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The written word

BELLOWS FALLS "Life Stories: Connecting Memories of Love, Action and Thought to Social Change": Inspired by the work and thinking of 20th-century writer and philosopher Hannah Arendt, and by "Diving for Pearls," a book about Arendt by Kathleen B. Jones, this workshop led by Elayne Clift guides participants as they write and share stories "to know precisely what the past was, to [explore] this knowledge and these memories, and then to wait and see what comes of knowing and [remembering]," as Arendt put it. Arendt believed strongly in living life in a way that is thoughtful and moral, even if it means taking risks, so that we are not simply "a leaf blowing in the whirlwind of time." Through writing prompts and facilitated exercises, along with a look at Arendt's words, we'll celebrate what Goethe called "life's labyrinthine, erring course," as our narratives "recall significant events in our lives by telling one story among many, so that they can live on." Compose, share, laugh, ponder, discover your inner writer. Bring your own laptop or pen/paper. 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Putney Library Book Sale: Browse an eclectic assemblage of pre-loved books, children's books, DVDs, CDs, and other media. All funds raised will benefit the library's programs. Antidote Books will be hosting a mystery bookstore liquidation this weekend (120 Main St., as part of Putney's first Book Fair Weekend. 5/19: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 5/20: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Through Sunday, May 20. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BELLOWS FALLS Eileen Charbonneau and Eileen O'Finlan: Two Eileens Explore Irish American Roots in their Novels: Faced with the challenges of An Gorta Mor, The Great Hunger in Ireland, millions of Irish refugees left their homeland with only their courage and sought new roots in America. They include ancestors of two Eileens who will be speaking and reading. 1 p.m. Free. Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square. Information: 802-463-9404; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

PUTNEY Opening Reception - "Notes from the Universe" - Paintings by Liz Hawkes deNiord: Includes a poetry reading by Chard deNiord, Vermont Poet Laureate. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. in the Gallery. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

GRAFTON Morning Walk or Afternoon Walk: Medicinal Mushrooms & Edibles with The Mushroom Forager: Join a walking tour of the amazing mushrooms and edible greens that appear with spring, Your mycological guide, Ari Rockland-Miller, will begin with a colorful and informative presentation introducing foraging safety, strategy, and ethics. After this indoor talk, the group will head out on a guided foray into the nearby woods, conserved by the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association. Explorations will focus on the Northeast's wild greens, spring tonics, and medicinal fungi. Two walking tours: 9:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. $30. Nature Museum, 186 Townshend Rd. Registration required: 802-843-2111; Click for more info on Web in new window.


WARDSBORO Toney Rocks: Soul-stirring night of acoustic music benefiting Wardsboro Fire and Rescue. Potluck dinner. BYOB. 7 p.m. $10 at door. Wardsboro Town Hall, 71 Main St. Information: 802-896-6810,

MARLBORO Brattleboro Concert Choir: "Wonder and Joy": Mozart Vespers and Poulenc Gloria. Susan Dedell, Dir. 5/19: 7:30 p.m., 5/20: 4 p.m. Through Sunday, May 20. $18, $20 at door, $10 students. Marlboro College Persons Hall, 2582 South Rd. Information: 802-257-4523,

BRATTLEBORO Bluegrass Duo Compton & Newberry: String band of mandolin master Mike Compton and veteran banjoist/guitarist Joe Newberry pay homage to pioneering American musicians such as The Monroe Brothers, Robert Johnson, and The Carter Family. Special guest: Peppermint Endurance Co. 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. $17, $20 at door. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Tickets: 802-579-9960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

NEWFANE Kevin Parry: Classic and not so classic blues and rock. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Free. Ricks Tavern, 386 Rte. 30. Information: 802 365-4310.


