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Manchester

Neighbor to Neighbor appoints director:
Robin Galguera has been named as program director of Neighbor to Neighbor, the organization announced. Galguera is a San Francisco native who moved to Manchester in 2016 with her son. She holds three Masters degrees in English and transformative art and has worked primarily in higher education. She brings a creative vision and deep commitment to connect volunteers and elders in need in the Northshire, the organization said. The steering committee of Neighbor to Neighbor has also increased its numbers with the addition of Micki Lisman of East Dorset and Connie Stewart of Dorset. If you would like to volunteer as a care-giver or know of someone who could benefit from Neighbor to Neighbor's services, please call 802-367-7787.

Arlington

Garden Club sponsors books:
The Arlington Garden Club has funded the following books for the Martha Canfield Library selected with the help of Librarian Phyllis Skidmore, to be enjoyed by everyone: "The Flower Workshop; Lessons in Arranging Blooms, Branches, Fruits and Foraging Materials" by Chezar, Michaels and Kunkel; "The Year-Round Vegetable Garden" by Jabour; "Growing Revelation-Bringing Soil Back to Life" by Montgomery and "The New Shade Garden: Creating a Lush Oasis in the Age of Climate change." Last month at the Arlington Memorial High School, the club also presented a scholarship of $1000 to Elizabeth Fischer. In addition, Alex Perez and Jaden Cross were given a scholarship to Conservation Camp. Arlington Garden Club has interesting programs coming up for the members, such as "Planning Fairy Gardens" with Deb Hewson and "Cooking with Herbs" with Becky Moore. If interested in membership, call Marilyn Frandfors at 802-375-9275.

Londonderry

Local Artists' Expo:
The Londonderry Arts and Historical Society will exhibit the works of local artists from Aug. 5 to Sept. 2 at the Custer Sharp House, 2461 Middletown Rd. Exhibit hours are Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesdays, 2 to 4 p.m. There will be an artists' opening reception on Aug. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. Artists who would like to exhibit may contact Garrison Buxton at 917-602-2153 or email garrison@adhocart.org. Receiving dates for submissions are July 28 and July 29, between 2 and 5 p.m. All artwork must be ready to sell and be labeled with artist name, price, and phone number on the back. Visit the LAHS website for more information on other events and programming: www.LAHSVT.org.

Manchester

Fly-fishing Activities for Kids:
All kids age 6-12 are invited to join us on Thursdays, from 9 to 11 a.m. Starting July 6 through Aug 10, at the AMFF for adventures into the world of fly fishing. Each week, we will explore a different aspect of the sport. Parent or guardian should remain on site during each session, and join for donuts and coffee. Snacks for participants also included. The American Museum Of Fly Fishing, 4070 Main St. For more information: 802-362-3300 or amff.org/july-6-august-10-free-fly-fishing-fun-kids.

Summer Artist Member Show: From Saturday, July 15 through Sept. 10, the Summer Artist Member Show begins its run at SVAC in the Yester House Galleries. The exhibition features work in all styles and mediums and is the largest group show in the area filling nine galleries. All the work is for sale and admission is free. Showing in Gallery I during the Member Show will be an exhibit of pastels and oils done by a group of artists who traveled to Tuscany this spring with SVAC instructor Robert Carsten. These works were painted during, or inspired by, the trip.

Jamaica

Summer camp at the Library:
Jamaica Memorial Library will host "Building a Better World," a one week summer camp, Monday through Friday. from 1 to 4 p.m. at the library. Open to children entering grades K-4 including home schoolers, camp is free, but the $20 (per family) donation helps cover the cost of supplies. Space is limited to 20 children, and registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis through July 21. To register, download the form from the website, www.jamaicavtlibrary.org or pick one up at the library. The library is open Tuesdays, 12 to 6 p.m., Wednesdays, 12 to 4 p.m., Thursdays, 12 to 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Questions? Call 802-874-4901.

Londonderry

Summer-Fun at The Collaborative:
The Collaborative is happy to announce its licensed summer camp registration opening. Youth from 5 to 12 years old are welcome to join at Flood Brook School. Fun times are planned for youth of all ages to enjoy hiking, swimming, biking and visits to local venues like the Grafton Nature Center, Lowell Lake and Hapgood pond. Swim lessons are available with a certified Red Cross instructor and are included in the camp registration fee. Schedule of lessons are based on interest in registration. To learn more about camp schedule and pricing visit thecollaborative.us or call 802-824-4200.

