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Turkey dinner to be held at St. James in Arlington

ARLINGTON — The free community dinner at St. James' Episcopal Church will feature a turkey banquet with all the fixins' on Friday, Feb. 22, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., the menu features fresh-roasted turkey with gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole, rolls and butter, along with beverages and a selection of delicious desserts. This ever-popular "Thanksgiving in February" feast will be prepared and hosted by the staff of the Battenkill Valley Health Clinic in tandem with the parishioners of St. James'. All are welcome to share great food, good conversation and a chance to mingle with friends and neighbors in the church Undercroft. The meal is free, although any donations will be gratefully accepted and used to help fund the Summer Lunch Program for hungry children in the Arlington-Sunderland-Sandgate area once school ends in June. St. James' is located across from the Community House on Rt. 7A in Arlington. There is plenty of parking, and the church is handicapped accessible. For more information, call the parish office at 802-375-9952 or visit its Facebook page. And be sure to mark your calendars for the remaining two dinners this year, on March 29 and April 26.

Author discusses memoir at Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER — From 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, Northshire Bookstore presents Emily Bernard, author of "Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine." An extraordinary, exquisitely written memoir (of sorts) that looks at race - in a fearless, penetrating, honest way - in 12 telltale, connected, deeply personal essays that explore up-close the complexities and paradoxes, the haunting memories and ambushing realities of growing up black in the South with a family name inherited from a white man, of getting a Ph.D. from Yale, of marrying a white man from the North, of adopting two babies from Ethiopia, of teaching at a white college and living in America's New England today. The book, featured on, begins with a stabbing in a New England college town. Bernard writes how, when she was a graduate student at Yale, she walked into a coffee shop and, along with six other people, was randomly attacked by a stranger with a knife. "I was not stabbed because I was black," she writes (the attacker was white), "but I have always viewed the violence I survived as a metaphor for the violent encounter that has generally characterized American race relations. There was no connection between us, yet we were suddenly and irreparably bound by a knife, an attachment that cost us both: him, his freedom; me, my wholeness." Bernard explores how that bizarre act of violence set her free and unleashed the storyteller in her. She writes in "Black is the Body" how each of the essays goes beyond a narrative of black innocence and white guilt, how each is anchored in a mystery and how each sets out to discover a new way of telling the truth as the author has lived it. Bernard, who was born and grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, is the Julian Lindsay Green & Gold Professor of English at the University of Vermont.

Free movie night

at Winhall library

WINHALL — Stop by the Winhall library for a free movie and free popcorn on Friday, Feb. 22, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The movie, based on a crazy, incredible true story, has been nominated for seven Oscars including Best Film, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor. This event is a collaboration with the Winhall Community Arts Center. Due to the library's movie licensing agreement, the title cannot be advertised outside of the library. Please visit its events page at for the title.

Film Club presents:

'In The Mood For Love'

WESTON — The Weston Film Club presents "In the Mood for Love," a film by Wong Kar-Wai, on Friday, Feb. 22, at the Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm. The film presents a seemingly slight plot: two young couples rent adjacent rooms in a cramped and crowded tenement. Both couples have one partner that works tirelessly and seems to travel a lot. Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung) works as a secretary while her husband's job keeps him away on extended business trips. Chow (Tony Leung) works as a newspaper editor and his wife is frequently out of town. Li-zhen and Chow try hard to maintain their committed relationships while they become tentative acquaintances. They soon realize that their spouses are having an affair, and they develop a halting romance themselves. It is ranked 24th in the Sight and Sound critics poll of the 100 greatest films of all time. The screening at 7 p.m. will be followed by a discussion. The event starts with a social hour at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door and $35 for a membership card worth five tickets. For reservations, email

Hike Merck Forest with the Green Mountain Club

RUPERT — On Saturday, Feb. 23, meet at 9 a.m. at the Merck Forest parking lot to snowshoe in the forest. Hike a total of about 5 miles, with several 500 feet ups and downs. It's a moderate hike. Bring extra clothes, snacks, lunch, fluids. Poles are helpful. RSVP to Greg Hopper at 917-287-0246 or

