Community Calendar This Week


Monday, March 24 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, 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.

Free very beginner meditation

BENNINGTON -- Mondays from 5 to 5:30 p. m. join in the quest to de-stress with others who are new to meditation. No floor sitting (unless you want to). Held at Bennington Project Independence at 614 Harwood Hill. Call Tracy Purdy-Martin at 802-442-8136 (or just show up).

Register by today for backyard sugar making workshop

SHAFTSBURY -- The Bennington County Conservation District (BCCD), the Bennington County Sustainable Forest Consortium, and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation have rescheduled a workshop for beginner backyard sugar makers to Saturday March 29.

Attendees will visit three sugar operations -- the small hobby operation of the Jim and Nancy Henderson family in Sandgate, the 350-plus tap operation run by Bill Peacock in Shaftsbury, and the 2500-plus tap operation run by the Mance family in Shaftsbury. The tour will begin at 9 a.m. and end by 1 p.m. Registration by March 24 is required. The registration fee is $15. For more information, a copy of the workshop flyer, or to register, contact BCCD at 802-442-2275 or

Senior Center activities

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

Tuesday, March 25

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.

Overeaters Anonymous meets

BENNINGTON -- Overeaters Anonymous meets on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St.

Bingo Tuesdays at Moose Lodge

BENNINGTON -- Bingo is held every Tuesday at the Bennington Moose Lodge. Doors open at 5 p. m. Food and refreshments will be available.

Bingo in Arlington

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.

Meditation for Everyone

BENNINGTON -- Meditation is held 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 are available. If you wish to sit on a cushion, bring one.

Conversation about end-of-life care

BENNINGTON -- The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of SVHC will host a public discussion from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Crispe Room at the Vermont Veterans’ Home. Dr. Allen Hutcheson and Elizabeth Fredland, a local primary care physician and medical director of the hospice program and a licensed social worker with hospice, respectively, will lead the talk. The program comes with an easy-to-understand booklet to help participants guide their own discussions at home. For more information and to reserve your spot, call 802-442-5502.

Bereavement support group

BENNINGTON -- The sudSSpirit Bereavement Support Group will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p. m. at the Bennington Free Library. The group is for those that are survivors of the sudden unexpected death of their spouse or significant other. No registration is required and it is free. For more information, a brochure or current newsletter, call 802-441-5562.

‘Wizard of Oz’ documentary

MANCHESTER -- "The Wizard of Oz" was the crowning achievement of 1930s filmmaking. Largely considered the most viewed film of all time, its groundbreaking special effects, lavish sets and costume design, and glowing Technicolor made it a classic.

How did this film get made? Find out at 7 p.m. (rescheduled from February) when Mark Skinner Library presents the feature-length documentary about the making of the"Wizard of Oz." The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Yoga at Fisher Elementary

ARLINGTON -- The next six-week session for adults will begin at 5:15 p.m. The fee for the session is $65. Bring a mat and arrive ten minutes early. To reserve a space, contact Teresa King at or by leaving a message at 802-733-5729.

Friends of Monument annual meeting

BENNINGTON -- The Friends of the Bennington Battle Monument will hold its annual meeting in Old First Church Barn on Monument Circle at 7 p.m. , with a short business meeting followed by a talk describing the Lost Structures of Old Bennington. Charles Dewey and Jane Radiochia, architectural historians, will discuss the site where the Monument now stands. Have you wondered what stood on the Monument’s grounds during the Battle of Bennington, or what was there when construction started a hundred years later, or what was removed to construct the Monument? Dewey and Radiochia will bring to life the history of some unfamiliar structures that existed in the past. The discussion and meeting are free and open to the public.

Codependents Anonymous meets

BENNINGTON -- Codependents Anonymous will meeting at Turning Point Club, 465 Main St. , from 6 to 7 p.m.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- The Senior Center will hold Bone Builders, RSVP, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and HELP from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 26

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 at 802-447-0393 or visit

Thrift shop at church open

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.

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.

Italian Night to benefit Oldcastle

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Rotary Club will hold its annual Italian Night, this year to benefit Oldcastle Theatre Company from 5 to 7 p. m. at the Bennington Elks Club, on Washington Avenue.

This candlelight Italian Night dinner will include spaghetti and meatballs, stuffed shells, tossed salad, bread and a delicious dessert. A cash bar will be available. All this and live entertainment for $10, children $5 and no charge for children 3 and under.

Tickets will be available at the door, from any Rotarian, and at the Oldcastle box office on Main Street.

Book discussion group.

GRAFTON, N. Y. -- Grafton Community Library’s book discussion group meets monthly. New participants are always welcome. The March selection is Kate Atkinson’s "Life After Life," "a masterpiece about how even the smallest choices can sometimes change the course of history" (J. Courtney Sullivan), and will meet at 12:30 p.m. Check the book discussion group homepage for upcoming selections.

Community potluck with healthy foods

GREENWICH, N. Y. -- A community potluck emphasizing healthy, organic foods will take place between 6 and 8 p.m. at 103 Main St. The event is sponsored by the Greenwich Food Buying Club and is free and open to all.

