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Wednesday

Bennington

Basket Bingo:
The Moose Family Center, 916 Main St., is having a Basket Bingo on Wednesday. Doors open at 5 p.m., bingo starts at 6 p.m. Entry is $10. There will be food available for purchase. Open to the public.

Manchester

Shake Your Soul:
Join for Shake Your Soul, an engaging, fun, and creative dance class for adults, on Wednesday from 9 to 10 a.m., beginning Sept. 20 at the Manchester Community Library. Energize your body, elevate your spirit, and calm your mind through simple, inspirational movement. No experience is necessary, just a desire to release tension and move to excellent music in a supportive, joyful environment. There is a $10 suggested donation per class (a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Library). Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. Contact Alexandra Langstaff at hully@myfairpoint.net or at 802-366-0128 for more information.

Encore Screening: The Manchester Community Library, in cooperation with GNAT-TV and Vermont Humanities Council, present "ENCORE! A Second Showing of Favorite Programming." Enjoy a daytime screening of some choice First Wednesdays talks from the GNAT-TV archives at the Manchester Community Library. On Wednesday, at 2 p.m., attend a free screening of the VHC's First Wednesdays program "The Examined Life," originally presented in June 2014. The film screening of the talk is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. Info: 802-362-2607.

Red Cross Blood Drive: Mark your calendars for the upcoming blood drive on Wednesday, from noon to 5:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church. With all the disasters that are happening, the need for blood is crucial. Let's show that Manchester and environs has a big heart. The canteen will have sandwiches from local eateries and Mother Myrick's Lemon Lulu as well as donuts from Mrs. Murphy's, bagels from bagel works, and ice cream from Wilcox dairy. Sixteen year olds can donate with parents' permission and seventeen and older if in good health and not taking medication are eligible. Call 800-Red Cross or go online www.redcross.org to make an appointment. We take walk-ins as well.

High Holidays with Chabad: Rosh Hashana begins Wednesday evening, and Yom Kippur begins Sept. 29. Chabad invites you to join for all or part of the extensive holiday celebrations. Pop in for a service, meal, or class — no membership, affiliation, or fee required. For full schedule or services, please see ManchesterJewishLife.com.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Book Discussion:
On Wednesday, at 6 p.m. at the Barnett House, 30 Caretakers Road, the will be a book discussion. The group is reading "With Musket and Tomahawk: The Saratoga Campaign and the Wilderness War of 1777" by Michael O. Logusz. The focus will be primarily on the Bennington chapter.

Thursday

Bennington

Lecture:
A lecture on "Clean Water: What Will it Take To Clean the Waters of Vermont?" on Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m. at CAPA Symposium, Bennington College. The Public Policy Forums at CAPA series invites guest speakers from the private and public sectors to address a range of important topics in the current national dialogue. The guest speakers at this event are David Mears, former Vermont commissioner for DEC; Chris Bray, Vermont State Senator; Jim Sullivan, director of the Bennington County Regional Commission; David Bond, Bennington College.

Fall Prevention Tai Chi:
Bennington Project Independence, Adult Day Service will be offering a free, six week series open to the public in Fall Prevention Tai Chi for Beginners starting Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at the Dr. Richard A. Sleeman Center at 614 Harwood Hill. For more information on Fall Prevention Tai Chi or to register for this free beginner series, contact Bennington Project Independence, Adult Day Service at 802-442-8136 or activities@bpiads.org.

Nature Journaling 101:
On September Third Thursday, at 7 p.m. One World Conservation Center welcomes John C. Pitcher, artist/naturalist, from Dorset to teach participants how to create a nature journal. Slideshow presentation and examples of John's journals and art are sure to evoke creative mediums for nature enthusiasts of all ages. Register at oneworldconservationcenter.org/ or call 802-447-7419. Fee: $5, Friends of OWCC $3.

Peace Gathering: The Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center is again sponsoring the International Day of Peace gathering to be held on Thursday, on the side lawn of the Bennington Town Office, 205 South St. The gathering will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a five-minute vigil. At moments during the gathering, all will be invited to join in singing many familiar songs of peace and justice. In the event of inclement weather, the gathering will be held on the porch of the Town Office.

