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Thursday, Sept. 1


Legion meeting: Post 69, 6 p.m. EBoard meeting immediately follows. Please attend the monthly meeting and support your Post 69. Call: 802-375-6157 for more information or to join.


Health demo: Wheel Pad, the creator of small ecofriendly living environments, will visit Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's Bennington Campus at 100 Hospital Drive from 3 to 5 p.m. to provide tours of its Norwich Model. The Wheel Pad model will be located at the foot of the staff entrance to the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation. The Norwich model is 200 square feet and offers an accessible bedroom and bathroom that attaches to an existing home. It provides a respectful and supportive space for people with mobility issues, making it easy for friends or family to provide support while figuring out long term solutions. The event at SVMC is the fourth stop on a six-location tour of the region.


After the tour, the Norwich Model Wheel Pad will be donated for use to a family in southern Vermont free of charge.

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.


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


Celebrate Recovery Meeting: A Christ centered 12-step recovery program Thursdays 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


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.

Friday, Sept. 2


Dog walkers: One World Conservation Center Greenberg Reserve, 11 a.m., Dog Walker Meet & Greet. Bring your four legged friend and discover our trails and meet other "dog people." Doggy treats will be served and we will have guest speakers. Please, for everyone's comfort and safety use your leash. We are a carry in — carry out park, which includes dog waste. This event is free and donations are greatly appreciated.

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.

Saturday, Sept. 3


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, Sept. 4


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.

Monday, Sept. 5


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.


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.

Tuesday, Sept. 6


Hospice volunteers sought: The Bennington Area VNA and Hospice starts up its fall course for Hospice Volunteer training. This nine week course will begin on Sept. 13 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at SVMC's Seminar Room, and is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Mary Pleasant, hospice volunteer coordinator, at 442-0540. Preregistration is requested by Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Alzheimer's communication: Bennington project Independence, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. the Alzheimer's Association to present Effective Communication Strategies. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer's, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. Please register in advance by calling the Alzheimer's Association: 1-800-272-3900

Gardening: Soil regeneration and carbon replacement. Open to the public. Speakers Sally Dodge and Jesse McDougall. Presented by the Bennington Garden Club at the One World Conservation Center. 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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.


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.


Art of Milton Avery: Green Mountain Academy will host a talk about the art of Milton Avery at 5:30 p.m. with Bennington Museum Curator Jamie Franklin. The talk will be held at Burr and Burton Academy in the Hunter Seminar Room. 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

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, Sept. 7


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


Alzheimer's programs: Vermont Veterans Home, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Join the Vermont Chapter's new Director of Programs and Outreach, Pamela Beidler, for a fun and interactive training on the Alzheimer's Association's Common Programs. Through a demo and practice session you will walk away with the skills and materials needed to host evidence informed programming in your local community. Just a few of the common programs you will be eligible to lead following this workshop: The Basics , Know the 10 Signs , and Effective Communication Strategies. Space is limited. Registration and application required. Please call Pamela at 802-316-3839 for more information.

Quilt show: Susan Stewart will present a trunk show of her quilts at the next meeting of the Quiet Valley Quilters at 6:30 p.m. The Guild meets on the first Wednesday of each month at the Second Congregational Church on Hillside Street. For more information about the Quiet Valley Quilters and Bennington QuiltFest, visit

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.

Stress relief with easy moving meditation: No experience necessary. Free to attend. Every Wednesday 7 a.m. to 7:30 am at Upper Willow Park Pavilion. Contact Tracy Purdy-Martin with questions at 802-379-8339.

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.


Illustrated talk: Join Retha Charette for "A Trail to Machu Picchu," at the Manchester Community Library at 7 p.m., as part of the Summer Wednesdays Series. During the illustrated talk, Charette will describe the four-day journey she took from the glaciers and jungles of the Salkantay Trek to the city of Aguas Caliented and up to Machu Picchu – the hidden city of the Incas. The program is free and open to the public. For info, email or call Cindy Waters at the library, 802-362-2607.

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