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Blood Drive:
Southern Vermont College will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Everett Mansion's Burgdorff Gallery. Donors are required to be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. The College invites and encourages community members to participate in the Blood Drive. According to the American Red Cross, one blood donation can save up to three lives. For more information or to volunteer at the Blood Drive, contact SVC's Coordinator of Student Engagement Audrey Ames at 802-447-6328 or Individuals may also contact the American Red Cross directly at 800-RED-CROSS or to sign up to donate blood. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Lecture: A lecture on "The Hidden Developmental State in the United States" will be held on Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at CAPA Symposium, Bennington College. Fred Block is a political and economic sociologist at UC Davis.

Alash Concert: A concert on Tuvan throat singing will held on Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the VAPA Greenwall Auditorium, Bennington College. The three musicians who make up Alash, Bady-Dorzhu Ondar, Ayan-ool Sam and Ayan Shirizhik, have won numerous international awards in Tuvan throat singing, a technique which allows vocalists to sing multiple pitches at one time.

Housing Authority Commissioners Meeting: The Commissioners of the Bennington Housing Authority will meet at Willowbook Apartments in the Community Room on Monday, at 6:15 p.m. for a regular meeting.

Technical School District meeting: The regional governing board of the Southwest Vermont Regional Technical School District will hold its regular meeting at 6 p.m. in the assembly room at the Career Development Center, 321 Park St.



On Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m., Charlie Watts and Ileana Tejada will be at Marble House Project, 1161 Dorset West Road For more information visit


Arlington Garden Club:
There will be a meeting of the Garden Club on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in East Arlington. The business meeting will be at 1 p.m. followed by the program. Deb Hewson is teaching a workshop on "Fairy Gardens". Members should bring any items they may want to put in their gardens. Hostesses for the day are:Karen Tendrup, Eleanor Hanrahan, with Wendy Bucchieri as Head Hostess Interested in membership? Call Marilyn at 802-375-9275 or email

Artist Leslie Parke: "Pairings" will be the topic by noted artist Leslie Parke on Tuesday at 6 p.m. A while ago artist Leslie Parke started sharing images of artwork next to each other on Facebook. She called these posts "pairings." For Parke it was a way to experience very disparate works of art that have something in common, and others that looked almost identical, but carry completely different meanings. Starting from this premise of "pairings," Parke will share some of the findings she's made by "just looking," and how visual clues have led her to discoveries often overlooked when one just reads the labels. The Canfield Gallery is a notable part of the Martha Canfield Library located at 528 East Arlington Road. Hours are Tuesday and Thursday. 9-8, Wednesday 9-5, Friday 2-6 and Saturday 10-3. For more information visit the library's website at or call the library at 802-375-6153.


The Western Legal Tradition
: Green Mountain Academy welcomes Dr. Mark Szuchman, Professor Emeritus of Florida International University, to talk about the legal legacy of imperial Spain. The talk will take place on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy. Western jurisprudence possessed a basic uniformity that spanned a good deal of Europe and its foundations in Roman law were enhanced by an international cast of scholars constructing jurisprudence based on natural law. These efforts have had a profound and long-lasting impact on our contemporary ideas regarding law and justice. This talk concentrates on the development and application of natural law in imperial Spain. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit



Story Hour:
A Preschool Story Hour, on Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:30, will be held for children 3 to 5 years old upstairs in the Rotary Meeting Room at Bennington Free Library. Children will explore art, movement, math and science through stories and activities. For more info call Linda or Chris at 802-442-9051.



Lunchtime Lecture:
The Dorset Historical Society will welcome Ruth Greene McNally and Warren F. Broderick as speakers for its Third-Thursday Lunchtime-lecture on Thursday. They are two of three scholars currently at work on the Southern Vermont Artists Database, a catalogue of multiple-artist shows spanning 60 years, beginning in 1922 with the group known as the Dorset Artists. Their presentation, "An Art Colony by Any Other Name," will treat the development of American art colonies and heritage collections and their role as progenitors of regional museums. DHS's Third-Thursday Lunchtime-Lectures begin at noon and last about an hour. Attendees are invited to bring a sandwich; liquids and desserts are provided. These free monthly events take place at DHS's Bley House Museum on Route 30 at Kent Hill Road in Dorset. For further information see or call 802-867-0331.


Reggae Night:
The Jamaica Community Arts Council will once again be hosting local music at the historic town hall on Thursday with IYAH. The band is known for their sweet reggae sounds. With Stu Ross on keys, melodic, Jesse Howard on bass, drums and dubby along with some special guest the audiences will be grooving to their revolving kinetic reggae mountainous vibes. The group has played together for three years and this will be their second year performing at the acoustically righteous hall. The concert begins at 7 p.m. with tickets available at the door for $10. The town hall is located at 3735 VT Route 30.



