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Pie for breakfast

to be served

MIDDLETON SPRINGS — On Saturday, March 7, from 8 to 11 a.m., an all-you-can-eat "Pie for Breakfast" event will take place at the Middletown Springs Elementary School. Tea, coffee or juice will be served with a variety of sweet pies such as pumpkin, apple, berry and chocolate, as well as savory including quiche, pot pies and pizza. There will also be a basket raffle with over 30 prizes, including maple syrup, books, craft items, housewares and gift certificates from local businesses. Adults, $8; $4 for children 5-12; under 5 are free. All proceeds benefit the Middletown Springs Public Library. For more information contact the library at 802-235-2435.

Photo exhibit planned

at Dorset Library

DORSET — An exhibit of photographs and photo cards of Vivina Ciolli, a Salem, N.Y. artist, will take place at the Dorset Library during the month of March. Vivina Ciolli, a retired New York City elementary art teacher, celebrates her recent relocation from Queens, N.Y., to the northeast by capturing its natural beauty in photographs. Ciolli studied art at Saint Joseph's College, Brooklyn, N.Y.; School of Visual Arts, Manhattan, N.Y., and Queens College, Flushing, N.Y. The exhibit opens on Saturday, March 7, with a reception from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

AARP free Tax-Aide at Neighborhood Connections

LONDONDERRY — Each Tuesday through April 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the AARP Foundation is providing free individualized assistance and preparation for all low to moderate taxpayers, especially those 50 and older, at Neighborhood Connections. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation's largest free tax assistance and preparation service. Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified. Those interested are asked to call Neighborhood Connections at 824-4343 to schedule an appointment. Neighborhood Connections is a non-profit social services agency located in the Mountain marketplace, next to the post office.

Jamaica Arts Council plans Winter Animals concert

Vermont rock and roll band, Winter Animals will perform original music on Saturday, March 7, at the historic Jamaica Town Hall. Jay Ouellette from Peru heads up the band accompanied by Joel Jordan on bass, Eric Nathan on drums and Jamaica local David Domenick on guitar. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the show starting at 7. A $10 donation is suggested at the door. All proceeds go to the Jamaica Community Arts Council, a Vermont non-profit. Information:

Snowshoe hike planned by Green Mountain Club

MANCHESTER — The Green Mountain Club will offer a snowshoe hike in the Corn Hill Road Nature Conservancy Preserve on Sunday, March 8. Participants should meet at 1 p.m., at the trailhead on Corn Hill Road, 1/4 mile off Windham Hill Road, where Corn Hill Road turns sharply to the left. There is limited space for this event. Hike is 2 to 4 miles with long, gentle grades on old woods roads, a long-ago farm community. This is a moderately easy trip. Participants should bring extra layers, a wool or fleece hat, extra mittens, snacks and fluids. RSVP to Betsy Thomason at 551-265-7561 or

Dinner to support

Habitat for Humanity

Ye Olde Tavern of Manchester will partner with Bennington County Habitat for Humanity to host a candlelight dinner beginning at 5 p.m., with the last seating at 9 p.m., on Sunday, March 8. All profits will go toward Habitat construction projects, including new construction on Jennifer

Lane in Manchester and in Bennington, and home repairs county-wide. Reservations should be made directly with Ye Olde Tavern at 802-362-0611.

Full moon ski

offered by GMC

MANCHESTER — A full moon backcountry ski on the Long Trail up Bromley will take place on Monday, March 9. Sponsored by the Green Mountain Club, participants are asked to meet at the Route 11/30 Long Trail parking lot for a ski up, ski down trip on the Long Trail to the summit of Bromley. Those attending should bring an extra layer, warm hat, extra mittens or gloves, hand warmers, snacks, fluids and a headlamp. This is a moderately difficult activity. Reservations are required to Katie Brooks at 516-978-4016 or

