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Make a wish
Brattleboro: Each year Make-A-Wish Vermont grants approximately 37 wishes for Vermont kids with life threatening conditions. In Brattleboro every year an event is held to raise funds for and awareness of Make-A-Wish. All funds raised in Vermont are used to grant the wishes of Vermont kids and several wishes are granted every year in this area. This year, raffle tickets for a chance to win one of eight items, each valued at a minimum of $500, are on sale and the drawing will takes place Sept. 30 at the Brattleboro Country Club at An Evening of Wishes. A Wish family will be there to describe their wish trip and what Make-A-Wish has meant to them. To purchase tickets, visit www.aneveningofwishes.com. Tickets are $50 each and include the celebration on the Sept. 30. Prizes include four tickets to a Celtics game in a corporate box, a two-night stay in a Back Bay Boston brownstone, $500 of DMI plowing or paving services, $500 from Lawton Floor Design, a Mexican dinner with all the fixings prepared and served for six people, a two-night stay at The Roger Smith Hotel in New York City, a Raleigh hybrid bicycle and a package of at least 10 $50 gift certificates to local restaurants. Sponsors include The Richards Group, Brattleboro Subaru Brattleboro Ford, River Valley Credit Union, C&S Wholesale Grocers, People's United Bank, DMI, Lawton Floor Design, Burrows Specialized Sports and others. For more information, call Barb Harris at 802-257-7803.
Brattleboro: Friends of local artist and gallery owner Jim Giddings are planning a Sept. 29 benefit to help him rebuild after a recent fire destroyed his studio and four decades of paintings. The fundraiser, planned for 5:30 to 9 p.m. at 118 Elliot St. in Brattleboro, will begin with refreshments and a silent auction of art donated by local artists and collectors, followed by a live auction of more work at 7 p.m. Proceeds will support Giddings' effort to rebuild his Brattleboro studio. Artists interested in donating work for the auction should email email@example.com by Sept. 22. Monetary contributions payable to the Jim Giddings Fire Fund can be made at the Sept. 29 event or mailed to the Jim Giddings Fire Fund in care of Brattleboro Savings & Loan, 221 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt., 05301.
Grafton: On Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Brattleboro Area Hospice will host a Death Café at The Chapel on Main Street. This free event is part of an international movement begun in Europe (www.deathcafe.com), and is dedicated to taking death out of the closet in order to discuss it publicly. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend, but space is limited. RSVPs are required at 802 257 0775, ext. 108, or 802 460 1142, ext. 108.
Westminster West: The Congregational Church of Westminster West, a United Church of Christ, will host a labyrinth walk in its sanctuary on the autumnal equinox, Thursday. The labyrinth, an 18-square-foot canvas with a Chartres-style path, is new to the church, and the congregation is eager to share it with our neighbors. The Equinox Labyrinth Walk will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of the church, which is located at 44 Church St. Guests are asked to wear socks or to use our foot bath if they prefer to walk barefoot. Anyone who needs to wear shoes for medical reasons will be provided with booties to cover their shoes for the protection of the canvas. There is no fee for the walk, though donations will be accepted. For more information, contact Rev. Susie Webster-Toleno at 802-579-8356 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brattleboro: The Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel will meet on Thursday, starting at 6 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at Brattleboro Union High School. At the meeting the panel will receive decommissioning updates from the State of Vermont and Entergy, as well as an update on water management issues at the Vermont Yankee site. The panel will also hear a presentation from the state of the Vermont's Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security on the new emergency plan. All meetings of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel are open to the public. The public can submit comments to the Panel by emailing PSD.NDCAP@vermont.gov.
Brattleboro: The next meeting of BrattleMasters, the local Toastmasters club, will be held Thursday at the Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. Since the meeting falls on the Autumnal Equinox, the theme will be "Equinox." The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and will include prepared speeches, evaluations, and reports by members. Lee Ives Tice will be the Toastmaster of the Evening. Guests are welcome to attend, and are invited to participate in the extemporaneous speaking exercises. For information about the local Toastmasters club, visit brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org.
