Community Calendar This Week

Monday, May 19

'Out Run Cancer' walk fundraiser

BENNINGTON -- The Farmhouse Nursery School will support the Cancer Center Community Crusaders this year for its community fundraising. Join them as they support the local Cancer Center. On May 19 and 20, the school will hold an "Out Run Cancer" event at 11 a.m. at the Bennington Monument.

Parents and teachers and children will gather to walk or run laps together. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the children, contact Nikki, Rachel or Jess at the Farmhouse Nursery at One Monument Circle, 802-442-6103.

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.

Health workshops

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- A "Solving Digestive Issues with Nutrition Response Testing" workshop will be held at Living Well today at 6:30 p.m. In this free workshop, you will learn how to properly repair your gut and digestion with the help of whole foods and supplements. They will address issues such as: acid reflux, bloating, constipation, IBS, leaky gut and more. Living Well is located at 140 Pleasant St. Due to limited space, pre-register by calling 413-663-5500 or email

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- On Mondays in May, the Bennington Senior Center will hold painting from 9 a.m. to noon, walking aerobics from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., bridge/cards from 1 to 4 p.m. and belly dance from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 20

Myeloma Support Network

BENNINGTON -- The Southern Vermont Myeloma Support Network -- including the Berkshires and eastern New York -- will hold a support group meeting on Tuesday, May 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Community Resource Room at the SVMC Regional Cancer Center, 140 Hospital Drive.

Interested patients, caregivers, family members and friends are encouraged to attend.

Remember, knowledge is power, so learn and share as much as possible about myeloma. To either reply or get more information, contact Jan Martin Bopp, group leader, at or 802-681-7074. The Support Network is affiliated with the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF).

Community gardening workshop

BENNINGTON -- Vermont Community Garden Network will present the 2014 Spring Grow It! Workshop for community and school garden leaders from 4 to 7 p.m., including a light dinner, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church.

Visit www.vcgn.orgto register for the workshop and for more details on this opportunity for community and school garden leaders. Workshops provide garden leaders with training and networking opportunities at seven regional locations around the state. The Bennington workshop is presented in partnership with local and regional groups, Morgan Springs Community Garden and Mount Anthony Union Middle School.

This will be the second year VCGN will be touring the state to bring people, ideas and resources together around community and school garden leadership.

The spring workshops will look at how to promote commitment and engagement in your garden. Participants will learn more about strategies to boost their garden program, share ideas and problem-solve together, as well as spend some time at a school garden learning about their program and gaining garden tips for the season. The Grow It! Workshops are designed for community and school garden leaders and are open to anyone working with a community or school garden. The cost is $30 each, with a sliding scale based on ability to pay the full fee. Pre-registration is urged. Registration information is available or by calling 802-861-4769.

Student art show at Bennington College

BENNINGTON -- Bennington College announces the opening of the 2014 Senior Show, an exhibition featuring works from graduating seniors focused in the visual arts. This event will take place at Usdan Gallery, VAPA, at 7 p.m. The show will remain open to the public during Usdan Gallery's normal operating hours (Tuesday through Saturday, from 1 to 5 p.m.) until May 30.

Bingo Tuesdays at Bennington Moose

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

Arlington bingo

ARLINGTON -- Arlington American Legion Post No. 69 will hold bingo. Doors open at 6 p.m. and bingo begins at 7. 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 shared. There will be crafts and snacks. Plan to come with your preschool child.

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 group 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 meeting at Turning Point Club, 465 Main St. Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m.

'Letters from a Confederate Soldier' at library

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Branch of the American Association of University Women will feature the personal story of a Confederate Soldier at a free public meeting to be held at 7 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library.

Martin Arnold was a teacher and lawyer from Hartford, N.Y. Due to health circumstances, he relocated to Georgia and consequently fought for the Confederate side when war broke out. He wrote a number of letters describing his personal experiences as a Confederate soldier.

His story will be told by three presenters. Mike Armstrong, the Hartford town historian, will review the history of several of the battles of the Civil War and give a genealogical background of the soldier who was an ancestral uncle of the second and the third presenters.

Carolyn Gibbs Whitney will read Civil War letters written by her ancestral uncle, Martin Arnold.

