Monday, Nov. 26

Elks hosts bingo

B ENNINGTON - The Bennington Elks will host bingo. There will be a $1,000 jackpot, and 31 games for $13. Food service will be available. Doors open 5:30 p.m. and bingo starts at 7 p.m. The Elks is located at 125 Washington Ave.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON - Bennington Senior Center activities today will include oil painting from 9 a.m. to noon; walking aerobics from 10 to 11 a.m.; bridge/ cards from 1 to 4 p.m.; belly dance from 5 to 7:30 p.m., and a trip to the Colonie Mall from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Bennington Free Clinic Monday hours BENNINGTON - The Bennington Free Clinic has added Monday hours, in addition to its Thursday schedule. It will be open from 10 a.m. to noon at the First Baptist Church, at 601 Main St. Call for an appointment, 447-3700. Drop-ins will not be seen.

Community dinner for those in need

BENNINGTON - Congregation Beth El sponsors a Community Dinner For Those In Need on the last Monday of every month at 5 p.m. The congregation is located at 225 North St. (between Spice N Nice and Subway). For questions or more information, call 802-442-9645.

Bennington County Forester to speak

SHAFTSBURY - An open meeting with guest speaker Bennington County Forester Kyle Mason, of the Vt. Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friendship Pomona #31 is hosting this meeting at the Taconic Grange Hall on Grange Road, on Route 67. Mason will address questions on Use Va l u e Appraisal, Emerald Ash Borer, how a consulting forester can help land owners, and woodland wildlife. The public is welcome to come and meet our new county forester.

Tuesday, Nov. 27

Spouse bereavement support group

BENNINGTON - The Sudden Unexpected Death of a Spouse Bereavement Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library 101 Silver St. No registration required and it's free. For additional information about the group or this meeting, call 802-440-8100 or email sudsspirit@gmail.com or find the group on Facebook.

Overeaters Anonymous meets

B ENNINGTON - Overeaters Anonymous meets on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON - Bennington Senior Center activities will include Bone Builders from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The Help Weight group weigh-in will be held from 4:30 to 4:55 p.m. Meeting starts at 5 p.m. sharp.

Wednesday, Nov. 28

At the Senior Center

BENNINGTON - Bennington Senior Center activities will include the AARP Driving Course from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The movie from 1 to 3 p.m. is "My Best Friend's Wedding" starring Julia Roberts. Zumba Gold will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Moose Lodge Bingo

BENNINGTON - Bingo is held at the Bennington Moose Lodge every Wednesday. Doors open at 5 p.m., and food will be available. There will be a $500 "Red Special."

Special meeting for the Arlington Lions Club ARLINGTON - The present members of the Arlington Lions Club would like to continue the important work that was started over 50 years ago. To do so, new ideas and members are needed. To find out more about Lions International and the Arlington Lions Club, a special meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Arlington Community Center. Everyone is invited to come and share ideas that can help the Arlington Lions Club serve the community better or if they would like to become a member. Refreshments will be served. Call Nick Monte at 375-6184 for more information or to share ideas if you cannot attend the meeting.

Thursday, Nov. 29

Bingo at Pownal Legion

POWNAL - Pownal American Legion Post No. 90 offers bingo every Thursday evening. Doors and concession open at 5 p.m. There will be 30 games including three progressive jackpots, door prizes, raffles, and family fun.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON - Bennington Senior Center activities for will include a trip to the Capital Rep. for "This is a Wonderful Life" from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $12 and transportation is $7. Call the Bennington Senior Center to sign up, 802-442-1052. Also Bone Builders will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; quilting from 1 to 3 p.m.; and beginning belly dance from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Bennington Free Clinic

BENNINGTON - The Bennington Free Clinic is held each Thursday starting at 6 p.m. This clinic is for uninsured people 18 years of age or older, who would other wise fall through the cracks of our fractured health care system. It is located in the First Baptist church at 601 Main St. Call 447-3700 for an appointment to be seen.

Friday, Nov. 30

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON - Bennington Senior Center activities will include ceramics from 9 to 11 a.m.; oil painting from 9 a.m. to noon; and bingo from 1 to 3 p.m.

Craft and vendor fair

BENNINGTON - Bennington Health and Rehabilitation Center will hold a craft and vendor fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be open to the staff, residents and community. The cost for vendors to participate is $15 per table. Contact Rhonda Hickey at 802-753-5000 to reserve a spot or for additional information.