Williamsville: On Thursday at noon at the Williamsville Town Hall, in the downstairs dining room, there will be dinner for seniors in Williamsville and surrounding communities. The menu includes Shepherd's pie, salad, rolls, vegetable, bread pudding. The meal is prepared at the Williamsville Town Hall kitchen by Jon Julian owner/chef of Top of the Hill Grill, hosted by Nancy Rysz and Natalie Donovan and sponsored by Senior Solutions (Council on Aging, Inc.). The suggested donation for this meal is $3.50 for age 60 and over and $4 for under age 60. Call Nancy Rysz at 802-348-7729 for information and reservations.
Brattleboro: "Understanding Cuba Through Film" starts on Friday, the first Windham World Affairs Council event of the year, starting with a Cuban dinner by donation at 6:30 p.m. The film screens at 7 p.m. At 118 Elliot Street. RSVP at email@example.com.
Williamsville: On Friday, from 4 to 6 p.m., there will be meditative walk, including poems or other readings, and chances to share. Rain or Shine. 300 Sunset Lake Road. Meet at the parking lot at 4 p.m. For information, call Fred at 802-387-2681.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro North KOA Campground on Route 5 in Dummerston is hosting its 10th Vintage Camper Rally Friday through Sunday. Local residents and visitors are invited to an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. About 50 fully restored and outfitted campers, including Air Streams, Scottys, Shastas, and others will be open to walk through. Their proud owners look forward to sharing their search and restoration stories. Some will have vintage items and crafts available for sale. The campsite's re-purposed 1969 Banner trailer, known as the Vintage Kitchen, will be open for lunch and snacks. There is no charge for the open house and cameras are welcome. Please leave dogs at home. For further information, call 802 254-5908.
Bellows Falls: Sing up early for a writing workshop at Rockingham Public Library, set for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with Elayne Clift, who will offer "Making Meaning of Memory — Without Falling Down the Rabbit Hole." Registration is required. Free and open to the public, but seats are limited. To register or for more information, call 802-463-4270, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.
Bellows Falls: Bellows Falls Union High Class of 2017 will be hosting its 5k Paint Run/Walk on Saturday starting at 9:30. Proceeds will benefit the classes Project Graduation which is a substance free celebration the night of graduation. The run will begin at the Waypoint Center at 17 Depot St. Free 5k Kid Fun Run for Children of registered runners/walkers at 8:45 a.m.. Entry fee is $10 for 9 and younger, $20 for junior high and high school students and $25 for adults. No Strollers allowed). Register by Sept. 10 to guarantee a T-shirt, sunglasses and color packet. Registration information at email@example.com or call 802-463-3944, ext. 233.
Westmoreland, N.H.: The Union Church is sponsoring the first ever Johnny Appleseed Day on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the town field on Route 12 in the East Village. The day will feature more than 15 children's games, home made apple crisp, ice cream, hot dogs and hamburgers, hay rides, a petting zoo, face painting, live bands, pie eating contests, kids crafts and much much more. Admission is free and the day will go on rain or shine.
Brattleboro: The Latchis Theatre's Off the Beaten Path film series wraps up on Saturday and Sept. 25 with "Our Little Sister," a comedy-drama from Japan which revolves around three sisters who live in their grandmother's home and the arrival of their 13-year-old half sister.
Chesterfield, N.H.: On Saturday, Public Lands Day, the Friends of Pisgah will host a guided hike to an old growth forest stand in the North Round Pond area. Meet at the Horseshoe parking lot, a mile behind the Chesterfield Elementary School at 9 a.m. The walk in to the stand of old growth trees is nearly three miles, so the round trip will be nearly six miles in total. Bring a lunch and plenty of water so you'll have plenty of energy and will remain well hydrated.
Brattleboro: The Daughters of Isabella will host a silent auction and lasagna supper on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. in Msgr. Rand Hall at St. Michaels School, 47 Walnut St. $7, adults and $4, children.
