Monday, April 28

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.

WRLF nature classes

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is offering weekly drop-in nature classes for preschoolers at its Sheep Hill property Monday mornings beginning at 10 a.m., from April 28 through May 19.

Sheep Hill, a conservation property and the headquarters of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, is a place for children to experience and explore the natural world. This child-friendly conservation property offers room to roam, and indoor facilities for getting out of the weather.

The 60 to 90 minute weekly classes will include nature stories, crafts and activities focusing on nature in spring. Naturalist and WRLF Director Leslie Reed-Evans will lead the class.

The cost for each session is $15 per child, $12 for WRLF members. There is a $10 discount for signing up for all sessions. Parents may bring children to one class or all. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. A parent or guardian must accompany each two children. For more information contact the WRLF at ruraland@wrlf.org, or 413-458-2494.

Outdoor meditation session

BENNINGTON -- An eight week session on Outdoor Meditation starts at Bennington Project Independence, from 5 to 5:30 p.m.

Meditation techniques, benefits discussion will be followed by 10-minute meditation. The sessions will be held outside regardless of temperature, there is cover in case of rain. Call Tracy at 802-442-8136 with questions. This event is free and open to all. Start at any time during the eight-week session.

American Association of University Women lecture

BENNINGTON -- Holly Edwards, senior lecturer in art history at Williams College, will deliver a talk titled "One Image at a Time" in the Rotary Room of Bennington Free Library at 7 p.m. The lecture is a continuation of a popular series on the Middle East sponsored by the Bennington Branch of the American Association of University Women. The talk is open to the public and will be followed by light refreshments.

The talk will address the medium of photography and how it complicates, as well as enhances, the world we occupy. Edwards will follow one photograph from the moment of its production in Iraq in 2004 until now.

The American Association of University Women is a national organization that advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. The Bennington Branch offers programs in the Bennington and Northshire areas, sponsors a monthly book group, and awards scholarships for local non-traditional women students pursuing a college education.

Tuesday, April 29

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.

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.

Spring Opportunity Days at Long Trail School

DORSET -- Long Trail School welcomes all current and prospective families to come and sit in on a class or two, join us for lunch and question-and-answer, and witness the opportunities at the school.

Classes in these time blocks include math, science, history, English, world languages and arts; visitors can observe middle school, upper school and mixed level classes. The event runs Tuesday and Wednesday April 29 and 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In order to plan, pre-registration requested. For information and registration, contact Kim Murphy, admission coordinator, at 802-867-5717, ext.1991 or kmurphy@longtrailschool.org. You can also register to attend via the Long Trail School website at www.longtrailschool.org.

Wednesday, April 30

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.

Introduction to somatic experiencing

ARLINGTON -- An introduction to somatic experiencing will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for $20 at St. James Episcopal Church at 46 Church St. RSVP to Rebecca Hammer at rebhammer@yahoo.com.

Poetry reading

BENNINGTON -- The Poetry at Bennington series presents a reading and discussion with Shane McCrae, recipient of the 2011 Whiting Writers and 2013 NEA Creative Writing Followship, in Tishman Lecture Hall at Bennington College at 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 1

Chicken and biscuit supper

MIDDLE GRANVILLE, N.Y. -- A family-style chicken and biscuit supper will be held at the Middle Granville Presbyterian Church on Route 22A from 5 to 7 p.m. The menu will include chicken and biscuits, mashed potatoes, gravy, veggies, cranberry sauce, cole slaw, homemade pies and drinks. Tickets at the door; adults, $8; kids 5 to12, $4; under 4 free. Gift certificates and take-out available. Call 518-642-3871 for more information.

Blood drive at American Legion

BENNINGTON -- The American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive at the American Legion, sponsored by American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Walk-ins welcome, or call 800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org to set up an appointment.

Win a Eureka camping package worth $1,670; all presenting donors during May and June may enter to win this package that includes: two tents, four sleeping bags with sleeping mats, four chairs and a table, non-transferable or redeemable for cash.

The American Legion is located at 225 Northside Drive.

