Community Calendar


Monday, Aug. 4

Guide dog discussion

WEST ARLINGTON -- Battenkill Grange NO. 487 will have Eric Caron with his guide dog at the Pavilion in West Arlington at 6:30 p.m. to speak and demonstrate the value a guide dog is to a person without sight.

Caron has been a Guidance Counselor for 23 years, the last 14 at MAUHS. Join him for a brief discussion about the bond, communication and training that makes the magic happen between a guide dog and its blind handler. Bring a chair and enjoy ice cream sundaes.

FreshTracks Capital Road Pitch

MANCHESTER -- For the first time, the Northshire and Bennington Young Professionals are joining together to support and promote economic development within Bennington County through entrepreneurship. Attendance is encouraged and necessary at the opening night of freshTracks Capital Road Pitch, featuring business bikers on the "search for the best and brightest entrepreneurs." Networking and heavy hors d'oeuvres at 5:30 p.m. at the Wilburton Inn. RSVP and more information at

Young at Heart Seniors' Luncheon

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The Young at Heart Seniors Luncheon at Kevin's will be held, with 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. seatings. Call Gail Boutin to reserve seats at 802-447-6210. Luncheons are the first Monday each month.

Bennington Free Clinic Monday hours

BENNINGTON -- 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

BENNINGTON -- Every Monday, the Bennington Elks hosts bingo. 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. The Bennington Elks is at 125 Washington Ave.

Chemistry program for kids

GRAFTON, N.Y. -- Grafton Community Library presents Ready, Set, Reaction! Chemistry Program for Kids on Monday, August 4 at 10 a.m. Grafton Community Library will present an exciting, free program at the Grafton VFW Firehall that will give kids a chance to learn all about physical and chemical reactions while getting hands on with chemistry. What is a reaction? Kids will find out as they blow up balloons, create rockets out of film canisters and heat things up. The program will be led by experts from the CNSE Children's Museum of Science and Technology and is geared for ages 7 and up. For more information and to find out about all the other summer offerings at Grafton Community Library, contact the library at 518-279-0580 or visit

Tuesday, Aug. 5

Eagle Project fundraiser

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Reid Crobok of Boy Scout Troop 65 is working on an eagle project: A fundraiser for the Hoosick Area Church Association food pantry. Bring cans or a cash donation to Can-A-Palooza at Wood Park at 7 p.m., featuring Three's Harmony.

Bingo Tuesdays at Bennington Moose

BENNINGTON -- Bingo is held Tuesdays at the Bennington Moose Lodge. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Story time at Cheney Library

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Cheney Library will holda story time for preschoolers and their caregivers at 10 a.m. Several of the classic tales and songs will be shared. There will be crafts and snacks. Plan to come with your preschool child; it will be lots of fun for both of you.

Overeaters Anonymous meeting

BENNINGTON -- Overeaters Anonymous meets on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St.

Bereavement support group

BENNINGTON -- A weekly adult grief support for those who have lost a loved one is held every Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Vermont Veterans Home on North Street. For more information, call VNA & Hospice of SVHC at 802-442-5502.

Codependents Anonymous meets

BENNINGTON -- Codependents Anonymous meets at Turning Point Club, 465 Main St. Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m.

Meditation for Everyone sessions

BENNINGTON --Meditation for Everyone sessions are held Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m. at The Bennington Free Library. There is a $1 requested contribution if possible.

Beginning and experienced meditators are welcome. Chairs available. If you wish to sit on a cushion, bring one. Sessions facilitated by: Randy Anselmo, Maggie Bernstein, John Hearst, Natasha Judson, Eve Pearce and Jane Schaeffer. For more info call 802-447-0393 or contact

Loss of child grief support group

BENNINGTON -- A confidential and free grief support group for any parent living with a loss of a child (any age), due to a death is held. This group meets every first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m., at the Second Congregational Church on Hillside Street. For information, call 802-688-4557.

E-Textiles for kids at library

BENNINGTON -- An E-Textiles program will be held at the Bennington Free Library. Sew LEDs into fabric and build simple circuits sewing with conductive thread. Participants will be introduced to the possibilities of embedding computational and electronic elements into wearables and home furnishings. This workshop will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. for preregistered fifth through eighth graders.

