Monday, Feb. 17

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.

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.

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. No floor sitting (unless you want to). Held at Bennington Project Independence at 614 Harwood Hill. Call Tracy Purdy-Martin at 802-442-8136 (or just show up).

Chicken and biscuit supper

POWNAL -- The Pownal United Methodist Church well be serving a free Presidents' Day Chicken and Biscuit Supper from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. or until gone. Everyone is welcome to attend. The menu includes: homemade chicken and baking powder biscuits, cranberry sauce, assorted desserts, and coffee, tea, or lemonade.

Donations accepted of canned foods or money to benefit the Pownal Food Pantry. Contact Mary Louise at 802-823-7769 with any questions.

Holiday closing of town offices

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington town offices are closed today in observance of Presidents' Day.

Tuesday, Feb. 18

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 Moose 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 hold a story time for

preschoolers and their caregivers on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Several of the classic tales and songs will be featured. There will be crafts and snacks. Plan to come with your preschool child.

Meditation for everyone

BENNINGTON -- Meditation is held 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.

DAR meeting

BENNINGTON -- Daughters of the American Revolution, The Bennington Chapter, will meet at St. Peter's Church at 1:30 p.m. The program "Indian Powwow Singing and Dancing" will be presented by Mary Gerisch, followed by the business portion of the meeting. For more information, contact Janet Wilson at 802-375-9020.

'Get Animated' at library

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- On February 18, 19, and 20, (Tuesday through Thursday) the library is sponsoring "Get Animated! Stop-Motion Magic!" from 9 a.m. to noon. This is a video production workshop for third to sixth graders, with a limit of 8 participants. Stop-motion is the process of making inanimate objects come to life through capturing one frame of video at a time.

This workshop will take place at the WilliNet Studio, 34 Spring St., on the second floor. Sign up in the children's room at the library.

Winter break activities planned for students

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Museum will offer winter vacation workshops on Feb. 18, 20 and 21. Offering fun and educational activities, each program will runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday's program was created for children in Kindergarten through Grade 2, while Thursday's activities are geared toward children in grades 3 through 5. The week wraps-up on Friday, Feb. 21, with a program to intrigue students in grades 6 through 8. The price per workshop is $8 per child per workshop for members and $10 per child per workshop for non-members and includes a snack and all materials.

All three sessions focus on Bennington Modernism and the works found in that gallery. Participants will spend time in the gallery, looking at and talking about art, using art to create poems and other written works, as well as time creating art of their own.

Pre-registration is required. Classes are subject to minimum and maximum class sizes. To register call 802-447-1571.

Making of the ‘Wizard of Oz' documentary

MANCHESTER -- "The Wizard of Oz" was a crowning achievement of 1930s filmmaking. Largely considered the most-viewed film of all time, its groundbreaking special effects, lavish sets and costume design, and glowing Technicolor make it a timeless classic.

How did this film get made? Find out on at 7 p.m. when Mark Skinner Library presents the feature-length documentary about the making of the "Wizard of Oz." The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Mark Skinner Library is located at 48 West Road. For more Information call 802-362-2607.

Lifeguard training course

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Recreation Center will hold a lifeguard training course Feb. 18 to 21. The hours are 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the cost of the course is $200. Re-certification cost is $100. Must be at least 15 years of age. Call the Recreation Center at 802-442-1053 to register and information about course prerequisites. Payment is due by Feb. 14.

Wednesday, Feb. 19

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.

Programs at the Milne Public Library

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Chess Club will take place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. , and third graders through teens are welcome. From 3 to 4 p.m. on the same day, Otha Day will do a drum circle for tweens and teens in the rear of the library. Drums will be provided, or you can bring your own. Sign up in advance for the drum circle at the main circulation desk.

A local railroad history presentation

MANCHESTER -- The Manchester Historical Society's next program is "The History of the Manchester, Dorset and Granville Railroad" presented by Bill Badger at the Long Trail School at 7 p.m. Come find out how a library brought forth a railroad. This 5.9-mile-long railroad line was constructed to transport marble from the Dorset quarry meant for construction of the New York Public Library.

For more information about MHS, visit www.manchesterhistoricalsocietyvt.org.

School choice day open house

BENNINGTON -- Come celebrate School Choice Day at Forrest Ward Memorial School's open house. Activities are from 9 a.m. to noon and are open to all children grades 1 to 8. There will be a crafts, games, make-your-own pizzas and more. Parents are invited to tour the school at 11:30 a.m. Call 802-681-7029 to reserve space for your child. Forrest Ward Memorial School is located at 404 Houghton Lane.

Movie showing for kids

MANCHESTER -- Come to the Mark Skinner Library at 11 a.m. for a screening of "Despicable Me 2." Enjoy snacks while watching this movie. Free program, open to the public.

Thursday, Feb. 20

Bingo at Pownal Legion post

POWNAL -- American Legion Post 90 in Pownal holds bingo on Thursdays. Doors open at 5 p.m., bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. promptly. There will be two progressive games. A snack bar is 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.

Book presentation

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Come at 6 p.m. and spend an evening at the Cheney Library and meet Col. Edward Fleming (Ret.). He is the author of "Heart of the Storm." There will be a DVD presentation to accompany his book.

