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Fairy house

Grafton: The Nature Museum will present its 7th annual Fairy House Festival in the forests of Grafton on Saturday, Sept. 26, and Sunday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors will follow a nature path sprinkled with charming fairy houses, then return to The Nature Museum to create their own fairy dwellings in the gardens. Hands-on crafts, face painting and bubbles round out this interactive program. Light refreshments will be available for purchase and picnicking is encouraged. If you or your organization would like to build a fairy house for this year's festival, contact Executive Director Carrie King at or call the Museum at 802-843-2111 by Sept. 12.


Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Music Center's Windham Orchestra, under the direction of Hugh Keelan, begins its 46th season with an open rehearsal at the River Garden on Main Street on Monday, Sept. 14, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Players of all backgrounds, abilities and ages, are invited to join the orchestra for one evening exploring and rehearsing the Symphonie Fantastique of Berlioz and Mendelssohn's Fingal's Cave Overture. This is not an audition. RSVP's and questions are welcome at

Camera Club

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Camera Club meets the 2nd Monday of every month at Brooks Memorial Library. At 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 14, the club hosts Matthew Cavanaugh, a freelance photojournalist and wedding photographer from Greenfield, Mass.

Movie night

Dover: On Monday, Sept. 14, the Dover Free Library presents "The English Patient," starring Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, William Dafoe, Kristine Scott Thomas, Colin Firth and Naveen Andrews. The movie starts at 6 p.m. and plays for 162 minutes. It's rated R.

Senior bridge

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Senior Center is hosting a new session of Bbeginning bridge at the Gibson Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Dennis Newman, an avid bridge player, offers lessons for seniors who have little or no knowledge about the game. The fee is $5 per class and begins on Monday, Sept. 14. You are welcome to join at any time. Call 802-257-7570.

Family leave forum

Brattleboro: Vermont Commission on Women and Main Street Alliance of Vermont will host free community forum on Sept. 15 at the Latchis Theatre, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. to discuss the possibility of developing and implementing a state-run Temporary Disability and Caregiver Insurance Program as a funding mechanism for leave. Participants will explore the need for a TDCI program; how similar programs have been implemented in other states; and what a successful TDCI program could look like for Vermont. The forums will consist of a brief presentation followed by a discussion with business owners and community members. Coffee and refreshments will be served. For more information or to RSVP, email

Photographic tour

Brattleboro: Chris Petrak will lead an Audubon program on "Crown Jewels in the Four Corners" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, at the Brattleboro Library conference room. The program will feature a photographic tour of some of our country's oldest and most magnificent National Parks - MesaVerde, Bryce, Zion, and the Grand Canyon. Participant will also stop at smaller parks and monuments as they travel through the "Four Corners" of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico."

Financial fitness

Brattleboro: Southeastern Vermont Community Action has space available in its upcoming "Financial Fitness" class, to be held at Marlboro College on Vernon Street starting Sept. 16. This seven-part workshop series will help participants improve their relationship with money, develop strong financial habits, and take steps towards prosperity. Topics covered include; saving, spending, credit, paying for college, purchasing a home, purchasing a car, insurance, and retirement. The instructor will review credit reports and provide recommendations to take steps to build healthy credit or resolve credit issues. The class is free and open to the public. It will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 3 to 5 p.m., and continue each Wednesday through Oct. 28. Registration is required. Call 802-722-4575, ext. 151, or email

Senior meal

Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon on Friday, Sept. 18, at the Guilford Community Church includes loaded mashed taters, pineapple chicken, peas and fruited jello for dessert. Books on loan from the Guilford Free Library. Blood pressures courtesy of Guilford Cares. A flu clinic will be held on Oct. 2 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. For more information and to make reservations, call 802-254-9774 no later than Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Art exchange

Saxtons River: Painter Craig Stockwell is the presenter at the Main Street Arts Taste of the Arts, Tales from a Community dinner event Thursday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. Stockwell's talk, "The Art of the Exchange," will explore his philosophy of painting. The artist's talk is preceded by a locally-prepared dinner. Reservations are required by Tuesday, Sept. 15 and can be made by calling 802-869-2960, e-mailing or online at Tickets for the talk and dinner are $24 for adults and $12 for children under 12 accompanied by an adult.