Bennington

Chocolate Bingo:
Join the Village Chocolate Shoppe, 471 Main St., tonight, from 6 to 8 p.m. for a night of bingo and fun -- VCS style complete with chocolate prizes. $5 a person. Play one game or the whole night. $5 gets you five bingo cards. Use all five on one game or spread it out over five games. Additional cards are $1 each. All proceeds to benefit Bennington Cancer Center Community Crusaders. For more information, contact the store at 802-447-3789.

Arlington

Norman's Attic:
Norman's Attic, listed as one of Yankee Magazine's top Vermont summer events, is returning to the Arlington town green on Saturday. Now in its 22nd year, Norman's Attic is a town-wide tag sale and celebration hosted by St. James' Episcopal Church. It gets its name from beloved American illustrator Norman Rockwell, who resided in Arlington and painted its residents and their lives for more than 20 years. Tag sales will abound on the roads and byways of Arlington throughout the day, while all along Main Street vendors will be selling a wide selection of hand crafts, textiles, jewelry, art and pottery, antiques, woodware and children's clothing. But the focus of the excitement is in front of the Church, on Rt. 7A across from the town offices. For more information, call the St. James' office at 802-375-9952, or telephone Joanna Taylor at 802-375-9330. You may also check the church website at stjamesarlingtonvt.org or

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Bennington

4 Corners North Home Brew Festival:
Saturday, at 12 to 4 p.m., County St. Enjoy a street fair atmosphere with a live music, food and other vendors, and of course the best home brewed beverages to include beer, wine, cider, and mead in the area. This is a family friendly event and there will be kid activities available. Admission to the street festival is free or $25 for a tasting glass and to vote for your favorite beverage. www.4cnhomebrewfest.com

Arts Festival: The Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival will be held at Camelot Village, 66 Colgate Heights, on August 4, 5, and 6, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adult admission $8

Open House: On Saturday, in honor of Bennington Arts Weekend, The Bennington Center for the Arts will host an Open House from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.. In addition to the Covered Bridge Museum and the Native American collection, the galleries will feature several current exhibitions.

The Small Works Show highlights over thirty framed pieces under 14" in size and of various subject matter. These smaller pieces are unique in that they may be taken home at time of purchase. American Artists Abroad features the work of artists who have traveled and been inspired by locations all over the world. The Laumeister Fine Art Competition, juried by Calvin Liang, is a sizable collection of fine, representational work by contemporary artists. Spirits of Old Bennington will be offering tastings and will have specialty cocktails for sale from noon until 4 p.m. The Bennington Center for the Arts is located at 44 Gypsy Lane.

Shaftsbury

Farm to Ballet:
Farms, food, community, connection, live music, and the graceful art of ballet. This is what Vermont's Farm to Ballet is all about, and the unique project, now in its third summer season, will be presented for the first time at Studio Hill Farm on Saturday, Farm tours highlighting the promise and practices of regenerative agriculture will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. before the ballet. A string sextet will play live Vivaldi for this performance. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own picnic blankets or lawn chairs, and the show will go on, rain or shine. Studio Hill Farm is located at 957 Trumbull Hill Rd. Farm to Ballet is a production of Ballet Vermont. You can learn more at their website balletvermont.org and visit farmtoballet.org to purchase tickets for the Studio Hill performance. You can learn more about Studio Hill at studiohill.farm.

Manchester

Children's author presentation:
Join the Northshire Bookstore for story and activity time with children's author Gaia Cornwall, on Saturday, at 11 a.m., as she presents her newest book "Jabari Jumps." This delightful book is filled with lovely illustration, diverse characters, and an important message that it's OK to fear something new such as jumping off the diving board the first time. Cornwall is an illustrator who loves making patterns for surface design. Her work can be seen in magazines, in logos, on various products, and even in movies. "Jabari Jumps" is her first picture book.

