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Today, Sept. 19


Food Fit Bennington: Do you want to eat more healthfully but don't know where to start? Free 12 week food, cooking, nutrition and fitness class for low and moderate income adults. Two different sessions starting the week of September 19: Mondays 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 and Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 .Transportation available. Call Sue at Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services: 802-379-0149 for more info.

Act 46 discussion: Informal discussions about Act 46 noon to 1 p.m. and from 7 p.m. 8. CCV conference room, 324 Main St.

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. 20


Money management workshop: BROC-Community Action in Southwestern Vermont will present a "Savvy Spending Solutions Financial Literacy Workshop" from 10 a.m. to noon at the Bennington Free Library. It's is free and open to the public. Instructor Shelley Faris will teach you how to track your spending, set financial goals, how to set up a spending plan, how to organize a home office and speak about credit reports and repair. Registration is required by calling 802-665-1742 or email

Multiple myeloma support group: The Southern Vermont Myeloma Support Network (including eastern New York state and the northern Berkshires in MA) will hold a support group meeting fro 6 p.m. to 8 in the Community Resource Room at the SVMC Regional Cancer Center, 140 Hospital Drive. We utilize the Difficult Conversations Workbook: Finding a Path through Illness, an interactive toolkit produced by the Center for Communication in Medicine Speak Sooner initiative. Interested patients with blood diseases, caregivers, family members and friends are encouraged to join us! Remember, knowledge is patient-power, so learn and share as much as possible about myeloma. Our group is affiliated with the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF). For more information, please contact Jan Martin Bopp, Support Group Leader, at 802-375-5494 or .

Story night: Tap House, 309 County Street, seating at 7 p.m. Everyone has a story to tell. Inspired by Moth radio hour on NPR. Contact Forest Byrd at for more information.

Grief support group: A confidential and free grief support group for any parent living with the death of a child (any age), meets every third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m., at the Second Congregational Church on Hillside Road. For information, call 802-688-4557.

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


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.


Author event: Author and educator Karen Gross will be at the Manchester Community Library at 10 a.m. to share her book, "Lady Lucy's Quest," with children ages 4 and up. Lucy a feisty young girl who wants to become a Knight in the Middle Ages. She confronts many hurdles but ultimately succeeds through creative problem solving. Event is free.

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. 21


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


Criminal justice conversation: The public is invited to a community conversation about criminal justice in Vermont — what it looks like, its challenges and successes, and the alternatives to mass incarceration. The event, "Re-Imagining Justice," will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse, 108 School St. Panelists include Meg McCarthy (whose husband is currently incarcerated), Vt. State Rep. Kiah Morris, Bradley Myerson (attorney), and Michael Washington (advocate, with direct experience of incarceration). The event is co-sponsored by Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform, a Burlington-based non-profit, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington. For more information, please contact Anna Stevens (VCJR) at 802 503-0601.

Book discussion: 3 p.m. to 5. The Bennington Book Discussion Group will hit the road in September for a joint program at the Bennington Museum. The group will begin with a regular discussion. Tyler Resch will then show visitors around the museum library. A stop at the Sloane Gallery to view items related to the battle will follow. We will be reading the first 59 pages of Philip Lord's oft requested "War Over Walloomscoick: Land Use and Settlement Pattern on the Bennington Battlefield- 1777." Contact Historic Site Assistant David Pitlyk at 518-860-9094 or by e-mail at for information on how to obtain this publication free of charge online. RSVP required. Regular museum admission rates of $10 for adults and $9 for seniors will apply.

Peace vigil: Please join with the Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center and the Campaign Non-Violence in a solidarity Peace Vigil and Readings at the Bennington Town Hall and adjacent Peace Park at 5:30 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.


Grazing and soil health workshop: Sheffer's Grassland Dairy, 74 Sheffer Road. Cost: $10 per person, includes lunch Pre-registration required: Contact Tove Ford at 518-765-3518 or or register online at


Blood drive: The next Red Cross blood drive is from noon to 5:30 at the First Congregational Church of Manchester. Visit or call 1-800-733-2767 to make an appointment, It makes things easier that way and we invite walk-ins as well.

Support group: For anyone living with any type of loss due to a death. The first and third Wednesday of every month at 2 p.m., Manchester Library. For more information contact Beth Newman at 802-688-4557 or

Thursday, Sept. 22


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.


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


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

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


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. 23


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.


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.


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


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.


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 or call 802-863-2345, ext. 6, to register for the free workshop.


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.


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,

Sunday, Sept. 25


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.


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