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Soccer camp

Hinsdale, N.H.: Hinsdale High School will be the location of the Upper 90 Soccer Camp, offered Aug. 1 through 5, directed by Jay Cudworth and Steve Fecto, the current Varsity coaches at the Hinsdale High School. The morning session, which runs from 10 a.m. to noon, is for girls and boys entering the 2nd through 5th grades. The afternoon session, which runs from 1 to 3 p.m. will be for boys and girls entering the 6th through 8th grades. The cost of this camp is $80 and is in association with the Hinsdale Recreation Department. Contact Jay Cudworth at 802-275-7735 for more information.

Spanish classes

Rockingham: Community Spanish Conversation Classes, led by Roci Franco from Universidad of Cadiz (Spain), will soon begin at the Rockingham Library. All Franco needs to know is what time and day of the week are best for interested individuals. Please call the Library's front desk 802-463-4270 to log your preferred day and time or email programming@rockinghamlibrary.org. Classes should begin in mid-July. Participants are not required to be fluid speakers, although bringing a few basic skills could be helpful. Don't feel intimidated if you are a beginner. Franco says, "Remember, those of us who are more advanced were once beginners." 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. in Bellows Falls.

Morning Matinee

Brattleboro: The Recreation & Parks Department as part of the TGIF Morning Matinee will present "Double or Nothing" (juggling), at the Living Memorial Park Rotary Theater on July 15, at 10:30 a.m. This is the first performance of the TGIF Morning Matinees. Steve Corning began performing professionally at age 17 and has since brought his unique brand of variety arts and off-beat comedy to theaters and resorts across the country, and even internationally on Disney Cruise Line. Cornign presents a variety show of ultimate proportions, featuring fast-paced juggling routines, mind-blowing escape artistry, comedy magic, contortion, LED light manipulation, and nearly endless amazing stunts, all mixed with a hearty dose of off-the-cuff comedy. This show is free and Day Care Groups are welcome to attend. If there are special needs required, please call the Recreation & Parks Office at 802-254-5808. In case of rain, the show will be moved inside to the Nelson Withington Skating Facility. For more information, call the office at 802-254-5808 or visit www.brattleboro.org

In-Sight potluck

Brattleboro: Eighteen youth from all over the country have come to Vermont for In-Sight Photography Project's Exposures Cross-Cultural Youth Arts Program this summer. Exposures is a three-week immersion in the study of photography, culture, and diversity, using the photographic arts as a language, common to youth from diverse communities and cultures. Participants come from partnering organizations in Arizona, California, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Vermont and range in age from 15 to 21. From late June to mid-July, the Exposures participants engage with their host community. Exposures culminates in an exhibition of the photographs produced, along with a celebratory potluck community dinner. This year's dinner will be held July 15, at 5 p.m. on Winston Prouty's new campus on Maple Street, formerly the Austine School, in the dining room of the Vermont Hall. The public is invited to bring a potluck dish which has significance on either a personal, community, or cultural level. To RSVP for this potluck community dinner, please call 802-251-9960 or email info@insight-photography.org. For more information, please call 802-251-9961 or visit www.insight-photography.org.

Senior lunch

Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon on July 15 at the Guilford Community Church. The menu includes macaroni salad, pork loin, applesauce and slow cooked broccoli, with brownies for dessert. For more information and to make reservations, call 802-254-9774.

Senior meal

Halifax: July 15 is the next Halifax senior meal at the community hall at 20 Brook Road. The meal is an indoor picnic featuring hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, rolls, macaroni salad, homemade baked beans, pickles and watermelon for dessert. A call to Joan at 802-368-7733 is appreciated. Sponsored by Senior Solutions.

Dance

Brattleboro: The Southern Vermont Dance Festival will host an informal presentation by artists and performers on July 15 at 1:30 p.m. at The Stone Church. This performance will showcase choreography by The Accaliae, Fernandina Chan, Jennifer Crowel Kuhnberg, Joyce King, Mishi Castroverde, and Onstage Dance Company. Tickets to this performance at $12 in advance and $15 at the door. To purchase tickets, sponsor and event or find out how you can be involved go to www.southernvermontdancefestival.com.

