Community Calendar This Week


Monday, Feb. 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).

Marriage counseling

BUSKIRK, N.Y. -- A Marriage on the Rock DVD conference with Jimmy Evans from Marriage Today will be held. The topic will be: Understanding and Meeting Your Spouse's Needs, Parts 1 and 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Buskirk Community Seventh-day Adventist Church on 2176 West Hoosick Road. This seminar is free. Call 518-686-4524 for more information.

Patriot Flight info meeting

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Bill Schaff from the Patriot Guard Riders will be at Hoosick Falls Community Alliance Church, 484 Hill Road, at 6:30 p.m. to talk about the Patriot Flight that will take place on Saturday, May 10. Patriot (or Honor) Flight is a one day excursion to view the War Memorials in Washington, D.C. for World War II and Korean War Veterans and terminally ill veterans from other wars.

The flight, meals and snacks, admission fees, a Patriot Flight shirt, WWII Memorial War book and transportation to and from the Albany Airport is provided. A guardian, who can be a friend or family member (except a spouse), will travel with each veteran. If you have no one to go with you, P.F. will assign someone.

If you can't make the meeting and would like more information or an application, contact Gail Smith at 518-686-3269.

Tuesday, Feb. 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.

Story Time at Cheney Library

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Cheney Library will hold a story time for preschoolers and their caregivers on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Several of the classic tales and songs will be featured. 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. Sessions facilitated by: Randy Anselmo, Maggie Bernstein, John Hearst, Natasha Judson, Eve Pearce and Jane Schaeffer.

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 survivors of the sudden unexpected death of their spouse or significant other. No registration is required and it is free. For more information, call 802-441-5562 or email

Families Together caregiver gathering

BENNINGTON -- Are you caring for a loved one? Bennington Project Independence, Adult Day Service, partners with families to share information and problem solve to make caregiving for a loved one easier. Families Together meets at BPI on the last Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Cambridge school budget workshops

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- The Board of Education of the Cambridge Central School District has announced the dates of its budget workshops: Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m.; Wednesday, March 12 at 6 p.m.; Monday, March 24, at 7 p.m.; Wednesday, April 2, at 7 p.m. All meetings will be held in the auditorium at 24 South Park St.

Photojournalist to speak at Williams

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Photojournalist Ashley Gilbertson will come to Williams College to talk about his work in the Middle East. The event will take place at 7 p.m. in Lawrence Hall, room L231. The event is free and open to the public.

Gilbertson is a photographer with the VII photo agency, best known for his photographs from Iraq, where he worked from 2002 through 2008. His work was published widely, and he won the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award from the Overseas Press Club in 2004 for his photographic reportage.

Wednesday, Feb. 26

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.

Registration deadline to vote

BENNINGTON -- The deadline to register to vote is Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. at the Town Clerk's Office.

Grafton Book Club meets

GRAFTON -- The Grafton Community Book Club meets the last Wednesday of every month at 12:30 p.m. This week, it will discuss M. L. Stedman's novel about an Australian lighthouse keeper and his wife and the devastating choices they must make when fate brings them the child they have so long wished for in an unexpected way.

New AARP driver safety course

BENNINGTON -- Starting at 8:30 a.m., the new AARP Smart Driver Course will be taught at the Bennington Senior Center on Pleasant Street. The overall look and feel of this new four-hour AARP Smart Driver Course is entirely different from the past courses. It has been designed to include older adult learning strategies and is now more participant-friendly and easier to follow. As a result of completing the course, participant's will learn research-based strategies which can reduce the likelihood of their having a crash.

To sign up for this new course, call Sue at the Bennington Senior Center at 802-442-1052.

Gentle Yoga classes

ARLINGTON -- Gentle Yoga classes will start at 9 a.m. at the Martha Canfield Library, 528 East Arlington Road. The fee for a six-week session is $65. Arrive 10 minutes before the class, if this is your first time. If interested, contact Teresa King at or by leaving a message at 802-733-5729 to reserve your space. A Tuesday evening class in Arlington also continues.

'Preparing for Matchmaker' workshops

MANCHESTER -- The Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center (VT PTAC) invites Vermont business owners to a free workshop, "Preparing for the Matchmaker." This two-hour workshop is intended to prepare business owners for the upcoming Vermont Matchmaker Event on March 6.

This free workshop will be offered at the Manchester Town Hall from 10 a.m. to noon. Businesses can register for these free workshops and see a complete listing of training events at

Contact a VT PTAC procurement counselor by email at Joanne.Spaulding@state.vt. us or call 802-828-5243.

Gentle yoga

for cancer survivors

BENNINGTON -- Gentle Yoga for Cancer Survivors meets weekly, on Wednesdays from 6-7 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

Thursday, Feb. 27

Pownal 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. 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.

Public lecture on Civil War

BENNINGTON -- There will be a public lecture on Bennington in the Civil War at the One World Conservation Center at 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 28

Blood drive in Bennington

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Health and Rehabilitation Center is hosting an upcoming Blood Drive along with the American Red Cross. The drive will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at BH&R located at 2 Blackberry Lane. Buy one, get one free adult ski or ride ticket for all presenting donors. Walk in for an appointment, visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule a time for donation.

