Community Calendar This Week

Monday October 1, 2012

Monday, Oct. 1

Young at Heart Seniors luncheon

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The Young at Heart Seniors of North Bennington invite all area seniors to their senior luncheon at Kevin’s, wotj 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. seatings. Contact Gail Boutin at 447-6210 to reserve seats. Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Senior Center activities for today will include oil painting from 9 a.m. to noon; walking aerobics from 10 to 11 a.m.; bridge/cards from 1 to 4 p.m.; and belly dance from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Bingo at Elks lodge

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Elks will hosts bingo. There will be a $1,000 jackpot and 31 games for $13. Food service will be available. Doors open 5:30 p.m. and bingo starts at 7 p.m. The Bennington Elks is located at 125 Washington Ave.

Bennington Free Clinic Monday hours

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Clinic has added Monday hours, in addition to its Thursday schedule. It will be open from 10 a.m. to noon at the First Baptist Church, at 601 Main St. Call for an appointment, 447-3700. Drop-ins will not be seen.

Graduate school fair at SVC

BENNINGTON -- Southern Vermont College will host a graduate school fair today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Everett Mansion on campus. Representatives from more than 18 graduate and professional schools will attend. The public is invited to this event.

For more information on the event, contact Denise Spencer, director of career development, at 802-447-4631 or e-mail

October Raspberry Rewards

SALEM, NY -- Gardenworks is sharing its fall raspberry crop with its annual pick and share program. Beginning Oct. 1, visitors can pick raspberries and leave half at Gardenworks and take home the other half for free. Hours for raspberry picking are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 2

Bennington Lions Board meeting

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Lions Club will hold its October Board of Directors meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. in the TD Bank Conference Room. The plans for the club’s upcoming Harvest

Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the First Baptist Church in Bennington will be finalized and all members are welcome at this meeting.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Senior Center activities will include bone builders from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The Help Weight Group weigh-in will be held at 4:30 p.m.; meeting starts at 5 p.m. sharp. A trip to Saratoga Apple and Golden Corral from run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Senior Center activities will include bone builders from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The Help Weight Group weigh-in will be held at 4:30 p.m.; meeting starts at 5 p.m. sharp. A trip to Saratoga Apple and Golden Corral from run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Story hours at library

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Free Library holds story hours geared towards the younger crowd on Tuesdays.

"Baby Rhyme Tyme" for infants 4 months to 18 months will be held upstairs in the Rotary meeting room from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Use the night entrance next to the book drop.

"Story Rhythms," an active story hour for children 18 months to 36 months, will also be held from 10:30 to 11 a.m. upstairs in the Rotary meeting room. For more information, call Linda or Chris at 802-442-9051.

Wednesday, Oct. 3

Moose Lodge bingo

BENNINGTON -- Bingo is held at the Bennington Moose Lodge every Wednesday. Doors open at 5 p.m., and food will be available. There will be a $500 "Red Special."

At the Senior Center

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Senior Center activities for Wednesday, will include a visit from Vermont Associates deom 9:30 a.m. to noon. The Movie from 1 to 3 will be "Grumpy Old Men." Zumba Gold will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Pre-school story hour

BENNINGTON -- A pre-school story hour will be held from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. for children 3 to 5 upstairs in the Rotary Meeting Room at Bennington Free Library. Children will explore the world of literature through stories, songs, movement, math, science and art. For more information, call Linda or Chris at 442-9051.

Battenkill Grange meets

ARLINGTON -- Battenkill Grange will meet at 7 p.m. This will be a planning meeting for programs for the next two years. The Oct. 21 breakfast also will be planned. Refreshments will be served.

Lecture on the work of Willa Cather

MANCHESTER -- Amherst College professor Michele Barale will explore the work of novelist Willa Cather in a talk at First Congregational Church in Manchester. Her talk, "Willa Cather’s Prairie Landscapes," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and takes place at 7 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public.

Thursday, Oct. 4

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Senior Center activities will include bone builders from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; quilting from 1 to 3 p.m.; beginning belly dance from 5 to 7:30 p.m.; and a "Mystery Ride" from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bennington Free Clinic

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Clinic is held each Thursday starting at 6 p.m. This clinic is for uninsured people 18 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 447-3700 for an appointment to be seen.

Legislative candidate forum

BENNINGTON -- The six candidates for State Representative from Bennington Districts 2-1 and 2-2 have been invited to take part in a Candidate Forum at the Bennington Fire House, 130 River St., third floor, at 7 p.m. The forum, sponsored by the American Association of University Women, will be cablecast by CAT-TV.

