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Take a walk along the Whetstone

BRATTLEBORO - The Southeast Vermont Cooperative Species Management Association's Whetstone Brook Community Project invites everyone in the community to share their plant observations along the Whetstone Brook. The organization's goal is to create maps of invasive plant hotspots in the area.

On Friday, Sept. 1, at 3:30 p.m., a walk will start at The Root Social Justice Center on Williams Street and finish downtown during Gallery Walk.

Can't make this event? You can still get involved by making observations for the project on iNaturalist, a social media website for people to identify plants and animals in their world and connect with others with like interests.

Have questions about this event or the project? Email [email protected].

Ice Cream Social at Gallery Walk

BRATTLEBORO - The Friends of the Brooks Memorial Library invite everyone to the organization's annual Ice Cream Social, which will take place downtown this year as part of Gallery Walk.

Stop by the Harmony Lot on Friday, Sept. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. A $2 donation per cone is suggested, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. The Friends promise an evening of "scooping, hula hooping, and playing with circus toys."

Fall mending bee at Putney library

PUTNEY -The mending bee is back for fall at the Putney Public Library, 55 Main St., on Sunday, Sept. 10, 1 to 4 p.m.

Do you have a pile of nice wool socks with holes, favorite jeans that would be perfect if not for a rip in the knee, or sweaters with moth holes? Bring your ailing fabric items to this free program so you can work on them in the company of others.

Advice and support are always available, but you'll be the mender of your own items. Sewing machines and darning tools will be available.

Senior walk at Fort Dummer State Park

BRATTLEBORO - On Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 10:30 a.m., Guilford Cares will host a senior walk at Fort Dummer State Park, named for Fort Dummer, which was constructed along the Connecticut River by the British in 1724.

Anne Montgomery will provide walkers with details of the rich history of the site, point out views of interest, and help identify some hardwood species of white, red, and chestnut oak that are more characteristic of forests in the mid-Atlantic than in Vermont.

There are three trails in the 217-acre park.

The Sunrise Trail is a nearly 1-mile loop of level-to-gently-sloping terrain crossing into Vernon, including the Old Fort Vista at about its midpoint. The Sunset Trail is a 0.5-mile loop of gently sloping ground and old town road. "We can make a short diversion to a dramatic abandoned rock quarry," the walk organizers suggest in a news release. The Broad Brook Trail, 0.5 mile with some steeper, more strenuous sections, ends at a popular swimming hole on the Broad Brook.

Parking is available near the entrance at 517 Old Guilford Rd. Carpooling is recommended. The day-use fee at Fort Dummer is $5; however, if you apply for a Green Mountain Passport discount program for seniors and veterans at the Guilford Town Office before the walk, Guilford Cares will cover the cost of the pass.

The Green Mountain Passport program gives seniors unlimited free admission to state parks, historic sites, concerts, and museums. For more information, or to request a ride, contact Guilford Cares at 802-579-1350 or [email protected].

This Town and Village item was submitted to The Commons.

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