Monday, Feb. 3

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.

Free very beginner meditation

BENNINGTON -- Mondays from 5 to 5:30 p.m., join in the quest to

de-stress with others who are new to meditation.

They say meditation with others makes it easier -- see if it's true. No floor sitting (unless you want to). Bennington Project Independence at 614 Harwood Hill. Call Tracy Purdy-Martin at 802-442-8136 (or just show up).

Northern Berkshire Chorale is recruiting singers

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Northern Berkshire Chorale, a mixed voice choir, is looking for singers to participate in their spring season.

Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings at 7:15 p.m. in Presser Hall on the Williams College campus. The first rehearsal is Monday, Feb. 3 and new members are encouraged to attend. Arrive early for registration. Dues are $50.

The choir will prepare pieces for an April 11 concert featuring "Requiem" by Bob Chilcott, plus works by Morten Lauridsen.

For more information visit www.nbchorale.org or find the group on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nbchorale.

Milne Public Library photography exhibit

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The David and Joyce Milne Public Library will host a photography exhibit by resident Bob Wiley. He specializes in landscape photography and he travels throughout the United States capturing the beauty of America.

Included in the show are large panoramic photos of Mount Greylock and the Taconic Range.

The show will open on Feb. 3 and run through March 1.

For more information or to reserve exhibit space, contact Pat McLeod, library director, at 413-458-5369 or email to pmcleod@williamstown.net.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

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.

Overeaters Anonymous meets

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

Bingo Tuesdays at 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 will host 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.

Meditation for Everyone

BENNINGTON -- Meditation is practiced Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m. at The Bennington Free Library. There is a $1 requested contribution if possible. Beginning and experienced meditators are welcome. Chairs are available. If you wish to sit on a cushion, bring one.

Sessions facilitated by: Randy Anselmo, Maggie Bernstein, John Hearst, Natasha Judson, Eve Pearce and Jane Schaeffer.

CAT-TV open house

BENNINGTON -- Catamount Access Television covers meetings, answers questions, instructs classes, and encourages people to use their talents in planning, producing and directing their own programs.

Join the staff of CAT-TV from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. as they open their offices at 625 Main St. to members of the community, who are curious and want to learn more about the organization and become new members.

This will be astructured open house (arrive at 5:30 p.m. and leave at 6:45 p.m.).

People who live, work or go to school full time in Woodford, Bennington, Pownal, North Bennington and Shaftsbury can become members for free. Others living outside of these areas can become a member for a nominal fee.

For more information or to reserve a seat, contact Darlene Young, outreach coordinator at 802-442-8868.

Lions board meeting

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Lions February Board Meeting will be a dinner meeting held at Jensen's Restaurant at 5:30 p.m. All members are welcome to attend. Call Lion Adrian at 802-442-8865 for reservations.

Wednesday, Feb. 5

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 to 6:45 p.m.

Fabric and More group

ARLINGTON -- If you are a beginner, expert, or just interested in knitting, crocheting, beading, felting or any related fabric craft, come to the new "Fabric and More" group offered at the Martha Canfield Library.

This informal, drop-in group will meet in the library's Community Room the first and second Wednesday of every month from 1 to 3 p.m., with the first meeting scheduled for Feb. 5. No fee or registration required. Drop in and finish a project, start a new hobby, and learn from friends. The Martha Canfield Library is located at 528 East Arlington Road., across from the high school. Call Tricia Dudley at 802-375-2219 for more information.

The importance of self-reflection

MANCHESTER -- Philosophy scholar Susanne Claxton will discuss how self-examination contributes to a richer life, in a talk at First

Congregational Church on Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. Her talk, "The Examined Life," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

The Manchester series is hosted by the Mark Skinner Library.

Touching on the famous proclamation from Socrates, "The unexamined life is not worth living," Claxton will explore what constitutes the examined life and how we may best pursue it.

Safe Routes to School walk

SHAFTSBURY -- Shaftsbury Elementary School students, teachers and parents, along with members of the school board and select board, will participate in the Safe Routes to School Winter Walk at 8:15 a.m. Walkers will gather at T&M plastics at 251 Church St. or at Howard Park. Parking and drop off starts at 8 a.m. The walk to school is about a half-mile from either location.

Young Women's Softball sign-ups

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Young Women's Softball 2014 softball sign-ups are for all girls ages 6 to 12 as of Jan. 1, at the Bennington Fire House on River Street on Feb. 5 and 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Fees are $40 for one child, $65 for two children in the same family, and $85 for three children in the same family. Call Danielle Simmons at 518-423-1241 for more information.

Thursday, Feb. 6

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.

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.

Chamber guest speaker

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williamstown Chamber of Commerce announces the first speaker for its Educational Speaker Series for 2014.

