Monday, Feb. 4

Young at Heart Seniors luncheon

NORTH BENNINGTON - A Young at Heart Seniors luncheon will be held at Kevin's, with seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Call Gail Boutin to reserve seats at 447-6210. Luncheons are held the first Monday of each month: (second Monday in July and September.)

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON - Bennington Senior Center activities today will include oil painting from 9 a.m. to noon; walking aerobics from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; bridge/cards from 1 to 4 p.m.; belly dance from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Legal aid will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call the center to sign up at 802-442-1052.

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.

Elks hosts bingo

BENNINGTON - Every Monday, the Bennington Elks hosts bingo. There will be a $1,000 jackpot and 31 games for $13. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and bingo starts at 7 p.m. The Bennington Elks is located at 125 Washington Ave.

Tuesday, Feb. 5

Lecture on Peace and Civility at SVC

BENNINGTON - A lecture on peace and civility in relation to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech of hope and racial equality will be held at Southern Vermont College. Free and open to the public, the lecture will take place in the College's Everett Theatre at 2:20 p.m. followed by a reception in the Burgdorff Gallery. The lecture will be presented by Dr. Thomas Redden, professor of history and politics, and Dr. Joan Sakalas, adjunct professor, both faculty members from The Donald Everett Axinn Division of Social Sciences at SVC. They will address Dr. King's dream of a peaceful community and civic engagement through service and social justice. For more information on this event, contact Corie Steinke, civic engagement coordinator, at 802-447-4667 or csteinke@svc.edu.

Bingo at Arlington Legion

ARLINGTON - Bingo will be held at Arlington American Legion Post No. 69. Doors open at 6 p.m. and bingo begins at 7 p.m. Food will be available to purchase. Call the Legion at 802-375-6157 with questions.

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. A trip to stores in Pittsfield, Mass., will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tech Night at Pownal Library

POWNAL - Owners of iPads, iPods, Apple laptops, iMacs, iphones are invited to a learning and sharing session at the Solomon Wright Public Library regarding software, techniques, shortcuts and best practices with your new device. Solve that problem that has been a stumbling block.

The session will include tech assistance from guest digital librarian, Jessika Drmacich of Williamstown, Mass. Join your neighbors in our Wi-Fi spot at 97 Main St. for free assistance and cocoa. Questions can be submitted ahead of time to pownal_pub@vals.state.vt.us. For further information, call 823-5400.

Long Trail students host fundraiser

DORSET - The 8th grade at Long Trail School. will hold a Montreal trip fundraiser at Sherrie's Café in Manchester from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The breakfast for dinner menu costs $10 per person. Diners will choose from vegetable and 3-cheese quiche; steak and scrambled eggs; or French toast topped with fruit. Each meal includes a side of bacon, sausage or ham, and a maple rice pudding dessert.

Make reservations by phoning 802-362-3468; take-out is available during service times. Long Trail 8th graders will visit visiting Montreal in early April.

Martin Luther King book study continues

BENNINGTON - The Martin Luther King, Jr. book study continues this evening at 6:30 p.m., hosted this week by the First Baptist Church, 601 Main St.

The Rev. Mary Lee-Clark, minister of Second Congregational Church (UCC), and Rabbi Jarah Greenfield of Congregation Beth El will be the evening's facilitators. The third and final session will be held the following Tuesday evening, Feb. 12, at Congregation Beth El, led by David O'Brien, Catholic deacon, and the Rev. Erica Baron, UU Minister of Rutland and Bennington.

The book group is reading "Martin Luther King, Jr. for Armchair Theologians," published by Westminster/John Knox Press. The book is helpful to guide conversation, however, all who are interested are welcome to attend. The facilitators will focus on King's most public years in ministry and civil rights activism, with reflection on the unique Jewish and Christian leaders combining their voices to support the efforts, particularly the work of Dr. King, a Baptist minister, and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, a leading scholar and theologian. Copies of the book can be purchased via the First Baptist Church office for $8.50. Please contact the Rev. Jerrod Hugenot at 802-442-2105 for more information. If individuals are unable to pay the full price, a limited number of copies are available for reduced or no cost.

