Monday December 24, 2012

Monday, Dec. 24

Library closed today and tomorrow

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Free Library will be closed today and tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 25. In addition, the library will close early at 5 p. m. on Monday, Dec. 31, and will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 1. Redeemer Lutheran Christmas Eve worship

SHAFTSBURY -- Redeemer Lutheran Church will hold its Carols and Candlelight Christmas Eve service and communion tonight at 7 p.m., at its home on Route 67 in Shaftsbury. Visitors are most welcome. The Rev. Dr. Marcia Dorey will officiate. Redeemer serves southwester Vermont, the Berkshires of Massachusetts, and the Taconic hill country of New York. For more information, call 802-442-8423 or e-mail: info@redeemervt.org.

Elks hosts bingo

BENNINGTON -- Every Monday, the Bennington Elks hosts 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 Bennington Elks is located at 125 Washington Ave. This is an every-Monday event.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Senior Center activities today will include oil painting from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; and walking aerobics from 10 to 11 a.m. The Senior Center will close at 11 a.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.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

NORTH BENNINGTON -- North Bennington Congregational Church will celebrate Christmas Eve with a Candleight Service held at 5 p.m., led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith. There will be lessons and carols, special music, the lighting of the Christ candle, a Christmas story, and a closing candlelight circle with the singing of "Silent Night." All are welcome. The church is wheelchair accessible from the back door at the parsonage driveway.

Christmas Eve at Old First Church

OLD BENNINGTON -- The First Congregational Church of Old Bennington will offer a candlelight Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m. This family service features familiar carols and readings and special music. The church ends the service by gathering in front of the church with candles singing "Silent Night." A wheelchair ramp will be provided. The public is invited.

Christmas Eve Service at Missionary Alliance Church

BENNINGTON -- Missionary Alliance Church, located at 198 Crescent Blvd., will celebrate Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. with a candlelight service. A Christmas message, narrative, and Christmas carols will emphasize the true meaning of Christmas: the birth of Jesus Christ. For more information, contact the church at 802-442-6840.

Local Catholic Christmas Mass schedule

BENNINGTON -- At Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales in Bennington, Christmas Masses will be celebrated on Monday, Dec. 24, at p.m., 8 p.m. and midnight. On Christmas Day, Masses will be offered at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. At St. John the Baptist in North Bennington, Christmas Masses will be celebrated on Monday, Dec. 24, at 4 p.m. and on Christmas Day at 10 a.m.

Christmas services at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON -- A warm Christmas invitation is extended to celebrate the birth of Jesus at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road. On Monday, Dec. 24, the festivities begin with a community carol sing at 3 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Many favorite carols will be led by Patti Cody, and those attending are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for the Arlington Food Shelf.

At 4 p.m. the Family Christmas Service will take place with the presentation of a multi-age Christmas pageant that ends in candlelight. Any child who wishes to be a part of the pageant as an animal or angel is invited to come to Bailey Hall at 3:45 p.m. Following this service, plan to stay for some birthday cake for Jesus, served in Bailey Hall.

The traditional Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols will begin at 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve with the Christmas message delivered by the Rev. Kathleen S. Clark, Pastor. Special music will be offered by the Federated Church choir under the direction of Mary Edwards.

For more information, call the church office at 802-375-2548 or e-mail to fchurch_248@comcast.net or visit http://www.federatedchurchofeastarlington.org/ or like the church on Facebook.

Candlelight service

at All Saints Church

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- All Saints Church invites the community to celebrate the joy and wonder of Christ's birth at its annual Christmas Eve candlelight service. Come experience the beauty of the19th century sanctuary dressed for the holidays, illuminated with the glow of candlelight, and ringing with the music of the season -- all to remind one of the miracle that Christ has come to dwell with us and in us.

The celebration of Holy Eucharist, officiated by the Rev. Gary Strubel, begins at 7 p.m. All Saints Church is located at 4935 Route 7, just east of Curtis Lumber. On the web: www.allsaintshoosick.org

Quaker Christmas Eve worship

EASTON, N.Y. -- The Easton Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) will hold its Christmas Eve celebration at 5 p.m. preceded by a potluck at 4 p.m. The candlelight worship, made up of readings, singing and reflection, will be held at the North Meetinghouse, built in 1838, located at 1778 Route 40, Easton (Greenwich). All are welcome.

