EVENTS THIS WEEK: Harlem Wizards in BF; Rock Library hosts family resource fair; film song writer at Grounded4Life; GMUHS bottle drive; Paint Run for BFUHS; Drug Take-Back Day; celebrate Batman Day; Blackbird at Immanuel church; Annual Fairy House Festival; youth hockey association seeks new members; farmers market hosts free dinner; symposium focuses on end of life issues; and adventures in birding highlighted

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Join in the fun at the Bellows Falls Union High School when the Harlem Wizards visit on Sept. 24.

Join in the fun at the Bellows Falls Union High School when the Harlem Wizards visit on Sept. 24.

Sept. 24: Harlem Wizards  bring tricks, hoops and ally-oops to Bellows Falls

Hosted by the BFUHS Class of 2018, the Harlem Wizards come to Bellows Falls Union High School at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24.  BFUHS is located at 406 Union High School Road in Bellows Falls.

This event is a fundraiser for the Bellow Falls Union High School Class of 2018. The Harlem Wizards have a unique mission: create awe-inspiring events throughout the country. At a Wizards game, fans will witness amazing basketball talent combined with hilarious comedy.

Tickets purchased before the event are $12/adults; $10/children and can be found at the following locations: BFUHS Main Office; TD Bank; and Village Square Booksellers. Tickets at the door are $14/ adults and $12/children and online at

Sept. 25: Rock Library hosts Family Resource Fair

On Friday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m.–noon, Rockingham Library 65 Westminster Road in Bellows Falls will host a Family Resource Fair. Many Windham County organizations will be providing information about their services. There will be free activities for kids including crafts, games, face painting and more. This event kicks off the newly created Windham County Parent Resource Calendar.

If you’re a parent, caregiver, or someone who works with families and wishes there was a single place to find programs and activities, the Rockingham Free Public Library, along with many other Windham County service providers, announce the launch of the Windham County Parent Resource Calendar, an online location where you can find programs, events, classes, and more for children and families in Windham County. The main calendar is at however it can also be accessed by other websites including Greater Falls Connections, Springfield Building Bright Futures, Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition and other sites.

Children and family service organizations in Windham County are invited to contributors to the calendar. If interested, contact Sam at the Rockingham Free Public Library by phone at 802-463-4270 or by email at

John Waller on Friday at Grounded for Life coffeehouse

John Waller on Friday at Grounded for Life coffeehouse

Sept. 25: John Waller fresh from War Room at Grounded4Life

Grounded4Life hosts composer/performer John Waller at 7 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 25 at its downstairs coffeehouse in Chester Baptist Church, 162 Main St., Chester. Waller’s work has been used in movie soundtracks, most recently the title track, “Crazy Faith,” for the movie War Room.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with food, coffee, fellowship and conversation. Free admission. Check out the Grounded4Life Facebook page or contact John Nunnikhoven at

Sept. 26: Bottle drive to benefit GMUHS Hawaii trip

A bottle drive will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 26 at Cavendish Town Elementary School on Route 131 in Proctorsville. Bring only clean returnable cans and bottles.

Funds raised benefit Green Mountain Union High School students’ trip to Hawaii during on their spring break of 2016. They will study the tropical rainforest biomes, volcanoes, agriculture, and cultural history of the islands, as well as visit the World War II memorials.

Sept. 26: 2nd Annual Paint Run to benefit the BFUHS Class of 2017

Run or walk in the 2nd annual Bellows Falls 5K Paint Run at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. The run begins and ends at the Bellows Falls Waypoint Center at 17 Depot St. Register soon and get a free T-shirt. This is a fundraiser to help support the BFUHS Class of 2017. Participants will get blasted with color on the course. A mini-fun run is available for little ones who would also like to participate. Same day registration begins at 8 a.m. before the run at the Waypoint Center. Or register online at: Visit us on Facebook at 2nd Annual BFUHS Paint Run or email

Clean out your old or expired medicines and dispose of them safely

Clean out your old or expired medicines and dispose of them safely.

Sept. 26: Drug Take-Back Day

On Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Windsor County Sheriff’s Office, local and state law enforcement agencies, and the Drug Enforcement Administration give the public an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Drug Take-Back Day is free and anonymous, no questions asked, with drop-off sites located throughout Windsor County.

Residents have an opportunity to learn more about permanent drop boxes, hours of operation and what medication types are accepted.

Drop-off sites are: Chester Police Department; Windsor Police Department; Weathersfield Transfer Station (operated by the Weathersfield Police Department); Springfield Police Department; Ludlow Police Department; Hartford Police Department; Woodstock Police Department; Royalton Police Department and Royalton State Police Barracks; Norwich Police Department; and Rochester Constable Office (operated by the Royalton State Police).

Throughout the year, households in Windsor County may take advantage of the permanent drop-boxes in the lobbies of the following police departments: Chester, Hartford, Ludlow, Royalton, Springfield, Windsor and Woodstock. For a complete listing of locations and hours of operation, visit

For more information about Take-Back Day, visit or call the Windsor County Sheriff’s Department at 802-457-5211.

Sept. 26: Rock Library celebrates National Batman Day

Rockingham Free Public Library will be taking part in National Batman Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 at the library, 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls. The Youth Department will be celebrating with activities, giveaways and fun for all ages.

