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New filmmakers

Brattleboro: The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival "Best of the Fest: 2015 New England Tour" is at the Latchis Theatre on Wednesday, April 27, with screenings at 7 and 9 p.m. For more details, visit

Social justice

Putney: Do you need ideas for how to talk with your kids about social justice issues like racism, economic inequality, incarceration, homelessness, and gender? Join Act For Social Justice founder Angela Berkfield for a useful series of discussions about bringing social justice issues into conversations with your children, April 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Putney Library. Light refreshments and childcare. Call or email Angela to RSVP for childcare at 802-254-3400 or

African drum

Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents Central African dance class with Raoul Ombang on April 27, from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at 74 Cotton Mill Hill No. 346, Sobo Studio at Cotton Mill Hill. Sliding scale of $8 to $20 All levels are welcome. For more information on dance and drum classes visit or find African Dance VT on Facebook.

Community dialogue

Bellows Falls: Greater Falls Connections has launched new community dialogue nights and discussions. You are invited to join Greater Falls Connections for this dialogue on April 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Parks Place in Bellows Falls. This meet-up is for anyone who wants to dig deeper into the root causes of substance abuse and get active in building a safe, drug-free community. All are welcome. Find out more at


Grafton: Grafton Woodlands Group will present a talk by Ben Kilham, Ph.D on April 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Grafton Elementary School gym. The talk and slide presentation is titled, "The Social Black Bear: What Bears Have Taught Me About Being Human." Grafton Woodlands Group, Inc., is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting Grafton's heritage and future. The information center at 205 Main St., across from the library, is open Monday thru Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 802-843-3113, or go to;

Senior lunch

Dummerston: The Evening Star Grange in Dummerston Senior Lunch will be held on April 27 beginning at noon. The meal will be a Spring Brunch featuring Egg and Ham Strata, corned beef hash, apple and plain pancakes, sausage, bacon, orange juice, tea and coffee. Books from the Lydia Taft Pratt Library will be available until the next meal. Donations of $3 for seniors and $4 for the younger folk. Take-outs available by calling 802-254-1138 on Wednesday.

'Barton Fink'

Putney: The Gleanery and Next Stage are teaming up to offer a movie and dinner on April 28, featuring "Barton Fink" with host Tim Metcalfe. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the movie at 7 p.m. The cost for dinner and the movie is $23; $5 to $10 for the movie only. To make a reservation, call 802-387-3052. Limited seating available.


Putney: All are welcome to come for free produce April 28, from 9 to 9:45 a.m., distributed by the Vermont Foodbank and Putney Foodshelf. This event is open to anyone in the community. Please bring your own shopping bags. The food distribution takes place the fourth Thursday of each month at the Putney Meadows Carol Brown Way.


Brattleboro: Expectations of flowers in May as a result of April precipitation will be on the minds of BrattleMasters April 28 when the local Toastmasters club meets at 6 p.m. at the Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., 2nd floor. Toastmaster of the Evening Lee Ives Tice of East Dummerston set the meeting theme of "April Showers Bring May Flowers." Toastmasters may elect to incorporate the theme into the three scheduled speeches, evaluations and extemporaneous speaking exercises. Guests are always welcome and refreshments are provided. There is no pressure to speak, and members are working at their own pace and with assigned mentors to help them meet their speaking and leadership goals. For more information, visit


Halifax: On April 29, the 8th grade class from Halifax School will be holding its annual bingo night from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the school's multi-purpose room. Basic admission is $9 for adults and $5 for kids.

Journey East

Townshend: On April 29 at 7 p.m., Journey East 2016 students perform "Dare to Dream," a musical theater production in the Leland and Gray Main Gym. This public intercultural performance will be immediately followed in Dutton Gym by a celebration of Journey East co-founder and program director Tom Connor. Please bring a potluck dessert and your stories of collaborating with Tom, our Chinese guests, and travels with Journey East. For more information, contact Carol Young at 365-7355 or No RSVP necessary.

