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Upcoming Events

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  • Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: July 1, 2015 - 5:30 pm
    Location: Distant Hill Gardens, 507 March Hill Road, Walpole, NH 03608, United States
    Description: Interested in learning more about Pollinators? Join us to learn about pollinator ecology and how to identify the bees, butterflies, and other pollinators in your garden. This will be an introductory level course.
    When: July 1st, 11am-2:30pm
    Where: Distant Hill Gardens
    507March Hill Rd.
    Walpole, NH 03608
    Suggested Donation: $10
    To Register: 603-756-2988 ext. 116 or email: amanda@cheshireconservation.org

    Space is limited to 25 so please REGISTER EARLY!
  • Starts: 9:00 pm
    Ends: July 2, 2015 - 1:00 am
    Location: Three Tomatoes Trattoria, 1 Court St #100, Lebanon, NH, United States
    Description: Support a great non-proifit just by eating at Three Tomatoes! A portion of proceeds from this night's dinner will go to VINS/Vermont Institute of Natural Science.

    At Three Tomatoes Trattoria, we take great pride in supporting the growth of our strong, diverse, and vibrant local communities. We know the power of partnerships and the importance of working together. One night each month, the restaurant hosts a non-profit organization and donates a dollar for every entree ordered to the cause. During these Sustainable Community Dinners, we help raise awareness and build support for the organizations and people that work to provide the services and opportunities that make our area a vital and wonderful place to live. Each of the twelve organizations that we have chosen for our 2014-15 Sustainable Communities program is integral to the sustainability of our communities, and we consider a leader for the health and viability of our region. All twelve organizations will share the total pool of donations throughout the year.
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  • Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: July 3, 2015 - 6:00 pm
    Location: Chelsea Farmers Market - Intersection of 110 and 113 in Chelsea, VT
    Description: Look for our volunteers at the Chelsea Farmers Market throughout the summer
  • Starts: 9:00 pm
    Ends: July 4, 2015 - 2:00 am
    Location: White River Junction, VT
    Description: Join the businesses of downtown WRJ in celebrating the first Friday of the month! It changes every month but there is always something fun going on. Wine tastings, fashion shows, art exhibits, kids crafts, live music and so much more. Kim Souza, of the amazing store Revolution, is usually instrumental in announcing the line up so for more info send an email to info@shoptherev.com or go to http://www.shoptherev.com
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  • Starts: 9:30 pm
    Ends: July 10, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: Woodstock (Billings Farm and Museum)
    Description: Vermont Public Service Department to Update the State’s Comprehensive Energy Plan
    July Forums Intended to Solicit Public Input on Vermont’s Energy Future

    Public forum hosted by the VT Public Service Department in Woodstock to solicit Vermonters’ thoughts on how the state can meet its energy goals – and energy needs – in the coming years. The input will inform the next revision of Vermont’s long-range, Comprehensive Energy Plan. A final plan is due to the Legislature in December.

    Refreshments start at 5:30 and the official program starts at 6
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  • Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: July 10, 2015 - 6:00 pm
    Location: Chelsea Farmers Market - Intersection of 110 and 113 in Chelsea, VT
    Description: Look for our volunteers at the Chelsea Farmers Market throughout the summer
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  • Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: July 11, 2015 - 3:00 pm
    Location: Tunbridge Transfer Station
    Description: Look for our volunteers at the transfer station throughout the summer
  • Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: July 11, 2015 - 10:00 pm
    Description: The 3rd Annual Grafton Food Festival celebrates local food and farms in Vermont. July 11, 2015.
    A fantastic lineup of nationally recognized chefs. Demonstrations all day Saturday, included in your entry fee. Thank you to Mary Ann Esposito, of PBS' Ciao Italia, for helping make our 2014 event such a success.

    http://graftonfoodfestival.com/
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  • Starts: 4:30 pm
    Ends: July 14, 2015 - 6:30 pm
    Location: 1135 Route 106, Reading, VT
    Description: Stop by the recently solarized home of Jean Goldsborough to see and hear first hand what it's really like to go solar
  • Starts: 8:00 pm
    Ends: July 14, 2015 - 10:30 pm
    Location: VT Food Venture Center, Hardwick & Pete's Green's, Craftsbury
    Description: Value-added processing for farm operators is an exciting arena; but depends heavily onvolumes, food safety and good systems. This workshop will review the big picture of regulatory compliance and food safety considerations, and provide a tour of the Vermont Food Venture Center, led by Sarah Waring and Connor Gorham, with industrial kitchens set up with equipment, tech assistance and trainings. It will also tour Pete’s Greens on farm operation in Craftsbury, where their farm kitchen provides the cooking and processing for value-added products direct to consumers.

