Artists called to take part in worldwide sketch event

Sketchers of all ability levels are invited to participate in the World-Wide SketchCrawl, scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 27. Bennington sketchers will convene at 10:30 a.m. at the Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St., for 90 minutes of sketching, solo or in groups, inside or out. You must bring your own art supplies.

The World-Wide SketchCrawl was begun more than a decade ago in San Francisco, and now includes participation from sketchers all around the world. Bennington SketchCrawl is a project of the Bennington Area Arts Council. For more information, call 708-606-4673.

Southshire School plans open house, drop-in day

The Southshire Community School, located at 24 Bank St., will hold an open house on Jan. 31, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Southshire welcomes the public to this event, where neighbors, parents and students can learn more about the school and its approach to learning.

The school will also hold a "Drop-In" Day on Feb. 7. The Drop-In day is a chance for families to visit the school during a typical school day. Prospective students, accompanied by a parent or guardian, may visit at any time between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

More information about both events can be found at


Tracking workshop at the Greenberg Reserve

Who's walking in the woods? Join the One World Conservation Center and the Vermont Woodlands Association on this 3-hour workshop, Saturday, Feb. 3 from 1-4 p.m. to learn the tracks and signs of many common mammals that you may find in the Bennington area. Ed Sharron, a National Park Service science communication specialist based in Woodstock, will lead the wrokshop at the Greenberg Reserve at the One World Conservation Center, at 413 US Route 7 South.

The workshop begins with an indoor discussion, and then heads outdoors to put participants' new skills to the test. All ages are welcome! Please dress appropriately for the weather, and water, snacks, and snowshoes, footwear traction, or trekking poles. Organizers can help with locating loaner snowshoes.

Registration required as space is limited. The workshop is $5, payable at the door. Foresters will be eligible for 1 CFE credit. To register or for more information, visit


'Iron Chef: The Twinkie' coming to the library

The Manchester Community Library is hosting an Iron Chef Twinkie Competition for chefs in grades two through five on Wednesday, Jan. 31, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Contestants will have one hour to transform their Twinkies into a tasty dish using a pantry full of ingredients ranging from gummy bears and chocolate syrup to barbecue sauce and cheese spread. Dishes will be scored on creativity, appearance, and taste by a panel of guest judges.

Space is limited and registration is required for this free program. Sign up now and reserve your spot at Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center.


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