Community Calendar This Week


Monday, Aug. 11

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 located at 125 Washington Ave.

’Citizen Koch’ screening

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Come watch and discuss "Citizen Koch" with filmmaker and experts at 7 p.m. at Images Cinema.

Tuesday, Aug. 12

Bingo Tuesdays at Moose Lodge

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

Story time at Cheney Library

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Cheney Library will host story time for preschoolers and their caregivers on Tuesdays 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., on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m.

Meditation for Everyone sessions

BENNINGTON -- Meditation for Everyone sessions are held on 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

Taconic Community Grange No 491 meeting

SHAFTSBURY -- Taconic Community Grange No 491 meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Grange Hall on Grange Road, next to the Shaftsbury Head Start building. Meetings begin at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 13

Varsity student athlete and parents night

ARLINGTON -- The Athletic Office at Arlington Memorial High School will host an informational meeting for varsity student-athletes and their families from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Mack Performing Arts Center. All students entering grades 9 to 12 who are interested in playing a varsity sport this year should plan to attend the meeting. Arlington Memorial Athletic Director Tim Stewart will discuss the fall sports season and distribute Student Athlete and Parent Handbooks.

Fall coaches will meet with players to discuss practice times and schedules. For more information, contact Stewart at or 802-375.2589, ext. 137.

Intuitive healer and medical clairvoyant

NORTH ADAMSs, Mass. -- Eat to Total Health welcomes Sage Perretta of Healing With Sage, she is an intuitive healer and medical clairvoyant. She will be talking about the importance of mind, body and soul connection. In order to live your happiest, healthiest life all three must be in alignment. She will give us insight into this process. The talk will be held Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at 14 Ashland St. Cost is $10 and seats are limited so you should pre-register. Call 413-329-4710 or email to register.

Mad Scientist Bash

at Free Library

BENNINGTON -- A Mad Scientist Bash, a special event to celebrate kids’ reading efforts, will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the library. Strap on your safety glasses, button up your lab coat and celebrate with crafts, activities and snacks. Reading certificates will be awarded.

Chartered Bus Trip

to the NYS Fair

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Join the Hoosick Falls Central School Jazz Band on a trip to the New York State Fair on Aug. 27.

For $40 per person, you will receive a round trip chartered bus seat, driver gratuity, and pass into the fair. There are many free concerts and entertainment to see while at the fair. The jazz band will be playing at 2 p.m. in the Empire Theater, located inside the Art & Home Center, as well as playing in the hometown parade, which starts at 6 p.m.

If you sign up to be a jazz band "groupie" you will save on gas, tolls, parking fees and just be a part of the group. The bus will leave HFCS at 7:45 a.m. and will arrive back by 11 p.m. Call Joyce Brewer at 518-258-5772 or email at to reserve your seat by Aug. 13.

Thursday, Aug. 14

Williams’ Open Lab weekend

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College Summer Theatre Lab concludes its 10th anniversary season with Open Lab weekend. This three-day festival of showcases and performances is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 14 to Sunday, Aug. 16 and will be held in the CenterStage of the ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance (1000 Main St.) Admission to all performances is free and open to the public.

At 8 p.m. on Aug. 14 the Lab will present "Go That Way" by Amanda Keating ‘12. "Go That Way" chronicles the cross-country journey of three siblings coping with the aftermath of their mother’s death. Thursday’s performance will immediately be followed by an opening night reception at the CenterStage. At 8 p.m. on Aug. 15 the Lab will present another performance of "Go That Way" followed by a Q-and-A panel with playwright Amanda Keating.

At 11 a.m. on Aug. 16 the Lab will host a Williams in the Performing Arts Panel featuring discussions with guest artists and notable Williams alumni in the performing arts industry. At 2 p.m. the Lab will present a showcase of original works featuring short plays and one-acts conceived by the 2014 Company during playwriting and ensemble-building workshops. From 7 to 10 p.m., the Lab will conclude its 2014 season with a 10th anniversary gala and cabaret. Commemorating works from past and present, the 10th Anniversary Cabaret celebrates the original work of former Lab participants alongside the accomplishments of the 2014 Company. Drinks and appetizers begin at 7, and the show begins at 8. Admission to the gala/reception is $20 for adults and $10 for current students and recent alumni (graduates within the last five years). This admission price includes food, drinks and priority seating at the cabaret. General admission to the cabaret is free.

Pownal Legion bingo

POWNAL -- The American Legion Post 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. Cookie jar and progressive games will be held. 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.