Manchester Riverwalk Association to

hold meeting

MANCHESTER — The annual meeting of members of the Manchester Riverwalk Association will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. in the Hunter Community Room at the Manchester Community Library. Business to be discussed will include the announcement of the election of new trustees, as well as reviews of the president's and treasurer's reports. A slideshow of the work that has been done this past year, as well as plans for the future bridge and trail work, will be part of the agenda. A potluck brunch will follow the meeting. Members of the community who are interested in learning more about the Riverwalk are welcome to attend. Please bring a dish to share. For more information, go to Manchester Riverwalk's mission is to build, beautify and maintain public pathways along the Battenkill in the heart of Manchester and enhance public access to this remarkable resource.

Baptist church to hold lasagna dinner

MANCHESTER — Homemade lasagna (meat/vegetable), tossed salad, garlic bread and a brownie sundae will be served at the First Baptist Church in Manchester, across from the Northshire Bookstore on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. Take-out dinners with brownie dessert are available for pickup at 5:30 p.m. Call 802-362-3473 to reserve your seat or take-out dinner today. The meal costs $10. Proceeds go toward the church's kitchen renovation.

Talk on Vermont in the McCarthy Era

MANCHESTER — Come over to the Northshire Bookstore at 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, for a conversation with Rick Winston and Tyler Resch of the Bennington Museum about the forgotten history of Vermont during the anti-communist red scare. What happened in Vermont when the anti-Communist fear known as the "Red Scare" swept the country? Quite a bit, as it turns out. Rick Winston talks about how a small, rural "rock-ribbed Republican" state with a historically libertarian streak handled the hysteria of the time. Far from the klieg lights of Washington D.C., Hollywood and New York City, the Green Mountain state challenged the national narrative with its own fascinating stories. Here are nine of the most gripping dramas played out in Vermont during the "scoundrel time," including a high-profile academic firing, controversies involving left-leaning summer residents, courageous newspaper editors who spoke out against Joseph McCarthy's tactics and a conservative senator who helped take down McCarthy. Now, as our country again experiences a political atmosphere charged with intolerance, condemnation and widespread falsehoods, this book could not be more timely.

Reel Rock 13

Film Festival

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STRATTON — The Stratton Mountain School Summit Series is back, bringing a number of film festivals to Stratton Mountain throughout the season. The Series continues with the REEL Rock 13 Film Festival, presented by The North Face, on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Founded in 2006, the REEL Rock 13 Film Tour brings the best climbing and adventure films of the year to live audiences throughout the world. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, call 802-856-1120 or visit Stratton Mountain School is located at 7 World Cup Circle in Stratton.

Opening reception for artist Victor Juhasz

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — An opening reception for visual artist Victor Juhasz will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Valley Artisans Market's "small gallery," The event will feature a talk by Juhasz at 4 p.m. His drawings, watercolors and oil paintings will be on display at the gallery, located at 25 East Main St. (Rt. 372) till March 20.

