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Today, 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.


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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.

Honor vets: Please come and join us in saying Welcome Home and honoring our community Vietnam veterans with a 50 flags raising ceremony, 1 p.m. at the Vermont Veterans Home. For more information call the Veterans Outreach and Family Resource Center at 802-753-7720.

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.

Williamstown, Mass.

Contra dance: From 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Greylock Hall, 41 Whitman Street, Williams College. The Williams College dancing organization, Dancing Folk, invites the general public to a contra dance led by dance caller Steve Howland with live music by Rude Cider. There is a general public door fee of $10 for this non-profit event. Williams College students dance for free. Please bring clean soft soled shoes to dance in and pot-luck cookies to share at the dance break. Check the webpage for more information: www.songsailor.com &/or contact Abigail Soloway or Jill Wheat for more information ajs13@williams.edu songsailormusic@yahoo.com

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.

PFLAG meeting: PFLAG Dorset will be host guest speakers, Psychotherapists Hallie Lovett, Ph.D. and Ray Lovett. "Coming Out: It's Not Just for Young Folks" Discusses the topic of conventionally married couples and their families as they deal with a new identity in one of the partners. This Event is open to all and a pot luck meal with follow . 4 p.m. at the United Church of Christ.

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.

POWNAL

History of roads: The Solomon Wright Public Library will be hosting Deborah Lee Luskin for a presentation 2 p.m. Luskin will pose the question, "How is it that we now drive cars in all seasons and weathers," when Vermonters were not always eager to have good roads Luskin is the author of "Into the Wilderness", her first novel that won an Independent Publisher's Gold Medal. For more information, contact the library at 802-823-5400, or email pownal_pub@vals.state.vt.us.

Monday, April 11

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.

Blood drive: Southern Vermont College (SVC) will be hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Everett Mansion's Burgdorff Gallery. Donors are required to be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. The College invites and encourages community members to participate in the Blood Drive. According to the American Red Cross, one blood donation can save up to three lives.

Tuesday, April 12

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.

Ladies Auxiliary Members meeting: The Ladies Auxiliary VFW meets the second Tuesday of every month. We welcome all members and look forward to your participation. Those who are interested in joining or finding additional information about the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 1332, can contact the VFW Post 1332 at 802-442-9857 and leave a call back number.

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.

Board game cafe: Manchester Community Library's Family Board Game Cafe from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Come to the Cafe Commons, grab a slice of pizza, pick your tabletop game, and get down to some serious face-to-face fun.

NORTH BENNINGTON

Book Review Club: McCullough Free Library, 5:30 p.m. Review a book of your choice for the group and come away with a few ideas of what to read next! Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, April 13

ARLINGTON

Music night: West Mountain Inn, Scott and Sarah Sanfilippo to host, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Scott and Sarah met through music in the 90's in western New York as members of a funk-rock swing-grass band called Jerkbait. Scott honed his guitar and mandolin while Sarah sang back up and played musical toys and whistles. They're most recent performances are with the Hale Mountain Pickers, a fun eclectic, old time, blue grass band. Since moving to Vermont, they play mostly for pleasure and have joined our circle of local musicians who play every Wednesday evening at the West Mountain Inn. Come and enjoy a free night of music. For info call 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.

Who is Xi?: The public is invited to hear Professor Sam Crane of Williams College discuss the political rise of China's President, Xi Jinping on at 7 p.m. in the Rotary Room of the Bennington Free Library. This free program, presented by the Bennington Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), will be followed by a reception.

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y.

Defensive driving program: Hosted by AARP at the Hoosick Falls Senior Living Center, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $20 for AARP members, $25 for non-members. Call 686-7561

MANCHESTER

Cancer treatment: Matthew Vernon, MD, radiation oncologist at the Cancer Center at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, will present on the installation of new technology for cancer treatment now available in Bennington. The program is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library. To reserve your seat online, visit svhealthcare.org/calendar. For more information, call 802-447-5019 or e-mail Ashley.Jowett@svhealthcare.org.

Thursday, April 14

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.

Beekeeper meeting: The Bennington County Beekeeper's club will meet at 7 p.m. in the Crispe Room at the Vermont Veterans Home. 7 p.m. pot-luck dinner, 7:35 p.m. business meeting, 8 p.m. presentation on Ross Rounds Comb Honey. For more information, please contact Julie Cassiday at jcassida@williams.edu or 802-447-1194 or visit our website at http://benningtonbees.blogspot.com/.

DORSET

Blood drive: From noon to 5 p.m. the American Red Cross will be taking blood donations at Long Trail School. You may be a walk-in donor or sign up for an appointment by contacting redcrossblood.org or 1-800-RED CROSS.

