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Author discussion:
Author Stephen Butz will discuss his new book, Shays' Settlement in Vermont: A Story of Revolt and Archaeology today, 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.


Today, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Marble House Project, 1161 Dorset West Road, there will be readings by playwrights Willie Johnson and Mackenzie McBride. Free and open to the community. Visit


Medical ethics talk:
Green Mountain Academy welcomes Professor Joe Markowski of Castleton University to talk about medical ethics. The talk will take place today, 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

Learn to Knit: Want to learn to knit? Come to the Manchester Community Library's Free Beginners Knitting Workshop for all ages today, 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 Route 7A.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Kindness Rock Project:
Nadine Scott is going to bring the The Kindness Rocks Project to Hoosick Falls. Today at 3 p.m. and Wednesday 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 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: 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 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.



Journalism in the Digital Age:
Green Mountain Academy welcomes David Guistina, Producer and Morning News Anchor of WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, to talk about journalism in the digital age. The talk will take place on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library. This presentation will look at the nature and complexity of mass communication in the internet age, and how people must make a more proactive effort to find quality information to make decisions as informed citizens. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit



Wine and Cheese Seminar:
The Northshire Bookstore presents a wine and cheese seminar with author Alice Feiring and Consider Bardwell Farm on Friday at 3 p.m. As part of the inaugural Manchester Food and Wine Classic, Northshire Bookstore is happy to host one of several Wine & Lifestyle Seminars that will take place over this three day festival. Author Alice Feiring will be here to present her new book "The Dirty Guide to Wine: Following Flavor from Ground to Glass." In addition to the wine tasting, Consider Bardwell Farm will also be talking about and offering tastes of their award-winning cheeses. Their farm in West Pawlet Vermont is a producer of handmade cheese from goat and cow milk. Their raw milk cheese is antibiotic and hormone free, and nutritionally complete.

North Bennington

Wreck Tangle opening:
The Left Bank will be hosting an art opening for Wreck Tangle on Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. What happens when a simple form gets complicated. While a rectangle is a common shape, often seen as a format for photographs, paintings and drawings, what is a Wrecktangle? An imploded shape? A computer screen? A formal study of slipped angles? A documentation of wreckage, disasters on paper? Artists explore the "shape" of things through various mediums such as painting, video, embroidery, poetry, screen printing and drawing. The Left Bank is open most days and by appointment.


Sweetback Sisters: Readsboro Arts Summer Concerts welcomes The Sweetback Sisters, Friday at 8 p.m. The Sweetback Sisters, Emily Miller and Zara Bode, have garnered a strong following in Vermont, across the country, and abroad with a live show. They will be coming to the EJ Bullock Building, 7012 Main St. in a fundraiser for Readsboro Arts. The Readsboro date is also the release date of the Sweetback Sisters' newest album, "King of Killing Time." The CD will be available for purchase (and signing) at the show. Tickets are $15 at the door or $12 in advance by calling 423-5600 or emailing



Clambake with Champagne Jam:
Post 69 will be hosting their Annual Clambake with Champagne Jam starting at 12 p.m. on Saturday. $35 per person, 21 and over , includes hot dogs, burgers, sausage, clam chowder, cold and steamed clams served at noon. At 3 p.m. there will be BBQ Chicken, corn, salad and rolls. At 6 p.m. there will be a Champagne Jam. Raffles will include a gas grill, patio set, and three lobsters. Ticket cut-off date is Aug. 12 and are on sale now at Post 69. Facebook: American Legion Post 69. Call 802-375-6157 for more information.

Dog Show: East Arlington Dog Show at the Federated Church of East Arlington Dog Show Competition, games, bake sale, raffle, and blessing of the animals. Event begins at 3 p.m. Proceeds to benefit Second Chance Animal Shelter.


Turkey Dinner: The South Readsboro Community Club on Boisley Hill Rd. will have a Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be blueberry shortcake for dessert. Adults, $12.00, children 5-11, $6.00.


Pool party for dogs:
The Bennington Recreation Center will host a "Fur Babies Pool Party" on Saturday. Entry fee is $5 and a can of dog or cat food. Cash only. For dogs 60 pounds and over the hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dogs under 60 pounds are 2 to 5 p.m. Humans are not allowed in the pool with the 60 pound dogs. All dogs must have current proof of rabies vaccination and a dog license. Registration is required. Each dog may stay up to two hours but you must register in each of the one hour time slots. The time slots are per dog, not per family. You can register at the rec center any time Monday through Friday until 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Any questions, call 802-442-1053.


Johnny Cash Tribute:
Philip Bauer's "The Legend of Johnny Cash" comes to the Southern Vermont Arts Center's Arkell Pavilion on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Bauer's uncanny look and stage presence take his audience back to when Cash was the king of country music. The show includes top hits "I Walk the Line" and "Ring of Fire" along with a dead-on impersonation of The Man in Black himself. Special guest Nancilee Kennedy will be joining Bauer to sing "Jackson." Tickets are $49 for members and $55 for non-members. Kids come free with a parent. Veterans receive a $10 discount. To purchase go to or call 802-362-1405.

Writing Workshop: Local author and instructor James Crews will once again be at Northshire Bookstore on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to present his workshop Mindfulness and Writing. In this writing class, you'll examine the connections between the practice of meditation/mindfulness and the act of writing fearlessly from the heart. The class will include some writing exercises and short insight meditation to uncover those images, scenes and memories that might otherwise have been buried or forgotten. Beginners and all levels are welcome—just bring something to write with and an open mind.

Biographer conversation: The Northshire Bookstore presents James Atlas in Conversation with Jamaica Kincaid to discuss "A Shadow in the Garden: A Biographer's Tale" on Saturday at 7 p.m. Two amazing writers come together in conversation about Atlas's new book "A Shadow in the Garden." The biographer -- so often in the shadows, kibitzing, casting doubt, proving facts -- comes to the stage in this funny, poignant, endearing tale of how writers' lives get documented.

National Dog Day: There will be a National Dog Day Celebration at The Taconic on Saturday starting at 12 p.m. Pamper your dog with an afternoon bath and walk, followed by Yappy Hour. This fundraising event benefits the Second Chance Animal Shelter.



Mime performance:
Broken Box Mime Theater will be in residence at the Bennington Center for the Arts from Aug. 24-27th. Join on Sunday at 2 p.m. to learn about contemporary mime, collaborative process, and how simple storytelling can be a vehicle for impactful theater. Admission is "pay what you can" and all ages are encouraged to attend. Funds received will go directly towards paying the artists' travel expenses.



Free Clinic Monday hours:
The Bennington Free Clinic will be open from 10 a.m. to noon at 121 Depot Street. Call for an appointment, 802-447-3700. Drop-ins will not be seen.


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