Blood Drive: Southwestern Vermont Medical Center is hosting an American Red Cross Blood drive 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday, 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 Thursday, 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.
Author presentation: Dean Braxton, author of "In Heaven," will be at Grace Christian School, 104 Kocher Dr., on Thursday at 7 p.m. to discuss his book.
Live Music: Singer-Songwriter, Ken Swiatek, resumes his once-a-month, fourth Thursday, residency at the South Street Caf in Bennington on Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Swiatek performs a mix of traditional folk, old folk chestnuts, and recent songs he has composed. There is no cover.
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Device education: Cheney Library will host a Cornell Cooperative Extension program with Sarah McFadden on Thursday 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, e-readers, and more. Come to this free class and get questions answered. Call 518-686-9401 to register for the class.
Heating Systems Demystified: Heating Systems Demystified will be presented at the Manchester Community Library on Thursday 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.
Battle Loop Trail Hike: There will be a hike through the Bennington Battlefield at 1 p.m. Hikers will meet in the 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.
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 at 7 p.m. This event will be held in the Dorset Playhouse, located at 104 Cheney Road. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is general admission, and no ticket is required.
"Broadway Bound": Oldcastle Theatre's 46th regular season comes to a close with Neil Simon's warm and wonderful comedy "Broadway Bound" opening Friday and running through Oct. 15. For additional information, or to make ticket reservations visit theoldcastletheatre.org or call 802-447-1267.
Arts and Crafts Festival: The Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival will run Friday 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.
Passport extended hours: Now is the time to plan that international trip of your dreams. To make it easier to apply for a U.S. Passport, the Shaftsbury Post Office is hosting a Passport Day with extended hours on Fridays, Saturday, and again on Friday, Oct. 6. Just stop by the Shaftsbury Post Office at 56 Church St. between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on either Friday or 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, no appointment is necessary. Postal clerks can even take your passport photo if you do not have one. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
Hazardous Waste Collection: The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance will hold a household hazardous waste collection event on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dorset School, 130 School Drive. This event is free for residents and second home property owners of the towns of Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Manchester, Pownal, Rupert, Sandgate, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, Stamford, Sunderland and Woodford. Please visit bcswavt.org or contact Michael S. Batcher at firstname.lastname@example.org; 802-442-0713 x 2 for more information.
Eagle Square Day: Shaftsbury Historical Society presents Eagle Square Day on Saturday, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Governor Galusha's Homestead, 3871 VT Route 7A.
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.
Tractor and Agricultural Show: This unique celebration of tractors features antique and rare tractors, and vintage farm equipment. The major focus of the Walter A. Wood Tractor and Agricultural Show is on antique and older tractors, but modern equipment is welcome, too. The tractor show will take place on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Wood Memorial Park, the historic home of the Walter A. Wood Reaping and Mowing Machine Company. The Burton Luke Tractor Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. and will include many different kinds of tractors in every color.The application period is still open for vendors, antique and unique tractors, hit-and-miss engines, horse drawn equipment, and other agricultural equipment. Applications are now being accepted from tractor clubs and individuals from near and far who are interested in displaying their tractors and farm equipment at the event.Food will be available from UNIHOG, The American Legion and Lewis Sugar Shack. Hay rides and activities for the kids will be available and great Americana music from the Hill Hollow Band.
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 email@example.com.
Elks Soccer Shoot: The Annual Bennington Elks Soccer Shoot is Saturday, Sept. 30 at Middle Willow Field from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Boys and Girls ages 13 and under are welcome to participate. This fun, family event is free and sponsored by the Bennington Elks Club.
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.
Chicken Pie Supper: On Saturday, Sept. 30, St. Peter's Episcopal Church at 200 Pleasant St. will be having their 25th Chicken Pie Supper. Just think about sitting down to a casserole of bubbling chicken and gravy topped with biscuits, mashed potatoes, butternut squash mashed with a touch of maple syrup and butter, apple cabbage salad, homemade orange cranberry relish and hot biscuits. This is topped off with apple crisp and real whipped cream. Coffee, tea, and milk are available. The cost is $12 for adults, under 12, $5 and under 3 is free. No takeouts are available. There are two seatings 5:00 and 6:30. Reservations are encouraged, call the church at 802-442-2911. St. Peter's is accessible to all.