Youth bands

Putney: Next Stage Arts Project will host two young bands, Nomad vs. Settler, and Beated Rags, on April 29 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be $10 at the door. For more, visit


Putney: The Streetfeet Women, a Boston-based writer/performers' ensemble, will present a reading of poems and prose pieces, "What Does It Mean to be Human?" on April 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Putney Public Library. The program includes Mary McCullough's 10-minute play, "Twilight Time," Christina Liu's "Surrogate," poetry by Mary Birnbaum, fiction by Andrea Humphrey, and nonfiction by Elena Harap, exploring ways in which we see, or do not see, one another as full human beings. From various points of view, this reading raises questions about class, color, gender, and belief. The audience is invited to join a conversation following the program. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. Material is not appropriate for children. For more information, contact Elena Harap Dodd at 802-246-7037 or call 802-387-4407.

Murder mystery

Westminster: The Bellows Falls Union High School Drama Department hosts its annual murder mystery dinner theater, "The Wedding Catastrophe," by Eileen Moushey on April 29 in the Bellows Falls Union High School cafeteria and includes dinner and dessert, as well as an elaborate clue hunt. This is a fundraiser for the BFUHS 2016 New York City field trip, sponsored by Sonnax. Purchase tickets in advance at the Bellows Falls Union High School for $16 or $20 at the door.

Coalition meeting

Bellows Falls: Join Greater Falls Connections for its monthly coalition meeting on April 29 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Parks Place. April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and GFC will be discussing how to prepare for the upcoming prom and graduation season. Lunch will be provided. Find out more about the work of GFC at

Book Sale

Guilford: Guilford Community Church, UCC, will hold its annual book sale on April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. An excellent selection of current books will be for sale. This fundraiser aids the church in supporting many human service organizations, both locally and globally. Guilford Community Church is located at 38 Church Drive.

Fahner 5K

Westminster: Celebrate youth and healthy choices on April 30 at 708 Kurn Hattin Rd. in Westminster, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kurn Hattin Home's Annual Spring Fling. The event provides local youth and their families with a fun filled day celebrating the arrival of spring, while promoting healthy drug-free activities. Admission is free, with free-will offerings accepted to benefit the Kurn Hattin NFCCE Youth Leadership Summit trip to Washington, D.C. New to the Spring Fling this year is the Fahner 5K Fun Run, for walkers and runners of all ages. Registration is from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. with the race kicking off at 8:30 a.m., rain or shine. The entry fee is $20 and the first 75 entries receive a T-shirt. For more information or a registration form, contact Karen Lansberry at 802-7216918 or email at


Westminster West: On April 30 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Libby Mills and Carol Westing will lead their annual off-trail forest stroll to discover ephemeral spring wildflowers. These seemingly delicate flowers are hardier than one might think and emerge, bloom, and set seed before larger overhead trees have fully leafed out. Every year these knowledgeable hike leaders scout potential properties to locate the most evident varieties of seasonal beauties on display on the chosen program weekend. The earlier hour this year should catch plants looking eastward for the morning sun. Participants should meet at Westminster West Church to carpool to the start. Contact Libby Mills at 802-387-5596 or Carol Westing at 802-387-2152 to register. The rain date is Sunday May 1.

Spring festival

Townshend: The West River Community Project will be holding a spring festival behind the West Townshend Country Store on May 1 from 2 to 5 p.m. There will be delicious food, old time and bluegrass music, a raffle, and activities for kids. There will be plants for sale, to help get your garden started, and a seed swap. At 3 p.m. there will be a Maypole dance. Instruction will be given and kids and adults are encouraged to participate. The rain date is Saturday, May 7.

Herrick's Cove

Rockingham: If you're a wildlife enthusiast itching for spring then be sure to check out the seventeenth annual Herrick's Cove Wildlife Festival on May 1. Herrick's Cove, on the Connecticut River, hosts one of the most popular festivals in the area, with organizers reporting more than 2,000 people attending last year's event. The festival includes nature walks and live animals such hawks, owls, mammals, and reptiles. Activities are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The suggested donation is $2 for an individual and $5 for a family. Pets are not allowed. Herrick's Cove is located just off Route 5, less than three miles north of Bellows Falls. For more information, visit the Herrick's Cove Wildlife Festival's Facebook page or

