Monday, May 12

Bennington Free Clinic hours

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Clinic 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.

Understanding abuse event

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington County Child Advocacy Center is collaborating on an event called "Taking a Closer Look." It's a two part training which focuses on "Boys and Men Healing" and "Understanding the Influence of an Abuser." There is going to be a documentary presented by the film's producer and a presenter to speak about key relationships and the grooming process.

Class for disaster volunteers

BENNINGTON -- A training in "shelter fundamentals," a class that introduces the guidelines and procedures utilized in a Red Cross shelter during a disaster will be held today from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside St.

Contact Beth Wareing at 802-660-9130, ext. 119 or via e-mail at elizabeth.wareing@redcross.org to register.

Referencing shelter checklists, participants will work on a case study that takes them through four of the six phases of the "Shelter Cycle," including opening, organizing, operating and closing a shelter. No prior experience is required to take the class, it is provided at no cost, and all are welcome to attend.

Should a radiological event occur at Vermont Yankee, the American Red Cross is tasked with ensuring sufficient shelter for up to 6,000 evacuees.

Accomplishing that task is a tall order, involving up to 25 shelters and requiring close to 2,000 trained volunteers. To meet this need, the Red Cross will engage its corps of disaster services volunteers, but must also work with individuals, civic organizations, faith-based groups and others. Over the next five weeks, the Red Cross will conduct three training sessions across Southern Vermont as it works towards its goal.

Reincarnation discussion at library

BENNINGTON -- All are welcome to the open discussion: "Spiritual Wisdom on Karma and Reincarnation" event at 7 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St. This open discussion is a chance to explore how we can unlock the karmic puzzles in our lives. Share your insights with other spiritual seekers. Spiritual tools will be shared for recalling past lives and learning more about yourself as a spiritual being. 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 to deepen a conscious and practical relationship with spirit. For more information, go to www.eckankar-vt.org or call 800-772-9390.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- On Mondays in May, the Bennington Senior Center will offer painting from 9 a.m. to noon, walking aerobics from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., bridge/cards from 1 to 4 p.m. and belly dance from 5 to 7:30 p.m. This week the center will also have chair massage from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 13

Bingo at Bennington Moose Lodge

BENNINGTON -- Bingo is held Tuesdays at the Bennington Moose. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Arlington bingo

ARLINGTON -- Arlington American Legion Post No. 69 holds bingo. Doors open at 6 p.m. and Bingo begins at 7. Any questions, call 802-375-6157. Bingo is held first Tuesday and third Tuesday from October to May. Come and have some fun with your friends.

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 are offered. There will be crafts and snacks. Plan to come with your preschool child; it will be lots of fun for both of you.

Overeaters Anonymous meets

BENNINGTON -- Overeaters Anonymous meets on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St.

Bereavement support group

BENNINGTON -- A weekly adult grief support 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.

Support group

BENNINGTON -- Codependents Anonymous meeting at Turning Point Club, 465 Main St. Tuesdays from 6 - 7 p.m.

Taconic Community Grange meets

SHAFTSBURY -- All meetings of Taconic Community Grange No. 491 are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Grange hall on Grange Road, next to the Shaftsbury Head Start building. Meetings begin at 7 p.m.

Lions May dinner meeting

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Lions will hold its May dinner meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Bennington Station Restaurant. Call Lion Kathy at 802-442-4033 for reservations.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- On Tuesdays in May, the Senior Center will have bone builders from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. and 10 to 11:15 a.m., RSVP. They will also have HELP from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 14

Thrift shop 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. One can join at any time and at any stage in one's 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.

Jonathan Goldsmith at Second Chance

BENNINGTON -- An actor and supporter of many worthy animal-related causes, Jonathan Goldsmith of Manchester will be the guest speaker at the 55th Annual Meeting of Second Chance Animal Center. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m., at Second Congregational Church in Bennington. The public is invited to attend and light refreshments will be available.

Goldsmith is best known as "The Most Interesting Man in the World," a character he plays in the television commercials for Dos Equis beer.

He will discuss his dogs, his work to fund a cure for canine cancer, his careers in advertising and show business and other facets of his life.

Bennington Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Senior Center is having Potluck today, from noon on, and a movie from 1 to 3 p.m.