West Brattleboro: On Saturday, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center and the West Brattleboro Association join superpowers to host an outdoor cinema event "Insect Cinema." Join your friends and neighbors for a free, all-ages evening of insect education, art, games and a movie. Activities begin at 5:30 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the spectacular film "Microcosmos" at dusk.
Northfield, Mass.: St. Patricks Church at 88 Main Street will be hosting a lasagna dinner on Saturday at 5 p.m. The menu includes lasagna, salad, rolls, and dessert. Adults are $10 and children 12 and under are $5. For additional information or to make reservations, call 413-498-2728.
Bellows Falls: The Bellows Falls Woman's Club will hold a yard sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Masonic Temple, Westminster Street, rain or shine. Contact Dianne Potter at 802-376-3211, Betty Haggerty at 802-463-4159, or Sally McGaffigan at 603-445-2527 for information, and/or pickup of items. No clothing. Proceeds benefit the many community outreach projects of the club, including a high school scholarship.
Putney: There will be a contra dance in Pierce's Hall on East Putney Falls Road on Saturday, starting with a beginner's session at 7:30 p.m. and dancing until 10:30 p.m. Music will be provided by Mary Lauren, fiddle, Kevin Blanchard, mandolin, and Becky Hollingsworth, piano, and the caller will be Steve Howland. $10 suggested donation. For more information, call 802-387-0163.
Vernon: The Vernon Free Library will hold a floral arranging workshop Saturday at 10 a.m. Fee is by donation. Registration is required. Call the library at 802-257-0150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brattleboro: In celebration of Centre Church's bicentennial, there will be a contra dance on Saturday starting at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall at Centre Church. This is a family friendly event for all ages and levels and experience, taught and called by Andy David, with accordion and fiddle. Refreshments served. Admission $5.
Williamsville: On Saturday starting at 3 p.m. at the Manitou Preserve, there will be a fall equinox celebration, including circle dancing in the woods from 3 to 4 p.m., outdoor sound healing concert from 4 to 5 p.m., and a fireside feast from 5 top dusk. For more information, contact Mike at 802-258-8598.
Brattleboro: The Windham Solid Waste Management District Swap Program on Old Ferry Road is 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 Freecycle (www.freecycle.org/). Items available this week include coffee makers, books, VHS cassettes, audio cassettes, silverware, flower pots, windows, lamps, kitchen items, baskets, dishes, toys, toaster oven, lamp shades and coffee mugs.
Brattleboro: The West Brattleboro Baptist Church, 979 Western Ave., will host its monthly community outreach meal on Sunday from noon to 1:45 p.m. The menu features homemade baked beans, hot dogs, homemade cole slaw, bread, fruit, dessert, and beverage of choice. All are welcome.
Brattleboro: On Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. Abby Mnookin and Mother Up! will be at The Root Social Justice Center, presenting the story of five families from across Vermont traveled to the Pennsylvania Shalefields to bear witness to the impacts of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. For more information, email email@example.com.
Brattleboro: On Sunday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., there will be a community circle dance at the Aikido Studio, 11 Cottage St., led by Doris Schload. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated. For information, call Parker Huber at 802-257-9108 or Mary Ellen Cannon at 603-631-0768.
Putney: Parenting for Social Justice Chats at the Putney Public Library are three Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, and Oct. 30 and Dec. 4. Come join a conversation that is designed to connect us and grow us as parents and as people. The goal of these conversations is to contribute to successful communities by equipping parents with tools for engaging their children on social justice topics. Free and open to the public. Coffee and bagels. Childcare is provided for kids ages 3 and up. RSVP to reserve a spot for your kids at Angela@act4socialjustice.com or 802-254-3400.
Brattleboro: On Sunday from 7 to 10 p.m., there will be a contra dance at 118 Elliot Street with live music by Heathen Creek, with Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin calling. Newcomers welcome; all dances taught and called. Adults, $10 to $12; college students, $8; youth, $5. Come fragrance-free. For more information, visit brattcontra.org or call 518-561-2594.
