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Today, May 2


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.

Healing Winds at the Vets' Home: Healing Winds offers Native American healing chants and drumming on Mondays at 10 a.m. in the Chapel at the Vets' Home. Across from the Veterans' Home at the Vietnam Veterans Outreach Center at 1 p.m., they have Native American traditional crafts and arts.

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.

Kevin's Senior Luncheon: Seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. If you did not make reservations at the last luncheon and would like to attend, call Emily at 442-9490. Reminder, space is limited.


Harry Potter party: Join us at Platform 9 3/4 for a Harry Potter party to celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library. This Very Potter Party will feature themed snacks, crafts and activities. This family event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, May 3


Overeaters Anonymous meeting: Overeaters Anonymous meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside St., room 6.

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.; Veteran's families and friends meeting, 6 p.m.; Hand in Hand recovery meeting, 6 p.m.

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

Garden workshop: Vermont Community Garden Network, in partnership with Charlie Nardozzi, is coming to Bennington this spring for the "Grow It! Workshop" ,4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at MAUMS. Visit to register for the workshop and for more details on this opportunity to learn and connect with fellow community and school garden leaders.


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


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, May 4


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.

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.

Quilting: Quiet Valley Quilt Guild welcomes all who are interested in the art of quilting to monthly meetings held at 6:30 p.m on the first Wednesday of each month at Second Congregational Church on Hillside Street. For more information, visit


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

Blood drive: First Congregational Church in Manchester. Registration noon to 5:30 p.m. For an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) go to


1970s presentation: Park McCullough Carriage House, 7 p.m. In the 1970s, Vermont changed in meaningful ways: politically, culturally, and demographically. The Vermont Historical Society has been leading a two-year project to collect memories, documents, and objects from this tumultuous decade to document the impact of counterculture. Curator Jackie Calder and Public Program Coordinator Amanda Gustin will share the initial results and give a preview of the exhibit and symposium scheduled for fall 2016. For more information, call Julie Nelson at 802-479-8519 or visit

Thursday, May 5


Applications due: The Arlington Public Health Nursing Service is accepting applications for several scholarships. Applicants must reside in Arlington, Sunderland or Sandgate, and plan on a career in a health related field. Each scholarship is for $1,000 per year, for up to four years that the student continues their course of studies. A new scholarship for adults continuing their education in health care is being offered in addition to those for graduating high school seniors. Applications are due today. For more information please contact Mary Ann Schaefer or 802-375-6668.


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; Wellness in Recovery Meeting, 5 p.m. Codependents Anonymous 6 p.m.

Garden club: The Bennington Garden Club is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of our National Parks. We are holding a presentation at the Bennington Museum at 6:30 p.m. The speaker-Rick Kendall, superintendent of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and the NPS Stewardship Institute in Woodstock.

Cinco de Mayo: The Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Cinco de Mayo themed event to unveil its newest Area Guide publication. The unveiling event, which will be held at the Chamber on Veterans Memorial Drive, will embrace the Cinco de Mayo holiday with Mexican-themed live music, a cash bar provided by Chamber member Donovan's, and light appetizers. Guests are encouraged to walk around the Chamber and see all the new things the organization is working on. The event is set to kickoff at 5pm on Cinco de Mayo and concludes at 7pm. Members and their guests are free, while general public admission is $10. Members who wish to get their hands on the area guides especially to put out in their shops are encouraged to stop by to get their free copies. For more information or to RSVP please contact the Chamber offices at 447-3311 or by emailing Marie Shutts 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, May 6


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, May 7


Free table top gaming: From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Bennington Free Library. Play a mix of modern and classic table top games the whole family can enjoy. Co-hosted by Drew Davidson, of WBTN-AM's "On the Table." For more info email or call the library: 802-442-9051

Free workout: Anytime Fitness of Bennington is hosting fun-infused exericses at Mount Anthony Union High School track from 7:30 a.m. every Saturday during the month of May and all day at MayFest.

Fire benefit: Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle, spaghetti dinner to benefit victims of Grant Street fire, 4 p.m. at the Bennington Fire House on River Street. The dinner will be $10 for adults, $5 children 10 and under. Tickets available. Please call Robin Lafountain for more information at 802-733-8901. All proceeds will be donated to the six families devastated by the March 12 fire.

Green Up Day: From 8 a.m. to noon. If you wish to clean an area, street or neighborhood, please call the Town Office at 442-1037 to register. We must know the area you will be cleaning up ad where the trash will be in order to facilitate collection.

Soccer ID clinic: Southern Vermont College women's soccer will host a Spring Soccer ID Clinic for girls in grades 9 through 12 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Under the direction of Head Women's Soccer Coach Michael Zauzig, the one-day, five-hour clinic will focus on skill development and instruction with tactical training and small-sides games. Assistant Coach Shawnee Webster '13 and members of the women's soccer team will assist with the clinic. Participants should bring cleats, weather-appropriate clothing, water bottle, shinguards and indoor shoes in case of inclement weather. The cost is $40 per person, which includes lunch and a t-shirt. To register and/or for more information, contact Coach Zauzig at 802-447-4639 or

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Battenkill Chorale: Janet McGhee, artistic director, will sing "The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass," by Carol Barnett with internationally famous bluegrass band Monroe Crossing, 7 p.m. and May 8, 4 p.m., at Immaculate Conception Church. Concert includes an entire set of bluegrass music by Monroe Crossing in their only northeast appearance in 2016. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by calling 518-692-7458 or emailing


Author visit: Manchester Community Library, 10:30 a.m., celebrate "Goodnight My Honey Bunnies," written by Sandy Wilbur with paintings by Kim Ray.


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.

Running: Iron Horse Walk Trot Canter, 5k race up Lookout Mountain, Kimberly Farms Stables, 1214 Cross Hill Rd. The race will take place on at 10 a.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. In addition, we are working with the Bennington Road Race this year, and if you register for both our race and the Bennington Road Race on May 8, you will receive a discounted rate of $10, and there will be special prizes for those who run in both. All of the proceeds will be used for horse camp scholarships. You can register by phone or at (Check out the Bennington Road Race t It is a family event, so all are welcome, including spectators.


Green Up Day: 9 a.m. to noon. Gather at the intersection of Mt. Anthony Road and North Pownal Road for a roadside clean-up.

White Creek, N.Y.

BBQ: White Creek's annual Spring Barbecue will be at Jermain Community Hall. Servings will start at 4:30 p.m. and takes outs will be available as soon as the chicken halves are cooked. The meal will be served family style ending with home made pies. Tickets are available at the door and if you want to hear the menu or have any questions you can call 677-3021, 802-442-9559 or 686-9307


Fishing derby: Hale Mountain Annual Fishing Derby, for children ages 12 and under, 9 a.m. Registration is between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. No treble hooks allowed.

Sunday, May 8


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.

Mother's Day tea: Bring your mothers to a delightful event that is fun for all ages at the Forrest Ward Memorial School at 404 Houghton Lane, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is jointly hosted by FWMS and Boy Scout Troop 334. Visit for more information. The Bygone Boutique and Bennington Children's Museum will be open too.


Mother's Day pancakes: The West Hoosick Fire Department announces an "All You Can Eat" Mothers Day Breakfast at the firehouse from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The menu includes pancakes, French toast, eggs, sausage, bacon, toast, juice, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. The firehouse is located at 1270 Pine Valley Rd. near the intersection of county routes 109 and 103. Any questions please call the firehouse at 686-1814.


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