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Today, July 1

ARLINGTON

Gallery: "Dan Shapiro: A Life of Art" will be on view at The Canfield Gallery in Arlington from July 1 to July 30. The exhibition, being mounted by the artist's daughter Abby Shapiro of Bennington, will open with a reception on July 2 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. During the reception Ms. Shapiro will give a brief talk about her late father's work and will be available to answer questions.

BENNINGTON

Music: Rod MacDonald, a singer-songwriter who was a big part of the 1980s folk revival, will bring his insights on today's world to the Meetinghouse Café at 8 p.m. 108 School St. Tickets are $15 at the door.

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.

MANCHESTER

Reading: At 6:30 p.m. Manchester Community Library will host a communal reading of Frederick Douglass's fiery 1852 speech, "The Meaning of the Fourth of July to the Negro." Members of the community are invited to take part in the communal reading. The communal reading is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Library at events@mclvt.org or 802-362-2607.


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NORTH BENNINGTON

Poetry: At 7 p.m. the Left Bank in Bennington Joshua Bauscher presents Lights Left On, an expose and book release of his second collection of poetry. Joshua is a spoken word artist and photographer hailing from Cambridge, NY, the 2016 champion of the WordFest Invitational Slam, two time winner of the Nitty Gritty Slam, and a dreamer with aspirations to revolutionize the world through the power of poetry and love. Free and open to the public.

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, July 2

BENNINGTON

Art workshop: Project Against Violent Encounters (PAVE) will be hosting its last Family Art Workshop at 3 p.m. The workshop will be lead by Carrie O'Neil Houlihan at the Second Congregational Church at 115 Hillside Street in Bennington. Come out and make Mandalas Magnets with us. The workshop is free, materials are provided, and it is open to the public. These workshops are aimed at parents with kids who are eight and up. Dinner will be provided after to those families who register. Please contact PAVE at 802-442- 2370 to register.

Peace vigil: The Greater Bennington Peace & Justice Center will have its monthly Vigil for Peace at 12:30 p.m. at the Bennington Four Corners. We invite you to stand with us.

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y.

Book sale: Cheney Library, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Book Sale Room. There are many volumes that are 10 cents and many also that are free. It could be a good time to stock up on summer reading.

MANCHESTER

Fraud watch: AARP Vermont Fraud Watch, in cooperation with the Northshire Bookstore, will distribute free scam and fraud prevention materials in front of the main entrance of the bookstore from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and be available to answer questions, provide free literature and register individuals to receive Fraud Watch Network alerts and updates. All materials are free to all ages and there is no solicitation conducted. Free materials include descriptions of the "Top 10 Scams" perpetrated against Vermonters in the past year. Descriptions of con artist techniques, information on dealing with identity theft are provided as well as computer and medical expense fraud assistance are available.  All persons registering for Fraud Watch Network Alerts will be eligible to participate in an instant prize giveaway.

Music: Manchester Eagles Club. 7 p.m. The Swamp Drivers. Musicians with Redneck ingenuity that make high energy music with unique instruments like no other band in the USA. With Primordial drivin, rockin party music straight from the swamp. www.theswampdrivers.com Their repertoire is a mix of crankin originals to covers from ZZ Top to BB King played on crazy home made instruments ranging from a 1 string garden hoe to a 4 string boat oar. This high energy band is something that has to be seen to believe. Ticket $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Come Early For The Full Pre-Show BBQ Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. $10 and the bar is open. Tickets and information call 733-7809

DORSET

Bake sale: Women's Fellowship of the Dorset Church to hold bake sale. United Church of Dorset and East Rupert Women's Fellowship Semi-Annual Bake Sale July 2 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Dorset Post Office on Route 30 in Dorset. Stock up on pies, cakes, breads and other assorted goodies for friends and family who will be joining you for the 4th of July celebration. Questions, call 867-2260.

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.

SALEM, N.Y.