Author presentation: Join the Northshire Bookstore on Saturday, at 7 p.m. as author David Daley presents his book, "Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy." The explosive account of how Republican legislators and political operatives fundamentally rigged our American democracy through redistricting. Reconstructing this never- told-before story, Daley examines the far-reaching effects of this so-called REDMAP program, which has radically altered America's electoral map and created a firewall in the House, insulating the party and its wealthy donors from popular democracy. "Ratf**ked" pulls back the curtain on one of the greatest heists in American political history. Daley is the editor in chief of Salon and the Digital Media Fellow for the Wilson Center for Humanities and the Arts and the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia.

North Bennington

Family Fun Day:
On Saturday, Aug. 5, from 1 to 4 p.m., Kimberly Farms is hosting the fourth annual Family Fun Day event at 1214 Cross Hill Rd. The event includes pony rides, delicious food, live music, and many more activities suitable for the whole family. The cost is only $8 per car to attend, and all proceeds go to Gallop To Success, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for at-risk youth in our community. Come out for a great time. Call 802-442-5454 or email GTS@SOVER.NET for more information.

Arlington

Battenkill Appreciation Day:
The first Battenkill Appreciation Day will be on Sunday, Aug, 6 from 12 to 6 p.m., and features six hours of live music at the historic Grange Pavilion at 100 Covered Bridge Rd. Music will begin at 12 p.m. with Bleak Little World, from Albany N.Y. The John Davis Band featuring John Davis, Sr., Dino Keough and Barry Hyman will play from 2 to 3:30. The up and coming Vermont band Luminous Crush will close the show playing from 4 to 6 p.m. Mio Mobile Bistro will be selling food. A $10 donation is suggested with all proceeds split between the Battenkill Grange 487 and the Battenkill Watershed Alliance. Children under 15 are admitted free.

Manchester

Family Concert and Ice Cream:
Manchester Music Festival is hosting a free family concert and ice cream celebration at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug 6, at Burr and Burton Academy's Riley Center for the Arts. Violinist Emily Daggett Smith, soprano Nili Reimer and pianist Adam Neiman will perform. School age children, their parents and the young at heart are welcome.

Bennington

Pop-Up Series:
50Vermont's Summer Pop-Up Series is taking the Burlington-based climate organization to four Vermont communities: St. Johnsbury, Rutland, the Upper Valley, and Bennington. From Aug. 8 through Aug. 11, the pop-up will make its fourth and final stop of the summer in Bennington. 350Vermont takes its climate mission on the road, making the fourth stop of its statewide tour in Bennington. It includes a traveling exhibit, film screenings, workshops, performances, kids' activities, and more. 350VT's pop-up tent will appear in four Bennington County locations: the Bennington Farmer's Market (Aug. 8, 3 to 6 pm), the Left Bank in North Bennington (Aug. 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), the Manchester Farmers Market (Aug. 10, 3 to 6 p.m.), and Willow Park in Bennington (Aug. 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Each site will also host other activities such as workshops or cantastoria performances. A full schedule can be found at http://bit.ly/2uy3FKw.

Dorset

Performance/Reading:
On Aug. 8, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Marble House Project, 1161 Dorset West Rd., there will be a performance by Christopher Doddard and a reading with Dominica Phetteplace. The event is free and open to the community. For more information go to marblehouseproject.org.

Manchester

Under the Story Tree:
This summer's third and last Storytime for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers will be held under the Story Tree on the Manchester Community Library's back lawn at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 8. In case of bad weather, we'll move the story time into the Kids Barn. This free program, open to the public, is part of "Build a Better World," the Library's Summer Reading Program, generously sponsored by Mother Myrick's Confectionery and the Northshire Bookstore. Kids of all ages can join the Library's Summer Reading Program any day or at Story Time and read or be read to in order to earn free raffle tickets for a chance to win one of the exciting raffle packages on display in the Library, located at 138 Cemetery Ave./Corner of Rte. 7A.

World War II in Japanese Memory: Green Mountain Academy welcomes Professor Eiko Maruko Siniawer of Williams College, to talk about how Japan has remembered World War II from the end of the war to the present day. The talk will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy. This presentation will examine how, in the contested terrain of war memory, various Japanese have debated what it means to mourn, atone, apologize, forgive, forget, and remember. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit www.greenmtnacademy.org.

