Monday, Aug. 25

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.

Republican Town Caucus meeting

BENNINGTON -- The Republican Town Committee of Bennington will hold a caucus for the purpose of electing nominees to stand for election as Justice of the Peace on 2014 General Election Ballot. The meeting will be held at the Bennington Free Library at 5 p.m. If you have any questions, call Warren Roaf, Republican Town Committee Secretary, at 802-733-8320 or email wroaf111155@gmail.com.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

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.


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Overeaters Anonymous meets

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

Bereavement support group meeting

BENNINGTON -- The SudSSpirit Bereavement Support Group will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library.

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

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

Bereavement support group for adults

BENNINGTON -- A weekly adult grief support for those who have lost a loved one is held every Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Vermont Veterans Home on North Street. For more information, call VNA & Hospice of SVHC at 802-442-5502.

Codependents Anonymous

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

Meditation for Everyone sessions

BENNINGTON --Meditation for Everyone sessions are held Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m. at The Bennington Free Library. There is a $1 requested contribution 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 info call 802-447-0393 or contact jane.schaeffer@gmail.com.

Meditation has been practiced for millennia, and is a way for the mind to begin to know itself. This knowing moves us towards freedom, self-acceptance, kindness and compassion. Our hearts become more open. We move towards happiness.

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 and next meets on Aug. 26.

Bennington Project Independence is located in the Dr. Richard A. Sleeman building at 614 Harwood Hill. For more information on the services available at Bennington Project Independence, or to schedule a complimentary visit or tour, call 802-442-8136 or email info@bpiads.org. Online: www.bpiads.org.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Child Care Apprenticeship Program info meeting

BENNINGTON -- There will be a Child Care Apprenticeship Program informational meeting on Aug. 27, 6-8 p.m. This meeting will be co-sponsored by VCCICC and Bennington County Child Care Association (BCCCA)/Sunrise.

Contact Sharron Harrington to register: 802-447-6938 or sharrington@sunrisepcc.com. For more information about the Child Care Apprenticeship Program, contact Sue Ryan at VCCICC: 802-985-2700 or vccicc@comcast.net and visit www.vtchildcareindustry.org.

The VT Child Care Industry and Careers Council (VCCICC) collaborates with the VT Department of Labor to offer a formal apprenticeship training program for workers in the child care field. Just like plumbers and electricians are trained in their trades through apprenticeship, the same standards are held for child care apprentices.

Apprentices work with a mentor in their workplace and document 4,000 hours of supervised time on-the-job; they’re required to take community based trainings related to health, safety and other relevant topics; and they must complete a sequence of six college courses in order to complete the apprenticeship program. The courses and textbooks are provided to apprentices at no cost. The courses in Bennington will be funded through Vermont’s Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant.

Several early childhood professionals in the Bennington area recently completed the Child Care Apprenticeship Program and earned Certificates of Completion from the Department of Labor.

Thursday, Aug. 28

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 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.

Food shelf hours

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The Food Shelf at the North Bennington Baptist Church is open every Thursday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Peach shortcake dinner

POWNAL -- The Pownal United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Route 346 and Church Street, will serve its annual Peach Shortcake Supper. The family-style dinner begins at 5 p.m. with continuous serving. The menu includes cold ham and roast beef, baked beans, potato, macaroni, and Jell-O salads, sliced tomatoes, rolls, coffee, iced tea, or lemonade, and homemade peach shortcake with real whipped cream.

Tickets will be available at the door: $12 for adults, $6 for children 4 to 10, and free for children 3 years and under. For take-outs use the south side entrance. For more information, contact Mary Louise at 802-823-7769.

Friday, Aug. 29

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 Night 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. See you amongst the fire flies.

Golfing fundraiser

BENNINGTON -- You’re invited to join the Catamount Rotary club along with many local business sponsors at Willow Park, rain or shine, to have fun while trying for the million dollar prize. Qualifying starts on Friday, Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 30 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Semi qualifying follows with the finals immediately after. Members of the club are volunteering their time to help raise funds to help build youth education in our community. All participants must be 18 years of age to compete.

Event Coordinator Jon Goodrich says "We are excited to provide the community, whether you are a golfer or not, the chance to win a million with your golf swing while we volunteer together to help raise money to help the community. Please see any Catamount Rotary member or sponsor to pick up a 10 free shots coupon for the event the week of the event."

Plus, there will be a ball drop on Saturday, Aug. 30. The events are presented by Rotary Club of Bennington Catamount and Catamount Rotary Charities Inc. The Hole-In-One Final Sponsors of the event include out Title Sponsor Carbone Auto Group and prize sponsors Anytime Fitness, Ed Levin Jewelry, Tri-State Pennysaver News and Vermont News Guide, Greene’s Oil, Hannaford Supermarkets, Mount Anthony Country Club, Vermont Mill Properties, Bennington Auto Tech, and more available and coming.