Brattleboro: On Sunday at 2 p.m., Brattleboro Historical Society and Historical Society of Windham County will co-sponsor a talk and video program on "Mystery of the Cove," and Brattleboro Indian Rock, at the Brattleboro History Center in the Masonic Building at 196 Main Street. The presenter will be underwater diver Annette Spaulding of Belllows Falls who has recently rediscovered one of two petroglyphs submerged by the Connecticut River since building of the Vernon Dam over 100 years ago. The program is free and open to the public. For information, call 802-254-8398.
Rockingham: On Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Rockingham Meeting House, Portland, Maine, based gospel, bluegrass and blues-influenced folk-hollar band will perform an afternoon all-acoustic concert. Tickets are $20 ($10 for children under 12) and are available in advance from tinyurl.com/ghost925. Partial proceeds to benefit The Rockingham Meetinghouse Association.
Rockingham: On Sunday, the Bellows Falls Rotary Club will be holding its 8th Annual Paddle Battle oat Herrick's Cove. The Paddle Battle canoe/kayak race is held as a benefit to help raise money for the Bellows Falls Rotary Club's scholarship fund. The event is much more than a race. It is an opportunity for people to get out on the water and enjoy one of Vermont's most beautiful and often underappreciated natural treasurers, the Connecticut River. The Race will begin at Herrick's Cove and follow a 7.5-mile out-and-back course. Registration is from 9 to 10 a.m. with a 10:30 start time. The registration fee of $20 per paddler will include a barbecue lunch. Paddlers under the age of 16 are free.
Brattleboro: Annette Spaulding will discuss her recent discovery of petroglyphs in the Connecticut River at a free program Sunday presented by the Brattleboro Historical Society and Historical Society of Windham County. The free public program is set for 2 p.m. at the Brattleboro History Center in the Masonic Lodge at 230 Main St.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Great Books Discussion Group will discuss "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man," by James Joyce on Sept. 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the History Room in Brooks Memorial Library. For more information, contact Michael Landis at 802-257-1851 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dover: On Sept. 26, the Dover Free Library presents the feature film "I Saw the Light," starring Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen, at 5:30 p.m. Rated R. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-348-7488 or visit wwwdoverfreelibrary1913.org.
Climate change cafe
Brattleboro: On Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. in the community room of the Brattleboro Food Co-op, Post Oil Solutions will host Elizabeth Sawin, co-director of Climate Interactive, who will give a presentation on approaching climate change solutions from a systemic perspective. As always, the Cafe is free, and light refreshments will be available. The Climate Change Café is a project of Post Oil Solutions, and is intended to educate and engage citizens around the climate crisis. For more information, contact Tim Stevenson at email@example.com or 802-869-2141.
Top the Truck
Putney: Putney Public Library and the Putney Foodshelf present "A Kickoff to Top the Truck: Everything you've ever wanted to know about the Putney Foodshelf but never asked," on Sept. 27, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Evie Lovett will speak about the Hunger Story Circle Project she is doing with the Vermont Foodbank and the Vermont Folklife Center and others from the Putney Foodshelf will present about the role of the Foodshelf in our community. On Sept. 28 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Next Stage on Kimball Hill the Putney Foodshelf will host its Top Truck Food Drive. Rain or shine.
Vernon: The Vernon Community Café makes its debut Sept. 27 between 9 a.m. and noon in the Town Hall foyer. Developing a store and café has been outlined as one of the goals in the Vermont Council on Rural Development community visit process. Volunteers will be serving coffee, tea and baked goods prepared by town residents, with donations to defray the costs accepted. It is hoped, depending on the response, that the café will take place on a regular basis until a new store and café are up and running.
Dover: On Sept. 27, the Dover Free Library presents the feature film "Straight Outta Compton," starring O'Shea Jackson Jr., Cory Hawkins and Paul Giamatti, at 5:30 p.m. Rated R.This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-348-7488 or visit www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.
Putney: Putney Cares Congregate Lunch returns to the Putney Cares Activities Barn on Sept. 27. On the menu for this first meal of the season are quiche, massaged kale salad with walnuts and cranberries, whole wheat muffins and apple crisp with vanilla ice cream for dessert. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Abby in the Putney Cares office at 802-387-5593 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers are needed to help with set up and clean up and bringing folks who need rides.
