Monday, April 14

Talk on decline of amphibian population

BENNINGTON -- Karen R. Lips of the University of Maryland will give a talk titled "Amphibian Population Declines: Complex Causes and Consequences for Global Amphibian Biodiversity Loss" at Bennington College.

Unprecedented environmental change, including climate change, is driving massive alterations to the world's flora and fauna. One factor in these changes is the emergence of new infectious diseases of wildlife, forests, food crops, and us. Not all species of wildlife respond equally to these threats, and amphibians are suffering disproportionate biodiversity loss.

Lips' research focuses on why species of amphibians differ in their response to global threats such as emerging infectious disease and global climate change, how those changes affect other parts of the ecosystem, and how we might use this information to prioritize conservation decisions.

Her lab uses field studies, experimentation and modeling to study the biology of as they are affected by disease and climate change. This talk is open to the public and will talk place at 1 p.m. at the CAPA Symposium.

Lifeguard training course

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Recreation Center will hold a Lifeguard Training Course from April 14 through April 18 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the cost of the course is $200. Re-certification cost is $100. Must be at least 15. Call the Rec Center at 802-442-1053 to register and for information about the course prerequisites.

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).

Food for Fines at Grafton Community Library

GRAFTON, N.Y. -- Grafton Community Library is offering an opportunity to get rid of your late fees while helping to provide crucial food items for those in need in the community.

For every nonperishable food item that brought in to the library between April 14 and April 19, the library will waive one of your late fees. All food items will be donated to the Parish of Our Lady of the Snow Food Pantry and will go directly to help families in need in our community.

The food pantry is in particular need of the following: coffee, teabags, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, spaghetti sauce, soups, cranberry sauce, canned veggies, canned fruit, canned chicken, tuna fish, instant potatoes, rice-a-roni, pasta-roni, cereals, and juices.

Note: They can only waive fees for items belonging to Grafton Community Library and cannot waive fees for items that are still checked out or lost. Do not bring expired or damaged food items, or items that are unlabeled.

‘The Hungry Heart' shown at Bennington College

BENNINGTON -- At 7 p.m. in the Kinoteca Theatre at Bennington College, the documentary "The Hungry Heart" will be screened.

"The Hungry Heart" provides an intimate look at the often hidden world of prescription drug addiction by focusing on a community in Vermont, and by following pediatrician Fred Holmes who works with patients struggling with this disease.

The film and its stories were featured as part of Gov. Peter Shumlin's 2014 state of the state address. Filmmaker Bess O'Brien will be present for discussion after the film. Contact Michiel Considine at mconsidine@bennington.edu or 802-440-4330 with questions.

Eckankar of Vermont event

BENNINGTON -- An open discussion: "The Art of Spiritual Dreaming" will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library. Are dreams important to you? Do you want to become a more conscious dreamer? All are welcome; this discussion 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, visit www.eckankar-vt.org or call 800-772-9390.

Tuesday, April 15

Mini antique cars and trucks program

ARLINGTON -- The Martha Canfield Library will host a special program on "Miniature Antique Cars and Trucks" at 7 p.m.

Kevin Kees, of Shaftsbury, will speak about his collection of antique cars and trucks in miniature and show examples. Kees focuses primarily on plastic model cars and trucks. He will also present a short history of model collecting and describe how he got started in the hobby in the 1960s.

The program is free of charge and is open to everyone who is interested in this topic -- all ages welcome. Call 802-375-6153 for more information.

Southern Vermont Myeloma Support Network meeting

BENNINGTON -- The Southern Vermont Myeloma Support Network (including the Berkshires and eastern New York) will hold a support group meeting on Tuesday, April 15, 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 join us! 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).

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.

DAR meeting to meet at St. Peter's

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, will meet at St. Peter's Church at 1:30 p.m. The program will include Good Citizen Awards, a history quiz, and a business meeting. For more information, call Janet Wilson at 802-375-9020.

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.

Lecture on music at Williams College

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Professor James Parakilas of Bates College will give a lecture titled "Inner Need/Social Bonds: The Double Life We Lead in Music" at 4:15 p.m. in Bernhard Music Center Room 30 on the Williams College campus.

