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'A Plastic Ocean' screens at Neighborhood Connections

LONDONDERRY — On Friday at 6:30 pm, Doreen Fabiano and Carlene Lindgren, local environmental activists, will show "A Plastic Ocean" at Neighborhood Connections. This feature-length documentary brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle.

In this 102-minute film, an international team of adventurers, researchers and Ocean ambassadors go on a mission around the globe to uncover the shocking truth about what is truly lurking beneath the surface of our seemingly pristine ocean. The result will astound viewers — as it did the filmmakers — who captured never-before-seen images of marine life, plastic pollution and its ultimate consequences for human health. There is no charge to attend, but call 824-4343 to register. Neighborhood Connections is located in Londonderry's Mountain Marketplace, next to the post office.

Kind Bud to play at the Perfect Wife

MANCHESTER — Kind Bud returns to The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Pub on Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. Bud, of The Kind Buds, creates acoustic guitar overdubs for an act he has named "Kind Dubs" and after 160 solo shows, his mastery of his looper is a skill to be heard and seen. Bud records his guitar rhythm live on the looper and then hits a button which will begin to play the rhythm he recorded. Bud then plays off that rhythm, taking leads and layering sounds. Seven Days Magazine called Bud's singing, "golden-throated." Arty Lavigne of The Point Radio said, "one voice, one guitar creating one community where he goes."

Annual Trailfest to be held at Dana L. Thompson Park

MANCHESTER — The Second Annual Vermont Trailfest is coming to Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park on Saturday. Manchester continues to be a popular and welcoming destination community for long-distance hikers. On Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the community is invited to join us for a multitude of fun outdoor activities geared for 2nd through 8th-grade students and their families. The U.S Forest Service, the Green Mountain Club, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Mountain Goat, Equinox Preservation Trust, and the Appalachian Long Distance Hiking Association will all be attending and be presenting information and activities at the event. Each participant will receive a Passport and a celebratory ice cream cone as a prize for completing the outdoor activity loop. Come anytime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to meet Smokey the Bear and sample the educational and fun activities. For more information, call Anne at the Mountain Goat at 802-362-5159.

Two Hikes on Bromley Mountain with the Green Mountain Club

MANCHESTER — On Sunday, hike up Bromley Mountain from the south. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Vt Rt 11/30 Long Trail/Appalachian Trail parking. Hike to the summit of Bromley and back via the Long Trail. Total distance of six miles and 1460 feet elevation gain, moderate hike. Bring an extra layer, a raincoat (just in case), fluids, snacks and lunch. RSVP required. Contact leader Katie Brooks at <> or 516-978-4016.

On Monday, hike up Bromley Mountain from the north. Meet at 8:30 am at the Peru Town Office (Peru park and ride) in Peru village. Carpool to the parking lot on Mad Tom Notch. Hike up to the summit of Bromley Mountain and back, a total distance of five miles and elevation gain of 814 feet to the north summit plus an additional elevation gain of 200 feet to the south summit. Bring an extra layer, a raincoat (just in case), fluids, snacks and lunch. RSVP required. Contact hike leader Katie Brooks at or 516-978-4016.

The New Yorker Magazine Discussion Group at MCL

MANCHESTER — Manchester Community Library announces that The New Yorker Magazine Discussion Group will resume meetings beginning on Sunday at 4 p.m. The group will meet on the first and third Sunday of each month, subject to change in November. To join the group and receive a list of articles for the first session, go to this URL:!forum/mclthenewyorker.

Participants discuss selected articles such as profiles of political and thought leaders, stories on scientific, legal and environmental issues, reviews, humor pieces, and, occasionally, fiction and poetry. Popular writers include David Remnick, Malcolm Gladwell, Rachel Aviv, Jeffrey Toobin, Adam Gopnik, George Packer and Elizabeth Kolbert. Articles selected for discussion at each meeting will be posted 12 days beforehand.

The group intends to be a welcoming, thought-provoking and enthusiastic gathering of friends and neighbors where all points of view are respected. Alex Anvari leads the group.

