Community Briefs


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


Free community dinn

A free community dinner is being held at St. James' Episcopal Church from 5:30-7 p.m. on Friday, March 31 on Route 7A in Arlington. All are welcome.


Mozart's Idomeneo

to be performed

The Bennington County Choral Society continues its 2016-2017 season with a grand collaboration with the Music and Drama programs of Bennington College to mount a concert production of Idomeneo, Re di Creta (Idomeneo, King of Crete) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1 at Greenwall Auditorium in the Visual and Performing Arts Center at Bennington College. Both performances begin with a brief pre-concert introduction with the Maestro at 6:30 p.m. Idomeneo will be performed in Italian with English supertitles, with two intermissions. Tickets are $15 and limited to 150 per night. They are available at the door or from chorus members. Concert venue is wheelchair accessible. Information:


A Celebration of Poetry and the Arts

In honor of National Poetry Month Northshire Bookstore invites the public to a special evening filled with art and poetry at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 1.

Enjoy wine and cheese while perusing the beautiful artwork of local author Vicki Bowden, whose art has been compared in style to Currier & Ives, and Anna Mary Robertston "Grandma Moses".

In addition, eight talented poets will be reading from their poetry collections. Joyce Thomas, Charlie Rossiter, Terry Hauptman, Claire North, Dede Cummings, Megan Buchanan, James Crews, and Marshall Witten will all be in attendance to recite a few of their own writings.

A group book signing will follow the readings.


Taconic presenting music at schools, library

Taconic Music will be presenting a dynamic program, from classical to rock, in area schools and the Manchester Community Library during the week of April 3-8. Violinists Joana Genova and Heather Braun-Bakken, violist Ariel Rudiakov, cellist Liam Veuve and percussionist Matthew Gold will play music from North and South America: Brazilian and Andean folk music mixed with western classical elements in the string quartets of Heitor Villa-Lobos and Gabriela Lena Frank, Argentinian tango of Astor Piazzolla, contemporary American Andy Akiho's brilliant and intricate LIgNEouS 1 for marimba and string quartet, rock and jazz influenced Russell Peck's Don't Tread On Me or on My String Quartet and Katy Czar's arrangement of YYZ by Canadian rock band Rush, with Matt Gold joining the strings on a drum set. The Taconic Chamber Players will go to Manchester area schools, as well as some in Bennington and Pownal. Home-schooled children are welcome to attend the performance at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5 at the Manchester Community Library (MCL). On Saturday, April 8, there will be two free hour-long concerts for the community at the MCL: 10:30 a.m. at the Children's Barn, geared towards families and 2 p.m. at the Hunter Room for general audience.

For more information and a full schedule visit


Anything goes on April Fools Day

American Legion Post 69 is hosting a Fools Karaoke with DJ Tracy Salmon from 7-11 p.m. on Saturday April 1. Tickets are $5.00 per person. There are over 20,000 songs to choose from. Come on out and have some fun. Call: 802-375-6157 for more information or to join.


One Act Festival

The Dorset Players present their 14th Annual One Act Festival at the Dorset Playhouse at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, 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 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.


Dinosaur Party at

the Dorset Library

The Dorset Library is going back to the prehistoric age! Join us at 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, at the Dorset Library for a fun filled dinosaur adventure. Open to all ages, although most suitable for the younger crowd. Snacks will be served.

Nicole Mills and her son Henry Mills-Whittelsey are the authors of the new Dinosaur Detective book series, the first of which is Thomas "T" Rex and the Case of the Angry Ankylosaurus. There will be two readings of the book by the authors at 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. along with many other activities; crafts, dig for dinosaur bones, 3D dino puzzle, games, an erupting volcano and maybe a real live dinosaur will make an appearance.

Please call 867-5774, or visit our website for more information on the authors and the event:


Barbara Leonardi exhibits at the Library

The Dorset Library features artist Barbara Leonardi in April. The public is invited to meet Barbara at the opening reception from 11-1 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. Refreshments will be served.

Barbara Leonardi was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She has the East coast covered as she spends her time between her homes in Lido Beach, NY, East Dorset, VT and West Palm Beach, FL. She belongs to, and is a member of, societies such as the Pastel Society of America, Nassau County Art League, Southern Vermont Art Center and Palm Beach Plein Air Group. Barbara has traveled around the world painting Ireland, France, Croatia and Italy and she attends classes and workshops in landscape, figure and portrait in graphite, oil and pastel which remains her medium of choice today.

The library's hours are 11-5 p.m., Monday-Friday and 10-3 p.m. on Saturday. Call 802-867-5774 for more information.


Nobody's Fool at LTS

Long Trail School presents the Nobody's Fool Concert of solo and group performances by the International Baccalaureate music classes, directed by Geoffrey Gee, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 1 at Long Trail School. Admission is free.

