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East Dorset

Meeting schedule

at Wilson House

The following is a weekly schedule of meetings at the Wilson House in East Dorset.

Sunday:

8 a.m.: "As Bill Sees It" (with bagels and donuts -- by donation)

8 a.m.: Al-Anon meeting (small meeting room)

7 p.m.: 11th step meditation meeting (small meeting room)

Monday:

6:30 p.m.: Beginners meeting

6:30 p.m.: Al-Anon meeting (small meeting room)

Tuesday:

6:30 p.m.: Women's AA meeting

6:30 p.m.: Men's AA meeting

8 p.m.: Al-Anon meeting

Friday:

7:30 p.m.: AA step meeting

Saturday:

2 p.m.: AA topic/discussion meeting

7:30 p.m.: AA speaker/discussion meeting

Arlington

Arlington Lions taking part in food drive

The Arlington Lions Club is proud to be participating in the Bennington County Hunger Council's Peanut Butter and Jam Slam 2017 to benefit area food shelves. Our goal is to collect a total of 300 jars of peanut butter and jelly. In cooperation with the Arlington Lions Club, The Village Peddler located at 261 Old Mill Road East Arlington and The Village Chocolate Shoppe located at 471 Main Street in Bennington are offering a free peanut butter cup for a donation of 2 jars or more. Donations of any kind of peanut butter or jelly are welcome. Please no expired or homemade items. Just drop off your jar at either store anytime from March 14-April 3.

For more information call 802-375- 6037 or email jam@villagepeddlervt.com.

Arlington

Nursing scholarships available

The Arlington Community Public Health Nursing Service has two traditional scholarships and one non-traditional scholarship available. Those eligible for the $1,000.00 scholarships must be a resident of Arlington, Sunderland or Sandgate and must be seeking to further his/her education in a health-related field. The scholarship is renewable each year of the recipient's schooling.

The $1000.00 non-traditional scholarship is available to further one's education in a medical-related field.

Those interested in acquiring an application should contact Karen Underhill at 802-375-0267, the Guidance Department at Arlington Memorial High School, The Martha Canfield Library, or Burr and Burton Academy. All applications are due by May 1.

Manchester

Discounted movie tickets for students


The "Junior Entertainment Spring Program" (JESP) is a discount program created by Michael and Carolina Ellenbogen, the owners of Village Picture Shows in Manchester. JESP runs from Tuesday, March 14 to Thursday, May 4.

All Vermont or regional students, with school ID (letter from school, report card, any school certificate) or a copy of the official JESP Letter, will receive $6 movie tickets and discounts on popcorn and soda combinations. JESP tickets are sold only at the box office which opens 30 minutes before the first show time and remains open through the start of the last show time each day. A schedule of confirmed movies is kept up to date on the "Coming Soon" tab at www.villagepictureshows.com.

Manchester

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.

Manchester

Carnage, Cover-up, and the Pursuit of Justice


Join us at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 17, at the Northshire Bookstore for local author Malcolm Bell as he presents his book "The Attica Turkey Shoot." Bell, a former corporate litigator, decided mid-career to seek greater fulfillment by pursuing criminal law. While serving as a New York State prosecutor, he blew the whistle on the state's refusal to hold law officers accountable for the extensive torture and murder that they committed during the 1971 Attica prison riot.

His insider's account illuminates the all-too-common contrast between the justice of the privileged and the justice of the rest.

The book also includes information from the recent release of portions of the long-secret Meyer Report, which was commissioned following Bell's initial allegations of a cover-up. The Attica Turkey Shoot highlights the hypocrisy of a criminal justice system that decides who goes to prison and who enjoys impunity in a nation where no one is said to be above the law.

Manchester

Soup, dessert and bread for a cause


The First Baptist Church of Manchester invites the community to a soup, salad and dessert lunch to be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 18. There will be a wide variety of soups and breads for $4 with an opportunity for tasting. To top off your lunch there will be a selection of homemade desserts available for $2.50. Takeouts will be available. If you have questions call Lorraine Wilkins at 802-645-9525.

