Monday, July 14

VPR Vermont Edition at Madison's today

BENNINGTON -- At Madison's on Main Street today, Vermont Public Radio will do a live broadcast of "Vermont Edition" beginning at noon. The show producers want to discuss "the good, the bad, and the ugly" of life in Bennington, so let's show them the "best" that Bennington has to offer by packing that restaurant with the most involved, informed, and enthusiastic residents -- that's you. The Vermont Edition show travels the state only twice a year, and has never aired live from Bennington, so make your plans now.

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.

Seniors' luncheon

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The Young at Heart Seniors' Luncheon will be held at Kevin's, with 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. seatings. Call Gail Boutin to reserve seats at 802-447-6210.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- On Mondays in July the Bennington Senior Center will hold painting from 9 a.m.


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until 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. Also this week, a trip to an area casino from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

'Electric Word Play' at library

BENNINGTON -- Come to the Bennington Free Library for Electric Word Play -- Scrabble. Fifth through eighth graders can learn Scrabble or improve their game with Sandy Loiterstein, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Rotary Room. Preregistration is required.

Tuesday, July 15

Residential Energy Efficiency programs presentation

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- At 7 p.m., the First Baptist Church will host a free presentation by The New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) Capital Region Outreach Contractors (ROC). There is no cost to attend and the event is open to the community. The ROCs will present on residential energy efficiency and renewable energy programs available to homeowners and renters.

If participants are interested in submitting an application, the ROCS will be available to assist them with this. To complete an application you will need to bring a copy of your most recent utility payments (electric, natural gas, oil, propane). There is no obligation to fill out an application.

The First Baptist Church is located at 80 Main St. and is handicap accessible. Contact Lorraine Brownell at 518-686-7737 with any questions.

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. 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, 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 -- Codependents Anonymous meets at 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. Its 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.

Senior Center activities

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

Community forum on working families

BENNINGTON -- At 6:30 p.m. at Bennington Free Library there will be a Community Forum on Working Families in Bennington; join this panel discussion on issues of employment, housing and childcare and their effects on working families in Bennington. Event is open to the public and free.

Stick Rocket Build and Launch program for kids

GRAFTON, N.Y. -- At 11 a.m., kids will have a chance to build their own rockets and launch them from a giant catapult at the Grafton VFW Fire Hall.

In this free program for children third grade and up, experts from Empire State Aeronautics Museum will teach about the science of flight and how to build an aerodynamic rocket. Participants will then be able to do a real flight test. This program, sponsored by Grafton Community Library will be held at the VFW Fire Hall as part of the Grafton Summer Youth Program but will be open to the entire community. Contact Grafton Community Library for more details 518-279-0580, graftoncommunitylibrary.org.

Wednesday, July 16

Thrift shop open

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.

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.

Summer book club at Babcock Lake Beach

GRAFTON, N.Y. -- Grafton Community Library and Babcock Lake Estates are partnering to host a "Summer Book Club at the Beach" this July and August. The public is invited to pick up the monthly book selection from the library and then gather at the Babcock Lake Beach Gazebo to have a swim and join in the book discussion. The first meeting will be at 7 p.m. The featured book will be "Homer's Odyssey: a Fearless Feline Tale, or How I learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat." The second meeting will be Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. featuring "The $64 Tomato." For more details and to order your copy of the books contact the library at 518-279-0580 or online at graftoncommunitylibrary.org.

Vermont Veterans' Home concert

BENNINGTON -- The Blues Sanctuary Band will be performing music for all ages at the Vermont Veterans' Home located at 325 North St. from 6 to 8 p.m. This outdoor concert is free and is open to the community; bring blankets or chairs to enjoy the performance. Parking will be located behind the main building or the deer park parking lot.

Manchester Historical Society Village walk

MANCHESTER -- Manchester Historical Society directors Bill Badger and Judy Harwood will lead a tour of Main Street in Manchester Village at 7 p.m.. If you have always wanted to know the stories behind the historic houses, plan to meet them in front of the Equinox. Refreshments will be served following the walk courtesy of Equinox Resort. For more information, visit manchesterhistoricalsocietyvt.org. Join the society on Facebook: Manchester Historical Society.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Senior Center will hold Zumba Gold from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; will show a movie from 1 to 3 p.m. and will be having a lobster feast from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Ms. H20 at Bennington Free Library

BENNINGTON -- Come to Bennington Free Library for Story Lab with Ms. H20. Be a super scientist. Experiment and explore different science principles with Ms. H20 as your guide. Storytime for children 3 to 6, parents and caregivers, 10:30 a.m. in the Rotary Room.

