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Brattleboro: The Windham Regional Conservation District's annual plant sale is now underway. The 2016 offerings include plants for landscape, conservation, regeneration and food value. Trees and shrubs are all bare rootstock. Available wildlife and songbird shrubs and tree selection this year includes: Bearberry, Buttonbush, Cranberry, Hackberry, Sugar Maple and White Flowering Dogwood. New this year — dark purple, red or white Standard Hybrid Rhododendrons. Semi-dwarf apple, cherry, pear, apricot, plum and peach trees along with a large selection of perennials are also available for spring planting. Edibles include blueberries, raspberries,strawberries and currants. Conifers are Balsam and Fraser Fir and Northern White Cedar. Orders will be taken until April 15 and pick up of stock will be Saturday, April 30, in the Natural Resources Department at the Windham Regional Career Center by the Brattleboro Union High School. Order forms and additional information can be obtained from the WCNRCD by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 802-254-5323, ext. 104, or downloaded from www.windhamcountynrcd.org.
Brattleboro: United Way Windham County is offering two programs that provide free federal and state income-tax preparation services to eligible taxpayers: the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program and MyFreeTaxes.com. United Way is also partnering with libraries and other community sites to provide access to MyFreeTaxes.com on a computer with high-speed internet for the public's use. Call 2-1-1 for location and access information.
Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents West African drum class with Raoul Ombang on March 30 from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main St. Sliding scale of $10 to $20 for dance. All levels are welcome. For more informatino on dance and drum classes, visit or find www.africandancevt.com on Facebook.
Newfane: On March 31, starting at 7 p.m. at the Moore Free Library, there will be an open reading, poetry and prose. All new writers are welcome to attend.
Putney: On March 31 at 7 p.m. at the Puntey Fire Station, the Putney Affordable Housing Committee will host an informational meeting to learn about the new project proposed by the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust . Connie Snow of the Housing Trust and Bob Stevens of Stevens & Associates Engineering will be on hand to present the plans and answer questions. The project proposes the construction of new housing on the Newman Hall lot, which is located between Depot Street and Putney Landing Road, as well as the rehabilitation of the Noyes House on Kimball Hill. The plan would include a mix of family and smaller apartments for a total of 18 apartments with a combination of townhouses and accessible flats.
Putney: On March 31 at 7 p.m. at the Gleanery, Peter Galbraith will host a screening of "Control Room," about al-Jazeera's coverage of the Iraq War. The screening is preceded by a dinner at 5:30 p.m. The price for the dinner and screening is $23.
Brattleboro: On March 31, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., Lost River Racial Justice is having its first open community meeting for those interested in getting more involved with racial justice organizing in the tri-state area. The Root is wheelchair accessible. Please come fragrance free to make this space accessible to as many folks as possible. Childcare provided as needed — please contact us at LostRiverRJ@gmail.com by March 24 if you would like childcare.
Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon on April 1 at the Guilford Community Church. The menu will be a New England boiled dinner. 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 March 30.
Bellows Falls: The community group, Voices of Rockingham, will meet as planned on March 31 at 7 p.m. at the Windham Antiques center on the Square.
Brattleboro: Come meet the farmers from Tanglebloom Flower Farm in Brookline and Up the Road Farm of Guilford at Hermit Thrush Brewery, 29 High St., during Gallery Walk (5:30 p.m.) on April 1. The farms will have information and sign-ups for their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs, which offer flower and vegetable shares for pick up at the brewery this summer. For more information, contact Melissa at email@example.com.
Walpole, N.H.: On April 1, starting at 7 p.m. at the Walpole Town Hall, the Walpole Historical Society will host Patti Seymour, who will share her knowledge of the man who once resided in her present home, Horace Wells. As a young man, Wells also attended the Walpole Academy, an esteemed institute for young scholars in the area in the early 1800s. With this local connection as a backdrop, listeners will discover that Wells' life path led him to be recognized as the "discoverer of modern anesthesia." Free and open to the public.
