Today, July 27

ARLINGTON

Barberry workshop and volunteer day: Learn how to manage the invasive plant, barberry. Meet at Arlington Recreational Park (Rte 313 parking lot) at 6 p.m. for a brief workshop followed by a barberry pull in the park and at the Yellow Barn. Join volunteers from Trout Unlimited and the Batten Kill Watershed Comprehensive Invasive Species Management Association. Work gloves, long pants, and digging tools are highly recommended.

Bingo: East Arlington Fire Station, Old Mill Road, From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. To Benefit Arlington Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, 50/50 bingo, 50/50 raffle, snacks

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.

Free Qigong session every Wednesday at 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. at upper Willow Park pavilion. Contact Tracy Purdy-Martin for more info at 802-379-5745. Donations accepted but not necessary.

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.


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Play auditions: Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts and Education will hold open auditions for its fall production of Rick Elice's Peter and the Starcatcher rehearsing weeknights & Saturdays Sept. 12 through Oct. 7 and performing Oct. 8 through 23. Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays & Sundays at 2 p.m.) Initial auditions will be held July 27 from 5 p.m to 7 p.m. in the Board Room in Hubbard Hall's Beacon Feed/Studio Building (the room all the way to the left). Actors should prepare two monologues, one contemporary and one classic (at least one comedic), and part of a song to be sung a Capella. Sides from the show will be provided and actors may be paired with scene partners at the audition. Familiarity with the script is highly recommended. We are looking for 8-10 performers to cover all roles and will likely do some cross-gender casting. To sign up for an audition time, please email us at hallauditions@gmail.com with "Peter Casting" as the subject line. If you are unable to attend auditions on July 27 but are still interested in auditioning, please email us at hallauditions@gmail.com with "Alternate Audition Request" as the subject line.

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y.

Revolutionary War film: Bennington Battlefield, located on Route 67 in Walloomsac, N.Y. will host an outdoor screening of a Revolutionary War themed film at 9 p.m. The showing will be preceded by comments to provide historical context. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. Contact David Pitlyk, Historic Site Assistant at 518-860-9094 with any questions.

MANCHESTER

Blood drive: Burr and Burton Academy, Rowland Center (air conditioned cafeteria.) Registration is 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Please donate a pint of your precious blood. The need is great, especially in the summer.

Magic, Science and Religion Talk: Green Mountain Academy will host a talk about magic, science and religion at 5:30 p.m. with Professor Ehud Z. Benor of Dartmouth College. The talk will be held at Burr and Burton Academy in the Hunter Seminar Room. Professor Benor will talk about whether distinctions can be drawn between religious and magical ritual. This talk will help us understand the relations between magic, science, and religion when we recognize that calculus was invented in order to establish their unity. 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.

Thursday, July 28

BENNINGTON

Reading program: Adult Summer Reading Programs begin at 10 a.m. at the Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver Street. Join us for our first TRY IT session: Yoga. Jane Schaeffer of The Yoga Place will host a free introductory yoga class for adults and high school students curious about yoga. For more info call 802-442-9051 or visit benningtonfreelibrary.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.

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y.

Basics of Alzheimer's: Molly McCann will be at Cheney Library at 6:30 p.m. for the program on the Basics of Alzheimer's, please call to register for this informative program put on by the Alzheimer's association of Rensselaer county. Our phone number is 518-686-9401.

MANCHESTER

Forest consortium meeting: First Congregational Church, 3624 Main Street, Manchester Village, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Author visit: A very special Summer Reading Program event will be held at 10:30, when Shaftsbury children's author, Karen E. Rose, returns to the Manchester Community Library. Karen will share her second book in the Two Mountain Farm Series, "A Sweet Lemon Arrives at Two Mountain Farm," the true story of her hen, Lemon, who was born with no eyes. Lemon's tale proves the power of a nurturing and stable environment, good friends, and lots of love. Lemon herself will be coming for a visit so that kids and their families can meet this amazing hen. Lemon's book will be available for purchase, and Karen will also have the other books in the series for purchase and signing as well. This program is free and open to the public and is recommended for children ages 5 and older.

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.

Rupert

Farm chores for children: On Thursday afternoons in July and August (through Aug. 18), from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., children (and their adult companion) may join the farm staff at Merck Forest and Farmland Center for daily chores. Youngsters may feed the horses, pick berries, collect eggs and perform other tasks. These farm-centered workshops are designed to introduce children to simple farm routines and products, and to meet our animals under expert supervision. These hands-on/hands- dirty activities are suitable for children ages 3 and up. Please Pre-Register early, because participation is limited. Cost is $2.50 per participant. If you go: Thursday afternoons, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Merck Forest and Farmland Center, 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont. For more information about this activity, call the Visitor Center at 802-394- 7836, or visit the website at www.merckforest.org.

