Today, Nov. 2


Bennington Free Clinic Monday hours: 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: Every Monday, the Bennington Elks hosts bingo at the Bennington Elks, 125 Washington Ave. 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.

Healing Winds at the Vets' Home: Healing Winds offers Native American healing chants and drumming on Mondays at 10 a.m. in the Chapel at the Vets' Home. Across from the Veterans' Home at the Vietnam Veterans Outreach Center at 1 p.m., they have Native American traditional crafts and arts.


Seniors' luncheon: The Young at Heart Seniors' Luncheon at Kevin's meets the first Monday of the month, with 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. seatings. Call 802-442-0122 to reserve seats

Tuesday. Nov. 3


Overeaters Anonymous meeting: Overeaters Anonymous meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St.

Free Peer Support group meetings: NAMI Vermont Connection Recovery Support Group for individuals living with mental illness meets every Tuesday at 1 p.m. at United Counseling Services, 316 Dewey St.

Open mic night: Tuesdays are Open Mic night at South Street cafe from 5 to 7 p.m., all are welcome.


Thrift store hours: Bygone Boutique, located in the rear of the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Houghton Lane, is open from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. All proceeds go directly to the operating budget of Forrest Ward School.

Grief support group: A confidential and free grief support group for any parent living with the death of a child (any age), meets every first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m., at the Second Congregational Church on Hillside Road. For information, call 802-688-4557.

Free Women's Support Group: Make lifestyle changes such as reducing stress, and weight management. Build confidence in a judgement free environment. Every Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Bennington Project Independence. Please call Tracy at 802-379-8339 for more information.

Medicare: Join the Community of Vermont Elders (COVE), Vermont Senior Medicare Patrol Program (VTSMP), and the Bennington Senior Center for an afternoon presentation about reading your Medicare Summary Notice(MSN) or Explanation of Benefits(EOB). The VTSMP will present information on how to read the notifications, information you are looking for and ways to contact Medicare or the VTSMP program if you find a charge on your MSN or EOB for services you did not receive. The 'How to read your Medicare Summary Notice or Explanation of Benefits to fight fraud' presentation will take place at the Bennington Senior Center from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For more information contact Kelly McElheny, Southern VT Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator by calling 802-440-1528 or emailing Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

Dinner registration: Attention all retired teachers, para-educators, school nurses, and guidance/psychology/speech personnel. The Bennington County Retired Teachers Association will host a Thanksgiving dinner at the Second Congregational Church on Nov. 10 at noon. The cost is $15, which includes a beverage and dessert. Following the dinner we will have guest legislators who will answer questions on what to expect from the upcoming session. RSVP to Linda Moxley 802-447-7413 before Nov. 3.


Story time at Cheney Library: Cheney Library will have story time for preschoolers and their caregivers on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. There will be crafts and snacks.

Celebrate Recovery Meeting: A Christ centered 12-step recovery program Tuesdays 6:30 pm Hoosick Falls Community Alliance Church 484 Hill Road. Come find healing from any of life's hurts, hangups, and habits For more information call, Jonathan 518-686-3269, Bob 518-779-3485 or Sandy 518-686-5962

College financial planning night: The Hoosick Falls Central School District is hosting a financial planning night at 6:30 p.m. and will last for approximately one hour, with time for questions. The event will be held in the high school auditorium at Hoosick Falls Central School, located at 21187 NY 22. This event is free to attend and open to parents, guardians, and grandparents of children in grades UPK-12. Additionally, the event is not limited to parents of students in the Hoosick Falls Central School District, but open to any parent who lives in any district in our area.

Irish quilting class: Have you ever been interested in the traditional Irish chain quilt, but have yet to commit to figuring it out? The six week class will be held on Tuesdays starting on Nov. 3 through Dec. 15. The quilting class is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will take place in the Art & Soul Room downstairs in the HAYC3 Armory. This skill class will be taught by Sue Hale. Cost for the class is $60. The HAYC3 Armory is located at 80 Church Street To RSVP for this class or for further information, contact HAYC3: 518-686-9050, email, or visit


Buddhist meditation and teachings: Buddhist meditation and teachings will be offered by Roger Guest every Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Call Harda at 802-447-7065 with any questions.

Small Business Networking Group: The group meets every Tuesday in the Cafe Commons at Manchester Community Library at 9 a.m. To join or contact organizer Suzanne Moore, go to Networking-Group.

Wednesday, Nov. 4


Gentle yoga for cancer survivors: The Cancer Center sponsors free Gentle Yoga for Cancer Survivors weekly, Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in Conference Room C, at SVMC. You can join at any time and at any stage in your treatment or recovery regime. For more information, please call Jane Schaeffer, 802-447-0393 or go to

Free Senior Exercise Class: Focusing on balance and strength every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Bennington Project Independence at 614 Harwood Hill. Please call Tracy at 442-8136 for more information.

