Vermont Community Events
Northshire Bookstore Events
Join Northshire Bookstore at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 4, for an evening with author Michael Caduto, who will discuss his new book, ‘Through a Naturalist’s Eyes.’ The New England landscape has a rich allure for natives and visitors alike, a living tapestry woven of interconnected bioregions and natural communities whose compositions of plants and animals have evolved over time. Caduto brings readers into the complex stories to be found in nature in over 50 essays, drawing on first-hand experiences and reflections on the relationship between the natural world and humans, exploring topics ranging from dragonflies, cuckoos and chipmunks to circumpolar constellations and climate change. Stunning illustrations by Adelaide Murphy Tyrol illuminate these elegant and humorous essays. Caduto is an internationally recognized leader in natural history, environmental education and cultural diversity.
Saturday, November 5, at 11 a.m., kids are invited to storytime, magic and cookies with Natasha Lowe as she reads from her new book, ‘The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mable,’ a charming coming-of-age tale about a young witch found in a flowerpot who is on a journey to discover her roots. At 7 p.m., Steven Berry will present ‘Reading the Bible with Rene Girard: Conversations with Steven E. Berry.’ When René Girard introduced the Bible back into conversation with anthropology in 1978, it was all a bit scandalous. Here, for the first time, Girard weaves his life story and that of the mimetic theory with his own faith reflections and interpretation of Scripture. These interviews are a great introduction for those new to Girard’s writings, and will delight Girardian scholars.
Northshire Bookstore is located at 4869 Main Street, Manchester Center. Visit northshire.com or call 802-362-2200 to learn more.
MCL to Screen WWII Drama
In honor of Veterans Day, the Greatest Generation Film Series at Manchester Community Library will present a war drama, ‘Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo,’ on Wednesday, November 9, at 2 p.m. In the wake of Pearl Harbor, a young lieutenant leaves his expectant wife to volunteer for a secret bombing mission. The 1944 film stars Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson and Robert Mitchum and won the Academy Award for Best Special Effects. The film screening is free and open to the public. Running time is 138 minutes. Refreshments will be served. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Avenue in Manchester Center. Call 802-362-2607 for further details.
MCL to Host Norman Lear
On Thursday, December 22, at 6:30 p.m., Manchester Community Library and Vermont PBS will host a screening of the PBS American Masters documentary, ‘Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You,’ which premiered nationwide on October 25, with special guest Norman Lear. The event will be free and open to the public. Additional details will be shared at a later date. For more information, contact Cindy Waters at 802-362-2607 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. At the event, Lear will discuss and answer questions about the making of the film, and offer additional insight into his life and work following the screening. Lear produced several groundbreaking, award-winning television series including All in the Family, Sandford and Son, The Jeffersons, One Day at a Time, and Maude. As a political activist, he founded the advocacy organization People for the American Way. He received the the National Medal of Arts in 1999, and has the distinction of being among the first seven television pioneers inducted in 1984 into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.
Election Day Food Drive
As election day approaches, the Community Food Cupboard encourages voters in Manchester to drop off a non-perishable donation when you come out to vote. Each can of tuna, box of cereal or jar of peanut butter is appreciated by the hundreds who turn to CFC for help. CFC is located across the hall from the Town Clerk’s office in the Manchester Town Hall; a bin outside their door will collect donations. Your generosity helps fulfill the CFC’s mission to help families in need.
Pawlet Voters to Meet on Act 46
On Tuesday, November 8, the voting residents of Pawlet will have the opportunity to voice their opinion in a non-binding vote on the designation of schools for students in grades 7 to 12. There will be an informational meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 3, at the Mettawee Community School. The article be voted by Australian ballot is Article 3: Shall the voters of Pawlet advise the Pawlet School Board to continue the designation of New York public high schools as the District’s public high school, and limit the amount of tuition monies paid to non-designated schools to the amount paid to the NY designated schools, as part of any school district merger under Act 46? The Pawlet School Board has prepared an information sheet which will be available at the following locations: the November 3 meeting at Mettawee Community School; the Pawlet Town Office; the Pawlet Library; and Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union’s website, brsu.org. The information sheet explains the meaning of Yes and No votes and provides financial information. The Pawlet School Board will use the results from the non-binding vote to inform its next steps in the Act 46 merger process. Contact Board members Susan Hosley, Norma Weeden and Susan Ceglowski with questions.
Northshire Act 46 Study Committee to Meet
The Northshire Merger Study Committee will hold a public forum at the Manchester Community Library on Thursday, November 3, at 6 p.m. The Committee is preparing to vote on whether or not it is advisable for its member school districts to merge. The vote is scheduled for November 7. If the committee determines merger is advisable, it will subsequently finalize a study report to be sent to the Agency of Education. The committee is urging community members to engage in the process and provide input. “The group has worked tirelessly throughout the summer and fall exploring the implications and benefits associated with merging our districts,” said committee chair Jon Wilson of Manchester. “While we have been soliciting input throughout this process, we are currently wrapping up our research and developing our final recommendations. It is crucial that concerned constituents take this opportunity to provide any final feedback before we send our report to the state.”
The study committee is planning on sending its report to the State Board of Education in time for its December meeting in Barre. “Once the State Board approves a study report, the proposed by-laws cannot be altered until it reaches the voters,” added vice-chair Richard Grip of Dorset. “If we get approval from the state, we will then transition from soliciting feedback to educating the public on the details so they can cast an informed vote next spring.”