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Today, Jan. 11


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.

Turning Point: Making Recovery Easier meeting, noon.

Legion meeting: American Legion Auxiliary Unit 13, 7 p.m. at the Post, 225 Northside Drive. E-board meeting at 6:45 p.m. Please try to attend.

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HooRWA annual meeting: The Hoosic River Watershed, based in Williamstown and dedicated to the conservation, restoration and enjoyment of the Hoosic River and its watershed, will hold its annual meeting on at 7 p.m. in the First Congregational Church on Main Street in the Community Hall. Learn about flumes and flowers, parks and Route 2 projects and other projects being worked on in New York, Vermont, and northern Berkshire County. Board members will present river-related initiatives in the watershed. Join us as we begin our 30th year. Contact: Steve McMahon; call him at 413-458-2742 or email him at for more details.

Tuesday, Jan. 12


Ladies Auxiliary Members meeting: The Ladies Auxiliary VFW meets the second Tuesday of every month. We welcome all members and look forward to your participation. Those who are interested in joining or finding additional information about the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 1332, can contact the VFW Post 1332 at 802-442-9857 and leave a call back number.

Lions dinner: The Bennington Lions will hold its January dinner meeting at the Mount Anthony Country Club at 6:30 p.m. Vermont Lions District Governor Pam Nichols, a member of the Manchester Lions Club, will make her Official Visitation to the Club and will be the guest speaker. For reservations and information, Please call Lion Kathy Gallett at 802-442-4033.

Wednesday, Jan. 13.


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

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.

Free Senior Exercise Class: Focusing on balance and strength every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Bennington Project Independence at 614 Harwood Hill. Please call Tracy at 442-8136 for more information.

RAFFL interactive workshop: From 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Southwest Vermont Career Development Center conference room,, join the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link for an interactive workshop discussing practical soil fertility and nutrient management planning, specifically tailored to vegetable farms. We will cover how to interpret soil test recommendations, calculate nutrient inputs and costs, source amendments, and effectively apply them. We will also discuss the importance of cover cropping in the context of soil fertility and field rotations. And at each location, a local farmer will join us and help to apply this knowledge by sharing their soil fertility management practices with the group! Workshop fee of $25 (includes lunch). Contact Jen Miller ( for financial assistance.


Scleroderma support group: The second Wednesday of every month the Scleroderma support group meets, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital in Conference Room 3.


Blood drive: Red Cross blood drive, noon and 5:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church. The Red Cross is encouraging all regular donors to give blood at this time. Donors are also urged to bring a friend because the need for blood continues to grow. New donors must be 16, (with parent's permission) or 17 years or older, in good health and weigh at least 110 lbs. For an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) We are hoping to have several gift certificates for the donors' raffle.

Thursday, Jan. 14


Legion meetings: Monthly joint meetings, legionnaires, sons, and Auxiliary, 6 p.m. Individual group meetings at 7 p.m. Call 802-375-6157 for more information or to become a member.


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 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.

Codependents Anonymous meeting: 6 p.m. Turning Point Club of Bennington

All Recovery meeting: 11 a.m. Turning Point Center

The Valley We Live In Lectures: "The Ghost Town of Glastenbury," A slide show — Its mystique from its founding to its demise, with Jim Henderson of the Bennington County Regional Commission. All lectures begin at 7 p.m. at the One World Conservation Center, 413 Route 7.


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.

Friday, Jan. 15


All Recovery meeting: 4 p.m. Turning Point Center.

Community dance circle: Come shake your tail feathers at Nataraja, a monthly gathering for the local dance community at The Yoga Place, 532 Main Street, over Panache from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nataraja was created out of a desire from and for dancers of any shape, size and ability to have a safe and fun place to find their artistic expression. Talking is kept to a minimum. Please bring your water bottle. Please, no alcohol or mind-altering substances. Each person is encouraged to make a $5 donation, with the proceeds to be donated to Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services. Music is eclectic and will vary each month. All dancers welcomed to help create an all-inclusive and tight-knit dance community. Please call 802-442-5331 for more information.

Saturday, Jan. 16


Women in Papua New Guinea: The public is invited to join world traveler Ronnie Levin of Pownal for a program about her solo trip to Papua New Guinea with only a local guide. The slide and music presentation of Native Culture of Papua New Guinea is sponsored by the Bennington Branch of the American Association of University Women. The free, public meeting will be held at 2 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver Street, in Bennington. Refreshments will be available.


Family concert and petting zoo: Have hands on fun with instruments at the Manchester Community Library's Super Saturday Family Concert and Instrument Petting Zoo at 10:30 a.m. Come to the Children's Barn to enjoy music by teachers and students from the Michael Rudiakov Music Academy. Following the concert, children will have an opportunity to get up close and personal with violins, violas and cellos. Free program, open to the public. Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Avenue/corner of Route 7A.

Sunday, Jan. 17


Grange breakfast: Battenkill Grange #487 will hold a Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Bailey Hall on Ice Pond Road. The menu includes pancakes, real maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits with coffee, milk and juice. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12. For more information call Lillian Wood at 802-375-2518


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 with Dave Banulis and Gary Miller with friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Historical Society meeting: Bennington Historical Society Meetings are normally held the third Sunday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m in the Ada Paresky Education Center located on the second floor of the Bennington Museum.

Sanctity of Life Sunday Prayer Vigil: Bennington Four Corners Clock on Main Street, 7 p.m. All are welcome, please join Care Net in prayer for babies, pregnant mothers and fathers, and all those who have suffered the loss of a child.


Illustrated talk: Enjoy an armchair excursion through some of America's most beautiful landscapes - the southwest- at 4 p.m. at Equinox Village. You'll hear some wonderful ranger stories and gain insights about how to embark on a hiking adventure through the canyons. In an illustrated talk, former National Park Ranger Helen Hossley will lead us through Grand Canyon National Park and the Havasupai Indian Reservation to explore the turquoise waterfalls of the region. This free public talk is sponsored by Equinox Village and presented by Manchester Community Library. Equinox Village is located at 49 Maple St. in Manchester Center. For more info, contact Cindy Waters online at or call the Library at 802-362-2607.


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