Westminster West: Twin Birch Woodworking owner Gail Grycel will be offering spring woodworking classes for women. The Beginning Woodworking for Women class is designed for those who have little or no experience working with tools and wood. While learning in a supportive environment, women will have a chance to explore their practical, problem-solving sides, hopefully let go of societal and family messages that women can't work with tools, and learn some skills that can be transferred to other projects after the class is over. Basic machines such as the table saw, jointer, planer, drill press and miter saw will be covered as well as some hand tools, design and safety. Participants will design and make a small project of their choosing. The eight-week beginning class will be held at the TBWW studio in Westminster West on either Wednesday or Thursday evenings starting April 6 or 7. Open Studio sessions will continue for those with some experience and will run on Tuesdays. All classes are limited to four participants each. Grycel has been teaching women for over 23 years. For more information, visit www.twinbirchwoodworking.com.
Brattleboro: Youth Services will host its Annual Summer Camp Fair on April 1, on Gallery Walk Night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the River Garden. Parents will be able to pick up information about and register their children for nearly two dozen summer camp programs at the Camp Fair and children receive free balloons while they last. For more information, call Youth Services at 802-257-0361 or visit www.YouthServicesInc.org.
Wilmington: The Southern Vermont Natural History Museum will be holding the first of a series of informational meetings at 6:30 p.m. on April 1 at the Twin Valley Elementary School. The museum plans to expand well beyond what the current Hogback Overlook site can accommodate, including an expanded wildlife center and many outdoor resources. Child care will be provided at the school and light refreshments will be available. Museum Director Ed Metcalfe and Assistant Director Michael Clough will share a short presentation and field questions from the audience. This presentation will be sharing some details about the project and how it will benefit Southern Vermont. For more information, attend the meeting, or to contact Ed or Mike at the Museum during regular business hours, call 802-464-0048 or visit www.vermontmuseum.org.
Townshend: T. Breeze will be joined by Chris Larkin for an evening of mellow rocking music at the West Townshend Pizza Night on April 1. The outdoor oven will be ready bake pizza at 5 p.m. Build your own, at $10 a pie, from a number of tasty ingredients. Music begins at 5 p.m. and is free, though donations are appreciated by musicians.
Newfane: On April 1, from 4 to 5 p.m., the Crowell Art Gallery will host an opening reception featuring art from students at Timson Hill Preschool and Newbrook Elementary School. For more information, call 802-365-7948.
Jamaica: Jamaica School Club's 16th Annual Penny Sale at Leland & Gray Union High School on April 2 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (802) 297-3151.
Bellows Falls: Central Elementary School will be hosting its second annual Rockin'Ham 5K on April 2. The 5K will begin and end at the Rockingham Recreation Area on Playground Road, Bellows Falls. Runners may register online at https://g2racereg.webconnex.com/rockinham5k2016, or paper registrations may be downloaded at www.ceshome.org or picked up at Central School, 50 School Street Extension, Bellows Falls. Same-day registration will begin at 9 a.m. on April 2, and the race start time is 10:30 a.m.
Williamsville: Spring will be welcomed in Williamsville this year with the annual Williamsville/Newfane Talent Show on April 2 at 7 p.m. in the Williamsville Hall. A decades-old tradition, the show will feature a range of talented area performers, young and older. Many delightful area performers have already signed up, but there is certainly room for more. Want to sing? Act? Dance? Juggle? Read fiction? Verse? Memoir? Tame lions? Contact Annie Landenberger at firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission is by suggested donation of $5/$15 per family and refreshments will be available, also by donation. Proceeds will benefit both the Leland and Gray Players and the Williamsville Hall. The Williamsville Hall is on Dover Road in Williamsville.
Sugar on snow
Guilford: The Guilford Volunteer Fire Department is hosting its annual Sugar on Snow fundraiser on April 2 with seatings at 5 and 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children younger than 12 and $2 for toddlers. The menu includes ham, homemade baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, deviled eggs, and biscuits, followed by sugar on snow with pickles and doughnuts. To make reservations, call 802-254-6841.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Area Interfaith Initiative is hosting an event to raise awareness of the plight of refugees around the world. This free public gathering will take place on April 2 at 7 p.m. at the Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Sami Abdallah and Jennifer Silverstone from Eyes On Refugees will speak about their recent volunteer experience at refugee camps in France. Inga Paluch will give an overview of the work of Carry Me Home, a disaster relief organization based at the Centre Congregational Church. Each organization has an on-line fundraising page at www.gofundme.com/childrenofcamps and www.generosity.com/emergencies-fundraising/carry-me-home-support-refugee-children--2.
