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Today, May 16


Music Scholarship auditions: Second Congregational Church, 6 p.m. The Bennington County Choral Society (BCCS) proudly invites the public to its 39th annual student scholarship auditions, which provide financial support for the continued study of music. The BCCS plans to award two $500 scholarships based on a competitive audition.

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.


History: "The Power of Water in the History of Manchester and Dorset." Join the Historical Societies of Manchester and Dorset for an fascinating look at the role water has played in local history. This is a preview to this year's Vermont History Expo program, "H2O: The Power of Water in Vermont History," which takes place June 18-19 at the Tunbridge World Fairgrounds in Tunbridge. The joint program will include maps and photographs that tell the story of the waterways in the geology and history of Manchester and Dorset, including the uses they were put to for manufacturing and recreation. The program will be presented at the Manchester Community Library at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 17


Garden club meeting: Martha Canfield Library, 12:30 p.m. Arlington Garden Club monthly meeting. 1 p.m. regular meeting followed by presentation by Emily DeBolt of Fiddlehead Creek Farm Native Shrub Nursery

on "Native Shrubs." For information please call Nancy Hadley 375-1354 or visit


Government contracting workshop: A free workshop titled "Selling to the Government" will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lightning Jar. This introductory level class on government contracting is open to the public and was designed for Vermont Small Businesses by the Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center and the SBA. For more information, contact or register online at

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.

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 first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m., at the Second Congregational Church on Hillside Road. For information, call 802-688-4557.


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.

Cooking talk: 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.

Wednesday. May 18


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


Bennington Community Theater board meeting: The BCT's monthly board meeting is open to the public. Join us for a discussion of the theater's plans and productions. 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 601 Main St.

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.


Film: A free film screening of "Most Likely to Succeed" will be held at Manchester Community Library at 6 p.m. "Most Likely To Succeed" is the best film ever done on the topic of school — both its past and its future. For more info, email or call the library at 802-362-2607.

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


Scams, fraud and identity theft: The Solomon Wright Public Library will host Amy Schram, Better Business Bureau senior community outreach specialist serving Vermont at 7 p.m. She will address common and current scams, major "red flags" to be aware of in our daily financial transactions, etc. Precautionary steps that we can take to protect ourselves, our assets and our identity will be presented followed by a question and answer period. As instances of scams and fraud increase it is more important to be an informed and cautious consumer aware of the myriad of ways that one can be a target of thieves. This public service program with important information for all ages is at 97 Main St. If you have questions regarding this program call 802-823-5400.

Thursday, May 19


Book fair: Sacred Heart School, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Funds raised will help purchase books and supplies for the school and classroom libraries.

Spring concert: The MAU Choirs will present a Spring Concert at 7 p.m. in the MAU Auditorium. The first half of the program will include Opera Choruses by composers such as Mozart, Offenbach, Gershwin and Verdi and the second half will feature a review of the teen favorite, High School Musical I, II and III. Admission is free, donations will be accepted at the door to benefit the Ashley Sullivan Memorial Scholarship fund,

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.


Meet Clara Barton: Cheney Library, 7 p.m. It should be an exciting evening as Clara Barton (Phyllis Chapman) talks about her life. Barton was a native New York State resident and a very active woman of her time.


Film and panel: Free film screening and discussion of the PBS POV film 15 to Life: Kenneth's Story at 6:30 p.m. at the Manchester Community library. A distinguished panel will lead the discussion, including Vermont Superior Court Judge Cortland Corsones; Bennington/Rutland Court Manager and Executive Director of the Vermont Bar Assocation Therese Corsones; Superior Court Judge David Howard; State's Attorney Erica Marthage; Beth Sausville, District Director of the Bennington District Office of the Department of Children and Families; and Jessica A. Smith, Esq. For more info about this free program, email or call 802-362-2607.

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, May 20


Martha's Book House opens: Martha's Book House will open for the season today and continue through October with freshly stocked quality used books of all categories at very modest prices. Each weekend there will be specials on a selected group of books, ex: biographies, sports, mystery, non-fiction, etc. Hours are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Book House is sponsored by the library's Board of Directors and the Library Advocates Volunteer Group. All proceeds directly benefit the Martha Canfield Library. For more info contact Martha Canfield Library at 802-375-6153.


Dance circle: Welcome warmer weather at Nataraja, a monthly gathering for the local dance community at The Yoga Place (532 Main St. over Panache, entrance and parking in rear of building, off Pleasant Street) from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Wildflower walk: Bennington Free Library & Bennington Museum invite families to take a story walk on the George Aiken Wildflower Trail in the Hadwen Woods at the Bennington Museum beginning today and continuing through the season. For more information about the GAWT storywalk, contact Bennington Museum Director of Public Programs, Deana Mallory at 802-447-1571 or Linda Donigan, children's librarian, Bennington Free Library at 802-823-5276.


Plant sale: Presbyterian Church (on the corner of Main & Route 22). Noon to dark, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Cambridge Museum.

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!


Big Truck Night Carnival: Shaftsbury Elementary School 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 p.m. This rain or shine event is sponsored by the Shaftsbury Parent Teacher Organization. There will be big trucks, food, games, and prizes. A wide variety of trucks will be on hand.

Saturday, May 21


Craft fair and bazzar: Bennington Moose Family Center at 916 Main Street, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors welcomed. Tables are $10 each. For more information, please call Helen Dicranian at 802-949-7017 or cell 802-379-8124.

Funky Adaptive Bike Day: Holden-Loenard Mill on Benmont Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to try out alternative bikes designed for people with disabilities. Everyone welcome. Free. Please wear closed-toed shoes (no sandals or flip-flops) and bring a helmet if you have one. Sponsored by Bart Adaptive Sports Center and VCIL. For more info: Joe Hurley, Bart Adaptive Sports 802-384-4032, or Lynn Mazza 802-442-1876,


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, May 22


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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