The repertoire spans classical, jazz, fusion, rock, and Broadway styles, and includes original compositions by Patrick Staples, Geoffrey Gee, and the ensemble. This special concert features solos by seniors Patrick Staples (piano), Jonah Knapp-Wilson (saxophone), Sam McVicker (drums), and junior Greta Schaub (vocals). They are joined by seniors Brennan Murphy (bass), Lydia Quevedo (keyboard and vocals), Antonio Quevedo (keyboard), Mikaela Martiros (strings) and Tiancheng "Tony" Wang (drums). The junior ensemble members are Ryan Powers (trumpet), Cole Norkon (saxophone), Levin Coe (trombone), Nate Misasi (trumpet) and Johannes Wirth (guitar).


What to know before you build

Thinking about building a new house, putting on an addition or renovating? At 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, SEON (The Sustainable Energy Outreach Network) will be giving a free presentation at the Manchester Community Library. A panel of local experts will present "What to Know Before you Build", an informative talk, which will cover all aspects of residential construction; choosing an architect, selecting a contractor, contracts, the design and planning process, construction loans, financing, energy efficiency incentives and savings.Following their short presentations, each member of the panel will be available for questions and answers with the audience. The program is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. For more information, contact the Library at 802-362-2607.


Northshire to feature 'Young and Damned and Fair' by Gareth Russell

Northshire Bookstore will feature "Young and Damned and Fair" by historian Gareth Russell at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4. In "Young and Damned and Fair: The Life of Catherine Howard, Fifth Wife of King Henry VIII," Russell presents a compelling and authoritative biography that sheds new light on Catherine's rise and downfall. The broad outlines of her sixteen month career as King Henry VIII's fifth wife might be familiar, but her story until now has been incomplete.


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 or (802)223-7222.


Did someone say free ice cream?

Ben & Jerry's of Manchester announces free cone day will be celebrated from noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4 at their shop at Manchester Square Shopping Center, on Depot Street. Manchester Health Services is the highlighted charity Tuesday and brochures will be available.


Northshire to present Jane Hamilton

The Northshire Bookstore is pleased to present Jane Hamilton's "The Excellent Lombards" at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5. Hamilton's novels have won literary prizes, been made into films, and become international bestsellers; and two of them, "The Book of Ruth" and "A Map of the World," were selections of Oprah's Book Club. Her nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Allure, O: The Oprah Magazine, Elle, and various anthologies. She's married to an apple farmer and lives in Wisconsin.


Arlington Youth Little League Fundraiser hosted by Post 69

American Legion Post 69 Family is hosting an Arlington Youth Little League Fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5. Mac and cheese will be served. Adults $8.00, children under 5 years of age $3.00.

Call: 802-375-6157 for more information or to join.


Second Chance Animal Center sets annual meeting

Second Chance Animal Center of Shaftsbury will hold its annual meeting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5 at the Kimpton Taconic Hotel in Manchester. Jane Sobel Klonsky, Manchester resident and photographer and author of the National Geographic Society book "Unconditional: Older Dogs, Deeper Love" is the guest speaker at the meeting. Klonsky will discuss her book project which includes at least one dog adopted through Second Chance. The book will be available for sale at the event, and Klonsky will sign books that evening. The Kimpton Taconic Hotel is located at 3835 Main Street. The meeting reception and book signing will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. For more information visit or call 802-375-2898.


Wellness fair at CCV

Community College of Vermont (CCV)-Bennington will host its third annual Wellness Fair from 1-4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5 at 324 Main St., Room 180. This event provides resources on a variety of topics including supplements, dental health, massage, yoga, essential oils, blood pressure checks, exercise and more. The Wellness Fair is held in conjunction with the county's Career Month, and is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Janet Groom at 802-447-2842.


Solid Waste Alliance to meet

The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance will hold a rescheduled public meeting from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5 at the Arlington Town Hall, 3828 VT Route 7A. The purpose of the meeting is to review the progress to date on the 2016 to 2017 work plan, plan for the upcoming household hazardous waste event and compost bin sales and to offer members of the public an opportunity to discuss programs and activities of the Alliance with the Alliance board. For more information, please visit or contact Michael S. Batcher at (802) 442-0713 x 2 or


First Wednesdays Manchester Series looks at Churchill-Roosevelt WWII relationship

University of Vermont history professor emeritus Mark A. Stoler will examine the important personal relationship between Britain's Prime Minister Winston Churchill and America's President Franklin D. Roosevelt during their World War II alliance, in a talk at Manchester's First Congregational Church at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5. His talk, "Churchill and Roosevelt: The Personal Element in Their Partnership," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library hosts the Manchester series. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public. First Congregational Church of Manchester is located at 3624 Main St. For more information, contact Manchester Community Library at 802.362.2607 or the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or, or visit