Bennington Rotary speaker

BENNINGTON -- Good eating and sleeping habits are the most important way to tackle the stressful challenges we face every day. Renee Tassone, owner of Eat To Total Health located in North Adams, Mass., will share with the Bennington Rotary recipes made with vegetables and fruits. She will also talk about how a company can cut the cost of health insurance and absenteeism by encouraging healthy eating habits.

Tassone will present her program at 1 p.m. at the Bennington Station. For more information on this program, call Susan Coons at 518-686-4689. The public is welcome to attend.

Visiting pianist performs at Williams

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College Department of Music presents pianist Joel Fan at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.

Experience the Human Library

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williams College invites all members of the community to experience the Human Library on Friday, Feb. 28, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, March 1 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Paresky Center on the Williams College campus. This is a free, interactive event, and reservations are not required. To learn more about the Human Library, visit

Gentle Yoga classes

BENNINGTON -- New gentle Yoga sessions will start in Bennington at 9:30 a.m. at Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside St. The fee for a six-week session is $65. Arrive 10 minutes before the class, if this is your first time. If interested, please contact Teresa King at or by leaving a message at 802-733-5729 to reserve your space. A Tuesday evening class in Arlington also continues.

Food and farm film festival

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- "Fresh Fest," a food and farm film festival, will take place from Friday, Feb. 28, through Sunday, March 2. The event features films about food, farming, culture, and community. There will be a screening of "A Place at the Table" at 5 p.m., on Friday at Images Cinema. From 10:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. on Saturday there will be a live-stream broadcast of "TEDx Manhattan: Changing the Way We Eat" in Wege Auditorium. Also on Saturday, there will be screenings of "After Winter, Spring" and "Soul Food Junkies" at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively, at Images Cinema. Lastly, "Leviathan" will be shown at Images Cinema at 3 p.m. on Sunday. All events are free and open to the public.

Spaghetti dinner at St. Peter's

BENNINGTON -- St. Peter's Episcopal Church will hold a spaghetti dinner from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Chef Gary Whiting and his team will be preparing spaghetti with marinara and meat sauces, garlic bread, green salad with Nancy Bower's homemade dressing, brownies with real whipped cream and beverages. The price is $10 for adults; $8 for children under 12; and children 3 and under are free. The church is accessible to all. For information, call 802-442-2911 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

Saturday, March 1

Beginner backyard sugar maker's workshop

BENNINGTON COUNTY -- The Bennington County Conservation District (BCCD), the Bennington County Sustainable Forest Consortium, and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation will host a workshop for beginner backyard sugar makers. (If the sap is slow to run, the workshop will be held on March 15. )

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 2,500-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 1 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

Wintertastic celebration

BENNINGTON -- The School of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales invites the public to this year's Wintertastic Celebration and Live Auction at the Mount Anthony Country Club.

For $25 per person, enjoy hors d'oeuvres and cash bar starting at 6 p.m. with the auction beginning at 7 p.m. Or your evening can start at 5 p.m. with an optional $20 (plus tax and gratuity) preview dinner at The Grille (call 802-442-2617 for dinner reservations). For more information, contact the school at 802-442-2446 or Committee Chair Kathy Murphy at 802-442-5037.

Movie showing at library

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Library will show a recent Oscar-nominated movie (Rated PG-13). The movie will begin at 2 p.m. (length: 2 hours 13 minutes) and will be shown in the Rotary Room of the Bennington Free Library, located at 101 Silver St.

Refreshments will be available. Admission is free and open to the public. The library is wheelchair accessible. For specific movie information, call the library at 802-442-9051.

Hoosipalooza-3 community celebration

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Join HAYC3 for Hoosipalooza-3, the Hoosick community celebration day that's jam-packed with all kinds of activities for kids, grown-ups, and families.

Start the day at 11 a.m. with a walk in Wood Memorial Park. The Bed Race will take off at noon on Main Street with prizes awarded for the fastest, funniest, and most creative bed designs. To learn more about entering the race, visit for rules and registration forms. After the bed race, the HFCS Jazz Band will play crowd favorites in the Armory.

At 1:30, community members of all ages will participate in the Hoosick Barn Quilt project and create their own quilt square on paper (supplies provided) to be featured in an installation at the Armory. Otha Day and his "Drum to the Beat" Drum Circle will also be on hand to lead a lively drum circle. After the drum circle, the Twirlettes, will perform well-honed baton routines.

Hathaway's fundraiser

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Everyone is invited to attend "A Night at the Brewvies" fundraiser for Hathaway's Drive-In Theatre, a North Hoosick landmark since 1948.

All monies raised at "A Night at the Brewvies" will go towards helping Hathaway's purchase the equipment needed to convert to digital as required by all Hollywood studios, and continue to provide great summer entertainment for all ages.

"A Night at the Brewvies" is a two-part event with the first featuring a limited-seating V. I. P. Brown's Brewery beer tasting and food pairing from 6 to 7 p.m. in The Owl's Nest. Highlighted beer and food pairings include Brown's Oatmeal Stout and figs, soft cheese olives and crostini, Brown's all-new Cream Ale and Hoosick Hickory's pulled pork, and Brown's Porter and chocolate, and three other beer/food pairings. Tickets are $50 and must be purchased in advance.

