Saturday, Feb. 15

Forest Service waives fees

BENNINGTON -- The U.S. Forest Service will waive fees at most of its day-use recreation sites on Feb. 15 through 17 in honor of President's Day Weekend.

Evening of Romance program

BENNINGTON -- The Mount Anthony Union High School Music Department presents an Evening of Romance Cabaret, featuring the MAU Chamber Singers performing favorite love songs of yesterday and today. This year's event will feature a buffet of soups, salad and fresh baked breads from many of our local restaurants, businesses and bakeries as well as and array of decadent desserts.

This event will be held at 7 p.m. Reservations are required; there is limited seating. Tickets on sale now. Tickets are $15 per person and $25 per couple. For tickets, contact Christina Gabrus in the MAU Main Office or call 802-447-7511.

Long Trail School

parenting course

MANCHESTER -- Long Trail School and the Long Trail Parent Association will offer a free discussion at 7 p.m. with parent wducator Vicki Hoefle. "Duct Tape Parenting: A Less is More Approach to Raising Respectful, Responsible and Resilient Kids" will be held in the Long Trail theater.

The Bennington farmers' market continues in winter

BENNINGTON -- The winter season of the Bennington farmers' market continues indoors and out of the cold at the First Baptist Church from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition to being able to purchase produce, dairy products, eggs, and meats; baked goods, jams and maple syrup; and lots of arts and crafts -- all produced locally -- visitors will be entertained by music by Sarah and Scott Sanfilippo, who will offer original compositions as well as familiar songs.

Additional parking is available behind the church. Winter markets will be held through April on the first and third Saturday of each month. For more information, visit www.walloomsac.org.

Free community day

BENNINGTON -- This year, the Bennington Museum took an extended winter break to re-create many of its permanent and changing galleries making its opening line-up bigger and better than ever. The Bennington Museum invites everyone to celebrate Community Day to explore the permanent, as well as the changing exhibitions. Admission is free for everyone.

Health care help

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Get health insurance help at The Armory from 9-11a.m.

Pamela Cole, a representative from WellCare, will be there to meet with you and help you make sense of the confusing healthcare system. WellCare provides managed care services through government-sponsored programs, such as Medicaid and Medicare. They offer a variety of health plans for families and children, as well as prescription drug plans.

Frames to be built for the Hoosick Barn Quilt Project

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Saturday is the next Hoosick Barn Quilt Work Day. On the last workday, we had a great time and got lots done. Come down and join us at The Armory from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and help build and prime the 4' x 4' frames for the smaller barn quilts. Be a part of the project, be a part of the camaraderie. There are so many ways to help. Get more information at hayc3.org or call 518-686-9050.

Kid event at

Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- Dr. Kimberly Stetwart, also known as the Turtle Lady of St. Kitts, is already waiting at midnight when an 800-pound leatherback sea turtle crawls out of the Caribbean surf and onto the sandy beach. The mother turtle has a vital job to do: Dig a nest in which she will lay eggs that will hatch into part of the next generation of leatherbacks. With only one in a thousand of the eggs for this critically endangered species resulting in an adult sea turtle, the odds are stacked against her and her offspring. At 2 p.m. join the renowned author and photographer Steve Swinburne on a journey through history to learn how sea turtles came to be endangered, and what scientists like Kimberly are doing to save them.

Stephen Swinburne is the author of numerous children's books about nature, including Safe, Warm, and Snug, illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey, and Once a Wolf: How Wildlife Biologists Fought to Bring Back the Gray Wolf, with photographs by Jim Brandenburg. A lifelong naturalist, he lives in South Londonderry. For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at www.northshire.com.

Diabetes support group

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- REACH for Community Health's Diabetes Support Group will meet from noon to 1 p.m. at North Adams Regional Hospital. This month's topic is "Sugar Free?! Not Really!" For more information or to register for the group, call registered dietitians Kristin Irace at 413-664-5266 or Melissa Davis at 413-664-5263.

The free diabetes support group meets on the third Saturday of every month at noon. Meetings are held in the ground floor conference room near the North Adams Regional Hospital Cafeteria.

Farmers' market

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Farmers' Market winter season continues indoors and out of the cold at the First Baptist Church from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition to being able to purchase produce, dairy products, eggs, and meats; baked goods, jams and maple syrup; and lots of arts and crafts -- all produced locally -- visitors will be entertained by music by Sarah and Scott Sanfilippo, who will offer original compositions as well as familiar songs. Additional parking is available behind the church. Winter markets will be held through April on the first and third Saturday of each month. For more information see www.walloomsac.org.

Sunday, Feb. 16

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 admitted.

Battenkill Grange breakfast

ARLINGTON -- The Battenkill Grange Breakfast will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. at the American Legion on East Arlington Road. The menu is pancakes, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy, and biscuits, coffee, juice and now we have added scrambled eggs to our menu.

The Women's Council group

BENNINGTON -- The Women's Council is creating a sanctuary of support and a foundation of stability and inner peace. It will gather from 2 to 4 p.m. at Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside St. You decide the fee, according to what this is worth to you.

Come with an open heart and mind, willing to honor privacy by keeping what is shared. Bring a sacred object that holds significance for you and paper and pen, if you'd like. If you know you will be attending, contact Teresa King at teresaking1@live.com or by leaving a message at 802-733-5729.

Historical Society

presentation on Route 7

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Historical Society (BHS) welcomes Ted Bird, who will give a presentation at 2 p.m. on Route Seven, Then and Now in the Ada Paresky Education Center of the Bennington Museum.

Also known as The Ethan Allen Highway, this north-south route along the western border of Vermont has been the main highway for travelers as long as we can remember. Bird's presentation will examine this road from Pownal to Manchester. The relocated Route 7 from Pownal to Pownal Center (built in 1960-1961) and the new Route 7 from Bennington to Manchester (built in the late 70s and early 1980s) is not included.

Meetings

Saturday, Feb. 15

Pownal Town Office Committee Meeting

Town Office at 9 a.m.

Agenda: 1. Interview architectural firms for the municipal building project design phase.