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Pesticide-free communities talk

MANCHESTER CENTER — Philip Ackerman-Leist will share what is happening in the Italian town of Mals and in 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 in a presentation that begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at Manchester Community Library. Ackerman-Leist is the author of "A Precautionary Tale: How One Small Town Banned Pesticides, Preserved Its Food Heritage and Inspired a Movement." 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.

Medicare focus of free seminar

LONDONDERRY — Tara Williams, a licensed insurance agent with Heritage Way, will be at Neighborhood Connections at 6 p.m. on Thursday. The goal of this free seminar is to educate participants on the basics, including tips for enrollment and options for Medicare Supplement Insurance. The session will review Medicare basics, discuss enrollment periods and penalties, and explore Medicare Supplement Insurance. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. Reservations: 802.776.2187 or email Neighborhood Connections, a non-profit social services agency is located at 5700 Mountain Marketplace.

Roger Kahle and Friends to play at contra dance

TINMOUTH — A contra dance featuring the music of Roger Kahle and Friends will take place from 8 to 11 p.m. on Friday at the Tinmouth Community Center. Caller is Richard Hopkins. All dances are taught, and partners are not needed. A beginner's lesson will start at 8 p.m. Dances take place on the third Friday of the month at the community center on Route 140. Those attending are asked to bring clean, non-marring shoes. Admission is $10-$12; $8 for teens, and free for children 12 and under. Information:;, or call 802-881-6775.

Library celebrates 5-year anniversary birthday party

MANCHESTER — To kick off Manchester Community Library's year long fifth anniversary celebration, an "old-style" birthday party will center around the theme of the number five. The night will feature a demonstration and book signing by Vermont author Eileen Christelow, creator of "The Five Little Monkeys" book series, as well as balloon making, games, crafts and refreshments. The party will take place on Friday, Nov. 15, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave.

Taconic Music to present family program and recital

MANCHESTER — Manchester Community Library will host a "Super Saturday" program at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, in the Children's Barn. Selected violin, viola and cello "Strings for Kids" students and teachers will perform short pieces and offer a playful, kid-friendly demonstration of the instruments. At 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17, all students will present their fall recital in Zion Episcopal Church. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information: Joana Genova,; 802-362-7162 or

Youth lacrosse clinic planned at Burr and Burton

MANCHESTER — TryLax, a 90-minute, introductory lacrosse clinic for boys and girls who have never played before, will be conducted by U.S. Lacrosse-trained coaches from the community. The clinic will take place on Saturday at Burr and Burton Academy.

Cost is $35 per player; a Warrior or Brine lacrosse stick plus a free Swaxlax ball will be available for participants to keep, as well as a one-year membership to U.S. Lacrosse. There will be a maximum of 100 participants. Registration / information:

Murder mystery party to benefit BBA program

DORSET - The Burr and Burton Parent Association is presenting a "Murder Mystery Evening Fundraiser" featuring "Clue," from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday to benefit the BBA Performing Arts Program. Appetizers and beverages from southern Vermont chefs and spirit makers will be available. Audience members will become detectives who question the cast of "suspects" to see if enough clues can be found to solve the crime. Tickets are $75 per person and may be purchased at The benefit's location will be in a private residence in Dorset with the address revealed when guests register online and purchase their tickets.

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Pawlet fire department plans wild game dinner

PAWLET — The Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department will hold their 51st annual wild game and chicken and biscuit supper at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Pawlet Firehouse, 155 Vt. Route 133. The menu includes bear roast, venison roast, venison stew, veggie salads and mashed potatoes along with chicken and biscuits. Adults $15; children 6 to 10, $7; under 5 free. For more information, call the firehouse at 802-325-3222 or Fran at 802-325-3191.

Taconic Music featured at 'Super Saturday'

MANCHESTER — This week's "Super Saturday" will feature Taconic music presenting "Music from the Shelves." The program, which will feature spirited and jazzy music, will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Manchester Community Library, at 138 Cemetery Ave.

Skate for a  cause on Sunday

MANCHESTER —Riley Rink at Hunter Park invites the community to a Kids Dollar Skate to benefit the Kenya Drylands Education Fund on Sunday from 1-3 p.m. Admission is $1 for children 13 and under and $3 for kids 14 and up (skate rentals not included). Come and enjoy an afternoon skating and a bake sale while supporting Kenya Drylands Education Fund. This event is generously donated by Union Underground, Charlie's Coffee House and Social House. For more information please contact Sarah Hadden at

Conspiracism to be focus of GMALL program

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MANCHESTER — Dartmouth College professor J. Russell Muirhead will discuss the new brand of conspiracism as part of a program of the Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy. Conspiracists have recently introduced conspiracy without theory and this new conspiracism has moved from the fringes to the heart of government with the election of Donald Trump. This talk will explain how the new conspiracism differs from classic conspiracy theory, why so few officials speak truth to conspiracy and what needs to be done to resist it. Registration is $18 in advance or $22 at the door. Information / registration: call 802-867-0111 or visit' Burr and Burton Academy is located at 57 Seminary Ave.