Bellows Falls: On Sept. 28, Certified Wellness Coach Carol Jean Jones will lead an interactive presentation about wellness at the Rockingham Free Public Library. Take this opportunity to share healthy mind, body and spiritual practices, that have helped you set obtainable goals and continue to maintain them. Adults and families with children 7 and older are welcome to participate. For more information, call 802-463-4270, visit rockinghamlibrary.org, or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.
Bellows Falls: The Bellows Falls Promise Community will be holding a community forum to discuss what it takes to make a difference in the lives of young children on Sept. 28, at 5:30 p.m. at Central Elementary School. The forum is open to all community members. Light refreshments and quality childcare will be provided.
Bellows Falls: Our Place Drop-in Center hopes to fill every seat at the Bellows Falls Opera House with a bag of groceries Sept. 29. "Overflow the Opera House" is being coordinated by WKVT AM/FM radio as a way to stock the shelves at Our Place with groceries and personal care items, filling every one of the theater's 550 seats in the process. Volunteers will be on hand from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. so donors can drive by and hand off their donations without getting out of the car. WKVT will also be broadcasting live to remind listeners of the event and highlight the work of Our Place. Anyone who can't make it to the Opera House Sept. 29 is encouraged to bring a bag of groceries to Our Place beforehand so they can be counted towards the goal. Items especially needed are tuna, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, soup, crackers, rice, canned meals, canned fruits and veggies, protein items, baby food, juice, cereal, formula and other non-perishable food, plus personal care items such as feminine hygiene supplies, diapers, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, and soap. Information is available by calling 802-463-2217, emailing email@example.com, visiting www.ourplacevt.org or finding Our Place non Facebook.
Brattleboro: The annual AAUW Book Sale will be Sept. 29 and 30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon, at Centre Congregational Church at 193 Main St. Book donations will be accepted from the public on Saturday and 28, 9 a.m. to noon. Bring books to the door under the fire escape on the north side of the church. Clean books in good condition only, no textbooks, dictionaries, encyclopedias or Readers Digest Condensed Books please. For additional information or to make other arrangements for book delivery, call 802-380-2805 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dummerston: Evening Star Grange and Senior Solutions present their 4th Wednesday lunch on Sept. 28, beginning at noon. Chefs Sallie May and Larry Lynch will present a meal of shake and baked chicken, roasted root vegetables, roasted potato, tossed salad and pineapple upside downcake. Books from the Lydia Taft Pratt Library will be available for borrowing until the next luncheon. Take-outs are available by calling the Grange on Wednesday morning at 802-254-1138.
Brattleboro: On Sept. 30 at 6 p.m., at Everyone's Books, Kali Quinn will read from her new book "I Am Compassionate Creativity." For more information, call 802-254-8160 or email email@example.com.
Walpole, N.H.: The Walpole Historical Society will present "Duty's Faithful Child: A Visit With Louisa May Alcott," a monodrama written by Peter R. Nadolny and Performed by Jeanne L. Austin at 7 p.m. on Sept. 30, at the Walpole Town Hall. Famous as the author of "Little Women" and other books for young people, Louisa May Alcott was raised in the intellectual and philosophical center of Concord, Mass. Based on her journals and writings, the life of this remarkable woman, who supported her family from the age of seventeen, has been shaped into an exciting theatrical experience. For more information, visit www.walpolehistory.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newfane: On Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Friends of the Moore Free Library will be hosting its annual book sale at Union Hall. All proceeds go toward the library's community mission. For more information, call 802-365-7948.
Hike for the Homeless
Hinsdale, N.H.: Groundworks Collaborative is hosting its annual Hike for the Homeless On Mount Wantastiquet on Oct. 1. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. for a 10 a.m. and noon for a 12:30 p.m. hike to the summit or along the river trail. Raise funds individually ($50) or as a team ($250). All proceeds benefit Groundworks Collaborative. Refreshments will be available for all registered participants, and great prizes will be awarded to our top fundraising hikers. For links to register and set up an online fundraising page, visit GroundworksVT.org and click on the "events" tab. For more information, contact Libby at lbennett@GroundworksVT.org or 802-257-0066, ext. 1101.