Thursday, May 15

Arlington Spring Choral concerts and concert tour

ARLINGTON -- The Fisher Elementary School Chorus will perform "A Salute to America" at 6 p.m. in the Mack Performing Arts Center. The Fisher Chorus Concert, comprised of students in grades 3, 4 and 5, will sing a medley of patriotic songs to celebrate our nation's history.

For more information about the Choral Concert or the Arlington Music program, contact Patti Cody at codyp@bvsu.org or 802-375-2589, ext. 149.

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. A snack bar will be 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.

AHA First Aid and CPR class

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- There will be an American Heart Association first aid and CPR class on May 15 and 22 from 6:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. If you are in need of certification for the summer to lifeguard, give them a call. This class is open to everyone who is interested. The class will be held at the Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad. For more information call 518-677-8211 and leave a message for Susan.

Infant-Toddler playgroup

NORTH BENNINGTON -- Bennington County Head Start in collaboration with Building Bright Futures and the Vermont Agency of Human Services is hosting infant toddler playgroups on Thursdays, from April 26 through June 5, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the North Bennington Head Start Cottage. This is a parent-child, drop-in playgroup including art, music and movement, story time, snack, outdoor play and discussion. For more information, contact Beth Wallace at bwallace@ucsvt.org or call 802-442-3686, ext. 231.

Novelist at Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- At 4 p.m., Megan Frazer Blakemore will discuss her new novel, "The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill" and her research process at the Northshire Bookstore. Suggested for children grade 3 and up.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- On Thursdays in May, the Senior Center will offer bone builders from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., and from 10to 11:15 a.m., RSVP. The center will also offer quilting from 1 to 3 p.m. and beginning belly dance from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 16

Art exhibit opening reception

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) presents "heliotropes," an exhibition by Williams College senior art majors, on view from May 16 through June 8. The show features the work of ten artists: Jamie Baik, Teal Baskerville, Tim Cannon, Ilana Ellis, Isabel Greer, Julie Le, Jacqueline Lusardi, Kelsey McDermott, Phillip Sull, and Denise Waite.

The senior studio exhibition celebrates the culmination of each artist's senior project and will open with a free, public reception on Friday, May 16, at the museum, beginning at 7 p.m.

Bennington 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 your water bottle and there will be no alcohol or mind-altering substances. Each person is asked for a $5 donation, with the proceeds to be donated to The Greater Bennington Interfaith Council's food pantry, The Kitchen Cupboard, or the homeless shelter.

Music is eclectic and will vary each month. All dancers welcomed to help create an all-inclusive and tight-knit dance community. Call 720-298-7910 or more information.

Play at Oldcastle

BENNINGTON -- Oldcastle Theatre Company presents a new farce by John Morogiello, the same playwright who wrote "Engaging Shaw." Here, it is the parents who are naughty in this mix up of friends, love, enemies, and passion. Two actors play six distinctly different parents (including a British professor, a politician, and Mrs. Perfect Mom) as they plot and scheme to get a one up on each other while their children play in the next room. As it all falls apart, will they realize what the really important things in life are? Come find out, May 16 through May 25. Showings are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $37 for adults, $10 for students. For tickets call 802-447-1267 or visit oldcastletheatre.org for our new online ticketing option.

Williams College Wind Ensemble performs

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College Department of Music will present a concert with the Williams College Wind Ensemble in Chapin Hall at 8 p.m. This free event is open to the public. The wind ensemble presents a program that includes traditional and new works.

Bird walks in Williamstown

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Join Leslie Reed-Evans on Friday mornings, starting May 16, at 7:45, to learn more about the birds and preserved lands of Williamstown. Each walk will take place on a preserved property and will also feature wildflower identification and general ecology. Walks are free and open to the public, and are appropriate for all skill levels including children. Heavy rain cancels.

Meet at the end of Hopper Road in the parking area for the Mount Greylock trails (turn east from Route 43 at Mount Hope Park onto Hopper Road.) Where there is a fork in the road stay left on a gravel road (there is a sign for Mountß Greylock trails) and drive to the end.

Cambridge Historical Society plant sale

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Come for the largest variety and number of plants on Friday, May 16, from noon until dark and Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Cambridge Historical Society and Museum's annual plant sale.