Whitingham: The 18th Annual Whitingham Maple Festival, scheduled for April 2 and 3, is an important aspect of Whitingham's economic and cultural heritage. The festival also features a craft fair, maple cooking contest and horse drawn sleigh rides on Saturday and Sunday, pancake breakfasts and luncheons on both Saturday and Sunday and a sugar on snow supper on Saturday evening.
Winchester, N.H.: The United Church of Winchester will hold its 421st monthly Bean Supper on April 2 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the church building at 99 Main St. Served family style, the cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children. The building is accessible to all and the proceeds help to fund our outreach missions. For more information, call 603-239-4465.
Bellows Falls: The Saxtons River Art Guild offers "Working in a Series," Alicia Drakiotes, Saturdays, April 2 through 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the United Church. For more information, visit aliciadrakiotes.com. To register, call Carolyn McDonald at 603-358-6804 or Carolyn Berglund at 603-352-7398.
Townshend: The West River Community Project will be holding a workshop on how to make you own bread and butter. Come and learn how to make bread using a simple overnight recipe, and butter using a jar. The workshop will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on April 2. Participants should bring a large bowl and some flour ( white and/ or whole wheat). You will leave with some bread dough ready to use, the knowledge of how to tend and bake it, and some home made butter. For more information, call 802-874-7141.
Eyes of a wolf
Grafton: How are wolves, dogs, and humans different — or alike? Find out at "The Eyes of a Wolf," a spring science program for youth and adults, on April 2, at the Nature Museum, with wolf expert and advocate Adam Katrick of Wolfgard, Neb.; held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grafton Ponds. The cost is $20. Tickets are limited and everyone is encouraged to register by going to the Nature Museum's website, www.naturemuseum.org/upcomingevents. The program is geared to youth over 10 through adults.
Bellows Falls: "A Playground for Empire: Historical Perspectives on Cuba and the U.S.A. at the Rockingham Library," on April 2 at 1 p.m., will be presented by Tim Weed. This talk is free, open to the public, and accessible to those with disabilities. For more information, call 802-463-4270, email email@example.com, log on to rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the Library at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls.
Townshend: On April 2 and April 3, the Thrift Shop at the West Townshend Country Store will be holding a special end-of-winter sale. Customers can fill up bags with items of their choice for $5 per bag. Items include clothing and shoes for men, women and children as well as household items. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds from Thrift Shop sales benefit the non-profit West River Community Project. The Thrift Shop is located on the second floor of the West Townshend Country Store at the intersection of Route 30 and Windham Hill Road in West Townshend.
Guilford: The Brattleboro Interfaith Teens, representing five local faith communities, are hosting a chicken barbecue and concert at the Guilford Community Church on April 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to help fund their return service trip in July to the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. The dinner menu — to eat in or take out — includes barbecue chicken, potato salad, vegetarian chili, macaroni and cheese, green salad and apple crisp with ice cream. The price is $15 for the dinner and concert or $12 for the dinner only. Visit www.kristengraves.com for more information on the night's entertainment. Tickets can be purchased at BrownPaperTickets.com or at the door.
Brattleboro: Spiritual Songs and contemplative Improvisations will be a benefit concert on April 3, at 2 p.m., at the Shambhala Meditation Center by saxophonist, composer, Bob Stabach and Eugene Uman, Director of the Vermont Jazz Center on keyboard, with special guest Stephan Brandstatter. Concert to aid the meditation center in meeting operating expenses. The Shambhala Meditation Center is located at the Whetstone Studio for the Arts at 28 Williams St. For more information, call 802-257-2984.
Dummerston: The Brattleboro Chapter of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute hosts a lecture on Vermont's approach to fighting addiction on April 4 with Meg Mott from 10 a.m. to noon at the Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 US Route 5. Parking and handicapped access are available, and light refreshments will be served at the lectures. Payment of full membership dues ($50) entitles members to attend all 12 lectures in the present series. Partial memberships ($30) entitle subscribers to attend six sessions in either morning or afternoon, but not both. Couples are welcome to join as full members at a discounted rate of $80 ($50 for partial membership). Lectures are also open to nonmembers for a fee of $6 per lecture. For more information, contact Julie Lavorgna at 802-365-7278 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Devil in the Valley'
Whitingham: The Whitingham Free Public Library and Halifax Community Club are sponsoring a presentation by Vermont author Castle Freeman about his book "The Devil in the Valley." The talk will take place at the Library at 6 p.m. on April 4. For more information, contact Kristine Sweeter at email@example.com or call 802-368-7506.
