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.
Quilter Guild meeting: The Wednesday, Oct. 4 meeting of the Quiet Valley Quilters Guild will take place at the Bennington Museum, 75 Main St, at 6:30 p.m. The museum staff will present a program about the Jane Stickle quilt followed by viewing of the quilt. The Guild welcomes all who are interested in the art of quilting to their monthly meetings. Next month's meeting will be at the usual venue, Second Congregational Church on Hillside St. For more information about the Guild visit benningtonquiltfest.com/welcome-to-our-guild.
Elks Benefit Dinner: The Elks will hold a Benefit Dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Serving a choice of baked or fried fish or baked chicken, comes with scalloped or French fried potatoes, coleslaw, clam chowder, dinner rolls and coffee and cookies, all for only $9. Serving 5:30 pm until gone. Doors open 5:15 p.m. Benefits Elks National Foundation for Scholarships and Veterans Programs. This is a monthly event on the first Wednesday of each month. The Bennington Elks is located at 125 Washington Ave. This event is open to all.
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.
Hamilton Musical Discussion: Presidential biographer Willard Sterne Randall will discuss how the life of Alexander Hamilton inspired a major Broadway musical in a talk at the First Congregational Church on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. His talk, "Hamilton: The Man and the Musical," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. Talks in Manchester are hosted by Manchester Community Library. The First Congregational Church of Manchester is located at 3624 Main St. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Manchester Community Library at 802-362-2607 or the Vermont Humanities Council at 802-262-2626 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.
Hoosick Falls, N.Y.
WALDO event: Elementary School students at Hoosick Falls Central School and members of the community are invited to take a walk in someone else's shoes - or a ride in someone else's wheelchair - at a special event on Oct. 4: "We All Learn Differently Olympics". WALDO is not about looking for the guy with the striped shirt and glasses, but is an interactive program that offers children and adults a chance to experience what it's like to live with a disability. Elementary students will come to the high school gymnasium throughout the day and community members can attend the event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Wellness Fair: Shires Housing and Bennington SASH are holding the first annual Health and Wellness Fair on Thursday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bennington Fire House on River Street.
The event will include up to 30 local vendors who are looking forward to sharing their information on health and wellness with attendees. There will be a flu clinic during the Wellness Fair, so people should bring insurance cards if interested in getting a flu shot. The vendors will have promotional giveaways, and many gift baskets will be awarded as door prizes. Food from the grill will be available for purchase. Admission is free.
Book Sale: What could be better than buying a couple of books for a buck; taking them home to try on the porch or in your easy chair? The October book sale at the Greenwich Library will be held on Thursday, Oct. 5. The sale is held in the library's basement book room (handicapped accessible). Hours are 4 to 7 p.m.
Hoosick Falls, N.Y.
PTA Meeting: The next business meeting of the HFCS PTA will take place on Thursday, Oct. 5, in the Elementary School Library beginning at 6:30 p.m. Members and non-members are encouraged to join meetings to find out what the PTA is doing for our children and to share ideas for special programs and events to benefit the children and families of our school district. To become a member or to learn more about PTA and its programs, attend this meeting or contact membership chair Jenny O'Connor at email@example.com.
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.
First Friday: On Friday, Oct. 6 between 5 and 8 p.m. the shops in Bennington Downtown stay open until 8 p.m. and they'll be featuring some great activities and promos. The sidewalks of Main Street will be center stage for local entertainers and performers and School Street will transform into a pedestrian mall featuring an assortment of pop-up vendors. Of course, you'll always find the great selection of locally brewed beers, locally sourced food, and locally owned shops that offer everything from Vermont-made products to hand-dipped chocolates and frozen yogurt. So for a night of fun with your friends or some quality time with the whole family, visit Bennington Downtown on Friday, Oct. 6. For more information visit BetterBennington.com or call 802-442-5758.
Hawkins House Celebrates 40 Years: When founder Ron Spivak first opened the Hawkins House in 1977, Jimmy Carter was President, a new car cost $4,785, a loaf of bread went for .36 , gas was 65 a gallon, and Vermont had more cows than people. Now, 40 years later, Hawkins House is celebrating it's anniversary! There will be a complimentary wine, beer, and cheese reception where you can meet some of our artisans on Oct. 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Hawkins House to kick off the anniversary celebrations. Sample craft beer and wine and meet craftspeople such as Jeff Grey, Marcella Anderson, Milly Wells, and more. This celebratory event will continue through Oct. 15. Hawkins House is located at 262 North St.
"Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike": The Dorset Players and Casella Waste Management present Christopher Durang's, "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," winner of the Tony Award for best play, 2013. Performances are at the Dorset Playhouse at 104 Cheney Rd. on Oct. 6, 7, 13, 14 at 7:30 p.m. and on Oct. 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. For tickets, reservations go to dorsetplayers.org or call 802 867-5777. The box office will be open Tuesday through Thursday, 3 to 6:30 p.m. starting Oct. 3 and two hours before the show starts on performance day. There is a reception following the opening night performance on Oct. 6. Members receive two tickets for the price of one for the performance on Saturday, Oct. 7.