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
Author presentation: Vermont Mystery Author Archer Mayor will be at Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St. on Monday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. to discuss and sign his latest book, "Trace." Contact co-sponsor Bennington Bookshop: 802-442-5059 or benningtonbookshop.com.
Reading/Conversation: A reading by Deirdre Lockwood and a conversation with Brigitta Varadi will happen on Tuesday, Oct. 3, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Marble House Project, 1161 Dorset West Rd. Free, open to the community. For more information visit marblehouseproject.org.
Breast Cancer Action Day: On Tuesday, Oct. 3, Susan G. Komen New England will be hosting its first Breast Cancer Action Day. Attendees will be offered the opportunity to plant flags in recognition of the nearly 600 women and men who will be diagnosed with breast cancer annually in Vermont. The event will be held at the Orvis Green, just south of the Orvis Outlet store on Route 7A. Attendees are asked to park at the Orvis Outlet store. The event is free and open to the public and flags will be provided. For more information about Komen New England visit KomenNewEngland.org. For questions about Breast Cancer Action Day contact Linda Maness, Development Coordinator, Special Events at Lmaness@komennewengland.org or 860-362-2733.
Storytime: Bennington Free Library holds a story hour geared towards the younger crowd on Tuesdays. "Story Rhythms for Babies & Toddlers", for children 4 months - 36 months, will be held from 10:30 to 11 a.m. upstairs in the Rotary meeting room. This special time for babies and toddlers will include stories, finger plays, song and movement. For more information call Linda or Chris at 802-442-9051.
Mystery Ride: The Bennington Senior Center will be hosting a Mystery Ride on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 8 a.m. Meet at 124 Pleasant St.
Book discussion: The Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St., will host discussion of "Brown Girl Dreaming," the Vermont Humanities Council's Vermont Reads 2017 book. This accessible memoir of author Jacqueline Woodson's childhood, written in verse, tells the story of a young person finding her voice. A group book discussion exploring the book's themes of family, race, place, and the power of stories and poetry will be held Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. Copies of the book are available for loan at the library. For more information, call 802-442-9051 or visit benningtonfreelibrary.org.
Quilter Guild meeting: The Wednesday, Oct. 4 meeting of the Quiet Valley Quilters Guild will take place at the Bennington Museum, 75 Main St, at 6:30 p.m. The museum staff will present a program about the Jane Stickle quilt followed by viewing of the quilt. The Guild welcomes all who are interested in the art of quilting to their monthly meetings. Next month's meeting will be at the usual venue, Second Congregational Church on Hillside St. For more information about the Guild visit benningtonquiltfest.com/welcome-to-our-guild.
Tea Event: The Garden Club of Manchester presents "The Short and Stout Tea Event" on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. at Equinox Village. Matthew Zacharewicz of Short and Stout Tea in Albany, N.Y., will discuss tea and tisanes, especially those you can grow in your garden. Health benefits, growing techniques, brewing styles, and drink recipes will all be discussed, with a Tasting to follow. RSVP via GCM's website for members and their guests with a $10 fee payable online or at the door. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details and visit gardenclubofmanchester.com to learn more about GCM.
Hamilton Musical Discussion: Presidential biographer Willard Sterne Randall will discuss how the life of Alexander Hamilton inspired a major Broadway musical in a talk at the First Congregational Church on Oct. 4 at 7 pm. His talk, "Hamilton: The Man and the Musical," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. Talks in Manchester are hosted by Manchester Community Library. The First Congregational Church of Manchester is located at 3624 Main St. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Manchester Community Library at 802.362.2607 or the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or email@example.com, or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.
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WALDO event: Elementary School students at Hoosick Falls Central School and members of the community are invited to take a walk in someone else's shoes - or a ride in someone else's wheelchair - at a special event on Oct. 4: "We All Learn Differently Olympics". WALDO is not about looking for the guy with the striped shirt and glasses, but is an interactive program that offers children and adults a chance to experience what it's like to live with a disability. Elementary students will come to the high school gymnasium throughout the day and community members can attend the event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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