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Today, June 6

BENNINGTON

Blood drive: VSECU, a member-owned cooperative and not for profit credit union for everybody in Vermont, will host a blood drive for the American Red Cross at its Bennington Branch, 194 North St., from 10 am. to 3 p.m.. Make reservations at http://www.redcrossblood.org/give/drive/driveSearchList.jsp?zipSponsor=vsecu or stop in at any time during the event to participate.

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.


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

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

North Bennington

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.

Tuesday, June 7

BENNINGTON

Bennington Lions: Board of Directors meeting, TD Bank conference room, 6 p.m. All members are welcome to attend.

Belly dancing: Bennington Beledi Tribal Bellydance presents "Spice Routes", this year's annual fundraising hafla, 7 p.m. at the Masonic Hall, 504 Main St. Come watch many area dancers perform the wide spectrum of bellydance styles from cabaret to tribal, fusion to evocation. The show is appropriate for all ages. Proceeds from this year's event will be donated to Bennington Meals on Wheels. A $10 donation is suggested, though any amount is welcome, and food and drinks will also be available for purchase.

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.

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

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

Russian Public Life After Socialism: Green Mountain Academy will host a talk at 5:30 p.m. on Russian life after Socialism with Williams College Professor Olga Shevchenko. The talk will be held at Burr and Burton Academy in the Hunter Seminar Room. Professor Shevchenko will talk about new currents of public sentiment that have become prominent in Russia, from state-sponsored nativist patriotism to the distrust and apprehension about Russia's position in the international arena. How do these sensibilities manifest themselves in everyday life, and how does one understand their appeal? Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit our website at greenmtnacademy.org.

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, June 8

ARLINGTON

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

BENNINGTON

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.

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.

Meetings at Turning Point Center: Narcotics Anonymous, noon. Alcoholics Anonymous, 6 p.m.

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

Why Canada?: The history of Canada and its relationship with the U.S., Bennington Museum, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Green Mountain Academy welcomes Williams College Professor Emeritus John Hyde to address the differences – and similarities – between Canada and the U.S. by tracing in broad strokes the history of Canada and its relationship with the United States from the moment the division began in 1783 to the present day. $15 in advance/$20 at door, For more information call 802-867-0111 or visit www.greenmtnacademy.org.

NORTH BENNINGTON

Living room theatre: "Men of Tortuga,'" a dangerous comedy of power and politics, 7:30 p.m. at Park McCullough Carriage Barn, 1 Park St, North Bennington, reservation 802 442 5322, pay-what-you-will.

Head Start open house: Any parent/guardian interested in a pre-school program for their child is invited to attend an open house at our Head Start Center, North Bennington campus on 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Children must be at least three years old by Aug. 31 to enroll for the 2016-2017 school year. For more information, please call Beth Wallace at 442-3686 ext.148.

Spring play: The Southshire Community School will be staging an adaptation of Hudson Talbott's O'Sullivan Stew as their spring play at 7 p.m. at the school. Kate O'Sullivan will charm you with her creative yarns as she is forced to tell one tall tale after another to save her family. But are they all fantasy or could any of them be true? Free and open to the public.

Thursday, June 9

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; Codependents Anonymous 6 p.m.

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

MANCHESTER

Governor candidate forum: Riley Center, Burr and Burton Academy, 6:30 p.m. Democratic Party candidates Matt Dunne, Peter Galbraith, and Sue Minter will participate, as will Republican Party candidates Bruce Lisman and Phil Scott. The Forum is presented by the Bennington County Republican and Democratic Party Committees.

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 doowee09@comcast.net.

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.

POWNAL

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

Friday, June 10

BENNINGTON

MAU graduation: Beginning at 6 p.m., Catamount Access Television will offer live coverage of the 2016 Mount Anthony Union High School Graduation ceremony on Channel 16. CAT-TV crew members will cablecast the event from start to finish, including musical selections, speeches and much more, enabling those in our communities unable to attend the festivities to watch from the comfort of their homes and also to record the ceremony for future viewing. If you cannot record the event on your own and wish to purchase a DVD copy of the ceremony for the modest price of $10 please contact CAT-TV at 802-442-8868.

Music: Three Quarter North, with a repertoire of bluegrass and more will be at the Meetinghouse Café, UU Fellowship, 108 School St. 8 p.m. Tickets are $15; $10 for students. www.uubennington.org.

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.

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, June 11

ARLINGTON

Bazaar bonanza: From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Arlington Community House. Community organizations are rallying together to help raise funds for the new heating system for their meeting place. Crafts, Antiques, toys, games, tools, housewares, plants, jewelry, baked goods. Call 375 2344 or 375 6119 for more information.

BENNINGTON

Fight for Air Climb: Bennington Battle Monument, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join the American Lung Association at the 8th annual Fight for Air Climb. You will be raising funds for research, education, and patient programs to help people affected by lung disease at the same time you are reaching a personal goal. Learn more and register today at fightforairclimb.org

Pancake fly-in: William Morse Memorial Airport, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. EAA Chapter 1375 is hosting a Pancake Breakfast Fly-In. Our generous breakfast will include pancakes with real Vermont maple syrup, fruit, bacon, coffee, tea, and orange juice.

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y.

Artist: Cheney library, 10 a.m. Kimalie Wassick, a graduate from Endicott College who has been working as a professional artist since, will be at the library. She is well known for her colorful paintings, sculptures, murals, and whimsical interiors. Kimalie has written and illustrated a series of Basil & Prune the Pug books, depicting the colorful lives of Basil and Basil's pug, named Prune. Later, at 7 p.m. Ken Gottry will speak to us on Grandma Moses.

MANCHESTER

Summer reading: Come to Manchester Community Library any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for the Library's Summer Reading Program and Raffle Kick-Off. Kids who sign up on June 11th to read over the summer will receive a free Ben & Jerry's ice cream cup plus one free raffle ticket for a chance to win one of 20 raffle packages.

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.

WHITE CREEK, N.Y.

Spaghetti dinner: White Creek Grange Hall, 4 p.m. The family of Lisa Shortt Rampolla is sponsoring a Spaghetti Benefit Dinner, to help out with the cost of her care. Lisa was in a terrible car accident in April in Shaftsbury, Vt.. She is now paralyzed from the waist down. The family has to make accommodations for her at home and the cost of her care. The family is asking our community to join forces to help rebuild her life. Any assistance will be appreciated. There will be an auction and 50/50 raffle.

Sunday, June 12

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 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.