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Today, June 20


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.

Tuesday, June 21


Arlington Garden Club: At 12:30 p.m. at the Shaftsbury Community House the monthly meeting of the club will be held with the business meeting starting at 1 p.m. followed by the program: "Floral Arranging Workshop" presented by Maryanne Wood. Head Hostess June Sherwin will be assisted by Joann Rose and Joanna Taylor and Marie DeVito. We welcome new members. Call our membership chair- Nancy Hadley at 375-1354 More about us at


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 Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St.

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.

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


Free tech class: Manchester Community Library is offering free technology classes. The Library's former Digital Services Librarian Laura Henderson will present Introduction to the iPhone; classes will be offered at 3:30 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m. Introduction to the iPad will be offered by Henderson on June 22 at 11 a.m. and at 2 p.m. Space is limited for these free classes. Register by calling 802-362-2607 or email and indicate which class you want to take and at which time.

Political talk: Green Mountain Academy will host a talk on civility in politics at 5:30 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library. Professor James Calvin Davis of Middlebury College will discuss the 2016 presidential election cycle. Registration for the talk 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

Cook by the book: The "Cook by the Book" Discussion Group will next meet at 2 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library. Cookbook enthusiasts will discuss their favorite cookbooks and learn about new books and cooking trends. Participation is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center. For additional information, contact Cindy Waters at or 802-362-2607.

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, June 22


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


Gentle yoga for cancer survivors: The Cancer Center sponsors free Gentle Yoga for Cancer Survivors weekly, Wednesdays 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

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.


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

Thursday, June 23


Meeting: Local Emergency Planning Committee 7 will hold its June meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bennington Project Independence located at 614 Harwood Hill Rd.. Please contact Allison Strohl at 802-442-0713 x 7 or if you have any questions.

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.


Extreme Sports and gender :Green Mountain Academy will host a talk at 5:30 p.m. with author and adventurer Jan Reynolds. The talk will be held at Burr and Burton Academy in the Hunter Seminar Room. Ms. Reynolds will take us on a wild ride around the world, setting world climbing and skiing records, and reflecting on how her feminine strengths led to success in a male-dominated field. This lecture is based on her most recent book, High Altitude Woman, which chronicles the difference in the way men and women think, speak and behave. 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

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, June 24


Charity tourney: Hole-in-One Tournament. Get a Hole in One & Win a Car. This event is sponsored by Catamount Rotary Club & Bennington Subaru. Mt. Anthony Country Club, Qualify on June 24 & 25 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 26 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Finals on 26 at 1 p.m. $10.00/tray of balls. Event benefits Catamount Rotary Club's scholarships.

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.


America's First Forest: Carl Schenk and the Asheville Experiment, a documentary on Carl Schenck and the Biltmore Forest School. Riley Center for the Arts, Burr & Burton Academy. Friday June 24, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free.

Saturday, June 25


Family workshops: Project Against Violent Encounters (PAVE) will be hosting a series of Family Art Workshops for the community. The workshops will be lead by Carrie O'Neil Houlihan at the Second Congregational Church at 115 Hillside St. Fairy and Dinosaur Gardens is at 3 p.m. These workshops are geared towards parents with children 9 and up and will help foster a creative environment that will help families work together. The workshops are free, all materials will be provided, and are open to the public. These workshops are made possible through the Children Trust Fund Grant. Registration is required and there is a limit of 15 families. Dinner will be provided after the workshops for everyone who registers. Please contact PAVE at 802-442- 2370 to register.

Ball drop: Catamount Rotary Club's 50/50 Ball Drop. Mt. Anthony Country Club, 7 p.m. A huge can of numbered golf balls will be dropped from an extended crane. Top three winners that are closest to the pin split 50 percent. Raffle tickets available before event. $1 each or six for $5

Dairy month: The farmers and vendors of the Bennington Farmers' Market invite you to celebrate Dairy Month with them Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m. Grateful Morning Farm, a local dairy farm associated with Organic Valley Dairy Co-op, is bringing a newborn calf for children to pet. The Shaftsbury farm will also host an activity tent where games, stickers, educational materials and complimentary Organic Valley treats will be shared with visitors. From 11:30 a.m. till 1 p.m. market patrons will be treated to ice cream cones courtesy of Wilcox Dairy and the Bennington Farmers' Market. The Bennington Farmers' Market is held on the Riverwalk off Depot Street in Bennington every Saturday throughout the summer and through the end of October. Additional markets are held Tuesday afternoons from 3 -till 6 p.m. in the parking lot adjacent to the Chamber of Commerce off Route 7 North.

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.


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.


Herbal first aid: Transition Town Manchester will be holding an Herbal First Aid workshop from 10 a.m. to noon at GNAT studio on Rt 7A in Sunderland. There is a $10 fee. The workshop will be led by herbalist Susan Stanton. Stanton has studied Plant Medicine with Rosemary Gladstar and taught herbal workshops at the Brattleboro Food Co-op. She will be teaching the identification and use of garden and yard plants for first aid. This will be a hands-on-experience. You will participate in making herbal preparations and leave with a jar of salve. Space is limited so please register in advance at 802-867-0341.

Sunday, June 26


Cooking challenge: Southern Vermont Cooking Challenge, Madison's from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Musicians Julie Shea and John Carson playing for entertainment. Ten cooks will compete for a $200 gift card from Hannaford as well as having their appetizer on the menu at Madison's. Second place is a $100 gift card, third is a $50 gift card. Silent auction with half proceeds benefiting Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless. Percentage of tickets sales benefits BCCH as well. Tickets will be $30 each or two for $50. Includes tasting and four sample beer.

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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