Free mindfulness classes offered at Manchester Library

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MANCHESTER CENTER — Larissa Hall Carlson will offer free community mindfulness classes on the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., until May 11, at Manchester Community Library. Reduce stress and restlessness, enhance equanimity and cultivate clarity in these free mindfulness opportunities which promote walking, sitting, standing, and supine meditations for deep relaxation. No meditation experience is necessary. Ages 15 and over are welcome. Carlson has taught mindfulness and meditation professionally for over 15 years at prestigious institutions, including the Boston Conservancy, Julliard School, Tanglewood Music Center, Princeton University, Canyon Ranch and others. She holds a master's degree in mindfulness studies, travels nationally and internationally as a visiting teacher and has served as a long-term faculty member at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.

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

Green Mountain Academy to host talk on Israeli conflict

MANCHESTER — Rabbi Michael Cohen will talk about the status of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, at Green Mountain Academy. This spring marks the 100th anniversary of the San Remo Conference where many of the victorious allies of World War I met to discuss the future of the defeated Ottoman Empire.

As part of the dividing up of the Ottoman Empire, the British Mandate was established in Palestine including to put, "into effect the declaration made on the 8th November 1917 by the British government and adopted by the other Allied Powers, in favour of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people." That same spring the 3rd Palestine Arab Congress was held where the local Arab representatives strongly voiced their opposition to the establishment of that idea. Registration is $18 in advance or $22 at the door. For more information or to register: 802-867-0111 or visit

Shelburne Museum to host Colonial Revival lecture

MANCHESTER — Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning continues its yearlong "Women '20-'20" celebration by hosting a talk with Shelburne Museum associate curator Katie Wood Kirchhoff. The talk will take place at 5:30 p.m., on Tuesday, March 10, at the Southern Vermont Arts Center. The talk will survey the relationships between three early Colonial Revival collectors - Shelburne Museum founder Electra Havemeyer Webb and two of her important advisors, Lillian Baker Carlisle and Katherine Prentis Murphy - and investigate the ways that these three intelligent and innovative women ultimately shaped larger trends in collecting, interpreting and understanding American antiques and material culture. Registration: $18 in advance or $22 at the door. Information/registration: 802-867-0111 or visit

Telescope making topic of astronomy group meeting

CHESTER — The Southern Vermont Astronomy Group's monthly meeting will feature a presentation by member Rick Hunter. Hunter, who is also a member of the Springfield Telescope Makers, will show and tell the story of his refractor telescope project. While making the mirror for his reflector telescope only involved two things - the mirror and the tool he used to grind it into shape - the refractor involved shaping and polishing both sides of two glass lenses to precision. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, March 10, at the Chester Town Hall, second floor. The town hall is located in the Depot on Route 103, across the triangular green from Lisa's Market and the Railroad Station.

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GMC hosts snowshoe hike at Equinox Golf Course

MANCHESTER — An "Easy Full Moon Snowshoe" will take place at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, March 10, on the Equinox Golf Course. Those attending are asked to meet in the parking lot across from the Dormy Grill in Manchester Village, and should bring an extra layer, warm hat, extra mittens and a headlamp. This is an easy, two-mile snowshoe on rolling terrain. Reservations required to Keld Alstrup, 802-362-1422 or

Covered bridges

to be talk topic

LONDONDERRY— The Londonderry Conservation Commission will offer a presentation on "Covered Bridges in Vermont," by Nick Strom-Olsen. The presentation will take place at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, March 10, at the Londonderry Depot. A local enthusiast and authority on Vermont covered bridges, he will speak on covered bridges in general and more specifically, on the renowned builder, Nicholas Powers, his great-great-great-grandfather. Powers built bridges around the state and New England, and has two listed as National Historical Landmarks.

Manchester Library hosts conversational French group

MANCHESTER — French teachers Lizzy Lindenberg and Michelle Emery will lead a conversational French group on Tuesdays from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., at the Manchester Community Library. Drop-ins are welcome. The meetings are free and open to the public, and are presented by Burr and Burton Academy, Manchester Community Library and Maple Street School. The theme-based meetings will include musique francophone, video clips, poetry, game night and fromage. Intermediate to advanced skill level speakers will feel most comfortable; beginners are welcome to listen and absorb until they are able to join the conversation. The program continues through April 7.