Bingo at Pownal Legion post

POWNAL -- Pownal American Legion Post No. 90 offers bingo every Thursday evening. Doors and concession open at 5 p.m. There will be 30 games including three progressive jackpots, door prizes, raffles, and family fun.

Vt. Yankee decomissioning discussion

MANCHESTER CENTER -- A panel discussion titled "Decommissioning: A Future Without Vermont Yankee," will be held at 7 p.m. at the Northshire Books, 4869 Main St. The panel will feature Deb Katz, executive director of the Citizens Awareness Network; Chris Williams, Vermont Citizens Awareness Network; Bob Stannard, peoples’ lobbyist Vermont Citizens Action Network.

Learn more about the current status of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in Vernon,: the lawsuits and appeals, the Public Service Board process; public engagement and the inevitable nuclear power plant decommissioning. The discussion is eree and open to the public.

Aviation and Aerospace Association event

BENNINGTON -- The Vermont Chamber’s Aerospace and Aviation Association will hold an event on "Supply Chain Opportunities in Composites for Aerospace, Aviation, Defense and Naval."

The event will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. at William H. Morse State Airport, 1563 Walloomsac Road, Bennington. For more infromation, call Sandra Young, aviation coordinator, Vermont Agency of Transportation, aviation program, at 802-310-0112.

Cambridge Jr./Sr. High School open house

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Parents and community members are invited to attend an open house for grades 7 to 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cambridge Central School. The activity agenda includes a short introduction by the administrators and an opportunity for visitors to take part in a mini-school day by following a student’s schedule through a series of seven minute periods. Teachers will give a short description of their courses and take questions in their classroom. Teacher appointment books will be open for parents who would like to meet at a later date with the teacher to discuss individual students.

Final market day

in Manchester

MANCHESTER -- This Thursday is the finale of the Manchester Farmers Market’s 11th year. It will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. at Adams Park, on Route 7A. Parking provided by Gringo Jack’s Restaurant. For more information or directions, contact:

Blessing of the animals

ARLINGTON -- St. James’ Episcopal Church announces its annual observance of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi and the Blessing of the Animals at 4 p.m.. If the weather permits, the service will take place on the church lawn. If not, it will be held in the church.

All pets are welcome. Dogs must be leashed, please. Cats, birds and other pets must be suitably contained and under owner’s control at all times. The service recognizes the ideals of St. Francis of Assisi, who wrote a "Canticle of the Creatures," an ode to God’s living things.

Friday, Oct. 5

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Senior Center activities will include ceramics from 9 to 11 a.m.; oil painting from 9 a.m. to noon; and bingo from 1 to 3 p.m.

Movie night

at Fisher Elementary

ARLINGTON -- Fisher Connections Afterschool is hosting a movie nightat 6:30 p.m. on the Fisher lawn (or in case of inclement weather the Mack Multi-purpose Room).

Admission is free and snacks will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the Fisher Afterschool program. The two movies scheduled to be shown are: "It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!" and Tim Burton’s "The Night Before Christmas." Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, contact Fisher Connections Afterschool director Tai King at or 375-6409.

Fall tag sale at First Baptist

BENNINGTON -- The First Baptist Church of Bennington will hold a fall tag sale on Friday and Saturday. The tag sale will be held on Friday, Oct. 5, from 3 to 6 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The tag sale features a wide variety of items (fall and winter clothing, household goods, children’s toys, books, etc.). All proceeds benefit the work of the American Baptist Women’s Ministries. For more information, contact the church office at 802-442-2105 or First Baptist is located at 601 Main St.

Saturday, Oct. 6

German dinner to benefit children, Food and Fuel Fund

BENNINGTON -- Redeemer Lutheran Church will hold its annual Fall German Dinner at the Elks Lodge on Washington Avenue. For the fourth year in a row, all proceeds will be donated to Warm the Children and the Emergency Food and Fuel Fund.

The buffet-style menu includes home-made sauerbraten, spaetzle, potato pancakes, German potato salad, sauerkraut, knockwurst, bratwurst, red cabbage, carrots, apple sauce, bread, apple cider and coffee and Black Forest cake for dessert. Tickets are $15 for adults/$7 for children under 12. Take-out is available for $10/container. The dinner will feature two seatings, 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and reservations are needed. Call 802-442-8423 to leave your name, phone number, number of people in your party and preferred seating time.

Hazardous waste collection day

SHAFTSBURY -- A free household hazardous waste collection day for the towns of Shaftsbury, Stamford and Pownal will be held from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Shaftsbury Solid Waste Facility on 536 North Road.

Cora B. Whitney tag sale

BENNINGTON -- The Cora B. Whitney senior facility will hold a tag sale from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 814 Gage St. A variety of items and an assortment of homemade baked goods will be sold. No early birds.