Valley Falls, N.Y.

Philip Skene and the Battle of Bennington:
On Thursday, at 7 p.m., Pittstown Town Hall, 97 Tomhannock Road. there will be a lecture on Philip Skene. Philip Skene served as chief commissioner of supplies and commissary of oaths in Burgoyne's army and was in charge of crucial interactions with the inhabitants of New York. He joined the Bennington expedition and was present for the second engagement. Learn more about him at this event, co-sponsored by the Pittstown Historical Society.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Walking Tour of the Battlefield:
On Thursday, at 1 p.m. at the Bennington Battlefield, NYS Route-67, there will be a tour of battlefield. Tour the main areas of interest in the first engagement of the Battle of Bennington. A mix of walking and driving is required. Visitors should meet in the main parking area to begin.

Mission Conference: Hoosick Falls Community Alliance Church is excited to announce that Bryce Dyke, International Worker to the Dominican Republic, will be the guest speaker for this year's Missions Conference from Thursday, Sept. 21 through Sunday, Sept. 24. The conference kicks off on Thursday at 7 p.m. with an Open Meeting; Friday at 5 p.m., pizza with the teens at church, then at 7 p.m. an Open Meeting. Saturday there will be an International Dinner beginning at 6 p.m., followed by an Open Meeting at 7 p.m. Community members are invited to come and join in as schedules allows. For more information, contact HFCAC at 686-3269.

Cambridge, N.Y.

The Battenkill Chorale:
Janet McGhee, artistic director, is accepting experienced choral singers for their twenty-third season. The Battenkill Chorale has open enrollment, with auditions for vocal placement and solos only. Singers should be experienced choral singers possessing good sight-reading skills and vocal technique. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. at Hubbard Hall, an historic 1878 rural opera house located at 25 East Main St., with the first rehearsal this week. New members will be accepted through Oct. 5. There is a $35 membership fee per concert program, plus the cost of music. To register, email battenkill@mindspring.com.

Manchester

Power of Music Documentary:
Made possible by the generosity of the Roberta and Russell Housman Charitable Foundation, the Manchester Community Library will offer a free public screening of "The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble," on Thursday. From the director of the Oscar-winning documentary "20 Feet from Stardom," "The Music of Strangers" tells the extraordinary story of an amazing group of musicians, brought together by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who have come together over the past 15 years to celebrate the universal power of music. Refreshments will be served, starting at 6 p.m. The film screening will begin at 6:30 p.m. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. The film screening and discussion is free and open to all. Info: 802-362-2607.

Peace march: Jack's Group, a local Campaign Nonviolence affiliate, invites people to take action on International Peace Day on Thursday during Nonviolence Week. Gather with Jack's Group at 6:30 p.m. to be part of a silent, candlelight procession mourning what has been lost since the 2016 election followed by a joyful celebration giving thanks for what is good. Bring lights, candles and signs of mourning and celebration and symbols of peace. The group will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Manchester Town Green, Route 7 and Center Hill, commit to nonviolent peaceful action, and proceed along Main Street to Factory Point Park. Each person will carry a sign or symbol conveying their most deeply felt loss. At Factory Point Park there will be a short ceremony with music. The return procession to the Green will be a noisy, joyful celebration of what we are most thankful for. Contact Glenn Cratty of Jack's Group for more information or with questions. Email: paceglenn@mail.com.

Author Presentation: Author Karen Gross will be at the Northshire Bookstore to present her book "Breakaway Learners" on Thursday, at 6 p.m. This powerful book explores how institutions of higher education can successfully serve "breakaway" students first-generation, low-income students who are trying to break away from the past in order to create a more secure future. In this provocative book, Gross offers a new approach to addressing inequities by focusing on students who have succeeded despite struggling with the impacts of poverty and trauma. Gross draws on her experience as a college president to outline practical steps that post-secondary institutions can take to create structures of support and opportunity that build reciprocal trust.

