Calendar: Sept. 19 to Oct. 24

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Christmas

Walpole: Walpole Heritage Museum Gift Shop celebrates Christmas in September from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19. Items for sale include Christmas cards and napkins from Caspari, note cards, candles, votive candles, ornaments , tote bags, coasters and books.

Workout

Brattleboro: Allison Coleman, Christine "Crit" Lane, and Tanna Dean have united to help you achieve your fitness goals in a fun and inspiring setting. With a combined 11 years in the fitness world, these instructors know how to activate, challenge, and transform people's health, both physically, through Spinning, TRX and Circuit, and mentally with yoga. There will be an open house at 74 Cotton Mill Hill, Studio 253, on Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Turkey buffet

Alstead, N.H.: Turkey Buffet at Third Congregational Church on River Street on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Takeout available. Adults 13 and over, $10; children 6 through 12, is $5; children under 6 free. Turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry, potato, peas, carrots, rolls, beverages, dessert. nformation: Joanne 603-835-6734. Volunteers needed to help with serving and food preparation; call Myrna at 603-835-2939.

Dancing

Dummerston: Evening Star Grange will host a family contra and square dance on Saturday, Sept. 19, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., with Andy Davis, caller and music by "Jokers Wild." All ages and levels of experience are welcome. $4 for children, $7 for adults and $20 for families. Potluck supper at 5:30. For information, call Andy Davis at 802-257-1819 or village@dancingmasters.com.

Kids fair

Brattleboro: At the River Valley Credit Union Kids Fair on the Common on Sept. 19, the Vermont Department of Health will host new "eWIC" card learning sessions from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 802-257-2880 or email wic@vermont.gov.

Bag sale

Saxtons River: The Worn Again Thrift Shop on Main Street is hosting a $3 bag sale on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Bag Sales will be for all clothing including sweaters, blouses, skirts, men's pants, jackets, coats and footwear such as shoes and boots and belts, hats, underwear and gloves. Jewelry is not included. For those wishing to donate items, the shop is in need of infants and children's clothing and queen- and king-sized sheets and ladies and mens jeans. The thrift shop accepts donations of clothing, shoes, boots, kitchen utensils, small appliances, blankets and sheets, towels, and knickknacks. Donations may be dropped off during store hours. The Thrift Shop is also collecting personal care items for residents of the Bennington Veterans Home. These can also be dropped off during shop hours. The Thrift Shop is not accepting donations of television sets and infants car-seats.

Classroom music

Brattleboro: Jerry Appell, founder and artistic director of Rock In The Classroom, is offering "Creating Educational Songs and Music Videos" at the Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 1 p.m. The goal of this workshop is to help educators and home school families discover a variety of ways to use songwriting and music as learning tools for students of all ages. This workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-258-9958 or 802-258-1760, email j_appell@yahoo.com or visit rockintheclassroom.com.

Accessibility day

Athens: Once a year, those who need some physical help in getting to a most spectacular view of Vermont can take advantage of the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association's Accessibility Day. Scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. At Paul's Ledges, participants will gather for lunch and a most outstanding view of the countryside. The popularity of this free program and the need for several four-wheel-drive vehicles to transport participants make registrations a must for riders. Hikers do not need to register. All riding participants must register in advance with Bev Major at 802-387-5737.

Birds of prey

Putney: Meet up Saturday morning, Sept. 19, at the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum in West Marlboro and then carpool to Putney Mountain to take a look at some migrating birds of prey. With the busiest days seeing more than1,000 birds, Putney Mountain is one of the state's best hawk-watching locations. Ascutney Mountain Audubon and oMichael Clough will be on hand to answer questions. For more information and to register, visit vermontmuseum@gmail.com or call 802-464 0048.

Pies, plants, pizza

Westminster: On Saturday, Sept. 19, the First Congregational Church of Westminster will hold a sale and cookout on the front lawn from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will feature a variety of items for sale including homemade pies, fall plants, and collectibles. The cookout will include grilled pizza, hot dogs, sausage and pepper grinders as well as other surprises to eat.