The proceeds from the lunch will benefit the Lebanon, NH Baptist Congregation whose church was burned down by an arsonist last fall.

South Londonderry

Irish Elves and Fairy Tales

The South Londonderry Free Library is honoring St. Patrick's Day with a workshop for children at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 18. The workshop will be led by artist Casey Junker Bailey, who has been to Ireland to kiss the Blarney Stone and walk in the fairy glades. She will share stories and help children make their own green Irish landscapes and fairy folk to take home. The workshop is free of charge and appropriate for children of all ages. All materials will be provided. For more information, contact the Library at 802-824-3371

Manchester

Fruit Tree Pruning Demonstration

Hildene will host a pruning demonstration by local arborist Joe Blair from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 18. The U.V.M. Extension Service suggests that this is the best time of year for pruning fruit trees so the timing is opportune.

Blair will focus on two forms of pruning: corrective pruning for ornamentals and pruning to increase productivity for apple-bearing trees. The arborist will demonstrate these techniques on the Lincolns' historic apple trees. Participants will have the opportunity to try their hand at pruning. All are encouraged to dress warmly and to bring their own hand pruners. There will be time for questions and answers. This Hildene horticultural program is free and open to the public. Check in is at the Welcome Center.

Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home is open daily from 9:30 to 4:30. To learn more about the pruning program call Stephanie at 802.367.7960 or email Stephanie@hildene.org. Visit Hildene at www.hildene.org or on Facebook.

Tinmouth

Contra dance to be held

Contra Dance with Cedar, Guillaume and Everest and Mary Wesley calling

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 Friday, 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 kids.

Manchester

Moral Science Project hosts grand opening

Dr. Albert Levis and his children, Melissa and Dr. Max Levis, invite the community to celebrate the opening of the Moral Science Project from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, March 17 at 3814 Main St. in Manchester Village (directly across from the Taconic Hotel). Albert Levis will discuss the integration of politics, religion, psychology and creativity. Moral Science is a new paradigm that offers a peaceful solution to the intense political climate of the day. It integrates agnostic psychology with dogmatic morality. Creativity is valued as the unconscious and universal expression of personal and global conflict resolution. Refreshments will be served. For more information or to RSVP, please call Melissa Levis at 917-680-6739 or email moralscience@hotmail.com. www.MuseumofCreativeProcess.com.

Arlington

Third annual basket party

Burdett Commons of Arlington is hosting the third annual Basket Party. The event will take place at 11 a.m. on March 18, 2017 at Sunderland Elementary School (98 Bear Ridge Rd off of Sunderland Hill Rd). People are able to bid until 1 pm, when calling the winners of the baskets will begin. The cost is $5 for the first sheet of tickets which also includes a door prize ticket and it is $3 for each additional sheet of tickets. There will be a 50/50 raffle during the Basket Party. There are several baskets and gift certificates to bid on. There will be food and drinks available for purchase for lunch. All of the money raised will benefit Burdett Commons various programs. For more information please email burdettcommonsinc@yahoo.com

East Arlington

Pancake Breakfast


Battenkill Grange No. 487 will hold a pancake breakfast from 7:30-9:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 19 at Bailey Hall on Ice Pond Rd. Adults $7, children under 12 $4. Menu to include pancakes and real maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy & biscuits, coffee, juice and milk. For more information call Lillian Wood at 802-375-2518. For pavilion rental, weddings, reunions etc, call Nathalie Caler at 802-375-6135.

Dorset

March Kids' Day


Join the Dorset Farmers' Market from 10-2 on Sunday, March 19 at J.K. Adams, 1430 Vt, Route 30 for March Kids' Day.

Come on out and support our neighborhood kids as Vendors For a Day! They'll be selling their own handcrafted goodies and wares. These days are always so much fun for kids and shoppers alike. While you're at it, you can enjoy delicious prepared foods, crafts, produce and more prepared and created and grown by our full-time, adult vendors! Our market runs from 10 til 2 every Sunday year-round (except for Easter!) For more information: marketmanager@dorsetfarmersmarket.com or 802-353-9656.

