Community Briefs



Free tax preparation offered at BROC

BROC-Community Action in Southwestern Vermont is an Internal Revenue Service recognized Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site. Our certified staff and volunteers from the Castleton University accounting program are available to prepare and file your Federal income tax return, Vermont income tax return, homestead declaration and property tax adjustment claim, household income schedule and renter rebate claim. The VITA program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and taxpayers with limited English who need assistance in preparing their tax returns. Call today to make your appointment! In Rutland County 802-775-0878 or in Bennington County 802-447-7515.


Flood Brook kindergarten

If you have a child who will be five years of age by Sept. 1 and live in the towns of Landgrove, Londonderry, Peru, Weston or a tuitioning town, please plan on visiting Flood Brook School at 91 VT Route 11 in Londonderry between March 6 and 10, to register them for the Kindergarten class of 2017-2018. Please bring a copy of your child's birth certificate, immunization record, most recent physical exam, and proof of residency (lease or deed), and plan on spending a few minutes to fill out registration paperwork.

Stratton Mountain

Warren Miller's 'Here, There & Everywhere'

Stratton Mountain School is hosting a special screening of Warren Miller's 67th film, "Here, There & Everywhere" at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24 in the Patti Kaltsas Center. Tickets are $5 and are available online at Seating is limited.


Workshops help build social media strategy

PowerWeek Workshops will start its next round of Social Media Bootcamps for small businesses and non-profits the week of Monday, Feb. 27. A few spots are still available for both the 4-week Tuesday morning session beginning Tuesday, Feb.28 and the two-week Saturday course starting March 4. During the workshop, participants will develop a social media marketing strategy and learn how to organize their social media posts for maximum impact across various social channels. The workshops are limited to no more than 8 participants for a guaranteed 4 to 1 participant to leader ratio and are held in Dorset. Learn more or register online at, or call Caren McVicker at 802-379-8921.

Cambridge, N.Y.

'The Book Club Play' at Hubbard Hall

Hubbard Hall and Battenkill Books are thrilled to be producing Karen Zacari as' hilarious "The Book Club Play," opening March 4 at Hubbard Hall's Freight Depot, and would like to invite you to a pre-show conversation at Battenkill Books at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25. Joined by members of the cast and the creative team, David Snider, executive and artistic director for Hubbard Hall and Connie Brooks, proprietress of Battenkill Books, will lead a discussion about the play, book clubs, art and literature, and how to bring a play about books and book clubs to life. This event is free and all are invited to join!

Performances of The Book Club Play will run Saturday, March 4 through Sunday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and at 2:00 p.m on Sundays. Tickets are $25 General Admission/$10 Student. Members of a local book club can call in to our box office to save $5 on General Admission. All tickets are available online at or by calling our box office at 518-677-2495. Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Wednesdays and Fridays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; performance tickets are also available at-the-door if the show is not sold out.


Free dinner offered at St. James'

From 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m on Friday, Feb. 24, St. James' Episcopal Church in Arlington will be hosting the second in its 2017 series of free winter dinners that are open to all. February's menu will include a variety of homemade chicken entrees, salads, bread and dessert, as well as beverages, coffee and tea. Your hosts will be parishioner Eileen Rice and her colleagues at the Battenkill Valley Health Center in Arlington. Serving begins in the undercroft. St. James', Vermont's first Episcopal church, is located on Route 7A across from the town offices. There is plenty of parking, and the church and undercroft are handicapped accessible. Mark your calendars now for the future dinners in the series, which will take place on March 31 and April 21.


Chef Evan Mallett to discuss 'Black Trumpet'

Join us at the Northshire Bookstore for an evening of culinary inspiration at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24 as renowned chef Evan Mallett presents his new book, "Black Trumpet," featuring more than 250 innovative recipes that respect and transcend regional food traditions.

The basis of great cooking has always been the creative use of fresh, seasonal ingredients whether the kitchen is at home or in a high-end restaurant. At the Black Trumpet, in the historic seacoast city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Mallett and his staff reflect the constantly changing seasons of New England, celebrating the unique flavors and traditions of fished, farmed, and foraged foods in their ever-changing menus..

Mallet is a three-time James Beard semifinalist for Best Chef, Northeast. He is actively involved and sits on the boards of Chef's Collaborative, Slow Food Seacoast, and the Heirloom Harvest Project, an initiative that brings together farmers, chefs, and educators to identify and restore a food system native to the greater New England Seacoast region.