At 8 a.m., the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce and the Orchards Hotel will sponsor "Small Business: Challenges, Growth and Strategies for Today" in the ballroom at the Orchards Hotel. Keith Girouard, regional director of the Berkshire Regional Office of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network, will present a one-hour interactive presentation.

It will include national economic dynamics and trends and how they translate into local opportunities. Girouard will offer recommendations on strategies for success, "what's hot trends" and sources for research and trend spotting.

The event is free for members of the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce and $5 for non-members. A light breakfast will be provided. Reservations are required by Feb. 3.

Contact the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce to register by email at info@williamstownchamber.com or 413-458-9077. For more information on the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce, visit www.williamstownchamber.com.

Conversation about end of life care

BENNINGTON -- It's never too early to begin a conversation about the type of care and treatment each person wants to have at the end of life.

The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of SVHC will host a discussion designed to help people begin to have the conversation.

Dr. Allen Hutcheson and Elizabeth Fredland, a local primary care physician and medical director of the hospice program, and a licensed social worker with hospice, respectively, will host the discussion at 2 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library.

Hutcheson and Fredland will lead participants through preparing for the end of life in a non-confrontational style that engages the audience. The program also comes with an easy-to-understand booklet to help participants guide their own discussions at home.

For more information and to reserve your spot at this important discussion, call the VNA & Hospice at 802-442-5502.

Greenwich Library book sale

GREENWICH, N.Y. -- The Friends of the Greenwich Library's First Thursday Boomerang Book store in the Basement will resume from 4 to 7:30 p.m., This month's special is for the young and young-at-heart: "Lots and lots of Manga."

All proceeds from First Thursday Boomerang Sales go toward library programs and materials.

Berlin School Board roundtable meeting

BERLIN, N.Y. -- The Berlin Board of Education is interested in pursuing use of its various school facilities by community residents.

As the board plans for the 2014-2015 school budget, its wants to hear from residents and invite them to participate in a roundtable discussion.

This informational meeting will be held in the middle school/high school library. Ideas generated by community members will be used to determine interests and possible future continuing education program offerings.

Any person interesting in providing suggestions for community use of schools should attend or contact the Schools Superintendent Stephen Young at syoung@berlincentral.org.

Southshire Roller Derby

BENNINGTON -- After seven years of commuting to Albany, N.Y., Northampton, Mass., and Keene, N.H., Pownal resident Amy Moore has started a flat track roller derby league, Southshire Roller Derby.

Open to men and women over 18 years of age, roller derby is a full contact sport played on quad roller skates that is fast-paced and highly strategic.

Orientation for new members will be held at the Community College of Vermont, Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in room 215. Skating experience is not required as Southshire Roller Derby will train people how to skate then continue training the skills required to compete or officiate flat track roller derby.

Southshire Roller Derby has a limited amount of gear available to loan new skaters on a first come, first served basis.

For more information contact the league by email at SouthshireRollerDerby@gmail.com, or visit the website http://SouthshireRollerDerby.com.

Grafton Community Library e-books explained program

GRAFTON, N.Y. -- On Thursday at 6 p.m. learn the ins and outs of finding, downloading, and reading or listening to e-books and audio content on your E-Reader. Bring your own e-reader down to learn all about how it works. A program with Jo Ann Benedetti from the Upper Hudson Library System. This event will be held in the library. Spaces are limited.

Pre-registration required. Contact the Library for details. A few spaces are left, so sign up now.

Friday, Feb. 7

Free shows at planetarium

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williams College invites the public to the Milham Planetarium, located inside the Old Hopkins Observatory at Williams College.

Astronomy students at the college will host free shows for the public on Friday evenings at 8 p.m. beginning on Feb. 7 and running through May 2 with the exception of Spring Break, March 28 and April 4.

Audiences will be treated to shows from the high-precision Zeiss

Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector, installed in April 2005.

The Zeiss Skymaster is capable of demonstrating phenomena including: retrograde motions of the planets, phases of the moon, the varying temperatures/colors of stars, locations of neighboring galaxies, the mythological figures and zodiacal signs ascribed to constellations, the Southern Hemisphere's sky, comets, artificial satellites, and more.

Shows will last about 50 minutes. For reservations (recommended) contact Michele Rech at 413-597-2188 or email at mcr4@williams.edu.

Bromley hosts breast cancer fundraiser

PERU -- Bromley Mountain will hold its 12th annual "Mom's Day Off" fundraiser -- when moms ski or ride for just $15 when they show the ticket-seller a snapshot of their kid or kids. Once again, this year's event will benefit the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center in Bennington, part of Southern Vermont Health Care. The cancer center will receive the entire $15 donation.

Bromley Moutnain is located at 3984 Vermont Route 11, six miles east of Manchester. For more info, visit bromley.com.