Parade: The Salem Volunteer Fire Department will be having their annual activities on July 2, 3, and 4. The parade theme this year will be: "Redneck Engineering". The parade will kick off at 5 p.m. sharp with the parade line-up starting at 4 p.m. on North Main Street by the Holy Cross Church. Parade participants need to reply by June 30. On July 2 and July 3 the carnival will start at 6 p.m. and on the 4th of July the carnival starts right after the parade ends. Our fireworks display will start at 9 p.m. on July 4 with a rain date for the fireworks at 9 p.m. on July 5. Reply to Steven Saunders-Salem Fire Dept. Po Box 275 Salem, NY 12865, email salemfd4434@hotmail.com or call 518-321-9430.

Sunday, July 3

BENNINGTON

Free pet clinic: For dogs and cats, restricted to families who are homeless or receiving public assistance: 3SquaresVT, Medicaid, fuel assistance, Meals on Wheels. For treatment of minor illnesses, wounds or injuries, wellness exams, vaccinations, parasites. Dogs must be on leashes, cats in a safe container Between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 601 Main St.

Bennington VFW breakfast: The Bennington VFW Post 1332, 137 North St., hosts a senior breakfast on the first Sunday of the month beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing "until gone." Donation: $5. Call 802-442-9857 with questions.

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.

MANCHESTER

Fireworks: Dana Thompson Memorial Park, 9:30 p.m.

salem, N.Y.

Reiki Share: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the office of Joyce Getty, wellness coach, 4318 State Route 22 across from Borador Animal Hospital. There is no charge, but please bring non-perishable food or a monetary donation for the Salem food pantry. For more information, contact Evan Lawrence at 518-677-5662 or healthyevan@verizon.net. This will be our last Reiki share for the summer. We'll resume on the first Sunday of October. If you would like to locate a Reiki practitioner before then, please contact Evan.

Monday, July 4

BENNINGTON

Fireworks: Willow Park, dusk.

Bell ringing: At 1:45 p.m., the Bennington Rotary Club will be participating in the National Let Freedom Ring Bell Ringing Ceremony that celebrates Independence Day. Please join us at the Bennington Town Office located on South Street as thirteen members each ring the bell from the USS Bennington in recognition of each of the original thirteen colonies at precisely 2 p.m..This ceremony began as the result of Concurrent Resolution #25 which was passed by Congress in 1963. Each year more and more communities across the country participate and it is hoped that eventually the bells will be heard by everyone across the nation.

Battle Monument: Vermont's tallest structure, the Bennington Battle Monument at 15 Monument Circle in Old Bennington, will honor the Fourth of July with the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence. Local Actor Willy Jones will read, in its entirety, one of the most important documents of history. The Reading will start at 1 p.m. come early for a good seat and add your name to the Monument's own Declaration of Independence. There will be games and activities for children with Phyllis Chapman.

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.

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

Tuesday, July 5

BENNINGTON

Lions meeting: The Bennington Lions will hold its July Board meeting at 6 p.m. in the TD Bank Conference Room. All members welcome to attend.

Overeaters Anonymous meeting: Overeaters Anonymous meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church.

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.

MANCHESTER

Summer camps: Greater Northshire Access Television, the region's community media and training center is offering five tech inspired summer camps. There will be two sessions of Stop Motion Animation Camp, session one is open to ages 10-12 on July 5, and session two is on July 18 for ages 7-9. Campers will learn the process of Stop Motion Animation on iPad and go home with one or more finished animations. Scary Movie Editing Camp is a three day camp where campers will learn the fundamentals of editing, storytelling, special effects, and other techniques! The camp takes place July 6-8 and is open to ages 12-14. Kid's Kitchen Studio Production Camp is three day camp, from July 20-23, the campers will learn the skills needed to create, produce, star in and film a real live cooking show. Kid on the Street News Camp is a two day camp where the campers will learn the basics of scripting, HD video camera and audio equipment operation, reporting, filming and interviewing. This camp is July 27 and 28, open to ages 10-14. For more information and to register visit, www.gnat-tv.org or call Ann at 802-362-7070

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, July 6

ARLINGTON

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

BENNINGTON

Veterans Home concert: The Eagles Band and Trombone Ensemble from Pittsfield, Mass, will be performing music from Broadway and movies, to marches and patriotic tunes, at the Vermont Veterans' Home from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. This outdoor concert is free and is open to the community. Bring blankets or chairs to enjoy the performance. Parking will be located behind the main building or the deer park parking lot.

