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Today, March 14


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.


Legion meeting: Regular meeting of the American Legion auxiliary, Unit #13, 7p.m. at the post, 225 Northside Drive. Call 442-8028 if you have any questions.

Tuesday, March 15


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.

Story night: Tap House, 309 County Street, seating at 7 p.m. Everyone has a story to tell. Inspired by Moth radio hour on NPR. Contact Forest Byrd at for more information.

MMS support group: The Southern Vermont Myeloma Support Network (including eastern New York state and the northern Berkshires in Massachusetts) will hold a support group meeting from 6p.m. to 8 p.m., in the Community Resource Room at the SVMC Regional Cancer Center, 140 Hospital Drive. We utilize the Difficult Conversations Workbook: Finding a Path through Illness, an interactive toolkit produced by the Center for Communication in Medicine Speak Sooner initiative. Interested patients with blood diseases, caregivers, family members and friends are encouraged to join us. Our group is affiliated with the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF). For more information, please contact Jan Martin Bopp, Group Leader, at 802-375-5494 or

Basket bingo: The School of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales is holding its annual Basket Bingo at the Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Parish Center on West Main Street in Bennington. The doors will open at 5 p.m. and bingo will start at 6:30 p.m. There will be themed baskets as prizes, refreshments, and door prizes.


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, March 16


Live music: Tim Blair to host live music at Arlington's West Mountain Inn, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Old Fashioned Porch Picking. No Cover. For info call the West Mountain Inn 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.

Italian dinner: Bennington Rotary Club is hosting its 21st annual Italian Night Dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Spaghetti, meatballs, sausage, stuffed shells, salad, garlic bread and Italian desserts will be available for $10 per adult and $5 for children 12 and under. This year, proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Bennington Free Library as well as local scholarships awarded by the Bennington Rotary Club. Tickets can be purchased at the door, from a Bennington Rotary Club member, or at The Bennington Free Library. For additional information, please contact Mike Nigro at


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

Literacy night: Join the Reading Round Up at the Manchester Community Library's Preschool Family Literacy Night from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The evening will begin with pizza, courtesy of Manchester House of Pizza. Preschoolers and their families will enjoy stories read by students from Burr & Burton's Student Success Program, followed by crafts and activities. Every child will bring home a free book, courtesy of Vermont Reading Partners. This free program, open to the public, is sponsored by the Manchester Lions Club. Community partners include Bennington County Head Start, Burr & Burton Academy, Manchester Elementary-Middle School, and Vermont Reading Partners. Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave./Corner of Rte. 7A, Manchester Center.

Thursday, March 17


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.


St. Patrick's Day luncheon: The Northshire Seniors, noon at Ye Old Tavern. Call 375-9780 to make a reservation and send a check for $12 to the Northshire Seniors P.O. Box 1051, Manchester Center, Vt., 05255 to confirm reservation.

Gallery exhibit: "Vermont Impressionism," works by Robert Sydorowich, 5:30 p.m. at the Gallery at Equinox Village. Open to April 11. Sydorowich studied art and architecture at Pratt Institute and The New School for Social Research in New York City. He has lived in Vermont for over 40 years, spending much of his time painting the Vermont countryside and trying to capture the simple small town life in and around Andover, the town where he lives. More information about Sydorowich is available on his web site,


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 18


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.

Bennington Community Dance Circle: Come shake your tail feathers at Nataraja, a monthly gathering for the local dance community at The Yoga Place, 532 Main St., upstairs over Panache, parking and entrance in rear of building, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Music is eclectic and will vary each month. All dancers are welcomed to help create an all-inclusive and tight-knit dance community. Bring a friend and join the community! Please call 802-442-5331 for more information.

DSLR workshop: Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera (DSLR) workshop at CAT-TV, 3 p.m., 625 Main St. Staff members, Mike Cutler and Beq Lendvay will present this free introductory workshop. Participants will be encouraged to step out of the realm of using automatic settings and learn about the manual characteristics of the camera combining instruction on aperture control, shutter speed and ISO to create not only great images, but also learning the capabilities of video. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 802-442-8868 or by emailing


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


Author event: Northshire Bookstore, 7 p.m. Award Winning Teacher Kathy Nimmer and her seeing eye dog Nacho, along with Eric Schatz, who is a teacher at Manchester Elementary Middle School, and also a puppy raiser for Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

Saturday, March 19


Earth Hour: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington, between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., will switch off its lights alongside millions of others as a pledge to our planet. Earth Hour is a grassroots movement uniting people to protect the natural world. The event will include one hour of candlelit discussion and an earth party preluded by video, singing and a demonstration by young students. Residents can participate at home by turning off their lights on the actual Earth Hour between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.


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.

Children's Clothing Exchange: McCullough Free Library, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids outgrowing their clothes? Bring at least 10 pieces of laundered, gently used children's clothing and go home with new-to-you items. Be sure to bring a friend.


Story time: Northire Bookstore, 2 p.m., kids will be entertained at an extra special story time with The Very Hungry Caterpillar! The Caterpillar himself will be arriving in his Caterpillar Car for some great photo opportunities. A reading, fun crafts and yummy treats will follow.

Super Saturday: Kids will move, groove and have a great time as they dance, play games and exercise their imaginations with Hullabaloo's Alexandra Langstaff at the Manchester Community Library's Super Saturday Family Program at 10:30 a.m. Sponsored by The Bank of Bennington, Super Saturday is a free program, open to the public. Children must be supervised by adult caregivers. The library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave./Corner of Rte. 7A, Manchester Center.

Sunday, March 20


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. This month includes; "Secret Historic Sites of the Green Mountains," Tim Watkins, archaeologist for the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests, will reveal some of those secret places.


First Day of Spring Interpretive Hike: Reading the land at Bennington Battlefield, 1 p.m. Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site, N.Y. State Route 67, Walloomsac, N.Y. Hike the trails at Bennington Battlefield and learn how the land of the site has been used and altered over time for the purposes of agriculture and historic interpretation. Suitably warm clothing and appropriate boots required. Please call or e-Mail to RSVP. No cost. Donations welcome.


Seven Last Words of Christ: The choir of Christ Our Savior Parish, under the direction of Michael Gallagher wishes to invite you to a service called the "Seven Last Words of Christ". The program will include a dramatic reading of the Seven Last Words of Christ, along with prayer and reflection, each accompanied by an anthem sung by the choir. This is an excellent way to prepare your heart for Easter Week. The service will take place on at 4 p.m and will be repeated on Good Friday, March 25, at 7 p.m. The service will be held at Christ Our Savior Parish, formerly St. Paul's Catholic Church, Bonnet Street. Attendance is free.