David Gibbs, Carolyn's brother, will conclude the program by presenting a ballad, which he composed and often sings at family gatherings. It is his method of preserving their history for future generations.

The public is invited to attend and there will be light refreshments available following the meeting.

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.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- On Tuesdays in May, the Senior Center will host bone builders from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. and 10 to 11:15 a.m., RSVP. It will will also host HELP from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Autism support group

BENNINGTON -- The Parents Supporting Our Children autism group will meet at the Atwood Center on Dewey Street from 6:30 to 8 p.m. All are welcome to attend. This will be our last meeting; thank you, everyone. For more information, call Wendy at 802-447-5716 or visit

Wednesday, May 21

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, please call Jane Schaeffer, 802-447-0393 or go to

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 historical society meeting

GRAFTON, N.Y. -- The Grafton Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. in the Grafton Town Hall. This month's program is Native American Culture presented by Lisa Little Wolf. Little Wolf will talk about the traditions of different geographic regions, which have changed little over the years and are passed along through families. Little Wolf is originally from the Northern Cheyenne Nation in Lame Deer, Mont. An educator for many years, she travels the country speaking to peoples of many nations.

The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

'Success in America' shown

MANCHESTER CENTER -- It may be taboo to say, but some groups in America do better than others. Find out why when Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning and Israel Congregation present a special screening of the 92nd Street Y's program, "Success in America," from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room.

Husband-and-wife team Amy Chua (author of "Battle Hymn" of the "Tiger Mother") and Jed Rubenfeld -- both Yale professors -- discuss their new book, "The Triple Package," and expose the three unlikely traits that explain the rises and fall of cultural groups in America, in a talk that could transform the way you think about success and achievement.

Tickets are available for $10. For more information, contact Karen Dreiblatt at 802-867-0111. You may register online at or by calling Karen directly.

Cambridge Literacy Festival

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- The 13th Annual Cambridge Literacy Festival is scheduled for May 21 to 23. This year the festival will offer reading selections for the 7 to 12 and adult school community in the high school library.

This event will run Wednesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The activities will include a book fair (vendors: Battenkill Bookstore and Northshire Bookstore), a used book bargain table, and a book swap (trade one used book for a "new" used read).

The festival will be run as a service to the school and local community with any profits from discounts being applied to book purchases and activities for both the high school book club.

Organizers look forward to putting as many books in as many hands as possible.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- On Wednesdays is May the Senior Center will host Zumba Gold from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and will show a movie from 1 to 3 p.m.

Moving Bennington Forward discussions

BENNINGTON -- In celebration of the 20th Quantum Leap exhibit, organizers are inviting the Bennington community to join in Moving Bennington Forward on May 21, 22, and 23, from 3 to 6 p.m., in the Quantum Leap exhibit space at Mount Anthony Union High School. In addition to the community discussion series, the student-organized Knowledge Cafe will be open to serve coffee, tea, and pastries.

Student art and academic work will be on exhibit.

May 21: A Collaborative Effort from 3 to 4 p.m. Facilitator: David Beriau, assistant principal and dean of students at Mount Anthony Union High School. We will explore ways that schools and parents can partner together to encourage and inspire students to be happy, effective, productive, and self-reliant.

The National Heroin Epidemic from 4 to 5 p.m. Facilitator: Ralph Provenza, executive director, United Counseling Service. What can we do as a local community regarding the national heroin problem? We will discuss the facts about opiate use, how to prevent using in the first place, and explore some of the most effective treatment and recovery programs. Discussion led by Ralph Provenza, Dr. Doris Russell, United Counseling Service; Kristyn Harrington, assistant principal and school-based clinician at Mount Anthony Union High School; Bennington College students who are on the Heroin Epidemic Task Force; and Quantum Leap students.

Issues facing small businesses and non-profits in today's growing economy, from 5 to 6 p.m. Facilitator: Matthew Perry, executive director, Vermont Arts Exchange. Why is it essential that high school students be aware of these local and global economic issues? How do these issues impact rural America? In what ways do consumers influence local economies and communities? Can students produce products and objects for the local community and economy, and in what ways would this benefit them? Discussion led by Matthew Perry with Bennington small business owners and Quantum Leap students.