Brattleboro: The Visiting Committee of Holton Home is having a tag sale on the porch and lawn of Holton Home at 158 Western Ave. on Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds benefit the residents of the home.
Brattleboro: Join Ari Rockland-Miller of The Mushroom Forager (www.themushroomforager.com) for a guided foray introducing gourmet and medicinal wild mushrooms of autumn, exploring the woods of the Brattleboro area on Oct. 1. Participants will receive a ForageCast handout for the region. $25 per person. registration is required. Maximum of 18 participants. Specific location in the Brattleboro area TBA to pre-registered attendees a few days prior to the workshop. To learn more and to register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/guided-mushroom-foray-tickets-27945379382.
Toys for kids
Brattleboro: On Oct. 2, VFW Post 1034 will host a Toys For Kids Jamboree from 1 to 6 p.m. There is a $5 admission at the door, which opens at noon. Playing Possum will perform. Food and raffle available.
Walpole, N.H.: On Oct. 2 from 1 to 3 p.m., Distant Hill Gardens will host a workshop on invasive plants and how to control them, whether by hand pulling, tractor winch removal, chemical spray, and "Cut Stump" herbicide application. Suggested donation of $5, which includes the Solar Open House and entry to the gardens. No registration is required For more information, visit www.distanthill.org or call Michael at 603-756-4179.
Brattleboro: Celebrate The Root Social Justice Center's 3rd Anniversary on Oct. 2 from 3 to 7 p.m. At the fundraiser party, there will be dancing, eating, drinking, giving awards, sharing our vision for racial justice organizing in our community, and raising funds to keep the doors of this volunteer-run space open for years to come. The event is free and open to the public. Donations encouraged. The Root Social Justice Center is located at 28 Williams St. For more information, visit www.therootsjc.org, call 802-254-3400 or email email@example.com.
Brattleboro: On Oct. 3, Tom Singleton will be leading a photo walk in conjunction with Scott Kelby's worldwide photo walk. Meet at 9 a.m. in the parking lot on Flat Street next to Dunklee Machinery. The walk will last approximately tw-and-a-half hours and end with lunch at the Whetstone Station. The walk is open to all ages and photo experience. Walkers should wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather; rain or shine. There will be a photo contest for walkers and the winner will receive a one year membership to Scott Kelby's magazine, video tutorials and other benefits. To register, visit kelbyone.com/photowalk/walk/brattleboro-vt-united-states.
Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon on Oct. 7, at the Guilford Community Church. The menu includes ultimate chicken noodle soup and egg salad sandwiches, pickles and dessert. A suggested donation of $3.50 for seniors and $5 for others is asked. A flu clinic will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. For more information and to make reservations, call 802-254-9774 no later than Oct. 5.
Bellows Falls: On Oct. 5 at 7 p.m., team members from Vermont Paranormal Investigators will share their paranormal experiences at the Rockingham Library. They'll discuss the history of their team and details from some of their cases. Learn about the theory and science behind ghost hunting and the equipment they use. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-463-4270, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.
Brattleboro: On Oct. 6 at 7 p.m., Ann Braden of Gun Sense VT, Clai Lasher-Sommers of Everytown for Gun Safety, Game Warden and Vermont Hunter Safety Instructor Kelly Price, and a representative of the Brattleboro Police Department will share their perspectives on guns in our community at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.
Westminster: On Oct. 6, Trout Unlimited will be sponsoring a presentation by Erin Rogers on stream connectivity. Rogers is the Western New England Culvert Project Coordinator for Trout Unlimited, and will be speaking about the challenges fish and aquatic life face when culverts block their passage. This event is free to all, and will take place at 7 p.m. at the Westminster fire station, 103 Grout Ave. For more information, visit tuconnriver.weebly.com.
