Monday, March 3

Young at Heart Seniors luncheon

NORTH BENNINGTON --The Young at Heart Seniors Luncheon at Kevin's takes place the first Monday of the month. There will be 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. seatings. Call Gail Boutin to reserve seats at 802-447-6210.

Marriage counseling

BUSKIRK, N.Y. -- A Marriage on the Rock DVD Conference with Jimmy Evans from Marriage Today will be held today. The topics will be: The Most Important Issue in Marriage -- Parents: Past and Present, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Buskirk Community Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2176 West Hoosick Road. This seminar is free. Call 518-686-4524 for information. For anyone who wants to make their current or future marriage the best.

AMHS school choice deadline

ARLINGTON -- School Choice is now a state-wide program for grades 9 to 12 and is no longer limited to regions. Students from Vermont's 61 high schools, beginning in March may apply to attend any other high school in the state.

The Arlington School District will be accepting 10 new choice students. The deadline for registration to attend the Arlington

Memorial High School as a school choice student is March 3 by 3 p.m.

You must first register for school choice at your school of residence. If necessary, a lottery for Arlington Memorial High School slots will be conducted on March 7 at 3:30 p.m. in the office of the superintendent. Students will be notified of their status no later than April 1.


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Students who will be attending Arlington Memorial High School will be expected to register for 2014-15 school year at the guidance office at AMHS no later than April 25. Applications may be obtained through the office of the superintendent.

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).

Aqua Zumba classes

BENNINGTON -- Join Andrea at The Bennington Rec Center to start a new six-week session of Aqua Zumba (Rec Center membership is not required). This session will run March 3 through Wednesday, April 9 (no class on March 26). Classes are Monday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. No commitment to the entire session is necessary. Come to any class as your schedule allows. The lass fee is $6.

Aqua Zumba is a "party in the pool" fitness class. For more information, visit www.zumbafitness-andrea.com.

Tuesday, March 4

Reading program

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- "Fizz Boom Read" is the New York state reading program for the summer. Cheney Library will be using this theme for the Children's Story Time beginning March 4 at 10 a.m. This six-week session will run each Tuesday through April 8. Preschool children 2 and older with their caregiver will enjoy these programs. There will be stories, songs, crafts, and of course snacks. This is a time for young children to get together with each other and have fun.

Be sure to come with your child. If you have any questions, call 518-686-9401.

Grief over loss of a child support group

BENNINGTON -- A confidential and free grief support group will be held for any parent living with a loss of a child (any age), due to a death. This group meets every first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m., at the Second Congregational Church on Hillside Street. For information, call 802-688-4557.

Gloria Steinem to speak at MCLA

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will host writer, lecturer, editor and feminist activist Gloria Steinem in the next Public Policy Lecture, "The Progression of Feminism: Where are we going?" It will take place at 7 p.m. in the MCLA Church Street Center's Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium. This lecture is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

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.

Bingo at Arlington Legion post

ARLINGTON -- Arlington American Legion Post No. 69 will host bingo. Doors open at 6 p.m. and bingo begins at 7 p.m. Any questions, call 802-375-6157. Bingo is being held the first Tuesday and third Tuesday from October to May 2014. Come and have some fun with your friends.

Story Time at Cheney Library

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Cheney Library holds 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 held on 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.

Wednesday, March 5

Lecture explores history of genre painting

MANCHESTER -- James Maroney, former head of American Paintings at Sotheby's and Christie's, will discuss genre painting -- the portrayal of people engaged in everyday activities -- in a talk at First Congregational Church at 7 p.m. His talk, "Painting Ordinary People," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Southshire Community School open house

NORTH BENNINGTON -- Southshire Community School -- where children of all ages come together to learn, explore and share their individual interests in a safe, nurturing environment -- will host an open house at 7 p.m.

Educators and parents are invited to visit, meet faculty, parents and students, ask questions and hear more about this unique community of learners.

Southshire Community School is an accredited, family-oriented elementary school (K-8). Founded in 1987, its goal has been to help children become individuals who possess academic and critical thinking skills, love learning and value themselves as creative, contributing members of a community.

