Art exhibit, classes at VTica; French lessons at Misty Valley; learn to live healthy at SMCS; and create a mini-horror story

This is WaterThrough Oct. 20: This is Water exhibit at VTica

“This is Water,” a new exhibit curated by Mia Feroleto, will run through Sunday, Oct. 20 at the Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts, 15 Depot St., in Chester.
Exhibiting artists are Eric Aho, Bruce Blanchette, Katherine Bradford, Glenn Goldberg, Antonietta Grassi, Karen Gunderson, Don Nice, Lucio
Pozzi, Amelia Toelke, Doug Trump, Laura Jane Walker and Kylie Wolgamott.
The exhibition focuses on water as medium and as subject matter. The way water is interpreted is determined by each artist through self-awareness and relationship to the environment. Some works in the exhibition allow the viewer to swim inside them while others represent a conceptual use of the word or situation involving the word. The mysterious flow of ideas ebbs and flows and permeates all that it comes in contact with, finding its own level. VTica is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 802-875-1018, email is or visit

Sept. 30: Misty Valley Books begins new French lessons

Bill Reed of Misty Valley Books will begin new French classes at the bookstore. Photo provided.

Bill Reed of Misty Valley Books will begin new French classes at the bookstore. Photo provided.

Misty Valley Books will offer Learn French classes for intermediate students on Monday evenings, beginning Sept. 30, and for beginners on Tuesdays beginning Oct. 1. Both classes run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and will meet at the bookstore on the Chester Green next to the Fullerton Inn. Bill Reed co-proprietor of Misty Valley Books, will be the instructor.
The fee for the courses is $100 for the six sessions, which includes materials. Workbooks and dictionaries will be available for sale.
Please register by calling Misty Valley Books at (802) 875-3400 or write

Beginning Oct. 2: Life Drawing workshops in October, December

Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts will hold an eight-session Life Drawing for Artists workshop. The first session meets 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2; the classes continue on Wednesdays, Oct. 9, 23, 30 and Thursday, Oct. 17, and Wednesdays Dec. 4, 11 and 18 at the gallery at 15 Depot St. There will be no classes in November.
Bruce Blanchette, a mixed-media visual artist from Walpole, N.H., will oversee the workshop. This is not a structured class; participants work independently. Students must bring their own supplies. A live model, tables and chairs will be provided. Sessions start promptly at 6 p.m.
Limited to 12 per session, students who prepay for the full course will be guaranteed seats. Weekly students will be notified via e-mail each week to confirm their attendance. Seats will then be filled based on the first-come, first-served response to the e-mails. Fee is $15 per session, or a pre-payment of $100 for all eight sessions. This is an independent workshop and is suggested for serious artists and art students. Students must be 18 years of age unless accompanied by art instructor.
VTica is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 802-875-1018, email is or visit

October: Springfield Medical offers free health education programs

Springfield Medical Care Systems is accepting registration for free health education programs offered in October at the Springfield Health Center at 100 River St., in Springfield.

  • Eating Well, a weekly educational workshop, will take place Thursdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Oct. 3 through 31. The class is designed to help participants learn to make healthy food choices.
  • Led by a certified diabetes educator, Learning to Live Well with Diabetes, will meet weekly on Wednesdays, Oct. 9 through 31, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. This four-week program, offered monthly, is an opportunity for newly diagnosed individuals with diabetes or pre-diabetes who want to learn about the strategies to successfully manage it. This program also serves as a refresher for diabetes sufferers that may benefit from a review. The class will cover all areas of diabetes education, including explaining what pre-diabetes and diabetes are, an introduction to goal-setting, action-planning, nutrition, physical activity, stress management, monitoring of blood sugar and medication and managing and preventing risk of complications of diabetes.
  • Supermarket Shopping Tour is an educational food shopping trip, that takes place from 6:30–7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 at Shaw’s Supermarket in Springfield. Participants learn to shop with wellness in mind, read the labels and make the best choices for good health. This class is recommended for those dieting for weight management, reducing salt intake or managing a healthy lifestyle.
  • Tobacco Cessation Class is a series of four weekly group workshops that meet on Wednesdays, beginning Oct. 30 at 5:30-6:30 p.m., and continues for four consecutive weeks. Participants benefit from the help of trained tobacco specialists and group interaction.

Call Michelle Kuusela at 802-886-8946 or email to register for any of the SMCS programs.

October: Create a short horror story!

The Rockingham Free Public Library wants to know, “What’s the scariest story you can write in just two sentences?”
Throughout the month of October the library invites people of all ages to try this short writing exercise and submit their best Two-Sentence Horror Story. The collection of super-short stories will be performed as a dramatic reading just after Halloween at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 at the newly renovated library at 65 Westminster Terrace, Bellows Falls.
One of the most famous examples is from a 1949 story by Frederick Brown called Knock: The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door.
This project was inspired by a thread on /r/AskReddit earlier this year. Users submitted some very scary short stories, including this one from Reddit user justAnotherMuffledVo:  I begin tucking him into bed and he tells me, “Daddy check for monsters under my bed.” I look underneath for his amusement and see him, another him, under the bed, staring back at me quivering and whispering, “Daddy there’s somebody on my bed.”
Deadline for entries is 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23 to be considered for the live performance on Nov. 1. Stories must be two sentences long however, authors are welcome to give short titles to their stories.
By submitting your Two-Sentence Horror Story you agree that you are submitting an original, creative work. All entries become the property of RFPL without infringement on the copyrights of the entrants. RFPL reserves the right to edit for spelling and grammatical errors. For more information or to submit your story you can email or go online to

— Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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