Friday, July 29

BENNINGTON

Fife and drum concert: Bennington Battle Monument, noon. Enjoy an afternoon of 18th century music performed by the Plymouth Fife and Drum Corps of Michigan. The Corps is made up of 44 students ranging in age from 12 to 18 and includes fifes, drums and a color guard. Fifing and drumming was used during times of war to relay commands to soldiers, direct movements of units, as well as to provide inspiration and marching rhythm. The shrillness of the fifes and pounding of the drums could be heard over the cries of battle.

Microphone workshop: Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV) will present a workshop on different types of microphones from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held at the CAT-TV Studio at 525 Main Street. The workshop, taught by Production Coordinator Beq Lendvay, will be free and is open to the public. To reserve a space or for questions, please contact the CAT-TV studio at 802-442-8868

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.

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y.

Charity Golf Tournament: To benefit the Hoosick Falls Health Center Foundation at the Hoosick Falls Country Club. A four-person best ball scramble, there will be two shotgun starts – the first at 7:30 a.m. and the second at 12:30 p.m. The day includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, breakfast, a quick lunch of hamburgers and hotdogs and a dinner celebrating the 102 nd anniversary of the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Hoosick Falls. For further information and to make your reservation call Linda Goyette at 518-686-4371 or Joyce Davis at 518-686-0221.

MANCHESTER

Food author: Northshire Bookstore, 7 p.m. Larry Olmsted, Real Food/Fake Food. Award winning food journalist and travel writer Larry Olmsted exposes this pervasive and dangerous fraud perpetrated on unsuspecting Americans.

Spanish conversation class: Sue Ritchie will be offering a Spanish conversation class at the Manchester Community Library from 3 p.m. to 3:55 p.m. People of all ages are invited to join. The Spanish conversation classes are free and open to the public. Participants should have at least a basic knowledge of the Spanish language.

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, July 30

BENNINGTON

Music: Special Olympics presents Peaches in her musical cabaret "It's a Beautiful Day," at the Second Congregational Church. Dinner and silent auction begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 each and available at the Bennington Bookstore or by calling 447-3899. All proceeds to benefit Bennington Area Special Olympics.

Memory cafe: The Bennington County Memory Café meets on the last Saturday of each month at the Bennington Free Library. The café begins at 10:00 a.m. and lasts until approximately 11:30 a.m. The café is very loosely structured with activities ranging from music, art, games, singing, crafts and poetry. We also have an occasional guest speaker.

CAMBRIDGE

Music from Salem – Listening Club: Madama Butterfly at 2 p.m. at Hubbard Hall Suggested ticket price $15 – Pay what you can – all are welcome. Come experience and discuss Puccini's masterwork with some of the singers from Hubbard Hall Opera Theater's production of Madama Butterfly before going to see their performance in August! www.hubbardhall.org

MANCHESTER

Author: Northshire Bookstore, 11 a.m. Join children's author Stephen Swineburne for a reading of his new book "Safe in a Storm." This book is a fun, imaginative good-night story featuring loving animal characters and written to comfort young children during scary storms and always.

Harry Potter: Northshire Bookstore, 9 p.m. Midnight release party of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child." Food, games, costumes and activities.

Walk in the Woods: Green Mountain Academy will host a walk in the woods of the Pew Forest at 9 a.m. with forester Alan Calfee. The group will meet at the intersection of Three Maple Drive and Wideawake Road. Mr. Calfee will lead an exploration in the rich northern hardwood forests of the Taconic Mountains. The walk will focus on tree identification, natural history of the forest, wildlife interactions, as well as some of the current threats to the forest and strategies for their management. Participants should be prepared to walk in the woods and on some moderate slopes. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the trail. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit our website at greenmtnacademy.org.

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, July 31

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.

CAMBRIDGE

Music from Salem - The Winged Energy of Delight : At 4 p.m. at Hubbard Hall Suggested ticket price $25 – Pay what you can – all are welcome. John Kennedy "The Winged Energy of Delight" for toy piano Federico Mompou from Musica Calada for toy piano Heitor Villa-Lobos Duo for violin and viola, W 463 Erich Korngold Piano Quintet, opus 15 www.hubbardhall.org.

MANCHESTER

Trump protest: Town Green, 4 p.m. Protest against the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump. We will gather for an aerial photograph and video of local residents who oppose his message of fear, racism and hatred. Wear a yellow t-shirt.

Monday, Aug. 1

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.

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.

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y.

Coloring and Zentangle: De-stress at Cheney Library at 5 pm with Coloring and Zentangle. Zentangle is a creative art form where all you need is paper, pencil and pen. Drawings can be turned into art designs. Your stress will also be reduced with Zentangle and your focus improved. Zentangle can be done by almost any age ... children, teens and adults. Cheney Library supplies the sturdy paper and the Micron pens; you supply the imagination.

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.