Today, Jan. 7
American Legion: Monthly meeting, American Legion Post 69, 7 p.m. 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
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.
Friday, Jan. 8
All Recovery meeting: 4 p.m. Turning Point Center.
Native American art talks and show: Art talk by William Song, Aurora Portal, 520 Main Street, 6 p.m. On Saturday, Song's art exhibit "Healing Art & The Art of Healing" from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. On Sunday, at 3 p.m., he will talk to youth, adolescents, and recovery groups.
Hoosick Falls, N.Y.
Lego Club: The Lego Club at Cheney Library will meet Jan. 8 and 22, Feb. 5 and 19, March 4 and 18. This club is great for fifth and sixth graders. It meets from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m., with snacks. Take a bus from Hoosick Falls Central School and get dropped off at the library. Then have a parent pick you up at 5 p.m. Come and have lots of Lego fun.
Saturday, Jan. 9
Hour for Our Community Time Exchange orientation: 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Bennington Free Library on Silver Street. Come and find out what Hour for Our Community is all about. Call 802-379-5951 for more information.
VAE concert: Bella's Bartok, "New England's most infectious band," will be playing at the Masonic Hall at 504 Main Street. Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Hosted by the Vermont Arts Exchange as part of its Basement Music Series. Tickets to Bella's Bartok can be pre-purchased for $20 through Brown Paper Tickets at brownpapertickets.com, vtartxchange.org, or by calling 800-838-3006 — a small processing fee will be charged. Tickets are $25 at the door on the day of show on a first-come, first-served basis.
Native American art exhibit: "Healing Art & The Art of Healing, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Aurora Portal, 520 Main Street.
Hoosick Falls, N.Y.
Learn to skate program registration: The Hoosick Friends of Skating club has now become the Town of Hoosick Learn-to-Skate Program, under the direction of Kaila Matatt and the Town of Hoosick. We will be holding skating lesson registration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Reynolds-Gilchrest Skating Rink on Barton Avenue. The program offers eight half-hour lessons in figure and hockey skating fundamentals following the United States Figure Skating Association's Basic Skills Program. Individuals must be 5 years of age or older beginning Jan. 1, 2016 in order to participate. Classes will be held Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings, beginning Jan. 16 and continuing until Feb. 10. The cost for all eight lessons is $50 for Town of Hoosick residents and $60 for non-residents. Payment is due at registration. There will be a $10 discount for families with 3 or more registrants. A $10 late fee will be charged for all registrations after Jan. 16. For more information, please contact Kaila Matatt, recreation director, at KLMatatt@gmail.com or 518-265-2038. For general information regarding the upcoming skating season at the Reynolds-Gilchrest Skating Rink, please visit www.hoosickrecreation.com.
Sunday, Jan. 10
Legion breakfast: At 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.
Monday, Jan. 11
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.
Legion meeting: American Legion Auxiliary Unit 13, 7 p.m. at the Post, 225 Northside Drive. E-board meeting at 6:45 p.m. Please try to attend.
HooRWA annual meeting: The Hoosic River Watershed, based in Williamstown and dedicated to the conservation, restoration and enjoyment of the Hoosic River and its watershed, will hold its annual meeting on at 7 p.m. in the First Congregational Church on Main Street in the Community Hall. Learn about flumes and flowers, parks and Route 2 projects and other projects being worked on in New York, Vermont, and northern Berkshire County. Board members will present river-related initiatives in the watershed. Join us as we begin our 30th year. Contact: Steve McMahon; call him at 413-458-2742 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Tuesday, Jan. 12
Ladies Auxiliary Members meeting: The Ladies Auxiliary VFW meets the second Tuesday of every month. We welcome all members and look forward to your participation. Those who are interested in joining or finding additional information about the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 1332, can contact the VFW Post 1332 at 802-442-9857 and leave a call back number.
Wednesday, Jan. 13.
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 www.benningtonyoga.com.
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.
RAFFL interactive workshop: From 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Southwest Vermont Career Development Center conference room,, join the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link for an interactive workshop discussing practical soil fertility and nutrient management planning, specifically tailored to vegetable farms. We will cover how to interpret soil test recommendations, calculate nutrient inputs and costs, source amendments, and effectively apply them. We will also discuss the importance of cover cropping in the context of soil fertility and field rotations. And at each location, a local farmer will join us and help to apply this knowledge by sharing their soil fertility management practices with the group! Workshop fee of $25 (includes lunch). Contact Jen Miller (email@example.com) for financial assistance.
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.
Blood drive: Red Cross blood drive, noon and 5:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church. The Red Cross is encouraging all regular donors to give blood at this time. Donors are also urged to bring a friend because the need for blood continues to grow. New donors must be16, (with parent's permission) or 17 years or older, in good health and weigh at least 110 lbs. For an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) redcrossblood.org. We are hoping to have several gift certificates for the donors' raffle.