Today, 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.

Multiple myeloma support group: The Southern Vermont Myeloma Support Network (including eastern New York state and the northern Berkshires in Massachusetts) will hold a support group meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Community Resource Room at the SVMC Regional Cancer Center, 140 Hospital Drive. We utilize the Difficult Conversations Workbook: Finding a Path through Illness, an interactive toolkit produced by the Center for Communication in Medicine's Speak Sooner initiative. Interested patients with blood diseases, caregivers, family members and friends are encouraged to join us! Remember, knowledge is patient-power, so learn and share as much as possible about myeloma. Our group is affiliated with the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF). For more information, please contact Jan Martin Bopp, group leader, at 802-375-5494 or .


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 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.

Wednesday, Dec. 16


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.

Winter play: Southshire Community School will be performing their annual winter play at the Old Castle Theatre on Main Street. This year the play will be "Hershel and the Hannukah Goblins". The show will begin at 7 p.m.. It is free and the public is welcome to attend.

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Christmas concert: The Hoosick Falls Community Band will present its 33rd annual Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church where it began this tradition when Pastor Bob Sprunger was Pastor there and a clarinet player with the band. There will be a reception after the concert. All are invited to this wonderful Christmas program.

Thursday, Dec. 17


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


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.