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Memoir writing

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, visit or call 603-756-4177.

Potluck and Protest

Dummerston: Potluck and Protest Songs at Dummerston Congregational Church, 1535 Middle Road, on Friday, April 8. The free potluck starts at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m. Ben Grosscup will sing songs of social and ecological justice. Suggested concert donation is $10-$20. Bring a dish to share and visit with your neighbors, or just come for the music. Contact, 802-257-9544, 802-258-2655.

'Peter Pan'

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.


Townshend: Aura Shards will be performing on April 8, at the West Townshend Pizza Night. They play original music on tabla and handpan. Pizza baking in the outdoor oven begins at 5 p.m. Build your own, at $10 a pie, from a number of tasty ingredients. Music begins at 6:30.


Dummerston: On April 8, Dummerston Congregational Church will host a potluck at 6 p.m. followed by a concert at 7 p.m. The featured artist is Ben Grosscup, with songs of social and environmental justice. The suggested concert donation is $10 to $20. For more information, call 802-257-0544 or email

Cajun dance

Putney: Next Stage hosts a Cajun dance party with Planet Zydeco on April 8 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit or call 802-387-0102.

'Field Notes'

Chesterfield: Charles Butterfield will read from three of his recent publications on April 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Chesterfield Public Library. Butterfield, who lives in Hinsdale, writes poetry and creative nonfiction. He will describe his life as a writer and read from "Field Notes," a poetry collection, "In the Shadow of Cedars," a biography of a Westmoreland native, and "Seeking Parmenter, A Memoir of Place," published last year by Hobblebush Books. Free and open to all.

Natural history

Dover: The Southern Vermont Natural History Museum will be holding the second of a series of informational meetings at 6:30 p.m. on April 8 at the Dover Elementary School. Childcare will be provided. The museum plans to expand well beyond what the current Hogback Overlook site can accommodate, including an expanded wildlife center and many outdoor resources. This presentation will be sharing some details about the project and how it will benefit southern Vermont. For more informationcontact Ed or Mike at the museum during regular business hours 802-464-0048 or visit

Human figure

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 To register, call Carolyn McDonald at 603-358-6804 or Carolyn Berglund at 603-352-7398.

Crockpot supper

Westminster: On April 9, the First Congregational Church, Route 5, will hold a Crockpot church supper. 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 seatings, 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 younger than 5 eat free.

Stone structures

Williamsville: On April 9, explore historic stone structures at Manitou from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., guided walk with Mary Stowe, Vermont Coordinator of the Northeast Antiquities Research Association. Two to three mile walk, on and off trails, observing stone walks, cellar holes, sheepfolds and organized rock piles. Bring lunch to share at the end of the hike. Meet at the Manitou Project Parking Lot, 300 Sunset Lake Rd. For information, call 802-246-1152.


Brattleboro: The Windham Solid Waste Management District Swap Program on Old Ferry Road is open the second Saturday of each month (weather permitting) from 9 a.m. to noon. Due to the need to close promptly at noon, large loads of donations may not be accepted after 11:45 a.m.. Due to space considerations there may be stricter limits on items that can be accepted. The Swap Program is an 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. Everyone is welcome to bring in or take out materials. It is not necessary to do both. Items must clean, usable condition and must be accepted by a staff member before being left. Some items that usually are not accepted are appliances, upholstered furniture, carpet, computers, mattresses, clothes and tires. These items may be placed on Freecycle ( Items available this week include: Bi-fold doors, outdoor chairs, doll crib, Nissan car radio/CD player, desk chairs, televisions, small pet auto waterer, laundry baskets, Emerson binoculars, George Foreman grilling machine, humidifier, kids trike, dresser, bathroom sink and vanity, microwave, toaster oven, Fagor pressure cooker, Little Tikes, toddler swing, crib, table lamps. Swap Program information is available at or email questions to

Contra dance

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 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.

Kitchen garden

Walpole, N.H.: Come to the Parks Place Community Resource Center's 6th Annual Garden Event on April 10 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Alyson's Orchard. This year the theme is, "The Art of Growing Food," featuring Ellen Ecker Ogden, the author of "The Complete Kitchen Garden," and co-founder of "The Cooks' Garden" seed catalog. June Lupiani will also demonstrate creative ways to prepare foods from your kitchen garden. She is a registered dietitian and co-owner of MKT Grafton, a modern general store and eatery in Grafton. Admission to the event is by donation. The silent auction items can be previewed at 1:30 p.m. the day of the event. Refreshments will be provided. All contributions go to support Parks Place. For more information about the event, call Parks Place at (802) 463-9927 or visit our facebook page at

Coin show

Keene, N.H.: The Brattleboro Collectors Club will join the Keene club hosting a coin, sports card and postcard show at the Keene Knights of Columbus on April 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call Jim at 802-379-2353.


West Brattleboro: First Congregational Church at 880 Western Ave., hosts its monthly free breakfast on April 10 from 8 to 9:30 a.m.. The menu includes scrambled eggs, home fries, french toast, apple pancakes, fresh maple syrup, sausage, fresh fruit, orange juice, coffee,tea and hot chocolate. All are welcome; donations accepted.

