Monday, July 28

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.

Senior Center activities

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

Clothing Drive at car dealership

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- There will be a clothing drive at Patire's car dealership on Monday, July 28, and Tuesday, July 29, from 3 to 7 p.m. The only donations that are being accepted at this time are girls and boys sizes 4 to 16. All items must be clean, with no holes or stains, and folded or on hangers.

Besides summer clothing, there are also some winter items, including a few boys and girls winter jackets. This will be our last drive, so all clothing must go. We have lots of bags you can fill. The event is being sponsored by Plugged In! a ministry of Hooscik Falls Community Alliance Church.

For more information, call Gail at 518-817-7286.


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'Electric Word Play' at library

BENNINGTON -- Join us for Electric Word Play -- Scrabble, for fifth through eighth graders to learn Scrabble or improve their game their game with Sandy Loiterstein from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Rotary Room. Preregistration required.

Tuesday, July 29

Bingo Tuesdays at Bennington Moose

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

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 will be shared. 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 support group

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

Playgroup for toddlers and parents

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington County Child Advocacy Center is sponsoring a play and education group for 2 to 5 year olds and their parent/guardian. The activities include: fine motor skill activities, music, story time, social skills activities, snack time, and free play. We meet each Tuesday morning 9:30-11 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.

Meditation for Everyone sessions

BENNINGTON -- Meditation for Everyone is held Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m. at The Bennington Free Library. A $1 contribution is requested, if possible.

Beginning and experienced meditators are welcome. Chairs available. If you wish to sit on a cushion, bring one. Sessions facilitated by: Randy Anselmo, Maggie Bernstein, John Hearst, Natasha Judson, Eve Pearce and Jane Schaeffer. For more info call 802-447-0393 or contact jane.schaeffer@gmail.com.

Hillary Rodham Clinton book signing

SARATOGA, N.Y. -- On July 29 at 12:15 p.m., Northshire Bookstore Saratoga will host a book signing with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, author of "Hard Choices." The signing will take place at Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway. She will sign copies of her new book, "Hard Choices."

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 in Bennington. For more information on the services available at Bennington Project Independence, or to schedule a complimentary visit or tour, call 802-442-8136.

Wednesday, July 30

Thrift shop hours

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.

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 hold an outing to the Berkshire Mall from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Story Lab with Ms. H20

BENNINGTON -- Join us for Story Lab with Ms. H20. Be a super scientist; experiment and explore different science principles with Ms. H20 as your guide. Story time is for 3 to 6 year olds, parents and caregivers, at 10:30 a.m. in Rotary Room.

Thursday, July 31

Pownal Legion bingo

POWNAL -- The 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.

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.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Senior Center will hold RSVP bone builders from 8:30 to 9:45 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. Also this week, "Young Frankenstein" at MacHaydn from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

WRLF open house

and ice cream social

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation (WRLF) will host its annual summer open house and Ice Cream Social from 1 to 4 p.m. at its Sheep Hill headquarters. Sheep Hill, a former small dairy farm, is a unique property with panoramic views from the top of its scenic meadow, a pond, and an interpretive center. The open house is a way to familiarize residents and visitors alike with the WRLF, Sheep Hill, and its other conservation properties, which are always open to the public for hiking and nature exploration.

The afternoon will feature activities, interpretive hikes of the meadow, and local ice cream served with seasonal fruits. Visitors are encouraged to visit the new Dietze Interpretive Center exhibits and explore Sheep Hill's varied habitats. A $3 donation is suggested. The event will be held rain or shine.

The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, a non-profit, member-supported land conservation trust, has been working to preserve the rural New England character of the area for more than 25 years. The WRLF sponsors nature education, local history, and seasonal food events throughout the year.

Sheep Hill is located on Route 7 south in Williamstown, approximately one mile south of the rotary. For more information, visit www.wrlf.org or call 413-458-2494.

Vermont Wildlife session

BENNINGTON -- Vermont Wildlife session with Michael Clough from the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum. Meet a variety of live animals, including raptors, reptiles and amphibians at 2 p.m. in the Rotary Room.

Friday, Aug. 1

Southern Vermont Art

and Craft festival

BENNINGTON -- The 36th annual Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival will be held on August 1, 2 and 3 at Camelot Village. On Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event is held rain or shine under Camelot-style tents.

Handcrafted pottery, blown glass, one-of-a-kind jewelry, colorful hand-woven scarves, striking photography, original drawings, paintings, sculpture, and other upscale collectibles will be showcased by 150 artists and artisans. The Festival will include live entertainment, craft demos and kid's activities that will delight the whole family.

