Monday, June 30

Bennington Free Clinic Monday 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.

Tuesday, July 1

Village Harmony Teen Ensemble concerts

BENNINGTON -- Village Harmony, the acclaimed teen world music singing ensemble, led by Larry Gordon, Suzannah Park and special guest conductor Carlos Jurado from Colombia, will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside St.

The group includes 25 teen singers 12 to 18 from nine states and France. The program includes traditional songs and choral arrangements from Latin America, South African songs and dances, American Appalachian and shape-note songs and several renaissance works. Suggested admission at the door is $10, $5 for students and seniors. For more information, call 802-426-3210.

Bingo Tuesdays at Bennington Moose

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

Storytime at Cheney Library

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Cheney Library will hold storytime 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; 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.

Codependents Anonymous meeting

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

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. They meet 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.

Grief support group for parents who have lost a child

BENNINGTON -- A confidential and free grief support group is available for any parent living with a loss of a child (any age) due to a death. This group meets every first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m., at the Second Congregational Church on Hillside Street. For information, call 802-688-4557.

Bennington Lions board meeting

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Lions Club Board meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the TD Bank boardroom. Club officers should attend.

Wednesday, July 2

Register now for culinary ‘localvore' workshop at SVC

BENNINGTON -- Southern Vermont College and Sodexo will host a one-day culinary "localvore" workshop on Friday, July 18, hosted by award-winning regional chefs Bradley Labarre, executive chef of Merrimack College in Andover, Mass., and Andrew Cox, general manager and sustainability director for Dining Services at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn.

This two-hour workshop, followed by a gourmet lunch with beverage service, is sponsored by Southern Vermont College and is open to all individuals with a curiosity for preparing New England food using local ingredients. The menu will include a local green salad with organic candied nuts, grilled peaches and a blackberry vinaigrette; hot-smoked trout with local butter; grilled Misty Knoll chicken breast with apple ginger chicken sausage, wild mushroom ragout and pickled root vegetable slaw; caprese salad with house-made Maplebrook Farm mozzarella; and donut holes with house-made maple bacon ice cream and raspberry jam dipping sauce.

The cost is $75 per person, which includes the class, gourmet lunch and beverage service along with recipes and a gift. Participants may choose to attend one of two sessions: 10 a.m. to noon, or 1 to 3 p.m. Both sessions include a group luncheon from noon to 1 p.m.

Registration is required by July 2. Contact Kelli Cressy-Gassaway, dining services general manager, by e-mail at Gassaway@svc.edu or 802-447-4024. Payment is to be made and mailed to Southern Vermont College, Attn: Kelli Cressy-Gassaway, 982 Mansion Drive, Bennington, VT 05201.

'The 251 Club' presentation

MANCHESTER -- Join Dave Quesnel and his grandsons, Eric and Zachary Shambo, at 7 p.m. at the Mark Skinner Library, when they discuss "The 251 Club: Visiting Vermont's Towns and Cities." Presented from the perspective of their three-year quest to stop by all 251 towns and cities in Vermont, the trio will offer great tips on stops and strategy and explain the ins and outs of Geocaching.

Quesnel is a Vermonter who has lived in Manchester most of his adult life. Once a baker, he has had a long career in the building industry and an active life of service to Manchester. He also has an enviable relationship with his almost-grown grandsons, for whom age is not an issue.

This program launches MSL's Summer Wednesdays Series and is a free event. The library is located at 48 West Road in Manchester Village. For more info, contact Cindy Waters at 802-549-4577 or events@markskinnerlibrary.org.

Thrift shop open Wednesday

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.

Seniors' event at Bennington County Meals on Wheels

BENNINGTON -- Jeff Munger and Phil Fiermonte, representatives from Senator Bernie Sander's office, will be the special guests at Bennington County Meals on Wheels, 124 Pleasant St., from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. They want to hear your questions, concerns, and ideas about challenges facing you as an older American. If you have questions, call Susan Fox, executive director, at 802-442-8012.

