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Today, Feb. 18

BENNINGTON

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.

Meetings at Turning Point Center: All Recovery meeting, 11 a.m. Making Recovery Easier meeting, 4 p.m., this is a 6-week series of workshops for those new to recovery or for those who have struggled with the recovery process. It helps people to better understand and get the most out of 12-step meetings. A certification of completion is awarded for completing the series. Codependents Anonymous 6 p.m.


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Myeloma support group: The Southern Vermont Myeloma Support Network (including eastern New York state and the northern Berkshires in MA) will hold a support group meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Community Resource Room at the SVMC Regional Cancer Center, 140 Hospital Drive. For more information, please contact Jan Martin Bopp, Group Leader, at 802-375-5494 or svt@imfsupport.org .

NORTH BENNINGTON

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.

Manchester

Transgender film and discussion: Manchester Community library, 6:30 p.m., the PBS Film & Discussion Series presents "A Self-Made Man" at Manchester Community Library. The film takes a candid look at what it means to be transgender, and focuses on children coming to grips with their own sexual nonconformity. A panel discussion will follow the film screening. The program is free and open to the public.

Art show: The Gallery at Equinox Village will present an exhibit of art by Rachel Barlow titled "Spring Fling" from Feb. 18 through March 14. The exhibit opening, scheduled for today at 5:30 p.m., is free and open to the public and will feature light refreshments and music.

Friday, Feb. 19

BENNINGTON

Meetings at Turning Point Center: All Recovery meeting, 4 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous, 5:30 p.m. Dual recovery, for those who experience both chemical dependency and an emotional or psychiatric illness, 5:30 p.m.

Dance circle: Come dance away the winter blues at Nataraja, a monthly gathering for the local dance community at The Yoga Place, 532 Main Street, over Panache, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Please call 802-442-5331 for more information.

Theater event: Guess who's coming to Oldcastle? America's Test Kitchen's Christopher Kimball! Join us at 7:30 p.m. for a night of food talk from one of the best culinary experts of our time. Tickets on sale now! Don't miss your chance to join us, for all things food. There will be a cash bar, and a book signing afterward.

Manchester

Author: See author Eric Shonstrom for his new book "Wild Curiosity" at the Northshire Bookstore at 7 p.m. This book brings together cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology research with experiences from the authors own life to explore what, exactly, makes us curious and why.

Saturday, Feb. 20

Bennington

Food drive: The Norshaft Lions will be collecting canned and boxed food items and toiletry items at the Bennington Price Chopper from 10 a.m to 3 p.m as well as at Whitman's Feed Store in North Bennington. This year's recipients for all food and toiletry items will be the food pantries at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and the North Bennington Baptist Church. All animal food items collected will be given to the Second Chance Animal Center's Community Pet Pantry. If you have any questions, please contact Lion Nancy Merritt at 442-4759.

Manchester

Author: Join Heidi Pitlor, author of the novel "The Birthdays" and editor of "The Best American Short Stories" as she discusses her newest book, "The Daylight Marriage," a page-turning, riveting exploration of unexpressed love and unnecessary loss. Northshire Bookstore, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 21

ARLINGTON

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

BENNINGTON

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.

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. There will be a program on the Bennington Trolley system, presented by local historian Joe Hall.

Concert: Bennington Baroque will present "Divertissements en hiver," a concert of music from seventeenth- and eighteenth-century France, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church. 4 p.m. Further information available at www.benningtonbaroque.com, or Sandra@benningtonbaroque.com.

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y.

Colonial kids crafts: Barnett Homestead, 30 Caretakers Road, 1 p.m. Childhood wasn't all fun and games in Colonial and Revolutionary times, but they did have some simple toys to pass the time. Bring the family and make and design a 'Jacob's Ladder' toy. Please call or e-mail to RSVP. Cost: $2 per crafter.

Monday, Feb. 22

BENNINGTON

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.

Meetings at Turning Point Center: Making Recovery Easier, at noon. All Recovery; a support group that welcomes people on all pathways to recovery. It is a facilitated topic-discussion meeting with the focus on recovery, 4 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous at 5:30 p.m. Al-Anon Beginners at 6:30 p.m. Al-Anon at 7 p.m., for anyone whose life is affected by someone else's drinking or substance abuse, free, anonymous, confidential, just walk in.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Adult coloring books: Make your Monday evenings awesome, beginning Feb. 22, anytime between 5 p.m and 8 p.m. come to Cheney Library to de-stress with adult coloring books. Have fun and relax like when you were a kid. We have a number of adult coloring books and pencils, so that you can sit in a warm environment and enjoy yourself.

Tuesday, Feb. 23

BENNINGTON

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.

Meetings at Turning Point Center: Women's self-esteem group, 11 a.m. Meditation group, 5 p.m. Veteran's families and friends meeting, 6 p.m.

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y.

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

MANCHESTER

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 www.meetup.com/Southern-VT-Entrepreneur-Small-Business- 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.

Stone wall talk: Manchester Community Library, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. "If Walls Could Talk: Stone Walls of New York and New England", Green Mountain Academy welcomes John Delano of the University at Albany (SUNY) to talk about the stone walls of New England. $15 in advance/$20 at door, For more information call 802-867-0111 or visit www.greenmtnacademy.org.

Wednesday, Feb. 24

ARLINGTON

Arlington Jam: Don Wilson to host Arlington's West Mountain Inn Music Night from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Don partnered with Christian Hein's to create "Amie's House" where local musicians share in a relaxed musical conversation. Please come and enjoy a free night of music. For information, call 802-375-6516.

BENNINGTON

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.

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.

Meetings at Turning Point Center: Narcotics Anonymous, noon. Alcoholics Anonymous, 6 p.m.

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.

Dialogue on racial discrimination: Is racial discrimination common in the Bennington area? What is the experience of local people of color? The Diversity Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington will sponsor A Community Dialogue on Racial Discrimination. This event will be held at the UU Meetinghouse at 108 School Street from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by refreshments. Community members are invited to join us to listen, learn, and share with their neighbors in respectful dialogue.