Friday, Dec. 13

Spaghetti dinner benefit for George Villarini

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Hoosick Falls, Cambridge, Greenwich, and Salem Little Leagues will hold a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hoosick Falls Youth Center located at the Armory in Hoosick Falls. Ages 4 and under are free; children 5 to 12, $5; adults 13-plus, $10 per person. All proceeds go directly to George Villarini to help fund the costs of medical treatment for his fight against liver cancer.

Shabbat Services

MANCHESTER -- Join Havurah Keruv of Southern Vermont as it gathers to worship and celebrate Shabbat at 6:30 p.m. at the Maple Street School. There will be a pot luck dinner of non- meat options following services. If you wish to join or would like to attend one of our services, email

Artisan Exchange & Market

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Hoosick Falls Artisan Exchange & Market is alive and well and still at The Armory, and the next one is today from 5 to 8 p.m. Get locally made goods, fresh produce, an Angel or Tarot Reading, maple syrup, hickory syrup, popcorn and more. Don't miss out on the opportunity to purchase Dick Ogden's awesome syrup, Hoosick Hickory's delicious syrups and sauces, the best popcorn ever from Rock Pop Popcorn, cheese and yogurt, fresh cider donuts, and Becky's mini-gardens and other creative creations.

"Grow where you are planted-Made In Hoosick" T-shirts are available on a first-come, first-served basis (we'll have them on site), and as always affordable art and hand-crafted gifts (Jewelry, art and more) are available at The Artisans Market. Pen and ink drawings of Hoosick and other places by artist Bill Beauvard are for sale.

Opening reception

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- New York artist George Van Hook will be on exhibit at 120gallery90 at The Armory beginning today. Van Hook's painterly style is reminiscent of European and American Impressionists. His love of nature and long hours painting "en plein air," inspires Van Hook and he captures the rural scenes where he lives in upstate New York with accuracy, life, gusto and passion. You can meet the artist at The opening reception today from 6 to 8 p.m. Gallery hours are Tues. and Thurs. from 5 to 7 p.m., Wed. and Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11a.m. to 1 p.m.

Membership Drive Weekend

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Polish Hall will host its fifth annual "Hall-A-Palooza Membership Drive" Weekend today through Sunday, Dec. 15. Today, the Polish Hall will offer clams (two dozen Mahogany's) for $5 and cheese pizza for $10 or pepperoni pizza for $11 served 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday will feature a variety of hors d'oeuvres beginning at 6 p.m. with "free jukebox" from 6 to 8 p.m. On Sunday a chinese auction will be held; doors open at noon. Items being auctioned will include: Basket of cheer and a variety of other gift baskets, lottery tickets, gift certificates, Polish Hall membership and gift certificate, greens fees for four at the Hoosick Falls Country Club plus cart and more. There will be munchies and raffles all weekend long and drink specials on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.


Shabbat-in-Service: ‘Conversing with Our History'

BENNINGTON -- Join Congregation Beth El on Dec. 14, from 12:30 to 3 p.m., for the next Shabbat-in-Service program: ‘Conversing with Our History.' We will be learning about the importance of preserving communal knowledge, particularly through the care of sacred and secular texts. We'll explore the challenges of passing information from generation to generation, and add our voices to a historic conversation. Following services and kiddush, participants will choose from two options. Rabbi Jarah Greenfield will lead a text study and discussion for adults and teens. Rabbinic Intern Jake Adler will lead families in interactive study and activity at the library of Mount Anthony Union High School with Beth El member Berta Winiker. Reminder: This is a required Family Education Program for Judaism School families.