Monday, Jan. 6

Young at Heart Seniors Luncheon

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The Young at Heart Seniors Luncheon will be held at Kevin's, with 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. seatings. Call Gail Boutin to reserve seats at 802-447-6210. Luncheons are held on the first Monday each month.

Bennington Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- Every Monday in January the Bennington Senior's Center on Pleasant Street will host painting from 9 a.m. to noon; walking aerobics from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; bridge/cards from 1p.m. to 4 p.m.; and belly dance from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Call 442-1052 for questions.

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, Jan. 7

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.

Bennington Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- Every Tuesday in January the Bennington Seniors Center will be hosting bone builders from 10 to 11:30 a.m. RSVP. The center will also host HELP from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. Call 442-1052.

American Legion meetings

BENNINGTON -- The American Legion will hold its January meeting at 7 p.m. This is a change due to the holiday schedule.

Legion Auxiliary and Sons meet

POWNAL -- American Legion Auxiliary will hold its meeting at Pownal Post 90 at 7 p.m. The Sons of The American Legion will also hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. All members are urged to attend. Members wanting to join should also attend. Applications are available at the post. Open to the public on Thursday, Friday and Saturday 3 to 10 p.m.

Bennington Lions meeting

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Lions will hold its January board meeting in the TD Bank Conference Room starting at 5:30 p.m. All members are encouraged to attend.

Overeaters Anonymous meets

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

Bingo Tuesdays at Bennington Moose Lodge

BENNINGTON -- Bingo is held every Tuesday at the Bennington Moose lodge. Doors open at 5 p.m. Food and refreshments will be available.

Story Time at Cheney Library

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Cheney Library holds a story time for preschoolers and their caregivers on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Several of the classic tales and songs will be offered. There will be crafts and snacks. Plan to come with your preschool child.

Arlington Legion bingo

ARLINGTON -- Arlington American Legion Post #69 will hold bingo. Doors open at 6 p.m. and bingo begins at 7. Any questions, call 375-6157. Bingo will be the first Tuesday and third Tuesday from October to May. Come and have some fun with your friends.

Meditation for everyone

BENNINGTON -- Meditation has been practiced for millennia, and is a way for the mind to begin to know itself. This knowing moves us towards freedom, self-acceptance, kindness and compassion. Our hearts become more open. We move towards happiness.

Meditation will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m. at The Bennington Free Library. There will be a $1 requested contribution if possible. Beginning and experienced meditators are welcome. Chairs available. If you wish to sit on a cushion, then bring one. Sessions facilitated by: Randy Anselmo, Maggie Bernstein, John Hearst, Natasha Judson, Eve Pearce and Jane Schaeffer.

Wednesday, Jan. 8

Natural Science Toolkit for Homeschoolers series

BENNINGTON -- Homeschool educator and naturalist Mary Batcheller and One World Conservation Center Education Coordinator Jen Loyd-Pain will use science tools as a springboard for learning in nature. All four monthly themed sessions will focus on the use of different science tools through fun and interactive activities. Classes will take place in the forests and fields of the Greenberg Reserve and in the education center. You may come to all four sessions or choose the ones that interest you and your children most. Participants will be divided into two approximate target groups: grades K-3 and 4-8. Preregistration is required as space is limited. Session 1: "The Wonders of Weather" will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. Discover more about wind chill, wind speed, humidity and more. Relevant skills will be targeted appropriately to each age group. Fee: $8 per child.

Church thrift shop open 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.

Bennigton Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- The Bennigton Senior's Center will hold a potluck today, starting at noon. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. they will also host a movie screening. Call 802-442-1052 for more details.

Thursday, Jan. 9

Bennington County Beekeepers

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington County Beekeepers Club will meet in the Crispe Room at the Vermont Veterans Home at 7 p.m. There will be a pot luck meal and a 7:30 p.m. business meeting. The guest will be Dan Conlon of Warm Color Apiary, South Deerfield Mass., president of Massachusetts Beekeepers Association. For information, call Jacob 802-447-0198.

