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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.
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.
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 www.africandancevt.com or find African Dance VT on Facebook.
Athens: On May 4 at 7 p.m. in the Athens School, an open forum will be held concerning the development of a town plan with Tim Johnson from WTSA radio acting as moderator. The forum is funded by a Municipal Planning Grant that was awarded by the Vermont Dept. of Housing and Community Development and is sponsored by the Athens Town Planning Commission.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Townshend: The community is invited to dinner at noon on May 5, at the Townshend Church. The meal is sponsored by Senior Solutions and prepared by Chef Stephanie of the Townshend Dam Diner. Suggested donation is $3.50 for people 60 years and up; all others $4. Take-out meals will be available. Everyone is welcome.
Brattleboro: Local author and publisher Dede Cummings discusses her new book "The Good Living Guide to Beekeeping; Secrets of the Hive, Stories From the Field, and a Practical Guide That Explains it All," May 6 at 6 p.m. at Everyone's Books on Elliot Street. She will be joined by local beekeeper, Gordon Fisher, of West Brattleboro.
Townshend: On May 6, One Part Luck will be performing at the West Townshend Store Pizza Night. The duo plays traditional and original country folk music. Pizza making begins at 5 p.m. Build your own, at $10 a pie, from a number of tasty ingredients, and watch it bake in the outdoor oven. Beer, wine and other refreshments are also available. Music begins at 6:30.
Vernon: On May 6, the Vernon Elementary School is hosting Judy Dow, Abenaki teacher, storyteller, and basket maker. She will be working with grades K-6 on topic-specific issues that the teachers have identified as fitting with their curriculum. Additionally, student art work from their time with Dow will be displayed at the school from 1 to 2:30 on Friday afternoon in the Library. This work will then be transported to the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, where it will be displayed with all other area public schools' artwork from 5 to 8 p.m.
Brattleboro: Experienced Goods Thrift Shop announces a new and exciting adventure in shopping. PopUp@77Flat is an online shopping event, featuring the best of the best that Experienced Goods has to offer. All proceeds of Experienced Goods Thrift Shop including PopUp@77Flat benefit the important work of Brattleboro Area Hospice. The Pop-up event will go live at 5 p.m. on May 6th. Monthly, a new themed auction window at Experienced Goods at 77 Flat St. At that time the online auction also goes live at www.32auctions.com/popup77flat. Items can be viewed from the street or more closely online at the auction site. Bids will be accepted only online and can take place 24 hours daily from the comfort of your own home. For more information on the event and how to bid, visit brattleborohospice.org/calendar/popup-77flat.
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.
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 chesterfieldnhfunrun.org or find Chesterfield School Fun Run on Facebook.
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.
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 travel.state.gov for information about required documentation.
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 email@example.com.
Townshend: This year, the Community Hope & Action group of Townshend invites all to come down to the Townshend Common on May 7 to help clean up the streets. Following cleanup will be a celebration, including a free barbecue and a performance by The Bondville Boys. Green Up bags must be used for cleanup and will be available at the town hall or Townshend Elementary prior to the event as well as the day of. For more informatmion, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-365-4700 and ask for Kate.
Westminster: The Bellows Falls Rotary Club will be hosting its annual penny sale on May 7 at the Bellows Falls Union High School auditorium. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided by the Bellows Falls Union High School Booster Club. The Penny Sale is the Rotary Club's major fundraiser with proceeds used for community projects and programs such Our Place Drop In Center, Parks Place and the Warming Shelter. Over 300 prizes have been generously donated by area businesses, including a kayak, a bicycle, and a Keurig Coffee Machine. A cash raffle tops off the evening's events with a chance to win $50, $150, $250 or even $500.
Rockingham: Green Up Day is coming May 7. Families and interested parties can pick up the familiar green bags to clean up neighborhoods, roads, parks and playgrounds. Bags are available at the J&H Hardware store, the Saxtons River Market, Town Clerk's Office, and at Herricks Cove on Sunday, May 1 at the 2016 Wildlife Festival. Once an area is clean, the green bags can be left by the side of the road for town-wide pick-up on May 9 or dropped off at the Saxtons River Fire Department, Rockingham Highway Garage, or the Bellows Falls Garage. For more information, visit www.greenupvermont.org, email Guy Payne at email@example.com or leave a message at 802-869-2600.