Pawlet

Pawlet/Rupert Education Forum


Families for Education in Vermont will host an informational meeting followed by dessert (nut free) and discussion at Mettawee School at 6:30 p.m. on March 20. FEV will share their research-based report which has also been submitted to the Vermont State House and Senate Education Committees. The report examines the impact and outcomes of the current secondary education funding system on students, parents, and taxpayers.

Rupert resident Charles Armentrout will lead the presentation and field questions. Mr. Armentrout works as an adjunct public policy researcher and staff officer at the RAND Corporation, a public policy think tank. He has held significant leadership positions in the Air Force and the White House, works as a senior leader consultant, and is a public policy PhD candidate at George Mason University.

The goal of the evening is to ensure that all members of the Rupert and Pawlet community are informed and engaged in the future of our children and our towns. For more information about Families for Education in Vermont, please visit their Facebook page or email familiesforeducationinvt@gmail.com. Please bring a nut-free dessert to share.

Manchester

"American Sanctuary"


Northshire Bookstore presents Author A. Roger Ekirch's book "American Sanctuary" at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 18.

A. Roger Ekirch's "American Sanctuary" begins in 1797 with the bloodiest mutiny ever suffered by the Royal Navy -- on the British frigate HMS Hermione, four thousand miles from England's shores, off the western coast of Puerto Rico. In the midst of the most storied epoch in British seafaring history, the mutiny struck at the very heart of military authority and at Britain's hierarchical social order. Revolution was in the air: America had won its War of Independence, the French Revolution was still unfolding, and a ferocious rebellion loomed in Ireland, with countless dissidents already arrested.

Most of the Hermione mutineers had scattered throughout the North Atlantic; one of them, Jonathan Robbins, had made his way to American shores, and the British were asking for his extradition. Robbins let it be known that he was an American citizen from Danbury, Connecticut, and that he had been impressed into service by the British.

Ekirch writes that the aftershocks of Robbins's martyrdom helped to shape the infant republic's identity in the way Americans envisioned themselves. We see how the Hermione crisis led directly to the country's historic decision to grant political asylum to refugees from foreign governments--a major achievement in fulfilling the resonant promise of American independence, as voiced by Tom Paine, to provide "an asylum for mankind."

Manchester

A History of Nativism in the U.S.

Green Mountain Academy will host a talk about the deep roots of American nativism with Williams College professor Chery Shanks. From 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21 in the Hunter Seminar room at Burr and Burton Academy. By definition, nativism is the policy of protecting the interests of native-born or established inhabitants against those of immigrants. Hostility toward new arrivals in the United States dates back at least to the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798. This talk traces the history of nativist movements and nativist legislation in the United States to the present day. 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 greenmtnacademy.org.

Bennington

New Way to Look at Waste Training

A gathering for business, institution, and nonprofit representatives, civic leaders, haulers, and others to advance waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting in the Bennington region will be held at 8:00-11 a.m. on March 21 at the Vermont Veterans Home 325 North St., (Snow Date: March 28.). This event will provide an overview of best management practices of recyclable materials — from cardboard to food scraps — for commercial and institutional sectors. Topics include: Commercial & Institutional Materials Management Basics, the Universal Recycling Law, Food Waste Reduction & Recovery; Food Waste Composting in Action — acceptable materials, set-up basics, collection/storage, outreach/training; Green business benefits; and, more. The event is free but registration is required by March 15. To register or for more information contact Athena at athena@nerc.org or 802.254.3636 or Michael at mbatcher@bcrcvt.org or 802.442.0713 ext. 2 or 518.669.7146 (cell). Refreshments will be provided.

Londonderry

Preparing for Nesting Season

Nesting season is fast approaching and now is the perfect time to get your nesting boxes ready. Randy Schmidt from The Vermont Bird Place will be at The Meeting Place at Neighborhood Connections at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 21 to discuss how to prepare your nesting boxes; how to match nesting boxes to specific birds; and where to place your boxes to increase the chance of habitation. Randy will also talk about the return of some migratory birds such as Orioles and Hummingbirds and how to attract them to your backyard.

