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Today, Feb. 27

ARLINGTON

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.

Mineral club: Southwestern Vermont Mineral & Gem Club meeting, noon to 3 p.m. at Martha Canfield Library, next to Fisher Elementary School. Visitors are welcome. For further info you may call Bill Cotrofeld at 802-375-6782.

Bennington

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.


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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 brownpapertickets.com or vtartxchange.org/bms.php, 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

Bennington

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 www.uubennington.org.

Pownal

Notice: The Pownal Town Clerk's Office will be open today from 10 a.m. until 3 pm. for early voting and/or dog licensing

Armchair travel: From a starting point on the ferry at Bellingham, Wash. to Ketchikan, Wrangle, Juneau and Sitka, armchair travelers of all ages are invited to join Pownal residents Rose Pelletier and Sue Sweeney for sightseeing and exploration of the intercoastal waterway along with Alaskan resident travel friends. The 16 day trip included dormant volcanoes, Mendenhall Glacier, museums, gardens, downtown shopping, Totem park, hiking, island bird sanctuary, summer music festival, Bear Fortress and raptor center, sea otters and more. The presentation will be at 2 p.m. at the Solomon Wright Public Library. For further information call 823-5400.

Monday, Feb. 29

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: 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.

Manchester

Zentangle workshop: Heidi Hammell, a certified Zentangle instructor, will lead a Zentangle workshop at the YA Loft at the Manchester Community Library from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Recommended for ages 10 through adult, no experience necessary. All supplies will be provided. Call 549-4580 or email jkleinberg@mclvt.org now to reserve your spot. This free program, open to the public, is funded by the Berkshire Bank.

Tuesday, March 1

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.; Hand in Hand recovery meeting, 6 p.m.

Free Quigong intro: Free introduction to Qigong with Personal Trainer Tracy Purdy-Martin of Change Your LIfe Wellness from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. and Friday morning, March 4 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Yoga Place. Qigong will help you to heal or manage pain, illness, depression, anxiety, even the common cold. Come learn to heal yourself as well as others. Free classes are the first in the series of classes offered at the Yoga Place. Reach Tracy at 802-379-8339 with questions.

Bennington Lions meeting: The Bennington Lions will hold their March Board of Directors meeting at 6 p.m. in the TD Bank Conference Room. All members are invited to attend.

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.

Post-it Note Art Show: Stop by the Manchester Community Library's YA Loft anytime during the month of March and create your own artwork for the Post-It Note Art Show. All supplies will be provided, and your art will be on display all month long. Enter your Post-It art to win awesome gift cards donated by Christos' Pizza & Pasta, Manchester House of Pizza, Maplefields, and the Spiral Press Cafe. Prize categories are best animal, building, vehicle, landscape, abstract design, stick figure, manga, and interpretation of a famous painting. Unleash your inner artist and enter this fun contest, open to students in grades 5 through 12. Judges will choose the top in each category on April 4. Multiple entries allowed. This free program, open to the public, is funded by the Berkshire Bank.

Wednesday, March 2

ARLINGTON

Live jam: At Amie's House, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., old fashioned porch picking, no cover. For more info call West Mountain Inn 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.

Elks benefit dinner: Serving a choice of baked or fried fish or baked chicken, served with scalloped or French fried potatoes, coleslaw, clam chowder, dinner rolls and coffee — all for only $9. Serving 5:30 p.m. until gone. Benefits Elks National Foundation for Scholarships and Veterans Programs. This is a monthly event on the first Wednesday of each month. The Bennington Elks is located at 125 Washington Ave. This event is open to members and guests.

Quilting: Quiet Valley Quilt Guild welcomes all who are interested in the art of quilting to monthly meetings held at 6:30 p.m on the first Wednesday of each month at Second Congregational Church on Hillside Street. For more information, visit http://www.benningtonquiltfest.com/welcome.html.

MANCHESTER

Support group: For anyone living with any type of loss due to a death. The first and third Wednesday of every month at 2 pm, Manchester Library. For more information contact Beth Newman at 802-688-4557 or bnewman@bayada.com

Emergency planning: Local Emergency Planning Committee 7 will hold its next meeting from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Burr and Burton Academy. Please contact Allison Strohl at 802-442-0713 x 7 or alangsdale@bcrcvt.org if you have any questions.

North Bennington

School open house: The Southshire Community School at 24 Bank Street will hold an open house from 6 p.m. — 7:30 p.m. Southshire welcomes the public to this event where neighbors, parents and students can learn more about the school and its approach to learning. Visit www.southshire.org for more information or call 802-442-4601.

