Coping with infidelity: The Beyond Affairs Network (BAN) is a grassroots organization assisting with the trauma of infidelity within a marriage. The group is for women and men who have been betrayed. The group meetings are only for the betrayed.If you would like to attend and begin the healing process, please email Vermont.email@example.com for meeting times and places. All inquiries are anonymous and on a first-name basis only.
Rummage sale: It's that time to be collecting Rummage for the big sale to be held on Saturday, Oct.14 at the Dorset Church. Donations of clean fall and winter clothing in good condition, jewelry, women's accessories, shoes, linens, kitchen and household items, toys, tools, sports gear, plants, garden and outdoor 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. Sorry we cannot accept: children's car seats, VHS tapes, encyclopedias, ski boots, helmets, large suitcases. We may accept by approval some larger items, i.e. furniture, exercise equipment etc. Contact Sandi Hedman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-362-1459 or Ellen Wright at email@example.com or 802-362-3610 to discuss the item or if you have any questions about donations. Bring donations to Dorset Church from Monday, Oct. 9 through Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Thursday, Oct. 12 until noon. Please note that we cannot accept donations after noon on Thursday. The church is located at 143 Church Street, off Route 30. Call 802-867-2260 with questions or for more information.
Red Door Concert: St. Mary's in the Mountains, 13 E. Main St., is holding the next in its series of Red Door Concerts at the conclusion of the Wilmington Soup and Wine Stroll on Friday. It is a classical music event, entitled "Classical Fare at the Red Door." Music starts at 7:30 p.m., with the doors opening for desserts and coffee at 7 p.m.. This concert will benefit Deerfield Valley Community Cares Heating Fund.
Duo Author Presentation: Authors Sy Montgomery and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas will be at the Northshire Bookstore to present their book "Tamed and Untamed" on Friday at 7 p.m. The book features extraordinary new insights into the minds and lives of our fellow creatures from two of the world's top animal authors. With humor, empathy, and introspection, Montgomery and Thomas look into the lives of all kinds of creatures and examine the ways we connect with our fellow species. Both authors have devoted their lives sharing the animal kingdom's magic with others, and their combined wisdom is an indispensable contribution to the field of animal literature.
Cricket Blue to play: Vermont-based folk duo Cricket Blue is inspired by diverse aspects of the American folk tradition: old and current, popular and obscure. Laura Heaberlin and Taylor Smith write songs marked by close-knit harmonies and words about myth, confusion, love, and the ends of things. They'll be on display at the Old Firehouse on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $10 to $15, 90% of which goes to the performers. The remainder pays the town for the upkeep of the Old Firehouse. Homemade desserts, coffee and tea will be available. Donations for them will help support community activities.
Library Lawn Sale: The Fifth Annual Library Lawn Sale is slated for Saturday. Beginning at 8 a.m. find Upcycled Treasures including housewares, toys, tools, furniture, outdoor gear and more. After 3 p.m., all remaining items are free. Homemade baked goods and refreshments will also be on sale. On the Town Green in Middletown Springs, rain or shine. Sponsored by the Friends of the Middletown Springs Public Library, and all proceeds benefit the Library. For more information, call 802-235-2421.
Author Presentation: The Monks of New Skete and Marc Goldberg will be at the Northshire Bookstore to present their new book "Let Dogs be Dogs" on Saturday at 7 p.m. America's foremost authorities on dog care and training distill decades of experience in a comprehensive "foundational" guide for dog owners. As a community, the Monks of New Skete have been breeding, raising, and training dogs for more than 40 years. They are the authors of the best-selling classics "The Art of Raising a Puppy" and "How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend." New Skete Monastery is located in Cambridge, New York. Marc Goldberg is a nationally renowned dog trainer based in Chicago.
Roller Derby: On Saturday, Bennington's Southshire Roller Derby will be heading to Riley Rink in Manchester for the final home bout of the season. Southshire Roller Derby's Battle Cats will face off against Shoreline Roller Derby's Belladonnas. In addition to the bout, the event will feature a halftime skating expo of the Southshire Junior Roller Derby, kids activities, a photo booth, a beer garden provided by Ramunto's, and good food for the whole family. The doors to Riley Rink will open at 4 p.m. Southshire Junior Roller Derby will take the track at 5 p.m. and Southshire and Shoreline get skating at 6 p.m. Bleacher seating is expected to fill up quickly. The league recommends bringing your own chair and sitting trackside for the best view. Advanced tickets are available for $5 in Bennington at Fiddlehead at Four Corners, in Manchester at Zippy Chicks and in Rawsonville at Meulemans' Craft Drafts. Tickets and team merchandise are also available at SouthshireRollerDerby.com.