Rotary Roundup: Bennington and Catamount Rotary Clubs are hosting a Rotary Roundup event with food and music, a live auction and tag sale, to raise funds for college scholarships awarded to local seniors and other local community needs, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., CB Brush Building, 190 North St.
Music Performance: The Progression Ensemble performance featuring music by Gene Pritsker, Eric Despard, Conrad Kehn, Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred, and Yuji Takashi will take place at Southern Vermont College's Everett Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public. For more information on The Progression Ensemble performance, contact Despard at email@example.com or 802-681-2889.
Peace Vigil: Please join the Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center for the October monthly vigil for peace at the Bennington Four Corners at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7.
TSC Farmers Market: Customers of the Bennington Tractor Supply store are invited to shop crafts, produce and other local goods at the TSC Farmers Market on Saturday, Oct 7. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., local farmers and crafters will showcase and sell their homemade and homegrown goods in front of the Tractor Supply store at 300 Depot St. To participate in the Farmers Market, participants can still sign up at TSCEventPartners.com or contact the store by phone at 802-440-9937. Nonprofit organizations and food trucks are also encouraged to register.
Fall Festival: St. John Paul II Parish, Adams, will be holding a Fall Fest, Bazaar And Kids Fair, on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9 to 3 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 8, 11 to 2 p.m. in the Notre Dame School behind the Church. The event is two days and spread out on two floors, with great American and Polish foods on Saturday and Italian pasta on Sunday. Baked goods, huge Chinese auction, handmade goods, Christmas and Fall d cor, country store, silent auction, books, gift certificate raffle, jewelry, many raffles, and the kids fair. Rain or shine.
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.
Book Sale: The First Saturday Book Sale at Cheney Library will be Oct. 7. Featured in this book sale will be Buy One Get One. So for every hardcover book that you buy for $1.00 you will be able to get two of your choice. For every paperback you buy for $.50 you will get two of your choice. The library has received from the community a number of new or gently used books, so the selection is great. Be sure to come between 9 am and 1 pm and get a supply of wonderful reading material. Cheney Library is open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1 to 8 p.m.; Tuesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fall Foliage Fly-in/Aviation Day: By popular demand of pilots and aviation enthusiasts, The Cambridge Valley Flying Club will host a Fall Foliage Fly-in/Aviation Day on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Rain date: Oct. 8) at Chapin Memorial Field (1B8) 177 Plaines Rd. one mile north of Cambridge just off Route 22. Want an airplane ride? You just may be able to talk a CVFC pilot into taking you up. It seems to happen a lot. For lunch, there will be lots of hamburgers available (hot dogs, too) with all manner of side dishes. Coffee and donuts will be available from 9 a.m. on. Admission is free. Proceeds from food sales and donations will go to the CVFC Chapin Memorial Scholarship Fund which CVFC awards each year to a deserving Cambridge Central School graduating senior.
White Creek, N.Y.
Fall Chicken Barbecue: Take a ride on Oct. 7 and come to the Jermain Community Hall on Niles Rd. to enjoy the annual Fall Chicken Barbecue. This will be the fall menu of half barbecued chicken, baked potato with sour cream, cole slaw. candied carrots, cranberry sauce, pickles, rolls, coffee, tea, punch, cider and finish with a piece of home made pie of various flavors. Questions or need directions call 802-442-9559. 518-677-3021 or 518-686-9307.
We love Telemann!: Bennington Baroque's concert will feature chamber music by Telemann, Leclair, and Couperin for baroque flute, viola da gamba, and harpsichord. Performers are Mat Langlois, Andr Laurent O'Neil, and Sandra Mangsen. The concert will be on Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. at the Carriage Barn, Park-McCullough House. Bennington Baroque is a registered as a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. See benningtonbaroque.org for concert details.
Dutch Hill Ski: Help Re-Open Ski Slopes at Dutch Hill: Join on Sunday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. at the former Dutch Hill ski area (now managed by the US Forest Service) to help clear the old Yankee Doodle ski slope. DHASH, a chapter of the Catamount Trail Association, has been given permission to cut young growth and remove blowdowns as part of a Forest Service program to encourage non-motorized winter at the site. No, there won't be any ski lifts, but if you can climb the mountain under you own power, you'll be able to ski down. Strict Forest Service safety requirements include: wear long sleeves, long pants and sturdy footwear; wear a hard hat and eye protection, use gloves (preferably leather). Don't have a hard hat? Come anyway. We have a few spares. Everyone must go through a safety briefing before starting work, so try to arrive by 9 a.m. Bring your own favorite tool, or just bring your muscles and help haul the cut debris into brush piles. Don't do any clearing or cutting on your own; come instead to DHASH workdays. Where is Dutch Hill? On Route 100, 1.3 miles south of the junction with Route 8. For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or check our website, dhash4vt.org.