Gentle yoga for cancer

survivors

BENNINGTON -- Gentle Yoga for Cancer Survivors meets weekly, on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m., in Conference Room C, at SVMC. This group is sponsored by the Cancer Center and is free to all participants. You can join at any time and at any stage in your treatment or recovery regime. For more information, call Jane Schaeffer at 802-447-0393 or visit www.benningtonyoga.com.

Thrift shop at church open

JOHNSONVILLE, N.Y. -- The Thrift Shop at Christ United Methodist Church, just south off Route 67, is open every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon. Most clothing items are priced at $1 per bag.

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.

Alumni panel discusses fiction writing

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Dan Josefson ‘96, Fiona Maazel ‘97, Ethan Rutherford ‘02, Vivien Shotwell ‘03, and Miles Klee ‘07 will present a panel discussion and reading at Williams College on Wednesday, March 5, at 4 p.m. in room 3 of Griffin Hall. The panel will discuss careers in fiction writing.

This event is free and open to the public. There will be a reception after the discussion.

After school community center

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- St. Luke's Episcopal Church is offering free tutoring and fun. Every Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. St. Luke's parish hall, located at 4 St. Luke's Place, will be transformed into an after school community center for Cambridge Central School junior and senior high students.

There will be free tutoring as well as quality fun and fellowship. We are pleased to offer free snacks, a pool table, air hockey table, Foosball table, full kitchen, TV, much more. If you are a student looking for a place to hang out, get some help with some homework or just have some fun, then swing by.

Battenkill Grange meeting

ARLINGTON -- The Battenkill Grange will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. at the American Legion on East Arlington Road. This will be the annual baking contest, so bring your entry. The chapter also will be taking in three new members.

Thursday, March 6

Vermont Open at Stratton

STRATTON -- Stratton Mountain and The Washed Up Cup will present The Vermont Open, an event designed for snowboarders by snowboarders.

There will be more than $20,000 in prize money. The competition is open to all snowboarders and is designed for amateurs, juniors, pros and snowboarding's legends to compete in the same arena.

Registration begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 6, and again from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 7.

Competitions and entertainment will take place all weekend. For more information, visit stratton.com.

Faculty lecture series

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- During February and March, Williams College is holding its annual Faculty Lecture Series. The aim of the series is to present big ideas beyond disciplinary boundaries. The remaining lectures of the series will occur on March 6, 13, and 20.

All lectures will be held at 4:15 p.m. in Wege Auditorium, Thompson Chemistry, with a reception to follow in Schow Atrium. The lectures are free and open to the public.

On March 6, Associate Professor of Religious Studies Jason Ananda Josephson will talk about "Dialectic of Darkness: The Magical Foundations of Critical Theory."

Informational session

POWNAL -- Nancy from BROC will be availab le from 10 a.m. to noon at the Solomon Wright Public Library on Main Street to discuss health care and/or to arrange an appointment to apply for coverage. Remember that open enrollment ends on March 15 in order to get covered by April 1.

Pownal Legion post bingo

POWNAL -- American Legion Post 90 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.

Friday, March 7

Deadlines for annual budget vote

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Cambridge Central School District Clerk Kate Mattison has released the calendar for the school district's annual budget vote to be held in May.

Petitions to place a proposition on the ballot at the annual budget vote in May must be received in the District Clerk's Office no later than 4 p.m. on Monday, March 7. The annual budget hearing will be held on Tuesday, May 13. The annual budget vote and election will be held on Tuesday, May 20, from noon to 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 8

Minerva Arts Center March Madness workshops

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- "Hip Hop Workshops" with Nicole Rizzo and Becky Clemons, sponsored by Minerva Arts Center, will be held.

Workshops will begin with physical stretch warm up, followed by basic movements of hip hop and ending with a dance sequence. Technique includes isolation of the body, pop and lock movements and rhythm work. Hip-Hop explores the evolution of urban jazz fused with African dance.

