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Today, Jan. 29


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

Saturday, Jan. 30


Children's program: Solomon Wright Public Library, 11 a.m. Local author and artist Kimalie Wassick will introduce and share her published adventures of "Basil and Prune". Inspired by her granddaughter Basil and her pug dog. For further information call the library at 802-823-5400.

Sunday, Jan. 31


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.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.


KoC buffet: The Knights of Columbus will be holding a buffet breakfast 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church. Scrambled eggs, meats, hash browns, pancakes, french toast, orange juice and coffee to be served. Adults, $6. Children 4 to 11, $3. Children 3 and under, free.

Open house: St. Mary's Academy will be holding an open house for prospective parents from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. For additional information call 518-686-4314.

Monday, Feb. 1


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.

Chorus rehearsal: The Bennington County Choral Society (BCCS) welcomes new and returning singers to rehearsals for its annual spring concert, "Cries of War, Hopes for Peace," featuring Leonard Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" and Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Dona Nobis Pacem." Weekly Monday evening rehearsals begin at the Second Congregational Church in Bennington, culminating in concert performances on Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15. Any interested singer can join the first rehearsal at 6:45 p.m. to allow time to register and sign out music, and to greet friends old and new. Regular weekly rehearsals are held from 7 to 9 p.m. The chorus is open to singers of all abilities, ages 15 and older; a modest membership fee of $35 per concert, or $60 for the full season, is requested.

North Bennington

Kevin's Senior Luncheon: Seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. If you did not make reservations at the last luncheon and would like to attend, call Emily at 442-9490. Reminder, space is limited.

Tuesday, Feb. 2


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.

Board games and pizza: Manchester Community Library's Cafe Commons from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Kids in grades 5 and up, game on for an evening of board games and pizza. Play your favorite games, learn some new ones, even bring your own games from home. Hang out with friends and enjoy a pizza dinner. What will your game be? Settlers of Catan? Sorry? Chess or checkers? Mastermind? The Library's got them all and many more. This free program is open to students in grade 5 and up.

Wednesday, Feb. 3.


Meet the author: Ali Benjamin, author of "The Thing About Jellyfish," will be at the Bennington Free Library's Children's Room at 3:30 p.m. This debut novel about grief and wonder was an instant New York Times bestseller and captured widespread critical acclaim, including selection as a 2015 National Book Award finalist. The book will appeal to kids ages 10 and up. There will be a book signing, activities, and snacks. For more information, call 802-442-9051.

History club meeting: The Bennington History Club will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church at 601 Main Street. Bring stories, artifacts, findings, and questions. Light refreshments served.

Quilt meeting: Quiet Valley Quilters meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church. Program will be sharing quilt retreat experiences. All levels of quilters are welcome.


Poetry discussion: Mount Holyoke professor Amy E. Martin will discuss W. B. Yeats' iconic poem "Easter, 1916" in the context of its centenary in a talk at Manchester's First Congregational Church at 7 p.m. Free admission.

Thursday, Feb. 4


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.

Our Rivers and Streams: The rivers we monitor and issues affecting water quality. Steve McMahon, Hoosic River Watershed Association All lectures begin at 7 p.m. One World Conservation Center 413 Route 7.

Blood drive: Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to make an appointment to give this winter. Eligible blood donors of all types are needed, especially those with O, AB, B negative and A negative. Blood donations are urgently needed now and throughout the winter to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients in need. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Children's chorus: The Bennington Children's Chorus, directed by Kerry Ryer-Parke, begins its spring term today. The Junior Ensemble (ages 7-12) meets from 3:45 p.m. 4:45 p.m; the Senior Ensemble (ages 10-18) meets from 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Weekly Thursday rehearsals are held at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 108 School Street. There is a fee to participate and scholarships are available. New choristers may try the first two weeks of the term before making a financial commitment. There is no audition required. For more information please 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.


Harry Potter book night: Northshire Bookstore, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Muggles and Wizards of all ages are invited to this special party. Following a Sorting Ceremony, enjoy trivia games, costume contests, a wizard's duel and much more! Prizes awarded to Hogwart's finest and don't forget your magic wands.