Reiki for All

A reiki workshop will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington on 108 School Street. Have you ever wanted to learn about reiki, an ancient gentle hands-on healing technique? You'll learn how to do reiki on yourself and also receive a free notebook with lots of information so you can do reiki on yourself and your loved ones, including your pets! The event is free, but please sign up today to make sure you get a spot in this great class taught by two reiki masters, Mary Ann Carlson and Everley St. Peter, who are both reiki volunteers at our local hospital. This is a chemical- and scent-free event sponsored by VT Center for Independent Living. To register, for more information, to request accommodations or an ASL interpreter, contact Lynn Mazza 802-442-1876 or


Quilt Guild to host fashion show

Quilted garments will be featured in a fashion show at the monthly meeting of the Quiet Valley Quilt Guild at 6:30 on Wednesday, April 5 at Second Congregational Church on Hillside St. In Bennington. All are welcome. For more information about the Guild visit and click on Quiet Valley Quilters Guild.


Discover the Azores

Where are the Azores and why are some predicting that the island chain will be the next big travel destination? Join Alan and Nancy Benoit with Cindy Waters and Curt Merrow at Equinox Village at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 5. to find out why the Azores are a smart travel choice, especially for those living in the Northeast. This armchair travel talk (rescheduled from Feb. 5) will feature images of the lush green volcanic craters, breathtaking blue lakes, thermal springs, dark sand beaches and European charm of the budget-friendly archipelago. The program, which is sponsored by Equinox Village and presented by Manchester Community Library, is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. Equinox Village is located at 49 Maple St. Info: 802-362-2607.


Legionnaires monthly meeting of Post 69

The Legionnaires will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 6 at the Post 69 in Arlington. 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.


Movie screened at Neighborhood Connections

Doreen Fabiano and Carlene Lundgren, local advocates for the environment and other important issues facing the world today will screen Michael Moore's award-winning film "Where to Invade Next" at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 7 at The Meeting Place at Neighborhood Connections. There is no charge to attend, but space is limited, so call 802-824-4343 to register. The Meeting Place is located in Londonderry's Mountain Marketplace, next to the post office.


Pitchapalooza at the Northshire Bookstore - tickets still available

At Pitchapalooza, held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday April 7, judges will help you improve your pitch, not tell you how bad it is. Judges critique everything from idea to style to potential in the marketplace and much, much more. Authors come away with concrete advice as well as a greater understanding of the ins and outs of the publishing industry. Whether potential authors pitch themselves, or simply listen to trained professionals critique each presentation, Pitchapalooza is educational and entertaining for one and all. At the end of Pitchapalooza, the judges will pick a winner. The winner receives an introduction to an agent or publisher appropriate for his/her book.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at or at the store.

Note: This event is free to those who attend as spectators only, however, seats will be reserved first for ticket holders.


Basement Music Series starts 15th season

The Vermont Arts Exchange celebrates its 15th season of the Basement Music Series bringing live music to downtown Bennington with two nights of offerings from punk to soul and jazz, on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8. The Cash Registers and the Tracy's kick off the weekend at 8 p.m on Friday, April 7 at Harvest Brewing. Tickets will be available at the door only for $7. Hannah Gill and the Hours continue the fun at the Masonic Hall at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7) on Saturday, April 8. Tickets for the Hannah Gill show are $18 in advance, $22 at the door and $10 for students. Tickets for Hannah Gill and information for both shows are available at

West Pawlet

Spring market featuring the Easter Bunny

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, the West Pawlet Fire Department Ladies' Auxiliary will hold its annual Spring Market at the West Pawlet Fire House, 2806 VT Route 153 (Main Street) in West Pawlet. Be early if you want Auxiliary member Ellie Park's famous rolls, cookies, cakes and pies. The Easter food sale also features appetizing delights prepared by auxiliary ladies. Coffee and donuts are available for early shoppers.

Lunch is served from 11 a.m. until closing, featuring the famous Auxiliary corn chowder, hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers and salad at family friendly prices. The Easter Bunny arrives at noon to amuse folks of all ages. He will have surprise treats for the children. A special" Jelly Bean" jar will be awarded to the lucky child who guesses the correct number of jelly beans. Each child gets one chance to claim the prize. The winner will be announced at 2 p.m.

Auxiliary member Edna Winot will be running her usual group of raffles which include a 50/50 drawing, a complete ham dinner and a variety raffle of a table filled with "basket" gifts donated by the vendors and auxiliary members. Raffle drawings begin at 2:50 p.m.

There are still a few vendor spaces available for crafts, collectibles, seasonal gifts and flea market items at a pre-paid, non-refundable price of $10 per table until April 6. Unreserved tables can be rented for $15 on the day of the sale. Please call Edna at (802) 645-0174 to reserve your space or for general information, call JoAnne Reid 802-645-0244.


