Fourth of July holiday weekend events

NECCA offers high-flying entertainment

Brattleboro: The New England Center for Circus Arts is offering a free show at Living Memorial Park on July 4. The performance is in collaboration with Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department and wholly sponsored by Mondo MediaWorks. NECCA will set up a freestanding aerial rig on the ball field at Living Memorial Park. Show time is 5:45–6:15 p.m. and it will be a high flying presentation featuring advanced and professional level students. The Brattleboro based school offers lessons for all ages and all abilities and attracts high level students from around the world to attend its recreational and professional training programs. For those who want to try a little circus this summer, camps are available for youth in the air conditioned Cotton Mill studios and summer drop in Flying Trapeze classes for age 7 through adult are up and running at the school's outdoor location at 10 Town Crier Drive in Brattleboro (advance registration required). For area visitors, customized instruction is always available for solo or group circus experiences.

More shows and programming are happening throughout the summer. For schedule and information visit or call 802-254-9780.

Decorate your bike for the parade

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department is holding its annual 4th of July bike decorating event. Kids may bring their bikes and helmets to the Vermont Inn Pizza parking lot on Canal Street at 9 a.m. Join Rec & Parks staff as they get festive with a variety of decorations and walk in the parade which begins at 10 a.m. Rec & Parks will provide the decorations, tattoos, face painting and ribbons for the participants. Children ages 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult in the parade. Parents of children over the age of 5 can meet at the Common at the end of the parade. This event will run rain or shine. For more information, call the Recreation and Parks Department at 254-5808. This event is free of charge.

Fireman's Auction is Saturday

Halifax: Saturday, July 2, is the date for the annual Halifax Fireman's Auction at 10 a.m. at the Fire Station on Branch Road in West Halifax. Many items, large and small, will be auctioned. Coffee and doughnuts, hot dogs and beverages will be on sale. For more information call Wayne at 802-368-7733.

Ladies Rummage Sale on the Fourth

Saxtons River: The Worn Again Thrift Shop on Main Street is having a Ladies Rummage Sale on Monday, July 4th, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale includes a variety of clothing including sweaters, blouses, skirts, pants, jackets, coats and footwear such as shoes and boots and belts, hats, underwear and gloves. For those wishing to donate items, the shop is in need of infants and children's clothing, queen and king sized sheets, and ladies and men's jeans. The Thrift Shop is also collecting personal care items for residents of the Bennington Veterans Home. Donated items can be dropped off during shop hours. The Worn Again Thrift Shop is run by volunteers and is sponsored by the West River Missions with local catholic churches Our Lady of Mercy in Putney, Our Lady of the Valley in Townshend and Chapel of the Snows on Stratton Mountain.

Celebrating '50 Years of Fun at the Rec'

Saxtons River: With a theme of "50 Years of Fun at the Rec," Saxtons River will kick off its annual Independence Day celebration Monday, July 4, with a 5K Firecracker road race at 8:30 a.m., followed by a parade at 9:30 a.m. In addition to the race sponsored by Pleasant Valley Brew Pub, the day's activities include a street fair highlighted by the firefighters' water polo, a hula hoop contest and music on the bandstand. Miniature golf, an egg toss, a pie contest, face painting, a bouncy slide and food vendors are also on the schedule. Afternoon activities move to the Saxtons River Rec Area and include swimming, square dancing, a cornhole game and old-time fiddling with Andy, Laurie, Jill and Friends, and music for dancing with the Old School band, all topped off with fireworks at dusk. There will also be cotton candy and Glo-stix on sale. The Saxtons River Rec will be selling food and hosting a chuck-a-duck game. This year's T-shirt features a drawing by local artist Daze Mortensen with the Rec theme. T-shirts will be on sale in front of the market Saturday, July 2 and on the Fourth.


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