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Job fair set for Friday

BENNINGTON — The Vermont Department of Labor will sponsor a job fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Bennington Firehouse on River Street in Bennington. The event is free to all. More than 20 employers are scheduled to attend, including some of the largest employers in the area. Job seekers should dress to impress and bring resumes to present to employers. Please call 802-442-6376 for more information.

Weight loss and nutrition

MANCHESTER — Certified nutrition coach Lia Taylor will discuss "Why Diets Don't Work and What To Do About It," on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Manchester Community Library. Taylor will present a habit-based approach to losing weight and keeping it off. The program is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave.

Mammograms offered at SVMC

BENNINGTON — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) will offer screening mammograms from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday at SVMC Women's Imaging Center, suite 206 of the Medical Office Building located at 140 Hospital Dr. in Bennington. The Women's Imaging team welcomes any woman with a referral from her primary care physician or OB/GYN and would like to especially invite women who have never had a mammogram before. Women who are over 40 years old are encouraged to attend. Once patients have obtained a referral, they should call 802-447-5541 ext. 2 to schedule. Anyone needing financial assistance, those who are uninsured or who have prohibitively high deductibles, may apply for funding through a Komen for the Cure VT-NH grant. For more information, call 802-440-4244.

National Theatre Live: King Lear

MANCHESTER — National Theatre Live, the best of British theatre broadcast to cinemas around the world, comes to Burr and Burton Academy's Riley Center for the Arts on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning (GMALL) is excited to offer the screening of King Lear starring Ian McKellan in the title role. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and $8 for students. Tickets may be purchased online at

Hike Stratton with the GMC

STRATTON — Join the Green Mountain Club Manchester Section for a late color season hike up Stratton Mountain from the Kelley Stand Rd, down to Stratton Pond and back on Saturday. Meet at 8 a,m, at the Bondville Post Office to carpool to the trailhead. Bring extra layers, hat, gloves or mittens, raincoat just in case, headlamp just in case, lunch and snacks, poles are helpful for the downhill. RSVP mandatory to Dave Ratti at <> or 802-366-0698

Total distance 11 miles, 1800 miles elevation gain, moderate hike except for the distance.

Chicken pie supper

MANCHESTER — First Baptist Church of Manchester invited the community to attend its annual Chicken Pie Supper on Sunday at 6 p.m. The supper is served family style and features chicken and gravy topped with homemade biscuits, and mashed potatoes, golden winter squash, green peas, coleslaw with our special dressing, and apple mince or pumpkin pie and cheese for dessert. A donation of $13 is requested and reservations may be made by calling Martha Thompson at (802) 362-3473 and are recommended if stairs are a problem. You may also make arrangements for takeouts at that number. Takeouts are scheduled for pick up at 5:30 p.m. After 2:30 p.m. on the 20th please call the church directly at (802) 362-1555. The money raised supports the Mary Martha Fellowship, who in turn supports local efforts like the food cupboard and are saving money to renovate the church kitchen.

Permanent collection art auction at SVAC

MANCHESTER — Southern Vermont Arts Center is hosting an auction of carefully selected quality art objects from its permanent collection on Sunday, with a preview beginning at 2 p.m. and the auction starting promptly at 4 p.m. This auction allows SVAC to continue caring for its outstanding collection by providing appropriate conservation care, storage availability and supplies, assistance in caring for the collection, and the possibility of acquiring new objects of relevance. Open to the public. For more information, visit, or call 802-362-1405

Pancake breakfast

EAST ARLINGTON — Battenkill Grange No. 487 will hold a pancake breakfast on Sunday from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Bailey Hall on Ice Pond Road. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits, scrambled eggs, orange juice, and coffee. For more Information, call 802-375-2518.

New games for Tabletop Game Night


MANCHESTER — Extended Time! New Games! Manchester Community Library's Tabletop Game Night starts Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. We've extended the time to 7 p.m. to give everyone ample time to complete rounds of our exciting new games, including Mille Bournes, Skip Bo, Quelf, and Phase 10. You can bring your own favorite game to share or choose from the Library's plentiful selection. Enjoy light snacks, a challenging, fun evening, meet new people, and maybe learn a new game. Free and open to the public.

Stress less! Learn about MBSR at MCL

MANCHESTER— Attend an introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction presented by Deb Lewis, a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, at Manchester Community Library on Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mindfulness can help people deal with depression, anxiety, chronic pain, cancer, and other immune system deficient diseases through guided meditations and relaxation techniques. The introductory presentation is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave.

