Today, Dec. 29


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.


The Dollhouse and Toy Museum: is located at 212 Union St. in Bennington and is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Under its current expanded schedule it is open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily and New Year's Eve. Admission is $2 for children three and older, $4 for adults, and $10 for families. For more information, visit the museum's web site at or call 802-681-3767. The Dollhouse and Toy Museum has transformed itself for the holidays, creating new exhibits celebrating "A Victorian Christmas in a Victorian House." Many of our most popular Christmas traditions came about during Queen Victoria's reign, which was was 1837 until 1901, and the Dollhouse Museum house itself was built in the 1860s, at the height of the Victorian Era. The new exhibits at the Dollhouse Museum include German nutcrackers, antique Christmas tree angels, vintage Christmas cards, many different versions of Santa Claus and St. Nicholas dolls, and Christmas Caroler dolls from the collection of Grace Collins. All of the dollhouses are decorated, and the museum has brought back it's annual "Festival of Tiny Trees" that has many dollhouse-size Christmas trees decorated with antique buttons, earrings and other small ornaments.


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. 30


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.

Thursday, Dec. 31


New Year's Eve Dinner/Dance Party at Legion Post 69: Public welcome. $10 P /$15 per couple. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Spaghetti dinner. 9 p.m., The Julie Shea Band will play. Call: 802-375-6157 for more information. Tickets on sale now at the Legion. Facebook: American Legion Post 69 Arlington, Vermont.


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.

Annual New Year's Eve Cello Concert To Be Held at Left Bank

New Year's Eve cello concert: Presented by the Bennington Cultural and Arts Council, in cooperation with The Left Bank. The eleventh annual New Year's Eve cello concert. The concert takes place this year at The Left Bank in North Bennington at 7:30 pm.m. Cellist Maxine Neuman of North Bennington and New York City will perform works by Schickele, Arnold Rosner, and J. S. Bach. The concert is free, though donations are appreciated. Neuman's solo and chamber music career spans North and South America, Europe, and Japan. A grant recipient from the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, and the National Endowment for the Arts, she is a three-time Grammy Award winner. Her biography appears in Who's Who in the World. Neuman is a founding member of the Claremont Duo, the Crescent String Quartet, the Vermont Cello Quartet, and the Walden Trio, groups with which she has traveled and recorded extensively.


Bingo: The American Legion Post 90 in Pownal will host bingo at 6:30 p.m. (Re-opens March, maybe)

Friday, Jan. 1


New Years Day Breakfast: Arlington Red Mountain Chapter no. 41 of the Order of the Eastern Star will hold the annual New Years Day Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon. at the Masonic Lodge on 117 East Arlington Road in Arlington. The lodge is located next to Mack Molding. a large selection of breakfast items will be available for a $7.50 donation .Kids under 6 free. the community is invited to attend. Tickets will be available at the door. The Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization in the world to which both men and women may belong. For information on the breakfast or the Eastern Star, contact Kathy Cotrofeld at 802-375-6782.