Contra Dancing at OWCC

BENNINGTON -- Contra dancing will be held at the One World Conservation Center, 1.2 miles south of the intersection of

US 7 and Route 9. Dance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. All dances are taught, and beginners are welcome. Come with or without a partner. Admission is $10, $5 for kids two and under. Caller Warren Doyle; music by CoinciDance.

Texas Hold'Em tournament

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Shuffle up and deal at The Texas Hold'Em

Tournament at The Armory in Hoosick Falls on Friday, Feb. 7th. Doors open at 6 p.m. and play starts at 6:30 p.m. The buy-in is $35 with an option for a $10 add-on, plus a $5 high hand pot. Newcomers and experienced players are all welcome. The

Armory is at 80 Church St. For more info, call 518-686-9050 or email contacthayc3@gmail.com.

Music at the Meetinghouse

BENNINGTON -- Tret Fure, a singer/songwriter well known for her work in the women's music field, will be at the Meetinghouse Cafe on Friday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, $10 for students. The cafe is at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 108 Church St. Information is available at uubennington.org.

Saturday, Feb. 8

Defensive Driving Course

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Northeast New York Safety and Health Council will sponsor the Defensive Driving Course at the Hoosick Falls Health Center on Danforth Street at 8:30 a.m.

Successful completion of this class allows for 10 percent insurance reduction on collision and liability in N.Y. for three years, as well as reduces four points from one's driver's license on points acquired in the prior 18 months. The course fills up quickly, so register early by calling 518-686-4854.

Self defense presentation

BENNINGTON -- A self defense presentation will be held at Anytime Fitness, Depot Street, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mace Personal Defense is sponsoring a presentation on safety awareness and self defense given by retired Vermont State Police Lieutenant Bob Kalinowski.

The event is being hosted by Anytime Fitness and is open to the public, but space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, visit Anytime Fitness on Depot Street during staffed hours: Monday through Thursday, noon to 6 p.m.; Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. Call 802-681-0161 for information.

Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser

BENNINGTON -- The Annual Pasta Dinner will be held at Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Parish Hall, on Saturday, Feb. 8, beginning at 5 p.m.

There will be a wide selection of pastas including spaghetti and meatballs, with two types of sauces -- both meat and meatless, a huge salad bar with lots of dressings, fresh Italian bread, desserts and beverages. Take out will be available.

The cost is $12 for adults, $5 for children and a family rate of $25 (2 adults and 2 children) Reservations are available by calling 802-447-1967 or the parish center at 802-442-3141. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Parish Hall is handicap accessible, has plenty of parking and is located at 236 Main St.

Flood workshop

BENNINGTON -- There is a lot of confusion surrounding changes to the NFIP and revised flood hazard zone maps. In order to alleviate some of this confusion, there will be two flood workshops held in February for Bennington County residents. The workshops are free and will cover the same material. Topics to be discussed include the flood hazard zone mapping changes, National Flood Insurance Program premium increases, the Biggert-Waters Reform Act, and the new Flood Resiliency element in municipal plans.

The first workshop will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the One World Conservation Center, located at 413 Route 7, Bennington from 9 a.m. to noon, donuts and coffee will be provided. For more information about the workshops, visit http://www.bcrcvt.org/Meetings_&_Events/.

Jazz concert and Gala to help school

NORTH BENNINGTON --Southshire Community School will present its third annual Winter Gala on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Vermont Arts Exchange. The event will feature the Leah Carroll

Quintet playing classic jazz standards and songs from the American Songbook, including Gershwin, Berlin and Porter.

The community is invited to enjoy live music, dancing, a silent auction, food and drink while helping to raise funds for the school's music and art programs. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

The event will also feature a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $25 and can be obtained by visiting www.southshire.org.

Sunday, Feb. 9

Bennington Legion bingo

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 will be admitted.

Hungry in southern Washington county

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- On Feb. 9 Presbyterian Church, the Cambridge Community Garden, Hubbard Hall, Round House Bakery Cafe and Battenkill Books will screen as a fundraiser the award winning documentary, "A Place At The Table." The film will be shown in the lower floor of the Brieman Building at 81 East Main St. The Brieman Building is the auxiliary building of the United Presbyterian Church which houses and supports the food pantry.

There will be a tour of the "Loaves and Fishes" food pantry in the Brieman Building. Round House Bakery Cafe will serve healthy snacks from ingredients supplied by the Cambridge Food Co-op, which will also provide healthy beverages. Battenkill Books has donated the book, "A Place at the Table: The Crisis of 49 Million Hungry Americans and How to Solve It" by Peter Pringle (editor), as a door prize.

This event will take place at 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Free childcare will be available. Donations to cover the cost of the film and to support the Cambridge Food Pantry's work will be appreciated.