Hoof and Hike: The Dorset Equine Rescue is hosting its first-ever Hoof and Hike event at Merck Forest and Farmland Center, starting at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24. Registration is $35 and includes breakfast and lunch. The horse/rider spots are full, but there is plenty of space for hikers. There will be a scavenger hunt for both hikers and riders using smartphones, and Beau the mini horse will make a special guest appearance in his kissing booth. Register at http://hoofandhike.bpt.me/.
Bridging the Divide, Part 2: MCL will host "Can We Listen? Bridging the Political Divide" on Monday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. Mediator Peter A. Pagnucco, J.D., owner of Pagnucco Dispute Resolution, which specializes in mediation services and conflict resolution education, and director of the Mediation Clinic at Bennington College, will lead the program. Pagnucco will first present an approach to conflict and difference that helps enable comfort and confidence for listening when we disagree, then address skills that help us listen to understand and create learning conversations. We'll follow up with an opportunity to practice some listening skills. This program should be inclusive and well represented by people of all political parties and a full range of the political spectrum. So come, and spread the word about this important community event. The program is free and open to the public. Homemade refreshments, made by the Library's Cookie Brigade, will be served following the program. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. For more information, call the Library at 802-362-2607.
Open Studios: There will be open studios with M.Benjamin Herndon and Sol Pochat on Sept. 26, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Marble House Project, 1161 Dorset West Rd. Visit marblehouseproject.org for more information.
Herbs and Aromatherapy: Join the Dorset Library on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 5:30 p.. to learn how to stay healthy this cold and flu season. Daniela Stewart, certified Aromatherapist, and Jennifer French, certified Herbalist will share all of their methods of keeping seasonal illnesses away naturally. There will be a reception with light refreshments following the presentation. Call the library at 802-867-5774 or visit the website dorsetvillagelibrary.org, for more information.
Reading Tutors: Vermont Reading Partners is looking for tutors. For anyone with an interest in becoming a VRP tutor to assist school age students, adults, and ESL students, tutor training is coming up. Tutor training will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 26, 28, and Oct. 3 and 5, at the Manchester Community Library from 1 to 4 p.m. each day. No previous teaching experience is necessary to become a tutor, just a willingness to help others. Participants must attend all sessions and must register prior to attending. For more information about Vermont Reading Partners or to register for our tutor training, call the office at (802) 362-2323 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Law Enforcement Issues Meeting: Senate Government Operations will be holding a Public Hearing regarding law enforcement issues at the Manchester Community Library from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26. The meeting is open to the public and two main areas will be discussed: "Coverage - who, what, when, where", and "Administration - including interagency relations, costs, and responsibilities." Feel free to bring written comments.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Battenkill Valley Health Center will have a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Come to a special event commemorating the expansion of the Battenkill Valley Health Center, 9 Church St. Learn about the completion of the Center's nine-month renovation project and about future plans. RSVP with Marie at Marie@Bennington.com.
Community forum: Join the Northshire Bookstore on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. for a community forum led by James Duff Lyall, Executive Director of the ACLU of Vermont. This talk is meant to open a discussion and to educate about our basic civil liberties and how they may be affected in the age of Trump. In Vermont and across the country, the ACLU fights for the principle that every individual's rights must be protected equally under the law.
Celebrate Recovery: A new recovery program for people fighting addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors will launch at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at First Baptist Church, on the corner of Main and Bonnet streets. A Christ-centered 12-step program, Celebrate Recovery provides a safe place where people can become free from past hurts, hang-ups and habits, using recovery principles found in the Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount. Participants voluntarily share experiences, strengths and hopes with one another in a safe environment. The group will meet weekly on Wednesdays to worship and pray together, then break up into male and female small groups. The third Wednesday of every month will be a pot luck, and child care is provided. For more information, email Jennifer DeMauro at email@example.com or call 609-203-1293.
