Today, Dec. 5


First Baptist Church Christmas bazaar: The First Baptist Church of Bennington announces its Christmas bazaar taking place on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market will feature 20+ tables, children's craft-room, and silent auction; homemade lunch and snack items provided by and sold by the First Baptist Church. For vendor information or to make table reservations, please contact Grace Wilson at 379-4548. First Baptist is located at 601 Main Street. To learn more about First Baptist visit Worship services are held Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

Holiday Bazaar: The American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 13 in Bennington will be holding their annual Holiday Bazaar at Post 13 in Bennington from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. It will include holiday crafts, bake sale and white elephant. All of our proceeds support our veterans and our children and youth and the programs they are involved in.


Cookies and clay at the Long Trail School: Long Trail School welcomes children of all ages to decorate a cookie to enter into its Gingerbread Man/Woman Decorating Contest from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Students will be on hand to assist younger children with their sweet artistic creations. Prizes will be awarded to cookies in three categories: ages 2-5, ages 6-9 and ages 10+. At the same time, adults and children are invited to make some clay bowls for Empty Bowls 2017. After Cookies and Clay, join us at the 6th Annual Lighted Tractor Parade at 5 p.m. in Manchester, part of Manchester and the Mountains Manchester Merriment celebration. For more information about Cookies and Clay, contact Chelley Tifft at 802-867-5717 x190.


Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Holiday cabaret: St. Mary's Academy will be holding its annual holiday cabaret featuring The Oldies Show. The Oldies Show are an eight piece orchestra out of Albany, N.Y. celebrating the memories and rich history of the 50s, 60s, and 70s rock-n-roll. Tickets are $25/person at the door. In addition to music and dancing, there will be a silent auction, cash bar, lite fare, dessert auction, and wine pull. Doors open at 6 p.m. with music beginning at 7 p.m.. Call 518-686-4314 for more information or visit to purchase tickets.

North Bennington

Winter Fun Day: Kimberly Farms Stables is pleased to announce an exciting fundraising event. (1214 Cross Hill Rd, North Bennington, phone 802-442-5454, email Come spend a fun Saturday at the farm with pony rides, good food (chili, hot dogs, apple cider, and more), riding demonstrations, and, of course, a picture opportunity with Santa and his reindeer/horse. From 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. There is no admission fee. The event will be open to everybody. Come get your picture taken on top of one of Santa's reindeer, alongside Santa himself! While the event is totally free, participants are encouraged to donate as much as they would like. All proceeds will go to Gallop To Success, a 501 c3 nonprofit organization serving at-risk youth through horses and farm experiences. Call 802-442-5454 or email with questions. See for directions.


Choral concert: The Putney School Orchestra and Madrigals are taking the show on the road with three performances of "Music of the French Cathedrals" with the Bennington County Choral Society, reveling in the rich and diverse choral and orchestral tradition of French Romantic and post-Romantic composers. Concert performances are at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester on Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m., and at the Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington on Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. The following Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m., the three groups present a special encore performance in Calder Hall, at The Putney School's Michael S. Currier Center in Putney. Concert tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door, in advance from choristers or at the Bennington Bookshop. Student tickets, $10 with valid student ID, are available at the door. The Dec. 12 concert in Putney is not ticketed. All concert venues are wheelchair accessible.


Pownal Valley Fair annual Christmas bazaar: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To be held at the American Legion Post 90 on Route 7. Vendor Space is available. Call Nell at 802-823-5258. Santa will arrive at noon to 2 p.m. with grab bags for all the kids. Lunch will be available from the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 90. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Second Chance Animal Shelter open house: From noon to 2 p.m. at the shelter on Route 7A. The event will include tours of the shelter and an opportunity to meet the staff that cares for the animals awaiting their 'forever' homes. Visitors are encouraged to bring photos of their pets to decorate the "Angel Tree." Individualized Angel Tree decorations are made by Bennington artist Claudia Dalton and may be purchased for $5, with photo, and $3 with name only. As a special treat for young children, Claudia will help them make a holiday card of their very own to take home – for $1. Note cards from Splashing Cow Books, which make great holiday gifts, will be on sale, as well. Snacks, dips, homemade cakes, cookies and punch made by SCAC board will be offered. Staff and board members will be on hand to tell you more about our future home just up the road in Arlington.


SVHC Foundation's 2015 Jingle Bell: One of Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation's most anticipated events of the year is scheduled at the Hermitage Club. The Jingle Bell reflects the giving spirit of the season and provides local businesses and community members the opportunity to demonstrate their support for SVHC in a fun and festive way. Highlights of the Jingle Bell include dinner, dancing, and a live auction featuring an exceptional selection of donated items. This year's auction items include vacations, exclusive memberships to ski and golf clubs, and much more. The Putnam Challenge, a call to support a specific need within our health system, is a featured part of the program. This year's Putnam Challenge will support the relocation of the SVMC Deerfield Valley Campus. Tickets are $150 per person. Sponsorships are available. Complete information, including invite, program, auction preview, and link to buy tickets online is available at For more information and to reserve your tickets, contact the SVHC Foundation at 802-447-5017 or by e-mail at

Sunday, Dec. 6


Legion bingo: 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.

Jazz at South Street cafe: Come to South Street cafe for Jazz with Dave Banulis and Gary Miller with friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bennington VFW breakfast: 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." Donation: $5. Call 802-442-9857 with questions.

Prayer vigil: Special evening of healing music and devotional songs by local musicians for San Bernardino families and community 7 p.m to 9 p.m at the Masonic Lodge on Main Street. Bring your compassionate heart and strong prayers.