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.

Blood drive at Veterans’ Home

BENNINGTON -- The Vermont Veterans’ Home is hosting the American Red Cross Blood Drive from 1 to 6 p.m. Register at

or call 800-RED-CROSS. Walk-ins are welcome; however those with appointments will be seen at the time scheduled.

Book signing of ‘Along

the Battenkill’

SHUSHAN, N.Y. -- The Georgi on the Battenkill will be hosting a book release and signing of "Along the Battenkill" by William A. Cormier, part of the Images of America Series at 7 p.m. in the Battenkill Community Room. Author Al Cormier will present his collection of historic photos from the communities surrounding the Battenkill River, selling and signing his new book. Contributing photographers will also be present. This event is free and open to the public, and is being sponsored by the Asa Fitch Historical Society.

Friday, Aug. 15

Night walk and campfire

NORTH DORSET -- Stay up late and experience Emerald Lake State Park beneath the stars. Every Friday though Labor Day Weekend the park naturalist will present a Night Walk at 9 p.m. and a Campfire program on Saturday at 9 p.m.

During the Friday Night Walk visitors will find out how nocturnal animals live and thrive. We will walk silently like a fox, listen like a deer, and understand how owls see. During the Saturday Campfire, silly songs will be sung, traditional animal stories shared, and lots of nutty jokes cracked. Visitors will also be challenged with Vermont trivia.

The Night Walk starts by the Nature Center and you can join the Campfire Program by the day use parking lot. Look for the Campfire sandwich board sign. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Recommended age is 7 and above. All programs are free of charge, but do not include the entrance fee to the park which is $3 per adult, $2 per child. Emerald Lake State Park is located at 65 Emerald Lake Lane.

For more information about these activities or nature beach programs, free guided paddles or hikes, call 802-362-1655.

RANKS boot camp

BENNINGTON -- The Green Mountain Cadet program is looking for young high school men and women to join them this summer in their leadership training. This year’s boot camp will run August 15,16,17 at the Source Building behind MAUHS. Training will start at 1 p.m. on Friday and will include a free visit to Bennington CrossFit on Sunday.

The Green Mountain Cadet program is based on the teachings and philosophy of the U.S. military organizations. In its third year the RANKS is a high school exclusive program for young men and women that are interested in pursuing a possible career in the military. Cadet instructors are members of the military, either past or present and high school students that have gained the rank of Drill Sergeant. The Cadet Program will run as a quasi military unit with emphasis on the development of body, mind and spirit, as the key elements. Through a challenging, supportive and encouraging atmosphere, each cadet will have the opportunity to develop through personal experience, an increased level of self-confidence and self-reliance, and personal pride. This program will develop leadership qualities by recognizing excellence resulting in promotion in rank. Those that stick with the program will attain the full Cadet uniform with accompanying rank insignia. The participants will learn discipline, dedication,

motivation, responsibility and accountability.

The RANKS Boot Camp 2014 program will establish and promote a physical program that is challenging, exciting and rewarding. We will encourage and aid our cadets to test their physical, emotional and mental limits in a realistic, safe and wholesome training environment. Besides PT, the Cadet Drill Sergeants will introduce D&C, military training, team building and first aid.

There is no charge for this summer Boot Camp and breakfast and lunch are included on Saturday, breakfast only on Sunday. This program is for any male or female of high school age with an interest in the military. Permission forms will be required, as will a signed waiver and release of liability.

Sign up or request more info by calling Bob Marine at 802-733-7753 or emailing him at

Saturday, Aug. 16

Bake sale and raffle

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Caregiver Crusaders will hold a food/bake sale and raffle from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Price Chopper. All money raised goes to the Cancer Center Community Crusaders.

French Toast Fly In

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Sport Flying Club and New England Airmotive are putting together another French Toast Fly In on Saturday, Aug. 16, (Bennington Battle Day weekend) from 8 to 11 a.m. at the William Morse Memorial Airport (KDDH), 1563 Walloomsac Road.

Vermont Sponsors: Bennington Sport Flying Club, EAA Chapter #1375 New England Airmotive.

Leukemia/Lymphoma golf fundraiser

BUSKIRK, N.Y. -- There will be golf tournament in memory of Terry E. Whitney Sr. for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society "Light the Night" walk.

The tournament will be held at the Dutch Haven course, Route 67 North of Schaghticoke, N.Y. All proceeds will go to support helping to eradicate leukemia/lymphoma in our own area. The fee is $75 per person which includes golf, cart, lunch, awards and prizes.