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.

Consortium meeting: The Bennington County Sustainable Forest Consortium will have its quarterly meeting at the Manchester Public Library from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Community poem: Add a line to the Community Poem, spearheaded by Manchester Community Library, through April 14. Log on at http://mclpoemproject.blogspot.com and add your poet's voice to the preceding lines.

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 15

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.

Bennington Community Dance Circle: Come celebrate tax day at Nataraja, a monthly gathering for the local dance community at The Yoga Place, 532 Main St. over Panache, entrance and parking in rear of building, off Pleasant Street) from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Each person is encouraged to make a $5 donation, with the proceeds to be donated to Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services. Music is eclectic and will vary each month. This month's theme is Soul Music. All dancers welcomed to help create an all-inclusive and tight-knit dance community. Please call 802-442-5331 for more information.

MANCHESTER

Poetry salon: Manchester Community Library, 6:30 p.m. Poets from the local area and beyond are invited to come and read their work, and the community is invited to come and listen. The Community Poem will be read aloud with copies of it available. A reception will follow, giving everyone a chance to mingle and celebrate poetry. Email MCL at events@mclvt.org to reserve your place to read your 2-3 minute poem(s).

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!

Saturday, April 16

BENNINGTON

Farmers Market: The Bennington Farmers' Market will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 601 Main St.. In addition to produce, prepared food and craft vendors the market will be hosting a special event focusing on the coming growing season through crafts, displays and informational material. For more information call Audrey Pietrucha at 733-6981

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y.

Tour of the Duck: The Cambridge Central School District Class of 2020 are selling tickets for the "Tour of the Duck." The rubber ducks will launch at noon from Pook's on the Battenkill, located County Route 64 in the Town of Sushan. Tickets are just $10 per duck. Visa gift cards in the amounts of $50, $25, and $10 will be awarded to the lucky person owning the ducks finishing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively.

DORSET

Benefit concert: Celebrated composers/pianists Allen Shawn and Stephen Dankner will perform their own works with violinist Joana Genova in a special fundraising concert, followed by a reception for the Michael Rudiakov Music Academy, hosted by Ellie and Tom Dyett in their home in Manchester Village at 3 p.m. Tickets $35 / Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance. Visit mmfvt.org or call 802-362-1956 for tickets or more information.

EAGLE BRIDGE, N.Y.

Bag, tag, and bake sale: Eagle Bridge Methodist Church, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Today and April 23.

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y.

Night of Comedy: The Town of Hoosick Lions Club is sponsoring a Comedy Night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hoosick Falls Country Club. Tickets are $18 per person and space is limited. The show content is for adults. The Country Club will be serving Food and Beverages from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Please call Rosemarie at the Hoosick Federal Credit Union at 686-4504 for reservations.

Empty bowls: The Hoosick Falls Central School District is hosting 'Empty Bowls', an event that connects art to hunger awareness. The event is a partnership with Hoosac School and St. Mary's Academy that brings all three schools in the Hoosick community together for a great cause. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Hoosick Area Church Association (HACA) Food Pantry. The event takes place in the Hoosick Falls High School cafeteria from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For $10 guests may choose from one of the hundreds of handmade bowls. The soup is free with the bowl; soup and bowls are available on a first-come, first serve basis. Tickets are only available at the door.

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 17

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

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 ThePublyk 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.

Bennington goes to church: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The tour will be led by Anne Bugbee, president of the Bennington Historical Society, and Bill Morgan, president-elect. The cost is $15 per person, or $20 per couple to cover the bus rental. We will meet in front of the Bennington Museum promptly at 2 p.m. For reservations and further information, call Bill Morgan at 802-440-8075. Tickets are limited by the size of the bus, so call early.

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y.

Pancake breakfast: The West Hoosick Fire Department announces an "All You Can Eat" Breakfast at the firehouse from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The menu includes pancakes, French toast, eggs, sausage, bacon, toast, juice, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Our special this month is free photos with the fire chief. The firehouse is located on Pine Valley Rd. near the intersection of county routes 109 and 103. Any questions please call the firehouse at 686-1814.

NORTH BENNINGTON

Poetry Open Mic: 3 p.m. at the North Bennington Train Station. Open to any and all who would like to read. Read your own poems or a favorite by someone else! Light refreshments will be served.

Monday, April 18

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.

MANCHESTER

Pizza party: The Northshire Seniors will be having a pizza party at noon at the St Paul's Catholic Church on Bonnet Street. We will have pizza from a local pizza house, salad, dessert and beverage. We will also have a 50/50 raffle. Come and enjoy the pizza party.