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Brattleboro: At Everyone's Books on Sept. 2 at 6 p.m., local poet Tim Mayo reads from his new volume of poetry, "Thesaurus of Separation." Mayo's poems explore the taxonomies of loneliness, of memory, and of a past deep as a cave. As always, this event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-254-8160 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
River of words
Saxtons River: The Connecticut River Watershed Council, in partnership with Art and Dialogue, has gathered river stories and hopes and dreams for the future of Vermont's rivers. Participants young and old wrote personal notes on sculpted pieces of colored paper that are transformed into a massive and inspiring community art installation. Assembled in a flowing wall display, it speaks of the Connecticut River being cleaner and hydropower greener. On Sept. 2, there will be an installation kick-off starting at 5:30 p.m. at the River Garden on Main Street. The installation will be on display through Sept. 30. Free and open to the public.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Area Jewish Community will be hosting a "Coffee Break" all day, Sept. 2, at the Welcome Center in Guilford on Interstate 91 to kick off the Labor Day weekend holiday. Starting at 7:30 a.m., the BAJC will offer hot coffee and tea, bagels, hot oatmeal, apple cider donuts, an assortment of homemade muffins, pastries, and other home-baked goods, egg salad, tuna salad, and cheese sandwiches, tastes of various flavored challah, Vermont-made yogurt, and a variety of cold drinks, including freshly squeezed lemonade. Traveling canines will be welcomed with fresh water and healthy dog biscuits. All food, drinks, and supplies have been donated by local Vermont businesses and by BAJC cooks and bakers, and are offered for free-will donation.
Brattleboro: The Democratic campaign headquarters at 80 Flat Street (across from Andrzej's Polish Kitchen food truck) will be open during Gallery Walk hours, Sept. 2, for anyone who wants to pick up pamphlets, lawn signs or bumper stickers to support their favorite candidates. The headquarters is looking for volunteers to staff the site as well as work on phone banks and other campaign-related projects. Anyone interested can contact HQ coordinator Grace Blackburn at 804-335-6935.
CD release party
Brattleboro: On Sept. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m., Nomad vs. Settler will be performing at their CD release party at Pliny Park. The self-titled EP features five of the band's original compositions. CDs will be available for purchase for $10.
Community tag sale
Brattleboro: Morningside Commons Annual Yard Sale will be held on Sept. 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Morningside Commons is located on Royal Road. This will be a multi-unit sale. No early birds please.
Grafton: Nearly new and gently used books will be on sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the library green on Sept. 3. Come find great deals on books recently published as well as older gems for the book collector. Bags and boxes will be available for carrying home your finds. Prices with a few exceptions are $2 for hardbacks, $1 for paperbacks and $1 for audio-visual.
Walpole, N.H.: On Sept. 3 and 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Distant Hill Gardens will host a geology-themed open garden weekend, featuring a talk on Sept. 3 at 10 a.m. by David Howell, "What Geology Can Tell Us About Climate Change." On Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m., Michael Nerrie of Distant Hill Gardens will lead a tour of the many interesting geological features of the 58-acre property. Suggested daily donation is $5. No registration is required. Visit www.distanthill.org for more information or call 603-756-4179.
Winchester, N.H.: The United Church of Winchester will hold its 426th monthly Bean Supper on Sept. 3, 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the church building at 99 Main St. The cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children and is served family style. the building is accessible to all and some of the proceeds go toward outreach missions. For more information, call 603-239-4465.
Brattleboro: The Latchis Theatre's Off the Beaten Path film series continues Sept. 3 and 4 at 4 p.m. with a reprise of "Maggie's Plan." Originally slated for Aug. 12 to 13, "Maggie's Plan" drew big audiences both days, but the Aug. 13 was canceled due to technical difficulties. Rated R.
Brattleboro: The Windham Solid Waste Management 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 www.freecycle.org. Items available this week include patio umbrella, humidifier, dish drainer, splatter shield, lamp shades, cat toy, stroller, Igloo cooler, speakers, plastic hanger toaster, snow shovel and flower pots. Swap Program information is available at windhamsolidwaste.org.