Sculpture making workshop for kids

GRAFTON, N.Y. -- At 11 a.m., Grafton Community Library will offer a free program where kids will learn about the principles of balance and "center of gravity" while building their own freestanding, self-supporting sculptures inspired by the contemporary sculpture of the Tang Museum. This program is recommended for age 6 and up. It will be held at the VFW Fire Hall as part of the Grafton Summer Youth Program but will be open to the entire community. Contact Grafton Community Library for more details at 518-279-0580 or at graftoncommunitylibrary.org.

Thursday, July 17

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 July 17 and 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, contact 802-442-9197 or check out 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 is 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 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 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.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Senior Center will hold RSVP bone builders from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. and 10 to 11:15 a.m.; quilting from 1 to 3 p.m., and beginning belly dance from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Activities at library

BENNINGTON -- Join Bennington Free Library for Fizz, Boom, Create! on Thursdays. This is a hands-on workshop for kids 6 to 12 at 2 p.m. in the Rotary Room. Preregistration is required. Also, VEEP Power: Vermont Energy Education Program will present a hands-on workshop on electricity and the environment for fifth to eighth graders from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Preregistration is required.

Friday, July 18

Culinary workshop at SVC

BENNINGTON -- Southern Vermont College and Sodexo will host a one-day culinary "localvore" workshop 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.

Bennington Dance community gathering

BENNINGTON -- Come dance at Nataraja, a 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 (532 Main St., over Panache).

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 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 for more information.

Texas Hold'Em

ARLINGTON -- American Legion Post No. 69 will host Texas Hold ‘em. Sign up is at 6 p.m. Start time is 7 p.m. There will be a $40 buy-in, and there is no rebuy. Food will be available to purchase. Call 802-375-6157 for more information.

Chris Bohjalian at bookstore

MANCHESTER -- Chris Bohjalian presents "Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands" at Northshire Bookstore on July 18 at 7 p.m.

Chris Bohjalian is the critically acclaimed author of seventeen books, including the New York Times bestsellers "The Sandcastle Girls," "Skeletons at the Feast," "The Double Bind," and "Midwives."

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.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- On Fridays in July the Bennington Senior Center will hold sculpture from 9 to 11 a.m., painting from 9 a.m. to noon, and bingo from 1 to 3 p.m.

Library Lunch Club

BENNINGTON -- Join the Bennington Free Library for Library Lunch Club. Children can enjoy a free lunch served in the Rotary Room at noon. We will be showing "The Lego Movie" at 12:30 p.m.

State Rep. at July Interfaith Action Initiative meeting

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The July meeting of the Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative (NBIAI) will feature State Rep. Gail Cariddi talking about funding for food programs and other issues of interest. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. and be held in the Eagle Street Room of the First Baptist Church of North Adams. All are welcome.

There will be no NBIAI public meeting in August.

The NBIAI is a group of people of various faiths and denominations working together with people of goodwill to serve our community. It runs the Friendship Center Food Pantry and administers an emergency voucher system. For more information, call Mark at 664-0130, visit http://northernberkshireinterfaith.blogspot.com or check out our Facebook page.

Saturday, July 19

Garden club show

EAST ARLINGTON -- On July 19 from 1 to 4 p.m., the Arlington Garden Club will present a Small Standard Flower Show at the Gristmill Antique Center, 316 Old Mill Road. The show is titled "It Happened One Summer." Floral designs by our members will interpret Classic Movie Titles. This year the Gristmill celebrates its 250th year. Another feature of the show will be the art work of Gene Pelham, a Vermont artist of the Norman Rockwell Era.

Catamount auction and party

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce will host an arts auction and party on July 19. The Vermont Mountain Lion, known as the catamount, has been interpreted in many creative ways by area artists. These sculptures graced the streets and lawns around the area and now it's time to say "good-bye."

Come to the Catamount Midsummer Night's Prowl at Colgate Park on Route 9 West. For the $50 ticket there will be a Taste of Vermont by Thyme Tables Catering, live music by The Standard Clams, the live auction of 30-plus seven foot indoor /outdoor sculptures, a cash bar and scenery.

To celebrate the artists, the chamber is once again giving back to the artists from the auction proceeds. The Bennington Moosefest 2005 was the first public art project to actually give 25 percent of the auction directly to the artists. In addition the Bennington Area Chamber has consistently given to a number of non-profits out of the auction revenue. This year, the chamber will be making a donation to the Cancer Crusaders whose work on behalf of local cancer patients and research.

RSVP to 802-447-3311 before the event. Check out the cats at www.catamountprowl.com.

Summer Touring Shakespeare performances

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Summer Touring Shakespeare will be performing "Romeo and Juliet" July 17 to 26 at venues around the region.

