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Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department is running a new format for the Boys Youth Lacrosse program. Along with a Speed Lacrosse House League the program will focus on skills and drills. This will begin on April 25 and run through June 2. The BUHS Lax coaches and players will be running this program on Mondays and Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. at the high school. The cost of the program is $25 for residents and $40 for non-residents. There is some equipment available for a rental fee and a refundable deposit. Stop by the Gibson Aiken Center to register or call the office with any questions at 802-254-5808.
Dummerston: The Brattleboro Chapter of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will present the fourth in its current series of morning and afternoon lectures, to be held on April 25. The morning lecture, by Meg Mott of Marlboro College, will consider the physical causes of drug addiction. In the afternoon program, Joy Wallens-Penford, coordinator of Brattlboro's monthly Gallery Walk, will discuss the life and work of poet and Lincoln biographer Carl Sandburg. 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 Route 5. For more information, call Julie Lavorgna at 802-365-7278, or e-mail email@example.com.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Great Books Discussion Group will be discussing three short stories from the Great Books Foundation's anthology "Immigrant Voices: 21st Century Stories," on April 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. Copies are on reserve behind the library's front desk. For more information, call Michael N. Landis at 802-257-1851, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Dummerston: The Dummerston Conservation Commission will sponsor a presentation by ecologist Chris Polatin on "Removing Invasive Plants Around Your Home," on April 26, at 7 p.m. at the Learning Collaborative, 471 Route 5. For more information, visit www.dummerstonconservation.com.
Bellows Falls: Voices of Rockingham, a citizens group, will meet on April 26 at 7 p.m. at Windham Antiques on the Square in Bellows Falls and will invite open discussion about the proposed merger of Rockingham and Bellows Falls. The public and elected officials are welcome to attend and offer information about what the merger would mean for residents.
Dover: On April 26, the Dover Free Library presents the feature film "The Revenant," starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, starting 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.
Brattleboro: On April 26 from 4 to 6 p.m., Brattleboro Area Hospice will offer an opportunity for people to make a remembrance flag to honor someone who has died. Creating a remembrance glag can be a valuable commemoration activity to help individuals with grief. Children are welcome as long as they are accompanied by a responsible adult. No special talent is needed, and all materials will be provided. The flags will hang at the Hospice Memorial Garden on Guilford Street during the coming year, though participants are welcome to take their flag home with them if they prefer. This event will take place at Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St. Judy Van Wageningen and Cicely Carroll will facilitate. There is no charge for this event.
Brattleboro: The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival "Best of the Fest: 2015 New England Tour," kicks off at the Latchis Theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 26 and 27, with screenings at 7 and 9 p.m., each night. For more details, visit middfilmfest.org.
Putney: Do you need ideas for how to talk with your kids about social justice issues like racism, economic inequality, incarceration, homelessness, and gender? Join Act For Social Justice founder Angela Berkfield for a useful series of discussions about bringing social justice issues into conversations with your children, April 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Putney Library. Light refreshments and childcare. Call or email Angela to RSVP for childcare at 802-254-3400 or email@example.com.
Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents Central African dance class with Raoul Ombang on April 27, from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at 74 Cotton Mill Hill No. 346, Sobo Studio at Cotton Mill Hill. Sliding scale of $8 to $20 All levels are welcome. For more information on dance and drum classes visit www.africandancevt.com or find African Dance VT on Facebook.
Bellows Falls: Greater Falls Connections has launched new community dialogue nights and discussions. You are invited to join Greater Falls Connections for this dialogue on April 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Parks Place in Bellows Falls. This meet-up is for anyone who wants to dig deeper into the root causes of substance abuse and get active in building a safe, drug-free community. All are welcome. Find out more at www.greaterfallsconnections.org.
Grafton: Grafton Woodlands Group will present a talk by Ben Kilham, Ph.D on April 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Grafton Elementary School gym. The talk and slide presentation is titled, "The Social Black Bear: What Bears Have Taught Me About Being Human." Grafton Woodlands Group, Inc., is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting Grafton's heritage and future. The information center at 205 Main St., across from the library, is open Monday thru Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 802-843-3113, or go to firstname.lastname@example.org; graftonwindhamwind.org; facebook.com/Grafton-Woodlands-
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.