Fall festival

Chester: The 41st annual Fall Festival Craft Show will be held on the Green in Chester on Sept. 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sixty craft and food vendors, demonstrations and midday music provide fun for all ages. Ernie Belmond and The Weston Theater perform on Saturday. Root 7 and Chris Kleeman perform on Sunday. Free Admission. For more information, visit www.chesterfallfestival.org.

Youth concert

Vernon: On Saturday, Sept. 19, at 6:30 p.m., the Mountain View Adventist Church, located at 1002 Fort Bridgeman Highway, is hosting the Youth Ensemble of New England. The concert is free of charge and will be followed by fellowship and light refreshments.

Non fiction

Brattleboro: Writer Deborah Lee Luskin will be teaching a workshop in narrative non-fiction at Marlboro College Graduate School on Vernon Street in the fall semester. This three-credit course is open to educators across the curriculum and to writers beginning or already engaged in a work of narrative non-fiction. It will meet on four Sundays, from 12:30 to 6 p.m. starting on Sept. 20. Participation is limited to 10. Register for EDU630.15 at www.marlboro.edu/admissions/graduate/application/cep/CEP.

Cheese sampling

Brattleboro: On Sunday, Sept. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m., the Brattleboro Food Co-op is offering free samples of different families of cheeses, and the opportunity to learn about these cheeses. Free, in the BFC Cheese Department, 802-246-2852, bfccurds@sover.net.

Shareholder forum

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Co-op hosts this monthly forum created by shareholders, for shareholders; open to the general public. All voices honored. Sunday, Sept. 20, 5 to 7 p.m. Free, Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, bfcshareholderforum@gmail.com.

Mushrooms

Marlboro: Early autumn is a good time for finding fungi, including such edibles as lobster mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, hen of the woods (maitake), black trumpets, and hedgehog mushrooms. Justin Garner will be our guide as we explore the woods in quest of mushrooms. Be prepared for off-trail hiking in wooded terrain. Meet in the field behind the white A-frame building on Route 9 just west of the Hogback gift shop, on Sunday, Sept. 20, at 2 p.m. Co-sponsored by Hogback Mountain Conservation Area and Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center.

Book group

Putney: The Putney Library Book Group will meet Sunday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. to discuss "Chopin's Garden," by Eleanor Lincoln Morse. The novel tells the story of a Nadia, a professional musician in New York who returns to her native Poland after a 51-year absence to search for the child her mother helped hide during World War II and to discover her own past. The book to be discussed at the meeting Sunday, Oct. 18, will be The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende. The group meets the third Sunday of each month at the library and welcomes new members at any time. Discussion is low-key, friendly and stimulating. Information about the group is available by calling 802-387-5548 or e-mailing weezrock52@yahoo.com.

Student films

Brattleboro: The Center for Digital Art and the Windham Regional Career Center present "A Student Film Showcase," featuring nine films in diverse genres by students of CDA/WRCC filmmaking classes from the last decade or so. The showcase will be held on Sunday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m., at the Latchis Theatre. Admission is by suggested donation of $5 to $15. The featured films and filmmakers include: "A Simple Hit" by Anders Burrows; "About Joan," by Seth Blair; "Can't Escape the Groove," by Devan Monette, Kario Pereira-Bailey, and Casey DeMarsico; "Degas C'est Moi," by Sam Perry and Ben Stockman; "Dear Stranger," by Jade Newton; "Excellent Shred Gnarly," by Junius Dexter; "Snowboarding," by Max Lyons; "How to (not) build a Skatepark," by Junius Dexter and Max Cohen; and "Reality" by Colby Nelson-Betz, filmed in the Latchis Hotel and Theatre. For more information, visit www.latchisarts.org or www.latchis.com.

