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Wine, Cheese, Music, Art, and Author Presentation:
Join the Northshire from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18 and enjoy an evening of wine, cheese and live cello music provided by our own bookseller, Ramsay Eyre. Peruse the artwork of local artist Vicki Bowden, whose art has been compared to Currier and Ives, and "Grandma" Moses". At 6 p.m. author, professional horse trainer and rehabilitation expert Sharon Wilse will present her new book "Horse Speak."



Dream, Girl Documentary:
The Vermont Women's Fund and the Vermont Community Foundation will co-host a screening of a documentary about women entrepreneurs, "Dream, Girl," on Wednesday, July 19 at 5 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave. The film starts at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by a Q&A panel of local women entrepreneurs including Lisa Kelly, Rhonda Lathrop, and more to be announced soon. Admission for the event is free. For more information, to view the trailer, or to reserve tickets, visit

North Bennington

Sip and Sculpt:
On July 19, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., there will be a "Sip and Sculpt" Adult Art Workshop at Lake Paran with Kristen Blaker. Learn to sculpt with clay and create an eye-catching, functional piece of artwork including a ring dish and necklace holder. $40 fee includes all materials, a light garden snack and BYOB. For more details and to register for this workshop go to


The First Transcontinental Railroad:
Green Mountain Academy welcomes David Haward Bain of Middlebury College to talk about the first transcontinental railroad in the United States. The talk will take place on Wednesday, July 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit


Organizational Meeting:
Rights and Democracy of Bennington will have its next organizational meeting on Wednesday, July 19, at St. Peters Episcopal Church, 200 Pleasant St. Gathering begins at 6 p.m with a potluck, meeting starts from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Actions taken to Kill the Bill in Congress and plans for future actions to get universal health care in Vermont will be among the topics discussed. For more information contact Mary at 802-379-6311.



Tick-borne Illness Prevention: At 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, will be a session on Living with Ticks in our Environment. Join One World Conservation Center, 413 VT Route 7 South, as we welcome, Kathleen O'Reilly RN, BSN, MPH from the Vermont Department of Health. O'Reilly will discuss prevention of and treatment for the most common tick-borne illnesses. Open dicussion after PowerPoint lecture. Educational materials will be available. This is a Public Service Program- Donations appreciated


Piano Camp:
Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp will hold piano concerts featuring solo repertoire spanning from Bach to jazz as well as a vocal ensemble, the Summer Sonatina Singers at the Bennington Center for the Performing Arts (Route 9, Gypsy Lane) at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 20. Concerts are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served immediately after the concert. For more information, call 802-442-9197 or visit


Artist visit:
As part of Manchester Community Library's Summer Reading Program, "Build A Better World," Local artist Kim Ray will be at the library on Thursday, July 20, at 10:30 a.m. to host a creative fun workshop. 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.


Weston Playhouse:
"Lost In Yonkers" runs July 20 through July 29 at the Weston Playhouse on the Village Green,12 Park St. Show times are Tues-Sat at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m.. For an insider's perspective of the show, don't miss the pre-show Director's Talk on July 20 and 21 and the July 22 matinee. Audiences attending the Sunday matinee on July 23 are invited to remain for a Talkback with the cast and crew. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office from 10 to 6 p.m. at 802-824-5288 or by visiting


Author presentation:
John Healey, author of "Samurai of Seville" will present his book at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 20 at the Northshire Bookstore. Join writer, filmmaker, and author John J. Healey for his sumptuous novel inspired by one of history's most intriguing forgotten chapters -- the arrival of Japanese Samurai on the shores of Europe.



Mackenzie Melemed Concert:
Recently named First Prize winner at the Iowa International Piano Competition, this 22-year-old rising star has performed at The White House, Carnegie Hall and in recital throughout the United States, Czech Republic, Finland and Japan. This will be Melemed's third performance at The Bennington Center for the Arts, which is located at 44 Gypsy Lane. The theater will open at 7:30pm on Friday, July 21, and all concerts will begin at 8pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, children 12 and under are admitted for free. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Bennington Center for the Arts: 802-442-7158.


Community Dance Circle:
Anyone can dance! Bring your friends to Nataraja, a monthly gathering for the local dance community at The Yoga Place, 532 Main St., upstairs over the DMV, entrance and free parking in rear of building, off Pleasant St., on Friday, July 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (Note that there will be no Nataraja in August, the circle resumes September 15th.) Nataraja was created out of a desire from and for dancers of any shape, size and ability to have a safe and fun place to find their artistic expression. Talking is kept to a minimum. Please bring your water bottle. Please, no alcohol or mind-altering substances. Each person is encouraged to make a $5 donation, with the proceeds to be donated to Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services. Music is eclectic and will vary each month. All dancers welcomed to help create an all-inclusive and tight-knit dance community. Call 802-442-5331 for more information.


