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Special projects:
The public is invited to Southern Vermont College's Student Showcase from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Hunter Hall's Greenberg Atrium. Twenty-nine students will display their projects, including radiologic science topics, photographs, Shires Press publications, science research, paintings, nursing research, and much more. Guests will have an opportunity to view the exhibits, speak with participants, and enjoy refreshments. For parking convenience, guests are asked to park in the Mountaineer Athletic Center and walk along the pond path to Hunter Hall. For more information contact Catherine Burns, at 802-447-4674 or

Dance circle: Bring your friends to Nataraja, a monthly gathering for the local dance community 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Yoga Place, 532 Main Street, upstairs, entrance and parking in rear of building. Talking is kept to a minimum. Please bring your water bottle. There will be no alcohol or mind-altering substances. Each person is asked for a $5 donation, with the proceeds to be donated to Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services. Music is eclectic and will vary each month. Please call 802-442-5331 for more information.

Conference: Bennington Seed Weekend, April 21 to 23, organized by the Bennington Seed Library the conference will be composed of several events located at Bennington College and at the Bennington Farmer's Market to create opportunities to share seeds and stories as well as to learn about the importance and the how-tos of seed saving. There will be a screening of "Seeds: The Untold Story" on April 21, seed arts and crafts at the Left Bank on April 22, a seed-saving 101 workshop and a potluck lunch on April 23.

Concert: Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen will do a hometown concert between concert tours at the Meetinghouse Caf . They've asked veteran performer Jack Williams to join them. Doors open at 7:30, concert at 8 p.m. The suggested donation is $20 for adults; $10 for students. The Meetinghouse Caf is at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 108 School St.


Poetry salon: The Manchester Community Library will host its second annual Poetry Salon at 6:30 p.m. Poets from the local area and beyond are invited to come and read their work, and the community is invited to come and listen. The Community Poem will be read aloud with copies of it available. A reception will follow. Email to reserve your place to read your 2-3 minute poem(s). Free and open to the public; donations to the library are gratefully accepted.



Sip and swirl:
American Legion Post 69, 1 p.m., Auxiliary Unit is hosting. Tickets on sale at Post 69. Benefits Happy Days Play School, $25 per person. Call 802-375-6157 for more information.

Raffle drawing: 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 Road. The drawing will be held today at our spring Reduce, Reread, Recycle book sale. All proceeds will benefit the library. For additional information call 802 375-6153 or check out the library's website at


Monument opens:
A new season will start at the Bennington Battle Monument. The 306-foot Monument is one of Vermont's most visible State Owned Historic Sites. Exhibits and dioramas in the Monument tell the story of the August 16, 1777 Revolutionary War battle, the design and the construction and more. Scenic vistas of Vermont, Massachusetts and New York are seen from the observation level high within the Monument accessible by elevator. Admission to the Monument is $5 for adults, $1 for children (ages 6 through 14) children 5 and under are free as are scheduled school groups. For more info call 802-447-0550.

Concert: Blair Crimmins and the Hookers, present by Vermont Arts Exchange at the Masonic Hall, 504 Main St. Doors open at 7, show at 8 p.m. Tickets: $18 advance, $22 at the door, $10 students. Ragtime and 1920's style Dixieland jazz.

Screening: Celebrate Earth Day at 7 p.m. at Oldcastle Theatre, 331 Main St. with a screening of Martin Scorsese's movie "Before the Flood," a documentary which vividly shows what's happening to Mother Earth. Leonardo DiCaprio's interviews people around the globe about the effects of climate change. Senator Brian Campion, Rep. Mary Morrissey, and Rep. Bill Botzow will be here to listen to your concerns on climate change. For more information Contact Barbara True-Weber at 802-681-7236,

College open house: Southern Vermont College will host its Spring Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged and can be done online at For more information call 802-447-6300 or email

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

The Battenkill Chorale presents "Rise to Life's Beauty!" featuring Dan Forrest's "Requiem for the Living" for chorus, chamber orchestra, and soloists on at 7 p.m. and on April 23 at 4 p.m. all at the Immaculate Conception Parish, 73 Main St. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by calling 518-692-7458 or emailing


Art of Our Educators:
Southern Vermont Arts Center will open the exhibit "Art of Our Educators" with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. which is free and open to the public.

Book signing: Celebrate Earth Day by stopping by Orivs Flagship Store between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. when author Norman Sims will be on-site signing his new book "Canoes: A Natural History in North America."



L'Ensemble chamber musical group will present "Shadows on a Screen," a concert of music from famous film scores at 3 p.m. at Oldcastle Theatre, 331 Main St.

Library history:
Bennington Museum, 2 p.m. the Bennington Historical Society will present "A Gift to the Town: Bennington Free Library." Lynne Fonteneau McCann, director of the Library since 2008, will discuss the history of the library. Free and open to the public.

Hobby show: The Tri Town Collectors Club will hold a coin, sports, postcard, family hobby show at the Hampton Inn at 51 Hannafords Sq. from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There is no admission charge and anyone wishing to set up a card table to sell their material may do so by calling Joe Fuller at 802-297-1274.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Pancake breakfast:
The West Hoosick Fire Department announces an "All You Can Eat" breakfast at the firehouse from 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. The menu includes pancakes, French toast, eggs, sausage, bacon, toast, juice, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Plan now also for our Mothers Day and Fathers Day breakfasts. The firehouse is located on Pine Valley Rd. near the intersection of county routes 109 and 103. Any questions please call the firehouse at 686-1814.