Camera club

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Camera Club invites all to attend a presentation by Suzanne Flynt on "The Allen Sisters: Pictorial Photographers 1885-1920," on April 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Library. "The Allen Sisters: Pictorial Photographers 1885-1920," was awarded the Historic New England Book Prize in 2002.

Drug laws

Dummerston: The Brattleboro Chapter of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute hosts the second in its current series of morning and afternoon lectures, to be held on April 11. The morning lecture, by Meg Mott of Marlboro College, will discuss drug laws in history and how they have been used to control certain groups in society. The afternoon lecture, by Fletcher Proctor, will examine the social, political, and theological issues surrounding the Civil War. Fletcher is a Putney attorney with a lifelong interest in Vermont history. Lectures are held on six successive Mondays. Morning lectures run from 10 a.m. to noon; afternoon lectures, from 1 to 3 p.m. All lectures will be held at the Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 US 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

'Danish Girl'

Dover: On April 11, the Dover Free Library presents the feature film "The Danish Girl," starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander, starting at 6 p.m. The movie is rated R. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-348-7488.


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.


Dumemrston: Zen meditation and discussion on April 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. at 24 East West Road. Free. Beginners welcome, all welcome. For directions and details visit or call Charlie Laurel at 802-257-7916.


Dover: On April 12, the Dover Free Library presents the feature film "Pride," starring Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton and Dominic West, starting at 5:30 p.m. The movie is rater R. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-348-7488.

Senior lunch

Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon on Friday, April 15, at the Guilford Community Church. The menu includes beef and tater bake, creamed corn with bacon and bread, with dump cake 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 April 13.


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

Senior lunch

Chesterfield, N.H.: The Chesterfield Senior Lunch will be held on April 13, at 12:30 p.m. in the Chesterfield Town Hall. A ham dinner with mac and cheese will be served. Reservations by calling Joanne at 802-363-8348. Suggested donation is $5. The HCS nurse will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to take blood pressures. All seniors are welcome.

Dance class

Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents a Central African dance class with Raoul Ombang on April 13 from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at Sobo Studio at Cotton Mill Hill. Sliding scale of $8 to $20 for dance; all levels are welcome. For more information, visit or find African Dance VT on Facebook.

Senior lunch

Dummerston: The next senior lunch at the Evening Star Grange and sponsored by Senior Solutions is scheduled for April 13 at noon. Chef Larry Lynch Jr. will prepare roast pork, mashed potatoes with gravy, fresh asparagus, cole slaw and frosted cake. Takeout available by calling 802-254-1138 the day of the meal. Books from Lydia Pratt Library will be available to borrow.

Senior lunch

Newfane: On April 14, at noon at the Newfane Congregational Church, there will be dinner for seniors in Newfane and surrounding communities. The menu includes antipasto, green salad, lasagna and meatballs, eggplant rollatini, garlic bread, and cream cake. The meal is prepared by Winnie Dolan, hosted by Barbara Brooks and served by hard-working volunteers from the church and community and sponsored by Senior Solutions. The suggested donation for this meal is $3.50 for age 60 and over and $4 for under age 60. Call Winnie Dolan at 802-365-7870 for more information.

Santa's Land

Putney: On April 14 at 7 p.m. in the Putney Fire Station Community Room, C.S. Wurzberger is hosting a presentation on her plans to develop a zoological park at the former Santa's Land on Route 5. For more information, visit

Senior meal

Halifax: April 15 is the next Halifax senior meal, held at the community hall at 20 Brook Road in W. Halifax. Serving at noon. The menu includes baked chicken legs, potato salad, harvard beets,a second veggie, rolls and dessert. All seniors are welcome. A call to Joan 802-368-7733 is appreciated.

Talent show

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


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.

Bee keeping

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 or call 603-756-9056."

Turkey buffet

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.

Gimme shelter

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.

Spiritual healing

Brattleboro: On April 16 at 3 p.m., Eckankar of Vermont hosts Spiritual Perspectives on Health and Healing at Brooks Memorial Library. For more information, visit or call 800-772-9390.

Oregon choices

Putney: On April 16, at 1 p.m., the Putney Public Library is hosting a screening of "How to Die in Oregon," an award-winning documentary that offers a moving portrait of what it means to use medical aid in dying. The Putney Public Library is located at 55 Main St. This events are free and open to the public.

Climate change

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.

Underground railroad

Guilford: On April 17, the Guilford Historical Society presents "Vermont's Underground Railroad — Helping Slaves To Freedom," an illustrated lecture by Jane Williamson, director of the Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburg. The lecture will start at 2 p.m. in the Broad Brook Grange building at 2890 Guilford Center Road. Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Protest songs

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

Spring camp

Brattleboro: From April 18 to 22, Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center hosts a spring camp, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for children in grades kindergarten through 4. More information, registration and scholarships can be found at or by calling 802-257-5785.

Tax resistance

Brattleboro: The Pioneer Valley War Tax Resisters will have an information table on Tax Day, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Brattleboro Food Coop at 2 Main St. A variety of war tax resistance literature and experienced war tax resisters will be available. For more information, call 802-387-2798.