May 22: Understanding the role media and social media play in the image of our community, from 3 to 4 p.m. Facilitator: Jeff Grimshaw, national media consultant.

What are the needs of my community?, from 4 to 5 p.m. Facilitator: Anais Dupin, Bennington College student and Quantum Leap academic mentor. Do you feel like you matter to the Bennington Community?

Explore your role as a community member and contributor. In your opinion, what are the needs of the Bennington community? Your thoughts and ideas, as a member of this community, are absolutely vital to this forum.

Getting around Bennington from 5 to 6 p.m. Facilitator: Donna Baker, executive director, Green Mountain Express. There are students in Bennington who want to participate in after school activities and get jobs, but they think they can't due to lack of transportation. This community discussion will focus on our public bus service and other forms of transportation in the area and in Vermont. There are a surprising number of inexpensive transportation options that people don't know about. We'll be thinking out of the box when it comes to transportation in and out of Bennington. Discussion led by Donna Baker, executive director Green Mountain Express; Bennington College students; Quantum Leap students.

May 23: The Kids Gym: Health and Wellness for youth in Bennington from 3 to 4 p.m. Facilitator: Chris Bongartz, Vermont Department of Health, Bennington. How can we, as members of our community, combat the growing obesity issue, while ensuring that the youth of Bennington have healthy lifestyle options? We will discuss the proposal of a "kids' gym," which would be hosted by the Recreation Center and dedicated to youth health and fitness. Discussion led by Chris Bongartz, Vermont Department of Health, and Quantum Leap students.

Solving the Impossible: Climate change and action from 4 to 5 p.m. Facilitator: Susan Sgorbati, faculty member, Bennington College Center for the Advancement of Public Action. This discussion will focus on the ways that citizens, especially students, can contribute to the action needed to combat climate change. Local food access, energy reduction, and protection of our water sources are a good beginning. Discussion led by Susan Sgorbati, faculty member, Center for the Advancement of Public Action, Bennington College; Bennington College students; and Quantum Leap students.

Window of Opportunity: Reengaging today's youth from 5 to 6 p.m. Facilitators: Richard Crosier, director, Bridges Summer Transitional Program; Danielle Crosier, director, Quantum Leap Exhibit Program In what ways does the teenage brain differ from an adult brain, and why does it matter? When discussing the importance of education in the lives of adolescents, it is essential to understand the transitions that are taking place in their brains during this vital stage of emotional, social, psychological, and physical development. Discussion led by Richard Crosier, director of the Bridges Summer Transitional Program, Mount Anthony Union High School; Danielle Crosier, director of the Quantum Leap Exhibit Program, Mount Anthony Union High School; former Bridges students; Quantum Leap students; and Bennington College student mentors.

Thursday, May 22

Pownal Legion bingo

POWNAL -- The 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 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 to 3:30 p.m.

Infant-Toddler playgroup

NORTH BENNINGTON -- Bennington County Head Start in collaboration with Building Bright Futures and the Vermont Agency of Human Services is hosting Infant Toddler Playgroups on Thursdays, from April 26 through June 5 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the North Bennington Head Start Cottage. This is a parent-child, drop-in playgroup including art, music and movement, story time, snack, outdoor play and discussion.

For more information, contact Beth Wallace at or call 802-442-3686, ext. 231.

Prelicensing class

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Northeast New York Safety and Health Council will sponsor the five hour prelicensing course at the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation on Danforth Street beginning at 3:30 p.m.

This program has a $40 pre-registration fee, $50 at the door, to NENY Safety and a valid New York driver's permit. Successful completion of the class, which includes passing a test, provides the student with the paperwork (MV-278) to take NYS Driver's Test and is valid for done year. Pre-register at 518-686-4854.

Healthier living workshops

BENNINGTON -- Chronic health conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, lung disease, arthritis or diabetes don't have to control your life. In this workshop developed by Stanford University, you can learn ways to get things done that you have been putting off, stay optimistic, cope with frustrations and fears, manage pain and stress, beat fatigue, improve communication, and increase self-confidence. Meet others coping with similar challenges. Family and supportive friends also welcome.

