Monday, May 26

Memorial Day Parade

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Memorial Day Parade will begin at noon at the old middle/junior high school on Main Street and continue west on Main Street and up North Street to the Vermont Veterans' Home.

Bennington Honor Roll

BENNINGTON -- A meeting regarding the Bennington Honor Roll will be held in the Crispe Multi-Purpose Room around 1 p.m. after the Memorial Day Parade.

Need to meet with all veterans and those still on active duty since March 1990 until now. You must have gone in from Bennington, Old Bennington or North Bennington. This is your Honor Roll and we need you to get involved in it.

For more information, contact John Miner, 802-733-8576 or at vermontveteran@aim.com.

Town offices closed

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington town offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day and will reopen on Tuesday, May 27, at 8 a.m.

Piano performance

MANCHESTER -- Celebrate patriotism on Memorial Day by singing along to patriotic songs at 2 p.m. with pianist Archie Richards at Equinox

Terrace Assisted Living (324 Equinox Terrace Road). The event is free and open to the public. RSVP by contacting Jennifer Mulcock at jmulcock@terracecommunities.com or at the Equinox Terrace concierge at 802-362-5141.


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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.

Dance concert at

Bennington College

BENNINGTON -- The Studio Dance Concert at 9 p.m. will feature performances of finished works by Bennington College dance students. Come to the Dance Studio, E303, VAPA.

Hoosick Falls Memorial Day events

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- On Memorial Day, Monday, May 26 at 7:45 a.m., the American Legion Honor Guard, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Hoosick Falls Central School High School Band will line up at Wood Park to march to the Shop Street Bridge (where Church Street meets Mechanic) for a ceremony to honor those who were lost at sea.

The Legion will fire a volley salute, then taps will be sounded by a H.F.C.S. trumpet player. A procession will follow to Wood Park to raise a new flag, where there will be a salute by the American Legion, after which wreaths will be placed at the WWI, WWII, Korean and Viet Nam monument.

The Memorial Day Parade will kick off at 10 a.m. All participants are asked to be in line by 9:15 a.m., with inspection at 9:45. Don Bogardus, past organizer of the Hoosick Falls parade and his wife,

Esther, will be the grand marshalls this year. Voice of a Vet has made arrangements with Hoosac School to provide a bus to transport veterans who would like to participate, but are unable to walk. If you are interested in riding, contact Gail Smith at 518-686-9888.

Following the parade, community members are asked to stay for a brief ceremony in Wood Park where elected officials and others will pay homage to our servicemen and women.

Following the morning's festivities, all are invited to gather at the American Legion Post 40 for an Open House.

Memorial Day Parade line-up

ARLINGTON -- American Legion Post No. 69, Legion Sons and Auxiliary, line up on School Street at 10 a.m. Parade begins at 11 a.m. Ceremony immediately following at the school.

There will be an open house at Post No. 69 after the Ceremony. Make plans to attend, take a tour of the post and ask about details of becoming a member of the Legion.

For further information, call the post at 802-375-6157.

Memorial Day parade

SHAFTSBURY -- The Shaftsbury Veterans Committee and the Shaftsbury Fire Company will hold the NorShaft Memorial Day parade, starting at 9 a.m. at Cole Hall with the laying of a wreath to honor those who have given their lives for freedom, and for Captain Malcolm Bruce

Niles, a founding member of the Shaftsbury Veterans Committee.

The parade will travel across Route 7A down Church Street, turning left on Cleveland Avenue. A wreath will be placed at the Village Cemetery to honor all firemen and first responders that have given their lives, then the parade will travel north on 7A, turning onto Buck Hill Road and disperse at the Fire House. Refreshments will be served at the Fire House following the parade. Meet at Cole Hall at 8:30 a.m. for line-up.

Tuesday, May 27

Superintendent Conference Day canceled

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- The Cambridge Central School District would like to notify parents and guardians that the Superintendent's Conference Day that was scheduled for May 27 has been canceled. Students will attend a regular day of classes on this day.

Bingo Tuesdays

at Bennington Moose

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

Arlington bingo

ARLINGTON -- Arlington American Legion Post 69 holds 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 hosts story time for preschoolers and their caregivers on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Several of the classic tales and songs. 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 meeting

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.

Codependents Anonymous

BENNINGTON -- A Codependents Anonymous meeting will be held at Turning Point Club, 465 Main St., from 6 to 7 p.m.