Discussion on the right to keep and bear arms

LONDONDERRY — The importance attached to the right to bear arms and the impact of the Second Amendment continues to reverberate, as they have since its adoption in 1791. Derek Boothby will be at Neighborhood Connections on Thursday at 5:30 trace the history of the right to bear arms from inception to the present day. This is not a talk on gun control. Space is limited, so please call 802-824-4343 to attend. Neighborhood Connections, a non-profit social services agency, is located in Londonderry's Mountain Marketplace, next to the post office.

Mac and cheese bake-off

WEST PAWLET — The Rupert Mettawee Valley 4H club is hosting its first annual macaroni and cheese bake off and Fall Festival at the West Pawlet Fire House on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. There is a $10 entry fee. Anyone interested in competing with their favorite macaroni and cheese dish in the bake-off is required to have their entries to the firehouse no later than 12 p.m. on the day of the event for judging. There will be a grand prize winner. The Fall Festival will include an adult only (15 years old and up) cornhole tournament starting at 2 p.m. A $20 entry fee will be charged for two-member teams to participate in a double elimination. Prizes will be awarded to the top two teams. Younger children are invited to participate in pumpkin decorating, apple bobbing and other kid-friendly events. For information or to enter the Mac and Cheese Bake-Off, contact Morgan Hosley at 802-884-5795. To register a Cornhole Team, contact Shannon Landon at 802-345-2867.

Art Seed at Marble House

DORSET — Art Seed at Marble House Project will be held Saturday, Oct. 27 from 2 to 5 p.m. A community event featuring work from our session seven artists in residence including open studios, performance, film and readings. Performances and artist talks begin in the barn at 2 p.m., open studios to follow. Free and open to the public, more information at or email, 1161 Dorset West Rd.

Interfaith Council harvest supper

DORSET — The Interfaith Council invites any and all, regardless of religious background, to their annual Harvest Supper on Sunday, Oct. 28, at St. Paul's Catholic Church at 5:30 p.m. Entrance is free and reservations can be made at The Dorset Church at 802-867-2260. After the meal, there will be an auction, conducted by the comedic talent of Bill Drunsic. All proceeds go toward the Interfaith Council's Emergency Needs Fund, which is a significant help during the cold winter months. Come join us for a harvest of food, fun and fellowship.

Fiber arts at Hildene

MANCHESTER — On Sunday, Oct. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m., Hildene will offer a Fiber Arts Workshop. After visiting the Dene Farm sheep, alpaca, and rabbits, participants will use fiber from these animals to create their own decorative felted bar of Hildene goat milk soap using traditional felting techniques. Participants must check in at the Welcome Center, where transportation to the workshop will be provided. $30 for members/$35 for non-members includes all materials. Registration is required by Friday, Oct. 26 and the workshop is limited to 15 participants. Contact Stephanie at 802-367-7960 or

Rescue and Resistance

MANCHESTER — Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning (GMALL) welcomes Katrin Reichelt, Research Historian at the German Resistance Memorial Center in Berlin, to talk about the resistance and rescue of persecuted Jews in Nazi-occupied Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus during World War II. The talk will take place on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 5:30 p.m. in the Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy. This presentation discusses motivation, background and networking of those who aided and rescued Jews. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information, please call our office at 802-867-0111 or visit

Mahjong Mondays at the Library

MANCHESTER — Manchester Community Library will offer free open play sessions of Mah Jongg, the tile-based game of skill, strategy, calculation, and a bit of chance, on Mondays from 1:30 to 4:30, p.m., beginning on Monday, Nov. 5. The National Mah Jongg League rules will be followed. Please email or call Cindy Waters at 802-549-4577 to reserve your space. Bring your game if you own one. The Library also needs the loan or donation of additional card tables. Manchester Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave.

Word plays at the Cabaret

SALEM, N.Y. — On Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. at the Cabaret at the Fort Salem Theater, local performers will tell stories chosen around the theme of "Sparks." This show is our regional contribution to Tellebration, a series of storytelling parties held all around the world during the month of November. The storytellers are all from our local area: Roc Kauffman, Christie Keegan, Kelvin Keraga, Stephanie Moffett Hynds, Sarah Rogers, and Margaret Waterson. Tickets, which include refreshments, are $10 at the door. More information at or Siri Allison at 518-854-3998.


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