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Today, May 20


Martha's Book House opens: Martha's Book House will open for the season today and continue through October with freshly stocked quality used books of all categories at very modest prices. Each weekend there will be specials on a selected group of books, ex: biographies, sports, mystery, non-fiction, etc. Hours are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Book House is sponsored by the library's Board of Directors and the Library Advocates Volunteer Group. All proceeds directly benefit the Martha Canfield Library. For more info contact Martha Canfield Library at 802-375-6153.


Live music: The Adirondack-based Towne Meeting will perform at the Meetinghouse Café. Towne Meeting is known for powerful vocal harmonies and engaging performances. The group is grounded in classic folk, but also branches out into Americana, acoustic rock and even some country. Tickets are $15; $10 for students. The concert is at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington, 108 School St., Bennington. Information is at

Dance circle: Welcome warmer weather 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.


Wildflower walk: Bennington Free Library & Bennington Museum invite families to take a story walk on the George Aiken Wildflower Trail in the Hadwen Woods at the Bennington Museum beginning today and continuing through the season. For more information about the GAWT storywalk, contact Bennington Museum Director of Public Programs, Deana Mallory at 802-447-1571 or Linda Donigan, children's librarian, Bennington Free Library at 802-823-5276.


Plant sale: Presbyterian Church (on the corner of Main & Route 22). Noon to dark, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Cambridge Museum.

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.


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!


Big Truck Night Carnival: Shaftsbury Elementary School 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 p.m. This rain or shine event is sponsored by the Shaftsbury Parent Teacher Organization. There will be big trucks, food, games, and prizes. A wide variety of trucks will be on hand.

Saturday, May 21


Craft fair and bazzar: Bennington Moose Family Center at 916 Main Street, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors welcomed. Tables are $10 each. For more information, please call Helen Dicranian at 802-949-7017 or cell 802-379-8124.

Funky Adaptive Bike Day: Holden-Loenard Mill on Benmont Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to try out alternative bikes designed for people with disabilities. Everyone welcome. Free. Please wear closed-toed shoes (no sandals or flip-flops) and bring a helmet if you have one. Sponsored by Bart Adaptive Sports Center and VCIL. For more info: Joe Hurley, Bart Adaptive Sports 802-384-4032, or Lynn Mazza 802-442-1876,


Kids teeth varnish: The Bennington Oral Health Coalition and Dr. Avery Wood are sponsoring a Community Health Program for kids aged 1-6 with an emphasis on kids aged 1-3. Fluoride varnish reduces cavities by about 30 percent, is safe, can be applied in two minutes, and lasts up to six months. 9 a.m. to noon, no appointment necessary. At The Left Bank (corner of Bank Street and 67A in North Bennington) We will bill your insurance if you have it, otherwise it's free. We will varnish any child aged 1-6 who has not had varnishing in the past 6 months and who is not already established with a dentist. Children should also take a fluoride vitamin, and parents should make sure that the child is getting proper tooth brushing with a fluoridated tooth paste.

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, May 22


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 with Banulis and Miller. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jam session open to additional artists from 1 p.m. to 2 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.

Monday, May 23


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.

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.

Tuesday, May 24


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.

Live piano: South Street Cafe, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. featuring Rakia Montane (BEGINS April 26)

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.; Hand in Hand recovery meeting, a facilitated meeting where family members in recovery come together with persons in recovery from substance abuse.


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


Whistleblowing talk: "The Importance of Whistleblowing." Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning welcomes Professor Allison Stanger of Middlebury College to talk about whistleblowing, which is in America's DNA and has played an important role in keeping powerful elites honest, but the term is too often used in partisan fashion. Burr and Burton Academy's Hunter Seminar Room, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. $15 in advance/$20 at door, For more information call 802-867-0111 or visit

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, May 25


Free live music: West Mountain Inn, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For info, please call 802-375-6516


Mental health: The Vermont Center for Independent Living along with Disability Rights Vermont will be sponsoring a "SPEAK OUT" on mental health issues in Bennington County, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington. We need your input to make lawmakers aware of the issues and to help find legislative solutions and to direct legislative activities. Events are free. These are chemical- and scent-free events. For more information, to register and/or to request accommodations: Lynn Mazza, VCIL, 601 Main St. Bennington, 802-442-1876,

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

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.

Thursday, May 26


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; Codependents Anonymous 6 p.m.

Free workout group: Get Fit Bennington meets 6 p.m. at Willow Park. All ages and abilities welcome.

Live music: South Street Cafe, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Hale Mountain Pickers (BEGINS April 28)


Yoga classes: Irene Cole will offer hatha yoga on Thursday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 9:40 a.m., through June 30 at the Manchester Community Library in the Hunter Community Room. All levels are welcome. 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 by donation to benefit the Manchester Community Library with a suggested minimum donation of $5-10 per class. For more information about the class, contact Irene Cole at


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.


Bingo: The American Legion Post 90 in Pownal will host bingo at 5 p.m. Bingo begins at 6:30 p.m.