Reggae music

Jamaica: Jamaica's Historic Town Hall on Route 30 will be the spot for reggae music by Iyah on July 16 starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10, with proceeds benefiting the Jamaica Community Arts Council.

Bean supper

Hinsdale, N.H.: The First Congregational Church hosts a ham and bean supper, all you can eat, on July 16 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The menu includes spiral cut ham, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, rolls, and brownies and ice cream. $10 for adults, $5 for children between 4 and 12, free to children younger than 4.

Roller Derby

Brattleboro: The Elm City Derby Damez, a flat-track roller derby team based out of the Monadnock Region, will continue it's 7th season on July 16. The game will be against Twin City Riot (Central Vermont Roller) from Montpelier, and will take place at the Nelson Withington Skating Facility. Admission is by donation. The game will start at 6 p.m. Visit www.elmcityderby.com for more information.

Barbecue

Williamsville: The Williamsville Hall presents the 8th Annual Barbecue Dinner on July 16 at 6 p.m. Food is courtesy Top of the Hill Grill and benefits the Hall Fund. The menu includes chicken, pulled pork, beans, cole slaw and corn bread; or for vegetarians, tempeh wrap, vegetarian beans, cole slaw and corn bread. Adults: $12. Kids under 10: $8. Drinks: $1. Desserts for sale. For more information, email tnewfane@svcable.net or visit www.williamsvillehall.com.

'It is written'

Vernon: A touring group of young people will give a concert at the Mountain View Seventh-day Adventist Church on July 16, at 6:30 p.m. Several local students will join the performers. The orchestra and choir will include some patriotic songs in the concert. The wheelchair accessible church is located at 1002 Fort Bridgman Rd. Free and open to the public.

Swap program

Brattleboro: The Windham Solid Waste Management District hosts a swap program on Ferry Road every Saturday, a free outlet for materials that are still usable but for which there is no traditional re-use program. People are asked to use all other available outlets before bringing items to the Swap Program. Items brought in may be passed along to other non-profit groups. The Swap Program is open Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Items brought in must be clean and in usable condition and must be accepted by a staff member before being left. Due to the need to close promptly at noon, large loads of donations may not be accepted after 11:45 a.m. Some items that usually are not accepted are appliances, upholstered furniture, carpet, computers, mattresses, clothes and tires. These items may be placed on www.freecycle.org. Items available this week include file folders, wall paper, crib, small kids bikes, weed eater, twin bed frame, Nordic Track, stroller, stuffed animals, adjustable crutches, Trivial Pursuit, VHS tapes, records, legal size file folders, old Singer sewing machine in cabinet, exercise equipment and oval wood table.

Magic

Brattleboro: On July 17, at 2 p.m. at the Hooker Dunham Theater, Magician Jonas Cain will present his latest production, "It's a Magical Life," combining magic with comedy, poetry, and music. Tickets are $12 and will be available at the door, or you can reserve tickets by calling 800-969- 9778. For more information, visit www.jonascain.com.

Photography

Walpole, N.H.: On July 17 from 1 to 4 p.m., Distant Hill Gardens will host "Observing Nature With Your Camera." Steve Hooper, photographer for the Keene Sentinel, and Michael Nerrie of Distant Hill Gardens, will lead the three-hour workshop. All ability levels are welcome. There is a suggested donation of $15. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit www.distanthill.org, email mnerrie@gmail.com or call 603-756-4179.

Circle dance

Brattleboro: There will be a community circle dance on July 17 from 3:30 to 5:30 at the Aikido Studio at 11 Cottage St. Led by Gene Podhurst. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated. Information: Parker Huber 802-257-9108 or Mary Ellen Cannon, 603-631-0768.

