Monday, Aug. 18

Business Financing

roundtable

BENNINGTON -- There will be a free public forum to learn about business financing options, hosted by Bennington County Industrial Corporation in the CCV Community Room from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The presenters are U.S. Small Business Administration, Vermont Economic Development Authority, Vermont Community Loan Fund, Community Capital of Vermont, USDA Rural Development, and the Town of Bennington. 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.

Northshire Seniors event

MANCHESTER -- All seniors are invited to the Northshire Seniors Pot Luck luncheon to be held at the Manchester Rod and Gun Club at noon. Tim Bryant will guest speaker. Bryant is the author of a book titled "A Father’s Gift." Bring a salad or hot dish to share. Desserts and drinks will be provided.

Small business financing roundtable

BENNINGTON -- A business financing roundtable will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.


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m. at Community College of Vermont located at 324 Main St. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Representatives from the private and government sector will explain the range of financing available to small business owners. Roundtable topics include guarantee loans, revolving loan funds, crowdfunding, microloans, traditional financing and more.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for small business owners to have a captive audience of lending experts," said Vallerie Morse, Small Business Administration Vermont District Office deputy director. "There are going to be several lenders here, and if all goes well, one of them can assist with the capital needed to grow or start a business."

Representatives from the town of Bennington, Bennington County Industrial Corporation, Small Business Administration, Community Capital of Vermont, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Vermont Community Loan Fund and Vermont Economic Development Authority comprise the roundtable panel.

For more information or to register, contact Rob Raffone at 802-442-8975 or rob@bcic.org.

Rescheduled Walloomsac Headwaters bird walk

BENNINGTON -- Today from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., rain date Tuesday, Aug. 19, join the Friends of the Walloomsac Headwaters Park and Natural Area and birder Terri Armata for an early morning bird walk on the property, which lies between Beech Street and South Stream Road on the east and Morgan Street on the west.

The group will meet at the Beech Street ball field parking lot and walk through a variety of bird habitats, including woods, wetlands, and open fields, to the Morgan Street crossing of Jewett Brook.

A spotted car will be there for the drive back to the ball field.

Armata is an enthusiastic birder (she’s a regular at the autumn Putney Mountain Hawk Watch) and butterfly watcher, who routinely contributes to the eBird and eButterfly databases.

The Walloomsac Headwaters Park and Natural Area is a 140-acre complex of uplands, wetlands, and water which the Friends and the town seek to conserve as a natural and recreational amenity -- a wildland near downtown Bennington.

For more information about the outing or the Friends, contact the Bennington County Conservation District at 802-442-2275 or bccd@sover.net.

Tuesday, Aug. 19

Myeloma Support Group meeting

BENNINGTON -- The Southern Vermont Myeloma Support Network (including the Berkshires and eastern New York) will hold a support sroup meeting from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Community Resource Room at the SVMC Regional Cancer Center, 140 Hospital Drive. Interested patients, caregivers, family members and friends are encouraged to attend.

Remember, knowledge is patient-power, so learn and share as much as possible about myeloma. To either reply or get more information, contact Jan Martin Bopp, group leader, at SVT@imfsupport.org or 802-681-7074. The Support Network is affiliated with the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF).

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 offers a 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 meets

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

Bereavement support group

BENNINGTON -- 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 meets

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

Meditation for Everyone sessions in Bennington

BENNINGTON -- Meditation for Everyone sessions are 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 will be 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 information, call 802-447-0393 or contact jane.schaeffer@gmail.com.

DAR honors fallen patriots

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at the Bennington Center Cemetery in Old Bennington at noon to honor the patriots who died in the Battle of Bennington. Following the laying of the wreath, members will gather at 12:15 p.m. in the Bennington Museum for a business meeting and program. Bring your own sandwich; dessert and beverage will be provided. For more information, contact Janet Wilson at 802-375-9020.

Arlington Garden Club picnic

ARLINGTON -- On Tuesday, Aug. 19, at noon, the Arlington Garden Club will meet for a Summer Picnic at "Rogerland" -- a private garden on East Arlington Road. The picnic lunch and tour is hosted by Roger Cooper and Kathy Cotrofeld assisted by Linda McDevitt and Anna Giglio. The Arlington Garden Club invites new members.

For information, call Nancy Hadley at 518-375-1354. Visit the club website at arlingtongardenclubvt.webs.com.

