or 2/$25. Go to www.seon.info/HomeTour/ to gain an overview of each home, location of homes, and online ticket information.
Williamsville: There will be a healing walk at Manitou from 4 to 6 p.m. today. The walk includes poems or other readings, and chances to share. Rain or Shine. 300 Sunset Lake Rd. Meet at the parking lot at 4 p.m. For information, call Mary at 802-246-1152.
Brattleboro: The United Methodist Women of the First United Methodist Church will be holding its Fall Rummage Sale on Saturday, 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.
Dummerston: An evening of community contra and square dances will take place at the Evening Star Grange on Saturday, 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.
Westminster: On Saturday, the First Congregational Church, Route 5, will hold a Fall Crockpot Church supper. There will be several different entrees in crockpots. Something for everyone from meatballs to goulash to vegetable casserole. Dinner will be accompanied by bread, tossed salad, coffee, tea, milk and a choice of several baked desserts. There will be two sittings, one at 5 p.m. and one at 6:15 p.m. This fundraiser supper will be $9 for adults, $4 for children and those under 5 eat free.
Townshend: The 32nd Annual Townshend Pumpkin Festival is on Saturday 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, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Julie Moore at 802-464-3004.
Grafton: On Saturday 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alstead, N.H.: The Third Congregational Church is hosting a turkey buffet supper on Saturday, 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 Saturday 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," Saturday, 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 Saturday, 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 Saturday 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.
Dummerston: Jonathan Royce will lead a leisurely two-hour hike to Dummerston's own Prospect Hill. Enjoy spectacular views of Black Mountain, West Dummerston village, and Mount Monadnock. Bring your binoculars and a snack. Great for kids. On Saturday; meet Royce at 1 p.m. at the Dummerston town office parking lot. Information:(802-257-0012.
Scarecrow contest, workshop
Saxtons River: Main Street Arts is holding a scarecrow fest, including a contest Sunday, 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 Saturday, 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 email@example.com.
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. Sunday, 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.
Chili cook off
Townshend: The West River Community Project is holding its annual Harvest Festival and Chili Cook off on Sunday 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.
Brattleboro: The Compassionate Friends, a national self-help organization for families that have endured the death of a child, will hold its next monthly meeting Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the West Village Meetinghouse, 29 South St. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family. Meetings are for all families regardless of race, religious orientation, economic background, or the cause and age of the child at death, from pre-birth up. We welcome all immediate family members including adult siblings.
Vernon: Windham County Retired Teachers will meet on Oct. 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,
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.
Brattleboro: Turning Point is hosting the Renter's 101 housing-readiness workshop for center guests and the community at large, in collaboration with Winston Prouty, Groundworks Collaborative, and SEVCA. The program runs for four consecutive Mondays starting on Oct. 17, from 1 to 3 p.m., at Turning Point, 39 Elm St. This program is for people who are housed as well as those who are looking for housing. They can RSVP to Emily Clever at 802-258-2414, ext. 203, or simply arrive on Oct. 17, at Turning Point.
Dover: On Oct. 17 at 5:30 p.m., the Dover Free Library presents "The Jungle Book," in Blue-Ray. Rated PG-13. This event is free and open to the public. Questions: 802-348-7488 or www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.
Putney: On Oct. 17, the Landmark College Academic Speaker Series will host Mark Timney for "Off Target: What Hollywood, Journalists, and Shooters Get Wrong About Guns," an apolitical examination into the mythology that surrounds firearms. Timney's talk will be held at 7 p.m. in the Brooks M. O'Brien Auditorium in the East Academic Building. The event is free, accessible and open to the public. For more information about Landmark College's Academic Speaker Series, visit www.landmark.edu/speakers.
'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.
Dover: On Oct. 18, the Dover Free Library presents "A Faster Horse," a non-rated documentary at 5:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Questions: 802-348-7488 or www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.
Dummerston: The Dummerston landscape includes many different soil types including soils that are listed by the state as prime agricultural soils and soils of statewide significance. Learn about these precious soils and how we can protect them now and into the future from Jack Manix, Walker Farm, Drew Adams, Conservation Service soil scientist, and John Warren, geologist, on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at Dummerston Congregational Church.