Townshend: The West River Community Project will be holding a spring festival behind the West Townshend Country Store on May 7 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.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Farmers' Market welcomes Andy Davis and his traditional Maypole celebration at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Route 9 in Brattleboro.
Spring into health
Townshend: Enjoy a morning of healthy fun while supporting Grace Cottage Hospital's Patient Care Fund on May 7. 5K race starts and ends at the Townshend Common. Route is out-and-back on the flat and paved Grafton Road. Free T-shirts for first 100 registrants. $20 for 13 and older; 12 and yonger free. Prizes, raffles, general merriment. Rain or shine. 8:30 sharp 5K race start time. 9:15 Fun Run for kids start time. For more information, visit www.gracecottage.com/events or call 802-365-9109.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Mother's Day brunch
Williamsville: The Williamsville Hall on Dover Road presents the 6th Annual Mother's Day Brunch on May 8 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Blueberry and plain pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, toast, fruit and home baked goods, along with coffee, tea, milk or juice will be available. Adults, $8, children 10 and younger, $5.Proceeds go to the Williamsville Hall fund. Contact email@example.com for questions.
Brattleboro: On May 8, Brattleboro Dance will present contra dancing with caller Nils Fredland accompanied by the Boston based band, Anadama, with Amelia Mason on fiddle, Emily Troll on accordion and Bethan Waickman on guitar. The dance will be held at 118 Elliot St., starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 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.
A Vermont romance
Brattleboro: On May 8 starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Latchis Theatre, there will be a screening of "A Vermont Romance," made in 1916, the first feature film ever made in Vermont. This screening of the new digitally re-mastered version, accompanied by live piano, with an original score by veteran film composer/pianist Bob Merrill, will be followed by a panel discussion with Steve Bissette, film historian, and Paul Carnahan, Librarian at the Vermont Historical Society. Presented by the Vermont Movie Archive Project, a new initiative of the Vermont International Film Foundation, whose mission is to preserve and make accessible Vermont's film heritage, in partnership with ARTstravaganza and the Brattleboro Film Festival. Tickets can be purchased for $15 at vtiffvermontromancelatchis.bpt.me or at the box office.
West Brattleboro: Free pancake breakfast, First Congregational Church, an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ, 880 Western Ave., 8 a.m. on May 8.
Chesterfield, N.H.: The Chesterfield Senior Lunch will be held on May 11, at 12:30 p.m. in the Chesterfield Town Hall. A Swedish meatball dinner will be served. For reservations call Joanne at 603-363-8348. Suggested donation is $5. Chief Chickering of the Chesterfield Police Department will speak to the group about scams that are currently affecting many seniors. The HCS nurse will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to take blood pressures.
Jamaica: The Jamaica Senior Luncheon will be held at noon on May 12 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.
Grafton: Spring rains summon an astounding variety of wild medicinal mushrooms and greens. Join The Nature Museum on a spring mushrooming and wild edible adventure: "Spring Wildcrafting: Medicinal Mushrooms and Greens," on May 21. Ari Rockland-Miller, will give a colorful presentation to introduce you to foraging safety, strategy, and ethics. The Nature Museum is offering two "Spring Wildcrafting: Medicinal Mushrooms and Greens," programs in one day. Participants may choose between a morning walk from 9:30 a.m. to noon, or an afternoon walk from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $25 when purchased by May 13, $30 after that date. To register, visit www.nature-museum.org/programs/adults.
Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents Central African drum and dance class with Raoul Ombang on May 11, preceded at 6:30 p.m. drum class, with dancing from 7:30 to 9, 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. Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing and bring a water bottle. Class will be accompanied by live drumming. For more information, visit www.africandancevt.com or find African Dance VT on Facebook. The following is a correction from the listing that Melanie White just sent you:
Newfane: On May 12 at noon at the Newfane Congregational Church, there will be dinner for seniors in Newfane and surrounding communities. The menu includes cheese puffs, gelatin salad, chicken with stuffing and gravy, cranberry sauce and peas, breadsticks and a brownie sundae. The delicious 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 information.