Wednesday, Aug. 20

Band performs free concert at Vets Home

BENNINGTON -- The Eagles Band &Trombone Ensemble from Pittsfield, Mass., will be performing music from Broadway and movies, plus marches and patriotic tunes, at the Vermont Veterans’ Home located at 325 North St. The concert will run from 6:15 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 at the deer park parking lot.

Historical Society picnic

MANCHESTER -- This year the annual picnic of the Manchester Historical Society will be held at the Casablanca Motel located at the north end of Manchester Center. The picnic starts at 5:30 p.m. and is open to all, provided that you bring a dish to share for the potluck meal. Following the food and socializing, the program will begin. Adam Boyce, a composer, historian and fiddler, is a recognized authority on local traditional dance and music history of central Vermont, including fiddling and calling for square and contra dances.

He will perform at the MHS picnic at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a summer evening in Vermont. MHS is grateful to the Perfect Wife Restaurant and the Green Mountain Veterinary Hospital for underwriting this event. For more information, contact Sally at 802-362-2523 or visit www.manchesterhistoricalsocietyvt.org.

Outdoor concert at Vets’ Home

BENNINGTON -- Looking for a great way to spend time with your family? The Eagles Band and Trombone Ensemble from Pittsfield, Mass., will be performing music from Broadway and movies, to marches and patriotic tunes, at the Vermont Veterans’ Home located at 325 North St., on Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 6:15-8 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.

Vermont Vineyard Wine Pairing dinner

NORTH BENNINGTON -- Pangaea is hosting East Shore Vineyard for a wine pairing dinner. Three wines paired with three courses, featuring Traminette, Cabernet Franc and La Crescent wine varietals produced by East Shore Vineyard of Grand Isle. Chef Nic Disorda, a representative from the East Shore, and host George Z will serve a meal in this intimate setting. Seating will be 6:30 to 7 p.m. and dinner is served at 7:30 p.m. Call now for reservations 802-688-8449. Visit eastshorevineyard.com and vermontfinedining.com for more information.

Summer Book Club at the Beach

GRAFTON, N.Y. -- Babcock Lake resident and Grafton Community Library Trustee, Nancy Chase, invites the Library community to the second installment of the "Summer Book Club at the Beach" at Babcock Lake Beach Gazebo at 7 p.m. August’s book selection is "The $64 Tomato: How One Man Nearly Lost His Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden." Copies are available at the library. Participants are invited to gather at the Babcock Lake Beach Gazebo shortly before 7 p.m. to have a swim and then join in a lively book discussion.

For more information, contact the library at 518-279-0580 or visit graftoncommunitylibrary.org.

Democratic Caucus to meet

BENNINGTON -- The Democratic Town Committee of Bennington will hold a caucus for the purpose of electing nominees to stand for election as justice of the peace on the 2014 general election ballot.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the Bank North Room of the Bennington Free Library.

All Democrats are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Judy Murphy, Democratic Chair of the Town of Bennington, at 802-442-8816.

Thursday, Aug. 21

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. 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 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.

Meditation and Shambhala class

NORTH BENNINGTON -- Tibetan Buddhist Meditation and Shambhala teachings will be offered by Maggie Bernstein, a retired psychologist, on the first and third Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the "Left Bank" at 5 Bank St. For more info, call 802-447-7065.

Blood drive at rehab center

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Health and Rehabilitation Center will host a blood drive for the American Red Cross from noon to 5 p.m. at 2 Blackberry Lane. Get a coupon for $2.50 off a 48 ounce container of Turkey Hill All Natural Ice Cream for donating. Schedule your donation today at redcross.org or call 800-RED-CROSS.

’Wine, Chocolate and Socrates’ benefit for Alzheimer’s

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- "Wine, Chocolate and Socrates," an evening to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association will be held at Sweetwood of Williamstown, 1611 Cold Spring Road. The schedule is: 7 p.m., wine and desserts; 8 p.m., performance by actor Stephen Collins as Socrates. RSVP at 413-458-8371. There is a $10 suggested donation, all checks payable to The Alzheimer’s Association.

Showing of ‘The Jungle Book’

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Join HAYC3 for a free showing of "The Jungle Book" at 8:30 p.m. at Wood Park. Grab some chairs or a blanket to sit on, some popcorn, and as many of your friends and family members as you can find, and come on out for the second movie in the Under the Stars movie series. For more information, visit http://hayc3.org and click on the community events button. In case of rain, the movie will be shown in the armory.

