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Today, April 1

Arlington

April Fools karaoke: American Legion Post 69, Fools Karaoke with Tracy Salmon. Tickets are $5 per person. Call 802-375-6157 for more information or to purchase tickets.

Art gallery: Martha Canfield Gallery, Martha Canfield Library, paintings by Valerie Takvorian, of East Arlington. Reception from 3 to 5 p.m. For more information, email martha_canfield_lib@hotmail.com or call 802-375-6153.

Bennington

Saakumu Drum and Dance Troupe: Traditional/contemporary dance and music group from Ghana, West Africa, 7 p.m. at the Masonic Hall, 504 Main St. For more information about Saakumu go twww.dagaramusic.org/saakumu/ or call VAE at 802-442-5549. The Masonic Hall is an accessible facility, call for specific accommodations.

Potluck: In celebration of being an open and affirming congregation for 25 years, Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Bennington, is hosting a potluck supper and a lighthearted movie, at 5 p.m. at the church on 115 Hillside St. All are welcome.

Vigil: The Greater Bennington Peace & Justice Center will hold its monthly vigil for peace at the Bennington Four Corners at 12:30 p.m.

Cambridge, N.Y.

Easter craft fair: Cambridge Central School auditorium, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over 30 unique crafters and vendors will have items for sale. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase with the opportunity to win items donated by the crafters and vendors. The drawing will be held at 2:30 p.m. and ticket holders need not be present to win.Throughout the day, the Easter Bunny will be available for photos at various prices depending the photo size. Food and drink concessions will also be available for purchase. Vendor tables are still available. Please e-mail j42799@msn.com for pricing and other details. Benefits the Class of 2019.

Dorset

Concert: Long Trail School presents the Nobody's Fool Concert of solo and group performances by the International Baccalaureate music classes, directed by Geoffrey Gee, at 7 p.m. at the school. Admission is free.

Author event: Dorset Village Library, two readings, one at 3:30 p.m. the other at 4:30 p.m. Local residents Nicole Mills and her son Henry Mills-Whittelsey, the authors of the new Dinosaur Detective book series, (the first of which is Thomas "T" Rex and the Case of the Angry Ankylosaurus) will be holding a series of book readings and activities.

Theater: The Dorset Players present its annual One Act Festival at the Dorset Playhouse today, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. and April 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling 802-867- 5570 or on line at www.dorsetplayers.org.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Book sale: Cheney Library, 9 a.m to 1 p.m. Hardcovers $1, paperbacks 50 cents.

Manchester

Art and poetry: Northshire Bookstore, 6:30 p.m. In honor of National Poetry Month Northshire Bookstore invites the public to a special evening filled with art and poetry. Enjoy wine and cheese while perusing the beautiful artwork of local author Vicki Bowden. In addition, eight talented poets will be reading from their poetry collections. Joyce Thomas, Charlie Rossiter, Terry Hauptman, Claire North, Dede Cummings, Megan Buchanan, James Crews, and Marshall Witten will all be in attendance. A group book signing will follow the readings.

Sunday

Manchester

Armchair travel: Where are the Azores and why are some predicting that the island chain will be the next big travel destination? Join Alan and Nancy Benoit with Cindy Waters and Curt Merrow at Equinox Village at 4 p.m. to find out why the Azores are a smart travel choice, especially for those living in the northeast. Sponsored by Equinox Village and presented by Manchester Community Library, the event is free and open to the public. For more info: 802-362-2607.

Monday

Bennington

College sit-in: The Community College of Vermont will open its classrooms during the annual Sit-In scheduled for the week of April 3 through April 7. Interested individuals are invited to attend a class for a first-hand view of an active learning environment. A few of the morning, afternoon, and evening courses available are: Studio art, psychology, business, and anthropology. The sit-in is part of April Career Month activities. Information about admissions, summer classes and financial aid will also be available. To learn more, stop by CCV at 324 Main Street or phone us at 802-447-2361.

Tuesday

Bennington

Lions meeting: The Bennington Lions will hold its April Board of Directors meeting at 6 p.m. in the TD Bank conference room. All members are welcome to attend.

