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Today, Jan. 16


Women in Papua New Guinea: The public is invited to join world traveler Ronnie Levin of Pownal for a program about her solo trip to Papua New Guinea with only a local guide. The slide and music presentation of Native Culture of Papua New Guinea is sponsored by the Bennington Branch of the American Association of University Women. The free, public meeting will be held at 2 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver Street, in Bennington. Refreshments will be available.

Winter Carnival: The Village School of North Bennington will host its annual Winter Carnival from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. as part of Winterfest 2016. This indoor carnival will feature fun and games for kids of all ages including a bouncy house, penguin bean bag toss, Scholastic book fair, glitter tattoos, interactive STEM-based games (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), games of chance and games of skill. There's also a used book sale, bake sale, a white elephant sale and the Hound Dogs Food Truck. Activities will take place throughout the entire school. For more information visit



Family concert and petting zoo: Have hands on fun with instruments at the Manchester Community Library's Super Saturday Family Concert and Instrument Petting Zoo at 10:30 a.m. Come to the Children's Barn to enjoy music by teachers and students from the Michael Rudiakov Music Academy. Following the concert, children will have an opportunity to get up close and personal with violins, violas and cellos. Free program, open to the public. Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Avenue/corner of Route 7A.

Sunday, Jan. 17


Grange breakfast: Battenkill Grange #487 will hold a Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Bailey Hall on Ice Pond Road. The menu includes pancakes, real maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits with coffee, milk and juice. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12. For more information call Lillian Wood at 802-375-2518


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.

Historical Society meeting: Bennington Historical Society Meetings are normally held the third Sunday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m in the Ada Paresky Education Center located on the second floor of the Bennington Museum.

Sanctity of Life Sunday Prayer Vigil: Bennington Four Corners Clock on Main Street, 7 p.m. All are welcome, please join Care Net in prayer for babies, pregnant mothers and fathers, and all those who have suffered the loss of a child.

Documentary screening: Centers for Living and Rehabilitation will host a screening of the moving documentary, "Alive Inside" from director Michael Rossato-Bennett, a film whose concepts have been successful at CLR. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. and include the film and brunch. A presentation will follow the film in which staff will share experiences of music's affect among CLR patients. CLR Medical Director Julie Siblerstein, MD, will conduct a question-and-answer session highlighted by discussing the results of testing the concept with residents and their families.


Illustrated talk: Enjoy an armchair excursion through some of America's most beautiful landscapes - the southwest- at 4 p.m. at Equinox Village. You'll hear some wonderful ranger stories and gain insights about how to embark on a hiking adventure through the canyons. In an illustrated talk, former National Park Ranger Helen Hossley will lead us through Grand Canyon National Park and the Havasupai Indian Reservation to explore the turquoise waterfalls of the region. This free public talk is sponsored by Equinox Village and presented by Manchester Community Library. Equinox Village is located at 49 Maple St. in Manchester Center. For more info, contact Cindy Waters online at or call the Library at 802-362-2607.

Monday, Jan. 18.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration: Join with the Bennington Inter-faith Council and the Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center to celebrate with voice, music and dance the life and witness of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a candlelight vigil at The Four Corners in Bennington followed, at 5:45 p.m., by dancing led by the Community Dance Team. The vigil participants and dancers will then join in a procession to the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House at 108 School St., where a program on the theme, Diversity: How and Why, will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. The program will include a panel discussion by community representatives who will share their experiences regarding diversity and its impact in their respective fields. After the panel, there will be dialogue and discussion among the audience and panelists with the goal to examine and explore how Bennington can move towards a more multi-cultural, inter-generational and thriving community. The program will conclude with more dancing led by the Community Dance Team that will embody and express Peace and Justice. Refreshments will be served and the program is expected to end around 8:30 to 9 p.m.

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.

Marijuana forum: The Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee will host a forum from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Bennington Fire Facility in River Street regarding the possible legalization of marijuana.

Tuesday, Jan. 19.


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.

Yoga classes: Manchester Parks and Recreation Department. Classes are designed for all levels of yoga and includes meditation, breathing techniques, and postures on the mat. Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Activity Room at the Park House at the Dana Thompson Memorial Park. Class fees are $10.00 or purchase a package of 6 classes for $50.00. Mats are available and drop-ins are welcome. For more information please contact MPR at 802-362-1439.

Orwell talk: John Berninghausen of Middlebury College will talk about The Life and Writings of George Orwell. This talk will take up several distinctive features of Orwell's incisive and outspoken literary style as found in his earlier works. 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., $15 in advance/$20 at door, Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Avenue. For more information call 802-867-0111 or visit


Sunderland Safe Roads Committee: Public meeting to present and discuss the final draft scoping report that evaluates possible alternatives for pedestrian and bicycle improvements along Sunderland Hill Road and Hill Farm Road. All residents and interested parties are invited to attend. There will be time for discussion and questions. 7 p.m., Town Hall.

Wednesday, Jan. 20.


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.


GNAT hosts video press release day: Come to the GNAT studio from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to create your one minute video announcement or PSA. You bring the message, and GNAT does the video production. It's fun, and free. The program is open to individuals, nonprofits, town governments and community groups promoting non-commercial community wide events, activities and information. Your video will air on GNAT's five TV channels that reach 7,000 homes in the Northshire and Mountain Towns. They will also be available on GNAT's online Video Player for viewing and sharing on your social media and website. If you can't make it to the studio Jan. 20, you may set up another time to film your video. For more information or to register visit:, or call Hoss at 802-362-7070.

Thursday, Jan. 21


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

Free Women's Weight Management Group: Bennington Project Independence, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Losing weight with the help of a support group works better than going it alone. We discuss options, ideas, roadblocks, failures in a non-judgemental, private space. Call Tracy if you need more info at 802 379 8339.

Managing stormwater in our watershed: Low impact development and green stormwater infrastructure. Jim Henderson. Bennington County Regional Commission. All lectures begin at 7 p.m. One World Conservation Center, 413 Route 7.


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.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

The Car Guy: Cheney Library will host Gordon Fricke, the "Car Guy," at 7 p.m. Gordon has been on WAMC, 90.3, once a month for many years. He knows a lot about cars. So if you have car questions here is your chance to get them answered by an expert in the field of cars.

Friday, Jan. 22


Chicken and biscuit dinner: The Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road invites one and all to the Chicken and Biscuit Dinner. The "home chefs" from the church will prepare the dishes in their own kitchens and then deliver them to the church kitchen piping hot. Mixed vegetables, extra gravy, beverages and ice cream with homemade hot fudge are also on the menu. A free will offering gathered will support the extensive mission and ministry of the church. Dinner is at 6 p.m. but come early to ensure a seat. The first 90 guests will be fed. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. For additional information contact the church office at (802) 375-2548 or visit the website at


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

Android and Apple workshop: Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV) is hosting a workshop teaching people how to use their smart phone and tablet devices for both Android and Apple products. To sign up for this workshop event, or further questions, please call Darlene Young, outreach coordinator, 802-442-8868 or email her The workshop is at 4 p.m.

Park McCullough Free Library: Meet Dot and Dash the coding robots, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Our children's librarian will be on hand to demonstrate Dot and Dash to young people. After (and only after) a brief tutorial will kids be able to use Dot and Dash in the library. These robots are a fun way for kids to learn computer programming.