Woodworking

Westminster West: Twin Birch Woodworking studio is offering fall classes starting the week of Sept. 21. Beginning Woodworking for Women class is available either on Tuesday or Thursday evenings. The class allows women to explore their creative, practical, and problem-solving sides while learning about tools and machines in a supportive learning environment, then designing and building a small project of their choosing. Wednesdays are scheduled for those women with some experience who want a supervised open-studio resource. There are both morning and evening offerings. New this fall is a series of individual workshops on Monday evenings and will be open to both men and women. Topics will cover table, skill, jig and band saws, drilling and routers, and joinery. For more information, visit twinbirchwoodworking.com.

Senior meal

Walpole, N.H.: The Walpole Seniors will meet at the First Congregational Church at noon on Monday, Sept. 21 for a potluck luncheon. Everyone is asked to bring a contribution for the Fall Mountain Food Shelf and a dish to share with the members. Ray Boas is the guest speaker.

Tai Chi

Brattleboro: Susan Hebson and Steve Green will offer two series of Tai Chi classes on Mondays from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main Street, beginning Sept. 21, running through Nov. 9. $55 per session for residents and $75 for non-residents. The program uses gentle Sun Style routines that are safe, easy to learn and suitable for every fitness level. For information on Steve's class, call 802-258-4833 or e-mail srgreen2012@gmail.com, and for Susan's class, call 802-257-9425 or e-mail susan.hebson@gmail.com. You can register now or on the first day of classes at the Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Office in the Gibson Aiken Center.

Free Love

Westminster: The Perfectionist Society or Free Love Society organized by Jonathan Humphrey Noyes and his wife, Harriet Holton Noyes, is the subject of a lecture by Steve Anderson on Sept. 21, 7 p.m., at the Westminster Fire House On Grout Avenue. Everyone is invited to enjoy a free interesting program. There will be a brief business meeting before the program and refreshments following. For more information call Pat at 802-387-5778.

Democratic caucus

Westminster: Westminster Democrats will caucus on Monday, Sept. 21, at the Westminster Town Hall at 7 p.m.

Democratic caucus

Dover: The Democratic Party will hosts its caucus on Monday, Sept. 21 at 4:30 p.m., in the community room at Dover Free Library The purpose of this caucus is to elect a Democratic Town Committee. Any registered voter of Dover, who has not participated in the caucus process of another political party, is invited to attend. The first meeting of the newly formed committee will follow immediately after the caucus. For information, call Marshall Brooks at 802-464-5584.

Democratic caucus

Bellows Falls: Rockingham's Democratic voters will hold a caucus Monday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. at Windham Antique Center in Bellows Falls to reorganize its town committee. The town committee consists of any number of members, who are then entitled to elect eight delegates to represent them on the Windham County Democratic Committee. For more information contact town chairman Matthew Trieber at matrieber@gmail.com or 802-375-1134.

Democrats

Putney: The Putney Town Democrats will meet for its required organizational meeting on Monday, Sept. 21. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall. All are welcome. Anyone wanting to learn more about Putney Democrats , and our state and national parties, as we head into a presidential election year, can feel free to attend. For more information, call Mike at 802-387-8787 or email mmrowicki@gmail.com.

Windham Republicans

Brattleboro: Republican voters will hold town GOP caucuses in Brattleboro on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. at Brattleboro Savings & Loan at 221 Main St.

Technicool

Putney: Daniel Ozimek, of Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, will be at Putney Central School on Thursday, Oct 1, presenting "Technicool," an internet safety program to promote safe use of the internet and social media. The PTO will be sponsoring this evening session for parents and interested community members. Ozimek presentation will primarily focus on what parents can do to teach and promote safe use of the internet and social media. The PTO will provide a light dinner at 5:30 p.m. with the one-hour presentation beginning at 6 p.m. Free childcare will be provided through the PTO. RSVP by Sept. 21 so the PTO can plan for food and childcare needs. Call 802-387-5521.

