Community briefs


BENNINGTONRed Cross blood drive

set for Oct. 3 at SVMC

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center is hosting an American Red Cross Blood drive 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in its employee cafeteria.

To make an appointment to donate, visit, 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.

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

Songs, stories, poems

welcome at Open Mic

The Bennington Area Arts Council will hold a free Anything Goes All-Genre Open Mic night at the Tap House, 309 County St., Bennington (across from Bennington Pottery) on Tuesday, Sept. 10. All acoustic, no amplification. Bring your songs, poems, stories or whatever. Signups are at 7 p.m., open mic begins at 7:15. There is a two-song, five-minute limit. Charlie Rossiter will be the MC. For more information, call 708-606-4673. Future open mic dates are Oct. 8 and Nov. 12.

NORTH BENNINGTONBook, bake sale ahead

at McCullough Library

The McCullough Free Library will hold a book and bake sale on Saturday, Sept. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 15. Thousands of high-quality books, DVDs, CDs, games and puzzles will be offered for sale, along with homemade baked goods and more. All proceeds fund the purchase of library materials, services and free community events.

For more information, call 802-447-7121, or visit

The library is located at 2 Main St. in North Bennington.


Two centuries of hats

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at Historical Society

The Cambridge Historical Society and Museum is opening its "Hats, Hats, Hats!" exhibit at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10. A large collection of two centuries of headwear will be on display including bonnets, mourning garb, and a selection of hats for a variety of occasions. Tours of the House are available from 1-3 on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The museum is located at at 12 Broad St. in Cambridge, N.Y.


P.F.L.A.G. to hold

welcome barbecue

P.F.L.A.G. (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) will hold their annual picnic on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 4 p.m. at the Dorset Church. The community is encouraged to come and meet us. All are welcome to come and have a good time, make new friends and learn about PFLAG. Hamburgers, hot dogs and bratwurst and all the fixings will be served. This is a free event. RSVP to the church office at 867-2260 or at


Former UN official

to speak on Tuesday

Former United Nations official Derek Boothby will discuss the organization at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10 in the Hunter Seminar Room of Burr and Burton Academy. The UN has been in existence for 74 years, yet by and large present-day Americans know little about the organization. How does it work? What does it cost? Does the United States benefit from it? Why should the United States continue to belong to it?

Drawing on 23 years of work in the UN, Boothby will answer these and other questions. Registration for this Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning event is $18 in advance or $22 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit

Taconic Music offers

youth string lessons

Taconic Music's Strings for Kids program offers violin, viola and cello instruction for beginning, intermediate and advanced students ages 5-18. Lessons begin the week of Sept. 16 and take place at Zion Episcopal Church in Manchester Center. Students have the opportunity to participate in recitals and family concerts at the Manchester Community Library, Zion Episcopal Church, Equinox Terrace, and other local venues.

Teachers are Deanna Baasch (violin), Vesela French (violin and viola), Joana Genova (violin), Francois Secordel (violin), Ariel Rudiakov (viola) and Jared Shapiro (cello). For more information visit, call 802-362-7162 or email


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