Farmers market: This week at the Manchester Farmers Market, corn and winter squash join a bounty of late-summer apples, berries, and melons at our vendors' tables. Music will be performed at the market by London Bremel. The Farmers Market runs every Thursday in Adams Park from 3 to 6 p.m. until Oct.12, rain or shine. Our vendors accept credit, debit, EBT, Crop Cash, and Farm to Family coupons. Parking is available as well and questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vermont Artists: SVAC welcomes Jon Mathewson, curator of Dorset Historical Society, for a gallery talk on the Vermont Artists Then and Now exhibit in the Wilson Museum and Galleries on Thursday, Sept. 28 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The talk delves into the history of the founding members of SVAC, who left an indelible mark on art in this region, and whose footprints forged the future for our working artists today. The exhibit is comprised of select works from the SVAC Permanent Collection, local private collections, and 35 working artists from the area. This event is open to the public and admission is free.
Heating Systems Demystified: Heating Systems Demystified will be presented at the Manchester Community Library on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m. This presentation clarifies the often mysterious and sometimes confusing world of home heating. With Vermont's long winters, there's no escaping the fact that every home and business needs some type of heating system. Whether you are considering replacing a tired old furnace or building a brand new efficient home, this talk will allow you make more informed decisions. The program is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. Info: 802-362-2607.
Young Playwrights Competition Award: Dorset Theatre Festival provides opportunities for regional middle and high school students to learn about playwriting and create a play of their own through its annual Jean E. Miller Young Playwrights Competition. A public reading of this year's winning works will be held on Friday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. This event will be held in the Dorset Playhouse, located at 104 Cheney Rd. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is general admission, and no ticket is required.
Historical discussion and walk: Jock Irons, OWCC board member, will present a slideshow about the history of the One World Conservation Center and Norman and Selma Greenberg Reserve, 414 Route 7S, on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Irons will lead an interpretative nature walk in the Reserve with special guest, Jim Henderson, of the Bennington County regional Commission. They will demonstrate improvements to the Reserve and talk about future plans for management of the Reserve. Fee: $5 suggested donation. Members: No charge. Registration required: oneworldconservationcenter.org or contact: Cara Gauthier at 802-262-1222 or email@example.com.
Author Presentation and Recipe Sampling: Tracey Medeiros will be at the Northshire Bookstore on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. for her new book "The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook." Medeiros is the author of "Dishing Up Vermont," "The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook," and "The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook." She is often seen on various television cooking segments preparing one of her favorite recipes while sharing helpful culinary tips with the viewing audience. "The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook" honors the state's mission to connect with its local organic farmlands and the farmers who nurture and care for them. It also serves as a guide for eating organically and non-GMO in Vermont. The book celebrates the region's esteemed organic food producers, farmers, cheesemakers, dairy farmers, and the chefs who partner with them to create delicious, innovative, organic, and non-GMO recipes.
Stone Skipping Festival: Lake Paran will host New England's only stone skipping event from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Sept. 23. The event, which is open to competitors of all levels, from children, to amateurs, to world champions, will also include food, music, and free stone-skipping workshops. For more information visit lakeparanvt.org or facebook.com/lakeparan.
Book Sale: The Rupert Kittay Library will be holding a book sale on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is a wide variety of fiction, nonfiction and children's books, as well as media selections. There will be the $1 for a bag of paperback books of your choice. The book sale will be held in the Rupert Firehouse which is located on Route 153. For questions or more information visit the website RupertKittayLibrary.org call the library at 802-394-2444.
Battenkill Classic: Covey and Nye and the Dutch River Club are hosting the second annual Battenkill Classic Game Fair and Expo from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m on Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Dutch River Club/Covey and Nye Sporting Grounds, 198 Allen Rd. Admission is free. Meet dog breeders and trainers, shop sales at vendor tents, take a fly fishing lesson, learn to shoot clay targets, more.
Just Bike: The Bennington County Child Advocacy Center is excited to announce JUST BIKE! Justice for kids. A biking event that will be held on Sunday, Oct. 1, is a fundraiser for the center. If you should have any questions about this event, please feel free to reach out, or visit our website at www.vtbccac.com.
Author presentation: Vermont Mystery Author Archer Mayor will be at Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St. on Monday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. to discuss and sign his latest book, "Trace." Contact co-sponsor Bennington Bookshop: 802-442-5059 or benningtonbookshop.com.