Thursday, March 3

ARLINGTON

Legion meeting: American Legion Post 69, 7 p.m. EBoard meeting to follow. Call 802-375-6157 for more information or to join.

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; Wellness in Recovery Meeting, 5 p.m. Codependents Anonymous 6 p.m.

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.

Friday, March 4

Arlington

Basketball challenge: It will be a fun night of basketball in Arlington as alumni battle current varsity players, and faculty and staff battle each other during this year's Basketball Challenge from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Arlington Memorial High School gymnasium. Hosted by the AMHS Athletic Department, the night will also include a basketball game featuring area Special Olympic athletes and AMHS varsity players. Tickets are $3 for adults, $1 for students and $10 for a family. All proceeds benefit the fund to purchase a new scoreboard for the Arlington Rec Park soccer field. For more information or to make a donation to the fund, contact Arlington Athletic Director, Ashley Hoyt, at hoytas@vbvsu.org or 375-2589 Ext. 137.

Mac and cheese extravaganza: A macaroni and cheese dinner and dessert auction will be held at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Roadd to benefit Happy Days Playschool. The dinner will start at 6:00 and go until the food is gone. A dessert auction will take place immediately following dinner. For more information please contact Happy Days Playschool at 375-6039 or the Federated Church of East Arlington at 375-2548.

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.

Manchester

Sermons in Stone: Urban planning talk, Equinox Village, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Green Mountain Academy welcomes John Pipkin of the University at Albany (SUNY) to talk about urban planning. This talk will explore and illustrate from our region some varied moral readings of the built environment — from the vernaculars of the Eighteenth Century to our contemporary search for urban design appropriate to the neoliberal, information age. $15 in advance/$20 at door, For more information call 802-867-0111 or visit www.greenmtnacademy.org.

NORTH BENNINGTON

Lego Club: McCullough Free Library, meets every Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Ages 5 and up.

Saturday, March 5

Bennington

Free table top gaming: From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Bennington Free Library. Play a mix of modern and classic table top games the whole family can enjoy. Co-hosted by Drew Davidson, of WBTN-AM's "On the Table." For more info email Drew@BoardGamersAnonymous.com or call the library: 802-442-9051

North Bennington

Tales for Tots: This growing group meets every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the McCullough Free Library for stories, games, songs and occasional crafts. All ages are welcome.

Read to a Dog!: McCullough Free Library, Lottie the Shih Tzu will join us from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to provide your child with a unique opportunity to practice reading aloud.

Sunday, March 6

Arlington

Mack Attack 2016 season registration: The Mack Attack AAU Girls Basketball season will begin at 3 p.m. with a registration and information meeting for players and their families. Practices will begin that week with home tournament weekends scheduled for April 2-3, April 9-10, April 23-24 and April 30 - May 1. Mack Attack will also participate in the Vermont AAU Tournament in Burlington, May 7-8. Practices will be coached by Mack Attack Coordinator Ashley Hoyt, a former UVM Division I Basketball player and the current Athletic Director at Arlington Memorial High School. For more information on how to register, contact Hoyt at 802-345-1951 or hoytas@bvsu.org. You can view the Mack Attack website at www.mackattackgirlsaau.org.

Detective fiction: "The Origins of Detective Fiction: The History of the Mystery", will take place at 2 p.m. in the Martha Canfield Library Meeting Room with Sally Sugarman. The event is free and open to the public. For more information visit the library's website at www.marthacanfieldlibrary.org or call 802-375-6153.

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.

Bennington VFW breakfast: The Bennington VFW Post 1332, 137 North St., hosts a senior breakfast on the first Sunday of the month beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing "until gone." Donation: $5. Call 802-442-9857 with questions.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Battle of Bennington Book Club: Barnett Homestead 1 p.m. 30 Caretakers Road The second meeting of the Battle of Bennington book club will be meeting to discuss its first selection. Please call or e-mail to RSVP and learn about the reading list. No cost. Donations welcome.

Salem, N.Y.

Free Reiki: This month's Reiki Share will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the office of Joyce Getty, wellness coach, 4318 State Route 22 across from Borador Animal Hospital. Reiki practitioners of all levels and lineages and people who have no experience with Reiki are welcome. There is no charge, but please bring non-perishable food or a monetary donation for the Salem food pantry. For more information, contact Evan Lawrence at 518-677-5662 or healthyevan@verizon.net.