Upcoming events: Spanish classes offered; online genealogy lessons; enviro-bicyclist brings trip to Rock Library; early childhood, a film & chat; Springfield Rotary Penny Sale; October Community Meal canceled; and Halloween on the Hill in Manchester

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Oct. 21: Spanish classes at Rockingham Library

You can improve your Spanish by joining Rocío Franco’s Community Spanish Conversation classes to be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on four consecutive Tuesdays from Oct. 21 through Nov. 11 at the meeting room of Rockingham Library, 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls. Instructor Franco comes to the library from the University of Cádiz in Spain.Spanish Classes

The classes are free and open to the public. Some exposure to the Spanish language is good but not required. All levels of ability are welcome. Registration is appreciated. Call the library at 802-463-4270 or stop by to register or for more information.

Oct. 23: Learn to research your family history online

The Rockingham Library is offering a course on utilizing its free online databases to conduct genealogy research. Guided by Wayne Blanchard, classes meet for four consecutive Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the library, located at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls.

The first session on Oct. 23 will cover the organizational basics for genealogy. On Oct. 30, participants will learn how to search the U.S. Census and Vital Records using the website Ancestry.com. On Nov. 6, the vast resources available on the website AmericanAncestors.org will be introduced, while focusing on The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. The last class, on Nov. 13 will teach how you can search the Heritage Quest database.

Registration is required for this free program. To register, or for more information, contact the library by phone at 802-463-4270, email rockref@sover.net, or stop by the library.

Oct. 23: Bicyclist presents cross country trip for climate change

The Rockingham Free Public Library at 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls, will present “Tour350: An American Journey in Words, Music and Images” on 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23.

In 2010, Jesse Peters of Saxtons River made a conscious decision to raise awareness about climate change. Peters towed his supplies and guitar in a trailer behind his old mountain bike, riding from Salisbury Beach, Mass., to Placerville, Calif., over two-and-a-half months. Along the way he collected images, music and words.
He created a body of work “Tour 350” that he is sharing with the community. The presentation will combine images projected onto a screen with live performance of the music and brief readings from the travelogue.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information call the library at 802-463-4270 or go online to rockinghamlibrary.org.

Oct. 23: Film, conversation of early childhood

There will be a free sneak peak of the powerful new documentary “The Raising of America,” followed by a community conversation about early childhood in Windsor County and the future of Vermont from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 at Wilder Center, 2087 Hartford Ave., Wilder. For additional dates and locations visit www.letsgrowkids.org/raising-america-conversations. For more information contact Ryan Emerson at ryan@letsgrowkids.org or 802-730-4732.

Springfield Rotarians Ed McQuade, Bob Flint and Buddy Dexter stand behind Ronald Bingham and the 1984 Honda GoldWing motorcycle that he is donating.

From left, Springfield Rotarians Ed McQuade, Bob Flint and Buddy Dexter stand behind Ronald Bingham and the 1984 Honda GoldWing motorcycle that he is donating.

Oct. 25: Motorcycle among prizes at Rotary Penny Sale

More than 300 prizes will be available at the Springfield Vermont Rotary Club Penny Sale taking place on Saturday, Oct. 25 at Riverside Middle School at 13 Fairground Road, Springfield.

Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the event starting at 7 p.m. The evening’s events culminate in a Grand Prize drawing for $5,000 cash.

Thanks to Ronald Bingham of North Springfield, one of the prizes is a 1984 Honda Goldwing GL 1200 Interstate model motorcycle. This, along with items that include a recliner, flat-screen TV and a bicycle, will be part of the special set of prizes that evening. The prizes are donated by area businesses.

Grand Prize tickets are available now from Springfield Rotarians for $2 each or 3 for $5. In addition to the Grand Prize, there will a $500 Door Prize, which will be awarded to one Grant Prize ticketholder who is present at the event.

Tickets for other prizes are available at the event for a penny a chance. All proceeds of the Penny Sale are given back to the community. Through the Penny Sales in Springfield to date, over $500,000 has been raised to benefit area organizations and residents. For more information contact Bobf@Springfielddevelopment.org.

Oct. 25: October free Community Meal canceled

The free monthly Community Meal set for noon on Saturday, Oct. 25, at the First Universalist Parish Church in the Stone Village at 211 North St. in Chester, has been canceled.

The Community Meals are not affiliated with any religious organization. They are designed as an opportunity for people to gather and socialize while enjoying a meal together. Volunteers are welcome. For more information, contact Barbara Windham at 954-587-8042, 802-875-7775 or bwquilter1778@gmail.com.

Tom Joyce will entertain at the SVAC “Halloween on the Hill.”

Tom Joyce will entertain at the SVAC “Halloween on the Hill.”

Oct. 25: SVAC presents free Halloween on Hill

The Southern Vermont Arts Center’s continuing series of free family fun continues from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 25, with “Halloween on the Hill.” There will be games and activities geared for the pre-teens, including two free magic shows. A rain or shine event, costumes are encouraged.

Guest ghosties will be treated to many games with candy prizes, a photo-op with witches, free Trick-or-Treat bags, a carved and decorated pumpkin gallery created by local students, spooky crafts to make and take home, eerie music and snacks and drinks. Vermont magician Tom Joyce will perform at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The Southern Vermont Arts Center is located off West Road (930 SVAC Drive) in Manchester. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 802-362-1405 or email info@svac.org. Visit any time at svac.org.

—compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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