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Zambia Ambassador to UN to speak in Dorset

DORSET — Isaiah Chabala, the former Permanent Representative of Zambia to the United Nations, will speak Friday at 6 p.m. at the Dorset Village Library on the legacy of Nelson Mandela. The event is sponsored by Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance (YANA), New England, Vermont chapter, and by Grace Initiative Global.

Taconic Music's Strings for Kids lessons begin September 10

MANCHESTER —Strings for Kids offers violin, viola and cello instruction throughout the school year for children ages 5-18, from beginning and intermediate through advanced levels. Lessons for 2018-19's fall term start the week of September 10 and take place at Zion Episcopal Church in Manchester Center.

In addition to lessons, Strings for Kids students have the opportunity to participate in recitals and family concerts at the Manchester Community Library, Zion Episcopal Church, Equinox Terrace, and other local venues. 2018-19 faculty includes Deanna Baasch (violin), Vesela French (violin and viola), Joana Genova (violin), Cami Sylvia (violin), Ariel Rudiakov (viola) and Jared Shapiro (cello).

For more information about Strings for Kids and other Taconic Music programs, visit, call (802) 362-7162 or email

Kids Story Time at Northshire

MANCHESTER — On Saturday at 11 a.m., Christy Mihaly will read from her book "Hey, Hey, Hay (A Tale of Bales and the Machines that Make Them)" at the Northshire Bookstore. This rollicking book tells the story of a farm girl and her mother sharing in the haymaking chores. Mom drives the tractor, pulling the mower to mow the tall grass, the tedder to aerate the cut grass, and then the baler to roll the grass into bales. It's an exuberant celebration of farming, the seasons, and the mother-child relationship, told in rhyme and beautifully illustrated by Joe Cepeda.

Rise for climate jobs and justice

MANCHESTER — Earth Matters and MoveOn Manchester are hosting events to demand a fossil fuel-free world on Saturday. The day starts art build/sign making workshop (materials provided) at 10 a.m. in the conference room at Northshire Bookstore, then head over to the Factory Point Park Gazebo at Noon for a march through town and a rally at the big roundabout. State House of Representatives candidate Kathleen James and Edward Cameron, who was instrumental in the writing of the Paris Climate Agreement, will speak at 1 p.m. in Readers' Park outside Northshire Bookstore.

Thrifty Attic Bag Sale

LONDONDERRY — What's on Your Buck-et List? Get everything on your list and more at the Thrifty Attic Semi-Annual Bag Sale on Wednesday and Saturday in Londonderry. Clothes, household items and more — whatever fits into one grocery bag (provided by us) will cost you just one buck! New fall and winter merchandise will go out on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Store hours are 8 a.m. until noon, Wednesdays and Saturdays. And, remember, the Thrifty Attic pours all net proceeds from your bucks right back into our community!

Northshire Day School hosting wellness fair

MANCHESTER — Northshire Day School will be celebrating their Fifth Annual Wellness Fair on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This is a free event open to all children and their families. There will be information pertaining to breastfeeding, Battenkill Valley Health Center, BROC, CIS, WIC, Northshire Grows, Let's Grow Kids, and Neighbor Works of Western Vermont just to name a few. Some of the activities planned an outdoor chutes and ladder game, face painting, a bounce house, obstacle course, yoga with Lela Hughes and an activity with Someday Farm. For more information contact Jane at NDS at 802-362-1395.

West Pawlet pancake breakfast

PAWLET — Sunday begins the fundraiser Pancake Breakfast season sponsored by the West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department. The breakfasts are held at the West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department from 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. The West Pawlet firehouse is a handicap accessible site. All are welcome. The breakfast menu includes pancakes of several varieties including regular, chocolate chip, blueberry and cranberry pancakes plus waffles served with local maple syrup. Also on the menu are West Pawlet's world-famous home fries, scrambled eggs, sausage and bacon. Beverages include coffee, tea, milk and orange juice. Breakfast prices are $10 for 12 years and up, $5 for 5-11 years and free to children under the age of 5. For more information contact: Antonio Landon at 802-345-4312 or email: .

