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First Baptist Church Fall Tag Sale:
The First Baptist Church announces its fall tag sale being held on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday is $3 bag day. First Baptist is located at 601 Main St. For more information, contact the church office at 802-442-2105 or at

First Friday: On Friday, the shops in Bennington Downtown stay open until 8 p.m. and they'll be featuring some great activities and promos. The sidewalks of Main Street will be center stage for local entertainers and performers and School Street will transform into a pedestrian mall featuring an assortment of pop-up vendors. Of course, you'll always find the great selection of locally brewed beers, locally sourced food, and locally owned shops that offer everything from Vermont-made products to hand-dipped chocolates and frozen yogurt. So for a night of fun with your friends or some quality time with the whole family, visit Bennington Downtown on Friday, Oct. 6. For more information visit or call 802-442-5758.

Hawkins House Celebrates 40 Years: When founder Ron Spivak first opened the Hawkins House in 1977, Jimmy Carter was President, a new car cost $4,785, a loaf of bread went for .36 , gas was 65 a gallon, and Vermont had more cows than people. Now, 40 years later, Hawkins House is celebrating it's anniversary! There will be a complimentary wine, beer, and cheese reception where you can meet some of our artisans on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Hawkins House to kick off the anniversary celebrations. Sample craft beer and wine and meet craftspeople such as Jeff Grey, Marcella Anderson, Milly Wells, and more. This celebratory event will continue through Oct. 15. Hawkins House is located at 262 North St.


"Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike":
The Dorset Players and Casella Waste Management present Christopher Durang's, "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," winner of the Tony Award for best play, 2013. Performances are at the Dorset Playhouse at 104 Cheney Road. on Oct. 6, 7, 13, 14 at 7:30 p.m. and on Oct. 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. For tickets, reservations go to or call 802 867-5777. The box office will be open Tuesday through Thursday, 3 to 6:30 p.m. starting Oct. 3 and two hours before the show starts on performance day. There is a reception following the opening night performance on Oct. 6. Members receive two tickets for the price of one for the performance on Saturday, Oct. 7.



Rotary Roundup:
Bennington and Catamount Rotary Clubs are hosting a Rotary Roundup event with food and music, a live auction and tag sale, to raise funds for college scholarships awarded to local seniors and other local community needs, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., CB Brush Building, 190 North St.

Music Performance: The Progression Ensemble performance featuring music by Gene Pritsker, Eric Despard, Conrad Kehn, Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred, and Yuji Takashi will take place at Southern Vermont College's Everett Theatre on Saturday at 2 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public. For more information on The Progression Ensemble performance, contact Despard at or 802-681-2889.

Peace Vigil: Please join the Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center for the October monthly vigil for peace at the Bennington Four Corners at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

TSC Farmers Market: Customers of the Bennington Tractor Supply store are invited to shop crafts, produce and other local goods at the TSC Farmers Market on Saturday From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., local farmers and crafters will showcase and sell their homemade and homegrown goods in front of the Tractor Supply store at 300 Depot St. To participate in the Farmers Market, participants can still sign up at or contact the store by phone at 802-440-9937. Nonprofit organizations and food trucks are also encouraged to register.


Adams, Mass.

Fall Festival:
St. John Paul II Parish, Adams, will be holding a Fall Fest, Bazaar And Kids Fair, on Saturday, from 9 to 3 p.m. and Sunday, 11 to 2 p.m. in the Notre Dame School behind the Church. The event is two days and spread out on two floors, with great American and Polish foods on Saturday and Italian pasta on Sunday. Baked goods, huge Chinese auction, handmade goods, Christmas and Fall d cor, country store, silent auction, books, gift certificate raffle, jewelry, many raffles, and the kids fair. Rain or shine.


Short Film Festival:
Filmgoers will unite with over 100,000 film-lovers around the world during the week of Sept. 28 - Oct. 8 when the 20th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival screens at Burr and Burton Academy's Riley Center for the Arts on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. Manhattan Short is the only event of its kind. The Final 10 are screened simultaneously across the world during a one-week period, with the Best Film and Best Actor awards determined by ballots cast by the audiences in each participating cinema.