There is no charge to attend, but space is limited, so call 824-4343 to register. The Meeting Place at Neighborhood Connections is located in Londonderry's Mountain Marketplace, next to the post office. Check out our website at www.neighborhoodconnectionsvt.org.

Manchester

'Girl Rising' author Stone at Northshire

At 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22, Tanya Lee Stone will present her book "Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time" at the Northshire Bookstore.

Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls' education, created a film that chronicled the stories of nine girls in the developing world, allowing viewers the opportunity to witness how education can break the cycle of poverty.

Stone, who teaches at Champlain College, uses new research to illuminate the dramatic facts behind the film, focusing both on the girls captured on camera and many others. She examines barriers to education in depth -- early child marriage and childbearing, slavery, sexual trafficking, gender discrimination, and poverty -- and shows how removing these barriers means not only a better life for girls, but safer, healthier, and more prosperous communities.

Londonderry

Thrifty Attic bag sale is back

No matter the temperature outside, spring hasn't sprung until the Thrifty Attic Bag Sale. We will be holding our infamous bag sale between 8 a.m. and noon on Wednesday, March 22 and Saturday, March 25. Fill a grocery bag with as much as you can for only $1. Fill five grocery bags? Five bucks! New items fresh for spring will go out on Wednesday, March 29, The Thrifty Attic is a non-profit that has no paid employees and returns all net profits to the community through an annual grant process. This past year, it returned more than $60,000 to the community.

Londonderry

Book signing at Neighborhood Connections

The 1971 Attica prison riot gained lasting prominence mainly from the rampage of police gunfire that ended it. Malcolm Bell, who was the chief assistant to the Attica special prosecutor, was assigned to prosecute the law officers who killed 29 inmates, 10 hostages and wounded 89 others. His efforts were blocked when he seemed likely to succeed.

Skyhorse Publishing has just released a revised and updated edition of his Bell's 1985 book on his Attica experience titled The Attica Turkey Shoot: Carnage, Cover-Up and the Pursuit of Justice. At 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, Bell will be at The Meeting Place at Neighborhood Connections autographing his book which will be on sale for $26.99. The public is invited.

Manchester

Bird is a Verb

Green Mountain Academy will host a talk about bird watching with Bridget Butler, aka The Bird Diva, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 23 in the Hunter Seminar room at Burr and Burton Academy. An estimated 5.8 million people in the United States bird watch and you can become one of the "flock" during this workshop discovering the pleasure of one of the most popular pastimes in the country. Learn tips and tricks for bird identification, find out about equipment and resources, discover birding by ear and explore various natural communities for different suites of birds. This presentation will break it down for you so you are ready to take on spring migration. 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 greenmtnacademy.org.

Dorset

Empty Bowls at Long Trail School

From 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, Long Trail School will raise funds to combat hunger in the region by hosting Empty Bowls. A $12 admission fee includes soup, bread, dessert, live entertainment and a handmade bowl to take home. The recipients of this biennial event's earnings are the Community Share project, the Stratton Foundation and BROC. This event is supported by generous donations from community businesses; over 20 local restaurants and chefs are donating fabulous soups, chowders and bisques. Breads and desserts are being supplied as well. In the last ten years, Empty Bowls at Long Trail School has raised over $100,000. Local hunger-related charities are challenged by need and are looking forward to the monetary support Empty Bowls provides. If you would like more information about tickets, volunteering or donations, more information can be found at longtrailschool.org/empty-bowls or call 802-867-5717.

Pawlet

Ask Mama Wu!

Come "Ask Mama Wu" your questions about herbs, flower essences, Reiki or birthing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 25 at the Pawlet Public Library. Enjoy herbal tea and chat with Mama Wu (Helena Wu DeMars.) She is a local herbalist, flower essence and Reiki practitioner, Birth Arts International doula trainer and retired midwife.

There is no charge for this event. Donations to the library are welcome. Contact Helena at 802-325-3259 or MamaWu@mamawusgoodmedicine.com for information.

