Monday, March 10

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 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).

History presentation on Irish

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- A presentation on the Irish American Invasion of Canada, by local historian Mike Russert, will be held at the Cheney Library, at 7 p.m.

Russert will focus on the 1866 invasion of Ontario, Canada, which started in Buffalo by the Fenian Brotherhood. The talk will examine the background of the invasion, the organization of the Irish Army of Liberation, and the battles fought in the summer of 1866. Those present will learn how these events relate to the Hoosick Falls St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Register for backyard sugar maker's workshop

BENNINGTON COUNTY -- The Bennington County Conservation District (BCCD), the Bennington County Sustainable Forest Consortium, and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation will host a workshop for beginner backyard sugar makers on Saturday, March 15.

Attendees will visit three sugar operations -- the small hobby operation of the Jim and Nancy Henderson family in Sandgate, the 350-plus tap operation run by Bill Peacock in Shaftsbury, and the 2500-plus tap operation run by the Mance family in Shaftsbury. The tour will begin at 9 a.m. and end by 1 p.m. Registration by March 10 is required. The registration fee is $15.

For more information, a copy of the workshop flyer, or to register, contact BCCD at 802-442-2275 or at bccd@sover.net.

Speaker series

at Bennington College

BENNINGTON -- Dr. Felicia Keesing of Bard College will give a talk, "Biodiversity loss and infectious diseases: the case of Lyme disease."

Keesing and colleagues have done ground-breaking research on the ecological context of the spread of Lyme disease in the eastern U.S., finding that risk of contracting Lyme disease is a function of complex ecological interactions, including the effects of land-use change and suburban development on patterns of biodiversity loss. Her lecture will build on the Lyme disease example to suggest that patterns observed for tick-borne diseases are found in a wide variety of other disease systems and to suggest powerful underlying mechanisms, knowledge of which could help us reduce disease transmission worldwide. This talk is open to the public and will be held at 1 p.m. in the CAPA Symposium.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- On Mondays in March the Senior Center will host painting from 9 a.m. to noon, walking aerobics from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., bridge/cards from 1 to 4 p.m. and belly dance from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Also, this week, massage will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 11

Cancer Crusaders meeting

BENNINGTON -- The Cancer Center Community Crusaders Crew meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the ground floor conference room at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. If you have not already done so, bring your registration form and check. If you would like to form a crew, come and join them. For more information, call Joanne at 802-442-6106, Erica at 802-442-2432 or Lynn at 802-379-4899.

Taconic Community Grange meeting

SHAFTSBURY -- Taconic Community Grange No. 491 All meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Grange Hall on Grange Road, next to the Shaftsbury Head Start building. Meetings begin at 7 p.m.

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

Meditation for everyone

BENNINGTON -- Meditation for everyone 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.

Travel and tour night

MANCHESTER -- Catamount Tours of Vermont, luxury coach tours serving Bennington County and beyond, will launch with a travel and tour night on March 11 at the Mark Skinner Library.

Catamount Tours is partnering with Vermont's Green Mountain Tours of Milton and will provide customized group and individual, domestic and international travel. Catamount Tours of Vermont is located at 5927 Main St. and may be reached at 844-362-1009 or at www.CatamountTours.com.

Town revitalization workshop

BENNINGTON -- The Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, Windham Regional Commission, and Bennington County Regional Commission are presenting a village and town revitalization workshop at the Bennington Firehouse, located on River Street, at 6:30 p.m.

This event is open to anyone who is organizing or interested in organizing to create a more resilient village or town center economy. The evening will lead off with Leanne Tingay, downtown program coordinator of the Vermont Downtown Program, who will provide an overview of successful marketing tools used in Vermont and the nation.

A panel comprised of Lisa Sullivan, past president and current board member of Mount Snow Valley Chamber; executive directors: Berta Maginniss, Manchester and Mountains Chamber; Joann Erenhouse, Bennington Area Chamber; and Kate O'Conner, Brattleboro Area Chamber, will be on hand to field questions from the audience and share some of their best practices for marketing and event development. Rounding out the meeting will be a status update on the Southern Vermont

Sustainable Marketing Program and next action steps. Laura Sibilia, director of economic development at Brattleboro Development Credit Corp. will facilitate the final segment.

