March 29

March Madness workshops

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- "Bollywood Workshop" with Nicole Rizzo. This workshop is a fusion of Bollywood, Hip Hop, Jazz, Funk, Contemporary and Bhangra choreographed to some of the latest and greatest Bollywood sounds. The class focuses on posture, dance technique, coordination, body isolation, across-the-floor work, and quality of movement through choreography. Youth Session from 10 a.m. to noon, ages 8 to 12. Tuition: $20. "Belly Dancing Workshop" with Joslyn Robinson. This workshop is designed for all shapes, ages and dance experiences. Teen/Adult Session 1-3 p.m., ages 12 to Adult. Tuition: $20 (includes coin belts). This workshop will take place at the Williamstown Youth Center.

Family Fitness Saturdays

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Join us at the Cambridge Central School Gym every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. during March for 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.

Book sale at Grafton Library

GRAFTON, N.Y. -- The Grafton Community Library, located at 2455 NY Route 2, will be opening the doors at 8 a.m. for a book sale. The sale will run until 1 p.m. in the basement. Stop by the library to pick up some fresh reading material at bargain prices. Hardcovers are $1, and paperbacks are 50 cents. There are still free VHS tapes available.

History presentation canceled

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Due to circumstances beyond our control, Memoirs of War, which was scheduled for Saturday, March 29, at Hoosick Falls Community Alliance Church is being postponed. Watch next week's Banner for a new date.

Annual appraisal fair

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Museum is holding its Annual Appraisal Fair on Saturday, March 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. Bring in family heirlooms or the odd, quirky piece you always wanted to know about, get it appraised, and have your questions answered. Appraisals are $5 per item, with a limit of five items.

Annual banquet and auction

BENNINGTON -- The Green Mountain Friends of the NRA will be having their 12th annual banquet and auction at 5 p.m. at Mount Anthony Country Club. There will be a sit-down dinner with a choice of beef or chicken. Cost is $40 a ticket, available at One Hour Martinizing. Call 802-442-8085 or contact Charlie Wells at 802-688-5565. Tickets available for guns of the year. Fifty percent of proceeds raised stay right here in Vermont to support responsible firearms ownership and use. Open to everyone.

Pruning demonstration

MANCHESTER -- Hildene will host a pruning demonstration by local arborist Joe Blair on Saturday, March 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Blair will focus on two forms of pruning: Corrective pruning for ornamentals and pruning to increase productivity for apple-bearing trees.

This program is free and open to the public. Check in is at the Welcome Center. To learn more, call Stephanie at 802-367-7960 or email Stephanie@hildene.org.

Blood drive

MANCHESTER -- A Blood Drive rescheduled from March 12 will be held Saturday at the First Congregational Church from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you are 16 years old you must have parental consent. Those 17 and older do not need consent. We will request sandwiches from local eateries for the canteen and the Dorset Church folks will serve you.

St. Mary's Academy fish fry Fridays are back

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- St. Mary's Academy is again holding its famous Fish Fry Fridays. Every Friday through Lent you can buy a full fish fry dinner with a bun, French fries, coleslaw and a dessert for just $9. A macaroni and cheese dinner with the same delicious sides is also available for $5. Dinner is served at the Immaculate Conception Church Hall every Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., and this year, a lunch time option has been added at noon. All proceeds benefit St. Mary's Academy.

March 30

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.

Sen. Sanders to host film screenings on income inequality

BENNINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt. ) will host a free film showing of "Inequality for All," which addresses the widening inequality gap in the United States. The movie, featuring former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich, will be shown in four Vermont towns simultaneously. The audiences will come together via video conference at the conclusion of the film for a town meeting. Sanders will be in Middlebury, and will conduct the interactive tele-town meeting with audiences in Brattleboro, St. Johnsbury, and Bennington.

Join Sen. Sanders for a special showing of "Inequality for All" on Sunday, March 30, at 10:30 a.m. at Mount Anthony High School Auditorium, 301 Park St. in Bennington.

Birthday celebration talk

POWNAL -- The Pownal Historical Society announces the 2nd annual celebration of native son Jubilee Jim Fisk's birthday, on Sunday, March 30, at 2 p.m. in the Solomon-Wright Library.

Local retired railroader, Walt Klinger, will make a presentation about Fisk's wall street exploits, with cohort, Jay Gould, in the Erie Railroad war with Commodore Vanderbilt for control of New York's freight traffic, and their scheme to corner the gold market that ended in the Black Friday crash of 1869. Klinger will also talk about other notable New England "Rail Barons" and their ascendancy to power and wealth during the "guided age," (at the expense of taxpayers) which brought about the first transcontinental railroad.

Birthday cake and light refreshments will follow the presentation. The program is free, donations accepted. For additional information contact W.A. Klinger at 802-823-5197.

Announcements

Area business discount cards available

ARLINGTON -- Discount Cards offering great deals at several area businesses are available for purchase at Fisher Elementary School. The cards are $10 each and can be used multiple times now through March 1, 2015, at the following companies: Bennington Car Wash, Bennington's House of Pizza, Burger King, Chauncey's Family Dining, Chili's, East Arlington Take-Out, Eastern Mountain Sports, Havoline Express, J & J Auto Polishing, Knapp's Music, Toys & Hobbies, Li'l Britain, Midas, Miles of Arlington, Ramunto's Pizza, Sherwin Williams, Subway, Your Belly's Deli and Zoey's Double Hex. For more information contact Fisher Principal Deanne Lacoste at lacosted@bvsu.org or 802-375-6409.

All proceeds benefit the Fisher Playground Fund.

Syracuse Gun Show

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The largest gun show ever held in New York will be at the New York State Fairgrounds Expo Center Center of Progress Building on April 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and April 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over 800 exhibits and displays will be provided by our collectors and dealers from all over the U.S. and Canada.

Admission is $6 a day, children under 12 (with parents) free, seniors $5.

For additional info, call Sandy Klinger, 607-748-1010.

New summer program

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- St. Mary's Academy is excited to announce the formation of "The Eagles' Nest" Summer Program. Our summer program will offer weekly themed programs in which students will be challenged to continue to enrich their academic knowledge through hands on activities, crafts, and play. The programs will group children by age and encourage them to continue growing in their ability to work with one another, assuming responsibilities, and to follow the Catholic faith.

Pre-K though 2nd Grade (Beagles "Baby Eagles") -- Continue to provide enrichment in letter and number recognition, hand writing, sight words, fluency in reading, etc. Children will participate in circle time, games, crafts, exercises, nap/rest (Pre-K), story time, and hands on activities.

3rd through 5th Grade (Eagles) -- Continue to provide enrichment in math (multiplication, division focus), reading fluency, hand writing, science and social studies topics through hands on activities, games, crafts, exercise, and story time. The program would be offered from 7:30-4:30 p.m. daily and would be offered beginning June 23 and ending August 22. Registration would be offered on a weekly, daily and hourly scale. Afternoon snacks would be provided and campers would bring their own lunch. The cost for five full days a week would be $120. Contact Principal, Maureen Daurio at 518-686-4314 or mjdauriosma@gmail.com.