NYS Pre-Licensing course

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The NYS pre-licensing course, needed to obtain a N.Y. State driver's license, will be offered on Thursday, May 1 at the Hoosick Falls Central School.

Registration will be held that evening (no pre-registration) beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the High School office, with class following promptly at 5 p.m. A valid learner's permit and $35 correct cash or check is required. Call Terri Burdick at 518-686-9492, ext. 1034 for further information.

Greenwich Library book sale

GREENWICH, N.Y. -- May 1 will be all about reading when the Friends of the Greenwich Library's First Thursday Boomerang Book store in the basement will be open for business from 4 until 7:30 p.m. Come and pore over the thousands of new and like-new books on the shelves. New material arrives every day, and materials that haven't sold are routinely rotated out.

This month's incentive-to-shop: Free VHS tapes. Clip out this item and bring it in for as many free VHS tapes as you can carry. All proceeds from First Thursday Boomerang Sales go toward library programs and materials.

Pownal Legion bingo

POWNAL -- American Legion Post 90 in Pownal holds bingo on

Thursdays. Doors open at 5 p.m., bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. promptly. Snack bar available. Cookie jar and progressive games. Everyone is invited to attend.

Bennington Free Clinic hours

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.

Food shelf hours

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The Food Shelf at the North Bennington Baptist Church is open every Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Friday, May 2

Rock and Bowl benefit

MANCHESTER --- The Fifth Annual Rock and Bowl will be held at the First Congregational Church from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., sponsored by the Long Trail School to benefit the Community Food Cupboard.

The menu will feature homemade ziti, green salad, garlic bread and brownie sundaes. Along with dinner, attendees will be treated to performances by many musicians of the Long Trail School. For more information, contact Courtney Callo at 802-867-5717, ext. 141.

Benny Golson appears with Williams Jazz Ensemble

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College Department of Music will present the Williams Jazz Ensemble, featuring saxophonist Benny Golson performing with the ensemble directed by Kris Allen at 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams campus. This free event is open to the public.

Stoneware Collectors group meeting

BENNINGTON -- The Stoneware Collectors Group will meet at 4 p.m. at the Bennington Museum for a presentation by William C. Ketchum Jr. A well-known figure in the antiques world, Ketchum has written many books on various topics including "Potters and Potteries of New York State, 1650-1900," and "American Redware." His presentation is titled "An Overview of New York State Redware." The lecture is included with the $10 admission to the Bennington Museum.

Those who would like to browse through the museum galleries prior to the lecture may do so. This event is open to the public. For additional information, contact Steve or Lorraine German at 860-653-5733 or visit their website at www.madriverantiques.com/Bennington.htlm.

Saturday, May 3

Spring Craft Fair

MANCHESTER -- Vermont Reading Partners will present the second annual Spring Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Manchester Elementary School. Admission is free.

It will feature American-made specialty crafts including pottery, quilts, jewelry, purses and totes, woodworking, knitting, frames, jams and cheese, photography, hair accessories, silk scarves, paintings, stained glass, maple syrup and more. There will also be raffles, free bookshare for kids, food concessions and complementary gift for the first 50 patrons. For more information, call 802-362-2323.

Community spruce-up

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Join many community members between 9 a.m. to noon and volunteer to help do some spring-cleaning with HAYC3.

Everyone is encouraged to help; this annual project attracts more than 150 individuals, groups, churches, schools, businesses, and organizations each year. Besides giving the village a spring spruce-up, you get to meet and spend time with others who care about it and do something good. Help tidy up and groom parks, flowerbeds, roadsides, sidewalks, yards, and other community spaces and get them ready for the warm weather.

If you know of a public or community organization's space that needs help, please let HAYC3 know. They will make every attempt that it is covered by one of the groups on cleanup day. Each team, or group of people, will be assigned a specific area to focus on.

Meet at the HAYC3 welcome station in Wood Memorial Park at 9 a.m. to get a community beautification assignment. Visit www.hayc3 for more information, or call HAYC3 at 518-686-9050.