Saturday, Dec. 1

Peace and Justice Center events

BENNINGTON - The Peace and Justice Center will hold its vigil for peace at the Bennington Four Corners at 12:30 p.m. All welcome.

On Thursday, Dec. 6 the Peace and Justice Center will gather for its December gathering gathering at the UU Meeting House on School Street. There will b e a potluck dinner at 6:15 p.m. followed by the business agenda at 7 p.m. All are invited to attend.

Bingo at Masonic Lodge

BENNINGTON - Bingo is held at the Masonic Lodte, 504 Main St., every Saturday at 6:30 p.m., except major holidays. Doors open at 5 p.m. Snacks and beverages will be available.

Bingo at Arlington Legion

ARLINGTON - Bingo will be held at the American Legion. Call the Legion at 802-375-6157 with questions.

Benefit dinner for Tobin family

NORTH BENNINGTON - A spaghetti supper will be held at the North Bennington fire station for Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Tobin and children, whose trailer burned down on Oct. 8 in Manchester Center. They lost everything. It will start at 5 p.m.

The cost will be: Adults, $10; children 5 to 12, $5; 5 and under free. The menu will include spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, rolls, cake and drinks. For more information call 802-379-7590.

Defensive Driving Course

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. - The Northeast New York Safety & Health Council will sponsor the Defensive Driving Course at the Hoosick Falls Health Center, on Danforth Street, beginning at 8:30 a.m. promptly.

Successful completion of this class allows for 10 percent insurance reduction on collision and liability for three years, as well as reduces four points from one's driver's license on points acquired in the prior 18 months. The course fills up quickly, so register early by calling 518-686-4854.

Annual Christmas bazaar

SHAFTSBURY - The Shaftsbury United Methodist Church annual Christmas bazaar will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a white elephant table, crafts, baked goodies and fudge. There will be a silent auction. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wreaths will also be for sale. To order a wreath, call 447-3479. The price for decorated is $20, undecorated is $15.

Grace Christian School Christmas bazaar BENNINGTON - Grace Christian School will host its annual Christmas bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be more than 35 vendors selling a variety of items. Some item highlights at this year's bazaar will be nativity scenes with handcrafted mangers, handmade ornaments, sweaters and hats, jellies and jams, and beauty products.

Grace Christian School is located at 104 Kocher Drive (across from the K-Mart shopping plaza). If you have any questions regarding this event, contact Jennifer Morse at 802-447-2233, ext. 129.

Pownal Valley Fair Bazaar

POWNAL - The Pownal Valley Fair Bazaar will be held at American Legion Post 90 on Route 7. It will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m. This is one of the many fundraisers for the fair and fireworks for the town.

There will be crafters, a bake sale, a large Chinese auction, a very large tag sale, raffles, and kids' games. There will be surprises for the children. Santa will be present with a prize for each visitor from noon until 2 p.m. The American Legion Auxiliary will serve lunch from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Saturday Series presents 'Pina'

MANCHESTER - The Saturday Series presents "Pina," a documentary by Wim Wenders at 7 p.m. in the Riley Center for the Arts at Burr and Burton Academy.

Described by the New Yo r k Times as "ravishing," this film captures the inventive dance world of legendary choreographer Pina Bausch.

Tickets for this event are $18 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, and $9 for students. They can be purchased online at bba.ticketjunior.com. For more information, call Burr and Burton Academy's Media and Performing Arts Department at 802-549-8118. The Saturday Series is partnered by Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning, Burr and Burton Academy, and Northshire Performing Arts.

Concert to benefit Ski for Heat

MANCHESTER -"Downtown" Bob Stannard & Friends will again take to the stage, providing an evening of entertainment in support of Ski for Heat. The concert is at 7p.m. at the Eagles Club on Routes 11 and 30.

Concert proceeds go to Ski for Heat, which helps provide heating fuel assistance to families and individuals in the local community. Ski for Heat is a cross-country skiing a nd snowshoeing fundraiser, which will next be held on Sunday, Jan. 27, to benefit the Shareheat Fund at BROC.

Wild Wings Ski Touring Center, in Peru, donates the use of its trails, waiving its trail fees, to participants in the event.

Tickets for the concert are available online at www.skiforheat.org, at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, or by contacting skiforheat@vermontel.net, and will be sold at the door. The suggested donation is $20; however people are asked to donate only what is comfortable for them.

Texas Hold'em Tournament

STEPHENTOWN, N.Y. - The veterans of Stephentown will hold a Texas Hold'em Tournament in the Stephentown Fire Hall, 35 Grange Road. The doors will open at 5 p.m. and close at 6 p.m. Play begins at 6:15 p.m. sharp.

