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Beginning beekeeping course

BENNINGTON — The Bennington County Beekeepers Club will again offer a free course for new beekeepers. Learn about the life of honey bees, the skills and equipment needed to care for them and the many challenges the insects face. Classes will be held at the Crispe Room of the Vermont Veterans' Home, in Bennington, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 24, 31 and Feb. 7, 14 and 28. Donations to the event are welcome. To sign up or to find out more, call Jeanne Davis at 802-823-7955 or e-mail

Free dinners held in Arlington

ARLINGTON — The 2019 series of free winter dinners hosted by St. James' Episcopal Church in Arlington resumes 5:50 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25. Everyone is welcome to join the meal, which will be served till 7 p.m. This month's menu includes beef stew, made by church members, served with salad, breads, dessert and beverages. Join your friends and neighbors—those you know and those you don't know yet—for an evening of good food, conversation and fellowship.

There is no charge for the dinner, but donations received this month have been earmarked for Project Against Violent Encounters, a Bennington-based initiative to prevent domestic abuse and advocate for victims of violence. The next free dinners will all take place on a Friday: Feb. 22, March 29 and April 26. There is plenty of parking in front of the church on Route 7A, and the church Undercroft is handicapped-accessible. For more information, call the church office at 802-375-9952.

BBA presents

theater and dance

MANCHESTER — Burr and Burton Academy's Creative Arts Department will present the Theater & Dance New Works Project on Friday, Jan. 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Riley Center for The Arts. Join us as the veil is taken away from the creative process with students sharing their original choreography, scenes, monologues, poetry, and scripts in a workshop atmosphere. If you ever wanted to see the steps of the creative genius, don't miss out on this opportunity. Listen, watch and experience the performance of these burgeoning artists and be part of the process with a talk back at the end of the evening. The event is free.

Snowshoe Styles Peak with the Green Mountain Club

PERU — The Green Mountain Club is inviting outdoor enthusiasts to snowshoe Styles Peak on Saturday, Jan. 26. The moderate hike, 5.2 miles long, will gain an elevation of 1,200 feet. Participants are meeting at the Peru Town Office at 9 a.m. and carpooling to the parking area 1 mile below Mad Tom Notch. The plan is to snowshoe up the snowmobile trail to the LT, go north 1.6 miles to the summit, then take the same way down. Bring spare clothes, snacks, lunch and fluids. RSVP required: Andrew Harper at 802-430-3859 or

Winter carnival set in Arlington

ARLINGTON — The Arlington Masons will hold its winter carnival Saturday, Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Arlington Recreation Park ice-skating rink. This family-friendly event will include ice-skating, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Residents are encouraged to bring their Christmas trees to feed the bonfire. The Masons will provide free hot dogs and hot chocolate while they last. Grab your family, your friends, and your ice skates and other winter gear to have a great outdoors. The Arlington Rec Center is located on Route 7A, one-half mile north of Route 313 West. Ample parking is available. For more information contact Randy Novotny by email at or by phone at 802-375-6432.

Soup and bread luncheon hosted

MANCHESTER — The community is invited to attend a soup and bread luncheon at the First Baptist Church on Jan. 26, beginning at noon and ending at 2 p.m. There will be a variety of warming soups and breads to choose from for a donation of $5 and this includes a beverage. Desserts will be available and sold separately. The money raised will go towards our kitchen renovation fund. Takeouts will be available at the event. The church is located at the corner of Bonnet Street and Main Street. For more information call Lisa Towslee at 802-362-3076.

Dorset Players presents 'The

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Snow Queen'

DORSET — Missoula Children's Theatre and the Dorset Players will present 'The Snow Queen' at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Dorset Playhouse. Although set in a "land of colored ice," this classic tale will warm your heart in its illustrative retelling by a group of fun-loving, imaginative hobgoblins.Tickets are: adult: $15, youth: $8 (6-18) and children 5 and younger are free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available online at and at the box office. For more information, contact The Dorset Players Business Office, Monday-

Friday, 10-2, by phone 802-867-5570 or email

Dorset Historical Society holds event

EAST DORSET — Dorset Historical Society Presents "Historic Houses of East Dorset" at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 at The Wilson House, located at 378 Village Street in East Dorset. Attend an armchair tour of historic houses with Michele Pagan an East Dorset resident and Vermont native, who will talk about 19th century homes on Mad Tom Road, Route 7, and Benedict Road, with stories of the families who lived there. Based on maps of this area from 1856 and 1869, the names and lives of the inhabitants of East Dorset will be investigated and shared.

Talk to cover the history of jazz piano

MANCHESTER — The Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning welcomes Eugene Uman, the director of the Vermont Jazz Center, to talk about the history of jazz piano. The talk will take place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 at the Manchester Community Library. This presentation will observe the development of the piano throughout jazz history. Beginning with ragtime and blues music, we will explore how features from those styles were incorporated by Jelly Roll Morton into New Orleans and traditional jazz. We will listen to the kings of stride, observe the influences of boogie-woogie, and delight in the piano's role in bebop, hard-bop and cool jazz. This talk will conclude with a look at pioneers of modern jazz piano, and players making the scene today. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or

Learn hands-only CPR

LONDONDERRY — Join the Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 5:30 p.m. at Neighborhood Connections to learn Hands-Only CPR which is a form of resuscitation without mouth-to-mouth breaths. Space is limited, so please call 802-824-4343 to register.

Neighborhood Connections is a nonprofit social services agency located in Londonderry's Mountain Marketplace next to the post office. According to the American Heart Association, about 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, die. When a person goes into cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby. Would you know what to do?

Learn to blog

at the library

MANCHESTER — Have you ever thought about starting your own blog? A place where you can share your best recipes, travel stories, or just your life in general? Join Aysegul Sanford, content creator and food and lifestyle photographer, as she shares her knowledge of starting, maintaining, and making an income from a blog, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 at Manchester Community Library. This illustrated talk was rescheduled from Jan. 9. Sanford publishes a food blog and lives in Manchester. The program is free. The Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. For more information, contact the Library at 802-362-2607.

Church holds 1st supper of the season

DORSET — The Dorset Church will holds a free supper from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at the church, 143 Church St. This is our first supper of the winter season. We will be serving Italian fare which will include pasta with your choice of meat sauce or mushroom marinara, roasted Italian sausage, fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil salad, tossed green salad, broccoli with garlic and oil, and hot crispy bread and assorted desserts. For more information, call Jane at 867-2260 or email at

Dorset library hosts BYOB event

DORSET — The Dorset library is bringing the BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Club back. Young adults in their 20s and 30s, (as well as the young at heart of any age!) are invited to reconnect and plan for 2019 activities on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 6 to 7 p.m. This event is free, open to the public, and will take place at the Dorset Village Library, located at the corner of Church St. and VT Route 30. It's been a while since the BYOB group has met. Please join us for an informal gathering to toss around some ideas for upcoming programs: game nights, book and movie clubs, music, outings, recipe swaps and more! For more information, call 802-867-5774, or visit


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