If you’re not a golfer, it is also a family fun day. Join us for bingo and other games with prizes. Fee is $20 for lunch and an afternoon of fun. Kids are also invited to share the day with a bouncy house, face painting and putting contests. For kids 6 to 12 the fee is $10, under 6 is free.

To register, call Michele at 518-321-8323 or Sally at 518-677-2569 by Aug. 8.

Free entry to all state-owned historic sites

MONTPELIER -- The Vermont State Holiday that commemorates the victory over the British at the Battle of Bennington is also a day for Vermonters and visitors to celebrate and explore the state’s rich history. On Bennington Battle Day, Aug. 16, enjoy free admission to all eight of Vermont’s State-Owned Historic Sites. The Bennington Battle Monument comes alive with history themed festivities all weekend. At the annual Bennington Battle Living History Encampment, authentic cannons from the American Revolution will be display and fired periodically on Saturday and Sunday. The event kicks off with the annual 5k road race, followed by a kids’ fun run.

Two other Vermont State Historic Sites played important roles in the American Revolution’s story and are host to special events on Bennington Battle Day. In 1776 and 1777, American forces built Mount Independence in Orwell, now the least disturbed Revolutionary War site in America. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the site will air the short film, "Commemorating the Battle of Bennington with Howard Coffin." The Hubbardton Battlefield marks the site of the only Revolutionary War battle fought on Vermont soil. At 2 p.m., the Battlefield will host storytelling with Vermont authors Nancy Means Wright and Lee Kemsley.

Additional State Historic Sites offering free admission on Aug. 16 include: Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison, Old Constitution House in Windsor, Justin Smith Morrill Homestead in Strafford, Eureka Schoolhouse in Springfield; President Chester A. Arthur Historic Site in Fairfield, President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth Notch.

For more information, visit

Battle of Bennington


HOOSICK, N.Y. -- The Brigade of the American Revolution will host the 237th Anniversary of the Battle of Bennington on the weekend of Aug. 16 and 17 at the Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site in Hoosick, N.Y. The original battle was on Aug. 16, and since that date falls on a Saturday this year, major portions of the battle will be commemorated at the same time and close to the actual places they occurred.

Authentically attired and equipped living history enthusiasts will bring to life the pivotal actions that took place in the hamlet of Walloomsac 237 years ago. German, British and Loyalist troops as well as those representing rebel troops under General John Stark will be encamped on the grounds of the Barnett Homestead. In addition to the tactical reenactments, a full and exciting weekend of activities is scheduled. Visitors are encouraged to tour the camps and experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of 1777 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

A Remembrance Ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday to commemorate the battle. Watch history come to life as the Brigade of the American Revolution recreates this turning point in our War for Independence.

Event Schedule: All Events are held at the Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site in Hoosick, New York. Note that some activities are offered at the Barnett House on Caretaker Road while others are located at the top of the hill looking out over the historic site on the north side of Route 67.

Saturday, Aug.16: 11 a.m. Camps open to the public and Story of the Battle Exhibit opens (Barnett House, 30 Caretaker Road, Hoosick, N.Y.) Noon: Lunch. 1 p.m.: Meet the People of the Battle of Bennington (Barnett House). 1:30 p.m.: Troops participating in Nichols’ Flanking March depart camp. 2:30 p.m.: Troop formation and safety inspection (Top of Hill). 4 p.m.: Storming of the "Dragoon Redoubt" (Top of Hill). 4:45 p.m.: The repulse of Breymann’s relief force (Top of Hill). 5:30 p.m.: Remembrance Ceremony (Top of Hill). Sunday, Aug. 17: The day’s events are all held near Barnett House, 30 Caretaker Road, Hoosick, N.Y. 10 a.m.: Camps open to public. 10:30 a.m.: Troop formation and safety inspection. 11a.m.: Stark’s attack over the Walloomsac River. Noon: Lunch. 12:45 p.m.: Troop formation and safety inspection. 1:30 p.m.: "Battle for the Tory Fort. 2:15 p.m.: Pass in Review.

Sunday, Aug. 17

Legion bingo

BENNINGTON -- Bingo is held at American Legion Post 13 is held every Sunday. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and bingo starts at 6 p.m. No one under 14 will be 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, they introduce you to the CrossFit methodology in a manner that is ideal for someone brand new to CrossFit.

The 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 other classes, any aspect of this class can be modified to accommodate all levels of fitness. For more information regarding this class, call 802-681-7350.


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