Lending library

Brattleboro: The Root Radical Lending Library will be celebrating its one year anniversary with a party on May 1, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St. Its unique collection features books, zines, and other materials focusing on activist and social change movements. There will be snacks, an outdoor book sale, and introduction to its brand-new Seed Library, with a seed and plant swap, and a fun for the whole family seed ball making activity. This event is open to everyone, and the space is wheelchair accessible. Please come scent free. Contact with any questions or visit


Dummerston: The Brattleboro Chapter of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will present the fifth in its current series of morning and afternoon lectures, to be held on May 2. The morning lecture, by Meg Mott of Marlboro College, will look at twelve-step programs' role in fighting addiction today. In the afternoon program, starting at 1 p.m., Fletcher Proctor will examine the Vermont home front in the Civil War. All lectures will be held at the Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 Route 5. Parking and handicapped access are available, and light refreshments will be served at the lectures. For more information, contact Julie Lavorgna at 802-365-7278 or

Senior lunch

Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon on May 6, at the Guilford Community Church. The menu includes meatloaf, potato salad and pickled beets with brownies and ice cream 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 May 4.


Brattleboro: Author and Jungian analyst Polly Young-Eisendrath will look at the Buddhist perspective on engaging with daily life in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro on May 4 at 7 p.m. Her talk, "What the Buddhists Teach: Finding Clarity in Everyday Life," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Retired teachers

Westminster: The Windham County Retired Teachers will have a meeting on May 4 at Kurn Hattin. The meeting will start at 11 a.m. followed by luncheon and entertainment by the students.

African dance

Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents Central African dance class with Raoul Ombang on May 4, starting with a drum class from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. followed by dance from 7:15 to 8:45, at the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main St. $10 for drum class; $15 for dance clas. 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. For more information on dance and drum classes, visit or find African Dance VT on Facebook.

Safe streets

Brattleboro: If you are interested in the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians on Brattleboro's roads, you are invited to the Brattleboro: Safer Streets Forum on May 5 at the River Garden from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The goals of the forum are to inform residents of ongoing work and projects that relate to bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and will also be an opportunity for residents to bring their concerns directly to the various groups who work on these issues. A light supper will be provided. For more information, send an email to or

Tag sale

Brattleboro: All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist will hold its annual Tag Sale on May 6 from 4 to 7 p.m., and May 7 from 8 to 11 a.m. This popular sale will feature clothing for all ages, household items, linens, books, toys and more. The proceeds will support special projects at the church. All Souls Church is located at 29 South St. up the drive way from the West Brattleboro Fire Station.

Fun run

Chesterfield, N.H.: On May 7, starting at 9 a.m., the Chesterfield Elementary School hosts its annual fun run/walk. The course consists of one mile, 5k, 10k and a fun fitness challenge, which includes sack races, tire runs, army crawls, pogo jumping, soccer kicks, jump roping and hula hooping. For more information, visit or find Chesterfield School Fun Run on Facebook.

Dig it

Bellows Falls: The Friends of the Rockingham Library are seeking donations for its annual plant sale coming up on Saturday, May 7. Donations of houseplants, landscaping plants, bulbs, perennials, annuals, fruit and vegetable starts are all welcome. Herb plants, ground covers, trees and ornamental grasses donations will also be gladly accepted. Please, no invasive plants. The Friends are looking for volunteers to help before and after the event and for donations of empty pots. It's easy to donate. Place plants in pots or plastic bags. and label them to the best of your ability (including name and light preference). Then drop them off at the Library between May 2 and May 6 during regular business hours. Please call the library for more information. To purchase some of the area's finest plants at great prices, stop by The Friends of the Rockingham Library Plant Sale on Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the front lawn of the library.

Passport fair

West Chesterfield, N.H.: On May 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the West Chesterfield Post Office at 913 Gulf Rd. is hosting a passport fair, with light refreshments. Contact Geri Walton or Laurie Williams at 603-256-8854 or for information about required documentation.