South Londonderry

Silent auction to benefit church rebuilding

A a silent auction to benefit the First Baptist Church of South Londonderry's rebuilding project will be held from 5:30 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 25. at the Londonderry Town Hall, 139 Middletown Rd. The entry fee is $5.00 in advance (online only at firstbaptistlondonderryvt.org/silent-auction.html ends Wednesday, March 22) and $10.00 at the door. This includes: music, food prepared by Pierre Labeau, beverages, and a chance at a door prize. Come bid on items that include: Harry Shokler original serigraphs, Weston Playhouse Theater tickets, local business donations, and one of a kind donations, including a variety of paintings, antiques, porcelain, and quilts.

Manchester

Yoga event raising funds for TBI survivors

March is brain injury awareness month, and Heart of the Village Yoga is participating by hosting a #MindfulMarch event on Friday, March 24 to support the non-profit LoveYourBrain. Every dollar raised at this event will help sustain and grow LoveYourBrain's yoga and meditation program, offered to traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivors and their caregivers for free.

Two donation-based yoga classes will be offered: a Power Hour from 5-6 p.m., and a Yin Yoga class from 6-7 p.m. Following these classes from 7:15-7:30 p.m., a survivor of Traumatic Brain Injury who has attended the LoveYourBrain yoga and meditation FUNdamental series at Heart of the Village Yoga will share her perspective on the impact of the program. At 7:30pm, The Crash Reel film (1hr 48 mins) will be screened at the studio, featuring the backstory on the creation of LoveYourBrain.

All are welcome to join for any or all parts of the evening. Suggested donation: $10-20 per class; $10-20 movie; $20-30 for both classes and the movie.

To register, please visit heartofvillageyoga.com/events or call 802.362.9004. All proceeds benefit the non-profit LoveYourBrain.

Know anyone suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury? Heart of the Village Yoga will be hosting a 6-Week FUNdamental Yoga Series for individuals with TBI next month. Please visit loveyourbrain.com/yoga/ to learn how yoga can help.

Dorset

Women's history and poetry at Dorset Library

Join us at 3 p.m. on Saturday March 25 for an event that encompasses women's history and women's poetry.

Several members of the Gossamer Stone Poets will be reading poetry. Poets include Claire North, who has a MFA in Creative Writing and is a Mentor for Young Writers Day/Minds On; Jon Mathewson, who is a widely published poet; and Carol Cone, whose work has been published in several anthologies and is currently participating in "Poem City" in Montpelier during National Poetry Month.

Additional readers for this event will be Terry Hauptman, author of four poetry collections, and Brittany Perham, the winner of the 2016 Barnard Women's Poetry Prize and is the author and collaborator of several published books and other works

The event should last about 1 hour and light refreshments will be served.

For more information: www.dorsetvillagelibrary.org or 802-867-5774

Manchester

'Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World'

At 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 26 at the Northshire Bookstore join us for coffee, tea and cookies and listen as Kelly Jensen present "Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World."

In this book, forty-four writers, dancers, actors, and artists contribute essays, lists, poems, comics, and illustrations about everything from body positivity to romance to gender identity to intersectionality to the greatest girl friendships in fiction. Together, they share diverse perspectives on and insights into what feminism means and what it looks like.

Dorset

The chicken, the whole chicken and nothing but the chicken

At 6 p.m. on Monday March 27, Green Mountain Academy will host a cooking class showing how to use the whole chicken. The class will take place at the Salsgiver residence in Dorset. Hadley Stock of Pink Boot Farm in Pawlet will show us how to make several meals from one chicken. As an added bonus, we will learn about raising chickens from a representative from Dorset's Someday Farm. A seated dinner with wine will follow. Space is limited and registration is $45 per person. For more information or to register visit our website www.greenmtnacademy.org or call our office at 802-867-0111.

South Londonderry

Spring wildflowers in southern Vermont

Rick LaDue, steward at the Equinox Preservation Trust Forest and Trails will discuss Spring wildflowers in Southern Vermont at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 27 at The Meeting Place at Neighborhood Connections. The Equinox Preserve consists of over 914 acres on the slopes of Mt Equinox in Manchester, In 1996, owners of the Equinox Resort donated conservation easements to the Vermont Land Trust to permanently protect this land. LaDue will talk about wildflowers - some which mainly grow in the Preserve and are not widespread in the Green Mountains - and others which we can enjoy on hikes and walks around the area. There is no charge to attend, but space is limited, so call 824-4343 if you want to attend. Check out our website at www.neighborhoodconnectionsvt.org.

