Monday, March 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).

Speaker series

at Bennington College

BENNINGTON -- Dr. Katherine Smith from Brown University will give a talk titled "Global Change and Disease: Lessons from the Macroscope" at 1 p.m. at the CAPA Symposium.

Smith studies conservation medicine and the biogeography of disease. "Macroecology," a discipline within ecology, strives to understand patterns in nature from a perspective encompassing large spatial scales, long temporal scales, and large data sets. Her lecture will explore application of macroecological approaches to study of the impacts of anthropogenic forces on infectious disease in humans and wildlife. This talk is open to the public.

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.

Tuesday, March 18

Myeloma Support Network support group

BENNINGTON -- The Southern Vermont Myeloma Support Network (including the Berkshires and eastern New York) will hold a support group meeting from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Community Resource Room at the SVMC Regional Cancer Center, 140 Hospital Drive. Interested patients, caregivers, family members and friends are encouraged to attend. Remember, knowledge is power, so learn and share as much as possible about myeloma. To either reply or get more information, please contact Jan Martin Bopp, Group Leader, at SVT@imfsupport.org or 802-681-7074. Our Support Network is affiliated with the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF).

Mobile Vet Center visits

BENNINGTON -- The Mobile Vet Center is headed to American Legion in Bennington VT for a Veterans Welcome Home event for all veterans on Tuesday, March 18, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m..

White River Junction Vermont's Mobile Vet Center (MVC), is one of a fleet of 90 mobile Vet Centers in the United States. The VA's Vet Center Program, travels to Vermont, New Hampshire and New York to reach underserved veterans.

The 29-foot motor coach, with space for confidential counseling, carries Vet Center counselors and outreach workers to provide non-medical readjustment counseling, addressing the social and economic dimensions of post-war needs. This includes counseling for traumatic military-related experiences and family counseling when needed for the veteran's readjustment or assisting federal benefits.

Vet Centers, operated by VA Readjustment Counseling Service, provide high quality non-medical readjustment counseling to combat veterans in an easily accessible, homey and trusting atmosphere.

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 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 in Arlington

ARLINGTON -- Arlington American Legion Post No. 69 hosts bingo. Doors open at 6 p.m. and bingo begins at 7 p.m. Any questions, call 802-375-6157.

Story time at Cheney Library

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Cheney Library will have 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 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.

Public lecture at Williams

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Gantt Gurley, assistant professor of German and Scandinavian at the University of Oregon, will present a talk titled "Meir Aaron Goldschmidt: Jewish Imagination and the Nineteenth-Century Novel," at 7 p.m., in Hopkins Hall, room 001 at Williams College. The event is free and open to the public.

Farmers and community event

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- A free event will bring together northern Berkshire farmers with the community, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Hoosac Harvest will host the 4th "Know your farmer, know your food" event at the First Congregational Church. Discover the bounty and meet the farmers and small food producers of the northern Berkshires at this free event.

Learn about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), enjoy free samples and light refreshments, and swap seeds with friends and neighbors for the upcoming growing season.

Senior Center activities

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

Autism support group

BENNINGTON -- The Parents Supporting Our Children Autism Support Group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Bennington Youth and Family Service Center, 314 Dewey St. For more information, call Wendy at 802-447-5716 or visit www.asdvt.org.

Codependents Anonymous

BENNINGTON -- A Codependents Anonymous meeting will be held at Turning Point Club, 465 Main St. from 6 to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 19

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.

College savings presentation

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Milne Library will host the second of three monthly seminars and media presentations. The second one is "College -- Getting There from Here" at 5:30 p.m. The presentation will include questions to consider as investors establish a college savings goal. This event is free to the public and refreshments are served. This program speaker is Walter Lother, financial advisor for Edward Jones, and he will be available to answer questions.

For more information, contact Pat McLeod, library director 413-458-5369 or pmcleod@williamstown.net.

Tacky the Penguin visits

BENNINGTON -- Tacky the Penguin will visit the Bennington Free

Library's Children's Room to celebrate his birthday, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. There will be fun, snacks and crafts. Optional party wear: Hawaiian shirt or the tackiest shirt in your closet.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- On Wednesdays in March, the Senior Center will host Zumba Gold from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and a movie from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

New England Newspapers' Kevin Moran to speak

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Kevin Moran, regional vice president of news for New England Newspapers Inc., will discuss "The Future of News: What's in it for you?" at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) at 11 a.m. in Murdock Hall, Sammer Dennis Room (218). The talk, which will be followed by a question and answer session, is free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 20

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.