NEWFANE Free Restorative Circle Training: Restorative Community Justice of Southern Vermont is hosting guest trainer Gray Fisher. The practice of a Restorative Circle, as developed by Dominic Barter, is a community-centered process for exploring and transforming conflict. The process helps us understand what conflict is trying to teach us. Through the voluntary practice, participants discover how to listen and understand each other and take appropriate action. They are supported by reflective listening and guiding questions asked by the host. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Old South Newfane Schoolhouse, Auger Hole Rd. and Dover Rd. RSVP with Dan DeWalt: 802-348-7701,

Fundraising and awareness events

BRATTLEBORO AIDS Project: 31st annual Walk for Life: This event will spotlight community efforts not only to support local people living with HIV/AIDS but also to reduce the risk of transmission to others. This Walk for Life features speakers, music, a brief period of remembrance, a salute to longtime supporter Howie Peterson, and a light lunch. The AIDS Project, established in 1988, is encouraging individuals, businesses, churches, schools, community groups to form teams to seek contributions for its work with clients in Windham, Bennington, and southern Windsor counties. This year's walk is sponsored by Brown Computer Solutions, New Chapter, West River Family Dental, Against the Grain Gourmet, The Richards Group, and Swiss Precision Turning. 10 a.m. - 12 noon. Free. River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.


WESTMINSTER WEST Meet Vermont's Champion White Ash: The largest White Ash tree in VT is located on Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association property off Headwaters Trail in Westminster. The walk will be led by VT State Forester Tim Morton who will discuss the characteristics of a VT forest and the factors that affect the health of this remarkable specimen, which should be leafing out after a long winter. In 2014, it charted a circumference of 205.2 inches and a height of 113 ft. Wear hiking shoes, bring water. 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon (rain date 5/20). Free. Congregational Church of Westminster West, 44 Church St. Registration required: 802-869-6103,

MARLBORO Spring Bird Walk at Hogback: We'll follow trails through a variety of habitats and elevations to look and listen for a variety of migrating and resident birds and learn about the plant communities that attract each species. Naturalist, photographer, and Marlboro resident Cherrie Corey will lead our walk. Come dressed with sturdy footwear and long pants. Hats, top layers, insect repellent are recommended. 10 a.m. - noon (unless there's steady rain). Meet in parking lot south side of Rt. 9. Free. Hogback Mountain Conservation Area, Rte. 9. Information: (click Events).

Local history

BRATTLEBORO Estey Organ Museum: See and play organs of many styles and sizes. Walk through a working pipe organ. Learn about Brattleboro's industrial past. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Through Sunday, October 14. $5 suggested donation. Estey Organ Museum, 108 Birge St. Information: 802-246-8366; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Spring Truckload Sale at the Brattleboro Food Co-op: The best pricing of the year on food and other products across Grocery, Dairy, Frozen, Meat, Seafood, and Floral. Pick up an order form at the Co-op or 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Through Sunday, May 20. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. .

DUMMERSTON Community Contra Dance and Potluck: The program includes traditional New England contra dances, squares, circle mixers, and waltzes. Putney School Celtic fiddlers with Amy Cann on piano. Andy Davis calling and storytelling. All ages and levels of experience welcome. Refreshments. 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (5:30 - 6:30 p.m. potluck). $8, $5 kids, $20 families. Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Information: 802-257-1819,

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

BRATTLEBORO The Brattleboro Flower Arts & Garden Club Plant Sale: Perennials from members' gardens will be sold at very reasonable prices. This year, the club will also offer garden gloves, planters, pots, tools, books, and other assorted garden items. 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. in the parking lot. Green Mountain Chapel, 480 Western Ave. Information: 802-254-5258; Click to e-mail for more information.

WEST DUMMERSTON Geranium Festival & Book Sale: Includes a Silent Auction and a Food Tent. The Windham Morris Dancers open the festival with a performance. This is a benefit for the Lydia Taft Pratt Library. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (10 a.m. performance). Free. Dummerston Community Center, 150 West St. Information: 802-254-2703.

GUILFORD Guilford Historical Society Annual Plant and Food Sale: Your choice of plants, flowers and shrubs from local gardens just in time for spring planting in your flower beds or yard. Also delicious home-baked goods including pies, cookies, muffins, and more by some of Guilford's best cooks. Proceeds from the sale help maintain our historical buildings and artifacts and present special events. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Richmond Auto Repair, 14 Guilford Center Rd. Fred: 802-257-7306.

JACKSONVILLE Spring Rummage, Tag & Bake Sale: (See 5/18). . Jacksonville Community Church. .

SAXTONS RIVER Arts, Antiques, and Artifacts Sales: This fundraiser will feature attic treasures and unique finds from the homes of friends of the community arts center, everything from one-of-a-kind antiques to items in the one-man's-junk-is-another-man's-treasure category. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (rain date: 5/20). Free. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960,



May 2018