Spouse bereavement group

BENNINGTON -- The sudSSpirit Bereavement Support Group will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library.

The group is for those that are survivors of the sudden unexpected death of their spouse or significant other. No registration is required and it is free.

For more information, a brochure or current newsletter, call 802-441-5562 or email sudsspirit.vt@gmail.com or find the groups on Facebook.

Playgroup for toddlers

and parents

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington County Child Advocacy Center is sponsoring a play and education group for children 2 to 5 and their parent/guardian. The activities include: fine motor skill activities, music, story time, social skills activities, snack time, and free play. The group meets each Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Schools Out Children's Center at 901 Main St.

Call 802-442-5107 for more information.

Families Together caregiver gathering

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Project Independence, Adult Day Service, partners with families to share information and problem solve to make caregiving for a loved one easier. Families Together meets at BPI on the last Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Bennington Project Independence is located in the Dr. Richard A. Sleeman building at 614 Harwood Hill. For more information, contact 802-442-8136 or info@bpiads.org. Visit: www.bpiads.org.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- On Tuesdays in May, the Senior Center will host bone builders from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. and from 10 to 11:15 a.m., RSVP. It will also host HELP from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. This week, there will be a trip to an area casino from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 28

Thrift shop opeen

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 offered

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 go to 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.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- On Wednesdays in May the Senior Center is hosting Zumba Gold from 9:30 to10:30 a.m. and will show a movie from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday, May 29

Pownal Legion bingo

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. Snack bar available. Cookie jar and progressive games will be played. 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.

North Bennington Food Shelf

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.

Infant-toddler playgroups

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 a.m. 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.

Season opening reception

NORTH BENNINGTON -- Park McCullough House Association announces the 2014 Season Opening Reception to celebrate a Summer of arts, entertainment and history coming to life.

Join members and friends in the Carriage Barn to kick off the summer at Park McCullough House. Pick up a schedule of concerts and theatrical events. Meet actors and musicians who will perform throughout the season.

The Membership Meeting will be held at 4 p.m. and following from 5 to 7 p.m. the reception and croquet signup will be held. Everyone is welcome; admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 802-442-5441 or email info@parkmccullough.org. Park McCullough House is located at 1 Park St.

Turkey supper

GRANVILLE, N.Y. -- A family-style turkey supper will be held at the Middle Granville Presbyterian Church on Route 22A from 5 to 7 p.m. The menu will include turkey, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce, cole slaw, homemade rolls and pies, and beverages. Take-out and gift certificates are available. Tickets at the door; adults, $8; children 5 to 12, $4; under 4 are free.

Healthier Living workshop starts

BENNINGTON -- A Healthier Living Workshop of 5 sessions oon Thursdays, May 29 through June 26, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. will be held at SVMC.

Chronic health conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, lung disease, arthritis or diabetes don't have to control your life.

In this workshop, developed by Stanford University, you can learn ways to get things done that you have been putting off, stay optimistic, cope with frustrations and fears, manage pain and stress, beat fatigue, improve communication, and increase self-confidence. Meet others coping with similar challenges. Family and supportive friends also welcome. This event is free. Sponsored by the VT Blueprint for Health.

Register in advance by calling Janice Provost 802-440-4098.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- On Thursdays in May, the Senior Center will host bone builders from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., and from 10 to 11:15 a.m., RSVP. It will also host quilting from 1 to 3 p.m. and beginning belly dance from 5 to 7:30 p.m. This week it will also have a trip to see "Putting It together" at Mac-Haydn Theatre from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Small business owners invited to workshop

BENNINGTON -- The Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center (VT PTAC) invites small business owners to a free workshop on "Understanding Your BidMatch Results."

The workshop will be held in Bennington from 10 a.m. to noon at Community College of Vermont, 324 Main St. This two-hour workshop is designed to help Vermont businesses understand the bid opportunity notification system VT PTAC provides to its clients. The MyBidMatch service brings businesses the most comprehensive database of bid opportunities on the market, and easy-to-use, web-based tools that allow users to filter those bid opportunities.

Workshop participants will learn the basics of MyBidMatch notices, reviewing search results, identifying procurement data sources, responding to solicitations and more.

To register for this free workshop and to see a listing of VT PTAC training events, visit http://vtptac.ecenterdirect.com or contact VT PTAC Procurement Counselor Joanne Spaulding at Joanne. Spaulding@state.vt.us or 802-828-5243.

