Monday December 3, 2012

Monday, Dec. 3

Young at Heart Seniors luncheon

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The Young at Heart Seniors of North Bennington invite all area seniors to their senior luncheon at Kevin’s, with 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. seatings. Contact Gail Boutin, 447-6210 to reserve seats. Elks hosts bingo

BENNINGTON -- 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 bingto starts at 7 p.m. The Bennington Elks is located at 125 Washington Ave. This is an every Monday event.

Volunteer medical transportation program

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Informational meetings will be held to apprise the public of a new volunteer medical transportation program in the Cambridge area, Cambridge Medical Transportation. This service is funded in part by the Mary McClellan Foundation.

The purpose of the informational meetings is to let the public know about the service being provided, which is free medical transportation. Those who might be interested in volunteering to drive for the program are also encouraged to attend.

Informational meetings will be held on Dec. 3, at the Cambridge Senior Center at 11 a.m., and The Legion Hall at 1 p.m. On Dec. 7 at 10 a.m., a program kickoff and ribbon cutting will take place at The First Baptist Church of Cambridge, and an additional meeting will be held at The White Stone Church at 1 p.m.

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.; and belly dance from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 4

Bennington Lions December Board meeting

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Lions will hold its December Board of Directors meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. in the TD Bank conference room. Plans for the annual Christmas Party for the Visually Impaired and the Hearing Handicapped will be finalized.

All members are welcome to attend.

Parents grief support group

BENNINGTON -- A grief support group for parents living with the loss of a (any age) child is held the first Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside St. The next meeting is Nov. 6. This group is free of charge and always respects confidentiality. No prior registration required. For information, contact Beth Newman at 802-688-4557.

Overeaters Anonymous meets

BENNINGTON -- Overeaters Anonymous meets on Tuesday’sat 7 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library.

At the Senior Center

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. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. sharp. There will be a trip to the Berkshire Mall from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Community event on health strategies

BUSKIRK, N.Y. -- The Alzheimer’s, Stroke & Parkinson’s group at the The Better Living

Center located at the Buskirk Seventh-day Adventist Community Church, 2176 West

Hoosick Road will from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. host a program offering natural strategies to conquer disease, cut medical costs, increase longevity, and more. Free.

For more information, call 518-686-4524. Light supper provided.

Wednesday, Dec. 5

Bingo at Moose Lodge

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

Grange Christmas party

ARLINGTON -- Arlington Battenkill Grange 487 will hold a Christmas party, with potluck at 6 p.m. and then exchange of gifts. Bring a friend and have fun.

Dorset tree lighting and pot-luck supper

DORSET -- The Dorset Church will hold a community tree lighting and potluck supper, with ornament making at 5 p.m. It will begin at the Dorset Green for a Christmas Carol Sing-a-long (bring a flashlight). Then at the Dorset Church there will be a chili and soup potluck. Bring a pot of your favorite chili or soup. Afterward there will be an supper we will have ornament-making session.

At the Senior Center

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Senior Center activities will include a visit from Vermont Associates from 9:30 a.m. to noon; the movie "Courage Under Fire," starring Denzel Washington and Meg Ryan will be shown from 1 to 3 p.m.; Zumba Gold will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Talk: ‘Life Lessons of Education’

MANCHESTER -- Author and Williams College professor of mathematics Edward Burger will discuss how to apply the lessons of education in a talk at First Congregational Church in Manchester. His talk, "Monkeys, Mathematics, and Mischief: What Are the Lifelong Lessons of Education?" is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and takes place at 7 p.m.

Why do we compartmentalize the humanities, arts, and sciences when they possess more in common than not? Burger will look at how we can apply life lessons learned in math (and beyond) to see our world and ourselves more clearly.

Thursday, Dec. 6

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Senior Center activities for Thursday will include bone builders from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; quilting from 1to 3 p.m.; beginning belly dance from 5 to 7:30 p.m.; and a trip to Radio City from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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.

Bennington Free Clinic

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Clinic is held each Thursday starting at 6 p.m. This clinic is for uninsured people 18 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, Dec. 7

Hoosick Falls Holiday Parade and Santa event

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Join HAYC3 for the annual tree lighting, parade and visit with Santa. Starting at 7 p.m., gather in Wood Park in your holiday costumes. Santa will lead the parade from Wood Park to the Armory where he will visit with each child and listen to their Christmas requests. Costume prizes will be awarded to the cutest, most festive, and most original costumes. For more information, contact HAYC3 at 518-686-9050 or visit hayc3.org.

At the Senior Center

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.

Cambridge parade and tree lighting

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. --The Cambridge lighted Christmas parade will step off from the Cambridge United Presbyterian Church, located on the corner of Main Street and Route 22, at 6 p.m. and travel down Main Street to Memoria Park (library). Individuals, families, groups, organizations and businesses are welcome to participate in the parade and should line up at 5:45 p.m. There will be prizes for the best entries. To register a float, call the Chamber at 518-677-0887 and leave a message.

A community treelighting will be held at the gazebo in Memorial Park immediately after the parade. Santa will be joining those assembled and there will be the traditional reading of "The Night Before Christmas."

