Monday, Oct. 14

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.

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, 601 Main St. Call for an appointment, 447-3700. Drop-ins will not be seen.

Bennington Free Clinic and Vermont Health Connect

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Clinic will be making appointments for people wishing to know more about Vermont Health Connect, and to sign up on Mondays and Thursdays.

The Bennington Free Clinic is providing free assistance to individuals, families and small businesses who have questions about the new Vermont insurance system, which was developed as part of the federal Affordable Care Act. A team of 10 trained Navigators is available to answer questions and guide consumers through the enrollment process.

Starting on Jan. 1, 2014, all people in Vermont will be required to have health insurance, either through an employer or through the new online insurance marketplace, "Vermont Health Connect." The open enrollment period began on Oct. 1. Individuals and families will need to sign up for a VHC insurance plan by Dec. 15, for coverage to start on Jan. 1. There are different sign-up deadlines for small businesses.

Navigators are available by appointment at the following times: Every Monday, 10 a.m. to noon; every Thursday, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and the third Monday of each month from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Other times may be available upon request. Appointments can be made by calling 802-447-3700 or by email at bennfreeclinic@gmail.com.

The Bennington Free Clinic is located at 601 Main St.

Tuesday, Oct. 15

Autism Support Group

BENNINGTON -- The Parents Supporting Our Children Autism Support Group will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Attwood Center on Dewey Street. For more information, call Wendy at 447-5716 or www.Asdvt.org

Bereavement support group

BENNINGTON -- A weekly adult grief support for those who have lost a loved one is held every Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Vermont Veterans Home on North Street. For more information, call VNA & Hospice of SVHC at 802-442-5502.

Overeaters Anonymous meets

BENNINGTON -- Overeaters Anonymous meets on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St.

Bingo at Arlington Legion

ARLINGTON -- At 6 p.m. bingo will be held at the Arlington American Legion. Doors open at 6 p.m. Food will be available to purchase.

Sign-along at Second Congregational Church

BENNINGTON -- From 7 to 8:30 p.m. a sing-a-long with friends, neighbors and piano accompanist. Camp songs, fun songs and more. An apple crisp dessert will be served at 6:45 p.m. Free event. Will be held at Second Congregational Church on Hillside Street, 442-2559.

Story Rhythms for Babies and Toddlers

BENNINGTON -- Story Rhythms for Babies and Toddlers, an active story time for children 4 months to 36 months will be held from 10:30 to 11 a.m. upstairs in the Rotary Meeting Room at the Bennington Free Library. Come early for play time. For more information, call 802-442-9051.

Wednesday, Oct. 16

A pre-school story hour for children

BENNINGTON -- A pre-school story hour for children 3 to 5 will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Rotary meeting room at the Bennington Free Library. Children will explore the world of literature through stories, songs, movement, math, science and art. For more information, call 802-442-9051.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Film Night

BENNINGTON -- PAVE (Project Against Violent Encounters) will present a weekly series of films and documentaries at the Community College of Vermont during the month of October. 

PAVE has chosen movies or documentaries to highlight issues surrounding domestic violence. The first on Oct. 16 is "Trust." This film exposes the danger of online relationships when a young girl develops a friendship with a predator she meets in a chat room and is subsequently assaulted by him. It is a shocking revelation of how predators use online resources to groom and lure victims -- a must see for young women and parents.

The film will be shown in the

Community Room the Community College of Vermont to watch and discuss. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Films are from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Subject matter is suitable and worthwhile for adults and teens. PAVE will provide popcorn and snacks. For more information, contact PAVE at 802-442-2370.

Thursday, Oct. 17

Legion post hosts bingo

POWNAL -- American Legion Post 90 in Pownal holds bingo on Thursdays. Doors open at 5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. promptly. There will be two progressive games and a snack bar will be available.

Turkey Supper in Pownal

POWNAL -- The Pownal United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Route 346 and Church Street, will serve its annual Turkey Supper.

The menu includes: Roast turkey, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, winter squash, cranberry sauce, rolls, coffee, tea, or lemonade, apple, pumpkin, or mince pie with cheese. The family style dinner begins at 5 p.m. with continuous serving. Tickets available at the door, $12 for adults, $6 for children 4 to 10, and free for children 3 and under. For more information, contact Mary Louise at 802 -823-7769.

Change in ‘Buddy' film series

MANCHESTER -- Mark Skinner Library announces a change in its "Buddy" film and discussion series with Harvey Flaxman. The film scheduled for screening on Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. has been replaced with an action comedy starring Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy playing the tough cop and cool convict respectively. Rated R. Running time: 92 minutes.

Professor Emeritus Harvey Flaxman will facilitate the program. Flaxman was the department chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Farleigh Dickinson University. He is an Academy Award nominated film producer as well as a screenwriter and actor.