Shake your tail feathers at the library

The Dorset Library is hosting a mid-winter dance party from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday Feb. 25. This fun, free dance is open to all, including families. There will be snacks and dance music (appropriate for all ages) spanning seven decades! Dance away the winter blues (or celebrate the fantastic snow we've been having!) Bring your old friends, make some new ones... and have a great time! Please call the library or check our website for more information. 802-867-5774

Cambridge, N.Y.

'Blues and Brews' fundraiser

Beat winter's blues and swing into your spring by coming to Blues & Brews — a Smokin' Hot Fundraiser for Hubbard Hall! Listen to the hot sounds of the Roadside Blues Band and enjoy some chili, cornbread, and desserts! All ages are invited. Groove to the music and dance all night long at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25.

$20 admission includes food, music, and soft drinks, with an additional cash bar available for beer and wine for those over 21. Get your tickets in advance online at, call our box office at (518) 677-2495, or pick them up at the door that night.

For more information call the Hubbard Hall Box Office at (518) 677-2495 or visit us online at Hubbard Hall is located at 25 East Main St., Cambridge, NY.


Beat the winter blues movie series

Make time fly with three Oscar-nominated films Saturday afternoons before Daylight Savings begins! At 2 p.m. on Feb. 25, March 4, and March 11 meet in the Rotary Room of Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St. for recent Oscar-nominated films and free snacks! The library is wheelchair accessible. For more information visit or call 802-442-9051.


Kindergarten screening

Maple Street School will host a screening for prospective kindergarten students for the 2017-2018 school year from 3:20-4:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27. The afternoon screening will also provide prospective kindergarten students with the opportunity to meet with Maple Street School's primary team, while parents will learn more about the school in a conversation with Jeff Barclay, the director of admissions, and Fanning Hearon, head of school. If you are interested in enrolling your child at Maple Street School, please call Jeff Barclay at 802-362-7137, ext. 204 to learn more about the admissions process.

Maple Street School is an independent, coeducational, day school serving children in Kindergarten through eighth grade. For more information about the school, please visit


Grace Initiative to present report on retreat

On 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Northshire Bookstore, please join us for a presentation given by Grace Initiative. (The Initiative for Governance, Reconciliation, Agriculture and Coexistence). This presentation will be an overview of the retreat that took place here in Manchester in the fall of 2016. the G-77 Retreat in Vermont: A Discourse on the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy and Sustainable and Resilient Communities.

Grace Initiative is a registered Vermont non-profit that seeks to promote and to implement transformative processes that bring about inclusive and peaceful societies, which are sustainable and resilient.

In September of 2016 the Permanent Mission of Thailand co-organized the G-77 Retreat in Vermont with Grace Initiative. During this unique retreat, 45 diplomats from 25 countries learned about the practices in Vermont for fostering sustainable and resilient communities with site visits at: Burr and Burton Academy, Merck Forest and Farmland, The Marble House Project, and Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home.

The report that was generated from this retreat will be available for purchase from Grace Initiative at this event.


Practice Inner Peace for Outer Peace

Join us for a free Community Yoga Class for all levels, 6:00 - 7:15 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Maple Street Gym.

Come breathe together, move together, chant together, and raise the vibe in our southern Vermont Community together! Remember how the Women's March on Jan. 21 made you feel part of something beautiful and powerful? Join us for a Slow Flow Yoga class with Laurae Coburn, Jo Kirsch and Bob Speck, and celebrate peace, joy, loving-kindness and compassion and a sense that together we are indeed beautiful and powerful.

Roll out a yoga mat and do some sun salutations with us! Breathing together, we will dedicate this class to peace, justice, and fairness, and to a diverse nation of people and communities who learn to thrive together without succumbing to feelings of hopelessness and helplessness born from fear and anger. It is our intention to promote positivity and the power of peaceful citizen action, while expressing our support of democratic legislation and policies which advance human rights and dignity, including: women's rights; immigration reform; healthcare reform; natural environment sustainability; LGBTQ rights; racial equality; freedom of religion; and workers' rights.

All ages welcome. No experience? No worries. Have difficulty getting up and down from the floor? You can practice in a chair. Bring your own yoga mat.


Supporting undocumented workers

Jack's Group is holding a nonviolent vigil at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26. at the Manchester Roundabout, near the Northshire Bookstore, in support of undocumented workers and fair, just, humane and moral immigration policies in the U.S. Bring signs.