Friday, Aug. 22

Night walk and campfire

NORTH DORSET -- Stay up late and experience Emerald Lake State Park beneath the stars. Every Friday though Labor Day Weekend the park naturalist will present a night walk at 9 p.m. and a campfire program on Saturday at 9 p.m.

During the Friday Nnght walk visitors will find out how nocturnal animals live and thrive. We will walk silently like a fox, listen like a deer, and understand how owls see. During the Saturday campfire, silly songs will be sung, traditional animal stories shared, and lots of nutty jokes cracked. Visitors will also be challenged with Vermont trivia.

The night walk starts by the nature center and you can join the campfire program by the day use parking lot. Look for the campfire sandwich board sign. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Recommended age is 7 and above. All programs are free of charge, but do not include the entrance fee to the park which is $3 per adult, $2 per child. Emerald Lake State Park is located at 65 Emerald Lake Lane. For more information about these activities or nature beach programs, free guided paddles or hikes, call 802-362-1655.

Bubble show at Grafton Library

GRAFTON, N.Y. -- At 6:30 p.m. Grafton Community Library will celebrate the grand finale of its 2014 Summer Reading Program with an evening of entertainment featuring Jeff Boyer’s "Bubble Trouble." Boyer takes bubbles to the max in this one-man bubble extravaganza. It’s the craziest, most creative bubble show around. Boyer juggles bubbles, sculpts and builds with bubbles, makes fog-filled bubbles and more. Mixing comedy, music and interactive bubble-magic, he will engage audiences of all ages.

This free program will be held at the Everett Wagar Senior Center in Grafton. For more information, contact the library at 518-279-0580 or visit graftoncommunitylibrary.org.

Jeanine Marie Quartet

in concert

READSBORO -- At 8 p.m., Readsboro Arts will present a "Night of Jazz" with the Jeanine Marie Quartet. The performance will be at the E.J. Bullock Building at 7012 Main St.

The Jeanine Marie Quartet features jazz vocalist Jeanine Ouderkirk, Darryl Kniffen on drums, Shaun McCarthy on guitar and Brad Closson, bass. Tickets are available in advance for $12, or for $15 at the door.

For more information or to order tickets, call 802-423-7706, or email angleq@myfairpoint.net.

Saturday, Aug. 23

Clearbrook Farm birthday celebration

SHAFTSBURY -- Come out to Clearbrook Farm for an evening of celebration and fun. Special appearances by the VAE Art Bus, Mach’s Wood Fired Pizza, and live music by the Wiyos.

Concert at the Carriage Barn

NORTH BENNINGTON -- On Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Bennington Baroque will present "Music from Hamburg and Paris" in the Carriage Barn at Historic Park-McCullough. Performers include Mathieu Langlois (baroque flute), Kevin Bushee (baroque violin), Andre O’Neil (viola da gamba), and Sandra Mangsen (harpsichord). Music by Monteclair, Marais, and Telemann. Admission is by donation. More information about the group is available at www.benningtonbaroque.com. Contact Sandra Mangsen at 802-681-7210 or smangsen@comcast.net.

Bob Milne at SVAC

MANCHESTER -- Bob Milne, ragtime and boogie-woogie piano man, makes a back-by-popular demand appearance at the Southern Vermont Arts Center’s Arkell Pavilion on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Considered by many to be the best ragtime and boogie-woogie pianist in the world, Milne regularly tours the U.S. and Canada playing to festival crowds of 5,000 and at more intimate venues, such as the Arkell. In 2004, after sitting for three days of documentary filming and interviews at the Library of Congress, Bob was declared "a National Treasure."

Tickets for this rare performance are $20 for SVAC members and $25 for non-members and are available online at svac.org or by calling 802-362-1405.

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. Visit any time at 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 the region’s farmers and producers for the best in fresh, local plants, vegetables, cheeses, meats, eggs, prepared foods, specialty items and crafts. Jared Polens will provide music for the market. Chef Chuck Suss will cook up a market-based stir fry for lunch. The market will run through October every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 24

GMALL lecture

MANCHESTER -- Composer Nolan Gasser and San Francisco Opera scenic designer Naomie Kremer will be joined by the Opera Theatre of Weston creative team and cast to present a "behind the scenes" lecture on "The Making of The Secret Garden," part of the Green Mountain Academy of Lifelong Learning (GMALL) series, on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Riley Center, Burr & Burton Academy. For more information, call Gloria at 802-867-0111 or visit the GMALL website.

