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Today, Oct. 17


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.


Potluck lunch: The Northshire Seniors invite everyone to come to our potluck lunch and teacup auction at St. Paul's Catholic Church at noon. Everyone over 55 is welcome to join us.

Tuesday, Oct. 18


Concert: Bennington College, Deane Carriage Barn, 8 p.m., visiting faculty member Sergei Tcherepnin presents his eclectic work in performance, composition, and sound installation.

Myeloma support: The Southern Vermont Myeloma Support Network (including eastern New York state and the northern Berkshires in Mass.) will hold a support group meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 in the Community Resource Room at the SVMC Regional Cancer Center. 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. 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


Foliage hike: 4 p.m. Come enjoy the colors of fall on the Battle Loop Trail. Light refreshments will be available at the conclusion of the hike. Free and open to the public. Hikers will meet at the main hilltop parking area of Bennington Battlefield on Route 67.

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.


Talk on Scalia: Green Mountain Academy will host a talk about Antonin Scalia with Albany Law School Professor Vincent Bonventre at 5:30 p.m. in Burr and Burton Academy's 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

Cookbook group: The "Cook by the Book" Discussion Group will meet at 2 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library. Cookbook enthusiasts discuss their favorite cookbooks and learn about new books and cooking trends. The group meets monthly and is led by Lily Van Haverbeke. Sandy Kraehling, chef and owner of Pan Latin Catering & Bake VT, will be joining the group this month to discuss her career as a chef, describing her food food style and inspiration for her unique and delicious Latin food. Participation is free and open to the public.

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, Oct. 19


Power nap: On Wednesdays from noon to 12:30 p.m., Susan Beal will offer a short lunchtime Yoga Nidra session to recharge your batteries at The Yoga Place. Attendees can be in and out in half-an-hour, power nap style, for a $5 donation. For more info: 802-447-0393 or

Bingo: Elks Club, 125 Washington Avenue. Doors open at 5 p.m. Bingo begins at 6:30 p.m. There will be food available for purchase 50/50 raffle door prizes cost $13. All proceeds directly benefit the Cancer Center Community Crusaders

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.

Senior strength class: Free senior strength and balance class every week from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at Bennington Project Independence. Contact Tracy Purdy-Martin at 802 379-8339 with questions.


Defensive driving course: Sponsored by AARP, Hoosick Falls Senior Center, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $20 for members, $25 for non-members. Call 686-7561. Seating is limited.

Battlefield book discussion: Brown's Walloomsac Taproom in North Hoosick, 4 p.m. Bennington Battlefield Book Discussion Group will discuss more of Philip Lord's, "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. Free and open to the public, RSVP suggested.


Vermont reads: Pick up a copy of the Vermont Reads book, "Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World," by Jennifer Armstrong at the Manchester Community Library and join the book discussion at the Equinox Village, 49 Maple St. in Manchester Center at 6 p.m. Free and open to the public.

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


Safe internet for seniors: 10 a.m. at McCullough Free Library. Join us for the newest, hands-on program from the Council of Vermont Elders (COVE)! Learn about common internet scams, computer viruses, malware and other suspicious electronic happenings. This presentation is led by COVE, the Consumer Assistance Program of the Vermont Attorney General's Office and Digi4s Computer Service and is funded by FairPoint Communications and Google. RSVP in person at the library or at

Thursday, Oct. 20


College finance workshop: Changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or the FAFSA, are here. Find out what it means for your financial aid plans at a Paying for College workshop, hosted by Vermont Student Assistance Corp. The workshop, which is free and open to the public, will provide parents and students with information on the new filing dates for the FAFSA and applying for a Vermont State Grant. Arlington Memorial High School. If you cannot attend the session at your local high school, consider attending one in at a nearby school. A complete schedule is available at To watch a pre-recorded version, visit


PFOA lecture: Bennington College, CAPA Symposium, 7 p.m. Gloria Post, NJ Department of Environmental Protection

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.

Monarch presentation: One World Conservation Center, Third Thursday Series — Peggy Farabaugh — A Forest For Monarchs, 7 p.m.

Blood Drive: Southern Vermont College, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Everett Mansion's Burgdorff Gallery. Donors are required to be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. For more information or to volunteer at the Blood Drive, contact SVC's Civic Engagement Coordinator Maria Francese at 802-447-6328 or Individuals may also contact the American Red Cross directly at 800-RED-CROSS or to sign up to donate blood. Walk-ins are also welcome.