Green Up Day registration

BENNINGTON -- Green Up Day is May 3 from 8 a.m. to noon. If you wish to clean an area, street or neighborhood, please call the Town Office at 802-442-1037 to register. They must know the area you will be cleaning up and where the trash will be in order to facilitate town collection. The town will provide bags; however, the number may be limited so call early.

Helping children keep a garden journal

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Visit Cheney Library at 10 a.m. and be part of a gardening lecture on helping children keep a garden journal. Some children, once introduced to gardening, will become lifelong gardeners. Others lose interest fast and head back to their computer games. Whether their interests are in art, music, writing or building, teaching children to keep a journal will get them outdoors and hone their academic skills through the school year or over vacations, all while tending their garden plants. Leader Marilou Town-Pudiak is a Master Gardener with

Cornell Cooperative Extension and a retired teacher. There will be lots to learn for kids and adults.

Visit: www.cheneylibrary.org.

Yoga workshop

BENNINGTON -- On Saturday, May 3, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The Yoga Place will host "Gateway to the Heart: Backbends and Inversions in Yoga," a workshop to explore the foundation of backbends and inversions along with common issues that arise with these positions. Learn tools for empowering these positions as well as variations and modifications.

The workshop, for all interested students, beginner to advanced, will take place at the studio at 532 Main St. Lauren Robin Blandin, RYT, MAT, will lead the workshop. Workshop fee is $25 prepaid by April 29, $30 at the door or by donation.

Youth Appreciation Day

BENNINGTON -- This year's Youth Appreciation Day will be a fun-filled event for youth of all ages. There will be music, games, food, sports, activities and more from noon to 4 p.m. at Willow Park. Sponsored by Southwestern Vermont Health Care. For more information, visit Bennington Youth Appreciation Day 2014 on facebook.

Annual Green-up Day scavenger hunt

SHAFTSBURY -- The Town of Shaftsbury and the Shaftsbury Elementary School Student Council invites residents to help "Green Up" Shaftsbury's roadsides.

Come to Cole Hall/Town Garage between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., where you can exchange filled Green-Up bags for refreshments. Those lucky enough to find a strategically placed "lady bug" underneath the litter they collect can redeem it for a prize.

Supplies of Green-Up bags will be available prior to Green-Up Day at the following locations: Whitman's Feed Store, Paulin's Store in Shaftsbury, Clear Brook Farm, the Town Office, and the Shaftsbury Transfer Station. Bags will also be available at Cole Hall on May 3.

Filled Green-Up bags can be left at the following locations: Shaftsbury's Town Garage (on May 3 only), Transfer Station, North Shaftsbury Fire Station (north side of station), East Road and Maple Hill Road, Buck Hill Road and East Road, Lamb Road and West Mountain Road, Bennett Hill Road, Mead Road, Bouplon Hollow Road, Murphy Hill Road (Bouplon's Corners), Shaftsbury Hollow Road and Granger Hollow Road.

For more information, or to "adopt" a neighborhood or road for Green-Up Day, contact Karen Mellinger at 802-447-1950.

‘Outsider' art panel

BENNINGTON -- "Reinterpreting Modern and Contemporary Self-Taught Art" will take place at 2 p.m. in the Ada Paresky Education Center of the Bennington Museum.

Join the audience to hear a panel of experts including creators of "outsider" art discuss the complex task that has become an increasingly pressing concern among today's art historian, critics, and institutions -- the reinterpretation of modern and contemporary self-taught art. Moderated by curator Jamie Franklin, the panel includes Tony Gengarelly, professor emeritus at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and project director of the Jessica Park Project; Ken Burkhardt, former curator of exhibitions and the Chicago Cultural Center; and Karl Mullen, musician and visual artist.

This museum program is free and open to the public.

Meals on Wheels fundraiser

BENNINGTON -- The 13th Annual Tennis Tournament to support Meals on Wheels of Bennington County will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bennington Tennis Center, 200 Lover's Lane.

