Monday, April 7

Deadlines for annual 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.

There will be two vacancies on the Cambridge Board of Education. Submission of petitions for nomination of board candidates must be filed with the District Clerk no later than 4 p.m. on Monday, April 7. Petitions are available in the district clerk's office.

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.

Young at Heart Seniors' luncheon

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The next Young at Heart Seniors' luncheon will be held at Kevin's, with 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. seatings. Call Gail Boutin to reserve seats at 447-6210. Luncheons are held the first Monday each month.

Community Crusaders Crew meeting

BENNINGTON -- The next Cancer Center Community Crusaders Crew Meeting will be held on Monday, April 7, at 5:30 p.m. in the ground floor conference room (outside the employee cafeteria) at the hospital. If you cannot attend, have your alternate crew leader or other crew members attend. They are getting nearer to the event and have new information. It's not too late to start a crew. For more information, call Erica at 802-442-2432 or Joanne at 802-442-6106.

Bennington Free Clinic Monday hours

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Clinic has added Monday hours, in addition to its Thursday schedule.


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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).

Blood drive

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Plugged In!, a ministry of Hoosick Falls

Community Alliance Church, has placed a challenge to the residents of the town of Hoosick to collect a cumulative 500 units of blood through all of the blood drives that will take place in the township in 2014.

They are calling this challenge "Hoosick has Heart." The next drive will take place at Hoosick Falls Community Alliance Church, 484 Hill Road, on Monday, April 7 from 1-6 p.m.

Help "Hoosick Has Heart" reach its goal by calling 1-800-Red-Cross or 518-686-9888 or visit redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment. For more information, contact Gail at 518-686-3269.

Public lecture at Bennington College

BENNINGTON -- Andy Harwitz of Culturebot Arts & Media, Inc. will examine a variety of art practices and methods of cultural production while exploring the complications introduced by contemporary frameworks for art in cities such as creative place making and creative cities. This talk will be at the CAPA Symposium at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 8

‘The Music of Poetry' lecture and demo

MANCHESTER -- Revel in the music of poetry at First Congregational Church at 7 p.m. This lecture-demonstration by

pianist Michael Arnowitt explores the musical aspects of poetry, song lyrics, and literature. The talk offers a musician's insights on the elements of sound and time in literary composition and the similarities he hears between the literature of great writers and the music of classical composers,and pop songwriters. Arrive early to enjoy a half hour jazz performance by Arnowitt from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

The free public presentation is a Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Mark Skinner Library. For more information, contact Cindy Waters at 802-362-2607 or email events@markskinnerlibrary.org.

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 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.

Codependents support group

BENNINGTON -- Codependents Anonymous will meet at the Turning Point Club, 465 Main St., from 6 to 7 p.m.

Grief support group

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

Town Hall groundbreaking ceremony

SUNDERLAND -- There will be a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of the Sunderland Town Hall construction at noon, at Sunderland Hill Road, just under a half-mile up the hill (south) from the Sunderland Town Garage.

Storytime at Bennington Free Library

BENNINGTON -- "Story Rhythms for Babies & Toddlers" will be held from 10:30 to 11 a.m. for children 4 months to 36 months, upstairs in the Rotary meeting room at Bennington Free Library. This special time for babies and toddlers will include stories, finger plays, songs and movement that involve active participation. Come early and play. For more information call Linda or Chris at 802-442-9051.

Grange open house

SHAFTSBURY -- Taconic Community Grange on Grange Street will hold an open house on April 8 at 7 p.m. Come join them at 6 p.m. for a potluck supper. For more information, call Ann at 802-375-2318.

Lions April meeting meeting

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Lions Club will hold its April dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Jensen's Restaurant. Election of the club officers for 2014-15 will take place. SVC's head mens' basketball coach Dan Englestad, assistant coach Sharief Hashim and team member Antoine White will give a presentation on the basketball program at SVC. For reservations, call Lion Kathy at 802-442-4033.

Wednesday, April 9

Chili Challenge fundraiser

MANCHESTER -- The town of Manchester, Manchester Parks and Recreation Department, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Manchester, announce the 22nd Annual Chili Challenge to be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

The Chili Challenge is an evening to showcase your chili, macaroni and cheese and/or your wing recipe or to come taste and vote on your favorite chili, mac and cheese, or wings. Restaurants and individual chefs have long enjoyed this evening to promote their establishment while at the same time assisting Manchester and the Manchester Parks and Recreation Department in their fund raising efforts. This year all proceeds will go towards the 4th of July fireworks and the Manchester summer street fests.

Admission is $6 per person.

Contact the Manchester Parks and Recreation Department at 802-362-1439 or l.ambuhl@manchester-vt.gov.

Thrift shop open at church

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.

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, 802-447-0393 or visit www.benningtonyoga.com.

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.

Blood drive at SVC

BENNINGTON -- Southern Vermont College will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Mountaineer Athletic Center gymnasium. Donors are required to be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. The college invites and encourages community members to participate in the blood drive.

