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.

Texas Hold'Em tournament

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Shuffle up and deal at The Texas Hold'Em Tournament at The HAYC3 Armory. Doors open at 6 p.m. and play starts at 6:30 p.m. The buy-in is $35 with an option for a $10 add on, plus a $5 high-hand pot. Newcomers and experienced players are all welcome. The Armory is at 80 Church St., on the corner of Elm Street. For more information, call 518-686-9050 or email contacthayc3@gmail.com, or visit www.hayc3.org.

Contra dancing

BENNINGTON -- Contra dancing will be held Friday, May 2 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at One World Conservation Center, 1.2 miles south of the intersection of Routes 7 and 9.

All dances are taught, and beginners are welcome. Come with or without a partner. Caller Melanie Axel-lute will be joined by the band Coincidance. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for 12 and under, and free for kids 6 years old and under. For more information visit www.benningtondance.org or call 802-447-2173.

Tag and food sale

BENNINGTON -- The White Chapel Society, White Chapel Church, or Chapel Road is holding its annual Spring tag and food sale, May 2-4.

Play performance

BENNINGTON -- A performance of "How Water Behaves," a play written by faculty member Sherry Kramer and directed by faculty member Dina Janis, is a farce about what happens when your dream of saving the world meets the reality of your empty bank account. A young couple fights all odds to change the world and still have the means to start a family. The play also includes liberal amounts of bad string theory poetry, lies about gluten free diets, Melinda Gates worship, and sperm banking. The showing will be at Lester Martin Theater, VAPA, Bennington College on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 2-4 from 8 to10 p.m.

Announcement

Auction for epilepsy

BENNINGTON -- The 22nd Annual Epilepsy Radio Auction will be held Monday, May 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. on WBTN AM 1370.

Listeners can tune in to bid on more than 150 items, such as gift certificates, dinners, clothing, handcrafts, services and more. This exciting event is an opportunity to bid on some great merchandise donated by generous local merchants. Tune in to WBTN AM 1370 for details. For more information, or to volunteer to help or to donate an item or service, please call us at 800-565-0972 or email us at epilepsy@sover.net. The funds raised will benefit the services and programs of the Epilepsy Foundation of Vermont.