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.
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 next meeting of the Brattleboro Winter Carnival Committee is Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Gibson Aiken Center. The public is invited to attend.
Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon on Oct. 21, at the Guilford Community Church. The menu includes loaded baked potato casserole, squash bread and pickles, with gingerbread with whipped cream for dessert, The visiting nurse will be doing a flu shots from 10 to 11:30 a.m. A suggested donation of $3.50 for seniors and $5 for others is asked for the lunch. For more information and to make reservations, call 802-254-9774, no later than Oct. 19.
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.
Grafton: The Nature Museum in Grafton offers the Mighty Acorns Club, a pre-school program designed for young explorers to discover the wonders of nature. This club for budding naturalists aged 3 to 5 and their caregivers meets on the third Thursday of every month of the school calendar year. "Brilliant and Beautiful Bats" takes place on Oct. 20 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Nature Museum. The cost per child is $5, and caregivers are free. Children should bring a snack and clothes for outside. Drops-ins welcome. Registration is encouraged but is not required. More information can be found on The Nature Museum Facebook page and at www.nature-museum.org.
Townshend: The community is invited to dinner at noon on Oct. 20, at the Townshend Church. Sponsored by Senior Solutions, the meal is prepared by Chef Stephanie of the Townshend Dam Diner. Suggested donation is $3.50 for people 60 years and up; all others $4. Take-outs will be available. Flu shots will be administered from 10:30 a.m. to noon, provided by Visiting Nurse/Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire. Be sure to bring your insurance/medicare card. Everyone is welcome.
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.
Halifax: The Halifax senior meal is set for Oct. 21 at noon at the Community Hall at 20 Brook Road. The menu includes chicken and biscuits, gravy, potato, veggie, roll and gingerbread with whipped cream for dessert. All seniors are welcome. A call to Joan is appreciated 802-368-7733.
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 Monday. 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.
West Dummerston: On Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon the Dummerston Community Center will hold the final 2016 tag sale, featuring books, bedding, kitchenware, footwear, toy, clothing and many miscellaneous items. Proceeds will benefit the center's operating and maintenance cost. For information call 802-254-9212 or 802-254-2415.
Townshend: Community Hope & Action of Townshend will be kicking off its concert season on Oct. 22 at the Townshend Town Hall. Please join the group for a free supper and line dance, called by Gary and Linda Castini. Dinner will be provided by the Four Columns Inn (6 to 7 p.m.) and the dance will follow (7 to 9 p.m.). Call 802-365-4700 for more information.
Saxtons River: Award-winning watercolor artist Robert O'Brien will offer a one-day workshop on painting the vibrant colors of New England's fall at Main Street Arts Oct. 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students will learn how to paint the spectacular fall landscape of New England in its glorious splendor through the layering process. The workshop will include demonstrations, painting time, hands-on assistance and group sharing. All abilities are welcome. Registration is required, at which time a materials list will be provided. The fee is $58 for MSA members and $71 for non-members. Registration is available by calling MSA at 802-869-2960 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walpole, N.H.: On Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Walpole Village School at 75 Westminster St. will host its annual kid-friendly spooktacular good time. Costume parade, cupcake walk, hayrides, crafts, science activities, face-painting, and a barbecue lunch provide by Phat Racks BBQ Company will be available for purchase at $10 for kids and $5 for adults. For more information visit www.walpolevillageschool.org.
Design a plate
Brattleboro: The 35th annual Design-a-Plate workshop will be held at Brooks Memorial Library on Oct. 22. Stop in any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to make a 10-inch melamine plate or 20-ounce melamine bowl. Each item costs $6.00. Cash and checks made out to Brooks Memorial Library are accepted. Plates and bowls will be ready for pickup in December, just in time for holiday gift giving. The workshop will be held in the Meeting Room. For more information, call the Children's Room at 802-254-5290, ext. 110.
Jacksonville: The Whitingham LBS will be hosting its Annual Craft Fair on Oct. 22 from 9 to 3 p.m. at the Municipal Center. Along with local crafters, there will be a Chinese Auction and a homemade food table. Lunch will also be served. For more information, call Becky at 802-368-7110.