Dollar skate to benefit Mettawee School: Do you like to ice-skate? Then grab your skates and come on out to support the Mettawee Community School PTO at the Dollar Skate and Bake Sale being held between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Riley Rink at Hunter Park, off Route 7A. Don't have skates? No problem, you can rent skates for $6 at Riley Rink. Questions? Call Mettawee Community School between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., weekdays at 802-645-9009.

Monday, Dec. 7


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.

Turning Point: Making Recovery Easier meeting, noon.

Meet the author: Arlington Memorial High School science teacher Luisa Millington will present her new book at the Community College of Vermont, on Main Street, at 7 p.m. The book is entitled "The Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Property: Saving the World's Heritage," and covers the branch of the Italian armed forces known popularly in English as the Carabinieri Art Squad, which every year recovers thousands of cultural artifacts that have been stolen and sold, or taken from war and disaster zones.


Kevin's Senior Luncheon: Seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. If you did not make reservations at the last luncheon and would like to attend, call Emily at 442-9490. Reminder, space is limited.

Tuesday, Dec. 8


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 12 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.

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.

Bennington Celebrate Recovery: A Christ-centered 12-step recovery program, find healing from hurts, hangups and habits. Group meets Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Every third Tuesday is a potluck/meeting at 6 p.m. Held at 115 Hillside St. at the Second Congregational Church. For more information, contact Peter Grimes at 518-677-5414 or Christa Jan Ryan at 631-559-1594.

Women's self-esteem group: Turning Point Center, 11 a.m.

Meditation group: Turning Point Center, 5 p.m.

Holiday party: The Bennington Lions Club will hold its annual Christmas Party for Hearing Impaired and Visually Handicapped persons at the Mount Anthony Country Club at 5:30 p.m. For over 55 years the Bennington Lions have held this event. The invited guests receive dinner, gifts, a visit from Santa and take part in a Carol Sing. Christmas Music will be provided by the Aladdins from North Adams, Massachusetts and the Ukulele Express Duet from Bennington. Chairperson for the Party is Lion Patricia Babcock.


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 p.m. 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


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, Dec. 9


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

Support group: There is a support group for anyone living with any type of loss due to a death at Second Congregational Church the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 6 p.m.

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.


Scleroderma support group: The second Wednesday of every month the Scleroderma support group meets, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital in Conference Room 3.


Long Trail School concerts: Middle and upper school students will present a choral concert. On Dec. 16. grades six through 12 will perform and instrumental concert. Both are at the Long Trail theater, both begin at 6:30 p.m. Please contact Anharad Llewelyn, arts chair at Long Trail School, at or 802-867-5717 x206 with any questions.

Thursday, Dec. 10


Legion meetings: Monthly join meeting, 6 p.m. American Legion Post 69, Sons Squadron 69, and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 69, at American Legion Post 69. Monthly meeting of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 69 is at 7 p.m. as is Sons of the American Legion Squadron 69. Call 802-375-6157 for more information or to become a member.


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

All Recovery meeting: 11 a.m. Turning Point

Volunteer luncheon: Are you interested in doing something new and fun this coming year? Become a volunteer. You are invited to join us at the One World Conservation Center Volunteer Luncheon. The luncheon will be held at the Education Center between noon and 2 p.m. Please feel free to bring a guest.


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.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Holiday book event: Cheney Library will host a Holiday Book event beginning at 7 p.m. Connie Brooks, from Battenkill Books, will bring a number of books perfect for gift giving. Please consider this as an excellent opportunity to do some Christmas shopping. Hope to see you here on the tenth at 7 p.m. Books made a great gift.

Saturday, Dec. 12


Tree lighting: The Arlington Lions club again this year with the Arlington Garden Club will be holding the tree lighting and caroling at the town green on at 4 p.m. Everyone is invited to join in on the fun. There will be hot chocolate, cookies, chocolates and a visit by Santa.


Wreaths across America: The Vermont Veterans' Home invites you to attend our Wreaths Across America Ceremony at 12 p.m. The ceremony will be at the Veteran Cemetery located behind the main building of the campus. The mission of Wreaths Across America is to Remember, Honor, and Teach; this is carried out in part by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies on the same Saturday in December at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as Veterans' Cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. To learn more about this program please visit:

Hour for Our Community: Time exchange/orientation 10:30 a.m. to noon, Bennington Free Library. Come and find out what Hour for Our Community is all about. Call 802-379-5951 for more information.

Victorian Christmas Tea: There was a Tea 75 years ago to have a garden for St. Peter's Church. The women of the church have been raising money by having teas and other food funding raising events ever since. Come and enjoy tea, coffee and punch along with delicious tea sandwiches and cookies in a sparkling room. If you have questions call 442-2911. Tickets are available at the church. St. Peter's is accessible to all. 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., cost $7.50

Book reading: Families are invited to meet local author Karen Rose, creator of "Pixie & Fenway, Unlikely Friends at Two Mountain Farm" and "A Sweet Lemon Arrives at Two Mountain Farm." The event will be held at Bennington Free Library at 11 a.m in the Children's Room. Karen will read and sign books. She will also introduce families to her pet chicken, Pixie. Pixie is the star of Pixie & Fenway which tells a true story of friendship between a chicken that was the victim of the pecking order and a house cat named Fenway. The book's underlying lesson of tolerance and accepting differences in others proves that you never know where you may find a great friend. The illustrations were drawn by local children.


Santa Claus at Manchester Community Library: Santa will be at the Manchester Community Library's Super Saturday Family Program at 10:30 a.m.. The Manchester Lions Club Elf Express Conductor and Elves will be there, too. This ever popular holiday program features stories, crafts, snacks and photo ops with Santa. Keep calm and jingle on to this free program, open to the public.


Bright Lights Craft Fair: Memorial Hall, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds from vendors' booth fees will benefit Memorial Hall.