Hoosick Falls, N.Y.
Pay It Forward: On Sunday, Oct. 8, at 1 p.m., HAYC3 invites the community to participate in an afternoon of kindness and community as part of a during Hoosick Pays It Forward initiative. Participants will gather in the HAYC3 Armory to receive their "Pay It Forward" cards before embarking in the community to perform good deeds for others. The recipient of a good deed will receive one Pay It Forward card informing them how we can continue the chain. At 4 p.m., participants will reconvene in the Owl's Nest in the lower floor to the Armory to share stories and discuss their experiences while enjoying delicious fall soups, house-made breads, and desserts courtesy of Hoosick Kitchen Catering. The event will end at 5:30 p.m. when HAYC3 departs for the Suicide Prevention Walk located at the northern end of the Hoosick Greenway. Pay It Forward participants who are interested in the walk are welcome to join. A Pay It Forward deed can be done as an individual, a business or organization, or on behalf or in memory of a loved one. For more information or to reserve your spot, please email email@example.com, hayc3.org/hoosick-pays-it-forward sign up on line at hayc3.org/hoosick-pays-it-forward, or call 518-686-9050. For more information, call 518-686-9050 or visit the HAYC3 website: www.hayc3.org.
Suicide Prevention Walk: Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens and young adults in the United States-and even the community of Hoosick is not immune to such tragedy. Hoosick's annual Suicide Prevention Walk will take place on Sunday, Oct. 8, and steps off at 6 p.m. from the north end entrance of the Hoosic River Greenway. A mile into the walk, luminaries will be lit with words of encouragement to shine light on the darkness of suicide. For more information on the walk, call 518-686-9050 or visit the HAYC3 website: www.hayc3.org.
Songbook performance: Spend Sunday, Oct 8, at the Israel Congregation of Manchester, 6025 Main St., celebrating the Great American Songbook featuring the Taconic Chamber Players and Cantor Buckner. The concert, which begins at 4 p.m., will include songs from the 1920s-1950s created for Broadway, musical theater and Hollywood musical films. A reception will follow. Call the office for more information and tickets at 802-362-4578.
Tour de Pownal: Enjoy the fall foliage with a free 16.5-mile recreational bike tour on Sunday, Oct. 8, that begins and ends at the Mack Molding parking lot on Route 346, with an optional extension for those interested in a 23-mile version of the ride. The ride climbs from Pownal to Pownal Center and descends to North Pownal, then ventures along the Hoosic River into New York before returning on Indian Massacre Road (including one mile of hard-pack gravel). Bring snacks and water. Meet at 9:45 a.m. for a 10 a.m. start. Leaders: Lauren Stevens and Pownal resident Julie Mackaman, but contact S.McMahon@hoorwa.org or 413-458-2742 by Oct. 6 to register.
Essential Oils and Emotions Workshop: On Monday, Oct. 9, from 9 to 10:15 a.m., The Yoga Place will host "Essential Emotions: How essential oils help improve your life", a free workshop facilitated by Kristen Dewey. The workshop will explore the science behind aromatherapy and look at how six essential oils can support your emotional health. An optional DIY oil bar will be available for $20. To register or for more information, 802-447-0393. The Yoga Place is located at 532 Main St., upstairs above DMV, free parking and entrance in rear of building off Pleasant Street.
Tick Talk: According to the Vermont Department of Health, tick-borne illnesses are on the rise in Vermont. Tick bites and tick-borne illnesses spike in the fall. In an effort to address the many tick-related questions from patients, clinicians from Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's and the Vermont Department of Health have partnered to offer a special presentation: What You Need to Know about Tick-Borne Illness: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions. The talk is scheduled for 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Historic Memorial Hall.
Big Pharma: Bennington Rights & Democracy is sponsoring a free showing of the movie "Big Pharma, Market Failure," complete with free popcorn. It's a chance to find out what's behind America's ever-increasing prescription drug prices: why we spend over $320 billion a year on prescription drugs; why the same drugs cost so much more here than in other countries; why drug companies spend $100 Billion yearly on sales and marketing, and another $200+ million a year lobbying congress. Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at the Bennington Free Library on Silver St., at 7 p.m. For more information: Dick Dundas, 802-447-7433; firstname.lastname@example.org
Poetry / Spoken Word: There will be a Poetry / Spoken Word open mic event on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at the Tap House. Sign-up at 7, readings begin 7:15. There is a 5 minute time limit. Charlie Rossiter, MC. Free.
Performance: There will be a performance by Andrew Rudin on Tuesday, Oct. 10, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Marble House Project, 1161 Dorset West Rd. Free, open to the community. For more information visit marblehouseproject.org.
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