Book Sale: The First Saturday Book Sale at Cheney Library will be Saturday. Featured in this book sale will be Buy One Get One. So for every hardcover book that you buy for $1.00 you will be able to get two of your choice. For every paperback you buy for $.50 you will get two of your choice. The library has received from the community a number of new or gently used books, so the selection is great. Be sure to come between 9 am and 1 pm and get a supply of wonderful reading material. Cheney Library is open Monday, Wednesday, and 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.

Cambridge, N.Y.

Fall Foliage Fly-in/Aviation Day:
By popular demand of pilots and aviation enthusiasts, The Cambridge Valley Flying Club will host a Fall Foliage Fly-in/Aviation Day on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Rain date: Oct. 8) at Chapin Memorial Field (1B8) 177 Plaines Rd. one mile north of Cambridge just off Route 22. Want an airplane ride? You just may be able to talk a CVFC pilot into taking you up. It seems to happen a lot. For lunch, there will be lots of hamburgers available (hot dogs, too) with all manner of side dishes. Coffee and donuts will be available from 9 a.m. on. Admission is free. Proceeds from food sales and donations will go to the CVFC Chapin Memorial Scholarship Fund which CVFC awards each year to a deserving Cambridge Central School graduating senior.

White Creek, N.Y.

Fall Chicken Barbecue:
Take a ride on Saturday and come to the Jermain Community Hall on Niles Rd. to enjoy the annual Fall Chicken Barbecue. This will be the fall menu of half barbecued chicken, baked potato with sour cream, cole slaw. candied carrots, cranberry sauce, pickles, rolls, coffee, tea, punch, cider and finish with a piece of home made pie of various flavors. Questions or need directions call 802-442-9559. 518-677-3021 or 518-686-9307.

North Bennington

We love Telemann!:
Bennington Baroque's concert will feature chamber music by Telemann, Leclair, and Couperin for baroque flute, viola da gamba, and harpsichord. Performers are Mat Langlois, Andr Laurent O'Neil, and Sandra Mangsen. The concert will be on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Carriage Barn, Park-McCullough House. Bennington Baroque is a registered as a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. See for concert details.


Dutch Hill Ski:
Help Re-Open Ski Slopes at Dutch Hill: Join on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. at the former Dutch Hill ski area (now managed by the US Forest Service) to help clear the old Yankee Doodle ski slope. DHASH, a chapter of the Catamount Trail Association, has been given permission to cut young growth and remove blowdowns as part of a Forest Service program to encourage non-motorized winter at the site. No, there won't be any ski lifts, but if you can climb the mountain under you own power, you'll be able to ski down. Strict Forest Service safety requirements include: wear long sleeves, long pants and sturdy footwear; wear a hard hat and eye protection, use gloves (preferably leather). Don't have a hard hat? Come anyway. We have a few spares. Everyone must go through a safety briefing before starting work, so try to arrive by 9 a.m. Bring your own favorite tool, or just bring your muscles and help haul the cut debris into brush piles. Don't do any clearing or cutting on your own; come instead to DHASH workdays. Where is Dutch Hill? On Route 100, 1.3 miles south of the junction with Route 8. For more info, contact, or check our website,

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Pay It Forward:
On Sunday at 1 p.m., HAYC3 invites the community to participate in an afternoon of kindness and community as part of a during Hoosick Pays It Forward initiative. Participants will gather in the HAYC3 Armory to receive their "Pay It Forward" cards before embarking in the community to perform good deeds for others. The recipient of a good deed will receive one Pay It Forward card informing them how we can continue the chain. At 4 p.m., participants will reconvene in the Owl's Nest in the lower floor to the Armory to share stories and discuss their experiences while enjoying delicious fall soups, house-made breads, and desserts courtesy of Hoosick Kitchen Catering. The event will end at 5:30 p.m. when HAYC3 departs for the Suicide Prevention Walk located at the northern end of the Hoosick Greenway. Pay It Forward participants who are interested in the walk are welcome to join. A Pay It Forward deed can be done as an individual, a business or organization, or on behalf or in memory of a loved one. For more information or to reserve your spot, please email, sign up on line at, or call 518-686-9050. For more information, call 518-686-9050 or visit the HAYC3 website:

Suicide Prevention Walk: Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens and young adults in the United States-and even the community of Hoosick is not immune to such tragedy. Hoosick's annual Suicide Prevention Walk will take place on Sunday and steps off at 6 p.m. from the north end entrance of the Hoosic River Greenway. A mile into the walk, luminaries will be lit with words of encouragement to shine light on the darkness of suicide. For more information on the walk, call 518-686-9050 or visit the HAYC3 website:


Songbook performance:
Spend Sunday at the Israel Congregation of Manchester, 6025 Main St., celebrating the Great American Songbook featuring the Taconic Chamber Players and Cantor Buckner. The concert, which begins at 4 p.m., will include songs from the 1920s-1950s created for Broadway, musical theater and Hollywood musical films. A reception will follow. Call the office for more information and tickets at 802-362-4578.


Tour de Pownal:
Enjoy the fall foliage with a free 16.5-mile recreational bike tour on Sunday that begins and ends at the Mack Molding parking lot on Route 346, with an optional extension for those interested in a 23-mile version of the ride. The ride climbs from Pownal to Pownal Center and descends to North Pownal, then ventures along the Hoosic River into New York before returning on Indian Massacre Road (including one mile of hard-pack gravel). Bring snacks and water. Meet at 9:45 a.m. for a 10 a.m. start. Leaders: Lauren Stevens and Pownal resident Julie Mackaman, but contact or 413-458-2742 by Oct. 6 to register.



Essential Oils and Emotions Workshop:
On Monday from 9 to 10:15 a.m., The Yoga Place will host "Essential Emotions: How essential oils help improve your life", a free workshop facilitated by Kristen Dewey. The workshop will explore the science behind aromatherapy and look at how six essential oils can support your emotional health. An optional DIY oil bar will be available for $20. To register or for more information, 802-447-0393. The Yoga Place is located at 532 Main St., upstairs above DMV, free parking and entrance in rear of building off Pleasant Street.

Children's Chorus: The Bennington Children's Chorus, directed by Kerry Ryer-Parke, began its fall term last week. The Junior Ensemble (ages 7-12) meets from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.; the Senior Ensemble (ages 10-18) meets from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. Weekly Monday rehearsals are held at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 108 School St. There is a fee to participate and scholarships are available. New choristers may try the first two weeks before making a financial commitment. There is no audition required. The BCC is an independent community-based nonprofit organization for all children of unchanged voices to study and perform the finest choral literature written for the treble voice while making new friends and having fun. For more information please visit:



Tick Talk:
According to the Vermont Department of Health, tick-borne illnesses are on the rise in Vermont. Tick bites and tick-borne illnesses spike in the fall. In an effort to address the many tick-related questions from patients, clinicians from Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's and the Vermont Department of Health have partnered to offer a special presentation: What You Need to Know about Tick-Borne Illness: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions. The talk is scheduled for 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Historic Memorial Hall.


Big Pharma:
Bennington Rights & Democracy is sponsoring a free showing of the movie "Big Pharma, Market Failure," complete with free popcorn. It's a chance to find out what's behind America's ever-increasing prescription drug prices: why we spend over $320 billion a year on prescription drugs; why the same drugs cost so much more here than in other countries; why drug companies spend $100 Billion yearly on sales and marketing, and another $200+ million a year lobbying congress. Join us on Tuesday at the Bennington Free Library on Silver St., at 7 p.m. For more information: Dick Dundas, 802-447-7433;

Poetry / Spoken Word: There will be a Poetry / Spoken Word open mic event on Tuesday at the Tap House. Sign-up at 7, readings begin 7:15. There is a 5 minute time limit. Charlie Rossiter, MC. Free.


