February 8

Snowmobiling event for individuals with special needs

WOODFORD -- The Woodford SnoBusters are hosting their annual Very Special People Ride, which gives snowmobile rides for adults and children 6+ with special needs. The event will be at the McKenna Barn in Woodford. There will be hot dogs, refreshments and snowmobile rides from noon to 3 p.m. This event is free.

Self-defense presentation

BENNINGTON -- A self-defense presentation will be held at Anytime Fitness, Depot Street, from 1 to 5 p.m. Mace Personal Defense is sponsoring a presentation on safety awareness and self defense given by retired Vermont State Police Lt. Bob Kalinowski. The event is being hosted by Anytime Fitness and is open to the public, but space is limited. 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, beginning at 5 p.m. There will be a wide selection of pastas including spaghetti and meatballs, both meat and meatless, sauces, a salad bar, fresh Italian bread, desserts and beverages. Take out will be available. 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. Tickets will be available at the door.

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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. There will be two flood workshops held in February for Bennington County residents. The workshops are free. 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 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 information, visit http://www.bcrcvt.org/Meetings_&_Events/.

Jazz concert and gala

NORTH BENNINGTON -- Southshire Community School will present its Third Annual Winter Gala at the Vermont Arts Exchange. 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.

Silent auction items nclude: A one-week summer arts camp at Buxton School; tickets to two productions at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge; car detailing from J&J Auto Polishing; gift certificates from Eddington House Inn, Pembroke Landscaping, and Evergreen Alterations. The event will also feature a 50/50 raffle.

Tickets are $25 and are available at www.southshire.org.

Bennington Airport potluck fly-in and CAP membership drive

BENNINGTON -- A potluck fly-in and Civil Air Patrol membership drive will be held at the William H. Morse airport in Bennington from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event will highlight services of the airport, encourage general aviation pilots to gather and socialize, and promote the services and volunteer opportunities of the CAP. Sponsored by the Vermont State Aviation Program, you are encouraged to bring your favorite pot of chili, goodies, or cold plate. Come and meet fellow pilots and community volunteers.

Airport manager Darrin Lofton noticed increased interest in the CAP by visitors to the airport, and invited its members to attend and recruit new members, and consider forming a new squadron in Bennington. Representatives from CAP plan to attend and will "fly-in" their aircraft, weather permitting.

To learn more, visit www.vtcap.org or email Capt. Bryan Holland, public affairs officer, at bholland@vtcap.org. For information about the Saturday event, email Ryan Ollis, Vermont State Aviation Education Coordinator, at ryan.ollis@state.vt.us or airport manager Darrin Lofton at darrin.lofton@state.vt.us.

February 9

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 admitted.

Kids Valentine's Day tea party

MANCHESTER -- At 3 p.m. the children's booksellers at the Northshire Bookstore invite kids to wear their fanciest tea party clothes and come craft some edible and paper valentines with us. We'll be drinking tea and munching on cookies while we craft.

To learn more, call 802-362-2200 or visit www.northshire.com.

Legion breakfast

EAST ARLINGTON -- American Legion Post #69 Breakfast, from 8 to 10 a.m., open to the public. All you can eat breakfast for a $4 donation. Enjoy eggs to order, pancakes, French toast, bacon, sausage, home fries, toast, and our Pike sausage and gravy. Juice and coffee also included. Located on Legion Road.