Book discussion at Winhall Library

WINHALL — The November book discussion at the Winhall Library will take place at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, with the book, "There There" by Tommy Orange. This is an informal group; the book is available at the library.

'Junior Makers' program to feature 'Frozen' theme

MANCHESTER — "Junior Makers" featuring a "Frozen" theme will take place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Manchester Community Library. The program will allow children in grades K-6 to discover the different forms of liquid by making ice grow and creating snow, as well as an ice castle. Registration is required: Rebecca at or call 802-549-4580. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave.

Church dinner to include worship service, activity

EAST ARLINGTON — A free church dinner will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Federated Church on 102 Ice Pond Road. Doors open at 5 p.m.; dinner from 5:30-6 p.m., and a mini worship with activity to follow from 6 to 7 p.m.

Manchester Rotary Club hosting holiday mixer

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MANCHESTER —The Manchester Rotary Club is holding its Better Together Holiday Mixer on Thursday, Nov. 21 from 6-8 p.m. at Cota & Cota, 2332 Depot St. (across from Bob's Diner and next to the Eagles Lodge). All are welcome to stop in for complimentary food, and refreshments and share in holiday cheer. Come celebrate a year of community events and all of our town organizations' hard work, Meet members from our local non-profits and service organizations, as well as, friends and family who live, work, and love this community. Learn about current and future programs and events and find out how to join, volunteer, and donate in Manchester and the surrounding communities. The door prize raffle is for the Ken Cota Gift of Warmth — the opportunity to give the gift of warmth to a household of your choice! Guests are encouraged to bring a donation for the Community Food Cupboard, such as canned goods, cereal, and non-food necessities (toothpaste, shampoo, soap, toilet paper).

Vt. population and immigration to be focus of presentation

LANDGROVE — The Landgrove Historical Society and the Landgrove Meeting House will co-sponsor a free talk and presentation by Northern Vermont University professor Paul Searls, author of "Repeopling Vermont: The Paradox of Development in the Twentieth Century," at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Landgrove Town Hall. In his book, Searls discusses how different Vermont communities have responded to declining populations and subsequent immigration. Landgrove is one of the communities cited as an example, first by the influx of Swedish farmers at the beginning of the century, and second by the proliferation of second home buyers. The Town Hall is located at 88 Landgrove Road.

Equinox Village to show exhibit by painter, photographer

MANCHESTER — An exhibit by painter Mark Tougias, along with photographer Lucy Fremont will be featured at the Gallery at Equinox Village. After graduating from the School of Visual Arts, Lucy began a 30-year career photographing artwork for galleries and collectors and is recognized for her unique "Art and Animal Series." She resides in Salem, N.Y. Mark studied art history at the University of Massachusetts and has had over 40 one-man shows. A member of the Copley Society, Northshore Arts Association and Southern Vermont Art Center, he resides in Cambridge, N.Y. An opening reception will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21. Refreshments will be provided. The exhibit will be open daily through January 4. The Gallery at Equinox Village is located at 49 Maple St. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information call 802-362-4061.

Demonstration to offer 'Vermont raptors'

MANCHESTER — The Southern Vermont Museum of Natural History will present "Vermont Raptors; A Live Bird Demonstration," at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, at 324 Equinox Terrace Road. Reservations: 802-362-5141.

Spanish group meets one week early

MANCHESTER — The November meeting of "Spanish Conversation, Drama and Stories" at Manchester Community Library will be led by Sue Ritchie. The meeting will take place from 3 to 3:55 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22. The meeting is taking place one week early due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The lively, interactive group is free and open to those who have a basic knowledge of the Spanish language. Information: 802-362-2607.

Long Trail to perform award-winning musical

DORSET — The Tony Award-winning musical, "In the Heights," by Lin-Manuel Miranda, will be performed at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22 and 23, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24, at Long Trail School. "In the Heights" tells the story of a vibrant community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood that is on the brink of change. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. Purchase tickets online at or reserve at (802) 867-5717, ext. 178 or

Seeger remembered at 'Songfest'

CHESTER - A "Pete Seeger 100th Birthday Songfest," will be performed at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24, at First Universalist Parish. Many well-loved songs by Seeger, such as "If I Had a Hammer" and "Turn, Turn, Turn," will be performed. The performance will be led by composer/guitarist Jim Scott, who knew Pete and collaborated on many projects with him. Scott played for years with the Paul Winter Consort and was co-composer of their celebrated "Missa Gaia/Earth Mass." Suggested donation is $15, with children under 12 admitted free. First Universalist Parish is located in the historic Stone Village, 211 North St. For more information: Melody Reed, 875-5414.

Kittay Library to host gingerbread house fun

RUPERT — A traditional gingerbread house workshop will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24, at the Rupert Kittay Library. Karen Graf, an experienced gingerbread house maker, will help 16 children create a gingerbread house. Because of limited space, participants must pre-register for the workshop by November 17, and children under the age of 11 must be accompanied by an adult. The children will also decorate their own cookie to take home. This is one of the free programs sponsored by the library. The Kittay Library is located at 2827 Route 153. For more information or to register for the workshop, visit:; e-mail,, or call the library at 394-2444.


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