Bellows Falls: Central Elementary School will be hosting its second annual Rockin'Ham 5K on April 2. The 5K will begin and end at the Rockingham Recreation Area on Playground Road, Bellows Falls. Runners may register online at https://g2racereg.webconnex.com/rockinham5k2016, or paper registrations may be downloaded at www.ceshome.org or picked up at Central School, 50 School Street Extension, Bellows Falls. Same-day registration will begin at 9 a.m. on April 2, and the race start time is 10:30 a.m.
Williamsville: Spring will be welcomed in Williamsville this year with the annual Williamsville/Newfane Talent Show on April 2 at 7 p.m. in the Williamsville Hall. A decades-old tradition, the show will feature a range of talented area performers, young and older. Many delightful area performers have already signed up, but there is certainly room for more. Want to sing? Act? Dance? Juggle? Read fiction? Verse? Memoir? Tame lions? Contact Annie Landenberger at email@example.com. Admission is by suggested donation of $5/$15 per family and refreshments will be available, also by donation. Proceeds will benefit both the Leland and Gray Players and the Williamsville Hall. The Williamsville Hall is on Dover Road in Williamsville.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Area Interfaith Initiative is hosting an event to raise awareness of the plight of refugees around the world. This free public gathering will take place on April 2 at 7 p.m. at the Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Sami Abdallah and Jennifer Silverstone from Eyes On Refugees will speak about their recent volunteer experience at refugee camps in France. Inga Paluch will give an overview of the work of Carry Me Home, a disaster relief organization based at the Centre Congregational Church. Each organization has an on-line fundraising page at www.gofundme.com/childrenofcamps and www.generosity.com/emergencies-fundraising/carry-me-home-support-refugee-children--2.
Guilford: The Brattleboro Interfaith Teens, representing five local faith communities, are hosting a chicken barbecue and concert at the Guilford Community Church on April 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to help fund their return service trip in July to the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. The dinner menu — to eat in or take out — includes barbecue chicken, potato salad, vegetarian chili, macaroni and cheese, green salad and apple crisp with ice cream. The price is $15 for the dinner and concert or $12 for the dinner only. Visit www.kristengraves.com for more information on the night's entertainment. Tickets can be purchased at BrownPaperTickets.com or at the door.
Brattleboro: Spiritual Songs and contemplative Improvisations will be a benefit concert on April 3, at 2 p.m., at the Shambhala Meditation Center by saxophonist, composer, Bob Stabach and Eugene Uman, Director of the Vermont Jazz Center on keyboard, with special guest Stephan Brandstatter. Concert to aid the meditation center in meeting operating expenses. The Shambhala Meditation Center is located at the Whetstone Studio for the Arts at 28 Williams St. For more information, call 802-257-2984.
Bellows Falls: The BF Community Bike Project is hosting a Silent Auction Fundraiser on April 9 from 6 to 10 p.m. at 33 Bridge St. Enjoy live music by local musicians Don Dawson, Jesse Peters and the Milkhouse Heaters. Light food, cash bar and a 50/50 raffle will add to the festivities. For more information, www.bfbike.org/ or call 802-460-0662.
Brattleboro: Sean Gaskell will give a Friends of the Library fund-raising concert on the Kora, an ancient 21-stringed harp from West Africa, in the Brooks Memorial Library on April 15 at 7 p.m. The performance will feature traditional songs that are the heart and soul of the Kora's musical repertoire in addition to some of Gaskell's personal compositions. Tickets are $10 or $8 for members of the Friends of the Brooks Memorial Library. They are available at the Brooks Library Front Desk, at the door or on-line at friendsofbrookslibraryvt.org. Proceeds from this Friends of the Library concert will go to support the library's public programs, services, museum passes, equipment and on-line subscriptions. For further information, call 802-254-5290.
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