Friday

Arlington

Town meeting:
Col. James Baker, VSP(RET) will make a major announcement concerning the future of Arlington at 12 p.m. on Friday, at the Mack Performing Arts Center. Col.l Baker will announce the creation of six separate committees to address the Arlington School District; town government; Arlington's economy, including artistic history and tourism; townscape and appearance; recreation park; and public safety (fire, rescue, policing). The goal is to reverse apathy and engage community volunteerism, bringing back the shine to Arlington. The town and school district's elected leaders, as well as local state representatives and business leaders have been invited to attend this critical kick-off announcement. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Bennington

Workshop:
A workshop on "Pro Tips for Grant Writing and Grad Applications" will be held on Friday, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Dickinson 232, Bennington College. Join the Dickinson faculty as they lead a workshop giving pro tips for grant writing and grad applications. Snacks served.

The New McKrells: The McKrells are one of the Capital District's most well-known Irish and bluegrass acts, who performed at the top of the local music scene for 15 years before taking a hiatus in 2006. This concert at the Bennington Center for the Arts, on Friday, from 8 to 10 p.m., is a chance to hear the next iteration of of the McKrell band, with a few new members to carry this musical Irish tradition into the next generation. Spirits of Old Bennington will be serving refreshments throughout the evening. House opens at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 advance/members, $20 at the door. Call The Bennington Center for the Arts at 802-442-7158 to purchase tickets or go to thebennington.org/upcoming-performances/2017/9/22/the-mckrells to purchase tickets online.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Tour of the Retreat Fields:
On Friday, at 1 p.m., there will be a tour, meeting at 30 Caretakers Rd. The grounds of the caretaker's house included a farmstead and battle related fortifications in 1777. Join for a tour focused on the center of Baum's line and main thrust of Stark's attack.

Wilmington

Red Door Concert:
St. Mary's in the Mountains, 13 E. Main St., is holding the next in its series of Red Door Concerts at the conclusion of the Wilmington Soup and Wine Stroll on Friday. It is a classical music event, entitled "Classical Fare at the Red Door." Music starts at 7:30 p.m., with the doors opening for desserts and coffee at 7 p.m.. This concert will benefit Deerfield Valley Community Cares Heating Fund.

Manchester

Duo Author Presentation:
Authors Sy Montgomery and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas will be at the Northshire Bookstore to present their book "Tamed and Untamed" on Friday, at 7 p.m. The book features extraordinary new insights into the minds and lives of our fellow creatures from two of the world's top animal authors. With humor, empathy, and introspection, Montgomery and Thomas look into the lives of all kinds of creatures and examine the ways we connect with our fellow species. Both authors have devoted their lives sharing the animal kingdom's magic with others, and their combined wisdom is an indispensable contribution to the field of animal literature.

North Bennington

Village Block Party:
There will a Block Party at the Park McCullough House on Friday, from 4 to 7 p.m. It will be a picnic potluck dinner, so bring a dish to share as well as a blanket and chairs. Plates and utensils will be provided. Tours will be given.

Saturday

Bennington

Open House:
The Bennington Center for the Arts will host an Open House on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come explore the covered bridge museum, Native American collection, and the galleries which will feature several current exhibitions including the Small Works Show, Artists for the New Century and The Members Show. The winner of the Laumeister Fine Art Competition will also be announced.

Appalachian Harvest: On Saturday, at 2 p.m., Bennington Museum will present "Appalachian Harvest," featuring Big Stone Gap who is joined by Alyson Slack on the fiddle and Aaron Pacitti on guitar. Members of Big Stone Gap include Dave Lawlor on the mandolin; Marc Edwards on guitar; Chris Fisher-Lockhead playing the viola; and Dave Cuite, bass. This free concert is part of the Music at the Museum series that is sponsored by Alison Nowak and Robert Cane. Admission to the museum galleries is not included.

Alzheimer's Walk: The Bennington Walk will take place at Willow Park in Benningtonon Saturday. Registration this year opens at noon, and the Walk begins at 1 p.m. Brookdale Fillmore Pond is hosting our Healthy Breakfast table, and the Memory Clinic is sponsoring the moving Promise Garden ceremony. Edward Jones, National Presenting Sponsor and Bayada, a statewide sponsor will also be taking part. Participants can register and fundraise online at alz.org/walk, as well as register and turn in donations the day of the Walk. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Volunteers are also needed, for more information; please contact the Vermont Alzheimer's Association office at 802-316-3839.