Wednesday, Aug. 6

Rally Dogs 101 class

MANCHESTER -- Come to the Mark Skinner Library at 5 p.m. for Rally Dogs 101. Learn about the canine sport of rally obedience, a fun and upbeat way to train, connect and compete with your dog. Olive, a Jack Russell Terrier, and company will perform live demonstrations of rally exercises ranging from novice to excellent. Mark Skinner Library is located at 48 West Road. Space is limited; preregistration is required. For more information or to sign up for this free program, call the library at 802-362-2607 or email (Leave your own canine companions at home for this event.)

GunSenseVT meeting

BENNINGTON -- Come to Bennington Free Library from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for an informational meeting by GunSenseVT. Details at

Another Story Lab with Ms. H20

BENNINGTON -- Come to the Bennington Free Library for Story Lab with Ms. H20. Be a super scientist; experiment and explore different science principles with Ms. H20 as your guide. Story time is for 3 to 6 year olds, parents and caregivers at 10:30 a.m. in the Rotary Room.

Thursday, Aug. 7

Pownal Legion bingo

POWNAL -- American Legion Post No. 90 in Pownal holds bingo on Thursdays. Doors open at 5 p.m., bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. promptly. A snack bar will be available. There will be a cookie jar and progressive games. Everyone is invited to attend.

Bennington Free Clinic hours

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Clinic is held each Thursday starting at 6 p.m. This clinic is for uninsured people 18 years of age or older, who would otherwise fall through the cracks of our fractured health care system. It is located in the First Baptist Church at 601 Main St. Call 802-447-3700 for an appointment to be seen.

North Bennington food shelf hours

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The Food Shelf at the North Bennington Baptist Church is open every Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Meditation and Shambhala class

NORTH BENNINGTON -- Tibetan Buddhist Meditation and Shambhala teachings will be offered by Maggie Bernstein, a retired psychologist, on the first and third Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the "Left Bank" at 5 Bank St. For more info, call 802-447-7065.

Greenwich Library book sale

GREENWICH, N.Y. -- On Thursday, August 7, the Friends of the Greenwich Library's First Thursday Boomerang Book store in the Basement will be open for business from 4 until 7:30 p.m. Come and pour over the thousands of new and like-new books on the shelves. New material arrives every day by the boatload, and materials that haven't sold are routinely rotated out and recycled, making every monthly sale a different experience.

The August Special is a "Make-Your-Own Series" Sale. Fill a bag with books with red covers; fill a box with Nancy Drew. Stack a tower of titles that start with "R." If you can make a compelling case for why your collection of at least 15 books is a Legitimate Series, you can have it for 33 percent off the usual price. All proceeds from First Thursday Boomerang Sales go toward library programs and materials.

Sounds of the Summer Night at Sheep Hill

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation invites you to Sheep Hill on Thursday, August 7 at 8:30 p.m. to learn more about the fascinating world of grasshoppers, crickets, katydids and other night-singing insects. Bring a flashlight and shoes suitable for damp and possibly mud conditions.

The program is free and suitable for all ages. Rain date is August 14.

Owls and raptors at Mark Skinner Library

MANCHESTER -- Come to the library on Thursday, August 7 at 10:30 a.m. and meet live owls and raptors from the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum. This program is free and open to the public. Children must be accompanied and supervised by adult caregivers. The library is located at 48 West Road.

Bennington Free Library activities

BENNINGTON -- Join us for Fizz, Boom, Create! Thursdays. This is a hands-on workshop for 6-12 year olds at 2 p.m. in the Rotary Room. Preregistration is required.

Friday, Aug. 8

Blue Flames concert

WESTON -- Weston's Farrar Park Association, otherwise known as "The Ladies of the Green," is celebrating it 128th anniversary this year by presenting the fourth annual "Concert by the Blue Flames and Picnic on the Green" on Friday, Aug. 8, from 5-7 p.m.