The discussion group is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. Info: 802-362-2607

Gypsy Reel performing in Weston

WESTON — Gypsy Reel returns their eighth annual Labor Day Concert on Monday at 4 p.m. at the Gazebo on the Green Bring chairs and a picnic. There is no cost to attend.

A Celtic band that rocks, Gypsy Reel plays high energy, stirring music rooted in the Celtic tradition but garnered from the whole world. Check them out on and at their annual Labor Day Concert on the green in Weston.

After the concert, all are invited to a reception at the Village Green Gallery across the street, to meet the band and where Gypsy Reel CDs will be available.

The concert is hosted and sponsored by the Weston Community Association, stewards of the Weston Playhouse building, the Museums of Weston and Cold Spring Park. Thanks are extended to the Farrar Park Association for the use of the Village Green, which that organization has owned and maintained since 1886. In the event of rain, the concert will move to the Old Parish Church, just South of the Green on Route 100.

Botany Trail walk

MANCHESTER — The Garden Club of Manchester presents "A Walk in the Botany Trail" on Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Southern Vermont Arts Center. Learn more about trees in our area and view Vermont's largest display of ferns with arborist Jeromy Gardner. Email for details and visit to learn more about GCM.

Suicide prevention film

MANCHESTER — On Wednesday at 6 p.m., UCS and the Manchester Community Library will present "The S Word" at the library. "The S Word" is a powerful award-winning feature documentary that puts a human face on a topic that has long been stigmatized and buried with the lives it has claimed. The film gives a platform to those with lived experience — people who have attempted to take their own lives and survived to tell their stories. Dr. Alya Reeve, Medical Director at United Counseling Service will lead a discussion immediately following the presentation. The event is free and open to the public. Please register at

Thrifty Attic Bag Sale

LONDONDERRY — What's on Your Buck-et List? Get everything on your list and more at the Thrifty Attic Semi-Annual Bag Sale on Wednesday and Saturday in Londonderry. Clothes, household items and more — whatever fits into one grocery bag (provided by us) will cost you just one buck! New fall and winter merchandise will go out on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Store hours are 8 a.m. until noon, Wednesdays and Saturdays. And, remember, the Thrifty Attic pours all net proceeds from your bucks right back into our community!

Zambia's former UN ambassador to speak in Dorset

DORSET — Isaiah Chabala, the former Permanent Representative of Zambia to the United Nations, will speak Friday at 6 p.m. at the Dorset Village Library on the legacy of Nelson Mandela. The event is sponsored by Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance (YANA), New England, Vermont chapter, and by Grace Initiative Global.

Northshire Day School hosting wellness fair

MANCHESTER — Northshire Day School will be celebrating their Fifth Annual Wellness Fair on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This is a free event open to all children and their families. There will be information pertaining to breastfeeding, Battenkill Valley Health Center, BROC, CIS, WIC, Northshire Grows, Let's Grow Kids, and Neighbor Works of Western Vermont just to name a few. Some of the activities planned an outdoor chutes and ladder game, face painting, a bounce house, obstacle course, yoga with Lela Hughes and an activity with Someday Farm. For more information contact Jane at NDS at 802-362-1395.

West Pawlet pancake breakfast

Sunday, Sept. 9 begins the fundraiser Pancake Breakfast season sponsored by the West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department. The breakfasts are held at the West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department from 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. The West Pawlet firehouse is a handicap accessible site. All are welcome. The breakfast menu includes pancakes of several varieties including regular, chocolate chip, blueberry and cranberry pancakes plus waffles served with local maple syrup. Also on the menu are West Pawlet's world-famous home fries, scrambled eggs, sausage and bacon. Beverages include coffee, tea, milk and orange juice. Breakfast prices are $10 for 12 years and up, $5 for 5-11 years and free to children under the age of 5. For more information contact: Antonio Landon at 802-345-4312 or email: .