Alstead, N.H.: Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue, New England's only non-profit donkey and mule rescue, is holding its 8th Annual Donkey and Mule Fun Show and Benefit on Oct. 8 at Milot Green from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come for donkeys and mules on parade, confirmation and showmanship, coon jumping and costume classes, obstacle courses and driving class. Mammoth, Standard and Miniature donkeys, as well as mules, will all be in attendance. There will also be a parade of rescue alumni. Come for lunch and purchase early holiday gifts at well-stocked merchandise table with wonderful, fun items for kids and adults. This year there will be craft vendors and a tack sale, music and face painting, and donkey kisses from Louise, SYA's resident social butterfly donkey.
Westmoreland, N.H.: Maplewood of Cheshire County will hold its annual indoor Craft Fair on Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., featuring an array of handcrafted goods throughout the first floor rooms and hallways. Staffed by local artisans, tables offer handmade preserves, candies, soaps, jewelry, artworks, ornaments, fabrics, quilted, and knitted goods, pet toys, and a wide assortment of novelties and stocking stuffers. Hotdogs and home-baked snacks are available for purchase from the Maplewood Auxiliary Association to benefit Maplewood residents. For more information on the craft fair or to enter as a vendor, call Pam at 603-399-7375.
Newfane: The Sixth Annual Newfane Heritage Festival is set for Oct. 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., including 90-plus juried arts, crafts and speciality products, homemade applie pie and crisp, a raffle, books and music. Free admission; on the common. For more information, call 802-365-4079.
Walpole, N.H.: On Oct. 8, the old Walpole Cemetery will once again be visited by spirits of years past. The Walpole Historical Society has been producing these tours since 2002, and each one has a different cast of characters from Walpole's past anxious to talk about their lives with the audience. The tour will meet at the Walpole Middle School front lawn at 2 p.m. There is no admission. Refreshments will be served. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, and come prepared for all weather — the tour goes on rain or shine.
West Brattleboro: On Oct. 8, the West Brattleboro Association will host its annual Columbus Day weekend chicken barbecue at 11 a.m. and lasting until gone. The event will be held in front of the First Congregational Church on Western Avenue. There will also be a bake sale (and maybe more) sponsored by the Church. The half barbecued chicken, which uses a barbecue sauce recipe from the Guilford Fair Fireman's Barbecue, will be available with a pickle for $7. Proceeds from the event help the West Brattleboro Association with its many activities for the community.
Grafton: On Oct. 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be a tag sale to benefit the Grafton Volunteer Fire Department, with coffee, pastry and grilled food at the Grafton Firehouse, 711 Route 121 East.
Dummerston: On. Oct. 9, from 7 to 11:30 a.m., the West Dummerston Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting its annual pancake breakfast, featuring plain, apple and berry panckages, Vermont maple syrup, sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy, applesauce, coffee, hot cocoa and cold cider, orange juice and milk. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children.
Walpole, N.H.: Walpole Community CROP Hunger Walk will Oct. 8. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and walk begins at 9:30 a.m. With the aim of "Ending hunger one step at a time," the Walpole Community CROP Hunger Walk has set a goal of 50 Walkers and hopes to raise $5,000 to help stop hunger and poverty here in our community and around the world, through self-help initiatives. A portion of the funds raised in Walpole will go to the Fall Mountain Food Shelf. Registration and donation information is available at www.crophungerwalk.org/walpolenh or by contacting Ellie Shaw at 603-756-4866.
Vernon: On Oct. 11 at 7 p.m., Connecticut River explorer Annette Spaulding will discuss her diving experiences and her discovery last year, after a 30-year search, of rare and intriguing petroglyphs. The event is sponsored by the Vernon Historians and will be held downstairs in the Vernon Town Office Building, which is handicapped accessible. It is open to the public and free of charge.