Dover: On April 4, the Dover Free Library presents the feature film "Trumbo," starring Bryan Cranston, Dianne Lane and Helen Mirren. Showtime at 6 p.m. Rated R.
Dummerston: Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife Fisheries Biologist Kenneth Cox will present "Fish of Dummerston and Surrounding Regions," on April 5, at 7 p.m. at the Learning Collaborative, 471 Route 5, Dummerston. Sponsored by the Dummerston Conservation Commission. For more information, visit www.dummerstonconservation.com.
Dover: On April 5, the Dover Free Library presents the feature film "Carol," starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Showtime is 5:30 p.m. Rated R.
Putney: April is National Poetry Month and there is no better way to observe it than joining three local poets for a reading on April 6 at 7 p.m. the Putney Public Library. Toni Ortner, Lee Bramble, and Becky Dennison Sakellariou will all be reading from their recent work. Books will be available for sale by the poets. Putney Library is located at 55 Main St. This program is free and open to the public.
Brattleboro: On April 6 at 7 p.m., the Vermont Humanities Council hosts an evening with UVM professor and poet Mark Jackson, who will read from his new book, "Roll Deep," and discusses how poetry not only serves as a record of our existence but also enlarges us as human beings. At the Brooks Memorial Library.
Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents West African dance class for all levels with Pape Ba on April 6, from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at 74 Cotton Mill Hill, No. 346. All levels are welcome. Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing and bring a water bottle. Class will be accompanied by live drumming. Sliding scale $15 to 20.
Walpole, N.H.: Award-winning author Pam Bernard announces the continuation of her popular and ongoing eight-week sessions of writing and reading memoir workshops, to begin the week of April 11. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.pambernard.com or call 603-756-4177.
Putney: The Grammar School will present the musical "Peter Pan" with multiple performances April 8 to 10. There will be evening shows beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9. Matinees will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, and Sunday, April 10. Tickets at the door are $5 for children/alumn, $10 for adults, and $25 for families. For reservations call 802-387-5364.
Bellows Falls: The BF Community Bike Project is hosting a Silent Auction Fundraiser on April 9 from 6 to 10 p.m. at 33 Bridge St. Enjoy live music by local musicians Don Dawson, Jesse Peters and the Milkhouse Heaters. Light food, cash bar and a 50/50 raffle will add to the festivities. For more information, www.bfbike.org/ or call 802-460-0662.
Bellows Falls: The Saxtons River Art Guild hosts "Drawing and Painting a Variety of Figures" April 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with Robert Seaman. For more information, visit www.369art.com. To register, call Carolyn McDonald at 603-358-6804 or Carolyn Berglund at 603-352-7398.
Brattleboro: On April 10, Brattleboro Dance will present a contra dance with caller Will Mentor accompanied by Pete's Posse with musicians Pete Sunderlund on fiddle, Oliver Scanlon on fiddle and Triston Henderson on guitar. The dance will be held at 118 Elliot St., starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 to $12 adults, $8 college students with ID and $5 for youth, high school age and younger. For additional details, visit www.brattcontra.org or call 802-258-1723.
Vernon: Jaime Jorge, violinist, will perform April 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mountain View Adventist Church located at 1002 Fort Bridgman Highway. Concert is free of charge and will be followed by light refreshments.
Townshend: On April 12, Grace Cottage is hosting the AARP Vermont's Fraud Prevention Workshop, starting at 7 p.m. in the Grace Cottage Community Wellness Center. No registration is required. For more information, call 802-365-3649.
Brattleboro >> The Vermont Historical Society will be hosting a program to give an update about the impact of counterculture and the influence of the 1970s on Vermont, at Brooks Memorial Library on April 13, starting at 7 p.m. For more information, visit vermonthistory.org/vt70s.
