Monday, Nov. 18

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.

Operation: Christmas Child Shoebox collection schedule

BENNINGTON -- Operation: Christmas Child Shoebox Relay Center 2013 Collection Week will be Monday, Nov. 18, through Monday, Nov. 25, at the Missionary Alliance Church, 198 Crescent Blvd., immediately off Crescent Boulevart as you turn off Route 7, behind the Gulf station.

Operation: Christmas Child is a worldwide ministry to children and is a project of the relief organization Samaritan's Purse.

Local collection hours are:

Monday, Nov. 18, 10 to 11 a.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 19, 10 to 11 a.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 20, 6 to 7 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 21, 7 to 8 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 22, 10 to 11 a.m.; Saturday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m. to noon; Sunday, Nov. 24, noon to 2 p.m.; Monday, Nov. 25, 9 to 10 a.m.

Everyone is invited to participate in Operation: Christmas Child, including scout troops, schools, civic groups, and individuals.


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A standard-size shoebox is all you need to get started. Fill it with appropriate items including toys, school supplies and hygiene items (more suggestions listed in a brochure available at the church), complete with lables, and a $7 shipping and handling fee per box. If you choose to do your own label online, you will be informed electronically of where your shoebox has been delivered.

When dropping off completed choeboxes, enter through the church's double doors just beyond the playground at the lower level. Shoebox brochures may be picked up a the church from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, or by calloing 802-442-6840 or visiting www.samaritanspurse.org

'Community Building Through Time Banking'

BENNINGTON -- Hour for Our Community Board Members Rose-Marie Pelletier and Kiarian Honderich will present a public program titled "Community Building Through Time Banking" at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 108 Pleasant St. The program will begin at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

The speakers will give an overview of the time banking concept, a way to address the local (and global) economic crisis by enabling members to earn "time credits," a new kind of currency. They will explain how people can exchange services to help one another the Vermont Way -- neighbor to neighbor -- so that "you need me" becomes "we need each other."

The event is sponsored by the Bennington Branch of the American Association of University Women. For more information, call Dawn Rodrigues at 802-823-0198.

UN Mediator George R.M. Anderson to speak

BENNINGTON -- Former Canadian civil servant and UN mediator George R.M. Anderson will speak on "The Challenge of Making Democratic Constitutions in Deeply Divided Societies" at 7:30 p.m. in Bennington College's Tishman Lecture Hall. The event, this year's Ruth Dewing Ewing ‘37 Social Science Lecture, is free and open to the public.

Anderson, the 2013-14 Global Fellow on New York University's law faculty, served in Canada's departments of Energy, Finance, and Foreign Affairs before becoming Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Natural Resources. He served as President of Forum of Federations, an international NGO supported by nine countries, and was a member of the UN Mediation Support Unit, with which he continues to work on the constitutional transition in Yemen. Author of "Federalism: An Introduction" and "Fiscal Federalism: An Introduction," he has worked or lectured in more than 25 countries. For more information, contact 802-379-5116 or visit www.bennington.edu

Tuesday, Nov.  19

Overeaters Anonymous meets

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

Bingo in Arlington

ARLINGTON -- Bingo is held at the Arlington American Legion. Doors open at 6 p.m. and bingo starts at 7 p.m. Food will be available to purchase. Call the Legion at 802-375-6157 with questions.

Autism support group

BENNINGTON -- The Parents Supporting Our Children Autism Group will meet at the Atwood Center on Dewey Street from 6:30 to 8 p.m. All are welcome to attend. No December meeting. For more information, call Wendy at 802-447-5716 or visit www.asdvt.org.

Shaftsbury 6th grade fundraiser

BENNINGTON -- Take a night off from cooking and come out to support the Shaftsbury 6th Grade Class and have dinner at McDonald's (112 Northside Drive in Bennington) on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. Dine-in or drive-through. Some 10 percent of sales between 4 and 7 p.m. will be donated to the 6th grade class. Students will also be selling raffle tickets to win a lottery tree (a "tree" filled with over 50 scratch off lottery tickets). Drawing to be held on Dec. 2 at the Shaftsbury Elementary School Winter concert. You do not need to be present to win. The 6th Grade class is raising money for a field trip to the Montpelier Capital Building and an end-of-year class trip.

