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Tai Chi:
Free six-week session of Tai Chi for Fall Prevention (for those 60 and older) is sponsored by the Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging with Tai Chi Vermont Certified Instructor, Andrea Malinowski on Thursdays, Sept. 7 to Oct. 12 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Optionz Health and Fitness at the Vermont Mill, 160 Benmont Ave. South Wing, 4th Floor (elevator access). There is no experience necessary for this beginner-level class. Standing and seated options available. Wear sturdy shoes, such as sneakers, and bring water. Questions may be directed to Andrea of Optionz Health and Fitness at or 802-379-5468.

Savvy Seniors: The Community of Vermont Elders, VT SMP program will present the Savvy Seniors at Brookdale at Fillmore Pond on Thursday, at 2 p.m. The Seniors will provide humorous skits about Medicare fraud, error, abuse, and waste, as well as general consumer protection. All are welcome.

Concert: Starry Mountain Trio will perform on Thursday, to 8:30 p.m. at the Deane Carriage Barn, Bennington College. Suzannah Park, Avery Book and Giedeon Crevoshay present an exciting mix of traditional folk music from Appalachia, British Isles, the Republic of Georgia, and Corsica.

Reception: A closing reception for "Vital Curiosity," will be on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, featuring an improv set by cornetist and composer Taylor Ho Bynum and Bennington visiting faculty and percussionist Brian Chase. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. and last one half hour. Refreshments will be served.

Greenwich, N.Y.

Book Sale: Excellent (and cheap) reading material is on sale at the Greenwich Library's monthly book sale, Thursday, from 4 to 7 p.m. There is an elevator to take those who cannot negotiate stairs to the downstairs book room. There are large print books, music CDs, many children's books, popular authors and out-of-the way authors. All paperbacks are 2 for $1.


Manchester in the 1970s:
Explore the Vermont 1970s at the Manchester Community Library on Thursday, at 7 p.m. The 1970s in Vermont were a time of radical change. Many of the features that are today considered quintessentially Vermont-its politics, its local food movements, and its offbeat culture-have their origins in this period. Amanda Gustin of the Vermont Historical Society will explore this influential decade in Vermont. The illustrated talk is free and open to all. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. For more information, call 802-362-2607 or email

Author presentation: Join the Northshire Bookstore on Thursday, at 6 p.m. for a presentation from nationally syndicated radio and TV travel talk show host, travel expert Stephanie Abrams, as she reads from and discusses her new mystery novel "Rumors." Following this presentation, a reception will be hosted by the Lodge at Bromley. All who attend this event are invited to enjoy tapas and a complimentary glass of sangria.

The Art of Fiction Writing: Green Mountain Academy will host a five-part fiction-writing course with writing instructor Christopher Dant. The sessions will take place on Thursdays, Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28 and Oct. 5 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Equinox Village. Class size is limited. Registration is $90 for the five-part course. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit the website at



Author presentation:
Join the Northshire Bookstore on Friday, at 7 p.m. as Adam Federman presents his book "Fasting and Feasting: The Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray." In "Fasting and Feasting," biographer Federman tells the remarkable -- and until now untold -- life story of Patience Gray. A fascinating and spirited woman, Patience Gray was very much a part of her times but very clearly ahead of them.


Book Presentation:
Author event at Bennington Books on Friday, at 7 p.m. Dick Wall will be presenting his wife Carol's book. Carol finished her first novel "Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening," shortly before she died in 2014. It was published and garnered a lot of buzz about nine months after she died. Since then, Dick has toured the country speaking on her behalf.

"S ancers": The Bennington College Dance program and the Center for the Advancement of Public Action at Bennington College present "S ancers," by Jaamil Olawale Kosoko '05. The event will take place on Friday and Saturday, at 8 p.m. in the Margot Tenney Theater at Bennington College. Admission is free of charge and no tickets are required.

North Bennington

Opening reception:
Please join the Left Bank on Friday, from 6 to 8 p.m., for the opening reception of "Buddhas and Ensos," Recent Works by William Wester.



Fight For Air Climb:
The American Lung Association's Fight For Air Climb will be held on Saturday, at 10 a.m. at the Bennington Battle Monument. For questions about participating, donating or sponsoring the Fight For Air Climb, contact Kirstin Roberts at 802-876-6866 or by email at

Free Outdoor Yoga Class: The Bennington Community Garden will host a free yoga class on Saturday, at 10 a.m., taught by Jane Schaeffer of The Yoga Place. All are welcome to participate Just bring a yoga mat or towel. The class will be held on the lawn next to the garden, located at the corner of Bradford St and Coolidge Ave. Park at the Rec Center. Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 10 at 12 p.m. Programming sponsored by the Idea Fund. Visit the website at


Origami Peace Cranes:
The Northshire Bookstore invites everyone to join for a timely conversation about friendship, love, and peace in advance of both National Grandparents Day and the 9/11 anniversary on Saturday, at 11 a.m. Enjoy a reading, a talk about peace and friendships, and an origami crane instruction/demonstration. Origami Peace Cranes is a multicultural children's story about the capacity for friendship in all of us and the power that small things have to make a big difference. Writer, illustrator, sculptor and former Disney animator, Sue DiCicco founded Armed with the Arts (a program dedicated to encouraging creative expression in kids, and is the creator of the Peace Crane Project (, with participation from over 150 countries. She has written dozens and illustrated hundreds of books for kids.

Musical Improv: "Rumpleteaser" will perform on Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. at Israel Congregation of Manchester, 6025 Main St. "Rumpleteaser" is a musical improv group from the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Theater in New York City. They have toured around the US, asking audiences for just one suggestion from which they will create a brand new musical right before your eyes. Everything is made up on the spot--, from the dance, to the music, to the lyrics. Call for tickets at 802-362-4578. Advance tickets are $25 ant at the door $30. Student (under 18) tickets are $15.