Quilters needed

Wilmington: The Historical Society of Wilmington in conjunction with Sue Wurzberger from the Norton House will be holding the Fourth Annual Deerfield Valley Quilt & Craft Show on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10 to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 18, from noon to 4 p.m., at the historic Memorial Hall in downtown Wilmington. Organizers are in search of quilting and craft vendors to set up a table for one or both days; there is no fee set up a table, but modest donations are gratefully accepted. For more information to set up a table or display a quilts, email sue@nortonhousequilting.com or call Julie at 802-464-3004.

Books needed

Whitingham: The Whitingham Free Public Library is now excepting donations for its Annual Book Sale, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The library is accepting hardcover paperback books, DVD's and CDs in good condition during operational hours only. Encyclopedias, text books, VHS or cassette tapes not accepted. For more information, call 802-368-7506.

Craft vendors needed

Townshend: The Townshend Pumpkin Festival has vendor spaces available for the 31th Annual Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 17, on the common from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For crafters with questions, contact Ian Harrison 802-874-4416 or Bob DeSiervo 802-365-7179.

Craft vendors needed

Brattleboro: The Fraternal Order Of Eagles Auxiliary No. 2445 is looking for crafters for its Nov. 7 craft sale. Tables space available for $30. For more information, call Beverly at 603-256-3029.

350VT

Brattleboro: The Climate Change Café on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m., hosts 350VT Coordinator Maeve McBride, at Brooks Memorial Library, Main Street. As always, the Café is free and light refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Tim at 802-869-2141 or info@postoilsolutions.org.

Kids' cooking

Brattleboro: What can you make with zucchini? Delicious things! Come to the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom where you'll get your hands into this month's harvest: summer squash. Allergies? Let us know so we can adjust our recipes. Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free, registration required: call 802-246-2821 or email msbfc@sover.net.

Decommissioning

Brattleboro: The New England Coaltion is hosting a community decommissioning meeting on Sept. 23, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the community room of the Brattleboro Food Co-op. This meeting is open to all. A continued dialog from the Aug. 18 meeting is scheduled with individuals from all viewpoints on what the community can do to expedite Entergy Vermont Yankee's decommissioning to standards most protective of people and the environment.

Homeschool classes

Brattleboro: After last spring's successful pilot program, Oak Meadow Independent Learning is again partnering with Brattleboro area arts and educational organizations this fall to offer special class prices for homeschoolers. New England Youth Theatre, New England Center for the Circus Arts, River Gallery School of Art, Insight Photography, and Vermont Wilderness School are participating. Families should contact each organization directly for details, including start dates, class schedules, and fees. Oak Meadow is also excited to sponsor after-school Spanish classes to all students, ages 5 to 13, in their downtown Brattleboro community room. Express Fluency is offering two six-week sessions on Wednesday afternoons, Sept. 23 to Oct. 28, and Nov. 4 to Dec. 16. Parents are invited to attend with their child. Contact elissa@expressfluency.com or call 802-275-2694 to register. Enrollment is $75 per session and is limited to 10 students per class.

Eye on the 60s

Brattleboro: Sponsored by the Brooks Memorial Library and the Brattleboro Camera Club members, Chris Szwedo, the director and producer of the film "Eye on the 60s: The Iconic Photography of Rowland Scherman," will present in the library's meeting room, Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. For more information, call 802-251-8195.

Senior lunch

Dummerston: The Evening Star Grange and Senior Solutions will co-sponsor a senior lunch at the Grange Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 23, with servings starting at noon. The menu will include spaghetti with homemade meatballs and homemade spaghetti sauce from tomatoes grown Dummerston, garlic bread, tossed salad with many locally grown ingredients, and dump cake for dessert. Take-outs are available by phoning the grange hall at 802-254-1138 the morning of the luncheon. Donations of $4 for those 60 and over and $3 for those under 60 is suggested.

Senior lunch

Williamsville: On Thursday, Sept. 24, 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 salad, pork loin roast, roasted root vegetables and apple crisp. 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 Nissa Petrak 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, or Nissa Petrak at 802-348-6301 for information and reservations.