Fresh Air Fund day

ARLINGTON -- Local host families will celebrate Fresh Air Fund Day by creating cookie grams to send to their Fresh Air "city children" in New York City. Anyone interested in meeting the local hosts, or in learning more about the Fresh Air Fund is welcome to attend. Bring one dozen "shipable" cookies to the Martha Canfield Library between 6 and 7:30 p.m. Contact jeanne.coleman@friendlytown.org to RSVP.

Basketball fundraiser

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- At 6:30 p.m. the Harlem Rockets will take on the Cambridge Central School faculty "All-Stars" in basketball. The game, a fundraiser for the CCS Class of 2018, is full of audience participation, and the halftime show will include 20 to 30 kids from the audience testing their basketball skills.

Tickets are $6 in advance, and can be ordered through O'Hearns

Pharmacy as well as the CCS K-6 and 7-12 offices. Tickets will cost $7 at the door.

Discussion on musrooms

MANCHESTER -- Northshire Bookstore at 7 p.m. will host talks on organic food and gourmet mushrooms.

Alan Benoit will start by sharing his favorite tasty finds, including the treats he has harvested in nearby forests and fields. Next, local AmeriCorps member Lynnette Volden will teach how to forage, cook, and store the United States' most easily hunted and delicious mushrooms, including tips on what to look for when to find them and how to make your haul last through the winter. She will even share her recipes for wild mushroom lasagna and risotto.

Long Trail School students exhibit at Equinox Village

MANCHESTER CENTER -- All are invited to view the International

Baccalaureate Visual Arts Exhibit of Long Trail School students at 5:30 p.m. at Equinox Village.

This spring, the Gallery at Equinox Village will feature seven young artists who use their work to express very different themes. The opening event is free and open to the public. RSVP to 802-362-4061 by Thursday, March 20. The show will be on display fro, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from Friday, March 28, until Monday, May 12.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- The Senior Center is offering 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. Also this week, a trip to Boston Seafood restaurant in North Adams from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, March 21

Group hosts discussion of Medicare Part D

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative (NBIAI) will hold its March meeting at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 21, at the First Baptist Church of North Adams. Please use Eagle Street address. All are welcome.

Debbie Valieres, from Little's Pharmacy, will speak about Medicare Part D drug coverage problems and solutions for people with financial need. She will also talk about Part B coverage, and medication compliance as a means to decrease hospitalizations and re-admissions

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, email Mark Rondeau at markrondeau@earthlink.net, see http://northernberkshireinterfaith.blogspot.com or visit our page on Facebook. The Friendship Center phone number is 413-664-0123.

2nd annual Basketball

Challenge

ARLINGTON -- Arlington Memorial Varsity Girls and Boys basketball teams take on Arlington Alumni in the 2nd Annual Basketball Challenge beginning at 6 p.m. in the Arlington Memorial High School gymnasium. Hosted by the Fisher Parent Teacher Group, the night will also include a basketball game featuring Arlington faculty/staff vs. Arlington parents. At the door, tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students 12 and under and $20 for a family. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at the Fisher Main Office: $4 for adults and $2 for 12 and under. All proceeds benefit the Fisher Playground Fund.

Spaghetti dinner fundraiser

SHAFTSBURY -- There will be a spaghetti dinner and silent auction

fundraiser at the Shaftsbury Elementary School from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for an adult, $4 student and $20 for a family of four. Dinner includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, garlic bread and ice cream for dessert. Take out is also available. Proceeds go to the Shaftsbury Elementary 6th grade class to fund a field trip in June. The silent auction will include numerous items generously donated by local businesses. The class will also be selling tickets for a change to win a lottery tree filled with lottery tickets. The SES band will be playing from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

Concert of harmonic throat singing from Sardinia

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Tenores de Aterue, a concert of harmonic singing from Sardinia, Corsica, and Italy will be at St. John's Episcopal Church, 36 Park St.at 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation will be $10 to $15.

