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Jewish Film Series returns this summer

MANCHESTER — Israel Congregation of Manchester is pleased to present its second annual Jewish Film Series at 7 p.m. on consecutive Mondays from July 15 to August 5 at the Manchester Community Library.

This year's lineup will be a mix of films that are humorous, poignant, eye-opening, and inspirational.

"Last summer, the MCL's Hunter Room was over-flowing with film-goers who valued the quality of stories told from interesting perspectives," said Carol Goldsmith who, along with Marjorie Weiss, is coordinating the series. "We've carefully selected films that have universal themes, appealing to a diversity of adult audiences."

The series starts with "Big Sonia" on July 15, "Itzhak" (Perlman) on July 22, "Nicky's Family" on July 29, and "Shoelaces" on August 5.

Given the enthusiastic community response last summer, attendees are urged to arrive well before show time to ensure a seat.

Free and open to the public. Donations appreciated.

For more information, call ICM at 802-362-4578.

Church offers basketball, soccer camp

MANCHESTER — Northshire Baptist Church is sponsoring a Fellowship of Christian Athletes basketball and soccer camp July 8-12 for ages 5-12.

It will meet at the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park in Manchester Center from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The fee of $55 includes an athletic FCA Camp T-shirt, FCA Bible, and snacks. Scholarship requests and registration are available at www.nefcacamps.org.

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Dave Shehadi, former BBA varsity basketball coach, will be running the basketball component. Eric Hartwell, an experienced soccer coach, will be running the soccer component.

For more information, email northshirebaptistchurch@gmail.com or call 802-362-1988. 

Library offers programs on animals, Star Wars

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Public Library is offering the following programs in early July:

Summer Reading Kids program: 11 a.m., July 11. Wildlife tales by the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, including a live animal visit. Free and open to the public.

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Everything Star Wars crafts: 2 p.m. July 10. Make light sabers from glow sticks, droid-inspired mason jars and Wookies from cookies. Free program for ages 12-18.

Super Saturday program: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 13. The 501st Legion, Green Mountain Squad will be at the library for a demonstration and picture opportunities with troop members in realistic costumes of some of your favorite Star Wars characters. Free and open to the public.

Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center.

Veterans' home CEO earns credential

BENNINGTON — Licensed Healthcare Administrator and Chief Executive Officer Melissa A. Jackson, of the Vermont Veterans' Home in Bennington was named a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Administrators.

The Fellow distinction is the highest membership status one can gain in recognition of professional achievement and continuous adherence to the ethical and professional standards of ACHCA.

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Fellowship requires a record of participation in professional continuing education, suitable formal education, community service, and at least two years of voting membership.

Our nationally recognized Fellow status confirms a member's dedication to the post-acute and aging services community.

A member of the American College of Health Care Administrators since 2013, Jackson has served members of the military and their families at Vermont Veterans' Home, the only state-run veterans home in Vermont, for eight years.

Having a long family history of military service to our country, Jackson has a personal connection to the residents and the community she serves including the special issues our veterans face in health care.

For more than 20 years, Jackson has worked in nursing homes as a social worker and as an administrator in homes.

MCL accepts fundraising challenge

MANCHESTER CENTER — The Manchester Community Library has a chance to raise funds at twice the speed toward it's July 31 fundraising goal.

The library has announced that a friend of the library has made a challenge to donors and will match all gifts, up to $10,000.

The dollar-for-dollar match will double all donations during this time.

MCL accepts gifts via mail, in person, or over the phone. Payment may be made using a check, debit card, or credit card.

For more information, call 802-362-2607.


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