Mark Skinner Library is located at 48 West Road in Manchester Village. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments served. Info: (802) 362-2607.

Evening of songs and stories

MANCHESTER CENTER -- Join Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. for "Making a Difference: An Evening of Songs and Stories." This musical event takes place at Maple Street School in Manchester Center. One interesting, strange and inspiring one is that of New England's own Lara Herscovitch, who will share her songs and stories in a presentation as unique as her path.

This performance and presentation will also include an opportunity for questions and discussion. Tickets are $15 paid in advance; $20 at the door; $5 for students. For more information and to register, visit greenmtnacademy.org or call Karen Dreiblatt at 802-768-8079.

Bennington Free Clinic and Vermont Health Connect

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Clinic will be making appointments for people wishing to know more about Vermont Health Connect, and to sign up on Mondays and Thursdays.

The Bennington Free Clinic is providing free assistance to individuals, families and small businesses who have questions about the new Vermont insurance system, which was developed as part of the federal Affordable Care Act. A team of 10 trained Navigators is available to answer questions and guide consumers through the enrollment process.

Starting on Jan. 1, 2014, all people in Vermont will be required to have health insurance, either through an employer or through the new online insurance marketplace, "Vermont Health Connect." The open enrollment period began on Oct. 1. Individuals and families will need to sign up for a VHC insurance plan by Dec. 15, for coverage to start on Jan. 1. There are different sign-up deadlines for small businesses.

Navigators are available by appointment at the following times: Every Monday, 10 a.m. to noon; every Thursday, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and the third Monday of each month from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Other times may be available upon request. Appointments can be made by calling 802-447-3700 or by email at bennfreeclinic@gmail.com.

The Bennington Free Clinic is located at 601 Main St.

Friday, Oct. 18

Ride free October 18

BENNINGTON --On Oct. 18, the Green Mountain Express will celebrate Way To Go week by giving everyone a free ride on the bus.This is your chance to go toe-to-toe against carbon pollution, and discover the clean and convenient buses that will help you get where you need to go. You can pick up a bus schedule at our transit center at 215 Pleasant St., or check out one of the signs posted at many bus stops, or go online to www.greenmtncn.org.

VFW Community Food Drive

MANCHESTER -- Manchester VFW Post 6741 will conduct a Community Food Drive outside Shaw's and Price Chopper supermarkets on October 18, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 19

School of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Bazaar

BENNINGTON -- The School of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales will hold its annual Harvest Bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with free admission. At the bazaar, enjoy our Second Time Around Tables, home baked goods, breakfast and lunch, book sale, arts and crafts, children's items, silent auction, bingo, and raffles. Silent auction and Big Money raffle tickets will be sold until 7 p.m.

An Italian Pasta Dinner will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

All Harvest Bazaar events will be held at the Sacred Heart St. Francis De Sales Parish Center 238 West Main St. For further information contact SHSF school at 442-2446.

'Take a Bite Out

of Homelessness'

NORTH BENNINGTON -- Bennington Coalition for the Homeless invites everyone to "Take a Bite Out of Homelessness" at the Carriage Barn at Park-McCullough House in North Bennington on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m.

Cost is $20 per person. Tickets will be available at the door.

There will be a buffet dinner and desserts, cash bar by JC's, live music by The BuzzSaw Boys, and a book signing by a author Jed Donovan. Also planned is a silent auction with great gifts and a debt auction.

Help The Coalition pay its bills. Make a donation or make a payment directly to a local business that has helped BCH by providing much needed services and is waiting to be paid.

For more information, call 802-753-7205 or email coalitionforthehomeless@comcast.net.

Stamford Library Book Sale Oct. 19-20

STAMFORD -- The Stamford Community Library will hold a two-day book sale Oct. 19 to 20 at the Stamford School. The sale, which features a wide variety of titles for all ages, is running in conjunction with the annual Stamford Seniors Craft Fair both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The new fall hours for the community library are Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursdays 4 to 8 p.m. , Fridays 11 a. m. to 3 p. m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon. The library will be open to the public during regular hours on Oct. 19 so patrons can go to the book sale and also discover what new titles, movies, and audiobooks have been recently added to the library collection.

Further information can be obtained at www.stamfordlibrary.org.

Sunday, Oct. 20

Legion bingo

BENNINGTON -- American Legion Post 13 hosts bingo has new hours. Sunday, doors open at 5 p.m. Bingo starts at 6 p.m. No one under 14 admitted.

Pancake Breakfast Sunday

ARLINGTON -- The Battenkill Grange No. 487 Pancake Breakfast will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. The menu includes pancakes, sausages, real Vt. maple syrup, homefries, sausage gravy and biscuits. The cost is: Adults $6, children under 12, $3. Located on Route 313 West at the covered bridge.