Brattleboro: Sean Gaskell will give a Friends of the Library fund-raising concert on the Kora, an ancient 21-stringed harp from West Africa, in the Brooks Memorial Library on April 15 at 7 p.m. The performance will feature traditional songs that are the heart and soul of the Kora's musical repertoire in addition to some of Gaskell's personal compositions. Tickets are $10 or $8 for members of the Friends of the Brooks Memorial Library. They are available at the Brooks Library Front Desk, at the door or on-line at friendsofbrookslibraryvt.org. Proceeds from this Friends of the Library concert will go to support the library's public programs, services, museum passes, equipment and on-line subscriptions. For further information, call 802-254-5290.
Townshend: The Community Hope and Action group will be putting on a talent show on April 16 at the Townshend Town Hall. The talent show will include a free dinner from 6 to 7 p.m., and the performances will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. This is an alcohol-free, family-friendly event that is appropriate for all ages. Participant registration is now open if you would like to perform. Registration forms are available at the Townshend Public Library, the Townshend Town Hall, and at the Leland & Gray Union Middle/High School front office. Contact Kristin with any questions at 802-365-4700 or via email at email@example.com.
Putney: The Windham County Conservation District is hosting a pruning workshop at Green Mountain Orchards on April 16. The cost is $25 per person. All proceeds will go to help with WCCCD's workshops and outreach programs. Learn how to prune raspberry and blueberry bushes, peach and apple trees. Reservations are required. The last date to register is April 13. For more information, call Jolene Hamilton at 802-254-5323, ext. 104, or Andrea Darrow at 802-387-5851.
Alstead, N.H.: Charles Andros, former New Hampshire and Vermont Apiary Inspector, will hold a beekeeping workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. on April 16 at 18 MacLean Rd. Topics of discussion will be early spring management: locating apiaries, equipment, handling bees, feeding syrup and supplements, making nuclei, reversing, and re-queening. Bring a veil, if you have one. Registration required — email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 603-756-9056."
Alstead, N.H.: There will be a turkey buffet at Third Congregational Church April 16 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Takeout available. Adults age 13 and older at $10; children age 6 through 12, $5; children under 6 are free. The menu includes turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry, potato, peas, carrots, rolls, beverages, dessert. For information, call Joanne at 603-835-6734 or Myrna at 603-835-2939.
Brattleboro: Post Oil Solutions and the Climate Change Café present Naomi Klein's "This Changes Everything, " on April 17 at 4 p.m. in the Latchis Theatre. There will be a conversation following the screening.
Dummerston: On April 18 from 6 to 9 p.m., the Dummerston Congregational Church is hosting a potluck dinner followed by Ben Grosscup, who will be performing protest songs. There is a suggested donation of $10 to $20. For more information, contact Rev. Susanna Griefen at email@example.com.
Bellows Falls: On Thursday at 6 p.m., join the book discussion of "Inside Out and Back Again," by Thanhha Lai. Pick up a copy of "Inside Out and Back Again" at the library's front desk. For more information, call 802-463-4270, visit rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the Rockingham Library at 65 Westminster St. This event is free and open to the public.
Brattleboro: Join the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community for a community seder on the second night of Passover, April 23, at the West Village Meeting House at 5:30 p.m. Main dishes will be catered by Sharon Myers, and Cantor Kate Judd will be leading us through a traditional Jewish seder. You don't have to be Jewish to share this journey and feast; all families and individuals are welcome. To signup, visit /www.signupgenius.com/go/904044ea8aa22a46-bajc or call Laura Berkowitz at 802-257-0922 or the BAJC 802-257-1959. Adults, $25; children under 10, $18. Children under 4 are free. Reservations must be paid in full by April 8. Send a check to BAJC, P.O. Box 2353, Brattleboro VT 05303-2353.
Westminster: Vermont Community Garden Network, in partnership with Charlie Nardozzi, is coming to Westminster this spring for the Grow It! Workshop, on May 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. Visit www.vcgn.org to register for the workshop and for more details.
Brattleboro: A concert to benefit Groundworks Collaborative (the merger of the Drop In Center and Morningside Shelter) will be presented by three local a cappella groups — House Blend, Big Woods Voices, and Singcrony Trio — on April 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hooker Dunham Theatre, Main Street. Donations of $10, $20 and up suggested. All proceeds go to Groundworks. Tickets at the door.
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