The "Ladies of the Green" invite everyone to bring a picnic and enjoy enchanting live music by The Blue Flames steel band.

The welcoming area in the center of the village, now known as the Weston Green, was originally a pastoral frog pond. Subsequently it became a swamp, littered with tannery refuse. In 1886, before women were allowed to vote, the Vermont Legislature appointed nine women whose properties abutted, or were in proximity to, the Green to become the legal Trustees -- caretakers -- and to rescue the then despoiled place and convert it into a charming park, which they did.

For more than 125 years this self-perpetuating board of nine female trustees has overseen the care and improvement of this unique parcel of land, which was deeded to the Farrar Park Association by the Farrar family and incorporated by the original nine. It is still owned and maintained, not by the town of Weston, but by its Board, which still includes descendants of the original nine founders.

The "Ladies of the Green" wish to acknowledge the "Blue Flames" for their continuing participation in this event, which generates good will and support to maintain the Weston Green and a spirit of community among all who attend.

Nibbles and refreshments will be available thanks to local businesses and friends. Boxed suppers will be supplied by local restaurants, inns and food vendors -- or you may bring your own. There is no cost to attend Friday's performance, though donations to assist the "Ladies" preserve the Green are appreciated. For more information, call 802-824-3669 or visit

VAE 20th anniversary concert

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The Vermont Arts Exchange (VAE) is excited to welcome the Defibulators to perform at the Lake Paran Pavilion on Friday, August 8 starting at 8 p.m. The pavilion will open at 6 p.m. for ticket sales, libation and the old fashion cookout. Defibulators starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door, $10 for students, children under 10 free. This concert is part of a month-long celebration of VAE turning 20 years old.

Libations by Thyme Tables Catering.

Satuday, Aug. 9

Ladies Invitational golf tournament

BENNINGTON -- Mt. Anthony Country Club's Ladies Invitational Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, August 9, with breakfast, a shotgun start of 8:30 a.m. and a luncheon and awards to follow. It's a great tournament, invite a friend and join the tournament. To download the registration form, visit us online at

Ninth annual Rock, Rattle and Drum pow-wow

ADAMS, Mass. -- The 9th annual Rock, Rattle and Drum pow wow will take place August 9 and 10 at Bowe Field, Adams Agricultural Fairgrounds. Tickets are available at the gate for $8 per adult, $5 for seniors and children 11-17. Children 10 and under are free. Tickets available in advance at 413-443-2481. After nine years of celebratory dance, song and drumming, this years pow wow will explode in another weekend of American Indian music, dance, education, entertainment, arts and crafts vendors and cultural festivities. The theme this year is "Living in Harmony, Fulfilling our destiny." Everyone, native and non-native, is welcome. This special event is about building and celebrating community and respecting the culture, history, and the traditions of our First Nations People. A portion of the proceeds are being distributed to the Adams Lions, Eve's Fund and One Spirit/ Please bring canned food for local food pantry.

Family fun day

NORTH BENNINGTON -- Come spend a fun Saturday at the farm with horses, a gourmet food buffet, live music, and good company. Family fun day will take place Saturday, Aug. 9, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will be open to everybody and will feature a gourmet lunch buffet with local food from the Blue Benn Diner, Publyk House, Mighty Food Farm, Crazy Russian Girls, Al Ducci's, Bennington Station, Polymeadows Farm, True Love Farm, and others; live music by the Hale Mountain Pickers; pony rides; face painting; a photo booth; horse shoe games; and more. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-16. Get tickets by calling 802-442-5454 or email: MasterCard and Visa are accepted! All proceeds go to Gallop To Success, a 501c3 nonprofit organization serving at-risk youth through horses and farm experiences. See for directions.

MPR novice triathlon

MANCHESTER -- On Saturday, Aug. 9, Manchester Parks and Recreation will be hosting our 4th annual novice triathlon. The triathlon will include a 200-yard swim, a 5-mile bike ride, and a 2-mile run. The cost is $20 preregistered or $25 for registration on the day of the event. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the event will begin at 9 a.m. at the Manchester Parks and Recreation Pool House. Winners will receive prizes, and all participants will receive a free T-shirt. For more information, call 802-362-1439.