Fundraiser for Hoyt-Rabideau family

POWNAL -- A fundraiser will be held for Jason and Jessica Hoyt-Rabideau, and their infant daughter, from 4 to 7 p.m. Laney was born with a serious heart defect that will require three surgeries and serious medical attention over the next three years. This fundraiser, at the Pownal Elementary School, will feature a pasta dinner, bake sale, Chinese auction, fish bowl, bouncy house and music. Tickets for the dinner are available through family, friends and Karen Theoret, Jean Burzimati and Colleen Frangella at the Pownal Elementary School. The cost is $7 for adults, $3.50 for children and $20 for a family of four.

Saturday, Dec. 8

Bingo at Masonic Lodge

BENNINGTON -- Bingo will be held at the Masonic Lodge, 504 Main St., at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. Snacks and beverages will be available.

Chicken and biscuits dinner

ARLINGTON -- At the Arlington American Legion a chicken and biscuits dinner will be held from 5 p.m. until food is gone. The price is $8 per person. Call the Legion at 802-375-6157 with questions.

Community Ham Dinner

NORTH POWNAL -- The North Pownal Congregational Church will host its annual free Community Ham Dinner, from 3 to 6 p.m. Join the church in its new Fellowship Hall as they celebrate the Christmas season. Free take-out dinners are available by stopping by. In addition, the new teen center, The Loft, will be open for tours.

Call Pastor Gary Rogers at 518-686-4636 for more information. North Pownal Congregational Church is located at 3554 Route 346.

Christmas in Cambridge Craft Fair

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Shop local this holiday season at the Christmas in Cambridge Craft Fair, Saturday, Dec. 8, sponsored by Cambridge Connects, from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. at the Cambridge Central School. More than 70 vendors. Featured will be fine crafts, wreaths, gift certificates and items from local business. There will be a Chinese Auction with over 75 items (winning tickets drawn at 3 p.m.).

For more information, find the fair on Facebook or contact Tracy at 518-677-8823.

Avalanche fundraiser/ middle schoolers night out

MANCHESTER -- Come on out to Riley Rink at Hunter Park from 8 to 11p.m. for a night of dancing and skating. The entire rink will be exclusively for middle schoolers during this time. The Southern Vermont Avalanche girls hockey team is hosting a night out for grades 6th to 8th graders (all schools are welcome so long as the student meets the grade requirement). The dance will take place in the warm room while the rink will be available for skating. Admission is $10 at the door, skate rentals are available at the normal cost.

Annual Christmas Tea

BENNINGTON -- At 3 p.m., the annual Christmas Tea will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 200 Pleasant St. The parish hall will be decorated with greens and wreaths. There will be trays of cookies and tea sandwiches. Tea, coffee and punch will be served. Servers will be there to assist you.

The Christmas Shoppe will be open for you to shop for small gifts, jelly and jams, breads and Christmas tree ornaments. Bring you friends and family. The cost is $6. You can purchase tickets at the church or the door.

Church supper in Pittstown

PITTSTOWN, N.Y. --A spaghetti and meatball supper will be held at the Pittstown United Methodist Church hall from 4 to 6 p.m. Eat in or take out. Cost: adults $10; children 5 to 12 $5; under 5 free. Menu: spaghetti, meatballs, tossed salad, bread, dessert, beverages. Reservations suggested: Call Bev at 518-663-5607.

Holiday Bazaar in Rupert

RUPERT -- A Holiday Bazaar will be held at the Rupert Firehouse in Rupert from 9 a m. until 3 p.m. There will be many local vendors selling their wares from jewelry, jams, relishes, knitted items and many other things. Lunch will be available and proceeds from the kitchen will go to the Kids Summer Lunch Program. Proceeds from the sales of the tables will benefit the Fire Dept. and the Mount Anthony Grange. If you would like a table or more information contact Kelli at 394-2491 or by e-mail vtkjlouie@aol.com

Sunday, Dec. 9

American Legion Post 13 bingo

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

Dorset Farmers Market

DORSET -- The Dorset Farmers Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. indoors at the J. K. Adams Kitchen Store, on Route 30 Dorset. EBT, debit, and credit cards accepted.

Fundraiser for Harry Hyatt

BENNINGTON -- Come join us in helping to raise money for Harry Hyatt, (Joyce Novotny’s son). He fell off a roof years ago and broke his back, which left him wheelchair bound for the rest of his life. He is having trouble trying to acquire reliable transportation for the daily needs of life. There will be a spaghetti dinner and Chinese auction held at The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #1861 from 4 to 7 p.m. Open to public - $8. There will be music and dance after dinner.

Free Sunday Supper at St. Mark’s Church

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The men of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 70 Main St., Hoosick Falls, invite everyone to enjoy their free monthly Sunday Supper, served from 5 to 6 p.m. Call 518-686-4982 for more information.

Christmas Carol Sing

BENNINGTON -- A Christmas Carol Sing will be held on Sunday at 5 p.m. at White Chapel Church. Public invited.

Benefit Contra Dance

BRATTLEBORO -- A Rural Vermont benefit contra dance will be held at the Old Stone Church in Brattleboro. All levels and ages welcome - beginners’ workshop at 7:15 p.m., dance starts at 7:30 p.m. Rebecca Lay calls with music by Ethan Hazzard-Watkins on fiddle, Anna Patton on clarinet, and Andy Davis on piano.

Sliding scale general admission $10-$15, students and seniors $7.

Proceeds benefit Rural Vermont and advocacy work to strengthen and support community based food systems. More information at www.ruralvermont.org http://www.ruralvermont.org or 802-223-7222.