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Today, Saturday, Sept. 23

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.

Weston

Grand Opening:
Vermont's award-winning Weston Playhouse Theatre Company extends an open invitation to the grand opening of Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm, the company's new year-round second stage and community center, on Saturday. Public festivities begin at 2 p.m. with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony followed by an afternoon of self-guided tours, short performances, outdoor music, and food provided by local vendors, concluding at 5 p.m.

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.

Graduate School Fair: Southern Vermont College will host a Graduate School Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in Everett Mansion's Burgdorff Galley on campus. Representatives from more than 13 graduate and professional schools will attend. The Fair is an excellent opportunity for students to explore graduate school programs and the associated application process. The public is invited to this event. For more information on the Graduate School Fair at Southern Vermont College, contact Betsy Dunham, Director of Career Development and Internships, at 802-447-4631 or e-mail careers@svc.edu. General information about SVC is available at svc.edu.

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.

Wednesday

Arlington

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony:
Battenkill Valley Health Center will have a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Come toa special event commemorating the expansion of the Battenkill Valley Health Center, 9 Church St. Learn about the completion of the Center's nine-month renovation project and about future plans. RSVP with Marie at Marie@Bennington.com.

Bennington

Concert:
Megan Schubert will be performing on Sept. 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Deane Carriage Barn, Bennington College. Megan Schubert '04, soprano, has shared the stage on multiple occasions with such luminaries as Meredith Monk, Bang On a Can, and with many ensembles championing art music and experimental jazz of today.

Poetry reading: Marie Howe will reading her poetry on Sept. 27, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Tishman Lecture Hall, Bennington College. Marie Howe is the author of four volumes of poetry, the most recent of which is Magdalene: Poems (WW Norton, 2017). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, Agni, Ploughshares, Harvard Review, and The Partisan Review, among others. In 2015, she received the Academy of American Poets Poetry Fellowship which recognizes distinguished poetic achievement. From 2012-2014, she served as the Poet Laureate of New York State.

Qi Gong for cancer survivors: Southwestern Vermont Health Care will offer a 12-week Qi Gong class for cancer survivors and members of their support teams. The classes are scheduled 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Sept. 27 and will take place in Conference Room C of the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center at 100 Hospital Dr. There is no charge to participate in the class. For more information and to attend, contact Rebecca Hewson-Stellar, RN, patient navigator, at 802-440-4244.

Thursday

Bennington

Blood Drive:
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center is hosting an American Red Cross Blood drive 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, in the employee cafeteria. To make an appointment to donate, visit www.redcrossblood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text bloodapp to 90999 to download the app to your smartphone. As always, walk-ins will be accommodated as well. Those who are unfamiliar with the SVMC campus may stop at the information desk in the main lobby for directions to the drive. Those who have questions about the drive may contact Susan Gallina at 802-447-5345.

Public Policy Forum:
A forum on "The Healthcare Debate: The Free Market and Universal Healthcare" will be held on Sept. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the CAPA Symposium, Bennington College. This series invites guest speakers from the private and public sectors to address a range of important topics in the current national dialogue.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Device education:
Cheney Library will host a Cornell Cooperative Extension program with Sarah McFadden on Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. Buying a new device can be overwhelming. Tablet or laptop? iPhone or Android? How much is it going to cost? Come to this class all about taking the unknowns out of your search for the perfect device. Get overviews on the differences between tablets, laptops, desktops, smartphones, ereaders, and more. Come to this free class and get questions answered. Call 518-686-9401 to register for the class.

Manchester

Heating Systems Demystified:
Heating Systems Demystified will be presented at the Manchester Community Library on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m. This presentation clarifies the often mysterious and sometimes confusing world of home heating. With Vermont's long winters, there's no escaping the fact that every home and business needs some type of heating system. Whether you are considering replacing a tired old furnace or building a brand new efficient home, this talk will allow you make more informed decisions. The program is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. Info: 802-362-2607.

Friday

Hoosick, N.Y.

Battle Loop Trail Hike:
On Friday, Sept. 29, at 1 p.m. there will be a hike at the Bennington Battlefield, main parking lot, NYS RT-67. Join for a guided hike that will include history of the battle. The trail is approximately 1 mile over moderate terrain.

