Morning Briefing -- Friday


Friday, May 9

Third Annual BPI golf tournament

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Project Independence, Adult Day Service, and, The Bank of Bennington, the tournament sponsor, invite participants to "Swing into Spring" at the Mount Anthony Country Club today for the third annual BPI Golf Tournament. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the adult day programs and services available at BPI, located at the Dr. Richard A. Sleeman Center on Harwood Hill.

The tournament day will include golfing at the country club, lunch on the course and hors d'oeuvres. There will also be a hole-in-one contest featuring a grand prize of a 2014 Chevrolet Impala from Nemer Chevrolet Buick Cadillac and skills contests with prizes including an autographed photo of pro golfer Phil Mickleson, a 50/50 drawing and a 100 lottery ticket basket raffle. This tournament is a four-person scramble format. For more information about the tournament or tee sponsorship opportunities, contact Bennington Project Independence at 802-442-8136, or visit

Vt. Humanities Council's Vermont Reads event

NORTH BENNINGTON -- Sponsored by the McCullough Free Library and the Village School of North Bennington, "An Evening with Sam Drazin" will be held at 7:30 p.m.

For the past two months, the John G. McCullough Free Library has been sponsoring a series of community reading events around "Wonder," this year's Vermont Reads book selection by R.J. Palacio. Adult and children's groups have read about Auggie, a 10 year old born with a facial deformity, as he navigates his way through his first year in public school. Previously home-schooled, he must now deal with being the "different" one, at an age when fitting in is so important. This is a book about character, friendship, courage and kindness.

All are invited to this presentation by Drazin, a Vermont teacher who has first-hand knowledge of Auggie's experiences, which he will share. Drazin is the director of Changing Perspectives, which designs programs to engage students in open dialogue, real world experiences, and personal reflection to build stronger inclusive communities.

In addition, a skit about bullying will be performed by students from the Hiland Hall School. The program will take place at the Village School of North Bennington at 7:30 p.m.

'Inspiring Generosity'

MANCHESTER -- Barbara Bonner will present her book, "Inspiring Generosity" at 6 p.m. at the Northshire Bookstore.

This book will help readers open their hearts to the power of their own innate generosity, their desire to make a difference in the world, to help make someone's day a little brighter or their world a bit more secure.

Bonner started her professional life as an art historian, moving on to leadership positions in three New York City museums. She later served as Vice President of Bennington College and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. She now has her own consulting practice focused on helping non-profits transform their philanthropic support.

For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at

Lecture on documentaries

BENNINGTON -- Bennington College will present a lecture by Judith Kampfner on "How Documentaries Can Be More Dramatic and How Dramas Can Incorporate Documentary." It will be held at Tishman Lecture Hall at 6:30 p.m.

Kampfner, an award-winning producer of radio documentaries and radio dramas, will share her experiences and knowledge as writer, playwright, journalist, producer, and narrator whose work is regularly heard on NPR and BBC World News. Drawing on examples from her vast archive of documentary work, she will discuss production techniques, order of argument, structure and delivery, and how to pitch a story.

Tag and food sale

BENNINGTON -- White Chapel Society on Chapel Road will be holding a tag and food sale on May 9,10 and 11.


Bookmark design contest for kids

MANCHESTER -- The Northshire is looking for creative kids to design an "Adventures in Reading" bookmarks. Children ages 12 and under are invited to submit their entries by May 31.

Design a bookmark that shows your idea of Adventures in Reading, imaginary or real. The winning designs will be chosen and made into limited edition, official bookstore bookmarks. Pick up an entry form at the store or go to to print the PDF template.

Bookmarks will be on display in the store by June 10.

Drop off your design at one of the service desks at the store, or mail your entry to Children's Bookmark Design Contest, c/o Northshire Bookstore, PO Box 2200, Manchester Center, Vt. 05255. Or scan your entry and email it to For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 800-437-3700 or visit us online.


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