Wildlife work day
Marlboro: On Sept. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Hogback Mountain Conservation Area, volunteers are needed to help rejuvenate habitat for wildlife by clearing the Great White Way, a former ski slope. Needed are people who can wield loppers, haul brush, or run a chain saw. Bring your own favorite tool or borrow one of ours. Meet at 9 a.m. in the field behind the white A-frame building just west of the gift shop on Route 9. For more information, email email@example.com or click the ESH Project tab at hogbackvt.org.
Brattleboro: On Sept. 4 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., there will be a community circle dance at the Aikido Studio, 11 Cottage St., led by Anja Daniel and Jim Desmond. 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.
Townshend: The Townshend Farmers Market is located on the lawn of the historic West Townshend Country Store on Sept. 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. Music for the evening will be T. Breeze and friend. Shop between 4:00 and 5:00 and receive a $2 discount on any purchase of $10 or more from participating vendors.
Walpole, N.H.: Pam Bernard will host the fall sessions of her memoir workshops, to begin the week of Sept. 12, at her home in Walpole. Bernard, author of four books, is a poet, painter, editor, and adjunct professor at Franklin Pierce University. For more information, email email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.pambernard.com or call 603-756-4177.
Guilford: Cub Scout Pack 447 will host its fall recruiting meeting on Sept. 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Guilford Scout Cabin at the Guilford Fairgrounds. Boys 5 and up are welcome with their families. There will be a scavenger hunt, games, campfires and more. And on Sept. 22, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Pack 447 will host a meeting at the First Congregational Church, West Brattleboro. For more information, email email@example.com.
Brattleboro: On Sept. 8 at 7 p.m., there will be a presentation about Brattleboro's Stephen Daye Press in the Brattleboro History Center at 196 Main St. This event is open to the public and admission is free. Founded in 1932 by John S. and Marion R. Hooper, the Stephen Daye Press published books about New England. It is considered the first in the field of regional publishers in the United States. Children of the SDP founders, John, Mary Ann and Steve Hooper, all formerly of Brattleboro, will give a talk about the Stephen Daye Press. In addition, there will be a display of SDP books, photos, tools of the trade, original promotional materials and other items. The Brattleboro Historical Society and the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library are sponsoring the SDP presentation and exhibit. The event is part of the Historical Society and Friends collaboration to tell the story of Brattleboro's important and distinguished publishing and printing history.
Newfane: On Sept. 8 at noon at the Newfane Congregational Church, there will be dinner for seniors in Newfane and surrounding communities. The menu includes a mini quiche, Waldorf Salad, pot roast with gravy and mashed potatoes, corn and homemade biscuits, and apple cake. The meal is prepared by Winnie Dolan, hosted by Barbara Brooks and served by hard-working volunteers from the church and community and sponsored by Senior Solutions. The suggested donation for this meal is $3.50 for age 60 and over and $4 for under age 60. Call Winnie Dolan at 802-365-7870 for information.
Brattleboro: On Sept. 8 from 6 to 7 p.m. at 73 Main Street, Express Fluency will offer a free Spanish class. For more info contact at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-275-2694 or visit www.ExpressFluency.com.
Brattleboro: This week's meeting of BrattleMasters, the Brattleboro chapter of Toastmasters, will feature two speech contests. The public is invited to attend but only members may compete. At the Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., at 6 p.m., Sept. 8. In one of the contests, members will have five to seven minutes to deliver a humorous, prepared speech. In the other contest, members will prepare and give a three to five minute evaluation of a speech. The winners of each contest will advance to the next level where they will compete against the winners of clubs in Rutland, Barre, Montpelier, and West Lebanon, N.H. For more information, visit brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org.