Manchester

Author event: Northshire Bookstore, 6 p.m. Gareth Russell, "Young and Damned and Fair: The Life of Catherine Howard, Fifth Wife of King Henry VIII"

Know before you build: Manchester Community Library, 6 p.m., the Sustainable Energy Outreach Network will be giving a free presentation on "What to Know Before you Build", an informative talk, which will cover all aspects of residential construction; choosing an architect, selecting a contractor, contracts, the design and planning process, construction loans, financing, energy efficiency incentives and savings. For more information, contact the library at 802-362-2607.

French Conversation Group: Manchester Community Library, 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Led by Michelle Emery (BBA) and Lizzy Lindenberg (MSS). Drop-ins welcome. Free program, open to those who speak French. Info: 802-362-2607

Wednesday

Arlington

Mac and cheese dinner: American Legion Post 69, Arlington Youth Little League fundraiser, mac and cheese being served from 5 to 7 p.m. Adults $8 children under 5 years of age $3. Call 802-375-6157 for more information.

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Solid waste meeting: The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance will meet from 4 to 6: p.m. at the Arlington Town Hall to review the progress to date on the 2016 to 2017 work plan, plan for the upcoming household hazardous waste event and compost bin sales and to offer members of the public an opportunity to discuss programs and activities of the Alliance with the Alliance board. For more information, please visit www.bcswavt.org or contact Michael S. Batcher at 802-442-0713 x 2 or mbatcher@bcrcvt.org.

Bennington

Reiki for all: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington, 108 School St., 1 to 3 p.m. You'll learn how to do reiki on yourself and also receive a free notebook with lots of information so you can do reiki on yourself and your loved ones, including your pets. The event is free, but please sign up today to make sure you get a spot in this great class taught by two reiki masters, Mary Ann Carlson and Everley St. Peter, who are both reiki volunteers at our local hospital. To register, for more information, to request accommodations or an ASL interpreter, contact Lynn Mazza 802-442-1876 or lmazza@vcil.org

Quilt fashion show: Quilted garments will be featured in a fashion show at the monthly meeting of the Quiet Valley Quilt Guild at 6:30 pm. All are welcome. The Guild meets on the first Wednesday of each month at Second Congregational Church on Hillside St. For more information about the Guild visit benningtonquiltfest.com and click on Quiet Valley Quilters Guild.

Wellness fair: Community College of Vermont will host its third annual Wellness Fair from 1 to 4 p.m. This event provides resources on a variety of topics including supplements, dental health, massage, yoga, essential oils, blood pressure checks, exercise and more. The Wellness Fair is held in conjunction with the county's Career Month, and is free and open to the public. The event takes place at CCV-Bennington, 324 Main St. For more information, please contact Janet Groom at 802-447-2842.

Basket bingo: The Moose Family Center at 916 Main Street is having a Basket Bingo. Doors open at 5:30, bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. Entr e is $10. Food available for purchase. Open to the public.

Elks benefit dinner: Serving a choice of baked or fried fish or baked chicken, served with scalloped or French fried potatoes, coleslaw, clam chowder, dinner rolls, coffee and cookies, all for $9. Serving 5:30 p.m. Doors open 5:15 p.m. Benefits Elks National Foundation for Scholarships and Veterans Programs. The Bennington Elks is located at 125 Washington Ave.

Manchester

History presentation: UVM History Professor Emeritus Mark A. Stoler will examine the important personal relationship between Britain's Prime Minister and America's President during their World War II alliance, in a talk at Manchester's First Congregational Church at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Manchester Community Library at 802-362-2607 or the Vermont Humanities Council at 802-262-2626 or info@vermonthumanities.org, or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.

Animal shelter meeting: Second Chance Animal Center annual meeting, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kimpton Taconic Hotel in Manchester, Vermont. Guest speaker is Jane Sobel Klonsky, Manchester resident and photographer and author of the National Geographic Society book, "Unconditional: Older Dogs, Deeper Love." For information call 802-375-2898.