Community HU Chant

BENNINGTON -- At 7 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library. In our fast-paced world, are you looking to find more inner peace? Chanting HU, this once-secret name for God, has helped people throughout time find inner peace and divine love. All are welcome to a free half-hour HU chant; this HU Chant is sponsored by ECKANKAR, the Religion of the Light and Sound of God, a spiritual teaching that provides simple exercises for people of all faiths, traditions, and walks of life to deepen a conscious and practical relationship with spirit. For more information, go to www.eckankar-vt.org.

Bingo in Pownal

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.

Bennington Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- Every Thursday in January the Bennington Senior's Center on Pleasant Street will host bone builders from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. RSVP. They are also offering quilting from 1 to 3 p.m. and beginning belly dance from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Call 442-1052.

Friday, Jan. 10

Gentle Yoga at Sweetwood

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Come feel the benefits of Yoga, inside and out, on Friday mornings from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Sweetwood of Williamstown, 1611 Cold Spring Road.

Bennington Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- Every Friday in January the Bennington Senior's Center on Pleasant Street will host ceramics and painting from 9 a.m. to noon. and bingo from 1 to 3 p.m. Call 442-1052.

Saturday, Jan. 11

Informational gathering

BENNINGTON -- The Cancer Center Community Crusaders invite all interested individuals to attend an informational gathering from 10 a.m. to noon at the Bennington Station. Join the Crusade to raise funds and support local cancer patients, their families and local cancer research.

Learn what this new fundraising organization is about and how community members can join together to raise funds for the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center's Patient Resource Fund and for cancer research being conducted right here in Bennington. Hear how you can form a "crusading crew" and join in the Community Remembrance and Cupcake Crusade, planned for May 21.

Informational packets will be available for crew leaders. Members of the steering committee will attend to informally discuss the group, its goals and plans for the big event. There is no formal program, simply stop by anytime during the event for some breakfast treats and information. If you cannot attend, but would like a packet, contact Erica Rogers at 802-442-2432 or 430-4314. Packets will be available after Jan. 11.

Benefit fundraiser spaghetti dinner

POWNAL -- A benefit fundraiser spaghetti dinner for Keith (Woody) Coon and family at the Pownal American Legion, Route 7. The dinner will start at 5 p.m.

The menu will includce: spaghetti and meat sauce with tossed salad, Italian bread and butter will be served. There will be coffee, tea and assorted desserts. There will be a 50/50 raffle and numerous basket raffles.

Adult ticket donations are $10 each. Children 12 years and under will be a $6 donation.

Tickets are available at Winchester's Store, Pownal Fire Departments and the American Legion in Pownal. Contact Bruce J. Martel for further information.

Sunday, Jan. 12

Legion bingo

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

Announcements

Winterfest 2014

NORTH BENNINGTON -- Plan to come enjoy the Walkable North Bennington Village on Feb. 1. Penguin Plunge teams check in at 9 a.m., costumes by 10:30 and at 11 a.m. take the dip in Lake Paran; Chili Fest by the NorShaft Lions Club at VAE following the Plunge.

Also featured will be live music at VAE for the warm-up party plus a cash bar and ice cream sandwiches. Ice carving at the North Bennington train station to begin on Friday and finish Saturday with awards at 3:30 p.m. The Pet Parade is 4 p.m. at Whitman's Feed Store. Wagon Hay Rides throughout the Day from 11:30 to 4 p.m. Dog sled rides will be held weather permitting. A Kids' Carnival will be held in the elementary school.

Sponsored by the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce. Email lindyslynch@yahoo.com for more information.

VSAC to offer financial aid forms workshops locally

ARLINGTON -- Students and families can learn more about college financial aid process, fill out FAFSA. Vermont Student Assistance Corp. will offer free workshops to help families fill out financial aid forms at local high schools in January.

These informal workshops offer guidance on filling out the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and Vermont grant forms. Students and parents can also ask questions and learn about the college financial aid process, including scholarships.

Internet access will be available and space is limited. Participants should bring copies of 2012 taxes, 2013 final check stubs, W-2s, bank statements, and any other pertinent financial information. All documentation will be confidential and used solely to fill out individual forms.

Dates and times include: Arlington Memorial High School, Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Contact guidance at 375-2589. Burr & Burton Academy, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. by appointment, drop-ins from 6 to 8 p.m. Call 802-362-1775. Mount Anthony Union High School, Jan. 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Jan. 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call guidance for appointment at 802-447-7511. Contact the high school in case of weather related cancellations or postponements.