Author presents book about finding hope in the high country

MANCHESTER — Join the Northshire Bookstore in welcoming Pam Houston at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24. Her new book, "Deep Creek:Finding Hope in the High Country," tells the remarkable story of "that girl who dared herself to buy a ranch, dared herself to dig in and care for it, to work hard enough to pay for it, to figure out what other people meant when they used the word 'home"' in essays as lucid and invigorating as mountain air. On her 120-acre homestead high in the Colorado Rockies, Houston learns what it means to care for a piece of land and the creatures on it. Elk calves and bluebirds mark the changing seasons, winter temperatures drop to 35 below and lightning sparks a 110,000-acre wildfire, threatening her century-old barn and all its inhabitants. Through her travels from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska, Houston explores what ties her to the earth, the ranch most of all. Alongside her devoted Irish wolfhounds and a spirited troupe of horses, donkeys and Icelandic sheep, the ranch becomes Houston's sanctuary, a place where she discovers how the natural world has mothered and healed her after a childhood of horrific parental abuse and neglect. At 31 years old, fresh off a tour promoting her first collection, "Cowboys Are My Weakness," Houston had "no job, no place to live except my North Face VE 24 tent." On an impulse and a good instinct, she spent her royalties on a ranch near Creede, Colorado. It was more than she could afford, and required more maintenance than she could manage. And yet, 25 years later, it's the piece of land that's defined the largest part of her life. Houston's stories have been selected for volumes such as The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Awards, The 2013 Pushcart Prize and The Best American Short Stories of the Century. She co-founded the literary nonprofit Writing By Writers, is a professor of English at University of California-Davis and teaches in the Institute of American Indian Arts' low-residency MFA program and at writer's conferences around the country and the world.

Long Trail School hosts blood drive

DORSET — There will be an American Red Cross blood drive at Long Trail School in Dorset from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Feb. 25. Students will assist and offer refreshments after your donation. Help save a life. Walk-ins welcome, but appointments appreciated at or 1-800-RED CROSS.

Legislative forum features elected representatives

MANCHESTER — A legislative forum will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, Feb. 25 at the Manchester Community Library featuring local legislators who will update residents on the issues and answer questions about legislative initiatives currently underway in Montpelier. Area Reps. Cynthia Browning, Kathleen James and Linda Joy Sullivan are expected. Andrew McKeever of public access station GNAT will moderate a panel discussion.

There is no charge to attend.

Professor to discuss how life began

MANCHESTER — The Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning presents Prof. George H. Shaw of Union College to talk about the emergence of life on Earth at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 in Burr and Burton Academy's Hunter Seminar Room. The transition from inanimate molecular mixes to something we would agree is "alive" is one of the most profound events that have occurred on Earth. The cost is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. To register or for more information, call 802-867-0111 or visit

Learn how proper fitting shoes

can benefit you

MANCHESTER — Gretchen Lima, a certified pedorthist, will present "If the Shoe Fits: how proper fitting shoes and support can dramatically improve our lives," at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Manchester Community Library. A Q & A will follow the presentation and stay to have your feet professionally measured. Reserve your space by emailing or calling Cindy at 802-549-4577.

Bob Alper

presents short

stories at library

MANCHESTER — Local celebrity, author and comedian Bob Alper will present his book of short stories at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27 next to the fireplace at the Manchester Community Library. Alper's two books, "Life Doesn't Get Any Better Than This" and "Thanks. I Needed That," contain nearly 80 separate chapters, many of which find their origin in the Northshire. A full-time stand-up comic, Bob injects a bit of humor into some of his stories, but at heart, they are sweet, poignant and inspiring. The program is free and open to the public. Mulled cider and refreshments will be served. For more info, email or call 802-549-4577.

Community supper to be held at Dorset church

DORSET — A free dinner will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Dorset Church. Come eat roast pork with apple sauce, red cabbage, potatoes, peas and salad. Our vegetarian offering will be minestrone soup. Assorted desserts will be offered with wheat and gluten-free choices. The suppers are meant to build community for everyone. Take outs available. A free-will offering will be accepted. For more information, call 802-867-2260 or email at

Astronomer discusses black holes

LONDONDERRY — Claudio Velez, architect, astronomer and president of the Southern Vermont Astronomy Group will review what is known about the structure of black holes and why they are so significant to our quest to understand how the universe works. This a graphics-rich presentation at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, at Neighborhood Connections, located in Londonderry's Mountain Marketplace, next to the post office. Velez will discuss how nothing escapes a black hole and how the black holes littering our galaxy are 10-20 times the mass of our sun. But the one at the core of our galaxy is gargantuan and an effort is now underway to create the first ever image of that object. There is no charge to attend, but register by calling 824-4343.


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