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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 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 Street and Route 30. 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

Local artist pastels shown at library

LONDONDERRY — The pastels of local artist Karon Allen will be shown throughout the month of February at the South Londonderry Free Library. The pastels were painted from photographs of barns in Vermont. A reception to meet and chat with the artist will be held from 4 to 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1. All paintings are for sale with portions donated to the library. The library's hours are: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Additional hours are Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more informaiton, call 802-824-3371 or email

Dorset library features paintings

DORSET — The featured artist at the Dorset Public Library during the month of February will be Mary Schwartz. An opening reception will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. All works are for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit the library. Schwartz has been honing her skills in egg tempera for the past several years. Originally an oil painter, Mary continues to rely on her interest in the natural world for subject material. Her most recent work includes paintings of the animals she raised on her family's small farm and views of iconic landscapes such as the Dorset Quarry. The library's hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Call 802-867-5774 for more information.

Woodchuck Festival to be held in West Pawlet

WEST PAWLET — The 16th Annual Woodchuck Festival will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mettawee Community School, 5788 Route 153 in West Pawlet. The Woodchuck Market Place is the highlight of the event offering crafts and local products. The Woodchuck Festival features activities for young and old including Valentine and Super Bowl Raffles, a silent auction, Pony Plop Bingo, West Pawlet Woodchuck visit at 2 p.m. and WPVFD against the World Tug of War at 3 p.m. The Woodchuck Chuck Wagon, featuring breakfast sandwiches, donuts, burgers, hot dogs, mac and cheese, and corn chowder at family friendly prices is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 802-645-0244.

Join a hike to Little Rock Pond

MANCHESTER — Join a hike (snowshoe) on Feb. 2 to the north end of little Rock Pond via the Homer Stone Brook Trail. The hike is considered moderate at about 5 miles with 1,400 feet of elevation gain. Bring extra clothes, snacks, lunch, fluids, snowshoes and poles. Meet at south side of Shaw's to carpool to the trailhead.RSVP to Bob Fish at 802-384-3650 or

Daby Toure' performing in Bennington

BENNINGTON — Continuing its celebration of the 15th season of the Basement Music Series, Vermont Arts Exchange (VAE) welcomes Daby Toure' and his trio, with opener Spero on Saturday at the Masonic Hall 504 Main St. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance through or by calling 800-838-3006. If not sold out, tickets are $22 at the door. Student tickets are available for $10.

Londonderry Rescue needs your help

LONDONDERRY — The Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad is looking for volunteers for a one-day project on Sunday from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the garage on Route 100 north. Volunteers are needed to help label and stuff 6,000 letters for the rescue squad's annual benefit and fundraiser. Come for an hour or two, or plan to stay for lunch. Lunch, snacks and good company will be provided.

Super Sunday Chicken BBQ

SALEM, N.Y. — The Salem Vounteer. Fire Dept. will be holding its annual Super Bowl Sunday Chicken BBQ on Sunday at the firehouse. This will be a take-out only event and you may pick your meals up between 12 and 1 p.m. The meal will consist of a half chicken, baked potato, cole slaw, roll, and dessert. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Tickets will be available at: A & J Agway, Main St Diner, Salem Hardware or by calling 518-321-9430.

Spot scammers before they spot you

LONDONDERRY — Neighborhood Connections, in cooperation with AARP Vermont's Fraud Watch Network, will host a timely presentation on scams, fraud and con artists on Monday at 10 a.m. The program will identify current scams and tactics being used today, is free and appropriate for all ages. The program provides free information and resources including a national hotline to assist people who feel they may have become victims. Space is limited, so please call 824-4343 to register. Neighborhood Connections is located in Londonderry's Mountain Marketplace, next to the post office.

Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein'

MANCHESTER — Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning (GMALL) welcomes Middlebury College professor Cates Baldridge to talk about the literary classic, Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in Burr and Burton Academy's Hunter Seminar Room. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call our office at 802-867-0111 or visit

Hike to Equinox Mountain via Beartown Trail

MANCHESTER — On Wednesday, meet the Green Mountain Club at the Congregational Church parking lot in Manchester at 8 a.m.. Carpool to trailhead (limited parking) and snowshoe up to lookout rock on Equinox Mountain and back the same way. Difficult hike, 7 miles round trip, 2300 feet elevation gain. Bring extra clothes (it is cold on top), snacks, lunch, fluids, snowshoes, poles are really helpful on the steep section. RSVP to Steve Grzyb at 203-414-4370 or

Makers Club at MCL

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MANCHESTER — Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., Makers Club will learn about and celebrate Chinese New Year and the Year of the Pig. Learn how to construct paper lanterns and receive a red envelope and sweet treat. Email to pre-register. Generously sponsored by the Bank of Bennington. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave.

UCS presents film

BENNINGTON — United Counseling Service (UCS) is proud to present the film "Becoming Bulletproof," followed by a Q&A with Dawn Danner, director of developmental services at UCS on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Oldcastle Theatre in Bennington. "Becoming Bulletproof" documents the making of an original Western film called Bulletproof, which features actors with and without disabilities who meet every year at Vermont based Zeno Mountain Farm to write, produce, and star in original short films. This event is free and open to the public. For more information visit or call (802) 442-5491.