Townshend: The 32nd Annual Townshend Pumpkin Festival is on Oct. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the Townshend Common, which is located on Route 30 half way between Brattleboro and Manchester. For the past 32 years the Townshend Business Association has sponsored the Pumpkin Festival with many activities and a very successful craft fair. This year, more than 60 vendors will be offering their many different crafts. In addition to crafters there will be artists displaying their watercolors, oil paintings, other media and many food vendors. In addition there is a scarecrow decorating contest which starts at 10 a.m., plus a pumpkin decorating contest, which starts at 12:30. A free pumpkin is given to each youngster to decorate with magic markers, yarns, and a multitude of other decorations. At 2 p.m. there is a Halloween preview costume parade for youngsters to show-off their many different costumes. Prize ribbons are awarded to winners of each competition. Free pony rides for the kids starting at noon until 3 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For crafters interested in a space, contact Ian Harrison 802-289-2326 or Walter Meyer 802-365-4246 or visit townshendvermont.org.
Wilmington: The annual quilt and craft show will be held at Memorial Hall, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 16 from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Julie Moore at 802-464-3004.
Chesterfield, N.H.: The Chesterfield Historical Society will celebrate is annual pot lock meeting on Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Chesterfield's Town Hall. Everyone is invited to participate. Bring a dish to share and a small item for an after-dinner drawing.
Brattleboro: Two Essential Maintenance Practices courses on lead-safe renovation will be offered by Lead Safe and Healthy Homes in collaboration with the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board and the Vermont Department of Health. The Vermont Essential Maintenance Practices courses will be offered free of charge from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 19, at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. Vermont law requires that all landlords, property managers, contractors and daycare facility owners follow EMPs to maintain painted surfaces in properties built before 1978. During both courses, participants will learn about state and federal regulations governing lead, the health effects of lead in children and adults, lead-safe work practices, and how to protect themselves from liability. Registration is strongly suggested for both courses due to limited space. Contact Denice Brown at 802-463-9927, ext. 208, or email email@example.com.
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.
Brattleboro: The West River Radio Club will offer classes for technician level licensing. Classes will be held on the lower level of the Brattleboro Savings and Loan, 221 Main St. on Oct. 22 and 29; testing will be held on Oct. 30. The first class will review and explain text materials that the test covers. The second class will be a flashcard-style lesson, focusing on the test materials. Classes begin each day at 9 a.m. and end approximately at 3 p.m.; testing begins at 9 a.m. and should end before 11 a.m. The WRRC asks for a donation of $50, covering the cost of the ARRL's newest text and test fee. Coffee and snacks are provided; lunch is on your own. Registration is required, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-258-3921.
Bellows Falls: Sign up now for the next trivia night at the Rockingham Library on Oct. 22. Space is limited for "Books, Brains & Beer." Sign up for a table (of up to six people) for $75. Or join a pick-up team and register as a single for $15. Enjoy a cash bar provided by Donovan's, complimentary sweet and savory snacks, prizes for the best Halloween costumes and a harvest-themed basket raffle. To register or for more information, call the library at 802)-463-4270, email email@example.com, go to rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.
Grafton: The Nature Museum will present a talk by wildlife biologist Ben Kilham, PhD, on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at the NewsBank Conference Center, 352 Main Street, Chester. Highlighted by amazing images, the presentation will focus on how the social behavior of black bears resembles that of humans. Kilham, his wife Debra and sister Phoebe have rehabilitated some 90 to 100 cubs over the course of his career. They've cared for them and fed them until they're 18 months old — even bringing them into their home — and then helped them to successfully return to the wild. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased on line at www.nature-museum.org/upcoming-events/2016/10/26/the-social-black-bear. Tickets are also available at the door for $10.
Dash to the dam
Townshend: West River Valley Thrives will host a costume 5k run/walk on Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. along the West River Trail in Townshend. Runners will race from the "Old Route 30" trailhead to the Townshend Dam Rec Area. At the finish there will be food, drinks and activities (bobbing for apples, pumpkin painting, etc.). At 11:30, prizes will be handed out to top finishers as well as those with the most creative costumes. Adults pay $20 to race and kids under 13 pay $10. For more information and to register visit www.runreg.com/dash-to-the-dam. Or call Kate Venne at 802-365-4700. This race is a fundraiser for West River Valley Thrives, a youth substance abuse prevention coalition in Townshend, Vermont.
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