Today, 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.

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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.