Friday, Jan. 17

5th annual ‘Stuff the Bus'

BENNINGTON -- Green Mountain RSVP, Green Mountain Express and Price Chopper will once again partner to hold Stuff the Bus. The event will take place at the beginning of the Martin Luther King Weekend to honor his vision of neighbors banding together to fight hunger, homelessness and poverty.

On Friday, Jan. 17, and Saturday, Jan. 18, volunteers will welcome shoppers and urge them to purchase a little extra to Stuff the Bus.

The non-perishable items will then be distributed each evening to local food pantries. The most needed itemss are pasta, sauce, canned tuna, peanut butter, cereal, soup, canned vegetables, baby food and diapers, personal care items and pet food.

Northern Berkshire Contra Dance

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Northern Berkshire Contra Dance will be held from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 906 Main St.

Admission is $10 per person. This is a non-profit event. Dance admission funds use of space and live performers. Live music by Eric Buddington on fiddle, Tony Pisano on accordion and Josh Pisano on percussion. Dance teaching and calling is by Peter Stix. This is an all ages and levels welcomed dance. A dance partner is not necessary. Brinng comfortable and clean soft-soled shoes to dance in and some pot-luck goodies for the dance break. Visit www.songsailor.com or email songsailormusic@yahoo.com for more information.

Benefit spaghetti dinner

for Dan Williams at HFCS

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Hoosick Falls Central School District and HAYC3 will co-sponsor a spaghetti dinner in honor of Dan Williams. The dinner will be served in the cafeteria at the Hoosick Falls Central School from 4 to 6 p.m.

HFCS administrators and faculty will serve the spaghetti dinner, which includes all-you-can-eat spaghetti and sauce, meatballs, garlic bread, cake and drinks. Take-out is available.

All proceeds from this event will be used to help Williams and his family. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 4 to 12. Children under 4 are free. You can get tickets in advance through HAYC3 at The Youth Center, 115 Church St., weekdays between 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.; at the Hoosick Falls Central School; at the Hoosick Federal Credit Union or at the door. For more information contact HAYC3 at 518-686-9050.

All basketball fans at the Panthers' game at the school that day are encouraged to come to the dinner.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- Every Friday in January, the Bennington Senior Center on Pleasant Street will host ceramincs and painting from 9 a.m. to noon and bingo from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, call 802-442-1052.

Interfaith meeting features Ecu-Health Care

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Friday, Jan. 17, meeting of the Northern Berkshrie Interfaith Action Initiative will feature a presentation by Chip Joffe-Halpern, executive director of Ecu-Health Care.

The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of North Adams. All are welcome. Joffe-Halpern will speak about health access issues and opportunities such as the Affordable Care Act.

Ecu-Health Care is a local nonprofit health care access organization, located in the Doctors' Building on the campus of North Adams Regional Hospital.

The organization, which has been connecting uninsured and underinsured residents with affordable health care for the last 18 years, was recently named as one of 10 Navigator sites by the Massachusetts Health Connector.

The Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initative is a group of people of different faiths and denominations work together with others of goodwill to find ways to serve our community. It runs the Friendship Center Food Pantry in North Adams, an emergency voucher system in Northern Berkshire, and holds monthly meetings to discuss topics and programs of civic and religious concern.

For more information, call Mark at 413-664-0130; visit http://northernberkshireinterfaith.blogspot.com or visit our page on Facebook.

Local chorale celebrates contemporary Jewish Music

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Northern Berkshire Chorale, directed by Andrea Goodman, will present its winter concert ot 7:30 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus. The program is made up of a diverse collection of music arranged by contemporary Jewish composers, including Charles Osbourne, Kurt Weill, Charles Davidson and Leonard Bernstein.

The 30-voice chorale will be joined by soloists Robert Sherr and Robert Szczepaniak and the performance is sponsored by Y'diyah Memorial Fund, a Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Fund and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Suggested donation for adults is $10, students $5. For further information, find the Northern Berkshire Chorale on Facebook or visit www.nbchorale.org.

Announcements

Winterfest is Feb. 1

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The Winterfest and Penguin Plunge will take place on Saturday, Feb 1. There will be a walkable map of the village as well as wagon rides to help you get to all the venues. From Story Hour at the McCullough Library at 10 a.m. to the Plunge site at 10:30 a.m. "ZUMBA" warm up with Andrea Malinowski, Plunge at 11 a.m. at Lake Paran (Boat Dock Side), the Warm Up Party at VAE post Plunge with live music, cash bar, ice cream, and chili. After you warm up go to the Ice Carving Contest at the North Bennington Train Station. The winners will be chosen at 3 p.m. while at 3:30 the famous Pet Parade takes off at Whitman's Feed Store Warehouse. Check in at Powers Market to create snowflakes, have a chili dog special at the North Bennington Variety Store. If you have a child or two you can't miss the Kids' Indoor Carnival at the Village School. Natures Closet will be doing a Dion Snow Shoes demonstration; Kevin's will have lunch and Hot Toddy specials.

It's a great day for the entire family sponsored by the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit bennington.com