A free buffet will be served at the first break. No advance registration is required, and a donation of $35 per player will be accepted. Players can make an additional $10 donation at the door for 1,000 extra chips. This tournament will pay one place for every ten players with a minimum of 4 places and a maximum of 9 places.

For more information, call Tom McVeigh at 518-658 2448.

Celebration for return of the 'Big Chair' BENNINGTON - To celebrate the return of the landmark chair, located at the intersection of Harwood Hill and Northside Drive, LaFlamme's is planning a party and an official unveiling at 11 a.m.

A familiar landmark, the "Big Chair" stood for decades in front of the former Haynes & Kane Furniture Store. It was dismantled 12 years ago for safety reasons, but thanks to LaFlamme's it will soon be back. Baked goods, hamburgers and hot dogs will be sold to benefit local not-for-profits. Several special guests and dignitaries will participate in the unveiling and the public is invited to attend. Fans of the chair are encouraged to bring in photos of the original chair.

Story time with Santa

MANCHESTER - Mark Skinner Library will present Story time with Santa at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy stories, songs and snacks with Santa. This program is free and open to the public. Children must be accompanied and supervised by adult caregivers. For more information, call the library at 362-2607 or visit www.markskinnerlibrary.org. Mark Skinner Library is located at 48 West Road.

Sunday, Dec. 2

American Legion Post 13 Bingo

BENNINGTON - American Legion Post 13, 225 Northside Drive, will host bingo. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and bingo starts at 3 p.m., every Sunday. No one under 14 will be admitted.

Free recital at church

BENNINGTON - A 3 p.m., Donald McMahon will demonstrate the versatility of the organ of 1,438 pipes at Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church with a free recital at 3 p.m. The church is located at 238 West Main St. Music of Richard Rodgers, Daquin, Vivaldi, Widor, Vierne, Messiaen, and others will be p erformed. The recital is free and open to the public, and convenient, off-street parking is available. All facilities are accessible to those with disabilities.

Dorset Farmers' Market

DORSET - The Dorset Farmers Market offers a variety of holiday foods and crafts. It is held from 10 a..m. to 2 p.m. indoors at the J.K. Adams Kitchen Store, on Route 30.

Bingo in Pownal

POWNAL - Bingo will be held at 1 p.m. by the Pownal Valley Seniors at the Pownal Center firehouse.

30th annual Troy Victorian Stroll

TROY, N.Y. - The 30th Annual Troy Victorian Stroll is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 2. The Stroll attracts more than 20,000 people to the Victorian atmosphere of historic downtown Troy and offers more than 100 attractions. Live music, dancing, storytelling, theatre, costumed performers and more will be featured. The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Stroll concludes at 5 p.m. when Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia and Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce President Linda Hillman will throw the switch on a new display, "A Celebration of Lights," located in Monument Square directly across from City Hall.

Admission is free. Visit: www.troyvictorianstroll.com.

Gathering the Grandmothers continues BENNINGTON - The next Gathering of Grandmothers in Bennington will be on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 108 School St.

Area women who see themselves as wise women and/or in the 'grandmother' stage of life are invited to attend, be honored and celebrated. New women are always welcome. You do not have to have grandchildren to attend.

Gathering the Grandmothers is a monthly circle created to elevate the status of the wise women in our communities. It is a forum in which women speak their wisdom, strengthen their voices and connect with a deeper sense of themselves and the roles women can have in society. Suggested donation: $15-20. Facilitated by Teresa King. Contact her at teresaking1@live.com or 518-692-7806 with any questions or if you are interested in forming a circle in your area.

Long Trail hosts 'Cookies and Clay. . . and Play' DORSET - Long Trail School welcomes children of all ages to the school to decorate a cookie to enter into its Gingerbread Man/Woman Decorating Contest, from noon to 2 p.m. Students will be on hand to assist younger children with their creations. Prizes will be awarded to cookies in three categories: ages 2 to 5, 6 to 9 and 10 and above. Adults and children are invited to make the first bowls of the season for Empty Bowls 2013.

While there is no charge for either activity, consider bringing a gift card to hang on our holiday tree to help provide toys for families in threee New Jersey communities hit by Hurricane Sandy.

'Once Upon a Mattress' at LTS

DORSET - Long Trail School's production of "Once Upon a Mattress" will be held at 2 p.m. at the school. Play tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. To reserve tickets for the performance, call 802-867-5717, ext. 102.