Clam bake

ARLINGTON -- American Legion Post #69 Arlington Annual Clam Bake begins at noon. Tickets are $30 each and include a raw bar, hamburgers and dogs and sausages.

Dinner is served at 4 p.m. and includes: BBQ chicken, salads, rolls, corn on the cob. Come join us for a fun afternoon. Call 802-375-6157 for more information.

Tag sale fundraiser

ADAMS, Mass. -- St. John Paul II Parish will hold their annual two-day Tag Sale fundraising event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the lower hall of Notre Dame School. This year's tag sale is huge with thousands of items and books all priced to move. This event will take place rain or shine.

19th Annual Clam Feed

POWNAL -- The 19th Annual Clam Feed will be held at the American Legion Pownal Post 90 on Saturday, August 9. It will begin at noon and run until 6 p.m.

There will be clams, chowder, chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, and hot Sausage. Beverages also available. There will be games of chance. No one under 21 years of age.

Tickets are $30 per person and on sale now at Winchesters Store, Tuesday-Sunday on Route 7, and are also available at the Legion on Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m.-10 p.m.

For further information, please call: 802-823-5060 or 802-823-5016.

Thanks again for helping with our fundraiser for Veterans.

Yoga Nidra workshop

BENNINGTON -- The Yoga Place is offering a Yoga Nidra workshop on Saturday, August 9, 9-11 a.m. at 532 Main St.

Yoga Nidra is a form of meditative self-inquiry from the teachings of yoga. It promotes deep physical, emotional and mental relaxation and healing. Regular practice not only helps resolve stress, insomnia, anxiety and depression, but can bring about profound personal transformation.

Susan Beal, who will facilitate the workshop, has had a meditation practice for 35 years and has studied many forms of meditation and spiritual practice in that time.

The cost of the workshop is $15 prepaid registration by August 7 or $20 at the door. To register or for more information, 802-447-0393 or

Norman's Attic

ARLINGTON -- On Saturday, August 9, St. James' Episcopal Church again presents the community-wide festival of Norman's Attic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 55 vendors from all over New England will be present, rain or shine, with a wide variety of unique items, gifts, crafts and collectibles. You'll find woven items, pottery, art, jewelry, china, linens, antiques, dried flowers, home-made jams, knitwear, children's activities, and much more. The Crossover Cloggers are scheduled to perform at 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Daniel Frank, director of Music at St. James', will also provide on site outdoor entertainment with a variety of musical selections at different times during the day.

There will be a great array of delicious foods, including the justly famous St. James' Grill and the very popular homemade wraps and salad booth. Finish up your meal with a delicious dessert and don't forget to make your take-home selection from the other baked goods available.

There will be printed self-guided tours of the historic St. James' cemetery and the church itself. Parishioners will be helping answer visitors' questions as well. Established in 1764, this year St. James is celebrating its 250th anniversary as a community of faith and worship.

It's an event for the whole family and people of all ages. You are most cordially invited to come and join the fun. For more information, contact the St. James' Parish Office at 802-375-9952 or Visit our website at

Chicken Barbecue and tag sale

EAST ARLINGTON -- On Norman's Attic Saturday, August 9, bring your appetite to the Chicken Barbecue to be held on the lawn across from the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road from noon to 2 p.m. The menu for this meal that sold out last year includes barbecue chicken, corn on the cob, coleslaw, cookies, ice tea and lemonade. Tickets are $12 at the door or $11 advance purchase. To get your tickets, phone the church office at 802-375-2548. There will also be a large church-wide tag sale on that same day, Aug. 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Methodist Church Building on the corner of Ice Pond Road and Pleasant Street with many household items, antiques, books and other treasures for sale. Both events will happen rain or shine.

Sunday, Aug. 10

Run for the Roses 5k

GRAFTON, N.Y. -- Registration is now open for the 29th Annual Run for the Roses 5k Foot Race to be held on Sunday, August 10 at Grafton Lakes State Park. The event benefits Grafton Community Library, and includes a 2.5 Mile Nature Walk and Kids' 1 Mile Fun Run in addition to the USATF sanctioned 5k race.