Williams libraries to resume Tuesday Teas program

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- After a four-year hiatus, the Tuesday Tea series will return to Williams College in April. The program aims to celebrate Williams authors and honor their creative works. The teas will be hosted at 4 p.m. on the main level of Sawyer Library. The events are free and open to the public.

Each tea will consist of a 20-minute presentation followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session.

The full schedule is as follows:

* April 15: Sam Crane, Fred Greene Third Century Professor of Political Science, will discuss his book "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of the Dao: Ancient Chinese Thought in Modern America."

* April 22: Leslie Brown, associate professor of history, will present her book "African American Voices: A Documentary Reader from Emancipation to the Present."

* April 29: Antonia Foias, professor of anthropology, will share her book "Ancient Maya Political Dynamics."

Free financial planning for NBH employees

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Kevin P. O'Donnell, CFP of Berkshire Bank Investment Services, an affiliate of Berkshire Bank, will be available for financial planning for former employees of Northern Berkshire Healthcare. Walk-ins are welcomed, and appointments can be made with O'Donnell between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. These meetings are at no cost or obligation to the individual and it's an opportunity for NBH employees to pose questions related to retirement, financial and/or event planning.

Berkshire Bank understands that each individual impacted by the sudden closing of North Adams Regional Hospital and its affiliates has unique financial needs.

Autism support group for parents

BENNINGTON -- The Parents Supporting our Children Autism group will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Atwood Center on Dewey Street. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call Wendy at 802-447-5716 or visit asdvt.org.

Deane Carriage Barn concert series

BENNINGTON -- The Deane Carriage Barn concert series presents a performance by composer and percussionist Lukas Ligeti, whose work incorporates elements of jazz, contemporary classical and various world music. This event will be held in the Deane Carriage Barn at Bennington College at 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16

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.

Historical Society meeting

GRAFTON, N.Y. -- The Grafton Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. in the Grafton Town Hall. Bob Mayo will give a presentation on how digitized New York State newspapers available on the Internet can be used to research local and family history. He will discuss some of what he learned about Taconic Lake history and his own family history in the process. The program is free and the public is welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Grand opening of Vets' center

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- MCLA will present a ribbon cutting Wednesday, April 16, at noon in Venable Hall, room 309, for its Veteran's Resource Center. This Center will provide MCLA veterans with the essential components in assessment and screening, general academic support systems, professional and peer support, outreach, student organizations, wellness, and access to training and campus-based computer technology. This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 17

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.

Family friendly play at Oldcastle

BENNINGTON -- The Oldcastle Theatre Company presents A. A. Milne's "The Ugly Duckling." This show, adapted for children (and written by the author who gave us the "Winnie the Pooh" series) is fun for the whole family. Shows on Thursday, April 17, at 11 a.m.; Friday, April 18, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 19, at 11 a.m.

Annual undergraduate research conference

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will host its 12th annual Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) on Thursday, April 17, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Venable Gym, when hundreds of MCLA students will present their research. Held each year in April, the URC is a campus-wide celebration of the talent and dedication of MCLA's students.

Incarceration and race discussion

BENNINGTON -- A talk on "Incarceration in America" by Glenn Martin, director of the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy at The Fortune Society, will examine the current state of incarceration, the relation between race and incarceration and the ways in which the system could be improved. This event will be held at the CAPA Symposium at Bennington College at 7 p.m.

Friday, April 18

Sr. Natalie Cain will speak on Catholic Social Teaching

NORTH ADAMS -- The Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative will host a presentation on Catholic Social Teaching by Sr. Natalie Cain at its Friday, April 18, monthly meeting.

The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. in the Eagle Street Room of the First Baptist Church of North Adams. All are welcome.

Cain, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, is well-known in Northern Berkshire and a former longtime employee of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition.

Catholic Social Teaching came into its own when Pope Leo XIII initiated its modern phase in response to the abuse of workers during the Industrial Revolution. Exemplified now by Pope Francis' concern for the poor and a more just economy, this teaching includes such concepts as solidarity, participation, the right of all people to a fair share of resources and, increasingly, protection of the natural environment.