Manchester

Hayworth - Ford Classic Film:
On Wednesday, Aug. 9 at 2 p.m., the Manchester Community Library's Greatest Generation Film Series will screen a 1946 classic film noir, "Gilda," starring Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford. The film screening is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. Information: 802-362-2607.

Concert on the Green: On Wednesday, Aug. 9, local a cappella group So Far will perform as part of the Concert on the Green series from 6 to 8 p.m.. Generously sponsored by the Bank of Bennington, the evening will include Manchester Historical Society's community appreciation celebration. MHS board members will be on hand to share information about Manchester's history. For more information, see manchesterhistoricalsocietyvt.org.

Manchester

Remakery Day:
As part of Manchester Community Library's Summer Reading Program, "Build A Better World," Remakery Day, a chance for kids and their grownups to tinker with tools, remake or repair broken appliances, or create something new will be held on Thursday, Aug. 10, at 10:30 a.m. Kids can register for the Library's Summer Reading Program any day or at any of these super fun events. Kids read to earn free raffle tickets for a chance to win one of the many special raffle packages on display throughout the library.

Arlington

Post 69 Joint House Committee Meeting:
The Post 69 Joint House Committee will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10, at Post 69. Facebook: American Legion Post 69. Call 802-375-6157 for more information.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 69 Meeting: The Arlington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 69 will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10, at Post 69. All Unit 69 members are invited to attend the monthly meeting. Those interested in finding out what the American Legion Auxiliary is about, or would like to become a member and have never been asked may join to find out more. Facebook: Arlington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 69. Call 802-375-6157 for more information.

Bennington

Tea with the Arts:
The Bennington Garden Club will be holding its annual "Tea with the Arts" fundraiser on Friday, Aug. 11 at the Bennington Center for the Arts from 2 to 4 p.m. to support the BGC Education Fund. The public is welcome. The Bennington Center for the Arts is located at 44 Gypsy Lane. Tickets can be purchased ahead by calling 802-375-6097; at Bennington Potters, 324 County Road, Bennington; or at the door on Aug. 11. The cost for the tea and self-guided gallery tour is $25.

Manchester

Author Presentation:
Kathleen Seville will present her book "Rowing for Your Life" at the Northshire Bookstore on Friday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. Kathleen Saville holds two Guinness world records, as the first woman to row across the North Atlantic and across two oceans.

Dorset

Artist reception and exhibi
t: The featured artist at the Dorset Library in August is Mary Schwartz. The public is invited to an opening reception on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Refreshments will be served. A portion of any sales will benefit the Library. For information call 802-867-5774.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Hoosic River Ride:
The Hoosic River Watershed Association is staging the 13th Annual Hoosic River Ride, a recreational bike ride on the backroads of Renssalaer County in New York and Bennington County in Vermont. This is HooRWA's premier fundraising event that showcases parts of the Hoosic River watershed. Bicycle mechanics, aid stations and picnic provided. Meet at the Hoosac School (near the intersection of County Route 103 and NY Route 7) at/near 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. Riders can register the day of the ride or go to BikeReg.com/northeast events or hoorwa.org for information. For riders new or unfamiliar with the area, there is a 30 mile practice ride on Saturday, Aug. 5 beginning at 10 a.m. from the Hoosac School, led by Board member Tom Hyde.

Manchester

Veterans' Cookout:
On Saturday, Aug. 12, at 12 p.m. Veterans of Foreign Wars and their families are invited to a cookout at the VFW at 280 Depot Rd.

Mosher Tribute: A Howard Frank Mosher Tribute by filmmaker Jay Craven with a screening of "Where the Rivers Flow North" will happen on Saturday, Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Northshire Bookstore. Award-winning filmmaker Jay Craven will present a special tribute to Vermont writer, Howard Frank Mosher, who passed away unexpectedly in late January. This will be a ticketed event with 100% of the proceeds to preserve and digitize the Mosher films and prepare study materials for schools and communities.

An Evening of Dance: On Saturday, Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m., ballet returns to the stage of the Arkell Pavilion with An Evening of Dance with members of the American Ballet Theatre and Friends. The performance is produced by soloist and international guest artist Anna Liceica and will bring some of the finest dancers and new choreography to SVAC.Tickets can be purchased online at svac.org and by calling 802-362-1405. Online ticket sales will close on Friday, Aug. 11 at 5 p.m. On the day of the performance tickets can be purchased at the box office starting at 5:30 p.m.