Open House: West Mountain Animal Hospital, started in 1979 by Dr. Bob Bergman and Dr. Anna Worth, is hosting an Open House on Saturday, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at 1726 Harwood Hill on Route 7A.

Manchester

Author Presentation:
The Monks of New Skete and Marc Goldberg will be at the Northshire Bookstore to present their new book "Let Dogs be Dogs" on Saturday, at 7 p.m. America's foremost authorities on dog care and training distill decades of experience in a comprehensive "foundational" guide for dog owners. As a community, the Monks of New Skete have been breeding, raising, and training dogs for more than 40 years. They are the authors of the best-selling classics "The Art of Raising a Puppy" and "How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend." New Skete Monastery is located in Cambridge, New York. Marc Goldberg is a nationally renowned dog trainer based in Chicago.

Roller Derby: On Saturday, Bennington's Southshire Roller Derby will be heading to Riley Rink in Manchester for the final home bout of the season. Southshire Roller Derby's Battle Cats will face off against Shoreline Roller Derby's Belladonnas. In addition to the bout, the event will feature a halftime skating expo of the Southshire Junior Roller Derby, kids activities, a photo booth, a beer garden provided by Ramunto's, and good food for the whole family. The doors to Riley Rink will open at 4 p.m. Southshire Junior Roller Derby will take the track at 5 p.m. and Southshire and Shoreline get skating at 6 p.m. Bleacher seating is expected to fill up quickly. The league recommends bringing your own chair and sitting trackside for the best view. Advanced tickets are available for $5 in Bennington at Fiddlehead at Four Corners, in Manchester at Zippy Chicks and in Rawsonville at Meulemans' Craft Drafts. Tickets and team merchandise are also available at SouthshireRollerDerby.com.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Hoosick Hullabaloo:
HAYC3's third-annual Hoosick Hullabaloo will take place Sept. 22 and 23. The festivities kick off on Friday at 6 p.m. with the "Glow Balls in the Falls" Night Golf Tournament at the Hoosick Falls Country Club. Registration forms for the tournament are available online now at hayc3.org. New to this year's Hullabaloo is "Hoosick Hues: Color Run" for all ages stepping off at 2 p.m.with a one-mile run for the kids five and up, and then a 5K for adults at 2:30 p.m. (registration online or beginning at 1 p.m. at the information table). Also, joining the Hullabaloo festivities for the first time is Herrington's Chicken barbecue, 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Wood Memorial Park: dinners are available to go or bring a blanket and enjoy picnic-style. Tickets ($12 per meal) for the barbecue need to be purchased in advance, or until sold out, at Thorpe's Pharmacy or by calling HAYC3. For golf registration, vendor applications, Chowderfest registrations, Hoosick Hues: Color Run registration, barbecue tickets, or to learn more about any of the Hullabaloo events, please visit HAYC3.org or call 518-686-9050.

North Bennington

Stone Skipping Festival:
Lake Paran will host New England's only stone skipping event from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The event, which is open to competitors of all levels, from children, to amateurs, to world champions, will also include food, music, and free stone-skipping workshops. For more information visit lakeparanvt.org or facebook.com/lakeparan.

Sunday

Bennington

Coin and Hobby Show:
The Tri Town Collectors Club will hold a Coin, Sports, Postcard, Family Hobby Show on Sunday at the Hampton Inn at 51 Hannafords Sq. from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Many dealers and collectors from the tri-state area meet monthly with a daylong series of hobby activities that is packed with fun for the whole family. Besides the usual offerings of coins, currency, stamps, sports cards and comic books there will be a special quiz for collectors at the coin club table giving away many interesting door prizes including a nice group of collectable quarters. This month, three new coin collectors will be present as well as a dealer with a large group of stamps and paper money. There also will be a collector with a large presentation of vintage sports cards. Half price dealer space will also be available for new dealers. There is no admission charge and anyone wishing to set up a card table to sell their material may do so by calling Joe Fuller at 802-297-1274.