Food drive

Bellows Falls: WKVT's annual "Overflow the Opera House" food drive will take place Thursday, Sept. 24, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., when volunteers will be outside the Bellows Falls Opera House on The Square, enabling curbside drop-off of food and monetary donations for the food shelf at Our Place Drop In Center, located at 6 Island Street. The goal of the food drive is to place a full bag of groceries on each of the 550 seats inside the theater. Suggested items to donate include non-perishable items such as peanut butter, tuna fish, pasta, boxed meals, canned meats, canned fruits, canned vegetables, personal hygiene products, and diapers. For more information, visit www.wkvt.com.

Jack the Ripper

Brattleboro: In a free talk to be held on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Daniel and Eugene Friedman, co-authors of "The Strange Case of Dr. Doyle: A Journey Into Madness and Mayhem," will discuss their new book and their theory that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, renowned creator of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, was the notorious serial killer known as Jack the Ripper.

Advisory panel

Brattleboro: The Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel will meet Sept. 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at Brattleboro Area Middle School. The agenda includes emergency response during SAFSTOR.

Turning point

Marlboro: On Sept. 25, at 4 p.m. at Ragle Hall at Marlboro College, Susan Walker, executive director of Turning Point of Windham County Recovery Center, will present "Not Just The Experts Know: Peers in Recovery Create a Community of Hope." The second in a series of talks for the semester intensive "Speech Matters: Reframing the National Debate" on Addiction, this discussion will give an intimate glimpse of the reality of addiction in our local community.

Nuclear films

West Brattleboro: On Sept. 25, starting at 10:30 a.m., Sunnyside Solar is hosting a nuclear film festival, featuring "Quietly Into Disaster," "Nuclear Deception," "American Meltdown," and "Everything in our Power." All proceeds to benefit New England Coalition.

Ham radio

Brattleboro: The West River Radio Club is offering the 2015 Technician Level Ham Radio class on Oct. 17 and Oct. 24, with the test on Oct. 25. All meetings will be held at the Brattleboro Municipal Center, 3rd floor, at 230 Main Street and will begin at 9 a.m. each day. The cost is $50 and includes text and test fee. For more information, contact Mary Peterson at vtdoves@gmail.com or 802-258-3921. The West River Radio Club hosts its monthly meeting on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend.

Craft fair

Wilmington: Applications are available for the 4th Bright Lights Craft Fair on Dec. 12, at historic Memorial Hall in Wilmington. If you create quality, handcrafted items and would like to participate in this popular holiday craft fair please email Ellie Roden at rodenora@gmail.com for an application. Due date for applications is Oct. 1s. Notification of acceptance will be by Oct. 20.

Lyme disease

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Food Co-op is hosting herbalist Bonnie Bloom, who will address the realities of managing Lyme disease including: what to do when bitten by a tick, treating chronic- and post-Lyme and Lyme co-infections. She will also address the use of herbs in Lyme prevention and management. Friday, Sept. 25, 6 to 8 p.m., Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room. $10 for shareholders, $15 for non-Sshareholders. Registration equired: call 802-246-2821 or email msbfc@sover.net.

Talk about Death

Brattleboro: Parents and children are invited on Saturday, Sept. 26, 10:30 a.m. to noon, to a free workshop, "Calling all Kids: It's OK to Talk about Death!" at Brooks Memorial Library Upstairs Meeting Room (next to the Children's Section). Children who have experienced a death loss, whether of a beloved pet, friend or family member, don't often have the opportunity to meet with other children who've had a similar experience. Through facilitated art activities and guided conversation led by Children's Bereavement Counselor Elizabeth Ungerleider, this is an opportunity for children of all ages to ask questions, share stories and express feelings in a safe environment. This free event is sponsored by Brattleboro Area Hospice as part of Wellness in Windham County. For more information about this free workshop and to register, contact Elizabeth Ungerleider at 802-258-0763.

