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Community Dance Circle:
Come to Nataraja, a monthly gathering for the local dance community at The Yoga Place (532 Main Street, upstairs over the DMV, entrance and free parking in rear of building, off Pleasant Street) on Friday, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Talking is kept to a minimum. Bring a water bottle. No alcohol or mind-altering substances. Each person is encouraged to make a $5 donation, with the proceeds to be donated to Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services. Music is eclectic and will vary each month. All dancers welcomed to help create an all-inclusive and tight-knit dance community. Call 802-442-5331 for more information.

Science Workshop: On Friday, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Dickinson 232, Bennington College, Dr. Jay Pasachoff (Williams College) will be discussing the exciting topic of "The Eclipse." Snacks will be served.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Movie Screening:
On Friday, at 7 p.m. near the Barnett House, 30 Caretakers Rd.,there will be a showing of a movie with a Revolutionary theme on the grounds of the caretaker's house. The screening will be outdoors. Warm clothing suggested. Picnic coolers welcome. The event is free and open to the public. Rain date: Saturday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m.


Launch Party and Author Presentation:
Join the Northshire Bookstore on Friday, for a launch party at 6 p.m. for one of our favorite local authors, Eric Rickstad, as he presents his newest thriller, "The Names of Dead Girls," his much-anticipated sequel to "The Silent Girls." The night will start at 6 p.m. with drinks and small bites. At 7 p.m., enjoy an author presentation followed by Q&A and a book signing.

NANA Meeting: The Yale Alliance for Nonprofit Associations of New England, is forming a group in Vermont. There are groups in Boston, Connecticut, New Hampshire. NANA is seeking all Yale alumni to see what activities or events are of mutual concern or interest. Participants do not have to work for or be involved in a nonprofit nor is involvement restricted to Yale alum. The activity or event that we carry out has to be nonprofit. Meet at Spiral Press, on Friday, Sept. 15, at 5 p.m. For more information, email at



Annual Bennington Quiltfest:
More than 100 new quilts and challenge quilts will be on display at the 24th Annual Bennington Quiltfest on the weekend of Sept. 16-17 at Mount Anthony Union Middle School, 747 East Rd. The annual event is presented by the Quiet Valley Quilters Guild on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 pm, and Sunday from 9 a.m until 4 p.m. Tickets for this year's raffle quilt, "Autumn Splendor," can be purchased both days and the drawing takes place on Sunday at 3 p.m. People's Choice Awards in two categories are presented to the winners at the same time. Quiltfest Caf is open both days for breakfast and lunch selections. Admission is $7 (children 12 and under free). The show is handicap accessible and there is plenty of free parking. For more information, visit

Recovery walk: Turning Point Center will host a Recovery Walk starting at 11 a.m. at the former middle school on Main Street.

Free Skin Cancer Screening: From 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 16, Lixia Ellis, MD, PhD, a dermatologist at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, will perform free full-body skin checks at SVMC Dermatology, 140 Hospital Drive, Suite 205. This event is supported by SVMC Cancer Committee. While open to everyone, the screenings are offered especially for people with no insurance or with high deductibles, and an appointment is required. To make an appointment, call 802-440-4264. The screening is first-come, first-served, and the schedule fills quickly.

Pet Appreciation: On Saturday, Sept. 16, Bennington Tractor Supply will host a Pet Appreciation Week community event featuring pet adoptions, demonstrations on pet nutrition and a free Greenies dental dog treat for customers while supplies last. This year's Pet Appreciation Week community event will also include Second Chance Animal Center on site 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on the week's events or to participate, contact the Bennington store at 802-440-9937.

Youth Bowling sign-up: On Saturday, Sept 16, there will be youth bowling league registration from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Bennington Lanes. Bowling begins on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 8:30 a.m. for all age groups. For more information contact April Knapp at 802-442-4389 or


Author presentation:
Award winning author and public radio commentator, Bill Schubart, first introduced Lila and Theron characters in his 2008 short story collection, "The Lamoille Stories." After being influenced by William Faulkner's acceptance speech on winning the Nobel Prize, he returns seven years later to finish their stories. Join the Northshire Bookstore for his presentation of his newest book on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.