For more information, contact Anthony Summers at 802-257-7731, ext. 225, or Wendy Rae Woods-Hartwell at 802-451-9754 to discover more opportunities for flood recovery, grant funding and business resources.

Homebuyer orientation with TRIP

GRAFTON, N.Y. -- Thinking about buying a home in Rensselaer County? This informational program with experts from TRIP (Troy Rehabilitation and Improvement Program) will look at the advantages and disadvantages of home ownership, qualifying for a mortgage, and costs to expect during the home buying process. You will also learn about TRIP's Pre-Purchase Program and First Time Homebuyer Grants. This event will be held at the Everett Wagar Senior Center from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Sign up in advance on the TRIP website or by contacting Grafton Community Library.

Young Woman's Softball signups

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Young Woman's Softball signups will be held at the Bennington Fire House on March 11 from 6 to 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.

Lions March meeting

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Lions will hold its March dinner meting at Jensen's Restaurant at 6:30 p.m. For reservations, call Lion Kathy at 802-442-4033.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- On Tuesdays in March, the Senior Center will hold bone builders from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; and RSVP and HELP from 4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 12

Concert fundraiser

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The North Adams Police Union, MassCops Local 382 will present its annual concert at the Drury High School Auditorium on Saturday at 7 p.m., this year featuring "America Ride" A Tribute to Southern Rock/Modern Country. Proceeds will benefit the community. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 508-804-5352, or at the door, for a suggested $10 donation.

Workshop on writing farm produce safety plans

BENNINGTON -- The University of Vermont Extension's Center for Sustainable Agriculture free local workshop on the principles of good agricultural practices will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (co-sponsored by Bennington College) at the Center for the Advancement of Public Action Center, at Bennington College.

Having a food safety plan in place can help fruit and vegetable growers improve operational efficiency and produce quality as well as improve on-farm sanitation and minimize the risks of microbial contamination.

All participants will complete a detailed draft of a farm produce safety plan for their operation. They also will receive a free practical produce safety manual. Register by phone at 802-656-5459.

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.

Presentation on ‘Kid 382'

BENNINGTON -- Thondup Tsering, a community organizer from Amherst, will offer a presentation, entitled "Kid 382," at Southern Vermont College on Wednesday, March 12.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Hunter Hall, Greenberg Atrium. A reception will follow where guests may personally speak with Tsering.

Tsering's presentation is a story of a Tibetan refugee boy named "Kid 382," the story of Tibet and the work of the Tibetan Children's Village, the largest Tibetan Non-Governmental Organization in India for the care of over 15,000 Tibetan refugee children. Through hard work and support from strangers, Kid 382 works his way from the streets of India to a professional career in the United States.

For more information on Tsering's presentation, contact SVC's Office of Communications at 802-447-6388 or communications@svc.edu. To view future events at SVC, go to www.svc.edu.

Berkshire Symphony concert

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College Department of Music will presents the Berkshire Symphony in concert at 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus.

There will be a pre-concert talk with guest conductor Michael Adelson before the concert at 7:15 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, adjacent to the main venue. Both of these events are free and open to the public. This concert will include works of Keith Fitch, Bernard Rands, and Ludwig van Beethoven.

Red Cross blood drive

MANCHESTER -- A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held in Manchester Village's First Congregational Church from noon to 5:30 p.m. Dorset Church members will furnish the canteen. If you are healthy and over the age of 16, consider giving. Call 800-843-3500 with any questions.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- The the Senior Center will offer a St. Patrick's potluck, starting at noon, and a movie from 1 to 3 p.m.

Thursday, March 13

Public lecture series

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- "Acts of Seeing: Art, Vision & Realist Theatre," is the Williams College faculty lecture scheduled for March 13 with Amy Holzapfel, associate professor of theater.

The aim of the lecture series is to present big ideas beyond disciplinary boundaries. 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.

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.