Mushroom hunting

Brattleboro: Join Ari Rockland-Miller, The Mushroom Forager, and Tad Montgomery, for this workshop that will start and end at the Brattleboro Food Co-op. Participants will forage mushrooms off-site, and continue with cooking demos and educational discussion in Co-op Cooking Classroom. Rain or shine. Dress appropriately. For more information, contact Tad Montgomery at 802-251-0502. Saturday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $45 for shareholders, $50 for non-shareholders. Registration required: call 802-246-2821 or email msbfc@sover.net.

Family fun fair

Marlboro: On Sept. 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the Pool Learning Center and Magical Earth Retreats are hosting a Family Fun Fair at 117 Adams Crossroad. The Family Fun Fair is the first fundraiser to benefit the scholarship funds for both organizations, which help children reconnect with nature while receiving tutoring for dyslexia. There will be a barbecue lunch, music by Andy Davis, a hula hoop demonstration by Serenity Hoops, face painting, a horseshoe challenge, a scavenger hunt, a nature art show, a Chinese auction, a silent auction and many more children's activities. There will also be a raffle for seven nights in a luxury home outside of Orlando, Fla., four nights in luxury accommodations in Colonial Williamsburg, Virgin., a gourmet dinner for 10 of your friends in your home, two one-day Mount Snow Day lift tickets, and an IPOD Nano from Brown Computing Solutions. Tickets are $10 each or three for $20. Tickets at the door will be $16 for adults and $8 for children. The tickets include lunch and five tickets that may be used for activities and the Chinese auction. More tickets may be purchased for $1 each or 10 for $5. For questions or to purchase raffle tickets email info@magicalearthretreats.org or call Gretchen Havreluk at 802-779-2905.

Book sale

West Dummerston: The Lydia Taft Pratt Library will be holding a book sale at 150 West Street, on Saturday, Sept. 26. Between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. there will be books, DVDs, CDs and some records on sale at great prices.

Book sale

Newfane: The Friends of the Moore Free Library will be holding their Annual Book Sale on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The giant sale takes place in the Union Hall. Categories are fiction (including classics and a large selection of mysteries), history, biography and memoir, essays, nature, travel, art and music, how-to, health, young adult, philosophy and religion, humor, Vermont and New England, cooking, gardening, children's literature, DVDs, and more. All proceeds go toward helping the library to carry out its services to the community. The Moore Free Library is a private institution that functions as a public library but receives no local, state, or federal funding.

Yard sale

Bellows Falls: The Bellows Falls Woman's Club will hold a yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Masonic Temple, 61 Westminster St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will take place rain or shine. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the club's scholarship fund and community outreach efforts. For information or to have donations picked up, call Betty Haggerty at 802-463-4159 or Sally McGaffigan at 603-445-2527.

Vintage campers

Dummerston: The Brattleboro North KOA Campground on Route 5 is hosting its eighth Vintage Camper Rally, Sept. 25 and 27. Local residents and visitors are invited to a free open house on Sept. 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. More than 50 campers, built 30 to 60 years ago and lovingly restored and outfitted, will be open to walk through. The proud owners look forward to sharing their search and restoration stories. Cameras are welcome but please leave dogs at home. For more information, call 802 -254-5908.

Farming innovations

Putney: Vermonters have always been inventive, especially when it comes to agricultural innovations. Time- and labor-saving inventions that ease the hard work of farming have always been important in our rural, agricultural state. In this illustrated lecture, retired engineer Paul Woods presents a sampling of farm tools, implements, and artifacts invented or produced in Vermont, examining their use, uniqueness of design, and the often fascinating stories of the inventors themselves. This presentation will take place on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 1 p.m. at the Putney Public Library and is sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council through its Speakers Bureau program, with support from the Dunham-Mason Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation. This program is free and open to the public.