Wednesday, Nov. 20

Author Lea Newman

at Free Library

BENNINGTON -- Local author Lea Newman will host a discussion and sign her new Emily Dickinson book at 7 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St. The event is co-sponsored by The Bennington Bookshop. Call 802-442-9051 for additional information.

Mount Anthony music fundraiser

BENNINGTON -- Help support the Mount Anthony Music Department by attending a fundraiser at Crazy Russian Girls on Wednesday, Nov 20, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Living Well health workshop

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- For those diagnosed with Celiac, or who have concerns that gluten may be having a negative effect on you or your children, Living Well and the Freight Yard Pub will host a Celiac and Gluten Sensitive Wellness Event on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 6 to 7:30 p.m. This is a free event. Gluten-free refreshments will be provided, and families are welcome to bring children. For information about this event, visit www.Living-Well. info/events.

RSVP so organizers can determine the amount of gluten-free refreshments to prepare by emailing livingwell@verizon.net or calling 413-663-5500.

Bennington Coalition for the Homeless annual meeting

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Coalition for the Homeless annual meeting will be held at St. Peter's Church, 200 Pleasant St. The business meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. Presentations and special announcements at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Public is welcome to attend.

The coalition is excited to share an update with the community about the great strides made this year. Guests will learn about new programs, new ways of providing services and future plans for the coalition. Everyone is welcome to attend free of charge. Join the staff, board of directors and community partners for an evening filled with good news.

For more information, call 802-442-2424 or email coalitonforthehomeless@comcast.net.

Thrift shop open on Wednesdays

JOHNSONVILLE, N.Y. -- The Thrift Shop at Christ United Methodist Church just south off Route 67 in Johnsonville, N.Y., is open every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon. Most clothing items are priced at $1 per bag.

Thursday, Nov. 21

Bingo at Pownal Legion

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.

Free anti-hunger film shown

MANCHESTER -- Hunger Free Vermont and the Windham Foundation invite the community to attend a free anti-hunger film Screening at Riley Center for the Arts, Burr & Burton Academy. The reception starts at 5:30 p.m., the film will be shown at 6 p.m. and a discussion will follow at 7:30 p.m.

The film, "A Place at the Table" is a documentary directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush, with appearances by Jeff Bridges, Raj Patel, and chef Tom Colicchio. RSVP to Monica Taylor at mtaylor@hungerfreevt.org. Refreshments generously provided by Grafton Village Cheese Company.

5-hour prelicensing class

HOOSICK FALLS -- The Northeast New York Safety and Health Council will sponsor a pre-licensing class at the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (Hoosick Falls Health Center), on Danforth Street, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

The program requires a pre-registration fee of $40 payable to NENY Safety and a valid New York driver's license. Successful completion of this class, which includes passing a test, provides the student with the necessary paperwork (MV-278) to take the New York driver's test and is valid for one year. Pre-register by calling 518-686-4854.

Meeting for Local Emergency Planning Committee

MANCHESTER -- The Local Emergency Planning Committee 7 will hold its November meeting on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 6 to 7:45 p.m. at the Manchester Public Safety Building located at 6041 Main St. Contact Allison Langsdale at 802-442-0713, ext. 7 or alangsdale@bcrcvt.org if you have any questions.

VPR president Robin Turnau to spak at book store

MANCHESTER -- The Northshire welcomes Robin Turnau, VPR president and CEO, Thursday, at 3 p.m. It's your turn to ask questions and give feedback about VPR News, VPR Classical and its digital services. Refreshments will be provided by the Spiral Press Cafe. Turnau has served as president and CEO of Vermont Public Radio since February 2009. Since then VPR has expanded with the addition of four new stations to serve more listeners with VPR News and VPR Classical. VPR's audience has grown to serve more than 180,000 listeners each week, and a growing digital audience. For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at www.northshire.com.

Mosaic afterschool, summer program open house

BENNINGTON -- Mount Anthony Union Middle School Mosaic programs will hold a Mosaic open house at MAUMS from 5:30 to 7 p.m. All are welcome. The following programs will be presenting: fencing, garden summer camp, smart food, Mosaic volunteers, duct tape art, woodburning, minecraft education, gymnastics/cheerleading, Oldcastle Theatre, rock ensemble, jewelry design, stained glass and sewing.

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 otherwise 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.

Friday, Nov. 22

Universal healthcare community meeting

BENNINGTON --The public is invited to a dialogue on how Vermont can stay on track toward a universal healthcare system.