Two hikes with the Green Mountain Club

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MANCHESTER — On Sunday Sept. 9, join the Manchester Section of the Green Mountain Club for a hike up Pico Peak. Meet at Clark's IGA in Londonderry at 8 a.m. to car pool or at the large dirt parking lot across from the Inn at Long Trail on U.S. Route 4 at 9 a.m.. Hike up the Sherburne Pass Trail to Pico Camp and the up the Pico Link to the Pico Summit. Return via the Summit Glade Ski Trail to the Sherburne Pass Trail. This will be a slow paced hike, about 6 miles, with 1900 feet elevation gain. Lunch at the summit. Bring lunch, snacks, fluids, extra layer and a hat, raincoat just in case. Poles are helpful on the steeper sections. RSVP required to Marge Fish at or 802-384-3654.

On Monday Sept. 10, join the Green Mountain Club for a hike from the north up Bromley Mountain. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Peru Town Office (Peru park and ride) in Peru village. Car pool to the parking lot on Mad Tom Notch. Hike up to the summit of Bromley Mountain and back, total distance of 5 miles and elevation gain of 814 feet to the north summit plus an additional elevation gain of 200 feet to the south summit. Bring extra layer, raincoat (just in case), fluids, snacks and lunch. RSVP required. Contact hike leader Katie Brooks at or 516-978-4016

Tai Chi in Londonderry

LONDONDERRY — Doreen Fabiano, certified in Tai Chi, begins a six-week series for beginners at The Meeting Place at Neighborhood Connections starting Monday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m.

For those who practice Tai Chi, Doreen offers a six-week Level 2 series beginning Thursday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. All are welcome to attend both sessions. This program is offered at no charge, but space is limited. Call 824-4343 to reserve a space.

Classic film at the library

MANCHESTER — On Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m., Manchester Community Library will screen "It Happened One Night," a classic romantic comedy film starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is actually a reporter looking for a story. The 1934 film won the five top Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The screening is free and open to the public and is part of the Library's Classic Film series. Running time is 105 minutes. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. For more information call 802-362-2607 or visit our website,

Story Time kicks off with petting zoo

MANCHESTER — Celebrate the opening of Fall Story Times at the Manchester Community Library on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 10:30 a.m. when Lisa from North Meadow Farms visits with a petting zoo. Small farm animals from pullets to piglets will meet and greet kids at this very special fun event.

Rain or shine, Story Times will begin on Tuesday and continue weekly on Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. These free programs feature stories, rhymes, music, movement, process art, crafts and free play to encourage pre-literacy skills for young children and their caregivers. Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave.

Church holding Alpha course starting Sept. 12

MANCHESTER — Zion Episcopal Church will host an Alpha course beginning on Sept. 12 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m.

The course consists of 15 sessions usually completed over a 10-week period. Alpha is an opportunity to explore the meaning of life and the Christian faith in a non-judgmental, informal environment. A typical Alpha session consists of a meal, a talk or video and a discussion. Come to the introductory dinner and if you are interested come back. No pressure, no follow-up! The course, including the meal, is free of charge. For more information send email to: or call the church office at: (802) 362-1987. You can also check out the course online at Zion Episcopal Church is located at 5167 Main Street/Route 7A.

Financial impact of caregiving topic of talk

MANCHESTER — Rhonda Peters Lathrop will present "The Journey of Caregiving and Its Financial Complexity" on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 10:30 a.m. at Manchester Community Library. The seminar focuses on the important life stage of caregiving and how to manage the financial matters of your loved one and the financial impact on your financial future. Handouts will be provided to assist you with the preparation, planning and management of your loved ones financial matters. The seminar is free and open to the public. Space is limited; pre-register by calling Cindy Waters, 802-549-4577 or email Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave.