North Bennington

Book and Bake Sale:
The Friends of the John G. McCullough Free Library are pleased to announce their twelfth annual Book and Bake Sale will be held Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Library is located at 2 Main St. As always, this sale will feature a large selection of high quality used books at low prices and delicious homemade treats. Additionally, this year's sale will feature select library furnishings. Rare and antiquarian books will also be offered. Raffle tickets for a fabulous "Winter In Vermont" basket will be available in the Bake Sale tent. All proceeds from the sale and raffle directly fund library programs, materials and services.

Cambridge, N.Y.

Community Choral Society:
The Community Choral Society will begin its fall season on Sunday, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jacob's Well Fellowship Church, West Main St. between the bank and grocery store. All singers are invited and encouraged to meet a half hour early at 5:30 for this first rehearsal for an organizational meeting and meet and greet time. There will be light refreshments. All other rehearsals will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday evenings. The chorus will be under the direction of Jill Chadwick. New and returning singers are welcome to join us. No experience necessary and no auditions. For more information please contact Jill Chadwick at 677-7070 or Beverly Collamer at 677-3327.


Antiques Appraisal a Fundraiser for the Readsboro Historical Society Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m. Come for an afternoon with Darrell English who has over 40 years experience with antiques and collections. Come with a favorite treasure or a clear picture if the item is too big to carry, and find out what it is worth. A donation of $5 per item or 3 items for $10 (Limit 3 items). For more info contact Rhonda Smith at 802-423-7633.



Faculty Concert:
Bennington College Music Faculty will perform songs and an eclectic repertoire including classical compositions, jazz, improvisation, and original music on Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the Deane Carriage Barn, Bennington College.


Organizational Meeting:
The Shaftsbury Democratic Party is holding its biennial organizing meeting and caucus on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m., at Cole Hall, 61 Buck Hill Rd. The meeting is to elect officers, nominate representatives to the County & State Party caucuses, and other business.


Library story times:
Story Times at the Manchester Community Library will begin the 2017 fall season with the first programs on Tuesday, Sept.12 and Thursday, Sept. 14 at 10:30 a.m. These weekly programs focus on helping children from infancy to preschool age develop a love of books and reading, and reinforce early language and literacy skills as well as school readiness. Both story times will feature stories, poetry, music, crafts and art projects. Daycare groups are welcomed. Tuesday story times will be followed by a craft, and Thursday story times will be followed by free play. Free programs, open to the public. Children must be accompanied and supervised by adult caregivers. Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave./Rte. 7A.

The Balfour Declaration: Green Mountain Academy welcomes Derek Boothby, former Director of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs, to discuss the Balfour Declaration which was written 100 years ago. The talk will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Hunter Seminar room at Burr and Burton Academy. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, call 802-867-0111 or visit the website at


Musical Performance:
On Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 6 to 7 p.m., there will be a musical performance by Mali Sastri at the Marble House Project, 1161 Dorset West Rd. Free, open to the community. For information



Intro to QiGong:
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington, 108 School St. Qigong is a 7000 year old healing method that anyone can do to heal self and/or heal others. Qigong can be done sitting, standing or lying down. It is based on energy movement and blockages in the body. The event is free, but registration is required to ensure enough materials and seating. This VCIL sponsored event is open to people with disabilities, their caregivers and allies. Light refreshments provided. Wear comfortable clothes. This is a chemical- and scent-free event. For more information, to register and/or to request ASL interpreter by Monday 9/11 or other accommodations: Lynn Mazza, VCIL, 601 Main St. Bennington, 802-442-1876,

Meals on Wheels Live Telethon: Live event will raise the revenue needed to ensure all Vermont seniors have access to healthy meals. A live studio event produced by GNAT-TV and simulcast by Catamount Access Television will raise both awareness and donations needed to help ensure access to healthy, home-cooked meals for seniors in Southwest Vermont. GNAT-TV will produce the live studio event at their Sunderland studio on Sept. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. Please join them on this special evening by tuning in to GNAT Television Channel 15, Catamount TV Channel 15, or GNAT's website: GNAT.TV for an exciting and entertaining event.

Poetry reading: Gabrielle Calvocoressi will read as part of the Poetry at Bennington series Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Tishman Lecture Hall, Bennington College.


Public Meeting:
The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Arlington Town Hall, 3828 VT Route 7A. The purpose of the meeting is to review the final report on the 2016 to 2017 work plan, adopt a budget for 2018 to 2019, plan for the Sept. 30 household hazardous waste event, discuss the Universal Recycling Law and other matters and to offer members of the public an opportunity to discuss programs and activities of the Alliance with the Alliance board. For more information, including a copy of the agenda, please visit or contact Michael S. Batcher at 802-442-0713 x 2 or


Kids' Potholder Weaving Workshop: The Manchester Community Library invites kids in first grade through fourth grade to a potholder weaving workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. It's simple and fun. There will be snacks and all the supplies needed, and instructors to teach how to use a loom, hook and loops to make a creation. A completed potholder will become part of the Library's Super Secret Soft Art Project, a mysterious piece of work that will be unveiled in the near future. Free program, open to kids in grades one through four. Snacks will be served. Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave./Corner of Rte.7A.

Judy Garland Musical: On Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m., the Manchester Community Library will screen a 1944 classic musical starring Judy Garland and directed by Vincente Minnelli. Meet Me in St. Louis won one Oscar and was nominated for four additional awards. In the year leading up to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York. The film screening is free and open to the public. Running time is 113 minutes. Refreshments will be served. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. Information: 802-362-2607.


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