Invasive plant walk: The One World Conservation Center will be hosting a two-part workshop on Thursday, from 6 to 8 p.m. for interested residents and landowners on the topic of invasive plant identification and treatment. The indoor portion will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a walk at 6:45 p.m. at the OWCC Greenberg Reserve. You may join all or part of the workshop. For more information on invasive plant identification, visit VTInvasives.org. Public service program, donations appreciated. Registration required: oneworldconservationcenter.org or 802-447-7419.
Seniors Town Meeting: Sen. Bernie Sanders' office and a coalition of Vermont senior groups will hold a town meeting on senior issues on Thursday, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 200 Pleasant St. A free lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. At noon, representatives from Sanders' office, AARP-Vermont, Bennington Senior Center, Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging, and the Vermont Alliance for Retired Americans will give short updates on issues impacting seniors, followed by an open discussion. The event is free and open to the public. Call 1-800-339-9834 to RSVP.
Summer Supper and Raffle: The Fellowship of the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert will hold a Summer Supper on Thursday, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Adult tickets are $15 and Children's tickets are $5 (under 5 are free). Call the office at 802-867-2260 to make a reservation. Tickets will also be sold at the door. The menu will feature baked ham and roasted turkey complete with stuffing, potatoes and gravy, along with summer salad favorites. There will be both indoor and outdoor seating under tents on the front lawn. There will be a raffle with tickets sold throughout the evening. The Church is located at 143 Church St. (Off Route 30).
Peach Shortcake Supper: The Pownal United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Route 346 and Church Street, will be serving its annual Peach Shortcake Supper on Thursday, at 5 p.m. with continuous serving. The menu includes: grilled chicken breasts and thighs, baked Ham, pineapple sauce, baked beans, potato and Jello salads, rolls, coffee, iced tea or lemonade, and homemade peach shortcake. Tickets available at the door: $12 for adults,$6 for children 4-10 years, and free for children 3 years and under. Take outs available at south side entrance: $12 for adults, $6 for 1/2 portion dinner. Questions: Contact Mary Louise at 802-823-7769.
Story Night Review: A benefit for the Bennington Murals Art Program will happen on Friday, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bennington Center for the Arts, 44 Gypsy Lane. Proceeds will support the curation and execution of murals in Bennington through the Bennington Murals Art Program. Local craft brews and delicious mixers served by Spirits of Old Bennington. Appetizers too. Shuttles available for those who need it. Please send a message to email@example.com or call 802-430-2008 to make arrangements. The doors will open at 6:15 pm. Tickets are $16 in advance and $24 at the door and may be purchased at Storiesvermont.brownpapertickets.com or at the door.
School Orientation Registration: The Cambridge Central School District is hosting its third annual middle school orientation on Thursday, Aug. 31 at 5:30 p.m. in the school's auditorium. Incoming 7th grade students and their families are invited to attend. Members of the National Honor Society will give a building tour and discuss policies, procedures, and tips for surviving 7th grade. Attendees will have the opportunity to do a walk through of their class schedule. Parents and guardians will receive an information packet outlining policies and procedures for the Jr./Sr. High School, the social and emotional shifts parents can expect. Administrators, some faculty advisors and staff will be available for a brief Q & A session. The class of 2023 will provide a light supper prior to the start of orientation. Please RSVP by Friday, Aug. 18 to Secondary Principal Caroline Goss at 677-8527 ext. 1411 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hoosick Falls, N.Y.
Dance band: This Friday night in Wood Park a free concert with The West Drive Dance Band from 6 to 9 p.m. West Side Drive is a 7-piece dance band that has been performing popular hits from the 70's through today's chart toppers since early 2016. You will hear cover tunes from the likes of Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, Bruno Mars, The Commodores, Elle King, Tom Petty, The Temptations, Meghan Trainor, Van Morrison, and many more. Food, soda's and water will be available and a Beer Garden from the Sand Bar with beer and wine.
Golf Tournament: The Squadron 69 Sons of the American Legion will host the Annual 3-Club Golf Tournament at 11 a.m. on Saturday, at Arlington Recreation Park. The cost is $20 per two person team. Participants should bring their three best clubs. There are 18 holes. Children and adults of all ages are welcomed to play. There will be a trophy for the winning team. A cookout follows at American Legion Post 69. Facebook: Sons of the American Legion Post 69. Call 802-375-6157 for more information.
Sun and Fun event: People of all ages from New York, Massachusetts and Vermont will converge at 155 Hillside St. (Second Congregational Church, UCC) for the third annual Sun and Fun! Festival on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. People will enjoy learning ways to experience nature and care for it, live music by the Hale Mountain Pickers and a lunchtime sing along with local musician Matt Edwards, family fun, workshops, talks and opportunity to visit booths by over 25 different orgainzations. Admission is free. The event will be held rain or shine, and there will be a quiet space available for those who need it. A full list of participants and schedule of workshops at bennscc.org. For more information contact: Kathleen Shaw at email@example.com.