Movie screening: National Theatre Live, the best of British theatre broadcast to cinemas around the world, comes to Burr and Burton Academy's Riley Center for the Arts on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning is excited to offer the screening of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and $9 for students. Tickets may be purchased online at

Best Tag Sale in Vermont: This year's Barn Sale will take place (rain or shine) on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 9 to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 17 from 9 to 1 p.m. at Riley Rink at Hunter Park. The annual event is organized by the Barn Sale committee, a group of dedicated women who donate much of the items, devote time and energy to get the event off the ground, and determine reasonable prices for the high quality merchandise.The proceeds of the Barn Sale support the Northshire UCS office and the services they provide. United Counseling Service's mission is to build a stronger community by empowering individuals and families to live healthy and meaningful lives. For information on United Counseling Service or to make a donation please visit or call 802-442-5491.



The Battle of Bennington:
On Sept.17 at 2 p.m. the Bennington Historical Society program will feature author Phil Holland in a discussion of "The Battle of Bennington: Tellers and Retellers." The program will take place in the Bennington Museum, in the Ada Paresky Educational Center and is free and open to the public.

Big Pharma Movie: Bennington Rights and Democracy is showing the movie "Big Pharma, Market Failure" over the next few weeks. 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;

Cambridge, N.Y.

Reiki Share:
Kimberly Hayden, licensed massage therapist and Reiki practitioner, will host a free Reiki share from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Healing Arts Studio, 46-48 East Main St., Cambridge, NY. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is gentle, non-invasive, and recipients remain fully clothed. Reiki practitioners of all levels and lineages and people who have no experience with Reiki are welcome. For more information and to RSVP, contact Kim at 518-859-0842 or

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

On the Trail of Julius Friedrich Wasmus:
On Sunday, Sept. 17, 1 p.m. at the Barnett House, 30 Caretakers Rd., join in for a presentation delivered by battlefield docent Bob Hoar that will follow the path of the most famous chronicler of the Battle of Bennington, the Braunschweig surgeon J. F. Wasmus.


Pancake breakfast:
Battenkill Grange #487 will hold a pancake breakfast on Sunday, Sept. 17 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Bailey Hall on Ice Pond Farm Road. Pancakes, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits, scrambled eggs, orange juice, and coffee are on the menu. For more information call 802-375-2518.


Music and poetry:
A classical pianist in his eighth year of study in an Italian Conservatory and two poets will perform and read at the Green River Inn on Sept. 17 from 3 to 5 p.m. The public is invited. Oscar Rodriguez, from Poughkeepsie, NY, is an advanced student at the Conservatorio Bruno Maderna, Cesena, Italy. Oscar's audiences rise to their feet to applaud his versatility and lively style. Steve Haggerty, from the Poughkeepsie, NY area, began his journalism career at the Bennington Banner while at Southern Vermont College. With an M.A. in Journalism from the University of South Carolina, he is the author of "Cows in the Fog and Other Poems and Stories." He will read new material and poems about his experiences in The Bronx, New York. He will also share a story from his book on the artist Norman Rockwell, a work in progress. Jeff Edrich, from Croton-on-Hudson, NY, will read poems from his book "Iron in the Country."


Robert Frost:
"The Mystical Suspense of Robert Frost" is the intriguing title of Chard deNiord's talk on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Stone House Museum. Following Frost's lead as a Poet Laureate of Vermont, deNiord will also read some of his own poems after the discussion. The program is free. Call 802-447-6200 for more information.


Taconic Music at Depot 62:
Taconic Music is offering a free concert of unusual music in a non-standard venue on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. Among the fine Turkish rugs, hand-made furniture and original gifts in Depot 62, Taconic Chamber Players will perform an eclectic mix of music from the Americas, with styles varying from rock and jazz, to tango and South American folk-influenced string quartets. For more information, please visit



A lecture on "Class Inequalities in India and China in Neoliberal Times" will be held Monday, Sept. 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the CAPA Symposium, Bennington College. This lecture is part of the Fall 2017 Society, Culture, and Though Colloquium. This year's theme is "Neoliberalism and its Discontents." The guest speaker is Vamsi Vakulabharanam, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In his research, Vamsi Vakulabharanam argues for a theoretical framework that incorporates two levels of political economic processes.


Make Your Own Sushi:
On Monday, Sept. 18, Green Mountain Academy welcomes Chie Addington and Katsuko Lord of Caf Sora to demonstrate how to make sushi. Come learn authentic and healthy Japanese cooking and experience the culture of Japan. Katsuko and Chie will share recipes and techniques for successful sushi roll and Origami making. The class will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Caf Sora, located in Yester House at the Southern Vermont Arts Center. Registration is required and is $35 per person. For more information or to register visit or call our office at 802-867-0111.