Practice Italian:
Parliamo italiano? Join native Italian Letitia Scordino at the Manchester Community Library at noon for an hour of fun and una conversazione in italiano. Beginners are welcome. The meeting is free and open to everyone. Space is limited; please confirm by calling Letitia at 802-867-0187.

North Bennington

Roller derby orientation:
Southshire Roller Derby will hold a new skater orientation for adults at 6 p.m. at 441 Water St. No skating experience is necessary. Adults (over 18) of all genders are welcome. Wear comfy clothes and bring some water. RSVP to

Poetry reading: In celebration of National Poetry Month, the John G. McCullough Library hosts a poetry reading at The Left Bank at 3 p.m. Nina Karp, local poet-singer, artist and educator has lived and worked in New York and Paris. She will read from her collected works. Lee Bramble, pen name of Tom Ragle, President Emeritus of Marlboro College, will read from his 2013 volume "Take This Song". Light refreshments will be available.



Concert and movie:
The Fire and Ice concert takes place at noon at Everett Theater, Southern Vermont College, 982 Mansion Drive. This concert features world premieres of three new works by Norwegian and American composers: Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred, Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen and Conrad Kehn, and a new solo by Magnar Am.

Local auditions: Oldcastle Theatre local auditions. Both Equity and Non Equity individual will be seen, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Have prepared two contrasting monologues for the audition not to exceed three minutes. Please call and reserve a time at 802-447-0564. Individuals without reservation will be seen as time allows. Please have a head shot and resume with you.

Lecture: Explosion of Deferred Dreams, a lecture by Mat Callahan, 7 to 8 p.m., Deane Carriage Barn, Fireplace Room, Bennington College.

Lecture: The Turbulent Changing of China, 7 to 8 p.m., East Academic Center 1, Bennington College.

Lecture: The Bennington Branch of AAUW invites members of the public to attend a free lecture by Christoper Nugent, professor of Chinese at Williams College, 7 p.m., at the Bennington Free Library.



Visual Arts Lecture Series, Theaster Gates, The 2016-2017 Adams-Tillim Lecture, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Tishman Lecture Hall, Bennington College Theaster Gates' practice includes sculpture, installation, performance and urban interventions that aim to bridge the gap between art and life.

Carriage Barn Concert Series, "Explosion of Deferred Dreams" performance by Mat Callahan, 9 to 10:30 p.m. DownCaf, Bennington College. Mat Callahan is a musician and author originally from San Francisco, where he founded Komotion International.


Cupcake Wars:
Manchester Community Library, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Compete for sweet prizes in a battle to create the most fabulously iced and decorated cupcakes. Cupcake Wars is open to kids in grades 5 through 8. Space is limited for this free competition, open to the public, and sponsored by Berkshire Bank. Cupcakes will be provided. Register now on the library's website at, or at



Blood drive:
First Baptist Church of Bennington, 601 Main St, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friends of the Bennington Battle Monument annual meeting:
The dramatic story of the design dispute over the Bennington Battle Monument will be told to the Friends of the Monument at their annual meeting. The speaker will be Tyler Resch, the research librarian of the Bennington Museum, 7 p.m. at the Old First Church Barn. The public is welcome.

Conversation on Art and Action with Theaster Gates, 10 a.m. to noon, CAPA Symposium, Bennington College.

Lecture: The Queering of Elizabeth Bishop, 7 to 8:30 p.m. CAPA Symposium, Bennington College. A panel discussion with alumna and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Megan Marshall, April Bernard, and faculty member Mark Wunderlich, moderated by Benjamin Anastas.

Monterey Pop 1968: Oldcastle Theatre, 7 p.m.


LEGO League:
Manchester Community Library, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Kids in grades two through four will be challenged to build a variety of different creations using LEGOs of all shapes, sizes and colors provided by the Library. LEGO League is free and open to the public.



Live music:
Singer-songwriter Ken Swiatek at South Street Caf from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Playing acoustic 6 and 12 string guitars, Swiatek performs a mish-mash of traditional folk songs, old folk chestnuts, and songs he has composed. No cover charge.


Early registration for relay:
Stop by Stella's Salon in Manchester Center between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to register at Early Bird pricing for this summer's 25th Anniversary Komen Vermont Race for the Cure to be held July 22. Linda of Komen New England will help you get registered at just $20 for an adult or survivor for the 10k run, 5k run or 5K walk. To be timed is an additional $5. Youth registration up to age 18 is $10. Kids obstacle course is $5. Prices in effect through April 30. You can register yourself online by going to and look under "Events" for the "Race for the Cure," and select the 25th Anniversary Komen Vermont Race. Email Linda at with questions.

Wondrous bugs: Join Alan Benoit, local ecologist and owner of Sustainable Design, at 6:30 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library as he reveals his fascinating discoveries of the insect world. Recommended for age 10 through adult. Free and open to the public. Info call 802-362-2607.


Public meeting: Readsboro Hometown Redevelopment, Inc. (RHR) is hosting a public meeting at 7 p.m. at the Readsboro School. RHR is applying for a grant through USDA/Rural Development, and part of their application process is to assess support for this grant and project. The grant RHR is seeking is for the heating system for the Bullock Building. This application includes preparing the space and installation of a heating unit that will support the entire building when completed. For more information email


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