Green River Dam

Guilford: On July 17 at 2 p.m. at the Guilford Center Meeting House, the Guilford Historic Society presents a lecture on the historic Green River Dam by Addie and Addison Minott, who live next to the dam. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. For more information, call 802-257-7306.

Potluck luncheon

Walpole, N.H.: The Walpole Seniors will meet at the First Congregational Church in Walpole at noon on Monday, July 18, for a potluck luncheon. Please bring a dish to share with the members. We will welcome Steve Roberg from the Cheshire County Cooperative Extension as our speaker. He will be speaking on "Invasive Plant & Shrubs in our Yards." Bring a friend and enjoy some great food and fellowship.

Free books

Bellows Falls: On July 18 at 5 p.m. the Rockingham Free Public Library will be welcoming a Children's Literacy Foundation storyteller who will present a fun and entertaining storytelling program for the whole family. After the storytelling, every child who attends will be able to select two brand new books to keep, thanks to a Summer Readers grant CLiF. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Rockingham Library at 802-463-4270, email youthservices@rockinghamlibrary.org, or go online to rockinghamlibrary.org.

Moldova

Brattleboro: On July 18 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Terry Sylvester presents "Life in Moldova — News From the Front," about her two years in Moldova as a Peace Corps volunteer. Free and open to the public.

Farm Bureau

Dummerston: The Windham County Farm Bureau will be hosting a free event for the public "Supporting Locally Owned Farm and Feed Stores" on July 18 at 7:30 p.m. The speaker will be the owner of Community Feeds in Westminster. Light refreshments and drinks will be provided. The meeting will be held at the Dummerston Congregational Church.

'Gus'

Dover: On July 18, at 5:30 p.m., the Dover Free Library presents "Gus," starring Ed Asner, Don Knotts and Tim Conway. Rated G. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-348-7488 or visit www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.

Climate change

Brattleboro: The Climate Change Café will be on July 19 at 6 p.m. in the Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room. The Cafe is free, and light refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Tim Stevenson at bereal@vermontel.net or 802-869-2141.

Puppets

Bellows Falls: The Rockingham Free Public Library will host Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals back on July 19 at 2 p.m. with a free puppet show for kids of all ages. For more information, stop by the library at 65 Westminster St., call 802-463-4270, email youthservices@rockinghamlibrary.org, or visit rockinghamlibrary.org.

Free concert

Newfane: Cadillac Envy will play on the Court House Lawn at Newfane Common in a free concert on July 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. (rain location at the Union Hall). Sponsored by Newfane Anew Community Volunteers, dedicated to putting the shire town of Newfane and its three villages on the map. Emailinfo@newfaneanew.com or call 802-365-0265 for more information.

Drum and dance

Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents Central African drum and dance class with Raoul Ombang on July 20. The drum class is 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by the dance class, at the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main St. $10 for drum class; $15 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. For more information, visit www.africandancevt.com and or find African Dance VT on Facebook.

Ukulele

Brattleboro: There will be a six-week ukulele for beginners class starting July 20. Learn to play the ukulele from scratch in a small group class. Students will learn tuning, basic chords and strumming techniques, and a bunch of fun easy songs to play. Wednesday evenings from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. in Neighbor's Hall. Sliding scale tuition $140 to 160. Taught by Lisa McCormick. More information and registration at http://bit.ly/UkeClass.

Astrology

Bellows Falls: Linda Guzynski will lead "Cycles of Opportunity," a discussion of astrology, on July 20 at 5 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room of the Rockingham Library. For more information, visit www.starbirdastrology.com.

Pet health

Dover: On July 20, at 7 p.m., the Dover Free Library presents "Core Health & Chinese Five Element Theory as It Sees to Your Pet's Health," by Donna Harwood Dvm. This event is free and open to the public. Questions? For more information, call 802-348- 7488 or visit www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.

