Today, Dec. 11
All Recovery meeting: 4 p.m. Turning Point Center.
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: http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.
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.
Movie Matinee: Recent action/adventure hero movie (2 hours, Rated PG-13) at Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver Street, 2 p.m. Free admission. Includes snacks. For info call 802-442-9051 or visit benningtonfreelibrary.org.
Annual Christmas program: Buskirk Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2176 West Hoosick Road, corner of State 67 and County 103. 6 p.m. Special numbers, congregational singing, Christmas stories.
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.
Sunday, Dec. 13
Breakfast: American Legion Post 69, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Seniors 65 and older are free, all others are $5 each, donations are greatly appreciated. Omelets to order are back on the menu. Come out and enjoy breakfast with us. Call 802-375-6157 for more information.
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.
Christmas Carol Sing: The White Chapel Society's Christmas Carol Sing will take place at 5 p.m. at the White Chapel Church at 2972 Chapel Road. Refreshments will be provided.
Christmas concert: At 5 p.m. the Choir of Christ Our Savior Parish (Formerly St. Paul's Catholic Church) will be performing their annual Christmas Concert. This will be the 12th year under the direction of Michael Gallagher, and will feature another delightful mix of familiar and unfamiliar Christmas Music. The choir will be joined by several members of the community this year and will be accompanied by a small orchestra. The concert is free and will be at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church just north of Manchester on Route 30 (Bonnet Street).
HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y.
Joseph, a Father's Struggle: Living Gospel Ministry, the husband and wife team of Matthew and Tina Zawisza, will bring the Bible to life the way it once was – the spoken word. Based out of the Capital Region, this has been a full-time ministry for over eight years. With thousands of performances at churches, schools and camps, it is obvious that God continues to use them. Men of the Bible Dramas presents the Bible through the first person. By appearing in full costume, people are brought inside the Word, and by that people can be changed by it. "Joseph, a Father's Struggle": If there is one character in the Christmas story that is forgotten, it is certainly Joseph. But not now. This is the story of an ordinary man thrown into an extraordinary situation. It is the story of real faith. Each drama is 20-25 minutes long, and will be presented at West Hoosick Baptist Church at 5 p.m. A free will offering will be taken. A time of food and fellowship will follow. For directions call Chuck Springer 686-0718 or Dottie Cross 663-8198.
Stardusters Christmas concert: The Stardusters of Hoosick Falls present their fourth annual Christmas concert at the Community Alliance Church at 7 p.m. The Stardusters are an eighteen piece "big band" in the style of those famous bands of the era of the Miller, Dorsey, and Herman bands. The Stardusters were formed in 1975 by Cortland Cottrell, whose Son continues the tradition as manager. The Stardusters will be joined by well known local vocalist Krissy Fauler who will perform with the band on White Christmas, Let It Snow and O Holy Night. The band will perform swing arrangements of many well known Christmas selections.Musical director of the band is BillGaillard who has been with the group since it began, The band is requesting food donations be brought for the local food closet. All are invited to this concert.
PFLAG Dorset: In honor of World AIDs Awareness Day, we will have a program with a visiting expert, up-dating us on the fight against AIDs and HIV. 4 p.m., The Dorset UCC Church on Church Street, light meal to follow.
Monday, Dec. 14
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.
Bake off: The Great Bennington Bake Off will take place at 7 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library. Author Ellen Stimson will discuss her latest book, An Old Fashioned Christmas: Sweet Traditions for Hearth and Home, and host a holiday cookie competition. Bakers of all ages are invited to bring samples of their best home-baked cookies. Everyone is welcome to join this free event, with or without cookies! For more information contact co-sponsor The Bennington Bookshop: 802-442-5059.
Auditions: The Dorset Players will be holding auditions for "Play It Again Sam", a comedy written by Woody Allen and directed by Janet Groom today and Tuesday at The Dorset Playhouse at 7 p.m. Allan Felix has been left by his wife and great fun ensues as he tries to find a female companion under the guidance of his hero, Humphrey Bogart. There are parts for three men, one of whom should be able to play the character of Humphrey Bogart and two men who are 30-ish. There are roles for eight women, two of whom should be 30-ish and the others are roles of fantasy women and dates for Allan and should be 30-ish or younger. For further information or to borrow a script call our business office at 802-867-5570 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The performances will run March 4-6 and 11-13.
Tuesday, Dec. 15
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.
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.
Mediation group: Turning Point Center, 5 p.m.
HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y.
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
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 www.meetup.com/Southern-VT-Entrepreneur-Small-Business- Networking-Group.
Holiday Talk and Reception: Manchester Community Library hosts the illustrated talk "Charles Dickens and the Writing of "A Christmas Carol" with lecturer Barry Deitz at 6 p.m. A reception featuring hors d'oeuvres donated by some of the area's finest restaurants as well as mulled cider and wine will follow. The Library's holiday gift to the community. Free and all are welcome. Info: 802-362-2607.