Author event: Northshire Bookstore, 6 p.m. Jane Hamilton, "The Excellent Lombards."

Thursday

Arlington

Legionnaires monthly meeting: Post 69. EBoard meeting immediately follows. Please attend the monthly meeting and support Post 69. Call 802-375-6157 for more information or to become a member.

Bennington

School musical: The MAUHS Drama Club presents "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown," featuring the beloved Peanuts Gang in a fun, fast paced musical. Performances are today, April 7 and 8 in the MAU Auditorium. As is often the case, this MAU production is double cast so you may want to see it twice. Tickets are $8 and will be available in the MAU Main Office or at the door.

Potluck: The Greater Bennington Peace & Justice Center will have its April meeting at the U U Meetinghouse on School Street. Join us for our potluck dinner at 6 p.m. followed by our business agenda at 7 p.m.

Friday

Job fair: The Vermont Department of Labor in partnership with Bennington County Industrial Corporation invites you to attend a job fair from 11 to 2 p.m. at the Bennington Firehouse, 130 River St. Employers will be there to accept resumes and share information on positions for which they are recruiting. Come dressed for success and bring copies of your resume. For more information or to request an exhibitor table, call the Vermont Department of Labor at 802-442-6376 and check out the Facebook page "Bennington Career & Job Expo" for the latest updates.

Live music: Basement Music Series, today and April 8. The Cash Registers and the Tracy's kick off the weekend today at 8 p.m at Harvest Brewing, tickets will be available at the door only for $7. Hannah Gill and the Hours continue the fun at the Masonic Hall on Saturday. Doors open at 7, show at 8 p.m. Tickets for the Hannah Gill show are $18 in advance, $22 at the door and $10 for students. Tickets for Hannah Gill and information for both shows are available at vtartxchange.org. For more information about Vermont Arts Exchange exhibits and camps, contact VAE at 802-442-5549 or visit vtartxchange.org.

Cambridge, N.Y.

Chicken BBQ: The Cambridge Central School District Class of 2018 will host a chicken barbeque by D.J. Herrington with pick-up in the science wing between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The dinners are $12 and include a half chicken, potato, cole slaw, and dinner roll. Orders can be placed with members of the Class or 2018 or Ms. Rainstrom at Amy.Rainstrom@cambridgecsd.org. Cash or check made payable to CCS Class of 2018 due at time of order.

Manchester

Pitch your book: Pitchapalooza is coming to Northshire Bookstore at 6:30 p.m. Pitchapalooza is American Idol for books, only kinder and gentler. Twenty writers will be selected at random from all who purchase tickets to this event. Each writer gets one minute — and one minute only to pitch their book. The winner receives an introduction to an agent or publisher appropriate for his/her book. To purchase tickets visit www.northshire.com or stop in the store. This event is free to those who attend as spectators only, however, seats will be reserved first for ticket holders.

Saturday, April 8

Bennington

Free museum: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. admission to the Bennington Museum is free for all visitors.

Manchester

Concert: Manchester Community Library, free family Super Saturday concert, 10:30 to 11:30 am. The Taconic Chamber Players and percussionist Matt Gold will perform as part of the library's "Music From the Shelves" series.

North Bennington

Honoring grandmothers: From 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Left Bank, 5 Bank Street, we will continue to welcome and honor more grandmothers, embrace our wisdom in the Shawl Ceremony and share our Prayers and Intentions for the Earth. This can take the form of a song, poem, writing, visualization or anything else you feel moved to share. One does not need to have grandchildren to attend. Bring your prayer, a shawl and a stone or feather. Please RSVP to Teresa King at teresaking1@live.com or by leaving a message at 802-733-5729 to reserve your place in this powerful circle of grandmothers.

Sunday, April 9

Arlington

Legion breakfast: American Legion Post 69, from 8 to 10 a.m.Seniors 65 and over are free; all others are $6 each, donations are greatly appreciated. Call 802-375-6157 for more information.

Manchester

Author event: Northshire Bookstore, 11 a.m. Craig Carlson, "Pancakes in Paris: Living the American Dream."


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