Wednesday, Feb. 6

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON - Bennington Senior Center activities will include the movie from 1 to 3 p.m., "Primary Colors," starring John Travolta and Emma Thompson. Zumba Gold will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

'Genetic Roulette' film showing in Greenwich

GREENWICH, N.Y. -At 7 p.m., the film "Genetic Roulette - The Gamble of Our Lives," will be screened at the Greenwich Library at 148 Main Street. This new feature-length documentary exposes how genetically engineered foods are posing serious threats to people's health, and reveals the bullying and deceit of the biotech corporations like Monsanto. The film delivers a hope-filled message about what you can do to protect your family and help turn the tide.

This event is free and open to all. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for a free reception with non-GMO refreshments. Questions and discussion will follow the film. For more information or to request additional public screenings of this film, contact Tracy Frisch, tracyf@fastermac.net or 518-692-8242.

Thursday, Feb. 7

At the Senior Center

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.

CAT-TV open house

BENNINGTON - CAT-TV will hold an open house beginning at 6 p.m. Learn how CAT-TV operates seven days a week and 24 hours a day. Staff members will be on hand to provide information on upcoming classes, (hands on) demos with equipment, promoting programs and public service announcements for non-profit organizations and community events, guided tours, answer your questions, and more.

The CAT-TV studio is located at 625 Main St., across from Mahar Funeral Home, next to the First Baptist Church. There will be free give-a-aways, and light refreshments. This event is open to everyone.

Annual Chili Challenge and Silent Auction

MANCHESTER - The Manchester Parks and Recreation Department is organizing the 21st annual Chili Challenge and Silent Auction.

For the past 21 years, the Chili Challenge has been the centerpiece of the Manchester Parks and Recreation Department fundraising efforts. This year the event is introducing "wings" to complement the challenge. Participate by entering your chili, meatless macaroni and cheese, and or wing recipes in the Chili Challenge.

The event will be held at The Equinox Resort from 5 to 8 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by the Pan Handlers Steel Band. Admission is $6 per person with children ages 8 and under free.

To participate with a chili, macaroni and cheese, wings, or a silent auction item, contact Manchester Parks and Recreation at 802-362-1349 or email ambuhl@manchester-vt.gov.

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 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, Feb. 8

St. Peter's annual Pasta Palooza

BENNINGTON - St. Peter's annual Pasta Palooza will be held at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 200 Pleasant St., from 6 to 8 p.m. Chef Gary Whiting and his team will be preparing spaghetti with marinara sauce and meat sauce, garlic bread, green salad with Nancy Bower's homemade salad dressing, brownies with real whipped cream and beverages.

The price will be $10 for adults, $6 for children under 12 and children 3 and under are free. The church is handicapped accessible. For more information, contact the church at 442-2911 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Lifeguard training course

BENNINGTON - The lifeguard training course will be held Feb. 18-22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bennington Recreation Center. The fee is $200 includes materials.

Prerequisites: Swim 300 yards, non-stop using crawl stroke and breast stroke; tread water for 2 minutes using legs only; swim 20 yards; retrieve a 10 lb. brick. and swim back to starting point with both hands on brick while swimming on your back. Pre-registering is required. Must register by Friday, Feb. 8. Call 802-442-1053 for more information.

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.

'Moms Day Off' Breast Cancer Fundraiser

PERU - Bromley Mountain will hold itd 11th annual "Mom's Day Off" fundraiser - when Moms ski or ride for just $15 when they show the ticket seller a snapshot of their kid or kids - to benefit this year's beneficiary, the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center at the Southwestern Vermont Health Center in Bennington. The entire $15 ticket price will be passed along to the SVRCC.

Bromley Mountain is located at on Route 11, six miles east of Manchester. For information on Bromley, visit bromley.com.

Saturday, Feb. 9

Author at Congregation Beth El

BENNINGTON - Douglas J. Gladstone, the author of the controversial "A Bitter Cup of Coffee; How MLB & The Players Association Threw 874 Retirees A Curve," will appear at Congregation Beth El on Saturday, Feb. 9, beginning at 6 p.m.

"A Bitter Cup of Coffee" tells the true story about a group of former big-league ballplayers denied pensions as a result of the failure of both the league and the union to retroactively amend the vesting requirement change that granted instant pension eligibility to ballplayers in 1980. Before that year, ballplayers had to have four years service credit to earn an annuity and medical benefits. Since 1980, however, all you have needed is one day of service credit for health insurance and 43 days of service credit for a pension.