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.

Southern Vermont

Sprint Triathlon

MANCHESTER -- The 2014 Southern Vermont Sprint Triathlon will be held at 8 a.m. The SVST begins at Hunter Park (Riley Rink) with an eight mile bike to Emerald Lake with a mile swim (out and back, close to the island), an eight mile bike back to Hunter Park and a 3.4 mile run that finishes through the path from Rec. Park to Hunter Park.

"The SVST is an event designed to introduce people to triathlons," said Stephen Murphy, the race director. "The reach is mostly local, from Middlebury to Williamstown and Greenwich to Brattleboro. However, there are some people coming from out of the area as well. While triathlons have grown in popularity, it is unique to have one so close to home and at an affordable price. Most tris cost $75 or more."

To encourage more people to experience a triathlon, SVST is offering a 20 percent discount to students and teachers (contact Hunter Park at 802-362-0150 or smurphy@rileyrink.com to verify eligibility for the discount.)

The proceeds from the event go to support Hunter Park to develop as a more diverse facility that will offer more to the community both in terms of healthy, fun activities and as a draw for people to make Manchester and the area a travel destination.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Stephen Murphy or Vanessa Beattie at 802-362-0150 or email smurphy@rileyrink.com.

Living History Day

in North Bennington

NORTH BENNINGTON -- North Bennington’s ninth annual Living History Day this year on Sunday, Aug. 24, from noon to 2 p.m. will honor not a single individual but an entire family, the generations of generosity related to the Park-McCullough mansion.

As always, the festive event will be held in front of Powers Market, with a backdrop of the village’s new decorative fountain, a gift of the Park-McCullough House Association.

This year’s theme is "A Legacy of Generosity" to express the community’s appreciation for the many benefactions the Hall, Park, McCullough, and Scott families over many decades.

There will be stories, music, lemonade, Kevin’s hot dogs, balloons, and much more. The event is free and open to the public.

Said co-hosts Bill Scully and Tim Smith: "We felt it was time to honor the families of Governor Hiland Hall, Trenor W. Park, Eliza "Lizzie" Park McCullough, Laura "Lila" Park Jennings, Governor John G. McCullough, Hall Park McCullough and his wife Edith vanBenthuysen McCullough, Ethel "Babs" McCullough Scott and her husband William R. Scott, and John G. McCullough II, as well as the living members of the family, Allen McCullough and wife Randolyn and their son, Angus, all of whom have contributed to this community."

"Without their collective generosity, we would be without so much in this town and surrounding area," they said. They named the Bennington Free Library, McCullough Free Library, North Bennington railroad depot, Jennings mansion and Bennington College campus, the Bennington Battle Monument, the Vermont Veterans Home, Mile-Around Woods, and the mansion itself, among other benefactions.

The North Bennington Living History celebration is held each year to honor local residents of distinction who have made some significant community contribution. Previous honorees have been Jane R. Hanks, Larry Powers, Rob and Jeanne McWaters, Dick Pembroke, Oakley Frost, Bob Matteson, Bob Howe, and Rachel Schumacher and David Monks.

The summer event provides a forum for residents and interested parties to get together and celebrate, ask questions, and share in local lore. All are welcome.

Announcements

Church tag and bake sale

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- St. Patrick and Raphael Parish will hold it’s ninth annual Giant Tag/Bake Sale at the parish center located at 53 Southworth St., from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is the church’s only fundraiser.

The tag sale consists of many rooms; all items are washed, tested and in operating condition. There will be a Chinese Auction featuring new items and gift cards. The bake sale offers homemade desserts, candy and sauces from cherished family recipes. Tickets for the 50/50 raffle will be sold at the door. For questions, call Pauline at 413-459-4946, ext. 11.

Bennington town project list

BENNINGTON -- On Wednesday and Thursday Water Crews will be replacing water services on Safford Street between Gage and County Streets. 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.

Monday to Thursday: Wastewater crews will be rebuilding manholes on Safford Street. This work may require a road closure. This work is expected to be completed between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Monday and Tuesday, a private contractor will be milling Safford Street and Bradford Street, in that order. The streets will be closed to through traffic -- all residents should use caution on these streets.

Wednesday through Friday: Highway crews will start forming sidewalks on Safford Street. The road will remain closed. Highway crews will start repairing Whipstock Road, expect road closures in this area. Use caution and drive slowly.

All work dependent on weather conditions. Use caution when entering construction zones.