Community Calendar This Week


Monday, July 7

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.

BattenKill Grange picnic

ARLINGTON -- A picnic will be held at the Grange pavilion at 6 p.m. Bring a friend and a dish to share. Hotdogs and rolls will be provided.

’Electric Word Play’ at Library

BENNINGTON -- Join the Bennington Free Library for "Electric Word Play" -- Scrabble, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Fifth through eighth graders can learn Scrabble or improve their game with Sandy Loiterstein in the Rotary Room. Preregistration is required.

Tuesday, July 8

Native pollinator walk and talk at Hildene

MANCHESTER -- On Tuesday, July 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Hildene will host a "Native Pollinator Walk and Talk: Field Identification and Habitat Enhancement" with organic farmer, John Hayden, of The Farm Between. Program participants will explore Hildene’s fields and gardens to discover the local native pollinators, learn about the perils they face and how to enhance their habitats in gardens.

The Native Pollinator Walk and Talk: Field Identification and Habitat Enhancement is one in a series of six free programs being offered by the "Pollinator Awareness Initiative," a collaboration between Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home; Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, West Brattleboro; and Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, West Marlboro.

To see the complete list of pollinator programs from June 14 through Aug. 9, contact the participating organizations directly or visit

Hildene’s program on July 8 with John Hayden will take place rain or shine. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. To register, call Stephanie at 802-367-7960 or email

Bingo Tuesdays

at Bennington Moose

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

Storytime at Cheney Library

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Cheney Library will hold a storytime for preschoolers and their caregivers on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Several of the classic tales and songs will be offered. 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 meets

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.

Support group

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

Playgroup for toddlers and parents

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington County Child Advocacy Center is sponsoring a play and education group for children 2 to 5 and their parent/guardian. The activities include: fine motor skill activities, music, story time, social skills activities, snack time, and free play. The group meets each Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Schools Out Children’s Center at 901 Main St. Call 802-442-5107 for more information.

Taconic Community Grange No. 491 meeting

SHAFTSBURY -- Taconic Community Grange No. 491meets 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, July 9

Northshire Seniors’ event

MANCHESTER -- The Northshire Seniors have a bus trip planned for Wednesday, July 9. They will be going to see "Damn Yankees" at the New London Barn Theater in New Hampshire. They will stop to eat at the Weathervane Restaurant in West Lebanon before the show. The cost is $15. Reserve ar seat now by calling Alberta Herrington at 802-362-2263, Sally McManus at 802-375-9780 or Phyllis Mason at 802-325-3196.

Thrift shop open Wednesday

JOHNSONVILLE, N.Y. -- The Thrift Shop at Christ United Methodist Church just south off Route 67 is open every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon. Most clothing items are priced at $1 per bag.

Gentle yoga for cancer


BENNINGTON -- Gentle Yoga for Cancer Survivors meets weekly, on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m., in conference room C at SVMC. This group is sponsored by the Cancer Center and is free to all participants. You can join at any time and at any stage in your treatment or recovery regime. For more information, call Jane Schaeffer at 802-447-0393 or visit

Community yoga

BENNINGTON -- Enjoy a gentle yoga class free of charge, led by Laurae Coburn, Ph.D. RYT every Wednesday evening at The Bennington School, 192 Fairview St. from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

Grafton community-wide Geocache Treasure Hunt

GRAFTON, N.Y. -- Grafton Community Library will host a free program at 10:30 a.m. to introduce the Grafton Town-Wide Geocache Treasure Hunt. Lisa Hoyt from Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center will provide an orientation to Geocaching, a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game for children and adults alike that uses GPS-enabled devices.

Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache container hidden at that location. Eight Grafton organizations have hidden geocaches somewhere on their property. Participants will have until August 9 to find them. Each geocache contains a prize. Young people who participate will also win tickets for the Library’s Summer Reading Program raffles. Participating organizations include Berkshire Bird Paradise, Dyken Pond EEC, Everett Wagar Senior Center, Grafton Lakes State Park, Grafton Historical Society, Grafton Peace Pagoda, and the Town of Grafton. For more information, contact Grafton Community Library at 518-279-0580 or online at

’Story Lab’ at Bennington Library

BENNINGTON -- Come to 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. Storytime for 3 to 6 year olds, parents and caregivers Event is at 10:30 a.m. in the Rotary Room.

Thursday, July 10

Transfer Thursdays at Southern Vermont College

BENNINGTON -- The Office of Admissions at Southern Vermont College (SVC) will host Transfer Thursdays on July 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

"These sessions are specifically offered for prospective, transfer students who are interested in SVC," said Director of Admissions Jeremy Gibbons. "Students can learn about the transfer credit process and see how long it may take them to complete one of our degree programs." Participants will find out about the transfer process and admission criteria, meet with an admissions counselor and obtain information on scholarships and financial aid. By touring the campus, individuals will learn about the history and traditions of the college.

For those who bring transcripts from all schools attended and letters of recommendation, if available, a decision may be made on the spot for acceptance into a degree program at Southern Vermont College. The application fee will be waived.

Registration is encouraged online at, and appointments are expected to last about an hour. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 802-447-6300 or e-mail General information about SVC is available at

Southern Vermont College hosts Summer Decision Days

BENNINGTON -- The Office of Admissions at Southern Vermont College (SVC) will host three Summer Decision Days on July 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Prospective students will have an opportunity for a one-on-one meeting with an admissions counselor, obtain information on scholarships and financial aid and tour the campus. For those who bring a copy of their SAT scores, transcripts from all schools attended and letters of recommendation, if available, a decision will be made that day for acceptance into a degree program at Southern Vermont College. The application fee will be waived.

Registration is encouraged online at, and appointments are expected to last about an hour. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 802-447-6300 or e-mail General information about SVC is available at

Scleroderma support group

BRATTLEBORO -- There will be a Scleroderma support group meeting at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Summer Sonatina piano camp concerts

BENNINGTON -- Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp will hold free public piano concerts at the Bennington Center for the Arts (Route 9, 44 Gypsy Lane) at 6 p.m. on Thursdays July 10, July 17, July 24. Solo piano pieces and chorus are performed by students, 7 to 16, from all over the world. A reception will follow the immediately after the concert.

For more information, contact 802-442-9197 or visit

Pownal Legion bingo

POWNAL -- American Legion Post 90 in Pownal holds bingo on Thursdays. Doors open at 5 p.m. and 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. Please 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.

Gathering for West Hoosick families

BUSKIRK, N.Y. -- Families in the West Hoosick area have the opportunity to gather each Thursday evening, starting July 10 and continuing through July 31. Bring lawn chairs and/or a blanket and spend some time renewing old friendships and getting to know new neighbors. Young people and the young at heart will have the opportunity to join in a pick-up game of volleyball, but you don’t have to be a pro to play on our teams. There will also be other supervised, age-appropriate games for kids. The fun will begin at 7 p.m. and run until 8:30 p.m., weather permitting. Come join us in the field by the Community Church. Call Nancy at 518-686-5820 for more information.

’Fizz, Boom, Create!’ at Bennington library

BENNINGTON --Come to Bennington Free Library for Fizz, Boom, Create! Thursdays. This is a hands-on workshop for children 6 to 12 year olds at 2 p.m. in the Rotary Room. Preregistration is required.

Friday, July 11

Medicare Minute coming to town

BENNINGTON -- The Vermont Senior Medicare Patrol program is beginning to roll out the new Medicare Minute update at the Bennington Senior Cafe at the Bennington Senior Center on Pleasant Street.

The Medicare Minute is designed by the Medicare Rights Center to be a quick monthly update on what is new with Medicare and how to avoid fraud in healthcare. This is designed to be targeted to all Medicare beneficiaries.