Preregistration deadline for reduced entry fee is August 5. The Nature Walk steps off at 8 a.m., reduced entry fee is $10, day of race is $15. The 5k starts at 9 a.m., reduced entry fee is $20, day of race $25. Fun Run at 10 a.m., $8 preregistered, day of race, $10.

The first 100 pre-registered 5k runners will receive a long sleeve T-shirt. Short sleeve tees given to all other pre-registered participants. All participants receive a free book and a rose.

Register online at or download application from Race applications are also available at Grafton Lakes State Park Office, 518-279-1155, and at the Grafton Community Library at 2455 NY Route 2.

Concerts at the Carriage Barn

NORTH BENNINGTON -- August 10 at 4 p.m. ‘Crossing Boarders' concert No. 2. ‘Celebrating Quarts and Quints.' The second of two concerts in our "Crossing Borders" mini-series in collaboration with Music from Salem. After its Hubbard Hall performance (August 9), the concert will be encored at the Carriage Barn. The program includes string quartets by Glazunov and Mozart, and piano quintets by Faure and Thomas Oboe Lee. Performers include Marcus Placci an Sarah Kim (violins), Lila Brown (viola), Ronald Lowry (cello) and Delores Stevens (piano). $20.

Organ recital

BENNINGTON -- Donald McMahon will perform a recital at the estey-Resig organ at Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church, 238 West Main St. The organ, an instrument of some 1,438 pipes, will sparkle and resound throughout the church with the music of Bach, Couperin, Frescobaldi, Locklair and others. There is no admission charge. All facilities are accessible to those with special needs, and parking is available.

Restorative Yoga workshop

BENNINGTON -- Come to a Restorative Yoga Workshop on Sunday, August 10 from 5:30-7 p.m. at 532 Main St.

Restorative yoga is a passive form of yoga in which bolsters, blankets and other props are used to facilitate fully supported poses for total body healing in conscious and purposeful rest. It is great practice for the overactive mind and/or body and for healing old injuries by guiding one to a place of deep relaxation and letting go.

Facilitated by Laura Nash at the Yoga Place, the fee is $18 prepaid by August 4 or $25 at the door. To register or for more information, call 802-447-0393 or visit

Legion bingo

BENNINGTON -- 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.

CrossFit Basics class

BENNINGTON -- Bennington CrossFit runs CrossFit Basics every Sunday at both 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. CrossFit Basics is a completely free class, which is open to the public. In this class, we introduce you to the CrossFit methodology in a manner that is ideal for someone brand new to CrossFit.

Our primary focus in this class is for the participants to learn proper form and technique, while finishing each class with a short, high intensity workout. Like any of our other classes, any aspect of this class can be modified to accommodate all levels of fitness. For more information, call 802-681-7350.


Town of Bennington Project List

BENNINGTON -- On Monday, Aug. 4, Wastewater crews will be rebuilding a manhole on Safford Street; road will be closed between Gage Street and County Street.

On Tuesday, Aug. 5, Wastewater crews will be rebuilding a manhole on Bradford Street; road will be closed between Gage Street and Coolidge Avenue.

On Wednesday, Aug. 6, Wastewater crews will be rebuilding a manhole on Bradford Street; road will be closed between Gage Street and Coolidge Avenue.

On Thursday, Aug. 7, Wastewater crews will be rebuilding a manhole on Stark Street; road will have one lane closed; please use caution and reduced speed in work area.

Monday through Friday, water crews will be replacing water services on Bradford Street between Gage Street and County Streets. Most of this work will require that Bradford Street be closed to through traffic within the work area block between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Signs will be posted off Bradford Street at Gage Street and County Streets for detours.

Monday through Friday, the Highway crews will be working on Safford Street and Bradford Street all week. The streets will be closed to all through traffic when the crews work in this area. A crew will be working on Stark Street rebuilding storm drains. Men and equipment will be on shoulder of the street. Please use caution.


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