Eckankar community HU chant

BENNINGTON -- Chanting HU, this once-secret name for God, has helped people throughout time find inner peace and divine love. All are welcome to a free half-hour HU chant at 7 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St.

This HU Chant is hosted by ECKANKAR, the Religion of the Light and Sound of God, a spiritual teaching that provides simple exercises for people of all faiths, traditions, and walks of life to deepen a conscious and practical relationship with spirit. For more information, go to www.eckankar-vt.org.

Public lecture on

hydroelectric redevelopment

BENNINGTON -- Bill Scully will give a lecture on hydroelectric redevelopment at the Vermont Tissue Mill at 7 p.m. at the One World Conservation Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Winter community supper

DORSET -- A free community supper will be held at The Dorset Church, 143 Church St. (off Route 30). Dinner will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The menu will include a roast pork supper or vegetarian minestrone soup.

Winter Community Suppers are meant to build community for everyone, including warm fellowship and a hot meal. All are welcome. Take-outs will be available. For questions, call Jane at 802-867-2260.

Public lecture

on ‘Ocean Apocalypse'

BENNINGTON -- A lecture on "Ocean Apocalypse" by Jeremy Jackson will be held from 7:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the CAPA Symposium of Bennington College. Professor of oceanography and director, Geosciences Research Division, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Jackson is a marine scientist whose work on the loss of ocean biodiversity has informed scientists, governments, NGOs and citizen groups all around the world. He warns that saving the oceans and ourselves will require fundamental changes in how we live. This event is open to the public.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- The Senior Center will offer bone builders from 10 to 11:30 a.m., RSVP; quilting from 1 to 3 p.m. and beginner belly dance from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 14

Grand opening

GREENWICH, N.Y. -- Breanna Fulper, a local financial advisor and Lori Lennox, office administrator for the financial services firm Edward Jones, invite the community to attend their grand opening between 4 and 8 p.m. at their convenient office location, 2 Church St. The celebration will include appetizers and refreshments, music, contests, gifts, and more.

Health care help

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Confused about healthcare? Get health insurance help and information at The Armory from 5 to 7 p.m. Pamela Cole, a representative from WellCare, a health care group that partners with providers and governments to deliver quality, cost-effective health care solutions will be there to meet with you and help you make sense of the confusing health care system.

WellCare provides managed care services through government-sponsored programs, such as Medicaid and Medicare. It offers a variety of health plans for families and children, as well as prescription drug plans.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- On Fridays in March the Senior Center will host ceramics from 9 a.m. to noon, painting from 9 a.m. to noon, and bingo from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, March 15

Al-Anon workshop

BENNINGTON -- Al-Anon's 29th Annual Cabin Fever Workshop "Believe" will be held at the Second Congregational Church on Hillside Street from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Welcome and breakfast is from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. There will be a speaker and three meetings to choose from in the morning, a potluck lunch and raffle from 11:40 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. and three meetings in the afternoon. There will be an Alateen meeting in both the morning and afternoon session. If your first name begins with letters A-R it is suggested you might bring a salad or entree; S-Z rolls or dessert.

For further information or directions contact Apryl at 802-440-8109 or Sue at 518-686-7998 or Val 518-677-8934.

'Find Your Voice Workshop'

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- "Find Your Voice Workshop" with Teresa Lorenco is the next in the Minerva Arts Center "March Madness" workshop series.

Everyone is a singer, and music is the universal language. In this workshop, learn techniques to improve your sound, breath, and articulation of your voice. Learn how to support your singing, and have a great presence for audition or performance. Workshop will include vocal warm up techniques, range, and exploration of a vocal selection.

Youth session will run from 10 a.m. to noon for ages 8 to 12. Tuition: $25. The teen/adult session will run from 1 to 3 p.m., for ages 12 to adult. Tuition: $25. The workshop will be held at the First Congregational Church on Main Street.

VFW St. Patrick's Day dinner

BENNINGTON -- VFW Post 1332 will hold a St. Patrick's Day dinner starting at 6 p.m. The menu will be 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.