In addition, PLASAN North America is the main sponsor for the ball drop that is happening Saturday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. from a hot air

balloon weather permitting. Catamount Rotary was founded in February, 1987 with the goal to raise funds to help build youth education. Rotary Club of Bennington Catamount and Catamount Rotary Charities Inc., is run by volunteer efforts by members of our community. They volunteer their time to help the groups raise money to build scholarships for local students to attend two- and four-year colleges, provide annual support of the Trust for Wildlife Project at Mount Anthony Middle School, support Mount Anthony High School INTERACT Rotary Club’s trips to Somotillo where students help locals build schools, libraries and hospitals, donate to the Food for Fuel Fund, participate in green up day, clear Middle School trails and more.

To learn more about the Catamount Rotary, contact Hole-In-One Event Coordinator Jon Goodrich at 802-779-5237 or email jon@vermontmill.com.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Hoosick Barn Quilt unveiling and celebration

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Hoosick Barn Quilt project is on the verge of becoming the Hoosick Barn Quilt trail and HAYC3 is getting ready to celebrate big-time. Twenty-one 8’x8’ barn quilts and six 4’x4’ barn quilts have been delivered to their permanent homes and are about to be installed. From East Hoosick to West Hoosick, from the village of Hoosick Falls to Breese Hollow and South Hoosick, you will be able to follow the official map and see these beautiful Barn Quilts all over town.

Join HAYC3 on Saturday, Aug. 30, from 10 a.m. to noon at the HAYC3 Armory for the Hoosick Barn Quilt Trail unveiling and celebration of our community. The event will be jam-packed with quilt-related happenings and activities. Get your free trail map and explore among the first explorers to follow the Hoosick Barn Quilt Trail. This event is free and open to the public. Everyone is invited to this big community event.

For more information, visit the HAYC3 website at http://hayc3.org, call 518-686-9050 or email contacthayc3@gmail.com.

Bennington’s Garlic Festival

BENNINGTON -- On Aug. 30 and 31 at least 150 vendors, garlic farmers, foods, beer tent, garlic products like pickles, chutney, salsa, pesto, ice cream, sauces and more will be in the field in front of the shops at Camelot Village on the west end of Bennington on Route 9.

There will be activities for the children. There will also be great live music from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. The gate opens at 10 a.m. and the vendors close at 5 p.m. They accept only service pets on the property. The parking is free. Admission is still only $5 for adults and $1 for kids under 12.

Our Information and Demonstration Tent will help you find your way around the festival and to restaurants, theatre, shops and lodgings in town.

This is a fantastic event which is considered one of the Top Ten Garlic Festivals in the World. Come experience the fun. Call the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce at 802-447-3311 or contact www.lovegarlic.com for more information.

Grafton Historical Society Annual collectible, bake sales

GRAFTON -- The Grafton Historical Society will be holding their annual Collectible and Bake Sale on Saturday, Aug. 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Main Street. Vermont food and bake sale; silent auction; fall mum sale; gently used cookbook sale; old collectibles sale. For more information, call 802-843-2584 or grafhist@vermontel.net.

Farmers’ Market

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Farmers’ Market will be held Saturday, Aug. 30, 10 a.m.-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. Steve Spensley will provide music for the market. The market will run through October every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 31

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 11:11a.m. for a brunch of bagels, lox, and coffee, with the film to follow. All events are free and open to all interested.

Legion bingo

BENNINGTON -- Bingo at American Legion Post 13 is held every Sunday. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 6 p.m. No one under 14 will be admitted.

CrossFit Basics class

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

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

St. Stanislaw Clam

and Steak Bake

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Society of St. Stanislaw (Polish Hall) on Mechanic Street is holding its annual clam and steak bake on Sunday, Aug. 31, from noon to 7 p.m. at the Hall. Burgers, sausage, hot dogs, and clam chowder are offered from 1-3 p.m. Raw clams are available too, and each ticket has three dozen steamers allowed at your time choice (1 to 5 p.m.). At 5 p.m., a steak dinner with corn and baked potato is offered. Beverages (beer, water, soda, and coffee) are also included at this age 21-plus event. There are 50/50, lobster and other fun raffles and games. Come and join the fun. It’s the same price as always: $30 for members, $35 for non-members. With only 100 tickets sold, don’t wait too long; call the Club 518-686-7810 for more information.

Announcements

Primary election date

MONTPELIER -- Secretary of State Jim Condos would like to remind all Vermonters about the importance of voting. See the important upcoming deadlines below:

Primary Election: The 2014 Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 26. All polls in Vermont open between 5 and 10 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. To locate your polling place, visit the Secretary of State’s website at: https://www.sec.state.vt.us/elections/voters.aspx.

* Voter registration deadline: To vote in the Primary Election, the deadline for voter registration is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Early and absentee boting: Any registered voter may request a ballot from their town clerk, whether in person, by phone or by mail. All early and absentee ballot requests must be submitted by 5 p.m. or close of the town clerk’s office on the day before Election Day, which is Monday, Aug. 25.

"As always, I urge all Vermonters to remember to take the opportunity to vote -- by early ballot or at the polls on Aug. 26. Your Vote is your Voice!" added Condos.

Bennington VFW breakfast resumes Sept. 7

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington VFW Post 1332, 137 North St., hosts a senior breakfast on the first Sunday of the month beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing "until gone." Their next breakfast will be on Sept. 7. Donation: $5. Call 802-442-9857 with questions.