Two hikes with the Green Mountain Club

MANCHESTER — On Sunday, join the Manchester Section of the Green Mountain Club for a hike up Pico Peak. Meet at Clark's IGA in Londonderry at 8 a.m. to car pool or at the large dirt parking lot across from the Inn at Long Trail on U.S. Route 4 at 9 a.m.. Hike up the Sherburne Pass Trail to Pico Camp and the up the Pico Link to the Pico Summit. Return via the Summit Glade Ski Trail to the Sherburne Pass Trail. This will be a slow paced hike, about 6 miles, with 1900 feet elevation gain. Lunch at the summit. Bring lunch, snacks, fluids, extra layer and a hat, raincoat just in case. Poles are helpful on the steeper sections. RSVP required to Marge Fish at or 802-384-3654.

On Monday, join the Green Mountain Club for a hike from the north up Bromley Mountain. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Peru Town Office (Peru park and ride) in Peru village. Car pool to the parking lot on Mad Tom Notch. Hike up to the summit of Bromley Mountain and back, total distance of 5 miles and elevation gain of 814 feet to the north summit plus an additional elevation gain of 200 feet to the south summit. Bring extra layer, raincoat (just in case), fluids, snacks and lunch. RSVP required. Contact hike leader Katie Brooks at or 516-978-4016

Tai Chi in Londonderry

LONDONDERRY — Doreen Fabiano, certified in Tai Chi, begins a six-week series for beginners at The Meeting Place at Neighborhood Connections starting Monday at 10 a.m.

For those who practice Tai Chi, Doreen offers a six-week Level 2 series beginning Thursday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. All are welcome to attend both sessions. This program is offered at no charge, but space is limited. Call 824-4343 to reserve a space.

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Bess the Book Bus at the Northshire

MANCHESTER — Northshire Bookstore is thrilled to welcome back to Manchester Bess the Book Bus for a special after-school storytime and book giveaway on Monday at 4:30 p.m. Bess the Book Bus is a Tampa based mobile literacy outreach dedicated to narrowing the achievement gap created by poverty by making the joy of book ownership a reality for our kids. Bess the Book Bus' volunteers and board members envision a nation where all of our children have access to the basic resources they need to be successful in school and later in life.

Classic film at the library

MANCHESTER — On Tuesday at 1 p.m., Manchester Community Library will screen "It Happened One Night," a classic romantic comedy film starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is actually a reporter looking for a story. The 1934 film won the five top Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The screening is free and open to the public and is part of the Library's Classic Film series. Running time is 105 minutes. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. For more information call 802-362-2607 or visit our website,

Story Time kicks off with petting zoo

MANCHESTER — Celebrate the opening of Fall Story Times at the Manchester Community Library on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. when Lisa from North Meadow Farms visits with a petting zoo. Small farm animals from pullets to piglets will meet and greet kids at this very special fun event.

Rain or shine, Story Times will begin on Tuesday and continue weekly on Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. These free programs feature stories, rhymes, music, movement, process art, crafts and free play to encourage pre-literacy skills for young children and their caregivers. Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave.

Church holding Alpha course

MANCHESTER — Zion Episcopal Church will host an Alpha course beginning on Sept. 12 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. The course consists of 15 sessions usually completed over a 10-week period. Alpha is an opportunity to explore the meaning of life and the Christian faith in a non-judgmental, informal environment. A typical Alpha session consists of a meal, a talk or video and a discussion. Come to the introductory dinner and if you are interested come back. No pressure, no follow-up! The course, including the meal, is free of charge. For more information send email to: or call the church office at: (802) 362-1987. You can also check out the course online at Zion Episcopal Church is located at 5167 Main Street.

'After the Education Wars'

MANCHESTER — On Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Northshire Bookstore. Andrea Gabor will present her new book, "After the Education Wars: How Smart Schools Upended the Business of Reform.:

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In her book, Gabor show how the corporate reform movement that has dominated the way Americans educate children for over two decades has largely ignored the successful, from-the-ground-up strategies for improving schools that are hiding in plain sight all across the country. In her book. Gabor profiles novel experiments in four very different public school systems in New York, Massachusetts, Texas, and Louisiana that eschew short-sighted mandates, punitive teacher evaluations, and standardized testing and have produced resilient improvement efforts that have stood the test of time.