Dorset

Young Playwrights Competition Award:
Dorset Theatre Festival provides opportunities for regional middle and high school students to learn about playwriting and create a play of their own through its annual Jean E. Miller Young Playwrights Competition. A public reading of this year's winning works will be held on Friday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. This event will be held in the Dorset Playhouse, located at 104 Cheney Rd. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is general admission, and no ticket is required.

Bennington

"Broadway Bound":
Oldcastle Theatre's 46th regular season comes to a close with Neil Simon's warm and wonderful comedy "Broadway Bound" opening Friday, Sept.29 and running through Oct. 15. For additional information, or to make ticket reservations visit theoldcastletheatre.org or call 802-447-1267.

Manchester

Arts and Crafts Festival:
The Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival will be from Sept. 29 through Oct. 1 at Riley Rink at Hunter Park. Hours are 10 to 5 daily, Friday through Sunday. Adult admission is $10, children are free. Rain or shine-inside building and outdoors under tents. Free parking. No pets, please. Complete information is available at Craftproducers.com.

Saturday

Shaftsbury

Eagle Square Day:
Shaftsbury Historical Society presents Eagle Square Day on Sept. 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Governor Galusha's Homestead, 3871 VT Route 7A.

Hoosick, N.Y.

Walking Tour of the Battlefield:
Saturday, Sept. 30, at 1 p.m., there will be a walking tour at the Bennington Battlefield, main parking lot, NYS RT-67. Tour the main areas of interest in the first engagement of the Battle of Bennington. A mix of walking and driving is required.

Open House: On Saturday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Louis Miller Museum, 166 Main St., the Historical Society will be hosting an open house. In conjunction with the Walter A. Wood Tractor and Agriculture Show, the Museum will have on display Walter A. Wood equipment and two rooms of artifacts from Mr. Wood and his company. Besides the newly renovated Wood rooms, Grandma Moses, military history and famous folk of Hoosick Falls are all on display. There will also be food available and the gift shop will be open.

Bennington

Discussion and Walk:
A historical discussion and interpretive walk will happen at the Norman and Selma Greenberg Conservation Reserve on Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Jock Irons, OWCC board member, will present a slideshow about the history of the One World Conservation Center and Norman and Selma Greenberg Reserve. He will then lead an interpretative nature walk in the Reserve with special guest, Jim Henderson, of the Bennington County regional Commission. Fee: $5 suggested donation. Members: No charge. Registration required: oneworldconservationcenter.org or contact: Cara Gauthier at 802-262-1222 or cgauthier@vlt.org.

Grandma Moses and Jane Stickle event: On Saturday, Sept. 30 (Rain Date: Oct. 1) , 11 a.m. to 2 p.m, join the Bennington Museum for a day of family fun in the spirit of Grandma Moses and Jane Stickle. Quilting activities for all ages including creating "Woodland quilt squares" on the Aiken Trail. Bring a family picnic the museum will provide cider, apples, and apple pie from the "Apple Pie" contest entries. Music by the Bennington Ukulele String Ensemble from 12 to 1 p.m. This event is free and open to everyone. Participants will be given a pass to the museum to see the Grandma Moses: American Modern exhibition, the permanent Grandma Moses Gallery along with the 1863 Stickle Quilt. Best Apple Pie in Bennington Contest to be judged at the Picnic by Stuart Hurd, Bennington Town Manager and Justine Scanlon, Superior Judge of the Probate Court. All pies must be at the Bennington Museum Pavilion by 11 a.m. Wonderful prize for the winning pie.

All-Genre Open Mic: Bennington All-Genre Open Mic joins 100K Poets, Musicians and Artists for Change, an annual event that's happening all over the globe on Saturday, Sept. 30. Sign-up begins at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington, 108 School St. Poets, musicians, storytellers, actors, dancers, magicians, and artists of any persuasion are invited to perform in the spirit of peace, justice and a more sustainable world. There is a 5-minute time limit, all acoustic, no plug-ins. Microphone, sound system and piano will be available. Free, donations encouraged to support future events. For more info: 708-606-4673.

Manchester

Author Presentation and Recipe Sampling:
Tracey Medeiros will be at the Northshire Bookstore on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. for her new book "The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook." Medeiros is the author of "Dishing Up Vermont," "The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook," and "The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook." She is often seen on various television cooking segments preparing one of her favorite recipes while sharing helpful culinary tips with the viewing audience. "The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook" honors the state's mission to connect with its local organic farmlands and the farmers who nurture and care for them. It also serves as a guide for eating organically and non-GMO in Vermont. The book celebrates the region's esteemed organic food producers, farmers, cheesemakers, dairy farmers, and the chefs who partner with them to create delicious, innovative, organic, and non-GMO recipes.