Bill Staines Opens Tinmouth Old Firehouse Season

Bill Staines will perform at the Tinmouth Old Firehouse at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 7. Doors open at 7 p.m., asd Staines' performance last May drew the biggest crowd in Firehouse history. Staines' music is a slice of Americana, reflecting with the same ease his feelings about the prairie people of the Midwest or the adventurers of the Yukon, the on-the-road truckers, or the everyday workers that make up this land. The Old Firehouse is at Mountain View Road and Vt. 140 in downtown Tinmouth. There is a suggested donation of $10 to $15, 90 percent of which goes to the performers. Home made desserts, coffee and tea will be available. Donations for them will help support community activities.

South Londonderry

Celebrating Spring at the Library

The South Londonderry Free Library is celebrating spring with a special program for children at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 8. Children are invited to join art teacher Casey Junker Bailey for the making of elegant hats and decorations for the Easter table. The program is free of charge and appropriate for children of all ages. For more information, contact the Library at 802-824-3371.


Free Movie Event at Arts Center

Join us at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 at the Winhall Community Arts Center. The Winhall Memorial Library and the Winhall Community Arts Center will be hosting a free showing of the movie based on the best-selling book "A Monster Calls," by Patrick Ness. There will be free popcorn and candy. We would appreciate a count beforehand to ensure seating. Please call 802-297-9741 or email: to RSVP. We will be showing movies every month on the second Saturday.

North Bennington

Honoring grandmothers

From 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 at the Left Bank, 5 Bank Street, we will continue to welcome and honor more grandmothers. Embrace our wisdom in the Shawl Ceremony and share our prayers and Intentions for the Earth. This can take the form of a song, a poem, a writing, a visualization or anything else you feel moved to share. One does not need to have grandchildren to attend. Bring your prayer, a shawl and a stone or feather. Please RSVP to Teresa King at or by leaving a message at (802) 733-5729 to reserve your place in this powerful circle of grandmothers.


Easter services set

Zion Episcopal Church in Manchester Center invites the community to Holy Week and Easter services and events. Palm Sunday services at 8 and 10 a.m. on April 9 include the Liturgy of the Palms, the Passion Gospel and Holy Eucharist. Morning Prayer will be said at 9:00 a.m. Monday, April 10 through Friday, April 14. At 5:30 p.m. on Maundy Thursday, April 13 the traditional pot luck (lamb provided) supper will be held, followed by the service of foot washing and Holy Eucharist is at 7:00 p.m. The Good Friday Liturgy is at noon on Friday, April 14 is at noon and lasts about an hour. At 7 p.m. on Easter Eve we will be joined by special guests Taconic Music. Easter Sunday services begin with a Sunrise Service on Mt. Equinox (weather permitting) — the gate on Skyline Drive, Sunderland opens at 5:30 a.m. and the service is at 6:00 a.m. Easter services continue at Zion Church at 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. with an Easter Egg Hunt following the 10:00 service. Zion Church is located at 5167 Main Street. For more information contact Zion Church at 802-362-1987 or


Post 69 Sunday Morning Breakfast

The American Legion Post 69 will hold a breakfast from 8-10 a.m. on Sunday, April 9 at Post 69 in Arlington. Seniors 65 and over are free; all others are $6.00 each, donations are greatly appreciated. Come out and enjoy breakfast with us and catch up with your friends. Call: 802-375-6157 for more information.


House Committee Meeting at Post 69

Monthly joint meeting of the Post 69 Legionnaires, Sons Squadron 69 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 69 will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 13. At the American Legion Post 69. Call: 802-375-6157 for more information or to join.


Auxiliary Unit 69 Monthly Meeting

The Auxiliary Unit 69 will hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 13 at the Post 69. All Unit 69 Members are welcome to attend. If you are interested in joining us, please stop by for information.

Please "like" us on Facebook: Arlington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 69.

Call: 802-375-6157 for more information.


SAL Squadron 69 Monthly Meeting

The SAL Squadron 69 will hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 13.

FB: Sons of the American Legion Post 69 Arlington, VT Call: 802-375-6157 for more information or to become a member.


Contra Dance with Nimble and Luke Donforth calling

Dance to the splendid tunes of Nimble which is Shirley White on fiddle, Rachel Clark on flute and George White on guitar with calling by Luke Donforth from 8-11 p.m. on Friday, April 21 at the Tinmouth Community Center, 573 Route 140. All dances are taught, and you do not need a partner. If you are a beginner, come right at 8 p.m. for a beginner's lesson to learn the moves. There will be live music, enthusiastic swinging and dancing, and a fun night for all. 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.


Sip and Swirl at Post 69

The Auxiliary Unit 69 is hosting a Sip and Swirl at Post 69 at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 for painting on canvas. This event will fill up quickly, tickets on sale now at Post 69 to benefit Happy Days Play School. Cost is $25.00 per person. Call: 802-375-6157 for more information.


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