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South Londonderry library presents story time

SOUTH LONDONDERRY — The South Londonderry Free Library is presenting a variety of story time programs this summer, which include songs, games and a related craft. The schedule till the end of August is as follows: Rocket into space (June 28, 2 p.m.), Ice cream celebration (July 8, 3 p.m.), Moon landing (July 19, 2 p.m.), Wild and crazy hair (July 26, 1 p.m.), The planets (Aug. 9, 1 p.m.), Sharks and shells (Aug. 14, 2 p.m.) and National dog day (Aug. 26, 1 p.m.). The library is located at 15 Old School St. and can be reached by phone at (802) 824-3371. On July 31, 1 p.m., rock along with Rockin' Ron, the friendly pirate of the universe, at a special musical event to be held at the Londonderry town meeting room, 100 Old School St.

Equinox hotel hosts pop-up photo exhibit

MANCHESTER — Professor-turned-photographer Matthew Lerman is exhibiting his photographs at the Equinox hotel's pop-up art gallery from Friday, June 28, to Sunday, June 30. The show opens 5 to 8 p.m. Friday with a wine and cheese reception, then continues Saturday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m) and Sunday (10 a.m. to noon). Lerman, a former professor of biology, marine ecology and oceanography in New York, presents digital images depicting the beauty of the natural environment. Several of his photographs are printed on aluminum, which gives pictures a modern, life-like quality. Lerman's textbook, "Marine Biology: Environment, Diversity, and Ecology (1986)," featuring many of his own photographs, was used in colleges and secondary schools for more than 20 years. As a photographer, his mission is to show viewers the myriad intricate connections within the biosphere, leading them to love and protect the natural wonders of our land. The Equinox's pop-up art gallery is located in its Johnny Appleseed building, next to the main hotel building on Main Street.

Psychologist discusses her own parenting doubts

MANCHESTER — Psychologist Sharon Lamb comes to Northshire Bookstore on Friday, June 28, 6 p.m., to discuss her book, "The Not Good Enough Mother." Lamb, a professor of counseling psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston and an expert witness, evaluates the fitness of parents when their children have been removed from their custody. The conclusions she reaches can mean that some children are returned from foster homes, whereas others are put up for adoption. But when her son's struggle with opioid addiction comes to light, Lamb starts to doubt her right to make judgments about other mothers. An experienced clinician, she sees children, adolescents and adults at her therapy office in Shelburne.

Pride Weekend festivities feature parade

BENNINGTON — Bennington Pride Weekend debuts with "Bennington's Coming Out Benefit Celebration" at 7 p.m. Friday, June 28, at the Masonic Hall at 504 Main Street. The event features live music from a local band formed especially for the event, the Pop-Up Pride Band, as well as performances by area drag queens Angelique DuBois, Chardonnay LeTease and Mikey Flexx. On Saturday, 1 p.m., motorcyclists from the New England Wind Sisters (NEWS) and Lady Riders of New England will rev their engines and show off their bikes as they lead Bennington's first ever LGBTQ Pride Parade from the Bennington Museum — a homage to the tradition of the Dykes on Bikes lesbian motorcycle club of San Francisco. The lead float will be decorated in the different versions of the LGBTQ rainbow flag, including that of transgender and asexual people and racial and religious minorities.

Horses, pet dogs and at least one goat are expected to also join the parade. It ends at People's Park on Depot Street, where a Pride Festival featuring music, poetry and speeches will follow from 2-5 p.m. Toward the end of the festival, the Vermont Arts Exchange ArtBus will transport young people to the Queer Youth Prom, an invitation-only event. To find out more, email On Sunday, Pride Weekend participants and organizers are holding a picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the Bennington Museum. Everyone is welcome.

Hike historic

Dorset quarry

DORSET — Art Gilbert, a retired geologist, and Jon Mathewson, curator of the Dorset Historical Society, are leading a hike of the Freedley Quarry on Saturday, June 29. Participants meet at 9 a.m. at the Historic Society's Bley House Museum on Route 30 and Kent Hill Road, then carpool to the trailhead. Everyone should be back at DHS by noon. For more information, visit or call (802) 867-0331.

How to foster reading among children

PAWLET — Library literacy coach Catherine Hunter trains parents, grandparents and child caregivers on fostering better reading skills for children ages 4 to 8. The free programs at the Pawlet Public Library continue on the Saturdays of June 29 and July 6, 10 to 11:30 a.m. The topic on June 29 is "Supporting Young Readers" and the following week, "Helping Young Writers Grow." Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required. Hunter is also available to offer additional workshops and one-on-one coaching for children and families. To schedule this free service, call the library at (802) 325-3123. For more details on its public programs for adults and children, visit or stop by the library for a brochure. It is located at 141 School St.

Strawberry treats at St. Paul's Church

MANCHESTER — St. Paul's Church is hosting a Strawberry Social at the parish hall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 29, and after the 10 a.m. mass the following day — if there's any treats left. The sweet indulgences include strawberry shortcakes galore, chilled strawberry sipping soup, fresh strawberry tiramisu, double strawberry milkshake, strawberry salad with strawberry vinaigrette, chocolate-dipped strawberries and strawberry popsicles. There will even be free strawberry puzzle sheets for children. Strawberry lovers of all sizes, shapes and ages are welcome. The event is a fundraiser for the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court St. Rita, which support many charities for children. St. Paul's Church is located on Bonnet Street in Manchester Center.