There will be a performance by Andrew Rudin on Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Marble House Project, 1161 Dorset West Rd. Free, open to the community. For more information visit


The Faces of Immigration:
The Interfaith Council of the Northshire invites everyone to a presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church where participants can learn more about the lives of immigrants in and around our area. Through photographs, stories and information, participants will look at the hidden lives of the immigrant neighbors working year-round on farms, quarries and restaurants and learn about the role they play in the local economy and the reasons people come here from other countries. The presenter will be Lisa Catalfimo, a social worker and photographer, who has been working with the immigrant community for 20 years. Phone 802-375-2548 for additional information.



Disability rights workshop:
Advanced Directives for Healthcare Workshop presented by Merry Postemski of Disability Rights VT in conjunction with VCIL. Wednesday, Oct. 11, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington, 108 School Street. Learn how you can have a voice in medical decisions when you can't express yourself. We will be learning about how to inform your healthcare workers and family about what services you would like to receive/not receive in the event that you're unconscious, incapacitated or in mental health crisis. Events are free, but registration is required to ensure enough materials. This is a chemical- and scent-free event. ASL interpreter will be present. For more information, to register and/or to request accommodations: Lynn Mazza, 802-442-1876,

Board of Trustees meeting: The regularly scheduled bimonthly meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Vermont Veterans' Home is on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 2:30 p.m. The agenda will be on the Board of Trustees Committee Reports. An executive session will be held immediately following the open meeting if deemed necessary, then followed by the resumption of the open meeting. The meeting will be held at the Vermont Veterans' Home, 325 North St. in the A. Luke Crispe Multipurpose Room.

Cambridge, N.Y.

Family Math Night:
Cambridge Elementary school is hosting Family Math Night on Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the school auditorium. Students in pre-kindergarten through grade 5 and their families are invited. Family Math Night is a fun and free opportunity for parents and family members to get involved and participate in their child's mathematical growth and strengthen the mathematical application, problem solving, and communication skills of students through the power of family interaction. Reservations are not required.


Ribbon Cutting:
Governor Scott will be among the special guest speakers to officially unveil a new transportation shuttle, the Vermont Shires Connector. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the Hampton Inn starting at 12:30 p.m. on

Classic War Drama:
The Greatest Generation Film Series presents a 1942 Oscar-winning romance/war drama on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. at Manchester Community Library. In Casablanca in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate encounters a former lover, with unforeseen complications. The film stars Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. The film series is generously sponsored by At Home Senior Care and is free and open to the public. Running time: 102 minutes. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center, VT. For more information, visit or call 802-362-2607.

Meet and Greet: Governor Phil Scott will be at the Northshire Bookstore from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11 to meet with constituents in the Bennington County area The Governor will be speaking about the state of political discourse at the national level, as well as his priorities for growing our economy, making Vermont more affordable, and protecting the most vulnerable. There will be an opportunity for questions as well, and to speak with the Governor individually. Local lawmakers are expected to be in attendance as well.

North Bennington

Open House:
Early Head Start and Head Start of Bennington County will host an open house at its new facility at 59 River Rd. on Oct. 11 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. The new location houses one Head Start and two Early Head Start classrooms. Parents, legislators and the community are invited to meet the staff, take a tour of the facility, ask questions and learn how the program helps children and families.


North Bennington

Artist workshop:
Bryan Memorial Gallery is traveling to North Bennington on Thursday, Oct. 12 to present a free workshop at The Left Bank to visual artists. The Legacy Project has been a three-year study about artistic legacies, and its outcome, this three-hour workshop, is designed to assist artists and their heirs in the disposition and status of their work. The VT Community Foundation makes this possible; artist Mickey Myers and author Mary Fillmore lead the presentation, and each attendee gets a 40-page workbook at no charge.


Going to the Dogs:
Story Times Are Going to the Dogs: Infants, toddlers and preschoolers and their grownups are invited to "paws" and enjoy Story Times at the Manchester Community Library on Tuesday, Oct. 10, and Thursday, Oct. 12, with two new canine friends. Therapy dogs Orson and Ziva will be visiting Story Times on a monthly basis, beginning in October. Free and open to the public, Story Times take place every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 10:30. The Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave./Corner of Rte. 7A.


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