There will be flats of flowering annuals, hanging baskets, large potted plants, individual perennials, vegetables, and much more. The sale will be held on the lawn of the Presbyterian Church on the corner of Route 22 and Main Street -- rain or shine. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Cambridge Historical Society and Museum.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Senior Center will have Sculpture from 9 to 11 a.m., painting from 9 a.m. to noon, and bingo from 1 to 3 p.m.

Talk with Representative of BMC at May Interfaith meeting

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Friday, May 16, meeting of the Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative will feature information and the chance to ask questions of at least one representative of Berkshire Medical Center, which has taken the lead in providing medical services to Northern Berkshire since the closing of the hospital in North Adams.

The meeting will start at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of North Adams, 131 Main St. at Monument Square. Please use Eagle Street entrance. All are welcome.

We will begin with our customary period of introductions, announcements, silent prayer and faith sharing. For more information, see the latest post at http://northernberkshireinterfaith.blogspot.com

Saturday, May 17

Dance concert at the Martha Hill Dance Studio

BENNINGTON -- The Martha Hill Dance Concert will feature works by Bennington College dance students at the Martha Hill Dance Studio, VAPA, on Friday, May 16, and Saturday, May 17, at 8 p.m.

Bowl-a-thon fundraiser

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- ADAPT will host a bowl-a-thon beginning at 6 p.m. at the Bar-B-Que Bowling Alley. Teams of five people, $25 a person to bowl.

Children's fishing derby

ARLINGTON -- A children's fishing derby will be held. Call the Legion at 802-375-6157 with questions.

Free seedling swap at Storey Publishing

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Storey Publishing and Hoosac Harvest are teaming up to present the third annual free Seedling Swap from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Storey Publishing on the MASS MoCA campus. This event will offer gardeners, both experienced and beginners, the opportunity to share extra seedlings for their summer gardens.

All gardeners are invited to bring their extra seedlings to the event to exchange, but it is not required to attend the event. Seedlings will be available to experienced and beginner gardeners alike and everyone will walk away with plants. Small pots and soil will be available to transplant seedlings. To make a donation (seedlings or other) or for more information, contact Darlene Ellis at 413-346-4471 or nandn33@msn.com.

Hoosic River Paddle and Float

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Help the Hoosic River Watershed Association (HooRWA) and the Williams College Outing Club set a record for the greatest number of boats on the Hoosic River in one day, Saturday, May 17. Assemble at Cole Field, Williams College, by 9 a.m. Bring your own kayak or canoe, drop it off, and then leave your vehicle at Mack Molding on Route 346 in Pownal. Return by our shuttle and float down the most scenic portion of the Hoosic to learn about your backyard river. Take out at Clayton Park, Pownal, about midday. Register by May 12 at 413 458-2742 and leave your name and number or register online at hoorwa.org using PayPal. Your $10 fee provides you with shuttle service, picnic and a great experience. Wild Oats will provide sandwiches and fruit; Higher Ground will provide lemonade; Williams College Dining Service will provide pastries. In thanking our business partners, we may ask you to carry on your boat a pennant with the logo of MountainOne, our lead sponsor, Southwest Vermont Medical Center, or one of our other sponsors including Nature's Closet, Elhannon Nurseries, or Alton and Westall Realty.

Bring your canoe or kayak and life jackets. If HooRWA determines that river conditions are not conducive to boating, and you choose not to join us for lunch, upon request we will return your registration fee. Make certain that we have your contact information.

Turkey Dinner benefit

NORTH ADAMS. Mass. -- The local conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is hosting a Turkey Dinner to benefit those in need in the greater Northern Berkshire community, including those affected by the closing of the North Adams Regional Hospital, on Saturday, May 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish Center. Tickets are $13 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for children 10 and under. Dine in or take out. Tickets are being sold by conference members and at the parish office, 413-663-5316. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

The office is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parties of 8 or more may make reservations if desired. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides emergency funds, advocacy, and spiritual support to Northern Berkshire County residents.

