Community events: July 21 through July 24, 2016

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Network with local woodworkers at this Ludlow event.

Network with local woodworkers at this Ludlow event.

July 21: Woodworker meet-up
at Clearlake Furniture

The Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association holds a woodworker and member meet-up from 1:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 21 at Clearlake Furniture at 322 Route 100 North and at Okemo Mountain Resort Adventure Zone at 111 Jackson Hole Road both in Ludlow.

The event includes a tour of Clearlake Furniture’s showroom and workshop; an informal networking session; sales and marketing tools from your fellow woodworking company; Okemo Mountain Resort’s Adventure Zone ($25 wristband optional); sightseeing and refreshments at Okemo Resort’s Coleman Brook Tavern and Bar. The deadline to register is Wednesday, July 20.

After a tour of the workshop and showroom, an informal networking session, “Tricks of the Trade: Sales and marketing tools from your fellow woodworker,” will be held. After networking, the group visits Okemo Mountain Resort. Attendees will have the option to purchase a discounted Adventure Zone wristband, enjoy sitting in the resort with a beverage, network with other attendees, or take in the mountain scenery.

The event is free. Participants don’t need to be Vermont woodworkers to attend. Online registration is available at Click Meetings and Tours. Call the Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association at 802-747-7900 or email For more information on Clearlake Furniture, visit

July 21: Brown bag book talk at Rock Library

On Thursday, July 21 at noon, the Rockingham Library hosts a brown bag book talk at 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls. Bring one or two book recommendations, a brown bag lunch and be ready to expand your reading horizons.

Fiction, nonfiction, classics, graphic novels and poetry are all fair game. The library provides lists of recommended books. The library is air-conditioned and handicap accessible.

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

July 21: Spanish classes at Rock Library

At 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, Community Spanish Conversation Classes begin at the Rockingham Library at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls. Rocio Franco from Universidad of Cadiz in Spain will lead informal classes on Thursdays throughout the summer. Participants are not required to be fluent speakers, although bringing a few basic skills could be helpful.

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

George Tifft

George Tifft

July 22: George Tifft at Grounded4Life

Singer, songwriter, guitar player and motivational speaker George Tifft brings original music with a modern country style on Friday, July 22 to Grounded4Life on the lower level of the Chester Baptist Church at 162 Main St., Chester.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for this free program with food, coffee, fellowship and conversation. The show begins at 7 p.m. Along with the music, Tifft will share his testimony of coming out of depression following an abusive childhood.

Check out the Grounded4Life Facebook page or contact them through the website.

July 22 & 23: Annual Weston book sale
to benefit Wilder Memorial Library

Wilder Memorial Library holds its annual book sale Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23 on the Weston Green. The hours are 2 to 5 p.m. Friday (with an early 1 p.m. start for an entrance fee of $25) and from 9 3 p.m. Saturday.

The library asks the public to donate used books. Books can be dropped off at the Wilder Memorial Library, 24 Lawrence Hill Road, Weston by July 18. The foyer door is open or you can call them for a pick-up 802-824-4307. Books should be in good condition. No musty or damaged books, textbooks or encyclopedias.

All proceeds from the book sale go directly to the library to fund collection development, programming and services for the community.

For more information visit

July 23: Vermont Race for the Cure in Manchester

Molly Watson and Barbara Benedict. Lee Krohn Photography

Molly Watson and Barbara Benedict. Lee Krohn Photography

Join in the local fight against breast cancer by registering for the 5K walk or the 5K or 10K run.

Then bring the kids along to Riley Rink, 410 Hunter Park Road in Manchester, on race day. They’ve got a race of their own — the Kids for the Cure Obstacle Course, with all finishers winning a full-day Mountain Adventure Pass to Bromley, a $45 value — plus the Kids Tent with all sorts of fun activities, a fantastic silent auction and sponsor exhibits.

Online registration at is open until 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 21. You may register in person at the race site from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday July 22, as well as on race day, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. If you can’t make it to the race but would like to donate, register online as a Virtual Runner.

Register as an individual, join a team, volunteer or sleep in as a Virtual Runner. Get more information at or call 802-362-2733.

July 23 & 24: Author, illustrator to sign new children’s book

Good-Night-Honey-BunnieswThe Vermont Country Store welcomes local author Sandy Wilbur and illustrator Kimberley Ray to its stores to meet customers and sign copies of their new children’s book, Goodnight my Honey Bunnies.

The event takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 at the Vermont Country Store at 657 Main St. in Weston, and from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 24 at the Vermont Country Store at 1292 Rockingham Road in Rockingham.

The children’s book is designed for babies and children up to age 7. A free, downloadable lullaby album is included with purchase.

For more information call 802-463-2224.

— Susan Lampe-Wilson


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