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Senior Center hosts picnic

BRATTLEBORO - The first Brattleboro Senior Center picnic of the season will be held Thursday, June 6, at the Living Memorial Park Senior Area.

The event will start at noon, with barbecued chicken, coleslaw, cornbread, baked beans, and watermelon for dessert. Suggested donation for seniors over 60 is $4, the cost for all others is $7.25. If it rains, the picnic will be held indoors at the Senior Center.

Reservations requested; sign up at the front desk or call 802-257-1236. For all programs and events, visit on Facebook or at

Chester BOGO Plant Sale is June 8

CHESTER - Last weekend's Chester Plant Sale has been extended to Saturday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This plant event will be BOGO (Buy One Get One free) only.

Last weekend's sale sent hundreds of plants off to new gardeners, but there are still many big, healthy perennials looking for a home. Selections include varieties of iris, daisies, daylilies, Lamb's ears, and more - all displayed on the side lawn of St. Luke's Church, 313 Main St.

Writing workshop offered in Bellows Falls

BELLOWS FALLS - Award-winning novelist Eileen Charbonneau's Elements of the Novel workshop series starts Saturday, June 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Village Square Booksellers. Sessions continue for the following three Saturdays, June 15, 22, and 29 at the same time.

Charbonneau will cover topics such as setting, characterization, voice, and dialogue. All are encouraged to write during class and learn to critique each other and self-edit.

Charbonneau is the author of 12 published novels for adults and young adults. Her course is based on her “how to” book, Elements of the Novel. Cost will be $5 per session, payable to Eileen Charbonneau. Call 802-463-9404 to reserve a seat for the classes.

Whitingham Library presents Stories in the Park

WHITINGHAM - Beginning on Saturday, June 8, the Whitingham Free Public Library will host Story Hour at Town Hill Park in Whitingham, at 11 am.

Children will enjoy stories, crafts, and snacks. In the event of poor weather Story Hour will be in the library.

For more information visit or call 802-368-7506.

Open garden event benefits The Nature Museum

GRAFTON - A plant sale at the home of Will and Laurie Danforth, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, June 8, will benefit The Nature Museum.

More than 25 varieties of clearly labeled perennials will be for sale from $5 to $15. Cash and checks only.

Every plant purchase is a donation to support the mission of The Nature Museum to connect all ages to the wonders of the natural world. The museum is celebrating its 30th summer season this year, thanks to generous community support.

Building community during NeighborWorks Week

WESTMINSTER - Community members, as part of a week-long celebration of neighborhood improvement activities nationally recognized as NeighborWorks Week, can register for a free workshop for existing and potential home owners.

On Saturday, June 8, at the Compass School in Westminster, Windham & Windsor Housing Trust will host a Home Owner University.

Topics include credit building, down payment assistance programs, home repair loans, DIY weatherization, estate planning, aging in place, and much more. The half-day program runs from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

WWHT is part of the national NeighborWorks network, an affiliation of nearly 250 nonprofit organizations that was founded and is supported by NeighborWorks America, which creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives, and strengthen their communities.

To learn more, contact Bruce Whitney at 802-246-2111 or [email protected].

Vernon Historical Museum opening, pie sale on June 9

VERNON - The Vernon Historical Museum will open for the 2019 season on Sunday, June 9, at 2 p.m., and the Vernon Historians will hold their annual Opening Day homemade pie sale. Come early for the best selection.

The museum's main building includes an original one-room brick schoolhouse built in 1848, a farmhouse kitchen, farm tools and other artifacts, and a large collection of photographs. New photos are on display this year.

The adjacent annex building features farm-related equipment and tools and a large portion of the last North Vernon Post Office. The museum will be open each Sunday through Sept. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m., and by appointment. It is located at 4201 Fort Bridgman Road (Route 142). Admission is free.

Members and other supporters who plan to contribute pies or whoopie pies for the sale are asked to contact [email protected] withthe kind and number of pies you are making. Bring your pies to the museum starting at 1:30 p.m. To make other arrangements, call Peg Frost at 802-254-2263.

RAMP hosts Artists Town Meeting on June 11

BELLOWS FALLS - The potluck Artists Town Meeting for June will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 6-8 p.m., at 33 Bridge St. (home to WOOL-FM and several artists' studios). Artists, artisans, and local food growers are encouraged to attend.

The focus of the quarterly meetings is to bring creative people together in order to share ideas and a meal.

“The more we know each other and can identify ourselves as a constituency, the more strength and credibility we gain.” Rockingham Art & Museum Project founder Robert McBride explained in a news release. “There is an ever-growing community of working artists and local growers in our midst, all of whom are contributing greatly to the cultural and economic vitality of our communities.”

McBride said one of RAMP's many roles “is to be an advocate for these artists. In order to be effective in that role, RAMP creates and participates in opportunities to hear from local artists and assist them in making community connections that benefit us all.”

The meeting agenda will include: artist project updates, a post-event briefing from the recent Craft Tour Open Studio Weekend, discussion of public art and current mural projects, Bellows Falls Third Friday Gallery Walk, Stage 33, and planning for the autumn Craft Open Studio Tour.

RAMP is committed to collaborating and co-hosting Artists Town Meetings throughout the year. The meetings are informal and open to everyone. For accessibility questions and to make arrangements, call RAMP at 802-463-3252.

Library looks at 'Incredible Edible Putney'

PUTNEY - The Putney Public Library will present a viewing of the Incredible Edible TED Talk and community discussion regarding starting a local chapter - Incredible Edible Putney - dedicated to planting food everywhere that is available to anyone.

Not a gardener? Don't worry, if you eat, you're in! All kinds of talents are needed. Don't have a lot of time to devote? There are lots of ways to get involved. Come to the library, 55 Main St., on Tuesday, June 11, at 6 p.m., to learn more.

Rec. Dept. offers discounted amusement park tickets

BRATTLEBORO - The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department again will offer discounted tickets to Six Flags New England in Agawam, Mass., The Great Escape/Splashwater Kingdom in Lake George, N.Y., and Bromley's Adventure Park in Peru.

To save money and avoid long ticket lines, purchase discount tickets at the Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Office at 207 Main St., Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Only cash or money orders will be accepted.

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