We will reserve some time to reflect on community response to the recent announcement of the closing of North Adams Regional Hospital.

Call Mark at 413-664-0130 for more information.

Dance community gathering

BENNINGTON -- Come dance at Nataraja, a new monthly gathering for the local dance community on the third Friday of each month. The next gathering will be from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Yoga Place.

The forming of Nataraja came out of a desire from and for dancers of any shape, size and ability to have a safe and fun place to find their artistic expression. Talking is kept to a minimum. Bring a water bottle and there will be no alcohol or mind-altering substances. Each person is asked for a $5 donation; proceeds will be donated to The Greater Bennington Interfaith Council's food pantry, or to the homeless shelter.

Music is eclectic and will vary each month. Call 720-298-7910 for more information.

American Legion Auxiliary dinner

POWNAL -- The American Legion Auxiliary of Pownal Post 90 will serve a fish and chips dinner on Friday, April 18 at the American Legion on Route 7.

The menu will include fried haddock, french fried potatoes and cole slaw. Dessert is included and beverages will be available. The cost for adults is $8.50; children, $4 (ages 12 and under). Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. This is a fundraiser to support the post's veterans programs. If you have any questions, call 802-823-5016.

All ages program at Grafton Library

GRAFTON. N.Y. -- Storyteller Gil Payette will presents "Native American Animal Spirits," at 6:30 p.m.

In this program, Payette will weave together his teaching and storytelling skills to give us a glimpse of how Native Americans understand spiritual and sacred animal power. Some Native American languages had no word for "animal." These life forms were considered extended family -- brothers, sisters, cousins -- each one unique unto itself, a symbol of power, of the soul, a creative element with a spiritual purpose. Special prizes will be given.

Women's council meeting

BENNINGTON -- The next Women's Council will meet at 6:45 p.m. in Room 2 at Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside St. The topic will be "Staying Connected -- What makes you feel whole?"

Come explore the depths of your being and share in a safe circle of kindred souls. Bring an open heart and mind, as well as paper and pen. Admission by donation, $10 minimum. Contact Teresa King at 802-733-5729 or teresaking1@live.com to reserve a space.

Saturday, April 19

Third Annual Easter egg hunt

ARLINGTON -- Arlington Community Church is sponsoring the community Easter egg hunt for kids 2 to 10 at Arlington Recreation Park. They will be meeting at the Lion's Pavilion at 1 p.m. Come enjoy the free fun sponsored by Arlington Community Church. For more information contact Pastor Tim Snyder at 518-677-2504 or tsnyderaa@hotmail.com.

Pure yoga with Peter Rizzo

BENNINGTON -- The Yoga Place in Bennington is offering Pure Yoga/Divine Yoga with Peter Rizzo from 9 to 11:15 a.m. at 532 Main St. Peter Rizzo teaches yoga in the Jivamukti, or bliss, style and is a master teacher. The cost is $30 preregistered by April 16, $35 at the door or by donation. To register or for more information, call 802-447-0393 or visit www.benningtonyoga.com.

Williams concert: "Sextet"

WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Percussion Ensemble in a concert titled "Sextet" on Saturday at 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams campus. This free event is open to the public.

"Sextet" features two recent works for percussion trio, and Steve Reich's masterpiece Sextet for percussion and keyboards. Chapin Hall is located at 54 Chapin Hall Drive on the Williams College campus.

Bennington Battle Monument season opens

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Battle Monument at 15 Monument Circle in Old Bennington opens for the season on Saturday, April 19. Looking for something to do with the family on Easter Weekend? Little ones (12 and under) can look for hidden eggs on the grounds and everyone can see spring's arrival from the observation floor. The egg hunts will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, ending when all eggs are gone.

Inside selected eggs will be free passes to the Monument. Some of the eggs will have surprise gifts. The Monument and gift shop will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily through Oct. 31.

Scenic vistas of Vermont, Massachusetts, and New York, are seen from the observation level high within the Monument. The observation level is accessible by elevator. Admission to the Monument is $5 for adults, $1 for children (ages 6 thru 14), children 5 and under are free, as are scheduled school groups. Tickets to the Monument can be purchased in the gift shop.