Pure Yoga with Peter Rizzo

BENNINGTON -- The Yoga Place in Bennington is offering Pure Yoga/Divine Yoga with Peter Rizzo on Saturday, May 17, from 9 to 11:15 a.m. at 532 Main St. Rizzo teaches yoga in the Jivamukti, or bliss, style and is a master teacher, teaching in New York City and Brattleboro.

The cost is $30 preregistered by May 12, $35 at the door, or by donation. To register or for more information, call 802-447-0393 or visit www.benningtonyoga.com.

Farmers' market

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Farmers' Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Riverwalk Park on Depot Street. Join the region's farmers and producers for the best in fresh, local plants, vegetables, cheeses, meats, eggs, prepared foods, specialty items and crafts. Musicians to be featured at the market will be Hale Mountain Pickers. And master gardeners will be on hand to answer all your gardening questions.

The market will run through October every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

'The Lost Meaning of Memorial Day'

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- On Saturday, May 17, Voice of a Vet along with the Hoosick Township Historical Society, Heroes at Home and the American Legion are sponsoring a Memorial Day program that will inform and challenge us to refocus our Memorial Day priorities from those of picnics and parties back to the true meaning -- honoring those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

Doors will be open at the Hoosick Falls Community Alliance Church from noon to 1 p.m. for light refreshments, to view exhibits and watch a re-run of a few of the segments of the Memoirs of War program from May 3 in case you missed it.

At 1 p.m., there will be a short program entitled "The Lost Meaning of Memorial Day" that will be followed by a cemetery walk in St. Mary's and Maple Grove Cemeteries to tour gravesites plus hear commentary on those in our community who were killed in action. They will also stop by the sites of a few other historical figures such as Walter A. Wood and Edith Craig Reynolds on the way.

Shari Hand will share a couple of meaningful songs.

For more information, contact Gail at Hoosick Falls Community Alliance Church at 518-686-3269.

Sunday, May 18

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.

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.

Donna Dearborn at the Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- "Every Sunday" is a memoir about a revered recreation director and an inspirational father-daughter bond -- a story of faithfulness, hope, and love. Dearborn grew up in an active family in Brattleboro, where her adventurous spirit and love of the outdoors emerged at an early age. She will present her book,"Every Sunday," at 2 p.m.

Announcements

Bookmark design contest for kids

MANCHESTER -- The Northshire Bookstore is looking for creative kids to design an "Adventures in Reading" bookmark. Children ages 12 and under are invited to submit their entries by May 31.

Design a bookmark that shows your idea of Adventures in Reading -- imaginary or real. The winning designs will be chosen and made into limited edition, official bookstore bookmarks. Pick up an entry form at the store or go to northshire.com to print the PDF template.

Bookmarks will be on display and available in the store by June 10.

Drop off your design at one of the service desks at the store or mail your entry to Children's Bookmark Design Contest, c/o Northshire Bookstore, PO Box 2200, Manchester Center, Vt., 05255. Or scan your entry and email it to hbellanca@northshire.com. For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at www.northshire.com.

Vermont Big Cats are back

BENNINGTON -- The Vermont mountain lion, known as the Catamount, has been seen back in Bennington. The whimsical six foot sculptures are out for a short time leading up to the Midsummer Night Prowl and Auction on July 19 at Colgate Park. Several Catamounts are off spreading the word out at Man of Kent on Route 9, the Guilford Welcome Center, Evans News in Manchester, and up at the Bennington Welcome Center on Route 279.

If you ever wanted to own a big cat or have a garden that needs protection, these will be your best friends. Come enjoy the art work and help Bennington celebrate the creativity of our artists. Visit Colgate Park on Route 9 West. You will discover a wide variety of sculptures of the catamount all over the lawns for your enjoyment.

Stop by the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce Office and see "Pink." Come in and purchase a raffle ticket (three for $10) which goes to fund local Cancer Research. You may be the winner who takes "Pink" home in July. You may prefer to donate it to your local hospital or medical facility.

Now is the time to go Catamount Hunting. You won't need a permit to take pictures and select your favorites. Several will not be up for auction because their sponsors wanted to pre-buy them and there will be a sign on them so you will know. Pick up a map of current locations from the Chamber Office at 100 Veterans Memorial Drive. Call for more information, at 802-447-3311. Check www.catamountprowl.com.