North Bennington

Bach Tempered and Transcribed:
On Sunday at 3 p.m., there will be a concert at the Carriage Barn, Park-McCullough House. Harpsichordist Sandra Mangsen will play selected preludes and fugues from Bach's Well Tempered Clavier, and a harpsichord transcription of his D-minor Partita for violin.

Dorset

Open House:
The Dorset Players, the local non-profit community theatre group, will host a special open house for members of the public interested in knowing more about the group and its historic theatre facility on Sunday, between 2 and 4 p.m. The event will include a unique behind-the-scenes guided tour of the Dorset Playhouse. The open house will begin with refreshments in the theatre's caf , followed by brief presentations by production specialists who help bring the Dorset Players highly regarded shows to the stage. Tours of the theatre will be offered at the conclusion of the presentations. The Dorset Playhouse is located on Cheney Road. Walk-ins for the open house are welcome but RSVPs to dorsetplayervt@gmail.com are appreciated. Any questions may also be directed to this email address.

Monday

Bennington

Lecture:
Sexuality, Choice, and Power in the Neoliberal Age will be discussed on Monday, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Tishman Lecture Hall, Bennington College. This lecture is part of the Fall 2017 Society, Culture, and Though Colloquium. This year's theme is "Neoliberalism and its Discontents." This week's guest speaker is Laina Bay-Cheng, Associate Professor and PhD Program Director, School of Social Work at the University of Buffalo.

Guided trail run and walk: Members of the Bennington Area Trail System invite the public to a guided trail run and walk on Monday, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., meeting at the Trailhead Kiosk parking at the upper Southern Vermont College parking lot. Join BATS Board of Directors member, Tim VanOrden, on a short, guided walk. Or bring running shoes and follow Silvia Cassano, a BATS Board Member, and Jim Sullivan of the Bennington County Regional Commission, on a 3-4 mile guided run. RSVP encouraged and indicate if you are walking or running. RSVP on FB or email silcassano@gmail.com Event free to the public. Kid friendly. Dogs welcome, but must be on a leash. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes, and bring your own water.

Manchester

Bridging the Divide, Part 2:
MCL will host "Can We Listen? Bridging the Political Divide" on Monday, at 7 p.m. Mediator Peter A. Pagnucco, J.D., owner of Pagnucco Dispute Resolution, which specializes in mediation services and conflict resolution education, and director of the Mediation Clinic at Bennington College, will lead the program. Pagnucco will first present an approach to conflict and difference that helps enable comfort and confidence for listening when we disagree, then address skills that help us listen to understand and create learning conversations. We'll follow up with an opportunity to practice some listening skills. This program should be inclusive and well represented by people of all political parties and a full range of the political spectrum. So come, and spread the word about this important community event. The program is free and open to the public. Homemade refreshments, made by the Library's Cookie Brigade, will be served following the program. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. For more information, call the Library at 802-362-2607.

Tuesday

Bennington

Business seminar:
On Tuesday, Sept. 26, there will be an Introduction to Starting a Micro Business workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., participants will have a chance to explore whether becoming self-employment is a viable option and what next steps would need to be taken to accomplish it. Feel free to bring a snack and beverage. To register for this workshop contact Annette Hoyle (802) 665-1744 or email at ahoyle@broc.org. To learn what other programs and services BROC Community Action offers visit www.broc.org.

Dorset

Open Studios:
There will be open studios with M.Benjamin Herndon and Sol Pochat on Sept. 26, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Marble House Project, 1161 Dorset West Rd. Visit marblehouseproject.org for more information.

Manchester

Environmental Ethics:
Green Mountain Academy welcomes back Professor Joe Markowski of Castleton University to talk about environmental ethics. The talk will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy. By examining John Rawls's philosophy of "justice as fairness," Professor Markowski will probe the idea of environmental justice in the context of global climate change. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit greenmtnacademy.org.

Law Enforcement Issues Meeting: Senate Government Operations will be holding a Public Hearing regarding law enforcement issues at the Manchester Community Library from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26. The meeting is open to the public and two main areas will be discussed: "Coverage - who, what, when, where", and "Administration - including interagency relations, costs, and responsibilities." Feel free to bring written comments.




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