For more information or to sign up to donate blood, contact SVC's Civic Engagement Coordinator Corie Steinke at 802-447-4667 or csteinke@svc.edu.

Individuals may also contact the American Red Cross directly at 800-RED-CROSS or www.redcrossblood.org.

Food experimentalist speaks

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Food experimentalist Dave Arnold will visit Williams College to deliver a talk and demonstration on food science. The event, "Science and technology in the kitchen" will take place at 8 p.m. in the Bronfman Science Center Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Preschool story hour

BENNINGTON -- A preschool story hour from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., will be held for children 3 to 5 upstairs in the Rotary Meeting Room at Bennington Free Library. Join us along with Dare Meunier from Second Chance Animal Center for a special story hours where pets are the stars. For more info call Linda or Chris at 802-442-9051.

Thursday, April 10

CATA at the Clark

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Community Access to the Arts artists will have an exhibit in the Stone Hill Center of the Clark Art Institute. The opening reception is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and includes music and refreshments. This event is free and open to the public.

Community Access to the Arts nurtures and celebrates the creativity of people with disabilities through shared experiences in the visual and performing arts.

Bingo at Pownal Legion

POWNAL -- American Legion Post 90 in Pownal 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, and 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.

Bennington County Beekeepers Club meeting

BENNINGTON -- Bennington County Beekeepers Club Limited welcomes members and guests at 7 p.m. at the Crispe Room, Vermont Veterans Home, 325 North St. Meeting begins at 7 p.m. with pot luck meal. Guest is to be Aaron Morris, of Round Lake, N.Y., presenting "From Hobbyist to Sideliner." For more information, contact Jacob at 802-447-0198.

Carnegie Mellon professor guest talk

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Tom Mitchell, head of the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University, will speak at Williams College. He will present findings about how the human brain uses neural activity to create and represent meanings of words, sentences, and stories. The event will take place at 8 p.m. in the Wege Auditorium of the Thompson Chemistry Laboratory. It is free and open to the public.

Post 69 Auxiliary monthly meeting

ARLINGTON -- American Legion Post 69 Auxiliary will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monthly meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month. They are looking for and recruiting new members, attend and find out what they are all about. Call the Legion at 802-375-6157 with questions.

Post 69 Auxiliary Sons monthly meeting

ARLINGTON -- American Legion Post 69 Sons will meet at 7 p.m. Attend this monthly meeting to find out what is going on. Call the Legion at 802-375-6157 with questions.

Friday, April 11

Choral concert

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Northern Berkshire Chorale, directed by Andrea Goodman, will present its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. in Thompson Memorial Chapel on the Williams College campus. The program will feature Bob Chilcott's Requiem accompanied by an instrumental ensemble. This newly composed Requiem echoes the great requiems of Durufle and Faure with an added touch of Purcell. Also on the program are the "5 Mystical Songs" by Ralph Vaughan Williams with baritone Robert Szczepaniak.

Concert by string quartet

WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Williams College Department of Music will present the Borromeo String Quartet in concert at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams campus. These free events are open to the public.

The concert features the music of Bela Bartok. The Borromeo String Quartet plays three of the Hungarian composer's string quartets: No. 2, 4, and 6.

Gentle yoga session

BENNINGTON -- Gentle Yoga continues at Second Congregational Church.

The next session of Gentle Yoga will start at 9:30 a.m. The fee is $65. Contact Teresa King at 802-733-5729 or at teresaking1@live.com to register.

Saturday, April 12

Hour for our community

BENNINGTON -- Time Exchange, Bennington's time bank will hold an orientation for new members from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The meeting will be held at the Bennington Free Library. Call 802-379-5951 for more information.

Therapeutic breath education workshop

BENNINGTON -- "Breath of the Heart," a therapeutic breath education workshop, will be offered from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Yoga Place.

Connecting our breath with a trained facilitator can allow our bodies to return to wholeness. Connected breathing allows access to the unconscious so that balance and healing can emerge. This workshop will explore breathing in all its dimensions.

The workshop will be facilitated by Kaiilama Morris, certified breath practioner and trainer. The workshop fee is $50. To register or for more information, call 802-447-0393 or visit www.benningtonyoga.com.

Movie screening for families

MANCHESTER -- Turbo is a garden snail who dreams of life in the fast lane. Watch his movie at the Mark Skinner Library's Super Saturday family film event at 10:30 a.m. Snacks will be served. Free program, open to the public.

Children must be accompanied and supervised by adult caregivers. For more information, call the library at 802-362-2607 or visit www.markskinnerlibrary.org.

Children's Easter party

ARLINGTON -- American Legion Post No. 69 Auxiliary will host a children's Easter party from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Free for children up to 12. Call the Legion at 802-375-6157 with questions.

