Upcoming events: Personal finance workshop; lesson on organizing your spaces; Speckers in concert; art exhibit at SVAC; BRGNS fundraiser; deadline for Vermont Writers Prize; and Salute to Veterans Parade

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Oct. 29: Free workshop on managing personal finances

Black River Good Neighbor Services Inc. has teamed up with Berkshire Bank to offer a free interactive learning session Your Money 101 on managing your personal finances. The first meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 at the United Church, corner of Pleasant and Elm streets in Ludlow.

The free program will cover a variety of finance related topics including: budgeting; checking account management; and interest — how to earn it and how not to pay it. There will be more topics if time permits and there is no prerequisite training required. Childcare will be available and a pizza dinner will be served.

Preregistration is suggested by calling 802-228-3663 or visit the BRGNS thrift store at 37B Main St. and tell them of your interest.

Oct. 30: Help on organizing your spaces

On Thursday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m., Susan Venman will present an interactive workshop on tackling your scariest organizing nightmare at the Rockingham Library, 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls. Venman is professional coach-organizer and owner of Breathing Space: Home and Office Organizing. Her interactive workshop provides tips and techniques to organize your home, workplace and life. Bring your questions. Your specific concerns will be addressed.

Anyone coming in costume will be entered in a raffle to win an onsite organizing session with Venman. This program is free and open to the public. For further information, contact the Rockingham Library at 802-463-4270 or log on to www.rockinghamlibrary.org.

Nov. 1: Speckers present concert of Old-Time Fiddle, Banjo Music

Ida Mae and John Specker will present a free Concert of Old-Time Fiddle and Banjo Music from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Andover Town Hall, 953 Weston-Andover Road. The afternoon program will feature dynamic twin fiddling, banjo/fiddle duets and accompaniments on an actual antique washboard, with plenty of soulful singing as well as straight instrumentals. All are welcome, including families with small children. For more information visit www.thespeckers.com or www.idamaespecker.com.

Above: "Cheetah Trio Field Sketch" by watercolorist Alison Nicholls, who will speak at SVAC

“Cheetah Trio Field Sketch” by watercolorist Alison Nicholls, who will speak at SVAC

Nov. 1: Four solo shows, group exhibit and artist talk at SVAC

The Southern Vermont Arts Center is hosting a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1 to celebrate the opening of its November exhibits. The free event will take place at SVAC, 930 SVAC Drive in Manchester.

The solo exhibits feature four artists using a variety of mediums: photographers Claire Fauquier and Jim Schlessinger, oil painter Mary Iselin, and watercolorist Alison Nicholls. A group show, Water, will showcase the works of some of the region’s artists working in oil, watercolor, photography, sculpture and pastel. All displayed works will be available for purchase.

Nicholls will also be presenting a free artist’s talk, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2, in SVAC’s Yester House Gallery.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 802-362-1405 or email info@svac.org. Visit any time at svac.org.

Nov. 1: BRGNS to hold Annual Stick Season fundraiser

Black River Good Neighbor Services is holding its fifth annual Stick Season Social at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Sam’s Steakhouse, 91 Vermont Route 103, Ludlow.

“Stick Season is that time between the fall leaves and the winter snow. There are no free concerts and not much to do, so it’s a great time to party,” said Peter LaBelle, president of BRGNS. “This is a fun fund-raising dinner and it is our major fund raiser of the year. It will help BRGNS with operating costs so it can continue to help local people in need of food, rent, utilities and heat assistance.”

In addition to dinner, the evening will include a cash bar, a silent auction, raffle items and door prizes. Highlights of silent auction items include: the chance to get your name as a character in an Archer Mayor novel; the chance to fire 100 rounds with a vintage WWI machine gun; a chance to appear as a guest chef on the new cooking show; handcrafted items; fuel oil; skiing lift tickets and gear, merchandise and service gift certificates; golf packages; bed and breakfast and restaurant gift certificates; and gift bags and baskets. For a full list of auction items contact Black River Good Neighbor Services.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and seating is limited. The cost is $55 per person, which includes dinner, gratuities and tax. They can be purchased at BRGNS Thrift Store, Peoples United Bank, the Book Nook, and The Wine & Cheese Depot, all located in Ludlow, or online at www.brgn.org. Call 802-228-3663 with any questions.

Nov. 1: Deadline nears for Vermont Writers’ Prize

The Nov. 1 deadline is approaching for the Vermont Writers’ Prize, an annual competition sponsored by Green Mountain Power and Vermont Magazine that provide an opportunity for Vermont writers to showcase their talent. The winning entry will be published in a special section of the March/April 2015 issue of Vermont Magazine and the author will receive a cash prize of $1,500. The contest is open to all Vermont residents, including seasonal residents and students enrolled in Vermont colleges. Entrants may be amateur or professional writers.

Send entries to Vermont Writers’ Prize, c/o Green Mountain Power, 163 Acorn Lane, Colchester, VT 05446. Submissions need to be essays, short stories or poems on the theme of “Vermont — Its People, the Place, Its History or Its Values.” Entries must be unpublished and less than 1,500 words long. For detailed submission instructions visit www.greenmountainpower.com or www.Vermontmagazine.com.

Nov. 1: 16th Annual Scouting Salute to Veterans Parade

The 16th Annual Scouting Salute to Veterans Parade will take place in Bristol beginning at 11a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. The Town of Bristol hosts the parade, and the American Legion on behalf of the Green Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America facilitates it.

The parade will also honor the memory of 9/11 and the men and women of firefighter units, rescue squads and police. The tentative parade route begins at the intersection of Liberty and West Pleasant streets, east on West Pleasant, Pleasant and Spring streets to Mountain Street, south on Mountain Street to East and Main streets, west on Main Street to North Street, north on North Street to Park Street, west on Park Street then it enters the park at the northwest corner. At the conclusion of the parade there will be a ceremony on the Bristol Town Green.

The Scouting Salute to Veterans Parade is one of the largest in the state. Veterans marching in the parade include Vermont units from the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America, Disabled American Veterans, Purple Heart Society and Scout troops.

 —compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson
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