Sunday, May 4

Celebrate annual Taste of Hoosick

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- From 3 to 6 p.m. at St. Mary's Academy auditorium, top area restaurants and the Hoosick Falls Central School Jazz Band will be featured.

All proceeds benefiting the Hoosick Area Church Association Inc. Food Pantry.

The Taste of Hoosick showcases fifteen of the top restaurants in the area to give the public the opportunity to taste specialty items from each of them. This year's Taste of Hoosick once again brings to St. Mary's stage the Hoosick Falls Central School Jazz Band, under the direction of Bill Brown. Joining the music fest for the first time will be Dottie Cross and Friends. The popular silent auction promises to have something for everyone.

Tickets are $12.50 before the event or $15 at the door for adults, $10 for children 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and under. Tickets will be available at several locations, to be announced.

All proceeds from the event will go to the HACA Food Pantry. Pantry volunteers will be on hand accepting food donations and discussing volunteer opportunities.

Annual Steve Zemianek Road Race

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The 36th annual Steve Zemianek Road Race will be held on May 4 beginning at the Park McCullough house.

This year the event is dedicated to the memory of local educator and marathon runner Gail Harwood who recently passed away. The race is produced and directed by the Batten Kill Valley Runners. The lead sponsor of the race for 2014 is Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Orthopaedics. As in past years, all net proceeds will be donated to the Mount Anthony Union High School Zemianek scholarship fund.

The kids' race begins at 9:30 a.m., and the 3.8K and 10K races are run simultaneously beginning at 10 a.m. Awards will be given for the first three places in age groups ranging from 12 and under to 90.

Registration is $15 in advance and $20 after May 1. A custom designed t-shirt will be given to the first 200 registrants of the 3.8K and 10K races. Runners can register online at runreg.com. Paper registration forms are available at Wills Insurance, the Bennington Recreation Center, Off the Wall, Anytime Fitness, Shaftsbury Country store, Bennington Sports Center, and all schools in Bennington and North Bennington.

Brunswick Grange tailgate sale

SCHAGHTICOKE, N.Y. -- The Brunswick Grange will hold its annual spring agriculture tailgate sale at the fairgrounds, Route 67 and 40, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. More than 50 vendors will have varieties of chickens, ducks, geese, pigeons, veggies, plants and other agricultural items. No dogs, cats, puppies or kittens will be allowed for sale. A donation of $15 per vender will be charged. Event will be held rain or shine, refreshments available. For more information, call 518-279-9113.

Restorative yoga workshop

BENNINGTON -- Come to a "Restorative Yoga Workshop" from 5:30 to 7 p.m. 532 Main St. Restorative yoga is a passive form of yoga in which bolsters, blankets and other props are used to facilitate fully supported poses for total body healing in conscious and purposeful rest.

Facilitated by Laura Nash at the Yoga Place, the fee is $18 pre-registered by April 29 or $25 at the door. To register or for more information, 802-447-0393 or www.benningtonyoga.com.

Pownal bingo

POWNAL -- The Pownal Valley Seniors will host bingo at 1 p.m. in the Pownal Center Firehouse. There will be a progressive jackpot and a free lunch.

Scottish music concert

BRATTLEBORO -- Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas (violin/cello duo playing Scottish music) will perform Sunday, May 4 at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.. at the First Baptist Church, 190 Main St. Tickets are $18 in advance, and for seniors or $21 at the door. For on-line purchase visit BrattleboroTix.com. buy in person at Everyone's Bookstore, 25 Elliot St., The Toadstool, Colony Mill in Keene, N.H.; World Eye Bookshop, 156 Main St., Greenfield Mass. Call 802-257-1571 for more information.

Wildflower walk

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Trustees of Reservations invite you to join naturalist Pam Weatherbee at Field Farm on Sunday, May 4 at 1 p.m. for an eye-opening spring wildflower walk. On the two-hour easy walking tour Weatherbee will introduce you to the fascinating flora of the rich woods. The walk is free and open to the public. For more information call 413-684-0148 or email pvregion@ttor.org.

