April 26

Annual Cub Scout tag sale

SHAFTSBURY -- On April 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain or shine) Cub Scout Pack 330 will hold its annual tag sale at Shaftsbury Methodist Church, 127 Church St. Books, movies, kitchen supplies, decorations, sports equipment, toys, games, tools and more will be on sale. Please come out and support the Scouting program.

Pirate party

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Come and have fun at Cheney Library's Fancy Nancy and the Pirates Party on Saturday, April 26, at 10 a.m. Dress up as the fanciest Nancy or come as a Pirate. We will read a story about Nancy, learn Pirate lingo, sing a sea chantey and enjoy cookies and drinks. There will even be a treasure hunt. This event is for preschool children through third grade -- we ask caregivers to attend, please.

Call with questions 518-686-9401 and also, visit us at cheneylibrary.org.

Prescription take back day

* BENNINGTON -- On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Bennington County Sheriff's Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches) for disposal to Manchester Police Department, 6041 Main St.


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; Winhall Police and Rescue, 113 VT Route 30, Bondville; Bennington Police Department, 118 South St.; or CVS Pharmacy, 8 Kocher Drive, Bennington. The service is free and anonymous.

* HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Hoosick residents are encouraged to bring unused prescription drugs to the Hoosick Falls Village Police Department on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Take this opportunity to safely discard unwanted medicine.

The prescription drug take back program is free and anonymous. Be sure to black out any personal information that may appear on prescription bottles. All prescription drugs and over-the-counter tablets and capsules will be accepted. No intravenous solutions, injectable, or needles, please. Illicit drugs, such as marijuana or methamphetamine, are not part of this collection initiative.

All collected drugs will be disposed of in an environmentally-friendly manner. For additional information, call HAYC3 at 518-686-9050 or visit http://hayc3.org. This initiative is sponsored by HAYC3 in conjunction with the Hoosick Falls Police department.

Earth Day celebration bird walk

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Join the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation for a bird walk in celebration of spring and Earth Day on Saturday, April 26, at 7:30 a.m. at Cole Field.

The walk, led by WRLF director Leslie Reed-Evans, will focus on returning migrants and identifying birds by song and habitat. Cole Field with its ponds, wetlands, and Hoosic River habitat is home to a great variety of birds. Participants should wear sturdy footwear and bring binoculars.

The walk is appropriate for all ages and experience levels. Meet at the parking area near Eph's Pond. For more information, call 413-458-2494, or email ruraland@wrlf.org.

Trout Unlimited fundraiser

MANCHESTER -- The local chapter of Trout Unlimited is pleased to invite all conservation-minded citizens to an annual fundraising banquet on Saturday, April 26, with doors opening at 5 p.m. for drinks, and dinner starting at 6 p.m.

Trout Unlimited is a national conservation organization that is committed to ensuring that clean, healthy streams and aquatic ecosystems are perpetuated. The Southwestern Vermont Chapter of TU is dedicated to working towards healthy rivers in southwestern Vermont, including the Battenkill, Wallomsac, Hoosick, and Mettawee Rivers, along with their tributaries. This year's banquet features special guest speaker Patrick Berry, commissioner of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. The banquet will feature raffles, silent auctions, and door prizes that will appeal to all budgets and many interests.

The banquet will be held at the Inn at Willow Pond with catering by TED's Restaurant. See http://www.innatwillowpond.com for information. Tickets are $45 at the door. See http://tuswvt.org for more details about the banquet. Additional information is also available on Facebook.

Annual Aurora dance party

BENNINGTON -- April 26 is the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce's 10th anniversary of its popular Aurora celebration. This year's theme is "masks." So make one, buy one, borrow one and come for a night of fantasy and lots of fun, from 8 p.m. - 1 a.m. at 190 North St. (Old Graphitek).

To learn more, visit the Aurora Dance Party Facebook page: www.facebook.com/auroradanceparty. Tickets at the door are $15. A cash bar will be by Kevin's Sports Pub and music by DJ RAY/C. Call 802-447-3311 for more information or email auroradanceparty@aol.com.

Williams gospel choir concert

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Gospel Choir on Saturday, April 26, at 7 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams campus. This free event is open to the public.

The Williams Gospel Choir's spring concert is titled "You Made A Way." The concert features gospel hits such as "You Made A Way," "If It Wasn't For Your Grace," and "Victory." Joining the Williams Gospel Choir are the Allegrettos of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Snacks and refreshments will be served at the end of the concert. For more information, go to http://music.williams.edu or call the concert hotline at 413-597-3146.

Introduction to belly dance

BENNINGTON -- Uprising Arts, Inc. and The Yoga Place offer "Goddess Earth Movement," an introduction to fusion belly dance workshop on Saturday, April 2, at 2-3:30 p.m. at 532 Main St.

The workshop will be facilitated by Laura Nash, who has 17 years of experience with belly dance. The class is for all ages, sizes, shapes and abilities. Participants should wear comfortable yoga/dance clothing, bring a yoga mat, water bottle and a scarf to accent the waist. Workshop fee is $25 at the door. To learn more, call 720-298-7910 or email uprisingarts@rocketmail.com.

Pancake breakfast

GRANVILLE, N.Y. -- The Peniel Presbyterian Church on Quaker Street will be having a pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. There will be pancakes, real maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, orange juice and coffee or tea. The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children five to 12 years, free for children under 4. Call 518-642-1513 for more information.

Perennial sale at Hubbard Hall

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- The Hubbard Hall Annual Perennial Sale takes place on Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. until noon (or until everything is sold).