Thursday, July 3

WRLF to hold firefly program, campfire

BENNINGTON -- On Thursday evening, head out to Sheep Hill at dusk to meander the meadows for a bedazzling firefly show. One of Williamstown Rural Land Foundation's most popular events, the evening will include a performance by local musician Mike Quinones. Mike hails from western Massachusetts, and has been writing songs ever since he got his first guitar in high school. Musical inspirations have included Paul Simon, Radiohead, The Beatles, and Cat Stevens. His music has been described as passionate, adventurous, and intricate, and features melodic, evocative songs that carry listeners to unexpected places. His performance will include songs appropriate for all ages.

Before heading out into the meadow amongst the "lightening bugs" there will be marshmallows to roast over the campfire for s'mores. The event starts at 8 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m.

Suggested donation is $3, $6 per family. Severe weather cancels the event. For more information call 413-458-2494 or visit www.wrlf.org.

Summer Sonatina piano camp concerts

BENNINGTON -- Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp will hold free public piano concerts at the Bennington Center for the Arts (Route 9, 44 Gypsy Lane) at 6 p.m. on Thursdays: June 26, July 3, July 10, July 17, July 24. Solo piano pieces and chorus are performed by students 7 to 16, from all over the world. A reception will follow the immediately after the concert.

For more information, call 802-442-9197 or visit www.sonatina.com.

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. There will be a 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 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 in North Bennington

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, July 4

Bennington Free Library hours

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Library will be closed on July 4th.

Fourth of July celebration

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williamstown will host its annual Hometown Fourth of July Celebration beginning at 10 a.m. on the lawn of the Williams College Museum of Art. Visiting actors to the Williamstown Theatre Festival will make the founding documents come to life as they read the original Founding Documents and the British reply. Following the reading, the festive parade will kick-off promptly at 11 a.m. and travel Route 2 to Spring Street. The parade will end at the base of Spring Street. The barbecue will happen immediately following the parade on the front lawn of The Clark. Parade goers are encouraged to make their way to The Clark for complimentary hot dogs, chips, watermelon, cookies and beverages. A walking route through The Knolls will be lined with balloons and Solider On will be on-site with vans to shuttle attendees from Spring Street to The Clark for the barbecue. This is an opportunity to be on the grounds of The Clark for its ribbon cutting and official kick-off, set to take place at 1 p.m.

The local celebration will continue into the evening. The Clark will host a concert on the lawn at 7:30 p.m. A grand fireworks display will blast off at 9 p.m. from the Stone Hill Center at The Clark.

The Fourth of July parade is generously sponsored by the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce, MountainOne, The Clark and Williams College.

The parade is accepting marching groups, bands and floats to participate. Contact the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce at info@williamstownchamber.com or 413-458-9077.

Fourth of July events in Grafton

GRAFTON, N.Y. -- Grafton Lakes State Park and Cherry Plain State Park will offer diverse public programming over the Fourth of July Weekend. On Friday, July 4, come to Grafton Lakes State Park for the annual Sand Sculpture Contest. All participants receive a prize, and grand prizes are awarded to the most original creation for children, family, teen and adult categories. Registration is at noon at Long Pond Beach and judging begins by 2 p.m. The weekly Fresh Air Yoga series continues on Saturday, July 5 with a class on Long Pond Beach from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Come stretch, relax and breathe in the fresh mountain air.

The Beach Nature Center will be open throughout the weekend from noon to 2 each day. Stop by to meet local animals, peer through microscopes at wonders of nature, and play with our animal tracking activities.

On Saturday, July 5, the park will offer an Introduction to Geocaching at 3 p.m. at the Grafton Lakes State Park Office. Geocaching is a treasure hunt using a hand-held GPS or Smart phone app, with over two million geocaches hidden throughout the world. Both Grafton Lakes and Cherry Plain State Park are part of the Saratoga-Capital Region Geocaching Challenge, which boasts 52 geocaches located in your neighboring state parks and historic sites.

The program will include some hiking while seeking out geocaches. Pre-register as space is limited, at 518-279-1155.