Bring a homemade dish to share and enjoy a delicious, mostly organic meal featuring foods from the Buying Club. In the spirit of the group’s mission, avoid overly processed and genetically engineered ingredients in your dish. Bring your own place setting to conserve resources.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON - The Bennington Senior Center will hold Zumba Gold from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and will show a movie from 1 to 3 p.m.

Thursday, March 27

Pownal Legion post bingo

POWNAL -- American Legion Post 90 holds bingo on Thursdays. Doors open at 5 p.m., and bingo starts at 6:30 p.m., promptly. There will be two progressive games. A snack bar will be available.

Bennington Free Clinic

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.

Vermont Reads program features community discussions

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The J. G. McCullough Free Library is collaborating with several area organizations to hold a series of discussions and events in conjunction with this year’s Vermont Reads Program from the Vermont Humanities Council.

This year’s Vermont Reads selection is "Wonder" by R. J. Palacio.

"Wonder" is the story of fifth grader Auggie Pullman, who was born with a facial deformity, as he navigates his way through his first year in public school. He was previously home-schooled and now must deal with being the "different" one, at an age when fitting in is so important.

On Thursday, March 27 and Friday, March 28, two book discussions of "Wonder" will take place from 11:30 a. m. to 12:30 p. m. The library will lend copies of the book to participants. The discussion groups are open to the public, but early sign-up is encouraged since places are limited. Call the McCullough Free Library at 802-447-7121 to reserve a spot at one of the discussions.

LTS students exhibit at Equinox Village

MANCHESTER CENTER -- All are invited to view the International Baccalaureate Visual Arts Exhibit at 5:30 p. m.

This spring, the Gallery at Equinox Village will feature seven young artists from Long Trail School who use their work to express very different themes. Some pieces are tranquil and address nature, family, youth and childhood. Others address topics like societal pressures, feminism and conflict. The media used are as varied as the subjects.

There will be live music by Long Trail School’s IB Music students, and refreshments by the Equinox Village kitchen. Free and open to the public.

R. S. V. P. to 802-362-4061 by Thursday, March 20. The show will be on display from 9 a. m. to 5 p. m. daily from Friday, March 28, until Monday, May 12.

Public lecture on travel

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Come to Sweetwood at 4 p.m. for a special mud season escape. Local escape artist Julie Mackaman will describe her recent journey with her husband Rico as "independent" travelers in northern India and Nepal. They took public transportation, booked guest houses and homestays as they traveled, met people along the way, and saw a sunrise they’ll never forget. A reception will follow the slide lecture. Free and open to the public. Call 413-458-8371 for more information.

Renters 101 workshop

BENNINGTON -- Are you new to renting? Have you struggled in the past to stay in good standing with your landlord? Or, do you just want to learn new strategies for being a successful renter? If so, consider taking a free five- week course on responsible home renting strategies.

Renters 101 will be offered every Thursday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., beginning March 27, at the Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside St.

Topics will include Housing Readiness, The Housing Search, Tenant Responsibilities, Landlord Relations, and Moving On.

Course participants will receive a certificate of attendance for each unit completed, a great verification of your willingness to be a responsible renter when meeting a prospective landlord.

To register, contact Denise Main at 802-442-6934 or email at

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- The Senior Center will host Bone Builders from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., RSVP, quilting from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., beginning belly dance from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and a Crossgates Mall outing from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday, March 28

All ages storyteller program on

GRAFTON, N. Y. -- Storyteller Gil Payette will present "Hidden Animals =8B Native American Myths, Legends & Monsters" at 6 p. m. Grafton-based storyteller Gil Payette will share his knowledge and love of Native American folklore and mythology with a keynote presentation.

Public concert at SVC

BENNINGTON -- Composer Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred will fly in from Oslo, Norway to attend the world premiere of his new work "ConVergEnce for cello and bayan" at Everett Theatre, Southern Vermont College, at noon with reception to follow, and will give a 4 p. m. performance at Deane Carriage Barn, Bennington College. Free and open to the public.

Choral concert by Ecumenical Choir

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- "The Sound of Hope" is a spring choral concert featuring the music of Randall Thompson, Aaron Copland, Jean Ritchie and others presented by the North County Ecumenical Choir. Audience participation is encouraged during the hymn singing.

The concert will be held at 7 p. m. , hosted at the First Congregational Church, located on Main Street. Contact Jill Wheat at for additional information.

Free community dinner

ARLINGTON -- St. James’ Episcopal Church is pleased will hold the next in a series of Free Community Dinners.

Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 7 p. m. in the undercroft of the church, which is located on Route 7A at the intersection with Route 313 west. The Rev. Scott Neal, rector, and the parishioners of St. James invite everyone to attend. The menu will include home-made stroganoff, salad, bread, dessert, coffee, tea and water.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- The Senior Center will hold ceramics from 9 a.m. to noon, painting from 9 a.m. to noon, and bingo from 1 to 3 p.m.