The Oscars: Then & Now at MCL

February 26 is coming up and all of us will be glued to our televisions for the glitz, glamor and suspense of the 89th Academy Awards.

Before that date, join Professor Emeritus Harvey Flaxman for a discussion and a viewing of Spotlight (2016) at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27.

The program is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. Info: 802.362.2607.


Act 46 merger info session planned

"Understanding Act 46: An objective discussion of what you need to know about the proposed school district mergers" will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27 at Burr and Burton Academy's Riley Center for the Arts. Parents and voters in Manchester, Dorset, Landgrove, Londonderry, Peru, Weston, Danby, Mt. Tabor, and Sunderland are invited to attend. The meeting will be moderated by Andrew McKeever of GNAT-TV and panelists will include Taconic and Green merger committee chairman Jon Wilson, state representatives Cynthia Browning, Brian Keefe and Linda Joy Sullivan, Ethan Allen Institute president Rob Roper, and former Manchester School Board chairman Brian Vogel.


Annual Shrove Tuesday feast

The community is invited to the Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and Mardi Gras at the Dorset Church from 5:30- 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Tickets: Adults $15.00, Family Tickets (Mom, Dad & kids) are $30.00. Tickets may be ordered by calling the church office at 867-2260, or you may purchase tickets at HN Williams Store or the Dorset Union Store.

Featuring the cuisine of Sherrie Baker, the menu will include shrimp and crab bisque, carnival roasted chicken thighs, chicken and andouille sausage jambalaya, stuffed white fish bundles with white wine sauce, corn & cheesy grits souffl , praline topped sweet potatoes, green salad, Jim's buttermilk pancakes, maple sausage links and assorted desserts. The church is located at 143 Church St. (off Route 30.)


Zion Church Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday
Zion Episcopal Church invites the community to the traditional Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Ash Wednesday services will be held at 9 a.m, 12:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1. All services include the Imposition of Ashes and Holy Eucharist (Communion).
For more information, contact Zion Church at 802-362-1987 or Zion Church is located at 5167 Main St., Manchester Center VT 05255 between Gringo Jack’s and Ye Olde Tavern.


Inside the World of Impressionist Painting

Middlebury College professor Kirsten Hoving will discuss the thinking behind the Impressionist art movement in a talk at Manchester's First Congregational Church at 7 p.m. on March 1. Her talk, "The Impressionists: Painters of Modern Life," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Hoving will examine how Impressionists focused in their paintings of contemporary life on cutting-edge modern subjects, imbuing them with controversial, even shocking, meanings.

Hoving is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Art History and Chair of the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Middlebury College, where she teaches courses on Modern Art and the History of Photography.

Talks in Manchester are hosted by Manchester Community Library.

National Life Group Foundation and the Vermont Department of Libraries are the statewide underwriters of First Wednesdays.

"The Impressionists: Painters of Modern Life" is underwritten by Southern Vermont Arts Center.

Manchester Community Library is underwritten by The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern, The Spiral Press Caf , and Vermont Renewable Fuels.

For more information, contact Manchester Community Library at 802.362.2607 or the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or, or visit


Ash Wednesday service

All are welcome to participate in our Ash Wednesday evening service at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1 at First Congregational Church in Manchester. We will be serving a simple soup and and bread dinner, in Room 202, followed by an Imposition of Ashes in the Chapel. The dinner and service should last about an hour.

South Londonderry

Computer classes offered at Library

Do you have questions about how your computer or tablet works or want to know more about its capabilities? Marc Fontaine will be on hand to give answers to your technical questions at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, March 1 and March 8.

Fontaine will provide one-on-one instruction and will encourage participants to help each other out.

He will help you with writing in Microsoft Word, making a spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel, emails and saving or forwarding attachments and images. Please list what specifically you need to learn and bring your laptop, digital device, or tablet with you.

Do you know that you can download free ebooks and free audio books on your Amazon Fire or iPad through the library? Signup is required. Please call the library at 824-3371, stop in, or email

Library hours are from 10-noon & 1-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday as well as from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday evenings. We are open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.


American Legion Post 69 monthly meeting

Post 69 will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 2.

EBoard meeting immediately follows. Please attend the monthly meeting and support Post 69.

Call: 802-375-6157 for more information or to become a member. Please "like" us on Facebook: American Legion Post 69 Arlington.


