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Today, April 4

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.

Open mic night: South Street Cafe, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.


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Kevin's Senior Luncheon: Seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. If you did not make reservations at the last luncheon and would like to attend, call Emily at 442-9490. Reminder, space is limited.

Visit a CCV class during April Sit-In Week: The Community College of Vermont will open its classrooms during the annual Sit-In scheduled for the week of April 4 thru 8. Interested individuals are invited to attend a class for a first-hand view of an active learning environment. A few of the morning, afternoon, and evening courses available are: Studio art, Native American histories and cultures, American history, human biology and psychology. The Sit-In is part of Career Week activities during the first two weeks of April. Information about admissions, summer classes and financial aid will also be available. To learn more about the Sit-In week or to schedule a visit, please stop by CCV at 324 Main Street in Bennington or phone us 802-447-2361

Tuesday, April 5

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.

Grief support group: A confidential and free grief support group for any parent living with the death of a child (any age), meets every first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m., at the Second Congregational Church on Hillside Road. For information, call 802-688-4557.

Bennington Lions meeting: The Bennington Lions will hold its April board meeting in the TD Bank Conference Room at 6 p.m. All members welcome 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.

Poetry discussion: Manchester Community Library and Northshire Bookstore present "A Celebration of Poetry with Major Jackson" at the Library at 7 p.m. Jackson will discuss his newest collection, Roll Deep, and speak about the importance of poetry as it defines us as humans and serves as a record of our existence. The event is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Avenue at the corner of Route 7A and Cemetery Avenue. Jackson's books will be available for purchase. Call the Bookstore at 802-362-2200 or the Library at 802-362-2607 for more info.

Kindergarten info: The Downtown School will host a Kindergarten information night at 5:30 p.m. for adults whose children will be entering Kindergarten this fall. Teachers will talk with parents about curriculum and the daily classroom experience. There will be discussion about The Downtown School's progressive education philosophy including how the school's learning environment leads to a lifelong love of learning and builds students who think deeply, ask questions, solve problems, and build strong and compassionate communities. Teachers and the head of school will be available for ongoing conversations. Families can also learn all about how to apply to The Downtown School for the remaining spots available for this fall. RSVP is requested but not required to attend the Kindergarten information night. The Downtown School is a progressive education primary and elementary school currently accepting applications for 3-year-olds through third grade for the 2016-2017 school year.

Wednesday, April 6

ARLINGTON

Arlington Jam: Jake Geppert to host West Mountain Inn's music jam in Arlington on 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 p.m. Jake is a local musician from Bondville. He's best known for his popular bluegrass band, The Bondville Boys, where he's been playing banjo, guitar, writing songs and singing vocals for the last 20+ years. Jake created the acoustic rock/jam band "Beyond Further" in addition to his latest duo with Gary Wade, "Unified String Theory". Jake also gives private music lessons and has taught at the Mountain School in Winhall. Please join us for an entertaining evening of live music. No cover charge. For details, call the 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.

Meet Hedgie: Come join Jan Brett's lovable character, Hedgie the Hedgehog for a fun after school celebration in the Children's Room at Bennington Free Library, 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Kids and adults are invited to enjoy an afternoon of snacks, stories and art and craft activities. Call 802-442-9051 for more information. This event is supported by The Bennington Idea Fund

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.

Pope talk: Author and professor Martin Weinstein will examine the formative influences on Pope Francis's philosophy in a talk at Manchester's First Congregational Church at 7 p.m. His talk, "The People's Pope," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. Talks in Manchester are hosted by Manchester Community Library.

Thursday, April 7

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.

Fundraiser: Paint & Sip Fundraiser to benefit Oldcastle Theatre Company. Learn to paint a European image of "Fresco Flower Box Window" on a large 16x20 canvas. Elks Lodge, 125 Washington Ave. All painting materials, instruction, and donation included for $35. Cash bar. Reserve your seats at http://www.berkshirepaintandsip.com/ or call 413-205-8346.

Speech reading: Bennington Town Office, 5 p.m., the Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center will hold a public reading of Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech, "Beyond Vietnam: Time to Break Silence." Delivered in 1967, the speech highlighted the links between militarism, racism and poverty in the struggle for peace and justice. In case of inclement weather, the event will take place at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 200 Pleasant St. Following the reading, all are invited to attend the GBPJC potluck supper, meeting and discussion. The GBPJC meets on the first Thursday of every month at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse on School Street at 6:15 p.m. for a potluck supper followed by discussion and program planning. To learn more, visit www.greaterbenningtonpeaceandjusticecenter.org.

Transition fair: The 9th Annual Bennington County Transition Fair will be held in the Mount Anthony Union High School Cafeteria and the SV Career Development Center Assembly Room from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Transition Fair is open to ALL youth 14+ in Bennington County, and their parents, and provides a venue for agencies to share information about services and programs that may be of interest to students as they transition into the community. These services may include transportation, housing, health, banking, and training. Programs may include educational and occupational opportunities. Students 18 and over are also encouraged to register to vote.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Author visit: Cheney Public Library, Mike Russert, "Misadevntures of a Book Reviewer," 7 p.m.

MANCHESTER

Morning Yoga: Manchester Community Library, 8:30 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. every Thursday until April 28. Please bring a yoga mat and whatever props you might like (blocks, straps or blanket) and wear comfortable clothes to stretch in. The yoga session is offered free with a suggested minimum donation of $5-10 per class to benefit the Manchester Community Library. Please come at least 10 minutes before class begins to set up. For more information, contact Irene Cole at doowee09@comcast.net.