Winhall

Winhall Memorial Library's Annual Friendraiser:
Join in for The Winhall Memorial Library's Annual Friendraiser and Summer Picnic, Sunday, Aug. 13, 4 to 6 p.m. There will be a book sale of new and gently used titles; live music by The Merry Pranksters; hotdogs, ice cream, 50/50 Raffle, and face painting. The Winhall Memorial Library is located at 2 Lower Taylor Hill Rd. For information email winhalllibrary@comcast.net or call 802-297-9741 or winhallmemoriallibrary.org.

Dorset

Memoir Writing Workshop:
The Dorset Library and the United Church of Dorset are co-hosting a memoir writing workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. lead by acclaimed local writer, Ellen Perry Berkeley. The workshop will be held at the United Church of Dorset. There are a limited number of seats available so registration is required along with a $10 fee. Pack a bagged lunch, the library will provide coffee and desserts. Registration and payment can be made at the Dorset Library. Call the Library for more information 802-867-5774.

Manchester

"Cook by the Book":
The Cookbook Discussion Group at the Manchester Community Library will be discussing drying herbs from the garden, making infused oils, and zucchini recipes on Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 2 to 3 p.m. There will also be a short discussion about chardonnay. The group is led by Lily Van Haverbeke. Free. Drop-ins welcome. The Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. Info: 802-362-2607.

Arlington

Bingo:
There will be a bingo night to benefit the Arlington Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary on Aug. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the East Arlington Fire Station, Old Mill Rd.

Manchester

1950s Manchester in Film:
Karan Sheldon, co-founder of Northeast Historic Film, will share historic video of Manchester on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. in the event barn at the Inn at Manchester. Sheldon will show selections from 37 reels of film taken by Anna B. Harris in Manchester between 1949 and 1958. The films provide a unique view of Northshire life from intimate moments at home to Big Bromley and Snow Valley ski areas as well as meeting passengers at the Manchester Depot train station. Anna spent 40 years in Manchesteras a resident, renting from local tailor Fred Nicklewhite and working for D.C. "Ducky" Corkran, owner of the Orvis Company. Her good friends Nate and Harriet Boone will participate in the discussion following the showing. Free and open to the public. The Inn at Manchester has graciously donated the space for this event. For more information, email at info@manchesterhistoricalsocietyvt.org or call 802-549-4582.

Bennington

Invasive plant walk:
The One World Conservation Center will be hosting a two-part workshop on Thursday, Aug. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. for interested residents and landowners on the topic of invasive plant identification and treatment. The indoor portion will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a walk at 6:45 p.m. at the OWCC Greenberg Reserve. You may join all or part of the workshop. For more information on invasive plant identification, visit VTInvasives.org. Public service program, donations appreciated. Registration required: oneworldconservationcenter.org or 802-447-7419.

Dorset

Canning and Preserving:
Join Angela from Someday Farm at the Dorset Library on Friday, Aug. 18 at 5:30 p.m. and find out what to do with a garden bounty. Angela will present tips and techniques for beginning canners. The focus will be on water bath canning of acidic vegetables such as tomatoes and pickles and jams. Bring a favorite canning recipe to share and browse the display of relevant books. Light refreshments will be served. Call the library for more information at 802-867-5774.

Manchester

Hunters Ed:
The Manchester Rod and Gun Club's traditional hunter education class will be held from 5-8:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26 and from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on on Sunday, Aug. 27. Pre-registration is required at VTHunterEd.com and the traditional course is limited to 30 students. Note: When you register you will receive work/study manuals by mail. Any questions, please call 802-774-8568.

Arlington

Post 69 Annual Clambake with Champagne Jam:
Post 69 will be hosting their Annual Clambake with Champagne Jam starting at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26. $35 per person, 21+ , includes hot dogs, burgers, sausage, clam chowder, cold and steamed clams served at noon. At 3 p.m. there will be BBQ Chicken, corn, salad and rolls. At 6 p.m. there will be a Champagne Jam. Raffles will include a gas grill, patio set, and three lobsters. Ticket cut-off date is Aug. 12 and are on sale now at Post 69. Facebook: American Legion Post 69. Call 802-375-6157 for more information.

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