Gardening primer

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for every season

MANCHESTER — Northshire Bookstore welcomes back master gardener Margaret Roach for a talk about her new book on Saturday, June 29, at 6 p.m. Drawing on her 40 years of gardening experience, "A Way to Garden: A Hands-On Primer for Every Season," imparts wisdom on topics such as seasonal gardening, ornamental plants, vegetable gardening, gardening for wildlife and organic practices. Roach also challenges gardeners to think beyond their garden borders and to consider the ways gardening can enrich the world.

Her unique approach, which she refers to as "horticultural how-to and woo-woo," is a blend of vital information you need to memorize (like how to plant a bulb) and intuitive steps you must simply feel and surrender to. Brimming with beautiful photographs of Roach's own garden, "A Way to Garden" is practical, inspiring and a must-have for every passionate gardener.

Manchester library offers tai chi

demo class

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Community Library is hosting a free tai chi and qi gong demonstration class on Tuesday, July 2, from 8:30 to 9:40 a.m. in the Hunter Community Room. Many studies tout the benefits of tai chi and chi kung: the gentle stretches and postures help to improve balance, reduce fear and incidents of falls, increase blood flow, decrease blood pressure, as well as improve nerve function, flexibility, strength, brain plasticity and awareness. The class will be taught by Nelson Clark, a tai chi and qi gong instructor since 1990, who now teaches at Heart of The Village Yoga studio and at the Bennington Recovery Network. Demo class participants should wear comfortable clothing. Based on participation and interest, the Manchester Community Library will assess whether to offer an ongoing tai chi and qi gong morning class. The library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. and can be reached by phone at (802) 362-2607.

Blood pressure/foot care clinics

coming to the area

MANCHESTER — The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region is holding blood pressure and foot care clinics in various Bennington County towns this month: Bennington Senior Center, Tuesday, July 2, 1:30 p.m.; Manchester office of VNAHSR, Wednesday, July 10, 1:30pm; and Dorset office of VNAHSR, Wednesday, July 17, 9 a.m. The cost of the foot clinic is $10. No appointment necessary. Call (802) 770-1536 for more information. There are also bereavement support meetings in Bennington every first and third Thursday (no meeting July 4) of each month from 11 a.m. to noon at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Meetinghouse.

The Rev. Lucy Ijams, spiritual and bereavement coordinator for the Bennington VNAHSR office, will facilitate. The meetings are free and open to the public.To find out more, call (802) 442-0510.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra holds summer tour

MANCHESTER — Pack a picnic basket and celebrate summer with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 2, at Hunter Park. This year's program, "Strike Up the Orchestra!" was crafted by guest conductor Sharon Lavery, who is making her VSO debut. The orchestra showcases the composers who set America to music: Gershwin, Joplin, Bernstein, Copland and the foremost film composer of our generation, John Williams. VSO Principal Clarinet Kelli O'Connor is the featured soloist in a jazzy concerto written by Artie Shaw. Each concert closes with a dazzling fireworks display accompanying Tchaikovsky's famous 1812 Overture and the beloved marches of John Philip Sousa. For more information, call (802) 864-5741.

Explore outer space through reading program

PAWLET — Educator Hunter Bassett returns to the Pawlet Public Library this summer to lead children in a summer reading program that explores outer space. The program, which started June 26, will continue on the Wednesdays of July 3, 10, 17 and 24, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The library follows the statewide summer reading theme, A Universe of Stories, which coincides with 60 years of NASA's space exploration and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing. Children earn prizes as they advance in reading during the five sessions.These free activities are designed for children grades 1 to 6, and advanced registration is encouraged because space is limited. Bassett, of Granville, graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a bachelor's in biology and for the past three summers has served as counselor and director of the Granville Summer Recreation program. New this year, parents accompanying children can join literacy coach Catherine Hunter to learn ways to extend their child's interest in non-fiction. To view the roster of 2019 children's programs and other public programs offered through December, visit or stop by the library to pick up a brochure. It is located at 141 School St.

Pizza and music night in Arlington

ARLINGTON — West Mountain Inn continues its Woodfired Pizza and Music Nights series with a lineup of live local musicians and a buffet dinner on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Performers for July and August are: Beyond Further (July 3), William Seeders Mosheim (July 10), Pass'in Thru (July 17), Hale Mountain Pickers (July 24), Acoustic Crush (July 31), Freddi Shehadi (Aug. 7), Flight Risk (Aug. 14) and Out of the Hat (Aug. 21). Woodfired pizza buffet, with salad, cookies, brownies and lemonade, is $18. Beer, wine and cocktails are also available. Dinner will be on the lawn in good weather, but in the barn if it rains. These family-friendly evenings are open to the public. The inn is located at 144 West Mountain Inn Road. Call (802) 375-6516 or email for more information.

American Legion monthly meeting

ARLINGTON — The American Legion in town is holding its monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 3, 7 p.m., at Post 69 on Legion Road.


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