Monday, Jan. 20

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, 802-447-3700. Drop-ins will not be seen.

MLK Day special event

BENNINGTON -- The Greater Bennington Peace & Justice Center together with the community's Interfaith Council are sponsoring a special event for Martin Luther King's Day.

Join them today for "Moving Toward Economic Justice in the Greater Bennington Community: The Dream & the Reality" at 6:15 p.m. There will be a Candlelight Vigil and Song (BYO candle) at the

Four Corners in Bennington at 6:30 p.m.; gathering for fellowship, desserts and hot beverages at the UU Meetinghouse at 6:45 p.m.; a panel and small group discussion -- examples of economic injustice in our area and promising programs or opportunities that are helping to break the cycles of injustice. The Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse is located at 108 School St.

Bennington Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- Every Monday in January the Bennington Senior Center on Pleasant Street will host painting from 9 a.


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m. to noon; walking aerobics from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; bridge/cards from 1 to 4 p.m.; and Belly Dance from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Call 802-442-1052 for questions.

Fees waived to Forest Service sites

BENNINGTON -- The U.S. Forest Service will waive fees at most of its day-use recreation sites today in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Check with your local forest or grassland or on Recreation.gov to see if your destination charges a fee. Go online to find a National Forest or Grassland near you.

Bennington library closed today

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Library will be closed today in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

Dr. Stewart Burns to speak at annual interfaith service

MANCHESTER -- The Interfaith Council of the Northshire will welcome historian Dr. Stewart Burns to the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Service on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 4 p.m., at Israel Congregation of Manchester, 6025 Main St.

Burns is on the staff of Williams College's Center for Learning in Action. He is the author of "To the Mountaintop: Martin Luther King's Sacred Mission to Save America 1955-1968" published to commemorate what would have been Dr. King's 75th birthday 10 years ago.

"The Interfaith Council of the Northshire embodies the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. whose memory, as a modern prophet, continues to inspire us to strengthen our sacred efforts in our communities," said the Rev. Kathy Clark, chairwoman of the Interfaith Council. Refreshments will be served following the service. For more information, contact Rabbi Novak at Israel Congregation: 362-4578.

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Bingo in Arlington

ARLINGTON -- Arlington American Legion Post #69 will hold bingo. Doors open at 6 p.m. and bingo begins at 7. Call 802-375-6157

with questions. Bingo will be held the first Tuesday and third Tuesday of the month from October to May 2014. Come and have some fun with your friends.

Bereavement support group

BENNINGTON -- A Weekly adult grief support group 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.

Pre-school study hour at BFL

BENNINGTON -- From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., a pre-school study hour will be held for children 3 to 5 upstairs in the Rotary Meeting Room at Bennington Free Library.

Art, games, songs, science and math activities will be used to explore children's literature. Early literacy and listening skills will be emphasized. For more information, call Linda or Chris at 802-442-9051.

Bingo Tuesdays

at Bennington Moose

BENNINGTON -- Bingo is held Tuesdays at the Bennington Moose lodge. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Bennington Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- Every Tuesday in January the Bennington Senior Center on Pleasant Street will host bone builders from 10 to 11:30 a.m. RSVP. The Senior Center will also hold HELP from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. and casino from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call 802-442-1052 for more information.

Autism Support Group

BENNINGTON -- Parents Supporting Our Children, Autism Support Group will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 21 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Attwood Center on Dewey Street. For more information, call Wendy at 802-447-5716 or visit www.asdvt.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 22

Bennington Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- The Senior Center will holding Zumba Gold from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., and the Wednesday movie screening from 1 to 3 p.m. Call 802-442-1052 for more information.

Community Yoga

BENNINGTON -- Enjoy a gentle yoga class free of charge, led by Laurae Coburn, Ph.D RYT every Wednesday evening at The Bennington School, 192 Fairview St. from 5:30 -6:45 p.m.

Talk on Trayvon Martin case

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Dr. Neil Roberts, assistant professor and Africana studies affiliate in the Department of Political Science at Williams College, will present a talk, "It's Bigger than Hip Hop: Decoding the Trayvon Martin Event," at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) at 7 p.m. in Murdock Hall, room 218. The event is free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by the MCLA Honors Program and the Department of Philosophy, Modern Languages and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Watercolor class at Sheep Hill

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- From Jan. 22 to March 12 Bennington artist Ann Kremers will teach a watercolor class at Sheep Hill in Williamstown.

The simplicity of still life will be used to explore a variety of watercolor techniques including brush drawing, wet in wet painting, dry brush and watercolor with pen and ink. Assignments will guide students toward dynamic composition of the picture plane. All classes will be designed so that experienced painters can use the demonstrations to build on what they know, and newcomers will be given additional instruction to the use the techniques to begin.