There will be six sessions: Thursdays, May 22 to June 26 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at SVMC. These sessions are free. Sponsored by the VT Blueprint for Health. Register in advance by calling Janice Provost 802-440-4098 or online at

Movie showing

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- In the spirit of The Hoosick Quilt Project this spring and summer, HAYC3 is pleased to announce a special free showing of the movie "How to Make an American Quilt," starring Winona Ryder, Ellen Burstyn, Anne Bancroft and a host of other stars. The screening will take place at The HAYC3 Armory at 7 p.m. Rounding out the evening, and in keeping with the all-American quilting theme, they will serve slices of pie with a variety of fillings.

Admission to the movie is free; voluntary donations for the pie will be applied directly to the cost of making the Hoosick Barn Quilts and the Hoosick Barn Quilt Trail Map.

Bennington Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- On Thursdays in May, the Senior Center will host bone builders from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., and from 10 to 11:15 a.m., RSVP. They will also host quilting from 1 to 3 p.m. and beginning belly dance from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 23

Cabaret concert at Bennington College

BENNINGTON -- A concert of cabaret music by members of the Jazz Vocal Workshop (taught by faculty members Tom Bogdan and Bruce Williamson) will feature songs picked from the Great American Songbook (Gershwin, Cole Porter, etc.) and a wide selection of classic jazz standards. The students will be accompanied by a professional back-up band. Join us at the Student Center, Bennington College at 8 p.m.

Gentle Yoga on Friday mornings

BENNINGTON -- The next six-week session of Gentle Yoga will start at 9:30 a.m. at Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside St. The fee is $65.

Contact Teresa King at or by leaving a message at 802-733-5729 to reserve a place.

Bird walks

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Join Leslie Reed-Evans on Friday mornings, starting May 16, at 7:45 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 May 23: Meet at Sheep Hill, on Route 7, about 1 mile south of the Williamstown rotary.

Bennington Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Senior Center will have Sculpture from 9-11 a.m., Painting from 9 to noon, and Bingo from 1 to 3 p.m.

Daisy Rockwell at Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- Painter and writer Daisy Rockwell will be at the Northshire on Friday, May 23 at 7 p.m., to present her new novel, "Taste." For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website.

Saturday, May 24

Village tag sale day

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The annual Hoosick Falls village-wide tag sale, organized by HAYC3, is happening on May 24. A free map of registered tag sale locations will be available at The Armory from 9 a.m. - noon on the Tag Sale Day. Visit for the forms you need to get on the map for free or to sign up for a 10' x 10' space in The Armory for $20. If you would like more information, call 518-686-9050 or email HAYC3 at Either way, you must sign up by Wednesday, April 30. Armory spaces will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mayfest BENNINGTON -- Bennington will host its 29th annual Mayhfest Arts and Craft Festival on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is hosted by the Better Bennington Corp., rain or shine. More than 100 artisans, crafters, entertainers and food vendors will be part of the festive day. Plant sale in Peru

PERU -- The Peru Congregational Church invites you to join them on the church steps for our annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 24 from 9 a.m. to noon. Perennials and annuals at discount prices will be available in abundance, along with bulbs, seeds, and an occasional tree. A Master Gardener will be on site to help you find the foliage for your yard.

For more information, call Margaret at 802-379-1438.

Farmers' Market

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Farmers' Market will be held Saturday, May 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Riverwalk Park on Depot Street. Join our region's farmers and producers for the best in fresh, local plants, vegetables, cheeses, meats, eggs, prepared foods, specialty items and crafts. Deena Smith will provide the music for the market.

The market will run through October every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sunday, May 25

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, 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 our 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.

Memorial Day ceremony

HOOSICK, N.Y. -- All are invited to gather for a brief Memorial Day ceremony at the Hoosick Rural Cemetery at 7 p.m. to honor the more than 100 veterans buried there.


In a story that ran on Friday, May 16, entitled "Relay raises awareness at middle school," the Mount Anthony Middle School physical education teacher was incorrectly referred to as Lorrie Carra. Carra is the physical education teacher at the high school. The middle school phys-ed teacher is Tracy Galle. We apologize to those involved, and for any confusion this may have caused.


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