Elks benefit dinner: Serving a choice of baked or fried fish or baked chicken, served with scalloped or French fried potatoes, coleslaw, clam chowder, dinner rolls and coffee — all for only $9. Serving 5:30 p.m. until gone. Benefits Elks National Foundation for Scholarships and Veterans Programs. This is a monthly event on the first Wednesday of each month. The Bennington Elks is located at 125 Washington Ave. This event is open to members and guests.


GNAT hosts video press release day: Come to the GNAT studio from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to create your one minute video announcement or PSA. You bring the message, and GNAT does the video production. It's a fun and free way to get your information to our community. The program is open to individuals, non-profits, town governments and community groups promoting non-commercial community wide events, activities and information. Your video will air on GNAT's five TV channels that reach 7,000 homes in the Northshire and Mountain Towns. They will also be available on GNAT's online video player for viewing and sharing on your social media and website. If you can't make it to the studio on Nov. 4, you may set up another time to film your video. For more information or to register visit:, or call Hoss at 802-362-7070.

Thursday, Nov. 5


American Legion: Monthly meeting of Post 69. 7 p.m. EBoard meeting immediately follows. Call 802-375-6157 for more information or to join.


Food Shelf Hours: The Food Shelf at the North Bennington Baptist Church is open the last Thursday of every month from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.


Bennington Free Clinic hours: The Bennington Free Clinic is held each Thursday at 6 p.m., for uninsured people 18 years of age or older, in the First Baptist Church at 601 Main St. Please call 802-447-3700 for an appointment.

Live music at South Street cafe: Come to South Street cafe for live music for your lunch hour, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thrift store hours: Bygone Boutique, located in the rear of the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Houghton Lane, is open from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. All proceeds go directly to the operating budget of Forrest Ward School.

Codependents Anonymous meeting: 6 p.m. Turning Point Club of Bennington.

Hiland Hall open house: Come see the new upgrades to the Hiland Hall School as part of Efficiency Vermont's Deep Energy Retrofit Program. Drop in to chat with staff, community members, and an EV representative. Enjoy light refreshments and see how the school expects to see 50 percent in energy savings as one of the first six retrofits in the state, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. call 802-442-3868 or visit for more information.

Job fair: The CJX partners will sponsor a job fair from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Bennington Firehouse on River Street. The event is free to all job seekers. More than 20 employers are scheduled to attend, including some of the largest employers in the area. Job seekers should dress in business attire and bring résumés to present to employers. For more information or to request an exhibitor table, please call your local Vermont Department of Labor office at 802-442-6376.


Bingo: The American Legion Post 90 in Pownal will host bingo at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 6


Harvest dinner: Arlington Rescue Squad annual Harvest Dinner, Fisher Elementary School , 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This year's home cooked menu will include Marty's famous autumn bisque soup, roast turkey, roast beef, Caesar salad, maple roasted carrots, roasted red potatoes, dessert and beverages. Tickets are $14 for adults and $6 for children under 10 (children under 6 eat free). There will also be a bucket raffle of items donated by local businesses. Proceeds will benefit the Arlington Rescue Squad. For more information or to buy meal and raffle tickets, call the squad at 375-6589 (You can also buy tickets at the door).


Theater: Bennington Community Theater will present "Arsenic and Old Lace" Today and Nov. 7. Both shows will be at 7 p.m. and be at the Oldcastle Theater. Tickets are$10. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Bennington Free Library. Tickets will be available at the door and can be reserved at

Web site workshop: From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Catamount Access Studio, CAT-TV will sponsor a basic course on "How to Build a Web Site". Presenters of the class will be Will Gardner, CAT-TV operations manager, and Alex Reichert, CAT-TV channel coordinator. The course is free and open to all. Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops. To sign up for the class contact Darlene Young, outreach coordinator at 802-442-8868 or

Red Cross blood drive: VSECU at 194 North Street, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Book event: Northshire Bookstore. 7 p.m. Barry Moser, "We Were Brothers." Including fifteen of Moser's stunning drawings, this powerful true story captures the essence of sibling relationships--their complexities, contradictions, and mixed blessings.


Lego club: The Cheney Library will host a lego club on the first and third Fridays of the month for fifth and sixth graders. The fun will begin at 4 p.m with snacks and then building with our never-been-used set of Legos. Bring your imagination and build unique creations. Parents may ask the school to have the bus drop your child at the library and then you will pick him/her up at 5 p.m. The first Friday will be Nov. 6 followed by Nov. 20, Dec. 4, and Dec. 18.

Texas Hold'em: HAYC3 is offering Texas Hold'em at the HAYC3 Armory on the first and third Friday of each month. Newcomers and experienced players are all welcome. Doors open at 6 p.m., with play beginning at 6:30 p.m. The buy in is $35 with an option for a $10 add-on. For more information, call 518-686-9050 or visit the HAYC3 website