Further information and a complete calendar of events are available online at www.historicsites.vermont.org/bennington, visit Vermont State Historic Sites on Facebook or call 802-447-0550.

Bennington Farmers' Market

BENNINGTON -- The last Bennington Farmers' Market of the indoor season will be held at the First Baptist Church, 600 Main St. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Pick up 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. Students from Bennington College will help us prepare to celebrate Earth Day. And enjoy music by Bud Mattison and friends. Additional parking is available behind the church. The 2014 outdoor market season kicks off on May 3 at River Park near the Bennington Station. For more information, visit www.benningtonfarmersmarket.org.

Sunday, April 20

Legion Bingo

BENNINGTON -- Bingo at American Legion Post 13 is held every Sunday. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and bingo starts at 6 p.m. No one under 14 will be admitted.

Announcements

Choral Society music scholarship auditions deadline

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington County Choral Society is preparing for its 2014 music scholarship auditions. This year the Choral Society will award up to two $400 scholarships to talented high school musicians from Bennington County and the neighboring New York towns of Petersburgh, Hoosick, White Creek, Cambridge and the Massachusetts towns of Williamstown and North Adams.

The auditions will be held on Tuesday, May 13, at the Second Congregational Church. Those interested in more information or an application for the audition, should contact Barbara Kourajian at 413-458-2798 or bkour@roadrunner.com. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, April 15.

Snowmobile season ends

RUTLAND -- Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF) officials want to remind the public that snowmobile season ends on Tuesday, April 15.

Rabies vaccination reminder

BURLINGTON -- Even Vermont's most populated area is not free from the threat of rabies. The last four animals that have tested positive for rabies -- all raccoons -- were trapped in Burlington and South Burlington.

"This is a good reminder to vaccinate your pets and not attract wild animals with food, compost, bird seed or exposed trash," said Robert Johnson, DVM, state public health veterinarian.

Eleven cases have been recorded so far this year among raccoons, skunks, and one bobcat in Clarendon.

Avoid contact with any wild animal, and if it is acting strangely, contact the Vermont Rabies Hotline: 800-472-2437 (800-4-RABIES), Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (toll-free in Vermont), or 802-223-8697. There has never been a human case of rabies reported to the Health Department since the disease was first recorded in the state in 1963. The virus can spread through the bite of -- or contact with -- saliva from an infected animal. Rabies vaccine given soon after exposure is highly effective at preventing illness. Once the signs and symptoms of rabies start to appear, there is no treatment and the disease is almost always fatal.

For more information visit: http://healthvermont.gov/prevent/rabies/Rabies.aspx.

Crewmember reunion

DANVERS, Mass. -- The 2014 reunion of all USS BOSTON ships will be held from July 10 through 13. All former crewmembers USN, USMC, flag personnel and family are welcome. For details, contact USS BOSTON Shipmates, Inc., 603-672-8772.

Third annual Canal Street fair

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Canal Street Family Fair is still looking for vendors of all kinds for the biggest fair yet. On Sunday, June 29, the organizers of the Canal Street Fair will host an outdoor family style street fair. There will be music, kids games, raffles, a Chinese auction, food, bouncy houses and independent retail vendors from noon until 6 p.m.

Spots are filling up. Registration for vendors will be $30 for a 10ft x10ft setup area. Applications can be obtained by emailing UEABooking@yahoo.com. All proceeds collected by the organizers will go directly to the Shriners' Hospital for Children in Springfield.

Town of Bennington project list

BENNINGTON -- Monday, April 14: Construction will begin on Northside Drive near the Northside Diner. This construction will continue South the the Orchard Road intersection. It is expected to take approximately 90 days. Motorists should use caution while traveling in this area.

Tuesday, April 15 to Thursday April 17: Water Department crews will begin replacing water lines on Silver Street. Construction will begin at Union Street and continue up Silver Street to Norton Street. There will no through traffic on these days. All residents will still have access to their properties at all times.

All week: Sidewalk demolition will begin, on Silver Street, between Union and Norton. All work will depend on the weather.