Dummerston: On April 18, from 10 a.m. to noon, Meg Mott will discuss the Reagan-era drug laws. From 1 to 3 p.m., Joe Rivers will discuss the role Brattleboro played in the Civil War. The lecutres are sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Brattleboro Chapter. Fee: $6 per lecture, or by membership. For more information please call Julie Lavorgna (802) 365-7278 or e-mail At the Southeast Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 Route 5.


Bellows Falls: On April 19 at 6 p.m., workshop leader Leslie Lassetter will incorporate Zentangle meditative drawing with the Seven Rays of Life and Transformational Kinesiology in an exploration of the ancient art of mandalas. This event is free and open to the public. To sign up or for more information, call 802-463-4270, visit, email or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.

Trail maintenance

Chesterfield, N.H.: April trail maintenance at Pisgah State Park is scheduled for April 16. Meet at the Horseshoe trailhead in Chesterfield at 9 a.m. to do some drainage work and clear all trails that will be used for the May 14 5k/10k Run in the Park. Bring gloves, water, lunch and tools or use ours.


Northfield, Mass.: St. Patricks Church is hosting a lasagna dinner on April 20 at 6 p.m. The menu includes lasagna, salad, rolls, and dessert. Adults are $10 and children 12 and younger are $5. For additional information or to make reservations, call 413-498-2728.


Bellows Falls: On April 21 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 or stop by the Rockingham Library at 65 Westminster St. This event is free and open to the public.

Preachers, poets

Guilford: On April 21 at 7 p.m. at the Guilford Community Church, Tom Ragle and Don McLean will present their third collaborative reading, featuring English and American poets.


Townshend: On April 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in Town Hall, Windham Regional Woodlands Association presents Doug Blodgett, who will discuss the local rattlesnake and its unique contribution to Vermont's native wildlife community. He will share information on the life history of this Vermont native animal at the very northern end of its range in the continental United States. Doug will reveal some interesting results of his research on this endangered species, and discuss the tough challenges it faces.

Community Passover

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 / 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.


Hinsdale, N.H.: The North Hinsdale Community Church is hosting a spaghetti dinner on April 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children older than 7 and $3 children younger than 7. For more information, call 603-256-6930 or email

Harvard Forest

Greenfield, Mass.: On April 23, the Windham Regional Woodlands Association is hosting an all-day visit to the Harvard Forest. Meet at the Exit 1 Outlet Center in Brattleboro at 8:45 a.m. for carpooling, or meet the group at Harvard Forest at 10 a.m. Bring our own lunch; return to Brattleboro by about 3:30 p.m. For more information, call or email Marli Rabinowitz at 802-254-8325 or

Pinnacle Association

Saxtons River: Pinnacle Association's Annual Meeting, Forest Walk, and Cellar Hole Program is set for April 24. At 2 p.m., forester Silos Roberts and Andy Toepfer, who do natural resource mapping and cartography, will lead a walk entitled the "Whys and Hows of Forest Management for Conservation." Interested hikers should call Silos Roberts at 802-869-1388 for more information and registration. They should dress for walking in the woods at this wet time of year and meet at Main Street Arts, 35 Main St. Hikers will return from the walk in time for WHPA's Annual Meeting and program lecture there. At 4 p.m., the Pinnacle Association will host its annual meeting at MSA. Attendees can enjoy refreshments and view maps and materials. Richard Ewald will present a slide lecture entitled "Looking into Cellar Holes: Foundations of Extremely Local History." For more information, visit

Outreach meal

West Brattleboro: The next West Brattleboro Baptist Church community outreach meal is set for April 24, serving continuously from noon to 1:45 p.m. The menu includes homemade beef stew, biscuits, cole slaw, fruit, dessert, and beverage of choice. All are welcome.

Volunteers needed

Saxtons River: Main Street Arts is hosting an information session for potential volunteers May 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. with the bonus of creating a do-it-yourself garden treasure. While they learn about volunteer opportunities and enjoy refreshments, participants will be taken through the process of embedding some of their personal treasures into a cement circle to create a garden stepping stone to take home. Materials will be supplied. The event is limited to 20, and reservations are needed by April 29 by calling MSA at 802-869-2960 or e-mailing Further information can be accessed on Facebook or at

Italian dinner

Chesterfield, N.H.: On April 27, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., the Chesterfield Central School will host its 8th Grade Italian Dinner. The menu includes chicken Parmesan, Italian sausage, or meatballs. $10 per person, $5 for all Chesterfield students. No family will pay more than $30.

'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.

Senior lunch

Williamsville: On April 28, at noon at the Williamsville Town Hall, in the downstairs dining room, there will be lunch for seniors in Williamsville and surrounding communities. Lunches will take place every fourth Thursday of the month, April through October. The meals will be prepared at the Williamsville Town Hall kitchen by Jon Julian chef/owner of Top of the Hill Grill, hosted by Nancy Rysz and Nissa Petrak, and sponsored by Senior Solutions. The suggested donation for this meal is $3.50 for age 60 and older and $4 for those younger than 60. Call Nancy Rysz at 802-348-7729 for more information.


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

Grow it

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 to register for the workshop and for more details.


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