Bingo at Masonic Lodge

BENNINGTON -- The Masonic lodge, 504 Main St., hosts bingo every Saturday at 6:30 p.m., except major holidays. Doors open at 5 p.m. Snacks and beverages will be available.

Knights of Columbus tag sale

CAMBRIDGE. N.Y. -- Knights of Columbus Council 10917 will hold its annual tag sale at Saint Patrick’s Church, 17 South Park St. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vendors are welcome for $10 per space. For more information or to reserve a space, call Phil at 518-677-2414 or the Church at 518-677-2757.

Defensive Driving Course offered

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Northeast New York Safety and Health Council will sponsor its Defensive Driving Course at the Hoosick Falls Health Center, on Danforth Street, beginning at 8:30 a.m. promptly.

Successful completion of this class allows for 10 percent insurance reduction on collision and liability for three years, as well as reduces four points from one’s driver’s license on points acquired in the prior 18 months. The course fills up quickly, so register early by calling 518-686-4854.

Cambridge Valley Apple Festival

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- The 4th Annual Cambridge Valley Apple Festival, organized by the Cambridge Valley Chamber of Commerce, is set for Oct. 6. This year’s event will include apple pie contests, games, crafts, food, vendors, music, a community-wide tag sale, and sidewalk sales. Everyone is invited

to join the fun in Railroad Park (next to the Cambridge Hotel) and in the Historic Cambridge Freight Yard (behind Hubbard Hall). These adjacent parks are accessible from Main Street (Route 372), Washington Street and Broad Street.

For more information and latest updates, visit or visit the Cambridge Valley Chamber of Commerce page on Facebook,

’A Night in Italy’ at St. James

ARLINGTON -- St. James’ Episcopal Church invites the public to attend A Night in Italy at either 5 or 7 p.m. Relax and enjoy a three-course served meal featuring an antipasto platter; bread with oil; chicken piccata with angel hair pasta, salad; tiramisu; coffee, tea and sparkling water. Seatings are at 5 and 7 p.m. The cost is $20 per person ($10 for children 12 and under). Seating is limited so reservations are strongly suggested.

Call 802-375-9952 for tickets, or purchase them at the door. This is a benefit event; all proceeds support St. James’ and its activities for the church and the greater community.

New book sale room

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Cheney Library staff and volunteers have been working hard to create a room to be used just for the monthly book sales. Oct. 6 will be the first book sale in the new room. There is a lot more room to browse in, so there are a lot more books on the shelves. The book sale is held each month on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cheney Library is open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1 to 8 p.m.; Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Giant clothing sale aids food pantry

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- A giant used and new clothing sale will be held at the St. Elizabeth of Hungary parish center (across from MASS MoCA), from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Friendship Center Food Pantry.

Opening at Harrison Gallery

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Harrison Gallery will present a solo exhibition of paintings by Jamie Young from Oct. 6 to 31. Young’s paintings are described as "exuberant, translations of nature’s energy put on canvas with unrestrained passion, with thick paint, quick brushstrokes and a true eye." An opening reception with the artist will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. and is open to the public. The Harrison Gallery is located at 39 Spring St.

Sunday, Oct. 7

Bingo in Bennington

BENNINGTON -- American Legion Post 13, 225 Northside Drive, will host bingo. Doors open at 5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. No one under 14 will be admitted.

Church holds fall bazaar and kids fair

ADAMS, Mass. -- The Parish of Pope John Paul the Great will hold its annual fall bazaar and kid’s fair at the Notre Dame school from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Many things to do and ethnic foods. Take-out available.

Zion Church Blessing of the Animals

MANCHESTER CENTER -- Zion Episcopal Church, Manchester Center, invites the community to the annual Blessing of the Animals at 10 a.m.

The animals will be blessed outdoors and then may be returned to cars and the 10 a.m. Family Service will continue in the church. Keep all dogs on leashes, cats in carriers and all animals under control. Toy animals are welcome to receive a blessing as well. Zion Church is located at 5167 Main St. between Gringo Jack’s and Ye Olde Tavern.

For more information contact Zion at 802-362-1987 or

Adams Columbus Day weekend Ramblefest

ADAMS, Mass. -- Ramblefest will be held on Sunday, Oct. 7, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Adams Visitors Center on Hoosac Street in Adams. The free festival will feature two bands - Whiskey City and Northshire String Band. The rain date for Ramblefest will be Monday, Oct. 8. The 45th Annual Greylock Ramble takes place on Monday, Oct. 8, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. along the Cheshire Harbor Trail to the Summit of Mount Greylock.


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