Manchester

Broadway show tunes at Equinox Terrace


Mark your calendars for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28 to join your Equinox Terrace friends, families and residents for a fun-filled afternoon of delightful music. Joana Rudiakov (violinist) and Mary Jo Deignan (pianist) will perform American classics such as Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hammerstein and some favorite Broadway tunes. Refreshments will be served. RSVP 802-362-5141

Manchester

The Zimmermann Telegram: America's Entry into War


Green Mountain Academy will host a talk to mark the 100th anniversary of America's entry into World War I with Derek Boothby, former Director of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs. The talk will take place from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday March 28 in the Hunter Seminar room at Burr and Burton Academy. In January 1917, British intelligence decoded a diplomatic telegram from German Foreign Minister Arthur Zimmermann proposing that if Mexico joined Germany in war against America, Germany would return to Mexico the lost lands in Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. When Britain shared the telegram with Washington, there was uproar in Congress and on April 6 1917, the United States declared war on Germany. 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 greenmtnacademy.org.

Bennington

Program for Bennington County moms


The Rocking Horse Circle of Support program, an educational support group for low-income mothers living in Bennington County, will be starting a new ten-week session at 9:30 a.m. March 27 at 339 Dewey St.

Meeting every Monday for ten weeks (March 27-June 5), the program offers assistance to pregnant and parenting women who are seeking to reduce the effects of substance abuse in their lives, acquire improved life skills, and learn more about safe, nurturing parenting. Transportation, childcare and light refreshments will be provided. There is no charge for participants. The Rocking Horse Program is funded through a grant from the Vermont Department of Health, Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs. Any pregnant and/or parenting woman of childbearing age who may be questioning their own drinking and/or drug use behaviors or experiencing the effect of someone else's substance use can benefit from the group. The program follows a dedicated ten session curriculum that frames substance use in four major domains: substance use and women's health, substance use and relationships, the effects of substance use on the family, and substance use as it influences life management. A substance abuse counselor and mental health clinician facilitate sessions. For information on the program, or to discuss a referral, call 802-442-5491 and speak with Christine Ouellette or Amy Breese.

Dorest

Dorest Players present One Act Festival


The Dorset Players present their 14th Annual One Act Festival at the Dorset Playhouse at 7:30 p.m. on March 31 and April 1 and at 2 p.m. on April 2. Produced by Lynne Worth, the four directors for the evening are Dom Degnon (He Said And She Said), Richard Grip (Wanda's Visit), Kevin O'Toole (Sorry, Wrong Number) and Peter Van Haverbeke (Talking Cure). There will also be a special performance of improvs directed by Todd Hjelt. The fifteen-member cast includes newcomers Aidan Kennedy, Chris Kennedy, Alexa Manning, Lynne Marcus, Joseph Mozer, Tom Norton and Jack Workman. Returning to the Dorset stage are Dawn Goetz, Zoe Grigsby, Todd Hjelt, Patrick Monroe, Martha Jo Perkins, Natalie Philpot, Erin Rachel and Bob Stack. Tickets may be purchased by calling 802-867- 5570 or on line at www.dorsetplayers.org. The box office will be open from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on March 29-30 and 2 hours before the performances on March 31 and April 1- 2. Sponsors for the evening are Express Copy and Kevin O'Toole.

Shaftsbury

Rural Vermont to visit during statewide tour

From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4 at the Shaftsbury Community Hall, Rural Vermont presents its statewide Tour, "Groundswell: Community Conversations about land use, livelihood, food, and the future of Vermont." At Groundswell, Rural Vermont will share a vision and encourage dialogue about a just transition to a regenerative agriculture in Vermont that meets the needs of farmer, eater, soil, environment, and community alike. The program is free and open to all with light dinner, BYOB, plus live music and social time during breaks. Get more info, apply for farmer & childcare stipends, and RSVP at www.ruralvermont.org or (802)223-7222.

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