At Cherry Plain State Park, a Park Naturalist will lead the "Time Travel Hike" on Saturday, July 5, at 4 p.m. Discover waterfalls at a former mill site, an old homestead, and meet the rocks of ages along the way during this two mile hike. This program is free to the public as well as Cherry Plain campers. Grafton Lakes State Park is open for swimming daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cherry Plain State Park is currently open on weekends only, but will expand to offer swimming and camping daily starting July 4 through Labor Day. To make reservations, visit www.reserveamerica.com. Both parks open at 8 a.m. for picnicking and all other day use activities and close at dusk. Parking fees are $8 per car at Grafton Lakes State Park and $7 per car at Cherry Plain State Park.

For more information about these and our other summer program offerings, contact the park naturalist at 518-279-1155 or visit www.nysparks.com/parks.

Fourth of July celebration

MANCHESTER -- Manchester has announced the town schedule for its annual Fourth of July celebration. Events will be held on Friday, July 4.

The highlight of the day is the fireworks presentation, which is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. at the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park, located at 340 Recreation Park Road in Manchester Center. Recreation Park Road is located off of Bonnet Street (Route 30). Note that parking is limited at Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park; additional parking is available downtown and at the Manchester Elementary Middle School parking lot on Memorial Avenue, and Riley Rink. Before the fireworks, the town will unveil its tribute to the Equinox Guards, Manchester's Civil War Company. The presentation includes three original musical performances by local artists. Funding for the presentation came from an Education and Outreach grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership. After the presentation the fireworks will be choreographed to music using the powerful sound system at Applejack Field.

This year's music includes songs from U2, Queen, Dire Straits, Katy Perry, The Boston Pops and Pink Floyd. The grand finale erupts to the classic The Overture of 1812. In order to experience the full effect of the fireworks and music the public is encouraged to view the fireworks from Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park.

The Manchester Lions Club will be vending food and beverages from 5 to 9 p.m. The town swimming pool will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is also free and open to the public. Gina Coleman and Misty Blues Band will play on Applejack Field from 6 to 9 p.m.

From noon to 4 p.m., come to the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park for the first Manchester Rotary Club Cow Plop Bingo. Grand prize is $1,000. Earlier in the day, starting at 9 a.m., Riley Rink, located at 410 Hunter Park Road will be hosting at the "Four on the Fourth" 4-mile road race. For more details visit www.rileyrink.com or call 802-362-0150.

A rain date for the fireworks presentation is scheduled for Saturday, July 5. For more information about the Fourth of July celebration, including up-to-date information about the schedule, visit the Town of Manchester's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ManchesterGov or call the Parks and Recreation Department at 802-362-1439.

Saturday, July 5

Bennington 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. Scott Forrest will provide music for the market. The market will run through October every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bennington Museum exhibit

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Museum's major exhibition of 2014 features the work of two acknowledged masters of the portrait as art, Erastus Salisbury Field and Alice Neel. Field is represented in the Museum's collection by nine portraits, all depicting sitters from Bennington County. Works by Neel include "Isabetta," "Jenny Brand," and "Ginny and Elizabeth." Now through November 2.

Sunday, July 6

Family flicks under the stars

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Images Cinema will present the 8th Annual Family Flicks Under the Stars outdoor film series on four consecutive Sundays in July.

The series will include: July 6: "A Hard Day's Night"; July 13: "Casablanca"; July 20: "Mary Poppins"; July 27: "Jurassic Park."

Films will be shown on Morgan Lawn, at the top of Spring Street, starting at sundown. Bring your own chairs, blankets, bug spray. Concessions will be sold on location. In case of rain, films will be shown at Images Cinema at 8 p.m. Images Cinema is located at 50 Spring St.

Restorative Yoga workshop

BENNINGTON -- Come to a Restorative Yoga Workshop on Sunday, July 6, 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. Facilitated by Laura Nash at the Yoga Place, the fee is $18 prepaid by June 30 or $25 at the door. To register or for more information, call 802-447-0393 or visit or www.benningtonyoga.com.