Winhall Memorial Library Cookbook Club

WINHALL — Join the library on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. for the Winhall Memorial Library Cookbook Club. September's theme is Apples!\ Cookbook Club is a welcoming environment to newcomers and encourages new and veteran cooks alike to join our cookbook club and share in the love of food. Join us the Second Thursday of each month to eat delicious food, and to share recipes, tips & tricks, and laughs! The library is located at 2 Lower Taylor Hill Road in Bondville. Any questions, email or call 802-297-9741.

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Emboldia networking event returns to Manchester

MANCHESTER — Emboldia LLC, a Burlington-based speaker networking series designed to inspire business leaders and entrepreneurs, returns to the Northshire on Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Manchester River Walk. A follow up to last year's Emboldia in The Northshire on building entrepreneurial communities, this year's guest speakers are Vermont's own 2017 Forbes 30 under 30 members for manufacturing, Corinne Prevot and Tyler McNaney. Prevot is founder of

Skida, a made-in-Vermont ski-inspired headwear and winter accessories company.

McNaney started Filabot, an industry-leading research and development company

committed to advancing the science of plastic extrusion for the third market. The speakers will be featured in a panel discussion titled "Start a Company and Start it Now", and will share how they transformed their ideas into reality and are maintaining success. The discussion will be moderated by Paul Carroccio, CEO of TPW Real Estate, followed by a Q&A session, and "Shameless Plugs," an opportunity for all attendees to promote ideas for investment, collaboration, find employees or Employment.

The free event starts with networking at 5:15 p.m., with the program starting 6 p.m. at Factory Point Town Green, and is open to the public. For information and to register, go online at eventbrite/emboldia@manchesterriverwalk or call 802.557.4966.

Tinmouth Old Firehouse series resumes

TINMOUTH — The Old Firehouse season in Tinmouth opens with Claude Bourbon, a French-born guitarist, on Friday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Now based in the UK,

Bourbon has become a world-renowned player, highly acclaimed for his finger-picking style. His music utilizes strains of folk, western, jazz and blues through such melodic delights as the traditional English Dance and the hypnotic Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo. The concert is at 7:30 p.m., and doors open at 7 The Old Firehouse is on Mountain View Road just a couple of hundred feet south of the intersection with Vermont 140. Try 7 Mountain View Road, Tinmouth on your GPS for extra help finding us. Suggested donation of $10 to $15; 90 percent goes to the musicians; 10 percent to the town to maintain the Old Firehouse. Local groups provide refreshments. Your donations support their activities. Contact Jo Reynolds at 802-446-3457.

September Book Discussion at the Winhall Memorial Library

WINHALL — Join the book discussion at Winhall Memorial Library on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. to discuss "Beneath a Scarlet Sky" by Mark Sullivan. Stop by the library to borrow a copy. This is an informal group, all that is needed is a love of books. Refreshments will be provided. The library is located at 2 Lower Taylor Hill Road. Any questions, email or call 802-297-9741. Visit the website at

East Dorset Congregational Church dinner

DORSET — The East Dorset Congregational Church will be serving the last of their dinners for 2018 on Saturday, Sept. 15. This month we are serving Wallingford ham, home made baked beans, and an assortment of salads and desserts and homemade rolls. Dinner will be served beginning at 5 p.m. in the chapel on Mad Tom Road next to the church in East Dorset. The cost will still be $10 for adults, $5 for children 5 - 12 years of age and those under 5 are free. Take out will be available.

BROC Community Action offers free workshops

BENNINGTON — BROC Community Action is offering two workshops in September at the Bennington Free Library. On Tuesday, Sept. 18, join instructor Shelley Faris for Savvy Spending Solutions - Financial Capability Workshop and learn how to get control of your money and make it work for you, as well as learn how to stretch a dollar. This workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Register by contacting Shelley at 800-717-2762 ext. 142 or

Then, on Tuesday, Sept. 25, join business counselor Annette Hoyle for Introduction to Starting a Micro Business. If you have ever thought about becoming your own boss, turning a hobby into a business or if you have started a micro business and need some guidance this workshop is for you. This workshop will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Register by contacting Annette at 800-717-2762 ext. 144 For more information about BROC Community Action visit


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