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Seven Days is reporting James O’Keefe will be speaking in Middlebury, Vt., Thursday night

Yes, that James O’Keefe.

Also, Middlebury College is warning folks they could get duped.

Don’t take any wooden nickels, friends.

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Where are the best places to see Christmas lights in the Upper Valley?

Enquiring minds want to know!

If you know of good streets, neighborhoods or displays, please email Calendar editor Liz Sauchelli at calendar@vnews.com. (BTW, here’s a map of our coverage area — we are really looking for Christmas lights that fall within that map!)


This 2009 photo shows the home of Brian Mitchell, who used about 45,000 lights to decorate his Claremont home. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck)

Get your Force skills in top shape at this N.H. lightsaber academy

And just in time for a new Star Wars movie, too!

Granite State Saber Academy in Nashua, N.H., is helping aspiring Jedis go from Padawans to masters. Under the guidance of Jeremiah Davis Lauriat, you too can hone your abilities. While the lightsaber lessons learned are no joke, Lauriat says the class is all about having fun.

While the class teaches techniques that would make Obi-Wan proud, Lauriat said the real goal is to have fun – “nerd fitness,” he calls it.

“It appeals to your inner child, that ability to play and have fights,” he said. “You get to do what you see in the movies.”

Read more in this report from our sister paper, The Concord Monitor.

Zack’s Place is looking for your extra Christmas sweaters

Cross-posted from the listserve:

Zack’s Place is making a Christmas Sweater Sculpture and we need sweaters donated all sizes from baby to adult xl. We will be embellishing these sweater so we will need also xmas decor to decorate with and sewing supplies like lace, pompoms, buttons and more. If you have anything like this to donate we would love to take it off your hands. We need all in hand by the morning of the 8th of December.

Zack’s Place, a free enrichment center for special-needs people of all ages, is located at 73 Central Street, Suite A, in Woodstock.