VAE Fall Fling

NORTH BENNINGTON -- Join the Vermont Arts Exchange for a night of great food, art, music, friends and fun at VAE’s Fall Fling benefit fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 9. Enjoy a gourmet dinner by local culinary artisans, silent auction, special opening of the annual Group Artists’ Show and Sale by local artists and Afro-Cuban/Brazilian-roots jazz concert and dancing with Grupo los Santos.

The festive evening begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails and a very special dinner created by a team of North Bennington gourmet chefs; a silent auction of great items generously donated by local businesses and friends; and preview opening VAE’s Annual Group Artists’ Show & Sale, featuring artwork by talented local artists.

At 8 p.m., spicy Afro-Cuban and Brazilian-roots jazz fills the Basement Music Series concert studio, as Grupo los Santos takes the stage, featuring RumbaTap percussionist/dancer Max Pollak.

Fall Fling tickets are $60 per person, including dinner and cocktails. Tickets for the concert only are $30 (doors open at 7:30 p.m.) All proceeds benefit VAE’s community art programs. For more info and tickets:

What are you reading?

MANCHESTER -- Will Schwalbe presents the must-read book of the season, his brave and soulful elegy to his mother, Friday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m.

"What are you


reading?" That’s the question Will Schwalbe asks his mother, Mary Anne, as they sit in the waiting room of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In 2007, Mary Anne returned from a humanitarian trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan suffering from what her doctors believed was a rare type of hepatitis. Months later she was diagnosed with a form of advanced pancreatic cancer, which is almost always fatal, often in six months or less.

"The End of Your Life Book Club" is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother, who start a book club that brings them together as her life comes to a close. Over the next two years, Will and Mary Anne carry on conversations that are both wide-ranging and deeply personal, prompted by an eclectic array of books and a shared passion for reading.

For more info: 802-362-2200, 1-800-437-3700,

Canfield Library Book Sales

ARLINGTON -- There are only three weekends left to visit The Martha Canfield Library Book Sales at the Arlington Community House. After Nov. 18, the book sale will close for the winter. There are several specials available to celebrate the final weekends: bags of books for $5, hard cover books three for $1, and paperback books three for $1. The book sale will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10, 11, 17 and 18. The Arlington Community House is located on Route 7A in Arlington. For more info: 802-375-2219.

SVC Fall Preview

BENNINGTON -- Southern Vermont College will host a Fall Preview Day on Saturday, Nov. 10. The event begins at 9:45 a.m. in the Office of Admissions. Individuals are invited to learn about the College’s academic offerings, student life and financial aid. To RSVP:

Shakespeare in November

MANCHESTER -- Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning presents "Shakespeare in November," on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m., Bennington College faculty member and actress Janis Young will lecture on "Timon of Athens: Shakespeare’s Timeless Morality Play."

The lecture takes place in the Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy. The registration fee is $20. For more info and to register: 802-768-8525.