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Rosh Hashana kits available

MANCHESTER — Rosh Hashana kits to celebrate the new year will be available to order. The free kit includes round challah, apples & honey, and honey cake!

Email Chabad of Manchester at or call 802-768-1214 for more information about the High Holidays. 

Good used cars sought as donations

The Interfaith Council of the Northshire seeks charitable donations of good used cars for Vermonters who lack transportation and can't afford to buy one.

Cars in working condition that do not need major repairs may be donated to pre-qualified neighbors through the Interfaith Council's "Auto Angels" program.

Information: 802-362-1516.

Zion Episcopal offers outdoor services

MANCHESTER CENTER — Outdoor services under a tent take place at Zion Episcopal Church on Sundays at 8 and 10 a.m., through October (weather permitting).

A maximum of 25 people are allowed at each service, masks are mandatory and registration is required online at on the events page with your name, e-mail address and telephone number. Services may also be accessed via Zoom by going to the website and on Facebook Live on the Zion Episcopal Church Facebook page.

The Rev. Ian Montgomery will officiate at the Morning Prayer services through September. Zion Episcopal Church is located at 5167 Main St., between Gringo Jack's and Ye Olde Tavern. For more information: or e-mail

Community mindfulness class planned at MCL

MANCHESTER — Squash stress, reduce restlessness, enhance equanimity and cultivate clarity in a free mindfulness class. No meditation experience is necessary and ages 15 and older are welcome. The class takes place on Zoom on Monday, Sept. 21, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Larissa Hall Carlson, M.A. facilitates the classes as a community service and has taught mindfulness and meditation professionally for over 15 years at institutions that include the Boston Conservancy, Julliard School, Nashville Ballet, Tanglewood Music Center, Berkshire Opera Company and Canyon Ranch. She holds a masters degree in mindfulness studies, travels nationally and internationally as a visiting teacher and has served as a long-term faculty member at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Information:

Northshire Baptist to host movie night

MANCHESTER — Movie night will take place on Friday, Sept. 25, from 7 to 9 p.m., on the front lawn of Northshire Baptist Church, 5769 Main St., north of Vermont Country Store offices.

Bring a lawn chair, social distance and enjoy a movie that will make you think and bring you hope! Free popcorn in individual bags will be available.


Teddy bear sleepover to take place on Zoom

MANCHESTER — A "Teddy Bear Sleepover" for ages 3-12 will take place Friday, Sept. 25, from 5 to 6 p.m. Enjoy a cozy evening of stories, songs, games and a craft.

Advance registration for Zoom log-in information is at

Information: Rebecca Ventola, youth services librarian,

Taconic Music presents Better off Led at SVAC

MANCHESTER — Taconic Music will present Led Zeppelin tribute band Better off Led at the Southern Vermont Arts Center on Sunday, Sept. 27, at 4 p.m.

The band features Scott Fultz, vocals; Jonathan Newell, guitar; Michael Craner, bass; and Mike Mumblo, drums, and will be joined by Taconic Music's electric strings in an outdoor, 75-minute set of Led Zeppelin fan favorites and deep cuts from the iconic band's eight studio albums. The concert will take place on the lawn behind SVAC's Arkell Pavilion, with marked, designated areas for seating (bring a lawn chair or blanket) and masks required. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved inside the Arkell. Admission is $25 per person. Seating is limited, and reservations are required. For reservations and more information on Taconic Music's upcoming concerts, visit

Bed your garden for the winter

LONDONDERRY — A program on "Putting Your Garden to Bed," will take place via Zoom with garden author Cheryl Wilfong on Thursday, October

1, at 4 p.m. In this lecture, Wilfong will discuss various types of mulch, the benefits of liming the garden now and feeding acid-loving plants. Information: Participants may attend in person (ROOM) or ZOOM. Call Neighborhood Connections at 802-824-4343 to register.

Chili Festival planned at Stratton Mountain

STRATTON — The first-ever Chili Festival event for curbside pickup sponsored by the Stratton Foundation will take place on Oct. 9, at the Stratton Mountain Resort, along with an IKON Pass Raffle for the 2020-2021 winter season.

Dinner-per-two costs $50 and includes 16 ounces each of both a beef and vegetable chili, garden salads, corn muffins, Pico De Gallo salsa, corn chips and all the fixings (shredded Cheddar Jack Cheese and sour cream). Select the Dinners-with-Brew option to add two-12oz bottles of Long Trail's Harvest for an additional $10. Orders must be placed by Thursday, Oct. 1, and curbside pick-up will take place on Friday, Oct. 9, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Raffle tickets are now available to win a 2020-2021 IKON pass ($1,049 value). With 44 incredible destinations, this pass offers a chance to explore a season of endless adventure. Tickets are $25; 3 for $50, and 7 tickets for $100. Two winners will be drawn on Monday, Oct. 12. (No need to be present to win. Only one winner per household. The pass is non-transferrable. Raffle winner can name the recipient of the pass.)

To order your Foundation Chili-Festival dinners or purchase IKON raffle tickets call 802-297-2096 or visit our website:

Learn to create a pet portrait

LONDONDERRY — Artist and creativity coach Beth Whitaker from Artmaker Farm will present a Zoom workshop on how to create an attractive and unique portrait of your pet on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 4 p.m. Neighborhood Connections is sponsoring this event.

Whitaker will discuss how to create good reference photos of your pet; what to include and eliminate from the photo; how to create a dynamic image using photo editing tools and how to plan and prepare your artwork.

No instruction in media technique is included in this workshop. A Q&A will immediately follow. Registration: Neighborhood Connections at 802-824.4343.


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