Dedication ceremony for Chestnut Nursery

BENNINGTON -- A brief dedication ceremony for the American Chestnut Nursery will be held at Mount Anthony Union Middle School to honor the hard work and dedication of students in the MAUMS Sustainable Living Class, members of the Catamount Rotary Club, the Vermont/New Hampshire Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation and the generosity and commitment of Marshal Case, former president of the ACF, who made this project possible.

The ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m., followed by a reception serving pizza made from einkorn, an ancient middle-eastern grain, prepared by students in Ms. Fields Social Studies Class. Additional presentations of student work will be offered for the edification of all.

This event is open to the public.

Public concert

at Bennington College

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The 2014 graduating class of Bennington College will offer a free public concert for Bennington and North Bennington. Musical selections will include classical, folk, pop and more.

Refreshments will be provided. Event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Vermont Arts Exchange on Sage Street.

Friday, May 30

Yoga workshop

BENNINGTON -- Embracing Change; Finding Peace will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at Karma Cat Yoga's new Studio Gratitude, 186 North St. This workshop is $25 per person.

In this workshop, participants will reflect upon their patterns, learn how to see with new eyes, acquire tools to access the body's wisdom, learn how to chose a new response and create with joy.

Facilitated by Teresa King. Contact her at teresaking1@live.com or at 802-733-5729 to reserve your space. Bring paper, pen and an open heart.

Bennington Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Senior Center will host sculpture from 9 to 11 a.m., Painting from 9 to noon, and bingo from 1 to 3 p.m.

Saturday, May 31

Bakers and fun makers wanted

BENNINGTON -- The Cancer Center Community Crusaders will host its premiere event 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.

St. Mary's Academy Duck Race

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- A fun, family-friendly event hosted by Brown's Brewery, 50 Factory Hill Road: The First Annual "Quack" will be held from noon to 7 p.m. The focus of this event is a quarter mile rubber-ducky race down the Walloomsac River. Ducks will be sold for $10 each, or three ducks for $20. First place wins $1,000, second place $250 and third place $100.

The atmosphere will include carnival games, carnival food, live

entertainment and the greatest attraction -- the duck race. The ducks will be launched at 5:30 p.m. While playing the games and eating some great food you can enjoy the sounds of Three's Harmony (Krissy, Sherri and Wayne). For more information, call St. Mary's Academy at 518-686-4314.

AMHS Alumni Banquet

BENNINGTON -- The AMHS 2014 Alumni Banquet will be held at the Elks Lodge. The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with snacks and beverages. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. The Elks Lodge is located at 125 Washington Ave. If you have not made your reservations to attend, you still have time. Contact Sandy at 802-375-2725 or the email address sandragrover@gmail.com. There will be music for your enjoyment as well.

Tri-trip barbacue

EAGLE BRIDGE, N.Y. -- Eagle Bridge United Methodist Church on Route 67 will hold a steak barbacue from 4 p.m. until gone. Tickets are $10; take-out only. Call Sandy at 518-686-9845.

Cheney Library open house

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Cheney Library will host an open house at 10 a.m. to celebrate the renovation of a basement room into a Children's Room. Stateline Builders, Eric Amidon, worked through the winter months to insulate the outside walls, new wiring, put up wallboard, paint, lay a new floor, new light fixtures, and build bookcases to house the library's collection of children's books.

The children who have used the room love it. There is a new rug for story time, a sitting corner, a wall mural painted by college student Emma Fricke, two puppet theaters with puppets, and some new educational toys purchased with money from a grant.

Bruce Piasecki at Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- A seminar with Bruce Piasecki: "Doing More with Less" will start at 5 p.m. at the Northshire Bookstore with a presentation followed by an interactive question-and-answer session. After the presentation, the author will take part in a book-signing reception with light hors d'oeuvres served.

The $5 registration fee is good towards purchase of the New York Times, USA Today and Publisher's Weekly Bestseller, "Doing More with Less: The New Way to Wealth.:

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.

Indoor tag sale

POWNAL -- An Indoor Tag Sale will be held on May 31 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pownal United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Route 346 and Church Street. There will be a variety of items including men's and women's clothing (some still have the original tags), shoes and accessories, puzzles, dishes and glassware, books, toys, games, holiday items, and much more. Contact Mary Louise at 802-823-7769 with questions.

'Yoga Assists' with Peter Rizzo

BENNINGTON -- The Yoga Place in Bennington is offering Yoga Assists

with Forward Bends, a workshop with Peter Rizzo from 9 to 11:15 a.m. at 532 Main St. The workshop is primarily geared for instructors. All are welcome, including students interested in improving their technique.