Defensive driving course

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Northeast New York Safety and Health Council will sponsor the defensive driving course at the Hoosick Falls Health Center on Danforth Street beginning at 8:30 a.m. promptly. Successful completion of this class allows for 10 percent insurance reduction on collision and liability for three years, as well as reduces four points from one driver's license on points acquired in the prior 18 months. The course fills up quickly, so register early by calling 518-686-4854.

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.

Jimmy Greene Quartet brings jazz to Williams

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College Department of Music presents the Jimmy Greene Quartet in concert at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus.

This free event is open to the public.

Saxophonist, composer, and educator Jimmy Greene has emerged as a positive presence in the jazz world. His nine solo recordings have been met with much critical acclaim. In a concert featuring many of his own compositions, he will be joined by pianist Xavier Davis, bassist Dezron Douglas, and drummer Jonathan Barber.

Forgotten drinks of colonial New England

MANCHESTER -- At 5 p.m.come to the Northshire Bookstore and explore the origins and tastes of the favorite potations of early Americans. New England food and drinks writer Corin Hirsch offers some modern-day recipes to revive them today as she presents "Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New England: From Flips and Rattle Skulls to Switchel and Spruce Beer." Small tastings/samples will be available at the event.

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.

Maplefest at Hopkins Memorial Forest

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Maple sugaring season has arrived and Hopkins Memorial Forest will host a celebration to usher in the new season from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

MapleFest will enable people to observe and take part in the process of producing maple syrup from the tree to the bottle.

Participants will be able to visit a working sugar house; to observe the finishing and bottling of the final product; to assist in tree tapping and sap gathering and to taste the homemade syrup on pancakes and "sugar on snow." In addition, there will be demonstrations of old-time evaporating methods, going back to the pre-colonial era, and maple sugaring exhibits, videos, and more. The event is free to the public and appropriate for people of all ages; it will be held regardless of the weather. Hopkins Forest, owned and operated by Williams College, is located at the junction of Bulkley Street and Northwest Hill Road.

Dr. Seuss party

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Friends of Cheney Library will host a Dr. Seuss Party in the library at 10 a.m. They will celebrate Dr. Seus by reading some of his books, doing a craft, and having a snack. After the Dr. Seus Party you can grab some lunch and be on time for the St. Patrick's Parade in downtown.

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 "Fiber." 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.

Irace and Davis discuss different topics at each meeting. The first half of the hour-long meetings will be devoted to education on diabetes management, and the second half to open discussion. Attendees are encouraged to bring a healthy lunch or purchase lunch in the NARH Cafeteria.

Farmers Market

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Farmers' Market winter season continues at the First Baptist Church, 600 Main St., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market is the place to go to purchase fresh and root vegetables; cheeses and other dairy products; eggs and meats; baked goods, jams and maple syrup; specialty items; and lots of arts and crafts -- all produced locally. Bring your tools for a tool sharpening demonstration, and enjoy music by Barry Hymen. 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.benningtonfarmersmarket.org.

Sunday, March 16

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.

Grange breakfast

ARLINGTON -- The Battenkill Grange will holds a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. at the American Legion on East Arlington Rd. The menu will include pancakes and sausage, real Vermont maple syrup, home fries, biscuits and sausage gravy, coffee, juice and milk. The price is adults $6, children under 12 are free.

Announcements

Food drive

BENNINGTON -- The 2014 Curves Food Drive will take place from March 10 through March 23 at participating Curves Clubs across the U.S. and Canada. This year, Curves is inviting both non-members and members to take part in the food drive by bringing in a bag of non-perishable food or a monetary contribution of at least $30 to be donated to a local community food bank. All new members who make a food or monetary donation will receive a $0 service fee when joining Curves as either a Fitness or Curves Complete member.

Now in its 16th year, the Curves Food Drive has gathered and donated more than 75 million pounds of food to benefit local community food banks. Over the years, Curves members have participated in unique ways including friendly in-club competitions and grocery cart parades. For more information, visit Curves.com or Curves of Bennington at 748 Main St. or call 802-442-0600.

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 will be available. All this and live entertainment for $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.