Fishing derby

SAXTONS RIVER: The fish will be biting at the Saxtons River Rec Area May 7 when the annual fishing derby gets under way at 8:30 a.m. Free registration for children 4 to 14 begins at 8 a.m. The pond is located 1.3 miles north of the rec area on Pleasant Valley Road. Prizes for the event have been donated by J & H Sporting Goods, and trophies are being funded by private donations. Participation in the derby is free, but the rec area will be conducting a 50/50 raffle and a bake sale to benefit its activities. Volunteers to help with the derby or provide baked goods are needed. This annual spring event is the kickoff of a series of events to celebrate the Rec's 50th anniversary year. Further information is available by contacting Samantha Perry Fletcher at 802-869-1407 or e-mailing


Brattleboro: The Friends of the Brooks Library invite the public to a free illustrated presentation about historical perspectives on Cuba and the USA, to be held on May 8 at 3:30 p.m. on the Main Floor of the Brooks Library. Tim Weed, author, explorer, lecturer and Cuba observer, will be the feature speaker.

Mother's Day breakfast

Hinsdale, N.H.: The Hinsdale Lions will be hosting a Mother's Day Breakfast on May 8 at the Mill Stream Center on Main Street in Hinsdale. Serving time will be from 7 to 11 a.m. and cost is $6 for advanced tickets $7 at the door, under 10 free. Menu includes scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes juice, toast and coffee. Profits benefit the Hinsdale Lions Charities. Tickets may be purchased from any Hinsdale Lions Club member, or at the Mill Stream Center or contact

Mother's Day Brunch

Guilford: On May 8, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Broad Brook Grange is hosting a Mother's Day Brunch, featuring all-you-can-eat eggs and omelettes, pancakes, French toast, Guilford maple syrup, fruit salad and homemade baked goods. $12 adults; $10 seniors; $5 age 2-12 and under; free for under age 2. No reservations necessary. Broad Brook Grange, 3940 Guilford Ctr. Rd. For more information, call 802-257-1961.

Senior lunch

Jamaica: The Jamaica Senior Luncheon will be held at noon at the Jamaica Community Church on Main Street. Lunch is sponsored by Senior Solutions and Jamaica Benefit Association. Food is prepared by Stephanie of the Dam Diner. Price is $3.50 for over 60 years old and $4 for all others. Reservations not required and all are welcome.

Roast beef

Bernardston, Mass.: The United Church of Bernardston will hold its second-Saturday Roast Beef Supper on May 14. The menu includes roast beef with potato and gravy, vegetable, salad, rolls, beverage and dessert for $10 an adult and $5 for children younger than 12. Reserve for 5 or 6:15 p.m. seating at 413-648-9306.

Common Cause

Brattleboro: The fourth annual Camp for a Common Cause is set for May 20. For the past three years this event has been a joint fundraiser for Morningside Shelter and the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center; however the two organizations merged last June creating Groundworks Collaborative. The family-friendly one-night campout continues to successfully raise awareness around homelessness in the greater Brattleboro area. Groove Prophet (a local favorite rock and R&B cover band) returns to provide live music from 6 to 8 p.m., and festival food will be available for purchase starting at 6 p.m. All are welcome to enjoy the food and music, whether camping or not. Participating Campers are asked to raise a suggested minimum of $100 per person, or $250 per team to support Groundworks' efforts to house our neighbors experiencing homelessness. All contributions are fully tax-deductible. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers. Campers may begin setting up tents on the Common from 4 p.m. on Friday, May 20, and are asked to pack up by 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, after a light breakfast. Campers, and those wishing to make a contribution to a participating camper or team, should visit Donations can also be mailed to Groundworks Collaborative, PO Box 370, Brattleboro, VT 05302 (with checks payable to Groundworks Collaborative – please write Camp in the subject line.) For more information, contact Libby at or 802-257-0066, ext. 1101.


Brattleboro: On May 22, from 3 to 5 p.m., the Root Social Justice Center, at 22 Williams St., hosts "Change Takes Everyone, 'Joanna Macy and the Great Turning.'" Parents Exchange for Change, a campaign of 350Vermont, in building solidarity amongst parents by taking action to protect the health and safety of the collective future. There will be a 26-minute film followed by a discussion. Kids activities and childcare available. Free. Contact

Old Home Day

Jamaica: Vendors now needed for Jamaica Old Home Day, which is set for July 23. Artists, crafters, homesteaders, gardeners, self-sustaining entrepreneurs and vendors. For more information and to get an application, contact or find Jamaica Old Home Day on Facebook.


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