All performances start at 7 p.m. and are free.

Schedule of local performances:

Saturday, July 19: Cambridge Guest Home, Cambridge, N.Y.

Sunday, July 20: Park-McCullough House, North Bennington

Tuesday, July 22: Hoosick Falls Common, Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Wednesday, July 23 Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester

Thursday, July 24: The Factory Point Town Green, Manchester.

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. Linda Cullum will provide music for the market. Laura Mason's Registered Home Childcare will host a vegetable basket craft making or fruit and vegetable print making activity under the Kids' Tent.

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

Movie matinee

at Bennington Free Library

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Library is showing a recent military science fiction movie (Rated PG-13) on Saturday, July 19. The movie will begin at 2 p.m. (two hours long) and will be shown in the Rotary Room of the Bennington Free Library, located at 101 Silver St. Refreshments will be available. Admission is free and open to the public. The library is wheelchair accessible. For specific movie information, call the library at 802-442-9051.

Praise and Worship Celebration

STAMFORD -- The Seventh Annual Praise and Worship Celebration at Stamford Community Church (SCC) will take place from 11 a. m. until 5 p. m.

The day-long event features praise groups from Berkshire County, southern Vermont, and New York. Highlighting the program will be the group Hearts of Fire, comprising young people from New York City who use music, poetry and skits to bring joy and hope to diverse communities. They have done humanitarian trips domestically and internationally.

Other participants include Joe Frey, a Vermont-based guitarist and songwriter who has recorded in Nashville, Nick Winnard and the New Life Band, a well-known group from Pittsfield, and Paul Lesure of Stamford, in addition to the praise teams from the Stamford Community Church and North Adams First Baptist Church. Michael Lawler, a professional musician and local educator, who has served as a missionary in India, will also perform.

The family-oriented performances will be outside under cover in the church pavilion. Seating is available, but taking your own preferred chairs is acceptable as well. Admission is free and open to all. There is plenty of parking. Attendees are encouraged to stay for the entire event or come and go as desired.

Food and drinks for refreshments will be available for sale all day. In addition, there will be a bake sale to benefit the SCC Youth Group's missionary trip to New York City.

Stamford Community Church is at 1059 Main Road (Route 8), a mile north of the Massachusetts-Vermont line. For more information, call 262-290-6679.

Sunday, July 20

LeBarron Family reunion

JACKSON, N.Y. -- The 82nd Annual LeBarron Family Reunion will be held at Washington County's Park Lake Lauderdale on Route 22. Lunch will be served between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. Meeting will be held prior to lunch. Bring a meat to grill and a covered dish (hot or cold), the size of your family, to share. Beverage will be provided. Bring photos and other memorabilia to share. Admission is $2 per person, children under 6 are free. This includes swimming with lifeguards all day. Entrance free to park of $2 per car. Park open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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 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 monument opens the steps for guided tours

BENNINGTON -- This summer there will be two chances to walk and tour the steps inside the Bennington Battle Monument; on Sunday, July 20, and again on Sunday, Aug. 24. The tours will start at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m., both Sundays. Enjoy the rare chance to walk the 412 "easy" steps based on a design by the famous architect and sculptor Michelangelo.

Scenic vistas of Vermont, Massachusetts and New York are seen from the observation level high within the Monument, accessible by elevator. Admission to the Monument is $5 for adults, $1 for children (ages 6 thru 14), children 5 and under are free, as are scheduled school groups. Tickets can be purchased in the gift shop, where a fine selection of quality merchandise relating to the Battle and the Monument, along with gifts, children's items, maple products, books and more are offered. The Monument is open every day 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until October 31. Further information and a complete calendar of events are available online at www.historicsites.vermont.org/bennington, visit Vermont State Historic sites on Facebook or call 802-447-0550.

Announcements

Hoosick Falls girls daycamp

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- On July 28 the Hoosac School's Activity/Sports Field will turn in to a week of outdoor carnival fun camp for all Hoosick Falls Girls grades 1 to 6 in September. Hoosac School has once again provided this opportunity for girls in the Hoosick, Hoosick Falls area. This year's outdoor theme is carnevale.

Girls will enjoy making crafts, playing games, hiking, outdoor cookout, pizza party and a camp-out for older girls grades 4 to 6 (weather permitting).

Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays except for Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Registrations can be picked up and returned at 63 Wilder Ave. Cost is $50 per girl for the week. All supplies, activities, cookout, camp-out, (weather permitting) and lunch on Friday are covered under this fee. Adult Girl Scout volunteers provide instruction. Girls are asked to bring snack and lunch Monday through Thursday.

