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RiseVT organizes First Friday walk

There will be a "What's Your Story?" walk on Friday at Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St. The walk leaves the Library at 5 p.m., and will tour downtown and sample the First Friday festivities, including stops at The Bennington Bookshop and a treat from Bringing You Vermont. Walks are funded by a RiseVT Amplify Grant. All ages and abilities welcome. For more information call 802-442-9051 or visit


SVMC hosts blood drive Aug. 1

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center is hosting an American Red Cross Blood drive 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Aug. 1 in its employee cafeteria.

To make an appointment to donate, visit, call 1-800-redcross, 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.

For more information, call Susan Gallina at 802-447-5345.


Social to feature wood-fired pizza

There will be a Celebrate Your Farmer Pizza Social from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on July 31 at Wildstone Farm in Pownal. This event is open to the public and coincides with Wildstone's 30th year of being certified organic. For a suggested donation of $10, participants can enjoy pizza from Wildstone's woodfired mobile pizza oven. Dinner will be followed by a farm tour. The farm is located at 536 Schanker Road in Pownal.


Last Call for Norman's Attic vendors

Time is running out to reserve vendor space at the 2019 Norman's Attic, the town-wide tag sale that draws buyers from home and away to Arlington each year. Hosted by St. James' Episcopal Church, on Route 7A, this year's event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 3. The rain date is Aug 4, from noon until 5 p.m.

For more information and to reserve your vendor space, contact the church at 802-375-9952, visit the church on Facebook, or go to, where registration forms will be available. 


July 12 beer tasting to benefit Komen walk

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The Crooked Ram, located at 4026 Main St., Manchester, will host a TGIF beer tasting from 5 p.m. to closing on July 12 to benefit the Komen Vermont "More Than Pink" Walk. Participants will join Linda Maness of Komen New England for an opportunity to taste a variety of craft beers and enjoy a sampling of the Crooked Ram's food offerings.

Admission, by $7 donation to Komen New England, includes a raffle ticket for a $15 Crooked Ram Gift Card. Additional raffle entries $1 each. A portion of beer sales will go to the Komen Vermont "More Than Pink" Walk. For more information, contact Peter at 802-231-1315.


Garden Club class on 'Fairy Gardens'

The Arlington Garden Club will host a class titled "Natural Fairy Gardens" at 2 p.m. on July 16. The public is invited to learn about these fanciful garden additions. Interested in joining the club? Come early at 12:30 for a Meet and Greet Social. The presenter this month will be Nancy Perry, the coordinator will be Wendy Bucchieri, and the Meet and Greet hostesses are Elizabeth LaBelle and Pat Rauch.

The garden club meets at the Arlington American Legion, and this event is free. Call Pat Williams at 802-375-1223 for more information.


Firefighters convention scheduled July 19-20

The Addison County Firefighters Association will host the 130th annual Vermont State Firefighters Association Convention in Middlebury on July 19 and 20. The convention will bring together hundreds of firefighters from across Vermont and neighboring states. The public is encouraged and invited to attend these events.

The convention will begin with a memorial service to honor fallen firefighters at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 3 Main St. The service will be held on Friday, July 19, at 5 p.m. The convention will feature fireworks at dusk on Friday, July 19, at Woodchuck Hard Cider on

Exchange Street. The annual business meeting and election of officers takes place at 8 a.m. on July 20, beginning at 8 a.m. Beginning at noon , there will be muster games, kids' games, and equipment demonstrations and vendors.

For more information, visit


Event focuses attention on B-Corporations

An outdoor celebration of B-Corporations, businesses that balance purpose and profit by considering the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community and the environment, will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on July 13 in the Eileen Fisher courtyard at 135 Depot St. A number of B-Corporations, including Cabot Cheese, King Arthur Flour, Seventh Generation, Badger Balm, Stoneyfield, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Ben & Jerry's and VT Creamery, will offer samples.

Currently there are more than 2,788 B-Corps in more than 64 countries, and more than 30 in Vermont alone. Vermont is one of the leaders in the B-Corp movement and Eileen Fisher is the largest fashion company to become B-corp certified.

The organizers' goal is to educate consumers on the importance of supporting companies dedicated to environmental protection and social change. They also hoping to motivate more businesses to step up and join the B-Corp movement. Rebecca Kline Coffey of Social & Environmental Impact Consultants will on site to explain the process and benefits of becoming a B-Corp to any interested business owners.


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