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Today, Feb. 20


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.

Winter marker: The Bennington Winter Farmers' Market will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church on East Main Street. Markets take place the first and third Saturday of each month through April.


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



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.

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, or


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.


Turner family saga: Interviews and research started in 1983, with Daisy Turner, then 100 year old Grafton descendant of an abducted West African slave, have recently been published by author Jane Beck: "Daisy Turner's Kin," an African American Saga. Beck, Vermont folklorist and founder of the Vermont Folklore Center, will share the dramatic multi-generational Turner family saga, photographs and a perspective on oral traditions as historical sources. In addition to the slave trade/plantation era narratives passed down from her grandfather and father, Daisy related her own life story as a daughter of freed slaves in New England and a small hill town in Vermont where she lived to the age of 104.  Daisy's life story won a Peabody award in 1990, inspired a children's book and a documentary film. Storyteller and poet, Daisy also recited Civil War poetry in Ken Burns' PBS documentary, The Civil War. Beck's presentation will start at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Solomon Wright Public Library, 97 Main Street. For further information call: 802-823-5400

Monday, Feb. 22


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.

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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


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.


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.

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

Wednesday, Feb. 24


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.


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.

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.


Basketball: The Manchester Special Olympic Basketball team has been gearing up to take on Bennington in a long awaited rematch, 7 p.m. at Burr and Burton Academy. Along with supporting great athletes, Manchester Special Olympics will have their new Tshirts available for purchase, a great way to contribute to a fantastic program.

Thursday, Feb. 25


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.

Parent info night: Mount Anthony Union High School Principal Glenda Cresto is holding a Parent Information Night for families of 9th graders at 6:30 p.m. in the school auditorium. Come to learn about what's happening in Vermont schools and Act 77 Flexible Pathways legislation and Personalized Learning Plans (PLPs).

Performance: Dance at Bennington, with support from the Bennington College Office of Alumni Relations, presents West (working title), a new work by Anna Rogovoy '13, with performances by Rogovoy, Benny Olk, and Rebecca Hadley. This presentation is the first in a year of events celebrating the 40th anniversary of the opening of VAPA, the Visual and Performing Arts building at Bennington., 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at VAPA Martha Hill Dance Theater, Bennington College


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.


Knitting project: Kids ages 10 to 14, learn to knit an infinity scarf at the Manchester Community Library. Come to the YA Loft from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Meet Melissa from Manchester's local yarn shop, Knit One Purl One. The shop will donate all the yarn you need, and the library will provide the needles. Learn the basics of casting on, knitting, purling, binding off, and how to make an infinity scarf. This free program, open to the public, is generously sponsored by Berkshire Bank. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. Don't wait, call Janet at the Library now at 549-4580 or email Janet at to sign up.

Friday, Feb. 26


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.

Concert: Deane Carriage Barn, Bennington College, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. The three musicians who make up Alash — Bady-Dorzhu Ondar, Ayan-ool Sam and Ayan Shirizhik — have won numerous international awards in Tuvan throat singing, a technique which allows vocalists to sing multiple pitches at one time. Ensemble members also play a variety of Tuvan traditional instruments, contributing to an overall musical experience that a Washington Post review described as "absolutely stunning."


Fundraiser: The Sunderland School Playground Committee is hosting a Pastapalooza & Dessert Auction at 5:30 p.m. Come on out for a night of great food (pasta of all kinds, healthy salads, and great breads), delicious desserts, and lots of fun to support our school playground renovation. $3 per person and $10 per family. Proceeds support school playground.

Saturday, Feb. 27


Pool tournament: American Legion SAL Squadron #69, open to anyone over 21, limited to 16 players, registration 1 p.m. $10 entry fee. Prizes; entry fee will be paid out as 80/20 1st and 2nd place, single elimination. Snacks will be available. This will be an ongoing event if we have a good turnout.


Auction: The School of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales is happy to invite you to this year's Wintertastic Celebration and Live Auction at the Mount Anthony Country Club; 6 p.m. preview and auction begins at 7 p.m. For $30 per person, enjoy hors d'oeuvres and cash bar starting at 6 p.m. with the auction beginning at 7 p.m. Or your evening can start at 4 p.m. with an optional $20 (plus tax and gratuity) preview dinner at The GRILLE (call 442-2617 for dinner reservations). For more information, contact committee member Kathy Murphy at 802-442-5037.

Concert: The Vermont Arts Exchange (VAE) is pleased to welcome Tessa Souter who the Los Angeles Times calls our, "One of the few exceptional standouts in the crowded field of female jazz singers" as part of its 2016 Basement Music Series lineup. Please join us for this exceptional performer at the Masonic Hall at 504 Main Street . Doors open at 7 p.m., the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for students through Brown Paper Tickets at or, or by calling (toll free) 800-838-3006 — a small processing fee will be charged. Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for students at the door.

Sunday, Feb. 28


Concert: Dennis Stroughmatt and l'Esprit Creole performs at Bennington's Meetinghouse Café at 3 p.m. The performers take listeners on a musical odyssey much like his own musical journeys into Upper Louisiana Creole Culture. Taught to play fiddle by local Creole fiddlers Roy Boyer and Charlie Pashia in the tradition of their fathers, Dennis gradually became an adopted son of the French Midwest Creoles living along the Mississippi River near St Louis. Admission is $15; $10 for students. Further information is at