In 2011, a statewide people's movement successfully passed a law requiring Vermont to create a universal healthcare system that provides healthcare as a public good and meets all people's health needs. Now, the Vermont Workers' Center, leader of the Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign, is holding community meetings across the state to discuss and educate each other about what universal healthcare should look like and make it a reality.

It will be held from 6 to 8 pm at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 200 Pleasant St. A panel of professionals and various local legislators will be on hand to hear what you have to say. For more information, contact shela@workerscenter.org, or call 802-275-2363.

Saturday, Nov. 23

Hanukkah Celebration and Gift Boutique

BENNINGTON -- Congregation Beth El, at 107 Adams St., will hold a Hanukkah Celebration and Gift Boutique on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 4 to 8 p.m.

The schedule:

* 4 p.m. - Hanukkah Games and Latke Contest

Enter your best latke recipe, taste others and vote for the best latke. Pick out Hanukkah presents at the Hanukkah Gift Boutique Preview. (Make purchases after sundown.) Games, crafts, prizes and a story circle for families with young children.

* 5 p.m. - Wholesale Klezmer Band presents: How to Dance at a Jewish Wedding

Enjoy live Klezmer music and an interactive dance workshop led by members of The Wholesale Klezmer Band.

* 6:30 p.m. - Havdalah & Hanukkah "How-To"

Bring Shabbat to a close as the sun sets with the Havdalah ceremony. Then learn traditional and contemporary rituals to enhance your Hanukkah at home.

* 6:45 p.m. - Community Potluck Dinner and Hanukkah Gift Boutique

Bring a vegetarian or dairy dish to share for dinner. Purchase all your gifts at the Hanukkah Gift Boutique - original pottery, pressed flower art, calligraphy, Beth El cookbooks and gifts from Lenox Judaica.

Christmas Bazaar in Readsboro

READSBORO -- The 48th annual Christmas Bazaar will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Joachim Parish Hall, on Tunnel Street. There will be many Chinese auction items as well as silent bid auctions of dinners and overnight stays in area restaurants, inns and resorts.

Chances will be sold on a holiday dinner basket which includes a turkey, bottle of wine and all the other food for your meal. The tag sale will feature a wide assortment of bargains as well as dolls for the collector -- Barbies, Beanie Babies and Cabbage Patch. Home baked breads, cookies, pies, jellies, gifts, wreaths and decorations will be on sale. The Ladies of St. Anne Society will be serving a lunch of soups, sandwiches, grinders and desserts beginning at 11 a.m.

Choral Society presents ‘Raise The Song'

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington County Choral Society will present "Raise The Song" at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 3 p.m.

In "Raise the Song," BCCS presents an eclectic mix of seasonal music in celebration of these autumnal holidays in two concert performances at the Second Congregational Church, Hillside Street, Bennington. The Mount Anthony Union High School Chamber Singers join the concert for several songs.

Tickets are $15 at the door, in advance from choristers, or at the Bennington Bookshop. The Second Congregational Church is handicapped accessible. For information, visit: bccsmusic.wordpress.com.

Sunday, Nov. 24

Bingo at Bennington Legion

BENNINGTON -- Bingo at American Legion Post 13 is held every Sunday. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 3 p.m. No one under 14 admitted.

Free organ concert

BENNINGTON -- At 3 p.m., Donald McMahon will perform a recital at the Estey-Resig organ of 1,438 pipes in Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church, 238 W. Main St. The program will demonstrate the many bright, rich and warm tones of the organ with performances of works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Jean Langlais, Eugene Gigout, Olivier Messiaen and others. The recital is free and open to the public. All facilities are accessible to those with disabilities. Convenient parking is available.

Announcements

Pownal Valley Fair annual bazaar vendor spaces

POWNAL -- The Pownal Valley Fair will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the American Legion Hall, Route 7 in Pownal.

There will be crafters, a tag sale, Chinese auction, bake sale, raffles, and a $100 Money Tree.

Santa will be here at noon until 2 p.m. with grab bag gifts for all kids. Plus there will be a coloring contest and activities for children.

Lunch will be available from the American Legion Auxiliary starting at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a soup and sandwich menu with beverages included. Hot Dogs will also be available. There are still vendor spaces available. The fee is $15 per space and organizers supply the table. Tables will be set up and ready to go at 8 a.m.

To reserve a space, you may call 802-823-5258 and leave a message.