Saturday, March 29

Minerva Arts Center announces March Madness workshops

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- A "Bollywood Workshop" with Nicole Rizzo by the Minerva Arts Center will be held at the Williamstown Youth Center.

This workshop is a fusion of Bollywood, hip hop, jazz, funk, contemporary and bhangra choreographed to some of the latest and greatest Bollywood sounds. The class focuses on posture, dance technique, coordination, body isolation, across the floor work, and quality of movement through choreography. The youth session will run from 10 a. m. to noon, ages 8 to 12. Tuition: $20.

"Belly Dancing Workshop" with Joslyn Robinson. Modern tribal belly dance pulls from ancient traditions and from a vast range of cultures. This workshop is an accessible, energizing, fun, and freeing improvisational class. It is designed for all shapes, ages and dance experiences. Belly dance improves spinal health, posture, ease of movement, body image, self-confidence and more. Class includes warm ups, some instruction, improvisational dance, and cool down. Teen/adult sessionfrom 1 to 3 p.m., ages 12 to adult. Tuition: $20 (includes coin belts).

Cambridge Connects presents Family Fitness Saturdays in March

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Join Cambridge Connects at the Cambridge Central School Gym every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. during the month of March for some indoor family fitness fun. A half-hour family friendly fitness program will be led by Aimee Smith of Hip Fitness. All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. A $10 fee per family includes all five Saturdays or pay $3 per family each visit.

Book sale at Grafton Library

GRAFTON, N.Y. -- The Grafton Community Library, located at 2455 Route 2, will be opening the doors at 8 a.m. for a book sale. The sale will run until 1 p.m. in the basement. Stop by the library to pick up some fresh reading material at bargain prices. Hardcovers are one dollar, and paperbacks are fifty cents. There are still free VHS tapes available.

History presentation cancelled

HOOSICK FALLS, N. Y. -- Due to circumstances beyond organizers’ control the presentation, Memoirs of War, which was scheduled for Saturday, March 29, at Hoosick Falls Community Alliance Church is being postponed. Please watch next week’s newspaper for a new date, likely in April.

Annual appraisal fair

BENNINGTON -- Are you finding it difficult to determine the value of that special item you found in the attic? Perhaps you are wondering what it actually did? Bennington Museum is holding its Annual Appraisal Fair from 1 to 4 p.m. Bring in your family heirlooms or the odd, quirky piece you always wanted to know about, get it appraised, and have your questions answered. Come visit Bennington Museum’s Annual Appraisal Fair, and perhaps discover what that treasure is really worth. Appraisals are $5 per item, with a limit of five items.

Annual banquet and auction

BENNINGTON -- The Green Mountain Friends of the NRA will hold its 12th annual banquet and auction at 5 p. m. at Mount Anthony Country Club. There will be a sit-down dinner with a choice of beef or chicken. Price is $40 a ticket, available at One Hour Martinizing. Call 802-442-8085 or contact Charlie Wells at 802-688-5565. Tickets available for guns of the year. Some 50 percent of proceeds raised stay right here in Vermont to support responsible firearms ownership and use. This event is open to everyone.

Pruning demonstration

MANCHESTER -- Hildene will host a pruning demonstration by local arborist Joe Blair on Saturday, March 29 from 11 a. m. to 1 p. m. The U.V.M. Extension Service suggests that this is the best time of year for pruning fruit trees so the timing is opportune.

Blair will focus on two forms of pruning: Corrective pruning for ornamentals and pruning to increase productivity for apple-bearing trees.

The arborist will demonstrate these techniques on one of the estate’s oldest trees, as well as some of its youngest, in the Apple Tree Allee. This Hildene horticultural program is free and open to the public. Check in is at the Welcome Center. Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, is open daily from 9:30 to 4:30 p. m. To learn more about the pruning program, call Stephanie at 802-367-7960 or email

Sunday, March 30

Legion Bingo

BENNINGTON -- Bingo at American Legion Post 13 is held every Sunday. Doors open at 1:30 p. m. Bingo starts at 3 p. m. No one under 14 admitted.

Come-unity event at St. Luke’s Church

CAMBRIDGE, N. Y. -- On Sunday, March 30 from 1 p. m. to 4 p. m. registered nurses will offer free screening for blood pressure, health information and medical referrals at St. Luke’s. Also available that day will be a hospice representative to discuss end-of-life issues, health care proxies and answer any questions you may have related to end of life issues. Child care will be available and there will be a free soup meal. No appointment necessary.


Passover 2nd Night Community Seder

BENNINGTON -- On Tuesday, April 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Congregation Beth El will hold a Passover Seder on the second night of Passover. Participants will explore traditional and contemporary connections to the Exodus from slavery. Bring a vegetarian Kosher for Passover dish to share with the community. In order to help with the cost of the food and drink that will be provided, the following will be charged: Adults: $10; Children: $5; Family Cap: $20 If you are planning to attend, RSVP and send your payment by Wednesday, April 9, to Call 802-442-9645 for questions. Located at 107 Adams St. , Bennington, VT.


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