Throughout the day the library will be airing episodes of Batman: The Animated Series, offering lots of drop-in related activities for all ages including a Batman logo design contest, and will be giving away Batman goodies while supplies last.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information email, call 802-463-4270, go to, or stop by the library.

Sept. 26: Celtic, Scandinavian music with Blackbird

Stone Church Arts presents Blackbird, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday Sept. 26 at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St., Bellows Falls.

Blackbird singing in the early night.

Blackbird singing in the early night.

Blackbird members Rachel Clark and Bob DeMarco play traditional Celtic and Scandinavian music and their own pieces. Fiddle, Irish flute, whistles, accordion, cittern, piano, guitar and voices are combined to serve up a lively musical mix.

Tickets are from $5 to $35. More information and advance tickets are available at Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls, by phone at 802-460-0110, or online at


Sept. 26-27: Fairy House Festival in Grafton

The Nature Museum will present its seventh annual Fairy House Festival at 186 Townshend Road in Grafton on Saturday, Sept. 26, and Sunday, Sept. 27.

Find some fairies in Grafton

Find some fairies in Grafton.

This family experience is held in the forests of Grafton on both days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors will follow a nature path sprinkled with charming fairy houses, then return to yhe Nature Museum to create their own fairy dwellings in the gardens. Hands-on crafts, face painting and bubbles round out this interactive and magical experience for all. Light refreshments will be available for purchase and picnicking is encouraged.

All registered fairy architects who submit a structure for the tour will receive two free tickets to this event. 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.

The Fairy House Festival is the Nature Museum’s primary fundraiser benefiting the museum’s environmental education programs presented in regional public schools and libraries throughout the year. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Nature Museum, by visiting, or by calling 802-843-2111 and tickets are available at the gate. Children 2 and under attend for free.

Sept. 27: Pleasant Valley Hockey Association kick off 40th year

Pleasant Valley Hockey Association will hold its annual picnic and hockey signups 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27  at the Vermont Academy Ice rink located at 10 Long Walk Drive, Saxtons River. Hamburgers, hot dogs and soft drinks will be served.

Sign up for the Pleasant Valley Hockey Association on Sunday

Sign up for the Pleasant Valley Hockey Association on Sunday

PVA’s ice Hockey programs include learning to skate/learn to play program, and house and travel teams for children ages 4–18 years old. Registration and information is available on their website at The season begins in mid-November and runs through February. Last season, PVA’s midget high school team took first place in the Vermont State Amateur Hockey Association state tournament.

Anyone new to hockey can try it for free on the USA Hockey National Try Hockey for Free event happening at Vermont Academy on Nov. 7. Free equipment is available to kids 8 and under who are new players and an equipment exchange box is available to any player looking to swap gear. Join the fun and play hockey this winter and sign up for PVA Hockey. For more information email

Sept. 27: Farmers market hosts free community dinner

The West River Farmers Market is holding a free community dinner called  Share The Harvest, from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27 at Pingree Park, at 36 Pingree Park Road in Londonderry. The goal is to give back to the local community and say thank you to everyone who’s made its mission possible.

Open to the first 125 people, WRFM will serve a meal with products and fresh food donated by  vendors, live music and festivities. The market hopes to shine a light on the history of the market and show appreciation for more than 20 years of operation.

The farmers market is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, rain or shine, at the crossroads of Route 11 and Route 100 in Londonderry and offers locally grown products, produced by over 40 vendors, including potted and cut flowers, fresh produce and meats, artisan wares, authentic crafts, maple syrup, cheese, and prepared foods.

WRFM currently accepts EBT and debit card transactions, as well as Farm to Family and Cash Crop coupons.

Sept. 29: Symposium on managing a life’s end

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 29, the Community Cares Network of Chester/Andover Inc. offers its second annual symposium, Managing Life’s Final Decisions at the Newsbank Conference Center, 352 Main St., Chester. The workshops run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and admission is free.

This symposium is comprised of five workshops, which will provide assistance to senior citizens and their families/support in facing and negotiating the difficult end of life questions and decisions.

The schedule is:

Sept. 29: Opening the Conversation by Stephen Knisely, LICSW, Rutland Regional Medical Center Bahavioral Health

Oct. 6: Medical Considerations by Springfield Hospital and VNA staff

Oct. 20: Alzheimer’s by Maggie Lewis, regional director, Alheizmer’s Association, Vermont Chapter

Nov. 3: Funeral/Memorial Decisions by Scott Page, director, Davis Memorial Chapel

Nov. 17: Financial and Legal by Bill Dakin, attorney, Ron Theissen, Skygate Financial Group LLC.

Call 802-875-6341 for more information or transportation arrangements.

Sept 28: Birding adventures at Rock Library640px-MagnificentHummingbirdw

On Monday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. two local birding enthusiasts share the highlights of their work on Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine at Rockingham Library at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls.

Alma Beals, co-founder of the annual Herrick’s Cove Wildlife Festival, will describe the process of catching, measuring, weighing, banding and releasing hummingbirds. Lynn Morgan, environmental educator at Grafton’s Nature Museum, will explain the process of preparing bird skins for mounting. The two will also talk about their visit to nearby Easter Egg Rock where puffins are now thriving thanks to Steve Kress’s Puffin Project.

For more information, call 802-463-4270, email or stop by the library.

— Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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