The New Medicare Minute will be held at the Bennington Senior Cafe from noon to 12:30 p.m. on the second Friday of every month.

Saturday, July 12

Spaghetti dinner fundraiser

ARLINGTON -- The American Legion has donated the use of their space for a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for Lari Ann Hayes from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Lari Ann Finning Hayes is in need of a double lung transplant. Her providers in Boston have told her that she should raise at least $30,000 to help defray the cost of deductibles for very expensive anti-rejection medications that she will need to take for the rest of her life as well as her and her husband’s stay in Boston for the two months following her surgery. She will also need to go back monthly, probably for the rest of her life.

Suggested donation will be $10 per adult and $5 for children under 10.

There will be a raffle table with gift certificates and baskets as well as a silent auction for any larger items donated. There may also be a 50/50 raffle. Dinner will be spaghetti and meatballs, salad, a roll and cake for dessert. Plus iced tea and lemonade or drinks available for purchase from the bar. For those can’t make it but would like to help, visit

Bennington Bike Nite

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Bike Nite will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on School Street. The event will include live music, a street full of motorcycles to look at, raffles, best-of-show bike voted for by participants, prizes, bikes for sale, food by Jimmy Joe’s Curbside Grill and others, and vendors such as Ronnie’s Cycle, Smittys Custom Designs, Win’s Trikes & Bikes, Tire Works by Dave Anderson, Tunnel City Riders of North Adams with a bike raffle, American Legion Riders of Pownal, Dan Turco & Son’s motorcycles and leather, graphic design businesses, and a professional photographer, Greg Nesbit, to take photos of bikers and their bikes.

’Moonlight in Vermont’ Midnight Road Race

POWNAL -- The annual "Moonlight in Vermont" Midnight Road Race and Community Ramble returns the night of Saturday, July 12, giving both runners and walkers the opportunity to participate by the light of the full moon.

The four-mile road race begins at the stroke of midnight from the Pownal Valley Fire Department’s station at the top of the hill on Route 7 in Pownal Center. Awards will be given to overall male and female winners, as well as the top three finishers in seven age categories.

The non-competitive two-mile Community Ramble will begin at 12:03 a.m.

Prizes will be awarded to the first Pownal resident and to the individual judged "Most Visible in the Moonlight." Commemorative T-shirts will be given to pre-registered runners and walkers, and refreshments will be available after the race.

The events are being organized by the BattenKill Valley Runners and Pownal community members to benefit the Pownal Valley Fire Department, and are sponsored in part by Vermont Moonlight Cookies. The entry fee is $15 for pre-registration, and $18 on race night. BKVR members, students and Pownal residents receive a $3 discount. Check-in begins at 10:30 p.m. Register online at, or pick up an application at the Solomon Wright Public Library. For more information, contact, or call Acting Race Director David Durfee at 802-442-4414.

Arlington Lions Club basket bingo

ARLINGTON -- The Arlington Lions Club will hold a basket bingo fundraiser. There will be door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. There will be consessions, burgers, hot dogs, drinks, and more. Event starts at 5 p.m. (bingo starts at 6 p.m.) at the Lions Pavilion at the Arlington Recreation Park.

Free community pig roast

BENNINGTON -- There will be a free community pig roast on Saturday, July 12, starting at 5 p.m. Green Mountain Christian Center, 440 Main St.

Broadway greats perform at SVAC

MANCHESTER -- On Saturday, July 12, the Southern Vermont Arts Center will present an evening of Broadway stars singing the greatest hits from the most beloved Broadway musicals of all time in Neil Berg’s "102 Years of Broadway."

Accompanied by an all-star New York band, Rebecca Pitcher (Phantom of the Opera), Rob Evan (Les Miserables), Richard Todd Adams (Les Mis, Phantom), Danny Zolli (Jesus Christ Superstar) and Jeanette Bayardelle (The Color Purple, Hair) bring 50 of the American musical theatre’s most enduring characters to life through numbers from shows like Chicago, Jersey Boys, South Pacific, Wicked, Man of La Mancha, My Fair Lady, Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, and many more.