Brattleboro: The New England Coaltion will host its annual meeting at 118 Elliot Street on Oct. 22. Speakers include Ray Shadis, Arne Gudnersen and Anne D. Burt, who will present "Down to Earth Climate Justice." The meeting starts at 1 p.m. and ends at 6:30 with a potluck supper and open mic to share your thoughts, stories, poems, songs. Please RSVP to 802-257-0336.
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 email@example.com.
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 by Mary 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.
Marlboro: The fourth of five fall workdays for the habitat improvement project on Hogback will be on Oct. 23, 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 23, clearing the former Great White Way ski slope in the Hogback Mountain Conservation Area. 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 and click the ESH Project tab.
Brattleboro: "Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe," will be shown Oct. 24, at 7 pm at the Latchis Theatre. This controversial documentary contends the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concealed and destroyed data in a 2004 study that showed a link between the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and autism. "Vaxxed" received attention when it was pulled from the Tribeca Film Festival. Tickets are now on sale at: www.eventbrite.com.
Dummerston: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's autumn series of morning and afternoon lectures will reach its midpoint on Oct. 24. The morning lecture, examining humanism and the arts, will be given by Jerry Levy. The afternoon series, presented by Felicity Ratte, will consider figurative imagery in the history of Islamic art. 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 further information, call Julie Lavorgna at 802-365-7278 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Townshend: The Grace Cottage Community Wellness Center will host a Tai Chi/Qigong class on Thursdays from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. The eight-session class runs Oct. 27 to Dec. 22. The Grace Cottage Community Wellness Center is located at 133 Grafton Rd./Route 35. The fee is $5 per class. Class size is limited; register by calling the Grace Cottage Wellness Line at 802-365-3649.
Bellows Falls: On Oct. 24 at 6 p.m., financial advisor Bill Stevens from Edward Jones will offer a presentation on preparing your estate plan. Topics covered will include: What to consider when creating your will; benefits of trusts in estate planning; how to help reduce taxes on your estate; and how insurance can help protect your family. L. Raymond Massucco from Massucco Law Office, P.C. will be available to answer any legal questions. This event is free and open to the public. Sign up is requested for this program. To register or for more information, call -802-463-4270, go to www.rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.
Brattleboro: Do you want to safeguard your home (or business) against outages? Would you like to have some reserve power when you need it? If you already have some solar panels, would you like to extend their life? Come to a workshop to learn about one advanced option for on-site battery storage. Learn more about the benefits of Tesla Powerwall batteries at a free informational workshop on Oct. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. Helen Bruno, on the Energy Service Team with Green Mountain Power, will review how the rollout of this technology is going in Vermont. Light refreshments will be provided. The workshop is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and registration is required. To register, or for more information, contact Michael Bosworth at email@example.com or 802-258-6475.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Great Books Discussion Group will discuss selections from "The Federalist Papers," by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay on Monday, Oct. 24, and again on Nov. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the meeting room of the Brooks Memorial Library, Main Street.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, visit rockinghamlibrary.org, or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.
Brattleboro: The October Climate Change Café on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Library, will host Connie Baxter, the Bereavement Program Coordinator at Brattleboro Area Hospice, who will talk about grieving and its importance to coming to terms with climate change. As always, the Cafe is free, and light refreshments will be available. The Climate Change Café is a project of Post Oil Solutions, and is intended to educate and engage citizens around the climate crisis. For more information, contact Tim Stevenson at email@example.com or 802-869-2141.
Brattleboro: The Windham County Maple Association will host its annual meeting on Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Brattleboro Savings and Loan located at 221 Main St. Guest Speaker Jim Esden, a forester with the Vermont Deptartment of Forests, Parks & Recreation, will discuss the biology and life cycle, detection, predicting defoliation, and control methods for the Forest Tent Caterpillar.
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.
'All of Me'
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Retreat is presenting the local debut of "All of Me," a new Kingdom County Productions documentary film on eating disorders by award-winning filmmaker Bess O'Brien. The film will be shown at the Latchis Theatre on Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. "All of Me" centers on the lives of women, girls, and boys in Vermont who are caught in the downward spiral of eating disorders and their struggle to regain a sense of self-compassion and healing. The film also focuses on the parents of children who struggle with this devastating disease. While the film focuses primarily on bulimia and anorexia, it also touches on the underlying issues of other eating disorders and takes an in-depth look into the often pervasive ways that food, dieting, and body image affect all of us on a daily basis. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for youth, available at the door only. Advance tickets will not be sold.
