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GNAT-TV offers tech-training Thursdays

SUNDERLAND — Greater Northshire Access Television is offering digital media classes till June. Whether you want to make your own television show, web video or brush up on your camera skills, GNAT-TV is the place to learn. Classes at GNAT-TV are for all ages and skill levels and anyone living or working in GNAT-TV's service territory is welcome to participate.

Once you complete your course, you will be certified and eligible to use GNAT-TV's equipment and facilities free of charge. This includes professional video cameras, lights, editing computers, iPads, photo scanner, green screen and a three-camera television studio.

Classes are held at noon and at 6 p.m. on select Thursdays. If you cannot attend the scheduled class dates, all classes are also available one-on-one by appointment. The schedule is as follows: Video Production Basics on May 23, iPad Animation on May 30 and Introduction to Green Screen Video on June 13. Video Editing with Final Cut X is a one-on-one four-week course scheduled by appointment. To find out more or to register, visit or call (802) 362-7070.

Arlington used book shop reopens for season

ARLINGTON — Martha's Used Books is welcoming back book lovers as it reopens for the season on Friday, May 24. The shop, located at 3854 state Route 7A, offers freshly stocked books in popular categories. Hardcover books are in like-new condition. Due to demand, the shop has expanded its fiction, mystery and history collections. Most hardcovers are $2.50 each, two for $4, or three for $5. Paperbacks are $1 each or three for $2. Specials are priced individually. It also has a large selection of vinyl, DVDs, CDs and audiobooks.

The shop is open Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., till Saturday, Oct. 27. Located in the historic Martha Canfield home, it's a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Volunteers assist shoppers, and all proceeds benefit the Martha Canfield Memorial Free Library. For more information, call the library at (802) 375-6153.

Dorset Players present 'Oklahoma!'

DORSET — The Dorset Players will bring down the curtain on their 91st anniversary season with "Oklahoma!," considered one of the seminal musicals in Broadway history. Performances will be held at the Dorset Playhouse 7:30 p.m. on May 24-25 and 2 p.m. on 26.

The first collaboration of legendary lyricist Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II, "Oklahoma!" was a game-changer when it opened on Broadway in 1943. Songs such as "Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'," "People Will Say We're In Love," and "Oklahoma!" advance the story of a cowboy, Curly, who falls for a farm girl, Laurey, against the backdrop of prairie life in the Indian Territory, circa 1907. Over the past four months, Dorset Players Director Suzi Dorgeloh, Musical Director Tom Salmon and Choreographer Kelly Gaiotti have marshaled a talented cast of 23 people from 17 area towns in Vermont and New York for the production. Tickets can be purchased online at, in person or by calling (802) 867-5777.

Jamaica association sponsoring community garage sale

JAMAICA — The Jamaica Benefit Association is sponsoring a community garage sale on the grounds of the Masonic Hall, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 25. Tools, household items and treasures of all sorts will be for sale. Participants need to bring their own table or tent, which costs $10 per space. Book early since space is limited. To make a reservation, call Ginny at (802) 297-1048. The Masonic Hall is located on Main Street, state Route 30, Jamaica Village.

The Jamaica Benefit Association, established in 1914, was founded by a small group of ladies who sold their handmade goods to raise money for the town. They are responsible for the first sidewalks in the village and the salt-resistant trees on Main Street. They recently supported the library with donations for children's books and the school with new playground equipment. They also give yearly contributions to the Food Bank and to the Fire and Rescue.

Kinhaven Music School holding concerts in Manchester

MANCHESTER — For the third year in a row, Taconic Music will host ensembles from Kinhaven Music School in Manchester, with concerts in late May and early June. At Maple Street School on Saturday, May 25, at 7 p.m., the 42-piece Windhaven Symphonic Band with conductor Dr. Thomas McCauley will perform Leonard Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story," Karel Husa's "Music for Prague 1968" and James David's "Big Four on the River." Maple Street School is located at 322 Maple St. in Manchester Center. Admission is $10 at the door, with all proceeds benefiting Taconic Music's educational outreach programs. For more information about Kinhaven Music School, visit

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Jazz concert series opens this weekend

WILMINGTON — The Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley Jazz Concert Series opens their season at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at the town's Historical Memorial Hall. Pianist Chris Bakriges is joined by bassist Avery Sharpe and drummer Billy Arnold in a benefit performance for the Vermont Veterans and Family Outreach Program. Admission is by a free-will, tax-deductible donation at the door. The Historical Memorial Hall is located at 14 West Main St. in downtown Wilmington. For more information, call 802-464-7500.