Quilting: Guild member Sandy LePoidevin will present quilts made by her mother, Norma LePoidevin, at the monthly meeting of Quiet Valley Quilters Guild at 6:30 p.m. The beautiful quilts may offer just the inspiration needed to launch a fun and satisfying new hobby this summer. The guild welcomes all who are interested in the art of quilting to their monthly meetings held on the first Wednesday of each month at the Second Congregational Church on Hillside Street. For more information about the Guild visit www.benningtonquiltfest.com/welcome.html

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.

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.

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y.

Summer library program: Grumbling Gryphons present Ananzi the Trickster Spider at 6:30pm at Hubbard Hall. Free tickets are available for pick up at the Cambridge Public Library. This original dramatic adaptation of the well-known folktale of Anansi - The Trickster Spider tells how Anansi, with the aid of the children in the audience, tricks the various animals of the jungle and retrieves the stolen stories of the world from Nyame, the greedy Sky God. During the show, children take part by acting, singing, chanting and playing such roles as spiders, hippos, bees, monkeys and various jungle animals. www.hubbardhall.org.

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.

Kids' Summer Book Club: Manchester Community Library. The first meeting will be held from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Following meetings are scheduled weekly from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. through Aug. 10. Meetings will be led by Kate Coss and will feature book discussions, snacks and creative activities. Roald Dahl's whimsical story inspired the new movie out in July, but the book came first. Get the inside scoop by reading the original. The book club is open to kids entering third or fourth grade in September. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Call the library now at 802.549.4580 to reserve your spot. Each participant will receive a copy of The BFG as well as one free raffle ticket good for prize baskets on display in the Children's Barn. Kids will continue to receive one free raffle ticket at every meeting they attend. Free program, open to the public.

Mt. Equinox Hillclimb: Learn about Mt. Equinox Hillclimb at Manchester Community Library. The Library and Manchester Historical Society are proud to present a free illustrated talk, Mt. Equinox Hillclimb with Jim Donick, on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Library in the Hunter Community Room. For more info, call the Library at 802-362-2607 or email info@manchesterhistoricalsocietyvt.com.

Thursday, July 7

BENNINGTON

Potluck and meeting: The Greater Bennington Peace & Justice Center's monthly gathering will be at 6:15 p.m. starting with a potluck supper, followed by our business agenda at 7 p.m.

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.

Piano camp: Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp will hold free to the public piano concerts at the Bennington Center for the Performing Arts (Route 9, Gypsy Lane) at 7 p.m. on June 23, June 30, July 7, July 14, and July 21.

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y.

Play: "Othello," By William Shakespeare, 7 p.m. at Hubbard Hall. See website for outdoor location details. Free. www.hubbardhall.org

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y.

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

Eco tour: From 9:30 a.m. to noon, Hildene's horticulturist, education director and Dene Farm manager will lead a program on the ecology of Hildene's lower meadows and wetland. Andrea Luchini will discuss the issue of invasive plants. Diane Newton will lead the group into the wetland for a hands-on activity to gain an understanding of the ecosystem and its ecological importance. Brooke Decker will complete the tour with a visit to the adjacent bird sanctuary where she will talk about meadow ecology and efforts to encourage bobolinks and other pollinators. Registration is required. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants: $10 for Hildene members, $15 for non-members. Attendees will park at the Welcome Center and Hildene will provide all transportation to and from Dene Farm. The bus will leave the parking lot promptly at 9:30 am. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a water bottle. The shuttle will return to the Welcome Center by noon. The rain date is July 21, from 9:30 am to noon. For more information and to register, contact Stephanie at 802-367-7960 or stephanie@hildene.org.

Stuffed toy Olympics: Bring your stuffed animal buddy to the Manchester Community Library at 10:30 a.m. for the Stuffed Animal Olympics. This super-fun event will feature an agility demonstration by Olive, the Amazing Jack Russell Terrier, followed by fun and games for kids and their stuffed animal buddies. Generously sponsored by Mother Myrick's Confectionery and the Northshire Bookstore, this program is free and open to the public and is recommended for children ages 4 and up.

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.