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Today, September 8


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.



A lecture on "States' Rights: The Struggle Between the President and the States" will be held Thursday, Sept. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the CAPA Symposium, Bennington College. The Public Policy Forums at CAPA series invites guest speakers from the private and public sectors to address a range of important topics in the current national dialogue. The guest speakers at this event are TJ Donovan, Vermont Attorney General and Jim Condos, Vermont Secretary of State. The conversation will be facilitated by CAPA director Susan Sgorbati and Vermont State Senator Brian Campion.

Big Pharma Movie: Bennington Rights and Democracy is showing the movie "Big Pharma, Market Failure" three times in Bennington over the next few weeks. Thursday, Sept. 14, outdoors at Merchants Park, corner of North and Pleasant Streets, at 7 p.m.; bring a chair (if rain, St. Peter's Church, just down Pleasant Street); Sunday, Sept. 17 in the Crispe Room of the Vets Home on North Street, at 2 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 10 at the Bennington Free Library on Silver Street, at 7 p.m. For more information: Dick Dundas, 802-447-7433;

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Business owner workshop:
Hoosick Falls is ready to begin the rebranding of our village area, as well as the Town of Hoosick. New businesses are opening and we are inviting all entrepreneurs and business owners wishing to expand their business to a free workshop from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, at the HAYC3 Armory, 80 Church St.

Meeting of the Friends: On Thursday, September 14, at 3 p.m. there will be a Meeting of the Friends of the Bennington Battlefield, Barnett House, 30 Caretakers Rd. Meetings of the Friends group are open to the public. New members are always welcome. The group operates a website, pens a newsletter and plans events.

HFCS PTA Meeting: The next business meeting of the HFCS PTA will take place on Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Elementary School Library beginning at 6:30 p.m. To become a member or to learn more about PTA and its programs, please attend this meeting or contact membership chair Jenny O'Connor at


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