Hogback habitat

Marlboro: On Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon, volunteers are asked to help build a habitat "buffet" for wildlife on the former Hogback Ski Area. Participants will be clearing the former Great White Way ski slope in order to rejuvenate the early successional habitat that developed when the ski area closed in 1986. This is the second of five work parties planned for this fall. Volunteers are needed to wield loppers, haul brush, and operate chain saws. For more information, visit hogbackvt.org.

Moon festival

Brattleboro: The Asian Cultural Center of Vermont presents the 17th Annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Sunday, Sept. 27, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Zhongqiu Jie is the second most important festival of the year. This is a traditional time for families to gather and give thanks for the harvest and for harmonious unions. The celebration starts with a pot-luck at the Kiwanis Shelter atop Memorial Park Drive. All ages, rain or shine, this is a free event for all ages. For more information text 802-579-9088, call 802-257-7898, ext. 1, or visit accvt.org.

Outreach meal

West Brattleboro: The next community outreach meal at the West Brattleboro Baptist Church at 979 Western Ave., is scheduled for Sept. 27, from noon to 2 p.m. The menu inlcudes homemade beef stew with biscuits, cole slaw, fruit cocktail, ice cream with cookie. Open to the public.

Paddle battle

Rockingham: On Sunday, Sept. 27, starting at Herrick's Cove, the Bellows Falls Rotary Club is hosting the 7th annual Connecticut River Paddle Battle, an out and back canoe and kayak race of 7.5 miles on the Connecticut River. Competitive racers will be classed by type of boat and gender and the open class will have both male and female. The fee is $20 per person and benefits the Rotary Club's scholarship program. To register, visit ctrpaddlebattle.com.

Regatta

Dummerston: On Sunday, Sept. 27, the Putney Rowing Club and the Putney School will host the 34th annual Green Mountain Head regatta. More than 300 single and double racing shells will skim the Connecticut River, racing from the Dummerston Landing, one-and-a-half miles up the river, around a set of buoys, and back to the finish. Racers range from teenagers to octogenarians, and come from New England and beyond. They include rank beginners and national champions, as well as local scullers and students. Retaining a small town charm, first place winners take home maple syrup, while second and third place finishers receive cider and apples. The Green Mountain Head is the brainchild of the Heller brothers, Peter and George. Founded in 1982, it is organized and supported by the Putney Rowing Club, The Putney School, and RowBOC of the Brattleboro Outing Club. Viewers can watch the regatta from either the Dummerston Landing, site of the start and finish, or from the public landing just up the river.

Making pies

Dummerston: Apple Pie making begins again Monday, Sept. 28, and runs through Oct. 8, in the kitchen of the Dummerston Congregational Church. Folks will gather to peel, quarter, core, and slice apples. Others will fill the pie shells, topped off with each baker's own identifying crust to be baked and cold-stored for the annual Dummerston Apple Pie Festival on Sunday, Oct. 11. As usual, the goal is to make 1,500 apple pies to be sold whole or by the piece during the Apple Pie Festival. The pie making times are in the morning from 9 a.m to noon and an afternoon session that runs continuously from 4 to 9 p.m. The afternoon session will be structured to allow families with young children to come and take part in the preparations. There will be instructions by veteran pie makers on the rolling of dough and the filling of the pies for those wanting to learn this important step. A highlight of each session is the testing of a pie or two, along with a cup of coffee as the session comes to an end. For more information, call 802-257-0544

Tag sale

Brattleboro: The annual "Terrific Tag Sale" at St. Michael's Episcopal Church at 16 Bradley Ave., is scheduled for Oct. 2, 5 to 8 p.m. and Oct. 3, 9 a.m. to noon. Items available will include clothing, household items, antiques, jewelry, linens, sporting goods, furniture, books, toys and bric-a-brac.