Bennington VFW breakfast

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington VFW Post 1332, 137 North St., hosts a senior breakfast on the first Sunday of the month beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing "until gone." Donation: $5. Call 802-442-9857 with questions.

Bennington 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 will be admitted.

Announcements

NOFA announces CSA Open Farm day

RICHMOND -- Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont announces the first CSA Open Farm Day. On Sunday, May 4, from 1 to 4 p.m., farms across Vermont will open their greenhouses, barns, and fields to community members.

This day is an opportunity for everyone to get to know a local farmer, and falls just before the beginning of most farms' CSA programs. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and is a form of direct farm-to-consumer sales in which the customer typically subscribes in the spring for a weekly share of the season's produce.

More than 40 farms will participate in this year's CSA Open Farm Day. Farm activities may include tours, demonstrations, product tasting, scavenger hunts, and more. Everyone is welcome to this community event.

Learn more and find a participating farm near you at www.nofavt.org/CSA-day.

Hoosical Furnishings celebration and art auction

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- There will be 50 pieces, large and small, old and new and each one has been transformed by an artist from its original plain old self into a work of art at the Hoosical Furnishings celebration and art auction.

Look for the Hoosical Furnishings in windows around the village starting Tuesday, April 29. Find your favorite.

At the Hoosical Furnishings event on Saturday, May 10, all of the pieces will be at The Armory. Previews begin at 6 p.m., the bidding starts at 7 p.m. There will be a cash bar and light refreshments. Note, this is a 21-and-older only event.

Tickets are $20 and the quantity is limited. Call HAYC3 at 518-686-9050 to get your tickets. If you cannot be at the event, but would like to bid on an item, you can get an absentee bid form on the HAYC3 website. Just print it out, fill it out and mail it in. For more information, visit www.hayc3.org.

Bakers and fun makers wanted

BENNINGTON -- The Cancer Center Community Crusaders will host its premiere event on May 31 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.

The Cupcake Crusade and Community Remembrance will feature a cupcake tasting contest, entertainment, children's activities, and food vendors from 2 to 6:30 p.m. A candle lighting ceremony and time of reflection will follow from 6:30 p.m. until dark.

Community organizations, families, friend groups and anyone else who would like to join the crusade to raise funds and support local cancer patients and local cancer research are invited to join the celebration and set up a game booth or activity to benefit the event. No commercial vendors. Carnival games are especially encouraged.

Groups are also invited to form a crew and take part in the Cupcake Crusade. There is a small fee to enter the contest. Participants must bring a dozen full-size cupcakes for the judges and 48 mini-cupcakes for the crowd to sample. Be creative and express the meaning of the word "Survivor" in your entry.

For information on how to register to participate, call Beth Dillard at 802-440-4239 or e-mail beth.dillard@svhealthcare.org

Registration by May 1 is requested. The Cancer Center Community Crusaders provides financial, physical, and emotional support to members of the community and their families as they strive to obtain the best cancer care and treatment possible.

The group allocates a portion of the funds it raises to support local and regional research efforts to end cancer. Most importantly, all funds raised by the Cancer Crusaders and the individual crews, stay right here in the community that the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center serves, including Bennington and Windham counties and nearby New York and Massachusetts.

Ash Borer workshop

BENNINGTON -- On May 7, from 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bennington County Road Foreman program, Vermont Local Roads Program, the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, the Bennington Regional Commission and the Bennington County Conservation District are sponsoring "When Emerald Ash Borer comes to Vermont," a workshop for road crew members and community leaders. This free event will be held in the Crispe Community Room of the Vermont Veterans' Home; lunch will be provided.

Mark Whitmore from Cornell University will discuss "Biology of the Emerald Ash Borer and the history of its invasion in our region." Tom Story from N.Y. Department of Transportation will discuss "EAB: Identifying it, its spread, cutting and costs." Attendees will receive three hours of Environmental Roads Scholar Credit for this training from the Vermont Local Roads Program.

Pre-registration by May 2 is required. To register, call Shelly Stiles, Bennington County Conservation District at 802-442-2275 or email bccd@sover.net.