Financial impact of caregiving topic of talk

MANCHESTER — Rhonda Peters Lathrop will present "The Journey of Caregiving and Its Financial Complexity" on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 10:30 a.m. at Manchester Community Library. The seminar focuses on the important life stage of caregiving and how to manage the financial matters of your loved one and the financial impact on your financial future. Handouts will be provided to assist you with the preparation, planning and management of your loved ones financial matters. The seminar is free and open to the public. Space is limited; pre-register by calling Cindy Waters, 802-549-4577 or email Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave.

Ansel Adams: The Man and His Photography

MANCHESTER -- Green Mountain Academy is excited to welcome back Christopher Dant for an encore presentation of his talk on the work of Ansel Adams. The talk will take place on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 5:30 p.m. in Burr and Burton Academy's Hunter Seminar Room. Christopher Dant, a photographer who studied with Ansel Adams in Carmel, California, in the late 1970s and 1980s, will talk about the man, his legacy, and his photographs with a slideshow of Adams' s most legendary photographic images and prints and signed photographs from his personal collection. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call our office at 802-867-0111 or visit

'Refugee of the Heart'

MANCHESTER -- Jane Iwan will present her historical novel, "Refugee of the Heart" on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 5:30 p.m at the Northshire Bookstore. "Refugee of the Heart" combines romance with intrigue to create a tale of love, loss, and survival in early twentieth century China as World War II looms on the horizon and Japanese forces wreak havoc in Shanghai.

Winhall Memorial Library Cookbook Club

WINHALL — Join the library on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. for the Winhall Memorial Library Cookbook Club. September's theme is Apples!\ Cookbook Club is a welcoming environment to newcomers and encourages new and veteran cooks alike to join our cookbook club and share in the love of food. Join us the Second Thursday of each month to eat delicious food, and to share recipes, tips & tricks, and laughs! The library is located at 2 Lower Taylor Hill Road in Bondville. Any questions, email or call 802-297-9741. Visit the website at

Emboldia networking event returns to Manchester

MANCHESTER — Emboldia LLC, a Burlington-based speaker networking series designed to inspire business leaders and entrepreneurs, returns to the Northshire on Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Manchester River Walk. A follow up to last year's Emboldia in The Northshire on building entrepreneurial communities, this year's guest speakers are Vermont's own 2017 Forbes 30 under 30 members for manufacturing, Corinne Prevot and Tyler McNaney.. The speakers will be featured in a panel discussion titled "Start a Company and Start it Now", and will share how they transformed their ideas into reality and are maintaining success. The free event starts with networking at 5:15 p.m., with the program starting 6 p.m. at Factory Point Town Green, and is open to the public. For information and to register, go online at eventbrite/emboldia@manchesterriverwalk or call 802-557-4966.

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Barstool Sports writer at Northshire

MANCHESTER — Jerry Thornton of Barstool Sports, the author of "Five Rings: The Super Bowl History of the New England Patriots (So Far)" will speak at the Northshire Bookstore at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14. Thornton, bestselling author of "From Darkness to Dynasty", provides an all-access pass to the Patriots' years of unparalleled greatness from the unique perspective of an observant, obsessive, utterly dedicated fan.

Tinmouth Old Firehouse series returns

TINMOUTH — The Old Firehouse season in Tinmouth opens with Claude Bourbon, a French-born guitarist, on Friday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Now based in the UK, Bourbon has become a world-renowned player, highly acclaimed for his finger-picking style. His music utilizes strains of folk, western, jazz and blues through such melodic delights as the traditional English Dance and the hypnotic Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo. The concert is at 7:30 p.m., and doors open at 7 The Old Firehouse is on Mountain View Road near the intersection with Vermont 140. Try 7 Mountain View Road, Tinmouth on your GPS for extra help finding us. Suggested donation of $10 to $15; 90 percent goes to the musicians; 10 percent to the town to maintain the Old Firehouse. Local groups provide refreshments. Your donations support their activities. Contact Jo Reynolds at 802-446-3457.

Weston hosts Colonial Craft Day

On Saturday, Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Weston Historical Society will present their sixth Colonial Craft Day on their museum campus, just north of the Weston Green on Route 100. Skills of the 18th and 19th centuries will be demonstrated, and tools and machinery of the period will be in operation and on display. Previous Days have attracted and entertained audiences numbering well into the hundreds. There is no admission charge; voluntary donations are greatly appreciated.