The class will meet eight Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. Sheep Hill is the home of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation at 671 Cold Spring Road (Route 7 south). The cost is $240 for the eight three-hour sessions. A materials list will be provided. To register or for more information, contact Ann Kremers at annjkremers@yahoo.com or 802-442-7108.

Register for snowmobiling event for those with special needs

WOODFORD -- The Woodford SnoBusters will once again host its annual Very Special People Ride which gives snowmobile rides for adults and children 6-plus with special needs.

The event will be held at the McKenna Barn in Woodford. Come join them for hot dogs, refreshments and snowmobile rides on Saturday, Feb. 8, from noon to 3 p.m. This event is free. RSVP to Jeanne McKenna by Wednesday, Jan. 22, via email: gmckenna6@myfairpoint.net or by phone: 802-447-0591. Children under 16 and anyone needing assistance must be accompanied by an adult.

Thursday, Jan. 23

Pownal 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. A snack bar will be available.

'Gasland Part II' shown

GREENWICH, N.Y. -- "Gasland Part II" will be screened at the Greenwich Library at 148 Main St. at 6:30 p.m. (Jan. 30 snow date).

This new feature-length documentary, an explosive sequel to Josh Fox's 2010 Academy Award-nominated "Gasland," destroys the myth that natural gas is an environmentally and socially beneficial alternative to oil and coal. This event is free and open to all. Doors open at 6 p.m. for an informal reception with healthy refreshments.

A community discussion with climate change activist Bart Schoenfeld, a board certified internist and cardiologist from Chatham, N.Y., follows the film.

The event is co-sponsored by the Easton Friends Meeting. In case of inclement weather, call the library at 518-692-7157 on the afternoon of the event to find out if it's open. For more information, contact Tracy Frisch, tracyf@fastermac.net or 518-692-8242.

Bennington Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- The Senior Center will be holding Zumba Gold from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., and a movie screening from 1 to 3 p.m. Call 802-442-1052 for more information.

Financial aid workshop

BENNINGTON -- Southern Vermont College will host a free Financial Aid Workshop on Thursday, Jan. 23, beginning with registration at 6 p.m. in the Everett Mansion on campus. The workshop is free and open to the public. This program will be beneficial to high school students and their families.

From 6:15 to 7 p.m., students will have an opportunity to learn about the basic financial aid process, have questions answered, find out about tips and tools to pay for college and have one on one conversations with financial aid experts.

Following the workshop, a reception and private, individual appointments will be available. For more info, contact admissions at 802-447-6300 or admissions@svc.edu. If unable to attend, visit www.svc.edu/visit to schedule an individual visit.

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 St. Call 802-447-3700 for an appointment to be seen.

Free Community Supper at the Dorset Church

DORSET -- A free Community Supper will be held at the Dorset Church, 143 Church St. (off Route 30) on Thursday, Jan. 23. Dinner will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Bring your family and friends. Take-outs are available. Questions: call Jane at 802-867-2260. There will be additional free dinners on Wednesday, Feb. 12, and Thursday, March 13.

Friday, Jan. 24

Bennington Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- Every Friday in January the Bennington Senior Center on Pleasant Street will host ceramics and painting from 9 a.m. to noon and bingo from 1 to 3 p.m. Call 802-442-1052.

Northshire Bookstore event

MANCHESTER -- Friday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. Adam Boyce, composer, historian, and fiddler, will be at the Northshire Bookstore to present his book "The Man from Vermont." Boyce will talk and present a slideshow about Charles Ross Taggart, "The Old Country Fiddler." Don't miss this evening of Americana, old time music, and storytelling.

BPI Art Show

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Project Independence will be hosting a Winter Art Show on Jan. 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. Come celebrate and support the accomplishments of BPI's artists. Light refreshments will be served.

Saturday, Jan. 25

Winter festival

CROPSEYVILLE, N.Y. -- Grafton Lakes State Park and the Friends of

Grafton Lakes State Park will host the 29th Annual Winter Festival and Ice Fishing Contest on Saturday, Jan. 25. The Winter Fest will feature winter exhibits, vendors, family-friendly fun and recreational activities. The event is free of charge and main events run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the Winter Festival, call the park at 518-279-1155. A full schedule of events is on Grafton Lakes' website, www.nysparks.com/parks, and on www.facebook.com/GraftonLakesStatePark.

Gun show in Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. -- The Albany Gun Show will be held at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center on Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, and on Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $6 a day, $5 a day for seniors, and children under 12 are free, but must be accompanied.

The Hoosick Barn Quilt Program begins

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Hoosick Barn Quilt Project begins its first phase, building the frames on which the quilt designs will be painted, on two Saturdays, Jan. 25 and Feb. 15, starting at 9 a.m. at The Armory.

The goal is to put together 10 to 12 frames on each of those days. The building process involves 2 x 4's, 4' x 8' plywood, hammers and nails, saws and your skills. If you can hammer a nail, measure a length, cut a piece of wood, push a broom, serve a slice of pizza, or make someone smile, then you have the needed skills.