Stamford

Annual Fall Bazaar:
On Saturday, Sept. 30, the Stamford Community Church will sponsor its Ninth Annual Fall Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event, which will take place both in the church and the outdoor pavilion, rain or shine, is open to the wider community and designed to be a fun-filled day of family-oriented activities, including children's games and the popular Corn Hole with prizes. There will be a silent auction, a Chinese auction for both adults and kids, a 50/50 raffle, as well as many items and gift certificates from local merchants and businesses. This year's bazaar will also feature a handmade quilt raffle. Baked goods for sale include homemade pies, cookies and breads as well as jams, pickles and relishes. Hot lunch refreshments of soups, hot dogs, and sausage grinders will be available as well. The Stamford Community Church is at 1059 Main Rd. (Route 8), a mile north of the Clarksburg, MA/Vermont line. There is plenty of parking. Further information may be obtained by calling 802-694-1533.

Readsboro

Harvest Festival:
The 55th annual Harvest Festival of the First Baptist Church will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30. Beginning at 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Bullock Building a food sale will have a display of sweet treats, savory dishes, and more, treasures may be found at the rummage sale, a Chinese auction for children and adults, plants and tickets for the beautiful queen-sized quilt raffle will ,also, be available. Produce including potatoes, squash.onions, pumpkins and even mums will in a tent on the church lawn. From 11:30 to 1 p.m. luncheon will be served in the church. It will feature a variety of items: chicken and biscuits with gravy, sausage or meatball grinders, homemade soups or sandwiches. Desserts will be gingerbread and pumpkin cake. Donations to any of the tables are encouraged. For more info call Norm at 413-424- 5446 or any Fellowship member.

Sunday

Bennington

Just Bike:
The Bennington County Child Advocacy Center is excited to announce JUST BIKE! Justice for kids. A biking event that will be held on Sunday, Oct. 1, is a fundraiser for the center. If you should have any questions about this event, please feel free to reach out, or visit our website at www.vtbccac.com.

Singer at South Street Cafe: Rosie Porter will be performing at South Street Cafe and Bakery on Sunday, Oct. 1 from 2 to 4 p.m.. Porter, a singer-songwriter from Greenfield, MA, performs oldies, classic country, and original music. The event is free and open to the public. For more information on Rosie visit rosieportermusic.com

Cambridge, N.Y.

Chicken Biscuit Dinner:
Cambridge Valley Lodge #481, F&AM, will be holding a Chicken Biscuit Dinner on Sunday, Oct. 1 between 1 to 4 p.m. It will be held at Cambridge Valley Lodge, located at 6 Old Cambridge Rd. (across from The Garden Shop on Rt 372).

Wilmington

Blessing of the Animals:
St. Mary's in the Mountains invites all to join in a fun and meaningful "Blessing of the Animals" service on Sunday, Oct. 1. The congregation of St. Mary's invites all of its neighbors to join, and bring along their four-footed, two-footed, furred, finned, feathered, or other animal family members to the service. Participants are invited to bring their pets, a photo of a pet (whether alive or departed), or a stuffed animal that represents a loved animal, to be blessed during the service. Come join on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m., at 13 E. Main St., to be part of a joyous celebration and remembrance of our animal friends and family.

Dorset

Be Brave Hike-A-Thon:
The Merck Forest and Farmland Center will host the third annual Be Brave for Life Hike-A-Thon on Sunday, Oct. 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is a hike to inform, support, and improve the lives of individuals affected by benign brain tumors and cerebrovascular disease, and to drive research for a cure. Participants set hiking goals and may join Scavenger Hunts. Register at https://runsignup/race/vt/rupert/bebravehike. For more information about the Be Brave for Life organization, check their website at bebrave.life. Merck Forest and Farmland Center is located between Rupert and Dorset, at the top of the very large hill at 3270 Route 315 (Rupert Mountain Rd.) Please do not rely solely on GPS: Once on the top of the big hill on 315, turn into Merck Forest's Driveway. Contact by phone at 802-394-7836 or find on the web at merckforest.org.




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