For more info, email dpaisley@williams.edu or call 413-884-2375.

Founded in 2008, the Tenores have performed in the US, Canada and Sardinia, where they have received critical and popular acclaim for their prowess in the art of cantu a tenore, a traditional song form that involves harmonic throat singing in parts.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- On Fridays in March the Senior Center is hosting 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 22

'Rhythm Tap Workshops'

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- "Rhythm Tap Workshops" with Stefanie Weber will be presented by the Minerva Arts Center.

Rhythm Tap is fun for all ages, and all levels of dance experience. Youth Session from 10 a.m. to noon, 8 to 12. Tuition: $25 (includes tap shoes). Teen/adult session 1 to 3 p.m. Ages 12 to adult (or two years dance experience).

Tuition: $25 (includes tap shoes). This workshop will be held at the Williamstown Youth Center.

Family Fitness Saturdays

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Family Fitness Saturdays will be held at the Cambridge Central School Gym every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. during the month of March. It includes a half-hour family friendly fitness program 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.

Movie matinee at Bennington Free Library

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Free Library will show a recent animated movie (rated PG). The movie will begin at 2 p.m. and will be shown in the Rotary Room of the BFL, located at 101 Silver

St. Refreshments will be available. Admission is free and open to the public. The library is wheelchair accessible. For specific movie information, call the library at 802-442-9051.

PAVE benefit

BENNINGTON -- Come join the fun and learn moves to Latin and African rhythms anytime between 2 and 3:30 p.m. Come at a time that is good for you. The Zumbathon, led by Bennington's Andrea

Malinowski, will happen at The Dance Mill at 160 Benmont Ave., on the fourth floor. You can enter near the mailboxes at the south wing of the Benmont Mill.

Supporters with all levels of Zumba experience are welcome. A tax deductable donation will be your ticket for entry.

There will also be a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds will go to Project Against Violent Encounters, a community organization that offers support and aid to survivors of domestic violence and their families.

Animal tracking workshop

GRAFTON, N.Y. -- There will be an animal tracking workshop for school-age children (first grade and up) at 11 a.m., meeting at the library.

Join tracking expert and Grafton resident Dan Yacobellis to learn how to read animal tracks and signs right in the library's back yard. The program will focus on how animals celebrate the emergence of spring and prepare for the changing of the seasons. Bring warm clothes and boots. Pre-register at the library by phone or email.

Pancake breakfast fundraiser

SHAFTSBURY -- Start off Vermont Maple Weekend with a large helping of pancakes and syrup. Bennington's Catamount Rotary Club will host its 24th annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser on Saturday at Shaftsbury Elementary School. It will feature pancakes and sausages, topped off with local maple syrup. Breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. The price is $6 for adults, $4 for children 6 through 10, and free for children 5 and under. All of the pancake breakfast' s proceeds go to support local scholarships and community projects.

Author on ‘A Religion of One's Own'

MANCHESTER -- Thomas Moore will present "A Religion of One's Own" at 7 p.m. at the Northshire Bookstore. The New York Times bestselling author and trusted spiritual adviser offers a follow-up to his classic "Care of the Soul." Something essential is missing from modern life.

Many who've turned away from religious institutions -- and others who have lived wholly without religion -- hunger for more than what contemporary secular life has to offer but are reluctant to follow organized religion's strict and often inflexible path to spirituality.

In "A Religion of One's Own," Moore, a bestselling author and former monk, explores the myriad possibilities of creating a personal spiritual style, either inside or outside formal religion.

Rabies clinic in Arlington

ARLINGTON -- There will be a rabies clinic from 10 to noon at the East Arlington Fire House.

Sportsman's banquet

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- At 6 p.m., Hoosick Falls Community

Alliance Church will host its 5th Annual Sportsman's Banquet. The guest speaker this year is outdoor sports enthusiast Pastor Gary Rogers of North Pownal Congregational Church.

Rogers loves being out in the woods and has been hunting since his teen years. He has hunted for deer, turkeys, quail, dove, feral hogs, javelinas, geese, and elk in his travels to Texas, Virginia and Idaho, Pennsylvania, New York and Vermont.

There is no cost for the event, but if you are interested in attending, call and make a reservation.