Author presentation:
Please join the Northshire Bookstore at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 21, for local author Jon Katz, to present his newest book, "Talking to Animals," on how to understand what is really going on in our pet's heads. There are so many benefits to learning how to communicate with animals. Love, trust, a spiritual connection that goes to the heart of the human-animal bond.

Grafton, N.Y.

July Star Watch:
Join Albany Area Amateur Astronomers at 9 p.m. on Friday, July 21, at Grafton Lake for a free tour of the night sky. Telescopes provided. Enter via winter entrance and follow signs to program. Cloudy skies may delay program to Saturday so call 279-1155 to confirm on Friday.


"Mauritius" at Oldcastle:
Lovers of black and white thirties film noir or fans of tough talking, somewhat sleazy characters with one foot in the underworld should run to Oldcastle Theatre to see Theresa Rebeck's flirting with disaster thriller "Mauritius" opening Friday, July 21. The play runs through august 6th. For reservations of further information contact Oldcastle Theatre by calling 802-447-0564 or visit the website



Vermont Race for the Cure:
Susan G. Komen New England will hold the 25th Anniversary Vermont Race for the Cure. The Race will take place on Saturday morning of July 22, at Riley Rink at Hunter Park. The Race consists of a 5K Walk, a 5K Run, a 10K Run and a Kids Obstacle Course. All proceeds from the Komen Vermont Race for the Cure support breast cancer education, treatment and screening programs in Vermont and New Hampshire, and breast cancer research globally. For more information or to register for the Race, please visit online at


MEMS Student Artwork Selected for Kids for the Cure Tee-shirt:
Congratulations go to Julianna Kruczala, a fourth grader at Manchester Elementary Middle School. Julianna's entry for the Komen Vermont Kids for the Cure Tee-shirt contest was selected to be used on the children's tee-shirt at this summer's 25th Anniversary Komen Vermont Race for the Cure on Saturday, July 22 at Riley Rink at Hunter Park. The Kids tee-shirts will be available in limited quantity for children 12 and under registered for the Kids Obstacle Course. To register for the Komen Vermont Race for the Cure 10K run, 5K run or walk, or Kids Obstacle Course, visit

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Summer concert:
A free summer concert will be held July 22 in Hoosick Falls Wood Park from 4 to 8 p.m. The Band Blues for Breakfast Band led by former Hoosick Falls Resident Charlie Frazier will rock the summer evening. Beverages and food will be available on site and from various downtown locations. After Blues For Breakfast. The music continues at the Sand Bar with The Not Right Band at 9 p.m. For more information go to or the Facebook page, Blues for Breakfast Hoosick Falls Show.

Cambridge, N.Y.

Summer Lawn Party:
On Saturday, July 22, the Cambridge Historical Society and Museum will hold their annual Summer Lawn Party beginning at 5 until 7 p.m. This event has always been very popular and a wonderful way to spend a beautiful late summer afternoon and evening. For a modest fee of only $15, the party includes wine and soft drinks, homemade food and desserts, a silent auction, and music, all for you to enjoy at beautifully decorated tables on the lawn of the Museum. This is a rain or shine event, and if it should rain, the party can be moved onto the porches and indoors. Come and support your Museum.


"A Symphony of Cow Bells":
Children's author Heather Preusser will be at the Northshire Bookstore at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 22, to read her new children's book "A Symphony of Cow Bells" which is delightful story about a Swiss dairy cow who loses her bell and disrupts the harmony of the herd.


Film Screening and author discussion:
Join the Northshire Bookstore at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, for a special screening of the short film documentary Saltwater Buddha which is based on the internationally acclaimed book by Jaimal Yogis. Following the film Yogis will be in conversation with Arnie Kozak (author of "Mindfulness A to Z" and "108 Metaphors for Mindfulness") for Yogis's new book "All our Waves are Water."



Family Hobby Show:
The Tri Town Collectors Club will hold a Coin, Comic Book, Sports, Postcard, Family Hobby Show on Sunday, July 23, at the Hampton Inn at 51 Hannafords Square from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Many dealers and collectors from the tri-state area meet monthly with a daylong series of hobby activities that is packed with fun for the whole family. Besides the usual offerings of coins, currency, stamps, sports cards and comic books there will be a special quiz for collectors at the coin club table giving away many interesting door prizes including a nice group of collectable quarters. This month, three new coin collectors will be present as well as a dealer with a large group of stamps and paper money. There also will be a collector with a large presentation of vintage sports cards. 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.



Bridging the Political Divide:
Based on requests from the community, the Manchester Community Library will host a program called "Can We Talk? Bridging the Political Divide: A Community Conversation on How to Make This Happen," at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 24. One of the comments the Library keeps hearing is that people wish they could have a civil, polite conversation with those who have political views different from their own to better understand the divide we find ourselves facing. Rabbi Michael Cohen and Judy Livingston will serve as co-facilitators. The program is free and open to the public. The Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. For more information, call the Library at 802-362-2607.


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