Community Briefs


Morning Yoga at MCL

Attend a yoga class for body, mind, and spirit at the Manchester Community Library from 8:30 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. every Thursday. The class is led by Irene Cole, RYT. Unite mind and body as you focus on the breath, relax into the pose and build strength. Please bring your own mat and any other props you would need. Attendance is free with a suggested $5-10 donation benefiting the Manchester Community Library.


Movie screening

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

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

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

South Londonderry

Make an Easter bonnet

Come to the South Londonderry Free Library at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 8 to make elegant Easter bonnets and festive decorations for your holiday table with artist, Casey Junker Bailey. All children and their adults are welcome to attend this fun event.

For more information, please call 824-3371 or email The library is located at 15 Old School Street.

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 pm.

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.


Old Firehouse season opening

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.


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

Prayers and Intentions for the Earth

From 2 - 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.


PFLAG hosting guest speaker

PFLAG Dorset will be hosting a guest speaker at the April meeting at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 9 at the United Church of Christ on Church Street. Dr. Denise Pickering will join the meeting to discuss "The Misconceptions of Conversion Therapy."

All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.


Northshire presents 'Pancakes in Paris'

Join us at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 9 for a presentation from best selling New York Times author and entrepreneur Craig Carlson. We will be serving up samples of mini pancakes with Vermont maple syrup.

Craig Carlson was the last person anyone would expect to open an American diner in Paris. He came from humble beginnings in a working-class town in Connecticut, had never worked in a restaurant, and didn't know anything about starting a brand-new business. But from his first visit to Paris, Craig knew he had found the city of his dreams, although one thing was still missing — the good ol' American breakfast he loved so much.

Pancakes in Paris is the story of Craig tackling the impossible-from raising the money to fund his dream to tracking down international suppliers for "exotic" American ingredients... and even finding love along the way.

His diner, Breakfast In America, is now a renowned tourist destination, and the story of how it came to be is just as delicious and satisfying as the classic breakfast that tops its menu.


Soap maker at Dorset market

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 9 at the Dorset Farmers' Market, Julie Ann Patac of Essential Suds will be sharing her years of experience and expertise as an artisanal soap-maker. It's sure to be an enjoyable and informative day! The Dorset Farmers' Market is held at J.K. Adams on Rout 30.


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.

Please "like" us on FaceBook: American Legion Post 69.


Foam Ball Tournament

Northshire Baptist Church ( will be hosting a Foam Ball Tournament for any middle & high schoolers in the community from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11 at the Burr and Burton Gymnasium. It is free, there is no need to RSVP, and will include pizza and drinks as well as prizes for the winning team! For more information, contact or 802 362-1988.


Book giveaway at library

From 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, Bennington Free Library invites children & families to a storytelling event & free book give-away with renowned Vermont author, Natalie Kinsey-Warnock. Everyone will meet Kinsey-Warnock, listen to stories & choose 2 free books. Please come join us! The Children's Literacy Foundation has supported this literacy event as part of the Year of the Book. Call 442-9051 for more information.


Arsenic and Old Lace at MCL

At 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, Manchester Community Library will screen the 1944 film "Arsenic and Old Lace" starring Cary Grant and directed by Frank Capra. The New York Times review called it "good macabre fun" and the New Yorker reviewer wrote "very funny indeed." The film screening is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. Info: 802-362-2607.


'Teach Our Children Well' at Northshire

Author Karen Gross will moderate a panel discussion at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12 at the Northshire Bookstore about her new book "Teach Our Children Well: Why the January 21, 2017 Marches Matter," which includes hundreds of powerful images of the signs created for the January marches by people from all over the world.

The event will feature a power point presentation with some of the most notable images from the book and conversation about each with the panel. There will also be time for Q&A from the audience.

The entire event will be followed by a book signing and a portion of the purchased books along with any collected donations will be given to the ACLU of Vermont.


Introduction to Kundalini Yoga

An introduction to Kundalini Yoga as taught by the Master of Kundalini Yoga, Yogi Bhajan, is offered by certified Kundalini Yoga teacher and owner of Chester's Buddhaful Yoga Liza Eaton from 2-2:30 p.m. on Thursday April 13 and Thursday April 20 at The Meeting Place at Neighborhood Connections. Come learn the basics of this wonderfully healing and illuminating yoga that has the ability to bring the body, mind and spirit into balance quickly and effectively. This is a gentle introduction class for all ages and abilities. Participants may even sit in a chair. Bring a mat or blanket and wear comfortable clothes.

There is no charge to attend these sessions and you can attend one or both. Space is limited, so call 802-824-4343 to register. The Meeting Place at Neighborhood Connections is located in Londonderry's Mountain Marketplace, next to the post office.


'Inspiring courage' at the Northshire

Join us at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, for a presentation by author Barbara Bonner for her new book "Inspiring Courage." In this book we are inspired to all kinds of courage: Courage to live a human life, courage to face disaster, and courage to help an ailing world. Included are stories of ordinary people who have faced illness, loss, and discrimination, and taken on political challenges and the environmental crisis. Selected poems and quotations include figures like Martin Luther King, Jr., Mark Twain, the Buddha, Pema Chodron, and many more.

Bonner started her professional life as an art historian, moving on to leadership positions in three New York City museums. She later served as vice president of Bennington College and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and she formerly served as board chair at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. She now has her own consulting practice focused on helping non-profits transform their philanthropic support.