Gladstone is an assistant public information specialist for the New York State Retirement System in Albany, N.Y. Congregation Beth El is located at 107 Adams St.

Valentine 'Dessert Cabaret' at MAU

BENNINGTON - The Mount Anthony Union High School M

usic Department will present an "Evening of Sweets & Romance Dessert Cabaret" at 7 p.m. It will feature the MAU Chamber Singers performing your favorite love songs of yesterday and today.

This year's event will be an extensive dessert buffet featuring an array of specialty dessert items from local restaurants and bakeries as well as coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Reservations are required, as seating is limited. Tickets are $12 per person and are on sale now.

For tickets, contact Christina Gabrus in the MAU main office or call 447-7511.

Planning your retirement

BENNINGTON - "Keeping the 'Gold' in Your Golden Years," a retirement planning workshop, will be presented by Lisa Helme, director of financial literacy and communications, Vermont State Treasurer's Office, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library.

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn what to take into account when determining how much money they will need to be financially secure in retirement. Participants will receive a free retirement planning workbook packed with suggestions and worksheets that will allow them to continue evaluating their retirement picture after the session is completed.

Workshop materials are most helpful to individuals who are five years or more away from retirement. Refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is required. To register call the Bennington Free Library at 802-442-9051 or send an email to reference@bfli.org. The Bennington Free Library is located at 101 Silver St. and is wheelchair accessible.

Snowmobiling event for special needs individuals

WOODFORD - The Woodford SnoBusters club is once again hosting its annual Very Special People Ride which gives snowmobile rides for adults and children 6-plus with special needs. The event will be at the McKenna barn in Woodford.

There will be hot dogs, refreshments and snowmobile rides from noon to 3 p.m. This event is free. RSVP to Jeanne McKenna at 447-0591 or via e-mail at gmckenna6@myfairpoint.net. Children under 16 and anyone needing assistance must be accompanied by an adult.

SVAC Teddy Bear Tea

MANCHESTER - Southern Vermont Arts Center will host the popular Teddy Bear Tea Party from 2 to 4 p.m. Children 4 to 10, accompanied by an adult, are encouraged to bring a favorite teddy bear or doll to this elegant tea party where games will be played and projects created. This event is a perennial favorite and fills up early; call Jennifer at 367-1302 soon to reserve a spot. The cost is $30 for an adult/child pair. Additional children are $15 each. For more information about SVAC and its programs, exhibits and special events, call 362-1405.

Sunday, Feb. 10

Arlington seniors breakfast

ARLINGTON - A seniors breakfast will be herldf at Arlington American Legion Post No. 69 from 8 to 10 a.m. A $4 donations per person will be accepte (if not a senior). Call the Legion at 802-375-6157 with questions.

Bennington Cultural Summit

BENNINGTON - The Bennington Cultural Summit: Arts as an Engine of Economic Development will be held from 1 to 4 p.m., at Mount Anthony Country Club.

This will be a meet, greet and brainstorming session about how we can work together towards engaging and sustaining a creative economy in Bennington. At the summit, participants will explore the drafting of a cultural component to Bennington's Town Plan, update a directory of arts-related people, programs, assets, and venues in the Bennington area, and identify creative initiatives that we can move forward. Everyone is welcome - theatrer artists, musicians, visual artists (2D and 3D), venue owners, art galleries, restaurants, chefs, vendors, suppliers, and educators.

Organizers want your brilliant ideas, creative solutions, passionate participation, and innovative strategies about attracting people to Bennington - artists, businesses, tourists, anyone and everyone who wants to join us and to experience Bennington and its many creative assets at their best.

RSVP to the Better Bennington Corporation at 442-5758 or admin@betterbennington.com. The Bennington Cultural Summit is sponsored by the Arts Committee of the Better Bennington Corporation (BBC) with support from the Bennington County Regional Commission.

Dorset Farmers' Market

DORSET - The Dorset Farmers Market will be held inside of J. K. Adams Kitchen Store, on Route 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The band Gold Town will be playing live at the market. For more information, contact marketmanager@dorsetfarmersmarket.com.