History of Manchester Depot talk: Manchester Community Library, 6:30 p.m. Presented by Manchester Historical Society. Digital archivist Shawn Harrington and MHS board member Bill Badger will tell the story of the early settlement of the Depot area of Manchester, including the people, industry, businesses and railroad. This program was rescheduled from an earlier date. Manchester Historical Society gratefully acknowledges the sponsorship of rk Miles for this event. For more information, please see www.manchesterhistoricalsocietyvt.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.

Friday, April 8

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.

Wellness fair: Community College of Vermont, noon to 3 p.m, Community Room. More than 15 local businesses and organizations will attend to provide information to members of the community. Reiki and chair massages will be available, and vendors will include Planned Parenthood, 350.org and several others. This event is free and open to the public. Three breakout sessions will be held during the event. At 12:30 p.m., sessions on Bollywood dance and meditation will be offered. At 2:10 p.m., Forest Byrd will lead a community story time that will bring together community members and presenters to share personal stories. This is the second annual wellness fair held at CCV-Bennington. The college and the Project Against Violent Encounters are hosting. To learn more contact Janet Groom at 802-447-2842.

Artist reception: Southern Vermont College (SVC) is hosting an exhibit of Professor Greg Winterhalter's artwork spanning a period of 50 years making visual art. Winterhalter's work will be exhibited from April 4 through May 4 in Everett Mansion's Burgdorff Gallery. The Burgdorff Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. The public is invited to a reception for the artist April 8, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Book talk: Cheney Library will host Michael Russert at 7 p.m. His talk will be "Misadventures of a Book Reviewer." Michael has had over 300 book reviews published in eight publications since 1988. He has also worked as a proof reader/editor for three publishers. Over this time span Michael has had many humorous encounters with various publishers and authors.

manchester

Concert: "Music and Nature," presented by the Manchester Community Library and the Manchester Music Festival 4 p.m. Free program, open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Recommended for adults and kids ages 8 and up. Children must be supervised by adult caregivers. The Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. at the corner of Route 7A.

NORTH BENNINGTON

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

Cocoa and coloring: McCullough Free Library, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Join your neighbors for a cup of cocoa and meditative adult coloring activities. All materials are provided, but feel free to bring your own coloring book if you'd like!

Draw day: McCullough Free Library, "Draw a Picture of a Bird Day!" Stop in and create a bird to add to a community art project. Be sure to check out our bird-themed book displays all month long.

Saturday, April 9

BENNINGTON

Time exchange: Learn how to become a member of Hour for Our Community, a local organization that facilitates the exchange of services among its members without the exchange of money. An hour of service to any member earns a "time-credit" that entitles you to an hour of service from any member. Members have full control over what services they offer and from whom they request services. The organization maintains a database of services and tracks members' "time-credit" balance. Orientation is from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Bennington Free Library. For further information email h4obenn@gmail.com or call 802-379-5951.

Meet governor candidates: St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Candidates running for Vermont governor, Matt Dunne, Sue Minter, Bruce Lisman and Peter Galbraith will participate in a forum. A "meet and greet" will follow. Child care and refreshments provided. It will help us plan if you RSVP at www.radvt.org/apr9. For more information contact Mary Gerisch at 379-6311. ASL Interpreter available; please email isaac@radvt.org by April 6 to reserve if you need sign language services.

Basement music: The Vermont Arts Exchange (VAE) welcomes NYC artists the Citizens to the Masonic Hall at 504 Main Street. Greg Tate of the Village Voice called the Citizens, "Staggeringly beautiful, big clean crazy sounds and sound quality, lush, exotic harmonic twists, mind twisting lyrics...very cool stuff." Doors open at 7 p.m., the show begins at 8 p.m.

MANCHESTER

Happy birthday: Celebrate everybody's birthday at the Manchester Community Library's Super Saturday Family Birthday Party for Everybody at 10:30 a.m. We'll have music and stories, games and crafts and, of course, birthday cake. This free program, open to the public, is generously sponsored by The Bank of Bennington. Children must be supervised by adult caregivers.

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.

Sunday, April 10

ARLINGTON

Introduction to family history: The Martha Canfield Library is pleased to announce a series of four family history seminars to be held in April and May in the Sandgate meeting Room from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Part 1 (April 10) will cover what is family history, collecting family genealogy and where to find the information. There is no charge for the seminars, but donations to help cover printing costs will be gladly accepted. For more information visit the library's website at www.marthacanfieldlibrary.org or call 802-375-6153.

DORSET

Improv: You'll gain new skills to help you in work and life, more effective communication, less self-consciousness about speaking in public, and the ability to listen without an agenda. And best of all, it's fun. The workshop will be taught by Todd Hjelt, a theatre professional with more than 20 years of improv experience. This six week workshop will meet on Sunday, starting April 10 through May 16, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Dorset Playhouse. The cost is $10 per session ( members $8) or $50 (members $45) for the entire session. Classes are limited so sign up early. For more information, or to reserve your spot, call the Players business office at 802-867-5570 (M-F, 9-1) Or email info@dorsetplayers.com.

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.

NORTH BENNINGTON

National Libraries Week: McCullough Free Library National Libraries Week April 10 to April 16. We want you (and your overdue books) back. We will write off all fines on items returned this week, and will write off all outstanding fines for returned items if you drop in and say hi.