Part two will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Perry Room on the main floor of the Armory. The area will be transformed to a three-screen cinema space featuring unique food and film pairings.

Tickets for the upstairs event are $20 and include a serving from each food station. Tickets for this portion of the evening may be purchased the night of the event.

To reserve or pay for tickets in advance (required for Brown's VIP Beer Tasting), call HAYC3 at 518-686-9050 or email for more information. Note that this event is for adults 21 and older.

Minerva Arts Center March Madness workshops

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Participate in Minerva Arts Center "Clowning & Combat Workshops" with Christopher Beaulieu.

Take a moment to slow down time to see what is funny and why. Learn about physical comedy to engage and mesmerize your audience. The skill of safe stage violence is essential to most theater, but how do we approach it passionately?

Come learn slaps, punches, falls, and more, taught with techniques developed by the Society of American Fight Directors. To be held at the First Congregational Church, on Main Street in Williamstown.

The youth session will run from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for ages ages 8 to 14 (with adult) Tuition: $35 for pair.; The teen/adult session will run from 1:30 to 4 p.m. for ages 14 to adult. Tuition: $35 workshop.

Book sale at library

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Cheney Library will hold its monthly book sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the library. There is a large selection of books, so be sure to come and get some for yourself and others. We have donations of new materials that are in great condition.

Long Trail hosts formal wear sale

DORSET -- It's All About the Dress: a formal wear and attire sale at Long Trail School will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Shoppers will be able to select new and gently used dresses in sizes 0 to 20, from simple to elegant, and priced from $5 up. Accessories of all sorts will be available as well. Vendors will be on hand, displaying their goods and services. Proceeds from this sale will benefit the LTS Prom 2014.

Bart J. Ruggiere Adaptive Sports Center events

PERU -- The Bart J. Ruggiere Adaptive Sports Center located at Bromley Mountain Resort will be hosting a Limitless Luau. The Limitless Luau is designed to be a day of fun on the mountain. It will be a chance to ski with the Bart Center, enjoy a themed lunch, participate in on-mountain activities, and ski with special guest, Jeremy McGhee. The Limitless Luau will begin at 9 a.m. and run all day.

A $10 donation is suggested and appreciated. A percentage of all proceeds will go to the Drop In Project as well as to The Bart J. Ruggiere Adaptive Sports Center.

Petersburgh Veterans host benefit concert

PETERSBURGH, N.Y. -- The Petersburgh Veterans Memorial Community Center will host a "Music of the 1920s" Mardi Gras celebration to benefit Petersburgh Youth Program, featuring the band "Tune Travelers."

Come for wine, beer, refreshments and dancing. Wearing 1920's costumes are optional. There will be prizes, and a raffle. There is a $10 suggested donation; call 518-658-0597 for advance tickets. Tickets also available at door. PVMCC is located at 71 Main St.

Mill City Productions wine tasting fundraiser

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Mill City Productions is pleased to announce details for their 5th annual Cabaret Uncorked fundraiser. This 21+ event will take place at the Mill City Theater, Building 4N, Heritage State Park. The wine tasting runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with the entertainment portion running from 8:30-11 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance at or at Draper's Wine and Spirits (located next to Stop and Shop). Tickets will also be available at the door.

For more information, please visit or email

Family Fitness Saturdays in March

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Cambridge Connects will be 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 5 Saturdays or pay $3 per family each visit.

Sunday, March 2

Sugar on snow at the Dorset Farmers Market

DORSET -- The Dorset Farmers Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at JK Adams Kitchen Store. Come and experience a Vermont tradition -- Sugar on Snow, by Woods Maple Farm. Live music will be from Bud Mattison. For additional information, contact

VFW breakfast

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington VFW Post 1332, 137 North St., hosts a senior breakfast on the first Sunday of the month beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing "until gone." The donation is $5. Call 802-442-9857 with questions.

Shriners' lasagna dinner

BERLIN, N.Y. -- The Ladies Oriental Shrine, a not-for-profit organization which supports the child life department in the Shriners' Hospital for Children, will hold a homemade lasagna dinner with all the fixings at the Seventh Day Baptist Church on Main Street from 4 to 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. The cost is $12 for adults and $5 for children. Please call Pat Shuhart at 518-658-3558 or Carol Yerg at 518-658-2466 with any inquiries.

Pownal bingo

POWNAL -- The Pownal Valley Seniors will host a bingo at 1 p.m. at the Pownal Center Firehouse. There will be a progressive jackpot and free lunch.


Reading program

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Fizz Boom Read is the New York State reading program for the summer. Cheney Library will be using this theme for the Children's Story Time beginning March 4 at 10 a.m. This 6 week session will run each Tuesday through April 8. Preschool children two years and older with their caregiver will enjoy these programs. There will be stories, songs, crafts, and of course snacks. This is a great time for young children to get together with each other and have fun.

Be sure to come with your child. If you have any questions, call 518-686-9401.


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