Canfield Gallery March Artist is Tom Atkins

The Canfield Gallery in Arlington is happy to announce its exhibition for the month of March will

feature the paintings of Tom Atkins, an artist, photographer, poet and writer.

Atkins is leadership trainer and coach through the John Maxwell Team and Quarry House in West Pawlet and a bi-vocational pastor at Rupert United Methodist Church.

Creating art for the past 30 years, Atkins works in watercolor, oil, pencil and pen and ink. His pen and ink drawings derive from real places — castles, mansions, cottages, spiritual spaces, and abandoned buildings long fallen into ruin and disrepair. His watercolor and oil paintings, however, come from less tangible sources.

The public is invited to the opening reception from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 4. His work will be on view in the art gallery of the Canfield Memorial Library on East Arlington Road until March 30. Library hours are Tues. and Thurs. 9 - 8; Wed. 9 - 5; Fri. 2 - 6; and Sat. 10 - 3. For more information call (802) 375-6153 or visit


Free comic book making class for all ages

Presented by Vermont Author and Cartoonist, Jon Chad at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 3.

Interested in drawing comics? Bookmaking? How about both?

Vermont cartoonist Jon Chad will share some cartooning tips, talk about his process for drawing his newest graphic novel Volcanoes: Fire and Life, and lead participants through a bookmaking activity where everyone will make their own minicomic!

This event is free.

Jon Chad was born and raised in Vermont. After completing the BFA Sequential Art program at the Savannah College of Art and Design, he moved back to White River Junction, Vermont, where he now works at the Center for Cartoon Studies teaching screen-printing and bookmaking. He is the author of Leo Geo and His Miraculous Journey Through the Center of the Earth, Leo Geo and the Cosmic Crisis, and Science Comics: Volcanoes.


Author to discuss battle with clutter

Join us for a presentation from memoirist Eve Schaub, as she shares the story of her year-long battle with clutter at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 3.

Eve has a problem with clutter. Too much stuff and too easily acquired, it confronts her in every corner and on every surface in her house. When she pledges to tackle the worst offender, her horror of a "Hell Room," she anticipates finally being able to throw away all of the unnecessary things she can't bring herself to part with: her fifth-grade report card, dried-up art supplies, an old vinyl raincoat.

But what Eve discovers isn't just old CDs and outdated clothing, but a fierce desire within herself to hold on to her identity. Our things represent our memories, our history, a million tiny reference points in our lives. If we throw our stuff in the trash, where does that leave us? And if we don' do we know what's really important?

Everyone has their own Hell Room, and Eve's battle with her clutter, along with her eventual self-clarity, encourages everyone to dig into their past to declutter their future. Year of No Clutter is a deeply inspiring — and frequently hilarious — examination of why we keep stuff in the first place, and how to let it all go.


National Theatre Live: Saint Joan

National Theatre Live, the best of British theatre broadcast to cinemas around the world, comes to Burr and Burton Academy's Riley Center for the Arts at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 4. Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning is excited to offer the screening of "Saint Joan," which follows the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France. As one of the first Protestants and nationalists, she threatens the very fabric of the feudal society and the Catholic Church across Europe.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and $9 for students. Tickets may be purchased online at


Hike in Equinox Preservation Trust

The Green Mountain Club, Manchester Section is hosting a hike through the Equinox Preservation Trust starting at noon on Sunday, March 5 at the Red Gate on West Union Street in Manchester. We will snowshoe or hike via several EPT trails to the Southern Vermont Arts Center. We'll eat lunch at the Arts Center (bring your own, they will provide a warm place inside for us to eat), view the exhibits and return the same way we came. Bring extra layers,a snack and fluids. The hike is about 4.5 miles with an elevation gain of about 600 ft. RSVP to Marge Fish at 802-384-3654 or


Merrow to discuss Iceland adventures

Discover some of the world's most spectacular and untamed wilderness at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 5 at the Equinox Village, when rafting guide Steve Merrow shares his experiences in Iceland, the Land of the Midnight Sun. The illustrated talk is sponsored by Equinox Village and presented by Manchester Community Library.

Merrow will introduce us to the Nordic island nation, defined by its wild and remote rivers, towering waterfalls, volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and massive glaciers.

Originally from Shaftsbury, VT, Merrow has spent the last eight years guiding rivers in Alaska, Canada, New Zealand, Iceland, and Nepal. "I remain in awe and find inspiration in the places I guide and the people that join me." His passions lay in photography, water, and wild places.