Peter Rizzo teaches yoga in the Jivamukti, or bliss, style and is a master teacher, teaching internationally, in New York City and at his Bhava studio in Brattleboro.

The cost is $30 prepaid by May 26, $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. Rebel Alliance will provide music for the market. Master gardeners will be holding a plant sale.

Sunday, June 1

Film Series at synagogue

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Congregation Beth Israel will host a Jewish Film Series during the summer. Although the films are still to be determined, the theme will be Jewish-French films. Doors open at 11:11 a.m. for a brunch of bagels, lox, and coffee, with the film to follow. Films will be shown on Sundays, June 1, June 29, August 3, and Aug. 31. All events are free and open to all interested.

Music video to benefit children with cancer

MANCHESTER -- Participate in a drum circle that will be taped for a benefit video. No prior experience or singing required. Drums provided. Free to participate.

Some 100 percent of after-tax profits derived from this video will be donated to benefit kids with cancer other serious illnesses.

This event till be held on June 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Maple Street School. All ages -- kids, teens, adults are invited to participate, rain or shine. Rewards for all participants.

NorShaft Lions pancake breakfast

SHAFTSBURY -- The NorShaft Lions Club will hold its eighth annual Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Shaftsbury Elementary School on Buck Hill Road.

The breakfast will include pancakes, bacon, sausage, Vermont maple syrup, juice and coffee, tea or milk. The suggested donation is $6 per person. Children under 8 are free.

The proceeds from the breakfast support the Lions Club work in the community. One of the key services is providing sight and hearing assistance to residents in need in Shaftsbury and North Bennington.

Children's Chorus celebrates anniversary

BENNINGTON -- At 2 p.m., the Bennington Children's Chorus will present a concert followed by a reception in the Deane Carriage Barn at Bennington College.

For 25 years, the chorus has been dedicated to giving children 7 to 17 the opportunity to study and perform the finest choral literature written for the treble voice. This concert includes a newly commissioned piece composed by Bennington College faculty member, Nicholas Brooke, called "This is about Putting Humans on Other Planets," with guest artist Nathaniel Parke on cello. The repertoire will also include some of the chorus' favorite pieces from the past 25 years.

Organizers hope former choristers and their families will join the concert. The chorus is directed by Kerry Ryer-Parke, and accompanied by Yoshiko Sato on piano. This event is free and open to the public.

Restorative Yoga workshop

BENNINGTON -- Come to a Restorative Yoga Workshop on Sunday, June 1 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 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. It is practice for the overactive mind and/or body and for healing old injuries by guiding one to a place of deep relaxation and letting go.

Facilitated by Laura Nash at the Yoga Place, the fee is $18 prepaid by May 27 or $25 at the door. To register or for more information, call 802-447-0393 or visit www.benningtonyoga.com.

Pownal bingo

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

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.

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.

CrossFit Basics class

BENNINGTON -- Bennington CrossFit runs CrossFit Basics every Sunday at both 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. CrossFit Basics is a completely free class, which is open to the public. In this class, they introduce you to the CrossFit methodology in a manner that is ideal for someone brand new to CrossFit.

The primary focus in this class is for the participants to learn proper form and technique, while finishing each class with a short, high intensity-workout. Like any of our other classes, any aspect of this class can be modified to accommodate all levels of fitness. For more information regarding this class, call 802-681-7350.

Announcements

Register now for Flag

Football tournament

MANCHESTER -- Teams sought: Gather your friends, coworkers, and family for the Second Annual Equinox Valley Football Club Flag Football Tournament to be held on June 1 at Manchester Elementary Middle School.

The EVFC is looking for up to 20 coed teams to compete against one another in this fun-filled family event to claim the title as EVFC adult flag football champions.

Teams will compete in a double elimination style tournament, held rain or shine. The cost is $20 per player with no maximum number of players per team. Players must be at least 16 years of age. New this year -- a "Punt, Pass, Kick" competition for children 5 to 13 and an early registration discount for flag teams (register by May 26 and save $5 per player.)

Contact Jamie Wright at 802-375-1282 or j67wright@yahoo.com for more information or to request a sign-up form for your team.

Registration forms can also be downloaded from www.equinoxfootball.com.

Each year, more than 150 youth, kindergarten through eighth grade, participate in the Equinox Valley Football Club. This is one of the group's major fundraisers for the upcoming 2014 season.