Kids in Coats
Brattleboro: The next Community Night at Fireworks will be Sept. 8th. All profits from the evening will go to the United Way of Windham County's Kids in Coats Fund. The fund provides resources to income-eligible families with children newborn to grade 6 for winter gear to ensure that the county's children are warm and protected from the elements this winter.
Brattleboro: The Strolling of the Heifers is hosting an Evening of Cosmic Comedy with Swami Beyondananda, "the Mark Twain of our times." At the Robert H. Gibson River Garden on Sept. 9. The show is a fund raiser for Strolling of the Heifers. Beginning at 8 p.m., seating is limited to 200. All seats are $15, but Strolling of the Heifers encourages you to consider purchasing a contributor ticket ($25) or sponsor ticket ($40). Sponsors will receive premium seating in front rows. Tickets are available at the River Garden (open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and online at www.swamibeyond.brownpapertickets.com.
Pancakes and issues
Dover: State Representative Laura Sibilia will be hosting a breakfast discussion on current and upcoming Vermont legislative topics on Sept. 10 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Dover Town Hall located at 183 Taft Brook Road. The discussion is free and open to the public. Donations to offset the cost of the breakfast will be accepted. For more information on Sibilia or her re-election campaign, visit www.laurasibiliavt.com.
Brattleboro: On Sept. 10 at 118 Elliot Street at 7:30 p.m., there will be a "barefoot boogie dance to help Rupa Cousins (www.rupacousins.com) with health care costs. DJ mix with guest musicians will play a super-danceable eclectic world beat. Kid friendly, bring your own refreshments to share. Suggested donation is $10 or more. For more information, contact Amy at email@example.com.
Breakfast with the candidates
Brattleboro: The next Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast will be held Sept. 16 at the Gibson Aiken Center, downstairs, hosted by Senior Meals. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. All state representatives are up for re-election this Nov. 8. All of the Brattleboro candidates for the House have agreed to attend this breakfast, give brief presentations and be available for questions. Valerie Stuart is running unopposed in District 1; Mollie Burke and Adam Salviani will appear on the ballot for the one District 2 Representative seat; and Tristan Toleno is running unopposed in District 3. RSVP no later than Sept. 13th by replying by email to Robt.Oeser@gmail.com or by calling 518-505-9031. The breakfast will feature a fritata. Cost is $6 for those under 60 years of age. $3.50 is the suggested donation for those over 60 years.
Alstead, N.H.: Third Congregational Church is hosting a turkey buffet on Sept. 10 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. For information, call Joanne at 603-835-6734 or Myrna at 603-835-2939. Volunteers are welcome to help with serving, food prep, running industrial dishwasher and other kitchen duties. Volunteers may call Myrna at 603-835-2939. Food prep at the church Friday, day prior to supper, at 9 a.m.
Alstead, N.H.: Charles Andros will hold a beekeeping workshop at 18 MacLean Road from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 10. Topics of discussion will include treatment of nosema and mites (including using oxalic acid), winter preparations, protein and carbohydrate supplements, and making beeswax hand creams. Water and sunscreen are also a plus. Registration required at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-756-9056.
Brattleboro: The Latchis Theatre's Off the Beaten Path film series continues Sept. 10 and 11 at 4 p.m. with "Life, Animated," a documentary and coming of age story about a boy and his family who overcame great challenges by turning Disney animated movies into a language to express love, loss, kinship and brotherhood. Rated PG.
Brattleboro: On Sept. 11, from 7 to 10 p.m., at 118 Elliot Street Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy with caller Ron Blechner will perform at a contra dance. 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: Sunrise Rotary will host Trivia Night to benefit the Brattleboro Literary Festival on Sept. 12 from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. at the Brattleboro American Legion Post 5 on Linden Street. The Sunrise Rotary hosts a monthly trivia night at the Brattleboro American Legion the second Monday of every month. Teams of up to six players are invited to compete each month for a cash prize. The entry fee of $20 each (cash or check) includes a dinner entrée and donation to the charity as determined by the rotary club each month. This month's recipient is the Brattleboro Literary Festival. For more information or to register your team, visit email@example.com. For more information, visit rotary.org.