For more information about Easton Meeting's Christmas Eve event call 518-692-9539, or visit http://nyym.org/easton/.

Christmas Eve service at First Baptist

BENNINGTON -- The First Baptist Church of Bennington, Vermont, will hold its Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. The service will feature familiar Christmas carols and Scripture readings, which accompany the church's gradual lighting of the Advent candles.

Accompanying the service music will be First Baptist's new organist Charles Olegar, who offers the music of J.S. Bach and Henri Mulet. A freewill offering will be taken to support the ministry and mission of First Baptist. The Rev. Jerrod H. Hugenot will deliver the evening's message: "Look carefully and you will see "

The First Baptist Church is "a place for healing, community involvement, and spiritual grounding." First Baptist gathers weekly for worship at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings. For more information, visit www.fbcbennington.org, or "like" the congregation's Facebook page for updates.Questions? Call 802-442-2105 or email fboffice@sover.net.

Christmas Eve services at Second Congregational

BENNINGTON -- Christmas Eve services take place Monday afternoon and evening at Second Congregational Church on Hillside Street. The 5 p.m. service is preceded by "Music of the Season" by the Second Congo Brass, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Then the Jubellaire Ringers call all to worship, which is full of lessons and carols and the story of a man searching. A time of fellowship follows in Webster Hall. At 10 p.m., a service of candles, carols, and communion takes place. A freewill offering to benefit the Interfaith Emergency Food and Fuel Fund will be taken at both services.

Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, welcomes all people of faith or in search of faith, without regard to age, race, sex, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation. Its building is wheelchair-accessible, and hearing-assistance devices are available. For more information, call the church office at 442-2559 or visit www.bennscc.org.

Cambridge United Presbyterian service

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Christmas Eve will be observed at Cambridge United Presbyterian Church in the decorated sanctuary will be held at 7 p.m. This service will be family-friendly, with specail activities for children. Featured will b e Christmas carols, candlelight and special music. All are welcome.

Tuesday, Dec. 25

Senior Center closed

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Senior Center will be closed in observance of Christmas Day.

Wednesday, Dec. 26

At the Senior Center

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Senior Center activities for Wednesday, Dec. 26, will include the movie from 1 to 3 p.m. "Grease," starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John; Zumba Gold will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 27

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 will include bone builders 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.

5 hour prelicensing class

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Northeast New York Safety and Health Council will sponsor the Prelicensing Course at the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (Hoosick Falls Health Center), on Danforth Street, beginning at 3:30 p.m. promptly.

This program requires a pre-registration fee of $40 payable to NENY Safety and a valid NYS driver's permit. Successful completion of this class, which includes passing a test, provides the student with the necessary paperwork (MV-278) to take New York Driver's Test and is valid for one year.

You must pre-register at 518-686-4854.

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 Street. Please call 447-3700 for an appointment to be seen.

Pownal Select Board special meeting

POWNAL -- The Pownal Select Board will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. at the Town Office. The agena will include: Agenda approval; payroll issues involving town personnel (executive session with legal counsel if necessary).

Friday, Dec. 28

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.

Saturday, Dec. 29

Bingo at Masonic Lodge

BENNINGTON -- The Masonic Lodge, 504 Main St., hosts bingo every Saturday at 6:30 p.m., except major holidays. Doors open at 5 p.m. Snacks and beverages will be available.

Sunday, Dec. 30

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.

'Messiah' community sing-along in Arlington

ARLINGTON -- The community is invited to join in the ninth annual community wide "Messiah" sing-along" on Sunday, Dec. 30 at 3 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church. This year's event is once again under the direction of Scott Smedinghoff. Singers of all levels and abilities are invited to participate in the informal sing-along which will include the Advent and Christmas section of Handel's choral masterpiece, as well as the "Hallelujah Chorus."

There will be several soloists including Kerry Ryer-Parke, soprano; Katie Beck as alto, Fr. Scott Neal as tenor and Mark Madison as bass. The chorus/audience will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra comprised of talented local musicians. Bring your voice, enthusiasm and holiday spirit as we usher in the New Year with this popular event. A limited number of copies of the score will be available to singers, and those who have their own copy are encouraged to bring it. St. James Episcopal Church is located Historic Route 7A in the center of Arlington, Vermont. For directions or additional information, visit www.stjamesarlingtonvt.org or call 375-9952.