This Arkell Pavilion performance is a back-by-popular-demand engagement; previous appearances of 102 Years of Broadway have sold out; reserve tickets online at now. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. sharp.

The Southern Vermont Arts Center is located off West Road (930 SVAC Drive). Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 802-362-1405, email to, or visit

Drum circle in Grafton

GRAFTON, N.Y. -- Join Capital District musician and educator Jonathan Duda for "Let’s Drum" at the Grafton Summer Festival on Saturday, July 12, at 11 a.m. Enjoy a hands-on introduction to percussive instruments like the clay udu jug from Nigeria or the berimbau from Brazil. Participants with all levels of musical ability will have the opportunity to try out instruments played throughout the world in a welcoming setting, no experience necessary.

More information about the program can be found at This program is sponsored by the Grafton Community Library and is made possible in part through a Community Art$ Grant, a program funded by The Arts Center of the Capital Region through the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. Visit or contact 518-279-0580 for more library news.

Sheep dog trial and farm festival

RUPERT -- Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Merck Forest and Farmland Center’s Sheep Dog Trial and Farm Festival provides a way to experience part of Vermont’s heritage of sheep farming. The two-day family event allows visitors to see handlers and their border collies compete for the title at the Merck Forest Open. MFFC’s Farm Festival will include food from Sherman’s General Store (serving kielbasa and sausage from Merck’s farm), local crafters who specialize in fiber arts (this year will include an alpaca fiber vendor, batik artist, and a variety of homespun yarns, loomed rugs, towels, etc), horse drawn wagon rides, a variety of children’s activities, and more.

Tickets are $5 per adult, $3 per child ages 4-12, under age 4 are free. Volunteers are always needed at this event, if you are interested in volunteering, contact

Vermont Beekeepers

Association meeting

BENNINGTON -- Bennington County Beekeepers Club Limited is hosting Vermont Beekeepers Association summer meeting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grace Christian School, 104 Kocher Drive.

The guest will be Tom Seeley, of Cornell University. For more information, visit

Attendees should bring association membership dues, $15 individual or $25 family, a beekeeper veil for hive inspection with Vermont bee inspector if weather permits, and, if participating in meal, bring dish as assigned on the website.

Grace Christian School property is tobacco and alcohol free. Beekeeper orders delivered to meeting by Betterbee call 800-632-3379.

Yoga Nidra workshop

BENNINGTON -- The Yoga Place will offer a Yoga Nidra workshop from 9 to 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 will facilitate the workshop. The cost of the workshop is $15 prepaid registration by July 7 or $20 at the door. To register or for more information, call 802-447-0393 or visit

Summer Saturday

programming at Sheep Hill

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Come to Sheep Hill on Saturdays in July and August at 10 a.m. for free drop-in nature programs with our summer interpretive naturalist, Maria Dunlavey. Children and adults of all ages are welcome. Come to watch the birds, catch pond critters, identify butterflies and wildflowers in the meadow, or explore the old farm buildings and the Dietze Interpretive Center. General schedule is for pond activities at 10 and meadow walk at 11 a.m. Times and activities are flexible and subject to participant interest. The programs are free and open to the public.

You can also check out our guided nature hikes to WRLF properties on most summer Saturday afternoons. For more information, visit and "like" us on Facebook. If you have questions, call 413-458-2494 or e-mail

Pancake breakfast

GRANVILLE, N.Y. -- A pancake breakfast will be held at the Peniel Presbyterian Church on Quaker Street from 7to 10 a.m. The menu will include pancakes, real maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, orange juice and coffee or tea. The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children 5 to 12 and free for children 4 and under.

