Community Fundraisers

Tickets available for Rani Arbo show to benefit Montessori

BRATTLEBORO >> Hilltop Montessori School and the Latchis Theatre will present a family concert with the New England-based folk quartet, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, on Saturday, April 23, at 2 p.m., at the Latchis Theatre.

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem are Rani Arbo (fiddle, guitar), Andrew Kinsey (bass, banjo, ukulele), Anand Nayak (electric and acoustic guitars) and Scott Kessel (percussion). The group, which has been together for 15 years, has played folk festivals all over the country including the Newport Folk Festival and the California World Music Festival.

The concert, which is sponsored by Brattleboro Subaru, Farnum Insulators, PDSC Law, Prentiss Smith & Company, The Richards Group, Silver Forest, Inc., Sovernet and Stevens & Associates will benefit Hilltop's Tuition Assistance Program. Currently 50 percent of current Hilltop families receive some kind of tuition assistance, both from state programs and school funds. The school's goal is to have the student body truly reflect the diversity of the Brattleboro community.

"The need for tuition assistance is growing as costs increase," Tamara Mount, the Head of School said. "We do not want our school finances to be completely tuition driven. In order to do that, Hilltop will be launching an endowment campaign to help support future generations of students attending the school no matter what their family's finances allow. We're hoping this community concert brings attention to our commitment to serving students from all backgrounds."

Tickets for the concert are $15 for adults and $10 for children. In order to include families of lower income levels, Hilltop and the Latchis are structuring ticket sales with a "buy one, donate one" option. The two organizations have partnered with the Boys and Girls Club, Youth Services, HCRS, and Groundworks Collective to help distribute tickets to children who might not otherwise be able to attend.

Tickets are available on-line at

Book sale

Bellows Falls: The Rockingham Free Public Library is hosting its annual book sale through April 30. All proceeds from the book sale will benefit the Rockingham Free Public Library. For more information, call 802-463-4270, visit or stop by the Library at 65 Westminster St.

Book sale

Dummerston: The Lydia Taft Pratt Library is accepting donations of hardcover and paperback books, CDs and DVDs for its annual Geranium Festival/Book Sale on May 21. All donations should be in good, saleable condition. No textbooks, please. Bring all books, CDs and DVDs to the library, located in the Dummerston Community Center, 150 West St., West Dummerston, during library hours: Tuesdays, 2:30 to 7 p.m., Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to noon 12. For more information, call 802-258-9878.

Books and plants

Putney: The Putney Public Library seeks book donations to support our annual Book and Plant Sale, which will take place on Saturday, May 28. Books of all kinds are welcome, with the exception of encyclopedia sets, magazines, textbooks, Reader's Digest condensed books and anything that is musty, moldy, or in poor condition. DVDs and audiobooks are also welcome donations for the book sale. Please bring donations during library hours only — Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information visit the Putney Public Library at 55 Main St., call 802-387-4407 or email

West River Trail Run

South Londonderry: Celebrate National Trail Day by participating in the fourth annual West River Trail Run Saturday, June 4. Known as "11 Miles of Trouble" after the infamous 36 miles of trouble along the West River, the railroad from South Londonderry to Brattleboro, because of its narrow gauge and winding route leading to undependable service. Luckily for trail run participants that means a moderately challenging, beautiful race through various terrain. Woods, waterfalls, and switchbacks will be seen throughout the 11 miles from South Londonderry's Depot to Jamaica State Park. The first 200 individuals to register will receive a T-shirt, goodie bag filled with locally donated products, and free entrance to Jamaica State Park for the day. The race begins at South Londonderry's Depot at 9 a.m., and ends at Jamaica State Park. Register online $45 for single participants for the 11 mile run, $75 for relay teams, $20 for 5K participants. Registration will be open until the day of the race with no guarantee for a t-shirt or goodie bag after May 15th. This annual event supports The Collaborative's community efforts to provide fun, healthy educational programs for youth in the Northshire and Mountain communities. Sponsors and partners include Four Seasons Sotheby's International Reality Manchester & Stratton offices, The Mountain Goat, Real Sports, Elm Counseling Services, Clark's IGA, Cota & Cota, LuxBrush, Southern Vt Tech Rescue Inc, C & J Stoddard, Crystal Rock, Vew-do Balance boards, Friends of the West River Trail, Jamaica State Park, & Ball Mountain/Townsend Lake. Grandma Millers, Rutland Regional Medical Center, VT Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, Real Sports and Maggie's Farm.

Heritage Trail

Brattleboro: The Vermont African American Heritage Trail has started a campaign to design and launch a mobile application that will enhance the experience of visitors, particularly school groups. The VTAAHT and its 20 sites across the state promote the exploration of black history in Vermont through cultural tourism. Vermont Partnership for Fairness & Diversity in collaboration with the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing launched the Vermont African American Heritage Trail in January 2013. For more information, call 802-254-2972, email or visit


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