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MMF, SVAC hold pair of fundraisers

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Music Festival and the Southern Vermont Arts Center will be under the stars for video screenings from the MMF Digital Concert Hall for two nights only.

The events will be at 8 p.m.on back-to-back Thursdays Sept. 3 and Sept. 10.

This virtual concert series is free to attend but donations are appreciated and will benefit both MMF and SVAC.

Bring a chair, blanket and your mask and safely spread out on the Arkell Lawn at SVAC to enjoy video performances featuring renowned musicians. Check-in is available at 6 p.m. Virtual concerts begin at 8 p.m.

Pre-registration is required for your designated, socially-distanced circle on the Arkell Lawn. Each circle can accommodate four people. Reserve your spot by visiting mmfvt.org; calling 802-362-1956; or emailing office@mmfvt.org.

Masks are required at all times, except while seated during the performances.

A cash bar will be on site; and the Dorset Inn will provide select menu options, perfect for dining al fresco! Pre-order and pay 48 hours in advance and your food will be waiting for you at SVAC. Email orders to colleen@dorsetinn.com or call 802-867-5500.

The shows are sponsored by the Northshire Bookstore, r.k. Miles, and W.H. Shaw Insurance Agency.

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Sidewalk sales set for Labor Day weekend

MANCHESTER — The annual sidewalk sale event sponsored by the Manchester Designer Outlets, which was cancelled from their traditional date in early August, has been switched to Labor Day weekend, Friday, Sept. 4 through Monday, Sept. 7. According to Lana Hauben, president of MDO, consumers will be required to adhere to the State of Vermont's mandate that masks will be required and social distancing will be in effect. Featured stores are Eileen Fisher, Armani Outlet, Talbots, Theory, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Vineyard Vines, J. Crew and Eddie Bauer. Depot Street Burgers will offer lunch and dinner and the new Little Rooster Cafe will provide breakfasts and lunches. Pastime Pinball Arcade will offer pinball machines from the 50s through modern times.

Information: Gretchen Hunter, 802-362-3736, ext. 300.

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Plant sale planned at R.K. Kittay Library

RUPERT — The annual plant sale at the R.K. Kittay Library will take place on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Rupert Community Building between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. The sale will feature nine-inch mums available in a variety of colors, cabbage and kale plants, pumpkins and pies.

To keep up on social distancing guidelines, pre-orders may be done via the library website at www.rupertkittaylibrary.org or mail-in payment at P.O. Box 53, W. Rupert, 05776.

Pre-orders are due by Sept. 1.

China shock: Upsetting the world's trading system

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MANCHESTER — Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning welcomes economist Peter Radford to talk about China's increasingly dominant role in global trade. The talk will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., via Zoom. It was only in 1888 that the United States overtook China as having the world's largest economy. Since then the two nations have followed dramatically different courses with one going through dramatic growth and ultimately dominating world trade and world politics and the other, stagnating, going through prolonged civil war and emerging as a much diminished "developing" nation. China is now on course to re-take its dominant role. How the world and the U.S adjusts to this new reality, and the issues Chinese dominance introduces, is the subject of this talk. Registration is $15 per person in advance. For more information or to register: 802-867-0111, or visit: greenmtnacademy.org. The talk is sponsored by the Keelan Family Foundation.

Worship service planned outdoors

A worship service for the Shaftsbury United Methodist Church with the theme, "Worship Our Lord in the Beauty of Holiness," will take place outside under the pavilion during these beautiful Vermont summer days. We are reminded that our Lord preached His great sermon, the "Sermon on the Mount," outdoors, as well as many other teachings.

The SUMC family invites anyone interested to join in this Sunday as Pastor McSherry speaks on "Prepared for Greatness."

Masks are required at all services and will be available as well as hand sanitizer. Safe distancing must also be observed by all. Sunday School and food/Fellowship Hour will not be offered until further notice. 

Rupert Library to host 15th golf tournament

RUPERT — The 15th consecutive golf tournament at Lake St. Catherine County Club, hosted by the R.K. Kittay Library, will take place on Sept. 26, at 1 p.m. Registration, at $85 per person, includes 18 holes shotgun with cart; a barbecue dinner; Tea-cup auction; competitions, and the chance to sink a hole-in-one for $15,000! Deadline to register is Sept. 4. Interested participants may register online at www.rupertkittaylibrary.org or by mailing a check with registrant's names to P.O. Box 53, W. Rupert, 05776.

— Staff reports


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