Jazz concert:
The Bennington Center for the Arts will host a concert on Friday from 8 to 10 p.m.. Michael Benedict has performed and recorded with jazz luminaries such as Gary Smulyan, Harry Allen, Dick Oatts, Steve Nelson, Sharel Cassity, Bruce Barth, and Joe Locke. Jazz Vibes is an ensemble featuring Benedict on vibraphone, David Gleason on piano, Mike Lawrence on bass and Pete Sweeney on drums. The repertoire of the group includes straight ahead jazz standards, Latin American songs and original material. Jazz Vibes has been the leading vibraphone group in the Capital Region of New York State for over a decade. House opens at 7:30 p.m., performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets: $15 advance/members, $20 at the door. Kids 12 and under are admitted free of charge. Call The Bennington Center for the Arts at 802-442-7158 or go to order tickets online.


Community Dance Circle:
Come to Nataraja, a monthly gathering for the local dance community at The Yoga Place, 532 Main St., upstairs over the DMV, entrance and free parking in rear of building, off Pleasant Street on Friday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nataraja was created out of a desire from and for dancers of any shape, size and ability to have a safe and fun place to find their artistic expression. Talking is kept to a minimum. Please bring your water bottle, and, please, 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. Please call 802-442-5331 for more information.

Job Fair: The Vermont Department of Labor will sponsor a job fair and career expo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday at the Bennington Firehouse on River St. The event is free to all job seekers. More than 20 employers are scheduled to attend, including some of the largest employers in the area. Job seekers should dress in business attire and bring r sum s to present to employers. For more information or to request an exhibitor table, please call your local Vermont Department of Labor office at 802-442-6376.


Hoosick Falls, N.Y

Fall Festival:
HFCS PTA is proud to announce its featured raffle items for the Seventeenth Annual Fall Festival being held on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9 3 p.m., at Hoosick Falls Central School. Tickets are $1 per or $5 for six and are available for purchase prior to the festival from various PTA members. There are still a few vendor spaces remaining for this heavily attended event and can be reserved by contacting Nicole Hathaway at 518-451-0888 or email at


National Theatre Live: Obsession
: 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, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning is excited to offer the screening of Obsession. Jude Law stars as Gino, a drifter, down-at-heel and magnetically handsome. At a roadside restaurant, he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and $9 for students. Tickets may be purchased online at National Theatre Live is sponsored by Aviva and distributed internationally (ex-UK) by New York-based BYExperience.

Climate Change Conference: We can't rely on national leadership to address climate change. Local action is more important than ever. Vermont Interfaith Power and Light's annual conference, "Building Local Resilience-Inspiring Local Climate Action," will focus on local resilience and climate action. It will be held Saturday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m to 4 p.m., at the First Congregational Church, 3624 Main St. Vermont Interfaith Power and Light is a non-profit whose mission is to support the efforts of faith and spiritual communities to take action on global climate change. Fee $45, Students $15. Go to to register or for information to register by mail.


Invasive plant workshop:
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and a Bennington County watershed group are hosting a workshop for landowners on combatting invasive plants on Saturday, Oct. 21. The workshop will start at 9:30 a.m. at a private property at 1703 Main St. The event is co-hosted by the Battenkill Watershed Comprehensive Invasive Species Management Association. The workshop is free and open to the public and will last two to three hours. It will be held on easy walking trails, so participants are asked to wear appropriate footwear for walking in the woods. They are also asked to come dressed in proper attire for the weather, although the workshop will be cancelled in the event of heavy rain.


Craft Fair and Bake Sale:
Bennington Moose Family Center, 916 Main St., is having a Craft Fair and Bake Sale on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors are still welcome. $15 a table. Contact Helen Dicranian at 802-379-8124. Food, coffee and soda will be for sale.

Sunday, Oct. 22


Intro to the Recorder:
Green Mountain Academy is excited to offer an eight-part introduction to the recorder with musician and BBA music teacher, Julie Freebern. The workshop series will take place at Burr and Burton Academy's Riley Center for the Arts Vocal Room on Sundays Oct. 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26, Dec. 3, 10 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. This course offers an opportunity to learn about and play instruments in the recorder family: garklein, sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor, and bass. A variety of musical genres and styles will be explored during this eight-week course tailored to the interests and abilities of class participants. Beginning recorder players are welcome, although some background in music literacy is recommended. Come discover or rediscover the beauty of this 500-year-old instrument that has stood the test of time and continues to bring joy to people of all ages around the world. The fee for the eight-week class is $90. For more information or to register, call 802-867-0111 or visit our website at

Monday, Oct. 23


Dorset Players Auditions:
Auditions for the 90th season winter show, "Mothers and Sons," written by Terrance McNally and directed by Sherry Kratzer will be held Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 23 and 24 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Dorset Playhouse. There is one female role for a woman who is, or can be made to pass for, 70. The two male roles are for one man around 50 and another around 35 or 40. There is also an important role for a young boy around 6-8 years old. The show runs Mar. 2-4 and Mar. 9-11, Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Special arrangements can be made for anyone unable to audition on these dates. Copies of the script and sides are available at the playhouse to check out and read before the auditions. If you would like to make an appointment to audition on a date other than the 23rd or 24th or you would like to borrow a script, or sides, call Kathy at 802-867-5570. All scripts must be returned by audition dates.


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