In addition to building the frames, there are many ways to get involved: as a sponsor, designing and/or painting the quilts, apply to have a quilt on your barn, farm structure or building (even in the village). No matter what your skill or talent, whether you are a quilter, carpenter, painter, or just care about this community, you have something to contribute. Look for more information and application forms on our website towards the end of this month.

Rutland Flea Market

RUTLAND -- The Rutland area flea market, 200 West St., is open every Saturday in January, February, and March from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Concert at Oldcastle Theater Co.

BENNINGTON -- The Sonny and Perley trio presents "The Great American Songbook and International Cabaret" at the Oldcastle Theater Company at 7:30 p.m., 331 Main St. For more information, call 802-447-0564.

Family movie matinee at BFL

BENNINGTON -- On Saturday, the Bennington Free Library will show a recent animated movie (rated PG) at 2 p.m. in the Rotary Room.

Refreshments will be available. Admission is free and open to the public. The library is wheelchair accessible. For specific movie information, call the library at 802-442-9051. Linda Donigan, children's librarian, is the contact person for more information.

Cambridge Pee Wee Football Chili Cookoff

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Cambridge Pee Wee Football is hosting the 15th annual Chili Cookoff at the American Legion from 1 to 3 p.m.

There is a contest for the best overall, hottest, meatiest, youngest, and best business chili. There is no fee to enter your chili. Cornbread and rolls are provided. Contact Shannon with questions 518-203-4534, or Greg at 518-677-0843, or Christy at 518-677-2168. Proceeds benefit Cambridge Pee Wee Football.

Northshire Bookstore event

MANCHESTER -- Saturday, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m. Abigail Carroll presents "Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal." In "Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal," food historian Abigail Carroll explains that the way we eat today is not as age-old as we might think. For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit www.northshire.com.

Talk at Cornerstone Fellowship

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Dr. Ed Wright, a professor at Northeastern Baptist College in Bennington, will speak on evangelism at Cornerstone Fellowship on Saturday, Jan. 25. There will be a worship service at 6 p.m. followed afterward by the talk. All are welcome. Cornerstone Fellowship is located at the corner of Route 22 and Johnson Hill Road.

Sunday, Jan. 26

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.

St. Mary's Academy

Open House

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- St. Mary's Academy will hold an open house for prospective families on Sunday, Jan, 26, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Registrations for grades Pre-K through 8 will be accepted for the 2014-2015 school year. They are also accepting applications for the current school year for grades K-8. The school offers a full day Pre-K program for children 3 and 4, with an enrollment scale of one to five days a week. Before and after care are available. Students can be dropped off as early as 7 a.m. and After Care is offered until 6 p.m. The school welcomes all members of the community to visit and experience what St. Mary's is all about.

Contact Principal Maureen Daurio with any questions, at 518-686-4314 or mjdaurio@yahoo.com.

North County EATS 2014

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- North Berkshire restaurants will have the

opportunity to showcase their good "eats" during North County EATS! Restaurant Week 2014. In an effort to encourage area locals and visitors to dine out in the Northern Berkshires, the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce, the North Adams Chamber of Commerce and the North Adams' Office of Tourism and Community Events have collaborated to create North County EATS!

Beginning on Jan. 26 through Feb. 1, area restaurants will offer a variety of prix fixe menus to please any palate and wallet. Participating restaurants have selected special menu choices ranging from price points of $5-$30 (in increments of $5) for breakfast, brunch, lunch and/or dinner. All participating restaurants and menus can be found at www.NorthCountyEats.com.

Service for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding

WILLIAMSTOWN -- The second annual Interfaith Service for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding will be held at New Hope Methodist Church on Sunday, Jan. 26, beginning at 7 p.m.

This will be an inclusive and supportive event in an informal setting. All are welcome.

New Hope is located at the corner of Main and Water Streets in the former TGL Photoworks building.

Last year's service was quite powerful and well-attended and this year's service is shaping up to be the same. It will be led by the Rev. Dan Randall, the recently installed pastor of New Hope, who has planned the service. It will last about an hour. Refreshments will be available.

Announcements

School fair at BECC

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Early Childhood Center at 1506 Harwood Hill, Route 7A, will host a school fair on Thursday, Jan. 30, from 4 to 6 p.m. Representatives from several local schools will be available to share information about their programs to give parents an idea of what is available in the area for children grades Kindergarten and up. All are welcome.

Food Pantry needs volunteer drivers

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Friendship Center Food Pantry is seeking one or more volunteer drivers to take a U-Haul Truck to Pittsfield several Tuesdays a month to pick up food and then return to the Friendship Center at 43 Eagle Street in North Adams for unloading.

Requires valid driver's license and ability to lift a moderate amount. Ample loading and unloading assistance will be provided at both locations.

If interested, call Mark at 413-664-0130 or email markrondeau@earthlink.net.