Fleming takes readers along for a bracing ride as he recounts the most thrilling episodes of his long career. "Heart of the Storm" brings to life dramatic jungle rescues in the Philippines, the longest helicopter rescue mission in history, to save crew members of a Ukrainian freighter 840 miles off the coast of Nova Scotia, a nearly disastrous rescue off a listing two-masted schooner during an Atlantic winter storm.

Books can be purchased during the evening or ordered with library staff. Call the library with any questions at 518-686-9401 or visit www.cheneylibrary.org.

Friday, Feb. 21

Knights of Columbus fundraiser

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- From 7 to 10 p.m., St. Patrick's Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a fundraising record-hop style dance at the American Legion. There will be "oldies but goodies," DJ-spun music from the ‘50s to the ‘70s, free snacks, other food and drinks for sale, a cash bar, entertainment, and crepe-paper decorations recalling those dances in the gym. Suggested donation is $7. All proceeds will support K of C charitable projects.

Auditions for ‘The Jury Room'

TROY, N.Y. -- The Highlight Acting Troupe will hold auditions for "The Jury Room" by C. B. Gilford on Friday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Center Brunswick United Methodist Church, Route 7. Performance dates are in May. For questions or further information, contact Ken Ryer, director, at 518-527-4574 or email him at rscdvr@yahoo.com.

Leave No Trace program

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The library will welcome the Leave No Trace training team, from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. This program is for kids, teens and families, and presents ideas on how we can enjoy the outdoors responsibly. The program is about making good decisions to protect the world around you, treating our environment with care. The program will run for about an hour, and will be held in the back lobby of the Milne Public Library at 1:30 p.m.

Winter dance party

in North Adams

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The North Adams Prom Committee will host a mid-winter, 21+ dance party at the Elks Lodge. The theme is NAMA Prom: Out of This World. It will be held from 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., with a cocktail hour kicking off the night.

Cocktail hour admission is $10 and includes food and live music. Dance party admission is $5 and applies after 8:30 p.m.

This event, which has a cash bar, is strictly 21+ with IDs required. For more information, visit facebook.com/namaprom.

WRLF to hold winter open house at Sheep Hill

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Bring friends and family to celebrate waning winter and maple season at Williamstown Rural Lands' Winter Open House at Sheep Hill, a conservation property and the headquarters of the WRLF, from 2 to 4 p.m. Activities will include an animal tracking and winter ecology hike, and sledding and snowshoeing on the hill if snow cover permits. Inside the farmhouse there will be maple treats to celebrate the maple syrup season. The event is open to all ages, with a suggested donation of $3.

Sheep Hill is located on Cold Spring Road (Route 7) one mile south of the Williamstown rotary. For more information call 413-458-2494 or contact ruraland@wrlf.org.

Interfaith group to host Habitat for Humanity

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative (NBIAI) will welcome representatives from Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity at the Friday, Feb. 21, meeting at the First Baptist Church of North Adams, starting at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

The discussion will focus on the work of NBHfH and will begin a discussion on how this great organization can get area houses of worship more involved in their work.

The meeting will begin with introductions, announcements, spiritual sharing and a time of silent prayer.

The Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initative is a group of people of different faiths and denominations working together with others of goodwill 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 664-0130; see http://northernberkshireinterfaith.blogspot.com or visit its page on Facebook.

Saturday, Feb. 22

Williams presents visiting artists Cappella Pratensis

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College Department of Music presents Cappella Pratensis in concert at 8 p.m. in Thompson Memorial Chapel on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.

Bookstore event about Vt. ski industry

MANCHESTER -- Local author Linda Goodspeed will present a slideshow and lead a discussion about the early ski resort, Pico, and the history of the industry in southern Vermont at 7 p.m. at the Northshire Bookstore.

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.

Bennington Rotary speakers

BENNINGTON -- Speaking at the Bennington Rotary will beArtist, home decorator and designer Ceil Petrucelli will help Rotarians declutter home, office and car through the use of color, design, layout, lighting, the use of plants and, hardest of all, tossing things out.

Petrucelli will present her program at 1 p.m. at the Bennington Station. For further information on this program, please call Susan Coons at 518-686-4689. The public is welcome to attend.

Sunday, Feb. 23

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 admitted.

Free soccer mini-clinic for Pownal Elementary students

BENNINGTON -- This free clinic is open to all current Pownal Elementary students (K-6), no soccer experience required, at the Bennington Sports Center, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pre-registration required (need student's name, age and grade). Contact David Hojnowski to pre-register, email hojo777@comcast.net or call 802-823-5929.

Announcements

Williams French Film Festival

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The annual Williams College French Film Festival will take place on Mondays at 7 p.m. from Feb. 17 through March 3 at Images Cinema, 50 Spring St. This year's theme is "Unlikely Love: Longing and Desire in New French Film." The films will examine love and affection, attraction and seduction, and gender and sexuality in contemporary France.

"Farewell My Queen" will be shown on Feb.17, "Rust and Bone" on Feb. 24, and "Amour" on March 3. All films are in French with English subtitles. Associate Professor of French Brian Martin will introduce the films.

The screenings are free and open to the public.