Townshend: The West River Radio Club will offer testing for all level licenses prior to its regular monthly meeting on Sept. 13, at 5 p.m. at Grace Cottage Hospital. Registration is required. Contact Mary Peterson at 802-258-3921 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details and registration.
Bellows Falls: On Sept. 15 at 6 p.m., join a book discussion of "The Hobbit," by J. R. R. Tolkien at the Rockingham Library. Come prepared to play some icebreaking games and solve some riddles — all related to Bilbo's adventures. Dressing up as a favorite character is encouraged but optional. Make and bring along a troll home or an elf hut — just for fun. All ages are invited to attend. Pick up a copy of "The Hobbit" at the library's front desk today. Audiobook and graphic novel formats are also available. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-463-4270, email email@example.com, go to rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.
Brattleboro: The 18th Annual River Valley Kids Fair is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17, on the Brattleboro Common from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The children's entertainment slate is now set, and one of the acts for this year's circus-themed Kids Fair is "On Her Majesty's Secret Circus." Representatives of non-profit organizations that would like to be a part of the Kids Fair, can have a space for free. Call Bob Furman at 802-251-3683 to reserve a space.
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 thevermontfestival.com.
Bellows Falls: It's a 70s flashback as the disco ball spins on Sept. 17 when Studio 33, WOOL-FM's first annual Disco Dance Party, complete with light show and Soul Train streaming video, comes to the wooden dance floor of the Moose Lodge, 59 Westminster St. DJ Skar, direct from Chicago, will mix the beat of your favorite disco, funk, soul and hip hop classics. All proceeds support WOOL-FM, 91.5 Black Sheep Community. Cash bar, raffles and food available for purchase from the Moose Lodge and Jamaican Jewelz Catering. Dress to impress encouraged. Door opens at 7:30 p.m. for seating. Ticket cost is $8 in advance, $10 at the door. 18-plus only unless accompanied by adult. For tickets and more information, visit www.blacksheepradio.org.
Christmas in September
Walpole, N.H.: The Walpole Historical Museum Gift Shop celebrates Christmas in September from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 17. New Christmas cards and napkins from Caspari will be available as will be locally crafted note cards , ornaments, framed pictures, candles, Ray Boas' book about Walpole, mugs and wine glasses and little bags of sweet tiny candies.
Brattleboro: On Sept. 17 and 18 at 4 p.m., the Latchis Theatre's Off the Beaten Path film series features "Captain Fantastic," a comedy-drama-romance set in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, where a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent. Rated R.
Bellows Falls: Sing up early for a writing workshop at Rockingham Public Library, set for Sept. 24 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.
Brattleboro: On Sept. 18 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., there will be a community circle dance at the Aikido Studio, 11 Cottage St., led by Bobbi Bailin. 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.
Brattleboro: On Sept. 21 at 7 p.m., the Brattleboro Museum and Arts Center will feature a discussion of its exhibit, "Taking Stock of Guns," with Linda Bond, whose art is featured in the display. Bond's "A Gun Show" will be performed at the New England Youth Theatre on Sept. 23 and 24. Joe Quint, a photographer whose project, "It Takes Us," explores the impact of gun violence on survivors and friends and family of victims, will also discuss how guns influences his art. $5 for adults, free for BMAC members, students, youth 18 and under. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit www.brattleboromuseum.org.
Bellows Falls: Bellows Falls Union High Class of 2017 will be hosting its 5k Paint Run/Walk on Sept. 24 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.
Brattleboro: The Latchis Theatre's Off the Beaten Path film series wraps up on Sept. 24 and 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.
Brattleboro: The West Brattleboro Baptist Church, 979 Western Ave., will host its monthly community outreach meal on Sept. 25 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 Sept. 25 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brattleboro: On Sept. 25 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.
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.
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.
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.
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