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.

Please like us on FaceBook: American Legion Post 69.


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.


'Good Night My Honey Bunnies' at Northshire

Join us at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 15 for a special children's story time as author Sandy Wilbur and illustrator Kimberley Ray give a charming reading from "Good Night My Honey Bunnies."

Wilbur is an award-winning composer with over forty songs recorded and five chart singles to her credit. Ray is a decorative painter specializing in custom fine artwork and murals. She is also the artist that painted the two murals in the Northshire Bookstore Children's room.

This adorable story was conceived and written by Wilbur using Ray's paintings from her beautiful and fanciful children's murals. Wilbur also composed and / or arranged and played the sixteen lullabies contained on the CD included with the book. Designed to delight and soothe babies and children of all ages.


Easter pie sale

The Arlington Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary is holding an Easter pie sale from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, April 15 at Berkshire Bank on Route 7A in Arlington.


Zero Balancing presentation at Heart of the Village

There will be a free introductory presentation about Zero Balancing at Heart of the Village Yoga from 7:30-9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19. Zero Balancing is a leading-edge, hands-on, body-mind therapy. This introductory presentation includes information, theory, and demonstration on energy medicine, on why and how it is effective and essential, through the lens of Zero Balancing. Please join Dr. Michele Doucette for a lively and interactive evening, or simply sit back and take it all in.

Zero Balancing combines the Western view of medicine and science from the field of osteopathy with Eastern concepts of energy and healing from the field of acupuncture. It affects the whole person (body, mind, and spirit) by providing both structural therapy and energy medicine simultaneously. Practitioners learn to engage, evaluate, and balance the deepest currents of movement through bones, joints, ligaments and other soft tissue.

This event is free and open to the public. It may be of particular interest to health and wellness professionals, and anyone interested in maximizing human potential.

Please register at or 802.362,9004 or at Heart of the Village Yoga, 3556 Main Street, Manchester. Drop-ins are welcome if space allows.


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.

Hoosick Falls. N.Y.

Battenkill Chorale

The Battenkill Chorale presents "Rise to Life's Beauty!" featuring Dan Forrest's "Requiem for the Living" for chorus, chamber orchestra, and soloists at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 23 at Immaculate Conception Parish, 73 Main Street, Hoosick Falls, The colorful orchestra for Dan Forrest's ravishing "Requiem for the Living" includes harp, gong, bell chime, glockenspiel, cymbals, drums, strings, winds, and organ. Soloists are soprano Gene Marie Callahan, tenor Michael Gallagher, and organist Erich Borden. Shorter works by Estonian Arvo P rt, Norwegian Ola Gjeilo, and Polish composer Henryk Gorecki complete the program.

Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by calling (518) 692-7458 or emailing


50/50 Raffle at Martha Canfield Library

The Martha Canfield Library is currently holding a 50/50 Fundraiser. Tickets are $1 each or $5 for 6 tickets. Tickets are available at the front desk of the library on East Arlington Rd. The drawing will be held on Saturday, April 22 at our spring Reduce, Reread, Recycle book sale. All proceeds will benefit the Martha Canfield Library. For additional information call 802 375-6153 or check out the library's website at


Auxiliary Unit 69 is hosting a 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.

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

Call: 802-375-6157 for more information.


Garden Club of Manchester April meeting

The Garden Club of Manchester presents "Vincent Van Gogh: His Spiritual Vision in Life and Art" at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26 at the Manchester Community Library. Club member Carol Berry will speak about her book. Carol will read from her book and show several artworks that relate to her subject. Email for further details and visit to learn more about GCM.


Book discussion at library

Join us at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 to discuss the 2017 Vermont Reads "Brown Girl Dreaming" by Jacqueline Woodson and "Witness" by Karen Hesse. Copies of both books are available at the library. The Vermont Humanities Council has awarded the library 30 copies of "Brown Girl Dreaming" to share with the community. Stop by the library to get your complimentary copy. This is an informal group, all that is needed is a love of books. Refreshments will be served. For more information please call 802-297-9741 or email Please like us on Facebook to follow our events.


Electronic Recycling Day at The Dorset School

The Dorset Teachers' Association and the Dorset Energy Committee are co-hosting an electronic recycling event from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 to raise money for the school's technology fund. This event is open to everyone and is not limited to Dorset residents. For more information visit their website at or e-mail Phyllis Tate at


Spring Rummage Sale is coming

The most fabulous shopping experience of the spring season will take place in Dorset when the Dorset Church holds its Spring Rummage Sale from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. Outside sales begin at 8:30 a.m. There will be no early-bird shopping. The bag sale will take place from 12-1 p.m.

Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday, April 24 through Wednesday, April 26, and until noon on Thursday, April 27.

Donations of clean spring and summer clothing in good condition, jewelry, women's accessories, shoes, linens, kitchen and household items, toys, tools, sports gear, plants, garden equipment, small appliances and books will be accepted. Other items not listed are also accepted. Please bring only items in good condition and be sure that everything is in working order.

We may accept by approval some larger items. Please contact Sandi at at 802-362-1459 or Ellen at or 802-362-3610 to discuss the item or if you have any questions about donations.

The church is located at 143 Church Street, off Route 30. Call 802-867-2260 with questions or for more information.


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