Tuesday, Oct. 3
Hike up Haystack Mountain: On Tuesday, Oct. 3, join the Green Mountain Club Manchester Section for a hike up Haystack Mountain. Meet at 11 a.m. on Church Street (by the Dorset Inn) to carpool to the beginning of the hike, where there is limited parking. This is a moderate hike because of the steep part on the last 1/3 of the hike. Distance is about three miles round trip with about 1000 feet elevation gain. At the top there is a 360 degree view. Bring food, fluids, an extra layer and a hat, and a raincoat just in case. Poles are really helpful for the steep part of this hike, especially for coming back down This hike will be repeated on Saturday, Oct. 7. For more details and to RSVP contact Katie Brooks at 518-978-4016 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Russian Interference in the 2016 Election: Green Mountain Academy welcomes Professor William Wohlforth of Dartmouth College to talk about Russian interference in the 2016 election. The talk will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 5:30 p.m. in the Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy. If the CIA, FBI, and NSA are right that the Russian state interfered in our recent election, how should we think about it? What are the implications for U.S.-Russian relations, and, indeed, for the future of international relations more generally? This talk will seek to answer these questions, providing historical and political context for the question of when major powers muck about in each other's domestic affairs. 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.
Wednesday, Oct. 4
Book discussion: The Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St., will host discussion of "Brown Girl Dreaming," the Vermont Humanities Council's Vermont Reads 2017 book. This accessible memoir of author Jacqueline Woodson's childhood, written in verse, tells the story of a young person finding her voice. A group book discussion exploring the book's themes of family, race, place, and the power of stories and poetry will be held Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. Copies of the book are available for loan at the library. For more information, call 802-442-9051 or visit benningtonfreelibrary.org.
Tea Event: The Garden Club of Manchester presents "The Short and Stout Tea Event" on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. at Equinox Village. Matthew Zacharewicz of Short and Stout Tea in Albany, N.Y., will discuss tea and tisanes, especially those you can grow in your garden. Health benefits, growing techniques, brewing styles, and drink recipes will all be discussed, with a Tasting to follow. RSVP via GCM's website for members and their guests with a $10 fee payable online or at the door. Email email@example.com for further details and visit gardenclubofmanchester.com to learn more about GCM.
Time Travel: Real and Imagined Journeys: Green Mountain Academy is excited to welcome back author Elayne Clift to lead a four-part reading, writing and discussion workshop. The workshop series will take place at Equinox Village on Wednesdays, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. This four-session workshop focuses on places people have been - or fantasize about going - and the real or hoped for experiences such travel would entail. Whether whimsical or wise, hilarious or heartbreaking, dangerous or delightful, join in crafting and sharing stories real or imagined. For more information or to register, call 802-867-0111 or visit the website at www.greenmtnacademy.org.
Saturday, Oct. 6
First Baptist Church Fall Tag Sale: The First Baptist Church announces its fall tag sale being held on Friday, Oct 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday is $3 bag day. First Baptist is located at 601 Main St. For more information, contact the church office at 802-442-2105 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Oct. 7
Short Film Festival: Filmgoers will unite with over 100,000 film-lovers around the world during the week of Sept. 28 - Oct. 8 when the 20th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival screens at Burr and Burton Academy's Riley Center for the Arts on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. Manhattan Short is the only event of its kind. The Final 10 are screened simultaneously across the world during a one-week period, with the Best Film and Best Actor awards determined by ballots cast by the audiences in each participating cinema.
Open House: On Columbus Day Weekend, the Museum of the Creative Process invites the community for an open house celebrating the opening of the Moral Science Project, Gallery and Sculpture Park, a new center for creativity and wellness in Manchester Village. Tours of the new exhibits will meet at the Moral Science Project, 3814 Main St., across from the Taconic Hotel at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8 and 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 9. A wine and cheese reception will be held at the Moral Science Project at the conclusion of each afternoon's tour. In addition, tours of the Museum's collection at the Wilburton Campus, will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7 and Sunday, Oct. 8. Visitors are encouraged to complete a free Creativity for Self Discovery online program to create their own art and discover their own conflict resolution pattern. For more information see www.museumofthecreativeprocess or call 917-680-6739.
Sunday, Oct. 8
Post 69 Breakfast: On Sunday, Oct. 8, from 8 to 10 a.m. there will be a Sunday Morning Breakfast at the Post 69 American Legion. All Post 69 Legionnaires should plan to attend and help. Seniors 65 + are free all others are $7 each, donations are appreciated. Come out, have breakfast and catch up with friends. Call 802-375-6157 for more information.
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