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Skate decks to be displayed, auctioned at Bonnet & Main

MANCHESTER — Hand-painted skate decks by local artists will go on exhibit at Bonnet & Main in the Northshire Bookstore, beginning Monday, August 19 through Sunday, August 25. A reception and auction of the decks, hosted by Manchester, Vt., Skatepark, will take place on August 25 from 5 to 7:30 p.m., with proceeds going toward Phase 2 of the park.

The Town of Manchester, together with the Manchester Skatepark Committee, are in collaboration to develop this world-class skatepark. The project began with the appropriation of $50,000 in matching funds, a donation of land and a pledge to manage and maintain the park, which is located at a 22,000 square-foot site at the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park. Grindline Skateparks developed a master design that is being constructed in three phases and as of this past June, over $335,000 had been raised.

Annual raffle baskets available at library

MANCHESTER — A selection of raffle baskets that are part of the annual fundraiser to support the summer reading program, are now available to be seen at the Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave. The baskets serve as incentive for both young and adult readers, as they earn tickets for each hour they read. Community members are invited to stop by to check out the offerings, and to purchase tickets before August 19 to support the program. This summer's reading program was sponsored by Mother Myrick's Confectionery and the Northshire Bookstore. Information: 802-362-2607.

Free hummus tasting offered at farmers market

ARLINGTON — There will be a free hummus tasting at the Arlington Village Farmers Market on Aug. 23. The RiseVT Bike uses human pedal-power to make snack foods. As part of the POP Club program for kids ages 5-11, join special guest Andrea Malinowski, and help make some hummus to enjoy along with farm-fresh veggies at the market. The market is held every Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. on the lawn of the Arlington Inn on Route 7A.

Astronomer to speak on traveling to Mars

MANCHESTER — At 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 20, Valerie Rapson, chief astronomer at the Dudley Observatory at miSci, will present a talk on the possibility of traveling to Mars. The talk, presented by the Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning, will take place in the Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy.

NASA and SpaceX are hard at work designing rockets and spacecraft that will one day take humans to Mars. What will it actually take to get there? What sort of dangers might people face? And, is putting humans on Mars in the next ten years a realistic goal? Come explore outer space and get answers to these questions and more. Registration for the talk is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, call 802-867-0111 or visit greenmtnacademy.org.

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Veterans golf tourney to raise funds, awareness

MANCHESTER — The Vermont Veterans Golf Tournament Committee is hosting its 8th annual tournament on Sept. 4 at the Manchester Country Club. The Tournament originated in 2012 as a way to raise awareness for wounded veterans across Vermont.

The tournament was born with the intention of focusing awareness on the needs of Vermont's wounded combat veterans, and it has evolved into an event that recognizes all Vermont veterans, while it raises money to assist veterans organizations that provide services. Since the first tournament in 2012, the committee has raised more than $240,000 with 100 percent of sponsor donations being distributed to organizations serving Vermont's veterans.

Among the recipients of funds raised through the tournament are the Vermont Veterans' Home; Bennington County Meals on Wheels, whose clients are 70 percent veterans; the Dodge House, the Veterans Outreach and Family Resource Center and Habitat for Humanity.

To donate, visit www.vtww.org. To enter a team into the tournament, visit www.vtww.org and click on the "register" tab.

Literacy Foundation awards library grants

The Children's Literacy Foundation has awarded its Rural Libraries Grant to two local libraries. The Winhall Memorial Library in Bondville, and the Pawlet Public Library each received a grant that provides two professional storytelling events for families; two new books for each child in attendance; $2,000 in new children's books for the library; $500 in new books for the local elementary school, and funding for special library programming. The grant's goals are to update and supplement libraries' collections, increase circulation and library use, strengthen the library's connection with local schools and the community, and inspire a love of reading and writing among low-income, at-risk, and rural kids in New Hampshire and Vermont. Information: www.clifonline.org.

Pad Print to sponsor high school robotics team

BENNINGTON — Pad Print Machinery of Vermont, located in East Dorset, will be sponsoring the Manchester Machine Makers 4-H Club and its high school level robotics team for the 2019-2020 competitive season, it was announced by the 4-H Clubs in Bennington County. The Manchester Machine Makers 4-H Club is a co-ed team of high school-aged youth, and is registered in the FIRST Tech Challenge program, an international program for 7-12 grade youth in which each team designs, builds, and programs a computer-controlled robot, and enters it in statewide, national, and international competitions. The club is also a part of University of Vermont Extension 4-H. 4-H focuses on positive youth development, providing experiences where young people learn by doing. For more than 100 years, 4-H has given kids a voice to express who they are and how they make their lives and communities better. 

Book, collectibles sale to aid historical society

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — A books and collectibles sale to benefit the Cambridge Historical Society will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 17 at 16 Broad St., two doors from the Museum. Items will include coffee table books, fiction and nonfiction hardbacks and paperbacks, glassware and China, framed prints, sheet music, magazines, and other items.


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