Community concert at St. James'

BENNINGTON -- As part of the year-long celebration of the 250th Anniversary of St. James' Episcopal Church, Daniel Frank, director of music and organist at the church, will present a concert on Sunday, July 6 at 4 p.m. Frank will play music from a number of different eras including works by Bach, Franck, King and some improvisational arrangements. This is an opportunity for the greater community to enjoy Frank's musical talents and his wide-ranging repertoire and to help St. James' and its parishioners celebrate this milestone in their history. The concert is free and open to the public.

Legion bingo

BENNINGTON -- Bingo at American Legion Post 13 is held every Sunday. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and 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 their 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.

Bennington VFW breakfast

BENNINGTON -- 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.

Announcements

Rec Center Summer Program discounted tickets

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Rec Center is now accepting registrations for summer camps and swim lessons. Brochures and registration form are available in the lobby or by visiting benningtonvt.org. The Center is also selling discounted Great Escape, Six Flags and Bromley Adventure Park tickets. Call for more information and pricing.

Sign-ups for BFL summer programs

BENNINGTON -- Sign ups begin today for "Fizz, Boom, Read!" and "Spark a Reaction." Registration for these summer reading programs at Bennington Free Library begins at noon and continues through the month of July. Also, the Children's Room will be closed from 10 until noon today.

June 30 is also the first day for many BFL programs, pre-registration required. Beginning today: Family Investigation, Bedtime Math, STEAM Center, Machine I.D. and Spark a Reaction Writing Challenge. Call the library for more information.

Hoosick Summer Day Camp Session 1: ‘Sports Week'

HOOSICK, N.Y. -- The Town of Hoosick Summer Day Camp will conduct six sessions this summer. Each session will feature a theme; Session 1 will begin July 7. Hoosick Falls Central School varsity athletes have volunteered their time to teach campers certain aspects of basketball, soccer, softball/baseball, and football. Each day will focus on one sport, in which the campers will learn a skill, practice that skill, and then apply that skill in a mini-game alongside the varsity athletes.

The athletes have been invited to stay for the remainder of the day, in which they will participate in water games with the campers. Campers 7 to 12 will partake in daily tennis lessons, in which they will learn the basics of the game of tennis. To download an application, visit www.townofhoosick.org or pick one up from the Town Offices located in the Armory on Church Street. For more information, contact Kaila Matatt (camp director) at 518-265-2038 or KLMatatt@gmail.com.

Wild Oats annual membership drive

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Wild Oats Market annual membership drive gets underway July 1. As a cooperative business, Wild Oats relies on member equity to help fund projects that are both important to its members and aligned with its mission as an environmentally responsible provider of local, organic and fairly traded products. An example of such a project is the co-op's addition of a meat room last year, which has made it possible for the co-op to offer a greater variety of local and regional, naturally raised meats and poultry, and to offer meats that have been freshly hand-cut and ground on site.

In addition to receiving a free gift for joining, new members enjoy several other benefits, including: Store-wide discounts on Member Appreciation Days, held four times a year. Our next Member Day is Friday, Aug. 1, all day; discounts on special orders of non-sale items; subscription to the Wild Oats quarterly newsletter which includes member-only coupons; potential rebate during years when the co-op achieves profitability; a free slice of cake on their birthday. This benefit applies to everyone in the member's household.

Membership is only $20 a year, payable over a 10-year period. When a member has paid $200, he or she is fully vested in the co-op and will no longer need to renew yearly.

Shoppers can sign up for membership at any register, or call the store at 413-458-8060 to join over the phone. During the drive (July 1-31), new signups will receive their choice of a Wild Oats heavy duty reusable grocery bag, or a 10 percent off coupon for their next shopping trip, or a three-pack of giant cookies from the Wild Oats bakery. And they will be automatically entered into a weekly raffle for a $25 gift card.

Wild Oats Market has supported local farmers and food producers since it opened its doors to the public in 1982. The storefront was started with only 100 members and $5,000. Slowly the co-op grew; and today it hasmore than 1,300 active members and does almost $5M in yearly sales. Although most co-op sales come from members, Wild Oats also serves a significant number of shoppers who do not belong to the co-op. July is a great month for these shoppers to begin enjoying the benefits of a Wild Oats membership.