BROC Community Action is offering three free a workshops in September at the Bennington Free Library. On Tuesday, Sept. 19, there will be two workshops. First, a Savvy Spending Solutions financial capability workshop from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., participants will explore saving strategies, how to plan for financial goals and planning to purchase a home. To register contact Shelley Faris at 802-665-1742 or Second, a Self-Employment Tax workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., participants will get a great education about this topic from Grant Peterson, a tax consultant with the IRS. To register contact Annette Hoyle at 802-665-1744 or On Tuesday, Sept. 26, there will be an Introduction to Starting a Micro Business workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., participants will have a chance to explore whether becoming self-employment is a viable option and what next steps would need to be taken to accomplish it. Feel free to bring a snack and beverage. To register for this workshop also contact Annette Hoyle. To learn what other programs and services BROC Community Action offers visit and Like us on Facebook.


Youth Hockey:
Northshire Hockey Association will be hosting an information night for all interested youth hockey players, ages 4-14, at Riley Rink Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Practices start the week of Oct. 22 and run through March 3. The 6U program for boys and girls ages 6 and under will cost $50 for approximately 15 weeks of instruction. Participants must be independent skaters. NHA has limited numbers of equipment rental packages available for $30. Packages include all equipment needed by new players except for a hockey stick and skates. For more information about equipment packages or getting started in playing youth hockey please visit the NHA website at or email Karen Grabher at

Talk: Green Mountain Academy welcomes Albany Law School Professor Vincent Bonventre to talk about Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's appointee to the Supreme Court. The talk will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library. Neil Gorsuch compiled a distinctive record as a federal appeals court judge. His positions on workers' rights, social issues, constitutional interpretation, and other important legal questions paint a clear ideological picture of this newest member of the nation's high court. Indeed, in his very brief tenure to date on the Supreme Court, he has already begun to compile a similarly distinct ideological record. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit


Garden Club meeting:
"The Splendor of Seed Pods" is the theme when the Arlington Garden Club gathers on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 12:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. Members will be making Autumn and Winter Decorative Arrangements with the earthly remnants of the growing season. The club will sell these designs collected from Mother Nature at the Harvest Fest on Sept. 30.



Shake Your Soul:
Join for Shake Your Soul, an engaging, fun, and creative dance class for adults, on Wednesday from 9 to 10 a.m., beginning Sept. 20 at the Manchester Community Library. Energize your body, elevate your spirit, and calm your mind through simple, inspirational movement. No experience is necessary, just a desire to release tension and move to excellent music in a supportive, joyful environment. There is a $10 suggested donation per class (a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Library). Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. Contact Alexandra Langstaff at or at 802-366-0128

for more information.

Encore Screening: The Manchester Community Library, in cooperation with GNAT-TV and Vermont Humanities Council, present "ENCORE! A Second Showing of Favorite Programming." Enjoy a daytime screening of some choice First Wednesdays talks from the GNAT-TV archives at the Manchester Community Library. On Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 2 p.m., attend a free screening of the VHC's First Wednesdays program "The Examined Life," originally presented in June, 2014. The film screening of the talk is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. Info: 802-362-2607.

Red Cross Blood Drive: Mark your calendars for the upcoming blood drive on Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 12 to 5:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church. With all the disasters that are happening, the need for blood is crucial. Let's show that Manchester and environs has a big heart. The canteen will have sandwiches from local eateries and Mother Myrick's Lemon Lulu as well as donuts from Mrs. Murphy's, bagels from bagel works, and ice cream from Wilcox dairy. Sixteen year olds can donate with parents' permission and seventeen and older if in good health and not taking medication are eligible. Call 1-800-Red Cross or go online to make an appointment. We take walk-ins as well.

High Holidays with Chabad: Rosh Hashana begins Wednesday evening, Sep. 20 and Yom Kippur begins Friday evening, Sep. 29. Chabad invites you to join for all or part of the extensive holiday celebrations. Pop in for a service, meal, or class -- no membership, affiliation, or fee required. For full schedule or services, please see

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Book Discussion:
On Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m. at the Barnett House, 30 Caretakers Rd., the will be a book discussion. The group is reading "With Musket and Tomahawk: The Saratoga Campaign and the Wilderness War of 1777" by Michael O. Logusz. The focus will be primarily on the Bennington chapter.



