Community Calendar This Week


Monday, June 9

Community HU chant

BENNINGTON -- There will be a free Community HU Chant from 7 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library. Chanting HU, this once-secret name for God, has helped people throughout time find inner peace and divine love. All are welcome; this HU chant is hosted by ECKANKAR, the Religion of the Light and Sound of God, a spiritual teaching that provides simple exercises for people of all faiths, traditions, and walks of life to deepen a conscious and practical relationship with spirit. For more information, go to or call 800-772-9390.

Pianist Dan Kennedy performance

MANCHESTER CENTER -- Join Equinox Terrace residents, family and friends for a live solo concert in our ongoing concert series. Dan Kennedy began his career playing in coffee shops. His most recent album, "Intuition," was named a Top 10 Album of 2012 by New Age Music World.

Come experience musical highlights from his album and his "Follow your Intuition" tour. Equinox Terrace Premier Assisted Living and Memory Care is located at 324 Equinox Terrace Road.

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.

Tuesday, June 10

Bingo Tuesdays at Bennington Moose

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

Arlington Legion hosts bingo

ARLINGTON -- Arlington American Legion Post No. 69 hosts bingo. Doors open at 6 p.m. and bingo begins at 7 p.m. Any questions, call 802-375-6157.

Story time at Cheney Library

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Cheney Library will have story time 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.

Codependents Anonymous meeting

BENNINGTON -- Codependents Anonymous will meet at the Turning Point Club, 465 Main St. 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. They meet 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 meets

SHAFTSBURY -- All meetings are held 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, June 11

Harry Rosenfeld speaks at Israel Congregation

MANCHESTER CENTER -- Author Harry Rosenfeld will speak at 7:30 p.m. at Israel Congregation of Manchester. The evening is free and open to the public. Rosenfeld was the associate managing editor/metropolitan at the Washington Post during the Watergate scandal; he oversaw coverage of Watergate, including the groundbreaking reporting of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. In his book Rosenfeld tells an insider story of Watergate, describing how his Jewish childhood in 1930s Nazi Germany influenced his desire to become a journalist. His book will be available for purchase from the Northshire Bookstore at the synagogue. For further information, contact Israel Congregation at 802-362-4578.

Thrift shop hours

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 survivors

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, 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.

Thursday, June 12

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. Snack bar available. 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 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.

Reunion Weekend films at Images

WILLIAMSTOWN. Mass. -- In conjunction with Williams College Reunion Weekend, Images Cinema will hosting two documentaries, "Within Reach," June 12 at 5 p.m., and "Getting Back to Abnormal," June 14 at 3:30 p.m., each with the films' producers, and "Frozen," the animated Disney musical whose Oscar-winning hit, "Let it Go" was co-written by Williams alum Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Saturday, June 14, at 7:30 p.m. All three films are sponsored by Williams College Alumni Relations. Images Cinema is located at 50 Spring St.

Whipple City Festival book sale

GREENWICH, N.Y. -- Fathers' Day Weekend is fast approaching, and with it, the Greenwich Free Library's annual three day blockbuster book sale. The traditional "members-only preview sale" starts in the evening. Come for best selection, and to join or renew your Friends' membership. The sale will continue through the days on Friday and Saturday. The basement shelves are full-to-bursting with clean, current and vintage books for readers and collectors of all ages and proclivities. All proceeds from First Thursday Boomerang Sales go toward library programs and materials. For more information, stop by the library, or call 518-692-2027.

Meditation and Shambhala class

NORTH BENNINGTON -- Roger Guest, a psychotherapist, will teach a meditation and shambhala class the second and fourth Thursday at 7 p.m. at the RK Miles building at 618 Depot St.

Health lecture

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- A health lecture will be held about the connection between nutrition and our health, How much protein do we really need and the benefits of cleansing your body. It will be held at Eat To Total Health located at 14 Ashland St. at 6:30 p.m. Healthy refreshments will be served. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, email or call 413-329-4710.

Friday, June 13

Bird walks

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Join Leslie Reed-Evans on Friday mornings at 7:45 a.m. to learn more about the birds and preserved lands of Williamstown. Each walk will take place on a preserved property and will also feature wildflower identification and general ecology. Walks are free and open to the public, and are appropriate for all skill levels including children. Heavy rain cancels.

Friday, June 13: Meet at the WRLF parking area on Berlin Road. From Route 2 west (The Taconic Trail) turn left onto Torrey Woods Road, then continue straight ahead onto Berlin Road where the road becomes gravel. Parking is on the left about .4 miles past the last house.

Blood drive

ARLINGTON -- From noon to 5:30 p.m., American Legion Auxiliary, Post No. 69 will host a blood drive for the American Red Cross. This is a community-wide event and organizers would very much appreciate your support. The goal for the day is 40 pints. Giving blood will take approximately one hour. To make an appointment ahead of time, visit

Saturday, June 14

Forest Service waives fees

BENNINGTON -- The U.S. Forest Service will waive fees at most of its day-use recreation sites on June 14 in honor of National Get Outdoors Day. Check with your local forest or grassland or on to see if your destination charges a fee. Go online to find a National Forest or Grassland near you.

Chicken barbecue

VALLEY FALLS, N.Y. -- The Valley Falls United Methodist Church is holding a take-out only chicken barbecue on Saturday. Pick-up will be at the church, 16 State St. between 1 and 4 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children 6 to 12. Call 518-753-6053 for reservations and information.