Putney: All are welcome to come for free produce April 28, from 9 to 9:45 a.m., distributed by the Vermont Foodbank and Putney Foodshelf. This event is open to anyone in the community. Please bring your own shopping bags. The food distribution takes place the fourth Thursday of each month at the Putney Meadows Carol Brown Way
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.
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 email@example.com. No RSVP necessary.
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 www.nextstagearts.org.
Putney: The Streetfeet Women, a Boston-based writer/performers' ensemble, will present a reading of poems and prose pieces, "What Does It Mean to be Human?" on April 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Putney Public Library. The program includes Mary McCullough's 10-minute play, "Twilight Time," Christina Liu's "Surrogate," poetry by Mary Birnbaum, fiction by Andrea Humphrey, and nonfiction by Elena Harap, exploring ways in which we see, or do not see, one another as full human beings. From various points of view, this reading raises questions about class, color, gender, and belief. The audience is invited to join a conversation following the program. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. Material is not appropriate for children. For more information, contact Elena Harap Dodd at 802-246-7037 or call 802-387-4407.
Westminster: The Bellows Falls Union High School Drama Department hosts its annual murder mystery dinner theater, "The Wedding Catastrophe," by Eileen Moushey on April 29 in the Bellows Falls Union High School cafeteria and includes dinner and dessert, as well as an elaborate clue hunt. This is a fundraiser for the BFUHS 2016 New York City field trip, sponsored by Sonnax. Purchase tickets in advance at the Bellows Falls Union High School for $16 or $20 at the door.
Bellows Falls: Join Greater Falls Connections for its monthly coalition meeting on April 29 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Parks Place. April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and GFC will be discussing how to prepare for the upcoming prom and graduation season. Lunch will be provided. Find out more about the work of GFC at www.greaterfallsconnections.org.
Guilford: Guilford Community Church, UCC, will hold its annual book sale on April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. An excellent selection of current books will be for sale. This fundraiser aids the church in supporting many human service organizations, both locally and globally. Guilford Community Church is located at 38 Church Drive.
Westminster: Celebrate youth and healthy choices on April 30 at 708 Kurn Hattin Rd. in Westminster, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kurn Hattin Home's Annual Spring Fling. The event provides local youth and their families with a fun filled day celebrating the arrival of spring, while promoting healthy drug-free activities. Admission is free, with free-will offerings accepted to benefit the Kurn Hattin NFCCE Youth Leadership Summit trip to Washington, D.C. New to the Spring Fling this year is the Fahner 5K Fun Run, for walkers and runners of all ages. Registration is from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. with the race kicking off at 8:30 a.m., rain or shine. The entry fee is $20 and the first 75 entries receive a T-shirt. For more information or a registration form, contact Karen Lansberry at 802-7216918 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Townshend: The West River Community Project will be holding a spring festival behind the West Townshend Country Store on May 1 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. The rain date is Saturday, May 7.
Rockingham: If you're a wildlife enthusiast itching for spring then be sure to check out the seventeenth annual Herrick's Cove Wildlife Festival on May 1. Herrick's Cove, on the Connecticut River, hosts one of the most popular festivals in the area, with organizers reporting more than 2,000 people attending last year's event. The festival includes nature walks and live animals such hawks, owls, mammals, and reptiles. Activities are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The suggested donation is $2 for an individual and $5 for a family. Pets are not allowed. Herrick's Cove is located just off Route 5, less than three miles north of Bellows Falls. For more information, visit the Herrick's Cove Wildlife Festival's Facebook page or www.nature-museum.org/herricks-cove-festival.
Dummerston: The Brattleboro Chapter of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will present the fifth in its current series of morning and afternoon lectures, to be held on May 2. The morning lecture, by Meg Mott of Marlboro College, will look at twelve-step programs' role in fighting addiction today. In the afternoon program, starting at 1 p.m., Fletcher Proctor will examine the Vermont home front in the Civil War. All lectures will be held at the Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 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 email@example.com.
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: 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or find Jamaica Old Home Day on Facebook.
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