The program is free and open to the public. Equinox Village is located at 49 Maple Street in Manchester Center, VT. For more information, contact Cindy Waters at the Library, 802-362-2607 or email


Meet the candidates

The Manchester Community Library is hosting a Selectboard Meet the Candidates night from 6-7 p.m. on Monday, March 6 at the library, at 138 Cemetery Ave. This is a great chance to get to know Karen Geriak and Jan Nolan and learn more about their passion and priorities for the Town of Manchester and why they are running for Selectboard, so voters are better informed to cast their ballots. Light refreshments will be served and there will be time for questions for the candidates; this forum is meant to be informative, civil, and a constructive way to learn more about our elected officials in town government. For more information please call 802-362-2607.


The Invisible Mathematics of Everyday Reality

Green Mountain Academy will host a talk on the role of mathematics in everyday reality with James C. White II of Southern Vermont College. The talk will take place from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7, in the Hunter Seminar room at Burr and Burton Academy. Mathematics underlies and is threaded throughout all of reality's tapestry. Indeed, we employ mathematics to describe and predict nature. We will use images and graphics — and just a few symbols — to consider whether all of reality is fundamentally describable mathematically. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit our website at


Learn to grow and care for roses

Have you struggled with growing roses? Do you want to care for your roses with greater ease and less effort?

Green Mountain Gardeners (GMG) invites you to join your neighbors and local gardeners for "Easy Care Roses" with Teresa Mosher at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 6. The presentation is open to the public and will take place at the Londonderry Rescue Squad Building, 6068 Route 100. This presentation is for gardeners of all skill levels.

Teresa Mosher is one of the leading garden and rose consultants in New England. Mosher is currently the president of the prestigious New England Rose Society and spends her free time as a Horticulture Rose Judge and Consulting Rosarian for the American Rose Society. She is the author of "A Year in My Rose Garden" and owner of Purple Roses Publishing.

Mosher will provide essential information to anyone interested in growing roses in addition to sharing spectacular photos from her rose garden.

If you would like to attend, please R.S.V.P. by February 28th to May Bigelow;

Information about Green Mountain Gardeners, can be found at their website:


Garden Club of Manchester March meeting

The Garden Club of Manchester presents "Think Spring!" at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, at Mettowee Mill Garden Center on Route 30 in Dorset. Darren Godette will provide helpful information and discussion about propagating various annuals, houseplants and perennials. Email for further details and visit to learn more about GCM.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Visitor's Day at Community Bible Study

Southern Vermont Community Bible Study will have a Visitor's Day from 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 16 at Hoosick Falls Community Alliance Church, 484 Hill Rd. All adults are welcome to come and learn about our program. Community Bible Study (CBS) offers the opportunity to study the Bible in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere. We are open to all ages and denominations, finding that studying the Word together strengthens our understanding. The Bible is our textbook. Although we also have programs for children ages birth to 18, we cannot host unregistered children on Visitor's Day. Visit our local website ( or the national website ( for more information. For further questions, contact Joan Brokalis (303) 884-6230 ( or Mary Batcheller (518) 696-3166 (


Northshire Seniors to hold a St. Patrick's Day Luncheon

The Northshire Seniors are having a St Patrick's day luncheon at The Ye Olde Tavern at noon on March 17. The cost is $12 but please call Sally at 802-375-9780 to make your reservation. Send your $12 to Northshire Seniors, PO Box 1051, Manchester Center, VT 05255. You have a choice of corned beef, cider chicken or scrod.

As this event sells out quickly, please call today to reserve your spot. All seniors 55 and over are welcome to attend.


Contra dance to be held

Dance to the splendid tunes of Cedar Stanistreet on fiddle, Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin on accordion and keyboard and Everest Witman on guitar and foot percussion with Mary Wesley calling from 8-11 p.m. on March 17 at the Tinmouth Community Center, at 573 Route 140. All dances are taught, and you do not need a partner. If you are a beginner, come right at 8:00 for a beginner's lesson to learn the moves. There will be live music, enthusiastic swinging and dancing and a fun night for all.

The dance takes place in the Tinmouth Community Center on the third Friday. The Community Center is on Rte 140 in the center of Tinmouth, Vermont 5 miles west of Wallingford. Please bring clean, non-marring shoes. Admission is $10-$12, $8 for teens and free for children 12 and under. Refreshments will be available to benefit the dance fund. More info at Like us on Facebook at Tinmouth Contra Dance.


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