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Today, Wednesday, Aug. 29


RAD meeting:
Rights and Democracy of Bennington will have an organizational meeting today at St. Peters Episcopal Church, 200 Pleasant St. Gathering begins at 6 p.m. with a potluck, meeting is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Actions to get universal healthcare in Vermont, public presentation of the Big Pharma video and report from our LGBTQ committee will be among the topics discussed. For more information, contact Mary at 802-379-6311.



Fed Up Manchester:
On Thursday, Fed Up Manchester, Vermont will hold a public rally at the Factory Point Town Green, in the center of town, from 6 to 8 p.m. to draw the community's attention to International Overdose Awareness Day. There will be resource tables, speakers sharing valuable information, live music, and a beautiful candlelight vigil. Please bring photos of loved ones that have been lost and signs to carry if you wish. For more information contact Wendy Galbraith 802-362-7018 or

Treasures of Scotland: Green Mountain Academy welcomes Anthony MacLaurin to talk about the scenic and cultural treasures of his native Scotland. The talk will take place on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library. The work of the National Trust of Scotland is to protect and preserve for future generations the islands, coastlines, mountains and historic castles. This presentation will be a personal journey through Scotland visiting Trust properties, and will include scenic photos and music. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit

Author presentation: Join the Northshire Bookstore on Thursday at 6 p.m. for a presentation by author Robert Madrygin for his novel "The Solace of Trees." A young deaf-mute Bosnian orphan is brought to the US as a refugee and finds a home with a retired college professor. Eventually, the boy regains his hearing and ability to speak and he begins to recall the trauma of his past. He becomes a gifted film student and helps one of his college professors with a documentary film that draws him into the post 9/11 war on terror. A compelling story about war, family, and survival.

Cambridge, N.Y.

Middle School orientation:
The Cambridge Central School District is hosting its third annual middle school orientation on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the school's auditorium. Incoming 7th grade students and their families are invited to attend.



Garlic and Herb Festival:
Garlic Fest is held at the grounds of Camelot Village and Antique Center located at 66 Colgate Heights on Sept. 2 and 3 -- Labor Day Weekend. Gates open at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. No parking fee.There are also close-by spots for handicap and motorcycles. Entry into the festival is $6 (online through and $8 at the door for adults and $2 for children 12 and under. The kids activities also make this a great family weekend. The "beer & wine garden" will be organized by by local pizza shop Ramuntos and they will have some giveaways and fun speciality drinks to try. There will be demonstrations throughout the festival as well. See the full list/schedule at Garlic Fest is run by The Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce serving The Shires of Vermont. For more information, contact Marie at or call 802-447-3311.


Art Opening:
On Saturday, Sept. 2 a new exhibit, "Vermont Artists Then and Now," opens at SVAC in the Wilson Museum and Galleries. The reception will be on Sunday, Sept. 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. and is open to the public and admission is free. Works of the current artists will be for sale in the galleries. SVAC hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m. Open to the public. Admission is free.



On Tuesday, Sept. 5, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Marble House Project, 1161 Dorset West Rd, there will be readings by Roohi Choudhry and Lydia Blaisdell. Free and open to the community. For more information visit


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