Ballet Center adding ballroom classes

MANCHESTER — The Ballet Center at Manchester will be adding classes in

ballroom dancing. These classes will be offered by Britannia Tatko, a former student of the Ballet Center, and will be held on Wednesday evenings beginning Feb. 6 from 6:30- 7:30 p.m. This will be an intro to ballroom dancing with a possible later class for more advanced. All will meet at 6:30 at the rkMiles studio over their office building. This class will run for 8 weeks (no partner is necessary). The fee for a single person is $110 and $200 for a couple. Single classes or drop in will be $20. To register please call 802-379-0759.

First Wednesday talk to focus on mindset

MANCHESTER — Amherst College professor Catherine A. Sanderson will discuss the power of mindset in affecting life outcomes in a lecture at First Congregational Church on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Her talk, "There is Nothing Either Good or Bad, But Thinking Makes It So," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. Talks in Manchester are hosted by Manchester Community Library.

Cooking with your heart

MANCHESTER — Southwestern Vermont Health Care will host Cooking with Your Heart, a fun event designed to help community members lessen the effects of heart disease on their lives. The event will be held from 7 - 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 at Manchester Community Library. Presenting at the event will be Kristin Irace, RD, SVMC registered dietitian; Laura LaCroix, SVMC executive chef; and Alison Malmborg, MSN, ARNP, and Jennifer Thuermer, DNP, ACNP, cardiac care nurse practitioners at SVMC Cardiology. The program is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited. Attendees are asked to RSVP via email to or by calling 802-447-5019 by Sunday Feb. 3.

Harry Potter Book Night at the Northshire

MANCHESTER — Wizards and muggles alike are invited to join in the Northshire Bookstore's annual celebration of Harry Potter Book Night on Thursday, Feb. 7. Come in your best Hogwarts robes or themed outfits for a chance to win the costume competition, participate in Harry Potter trivia, hunt throughout the bookstore for he-who-must-not-be-named's horcruxes, attend Divination class, and more. Please bring a pair of socks to donate in order to free the house elves and provide warmth to our neighbors. Join us in the kids department which will magically transform into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and join us for a night of refreshments, fun, and magic!

Learn about Reiki

LONDONDERRY — Margaret Miller of Jamaica Healing Arts Center will be at Neighborhood Connections on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. to discuss and demonstrate Reiki. As an aid to stress reduction and relaxation, Reiki is a complement to traditional medicine and is practiced in many hospitals and medical care settings as part of a patient's wellness plan. Space is limited, so call 802-824-4343 to register. Neighborhood Connections is a non-profit social services agency located in Londonderry's Mountain Marketplace, next to the post office.

Jazz at Equinox Terrace

MANCHESTER — Equinox Terrace invites you and your friends to enjoy an afternoon

of jazz at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8 at Equinox Terrace. Enjoy the vibe of Moose Crossing, a talented local ensemble featuring Zak Hampton (saxophone), Tim Duch (piano) and Johnny Reiter (bass). RSVP at 802-362-5141.

Salem Heart of Winter Party

SALEM, N.Y. — Music From Salem's Heart of Winter party will be held on Friday Feb. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Gather, 103 Main St., in Greenwich. This annual fundraising event features a raffle and a silent auction of gift certificates for area restaurants, shops, and artists along with savory and sweet treats and festive beverages. Music From Salem founder and artistic director Lila Brown will be the featured musician. The "Heart of Winter" party officially launches Music from Salem's 33rd season, whose performance schedule begins with a concert on March 31 at Hubbard Hall. Tickets to the party are $35 and may be purchased at the door. Reservations can be made at 518-232-2347. All are welcome!

Super Saturday at MCL

MANCHESTER — Manchester Community Library will host a Yummy Valentine Card Making Extravaganza on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Make creative Valentine cards for that special someone using a wide array of materials. Get creative with various colors of icings and make valentine cookies to eat or share. Participants are entered in a raffle to win one of five small Hershey Kiss pillows. The event is free and open to the public and generously sponsored by the Bank of Bennington. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave.

Learn about hiking and rail trails

MANCHESTER — Join Preston Bristow on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library, Manchester Center for a slide show and talk about rail trails and the Long Trail. The program is hosted by the Manchester Section of the Green Mountain Club. While Vermont's logging railroads lacked the scale of New York's Adirondack Mountains, logging railroads did penetrate the Green Mountains, and three are intertwined in the history of the Long Trail. No fee, but donations to support the maintenance of the Long Trail will be welcomed.

Salem Fire Department hosts breakfast

SALEM, N.Y. — The Salem Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a breakfast at the firehouse on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 7-11 a.m.Pancakes, eggs, home fries, toast, bacon, sausage and beverages will be on the menu. Cost is $10 and $5 for 10 years and under.


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