Attendees are asked to bring a "game" dish of their choice (though not required). Side dish, beverage and dessert will be provided. Hoosick Falls Community Alliance Church is located at 484 Hill Road. To reserve a ticket, call HFCAC at 518-686-3269.

Long Trail School presents ‘Silenced on Barbour Street'

DORSET -- Actors Anonymous, Long Trail School's drama troupe, will perform the one-act play "Silenced on Barbour Street" by William Prenetta at 7:15 p.m. The performance will be preceded by a dinner to benefit the students who will be traveling to Scotland to act in this summer's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Diners will be entertained by singers from Dee Tigue's music class. An auction featuring many items will follow the dinner. The one act will be performed after the dinner and auction.

"Silenced on Barbour Street" features a cast of 21 students from grades 8 to 12 and two student technicians. It recounts the story of the 1944 circus fire in Hartford, Conn. that took the lives of 168 people.

Tickets for the March 22 performance are $25 for dinner, entertainment, dessert and the play. Tickets for the play and dessert only are $10. This is a play for mature audiences only.

For further information, contact Chelley Tifft at ctifft@longtrailschool.org or 802-867-5717, ext. 190.

Yankee pot roast dinner to benefit Arlington food shelf

EAST ARLINGTON -- Bring your appetites for a traditional Yankee Pot Roast Dinner, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Federated Church on Ice Pond Road. This popular meal will feature pot roast, vegetables, mashed potatoes, beverages and desserts.

A free will offering will go to support the Arlington Food Shelf. No reservations are needed, take-outs will be available and the dinner will be served until all the food is gone. Contact 802-375-2548 for more information.

Winter concert

BENNINGTON -- An all-star group of musicians will join soprano Ida Faiella in "I Love a Piano," the final winter concert of L'ensemble at 7:30 p.m. at Oldcastle Theatre. The musicians accompanying Faiellawill include pianist Lincoln Mayorga, cellist Jesse Levy, violinist Dale Stuckenbruck, violist Olivia Koppell and violinist Ashley Horne. For more information, call Oldcastle at 802-447-0564.

Bottle drive

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Dollars for Scholars will hold a bottle drive on March 22, starting at 10 a.m. If you would like to schedule a bottle pick-up by the students, call Sue at 802-442-5295.

Sunday, March 23

Legion bingo

BENNINGTON -- Bingo will be held at American Legion Post 13. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and bingo starts at 3 p.m. No one under 14 will be admitted.

Texas Hold'Em Tournament fundraiser

BENNINGTON -- A Texas Hold'Em Tournament fundraiser will be held. Signup starts at 12:30 p.m.; tournament starts at 1 p.m. at the Elks Lodge. There's a $40 buy-in, $25 rebuy. All proceeds will benefit the Bennington County Child Advocacy Center. The Child Advocacy Center provides resources and support to children and families during the abuse investigation process.

Kids scavenger hunt at the Dorset Farmers Market

DORSET -- On Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at JK Adams Kitchen Store participate in a Farmers' Market Scavenger Hunt. Free

T-shirt to all kids who complete the hunt. There will be live music from Tin Penny.

Every Sunday at the market through the end of April find fresh-picked greenhouse greens, storage crops, grass-fed meats, free-range eggs, honey, maple syrup, prepared and preserved foods, and Vermont artisan crafts.

For additional information, contact marketmanager@dorsetfarmersmarket.com.

Announcements

Soccer Registration open

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Hoosick Falls Soccer Club In-House Rec Soccer registration is open until March 21. Sign up at https://hoosickfallssoccer.sportssignup.com//Login. The season runs from May 3 to June 7, with practices starting two weeks prior. Contact 518-944-4971 or email peasag17@aol.com for more information.

Arlington School Board opening

ARLINGTON -- The Arlington School Board is requesting letters of interest to fill a one year position on the school board beginning immediately and ending March 2015. Include in your letter your reasons you would like to serve and attributes you will bring to the school board. Letters should be sent or emailed to Karen Gallese, Superintendent of Schools, Battenkill Valley Supervisory Union, 530 A East Arlington Road, Arlington, Vt. 05250 or gallesek@bvsu.org. For more information, call 802-375-9744.