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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, or go online to


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.


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

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 or 802-869-2141.


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, or visit

Steel drums

Brattleboro: The Recreation and Parks Department, as part of the Arts in the Parks Program, will present Tropical Sensations on the Brattleboro Common on Putney Road, on Tuesday, July 19th at 7 p.m. This is the fourth concert of the Summer Arts in the Park series for 2016. The Tropical Sensations, under the direction of Elaine Merrifield, are a steel drum band from Troy, N.H. The band is comprised of several sizes of steel drums from the small lead to a set of six basses. The Tropical Sensations play songs in a variety of styles: Blues, Rumba, Reggae, Cha Cha and even a polka or two. The band has been has been together for 12 years and they has played concerts in many towns and cities throughout the Northeast and in Florida. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the American Legion, Post 5 on Linden Street. This performance is made possible by the Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department. For more information please call the office at 802-254-5808 or visit our website for a complete listing/description of events at

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. 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 and or find African Dance VT on Facebook.


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


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

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


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.

Hunger Council

Brattleboro: The Hunger Council of the Windham Region will be meeting on July 20 to discuss the state of early childhood education and childcare in the region. Presentations by local experts and practitioners, including the Windham Child Care Association, Let's Grow Kids, and the Promise Communities, will help inform the conversation on ways to support children and their caretakers, and opportunities to elevate nutrition as a critical component in children's development and health. At the Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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 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

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 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


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 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.

Baked ham

Chesterfield, N.H.: On July 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 there will be a baked ham dinner featuring baked beans, summer salads and blueberry desserts! $10 per person and $5 for kids. Takeout available. 504 Route 63 in Chesterfield.

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.

Square dance

Brattleboro: Brattleboro Dance presents a Square Dance at 118 Elliot Street on July 24, from 7 to 10 p.m. New England Caller David Millstone is be accompanied by the musical trio Julie Metcalfe, Rebecca Bosworth-Clemens and Kate Barns playing fiddle, piano and guitar. Admission is $10 Adults, $8 college students, $5 youth. For additional information, visit or call 802-258-1723. Country Dance and Song Society is partial sponsor for this square dance.

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

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 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

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

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:

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 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, Pokey Lyman at 365-7964 or, or Lauri Miner at 802-365-4194 or 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, call 802-463-4280 or visit


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

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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