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.


Friends of battlefield: 2 p.m. Join the Friends of Bennington Battlefield for their October meeting to discuss issues and make plans relating to the group and the battlefield. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP suggested. Contact Historic Site Assistant David Pitlyk at 518-860-9094 or by e-mail at The meeting will be held in the Barnett House located off Route 67 at 30 Caretakers Rd.

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


Long Trail: Green Mountain Academy will present a talk about The Long Trail with H. Lee Allen, professor emeritus of North Carolina State University. 5:30 p.m. in Burr and Burton Academy's 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


Fall Crafternoon: Come to McCullough Free Library to show off your creativity and enjoy a yummy fall snack from 3 p.m. to 5. The craft will be set up for children to create a foil printed fall tree while enjoying some fall apples from a local orchard.

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.

Yarncrafting Club: Every Thursday from 1 p.m. to 6 at McCullough Free Library. Bring your own knitting and crochet materials or help yourself to ours, including yarn from our free bin.


Turkey supper: The Pownal United Methodist Church will be serving its annual Turkey Supper at 5 p.m. with continuous serving. The menu includes: Roast turkey, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, winter squash, cranberry sauce, rolls, coffee, tea and lemonade, and apple, pumpkin, mince, or raspberry pie with cheese. Tickets available at the door: Eat in: $12 for adults, $6 for children 4-10 years, and free for children 3 years and under. Take-outs available at south side entrance: $12 for adults and $6 for 1/2 portion dinner. Questions, contact Mary Louise at 802-823-7769.

Bingo: The American Legion Post 90 in Pownal will host bingo at 5 p.m. Bingo begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 21


Dance circle: All are welcome at Nataraja, a monthly gathering for the local dance community, 7 p.m. to 8:30 at The Yoga Place. Please call 802-442-5331 for more information.

Chorus fundraiser: Mt. Anthony Music Parents Association will be holding a Bag2School fundraiser to help support band and chorus students with their music activities this year. MAMPA gets paid by the pound for clothing, shoes, bags, belts, blankets, sheets, etc. Please no comforters or stuffed animals. There will be a Bag2School truck at Mt. Anthony High School to collect your donations at 5 p.m. If you have any donations, please contact

Live music: The string and vocal trio, Low Lily, will be at the Meetinghouse Café at 8 p.m. in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington, 108 School St. Tickets are $15; $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.


Battlefield tour: Tour the main areas of interest in the first engagement of the Battle of Bennington. Some driving AND walking is required. The event is free and open to the public. Participants will meet at the main hilltop parking area of Bennington Battlefield on Route 67. Tour is 4 p.m. to 6.


Calliope concert: Burr and Burton Academy's creative arts department will host a Calliope Concert, "An Evening of Music", at 6:30 p.m. in the Riley Center for the Arts. Admission is $3 students, $5 adults.


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, Oct. 22


Homeless fundraiser: The Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless will be hosting its annual Take a Bite Out of Homelessness Gala from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. BCCH will host dinner and dancing at the Hubbell Homestead at Colgate Park. Full course dinner, live performances by Nicki Skipper, Julie Shea, and Beard & Glasses featuring Sam Clement, cash bar by JC's Tavern, and a Silent and Live Auction. All proceeds benefit the Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless.

PAVE fundraiser: Project Against Violent Encounters (PAVE) will be holding a "Wine and Food Pairing" event and silent auction at Bennington College at 6 p.m. to commemorate its 35th anniversary. PAVE is a local non-profit organization dedicated to ending sexual and domestic violence and providing services to survivors. To purchase tickets to this event, please call 802-442-2370 or visit


Free concert: The Manchester Community Library is pleased to present "Music From The Shelves," a free family concert performed by the Taconic Chamber Players at 10:30 a.m. in the Children's Barn. No library card is required to visit or attend this or any free program held at the Library; all are welcome. For more information, please call 802 362-2607.


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, Oct. 23


History talk: Bill Budde, curator of The Russell Vermontiana Collection, will explore the history and contents of the collection. The talk will be held in the Sandgate meeting room of the Martha Canfield Library at 2 p.m. For more information visit the library's website at or call 802-375-6153.


Documentary screening: Screening of the documentary film "All of Me" will play at 7 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library. Tickets $12 at the door. For more information go to

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.


Susan B. Anthony: Pownal Historical Society presents "Susan B. Anthony," 2 p.m. at the Solomon Wright Public Library.


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