Camp is regulated under Rensselaer County Health Dept./Girl Scout guidelines. If you have any questions, call Marion at 518-686-4576. All registrations are due by July 25.

White Creek Road closure

SHAFTSBURY -- Temporary closures of White Creek Road to continue July 14 and 15 (weather dependent) to allow for road repairs. Observe detour signs: Rollin Road to Cold Spring Road. Call 802-442-9838 for more info.

Bennington town project list

BENNINGTON -- Water crews will be replacing water services on Safford Street between Main Street and County Street, Monday through Thursday. Most of this work will require that Safford Street be closed to through traffic within the work area block between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Signs will be posted for detours.

Water Department crews will be painting and making repairs on fire hydrants on Friday. Use caution when approaching worksites.

Wastewater crews will be rebuilding manholes on Safford Street Monday through Thursday, within the road closure area.

Monday through Friday, road marking painting will be finished by town highway crews if weather permits. Several maintenance projects will take place on Merson Street throughout the week; road closures or lane restrictions may be in place.

Trimming brush and shrubs along town rights of way will happen all week; use caution when approaching worksites.

Tuesday through Thursday Park Street will be closed from Scott Street to Pleasant Street; the bridge deck pavement overlay will be removed and a new membrane will be installed by a highway crew. No access or egress will be permitted until the new pavement is in place.

All work dependent on the weather. Use caution when entering a construction zone -- workers and equipment will be in the traveled portion of the road.

Vacation Bible school at Missionary Alliance Church

BENNINGTON -- The Missionary Alliance Church, at 198 Crescent Boulevard, will be hosting a Mac Kids' Camp, open to children ages 4 through 12, from July 21 through July 25. The theme this year is "SonQuest Rainforest Vacation Bible School." Starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 11:30 a.m., kids will enjoy an exciting time filled with Bible stories, crafts, skits, games, songs and snacks. Children are invited to attend free of charge. Following the week's activities, there will be a parents' night program and barbecue, beginning at 6 p.m. on July 25. All are welcome. To register or for more information, call 802-442-2415.

Host families needed

BENNINGTON -- June 30 marked the beginning of Fresh Air summer experiences for thousands of inner-city children and their volunteer host families as The Fresh Air Fund kicked off its 138th summer of serving New York City children. By volunteering as a host family in Southern Vermont, you can share the pure joys of summer with a Fresh Air child in your own backyard! The Fresh Air Fund is currently seeking more families to give inner-city children a Fresh Air experience this summer.

Fresh Air summers are filled with children running barefoot through the grass, gazing at star-filled skies or swimming for the first time. Each summer, over 4,000 inner-city children visit suburban, rural and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada through The Fresh Air Fund's Volunteer Host Family Program.

"Being able to run around outside is a freeing experience for our Fresh Air child. I still enjoy watching her face as she takes joy in the simple things, like roasting a marshmallow or jumping into the lake," says a Fresh Air host mom.

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from six to 18 years old, who live in New York City. Children on first-time visits are six to 12 years old and stay for one or two weeks. Children who are reinvited by host families may continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips. Over 65 percent of all children are reinvited to stay with their host families, year after year.

For more information on hosting a Fresh Air child, please contact Martha Thompson at 802-379-3823 or visit The Fresh Air Fund online at www.freshair.org.

Free Cup of Lucy Joe's at the Cambridge Food Co-op

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Come on down to One West Main Street for a free cup of Lucy Joe's Brink or Sumatra Decaf coffee to celebrate the Cambridge Food Co-op's new earlier weekday opening hour of 8 a.m. Many customers have requested earlier hours to get their shopping done earlier. Cory McMillan, the Co-op's manager, listened and invites everyone to come and sample a cup of his favorite organic coffee which is roasted in small batches in Hebron N.Y. Cory needed to cut out caffeine and was thrilled to find this local product, "You'd never know it was decaf the flavor is so rich."

The 37-year-old Cambridge Food Co-op has never opened this early. Cory and Co-op members are hopeful this will encourage people who haven't been to the Co-op to stop in. They will discover many new local products and produce made or farmed within 100 miles such as Adirondack Grazer's beef, locally hunted chanterelle mushrooms from Ash Grove Woods, fresh bread and baked goods including gluten-free products as well as a large selection of local and imported cheeses, fresh spices and condiments, and vitamins and health products. Staples such as rice, beans, cereals, grains, flours, nuts and seeds appeal to many cooks because they can buy just what they need in bulk at very affordable prices and most is organic. You can grind your own coffee and grab some healthy snacks or enjoy a bowl of soup, too.

Free cup of coffee weekdays from 8 to 10 a.m. from July 14 to 25. Everyone welcome. Cambridge Food Co-op hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday until 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.