Today, Dec. 22


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.


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.

Wednesday, Dec. 23


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.

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.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Half-day school: Hoosick Falls Central School will be in session for a half-day. UPK students will be dismissed at noon. K-6 will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. 7-12 will be dismissed at 11:15 p.m. and the buses will be leaving campus at 11:25. Please also note ALL students must leave campus. Lunches will be served.

Thursday, Dec. 24


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

Christmas Eve at Old First Church: The First Congregational Church of Old Bennington will offer a candlelight Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m. This family service will be filled with familiar readings and carols and concludes with the congregation singing "Silent Night" with lighted candles in front of the church. A wheelchair ramp will be provided. The public is invited.

Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, offers two opportunities for worship on Christmas Eve: The Second Congo Brass begin their Music of the Season at 4:30 p.m., and the service of worship begins at 5 p.m., with a Handbell prelude and the lighting of the Christ candle. With carols, lessons, anthems, and candlelight, we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Light of the world. A time to greet old and new friends follows in Webster Hall, with hot and cold cider offered. At 10 p.m., a Service of Candlelight, Communion, and Carols begins. All are welcome to this service of contemplation and anticipation, and all who wish to come are invited to the communion table. A freewill offering to benefit the Emergency Food and Fuel Fund will be taken at both Christmas Eve services. Located at 115 Hillside St. and is wheelchair-accessible. For more information, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or visit


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.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: The North Bennington Congregational Church celebrates Christmas Eve with a Candlelight Service at 5 p.m. There will be lessons and carols, special music, the lighting of the Christ Candle, a Christmas Homily, and a closing candlelight circle with the singing of "Silent Night." Come and enjoy this holy night of wonder and joy. Everyone is welcome. The church is wheelchair accessible from the back door at the parsonage driveway.

Living Nativity in North Bennington: The North Bennington Baptist Church will be having its annual Living Nativity Celebration on Sunday, December 13th at 5 p.m. at the North Bennington Baptist Church on Church Street. Please join us as we celebrate the birth of our Lord in this very special ceremony! There will be carols during the performance and all are welcome to participate. Hot chocolate and refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the performance. For additional information, call Rick Gramlin at 802-368-7844 or email him at


United Church of Dorset and East Rupert invites the community to our Christmas Celebrations: The community is invited to join us at the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert for the celebration of Christmas on Thursday, Dec. 24. There will be two services. The family service will begin at 4:30 p.m. It will include a Christmas story, a special time with the young. Soloist Marcia Holland singing both the gathering and offertory songs and congregational candle lighting. The second service will begin at 8:00 p.m. and will include Communion and congregational candle lighting. The gathering music will be played by Alìx Raspé, harpist. Our choir will be singing as well.There are no services on Christmas Day.On Sunday, Dec. 27, at 10 a.m. we will hold a service of Lessons and Carols. The Church is located at 143 Church St. (Off Route 30) in Dorset. Questions: call the office at 802-867-2260. All are welcome.


Christmas Eve in Peru: The Peru Congregational Church invites you to join us at our Christmas Eve service. Created forty years ago by the late Kermit Reilly, this gathering is a favorite for both mountain and valley folks. Dr. Roger Fox will be conducting the community choir. Judy Cyr is our organist ,and Pastor Margaret will be delivering a sermon titled "Ruined." The service begins at 6 p.m. If seating is a necessity, plan on arriving before 5:30 p.m. For more information call 802-379 -1438.


Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: The First Baptist Church of Hoosick Falls invites all to attend as it celebratea Christ's birth with a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service beginning at 8 p.m. The service will have lots of music, a dramatization and ending with the candlelight service. Prior to the worship service anyone may join them at 6 p.m., leaving from the church to go caroling to the nursing homes. The church is located at 80 Main St. in Hoosick Falls. If you have any questions you may phone 518-686-7737.

Salem, N.Y.

Santa visit: At 4 p.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting Salem Community Fellowship, at 224 Main Street to tell the story about the true meaning of Christmas. At 5 p.m., we invite everyone to experience the Spirit of the Living God during our Christmas Eve service as we celebrate the birth of our Messiah. For more information call 518-854-3208 or email us at

Friday, Dec. 25


All Recovery meeting: 4 p.m. Turning Point Center.