Impressionists exhibit

BENNINGTON -- From April 12 through June 17, the Bennington Museum will host the "Three Vermont Impressionists" exhibit, featuring the work of George Loftus Noyes, Arthur Gibbes Burton and Clifford Adams Bayard, all who painted southern Vermont landscapes. The Bennington Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, closed on Wednesdays.

Used curriculum sale for homeschoolers

BENNINGTON -- All area homeschoolers are invited to come to the annual used curriculum sale from 10 a.m. to noon at the

Missionary Alliance Church, 198 Crescent Blvd. Curriculum, literature, games, puzzles, DVDs and more will be on sale to meet one's educational needs. Free admission. Call 802-447-2213 for more information.

Fundraising event for Wayne Ward

MANCHESTER CENTER -- The Wayne Ward Fundraiser Basket Raffle/Silent Auction will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the VFW, on route 11/30. This event will include a silent auction, basket raffle, 50/50 raffle and light refreshments.

The mission is to raise money for Wayne to help him with his fight against his stage-four cancer and allow him to do something special for his two young children. The goal is to help him celebrate what time he has left with his family.

All the proceeds from the basket raffle and silent auction go to benefit Wayne Ward and his young family, in such ways that he can take care of his bills while receiving his chemotherapy, also allowing him the time to do something special with each of his children. And if at all possible to be able to get him back to Vermont for a family reunion.

Donations are being accepted to the silent auction or basket raffle. Some items that have sold well in other auctions are gift baskets including cooking items, holiday items, children's items, food items, gift certificates, electronic equipment, artwork and books.

For more information, call Nikki Niles at 802-362-5208 or email nbhniles@yahoo.com, call Jamie Norse at 802-683-5874, or call John Niles II at 802-379-4028 or email johnny5niles@gmail.com.

MCLA Community Day of Service

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts,

the North Adams Chamber of Commerce and the City of North Adams announce the annual Community Day of Service will take place on Saturday, April 12. Registration will begin in the lower level of the MCLA Church Street Center at 9:30 a.m., to be followed by an official welcome and assignments to work teams and projects.

To sign up to volunteer, contact Spencer Moser at spencer.moser@mcla.edu or 413-662-5251. To share project ideas, contact Glenn Maloney at glenn@northadamschamber.com. Walk-ins are welcome.

Bottle drive

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- ADAPT will host a bottle drive on April 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rite Aid.

Sunday April 13

Bennington Legion Bingo

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.

Book discussion series

ARLINGTON -- The Martha Canfield Library will present "Booker Prize Winners," a free book discussion series sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council, at 2 p.m. on Sundays in April and May. Established in 1968, England's Booker Prize is awarded annually to a citizen of the U.K., the Commonwealth, Ireland, Pakistan or South Africa who has written the year's best novel according to a panel of critics, writers and academics. The discussions will be led by Helene Lang of the Vermont Humanities Council. The program is free and open to the public. The Martha Canfield Library is ADA accessible. This Sunday the book discussed will be "The Blind Assassin" by Margaret Atwood.

Copies of the books to be discussed are available to borrow in advance at the library. For more information, contact Phyllis Skidmore at 802-375-6153.

Ordinary Heroes Day festival

SHAFTSBURY -- The Shaftsbury Historical Society invites everyone to its first "Ordinary Heroes Day Festival" at the Governor Galusha homestead located along Route 7A at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The festival will include historical tours, displays, refreshments and a formal reception. The festival will culminate with the announcement of Shaftsbury's 2014 "Ordinary Hero." This honoree has been selected as a resident who personifies Shaftsbury's civic pride through their passion for our communal history, shared values, and personal efforts to enhance the well-being of all Shaftsbury residents. The Historical Society will honor an individual each year, as there are many "ordinary heroes." For additional information, contact Mitch Race, president at 802-375-2776.

Legion Post No. 69 monthly breakfast

ARLINGTON -- Arlington American Legion Post No. 69 will host its monthly breakfast at 8 a.m. All-you-can eat, includes the following: eggs to order, toast, bacon, sausage, pancakes, french toast, Ed's sausage and gravy and coffee and juice.

Stop by, say hello and have breakfast with your family, friends and neighbors.

The cost is $4; seniors are free. Donations accepted. Call the Legion at 802-375-6157 with questions.

Lecture series on the United Nations

MANCHESTER -- This spring the Mark Skinner Library will offer the opportunity to learn about how the work of the United Nations may change the world's future.

"The World We Want: Goals and Challenges in Peace and Development in the United Nations" lecture series will be presented by U.N. officials and moderated by Yvonne Lodico, Head of the New York Office of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

The free three-part series takes place on Sundays at 4 p.m. at Maple Street School, 322 Maple St.

This series will begin on April 13, when Neil Pierre, chief of policy coordination at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, will present "Leaving No Nation Behind: Putting Poverty and Sustainable Development at the Center."

The series is free and open to the public. For reservations and additional information, call Adult Programming Coordinator Cindy Waters at 802-549-4577 or email events@markskinnerlibrary.org.