Bennington Farmers’ Market hours

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Farmers’ Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Riverwalk Park on Depot Street. Join our region’s farmers and producers for fresh, local plants, vegetables, cheeses, meats, eggs, prepared foods, specialty items and crafts. The Bedali Dancers will provide entertainment. Brent Wasser will offer a demonstration on preparing quick cucumber pickles. Staff from the Bennington Library will be staffing the kids’ tent.

Sunday, July 13

Butterfly hike at Mountain Meadow

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Local naturalist Pamela Weatherbee will lead a butterfly walk at Mountain Meadow Preserve beginning at 1 p.m. Participants will learn how to identify the variety of butterflies found in the area. The high meadow has a great variety of wildflowers to attract butterflies, which are most active during warm weather. Sun protection is advised.

The program is open to the public and free of charge. Rain cancels. For more information, call or email The Trustees of Reservations at 413-458-3135 or Directions: From the intersection of Routes 2 and 7, take Route 7 north for 1.7 miles. Bear right onto Mason Street across from Chef’s Hat diner (steep dirt road uphill) and follow to entrance and parking.

Carriage Barn concert

BENNINGTON -- The first in a series of four concerts will take place at the Carriage Barn, Historic Park-McCullough, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 13. The concert will include works by works for cello and piano by Messiaen, for violin and piano by Part and Kreisler, and piano solos by Barber.

Beethoven’s Ghost Trio (Op. 70 No. 1) will conclude the concert. Performers are Joana Genova, violin, Nathaniel Parke, cello, and Elizabeth Wright, piano. Admission is $20 at the door, with a reception following the concert.

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 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 of the 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.

Strawberry festival

WEST ARLINGTON -- The Chapel on the Green, a Methodist church, will present a strawberry festival from 1 to 4 p.m. Featured are homemade biscuits or Stewart’s vanilla ice cream, with strawberries and real whipped cream. The also serve their specialty -- "the works" -- which is biscuit, ice cream plus; and more strawberries. Also coffee and/or punch will be available.

The church is located in "The West Arlington Green Historic District" just through the covered bridge off Route 313 W. For more information, call John Thompson at 802-375-6455, Carolyn Boud at 802-447-1294 or Helen Whitman at 802-375-2775.


Bennington town project list

BENNINGTON -- Water crews will be replacing water services on Safford Street between Main Street and Gage Street. Most of this work will require that Safford Street will be closed to through traffic between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Signs will be posted off Safford Street at Main Street, Scott Street, Gage Street, and Coolidge Avenue for detours.

On Friday, water department crews will be painting and making repairs on fire hydrants. Workers and equipment will be working at the edge of the traveled portion of the roadway. Uuse caution when approaching these worksites.

On Monday, wastewater crews will be rebuilding a manhole on Hillside Street in North Bennington. Use caution when approaching. Tuesday through Thursday, wastewater crews will be making manhole assessments and rebuilds on Safford and Silver Street.

All next week, highway crews will finish the Silver Street sidewalk project; the street will be closed to through traffic. Highway crews will finish road painting. Crews will be trimming brush.

Wednesday through Friday, a highway crew will be working on the shoulders of Crescent Boulevard; one lane of traffic will remain open.

Summer camps at VAE

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The Vermont Arts Exchange will offer the following summer camps for kids throughout the month of July. All campers should dress appropriately. Art camp can get messy from time to time, to play clothes or a smock is a good idea. Weather permitted, they will be taking a short lunch/swim break midday. Everyone will need to bring a bag lunch, bathing suit, towel, sunscreen and water shoes if you have them. Feel free to call with any questions, 802-442-5549.

* Learn to Draw Absolutely Anything, ages 8-14: July 7-11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

* Open Studio/Clay Combo Camp, ages 8-14: July 7-11 and July 14-18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

* Paintapalooza, ages 4-8: July 14-18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

* The Final Frontier, ages 4-8: July 21-25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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