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Homebuyers sought by Bennington Habitat for Humanity

MANCHESTER CENTER — Two homebuyers are sought by Bennington County Habitat for Humanity for houses being built in the Jennifer Lane neighborhood this year. Applications are now being accepted. Bennington County Habitat partners with people who earn between 30% and 80% of the area median income. Applicants must have a need for housing, the willingness to partner with Habitat and the ability to pay an affordable monthly mortgage and escrow payment. Partner homebuyers must have a history of good financial management, and currently live or work in Bennington County as well as for the 12 months immediately prior to the application. Background checks, and credit, criminal and sex offender registry, will be conducted. Information: Habitat office at 892-367-1000.

Nature photographer to exhibit works at Equinox Hotel

MANCHESTER VILLAGE — Matthew Lerman will exhibit his digital photography celebrating nature at the Equinox Hotel's Pop-Up Gallery in the Johnny Appleseed building (next to the main hotel) on Main Street, Friday to Sunday, August 23 through 25. A wine and cheese opening reception will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday. Lerman has been photographing nature since he was a little boy. His dad taught him how to develop and print photographic images and the first picture he developed was an X-ray of his broken toe when he was eight years old. An author and former professor of biology, marine ecology and oceanography, his background has allowed him to forge a deep appreciation for the land. The many intricate connections within the biosphere have inspired a deep and abiding understanding of our world. Lerman is a full-time photographer dedicated to highlighting environmental wonders. Gallery hours are Friday, 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Come smell the Daffodil at Rotary cow plop

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LONDONDERRY — Taylor Farm will host the Manchester Rotary cow plop on Saturday, August 31, at 3 p.m. The farm is located on 825 VT-11.

Daffodil the cow will be the center of attention as she holds court on her throne made up of a grid of squares. Tickets may be purchased per square at $15, or two for $25, and are available at Cota & Cota, 31 Memorial Ave., Manchester. Up to $1,000 may be won. Tickets are not required to attend the event and participants need not be present to win. Wood-fired pizza will be available.

Manchester Rotary has been supporting the Manchester area since 1937 by distributing funds to the Manchester youth baseball and Applejack Field scoreboard purchase; Rotary Youth Exchange for incoming and outgoing students, and college scholarships. Globally, the Rotary supports the Honduras Project for building schools; District South African Project to provide medical equipment for children in impoverished townships, and Rotary International Polio Plus toward the complete eradication of polio worldwide. Information: 802-362-1941 or email, manchestervermontrotary@gmail.com.

Watch a Shakespeare play in the outdoors

MANCHESTER CENTER — Three plays will be presented by Shakespeare in the Woods outdoors at Northshire Civic Center's Hunter Park. Performances will take place rain or shine. Shakespeare in the Woods was founded this past spring by 2006 Long Trail School graduate Katharine Maness of Pawlet. The new theater festival is described by its artistic founder/producer, as "an unconventional outdoor classic theatre festival in the heart of southern Vermont." The inaugural season includes "Much Ado About Nothing," Aug. 22-25; "Romeo and Juliet," Aug. 29-Sept. 1, and "The Taming of the Shrew," Sept. 5-8. "Romeo and Juliet" director Nora Gair said of her festival experience, "Shakespeare in the Woods aims to make art for the here and now. Rural America deserves more opportunities like this one, where great writing and terrific collaborators can come together to tell classic stories for today. Performances take place evenings, Thursdays through Sundays. Tickets are general admission and are available for purchase online by visiting https://rileyrink.com. Pricing for online advance tickets are adults, $20 and students, 12 and under, $12. When ordering tickets, select the Special Events tab and create an account. Information for ordering online: Riley Rink's Lisa Larson, 802-362-0150. Tickets will also be available for purchase on performance days beginning at 6 p.m. at the Northshire Civic Center, Riley Rink at Hunter Park, 410 Hunter Park Road. Adult tickets are $25 and students 12 and under, $12. For more information: www.shakespeareinthewoodsvt.com or call Katharine Maness at 802-779-3315.


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