This fundraiser to support community arts is an annual tradition and a favorite throughout the region. You'll find lots of healthy divisions of perennials, some common old workhorses for the garden as well as some rare and special. There will be garden "experts" on hand to chat with about how to care for or site your plant choices.

Donations may also be dropped off beginning at 7 a.m. The sale opens to the public at 9 a.m. Most items sell out by 11 a.m. You may arrange to have donations picked up prior to the sale day by calling Bliss McIntosh at 518-677-3151.

Cub Scout Pack fundraiser

SHAFTSBURY --There will be a fundraiser for Cub Scout Pack 330 on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Shaftsbury Methodist Church, 127 Church St. Please come out and support the Scouting program.

Hoosick Falls Fire Department open house

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Hoosick Falls Volunteer Fire Department invites the public to join them as they participate in the Recruit NY campaign, a statewide volunteer firefighter recruitment initiative. To generate awareness, the department is holding an open house on Saturday, April 26, at the Hoosick Falls Fire Department on Griffin Ave. in the Village of Hoosick Falls, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is an opportunity for the public to meet firefighters and learn about the duties and rewards that come with being a volunteer. Various activities and demonstrations will be held throughout the day. In addition, hot dogs, hamburgers, and other refreshments will be provided.

For more information, visit www.hoosickfallsfd.org or e-mail chief@hoosickfallsfd.org. For more information on the Recruit NY campaign, visit www.recruitny.org or contact you're the Hoosick Falls Fire department.

Family movie night

BENNINGTON -- Join Mount Anthony Country Club for a showing of "The Incredibles" Saturday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. Free movie and popcorn. Children can enjoy a delicious Kids Menu starting at 5 p.m. Babysitters will be on site to watch the kids during the movie while parents enjoy a nice dinner out at The GRILLE.

To make reservations, call 802-442-2617 or visit the Country Club at www.mtanthonycc.com.

SVC Spring open house

BENNINGTON -- Southern Vermont College will hold its Spring Open House on April 26, beginning with check-in between 9:30 and 10 a.m. Prospective students and their families will have an opportunity to learn about the college's majors, athletics, campus life, academic support, scholarships and financial aid. The event includes guided tours of campus and presentations on academic programs by faculty members with live demonstrations in the Healthcare Education Center of DVC's state of the art simulation, skills and energized laboratories. Pre-registration is encouraged and can be done at svc.edu/openhouse. For more information, contact Admissions at 802-447-6300 or admissions@svc.edu. Or visit svc.edu/welcome to schedule an individual visit.

April 27

Grange breakfast

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

Legion bingo

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

Shires Housing open house

MANCHESTER -- Shires Housing of Southwest Vermont will be holding an open house at their Manchester Knoll location on Sunday, April 27, from noon until 2 p.m. Shires Housing is a non-profit organization (formerly known as RAHC) that has served the Shires of Vermont for more than 20 years. Their mission is to provide top quality apartments that fit the budgets of working people.

This open house will allow working people and families to view available units located on Torrey Knoll in Manchester Center (just off Richville Road) These apartments are specifically targeted to regular working folks who have a hard time paying market rates for rent. Anyone interested in a possible Shires Housing unit is welcome to stop by and view Shires Housing's top quality apartments. While touring Shires' units, you will be able to enter a prize drawing and enjoy light refreshments free of charge.

For more information, contact Shires Housing at 802-442-8139 or visit www.shireshousing.org.

Pancake breakfast benefit

WEST HOOSICK, N.Y. -- The West Hoosick Fire Department announces an "All You Can Eat" breakfast at the firehouse on Sunday, April 27 from 7:30 to 11 a.m. The menu includes pancakes, French toast, eggs, sausage, bacon, toast, juice, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. The firehouse is located on Pine Valley Road, near the intersection of county Routes 109 and 103. Any questions, please call the firehouse at 518-686-1814.

Spring concert program

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington County Choral Society (BCCS), under Music Director Edwin Lawrence, presents its spring concert program, "Masses from Two Different Worlds." Performances are Saturday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 27, at 3 p.m., at Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church. A reception follows the Sunday concert, bidding farewell to longtime director Lawrence. Tickets are $15 at the door. The church is handicapped accessible.

"Masses from Two Different Worlds" is sponsored by Church Insurance Company of Vermont. BCCS is honored to have Church Insurance Co. of Vermont participate in its new Corporate Sponsorship program.

Zumbathon to benefit SVC cheerleaders

BENNINGTON -- There will be a Zumbathon Sunday at the Southern Vermont College gym to benefit the SVC Cheerleading team to raise money for new uniforms. The event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Cost is $5. Teachers will be Off the Wall instructors Nancy Brooks and Cassandra Barbeau.

Announcement

Nature walks planned for Ash Tree Awareness Week

DORSET -- During the week of April 27 through May 3, the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation's Urban and Community Forestry Program, in coordination with the UVM Extension, the U.S. Forest Service, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, USDA APHIS, will host a series of events that celebrate the valuable contributions that ash trees make to Vermont's environment and economy, and to the quality of life of Vermonters. Ash Tree Awareness week will kick off on Sunday, April 27, with guided nature walks in nearly every Vermont county. Local walks:

Bennington County: Kyle Mason, Bennington County Forester 10 a.m. to noon at Emerald Lake State Park. Park and meet at the maintenance shop near park entrance.

A list of additional events can be found at http://www.vtinvasives.org/ashawarenessweek.