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.
Westminster West: The Westminster West School is hosting its annual spring plant sale on May 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come early for the best selection, including a wide variety of annuals, perennials, and vegetable starts from some of the area's finest gardeners and farmers. All proceeds support Westminster West School and the Westminster West Public Library.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro American Legion Band Concert Band's 26th annual Spring Concert will be held on May 14, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Linden Street American Legion. This is a free "Pops" concert open to the general public and features a wide variety of musical styles.
Guilford: Sportsmen Inc., a local hunting,fishing and shooting club is hosting its annual Kids Day at the club on May 14. The gate will be open and activities start at 9:30 am. The trout pond will be stocked. Archery, BB gun, trap, and small bore .22 shooting will be available for kids under the age of 15. There will be free hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and beverage served starting at 11:30 a.m. The club is located at 2081 Creamery Rd. Please do not bring any firearms, the club will provide coaches and equipment. Please bring your fishing poles for the pond. There is a three-fish limit per child. For information call Art at 802-257-1248.
Brattleboro: Learn how you can cut energy costs in your home or business by 50 to 100 percent while taking advantage of up to $7,500 in incentives, on Monday, May 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Marlboro College Graduate School, 28 Vernon St. Zero Energy Now is a new, comprehensive energy improvement program, providing efficiency upgrades to your building along with renewable heating (such as heat pumps and biomass), and solar photovoltaics. You can move your home or business toward using zero energy at little or no monthly cost, with energy savings paying for financing. By doing so, you will increase your comfort, cut your carbon emissions, and eventually have virtually no energy costs at all. As an added bonus, up to $7,500 in incentives are available to program participants located in former Central Vermont Public Service territory. For more information, visit www.zeroenergynowvt.com. To register for the May 16 informational session, contact Paul Cameron at 802-251-8135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bellows Falls: On May 16 at 7 p.m., poet John Woods will read a selection of his poetry at the Rockingham Free Public Library. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 802-463-4270, visit rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the Rockingham Library at 65 Westminster St.
Brattleboro: Oak Meadow's Brattleboro School Without Walls will have an opening in September. In advance, there will be information sessions on May 17 at 1 p.m., May 18 at 5:30 p.m. and May 21 at 11 a.m., in its offices in the Brooks House. For more information, visit oakmeadow.com or email email@example.com.
Brattleboro: John Hagen will present "American Engagement with Niger: A Case Study on Confronting Violent Extremism in Africa" at the School for International Training, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. Coffee/tea/conversation will precede the talk at 7 p.m.
Brattleboro: On May 18 in the Brooks House Atrium, the Intergenerational Chorus will present a free concert featuring students from Oak Grove School in grades 4 to 6, who will join their voices in song with adult volunteers at noon. The concert is free, although donations are always gratefully accepted. Bring a bag lunch and enjoy the music. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department is hosting its annual Summer Program Registration Extravaganza May 18 and 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Conference Room at the Gibson Aiken Center. You will now be able to register for our summer programs all at one convenient location. The 2015 Summer Brochure will be distributed to the Brattleboro Elementary Schools, Chamber of Commerce, and the Gibson-Aiken Center. For more information, visit www.brattleboro.org, find the department on Facebook, or call 802-254-5808.
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 GroundworksVT.org. 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 lbennett@groundworksVT.org or 802-257-0066, ext. 1101.
Grafton: On May 21, Bob Engel will lead an intimate nature walk during the height of spring migration at The Nature Museum in Grafton. For those who would like to carpool, will meet at 7 a.m. to carpool to a remote private property 10 minutes away, which has a brook, pond, meadow and woods. Engel's bird walk will begin at 7:30 and end around 9:30. The Nature Museum is located at 186 Townshend Rd.
Alstead, N.H.: Turkey Buffet at Third Congregational Church, May 21, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Takeout available. Adults age 13 and over $10; children age 6 through 12, $5; children under 6 free. Turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry, potato, peas, carrots, rolls, beverages, dessert. Information: Joanne 603-835-6734 or Myrna 603-835-2939.
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 Abby@350vt.org.
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 email@example.com or find Jamaica Old Home Day on Facebook.
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