Earth Sky Time's farm concerts returning

MANCHESTER — Earth Sky Time kicks off this season's farm concert series on Memorial Day weekend with Kotoko Brass and Daby Toure at 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 26. Kotoko Brass melds the beautifully complex traditional drumming of Central Ghana, Caribbean bass and keys and jubilant New Orleans horns to forge a sound that the Boston Globe has described as "propulsive, infectious party music." Born in Mauritania, and raised in Senegal, Toure has lived and performed for more than a quarter century in Paris before recently moving to Montreal. With influences ranging from African folk melodies and desert blues to jazz, pop, reggae, funk and soul, Toure astounds with his ethereal voice and masterful guitar work.

The farmers and bakers of Earth Sky Time will be serving wood-fired pizza from their Bread Bus, as well as homegrown salad, beer, wine and kombucha. The community farm is located at 1547 Main St. in Manchester. Sunday's event will be held inside the barn in case of rain. Admission is $15, students and farmers are $10 and kids are always free. More information can be found at

Ensemble performing world vocal music

TINMOUTH — The Village Harmony Alumni Ensemble, led by Larry Gordon, Sophie Michaux and Adam Simon, presents a concert of world vocal music on Monday, May 27, 7:30 p.m. at Tinmouth Community Church. The vocal ensemble includes a dozen college-age and young adult Village Harmony veterans, many of whom have sung and traveled with the group for many years. The program features songs and dances from South Africa, contemporary American shape-note songs, quartet gospel, Monteverdi madrigals, as well as traditional songs from Corsica, Bosnia, Croatia and Bulgaria. The suggested admission fee is on a sliding scale of $5-$15. For more information call (802) 881-6775.

Talk on objectivity in the news

MANCHESTER — Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning is thrilled to welcome Jane Lindholm of Vermont Public Radio to talk about objectivity in the era of fake news. The event will take place 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, in Burr and Burton Academy's Hunter Seminar Room. Can you spot fake news? Is journalism increasingly challenged in this so-called post-truth era? This talk will provide ways for listeners to ensure that the news they get is accurate, and for news organizations to safeguard their reporting as fair and correct. It will also explore the role of journalists in being better ethical stewards of the news. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, visit or call (802)-867-0111.

Discussion on new kitchen appliances at Manchester Library

MANCHESTER — This month's meeting of Cook by the Book will be held at the Manchester Community Library at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, at the same time the group is celebrating its third anniversary. Discussion will focus on new kitchen appliances, including the electric multi-cooker, air fryer and sous vide machines. Please join the group and let us know about your experiences with the gadgets. The group will also be discussing what they are planting in their gardens and how they are currently using early harvests.

Facility tours of Manchester's hidden water systems

MANCHESTER — Manchester's wastewater treatment plant will hold an open house and facility tours on Thursday, May 30. Attendance is free, and Vermonters of all ages are invited for a first-hand introduction to the science, technology and human dedication that protect public health and keep the state's rivers and lakes clean. Visitors will see the many processes — such as filtration, chemical treatment, sedimentation, biodigestion, testing and computer monitoring — required to make wastewater safe to release back into natural waterways. They will also get a sense of the staggering volume of water processed by community water systems in Vermont: about 45 million gallons per day, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Manchester Wastewater Treatment Facility, at 136 Battenkill Lane, will be open to the public 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with tours at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. For more information, contact Eric Severance, water and wastewater superintendent, at (802) 688-4662 or The event is part of Water Quality Day, sponsored by Green Mountain Water Environment Association and held every year since 2014 by Governors Shumlin and Scott to honor Vermont's drinking water and wastewater systems and the professionals that operate them. The Manchester facility is among 19 plants open to the public, statewide, on this day. For information on all tour schedules and locations, visit

Arlington Farmers Market seeks vendors

ARLINGTON — The Arlington Area Renewal Project is seeking vendors and artists for the Arlington Farmers' Market, to be held 4-7 p.m. Fridays from June 21 through Sept. 6. The market committee is especially interested in providers of fresh produce, baked goods and pastries and other types of farm products, such as fresh eggs, cheese, jams and jellies, maple syrup, meats, prepared foods, even coffees and teas. Bedding plants are always a big draw at summer markets. The market will also present a weekly "Artist's Corner," featuring a different local artist each week. The market committee is looking for local artists working in oils/acrylic/watercolor, pottery/ceramics, sculpture, photography and wood. For a vendor or artist application, click on the "Farmers Market" tab on or send an email to and ask for a form.


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