Admission to the festival is $8 for adults. A weekend pass is $10. For more information, visit www.craftproducers.com or visit Craftproducers on Facebook/artsfestivals.

Camelot Village is located at 66 Colgate Heights.

Texas Hold'Em tournament

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Poker is back at The HAYC3 Armory on Friday, Aug. 1. Get in on the Texas Hold'Em tournament the first Friday of every month. Doors open at 6 p.m. and play starts at 6:30 p.m. The buy-in is $35 with an option for a $10 add on, plus a $5 high hand pot. Newcomers and experienced players are all welcome. The Armory is at 80 Church St. on the corner of Elm Street. For more information, call 518-686-9050 or email contacthayc3@gmail.com.

Under The Lights

tournament

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Horseshoe Club will hold the second annual Under the Lights Tournament at Upper Willow Park courts on Friday, Aug. 1, at 6 p.m., with a rain date of Aug. 2. Sign-up at 6 p.m. and pitching at 7 p.m. For early sign-up, contact Steve at 802-688-4618. $10 entry, blind draw, all ages and abilities encouraged to participate. This tournament is open to the public. There will be cash prizes and raffles.

Library Lunch Club

BENNINGTON -- Join us for Library Lunch Club at noon. Children can enjoy a free lunch served in the Rotary Room. This week, we will be showing "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" at 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 2

Family Fun walk for Breastfeeding Awareness

BENNINGTON -- The First Annual Family Fun Walk for Breastfeeding Awareness will be held Saturday, August 2 at the upper Willow Park Pavilion on East Road. Check-in is at 9 a.m. Quarter-mile walk begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Global Big Latch On at 10:30 a.m. This event will include door prizes, stroller decorating contest, children's activities, and refreshments. Free event tote bag for the first 100 registrants. Register online at www.svhealthcare.org/events or register at the event. All are welcome. Presented by the Tristate Breastfeeding Awareness Task Force. For more information, call 802-447-6411.

Two Major Exhibitions now at SVAC

MANCHESTER -- The Southern Vermont Arts Center opens two major shows on Aug. 2; the 85th Annual "Summer Members' Exhibition" throughout Yester House Galleries and Brian Sweetland's "Nature: A Vermont Artist's Journey," in the Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum. Free opening receptions for both shows will be held in their respective venues from 2 to 4 p.m.

The 85th Annual Summer Members' Exhibition, in many ways, is the exhibit that started what has become the Southern Vermont Arts Center; its roots can be traced back to the Dorset Painters' (Edwin B. Child, Francis Dixon, Wallace W. Fahnstock, John Lillie, and Herbert Meyer) first public exhibition in 1922.

This year's show presents some 200 juried works for sale -- paintings, sculpture, photography and mixed media -- by 84 member-artists (including Dorset painter Arthur Jones).

Brian Sweetland's "Nature: A Vermont Artist's Journey," is a major retrospective of the late artist's work and solidifies his stature as a master of the plein air landscape. Cocurated by the artist's sister, Mary Beth Sweetland, and artist Penny Viscusi, the show features approximately 100 paintings representing Sweetland's development over the course of his more than four decades-long career.

In addition to these two exhibitions, Leslie Ferst, has recently installed a collection of 15 outdoor sculptures throughout the grounds. Titled New Perspectives, this installation is a retrospective of Ferst's work completed during the last 13 years while teaching art at Skidmore College. Additional sculptures from this series are installed in Japan, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, and North Carolina.

Also debuting in Yester House this month is TED Cafe, the latest venture of Manchester chef and restaurateur, Ted Brothers. TED Cafe serves lunch Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and dinner Thursday from 5 p.m., prior to Manchester Music Festival Performances. Call 802-768-8183 for dinner reservations.

The Southern Vermont Arts Center is located off West Road (930 SVAC Drive). Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 802-362-1405 or email info@svac.org.

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 our region's farmers and producers for the best in fresh, local plants, vegetables, cheeses, meats, eggs, prepared foods, specialty items and crafts. Blueberry Buckle will provide music for the market and a demonstration on fermentation will be given. The market will run through October every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Peace vigil

BENNINGTON -- The Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center will hold its August Peace Vigil on Saturday, Aug. 2, to protest the current bombing of Gaza by Israel. Please join us at the Four Corners at 12:30 p.m.

On Thursday, August 7 the Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center will have its August gathering at the CAT/TV Building on East Main Street at 6:15 p.m. for a potluck supper followed by the annual drawing for a hammock from Nicaragua and our business meeting at 7 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 3

Jewish Film Series

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Once again, Congregation Beth Israel will have 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 for a brunch of bagels, lox, and coffee, with the film to follow. Films will be shown on Sundays: June 29, August 3 and August 31. All events are free and open to all interested.

