Five events not to miss in Southern Vermont, week of Nov. 2

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Benefit Concert: Taconic Music helps Second Chance Animal Center in Arlington celebrate its 60th birthday on Saturday at Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester Center, with animal-themed string quartet and quintet arrangements featuring Joana Genova and Cami Sylvia, violins, Ariel Rudiakov, viola, Caroline Tally, cello and Steven Moran, double bass. Reception begins at 4:30 p.m., concert begins at 5. Tickets $30 per guest available at the shelter and at the door. More: 802-375-2898.

Yum: Taste of the Shires Restaurant Week, presented by the Bennington Regional Chamber of Commerce, features specials with 17 participating restaurants in Bennington County. Reservations suggested and special prices do not include tax, tip and alcohol. More: bennington.com/restaurantweek

Travel tales: Author Elayne Clift shares stories and anecdotes from her most recent book "Around the World in Fifty Years: Travel Tales of a Not So Innocent Abroad," at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Putney Public Library, 55 Main St., Putney. A seperate writing workshop with Clift will follow on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the library; register for the workshop by calling 802-387-4407 or emailing Emily Zervas at emily@putneylibrary.org.            

Join the circus: New England Center for Circus Arts' 24th Circus Workshop Weekend runs Friday, Nov. 8 through Sunday, Nov. 10, featuring discipline-specific classes for every skill level, shows, seminars, and conversations with an overarching theme of "Making Circus that Matters." Schedule, registration, tickets and more info: necenterforcircusarts.org or 802-254-9780

Jenny Lin: Brattleboro Music Center welcomes pianist praised for "remarkable technical command" and "a gift for melodic flow" by The New York Times, playing a program of compositions by Philip Glass at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 at BMC, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Tickets $20, children under 12 free, available at the door. Tickets, more: 802-257-4523 or bmcvt.org.

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