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 or visit

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.

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

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. Any registered voter who is committed to the principles of the Democratic Party is invited to attend. 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. Further information is available by contacting town chairman Matthew Trieber at or 802-375-1134.


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

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

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.; in Rockingham on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Rockingham Town Hall: and in Westminster, also on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m. at the Westminster Institute, (Butterfield Library, 3435 Route 5. For other town GOP caucuses in Windham County see public notices posted at your town clerk's office.

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.

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 or call 802-275-2694 to register. Enrollment is $75 per session and is limited to 10 students per class.

Publishing heritage

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Historical Society and Friends of Brooks Memorial Library are collaborating to generate ideas about how to increase community awareness and interest in Brattleboro's 200-year printing and publishing heritage. Community members interested in this topic are invited to a brainstorming meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Brattleboro History Center in the Masonic Center at 196 Main Street. The purpose of the meeting will be to gather ideas for ways to interest and engage our community in learning more about the influential roles that Brattleboro's publishing and printing industries have played throughout our history. For more information, email

Caregiver insurance

Brattleboro: The Vermont Commission on Women and Main Street Alliance of Vermont will host a series of community breakfasts across the state on long-term paid family and medical leave to explore the possibility of developing and implementing a state-run Temporary Disability and Caregiver Insurance Program. In Brattleboro, at the Latchis Theatre, Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. For more information or to RSVP, email

Cuban cuisine

Brattleboro: Author, educator and chef John Verlinden will speak in the Brooks Library Meeting Room on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. about his new book, "To Cook is To Love: Nuevo Cuban: Lighter, Healthier Latin Recipes." Admission is free and the event is sponsored by the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library. Verlinden will talk about his travels in Cuba, its history and culture. He will share excerpts from his book that include a beautifully crafted collection of pre-revolutionary Cuban memorabilia, vintage family photographs and original illustrations. Seating is limited to 50 in the Meeting Room. If you plan to attend, please register in advance online at or call 802-254-5290.

New revelations

Guilford: On Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m., the Guilford Free Library hosts a discussion of "New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus," by Charles C. Mann. No charge. Call 802-254-5561 for information.

Chalet children

Putney: Vermont author and journalist Elayne Clift will read from her latest book, "Children of the Chalet: New and Selected Stories," on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Putney Library. This event is free and open to the public. The Puntey Library is located at 55 Main Street in Putney. Call 802-387-4407 or email with questions.

Boot camp

Bellows Falls: Senior Solutions provides unbiased information about the Medicare system. Medicare Boot Camp will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 9 to 11 a.m. This class is appropriate for anyone who is currently enrolled in Medicare or planning to sign up in the near future. Family members who help elders may also find this class useful. Medicare has strict enrollment periods, and this session will help participants make timely decisions about drug plans and supplemental plans as well as many other issues. Space is limited; to register or get full location details, call 1-800-642-5119. Additional Medicare classes are listed at

Pressure cooker

Brattleboro: Come join local canning enthusiast Anna Edson in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom for a beginning look at how to safely and deliciously can your fresh harvest using a pressure cooker. Friday, Sept. 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. $10 for shareholders, $12 for non-shareholders. Registration Required, call 802-246-2821 or email


Guilford: On Friday, Sept. 18, at 1 p.m., the Guilford Community Church hosts "Stuff of Dreams," the story of a play and the town which made it happen. The movie will begin immediately following senior lunch. No charge. Call 802-254-6545 for information.

Local farmer

Brattleboro: On Friday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m., at the Marlboro Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., The Windham World Affairs Council is presenting Dr. Geof Dolman, PhD, who will talk on "Can Wealthy Countries Help Poor Countries and Improve Regional Peace?" Dolman is a rural development specialist with 18 years of experience managing international development projects. He now runs his own farm in Brattleboro. Coffee/tea/conversation will precede Dr. Dolman's talk at 7 pm. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit


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.


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.


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

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

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, and for Susan's class, call 802-257-9425 or e-mail You can register now or on the first day of classes at the Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Office in the Gibson Aiken Center.

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

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.

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,

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,


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

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.


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

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

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

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

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 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.

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

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.

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

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.


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 or contact Director Jody Metcalf at


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