Magic Show: Solomon Wright Public Library will host a special family program featuring "Marko the Magician" on Saturday. Marko, a resident of Montpelier, VT, will mystify and entertain his audience during his 45-minute presentation. This free program will be at the Library, 97 Main St., at 2 p.m. For more information call the library at 802-823-5400 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paws for a Cause: Second Chance Animal Center is pleased to announce Paws for a Cause at Stratton Mountain Village to help raise awareness of the shelter's important work while raising operational and programming funds on Saturday and Sunday. Weekend event with a 5K (Heels to Paws), 50/50 raffle, vendors, Dog Fun Zone, Doggy and Me mid-mountain hike, face painting, caricatures, and much more. Proceeds from most events, including the Beer vs. Wine gathering on Saturday, will go directly to Second Chance. The weekend is sponsored by Tito's Vodka. Both days begin at 8 a.m.
The Mammals on stage: Earth Sky Time Community Farm is proud to present The Mammals live on the barn stage Sunday, at 6 p.m. The Mammals are a legendary five piece Americana party band from Woodstock, NY. A string band at the core, The Mammals augment their sound with drums and pedal steel guitar to create a collectively harmonized howl as thrilling as any band currently subverting folk traditions. Earth Sky Time farm will be firing up the infamous bread bus to sling pizzas topped with homegrown organic vegetables. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are $15, kids free. In the event of rain, the event (and after party) will be held inside the barn. More info at earthskytime.com.
Elisabeth von Trapp to Perform: On Sunday at 4 p.m., hear the breathtakingly beautiful voice of Elisabeth von Trapp at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Rd. Elisabeth is the granddaughter of Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story and music were depicted in the movie "The Sound of Music." The suggested donation for this performance is $10 per person. Von Trapp will also have a collection of her CDs for sale after the event. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go toward the church's mission work, such as supporting the Arlington Food Shelf, the Summer Lunch Program, summer camp scholarships, Habitat for Humanity, and fuel assistance. For more information call the church office at 802-375-2548.
Extracurricular offerings meeting: Burr and Burton Academy extracurricular theater, dance and film meeting will be held on Monday, from 6 to 7 p.m., in the Riley Center, there will be an information meeting regarding the extracurricular offerings in dance, film and theater for the 2017-2018 season. There are so many opportunities for everyone. For more information, email: email@example.com.
Author discussion: Author Stephen Butz will discuss his new book, Shays' Settlement in Vermont: A Story of Revolt and Archaeology Tuesday, at 7 p.m., at the Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St. The Bennington Bookshop is co-sponsoring the event and will provide copies for purchase and light refreshments. Butz is the leader of the site's first formal study, and his book describes the archaeological investigation, as well as retelling Shays' life and his role in the rebellion that bears his name. For more information: 802-442-5059.
Readings: On Tuesday, 6 to 7 p.m., at the Marble House Project, 1161 Dorset West Rd, there will be readings by playwrights Willie Johnson and Mackenzie McBride. Free and open to the community. For more information, visit marblehouseproject.org.
Medical ethics talk: Green Mountain Academy welcomes Professor Joe Markowski of Castleton University to talk about medical ethics. The talk will take place on Tuesday, at 5:30 p.m. in the Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy. Professor Markowski will discuss the ethical distinction between killing versus letting die in the context of a whole range of issues in health care, including beginning-of-life issues, treatment and end- of-life choices. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit www.greenmtnacademy.org.
Learn to Knit: Want to learn to knit? Come to the Manchester Community Library's Free Beginners Knitting Workshop for all ages on Tuesday, from 2 to 4 p.m. You can bring your own supplies or use yarn and needles on hand at the Library. Be part of the Library's exciting, collaborative community Super Secret Soft Art Project by learning to knit a 12"x12" square that will be incorporated into the final design. Feeling stressed? Knitting is the new yoga, and here's your chance to learn how. The Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave./Corner of Rte. 7A.
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Kindness Rock Project: Nadine Scott is going to bring the The Kindness Rocks Project to Hoosick Falls. On Aug. 22 at 3 p.m. and Aug. 23 at 4 p.m. at Cheney Library will be decorating rocks to place in the Kindness Rocks garden. The rocks have already been painted with a base coat and all is needed is to paint on a picture or a favorite saying with felt tip colored markers. Then they will be sealed and put in the garden of Cheney Library. Call 518-686-9401 to sign-up for this event so that there will be enough rocks painted.Cheney Library is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 1 to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We can become a part of this world-wide project.
Essential Oils session: Join Certified Professional Aromatherapist Daniela Stewart at the Manchester Community Library Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 6:30 p.m., for an introductory session on essential oils. The program is free and open to the public. Space is Limited. Registration is required: firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-549-4577. Refreshments will be served.
Live concert: The Prescriptions band will be at the Vermont Veterans' Home located at 325 North St. On Wednesday, Aug. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. This outdoor concert is free and is open to the community, bring blankets or chairs to enjoy the performance. Parking will be located behind the main building or the deer park parking lot.
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