Wheldon returns to Northshire

MANCHESTER -- Author Tony Whedon returns to the Northshire Bookstore on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. to discuss his book "Drunk in the Woods," a hybrid of nature writing and memoir that details his life living in a one-room cabin off the grid in northern Vermont and struggling with addiction and recovery. "Sometimes," Whedon writes. "I think there's such a thing as an alcoholic landscape -- a drunk landscape, as opposed to the sober one I live in now, the same trees, years later, the same brook, but with more clarity."

September Book Discussion at the Winhall Memorial Library

WINHALL — Join the book discussion at Winhall Memorial Library on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. to discuss "Beneath a Scarlet Sky" by Mark Sullivan. Stop by the library to borrow a copy. This is an informal group, all that is needed is a love of books. Refreshments will be provided. The library is located at 2 Lower Taylor Hill Road. Any questions, email or call 802-297-9741. Visit the website at

East Dorset Congregational Church dinner

DORSET — The East Dorset Congregational Church will be serving the last of their dinners for 2018 on Saturday, Sept. 15. This month we are serving Wallingford ham, home made baked beans, and an assortment of salads and desserts and homemade rolls. Dinner will be served beginning at 5 p.m. in the chapel on Mad Tom Road next to the church in East Dorset. The cost will still be $10 for adults, $5 for children 5 - 12 years of age and those under 5 are free. Take out will be available.

New England Impressions at Pawlet Public Library

PAWLET -- On Sunday, Sept. 16, 3 p.m., the Pawlet Public Library hosts Vermont Humanities Council speaker William Hosley, whose talk explores "New England Impressions: Art and the Making of Regional Identity, 1885-1950." An exhibit of paintings, prints and photography of Pawlet and the region from the library's permanent collection complements his presentation. Hosley, a collector, photographer and preservationist, talks about generations of aspiring New England artists who applied history, landscape, environment and traditional industries as subject matter and muse. The Pawlet Public Library is located at 141 School St. For a full schedule of public programs through December, updates and suggested reading lists,visit or call 802-325-3123.

BROC Community Action offers free workshops

BENNINGTON — BROC Community Action is offering two workshops in September at the Bennington Free Library. On Tuesday, Sept. 18, join instructor Shelley Faris for Savvy Spending Solutions - Financial Capability Workshop and learn how to get control of your money and make it work for you, as well as learn how to stretch a dollar. This workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Register by contacting Shelley at 800-717-2762 ext. 142 or

Then, on Tuesday, Sept. 25, join business counselor Annette Hoyle for Introduction to Starting a Micro Business. If you have ever thought about becoming your own boss, turning a hobby into a business or if you have started a micro business and need some guidance this workshop is for you. This workshop will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Register by contacting Annette at 800-717-2762 ext. 144 For more information about BROC Community Action visit

Blood drive in Manchester

MANCHESTER -- The next Red Cross blood drive will take place on Wednesday Sept. 19, at the First Congregational Church, 3624 Main St., Manchester Village from 12-5:30 p.m. The need for blood is at a critical state. Please do make an appointment by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit To save time use the Red Cross to answer the health history questions. Your help is greatly appreciated for all the recipients.

Candlelight vigil for nonviolence

DORSET —The public is invited to a Candlelight Vigil on Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 7-8 p.m. on the Dorset Green. Using, songs, prayers and poems we hold up nonviolence as an alternative to discord and hate. This action is part of Campaign Nonviolence. Please bring your own candle and chair. In case of rain, we will meet in the Dorset Church.

Scouting event at Maple Street School

MANCHESTER -- The Manchester Cub Scout Pack 333's annual LegoCar Derby and Cub Scout sign up event will be held at the Maple Street School Gymnasium on Sunday, Sept 22, at 1 p.m. The event is open to all children - boys and, for the first time, girls - from Kindergarten through the 5th grade, for all of Manchester and its surrounding towns. There is no charge, and all materials will be provided for the building of a LegoCar - and racing it down the Cub Scout's Pinewood Derby track! The whole family may attend. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Scouting program information will be available for parents. For more information contact Cub Scout Pack 333 Cubmaster, Rob Peters, at or the Cub Scout Committee Chairman and Scoutmaster of the Manchester Boy Scouts, Gary Saunders, at Or visit


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