Friends of the Bennington Monument event

BENNINGTON -- Friends of the Bennington Monument will hold Most Exclusive Party of the Year, on August 3 at the Bennington Monument Observation Deck. Raffle tickets to win entrance to the "Evening at the Top" are on sale now. Ten lucky couples will win entrance to a cocktail party on the Observation Deck of the Bennington Monument on August 3.

The evening includes appetizers, a dessert buffet, beer and wine. Raffle tickets are $10 per ticket (10 chances to win) or 3 tickets for $25 (30 chances to win). Tickets are available at the Bennington Monument Gift Shop, Green Mountain Dry Cleaners, Safford Mills Inn and Cafe and the Vermont Confectionery.

The Friends of the Bennington Monument will use all monies raised to create educational, cultural and historic opportunities for the Bennington community and visitors to our great town. Donations and sponsorships are also available to defray costs of the event. Help ensure the vitality of Bennington's most recognizable landmark.

For information, donations or questions, contact Lisa Harrington at 802-681-7646.

Concerts at the Carriage Barn

NORTH BENNINGTON -- On Aug. 3 at 4 p.m. "Crossing Boarders" concert No. 1 in collaboration with Music from Salem. "Brahms as Protege and Master." The first of two concerts in our "Crossing Borders" mini-series in collaboration with Music from Salem. After its Hubbard Hall performance (August 2), the concert will be encored at the Carriage Barn. In addition to Brahms' Second Piano Trio, the program includes works by Schumann and Dohnanyi, both admirers of Brahms, and Webern's quartet for saxophone, clarinet, violin and piano. Performers are Katie Lansdale and Gary Cappozziello (violins), Lila Brown (viola), Ashima Scripp (cello), Eric Thomas (clarinet), Charles Larson (saxophone), Nina Tichman (piano). $20.

Robert Frost talk

and book-signing

SHAFTSBURY -- At last, the long awaited and much anticipated first volume of "The Letters of Robert Frost" has been published by Harvard University Press, and its lead editor, Dr. Donald Sheehy, will be the speaker at The Robert Frost Stone House Museum on Sunday, August 3 at 2 p.m.

His talk will address the arduous but fascinating task of acquiring, transcribing, and annotating the letters for publication and how to approach potentially controversial material. It will also look at Frost's expressive genius as a letter writer. He will share some of them with us.

Copies of the book will be available for sale after the talk, and Dr. Sheehy will be happy to inscribe and sign them.

All of the Robert Frost programs are sponsored by the Friends of Robert Frost and offered free of charge. Reservations are not required.

Both the Museum and the Little Red Barn, where the talks are held, are handicap accessible. For directions or more information, call 802-447-6200.

The Robert Frost Stone House Museum is located at 121 Vermont Route 7A. It is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The website address is www.frostfriends.org.

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 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.

Announcements

Bennington town project list

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Water Department: From Monday through Friday water crews will be replacing water services on Bradford Street between Gage Street and County Streets. Most of this work will require that Bradford 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 off Bradford Street at Gage Street and County Streets for detours.

The Highway Department from Monday through Friday will be working on Safford Street and Bradford Street. The streets will be closed to all through traffic when the crews work in this area. A crew will be working on Stark Street, rebuilding storm drains. Workers and equipment will be on shoulder of the street. Use caution.

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

Commemoration of atomic bombings

GRAFTON, N.Y. -- The 69th commemoration ceremony of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima-Nagasaki and the fourth commemoration of the Fukushima nuclear disaster will be held on Friday, Aug. 8, at the Grafton Peace Pagoda.

The 2013 Hiroshima Appeal from Mayors for Peace states that "Having lived through an experience too cruel to be put into words, the atomic bomb survivors have continued to appeal for nuclear abolition and to extend their desire for peace to the people of the world. Their dedication stems from their deep humanitarian conviction that "no one should ever again suffer as we have."

The radiation released from Fukushima is 20 to 30 times that of the bombing of Hiroshima, with worldwide consequences for all living things.

At 6:45 p.m., there will be a walk from the Grafton Town Square to Peace Pagoda (4.3 miles). And at 8:30 p.m. a program of peace will be held. This will include a ceremonial lighting of lanterns and interfaith peace prayers. Event will be held rain or shine. Wear weather-appropriate clothes and bring a flashlight and insect repellant. You may also want a blanket

For information on the ceremony prior to the event, call Heidi at 518-588-7122