Radio show to be featured at Burr and Burton Academy

MANCHESTER — A variety of genres will be presented by the Burr and Burton Academy Music Department as part of their March concerts. Scheduled for 6:30 p.m., on Wednesday, March 11 and Thursday, March 12, at the Southern Vermont Arts Center, the concerts will be presented through the format of a radio show featuring several instrumental and vocal ensembles. Tickets are available at

Jr. Makers to make

hot air balloons

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MANCHESTER CENTER — Hot air balloons will be the focus of the next "Jr. Makers" meeting. Scheduled for 3:30 to 4:40 p.m., on Wednesday, March 11, participants will learn the science behind hot air balloons and will make their own model versions. This is a date change from the original calendar posting. Registration is required: Rebecca at or call 802-549-4580. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave.

Library says 'Stay

at Home and Read'

MANCHESTER CENTER — The Manchester Community Library will host "Stay at Home & Read: A Fundraiser for MCL," on Thursday, March 12, all day. Instead of dressing up and going out for a party or gala, community members are invited to support MCL while staying at home, reading a book and making a gift to the library in the amount they would typically spend for a fundraising event or a night out on the town. Participants are invited to make a gift to the library via Facebook or the MCL website and to share a photo of their book, comfy slippers, furry friends or cozy reading nook by tagging @manchesterVTlibrary on Facebook and @manchestercommunitylibrary on Instagram. Photos and book recommendations will be compiled and shared. Manchester Community Library is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and receives two-thirds of its funding through donations and sources outside of its town appropriation. For more information: visit, or call 802.362.2607.

Community movie

day at library

MANCHESTER CENTER — The Manchester Community Library will screen a deeply moving and unexpectedly playful film about a Chinese family coping with the imminent death of their beloved grandmother. The family decides to shield their grandmother from this news and to reunite for a lavish wedding. The film stars Awkwafina, who received a Best Actress Award at the 2020 Golden Globes. Running time is 98 minutes. The film will be screened at 1 and 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, March 12. The screenings are free and open to the public and are part of the library's "Community Movie Day" series. For more information and the title of the film, call: 802-362-2607 or visit

Radio show format

featured in concerts

MANCHESTER — The Burr and Burton Academy Music Department will present their annual March concerts at 6:30 p.m., on Wednesday, March 11, and Thursday, March 12, at the Southern Vermont Arts Center. A variety of genres will be depicted through the format of a radio show featuring several instrumental and vocal ensembles. Tickets are available at

'Super Saturday'


MANCHESTER CENTER _ "Super Saturday" will celebrate National Pi Day and Einstein's birthday with hands-on science and math activities using Pi, at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, March 14, at the Manchester Community Library. Suggested grade levels for the program are Kindergarten through grade 5.

Pancake breakfast, pie sale

to benefit Northshire Day

MANCHESTER CENTER - The Northshire Day School Family Committee will host a pancake breakfast and pie sale to benefit early childhood education at the school.

The breakfast will be from 9 to 11 a.m., on Saturday, March 14. The school is located at 5484 Main St. Pancakes, sausage, coffee, milk and juice will be served. Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 2-12; under 2 eat free, or $20 for the family. There will be a children's coloring table and the courtyard playground will be open. In honor of National Pi Day, there will be a homemade pie sale in the lobby. Pies will be available for $15 and may be purchased without attending the breakfast.

Learn about becoming

a hospice volunteer

MANCHESTER — On March 14, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave., Bayada Hospice personnel will offer a meet-and-greet to learn about the rewards of volunteering for Hospice. On hand will be pet therapy dogs, refreshments, and printed information and applications. People who are in the process of dying have a unique perspective on what it means to be alive. For more information: or 802-282-4122.


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