A lecture on "Clean Water: What Will it Take To Clean the Waters of Vermont?" on Sept. 21, 7 to 9 p.m. at 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 David Mears, Former Vermont Commissioner for DEC; Chris Bray, Vermont State Senator; Jim Sullivan, Director of the Bennington County Regional Commission; David Bond, Bennington College.


Nature Journaling 101:
On September Third Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. One World Conservation Center welcomes John C. Pitcher, Artist/Naturalist, from Dorset to teach participants how to create a nature journal. Slideshow presentation and examples of John's journals and art are sure to evoke creative mediums for nature enthusiasts of all ages.

Register at or call 802-447-7419. Fee: $5, Friends of OWCC $3.

Valley Falls, N.Y.

Philip Skene and the Battle of Bennington:
On Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m., Pittstown Town Hall, 97 Tomhannock Rd. there will be a lecture on Philip Skene. Philip Skene served as Chief Commissioner of Supplies and Commissary of Oaths in Burgoyne's army and was in charge of crucial interactions with the inhabitants of New York. He joined the Bennington expedition and was present for the second engagement. Learn more about him at this event, co-sponsored by the Pittstown Historical Society.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Walking Tour of the Battlefield:
On Thursday, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m. at the Bennington Battlefield, NYS RT-67, there will be a tour of battlefield. Tour the main areas of interest in the first engagement of the Battle of Bennington. A mix of walking & driving is required. Visitors should meet in the main parking area to begin.

Cambridge, N.Y.

The Battenkill Chorale:
Janet McGhee, artistic director, is accepting experienced choral singers for their twenty-third season. The Battenkill Chorale has open enrollment, with auditions for vocal placement and solos only. Singers should be experienced choral singers possessing good sight-reading skills and vocal technique. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. at Hubbard Hall, an historic 1878 rural opera house located at 25 East Main St., with the first rehearsal Sept. 21. New members will be accepted through Oct. 5. There is a $35.00 membership fee per concert program, plus the cost of music. To register, email


Power of Music Documentary:
Made possible by the generosity of the Roberta and Russell Housman Charitable Foundation, the Manchester Community Library will offer a free public screening of "The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble," on Thursday, Sept. 21. From the director of the Oscar-winning documentary "20 Feet from Stardom," "The Music of Strangers" tells the extraordinary story of an amazing group of musicians, brought together by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who have come together over the past 15 years to celebrate the universal power of music. Refreshments will be served, starting at 6 p.m. The film screening will begin at 6:30 p.m. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. The film screening and discussion is free and open to all. Info: 802-362-2607.

Peace march:
Jack's Group, a local Campaign Nonviolence affiliate, invites people to take action on International Peace Day on Sept. 21 during Nonviolence Week. Gather with Jack's Group at 6:30 p.m. to be part of a silent, candlelight procession mourning what has been lost since the 2016 election followed by a joyful celebration giving thanks for what is good. Bring lights, candles and signs of mourning and celebration and symbols of peace. The group will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Manchester Town Green, Route 7 and Center Hill, commit to nonviolent peaceful action, and proceed along Main Street to Factory Point Park. Each person will carry a sign or symbol conveying their most deeply felt loss. At Factory Point Park there will be a short ceremony with music. The return procession to the Green will be a noisy, joyful celebration of what we are most thankful for. Contact Glenn Cratty of Jack's Group for more information or with questions. Email:

Author Presentation: Author Karen Gross will be at the Northshire Bookstore to present her book "Breakaway Learners" on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m. This powerful book explores how institutions of higher education can successfully serve "breakaway" students first-generation, low-income students who are trying to break away from the past in order to create a more secure future. In this provocative book, Gross offers a new approach to addressing inequities by focusing on students who have succeeded despite struggling with the impacts of poverty and trauma. Gross draws on her experience as a college president to outline practical steps that post-secondary institutions can take to create structures of support and opportunity that build reciprocal trust.



Wellness Fair:
Shires Housing and Bennington Support and Services at Home are hosting a Wellness Fair at the Bennington Fire House on Thursday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be up to 30 local vendors, a flu clinic, vendor giveaways, and gift baskets that will be awarded to attendees.


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