Photo walk

Brattleboro: On Oct. 3, starting at 9 a.m. in the parking lot on Flat Street next to Dunklee Machniery, Tom Singleton will be leading a photography walks that will end with lunch at the Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery. The walk is open to all ages and photo experience. For more information, or to register, visit kelbyone.com/photowalk/walk/brattleboro-vt-united-states.

Electric vehicles

Brattleboro: For those considering buying or leasing an electric car, scooter, or bicycle, Brattleboro Climate Protection, VBike, the Brattleboro Energy Committee, and the Marlboro College Graduate School are hosting an Electric Vehicle Fair on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Marlboro College Graduate School, 28 Vernon Street. A wide range of all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars, along with electric-assisted bikes, cargo bikes and electric scooters will be on display, with many available for test rides. Electric vehicle owners and local dealers will be on hand to answer questions, and table displays will provide information on electric vehicles. At 2:30 p.m., local bike enthusiast Dave Cohen will offer a talk on the benefits of electric and cargo bikes. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Paul Cameron at 802-251-8135.

Oktoberfest

Brattleboro: The community is invited to an Oktoberfest-style dinner on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Trinity Lutheran Church. The meal will include knockwurst, bratwurst, sauerkraut, potatoes, a vegetable, applesauce, bread, beverage and German Chocolate Cake for dessert. There will be two seatings available, at 5:30 and 7 p.m. The suggested donation is $9 dollars, the proceeds of which will help to fund Trinity's work in this community and beyond. Required reservations can be made by calling 802-254-4220. Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 161 Western Ave., across from the Holton Home, in Brattleboro. Take-out will be available. Everyone is welcome.

Guy Davis

Brattleboro: An evening with Guy Davis, a fundraising event for Strolling of the Heifers on Friday evening, Oct. 9, from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, at 157 Main Street. Seating is limited to 200, all seats are priced at $20. There will be no reserved seating. Tickets are available via Brown Paper Tickets at www.guydavis.brownpapertickets.com.

Harvest festival

Brattleboro: On Oct. 17, from 5 to 8 p.m., Strolling of the Heifers will be holding a Spirits of the Harvest Festival. Come celebrate the harvest by sampling specialty foods, makers of fine spirits and wines, and craft brewers in downtown Brattleboro. Live music will be provided by Dan Fyffe, a self-taught acoustic solo artist playing a classic mix of sounds ranging from country music to folk music to pop. Admission will be $20 at the door.

Roast beef

Bernardston, Mass.: The United Church of Bernardston hosts its Second Saturday Roast Beef Suppers starting on, Saturday, Oct. 10. The meal includes roast beef, vegetable, mashed potato, gravy, rolls, dessert, and beverages for just $10. Two seating times: 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Call 413-648-9306 to reserve your preferred time. Walk-ins are always welcome and will be seated as soon as space allows. Location: 58 Church St./Rt. 10.

Reading series

Brattleboro: The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library are hosting a Vermont Humanities Council reading/discussion series, Masters of the Short Story, a selection of short stories by masters of the genre including Poe, Chekhov, O'Connor and Beattie, led by Scholar Richard Wizansky. The first session of the series is Monday, October 5, at 7 p.m., with a discussion of Ann Beattie's short stories,"Park City." The other sessions scheduled are: Nov. 2, "Selected Works," by Flannery O'Connor; Nov. 30, "Five Great Stories," by Anton Chekov; and Dec. 7,"Poetry and Tales" by Edgar Allan Poe. Books are available for loan at the Main Circulation Desk.

Spooktacula

Walpole, NH: Join the Walpole Village School for its 4th annual kid-friendly Spooktacula! Halloween comes early so come in your costume, enjoy hands-on Halloween activities, hay rides, contests, face painting, outdoor games and much more. Spooktacula takes place on Sat, Oct. 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Light refreshments and kid friendly lunch will be available for purchase. Tickets are $10 for kids and $5 adults. All proceeds benefit Walpole Village School at 75 Westminster St. For more information visit www.walpolevillageschool.org or contact Director Jody Metcalf at director@walpolevillageschool.org.


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