Yoga Nidra workshop

BENNINGTON -- The Yoga Place in Bennington will offering 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, 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. She has completed Level I Teacher Training in iRest Yoga Nidra, informed by the teachings of Richard Miller and the Integrative Restoration Institute, and is also a professional mediator.

The cost of the workshop is $20 prepaid registration by June 9 or $25 at the door. To register or for more information, 802-447-0393 or

Flag Day breakfast

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- There will be a flag day breakfast on June 14, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church Hall. Price $7, children under 5 free. Handicap accessible.

To benefit the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. (Hoosick Falls Health Center) Treat yourself to a delicious breakfast.

Ham and Strawberry Shortcake dinner

PITTSTOWN, N.Y. -- Ham and strawberry shortcake dinner at the Pittstown United Methodist Church Hall (just off route 7) on Saturday, June 14 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Eat in or take out. Menu: ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, applesauce, rolls, strawberry shortcake. Cost: adults $10; children 5-12 $5; children under 5 free. For reservations or more information call Ruth at 518-753-4304.

Spring Bash at Elks Lodge

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The North Adams Prom Committee is happy to announce that they will host their annual spring semi-formal dance party on Saturday, June 14 at the Elks Lodge. The theme is NAMA Prom: Moonshine Madness.

NAMA Prom: Moonshine Madness will be held from 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., with a cocktail hour kicking off the night. The cocktail hour will include a number of special features, such as hors d'oeuvres by Lickety Split, live music that fits the theme (rock-flavored bluegrass), and moonshine-infused snow cones. At 8 p.m., the Berkshire County Line Dancers will offer line dance instruction in the Elks ballroom. Other special features of the event include a photo "booth" -- a backdrop with themed props where guests can have their photo taken by photographer Stephanie Rose; barn dance-themed props and decorations; drink specials; and an energetic dance floor that will be fueled by the tunes of Revel Beat Sound System. The cost of admission to the NAMA Prom is $10 at the door.

This event, which has a cash bar, is strictly 21 and over with IDs required. For more information, visit or call 413-346-7937.

Flag Day at the Bennington Battle Monument

BENNINGTON -- Betsy Ross herself will be at the Monument to present an illustrated program for children and adults. Activities will include designing your own flag and information on flag protocol. The program will take place on Saturday, June 14 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., on the grounds of the Monument. This program is free and open to the public.

Sunday, June 15

Bike Ride fundraiser

SALEM, N.Y. -- The Salem Volunteer Fire Department Inc. will host a bike ride. The money raised from this event will go towards the fire departments new firehouse. The ride will be known as The Salem Tour de Flame Fighters. The website for this event is The ride will start and finish at the carnival grounds on Archibald Street, which is off from Route 22 (South Main Street).

Registration for the rides will start at 8:30 a.m. and there will be three separate rides with the first one starting at 9:30 a.m.

Cost for the ride is $35 per individual or $40 for a family. Sign up by going to

They are also seeking sponsors to help put this event on. There are four levels of sponsors: Bronze $50; Silver $75; Gold $150; Platinum $200 and above. If you have any questions, contact Steven Saunders, The Salem Tour de Flame Fighters Bike ride co-chair, at 518-321-9430 or

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

Father's Day pancake breakfast

WEST HOOSICK, N.Y. -- The West Hoosick Fire Department will hold an "All You Can Eat" Father's Day Breakfast at the firehouse on Sunday, June 15, from 7:30 to 11 a.m. The menu includes pancakes, French toast, eggs, sausage, bacon, toast, juice, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. The firehouse is located on Pine Valley Road, near the intersection of County Routes 109 and 103. If you have any questions, please call the firehouse at 518-686-1814.

Bennington Historical Society discussion

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Historical Society hosts a discussion of Colonel William Marsh, "Vermont Patriot and Loyalist," presented by noted authors and historians Doctors Jennifer and Wilson Brown at at 2 p.m. in the Ada Paresky Room of the Bennington Museum.

Hear how this colonel in the Manchester Vermont militia was a patriot, fighting for the independence of the American colonies while at the same time negotiating with the British to secure the best future for the people of Vermont.

This presentation, made possible by the members of the Bennington Historical Society, is free and open to the public.

There will be door prizes. For more information, visit

Father's Day car show

BENNINGTON -- The Vermont Veterans' Home and State Line Car Club invite all to their Father's Day Car Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Vermont Veterans' Home, 325 North St. Door prizes, awards, food and music will be available. The public is welcome to attend.

Community Day at Hildene

MANCHESTER -- Hildene will be hosting a Community Day on Sunday. The public is invited to discover all Hildene has to offer. General admission is free on this day. There is an additional charge for the 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. guided tours. Guests are encouraged to bring their walking shoes so they can visit the many venues that The Lincoln Family Home has to offer: house and gardens, Welcome Center and The Museum Store, Pullman car, Sunbeam, Rowland Agricultural Center at Hildene Farm, and 12 miles of scenic woodland trails. All visitors must check in at the Welcome Center where they will receive a sticker. All are encouraged to bring a picnic, stay for an hour or spend the day. This is Hildene's way of thanking the community.

To learn more about Hildene visit or find Hildene on Facebook.

Bennington Historical Society panel

BENNINGTON -- At 2 p.m., the Bennington Historical Society (BHS) welcomes noted authors and historians Jennifer S. H. Brown and Wilson B. Brown who will speak about their book, "Col. William Marsh, Vermont Patriot and Loyalist." This presentation, made possible by the members of the Bennington Historical Society, is free and open to the public. Attend the program for a chance to win fabulous door prizes. For more information on this and other BHS programs, visit


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