    More information and registration at http://www.nofavt.org/ows (Registration opens June 15th.)
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  • Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: July 17, 2015 - 6:00 pm
    Location: Chelsea Farmers Market - Intersection of 110 and 113 in Chelsea, VT
    Description: Look for our volunteers at the Chelsea Farmers Market throughout the summer
  • Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: July 17, 2015 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Weathersfield Center Meeting House, Church Street, Perkinsville, VT
    Description: Join us for a casual presentation and Q&A around the dinner table
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  • Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: July 18, 2015 - 3:00 pm
    Location: Tunbridge Transfer Station
    Description: Look for our volunteers at the transfer station throughout the summer
  • Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: July 18, 2015 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Meet at the Prosper Road Trailhead
    Description: Wablers, Woods and Watersheds Series - Keeping tabs on the ecological conditions of the park (along with 11 other regional parks) is the mission of the NPS Northeast Temperate Network. Join NETN staff to try your hand at the basics of monitoring birds, salamanders, forest health and water quality. Bring water and bug repellant. Binoculars and a smartphone will also be handy. Moderate, three miles. This workshop is co-sponsored by Vermont Coverts and Vermont Woodlands Association.

    July’s Workshop - Trees and Trespassers– following forest health and controlling invasive species. Forests are complex ecosystems that need a variety of natural features and processes to keep them healthily humming along. Learn how NETN monitors forest health, how invasives species compromise biodiversity, and how you can help the park identify invasives before they become a problem.

    DATE: Saturday, July 18
    TIME: 10:00AM – 12:00PM
    LOCATION: Meet at the Prosper Road trailhead.
    FEE: No
    RESERVATIONS: Please call the Visitor Center at 802.457.3368 ext 22
    CONTACT: To learn more about the Park visit http://www.nps.gov/mabi/index.htm or call (802) 457-3368 x 22

    Other Dates and Workshops for Wablers, Woods and Watersheds
    Sat, August 29: Monitoring Mashup – a brief foray into all of NETN’s monitoring programs in the park.
    Sat, September 12: Phenology and Climate - Past and future climatic change and what that may mean for park ecosystems.
    Sat, October 10: From the Pogue to the Pines– water quality and forest health.

    Working Woodlands Workshops –Informative, hands-on and exciting workshops for the woodland enthusiast. Working Woodlands Workshops are held throughout the year at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. Come learn from forestry professionals, scientists, and landowners. Explore diverse topics ranging from tree identification, low-impact harvesting, sawmilling, timber stand improvement, animal tracking, trail maintenance, invasive plant control and so much more. Learn techniques and knowledge to help you understand, manage and conserve woodlands.
    To learn more about our Working Woodlands Workshops, please call the Park at (802)457-3368 x22 or email christine_frohloff@partner.nps.gov or visit http://www.nps.gov/mabi/naturescience/working-woodlands-workshops.htm
  • Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: July 18, 2015 - 8:00 pm
    Location: 18 MacLean Rd, Alstead, NH, 03602
    Description: "Charles Andros, former NH/VT Apiary Inspector, holds beekeeping workshop from 1-4 PM on Saturday, July 18, at 18 MacLean Road, Alstead, NH 03602. email: lindenap@gmail.com / 603-756-9056."
  • Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: July 18, 2015 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center, 225 Pavillion Road, East Thetford, VT 05043, United States
    Description: Get the most out of your CSA! Our dedicated chefs will guide you through a lively experience of preparing both recipe-based and improvised dishes from the items in an upcoming share. We will also demonstrate techniques for preserving what you don’t want to eat right away.

    Sign up with friends and bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with our creations. You’ll go home with new recipes and a better appreciation for seasonal flavor affinities.
    https://cedarcirclefarm.org/events/
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  • Starts: 9:00 pm
    Ends: July 22, 2015 - 11:00 pm
    Location: The Norwich Inn, 325 Main St, Norwich, VT 05055, United States
    Description: A fun night with fine wines from Local First Alliance member, Dan & Whit's General Store.

    A portion of proceeds from each tasting supports a great Upper Valley organization! Tickets are $15.00 in advance at Dan & Whit's or $20.00 day-of at the reception desk at the Norwich Inn.

    Please RSVP - Dan@DanAndWhits.com
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  • Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: July 24, 2015 - 6:00 pm
    Location: Chelsea Farmers Market - Intersection of 110 and 113 in Chelsea, VT
    Description: Look for our volunteers at the Chelsea Farmers Market throughout the summer
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  • Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: July 26, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: Enfield, NH, USA
    Description: Look for a Solarize table at Old Home Days in Enfield. Let's hope it's a nice, sunny day to sign up for a free site visit!
  • Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: July 25, 2015 - 3:00 pm
    Location: Tunbridge Transfer Station
    Description: Look for our volunteers at the transfer station throughout the summer
  • Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: July 25, 2015 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Bradford, VT 05033, USA
    Description: Birch Ridge Farm in Bradford, VT will be holding a Goat's milk soap making class on Saturday, July 25 from 9am to Noon. Space is limited. For more information and fee please visit our Workshop link on our website http://www.birchridgefarm.com.
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  • Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: July 31, 2015 - 6:00 pm
    Location: Chelsea Farmers Market - Intersection of 110 and 113 in Chelsea, VT
    Description: Look for our volunteers at the Chelsea Farmers Market throughout the summer
 
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