The youth session with Nicole Rizzo will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m., ages 6 to 12 tuition: $20. Teen/adult Session with Becky Clemons will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m., ages 12 to adult (or two years dance experience). Tuition: $20. The workshops will take place at the Williamstown Youth Center.

Family Fitness Saturdays in March

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Join Cambridge Connects at the Cambridge Central School Gym every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. during the month of March for some indoor family fitness fun.

A half hour family friendly fitness program will be led by Aimee Smith of Hip Fitness. All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. A $10 fee per family includes all five Saturdays or pay $3 per family each visit.

Benefit dinner for Melissa Jutrasin Readsboro

READSBORO -- A benefit dinner will be held for Melissa (Missy) Jutras at the Readsboro Central School, 301 Phelps Lane, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Snowdate: March 9 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Homemade soups, stews, chilies, rolls, corn bread, desserts and beverages for adults. Soups, hot dogs, mac and cheese and desserts for children. Suggested donation for an adult is $8, children 12 and under $4, children 5 and under are free. There will be a Chinese auction and 50/50 raffles. For more information, call 802-423-7720.

Sunday, March 9

Mack Attack AAU practice schedule

ARLINGTON -- The Mack Attack AAU girls' basketball season will begin practicing at the Arlington gymnasium. Practice times are: Grades 3, 4, 5 from noon to 1:30 p.m.; Grades 6, 7, 8 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.; and Grades 9 through12 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tournaments are scheduled to start Saturday, March 29.

Mack Attack AAU provides participants with an opportunity to improve basketball skills and knowledge through a more challenging level of play. Girls 8 to 17 who are interested in participating should contact

Coach Kerry Csizmesia at kerrycsizmesia@yahoo.com or 860-326-5024.

Information about Mack Attack AAU 2014 including tournament dates, cost, and player registration forms can be found at www.mackattackaau.org. Girls can register ahead of March 9 or meet with Csizmesia at the first practice.

Legion bingo in Bennington

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.

The Women's Council meets

BENNINGTON -- The next Women's Council will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside St.

The topic will be "Acceptance and Choice." Women are invited to set the fee according to how much this is worth to them.

Arrive a little before 2 p.m., bring a sacred object, paper, pen and a willingness to honor privacy. Facilitated by Teresa King. She can be reached at teresaking1@live.com or by leaving a message at 802-733-5729.

Announcements

VPR will provide continuing

coverage of town meeting day

VERMONT -- Vermont's town meeting day on Tuesday, March 4, will be on the air as well as online.

Listeners can hear updates during VPR newscasts throughout the day, and during a live special hosted by Bob Kinzel beginning at 7 p.m. with results and analysis from reporters around the state. VPR News will also be posting town meeting day news to Twitter using the hashtags #VPRNews and #tmdvt.

Listeners are invited to join the conversation with results from their communities, on the air, at VPR.net and via social media.

On Wednesday, VPR will follow up throughout the day with a look at how school budgets fared around Vermont, and the results of other local votes, such as the Moran plant item in Burlington.

For a preview of important issues being discussed at town meetings this year, including school budgets, the proposed gas pipeline in Addison County, and calls for the legislature to create a state bank, visit The Frequency, VPR's breaking news blog, and Public Post.

VFW St. Patrick's Day dinner

BENNINGTON -- VFW Post 1332 will hold a St. Patrick's Day dinner on March 15, starting at 6 p.m. Corned beef or ham and cabbage; entertainment by Tommy T and the Black Velvet Girls. Tickets are $13 each or $25 per couple. Call 802-442-9857 with questions.

Rotary's annual Italian Night to benefit Oldcastle

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Rotary Club is planning its 19th annual Italian Night, this year to benefit Oldcastle Theatre Company on Wednesday, March 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Bennington Elks Club, on Washington Avenue

This candlelight Italian Night dinner will include spaghetti and meatballs, stuffed shells, tossed salad, bread and a dessert. A cash bar is available. All this and live entertainment for $10, children $5 and no charge for children 3 and under.

Tickets will be available at the door, from any Rotarian, and at the Oldcastle box office on Main Street.