Flatlanders

Brattleboro: On July 20, from noon to 1 p.m., there will be a meeting to discuss a work in progress, "From Brooklyn to Bratttleboro: By the Flatlanders Who Made the Move," at the River Garden. All interested writers and non writers are welcomed.

Book discussion

Bellows Falls: On July 21 at noon, the Rockingham Library is hosting a brown bag book talk. Bring one or two book recommendations and a brown bag lunch. Fiction, nonfiction, classics, graphic novels and poetry are all fair game. The library will also provide lists of recommended books. 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.

Saying no

Brattleboro: Malte Herwig, journalist and author, discusses his new book "The Woman Who Says No: Francoise Gilot on Her Life with and without Picasso," an intimate and revealing biography of the talented artist who dared to leave Picasso. On July 22 at 6 p.m. at Everyone's Books on Elliot Street. For more information, call 802-254-8160 or email everyonesbks@gmail.com.

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 dkameden@svcable.net or find Jamaica Old Home Day on Facebook.

Colonial encampment

Hinsdale, N.H.: The Hinsdale Historical Society will be hosting a Colonial Encampment on July 23 on the grounds of the Col. Ebenezer Hinsdale Farm, 609 Brattleboro Rdoad. The house and grounds will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Ebenezer Hinsdale Garrison Company will be demonstrating open hearth cooking, colonial medicine, hand crafts, and children's games. A blacksmith will be on hand to demonstrate his trade. For more information, contact Sharron Smith at 603-256- 6133 or shsmith1@yahoo.com.

Owls

Grafton: The Nature Museum will host a presentation on night owls, July 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center. Kimberly Galandak-O'Connor, Education Director at The Nature Museum, will give a short presentation. After that, there will be a bonfire and a guided hike at dusk. Admission is by donation for the program. RSVP at www.nature-museum.org or by calling 802-843-2111. Bring snacks, a water bottle and dressed for a moderate hike across uneven terrain.

Climate change

Brattleboro: St. Michael's Episcopal Church is sponsoring a morning retreat on contemplative approaches to climate change on July 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the church's Meeting Room. The retreat, "Reclaiming Our Intimate, Co-Creative Relationship with the Natural World," will be led by Dr. Robert Jonas. Free and open to all. St. Michael's Episcopal Church at 16 Bradley Ave. is fully accessible.

Community cookout

Walpole, N.H.: The Savings Bank of Walpole is hosting a Community Appreciation Cookout as a way to say thank you to both its customers and the community. This year's event will be held on July 24 beginning at 5 p.m. on the Green in Walpole. The cookout will be followed by an evening of music featuring The Temple Band, one of the Banks' Concerts on the Green Series performances. The show will begin at 6:30 p.m. and run until 8 p.m.

Circle dance

Brattleboro: There will be a community circle dance on July 24 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Aikido Studio, 11 Cottage St. Led by Linda Blake. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated. Information: Parker Huber 802-257-9108 or Mary Ellen Cannon, 603-631-0768.

Great books

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Great Books Discussion Group will be discussing "A Tale of Two Cities," by Charles Dickens on July 25 starting at 7 p.m. in the meeting room at the Brooks Memorial Library. For more information, call Michael N. Landis at 802-257-1851, or e-mail him at emagicmtman@gmail.com.

Vigilant Guard

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.

Ash borer

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.

Clowning around

Dover: Dover Free Library and the New England Center for Circus Arts present "Clowining 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.

Transcendental Meditation

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.

Hitchcock movies

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.

Chicken barbecue

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.

Social Justice

Brattleboro: The Root social Justice Center at 22 Williams Street will present a special program on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 5:30-7:30 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

Basketball camp

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.

Fair Day

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 stoneagers@yahoo.com, Pokey Lyman at 365-7964 or shotsie@svcable.net, or Lauri Miner at 802-365-4194 or ldm@svcable.net 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 info@gfrcc.org, call 802-463-4280 or visit www.greatfallschamber.org.

'Friend-raiser'

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.

Vermont Prohibition

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.

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.

Food co-op

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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