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Today, March 19

Bennington

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.

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.

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.

Manchester

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.


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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.

Fishbowl conversation: Join Burr and Burton Academy's Mountain Campus, Equinox Preservation Trust, Hildene; The Lincoln Family Home, Merck Forest and Farmland Center, Smokey House, Someday Farm and Vermont Land Trust at the Manchester Community Library for a facilitated "fishbowl" conversation about the natural assets and resources that our community possesses and the education programs that shape and steward them. At 12 noon, enjoy social time with a light localvore lunch; attend the "Fishbowl" community conversation from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Stay for a screening of A Place in the Land at 3 p.m. Presented by Northshire Grows and Manchester Community Library. $5 Suggested Donation is requested to support Northshire Grows and subsidize the cost of the luncheon. To pre-register, contact Liz Ruffa @ liz@northshiregrows.org or call Cindy Waters at the Library, 802-549-4577.

Sunday, March 20

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

St. Patrick's Day Events: 10 a.m. Top o' the Mornin' Kick-Off Breakfast at JC's; 1 p.m. St. Patrick's Day Parade begins on Depot Street; 2 p.m. St. Patrick's Celebration at JC's (parade headquarters); 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Live Entertainment at Madison's Brew Pub — ShadoWynde

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.

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y.

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.

MANCHESTER

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.

North Bennington

Roller derby: Southshire Roller Derby is hosting an information session and signup for junior roller derby at 441 Water St., March 20 at 6 p.m. Parents and interested youth (boys and girls) ages 6 through 17 are welcome to attend. Beginning in April, SRD will start the first 10-week season. A season of derby training will be two hours per week for 10 weeks and will cover all levels of skaters this first season. Cost is $60 for the 10 week season, plus an annual $45 for the WFTDI (Women's Flat Track Derby Insurance). To RSVP, email southshirerollerderby@gmail.com.

Monday, March 21

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.

Manchster

VERMONT READS: Parents and children, join us together as we discuss Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and The Endurance, with award winning author, and Northshire Bookstore bookseller, Jennifer Armstrong. Northshire Bookstore, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, March 22

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.

Career and internships fair: Southern Vermont College will host a Spring Career and Internships Fair from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Everett Mansion's Burgdorff Gallery. The Fair will be an ideal opportunity for those seeking employment, career information, internship possibilities, and more. This free event is open to the general public, students from other area colleges, and current students and alumni from Southern Vermont College.

North Bennington

Simple beaded necklaces workshop: From 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.. A great way for children ages 4 and up to experience pattern recognition and practice fine motor skills. All materials will be provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. McCullough Free Library

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.

Wednesday, March 23

ARLINGTON

Arlington Jam: Ed Ransom to host West Mountain Inn's Musicians Night. Ed, native to Bennington is the lead guitarist and vocalist for his band the "Ransom Notes" and the "Hale Mountain Pickers". Ed entertains at many local establishments as he plays all genres of music to include country, bluegrass and rock. Please join us for a night of great music. No cover charge. From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For information please call the 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.

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.

Online business workshop: Lightning Jar, 194 North St. Free. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Website construction and targeted online marketing strategies for small business owners. For more information, contact VtSBDC Director of e-Commerce Patrick Ripley at pripley@vtsbdc.org.

Manchester

Book discussion: Manchester Community Library, 7 p.m. Tess Kahn will lead a discussion based on Daniel H. Pink's A Whole New Mind. She will facilitate a conversation about society's inability to fully anticipate the jobs of the future and thus the need to educate students to use their minds effectively and to think creatively. Kahn explains the need to focus on how to engage with information and think through it. This is an open dialogue with no need to read the book prior to the event. As part of Long Trail's Community Classroom Series, there is no charge to the public. Please come, bring a friend and join the discussion! For more information, contact Courtney Callo at ccallo@longtrailschool.org or 802-867-5717 Ext. 141.

Thursday, March 24

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(Funk & Jazz Music with That Strange) 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.

Drop in Days: The Hiland Hall School is welcoming prospective students and families for Drop-in Days. All are invited to observe and participate in a typical school day. Call 802-442-3868 or www.hilandhallschool.org for more information.

MANCHESTER

Winter wildlife: The Manchester Community Library is proud to host Alan Benoit's popular Sustainable Living Series. Join Benoit at 7 p.m. for "Winter Wildlife." Benoit will explore the winter survival techniques of plants, birds, insects and mammals through his captivating stories and his fascinating photos taken while hiking in the woods of Vermont. These free presentations are geared toward increasing public awareness on all things green. Each Sustainable Living talk focuses on a different topic in the areas of energy efficiency, home design, nature and gardening and includes an educational presentation, a hands-on demonstration and a case study of real-world examples. For more info, contact the Library at 802-362-2607.

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 25

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.

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y.

No school: With the mild winter, Cambridge Central School District has not used any snow days this school year. The Board of Education has approved Monday, March 28 as a "snow day." This will extend the holiday break, therefore school will not be in session beginning Friday, March 25 (Good Friday) and will resume on Tuesday, March 29.

NORTH BENNINGTON

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

Shaftsbury

Spaghetti dinner: The Shaftsbury Elementary 6th grade is hosting its annual spaghetti dinner. The dinner is at Shaftsbury Elementary from 5 p.m to 7 p.m. All proceeds benefit the 6th grade class. Dinner is $20 for a family of 4, $7 for adults, $4 for kids. There will also be silent auction items from many local businesses, along with a 50/50 raffle and lottery tree

Saturday, March 26

ARLINGTON

Easter egg hunt: Arlington Recreational Park, meet at Lion's Pavillion, 1 p.m. Ages 2 to 10, free, sponsored by Arlington Community Church. For more information contact: Pastor Tim Snyder 912-665-0561 or pastor.tim.snyder@gmail.com

Bennington

Memory cafe: The Bennington County Memory Café meets on the last Saturday of each month at the Bennington Free Library. The café begins at 10:00 a.m. and lasts until approximately 11:30 a.m. The café is very loosely structured with activities ranging from music, art, games, singing, crafts and poetry. We also have an occasional guest speaker.

Appraisal fair: The Annual Appraisal Fair is planned for from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bennington Museum. Bring in the pieces you always wanted to know about, get them appraised, and have your questions answered. Appraisals are $5 per item, with a limit of five items.

MANCHESTER

Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Magic Show

Easter egg hunt: Dana Thompson Memorial Park, 10 a.m.. hosted by Parks and Recreation Department. Magic Show by Tom Joyce to follow. Children ages 2-8. For more information please contact the MPR Department at 802-362-1439 or email parks@manchester-vt.gov.

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.

Easter egg hunt: McCullough Free Library, 10 a.m. Search for treat-filled eggs in the Children's Room. Ideal for ages 3-10.

Sunday, March 27

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 Brunch, 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.