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Winter break activity

for older kids

MANCHESTER CENTER — "VIP Teen After Hours" special winter break edition will take place from 4 to 6 p.m on Friday, Feb. 21, at the Manchester Community Library. Music, food and games will be available for tweens and teens ages 12-18. The library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave.

Snowshoe hike

to Mt. Aeolus

EAST DORSET — Snowshoe up Mount Aeolus to the Bat Cave with the Green Mountain Club Manchester section at 10 a.m., on Saturday, Feb. 22. Those participating are asked to meet at 1705 Morse Hill Road and to carpool to the trailhead to snowshoe up Mount Aeolus to the bat cave. Hike is five miles with an 800-foot elevation gain. This is a fast-paced, moderate hike. Participants should bring extra clothes, wool or fleece hat, extra mittens, snacks, lunch and fluids. RSVP to Jim and Marilyn Hand at 802-362-1673 or

New Yorker group

to meet at library

MANCHESTER — The New Yorker discussion group will meet on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month through May 30, to discuss selected articles such as profiles of political and thought leaders; stories on scientific, legal and environmental issues; reviews, humor pieces, and fiction and poetry. All points of view are respected. To join the group and get reading assignments, go to Alex Anvari leads the group which is free and open to library members. Manchester residents are entitled to a free library membership; non-resident fees apply.

Weston Playhouse

hosts music series

WESTON — The Sugartone Brass Band will perform as part of the "Walker Farm Music Series," at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Weston Playhouse. The band plays New Orleans-style brass and has been part of the band scene in New York City for over a decade.

'Armchair Travel Series' features talk on Japan

MANCHESTER — On Sunday, Feb. 23, at 4 p.m., local teacher Maureen Chaffee will share her adventures in Japan, where she visited historical sites in Osaka, Hiroshima, Miyajima Island, Kyoto, as well as several schools, from preschool to high school, during a three-week trip to Japan with UVM's Asian Studies Outreach Program. "Japan: A Teacher's Perspective" is presented by Manchester Community Library and will take place at Equinox Village. Chafee is a native Vermonter who has been the third grade teacher at Maple Street School for the past 20 years. An avid traveler, to date she has visited 42 countries.

The illustrated talk is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow. Equinox Village is located at 49 Maple St. For more information, call the library at 802-362-2607.

Library to host

'Teen After Hours'

MANCHESTER — Teens ages 12-18 are invited to stay at the library after closing at 4 p.m., to hang out, play video or board games, listen to music, or watch a movie and enjoy snacks.

Fat Tuesday

pancake dinner

EAST ARLINGTON — On Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., a free Fat Tuesday pancake dinner will take place at the Federated Church of East Arlington. Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner from 5:30 to 6, and a mini worship with activity to follow from 6 to 7. The church is located at 102 Ice Pond Road.

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Mardi Gras party

with Woody Strobeck

MANCHESTER — The Woody Strobeck and Friends Band will perform traditional and Dixieland jazz from 2 to 2:50 p.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Equinox Terrace, 324 Equinox Terrace Road.

Information session

to focus on CHIP

LONDONDERRY — A free informational session on Complete Health Improvement Programs will feature Laura Jensen, MPH, COMT, Lifestyle Medicine Coordinator, and Dr. Scott Durgin, Lifestyle Medicine Director, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Neighborhood Connections. This session will focus on this lifestyle medicine education program that integrates optimal nutrition, exercise and behavioral psychology principles and tools. The program is offered at Neighborhood Connections, located in the Mountain Marketplace, next to the post office. Registration: 802-824-4343.

John Nemeth

featured in concert

MANCHESTER — A fundraiser for the Manchester Community Library

will feature John N meth and his Memphis band on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m.

Drawing from his strong influences in blues and R&B, as well as contemporary sounds in hip hop and rock & roll, Nemeth creates music that is personal as well as universal. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and can be purchased online, visiting the Library Help Desk or calling 802.362.2607.

Library to host

book discussion

WINHALL — The February book discussion group will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 5 p.m., at the Winhall Library to discuss "The Beantown Girls," by Jane Healey. Those interested in participating in this informal group may stop by the library to borrow a copy of the book.

Family film offered

for winter break

MANCHESTER CENTER — "Family Movie Night" will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Manchester Community Library. The feature film, which is rated PG, is the remake of a classic about a young lion who wishes to be king. Pizza will be served. The program is free. The library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave.

Movie offered at library

MANCHESTER CENTER — The Manchester Community Library will screen a drama of a slave's escape from a Maryland farm and her subsequent leadership of the underground railroad at 1 and 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27. The film received two nominations at the recent Academy Awards.

Screenings, which are free and open to the public, are part of the library's "Community Movie Day" series. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. For more information and the title of the film, call: 802-362-2607 or visit

Spanish classes

offered at Library

MANCHESTER — Spanish conversation skills will be taught at the library at 3 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 28. Classes will be led by BBA teacher Sue Ritchie.


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