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Library offers

Mah-Jongg lessons

MANCHESTER CENTER — Manchester Community Library will offer a six-week session of beginner Mah-Jongg lessons on the following Fridays: November 8, 15 and 22; and December 6, 13, and 20, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Space is limited to eight participants. The lessons are taught by Lynn Kaplan and are free and open to library members. Each student needs to purchase a National Mah Jongg League Rules Card a Participants need to commit to all six classes and need to stay for the duration of each lesson. Pre-register by calling Lynn at 954-253-0547 or email her at

Rusty DeWees delivers iconic Vermont humor

JAMAICA — Rusty DeWees returns with all new material to the historic Jamaica town hall on Saturday, Nov. 9. DeWees delivers an old-time traditional evening of entertainment with iconic Vermont humor that is part comedy and part music. He's toured New England for over 20 years in "The Logger," his original one-man comedy show. Tickets are $25 and available at D&K and at Meulemans' Craft Draughts. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the show beginning at 7. Seating is limited. Event is BYOB. The show is presented by the Jamaica Community Arts Council. For complete details, go to

Artist Anharad Llewelyn leads workshop

DORSET — Artist Anharad Llewelyn will lead a one-day collage painting workshop. If you love to paint, yet are looking for a new way to push color with mixed media, this class is for you! Students will start the day creating their own patterned paper samples to use in their mixed media collage painting. Working from an image of the student's choosing, participants will paint with acrylic paint to make a base layer and then cover the painting with a variety of patterned paper. Please bring old letters, stamps, handwriting samples, recipes, and/or any paper supplies you would like to see incorporated into your finished painting. There will be many other options available, as well. Bring a bag lunch. Registration is $60. For more information or to register, call 802-867-0111 or go to The event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Long Trail School art room, 1045 Kirby Hollow Road.

The big world

of mini things

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MANCHESTER CENTER — Author and lifelong collector of miniatures Kate Esme nver will discuss her new book, "The Book of Mini: Inside the Big World of Tiny Things," at Northshire Bookstore at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10. Every copy of the book comes with its own miniature book. A Q&A will follow the discussion. From teeny burgers and minuscule handbags to furniture no larger than a quarter, this mind-blowing collection of one-of-a-kind miniatures features more than 250 of the tiniest creations from all over the world. Kate has been curating unique and extraordinary miniatures on her Instagram account, @dailymini, since 2012. The free program is open to the public and is co-sponsored by Northshire Bookstore and Manchester Community Library. The bookstore is located at 4869 Main St. For information, call the library at 802-362-2607.

Youth hunters breakfast in West Pawlet

WEST PAWET — The West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring a special pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m., on Sunday, Nov. 10, at the fire department located on 2806 Vermont Route 153. In recognition of Youth Deer Hunting Weekend in Vermont, all youth hunters who provide a photo or proof of their deer will receive a free breakfast. Menu consists of regular, chocolate chip, blueberry and cranberry pancakes, plus waffles served with local maple syrup; West Pawlet's world famous home fries, scrambled eggs, sausage and bacon. Beverages include coffee, tea, milk and orange juice. Prices are $10 for those 12 years and older; $8 for seniors 65 and older; $5 for children ages 5 to 11, and free for children under five.

Sacred community

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to meet in Arlington

ARLINGTON — "Connections," a new spiritual community, based on deepening relationships with spirit, the Earth, ourselves and each other will take place from 2 to 5 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Arlington Community House, 3854 Main St. The first gathering will be a workshop entitled, "Bringing the Sacred into Everyday Life." Cost is $45 per person. The first monthly ceremony will be "A Ceremony to Honor our Ancestors," from 6:30 to 8 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 22, also at the community house. It will be offered on a sliding scale of $10 to $15. December events include, "A Ceremony to Honor our Differences" and a "Circle to Restore Faith." January will feature "A Kindness, Compassion and Tolerance Circle." "Connections" is open to people of all faiths and will be facilitated by Teresa King of the Greater Bennington Interfaith Council. Information: Descriptions of all future events are provided under "Events" at

Vets to be honored

with wreath laying

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Veterans of Foreign Wars will honor Veterans Day with a wreath laying ceremony at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, at Post 6471, 280 Depot St. Those attending are asked to arrive at 10:45. Following the ceremony, light refreshments will be served. A ceremonial rifle volley will also take place. Information: post commander, Chris Conte,

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Dorset Players plan

directors' meeting

DORSET — The Dorset Players will hold a directors' meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the playhouse. The goal of this meeting is to invite the input of new and returning directors as plans for the upcoming seasons are discussed. All directors are invited and are encouraged to bring any one-act, full length comedy, drama or musical scripts. Information on submitting scripts for the 17th annual, "One-Act Festival" to take place April 3, 4 and 5, will also be provided. Information or to RSVP:

Russia, NATO relationship to be discussed by GMALL

MANCHESTER — Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning welcomes Ralph S. Clem, professor emeritus at Florida International University, to talk about the contentious relationship between Russia and NATO at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Manchester Community Library. Following Russia's seizure of the Crimea region from Ukraine in early 2014, tensions have risen steadily between Moscow and the West, with economic sanctions, expulsions of diplomats, and an unending barrage of mutual recriminations not seen since the darkest days of the Cold War. Registration is $18 in advance, or $22 at the door. Information/registration: 802-867-0111 or visit

Pesticide-free talk

planned library

MANCHESTER CENTER — Philip Ackerman-Leist discusses a growing alliance of communities around the world that are pursuing a pesticide-free future in response to crises related to biodiversity, climate change and human health concerns at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov 14, at Manchester Community Library. Information: 802-362-2607.The presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments and a look at a pop-up exhibition. Ackerman-Leist's talk will begin at 7 p.m. Ackerman-Leist is the dean of professional education at the School of the New American Farmstead at Sterling

College. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. Information: 802-362-2607.


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