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Today, 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.


Saturday, Jan. 23


Stranded!: STEM tinkering activity for kids 5-12 will be held at Bennington Free Library between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Families are invited to drop by the Children's Room for this activity led by Tracy Truzansky, STEM educator with Vermont Afterschool, Inc. What would you make to survive or be rescued if you were stranded in a remote part of the world? Using visual prompts and familiar materials, kids will create small replicas of their ideas for display or to take home. For more information, contact Bennington Free Library at (802)442-9051 or email

Cabin Fever Dance: American Legion Post 13, 6 p.m. Dinner is homemade chicken cordon bleu. Music is Cold River Band from Rutland. Tickets on sale now for $10, entry at the door $12.

North Bennington

Basil and Prune the Pug Storytime: Park McCullough Free Library. Local author and illustrator Kimalie Wassick will join us for a special Tales for Tots Storytime at 10:30 a.m. No reservations are necessary.


Snowshoe race: Seventh annual Hoot-Toot & Whistle 5K Snowshoe Race and Hike on the Catamount Trail. Registration between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the Readsboro Central School. Race starts at 10:30 a.m. Requirement: Minimum snowshoe size = 120 square inch surface Entry: $15 day of only. 65 and older and under 18 are free Directions/Info: See WWW.RUNWMAC.COM, call Bob Dion @ 802-423-7537 or DION@BCN.NET. Limited Snowshoe Rentals will be available. All proceeds to benefit the E.J. Bullock Building Restoration Project — Readsboro Hometown Redevelopment, Inc. is a 501 (C)3 Non Profit.

Sunday, Jan. 24


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.

Irish music sessions: A gathering of musicians for the purpose of celebrating a common interest in the traditional music of Ireland and Scotland by playing it together in a relaxed, informal setting. Every Sunday at The Publyk House from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., free to the public.


Book signing: Local author Peter Henry has published a book about his father, the former headmaster at Burr and Burton Academy. Entitled, "In the Shadow of Equinox Old Burr and Burton Stands," it traces the 27 years that Al Henry was at the helm. This touching memoir recounts Al's relationships with family, faculty, and his friendships with poets Robert Frost and Walter Hard. A book signing and brief synopsis will take place at JJ Hapgood store at 11 a.m. For further details contact Peter at 802-824-6618.

Monday, Jan. 25


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.

Tuesday, Jan. 26


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.

Wednesday, Jan. 27


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.

North Bennington

Crochet workshop: For tweens and teens , 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Park McCullough Free Library. Learn the basics of crochet and get started on a hat or scarf. If you already know how to crochet, bring your work and enjoy the company of other crafters. Basic materials will be provided or bring your own work in progress.

Thursday, Jan. 28


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.

Bat lecture: Bats and White Nose Syndrome. Vermont's bat species, disease impacts, research and how to help. Alyssa Bennet, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department All lectures begin at 7 p.m. One World Conservation Center, 413 Route 7.

Beginning beekeepers course: The Bennington County Beekeepers Club will offer its annual free beginner courses today, Feb. 4, 11, 25 and March 3. Classes will be at the Crispe Room of the Vermont Veterans Home. The programs will run from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Topics covered will include honeybee biology, choosing an appropriate site, equipment and gear, the beekeeper's year, products of the hive, pests and diseases. For more information or to sign up call Jeanne Davis 802-823-7955.

Emergency planning: Local Emergency Planning Committee 7 will hold its January meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bennington Project Independence located at 614 Harwood Hill Road. Please contact Allison Strohl at 802-442-0713 ext. 7 or if you have any questions.


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.


Community meeting: A community meeting to discuss the needs of businesses and the community in the South Shaftsbury, especially along Route 7A, Buck Hill Road, and Church Street, is being held at Cole Hall at 7 p.m. Richard Amore, Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development will share a presentation on how other villages and towns within Vermont are revitalizing themselves using an approach called a Streetscape.


RSVSP for snowmobile ride: Snowmobiling event for individuals with special needs. The Woodford SnoBusters are once again hosting their annual Very Special People Ride. Adults and children age 6+ with special needs are treated to a day of snowmobile rides. The event will be at the McKenna barn in Woodford. Come join us for hot dogs, refreshments and snowmobile rides on Feb. 13 from noon to 3 p.m. This event is free. Please RSVP to Jeanne McKenna by today, at 447-0591 or via e-mail at There will be a limit of 70 participants so please register early. Children under 16 and anyone needing assistance must be accompanied by an adult.