March 8

Minerva Arts Center announces March Madness workshops

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- "Hip Hop Workshops" with Nicole Rizzo and Becky Clemons. 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. Join us for a fun, upbeat and high energy Hip Hop experience. Youth Session with Nicole Rizzo will take place from 10-11:30a.m., ages 6 to 12 Tuition: $20. Teen/Adult Session with Becky Clemons will take place from noon -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.

Cambridge Connects presents Family Fitness Saturdays in March

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Tired of all the snow and wet snow pants and mittens? Please join us 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 5 Saturdays or pay $3 per family each visit.

Benefit dinner

READSBORO -- A benefit dinner will be held for Melissa (Missy) Jutras at the Readsboro Central School, 301 Phelps Lane, on Saturday, March 8, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Homemade soups, stews, chilies, rolls, corn bread, desserts and beverages for the adults. Soups, hot dogs, mac and cheese and desserts for the kids. Suggested donation for an adult is $8, children 12 and under $4, age 5 and under are free. There will be a chinese auction and 50/50 raffles.

For more information, please call 802-423-7720.

Women of Hope gathering

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- The Women of Hope of Cambridge and the surrounding Tri-State area will have their gathering at 9 a.m. at the Senior Center at 5 Park St.

We will begin with our customary breakfast, where each lady brings something to share at the meal. There is no charge, but donations will be accepted to help the seniors. This month we are honored to have "Earthen Vessels," a local Christian ladies trio, as our guests. They will be presenting a program of music and testimony to the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in His redeeming what was lost -- "A Perfect Heart."

All ladies are welcome to come and join us, no matter what you believe or where your life has you at this time.

You can check out our website at www.womenofhope.us.com or call Susan at 518-854-7608.

Announcements

Softball signups

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Young Woman's Softball signups will be held at the Bennington Fire House on March 11 from 6-7 p.m. This is open to all girls 6-12 years old as of Jan. 1, 2014. The cost is $40 per child, or $65 for two children in the same family, and $85 for three children in the same family. Contact Danielle Simmons with questions at 518-423-1241.

Nominations sought for the 2015 Vermont Teacher of the Year

MONTPELIER -- Nominations are now open for the 2015 Vermont Teacher of the Year program. For the first time since the Vermont Teacher of the Year program launched in 1964, the public is being invited to join Vermont educators in going online to directly nominate teachers for the prestigious statewide distinction; the winner serves as an advocate for Vermont's teachers, students, and education system.

Nominations can be completed through March 28 at http://svy. mk/1eWpKG4. To encourage more submissions, the process has been simplified to require only the most basic information about the nominator, the nominee, and their school, as well as a short overview of what makes the nominee an extraordinary teacher.

To be considered for the Vermont Teacher of the Year program, a teacher must hold a current Vermont teaching license, with a minimum of five years teaching experience, and be employed by a Vermont public, private, or approved independent school.

Vermont's current Teacher of the Year is Luke Foley:

http://education. vermont.gov/department/awards/teacher-of-the-year#current, an Alternative Program teacher at Northfield Middle High School.

For more information, visit http://education.vermont.gov/department/awards/teacher-of-the-year.

March 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.

The Women's Council meeting

BENNINGTON -- The next Women's Council will be on Sunday, March 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside St. Our 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, bring a sacred object, paper, pen and a willingness to honor privacy.

The meeting is facilitated by Teresa King. She can be reached at teresaking1@live.com or 802-733-5729.

Announcement

Rotary's annual Italian Night to benefit Oldcastle

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Rotary Club is planning their 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.

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

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