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Today, Sept. 22

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.


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HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y.

Tour of battlefield: Bennington Battlefield. 5 p.m. to 6. Tour three major points of interest in the first engagement of the battle. A mix of driving and short periods of walking is required. Comfortable footwear is suggested. The tour group will assemble on the hilltop parking area of Bennington Battlefield on Route 67. The event is free and open to the public, no RSVP required.

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

MANCHESTER

Stereotypes of aging: Green Mountain Academy will present a talk with Lenore Szuchman, Professor Emerita of Psychology at Barry University, about the stereotypes of aging at 5:30 p.m. in the Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy. Because age stereotypes tend to be negative, we disparage a group that contains people we love as well as our own future or current selves. On the plus side, there are a few positive age stereotypes, such as the belief that wisdom comes with age. 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.

Architecture workshop: Join local architect, Alan Benoit, for "Architecture to the Rescue!," an engaging presentation filled with illumination, insulation, and information you won't hear anywhere else, at the Manchester Community Library at 7 p.m.

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, Sept. 23

BENNINGTON

Irish music: Matt and Shannon Heaton, Bennington's Meetinghouse Café, 8 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 108 School St.. Tickets are $15 at the door; $10 for students.

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

Author event: Northshire Bookstore, 7 p.m. Author Elizabeth Lesser with her new book "Marrow," a visceral and profound memoir of two sisters who, in the face of a bone marrow transplant, one the donor and one the recipient begin a quest for acceptance, authenticity, and most of all, love. A mesmerizing and courageous memoir: the story of two sisters uncovering the depth of their love through the life-and- death experience of a bone marrow transplant.

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, Sept. 24

BENNINGTON

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.

MANCHESTER

Kids event: Northshire Bookstore, 11 a.m. Back by popular demand is Stephen Swinburne who will be here to read, entertain, and maybe even sing.

Nonviolent Activism 101: Manchester Community Library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free workshop will explore systems of oppression and how nonviolent strategy is effective in taking on this type of violence. Build skills and strategy to lift up movements and local efforts that contribute to a just and peaceful world. Register at pjcvt.org or call 802-863-2345, ext. 6, to register for the free workshop.

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.

SHAFTSBURY

Stone skipping festival: Lake Paran, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. New England's only stone skipping event. Watch world champions. Try it yourself. Fun for everyone. Food, free workshops, music. For more information visit us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/lakeparan/

Sunday, Sept. 25

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.

Monday, Sept. 26

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.

Tuesday, Sept. 27

BENNINGTON

Act 46 forum: ACT 46 School Consolidation Community Forum, 6 p.m., Bennington Fire House On River Street. Sponsored by the Town of Bennington and the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union member districts

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.

Gentle Yoga for Cancer Survivors: The Cancer Center sponsors free Gentle Yoga for Cancer Survivors weekly, Tuesdays 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.

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y.

Story time: Cheney Library will have a Fall Story Time from Sept. 27 through Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. in the Children's Room of the library. We will have songs and stories about wild things, crafts and of course snacks. This story time is for preschool children and their caregivers.

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

Defying the Nazis: Manchester Community Library and Vermont PBS will present a film preview and discussion of Defying the Nazis: The Sharp's War, a new film directed by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky, at 6:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the public

End of growth: Green Mountain Academy will host a talk with economist Peter Radford at 5:30 p.m. in Burr and Burton Academy's Hunter Seminar Room. American economic growth has been very slow since the Great Recession of 2008. This has led to an ongoing discussion about the nature and possibility of future growth. Some analysts have even suggested that the era of high growth during the early post-war years will never be repeated and that we should accept very low growth, if any, going forward. This talk explains the debate and tries to answer that same question is growth over? 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, Sept. 28

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.

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.

MANCHESTER

Nobel speaker: Peace activist, author, priest and Nobel Peace Prize nominee John Dear will speak on "Creating a Culture of Non-Violence" from 7 p.m. to 8 at the First Baptist Church.

Thursday, Sept. 29

BENNINGTON

Grad school fair: Southern Vermont College will host a Graduate School Fair from 1 to 3 p.m. in Everett Mansion's Burgdorff Galley on campus. Representatives from more than 18 graduate and professional schools will attend. The Fair is an excellent opportunity for students to explore graduate school programs and the associated application process. The public is invited to this event. For more information, contact Betsy Dunham, Career Development and Internships Coordinator, at 802-447-4631 or e-mail careers@svc.edu.

Blood drive: Southwestern Vermont Medical Center is hosting an American Red Cross Blood drive 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in its employee cafeteria. Red Cross blood donor eligibility requirements have changed recently. Those who have been deferred from donating in the past are encouraged to check their eligibility again. The website www.redcrossblood.org has more information about eligibility. Potential donors can also call 1-800-RED CROSS for more information about whether they are eligible to donate. To make an appointment to donate, visit www.redcrossblood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text bloodapp to 90999 to download the app to your smartphone. As always, walk-ins will be accommodated as well. Those who are unfamiliar with the SVMC campus may stop at the information desk in the main lobby for directions to the drive.

Live music: South Street Cafe, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Hale Mountain Pickers

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.

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y.

School open house: The Cambridge Jr./Sr. High School will host an open house from 6 p.m. to 7:30. Parents will follow their child's schedule on "Day 1." The schedules will be available near the display cases in the Science Wing. If you are interested in this program, please stop in and fill out the parent form and be sure to bring a photo ID required to sign up. IF you do not have a photo ID we will have a notary in the 7-12 office available.

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y.

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

MANCHESTER

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.