Brattleboro: Centre Congregational Church at 193 Main St. is hosting a jumble sale with fall and winter clothing and sporting goods, plus toys, housewares, bedding, etc., all by donation, on Oct. 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. and Oct. 29 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Brattleboro: Back by popular demand, Lisa McCormick and Parks and Plazas, Inc. are presenting a Halloweeny Ukulele Flash Mob on Oct. 28, 6 p.m. sharp, in the Atrium of the Brooks House. The Halloweeny Ukulele Flash Mob is open to all players at any level. Happy music making is the goal. Come to play, sing along, or listen and enjoy. Music will be provided. Bring your own chair and music stand if you have one. The Atrium at the Brooks House is handicapped accessible and the event is free of charge.
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.
Grafton: On Oct. 29 at 10 a.m., The Nature Museum will present "Native Ways & Giving Nature Thanks," to be held at The Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center. This autumnal program for families will explore native peoples' traditions of living in balance with Earth and each other. This hands-on harvest time adventure will highlight the interdependence of all living things in nature and explore gratitude as taught by native cultures found throughout North America. Presented by Kimberly Galandak-O'Connor, The Nature Museum's Education Director. RSVP is required as space is limited. Register for this program by going to www.nature-museum.org or by calling 802-843-2111.
Walpole, N.H.: On Oct. 29, the Walpole Historical Society will host its Library Book Sale in the middle school from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be fall and holiday gift items, including Christmas cards, napkins, candles, scarves and beaded necklaces, mittens, painted glassware, ornaments, little bags of sweet tiny candy for stocking stuffers, mugs and wine glasses, and coloring books.
Saxtons River: On Oct. 29, the evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with the lighting of the Diwali lamps and an invocation by Prachi Dalal, followed by a short demonstration of Indian music by Do One Thing, the duo of Gordon Korstange on south Indian flute and Joel Eisenkramer on north Indian slide guitar. Dalal will then present movement and rhythms from the classical dance repertoire of Kathak, a dance form that evolved in Northern India through the confluence of Hindu and Islamic aesthetics, and conclude by leading the audience in a circle folk dance. The ceremony and dance will be followed by an Indian dinner prepared by The Spice Chambers Indian restaurant of Keene, N.H. Tickets for the event are $15, with children under 8 free, and the dinner an additional $12 per plate, with reservations recommended. Reservations can be made by contacting Main Street Arts at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-869-2960.
Putney: On Oct. 29, at Pierce's Hall, on East Putney Falls Road, there will be a traditional New England contra dance, with live band and caller, starting with a beginners session at 7:30 p.m. and dancing from 8 to 10:30 p.m. All dances taught and no partner necessary.$10 suggested donation. Contact: 802-387-0163.
Putney: The East Putney Community Club will be hosting its annual kids' Halloween Party and Family Costume Contra Dance on Oct. 29, starting at 4 p.m. with Robin Morgan, presenting a participatory music show and songs for the kids as they parade across the stage. Games and a treasurer hunt with treats will follow. From 8 to 10:30 p.m., there will be a family contra dance, preceded by a beginners' lesson at 7:30. The kids party is free; a $10 donation is suggested for the contra dance.
Brattleboro: From the Academy Award Nominated Director of "Gasland," Post Oil Solutions presents Josh Fox's Latest Film "How to Let Go of the World (and Love All Things That Climate Can't Change)," on Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. at the Latchis Theatre. Admission by Donation
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.
Bellows Falls: On Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. the Rockingham Library presents a Vermont Humanities Council program, "Endangered Alphabets, Cultural Erosion and the Future of the Written Word," by Tim Brookes, an associate professor at Champlain College in the Division of Communication and Creative Media. This talk is free, open to the public and accessible to those with disabilities. For more information, call 802-463-4270, go to www.rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Great Books Discussion Group will discuss selections from "The Federalist Papers," by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay on Nov. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the meeting room of the Brooks Memorial Library, Main Street.
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